GrannyMoons Weekly Feast: 18 Sept 2022

May your mind whirl joyful cartwheels of creativity.
May your heart sing sweet lullabies of timelessness.
May your spirit soar throughout the vast cathedral of your being.

~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

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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What’s Happening?!?

Goddess Month of Mala runs from 9/6 – 10/2

Celtic Tree Calendar Month ~ September 2nd to September 29th – Bramble/Vine

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

SEPTEMBER

Flower of the Month for September: Aster
September is Better Breakfast Month

SEP. 13: Egyptian Lighting the Fire Ceremony for all departed souls —honoring with candlelight the spirits of the dead.

SEP. 19: Feast of Thoth, Egyptian scribe god

23 – Mabon /Alban Elfed /Autumnal Equinox – One of the eight major annual sabbats in the Wheel of the Year!
25 – Haustblot

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Face to Face Workshops with GrannyMoon at Sticks and Stones
Sticks and Stones is moving! But just upstairs!
Join us at https://www.meetup.com/Witchy-Wednesdays

WitchCrafting: 1 PM – 3PM – Oct 2
The Herbal Cauldron 1 PM – 3 PM – Oct 9
The Magick of Crystals: 12 PM – 2 PM – Oct 16
Samhain at Black Hat – 7 PM – 9 PM – Oct 30 – Wear you best Witchy Best!

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High Priestess Training with GrannyMoon
http://GoddessSchool.com

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

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

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

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Learn About Herbs with GrannyMoon!

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

During this course, in addition to the 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!
http://goddessschool.com/Paganstudies/healingarts.html

The cost for Level 1 is $50.00 or $150.00 the entire online 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 online 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

GrannyMoonsMail@yahoo.com

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The Goddess School Grimoire

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

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

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Tarot and Oracle Readings with “Merlin” on Sticks and Stones
Location: Sticks and Stones Circle LLC

Merlin has been studying metaphysics since he was young. While growing up in a Pentacostal household, he chased alternate spirituality in the dark; reading books, searching the internet, and absorbing knowledge in whatever way he could.

Now, Merlin is looking to build community and be for others what he wished he had in those times. His specialty knowledge lies primarily in tarot, crystals, ritual crafting, and Hermetics.

Merlin also holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and Philosophy with honors in studies of Western Culture.

He is available on Fridays for Tarot and Oracle card readings – $35 for 30 minutes. He also offers Reiki Healing for $75 a session

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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 roseastrology.com.

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Llewellyn’s Spell A Day

Praise for the Grapes (and Dionysus)
SEPTEMBER 18, 2022 BY JASON MANKEY

September is the time of the grape harvest where we live in California, and we like to commemorate this event by invoking the blessings of the Greek god Dionysus. For this spell you will need a glass of wine (or grape juice), preferably from near where you live.

This spell requires that you leave a libation to Dionysus, poured directly onto the earth. We recommend saying the blessing spell where you will pour the wine.

Great Dionysus, god of the vine,
god of the grape, we thank you for
these blessings of the harvest! As
you give to us, so we give to you.
Accept this offering of the sacred
wine, and may the blessings of joy
and abundance you bring wash over
us and this space. So mote it be!

Take a sip of the wine and pour the rest of it on the ground for the god.
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Magickal Hops
SEPTEMBER 17, 2022 BY STEPHANIE ROSE BIRD

Let’s embrace Celtic Vine Moon with an incredible vine: hops. Celtic Moon brings awareness of emotions. It helps us get more balanced. It’s a time to refine our ambitions and goals. We’re engaging the energy of hops not only because we’re in Vine Moon but also because it’s the first day of Oktoberfest in Munich.

Today most everyone is familiar with hops thanks to small beer companies. Hops are a time-honored, multipurpose witch’s medicine beloved for their strong influence on the nerves. They have a relaxing effect on the mood, which we need during Vine Moon. Moreover, as you do your spells, being level-headed helps.

For this spell you will need:

  • 2 cups purified or spring water
  • 2 tablespoons hops
  • A teacup with a cover
  • Honey and lemon (optional)

Boil the water. Rub the hops flowers in your hands, gently blowing in your intent as they fall into the cup. (This releases the herb’s medicinal qualities too.) Cool the water for one to two minutes, then pour over the hops. Place the cover on the teacup. Steep for seven to nine minutes, then strain. Add optional items if desired.
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Collecting Rocks
SEPTEMBER 16, 2022 BY ELIZABETH BARRETTE

Today is Collect Rocks Day. Stones represent the element of earth. They bring strength, stability, and other benefits. Searching for them adds an element of chance.

There are several ways to celebrate this holiday. First, you can take a walk and collect natural stones that you find. Second, you can paint some rocks, then go on a hike to distribute the ones you made while searching for those left by other people. Third, you can take a shopping trip to look for jewelry or other items with gemstones.

As you set out on your quest, tap your foot on the ground and say:

Mother Earth, send me the stones
Suited to my path today.
Pick them out and put them down
So I find them on my way.

Pay attention as you walk around, and choose the stones that call to you.

When you get home, take out a book about stone magic. Look up the stones you found. Try to identify them and learn about their qualities.
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Practical Bibliomancy
SEPTEMBER 15, 2022 BY RAVEN DIGITALIS

The ancient practice of bibliomancy is divination by means of any book. In this day of PDFs and e-readers, handheld books are something of a treasure.

First, have a question in mind. This should not be a yes-no question, but rather something into which you wish to gain insight. For example, “I wish to gain insight into my class presentation tomorrow.”

Using your intuition, grab three books from your shelf, as well as a pen and paper. Sit at a desk and meditate on the issue.

When ready, speak to the first book:

I wish to gain insight into _.

Close your eyes and open the book at random. Allow your finger to rest anywhere on the page. Open your eyes and write down the sentence that you’ve landed upon. Repeat this with the other two books, and see how the abstract messages lend insight into your question.
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Invite Creativity Spell
SEPTEMBER 14, 2022 BY LAURA TEMPEST ZAKROFF

September 14 is National Live Creative Day. If you think you must be an artist, designer, or musician or have some distinct “talent” to be creative, think again. Creativity comes in many forms—we just need to be open to it coming into our lives.

We find creativity when we work to find solutions to problems, when we share what we’re passionate about, and when we let go of fear and take a chance. All you need is you.

To begin this spell, take three slow breaths to connect your body and spirit and say:
Spirits of creativity, I call upon you!

Touch your chest and head and say:
May my heart and mind be inspired.

Touch near your eyes and say:
May my eyes see new possibilities.

Touch your earlobes and say:
May my ears listen to new ideas.

Touch your lips and say:
May my mouth say yes to opportunity.

As you bring your hands together and open them out, say:
May my hands be ready to do the work.
So may it be!
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Our Living Earth
SEPTEMBER 13, 2022 BY BARBARA ARDINGER

It’s good to know what we’re standing on where we live. It’s useful to know what ground we’re grounding ourselves in during rituals. Make a simple hands-on survey of your small part of the living earth. Dig up a handful of dirt from your yard. Hold this dirt, this bit of Mother Earth, in your hands. Feel its texture. It’s not the same as potting soil. Is it hard and sticky? Sandy? Poke around in it. Are there little bits of compost in it? Tiny rocks? Insects or worms? (If there are, let them go.)

Place your earth in a green bowl on your altar. Set a green candle in it and light the candle. State your intention:

From today forward, I will honor
our blessed, living Mother Earth and
do whatever I can to protect her.

As the candle burns down safely, consider climate change, recycling, and overwhelming trash. What else comes to mind? Promise to pick up your trash and contribute to organizations that work to protect the planet.
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Purify with Sound
SEPTEMBER 12, 2022 BY DALLAS JENNIFER COBB

As we move back into our houses after the free-flowing ease of summer, it’s good to smudge and cleanse our home space. Reset the energy. Release what no longer works and bring in the new.

While sage, sweetgrass, and cedar all make great smudge material, many people have difficulty breathing smoke, and many homes have sensitive smoke detectors that make smoke smudging difficult, so use sound to purify your environment. A bell, a crystal bowl, clackers, or even clapping hands can be used to move energy. Sound has vibration, so it literally can reach into the corners of any room and help to stir up, disrupt, and remove any stagnant energy.

Consciously go from room to room in your home, ringing a bell, clapping your hands, or letting the crystal bowl hum and fill the space. Feel the shivers up your spine, and know that energy is shifting.

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Heartwings Love Notes 1052 Where Did I put It

Heartwings says, “Looking for things can be avoided if care is taken.”

Once I had a big home and I knew pretty much where everything was. Now I have a small apartment, and I spend far too much time either looking for items or looking for a place to put them. Does that sound odd? One would think if there were more space it would mean more places to misplace items. For me the reverse is true.

I’ve become an expert at stacking. The difficulty is I don’t have ex-ray eyes to see behind what’s in front of what I am searching for. I have to move things around to find it, if I can indeed do that. This takes precious time. Or then when I don’t find it, I’ll buy what I think I need and have to find room for the extra, further crowding my shelves.

More to put on my shelves comes from the fact that my husband wants to make sure to have plenty of his current favorite sauce or condiment-he loves trying new things, for fear of running out. Eventually, he will tire of it and lo and behold I’ll have three bottles of something I don’t need, taking up space. Fortunately, his interest will often renew and he will again use the surplus. However, meanwhile it’s taking up space I could use on my pantry shelves.

Something else that happens is the actual disappearance and eventual reappearance of things. Once I spent countless hours looking for a garage door opener that had vanished. I gave up and ordered another. Several months later I opened the car door and there it was, in a spot my eyes had seen many times and impossible to miss. Where had it been for all that time? I wish I knew. Perhaps there is a spot where seemingly lost items go on vacation when they need to, and when well rested, return. That’s as good an explanation as any.

My solution to making sure I can find things is simple and can be found on many lists of hints about such: I have one or perhaps two places I always put important, often used necessary things like eyeglasses, cell phones, car and house keys and so forth. The difficulty comes either when someone else has been helpful and put my keys elsewhere, or I did.

The solution to my overcrowded shelves is not so simple, which is to say, I haven’t found it yet. I am always loath to throw things out when I might use them one day. Here I’m speaking of ingredients for cooking and baking I used to do and now cannot find the energy for. Wishful thinking keeps saying, “maybe someday I will,” and reality indicates otherwise. Right now, I need more energy than I have to deal with my situation, and it’s not exactly of immediate concern. When and if it is, I’ll be sure to do something about it. For now, when I can’t find something, I’ll just need to spend my time looking.

May you take care where you put things so you can remember where they are.

Blessings and best regards, Tasha Halpert

PS Do you have stories to share or ideas for solutions? I’d love to hear from you. Your emails are important to me. Email me at tashahal@gmail.com. For more Love Notes, go to http://www.heartwingsandfiends.com.

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The Druids Garden
Fall Equinox: A Spirit Walk

by Dana

The Fall Equinox is a time of no time, a time of balance between the night and day, of balance between the physical and metaphysical. Thus, it is a good time to seek balance and communion with the spirit world, and see what messages or insights they have for us on the journey ahead. The spirits of the land, the Genius Loci, are always present, always ready to share and help us grow in our paths. As my recent series on developing a wheel of the year for the age of the Anthropocene has suggested, rather than focus on harvesting at the Fall Equinox, we can focus our Fall Equinox on receptivity. One reason to do that is that in such an unbalanced and shifting world, the idea of receptivity allows us to be flexible and experience the unexpected without judgments or expectations. Today’s post on spirit walking is also part of my series on Animism where I am delving more deeply into practices surrounding how to live, be, and experience the world of spirits through animistic druidry. So let’s get started!

Creating Space for Spirits
Animism is a belief in spirits and a set of practices that help us connect deeply with the world of spirits. Everything has a spirit–trees, rivers, mountains, but also human-made things like houses, pencils, and cars. It is important to take the time to connect with this world and learn from it, particularly from the spirits of nature that live where you do. Most of the practice of animism lies not in reading books or finding human teachers but in making time for the world of spirits–to converse, learn, and grow.

In my own animistic practice, I have found it necessary to set aside daily time to talk to the spirits, check in with my own guides and teachers, and also check in with the spirits of the land. Everything is otherwise too structured, and spirits have their own lessons and teachings that may not fit my own structured agenda. Thus, creating space and time that is completely open for them to do their own work is important. This practice asks us to slow down, make time for spirits, and simply enjoy the world around us. This kind of practice doesn’t require anything formal like ritual clothing or a ritual setup, it just requires a small amount of preparation and time to be present with the spirits of nature in a natural setting.

The Spirit Walk: Setup and Goals
A spirit walk is a walk in nature to commune with spirits and connect with the living earth. While you can add many layers to it, that is the basic practice. The idea behind the walk is that you will set aside time, ideally 30 min to an hour, to simply be present on the land, experiencing the land, and connecting with the Genus Loci (spirit of place) as well as the spirits of individual plants, trees, insects, animals, and stones. Ideally, you will take your spirit walk in a natural setting–this can be one you are familiar with or one that is new to you.

The key to this walk is that you are working to converse with spirits and nature itself–so you will want to do it either alone or in silence with others. Having other people along for a “hike” who are not spiritually minded is not going to work for this particular practice. You need to be alone or in a quiet space with like-minded practitioners.

Spirit walks often may lead you in unexpected physical or spiritual directions. Becuase of this, you usually do not set a single path towards your goal, but can instead allow spirits to lead you. Meandering will require some planning in advance. Bring a map or compass and make sure you have a sense of the lay of the land. Study the maps of the place where you are going if it is unfamilar to you so that you can be sure to not get lost.

Bring an offering of some kind. I like to make an offering at the start of the walk and then after particularly powerful messages or interactions. Carry the offering bag with you and make offerings as appropriate. Offerings can be many different things–an herbal blend, a song, drumming, a dance, picking up garbage, liquid gold, etc.

The goal is to converse directly with spirits of the land through various means–inner conversation, divination, feelings, energetically, etc. If you are new to plant spirit communication, you might want to bring tools that can help you communicate like an oracle deck or pendulum.

You should also bring a journal or a recording device–you will want to record some of the teachings and lessons offered.

Of course, you should also do practical things like bring some good hiking shoes, bring a snack and a drink, and wear appropriate clothing. I also highly recommend bringing a blanket or something that you might use to sit for a time if the walk goes in that direction.

The Spirit Walk: Beginning Your Journey
When you start your walk, find a private place to pause and do some preliminary work. First, set your intentions for your walk. It may be something very open like “I would love to commune with the spirits of this land and seek their wisdom”. Speak this aloud. Next, leave an offering to demonstrate your goodwill and respect to the spirits of the land. Finally, do some protective work for yourself. Since you will be on the move, you want something that moves with you (not a standard grove or circle opening), but also something that will help you get into the spirit of the experience. If you are in the Ancient Order of Druids in America, you can use the AODA’s Sphere of Protection ritual as a perfect way to begin. This, or any other protective working, will support your walk.

Once you’ve done those things, begin your walk. Remember that this is a spirit walk–the goal isn’t to hike 10 miles, the goal is to be present and open to the voices of spirit. Thus, you will want to set a slow pace where you can simply take in the world around you with all of your senses, including your sixth sense, and allow spirits to lead the way. I suggest if possible

Pay close attention to your body as you walk. Our bodies are the source of our intuition and our interaction with both the physical and metaphysical worlds. You may feel a pull in your belly to go a certain way–you should follow that pull and see where it leads (while still practicing good observation and keeping track of where you are). Pay attention closely to your body as you walk and let it lead you to places to converse with spirits.

Attune yourself and your mind to recpetivity and being open. Don’t fill your mind with thoughts of work, family, etc, but rather focus on taking in the world around you and being open to what you may experience. If you are struggling with this, attend to your breathing, pause, and take a moment to let those things go before you continue.

Spirits of the land may converse with you about many things. They may share things they would like you to do (e.g. make an offering, move a stone, return in a certain period of time). Often, they are also willing and ready to offer you teachings about your own path, things to help you grow and heal, and so on. The thing about the spirit walk is you never quite know what is going to happen nor what kinds of messages you will receive, so it is important to simply be open.

Covering with Spirits: Techniques
On your walk, there are many different ways to understand and experience the messages of nature: embodied, spirit, and through tools. I suggest using a combination of all three for the most effect.

Body: Messages from nature are often embodied–we feel them as well as sense them, and we usually feel them in our core. You can feel the energy of a place–happy, sad, tense, relaxed–just by attuning to it. Walk into a forest–what do you feel? Is the forest bright and welcoming? Is it dank and mysterious? Your body allows you to attune to the subtle energetic wavelengths that all places put out.

The second thing that your body can do very well is intuition. When you begin to walk, you can literally allow your body and your intuition to lead you to different plants, stones, rivers, etc, that may want to speak with you. This is subtle, but if you are attuned to it, you can easily sense it.

Physical/metaphysical connections: Nature has many, many different ways of communicating with you. Often there are a combination of physical and metaphysical signs. For example perhaps you come to a stream and recieve a powerful inner message. Then, you can ask for confirmation or an “outer plane check” and you see a beautiful butterfly that flies over the creek in that moment. Pay attention to both the physical and metaphysical

Spirit: In terms of actually conversing with nature spirits, I’ve written a lot about plant spirit communication before, so I’ll briefly summarize here and share my longer series on plant spirit communication: here, here, here, and here. Spirits can communicate with you in many different ways–perhaps you hear a quiet inner voice, perhaps they show you things in light or energy, and perhaps you get musical notes. Each of us has our own ways of conversing, but, given time and practice, all of us can begin to fluently converse with spirits of the land. The goal eventually is to be able to work up to open communication, where you can have a conversation with a tree in the same way you could with a person sitting next to you. Recognize that it may take a long time to get there–so work in this journey to take one step further towards that open communication.

The Spirit Walk: Ending Your Journey
As you begin to wind down your journey, I suggest you take some time to work to close your journey, just as you carefully opened it. To do this, I suggest a final divination, final offering, and recording your thoughts.

Final Divination: After learning all that you want to learn, it can be useful to have a “wrap up” and do some divination for additional guidance. Thus, I have found that tools, like oracles, tarot, ogham, or a pendulum, are very useful at the end of the walk. As you start to wrap up your spirit walk, you can ask spirits for guidance on what you should be doing next or things to consider until the wheel once again turns (so for the next eight weeks). This can be a simple reading or even a more elaborate reading that you do once you are home.

Offering and Gratitude: As the walk draws to a close, be sure to express your gratitude to the spirits of nature once again. Thank them for the lessons and teachings, however difficult, and leave an offering in thanks.

Recording Your Experience: Before you leave, take some time to write down the insights you gained. When you are still on the spirit walk, you are in a very receptive state that can help you remember the details of the walk. Write down your experiences in a journal or use a recording device to record and then transcribe into your journal later.

I hope that your spirit walk practice is a rich one–and recognzie that while I’m sharing this at the fall equinox as an activity that promotes receptivity, it is certainly something you can continue to do throughout the year. I find it to be a very, very useful practice in deepening my relationship to the land and her spirits.

Other Fall Equinox Celebration Opportunities
I hope that everyone has a blessed and wonderful fall equionx (and spring equinox, for those in the Southern Hemisphere). Fall is one of my favorite times of year, and it is so fun to be present in this time, learning and growing with the spirits of the land. If you are looking for additional ideas and inspirations to celebrate the Fall Equinox, please see: Sustainable activities for the fall equinox; rest, retreat and balance at the fall equinox; building soil fertility at the fall equinox; and creating a Fall Equinox balance mobile.

I also had a recent publication in Spirituality and Health’s magazine on Three Druid Rituals for Fall Equinox– please check it out! https://www.spiritualityhealth.com/3-druid-fall-rituals

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Mourning for a Departed Queen: 1901
~chriswoodyard

ROYAL MOURNING.

In their deep, sincere sense of personal lose, and In their desire to pay every outward mark of reverence for the memory of their beloved Queen, the whole nation (the “Daily Graphic ” of January 26 writes) had anticipated the Earl Marshal’s intimation that all persons were expected to put themselves into deep mourning. No Sovereign, we may be certain, was ever more sincerely mourned than Queen Victoria, though there have been Royal deaths which have occasioned more violent outward demonstrations of grief. We have become a more self-restrained people than of yore. Formerly the news of a Queen’s death and a Royal funeral were marked with loud weeping, groans, and even shrieks. When Quean Elizabeth was carried to her tomb the city of Westminster was thronged with crowds, not only in the streets and windows, but on the leads and gutters.

The waxen effigy of the Queen was, according to old custom, laid on her coffin, and at the sight of it there was a burst of lamentation loud and continuous. So late as the death of the luckless Queen Caroline of Brunswick the women of her household upon hearing that she was really dead uttered piercing shrieks in the corridor adjoining the death chamber. The quietude of the last sad scene of our great Queen’s life, and the mournful silence with which her people received the dreaded intelligence of their loss, contrast very favourably with the demonstrative exhibitions of former days, and symbolise a deeper sense of affliction and affection.

The period of public mourning has not at present been prescribed, and there is no fear that it will be deemed too long, as were sundry general mournings ordered by other Sovereigns. In 1768, for instance, the city of London sent a formal remonstrance to George III, on the lengthy Court mourning, which materially affected trade, and to this the King replied that he was pleased to order that in future the mourning should be shorter.

The mourning ordered for ladies and gentlemen of the Court has not very materially altered during the past 200 years, but it should be remembered that violet, and not black, was Royal mourning down to the reign of James II. Napoleon III. was the last European ruler to adopt this fashion. The commands issued for general mourning at the death of the Georges requested the people to put themselves “into the deepest mourning, Norwich cloaks excepted.” On the death of William IV. a change was made from ” deepest ” to “decent mourning,” and this was the expression used for the mourning tor the late Prince Consort; now the older form has been reverted to.

With the exception that the antiquated “bombasin” [bombazine] has been superseded by the term “woollen material,” ladies at Court have now received practically the same orders for their first Court mourning as heretofore. The details have not been so minutely given in the latest order, but the black gowns trimmed with crape, relieved only by plain muslin or lawn, the chamois—or, as we now term it, suede–shoes and gloves, and the crape fans are still de rigueur. The “crape hoods” of yore have their modern equivalent in the crape toque or bonnets. The long crape veils, reaching to the foot, used to be part of the orthodox mourning for the Ladies In Waiting, and were worn by them at the Duchess of Kent’s funeral. “Black paper fans” are mentioned in the Court mourning ordered for the Duke of Brunswick in 1816, and another quaint reading comes in the order for the change of Court mourning for Princess Charlotte, when ladies “in undress ” were permitted to wear “grey or white lustring, tabbies, or damask.”

The history of Court mourning in various countries is very interesting and curious. Perhaps the most senseless of all customs was that which doomed French Royal widows to remain immured in a room draped with black and splashed over with white dots, symbolising tears. To attempt even to look out of a window during the 40 or 50 day of this enforced mourning was regarded as a grave breach of decorum, and one can only hope that the poor widows were provided with some form of entertainment to relieve the monotony of the dreary period. A distinctly precious contribution to Court mourning was the pure white attire donned by Henry VIII. for Anne Boleyn after he had beheaded her.

The heaviest Court mourning is suspended for a coronation or Royal marriage or christening, although her late Majesty never left off her mourning at either Royal christenings or weddings. This was, however, an exception to the rules prevailing in most countries, and all will recollect with what startling rapidity the weeds worn for the late Czar of Russia were thrown aside for magnificent raiment when his successor was married to Princess Alix soon after the prolonged burial of his father. At the ceremony the recently widowed Empress of Russia sacrificed her own inclinations in accordance with the custom of her adopted country, and in spite of her bereavement wore the gorgeous Court robe and superb jewels distinctive of the Russian Imperial Court–a splendour which she has ever since discarded for mourning.

Turning to our own country, it is surprising to learn that for one of the least appreciated of Queens–Catherine of Braganza–an entire year of Court mourning was observed, as has been ordered for our late Queen. Very stormy indeed were the scenes caused by a difference of opinion on the proper mourning to be worn for Queen Mary. Queen Elizabeth took upon herself to provide black cloth for cloaks for Sir Arthur Melville and M. Bourgoine, and also for the dresses of the ladies. These gowns were accepted, but when the masterful young Queen further occupied herself with sending a milliner to make “orthodox mourning headdresses” for the ladies instead of those they had provided, the said ladies flatly refused to don any but their own, and carried their point, following their mistress to her tomb in Peterborough Cathedral attired in their own style. A pretty item in the mourning worn by the ladies of her Court for Queen Anne was a heart shaped locket, containing a “lock of the late Queen’s fine silky hair.”

Happily simpler tastes now prevail, and as far as the general public are concerned their mourning will be only such as is dictated by their deep and sincere love for the departed Queen.

The Sydney Morning Herald [Sydney, New South Wales, Australia] 10 April 1901: p. 10

Chris Woodyard is the author of The Victorian Book of the Dead, The Ghost Wore Black, The Headless Horror, The Face in the Window, and the 7-volume Haunted Ohio series. She is also the chronicler of the adventures of that amiable murderess Mrs Daffodil in A Spot of Bother: Four Macabre Tales. The books are available in paperback and for Kindle. Indexes and fact sheets for all of these books may be found by searching hauntedohiobooks.com. Join her on FB at Haunted Ohio by Chris Woodyard or The Victorian Book of the Dead and on Twitter @hauntedohiobook. And visit her newest blog The Victorian Book of the Dead.

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Letting Life Unfold

Life unfolds as it will, and the universe will wait patiently as we make our way into the unknown.

Our lives are guided by natural rhythms that are particular to each of us and cannot be altered by force of will alone. Life itself is a journey made up of processes and events that manifest before us only to be swept away when time marches on. Whether we envision ourselves creating a career, building a family, or developing the self, we instinctively know when the time has come for us to realize our dreams because all that is involved comes together harmoniously. When the time is right, the passage of destiny cannot be blocked. Yet as desperate as we are to touch these beautiful futures we have imagined, we cannot grow if we are not fully present in the evolutionary experience. The present can be challenging, uncomfortable, and tedious, but life unfolds as it will, and the universe will wait patiently as we make our way into the unknown.

The fate that awaits us is not dependent on our pace, so there is no reason to rush through life to reach those pinnacles of success associated with the paths we have chosen. Enjoying and fully experiencing the journey of life is as important as achieving goals and reaching milestones. There are lessons we can learn during the moments that seem insignificant that we cannot learn at any other time. However, appreciating these takes patience because human beings tend to focus on the fulfillment of expectations, rather than the simple joys of being.

Like many people, you have no doubt longed for the ability to fast forward through certain periods of your life. Yet haste is, by its very nature, vastly more stressful than serene fortitude. When you feel yourself growing impatient because the pace of your development is deceptively slow, remember everything that will occur in your life will occur in its own time. Quelling your urge to rush will enable you to witness yourself learning, changing, and becoming stronger. There is so much to see and do in between the events that we deem definitive. If you are patient enough to take pleasure in your life’s unfolding, the journey from one pinnacle to the next will seem to take no time at all.

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Releasing the Energy of Anger

When we can release our hold on negativity, we leave it in the hands of a wise universe to work out the best solution.

There can be times when we get so angry with someone that we find ourselves imagining ways to seek revenge for the hurt they’ve caused us. Remember, however, that these thoughts are simply energetic creations. In order to keep yourself from taking part in a rebalancing of energy, it is important to release the thoughts, and the person, into the care of the universe with forgiveness.

Before we invest our energy in negative thoughts or actions, we should remind ourselves that everything has a purpose. We can then consider that perhaps the actions of the other person may have had nothing to do with us. If we don’t take their actions personally, it can be easier to release them. Remembering that every interaction is an opportunity to make a better choice, take a deep breath before responding and allow yourself the time to reconnect to your center and make the choice to respond from your higher self. We can never know all the circumstances that may have led someone to do something. By not passing judgment on anyone and instead sending hope for their healing, we may create something positive out of a difficult situation. We can then release it, since dwelling on it can energetically drain our system, causing us to only hurt ourselves. When we can release our hold on negative events and interactions, we leave it in the hands of a wise universe to work out the best solution for all involved.

Every moment, we have a chance to make a choice to bring light into the world. When we bless others with the gift of our positive energy, instead of letting circumstances negatively affect us, we bring a little peace to the world every day.

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Stepping Into Freedom

Waking up to the fact that something needs to change in our lives is the first step to realizing our dreams.

We have all had the experience of realizing that something in our lives is not working. This knowledge can come as a sudden realization or a nagging feeling of doubt that grows stronger, waking us up to the fact that something needs to change. Some people have a tendency to act rashly and make sweeping changes before even understanding what the problem is. Other people fear change, so they live with the uncomfortable awareness that something needs to shift but don’t do anything about it. Between these two extreme responses lies a middle way that can help us powerfully and gracefully change what isn’t working.

The first step is remembering that your life is made up of parts that belong to an interconnected whole. Changing one thing can change everything. Because of this, small changes often have a big effect. Sometimes much bigger changes are necessary, but the only way to know for sure is to take the time to really understand the problem. Examine your life in its entirety — your work, your relationships, where you live — and determine what specifically is not functioning the way you would like. Once you have figured out the problem, write it down on a piece of paper. For example, “I am not happy with my relationship” or “I don’t like my apartment.” The next step is to figure out the adjustment you would like to make and how you can go about making this change.

If you are unhappy with your relationship because you spend too much or not enough time with your partner, you may want to discuss this problem with them and come up with a compromise. On the other hand, if you realize your relationship is not working to such a degree that it needs to end, begin working through that process. Writing down the truth can be a powerful catalyst for change.

The key to making changes that work is to accept the necessity of change as part of life. As we change, we may find it necessary to fine-tune our relationships, work, and living situations. Our lives are living, breathing entities that reflect our dynamic selves.

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Coach Gilberto Chapter 29
by Stephen Halpert

Helen Conners ushered April Summers, the mythology teacher, into the Houndstooth conference room. “Anyone want coffee or tea?” she asked. As no one did, she left.
April nodded politely at Gilberto, then looked at Diana Rain. At first she frowned, then her eyes widened. A smile lit her face, then a grin. “I knew our paths would cross again, but here at a traditional New England prep school? That’s kinda hard to believe.”
Rain grinned back. “Had to happen, one of these days,” she said.
“Good thing too,” April said. “I thought about you a lot.”
“First day of training we were told to distance ourselves from any intimate friends. Everyone in the unit was single. I think that that’s standard practice still.” Rain said.
“I guess,” April said softly.
Gilberto sensed her regret.
“What are you doing here at Houndstooth?” Rain asked.
“I’ve been here for the last three years, ever since I relocated back east to Boston from San Francisco.” she crossed her legs and leaned forward. “I teach Mythology, Magic and Herbalism. This is what I got my degree in.” She reached a hand toward Rain. “I can tell you how I got here over lunch.” She took her left hand in hers and looked at it. “Are you engaged?”
Rain smiled. “Indirectly. This was Cy’s mother’s ring. He gave it to me shortly after we got together.”
“I hope to meet him,” April said.
Rain nodded. “I’m sure you will.” She changed the subject. “Mythology? Of course, you and that crowd of Gods on Olympus. But you always went for the bizzarro.”
“You should talk,” April chuckled. “That fascination of yours with vampires.”
Gilberto looked up curiously. He turned to Rain. “Vampires?”
Rain gave him a quizzical look. “Not exactly the Count Dracula type but more abundant than you might think,” she said. She didn’t go on. Instead, she nodded at April. “Sounds good,” her cheeks flushed. “But right now I’m in the middle of a murder investigation, and technically I fear you’re a suspect so maybe we should hold up.”
April’s eyes widened. “You’ve got to be kidding.”
Rain looked over at Gilberto.”
“Oh, go ahead.” He felt happy to observe their interaction without directing it.
April nodded at Gilberto ” You don’t seem like a prep school headmaster. Too big and rugged. Usually, headmasters are scrawny little guys with sweaty palms and long beaks.”
Rain laughed. “I guess you didn’t get along all that well with Ed Long.”
April nodded. “Too hungry, considering he had such a charming wife.”
“You mean Ed’s a flirt?” Gilberto asked.
“Grabby,” April said. “Especially after a few drinks. But Lara put up with him in a kindly, maternal way.”
“Most men do respond to you that way,” Rain said with a grin.
“Please,” April said.
“How do you two know one another?” Gilberto had grown curious.
Rain looked at April. “Wasn’t it in Saigon where we first met?”
April blinked. “You remembered. But how couldn’t you, that dingy bar full of spies-and the horrible food. Good thing we weren’t poisoned.”
The good old days,” Rain sighed.
“And you helped us to escape.”
“That too,” Rain smiled.
“Something about being a journalist in the middle of a war,” April said. “I hear Hawkins got a Medal of Honor.”
Then he deserved it, no doubt.” Rain said. “We’re all lucky to still be alive.”
“I’m glad for that,” April said. She stood, leaned over to Rain and gave her a soft kiss.
Gilberto noticed her eyes were closed. They must have known one another quite well, he thought.
Rain huffed and got up. She came back with the coffee pot and poured three cups. She handed their cups to April and Gilberto. As she sat back down, she said, “I wondered if you had any affiliation with the Wigwam crowd?”
April grinned. “I played along. Nice sitting around au natural until the husbands come to gum things up.”
Rain leaned forward. “How so?” she asked.
Alvin Scheckel and Bob Sharp, even Peter Flanders, but him not so much– couldn’t keep their hands to themselves.” She paused, looked at April and sighed. “I still have one of your sketches. Do you still do your art?”
Rain shook her head no.
“But you’re so good,” April said. “Really you have a talent.”
Rain smiled. “I’m sure I do and it will be there for me when the time is right.”
When’s that?” April asked.
Rain sighed. “When I don’t have to watch my back. That can put one hell of a crimp in one’s creative journey.”
April shook her head. “Adds a little flavor to turkey pie,” she grinned. “Remember how horribly that ‘Nam woman at the hotel cooked?”
Rain grinned. “Back to the present. What can you tell us about the deceased couple, Bob and Gertrude Sharp?”
April thought for a moment. “I didn’t know them,” she paused, “intimately. Just a nodding acquaintance at Wigwam. Bob was always hungry. Gertrude liked showing off when he wasn’t around, lots of flirting. I think she was a closet gay. I don’t believe they had much compatibility as a couple. She always seemed to appreciate Ed Long. Something about him turned her on. They’d usually slip away once darkness set in. Bob didn’t seem to care.” She shrugged. “He probably encouraged it.”
Rain nodded. “You learn a lot about people when they’re nude, and after a few drinks, uninhibited. Did Bob have any love interests?”
She grinned. Bob and Alvin both had the hots for Karen. She always played it cool. Projected what I’d call false modesty.”
“How about you,” Gilberto asked. “Someone in that crowd must have excited you?”
April thought about it. After a moment she said “Pete and Marie Flanders.”
“Anything come of it?” Rain asked.
“Well sure,” April smiled. “Never lasted long. Not exactly binge sex. They were always so polite and gracious, wanting to be sure we were all comfortable. I’d call them both somewhat shy.”
“But yet someone choose to commit murder,” Rain said softly. “Any idea who?”
April frowned. “Makes no sense to me.”
Gilberto’s phone rang. It was Maria. “I fear Joey’s having a meltdown. Totally depressed, moody, needs some kind of paternal understanding.”
“I’ll be home soon. What’s he doing?”
“Sitting in his room, head down, won’t talk about it. I think he’s on the outs with Kyle. But who can tell?”
“I’m leaving now.” Gilberto hung up, then thought for a minute. He grinned at April and Rain. “Why don’t you go out for dinner,” he suggested. “Should old acquaintances be forgot.”
April headed for the door. “I’ll meet you outside.”
Rain waved her out and caught Gilberto’s arm. Once the office door had closed, she spoke. “Did you notice how evasive she was?”
Gilberto nodded. “Yes, I figured you’d catch it. Good work.”
“We’ll see what her story is,” Rain said, “I’ll catch you up later.”

To be continued

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Kitty Kat’s Korner
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The Pets Who Have Run for Political Office in the US
By SOPHIE VERSHBOW

In a country divided on just about everything, there’s one issue with the potential to unify our nation: getting more pets into politics.

On April 24, Jinx, the big-eyed black cat with over 435,000 Instagram followers, was the first pet mayor of Hell, Michigan, a town outside of Ann Arbor, Michigan that offers a “Mayor of the Day” package for $100. It’s the first time the small town had a non-human ruler, and for the sake of adorable internet content we hope it won’t be the last. Although Jinx has not yet delivered their list of executive orders, we’re anticipating them to focus on increased access to sardines, feline maternal health, and a long-awaited laser pointer ban.

Let’s take a look at some of the other animal leaders who have ruled our nation with a benevolent iron paw.

Max I & Max II: Mayors of Idyllwild
As a non-incorporated town, Idyllwild, California was politician-free until 2012 when a local animal rescue sponsored their first-ever election in 2012. Golden Retriever Maximus Mighty-Dog Mueller won in a landslide that raised $31,000 for Idyllwild Animal Rescue Friends (ARF) and catapulted him to local fame. Max’s approval rating was so high that he was invited to stay on for a second term in office, which was carried out by his successor Max II, following Max I’s death on April 2, 2013.

Max II remains in office to this day with his trusted deputy mayors, Mikey and Mitzi by his side. He can be found greeting Pacific Coast Trail hikers, advocating for dog adoption, and promoting local tourism. Mayor Max even has merch.

Duke: Mayor of Cormorant Village
Great Pyranees Duke was elected as the ceremonial mayor of Cormorant Village, Michigan in 2014 and was so popular that he received every single vote but one in his 2016 reelection campaign for a third term. While mayor, this fluffy polar bear acted as an ambassador for the small town, hanging around the local pub and making sure no shenanigans occurred on his watch. Duke retired from office in 2018 to focus on his health and passed away in early 2019 at the age of 13. He will forever be remembered for his local activism and tiny hat.

Stubbs: Mayor of Talkeetna
The mayor of Talkeetna, a small town in Alaska, enjoyed a 19-year reign of power that most politicians would dream of. Stubbs, a strawberry blond cat, won the position in a write in campaign when the 900-person town deemed none of the human candidates suitable to run in their 1997 mayoral election. He held onto the position until his death in 2016 at the age of 20. During his time in office, Stubbs worked to keep taxes down and spent most of his time demanding attention from his post at the general store. His legacy is carried on by his brother, Denali.

Lincoln: Mayor of Fair Haven
Dogs and cats aren’t the only animals to run for office. Three-year-old Nubian goat Lincoln served a one-year term as the Mayor of Fair Haven, Vermont after beating out 16 other candidates for the job on a 2019 ballot. While in office, Lincoln attended local events, marched in the Memorial Day parade, and welcomed visitors to the town. Lincoln was succeeded in 2020 by Murfee, a King Cavalier Charles Spaniel, who served for two years before being defeated this past march by another goat, Elsa, who now holds the office. Lincoln is a goat—and the GOAT, if you will.

Lucy Lou: Mayor of Rabbit Hash
Border collie Lucy Lou joined the ranks of feminist icons when she became the first female mayor of Rabbit Hash, Kentucky in 2008. With a slogan like “The Bitch You Can Count On,” it’s no surprise she beat out the other candidates. During her eight-year term, Lucy served as a spokeswoman for a woman’s crisis center, greeted visitors, and promoted local events in Rabbit Hash. Lucy stepped down in 2016 to raise funds to rebuild the town’s historic general store, and passed away in 2018 at the age of 12. The fight for women’s rights is carried on by successor and fellow-collie, Lady Stone.

Parker: Mayor of Georgetown
5-year-old Bernese Mountain Dog Parker is loving life as the honorary mayor of Georgetown, Colorado, where he’s been in office since 2020. According to his website, Parker is “committed to bringing hugs, love, and cookies to the people of Georgetown,” which is a campaign promise we can get on board with. Parker the Snow Dog is the official mascot of Loveland Ski Area where he hangs with local sports teams, spends time with the disabled community, and gives out hugs around town. Being a local ambassador certainly comes with perks!

Sweet Tart: Mayor of Omena
The 300-person town of Omena, Michigan held local council elections in 2018 with one caveat; the candidates had to be animals. Enter Sweet Tart, a Norwegian Forest Cat who served honorably as the town’s first feline mayor until 2021, when she was unseated by local dog Rosie Disch. Sweet Tart still acts as Second Vice Mayor, adding to her impressive resume that includes several advanced degrees. Despite rarely appearing in public, Sweet Tart is known for her fabulous fashion sense and enviable hat collection.

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Georgia Nicols Weekly Horoscope:
September 18, 2022

All Signs
This week the Fall Equinox occurs on Thursday, Sept. 22. This means the Sun will shine directly on the equator, which means that the lengths of the day and the night will be equal. From that day onward, as the Northern Hemisphere begins to tilt away from the Sun, the days will get shorter, the nights will get longer and pizza orders will increase. On that same day, the Sun will enter Libra to stay for four weeks. Libra likes harmony, peace and beauty, which means we will all be more inclined to see what we have in common instead of how we differ. This is good. After all, we are all more alike than not. We like good food and fun times. And we don’t like pain, people who use ALL CAPS or take up BOTH ARMRESTS.

Aries (March 21-April 19)
Of course, the Sun is 93 million miles away. But your astrological chart is about 7 inches wide; and for the next four weeks, the Sun will be as far away from your sign as it gets all year. The Sun represents energy. Therefore, this means your energy will be flagging. You will need more sleep. Furthermore, this polarized position of the Sun will give you greater objectivity to examine your friendships, partnerships and marriages. Because this is the only time all year when you have this increased objectivity, make use of it! You will get a better take on how you relate to others. What you do to bother them, what you do to make them adore you.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)
For the next four weeks, the Sun will travel through your House of Employment. (This part of your chart has domain over other things like pets and your health.) You will feel inspired to get better organized and work hard. Not only will you want to work hard, you’ll want to work smart! You want to be efficient and effective in everything you do to make every action count. This is because you want to manage your life well. This is also the House of Service, which means you might have to work according to someone else’s wishes or needs. Hey, you can handle this. You might derive a lot of satisfaction and increased self-respect by helping someone.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)
For the next four weeks, the Sun is in Libra, your fellow Air Sign. This is good news! This solar energy will be supportive. In particular, this is an excellent time to socialize! Accept all invitations to party and have fun with others. All relationships (especially romance) will be more lighthearted and playful. This is a wonderful window of time to enjoy fun activities with kids. Don’t feel guilty about taking time for yourself because that’s exactly what you should do in this four-week window. This benefit occurs twice a year about four months before and four months after your birthday. Check to see if your projects are working out?

Cancer (June 21-July 22)
The Sun will travel along the bottom of your chart for the next four weeks. (Wear waterproof shoes.) Actually, this means that your focus will shift to home, family and your private life. Many of you will be involved more than usual with a parent. Some might want to withdraw from the busyness of the world around you and seek solitude in the comfort of familiar surroundings. Past memories and childhood events will bubble to the surface of your mind. This is an excellent time to seek out counsellors, astrologers or anyone who will help you examine the role of your past in your present life. Expect family discussions and home repairs.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
The pace of your days will definitely accelerate in the next 4 to 6 weeks because suddenly, you have things to do, people to see and places to go! Short trips, errands and appointments will keep you hopping. In addition, many of you will be writing, reading and studying more than usual. One way that you can best use this influence is to look at how you handle your casual relationships, which are important in your life. Are you a clear and polite communicator? This is an excellent time to tell someone how you feel about something. Make your position clear. Good news! This is a great time to socialize and enjoy a vacation. Yay!

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
“Show me the money!” The Sun will travel through your House of Earnings for the next 4 to 6 weeks. This means you will have a stronger desire to establish control in your life through your assets, your wealth and your possessions. You might even buy things to help you gain more control or to be more efficient and in charge of your own game plan. Meanwhile, at a deeper level, you will also reflect upon your values, and what it is that is important to you in life. For example, do your possessions own you, or do you own them? Do they serve your needs, or are you a slave to them? Take advantage of this opportunity to improve your life.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
Once a year, the Sun is in your sign for four weeks and that time has arrived. Because the Sun symbolizes regeneration, this is your chance to recharge your batteries for the rest of the year. This means you will project yourself with more forcefulness. You’ll make a great impression on others. (Naturally, you want to be boss.) In fact, because you feel that your own concerns come first, this could trigger tension with partners. Be careful. Nevertheless, your need to express yourself now is very real. Be ready to take advantage of the fact that important people and favourable circumstances will be attracted to you during this time as well. Act now!

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
As your birthday approaches, your personal year is coming to an end. Between now and when your birthday arrives, is the ideal time for you to meditate, ponder, and think about your life. How well are you doing at the art of living? What kind of a report card would give yourself? How do you want next year to be different? What do you want for yourself? Evaluate yourself with complete honesty. Acknowledge your faults and your virtues so that you are empowered to enter your new year when it arrives with a plan and some positive goals. Ideas? I think people underestimate how important it is to have fun. It is important!

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
Because you are a breezy, upbeat optimist, you will welcome the next four weeks because you’ll be popular! You will give more focus to your friendships. You will strive to be who you are, without artifice, without fear or apology. Like Popeye, “I yam what I yam!” This is not something that is casual to you. As the philosopher of the zodiac, it’s important for you to maintain your individuality without losing your integrity. You have standards! Meanwhile, it will be easy to work and cooperate with others. This is not a time to go it alone. Furthermore, your idealism will shine as never before!

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Throughout the year, the Sun moves through the 12 signs of the zodiac. If you look at an astrological chart (which is like a pie divided into 12 slices), you will see that the Sun moves around the 360 degrees circle in 12 months. In the next 4 to 6 weeks, the Sun will cross the top of your chart, something that happens only once a year. Symbolically, this thrusts you in the limelight – and this light is flattering! You will be admired by others, even if you don’t do anything special. (Use this to your advantage!) This is the best time of the year to think about your career, your role in society and your standing in the community. (The forgiving thing about the future is it comes one day at a time.)

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
In addition to being the freedom-loving nonconformist of the zodiac, you are also the scientist – the computer geek. This is why you will love the next 4 to 6 weeks because it’s the perfect time to take up a new course of study or explore intellectual disciplines like religion, metaphysics, philosophy or anything that interests you. You will be hungry to learn! And because you want to expand your horizons, you will be hungry to travel! You want to explore! Respect this need and give yourself a chance to experience new and unfamiliar places, as well as meeting fascinating people from different backgrounds. Some might be involved with the law.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
You might feel a subtle shift during the next four weeks because you will direct your attention to the more subtle aspects of your consciousness. That’s because this is an excellent time to take a look at your inner self. You might notice your own compulsive behaviour. (Generally, we don’t acknowledge this.) You will be more aware of your passionate desires. In fact, you might meet someone who produces the need for psychological self-inquiry in you. (“Why am I always standing in front of the fridge?”) In addition, this is an excellent time to take care of insurance disputes, wills, estates, inheritances, debt and details about shared property. Just do it!

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Weekly Horoscopes beginning Sunday,18 September 2022
https://groups.io/g/CelestialPrognostication

If you’re born within a cusp period (16 to 26 of any month); you’re advised to read horoscopes of both signs covered by that period. You’re on the border; you may have influences from houses within those signs.

Outlines are longer versions; consist of every possible detail of everyday and are based on three parts of each sign: 1st, 2nd & 3rd Decan; that is, any of three divisions of 10° within a sign of the zodiac. Even if you know or don’t know your Decan; I recommend, please read all three Decan.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

You’re quite rightly proud of your independent nature. Yet with destiny taking over, to your benefit, and in a number of situations, you’re urged to be more easy-going, both about the unexpected and situations where others are in charge. In every case, events will benefit you, even if it’s unclear how at the time. While being patient is challenging, the results will be worth waiting for.

Someone close is resentful. They feel their ideas aren’t being taken very seriously. If this relationship is important to you, it is also important to respect that others are more than capable of making their own decisions. If they make mistakes, let them learn from them. Also, try to resist using your own set of standards as a guide to viewing other people’s opinions and actions. There is tension in the air but a live and let live attitude is best all around.

It might suit you to work from home – if only to catch up with admin. A further possibility is wishing to avoid someone. This can’t go on forever, but you are probably right to think that absolute focus is necessary. You should be at your most creative and in problem-solving mode mid-week. Ahead of the Sun’s arrival in your opposite sign on Friday, you should achieve much but yes, this likely requires diligence, attention to detail and, very probably, the adoption of a new strategy. Of course, it could be that this is cost driven. Don’t underestimate your ability to work on a shoestring: you’ll likely be truly inspiring over Thursday and Friday and show others how challenges can be negotiated.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Recently, you’ve struggled with tricky situations and stubborn individuals. It wasn’t easy, but the good news is, you’ve worked out plans that everybody’s happy about. However, circumstances are shifting, and now either those recent plans or possibly new ones will require another round of discussions. The challenge? The actual situations or the people involved are unpredictable. The solution? Taking things one day at a time.

You have a wonderful idea on how you can help resolve a problem that concerns all your housemates in one way or another. Make certain you have everyone’s undivided attention before making this suggestion. If there is complete agreement on how to deal with this issue it should be over with very soon. You are doing your best to restore harmony with people you have been at odds with. A light-hearted get-together will restore tense relationships.

A torrent of work is headed your way; and yes, at some point you will need to think about delegation. Feeling overwhelmed in the first half of the week would be understandable. By Wednesday, you might need time out or if possible, agree working from home whilst you focus. The adoption of a new way of working would surely bring teething difficulties. These can perhaps be resolved by the solar eclipse at the end of next month. Meantime, it might suit you to work closely with a Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius or Pisces whose multitasking abilities have long been recognised and whose experience at meeting deadlines is clear from their CV. This individual may be someone you met whilst travelling or with whom you share a travel experience.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

When your ruler, the communication planet Mercury, went retrograde on 10 September, you began a cycle of questioning a range of matters. Some involved rethinking, if not abandoning plans. Now, however, events are going in new directions, some as exciting as they are unexpected. For now, regard plans as experiments to be learnt from, rather than anything lasting. This gives you the freedom to continue your explorations.

Someone you work or study with will cause a twinge of irritation by being overly dramatic. You can’t see the sense in making a drama out of an issue that is really very trivial. If a friend who loves attention isn’t getting the feedback they are hoping for from others, instead of ignoring them, you might offer the support or guidance they seem to need at this time. You will be doing a lot to make them happy.

It’s perhaps not so much that you wish that you could be in two places at once, but that you might wish to be in four or more. Concern as to whether or not you’ve made a correct career decision could grow. Recall that Mercury is retrograde and that Mars is travelling through your sign. Crossed wires are near inevitable with your neurons firing on all cylinders but not yet fully focused. The future could be anything but clear: in part due to others being less than clear about their aims and objectives. It would be understandable if you felt panicked and at times infuriated. Yet this could be viewed as a period of intensive information gathering. Network building as Mars moves through your sign (to early 2023) should give you a career edge in 2023.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

You’ve probably noticed you’re in a period that’s about decluttering elements of your life. While, often, this refers to getting rid of possessions, you’re also reviewing how you use your time, who and what you put first; and, recently, you’ve been rethinking your goals, letting some from the past go and considering new ones. Certain individuals are rushing you. Ignore them. This is about you, and your priorities.

Despite expecting the opposite, you will get the support you need when you decide to sort out a difficult family problem. It isn’t being foolish to give your support to someone whose behaviour has left a lot to be desired because you can now understand their reasons and with your help, they could turn their life around. Both sympathy and good advice will be yours to enjoy to the full at the end of the week. After all, you have been through, you are starting to experience deep contentment.

Home so, so matters to those of your sign and spending time in ‘your space’ invaluable. You might need either extra space or quiet time at the start of this week simply to rebalance from the after-shocks of the recent Full Moon, Mercury’s retrograde station (both on Sept 10th) and the First Quarter phase of Venus and Mars last Friday (16th). As if this wasn’t enough to cope with, there is also the pending Equinox. This is that time of year when rebalancing is essential. Through the first half of this week, you could get a head-start on that process and even as early as Wednesday, succeed. True, you perhaps can’t do this entirely alone. Communications with local establishments, schools transport hubs etc will surely take time. You could join forces with someone in similar position. This might even form the basis of a working partnership that eases your working day.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Recent events forced you to rethink certain longstanding arrangements, and in several areas of your life. True, at the time you battled this process; but even now, so soon after, you’re recognising how shedding these freed you to explore. What you’ve encountered and who you’ve met have opened your mind and life in magical ways. Be aware, however, there’s lots more to come. This is just the beginning.

Some good old-fashioned luck will boost your finances. This won’t be the only area in your life that stands to benefit. You will be making some giant strides towards a special aim. What you will be grateful for is finding yourself in the right place at the right time and talking to the right people who can help turn a wish into reality. This above all else is what will make you shine and your high spirits will continue.

As you reach the top of one mountain, it seems you are faced by another. Resources of all kinds could be super- stretched. Of pressing concern seems to be the way in which Cancer, Scorpio or Pisces colleagues address issues. You might also discover that support you thought you once had from a Virgo or Gemini is no longer there. You could exercise your lion’s roar in the second half of the week. Ahead of Friday’s Equinox you perhaps need to show that you mean business and what you expect to have accomplished. The art is usually in delegating tasks. In this instance, consider that someone younger has been given more than they can reasonably cope with. Putting in place essential support for them will surely be necessary if they are to meet deadlines and produce quality work.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Recently, you’ve faced a bizarre range of twists and turns. If you’re into astrology, you probably know why. Your ruling planet, Mercury, is retrograde and triggering both unexpected events and sudden discoveries. So, tempting as it is to try to get things organised, you’re better off adopting a philosophical approach. That is, to abandon planning and take things one day at a time.

A workmate or neighbour has taken on some heavy burdens. You are sympathetic to their plight as you realise that many of their commitments are to help make life easier for someone they love. As well as giving them emotional support, they would be grateful when you offer a helping hand. New perks being offered in the workplace will seem to target newcomers to the company. It’s hard to see how this is fair for those who have been there for years.

You perhaps now know where you stand, but also that that position is uncomfortable. Recall that Venus, travelling through your sign, came to its First Quarter phase with Mars on Friday. It may be that tensions between you and someone you consider to be a sibling of close buddy is now recognised. Whilst this might not be the end of that relationship, you perhaps need space to regroup and rethink. Developing new ways of working will be necessary. Added to this may be the realisation that certain transport arrangements are no longer viable. With a war of words out of the way, by mid-week it will surely be necessary to accept a new vision and to go along with plans – even whilst accepting that there will be teething difficulties that are unlikely to be resolved quickly.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Understandably, you’re eager to turn ideas into lasting plans. However, you’ve probably realised that, with so many people in the midst of one form or crisis or another, making even simple arrangements won’t be easy. The trick? It’s to abandon your Libra thoroughness, and instead make casual plans, if necessary, day by day. It won’t just reduce stress on you, you’ll avoid wasting time on pointless discussions.

There is a lot of love and encouragement around you now. This will help keep you positive when occasionally you might question why you are on a certain path or trying for an ambitious goal. New friendships will take you to new places, just over the horizon. You might notice how little things you do are making a huge difference in your world and to others. Just an encouraging comment, a smile or an act of kindness will uplift someone.

There is much to plan and prepare ahead of your birthday. With Mercury still retrograde in your sign, and the recent First Quarter phase of Venus and Mars behind you, it’s time to retrench, re-motivate and finalise strategies you intend to implement. It might be wise to wait until mid-week before announcing these. Yes, you could be accused of blue skies thinking and lack of clarity about practicalities. Yet you perhaps also know that it’s essential to hold a vision. Dreaming is a major theme over Thursday and Friday. Though there may be moments of despondency when it appears that too much is being asked of you, by the time that Mercury slips back into neighbouring Virgo at the weekend, finding the right people to smooth your path should be easier.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Everybody dreams of amazing offers coming from out of the blue; but judging by the current planetary line-up, some of those dreams are about to become reality. The problem? You won’t always spot these amazing ideas or offers as the golden opportunities that they are. Out of character as saying ‘yes’ to everything may be, it’s the best approach to dealing with this magical week.

Before agreeing to let others have their own way, think about what you have been asking of them lately and how they responded. If friends and family have not yet shown any sign of agreeing to your suggestions, you might remind them of what’s important to you. As well as giving help and service to others, you should be looking after your own interests. Reading between the lines in family conversations will give you a distinct impression that someone isn’t telling you everything.

Mercury is still retrograde, and the recent Venus- Mars First Quarter phase only just behind us. This should be viewed as recovery week. You have a gift for sensing the actions of others before they even take the first step. That should lead you into much discussion mid-week as many people shift their position. You understand that they need to do this with grace if a project and its management are not to be unsettled completely. Altering direction isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but needs to be done at comfortable pace. Once again, your ability to hone in on what truly matters and to assist others once they arrive at uncomfortable decisions, will surely be viewed as super valuable. It’s during these crisis periods that you could add words to your CV that show just how remarkably good you are at crisis management.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

By no means are you stubborn or rigid about change. Yet you’ve lived long enough to know what doesn’t suit you or won’t work in your life as it stands; but that’s the point. The current amazing planetary activity accents changes in your circumstances as much as in your plans. For now, explore absolutely everything. You can say ‘no’ later, but it’s unlikely you’ll want to.

You don’t have to take on anything that is too demanding if you don’t want to do it. You can make your own choices. All you have to do is admit that this isn’t right for you and could take you down paths you will regret later. If you’ve put your all into a project and you are ready to take a breather, you should go ahead and do so. Pause and recoup your energy and encourage others who are working with you to do the same.

In the days leading up to Friday’s Equinox you should gain ground. As always, it’s imperative that not only is your administration in good order, but that you have people around to whom you can delegate. It’s probable that a Libra has key role to play. They may need your optimism and ‘can do it’ approach just as much as you need and admire their ability to make decisions when the going gets tough. What may be apparent by mid-week is that they’ve amended their strategy and are now taking back control of reins after a period of indecision. True, that will likely leave them exhausted requiring you to show considerable understanding. It’s probable that early next week and with new systems in place your working partnership will take on fresh momentum.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Recent events undermined certain hard-won arrangements, and you are not happy about it. Yet, deep down, you sense these changes were clearing the way for something better. Not only is that the case, within days you’ll know what’s next; and the odds are good you’ll be thrilled. This will also convince you that, at the moment, life’s about discovery, not making a single, lasting, plan.

Life is more harmonious and responsibilities ease. You can throw away all your worries and cares and relax in what seems to be the first time in ages. If you get the chance to travel or take a holiday, take this while the opportunity is there. People spending their days with you will happily go along with your ideas and suggestions. A group effort shows greater continuity and progress made will be pleasing. An unexpected but very welcome visitor will arrive at the weekend.

It might seem that you are on a never-ending merry-go-round. That feeling of going round and round in circles could be so apparent. It might seem that there are too many people running like headless chickens waiting for you to take the lead. The difficulty is that what they want and what can realistically be achieved may be quite incompatible. Once again, you may be left pointing out the obvious. Meanwhile, in your home environment, new strategies need to be put to use. Knowing more about an educational program would be helpful. It usually suits you to do in-depth analysis. What’s interesting, is that in the latter part of the week, you may find yourself in the role of tutor or mentor.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Everybody dreams of far-reaching plans falling into place, as if by magic. Actually, achieving that, at least as things are at the moment, is another matter. The challenge? You enjoy having something new to pursue, a cause to battle for. That will come. For now, life is about exploring these amazing options. You’ll discover there’s more to them than, at first, you imagined.

It will come as some relief to notice a more easy-going spirit around you after tension and contention in some relationships. This week has all the makings of being a more sociable and harmonious time. Your natural sensitivity will help you pick up on what other people find hard to put into words. With family and social life more harmonious, you just can’t put a foot wrong. Choose to mix with like-minded people and you will have a wonderful time.

Perhaps you feel can’t ask for more help: yet that may be so, so necessary. At issue may be exactly where someone is working. Environment matters. Lines of communication could be nearly severed – simply because you and a certain person and not within proximity. Putting that right might not be easy. One possibility is finding different forms of communication or more compatible phone systems. With Mercury still retrograde, and following on from the First Quarter phase of Venus and Mars (the latter passing through another of the Air signs), taking time to ensure that communication systems are as in good order as is possible, would be wise; but yes, you’re probably right to assume that this will be costly.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

You often forget how much time, energy and, in some cases, heart you put into plans, especially those that involve others. While this can be overwhelming, it’s also rewarding; but now the tables have turned, and others are devoting time, effort and, in some cases, their deepest feelings to ensuring your dreams become reality. Your role in this? Say ‘yes, thank you’, and enjoy it.

Older relatives will support getting a home project off the ground. Someone may even offer to support you financially if money is what has been holding this venture back. At last, you can get plans in motion. An old friend will be contacting you for a very specific reason even though they will not admit this at first. It won’t take long before you sense they want something from you. It’s up to you whether or not you play along.

Remember that Mercury is retrograde and that it’s not unusual for communications to be disturbed. Following on from the First Quarter phase between Venus and Mars (the latter accenting both the career and family backbone) of your solar chart, suggests tensions may have been considerable. They could be strained for a few days yet and require either a Taurus or Capricorn to act as referee. Take care that a Leo or Aquarius doesn’t shout too loudly mid-week and cause you distress. The good news is that by the time the Sun reaches Libra on Friday, restoring balance should be possible. True, your administration skills will no doubt be tested to the full. Whilst a Virgo might offer assistance, they are perhaps not the best sign for you to be with presently (that changes next week).

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