GrannyMoons Weekly Feast: 8 May 2022

Mother’s Day Blessings

Seeds of great discoveries are constantly floating around us,
but they only take root in minds well prepared to receive them. ~ Joseph Henry

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: 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.)

Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15

Celtic Tree Calendar Month ~ April 15 To May 12 ~ Willow
Willow is a very magical month, great for drawing down the moon and love spells.

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

What’s Happening in MAY
May 9: At the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition, sassafras-flavored Hires Root Beer was introduced to a thirsty nation.
May 14: England sometimes celebrates Be Nice to Nettles Week, introducing modern folk to Nettles
May 10: Jupiter enters Aries
May 10: Mercury turns Retrograde
May 15/16: Scorpio Full Blood Moon Eclipse (May 16 East Coast time)

Face to Face Class: Noon – 2:00 PM ~ The Magick of Crystals – May 15
Reiki III and Advanced: 1 PM – 3 PM – May 22
Black Hat – May 28 – 7 PM – 9PM

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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.

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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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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
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Full Moon Circle at Sticks and Stones
May 15, 2022 from 5pm to 7pm
Organized By: Sway

Event Description:
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


Llewellyn’s Spell A Day

Mothering Sunday Meditation

A good mother loves her children and teaches them to love themselves. Today is Mother’s Day, and while there are many good mothers we should celebrate, there are also many people who don’t come from a good mother. Let’s expand and extend this day, making it inclusive to all (and not exclusive to those lucky enough to have a good mother).

Sit quietly and meditate. Focus on the qualities of a good mother: someone who is loving, caring, nurturing, and kind; someone who feeds, protects, cuddles, and teaches. Drop your attention down through your root chakra into Mother Earth, reaching awareness there. Know that timeless, abiding strength and wisdom are there for you to meet your deepest needs. Draw mothering energy up from the earth, through your body, and around your heart. Mother yourself: cultivate self-love, self-protection, self-care, and kindness. Claim good mothering as yours as a child of the great mother, Earth.
A Pet Protection Spell

Traditionally early May was when farmers would hang pine in their barns to protect their livestock from bad luck. Then they would walk their livestock around bonfires in a rite of purification. This spell is similar and helps you bless your pets. You’ll need a small pine twig and a small amount of your pet’s fur. Safely ignite the pine in a heatproof container. Add the fur and say:

My furry friend, you’ll
remain at my side,
By my rules you will abide.
I promise to feed you and to protect,
I’ll care for you without neglect.
I’ll give you a cozy place
to lay your head,
Be it by my door or by my bed.

When the ashes are completely cool, sprinkle them near your front door. End by giving your furry friend some extra attention so they know how much you care.
Clean Sweep

This spell is designed to clear out energy that no longer serves, neutralizing and recycling it back into the cosmic flow where it can be put to better use. You’ll need to gather some sort of natural debris that you can sweep away without littering, such as sticks, leaves, pebbles, or sand.

In a ritual mindset, arrange the debris intuitively while bringing to mind the situation or pattern you wish to clear. Allow the debris to become a symbol of this situation. Spend a few minutes in meditation, contemplating how this energy has affected your life, expressing gratitude for its lessons, difficult as they may be.

When you’re ready, say farewell and sweep the arrangement away, completely dispersing the energy and returning it to the greater cycle of life, where it can be composted and reused. Take a few minutes to enjoy a new sense of liberation and clarity.
Sweeten Up and Chill Out

If you find yourself in an argument, dispute, or otherwise disagreeable situation with another person, simply write their name on one side of a piece of paper and your name on the reverse.

Put this paper in a small self-sealing bag and add water, filling it enough to cover the paper. While doing this, say:

By the power of water, we
invoke empathy between us.

Add a handful of sugar to the water. While doing this, say:

By the power of sugar, we
invoke sweetness between us.

Seal the bag and put it in the back of your freezer. While doing this, say:

By the power of ice, we invoke
chill vibes between us.

Once you feel resolution has occurred with this person, toss the frozen bag in a public trash receptacle so it can be buried in the landfill, thereby offering the spell to the earth with gratitude.
Bird on the Wing

Today is Bird Day. In its various incarnations, it draws attention to migratory birds in particular and encourages conservation of birds in general. Like all flying creatures, birds represent the element of air. For this reason, they often figure into travel spells. This can mean air travel but also applies to travel over land or water.

For this spell you will need a charm shaped like a feather or a bird (preferably in flight) and something to string it on, such as a necklace, bracelet, or key chain. Toss the charm gently in the air, catching it in your hand, and say:

Bird on the wing, bird in the air,
Carry me safely from here to there.
Light as a feather on the tail,
Watch over me upon my trail.

String the charm on its carrier. You can wear it to protect yourself, or attach it to a vehicle to protect that. If you put it on your key chain, you’ll always have it when you need it.
Honor the Sun

On May 3, 1978, Sun Day was established by President Jimmy Carter. It is now recognized as World or International Sun Day. It is a day devoted to solar energy and the power it has to propel life.

Now is the time to honor our sun and its life-giving energies. Decorate your home and your altar with items relating to the sun. Use the colors orange and yellow in the form of sunflowers or daisies if available. You can also include oranges, sunstones, or agates in your decor.

At sunrise or sunset, honor the sun by lifting your arms to the sky to absorb the radiant energy. As you do so, close your eyes, take a deep breath, and slowly exhale. Repeat this action several times, feeling the energy of the sun increase the element of fire within you.
Enhance Psychic Awareness

Cleanse three moonstones by placing them in bright sunlight or cool running water for a few minutes or by bathing them in sage smoke. Hold your hands in prayer pose, with the stones between them. Then move your hands to touch your heart. Close your eyes, take some deep breaths, and say:

Great Goddess, help me to be a
clear channel of divine energy and
wisdom. Cleanse my perception
and open up my awareness so
that I may clearly see, hear, know,
and understand. Thank you.

Move your hands, still in prayer pose, up to touch your forehead. Then recline comfortably. Place one moonstone on your heart center (the center of your chest), one on your throat, and one on your third eye (the center of your forehead just above your eyebrows). Relax as you feel your psychic sensitivity growing. After a few minutes or when this feels complete, place the moonstones on your altar. If you’d like, you can repeat this process before any psychic or intuitive work.


~Donna Henes

It is promulgated in some paleontological circles that all of humankind is the offspring of a single lady who lived in Africa, or some say, Asia, a very long time ago. The geometrically multiplied generations of her darling daughters and sons have since become geographically dispersed and ethnically diverse.All branches of the Family Tree of Life.

Lately, linguists have been speculating on the communality of verbal communication. It has been suggested that all of the extant thousands of languages and dialects in the world today come from a single shared source. That, ultimately, we all speak some variation of one original mother tongue. Certainly, the very first word most of us utters is identical everywhere: “Ma.”

The word for mother, world wide, is based on ma, or close enough. Ma is the earliest form of the Indo-European root word for mother, mâter, which is reflected in the Latin, mäter; the Greek, métèr; and the prehistoric Germanic, möthar. These, in turn, have become madre in Spanish and Italian, mère in French, mae in Portuguese; mite’ra in modern Greek; mutter in modern German, moeder in Dutch, moder in Swedish, mör in Danish, mor, in Norwegian and mother in English. Mother is mat’ in Russian, matka in Polish and Czech, majka in Serbo-Croatian, máyka in Bulgarian, anya in Hungarian, ema in Estonian, mâte in Latvian, nâna in Albanian, ima in Hebrew, anne in Turkish, and omí in classic Arabic. In the many languages of Sub-Saharan Africa, too, ma is prevalent: mamá in Ibo and Hausa, mma in South African Sotho, mbuta in the Congo, and inate in Ethiopian Amharic.

The similarity holds in Asia as well: aamaa in Nepali, mae in Thai, nanay in Philippino, omoni in Korean, chomo in Tibetan, moqing in Mandarin and mamá in Cantonese. In the Telgu and Tamil languages of India, mother is amma, and she is mata in Hindi. In Pakistani, mother is man, which means “moon” and “wisdom.”In Japanese, one’s biological mother is called, ha ha, while the ubiquitous bar hostess who, with offers of sake and sympathy, listens tenderly to a man’s troubles is known as mama-san.

Interestingly, words that designate father do not display such a remarkable resemblance. The universal inspiration for the maternal appellation, ma, must then come from some inherent quality unique in the relationship with the mother. It is not difficult to imagine how this etymological concurrence might have come to pass. Behold a scene played out billions upon billions of times throughout human existence:

A baby, cradled close, is nursing. Along with the rich nourishment of her mother’s bountiful body, she blissfully imbibes warmth, security, contentment, love. Her small head buried in soft breast, she enthusiastically sucks. Mmmm. Mmma, mmmaa, mmaaaaaa. Ma! Mama!. Ma, as in “maternal,” Ma, as in “mammary,” Ma, as in “mammal.” Mama means “mother’s breasts” in many places, and ma frequently refers to ”milk” as well as “mother.” Certainly from the point of view of a dependent child, mother is milk.

The Great Goddess, divine maternal model, source and sustainer of all life, prototype single parent, has been widely represented as a lactating mother. Abundant, ample-breasted and serene. Protective and nurturing. Full with the wherewithal to provide perfectly for the children whom She has created. Provider of bliss, She personified the primal miracle of mother’s milk.

This Mother’s Day let us toast our universal Maternal Creatrix, our mutual Mother Earth, our biological mothers, and our own mothering impulses with the nurturing milk of human kindness.


Grief Is Important

Grieving doesn’t have to be a process that keeps us rooted in our thoughts of fear and sadness.

Change is something that happens each and every moment in our lives. Since nothing is constant, it may sometimes seem as if we are losing something whenever things do change. Understanding that this is part of our daily existence and that there will not only be gains but also losses in our lives can help us more readily accept and deal with whatever happens.

Whenever we lose something or somebody we love, it is important for us to take time out for ourselves and truly feel the weight of what we are experiencing. Although it may seem that doing so will push us into a deeper state of sadness, truly giving ourselves permission to be with whatever arises actually creates space for us to begin the healing process. This is because the act of grieving is a natural process, allowing us to sort through the range of emotions that are present in our everyday existence. Even though it may sometimes seem easier to involve ourselves in activities that take our minds off of our sadness, this will only make the route to healing more difficult. Unless we listen to where we are in the moment, the emotions we experience will only grow in intensity, and our feelings will manifest themselves in more powerful and less comfortable ways. Once we consciously acknowledge that these emotions are present, however, we are more able to soothe the sorrow of the moment. In so doing, we become more open to our natural ability to heal ourselves.

Grieving doesn’t have to be a process that keeps us rooted in our thoughts of fear and sadness. For the moment we might feel despondent, but by expressing and coping with our true feelings, we face the sadness head-on. When we allow ourselves to accept and deal with our loss fully, we will then be able to continue our life’s journey with a much more positive and accepting outlook. This will make it easier for us to see that our grief is ephemeral and, just like our moments of happiness, it will also come to pass.


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Mothers Come in All Sizes and Shapes

Heartwings says, “Mothers are to be honored as are all who mother.”

The idea of Mothers’ Day can be traced back to Greece and Rome. They celebrated the mother goddess at least annually. In the 16th century churches celebrated Mothering Sunday on the fourth Sunday in Lent. Today, thanks to the efforts of Mother Jarvis and her daughter Anna, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the second Sunday in May as the official Mothers’ Day.

This seems good. Most mothers work hard to care for their children. This is true, given that it is done to the best of their capability, no matter how things may appear. People do the best they can with who they are. However, although mothers do come in all sizes, Mothers’ Day still applies only to human ones.

Animal mothers are very focused on guiding and protecting their young and there are many internet postings to that effect. It often happens that one kind of animal or bird will nurture and protect even the little ones of another species. However, when it comes to Mothers’ Day, who mentions other than human mothers? It seems to me that motherhood is much more than about taking one’s mother out to dinner or giving her flowers.

Here’s an example: for many years I have maintained a practice of giving small amounts of money to organizations of my choice. Most of these are not large, but all do something to nurture and sustain nature. One such recipient is OWL. According to their website, Operation Wildlife, aka OWL is an animal rescue organization “dedicated to providing care and release for injured and orphaned wildlife.
Recently they sent me a wonderful tribute they had printed up about a barred owl named Josie that had been with them for 27 years and recently died. She had come to them severely injured, and though some parts of her healed, her vision was not good enough for her to safely be released into the wild. As a result, she became a resident mom, as quoted here from her story. “…she would foster anything that peeped and begged for food.” They said she was a superb mother and will be missed. There are many more stories like this on the internet.

Not only mothers but also fathers can be seen nurturing their infants these days. I have seen in the past few years how fathers have come to care for their very young children. It is assumed that mothers are responsible for babies, yet fathers, as opposed to mothers can be seen these days with very young infants strapped to their chests.

The mothering instinct is very strong in every species, not just us humans, as most surely know. People who have not birthed a child or raised one still may have the same nurturing instinct. It may come out in their interactions with nieces or nephews, or they may give friends that kind of caring love. Mothering is a special trait, but not exclusive to women.

May you find mothers to honor and be grateful for.

Blessings and best regards, Tasha Halpert

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More Benefits Of The Great Outdoors
~Andrew Weil, M.D.

It doesn’t take a scientific degree to know that spending time outside can make us feel good. Now, two recent studies add to what conventional wisdom has long suggested: Nature is good for both body and mind.

For one study, researchers from the Boston University School of Public Health looked at the effects of living near greenspace (grass, parks, trees, gardens, etc.) on nearly 13,600 women with an average age of 61. After measuring the women’s memory, attention, and learning abilities, along with the estimated amount of greenspace in their neighborhoods, the investigators found that women who lived in areas with more greenery had better cognitive function.

In another recent report, researchers from Drexel University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions surveyed more than 300 adults about their connection to nature, as well as their estimated daily fruit and vegetable consumption. They found that people who reported feeling more strongly connected to nature also reported eating a more varied diet and consuming more healthful produce than their peers.



Can Flower Essences Address Your Mental Outlook?
~Andrew Weil, M.D.

Physician Edward Bach introduced Bach flower remedies to England in the 1930s. He theorized that people fell into seven groups, based on their reactions to illness. The groups are fear, uncertainty, loneliness, over-sensitivity, lack of interest in present circumstances, despondency, and over-concern for others.

He determined that to treat illness, one had to address patients’ emotional and mental states. Following the principles of homeopathy, he devised the flower essences for that purpose. Today, many homeopaths, naturopaths, chiropractors, and herbalists still utilize flower essences in their practices with good success.

Several brands of flower essences are sold at health food stores for self-care, but you’ll need to determine, on your own, which particular emotional state you’re trying to treat and be sure to ask a practitioner or expert which brands are sourced and prepared from organic and quality ingredients. Trying high quality sources seems to have very little downside, so it may be worth a try even though there is not a lot of high quality medical evidence of benefit.

Physician Edward Bach introduced Bach flower remedies to England in the 1930s. He theorized that people fell into seven groups, based on their reactions to illness. The groups are fear, uncertainty, loneliness, over-sensitivity, lack of interest in present circumstances, despondency, and over-concern for others.

He determined that to treat illness, one had to address patients’ emotional and mental states. Following the principles of homeopathy, he devised the flower essences for that purpose. Today, many homeopaths, naturopaths, chiropractors, and herbalists still utilize flower essences in their practices with good success.

Several brands of flower essences are sold at health food stores for self-care, but you’ll need to determine, on your own, which particular emotional state you’re trying to treat and be sure to ask a practitioner or expert which brands are sourced and prepared from organic and quality ingredients. Trying high quality sources seems to have very little downside, so it may be worth a try even though there is not a lot of high quality medical evidence of benefit.


Fill Yourself from the Inside Out

Creating and expanding your own inner light is a simple way of tending to your own energy field.

Life presents us with many opportunities to gain mastery in tending our own energy fields. At times we may want to protect ourselves by using energy shields of color, light or angelic presence. Or in order to become more grounded, we may run energy down through our feet or first chakra, rooting ourselves to the earth. Sometimes it’s appropriate to play openly with others in an expansive, flowing state; and at other times, we may want to limit our availability to a chosen few. In certain public environments such as graduation ceremonies, work conventions, or even weddings, it may be important to remain open-hearted and able to connect, while still preventing our individual systems from depletion or overwhelm. In these situations, rather than putting a barrier between ourselves and the world around us, we can fill our energy fields from the inside out. In doing this, we become so filled with our own personal energy that no room is left for outside influences or discordant energy to enter in and affect us.

When you need to connect with people on a one-to-one basis, separate from the bustling environment around you, here is a visualization technique you might try. You can start in the morning and repeat any time as needed. Begin by taking a few moments to breathe deeply and relax. When you are calm and present, envision a ball of light in your solar plexus area just above your belly button. Allow it to build there, growing stronger and stronger. Eventually, allow the light to expand throughout the rest of your body until it fills your entire physical and energetic field.

By filling yourself with your own energy in this way, you become fortified with your own power. You retain access to all of your intuitive and mental abilities. And, you are able to act from a loving space in the midst of any situation.


Seeing Beyond Fearful Delusions

By focusing our light on our fears, they are revealed as mere shadows that disappear in the presence of mind and spirit.

One of humanity’s biggest fears is losing what we have. It is healthy when fear of loss helps us take steps to protect what we have worked hard to attain, but it is unhealthy to continue to fear something we can do nothing about. We need to remember that focusing our energy on fear can actually create what scares us, and holding tightly to what we have keeps us from participating in the universal flow of abundance and instead creates stagnation. Since we can only really control our thoughts and our responses, gaining proper perspective may be key to conquering such fears.

Fears of being separated from something or someone we feel we need for our security or happiness comes from a delusion — a distorted way of understanding ourselves and the world around us. When we understand that possessions are only representations of the energy at work in our lives, we can shift our attention to the right and proper place. We can stop fearing loss of money or success because when we understand how it is created, we can always create more. We can stop fearing loss of possessions when we realize that they are not the source of our joy or well-being but only icing on our cakes. And when we understand the energy of love, we need not hold anyone too close for fear of losing them for we know that love does not diminish when it is given or shared but expands beyond boundaries of time or space.

By focusing our light on our fears, they are revealed as mere shadows that disappear in the presence of mind and spirit. We can choose instead to direct our thoughts and creative power toward things of true value — love, abundance, peace, passion, and joy. These are energies that are always available to us when we place ourselves confidently in the universal flow of abundance.


Is Licorice A Healthy Food? Find Out
by Andrew Weil, M.D.

Believe it or not, much of the licorice sold in the United States does not contain the herb licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) at all. Most “licorice” candy sold in the US is flavored with anise, contains wheat, is mostly sugar and does not have any of the health beneficial properties of this medicinal herb.

The benefits of the licorice herb are many, but be mindful of licorice root, which contains glycyrrizin, a compound that can raise blood pressure, but is often used in supporting adrenal function and energy, and should only be used with the supervision of a knowledgeable practitioner. The other form of licorice, deglycyrrhizinated licorice extract or DGL, does not contain glycyrrizin and is safe to use without keeping an eye on your blood pressure. It can treat canker sores and heartburn by stimulating the mucous lining of the esophagus and stomach, can soothe gastroesophageal reflux disease, as well as being helpful in relieving symptoms of gastritis and ulcers.

DGL can be found in wafer form or as chewable tablets at your local health food store or online through supplement retailers. Take it between meals or before meals, until your symptoms are lessened or eliminated.

Believe it or not, much of the licorice sold in the United States does not contain the herb licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) at all. Most “licorice” candy sold in the US is flavored with anise, contains wheat, is mostly sugar and does not have any of the health beneficial properties of this medicinal herb.

The benefits of the licorice herb are many, but be mindful of licorice root, which contains glycyrrizin, a compound that can raise blood pressure, but is often used in supporting adrenal function and energy, and should only be used with the supervision of a knowledgeable practitioner. The other form of licorice, deglycyrrhizinated licorice extract or DGL, does not contain glycyrrizin and is safe to use without keeping an eye on your blood pressure. It can treat canker sores and heartburn by stimulating the mucous lining of the esophagus and stomach, can soothe gastroesophageal reflux disease, as well as being helpful in relieving symptoms of gastritis and ulcers.

DGL can be found in wafer form or as chewable tablets at your local health food store or online through supplement retailers. Take it between meals or before meals, until your symptoms are lessened or eliminated.

The Druids Garden
The TreeLore Oracle and Magical Compendium of North American Trees

by Dana

One of the most important things we can do to address the challenges of today’s age is to build authentic, lasting, and meaningful nature-based relationships and spiritual practices that are localized to our own ecosystems. We can build deep connections with our local land and take up our traditional ancestral role intending and honoring nature. Doing this allows us to build reciprocal relationships with nature, which shifts our own viewpoint and practices from those that are anthropocentric (human-centered/dominated) to those that are ecocentric or biocentric (focusing on the equality of all life).

These practices are best if we root them where we live–in our local ecosystems. In AODA we call this practice “Wildcrafting”, which has a focus on developing eco-regional Druid and nature spirituality practices using a variety of resources: folk, ecological, and experiential. The challenges with wildcrafted practices are that learning like this takes a good deal of time and skill to master and thus, as regional communities, we can build these together. Also, for those of us of European ancestry living in colonized lands, we do not have a right to the meanings or stories of indigenous cultures, which means we must explore the magical landscape where we live in different ways that do not appropriate others’ wisdom. In today’s post, I’d like to introduce you to my long-term tree project, the TreeLore Oracle and Magical Compendium of Eastern North American Trees. The TreeLore Oracle serves as one contribution to building wildcrafted and eco-regional knowledge of how to work with the sacred trees found throughout Eastern North America.

If you are interested in preordering the TreeLore Oracle and supporting the project, please see our Indegogo Campaign!

About the TreeLore Oracle
The TreeLore Oracle is a 35-card eco-printed oracle deck that includes trees native to Eastern North America. The deck channels the spirit of the trees through beautiful eco prints, allowing you to have deep communion with nature. Both common magical trees (Apple, Oak, Hawthorn, White Pine) and less common trees (Hickory, Spicebush, Witch Hazel, Maple, Black Locust) are included in this stunning deck. Enter the sacred grove with the TreeLore Oracle and commune deeply with the living earth. The North American TreeLore Oracle Deck and the companion book, The Magical Compendium of Eastern North American Trees: Ecology, History, Lore, Magic, and Divination form a partnership to explore the many magical trees in the Eastern North American landscape and their specific uses for magical and divination purposes. This project was created in collaboration with the living earth—trees that wanted to be included are part of the deck–they are the artists and illustrators. The following is an image of all of the different prints that are included in the deck:

In order to create this deck in collaboration with the living earth, I developed my own process of eco printing. Starting in 2014, I based my painting on paper from the work of India Flint, who was doing eco printing on fabric in Australia. It took me about 5 years to figure out the right timing and to get the prints correct and then in the last few years, I refined my printmaking technique with mordants, different papers, and different processing times. I say years because I discovered that the fall is the best time to do most ecoprints, and the fall leaves are at their peak only for 1-2 weeks. Thus, if I didn’t get the right print, sometimes I had to wait a whole year to try to print it again (or try printing at a different point in time). The basic process involved finding plant matter from trees who wanted to be included in the deck, soaking thick papers in water + natural mordants, and then layering them. I would then steam the entire bundle for a few hours and then wait till the next day when I unveiled the results. I ended up doing over 500 ecoprints to construct the deck. All of the ecoprints that did not end up the deck were still put to good use as cards, journals, and more.

Here are a few photos of the ecoprinting process that created the TreeLore Oracle. The entire process was alchemical and magical, and I think that it produced a really unique oracle deck that is unlike anything else out there!

The Book: A Magical Compendium of Eastern North American Trees
One of my major motivations for this project came from a lack of magical lore and knowledge about the trees growing where I lived, the trees that I interacted with daily. Books on magical trees typically focus on European sacred trees, and while there is some overlap with trees like Oak, Apple, or Hawthorn, many of our common trees—like Maple, Hickory, Witch Hazel, or Ironwood—have little to no magical information available! Further, meanings and mythology from the Old World are not always applicable to North America. Thus, I began from scratch, working with each of the 35 trees in this project. I spent time researching each of these trees in-depth: gaining direct life experience with them, understanding their ecological functions, their traditional human uses, and their herbal and healing uses, and applying principles like the doctrine of signatures to understand their magical uses. I knew I needed to work with the trees for food, medicine, shelter, and other basic human needs to understand them. I studied herbalism, bushcraft and ancestral skills, natural building, wild food foraging, and much more to understand these trees. What seemed like a simple start later turned into a 12-year project: I started researching these trees in 2010. As many of my longtime readers know, the initial research for this book was explored through my series “Sacred Trees in the Americas” which has, at this point, dozens of entries (Here are some of them: Holly, Tulip Poplar, Dogwood, Spruce, Spicebush, Rhododendron, Witch Hazel, Staghorn Sumac, Chestnut, Cherry, Juniper, Birch, Elder, Walnut, Eastern White Cedar, Hemlock, Sugar Maple, Hawthorn, Hickory, Beech, Ash, White Pine, Black Locust, and Oak).

A Magical Compendium of Eastern North American Trees offers an in-depth exploration of 35 trees and includes extensive details about their ecology, human uses, history, lore, traditional magical uses, and divination. Trees include commonly found trees such as Apple, Hawthorn, Oak, and Holly as well as many trees unique to North America such as Hickory, PawPaw, White Pine, Sassafras, and Maple. Through a detailed exploration of all aspects of the tree ecologically, socially, and magically, this book presents a complete North American tree-based divination and magical system. This book serves as the companion book to the TreeLore Oracle but can also be used as a standalone magical reference. For samples of the first few chapters of the book, see: TreeLore Oracle Table of Contents, the TreeLore_Meanings, and the TreeLore_Sample Entries.

This book is in two sections: the first section offers an introduction (Chapter 1) and key aspects of using North American Sacred trees for divination (Chapter 2) and working with the trees magically (Chapter 3). The second part of the book forms the majority of the text and serves as a magical Materia Medica for 35 sacred trees: presenting full entries with research on their ecology, history, lore, traditional uses, and magical and divination meanings. Part II of this book also provides recipes, magic, rituals, celebrations, and other methods of direct work with each of these sacred trees.

Crowdfunding Campaign
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Coach Gilberto Chapter 10
by Stephen Halpert

Gilberto and Maria hurried after the uniformed bell hop as he carried their luggage through the lobby and up to their spacious room at the Ritz hotel in downtown Boston. After he tipped the bellboy generously, Gilberto kicked off his loafers and grinned at Maria. “Here we are at last.”
She nodded and kissed him gently. Then she drew back and looked at him.
He raised his eyebrows. “What have you got up your sleeve?”
“Just my arms,” she said. She put them around him.
He sighed. “Too much world with me, not enough you.” They embraced and she brushed her lips against his into what became a long-lasting kiss. “I’m glad we’re here,” she said. “We need to chill, relax and talk. That’s always easier when we’re away from the condo, and especially at a splendid hotel under the covers in a comfy king size bed.”
He smiled and took off his sweater.
Seeing his bare arms made her shiver. She straightened up and took a breath. “Wait, let’s save the best for last and clear the decks first. Take care of old business.”
He started to unbuckle his belt, but stopped and looked up. “What old business? I didn’t know there was any old business.”
“Well, there are things to talk about…”
He sighed and hoped it wasn’t anything he’d done.
“Sure. Whatever you say. Tell me what’s up?” He waited.
Her words burst out in a rush. “Joey’s been confiding in me.” She paused then said, “he told me he’s gotten very close to Davie Conners, Helen Conners son.
“My secretary?” Gilberto scratched his head, envisioning the skinny woman who perched on the edge of her folding chair.
“Yes, he recently moved back to be with his mother and transferred to Houndstooth.”
Gilberto wondered where this was leading, but as he did so, he remembered Joe’s lack of interest in both sports and studies, and thought again.
Maria went on, her voice soft but firm. “He told me since they met at the Drama Club, they spend most of their time together.”
Gilberto frowned. “”Ok, I guess.” His heart sank within him. His son? Losing interest in his dreams of being a star athlete? Perhaps, he thought those are my dreams, not is. He sighed.
She led him to the bed and sat down beside him, taking his hand in hers. Then she fell silent and said no more.” But he knew there had to be more.
Very softly she kissed his bare shoulder and shook her head.
He nodded, stood, and unlocked the liquor cabinet under the TV. He selected an imported Danish beer, filled a glass of red wine for Maria and turned. “And you, you’re saying Joey has a crush on this kid Davie?”
She nodded. “But Gilberto what you must understand is only you and I can help our son move through this, this identity crisis.
She kissed him, smiled and ran her fingers along his thick muscular arms. “Oh Gilberto, you’re such an amazing hunk of masculinity.”
He sighed. It was almost impossible to wrap his mind around this news.
Maria’s next words came out fast. “I invited them to meet us here at the hotel tonight for dinner in the dining room. I thought it could be helpful for us to get to know Davie.”
“You did? But I thought?”
She nodded. “I thought we’d sit in the dining room, relax and interact safely and lovingly.”
Tears filled her eyes. “I just want to be sure we do the right thing. I don’t
want raging hormones to take our son from us.”
He nodded. “And this concerns you, doesn’t it?”
She finished her wine. He poured her a refill. “Of course it does. I’m especially concerned he hasn’t confided any of this in you.”
His eyelids lowered. Come to think of it, not only has he said nothing, but he’s been avoiding me. I thought he was just busy.”
She sipped her wine and cuddled closer to him.
He decided to share his apprehensions. “Are you saying Joey’s gay?”
She frowned. “I’m not sure where his fascination with Davie will lead. He’s growing and exploring and we’ve got to be sure to be there for him.”
He nodded. “I’m with you. You know that.” Inside he was feeling nervous and uncomfortable. He wanted to be a good partner, but his dreams for Joey…”
“I feel concerned you might blow up at him. You do have temper, you know.” She nodded, sipped her wine. “Yes. If we work together and do this right…”
Her logic bothered him. “But I thought this was our escape. Isn’t that why we’re here?”
She smiled. “Like I said this is old business we need to get past.”
Now he really was annoyed. “And you invited them to meet us here and have supper.”
Yes,” she smiled. “And I told Joey to be sure they wore jackets and ties. I wanted to give them a fabulous meal in a really nice setting.”
That brought him up short. “Maria, why get all dressed up?”
“For their sense of self-esteem.” She took his hand, looked into his eyes. “Gilberto, teen suicides are rising.” She took a breath and went on.
“I’m doing this for them to know we’re supportive.” She smiled brilliantly. “I told Joey it was all right for Davie to visit over some weekends. My condition was that he pull up his grades.”
“We’ll see,” Gilberto said.
She stood up and straightened her skirt. “So, let’s go down to supper and meet Davie, I already ordered lobsters all around.”
Gilberto thought she looked ravishing in her special red dress. How amazing that something she had bought years ago for their honeymoon still fit. He put on his shoes back, caught her around the waist and kissed her.
“Then afterwards we can go dancing right here in the hotel,” she said as she came up for air.
That lit up his eyes, “I can hardly wait.”
To be continued


Kitty Kat’s Korner

‘Creepy’ Video of Cat Sensing Something Dangerous Is a Wake-Up Call

They say your pet sometimes has a sixth sense about things we can’t see, like predators or other wildlife. Yes, the idea is sort of terrifying, but for one man on TikTok, the idea probably saved his life. It was all thanks to his cat, who noticed something strange out in the distance while they were outside together. And now some people in the comments section are praising the kitty for knowing when to play things safe.

According to @kodiakthetravelcat, he was out on a walk with his cat Kodiak when something weird happened. “This is a little bit creepy,” the TikTok creator can be heard saying in the footage. “Kodi and I were just on a normal little walk when something really, really caught his attention in the woods. It’s very rare that he has this kind of attention that you cannot break him from what it is.” Watch what happens when the cat got totally spooked.

It’s not clear what was out there, but some of the nearly 1.4 million viewers who watched the video had some ideas about what Kodi could’ve seen. “Maybe a hawk or mountain lion, bear??? Cats have awesome eyesight,” @jessiezo suggested. “Mountain lions for sure, the fact that you didn’t hear or see anything helps boost this,” @kee420 added. “Prob mountain lion,” @amandaoffgrid agreed. “It’s rare they’ll let you see them… a black bear mighta just wandered out after you left.”

And other people praised Kodiak for tipping his dad off that they needed to get out of there — ASAP. “Smart cat is keeping you safe,” @izzy_survives wrote. “I’m not sure, but the fact that he ran from it, is a good indication that y’all should’ve left,” @sweetz926 chimed in. And a third commenter dropped some knowledge that was actually pretty wise. “Ancient Egyptians said dogs protect us from the things we can see, cats protect us from the things we can’t,” @danniicorbitt explained.

We guess we’ll never really know what it was that Kodiak saw. But the video is a good lesson for anyone who likes to hike or camp to always, always, be aware of your surroundings.


Georgia Nicols’ Weekly Horoscope:
Sunday, May 08, 2022
All Signs

Two big changes take place this week: Mercury goes retrograde in its own sign Gemini, to stay retrograde until Friday, June 3. (Note: The shadow period continues until June 19. Avoid buying cars, computers and cell phones until after the shadow period is over.) The second major event is that Jupiter will burst into Aries and stay there until the end of October. (Wow.) This bold, flowering of energy will benefit every sign in a new way. “Look ma, no hands!” Caution: Jupiter in Aries will make you enthusiastic and tempt you to act without thinking. Never forget: What the large print giveth – the small print taketh away. Which brings to mind Mark Twain: “Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.”

Aries (March 21-April 19)
Glory hallelujah! Lucky Jupiter enters your sign this week to stay for six months! The last time this happened was in 2010 – 2011. This signals a new 12-year cycle of growth in your life. It’s a new cycle where you will discover who you really are as an individual. It promotes learning and gaining new experiences. People and resources will be easily drawn to you because this is a fortunate time for you. Yes, you are blessed! You will have divine protection. Nevertheless, expect transportation delays and mixed-up communications during Mercury retrograde. (Ouch.)

Taurus (April 20-May 20)
Jupiter is associated with wisdom, religion, philosophy and the law. It symbolizes the glue that holds society together. It magnifies and benefits. (Indeed, it is called the “Great Benefic.”) It always denotes the higher aspects of life, especially consciousness-expanding awareness. (Heady stuff.) Meanwhile, for the next six months, Jupiter will be in the part of your chart that deals with spiritualism and mystical ideals. This means that for the rest of this year, you will begin to more deeply explore the spiritual and religious dimensions of your life. You will come to appreciate that we are all in this Big Soup together. You might become a teacher or a student.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)
Jupiter changes signs this week, which is good news for you! The next six months will flow more easily for you. It will be a time of growth and optimism. Relations with others will improve because you will be more generous and tolerant and not easily bothered if things go wrong. This will be an excellent time for making plans. Your popularity with others will expand because you might become more involved with friends and groups. You might even boost your income through your interaction with groups. (Jupiter symbolizes wealth.) Meanwhile, with Mercury retrograde in your sign for the next few weeks – steady as she goes! When delays and goofy mistakes occur, be patient with yourself.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Good news! Lucky Jupiter will be at the top of your chart for the next six months. (For the first time since 2010-2011.) This means that you will look successful in the eyes of others, especially parents, teachers, bosses, authority figures and the police. Typically, it signifies a time of promotion, awards, kudos and a recognition of your efforts professionally or personally. Many of you will experience work-related travel more than usual. If you want to change your profession, now will be the time, especially if you want to explore a field of work related to medicine and healing, the law, higher education and travel. Meanwhile, Mercury retrograde will help you do research! Bonus!

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
This week Jupiter enters your fellow Fire sign, which will be a fabulous support for you for the rest of year! (Like a leg on the three-legged stool.) Because life will feel pleasant, you might want to kick back and relax; but that would be a waste of opportunity. Your creative potential is fantastic for the rest of this year; plus, you’ll be self-confident and strong. Therefore, pursue your dreams! This year will also be excellent for finances. (This will help to make your surroundings more elegant; plus make increased travel possible.) Meanwhile, old friends are back in your life, which can be interesting or tedious, depending on the relationship. Life is brief. It’s illuminative to acknowledge people from your past.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
Jupiter changes signs this week, which is good news for you because it means that you will get richer! Ka-ching! That’s because Jupiter will be in one of your Money Houses, specifically, that part of your chart that relates to the wealth of others. You might inherit, or get money back from the government, or you might benefit indirectly because of the increased wealth of your partner. It will be an easy time for you to get a loan or mortgage because doors will open for you! Meanwhile, Mercury retrograde is occurring at the top of your chart, which means you might hear from bosses, parents and authority figures from your past. Be prepared. Look sharp!

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
Only once in 12 years, does lucky Jupiter sit opposite your sign. The last time this occurred was 2010-2011. Starting this week, it has returned and will stay there for the rest of year. This means it’s a time of culmination in your life — a time of success. You might acquire possessions, money and social prestige. You will go after what you want, especially indulging yourself! Jupiter will enhance your closest relationships; (indeed, this is one of the best years in over a decade for Librans to marry). Meanwhile, in the next month, Mercury retrograde will help you study and wrap up writing projects. However, it could cause delays and snafus to travel plans. If you travel, go someplace you have been before. Bon voyage!

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
You’ll be glad to hear that for the rest of this year, you have marvellous opportunities to improve your job or get a better job! Your duties might improve. Work-related travel might please you. You might earn more money. However, if none of these things occur – then look for work because this is your year to seek work satisfaction. You can also improve your health. You will feel more vigourous and more positive about life. Some will get much joy from involvement with pets. All these things are possible this year because Jupiter changes signs this week. Meanwhile, Mercury retrograde will help you wrap up taxes, debt and shared property.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
This is week, your ruler Jupiter will move into your fellow Fire Sign, which is beneficial for you. It will be so helpful you might want to relax and play for the rest of the year. But this would mean missing a great opportunity because your creative vibes are hot! Use your talented ideas and increased self-confidence to explore the arts, publishing, the media, involvement in sports as well as areas related to medicine and healing. It’s a great year to socialize! It’s also the perfect time to take a vacation — the best in over a decade! Meanwhile, Mercury retrograde is attracting ex-partners and old friends from the past. It’s time to trade lies and talk about the bad old days.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
You have conservative values: paid-for home, white picket fence, 2.5 kids, God, motherhood and the flag. This is why you’ll be happy for the rest of this year. Lucky Jupiter will bring good fortune to your home, family and private life. In fact, this is your best chance in over a decade to improve where you live by buying beautiful things, or redecorating or renovating. Some will move to better digs. Others will benefit financially through real-estate speculation. Likewise, family relationships will be enhanced in a lovely way. Family members will be friendlier and more generous to each other. Meanwhile, prepare for goofy mistakes and delays at work due to Mercury retrograde, which lasts a mere month. Phffft!

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Life will flow more easily for you for the rest of year because Jupiter is changing signs this week. You will find that you will move in the direction you want with very few obstacles. The rest of this year will be a time of growth, optimism and taking it easy. Your relations with relatives and daily contacts will improve. This is also a great year for making plans because you’re ready to “think big.” Also, you will realize that many of the limitations you thought were imposed from without are actually self-imposed. Ain’t it the truth? The secret to your success this year will be the power positive thinking. Meanwhile, Mercury retrograde will attract old flames back into your world. (This is always interesting.)

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
“Show me the money!” Once every 12 years, lucky, moneybags Jupiter travels through your House of Earnings. As of this week, that time has arrived! This means that for the rest of this year, you will earn more money or get richer for some reason. You will attract wealth and assets to you directly or indirectly. However, to put a finer point on it, you will actualize whatever it is you value. This is what you will attract. It’s a good year to take an honest look at your goals and your values. Meanwhile, Mercury retrograde will attract family members back into your world, and you will find yourself dealing with past issues and old memories.


Weekly Horoscopes beginning Sunday, 08 May 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:

Annoying as recent shakeups seemed at the time, they were breaking ground for the thrilling cycle that begins with Tuesday’s move by fortunate Jupiter into Aries. This accelerates benefits from your past efforts and triggers ideas and offers as sudden as they are promising. The secret? Explore everything, and say a tentative yes to what seems worthwhile. You’ve plenty of time to explore these in greater detail.

Demands from family and friends will stop you from doing what you want to do unless you set boundaries. Right from the start decide on how much time you have to give to others without it starting to feel as if people are imposing on you. Get the balance right between outside and private commitments or you will grow resentful. Jobs behind the scenes that require just one or two people will give you a chance to improve working relationships.

The other signs of the zodiac should know that as Jupiter enters your sign on Wednesday, they’re in for a switchback ride. It would appear you will be in the driving seat and that yes, you’ll turn things around (or upside down). Mercury turns retrograde the day before – and in the communication sign of Gemini. As though you had suddenly switched mobile phone numbers, you demand that other people pay attention to how best to communicate with you. You now have the option of either (metaphorically) transferring numbers to your new number, or thinking of alternate ways of communicating. Either way, you can imagine the mess that ensues. Bear in mind that with Jupiter moving through your sign, that others will expect you to be a good driver and to get you – and them – safely to your destination. The art is presumably to do a fuel and electrical check early in the week. It might also be wise to have a first-aid box handy.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

The Taurus eclipsed New Moon on 30 April and mid-May’s eclipsed Full Moon are triggering unexpected changes in your world and your own life. Acknowledge that, and instead of battling changes, you’ll embrace them, even those that seem unsettling. Currently the focus is on letting go of anything, from possessions to past arrangements, that’s become burdensome. The sooner you say farewell to these, the better.

You’re almost ready to give up on a matter that is getting you nowhere. Going back to this one last time could turn out to be a good idea. Take a look at the problem from a new angle and this will reveal the cause of the problem. From then on, progress will be made. You aren’t a dreamer. You will only aim for what you feel is realistic and achievable. Whether it is studying a new subject or travelling overseas, you will get the chance to do something you’ve always wanted to do.

Your world could be turned upside down as Mercury turns retrograde in neighbouring Gemini. A bill or invoice you hadn’t expected could be challenging. If it’s not money that’s the issue, then you may find that someone you’ve relied upon on the past, is unable to deliver as promised. Give them time. Fact is that Jupiter (legal matters), moves into Aries just after Mercury turns retrograde. The combination suggests many people will need to have a pause and rethink before they move forward. There is yet everything to play for and, with the Sun still moving through your sign, you can afford to think seriously about your long-term aims and objectives. It would be as well to take careful note of telephone numbers and e-mail addresses. There’s the potential for items being sent to the wrong destination and creating chaos by the end of the week.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

With your ruler Mercury retrograde from Tuesday 10 May until early June, a range of errors and unsettling events is inevitable. However, many are breakthroughs, if in disguise. The secret? Deal with anything urgent, then step back and allow the resulting twists and turns to unfold. Be inquisitive. What seems least welcome could, within a short time, be revealed as timely and, ultimately, welcome surprises.

You think quickly and act just as fast. Some people aren’t as speedy in their thoughts and actions. When working with someone who likes to take their time you may have to be doubly patient. A task you take on later in the week will mean a lot to you and you will want to make a good job of it. This is when you will appreciate the help of a careful and cautious friend or colleague.

Mercury turns retrograde in your sign on Tuesday. That’s followed by Jupiter’s crossing of the World Axis where it moves into Aries – that area of your solar chart associated with networks. It’s entirely possible that you will decide you want to reframe your communication systems. That might mean leaving one group to join another. A review of subscriptions would surely be wise. Yet there is the potential for you inadvertently creating chaotic communication systems by not being where you said you would be – or giving out misinformation. Take particular care over Tuesday and Wednesday that this isn’t the case, as the last thing you need is to fall into a legal trap. Note too, that your affairs are likely to be very public. What you’ve been doing at work, how you’ve been balancing work and play are all issues that will likely be discussed. Between now and next week’s Full Moon, you perhaps need to rethink plans and deal with practicalities; systems and schedules having altered greatly in recent weeks.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

You’ve been focusing your efforts on various ideas, some straightforward, others more far out. Still, the slow pace has been frustrating. Now, suddenly, things begin coming together. However, with progress being triggered by Tuesday’s move by expansive Jupiter to accent these matters, events are so sudden you’re unsure what to do. It’s simple. Enjoy this exciting period. Details? You can tackle them over the coming weeks.

Check that you know the plans of those you are closest to as the week begins. Make sure you know where they are and what they will be doing. That way, when you need to contact anyone urgently, you won’t be left wondering how to do so. Keep to the point if you are trying to establish the legalities of an awkward or contentious situation. Have you weighed up all you will be letting yourself in for before taking on new commitments?

Jupiter arrives at the apex of your solar chart mid-week. It’s reasonable to expect that this will bring a burst of activity on the career front. Yet, the day before, Mercury turns retrograde and the rug could be pulled from under you by news concerning a Gemini, Libra or Aquarius whose world is turned upside down by information which you suspect may not be entirely accurate. You may well be right. It’s probable though, that you will be caught in the contractual challenges that ensue. A further possibility is that you will be considered prime candidate for a role that has been developed over the last couple of years. Even now, whilst the decision to create this job may have been made, it’s perhaps not yet refined. Much discussion will likely be necessary over the next two weeks. In the meantime, involvement with an educational project or with the needs of someone younger who is stalled or challenged by pending examinations, could also demand your attention.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

As a Leo, and a fire sign, you’ve a knack for focusing on whatever arises, from a challenge to an opportunity, and turn it into something magical. That’s the case now, although as you’re discovering, events won’t always proceed as anticipated. Be flexible. Those twists and turns will be more exciting than anything you’d previously conceived possible. The more options you explore, the better.

Either take some time out and deal only with responsibilities that cannot be put to one side for another time, or keep a lookout for a chance to take one more step up the career ladder. You want to feel you are doing something useful or enjoyable with your time. To be successful at home and at work you will need to be compassionate, patient and kind. Above all, you will want to win the confidence of your boss or employer.

It’s Jupiter’s turn to arrive at the World Axis mid-week. Just before it does, Mercury turns retrograde; and yes, many people will feel as though their world has been turned upside down. For you, Jupiter’s move through Aries is all about extending your reach, widening your horizons, and learning something new. A potential difficulty is Mercury turning retrograde and in its own sign of Gemini. Perhaps you’ll want to reach out, but discover that transport or other difficulties prevent you from doing so. This week may be all about the challenge of dealing with obstacles. Yours is a sign known for determination and resilience so are unlikely to be defeated. Forming alliance with a Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius or Pisces could be to your advantage.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

The period when your ruler Mercury is retrograde, at it will be from Tuesday 10 May until early June, has a reputation for causing disruption. Now, however, the bigger the change, the more you’ll learn. The trick? Forget about restoring the status quo and, instead, focus on exploring a range of options. What initially seems far out, if not unrealistic, could be perfect in the long run.

Put more thought into it before making a move in new directions. You will feel more in control if you have your long-term plans mapped out every step of the way. That way, if you veer slightly off target, you will easily get back on track again. You aren’t in a rush. You will happily leave competitive colleagues to fight it out between them while you stick with your own plans and ideas.

Your ruling planet, Mercury, turns retrograde this week and in a sign in which it said to work particularly well. As it does, it affects the career axis of your solar chart. It stations just as Jupiter arrives at the World Axis. So it could be that you find yourself in the eye of a storm and impossible to avoid global conditions. There again, you may not want to: wherever there is chaos, you bring order. So, it could be argued that cosmic conditions will find you at your very alliance best. That said, you’re not a miracle worker and the fact that so many people want you to resolve issues – and by Friday! – would surely put you under considerable pressure. Resisting that, and also alerting others to the fact that where there is chaos, there is also opportunity to do things better next time, is a slightly different challenge, but one that you might enjoy.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

With both your ruler Venus and, as of Tuesday the 10th, fortunate Jupiter accenting close alliances, personal or out in the world, life’s about teamwork. While you’ve an amazing knack for encouraging exactly that, you’ve a stubborn streak that battles certain varieties of change. The time has come to let go. While, initially, this may seem a compromise, you’ll soon realise how wise this strategy was.

You may have made errors in the past. Everyone makes mistakes. You might feel ready to admit this now and learn from them. If someone is willing to give you a second chance, you will get it right next time. Are you single? A friendship is turning into something romantic and this will be what you have been secretly longing for. If you have a partner, surprise them with suggestions on how to add adventure to your days.

You perhaps won’t be the only sign to feel that your world is been turned upside down this week. First is Mercury turning retrograde in another of the air signs and then there’s Jupiter’s arrival at the world axis and its entry into your opposite sign. Travel arrangements may be involved that contact with those whom you see rarely. Anticipate the unexpected. News may not be of the easiest kind to absorb either. The way in which your present material or market items and services may be challenged. A radical rethink may be necessary. Rather than view this as an irritation however, this should give you the opportunity to rethink an overall strategy and that will surely bring out the best in you. Before next week’s full moon on 16th, you might also consider joining forces possibly with an Aries who like you is ready to spread their wings.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

You don’t realise it, mostly because planning ahead comes naturally, enough you do it without a thought. However, between now and the pivotal Scorpio eclipsed Full Moon, on the 16th, you’ll want to be flexible. Explore absolutely everything, including what seems unappealing or even unrealistic. Once, these matters were; but times are changing and so is your life, far more than you realise at the moment.

It might feel as if it’s a race against time as you work towards reaching a specific target. It’s all about speed and this could mean having to cut a few corners. If you have no other option, don’t let this make you feel guilty. A workmate will admit to feeling unwell. They won’t want to let the team down. Encourage them to go home and rest. It isn’t being fair on them to expect them to continue as normal.

Jupiter crosses the world axis this week and moves into Aries the other sign of the zodiac ruled by your ruling planet Mars. Anticipate considerable activity. The fact that this crossing happens just 24 hours after Mercury arrives at its retrograde station, suggests that many people will feel as though the world been turned upside down. Certainly, your daily routine should be affected. This though might not necessarily be a bad thing. You will hopefully find that there is a team of people now ready to complete tasks which they began over a year ago and failed to finish. Perhaps they now realise the urgency and the costs involved in prolonging things. Progress could be swift yes, despite Mercury being retrograde. True, there may be moments when you feel that there are too many cooks and that disaster is inevitable. It might be as well not to voice fears however, and instead to focus on the positive and the fact that others so clearly want to get to an end.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

By no means are you rigid in your thinking. In fact, nobody’s more eager to learn about new ideas, places and what others are up to than you are. Yet your independent streak could prevent you pursuing certain thrilling ideas or offers. The problem? They’re in the hands of others. This once, go with the flow. You won’t regret it, now or in the long run.

There’s a competitive note in the air. You’re mixing with many talented people. Some will think and act as if they always now best. This will inspire you to work harder and study more but don’t forget that you have skills you can be proud of too. A friend is hoping for your support in campaigning for something they believe in. An older colleague whose advice you have always appreciated will reassure you that they aren’t planning on retiring any time soon.

It could easily feel as though your world has been turned upside down as Mercury turns retrograde in your opposite sign on Tuesday, followed by Jupiter’s arrival at the World Axis and its entry into another of the Fire signs, Aries midweek. The latter should put you in the mood for fun and play whilst also revving up your internal research and development department. The former could bring surprising news from a close friend or colleague whose announcement that they plan to work very differently upsets your plans. As one of the Fire signs, you are quick to respond. This week it would be as well to access your internal thermostat and make adjustments. Over-reaction would likely lead to real difficulties. The antics of someone younger and impatience with the quality of their work might be hard to control, but essential, if this is to go on to be a viable working relationship.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Nobody is more skilled at organising plans, large and small, then turning them into reality. Now, however, you’re facing twists and turns. The best strategy? Stand back, and allow things to unfold as they must. Initially, this might seem a compromise. It’s not; but you won’t recognise how or, indeed, why for several weeks. While this requires patience, the results will be worth waiting for.

You know how to get your message across. People are listening. You have stood up for policies in the past which were at the time classed as extreme but are now part of the mainstream consensus. Be proud because you are making a difference. Competitors are watching and waiting for you to make mistakes. This is your chance to prove your worth particularly if you feel some people have been underestimating you. You have bundles of energy. Carry on doing what you do best.

Jupiter’s arrival at the base of your solar chart comes just hours after Mercury turns retrograde in a zone associated – for you – with day-to-day affairs. It’s very likely that there will be upheaval within your working environment. Whilst in the long term these are presumably constructive developments, disturbance would be both uncomfortable and disruptive. Further, there is high probability of someone younger demanding care. Their lack of knowledge or understanding of procedures could at times be infuriating. There’s also the high probability of discovering that research has been poor and/or that costs have risen enormously. All this will likely require you to consider the level of responsibility you’re willing to carry giving you much to think about next weekend.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Being a clever Aquarian, you’ve a knack for making plans that, magically, seem to anticipate changes, some completely unexpected; but both recent and forthcoming twists and turns are surprising, even to you. While, initially, they’ll seem unsettling, you’ll soon recognise them as timely breakthroughs. The secret? In every case, do some serious exploration first. Then, only after that, decide whether you want to proceed.

Embrace new experiences. Smile and try to do the best you can. You could be surprised by how much you do manage to achieve. All promises you make you will intend to keep and you will manage this too, thanks to your determined efforts. Are you single and in the market for romance? It might take a few dates before you start to bond with a new partner. Give a new relationship a little time.

It’s reasonable to expect that a week containing Mercury turning retrograde in another of the Air signs, and Jupiter moving into a Fire sign, will prove tempestuous. By Friday you may well be screaming that enough is enough; and yet it’s not all bad news. In fact, far from it. Whilst true, at one level it could be intensely irritating that certain individuals are altering direction and leaving you with extra work, it should also be clear that they weren’t positioned well in the first place. This shakeup gives you room to consider other options. By next week’s Full Moon in another of the Fixed signs, you could explore training opportunities, review qualifications and perhaps advise someone how best to improve their skills. In the process, you might also discover systems that would be beneficial to you too.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

At the moment, events are forcing you to acknowledge that certain longstanding arrangements, both personal and out in the world, are benefitting others far more than you. Yet you’ve been defending these. While, once, those feelings were justified, times have changed and, as a result, a serious review is vital. If you can’t say farewell to these, at least cut back on their influence in your life.

It isn’t how much you do and get through but the quality of your work that will matter most now. You could be amazed by how much you learn through attending a workshop or seminar. People who raise complaints will be far from satisfied with the findings and will push to have the matter looked at again. Anger will come through there seeming to be one rule for one and one rule for another.

One of your ruling planets, Jupiter, move sign this week. It does so just a day after Mercury turns retrograde at the base of your solar chart. You perhaps will be the only signed experience upheaval on both the home and career front. In your case, delayed mail could give you much to think about. Costs may have risen apparently exponentially. It would be understandable if this put you into blind panic is sent you looking for expert help before next weekend. Of course, the art is as always in not overreacting. Tempting as it may be to shout complaints from the rooftop, you might do better to apply some diligence and to go over the small print very carefully. Though it could take a couple of weeks before you can present your case, the effort would surely be worthwhile. Meanwhile, this also the probability that a colleague will ask for help either because they’ve lost their actual direction, or because they want to refine their career aims and objectives.


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