GrannyMoons Weekly Feast: 21 Aug 2022

Call a plant beautiful, and it becomes a flower.
Call it ugly, and it becomes a weed. ~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.


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.


What’s Happening In August?!?

Goddess Month of Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8

Celtic Tree Calendar Month ~ August 5th to September 1st – Hazel

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

Flower of the Month for August: Gladiolus

August is National Watermelon Month

AUG 19: Roman Vinalia: Marriage of Bacchus
AUG 20: Marriage of the God and Goddess—Sun God enters Earth Goddess and rules Underworld as Lord of the Shadows.
AUG 21: Festival of Hecate—Invoking her to protect the harvests now that the God resides within her aspect as the Earth Goddess.
AUG 21: Greek Festival of Hecate – To protect the harvest.
AUG 23: Roman Festival of Vulcanalia
AUG 28: Pepsi-Cola (originally an herbal drink to treat indigestion) got its name on this day in 1898.


Face to Face Workshops with GrannyMoon at Sticks and Stones
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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.

For more info or to join my class, click here!

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

Earth Signs and Omens in Nature Course

Learn to read the mysteries of nature! The course covers signs and omens, communication, seasonal rites, trees and shrubs, flowers, plants and weeds, herbs, plant magick, the Guardians of Nature and much more.


The Goddess School Grimoire
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Softback: $26.95
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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 ( has grown into a large and beautiful global community of women.


John Marani—Astrologer, Tarot Card Reader, and Metaphysical Teacher

Hi there folks! I’m pleased to be among the talented speakers chosen by Kathy Rose to present at the upcoming Empowered Astrology Virtual Event on October 22-23, 2022.
My mission: To facilitate the best astrological discussion ever had on this planet. Can I do it? Duh. Have you MET me? Perfect spot in the lineup for this Jupiter in Sagittarius in the 11th house.

Please consider joining us for what I feel will be an incredible event! Get more details and sign up at


Busy Week in the Stars!!!
Sage Goddess

Monday, August 22 – Sun enters Virgo ?
It’s Virgo Season and the best time to filter that shit! Seriously, Virgo is about filtering on all levels – physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. If it’s not helpful, healing, or in alignment with your true essence, clear it out. We love Virgo so much we wrote a blog all about it: “Virgo – Pure, True, Best You”

Wednesday, August 24 – Uranus turns Retrograde ?
Uranus is the planet of awakening, liberation, and authenticity. When it turns retrograde, it’s time to reclaim that energy. Tap into your individuality and start making positive changes.

Thursday, August 25 – Mercury enters Libra ?
Time to sharpen your listening skills. While Mercury transits Libra, reciprocity is key in communication. That means listening as much (and as well) as you talk. And if you tend to keep quiet, speak up.


The new Moon August 27 in Virgo is bringing inspiration to help us make realistic plans for the future and focus on the well-being of our minds, bodies, and spirits. The Virgo’s Energy is bringing about an appreciation of the beauty of keeping things simple. It is about learning to adapt to the chaos of our ever-changing circumstances. This is a great time to clear your head and take things down a few notches and get back to the most basic form of being. Not a time to overcomplicate your feelings.

Life is full of the unknown and we never know what curveballs will be thrown our way on any given day. Stay grounded and you have a better chance of navigating through the things that are coming.

Transform any feelings of disempowerment, lack or fear into new opportunities to step up into your full power and light.

The Moon phase for August 27th, 2022 is the New Moon phase. In this phase, the moon is positioned between the Sun and Earth and is 0% illuminated (i.e the moon is not visible to us in the sky). Due to the alignment of the Sun, the Moon and Earth, the side of the moon that faces Earth is left in complete darkness.

Stay Centered

However, despite Virgo being a sensible earth sign, staying grounded may be easier said than done under this new moon. That’s thanks to a tense lunar square with the hot-headed planet Mars, which could seriously test our patience. You may want to jump on every desire or idea that pops into your head, but resist the urge to hit the gas pedal. Mars’ influence on this lunation can make us extra impulsive, but we’ll be better off letting things simmer before setting anything in stone. Instead, channel Virgo’s logic-heavy practicality and think before you act.

How To Work With Augusts’ New Moon Energy

While we may have a burning desire to start something new under Augusts’ dark moon, this lunation will serve us best if we’re less quick to act and more focused on creating adaptable and weatherproof plans. If you can temper your impulses and harness the new moon energy, this can be a beautiful time to map out a flexible strategy for getting what you want. Virgo energy is thorough and attentive to details, so visualize yourself attaining your goals and try to anticipate any likely roadblocks instead of barreling forward. Remember: There are many different roads that can lead you to where you want to be, so instead of fixating on just one, entertain the possibility of taking an alternate route if needed.

With the sun and moon aligning in earth sign Virgo, this lunation is also a great time to focus on clearing your mind and being present in your physical body — after all, Virgo is the sign that rules our health. A grounding meditation can feel especially healing now, as can spending some peaceful time connecting with nature. If you have goals specifically related to your wellness or daily routines, now’s the time to kick them into high gear. Picking up a healthy new habit — whether that’s joining a fitness class or committing to upping your water intake — is the perfect way to utilize this motivating new moon momentum.

Get Insight Into Your Personality And Find Out Your Strengths And Weaknesses With My New Moon Spiritual Reading.

The best feature about New Moons is the feeling of starting anew, a fresh start, a new beginning. Although the New Moon data is not as popular as the Full Moon, the dates are sought out by many people who know just how meaningful the New Moon event can be.

This is a good time to start tidying up loose ends in preparation for the beginning of a new cycle. The new moon puts a focus on your personal and professional goals.

The new moon is about starting with an empty clean slate; it is the conception of an idea to become birthed into life with the coming full moon.

Use this time wisely.
This is a time of new beginnings!
Die to the old to begin again!
Use this energy to discover what has been holding you back.
Plant seeds of manifestation.
Harness the energy of all things of beauty.
Let this new moon be a fresh start in your life! It’s never too late to start over again. You are a child of God therefore you are Royal so let your Inner Light Shine for all to see!

The Signs from God are compelling and keep us believing in the Magic, Marvel and Miracles in our life.

New Moon Psychic Reading

Get a New Moon Reading and find out what direction you should take.

New Moon blessings,
Cherokee Billie


Helping the Homeless

Most of us know in our hearts that the homeless and the poor are not so very different from us.

Homeless people in our communities are a fact of life, especially in big cities. Many of us don’t know how to interpret this situation or what we can do to help. We may vacillate between feeling guilty, as if we are personally responsible, and feeling angry, as if it is entirely on their own shoulders. The situation is, of course, far more complex than either scenario. Still, not knowing how to respond, we may fall into the habit of not responding at all. We may look over their heads not making eye contact, or down at the ground as we pass, falling into a habit of ignoring them. Each time we do this, we disconnect ourselves from a large portion of the human family, and it doesn’t feel right.

Most of us know in our hearts that the homeless and the poor are not so very different from us. They may be the victims of poor planning or an unavoidable crisis. Some of them are mentally ill, some are addicted to drugs or alcohol, and some are choosing to be homeless for reasons we may never understand. We can imagine that, given their lives, we would likely have ended up in the same place. This does not mean that we are meant to rescue them, as they are on their own learning path, but it does remind us that we can treat them as equals, because that is what they are. Even if we aren’t able to offer food, shelter, or money, we can offer a blessing as we pass. We can look them in the eye and acknowledge our shared humanness, even if we don’t know just how to help them. This simple act of kindness and silent or spoken blessings can be so helpful to those living on the street.

If you want to help with information, you can learn about the services in your area and share the locations of food banks, shelters, and other resources. Perhaps your family would like to have a plan ahead of time, talking with your children about how as a family you would like to handle these situations. Whatever you decide to do, you will feel much better when you make a conscious choice not to simply look away.


Llewellyn’s Spell A Day

Successful Endeavors Spell

Before beginning any important new endeavor, write down what you want to achieve on a small piece of paper. While holding that paper in your dominant hand, look into a mirror and say:

I will achieve all I wish
for in this endeavor.
Nothing out there can
stop me whatsoever.
All obstacles in front of me will fall.
Only my success is what will befall.
I can and will overcome
anything in my way.
What I will shall happen
for me on this day!

When you are done saying these words, you should feel confident and secure. If not, say them again, and know that you will succeed! When you are done, keep what you have written in your pocket until you have achieved your goal.

Cutting Ties

Saturdays are a good time to work banishing magick. If you need to cut a tie with a person, a poor habit, or a job, now would be the time to do so. Take three pieces of black or purple thread, string, or cord and hold them in your hands. Weave the pieces together into a braid symbolizing your physical, mental, and emotional ties to the person (or issue). Once the braid has been created, visualize yourself as separate from the person you want to move away from. See in your mind all the ways you are connected and how you can separate yourself from them. You can then either disentangle the strands or cut them apart. Once the strands are separated from one another, you are free of the person (or issue) as well.
A Pantry of Magical Waters

W ater is an essential part of th e magical tool kit. With some planning, you can create an allpurpose pantry of magical waters.

You’ll need some small lidded jars (four-ounce canning jars are perfect), masking tape or labels, and a permanent marker. Label and date each sample of water you collect.

Start by collecting water from any body of water you visit. The real and remembered links to that place will be powerful.

Collect rainwater, hail, sleet, snow, or ice to use when a stormy influence is needed. Store snow and hail in the freezer.

Collect morning dew for rituals of initiation, growth, and abundance.

Collect water on the sabbats.

Collect holy water from sacred sites, or bless water using your own sacred ceremony.

For moon magic, charge water under the full or dark moon or through a full moon phase.

For solar magic, charge water under the midday sun or from sunrise to sunset.

Add gems, crystals, plants, or objects to waters to create or boost a specific magical effect.

In his poem “The Faerie Queene,” Edmund Spenser presents an Elizabethan take on pagan mythology as a masque (a play). First to appear on the stage is Mutabilitie, who “reigns in all things and to whom all things are subject.” As the four elements enter, we learn that Vesta and Vulcan rule fire, Ops rules earth, Juno rules “ayre,” and Neptune rules the seas.

Mutability is the quality of being changeable, like caterpillars on their way to becoming butterflies. As Spenser wrote, all things are subject to change. What do you want to change?

Call your coven or circle together and talk about mutability (or do this on your own). When (or if) you reach consensus, cast your circle with the deities Spenser names in the elemental corners. Speak aloud what you want to change, individually or working as a group. Now invoke Mutabilitie herself:

Great Mutabilitie, powerful
and eternal,
Be present and bless us today.

Bless our intention to
change __,
And teach us how to work
toward that change.
So mote it be!
Festival of Diana

Around this time of year, the ancient Romans celebrated the feast of Diana. Diana is a lunar goddess as well as a goddess of the hunt. Her feast was used in part to ask for her help with the harvest, and it marked a day of rest for women and slaves. The festival was also called the Festival of Torches.

While the holiday itself has already passed, this is a good time to invoke the goddess, perhaps by lighting a candle in her honor in a firesafe container. You can ask for her help with your own harvest, or use this time to take an hour or two of much-earned rest for yourself. Light the candle and say:

Diana, I call your name
And light this torch in your honor.
May your blessings shine upon my life
As this light shines out into the night.

Snuff out the candle when you’re done.
A Personal Harvest Spell

Centuries ago, August afternoons were filled with the soft swooshing sound of the scythe blade as farmers swung it to harvest fields of grain. This spell is inspired by that long-lost tradition. It will help you cut out what you don’t need in your life and keep what you do need.

You’ll need some 3-by-5-inch index cards, a pen, and a pair of scissors. Begin by writing down on the cards anything you might want to be rid of—one thought on each card. It could be a habit, a relationship, or physical clutter. Then speak these Words of Power:
What do I let go of, what do I keep?
What do I store, save, and reap?
It’s time for my personal harvest.
Let me keep only what;s best.

Now go through the cards. Be honest and select what you don’t need. Set those cards aside, then cut them in half. End by recycling or throwing away the cards you’ve cut in half. Your personal harvest is done.
Visiting Your Inner Temple

One meaning of the Greek word temenos is a sacred space dedicated to the gods, and in magical practice, it’s quite common to delineate this space by casting a circle. This meditation supercharges your circle casting by connecting to the archetype of the temenos, tapping into the energetic current of all beings who have created sacred space throughout the ages.

Come into a meditative state, and see a door in your mind’s eye. Know that beyond this door awaits your perfect sacred space. Step through with intention, and allow yourself to explore, soaking in the potent energy of this place and allowing it to gather at your heart. Give thanks and return through the door of your mind.

The next time you cast a circle, see this energy awakening in your heart and let it flow through your hand or wand, recreating the power of the sacred space from your meditative journey.


Heartwings Love Notes 1048 Tea Time Memories

Heartwings says, ” Memories are fun to share and to read, also.”

Life was once, for me and my mother’s generation a less hectic experience. Of course, I speak not for everyone, but for those of us who lived in the country outside a small town and the hustle-bustle of cities. Most families had one car, mothers stayed with their children and their work was within the home.

My family lived in a nice house on the property of my great grandmother. It was once the home of the gardener who cared for the extensive gardens she had, growing much of her own food. My great grandfather, in addition to being part of a law firm, was an amateur horticulturist. He had died by the time I came on the scene.

I was still three years old when I was taken to Grandma Great’s for tea. I clearly remember seeing a strange long horn-like object that curved along its length, on the tea table. Though I didn’t know it then, it was an ear trumpet, an early hearing device. Later still I recall seeing a large black box, no horn being present, that also functioned as a hearing device. Perhaps there was a cord running from it that was attached to her ear. My memory does not include that.

Even after she passed on, the tea times continued, because Great aunt Alice still lived there. I have a clear memory of her pouring from a large silver tea service, its hot water in a kettle that sat over a small flame. There was a tea pot also that held the steeped tea, a creamer, sugar in lumps, and other implements used to serve the tea. Of course there were sandwiches and cakes and so forth to accompany it. In my delicate, blue and white gold rimmed cup, I was served something called Cambric Tea: basically water, cream, sugar and one or two tablespoons of tea.

It is probably these childhood experiences that generated my fondness for tea. I really do enjoy my morning tea and though I have drunk it, never been a big fan of coffee. When we first came to Grafton some 33 years ago, my husband Stephen and I discovered a small store and wholesale business in Upton where we bought loose tea and chatted with the owner. It has since grown into a big company with an extensive catalogue, and we still drink their tea.

Each morning I pour boiling water into the basket within a teapot I have rinsed with boiling water. This keeps the tea water hotter as I pour it over the tea leaves in the basket. After what is usually 4 timed minutes, depending on the type of tea, I remove the tea basket and pour a cup for myself. Often, I add an almond or other creamer, and if these are unsweetened, coconut sugar– very tasty, and I sip with delight. Together with buttered toast, this is a wonderful treat for me. As I usually leave some of this treat in the cup, I get to sip from it occasionally throughout the rest of the day. Over time, simple treats are often the best.

May you have happy memories from long ago.

Blessings and best regards, Tasha Halpert

PS If you have any sweet memories, comments or thoughts to share, please write to me at It is such a treat to get email from readers. I will always respond, even if not right away.


The Mystical Power of Moonstone

Throughout the world, moonstones have been imbued with mystical properties that help us align with the magic of the moon.

Moonstones, gems named for their resemblance to the familiar glowing orb in the night sky, offer us more than mere beauty. Their association with moon goddesses throughout the world may explain why moonstones’ qualities seem to reach out to assist all those who find themselves under the moon’s light, from travelers and those at sea to lovers and dreamers. Throughout the world, moonstones have been imbued with mystical properties that extend the fabled powers of the moon into daylight hours.

In India, they are thought to give sweet, beautiful dreams by night but have gained a reputation for enhancing intuitive sensitivity and spiritual vision of the “third eye” at any time of the day. This connection to the subconscious was also recognized in the Middle Ages in Europe, where it was believed that gazing into a moonstone would cause you to fall into a deep sleep that allowed you to see the future. This extends to the power of fertility, where in Arabia, women sew moonstones into their garments to enhance their fertility. This association with fertility even extends to the fertility of crops, which is why moonstone amulets have been seen hanging in fruit trees before harvest. To further enhance the power of your moonstone, try putting them outside in the light of the full moon.

Moonstones, sometimes likened to a raindrop or tear, have long reminded people in Asia that the moon cannot be seen during the rain, just as it is difficult to see through our tears. By bringing love and abundance into our lives today and helping us to see the future, moonstones allow us to bring the hope of all good things into our lives.


Feeling Stressed Out? Try Passionflower

Derived from Passiflora incarnate, a plant native to the southeastern United States, passionflower preparations are calming without being sedating. They are also commonly used to address over-stimulating stress and anxiety, offering a calming solution. This plant can be especially helpful when trying to cram for exams, reach time-sensitive deadlines at work, or need gentle sleep support.

In a consistently stressed and busy society, finding opportunities to calm yourself become essential. This herbal support should be paired with taking time to press pause in your day, do a bit of relaxation breathing and bring yourself into balance. While providing some internal peace, breathing exercises will allow your immune system to be at its best as well.

Passionflower products are available as supplements and tinctures, as a tea, and even as a topical application that can be used to address inflammation and burns.


Eucalyptus Oil | Guide To Essential Oils
Andrew Weil, M.D

Eucalyptus oil (Eucalyptus spp.) is extracted from the dried leaves of eucalyptus trees, native to Australia but now growing in many tropical and subtropical areas of the world as well as in temperate zones. The oil has antifungal, antibacterial, and antioxidant properties and also can be useful as a mosquito repellent and as an insecticide capable of repelling or killing lice, mites and ticks.

Eucalyptus Oil Uses:
Respiratory problems including chest congestion, bronchitis, bronchial cough and sinusitis, sore throat and laryngitis. Add a teaspoon of eucalyptus oil to simmering water for twice-daily steam inhalations. Apply rubs as needed to your chest and throat or cautiously around nostrils to ease congestion. Before using eucalyptus oil on your skin be sure to dilute it with a carrier oil one to five drops of eucalyptus to 1 ounce of carrier oil and be careful not to get it in the eyes or nasal passages.

Asthma: Some studies suggest that eucalyptol, a chemical in eucalyptus oil, can help treat asthma. Reportedly some asthma patients have been able to lower the dosages of other drugs by taking capsules of eucalyptol or inhaling it. Don’t try this on your own. More research is needed to confirm earlier findings.
Dental Problems: Eucalyptus oil and its most important constituent, eucalyptol, can help kill the bacteria that cause plaque, gingivitis and bad breath. Both are often used in mouthwashes and toothpaste.

Undiluted eucalyptus can be toxic if swallowed. Taking 3.5 milliliters of the undiluted oil by mouth can be fatal. Symptoms of eucalyptus poisoning include stomach pain, dizziness, muscle weakness, feelings of suffocation, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Do not use undiluted eucalyptus oil on your skin. Not much is known about the safety of eucalyptus oil for children and not enough is known about the safety of its use during pregnancy and breast-feeding.

Dr. Weil’s View On Eucalyptus Oil:
Eucalyptus either alone or in combination with sage is a good way to increase the effectiveness of steam inhalation for the respiratory problems mentioned above. Add a teaspoon of the essential oil to simmering water or a steam vaporizer. This treatment may help reduce the chance of secondary infections in cases of respiratory diseases caused by viruses.

Annalucia Serrafino et al, “Stimulatory effect of Eucalyptus essential oil on innate cell-mediated immune response.” BMC Immunology, April 18, 2008, doi: 10.1186/1471-2172-9-17


Lemon Balm Oil | Guide To Essential Oils
Andrew Weil, M.D

Lemon balm oil comes from lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) which is a perennial herb in the mint family that is native to southern Europe and the Mediterranean region and that can now be found throughout the world. Its leaves, which have a mild aroma similar to that of lemons, contain compounds that have a soothing effect.

Lemon Balm Oil Uses:
Sleep and relaxation: Lemon balm has been used for centuries to address sleep disturbances, including restlessness and insomnia, to reduce anxiety and to promote a sense of calm. Lemon balm oil extract, especially when combined and taken with valerian root extract, can improve the quality of sleep in adults and children.
Anxiety: One study showed an oral dose taken daily for four months appeared to help reduce agitation and decrease symptoms of agitation in those with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease. Lemon balm may also help address other mental health concerns as well, including attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), although more research is needed.

Digestive problems: Lemon balm is useful in the treatment of digestive problems, including upset stomach, bloating, intestinal gas, vomiting and colic.
Cold sores: Extract of lemon balm may help reduce the symptoms of cold sores, shorten their healing time and prevent the spread of the infection. However, in some cases, lemon balm may worsen cold sores.
Pain relief: Lemon balm may help ease the pain of headache, menstrual cramps and toothache. It also can be used as an insect repellant and a treatment for insect bites.

To avoid excessive sedation, use lemon balm cautiously in combination with sedative drugs; avoid taking alcohol and lemon balm at the same time to minimize sleepiness. Exercise caution when operating heavy machinery or driving a motor vehicle while taking lemon balm. When ingested, lemon balm can lead to increased appetite but may also cause nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dizziness and wheezing. Lemon balm may affect thyroid function and interfere with thyroid hormone-replacement therapy; it probably should be avoided if you have thyroid problems. Animal studies suggest that lemon balm can raise pressure in the eye. If so, in humans who have glaucoma it could interfere with treatment. Because the safety of using lemon balm during pregnancy and breast-feeding has not been established, women probably should avoid using it at these times.

Dr. Weil’s View On Lemon Balm Oil:
The odor of lemon balm oil is both uplifting and soothing; some describe it as the “essence of spring.” It is not surprising that lemon balm essential oil has been shown to have beneficial effects on mental states. In one study in England, researchers found that applying lemon balm oil to the face and arms of patients with severe dementia reduced their agitation by 35 percent.

“Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis L.): an evidence-based systematic review by the Natural Standard Research Collaboration.” Journal of Herbal Pharmacotherapy, February 2005.


The Wisdom of the Wild

Allow yourself to be captivated and calmed by the energy of the wildlife that covers this earth.

For better or worse, much of the world we experience is dominated and controlled by human beings. We spend our days in houses, cars, and buildings, and inside these structures, we are in control. We assert our wills and manipulate our environment. Within the context of the human world, this is natural. However, we often carry this attitude with us into the world of nature. We forget as we enter the forest, or sit on the edge of a pond, that we are moving into another realm, one that asks us to drop our baggage and surrender to a different sense of order and meaning.

When we move from our everyday world into the world of nature, we may not even notice at first. We might continue talking loudly into our cell phone or to a friend that is with us. We might walk quickly as if we are on a busy city street, our eyes downcast, our thoughts hectic and hurried. In the best case, if we are sensitive to our environment, we will soon notice that it has changed. We may hear ducks calling, or wind moving through the leaves on a tree. If we notice the shift, we will naturally shift as well. If we don’t, we may get all the way through a beautiful park without having lowered our voices. Next time you find yourself in the presence of wildlife — even if it’s just a duck pond in the midst of urban hustle — try to move into a receptive state of openness and listening, no matter how much or how little time you have. Allow yourself to be captivated and calmed by the energy of the wildlife that covers this earth. Teaching our children to be respectful of nature and to stop and observe is a gift they can always cherish

We preserve pockets of nature in our urban centers and large expanses of nature in our national parks because of the magic we feel in its presence. It reminds us of our smallness and calls us back to a deeper, quieter part of ourselves. When we honor nature by being respectful in its presence, we honor the mystery and wild beauty of our origin.


Coach Gilberto Chapter 25
By Stephen Halpert

Gilberto and Maria sat at their breakfast table, drinking coffee. Gilberto opened the stylish envelope that had arrived in the morning mail. “Look what’s inside,” he said. “It’s an invitation complete with a stamped RSVP post card, inviting you and me to Camp Wigwam’s Summer Frolic.”
“Frolic,” Maria scoffed, “is that what they call it.” She frowned and shook her head. “I hope you’re not going to want to go. I have no desire to sit around nude with those,” she made a face, ” frumps.”
Gilberto wrinkled his nose. “Frumps? What do you mean by frumps?”
Maria sighed and poured a little more coffee into their cups. The wives of Houndstooth’s frustrated male members of the faculty,” she chuckled. “In another few years their frump dump will have settled in. Then they’ll probably put on weight and take lovers.”
Gilberto leaned back in his chair. “If they haven’t already,” he chuckled. “My sense is playtime and this ‘camp’ is a big deal for them.”
Suddenly Maria looked somber. “And one of them might be a murderer.”
Gilberto took a sip of his Columbian coffee and buttered the last of a jalapeno bagel. “Besides,” he said with a grin, “as acting headmaster I don’t think it’s appropriate for me to lie around in the buff with horny faculty wives, even if one of them is a murderer.”
Mona came into the kitchen and joined them at the breakfast table. Following after her, devoted to her every whim, was Boris the St. Bernard. He shook his coat, yawned, and lay down next to Gilberto with an audible sigh.
Mona petted him, then she looked up at Gilberto with her most loving expression. This was one she had learned from Maria, that could bend hearts. “Daddy, can I ask you for something.”
Gilberto nodded. “Go on.” He knew by his already well-honed parental experience that lots more was coming.
Mona lowered her voice. Her words came out in a rush. “It’s that if you gave me my own credit card like all my friends at school have then mom wouldn’t have to take so much time going through my charges.”
Gilberto’s face grew stern. “No.” He did not shout. The sound he made was more like a bull whip cracking in the air. He pressed his lips together and focused on his breathing. Then after several deep breaths he said, “the idea of a child having a credit card at ten, is ridiculous.”
I’m not a child,” she said emphatically. I’ll be eleven very soon. And I want to get my art table.”
“And who told you that about having your own credit card.
“Mrs. McGlovey, my home room teacher. She said having a credit card taught responsibility and better money management. Besides I read that eleven was the age when girls in India got married.”
He flinched. He was working hard not to shout. “No!” He said even more firmly. “But if you want to scout up a husband and get married then let him give you a credit card.”
Maria looked from one to another and smothered a giggle.
“But I don’t have a husband,” Mona reasoned. “”At least not yet.”
Maria went into the kitchen and came back with a platter of bacon and eggs, more bagels, toast, butter and jams.
He looked at Maria. “Our daughter wants a credit card.” He said, keeping his voice contained, peaceful and friendly.”
“Mommy, daddy won’t let me,” Mona said mournfully. “He just doesn’t get it.”
“Get what,” she asked?
“That these days, kids have their own cell phones and credit cards. Their parents trust them. But oh no, not mine.”
Now at last he couldn’t help it. He shouted. “You’re ten years old.”
“Eleven very soon, she corrected him smugly. “Oh daddy, you’re so old fashioned. You just don’t get it.”
“What don’t I get?” Now she was really getting to him.
Mona slipped Boris a slice of bacon. He gulped it down, burped and put his head on her knee. He licked his chops. Mona giggled and patted him.
“Not at the table,” Maria said sternly. Then she turned to Gilberto. “What brought all this on?”
“Her art table,” Gilberto said. “She said in some culture or other, kids could marry at eleven. I told her in which case let her husband pay for her credit card and art table.”
Maria frowned. “I told her to find what she wanted inside a hundred bucks and I’d order it for her. What’s the problem?”
“She wants to place her own order.”
At ten?” Maria shook her head. “I don’t think so.”
“I’m almost eleven,” Mona protested, but to deaf ears.
Their discussion was interrupted by the telephone. It was Rain. “Sorry to call you so early, but you better get over here.”
“What’s up,” he asked.
“A woman’s body was discovered in the parking lot.”
“What?” Suddenly his breakfast completely lost its appeal.
“Faculty wife,” Rain said. “Close range. Small wound. But she’s very dead.”
“I’m on my way,” he said.
Maria looked at him, eyes wide. “What happened?”
“Dead body in the parking lot. Faculty wife. The cops will be there soon if not already.”
He took a last sip of coffee and mimicking Rain, said “I’m on it.”
When he arrived at Houndstooth, the police were already there. He parked and looked for Rain. Seeing her, he walked in her direction. She nodded and introduced him to the Police Chief as well as one of the Detectives, a burly red-faced Irishman named Buster O’Reilly.
“Anything you can tell us?” Rain asked the chief.”
He nodded. “Single shot into the side of her face beside her ear.
“Close range,” Rain said. “Would a guy use a gun like that?”
The Chief frowned. “Smaller than a 22. Someone had to be right next to her. No. It’s a lady’s handgun for sure.”
The Chief nodded to the Detective who directed two patrolmen as they loaded the dead body into an ambulance. Gilberto noticed an invitation to Camp Wigwam’s frolic sticking out of the dead woman’s purse.
Rain turned to Gilberto. “Someone should notify her husband,” she said.

To be continued


Kitty Kat’s Korner

Why Do Cats Sneak Around?
By Susan Logan McCracken

A cat’s sense of stealth is strong: preventing their predators and prey from detecting them. The goal is to see without being seen. Cats prefer enclosed, high places where they can see who is coming and going, observing their world, feeling safe from their predators and undetected by prey.

This instinct is evidenced in the wild cat species, as well. Cougars and leopards blend in with their backgrounds so well that they go undetected by people living nearby. If you’ve hiked in cougar territory, you may not see a single cat, but that doesn’t mean they’re not spying on you. Unless they’re hunting for food or trying to impress a mate, most cats, including the wild species, generally don’t want a confrontation with other animals or people.

Even at home, unless they’re wearing a bell on their collar, we tend not to hear a cat approaching. How many times have we tripped over our cats because we didn’t know they were under our feet? In fact, bird advocates recommend attaching bells to outdoor cats’ collars to warn birds of their advances. Without that bell, cats have an advantage over their prey, which can’t hear them coming.

Cats’ sense of smell
We may appreciate an aromatic meal or a brewing pot of coffee, but our sense of smell is nothing like a cat’s. While our visual cortex is dominant in our brains, a cat’s olfactory cortex is dominant. That means cats rely on their sense of smell the way we rely on our eyesight. They identify everything and everyone through scent — and also hide their own scent from predators.

In fact, cats bury their waste, and queens immediately clean their newborn kittens for this very reason: They don’t want predators to find them.

A 2008 study from Duke University suggests that feline stealth is actually counterintuitive to evolution because it’s inefficient and requires large amounts of energy. In the study, Dogs Chase Efficiently, But Cats Skulk Counterintuitively, researchers wrote, “While the dogs depend on an energy-efficient style of four-footed running over long distances to catch their prey, cats seem to have evolved a profoundly inefficient gait, tailor- made to creep up on a mouse or bird in slow motion.”

In the study, Daniel Schmitt, a Duke associate professor of evolutionary anthropology, states that expending the least amount of energy for maximum efficiency is a principle of evolution. But to hunt successfully, cats must sneak up on their prey, and that requires prolific energy. However, although a cat’s gait is inefficient, it’s graceful.

“If they’re creeping, they’re going to put this foot down and then that foot down and then that one in an even fashion,” Daniel writes. Humans and dogs, on the other hand, rise and fall when they walk, which actually conserves energy.

This behavior matches other feline characteristics. Cats exude short bursts of explosive energy to hunt and stalk their prey. Making up for this inefficient energy use, cats sleep two-thirds of their lives to rejuvenate. They also need exercise and playtime that mimic the hunt in order to hone these innate stalking and pouncing abilities.

Traits of Feline Stealth
Here are just a few traits of our stealthy friends:

Cats move quietly.
Cats sneak up on prey.
Cats observe their environment.
Cats wait patiently for the right opportunity.
Cats blend in with the foliage.
Cats bury their waste to avoid being detected through scent.
Cats hide when they’re sick or vulnerable.
Cats do everything in such a way so that their prey and predators do not see, hear or smell them.

Dangers of Feline Stealth
Because enclosed, tight spaces are cat magnets, it’s important to check these areas before operating to prevent your cat getting injured:

Author and Editor Susan Logan-McCracken shares her home with her husband, Mark, and two red tabby domestic longhaired cats, Maddie and Sophie.


Georgia Nicols’
Weekly Horoscope: Sunday, August 21, 2022

All Signs
This week is about getting back to business after a week of party mode. It’s time to take stock. At the beginning of the week, we will start by brainstorming ideas. This is good. Then, we begin to feel that buildup of energy that accompanies the “back-to-school” panic. But lo! A minor reprieve! Wednesday is a lovely, party day with opportunities to schmooze and have fun. After that, it’s back to business with surprises and sudden detours. Oy! However, let’s be thankful for the kick in the pants this week brings. After all, the way any project gets to be six months behind — is one day at a time.

Aries (March 21-April 19)
It will be easy for you to focus on working smart and being as efficient as possible because this is what you want to do right now. In fact, as the week begins, you can discover secrets at work, or ways of doing something better that you hadn’t seen before. You will be vocal with others, in fact, very persuasive, which is why others will jump to your commands. Of course, this week is not all work and no play because Venus wants you to schmooze and have fun, especially on Wednesday. Guard against sports accidents. But expect surprise invitations and sudden changes to social events. Parents take note: At the end of the week, it’s a mildly accident-prone time for your kids.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)
Although this is the time to get back to work for most signs, you’re still in party mode and enjoying vacations. Many of you are also entertaining at home. In fact, stock the fridge because spontaneous situations will occur this week, and you’ll be glad to have something on hand to serve your guests. Meanwhile, at the beginning of the week, some kind of romantic secret might be revealed? You will enjoy using your mind for mental entertainment – puzzles, reading mysteries and whodunits, or watching suspenseful TV. Be careful of extravagant purchases to boost your ego because you’re still susceptible to an influence that makes you feel you are what you own.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)
Lucky you! Mars in your sign is boosting your energy and heightening your joie de vivre! This extra drive from Mars will continue for the rest of year, which means you’ll be Powerpoint on steroids! Home and family continue to be a focus. Family secrets might come out at the beginning of the week. Expect to deal with repairs to bathrooms, plumbing, recycling or perhaps, a major improvement to your home. Wednesday is a social day with friends and groups. Later in the week, you might be surprised by siblings, neighbours or something unexpected in your daily surroundings. Hopefully, it’s pleasant. As this week progresses, you’ll have increasing opportunities to entertain others with your Gemini tales.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Your fast, busy pace continues this week; and you have a strong desire to talk to others and enlighten people with your point of view. In fact, on Monday, you might be obsessed with an idea because it’s important to you. Family discussions and home repairs will be a theme later in the week. Keep an eye on your money, and your bank accounts because something unexpected might impact your wealth or your earnings toward the end of the week. This same unpredictable influence could also mean you will make a a spontaneous purchase of something that pleases you, perhaps art or something beautiful. It’s a busy, chatty week!

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
Although you’re in work mode this week, it’s also a social time for you because Venus in your sign makes you charming and diplomatic with everyone. At the beginning of the week, you might have moneymaking ideas or see new uses for something that you own. You might also spend money on repairs. You might be more involved in physical activity with friends or athletics. Possibly competitive? What you seek now is a way to find a balance between your own self-interests and the interests of someone else. Obviously, you want to help and be of benefit; but at the same time, you matter, too. You have your own agenda and needs. This might be challenging to establish. (It was ever thus.)

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
Ta da! The Sun is now in your sign, which happens only once a year for four weeks. When this occurs, it gives you energy and confidence! It also attracts important people and opportunities to you as well as favourable situations. Meanwhile, Mars continues to be at the top of your chart where it will stay for the rest of the year boosting your ambition! Tread carefully on Monday because you might be so obsessed with an idea that others will be dismayed. “Enuff awreddy.” For those of you who might be involved in a secret love affair or doing something clandestine, be aware that you could be busted toward the end of the week. Something secretive might be exposed.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
This week, your ability to research something is exceptional. Roll up your sleeves and get busy because your mind will be focused in an intense, one-pointed way. (You’ll be like a dog with a bone.) However, for the next few weeks, you will prefer to keep a low profile; and yet, at the same time, you want to socialize with friends and groups. It’s a mixed bag. Go with the flow and see people when you’re up for it, and don’t worry about running away when you want to lie low. Respect your choices and respect what you want to do. Many of you will be excited about doing some creative, intellectual work now and for the rest of the year. You might also feel that you have to defend your beliefs.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
You’re popular! For the next four weeks, you will be more focused on friends, and becoming involved in clubs and organizations. You will also give more time to setting goals and thinking about your long-term future. At the beginning of the week, you might be involved with someone younger who demands a lot of your time. (You can’t avoid this.) Meanwhile, Venus is at the top of your chart making you look great in the eyes of others, especially bosses, parents and VIPs. Something unusual or sudden might take place at the end of the week regarding your relationship with authority figures. Perhaps it will be an unexpected promotion? It might even be an unexpected flirtation!

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
Once a year, the Sun travels across the top of your chart for four weeks, and that time has arrived. This symbolizes you are thrust in a spotlight that is flattering to you. Others see you as competent, capable and talented even if you don’t do anything special. (Good lighting is everything.) You might have an intense discussion with someone on Monday about how to improve something. Later in the week, surprise opportunities to travel might fall in your lap. (You will love this because you’re the traveller of the zodiac.) However, be patient with partners and close friends because Mars is opposite your sign for the rest of the year. Yikes!

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
For the next four weeks, your desire to travel and break free from your day-to-day routine will be strong. You want a change of scenery. You want to learn new things. This is also an excellent time to study and write. Fortunately, Mars will motivate you to work tirelessly because it will make you feel proud of whatever you accomplish. However, you will want the credit for your efforts, which means this is not a good time to be a team player. You want to be the star! This continues to be a wonderful time to find better digs or improve where you live. At the end of the week, surprise gifts, goodies and favours from others might bless you.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
At the beginning of this week, you will be involved in debates about shared property, inheritances, taxes or debt. You will stand your ground. As a result, this could lead to an intense focus for the next four weeks on issues related to shared property and inheritances. Fortunately, fair Venus is opposite your sign now, which promotes all your relations with everyone, including your enemies. Meanwhile, an unusual event has just begun. Mars has entered one of the most “fun” parts of your chart activating your interest in sports, hobbies, the entertainment world, children, parties, romance and vacations. Normally, this influence comes along once every two years, and lasts for six weeks. This time, this influence will last for eight months! Whoopee!

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
For the next month, you will be more focused on partners and close friends. Furthermore, you will have a better than average ability to see your closest relationships with more objectivity, hence, you can see how to improve them. (Consider this an opportunity!) Meanwhile, for the next eight months, increased chaos and activity on the home front will be highly stimulating. (For some of you, this could mean conflict at home as well.) Fortunately, you have many opportunities to boost your earnings, and this might alleviate problems at home. Relations with coworkers and work colleagues are excellent now. You might also improve your work space.


Weekly Horoscopes beginning Sunday, 21 August 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:

Epigram: Recently, you’ve been so busy you’ve neglected life’s practicalities and, equally, future plans. Now, events are forcing you to focus on these. The resulting discoveries aren’t just exciting, they lead to timely breakthroughs. Tempting as it is to plunge in, begin by getting rid of what, or who, is taking up your time but giving little in return. This frees you to think, and move, swiftly.

You are about to embark on a new phase of life. Responsibilities will gradually increase, but at the same time, you are working yourself up to a position that will make a big difference in your life. Your reluctance to help out a friend who wants you to assist them in straightening out an issue that relates to the past will be questioned. You have a feeling they aren’t being entirely honest with you, and for that reason, you will prefer not to get involved.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Epigram: You’re facing a range of decisions, some minor, several far-reaching, but all promising. The problem? You’re short of facts. That’s fine. Others may be in a hurry, but you’ve plenty of time to explore and consider those options. For now, focus on eliminating distracting elements from the past. This won’t just clear the way for what’s next, you’ll learn a lot in the process.

A strong sense of responsibility will give you the incentive to look for ways of adding more stability to your life. Taking on new commitments will help you grow. You have your hands full as you aim to bring an old project to an end in preparation for something new. You can count on getting all the support you need from your family, friends and colleagues. It seems everyone is eagerly anticipating a fresh start.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Epigram: After months of unsettling but informative situations, you’ve realised certain once-rewarding elements of your life need to change, and substantially, or go. You may already be rethinking things. While some situations seem urgent, you’ve plenty of time. Better yet, events and the resulting discussions enable you to explore ideas and options that once seemed only distant possibilities. Finally, you recognise how they could become reality.

Discussions and decisions made will bring some kind of change to your family environment. Whether this involves a new home, new baby or extending your property isn’t essential. What matters is that you are prepared to work hard to provide a secure and stable background for your loved ones. You find it hard to stop, and you’ll be at your happiest when engaged in meaningful activity. For now, the busier your schedule, the better.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Epigram: Exciting changes are in the air, yet you’re frustratingly short of facts. For now, focus on what’s going, that is, declutter your life of unprofitable commitments, activities and alliances. Some are already on their way out, but you’re trying to keep the rest going. Within days, you’ll have several, far better options, some expected, others as new as they are exciting. Decisions? They can, and should, wait.

You had expected to be able to take a step back and enjoy life from the back seat. Your hopes will be proved wrong as your presence is going to be needed somewhere, which will mean you have to roll up your sleeves to help out with a difficult job. There will be a few problems finding the time you need to do your own thing. Giving too much of yourself to other people will eventually drain you unless you start setting boundaries.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Epigram: As a quick-thinking Leo, you’ve a talent for dealing with whatever, or whoever, has come your way, then moving on to what’s next. At the moment you’re short of facts, so unsure what to do. Tempting as it is to act swiftly and see what happens, it’s unwise. This once, take things slowly. Make a point of learning everything you can. You won’t regret it.

You are entitled to feel vexed when a date, meeting or plans you had been looking forward to comes to nothing. A promise is not kept. Because you aren’t a person who would deliberately deceive. You find it hard to understand how blas some people can be. A friendship has been strained lately, and you’ve been doing your best to keep things between you light and harmonious. Your efforts are starting to work as soon the clouds will roll away to show a bit of sunshine.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Epigram: For months you’ve not only been short of facts, you’ve been struggling with the unreliable attitude of those whose support you need. The real challenge is acknowledging certain individuals aren’t, and never will be, as through as you are. Accept that, and instead of being irritated by their unreliable approach to certain tasks, you’ll find somebody who’s trustworthy, happy to be helpful and to take over.

Secrets shared behind the scenes will give you more idea of what has been going on recently. Something has been kept from you, and when you discover what this is, a whole new light will be shed on events. You’re starting to see ways a situation can be turned to your advantage, and with this in mind, you will be feeling happier than you have been for some time. A sports event will seem like a repeat of a one you recently attended.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Epigram: True, sudden events are unsettling; but they’re part of worthwhile changes. The problem? Not everybody agrees about the timing or, in fact, their value. Tempted to explain? Don’t bother. The real problem is that certain individuals are lazy, and don’t want to make an effort, despite the fact they’d benefit. Instead, focus on working around them. Take that approach and things will happen swiftly, if not overnight.

Preferential treatment from your boss or another superior will take you by surprise. This all has to do with your past hard-working efforts when you deserve praise and reward for your achievements. Business will mix well with pleasure, and agreements made in a close and loving relationship will have long-term consequences. In this sociable week, friends, neighbours and even newcomers to your circle will be happy to share their news, views and basic opinions on all sorts of interesting subjects.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Epigram: Recent events forced you to reveal more about your plans and feelings about certain matters that you initiated and, at the time, thought wise. However, this has led to surprisingly worthwhile discussions about these tricky situations. Better yet, it’s broken the ice with those you’ve regarded as secretive. The irony? They’ve thought the same about you. Regard this is a powerful, and positive, fresh start.

Receiving an award will feel incredibly special. It’s hard to comprehend that you are sharing an accomplishment with some amazingly successful people. Glorious moments now experienced will make you feel lucky to wake up every morning to do a job you love. An invitation to get involved in a new group effort should be seriously considered. You could play an important part in helping to get the ball rolling. People have been waiting for someone like you to come along to help them get things off the ground.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Epigram: Since early in the year, you’ve been juggling a range of everyday tasks and responsibilities, and while you’ve kept up, you need a break. Yet you’re not sure who you can trust. Begin asking others for advice. Not only are you likely to end up with enthusiastic volunteers, the odds are good they’ll have clever suggestions of ways to handle these now, and in the future.

Some of your ideas for bringing improvements into your world could grow more far-fetched as the days wear on. You might admit it: you’re in a playful mood, and this isn’t really conducive to good business. You are finding it hard to take anything too seriously. If you can plan a more relaxed few days, you will do fine. Why not plough some of your restless energy into a sporting or exercise pursuit? Accept any chance that comes along to travel for pleasure.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Epigram: Recently you’ve been focusing on dealing with certain matters that are both complicated and taking you into unfamiliar territory. While you enjoy broadening your horizons, these are of little interest to you. Still, plunge in. Once you know more, you’ll realise these aren’t just interesting, you’re gaining insights about situations you’ve found nearly impossible to deal with. The more you discuss these, the more you’ll learn.

A home project will almost ‘ but not quite ‘ work out as you were expecting. You could actually be amused by the results, and you will be keen to repeat your attempts knowing you will do an even better job of it next time. A serious talk around Wednesday will centre on money. Don’t look for the excitement outside your own four walls later in the week, as a neighbour will be in a somewhat petty frame of mind.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Epigram: If you’re still juggling the insights triggered by the Aquarius Full Moon on 12 August, it’s no surprise. You’ve been avoiding certain of the changes they’re triggering for ages. You regard going along with them as weak, when they’re timely breakthroughs, although in an unexpected form. Actually, you’re also wrestling with your stubborn streak. Once you say ‘yes’, you’ll wonder why you waited so long.

Career affairs and other outside interests will benefit from your willingness to circulate and learn about other people’s experiences. You may not share the same views or beliefs, but you will find ways to work harmoniously together. Renegotiating contracts and agreements will have surprising benefits. Business partnerships bring exciting new possibilities, yet surprisingly, romance at this time will seem nothing but complicated. A small donation to a charity will lead to an invitation for you to help this cause in other, practical ways.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Epigram: There’s a lot of talk about committing to changes that wouldn’t just reshape and influence your life, they’ve powerful influence on others’ circumstances. The secret? Move swiftly, and say nothing. Then, back off, and let the dust settle. Once it has, those who were so wary of your plans will be amazed how well these went for you. So much, in fact, they may actually seek your advice.

Conversations will lead to you discussing topics that touch on your own plans for the future. You could, if you listen carefully, pick up a few useful tips to bear in mind for the right moment. Being aware of what other people are planning and striving towards will cultivate a spirit of togetherness. Make an extra effort to mix and mingle both in your business and social worlds. Whether you are single or attached, romantic developments will leave you with stars in your eyes.

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