GrannyMoons Weekly Feast: 28 Nov 2021

Friends live within my heart
May the Earth keep you safe
The Sun keep you warm
And the Moon help you to see any harm.
Till we meet again.

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

The Moons

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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What’s Happening This Month

Celtic Month of Elder – November 24th to December 23rd
Goddess Month of Astraea – November 28- December 25

November
November 30th,
the night of Hecate Trivia, the night of the crossroads.

December
Dec 4: New Moon,
More powerful and longer-lasting than a regular New Moon because it is also a total Solar Eclipse. The strongest planetary influence on the Solar Eclipse is a challenging quincunx aspect to Uranus that brings unexpected changes.

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

December
Face to Face Class: 1–3:00 ~ WitchCrafting – Dec 5
Face to Face Class: 1–3:00 ~ The Herbal Cauldron – Dec 12
Face to Face Class: Noon–2:00 ~ The Magick of Crystals – Dec 19

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High Priestess Training with GrannyMoon
http://GoddessSchool.com

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

Ceremonial Cords and frame-able Completion Certificates are awarded as members complete each level.
Level I – Initiate of the Sisters of the Burning Branch – White cord
Level II – Adept of the Sisters of the Burning Branch- Red cord
Level III – Priestess of the Sisters of the Burning Branch- Black cord
Level IV – High Priestess of the Sisters of the Burning Branch – Green cord

You Might Also Be Interested In:
http://goddessschool.com/Paganstudies/index.html
http://www.goddessschool.com/courses/natural/naturalwitch.html
http://goddessschool.com/Paganstudies/healingarts.html

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Learn About Herbs with GrannyMoon!

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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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

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Being Truly Thankful

Our gratitude deepens when we begin to be thankful for being alive and living the life we are living.

Often when we practice being thankful, we go through the process of counting our blessings, acknowledging the wonderful people, things and places that make up our reality. While it is fine to be grateful for the good fortune we have accumulated, true thankfulness stems from a powerful comprehension of the gift of simply being alive, and when we feel it, we feel it regardless of our circumstances. In this deep state of gratitude, we recognize the purity of the experience of being, in and of itself, and our thankfulness is part and parcel of our awareness that we are one with this great mystery that is life.

It is difficult for most of us to access this level of consciousness as we are very caught up in the ups and downs of our individual experiences in the world. The thing to remember about the world, though, is that it ebbs and flows, expands and contracts, gives and takes, and is by its very nature somewhat unreliable. If we only feel gratitude when it serves our desires, this is not true thankfulness. No one is exempt from the twists and turns of fate, which may, at any time, take the possessions, situations, and people we love away from us. Ironically, it is sometimes this kind of loss that awakens us to a thankfulness that goes deeper than just being grateful when things go our way. Illness and near-miss accidents can also serve as wake-up calls to the deeper realization that we are truly lucky to be alive.

We do not have to wait to be shaken to experience this state of being truly thankful for our lives. Tuning in to our breath and making an effort to be fully present for a set period of time each day can do wonders for our ability to connect with true gratitude. We can also awaken ourselves with the intention to be more aware of the unconditional generosity of the life force that flows through us regardless of our circumstances.

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Witch’s Homestead Spell
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OVEMBER 28, 2021 BY STORM FAERYWOLF

This spell will help enchant your home, making it a sacred place of love, magic, healing, power, and protection.

Gather these materials:

  • Lavender flowers
  • Cinnamon
  • Rose petals
  • Sea salt
  • A large bowl
  • 3 pieces of ribbon or yarn: black, red, and green

Ground and center. Using your hands, mix the salt and herbs together in the bowl while saying:

Lavender, cinnamon, rose, and salt,
All baneful spirits you do halt.
Be now filled with health and love,
And draw forth power from above.

Imagine the light of the sun and moon shining down through you to empower this mixture, then sprinkle it around your property to form a barrier and container.

Now take your three pieces of ribbon or yarn and braid them together while chanting:

Ribbons black and red and green,
Bring power from the dark unseen.
Ribbons green and red and black,
Send all unwanted forces back.

Attach this talisman to your front door.
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Gratitude Meditation
NOVEMBER 22, 2021 BY DEBORAH BLAKE

It is always good to take an attitude of gratitude. No matter how difficult things might be, or what you might feel your life is lacking, there are still so many ways in which you are fortunate. It can be helpful to occasionally take the time to remind yourself of all that you have.

Light a white candle in a firesafe container and place it where it can’t be knocked over. Then sit or stand comfortably in front of it. Take a few deep breaths and focus on the beauty of the light. Then close your eyes and meditate for a while on the blessings in your life. These may be as simple as food on the table, a cat for company, good weather, or a job you enjoy. Don’t forget to be grateful for the very act of breathing. When you are done, blow out the candle with gratitude for its light and warmth.
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Journey Spell
NOVEMBER 23, 2021 BY SAPPHIRE MOONBEAM

When traveling, one of the best stones to take with you on your journey is black tourmaline. It is one of the most widely used stones for grounding and spiritual protection. This stone can also be used to remove negative energies around you.

Before you leave on your travels, place the black tourmaline in your receptive hand (which is usually the left hand if you are right-handed and vice versa). Close your eyes, concentrate on the energy of the stone, and imagine yourself arriving safely at your destination. After you have visualized your safe arrival, place the black tourmaline stone in a small bag that you use for crystals and stones. Keep this bag either on your person, in a pocket, or in a handbag until you arrive back home.
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Spirit Element Meditation
NOVEMBER 24, 2021 BY EMBER GRANT

Of all the elements, spirit is the most intangible. To get in touch with the element of spirit, adorn your altar with black and white decorations, white candles, and clear quartz crystals. Sit before your altar in the candlelight and hold a pentacle in your hands. Visualize yourself at the center of the universe, connecting with the energy of all things. You are everywhere and nowhere all at once. Whisper this chant to help with focus if necessary:

Transcend, transcend;
the beginning and the end
will blend. Find the center,
the beginning, and the end—
I enter. Feel the spirit,
above and below, over and under.
Let it fill me with wisdom
and with wonder.
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Thank Mother Earth Ritual
NOVEMBER 25, 2021 BY JAMES KAMBOS

The Thanksgiving celebration centers around food, so it seems only right to honor Mother Earth on this holiday. For this ritual of thanks, prepare your menu and set your table as usual. However, be sure to include a dish of corn. Corn is associated with the mother goddess and is one of the most sacred of all foods. You may simply heat up some canned or frozen corn. Place the dish of corn near the head of the table. When everyone is seated, the host/hostess should briefly raise the dish of corn, then say alone or as a group:

Mother Earth, we’ve scarred
you, but you still give.
Your bounty allows us to live.
With caring hearts and working hands,
We thank your soil found in all lands.
Let us honor you in this small way,
As we give thanks on this
Thanksgiving Day.

Reserve a few kernels of corn. Later, scatter the reserved corn outside on the earth.
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Anti-Black Friday Gratitude Ritual
NOVEMBER 26, 2021 BY THORN MOONEY

The holiday season is a wonderful time to enjoy friends and family, but it can be easy to forget that this doesn’t have to include overspending, overconsumption, or the stress that can sometimes surround shopping for others. To remind yourself of the blessings you already have and encourage closeness with loved ones, do this ritual, either alone or with a group.

Place a bowl in the middle of the table. Each participant should have a pile of tokens of some kind. You may use marbles, beads, pieces of candy, or practically anything small. Everyone should have at least ten tokens.

Take turns going around and dropping a token in the bowl while expressing gratitude for a blessing in your life. Be as specific as possible. You must take a turn for each token, which may mean that you have to dig a little! A higher number of tokens challenges participants to reach for blessings they might otherwise have forgotten about.
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Knot Magic Manifestation
NOVEMBER 27, 2021 BY DALLAS JENNIFER COBB

To manifest something, use knot magic to focus your intent. Take a three-foot-long piece of string or cord. Close your eyes and envision what you want to bring into reality. As you tie each of nine knots, say the phrase below, and in as much detail as possible, see your desires coming to fruition. When the cord is complete, keep it on your altar so it stays in sight and you continue to draw your desires to you.

By knot of one, my magic has begun.
By knot of two, my words ring true.
By knot of three, things come to me.
By knot of four, I create more.
By knot of five, this energy is alive.
By knot of six, this spell is fixed.
By knot of seven, the answer is given.
By knot of eight, I align with fate.
By knot of nine, this thing is mine.
So be it.

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Heartwings Love Notes 1010 Kindness of Neighbors

Heartwings says, “A neighbor can be someone you are close to in your heart whether or not they live next door.”

“Hello, my name is Mark Blazis, I’m your neighbor.” A tall man with kind eyes stood on my doorstep holding out a bag of day-old bread. “I thought maybe you could use this.” I thanked him, and that was the start of my long association with Mark Blazis and his dear wife Helen. From time to time he would stop at a local bakery, pick up bread and bring it to me and others. I was often the beneficiary of his generosity. His mother, who lived in Worcester, and I, also became fast friends and spoke on the phone nearly every day.

There were no neighbors nearby where I grew up. I have been fortunate in having very special ones since. He and Helen were lovely ones. We often exchanged gardening tips and family news over tea. Years earlier, when I lived in Manchester by the Sea I had a neighborhood with wonderful neighbors. One in particular was a glorious source of help and information about sewing and other things. Too, while our younger children were friends, her older daughter used to babysit mine.
All of this was long ago. The world has grown smaller since. First the Internet, then Zoom as well as a growing field of other methods of communication have made it possible to think of people across oceans as neighbors. I once wrote a song that has proved to be prophetic. It began “The world is a worldwide neighborhood, with neighbors on every side.” I have friends and neighbors everywhere now, and meet more all the time.

The funeral home doors were wide open. My young friend and I joined the line, standing before the steps as more and more people arrived for Mark’s visiting hours. Dying suddenly and unexpectedly though he did, people still found out and gathered in the hundreds to pay tribute to his gifts to them and to the world of nature. My young friend and I moved slowly through the rooms for about forty-five minutes.
Then I spotted a sofa and sat down for a bit of a rest. The lines snaked in and out of many rooms as the people who knew Mark waited patiently to speak with his family. My friend spotted a wheelchair sitting folded up in a corner, pointed to it and said, “Would you like to sit in it? I’ll push you.” I thought that was a capital idea. As I got on, people in the line helped me get settled, unfolding the foot rests. How kind. Now I no longer had to stand. Though feeling rather weary, I felt blessed.
About fifteen minutes passed as we inched forward. Suddenly another blessing was granted me: one of the funeral directors appeared and said, “Come with me. He guided us past the long lines of people, right to the family. We were able to pay our respects and then the director helped my friend bring her car to the handicapped entrance. I said goodbye to the helpful wheelchair and returned it to the corner. I had to wonder if my dear neighbor, Mark, had somehow done me one last favor and sent the kind man to my aid.

May you be a good neighbor to others and receive the same back.
Blessings and best regards, Tasha Halpert

P.S. Do you have any stories to share? Your emails make my day. I feel so grateful to be able to share mine with you, and when you share with me it is so special. Thank you for reading my Love Notes too. You can write to me with comments and or suggestions at tashahal@aol.com. Please visit me at http://www.heartingsandfriends.com.

Just to announce my publication! “Poems and Prayers” is now live and available for purchase in the Kindle Store! The ebook is out and the print book is coming,so excited! More to come when the printbook is available. Tasha

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Creativity, Mental Health, and Well Being: A Case for the Bardic Arts
by Dana ~ The Druid’s Garden

Creativity is the birthright of all people. When humans are young, play and creativity are central to our own development. Children don’t worry about it being ‘good’; they just make things, play with crayons, laugh, dance, and sing. They play. As children get older, school and society often discourage individual creativity and play, particularly in a culture that values economic growth above all else. The result of this has been a stifling sense of creativity, with many adults believing in the myth of talent (that you have to be good at something immediately to practice it creatively) or insisting they have no creativity.

The bardic arts are those in the druid tradition that focuses on creative works: storytelling, creative writing, fine arts, fine crafts, and any other endeavor where you are building in your creativity. The ancient bards were part of the druid community and were the storytellers and historians of their people; undergoing rigorous training and learning how to pass on the legacies and traditions of their community. In the druid tradition today, we see any creative practice–for the good of the self, community, or unknown others–as part of the path of bardic arts. Druids see practicing the bardic arts and cultivating creativity as a spiritual act. Even with this positive framing, many people feel they “aren’t creative” and may be blocked.

Hence, culturally, we live in a world where a lot of people are discouraged from creating anything–and while this is starting to change due to the challenges of the last few years, I think we have a long way to go. Not being able to cultivate a sense of play and creativity has serious implications for our mental health and well-being. In this post, I’ll explore some of the reasons that creativity is good for all of us, drawing upon scientific research as well as druid sensibilities.

(I’ll also point readers to my longstanding series on the bardic arts, which can be found in these articles: taking up the path of the bard part 1, part 2, and part 3; cultivating awen in your life, bardic storytelling, bardic arts and the ancestors, and visioning the future. I’ll also point readers to my 2019 OBOD Mount Hameus lecture on the bardic arts in the druid tradition!)

Creativity, Bardic Arts, and Mental Health
The idea that creative practices are tied to mental well-being has a fairly well-established history. In the 19th century, treating mental illness with the bardic arts was standard medical practice. This was before the age of pharmaceuticals and modern industrial treatments. According to this study from 2016, the idea of “therapeutic mental health landscapes” was common. People would be surrounded by gardens, beautiful trees, and landscapes, and be able to engage in a number of creative practices as therapy. This same kind of thinking: that creative practices have therapeutic effects can be found in research on World War I soldiers, in managing anxiety disorders, in helping individuals with compassion fatigue, and in managing depression. Studies from 2012 and 2008 demonstrated that women who engage in quilting and other crafts-based activities in their leisure time have more mental well-being and general happiness than those that do not. Similar findings are true for “men’s sheds” that provide socializing and opportunities to work wood. These are just some of the hundreds of studies that demonstrate the efficacy of creative practices on well-being and mental health.

Scientific research has begun to explore the relationship between creativity and mental illness, both psychologically and genetically. This study from 2015 examined the relationship between schizophrenia and bipolar disorder and creativity. The study used a mathematical model to predict whether people who were diagnosed with mental illnesses had a higher disposition for creativity–and sure enough, they did. This led the researchers to suggest that creativity and certain mental illnesses may have the same genetic base. One study from 2003 explores divergent thinking (when people have to be creative within constraints) and makes the case that there there is a spectrum between creativity/genius and psychosis and madness/psychopathy. Thus, individuals may fall at different points on this spectrum. Most recently, genetic research suggests that one gene, the COM-T gene, may be linked to creative thinking. This same gene is also linked to certain forms of psychosis, such as schizophrenia. From this research, we see some link between creativity and mental illness.

In my own study of the creative arts within the druid tradition, I found that creativity helped address mental health challenges and create stability in a tumultuous world. As part of my 2018 Mount Haemus lecture, I surveyed 266 druids worldwide about their creative practices. Many, many participants felt that their bardic arts were necessary to their functioning as human beings. It wasn’t that bardic arts was simply a hobby to them, but rather, it was a critical and integral part of their own lives and helped with their well functioning. In my survey, of those who regularly practiced bardic arts, almost half responded in this way to the question “Why do you practice the bardic arts” with a discussion about mental illness and/or health and well-being. Some of their answers included: “My creative practices are akin to my breathing. I would be lost without them” and “I practice bardic arts to stay sane and grounded”; “Bardic arts help me navigate the difficulties of life.” Thus, 50% of my participants used creative practices not only for self-expression but for mental balance. Some people used the bardic arts to make sense of the world itself, while others used it to help process issues relating to their personal life or broadly to 21st-century life.

A personal example offers another interesting point to this discussion. On one side of my family, we have a lot of mental illnesses. And it has been a source of some discussion over the years, as some members of the family have debilitating mental diagnoses and others of us showed no signs of mental illness. At first, it seemed random; some of us lost the mental illness lottery and others were spared. It wasn’t until I started digging into this creativity research that I had the ah-ha moment. Those of us who had dedicated creative practices had little to no struggles with mental illness; those who did not have regular battles with mental illness. Did those with mental illness not create? Or did the lack of a creative practice allow mental illness to take root due to the lack of coping mechanisms? Or perhaps some of both?

Another piece of this puzzle involves the state of mental illness in most industrialized nations. On the rise for mental illness of pressing concern are the youngest generations: children and college-age students have much higher instances of mental illness today when compared with decades ago. Changes to the school system and the rise of the testing culture have had the creative arts stripped from the curriculum. When funding grows tight, the arts are the first thing to go. We lock kids away in boxes, make them sit quietly and learn facts, test the hell out of them, never let them play or be outside, cut out music and art classes (with Common Core in the US, this is now even worse than before)–and we wonder why kids are depressed? Then, to have them cope with this reality, they get medicated. If children can’t play and create, of course, it is likely to cause a lot of psychological harm. What exactly does refusing them creative practices do? When these children grow into unhappy and disgruntled adults, is it surprising?

Adults have other issues. Most are conditioned to believe they are not creative and have no capacity for creativity that they literally engage in defeatest dialogue–“I could never do that” and “you’re so talented.” The myth of talent, that you have to be good at something the first time you try it, has caused serious harm to many who otherwise would create. The “I could never do that” shows a lack of understanding and willingness to experience creativity as a process–a process of learning, growth, exploration, struggle, and success. Being creative takes only a few simple things: a willingness to do it and persevere, some basic tools and instructions, and the time to invest. And yet, for many adults in modern western culture, the idea of creating is outlandish. I know this from firsthand experience–I’ve cultivated my own creative skills over a long time and now, that I’m a highly skilled artist, literally every time I share my work, I end up in one of these defeatest conversations.

So given all the above–how do we cultivate creativity? How can we gain the wonderful benefits of the Bardic Arts in our own lives?

Embracing Creativity and Flow for Mental Health
Let the awen flow!
Let the awen flow!

Finding ways of allowing ourselves to create–without judgment, without reservation, without blocks–can be an extremely freeing experience. By shifting our ideas of producing a high-quality creative work (which comes with time and practice) and instead simply making the act of creating the key goal, we can start to overcome some of these challenges and reap the rewards of creative practice in our lives.

A “flow” state is a creative state where a person gets deeply immersed in their work. In a flow state, you may lose track of time, have a deep focus on your creative activity, and often emerge from this activity feeling calm, refreshed, and grounded. A flow state is one way that druids would describe the ‘flow of Awen’ – it is when you are deeply immersed and simply flow with your creative practice. The flow state cultivates deep calm and relaxation and has health benefits similar to meditation.

All people are capable of getting into the flow state–and we can cultivate it by setting up the right conditions for it to occur. So here are a few things we can do:

Create time for creativity and creative practice
Work to develop a base level of technical skill in what you are doing–when you are too new at a skill, you will likely not get into flow states as easily

SEtup any conditions that may aid you: the right tools, music, the right setting, etc.
Rather than forcing a particular project that you want to create, try to allow yourself to work on whatever you feel drawn to in that moment. This particular thing has worked exceedingly well for me–it does mean I have a lot of projects ongoing, but I am always ready to make progress on one or two of them when I sit down to create.

For me, for example, I often get into it as a writer by playing instrumental music, sitting down at a set time each week, and doing some brainstorming to get me in the mood (most of my blog posts are written in the flow state, and revised at a later place). As an artist, my requirements are a bit different. I usually put on a familiar movie or music track (this time with words) and lock myself in my studio. And in either case, I ask myself, what am I most excited to work on? Of course, this kind of dedicated creative practice, along with my other spiritual practices, do help me maintain my mental balance and stability, even under conditions that can be difficult. You’ll note that with each of these, I’ve had to practice ways of getting and staying in flow states–and once I did, I had a method that “worked” for me, and therefore, allowed it to come often.

To be clear, I’m not saying that an emphasis on the creative arts is the solution to all mental illnesses. But what I am saying is that according to a lot of druids in my study, and based on some of the other factors shared above, it may offer us a buffer to stave off mental illness. Creative practices may be one of several things we can do to protect ourselves from the debilitating and rampant mental illness that is plaguing our culture. And we get some cool paintings, stories, or songs out of it too!

Thus, creativity can be a buffer not only for these challenging times where mental health and self-care seem to be at an all-time low, but also a buffer to help us understand, process, and experience the world. I certainly use my own artwork to do that: I paint my feelings and emotions surrounding fracking and mountaintop removal here in my home. I paint my feelings about the loss of my beehives due to colony collapse disorder. I paint my frustration about the inability of our world’s leaders (particularly here in the US at present) to do anything substantial about climate change and mass extinction.

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Balance

A balanced lifestyle is simply a state of being, in which one has time and energy for obligations and pleasures.

Like pieces of a puzzle, the many different aspects of your being come together to form the person that you are. You work and play, rest and expend energy, commune with your body and soul, exalt in joy, and feel sorrow. Balance is the state that you achieve when all of the aspects of your life and self are in harmony. Your life force flows in a state of equilibrium because nothing feels out of sync. While balance is necessary to have a satisfying, energetic, and joyful life, only you can determine what balance means to you.

Achieving balance requires that you assess what is important to you. The many demands of modern life can push us to make choices that can put us off balance and have a detrimental effect on our habits, relationships, health, and career. In creating a balanced lifestyle, you must ascertain how much time and energy you are willing to devote to the different areas of your life. To do so, imagine that your life is a house made up of many rooms. Draw this house, give each part of your life its own room, and size each room according to the amount of importance you assign to that aspect of your life. You can include family, solitude, activities that benefit others, healthy eating, indulgences, exercise and working on self. You may discover that certain elements of your life take up an inordinate amount of time, energy, or effort and leave you with few resources to nurture the other aspects of your life. You may want to spend less time on these activities and more on the ones that fulfill you.

A balanced lifestyle is simply a state of being in which one has time and energy for obligations and pleasures, as well as time to live well and in a gratifying way. With its many nuances, balance can be a difficult concept to integrate into your life. Living a balanced existence, however, can help you attain a greater sense of happiness, health, and fulfillment.

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Ghost Hunting Theories
The Mystery of the Blue Light Lady

Hays, Kansas; an idyllic slice of America, but like most of the country’s land, it has seen some tragedies. One of those involves a woman named Elizabeth Polly who has come to be referred to as the “Blue Light Lady.”

Born in the mid 1800s, Elizabeth married a man named Ephraim Polly. Her husband was transferred to Ft. Hays to be the steward for the hospital. They had one child. As the hospital steward’s wife, she volunteered her time at the hospital helping patients with cholera. Then, she tragically succumbed to the disease.

Elizabeth requested to be buried at Sentinel Hill in her blue dress and white bonnet of her work.

Ever since that time, her apparition in a blue dress and bonnet is said to pace the hillside, awaiting soldiers to tend to. Some people hear footfalls and see a blue hazy light.

It is interesting to note that Sentinel Hill is made of bedrock and her grave was marked by four posts of limestone. (LINK) These posts were stolen by thieves in the early days of Hays, Kansas. The legend claims that tragedy found each of the thieves in the hours after the theft: one felled in a gunfight, two killed in a carriage accident, and the other hit by a train.

There is something to be said about death sites and grave sites adorned with stones that seem to play a factor in leaving a sort of “spiritual tag” or “location beacon” for the deceased. In fact, when studying 50 haunted locations looking for common factors, I found this relating to their geology –

  1. Limestone: 13 of 14 sites with limestone ranked a 5 or 6 on the haunted scale
  2. Shale: 12 of 13 sites with shale ranked a 5 or 6 on the haunted scale
  3. Sandstone: 20 of 22 sites with sandstone ranked a 5 or 6 on the haunted scale
  4. Granite: 1 of 2 sites with granite ranked a 5 or 6 on the haunted scale.

One clear account of the blue light lady is reported here –

(LINK)The apparition crested the hill and floated along the prairie like a stray tumbleweed. It paused once to glance up at the full moon, then continued on its descent toward our hiding spot in the bushes. As the blue light drew closer the shadows of her face became distinguishable features and the pattern of her long, prairie dress and bonnet came into view and even though the apparition faded before touching the ground, I heard footsteps shuffling through the dirt.

How long will the blue lady continue to be seen? That’s an interesting question when it comes to hauntings. You see, perhaps in the 1800s or 1700s there were stories by locals around the world of encountering apparitions, but those stories over time became less and less reported. So, future generations know nothing about the situation when they encounter it. Now, they have come across an apparition and try to find a current reason or local reason for it. Their story of its origins could be completely incompatible with the earlier generations who related it to some other dead individual.

How long does a place stay haunted? That’s another vital question to be answered!

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Gilberto Rides again Chapter 29
by Stephen Halpert

The next morning Gilberto sat at his desk in his office and eyed a pile of unopened mail. He wasn’t sure what had become of the current shipping invoices. He felt lost and out of touch with the responsibilities of his job.
He looked at the visitor’s chair by the office window and to his surprise watched a wisp of smoke slowly materialize into Buzz. He sat there scowling.
He looked as disoriented as Gilberto felt. But maybe these feelings within him emanated from Buzz. After all, since his accident he had become an empath and often felt the feelings of others.
Buzz had discarded his blue hospital jonnie and now wore his usual three piece blue serge suit from Brooks Brothers. Gilberto sighed. They had bought those suits together not too long ago. His hair wasn’t disheveled but neatly combed. Gone was his usual Florida tan replaced by transparency.
Gilberto’s phone rang. “I must see you.” Sara Midgley sounded her usual emphatic self.”
“Sure,” Gilberto said.
“In your office, five minutes.” The call ended.
Buzz smiled and looked pleased. He nodded at Gilberto, put his fingers to his lips.
“Not to worry,” Gilberto said. “I won’t say a word.”
Buzz nodded again, then faded.
“I need to talk to you,” Sara Midgley barged into his office, she looked rumpled, her blouse was buttoned wrong and hung under her jacket.
Gilberto looked up, “Sure, what?”
Her eyes were red, puffy, tears stained her cheeks. Her hand shook. “I dreamed of Buzz last night. He came to me and oh, Gilberto it was so vivid, like he was right there beside me.”
Gilberto nodded and steepled his fingers. “Maybe he was.”
“Stop that,” she said. “That’s not funny.”
“Sara, I wasn’t trying to be funny. I’ve read that when someone departs suddenly before their time, like he did, their spirit can remain active and may not cross over.”
“What do you mean before their time?” Her voice was raspy, nervous. Gilberto saw her hand twitch. “You say you saw him last night?”
“Yes, he scared me. He looked angry, fiercely angry.”
Now both her hands shook. “I’m terribly frightened. I don’t know what to do!”
Gilberto nodded. He sniffed, but no scent of flowers. “Why do you think he was angry? Does he have a reason to be angry with you?”
“I-I can’t think…”
Gilberto could tell she was lying, and he wasn’t sure how to pursue this conversation. Maybe if he said nothing, more would emerge from her. He sighed. “Sure, whatever you say.” He was silent, and she continued to sob. Then finally he spoke. “Why are you telling me this?”
She knuckled her eyes. “Tissue?”
He reached into his desk and gave her the box. She blew her nose, then sighed. “I-I don’t know what to do.”
He could tell she was frightened, even unhinged. “You’ll be speaking at his memorial service.”
That he didn’t know. No one had mentioned it to him before. “Thank you for telling me.”
She began to cry again. “I hadn’t expected this,” she said in a half whisper, her words slurred. “It was horrible. I got very cold, so cold I shivered so hard my teeth chattered.”
Gilberto leaned forward expectantly. “Then what?”
“I could hear his voice in my head. He was roaring words,” she paused.
“What was he saying?”
“I-I don’t remember. She paused, then said no more.
Lying again, Gilberto thought. His intuition was functioning on high. He could tell she felt guilty about something, but what?
“I’m sorry.” He didn’t know what else to say. Something caught his eye. He saw that same wisp of smoke slowly evolve. Then Buzz materialized. Even though he was basically transparent, Gilberto could see his face was contorted with anger. Fortunately for Gilberto, Sara saw him too. Her eyes widened. She opened her mouth but no sound emerged.
Gilberto watched her closely. “You see him too,” he said.
She nodded, wiped her eyes and hiccupped. Then he heard Buzz’s voice in his head.
“Watch her when you say this. Tell her I said she set me up.”
Gilberto looked at Sara and took a breath. He’s telling me you set him up. What does that mean?” He kept his eyes on her face, and at the same time, noticed her hands were shaking again.
Her face paled. “I-I don’t know. I can’t imagine…”
Gilberto sighed. He noticed Buzz was grinning now. “She never was a good liar,” came his words in Gilberto’s head. Then a laugh, and the transparent Buzz flickered out of view.
“Sara,”” Gilberto said. “Tell me what’s going on. I know you’re hiding something.”
Her face contorted. She began weeping again, but Gilberto could tell this time her tears were not genuine. Somehow, she was back to maintaining her denial.
“Sara, you’re lying! You had something to do with Buzz death!”
She fell forward, clutched her knees weeping hysterically.
Gilberto grabbed his phone, buzzed Ramon. “Help me,” he said. ” Sara, meltdown.”
Moments later Ramon came into his office. He looked at Gilberto oddly.
“Tell him,” Gilberto said. “Tell him everything.” He tried giving her water. She shook her head. “Buzz,” she said. “He wants to kill me.”
Ramon nodded, said nothing, waited for Sara to go on.
Ramon looked at Gilberto. “Tell me.”
“Buzz is one angry spirit,” Gilberto said.
“Protect me,” Sara Midgley implored. “Please protect me. Ramon, Buzz wants to kill me. Take me home, please.”
Ramon eyed Gilberto waiting for his indication. What was next?”
Finally Gilberto said. “Sara, Buzz will break into your sleep every night until this business with him is resolved. I urge you to come clean.”
Sara turned to Ramon. “Please stay with me. Protect me.”
“From whom,” Gilberto interrupted. “Having Ramon right there beside you won’t count. You must know something about Buzz’s death. For the sake of your sanity get it out.”
Her face contorted; her expression twisted. Her voice rasped. “Stop this. Ramon make him stop. He doesn’t know what he’s talking about.”
But Ramon stood his ground. “Gilberto will join me. We’ll both take you home.”
(To be continued.)

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Kitty Kat’s Korner

The Power of Play
By Steve Dale

Cats are the most popular pet in America. There are lots of reasons for this, and no doubt one is that they are considered low maintenance. But are they really? When compared to dogs, I suggest they are not low maintenance but just different maintenance. It’s true that few cats are taken for walks to do their potty business, and few cats really want to visit a park so people can toss a ball to retrieve. However, today we know that cats are social, they do bond to family members, and their intelligence requires that their brains are used. Cats require mental and physical stimulation. Living in a boring and mind-numbing environment can lead to stress, health issues and behavior problems — sometimes to the point of developing serious medical issues like Pandora Syndrome or feline lower urinary tract disease or feline cystitis (all are interrelated). These medical conditions may not only be painful but can lead to a cat having accidents outside the litter box.

Or, when cats don’t have appropriate activities, they can create their own “fun.” This kitty fun time could include pulling down the blinds, scratching where they shouldn’t, unraveling every roll of toilet paper in the house or pushing around other pets, which can create a relationship problem among pets in the house. All of this can also lead to relinquishment. Who would think that cycle all begins with chronic boredom? So what can you do? Use the power of play. Here are four ways to keep cats engaged:

Activate Prey Drives
What we feed cats isn’t as important as how we feed them. Cats are hard-wired to seek prey and then pounce and kill. While cats are safer indoors, they don’t get this opportunity as a house cat — unless a wayward mouse is unlucky enough to get into your house.

There are all sorts of food puzzles that can be hidden for cats to find. An example is the Indoor Hunting Feeder for moist or dry food, which is one way to trigger prey drive. Leave food in the hunting feeder — at first near the existing food dish — but gradually move it farther and farther away, ultimately hiding the feeders for cats to “hunt” for them. The texture of the dry food feeder is something cats enjoy digging claws into.

You can also leave food in plastic dishes in various places around the house for cats to discover, which similarly activates prey drives. You can even teach your cat to play hide-and-seek. Kids love this and so do lots of cats. When they find the kids, they receive a spoon of tuna or salmon or a piece of cheese — a really fantastic treat.

Activating the prey drive alleviates boredom, allowing for cats’ natural hunting instincts. It also supports better digestion, as cats do best when eating multiple small meals compared to one or two very large meals.

Turn on the Catflix
Some cats do watch TV, and there are all sorts of videos available for them to watch, such as:

~8-Hour Bird Bonanza (with a guest appearance by a squirrel) on YouTube.

~If you have an iPad, iPhone or Android phone, download free games from the App store or Google Play store, like Friskies JitterBug, Mouse in Cheese: 3D game for cats and Mouse for Cats — Mice-Catching Cat

~Taller cat trees, like the Classic Cat Tree ($109; Armarkat.com) or Prevue Pet’s Party Tower are not only a playground for multiple cats but when placed near a window offer a great view of passing butterflies and birds.

~Placing bird feeders and plants attractive to butterflies outside where your cats can see them from a window isn’t just a nice thing for the environment, but it’s better than turning on Netflix if you hap-pen to be a cat.

Go Interactive with Play
Interactive play is great exercise while enhancing the bond and trust between people and their kitties. We also know it can be a great stress buster for cats and probably for people, too. Classic examples are fishing pole type toys with feathers or fabric at the end. You can even affix a feather at the end of a bathrobe tie.

Using the power of play to keep kitty engaged and stave off chronic boredom sounds like a pretty good cat parent super-power. Less stress, health issues and behavior problems can be yours and kitty’s if you take our above advice and a little time and effort on your part — and some happy pouncing on the part of your cat. Examples include the Interactive Robotic Cat Toy and the Catit Design Senses Circuit Cat Toy.

Try Self-Play Cat Toys
Arguably, cats are more eager to engage in activities without people around compared to dogs. However, the toys have to be interesting in order for that to happen, which generally means movement and perhaps high-pitched squeaky sounds.

Ten years ago, there were only a pawful of these cat toys and today there are hundreds — too many to list in a single story. That’s the good news. What works for one cat may not be preferred by another, as individual cats have their own preferences. So, getting a handle on what your cat likes helps.

Examples of self-play cat toys include the SmartyKat Hot Pursuit Electronic Concealed Motion Cat Toy ($29.99; chewy.com), Petlinks Mystery Motion Concealed Mouse Cat Toy ($42.86; amazon.com), the SnugglyCat Ripple Rug Cat Activity Play Mat and the Vealind Pet Interactive Fun Roller Exerciser 3-Level Tower of Tracks Cat Teaser Ball Toy.

Self-play toys don’t always need to be purchased. Many cats have hours of fun running through tunnels your children connect using paper sacks from the grocery store or playing with a ping-pong ball, plastic top to a milk carton or a crumpled piece of paper in the bathtub or on the kitchen floor.

Toy Tips for Tiger
Now that you know what kinds of play relieve chronic boredom, clue into these simple feline fun facts.

Rotate toys. Leaving out the same old toy all the time can get dull. Hide a toy in a closet for a few weeks and the return debut will be triumphant, as if it is an all-new toy.

Use empty boxes. We all get cardboard boxes from Amazon and elsewhere. Of course, the boxes aren’t for packaging products — they’re for cats.

Make it smelly. Rub some tissue in a safe scent – such as lavender or valerian root — and leave it out as a “surprise scent sampler.” Don’t forget about catnip or silvervine.

Bring on the outdoors — safely. Some indoor cats take to the idea of being walked outdoors on a leash and harness — certainly getting out into the world is stimulating. Or create a catio, which allows cats to get fresh air in a safe environment.

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Georgia’s Weekly Horoscope: Sunday, November 28, 2021

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All Signs
This week begins in a dreamy way that makes us start to wonder about future goals. “What if?” As the week progresses, many of these ideas will start to become a reality. Therefore, this is the week to be confident. Shoot for the stars! Goethe said, “There is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents … Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now!”

Aries (March 21-April 19)
This is a perfect time to hatch plans for future travel and opportunities to explore your world because these ideas will appeal to you now. Not only do you want to expand your world through travel, many of you also want to expand your world through further education and training. What exciting schools might you attend? Do you want to learn a new language? With Venus at the top of your chart, authority figures are receptive to your suggestions and applications. (Good to know.) Meanwhile, this is a passionate week. However, many of you will also use this energy to help others, especially those who are less fortunate. (Can’t go wrong there.)

Taurus (April 20-May 20)
This is an excellent time to dream big and conjure up all kinds of future possibilities because with Jupiter at the top of your chart, this is a fortunate time for you. People see you as successful. Many things will go your way. Furthermore, Saturn at the top of your chart indicates that you are in a time of harvest, when you are reaping the benefits of the last 30 years of your life. (Certainly, the last fifteen.) How timely then, to define some goals this week or at least, to dream big! Travel for pleasure appeals. Your focus on shared property, debt and insurance issues continues to be strong. Tension with partners will ease this week because Neptune softens potential conflicts. What do you want your future to hold?

Gemini (May 21-June 20)
Many planets benefit you right now. Some are supportive of you, especially in a practical way, which means gifts, goodies and favours from others will come to you. Your desire to travel and explore the world is strong, which means this is only one area where you can conjure up dreams for the future. Fiery Mars is in the part of your chart that will energize your work efforts. This is an excellent week for creativity, goalsetting and inspiration. By the end of the week, you’re ready to pull yourself up by your bootstraps. You know what you want to achieve and you believe that anything is possible. And it is! (Be patient with partners and close friends while the Sun is opposite your sign. This creates a natural polarity that encourages conflict.)

Cancer (June 21-July 22)
It’s appropriate for you to think about future goals and dream big because you are energized to work hard now. You are very hands-on with your approach to things because you want to be efficient and effective in everything you do. You want to make your actions count. Sometimes inertia holds you back from beginning. You like to cling to familiarity. Read Goethe’s comments in the All Signs section above. He points out that once you commit to a decision, amazing things will unfold – even things you never dreamed would be possible. You have been getting along with less, but you have survived. About 18 months from now, your reputation will be shining! What are you going to do to deserve this? (Apparently something.)

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
This is a playful time with increased activity with kids plus a strong interest in the arts, the entertainment world and a chance to express your creative talents. (The stuff you like.) This week is an excellent time to think about how you can achieve something that is important to you. First visualize what might seem to be impossible. That way you get a handle on how it looks. Define it. Name it. Once you can name it – you’re halfway there. As the week progresses, you can embrace a plan that can unfold in a doable way. This year your focus is on external goals – more than it’s been in the last 17 years.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
Your focus on home and family continues, especially because family discussions are important at this time. In particular, they could involve home improvements and repairs. Many of you are entertaining at home as well, and some of you are able to grab a vacation. Yay! However, at the beginning of this dreamy week, you will start to visualize things that you would like to see happen in the future. These things could be related to your career or your work or they might be fun possibilities that offer escape and exciting adventure. You still have wonderful opportunities to improve your health, as well as improve your job. If you’re successful in doing this – what’s next? A marathon?

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
This is a busy active time for you due to short trips, errands, appointments plus, conversations with siblings, relatives and neighbours. Many of you are reading, writing and studying more than usual as well. Nevertheless, this week offers you chances to dream about future possibilities. Some of you will focus on money, cash flow and how to feel more financially secure. Many of you have increased responsibilities with kids or young people at this time. Many of you are also redecorating or entertaining at home and enjoying the beauty of your home. Since these areas are a strong focus, perhaps they will be sources of where you might decide to dream big? Ideas?

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
This week, Mars is in your sign dancing with dreamy Neptune, which prompts you to imagine possible futures for yourself. It makes you focus on ambitious goals. Naturally, this triggers your desire to brainstorm all kinds of possibilities for your future. As the week wears on, you will see ways that some of these dreams can become a reality. You might set about implementing certain plans in a way that they will come to fruition. This energy continues all week. By Friday, you are still enthusiastic about what is possible for your future. This is a wonderful thing! Read the quote by Goethe in All Signs above. The key is commitment to a plan!

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
This is an interesting week because you like to think about your future a lot and in particular, you like to dream big. Well, it so happens that the planetary influences this week push absolutely everyone in that direction. You will feel right at home thinking about future goals and ways to achieve them. With the Sun and Mercury in your sign, this is the perfect time to define clearly what you want for your future. Meanwhile, Venus will attract money and gifts to you this week. At this point in your life, residential moves and job changes are par for the course. Naturally, this leads to new worlds full of new possibilities. It’s exciting!

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
This week will suit you perfectly because this is one of the best times all year to think about future goals. More than most, you take a long range of view of things because you are practical, and also perhaps unconsciously, because you know you are a long-lived sign. Ideas about finances, making money and matters about your financial security are things you might think about this week. You might also see ways to help a charitable organization or those who are less fortunate. Meanwhile, with Venus in your sign, you are unusually charming and diplomatic with everyone.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
This is a fortunate time for you because lucky Jupiter is in your sign, which is something that can happen only once every 12 years. Meanwhile, this is a stage in your life when you are setting off on a new path of re-inventing yourself. What could be more timely than this particular week that encourages daydreams, visualizing goals and then suddenly, seeing that these goals are actually doable! Your ambition is aroused now because Mars is at the top of your chart. Meanwhile, you are interacting with friends and groups more than usual. Why not bounce your ideas off someone to get their feedback? (A secret affair is likely for some of you.)

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
You will continue to make a fabulous impression on everyone because the Sun is at the top of your chart casting you (symbolically speaking) in a flattering spotlight. This is why bosses, parents and VIPs are so impressed with you. This is the perfect week to visualize what you want for your future. You are an imaginative sign, and you have great visionary powers. Presently, you’re letting go of many things – people, places and possessions because you’re in a state of transition. But you are obviously heading for a whole new beginning in about a year. When you open those future doors – where do you want them to lead?

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Weekly Horoscopes beginning Sunday, 28 November 2021


If you’re born within a cusp period (16 to 26 of any month); you’re advised to read horoscopes of both signs covered by that period. You’re on the border; you may have influences from houses within those signs.

Outlines are longer versions; consist of every possible detail of everyday and are based on three parts of each sign: 1st, 2nd & 3rd Decan; that is, any of three divisions of 10° within a sign of the zodiac. Even if you know or don’t know your Decan; I recommend, please read all three Decan.


Aries
Personal theme: I am!!
Fire & cardinal sign: March 21 — April 19

Your horoscope for this week:

You thrive on the challenges that come with new settings or learning new skills; but even you could struggle with the unsettling events you’re experiencing. These shakeups are being triggered by eclipses, on 19 November and soon, on 4 December. The trick for you, as an Aries and somebody who thrives on change, is to explore everything but commit to nothing, at least that you can’t rethink.

Someone with a powerful personality will disagree with your plans. Be ready to defend your beliefs and interests. If there is something you really want to do, don’t let anyone else put you off this. You owe it to yourself to keep going. Contracts involving someone you have known for years should be pleasing and profitable but arrangements with a new customer or colleague will be slow to get off the ground. You might suspect this is a relationship that is unlikely to last.

In the East the Lunar cycle is interpreted rather differently to in the West. It’s interesting that both systems note that the days before any New Moon warrants special attention. In the East, this is viewed as a challenging time when demons must be addressed and appeased. In the West, the advice is to lie low. However, you choose to interpret it, the days before next Saturday’s Solar Eclipse should be both a time for contemplation. That’s not always easy against the backdrop of the working schedule. Yet this makes this a good time to make assessment of your long-term aims and objectives and, to a degree, determine who you can really trust. Given that a major adventure awaits next week, knowing which working colleagues you’d like to accompany you on the next stage of your career journey is surely worthy of careful thought.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Usually, the unsettling influence of the Full Moon ends swiftly. However, that was on the Friday the 19th, it was in Taurus, and the first of a pair of eclipses. The next is on Saturday, 4 December. What’s more, you now recognise shakeups as welcome breakthroughs, if in disguise. Feeling impatient? For now, wait and watch. Within days all that chaos will begin to make sense.

Your thoughts are on a long-term goal. You would appreciate a partner or relative’s support. Even if at first, they don’t seem interested, keep working at it. You are gradually breaking down their defences. The possibility of a new source of income will come your way but don’t be too quick to take up this offer. This will be something that should not be accepted immediately. Look into it further before making a definite decision.

Your ruling planet, Venus, moved into another of the Earth signs at the beginning of November. Venus turns retrograde in that area mid-December and will leave what is in fact one of the high-level communication areas of your solar chart in early March next year. This entire period, should be used for information gathering and yes, to some extent, tying up loose ends. Recall that we are still between eclipses. Until next Saturday’s Solar Eclipse, there is much soul-searching to be done. Take time to look around and calculate the investment of time and energy that others are putting in. How – and should – they assist you? There’s high probability that as of early next week your attitude to delegation will alter.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

You’re brilliant at spotting the promise in the many unsettling events you’ve been facing, and you’re right in sensing they’re breakthroughs. The challenge? Being patient. It will probably take until 19 December, when the Gemini Full Moon brings both ongoing changes and your rapidly shifting feelings to peak that your choices are clear. Until then, busy yourself with tasks you’ve been putting off for ages.

You won’t be content to join others in your usual weekday activities. You want to escape boring routine and you’re too restless to patiently settle for mundane chores. Instead, you’re longing to escape the familiar and venture into unknown territory. Changes in the workplace may seem exciting but they could benefit some more than others and you might start wondering whether they are really fair. It may be up to you to expose an unfair practice.

In the East, the 25th day following the New Moon is seen as having special and positive energy. That this coincides presently with the Moon passing through the creative area of your solar chart, and as the Sun accents relationships, a working partnership could easily develop. Recall that we are between eclipses. In a few weeks the lunar node will leave your sign. The dramas of the last 18 months will be firmly in the past. How do you want this particular scene in your life to conclude? Wouldn’t it be nice if it offered a teaser of what is yet to come? Even if it’s just a rough guide, do your business planning in the first half of the week. Thereafter, and especially in the nights before the Solar Eclipse on December 4th, the energies are not as wholesome. You could even think of these as dark forces trying to sabotage your efforts. Don’t be discouraged, that new partnership is coming and could truly go places.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

If you’ve already realised that, whatever you do or decide, events will be unsettling, you’re ahead of the game. Between the current pair of eclipses and planetary activity indicating a series of breakthroughs, events will speed once-tricky plans ahead. So much, in fact, you could feel overwhelmed. For now, back off, watch and learn. Within weeks, if not days, you’ll recognise just how timely those changes are.

You’re trying to do too much. You want to please everyone but you aren’t going to do this by working yourself to exhaustion. Have more patience with yourself and remember too that you can’t and won’t achieve all your goals immediately. At times you and a loved one or housemate will be at cross purposes. It may be that they want to try out new things when you want to continue the way you’ve been going in the past.

In the East, the 25th day after the New Moon is seen as a special time – so the start of this week should be super productive. However, in the nights ahead of the Solar Eclipse on December 4, you could feel undermined, unsure and yes, at some level even manipulated. Don’t allow your imagination to run wild. Perhaps you simply need rest. Dreams may be vivid but also essential in healthy rebalancing. Work wise, and with Venus stay in your opposite sign of Capricorn extended, it may be that you need to adjust pace to suit a work colleague who is presently clearly distracted, but whom you sense has the right expertise to dovetail with your own.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Accepting the fact changes aren’t up to you hasn’t been easy. However, try to give in to those often-unsettling twists and turns, and soon you’ll be discovering a whole new world of options for existing arrangements and activities, involving you alone and, often, others. The secret? Say yes to the unexpected or simply plunge into exciting, if unfamiliar, ideas. The results will thrill you.

Things may be tense at home. A heart-to-heart talk will clear the air. Restoring peace where there is disharmony will give your spirits a boost. Those you live with will show their appreciation. Spending a lot of time wondering why you can’t get into the swing of your usual routines makes you your own worst enemy. There will be too many distractions in your environment destroying your concentration. A change of scenery will be the answer.

Recall that we are between eclipses: the Earth’s magnetic field is altered and your behaviour might be adjusted too. You can take control. In fact, if you followed an Eastern way of thinking, you would use Monday and Tuesday productively and successfully. Dangers come in the second half of the week in the nights before the Solar Eclipse on December 4. This is when it could appear as though demons have arrived leaving you undermined or toyed with. Take care that you too aren’t guilty of manipulating situations. Over Wednesday and Thursday, it might seem as though every good idea is brought to an abrupt halt. This though, would surely give you rethinking time. That’s normally the task of retrograde Mercury but on this occasion, it may be that you realise routes to success which true, are super challenging but potentially more rewarding.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Once you understand that life’s about shakeups, some as dramatic as they are sudden, you’ll exchange anxieties about them for enthusiasm. True, you’ll remain short of facts for ages. However, you’re not alone in that, and the more you chat with others, the clearer it will be everybody else is at a loose end. The solution? Forget about planning ahead. Live one day at a time.

It is not a time to act on impulse. A workmate will have taken on far too much. You did try to warn them but they did not want to hear. Sooner or later, they are going to need your support. Just be careful you don’t end up taking on other people’s responsibilities. Your practical skills will be put to good use in money affairs and in domestic matters too. Don’t be surprised if you make money from a creative talent.

In the East, the 25th day after the new Moon is considered to be particularly productive. You could find Monday and Tuesday especially so – but also rewarding. The Moon passes through neighbouring Libra and, assuming you have your act together which is very likely, this could be an exhilarating and productive period. After that though, the Moon moves into Scorpio and heads towards what is known of the as the ‘dark of the Moon’ – the few days before the solar eclipse on December 4. This year that coincides with the Moon’s passage through Scorpio. You could experience mischief-making or discover items and news that are far from helpful. View this though as a useful clearing out time and at every possible level. Rid yourself of negative thoughts. Soon after the Solar Eclipse you should feel re-energised and ready to explore.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Ignoring others’ complaints about unsettling developments may seem unsympathetic. As you’ll notice, however, their woes will shift as circumstances do. The real problem is their reluctance to give serious thought to far-reaching changes. Actually, this applies to you, just as much. The sooner you say farewell to elements of the past, the happier you’ll be. The secret? Stand back and let events unfold as they must.

You’re in a curious mood, wanting to know what everyone else is getting up to and yet if someone shows interest in your affairs, you will get annoyed with their inquisitiveness. Conversations will be interesting but you can’t ask all the questions. Be willing to share what you know too. You might get the feeling something new is in the pipeline and you could benefit from this in some way. Keeping a dream diary could prove enlightening.

It may be that the first half of this week proves a most productive time – and by far. Not only is the Moon making passage through your sign, but this is also the 25th day of the lunar month. Astrologers working in the East would view this is a remarkably positive time. Your ideas will likely be warmly welcomed – particularly at work and so helpful to your career plans; but yes, things could come unstuck in the second half of the week when costs become known. Think of these are simply estimates. There will be room for negotiation; most likely after the Solar Eclipse on December 4. Note too, that though not always recognised for having financial acumen, it is there beneath the surface. Once you are aware of both the energy and resources available, you could yet steam ahead with a fresh project as of next Monday.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

As you begin this tricky week, your mood’s likely to drift from upbeat to questioning what’s next. That’s no surprise. You and everybody else are in the midst of a cycle of unsettling but ultimately worthwhile changes. While, ordinarily you’d try to focus on a single objective, your instincts are correctly telling you to ensure that both your thinking, and your plans are flexible.

Somehow you might get involved with a neighbour’s problems. You hadn’t planned on being the one to help them out but you won’t mind this. Just don’t lose track of time as you have other things to do. Most things in the career environment will go your way but don’t assume it will all be easy. It will be a colleague’s dilemma that could cause you some frustration and when you look at the problem, the solution will be staring them in the face.

Unlike many other signs, Scorpio is willing to look at the underside of life. You understand that for every bit of good, there is a balancing force. That awareness should stand you in good stead during the second half of the week. It’s not a bad period, but it is certainly true that in the nights before a New Moon, imagination can run riot (people think they see imps or elves and sense general mischief). On the working scene, you may find that others attempt to manipulate you or that they have been manipulated and don’t know how to extricate themselves from difficult situations. All can, and probably will, be restored after the Solar Eclipse on December 4. It would be wise ahead of this period, to listen carefully to what is discussed between Monday and Wednesday. Plans are likely to hit a brick wall and will need energy to be re-fired early next week. By taking careful notes, you should be well placed to follow up on ideas and even to become their ‘midwife’.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

While you thrive on new ideas and the occasional exciting change, the events triggered by the powerful Sagittarius eclipsed New Moon, on Saturday 4 December, could overwhelm even you. The trick is to explore absolutely everything, but avoid finalising plans. For now? Focus on shedding burdensome activities and alliances. This ensures both your mind, and schedule, are open to what’s coming next.

Travel is a strong temptation. Just being able to escape familiar places for a wee while sounds incredibly inviting. You may not just be dreaming of this possibility either for there is a strong chance you will persuade a partner or close friend to book a fairly lengthy vacation. Advancement will come through the people you now meet. A powerful professional could make you an intriguing proposal. The impression you give others will mark up points on the popularity scales.

Next weekend’s Solar Eclipse is in your sign. This most sophisticated New Moon is part of a sequence linking back to the end of 2002. You were likely aware then, that over the subsequent 18 months you would be developing a new path. The problem with Sagittarius is that it doesn’t always do intensive planning. You enjoy adventure taking it as it comes. Yet you could learn from that previous period. Any planning you do now should prove super useful in the months to come. Actually, it’s likely that at least four projects will be discussed (and especially with Gemini, Libra and Aquarius colleagues). In the second half of the week, as we go into what is known as the ‘dark of the Moon’, matters could so easily go awry. Take care that you’re not seduced into undertaking a journey for which you are ill-prepared. Timing is everything. One useful task would be to assess assets and if necessary, move these to safer place.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

No sign invests more time in thinking through both changes in existing elements of your life and future plans. While usually you’ve facts enough to make sound decisions, with both circumstances and your own priorities shifting regularly, you’re uncharacteristically unsure what to do or commit to. Try something out of character. Sidestep planning and allow events to unfold when, and as, they must.

Unlike some of your restless friends, you won’t feel like venturing too far away at the moment. You will prefer to remain closer to home. There is someone you need to talk to and if you can’t see each other face to face, the phone will have to do. Some importance is attached to conversations. The weekend holds special promise of romance when your love life is likely to reach an important point.

You will likely experience moments of both delight and enlightenment in the first half of the week. Recall that we are between eclipses – a special time when it is possible to tune into fresh energies. That may be especially true on Monday – which is the 25th day of the present lunar cycle when clearing up outstanding matters should prove straightforward. In those nights before the December 4 Solar Eclipse when the Moon is no longer visible, it can appear as though things are awry. There’s a dark mysterious quality which to some, can also bring mischievous and difficult thinking. It’s not the most productive of periods. You too could feel unsettled and challenged – most likely by a line of political thought which you find unacceptable. Note however, that following on from the eclipse, and with Venus enjoying is extended stay in your sign, that progress in partnership is probable.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

After the past several weeks’ shakeups, you’re seeking a fresh perspective; but every time things seem clear, you’re forced to rethink arrangements, plans or both. The secret? Relax, possibly in a way you rarely allow yourself to do. Just for now, view the world around you and your own life as something that’s about discovery, not perfectly shaped plans. Things will be far less complicated.

A friend or neighbour with an unusual hobby will let you in on what sounds like a fanciful secret. Even so you will be intrigued and a little research will prove they are telling the truth. The offer of a promotion or new job with a different employer is worth considering but think carefully about what you may be letting yourself in for. Calm your enthusiasm and look at this realistically. Avoid taking unnecessary risks.

The start of this week could prove super productive. Recall that we are between eclipses when ideas flourish and you could build up a really good head of steam. Anxious to get things underway, you might not be prepared for the brick wall that you encounter mid-week. It’s then, as the Moon goes through Scorpio that you could meet difficulties in the form of a reality check. Note that this is the few days before a Solar Eclipse. In what is known as the ‘dark of the Moon’ it can seem there is mischief afoot. It’s generally not easy to push things forward. On this occasion, you could come up against an intransigent mindset, making it apparently impossible to move forward. Yet these times too will pass. Nor are they all necessarily bad. You might benefit from doing either a deep clean or going through the contents of an untouched area. The process might even reveal long forgotten treasures.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Over the past several weeks you’ve wrestled with your own unsettled feelings but, just as much, been distracted by the complaints of others. As you’ve explored, you’ve realised some were merely moaning about having to make an effort, while others truly needed support. Now that you’re better at spotting the latter, you can lend others backup and, in the process, deal with certain of your own issues.

You’re planning on getting in trim for a future festive celebration. A friend will tell you there is no need to make a big effort but you might suspect they are just being polite. Changing your diet and practising relaxation techniques could be the start of you embarking on a healthier lifestyle. A friend who is special to you will have made some mistake about plans or events that take place as the week ends. Arrangements to meet someone at a train station or park could mark the start of a long-term friendship.

Arguably more than any other sign, Pisces seems aware that there are times of deep mystery and confusion, chaos, misunderstanding, and general mischief. In the nights before the Solar Eclipse on Saturday, December 4, those ‘imps’ could come out to play. This is arguably not the best time for making clear decisions. The good news is that this week opens on the 25th day of the lunar cycle – a magical and very positive time of the month. Seize that time. You can make real progress over Monday and Tuesday. This will be especially true with regard to business partnerships. True, you could experience difficulties mid-week these though are unlikely to be of your making and should resolve once legal conundrums are dealt with early next week. Another positive feature of these next seven days is the desire to clear out items and ideas that are no longer healthy. This might not be spring clean time; but similar energies would doubtless be productive.

~CelestialPrognostication

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