GrannyMoons Weekly Feast: 19 June 2022

Today is your day to dance lightly with life,
sing wild songs of adventure,
invite rainbows and butterflies out to play,
soar your spirit, and unfurl your joy. – Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

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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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Current Moon Phase: WANING MOON

Time: From Full Moon To Dark Moon (approx.14 days)

Goddess Aspect: Crone

Associated Goddesses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Kali, Morrigan

Magickal Attributes: Banishing, Releasing the old, removing unwanted negative energies, wisdom, psychic ability, scrying, reversing circumstances.

Workings on this day are for banishing magick, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity, physical and psychic cleansings.

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Goddess Month of Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10

Celtic Tree Calendar Month ~ June 10th to July 7th is Oak

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

What’s Happening in June

JUN. 19: Father’s Day
JUN. 19: Juneteenth
JUN. 21: LITHA/MIDSOMER/ALBAN HEFIN/SUMMER SOLSTICE (longest day of the year)
JUN. 21: Sun Dance
JUN. 21: Slavic Nature Transformation Festival
JUN. 22: National Onion Rings Day. Yes, onions are an herb, too—and good for you, (although not necessarily when they’re deep-fried).
JUN. 22: St. John’s Eve, a traditional European celebration of Midsummer’s magic

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Face to Face with GrannyMoon at Sticks and Stones
Join us at https://www.meetup.com/Witchy-Wednesdays
Reiki I and II: 4 PM – 6PM – June 25
Black Hat – June 25 – 7PM – 9PM

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

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

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Learn About Herbs with GrannyMoon!

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

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

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

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

For more info or to join my class, click here!
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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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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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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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Summer Solstice June 21, 2022

This year, the summer solstice will take place on, June 21, 2022. What does this mean for you? Find Out

There’s already an incredibly light, pure, and high vibrational frequency streaming in.

These subtle energies are preparing you to step into a new level of your authenticity…

To release the narrow pockets of resistance holding you in illusion…

So you can merge with your higher self on a new level…

Where you experience the Divine perfection and infinite possibility available to you at this time.

Be willing to release past emotion, pain, or negativity when it arises…

And know that as you dive inward…

Quieting your mind, opening your heart and focusing your awareness in the present moment…

You can download the energy available to you.

Supporting you in really embodying your highest vibrational truth…

And through this, you’re able to step into a new phase of inspired co-creation…

That is both fulfilling and joyful for you, and in alignment with the highest interest of all.

Keep releasing into the light, love what arises within you, shine your truth, and remember that you are infinitely loved and supported…

Let this wave of light flow you right into alignment with your highest level of authenticity.

We are receiving yet another upgrade to our human and light systems. In other words, our cellular structure is being prepared very quickly, in time for this new energy that Summer Solstice and a number of other celestial events are bringing in. Our spirits are being more fully integrated with our bodies. For some of you it’s happening right now and for some, it will happen closer to or on or just after Summer Solstice.

Sol + stice derives from a combination of Latin words meaning “sun” + “to stand still.” As the days lengthen, the sun rises higher and higher until it seems to stand still in the sky.

The summer solstice is a time to celebrate the ending of the waxing year and the beginning of the waning year, in preparation for the harvest to come. Midsummer is when all may absorb the Sun’s warming rays and it is a celebration of fertility, not only for humans, but also for crops, animals and all beings.

The summer solstice is the longest day of the year and the first day of summer. While those in the Northern Hemisphere cover up with sunscreen, residents in the Southern Hemisphere will be wrapping up in their warm clothes in honor of the winter solstice — the shortest day of the year and official start of winter.

Stepping into sacred time is becoming more and more important to our success as spiritual entrepreneurs. Focus on what you want to accomplish over the next few months that will bring peace and happiness into your life.

Stay out of your head as much as possible. Be more of an observer of your thoughts than the thinker of them. Quiet your mind and spend time in nature reconnecting yourself. This is where summer can be a very healing time.

Every single line of energy we have in our bodies and light bodies is being opened, expanded and utilized right now – and some of these energy lines have never been opened up inside of us in this way before. So it can feel a little startling, disconcerting, even bring up anger or frustration. It can also make you feel euphoric, energized, and like your gifts are being magnified – because they are.

We are receiving yet another upgrade to our human and light systems. In other words, our cellular structure is being prepared very quickly, in time for this new energy that Summer Solstice and a number of other celestial events are bringing in. Our spirits are being more fully integrated with our bodies. For some of you it’s happening right now and for some, it will happen closer to or on or just after Summer Solstice.

You know how this whole year so far has been an acceleration of your release of all that does not serve you? Well, right now, it’s as if we’re being squeezed and internally shifted to facilitate the massive release of what remains that needs to leave us.

If ever there was a time to let go and allow… that time is now. The more you resist it, or live in your head about it, the harder it will feel. The more you can allow this energetic/spiritual/physical upgrade, the easier and more amazing you will experience your transformation and success.

This is a powerful opportunity for reflection during the excitement of midsummer’s magic, manifestation, and abundance.

Stepping into sacred time is becoming more and more important to our success as spiritual entrepreneurs. Focus on what you want to accomplish over the next few months that will bring peace and happiness into your life.

Stay out of your head as much as possible. Be more of an observer of your thoughts than the thinker of them. Quiet your mind and spend time in nature reconnecting yourself. This is where summer can be a very healing time.

Every single line of energy we have in our bodies and light bodies is being opened, expanded and utilized right now – and some of these energy lines have never been opened up inside of us in this way before. So it can feel a little startling, disconcerting, even bring up anger or frustration. It can also make you feel euphoric, energized, and like your gifts are being magnified – because they are.

The Summer Solstice is called Midsummer or Litha in some medieval and Craft traditions. In the mythical cycle, this is the end of the reign of the Oak King, and the beginning of the Holly King’s rule.

Litha is a time of great magical power. All forms of Sun magic are going to be amplified, and especially effective for love, healing and prosperity. This is also a very good time to perform blessings for your pets and home.

May the children of Earth awaken, rise up, and be about healing and blessing we need to give one another, and for our holy Mother Earth, our home. In the way of our ancestors, we honor the Turning.

Early Celebrations

Awed by the great power of the sun, civilizations have for centuries celebrated the first day of summer otherwise known as the Summer Solstice, Midsummer (see Shakespeare), St. John’s Day, or Litha.

The Celts and Slavs celebrated the first day of summer with dancing and bonfires to help increase the sun’s energy. The Chinese marked the day by honoring Li, the Chinese Goddess of Light.

In ancient Egypt, the Solstice heralds the New Year. In Ancient Egypt, the summer solstice preceded the appearance of the Sirius star, which the Egyptians believed was responsible for the annual flooding of the Nile that they relied upon for agriculture. Because of this, the Egyptian calendar was set so that the start of the year coincided with the appearance of Sirius, just after the solstice.

The ancient Chinese honored the Yin on the Solstice In ancient China, the summer solstice was the yin to the winter solstice’s yang—literally. Throughout the year, the Chinese believed, the powers of yin and yang waxed and waned in reverse proportion to each other. At the summer solstice, the influence of yang was at its height, but the celebration centered on the impending switch to yin. At the winter solstice, the opposite switch was honored.

Perhaps the most enduring modern ties with Summer Solstice were the Druids’ celebration of the day as the “wedding of Heaven and Earth”, resulting in the present day belief of a “lucky” wedding in June. Now we understand why June has traditionally been the most popular time of the year to be married.

Today, the day is still celebrated around the world – most notably in England at Stonehenge, where thousands gather to welcome the sunrise on the Summer Solstice. Stonehenge is an ancient prehistoric site and has been a place of worship and celebration at the time of Summer Solstice since time immemorial.

Pagan spirit gatherings or festivals are also common in June, when groups assemble to light a sacred fire, and stay up all night to welcome the dawn.

Summer Solstice Fun Facts

Pagans called the Midsummer moon the “Honey Moon” for the mead made from fermented honey that was part of wedding ceremonies performed at the Summer Solstice.

Ancient Pagans celebrated Midsummer with bonfires, when couples would leap through the flames, believing their crops would grow as high as the couples were able to jump.

Midsummer was thought to be a time of magic, when evil spirits were said to appear. To thwart them, Pagans often wore protective garlands of herbs and flowers. One of the most powerful of them was a plant called ‘chase-devil’, which is known today as St. John’s Wort and still used by modern herbalists as a mood stabilizer.

“Whatever is dreamed on this night, will come to pass.” ~ William Shakespeare

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Solstice Blessings,
Cherokee Billie

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Llewellyn’s Spell A Day

Juneteenth Spell for Father’s Day
JUNE 19, 2022 BY ARI MANKEY

Juneteenth, celebrated today, commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. This year the holiday falls on the same day as Father’s Day, which is celebrated every third Sunday of June. On the conjunction of these two holidays, we can’t help but think of all the fathers who were taken from their children as a result of racial injustices such as slavery, lynchings, and police brutality.

Set up a small candle on your altar (or wherever you do your magickal work) and say:

I light this candle that all fathers may
find a way back to their children. May
souls be reunited, wrongs righted,
and justice found. Let love be the law
and hate cast aside, so that all may
live a life filled with opportunities.

As you light your candle, reflect on what you can do to make these words a reality. Extinguish the candle.
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Crystal Grid
JUNE 18, 2022 BY TESS WHITEHURST

Today, create a crystal grid to fine-tune the energy in your home. You can use crystals you already have or acquire new ones for this purpose. First, clean your home and cleanse the energy with a chime or sage smoke. Then choose one stone to act as a center point and anchor for the grid. Hold it in your hand as you mentally charge it with the intention to establish sacred space and harmonious energy in your home. Place that stone on a flat surface where you’d like to build your grid (such as a countertop or table), and position the remaining crystals around it. You can simply surround the center crystal with four, six, or eight stones, or you can elaborate on the radial pattern by arranging several more layers around the center. You can also get creative and add other natural items to the mandala-shaped grid, such as fresh leaves or blossoms, star anise, or coffee beans.
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Refresh Your Altar
JUNE 17, 2022 BY DEBORAH BLAKE

As we approach the day of the summer solstice, you might want to consider taking some time to refresh your altar (or to create one, if you haven’t yet). Think of it as a bit of Midsummer spiritual housecleaning, a way to prepare yourself for the magical workings of the second half of the year.

Working mindfully and with focus, remove everything already on the altar, and clean and dust as necessary. You can either return all of the objects to their original spot or perhaps change things up to reflect the season or new magical goals. You can finish up with an offering of fresh flowers, or perhaps a small glass of mead or milk for the faeries, if it is safe to do so. Take a moment to send out appreciation for the altar, the day, and the presence of the gods in your life.
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Waters of the Night
JUNE 16, 2022 BY ELIZABETH BARRETTE

According to Egyptian lore, this is the Night of a Tear Drop. When Isis shed a tear for her lost love Osiris, the goddess Satis caught it and used it to make the Nile River flood. This flood replenished the fields, bringing good out of sorrow.

In most places, water comes from rain rather than a flooding river, but the concept still carries over. Sometimes it’s good to sit with a feeling and just let it be what it is. Tonight, go outside in a dark and quiet place. Think of something in your life that makes you sad. When the tears begin, say:

As the tears of Isis
Made the Nile rise,
May the rains of summer
Flow from my eyes.

Let your tears fall on dusty ground, then repeat the verse. Finally, let go of the sorrow, like a storm passing. In the morning, the sun will rise and bring cheerful feelings once more.
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Waters of the Night
JUNE 16, 2022 BY ELIZABETH BARRETTE

According to Egyptian lore, this is the Night of a Tear Drop. When Isis shed a tear for her lost love Osiris, the goddess Satis caught it and used it to make the Nile River flood. This flood replenished the fields, bringing good out of sorrow.

In most places, water comes from rain rather than a flooding river, but the concept still carries over. Sometimes it’s good to sit with a feeling and just let it be what it is. Tonight, go outside in a dark and quiet place. Think of something in your life that makes you sad. When the tears begin, say:

As the tears of Isis
Made the Nile rise,
May the rains of summer
Flow from my eyes.

Let your tears fall on dusty ground, then repeat the verse. Finally, let go of the sorrow, like a storm passing. In the morning, the sun will rise and bring cheerful feelings once more.
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Recovering Memory
JUNE 15, 2022 BY SUSAN PESZNECKER

Memory is spurious, and the following magical approach, relying on the practice of freewriting, can boost recall.

You’ll need a candle, rosemary essential oil, paper, a pen or pencil, and a memento linked to the memory in question, such as a photograph, book, personal item, etc.

Anoint the candle with the oil, and add several drops of the oil to the candlewick and the wick well. Light the candle safely. Place the memento before you, and ready your writing tools. Repeat:

Pen and paper, rosemary,
May my memories return to me.

Holding the memento, close your eyes, breathe in the rosemary scent, and let the memory fill your mind. After a moment, open your eyes, set the item down, and start writing. Write whatever comes to mind, and write without stopping. Don’t worry about corrections—just write, allowing it to be rough and unformed. Add doodles if you wish. Write for ten to fifteen minutes. Extinguish the candle.

Freewriting helps recover retained, forgotten memories. You may be surprised at what you remember.
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Flag Day Affirmation
JUNE 14, 2022 BY STEPHANIE ROSE BIRD

Freedom and justice for all is a promising concept; its tenets are embodied in our flag. Today is Flag Day and a supermoon. Spells done today are supercharged.

The colors of the US flag are symbolic:

Red: Hardiness and valor
White: Innocence and purity
Blue: Perseverance, justice, and vigilance

For this spell, candlelight will be used to symbolize the fire element. You will need:

  • A reusable bag
  • A sheet of paper
  • A sharp pencil * Scissors
  • 1 large white pillar candle
  • 2 medium-size pillar candles, one red and one blue
  • A fireproof plate
  • Matches or a lighter

Ponder the meaning of freedom and justice as you go outside at dusk with your bag containing all the spell items. Sit respectfully on Mother Earth.

Take your piece of paper from the bag and write down your thoughts on freedom and justice. Then cut the paper into strips.

Now create a candle plate, with the white candle in the center of the fireproof plate and the red and blue candles on the sides.

Slide your paper strips underneath the plate. Light the candles.

Say this affirmation three times, gazing into the lit wicks:

May my words produce strong action.
May my thoughts become deeds.
So mote it be!

Reflect on the spell and the flames until you are confident the affirmation has taken hold.

Snuff out the candles with wet fingers of your dominant hand.

Pack up your materials.
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A Spell for Academic Study
JUNE 13, 2022 BY RAVEN DIGITALIS

We magickal folk are constantly learning. We are forever in the process of experientially learning about the world around us and our place in the grand scheme of things. Many of us also take classes, courses, workshops, and other structures of study that require our utmost focus in order to excel.

If you are studying material for an exam, a course, an esoteric order, or a coven, consider making a sachet containing any of the herbs spearmint, rosemary, eyebright, dill, or jasmine. As you mix the herbs or grind them with a mortar and pestle, repeat these words:

Herbs of focus, herbs of wisdom,
give me knowledge, give me vision.

Place the herbs in the sachet (any color but black will do for the sachet, and orange is the ideal) and draw the alchemical symbol for Mercury on the bag with a permanent marker or ink. Keep this bag near you while studying to boost successful study.

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Heartwings Love Notes 1038 Coping with Changes

Heartwings says, “Finding a way to change is a paramount skill to develop.”

I was completely caught by surprise when I was given the diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease. Less than a year ago everything was different for me from how it is now. Last spring my daughter took me to get a neurological test. She and other family members had noticed things about me that I had not: changes in my gait–in how I walked, as well as several other minor but unlike me patterns of behavior.

Reluctantly I did. I was sure, despite a couple of unusual changes, that it was unnecessary. I had noticed that my handwriting was dwindling oddly from the beginning of each sentence to the end. I wondered if I could have had a minor stroke because occasionally the corner of my mouth would relax and release saliva. I had no knowledge or understanding of Parkinson’s disease, except that it seemed people who had it shook. I have since discovered that only 80 percent of those who have it do that. Some, like me do not.

The saying goes, “If you know one person with Parkinson’s, you know one person with Parkinson’s.” Indeed, this disease is more like a condition. It results from the weakening of the connections between the brain and the body, what we term the nerves. There is a deterioration due to the death and diminishment of the cells that make dopamine, a necessity for the efficiency of that connection. There are ways to slow Parkinson’s progress but no cure. Medicine can help however it can also produce some of the same symptoms as Parkinson’s. According to my research, about the only symptoms most P.D. sufferers seem to have in common are slowness, fatigue and trembling.

I find I can get about a quarter of what I used to be able to do done. This means I must plan ahead in order to prepare lunch or dinner and allow enough time for what I need to do. Stephen is very helpful; however, I do much of the cooking and he has his own agenda to attend to, not to mention his own deadlines. Too, naps must be factored into the day, and there goes another hour or so of time. Resting between activities or exertion also seems to be necessary. There is more but I won’t bore you with the details.

None of this is by way of complaint. One of the most destructive attitudes to good health is that of feeling sorry for oneself. Also, since depression is one of the common symptoms of P.D., it is easy to slip into. I am grateful for my practice of meditation; it enables me to catch negativity when or if it creeps up on me. Exercise is vital and must be factored into every day. One reason it’s difficult to be diligent about that is that exercising serves to remind me of how difficult movement has become for me. Yet I cannot and must not dwell on what I can no longer do. Instead, as often as possible I need to express my gratitude for what I am able to do still – for example writing poetry and this column!

May you find good ways to cope with your own changes,

Blessings and best regards, Tasha Halpert P.S. Have you had to develop ways to cope with changes? It’s good for the brain to do things differently, and we can all use that! I so love to hear from readers. Write me with comments and thoughts Tashahal@gmail.com, web pages at http://www.heartwingsandfriends.com

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Defense Mechanisms

Because we are spiritual beings, we have the ability to rise above habits and patterns to see the truth.

We all have defense mechanisms that we’ve developed over time, often without being aware of it. In times of trouble, the behaviors that have worked to get us past challenges with the least amount of pain are the ones that we repeat; even when part of us knows they no longer work. Such behavior is a natural response from our mental and physical aspects. But because we are spiritual beings as well, we have the ability to rise above habits and patterns to see the truth that lays beyond. And from that moment on, we can make choices that allow us to work directly from that place of truth within us.

Most of our defense mechanisms were developed in childhood; from the moment that we realized crying would get us the attention we craved. Passive aggressive ways of communicating may have allowed us to get what we needed without being scolded, punished or laughed at, so we learned to avoid being direct and honest. Some of us may have taken refuge in the lives of others, discovering ways to direct attention away from ourselves entirely. Throwing ourselves into projects or rescuing others from themselves can be effective ways to avoid dealing with our own issues. And when people are truly helped by our actions, we get the added bonus of feeling heroic. But while defenses can keep away the things we fear, they can also work to keep our good from us.

When we can be honest with ourselves about what we truly desire, then we can connect our desires to the creative power of the spirit within us. Knowing that we are one with the energy of the universe allows us release any need for defense. Trusting that power, we know that we are exactly where we are meant to be, and that challenges bring gifts of growth and experience. When we can put down arms raised in defense, then we are free to use our hands, minds, hearts and spirits to mold and shape our abundant energy to create and live our lives.

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The Druids Garden
A 21st Century Wheel of the Year: Re-Visioning at the Summer Solstice
by Dana

Human cultures throughout the world, modern and ancient, recognize the incredible power, potency, and magic of the sun. This is why so many cultures have sun gods and worshipped the sun, and this is also why so many ancient kings and rulers are also associated with the sun. The sun is the center of our solar system, it provides light, and heat, and allows everything on this planet to thrive. At the summer solstice, we have the triumph of the light over the darkness, the time of greatest light, and the time afterward where we move into the heat of summer and eventually, the season of harvest.

It is at this peak time of year that we can focus on some of the most important work–visioning a brighter future. I believe that right now, creating a new vision, and working our hardest to bring that vision into reality, is critical for all life to survive the coming age. And because it’s that important, we need the power of the sun in its zenith to do this work effectively. Last year, I wrote about visioning the future from the perspective of the bardic arts–how using storytelling, artwork, music, and songs, can help us create a brighter tomorrow. The problem that’s come up since I wrote that post is that in my meditations and in conversations I’ve had it seems that we have a stronger sense of the problems than the solutions–we know what is wrong, but we don’t necessarily have a clear sense of what to do to fix it and create hope. So the questions I have are: What does that vision look like? What are the specifics? Where do we find inspiration for that brighter vision of the future? Who creates these visions? Who enacts them? How can we draw upon that summer solstice energy to do this work? Thus, in today’s post, I’m going to dig into these questions and offer you some mundane and spiritual tools in order to begin to shape–and share–this vision. The more of us that do this incredibly important work, the more hope we have for a brighter today and tomorrow.

This post is part of my 21st Century Wheel of the Year series where I’m offering insights on how to adapt the traditional neopagan wheel of the year to fit our present age. I have found that as we move deeper into the age of the Anthropocene, the traditional wheel of the year no longer fits, and thus, I’ve been creating a new wheel of the year with themes more appropriate to help us navigate, respond, and do good in this difficult age. Previous posts in this series have included: Receptivity at the Fall Equinox; Release at Samhain; Restoration at the Winter Solstice, Reskilling at Imbolc, Resilience at the Spring Equinox, and Regeneration at Beltane. As you can see from the previous posts–we’ve laid a tremendous groundwork of excellent skills and tools in the previous wheel of the year: receptivity, release, restoration (tools for humans to adapt internally) and reskilling, resilience, and regeneration (tools to do good in the world) as the first six holidays. Today’s post explores the idea of visioning and revisioning through the Summer Solstice. For more traditional interpretations, I will also point you to my other summer solstice posts: sunrise ritual at the summer solstice; journeying at the summer solstice; standing stones at the solstice; working and honoring the sun; and sustainable practices for the summer solstice. For those in the Southern Hemisphere, you might want to check out my winter solstice posts: restoration at the winter solstice, herbs for visionary work at the winter solstice, sacred dreaming at the winter solstice, and the lessons of nature at the winter solstice.

Visioning and Re-Visioning: Basic Principles
So what does it mean to have a vision for the future? You might think of a vision as a plan or set of principles, principles that you can live, principles you can share, and principles you can build with others in the community or in the world around you. You can think about this like any other guiding principle–establish them, enact them, and reflect on and revise them as necessary.

The magic of the sun

Visioning work is often powerful work, but work that takes time. You want to first figure out who you are doing this visioning with: are you working with yourself? A small community? A group of friends and/or family who are looking to build a better tomorrow? If you are working with others, you’ll want to think about the practices of collaboration and consensus-based decision-making as part of what you do to enact your vision.

Empowering yourself and others is part of the magic of visioning. We have been culturally disempowered to put our power and sovereignty in the hands of experts–and where has that gotten us? It is painfully obvious that present leaders/politics/government/corporations aren’t doing enough about the ongoing crisis. Don’t wait for someone else to fix it–take steps to fix it yourself, in your own way, in the places that you can reach and impact. Take back your sovereignty and make a better life for yourself and future generations. That’s the real power of visioning–it is making a decision to do something, to see a better way forward, and to enact that in your own life.

Another part of visioning is that visions are often grand, big, and not always easily attainable. You’ll see my own vision below–it may not happen in my lifetime, but the act of articulating it and working toward it itself is a powerful magical act. So give yourself permission to think as radically as you can–don’t let our current views of how to live or limitations stop you from weaving the magic of that grand vision for the future.

To start visioning, you might start by reflecting or meditating on these questions:

What are the problems you see at present that are most pressing to you personally? To your community? To the world? (You don’t have to dwell on this, but it’s a good idea to have a clear sense of problems)
What are inspirations for you–things that you see are going in what you consider the “right” direction for the future? Can you take that “right direction” further? Where could it lead?
What kind of world do you want to live in? What are things that could make that happen?
What do you see as the role of humans in relationship to the land?
What do you see as the role of nature in relationship to humans?

What kind of world do you want to leave behind?
These are some questions that may spark ideas within you, ideas that you can mold, shape, and work with. Discursive meditation, the practice of meditation taught by the Ancient Order of Druids in America, is a particularly useful practice in thinking through these questions for yourself. You may also realize that as you are doing this work, you don’t necessarily have all the answers. That’s ok. This work takes time–and taking the first few steps on that journey is the idea now.

The other piece is that it’s good to go and experience other ways of life, and other people’s perspectives, read lots of books and learn and grow. Additionally, I believe it is critically important to privilege the voices of indigenous peoples and make room for these traditions to provide leadership in offering wisdom for visioning the future.

Finally, there is also power in the word “re-visioning” here; the idea here is that we have a vision that has been handed to us by the present culture that none of us are too fond of (a world spiraling out of control with climate change, humans’ inability to stop the sixth mass extinction, a world that grows dark and unstable). By re-visioning, we are revising that vision to a better one. Since this post is already quite long, next week I’ll share the second part of this post with my own visioning principles (as very much a work in progress).

Visioning through Summer Solstice Activities
A lot of personal and community visioning work can come through spiritual practices. So for the rest of this post, I share some practices that can help both with visioning and considering your own visioning principles as well as in addressing some of the above.

Connection and Decentering Work at the Solstice
A good place to do some decentering work

A final spiritual practice that can help us with visioning the future is what I call “decentering”. As I wrote about in my recent post on ecocentrism, humans have placed themselves at the center of reality, and it is useful for each of us to recognize that we are equal to other things, equal to each other, and in relationships and service to the living earth. Thus, one way of doing this is a simple decentring practice. Go into a natural place, a place where you can interact with some form of nature. It is easier to start with animate persons (squirrels, fish, rivers, trees, etc) before moving into less-animate beings (stones, shells, mountains). Once you are in nature, spend some time breathing deeply and grounding yourself in the living earth. Then, open yourself to your senses and simply observe in quiet. See what draws you in. See what you are led to–a stone, the tree swaying in a breeze, a flower, a nearby grazing goose. Imagine your human body fading into the background, and instead, imagine what it is like to be that being. Start by experiencing the moment as that being, spending all the time you need to realign your senses. If you can, you can move your own body in mimicry of that being (if it makes sense–e.g. get down and nibble grass with geese). Once you’ve experienced that moment, stay with that being through the course of the seasons. What is it like to experience the heat of the summer sun? Rain? Wind? heat? Hunger? Passage of time? Take all the time you need to fully experience this perspective.

Then, when you are finished, slowly return to your own body and present. Meditate on the following: What lessons did you learn from this experience? How does it help you recognize the equality of you to this being? How does it help you develop a more nature-connected and ecocentric perspective? How does this experience help you create a vision that takes into account this being’s perspective, needs, and gifts?

Finally, offer gratitude and some kind of offering to the being. It might just be a simple thanks, but for some beings, you might be able to do more (e.g. leave some seeds for the squirrel, pick up garbage along the river, or give the tree a liquid gold offering).

Summer Solstice Vision Board
As you are working with visioning your own future and the future of your descendants, it is a perfect time to create a solstice vision board. I describe this more fully in my book Sacred Actions, but in a nutshell, a vision board is an intuitive approach to bringing together ideas and concepts that help magically shape the future. You tap into your subconscious as you do the work, which usually leads to really interesting insights. Usually, vision boards are for shorter amounts of time–a year at most–but there is no reason you can’t make one for a broader vision. Try it out!

To make a vision board, the traditional approach is to create a comfortable place where you can work–candles, sacred music, and a cup of tea. Using a stack of old newspapers, magazines, and other print resources, and look for words, phrases, and images that stand out to you. Cut them out and put them in a pile. When you feel your pile is complete, get a piece of cardstock (usually larger, like 12×18″) and start intuitively gluing your images, words, and phrases to the board. The board will slowly take shape, and then you can see what your subconscious created. What messages in there are potent and powerful for you? Meditate on this experience and see what messages emerge from it.

Summer Solstice Visioning Circle
Strengthening our collective vision for the future involves letting go of the past narratives that bind us!

With your larger community, you can engage in community visioning. One strategy that I’ve adapted comes from Joanna Macy’s work called “letters from the future.” People sit in a circle in pairs–an outer ring and an inner ring. On the inner ring, are the people from the future. On the outer ring are the people of today–you, yourself. The people of today share their experiences living in the world, they share their fears and their hopes, and their dreams. The people of the future simply listen, and when it’s their turn, they respond, sharing a future vision that is powerful and healing. After that, the group comes together to discuss the experience and insights that arise from it. Usually, many different things emerge from this practice, so if you are doing it in a group, it is a great idea to write these down and use them as future talking points.

Summer Solstice Meditative Mandala
Another wonderful practice to “mull over” things in your mind as you are considering how to craft that vision is to create a nature mandala. I shared more about this practice in the linked post, but I’ll offer a brief explanation here. Find a place to create your mandala, a place where you won’t be disturbed. Gather things that you would like to use–flowers, leaves, sticks, stones, anything natural that will not disturb the ecosystem. Then, simply lay your material out in a pattern; the pattern can be a prayer, an offering, and a way of focusing your vision. Here’s the best part–you can simply raise the question in your mind (What is a good vision for the future?) and then let the question work in your subconscious while you work on the mandala. As you work on the physical mandala, your subconscious will work on the question and ideas will arise from it. (There’s some really great research out there about daydreaming, movement, and taking time away from a problem in order to come up with solutions–so this really works!).

Sunbathing Meditation
Spend time in the sun, baring yourself as much as you feel comfortable, and laying in a spot to allow the sun’s rays to soak into you. feeling the radiance of the sun warm your skin, and draw that energy in. Feel yourself drawing that energy and it warming you, refreshing you, and healing you. Now you are ready to do the good work of visioning the future and bringing that vision into alignment with the present!

Concluding Thoughts
Perhaps the most powerful magical act we can do as humans are put forth a vision of the future that is life-honoring, balanced, and regenerative. The more of us that do this visioning work (and continue to do it, returning to it at least once a year on the solstice, if not more often), the more powerful of a magical act we create–one that has the power to shape the future. In order to work this world-changing magic, we do this work at the time of greatest power and light–the summer solstice. I firmly believe that change starts with each of us who has found ourselves returning back to nature and nature-honoring ways; it is through having a vision that we can maintain our hope, our joy, and our determination amidst the challenges of this age.

Readers, please share–what is your vision for the future? What does it look like? What is important to you?

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Ghost Hunting Theories
Did Norwegian Trolls Exist?

The dense rocky forests and jutting fjords of Norway seem to be the ideal setting for a magical creature that turns to stone if it encounters elusive sunlight.

Norway love and appreciates their trolls and put them on lots of souvenirs and signs. But, is there anyone who believes that trolls might actually exist?

Trolls are part of Scandinavian lore and they are pretty much similar to ogres. They are often described as stupid, dirty, and huge. And, the reason they say there are large rocks all over Norway is that, trolls had encountered the sunlight. They are often described as shapeshifters that are capable of going invisible and sneaking into places without needing use doors and windows. Their hiding places are considered to be under rock croppings and cave-like areas.

When I was a child, my father was a Thorvaldsen from Norway. The family changed their name in the late 1920s after coming to America. He used to tell me great tales of the most troublesome and stupid trolls and sometimes even kind ones. I was a child in the era of troll dolls, so imagine my obsession!

In that interesting way that I study Native legends, the legends of the trolls intrigue me because – they are giants and they cannot handle sunlight. This has been reported often and the Cherokee spoke of the moon-eyed people they had to drive from the lands in North Carolina, “white” people who could not tolerate sunlight. In ancient times, trolls were reportedly giants and over time stories made them smaller and smaller. Repeatedly, we hear legends of Native people around the world, encountering giants, and having to outsmart them.

The movie, “Trollhunter” (one of my favs) is a great concept. But, are there people out there in the woods of Scandinavia seeking such creatures?

Is there a troll curse?
In one incident, a worker was being airlifted by helicopter because he was ill. He opened the emergency door and jumped out 2000 feet to his death.

Another worker was hit by a steel beam being swung by a crane.

The legend of Torghatten Mountain in Norway –
Hestmannen, a troll, was chasing a beautiful virgin. When he realized he could not catch her, he shot an arrow to kill her. The troll king, Somna, threw his hat into the air to block the arrow’s path at the maiden. The hat turned into a mountain with a hole in the middle.

In actuality, it is said that the ice age created the crevice.

My Norse people definitely have a great sense of humor about their legends –

Want to take the family for some troll fun? Norway has a Troll Park, Hunderfossen! Tucked away in Lillehammer, this park includes fun rides, and when the sun sets, the Trolls and other creatures of the forest come out to play… You can watch the fairytale show, Trolls, theatre, seasoned with Rock/Folk music, lighting and mystique.

The longest cave in Norway is called (drum roll) “Trollkjerka” or Troll’s Church.

Might the troll legends come from actual giants who did inhabit the lands thousands of years ago?

Norway has an ancient legend of Jotunn, a giant race. Jotunn (Proto-Germanic *etunaz) might have the same root as “eat” (Proto-Germanic *etan) and accordingly had the original meaning of “glutton” or “man-eater”, probably due to their enormous diet because of their size. Once again, an ancient legend of people-eating giants!!

There have been finds of the giants in Norway, as they have been all over the globe. Did the very legends and religions base themselves on explaining this “master” race of “god-like” giant beings? Did these beings seem to do magical things? Interestingly, the trolls are depicted with body hair and the Paiutes reported the red-haired giants their ancestors’ encountered were hairy all over.

Do trolls exist presently? Well, if trolls are a creature designed in a legend to explain an ancient race of giants, they likely did exist. And, if today’s race of “Bigfoot” beings around the world are the descendants of such a race, then they do still exist.

Norway has its own reports of Bigfoot.

In other words, today’s Sasquatch might just be the trolls of yore.

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Coach Gilberto Chapter 16
by Stephen Halpert

“Are you sure?” Maria looked dubious as she hung up her phone from speaking to the caterer. “A party in lieu of a faculty meeting? Isn’t that a little over the top?”
Gilberto smiled as he added to his notes in preparations of his first faculty meeting. “Maria, Alvin Sheckler accused me of being a glorified gym teacher. I thought it best to fight fire with fire.”
She grinned. “Oh, Gilberto you’ve got that look in your eyes. Hope you’re not out on thin ice.”
He smiled. “I don’t think so. Besides I’ve a secret weapon.”
She raised her eyebrows. “What’s that?”
He turned and kissed her. “A change in atmosphere. We need to create a better atmosphere for teamwork.”
She shrugged and grinned. “Whatever you say. I love kissing you when you’re feeling this way.”
He gave her another kiss even longer than her first. Then he called Ramon and filled him in on the next day’s meeting.
Ramon laughed. “Like you did during the tournaments when our backs were up against the wall.”
“You think?” Gilberto chuckled.
The following morning a somewhat reluctant Helen Conners set up the faculty dining room with the caterer’s bagels, smoked salmon, spicy chicken, deli meats, smoked turkey and adhering to Gilberto’s specific instructions two cases of assorted imported beer and several bottles of sparkling wine. In addition, here was a big bowl of fruit punch Maria had concocted.
Gilberto made sure the air conditioner was on high. When Alvin Sheckler and Bob Sharp appeared, he greeted them like long lost friends, clapping them on the back and handing each a frosty brewski.
Bob frowned. “I thought this was a meeting.”
Alvin grinned and rubbed his hands together. “Yeah?”
“It is,” Gilberto assured them. “But we may as well enjoy lunch. That way we share our ideas and gain a good understanding of the tasks at hand.”
They nodded and both began stuffing their faces.
April Winters was next to appear. She looked at Bob Sharp curiously. He hoisted the last of his imported beer. Then he sang, “April in Houndstooth…”
“Stop it,” she laughed as she looked around. “This is all too good to be true. Who sprang for all this, Lara Parker?”
“All on me,” Gilberto said. “”It’s time to give Houndstooth more spirit.’
“I’ll drink to that,” Bob agreed and he slid his arm around April’s waist.
What’s all this?” Karen Muskie, eyed the catered platters, then she saw the makeshift bar. “Happy New Year,” she grinned and kissed Alvin gently on his cheek.
“A toast to Houndstooth,” Ramon said as he handed out frosty mugs.
Gilberto greeted everyone jovially and they all dove into the food and drink.
“Well, this certainly is a surprise Alvin said. “Most faculty meetings have been dry, stodgy events.”
“Welcome to a new era for Houndstooth,” Gilberto said. “I feel we need to better connect in order to have a good idea as to our mutual future here.”
April eyed Gilberto suspiciously. “Will all our meetings be like this or is today a grand exception?” She reached back and untangled herself from Bob’s maneuvers.
By now more of the faculty had arrived and were enjoying the buffet and imported beer.
Gilberto tinged his fork against his glass mug. “I want you all to know,” he began, “I’ve always liked my team feeling comfortable.” They were all listening intently. “That way we have better communications, and work in a more harmonious way.” He nodded to Helen Conners who handed out envelopes to each in attendance.
“We’ll begin by sharing with each of you a twenty percent raise, effective immediately. I want my team happy and ready to take on any challenge here at Houndstooth.”
As Ramon handed around more drinks. Helen Conners took Gilberto aside. “I fear Mr. Gomez spiked the punch. I think with vodka but I can’t be sure.””
Gilberto smiled and nodded. “No doubt necessary”
She smiled. “You certainly are quite different for a headmaster.”
Ramon handed her a beverage cup. She took two sips nodded and hickuped.
April Winters finished her drink and immediately reached for a refill. Ramon smiled and made sure she was comfortable.
Peter Flanders polished off his plate of cold cuts and enjoyed his drink. “This sure is a great way to run a faculty meeting,” He grinned at Gilberto.
Bob Sharp grinned at April Winters. “When the wife’s away,” he said slyly.
April ignored him and beamed at Gilberto. “I love that body of yours,” she grinned.
“Thank you,” Gilberto replied.
April played with the top two buttons of her black silk shirt. Once the shirt opened up she breathed a sigh of relief and staggered a bit. Ramon stood beside her and steadied her.
Gilberto smiled at her. “I’ve always thought a team was the best way to face any challenge. That way we’re all better able to communicate more effectively.”
“I think I’m drunk,” Karen Muskie said. “But I don’t see how, just some sparkling wine and a little punch.”
Gilberto smiled. “It’s good to relax so each of us has a better understanding of the challenges ahead.”
“What challenges are those? Alvin asked. “What don’t I know?”
Bob Sharp grinned at April.
Lara Parker appeared. She nodded to Gilberto. “I’d say your first faculty meeting is running smoothly, as I thought it would.”
Rosemary Greene arrived late. “What am I missing,” she asked?
April grinned and handed her a glass. “”A new birth of freedom for us all.”
Diana Rain followed her in. “Sorry I’m late,” she said. “What did I miss?”
“Nothing important,” Gilberto said. “Help yourself, there’s plenty left still.”
Lara Parker put her slender beringed hand on Gilberto’s shoulder. “I thought you’d bring new life to this old establishment,” she said. “And you did not disappoint me. I’ll see to it that you are compensated, both for any food and drink or other expenses.” She smiled as Ramon handed her a glass of punch and raised it toward Gilberto. “Here’s to a new era for Houndstooth,” she said, “and a new captain of the team.”
To Be Continued.

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Confidence in Social Situations

If you feel shy or awkward in social situations, know that many others are probably feeling the same way too.

If you’ve ever been to a social gathering where you’ve felt awkward and uncomfortable, chances are you are not alone. While social gatherings can be very enjoyable, especially when we are surrounded by people whose company we enjoy, there are social events that we attend where we sometimes find ourselves wishing we were someplace else. Such occasions can sometimes be the cause of much anxiety and self-consciousness. We may even feel like everyone else is having a good time except for us. Yet the truth is that everyone has felt shy and awkward on occasion. One of the best ways to overcome self-consciousness or get past your feelings of shyness at social gatherings is to focus on the people around you. If you can remember that other people might also be feeling awkward or shy, you might find the thought of speaking to them less intimidating or overwhelming.

The next time there is a social event you feel nervous about attending, you may want to try this exercise: Spend some time with your eyes closed and breathe deeply. When you feel ready, create your own zone of comfort by visualizing yourself surrounded in a warm white light that is protective yet accepting of others. Imagine people at the event being drawn to you because of the open and warm feelings that you are radiating. When you arrive at the event, take a moment to spread this same light of loving acceptance to everyone around you. Smile and greet people warmly. Try going up to someone who is standing alone and introduce yourself. When you radiate acceptance, openness, and receptivity, people can’t help but respond to you in kind.

Focusing on how we can make other people at a social gathering feel at ease can help us forget about our own insecurities. In the process, we end up making the very connections that we seek. The next time you attend a social gathering, invite people to join you in your zone of comfort that you have so lovingly and intentionally created. Let yourself enjoy being encircled in the warmth of their friendships.

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Granola & Yogurt Breakfast Popsicles

These fun yogurt pops studded with fresh berries make a great on-the-go breakfast for a busy morning–perfect for kids and adults alike. ~Carolyn Casner

Servings: 6
Ingredients
1 ¼ cups low-fat plain yogurt
1 ½ cups chopped fresh berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and/or blackberries)
4 teaspoons pure maple syrup, divided
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 tablespoons granola, large chunks crumbled

Step 1
Stir yogurt, berries, 2 teaspoons maple syrup and vanilla together in a medium bowl. Divide among six 3-ounce popsicle molds. Stir granola and the remaining 2 teaspoons maple syrup together in a small bowl. Top each popsicle with 1 tablespoon of the granola mixture. Insert popsicle sticks and freeze overnight.

Tips
To make ahead: Store popsicles in the freezer for up to 1 week.

Tips
Equipment: Six 3-ounce popsicle molds

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 1 popsicle

Per Serving:
100 calories; protein 3.1g; carbohydrates 17.6g; dietary fiber 1.8g; sugars 10.5g; fat 1.8g; saturated fat 0.8g; cholesterol 3.1mg; vitamin a iu 50IU; vitamin c 2.3mg; calcium 75.8mg; iron 0.3mg; magnesium 6mg; potassium 102.1mg; sodium 36mg; added sugar 6g.

Exchanges:
1/2 fruit, 1/2 reduced-fat dairy, 1/2 starch

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Kitty Korner
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Cat Pupils: Here’s What Your Cat’s Eyes Are Telling You
Cat pupils do more than respond to light. Discover how your cat’s pupils are the keys to her mood — and can even tell you if you need to see a vet ASAP.
By Jane A Kelley

A cat’s eyes are pretty amazing. They allow a cat to see in near-darkness and provide her with a great ability to detect motion in order to hunt prey. But the thing that really fascinates a lot of people are those vertical, slit-shaped cat pupils. Cat pupils do much more than respond to the level of light in a room, though. They also give you a good sense of how your cat is feeling — emotionally and physically.

Here are a few cool things to know about cat pupils:

Cat pupils show your cat’s mood
Our cats communicate with us in very subtle ways, and one of those ways is through their eyes. A cat’s mood can be determined by a combination of understanding cat body language and cat pupils.

Narrow pupils signal an aroused cat
Arousal can be caused by many things — anger, fear and pleasure, primarily. These emotions can result in the sudden contraction of pupils so that they become narrow slits. You might see this if your cat encounters a catnip mouse and prepares to attack it. Even the smell of catnip itself can cause arousal in a cat that likes the stuff.

You may also see the pupils contract suddenly if she’s about to “kill” her favorite toy (or your toes moving around under the blankets). Anger can also cause pupils to contract into slits; this is usually accompanied by growling or hissing, though.

If the cat eyes are narrow and the eyes are squinted, that’s a sign of aggression. The squint helps to protect her eyes from an opponent’s claws.

However, if the cat pupils are narrow and your cat is relaxing on your lap and purring, you can probably guess that she’s experiencing great pleasure.

Wide pupils signal an excited or scared cat
Yes, it’s true: wide cat eyes can mean both excitement and fear, so you’ll have to suss out the meaning of your cat’s wide eyes by looking at what’s going on around her and her other body language cues. For example, when my cat, Bella, gets surprised, her pupils go wide and she jumps up in the air with the classic “bottle brush tail.” Wide cat pupils can also indicate excitement. When you pull out your cat’s favorite treats, her pupils may get wide in anticipation.

On the other hand, wide cat pupils may indicate anxiety. If your cat is sitting there, looking tense (with a hunched back and her tail close to her side), and her pupils are also wide, you can assume that she’s anxious about something. You’ve probably seen this when you take your cat to the vet and she really doesn’t want to be there.

Wide cat eyes can also indicate abject terror. Maybe you’ve seen this if you’ve been in a huge thunderstorm, just before your cat runs for the smallest and darkest place she can find.

What if the cat pupils are different sizes?
When one of the pupils is larger than the other, your cat has a condition called anisocoria. Anisocoria is a symptom, not a disease itself. Sometimes, it’s an emergency.

“If anisocoria occurs suddenly, you should consider this an emergency situation and seek veterinary care immediately to lessen the chance that your cat’s vision will be permanently affected,” Cheryl Yuill, DVM, MSc, CVH, writes in an article on anisocoria in cats for the VCA.

When pupils are different sizes, it can indicate that your cat is suffering from one of the following issues: a brain injury due to trauma (such as a fall or being hit by a car or a disease like a stroke); an injury to the surface of the eye; a problem with the nerves running to the affected eye; glaucoma, a very painful pressure buildup in the eye; inflammation of the interior of the eye; retinal disease; or even cancer. Cats may also develop anisocoria due to spastic pupil syndrome, which is associated with the feline leukemia virus.

The final word on cat pupils
Cat pupils are an amazingly expressive part of your feline friend’s body language repertoire. By studying your cat’s eyes along with her body language, you’ll be able to understand your cat better and avoid unwanted aggression or fear. The pupils are also a reflection of your cat’s health. Don’t hesitate to get your cat to the vet if you notice that her pupils are different sizes.

Tell us: Have you noticed your cat’s pupils changing different shapes and sizes?

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Georgia’s Weekly Horoscope: Sunday,
June 19, 2022

All Signs
This week two planetary events occur: On Tuesday, the Sun moves into Cancer to stay for four weeks. Cancer is warm hearted, nurturing and thrifty; hence, these qualities will blossom more in all of us. We’ll focus more on home, family, gardening, cooking and boating, especially activity around marinas. (The Sun is a clue to where we put our energy.) On Wednesday, Venus moves into Gemini, to stay for almost 4 weeks. Venus will attract different opportunities to each of us. Venus is a social planet. It represents romantic relationships, the arts and all things beautiful. It also has a strong association with money. Let’s welcome this change. (Incidentally, this is my step ladder. I never knew my real ladder.)

Aries (March 21-April 19)
Your attention now turns to home, family and your private life. Many will be involved more than usual with a parent. Because of this, some of you will cocoon at home more and relax among familiar surroundings. However, countering this energy, your ruler Mars is still in your sign, along with lucky Jupiter, and this means you want to be physically active! The shift of Venus will increase this influence by attracting interactions with siblings, relatives and neighbours. Note: Something will make you happier on a daily basis. In fact, you will appreciate the beauty of your everyday surroundings more than you realized before. (A blessing!)

Taurus (April 20-May 20)
The pace of your days will accelerate in the next four weeks, because you’ll be running with an outboard motor strapped to your butt. Errands, appointments, short trips and visits with siblings, relatives and neighbours! You’re eager to enlighten others. You want to tell someone what you think about something. If you can squeeze in a little vacation – this is a great idea. Meanwhile, your ruler Venus, a planet that attracts things to you (especially money) is moving into one of your Money Houses! Hello? Things don’t get much better than this! This means you might get richer in the next four weeks. It also means you will spend money on beautiful things. Ka-ching!

Gemini (May 21-June 20)
In the next four weeks, you will reflect upon your values. You want to know, “What really matters?” You don’t want to be 90 years old, looking in the mirror saying, “I blew it.” You want greater control of your world through what you own. Meanwhile, the lovely news is that this week fair Venus moves into your sign to stay for the next four weeks. (Yay!) This makes you want to reach out to others. It also makes you charming and diplomatic. You will seek peace and want to patch up problems with others. Good times with friends will be a priority. This is a great time for a vacation! It’s also a wonderful time to buy wardrobe goodies for yourself. Enjoy your good fortune!

Cancer (June 21-July 22)
This week, the Sun moves into your sign to stay for four weeks giving you a chance to recharge your batteries for the rest of year. It’s your turn to replenish and restore yourself. You will also (almost magically) attract important people and favourable situations to you. Ah yes, this is the power of the Sun! Actually, this is an empowering birthday month for you because this year, lucky Jupiter is at the top of your chart. (Happens only once in 12 years.) Jupiter makes you look successful! This is the classic time for a promotion or public recognition by your peers. Meanwhile, with Venus hiding in your chart, secret love affairs might flower. Oh my.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
Your personal year is ending but your new year will not begin until the Sun enters Leo, a month from now. Therefore, the next four weeks are a time of limbo for you. (You’re waiting at the train station for your ship to come in.) Nevertheless, you can use this time to make plans for your new year ahead. What do you want to achieve in the next year? What three things come to mind? Set some goals because this will give you a clearer focus on what is important you. Goals also give you more clarity in decision-making. Plus, they give you a sense of purpose. Venus is now moving into your House of Friendships, which means you will schmooze more with others, especially artistic, creative people. (Remember – write down some goals.)

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
You will be more popular in the next four weeks. You will seek out friends, plus, you will also become more involved in groups, clubs and organizations. (It’s just what’s happening.) Your idealism will be aroused, which is why you might seek out charitable organizations or ways to help those who are less fortunate. Admirable! (Whenever we’re more aware of the suffering of others, we become more compassionate.) Fair Venus will now be at the top of your chart, which is good for business and attracting people who can help you. Romance with a boss might begin. Almost certainly, someone will ask for your advice about how to make something look better. (“First, remove the yellow crime tape.”)

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
Ta da! Once a year the Sun sits at the top of your chart for four weeks and that time has arrived. Symbolically, this means the Sun is shining down on you and capturing you in a spotlight that is flattering. This is why everyone will admire you and see you as super capable (even if you don’t do anything special). Good lighting is everything! Since this almost magical phenomena is occurring for the next four weeks, it means now is the perfect window of time for you to make your pitch or go after what you want because you look so good in the eyes of everyone. Meanwhile, Venus makes you want to travel for pleasure. It might also create a romantic relationship with someone “different.” (Exciting!)

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
Decide to act on your urge to do something different because you need a change! Einstein said, “I must be willing to give up what I am in order to become what I will be.” Sometimes you need to give up the familiarity of your velvet rut to explore more of the world. This includes intellectual exploration, which is why many of you will choose to study or take courses instead of jetting off to new places. Fair Venus has just moved into one of your Money Houses, which means the financial or practical help you need or an inheritance might come to you! (Where there’s a will, there’s a way.) Romantic relations will be very affectionate and sexy!

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
Venus is opposite your sign for the next four weeks, which symbolizes that this is a lovely time for all relationships – love affairs, marriages, partnerships and professional relations with coworkers. Venus will even improve relations with your enemies! What a blessing! Certainly, you can use the next four weeks to patch up difficult relationships and misunderstandings. Meanwhile, in this same window of time, you will have more involvement with financial matters and shared property. This includes taxes, debt and inheritances. You will also feel emotionally passionate in the coming month, and at times, even compulsive. (Just so you know.)

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
It’s been six months since your birthday, which means certain things in your life are culminating. Be smart, respectful and courteous when dealing with authority figures. (You’ll be glad you did.) Oh yes, don’t burn bridges. Some situations might not work out right now. Remember: Your first loss is your cheapest loss. Let it go. What is working needs to be incorporated in your life so that you move forward with growth and progress. Venus will promote warmer relations with coworkers. It will also boost your health. However, watch out for seconds on dessert because Venus loves sweets! (Yum, yum.) A work-related romance will begin for some. Smoochie boochies!

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Grab that toolbox or briefcase because you’re keen to work in the next four weeks. You’re setting the bar high and you want to be productive! You want to make every action count. (Admirable.) Basically, you want to manage your life well. One quirky detail is you might have to work on behalf of others, which means you might not be your own boss. Nevertheless, you will derive satisfaction from a job well done. Fear not. Venus will bring you rewards because Venus will be travelling through the most fun part of your chart in the next four weeks attracting creative activities, social outings, vacations, sports events, romance and fun times with kids. Yeehaw!

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
Great news! The next four weeks will be full of social outings, fun vacations, romantic diversions, sports events and enjoyable activities with kids. Yes, it’s your turn to play! Not only do you want to play and socialize with others, at a deeper level, you want to express the real you, especially your creative talents. You want the freedom to be who you are. Expect relationships to be more lighthearted and fun-loving! Romance in particular will sizzle! Many of you will also enjoy redecorating projects and doing something to make your home more attractive. You will want to entertain at home as well. Invite family over for good food and drink because the vibes are warm and loving.

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