GrannyMoon’s Weekly Feast: 21 Nov 2021

May the world be kind to you, and may your own thoughts be gentle upon yourself ~Jonathan

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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Celtic Month of Reed – October 28 To November 23

Celtic Month of Elder – November 24th to December 23rd

Goddess Month of Cailleach/Samhain runs from 10/31 – 11/27

November

Week 4. National Family Week

26:  Yes, it is—Thanksgiving!

28: National French Toast Day

30: The Night of Hecate Trivia, the Night of the Crossroads.

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

November

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

December

5: Face to Face Class: 1-3:00 ~ WitchCrafting

12: Face to Face Class: 1-3:00 ~ The Herbal Cauldron

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

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High Priestess Training with GrannyMoon

http://GoddessSchool.com

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

Ceremonial Cords and frame-able Completion Certificates are awarded as members complete each level.

Level I – Initiate of the Sisters of the Burning Branch – White cord

Level II – Adept of the Sisters of the Burning Branch- Red cord

Level III – Priestess of the Sisters of the Burning Branch- Black cord

Level IV – High Priestess of the Sisters of the Burning Branch – Green cord

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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!

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 online 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.

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 $150.00 the entire Healing Arts Course (1-3) 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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Pearls of Wisdom Tarot

2 of Wands

Take the time to evaluate before making your decision. Explore all of your options. Always allow your intuition to take the lead. Remember to breathe!

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November 22, 2021 – November 28, 2021

~Coventry Creations 2021

In the last week of November, the energy lightens up enormously, with only Mercury moving into  Sagittarius, and the Sun conjoining Mercury.

We start the week off with the Moon moving through family-oriented Cancer. Connecting with family members and loved ones will be important this week. It’s also an excellent time to do some home improvements or redecorating.

On Wednesday, Mercury moves out of Scorpio and into fiery Sagittarius. Your mind will focus on potentials and possibilities, rather than the day-to-day grind. It’s time to focus on your goals and develop strategies to achieve them.

This weekend should be relatively enjoyable, with the Sun conjoined to Mercury. Use this energy to connect with friends and your social network.

Recommended Candles: Happy Home (Blessed Herbal), Mercury (Truth Serum), Crown of Glory (Motor City Hoodoo), Success (Chakra Magic)

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

Exactly who gets to decide who you are?

Time to leave the past in the past

This month, not only are we faced with an eclipse in Taurus, we’re faced with the problems of our past. We’re not talking about some cheesy Hollywood revenge film here. We’re talking about confronting our past with help, support, and (of course) a little bit of magic.

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Giving Thanks Can Make You Happier

From Harvard Health Publishing

Each holiday season comes with high expectations for a cozy and festive time of year. However, for many this time of year is tinged with sadness, anxiety, or depression. Certainly, major depression or a severe anxiety disorder benefits most from professional help. But what about those who just feel lost or overwhelmed or down at this time of year? Research (and common sense) suggests that one aspect of the Thanksgiving season can actually lift the spirits, and it’s built right into the holiday — being grateful.

The word gratitude is derived from the Latin word gratia, which means grace, graciousness, or gratefulness (depending on the context). In some ways, gratitude encompasses all of these meanings. Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible. With gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives. In the process, people usually recognize that the source of that goodness lies at least partially outside themselves. As a result, being grateful also helps people connect to something larger than themselves as individuals — whether to other people, nature, or a higher power.

In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.

People feel and express gratitude in multiple ways. They can apply it to the past (retrieving positive memories and being thankful for elements of childhood or past blessings), the present (not taking good fortune for granted as it comes), and the future (maintaining a hopeful and optimistic attitude). Regardless of the inherent or current level of someone’s gratitude, it’s a quality that individuals can successfully cultivate further.

Ways to cultivate gratitude

Gratitude is a way for people to appreciate what they have instead of always reaching for something new in the hopes it will make them happier or thinking they can’t feel satisfied until every physical and material need is met. Gratitude helps people refocus on what they have instead of what they lack. And, although it may feel contrived at first, this mental state grows stronger with use and practice.

Here are some ways to cultivate gratitude on a regular basis.

Write a thank-you note. You can make yourself happier and nurture your relationship with another person by writing a thank-you letter or email expressing your enjoyment and appreciation of that person’s impact on your life. Send it, or better yet, deliver and read it in person if possible. Make a habit of sending at least one gratitude letter a month. Once in a while, write one to yourself.

Thank someone mentally. No time to write? It may help just to think about someone who has done something nice for you and mentally thank the individual.

Keep a gratitude journal. Make it a habit to write down or share with a loved one thoughts about the gifts you’ve received each day.

Count your blessings. Pick a time every week to sit down and write about your blessings — reflecting on what went right or what you are grateful for. Sometimes it helps to pick a number — such as three to five things — that you will identify each week. As you write, be specific and think about the sensations you felt when something good happened to you.

Pray. People who are religious can use prayer to cultivate gratitude.

Meditate. Mindfulness meditation involves focusing on the present moment without judgment. Although people often focus on a word or phrase (such as “peace”), it is also possible to focus on what you’re grateful for (the warmth of the sun, a pleasant sound, etc.)

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MY THANKSGIVING MESSAGE

November 19, 2021

I am honored and blessed to have you as part of my life.  May this holiday season bring love to your life, health to your body, and peace to your home now and always.

Thanksgiving isn’t just a holiday that comes once a year. It’s an everyday thing, giving thanks daily for the gifts of clean air, food, water and loving healthy relationships. Peace, love and a true thanksgiving!

Have you stopped to think about it?

What DO you have to be thankful for?

Having the Gratitude Attitude

Yes, it might feel great to win the lottery. Money, houses, travel – these are wonderful, but not enough by themselves. You need the right frame of mind to fully enjoy life. You need the attitude of gratitude.

Be Grateful

Be thankful that you are able to breathe on your own without the use of a machine. Be thankful that you can get out of bed without assistance. Be thankful that you can walk, talk, and see. There’s so much to be grateful for every day of your life, it’s just changing your attitude.

Life is better when you feel blessed, when you can look around and say “Thank you, Creator.” Religious or not, when you see life as a wonderful gift, your experience is a richer one than any amount of money can provide. Imagine going through life like you’re a child, and every morning is Christmas.

It’s tempting to think gratitude comes from having what you want. You see yourself giving thanks if you had money, a loving family, and maybe a house on the beach. Still, you know there are ungrateful, unhappy people with these things, and poor people full of gratitude for what little they have. Where does this feeling come from?

Creating Gratitude

Gratitude arises from how you look at things. It is the natural feeling that comes from truly appreciating the people and things in your life. It is also something you can learn.

You’re never too old to start learning how to be grateful.

First, you have to stop and smell the roses. You can’t be thankful for something you don’t notice or enjoy. Roses really do smell great, by the way.

Then, you need to make this appreciative approach to roses and life a habit. There’s no need to ignore the ugliness in the world, but you have to habitually see the beautiful things.

Start writing down every positive thing that happens to you, and all the things you like. I recommend buying a journal just for writing about gratitude. Do this until you start automatically seeing the good things in life. If you’ve ever bought a white car, and started seeing white cars all over, you know how awareness can alter your perception of reality.

To see wonderful things all over, train yourself to look for them.

When you are in the habit of “counting your blessings,” gratitude, and a much richer experience of life is the natural result. The Great Spirit Honors you when you count your blessings. You will find you are receiving more out of life then you ever did before once you develop a gratitude attitude.

Be thankful for what you have and have had.

May you feel the true blessing of being thankful this Thanksgiving.

I am grateful that you took the time to read this message.

Many Blessings,

Cherokee Billie

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Llewellyn’s Spell A Day

Solar Energy and Inspiration

NOVEMBER 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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Fuzzy Slipper Magick

NOVEMBER 20, 2021 BY NAJAH LIGHTFOOT

Today we’re going to use our third eye vision and look ahead into the future. I’m envisioning a day in the near future when you’ll want to relax, let go, and be. It will come after a time when you’ve been working hard spiritually, emotionally, or physically. This will be the day when you’ll need some fuzzy slipper magick.

Today, cast your eyes into the future and visualize a special pair of slippers or socks that make you feel instantly relaxed and comforted. Hold to that vision and visit it frequently until you see those magickal socks or slippers appear in an ad or a store. On that day, purchase or procure those slippers so that when your day of need arises, you will have magickally brought into being that which you need most, solidifying your power to visualize and manifest.

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Strengthen Your Foundation

NOVEMBER 19, 2021 BY MICHAEL FURIE

Early today, the sun is in Scorpio and the moon is in the opposing sign of Taurus. These are both “fixed” signs that prefer a strong foundation and a steady environment. Their near-perfect opposition today, with the earth caught in the middle (the eclipse), can result in a chaotic vibe. We can use magic to transform this condition. You’ll need a small table, a white candle, a black candle, and a chair.

Place the black candle on the left side of the table and the white one on the right. Safely light the candles, first the left one and then the right. Sit in the chair, placing both feet flat on the floor and both hands flat on the table, one in front of each candle. Close your eyes and feel yourself magnetically held in place. Feel solid and strong, fixed in place to the earth, where nothing can disturb you. Say this verse three times:

Chaos return to calm, foundation

steady and strong.

Open your eyes and extinguish the candles.

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Dream Pillow Healing

NOVEMBER 18, 2021 BY ELIZABETH BARRETTE

The root of health is sleep. The best healing happens at night. If you can’t sleep well, you probably don’t heal well either. So focus on ensuring a good night’s sleep to improve the rest of your health.

You can make a dream pillow by sewing a pouch or by putting one drawstring bag inside another, with their cinched openings in opposite directions. Fill the pouch with herbs for healing and sleep. A good combination of seven magical herbs is hops, chamomile, catnip, lavender, mint, rose petals, and sage. Use organic herbs if you can find and afford them. Fill most of the space with hops and/or chamomile, then add smaller amounts of the other herbs. Close the pouch by sewing it shut or pulling the drawstrings. Then say:

Sweet herbs, send me peaceful

sleep and heal me in the night.

Tuck the dream pillow into your bed and sleep with it at night.

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All My Luggage Spell

NOVEMBER 17, 2021 BY STORM FAERYWOLF

Many people travel at this time of year. Though it’s nice to have the freedom to travel, the hassles can be frustrating, one of the worst being lost luggage. Even if you don’t have immediate travel plans, this spell can prepare you for when you do.

You will need your suitcase(s) or other travel bag(s), a spool of wide, brightly colored ribbon, and scissors.

Ground and center. Measure and cut a length of ribbon, roughly nine feet long, for each of your bags, plus a shorter one about six feet. Tie each longer ribbon to a bag, saying:

Ribbon bright, I tie you here,

To keep my luggage safe and near.

The final ribbon you will carry with you while you travel, as a link to the others. Tie a knot in it and say:

A final knot to keep the others

Bound to me by silken colors.

Travel well!

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Rose Milk

NOVEMBER 16, 2021 BY KATE FREULER

Roses are famous for their association with love of all kinds—romance, friendship, goodwill, devotion, and more. Something many people don’t realize is that rose petals are also edible. To make rose milk, you will need one fresh rose and a cup of milk (either dairy or vegan). Make absolutely certain your rose comes from an organic source and has not been sprayed with chemicals.

Pull the petals off the rose one by one and place them in the shape of a heart on your altar or any flat surface. Put the glass of milk in the center. Visualize pink, loving light all around the rose petals. Now drop the petals into the milk one at a time. With each petal, state out loud something you’d like to attract in a relationship, such as trust, affection, support, or physical chemistry.

Allow the petals to sit in the milk for an hour in the fridge, then strain them out and dispose of them. Drink the milk or add it to your cereal or coffee. Focus on the pink vibrations that are now in your body, drawing loving energies straight to you.

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Sweet Words Spell

NOVEMBER 15, 2021 BY DEVIN HUNTER

Venus is in Capricorn today, bringing our relationships and matters of the home front and center. We might just find ourselves getting into arguments with our partners or close friends and family. Add the holiday tension many of us are feeling to the mix and, well, things could get rough! Cast this spell to have what you say be heard and to have your opinion be desired rather than dismissed.

To do this spell, all you need is some honey. About a teaspoon will do just fine. If you do not have honey, feel free to use any type of sweet syrup. Place the honey on your tongue, but do not swallow. Instead, close your eyes and swirl it around in your mouth. When your mouth is sufficiently coated, say:

As this honey is sweet to me,

So shall my words to you be!

Then swallow and speak your words with confidence for all to hear.

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Heartwings Love Notes 1009 Living with Thanksgiving

Heartwings says, “Gratitude is vital to a happy life.”

The celebration of gratitude called Thanksgiving has been a part of humanity since before recorded history. Harvest festivals were held in agricultural communities when the last crops were gathered in, and reverence in the form of offerings was given to whichever deity was worshipped for having helped with the growth of the crops.

People would gather to perform songs, dances, and other rituals to celebrate the harvest and pay homage to their deities. They believed that while they might plant and tend, they could not control the potential for disease, drought, bad weather, or other disasters. This was the province of the deity. These ceremonies were held to ensure good fortune would continue.

Our Thanksgiving, as every child learns, originated with the Pilgrims who had left England to avoid being persecuted for their Protestant faith. When it came to giving credit for their survival, the religious element remained strong: the worship of their Christian God as the source of the harvest bounty. His power and goodwill was invoked as a way of acknowledging their need for his good graces.

However originally, and logically, the deity worshipped by the more primitive peoples was feminine—a goddess by whatever name she was called. Offerings of the first fruits, or the last, were common as part of the celebrations. There were even a few different tribes that sacrificed a young girl as part of their harvest ritual.

An offering to acknowledge gratitude has been a common practice all the world over. Spilling a few drops of newly poured wine could be said to be similar to our saying grace at the beginning of a meal. Being thankful for my food at every meal is a good way to remind myself to be thankful throughout the day for whatever blessings I may receive. However, daily gratitude need not be confined to consuming food and drink.

When I step into my hot shower, I give thanks. When I slide into my comfortable bed, I do so again. A nice sunny day is another occasion for thanks. I have been and will again be grateful for some circumstances which might at first glance seem nothing for which to say thanks. These may at the time have seemed something to regret yet turned out to be helpful or useful lessons. This Thanksgiving as always, I will think about all that I am grateful for, and the day after it I will continue to do so.

May you find much to rejoice over, and for which to be grateful.

Blessings and Best Regards, Tasha Halpert

Do you have special circumstances for which to be grateful? If you would like to share them with me, I would be grateful to you! Your correspondence, dear reader, warms my heart and feeds my soul. Thanks in advance for writing to me at tashahal@aol.com and do visit my web pages at www.heartwingsandfriends.com .

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A Peanut Butter Cup Pie is the New Thanksgiving Flex

by Trey Hilburn III

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Thanksgiving Pie Sells Out and eBays for $500+

Do you want to flex really hard on Thanksgiving? Well, Reese’s is giving folks the chance. Their latest branded 3-pound peanut butter cup pie is all the rage on social media right now. The pie was exclusively available on Reese’s site and sold out in a couple of hours. I personally managed to score one not realizing that it was going to be a Thanksgiving phenomenon.

Now that the Reese’s pie has sold out in record time, it has gone on to eBay. The highest bidders are taking this one home for Thanksgiving and the bids are high. One of the recent bids opened at $310 and ended up selling at $500+!

When Reese’s opened up their peanut butter cup pie sale, they weren’t only exclusive to Reese’s site they were also limited to 3000 pies. Those 3000 pies got bought up really fast. The pie retailed for $44.95 each.

“When you bring together friends and family for Thanksgiving dinner, no table spread is complete without dessert, at Reese’s, we wanted to create a dessert that everyone wants a piece of.” Bo Jones, Senior associate brand manager for Reese’s said in a press release.

The folks that are selling the pies on eBay are raking in the cash now and earning huge profits on their Thanksgiving investment. Personally, I’m torn between bringing this sucker to Thanksgiving dinner to a house full of excited friends or selling it for hundreds of dollars.

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Sitting with Our Sadness

Sitting with our sadness takes the courage to believe that we can bear the pain and we will come out the other side.

The last thing most of us want to hear or think about when we are dealing with profound feelings of sadness is that deep learning can be found in this place. In the midst of our pain, we often feel picked on by life, or overwhelmed by the enormity of some loss, or simply too exhausted to try and examine the situation. We may feel far too disappointed and angry to look for anything resembling a bright side to our suffering. Still, somewhere in our hearts, we know that we will eventually emerge from the depths into the light of greater awareness. Remembering this truth, no matter how elusive it seems, can help.

The other thing we often would rather not hear when we are dealing with intense sadness is that the only way out of it is through it. Sitting with our sadness takes the courage to believe that we can bear the pain and the faith that we will come out the other side. With courage, we can allow ourselves to cycle through the grieving process with full inner permission to experience it. This is a powerful teaching that sadness has to offer us — the ability to surrender and the acceptance of change go hand in hand.

Another teaching of sadness is compassion for others who are in pain, because it is only in feeling our own pain that we can really understand and allow for someone else’s. Sadness is something we all go through, and we all learn from it and are deepened by its presence in our lives. While our own individual experiences of sadness carry with them unique lessons, the implications of what we learn are universal. The wisdom we gain from going through the process of feeling loss, heartbreak, or deep disappointment gives us access to the heart of humanity.

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Ghost Hunting Theories

Using Protective Stones

As a psychometrist, I can tell you that objects hold memories and feelings, but stones hold energy. Utilizing the energy for our own protection and goals is a long-held practice rooted in something very real – energy!

In dealing with spirit energy and wanting to protect oneself, whether at home or on investigations, here are some of the stones I suggest you consider carrying or wearing.

Turquoise

It is considered a whole body healer. Natives believe it to be a bridge between heaven and earth. It is said to move at the highest vibration of love and healing.

This stone is well used for situations where you are grieving or you need to let go of resentment and let in love.

Hematite

This absorbs negative energy and calms down stress. It is very protective and grounding. Can transform negative energy into positive.

I used to carry this one when I was going on job interviews or confronting someone that I was worried about dealing with.

Labradorite

Protects against negative energy, strengthening the aura, keeping you from having any energy leaks. It also provides confidence.

This is a great stone for when you have to be brave or when you might be around negative people. It’s a fantastic work place stone.

Amethyst

This is a healing stone for physical and emotional. It is helpful for insomnia and nightmares.

I would suggest this one be placed in your pillowcase when you sleep.

Rose quartz

This one is great for a happy heart, to attract love, to heal the heart, to clear out anger and jealousy.

This is a stone you should have on you when dealing with family, especially if there are old hurts. Life is too short to come from anywhere else but love.

Black Tourmaline

This one blocks negative energy and psychic attack.

It should be #1 for any ghost investigator. It also helps remove negative energies.

Fluorite

This one clears negative energies from your aura. Creates harmony from chaos. Concentration and balance.

This would be a good one to have at work to keep the energy around you from affecting you while helping your concentrate.

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How to Use Tarot in Your Daily Routine (Without Overwhelming or Scaring Yourself), According to Author Jessica Dore

by JULIANNE ISHLER

Woman is reading Tarot cards on the table in cafe

There are many types of ways to make decisions, both big and small. Some people create a pro/con list, while others mull it over until their heads feel like they’re going to explode. There’s no right or wrong way to go about it, but there are ways you can connect with yourself to access one of your most powerful decision-making tools: your intuition.

Tarot cards are just one of those ways you can tap into your inner self to get clarity around what’s best for you. Tarot is a highly personal practice, as well as a subjective one. Just as different people have different interpretations of the cards, there are also different methods to tap into the wisdom of a deck.

Of course, using the cards in your daily routine can be an excellent guide for helping you gain clarity and perspective. If you’re interested in starting a tarot practice or enriching the one you have, Jessica Dore, a licensed social worker, tarot reader, and author of the book “Tarot for Change,” believes you can integrate the cards into your routine for deeper fulfillment — and transform yourself in the process.

“I’m a big believer in making your practice your own, doing what feels best for you, and not getting too caught up on thinking these are the rules of what a tarot practice should look like,” she tells Apartment Therapy. Instead, getting familiar with your deck and learning the council of characters or archetypes presented to you can help you explore many different facets of yourself while putting the right questions in front of you. Dore talked to Apartment Therapy about her tarot reading process and how you can interpret and interact with the cards for deeper self-insight.

Jessica Dore: When I started reading tarot for myself probably 10 years ago or so, I found it very helpful to have a physical object that I could sit down with every day and have this ritual of pulling a card and then maybe journaling about it or looking up some meanings in books or on the internet. I just found having that time to check in with myself incredibly powerful. I think that really brings it back to a very basic thing that seems so simple, but it was really amazing, you know? Life is busy and it can be really transformative to do something very simple, like have a daily practice of pulling a tarot card and interacting with the image.

AT: How can someone use tarot for daily guidance and insight into their lives?

JD: Well, I think it’s common for people to feel intimidated by the deck — like you have to know what all the cards mean in order to get anything out of it or you have to have some pre-existing knowledge. I think the most important thing if you’re interested in using cards in this way is to find a deck that feels… you know, it’s a collection of 78 images and so you want to find images that are resonant for you. It’s like finding images that feel good in whatever way you need them to feel, and then just pull the card and experiment.

You don’t have to have any pre-existing knowledge, you can use a book like my book, or there’s many other books out there. There’s a lot of information on the internet — you can look up what the different cards that you pull mean but you can also just interact with the image. When I teach tarot classes, I encourage people to find a balance between relying on books and resources online that will tell you set meanings for the cards, and then also giving yourself space and time to interact with an image and just see what it brings up for you, just by looking at it.

I think that in itself can be really, really powerful and it’s one of the things I wanted to relay in the book, by offering writings about the cards that were not prescriptive. It doesn’t say, “Here’s what this card means.” It’s just a reflection that came from my own interacting with the image and then obviously various sources. I wanted to show people how anyone can do that.

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Waiting for Someday

All the joy and passion you can envision can be yours right now, rather than in a future point in time.

The time we are blessed with is limited and tends to be used up all too quickly. How we utilize that time is consequently one of the most important decisions we make. Yet it is far too easy to put off until tomorrow what we are dreaming of today. The hectic pace of modern existence affords us an easy out; we shelve our aspirations so we can cope more effectively with the challenges of the present, ostensibly to have more time and leisure to realize our purpose in the future. Or we tell ourselves that we will chase our dreams someday once we have accomplished other lesser goals. In truth, it is our fear that keeps us from seeking fulfillment in the here and now — because we view failure as a possibility, our reasons for delaying our inevitable success seem sound and rational. If we ask ourselves what we are really waiting for, however, we discover that there is no truly compelling reason why we should put off the pursuit of the dreams that sustain us.

When regarded as a question, “Why not now?” drains us of our power to realize our ambitions. We are so concerned with the notion that we are somehow undeserving of happiness that we cannot see that there is much we can do in the present to begin courting it. Yet when we look decisively at our existence and state, “Why not now, indeed!” we are empowered to begin changing our lives this very moment. We procrastinate for many reasons, from a perceived lack of time to a legitimate lack of self-belief, but the truth of the matter is that there is no time like the present and no time but the present. Whatever we aim to accomplish, we will achieve it more quickly and with a greater degree of efficiency when we seize the day and make the most of the resources we have at our disposal presently.

All the joy, passion, and contentment you can envision can be yours right now, rather than in some far-flung point in time. You need only remind yourself that there is nothing standing between you and fulfillment. If you decide that today is the day you will take your destiny into your hands, you will soon discover that you hold the keys of fate.

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Communication

Expressing ourselves honestly in any relationship is essential to our well-being.

When we are in a relationship where we feel listened to and understood, we count ourselves lucky because we know how rare that experience is. We reserve our most intimate selves for the people who, along with us, cocreate an open space where we feel free to express ourselves and listen without judgment. These relationships, which thrive on open communication, can mean the difference between existential loneliness and a deep sense of belonging. We all long to feel heard, understood, and loved, and clear communication makes this possible.

Sometimes problems arise in the process of expressing how we feel, but it is always worth it to do the work. Even in our less intimate relationships, expressing ourselves honestly is essential to our sense of well-being. Whether at home with family or in the outside world, successful communication requires some forethought; otherwise we risk blundering through our relationships like the proverbial bull in a china shop. However, too much forethought can stifle us or cause us to pad our words so extremely that we end up saying nothing at all or confusing the matter further. The good news is that there are many methods that can come to our rescue, from meditation to visualization to journaling.

If the person we need to communicate with is open to sitting in meditation together for a set period of time before speaking, this can be invaluable. When we are calm and centered, we can count on ourselves to speak and respond truthfully. We can also meditate on our own time and then practice what we need to say. A visualization in which we sit with the person and lovingly exchange a few words can also be a great precedent to an actual conversation. If writing comes easily, we can write out what we need to say; it may take several drafts, but we will eventually find the words. The key is to find ways to center ourselves so that we communicate meaningfully, lovingly, and wisely. In this way, we honor our companions and create relationships in which there is a genuine sense of understanding and respect.

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Gilberto: Chapter 28

by Stephen Halpert

Gilberto and Maria finished supper with Diana Rain. Gilberto felt uneasy.

“Odd,” Rain said. “Buzz having a massive heart attack. Last we heard he was resting comfortably and making progress recovering from a stroke.”

“Maybe someone didn’t want him to recover.” He took a deep breath, felt his chest tighten. For close to twenty years he had worked with Buzz, found him personable, fair, a good boss and an even better friend. Tears almost came to his eyes and he swallowed hard. He feared Atlas had grown too fast and now repercussions were setting in.

Maria served coffee. She looked quizzical.  “I wonder about the hospital security around him?”
“Couldn’t have been all that professional,” Rain said. “But we won’t know anything until the autopsy is filed. And Smith always says conjecture is for amateurs.” She thanked Maria and Gilberto for the supper, said good night and left.

Gilberto frowned. “If Atlas folds or gets bought up…”

Maria took his hand. “You’d still be Director of Shipping. You know too much.”

“Don’t know that I’d want to, be,” Gilberto said. “Maybe its time for a change.”

“Soccer coach at Houndstooth, maybe?” Maria smiled, leaned over and kissed him “Come with me. We’ve unfinished business to tend to.”

He shook his head. “Too much on my mind. I think I’d best talk with our broker and see about selling our Atlas stock. As it is we’ll make good profit.”

“You can do that in the morning. Right now I want you beside me. Seriously I need to be close to you. I’ve a lot on my mind as well.”

His eyes widened “Something is bothering you?”

“I wouldn’t say bothering. Thar’s the wrong word. I think I need to decide about this baby business. I’m over forty and not so sure about getting pregnant again.”

He turned and looked into her eyes. “That’s your decision.”

He sighed. He had hoped for a son but was careful not to impose his wishes upon her.

“But you’ve wanted a son,” she said. “You’ve never mentioned it but I can tell.”

“You’re reading my mind.” He tried to smile. But Buzz’s passing dominated his thoughts. He sighed again. “Nothing will be the same at Atlas. Buzz had his way of delegating responsibility. Now everything will be by committee.”

“And that worries you.” Tears filled her eyes. “And I’m complicating things.”

“No, no you aren’t.” But he couldn’t mask his feelings.

“Gilberto we’ve been together too long for me not recognizing how you feel regardless what you may or may not say.”

“I’m happy with you just the way we are.”

“I believe you. But still.”

His hand shook. “Buzz was like an older brother to me.”

“Yes,” she said softly. “And you worry about what Sara Midgley might concoct that could mess things up.”

He nodded. “Yes, there’s that too. But Maria you’re my rock. I need to know your happy and content.”

“Some feminists might construe that as chauvinistic.”

 He bristled at the thought. His next words came out harshly. “Some feminists can take a flying leap,” he growled.

She smiled. “I love you, Gilberto; always have, always will.”

He swallowed some water. “Maybe we should just go to bed.”

She grinned. “That’s what I tried suggesting earlier.”

He grinned. “I’m going to shower. See you in a few.”

He hurried into the shower and washed quickly. As he stepped out and wrapped up in a towel, he suddenly realized that he felt as though he wasn’t alone in the bathroom. Then he looked again and it seemed as though he saw Buzz. His eyes widened. “This can’t be,” he said. “You’re dead.” Then he realized that the figure he saw was oddly transparent. It was Buzz in a blue hospital jonnie and he could see through him. He clutched his chest and his teeth began to chatter.  

“Buzz, that you?”

He saw him smile, that same sardonic smile usually reserved for board room victories. He nodded and then vanished.

“Gilberto,” he heard his name spoken clearly.”

“Am I hallucinating,” he asked?

Then he saw him again, briefly in and out of sight, vague transparent visibility.”

“What can I do,” he asked. “How can I help you.”

He thought he heard Buzz say “set a trap. Worked too hard to see it all go up in smoke.”

“How? What kind of trap? What do you want me to do?”

“Then quite distinctly he heard Buzz say, “you’ll know at the time.”

“Who did that to you,” he asked? He wanted to say who killed you but those words stuck in his throat.”
Buzz faded in and out. Gilberto sensed it was a struggle for him to get his point across.  “What can I do,” he asked again.

“You’ll know. Smell the flowers.”

Those words he heard clearly. “You’ll know.” What flowers?  Then Buzz’s image evaporated, faded into nothingness. Again he heard him distinctly say “you’ll know.”

He stood shivering, clutching the bath sheet around himself. Flowers, what flowers? He didn’t understand. He bolted into the bedroom.

Maria looked quizzical. “Your face is stark white. You look like you’ve seen a ghost.”

He nodded, climbed into bed beside her. Shivering he clutched her for warmth.

She held him, stroked his back and shoulders. “When you can, tell me.”

Tears filled his eyes. “So cold,”  he clutched her, shivering  “Buzz,” he said.  “Buzz right there with me in the bathroom. He said I’d know.”

She nodded and reached for her black box of homeopathic remedies. She opened a small glass vile and carefully shook half a dozen white pellets into the cap. “Here,” she handed it to him. “Take these. It’s Arnica, good for shock. It’ll help.”

He swallowed them. The shivering began to subside. “He wants me to help. I think he was murdered and we’ll catch whoever killed him.”

Maria stroked his back. “And you’ll help him,” she said softly. “Then he’ll be able to move on and be at peace.”

(to be continued)

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OSTRICH FEATHER FUNERALS OF THE VICTORIAN ERA

by Cathy Wallace

Ostrich feather funerals might sound very odd to us in our day but in the 1800s, they were all the rage. An elegant funeral just wouldn’t have been prestigious at all without an abundance of ostrich feathers.

The fluffy plumes could be found just about everywhere at funerals – on lady’s hats, on top of the hearse, sticking up from the corners of the memorial tent, on horse’s heads, and in wreaths on the mourner’s front doors.

Funerals were used to communicate the wealth and high-class standing of the deceased and their family during the Victorian era. And one of the more obvious ways to convey prestige was to have lots of ostrich feathers at the funeral.

Abraham Lincoln’s Ostrich Feather Funeral

Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States of America, was well-loved by the people he led and served. Great respect was shown to him at his funeral and burial service held at Springfield, Illinois in 1865.

The horse-drawn hearse that bore the body of President Lincoln was a gilded 14-foot coach topped with eight plumes of black ostrich feathers.

The carriage weighed 4,600-pounds – part of which was due to the 24-carat gold-encrusted fence work and ostrich feather stands along the roof.

In addition to the huge ostrich feather plumes on the rooftop, there were ostrich feather plumes on the horses’ heads.

President Lincoln’s casket was transported through some of the major cities in America, like this one in Buffalo, New York.

A large plume of black ostrich feathers was on the top of this funeral coach as well as smaller plumes on each corner. Each of the six horses had a tuft of ostrich feathers sticking up between their ears.

Similarly, the funeral car for President Abraham Lincoln that passed through Columbus, Ohio had an elegant coach and horses, all topped with ostrich feathers.

Lincoln’s New York City funeral procession had triple-layered plumes of ostrich feathers on the carriage. They almost look like little Christmas trees! The carriage was pulled by a dozen horses each with black ostrich feather plumes.

The funeral processions ended at President Lincoln’s hometown of Springfield Illinois.

Two years before his assassination, Lincoln wrote, “Springfield is my home, and there, more than elsewhere, are my life-long friends.”

The small town of 15,000 residents welcomed more than 100,000 visitors who came for the funeral services. Civil War soldiers stood by in quiet reverence near a grand canopy that had been erected for the viewing. And what noble decorations were chosen for the pinnacle? Ostrich feathers, of course!

The Duke of Wellington’s Ostrich Feather Funeral

The Duke of Wellington was the commander-in-chief of the military when Queen Victoria reigned in England.

It has been said that Wellington’s funeral was one of the greatest British events of the 19th century. It is estimated that 1.5 million people joined the procession route to the graveyard.

The funeral carriage was an eleven-ton behemoth cast from a bronze cannon that had been captured at the Battle of Waterloo. It was so unwieldy that it got stuck in the mud on the way to the cemetery and it took 61 policemen to get it out. But the ostrich feathers all over it sure looked good!

Louis-Philippe Brodeur’s Ostrich Feather Funeral

There was a long list of accomplishments and accolades for Louis-Philippe Brodeur of Canada when he passed away. He was a journalist, lawyer, politician, federal Cabinet minister, Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, and Speaker of the House of Commons of Canada.

So when his funeral procession was planned, he was honored by being conveyed to the cemetery in an 8-plume ostrich feather horse-drawn hearse.

Ostrich Feather Funeral Hats

If your ancestors were invited to an elite funeral during the Victorian era, they would have received a hand-delivered invitation at their door.

On the day of the funeral, they would have donned their finest clothes, often including ostrich feather hats and other ostrich feather accessories.

They would not have worn black unless they were a close family member of the deceased.

Lady Frances Evelyn “Daisy” Greville, Countess of Warwick, (1861 – 1938) was a social activist. She established agricultural colleges for women, founded a school for needlework, and used her ancestral homes to host events for the benefit of her workers and tenants.

She was said to have been the inspiration for the popular song “Daisy, Daisy” due to her rather unorthodox conduct. You’ve probably heard it:

Daisy, Daisy,

Give me your answer, do!

I’m half crazy,

All for the love of you!

It won’t be a stylish marriage,

I can’t afford a carriage,

But you’ll look sweet on the seat

Of a bicycle built for two!

And of course, she wore an ostrich feather hat!

Ostrich Feather Funeral Hats for Widows

Now, if your ancestor was a close relative of the deceased in the 1800s, they would have immediately donned black mourning clothes when they heard that there had been a death in the family.

And then they may not have worn any other color for years!

Mourning clothes were considered an outward expression of one’s inner grief. Going out without your black ostrich feather hat could signify that you did not love your departed family member deeply enough.

It was considered rude for anyone outside of the family to wear black mourning clothes. So if you have a photograph of your ancestors dressed in black – or with black ostrich feathers – you can be sure that they had a death in the family.

I’m not quite sure how one kept a sad countenance when wearing a hat like that!

In spite of her slight smile, the black feathers on this woman’s hat, her black crepe dress, and dark fur muff, scream, “I am a widow” without her needing to say a word to anyone about it.

And that was the point of mourning clothes during the Victorian era – one wore them so that sympathy could be given without anyone having to speak taboo words such as “death” or “passed on”.

A Victorian woman was expected to remain in deep mourning for a year and a day during which she wore only simple black clothing.

This was followed by six to nine months of “second mourning” which lasted six to nine months and allowed for some use of trim and small jewelry.

Next came three to six months of “half-mourning” which allowed for more elaborate fabrics and jewelry. Colors like gray and lavender were permitted as long as there was minimal ornamentation.

An ostrich feather on the top of the mourning hat was the perfect addition.

Ostrich Feather Funeral Mourning Clothes

A proper lady of the 1800s had a black ostrich feather hat ready in her closet in case someone died.

A black feather boa would be just the thing to wear to an ostrich feather funeral.

And a black ostrich feather fan with pink ostrich feather tips would be exactly right for a Victorian ostrich feather funeral. Really, dah-ling!

Ostrich Feather Funeral Horses

If your ancestors weren’t quite so “well-to-do” they may have rented a plain carriage – without ostrich feather plumes – to convey their loved one’s coffin to the cemetery.

But surely, they would have at least tried to have one ostrich feather on the top of each of the horse’s heads.

Ostrich Feather Wreaths

Most wreaths in our day are hung to celebrate Christmas. But it was not always so.

One of the most common Victorian funeral traditions was to hang a wreath on the front door when a family member died.

The wreath let community members know that there had been a death in the household so that they could pass by quietly out of respect. Even children were taught to play on a different street out of ear-shot of a home with a wreath on the door.

Most funeral wreaths were made up of black ribbons or black crepe. But the nicest ones were made of black ostrich feathers.

Ostrich Feather Funerals were Big Business

Pull out your wallet. It’s time to shop for some ostrich feathers!

Here’s a real deal. Seventeen-inch long ostrich plumes for just $18 per dozen. Nice.

Ostrich farm

But if you want some REALLY, REEEEALLY nice ostrich feathers, you better check your bank account.

Read the fine print in this ad . . . “Our special $5.00 plume, any color, looks like a $10.00 plume.” Five bucks for one feather!

Okay, maybe you’re thinking that doesn’t sound like so awfully much. But what if you need enough ostrich feathers to top off your hat, and all your daughter’s hats, and their boas and fans. And feathers for the hearse, and for the house, and for the horse? It’s adding up, isn’t it?

Now, wait. $5 in 1850 is worth $175.00 today! Yikes! Those really were some expensive feathers!

Ostrich

Prior to the 1860s, ostrich feathers were imported to Britain from across the Sahara desert and into South Africa where the birds were common in the wild.

Ostrich feather hunt

Since ostriches cannot fly and they live on the open deserts, they were easy prey. Riders on horseback chased down the ostriches, killed them, and plucked their feathers.

They didn’t even have to chase the ones that got really scared and stuck their head in the sand to hide.

The feathers were then bundled up and transported in camel caravans to North Africa. Then they were loaded onto ships and sent to France or Italy and on to London where they were sold.

Ostrich feathers

Feathers were Africa’s fourth-largest export – behind gold and diamonds – in the 1800s. And ostrich feathers were the most profitable because they were the most fluffy.

Ostrich Feather Farms

Of course, an ostrich that had been clubbed, shot with a bow and arrow, or poisoned was not going to produce any more feathers. But their very scarcity only increased the value of the feathers.

Eventually, some entrepreneurial-minded folks determined that there was a profit to be made in meeting the great demand for ostrich feathers. So they began to experiment with raising ostriches in captivity.

The ostrich farmers fed their birds well and built coops.

Ostrich farmers even set up incubators for the large ostrich eggs. This was helpful because the mother ostriches sometimes forgot to keep their eggs warm or even destroyed the eggs if they got spooked.

Rather than plucking feathers from dead birds, ostrich farmers clipped the ostrich feathers from the living birds so that more would grow in the next year.

A sack was put over the bird’s head while the feathers were clipped.

Ostrich Feather Processing

The feathers had to be sorted. Big was better than small, fluffy was better than stiff.

Just keep the feathers coming for those ostrich feather funerals!

When the Titanic sank in 1912, the most valuable cargo on board was a shipment of feathers. It was insured for $2.3 million in today’s money.

There was even ostrich feather sorting jobs.

Colored Ostrich Feathers

When planning an ostrich feather funeral in the 1800s, it was important to understand the rules of etiquette.

Ostrich plumes should be black if the deceased was an elderly person.

White ostrich feathers were used for children’s funerals.

A combination of white and black mourning clothes and feathers could be worn when the deceased was middle-aged or during the later stages of grief.

Ostrich feathers were even dyed different colors.

They were hand-dipped in vats and hung on lines to dry.

Your ancestors may have stopped by the local general store or millinery to check out the latest catalogs for colored ostrich feather samples like these published in 1888.

If they needed something more subtle for late-mourning stages, they could select pastel-dyed ostrich feathers.

Ostrich Feather Tourism

In 1885, Edwin Cawston had fifty ostriches shipped from South Africa to Galveston, Texas. From there he planned to have the ostriches sent to his farm in Pasadena, California.

Sadly, ostriches aren’t very good sailors. In rough seas, they can flip upside down in their pens causing them to be stuck on their backs with their legs flailing in the air. If they stay like that, they can die.

So every person on the ship was on 24-hour/7 day a week call, listening for the distressed cry of upside-down ostriches.

In spite of all their efforts, only 18 ostriches survived the voyage. But eventually, Cawston bred them and increased his stock from 18 to 100.

The Cawston Ostrich Farm formally opened in 1886 and quickly became a very popular tourist attraction.

Tourists could take a spin in an ostrich-drawn cart at the Cawston Ostrich Farm – while wearing the same ostrich feather hat they wore to the latest funeral of course!

Such a Fuss Over a Feather!

The decline of the ostrich feather as funeral decor came about when the feather was no longer considered to be “a rare and beautiful thing”. The ostrich farms made the feathers so plentiful that just about anyone could afford one.

Ostrich feathers ceased to be something that could only be obtained by the wealthy. And when the ostrich feathers lost the limelight, no one wanted them at all anymore.

But you know, that’s probably a good thing. Otherwise, we might all be wearing ostrich feather hats like this one to funerals.

Volunteer to Take Gravestone Photos

Now before you “make like an ostrich” and bury your head in the sand, we want to let you know that we really need YOUR help in taking photos of gravestones with the BillionGraves app!

If you still have questions after you have clicked on the link to get started, you can email us at Volunteer@BillionGraves.com. We’ll be happy to help you! We will assist you in locating a cemetery that still needs to have photos taken.

Are you planning a group service project? Email us at Volunteer@BillionGraves.com for more resources.

Thanks in advance!

Happy Cemetery Hopping!

Cathy Wallace and The BillionGraves Team

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Kitty Kat’s Korner

Why Do Cats Like Smelly Stuff?

By Susan Logan McCracken

You may have seen your cat sleeping on top of your shoes or rolling around on your smelly gym clothes. Maybe you were grossed out, laughed out loud or both. What is it with cats and smelly things?

Cats aren’t the only animals attracted to smelly things. To animals, the sense of smell is extremely important because they use it to communicate with other animals and learn about their environment. Animals rely on their olfactory sense the way we rely on our eyesight. A human’s visual cortex is the dominant part of the brain, while animals with a strong sense of smell have a dominant olfactory cortex.

A cat’s sense of smell

The number of olfactory receptors within the nasal passages indicates the strength of an individual’s sense of smell, according to a study published in the Indian Journal of Veterinary Science. With approximately 100 million olfactory receptors in the nasal cavity, a cat’s sense of smell is around 20 times stronger than a human’s with only 5 million.

As if that isn’t enough, cats have scent glands on their cheeks, around their mouths, under their chins, and on their foreheads just below their ears. What humans lack in their sense of smell, they make up for in eyesight, as a human is about 10 times better than a cat’s, even though cats do see better in dimmer light.

The vomeronasal organ

Cats and other animals have an extra olfactory organ in the roof of their mouth called the vomeronasal (or Jacobson’s) organ. When a cat engages this organ, she might stick her tongue out, open her mouth wide and wrinkle her muzzle. This is also called gaping, sneering, snake mouth or the Flehmen response. Big cats, dogs, and horses do this as well.

The vomeronasal organ is an extrasensory olfactory organ that allows cats to get a better whiff of something. You might think of it as what a magnifying glass is for our eyesight, the vomeronasal organ is for a cat’s sense of smell. Cats will use it if they smell something they have never smelled before and want to more accurately identify it.

A form of identification

Cats identify things through their sense of smell. Cats recognize people by their scent and their voices, according to a study published in the journal Animal Cognition. Cats greet each other by touching noses. They also greet people by sniffing them and rubbing their scent on them to mark them as safe for future reference.

You may have noticed that sometimes cats will sniff another cat’s butt. They do that because the odor emitted by cats’ anal sacs is unique to each individual cat and is another form of establishing the other cat’s identity.

Scents of comfort

Cats are comforted by the scent of their favorite people. In fact, if you are leaving for a vacation or even work for just the day, leave your worn bathrobe out. You may find your cat sleeping on it when you get home, as a cat with separation anxiety can be comforted by your scent.

The inside of your shoes contains high concentrations of your sweat and scent. Stinky shoes also contain bacteria that are attracted to the warm, moist environment. The bottoms of your shoes tell a story of their own to a curious cat. Cats can pick up the scents of grass, dirt, parking lots, other floors you’ve walked on, and the scents of other humans and animals who were there before you. Sweaty gym clothes also appeal to bacteria and curious cats. Apocrine sweat glands, which are located in the armpits and groin areas, produce particularly potent odors that come from fats and proteins that bacteria can easily break down. That and your scent in high concentrations may explain why cats are interested in your smelly gym clothes.

Perhaps our cats simply want to be immersed in our scent. Take it as a huge compliment.

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Georgia Nicols Weekly Horoscope:  Sunday, November 21, 2021

All Signs

This week the Sun and Mercury move into Sagittarius, which will create strong, positive vibes for everyone. People will be optimistic, chatty and family oriented. However, by Thursday, some tough energy in Fixed signs will be sobering. Ah yes, what the big print giveth, the small print taketh away. Nevertheless, for the most part, this positive influence will set the tone for the next four weeks. We will all be more adventurous! We will expand our world through travel and learning. “I want life to sizzle!” One sure tip about how to feel better is this: “A random act of kindness, no matter how small, can make a tremendous impact on someone else’s life.”

Aries (March 21-April 19)

This week heralds a four-week shift of energy for you and it’s a good thing because the Sun will be in your Fellow fire sign for the next four weeks supporting you in a positive way. Yay! This happens twice a year about four months before and after your birthday. It means your energy level will be higher than usual and you will be able to do whatever you want — working and playing. Survey your recent achievements. How are you doing at the art of living? Examine what has worked out and what has not worked out. Don’t waste time on regrets. Pull your energy together and move forward! Expect opportunities to travel and learn. (Keep a bag packed by the door.)

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

This is a positive week but things will be crunchy around Thursday. Patience will be your best ally then. In the bigger picture, you will be more intense about everything in the next four weeks. In particular, issues related to shared property, debt, inheritances and insurance matters will be important. Travel opportunities exist, especially travel for pleasure. With Jupiter at the top of your chart, you look successful! However, Mars is now opposite your sign, and this makes you easily impatient with others. Oops. (You rarely lose your temper because it’s not pretty.) Practice patience. Enjoy the beauty and artifacts of other cultures.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

This is a lovely week! Be patient with others on Thursday when people might rub each other the wrong way. (A temporary glitch.) Meanwhile, for the next four weeks, the Sun is opposite your sign. This happens only once a year and when it does, it signifies that things in your life are reaching a culmination. You’re bringing something to a climax; but you might encounter conflict with others who stand in your way. If you have prepared properly, you will succeed. If things don’t work out, use this as an opportunity for reevaluation. All your personal interactions are extremely important. Meanwhile, keep your pockets open because gifts and goodies will come your way. (“We like!”)

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Recently, you have enjoyed playful, lighthearted times with others, perhaps a vacation? Now it’s time to get back to work, which is why the next four weeks offer you opportunities to pull your act together. Focus on efficiency and effectiveness. Make your actions count so that you get results for your efforts. This will extend to your health, which is why you will do what you can to improve your body and your overall sense of well-being. You might have to fulfil obligations to someone else or perform a service. This means you will work to get better organized, plus work to benefit others as well. (Makes sense.)

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

The next four weeks are a lighthearted, playful time! You will be happier! Life will be good. Having said that, this week around Thursday, there will be challenges with someone at home. You are a royal. Take the high road. Demonstrate grace under pressure. Your involvement with young people will increase in the next four weeks. Grab a vacation if you can. (Romance is blessed!) Relations with coworkers are cozy; in fact a work-related romance will begin for many. Do note that the same influence that brings a more sociable, lighthearted mood to your world will also promote your creative juices! If you’re involved in a creative process – get busy! You will shine!

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Home and family are your focus for the next four weeks. You might be more involved than usual with a parent. Family discussions and opportunities to tackle home repairs now exist. At a more personal level, you will enjoy a chance to cocoon and focus on the intimate aspects of your life. You’ll welcome a chance to relax among familiar surroundings because you need time off to contemplate and enjoy your own company. Avoid conflict this Thursday when things are crunchy. Fortunately, Venus is in a fun part of your chart encouraging playful times with kids, romance and fun, social outings. Visit restaurants, theatres and galleries. Enjoy your life while you have it.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Many small changes are taking place, which is why the next four weeks are busy! Short trips, activity with relatives, neighbours and siblings, appointments, plus increased reading and writing will create a jampacked schedule. Just accept this and attack what you do with enthusiasm and confidence. Fortunately, things at home are pleasant, harmonious and supportive. Don’t get your belly in a rash this Thursday when interactions with others are difficult. Meanwhile, you’ll be energetic approaching things in a hands-on way, plus you’re full of clever new ideas. This is your chance to accomplish a lot in just a few short weeks. “I’m done!”

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

For the next four weeks, you will be more focused on money, cash flow, your belongings and your assets. Study how what you own can give you more control in your life. And look to see what you own that is no longer useful. Why own stuff you don’t need? It’s an albatross around your neck! Fortunately, more than any other sign, you can purge what you don’t need from your life. At a more subtle level, you will reflect upon your values. In other words, what really matters? It’s time to cull things from your life that are extraneous – items, possessions and people. Life is too short for boxed wine; and too short for those who don’t have your back.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Ta da! The Sun is in your sign for the next four weeks, which occurs only once a year. This is a marvellous opportunity because it will boost your energy and recharge your batteries for the rest of year. It’s okay to be more self-centred. After all, the next four weeks are all about you. With the Sun in your sign, you make a fabulous impression on others. (Beware of jealousy.) You have a great need to express yourself and be who you are. Relax because this is one of the few times when your first duty is to yourself; and if you don’t fulfil that duty – you’ll be of little use to anyone else. (In the same way that on an airplane, a parent must put their oxygen mask on themselves first before their child.)

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

It’s curious, your personal year is coming to an end but your new year won’t begin until your birthday arrives. Therefore, this is a time of limbo. However, you can use the next four weeks to get more in touch with your subconscious, and learn more about how your subconscious directs your life in ways you’re not aware of. For example, childhood behaviour patterns that have outlived their usefulness. (“When the boss comes, Kurt always hides under his desk.”) This is also an opportunity to look back over the year and see how well you have managed. Are you pleased with what you’re doing and what you have achieved? Where do you want to make changes for your new year ahead? Ideas?

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Friendships are important to you. (More than any other sign.) In the next four weeks, you will give more thought to your friends and the groups to which you belong. In fact, this is the best time all year to examine the role that they play in your life. Do you hang out with quality people? Do your friends have your back? What about groups and clubs? What is true of your friends is generally true of you. Furthermore, your friends and colleagues can influence your mind, and your mind makes your decisions for your future. Strive to establish who you are without being overly influenced by others. Having said that, the next four weeks are the best time for a team effort. “Go team, go!

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

The Sun will be at the top of your chart for the next four weeks – something that can take place only once a year. This is a blessing for you because it symbolizes that the Sun is shining down on you. Furthermore, this light is flattering! This is why without doing anything special on your part, you will impress others. Therefore, examine your role in society, and your standing in your community. What is that role? Are you an influencer? Don’t pretend to be something you are not because the truth will come out. Begin to prepare for next year because it will be one of the best years that you have had in over a decade. Oh yea, you’re going places!

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Weekly Horoscopes Beginning Sunday, 21 November 2021

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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.

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Aries

Personal theme: I am!!

Fire & cardinal sign: March 21 — April 19

Your horoscope for this week:

Hopefully by now you’ve realised that certain battles aren’t worth fighting, especially because amazing new ideas or offers are coming your way. The problem? These can’t be rushed, and you’re not feeling patient. The solution? Deal with those tedious matters you’ve been putting off for ages. These may seem unimportant now, but within a short time they’ll be crucial, if not a real nuisance.

You aren’t sure whether or not to take a risk even though this is a one that excites you. You have a 50:50 chance of this turning out as you are hoping. Both your family life and working relationships are equally blessed when there is so much going on that will bring you happiness and pleasure. Be sure to showcase your skills during a group event. You might enjoy sharing your knowledge with others in a teaching situation.

We are now between eclipses and as of Monday, the Sun moves through another of the Fire signs. You should find that you have the enthusiasm and desire to break habits and that the cosmic winds are behind you. Hold the thought that after December 4, you’ll likely want to spread your wings through a new course of study, learning or travel adventure. That might mean saying goodbye to one system of working. So, this is a transition period: use the first half of the week for researching and if necessary, obtaining estimates. As of Thursday, when Mercury and the Moon together move into the other Fire signs, your enthusiasm rise even further. More than that, a creative burst will surely have got you noticed and possibly brought an interesting offer your way.

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Taurus

Personal theme: I have!!

Earth & fixed sign: April 20 — May 20

Your horoscope for this week:

Life is exciting. However, the swift pace has you feeling unsettled, if not just plain anxious. Actually, this is because breakthroughs are taking you into new territory, in terms of habits, your activities or even your goals. Tempted to dig your heels in? Don’t. This cycle is all about the unexpected. The more courageous your attitude and your actions, the better the results will be.

You feel a workmate who is trying to speak out for themselves is being completely misunderstood. Have a quiet word with them to make sure you are reading them correctly before speaking out on their behalf. You will do well in a competitive enterprise but in order to keep this up you need to keep your wits about you. It may be necessary to keep some of your plans and intentions quiet.

It seems likely that before the end of the year, you will feel the need to self-invest. First though, you need to say goodbye to certain methods and ways of working that have clearly depleted both energy and resources. With the Sun’s move into Sagittarius as of Monday, the will to do that and yes, the energy and support provided most likely by experts, teachers and colleagues who’ve been on their own career adventure, should provide just the momentum you need. Remember, yours is the sign of the bull. Every so often, there is a need for you to lead the charge. Sometimes that’s driven by red-hot anger and at other times you’re propelled by desire and sheer will. It’s the latter that should have the upper hand over Thursday and Friday and yes, perhaps Watery people (Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces) would be well advised to stand out of the way whilst you push forward.

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Gemini

Personal theme: I think!!

Air sign: May 21 — June 20

Your horoscope for this week:

Events are exciting and others are happily reorganising their lives and planning the future. While you share that excitement, you’re unsure what’s next. Actually, that’s no surprise, because things are unlikely to come together until the powerful Gemini Full Moon on 19 December. Once you understand that, you’ll be delighted you’ve time to explore your options at your leisure, and with those who’re likely to be involved.

It won’t matter if other people aren’t interested in helping you as the week begins. You will prefer to work on your own. A close friend or partner is not in tune with your needs and feelings and you won’t like the way they belittle your hopes and dreams. If you believe you can achieve, don’t let anyone hold you back. Avoid people whose company makes you nervous and seek out friends who love and support you.

The Sun’s arrival in your opposite sign of Sagittarius on Monday heralds the Solar Eclipse in that sign on December 4th. The latter will likely bring with it a new working partnership. The present should be viewed as a transition time. Recall that between eclipses the Earth’s magnetic field is altered. People tend to change their behaviour (that includes you!). It may be obvious as the Sun moves into your opposite sign on Monday, that others are seeking adventure and paving the way for you to self-invest move on. Taking time to observe reactions would be wise before Thursday. Over Thursday and Friday, as your ruling planet Mercury, joins the Sun in Sagittarius, your interest should be piqued. Yes, you may be aware of limitations through lack of qualifications. Perhaps you need to learn another language? Either way, don’t underestimate your ability to gain any required knowledge and expertise.

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Cancer

Personal theme: I feel!!

Water & cardinal sign: June 21 — July 22

Your horoscope for this week:

It’s been a tricky period for many. So much, in fact, you’ve spent days helping others deal with twists and turns, some welcome, others unsettling. Meanwhile, you’ve experienced changes but, to your surprise and relief, things have fallen into place, often magically. This is in large part due to your recent efforts to declutter your life and focus on what, and who, is worthwhile. It’s well-earned. Enjoy it.

You might be disappointed to learn someone close isn’t keen on joint plans you are making. You will wish they had mentioned this earlier but now you know how they feel it is only fair that their needs are respected. Work with them on finding a compromise. Think twice before agreeing to take on more responsibilities. Life is stressful and you need to start thinking about your health. Balance relaxation and pleasure with your more important concerns.

The rhythm of your working life is set to change: perhaps because new people have arrived on the scene. Recall that we are between eclipses when the Earth’s magnetic field is altered. Coincidentally, behaviour tends to change. Initially, you may find that you are slightly out of step and yet excited by the prospect of learning to dance to this new rhythm. As always, you will need time out to consider your position and yes, perhaps to practice new routines. Anticipate that during the second half of the week, that the pace will quicken with others demanding a platform to show off their expertise. You can allow them these moments as your time will come. Key will likely be transport arrangements: anticipate slightly longer working days than usual but yes, be prepared for interesting and dynamic encounters en-route. These don’t have to develop into full-blown working relationships, but it could be that you are alerted to yet more opportunities and particularly, the potential of an area that is up-and-coming.

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Leo

Personal theme: I will!!

Fire & fixed sign: July 23 — August 22

Your horoscope for this week:

Usually, you’ll tackle whatever you’re doing with passion, then move on. However, others tend to cling to their unsuccessful plans or future visions. Worse, they’re convinced you’ll share their struggles with them. It’s clear you can’t. The problem? Telling them. Say it’s not possible, then change the subject. This may seem cold, but you’re not only doing yourself a favour, you’re helping them move on, too.

You could do with some advice but the moment you ask for this, everyone will have an opinion. As well intentioned as some people might be, their views may not relate to your particular circumstances. It would be better to look to one mentor. New possibilities for the future will be put to you and some will have an instant appeal. Be prepared to juggle accounts in order to afford a big purchase.

The Sun has arrived in the speculation area of your solar chart. By the Solar Eclipse on December 4, you may be ready to speculate as never before. This week should be viewed as ‘risk assessment’ time – particularly through until Thursday. There is much for you to learn. Tempting as it may be to gather information quickly, you’d be well advised to pace yourself. You might even enjoy sifting and sorting information. Don’t underestimate your ability to research and analyse. There’s high probability that in 2022 you will move or branch out into new areas. This present period between eclipses is all about planning and showing others that you have no intention of repeating past errors and instead are intent on carving a new path. Though the support of someone older will surely be much appreciated, it’s actually a younger person and their raw courage and enthusiasm that seems likely to provide best inspiration and to propel you forward.

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Virgo

Personal theme: I analyse!!

Earth sign: August 23 — September 22

Your horoscope for this week:

You enjoy debates regarding what’s best in life, whether at home and out in the world; but you’re wary about being drawn into the lives of those who you don’t know. Yet destiny seems determined to broaden your horizons via unexpected encounters and new experiences. For now, explore for the fun of it. However, the odds are good what comes next won’t just be exciting, it could be life-changing.

It’s worth keeping some of your plans to yourself. The moment some people discover your intentions they will want to get involved. If you intend to travel, they will invite themselves along. You can always let them know what you are doing or what you have done, later. You’re very close to achieving a goal you have been striving towards. Once you have succeeded in this aim you won’t feel guilty about throwing yourself into social pleasures.

As of Monday, the Sun arrives at the base of your solar chart. Think of this as a torch shining into a long-forgotten cupboard. As you clear things away – which you are likely to do before the Solar Eclipse in that same area on December 4, – you’ll no doubt discover hidden treasures. By Thursday you should have a box full of items no longer needed but which can be sold. In identifying what is and what is no longer important, the seeds of a master plan are sown. This forthcoming eclipse is super special in that it highlights the need to let go of the past and to move forward. Nowhere is this likely to be more obvious than within both your home and working scene. Changes are afoot. This week is all about preparation and yes, also about identifying treasures. In this respect, a Gemini or Cancer colleague could prove your best ally. In their very different ways, they could help you determine value.

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Libra

Personal theme: I balance!!

Air & cardinal sign: September 23 — October 22

Your horoscope for this week:

Currently, encounters or certain discussions have got you thinking about elements of your life that need to be reviewed, if not actually changed. The resulting review of some of these activities and even alliances has been as surprising as it’s been informative; and those changes? Your biggest question is how? Having frank discussions is key. The challenge? Taking the first step. The rest will be easy.

You’re disappointed with a friend’s attitude when you share your ideas. Failing to get the support you were hoping for will not deter you from your aims. You will get on with it anyway and then confront them later about it because when all is said and done, they could have been more understanding. A senior colleague will offer you some useful advice. It is worth considering the words of those who are successful in their field.

First, note that we are between eclipses. The next is a Solar Eclipse: a sophisticated New Moon on December 4. Until then should be viewed as preparation. It all starts this Monday as the Sun moves into one of the key communications areas of your solar chart. Expect increased contact with those who are either speak another language, live far away, or have long-term educational and philosophical interests. Those relationships will be key in developing your career in 2022. It’s entirely possible that you will be enticed to join a very, very new project. You’d be right to ask deep and searching questions about capitalisation and support. In so doing, you’re also showing that you’ve learnt a great deal in this last decade. Your presentation skills aren’t in question but it may be that from Thursday, there is a need to take these to a new level. You might even consider taking a short course to improve these.

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Scorpio & Ophiuchus

Personal theme: I desire!!

Water & fixed signs: October 23 — November 21

Your horoscope for this week:

In late October the fiery Mars moved into Scorpio, triggering a six-week period of questioning, exploration and change. While it hasn’t always been easy, you’ve learnt so much you’ve no regrets; and next? Expect challenges, some you’ve avoided, at least so far. Yet you know they’re leading you to the next stage of your life. This week’s about being bold. The more chances you take, the more you’ll benefit.

Decisions you make at this time will be life changing ones. Change is happening all around you and your future looks like it could be quite incredible. You will feel as if you are on a roller coaster ride but you also know that this is taking you to a place that will make you very happy. This is also why your partner’s annoyance over news received early in the week will turn into delight later. Everything will seem to turn out well for you both.

The accent is on finances and resources. Recall that we are now between eclipses. The coming Solar Eclipse brings focus to one of the key financial zones of your solar chart. As of Monday, the Sun throws light on your present situation and, by the time Mercury moves into that same zone on Thursday, action will likely be required. It may be the case that you need more information. The question is where should you get that from? and who is truly reliable. It might seem that there are more people speculating than making wise and steady investment. This is perhaps about more than money. It might also be about time management. You will likely be aware that several people are considering moving on into new roles. Whilst this is disconcerting at one level, it should also alert you to opportunities. It may be that you are alerted to a position that would be near-perfect: requiring only that you polish up your CV and yes, perhaps do interview rehearsal.

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Sagittarius

Personal theme: I see!!

Fire sign: November 22 — December 21

Your horoscope for this week:

After a period as frustrating as it’s been confusing, the Sun’s move into your sign boosts your spirits. Tempting as it is to tackle both delays and intriguing new pursuits, take it slowly. Why? You’ll want to see what the powerful Sagittarius eclipsed New Moon, on 4 December, brings your way. This isn’t just about change. It’s about the breakthroughs you’ve been waiting for.

You won’t be keen on a purchase your partner or someone in the family wants to make. There are much better things you feel you can spend your money on. It might be time to arrange to have separate accounts. As well as this allowing you both to spend money as you see fit, a recent cash flow problem will recede. Plan to get in some quiet relaxation in the evenings. You might also be thinking about going on a solitary holiday.

Although the Sun begins its annual passage of your sign on Monday, it isn’t joined there by Mercury until Thursday. Even then, it’s not until the Solar Eclipse in your sign on December 4 that the curtain is lifted on the next act in your life journey/play. For now, you are like the programme seller ensuring everyone is seated comfortably and has some idea of what to expect. You need to assess the audience too. This week is about absorbing information – which you should do with ease. Your ability to draw people out and determine their hopes and wishes should not be underestimated. Whilst you’re busy ‘out front selling those programs’, there is still much going on behind the scenes. Your stage manager, – or personal assistant, – or closest working colleague might need reassurance that you’re not going to take action that would create crisis further down the line. Keeping others in the loop should be viewed as essential.

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Capricorn

Personal theme: I use!!

Earth & cardinal sign: December 22 — January 19

Your horoscope for this week:

Much of the past four weeks has involved juggling unexpected events, some welcome, others less so. While you’re hoping for calm, your instincts are correctly telling your life will remain lively; but now the focus is on learning about what’s happened and exploring ways to increase those benefits. While occasionally you’ll be anxious, as the days and weeks pass, you’ll realise it was worth your time.

Even when you are asked for your views, think carefully about what you say. There are times when it is sensible to keep your thoughts quiet. This is one of them. Some people might take your words in the wrong way. Your boss or a senior colleague might put some extra work your way. Although you already have enough to do, their support is paving the way for a high-profile job. They do have your best interests at heart.

We are now between eclipses when the Earth’s altered magnetic field often coincides with variation and sometimes unexpected behaviour from colleagues and partners. Throughout 2021, the two planets, Saturn and Uranus, have been at right angle to one another. That aspect doesn’t conclude until the end of the year. It brings up an image of the past at war with the future. The future has to win and has to be embraced. Whilst you might have accepted this as a reality week, – if not months ago, – others (notably Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius colleagues) might still be resistant. One of your roles seems to be to ease them into new position. Further, communication issues might need to be addressed. It’s perhaps the case that you need to be more succinct in your presentations.

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Aquarius

Personal theme: I know!!

Air & fixed sign: January 20 — February 18

Your horoscope for this week:

Usually, you’re the first to spot a trend. Yet when it comes to your own life, you’re more cautious about making changes. Now, however, destiny has decided it’s time for you to rethink, if not alter, familiar activities or alliances that are holding you back. The problem? You’d rather make such decisions yourself. While that understandable, in this case, trust what the heavens have in store for you.

You will be careful about what you reveal to other people in the workplace. There are some plans and ideas you will prefer to keep to yourself. Where you can afford to be more open and outspoken is when you are at home with your loved ones. The more honest you are about your thoughts and feelings, the more likely it is that you will make long-term plans and arrangements that suit you all.

Expect to feel that people are talking at you but not necessarily listening. That may be particularly true in the second half of the week. Recall that we are between two eclipses: not only is the Earth’s magnetic field altered, but often human behaviour differs from the norm too. This is when people try out new ideas and discuss possibilities. They might also experience clarity and vision about their life journey that evades them at other times. That of course applies to you as much as to anyone else. True, it’s most likely to be those born under either Gemini or Sagittarius who veer in altered direction after the Solar Eclipse next month. Yet even this week it should be apparent that such moves are now inevitable. Unsettling as this may be, this could afford you the opportunity to explore a plan that has been incubating since your birthday and could yet be realised.

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Pisces

Personal theme: I believe!!

Water sign: February 19 — March 20

Your horoscope for this week:

Over the past month or so, you’ve made progress dealing with elements of your life that have been out of balance. It may have involved time, money or putting others first in a way that meant you were short-changing yourself or neglecting your own interests. Now offers and exciting opportunities are coming your way. The challenge? Saying yes without worrying about others.

A work assignment you had been excited about taking on will turn out to be more challenging and time consuming than you were expecting. The good news is the end is in sight. In a group discussion, people are keen to hear your views. It would be worth taking their opinions into consideration too. Having new activities to look forward to will keep you enthusiastic and inspired. Fairly simple things will keep you occupied and content in the weekend.

A fresh chapter opens after the Solar Eclipse on December 4. Alteration in the Earth’s magnetic field began at the Lunar Eclipse last Friday. It’s not uncommon during these ‘eclipse window’ periods for there to be obvious change in human behaviour though some people will tune into this more than others. As of Monday, your window on the world is set to open. New openings and possibilities should be apparent by the time Mercury reaches the apex of your solar chart on Thursday – bringing you much discuss and to consider. Priority needs to be given to where and how you live. Making lists is advisable. You are now investing in your long-term future. Even if only carrying out repairs, you’re making clear that you are embracing the future positively. The major signals for new developments in your life come from next month’s Solar Eclipse followed by Jupiter’s arrival in your sign on December 24. 2022 will be a year of considerable significance. Paving the way for those developments and space clearing would be wise.

 ~CelestialPrognostication

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