GrannyMoons Weekly Feast: 3 Apr 2022

When you become centered, suddenly there is great freedom
because you know you are not the mind and you are not the body. ~Osho

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: New Moon ~ The beginning of a new cycle.

Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity.

Goddess Aspect: Maiden

Associated Goddesses: Artemis, Branwen, Eriu, Nymph, Epona

The New Moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting.

Magickal Attributes: Invoking. Workings On This Day Are For Starting New Ventures, New Beginnings, Love, Romance, Health Or Job Hunting.

It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone.

Visualize your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. New Moon workings can be done from the day of the New Moon to three-and-a-half days after.

The New Moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting.

The sky was set for such a role:
the great Cross glittered at the pole
Orion and his wrath were red
and the Milky Way white overhead
~RAK Mason, Twenty-Sixth October


Herb of the Year for 2022: Blackberries, raspberries, and their cousins (Rubus ssp.) Named by the International Herb Association

Celtic Tree Calendar ~ March 18th to April 14th – Alder

Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17

Sun Apr 3 Waxing Crescent Taurus
Mon Apr 4 Waxing Crescent Taurus
Tue Apr 5 Waxing Crescent Gemini
Wed Apr 6 Waxing Crescent Gemini
Thu Apr 7 Waxing Crescent Gemini
Fri Apr 8 Waxing Crescent Cancer
Sat Apr 9 First Quarter Cancer

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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.


Sunday Classes with GrannyMoon at Sticks and Stones, Fairfax, VA
Face to Face Class: 1 PM – 3 PM ~ WitchCrafting – April 3
Face to Face Class: 1 PM – 3 PM ~ The Herbal Cauldron – April 10
Face to Face Class: Noon – 2:00 PM ~ The Magick of Crystals – April 24


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

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Learn About Herbs with GrannyMoon!

There is so much to learn about herbs! In Herbalism 101, we cover 21 herbs, and you will start your own personal Materia Medica, that we will build throughout the next levels. We will cover the basic aspects of herbs. From culinary to magickal, medicinal to ornamental. As well as the many modalities of herbs!

During this course, in addition to the 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
Hardcover: $39.45
Softback: $26.95
eBook (PDF): $6.25

The Goddess School Grimoire is a collection of recipes, artwork, poetry, prose, prayers, rituals, spells, and practical Goddess wisdom put together by the teachers, students, alumni, and friends of The Sisters of the Burning Branch Goddess School. The sisterhood is dedicated to restoring spiritual balance by returning the Divine Feminine to her rightful place and by assisting women in their personal and spiritual development. Since being founded by Head and High Mother Priestess Grandmother Moon in 2000, The Goddess School ( has grown into a large and beautiful global community of women.


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Classes at Sticks and Stones

Full Moon Circle
Time: April 15, 2022 from 5pm to 7pm
Location: Sticks and Stones

A Moon Circle is a sacred gathering of women, who come together to honor and celebrate the new and full moon gathering to harness the potent energy of the moon.

The Moon Circle is a safe space, where women can enjoy being in sacred sisterhood, feel supported and witnessed. In the circle we will set intentions, clear energy, gain clarity, and connect to oneself through communal energy.

Everything that happens in circle remains privately in the circle, which allows women to truly open up, share, and be authentic, practice self care and experience community.

Instructor: Sway
Entrance Fee: $25

Sea Magic: Part 1 April 23, 2022 2pm to 4pm
Sea Magic: Part 2 April 30, 2022 2pm to 4pm

Location: Sticks and Stones

Are you fascinated by the ocean?
Do you feel drawn to the sea?

Join me in a two-hour course that explores your individual connection to her! After connecting to the sea through Ocean breathes and a short guided meditation, collaborate and learn alongside others as we create our own Ninefold Sea Blessing and enchant our own sea charms.

Materials provided:
interactive notebook, sea water, beach sand, all items needed to create your own enchanted charm bag.

Please bring:
an open heart, open mind, and willingness to share and collaborate.

Instructor: Ember Moon
Cost: $30


Patty Shaw ~ Coventry Creations
Astro Magic Forecast for April 4, 2022 – April 10, 2022

The first week of April begins with Venus moving out of Aquarius and into Pisces, the sign of her exaltation. Venus in Pisces is extremely sensitive to other people’s needs, and you may find that you are emotionally supporting other people. Just make sure you have strong boundaries and can say “no” if you need to.

During the middle of the week, the Moon moves through social Gemini, and you will be the happiest when you engage in lively conversations, share ideas, and enjoy the company of others. However, on Thursday, the energy shifts as Mercury sextiles Saturn in Aquarius. Mercury sextile Saturn is excellent for projects that need focus and discipline.

You can expect an active weekend that begins on Friday when Mercury sextiles energetic Mars. This is an excellent time to start new projects, push forth your agenda, or go after your goals. On Sunday, Mercury squares turbulent Pluto. Avoid trying to force your point of view on others, because it may lead to potential conflicts.

Recommended: Heart (Blessed Herbal), Stability (Blessed Herbal), Mars (Astro Magic)

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April: An Astrological Cake Walk
When life seems to be throwing one thing after another at you, it’s nice to know that at least the planets won’t be piling on. From an astrological perspective, April should be a fairly easy month to navigate. That’s great news for the weary and provides the perfect opportunity to heal, gather your strength, and sow the seeds for the upcoming year.

Here’s what you missed on this week…

Life’s been tough, but April will be easy!

Astro Magic for April 2022
Welcome to the month of April. April is one of the easiest months of the year astrologically speaking, so make sure you take advantage of all the magical energies that spring (fall if you are in South America) has to offer. As I mentioned last month, we are at the start of the solar year, and it’s time to plant seeds and do the work to ensure that our seeds grow and flower properly.

Every time the moon moves through the sign of Libra we are reminded of how important balance is to a well-lived life. On April 16th we will be basking in the light of the full moon as she presents us with the lessons of balance again. The area of life that Libra rules are relationships and legal matters. An odd combination at first glance, but upon a closer look, we will see that relationships are very akin to legal matters. My daughter is an attorney and when she talks about her job, she’s really talking about the way people treat each other. We try our best to restore balance in the world through the laws we write and uphold, but needless to say, it’s a difficult job and full of holes.

Living the Dream Spell – April 2022 Witches Union Spell Card
Dust off those dreams, take a good look at them and decide if they are worthy of a little magic to make them alive and well in your life. If not, rewrite them to fit in with your new vision of your future because it’s time to live the dream you want for yourself. It’s time to stop waiting for the right time and make it the right time for you.

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Ironically, this is a difficult question for me to answer as candle magic is part of my DNA. It is like asking me what air is. I immediately jump into the science and history of magic with big explanations when, really, we can start with the obvious of answers:

Candle Magic is the lighting of a candle as you say a prayer, set an intent, or make a wish.

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Llewellyn’s Spell A Day

Rainbow of Hope Spell

April 3 is National Find a Rainbow Day, an excellent reminder to look around for hope—not just in the sky, but all around us and in each other. If you need a bit of a hope pickme- up, this heartwarming spell can help dispel the clouds. You’ll need a sheet of paper and a set of crayons or markers with the seven colors of the rainbow. In any color you wish, draw a five-pointed star, about two inches across, in the center of your paper. Then, in a clockwise motion, draw each circle of color around the star, expanding out, as you say:

Red is for a warm and open heart.
Orange is for a brand-new start.
Yellow is for the sun to shine.
Green is for growth like a vine.
Blue is for clean water and air.
Purple is for kindness to share.
Violet is for a mind so true.
All together, bring hope to view!

Fold the paper three times and carry it with you.
A Crafty Downsizing

Let’s do some spring-cleaning! It’s time to bust out that occult incense, mix up that Hoodoo floorwash, get brooms in hand, and sanctify that salt water. But first, let’s take an inventory.

Take a couple hours to examine your space as objectively as possible. Close your eyes, take three very deep breaths, and declare:

I am Witch, I am wise. I see the
truth now through my eyes.

With pen and paper in hand, and perhaps various bins labeled “donate,” “sell,” and “trash,” slowly make way around your living space. While looking at your belongings, remember that everything around you is temporary and is only on loan to you in this lifetime. Bravely do away with items to which your intuitive mind says “nah,” remembering that downsizing is a positive practice. Have fun and get creative as a first step in magickal spring-cleaning!
Grand New Start

This spell takes advantage of the new moon today to create paths and connections where there were none before. You’ll need the Fool tarot card, a white chime candle, a candleholder, honey, meadowsweet, and a lighter.

At your altar, place the Fool card before you upside down. Dress the top quarter of the candle with honey, and think about how sweet your new beginning will be. Sprinkle the meadowsweet over the top of the candle while imagining you’re being showered in blessings. Say:

With candle, honey,
Fire, and meadowsweet,
I conjure a Grand New Start!
A new path appears before me!

Secure the candle in the candleholder— envision you’re planting your new beginning in the fertile earth. Light the candle. When you feel a new road opening before you, turn the Fool card upright. Stay with the candle until it has burned down completely. Place the Fool card back in your deck.
Back to the Roots

Spring is springing and the roots of Mother Earth’s flora are beginning to grow in strength. Let’s do a little work on our own roots.

Sit calmly in a comfortable spot outside, wearing minimal or comfortable clothing (or none at all!). Visualize your root chakra growing down into the earth in a dark red color. While doing so, repeat the Sanskrit word Muladhara. (This is the ancient Vedic Hindu name for the base chakra.)

Visualize this root going deep into the earth’s molten core, feeding your body with comforting warmth. Then imagine the root slowly ascending back into your body, and take a number of deep breaths while you see its nourishing energy filling your whole being.

Cross your arms in front of your chest and speak words affirming that you are a child of Mother Nature. Consider performing yoga or additional visualizations that connect you with the Mighty Mother.
Automatic Drawing Exercise

March 30 celebrates a humble tool that is often overlooked in favor of fancy pens and markers—the wondrous pencil. If you’re into coloring books, you might have already discovered the joys of colored pencils. The quality ones are very smooth to draw with, which makes them a great choice for the mediumistic practice of automatic writing or drawing. This is a relaxing exercise that can yield some amazing results.

All you need is some paper and a dependable pencil. Set yourself in a quiet, comfortable place with a reliable surface to draw on. If you have a specific question for a guide, spirit, ancestor, or deity, ask it now. Otherwise you can just see what comes. Put the pencil point to paper, close your eyes, take some slow, deep breaths, and relax. Let your hand move as it wants across the page for as long as it needs. Once it becomes still, look at the paper and see what shapes or words have formed there to divine your answer.
Back to the Roots

Spring is springing and the roots of Mother Earth’s flora are beginning to grow in strength. Let’s do a little work on our own roots.

Sit calmly in a comfortable spot outside, wearing minimal or comfortable clothing (or none at all!). Visualize your root chakra growing down into the earth in a dark red color. While doing so, repeat the Sanskrit word Muladhara. (This is the ancient Vedic Hindu name for the base chakra.)

Visualize this root going deep into the earth’s molten core, feeding your body with comforting warmth. Then imagine the root slowly ascending back into your body, and take a number of deep breaths while you see its nourishing energy filling your whole being.

Cross your arms in front of your chest and speak words affirming that you are a child of Mother Nature. Consider performing yoga or additional visualizations that connect you with the Mighty Mother.
Flour in the Wind

By the end of March, we are often imagining the places we want to visit in the summer. To aid in our travels, we like to perform this spell that honors the wind and the spirits of air.

On a windy day, take a small handful of flour and go outside to a place where you won’t be disturbed. In your mind’s eye, visualize where you wish to travel this year. Visualize yourself arriving there safely as you feel the spring breeze whirl around you.

Open your hand and lightly blow the flour in your palm into the wind. As you blow the flour, visualize your journeys being picked up by the winds and scattered to where you wish to go, and then say:

May the spirits of air take
me where I want to go.
Let my journeys be where
the kind winds blow!
Magical Spring Cleaning

Spring is here and it is time to do some magical housecleaning. If you want to be really efficient, you can combine this with actual physical cleaning and do both at one time. If it is warm enough where you are, open as many windows as you can. If it is still too cold for that, open one window at the start and one at the end, and close them right away.

Take a sage wand or your favorite cleansing incense and walk through all the rooms of your home, concentrating on clearing away any stagnant or negative energy. Send it out the windows, replacing it with the new clear air. Then take a bowl of salt and water and sprinkle it throughout each room to wash it clear. As you do your cleansing, repeat this spell:

My home is clear and clean,
Filled with fresh energy and light.


Why People Start Each Month by Saying “Rabbit, Rabbit”
Plus, what to do if you forget.
By Meghan Overdeep

From the haint blue on our porches to the bourbon we bury at weddings, Southerners are no stranger to superstitions. Do we understand half of them? No… but that doesn’t mean we love them any less.

So, you’ve probably heard that some people believe that the most auspicious way to start a new month is by making sure that the first thing they utter on day one is “rabbit, rabbit.” Others say, “white rabbit,” or repeat the word “rabbit” in a different way, but the intention—a month of good luck—is universal.

Rabbits have been associated with good luck for centuries and are popular symbols of rebirth. The origin of this peculiar verbal practice is unclear, but word historian Martha Barnette told NPR that the practice likely began in the UK, where many people still say “white rabbit” on the first of the month.

“That ensures luck,” Barnette explained. “And we don’t know why, you know, rabbits have been associated with luck of one sort or another—usually good luck—for more than 2,000 years. But it’s only in the early 1900s that we see written references to this superstition.”

She said that even Franklin Delano Roosevelt was a believer in the “rabbit, rabbit” ritual.

“He was known to carry a rabbit’s foot during the 1932 election. We still have that rabbit’s foot in a museum,” Barnette said. And supposedly, he also said rabbit, rabbit at the beginning of every month.”

If you forget to say “rabbit, rabbit” as soon as you wake up on the first of the month, fear not. According to Barnette, you can say “black rabbit” right before you go to sleep; or you can say “tibbar, tibbar,” which is rabbit backwards.


Heartwings Love Notes 2028 Up close and Personal

Heartwings says, “Magnification can be helpful or unhelpful, depending.”

Not too long ago, Stephen brought home a magnifying mirror. It says 10X on the front, and I dare anyone over fifty to look into it and see what his or her facial skin looks like. Just for starters, the furrows and lines normally termed wrinkles are greatly magnified because they are seen as ten times larger. Other characteristics one normally never notices are also made visible to the eye. It’s a view one does not often see or have to come to terms with. Magnification can enhance or do the reverse.

Wrinkles can be indicative of age, ethnicity or ancestry. One’s type of skin can vary accordingly; wrinkles can also become a fixed expression. I remember many years ago seeing a young woman who must have done a lot of frowning and squinting, because that expression had become etched into her youthful face. Right then I vowed to be mindful never to frown and so far, I seem to have avoided the appearance of that kind of forehead wrinkles. I feel the most important thing is to try to have a pleasant expression so that when wrinkles do appear, the lines reflect a happy face.

Have you noticed that smiling faces appear to be more youthful? The solemn models in fashion magazines don’t need to think about that, yet the rest of us might. A face wreathed in smiles is a lovely sight to see, and now that we’re not all wearing masks, more smiles are visible. That to me was one of the downsides of mask wearing. Smiles were hidden, and while eyes can reflect a smile underneath, the mask makes it more difficult to receive the impact of it.

Magnification can also come when comments or opinions expressed by others annoy or even irritate us. Take for instance a chance remark by a tactless person, “How nice you look, you must have lost weight.” If one is feeling sensitive it would be easy to take umbrage at a rather normal-for some-faux pas and to feel somehow insulted or even hurt. One’s sensitivity could magnify the situation from a laughable, unfortunate stumble to a serious insult. The degree of an individual’s sensitivity is what determines how what is said is perceived. It’s like the saying, “What you see is what you get.” Or how something is perceived is how it is received.

What do you see, dear reader, when you look at yourself in a mirror? Do you smile and say, “Hello, Sweetheart,” or Handsome, or something similar? Or do you frown and look more closely to see whatever about your visage does not appear to be to your liking. How sensitive are you to others’ opinions? How critical are you about the appearance of others? All these factors influence what you see when you examine your own appearance. It is very difficult to be objective when not only voices from the past but feelings about oneself come into play. What works for me is to be kind, both to myself and to others.

May what you see in the mirror reflect a happy state of mind.

Blessings and Best Regards, Tasha Halpert

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Omens & Symbols
The Rise Of Sachamama

In Peruvian mythology, the Sachamama is the embodiment of the rain forest mother in the form of a giant snake. In Quechua, Sachamama means “Spirit Mother of the Jungle.”

The vegetation of the forest grows on top of her enormous body as she rises up from the Earth, shedding her skin. She carries the key to the New Earth, as baby Phoenixes hatch from their eggs and Hummingbirds sip from the Rainbow Nectar that make up her scales.


Instruction Manuals For Living

It can be overwhelming not knowing the way, but it is what you do along the way that matters.

Depending on what stage we are at in our lives, we can sometimes feel like we ought to know more about who we are or how to live. We may even berate ourselves for making the same mistakes, or for just not “getting it,” whatever “it” may be. We wonder how our lives would be if only we had “known better.” During moments like these, it is important to remember that none of us are born with instruction manuals and that learning lessons is a lifelong journey.

Inherent to our being born is that we are here to observe, learn, and grow. Accompanying this is a built-in guarantee that there will be mistakes and misadventures along the way. And while it is only natural that we may sometimes become overwhelmed, especially when the lessons keep coming, it is important to remember that learning to understand yourself and your world is an ongoing and active process where the journey is more important than the destination. Every lesson is intended so you can become more of who you are. As you grow through this self-discovery, you begin to create your own instruction manual. The “how” and “why” is yours to discover, and part of the beauty of being alive is that these rules are always changing.

If you feel that you would like to explore what your personal instruction manual may already say, then try writing down in order some of the significant events that have happened to you. It’s also important to take note of what you learned from each one. When you are done, you may be surprised to discover how much you are always growing and that every lesson learned always informs the next. That being said, there is never a need to be hard on yourself or think that you should have it all figured out. We always know as much as we’re meant to know at that moment, and growing into our fullness is a process that unfolds in divine timing. You and your life are beautiful works in progress. Discover yourself and embrace your life’s lessons, and your instruction manual will create itself.


Letting Your Light Shine

When we undermine our light by hiding our aptitudes and quashing our dreams, we deny ourselves and others a wealth of experiences.

We are each born into this world with unique gifts. Within us is a glimmer of the divine, a light that can potentially make the world a more beautiful place. But in many, that light lies dormant, snuffed out by fears and feelings of inadequacy. To spark it is to attract attention, face the possibility of rejection or the responsibility of success, and risk being labeled immodest. Yet when we undermine the light by hiding our aptitudes and quashing our dreams, we deny ourselves and others a wealth of experiences. Your abilities are a part of who you are and when you take pride in them, you affirm the love, esteem, and trust with which you view yourself. Moreover, as you express the light within, you grant others permission to do the same, freeing them to explore their own talents.

For some, we are taught to hide our light from the world since childhood. Relatives caution us that the professions associated with our aptitudes are unattainable. Our peers may be envious of our skills and thus overly critical of the activities we instinctively enjoy. And authority figures admonish us to be humble and avoid showing off. But there is a vast chasm that separates those who let their light shine and those who seek only to draw attention to themselves. When you dare to share your light with the world, the beauty and perfection of your soul become clearly visible. You become a whole being — the literal embodiment of your vast potential. Whether you are a wonderful dancer, a first-rate cook, quick with numbers, or a natural negotiator, you’ll come to understand that you do the world no favors when you hold yourself back.

If you have hidden your light for so long that it has shrunk to an ember, make a list of everything you do well, however impractical, silly, or seemingly inconsequential. Then ask yourself how you can positively utilize those abilities in your daily life. The gifts you were born with were not granted to you arbitrarily. While you may never discover what impact your light has had on others, you can be certain that when you embrace your talents and share them with others, you will spread illumination in the world.


Druid Tree Workings: An Initiation from the Trees
by Dana

In the western esoteric traditions, and traditions tied to them, like druidry, initiation is a powerful method of transformation and energetic work. While features of initiation and their overall goals vary widely by tradition, many initiations do follow some basic patterns, and those are worth exploring. In Inside a Magical Lodge, John Michael Greer notes that the outcome of initiations are to enact specific and desired patterns of change in a person and to connect new members to the group and to the group’s overall egregore (that is, the energetic patterns that a group collectively creates). The initiation then, as he writes, is the magical framework that is put in place in a candidate from which all other things derive.

I believe that we can apply this same practice to working and reconnecting with nature, and today, I’ll share my thoughts on initiations through nature–tree initiations. A tree initiation often results in a very deep, mutually beneficial relationship between you and the trees. Nature and humans cultivated such relationships for most of human history; this is obvious from our mythology, from our own history, and from existing indigenous cultures. It has only been in the last few centuries that those of us in western industrialized cultures lost our ability (and desire) to deeply connect with nature.

Tree initiations are one way of helping us to re-establish those deep bonds with a specific kind of ceremony. In the same way that some dedicate themselves to working with a particular deity, I have found great value in connecting myself deeply with certain tree species. One of the ways into this work is through initiation. That is, you are making a conscious commitment to connecting with a tree or tree species in a sacred manner. You can think about this as a magical act that will help jumpstart a much deeper relationship to the tree and to the species.

With tree initiations, this goes beyond a friendly acquaintance, but rather, is a gateway into the deeper mysteries of nature and of that particular tree or species of trees (or plant, for that matter). A tree initiation, then, is a way of establishing a life-long relationship with a tree species, in the same way, that one you are initiated into a druid order or other magical group, you typically will always be a member of that group as long as both you and the group exist. This kind of ceremony can allow you to connect with the trees in a way. Like any other initiation, the initiation works deeply within you, and through you, and has long-term and lasting effects. Perhaps what I write here is appealing to you, and you have been called to a specific tree, you will find it of use to continue to use some of the strategies I include here. I will also note that while I am describing “tree initiations” you can do the same thing outlined here with plants and other features of nature.

Please note that this is a post in my longstanding series on working with trees in a sacred manner. Earlier posts in this series include finding the face of a tree, working with trees on the outer planes, working with trees on the inner planes, helping tree spirits pass, offering tree blessings for abundance and wassailing trees, considering the role of the seasons and seasonal the breath of the earth in tree work, cultivating deep connections with trees, connecting to trees in urban settings, working with the Nywfre/energy flows of trees through sap flows, deepening relationships with trees, seeking out and working with grandmother trees, cultivating reciprocity in tree relationships, creating intuitive tree sigils and tree magic, and witnessing the death of a tree. I list these out here because much of the preparation for doing a tree initiation, which is a very advanced practice, can be found in these other posts where you get to know trees, support them, and work with them in various ways.

Druid Tree Workings: An Initiation from the Trees
Before we can delve into the specifics of tree initiations, I’m going to start by describing some features of initiations so that we can see how we might begin to craft tree initiations:

Preparation. There is typically a period of time when the candidate prepares for their initiation. The specifics of this vary widely. This might be a longer period of time: like a period of learning and growing in that tradition, a period of growing up (as in years). But there is usually also some distinct time set aside for the preparation for that exact ceremony (a silent vigil, period of meditation, special bath, etc). This certainly applies to tree initiations; there often is a long period of preparation (and you might not even know you have been being prepared) while you learn and connect with your tree. Most of the work that I outlined in my previous posts on Druid Tree Workings (see full list above) is much of the prep work for such initiatic work.

Timing. Timing often plays a critical role in initiations. For coming of age rituals and initiations that mark the passage of an important life event, the timing of them is obviously based on marking a key point in someone’s life. For initiations into magical traditions, path of the sun in the wheel of the year, the placement of the stars, or the phase of the moon may be important (e.g. having an initiation on the equinox). For tree initiations, paying attention to the seasonal cycles is particularly critical. I have found that different trees have their high energy times at different points; apple is most powerful when she is full fruit, witch hazel is most powerful in late fall when she is blooming; and maple is most powerful in early spring when her sap is running, as three examples. See this post earlier in the druid tree workings series for some general timing suggestions on when trees have their highest energy (because that is a very good time to do this work).

Roles: Common roles include the Initiator(s) who are performing the initiation, the candidate (those being initiated), and, depending on the initiation, observers/community who are there in support of the person being initiated. Anyone with any role in the initiation (even spectator) take part in the experience, and all are changed by it.

Receptivity. Typically, initiations involve somehow putting a candidate into a receptive state so that other work can be done. This can vary widely; in indigenous cultures, fasting, not sleeping for a period of days, and/or ingesting psychotropic mushrooms are ways to place the candidate in a receptive state; in other magical traditions, the candidate may be blindfolded, exposed to startling noises, or other things to get them out of their normal working state. With tree initiations, I believe that this receptive state comes after basic energy exchange and sitting in quietude with the tree.

A fundamental shift of some kind. The whole point of initiation is to enact some change in the candidate and to mark some important milestone; as such, effective initiations are accompanied by some fundamental shift. The shift may be subtle or dramatic, but it is present. The lack of such a shift likely means the initiation “didn’t take” due to a variety of reasons (e.g. the candidate is not ready for that kind of shift).

Now that we have some idea of the features of initiations more broadly, we can begin talking about specific tree initiations.

Just like any other initiatory experience, it is important to prepare for a tree initiation for a period of time. For one, both the tree and you have to be ready for it and willing for it to happen, and that isn’t like putting a date on a calendar. Rather, this should be something that you come to understand over a period of time, that you are called to do or a specific tree you feel called to really deeply work with. Sometimes, the preparation for initiation can take years. Trees work on their own time and it may not be your time.

I have personally found, and this might be different for you, that tree species will call to you. A particular tree might be your main contact (e.g. the oak in your back yard) but you will find yourself as you are out on the landscape continuing to be drawn to the same species. Over time, this is a species you might end up having an initiatic experience.

Establishing a relationship. Most trees and plants want to have relationships with us; they miss our ancestral connections, and they are looking to re-establish them. The first step on this journey is working with trees, recognizing that they are our elders and that they have much to teach us. Practicing respectful communication with them, recognizing and honoring their agency, and a lot of other basic steps (again, outlined by my other posts). If you are going to prepare for initiation with a tree or ask a tree for such an initiation, you need to lay the foundation and groundwork. This can take time, perhaps a lot of time, but it is time well spent.

Observe, interact, and commune. As you are preparing for this work, you want to spend time with your tree or tree species as much as you can. Observe your trees in different seasons. Interact with your trees. You might find that a species all has a particular mentality, although individuals differ (think about this like culture–all people from certain cultures share certain features but are still individuals). Spend a lot of time talking with your tree, getting to know your tree, hearing their story, and sharing yours. Find out what you have in common and how you might work deeply together.

Build understanding. Its also a great idea to learn about your tree. Find out information on the tree’s ecology, role in the ecosystem, growth habits, how tall it grows, how long it lives, what you can make from it. Get a bit of the wood and see how it is to shape it. Learn how to make medicine, cordage, food, drink, whatever you can from the tree. I have a whole series on druid trees that you can draw upon if you are anywhere near my ecosystem (see the top of this post for a complete list).

Establishing commitment. Once you’ve done that preliminary work, there will be a time where your work deepens, where you grow committed to each other. It is at this point that crafting a tree initiation ceremony will be appropriate.

Planning Your Initiation
Once you feel it is appropriate and you get a clear signal from your tree, you can begin planning your tree initiation, a ceremony you craft together with the tree that helps connect you deeper and leads you into the deeper mysteries of the living earth. I’m going to now offer some possibilities from my experience, but understand that each of these ceremonies are different. Above all, work with the tree itself and hear what guidance they have for you.

Taking the Tree Within
Unless the tree is poisonous (like Yew), I have found that taking the tree into yourself in some way and offering something in exchange is an important part of this process. Your tree research should have revealed if the tree is poisonous or if it was used as medicine/food. In my ecosystem, few actually are poisonous and most have edible leaves or needles, but it might be different in yours. It also might be the case that part of the tree can be eaten but the rest is poisonous (for example, black locust flowers/beans can be eaten safely). Or it might be that eating it may require some preparation (certain tannin-rich acorns). Many of the hardwood trees (maple, birch, linden) have leaves that are edible, especially earlier in the season when they are young and tender. If it is poisonous, obviously, don’t eat it. If it isn’t, poisonous, however, I would suggest that you start consuming small parts of it (with permission and with an offering). This allows part of the tree’s life force and energy to work its way into your physical body.

Always listen to what the tree tells you regarding whether or not you can take a piece of it. Honoring that tree’s request, and not taking something if it is not allowed/offered, is one of the most important and meaningful ways of building a relationship. Many trees have been abused by humans, have lost their elders to humans, and some can take time before they are willing to give.

Here are a few possibilities:

Eating leaves, flowers, seeds, nuts. You can eat flowers, leaves, nuts, and seeds fresh off the tree certain times of year. Each tree has a different cycle. May tree leaves and flowers are edible (and delicious when young and tender). Nuts can also be enjoyed. Flowers and nuts are very potent because they contain the lifeforce of the tree.

A Tree Tea. Many trees make a pleasant tea that you can drink. I enjoy conifers for this quite a bit—eastern hemlock, white pine, blue spruce all make delightful teas. To make a simple needle or leaf tea, I will gather the leaves/needles (leaving an appropriate offering) and pour boiling water on it and let it sit for a while (30 min or longer for needles, 10-15 min for tree leaves or flowers). If you want, you can instead use sun tea and allow the sun to heat up the needles. Strain and add a bit of honey for an amazing treat.

A Tree Bud or Leaf Essence. Some trees are not healthy for you to eat or don’t want to be damaged or have their parts removed, but you can create a flower or leaf essence. You simply go out on a sunny day with a bowl of spring water and put the bowl right up to the leaf/flower and let the leaf/flower sit in the bowl of water for a time (use your intuition). This creates a “mother” essence that you can then water down and store (some people put a bit of brandy in their essences to preserve them). And you can take the “mother” essence for a long period of time.

Tree Sap. Some trees (walnut, birch, hickory, various maples) also have sap that runs and that can be tapped in the spring. With permission and copious offerings, you might be able to tap a tree and drink their sap directly (all of the above saps can be drank directly or boiled down into syrup/sugar). This is an extremely powerful exchange (you are essentially drinking the lifeblood of the tree) and should be done with respect and honor. To drink their sap, you don’t even need to tap them—I remember a year I was harvesting birch branches. It is best to do this in the spring right as they are budding. I harvested a branch from one tree and it was still running. I sat under that branch spot and it dripped every 15 seconds or so, and I allowed it to drip right in my mouth for a time and then made an offering (you know what!) to the tree in thanks. Don’t waste a drop!
Tree Resin. Some trees also produce an edible resin (like white pine) that you can consume with great care. White pine is the tree I most frequently do this with; again, this is the lifeblood of the tree and should be done only with deep respect, permission, and offering.

All of these offer possibilities to take the tree within, and much deeper work can manifest once we have a stronger physical connection to the tree.

Discover the tree’s time of power
In order to perform the tree initiation, you will need to discover the tree’s time of power during the year. Most deciduous trees are in their power at some point in the light half of the year, while conifers may have a longer time you can work with them. When is this tree at the height of its power? What I mean by this is–when is this tree at the peak of its vitality and presence on the landscape? For example, Maples has two major times of power–when they are flowing in late winter/early spring and when they are in full fiery form in late fall. Oaks seem to be in power throughout the light half of the year–once they have a full crown of leaves and are perhaps at the height of their power at the summer solstice and into the fall as they are dropping thousands of ripened acorns. I’ve found most nut-bearing and fruit-bearing trees seem to be at their peak when those nuts and fruits are ripening and falling. You can intuit this and ask the tree.

The point here is that you want to perform your ceremony at a time when both you and your tree are at their peak (e.g. no good will come of you trying to perform a ceremony with a maple tree at the winter solstice!)

Exchange and offering
You want to think about what exchange you will make, what you will offer the tree. While a physical offering here can be used, I would recommend some kind of longer offering (e.g. I will gather your nuts and plant them in places each fall). Here, the exchange should be something more meaningful (your time, energy, and service) for this tree.

Journey, lessons, or teachings
As part of an initiatatic experience, you will want to create space for direct communion with the tree. Depending on who you are and what methods you use, this part can vary but could include: an open conversation with the tree, meeting the tree on the inner planes and having a spirit journey (see more here), using divination tools to receive messages from the tree, or using sacred dreaming to receive messages. Create space for these lessons and teachings from the tree (and continue to create space for them as time passes beyond your initiation).

Finding the right space
Obviously, you also need to seek out the right place to hold your initiation ceremony. This should be somewhere private where you can be near the tree species. This might be easy for some, and for others, you might have to do a bit of searching. Consider this part of the process!

Putting it all together: Crafting Your Ceremony
Your ceremony will obviously be unique to you, so I cannot give you a specific ceremony here, but I can offer what one may look like. If we put the various pieces above together, here is one option. This is for a sugar maple tree in the fall.

  1. In the space you selected, set up your space in any way you feel is appropriate. In our sample ritual with a maple tree (in fall), this would include making a mandala of leaves around the base of the tree and creating an altar in front of the tree.
  2. Open up a sacred grove in the space you selected, near a tree that you want to have a tree initiation with. (I would use AODA’s solitary grove opening for this purpose).
  3. State your intentions for the ceremony and give space for the tree to offer their own intentions (see last week’s post!)
  4. Take the tree within you in whatever manner specified. For our sugar maple ritual, this would be a tablespoon of maple syrup.
  5. Go into a deep meditative state, meeting the spirit of the tree, and asking the tree to take you on a journey and offer you initiation and teachings
  6. Make a commitment and an offering to the tree (of time, energy, etc). Make sure to do something during the ceremony to begin that offering and commitment. For example, you might sing a song to the tree (I have a maple song I would sing) and then make an offering of liquid gold to the tree as well as an herbal blend.
  7. Close the ceremony, ground, and journal about the experience.

This is just one of many examples that you could use–the point being that you are carefully crafting a ceremony to bring you much closer to the sacred maple tree. The last thing I’ll share is that sometimes these initiations aren’t planned–they simply happen!

PS: The Druid’s Garden blog will be going on hiatus for a few weeks while we do a site upgrade. We will be moving to a new domain and doing some scheduled website maintenance, so you may also experience some intermittent downtime. No worries–the blog will be back up and running soon!


What Is Orthorexia Nervosa?

Can you please explain orthorexia nervosa? I understand it is an obsession with healthy eating. How would you know if you have it?

In 1997, Steven Bratman, M.D. introduced the term orthorexia nervosa to describe an eating disorder marked by excessive preoccupation with healthy eating. He coined the word orthorexia from Greek roots meaning “correct appetite” and added the nervosa to suggest a psychological imbalance. (The term resembles anorexia nervosa, a well-known, potentially life-threatening emotional illness characterized by loss of appetite, often driven by obsessive fear of gaining weight.) Orthorexia nervosa is not yet recognized as an official diagnosis, and experts are divided as to whether it is a true eating disorder.

People may choose not to eat animal foods for ethical or religious reasons or avoid gluten because it gives them distressing and measurable symptoms. Others may experiment with restrictive diets promoted for beneficial effects on metabolism. These are reasonable eating strategies. The concern of Dr. Bratman and many of his medical colleagues is that some people who limit their food choices may do so to a degree that impairs both physical and psychological well-being, leading, possibly, to social isolation, anxiety about eating, and even malnutrition.

Here’s Dr. Bratman’s self-test on whether you could be affected with orthorexia nervosa:

(1) I spend so much of my life thinking about, choosing and preparing healthy food that it interferes with other dimensions of my life, such as love, creativity, family, friendship, work and school.

(2) When I eat any food I regard to be unhealthy, I feel anxious, guilty, impure, unclean and/or defiled; even to be near such foods disturbs me, and I feel judgmental of others who eat such foods.

(3) My personal sense of peace, happiness, joy, safety and self-esteem is excessively dependent on the purity and rightness of what I eat.

(4) Sometimes I would like to relax my self-imposed “good food” rules for a special occasion, such as a wedding or a meal with family or friends, but I find that I cannot. (Note: If you have a medical condition in which it is unsafe for you to make any exception to your diet, then this item does not apply.)

(5) Over time, I have steadily eliminated more foods and expanded my list of food rules in an attempt to maintain or enhance health benefits; sometimes, I may take an existing food theory and add to it with beliefs of my own.

(6) Following my theory of healthy eating has caused me to lose more weight than most people would say is good for me or has caused other signs of malnutrition such as hair loss, loss of menstruation or skin problems.

Eating disorder specialists report seeing more and more patients with orthorexia nervosa and the problems associated with it. They also maintain that it is important to distinguish people who merely follow a non-mainstream theory of healthy eating from those whose disordered eating patterns lead to impairment of physical, psychological, or social well-being.

I was in Okinawa recently, famed for its abundance of centenarians and healthy seniors. In Ogimi Village, reputed to be a focal point for longevity, I talked with a group of Okinawans in their upper nineties and lower hundreds, all of whom looked vital and happy. I asked for their advice about aging well. The first answer from all of them was, “Eat everything!”

In countries with the best food – Italy, France, Japan, for example – people eat everything. They regard eating, first and foremost, as a source of pleasure, best enjoyed with others. They do not approach the table as a minefield, where one false move might be disastrous. Their relationships with food are much less neurotic and much healthier than ours.

Andrew Weil, M.D.


Sweet Pea And Lemon Pesto
~Dr. Weil

Recipe courtesy of Hollyhock, from the cookbook Hollyhock Garden to Table.

Nutrients Per Serving:
Calories 62.7
Fat 6.0 grams
Saturated Fat 1.3 grams
(84.8% of calories from fat)
Protein 1.5 grams
Carbohydrate 0.9 grams
Cholesterol 2.4 mgs
Fiber 0.2 grams

This pesto recipe is vibrant, fresh and brightly flavored.

There’s no doubt that basil stands as queen of the pesto kingdom, but when we slipped these sweet green gems in its place, well, let’s just say the basil was a little pea-green with envy. Vibrant, fresh and brightly flavored, this pesto is perfect as a spread for crostini or baguette, spread on cooked fish or tossed with pasta.

1 cup fresh or frozen peas
1 clove garlic
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp fine lemon zest
3 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper

Pulse peas, garlic, Parmesan, lemon juice and zest in a food processor. With machine running, slowly drizzle in olive oil until well combined. Season generously with salt and pepper. Serve as a spread, on grilled fish, or over your choice of hot pasta.

– Heidi Scheifley


Coach Gilberto Chapter 5
by Stephen Halpert

Gilberto and Ramon stood outside the headmaster’s office together. “Who’s going to tell him?” Gilberto said.
Ramon shrugged. “You’re the boss, I’m only a coach.” He smiled and nudged Gilberto.
Gilberto nodded, squared his shoulders, took a breath and knocked.
Headmaster Ed Long opened the door, smiled and waved Gilberto and Ramon into his office. “Please take a seat,” he said, indicating two leather club chairs. He picked up the phone. “Coffee for three,” he said. Setting down the phone he turned to his two guests. “You two are a week earlier than I had expected.” He looked a them and frowned slightly. “What’s up? You both look ready to throw in the towel.”
“Is it that obvious?” Gilberto said.
Ed Long grinned. “Nothing I wouldn’t have already expected from day one. You’re both superstars starting a new and difficult job here.”
“Were superstars,” Gilberto said with a smile.
Ramon raised his eyebrows and leaned forward. “We can build your soccer teams to the level you want. But it will take at least several years or more.”
The coffee arrived and Ed poured the three cups. He nodded his head in agreement. “That actually sounds overly optimistic. After all, Houndstooth has never pretended to be an athletic powerhouse. Far from it. But I’ve got a Board to deal with. And ever since they built the gym, they got bitten by the bug of wanting to win at athletics.” He shook his head, sighed and sipped his coffee.
He set down his cup. “But,” he went on. “It gets worse. Since a boy who attended Tweed got that contract to play pro soccer, with all the hoopla and notoriety, not to mention that million dollar signing bonus, my Board members have a severe case of jock itch.”
Gilberto chuckled. “But you’re maintaining academic standards and integrity.”
“Believe me that goes back to the original charter. Houndstooth was founded as a learning center, teaching the sciences and great works of literature. Scholarship was its only criteria.”
Gilberto nodded. “Sports are big money. You can’t blame a boy for angling for a pro career.”
“And perhaps one day hopefully using Houndstooth as a stepping stone,” Ed said. He paused and took a beath. “By the way, you may not have heard yet, but this fall Houndstooth’s going co ed. We’re merging with Paisley Hall, a girl’s preparatory school in Salem on the North Shore. That will add close to three hundred additional students to the roster.” He paused and looked at the two men.
Gilberto sipped his coffee. Ramon waited to hear the rest of Ed Long’s revelations.
“So, Gilberto, I’m naming you Athletic Director. Ramon you’re varsity coach. We’ll need a new woman coach joining our ranks. Some board members have suggested rugby in addition to field hockey, basketball, and softball.
Gilberto set down his cup and leaned forward. “If she’s available,” he began “I could recommend Diana Rain. She’s played pro rugby in addition to her work for the government.”
Ramon cracked a hint of a smile but said nothing.
“Bring her in for an interview,” Headmaster Long said. “Sooner we build a coaching staff the sooner we’ll better be able to determine a sensible strategy.”
“Question,” Gilberto said. “”How would the Board feel about me and Ramon offering scholarships to children of color currently attending public schools throughout Greater Boston?”
“Personally I’m color blind,” Ed Long said. “So long as their grades match their athletic competency, there’s no problem.”
Gilberto nodded. “But what about the woman you’ve already got coaching?”
Ed leaned back in his chair and waved a hand dismissively. “Yes, Rosemary’s a sweetheart, fine mind, gets along well with everyone. But I feel we need someone older and more experienced, as well as having some special skills in the sport of Rugby.”
Gilberto nodded. “So, it’s your feeling the the Board will be okay with greater diversity?”
Headmaster Long nodded. “I don’t see a problem so long as whomever you recruit maintains satisfactory grades and doesn’t spout revolutionary rhetoric. No need to invite in any adolescent rebellion.” His phone rang and he picked it up. “Seat them in the faculty lounge. I’ll be right there to greet them.” He turned to Gilberto and Ramon. “I’m giving you two a free hand. I’m afraid we must cut this meeting short. I’ve two perspective Chinese students and their parents waiting for me.” He opened his door and ushered them out.
Ramon blinked in the mid-morning sunshine. “So, he’s basically saying don’t bring in students that will make waves.”
“I guess,” Gilberto said, ” however, I doubt this sedate old private school could ever turn into a revolutionary hotbed. “
Ramon smiled. “Don’t be so sure, these days there’s lots of social organizing: the have nots don’t want to be the have nots anymore.”
Gilberto nodded and chuckled. “Ah, hot air never won a soccer cup.”
And we know all about hot air,” Ramon chuckled. “I promised Rosa I’d pick her up some groceries, see you later, maybe?”
Gilberto went home to a quiet house and a happy Boris. He patted him and looked into his eyes. “Glad for company, big fella?” He put in a call to Diana Rain.
“Well hello,” she said. “How’s coaching?”
“That’s why I’m calling. Headmaster wants to incorporate rugby into the athletic program. When I heard that, I immediately thought of you coming on board, coaching and building a team.”
In his mind he could see the sparkle in her eyes. After a moment she replied. “Yes, I like that. I think I could work it into my schedule. Provides a neat cover,” she said. “Recruiting and all, especially.” They agreed to meet at Houndstooth early the following week. Then Gilberto put in a call to Headmaster Long’s office to set up a date and time for the meeting.


Kitty Kat’s Korner

Why Cats Make The Best Pets!
By Steve Dale

There are more cats than dogs in the United States according to American Pet Products Association: 94 million cats and 90 million dogs. Cats rule for many reasons, including ease of care. Got cat? There’s lots you don’t need to deal with. Here are 12 examples:

Great for Couch Potatoes
Of course, dogs love to snuggle on the sofa, but they also require time outdoors on a leash. True enough, walking a cat on a leash and harness is an option some cats increasingly enjoy, and it may be enriching, but it’s not a daily requirement. Instead, with a cat, it’s all about shut eye, lazing in your favorite seat while kitty “makes bread” and purrs away in your lap.

Easy Potty Pickups
If you’re a responsible dog parent, plastic bags must go with you wherever you take your pup. There’s no such issue for cat parents, as scooping a litter box is only a room or two away.

Rain, Sleet and Snow — No Worries
In Northern cities, a winter coat for the dog might be a must and after slipping on your own boots, now comes the struggle to put on the dog booties (and there are four paws to deal with). If you’re lucky, the pup does his business fast while the snow is falling and the wind is blowing. Then there’s the rain. Even with a slicker on, you’ll be dealing with a stinky, wet dog. Dog parents deal with more inclement weather than postal carriers.

Too Cool for Drool
“What’s that rag you carry around?” The proud parent of a Mastiff answers, “To catch drool.” Some dog breeds may create enough slobber to drown a kitten. The very notion of shaking a head with drool flying every which way could even offend finicky feline sensibilities.

Freezer Free of Mice
It’s been said that an ideal diet for an indoor cat is a “mouse in a can.” Be careful what you ask for. What if you really had to deal with that? Welcome to the world of some pet reptiles such as boa constrictors and various large lizards that devour a mouse in a single gulp. Imagine the response from your houseguest, Grandma Rose, when she wanders over to the freezer late at night to get a scoop of ice cream and instead grabs a frozen pinkie mouse. Grandma Rose might fall over right there.

Forget Forever Fetching
Cats require playtime, but except for kittens and maybe some Abyssinians and Japanese Bobtail they truly don’t have canine endurance. You can get tennis elbow playing nonstop fetch for 30 minutes with a goofy Labrador. No such problem for cats who will give it up long before half an hour.

Pepe Le Pew — Ew!
Cats are, of course, meticulously clean, taking their own bath whenever needed. Have you ever smelled a European ferret? In truth, it’s not that ferrets are dirty. Like Pigpen from Peanuts, ferrets carry around their odor with them. After all, these guys are a relative of the skunk. Ferrets are delightfully entertaining pets, but you may need a clothespin for your nose. There is no such issue with cats.

Keepin’ It Clean
Let’s face it (it’s the truth) — some dogs, especially hound dogs, may have a certain smell about them. And many dogs love to roll in the grossest smelling thing they can find, from a dead animal to manure. Even writing about such a horrendous habit is arguably distasteful in a cat magazine. No cat would ever even entertain the notion of joyfully rolling in anything so gross.

Love Thy Neighbor
Neighbors never complain about barking or squawking cats — that’s because they don’t. At their loudest, the person on the other side of the wall in an apartment or condominium isn’t likely to hear a cat like they would a dog or parrot. It’s not that cats don’t have a lot to say, they’re simply less raucous about how they say it.

Howl No!
Some dogs may howl for no apparent reason, perhaps at the moon or more likely the sounds of first responders, fire engines and police cars. Cats don’t howl at anything.

Go Your Own Way
Herding dogs are downright brilliant, but often their innate herding skills can be annoying to live with, such as Shetland Sheepdogs, Border Collies or Australian Shepherds nipping at running children as they work to keep everyone in line. Cats don’t care — and there’s no need to nip on anyone’s tail.

Nice to Never be Drafted
So far, the U.S. military hasn’t put cats to work. There are no bomb sniffing cats or cats protecting military bases. The U.S. military has not employed cats to detect land mines. No doubt cats could do it, I’m just not sure they can follow military orders. However, cats do require us to follow their orders. When cats can give the orders, they may be drafted, but as a commanding officer.


Georgia Nicols
Weekly Horoscopes

Georgia Nicols
Weekly Horoscope: Sunday, April 03, 2022
All Signs

This week is about facing hard problems and then solving them. That’s because on Monday, we have a lineup of fiery Mars with stern Saturn. (Anger and frustration are likely.) The silver lining is that by Thursday/Friday, these planets line up with Mercury to form solutions. In fact, this dynamic energy will morph into a physical manifestation of the creative ideas that spring to our minds! Therefore, don’t be discouraged at the beginning of the week, because as this week progresses, solutions will present themselves and things will be resolved. Eckhart Tolle said, “If you can get the inside right, the outside will fall into place.”

Aries (March 21-April 19)
Your challenge this week will be finding a way to work skilfully with friends as well as deal with groups and organizations. At the beginning of the week, you might feel frustrated. In fact, you might argue with a friend or oppose the ideas of a group. Fortunately, as this week progresses, The Sun and Mercury in your own sign present brilliant solutions, and you see how to deal with someone so that things are not only dissolved but even improved! Therefore, keep the faith this week. It will begin with some challenges, but you will come up with some brilliant solutions that are actually a physical manifestation of your clever ideas. (I’m impressed.)

Taurus (April 20-May 20)
Relations with parents as well as bosses, teachers, VIPs and even the police are challenging at the beginning of this week. You might find yourself at serious odds with someone. You are ambitious and determined to achieve your goals, which is why you won’t be happy if someone tries to thwart your efforts. Nevertheless, this is the case. What to do? Wait a day or two because solutions will present themselves. They could be help from behind the scenes, or you yourself might come up with a new approach or way of doing things. Whatever the case, you will be able to make things work and get the cooperation and approval you need by the end of the week. (If at first you don’t succeed, destroy all evidence that you ever tried.) Just kidding…..

Gemini (May 21-June 20)
Get ready for some serious arguments about politics, religion or racial issues at the beginning of the week. Some of you might not be involved in these controversial matters. Instead, you might find yourself at odds with someone over a medical situation, a legal entanglement, or something to do with the media or higher education or further training. Whatever it is will make you feel angry or discouraged. Please don’t let this get you down. You are a fast thinking, clever, resilient person. You know that if you stay on your feet, you can live to fight another day. In fact, a friend or a member of a group will help you either literally, or with ideas and suggestions — so that by the end of the week, you find your solution! Voila!

Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Disputes about inheritances, shared property, taxes and debt, or challenges to a mortgage or a loan will be troublesome at the beginning of the week. You might even feel overwhelmed because you hate money problems. You like your financial scene to be tidy and reliable so that you can have a warm feeling in your tummy. (Well, don’t we all?) Fear not because a helpful suggestion or an opportunity or opening from a parent, boss, teacher or someone in a position of authority will give you a practical solution or a workable long-range plan. This person will give you the approval or permission you need to bring things together and make them work. Keep the faith!

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
This week begins with a nasty challenge with partners and close friends. You are both at odds with each other. You don’t agree. You might find this person frustrating and feel that they are just making things worse or more difficult for you. And this could be the case – for the moment. Nevertheless, don’t escalate this argument. Remember your long-term objective: ultimately, you want to get along with loved ones. Refrain from saying anything you’ll regret because later in the week, solutions or recommendations from a teacher or someone who is “different” will make everything work. One of these solutions could be a change of location. “I’m loving this sun!”

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
Almost certainly, at the beginning of this week, you will encounter difficulties in your job, or possibly frustrations that relate to your health or even a pet. Whatever it is, it’s discouraging and frustrating. You have that feeling, “Who needs this? Not me.” And indeed, you’re right. You don’t need this. Fortunately, later in the week, financial assistance from a third party, or advice about shared possessions or jointly-held property, or perhaps even money back from the government will make all the difference for you. Such a relief! You’re so glad to know that that after all this frustration, the light at the end of the tunnel isn’t a train!

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
You like peace and harmony in your surroundings, which is why you don’t like to rock the boat. You’re a people pleaser. Nevertheless, at the beginning of this week, you will find romantic relationships to be up the proverbial creek. Oh yes, they’ll be frustrating. Likewise, relations with your kids will be difficult because they might be angry with you, or you might face what feels like impossible challenges with them. Do not be discouraged and don’t let this get you down. By the end of the week, Mercury, which is opposite your sign, will attract someone or some kind of situation that presents a solution to all this. Yay! At last…..

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
Into every life, a little hard butter must fall. Unfortunately, at the beginning of this week, hard butter will be the least of your worries because you will encounter difficulties with family members or with your home or where you live. It might provoke family arguments. Things could get nasty. They will definitely be challenging. The thing to know is that no matter what happens, as the week progresses, practical ideas yield doable solutions. In fact, by the end of the week, you will deal with these problems quite successfully. Who knew? Therefore, don’t say anything that you will regret at the beginning of the week when you’re in the midst of some angst. Stay chill. The Calvary is on its way.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
By nature, you are a breezy, upbeat optimist, always planning your next trip to someplace exciting. However, at the beginning of this week, you might be angry at a sibling, relatives or neighbour. Something will really “get your goat.” The secret is not to give into anger. Resist the urge to lash out at someone and get involved in an argument because you will regret this. Be patient because creative ideas, possibly from your kids, will present some lovely solutions to you by the end of the week. Since you know this is the case, remember to keep your shirt on. Yeah, yeah, I know that’s tough when you have to get something off your chest.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
In a perfect world, you like to keep things orderly because you want to make a good impression on others; plus you know that you’re happier when your life run smoothly. Obviously, part of the smooth running of your life involves financial security. At the beginning of this week, financial issues about cash flow and earnings will concern you. You might have an argument about something you own? It will be upsetting. The important thing to know is a family member or something related to family and home will come up with a solution! Everything will fall into place. This means you must be patient at the beginning of the week and refrain from doing anything you will later regret.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Your challenge at the beginning of this week is not to get your belly in a rash. Mars and Saturn will be lined up in your sign on Monday, which will create frustrations. You might feel angry with someone. (Incidentally, it will help you mellow out if you work with metals or physically touch metals, like putting away the cutlery when washing up after dinner. Seriously.) You will just have to tough this one out with the knowledge that later in the week, lovely solutions will present themselves to you. Your own genius-like mind will come up with new ways to achieve what you want to do. “Things are only impossible until they’re not.” (Capt. Picard in Star Trek.)

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
Unfortunately, the beginning of this week will feel anxious and difficult for you. Much of this anxiety will be internalized and others might not even be aware of what you are undergoing. (That is truly challenging because who will sympathize with you?) What’s very important to know is that the problems you face at the beginning of the week will be solved by the end of the week. The solution will probably come through money and financial assistance or clever, moneymaking ideas on your part. Never forget that lucky, moneybags Jupiter is in your sign this year for the first time in 12 years and Jupiter always brings divine protection. Whew!


Weekly Horoscopes Beginning Sunday, 03 April 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:

You’re busy, so in no mood for in-depth analysis of existing arrangements and future plans. However, the Aries New Moon on 1 April, doesn’t just accent these changes of this nature, but also decluttering your ‘to do’ list and embracing new aims, for now and the more distant future. Others may want to discuss practical matters. These can wait. Take action now, and focus on the details later.

You might start to realise that you have been expecting too much from some people. They may not share your dreams and aspirations or someone lacks the skills or knowledge to carry out jobs to the standard demanded of them. In time their ability will improve but for now, you may have to take over some of the work to get it finished. Access to confidential documents or information will help you understand why there has been some secrecy.

Don’t underestimate your ability to get your house in order and to make good use of your network. Not only are you likely to be seen as a key team player, but others will likely acknowledge that they should have listened to you earlier. A change of tempo is probable after Venus moves into Pisces mid-week. You might then wish to present a slightly softer image. It’s likely that you’ll be asked to join in a charitable adventure and help someone realise a goal. They couldn’t have a better person on their team. Again, using your network, you could make significant difference to this cause.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

You’ve invested serious time in turning plans you’re passionate about into reality; but now, you’re having to rethink them. However, judging by the swift pace of change in the world around you, others are wrestling with similar upheaval. The secret? Be bold. Don’t just rethink plans. Bring in ideas or objectives as daring as they are important to you. They could just become reality, and soon.

You are tuned into the feelings of those around you and you feel sympathetic to their needs. You can sense what your family and friends expect from you and when you feel it is necessary you will go out of your way to please them. Financial matters are also on your mind. That’s why, later on, you will be focused on your own affairs. Thursday will be a good day for buying and selling.

Until your ruling planet, Venus, changes signs on Wednesday, the accent is on your long-term career goals and perhaps optimum to discuss these with a mentor or adviser early in the week. Fact is that at some level you might feel you’ve hit the buffers. Perhaps you do have a very good plan in mind, but need some assistance to map its various stages. Marketing and advertising should have your full attention from mid-week. Though understandably likely to be irritated by those who throw too many options in your direction, you might nevertheless be amazed by what a Gemini comes up with: their way with words could make a real difference.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

By no means are you a control freak. True, you enjoy being in charge of some arrangements, but are happy when others take over wrestling with tricky matters. The problem? Their ideas worry you, yet you’re anxious about speaking up. Still, raise your concerns. The individuals in question are aware the anxiety they’re triggering. They won’t just talk you through plans, they’ll convince you they’re wise.

There’s nothing predictable about the start of the week and this is just the way you will like it. You have been hoping for something exciting to happen and you won’t be disappointed. Communication is a key factor to all relationships. Conversations, meetings and get togethers are likely to be unconventional. Some weird ideas will be discussed on Friday and then totally forgotten about by the end of the day. If you need information, talk to someone you can trust.

You should be much in demand with many people wanting to pick your brains. Don’t underestimate your gift with words. You might find exactly the perfect slogan or text message that makes all the difference to the smooth running of an operation. That’s not to say that you won’t have to focus your thinking. The alignment of Mars and Saturn in another of the Air signs, indicates that you’ll have to think long and hard. It might also be that you recognise that the need to improve certain skills. You can do this. As Venus moves to the apex of your solar chart mid-week, others should see that you are willing to stretch your wings, and to work in new areas. Don’t underestimate your gift for design either. By next Friday, you may have turned a career corner.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Only days ago, you insisted that, no matter what happened, certain arrangements would remain as they are. Suddenly, however, you’ve realised that big time changes, in these and in several other areas of your life, aren’t just inevitable, they’re leading to breakthroughs. The challenge? You’re short on facts. If ever there was a time to take chances, and plunge in, it’s now. Go for it.

A reduction or discount on an item you need to buy will give you something to be pleased about. You will need to find out more about what a developing situation might mean to you. It will be a while before you feel you have been told everything you need to know. Some of your friends will complain that the weekend is too quiet. With the hectic week you have just been through, you will just be glad to be able to take a break.

Boosted by last Friday’s New Moon, you should be in the mood to push your career forward. There ought to be plenty of chance to do that – even over the weekend when networking happens almost by chance. It’s after Venus changes signs and moves into another of the Water signs, Pisces, next Wednesday though that progress is most likely. Contact with those who either work in different industries or who live overseas is set to increase. Though meetings likely can’t occur until after the Full Moon on 16th. Preparation is key. Anticipate renewed contact with those who seem to have gone to ground in the last couple of years – not entirely related to the pandemic. Fact is, that they’re probably realising only now just how important you and your skillsets are to them.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

True, your energy, as a Leo, and your enthusiastic support for others, is legendary. However, you can also be amazingly stubborn. That could well be the problem with changes in your own circumstances and relations with others. You’re tempted to battle to keep things as they are. Instead, go with the flow. That may seem weak now, but within days, you’ll realise how wise it was.

Travel will be extra pleasant. If you’re offered a chance to join a group outing, grasp it with both hands. You will have a good time at a surprisingly low cost. The main menace facing your mid-week is the temptation to take on more than you can handle. Don’t feel guilty if you need to pull out of some commitments. Look for outside causes if a housemate complains about feeling ill. Check heating appliances and make sure rooms are well ventilated.

Mars continues its journey through your opposite sign, and it might seem that others are being deliberately obstreperous and even obstructive. That though, is likely an unkind assumption. By the time that Venus changes signs mid-week, peace should be given a chance. It’s not impossible that through frank exchange of views you will arrive at some form of concession, arbitration and then conciliation; but yes, you’re likely right that you need to have your concerns heard and acknowledged. You could argue that this theme has been going on now for months and months. There is the continuing issue of where and how you should be working. Whilst the light at the end of the tunnel might not be precisely what you’ve been looking for, you could perhaps acknowledge that the world has changed dramatically, and that a new way forward has to be found. What’s suggested will likely require you to work temporarily in someone else’s space: the advantage being that this cuts costs.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Ordinarily you’ve a talent for imposing order on even very unsettled matters and, equally, helping those who’re struggling find a way out of their problems. However, in several cases you must leave the matters in question to others. it’s the only way they’ll learn from them. Besides, you’ve certain exiting ideas or offers to attend to. Bizarrely, you’ve been ignoring them. Now they’re your priority.

Spirits may be low as the week begins when disappointing news will make everyone a little glum. Even though you half expected this to happen, you were still hoping for the best. Problems can be rectified but you need time to look at the situation from a different angle. Creative pastimes will help you relax later. By the end of the week, you will feel happier and because of this you can give more time to a special relationship.

Perhaps you are already aware that your noted for being quick-witted. You often see things that others miss. True, it might seem to some that you only ever notice flaws. That would be unkind. You’re as good at noticing when something has been done well. You’d do well to applaud others from mid-week when Venus arrives in your opposite sign. Indeed, the fact that you’ve noticed how well someone is working, and their significant contribution to a task could yet lead to others wondering if you shouldn’t be asked to work together more. You could become the ‘A’ team. Given the high probability of you needing to be in two places at once – especially from Wednesday, the need to work in tandem with someone who is able to follow through on tasks, and the fact that you’ve chosen exactly the right person for this, should get your leadership talents noted.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

For ages you’ve sidestepped matters you feared would lead to tiresome dramas. Now, the actual situation is pressing. This not only means taking action, it’s about getting those who’re irresponsible or lazy involved. Once they are, you can then bow out, leaving matters to them. That, in turn, gives you time to focus on certain important elements of your life you’ve been ignoring. Now these must come first.

When you look at all you have achieved so far this year you will be amazed by how your confidence in yourself has grown. Your ability to cope with an ever-changing array of duties, responsibilities and pleasures will astound others too. Being asked to handle a special assignment will bring you no end of satisfaction. A close relationship will take an unexpected turn and this will be a change for the better. All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable and productive few days are in store for you.

Excitement should build. Following on from Friday’s New Moon, Jupiter is headed towards that same area of the zodiac: your opposite sign Aries. It will soon be all systems go. Preparation though is key. If you to make the most of opportunities, you must have a plan. The temptation with Jupiter moving through the worker-bee area of your solar chart, is to take on too much. Recall, yours is one of the Air signs, suggesting that you’re not always practical. There’s also the temptation to offer more than is feasible. Think carefully mid-week about what you promise to do for others. Charitable as you may be, you also need to keep your main goals in mind. Take care too if you join forces with those born under either Sagittarius or Pisces. Like you, they could get carried away – leading to possible disappointment later.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

You don’t think of yourself as a perfectionist. However, the current unsettling changes you’re facing are accenting this tendency. Even more, they’re forcing you to leave decisions to others, while you focus on exploring what’s happening in depth. Note, this isn’t about minimising those changes, but instead, embracing them with enthusiasm. The sooner you take action, the more swiftly you’ll realise how wise this approach is.

Environmental, health and political issues will all come up in conversation. Just try not to impose your will too much on younger members of the family. Give them a chance to form their own decisions. Although your boss won’t object to anything you are doing, they may not be as committed as you are and this could come as quite a surprise. Problems in the workplace will be sorted out very quickly, all thanks to your hard work and determination.

At the end of what promises to be a very busy month, there is a Solar Eclipse in your opposite sign. Be prepared for others to move off in fresh direction and to see signs of their intention midweek. There may be times when you feel you’ve been left behind. Also, as Venus moves towards the speculative area of your solar chart mid-week, you could get so engrossed with the project that you fail to notice what you would otherwise tune into. On the very positive side however, your design skills should be to the fore. If involved in any kind of artistic pursuit, you may excel. Indeed, when it comes to any kind of performance, you’re likely attract applause and congratulations.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

As a fire sign, you think and move swiftly. What’s more, while you enjoy your quick-minded efficiency, often others benefit from it, too. Yet now it’s the reverse. While certain decisions are pressing, you’ve numerous details to consider. Tempting as it is to put this off, the sooner you tackle these, the better. You’ll discover new, unexpected, and valuable skills – being both thorough, and cautious.

People will look to you for advice and guidance. Don’t be surprised when you end up teaching someone how to manage tricky tasks similar to ones you have tackled with success in the past. An uphill struggle you recently faced is not going to be repeated. This will come as an immense relief. If you are shopping, whether online or in town, be sure to set yourself a spending limit and stick to it.

Following on from last Friday’s New Moon in another of the Fire signs, you could so easily get carried away with ideas. It’s likely too that you’ll join forces with someone born under one of the Air signs of Gemini, Libra or Aquarius. Together, you could come up with a grand plan. Yet this must be underpinned by addressing practicalities. With Venus’ arrival at the base of your solar chart mid-week, adjustments will likely need to be made. It’s probable that you’ve taken on too much and promised too much. Moderating could be a challenge in the second half of the week. Publishing and the written word carry extra weight. It may even be that you’re involved in the launch of a significant endeavour that would draw attention to your experience; making clear that you really are a fount of knowledge.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Normally you’d never commit to any arrangement, small or large, without knowing all the facts. However, with several once-solid arrangements shifting, many swiftly, even seemingly simple facts are either in transition or unreliable. This, in turn, means taking chances. You’ve watched others do this and asked them how. They replied they used their intuition. Now, at least, you’ve an opportunity to try it out.

Rewards will come from past hard-working efforts but you won’t spend a lot of time thinking about this. It is the future that interests you most now. A fresh shot of hope and inspiration will help if you have links with the media or one of the caring professions. Make full use of new ideas as from little acorns, mighty oaks will grow. A joint effort will take a lot of the strain out of an arduous task. Many hands will make the work much lighter.

Until Venus changes signs mid-week, the accent is on values. Money talks. Negotiations should take place. Concern about a colleague and how their contribution to a project is acknowledged will likely lead to you requesting a meeting on Friday when you address your concerns but which, in turn, leads to questions as to how you would manage a team. This might also be seen as a rehearsal for developments after the solar eclipse at the end of the month. It might be wise – particularly after Venus changes signs, – to discuss options with someone familiar with HR procedures. Key as always is to be well informed.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

You’ve long known that, eventually, certain seemingly unchanging elements of your life would have to be altered, if not rethought in depth. That time has come. It’s a relief. Yet you’re unsure whether to wait or plunge in, turning these and life itself into an adventure. The solution? Imagine it’s a year from now. Would you regret not having given it a try? That’s your answer.

A restless feeling makes you want something new and different to do. You need to find an outlet for your emotions. There’s a strong urge to splurge on luxury items, entertainment and romance. Have you considered the cost? You’re hoping someone close will agree to experiment with some fun ideas. You need their cooperation if you are to succeed with your plans. Time spent together will give you a chance to sow the seeds of your idea.

There are times when you could be accused of meddling. Excelling at debate, is perhaps the case that you don’t always tune in to the emotional needs of others until after there’s been a crisis. That’s a distinct possibility this week. Then of course, as per usual, you likely be filled with compassion and understanding. Even so, tasks do need to be handled and well. So, the challenge this week may be to listen to concerns raised on Monday, acknowledge the enthusiasm of others, but modify expectations mid-week when it becomes apparent that it’s all too much for certain individuals. It may be that the pace is just too quick at least for now. In particular, it would be wise to be aware that it can Syrian may be particularly prickly at least to your mind, and require careful handling.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Judging by the past weeks’ planetary setup, you’ve already faced tricky issues regarding who’s responsible for what. This involves matters from finances to timing. The individuals range from family and friends, to neighbours or colleagues. The point? Drawling a clear line, for yourself, of the extent of certain obligations. That, in turn, enables you to say a firm ‘no’, and without feeling guilty.

You and your partner and family are on the same wavelength. Important matters can be agreed on and this makes you feel more secure. You can look to the future and have a good idea on where you will be and what you will be doing a few months from now. Finances are all set to improve. Either you or someone close is in line for a small increase in income. You may not benefit immediately but you can look forward to some extra spending power in the months to come.

Following on from last Friday’s new Moon, you’re likely ready to tackle issues that have been left in abeyance now for several months. Its exasperation with the way things looks and the need to give them a makeover, will likely be a driving force particularly after Venus arrives in your sign on Wednesday. What you can and cannot afford will of course be an issue. Don’t underestimate though your ability to juggle funds and indeed to barter. You could strike excellent deals. Indeed, you could take the wind out of the sails of an Aries, Leo or Sagittarius who is hellbent and moving in one direction but who hasn’t satisfactorily dealt with practicalities. On this occasion, you may be the one who comes up with a workable master plan.


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