To the people who love you, you are beautiful already.
This is not because they’re blind to your shortcomings
but because they so clearly see your soul. ~Victoria Moran
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
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.
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, Inspiriation, Energy, Vitality, Freedom. Workings On This Day Are For “Constructive” Magick (Love, Wealth, Success, Courage, Friendship, Luck Or Health.)
Celtic Month of Reed – October 28 To November 23
Goddess Month of Cailleach/Samhain runs from 10/31 – 11/27
National Farm-City Week
15: National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day
16 – HECATE’S NIGHT
The Greek Goddess Hecate/Hekate of crossroads, death often seen with her sacred dogs.
18: Great American Smokeout
19 – Full Moon in Taurus
19 – A near-total lunar eclipse will occur on November 19, with prime visibility in North America. It will last 3 hours and 28 minutes – the longest partial lunar eclipse this century, NASA predicts. Here’s how to see the rare event, when up to 97% of the moon will look red.
21: In England, it’s Stir Up Sunday.
Week 4. National Family Week
26: Yes, it is—Thanksgiving!
28: National French Toast Day
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21: Face to Face Class: Noon–2:00 ~ The Magick of Crystals
High Priestess Training with GrannyMoon
The entire course takes 15 months to complete (four levels). Tuition covers lessons, assignments and instructor feedback. In addition, students may download guided meditation exercises and be eligible for Sabbats, Esbats and retreats with the Sisterhood. The entire fee for each level is $120 (payment plan available), sixteen lessons in each level, except the last.
Ceremonial Cords and frame-able Completion Certificates are awarded as members complete each level.
Level I – Initiate of the Sisters of the Burning Branch – White cord
Level II – Adept of the Sisters of the Burning Branch- Red cord
Level III – Priestess of the Sisters of the Burning Branch- Black cord
Level IV – High Priestess of the Sisters of the Burning Branch – Green cord
Learn About Herbs with GrannyMoon!
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 too 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.
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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.
The Goddess School Grimoire
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from Stacy Adams
BHC Newsletter Reta
November 15, 2021 – November 21, 2021
It’s going to be a busy week with cosmic energy occurring every day.
On Monday and Tuesday, the Sun aspects Jupiter and Pluto. It’s an auspicious time to make changes in your life, claim your power, and level up. Plus, Jupiter will help provide you with a boost of positivity.
Trouble is brewing midweek, as Mars opposes Uranus. Try to avoid acting impulsively and avoid confrontations with others. This aspect is explosive, so you may need to master the art of walking away. It may be best to wear a hard hat and shin guards, if necessary.
The energy lightens over the weekend, beginning with Venus trine Uranus. It’s an excellent weekend to shake things up and do something different. Perhaps, you should do something you’ve always wanted to do, but haven’t had time. On Sunday, the Sun moves into Sagittarius. Let the season of goodwill towards men begin.
Recommended Candles: Sun (Curse Breaker), Guardian Protector (Affirmation), Van Van (Motor City Hoodoo), Wishin’ Mojo (Dorothy Morrison’s Wicked Witch Mojo)
Here’s what you missed on CoventryCreations.com this week…
Lay low this lunar eclipse
Beware of the Full Moon on the 19th, its energy is active with malefic or unfavorable influence from the star Alcyone of the Pleiadian constellation called the Seven Sisters. Storm highly recommends we lay low with the heavy-duty magic and focus on self-improvement and protection spells.
Pearls of Wisdom Deck
Ace of Cups
So many feelings! A new love, a new job, maybe a new baby ( 2 or 4 legged, fins or scales) Let your heart open to the Divine and bring more joy into your life!
Taurus Full Moon Partial Lunar Eclipse
by Laurali Star
On (Friday) November 19th, 2021, we will be experiencing a Full Moon in Taurus Partial Lunar Eclipse that is sure to shake things up! This full moon is different than all the rest, as it is a partial lunar eclipse.
With a partial lunar eclipse, it forces us to evaluate things in our lives and make changes accordingly. You might find yourself wishing to change your diet or become more environmentally friendly.
It’s not uncommon with eclipse season to further your goals and to take a long, hard look at yourself and the way you live your life. With Taurus at the helm of this moon phase, you’ll be motivated to make changes that come from the heart.
If intrinsic motivation is something you’ve struggled with in the past, the kind of motivation that comes from within, you might be surprised to find yourself grounded enough to make positive external changes in your life. Taurus shifts the focus to the heart, as it is ruled by the planet Venus.
As an earth sign, Taurus brings out the best in people! It makes you think about the issues you may have swept under the rug in the past. It reprioritizes your values and beliefs about planet earth and how we can live more sustainably.
A wonderful goddess to work with during this time is Goddess Vesta! Goddess Vesta is a Roman deity who rules the hearth and home. She’s extremely warmhearted, down-to-earth, and approachable!
The Goddess Vesta pairs well with Taurus energy, as she seems to have a deep, reverent love for mother nature and bringing more of it into our homes. For example, if you wish to create a more sustainable kitchen or eat a plant-based diet, Vesta is the girl to call on!
Her energy is warm and welcoming during this time of year. In addition to that, you can use the energy of the earth and Taurus to bridge a stronger connection to the Taurus full moon partial lunar eclipse.
This moon is all about picking up where you left off! You might have set a goal to spend more time in nature at the start of the year but have only gone hiking once.
That’s okay. Taurus allows you to revisit those energies and make good with them. It aligns with your goals on a more universal level of existence.
Taurus Full Moon Partial Lunar Eclipse Signs and Symbolism:
Slugs and Snails – It’s not uncommon to see slugs and snails that are of the garden and of the earth. They represent the transition between the earthly realm and the spirit realm. I had a slug on my door recently and I haven’t come across one in years!
Gnomes – You might be more likely to see gnomes during this transition phase or find symbolism in gnomes everywhere you go. Gnomes are easy to work with and are the protectors of the earth and trees.
Lunar Moths – Moths symbolize the mysteries of the night and since our days are shorter and our nights are longer, it’s an optimal time to do shadow work.
Home and Hearth – Don’t be surprised if matters of the home and hearth become a present reality in your life. It could mean you need to make a change in your living situation or make a lifestyle choice. Again, it could be to create a more sustainable kitchen, grow an herb garden, or work with the element of earth and fire as a combination.
Love and Relationships – With Venus ruling Taurus, it’s not uncommon to revisit old relationships that were left on a bad note. This gives you the chance to make things right and heal old wounds and trauma.
Full Moon November 19, 2021 in Taurus and Lunar Eclipse
Are you ready for a cosmic shake-up? Good, because eclipse season kicks off on Nov. 19 with the November 2021 full moon in Taurus. This powerful Moon, also known as the Beaver Moon, is also a lunar eclipse, so it’s heralding in all sorts of major revelations, endings, and twists of fate. That makes it a good time to let the universe take the wheel and stay open to change, even if it’s uncomfortable. Everyone will feel the eclipse in a unique way, so be ready..What will this mean to you?
According to Native American folklore, the Beaver Moon gets its name for one of a few different reasons, both having to do with the dam-building, nocturnal rodents with the oar-shaped tails. The Old
This Full Moon is a time for you to start building up your spiritual muscles to be strong throughout the rest of this year.
What are you allowing to emotionally drain out of your spiritual reserves? Now is the time to build your dam like the beaver and stop the energy drain.
Farmer’s Almanac postulates that it is called the Beaver Moon because this month was just the right moment to set beaver traps before the winter freeze. But according to National Geographic, it could also be attributed to the “heavy activity of beavers building their winter dams.”
The message that beaver brings us this full moon is to prepare you for the cold winter and do not be caught without spiritual fortification. Practice spiritual protection. Learn to work with God’s White Light to seal yourself in protection. Spiritual protection is needed daily and this is part of your spiritual work out.
Plan a spiritual ritual to protect your home and loved ones. Light a white candle and say out loud the following prayer. “I now ask to be surrounded by God’s Divine White Light, with my Guides, Angels and Ascended Masters, I ask the Archangels and Angels to continue to protect my loved ones and me. Surround me fully and completely with Your Divine White Light.”
It is a time to nurture yourself and do things that bring warmth and comfort to your soul.
The Full Moon is a time of culmination and the promise of fulfillment of that which was started at the New Moon. It is an emotional time-a time of romance, fertilization, and relationships. With the Moon full and bright in the sky, symbolic “illumination” occurs in our own lives. However, these feelings and revelations are emotional ones, as there is a sense of emotions bursting forth into our consciousness. It’s time to express ourselves, and to let things out of our systems. Of course, we might want to exercise some care while doing so, knowing that what is coming out of us is not particularly rational as yet.
Enjoy all of the celestial blessings that are coming our way in November. Make sure you take time to thank The Creator, the angels, your guides, and ancestors for all of their help bringing you through this year.
Full Beaver Moon Spiritual Reading
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Full Moon Blessings,
Transitioning into Deeper Darkness: Seasonal Activities and the Golden Hour
by Dana at the Druid’s Garden
As the light grows dim this time of year, as the days grow short, many people find this particular season a difficult one. Without the light, our thoughts can spiral into the darkness, our spirits long for the warmer days. The cold and dark are barely here, and there is so much winter ahead. Just this week, I had three separate conversations with friends about this exact issue: it is a hard time of year, particularly the time between Samhain and Yule, when we know there is much more darkness to come. It is a hard time this year, in particular, when so many of us are beyond stressed and burned out due to the unfolding events of the last two years. It also was a strange year, in that we had temperatures that stayed well above freezing, which kept the leaves green–and suddenly temperatures that plunged very deep below freezing, which dropped all of the leaves in about two days. I realized that there might be some benefit in writing about this time–not so much what is problematic but instead, how we might navigate it from a nature spirituality perspective.
I think that this time is one of the hardest of the year for many people. We know that the cold and dark are on their way. We see the death across the landscape as the bitter cold comes into the land. It’s hard to have a flush, abundant garden one day and the next, find most of your plants have died. This time of year forces us to come face to face with both darkness and death in ways that it is rare during the rest of the year. And the more time we spend on the landscape, the more that this issue stares us in the face. Here in Pennsylvania, it is also complicated by the end of Daylight Savings time, meaning that by the time you leave work, the sun has already set–and there are many days when you do not see the sun at all.
So, what is a druid to do? I have developed a few strategies over the years that have helped myself and others, which I’ll share in the rest of this post!
Embracing the Season and Spiritual Activities
The first strategy is to embrace and honor this time for what it is–accept the cold, the frosts, and the death upon the landscape. I have found that the more I fight against something, the harder it becomes to accept. But, the more that I seek the good and the joy in it, the more enjoyable it becomes.
For this time of year, I have worked hard to find activities that I really love for the late fall and early winter. I have worked to develop a set of rituals and seasonal activities that bring me joy, that I can look forward to, and that sing to my spirit. The whole idea here is that it’s not just about saying “oh, the darkness and cold are here” but really creating intentional activities that make the most of these cold and dark times. Your intentional activities may end up looking very different than mine–but I share these for a model of what you could do. The more things that you have to look forward to and that you enjoy, the better this time of year becomes.
Gardening, Homesteading, and Harvest: Cycles and Looking Forward
If you do wild food foraging, or if you have a garden or homestead, there are a whole host of activities that come with this season–and you can embrace them, make them meaningful, and really look forward to them every year.
For those that do wild food foraging and live in a temperate climate, this is a perfect time to find the last of the nut harvests and spend time processing those nuts. For example, one of my favorite of these is harvesting and processing acorns into acorn flour, which can be used to craft all kinds of sacred bread, cakes, and other delicious ingredients. Acorn flour is a serious endeavor but it is just so worth it! Other nuts in my bioregion are hickories, chestnuts, and hazelnuts–each with their own unique sacredness. This is flour that you can store in the freezer and pull out for sacred activity year-round.
The second activity that I really look forward to this time of year is putting my garden beds to rest. I have worked hard to develop a series of rituals surrounding the end of the growing season: how to work with the annuals that have perished due to the frosts and freezes (saving their seeds, composting them, honoring their journey); bringing in the last harvests of the year, and also clearing the beds for next season. I call this “putting the garden to bed” and it has become an important part of my homesteading activities each year–full of ceremony and honor (I can blog about this if anyone is interested!). I feel like in doing these, I have a good closure to our season and the garden is a blank canvas for planning and planting in the future.
At Samhain, we also burn our Butzemann, which allows us to have full closure for the growing season. The Butzemann is part of the Pennsylvania Dutch tradition, and it is a kind of magical scarecrow that guards the home for the whole light half of the year. At Samhain, it is released through ritual burning, marking the end of the growing season. But like many of the other activities here–it’s not just a closure moment. You also start thinking about your next Butzemann, which you construct at Imbolc. Right now, I have some amazing gourds and dried plants that I am letting sit over winter–I have big plans for these for Imbolc and for next season’s Butzemann.
What you can see from these three examples is that while they are all rooted in the moment of this time–in the growing darkness and cold–they are also rooted in the cycle and hope for the future. The nut harvest and other foraged foods can be brought through the winter and enjoyed in the future. The garden beds being put to rest allow for you to be ready to plant in the spring. The Butzemann is burned, but the materials are started to be gathered for a new one, again, already getting you thinking of that cycle of the year and the promise of spring to come.
The Golden Hour and the Flame
Light and embracing the waning light is an important part of finding balance during this time of year. Because there is so much less light, you begin to pay attention to how to bring it, embrace it, and honor the light. When there is an abundance of light in the summer months, these activities seem less central–but as winter sets in and the days grow so short, finding ways of bringing in the light is critical for balance and peace. Thus, in the time of darkness and cold is to shift your emphasis from the waning sun to the inner and outer flames–through a physical embracing of the between times of light and fires.
One practice that everyone can do is to embrace the “golden hour”. The golden hour happens twice a day–at dawn and at dusk. This is a period of time about 10-20 minutes before the sun comes up when the light changes–either from bright daylight to this golden hue or from darkness to a golden hue. It doesn’t last for too long, but if you go outside during this time, you experience a very magical moment. It happens just after the really spectacular parts of the sunrise in the morning–the light evens out and then you are awash in a golden light. It is particularly powerful when the leaves have changed on the trees–the whole landscape is just aglow in golden light. In the dark half of the year, the golden hour becomes quite accessible–it is easy to be awake both at dusk and dawn, and thus, you can make it a point to embrace the golden hour on the landscape. I find the golden hour to be good bookends for the day–watching the sunrise and sunset. When we are in high summer, these are harder times to access (particularly those in the early morning) and so, it is really in the winter that you can get to experience this lovely time. For me, I like to go out to my druid’s anchor spot and just sit and observe the land waking up or the land going to bed.
The second is to bring fire into your life in any way you can. This might mean bringing in candles and candlelight living–take one day a week to use candlelight rather than electric light and see the difference in your own happiness and stability. This might mean making some candles or olive oil burners for the coming season. Or, this might mean embracing fires in your home. For example, for us, we move from outdoor cooking and having regular outdoor fires to bringing our fires indoors. This includes a whole host of seasonal activities including preparing the hearth, bringing in the wood and lighting the first fires of the season. We have two wood burners in the house–a stove in the basement and an open hearth for cooking and joy on the first floor. Creating fires often and spending a lot of time with these fires can really help!
Whatever way you can, embrace these times of twilight, of limited light, and allow yourself to slow down into the rhythm in the dark half of the year.
I hope that these strategies and activities are helpful to you as we move into this time of deep darkness. Part of the reason I do so much at this time of year is that I do find this time of year–particularly here in Pennsylvania after Daylight Savings Time ends–really challenging. It used to be one of my least favorite times of the year, a time of year that I dreaded. After working so hard to find rituals and seasonal activities that allowed me to embrace it, it is now a time of year that I always look forward to. I wish you blessings in the coming darkness!.
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Llewellyn’s Spell A Day
Gifts From the Heart
NOVEMBER 14, 2021 BY EMYME
With only forty more days until Christmas Eve, we are approaching peak holiday shopping season. This year, consider giving earth-based holiday gifts. For family and friends who travel the same spiritual path, gift them with ingredients and spells packed in decorated tins, bottles, and jars. For those who follow a different path, gift them with ingredients for baking or cooking, along with recipes, all packed in festive reusable containers. Let your creativity flow!
If you have always created your own gifts, try a new craft. Or if you have never given homemade gifts, there is still time to sign up for a class on woodcrafts, ceramics, mosaics, candles, or soaps. As you create and assemble your presents, add some magic to them with this verse:
This gift is made with magic and
love, from my hands and heart
to your hands and heart.
An Inner Journey Spell
NOVEMBER 13, 2021 BY JAMES KAMBOS
November is a good time to journey inside ourselves to find the answers we seek. For this spell you’ll need a white cloth, a white votive candle, and the Hermit card from a tarot deck.
Cover your altar with the cloth and light the candle. Then lay the Hermit card in front of the candle. Study the card. The Hermit is your guide for this inner journey. He’s all-knowing. He wants to help, but you must listen— to your inner voice. Concentrate on your question and say:
Hermit, guide me along
the path I should go.
Reveal to me the wisdom
I should know.
Meditate on your need for no more than ten minutes, then thank the Hermit and go about your daily routine. Leave the card on your altar for about a day, then return the card to its deck. The answer will come to you. Use the cloth and candle for other meditations.
NOVEMBER 12, 2021 BY BLAKE OCTAVIAN BLAIR
Today is the anniversary of comic book writer Stan Lee’s death in 2018. Lee’s fantastic tales of superheroes remind us that even if we don’t have such dramatic powers, we can be superheroes in our everyday lives.
What do you do in the world to help others? Do you use your gifts to benefit the world? Light a candle and engage the fire element in the form of passion. Journal about what your passions are, and brainstorm ways you can use them to do good in the world. Perhaps you help an elderly neighbor or you tutor students who need help after school. Maybe you have a talent such as art or music, and you offer lessons to those who lack opportunity. Whatever your strengths are, employ those as your superpowers to make the world a better place! Be sure to extinguish the candle when you’re done.
Lay Down Your Arms
NOVEMBER 11, 2021 BY THORN MOONEY
Today is Veterans Day, and for many Americans this is when we honor those who have served in the armed forces. Elsewhere in the world, today marks Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, during which we celebrate the end of World War I.
In honor of this, today is an ideal day to bring an end to a personal battle you may be fighting. Are you harboring a grudge or dwelling on a lost fight? War is sometimes necessary and just, but many of us at times find ourselves engaged in conflicts that are purely destructive.
To relieve yourself of a personal conflict that is holding you back, write your grievance on a piece of rice paper and hold a funeral for it off your property. Dig a grave and lay your grudge to rest. Eulogize your loss and lay flowers, then cover the grave with dirt. Turn around to leave and do not look back!
NOVEMBER 10, 2021 BY EMBER GRANT
For focus and motivation, obtain these three stones: yellow fluorite to promote creativity, citrine quartz for intellectual stimulation, and carnelian for motivation. Use this chant to charge the stones with your intent:
Give me the push I need to proceed,
To move forward, be inspired,
get things done, and succeed,
To meet all my deadlines
and be on time,
To help me make progress
and not fall behind.
State your intent. Carry the stones with you or keep them in your work area.
Supercharged Water Scrying
NOVEMBER 09, 2021 BY MICHAEL FURIE
Scrying is the art of divination by gazing usually into a dark surface such as a black mirror or pool of water or ink, but there is also the classic crystal gazing. This method is cauldron scrying but with the added empowerment of an herbal brew that magically charges the water with visionary qualities and readies the psychic mind to properly receive and interpret the impressions given.
Gather the following:
- 1/4 cup mugwort
- 1/4 cup wormwood
- 2 cups water
If you wish, the brew can be made in a regular pot and then poured into your cauldron so you won’t have to wait for the cauldron to cool before working. In any case, simmer the herbs in the water over low heat for about ten to fifteen minutes, then remove from the heat and strain the brew. Move to your working area and gaze into the liquid. Note any visions or impressions received.
NOVEMBER 08, 2021 BY DEBORAH BLAKE
Your home—whether it is a house, an apartment, or even just a room—is where your heart is. It is the center of your existence, and it is important that you feel safe and secure when you are in it. Once a year, or more often if you live someplace that feels vulnerable, it is a good idea to do a house blessing. This is a nice way to reinforce any protection work you might have done and to ask for the gods to watch over you.
Light a sage smudge stick and hold it in front of you. First turn to the east, then the south, west, and north, asking each associated element (air, fire, water, and earth) to bless and protect your home. Then hold up the smudge stick and ask the God and Goddess to bless and protect your home. If you like, walk through each room with the smudge stick before putting it out safely. Watch out for stray sparks and stamp them out if you see them.
When a woman honors herself, all women collectively move closer to becoming what they’re truly capable of being.
There are many ways and myriad reasons for women to honor and embrace all that they are. And when any individual woman chooses to do so, all women collectively move closer to becoming what they are truly capable of being. By honoring her experience and being willing to share it with others — both male and female — she teaches as she learns. When she can trust herself and her inner voice, she teaches those around her to trust her as well. Clasping hands with family members and friends, coworkers and strangers in a shared walk through the journey of life, she allows all to see the self-respect she possesses and accepts their respect, too, that is offered through look, word, and deed.
When a woman can look back into her past, doing so without regret and instead seeing only lessons that brought her to her current strength and wisdom, she embraces the fullness of her experience. She helps those around her to build upon the past as she does. And when she chooses to create her desires, she places her power in the present and moves forward with life into the future.
Seeing her own divinity, a woman learns to recognize the divinity in all women. She then can see her body as a temple, appreciating its feminine form and function, regardless of what age or stage of life she finds herself. She can enjoy all that it brings to her experience and appreciate other women and their experiences as well. Rather than seeing other women as competition, she can look around her to see the cycle of life reflected in the beauty of her sisters, reminding her of her own radiance should she ever forget. She can then celebrate all the many aspects that make her a being worthy of praise, dancing to express the physical, speaking proudly to express her intellect, sharing her emotions, and leading the way with her spiritual guidance. Embracing her womanhood, she reveals the facets that allow her to shine with the beauty and strength of a diamond to illuminate her world.
Heartwings Love Notes 1008, When There’s No More
Heartwings Love Notes 1008: We cannot anticipate the unexpected.”
For many years I’ve kept a small jar in my kitchen cupboard that contained a very special snack: Maple sugar pecans. I would purchase several of the small packages of 10 or 12 from my favorite health food store and eat them sparingly, one or two at a time, for a treat. Recently having only one package left, I thought I’d get some more. There weren’t any. “When will you be getting more in,” I asked the store owner. She shook her head and looked sad.
“They went out of business,” she said. I was shocked. How could this be? I’ve had other nuts that have been prepared with a sweetener but these were better than any I have ever had. I never dreamed my cherished treat would one day vanish. How foolish of me! One of my favorite teachers used to say, “the only constant is change.”
This is so true, and yet it seems we never expect it. I remember on a long-ago day I was walking with Stephen in the woods near where we lived at the time. We came across some young boys riding their bikes in a cleared area. They were whooping and hollering and doing wheelies. I hailed one and said, “Are they building here?” “Oh no, came the response. Nothing’s happening here, this is where we meet.” Perhaps a month or two later, we saw that building had begun and their playground was gone.
I just read somewhere that we may possibly know how much money we have yet we cannot know how much time we have. Even as I set the timer for the tea leaves to brew, I cannot know how long that four minutes will take in terms of my perception. Time is a subjective experience. Time spent waiting feels much longer than time spent in an enjoyable conversation. Then too, as one person put it, the years are short but the days are long. Well, I agree the years are short but the days? Not long enough for me, especially now there’s less and less daylight each day.
How long will I last? I have no way of knowing. Whenever I see someone or go somewhere it could be the last time I will see him or her or be there. I think of that occasionally, not with a morbid sense of sadness or dismay, but of wondering, and of reminding myself to take more note of that present moment. If possible, I want to have no regrets, when my days on this earth come to an end, and I hope to feel I have made the most of my time.
May you make all your moments count as you live them.
Blessings and best regards, Tasha Halpert
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Stuck in the Mud
Pain can serve as one of life’s great teachers, but it’s vital to move through it and not become stuck.
Pain comes and it goes. It is just one component to the grand cycle of life. And when experienced as such, pain can serve as an important teacher. It is when we get stuck in our pain that it becomes detrimental to our well-being and development. If you notice that you feel closed-off, resentful, heavy-hearted, or that you try very hard to avoid being hurt again, there may be a part of you that is still stuck in pain.
We can get stuck in our pain for many reasons. As children, it was natural for us to cry, throw a tantrum, and let the experience move through us. By fully feeling our pain in this way, our emotions would wash us clean, leaving us open and available to new experiences. With age, though, we might have determined that expressing emotion was no longer appropriate, and so we developed a variety of coping strategies to deal with our discomfort. We may have learned to stuff our feelings down or to run away from them. Perhaps we began thinking that staying closed and unwilling to try new things would keep us safe from heartbreak, safe from rejection, and safe from failure. We may have even gotten so used to being in pain that the thought of being without it scares us. But, if we continue to hold onto it longer than necessary, we are expending a lot of energy that could instead be channeled into making our life experiences more positive.
If you notice that you are continually connecting with the same familiar patterns of pain, consider embracing your feelings and letting go of your hurt. Whether your pain is from childhood or from an experience last week, see if you can give it room to move. When it does, you will reconnect with a wonderful source of your own vital energy.
Herb of the Month from Traditional Medicinals
Elder is one of the most accessible plants in herbalism. Hailed as “The medicine chest of the country people,” by ancient physicians and botanists, elder flower and its berries are as prevalent in remedies today as they were in ancient times. Traditionally, herbalists use the berries to support immune system health, and our herbalists have tapped into their immune-boosting benefits to make our Echinacea Plus® Elderberry tea, lending it a deep purple hue.*
There are nine species of temperate and subtropical shrubs and small trees which commonly go by the name elder or elderberry. We use Sambucus nigra, a species native to Europe, Northern Africa and Western and Central Asia. The plant takes its name from the Anglo-Saxon word æld, meaning “fire,” since blowing through the hollow stems of elder’s young branches helped to fan flames. Elder has a long history of traditional use among Native Americans and European herbalists, lending itself to much folklore. In Old World tradition, elder served as a great symbol of protection; people planted it around houses or hung it above windows to keep witches at bay and to watch over the plants in the garden.
Healers have used elder in many different ways throughout history. The glossy, dark purple berries have immune-supporting properties and are often combined with echinacea as an immune-stimulating herbal power team. Aside from its many medicinal powers, elder has also found its way into the kitchen, used for centuries for making preserves, wines, winter cordials and adding flavor and color to other concoctions. In fact, ripe elderberries were once known as “Englishman’s grape” and have been used for centuries to make the famous elderberry wine.
Elderberry and elderflower are among Europe’s most esteemed remedies during the colder months, and their popularity has only increased over the centuries. In recent years, natural health products made from extracts, juices and syrups of European elder have popped up on grocery and pharmacy shelves across North America and can be found all year long. Elderflower has even made it into cocktails, where bartenders feature its elegant and floral liqueur as the latest in trendy bar ingredients. Needless to say, elderberry’s deliciously tart and sweet flavor makes it easy to forget you’re taking herbal medicine.
From boosting our immune system all year round, to making some of the most delicious wines, jams, jellies and pies, it’s no wonder elder is such a beloved plant ally. Elder is known as “The medicine chest of the country people,” for good reason. When it comes to seasonal wellness, this tasty, tried-and-true herbal remedy has helped people sidestep the pitfalls of winter for centuries. Symbolically and literally, an herb of protection is an herbal ally worth having.
What Your House Looks Like Right Now Based on Your Zodiac Sign
By LACEY RAMBURGER
When it comes to getting to know people, we have different ways of expressing our personalities. Whether it’s through our hobbies, the ways we connect with others, or how we present ourselves, we find avenues to tell others who we are. One of the most telling ways, however, is the way someone decorates and keeps their home. Whether you lean towards a certain style, or you keep things organized, or you have particular rooms you’re drawn to more than others, how your home looks says a lot about you!
Speaking of personalities, we know that zodiac signs also tend to say quite a bit about your personality. Your sign can have more of an influence over your tastes more than you realize, and we bet we can tell you what your house looks like right now based on your zodiac.
Aquarius (January 20 to February 18)
Your place is chaotic and messy, and relatively bare-boned. You have the necessities, but they are things you’ve acquired from friends and family, or the local thrift store. You don’t care too much if everything looks cohesive, but prefer your home to be an authentic reflection of yourself. You have an entire bookshelf of theory and psychology books in plain sight because you want an excuse to talk about them.
Pisces (February 19 to March 20)
You strive for your place to be a sanctuary from the outside world. You’ve incorporated light colors, particularly shades of blue, to make the area feel serene. You have throw pillows and unique seating options everywhere, to make room for guests as well as to give you plenty of options of where you can relax. Rooms have no specific preference on what they’re for because you tend to move freely without stressing too much. There are signs of constant tasks that were stopped and started again in every room.
Aries (March 21 to April 19)
Your home is pretty low maintenance, given your desire to exert your energy elsewhere. You still like to stay on top of things, so you have up-to-date appliances and contemporary style furniture. You want to keep plenty of space available for whatever you choose to do on any given day, so you keep things arranged to accommodate. Depending on what’s happening in your life, everything is clean and put away. You have activities strewn about to keep you occupied. Still, you have one particular room/area of the house where you can keep yourself engaged and active.
Taurus (April 20 to May 20)
You have decadent items everywhere. Your throws and home decor are plush and tailored to your higher-end taste. You lean towards colors that connect you to your earth element, but with touches of feminine energy. You prioritize comfort and beauty, so every room in your home has a comfortable place to relax that is striking in its appearance: from your large bed to your comfy couch to your sleek bathtub.
Gemini (May 21 to June 20)
Given your penchant for communication, we know that connection is everywhere in your home. Whether it’s wifi, a voice-activated smart home device, computers, or a smart television, you want access to everything regardless of where you are. You keep an open concept layout, particularly in the living room, to not feel restricted. You don’t have specific themes for your rooms, but they all hold conglomerations of all your interests. You want your rooms to appear more prominent, so you incorporate bright colors, or even white, in most of your home to give the appearance of a larger space.
Cancer (June 21 to July 22)
Your home is representative of comfort, unity, and relaxation. You prefer soft colors to bring peace of mind to yourself and your guests. You have pictures on the walls of loved ones, perhaps even a specific photo wall. Your kitchen is your pride and joy, though, given it’s in a constant state of use. You allow plenty of light in, and you keep your kitchen items on display. You’re invested in really gorgeous pieces that you want to show off. You can let things get a little messy at times, but it’s just a reminder that a home is meant to be lived in.
Leo (July 23 to August 22)
We already know that you’re a maximalist, Leo. Patterns and colors are not exclusive here. You aren’t afraid to experiment with bright and colorful furniture paired with a bold rug or wall furnishings. Your home screams for attention, but it isn’t haphazardly thrown together. There is a method to the madness. You have a floor-length mirror placed in a random room in your home to make it feel larger. You keep everything in an excellent state out of a sense of pride for yourself
Virgo (August 23 to September 22)
Everything has a place, and everything is in its place. It’s organized and tidy, with plenty of plants and small side projects to keep you occupied. You won’t find any chaos, though, because once you start something, you always finish it. You go out of your way to find natural (or natural-looking) materials for your furnishings. Whether it’s wooden tables and chairs, or bamboo baskets to hold your stuff, you want things in place that also ground you in nature.
Libra (September 23 to October 22)
You have aesthetic, modern furniture with touches of elegance. You like everything to come together cohesively—neutral colors with touches of pastel, matching furniture sets, and plenty of space to not feel restricted. Everything is probably in slight disarray, but you rarely let messes get too out of hand. You want to be prepared in case others decide to stop in.
Scorpio (October 23 to November 21)
You have classic, even gothic touches if you can get your hands on them. You aren’t totally isolated, but you have one area of the house that is your personal space. You create a sacred oasis for you to recharge, but you don’t spare luxury when it comes to yourself. A giant velvet headboard or a tall, detailed armchair exists somewhere in your home; Something that is unique but also only for you.
Sagittarius (November 22 to December 21)
You’ve got a whimsical state of mind happening everywhere. You have easy to manage decor that can be swapped out, but you usually keep a few pieces front and center that reflect your interests. Rarely is anything organized, but not because you don’t care. You just feel there are more important things than having every aspect in order. If you can spend time planning your next trip or reading your favorite philosophy book, why wouldn’t you?
Capricorn (December 22 to January 19)
Calendars and schedules everywhere, full of to-dos. You like to keep things simple and classic. You have a modern style couch, sleek and sophisticated accents, and plenty of storage space to keep non-essentials out of the way. You have a room or space dedicated solely to your work projects, and it’s the most organized area in your home. You aren’t stressed about everything being spotless, but you do like things to be in order and presentable.
Can Water be Affected by Emotions?
by Ghost Hunting Theories.
Masaru Emoto was an author (The Hidden Messages in Water) who took on an arena most refer to as pseudoscience pondering if our human consciousness can affect properties of water. His experiments shed light on possibilities that boggle the mind.
Utilizing Magnetic Resonance Analysis technology and high speed photographs, he exposed the water to various emotions before photographing the crystals they formed.
The water experiment involved prayer over the water and then photography. With positive prayer, the crystals formed symmetric, flawless, and glorious patterns.
Emoto moved on to using music to see the response and was pleasantly surprised. It seemed that beautiful crystals formed with classical music and distorted ugly ones occurred with heavy metal music.
Considering the human body is made up of 60% water molecules, it makes you wonder about how negative emotions can affect our own bodies and create discordant molecules versus ones that are ideal alignment.
I had wondered if perhaps the vibrations of sound waves affected the water, but even a written word, foreign languages, prayer, and other situations seemed to affect the water too. (video above)
The concept of manifesting may be tapping into a way we can guide ourselves toward positive images and outcomes. Your health, your destiny, might be entwined by your very thoughts and exposures in your life that affect the molecules in your own body.
Is it possible to affect water crystals with focus of prayer, emotion or music?
When you consider that water is the stuff of life, then life should be the stuff of water.
Gilberto Rides Again, Chapter 27
by Stephen Halpert
Maria kissed Gilberto and danced off to the shower. Gilberto stretched, put on his drawstrings and a tee shirt then walked to the other end of the condo to check on Joey and Mona. Joey was in his room doing homework. Mona had her doll house furniture spread out on her rug. She was playing contentedly.
Walking through the living room he looked out the window. Parked across the street was the same dark panel truck that had followed them earlier. Hurriedly he drew the curtain, went back to the bedroom and phoned Smith. Diana Rain answered. Gilberto’s voice was tight. “Company parked across the street. That same panel truck that followed us. It’s just parked there defiantly, waiting.” “I’m on it,” Rain said flatly. “Stay inside. Don’t let your kids or Maria go out.”
“Not to worry.” Gilberto clenched his fist. Anger surged through him. How dare anyone threaten his family!
“Stay inside,” Rain repeated. “I mean it. No heroics. This has to be some kind of set up.”
“You reading my mind?”
He heard her snicker. “Just stay in. I’m on it.” The connection ended.
Maria came in. “What’s going on? Your face is all red. Your jaw is clenched. What’s upsetting you?”
He sighed. “I didn’t want to worry you, so I didn’t tell you what’s been happening at Atlas since we got home from Greenbush.”
She nodded. “You mean the saga of Sara Midgley?”
“More than that.” He went on to explain.
Maria frowned. “After all my efforts! My relaxation therapy is going up in smoke.” She smiled slyly. “Now we’ll just have to do it all over again.”
But he was too nervous to appreciate her subtly. “Maria,” he said forcefully, “there’s a truck parked across the street. The same one that’s been following after us giving us trouble.”
She nodded. “Does that mean you don’t want supper? I was just going to do some cooking.”
He sighed. “I just spoke with Rain.
She nodded. “I suppose.”
His voice rose. “This is serious. Why do you always sound blasé when there’s something serious?”
Maria put her hand on his arm and stroked it. “I’m sorry. I’m not being blasé; I just don’t want you overwhelmed by stress.”
He shook his head vehemently. “That won’t happen.”
“How do you know? You can’t control your blood pressure. You’re not invincible.”
He grinned. “Of course I am.” He picked up his phone and put it down again. He started pacing. What he wanted to do was go outside and pull out whoever was inside that truck.
His phone rang. It was Diana Rain again. “We’re on our way. No need to be the last action hero and end up dead.” The call ended as abruptly as it began.
Maria came back from the kitchen. “Tuna burgers and a salad? I fed the children so we could have a quiet supper together.”
Gilberto shook his head. “I’m not hungry.”
She sighed. “You’ve got to eat.”
“I will, just not now.”
She peered out through the opening of the curtain. “One of the side doors seems open.”
“Maria!” He tugged her arm. “Get away from the window. I want you safe.”
She frowned. “Funny why it should be open. Unless someone’s prowling around outside.”
He wanted to go check things out. But he heeded Rain’s warning. Then he saw a long black sedan with official plates and a smaller car both pull up and park beside the panel truck. Moments later his device rang.
“You can come down,” Rain’s voice was taut. “But touch nothing. Keep your hands in your pockets.”
He nodded, shrugged, turned to go to the elevator.
“I’m going with you,” Maria said.
“No, forget it,” he growled.
“Must you always protect me?” His voice calmed. “Maria these people are dangerous. Please.” He put his device in his pocket, kissed her. “I’ll phone you, ok?”
“Ok Superman. Just don’t trip over any kryptonite.”
Downstairs, Rain was standing in his condo’s doorway. Her face was white, her eyes wide. She beckoned him to follow her. Two agents he hadn’t seen before were taking pictures. Blood splattered the interior of the panel truck. On the floor lay the dead bodies of the three Chinese thugs who had accosted them earlier that day in the Sushi bar. They were slashed viciously.
The smell of death was everywhere.
The panel truck went onto the tow truck. The agents waved to the driver and to Rain, got into the sedan and drove off.
“I wonder how long they’ve been dead,” Rain said. “Looked like they were sliced up with a carving knife.”
Gilberto immediately thought of the derelict who had accosted him. He told Rain of the long, twisted blade that had appeared from his left sleeve.
His device rang. “Are you alright?” Maria’s voice was tense.
“Yes, we’re coming up,” Gilberto said.
Once inside the condo Maria smiled at Diana Rain. “I’ve just heated up some tuna burgers. Hope you can join us for some supper.”
Diana Rain smiled. “So you’re Maria, the woman who keeps this beast tamed.”
“What?” Gilberto looked quizzical. “I don’t understand what you just said.”
“You don’t have to,” Maria smiled. She turned to Diana Rain. “He’s really just a pussy cat.”
Rain laughed. Gilberto was about to speak when Rain’s device jingled. She answered, listen, closed her phone. It ran again. Her face grew grim. She closed the call and turned to Gilberto.
“Apparently they were killed not long after they came at us this afternoon. I’m glad I got out of there when I did and avoided their wrecking crew.”
Maria smiled. “And to think I’m married to this mild mannered man who runs shipping for Amazon.”
“Complications,” Diana Rain said. The second call was from the hospital. Buzz’s dead. He died this afternoon from a massive coronary.”
“That must really mess up the situation at Atlas,” Maria said.
Gilberto nodded. “I guess Sara Midgley’s the acting CEO, at least until there’s stockholder meetings.”
Maria frowned, served three helpings of tuna burgers “Who knows how long that could take?”
Rain frowned. “I’m suspicious of that coronary.”
(to be continued)
Kitty Kat’s Korner!
Why Do Cats Blink Slowly?
By Susan Logan McCracken
A few years ago, a trend led people to test the theory that you could know if a smile was real or fake by examining the eyes. Squinty, wrinkly eyes meant the smile was genuine, while eyes that lacked wrinkling indicated the smile was insincere. The Duchenne smile became defined as a smile that involved the muscles surrounding the eyes as well as the upturning of the lips, according to the American Psychological Association. “Duchenne smiles are believed to be authentic smiles, as opposed to posed, voluntary non-Duchenne smiles that lack the orbicularis oculi component.”
But before judging a non-Duchenne smile as insincere, a 2021 study by Carnegie Mellon University tested the theory and concluded that eye wrinkling may have more to do with the intensity of the feelings behind the smile, not necessarily the sincerity of the smile.
The Duchenne smile is a popular study of human psychology, but it turns out that cats also have their ways of smiling, and it involves expressing and reading emotions through the eyes.
A Kitty Smile
Cats are prolific communicators and have many modes of communication. They communicate with their voices, mostly to their humans. They communicate with their ears and tails and by rubbing their pheromones onto things. They communicate with their eyes with each other and with people.
Among cats, closing their eyes in the presence of other cats is a sign of trust and that they can be trusted. They are communicating their trust in the other individual and that they themselves are no threat.
When your cat closes his eyes slowly at you, he is demonstrating contentment, security and a relaxed state. It is the closest thing to a kitty Duchenne smile. And when you return a slow blink to your cat, you’re smiling back.
A groundbreaking study published in the Oct. 5, 2020, issue of Scientific Reports, suggested that slow blinking is a form of positive communication between cats and humans.
The researchers conducted two experiments involving 21 cats and their caretakers from 14 households in the first and 24 different cats from eight households and total strangers in the second. The people who participated in the second experiment had no prior contact with the cats, and when they slow blinked at the cats, they also extended a hand to them.
The researchers noted that the cats delivered more slow blinks to their caretakers if their caretakers were slow blinking at them but not if their caretakers were simply in the room and not slow blinking. Even when the total strangers slow blinked at the cats, the cats reciprocated with eye narrowing movements. And when the strangers extended their hand, the cats were more likely to approach the strangers following slow blinking interactions than if the strangers had kept a neutral face and made no eye contact.
The study results confirmed that cats’ slow blinks appear to express positive emotions, but further research is needed to draw solid conclusions. Possibly the first study of its kind to investigate the role of the slow blink in feline-human communication, the results do appear promising that the behavior indicates positive feelings.
“Such findings could potentially be used to assess the welfare of cats in a variety of settings, including veterinary practices and shelter environments as well as enhancing cat-human communication in the human home,” the researchers wrote, adding that this is still an under-studied field of research.
Those of us who have lived with cats for a long time know the look when our cats slowly close their eyes and offer us an expression of utter contentment. It’s a look that invokes in us feelings of happiness and reminders that we all need to relax and smile more.
Georgia Nicols Weekly Horoscope: Sunday, November 14, 2021
Yikes! The energy this week will be like tabloid headlines. “Secret KFC Recipe Revealed!” “Who Killed JFK?” Yes, it will old home week for conspiracy theorists. This is because deep, dark secrets will come to light this week. Not only will a “light” reveal unknown mysteries or classified information – it will also trigger revelations that prompt people to leave stagnant, oppressive relationships. Outmoded structures will be cast aside. People are waking up and they want change! Mid-week, tempers will flare. Friday’s Lunar Eclipse will be the last straw. (No plastic, please.) My only hope is this doesn’t include my family’s secret recipe for chili. After all – some things are sacrosanct.
Aries (March 21-April 19)
This could be a momentous week for you with money, earnings, cash flow and especially, your financial involvement with others, especially partners. A dispute about shared ownership might arise. Financial secrets regarding the ownership of something or debt might come out. A secret could involve an authority figure, especially a parent or an older family member. You might feel betrayed or denied important information. As the week goes on, this tough energy will build. (Wednesday could be particularly nasty.) By Friday, the Full Moon brings everything to a head. Things need to be resolved. You want the facts and you want the freedom to govern what you own wholly or in a shared way. Simple.
Taurus (April 20-May 20)
When it comes to money, you practically manufacture the stuff in your backyard. This week, you can expect disputes with partners and close friends that might also involve a parent or an authority figure or even the government because it feels like the world is out to get you. This conflict could be triggered by the discovery of information of which you were unaware. (You were either ignorant or deceived.) By Wednesday, you will express your displeasure! After that, the only Full Moon in your sign all year will occur on Friday. Hopefully, it peaks — once again, peace will be in the land and the crops shall be fertile and milk and honey will flow.
Gemini (May 21-June 20)
Although this is a crunchy week for many, I think it will be lighter for you. (Fingers crossed.) Nevertheless, you might have anxiety or disputes about your health. In fact, health concerns could trigger arguments with someone? Or perhaps these arguments will be related to your job or your work? They could also be related to your involvement with your pet or pets because something will trigger conflict in these areas for you. This conflict might be exacerbated by rules and regulations or the law. Very likely, you will feel a buildup of these problems but hopefully, after the Full Moon on Friday, you will have a sense of resolution. In fact, these problems should diminish and perhaps, even disappear? (One can only hope.)
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Patience is the antidote to anger. It does not remove the cause of anger; but it will stop anger from doing more damage. Remember this if you find yourself in conflict with your kids, a romantic partner, or a colleague in sports, the entertainment world or working with youth. You might argue with someone about fundraising or how to use a specific amount of money or a mandate. By Wednesday, you might be full battle. This could get even worse by the Full Noon on Friday! The good news is that fair Venus is opposite your sign and this will assuage difficulties with others. Plus, you’re a sensitive, caring person.
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
This might be a challenging week for you. (Yes, we’re talking Bad Day at Black Rock.) Your home and your family will be interrupted in a major way. Family conflicts might be the result. You might also be at odds with your partner. People are very independent, and in the midst of all this, hidden secrets might come out! A family member might rebel against any kind of authority in the family. This could be very touchy on Wednesday; and by the Full Moon on Friday, the tension is palpable. Fortunately, following this, everything might quickly subside. Yay! Things fall into place and there’s even seconds on dessert. (Fingers crossed!)
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
Please note that there’s a lot of wild energy flying around this week. It could promote an accident-prone situation for your sign. Obviously, nothing has to happen. It’s just a potential – a possibility. Be aware that you might suddenly be arguing with relatives, daily contacts or neighbours, especially about controversial issues in our society. This could impact your job and even your health. Quite likely, you are worked up about something and feeling intellectually aggressive. Is this wise? Anger only clouds your thinking. Wednesday might be a day of confrontation. Frankly, things will not let up until after the Full Moon on Friday. Don’t try to win an argument. Don’t try to be right. Just relax.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
We are all dealing with confrontational issues this week, and for you, it could relate to money, possessions and your kids. You might quarrel about cash flow, earnings or who is responsible for what. Perhaps your values are different from those of someone else? (It’s particularly challenging when you encounter this in your kids.) Keep an open mind to hear the other person’s point of view because this is helpful. Also keep in mind that we are all receiving different inputs of information from different media sources. Contradictory information simply promotes confrontations. Practice patience on Wednesday, and wait until the Full Moon is over on Friday for things to settle down. You’ve got this.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
There’s no question that this is a challenging week. The tough aspects that are taking place involve the Sun, Mercury and fiery Mars — all in your sign. They are sitting at odds with Uranus and stern Saturn. As if that weren’t enough, at the end of the week, the only Full Moon opposite your sign all year will take place. What to do? Slow down! Take it easy. Minimize what you want to do. Be patient with everyone. Be kind to yourself. Have a coffee with Baileys. (Canned whipped cream is fine.) Sit this one out in a gentle, easy-going way for your own good. Quite literally, you need to wait for the storm to pass. Pamper yourself with good food and drink. Feet up. Fun TV.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
Resist the urge to get involved with philosophical concepts that lead to confrontations with others this week because the odds are that this will happen. But will it be fun? No way. You like to get along with others. You love exploring ideas and enjoying lofty, profound discussions. But who needs confrontations and arguments? Avoid these, if possible, especially related to your work, your health or your pet. Don’t make a big deal about anything. Be as easy going and forgiving as you can because in the end – you will be the one who benefits. Who wants to have their belly in a rash? Not you! (“I want to get off eBay and get on an E-bike.”)
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
You like to minimize collateral damage and keep up appearances because life runs more smoothly that way. You’re right. Very smart. You know that appearances are everything. Therefore, consider this week an opportunity for you to demonstrate grace under pressure, because there’s a strong likelihood that you will find yourself at odds with a friend, or perhaps your kids, or you might be at odds with a group. Things could get nasty. By Wednesday, people might be at each other’s throats! Not good. Financial responsibilities might be in the picture as well. All this will come to a head and hopefully, become resolved after the Full Moon on Friday. (Would that it were that simple – and it just might be.)
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
This week will have some challenges. Quite likely, you will find yourself at odds with an authority figure – boss, parent, even the police. For starters, deep, dark secrets might be revealed either to others or just to you. If it’s just to you, it might be a profound revelation about something that you can no longer ignore. It’s as if long-hidden information has suddenly come to light! Things will be volatile on Wednesday. The slightest provocation might provoke an argument. And by Friday, the only Full Moon that occurs all year in your House of Home and Family will take place. Do what you can to keep the peace, but of course, you also have to maintain your integrity as a human being.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
Be aware that this week is an accident-prone time for you. Of course, an accident doesn’t have to happen but it might happen if you’re angry, flustered or distracted. Therefore, pay attention to everything you say and do, especially when jogging, walking and driving. It’s important to guard against knee-jerk reactions where you suddenly blurt something out and then you can’t take it back. This could be regrettable. (It’s definitely something you want to avoid.) Think about what is best for everyone. Generally speaking, what’s good for the bee is good for the hive. Next year will be a much easier year for you because lucky Jupiter will be in your sign. This is reassuring.
Weekly Horoscopes Beginning Sunday, 14 November 2021
If you’re born within a cusp period (16 to 26 of any month); you’re advised to read horoscopes of both signs covered by that period. You’re on the border; you may have influences from houses within those signs.
Outlines are longer versions; consist of every possible detail of everyday and are based on three parts of each sign: 1st, 2nd & 3rd Decan; that is, any of three divisions of 10° within a sign of the zodiac. Even if you know or don’t know your Decan; I recommend, please read all three Decan.
Personal theme: I am!!
Fire & cardinal sign: March 21 — April 19
Your horoscope for this week:
Recently you faced a range of issues. True, you didn’t always spot what you were learning at the time. Looking back, you’re beginning to recognise that clashes over who’s responsible for what triggered informative discussions. Better yet, often, they led to exciting encounters or new ventures. Now that the pace is slowing, review what’s worth taking with you into the next chapter of your life.
Think about it more before taking up a senior colleague’s proposal. As tempting as they might make this offer sound, there are things they aren’t telling you. There’s every chance they are motivated by what is best for themselves and not for you. Someone you live with feels as if their ideas aren’t getting the respect they deserve. When they aren’t happy, the rest of your household will feel miserable too. You might ask how you can make them feel more included.
At the end of what promises to be a super busy week, there is a Lunar Eclipse (Friday 19th). Slightly ahead of that even, your ruling planet, Mars, opposes Uranus. Eclipses mark both endings and beginnings. It may be that you’re coming to the end of a project or a working partnership – an eventuality that’s made clear even as early as Monday when someone announces plans that make it clear they’re moving on. Yes, you could be exasperated and irritated. The other possibility (and remember Aries is one of the more independent minded signs of the zodiac and doesn’t necessarily follow the rule book), is that you will engage with someone who is sparky and efficient but lacks qualifications. You might then fight for them to be brought onto your team by Wednesday. That too would mark the closing of one way of working and open the door to the next.
Personal theme: I have!!
Earth & fixed sign: April 20 — May 20
Your horoscope for this week:
Usually, planning ahead is wise. Instead, focus on disentangling yourself from elements of the past. Some are merely distracting and others a burden. However, a few could, if ignored, become an obstacle to making timely changes or prevent you taking advantage of exciting ideas or offers for the future. Are your instincts saying something better is coming? Trust them. What’s least expected could be unexpectedly powerful.
You will find it less stressful to stick with jobs you are familiar with. Taking on some overtime will provide you with a great excuse to pull out of family or social plans you hadn’t been keen on. There is someone you want to avoid for a peaceful life. Decisions you have to make concerning your career should be based on logic. A colleague is too emotional and you can see how letting feelings get in the way is holding them back.
At the end of what promises to be an extremely busy week for all signs, there is a Lunar Eclipse in your sign. There hasn’t been one like this since 2002. View this as the closing of one chapter prior to the opening another in just a couple of weeks’ time. Before Friday, both Mercury and Mars oppose Uranus (still travelling through your sign). Expect to be challenged. This is not about someone disagreeing with the direction you want to take, but more that they need reassurance that you know what you’re doing. Recall, your entrepreneurial spirit has been developing since Uranus entered your sign a couple of years ago. You may not yet have had opportunity to explore hidden talents but have known that you needed to do something different. The potential for moving forward onto a different career path (yes, most likely with new colleagues), is much increased after this week. Difficulties should not be viewed as negatives, but rather as testing points.
Personal theme: I think!!
Air sign: May 21 — June 20
Your horoscope for this week:
While you enjoy a lively debate, minor differences could turn into obstacles. The issue? Certain individuals lack imagination, so don’t understand what you have in mind. For now, forget about complicated arrangements. Instead, invest time in discussions that will broaden your horizons, in terms of people and ideas, and just when you need a breakthrough. The more you explore, the better. Final decisions can wait.
A shopping trip with a friend who has an eye for a bargain will be both fun and productive. They will not only help save you a lot of money but they will spot something you have been looking for at a price you can afford. It won’t be easy to get your views across regarding a family issue. An older relative is determined to have the last word and it doesn’t matter what you say, they have already made their mind up.
This week opens with Mercury, your ruling planet opposing Uranus, the planet of the unexpected. Your imagination could take off and in a direction that even you hadn’t expected. Whilst fuelled by new ideas, you could be ambushed and enter in to a ‘war zone’ or serious dispute mid-week. Though you might enjoy the general excitement, you surely won’t enjoy the fact that there is so much chaos and upheaval around. At the end of this week there is a lunar eclipse in neighbouring Taurus. This special Full Moon usually marks an ending. Following on from mid-week hiatus, it will likely become clear that certain individuals are in the process of moving on. Though temporarily discombobulating, know that following the Solar Eclipse at the beginning of December, that a new working relationship will form: one that would allow you to develop a talent which for the last 18 months has been given insufficient attention.
Personal theme: I feel!!
Water & cardinal sign: June 21 — July 22
Your horoscope for this week:
It’s a bumpy week. Everybody’s experiencing ups and downs, including you. However, these heightened feelings are natural, especially as you move towards the eclipsed Full Moon on Friday the 19th. The secret? Use this period to focus on, and discuss openly, feelings that often remain unspoken. from doubts to expressions of affection. You’ll not only boost everybody’s spirits; you’ll learn a lot from the resulting conversations.
Someone in the family is trying to persuade you to part with your cash. Whether it’s to buy something they can’t afford for themselves or they are wanting a loan, don’t feel obliged to go along with their suggestions. You and a partner need to do some research about the risks of going into a new joint venture. Once you’ve talked about it, this will seem like the right thing to do and at least you aren’t rushing into anything.
Friday’s Full Moon is also a Lunar Eclipse and yes, Cancerians can panic around these times: disruption in Earth’s magnetic field can be discombobulating. Slightly ahead of this eclipse, both Mercury and then Mars oppose Uranus, suggesting that colleagues could throw effective sidewinders. You could feel temporarily threatened. Remember, this eclipse heralds a solar in two weeks’ time. Ideas are not yet fully formed. Advancement is more likely after December 4. For now, many people may be testing the water. You’re not immune to cosmism pressures. Viewed positively, it’s very likely that one of your creative ideas that hasn’t yet been given full attention, will demand more. To do that, might mean relinquishing the reins in one area so that you can focus on where you feel your talents would be better used. In this respect, a Scorpio could prove your best ally.
Personal theme: I will!!
Fire & fixed sign: July 23 — August 22
Your horoscope for this week:
You’ve a knack for turning even tricky times into a party. However, as you approach the events triggered by the eclipsed Full Moon, on Friday the 19th, you’ll acknowledge that even timely changes are challenging. Yet you’ll also be aware that because these influence others, too, those around you will also be making major shifts in their lives, activities or passions. Be bold. You won’t regret it.
If you aren’t making improvements to your home, you and your family will be discussing the possibility of relocating. You could be swapping the city for the countryside or vice-versa. Only when you are all in agreement will you take action on such a big move. You’re determined to make a good job of a task you take on and because you are serious about this, you will strive for success at all costs.
At the end of what promises to be a highly turbulent week, there is a Lunar Eclipse. This ‘sophisticated Full Moon’ draws attention to the backbone of your solar chart and property matters especially. This super cosmic event follows on from major aspects involving Mercury, Mars, Jupiter Uranus – all travelling through Fixed signs like your own. These aspects should be experienced as major chords heralding something special. Hold the thought that next month’s Solar Eclipse is in another of the Fire signs and that new beginnings are on the way. For now, much wheeling and dealing will need to be done: making this an excellent week for buying and selling. By Friday, you’ll feel to be concluding a problem that’s nagged at you for much of 2021.
Personal theme: I analyse!!
Earth sign: August 23 — September 22
Your horoscope for this week:
Understandably, your uncertain feelings about various elements of your life have meant putting potential changes on hold. However, judging by the current powerful planetary activity, destiny will take a hand in ensuring the old begins to go and the new is at least introduced. Once you and others know more about what’s coming and the potential benefits, you’ll exchange your anxieties for an eagerness to proceed.
You have always paid attention to detail. You would rather take your time with a task and get it right first time than rush it and have to do it all over again. You know that one small error could take hours or even days to put right and that’s why you are annoyed with someone who is working alongside you whose carelessness could cost you, too. A young relative will make it through to the final of a competition. They would appreciate your company and support.
As this week begins, your ruling planet, Mercury opposes Uranus, the planet of the unexpected and yes, quite often, political drama. You could be caught up in a hiatus that builds into Mars’ opposition to that same planet mid-week. All this comes ahead of an important Lunar Eclipse on Friday: setting the scene for potential alteration in your career direction. Though it might at first seem that more doors are being slammed than opened, this is part of the process: the closing of one chapter before another can open. In particular, you may feel that Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius colleagues are being less than supportive. It might appear that they are now hellbent on actions that would mess up your routine and methods of working. Adjustment will be necessary. Bear in mind though, that this is something you can do and that long-term it might even be beneficial.
Personal theme: I balance!!
Air & cardinal sign: September 23 — October 22
Your horoscope for this week:
Since early November, you’ve been carefully reviewing what, and who, adds to your life and, equally, those elements that leave you drained. You’ve already undertaken major changes, so know the benefits decisive action brings. These experiences are preparing you for the powerful events triggered by the eclipsed Full Moon on Friday the 19th. This accents every sign, so you can explore your options together with others.
You feel irritated with the way a workmate or fellow student is leaving you to do all the work. You don’t like to say no but you also don’t like the way they are taking your kindness for granted. As much as you hate making waves, it is time to stand up to them and encourage them to do their fair share. A change of scenery is what you could do with right now. Getting away from familiar places and faces will allow you to see your life from a different perspective.
It will likely seem as though you are encountering storms; and yes, your balance will be affected. Venus is passing over the base of your solar chart and the need to have your scales in perfect balance will be strong: any little thing could tip them out of true. The fact that first Mercury, and then Mars, opposes Uranus mid-week and that those aspects are followed by a lunar eclipse on Friday, suggests this will be a week of high drama and that maintaining any balance will be super challenging. Yet you do have experience and know how to hold a vision. You’re also good at seeking out those who will give assistance. Don’t underestimate your powers of persuasion and know too, that as others alter their career direction, this could reveal paths for you to explore.
Scorpio & Ophiuchus
Personal theme: I desire!!
Water & fixed signs: October 23 — November 21
Your horoscope for this week:
For you, as a Scorpio, ideally decisions are analysed, discussed in depth, then made. While this is exactly what you’ve done over the past weeks, with the actual circumstances shifting, you’ll need to review, if not rethink, your plans. Take it slowly. With eclipses shaking things up on the 19th and in early December, the actual circumstances you’re dealing with, and your perspective, could change dramatically.
Curb any impatience that makes you want to see results when the more care you put into what you do, the better the consequences. If you rush at anything or into anything, it is highly likely the wrong decisions will be made. Your best friend will introduce you to their new partner. This could produce some bitter feelings when this is someone you knew in the past you never expected to see again.
Friday’s lunar eclipse is in your opposite sign. It aligns with Uranus the planet of both the unexpected and of politics. Others are likely to take a stand. You likely know that this is coming from Monday. First Mercury, and then Mars both travelling through your sign oppose this planet of politics. The cut and thrust of argument might in terms delight and excite you. It should be obvious by Friday, that there is no turning back and that you have to take up a position. It may not be entirely comfortable. Yours is one of the fixed signs of the zodiac you don’t do change easily. You consider carefully. You may not be given much time to do that. Yet eclipses mark both endings and beginnings. You may already be excited about possibilities especially if these are property related. This high probability that very soon, your outlook will be very different and that the people and energies you attract will stimulate you in exciting ways.
Personal theme: I see!!
Fire sign: November 22 — December 21
Your horoscope for this week:
Recent situations haven’t just been complicated, they’ve forced you to rethink plans, some longstanding. While, often, this was irritating, you learnt a lot and many of the resulting insights have taken you in unexpected, and intriguing, directions. However, the pace is frustratingly slow, especially for you, as an impatient fire sign. Judging by early December’s planetary activity, what’s coming your way will be worth waiting for.
You’re tired of listening to other people’s opinions. A lot of time is being wasted in discussion. You will prefer to get on rather than sit around talking about what everyone intends to do. If others don’t take action soon, you will move forward without them. A neighbour will want to discuss a recent event with you. They are hoping you will feel as strongly about this as they do but you sense they are making mountains out of molehills. Don’t get involved.
Friday’s Lunar Eclipse is the first of its kind since 2002. The lunar nodes have now moved away from the Gemini Sagittarius axis and into neighbouring Torres Scorpio. This is a shift for all signs. You though, should feel as though you’re moving away from the centre of a storm and that now is the time to regroup. In the days leading up to this cosmic event, first Mercury and then Mars oppose Uranus the planet of instability. Anticipate then, to be shocked, surprised, amazed and even possibly excited particularly by decisions taken by Taurus, Leo, Scorpio or Aquarius friends and colleagues. They won’t all be going through exactly what you faced in the last 18 months but they’ll certainly be faced with challenges. Though doubtless need your support. Take care that you don’t imply superhuman qualities. It would surely be wise to conserve energy especially given that it seems you are thirsty for new information and could, in the course of the next couple of weeks, embark on an educational programme.
Personal theme: I use!!
Earth & cardinal sign: December 22 — January 19
Your horoscope for this week:
In late October, you began a decisive cycle. Part of this has involved decluttering your life, saying farewell to unprofitable activities or alliances. This wasn’t easy, but it’s cleared the way for a series of amazing, if often unsettling, encounters, ideas and offers. While, obviously, you’d like to get things settled, take it slowly. There’s lots more coming, some as unexpected as it is amazing.
You did not expect to have to take over a job that puts you in the limelight. You much prefer working behind the scenes but you may have to step in at the last moment to stand in for an absent colleague. Nothing is ever completely straight forward but you will cope admirably. Disturbances and distractions in the neighbourhood could be affecting your sleep. There will be many complaints as residents get together, hoping something will be done about this soon.
Anticipate employing crisis management over the next few days. In the lead into Friday’s important lunar eclipse, first Mercury and then Mars opposes the planet known to bring instability and chaos, you run us. Though your sign doesn’t at first glance appear directly affected, it is likely that decisions taken by colleagues will have tremendous impact. Note that an Eclipse marks the closing of one chapter and the opening of another. This need not be a bad thing. Yet you may feel as though you’re being marched up to the top of the hill midweek and then lead back down again. It might even appear that having asked for your advice, others are intent on ignoring it. Once again, you may need to stand firm and wait for others to catch up with your thinking. This is been a recurrent theme now for a couple of years. He should soon diminish and be replaced instead, by a plan that brings you into closer contact with those who really do have your best interests at heart and are aware that more opportunities will open up for you in 2022.
Personal theme: I know!!
Air & fixed sign: January 20 — February 18
Your horoscope for this week:
It’s not that you’re stubborn. It’s just you’ve invested lots of time, effort and, in some cases, heart in certain arrangements and dislike the idea of changing them. Yet if you can overcome those concerns, you’ll discover a world of options as amazing as they are unexpected. At least explore these – and, in fact, anything that comes your way. You won’t regret it.
Discussions go round in circles. You are well aware of some people’s opinions as they are making sure they have their voices heard. Now you have heard them, you will act according to your own carefully considered views. Life will slow down to a more leisurely pace later in the week and this should give you the chance to pause and reflect. As you do you will know that in all important matters you have made the right choices.
On Friday there is a Lunar Eclipse in another of the Fixed signs. Prior to that event, first Mercury and then Mars oppose one of your ruling planets, Uranus. The entire planetary pictures suggests your world will be shaken. This may be no bad thing. It’s possible that you’ve been waiting for opportunity since the start of the year. Logistics may be an issue. Can you take on extra responsibility? and how can you cope with what you already have? Expect these issues to be raised, discussed and yes, perhaps even resolved by Friday. Property issues too may be raised. Fact is, that it’s highly likely that your career is now moving in altered direction. You’re perhaps ready for a fresh start. That should be easier to accomplish after next month’s Solar Eclipse. It may be that what you’re experiencing is a major clearing up process. High priority should be re-assessing your CV and bringing it up to date.
Personal theme: I believe!!
Water sign: February 19 — March 20
Your horoscope for this week:
There’s a trick to dealing with unsettling changes, both in circumstances and the general mood. It’s out of character, but don’t worry. Why? Because there’ll be yet more changes tomorrow, next week and in fact, until 4 December, when the powerful eclipse ends this cycle of dynamic growth. By then, you and others will have encountered ideas or offers far beyond anything you’d conceived possible, only recently.
Your intuition rarely lets you down and you are normally good at reading people. Occasionally though, you get it wrong. Someone who is new to your workplace is good at hiding their true feelings and for once, you can’t work out whether or not you are going to work well together. Time will tell. Family life is due some changes and you have a few ideas in mind for the future but you aren’t yet ready to discuss these.
Thankfully you’re good at thinking on your feet. You may need to do precisely that during what promises to be an extremely busy and yes, possibly very emotional week (marked by a Lunar Eclipse on Friday 19th). Ahead of this major cosmic event first Mercury, and then Mars oppose Uranus. Though neither affects your sign, you will likely experience the fallout as others declare their intentions. Remember, Uranus has a political edge. It’s very likely that at least one person will take a stand which do you seems most unwise. Yours is a sign that understands the need to hold several different perspectives and to be understanding. Where others show intransigence, you can foresee future difficulties. You may need to ‘talk someone down’ mid-week. Yet it’s probable that they’re in the process of leaving one situation in order to advance their case elsewhere. Whilst you might despair of the apparently potholed road they choose to travel; it may be that they need this experience before moving on to smoother path.