GrannyMoons Weekly Feast: 9 Jan 2022

Freya’s Tears by Gustav Klimt

Today’s affirmation:
I gather strength from life’s storms. ~Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

Dark Moon – Time to Rest
New Moon – Time to Begin New Projects; Birth; Attraction
Waxing Moon – Time to Grow; Increase
Full Moon – Time to be Fulfilled; Abundance
Waning Moon – Time to Banish; Decrease
Last Sliver of Moon – Time to Die; Letting Go
Dark Moon – Time to Rest Again


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


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Current Moon Phase: Waxing Moon

Time: From New Moon To Full (Approx. 14 Days)

Goddess Aspect: Maiden
Associated Goddesses: Artemis, Branwen, Eriu, Nymph, Epona
Magickal Attributes: Invoking Beginnings, New Projects, Ideas, Inspiriation, Energy, Vitality, Freedom. Workings On This Day Are For “Constructive” Magick (Love, Wealth, Success, Courage, Friendship, Luck Or Health.)

What’s Happening!?!

Herb of the Year for 2022: Viola (violet, heartsease) named by the International Herb Association

Flower of the Month for January: Carnation, symbolizing love, fascination, distinction

January is Hot Tea Month!

Celtic Month of Birch – December 24th to January 20th

Goddess Month of Hestia – 12/26 – 1/22

What’s Happening This Month?!?

Jan. 14: Mercury becomes retrograde (4:41 AM, MST)- February 3rd, 2022.

Jan. 14: Thorrablot – Norse/Heathen celebration honoring Thor

Jam. 14: S.J. Tucker Concert– My next online concert will be January 14, 2022 at 6pm Central, in collaboration with the Dubuque County Library District and other libraries in Iowa, as part of their JanFanCon virtual programming! This means I get to sing my songs about the stories I adore! Get your ticket here for $5 or more, your choice:

Jan. 17: Full Moon in Cancer – Wolf Moon – The first Full Moon of the year is known in many cultures as the Full Wolf Moon, which is appropriate given the deep, ancient ties between wolves and January’s Full Moon. For instance, the Gaelic word for January, Faoilleach, comes from the term for wolves, faol-chù, even though wolves haven’t existed in Scotland for centuries. The Saxon word for January is Wulf-monath, or Wolf Month.

Jan. 19: Zodiac Period of Capricorn ends

Jan. 20: Zodiac Period of Aquarius begins

Jan. 24: Sementivae – a grain-oriented Roman festival

Jan. 29: Venus becomes progressive (1:45 AM, MST)

Jan. 30 – Feb 2: Roman celebration of Februalia

Jan. 31: Up Helly Aa – Scottish celebration in the Shetland Islands

Jan. 31: Disting/Disablot – The Dísablót (English and Swedish: Disablot) is the blót which was held in honor of the female spirits or deities called dísir (and the valkyries) from pre-historic times until the Christianization of Scandinavia. Its purpose was to enhance the coming harvest.

Jan. 31 New Moon 10:49 PM, MST)


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January 2022
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Stacy Adams

January 10, 2022 – January 16, 2022

The second week of January starts on a low note, as both the Sun and Mars aspect Neptune.

On Monday, the Sun sextiles Neptune in Pisces. Although you won’t be in the mood to get up and go, it is a perfect day to relax, chill, and focus on some alone time. It’s a wonderful day to connect with your spiritual side, do some meditation, or take a walk through the woods or a nature reserve. However, be prepared for your energy levels to plummet on Tuesday when energetic Mars squares Neptune. Mars square Neptune is a debilitating aspect that often leads to self-doubt and discouragement. Try to conserve as much energy as possible.

The middle of the week comes with a gentle Moon in Taurus that makes positive aspects to the Sun and Pluto (Moon trine Sun, Moon trine Pluto). It’s a wonderful day to pamper yourself, take care of personal responsibility, and stand in your power. Since the Moon is in Taurus, it’s an excellent day to indulge in something tasty and decadent.

This weekend begins with Mercury reversing course as he turns retrograde in Aquarius. Make sure you backup your electronic devices and prepare for communication snafus. On Sunday, the Sun makes a conjunction with Pluto in Capricorn. Expect powerful experiences and intense transformation. It may be time to consider repairing an area of your life that has broken down or reached the point of no return.

Recommended Candles: Mercury Retrograde Neutralizer (Astro Magic), Transition (Blessing Kit), Clarity (Chakra Magic).

Here’s what you missed on this week…

Want to get the most of 2022? Time to get to work!
Don’t put off until tomorrow what you should do today!
Out with the old and in with the new! But what will the new bring? That’s for you to decide and with Capricorn season upon us, it’s time to take charge, seize the day, and carve your own path.

Astro Magic Forecast for January 2022
January 2022 Astro Magic
Happy New Year!

After November and December, January will be a piece of cake. Of course, there are some hiccups – the Sun conjoins Pluto and squares Uranus, Mars forms a problematic aspect to Neptune, and both Venus and Mercury are retrograde.
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Freya’s Tears Legend

“Freyja is most gently born (together with Frigg): she is wedded to the man named Ódr… [who] went away on long journeys, and Freyja weeps for him, and her tears are red gold. Freyja has many names, and this is the cause thereof: that she gave herself sundry names, when she went out among unknown peoples seeking Ódr: she is called Mardöll and Hörn, Gefn, Sýr.” ~Gylfaginning, Brodeur Translation

The legend of Freya and her tears of gold has inspired people for many an age. One particularly famous rendition is by Gustav Klimt as apart of the Art Nouveau movement of the early 1900s. But the tale is an old one, going back over a thousand years into the Migration Period, or as it is more romantically called, the Viking Age.

What is it about a woman so beautiful, yet so sad that she cries tears of gold, that resonates so deeply. We have all experienced sadness, and you can probably think of a time or two when that sadness has struck you down at your core. Freya weeps for her lost lover, something you to have likely experienced.

Perhaps that is the core of it, one of the most human experiences is love and loss, and if we could only cry golden tears as the Norse goddess Freya does, then perhaps we would feel more justified. Or maybe Freya represents all of our collective human loss and when she divinely weeps on our behalf how could so much love be anything but gold?


Llewellyn’s Spell A Day

Shedding Some Light

Sundays are associated with Apollo, Ra, and other deities of the sun. We can use the influence of solar energy to shed light on and bring clarity to issues that remain obscured to us. This spell is best done during the day when the sun is at its zenith.

Sit outside in the full sun. If you can use some lemon incense or lemon essential oil to work with the sun energy, do so. As you inhale the lemon scent, picture the issue that you are having trouble understanding or seeing clearly. See it being surrounded by a dense fog. Lift your face to the sun and feel its warmth radiating around you and see it burning off that fog. As the fog lifts from around the issue you are dealing with, look at it with fresh eyes. Use any information you can garner in order to change your perspective on the situation.
Midwives Day (Bulgaria)

Brigid is the goddess of many dominions, including fertility and childbirth, which is the focus of today, as it’s Midwives Day in Bulgaria. We will focus on Brigid as maker and one of her animals, the pure white bull.

Our work honors Brigid for looking after babies, and those either wanting to have a child or who are pregnant and ready to soon give birth. This is an offering from your heart to her spirit and familiars. If this is not right for you at the moment, gift it to a family member or friend. Goddess Brigid leads and commands ale production, and she should be feted for that too. She and her white bull love cakes, and with that in mind, let’s construct an offering.

On your doorstep, place a freshly baked cake next to a mug of ale, with a full head of foam. Around the ale, place a few coins to pay Brigid for her generosity and assistance.
Looking Forward, Not Back

Janus is the two-headed Roman god of beginnings and endings. Because January is named after him, this is a great month to work magick with him. For this spell you will need a piece of flash paper, a pencil, a fireproof bowl, and a candle.

Set up your items in a safe space and then reflect upon the past calendar year. What is the one mistake, relationship, or embarrassing moment that you’d like to leave in the past and discard going forward? When you’ve decided what that is, write it down on your piece of flash paper.

Using your candle, light the flash paper and place it in the bowl while saying:

Janus, god of beginnings and endings,
Within your fire I seek cleansing.
I now leave this bad memory behind,
Entering the new year with piece of mind!

When done, blow out your candle. No longer dwell upon what you wish to be forgotten. It is past.
A Spell for Hibernation

Avoid the winter blues by embracing hibernation. For this spell, don comfy clothes and fuzzy slippers. Have dark chocolate or a cup of hot chocolate ready. Set a blue candle in a dish of crushed ice—blue for the winter blues and the subtle blue of ice and snow. Sit before the candle on a comfortable couch or chair, wrap yourself in a blanket (again, fuzzy is good!), and repeat:

As the depths of winter near,
May I sleep deep like the bear.
Curling up in dark embrace,
Nurturing soul with calm and grace.

Meditate for a moment on the quiet benefits of winter’s cold depths. Imagine yourself slowing down and feeling the patient rhythm of the season. Munch the chocolate or sip the cocoa, feeling it sustain you. Blow out the candle and place it on your altar. Each morning, light the candle for a moment and pause, considering how you will embrace winter’s rhythms that day. Blow out the candle and carry on.
Chakra Clearing Spell

The beginning of the year is a good time to do all sorts of cleansing, clearing, and balancing spells. One that is particularly useful is a chakra clearing spell. Chakras are the energy centers of the body, and are vital to the flow of physical energy. Because they are connected to emotions as well, when the chakras are blocked, you can feel sluggish, unhappy, and out of balance.

The seven chakras are located at the root (base of the spine), sacrum (lower abdomen), solar plexus (belly), heart, throat, third eye (middle of forehead), and crown (top of the head). Each chakra is associated with a color in this order: red, orange, yellow, green, light blue, dark blue/ purple, and violet or white.

To do this spell, sit quietly and visualize each chakra, starting at the bottom. See it glow with color and strength, and say this spell for each of the seven in turn until you feel them clear and the energy moving freely:

Chakra strong and chakra clear,
Bring me energy for this year.
Grow Your Wealth

Magically clarify and bless your financial goals today so your savings account will grow throughout the year. Put a little potting soil in the bottom of a pot. Crumple up a dollar bill into a loose ball and hold it in both hands. Close your eyes and bring to mind the amount of money you’d like to have in your savings account by the end of the year. In your mind’s eye, imagine checking your account and seeing this number. Feel the joy of having already accomplished your financial goal. Place the dollar in the pot and put a little more soil on top. Then pot a jade plant on top of the dollar. Once the jade is potted, water it. Choose to be open to creative ideas for earning and receiving money. Also vow to take continuous action toward earning the money you desire. As you care for your jade plant throughout the year, know that money is constantly coming to you, from both expected and unexpected sources.
Magical Snowflake Window Art

Window art is a great way to create a screen of privacy and protection between your home and the outside world. For this spell you’ll need paper, scissors, and tape.

Start with a square of paper. Trace the four corners with your finger and speak your intention aloud. Fold the paper to create a triangle. With every fold, imagine the power of your intention doubling. Fold the paper again to make a smaller triangle. Fold it again to make a triangular crease at one-third
of the triangle. Repeat from the other side to create a tiny triangle with two “tails.” Cut the tails off so the edges are smooth. As you cut shapes in the folded paper, say:

With every cut, I call to me
Protection and privacy.
It’s a fortress, you can see.
So move along, good day to thee.

Once you feel the paper will convey your meaning, open it up and envision it working. Tape your magical snowflake up in a window.


How Our Foremothers Coped with Sore Throats
by Susan Wittig Albert,

Good for the throat: Honey, sugar, butter with a little salt, liquorice, to sup soft eggs, hyssop, a mean [moderate] manner of eating and drinking, and sugar candy. Evil for the throat: Mustard, much lying on the breast, pepper, anger, things roasted, lechery, much working, too much rest, much drink, smoke of incense, old cheese and all sour things are naughty for the throat. —The Kalendar of Shepheardes 1604

Sore throats must have been high on the list of family ailments, because every home medical manual offers several herbal remedies. Here are a few of Great-Grandmother’s favorites.

Apply a poultice:

The pulp of a roasted apple, mixed with an ounce of tobacco, the whole wet with spirits of wine, or any other high spirits, spread on a linen rag, and bound upon the throat at any period of the disorder.—The American Frugal Housewife, by Mrs. Child, 1833

Simmer a syrup:

Take of poplar bark and bethroot [lamb’s quarters, Trillium pendulum], each 1 lb.; water, 9 quarters; boil gently in a covered vessel 15 or 20 minutes; strain through a coarse cloth; add 7 lbs. loaf sugar, and simmer till the scum ceases to rise.—Family Hand Book, 1855

Suck on a candy:

Horehound lozenges are good for a sore throat. A Dictionary of Every-Day Wants, by A. E. Youman, M.D. 1878

Take a snack to bed with you:

Water-gruel, with three or four onions simmered in it, prepared with a lump of butter, pepper, and salt, eaten just before one goes to bed, is said to be a cure for a hoarse cold.—The American Frugal Housewife, by Mrs. Child, 1833

If all else fails, try a hot toddy and a cuddle:

Before retiring soak the feet in mustard water as hot as can be endured . . . . On getting into bed take a hot camphor sling. [A hot toddy made with brandy or rum, honey, and tincture of camphor] Rub the bridge of the nose between the eyes with a little oil. Cuddle in bed and sleep it off.—Healthy Living, 1850-1870, compiled by Katie F. Hamilton

And for an up-to-date review of science-supported herbal remedies, go here.


Heartwings Love Notes 1016 Cooking with Circumstance

Heartwings says, “Making do with what you have is a thrifty way to live.”

The Christmas season was very busy for us, though as I look back, wonder how the days were so full. I even had help. A dear friend helped Stephen wrap our presents, a blessing, as my hands are not as dexterous as they used to be. And I do move more slowly, taking more time to do everyday tasks. Still, each day was so full that I didn’t get any Christmas cards off! I did send some internet cards. In them I explained to the folks who sent me cards why I didn’t reply. As well, I told them how much I appreciated the cards I did receive.

I also did very little shopping for groceries, and what I did was often on line, with delivery. The spread of covid makes me reluctant to leave my home. I have memories of my mother getting groceries delivered when I was little, and my children of course do not, because it went out of style many years ago. Now it is back, and who could have predicted that would happen? However, navigating the websites to figure out how to get what I want, as well as get things delivered properly has proven to be a learning experience my mother was fortunate not to have to deal with.

I find that I am doing more cooking from scratch because I’m home to do it. I’ve always liked to cook so that’s not a problem. I’m also using up some of the items in my pantry I’ve had for a while, which is all to the good. I soon need to take the time to clear my pantry shelves and look for items that may have gone into hiding under other items. Too, the shelves in my pantry are open and things may have fallen down behind them and need to be retrieved.

Today I made a really good new rice pudding I hope you’ll try. Here is the simple recipe:

Coconut Rice Pudding
¾ cup uncooked white rice
1 ½ cups water
2 ½ cups coconut milk, divided
½ cup sugar
½ tsp orange zest, vanilla or cinnamon
¼ tsp salt
1 egg
1 cup chopped or mixed dried fruit, chopped dates, or raisins

Method: Combine rinsed rice and 1 ½ cups water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover, cook for 20 min. Stir in 2 cups coconut milk, sugar, and flavoring. Bring heat back up to boiling, then lower to simmer. Cook 20 min or so, until creamy, stirring frequently. In a smaller bowl stir together and beat ½ cup milk and 1 egg. Fold into rice mixture and stir well, cooking for 5 more minutes. Pour into a bowl and add flavorings and fruit, except if pomegranate, hold until serving. Refrigerate several hours or serve warm. It’s even better the next day.

May you find much to be grateful for as you use up what you have.

Blessings and best regards, Tasha Halpert

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January Couplets by Tasha

Snowflakes drift in January air,
clothing branches that are bare.

Sparrows seeking berries, seeds,
Flutter to fulfill their needs.

Winter branches reach to sky,
Dancing as the clouds sail by.

Breezes brisk say wrap up tight,
Singing songs of winter bright.

January brings a chill,
Much of nature’s sleeping still.

Yet each day brings moments more,
Stretching longer than before.

Winter sun is cherished now,
Hope it keeps away the plow

January days will pass,
Underneath the snow is grass.


Walking Through Your Fear

Frequently, in walking through our fear, we discover that the strength of our fright was out of sync with reality.

The situations, activities, and individuals that frighten us remain static. Their relative intensity does not change. Fear, on the other hand, self-magnifies. It is when you are afraid and envisioning all that might go wrong that the energy underlying your fear grows. A tiny flicker of anxiety can easily develop into a terror that manifests itself physically and eventually paralyzes you into inaction. Though frequently, in walking through that fear, we discover that the strength of our fright was out of synch with reality. And we learn that doing what frightens us can lead to great blessings. Confronting your trepidation head-on will help you accept that few frightening scenarios will ever live up to the negative disasters that we sometimes play out in our minds.

Though fear is literally an evolutionary gift meant to sharpen your senses and energize you during times of great stress, it can nonetheless become a barrier that prevents you from fulfilling your potential by causing you to miss out on rewarding, life-changing experiences. During the period before you face your fear, you may have to deal with a barrage of negative thoughts and emotions. Walking through it, whether your fear is public speaking, taking part in an activity that makes you nervous, or asserting yourself when the odds are against you, may be equally as difficult. But once you have emerged unscathed on the other side, which you will, you will likely wonder why you assumed the worst in the first place. As you spend time worrying about what might happen, it’s good to know that your fear probably won’t happen at all. It may feel like a great weight has been lifted from your shoulders, and you will likely feel a sense of passionate pride. Walking through your fear can mean taking risks and can require both practice and patience. Since it is challenging to act when you are gripped with fear, start small.

Each step you take into fear will strengthen you and help you confront future fears with poise, courage, and confidence. You will also find that when you are willing to stare your fear in the face, the universe will always offer you some form of aid or support. When you see the heights of accomplishment and personal evolution you can attain when you walk through your fears, your faith in yourself will grow, allowing your next step to be easier.


Nostradamus Predictions for 2022
By The Alchemist.

Another year is about to end, and things are getting weird again. Covid madness is again the most notorious topic. Restrictions rise again, and people are trying to cope with an inhuman way of living. At the same time, poverty and wars threaten to destabilise an already troubled world. But, hope shines anew as more people are awakened, charging magical currents, and shifting global consciousness. Let’s dive more into Nostradamus Predictions for 2022.

Nostradamus and Astrology
We have predicted a change like no other in our predictions for 2020. And we still predict that this weirdness will last, but will also give birth to hope. Right now, Jupiter in Pisces will make his best to bring all kinds of blessings and – at last – the good vibes we so desperately need!

But let’s focus on the most famous astrologer of all time. It seems that Magical Recipes Online‘s Mage and Alchemist are not the first who predicted this madness. Michel de Nostredame, born in December 1503, also known as Nostradamus, was a popular French astrologer, seer and physician. He is best known for his book Les Prophéties, a collection of 942 poetic prophecies about future events.

Nostradamus Predictions for 2022
Although poetic, his prophecies, most of the times, make perfect sense. Nostradamus wrote what he had seen in the stars and the astral plane – probably parallel universes, too. Sometime spirits give cryptic messages. At the same time, he was an Astrologer (!!!) in medieval dark times, in the royal court, surrounded by fanatics! So yes, we can excuse some poetry from this powerful seer! So let’s see some of his predictions!

Meta-universe, Artificial intelligence and the Matrix?
“The Moon in the full of night over the high mountain /The new sage with a lone brain sees it /By his disciples invited to be immortal/Eyes to the south. Hands in bosoms, bodies in the fire.”

Elon Musk is already awarded as Time magazine’s Person of the Year. He is a pioneer for Artificial intelligence and he also believes that we already live in Matrix! Moreover, he is the one who invests billions on high-end technology which can stimulate the brain of people with impaired vision or mobility!

Poverty rising and Starvation
“So high the price of wheat/That man is stirred/His fellow man to eat in his despair.”

Expensive energy, products, delays, empty market selves… We’ve already experienced an increase in the price of energy, gas and of many, many products in the Super Markets.

Death of a King (or like a king)
“The sudden death of the first character, he will be changed and they will put another in his kingdom.”

This, of course, signals the sudden death of a VERY important figure of this world. Some assume Joe Biden, or Queen Elizabeth.

Global Warming
“Like the sun, the head will seal the shining sea. The live fish of the Black Sea will almost boil.”

The famous astrologer predicted Global Warming, probably as a result of an unparalleled Solar Storm! Either way he’s spot on right?

European Union’s Downfall?
“Sacred temples of the Roman time, will reject the foundations of their foundation.”

If not downfall, this certainly talks about a deep institutional change within Europe! Will the start of Brexit have a domino effect?


Cannabis For Migraines?
~Andrew Weil, M.D.

Is it true that cannabis can treat migraine headaches? Do you have to smoke it? How effective is it?

We know from a number of studies that some people with migraine use cannabis to reduce their pain. The most recent data suggest that cannabis is indeed effective for migraine pain, with inhalation being the most effective means of consumption.

One 2020 study looked at self-reported data in the Releaf phone app by those who had consumed cannabis in a joint, pipe, or vaporizer to evaluate its effect on migraine pain. In that study, 699 individuals recorded 1,910 occasions of cannabis use for migraines (280 people) or headache (493 people, some of whom also indicated migraine pain). The vast majority of these people (94%) reported at least some pain relief after using cannabis. The best results were reported by younger participants, by those who consumed cannabis by smoking joints, and by those who used a product with a THC level at or above 10%. Interestingly, higher CBD levels in a product were associated with less significant pain relief.

A similar study of data saved in the Strainprint app by patients using medical cannabis for headache and migraine found that inhaled versions reduced the self-reported severity of these episodes by approximately 50%, although that report noted a drop in effectiveness over time.

We know from an earlier study published by the University of Colorado School of Pharmacy in 2016 that cannabis appears to reduce the frequency of migraines. Researchers looked at its effects of cannabis use on 121 migraine patients who had been referred by their physicians to medical marijuana dispensaries in Colorado. They found that 85 percent of the patients reported getting fewer migraines during treatment: an average drop of 10.4 to 4.6 episodes per month. In addition, 12 percent of the patients said that using cannabis at the onset of a migraine often aborted the headache.

Most of those patients used more than one form of cannabis on a daily basis and reported the best success with inhaled forms. Fourteen patients reported unwanted side effects, most often sleepiness. Two said the effects were too strong, but they were using edible products, which are more commonly associated with adverse reactions.

That study followed a report published in May 2015 by Eric P. Baron, D.O., of the Cleveland Clinic’s Neurology Department. Dr. Baron reviewed the history of the medical use of cannabis with a focus on migraine and other types of headaches. In his analysis of 38 previously published randomized controlled trials, he found that 71 percent of the studies concluded that “cannabinoids had empirically demonstrable and statistically significant pain-relieving effects,” while 29 percent did not. Dr. Baron’s report concluded that we need more clinical trials to explore the potential of cannabis in the prevention and treatment of migraine and other types of headaches. Such clinical trials remain difficult to develop and conduct in the United States, however, given differences between state laws that may permit cannabis use and federal law, which prohibits it.

In 2007, researchers at the University of Perugia in Italy reported that individuals with chronic migraine had significantly lower levels of two cannabinoids that occur naturally in the body compared to age-matched controls. This difference may explain why some people are susceptible to these headaches and why cannabis appears to help prevent and relieve the headaches.

I am hopeful that researchers will develop effective ways to deliver the pain-relieving benefits of cannabis without the drawbacks of smoking.


Sharing Grief

Grief is part of the human experience, and sharing our vulnerability helps create truly close bonds.

When we experience something that causes us to feel shock and sadness, we may feel the urge to withdraw from life. It may seem like remaining withdrawn will keep us protected from the world, but during these times it is important to reach out to those trusted and precious people who care about us the most. Even with our best information and reasoning, we never know when someone else’s experience or perspective can give us additional information that we need. The universe speaks to us through many channels, and when we open ourselves up to receive its messages, we also receive nurturing care from a loving partner in life’s journey.

Grief is part of the human experience, and sharing our vulnerability is what creates truly close bonds in our relationships. Opening ourselves up in this way gets to the core of our being, past all of our defenses and prejudices. When life seems to crack the outer shell of our world, we are both raw and fresh at the same time. It is then that we discover who is truly willing to walk with us through life. We also see that some of those sent to us may not be the ones we expected to see. Regardless, we learn to trust in the universe, in others, in our own strength and resilience, and in the wisdom of life itself.

Sharing grief allows us to ease our burden by letting someone else help carry it. This helps us process our own inner thoughts and feelings through the filter of a trusted and beloved someone. We may feel guilty or selfish, as if we are unloading on someone who has their own challenges. Although, if we think about it, we know we would do the same for them, and their protests would seem pointless. Remember that not sharing feelings with others denies them the opportunity to feel. We may be the messenger sent by the universe for their benefit, and it is on this mission that we have been sent. By sharing our hopes and fears, joys and pains with another person, we accept the universe’s gifts of wisdom and loving care.


Is Yoga Good For The Brain?
Andrew Weil, M.D.

New research does suggest that practicing yoga affects some of the same structures in the brain that are enhanced by aerobic exercise. An investigation from the University of Illinois published in December 2019 reviewed earlier research on the links between yoga and brain health and found increases in the volume of the hippocampus, a brain area involved in memory processing. In addition, the amygdala, which contributes to emotional regulation, was larger in people who practice yoga compared to those who don’t. Other areas of the brain, including the prefrontal cortex and cingulate cortex also tend to be larger or more efficient in yoga practitioners. The studies reviewed used brain-imaging techniques such as MRIs, and they all focused on hatha yoga, which includes body postures, breathing exercises, and meditation.

Researcher Jessica Damoiseaux, of Wayne State University, noted in a press release describing the study that the prefrontal cortex “is essential to planning, decision-making, multitasking, thinking about your options and picking the right option.”

Five of the studies the researchers reviewed looked at volunteers with no yoga background who engaged in one or more sessions per week over 10 to 24 weeks. The investigators compared brain health among these individuals at the beginning and end. The other studies measured brain differences between people who already practice yoga regularly and those who don’t.

In addition to the beneficial brain changes seen, they found that people who practiced yoga performed better on cognitive tests and measures of emotional regulation than those who didn’t.

Study leader Neha Gothe, a professor of kinesiology and community health, commented that since yoga is not aerobic in nature “there must be other mechanisms leading to the brain changes” but “so far, we don’t have the evidence to identify what those mechanisms are.” She said she suspects that “enhancing emotional regulation is a key to yoga’s positive effects on the brain. Studies link stress in humans and animals to shrinkage of the hippocampus and poorer performance on tests of memory.”

The findings of the new study tell us even more about yoga’s positive effects and its potential for expanding the brain and improving its function. We’ve long known that yoga can improve muscle tone, flexibility, and balance as well as feelings of calm and emotional and spiritual balance. It is one of the best forms of nonaerobic exercise.

Andrew Weil, M.D.

Neha P. Gothe et al, “Yoga Effects on Brain Health: A Systematic Review of the Current Literature,” Brain Plasticity, December 26, 2019, DOI: 10.3233/BPL-190084


Facing Fears in the Scariest Campgrounds in America
From Ghost Hunting Theories

Camping has made a second comeback with folks wishing to have some space and time with nature. But what if you’re a curious-minded person who likes a little adrenalin rush? Well, I’m going to give five scary campgrounds you might want to try out and some very real ways at each one to face your fears. Do you dare?

Fernwood Campground
Big Sur, California
It has the right setting to be unsettling, as Fernwood was supposedly built atop of Native Land that was taken over for public use. A Native man in a corn mask is said to wander the property among the cabins and tents, an apparition from the past history of the land.

This is a picturesque forest to camp at with lots of facilities including hot showers, a fire ring and picnic table for each camp.

Scare: You won’t feel like you’re all alone in the woods, but you will feel how ancient the land and trees are. In a location like this, with a supposed apparition wandering around, I’d suggest you push your limits of tolerance by setting up a folding chair near the cabin area between 2-3 am when the Native ghost is seen wandering.

El Cosmico
Marfa, TX
It’s hard to have missed hearing about the Marfa lights. This strange and unexplained phenomena in Marfa, Texas has made for some curious lookie loo’s and a great lookout spot near the highway to allow for people to just go gaze. Yes, the lights show up that much!

You can rent a safari tent, trailer, or Yurt. They also have room for self camping. The good news is you’re right near the viewing area. Imagine the creepiness of knowing that this strange phenomena is happening in the area?

Scare: Try some communication with the lights. See if you can will the lights to come and go. It is a good experiment to see if we have any psychic connection to the source of the lights, whether we can predict them or send a message to will them. If you want, video the lights and tell the lights out loud when to “light!” See if there is something to it. Try turning your flashlight on and off three times rapidly, then wait. See if you can get reciprocation as a sign of interaction.

Calico Ghost Town
Yermo, California
The campground has facilities for rigs, tents, electric, restrooms, etc. What is exciting about this one is the ghost town’s reputation for ghosts.

The town once produced silver, not far from Barstow. It was inhabited by many foreigners employed to work there. But, the silver market fell and the town emptied out at the turn of the century.

It is said that the couple that once ran the store still haunt the place and spooklights are seen at night.

Scare: Spooklights are interesting things. They look like a lantern light but when you go to chase them, you can’t seem to find their source. I wouldn’t want to amble around in the desert chasing them, but I would consider making a little communion with any ghosts in the town. You might consider a Ouija board session if you are comfortable with that tool.

Otherwise, I would suggest you plant yourself in a good spot to see much of the location and wait it out. It can take hours for ghostly specters to show themselves and you need to get used to the normal shapes and bits of light in the location in order to really make out a form. Consider bringing a camera that can zoom well or binoculars to view the town from a distance that is not disturbing for any activity.

Another option is to hit the cemetery near sunset. Shadow people show up a lot in cemeteries, especially just after dark or when it’s turning dark. They may peek out around headstones or trees. You will likely first feel a strange foreboding and see something from the corner of your eye – turn your head slowly. If you turn too quickly, they seem alert to the movement and rush off.

Freetown State Forest
Southeastern Massachusetts
Of all the locations, this one is probably the most scary because it is smack dab in an area known as the Bridgewater Triangle that is super high strangeness; UFOs, poltergeists, orbs, spooklights, cattle , thunderbirds, and more.

Scare: There are a lot of potential ways to face your fears in this region, but given that there is also a fairly high count of people missing here, be sure you are equipped for the situation with GPS and a phone that is charged. If you are keeping some of your friends/family at the campsite, consider a walkie set. I would personally give spooklights a chase here and see what I can find. You need to get into the woods, turn your light out, look around. See if you find any odd lights to investigate. Don’t do it alone. That would be dangerous and dangerous is different than scary. Differentiate the two.

Anywhere you camp, there are plenty of chills and thrills, whether it’s fear of the bears or Bigfoot lurking around, UFOs in the dark night sky or ghosts wandering the pathways. It becomes even more spooky when you sit in absolute darkness and just listen and let your imagination run wild, or perhaps form a campfire and sit around it telling stories. Have an end-of-summer sojourn into the spooky woods and scary wilderness. A little darkness and silence might bring your imagination to life and it just might keep you up all night long.



Gilberto Rides Again Chapter 35
by Stephen Halpert

Gilberto woke early. He turned on the morning news. He was shocked to hear that the fire chief determined arson had destroyed the Atlas building. It wasn’t old wiring or even a short circuit but a clear case of arson. The fire chief said that it was sloppy work and that the perpetrator didn’t even try to cover his tracks.
Gilberto scratched his head. Could Sara Midgley have gone mad and destroyed the focus of her corporate ambition? But why? It made no sense without a clear reason.
His phone rang. It was Ramon.
“Did you hear? Arson!”
Long pause, then Ramon said. “But who?”
“Good question. There’s must be something we keep missing.”
“Whatever you say,” Ramon said. “Personally, I think it’s foreign. I think Buzz stepped on the wrong feet and someone kicked back.”
Gilberto frowned. “Ultimately, something like this was bound to happen. He made so many ruthless acquisitions.”
“Someone from the past then? Ramon said. “Someone he kicked and left for dead is now taking revenge?”
“But Buzz’s dead,” Gilberto said. “Whoever’s behind this has an ulterior motive that’s eluding us.”
Ramon sighed. “And that’s what’s right before our eyes?”
“Must to be, otherwise nothing makes any sense.”
Ramon smirked. “Since when does anything make sense anymore.”
“True,” Gilberto said. “I’m calling Smith. I’ll check in with you later.”
“Include me,” Ramon said. “If there’s a fight, I want in.”
Gilberto chuckled. “Yes.” Just like our fights for the cups back in the days when Karibe was our goalie.” He hung up and dialed Smith.
Smith answered and listened attentively. “I fully understand the way you feel. I’m sending Rain after you. It’s time for some intervention.”
Gilberto wasn’t sure what he meant by that. “Okay,” he said.
“Very off the record,” Smith said. Our best memories we shield from our grandchildren and our wives.”
Gilberto nodded. “Understood.”
“She’s on her way.” Smith hung up. Five minutes later he heard her beep and after kissing Maria, he hurried out the door.
“Be ready to rock and roll,” Rain said as he climbed into her dark sedan. A young agent was driving. Gilberto saw a rifle case.
“Back to Newtonville,” Rain said. “Many calls made from there. We may be looking at a cell operating against American interests. Atlas could be a small cog in a bigger movement. Atlas distributes worldwide. Suppose that supply chain it offers is slowed or broken.”
Gilberto frowned. “Atlas has some military contracts. Big deliveries to bases across the country.”
“Gum that up and our country could be put at risk. We’re dealing with national security.”
“Russians? Chinese? North Korea?” Gilberto asked.
Rain shrugged. “Hard to tell right now. But we’re monitoring two hot phones. And I want us to take a look see.”
From the Pike they drove along the Charles River until Gilberto saw a small row of ranch houses. “You can’t just barge in there without a warrant, can you?”
“Says who?” Her voice was soft, patient. “Gilberto all that matters is the ultimate success of the mission. If elimination proves a necessary response. Then so be it.”
He nodded. He sensed a touch of ruthlessness in the edges of her voice.”
She sighed. “But I’ll make every effort to play nice,” she grinned. “By the book.”
He nodded. “Good to hear.”
“For as long as I can,” she said. “I’m defending America. Simple as that.”
The driver passed the small row of houses, turned a corner and parked. Gilberto noticed he had the same listening device he had seen earlier.
He parked the sedan a block away, outside a gas station and convenience store.
“Let’s take an old fashioned walk,” her voice gentle, her arm in his. “Just a romantic couple taking a stroll,” she whispered.
Then she laughed, swayed and gently touched his cheek. Still embraced they stopped at the front door of a small ranch with old shingles. The windows were murky. It appeared dark inside. A late model blue Toyota hatchback sat in the driveway.
Continuing to hold her arm around him Rain knocked three times. No answer. She took a key and slid it into the keyhole. Two turns and the door quietly opened.
“Hello,” she called out. “We’re here. Are we on time for the wedding?”
They heard a creak in the ceiling. Someone might well be moving about upstairs.
Sounding slightly exasperated Rain called out. You’ve got to be home. Weren’t you expecting us? We drove all the way from Chicago. I know you’ve got to be home.”
She signaled to Gilberto follow her. They moved from the foyer to the living room. Empty pizza boxes and cans of soda sat on a coffee table. The couch and chairs were worn. That’s when they heard a dog’s bark, then its footsteps coming down the stairs.
Rain motioned Gilberto to the other side of the room. She drew a small sinister pistol.
A large fluffy Saint Bernard lumbered into the room, wagging its tail. It rubbed against Rain. She petted it and carefully removed its collar. The nametag read Boris, with a Newton license tag.
“Hello Boris,” Rain said. “Aren’t you lovely.”
Boris wagged his tail and drooled a friendly doggie smile.
Rain examined the collar. “It has some sort of tracking device. Such a beautiful creature. They started upstairs, Boris following after them. The small rooms were empty; no furniture, clothes, nothing except a thick pad where Boris must have slept.
Outside Boris the Saint Bernard sniffed, relieved himself, and returned to them. For all intent and purposes the blue Toyota was empty. Rain removed the dog tag from the collar. They climbed back into the sedan, Boris beside Gilberto in the back seat.
As they passed the Charles, Rain had the young agent slow to a stop. She opened her window and threw the collar into the water.
Boris yawned and gave Gilberto a friendly lick.
“Maybe your daughter would like Boris,” she said.
Gilberto smiled. “‘Better for her than ants and a pet mouse. A while ago she had a little terrier who died of heartworm.”
Rain nodded. “I’ll check out his tag. See if we can determine his owner.”
Boris yawned and put his chin in Gilberto’s lap. He closed his eyes and snored softly.
“Company,” the driver said. “Green Ford. Picked us up shortly after we left that house. Kept its distance, now it seems to want to engage.”
The driver picked up speed. The green Ford gained on them. Rain opened her window, reached for the rifle and positioned herself.
(To be continued)


Kitty Kat’s Korner
Family Cat Accidentally Donated To Thrift Store With Old Recliner
By Ben Hooper

Jan. 5 (UPI) — A cat was reunited with its Colorado family after being accidentally donated to a thrift store along with an old recliner.

Denver Animal Protection said personnel responded to the Arc Thrift Store in Denver when employees discovered there was a cat hiding inside a recliner chair that had been donated earlier in the day.

DAP was able to extract the feline from the chair, but employees found the animal’s microchip information was out of date.

Luckily, the family that donated the chair had discovered the cat was missing and went back to the thrift store to see if the feline had stowed away with the seat. The store directed the family to DAP.

The cat, named Montequlla, was not injured and was reunited with her family.


Georgia Nicols Weekly Horoscope
January 09, 2022

All Signs
This week vague reasons allegedly for the common good will be used to justify acts of insurrection; while the real motive is greed and power. (Ah ha!) Neptune at odds with Mars indicates manipulation by others. Hey, when issues are fuzzy, or you suspect you’re being played, remember: you are responsible for your own decisions. You are responsible for your own actions. You are your own person. As long as you come from a place of kindness, honesty and a genuine desire to benefit – that’s all you can do. In fact, if you can do that, bravo! Personally, I’m lucky. Where I live, it’s so laid back, if someone waves a knife, it has butter on it. Hot tip: You can click and buy a mosquito net for $2 and save the life of a child in Africa. Hello? Two bucks? The life of a toddler? No brainer. Start this year with the highest good.

Aries (March 21-April 19)
There’s good news and there’s bad news. The good news is that with the Sun and Venus at the top of your chart, you are admired and respected. People see you as talented, capable and on top of your game. (Regardless of what’s really happening.) In fact, a romance with a boss could blossom. (Old bosses, parents and people in authority from your past are emerging out of the ether.) The bad news is you might become a victim of propaganda and fast talk by persuasive people who want your support. Don’t believe everything you hear. Think for yourself. Someone might try to talk you into agreeing with them. If you think something fishy is going on – it is!

Taurus (April 20-May 20)
Keep your wits about you this week. You might make travel plans for the future, especially plans to recoup a cancelled trip. Why? Mercury goes retrograde this week and it loves to replay the past. Don’t be unwittingly seduced by propaganda that is not true. It might appear to be for a good cause, which seduces you to support it. But is this the real truth? It’s important to know. “You take the blue pill… You wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill …and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.” Go forward with plans for travel, further education and exploring opportunities in medicine and the law. Think carefully about everything else.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)
This week is full of positive energy; and yet, it’s prone to possible deception, dupery and dissimulation. To say nothing of the hyperbole of alliteration. (Ah, never miss a chance to feed the soul of a wordsmith.) To get right down to it, on the one hand, gifts, goodies and favours from others will come your way. You might get a loan or a mortgage. However, on the other hand (yes, you have different rings) you could be the victim of some double-dealing. Someone might cloud an issue or veil the truth. They might trick you to get something from you or your share of something. (Wow, keep your eyes open!)

Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Relations with partners, close friends and members of the general public are blowing hot and cold. One complication could be that old friends and ex-partners are back on the scene. (Could be a sticky wicket.) Relations with others are warm and bonding; however, there is a chance of confusion, veiled facts and misperceptions. “Natasha?” “Heathcliff?” “No, it’s Boris!” Be certain of your facts before you agree to anything important, especially when discussing matters with those who are closest to you. Remember, often when we are fooled, we are really fooling ourselves.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
You’re ready to work hard and party hard. A great balance if you can swing it. You want to be productive and accomplish a lot. You want your efforts to count, which is why you want to be efficient. (You’re making lists.) Meanwhile, some of your ego is tied up in creative projects, socializing with others and dealing with kids. But somewhere along the line, an element of confusion might make you question yourself. You might even question your good impulses? Don’t let others make you lose faith in yourself. You are Leo the Lion – King of the Jungle. (And it’s a jungle out there.)

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
This week you seek a balance between social occasions, sports, fun times with kids and dealing with old flames who are back in your life – versus – dealing with increased chaos at home and within your family. Oy! Conflict at home might drive you to seek fun escape with others. Your challenge will be to make sure that in both areas (home and family as well as your social world) that people are being straight with you. The truth is someone might be dealing from the bottom of the deck. You are perceptive! You’re the most observant sign in the zodiac! Keep your eyes open and trust your intuition.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
Your focus on home and family continues. Some are entertaining, or redecorating and tweaking your digs. (You love to do this and you’re good at it.) You will socialize with your safe cabal of friends and family. Mercury will go retrograde this week and attract relatives and family back into your world, especially people you haven’t seen for a while. Be aware that the confidence with which you will assert yourself this week (and you will be confident in conversations with others) might be unsettled for some reason. You might wonder if you’re losing your touch. Relax. This shaky feeling will be gone before you can say creme brulee.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
You’re busy! Fortunately, you find it easy to be charming, which is why people want to see you. This week is peppered by disruptions, delays, transportation problems, missed buses, confused communications and missed appointments. They are minor aggravations, but frustrating! Don’t worry, you’re not losing it. What’s happening is Mercury is going retrograde in the part of your chart that deals with ground transportation, daily communications, and your daily habits. On top of this, confusion and possible deception about money, cash flow, earnings and possessions might cloud things. It’s all a bit maddening but this is nothing you can’t handle. Entertain loved ones.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
You have strong energy this week because fiery Mars is in your sign. Naturally, this indicates a time of great activity in your life, when you will work hard to further your own interests. This is why you won’t hesitate to assert yourself among others. Because you will be more proactive and much more of a fighter for your own rights than usual, relations with those who are closest to you might be sensitive. Meanwhile, personally you are focused on money, cash flow and your possessions. No question. How is it then that something will happen or someone will say something that makes you question your right to do what you want to do? This is unnerving. Fortunately, it’s a passing thing.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
You feel cocky and confident with the Sun, Mercury and Venus in your sign. The Sun boosts your confidence and attracts good things to you. Venus makes you charming and sociable. Admittedly, Mercury goes retrograde this week, which will create silly errors, mixed-up communications, misplaced items, traffic problems, transportation glitches as well as machinery breakdowns – including computers. No! Unfortunately, yes. But the challenges of Mercury retrograde are never big. They’re just irritating. Your greatest challenge week will be self-doubt and a shaky confidence. Something going on behind the scenes makes you nervous. The truth is it has no basis and will be quickly gone.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Friendship is important to you, and indeed, you are a good friend to others. However, this week it seems like so much is going on behind the scenes. Financial matters look strong. Likewise, you are confident as you have set off on a new path in the last year. But privately, something requires your attention. For some of you, it’s a secret love affair. Others might feel challenged or downcast or disappointed by dealing with a friend or a group. You might feel that people question your integrity. (This would be a blow.) More likely, someone is feeding your insecurities. The thing to know is that this dark cloud on your horizon is gone in a week. Courage!

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
Many people are making demands on your time right now. They want to see your face. They want to connect with you. They want your advice and they want your company. On top of that, suddenly, old friends from the past and people from organizations from the past are coming out of the woodwork. You’re more involved with creative, artistic people, as well. While this is going on, privately, your ambition is aroused and you want to make a name for yourself. Natch! It’s the beginning of the year and you intend to sparkle! (And of course, you will because Jupiter is in your sign for the first time since 2010.) Don’t let anyone rain on your parade. Things might happen that make you question your success. You might be afraid you’ll be “found out.” (I’m navel lint!) These insecure feelings will be gone in a week


Weekly Horoscopes Beginning Sunday, 09 January 2022

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

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

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Epigram: The combination of errors and unexpected events you’re facing may slow your pace and, worse, force a review of tedious details. Tempting as it is to rush through these, take them in stages. First, delve into their source. While this could reveal your own carelessness, you’re likely to discover others’ as well. However, rushed you are, invest time in these. The resulting discussions will be amazingly informative.

You’re determined not to run into problems you have had in the past year. This may mean you and the company you work for may have to be self-sufficient. Instead of having to rely on others to provide certain services you will be working on ways to bring these in-house. Your plans are aimed to bring the maximum benefit with the minimum of cost. The more flexible you are the more progress you will make.

There are decisions to be made. You might also know that there is a real danger of a team fracturing – or pulling in different directions. It might help to hold the thought that Mercury, the planet of potential teamwork and communications, turns retrograde on Friday. Review will be necessary and that could be a good thing. Others may not yet show either their true colours or, rather better, their hidden talents. Priority should be given to determining their plans. It’s very likely that these are much altered. The more you discover and discuss these, the better placed you will be to build the perfect team for your plans. Viewed as a long-term project, this could prove a super successful time when you mirror support. Consider all meetings and discussions as future investments.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Epigram: For months, if not years, you’ve stubbornly avoided rethinking, if not substantially altering, certain elements of your life. Now, finally, you’re recognising this isn’t just inevitable, it’s in your best interests. The challenge? You’re still trying to do the minimum. The secret? Take that first step. Once you’ve done that, you’ll recognise the promise even dramatic shifts hold and wonder why you waited so long.

An event is postponed. You have more time now to make sure that when it does go ahead, it will be even better than planned. Look on this as an opportunity not a problem. Colleagues seem to be in a mad rush. You may have to shout to make yourself heard. It doesn’t make you comfortable to work in such a chaotic environment. An older relative will be frustrated after losing something they need. They will expect your help to find it.

Others want to know where you stand and what you are now aimed towards. There is a solar eclipse in your sign at the end of April. That degree is accented next Friday when Mercury will be at exact right angle to it whilst also turning retrograde. It’s likely vital that you make and keep accurate notes of any meetings held mid-week as words could come back to haunt you. You also need to know where you stand within a team and who is with you for the longer term. You should also consider Plan B’s and who would step in if things go awry. With your ruling planet still retrograde until the end of the month, you have ample opportunity to refine and develop a craft, talent or skill. Indeed, by the end of the week, you could astound others by showing a flare in an area to which they were unaware you had any interest. They may now need time to assimilate this new information.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Epigram: Although many believe the period when your ruler Mercury is retrograde is a source of problems, actually it’s as much about breakthroughs. Although this cycle begins Thursday the 14th, and lasts until 4 February, ironically, you may already be experiencing the exciting twists and turns and, often, unexpected events this brings. The secret? Embrace changes but, also, double-check facts and be ready for surprises.

Events are varied and will keep you on your toes. It doesn’t matter if things don’t go according to plan. Half the fun is the challenge of having to sort out minor difficulties. It helps that you aren’t taking matters too seriously for there will always be a funny side if you look at it. Someone close is preoccupied with a personal matter they don’t want to discuss. You respect their wishes but would love to be able to help.

Your aims, ambitions and desires have no doubt expanded. You need a bigger window on the world, more opportunity and yes, probably great interaction with those who live and work far away. Now you need to articulate these desires. Taking time to put together a coherent list would be wise in the first half of the week but save selling it for the second half. Note too though, that Mercury turns retrograde on Friday. It may be that there are many adjustments yet to be made. Expect others to challenge your apparent ability to multitask. They likely want to know that you’re focused on a goal (i.e., that you won’t be distracted!) and that you are clear as to how it can be achieved. That may be this week’s cosmic challenge.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Epigram: You’re in a cycle that’s about spotting, discussing and finding new approaches to misunderstandings, past and present, and obstacles in your own life. Once you understand that, you’ll tackle issues one by one. Some will be easily resolved, others tricky. However, you’ll learn from each, even those that seem unimportant. True, dealing with a few will require patience. If so, the results will be worth it.

You will get more out of the days and you will get along better with workmates and neighbours if you accept you live by a different set of values to those around you. Take note of the fact you’re unlikely to alter someone’s ideas no matter how hard you might try. With so many possibilities for pleasure opening up for you later, be certain you don’t waste time and energy on trivial matters.

From this Sunday’s (9th), Quarter Moon through until the Full Moon in your sign on January 17, you can do so i.e., much to push your career forward. Yes, you will likely need support – but isn’t that always the case? This though, seems to be about working within a team and is a recurrent theme for all signs. Fractures and disagreements are probable after Mercury turns retrograde at the weekend. It would be wise not to rely too much on what is agreed this week and accept that refining and reorganisation will be necessary. It’s very likely that someone who has yet to appear as a leader or who is willing to take responsibility, has yet to appear on the scene. (Though agreed, that person could yet be you!). What’s important for all Cancerians, is to be reassured that your interests aren’t ignored and that others are aware of which jobs you really enjoy.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Epigram: As much as you enjoy creating happiness for others, suddenly events are forcing you to give priority to their needs and a tricky range of duties. While you could seek shortcuts, you’ll soon realise you’re not only learning from the resulting efforts, this is leading to frank discussions about arrangements you hate but have felt stuck with. You’re exploring better ways of handling these.

A domestic matter will cause some tension mainly because you can’t agree on how to sort this out. You have plenty to say but be prepared, too, to listen to others. If someone is being too stubborn to listen to you, point this out to them patiently. This should lead to a suitable compromise. Someone close has had some bad luck and you will be determined to help them get back on their feet. Whatever happens, your efforts will be sure to bring a smile to their face.

Yours is one of the Fire signs, and it seems that you’re always ready to burn. Yet others can dampen your spirits. In the lead into the Full Moon on 17th, Cancer, Scorpio or Pisces colleagues could effectively pour water on your plans. Rising above this may be something of a challenge. Note too, that on Friday, Mercury turns retrograde in your opposite sign. However, determined some of these individuals appear to be in the first half of this week, hold the thought that they could yet change their mind. You can’t at this moment rely on anything – which may not be a bad thing. It could be that valuations are incorrect, or that there are other matters quite beyond your control that hold things up. The slowdown process could actually be valuable. One of the things missing from Leo is good thermostat control. You can’t acquire this overnight but knowing that it’s needed would be a good start! The art this week is not to overreact to events beyond your control but instead to observe your reactions and modify them as necessary.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Epigram: Tricky as recent discussions about persistent issues were, you achieved more than you dared expect. However, this was just the beginning. On Thursday your ruler, the ideas planet Mercury, goes retrograde, exposing yet more issues. View this as an amazing opportunity delve into these yourself and brainstorm with others and you’ll be amazed how much you enjoy this exciting cycle of growth, discovery and change.

A complete clear out in the home or workplace will need more than just your own efforts. You could do with some help but it will take a lot of persuasion to get others to support you. Despite them looking as if they have nothing to do, they will conveniently have other matters to attend to. After a joint effort even, others will agree that the results have made all the hard work worthwhile.

You may remember that Mars is passing over the base of your solar chart. Mars is the energiser i.e.; it fires things up. Yet there are times when this can get out of control. Yours is a sign with a justified reputation for multitasking and for versatility. Yet it may be that you really have taken on too much. Your ruling planet, Mercury, turns retrograde on Friday and there is every likelihood that you will have to go back and redo matters or cope with others altering direction. Rather than be in permanent flap worrying as to what comes next, the art is surely to examine closely options available, keep copious notes of any meetings and connections and, if possible, align with an Aquarius whose approach to challenge, though very different to your own, proves super helpful. In fact, this joint force could yet become a partnership.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Epigram: There’s a difference between knowing plans need to be discussed and issues settled, and ensuring these are dealt with soon. Between tricky planetary activity and the Full Moon, on the 17th, even simple plans will change, probably often. The trick? Focus on organising arrangements that are flexible, then back off and allow events to unfold at their own pace. The outcome? Be patient until the end of month.

Travel plans look more positive than they have done recently. Even so if you’re taking or planning a group holiday you may need to take charge. Others aren’t making too good a job of keeping things simple and organised. Trust your instincts. Let your intuition guide your action. A diet low in fat and high in protein could make a difference if you admit to having been indulging too much in food and drink.

Mercury moves through the research and development area of your solar chart, and you could, as of Monday, be off to the races. Full of ideas, and inspired by possibilities, you could make real headway. That said, there is the potential to hit something of a brick wall on Friday as Mercury reaches its retrograde station just a couple of days ahead of an important (for Libra), career-accenting full Moon. True, it could be family matters that stop you in your tracks. It might also be that something you’ve written which hasn’t been sufficiently well edited, comes back to haunt you. There is also the strong possibility of being involved in an educational programme. It may be that others want to pick your brain. Career wise it seems likely that you are set to launch yourself on new platform and could, yet excel if you don’t move too fast too soon.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Epigram: Having sidestepped decisions involving perplexing situations, you’ve lots of energy and not much to do. First, focus on decluttering excesses in everything from your schedule to your possessions. This may be challenging but will prove unexpectedly informative. Next, note what and who adds to your life. This is preparation for the Sun’s encounter with your ruler Pluto, on Sunday the 16th, and the accompanying life-changing events.

Tact and diplomacy will be necessary if you want to get anything done. Some people seem to think you will automatically go along with their suggestions but this isn’t what you want to do. What’s more you can’t help feeling you are being pulled in separate directions. A phone call received at work or at home will request your presence in another place. This won’t be easy to arrange when you had already made other commitments you can’t get out of.

Following on from what you learn between Tuesday and Friday, it will surely be necessary to take stock. A valuation may not be as you hoped and rethink may be necessary. Bear in mind that Mercury turns retrograde at the base of your solar chart but will return to these degrees in a few weeks’ time. In short, all is far from lost. What’s arguably important is that you assess, reassess, and rethink exactly who you want to team up with and why. Property and travel issues are likely to dominate. You may also find that it’s someone who feels threatened and who as a result, doesn’t behave wisely, who creates the biggest fuss. Given your extraordinary sensitivity and desire to assist, you will have to take care that this person doesn’t drain limited resources when you really need to concentrate on your own future.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Epigram: For ages you’ve known you’d have to review how you use everything from your time and money to your ideas, but something’s always interfered. Suddenly, increasingly pressing matters require thoughtful and lasting decisions and you feel overwhelmed. The trick? Seek guidance from those whose experience and wisdom you trust. Then comes the biggest challenge, actually taking advantage of their advice. Do it. You won’t regret it.

A heart-to-heart conversation will clear away a recent misunderstanding and you feel relieved you are able to talk openly once again. You can see the funny side of all the flared tempers and sulks but you might still decide that if a similar dispute crops up again in the future you will try to sort it out more amicably. You aren’t convinced it will be as easy to start a new work project as your boss is making out.

Don’t be surprised if you lose a little momentum. You will pick it up. It may be that the cosmos has put you in some kind of traffic queue. The pause moment might actually be useful in that this could give you the space to consider an alternative route. Next week, both Mercury and Venus will be retrograde and yes, it’s likely that you will need to turn back and reconnect with those who’ve felt a little left behind. Don’t underestimate the value of the information you have yet to impart. What might not seem important to you, is likely critical to others. It might also be that the shape of a team has changed so much, that you have the opportunity to assess the new creative zeal now available. All is far from lost: you just need space and time to consider your next move.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Epigram: Once you begin basing decisions on feelings more than fact, you’ll exchange worries for confidence. Take that approach and you’ll soon be able to relax and enjoy the amazing, if often totally unexpected, events, ideas or offers coming your way. Risky as this seems initially, you’ll soon realise it’s not only the best, but the only, way to approach this exciting new cycle of your life.

After a busy start to the week, the end will be less strenuous. Don’t fret over what does not get done earlier as there will be plenty of time to catch up with neglected chores. From Thursday you might even enjoy the chance to sit with your feet up whenever the mood takes you although you won’t want to waste all your time doing nothing. You’re cautiously optimistic about the outlook of an experiment being trialled in your neighbourhood.

You won’t be the only sign needing both space and time before you move forward. Fact is that Mercury is apparently slowing down and will turn retrograde on Friday. Next week both Mercury and Venus (the latter moving through your sign) will both be retrograde. Many people will likely want to either turn the clock back or at least go back to where they felt they were couple of weeks ago. Yet the other planets are moving forward. So yes, that push-pull tension that’s been around for so long will likely be very apparent; and yes, your exasperation with those who’ve failed to deliver will once again be great. The art is perhaps not to be too disappointed or to be lured by false promises. This would surely be a good time to assess marketing and design skills. It may be that you’ve yet to successfully show just how much you’ve achieved in the last decade (since Pluto arrived in your sign); but yes, it’s perhaps also true that you require professional assistance to polish your CV and general image.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Epigram: A total reorganisation of your way of living, working, loving – or, possibly all of them – has long been on your mind but you haven’t known where to begin. Events between now and the pivotal Aquarius New Moon, on 1 February, lead the way. The secret? Explore every option but avoid committing until you’ve encountered all these exciting ideas and the people that come with them.

Extra responsibilities are being pushed onto you whether you like it or not. These will have come with little in the way of warning. Forget those worries you have had about not being able to cope. Not only will you manage admirably but anyone working with you will be doing their best to cooperate. Keep telling yourself that all is going to turn out right in the end. Someone you feel very close to has some interesting news to share.

Mercury is moving through your sign but its movements are barely perceptible presently. It arrives at its retrograde station on Friday. It stations on a degree linked to the solar eclipse on April 29. It may be that decisions taken this week will have full effect then and that this is the optimum time for you to enrol on a course or in some way improve your present position. Yes, a relationship could be involved and yes, a trial period may be necessary. Yet there is much to be gained during Mercury’s retrograde phases. That this one coincides with Venus (also retrograde) suggests that the next coming weeks will be superb for investing. Primarily, you need to take care of you and then you can take care of others. It’s likely that a team is not yet gelling in the way that you would wish. It may be that it’s simply the wrong team! And yes, you might question your role and even if you want further involvement. Losing impetus is probable. What you likely need is to be inspired – unusually -by someone who’s Earthy, (Taurus, Virgo or Capricorn) practicality helps guide you through a maze of possibilities.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Epigram: Long ago you realised certain individuals have a talent for manipulating you into shouldering what are really their responsibilities. While you’ve learnt to refuse them, the current planetary setup combines your affection for drama with feelings of guilt, especially in situations where others are struggling. True, the matters in question aren’t your responsibility. Despite that, you’ll be tempted to say ‘yes’. Think twice about that.

You’re tempted to neglect a few responsibilities when something else that seems far more appealing comes along. If you cut too many corners this could make more work for you or someone else later in the month. They won’t be happy and you will feel annoyed with yourself for having been careless. That’s why you should give everyday chores the attention they need. Don’t worry, there’ll still be plenty of time for fun activities. You can balance work with play.

You probably know that you have a reputation for losing things – making it imperative that you focus as carefully as you can. Should you mislay anything, it will likely be some time before it’s found. That’s because as of Friday, Mercury turns retrograde where it joins Venus already in that state. It could take a couple of weeks before items are found. On the plus side, and perhaps because you will be searching for things, you could retrieve items and information that have been long-lost but which could yet be recycled. Remember that Mars is continuing its journey over the apex of your solar chart. Though your energy might be scattered, it’s nevertheless there. Take care that in frantic moments you don’t damage items or relationships that still have value. At another level entirely, your presence within a group should make all the difference to the group either splitting up or re-gelling and finding new path.


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