If you reveal your secrets to the wind,
you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees. ~Khalil Gibran
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
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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.
Current Moon Phase: WANING MOON
March 20, 2022
Moon in Libra
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.
Organs influenced by Libra Moon Sign:
Kidney, ureter, urinary bladder, veins, skin as an organ of touch, pancreas, insulin, glucagon.
These organs are now more sensitive so provide them with extra care.
Surgical operations: Yes – Surgical operations are recommended during the Waning Moon.
However, avoid surgeries of organs under the influence of the Moon Sign.
You might have a strong need for balance and harmony now. You probably desire to keep things nice rather than venturing into fundamental questions in order not to disturb the peace. You must learn to share your good and bad feelings. Do not be afraid to be who you really are, despite what is expected of you.
What’s Happening in March!?!
Herb of the Year for 2022: Blackberries, raspberries, and their cousins (Rubus ssp.) Named by the International Herb Association
Flower of the Month for March: Daffodil
March is National Women’s History Month
Celtic Tree Calendar ~ March 18th to April 14th – Alder
Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Mar: 20, Spring Equinox ~ Ostara, Northern Hemisphere, Alban Eilir
Mar: 20, Iroquois Maple Ceremony
Mar: 20, Mabon ~ Southern Hemisphere –
Mar: 20, International Day of Happiness
Mar: 20, Aries Season: Today the sun enters Aries, the first astrological sign of the zodiac.
Mar: 25: International Waffle Day!
When is Easter in 2022?
Here’s the rule for Easter Sunday. It generally falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon on or after the vernal equinox. The equinox is Sunday. So tonight’s full moon doesn’t set the date of Easter. Instead, the first full moon after the equinox will be April 16. And that’s why Easter is so late this year.
May 1st ~ Virginia Psychic Fair, Falls Church, VA. For info go to https://va-psychic-fair-2022.eventbrite.com
Classes with GrannyMoon at Sticks and Stones, Fairfax, VA
March 26 – Face to Face Class: 4:30 – 6:30 PM – Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki I and II
High Priestess Training with GrannyMoon
The entire course takes 15 months to complete (four levels). Tuition covers lessons, assignments and instructor feedback. In addition, students may download guided meditation exercises and be eligible for Sabbats, Esbats and retreats with the Sisterhood. The entire fee for each level is $120 (payment plan available), sixteen lessons in each level, except the last.
Ceremonial Cords and frame-able Completion Certificates are awarded as members complete each level.
Level I – Initiate of the Sisters of the Burning Branch – White cord
Level II – Adept of the Sisters of the Burning Branch- Red cord
Level III – Priestess of the Sisters of the Burning Branch- Black cord
Level IV – High Priestess of the Sisters of the Burning Branch – Green cord
Learn About Herbs with GrannyMoon!
There is so much to learn about herbs! In Herbalism 101, we cover 21 herbs, and you will start your own personal Materia Medica, that we will build throughout the next levels. We will cover the basic aspects of herbs. From culinary to magickal, medicinal to ornamental. As well as the many modalities of herbs!
During this course, in addition to the on-line lessons and hands-on projects that you do at home, I will be sending you articles, and information, as well as questions about your own personal use and research.
I look forward to walking this green journey with you! I love herbs and I hope that you do too or will learn to!
There are 10 lessons in each level and there is no time limit for completion. You may study at your own pace! There are no texts to purchase.
For more info or to join my class, click here!
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 at the same time!
Earth Signs and Omens in Nature Course
Learn to read the mysteries of nature! The course covers signs and omens, communication, seasonal rites, trees and shrubs, flowers, plants and weeds, herbs, plant magick, the Guardians of Nature and much more.
The Goddess School Grimoire
eBook (PDF): $6.25
The Goddess School Grimoire is a collection of recipes, artwork, poetry, prose, prayers, rituals, spells, and practical Goddess wisdom put together by the teachers, students, alumni, and friends of The Sisters of the Burning Branch Goddess School. The sisterhood is dedicated to restoring spiritual balance by returning the Divine Feminine to her rightful place and by assisting women in their personal and spiritual development. Since being founded by Head and High Mother Priestess Grandmother Moon in 2000, The Goddess School (GoddessSchool.com) has grown into a large and beautiful global community of women.
March 21, 2022 – March 27, 2022
The fourth week of March begins with a beautiful conjunction between Mercury and Jupiter. Mercury-Jupiter allows you to see the big picture and provides the proper foresight to get results. This conjunction’s energies are fantastic for business and commerce. However, be prepared for the energy to dramatically shift on Tuesday as Mars tangles with Uranus. You may feel restless and impulsive, and this can lead to a boatload (perhaps barge load) of problems. You may even try to rebel against forces blocking your momentum, and this could lead to tense moments and potential arguments. Try to be as proactive as possible.
Midweek, Mercury conjoins Neptune in Pisces. You may find it difficult to focus on practical matters, and communication with others may be tricky. However, if you need to work on creative projects, Mercury conjoin Neptune delivers in spades because your imagination will be fruitful and ripe for the picking.
This weekend Mercury sextiles Pluto in Capricorn. If you need to get to the heart of the matter, this aspect will give you the determination to dig deep. You may learn valuable truths that you can use to your advantage. So, if you need to examine your life or solve difficult problems, now is the time.
Recommended: Mercury (Astro Magic), Muse (Blessing Kit), Truth and Justice (Blessed Herbal)
Here’s what you missed on CoventryCreations.com this week…
What helper spirits do…
When you combine your intent, spell ingredients, and ritual you have a spell. The final push of that spell, or the big magic, is supported by your helper spirits. We all have spirits around us, a spiritual court as it were, that is made up of our ancestors, spirit guides, and the divine beings that we have either called to us or who are drawn to us.
Spring Equinox/Ostara March 19/20
In the Northern Hemisphere, we mark the Spring Equinox also known as Ostara on March 19/20.
“Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love!” — Sitting Bull
Spring has finally arrived! March has roared in like a lion, and if we’re really lucky, it will roll out like a lamb. It’s the time of the vernal equinox if you live in the Northern Hemisphere, and it’s a true marker that Spring has come.
The Wheel of the Year – Occurs on or near the Spring Equinox, when day and night are equal. It is a time of balance where unnecessary things, thoughts and habits are thrown away to make room for the new.
Other names for the Spring Equinox are Alban Eilir, Gwyl Canol Gwenwynol, Lady Day, and Ostara.The feel-good factor about this day, however, is that the first official astrological day of spring hints that high temperatures are not far off.
As the winter ends traditionally Native American people celebrate their thanks with prayers for surviving the bitter, cold days and the struggles they had to overcome. With spring everyone begins to enjoy the bounties of the earth once more, as plants and animals show new life again. The land turns green, wildlife flourishes and people are filled with anticipation for the coming of summer, the time of harvest.
It’s important to remember that the dawning of spring has been observed for a long time in many other cultures as well. Traditions vary widely from one country to the next. March 20 also welcomes Ostara which is celebrated in spring season as a way to honor the richness and wealth that Mother Nature has brought to humans and creatures. Spring is considered as the period of growth, happiness and love. In this time of a year, everything is woken up from winter and they are full of vitality.
Springtime is a wonderful season to celebrate with much merriment and shared feasts, as families gather together, dancing and enjoying the gifts of the land. Just as those in ancient times find a reason to give thanks for being here another day. Do something special to honor the fact that you are still here. Celebrations and rituals are important in our spiritual walk.
It is a time to offer thanks in prayers, celebrations and gratitude to the Great Creator who is watching and filling those who care with blessings.
Spring is almost here! Ostara, otherwise known as the Spring Equinox is coming soon! Are you ready? What are you planting in your garden this spring? Find out in a Springtime Reading.
Llewellyn’s Spell A Day
MARCH 20, 2022 BY BARBARA ARDINGER
We’ve had half a year of dark. N ow we’re yearning for the light, for spring to rain on us, for green shoots to rise to our ankles. We’re listening to hear the little chirpy birds and see the bees and butterflies. This is mid-spring, the season when the Goddess comes back to earth. Everything she brings to us is new.
Instead of building an altar to celebrate Ostara, begin a creative project: a springtime collage of light and darkness. Buy a piece of poster board in your favorite springtime color and cut it in a circle. Look in magazines and catalogs or search online for images that suggest light and darkness, like shadowy meadows or sunlit gardens. Add images of solar and lunar gods and goddesses.
Paste your images on the poster board and add glittery stickers and other decoration. You may find you’ve created a collage that looks like the familiar yin-yang symbol, where there is a seed of darkness in the light half and a seed of light in the dark half. Good for you!
A Magical Spring Cleaning
MARCH 19, 2022 BY SUSAN PESZNECKER
With the spring equinox approaching, it’s a perfect time to cleanse magical items and spaces. If you have a room or sanctum devoted to your Craft, start there. Vacuum or sweep, perhaps with a new broom/ besom. Work sunwise (clockwise), finishing in the center of the room. Wash the windows; dust the walls and wash them with lavender- or mint-scented water. Dust everything, and shine any wood with honeycomb wax or linseed oil.
Next comes the altar space. Wipe or dust the altar as needed and place a clean altar cloth there. Cleanse altar tools and items, using soap and water if needed. Dry with a soft cloth and bless or anoint items with a favorite essential or consecrated oil. Place new candles on the altar, retiring the old ones for spellwork.
In addition to cleansing and blessing your tools, it’s a good time to charge them under sunlight or moonlight. It’s also an excellent time to make or purchase new tools.
When all is done, pause for a ritual of gratitude in your new space.
Rainbow Positivity Charm
MARCH 18, 2022 BY TESS WHITEHURST
The Virgo full moon arrives early this morning, and it coincides with the popular Indian holiday known as Holi, when festivalgoers celebrate love, laughter, forgiveness, and the arrival of spring by taking to the streets and gleefully coloring other people with colored powder as well as color-filled water balloons. Today, empower seven 6-to-8-inch ribbons in sunlight (or candlelight, if the sun isn’t out, but be careful to hold them a safe distance away from the flame), one for each color of the rainbow. As you empower them, feel that they are absorbing the energies of joy and positivity. Braid them together, and see yourself weaving bright light into them as you braid. Bunch or coil the braid and hold it to your heart with both hands. Feel even more bright light at your heart and send it into the charm. Hang it above your front door for all-around positivity, or place it near a photo of anyone you’d like to bless with positive energy.
Serpent Wisdom Spell
MARCH 17, 2022 BY LAURA TEMPEST ZAKROFF
The snake is an ancient symbol of wisdom, creation, transformation, magic, and healing. Serpentine tattoos and wearing snake jewelry can help call upon the protection of the serpent spirit, but sometimes you need something more subtle on your body.
Infuse some olive oil (or similar oil) with powder made from dragon’s blood resin in a small bottle just before the moon is full. Set it on your altar and shake it gently in the morning and evening for at least three days. Then dip your finger in the oil and draw a snake on your arm or leg, from wrist to elbow or ankle to knee. Start with a full fingerprint to make the head, then draw the body slithering, with the tail pointing toward the center of your body. Say:
Serpent dwelling within,
protect me without,
Slithering above, below,
and all about.
Watchful eyes, long fluid spine,
and sparkling scales.
Guide and bring me safely
through dangerous trails.
Refresh as needed.
Revealing Inner Truth
MARCH 16, 2022 BY CHARLYNN WALLS
Today the moon is waxing, and it is a good time to do reflective meditation work. To begin this meditation, find a place that is comfortable and quiet. Light a white candle to represent the inner truth you seek. Take a black mirror or other reflective surface and set it behind the candle to reflect the flame. Sit quietly and meditate on the reflection you see. When you feel ready, bring the meditation to a close. Say:
In the dark there is truth. See it
reflected and revealed to me.
Repeat this phrase three times, then snuff out the candle. What needs to be revealed to you soon will be.
Planting the Seed of Abundance
MARCH 15, 2022 BY MELISSA TIPTON
Honensai, or Harvest Festival, is a Japanese celebration of fertility and prosperity. So today, reflect on the abundance that is already richly flowing through your life, and contemplate what you’d like to channel this energy into next. A creative project? A budding friendship? Your physical health?
Once you’ve chosen a focus, select a crystal that symbolizes your desire, such as aventurine for new friendship, apatite for creative projects, or clear quartz as a multipurpose crystal ally. Come into a meditative state, holding the crystal, and imagine it as a potent seed, containing the spark of your desired outcome at its core. Visualize this seed germinating and flourishing, putting forth an abundance of divine energy in relation to your goal as you recite:
I call upon (crystal name)
as I plant this seed,
Open to abundance, ready to receive.
My heart’s desire unfolds most true,
With love and gratitude,
in comes the new!
Keep the crystal in your pocket or display it where you can see it often.
Circle of Friends
MARCH 14, 2022 BY ARI MANKEY
Write your name in the middle of a blank sheet of paper. Around your name, write the names of friends you are trying to strengthen relationships with. We find this spell is especially helpful when you write down the names of people who live a distance away.
After you’ve written down the names of your friends, draw a circle connecting them all together, with spokes from that circle pointing back to you. As you draw the circle and the spokes, say:
May the bonds we have
forged remain strong,
So we might share life’s
happiness, pain, and song.
May we be connected as long
as our friendships last.
This spell of friendship
has now been cast!
Place your piece of paper in a safe place. Retrieve it and redraw the circle and spokes if you feel a friendship slipping away from you.
Heartwings Love Notes 1025: Making the Spiritual Practical
Heartwings Says, “Spirituality can come down to earth and still keep its wings.”
When I was a small child, I had a book I loved called Saints and Friendly Beasts. It was a collection of stories about holy men and women who interacted with animals in unusual ways, living with them or having them be part of their lives. I found the stories to be entrancing. The idea of being a saint was very appealing to me. I heard other stories about people called saints who practiced their faith in open and endearing ways, and their lives seemed to me to be special and attractive.
I even made my own little church in a corner of my family’s property and collected moss to make a nice place to kneel. I had a brick for an alter and a cross of twigs sat on it. Nearby was a plot of land where I buried animals that had died, praying over them. We lived in a relatively rural area, so there were dead creatures to be found on the property, and baby chicks, too that didn’t survive, as well as occasional pets that had perished whether by accident or old age.
I also had a wonderful book with steel graving illustrations that was filled with Bible parables and stories. These stayed with me and enlivened my imagination. Eventually, of course I got older and became busy with life, and while I didn’t forget about such things entirely, they did recede to the back of my mind. Life kept me busy with children to raise and a community to serve, until along came the “New Age” when spirituality became popular and people began publicizing various spiritual though not necessarily religious practices
My experience is that many people act with spiritual practicality and never realize it. When most people hear the word “spiritual” they think of the word as pertaining to religion. They do not usually think of ordinary everyday life as spiritual, unless the person living it is somehow dedicated to a religious practice or living in a religious manner like a monk or a nun. Yet the rules for living an everyday good life are perfectly spiritual. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” has roots in just about every language and culture.
While this saying is found in the Bible, it’s not part of the ten commandments. It is commonly referred to as the golden rule. Look up those words on Google, and you’ll be as fascinated as was I to read the variety of versions of that principle. It is not a religious practice because it is not necessary to believe in God to practice it. Moreover, it is an intensely practical way to behave. Treating others as nicely or in as kindly a manner as one treats oneself is a very useful way to live because most times it works in your favor. Generally, people will act toward you in the same way, and furthermore, you are setting a good example for others.
May you live your life as a good example for others to learn from.
Blessings and Best Regards, Tasha Halpert
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Lucky Charms Based On Zodiac Signs
By The Alchemist
The quest for luck and good fate has always been in human’s mind. Since the dawn of civilization humans have been searching for a shortcut to abundance, good health and success. Witchcraft was often employed to this cause and so did astrology. However, many knowledge was lost after the dark ages and few things have survived since. Lucky Charms based on Zodiac Signs are probably one of the few things that endured time and fanatics.
Each Zodiac Sign has several correspondences. Different planets who rule them but also different qualities, different elements and more. Hence, each Zodiac Sign need different energies as magic that runs into them is unique!
Aries: Figa Charm
One of the most potent lucky charms you will use is the figa charm. The figa gesture (or mudra) is a thumb wedged in between the pointer and middle finger curled in a fist. Interestingly it’s very popular in Brasil but also in India too. It promotes awareness, banishes negative vibes and invites good luck!
Taurus: Tree of Life
There are many legends and stories surrounding the Tree of Life or Cosmic Tree. It is closely linked with the primordial forces of Earth and that’s exactly what Taurus symbolizes. Through this tree, wisdom abundance and stability comes. Tap into this amazing symbol to enhance these qualities in your life!
Gemini: Witch’s Knot
The Witch’s knot – closesly linked to the Triquetra – is a symbol loved by Witches for centuries. It embodies the balance of different powers – elements, directions etc – into the wearer. As the triquetra symbolizes the union of the three faces of the Great Goddess, the Witch’s knot symbolizes the power of all elements. Gemini’s versatile nature needs this symbol to combine all these qualities within.
Cancer: Crescent Moon
The Crescent Moon is the Lucky symbol of Cancer, a zodiac sign traditionally linked with the Moon. Of all the Lucky Charms, one that has persisted millennia is the Crescent Moon. Bearing this sacred symbol, you invite the power of Artemis and Selene in you and reminds you that everything is a circle. Also, it helps you manifest all your goals!
Leo: Eye of Ra
Thousand years ago, in Ancient Egypt, the Solar God Ra was venerated as the creator and bringer of life and awareness! One of the most ancient symbols and lucky charms are the Eye of Ra, which brings protection, enlightenment and all blessing from God Ra.
Virgo: Hamsa Hand
The Hamsa Hand is an ancient and powerful symbol of Protection for Virgo. Due to your versatile nature, mood swings may bother you because you are very sensitive to energy around you. The Hamsa Hand abolishes these terrible energies and psychic attacks, while inviting all good things in life!
Libra: the Wheel of Fortune
You are always trying to find balance even in the most diverse qualities and situations in life. This is why the Wheel of Fortune helps you attune with your cosmic centre! Usually portrayed as the wheel with 8 rays, the wheel is a global and mystical symbol of growth and good luck. Remember, that the ‘Wheel of Fortune’ in every tarot Deck is actually a wheel!
This symbol comes from god Khefra, whose name actually means “to come into existence”. Scarabs are amongst the most powerful lucky charms! Egyptians believed that scarabs come from the dead, from the underworld or that they are consisted from Underworld’s matter. Hence, Scarab is the personification of Light’s victory over darkness.
Acorns are amongst the most potent and ancient lucky charms. Hence, Acorns were used by Druids to ‘open’ the Gates to Wisdom and Otherworlds. Acorns are believed to keep our bodies and spirits strong and protected from physical and magical harm! This is why soldiers used to carry acorns with them, to be protected from Thunders and any kinds of hostile energies. Witches use it for Good Luck, Fertility, Potency, Abundance and Magical Protection.
Capricorn: Red Bat
Red Bats are symbols of Good Luck and spiritual help in Asia. However, Red Bats are either presented solo, or coupled or five at the same time. Red Bats symbolize the 5 core blessings: Good Luck, Abundance, Fertility, Honor, Longevity.
Anchor is a symbol of stability and power. It represents our soul’s centre. Aquarius is a sign with versatile qualities – many times looking at many possible directions at the same time. Unique and lonesome, anchor will help you attune with your divine source, hence become your lucky charm, bring your protection and blessings!
Sacred to Ancient Egypt, Ancient and Modern India, Hinduism, Tao and Buddhism this amazing flower is amongst the favourite symbols of Witches. As Pisces swim in the darkest of oceans some times, the root of Lotus lies in the darkest deeps of muddy swamps. However, the root springs and rises to the surface where it blooms greeting the rays of the sun with a wondrous scent. Hence, Lotus flower, symbolises that even in the darkest hours of our lives, we can pass through misty darkness and rise to the light and success. Furthermore, it gives us stamina to endure all problems until we are free from all the troubles.
5 Things You Should Never Apologize For—And the One You Should
By Katherine Owen
Sometimes, “sorry!” just slips out. Here’s what to say instead.
In many situations, a concise, heartfelt apology can go a long way. After all, life presents all kinds of situations where a short and sweet “I’m sorry” is a simple fix; you bumped grocery carts at the store or ran a few minutes late (and not because you decided to get coffee on the way!). But sometimes, it’s not so clear. Maybe you should’ve said “thank you” instead, or maybe, you weren’t even in the wrong at all! Now, ditching the apology doesn’t mean throwing out all your manners with it. There are still plenty of other ways to keep things perfectly courteous–if not even more so. A discerning use of “excuse me,” or “I appreciate it” goes a long way. Here’s when to skip the apology, plus the situation in which you simply have to say you’re sorry.
- When the phrase you’re actually looking for is “Thank you”
On paper, the difference between “I’m sorry” and “Thank you” is clear. In application? Not so much. Have you ever apologized to someone for taking up time with a meeting–one which you both willingly agreed to and benefit from? Or for borrowing something from a friend who willingly, gladly offered it? A heartfelt expression of your gratitude is more than enough.
- For your house looking like you, you know, live there
It always seems to be that your house doesn’t seem that dusty until your neighbor pops by unexpectedly. Suddenly you wonder if any house ever has been dustier… You wonder where all the dog toys on the floor came from and gasp–are those dishes? In the kitchen? Where you eat? A good friend knows homes are for living in; as long as it’s tidied by the time Mama visits, you’re all good.
- Asking for help.
Sometimes it’s something simple, like asking the store clerk where they keep the good cheese. But sometimes it means letting family and friends help out during hard times. Either way, asking for help is simply human. But it does have broader benefits: Asking for help can build deeper relationships by demonstrating closeness and trust. It opens the door for the other person to ask for a favor one day. After all, if you’re close enough to ask, you’re close enough to return the favor. And hopefully one day you get to. Just don’t forget to show your gratitude now! Here’s when to send a thank you note.
- Taking care of yourself
Maybe this means coming by the party but heading out early or turning down an invitation all together in the name of rest. There’s no shortage of analogies for this: put on your oxygen mask before helping others, fill up your cup so it can overflow into others’, can’t run on an empty tank. Take whichever speaks to you and use it as permission to recharge when you need it.
- Being new at something
Oh, you weren’t born knowing how the Aldi shopping cart system works? Turns out, no one was. Every single person has been new to something before–if they’re gracious, they’ll remember that. So ask for help, ask your question and then say “thank you.” Next time, you can pass it on.
So what’s the most important thing to apologize for?
Well, technically plenty of things. Being late, forgetting someone’s name, interrupting someone… you get the idea. But the most important of all probably comes as no surprise, as it’s one of the first lessons you learn about making–and keeping–friends as a kid. When you’ve genuinely hurt someone with your words or actions, it’s time to say you’re sorry. No matter your age, it hurts to find out you were left out, talked about, or judged. Sometimes, it’s a complete accident and sometimes, we let bad judgement get the best of us. Either way, it’s best to show someone you care and you regret it so you can both move forward.
Discovering the Little Things That Make Us Happy
Rediscover the little things in life that make you happy, add a new little thing each day, and be prepared to shine.
Life is full of little wonders that can make us happy. The sound of a baby’s laughter, a good book, the comforting smell of a favorite old sweatshirt, and the warmth from a cup of hot tea are simple pleasures that can easily put smiles on our faces. These “little things” are easily accessible to us and can be sources for happiness. A key to finding them is taking the time to put those rose-colored glasses from childhood back on so you can easily access the joy in all the “little things” life has to offer.
Finding a puppy rummaging through the laundry basket, trying on that perfect shade of lipstick, or discovering the extra change you left in your back pocket can turn into moments of delight. Like kids digging in the sandbox for buried trinkets, we may even begin to experience happiness when we engage in the seemingly mundane. Figuring out a software program can feel like deciphering a treasure map, and that first sip of tea in the morning can taste like a forbidden delicacy. Swaying to music playing on the radio can turn into an interpretive jig, riding a bike can seem like flying to the moon, and getting a phone call from that special someone can feel like winning the lottery. A pickup game of basketball becomes an exciting match among champions, and observing an elderly couple walking hand in hand can turn into a meditation on peace and contentment.
When we begin rediscovering that the little things in life can make us happy, we naturally want to share this joy with others. We may gush over a friend when we run into them unexpectedly, praise a street musician for their talents, or blow bubbles for the neighborhood kids to chase. We may even start to think of the little things we can do to make other people happy, which in turn makes us happy all over again. There is an endless supply of little things and little moments that can make us happy. All we have to do is look for them, and they’ll magically start to appear.
A 21st Century Wheel of the Year: Resilience at the Spring Equinox
by Dana, The Druid’s Garden
Japanese Knotweed as Guardian of the Waterways (from the Plant Spirit Oracle)
One of the most resilient and enduring plants in the world at present is the Japanese Knotweed. Japanese Knotweed is also the number one maligned plant in the world, as it is able to adapt to a variety of ecosystems and thrive in terrible conditions and will continue to grow despite the best efforts at humans to remove her. Japanese Knotweed can withstand multiple direct applications of weed killer and it can handle a wide variety of growing conditions (high and low soil PH, drought, high heat, extreme negative temperatures, flooding, chemical pollution and more). I would argue that the Japanese knotweed is probably one of the world’s most resilient plants, able to resist almost anything that is thrown at it, and despite interaction and engagement with humans, it can thrive. I think it’s interesting that Japanese Knotweed also is an outstanding source of food and medicine, as well as nectar for bees and insects. But if we look to Japanese Knotweed, we see a powerful plant spirit teacher that can offer us a number of qualities that I believe are important for the 21st century, right now, and certainly, into the future. What Japanese Knotweed and many other so-called “invasive” plants teach us is the lesson of resilience.
Another example of an incredibly resilient species is the raccoon, an intelligent omnivorous mammal native to North America. Anyone who has lived in a region with raccoons gets to know them quickly–they are extremely wily, able to break into all sorts of things (like your shed full of chicken food or your chicken coop itself), they can unlock latches, solve puzzles, and have fine motor control. They are quite strong and can break into all sorts of places. Raccoons are now quite effectively adapting to city life, over cities all over the world; even in a place as inhospitable as a city, the raccoon thrives. A raccoon is a being that embodies resiliency–a creature that is cunning, intelligent, persistent, and resourceful. Japanese Knotweed and Raccoons offer us powerful lessons in resiliency–and by studying them and other resilient beings in nature, we can start to consider how ew might cultivate and strengthen our own resiliency in these difficult times.
Resiliency is the capacity to adapt, to endure, to quickly recover if damaged, and to dig in and deal with a set of adverse conditions. I would argue that it is probably the single most important concept that we can explore as humans living in the world today because we face a rapidly changing world with shifting challenges, a changing climate, and increasingly unstable social institutions that no longer offer stability. Thus, as we consider the Spring Equinox as the other “balance point” in the year, our theme today is cultivating resiliency as a spiritual and physical practice.
A 21st Century Wheel of the Year
In this ongoing series, I am offering an alternative set of themes and practices for the 21st century–considering the traditional neopagan wheel of the year in light of some of what we need in order to transition to a new way of living and being so that we can co-exist peacefully with other life on our beautiful earth.
Previous posts have included receptivity at the Fall Equinox; release at Samhain; restoration at the Winter Solstice, and Reskilling at Imbolc. If we think about this alternative wheel I’m proposing, it is taking us on a powerful journey to strengthen our spirits and improve our physical and emotional skills to move forward. Thus, as we enter the dark half of the year at the Fall Equinox, we start by being open to change and accepting what comes. We release pain, sadness, anger, and other negative emotions surrounding our predicament at Samhain, follow up with restorative and renewal activities at the Winter Solstice, and then at Imbolc, start to move into the action at Imbolc with reskilling. You can see through this wheel how it is a journey–of releasing expectations, dealing with our own emotions and trauma, restoring and healing ourselves, and then moving into activities that help us prepare for what is to come. As we move into the balance point at the Spring Equinox, we tackle one of the most critical themes yet–resiliency.
Features of Resilience
Dandelion from the Plant Spirit Oracle
One of the tragedies of modern civilization is that it has created generations of people who are inflexible, vulnerable, and fragile–humans who have a hard time adapting to change and who are incapable of living without modern conveniences. Our modern way of life has cultivated a deep dependency on the current systems we have in place to feed us, clothe us, provide food for us, and offer us a host of other comforts. The system has been engineered for modern humans to depend fully upon it for their every need. And yet, if the last few years have taught us anything, it’s that the very systems we depend on are more fragile and unpredictable than we thought, and this problem will only grow so as time passes. The solution to this problem is in reskilling and resiliency. It is in finding ways to depend less upon the problematic systems and instead look to nature directly for our needs.
As Wendell Berry notes in The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture, one of the things our civilization has demanded are increasing degrees of specialization–and with the rise of super-specialists, we lose our ability to take care of our basic human needs. He advocates a return to the ways of the generalist, where we cultivate a wide range of skills–and in so doing, develop more powerful methods of being resilient. If you think about it, it makes –throughout human history, nearly all humans had a basic set of skills that allowed them to clothe themselves, feed themselves, provide shelter, find clean water, perform healing, and a host of other basic needs. It is only with the rise of industrialization and the modern era that these have been forgotten. But if we are going to be more resilient, its useful to think about how we can return to some of these ancestral ways.
Resiliency is a combination of having the right mindsets and being able to solve problems (drawing upon skills, knowledge, and resources). It is about having a positive mindset, cultivating a creative and adaptable way of thinking, along with having a toolbox of skills, techniques, and knowledge that you can draw upon as needed. Since we’ve already covered the skills in discussing reskilling and Imbolc, today, I want to focus on cultivating resilient mindsets, which involve a host of factors.
Recovery. Perhaps the defining feature of resilience is the ability to recover after a serious setback, challenge, or trauma. Rather than giving up in defeat or accepting your setback, when you cultivate recovery, you cultivate an ability to find a way forward.
Being adaptable Tied directly to recovery is adaptability, or being able to pivot quickly in the event of adversity or difficulty. Being adaptable allows us to face challenges and changes quickly and effectively.
Accepting Change and accepting what we cannot change. A necessary part of recovery and adaptability is being willing to accept change. It seems like a simple thing, but it is truly a difficult thing to do for humans to do, particularly those in modern cultures.
Seizing Opportunity. Capitalizing on opportunity is another key feature of resilience. be like the dandelion that grows out o the crack in the sidewalk–see where changes have created new opportunities, and anticipate those.
Applying Creativity. A lot of resiliency is about creative problem-solving. How can you do something in a new way? How can you meet a need when what you used to use to meet it is no longer available?
Just as the Japanese Knotweed and raccoon can offer us powerful lessons of resilience, we can begin cultivating resilience in our own lives by observing the lessons of nature. Even in a stable climate, all of nature requires resourcefulness to survive, thrive, and adapt. When you spend time in the natural world, you are reminded of these powerful lessons.
I actually went into great detail about physical and mental resiliency in my post last year, so I’m going to direct you there for more on physical residency. For the rest of today’s post, I’ll focus on a specific ritual and spiritual journey you can do at the Spring Equinox that can help you cultivate a more resilient mindset.
A Spring Equinox Resilience Ritual and Journey
Of course, mindsets determine actions. If we can cultivate resiliency within, then when times get tough on a physical level, we are drawing upon that well of inner resiliency. What I describe is a practice that I’ve been doing for a number of years that helps me learn deep lessons from nature from my local ecosystem. You can start this journey at the Spring Equinox, but it does have the option to lead you to deeper work throughout the year.
Step 1: Seeking a Resilient Plant or Animal Teacher
One of my teachers literally tried to come in the house! One of my teachers literally tried to come in the house!
The first step of the journey is going out into the world and deeply observing and interacting. Your goal is to find a plant, animal, or even insect that offers resiliency. This animal or plant should be something that you can directly observe or see the effects of that animal (e.g. if you are looking for a raccoon, you might not be able to see them directly but can see their tracks and/or put up a trail cam to learn more about their activities). Plants are obviously a little easier, you may just find them growing and can observe. I’ve given two examples at the start of this post of those I’ve worked with: the Japanese Knotweed and the Raccoon.
Thus, start by going out and setting your intentions for this work. Go outside to a quiet place, and speak directly to the world around you. Ask, in your own words, for nature to send you a messenger or teacher that will teach you about resiliency. Then observe, interact, see what you find and who comes to you. Use your intuition here–see where you are led and drawn. Accept whoever comes to you (it is so much better for this work if we set aside preconceived notions or expectations).
This kind of approach can be done anywhere: urban, rural, wild places, etc. It is as effective in an urban environment as in a wild one–for example, I once did this while I was in New York City, and I spent three lovely days observing and learning from the city’s pigeon population–they were amazing to see how adaptable and cunning they were.
Step 2: Outer Observations
Once you’ve found a resilient natural teacher who you are drawn to, spend time observing and interacting with your animal or plant teacher. Learn what you can about them. Observe them in the world in whatever ways you can. Consider how they offer lessons in resilience.
For example, if you decide to focus on dandelion (a perfect choice this time of year), you might spend time seeking out dandelions in your town, looking at how and where they grow. You might draw upon what you already know about the dandelion.
Step 3: Spirit Journey for Deep Teachings
Any physical connexion is going to help you open up a spiritual connection. In the druid tradition, many of us work with the idea of an “inner grove” or a space that we have on the astral that is safe and that we visit often (different traditions teach this differently, but it seems to be a common feature)*. This journey uses the inner grove as a starting point for a journey with your chosen plant or animal teacher. If you are new to spirit journeying, you might check out this post.
Begin by opening up a sacred space (I use AODA’s solitary grove opening). Once your sacred grove is open, you will want to put yourself into a quiet, focused place. For this, I suggest getting into a comfortable position and doing some of the four-fold breath: breathe in for four counts; gently hold for four counts; breathe out for counts; gently hold for four counts, and repeat. After a few minutes of this, you should have quieted your mind and prepared yourself for the journey.
Now, speak your intentions about the journey in your own words. For example, “Dandelion, I seek your continued teachings to help me cultivate resilience in my life. Will you come and offer me your spirit teachings?”
Now, enter your inner sacred grove. If this is a new activity for you, most people first envision themselves on a path into the forest. Work to build your inner senses, noting the colors, shapes, smell, sounds, as you walk. As you enter your grove, your animal or plant teacher will be there to guide you on a journey.
Once your journey is finished, offer gratitude and respect to your plant or animal teacher.
Step 4: Gratitude and Offerings
At the end of this process, I strongly suggest making some kind of meaningful offering to the plant or animal teacher on the physical world. Leave food offerings out for the raccoon, help spread the seeds of the dandelion, create positive artwork about the Japanese Knotweed, or whatever other gifts of your time and energy you can.
You might find that this plant or animal will continue to be a teacher for you, offering lessons. Or it may be that you will need to seek them out again. Whatever your longer-term relationship is, know that you can always continue to meet with them physically and metaphysically to learn more and grow.
The above is a great way to start thinking about resilience as a spiritual practice and how we can begin to cultivate and integrate a mindset of resilience. I think that when we can do the work of spirit, then it becomes easier to manifest that into our physical existence. I’m also grateful of the many lessons of Japanese Knotweed, Dandelion, and Raccoon–what they have taught me has helped me to learn to be adaptable, resilient, and strong in the face of so much.
Spring Clean Your Diet In 3 Easy Steps!
Andrew Weil, M.D.
This time of year, many of us make an effort to clean out the closets, clear
out the garage, and give the house a good dusting. Why not apply that same vigor
to “cleaning up” your diet? Try these simple suggestions to help optimize
the way you eat:
Limit your saturated fats. Avoid margarine, vegetable shortening, and foods
that contain palm or coconut oil. Instead, use heart-healthy extra-virgin
olive oil. Also try mashing a ripe avocado as a mayonnaise replacement in chicken or tuna salads.
Eat whole grains instead of refined grains. You will feel fuller, in part
because of the higher fiber content whole grains provide. Find the whole grain products by choosing options with the highest grams of fiber on the nutrition facts label combined with the lowest total sugars.
Load up on fresh fruits and vegetables. Make a colorful salad – red and
yellow peppers, dark leafy greens, ripe tomatoes – part of one meal every
day. And add a fresh fruit salad as a delicious and healthful alternative
to high-fat desserts.
Ghost Hunting Theories
Unusual Things I’ve Come Across in Cemeteries
Having both a love for the serene and artistic memorials that are cemeteries, and also being an investigator of historic ghosts, I have gone to a LOT of cemeteries after dark.
And, I’ve run into some pretty weird and unexpected things.
The Illicit –
I caught a husband and wife one time with a florist car filling it up with flowers they retrieved from graves.
I saw a man solicit a prostitute, drive her out to the edges of the cemetery, and 10 minutes later deposited her back on the road.
I always bring a trash bag because sure enough people can be disrespectful in private outdoor places. I’ve had to pick up syringes, condoms, and even bracelets from a local mental hospital.
People often leave interesting things on graves.
One time I found a deck of cards scattered, a bottle half full of whiskey, a cigar, and a picture of a pin-up girl.
At one grave, a family left cake and champagne and half-deflated balloons for an 18th birthday. A raccoon was eating the slice of cake and then knocked over the champagne and began lapping it up.
Out west, you find a lot of men in the 1800s who died before the wife. The wife’s headstone was next to his with no death date. But, 80 years had passed, so obviously she remarried. Oops.
Upon occasion, you run into hilarious names on headstones.
Overheard at a cemetery where a family was picnicking on their family member’s graveside.
Child: “Mom, what kind of sandwiches did you bring?”
Mom: “Underwood deviled ham.”
Child: (glances at the headstone). “Do you think that’s appropriate?” (glances into the basket) “Oh my God, mom! Devil’s food cupcakes?”
The spooky and dangerous –
One time I went to a cemetery to get a photo of an historic headstone for a friend writing an article. I went at twilight for lots of atmosphere. When I got there, I took the picture and started back to my car when a truck cruised through the cemetery and pulled up on the row near my car. Two men got out, music blaring, opening beers, and sitting on the hood and laughing and partying. It was now dark and I had to get to the car without them seeing me do it or they could block my path. I sneaked around the cemetery, headstone to headstone when I saw another small black figure dart behind a headstone. A shadow person! I listened and waited, hoping they would just leave. Finally, I held my key out with the unlock button ready to be hit, ran for it and got in, started the car and left. And, they got into their truck and left behind me. Sitting at the stoplight, I was nervous they were going to follow me. Thankfully, they went the other way. Phew!
One particular cemetery, every time I went and took photos of this one family gravesite (19 members), I got strange things on the photos. I brought others there with different cameras and they got it too. I looked up the history to find out that the site was a convergence of ancient canals built by a tribe that went missing long ago. And the family site? The family that built the modern-day canals. Hmmmm
At a Catholic cemetery where priests and nuns were buried, I waited while a friend went to the car for new batteries. The place was absolutely silent and empty. I heard a man’s murmuring voice speaking in Latin. I peered around the decorative wall and no one was there. At the same cemetery, my son and his friend as teens went in there to photograph in the dark, but they ran into a shadow person that hid behind the altar. They found out the altar was attached to the concrete wall. It peered out at them and they ran through the cemetery, this thing darting from headstone to headstone. Given that my son had zero belief in ghosts, it did leave him baffled and curious about the subject.
One time, I took my son to a cemetery where his grandmother was buried. I never knew her as she was his dad’s mom who died when he was young. It was getting dark and I couldn’t find her grave. The attendants told us it was time to leave, so my son asked for a picture near this statue. He could have chosen any of a zillion cool ones, but he chose this one. I was posing and I was thinking, “c’mon Betty, show me your grave. I brought your grandson here.” I took the picture and we left.
I got home and asked my father-in-law where his wife was buried. He told me the direction and it was maybe 100 feet over my son’s left shoulder.
I got the 35mm pics back from the drugstore and there on that pic was this white loop (above) that looks like a streak from over his left shoulder toward me as I was concentrating on her. BTW, no camera strap. I always remove them upon buying a camera so it’s never an issue.
People often run into Bigfoot and shadow people in cemeteries. Why do you suppose that is? My thought is that this location at nighttime doesn’t have human visitors and is usually a pathway through the woods. If you’re going to cross in the open at nighttime, it’s a good location. So far as shadow people are concerned, they often show up in parks and such. They don’t want to be seen, so likely if they want some time on our plane, they would visit such places. I have my own theory on shadow people.
Always be respectful. Most cemeteries close after dark but they are gorgeous to photograph as the sun is low in the sky and casting long shadows or coloring. Bring a trash bag and be a good citizen to upkeep these memorials and remove trash left behind.
Dealing with feelings honestly, as they arise, will avoid a build-up and control a lashing out down the road.
Intense emotions demand intense modes of expression. While there are many outlets for the feelings typically deemed positive, however, there are far fewer methods for constructively coping with anger, frustration, fear, sadness, or stress. Consequently, such feelings can cause us to believe that we are no longer in control of our emotional state. Backed into a mental corner, we may lash out at the first individual we encounter. Most of us will quickly discover that our misdirected outpouring of fury has not relieved the pressure of our pain. Powerful emotions are like the lava in a volcano poised to erupt — held in check with nothing but an eroding layer of calm. Within us lies the power to direct the flood of feeling that surges forth by channeling it into productive, artistic, or laborious pursuits.
Retaking control of our emotions at their height can be difficult because our already negative feelings can convince us that others are deserving of our wrath. But if we consciously look for healthier ways of expressing what we feel, we can both safely dispel our pain and use the energy of that pain to add value to our lives. Anger and sadness, for example, can become the inspiration that induces us to dedicate ourselves to bringing about the change we wish to see in the world. If we act rather than react, we can become effective agents of positive transformation. When we channel our frustration or feelings of stress into outside-the-box thinking and proactive exploits, we are more apt to discover solutions to the issues that initially left us stymied. And if we view fear as a signal that we need to reexamine our circumstances rather than a cue to flee, we may gain new and unexpected insight into our lives.
Channeling your emotions into constructive action can also prevent you from engaging in cyclical rumination in which you repeatedly relive the situation, event, or expectation that originally sparked your feelings in your mind’s eye. Since you are focused on a goal, even if your ambition is merely to better understand yourself, your pain is no longer being fed by your intellectual and emotional energy and quickly ebbs away. You not only avoid lashing out at others, but you also actively take part in your own healing process while honestly acknowledging and honoring your feelings.
Ghost Hunting Theories
Russian Unexplained Mysteries
Mentally deranged leaders aside, Russia has some interesting mysteries that politics can’t exsanguinate.
Here’s some bizarre mysteries of this ancient land –
Akraim – Ural Mountains
There is no doubt in my mind that the most ancient of civilizations occurred in Russia/Siberia/Mongolia region. And, from looking at just some of the finds in Russia, it is quite remarkable and hard to ignore that perhaps as much as millions of years ago, there were civilizations way ahead of ours. The traces over the millions of years are harder to come across, but when we do, wow! From unsolved mysterious events to odd formation, megaliths and amazing technology before its time, Russia has a LOT to offer the ancient knowledge geeks.
Akraim: There are perhaps 5000 stone circles around the world. One has to wonder about prehistoric man traveling the world to build stone monuments and yet they are obviously shared knowledge. How was this possible? My proposal is the ancient ones – the giants- the “Originators” as I like to call them.
When we ask, “how could ancient man do this?” we need to answer that with a definitive, “because homo sapiens did not have this technology, it was not ours.”
“Akraim” find (above) is in the Southern Urals of Russia. It was built 4000 to 5000 years, around the same time as Stonehenge.
Source: It may seem obvious to some, but the fact that these sites were apparently constructed, deliberately, to act as astronomical observatories and even calendars of a sort, before the same expertise was achieved in the great foundational empires of antiquity, like the Egyptians and the Greeks, is seemingly strong evidence for attributing greater development and sophistication to these pre-historic cultures.
Manpupunar: 7 enormous pillars of supposed natural formation in the Ural Mountains.
The 7 pillars of Manpupunor in the same region – Ural Mountains, are considered one of the 7 wonders of Russia.
The Manpupunor pillars are believed to be a natural formation of nature like these other ones in Russia – above.They are said to be formed by ice and wind.
Dyatlov Pass: In 1959, hikers took off together in the Ural Mountains and went missing. When their bodies were found after a search, they were found in odd ways, such as having their bones broken with no external injuries, tongue missing, and bare naked. The mystery has been looked at over and over with different theories.
A stone slab measuring 1.5 meters by one meter and over 20 cm in thickness was brought to scientists at Bashkir state university, headed by the rector, Professor, Doctor of Physical and Mathematical Sciences Alexander Nikolayevich Chuvyrov.
They obtained in 1999 a three-layer plate, which, according to Chuvyrov, was made by artificial means.
The first layer of 18 centimeters is cement or ceramic on the basis of dolomite.
The second layer of about an inch – enriched with silicon, to give a picture strength. Microhardness of slightly less than that of corundum.
Third porcelain layer several millimeters. Perhaps, in order to create diffused light, to illuminate the card.
It is noted that at the plate allegedly plotted map showing the location of Ufa elevated to the modern city Meleuz. This image is a relief, according to modern concepts, you can get it from cosmic heights. It is alleged that on the map Dashka stone marked waterworks system and channel length of 15,000 kilometers, dams, 12 dams up to a mile wide and powerful water intakes. Rhomboid are designated areas – they were far from the channels. According Chuvyrova – so runways. According Chuvyrova: those who then lived and built, either flew or used the water route, since no roads are on the map.
The map also has numerous inscriptions. It is believed that this hieroglyphic-syllabic language of unknown origin.
What the inscriptions say is currently unclear.Some researchers claim that the stone is not artificial, but a purely natural origin, and the system of cracks has nothing to do with the scheme of the rivers of Bashkortostan. A layer of one mineral over another is not something surprising. There are stones, for example, with a layer of quartz on top. There are also “Moonstone” and “solar stone” with the same system of cracks. The constancy of angles proves just natural, pure crystallographic effect.
Alexander Chuvyrov calls the age of plate about 50 million years old, but this dating is based on conventional geologic column. He thought that the plate may be ofextraterrestrial origin.
At present, extensive research is conducted on the Dashka stone at the Bashkirskiy State University and Moscow State University.
Tiny Spirals: In the Eastern Urals near a river called Narada, they found 20,000-year-old tiny spirals made of copper, tungsten, and molybdenum. They are very tiny, about 1.2 inches to 1/10,000th of an inch. They are estimated to be between 20,000 years and 318,000 years old.
Gear dating 300,000,000 years? In Southern Siberia in the Khakasis region, a truly shocking find was made. In a coal mine, a gear shift was found inside some coal, suggesting the gear is as old as the coal that formed. It was found to be made of 98% aluminum and 2% magnesium, implicating that the object was artificially made.
Tunguska: In the Siberia region in 1908, an explosion that was felt 40 miles out from ground zero. In the end, it was estimated 800 square miles of forest were obliterate by what is believed to be a space rock detonating in the sky above the forest, therefore no impact crater was found.
Almas (singular)/Almases/Almasty (plural): The Russian version of the Sasquatch is reported most often in the southern portion of Mongolia. They are not reported as tall as our Sasquatch, measuring in around five and six and a half feet tall. They are reported by witnesses a being covered in reddish brown hair and living in a feral state in the forests. Their reported pronounced brow ridges have been compared with Neanderthals.
Angry ancient figurine: A fisherman hauled in this 12-inch tall figurine dating 4000 years old. It was fossilized and believed to have been a figure of a pagan god found in a region known for ancient finds.
Giant stone megalith: It is believed this site might date back more than a hundred thousand years ago! Scientists are playing it safe by saying it could be an ancient structure by some civilization with advanced knowledge or it was done by nature. Duh! Researchers did come to believe it might be an ancient powerhouse because of the way it was constructed, vertical plates of the capacitor blocked by horizontal blocks.
Genrikh Ludvig: In the 1930s, this Russian inventor and designer of military technology, was perhaps the most enlightened man of his entire generation, perhaps even ours. He spoke 20 languages fluently, including ancient ones. He told his students of the Vatican’s knowledge of extraterrestrials, told of an ancient fiery pillar that killed off the ancient civilization, that the pyramids were energy machines, and was fascinated with the Sumerians and the Etruscan civilization. He died in 1973, and hopefully many of his notes will be reviewed and released.
Siberian Ice Maiden “Altay Princess”: From 5th century BC, this mummified lady was found in a subterranean burial chamber. This tomb was on the border of China. She was buried with food and with her horses, facing east. Her skin still showed tattoos of deer shapes. She was buried in a beautiful gown and leggings and a 3-foot tall headdress, a fur, a mirror, and deer figurines. Interestingly, DNA testing proved her to not be of Asian descent as the Altai’s in the area. For now, they are just calling her Samoyed, of Russian indigenous descent, but still no one has said if her DNA matches that potential lineage.
Devil’s Cemetery: The area where Tunguska (the infamous ground zero of a meteor event 100+ years ago), has a meadow where nothing grows called “The Devil’s Cemetery.”
(LINK) There is a meadow called “Devil’s Cemetery” not far from the village of Kova in the Krasnoyarsk region of Russia. The meadow is covered with remnants of birds and animals that for some reason do not decompose. Vegetation on the meadow is rather scarce, tree branches are charred, animals do not live here, and people who happen to come to the meadow develop headaches and unexplainable anxiety. They say that ruinous energy of the place has something to do with the fall of the Tunguska meteorite.
“My compass’s hand froze and pointed at the North only. By the evening people developed tingling sensation in their bodies, some developed toothache. Everybody noticed growing anxiety. Shortly after 9PM we approached the meadow. Ourradio froze, and we turned back.”
I hope I’ve given your curious minds just enough taste of Russia’s truly amazing ancient origins. We spend a great deal of focus on the pyramids, but if you look at ancient man, i.e. Neanderthal and Denisovans, we find that man was well and truly settled in this region long before we arrived to the continent. This may be the cradle of Europe’s civilization.
Coach Gilberto Chapter 3
by Stephen Halpert
The door to Jane and Alvin Scheckel’s condo opened and the couple greeted Maria and Gilberto like long lost friends. “Come in, come in,” they said leading them into what Gilberto thought was a cramped living room with too low a ceiling. The walls were lined with bookshelves and historic prints, ranging from Lewis and Clarke’s journey to the landing on the moon.
“Let me fix you a drink. What’ll it be?” Alvin said.
Alvin, a tall slender man with a genial smile was head of the history department at Houndstooth. Jane, a pleasantly plump, cheerful woman was the school nurse. Together they had been at Houndstooth for the last twenty years.
“Beer, if you, have it?”
Alvin grinned and flipped the cap from a frosty bottle.. “Didn’t Headmaster say you were somewhat of a soccer celebrity?”
Gilberto smiled. “That was so long ago,” he said modestly.
“How about you, little lady? He said with another grin in Maria’s direction.
“A wine spritzer if you please.”
Jane looked Gilberto up and down. She turned to Maria. “He looks like Superman in a Hawaiian shirt.”
Maria grinned. “Yes, in some ways he’s faster than a speeding bullet.” She patted Gilberto’s tummy. “
Jane nodded. “Aren’t most men such little boys,”
Alvin frowned. “At least we’re sensible enough not to go blathering about ghosts.”
Gilberto frowned and raised his eyebrows. “I did hear something about a Houndstooth Ghost, but I haven’t heard any of the details.”
Jane pursed her lips and nodded. “Headmaster Long would prefer that subject was excluded from civilized conversation.”
“Poppycock, is what I call it,” Alvin said giving Jane a look that could curdle milk.
Maria smiled. “I find the subject of ghosts fascinating.”
Jane nodded. “We’ll have to do lunch, one day soon.”
“Ghosts have always,” Gilberto started to say, when Alvin came in with a short, stocky young woman.
“This is Rosemary Green,” Jane said.
“I’ve been the coach for most of the teams.” She extended her hand and Gilberto shook it. “I guess now I’ll be reporting to you when you’re not on the road recruiting students.”
He hadn’t thought about that. “I am?”
She smiled. “Headmaster wants a winning soccer team, so I guess you’ll have to scout around to bring in players.”
“More to soccer than just running and kicking a ball,” a thin, leggy woman smiled at Gilberto. Did she lick her lips or was he imagining things?
“And this is Karen Muskie,” Alvin said, introducing the tall red head, who hugged him in response.
“I hope we’ll all be playing at Camp Wigwam once the warmer weather arrives,” she said, eyeing Gilberto.
Karen smiled at Maria. “I don’t suppose you rent him out.”
Maria grinned. “Only for arctic expeditions. Gilberto loves the icy cold.”
As Gilberto sipped his beer and observed the gathering, several other guests, all houndstooth faculty came in and were served or helped themselves from the array of bottles on a shelf by one of the bookcases.
Someone rang a bell. The guests gathered at a round table set up as a buffet with platters and covered dishes.
Maria looked at him over the rim of her sparkling wine cooler and giggled. “I’m so glad to be going home with you instead of any of those others,” she whispered.
Gilberto smiled. “You’re talking about Houndstooth faculty members.”
Maria nodded. “I’m glad I wore this plain dress. I fit right in.”
“Sedate and polite. You can leave it home when we go for our next getaway.”
She smiled. “That’s all you think about. The two of us entrapped on a gigantic bed.”
He grinned. “Maria, what else is there?”
“I guess when you look at it that way. That doesn’t say much about staying in the present moment.”
He sighed. “That is the only moment I like thinking about. Seeing you going wild. Is that so bad?”
“Depends on who you ask. Some women might think it’s obnoxiously patriarchal, your wife a prisoner enslaved by your passions. Others definitely in the minority might want to know a whole lot more.”
They walked out onto the patio and looked out at the lights of Brookline.
“What makes you think I don’t mind,” she grinned? “But some fantasies are best kept quiet.”
“I wonder if Alvin and his wife have their own fantasies.”
Maria chuckled. “His wife’s the school nurse. I think her teeth glow in the dark. Did she say anything?”
He smiled. “Apparently the in crowd go to Camp Wigwam in New Hampshire. It’s horribly pricy but guests get to laze about au natural.”
“We can do that at home,” Maria said with a laugh.
“I tried telling her that but she insisted that mingling with friends in that state is the essence of being natural.”
“Are any of the others part of this?”
She laughed again, “I get the impression we’re the only ones who aren’t.”
“Think we’ll get invited back? Or is it our turn next time?” She took his hand and tugged him closer. “They’re all wanting to check us out fearing that we may not be up to their class standards.”
He shook his head. “They might all be jealous of our condo. My guess is they all live in shoeboxes, while we’ve got ourselves a mini mansion by comparison.” Gilberto put his arm around Maria and gave her a long kiss. She hugged him and sighed. “Best we go in and sample the buffet.”
The remainder of the evening was passed in polite conversation on topics of general interest, from biweekly grading periods to the options for summer student travel.
Joey and Mona were still up when they got home. They were sitting in the living room watching a horror film. Boris was sprawled beside Mona; she looked up as they came in. “Daddy, will you come with me when I take Boris for his last walk.”
Gilberto frowned. “He needs to go? “
“Oh Daddy, Boris always needs to go. That’s just the way he is.”
Gilberto reached into his wallet, extracted a five dollar bill and handed it to Joey. “Please,” he said. ” Take Boris and Mona out for some air. I’m exhausted.”
(to be continued)
Kitty Kat’s Korner
How To Read Your Cat’s Body Language
By Jackie Brown
Cats are mysterious creatures. So it’s not always easy to know if your cat is feeling comfortable or nervous, but understanding the nuances of feline body language gives you an edge.
“Cats have very sophisticated body language,” says Dr. Alison Gerken, a clinical behavioral medicine resident at Florida Veterinary Behavior Service in West Palm Beach. “They communicate their emotions by positioning their ears, tails, whiskers and bodies, by changing their facial expressions and by moving their tails. Because these changes are subtle, they often go unnoticed by us.”
Dr. Gerken says a common misinterpretation of cat body language is the assumption that a cat is being “mean, evil or vindictive” when the cat is actually afraid. “By the time cats are growling, hissing, lunging, swatting or biting, they are so scared that they are panicking,” she says.
If you miss a cat’s early signals, it’s easy to assume the cat suddenly flipped a switch and became aggressive, but there is usually a long ramping up to such behaviors. The key is to learn to read these signs.
The Early Signs
Cats display signals when they first begin feeling afraid. Though fearful body language is subtle, it’s not too hard to discern when your cat is worried.
“Licking of the lips (when not associated with eating) may indicate some level of nervousness, as is tucking the tail under the body,” says Dr. Terri A. Derr, founder of Veterinary Behavior Options of Minnesota’s Twin Cities metro area. “Staring intently at something may indicate a cat is worried about it.
Feline Body Language Tips
Our behaviorists break down some common signs of fear in cats.
Most people are familiar with the “Halloween cat” pose, the cat standing tall with an arched back, lowered head and hair standing up straight away from the body (piloerect).
“Cats assume this posture when their sympathetic nervous system — the ‘fight, flight or flee’ response — is activated when they feel threatened or startled,” Dr. Gerken says. “This posture may allow them to appear bigger to the perceived threat. This is a signal that the cat does not wish to interact.”
A relaxed cat’s ears face forward in a neutral position. If a cat flattens her ears against her head, heed the warning. “You better run,” Dr. Derr half jokes. “At the very least, do NOT reach toward this cat. A cat with completely flattened ears is fighting for its life.”
Your cat’s eye shape can change depending on how she’s feeling, providing some clues about her emotional state. A relaxed cat will have a soft gaze with open eyes. A nervous cat may squint or narrow her eyes, and the pupils may be dilated. Squinting and dilated pupils can also indicate a medical problem, so have your cat checked out if those signs continue.
Your cat’s tail position and movement can tell you a lot about how she’s feeling. “Cats may thrash their tails or thump their tails on the ground when they are angry, irritated or annoyed,” Dr. Gerken says. “This is a request to stop the interaction. Cats may wrap their tails tightly around their bodies when they are defensive, frightened, painful or sick.”
If you notice your cat sitting or lying with her tail curled tightly around her body, but you can’t see any reason why she might be feeling nervous or upset, she could be sick. Make an appointment with your veterinarian if the behavior persists.
Conversely, some cats might look away from something that’s making them nervous. Scared cats may also twitch their tails or pull their whiskers back flat against their faces. “Cats may also flop to their sides and expose their bellies,” Dr. Gerken says. “Many people assume this is an invitation for a belly rub and then are surprised when the cat strikes or bites them. This body posture is a sign that cats are fearful.”
According to Dr. Derr, cats prefer to remove themselves from a scary situation. “That’s why many cats disappear when visitors first arrive,” she says.
If your cat attempts to move away to a quiet, safe place, let her go. Don’t force her to stay and interact with new people if she’s feeling nervous, as this will almost always backfire. Respect your cat’s desire to retreat and let her come out again to investigate on her own terms.
If a cat can’t remove herself from the thing she’s afraid off, she may go from nervous and anxious to downright panicked. At this point, the cat’s body language is often loud and clear.
“A terrified cat becomes defensive; she tries to make herself smaller,” Dr. Derr says. “She crouches, wraps her tail under her or around her body and pins her ears back. The further back her ears go, the more frightened she is.”
Very scared cats may lean to one side and lash out with their claws or vocalize with a hiss or yowl, which means “Go away!”
When Your Cat is Afraid
If your cat begins displaying fearful body language, assess her environment for possible stressors and remove them or allow your cat to retreat from them. For instance, if your cat is upset when visitors or workers come to the house, let her hang out in a quiet room until they are gone.
“If you are unable to remove the stressors, it’s OK to comfort your cat,” Dr. Gerken says. “This may be petting, play or a grooming session. If your cat demonstrates fearful body language when you’re interacting, this is an indication to stop the interaction and give your cat some space.”
According to Dr. Derr, sometimes the best thing you can do to help your nervous or fearful cat is nothing. “Leave them alone, be sure they have a place to go where they feel safe, usually someplace up high where they can observe their environment easily,” she says. “They don’t want to be comforted; they want to be safe. They’ll calm down on their own and then resume normal, loving interactions.”
Need a Guide to Read Kitty’s Body Language?
The Secret Language of Cats: How to Understand Your Cat for a Better, Happier Relationship (2018); published by Hanover Square Press. $12.47 / paperback.
Cat Body Language: 100 Ways to Read Their Signals (2017); published by Collins & Brown. $8.95 / paperback.
Georgia Nicols Weekly Horoscopes Beginning Sunday, March 20, 2022
Oh, happy spring! Today is the Spring Equinox, when the Sun enters Aries, the first sign of the zodiac. On this lovely day, Mercury is also lined up with Jupiter, which portends positive things for the month ahead. (We like.) Having said that, there will be some tense moments this week, especially Tuesday. (“Where are my kid gloves?”) But this will mellow out by Friday when a dynamic, energy encourages us to shake off negative emotions and enjoy spontaneous fun. By Saturday, confidence and clarity is restored along with bonds of friendship and trust. Oh yes — trust everyone and always lock your door.
Aries (March 21-April 19)
It’s that time again when the Sun is in your sign for four weeks, which is your best chance to rejuvenate yourself and recharge your batteries for the rest of the year. Naturally, your focus of attention will be more personal and on yourself, and that’s exactly as it should be. You will project yourself with more forcefulness than usual, which is why this is a great time to make a strong impression on others. Because you are personally empowered, it’s best to work alone or run the show. (You’ll be less of a team player in the next few weeks.) Expect some challenges dealing with friends or groups, perhaps about money or possessions. Someone might try to thwart your goals. (Big mistake!)
Taurus (April 20-May 20)
Right now your personal year is ending because your birthday is a month away. Therefore, the next four weeks are the perfect time to keep a low profile and give serious thought to what you want for yourself in the year ahead. (Birthday to birthday.) Goals are important right now because this is a time of harvest in your life. Many cherished dreams are coming true. In addition, now you can now see clearly what is working in your life and what is not. In fact, your strong ambition might be thwarted by someone this week. If so, look for ways to match your goals with their goals, or vice versa, so that you have a win/win situation. Many hands make light work.
Gemini (May 21-June 20)
You’re heading into a lovely four-week window that will increase your popularity and heighten your interest in groups, clubs and organizations. Perhaps a friendship will assume a greater importance for you? According to the Mayo Clinic, friendships enrich your life and improve your health. However, better to be alone than in bad company! This is because your friends will influence your mind and your thinking; and it’s your mind that makes the decisions that determine your future. In this way, your friends can actually affect your entire life! Therefore, hang out with quality people. Make friends with people who want the best for you – people who have your back.
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
For the next four weeks, the Sun will travel across the top of your chart. (This is the only time all year this happens.) This is wonderful news because it symbolizes that you are in the spotlight, and that others admire you. This will happen even if you don’t do anything different or special. It’s like magic. (Chalk it up to smoke and mirrors.) Nevertheless, this influence is a reality, which means you can use it to your advantage. Obviously, now is the time to go after what you want and make your pitch. Do whatever you can to get the approval or permission from people in power to further your agenda. Make hay while the Sun shines!
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
In the next four weeks, do what you can to broaden your horizons. Take up a new study. Explore new and unfamiliar experiences. Meet people from different backgrounds. Grab every chance to travel or change your surroundings so that you feel invigorated by something new and fresh. Even the most trivial encounter might be stimulating. Basically, the theme for this month ahead is that you want to break free from your usual routine and go somewhere where you can learn something new. For some of you, you might be more involved with the law or legal matters. Others will be excited to explore metaphysical, philosophical and new belief systems that are either modern or ancient.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
Count on feeling more intense and passionate about every aspect of your life in the next four weeks. You might even notice strange compulsions surfacing. (“I want to open doorknobs. I don’t know why?”) During this same window of time, you might meet someone who causes you to do some serious soul-searching, which could force changes in your life. They might even challenge your values or make you rethink what you thought was important. You will also have a greater concern for finances, resources and property that is jointly held. Perhaps you are trying to borrow money or get financial backing? Struggles and interruptions at work, or possibly related to a pet, or even your health might arise this week. Stay chill. Jupiter will bring you divine protection.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
For the next four weeks, the Sun will be opposite your sign. In your chart, this means the Sun will be as far away from you as it can get all year. Because the Sun is your source of energy, this means that you will feel more tired than usual. Ergo, get more sleep. This polarized position of the Sun will also increase your focus on close friends and partners. The good news is it will give you more objectivity as you view these relationships, which means you will have a better chance to see how to improve the relationship. Meanwhile, parents should be aware that this is an accident-prone week for their kids. Sports accidents might occur. Social plans, including vacations might be cancelled or suddenly changed. Oops.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
In the next four weeks, you will be more competent, more energetic and driven to be more organized. This is timely because this week, there will be interruptions to your home or family scene, and fortunately, (voila!) you will have the energy and focus to cope with whatever happens. Basically, in this window of time, you will strive to make every action count. You will refine your techniques and sharpen your approach to be efficient, effective and productive. (Oh, you’re on a tear!) Increased activity on the home front or within your family will create some speed bumps this week. You will also be into redecorating and making things look nicer at home. You might focus on your health more than usual including your interaction with a pet. “Wanna treat?”
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
Oh joy! The next four weeks will bring you happy times because the Sun will be travelling through one of the most fun parts of your chart. (Yay me!) You will want to get out and have a good time. You’ll feel lighter, happier and eager to explore amusing diversions. This is a great window to enjoy a vacation, as well as fun outings. You might be more involved than usual with children. Certainly, your attitude toward your relationships will be lighter and for some, new romance will begin. Nevertheless, conflict with siblings or neighbours might occur this week, especially Tuesday. Best to zip thy lip.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Your attention will shift to home, family and your private life in the next four weeks. Some of you will be more involved than usual with a parent. Grab every opportunity to go off by yourself and spend some time in contemplation. Maybe memories of your past, as well as thinking about personal self-evaluation will occur. You’re keen to work hard to earn money, and you’re spending it on beautiful things as well. In fact, this week, especially Tuesday, you might have financial disputes with someone. This disagreement could be about vacations, social issues, the arts or something to do with your kids. Some will have a rocky time with romance.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
The pace of your days will accelerate in the next four weeks. Suddenly, you’ve got things to do, places to go and people to see! This same window of time will be great to learn new things or explore new avenues through reading, writing and studying. You might also be more involved with siblings and relatives. However, be aware that with Mars in your sign, you’re coming on a bit strong and this is bound to trigger conflict with others, especially at the beginning of the week around Tuesday. If this occurs, remind yourself what your long-term objective is. What’s more important? Being right or being in the relationship?
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
Money and finances are on your mind in the next four weeks. You might consider a new job offer or ponder moneymaking ideas? You will also be busy more than usual with your possessions. At a subtle level, you will be giving more thought to your values in life. In other words, what really matters? (So important to know.) Some angst might be triggered at the beginning of the week because of something going on behind the scenes. Or perhaps it’s going on internally in your mind? “I’m going to have a serious shower argument with myself.” (Ah yes, those shower arguments when you remember to say the perfect clever response to stun your opponent.)
Weekly Horoscopes beginning Sunday, 20 March 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:
It’s a tricky week. While you’re juggling a range of complex issues from the past, the Sun’s move into Aries, on the 20th, kickstarts a cycle of change and, ultimately, exciting growth. However, it may seem each day of the week brings yet another challenging situation. Tempting as it is to ignore these, each offers valuable insights. The secret? Take it slowly. You’ll be glad you did.
Your partner or a close friend will hint they would like to see more of you. Since you don’t want to lose people who mean a lot to you, for now at least, their wish will be your command. Your determination to please people will do your relationships the world of good. If you are out of work, jobs demanding creative skills could open up for you now. You might be offered a one-off commission and this will pave the way for similar work in time to come.
It might be your birthday month, but that doesn’t mean that all is rosy! This week you could go from breath-taking highs to lows in a flash. The difficulty is that Jupiter and Neptune align in neighbouring Pisces. This can be the most fantastic creative combination; and yes, at long last you might find a style that really suits you; but perhaps you’ll be up against costs. Whether it’s that, or dismay that things really aren’t working out as you’d planned two years ago, frustration will likely be evident; and yet: this is your time of year – when you need to show courage, bravery and to step out in front. By the end of what promises to be a super busy week, you perhaps need to display the grit and determination that’s got you through recent times. In particular, you likely need to confront someone who’s been dithering and not living. For you, it’s time to take action.
Personal theme: I have!!
Earth & fixed sign: April 20 — May 20
Your horoscope for this week:
You’ve little control over events or, often, life-changing decisions. Initially, you’ll battle this. Soon, however, you’re discovering how well they fit with exciting, if unsettling, changes in your own life or with others’ plans. The secret? Forget analysis. It’s about pausing, then making a point of allowing events to unfold. The patience you learn will, alone, be hugely valuable. Better yet, you’ll find you enjoy going with the flow.
A get rich quick scheme will have flaws. Although you sense others are aware of it and trying to ignore the warning signals, you will worry about a friend who is dazzled by an online guru who is promising the earth. Coming to the rescue of a needy neighbour could lead to an unexpected offer. This may involve travel and since you could do with a change of scenery, you aren’t likely to turn it down.
Mid-week, Mars takes up right angle position to Uranus still travelling through your sign. This promises to be an exciting and sparkly time. Yes, you could be headstrong and yes, there is always the possibility of you doing your ‘bull in a china shop’ thing. It is likely though – and especially given the relationship of Mercury to Jupiter and Neptune, – that one of your creations is ready to be marketed. It should be all steam ahead. That art is always, always in the preparation. You may need to team up with others who know better how to deal with distribution. Fact is that even ahead of the solar eclipse in your sign at the end of next month, you should be turning a new page. This promises to be an exciting chapter in your life when you fulfil some of the dreams you had as a child. To that end, it might be a good idea to renew contact with those you haven’t seen since then and get reminders of that earlier time.
Personal theme: I think!!
Air sign: May 21 — June 20
Your horoscope for this week:
While there’s no arguing decisions are pressing, you’re short of facts and, equally, unsure what’s best. The trick? Make tentative plans, put them into action, then begin discussing the results with those who’ll be involved. Most of all, ensure it’s clear this is about exploration. What you and others learn now will contribute to final arrangements as you move into the month of April.
You’re tired of having to drop everything as a friend expects you to do every time, they need a helping hand. You would be better off channelling your energy into things you can change such as areas of your life that could do with some improvement. Where there are problems, work on strategies to resolve these over the weeks to come. They may not totally disappear but it helps when you feel more in control.
Jupiter and Neptune are on course to form a conjunction in another of the Mutable signs. This isn’t something that happens every year. The fact that their alignment is at the apex of your solar chart, suggests you will be affected by a vision or dream of a life you feel is still yet possible. You can and likely will make things happen. You might need enthusiasm from an Aries, Leo or Sagittarius who not only has confidence that you can do it, but has a track record in making things happen. Joining forces may be no bad thing – though you might agree that Gemini often has fingers in too many pies. Focus is imperative if achievements are to be realised within the short term. To that end, you’ll likely be grateful for the aspect between Mars and Uranus mid-week that’s indicative not only of support from the individuals mentioned earlier, but also for a short sharp shock that makes it clear that if you don’t make a move now, then perhaps you never will.
Personal theme: I feel!!
Water & cardinal sign: June 21 — July 22
Your horoscope for this week:
Only recently you were sure of your plans, both for the coming weeks and more distant future. Now, suddenly, you’re juggling options that are appealing, yet would mean substantially rethinking arrangements, some longstanding. The secret? Explore absolutely everything and, for now, say ‘no’ to nothing. True, this will require patience. Initially, focus on letting go of what doesn’t work. Plans? Be patient. Think mid-April.
No matter how long you have been dating, married or with someone, it would be to your advantage to show your independent side. A partner or close friend needs more space. You may feel they have plenty of freedom but listen to them when they say you’re clinging to them like glue and it makes them feel stifled. A sports team or creative group is looking for members. You need to get in more practice before you can volunteer.
As of this weekend’s Equinox, the Sun begins its passage over the career point of your solar chart. This, together with a rare conjunction of Jupiter and Neptune in an area for you associated with expertise, suggests others will be leaning on you and yes, considerably. On the one hand you might enjoy being thought of as the person with the magic wand that can put everything right. Yet by Thursday, you might also despair at how much is expected of you. Note that there is a Last Quarter Moon in your opposite sign on Friday. It may be that you’re coming to the end of the road with one working partnership precisely because too much is expected. You are perhaps ready for different challenge. Plenty of that is headed your way after Jupiter changes signs next month. This week is all about identifying where best to expend your energy. In particular, it might be wise to stay away from those who talk about what they want but do very little practically towards achieving their aims.
Personal theme: I will!!
Fire & fixed sign: July 23 — August 22
Your horoscope for this week:
You may not be in the mood to broaden your horizon, in terms of your lifestyle, work or future plans; but the planetary setup doesn’t just accent this, certain ideas or offers will be irresistible. For now, simply explore, at the same time considering that if plans progress, what you’d change or say farewell to. That, alone, will be informative. However, it just may lead to timely changes.
With those close to you content to cope with their own affairs, this will give you some well-deserved time to yourself. Rather than doing as much as possible you will choose the opposite. You intend to make the most of this chance to relax and you will be enjoying every minute of it. Lucky stars abound if you are single and looking for romance. You could meet someone special at a spring fair or outdoors concert.
As of this weekend, the Sun begins its journey through another of the Fire signs – an area of your solar chart associated with extending your world. It would be understandable if you thought about adventure and higher learning. Yet all this takes place against the backdrop of a rare conjunction of Jupiter and Neptune in one of the Water signs. It would be easy to get carried away. It might also be far too easy to want more than you can really afford. Thinking big seems inevitable. Yet as Mars (moving through your opposite sign), arrives at right angle with Uranus, the planet of the unexpected, you may need to face realities- and in a big way. Fact is, that though you been ready to move on for ages, it’s likely you have yet to do identify exactly what you want to move on to. Even now the time may not be quite right. Yet it is clearly coming. Mars is at right angles to the solar eclipse that comes at the end of next month. This is still clearing out time. As you prepare new ground, valuable information should come to light.
Personal theme: I analyse!!
Earth sign: August 23 — September 22
Your horoscope for this week:
While the Virgo Full Moon, on 18 March, inevitably, brings a range of issues to a head, decisions must wait. Being patient won’t be easy; but each day’s challenges offer insights, both about what might need to become part of the past and, just as much, future options. The challenge for you, as a thorough Virgo, is ensuring plans are flexible enough you can rethink them regularly.
You hadn’t realised how much someone has been influencing you until you start looking at the facts. You might feel annoyed with yourself for having allowed an older friend or colleague’s beliefs and opinions to colour your own decisions. Now you know the truth you won’t let this happen again. A relationship is becoming too stifling. It is time to cut ties with anything and anyone who makes you unhappy.
Jupiter and Neptune are moving slowly towards a conjunction. It’s rare for them to do this in your opposite sign and at some level it might seem as though illusive music is being played on the horizon. You’ll likely be drawn to it. In business terms, this should be a magical time as you are drawn towards advertising and marketing as never before. Yet anchoring new ideas will require effort. It’s fortunate then that you come under one of the Earth signs: you know how to be practical, to make lists and work diligently through them. All of this could be exciting in the first half of the week, yet in the second half there is the danger of you losing momentum. Remind yourself that you’ve been here before; in fact, at least three times in the last couple of years. What’s needed now is to access the special kind of energy that keeps you going. To do that yes might require being irritated; sometimes a most useful fuel. As the Moon reaches its Last Quarter phase on Friday that’s a real possibility. By then, and likely annoyed by either an Aries or Cancer, you can ensure that a job gets done and on schedule.
Personal theme: I balance!!
Air & cardinal sign: September 23 — October 22
Your horoscope for this week:
Unsettling as the events currently forcing you to review several elements of your life may be, they’re also timely. In fact, the more swiftly you let go of even seemingly pivotal plans, the newer options you discover. The secret? Urgent as getting things organised is, for now, focus on learning about your options. This ensures the decisions you make will be wise ones.
If your best friend or partner is going through a tough time and you know they need you, making time just for them will help lift their spirits. Arrange a trip together, suggest a mini break or take them to their favourite restaurant. You’re thinking ahead but are the plans you are making realistic? You might feel, deep down, that some of the goals you are setting for yourself are out of reach. In which case, lower your sights and you are more likely to make progress.
The sun has now arrived in your opposite sign: an energising time; and yes, there likely is much you to be excited about. The fact that Mercury, Jupiter and Neptune are all grouped together in a part of your chart that is all about day-to-day work, suggests you will be super busy; but just how productive you will be is a different question altogether! You may remember that throughout 2021, Saturn and Uranus were at right angles to one another. That theme of trying to blend the past with the future continues. It won’t be easy to set aside old methods of behaviour and to accept new working practices. Expect an Aries to have a key in your back. The key thing here is that excited as you may be, you do need to keep one foot firmly on the ground. To that end, you might appreciate the input of an Aquarius whose overview is timely and helpful.
Scorpio & Ophiuchus
Personal theme: I desire!!
Water & fixed signs: October 23 — November 21
Your horoscope for this week:
Judging by the coming weeks’ planetary activity, timely but often unsettling changes are inevitable. You’re aware they’re necessary, but hoped you could organise things to suit your plans. The fact is, you’ve put them off for as long as possible. The good news is these are as swift as they’ll be beneficial. While, initially, going with the flow won’t be easy, it’s the best option.
You might get the impression a close friend is keeping something to themselves. Despite their reluctance to share, your curiosity will be roused. At the same time, it is completely up to them whether or not they reveal all to you. You can’t make others tell you everything and it will only cause problems if you try. Your boss may ask for a few minutes of your time. They want to have a word with you and the implication in their words will make your future look very bright.
Throughout last year, the two planets Saturn and Uranus were at right angle to one another. The latter was in your opposite sign and the former at right angles to it. You’ve no doubt been pulled this way and that: a theme continues. As is the case for all signs, we have to move forward and not cling on to outmoded ways of working. That’s not easy if you’re born under one of the Fixed signs. Sticking with the familiar is usually easier than moving forward. Yet even you may be intrigued by marketing possibilities. There is high probability of you mixing with those from very different cultures to your own. For some, approaches could be alien, yet by the end of this week, you could be enticed, enthused and possibly excited about an opportunity that will develop soon after the solar eclipse at the end of next month.
Personal theme: I see!!
Fire sign: November 22 — December 21
Your horoscope for this week:
A series of changes, in circumstances and in your own plans, is as timely as events are unsettling. The secret? Get involved. The more you learn, the clearer it will be where events are taking you and how you’ll benefit. If there’s any challenge, it’s letting go of certain longstanding arrangements while still unsure what’s next. Trusting destiny won’t be easy but you’ll be glad you did.
Your desire to get on with a job in your own way could cause problems if you are supposed to be working closely with a colleague. This may not be such a good time for professional relationships. Someone who is a stickler for rules and regulations will find your independent spirit too disturbing. No matter how difficult it might be, you may have to listen to a senior colleague’s suggestions. They are on your side but they can’t openly show it.
The Sun has reached the Equinox and is now passing through the play zone of your solar chart; and yes, your research and development department could be teased into action. Prompted possibly by others who, like you, have a great sense of adventure, you should be ready to take on challenges. Recall though, that throughout 2021 the two planets Saturn and Uranus were at right angle to one another. They are not yet fully separated and the struggle between the past and the future continues. You may need to rethink your approach to health and diet and asked by an expert to take yet another approach. In this, you probably need support; which will likely come from a Gemini, Libra or Aquarius. Though true, they can lay it on too thick at times, and build a whirl-wind energy that is not always comfortable, you likely need them to help you develop an idea which over the next few months, has much mileage.
Personal theme: I use!!
Earth & cardinal sign: December 22 — January 19
Your horoscope for this week:
The world around you is changing, often in ways that are influencing elements of your life. While you’re not especially enthusiastic about these, you’ve long been aware that some things can’t remain as they are. The problem? It’s unclear what’s next. Stepping into what seems a void may be worrying, but you’ll soon realise how much you’re learning, even from unsettling events and sudden changes.
A recent worry will be sorted out just as you were about to give up on this matter. Being able to put this behind you will put everyone in exceptionally high spirits. Your working life is taking a turn for the better. An important meeting or interview will go a lot better than expected. Finances too will be improving. You’ve been expecting hidden snags in a money or legal transaction but now you know you can trust others who are giving you professional support and advice.
Now that the Sun has arrived at the base of your solar chart, it’s time to review assets and their management. Consider your expertise. Exactly what needs to be improved and what could be better rewarded? With Mercury, Jupiter and Neptune all grouped together in an area which, for you, is all about communication, ideas could be thrown from many different sources. Yes, it’s true that Jupiter and Neptune together can bring big ideas that aren’t always grounded in reality. Yet amongst these there should be at least one that has mileage. Yours is a sign that doesn’t normally focus too much on presentation. True, you appreciate the expertise of good marketing and advertising. Yet in other respects, this, as you know, is a smokescreen. There is much work for you still to do. With many of the issues from last year still echoing, you don’t want to be derailed if you’re in the middle of a repair or rescue job (which seems likely). You’d perhaps do well to steer clear of those who have grandiose missions but have yet to prove any ability in seeing these through.
Personal theme: I know!!
Air & fixed sign: January 20 — February 18
Your horoscope for this week:
Once you understand you’re in a period of exploration and, even more, experimentation, you’ll forget about carefully made plans and enjoy taking advantage of the unexpected developments coming your way. As an inquisitive air sign, you’ll enjoy what you learn, even if certain ideas or options won’t work in the long term. The secret? When others ask about your plans, tell them you’re still making decisions.
If you’re trying to economise it would make sense to steer clear of friends who have expensive tastes. They may have cash to spare to spend on here today and gone tomorrow pleasures but you will prefer to be more careful. Sharing news and views with other members of your community could lead to you looking into the possibility of setting up a new group or society. So don’t shut yourself away. Just watch your cash.
You may recall, that throughout 2021 your two ruling planets, Saturn and Uranus, were at apparent odds with one another. For most people, there was a war going on between past and future. Yes, this is part of a much longer cycle and every generation goes through this at least once – if not twice. Yet the difficulties of 2021 were extraordinary. Now, it is imperative that all signs embrace new options. The world of artificial intelligence, robotics and yes, other exciting developments is there waiting. Sticking to old rules and routines simply won’t work. You could be in the vanguard of using new options; but yes, that likely requires learning new skills. Don’t underestimate your ability to soak up new ideas – especially as Mars moves through your sign (a transit that continues until the middle of next month). A short course might suit you very well.
Personal theme: I believe!!
Water sign: February 19 — March 20
Your horoscope for this week:
While the Pisces New Moon in early March got you thinking about where changes are needed, putting those ideas into action has been another matter. Actually, there’s no rush, often because unexpected yet welcome events are clearing the way for those changes. Now, finally, you’re beginning to recognise how they’ll fit and, even more, how timely many of those changes will be in the long run.
Listening to gossip could have unfortunate consequences. It isn’t wise to take everything everyone tells you as the truth. Yes, some rumours will provide you with useful information once you have checked the facts. Other things you hear could cause a big misunderstanding if you were to pass it on to the wrong person. There’s plenty going on at home and at work to keep you from growing bored. A practical colleague is getting results and you can’t help but be influenced by them.
You may recall that the two planets, Jupiter and Neptune, (both associated with your sign), are presently moving through Pisces on their way to a conjunction next month. This week, Mercury arrives at conjunction with each. The first contact, with Jupiter, should bring you into the limelight with many people asking you about what it is that you want to do. Let’s hope you have some answers ready! There could be impatience if your answers are less than clear (which is likely given that Mercury then goes on to make contact with Neptune the planet associated with idealism and anything but practicality). As of this Sunday’s Equinox, it might be wise to do as many rehearsals as you can. Think carefully about the questions that will be posed, and have clear answers ready if you can. Given the high probability of others needing you on their team – particularly given your insightfulness and creative talents, – you should also show that you can be practical and work to a schedule that embraces new working trends.
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