GrannyMoons Weekly Feast: 2 Oct 2022

It is not our differences that divide us.
It is our inability to recognize, accept,
and celebrate those differences.

  • Audre Lorde

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

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Dark Moon – Time to Rest
New Moon – Time to Begin New Projects; Birth; Attraction
Waxing Moon – Time to Grow; Increase
Full Moon – Time to be Fulfilled; Abundance
Waning Moon – Time to Banish; Decrease
Last Sliver of Moon – Time to Die; Letting Go
Dark Moon – Time to Rest Again
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Light A Candle Today!
In many different traditions lighting a candle is a sacred action. It expresses more than words can express. It has to do with gratefulness. From time immemorial, people have lit candles in sacred places. You may want to begin or end your day by the sacred ritual of lighting a candle on this gratefulness. Or you may want to light a birthday candle for a friend. One single guideline is all you need: Slow down and do it with full attention.


Current Moon Phase: Waxing Moon

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

Goddess Aspect: Maiden

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

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


What’s Happening?!?

Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30

Celtic Tree Calendar Month ~ September 30 To October 27 – Celtic Month Ivy

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

• Youth Substance Use Prevention
• Youth Justice Action
• Clean Energy Action
• Disability Employment Awareness
• Breast Cancer Awareness
• Arts and Humanities
• Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention
• Cybersecurity Awareness
• Blindness Awareness
• Menopause Awareness
• Vegetarian Awareness
• Down Syndrome Awareness

OCT. 2: Feast of the Guardian Spirits—honoring spirit guides and helpers.

OCT. 4: Roman Jejunium Cereris: Fast Day for Ceres

OCT. 9-11: Feast of Divine Wisdom – Source of all knowledge, honoring God-Goddess as Odin-Frigg (Norse); and Goddess as Sophia/Wisdom (Christian), Truth/Maat (Egyptian), Metis (Greek), Sarasvati (Hindu), & Manat (Arabic-Sufi).

OCT. 13: Knights Templar Remembrance Day
Greek Thesmophoria: five-day women’s pilgrimage for Aphrodite as Goddess of Genetyllis (childbirth), Demeter as Mother of a beautiful child (Persephone), with revelry the first day, celebration the second, temple of Demeter the third, fast and mourning for Persephone the fourth, and rejoicing the fifth day.

Oct 18: English Great Horn Fair – Festival of Herne. Great Horn Festival—Horned God and Lady of the Wood invoked for the fertility of wild game and the Hunting Season.


Face to Face Workshops with GrannyMoon at Sticks and Stones
Join us at

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
Celebrating Samhain at Black Hat – 7 PM – 9 PM – Oct 30 – Wear you best Witchy Outfits!


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 online Healing Arts Course (1-3) which includes a free Reiki certification course when all three are ordered at the same time!

Natural Witchcraft with GrannyMoon

Welcome to a journey to learn about yourself and your hidden powers. Wise women and men have existed for thousands of years and still exist throughout the world. They know Mother Earth as the ultimate healer, and have learned to utilize the gifts of of nature. Inside each person is a being of wisdom, deeply connected to the phases of the moon and the tides of the sea. All we need to do is trust our innate wisdom.

This will take 13 weeks of study and hands-on practice. But it should be fun for you too! We start with the basics!

~What You Need To Know First!
~Your Inner Witch
~The Informed Witch
~Your Witchy Genealogy, Finding Your Ancestors
~Much Much More

This is not Wicca! You don’t need expensive accoutrements or other fancy trappings! All lessons are done weekly with GrannyMoon through e-mail, with personal feedback.

Course requires purchase of one text book! You may buy this new,
used or you may already have it! “Way of Natural Magick” by Nigel Pennick

All Students Welcome!
A 13 week course on-line course.
Those completing this course will receive a certificate in Natural Magick!

Payment Plan Available
3 payments of $50.00
Payments Plan!
Contact GrannyMoon at:


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


Magic Hat Workshop
Sticks and Stones
October 15th 2:00pm to 3:30pm

What to expect: At the beginning of this hands-on workshop, we will have a brief introduction to hats that are known to be worn by magical practitioners. We will cover a brief introduction of herbs used in magic, then magic writing in terms of runes, sigil, and witch alphabet to be used on our hat. Towards the middle of the workshop, we will design our magic hat and then build it. We will seal our practice at the end with a spell.

What to bring: A hat that you wish to decorate and use at the next “The Most Excellent Order of the Black Hat”. Pen and paper, Positive attitude.

Sticks and Stones may have some hats available for purchase. Walmart also has hats at affordable prices.

Cost: $15.00 – Covers the cost of herbs, floral hat-making material, special glue, ribbons, and special markers.

Bio: Sage Moon (Mike) has been practicing witchcraft for 2 years. He has been studying under GrannyMoon’s The Goddess School and has completed several courses. He also hosts workshops on other esoteric topics regularly.


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


Llewellyn’s Spell A Day

Car Naming

If you own a car, does it have a name? October 2 is Name Your Car Day. While it might seem silly to give your car a name, many folks who own cars tend to spend an awful lot of time in them. Most magical folks I know name their cars and talk to them as well. (I certainly do!) If you can recognize that your vehicle has an energy of its own, you’ll find you can head off major problems early and get more “life” out of it. You don’t have to do a formal naming ceremony, but taking a day in both the spring and the fall to wash the outside, clean the inside, remove any debris, and reset/ refresh any altars or talismanic items helps show that you respect and honor your car. (Every car I’ve ever owned has had at least one stuffed animal, several rocks/shells, a feather, and some plant matter.)
Bonfire and Flames

As we move deeper into the fall, the cooler air and darkening nights bring to mind the charm of being around a crackling bonfire. The smell of the wood smoke, the company of friends, the warmth of the fire … what could be better?

Whether or not you can have an actual bonfire, this is a perfect time to make a connection to the element of fire. Fire can be found in many different forms, from a single candle to a grouping of tealights, a barbeque, or a fireplace. Choose the one that works best for you and approach it mindfully and with appreciation for the gifts and power of fire. Kindle your flame and spend a few minutes basking in the light and warmth it gives off. Then say:

Fire so bright,
Fire so warm,
Share your light,
I feel your charm.
Something for the Pocketbook

It’s a wise idea to carry some sort of financial charm with you, especially in your wallet or purse. This sort of magick is practiced across the globe in some form or another. Indeed, we are all dependent on this made-up thing called “money” for certain things in life. But, as with any other energy, we are allowed to open ourselves to it so that we can use it for the greater good.

Find a fancy piece of paper (papyrus and parchment are my favorites) and cut a square of ten centimeters (approximately four inches). On one side, write your country’s symbol for currency. On the flip side, draw an infinity loop, with two arrows pointing to it.

Anoint the paper with patchouli and/or vetiver oil, and always store it with your cash or cards. Replenish the spell anytime by anointing it with the oil.
Speed It Up

September 29 is National Coffee Day. Besides being many people’s favorite magical brew to start the day, coffee has other metaphysical properties that are worth noting. As caffeine tends to speed things up, why not tap into that potential energy to hurry along something that could use a boost? Coffee is generally easy to come by, and it’s also good for clearing and cleansing. You can add coffee to your spell in one of three easy ways:

Liquid: Add black and freshly
brewed coffee to other liquids,
or pour it where it can be easily

Coffee grounds: Allow the grounds
to dry, then sprinkle them in
places where things are stuck, or
mix them with incense.

Beans: Add the beans to satchels,
along with stones, herbs,
coins, and other small items that
wouldn’t mix well with liquid or
the fine particles of the grounds.
Fairy and Folk Tales

Are there days when you just want to get away from consensual reality? One way to do this is to turn yourself (temporarily!) into a fairy in a tale of princesses, princes, enchanted beasts, or wizards. Reread your favorites, such as the Grimm brothers’ Household Tales, The Lord of the Rings, or Wicked, for starters. Watch The Wizard of Oz and Into the Woods. How soon do you notice that there aren’t any fairies in these true and faux folk tales, novels, and plays?

Read your favorite story again. Cast yourself as a character. Become a real fairy. Who can you make friends with? Examine the world of the story. Of course it’s not perfect. If it were, there’d be no plot. As a fairy, what can you do to change the story? Improve the life of the princess or the cinder girl? Create a happier ending? Here’s your invocation:

I am the Good Fairy.
As I enter this story,
My intentions are good.
I bring good magic to balance the bad.
The Dark Madonna

As light wanes and darkness grows, invoke the Dark Madonna to guide your journey. Every culture has a personification of the dark mother, representing the seasonal descent into darkness and the symbolic journey into our psyche and shadow material. Call on Nyx, the Greek goddess of the night, or Hecate, goddess of the crossroads, witchcraft, and the moon. Invoke either Persephone or her mother, Demeter, to join you as you journey down, examining loss, abandonment, separation, and pain.

O Dark Madonna, journey with me.
O Dark Madonna, journey with me.
Mary, mother of Jesus, be
with me in my grief.
Isis, mother of Horus,
provide healing relief.
Demeter, help me release
summer’s light.
Persephone, be with me as
I journey into night.
Nyx, stay by my side through
the dark night of the soul,
And Hecate, guide my journey,
that I may emerge whole.
O Dark Madonna, journey with me.
Circle of Spice Altar

Create this altar using warming spices and sugar to sweeten your autumn. Go outdoors and clear a onefoot space; you can mark it out with chalk. In the center of the space, pour a small amount of sugar and shape it into a two-to-three-inch circle. Sprinkle the following four spices around the sugar in concentric circles, invoking the power of each spice as you work:

Cloves to cleanse body and soul,
Ginger for prosperity, silver, and gold.
Cinnamon for lucky starts,
Cardamom to lift my heart.

Now walk around the circles clockwise three times as you recite this chant to sweeten your autumn:

Cooler days,
Darker nights.
Sweet sugar,
Warming spice.
I love the fall!


You Can Book This “Hocus Pocus” Cottage for a Spooky One-Night Stay

The Sanderson sisters are obviously spooky season legends, and in honor of their return after nearly three decades, everyone’s favorite fictional witches are getting with the times in a spellbindingly perfect way. Ahead of the highly-anticipated “Hocus Pocus 2,” which hits Disney+ on September 30, the mythical trio is teaming up with Airbnb to rent out their chilling cottage, with two lucky fans invited to stay for one night only.

Fittingly located in Danvers, Massachusetts — aka the formal name of Salem Village after it was renamed in 1752 — the Hocus Pocus cottage is an eerily enchanting abode with space for two guests… and, of course, an endless amount of tricks and treats. To celebrate the Sanderson sisters’ resurrection this Halloween, they’re offering up a one-night stay on October 20 to one lucky winner, with a cost of just $31.

Featuring two bedrooms and a nearby outhouse, the creaky old cottage might have some cobwebs and dust, but it’ll surely be worth it to spot the sisters’ iconic Black Flame candle, massive cauldron, and, of course, the boooooook. Yes, not only will you be able to conjure up spirits aplenty by way of Winifred’s famed spellbook, but you’ll also get to explore the dark, rich history of Salem with guided visits to some of the town’s most haunted properties, and also score a special screening of the sequel during your stay. The cottage also includes essentials like linens and towels, free parking, indoor heating, and included Wifi — you know, all the modern creature comforts you’ll need to sleep as

To help support the town’s youth, Airbnb also will make a one-time donation to the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem.

As noted in the listing, this one-night stay is not a contest and guests will be responsible for their own travel, by broomstick or otherwise. Booking opens at 1 p.m. ET on Wednesday, October 12 for a one-night stay on Thursday, October 20. Don’t miss your chance to run amok, amok, amok in the most iconic cottage from centuries current and past… that is, if you dare.


Heartwings Love Notes 1055 Decisions Can Be Tricky

Heartwings says, “Sometimes decisions can change with better information.”
We like where we live now, and we have lived here for eight years. It is convenient and cozy. It holds one good-sized room and a bedroom with a galley kitchen. It tends to get easily cluttered; however, we are accustomed to that and so are those who visit us. What just about everyone comments on is the most difficult aspect of our second-floor dwelling place: our stairs are steep and narrow. Fortunately, there is a strong banister to cling to, which I do. I also suggest to visitors that they do the same.

In the past I simply considered the stairs good exercise. Then I found them getting arduous. Parkinson’s had reduced my mobility, making the stairs more challenging. It became difficult both to go up and to go down. What was worse, I could no longer carry anything more than my cane. Stephen had to lug everything by himself. And the stairs weren’t easy for him either.
We began to seek a ground floor apartment and encountered nothing we either liked or that fit our budget. When we sought help at the Senior Center, we were told about a residence home in Whitinsville. My helpful daughter made an appointment for us both and we went to see it: an independent living situation set within a lovely pre-civil war mansion built by the owner of the original Whitinsville mills.

The amenities for residents included meals, snacks, laundry, electricity, heat, and housekeeping. It seemed ideal; however, the living arrangement consisted of one room only, with a bath. A lovely place to live, with generous rooms for relaxing, dining, and so on, it would mean giving up most of our possessions, or putting them in storage. Also, no one else in the residence was gluten intolerant. I could not ask the kitchen to make meals for just me, plus the danger of cross contamination.

Regardless of that, we said we move in and began preparing. What we didn’t yet know was what the price would be for two, versus one person. Over the next while as we waited for that information, we discussed how we would do this. I found myself filled with regrets on a daily basis for what I’d lose: making our meals, most of my wardrobe to fit the small closet space, the books I could not have with me, and more. Stephen was being stalwart and kind as he coped with what he could not fit into the space.

Then we were given the price. It was more than we had expected or planned for. How much did we really want to do this. This new factor completely altered the perspective. Much conversation ensued. Things changed in our minds. The illusion of leisurely living, with everything taken care of faded when confronted with the reality of what was not physically, mentally and emotionally going to work, so we declined–with a little regret and a big sigh of relief.

May your important decisions be guided by your truth,
Blessings and best regards, Tasha Halpert
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The Breath of the Universe

We remember that nature’s power is as close as our breath, and we breathe deeply once again.

We can connect ourselves with a basic force of nature by focusing on the essential element of air during a wind meditation. We begin by centering ourselves on our breath. We inhale the life-giving force, feeling it fill us, and then releasing it into the world to let our breath mingle with the breath of nature. If we cannot feel the wind right now, we can recall times when the wind has sent us caresses on bare skin, ruffling our clothes, and playing with our hair.

We can evoke sounds carried on the wind, maybe laughter or song, or perhaps just the wind’s own whispers through the trees or across the landscape of our ears. We may summon up an image of falling flowers or leaves from above, vivid colors set free with the wind’s encouragement. We may envision birds drifting on unseen currents with wings unbent, or flags and banners unfurled in the breeze. The scent of a sea breeze may come to mind or the aromas of freshly baked treats or fragrant blooms that reach us from a distance. As these memories enliven our senses, we are feeling the vital force that surrounds and animates us. We can look to the trees to sway in time with nature’s rhythm. Just as we can be soothed by the wind, we know that nature has great power. In a rush, it can block out all sound, leaving us with only the beating of our hearts.

Wind can even make the inanimate dance and whirl gracefully. With a gentle sigh, the wind has carried sailors to faraway lands and balloons to great heights. We can entrust the wind to carry our voices and best wishes out into the world, knowing they will be carried to their perfect destination. Releasing these precious offerings to the wind’s care, we remember that nature’s power is as close as our breath, and we breathe deeply once again before returning to the world around us.


Daily Acts of Kindness

We can all vow to make the world a better place one day at a time by being our true authentic selves.

Each of us is more than capable of helping the world, despite our fears and limitations and the uncertainty that hold us back. It is commonly accepted that it is impossible to make a difference without unlimited funding or free time, yet most healing, cleansing, and spreading of joy is accomplished in a matter of minutes. If we vow to make the world a better place one day at a time, the true significance of small good deeds reveals itself to us. We come to see that we can be of service without dedicating our lives to recognized charities or giving up the pleasures we enjoy. The warmth we feel when we help the world is only a tiny part of the affirmative transformations that take place when we make altruism a part of everyday existence.

We make our homes, workplaces, communities, and countries better and brighter when we think positive thoughts that echo outward, give donations of time or money, smile at everyone we meet, and lend those in need our assistance. We inadvertently improve the universe because we can only be truly involved when we are informed. Even enthusiastically sharing ideas with others generates positive energy that then serves as the motivation for more tangible change. Selfless and helpful deeds remind us that we exercise some degree of control over a world that can seem chaotic at times. Even the smallest of such deeds is a demonstration of the fact that we are capable of changing the world in a positive way. So much negative energy is generated by the suffering, pain, and close-mindedness we are regularly exposed to, but we can counteract it in a constructive way by thinking and acting altruistically when opportunities to do so arise.

Helping the world often takes no more than a moment; just a wish for the world is a beautiful gesture and can be done by even the busiest of people effortlessly. The gift you give each day need not be grand or attention-worthy because the broader benefits are the same no matter the literal repercussions. Once a day, you can affect reality, and you can reap the rewards of knowing that you are making the world a better place.


Why Cry?

You advocate for laughing as it has demonstrated health benefits, but what about crying? Is it healthy to have a good cry every once in a while?

That’s a good question, but I’m not sure there are any good answers yet. We know that laughter is the end result of positive emotion. The “facial feedback” hypothesis holds that just physically expressing an emotion – such as smiling even when you don’t feel happy – sends a biochemical signal from the facial muscles that “loops” back to the brain. This can increase feelings of happiness, and suggests that we can consciously control our emotional lives much more than we might have suspected.

Crying is a bit more complicated since it can mean so many things – a signal that you’re in pain, a sign of grief, of joy, or a response to watching a movie with a sad, or happy, ending. To confuse matters further, new research suggests that cultural conditioning plays a role in crying. We knew that women cry more often than men – an average of 5.3 times a month compared to 1.3 times per month (here, investigators noted that “crying” could mean anything from tearing up to all out sobbing). But research also suggests that people in wealthier countries that allow more freedom of expression cry more often than those in poor countries where expressing yourself with tears is not culturally acceptable.

Recent studies also suggest that tears are a communication tool. (Crying is how babies let us know that they’re hungry or need help.) But investigators say that the benefits traditionally ascribed to a good cry are overstated.

A study at the University of Pittsburgh showed that only about 30 percent of women students asked to keep a daily diary reported that their moods had improved after crying, while 60 percent said there was no change in mood, and about 9 percent described their moods after crying as worse. To make sure the students gave accurate reports, they were asked to check in with study preceptors the same day that they cried. The investigators concluded that their study participants were more likely to feel better if they cried alone or around one other person, but felt worse or didn’t experience a mood change if they were in company with two or more people.

Bottom line: a good laugh seems a lot better for you than a good cry.

Andrew Weil, M.D.

Oren Hasson et al, ” Emotional Tears as Biological Signals.” Evolutionary Psychology, 1474-7049 – Volume 7(3). 2009. Lauren M. Bylsma et al, “When and for whom does crying improve mood? A daily diary study of 1004 crying episodes.” Journal of Research in Personality, August 201

Dianne Van Hemert, et al, “Culture and Crying Prevalences and Gender Differences” Cross Cultural Research, November 2011

Lorna Collier, “Why We Cry,” American Psychological Association, Accessed October 17, 2014


The Victorian Book of the Dead

The Pauper’s Coffin: 1865

The Dundee Advertiser of Wednesday says–On Sunday evening a man. named Peter Fyffe, about 60 years of age, a flax-dresser by occupation, and residing in Irvine-square, Bell-street, died very suddenly. Between-nine and ten o’clock he was apparently in his usual state of health, but soon after that he became ill, and died shortly before eleven o’clock. His sister, Widow Keillor, with whom he resided, being in poor circumstances, applied to Mr. Jack, the inspector of poor for the parish of Dundee, to bury the corpse of her brother, which he at once agreed to do, and the funeral was fixed for Tuesday afternoon. Widow Keillor says–“A coffin was brought to the house about one o’clock to-day (Tuesday) by two men. It was long enough, but it was neither deep enough nor wide enough to contain the corpse. The men, when they saw that the coffin was not large enough, commenced to make the body of my brother fit it. One of the men put his knee on my brother’s breast and pressed with all his might, in order to make the corpse go into the coffin. The bones of my brother’s right arm cracked, and, although I could not say positively that it was broken, it seemed very like it. The whole bones of his body seemed crushed. It was impossible, notwithstanding all the exertions of the men, to make my brother’s body fit the coffin, which, burst. When it was seen that the body would not go into the coffin they went away for another one, which they brought; and when my brother’s body was taken out of the coffin, a considerable quantity of blood was in it. The second coffin exactly fitted my brother’s corpse, and when it was brought to the house one of the men said he admitted that the first coffin was too little. I felt very much shocked at the way in which the men crushed my brother’s corpse into the coffin, which was much too small, and Mrs. Keith, and Mrs. Fraser, and Mary Taylor remonstrated with the men, and told them that if they did not use the body rightly they would complain to the authorities.” This statement Mrs. Keillor declared was true, and not in the least exaggerated; and when our reporter read it over to Peter Devine (weaver), Helen Henderson (millworker), Agnes Imrie (millworker), and Barbara Henderson (sack-sewer), who were all in the house, and who stated that they saw the whole proceedings, they corroborated it in every particular.

Liverpool [Merseyside, England] Mercury 15 April 1865: p. 5

Other newspapers added the following details:
One woman exclaimed—“God pity me, to see a man of such respectability as he was in his day come to that, and be treated so miserably at his latter end.” Several of the neighbours with whom our reporter spoke on Tuesday night substantiated statements which the deceased sister had volunteered.

Mrs Keillor added that the parochial authorities sent a good hearse to convey her brother’s remains to the Eastern Cemetery, and she accompanied the remains to their last resting place, where, in her own words, she said—“I did what perhaps never a woman did before—I put the head of the coffin in the earth.”

We are satisfied that it is neither with the knowledge nor approval of the Chairman, Committee, or higher officials of the Parochial Board, that any such proceedings as narrated above had occurred. It is imperative however, that such instructions be at once given as will prevent any repetition of them, and nothing is so likely to effect this as taking the matter from the region of street rumour into public notice by the press.

The Western Flying Post or Sherborne and Yeovil Mercury [Sherborne, Dorset, England] 25 April 1865: p. 8

An investigation before the Parochial Board was held into the circumstances of this incident:

An examination took place before the Parochial Board Committee yesterday, in reference to the alleged ill-treatment of the corpse of Peter Fyffe, flaxdresser, Irvine Square, Bell Street, by the undertaker employed by the Parochial Board. Mr Francis Molison occupied the chair; and there were present–Messrs Niven, Guthrie, Mills, Ness, Morrison, Lorimer, Isdale, and Low.

David Gorrie was the first witness examined. He deponed that he was assistant-inspector, and stated that a woman called on him for a funeral order on Monday, between twelve and one o’clock. She produced a certificate from the registrar that the death was properly registered. He gave an order to the contractor for such funerals, Mr James Lindsay. The deceased was not a pauper on the roll. The woman told him that they wanted to bury the corpse immediately; but he told her it could not be buried for twenty-four hours. The order was then given her by him. James Lindsay was unable to be in attendance, and the next witness was

David Lindsay, son of Mr Lindsay, the contractor. He deponed that two women came to his father’s shop about four o’clock on Monday, with air order from the Inspector of Poor, for him to bury the deceased Peter Fyffe. They stated that they wished the funeral to take place immediately; but he said that it could not be done till next day. They said that deceased was an ordinary sized man; and he did not think it necessary to go and measure the body, but made an ordinary sized coffin. Next day, he went up about twelve o’clock for the funeral taking the chest with him. He found the body lying on the door, covered with rags. There was blood lying on the floor beside it. It appeared to him that the blood had come from the mouth. They lifted the body into the coffin; but found that although the coffin was long enough, it was too narrow.

They tried to put the body into the coffin. They then put the lid upon the coffin, and screwed it at the bottom and the top. They found=that it would not close at the sides, the coffin being too narrow and being thus forced out. The body seemed to have swollen. They did not crush or push the body in any way, or injure it, or break any ot the bones. They found that the coffin was too small, and took it out. They then took back the small coffin and made a new one, large enough. They went back about five o’clock with the coffin, and the funeral was carried through. He denied that any ill usage whatever had been given to the body, but admitted that the first coffin was too small. If he had taken the measure of the body, it would have been all right. In this there was some fault. When the lid was put on the first coffin, he merely pressed the sides to get the lid on. The lid broke, but the corpse sustained no ill usage.

Robert Lindsay, another son of the contractor, was examined. He generally corroborated his brother s evidence, and denied that the corpse was injured, or that any inhumanity was used towards it. The contractors often got ill-usage from folks in the discharge of their duty. The women in this house seemed to be worse of drink. There was one man in the house, and he and the women said the coffin was too small. They were not squeezing nor pressing in the body, but the women in the house called upon them to put on the lid, in consequence of the strong smell that was in the house. It was scarcely bearable. He was satisfied that no injury was done to the body through putting it into the first coffin. There was blood about the mouth before they touched it, and that was not caused by the restriction of the body.

The following is a copy of Mr Lindsay’s contract with the Parochial Board:– “Dundee, 17th March, 1861.

“To the Committee of the Parochial Board

“Gentlemen, I hereby offer for the interment of paupers—

Under 12 years, . . . 10s Above 12 years, . . 17s 3d

“James Lindsay.”

From the first charge, 6s has to be paid for ground, and 3s for juveniles.

The Chairman said no member of the committee supposed but what the interment of the paupers was conducted in the same way as the interment of any other class, and that the bodies were measured in the ordinary way.

Margaret Fyffe or Keillor, sister of the deceased, deponed that she lived in the same flat with him. Shortly after the death of her brother, about eleven o’clock on Sunday night, some police officers came in. They said they would send a doctor, but none came. Her brother was quite well during Sunday. He took his supper heartily that night. She went to the Registrar and got his death registered next morning. She then went to the undertaker, Mr Lindsay, with an order she got from Mr Jack. She told him to come immediately and coffin the corpse. He said he would not come till next day at twelve o’clock. He came next day, but the coffin was too little. He tried to put in the body, but it would not go in. They pressed in the arms and forced down the body. She heard something crack; it was either the coffin or the body. She thought they ought not to have brought such a small coffin. They tried to put on the lid, but those in the house insisted on their taking out the body, and the contractor did so, and took away that coffin and came back some time after with a bigger one, and the funeral took place.

Mrs Fraser was next examined. She was a neighbour. She saw Lindsay come with the coffin. She told him it was too small and too thin. It might have been long enough, but it was too narrow. The body was swollen, and they could not put it into the coffin. They screwed out the top end of the coffin and tried to force in the arms. They forced them down by the side, and put their knee on the lid of the coffin to force it down. She heard something crack. It was either the arm of the man or the coffin that cracked. She thought they were improperly using the corpse. She went along with Ira Keillor to Lindsay on the night before the funeral, when the order had been got from the Inspector of Poor. She told him the condition of the body, and that it would require to be measured, because it was very large. The contractor did not come to measure it, and took up a small coffin. She described the treatment of the body. She thought the contractor acted wrong in forcing in the body in the wav he did.

Mrs Keith said she saw Peter Fyffe after he died. She heard Lindsay told to come and inter the body. Lindsay said the usual hour was twelve o’clock, and that he would come next day. She did not recollect him being told that the body required to be measured. She was present when the body was put into the first coffin. She saw that it was too narrow. She also saw them pressing it in. She heard something crack. It was either the coffin or the body.

Helen Henderson was present when the body was put into the first coffin. It was long enough, but it was too narrow about the shoulders. They lifted the arms and placed them across the breast. They endeavoured to press them down by the sides. They then put on the lid; Mr Lindsay put his knee on the lid to screw it down, and something cracked. Those in the house complained that they were ill-using the body, and they took it out, and took away the coffin, and brought a new one.

Mary Taylor, a neighbour, deponed that she was at the door of the room, and saw the contractor put the body in the coffin. She saw the coffin was too narrow, and that after the body was put into it, it was taken out again, and a new coffin taken up.

Peter Devine was in the house when Fyffe was coffined. He helped Lindsay to put the body into the coffin. The coffin was too small, and they pressed the body down into it. The arms were first put across the breast, and then forced down the sides. They then put on the coffin lid, and screwed it down at the top and the bottom; and, after trying to screw out the sides, could not get it done owing to the coffin being too narrow, and the sides being forced out. Mr Lindsay put his knee on the head of the coffin to screw it down, when the lid broke. Either the body or the arms cracked. He thought that they were trying to force the body into the coffin. He had been in the habit of seeing bodies screwed into coffins. It was the practice for the undertaker to put his knee on the lid of the coffin before screwing it down. This was a usual practice.

At the close of the above examination, the Chairman said that this was the first complaint against Mr Lindsay, and he had conducted on an average 280 funerals a-year for the last three years. The terms which were allowed Mr Lindsay were what he himself proposed. He did not think they could come to any finding in the meantime, but that an adjournment could take place till Mr Lindsay could attend.

This was unanimously agreed to.

The Courier and Argus [Dundee, Tayside, Scotland] 15 April 1865: p. 3

Within two days, the same paper was deploring the state of parish funerals–and leveling a very thinly veiled accusation of murder.

The investigation which has been instituted by the Parochial Committee of Management into the circumstances attending the funeral of Peter Fyffe has disclosed a state of things, the existence of which was not before suspected, and will not be suffered to continue. The investigation is as yet incomplete, and there are some contradictions in the evidence, but enough is certainly known to render it necessary that an alteration in the system should take place. The Parochial authorities contract with Mr Lindsay for the performance of funerals which are conducted at the expense of the parish. They pay the prices which were proposed by the undertaker, and though the charges are small, we must suppose they were sufficient to remunerate the tradesman for his cost and trouble. The Parochial Committee had no idea that pauper funerals were managed in any essential respect differently from those of other poor people. Of course they did not expect that they would be carried out with such ceremony and “circumstance” as those of the rich or well-to-do; and, probably, if they thought of that part of the subject at all, they did not suppose that the same delicate attention to the feelings of survivors would be displayed as when corpses are carried from handsome mansions to the “narrow home,” which is the final resting place of all.

There is, and we fear there always will be, a rougher, not to say ruder, and a less ceremonious manner adopted toward the poor than is exhibited toward the wealthy. As the world is, and as average men are, that is inevitable. Ceremonious formality implies the devotion of time, and attention, and care. The well-off can pay for it and buy it; but the poor cannot afford the outlay, and have to do without what is in fact a marketable commodity, just as they have to do without funereal feathers and other trappings. All that people who know what the world is are perfectly aware of; but no one acquainted with the Chairman of the Parochial Board and the gentlemen who compose the Committee of Management, could for a moment believe that they thought the funerals paid out of the funds under their control, were marked by any circumstances showing the slightest disregard for the impulses which make most men regard death as sacred, and cause the corpse of the poorest to be treated, if not with tenderness, with decent respect. If they had imagined that was possible, we may be sure they would have provided against it ; and the promptness with which the pending investigation has been set on foot, and the fairness with which it has been conducted, are guarantees that whatever is amiss will be fully remedied. The defect in the system appears to have been that when parish coffins were ordered, they were made by guess without the corpse having been measured. That method may answer in the majority of cases, because there is an average of size; but it is necessary to provide for exceptions. The way taken to do that was, it seems, to ask the person bespeaking the coffin if the corpse was of an ordinary size? There is some dispute as to what was done in that respect, in this instance. The assistants of the undertaker say they were told a common sized coffin would be sufficient. On the other side, it is averred they were informed the body was large and swollen, and that an extra large coffin would be required. We cannot decide between these conflicting accounts. The coffin was, it is said, made of an average size, and taken to the house of death. That was on the Tuesday. A miserable place, it appears, that house was. The dead man had not been a pauper; but it is clear that, so far as comforts were concerned, he had been far worse off than those who are supported out of the rates in the Poorhouse. The body was on the floor, covered with rags. Blood was about it, and the undertaker’s assistants think the fluid had come from the mouth. The corpse was swollen so that a larger coffin than ordinary was wanted. That was soon perceived, and directly it became evident the coffin ought to have been taken away and a larger one procured.

There will be no difference of opinion about that. But an attempt was made to force the body into the coffin. There is a dispute as to the degree of violence which was used; but that there was some violence no one who reads the report of the enquiry can doubt. It may be, very probably is, an exaggerated statement, that the bone of one of the arms or any other bone was broken; but that force which ought not to have been applied was exerted, is not to be disputed. The proof is that, on the admission of the persons who took the coffin, the lid is shown to have been broken. It was, we hope and believe, the noise of the creaking of the lid which led to the impression that a bone had been fractured. Some allowance must be made for the undertaker’s men. They had an unpleasant, we might say a disgusting, duty to perform. It is said the stench was almost unbearable ; and it is not unlikely they were urged by the bystanders to get the lid on as quickly as possible, as well as impelled by their own sensations to get through their noisome task as soon as they could; but nothing in the circumstances could justify the attempt to thrust the body into the coffin, obviously too narrow for it, by using a degree of force, which, if it did not crack bones, broke the lid. Such things must not be suffered to be repeated. When the body could not be pressed in, because, whatever violence the corpse might have been able to have borne, the coffin would not stand it, that was done which ought to have been done at first. The body was replaced on the floor, and, without any undue delay, another and larger coffin was procured.

Between the time when the small coffin was taken away and the larger one brought, there was ample opportunity for the relatives of the deceased to have examined the body, and ascertained if it had sustained any injury, but we do not hear that that was done, and if it was, we have not the result before us. If it was not, we must infer indifference on the part of others than the undertaker’s men. If it was, we may dismiss as an exaggeration the allegation that bones were broken. We will not anticipate the decision at which the Committee will arrive as to this particular case; but for the future we cannot doubt it will be provided that bodies shall be measured before coffins are made. That is necessary to prevent the possibility of scenes which should not be allowed to occur in the homes of the poorest, or even of the most worthless. We owe it to our common human feelings to see that the dead are treated decently and respectfully.

But this case suggests to us reflections on something beside the conduct of the undertaker’s men. We are tempted to ask the question–How did Peter Fyffe die? a question which appears to us, at least, as important as the other–How was Peter Fyffe buried? We do not know that the finding an answer to that question can be said to be within the province of the Parochial Committee; but the matter is one which should recommend itself to them as well as others in their capacity of citizens. We gather from the statement of the sister of the deceased, that he appeared quite well on the Sunday and took a hearty supper, and that at eleven o’clock he was dead. What did he die of? There does not seem to have been any medical man present, either before or after death. We do not hear what were the symptoms of the illness, nor what remedies, if any, were used, nor who, if anybody, saw the man die. The sister registered the death on the Monday morning. What account did she give to the Registrar. What disease is set down in the books as that of which Peter Fyffe died?

Couple this uncertainty with the facts that on Tuesday the body was horribly swollen, and that there was blood about it and upon the floor on which it rested among rags; and it seems to us there is something else to be enquired into than the way in which the funeral was conducted. We do not point to any specific suspicions. We know nothing more of the facts than is disclosed in the evidence; but when a man is said to have been well at supper-time and dead at eleven o’clock, when no doctor was called into him, and a registrar’s certificate obtained, and the corpse, swelled and bloody, buried within two days of the death, we cannot help asking the question, “How did Peter Fyffe die?” In England the facts would render the summoning of a coroner’s jury certain. Here we have no coroners, but surely such a case is one that ought not to be suffered to pass by in silence. For all we know, enquiry might lead to a perfectly satisfactory result, but enquiry of some kind there certainly should be.

The Courier and Argus [Dundee, Tayside, Scotland] 17 April 1865: p. 2

And there, as far as I can see in the papers, the matter ended.

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Coach Gilberto
by Stephen Halpert Chapter 31

Gilberto waited patiently to continue his conversation with Maria, while she and Mona finished up in the kitchen. Then before Mona’s bedtime Maria spent time with her going over her school assignments. Once Joey had said good night, and he and Maria were alone in their bedroom Gilberto was finally able to broach the subject of binge sex.
She smiled in reply and shrugged. “Oh it’s nothing really. Just something Rosa and I had discussed, and I suggested it to Evelyn to see if it might do her any good. She was in dire need of exercise.”
His eyes widened and he leaned forward “Discussed what about binge sex?”
She yawned. “It’s just a theory of mine. Sexual calisthenics. I couldn’t get Evelyn to go to the gym or consider an exercise class, even take after dinner walks with her husband. Meanwhile and her depression grew and became more obvious. Rosa and I discussed it, and I urged her to try binge sex with her husband.”
He frowned, then his eyes lit up.” So what’s binge sex?”
She grinned. “Pretty much nonstop marathon sex for four to as many as six hours.”
He grinned broadly. “Nothing wrong with that. Why don’t we give it a try?”
Maria looked at him oddly. “We don’t need that. I’d say we have an above average sex life as well as many ways we utilize our energy.”
He ignored her rationale. “Maria, I’d love us to have binge sex together.”
He looked at her eagerly, but instead of agreeing she frowned and said, “Oh dear.”
His shock was evident in his voice. “What do you mean ‘oh dear.’ Oh dear what? Why can’t we get into binge sex?”
She slid out of her jeans, took off her flannel tee with the roses over her heart and took off her bra.
He grinned. “I know, now you’re teasing me.”
She slid into his arms, embraced him and they kissed passionately. Loosing themselves in each other they ultimately ended up falling on the bed to continue. After a while, when they both came up for air she looked into his eyes. “Gilberto there’s one thing taking a brisk walk before breakfast versus training for the Boston marathon.”
But he didn’t hear her. “Maria let’s get into binge sex and get it on for a bunch of hours.”
She sighed. Finally after being silent for a bit she said, “But Gilberto that’s not how we make love. We allow our intimacy to take us over and bring us joy. That’s very different from intense orgasmic calisthenics.”
Confused, he shook his head.
She went on. “I wanted her to free up and break through her blocks. Rosa agreed with me. She said participating in binge sex worked for her.”
That made sense to him and he nodded. “So, why couldn’t it work for us too?”
She sighed and slid into her black silk robe. She reached out and softly touched the sides of his face. Then she grinned. “Because we’re doing just fine. I love our lovemaking. It’s incredible. You always blow my mind and turn me into that wild little girl I hadn’t known before you came into my life. I don’t see any reason for us to make love any differently.”
He shook his head and frowned. “But Maria, that idea really turns me on.”
She shook her head and laughed. “The minute I’m undressed you get excited. And believe me I appreciate your attention but nonstop intense sex, hour after hour doesn’t do it for me. Besides I fear it would really tire you out.”
His face reddened; his voice changed. “What do you mean tire me out?”
She sighed and pulled her robe closer. “I’d think after an hour or so you’d probably want to slow down, relax and appreciate the warm intimacy between us.”
He shook his head hard. “I don’t get it, what’s that got to do with having sex for six hours. I’d love that, wouldn’t you?”
She smiled, took off her robe and climbed back into bed beside him. Lying naked under covers, they began kissing and touching and appreciating one another. After close to an hour he yawned, feeling a perfect satisfaction.
She kissed him. “I’ll just curl up in your arms, hold you and let’s close our eyes and slip into dreams.”
But suddenly he sat up, kissed her and clutched her against him. “Not yet, please not yet.” The wild boy inside him had come awake insisting for more.
She pressed against his chest, touching him, giggling. “You’re the sexiest fifty plus man I know.”
He snickered.” I hope I’m the only one you know.”
She laughed. “Who wants Hollywood actors when I’ve got Gilberto.”
Softly, he said. “Are you tired?”
She smiled. “I think totally sated is a better answer. You’re incredibly sexy and exciting.”
He grinned. “We can go on?”
She laughed. “What for?” She turned and looked at the bedside clock. “It’s five minutes to one.” She propped up on one elbow. “We’ve been going at it since just before eleven. That’s two hours, lover. I’m impressed.”
He smiled. “I’ve got binge miles to go under my hood.”
She laughed. “Yes, you do.” She snuggled against him, gently took hold of him as she moved her other hand over his neck and back. Then she kissed his shoulder, two soft little kisses. “Wow,” she said. “We’ve been going at it,” she yawned and then giggled. “Two lovely hours with the sexiest man I know.”
“You’re tired,” he said softly. She smiled.Gently kissed him again and said, “Good night.”

(to be continued.)


Kitty Kat’s Korner

Do You Need to Bathe Your Cat? Here’s How to Do It Right
By JaneA Kelley

The first time I had to bathe a cat, I was 16 years old.

One summer afternoon, our long-haired tuxedo cat, Purr Bear, came into the house covered in grease and other filth, having apparently decided to camp out under a junk car on our property. My mother took one look at him and said, “JaneA, give Purr Bear a bath.”

With visions of deadly combat dancing in my head, I took Purrby into the bathroom, closed the door behind me, and set him in the sink. As the water started running, he didn’t try to flee. In fact, he just kind of sat there. The sink filled, and I waited for the other shoe to drop. Then I started lathering him up with some soap, and I was sure I was going to get shredded. Nope: He just sat there and purred and purred as I scrubbed and rinsed, scrubbed and rinsed.

Ten years later, I had another opportunity to bathe cats. This time it was my tiny kittens, Sinéad and Siouxsie.

I’d been over to a friend’s house about a week before, and apparently I’d brought some unwanted hitchhikers home because one day I noticed that my babies were covered with fleas. They were only about seven weeks old, too young to use topical flea treatments, so the only way I could de-flea them was by bathing them. I got some cat-safe shampoo and set to work, one kitten at a time. They struggled, scrabbled, and tried their hardest to claw me, but they were too small to do any damage. The poor things had to get three baths each (and I had to vacuum and launder everything in my house multiple times) before the fleas were finally gone.

The moral of the story is that although cats are excellent self-groomers, there are times when we do have to intercede. Here are some examples:

Your cat gets toxic and/or stinky stuff in her fur like Purr Bear did.
If your cat gets parasites and she’s too young for flea control products like Sinéad and Siouxsie were.
If your cat is a hairless breed like a Sphynx (these breeds must be bathed every one to two weeks because of oil buildup on the skin).
Your cat is too overweight to clean herself properly.
If your cat has medical problems such as arthritis that prevent her from being able to groom well.

Your cat has a litter box accident and gets some on herself.
The good news is two-fold: a) it’s usually not as hellish to give your cat a bath as you’ve been led to believe; and b) you don’t necessarily have to give your cat a full bath for some of these circumstances. Here are some alternatives to giving your cat a good soaking bath

Hairless cats like Sphynx and Peterbald need to be bathed every week or two.
A washcloth and warm water
For cleaning minor stains or getting food out of your cat’s face fur, dampen a washcloth with warm water and rub in the direction of the fur. Use one finger and mimic the motions of a cat mom licking her babies; chances are your cat will actually enjoy this treatment. A slightly wetter washcloth can help remove poop from your cat’s bloomers.

Use cat wipes
If you’re familiar with baby wipes, cat wipes are the feline version. They’re usually slightly damp and contain cat-safe detergent and conditioners to help remove light dirt, minor stains and the saliva that produces reactions in cat-allergic people. When Siouxsie’s arthritis got to the point that she found it hard to groom herself effectively, I used wipes on her. If you use wipes, be sure to buy only products made for cats, and I recommend unscented wipes if possible.

How to give your cat a dry bath
Dry baths typically come in the form of a powder or foam that you massage into your cat’s fur and leave there. I’ve never used dry baths so I don’t know how well they work, but reviews on a popular online retail site indicate that the foam products work better and are less messy than the powders. Be sure to read the information before using a dry bath because some of these products are supposed to be used only on cats 12 weeks and older. Also, please get dry baths specifically for cats. Dry baths for dogs or other animals may contain products that are toxic to cats.

Have you ever had to give your cat a bath? Have you used cat wipes or dry baths? How did they work? Please share your kitty bathing experiences in the comments.


Georgia Nicols Weekly Horoscope: Sunday
October 02, 2022

All Signs
There’s good news and there’s bad news. The good news is that Mercury is no longer retrograde, which means we can now move forward with confidence. We can get things done! The insane glitches, goofy mistakes that plagued us for the last month will be history. The bad news is that at the end of this month, Mars (not Mercury) goes retrograde for the rest of the year. (Gulp!) This can be paralyzing! We’ll feel stuck in the mud. This means we have one month: the month of Oct. to hustle our buns and get as much done as possible! Be ready to cooperate with others. (That way you can deflect blame.) “I know it’s not your fault but I’m blaming you.”

Aries (March 21-April 19)
Heed the warning in All Signs above, which states that Oct. is the month to be super productive. If there’s anything important you have to get done – get hustling! The last two months of the year will be more sluggish. In particular, when Mars goes retrograde (for 10 weeks) at the end of this month, you might feel your communications with others are hampered. You won’t enjoy the high intensity, direct method that you have now. Something will create an obstacle to your daily rhythm and your daily communications. (It won’t be like Mercury retrograde. It will be different.) Nevertheless, the bottom line is: Get busy! Start now. Work hard this month because you’ll be glad you did.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)
You like your creature comforts – no kidding. However, when the going gets tough – you work hard! Therefore, all you need is this early warning that the month of Oct. is your best chance to be super productive for the rest of the year. Work hard to boost your earnings. Employ younger people to help you. In fact, if you work in the hospitality industry, the entertainment world or anything to do with kids, you will be super productive making improvements by seeing new work or better ways of doing things. Your improved methods might be more cost-effective and easier. Major bonus!

Gemini (May 21-June 20)
Mars is in your sign now giving you lots of energy. However, at the end of this month, Mars will go retrograde and stay that way until Jan. 12 next year. This is an early warning! Get as much done as possible this month because you’re in the zone! You will be effective, efficient and productive. Nevertheless, something will change so that the last two months of the year are somehow sluggish and less productive for you. Some kind of obstacle will arise then. Therefore, knowing this ahead of time, use the next four weeks to get as much done as possible especially with home repairs and home improvements, especially related to garbage, recycling, plumbing and bathrooms.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Mercury has been retrograde in your House of Communications for the last month, creating delays, mixed-up communications and goofy mistakes. But lo! What news from yonder modem breaks? Mercury retrograde is over. This means that the month of Oct. will be all systems go, especially in terms of teaching, selling, promoting, writing, acting and travelling. You’ll feel energized with clever ideas. Furthermore, you will sell your ideas to others. Enjoy redecorating projects at home. Possibly, some will explore real-estate deals. Important: The reason you have the entire month of Oct. to be industrious is because at the end of Oct., Mars will go retrograde for 10 weeks, which will take the wind out of your sails. Act now!

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
As mentioned in All Signs above, this month is your best chance for the rest of the year to be productive and get a lot done. In particular, you can do this by cooperating with others. Quite likely, you will take on a leadership role and people will follow your cue. Note: if you can harness the energy of others this month, you will get an enormous amount done. It’s also important to know that your ability to work with groups or friends will take a nosedive for the last two months of this year. All that cooperation will slow down or stop. Therefore, act while you can! Trust your moneymaking ideas. Continue to see ways to make money with your words through writing or selling because you’re hot!

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
It’s important to know that this month is your last chance to be super productive for the rest of year. (Gulp.) It’s a double combo of things: your ruler Mercury is no longer retrograde, which will improve your efficiency in your communications with others. Meanwhile, fiery Mars is at the top of your chart, arousing your ambition. However, at the end of this month, Mars will go retrograde for the next 10 weeks, which will create a situation that makes you withdraw or pull back. You have to accept what’s happening. But certainly, it will mean that you won’t be as productive as you can be after Oct. Therefore, knowing this ahead of time – get busy! Act on your moneymaking ideas. You can also attract money to you. Ka-ching!

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
If you read All Signs, you will see that the perfect month to get as much done as possible. That’s because Mercury is no longer retrograde. However, at the end of Oct., Mars will go retrograde for the rest of the year. (Is there no justice?) Recently, Mars has boosted your desire to travel and explore ideas, especially political and religious ideas. Mars has also hyped your energy to explore opportunities in medicine, the law, publishing and the media. At the end of the month, this impetus will grind to a halt. Suddenly, obstacles will be in your way. Therefore, knowing this ahead of time, use the next four weeks to be as industrious as possible! Get going!

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
If you read All Signs above, you will see that Oct. is the month to get busy because we can’t count on support in Nov. and Dec. Therefore, strike while the iron is hot! You might have been involved in disputes about shared property, taxes, debt or inheritances. Use this month to clarify as much as you can. Younger people might help you. Don’t hesitate to get involved with groups and organizations. Accomplish as much as you can this month because in Nov. and Dec., obstacles will get in the way and slow you down. If “strike while the iron is hot” doesn’t do it for you – come up with another cliche that does.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
This is a month for all systems go. Last month, you were dogged by Mercury retrograde creating delays and misunderstandings, especially with parents, bosses and the police. Conversations were like two ships passing in the night. That’s now history. However, at the end of this month, Mars will go retrograde and stay that way for the rest of the year. This could create aggravation with partners and close friends, especially if you need their cooperation. It will throw a wrench into something, which makes it tough to count on a help from anyone. Knowing this ahead of time, hustle thy buns!

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Please do everything in your power to accomplish as much as you can this month because this is your shot. Mercury retrograde is over; however, at the end of this month, Mars will go retrograde, which will affect your job and your ability to work. In Sept., Mars helped you get things done related to your job and your work. It will continue to help you in Oct. as well. After that, it’s anyone’s guess. Some obstacles will arise that make it harder for you to do your job efficiently. Fortunately, you have a month’s warning, which means you can get a lot done in the next four weeks! And you will because when it comes to work and getting things done – you’re smart.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Your desire to travel and explore exciting options is strong. Get out of town if you can. Meanwhile, be aware this is the last month where you can be super-efficient because Mercury is no longer retrograde. But by the end of this month, Mars will go retrograde, creating delays in sports, working with children, and anything to do with the entertainment world and the hospitality industry. This means if there is anything you really want to do or get done – do it in Oct.! You have four weeks. One of your great assets now is your positive frame of mind. Stay that way. People like to be around positive-thinking individuals.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
If you read All Signs above, you will know that Oct. is the best month to accomplish a lot, for the rest of year. In other words, Mercury is no longer retrograde; and meanwhile, at the end of the month, Mars will go retrograde, which means it will be difficult to get things done, especially at home or within your family dynamic. You’ll feel like you’re walking in quicksand. Therefore, if you have ambitions to accomplish something at home, or within the family, act now. You have the next four weeks to be as productive as you possibly can. This is a good time to get financial and practical support from others as well. Just do it!

Weekly Horoscopes beginning Sunday,02 October 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:

Between now and the emotionally powerful Aries Full Moon, on Sunday the 9th, you’ll experience a range of emotional ups and downs. Where, ordinarily, you’d tackle what you can swiftly, the secret is to wait, watch and, despite being eager to take action, relax. Initially, this won’t be easy. However, by the week’s close, when things are clearer, you’ll realise just how wise it was.

In money, work and legal matters, you will have all your wits about you. You won’t be slow to notice ways of increasing your income or making the most of opportunities to further your career ambitions. With you being so confident in what you are doing, it shouldn’t be difficult to persuade those who matter to support your suggestions. You might soon be starting some new kind of research, study or interest in the more mystical side of life.

When Mercury is no longer retrograde (now!) it picks up speed. Until October 10, it races through the efficiency zone of your solar chart. It’s likely that this week you’ll be all systems go. True, by the weekend, crisis management will surely be necessary. That is to do with the Full Moon in your sign. Be careful that you’re not the one who creates the crisis and demands too much of others before they’re truly ready. There is also the sense that you want to be in two places at once. It appears that you’re now absolutely committed to a future opportunity and determined that the past is put firmly behind you.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

The idea of dreams being realised is appealing. While that will be the case now and as you move through October’s days, what’s best won’t always be recognisable, at least initially. It’s out of character, but back off and allow events to unfold, ideally in their own time. With each passing day, you’ll realise that it’s the best approach, for now and over the coming weeks, as well.

A colleague is upset because some people aren’t listening to them and keep repeating themselves repeatedly. You are one of the few who understand what they are going through, so you’re unlikely to give them cause to complain. If you’re in a new relationship, this week’s events will help you sense something extraordinary is developing between you. Any doubts you had about holding on to your partner will be banished forever from your mind.

As you may know, any horoscope is divided up into 12 houses or zones. Without your exact time of birth, we have to use very simplistic methods. Yet these do work. Now that Mercury is no longer retrograde, it moves quickly through an area of the solar chart that is all about speculation and risk management. It will be tempting for you to put your toe in many different waters. Others will be excited by your apparent willingness to take the lead. Take care you don’t take on too much – especially mid-week. That said, by the Full Moon on October 9, it does appear that careerwise, you’ll have shifted a significant gear.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

The irritating problems you’re facing could be blamed on your ruler Mercury’s period of reverse, or retrograde, movement. However, while that ends Sunday the 2nd, the shake-ups in your priorities and perspective on life, will last well into October. Once you realise this is about exploration and who you spend time with, you’ll begin to recognise just how much fun broadening your horizons can be.

After some careful budgeting, your money situation is more stable than it has been for some time. You may not have any extra cash out to splash out on anything special, but by continuing to be careful, you can keep on top of day-to-day bills. Good fortune is about to come your way, not so much from a financial angle but more from your close ties or your link with someone you lost touch with in the past.

You haven’t left it too late, but you do need to be ‘fleet of foot’. It helps hugely that your ruling planet, Mercury, is now in direct motion and that it too is picking up speed. You should take extra care. Mistakes would surely be expensive. With a strong likelihood that all signs will have to deal with a crisis by the Full Moon at the weekend, it’s imperative to maintain quality control. For this, you might also need assistance from a Capricorn whose work methods may be entirely alien to your own, but who does understand time management. Yes, this could put you at crossed swords, but prove to have been a useful exercise prior to a key meeting scheduled for the middle of next week.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

For ages you’ve been wrestling with complex decisions involving elements of your work or lifestyle. Some seem disruptive, others worryingly sudden. The trick? Commit to trying them out. Then do exactly that. What you learn and who you meet will relieve anxieties you’ll be stuck with what’s on offer and, better yet, will encourage you to explore in ways as unexpected as they are exciting.

Be flexible. Travel plans already made for the start of the month might be subject to change. It will be the mood of those around you that isn’t in keeping with your more adventurous ideas. Friends, workmates and others who share your world now appear to be in a more cautious mood, wanting to stick with familiar routines. If you want to experiment in the workplace, you may have to do so without much support. If you want to travel, you may be doing so alone.

Don’t be surprised if it seems that you endlessly need to be in two places. Others demand that you have everything running smoothly. True, you won’t be the only sign in this position: it’s just that others will likely look to you to take the lead and sort out the mess which they’ve created over the last few weeks. You could just blame Mercury’s recent retrograde. It’s perhaps as likely the case that rules were altered. Bearing in mind that next weekend’s Full Moon is in another of the Cardinal signs, closing this working week will surely require particular crisis management and put you at odds with a Gemini who is flapping around and making a situation worse.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Understandably you’re eager to deal with, and move on from, certain vital but seriously tedious issues. The real problem is part of progress means facing facts or dealing with individuals you’ve been doing all you can to avoid. That being the case, you’re urged to plunge in, even if you’re anxious or fear making mistakes. At least you’ll be taking action which, at the moment, is essential.

Someone from your past will turn up from out of the blue. As well as the news they have to share with you, they will have a proposition to make that will benefit your lifestyle. You won’t mind going along with the crowd at the weekend when the crowd seems keen to enjoy light-hearted pastimes. If you are sports-minded, your team will enjoy a dramatic win. Be sure to enjoy the happy celebrations that end the week.

Regulating cash flow is never easy. Anticipate more to flow out than in. That’s not necessarily a bad thing as it may be that you’re ready to self-invest. Ahead of an important Full Moon (9th) next weekend, the urge to break free of old restrictions and push your career forward so that you overtake others, will likely be strong. You might also consider a partnership – most likely with a Gemini, Libra or Aquarius. There is much yet to discuss. Until Mercury arrives at the position at which it turned retrograde mid-October, planning and agreeing terms should work well.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

The Virgo New Moon, in late August, began a cycle of deep questioning, analysis and dramatic change. While you’ve learnt a lot and altered several elements of your life, others still need attention; but, also, you’ve ignored several. The problem? You’re unsure how to begin. It’s simple. Cast aside your Virgo caution and thoroughness, and plunge in. Within days you’ll realise how wise this approach is.

You’ve done your bit for your team. Your contribution means a lot to those who respect your talented, hardworking nature. It might upset you a little that someone in charge seems to have overlooked the part you have played to help advance a group aim. You may wonder whether it’s worth continuing, but don’t do anything too hasty just yet. A spontaneous trip will hold unexpected pleasures. A change of scenery will feel therapeutic.

Mercury is now in direct motion in your sign, and mentally you should be firing on all cylinders. Forging ahead ought not to be difficult. Noting that there is an important Full Moon next weekend, your ability to crisis management will likely also be increased – along with your ability to see what others miss. Your bargain-hunting streak should be out in force by Friday – alongside your investigative powers. This would be a fabulous week for starting research or a new course of study. Careerwise you could push yourself into a new stream entirely – possibly learning a new language (including technical).

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

Your horoscope for this week:

True, the move by your ruler Venus into Libra on Thursday the 29 September, and its link with fortunate Jupiter on Saturday are bound to boost your spirits. Still, it’s an unsettling period. The trick? Be patient, with yourself and others. Also, if possible, delay pivotal arrangements until later in the week; and in the meanwhile? Enjoy who, and what, life brings your way.

You may not have had a lot of time to get out and socialise recently, and you’re missing seeing some friends. Don’t fight this feeling. If you want to enjoy a change of scenery and want to know what others are getting up to, arrange to meet up and keep to these arrangements. Trends towards the end of the week may be confusing and unpredictable, but some good will come out of them. Flow with the tide, and things won’t be as bad as you were expecting.

Now that Mercury is at last in direct motion, mentally you should move into a faster stream. True, there’s a Full Moon in your opposite sign next weekend, and yes, it’s likely that you’ve already taken on more than you can reasonably achieve within a set schedule. Yet rising to challenges should be your middle name. True, Libra has a justified reputation for procrastination; but that’s not true every day. This week, and particularly between Tuesday and Thursday as the Moon passes through another of the Air signs, you could fly high with ideas, build bridges where necessary, and embrace new concepts. Ahead of Pluto’s station (also more or less with the Full Moon), you could set new ground rules, and make clear to others that you do have everything in hand.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Usually, you’re able to achieve wonders without calling attention to your activities. Now, it’s the reverse. You need help but are unclear who’d be right or what to say. It’s out of character, but ask around. The more people you meet and ideas you encounter, the more you’ll learn. By the Scorpio New Moon on 25 October, you’ll be amazed what you’ve learnt and the decisions you’re making.

It will be vital for you to attend a meeting or get on with a task that holds a degree of urgency. Although something will crop up that could prevent this from happening, you will find a way to fit everything in. The time and effort you put into everything you do separate you from the people who achieve very little. Money is coming to you. It has been challenging financially recently, and now you’re determined to arrange finances to suit yourself, not those around you.

As Mercury picks up speed following its direct station this Sunday, you will likely move more quickly. Knowing so much more than you did this time last week, you should now have a clear idea of where you’re headed. True, you need to lay down ground rules and do that as the Moon passes across the base of your solar chart between Tuesday and Thursday. Note too, that this weekend not only is there a Full Moon, but that Pluto, one of your ruling planets, arrives at its regular direct station. It has one of these each year, and each should be viewed as a recharge point. In this instance, having grappled with issues for months, your career should gather momentum. Expect to be mentioned in dispatches, and for key meetings to be arranged for next week.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

You don’t think of yourself as being proud or unwilling to take wise advice. That’s mostly because you say no without realising what you’ve done. While this week’s theme is spotting ideas or offers you’ve turned down, you’ll soon be learning to seek out guidance or the kind of support you’d usually reject. Still, give it a try. The more you experiment, the broader your options will become.

Despite difficult situations, relationships at home and work will be harmonious. There is something serious you need to discuss in the workplace. You can also see the funny side of the situation but when you are dealing with someone who doesn’t seem to have a sense of humour, keep your thoughts to yourself. Taking a class or an online course will provide you with the intellectual stimulation you crave, or you may be offered the chance to get some specialised training.

With Mercury now in direct motion at the apex of your solar chart, you can at last declare what exactly what it is that you want career-wise. These last few years have brought hurdles few could have imagined. The career terrain is now so very different. Recall that Mars is moving through your opposite sign and that it might easily appear that others have all the energy and all the attention. Seize the moment though – and preferably before next weekend’s Full Moon. You probably also need allies as you grapple with an administrative system. Pulling individuals onside will be no mean feat – but be achieved by the Full Moon.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Having spent time and thought piecing together plans that will both achieve your goals and give you time to experience the benefits, from living well to personal joys, you’re thrilled and relieved. However, events aren’t proceeding as you anticipated. The problem? They’re better than you anticipated, yet are upsetting existing plans, enough you’re tempted to do nothing. Be bold. Go with the flow. You’ll never regret it.

Watch your step when buying, selling or negotiating a financial agreement. It could be either yours or someone else’s carelessness that will cost you a lot of money. Put your perfectionist traits into practice whenever and wherever you suspect they are needed. People in high places seem unwilling to believe you are determined to make a success of a floundering project. Take a deep breath, hold on to your patience and be willing to repeat your intentions more than once.

Next weekend’s Full Moon is in another of the Cardinal signs and coincides with Pluto’s annual station (presently, in your sign) and may mark a key event. It’s likely important that you make clear exactly what you feel is appropriate as a timetable or schedule for the next few weeks. Time has most certainly been lost. Time usually means money. Curbing excess will likely not be the problem. What must be made clear, is that old ways of working are now expensive and that investment must be made in new systems. Converting others to this way of thinking ought not to be too challenging given that most people will sense that these approaches are now necessary. On top of this however, you could be faced with an educational dilemma with someone who regards you as a mentor. Assisting them in changing or altering career route could be time-consuming, yet rewarding.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

You’ve a genuine inquisitiveness about others, the new ideas they’re involved in and learning more. Allowing those to shake up your life is another matter. However, judging by the current and coming weeks’ planetary activity, it’s all about breakthroughs, if not entirely unexpected changes. Tempting as it is to wait and watch, the sooner you get involved, the more swiftly you’ll discover those joys.

An old friend will appear on your doorstep from out of the blue. You will be delighted to see them, but there could be more to this visit than just a social call. If you have helped them out in some way in the past, they may be hoping for a similar favour from you again. Watch for signs that someone at home has something on their mind. It is unlikely they want to talk about it, but it could help them to get their worries off their chest.

The weeks when the Moon passes through your sign (as it does between Tuesday and Thursday), are generally times when Aquarius feels heard. Of course, it could be that you are simply talking louder. Certainly, it appears that you have much to say. Mercury is now in forward motion and most people will be running to catch up. Mercury picks up speed and, by next week, returns to one of the Air signs when mentally you should be firing on all cylinders. This week is about dealing with unfinished business and, before next weekend’s Full Moon, recognising which tasks require crisis management and which can be safely delegated elsewhere. By late October you need to make clear where the buck stops. Making salient points in the next few days should make that clear.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

You’re an idealist, so expert at dreaming up plans, then turning them into reality, in your life and those of others and, occasionally, in the wider world. Now, however, you’re being disillusioned, and in ways as unexpected as they are inconvenient. Or so it seems. Begin to investigate what’s needed, and you’ll soon realise what, and who, you encounter could be life-changing, and in wonderful ways.

Those in positions of authority will agree to consult on changes that have been suggested to make your workplace a happier place. Staff have gone over and above the call of duty to rectify procedures that just aren’t working. A more flexible approach will be shown towards rules that have been causing many problems. A friend will introduce you to a fun hobby or sports interest, but they may not admit to the expense involved.

Mercury is now in forward motion in your opposite sign and picking up speed. It might seem that others are running about like scalded cats, and that they are trampling over your feelings in the process. Next weekend there is a Full Moon coinciding with an alignment with Chiron (the dwarf planet now viewed as a wounded healer or corrector). It’s probable that problems coming to light, and which have been incubating since mid-August, will require immediate attention. Don’t be surprised if it’s necessary to move many items from one place to another or if you need to bring work home or take work back to the office. Too-ing and fro-ing seems highly likely; and driven by the demands of a Leo or Aquarius.

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