GrannyMoons Weekly Feast: 10 Apr 2022

If we say, “This is never going to work…”
then chances are excellent it never will ~John Assaraf

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.

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Sun Apr 10 – Waxing Gibbous
Mon Apr 11 -Waxing Gibbous
Tue Apr 12 – Waxing Gibbous
Wed Apr 13 -Waxing Gibbous
Thu Apr 14 – Waxing Gibbous
Fri Apr 15 – Waxing Gibbous
Sat Apr 16 – FULL MOON – in Libra
Sun Apr 17 -Waning Gibbous

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

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What’s Happening in April!?!

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

Flower of the Month for April: Daisy

April is Native Plant Month

April is National Poetry Month

April is National Brunch Month

Current Moon Phase: Waxing Moon

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

Goddess Aspect: Maiden

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

Magickal Attributes: Invoking Beginnings, New Projects, Ideas, Inspiration, Energy, Vitality, Freedom. Workings On This Day Are For “Constructive” Magick (Love, Wealth, Success, Courage, Friendship, Luck Or Health.)

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

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

What’s Happening in April!?!

April 10: Arbor Day. First observed in 1872, in Nebraska. Planting trees helps us tackle the climate crisis.

April 11: Licorice Day. A cup of licorice tea, anyone? An immune-system booster, licorice helps to protect against upper respiratory infections.

April 15: Feast of Tellus Mater (Roman)

April 15-17: Feast of the Seas – Honoring God-Goddess as Olokun-Yemaya (Yoruba/Santeria) and Okeanos-Tethys (Old Greek).

April 15: Festival of Ba’ast, Feast of Bast (Egyptian Cat Goddess)

April 16: St. Padarn’s Day (Celtic)

April 16: Feast of St. George (Byzantine)

April 16: National Stress Awareness Day. Soothing choices: a cup of mint tea, a relaxing scented bath, and one of the Cottage Tale mysteries.

April 22: Earth Day

MAY
May 1: BELTANE – Beltane is a Celtic/Gaelic festival that celebrates Spring. Northern Hemisphere.

May 1: Samain – Southern Hemisphere.

May 1: Virginia Psychic Fair, Falls Church, VA. For info go to https://va-psychic-fair-2022.eventbrite.com

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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 first Full Moon after the equinox will be April 16. And that’s why Easter is so late this year.

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Sunday Classes with GrannyMoon at Sticks and Stones, Fairfax, VA
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
Face to Face Class: 1 PM – 3:00 PM ~ Reiki Master Class – May 1st

Join us at https://www.meetup.com/Witchy-Wednesdays/
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High Priestess Training with GrannyMoon
http://GoddessSchool.com

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

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

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

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Learn About Herbs with GrannyMoon!

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

During this course, in addition to the online lessons and hands-on projects that you do at home, I will be sending you articles, and information, as well as questions about your own personal use and research.

I look forward to walking this green journey with you! I love herbs and I hope that you do too or will learn to!

There are 10 lessons in each level and there is no time limit for completion. You may study at your own pace! There are no texts to purchase.

For more info or to join my class, click here!
http://goddessschool.com/Paganstudies/healingarts.html

The cost for Level 1 is $50.00 or $150.00 the entire Healing Arts Course (1-3) which includes a free Reiki certification course when all three are ordered at the same time!
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Earth Signs and Omens in Nature Course

Learn to read the mysteries of nature! The course covers signs and omens, communication, seasonal rites, trees and shrubs, flowers, plants and weeds, herbs, plant magick, the Guardians of Nature and much more.
http://goddessschool.com/courses/earthsigns/index.html

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The Goddess School Grimoire

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Hardcover: $39.45
Softback: $26.95
eBook (PDF): $6.25

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

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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, seawater, 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

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Coventry Creations
Astro Magic Forecast for April 11, 2022 – April 17, 2022

Besides the Jupiter-Neptune conjunction, the beginning of the week starts with the Moon moving through fun and energetic Leo. The Moon in Leo is the perfect time to do things you enjoy, pamper yourself, and connect with others. Enjoy the Leo energy while you can, because on Tuesday the Moon moves into sober Virgo, and the Sun sextiles Saturn in Aquarius. Tuesday is excellent for getting things done and focusing on your job and career. You may even receive recognition for a job well done.

The middle of the week features Mars moving into Pisces. Mars in Pisces is the spiritual warrior that fights for the greater good. Over the next few weeks, you may be called upon to help the less fortunate, and you will find that you are more compassionate and sensitive to the needs of others. Creative projects also get a boost when Mars is in the sign of the fishes.

This weekend, we have the Full Moon in Libra and a lovely Mercury-Venus aspect. It’s the perfect weekend to enjoy the company of others and appreciate the world around you. Mercury sextile Venus is not an extremely energetic aspect, so spending the day relaxing, reading, and socializing may be the name of the game.

Recommended Candles: Jupiter (Astro Magic), Heart (Blessed Herbal), Everything and then Some (Wicked Witch Mojo).

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

Candle Ritual for Restoring Inner Balance

Full Moon in Libra April 16, 2022

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.

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Llewellyn’s Spell A Day

The Magic of the Palm
APRIL 10, 2022 BY DEBORAH BLAKE

Today is Palm Sunday, a sacred day for Christians, which celebrates the triumphant entrance of Christ into Jerusalem. The people greeted him by scattering palm branches in his path. In modern-day observances, willow and yew are often substituted where palm is not available.

If you wish to observe the day in a more witchy fashion, the palm tree is associated magically with fertility and is also kept near the front door of a home to prevent evil from entering. Take a palm branch, if they grow nearby, or the branch of any other tree. Hold it up and say this spell:

Let my life be fertile and
full of abundance.
May my home be protected from evil.
May all the gods, old and new,
lend me their blessings.
So mote it be!
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Bandage Sigil Spell
APRIL 09, 2022 BY ASTREA TAYLOR

Bandages protect cuts and scrapes on our bodies from the outside world as we heal. They’re also blank canvases that we can use to help the healing process move a little faster. For this spell you’ll need a clear quartz crystal, a pen, paper, and a bandage.

Hold the crystal in one hand and imagine your wound is all healed up. Feel how good that would be. Write down four words that describe that feeling. Convert them into symbols, and combine the symbols to create a sigil. Meditate on the healing power of this sigil for a few breaths. When your energy feels higher, draw the sigil on your bandage and place the crystal over it. Say:

Healing sigil, helpful sign,
Bring me back to health divine.

After a few breaths, remove the crystal and go about your day. Whenever you see the bandage, send your body positive energy. When you need to replace the bandage, redraw the sigil and charge it up with the spell.
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For Those in Need
APRIL 08, 2022 BY BARBARA ARDINGER

Today you get a twofer: two nearly identical spells with the same intention. You’ve seen people who are in need of enough to eat, a safe place to live, and adequate medical care. These twin spells are intended to help those in need.

Whenever you’re out, pay attention to what’s around you. We know that people are careless. They drop coins and ignore pennies. But pennies add up! Every time you see a penny, pick it up with your receptive (nondominant) hand and place it in your pocket. As you do this, say aloud:

For those in need.

This might be you, or it might be someone you know or a stranger. Save those pennies on an altar with Dame Fortuna in the center until you get a sum that you can do something useful with. Do that something.

Alternatively, buy a roll of dimes. As you go about, leave a dime or two here and there, each time saying:

For those in need.

People will pick them up.
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Mental and Spiritual Healing
APRIL 07, 2022 BY CHARLYNN WALLS

Today is World Health Day, a day to bring attention to global health issues. Mental health is often disregarded as a true health issue. Today we can work toward creating more mental stability for those in the world who need it.

On your altar, set up a white and a green candle. The white candle represents the mental and spiritual self, and the green candle is to promote health and wellness.

First, light the green candle, saying:

This candle represents
the power to heal.

Next, light the white candle from the green candle, saying:

For those who need healing of mental
or spiritual wounds, let it now begin.

Allow the candles to burn out completely if it is safe to do so. This will allow the healing to flow to those who need it the most.
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Foot Track Protection Magick
APRIL 06, 2022 BY STEPHANIE ROSE BIRD

Footsteps reveal mood, intention, direction, health, and desires. Let’s explore the intent of the footstep as we open ourselves to the magickal possibilities of Hoodoo’s foot track magick. For the sake of brevity, foot track magick uses footsteps, paths, shoes, and boots to bring intended results. It’s frequently used for heart, home, protection, and health magick.

Today we’ll use just four tools: your favorite shoes, two Mercury dimes (or the oldest dimes you have), High John the Conqueror root powder, and some steel dust.

  1. Take out your best walking shoes.
  2. Sprinkle a pinch of each powder on the inner sole of each shoe’s heel.
  3. Put a dime under the sole of each shoe’s heel.

High John the Conqueror root is a beloved and powerful herb of Hoodoo. When it is coupled with the strong curio of steel dust and the protective energies of dimes, you have some mighty protection magick afoot. Walk as far and as many times as you can today to seal in your shoes’ protection powers.
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Altar Renewal Spell
APRIL 05, 2022 BY ARI MANKEY

Spring cleaning is not just for our homes; it’s also something we should do periodically for our magickal altars. Start by taking everything off your altar and setting it in a safe space. Now dust off your altar and give it a thorough cleaning. As you wipe down your altar, do so with a counterclockwise motion. As you clean, say:

I renew this space so that it
might serve me magickally.
Dirt, dust, and negative
energy must now all flee.
Cleansed and renewed I
make this sacred space.
My magick will be forever
strong in this place.

As you place your magickal items back on the altar, dust and clean them all as necessary. Before putting each newly cleansed item on the altar, say “renewed” to signify that it’s been cleaned and made ready for another year of magick.
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Invite in Wealth
APRIL 04, 2022 BY TESS WHITEHURST

It’s a good day to start a new habit, and this particular habit is also a spoken spell. When you do it every day, it will increase your wealth and prosperity over time.

In the morning, perhaps after you have your morning beverage, open your front door as far as it will go. Stand on the threshold so you are both inside and outside your home at once. Say:

I now attune to the vibration of
ever-expanding wealth. I am a
master at manifesting money, and
I now invite in my endless good.

Now step just outside your door and say the same thing. (If you’re worried about what the neighbors will think at any point, you can think the words instead of saying them out loud.) Finally, step just inside the door and repeat the spoken charm a third and final time as you feel that you are indeed inviting in an ever-increasing stream of blessings and wealth.

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Heartwings Love Notes 1029
Wee One’s Date and Nut Loaf

My first collection of recipes was written on the pages of a classic composition book with lines and black and white cardboard covers. You can still find them. My notebook’s pages are now crumbling in some places, grease spotted in others, and have recipes copied with the names of fellow Confidential Chatters from the Boston Globe, long ago

The confidential chat column as printed there daily featured all kinds of advice, given anonymously using pen names. When I did a search on the internet, I discovered it originated as a Household Column in 1884. It was devoted to advice and helpful suggestions, and was always anonymous or with pen names for the letters printed there.

In those days, home with five active children, I had enough spare time for an extensive written correspondence. It was fun to have friends I had never met. Those were days, when mothers could stay home because families did not require two incomes. My first letter was a question: was I was lacking as a mother because I didn’t wake when my children cried, though my husband did.

I would sit at my departed grandmother’s sturdy antique desk and write my chat friends using the Globe address. The newspaper would forward my letter (no email, imagine!) to the person behind the pen name. They might write me back that way, or my letter might be published. It was a great way to hone my writing skills, because succinctly written letters were often the ones printed.

As I was paging through the notebook, I came across a great recipe that would be perfect for today’s low fat dietary needs: Wee One’s Date Nut loaf calls for no butter! The sugar or honey could also be maple syrup. It keeps well and would be tasty with cream cheese or even cottage cheese, not to mention butter! Ingredients: 1 cup boiling coffee or strong tea, 1 cup chopped dates, 1 tsp. baking soda, 1/8 tsp salt, 1 cup sugar or ½ cup honey or maple syrup, 1 beaten egg, 1½ cups flour, 1 cup chopped nuts, 1 tsp vanilla.

Method: Combine coffee or tea, dates and baking soda and let stand a few minutes. Mingle flour, nuts, sugar, honey or maple syrup, beaten egg, salt and vanilla. Stir well. Combine with date mixture, and stir well. Turn into a well-greased 4 by 8 glass loaf pan and bake in a preheated 300 degree oven for 1 ½ hours. It will keep very well for quite a while. It is somewhat dry because of the lack of butter or other shortening, but very tasty in nice thin slices. I wonder where Wee One is today, and if she still makes her bread?

Blessings and Best Regards, Tasha Halpert
Thanks in advance for your emails and comments, write me at tashahal@aol.com, and visit my site at http://www.heartwingsandfriends.com

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Hawk Medicine

Using our spiritual vision, we can look deeply into the inner light that guides us, seeing clearly what is not visible.

Hawks have the power to soar high above the earth, giving them a perspective previously only available to the inhabitants of the heavens above. Because of this, people from various cultures throughout history have seen them as messengers of spirit, bringing wisdom from the heavens and the value of their higher vision down to earth. From their vantage point, riding on the wind and sunlight, they remind us today that there is a bigger picture to be seen. When we get bogged down with the details of what is right in front of us, hawks help us remember that we are part of a larger plan and that everything fits together beautifully and perfectly. Once in this expanded frame of mind, we can harness their reputation as visionaries, using their keen eyesight to focus on the exact spot that truly needs our attention. With inspiration and focus on our goal, hawks teach us how to interpret and then follow our personal vision.

Hawks were thought to be able to look directly into the sun and see what is not visible to the rest of us. Using our spiritual vision, we too can look deeply into the inner light that guides us, seeing clearly what is not visible unless sought: our personal truth glowing within us. With that knowledge, we, like the hawk, can confidently ride the winds of chance, moving as one with the flow of whirling energy. This ability is what inspired the Egyptians to make hawks the hieroglyphic symbol for the wind.

The hawk’s ability to live on land but visit the sky is a good reminder for us all. They remind us that their strength and survival comes from communing regularly with the spirit and bringing the guidance received into earthly affairs. Soaring in the province of the heavenly bodies of the sun, the stars, and the wind that moves the clouds reminds us to consider a larger perspective, one that inspires us to move through the world we inhabit with strength, certainty, and grace.

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Ghost Hunting Theories
Scapeghosts: When Criminals Blame Ghosts

Sometimes criminals can’t help blaming an unseen force. Here’s some examples of scapeghosts being the target of criminal defense cases.

An Asheville mother took a hatched to her two children and killed them, then turned it on herself. She survived the self-attack and was hospitalized. Her mental condition had her blaming a ghost for the deed.

This is actually not that uncommon. Ghosts and possession have been blame for many murders including killing one’s children during exorcisms and killing others, believing they are the devil.

Schizophrenia and drugs can be blamed on some cases, as well as criminals hoping to get off and those who lack understanding of the natural world with superstitious tendencies. Let’s look at some such cases –

This Florida man killed his wife and 5 kids. He hoped that they would execute him expediently so he could be buried with his family. He said he would have killed himself, but he wouldn’t go to heaven.

His defense? Her mother had the devil in her and made him do it.

A Wisconsin man beat up his wife and then told the police that a ghost did it.

A college kid got into trouble for breaking into a museum and a church. He left behind a note stating, “Poltergeist everywhere… Need better security.”

In an unbelievably heinous crime, a couple killed their infant and said that all injuries were caused by a spirit haunting their home.

A former police officer blamed a ghost in the basement for a theft he committed.

Apparently, the ghost is a burglar and he didn’t know what he was hiding down there….

The stepdaughter of Morgan Freeman was stabbed by her boyfriend in a supposed attempt at exorcism. When police arrived, the man was still viciously attacking her dead body and screaming to let out the demons in the name of Christ.

Then, there was the infamous “Slender Man Stabbing.” Two 12-year-old girls lured their friend into the woods and stabbed her 19 times to supposedly appease the “Slender Man,” a fictional spirit of the forest who has it in for kids.

I coined a term years ago called “scapeghosts.” This is a situation in which a family focuses on a ghost as the reason for someone acting up, bad family dynamics, or in a dysfunctional desire to bring the family together.

It is not uncommon for people to be having difficulties, runs of bad luck, and such and believe that ghosts are the ones instigating it, demons, spirit attachments, and recently dead relatives.

I like to say it and it’s true, if ghosts could mess with us and our world with any amount of ability and accuracy, we’d all be screwed. Every single deceased parent would lament their child’s decisions, or every spawned lover would be on the attack.

Luckily, most ghost excuse cases are innocent and even humorous but some, like these above, are chilling.

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Breaking Family Ties That Bind

So often, we come into this world carrying the fear of our parents as it’s passed down and lived through us.

When we really examine our fears about something, we sometimes notice that the fear we have is not based on our own experience. Often, if we trace our fear back to its source, we find that one of our parents may have handed it down to us. For example, your mother or father may have had an intense fear of lack of money, stemming from their own life experiences. If that fear was not resolved by the time you came into the picture, chances are you inherited it. Meanwhile, you may have no actual experience of lacking money, so being fearful doesn’t make sense, and it may even block you from doing certain things you want to do.

Keeping in mind that your parents were only trying to protect you, and that most of the errors in judgment they made were made with the best intentions, it might be time to release this fear symbolically. You cannot resolve someone else’s fear for them, but you can decide to let go of it on your own behalf. Whether your parents are still alive or not, it is best to do this in a symbolic way, using visualization and, if you like, ritual. One simple visualization involves inviting your parent to sit across from you in your heart space and sharing your desire to move on from this fear, letting them know that you will not carry it anymore. You may be surprised at the response you get, because it’s possible they will be proud of you, grateful, and proud of your courage.

The more we do this deep inner work with our fears, the better we will be able to parent our own children without burdening them with fears that don’t belong to them. Some of us will do as much of this work as we can before we become parents, while others will be working on this even as our children become adults. Either way, the effects will be felt, because once we break our ties to the fears of the past, our children’s ties to those fears are greatly weakened, so it’s important to remember that it’s never too late.

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Not Always Easy

When an idea is meant to be, it comes back to us time and time again.

Some of our goals and dreams come to fruition so easily that it is as if an unseen hand has done much of the work for us. When this happens, we say it must have been meant to be. On the other hand, when dreams and goals require a tremendous amount of effort, we may interpret this to mean that our dream is not meant to be. However, difficulty is not necessarily a sign that our hopes and plans are ill-fated. On the contrary, difficulties and challenges along the path can be important parts of the project’s overall meaning.

When everything goes smoothly, we feel blessed by the universe, as if a fleet of angels is guiding and supporting our every move. When things are rough or ambiguous, we sometimes feel that we have been abandoned. And yet, the truth is that we are blessed in both cases. Our angels and guides are always present. They may choose at times to back off and let us figure something out for ourselves, and this is when things seem difficult. But when things are difficult, we learn and grow in specific ways. There is a unique satisfaction that comes to us when we succeed at something that has been a challenge. Our sense of self-reliance expands, and our ability to endure and keep the faith is stronger for having been tested. We learn that we are capable of confronting and overcoming the obstacles in our path, and this empowers us to dream still bigger dreams, knowing that we will not be daunted by the challenges inherent in birthing them.

When we find ourselves facing difficulties with a particular plan or project, the chances are we know already whether we are meant to continue on or let it go. We simply need to look within ourselves for the answer. When an idea is meant to be, it comes back to us time and time again. Then we know we can go forward, no matter what challenges arise, knowing that it is meant to be.

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Coach Gilberto Chapter 6
by Stephen Halpert

Gilberto sat in his poor excuse for an office. Evidently, requests for change weren’t a priority at Houndstooth. At least they had given him a working phone. It rang. Maria said, “I think you should know,” she began. Remember I told you Mona sent a photo of Boris to that canine talent agency in Florida. Apparently, they want to come to Boston and meet Boris. Personally, I didn’t like the sound of it but who am I to argue with show biz?”
He seemed confused. “What do you mean?”
“Oh, the woman on the phone spoke very fast saying we needed to pay for a professional photographer as well as a slew of other fees that added up to close to twenty-five thousand dollars.”
He frowned. “Sounds like a con game to me.”
“Good, I feel the same way. I told her to put something in the mail. That seemed to bother her. Apparently, most people are ready to jump through hoops at the thought of their dog appearing in the movies.”
He frowned. “How does Mona feel about this?”
“Oh, she’s thrilled. Wants to give Boris bubble baths so he’ll shine.”
His frown deepened. “Not in our tub.”
“You said that too late. I told her to scour it out and clean up any dog hairs. Originally, they wanted to come tomorrow but when I questioned all that money it put them off, presumably until sometime next week.”
His leg jerked and inadvertently his knee banged against the side of the rickety table. He thought he heard chuckling. He swiveled around and searched the room. “Who’s laughing at me?”
“Not me,” Maria said.
His eyes widened. “I just heard someone laugh.”
“Maybe it’s the ghost nobody wants to mention for fear of upsetting the headmaster.”
He shrugged. “We’ll talk about that later. Tell me about this dog media person.”
“I think the woman was purposefully vague. At first, she was all set to come see us practically immediately. When I told her we’d need some time to raise that kind of money, she dodged and put it off until either next week or whenever. Meanwhile, we’re having an impromptu Houndstooth supper party here this Saturday night.”
He groaned inwardly. He had planned on playing poker with Ramon and several buddies that night. “Who’s coming?”
“Your guess is as good as mine. Apparently, small Houndstooth impromptu dinner parties are spontaneous affairs. Probably because of the limited size of most people’s condos. I said come one come all and let me know early on Saturday.” Her voice lowered “I know how you like gigantic crowds so I figured why not.”
That made him laugh. “Something fishy about that canine company.”
His knee twitched again and hit the table. This time the laughter was more like a snicker. He looked around and still saw no one.
“I just banged my knee again against this table. Maybe it’s a clue to get out while the getting is good.”
“Then what would you do?”
“Who knows? Ramon and I talked about opening a soccer camp someday. That’s a possibility.”
“If that’s what you want.”
“Like I said it’s a possibility. Better than a life spent with bruised knees.”
He finished up by messaging his secretary and asking her to get him the athletic records he wanted. Then he buzzed Ramon and went out for a beer and to commiserate about his absence from the poker game.
On Saturday night around seven everyone arrived at once.
Alvin and Helen, Rosemary Green, Karen Muskie, Bob and Gertrude Sharp, Peter and Marie Flanders, and a tall seemingly awkward woman wearing thick hornrims. April Winters was a friend of Karen’s who taught and wrote about mythology and exhibited her sculpture at leading galleries.
Alvin looked around and rolled his eyes. “This place is huge. Must have set you back a ton. What kind of mortgage money did you come up with for this?”
“I own it,” Gilberto said carefully watching his words. He never liked talking about money. But he didn’t want to tell Alvin to mind his own business. That he feared would appear terribly rude. Instead, he said. “I bought it when I first came to Boston and over the years its worth has increased.”
But Alvin persisted. “So what’s it worth? Right now! Say you have to sell tomorrow. How much would you expect?”
Gilberto sighed, and swallowed his beer. “Three million, on a good day. Assuming the market doesn’t tank.”
“Hear that Helen,” he brayed. “Coach here says this place’s worth three mill.”
Helen sipped her wine. “Boston’s become so overwhelmingly expensive.”
“I’ll say,” Alvin said loudly. He scooped up a raft of smoked salmon and slathered it on half a bagel.
“Look at that view of the Charles,” Bob Sharp said. “Wow Gertie we could sunbathe on that deck all summer in complete privacy.” He looked at Gilberto and grinned. “You two ever belong to a key club?”
Gertrude Sharp fixed her eyes on Maria. “Some of us adore relaxing in our skin. Others still have that old fashioned need for textiles.”
“That’s why we go to Camp Wigwam,” Karen Muskie chimed in. She peered at Maria. “You look like you’d be delightful in just your skin.”
Maria smiled. “Gilberto seems to thinks so.”
“Modesty will get you everything,” Alvin said. He looked around the living room. “I don’t see any bookshelves. Don’t you two ever read?”
“We’ve some shelves in the guestroom,” Gilberto said. “Mostly trashy paperbacks for guests to enjoy.”
Alvin frowned and moved on to someone else.”
April Winters sashayed up to Gilberto and did her best to use her eyes seductively.
“And you teach?” he asked.
“Comparative Mythology,” April said. “You know the night life of the Gods.”
“They had a night life?” Gilberto asked.
“Oh yes,” April said. My classes are very popular with the students.” She blinked and grinned. “I tell the stories nobody else does. I’ve done lots of research. Zeus certainly had his way with the ladies.”
Bob Sharp leered at Gert. “What If I came on to you like Zeus?”
“Don’t,” she said flatly, “unless you’re prepared to watch me go skinny dipping in the school pool.”
Gilberto noticed his face draw up into a rictus of pain as he turned away and joined Dick and Karen.”
Gilberto sighed and wished he was at his poker game.
Maria wheeled in the coffee urn and announced dinner.
Gilberto wished everyone would go home, but it was a while before they did.
To be continued.

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Kitty Kat’s Korner
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Why Do Cats Stare?
By Susan Logan McCracken

Cats are famous for staring — at you, at the world outside a window, at the wall and sometimes at nothing at all. Indeed, cats are curious observers, and here’s a look into why they stare.

One of cats’ most striking features are their eyes. These ocular attributes amplify their reputation for staring and make them possibly the most photogenic species on the internet and here’s why:

Cats have enormous eyes compared to the size of the rest of their body.

Cats’ eyes blink about twice a minute, while human eyes blink around 15 to 20 times per minute.

A cat’s vision differs from ours. Compared to humans, cats are nearsighted. Average human visual acuity is 20/20. That means when our visual acuity is tested, we must see at 20 feet the same detail that average people see at 20 feet. Feline visual acuity ranges between 20/100 and 20/200. That means that the detail an average human can see from 100 to 200 feet away, a feline can only see clearly from 20 feet away. What looks clear to us at 100 feet away looks blurry to a cat.

What they lack in visual acuity, they make up for with other advantages.

The more numerous rods in their retinas enable them to see in one-sixth the amount of light we need to see.

Cats also have a wider field of vision at 200 degrees, compared to that of humans at 180 degrees. Cats are wired to see movement of the tiniest insect or speck of dust up close. Combined with their superior peripheral vision, cats are more likely to fixate on something we may not notice

Cats have adapted to human habits and use human signals to obtain information. Cats not only notice a person’s gaze, they can actually follow it.

They hear everything
Why do cats stare at a wall or seemingly nothing at all? Actually, much goes on in walls. If walls could talk, they would tell of the myriad plumbing and electrical conduits they conceal, not to mention the insects and other critters that may have found their home in them.

Have you ever noticed how cats know when someone is at the front door before you do? Cats’ sense of hearing is much sharper than ours. The extra muscles and shape of their ears enable them to pinpoint and amplify sounds. Cats hear the slightest sounds of everything going on in our walls and beyond them from leaves rustling and critters scurrying to people walking and talking outside.

Hunting requires patience
Cats are curious and learn by watching their world. In her 2005 study titled “Caregiver Perceptions of What Indoor Cats Do ‘For Fun,’” published in the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, animal behaviorist Melissa R. Shyan-Norwalt concluded that indoor cats on average spend up to five hours each day looking out of a window.

Outdoor cats exhibit this same amazing patience when they are on the hunt. If you’ve ever watched an outdoor cat hunt, you would marvel at their innate ability to sit quietly and stare at something until the perfect opportunity presents itself and they pounce.

They love you
If you’ve ever tried to make eye contact with an animal at a zoo, you may have noticed that many wild species do not comply. Some animals see eye contact as a threat or a challenge. Many animals interpret someone staring at them as a sign of aggression.

Looking into a human’s eyes is something only a domesticated companion animal would do. So, it’s no wonder that this attribute of the human-animal bond piqued the interest of researchers.

In a review of multiple studies, researchers from the Laboratory of Human-Animal Interaction and Reciprocity at Azabu University in Kanagawa, Japan, concluded that even though cats are solitary hunters and dogs are pack animals, the two species are similar in their bond with humans today. Both dogs and cats have adapted to human habits and use human signals to obtain information. Cats notice a person’s gaze and actually follow it.

“In the future, cats may acquire more dog-like abilities, such as more consistent and expressive gaze,” wrote the researchers in “The Gaze Communications Between Dogs/Cats and Humans: Recent Research Review and Future Directions,” published in Frontiers in Psychology in 2020.

The studies they reviewed showed that “dogs and cats have their own adaptive communications that may have provided the basis for their mutually beneficial coexistence with humans.”

Cats wouldn’t stare at someone they fear or dislike. So, when your cats stare at you, take it as a sign of trust and love.

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Georgia Nicols’ Weekly Horoscope:
Sunday, April 10, 2022

All Signs
This week there is a major conjunction of Jupiter and Neptune. This is when two planets are in the same sign, at the same degree, at the same place and at the same time. (A bit of trivia: Jada Pinkett Smith has a Jupiter/Neptune conjunction in her chart.) The last time this particular conjunction in Pisces took place was on March 17, 1856, which was 166 years ago. It’s also interesting to note that was when Russia lost a religious war. Hmmm. What does this mean for the rest of us? Increased spiritual idealism, sensitivity and finely-tuned intuition. Marvelous creativity! But there will also be unrealistic expectations, and conspiracy theories, false news and disappointments where people are disillusioned. Needless to say, thousands, maybe millions, of young children will make the shattering discovery of who the tooth fairy is.

Aries (March 21-April 19)
Perhaps more than any other sign, this major conjunction will boost your curiosity and appreciation of your spiritual world. Very possibly, something will happen that makes you more aware than ever about the interconnectedness of everything in the universe – and certainly, people. Nothing is individually separate. Everything is connected. You might find yourself in a situation where you are happy to be selfless and work for the benefit of someone else. For some reason, you might need to put your own wants and needs second to the wants and needs of another person. You won’t resent this. Au contraire! You will feel satisfied and rewarded. (Is that halo getting a bit snug?)

Taurus (April 20-May 20)
This rare conjunction of Jupiter and Neptune will take place in the part of your chart that is related to friendships, as well as your dealings with groups, clubs and organizations. You might find that you idealize a friend. Or you might be very grateful for your friends. You might also become committed to an organization with a mandate to help others because this compassionate ideology will appeal to you. This same part of your chart is also related to your ability to set future goals for yourself. This means you might find yourself modifying or changing your future goals to embrace your ideals in a more personally, rewarding way. (Mother Teresa had her Moon in Taurus.)

Gemini (May 21-June 20)
This rare conjunction of Jupiter and Neptune will take place at the top of your chart this week. This is bound to affect your ideals and even your life direction. You will find gratifying if you have a chance to explore doing anything that will benefit others, especially those in need. You will want to be part of something bigger than yourself. You want to make a difference – even if it’s small. The point is it does make a difference. Because this conjunction is at the top of your chart your idealism will shine, and others will see that you are embracing these values. You will be admired by others. Someone might even approach you to ask for help.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)
This rare and unusual conjunction of Jupiter and Neptune will take place in the part of your chart that will inspire you to travel and do whatever you can to expand your horizons. You will see that travel will allow you to understand more about the world. In addition, it will connect you to a deeper part of yourself, which will make you feel more whole and more in touch with everything. You might also pursue idealistic philosophies and consciousness -expanding groups because you want to get in touch with higher truths – something meaningful. Someone from another culture might enter your world now. Hopefully, this is a beneficial contact. Nevertheless, be careful of over idealizing someone and not really seeing who they are.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
Each of us will feel this rare conjunction of Jupiter and Neptune in a different way. For your sign, it will affect your financial scene, and especially how your finances interact with others – partners, close friends and anyone close to you. It will be easy for you to be generous, and give what you have to those in need. You won’t resent this. In fact, you will feel grateful that you’re in a position to be able to do this. In turn, because we know that everything in the universe is interconnected, then, most definitely – what goes around comes around! Therefore, you will also receive gifts, favours and a sense of abundance and self-respect because of your generosity to others.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
How very interesting! This rare conjunction of Jupiter and Neptune is taking place exactly opposite your sign, which means it will affect your relations with partners, spouses and close friends. Most likely, you will idealize someone close to you. You will certainly respect them more than usual. You will see their fine qualities and be happy to know that this excellent person is in your life. Having said that, this Jupiter/Neptune conjunction comes with rose-coloured glasses. Oh yeah. You might also feel disillusioned by someone close to and disappointed because you expected more. Work to find a middle ground that is realistic and yet, kind and compassionate.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
You are entering a lovely, dreamy, feel-good week! This is because the rare Jupiter/Neptune conjunction (the first that has occurred in 166 years) will affect your health, your job and your pet. Some of you might get a new pet and feel thrilled and lovey-dovey with your new pal. More likely, something will occur in your actual job or with work that you might consider doing that is humanitarian, or some kind of effort on your part that makes the world a better place. In turn, you will feel gratified and personally rewarded. With respect to your health, this is a tricky astrological influence because it could indicate an improvement in your well-being, or it could magnify something that is confusing. Oops.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
Well, you are a Water Sign, and this rare and unusual conjunction of Jupiter and Neptune in Pisces will definitely impact you, most likely in a favourable way. It will boost your good health and feelings of well-being. It will make you feel content and happy, and at the same time, more in touch with your creative potential. Your self-confidence will be strong. In fact, you will feel that you can do anything! Because Jupiter is associated with wealth, this is an excellent time for financial matters for your sign. Quite likely, you will work to make your surroundings more elegant and spend some money doing so. (“The colour is perfect! And definitely, the velvet.”) Children will be a source of joy.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
This week the rare conjunction of your ruler Jupiter with Neptune in the sign of Pisces will give you wonderful opportunities to improve your home. You will work to make it look more elegant and luxurious. You might want to entertain so that you can show off your clever ideas. Likewise, this will be an excellent week to pursue real-estate opportunities because they will almost surely bring you a profit now or in the future. This same influence will promote goodwill among your family members. In fact, relatives may want to help you or vice versa. You will be happy to help a family member who is in need of assistance.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
This rare conjunction of Jupiter and Neptune that takes place this week will be a wonderful boost to your overall sense of optimism. You will believe in yourself and your ability to do things. In fact, you will believe that nothing is impossible. This lovely influence will also improve dealings with daily contacts like neighbours, siblings and relatives. It will heighten your interest in learning and studying lofty ideas and philosophies, especially knowledge related to other cultures and different countries. Thank you! (English); Gracias! (Spanish); Merci! (French); Danke! (German); Arigatou! (Japanese); Tack (Swedish) and Dyakayu! (Ukrainian).

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Good news! This week the rare conjunction of Jupiter and Neptune takes place in your House of Earnings. Jupiter is the planet related to wealth and good fortune. Many of you will become richer or see ways to boost your income or get a better paying job. Some of you will perhaps buy something luxurious for yourself so that you “feel” richer. You might also see ways to use what you own to benefit others, especially someone in need. If so, this will be a gratifying and rewarding feeling for you. If you believe in past and future lives, then the only thing that you “take with you” after you die is your generosity. (Curious, when you think about it.)

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
Jupiter and Neptune will line up perfectly this week in your sign. This is a rare and unusual event, which last occurred in 1856 – 166 years ago. This means for this entire week, you will feel blissful, peaceful and full of harmonious vibes filled with love, understanding and compassion for everyone. Humanitarian impulses and opportunities to be generous to others will present themselves to you, and in turn, if you act on these, you will feel personally rewarded and gratified. Teamwork will be easy. You will also find it easy to forgive those who have been petty and even harmful to you. (Actually, when you forgive your enemies, it drives them crazy.)

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Weekly Horoscopes beginning Sunday, 10 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.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

While nothing can undermine the progress made around the Aries New Moon, on 1 April, you’re now facing a range of details. While some are exciting, others are dull. However, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the latter are far more important. Knowing that, give this priority. What you learn will shape your plans but, also, help you spot potential problems before they turn into more serious challenges.

Whenever two friends get together, all they do is argue and bicker. You’re growing tired of this brittle atmosphere. In a group situation you suspect someone is deliberately causing trouble. Before laying the blame on anyone, check you haven’t jumped to conclusions. A neighbour who likes to gossip will try to get information about your personal life from you. Be careful about how much you reveal as it is being passed on to another.

So interesting that in 1856, the last year in which Jupiter and Neptune aligned in Pisces that the Treaty of Paris was signed, bringing to an end the Crimean War. Perhaps we hear echoes. That year also saw many, many shipwrecks. Perhaps you aren’t surprised by the latter -Pisces after all is associated with the sea. How might all this affect you? Well, there’s high probability of your charitable instincts coming to the fore and, at some level for you to make your own peace treaty. Then there’s the question of shipwrecks. Perhaps you need to accept that one project has come to the end of its life journey. Ends are also beginnings and what’s interesting this week in the build-up to next weekend’s Full Moon in your opposite sign, is the high probability of you forming alliance. Insurance matters may be involved. More importantly, you perhaps see that in joining forces, you’re also creating a safety net.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Recently you’ve been battling plans you regard as unwise. Now, however, you’re not only recognising they aren’t that bad, your focus has shifted to rethinking certain longstanding arrangements. While the process is dull, these are holding you back. Tackle them now, before the Sun’s move into Taurus, on the 20th, turns your attention to new, and far more intriguing, ideas or offers. You’ll be glad you did.

Keep to the background as this is where you will be able to observe what is going on without other people noticing. A senior colleague is not willing to discuss matters you are asking about and the only way to find out the information you need is by watching from a distance. You have some heavy responsibilities and it might seem as if there is some unfairness going on. This is not the right time to air your grievances.

Jupiter and Neptune align in the ‘distribution and network’ area of your solar chart. They haven’t done this in your lifetime before. In fact, the last time they met in Pisces was in 1856 as the Crimean War came to an end. Interesting echo. As you probably know, Jupiter and Neptune are the ruling planets of Pisces: a sign associated with the sea. It may be that it’s matters to do with oceans and water generally, that have your attention. These days Jupiter and Neptune are as connected with media and its influence. It won’t be so surprising if you become involved in a marketing or advertising exercise. With Mercury moving through your sign, it may be that you need to focus on you and what you have to offer. It might even be advisable before the end of this week, to discuss with a career’s adviser or CV expert how you could categorise your expertise and qualifications. By next weekend’s Full Moon which accents the daily work area of your solar chart, you may be on a mission to show exactly what you can and cannot do.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

For ages you’ve been trying to get others interested in certain exciting plans or ideas but had little response. Now, suddenly, not only is there excitement, the resulting enthusiasm is overwhelming. While you’re no control freak, the matters in question are important enough you want to retain control. Say exactly that. To your surprise, others will still offer to be helpful, yet make it clear they understand.

There’s a lively feel to the start of the week. You will feel happiest when you are on the move especially if you keep trips and journeys short and sweet. A matter you need to raise in the workplace is not going to go down well in some quarters. You need your complaints to be taken seriously. Wait until the very end of the week and those in power will be more considerate towards your concerns.

There is no one alive who’s lived through the alignment of Jupiter and Neptune in Pisces as occurs this week. The last time this event took place was in 1856; the year that saw the Treaty of Paris signed and the Crimean War of that period brought to an end. This week’s alignment highlights the apex of your solar chart and seems indicative of the desire – if not the practical realisation – of taking a long journey. It could be that you embark on a course of study. A further possibility is involvement with media management. Focusing on your social media imprint seems likely – and suggests the need for a professional makeover. Here you would likely benefit from guidance – perhaps from an Aries or Libra – who can help shape a ‘new’ image. In the build-up to next weekend’s Full Moon, this whole exercise should bring considerable pleasure. That said, too much discussion could almost blow you away; rendering the need for a break to gather your wits and gain perspective. That’s perhaps where the long journey or trip comes in.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

There’s been talk about rethinking certain longstanding arrangements. While you regard changes as wise, not everybody agrees. Review what you’ve learnt, ask those whose views you respect for their thoughts, then focus on what’s next. Gradually, those who were recently unsure will become more confident, even about altering certain longstanding arrangements. Next? Take this opportunity to discuss plans together, for now and the future.

A meeting you had not wanted to attend will turn out to be one of the best conversations you have had in a long while. This will lead to opportunities you would never have dreamed of for yourself. You are feeling adventurous and you can expect to experience at least two or three out of the ordinary events this week. Include visits to friends and neighbours in your schedule. Group activities of any description will bring masses of pleasure.

Midweek, Jupiter and Neptune align in another of the Water signs, Pisces. This planetary picture last took place in 1856: the year that marked the end of the Crimean War. The sign of Pisces is notable for peace-making. Hopefully we will witness – at the very least – collaboration and at best alliance and cooperation. These two planets are also associated with film and the arts. If you work in these industries, expect major developments. This alignment also accents the base and home environment area of your solar chart: most likely coinciding with the need to improve a bathroom or kitchen area. At work, it’s about harnessing the media to promote personal aims and objectives. Anticipate that others will mention you in dispatches and that your profile will be raised. As Mercury moves through the networking area of your solar chart, it’s probable that your efforts will be much talked: about possibly leading to you being offered a place on a new team.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

For ages you’ve managed to sidestep a far-reaching reorganisation of plans you regard as well thought out, and wise. Yet, between changes in circumstances and your own shifting priorities, now and over the coming weeks, you’ll surprise yourself by going along with those changes. Not only is this wise, what you learn as you get more involved, will make you be glad you did.

Your boss will be instrumental in bringing an artistic or creative talent you have to the attention of someone who could help you further your aims. Don’t be surprised if you are offered financial reward for your efforts. Don’t allow a sudden attack of nerves to hold you back from taking up such a fabulous opportunity. Your intuitive levels are high. If and when you have to make a split-second decision, be sure to trust your instincts.

For the first time in your lifetime and indeed, the lifetime of your parents, grandparents or great-grandparents, Jupiter and Neptune align in Pisces as they did in 1856. The history of that time echoes the present: the Treaty of Paris that saw the end of the Crimean war was signed. These two planets align in the financial affairs area of your solar chart. So, there is much for you to think about: specifically, legacies. It won’t be so surprising if you have to deal with insurance matters and indeed anything that considers both life and death. Yes, you could feel swamped, and at times wonder if you’ve been marooned or shipwrecked. Yet it may be that the cosmic clock is ticking very much in your favour. Note that at the end of this month, there is a powerful solar eclipse in another of the Fixed signs. It could be that this present wave or storm, washes away all that’s been holding you back – in preparation for moving forward.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Ignoring the current battle about who’s got their facts right won’t be easy. However, with the foundation on which certain plans are based shifting, you’re better off adopting a flexible approach. That way, you can discuss options but avoid power struggles over who’s right or wrong. Unexpected revelations could revolutionise everybody’s thinking, possibly overnight. Eager as you are to make final decisions, they can, and should, wait.

An unexpected show of thoughtfulness from a colleague or neighbour could mean a quick change in social plans. You could find yourself suddenly rummaging through your wardrobe to find something to wear for a glamourous outing or party. If you’re stuck with an awkward chore, ask for help. It would be better to get assistance than to struggle on alone. An interesting new work opportunity will come through a friend of a friend.

Jupiter and Neptune align in your opposite sign on April 10. This is hugely significant. This pairing hasn’t happened in this area of the zodiac since the mid-19th century. For Virgo, the accent is very much on partnerships and unions and yes, you could become involved in a major merger or acquisition. Both your private and working life are set to be affected. Taking into account next weekend’s Full Moon there’s high probability that someone close will feel out of their depth but see you as a potential rescuer. You likely have career plans of your own: vision that been incubating now for perhaps even as much as three years. View this as your boat setting sail. The tide may be absolutely right but yes, until you’ve left the harbour there is still much work to do – and depends on your crew. It appears that there are a number of people ready to guide and support you. With Mercury moving through another of the Earth signs, practicalities will surely be attended to. A further and strong possibility is asking for a valuation: not necessarily with a view to selling, but on a need-to-know basis.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Now that your ruler Venus has moved to accent balancing life’s duties and its pleasures, you’re doing lots of juggling. The trick? Forget about a master plan. Do whatever you can for others, each day. However, between now and the Libra Full Moon on the 16th, also make a point of focusing on spending time with those you care about most, and doing what you enjoy.

There’s some urgency about having to make an important decision. You have a clear picture of everything in your head and this is why you won’t have to hesitate about your answer. Don’t let the last-minute aspect of a surprise offer put you off. This will be an opportunity worth accepting. Your social life is highlighted in a splendid way. If you are single and looking, you could enhance your romantic prospects by mixing in new circles.

You’d have to go back to the mid-19th century to find another alignment of Jupiter and Neptune in Pisces as occurs this week. Think about that: you have no known relative that lived through that time. So, what might it mean? This alignment occurs in the daily routine area of your solar chart suggesting high probability of the need to adjust your diet and workload. Together, these two planets signify multitasking in the extreme. There is a fabulous combination for visioning and future- thinking: though do remember that you are in human form and that there is danger of you taking on too much and compromising your health as a result. There is also the Full Moon in your sign next weekend to consider. Again, this one suggests overwork and pressure. So it may be that priority this week is to regulate and delegate. Compassionate as you may be about someone else’s health and priorities, you also need to look after yourself. You have a natural gift for design and general flair. Focusing on ensuring that your work environment is as pleasant as possible is not a distraction but absolutely essential.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

True, you’ve a talent for sidestepping clashes about your plans, even when the mood’s contentious. However, between now and mid-April, you’ll face a series of events and encounters as unexpected as they are unsettling. These, in turn, will force you talk over certain tricky issues openly. The secret? Raise them now, while you’re still able to control when, how, and with whom, they’re discussed.

A new work or family project will be going better than anticipated. This will give you a chance to step back and consider all that has been accomplished so far. By doing this you will have a better idea on how to proceed and on what should be made a priority. A past event will be discussed with objectivity and this will help you realise how much your feelings have changed. Recent experiences have taught you a lot.

Not since 1856, (Treaty of Paris and the ending of the Crimean War of that century), have Jupiter and Neptune aligned in the speculative zone of your solar chart. In other words, neither your parents, grandparents, or great-grandparents have lived through this. There is no role model alive. Yes, the accent probably is more on affairs of the heart and anything that brings you pleasure. Anticipate that your personal research and development area will be woken with potentially fabulous results. This though, is just the start of the cycle. The shortest part of this cycle is just over a decade long. So it may be that an idea born this week incubates over the next few years before being realised in the 2030s. It’s arguably worthwhile buying a notebook and keeping track of thoughts. Many will surely involve design and presentation. As likely is that someone from another generation will put the wind into your creative sails asking you to help them with a project. Not only might you excel, this could bring interesting twist to your career path.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

After a series of situations where you’ve explored ways, you could be helpful to certain individuals, everybody’s gone quiet. This is strange, especially for you, as a quick-thinking fire sign. Mention the idea again. Between that and their increasing need for your imagination and support, things will begin to come together. However, you’ll need to continue encouraging others. Not everybody responds to worthwhile ideas right away.

New social connections enter your life and they will bring them new opportunities. Responsibilities are increasing and although others are expecting you to do more than your fair share of work, this will not be an inconvenience. You thrive on challenge and wouldn’t want it any other way. You might sense a partner is against some of your ideas but if you approach this matter in a subtle way, you should get the green light you are hoping for.

The alignment of Jupiter and Neptune in Pisces this week, won’t happen again in your lifetime. In fact, the last time it took place was in 1856. That year saw a Crimean War Ended by the Treaty of Paris. Echoes? There is something about this combination that is about conciliation. The fact that the conjunction takes place at the very base of your solar chart, suggests your arrival understanding of your core revised aims and objectives. It may be that you now plan a major life adventure. True, this wouldn’t be unusual for those of your sign. This time it’s about expanding your horizons at every level – even journeying into space (unlikely literal but perhaps through major journey or study). It’s an exercise in reaching for the skies. At a different level altogether, you might need to move your workplace so that you increase your window on the world. There is also increased probability of you being high-profile with others wanting to write about you and your experiences. In short, this should prove a week to remember: at the close of which you may determine a fresh path that includes major alliance.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

One of your strengths is your ability to plan ahead, and in a way that’s thorough yet ensures even unexpected changes can be dealt with. However, even you are likely to struggle with the current twists and turns. Unsettling as they are, get involved. The more you learn about them, the more swiftly you’ll recognise them as the breakthroughs that they are, if in disguise.

Don’t dismiss the idea of refurbishing your home or buying new household equipment. A housemate knows you will accuse them of wasting money but their ideas are aimed to make your life more comfortable and spending that little bit extra will add to your home comforts. This in turn will give you a greater sense of security. Someone you work with will approach you to give a reference for a job they are applying for. They are relying on your discretion.

Not since 1856 have Jupiter and Neptune aligned in Pisces as they do this week. That year was notable for the Treaty of Paris that brought an end to a Crimean War. You could argue that echoes are being heard in 2022. At a personal level, this is about joining forces and dealing with a situation that requires as many design skills as technical expertise. It might even be necessary for you to learn a new language or at least to commit to doing so and then there is likely greater involvement with marketing and advertising; areas in which you may have only had mild interest. Perhaps you now see the value of good copy and precise wording. (A variation on this would be assisting in the wording of the job advert). Note that next weekend’s Full Moon accents your career zone and seems indicative of the need to wrest control from someone unable to do a task. You may be relieved to know that there will soon be a parting of the ways.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

For ages you’ve been managing your everyday practicalities with efforts to support those who need help, and in a variety of ways. Now that the individuals in question are getting back on their feet, it’s time to return your attention to your priorities. Some remain the same, but several have changed, far more than you’d imagined possible, and will need a serious rethink.

You are charging ahead towards a special goal and you won’t stop until you have reached it. You are in a determined frame of mind but someone you are working with will not be as enthusiastic. You may have to leave them behind. Are you in a committed relationship? You are likely to benefit in some way from your partner’s good fortune. Are you single? A neighbour will be grateful for a helping hand. This could lead to romance.

For the first and only time in your lifetime, Jupiter and Neptune align in neighbouring Pisces. The last time they formed this conjunction in this area of the zodiac was in 1856 – when the Treaty of Paris that brought to an end the Crimean War of that century was signed and yes, there may be echoes in 2022. Jupiter and Neptune are the natural rulers of Pisces, and Pisces covers an area of your solar chart that is about ethics, morals and finances. It would be unsurprising if you became involved in a humanitarian or charitable project that absolutely expresses your core values. This though, is just the start of a shorter cycle that lasts about a decade. A strong possibility is determining the legacy you want to leave for mankind, setting a goal and determination to complete this by the mid-2030s. With next weekend’s Full Moon in another of the Air signs, Libra, it’s probable that you will join forces and form an alliance: your own personal peace treaty and one from which you can move your career off in fresh direction soon after the solar eclipse at the end of the month.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

For weeks, and in some cases, months you’ve had to juggle certain of your own commitments so you could help those who’ve been struggling to overcome recent dramas. Now that things are calmer, it’s time to review your priorities. Explore your options now. This will prepare you for the cycle of action that begins when the fiery Mars moves into Pisces on Friday the 10th.

Friends will respond well to your views and opinions. Colleagues will be encouraging you to give away all your ideas but there are some, you should keep to yourself. For a negative side to this otherwise friendly phase is that someone may try to steal your notions and pass them off as their own. Expect a huge amount of activity in the workplace and in your neighbourhood. A worthwhile achievement will inspire you to think about new future possibilities.

Your two ruling planets, Jupiter and Neptune, align in your sign this week. This is rare. It last took place in 1856: the year that marked the Treaty of Paris and the end of the Crimean War of that period. It’s reasonable to imagine that this will prove a milestone week for all signs – especially given that there is a Full Moon next weekend. Decisions will be taken. Those of your sign have a justified reputation for creating magic and envisioning possibilities. That trait should be to the fore. Expect others to come to you for design and imaginative ideas but note too that a swathe of work could be headed your way. There will likely be significant financial reward attached to completing this in a timely manner. With Mercury now moving through one of the Earth signs, a dormant ability to be practical should be easier to access. It could be argued that this would be the perfect time to get involved with reinvigoration and redecoration. It’s probable too, that a major marketing or advertising exercise will be discussed in your presence and that your contribution to discussion will be welcomed and make significance difference to the outcome.

~CelestialPrognostication

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