“Turn off your mind, relax, and float downstream.” “Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will be as one.” ~John Lennon
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: FULL MOON
Time: Approx. 14 days after New Moon (energy lasts from three days before to three days after actual full moon)
Goddess Aspect: Mother
Associated Goddesses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis
Magickal Attributes: Fruition Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination.”extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams.
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. 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 https://www.meetup.com/Witchy-Wednesdays
The Magick of Crystals: 12 PM – 2 PM – Oct 16
Celebrating Samhain at Black Hat – 7 PM – 9 PM – Oct 30 – Wear your best Witchy Outfits, bring a dish to share!
WitchCrafting: 1 PM – 3PM – Nov 6
The Herbal Cauldron 1 PM – 3 PM – Nov 13
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
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
Contact GrannyMoon at:
The Goddess School Grimoire
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.
Magic Hat Workshop
Sticks and Stones
October 15th 2:00pm to 4:00pm
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 Stone’s 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 roseastrology.com.
FULL HUNTERS BLOOD MOON – OCTOBER 09, 2022
September 22, 2022
The October 09 Hunter’s Full Moon in Aries rises from the horizon around sunset, it may appear bigger and more golden orange than your typical full Moon—but don’t be fooled by this Moon Illusion, which makes the Moon appear larger than it really is! This is just part of the golden blessing that is coming through on this full Moon.
Why Is It Called the Blood Moon?
October’s moon is often referred to as the hunter’s moon, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac. It was the time of year that hunters were signaled to go out and hunt enough to prepare for the cold season ahead. “Animals are beginning to fatten up ahead of winter, and since the farmers had recently cleaned out their fields under the Harvest Moon [in September], hunters could easily see the deer and other animals that had come out to root through the remaining scraps,” the almanac reads. It is thought that the hunting story behind the October moon is also why it’s sometimes referred to as the blood moon.
The Hunters Full Moon is also called the Shedding Moon, Blood Moon, or the Falling Leaf Moon. Coming right before Samhain/Halloween, it is a time when the nights are crisp and clear, and you can sense a change in the energy around you. When the Blood Moon rises, it smolders like an ember in the autumn sky. She is a beacon for the golden spiritual energy.
On this day during the hours before sunset everything will feel crisp, pure, and uplifting. These are all things we need to put us in the mood of connecting to something positive and greater than ourselves.
What is happening is that we are being blessed by the Golden Ray coming through Archangel Camael. If you tap into this energy you are going to feel an incredible blessing from this golden energy blessed by Archangel Camael. It will give you optimism about the future. It’s from this place, where you will be able to connect to positive ideas about your future and life.
Tune in and Ask Archangel Camael to guide you through this lunar phase until the next full Moon. I recommend that you get a gold, yellow, or orange candle to light on the night of the full Moon in honor of all of the golden blessings coming into your life. Give thanks to Archangel Camael for providing this wonderful blessing at this time of the year.
I felt that this full Moon had another message and meaning to it. When I saw the date the first thing that popped in to my head was, “John Lennon’s birth date.” So I’m going to add in a bit of John Lennon in this full Moon message.
When you do something noble and beautiful and nobody noticed, do not be sad
“I believe in everything until it’s disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it’s in your mind. Who’s to say that dreams and nightmares aren’t as real as the here and now?” John Lennon
Perhaps John’s spirit is around this particular full Moon giving it a burst of positive energy that flows out to any who will accept it.
“Yeah, we all shine on. Like the Moon and the stars and the sun.” John Lennon
In October, we enter the glorious late afternoon of the year. The woodland blazes with vibrant colors. As October passes the door to the otherworld opens wider. We become more receptive to spiritual energies and feel drawn to bond with our ancestors.
In October the veil is thin. And yes, anytime the magical feeling in the atmosphere is high, the veil is closer to us. Thinnest. Use this time for spiritual growth. If there is a deceased ancestor or pet you wish to contact, this is a great month to do it. Plan a ritual to remember those who have passed from this world, and be sure to make an offering to them. The offering can be a poem, a letter, flowers, and seasonal food. The full moon is always a good time to pray, have ceremonies, and be reminded of the continuation of life.
Just as the leaves are letting go – let go of everything you no longer need in your life. It’s a wonderful time to do a Burning Bowl Ceremony or you can even do a bonfire. Write out everything you want to release on paper and throw it into the fire and as the smoke goes up know that you have released it to the Great Spirit. If you do a bonfire after you burn your releases – dance around the bonfire as it brings in powerful spiritual vibrations.
Throughout October work on your spiritual self, and pay attention to messages you get in your dreams.
Take advantage of my Autumn Life Path Reading as it can give you great guidance from your angels as well as spirit animals. This can be the guide you need for the rest of this year.
Because it’s easy to think beautifully at this time, it’s a great time to unite with Spirit.
Elements to work with on the October Full Moon.
Colors: Dark blue, Black, Purple
Gemstones: Obsidian, Amethyst, Tourmaline, Opal
Herbs: Apple Blossom, Pennyroyal, Mint, Sweet Annie, Thyme, Catnip, Angelica
Flowers: Calendula, Marigold Cosmos
Trees: Apples, Yew, Cypress, Acacia
Birds: Crow, Heron, Robin
Animals: Stag, Jackal, Elephant, Ram, Scorpion.
This is the time to give thanks to the animals, fruits, and vegetables during this moon for giving their lives so we can live.
An in depth Spiritual Reading should be done every moon cycle. Since, every moon cycle represents a change it not only affects our external forces but our internal forces as well. Contact me today to find out what is in store for you during this time of change. I have been working as a spiritual advisor for 38 years and all of my answers and guidance comes from the spirit. I do not use Tarot or oracle cards.
Ghosts, Bonfires, Black Cats, Treats and so much more! It’s all waiting for you on your Halloween Spiritual Journey! This is one of my favorite readings to do and Check it Out Here to learn about this wonderful journey..
The full moon is always a good time to be reminded of the continuation of life. Let go and enjoy the blessings of the Golden Ray and all of the beauty of the season. Enjoy my friends.
Full Moon blessings,
Have A Blessed Full Moon!
Tonight is the Full Blood Moon. The Moon won’t actually be blood red it is so named because the time between now and Samhain/Halloween was called the harvest of flesh, it was the time when the farming community would slaughter cattle and preserve the meat to last through the winter months. People would use the brightness of this Full Moon to go hunting and gather meat for their families and preserve it in salt. So it became known as the Blood Moon, it is also called The Hunter’s Moon, The Shedding Moon or The Falling Leaf Moon.
We are on the threshold of crossing a line that will allow us to learn things that will alter the course and direction of our lives, we will be able to recognise signs and signals and bring forth messages from the Spiritual realms. October is a time when the veil between the earthly realm and the spiritual realm is thin.
This will be an emotional Full Moon, we will be feeling ultra sensitive at this time. We may find ourselves feeling strong emotions pulling us in different directions, we may feel happy and laughing one minute then teary and sad the next. You may have difficulty sleeping and when we do we may experience wild and vivid dreams. Don’t worry this will pass, this is the effect of the Blood Moon.
If you have been feeling stuck in a situation or that everything has been standing still lately, get ready because this Full Moon will be bringing with it a rapid change. Tonight’s Full Moon is in the fire sign of Aries pushing us into a new direction. The universe is giving us so many gifts and chances right now, don’t be afraid to take them and to dream of bigger and better things. Look at what may be holding you back and get rid of it. The Aries Full Moon is about new starts, getting rid of the old and bringing in the new.
So much of what has been suppressed is coming to the light now and shining so brightly that we cannot ignore it any longer. This Full Moon is about truth and seeing what is really there and not what we want to see. In life we can often see illusions about ourselves, illusions about others and illusions about our world, all of these illusions will start crumbling away now so we can rebuild on what is real and true.
Tonight’s Full Moon is a time of healing and cleansing, of getting rid of our negative junk and moving ourselves into a new and positive direction, look at all the good things in your life and look at how to improve the bad things. It’s time to take a deep look within ourselves and to become more aware of what makes us feel comfortable and secure. With this potent Aries energy, we have the chance to make important changes in our lives. It’s time to make some solid yet realistic plans for the future.
Tonight’s Full Moon will be spiritual and passionate as we can feel the transition of the earth as we head deeply into Autumn, yet we will feel a tranquil quality that can bring a new wave of calm and peace with it. The gentle dusting of energy bought by this Full Moon will allow us all to restore and recharge our batteries and perhaps even feel more comfortable with our situation and where we are at, we will see with clear clarity what we need to do to heal and grow. Let the fire element of Aries burn away negative and destructive energy and cleanse you. Now is the time to get in touch with our passions and desires and work on making them a reality.
Have a Blessed Full Moon…
Text: Anna Maciaszczyk
Llewellyn’s Spell A Day
A Full Moon Scrying Spell
OCTOBER 09, 2022 BY JAMES KAMBOS
An October full moon is a powerful time to scry. For this spell you’ll need a dark-colored bowl or a cauldron. You’ll also need a silver coin and a white candle. The coin not only serves as a focal point but also symbolizes the full moon.
Begin by filling your container with water. Safely light the candle and set it beside the bowl or cauldron. Now drop the coin into the water. Gaze at the ripples in the water as you think of a question. When the water becomes still, focus intently on the coin. Soon the water will cloud over, then become clear. As it clears, an image should appear. Gaze for no more than ten to fifteen minutes. Slowly let the vision go. End by snuffing out the candle. Save the coin for scrying. You may record the image you saw, or any messages received, in a journal.
OCTOBER 08, 2022 BY ELIZABETH BARRETTE
Now is a good time for an altar blessing. It is helpful to clear off your altar and clean it at least once a year. Gather some soft cloths and cleaners appropriate to the type of altar and tools you have.
First take everything off the altar. Wipe down the altar. If you have an altar cloth, you’ll need to wash it. Ideally keep at least two, so you can put a fresh one on the altar right away. Clean the individual tools and put them back where they belong. Set fresh candles in the candleholders. Put some type of blessing incense in the censer and light it. Then say:
Altar of service, vessel of care,
Fire and water and earth and air.
Shrine of my spirit, seat of my Art,
Serve me with faith and I’ll do my part.
Let the incense burn down to ash. When the censer cools, clean it again and restore it to the altar.
Pillars of Protection
OCTOBER 07, 2022 BY MELISSA TIPTON
This spell creates four energetic pillars, one in each cardinal direction, anchoring your home in protective, balanced energy. Find a comfortable meditative position, roughly in the center of your home. Close your eyes and allow earth energy to rise upward, through your body and out the crown of your head. Simultaneously, allow sky energy to cascade through your crown and down through your root chakra.
When you feel centered and balanced, envision your home or property, and starting in the north, call up a pillar of earth energy, grounding and anchoring, as you say:
I call on the power of earth to
protect and balance this home.
Moving clockwise, repeat with a pillar of fire in the east, air in the south, and water in the west. Finish by visualizing all four pillars, strong and luminous, and thank the elements for guarding your home. Allow the earth and sky flows to taper off, returning your energy to a neutral state.
Flowers for the Dead
OCTOBER 06, 2022 BY RAVEN DIGITALIS
October, how we love you! Blessed be the season of the Witch. As you likely know, Samhain is a time of honoring the ancestors, of banishing, releasing, divining, and communicating with the Otherworld.
As we begin to decorate our homes for Halloween, we also begin to set the altar. Common autumnal altar decor includes gourds, fallen leaves, pomegranates, veils, bones, and photos of our dearly departed.
Whether ancestral by blood or spirit, the deceased are with us always. This is the best time of the month to make an offering of flowers. Offer roses or whatever feels right, and place them in a vase without water so that they will be dead by Samhain. By the light of a single black candle, declare:
Mighty Ancestors, hear me now; the
veil grows thin, we lift the shroud.
Accept this offering of flowers bright;
you are loved, in darkness and light.
Extinguish the candle.
Cord Magic Spell
OCTOBER 05, 2022 BY DALLAS JENNIFER COBB
Magic can be used to focus energy to effect change in the world, for the good of all. Cord magic is a great way to be clear in your intention and draw a desired effect into reality. Find a piece of string or cord about a yard long. As you tie nine knots in the string, say the following and let the power of your intention be focused and real:
By knot of one, this spell has begun.
By knot of two, it shall come true.
By knot of three, so mote it be.
By knot of four, I invoke more.
By knot of five, this spell is alive.
By knot of six, the magic is fixed.
By knot of seven, the magic leavens.
By knot of eight, I need not wait.
By knot of nine, this spell is mine.
Keep the knotted string on your altar, and renew the spell as needed.
OCTOBER 04, 2022 BY ELIZABETH BARRETTE
Ac cording to Jewish tradition, today is Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. It’s a good time for clearing away past mistakes and negative energy. Asking forgiveness for wrongs helps to heal relationships too.
For this spell you will need a bowl of water, a pinch of salt, and a hand towel.
Sprinkle the salt over the water and say:
By the tears of the sea,
Be pure and blessed be.
Rinse your hands with the water and say:
Where salt and water go,
May sacred clearing flow.
Sprinkle the water over your head and say:
May all beneath the rain
Be new and free of pain.
Recite the things you have done that you regret. Describe what you have done or will do to make amends, whether to the gods or to other people. When you finish, pour the water down the drain. Wash your hands in clean water and dry with the towel.
A Good, Short Banishing
OCTOBER 03, 2022 BY BARBARA ARDINGER
Shakespeare invented a word that needs to be in wider use today: rudesby. It means exactly what it sounds like: an ill-mannered, uncivil person. Two of his strong female characters use the word. Katherine and Olivia dismiss hangers-on in their houses with “mad-brain rudesby” and “Rudesby, be gone!”
So who’s been hanging around you lately? What pest is driving you berserk? Take or find a photo of the rudesby, set it on your altar, and speak the banishing words:
Rudesby, be gone!
Make the words a meme and post it. Be aware, however, that rudesby people are like ants, fleas, and flies: they don’t pay attention. Human pests can be as bad as insects, but please don’t use poison spray on them. Speak the words as often as necessary at your altar and in person. Visualize the rudesby gone to wherever you want them to go. Speak the words again. Do this as often as necessary. You may, alas, need to be more persistent than the rudesby is.
Heartwings Love Notes 1056 Lentil Soup and Kitchen Hints
Heartwings says, “Experimenting in the kitchen leads to useful results.”
I have always enjoyed cooking. I even did when I never knew how many would be sitting down for dinner. And I even enjoyed it many years ago when certain children, imitating their father, would turn up their noses at whatever was on their plates. Be that as it may, it’s true I didn’t inherit this love of cooking from anyone in the family. My mother was of the “food is just for nourishment” school of thought. One grandmother cooked for her dog, but for herself, rarely. The other hired cooks for the household and guests.
Once I married, I had more freedom to cook and eat as I wished. Of course, when my children entered the picture and joined the family dinner table, I was no longer as free. Enlisting their help as they grew more competent was a treat and even of real help. I taught every one of them to cook, even the boys. I used to listen to NPR’s Reading Aloud, I think it was called, with my son as we prepared food. Later, I focused on staying within a limited budget, attempting nutritious family meals on little money. Like now, eh?
As I got older, I began to care about calories. Now I like to do what I can to cut out unnecessary ones. My first hint is something I’m quite proud of. When reheating something, prep the frying pan you will be heating your leftover in, with a thin skim of water. Let it start to bubble and add your ingredients. Your tasty odds and ends will not burn and may benefit from added moisture. I often combine smaller portions of left overs from different meals to form new ones. Anything with rice does especially well when you use water. Voila, no additional fat calories.
Lentil soup is an easy and nutritious as well as an economical soup to have on hand. My next hint is this: Save the cooking water from any vegetables you cook except broccoli. It’s too strong a taste to use. When you measure out 6 cups of water for the soup, start with the veggie water. It adds richness and good taste. Add 1 cup of lentils and bring to a boil, reducing to a simmer once it has boiled. Now add around one cup celery, one of onion, using hint #3, scissors to cut celery and even to reduce onion if you rough choped it and want it smaller. Add carrots if you wish, hint #4 is save time and energy by using carrots cut and peeled and made to look small. (Baby size?)
Next add herbs and spice of your choice to taste: thyme, lemon pepper, ground garlic, some salt, and or cumin, mustard powder (strong, so less of this), ginger, curry, and or your favorites as you wish. Do cook at least an hour, and more is even better. Tastes great next day, and keeps well for additional meals. This serves at least 4 generously, and can be doubled for sure. Bon Appetite!
We Are Here to Serve
Every movement in the universe is a movement toward love.
We are living in a time of great change. Many thinkers and seers agree that humanity and the planet Earth are evolving at a quickened pace and that this evolution will necessarily be severe and seemingly chaotic at times. It is natural for people to react with fear because these changes will doubtless bring some level of difficulty and loss to many of us. However, it is essential that we all remember that our souls chose to be here at this time and to be part of this process. Every movement in the universe is a movement toward love. This is true even in situations that appear to be the opposite of loving at first glance.
Since we chose to be here, we are capable and ready to rise to the challenges we find ourselves in. It is helpful to reflect on our own lives and make any changes necessary to fully support humanity and the planet in loving ways. When we open our hearts in love instead of closing them in fear, we serve the divine process. We are all powerful spirits who took form at this time in order to serve our fellow humans, our planet, and the universe. When we find ways we can serve, our fear dissipates. We may serve by remaining calm and loving with our children and our families, even when the situation seems dark. We may serve by sending money to people who need financial assistance. We may serve by going out into the world and actively helping to rebuild lives. Regardless of what actions we choose to take, the essential element will be the internal gesture of choosing to remain in love. This is all that is needed.
When it is difficult to remain in love, we can always call upon our unseen helpers: the teachers and guides who are always with us. All we need to do is ask and then trust that we are being helped. The guidance we receive is love itself, showing us the way.
You Are The One You Are Waiting For
Ultimately, you are the one you have been waiting for
We spend a lot of our lives looking for role models, mentors, teachers, and gurus to guide us on our path. There is nothing wrong with this, and in fact, finding the right person at the right time can really help. However, it is important to realize that in the absence of such a figure, we can still very safely rely upon ourselves. We carry within us everything we need to know to make progress on our paths to self-realization. The outer world serves as a mirror. Or to use another metaphor, our inner world has a magnetic force that draws to us what we need to evolve to the next level.
The path of the spirit is often thought of as a journey with a specific goal, such as finding the fabled pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. In this metaphor, a person begins a search for something they want and then they go off to find it, and there is a happy ending when they do. However, most of us know that getting what we want only makes us happy for a moment, and then the happiness passes as soon as a new object of desire presents itself. Joy, however, is a permanent aspect of our inner selves; it is not separate from us at any point. We do not have to travel to find joy or even imagine that it resides only in the body of another. In fact, what the best teachers will do is point out that this very precious elixir is something we all already possess.
So when we find ourselves on our path not knowing which way to turn and wishing for guidance, we can turn to ourselves. We may not know the right answer rationally or intellectually, but if we simply ask, let go, and wait patiently, an answer will come. The more we practice this and trust this process, the less we will look outside ourselves for teachers and guides, for we will have successfully become our own teacher.
The Victorian Book of the Dead
The Haunted Vicarage: 1840s
by Chris Woodyard
The first some of a series of ghastly tales for the month of Hallowe’en.
We had been engaged eight years, Martin and I, ever since I was seventeen and he twenty four and the ‘living’ for which we have been patiently waiting had not yet been offered to him. Martin was still a hard-working curate in the smoky town where my father resided, and those kind friends who are always ready to play the part of Job’s comforters began to ‘hope that Eleanor’s long engagement would end in marriage after all.’
Great, therefore, was our satisfaction when a country vicarage was offered to Martin. The nomination came so strangely too. The living had first been offered to one of his college friends, a much older man than Martin, but as Mr Brown wrote to say that he felt that a younger man would do better justice to the work of a scattered country parish, and that he had therefore mentioned Martin to his friend the patron ,who was ready to offer him the living, it is needless to say this offer was thankfully accepted. The income was a fair one, at least to our modest views, and both of us looked forward to a residence in the country as only dwellers in a murky town are capable of doing. We felt quite touched by Mr Brown’s self-abnegation in declining Heathhurst for himself, at least until we saw the place.
I am writing now of the days of my youth, some fifty odd years ago Travelling was then a more difficult and expensive business than it is nowadays, and our slender means did not justify our making a long journey by coach to ‘prospect’ our new abode before settling there. Martin had agreed to take the furniture of the Vicarage at a valuation from the executors of the former incumbent (who had been an old bachelor and an invalid, and had resided as little in his parish as possible without provoking episcopal censure), and the price asked for ‘plenishing’ was so very moderate that Martin was willing to risk paying it without inspection of the articles named. Our quiet wedding, followed by a few weeks’ honeymoon at the seaside, then took place, and we left for our new home.
Both of us were looking forward to a life of activity and usefulness. We reached Heathhurst with some difficulty —it appeared to be off the track of every line of coaches; but at last our post-chaise lumbered into the village at the close of a summer’s day. My first impression of the place was that of dampness. The straggling village was low-lying and even on this July evening mist gathered heavily over the sluggish stream which meandered through the valley. The church stood on slightly higher ground, and the Vicarage nestled against the churchyard wall. As its name implies, Heathhurst was surrounded by magnificent woods, now gay with the glory of their summer foliage, but this added to the prevailing dampness of the atmosphere. As we found in our subsequent excursions in the neighborhood, the soil abounded in what the country folk called ‘ground springs,’ unexpected little water courses which bubbled up after rain, and converted a portion of the woods and pastures into veritable morasses. The scenery around was pretty, but as I looked at my new home I understood why Mr Brown, who had attained an age when people consider the possibility of rheumatism, was so willing to transfer Heathhurst to his ‘dear young friend.’
However, here we were, and both young and strong, and ready to make the best of things. The Vicarage was a roomy old house, and its furniture was of a solid old-fashioned description, far better than we had expected to find it. Martin would have abundant exercise for his zeal in bringing his parish into something like decent order, to judge from the neglected condition in which poor old Mr Hamilton had allowed it to fall, and after the first shock of arrival (and disillusion) was over we set ourselves resolutely to work. Sanitary science was less studied some half-century ago than it is now, and even the discovery that the churchyard itself formed, as it were, one side of our kitchen (the house being built against the churchyard wall) did not alarm us on health grounds, though the circumstance explained the persistent damp which oozed through the kitchen wall on this side. We had brought an old servant with us from my father’s house, and this maid and a girl from the village comprised our domestic staff.
For the first few weeks we were both so busy, I unpacking and arranging within doors, Martin organising his parish arrangements, that we had no time to think of other matters, But as we became settled in the home I noted a dejection in our faithful maid’s demeanor. One day when I was remarking how Mr Hamilton had neglected the parish, Sarah ‘spoke out,’ as she phrased it.
‘Oh, ma’am, ’tis easy to talk of neglection, but as Susan says, ‘tisn’t everyone as can live at Heathhurst Vicarage.’
Susan was the rosy -cheeked village girl imported to assist our factotum.
‘The house is rather damp, certainly,’ I said; ‘but so is all the neighborhood. We keep up good fires, and we are all well enough.’
‘Ah, I wish it was nothing more than damp that’s wrong here,’ sighed Sarah.
Then came out a long story. It appeared that the proximity of the churchyard was supposed to be objectionable, not on grounds of health, but for other causes. Some occupants of the burial ground–notably a certain squire deceased many years back were said to ‘walk,’ or at least to rest uneasily in their graves. Knocks and sighs, and other unpleasant sounds were said to be heard in the Vicarage kitchen, especially during the autumn and winter months and these occurrences prevented any good cook consenting to tenant the servants’ premises, and were said to have induced Mr Hamilton to spend so much of his time at a place ten miles away, driving in on Sunday to perform the usual church services.
Summer waned early that year, and the winter came in unusually wet and windy. There was much illness in the village, and Martin was overworked visiting the sick. We, too, were busy at home, for the local doctor lived a long way off, and Sarah’s experience was often of value in carrying out his directions regarding invalids. She and I were often out all day, tramping long distances to carry nourishing food and simple medicines to our poorer parishoners.
There was literally no society at Heathhurst. The population consisted of a few farmers and their laborers, the former being little better educated than the latter. Ten miles away was a pretty country town, but we seldom went there, as we had not conveyance, unless we borrowed or hired a farmer’s gig. A great depression sometimes settled on me as I sat in the Vicarage parlour and looked over the damp, dripping landscape. It rained almost continuously for weeks, and I contracted a chill which clung about me and affected my health. Then—was it fancy?—I began to think that there really were odd noises in the house. Susan had occupied all her hours of leisure in relating various ghost stories, local and otherwise, to Sarah, who conscientiously retailed them to me with all the certainly of unquestioning faith. Then Susan herself discovered that she was ‘feared to remain at the Vicarage come the winter,’ and departed to seek another service.
Martin, who had scoffed at the story of ghostly visitation, asserted that it was the dullness, not the noises, that led Susan to weary of her place, and to enter the service of an adjoining farmer, where as he remarked, ‘the girl has all the farming men to flirt with, and no old servant like Sarah to scold her.’
But anyway Susan left, and we had great difficulty in supplying her place, finally being reduced to take an orphan from a distant workhouse, who couldn’t be expected to indulge in the luxury of ‘nerves.’ Betsy was a stolid-looking young person with an abnormal appetite; but the Vicarage kitchen was too much for her after a week or two. She came to me one morning in floods of tears beseeching to be sent back to the workhouse. ‘For them knocks and groans behind the kitchen wall, ma’am, is more than I can stand.’
‘It’s the old Squire,’ remarked Sarah, grimly; ”tis his vault that lies nearest to our kitchen, and I tell Betsy it’s a warning to her—as tells so many lies every day—to see how the wicked do not rest even in their graves,’
‘He’ll bust in some day, I know he will,’ sobbed Betsy, ignoring the personal application of Sarah’s remark. ‘Please, ma’am, you and master is very good to me, and I never had such a sight of good victuals before, but I can’t—I can’t abear them noises.’
‘What are the noises like?’ I asked, for though, sitting alone in the evening when Martin had been called out to baptise a dying child or visit a sick person, I often fancied I heard odd sounds, they were not of the distinct and terrible kind described by Betsy.
‘He rummages about in his grave,’ sobbed the girl, ‘and he sighs, and he groans, and then he raps, raps, raps agin our wall.’
‘Sarah, you cannot believe all this?’
‘I believes my ears,’ remarked Sarah, ‘and hearin’ what I have about Squire Parsons I don’t wonder he does sigh and groan. Beggin’ your pardon, ma’am, I don’t hold that reading any form of words over a grave makes the wicked rest easy in it.’
Sarah was, as I have before remarked, a sturdy Methodist, and only attended our church because there was no other place of worship within ten miles. The woman was superstitious, and yet courageous, but her superstition was more infectious than her courage, believed in the restlessness of the defunct Squire as firmly as did the New English Puritans in the certain existence of the Salem witches, and was prepared to confront the perturbed spirit as Cotton Mather did the supposed emissaries of Satan.
‘If the Squire comes, he comes,’ said Sarah, with grim resolution.
‘I’m thankful to say I’m better prepared, having been converted many years ago, to see a ghost than Betsy is. But it’s my thinking that the old Squire is obliged to keep his own side of the wall while pious folks are in the kitchen, and it’s just that makes him so mad. Now, if Betsy sat there alone, seeing that Betsy tells lies, which is one of the greatest of sins—‘
But Betsy was not inclined to put her virtue to the test, and departed back to the union, nor did we attempt to supply her place.
Sarah was willing to face the noises alone. I think Martin, fully occupied out of doors, scarcely thought about the matter as I did. He believed that the Vicarage, like all old houses, was full of odd noises probably due to rats which were exaggerated by the superstitious fears of the servant. But to myself, now out of health, and a good deal alone owing to Martin’s multifarious occupations in the parish the ‘fancy’ which I might have laughed at in days of health and spirits became a real terror. I myself had never heard the full noises; they only occurred in the kitchen itself but I thought about them, and dwelt on the subject till I became so unwell and nervous that Martin urged me to go to my father for a visit to recruit myself. But I would not leave my husband, neither was I strong enough to undertake a long journey at this time of year. The local doctor prescribed tonics, and asked if I had no friends who could come and stay with me and cheer me up. But I had led a very retired life owing to my father’s bad health I had no sisters, and my few girl friends were now married and scattered. My stepmother—I had lost my mother in infancy—was a kind woman, but too much occupied with father to be able to pay a visit.
Martin and the Doctor comforted themselves with the reflection that by-and-by more cheerful noises than the supposed knocks and groans might resound in the old Vicarage.
‘Of course Mrs Fleming is inclined to be nervous and fanciful just now,’ said the Doctor to my husband, ‘but when the baby comes we shall hear no more of the noises in the kitchen. That superstitious old servant of yours will be too busy to notice them.’
Kind and devoted as Sarah was, I could hardly have had a worse companion at this time. Strong in her religious convictions, she sat day after day in her kitchen, like a sentinel on guard, singing hymns in a cracked voice in the evening, and apparently deriving a grim enjoyment from the very idea that she was carrying on a successful struggle with the restless sinner on the other side of the wall. But I, ailing and lonely in the parlour above, would shiver and cower with nervous terror as I fancied I caught some sound, like a knock or a sigh, which might be the wind, and might be the Squire.
One evening in December—how well I remember it still!—a veritable tempest raged and shook the house. Martin had been summoned to the deathbed of a parishioner at a distance, and so bad was the weather that I had urged him to accept the proffered offer of a bed at the house, instead of returning through the winter night. He had been reluctant to leave me so long, but finally consented; indeed, he could hardly have found his way back in the storm of wind and rain. I was so solitary that, little as I liked the idea of entering the kitchen, I made up my mind to descend and speak to Sarah, whom I found tranquilly knitting by the fire. The kitchen looked so cheerful in the ruddy glow of the logs that I lingered awhile after I had given the order which I had made the pretext for my visit. Suddenly ‘rap, rap, rap’ sounded loudly on the wall behind me, followed by a long-drawn gurgling sound. I screamed with terror, but Sarah was calm.
‘Eh, ma’am, but he’s worse than ever to-night,’ she remarked ‘I’m thinking maybe ’tis the day of the month when he died, or something like that; but I never mind.’ But here the noise recommenced, so loudly and wildly that even the resolute woman grew pale. ‘Come away, come away, Miss Eleanor,’ she exclaimed, clutching my arm; but as she spoke came a rending sound; the wall of the kitchen burst open, a rush of water filled the room, and oh horror! a large black coffin sailed out of the aperture in the wall, and fell with a crash on the floor! I knew no more!
I was ill for many, many weeks, they told me afterwards, and Martin expected to lose his wife as well as his child. When I gradually awoke to consciousness I was not at the Vicarage, but at the house of a kindly neighbour, where the doctor had advised my being carried as soon as I could be moved on a mattress.
It was long before I recovered the shock of that awful night; long before I could even hear the explanation of that terrible apparition. It was a simple enough story after all. The churchyard, like the rest of the neighbourhood, had its ‘ground spring.’ One of these had sprang up in the vault of the wicked Squire, and actually floated the coffin, for years when the spring was full the water had been striving to burst through the wall, and the leaden coffin had acted as a kind of battering-ram. Hence the odd noises (always worst at the wettest times of the year), hence the terrible catastrophe.
We never returned to Heathhurst Vicarage. A friend of my father happened to have a living fall in his gift, which he offered to Martin, and some months after my illness we removed to the pretty south-country Rectory where I have passed the rest of my days, first with my husband, then with my son. Homebury Rectory has been ‘noisy’ enough during the last half century, tenanted by our merry healthy children and grandchildren; but the ‘knocks’ were of a different description from those that froze our blood at Heathhurst.
The patron of that latter living, who was a kindly and liberal man, was so horrified at the occurrence which so nearly cost me my life that he pulled down the old Vicarage and rebuilt it on higher ground, so that the present vicar’s family are not exposed to the risk of the irruption of coffins into their kitchen. But I shall never forget my residence in that haunted Vicarage home fifty years ago.
Southland Times 18 June 1892: p. 5
Mrs Daffodil’s Aide-memoire: A salutary lesson, indeed, about the importance of well-drained soil. Modern builders would surely not be so careless as to abut a kitchen against a churchyard wall with all its attendant unpleasant effluvia. Mrs Daffodil does not usually attend the cinema, but she has been told that this story echoes the plot of a “horror” film called Poltergeist, which exaggerated the number of coffins and pictured mummified corpses emerging from their graves. One coffin was certainly bad enough for the unfortunate Eleanor.
Mrs Daffodil invites you to join her on the curiously named “Face-book,” where you will find a feast of fashion hints, fads and fancies, and historical anecdotes
You may read about a sentimental succubus, a vengeful seamstress’s ghost, Victorian mourning gone horribly wrong, and, of course, Mrs Daffodil’s efficient tidying up after a distasteful decapitation in A Spot of Bother: Four Macabre Tales.
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.
Coach Gilberto, Chapter 32
by Stephen Halpert
The oversize bulky package addressed to Joey and Gilberto arrived on Saturday morning. Gilberto heart sped up as he opened his father in law’s war relics, collected during his days in the Pacific. He held up a grinning mask with sharp teeth. “I can understand how you felt as a child,” he said.
“This mask looks so real. It’s actually quite frightening.”
She nodded and turned to Joey. “You take those right to your room,” she said. “I grew up looking at these horrible things.” I remember how mom’s friends reacted if they accidently came into the basement TV room where dad had hung them.”
Uncovering two more masks, Gilberto swallowed and nodded. The one with three eyes made him feel queasy.
“Ok,” Joey said. Fearful his parents wouldn’t let him keep them, he gathered up the masks and scurried away.
Waiting until his return, Gilberto went on. He took out a small well packed box. Carefully he unwrapped the authentic shrunken head and handed it to Joey.
He cradled it in his hands and looked gleeful. “Wow,” Joey said. “Wait ’till I show my friends.”
“Remember, that never leaves your room,” Maria said sternly.
Last to be unpacked was a long wooden box. Within it was a slender wand with markings that probably formed an inscription.
Joey sucked in his breath and blew it out forcefully. “The magic wand,” he said.
Gilberto pulled out the piece of paper that was beneath it. “This is not a toy,” he read. “Quite the contrary. It’s the real thing and as far as I know, still contains magical powers Handle it with care.”
Gilberto picked up the box and moved his hand over the wand. An odd feeling rippled through him. He shivered and set the box down. Involuntarily he looked around the room. It felt as though he were being watched.
Maria shook her head and sighed. “Oh yes,” she said. “It’s not ornamental. I remember waving it one day just for fun. The sun disappeared, it got dark and there were thunder storms for the rest of the day.”
Joey’s eyes bulged and he gulped. Gilberto smiled. “Most likely a coincidence, don’t you think?”
“I don’t think so,” she said. “Dad got upset with me for playing with it, made me promise not to touch it ever again and I didn’t.”
Fascinated by the odd markings, Joey peered at it. The longer he looked, the more he saw. Faces stared out at him somehow, first one would appear and then vanish, replaced by another. “It’s real,” he said to Gilberto, his voice a whisper.
Gilberto nodded. “I wonder if it’s powers can help me and Rain catch the murderer.”
Joey’s eyes widened and Gilberto realized that until now he hadn’t discussed the Houndstooth homicides at home. He shook his head, “Later, he said, “not now.”
Joey nodded and sighed. Suddenly he remembered something he had intended doing that day and left, just as Mona, trailed by her loyal St Bernard came into the living room. She looked at the wand curiously.
“Be careful around that,” Gilberto warned. “No telling what could happen if you wave it around.”
Mona grinned. “I believe in magic,” she said.
Gilberto smiled. “Do you have any plans for today?”
“Me and mom are going shopping, right mom?”
Maria nodded. “Eventually. I’ve a few things to finish up here first.”
Mona frowned. “Okay.” She turned to go. “Come on Boris.” Then her eyes fell on the wand. “Magic?” She picked it up and waved it. Immediately thunder and lightning exploded across the sky. A hard rain pounded down.
Gilberto stood up and snatched it from her. Carefully he put it back in the box. “What did you do?”
Mona’s face crumpled and she looked upset. “Nothing, I just waved it.”
The fierce weather continued. Joey came into the living room. “It’s like really raining, what a storm.” He looked at Mona. “Did you wave it?”
Her face flushed. “Um, yes, so what?”
“Best not to do that,” Gilberto said. “This is what happens.”
Mona put her hand on her hip like Maria did when she was being emphatic. “Daddy what’s that got to do with a cloudburst?”
“Just don’t,” Gilberto said. “Some actions are unexplainable.” He opened his phone and called Ramon. “Want to go for a beer after the storm ends.”
“What storm,” Ramon asked. “It’s sunny and mild outside. Rosa and the girls went to the mall.”
“Wait a minute,” Gilberto said. “It’s pouring outside.”
Ramon laughed. “Not here. I’ll be over. Gilberto looked at Maria. “Ramon said it’s sunny and mild.”
Maria nodded. “I told you that wand always had a way with the weather. Now you’ve seen it for yourself.”
Gilberto frowned. He shook his head. “I guess you’re right.” He looked at Maria. “Ramon said it was sunny and we’re in the middle of a rainstorm. Pretty strange.”
Maria shrugged. “Does it matter? What do you think? Maybe there are things logic can’t explain.”
He frowned. “What do you mean.”
Maria smiled and kissed him. “Gilberto if logic doesn’t do it, then let it go and look for answers from a different place.”
“I want to know too,” Mona said.
Maria smiled at her daughter. “We only know so much, and when we don’t know why something happens, we try to explain it by what we know, by logic.”
Okay,” Gilberto said.
“However, magic is different, because we don’t know how it operates, yet it does, and we can’t explain it.”
“You’re not helping. “Gilberto frowned and sighed.
Maria smiled. “Why can’t you live without answers and solutions. Does it really have to make sense? Maria smiled at Mona. “So, if something makes no sense then let it be and move on. “She pointed out the window. “Look it’s not raining as hard anymore.”
Joey raised his eyebrows. “So, it was magic that made it rain here but not at Ramon’s.”
She grinned. “Maybe, or maybe it was a cloud or something funny in the wind.” She looked at Mona. “Time to go shopping,” she said. “Go get your coat.”
Kitty Kat’s Korner
Life Lessons Your Cat Can Teach You
By Angie Bailey
Cats are master teachers when it comes to living more mindfully, enjoying the present moment and cutting loose with raw, unadulterated joy. And just when we think they couldn’t get any smarter than us, we notice their knack for natural living. Not that we’d want to follow their model to the letter — or to the litter — but our kitties can offer some valuable insight if we pay attention Here are six ways our cats are natural examples.
Less stuff means less consumption, right? Sometimes we humans are determined to accumulate the latest gadgets and all the coolest clothes, but cats show us we really don’t need those things to live a happy life. They prefer a more minimalist approach. Case in point: When we think they’ll be head over paws about some electronic, catnip-stuffed, flying vampire mouse, they lose their minds over the plain cardboard box in which the toy arrived. And that milk jug ring turned cat toy? That’s a shining example of repurposing, folks. Lesson learned — thanks, cats!
They’re water conservationists
Cats loaf on the throne of water conservation by opting to scratch and cover instead of flush. Some litters are even made with environmentally conscious materials. Now, we’re not suggesting that you haul a human-sized box of pine pellets into your home and squat when nature calls … but that sure would make for an interesting photo op.
They listen to their bodies
Listening to our bodies and responding to their needs is a perfectly natural way to live. Unfortunately, for most of us, we have those pesky roadblocks like work, grocery shopping, cooking and “whatnot” that get in the way. When we want desperately to nap because our bodies and minds feel drained, we can’t always just stop working. Can you imagine approaching your superior with, “Yeah, I’m gonna have to skip that critical budget meeting because I need a little snooze with my favorite blankie.” That’d go over really well.
Cats, on the other hand, have no one to answer to, no meals to cook and less “whatnot” than anyone we know. Of course, it takes 12 to 16 hours per day of sleep for those little darlings to manage their energy, and we couldn’t work that kind of nap into most of our schedules; however, cats remind us to pay attention to our body’s natural rhythms and squeeze in some extra rest here and there.
They make a bed out of anything
Cats are masters of improvisation when it comes to choosing a spot to chillax. They don’t need some memory foam, pillow-top, adjustable mattress model. In fact, we sometimes think, “How in the world is that even comfortable?” upon seeing them lounging atop a tape dispenser or king-sized tube of foot cream. They can stop, drop and sleep at a moment’s notice, making the most out of whatever surface happens to be below their feet. Maybe we humans are just whiny little snowflakes with our pocket coils and gel-infused foam. Perhaps a nap on a pile of warm towels would be as heavenly as cats make it look.
Their bathing and beautification routine is simple
Many of us have rituals when it comes to showering or skin care. We stock our favorite self-care products, and some of them aren’t cheap. Our kitties flick their tail at our ongoing beautification efforts because they use the most natural product available to them: their spit. It’s cleansing, environmentally friendly (at least to them),
and there’s an endless supply of the stuff. Less is sometimes more. If only we had such a handy solution — well, we do, but eww.
They walk everywhere
In an effort to reduce traffic and decrease pollution, some humans are making strides in the right direction by riding bikes, taking public transportation, ride-sharing and walking. Cats, as usual, were ahead of us by leaps and bounds — they just didn’t know it.
Our felines are not out there releasing exhaust and fumes while they commute from their cat condo to the kitchen (we won’t speak of fumes from the litter box). And if they need to get somewhere, they walk, although some cuddly kitties hitch a ride with a willing human. Would that be considered catpooling?
Georgia Nicols Weekly Horoscope:Sunday,
October 09, 2022
This will be a positive week, and people will be cooperative. “Work hard, party hard!” will be a timely theme because, October is the month to hustle. Who knows what awaits us once Mars goes retrograde at the end of the month? (And stays retrograde until Jan. 12th!) Unconsciously, we are attached to the aggressive force of Mars, which creates drive, ambitious energy and sexual desire. Mars wants victory and conquest. However, every two years, Mars goes retrograde for 12 weeks, which makes well-intended plans fizzle right before our eyes. Plus, plans we initiate when Mars is retrograde, tend to be dubious. “Dubious?” “Yes, dubious.” “Do you mean dubitable or moot?” “Don’t quibble, Sibyl.”
Aries (March 21-April 19)
This week is about conversations and cooperation, which you will handle with grace, charm and patience. This is because the Sun, Mercury and fair Venus are all opposite your sign, which draws your attention to partners, close friends and members of the public. It’s time to interact. And part of this interaction involves your ability to listen to what others have to say. Fortunately, Venus will grease the wheels of all your conversations, personal intimate and “everyday casual”. You might even find ways to make peace with your enemies and resolve legal confrontations. Even though Venus and Mercury will soften your conversations, with your ruler fiery Mars in your House of Communications, you’ll mean business! Go gently.
Taurus (April 20-May 20)
This is a positive week, and you find it easy to work. Mars is in your Money House for the rest of the year, which heightens your desire to work and earn money. (Actually, it makes your ego identify with what you own. If you own a lot, you feel that you are “worth” more as a person.) But of course, you are not your bank account. Nevertheless, this is why you have a driving energy this month to boost your earnings. Meanwhile, the Sun, Mercury and Venus are in your House of Employment, urging you to work hard for a sense of satisfaction and personal reward. You want to accomplish as much as possible and you want to do it with style. Fortunately, people are cooperating! A happy week!
Gemini (May 21-June 20)
This is a happy, playful week! With Mars in your sign, you have high energy. You will enjoy physical activities, athletics and competitive interactions with others because you’re pumped! Meanwhile, three planets are in the part of your chart that encourages exploring your creative potential. You want to have fun. Therefore, get out and socialize! Take a vacation. Enjoy the arts, the entertainment world. Meet a friend for lunch. Drop in for Happy Hour and catch up on the latest. Sports events and fun activities with children will appeal. See a movie, a musical performance, or enjoy the theatre. Hikes, picnics and barbecues will appeal if weather cooperates. You want fun times!
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Your primary focus right now is on home and family. Some of you are more involved with a parent or an older family member. Family discussions are taking place, while personally, you’re rolling up your sleeves and taking part in home repairs and DIY projects. In particular, because you want to make your home more attractive, you are interested in redecorating projects and renovations. Some of you are also involved in real-estate speculation or a residential move. Whatever is happening, you want to do this right because at heart, you are a nester. Your home is your refuge. It’s where you retreat to in order to rejuvenate and find the strength to deal with the world “out there.”
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
This continues to be a busy, fast-paced time! Many of you are writing and reading more than usual. You’re talking to siblings, relatives and daily contacts because you have something to say. This is an excellent time to learn anything new by taking a course or attending school. Don’t settle down and relax. That’s not what’s happening. Enjoy your busy pace and get involved! Grab every chance to have fun and socialize because you need to interact with others. Enjoy the beauty of your everyday surroundings and appreciate your good fortune. Short trips will delight. Take a quick trip to the country or through a park because your appreciation of beauty is heightened.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
Report card time: How well are you handling what you own? Do your possessions make your life easier or are they a drag? Ideally, they should work for you. If you’re proud of what you own, why not entertain others to share your good fortune? Now is the time to establish greater control of your life through your wealth and your values. This is why you’re spending money and constantly checking your finances. Venus of course, wants you to buy beautiful things – lovely clothes, jewelry and art objects. Fortunately, Venus also attracts money to you. Work hard to earn money: take care of what you own. Do this while your ambition is strong.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
You shine this week because the Sun, Mercury and your ruler, fair Venus are all in Libra. This means you’ll run the meeting with tact and charm. You have a strong need to express yourself, and Mercury and Venus will help you do this. Mercury makes your mind busy and active (jumping rapidly from topic to topic). Nevertheless, you won’t miss a thing! Venus encourages good times with others, and attracts social situations to you. (This is an excellent week to buy wardrobe treasures.) Meanwhile, your ability to influence others is marvelous because Mars makes your ideas about politics, religion and all things philosophical dazzle! It also makes you want to travel and explore!
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
You are the only sign that has the Sun, Mercury and Venus “hiding” in your chart right now. This means you can’t fully tap in to your strength. (In fact, you don’t really care.) Instead, you want to pull back and mull things over. You want to avoid downtown rush-hour. You want peace and quiet, and a chance to enjoy harmony in your own private way. This is fine. It’s important to recognize that this is a priority for you. Indulge your need for rest, quiet, contemplation and privacy. Go gently if you’re involved in disputes about shared property, money, bills or jointly-held possessions. Your theme song this week is, “I just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in.”
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
Friendships and interactions with groups and organizations are important to you this week. In fact, you will have a chance to examine the role they play in your life. Maybe you’re attending something or being part of a group out of habit, or a sense of duty, but your heart is not really in it? Think about this. Maybe these are not your people? Having said that, this is an excellent week for team effort. Younger people as well as creative, artistic people might be in your life right now. They might even cause you to rethink some future goals? You love thinking about the future – and why not? That’s where you will spend the rest of your life!
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Once a year, for four weeks, the Sun is at the top of your chart, making you look good to others, especially bosses, parents, teachers and the police. (This happens whether you do something special or not. It’s magic.) Obviously, this will draw attention to anything that done in a slipshod matter. (Yikes! Yes, the limelight is a double-edged sword.) Note; Do not pretend to be something you are not, because the truth will eventually come out. Nevertheless, this is an excellent time to talk to parents and bosses about what you want because circumstances favour you. Very likely, someone wants your advice about redecorating or layout, or how to make something look better. Meanwhile, you might be flirting with your boss. Woot!
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
This is a fabulous time for you to learn either through study, courses, schoolwork or travel. Basically, do whatever you can to expand your world and broaden your horizons. Conversations with people from other backgrounds will intrigue you. You might fall in love with someone who is “different” because you will be attracted to people who are unusual or foreign. This is a playful time for you, especially with sports and athletic activities. You’re very enthusiastic now and not afraid to put your own interests first. The only fly in the ointment is you might have conflicts with your kids. Oh well, that goes with the territory. Enjoy your freedom!
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
It’s a strange time for you. Everything to do with home and your private life are at odds and confusing. Residential moves, home repairs, renovations and visiting guests are just some reasons that you feel out of control at home. It’s overwhelming! Cope as best you can, and don’t be a harsh judge of yourself if you feel you’re not in control of your scene. This challenge will last until the spring of next year. (Pick yourself up off the floor.) Meanwhile, this week, you are focused on shared property, shared responsibilities, debt, insurance issues and inheritances. Fortunately, these issues will probably be settled in your favour. Not only that, romantic passion is very affectionate!
Weekly Horoscopes beginning Sunday, 09 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:
Sunday’s Aries Full Moon may test your patience but it’ll also corner you into discussing both plans and passions you’ve been ignoring. This, in turn, forces you to consider options you’ve rejected without a thought. At minimum, acquaint yourself with the ideas and the people involved. That’s likely to so alter your perspective that, without others’ encouragement, you’ll seriously exploring options that, only days before, you’d firmly rejected.
Mistakes have been made in the workplace. There will be some changes made to show lessons that have been learned from these. You will just want to get on with your job and concentrate on issues that concern you. Other matters can be dealt with by those with other responsibilities. An unexpected expenditure or higher than anticipated bill will take you by surprise. Therefore, think twice if you are tempted to join anyone in plans that might cost you in the long term.
The fallout from Sunday’s Full Moon could leave you temporarily disadvantaged and even speechless. Okay, you could throw your toys out the pram with sheer exasperation. Know that on Tuesday, Mercury returns to your opposite sign. By then, others should realise exactly which commitments have been made and the priority in which these need to be addressed. You are at your best when joining forces. Yes, though Aries loves to be independent and free, you can be the most brilliant partner. Focus on that trait. A working partnership looks set to move to new platform with you very much in the driving seat but comfortable knowing that you have an ally.
Personal theme: I have!!
Earth & fixed sign: April 20 — May 20
Your horoscope for this week:
After weeks and, often, months of battling practical obstacles and obstructive individuals, suddenly the tide turns in your direction. Yet those changes introduce new elements, in terms of those activities but, also, the people involved, and you find them worrying. While that’s understandable, they’re taking you into new territory, if not on a real adventure. Admittedly, life’s become too predictable. These will remedy that, sometimes overnight.
An older relative will admit to having had a few personal problems to work through recently. You may not have said anything at the time, but you did sense things have been difficult for them. That’s why you’ve been spending more time with them of late. Any efforts made to improve family life and home surroundings will go well. Once plans are set in motion, even housemates who weren’t keen on some ideas will be helpful and cooperative.
Mercury leaves the speculative area of your solar chart on Monday and moves on for a near three-week stay in the day-to-day working zone. You do well when working within a team as it seems you have an instinct for bringing out the best in others. True, you could be exasperated by a Gemini who has too many fingers in too many pies. Their lack of focus would understandably be exasperating. Yet it’s through their network and with their encouragement, that you could push your career boat into fresh waters. By the time that the Moon reaches your sign on Thursday, you’ll likely also know exactly how to put a message across and how to market yourself and services to advantage.
Personal theme: I think!!
Air sign: May 21 — June 20
Your horoscope for this week:
Once you acknowledge there’s no escaping certain practical issues, and the accompanying discussions and, ideally, resulting plans, the rest will be easy. In fact, as you proceed, your zest for life will return. The challenge? It’s balancing thrilling encounters and the resulting discussions with keeping a sharp eye on timing, other commitments and your own personal life. If anybody can do this variety of juggling, a Gemini can.
Recent disappointments regarding a legal, financial or property matter will not mean you have to give up on some ideas altogether. This should just make you all the more determined to succeed next time. Your instincts are generally good. If you feel wary about someone you are dealing with or sense a colleague or client isn’t being honest with you, it will pay to do your own research. This could actually lead you to the root of past problems.
Geminis have a justifiable reputation for having fingers in many pies but can appear unfocused and unclear. A natural gift for multitasking and chasing news means that you often appear distracted. Following this weekend’s Full Moon, a degree of chaos – in part attributable to your earlier behaviour – will require setting the record straight and making clear new priorities. As they say, ‘loose lips, sink ships’ and you need to be careful what you say mid-week and ensure words don’t come back to haunt you. It’s probable that by Friday you will team up with a Taurus or Aquarius whose management skills are proven and who seem to know how to be your best foil.
Personal theme: I feel!!
Water & cardinal sign: June 21 — July 22
Your horoscope for this week:
When you first began discussing exciting but potentially life-changing plans, they seemed a distant if thrilling dream. Now they’re worryingly close to becoming reality and you’re uneasy, if not just plain anxious. Others advise rational analysis. As an intuitive water sign, you’re better off recalling other occasions that roused similar anxieties, how you handled them and the amazing outcome. It’s the same now, as you’ll soon discover.
Family activity may start harmoniously, but the conflict will cause you some upset and confusion. Stay calm, and you should find a way to resolve any issues that crop up. Injecting new ideas into old projects will keep you motivated. A new boss will have a different way of running things. This may not match up to your ideas of the needs of the job. Give them a little more time to prove themselves before launching into any honest criticism.
It is normal for the couple of days after any Full Moon, for Cancers especially, to feel slightly out of sorts. So, it might take you until Tuesday evening before you feel able to contribute constructively to conversations. By then, Mercury will have re-established in Libra: the base area of your solar chart. Determining how and where things should be put, should then feel more comfortable. That’s important as until the end of October, organising basic administration seems imperative. It’s probable too, that the needs of Libra colleagues will need to be taken into consideration. Remember, theirs is one of the Air signs, i.e., they think of ideas but don’t necessarily follow through on them. By Friday you may need to make clear what is and what is not acceptable and which treasures you demand should be archived before they move on to ‘the next new thing’.
Personal theme: I will!!
Fire & fixed sign: July 23 — August 22
Your horoscope for this week:
You’re facing a range of exciting yet tricky decisions. While you’re a bit hesitant, mostly you’re eager to plunge in. That’s wise, but only once you understand that because the actual arrangements are unsettled, certain commitments will have to wait, some for weeks, others longer. Still, as an energetic fire sign, instead of remaining safely by the side-lines, you’d rather be in the midst of it all.
After a quiet start to the week, you will be brought out of a solitary mood and into a far more active state of mind around Wednesday. Very soon, there will be a chance to involve yourself in a job or activity you’ve always wanted to do, and you don’t intend to miss out on this opportunity. Someone close has a dilemma they cannot handle on their own. With your Leo combination of determination and patience, you will be able to pinpoint the most rational angles of the situation.
The after-effects of this weekend’s Full Moon will require crisis management. Of course, you could be in your element and enjoy the drama. By mid-week though, certain restrictions should come into play and, at that point, your momentum could be lost. You might also be exasperated with Cancer, Scorpio or Pisces colleagues who doesn’t realise the implications of decisions. Restoring working partnerships will take time. Anticipate that you might be accused of being headstrong and difficult to work with. It’s as likely that you have full focus and are aware of the pending solar eclipse at the end of the month which will bring inevitable change. You perhaps need others to recognise that there is now no going back and that they would do well to work with you.
Personal theme: I analyse!!
Earth sign: August 23 — September 22
Your horoscope for this week:
Ordinarily you’ve an uncanny ability to spot plans or offers that are worthwhile, and easily dealt with, as opposed to those that could be troublesome. It’s the same with people. Except what and who you’re currently facing are bewildering, leaving you unable to say a clear yes or no. The solution? Adopt a very ‘un-Virgo’ approach. Plunge in and see what happens. You won’t regret it.
Joint funds could cause a few problems. Your goals are not compatible with a partner’s. There may also be contention if one of you is earning more than the other, and all earnings are mingled into the one pot. This should not make any difference as decisions of a financial nature need to be shared equally. You will agree on new ways of handling finances. Social activities keep you on your toes. It would be a good idea to extend the hand of friendship to all new people in your life both at home and at work.
No doubt you’ve already pointed out all the things that could have been managed oh so much better. These last few weeks have been awkward in that Mercury was retrograde through your sign, and likely left you at odds with those who are trying their best, but perhaps don’t have the resources to implement your systems. Now though, they may be catching up with your ideas. As Mercury moves on into neighbouring Libra, balance can and should be restored. The art is in letting others think that plans are their idea. You can take credit later. Recall that Mars has an extended stay in the career zone of your solar chart and that having fingers in more than one pie is now imperative. Your ability to barter, trade and sell import and export is vastly increased. By Friday, expect this ability to draw attention and perhaps even lead to an offer to join forces.
Personal theme: I balance!!
Air & cardinal sign: September 23 — October 22
Your horoscope for this week:
Only recently you disentangled yourself from a range of commitments, from recent too long term. However, they all were complicated. Still, it’s been a relief. Fundamentally, you were hoping for a drama-free life. Shedding those alliances is wise. Still, future plans are looming. The secret? Do something out of character. Say a tentative ‘yes’; and make it clear, you mean it. The rest will flow, and with unexpected ease.
Allow a partner or housemate to air their grievances as they won’t feel able to relax until they know someone is listening. A heart-to-heart talk will be beneficial in a variety of different ways. As well as giving you a better idea of how people really feel this could lead to a joint decision to make some positive changes within the family. You might be looking at ways to increase your income. If you feel confident about your plans, go ahead and see what happens.
Mercury returns to your sign. Anticipate that others will now want to know more of your plans and how you might direct proceedings. In recent weeks, mopping up exercises have taken priority. Now, as Mercury joins your ruling planet, Venus in Libra, people want to hear what you have to say and what could constructively be organised. Leisure time is always important, and something that might be considered over these next few days is planning time off. True, work pressures will likely be considerable following on from this weekend’s Full Moon that indicated the need for much problem-solving. It should be easier to tackle tasks if you have the incentive of a few days off to look forward to.
Scorpio & Ophiuchus
Personal theme: I desire!!
Water & fixed signs: October 23 — November 21
Your horoscope for this week:
Most Scorpios have an amazing ability to conceal thoughts or intentions regarding certain matters, personal or otherwise. Now it’s the reverse. You need others’ attention or advice, but only from the appropriate individuals. Forget about plotting an ‘accidental’ discovery that leads to a constructive conversation. Go directly to those who you need to speak with, and say exactly that. The rest will fall into place magically.
You’re becoming increasingly involved in work and community efforts that don’t usually get your interest or attention. What’s more, you’re in the right state of mind to deal with problems other people are coming up against in an efficient and effective way. Don’t be surprised if you are asked to take on a leadership role. In dealings with banks or authority figures, no red tape is going to get in your way. There are ways and means that can help you get the results you are after in a very short time.
It would be understandable if you felt that others were throwing too many ideas at you. You need time to process. After all the emotions that came to the surface at this weekend’s Full Moon, you need time off. A major aspect between the Sun and Saturn (presently moving over the base of your solar chart) suggests the need to draw a line in the sand. Post-Wednesday, you need to know exactly what it is that others want to do and the timeline in which they expect things to be accomplished. What you may sense – likely correctly, – is that energy is being squandered. There is simply too much to do in too short a time. You are at your best when allowed to focus and to research. A Leo who, similarly irritated by developments, may have the happy knack of enabling you to face what at times seems unpalatable.
Personal theme: I see!!
Fire sign: November 22 — December 21
Your horoscope for this week:
You’re no control freak and happily leave dull decisions to others; but what you’re currently facing is both complex and crucial. Yes, it’s about tedious facts, then discussing them with those who’ll clarify what you’re committing to. If you’re tempted to put these off, think back to times in the past when you did, and regretted it. The solution? Plunge in, and the sooner, the better.
No matter the opposition, you are determined to reach a career goal. This serious mood is all it will take to overcome the stumbling blocks ahead. Someone you care for won’t share your devotion towards some activities, in which case don’t bore them by bringing them up endlessly in conversations. Be prepared to give some time to a youngster in the family who may need some attention. Cheerfully encourage their interests.
It could be argued that sometimes, all a Sagittarius wants is for someone to play with their fire. You thrive on ideas and possibilities. You want to know that the world is your oyster and that adventure is beckoning; and yet: too much air and you could be exhausted -which is highly likely mid-week. Note that there are important alignments coming up at the end of the month. You’re absolutely right that you need to conserve energy to make the most opportunities headed your way. For now, regulating other people’s enthusiasm could seem an uphill task. You might need to remind them that the past simply can’t be repeated, and that they need to do things differently. That also applies to you! Don’t assume that an old system will still work. You may need to accept, that you moving into the unknown.
Personal theme: I use!!
Earth & cardinal sign: December 22 — January 19
Your horoscope for this week:
Witnessing your carefully organised alliances and the resulting plans come undone may be unsettling, if not upsetting. Yet deep down you’re aware these are a trial run for more far-reaching arrangements in a few months’ time. Knowing that, take a chance, both on people and arrangements. What you learn won’t just be interesting, those insights could be astonishingly inspirational, and possibly result in a thrilling rethink.
Being asked to appear in front of your boss or some other person in power is bound to make you feel nervous. This could relate to your current role, a recent assessment or the possibility of promotion. Whatever the meeting entails, there will be no problems or questions about the standard of your work. Links within the community will keep you on your toes in the evenings and weekends. A long-standing financial or legal problem is about to come to an end.
As you know, yours is one of the earth signs. You have a solid reputation from moving forward prudently and carefully. Over the last 10 years, as Pluto has been moving through your sign, gradually you’ve become more empowered. True, you might also at times have been disillusioned and disgruntled. This week, as Mercury returns to the apex of your solar chart, it’s time to find your voice. You need to make clear where responsibilities lie. It’s highly likely that others want you to take on more. Does this suit your long-term plan? What precisely is your long-term mission statement? Capricorns work best when they have a good team around them. With Mars’ move through Gemini, so much work may be headed your way with no agreed schedule or timeline yet in place. That’s perhaps the big issue that needs to be addressed this week – alongside choosing exactly who you should have on your team.
Personal theme: I know!!
Air & fixed sign: January 20 — February 18
Your horoscope for this week:
You’ll begin this week ready for a few battles, but will end it having fought far more fiercely than you expected and, be far better informed than you realised was necessary. The problem? Once you’ve organised a plan, you prefer to stick with it. While, mostly, that’s wise, at the moment, you’d regret it. If you can’t say an enthusiastic yes to changes, at least explore them.
Plans to take a short journey with someone you love will swiftly enter your mind and then leave it again just as quickly. With all that’s going on at the moment, you might decide travelling will be a waste of time. Even so, there is nothing preventing you from visiting a friend or relative who is currently housebound. Seeing you will make their day. If you know someone isn’t in the mood to listen to you, recognise the wisdom of giving up and waiting for another time to put a vital viewpoint across.
Anticipate being viewed as a key member of a team as the Sun makes fabulous aspect to your ruling planet, Saturn (which you may remember is still passing through your sign). Others will surely look to you to take the lead. It helps that Mercury returns to another of the Air signs and that Mars is travelling through the other Air sign. Mentally you should be flying high. True, that could leave you emotionally vulnerable. Your head and heart work at different paces. Logically you know what needs to be done but then emotions catch up with you. It might help to join forces with a Scorpio or Pisces whose watery base, compensates for the times when you appear super-demanding. This working week is all about pushing forward whilst recognising that some people are still wounded from recent events.
Personal theme: I believe!!
Water sign: February 19 — March 20
Your horoscope for this week:
Of the twelve signs, you’re the most idealistic. This involves matters from your personal life to your more worldly activities. Yet now events are challenging both your convictions and the resulting arrangements. In the past you’ve done nothing, hoping issues would vanish, and they did. Now they won’t. If you can’t commit to those changes, at least begin thinking about it. You’ll be glad you did.
If you’re reluctant to get on with severe affairs and inclined to take a few days off, then do so. It won’t be as if you have nothing to do to fill your off-duty hours. This could be a real family week and will feel emotionally rewarding, especially if you share an activity involving everyone. If you’re looking for a new house or accommodation, you might find exactly the right place you’ve been searching for after taking the advice of a friend.
You should be in demand. Others need oil poured on troubled waters. You perhaps need to do more listening and directing than usual. Anticipate many short journeys. Others need you to pick up pieces – particularly where educational matters are concerned. There’s also the issue of local transport and related difficulties. By mid-week, it would be understandable if you felt that all reserves had been exhausted. Yet don’t underestimate your ability to rise above the waves. You know how to make use of a network. With others wanting to join forces, by Friday, you could have the support that you need while similarly offering that to others. Careerwise, it’s all about who you can and cannot work with. In particular, be prepared for Gemini, Libra and Aquarius colleagues, to ask for assistance.
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