GrannyMoons Weekly Feast: 13 Nov 2022

Happiness is not a brilliant climax to years of grim struggle and anxiety.
It is a long succession of little decisions simply to be happy in the moment.

~J. Donald Walters

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
In many different traditions lighting a candle is a sacred action. It expresses more than words can express. It has to do with gratefulness. From time immemorial, people have lit candles in sacred places. You may want to begin or end your day by the sacred ritual of lighting a candle on this gratefulness. Or you may want to light a birthday candle for a friend. One single guideline is all you need: Slow down and do it with full attention.

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Current Moon Phase: WANING MOON

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

Goddess Aspect: Crone

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

Magickal Attributes: Banishing, Releasing the old, removing unwanted negative energies, wisdom, psychic ability, scrying, reversing circumstances. Workings on this day are for banishing magick, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity, physical and psychic cleansings.

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What’s Happening?!?

Flower of the Month for November: Chrysanthemum
November is National Sweet Potato Awareness Month

Goddess of Cailleach/Samhain runs from 10/31 – 11/27

Celtic Tree Calendar Month ~ October 28th to November 23rd
Broom/Fern/Reed

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

NOVEMBER

NOV. 13: Indian Pudding Day
NOV. 14: Feast of Musicians and Bards – Druid celebration of the Celtic musical arts.
NOV. 14 World Diabetes Day
NOV. 15: National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day. Who knows what lurks at the back of that shelf
NOV. 16: HECATE’S NIGHT The Greek Goddess Hecate/Hekate of Crossroads, often seen with her sacred dogs.
NOV. 16: – Thracian Night of Hecate, Greek Goddess of the Hags or Wisewomen, (later called Witches), her name comes from Heqa-ma’at, a Goddess in the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead who later became Hekmah or Hokmah (also spelled Chokmah) meaning wisdom in the ancient Hebrew Bible (Old Testament). From Heqa-ma’at / Hecate / Hokmah we get the Greek word for wisewoman or holywoman, “hag”. Honoring Hecate – Thracian Goddess of the Moon, Magick, and Witches as the Teacher of the Craft.
NOV. 20: In England, it’s Stir Up Sunday

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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 – Nov 20
WitchCrafting: 1 PM – 3PM – Dec 4
The Herbal Cauldron 1 PM – 3 PM – Dec 11

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

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

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

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

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Learn About Herbs with GrannyMoon!

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

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

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

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

For more info or to join my class, click here!
http://goddessschool.com/Paganstudies/healingarts.html

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


A 13 week course on-line course.
$150.00
Those completing this course will receive a certificate in Natural Magick!

Payment Plan Available
3 payments of $50.00
Payments Plan!
Contact GrannyMoon at:
GrannyMoonsMail@yahoo.com

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The Goddess School Grimoire

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

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

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Llewellyn’s Spell A Day

Celebrate the Festival of Feronia
NOVEMBER 13, 2022 BY ELIZABETH BARRETTE

On this day, the Romans celebrated the Festival of Feronia. They worshipped her as the goddess of the harvest and abundance. They held a fair in her honor, with a market and entertainment. They offered the fruits of the harvest to her in a sacred grove.

This is a good time for a spell of gratitude. If possible, visit a farmers’ market to choose the best offerings from the current harvest. If you have a garden, you can also make offerings of things you have grown. Make an altar covered with an autumn-colored cloth. Place the fruits of the harvest in a cornucopia or basket. Then say:

Feronia, goddess of plenty,
Accept the gifts of my hand.
Thank you for a bountiful harvest
And abundance from the land.

Afterward, you may use the fruits of the harvest to make a sacred feast.
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All Things Shall Be Well
NOVEMBER 12, 2022 BY BARBARA ARDINGER

As we wander through the waning light of November, it’s easy to feel the dark season approaching. While some people are afflicted by seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which leads to depression and similar feelings, it doesn’t have to be that way. We can cheer up. We can be optimistic even as the year’s light fades.

If you’re feeling sad, set comical things on your altar, such as a favorite toy or a picture of a child or a kitten or puppy. As you light a brightcolored candle, repeat the words of Dame Julian of Norwich, a medieval English anchorite. (I’ve added to her words to make this spell.)

All is well.
All things shall be well.
All manner of things shall be well.
All can only be well.

Hold this spell in your heart and repeat it to yourself every morning, every evening, and any other time you’re feeling a bit darkish. (Be sure to extinguish the candle.) We know the light will return. Hold this thought that all can only be well.
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The Power of Giving Service
NOVEMBER 11, 2022 BY SUSAN PESZNECKER

Is there any magic stronger than helping others? I think not. Veterans Day in the United States is a day when we honor those who have served and protected our country. Celebrate this with a ritual of honoring and awareness.

You will need one or two of your favorite tools (shovel, scissors, rolling pin, etc.).

Start in the morning at sunrise. Hold your tools, facing east, and repeat the following:

To those who have served this country, I honor you. To those who serve others every day, even in the simplest of roles, I honor you.

Now take your tools and get to work, making someone’s life a little better
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The Wild Hunt Spell
NOVEMBER 10, 2022 BY JAMES KAMBOS

The Wild Hunt is the Wild Huntsman (the God) and his cavalcade of horsemen who ride across the sky on windy autumn nights. They come from the Otherside to gather the souls of the recently departed. The lesson they teach is about change and transition. Call for their help when you’re afraid to make a change. You’ll need your wish written on plain white paper and one red apple. On a windswept night, hide your wish outside and place the apple on the paper. The apple is your gift to the Huntsmen. As you hide your wish, say:

The riders of the Wild Hunt
ride untamed
Upon night stallions with
flowing manes.
I ask, bring me the change I seek,
Only to you I reveal the secret I keep.

Tell no one about your wish. The next day, if your wish and apple are still there, hide the paper until your change occurs and compost the apple If they’re gone, your wish is already working in the Unseen Realm.
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Float Away Your Troubles
NOVEMBER 09, 2022 BY STEPHANIE ROSE BIRD

This year, a very important Thai festival of lights takes place today. Loy Krathong is a beautiful way of engaging and making offerings to water spirits while doing personal magick. Rivers and waterways are the most appropriate place for your ritual, but some people also use lakes, canals, brooks, and streams. What you will do is write down your trouble(s) and then watch them float away on a candlelit floral vessel.

Make a small boat using a loaf of banana bread or cork as the bottom. Insert your little sheet of paper. Put a votive candle on the base, along with a pretty flower. Wrap the bottom loosely with a banana leaf.

As you watch the vessel float away, imagine the wake bringing you a fresh start. If you need a substitute for the banana leaf, such as a corn husk or palm leaf, that’s okay, but make sure whatever you use is completely biodegradable.
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Eclipse Portal Spell Jar
NOVEMBER 08, 2022 BY ASTREA TAYLOR

During today’s lunar eclipse, the earth will float between the Sun, Mercury, and Venus and the Moon and Uranus. This may cause turbulent emotions, but it can also reveal a unique perspective.

This portal spell jar requires a translucent jar, water, parsley, flower petals, grain, loose change, a magnet, and a fingernail clipping. You will also need paper and a writing utensil.

Under the light of the full moon, combine all the ingredients in the jar except for the water. Write down all of your accomplishments from the past six months and drop the paper in. As you pour water into the jar, consider how your emotions have supported you on this journey.

Catch the moon’s reflection on the surface of the water, then set the jar in the moonlight. Meditate on the future and the successes coming your way.

When you’re done, cap the jar and put it on your altar as a memento of your perseverance and what’s to come.
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Protect Your Sleep
NOVEMBER 07, 2022 BY DALLAS JENNIFER COBB

To cope with stress, we need to protect our sleep. Getting regular, good-quality sleep improves our mood, sharpens the mind, boosts memory, lowers blood pressure, steadies blood sugar levels, and fights germs. Sleep is crucial in healing physical injury and rebuilding muscle tissue.

Turn your bedroom into a sanctuary devoted to sleep. Banish all screens and phones from your room. Make your bed with pretty linens and blankets, lightly scent your pillows and sheets, and create a haven of relaxation. Regularly cast this protection spell:

This bed is for my peaceful sleep, my
ease promoted by scented sheets.
This pillow is to rest my head, I
sleep and dream and heal in bed.
This blanket keeps me safe and warm,
protected from worry, fear, and harm.
This room is my sacred space, I
rest and renew in this place.
I call protection around
my sleep. Blessed be.

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Cloud Meditation

Following a cloud with our eye and drifting through the sky with it can be an easy and relaxing meditation.

Sometimes we can get so wrapped up in our thoughts that we wind up going around and around in circles, finding it difficult to concentrate on things and, because we are so distracted, not really accomplishing much. There may be signals — mental, emotional, or physical — that tell us we need to slow down and relax. Since we are so involved in things that are external to us, however, we may easily overlook what is really going on inside of us. It is during these times that we need to step back from the things that occupy our minds and take a moment to connect with our inner self, giving our minds, bodies, and spirits the time they need to re-energize and heal.

At first it may seem that by taking a break, we may not be as productive as we would initially like. In reality, a healthy period of rest is something that gives us a real sense of the unlimited nature of our true potential. Spending a couple of minutes walking outside, doing a few yoga poses, meditating, or simply becoming attuned to the rising and falling of our breath enables us to let go of our worries. This act brings our focus back to the things that are truly essential for us, such as our sense of oneness with the universe and our inner peace and well-being. As we begin to get in touch with this part of ourselves, we will find that our usual everyday troubles and worries become less critical and that we not only have much more room in our lives to really reflect on the issues that mean the most to us, but we are also able bring a much more positive and healthy outlook to the rest of our lives.

Giving ourselves respite from our daily concerns is like giving a gift to ourselves. By stepping away from the problems that seem to saturate our thoughts, we lessen the weight of our troubles and instead become more receptive to the wisdom and answers the universe has to offer us.

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The Druids Garden
Mapping Your Spiritual Journey

~Dana

One’s spiritual journey is full of so many twists and turns, particularly if you are taking up the druid path. Druidry is a path that really focuses on individual relationships with the living earth, and thus, you will find a tremendous diversity of perspectives, beliefs, and practices. For new druids, the choices may be a bit overwhelming.

In AODA druidry, in particular, it is kind of like a choose-your-own-adventure book–we have a set of core practices and teachings, but most of the major choices about cosmology, diety, and so forth are left up to the individual. And of course, because we focused on place-based, localized, and wildcrafted druidry, the druidry practice of someone like me in the Allegheny Mountains in Western Pennsylvania, USA, is likely to be very different than the practices of someone living in Hawaii or Norway. Thus, in this post, we explore both how to make choices about important things as well as how to chart your overall journey.

But how do you decide what choices to make? And why is it important to take time to take stock in the journey–the journey you have taken and the journey that is still to come? In this post, we explore the idea of mapping your spiritual journey: reasons why you may want to, paths and steps to take, and work to move forward. I also share an upcoming Zoom Workshop on this topic free for anyone to join, hosted by the AODA!

Reflection, the Conscious and Subconscious, and the Path to Individuation
A powerful tool for spiritual growth can be found through reflection and meditation on one’s past experiences leading to the present moment. Reflection allows us to take a breath and a break from the journey. Our legs can grow weary of ever taking us forward. So when we reflect, we take time to think about where we’ve gone, where we are now, and where we might go. We can pause for a time, resting, being, and existing in the moment of our life’s great spiritual journey.

One of the reasons it is important to spend time in reflection is that it better helps us understand how our past experiences shape us, and how we might grow and heal from those experiences and develop wholeness. Carl Jung taught that we essentially have three aspects to our psyche: our ego, our subconscious, and our collective unconscious. Our ego is our personality, our reason and mental faculties, our perceptions, and all of that which we are aware of that make us unique individuals. Our subconscious is all of that which is not conscious but that influences and guides us, and may include our memories, thoughts, feelings, and even repressed or forgotten experiences.

Often, our subconscious drives our behaviors, feelings, and what is made conscious, particularly if we do not address or deal with our past. Thus, it is useful in spiritual work that we work to understand the deepest ways in which we instinctively react–it is often here where spiritual lessons form, and thus, where we can grow and heal.

The third category of consciousness is Jung’s collective unconscious, which is tied to being human–this is where symbols, archetypes, and other cultural and evolutionary conditioning exist and shape us (for example, all humans gravitate toward fire because we evolved with it for millions of years–this is a feature of humanity borne out of the collective unconscious). We won’t be getting into this third category much today, but the other two categories that are personal are quite useful.

Part of what mapping and reflection can do is help us achieve what Jung calls individuation. Jung described individuation as the process that an individual goes through to come to a sense of wholeness and completeness by engaging in various kinds of work (spiritual work, creative work, meditation, etc.) to connect the consciousness with the unconscious. Individuation allows for self-actualization across the different domains of a person, including the physical, mental, philosophical, mystical, and spiritual areas of life.

In the Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus, a text from antiquity that offers a foundation in the occult and hermetic philosophy, it is written “That which Below corresponds to that which is Above, and that which Above corresponds to that which is Below, to accomplish the miracle of the One Thing.” A more modern translation of this ancient text is “as above, so below, as within, so without.” This concept, foundational to the study and practice of much western mysticism and occultism, has many interpretations and translations. We use this doctrine to establish why inner work is a critical goal for any spiritual path, druidry being no exception. Through inner work, such as the meditation practices and related self-focused practices presented here, one can use these tools to help develop spiritually and come into a place of wholeness.

Reflecting on the Journey of the Past
The first step of mapping out your journey is reflecting upon what has happened in the past. The past guides and shapes us, and it is the path we have walked to this present moment. It can be a very useful exercise to actually create a map–a map that helps us understand the twists and turns.

There are a few ways you might approach this work. One is to engage in a series of meditations, free writing, or other methods of exploring a series of related questions about the past you’ve experienced. If you aren’t willing to delve into some of these questions, this might be a place of deep trauma–and maybe at a later point, you will be willing after time has passed and things have healed. Dig into whatever of these questions you think might be useful to you as you begin to map your journey.

Past religious/spiritual experiences. It is useful to consider our past experiences with birth religions or previous religious experiences and how those have shaped our present. For many that are taking up the path of druidry, individuals have deep and complex relationships that are evolving with regard to past religious experiences. You might consider any of the following questions in exploring this aspect of your past:

What was your relationship to religion or spirituality when you were growing up?
How do you feel about that birth religion (or lack thereof) now as you are older?
Has that past relationship (or lack of relationship) affected or shaped your practices now? in what way?
Does the birth religion of your family impact how you are viewed (or have to hide) today as a druid?
Other past experiences and personality:

What other aspects of yourself have been brought into clarity or developed further as part of your spiritual journey?
Do you see synthesis in the various aspects of your life (personal, work, educational, public, community, family)? Do you see disconnections?
What experiences deeply shaped your choice to be a druid?
What experiences deeply shaped who you are as a person? Are these the same as the last question or different?
Who have been important spiritual influences or teachers on your journey? (They don’t have to be spiritual teachers, but something that taught you something)
What places have really been influential on your spiritual journey?
What beings (plants, rivers, people) have been influential on your spiritual journey?
Motivations towards the present: It is useful to think about what currently drew you to the path you are on, and how it is working for you.

What drew you to your current path (whether that is druidry or other neopagan or earth-based path)?
What things are you certain of that you believe? Where are areas that are still evolving or uncertain?
What are your core practices and why do you engage in those practices? How might you see them yet evolving?
How do you define druidry? What does it mean to you?
Inspiration toward the future: It is also helpful to stand in the present moment and think about the future.

What, if anything, do you hope to get out of your current spiritual journey?
What, if anything, do you hope to gain as part of this journey?
Is this path a lifelong path for you, a stop along the journey, unknown, or perhaps something else?
As you are reflecting, this can be helpful for you to take stock of who you were when you started this journey, where you are heading, and the growth you’ve had along the way. The above is particularly helpful for you to dig into the deep past and think about how things have shaped who you are today.

Reflection through Reading Past Spiritual Journals
An alternative approach to this is one you can use if you keep a regular spiritual journal. This approach takes some time but it is very well worth it. In this approach, you take time and space to read through your old spiritual journals. If you have a few journals, this is easy. If you have many, it can be a bit more time-consuming but still worth it. In this case, what you will want to do is get all of your spiritual journals and first put them in order. You will want to read in chronological order. Do this in a quiet setting, maybe with a nice cup of tea or by candlelight. Think about who this person was who wrote it, and where you are now. Consider taking notes–what insights or themes do you see coming forth as you read? What are key shifts you see happening as you go through your journey? This approach is a powerful way to understand your spiritual journey, particularly if you like to journal and use that as a regular record.

I’m an avid journaler, usually filling 1-2 a year. Since I’m nearing year 18 of my druid journey, I had about 30 journals to read in order to do this work. I started reading in Dec 2020, working steadily on it, reading for a few hours a few times a month. I finished almost a year and a day later. A bit part of why it took me so long is that I decided that with 30+ journals, I didn’t want to necessarily read them all again anytime soon, but there was

Mapping the Journey to Come
Reflecting on the past this way allows you to do a few things. First, it allows you to have a sense of how far you have come and there’s a lot of value in really bringing into consciousness your lessons, experiences, and insights that shape who you are as a spiritual being. Knowing who you are and how you’ve gotten here, and spending that time in bringing it into focus, helps you have a sense of what you have accomplished, what you are still working toward, and where you are heading next.

Some people very much appreciate setting goals, setting intentions, and making lists of what they would like to accomplish. Other people find that a little bit of this kind of work is helpful, but that there should also be room for spontaneity and creativity. So I’d say trust your own intuition here–how much you want to plan is really up to you. The other option here is if goals aren’t your style, setting some broader themes can be helpful.

If you are working through a course, like AODA’s curriculum, obviously, it is a good idea to plan for what you need to complete the curriculum. Most people also benefit from at least setting some longer-term goals, themes, or intentions. Goals should be both attainable and challenging in order to grow–set goals that may push you in directions you want to go but that you can actually accomplish as part of your journey. Themes can be more broad, just a sense of what you might want to spend some time on, but keeping what will actually be done or accomplished more nebulous. It can be very helpful for you to put up your goals, intentions, or themes somewhere that you can see regularly.

For me, I always go dark and do a 10-day spiritual retreat in the first part of January. As part of that retreat, I do a variety of different reflective activities, including many described in this post, and then set some goals or intentions moving forward. I do this on a yearly basis, and also take that time to reflect. As you move deeper into your spiritual practice, you may find it helpful to find some kind of regular time to do this too!

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This Distubing Unsolved Mystery From Virginia Will Give You Goosebumps

The year was 1816. A young couple arrived in Virginia after having sailed through the Caribbean. Their ship docked into the Old Town Alexandria port at Prince Street. This well-to-do couple reserved a room at one of the most prestigious accommodations in town, City Hotel (later renamed Gadsby’s Tavern). Only their reason for staying was not one of leisure, but rather urgency – the beautiful woman was deathly ill.

Forever immortalized as the “Female Stranger,” the young woman passed away in the arms of her mourning husband in Alexandria. He commissioned a beautifully elaborate tombstone for her, yet kept her identity a secret. He fled town almost immediately after the death – perhaps all the way to New Orleans. So why was he so determined to keep her a “Female Stranger” and not reveal her name? Was the mourning just a ploy so that he could quickly escape town? These are questions without answers, yet there is plenty of speculation.

Today, the grave of the Female Stranger can be found at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Alexandria, Virginia. This historical Episcopalian Church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places because it’s one of the earliest instances of Gothic Revival style architecture. But many of the church visitors are more concerned with its graveyard and one particularly cryptic tombstone.

This odd and unusual gravesite has attracted visitors for years. The poetic inscription, pictured above, gives us but little detail of who this woman was. We know that she was just shy of 24 years old, and passed away in her “disconsolate” husband’s arms. The last stanza of the poem, beginning with “How loved, how honor’d” is a tribute to a poem by Alexander Pope.

The site of this tragic young death allegedly occurred in Room 8 of the present-day Gadby’s Tavern. Apparently, the husband was so distraught that he slammed the door, turning the number 8 sideways into what appeared to be an infinity symbol. This room has since become another tourist attraction, as well as a speculated site for hauntings. The Tavern is located in Old Town Alexandria and was constructed in 1785. It its early days, the Tavern entertained prestigious guests such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and Andrew Jackson.

According to the story, room eight was located directly above the Tavern’s ballroom. While there may have been dancing and merriment within the Tavern, the outlook for the Female Stranger was grim. She had to be carried into the room due to her declining health. For three weeks, the only ones to see the ailing lady were her husband, the valet, and a doctor. (Above photograph courtesy of the Gadsby’s Tavern Musuem, demonstrating a ballroom reenactment).

In her final hours, those who had helped the couple were sworn under oath never to reveal their identities. When she finally passed away on October 14th, her husband fled town immediately. He failed to pay the hotel bill, the doctor’s bill, and it was later discovered that the money he had put towards this elaborate table-top gravestone was counterfeit. He had payed $1,500 for the site, which would be equivalent to $25,000 today. No one knows how he could have acquired this amount of fake bills.

So who could this woman have possibly been? One of the most popular speculations is that she was Theodosia Burr Alston (portrait above), the daughter of Aaron Burr. Theodosia was said to have disappeared at sea during the War of 1812. Another theory suggests she was British royalty who had eloped with a commoner. Some even believe that the woman was actually Napoleon Bonaparte dressed in disguise! To this day, her identity and the reason for her husband’s quick disappearance remain a mystery.

If you pass through Alexandria today, you can learn more about this unsolved story by taking a Colonial Graveyard Tour. Intrigued by Virginia’s mysteries? You’ll want to read up on this other fascinating unsolved mystery in Virginia.

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Gua Sha For Headaches?
ANDREW WEIL, M.D.

It might. A therapy of traditional Chinese medicine, gua sha is a centuries-old healing technique used to treat chronic pain. During treatment, a trained professional uses a smooth-edged tool to stroke and scrape your skin. The goal is to increase circulation in the soft tissue. Practitioners believe that gua sha can also address stagnant qi — universal life energy — and improve its flow throughout the body, reducing inflammation and promoting healing.

Some studies have examined the possible health benefits of gua sha. For example, in 2011, a randomized controlled trial looked at its effects on 48 people with chronic neck pain. Half were treated with gua sha; those in the control group were treated with a heating pad. The researchers found that the participants who received gua sha had significant resolution of their pain and improvements in their quality of life a week later, compared with those in the control group. Other case studies of individual patients suggest that gua sha is associated with reduction of migraine, decreased liver inflammation, and benefits in addressing other conditions, but more research is needed.

During treatment with gua sha, the practitioner — often a Chinese medicine practitioner, acupuncturist, or massage therapist —applies oil or balm to your skin. They then run the gua sha tool, which may be made of jade, stone, plastic, metal, or another substance, over the affected areas on your body. If you are receiving gua sha for musculoskeletal pain, the practitioner may focus on your back, neck, buttocks, arms, or legs and use deep, scraping pressure in a downward motion. On the head or face, the strokes will likely be lighter and less intense. The pressure of gua sha can result in broken capillaries and bruising. While this may appear alarming, it is temporary.

Andrew Weil, M.D.

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Using CBD Oil For Pain Relief?
ANDREW WEIL, M.D.

CBD stands for cannabidiol, one of the major constituents of cannabis. CBD products are made from industrial hemp and come in various forms. Although hemp and cannabis are in the same plant species, CBD oil for pain products now on the market contain less than 0.3 percent THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the cannabis compound that gets you high. CBD oil can be mixed into food, either straight or diluted with cooking oil, or it can be heated and its vapors inhaled. You can buy CBD in capsules, liquids, gummies, and sublingual sprays, and it is added to tea, coffee, and smoothies. Business experts estimate that the market for CBD oil for pain products will reach more than $2 billion in consumer sales in the U.S. within the next four years.

In June 2018, the FDA approved the drug Epidiolex, an oral preparation of pure CBD for treatment of two rare and severe forms of epilepsy in children. The drug is made by the GW Pharmaceutical Company and was tested in three randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials, including 516 patients. It was found to be effective in reducing the frequency of seizures.

A number of states have legalized the sale of CBD oil for pain, which is being used (and studied) for a range of health problems:

Stress
Anxiety
Joint pain
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Menstrual cramps
Nausea
Insomnia
Addiction
Autism
Multiple sclerosis
Other autoimmune disorders, as well as schizophrenia.

The oil also may have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. We do not yet know if it is effective for any conditions other than certain seizure disorders in children. Nor do we know optimal doses to use in treatments. Side effects associated with CBD use can include fatigue, diarrhea and changes in appetite and weight.

You should also be aware that while CBD oil may help relieve cancer pain, we have no evidence that it is useful for treatment of cancer itself, despite the many claims that it is. In 2017, the FDA issued warning letters to companies marketing CBD oil products, which the manufacturers claimed could prevent, diagnose, treat, or cure cancer.

Buying CBD oil for pain online is problematical. A study from the University of Pennsylvania published in 2017 found that nearly 70 percent of products sold online do not contain the concentration of the oil listed on the label. The researchers bought and analyzed 84 products from 31 different companies and found that more than 42 percent were under-labeled, meaning that they contained more CBD than indicated. Another 26 percent were over-labeled, with less CBD than indicated. The researchers wrote that while studies haven’t shown that too much CBD can be harmful, products containing too much or too little may not give purchasers the effects they seek. In addition, the team reported that a number of products analyzed contained a significant amount of THC, which can cause undesired effects.

Source:
Marcel O. Bonn-Miller et al, “Labeling Accuracy of Cannabidiol Extracts Sold Online.” JAMA, November 7, 2017 doi:10.1001/jama.2017.11909

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Kitty Kat’s Korner
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Signs of Jealousy in Cats

Typical “jealous” behaviors include hissing, growling, and swatting at the object that the cat is jealous of, such as your cell phone while you are holding it. Jealous cats may also intrude on your personal space while you are holding a new baby or video game controller. They may attempt to sit on your lap while you cuddle with your significant other instead of them.

A jealous cat can be more aggressive and start scratching or biting. It may also lead to destructive behavior, including chewing or shredding furniture, curtains, and other items. Objects sitting on a countertop or table, such as a drinking glass or decoration, may be knocked over or broken as well.

In some cases, cats may begin urinating outside of the litter box to make a point. Urine marking is one of the most problematic and frustrating behaviors for cat owners. Not only is it a sign that something is wrong with your cat, but it is difficult to clean and eliminate the odor, which can lead to continued marking.

Some cats will simply spray onto walls and other vertical surfaces. Others will squat and make urine puddles outside their litter boxes. This may be random items like sofas or plastic bags, or the item they’re jealous of. Sometimes, the target may be an object the animal or person they are jealous of uses regularly. For instance, if your cat is envious of the new dog, it may mark the dog’s bed.

How to Stop Jealous Behavior
It can be difficult to manage jealousy in a cat, but there are things you can do to eliminate or lessen the unwanted behaviors.

Determine the Trigger
The first thing you need to do is determine what exactly is provoking these behaviors. Once you figure out the cause of the jealousy, you can address the problem. Ask yourself what has changed in your home:

Did someone new move in?
Did you recently bring home a new baby or pet?
Are you spending more time doing something you didn’t do before?
Has your cat’s favorite spots in the house been disturbed?

Spend More Time With Your Cat
The easiest way to decrease jealous behavior in your cat is to simply spend more time with it. The extra attention can usually curb bad behavior and there are many ways you can do this:

Get a few interactive toys, such as feather wands and laser pointers, that allow you to play with your feline friend.

Make it a point to seek out and pet your cat when you come home or anytime you have a free moment.

Cuddle with your cat on the sofa or bed and give it your undivided attention for a few minutes.

Offer your cat treats when it shows good behavior.
Brown and white cat playing with multi-colored string cat toy

Give Your Cat Personal Space
Many cats really like their own personal space. If you have introduced a new family member—whether a person or animal—you may have inadvertently taken away from your cat’s established area.

To correct this, give your cat a place to call its own again. This may mean moving the new pet’s feeding station to another room or giving your cat a new perch where it can observe the family undisturbed. Make sure your cat’s favorite toys are not available to the newcomer as well.

When it’s a new person in the home, try to keep their personal belongings out of places your cat previously claimed. It can also be helpful to have that person interact with the cat in or near that location.

Teach Your Cat to Accept It
If you cannot completely avoid the person, pet, or item that is the subject of your cat’s jealousy, work on helping your cat adjust to the change. You can reward your cat with treats, praise, attention, and petting when it is near the object or person, for example. It’s also good to incorporate your cat into the change whenever possible.

For example, hold the new baby while also petting or playing with your cat. Have your significant other give your cat treats and feed them at mealtime. You can also feed the cat before a new pet to establish priority and rank within the household.

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Georgia Nicols Weekly Horoscope:Sunday,
Weekly Horoscope: Sunday, November 13, 2022


All Signs
This is a tricky week. Some wonderful planetary influences will encourage and help you to work hard and be productive. You’ll shine! Note: Get credit for what you do! However, there does exist some counteractive influences that will encourage some people to steal your light and perhaps even work against you. Therefore, your best option this week is to work as independently as possible. Steer your own ship. Hang out with people who have your best interests at heart. Be watchful. And if you think something fishy is going on – it is! Life is too short for boxed wine and people who don’t have your back. Amen.

Aries (March 21-April 19)
With Mars in your House of Communications, you have been gangbusters on a daily basis since mid-August. Lots of energy to burn to get things done! You’ve also been effective in working and talking to others. Oh yes, you’re PowerPoint on steroids. However, now that Mars is retrograde, the shine of your communications has dimmed. Nevertheless, you can still attract money, favours and help from others this week. Do not let power struggles at home and possibly with your kids, hold you back. You’ve earned all the help you can get, so take the money and run. Ka-ching!

Taurus (April 20-May 20)
This is a popular time for you, which means you are enjoying seeing friends as well as interacting with clubs and organizations. In fact, these interactions can favourably influence you to modify future goals. (Keep that in mind.) Right now, your involvement with spouses, partners and close friends is important. Fortunately, things are supportive. Nevertheless, do not let your relations with those who are closest to you be threatened by siblings, relatives, neighbours or a family member. Step back so that you have enough space to function in your closest partnerships. Avoid negative influences. Keep the air around you fresh and clean!

Gemini (May 21-June 20)
You might feel a bit stalled in the water because Mars is retrograde in your sign. Fear not, it’s there, but it’s subtle. It’s not a big deal. You simply have to recalibrate your expectations of yourself and others. Cut yourself some slack. In fact, give yourself a pat on the back for what you do accomplish. (“It’s hard out there without your towel.”) Ironically, this week, you are all systems go because you will be productive, and coworkers will be supportive. Don’t let financial restraints, or someone who holds the purse strings, or siblings and relatives, create problems for you. You don’t need this. Go with what works and steer clear of negative energy that might get in your way. (“Where is my huff? I know I brought it with me, and now I must leave.”)

Cancer (June 21-July 22)
It’s important for you to remain independent this week. Do your own thing. Trust your judgment. This is a lovely week to enjoy schmoozing with others, and checking out music, the theatre and the arts, as well as exciting sports events and fun times with children. Romance is also favoured! Yes, all these enjoyable experiences are possible for you. Accept invitations from positive people whom you trust. The trick is to avoid power struggles, especially those that are work-related. And also, stop being your own worst critic. Don’t listen to that voice that says you don’t deserve this much fun. You do!

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
Family relations and events happening with your home, will be positive this week. You’ll be pleased with home repairs that get done. You might tweak your digs and redecorate a bit. (After all, Leos are royalty and their home is their castle.) It’s a great week to entertain at home especially Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. (So many opportunities to share good food and drink during lively conversation with friends!) Nevertheless, you have a generous heart and you do things in a grand style. Don’t let yourself be exploited by others. Avoid takers or those who are envious of you. But don’t let this stop you from being a host to those who are grateful for your company and generosity. Your enthusiasm is contagious!

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
This is an optimistic, upbeat week for you! You’re keen to travel, take short trips and talk to others. Many of you are writing and studying more than usual or taking courses because this is an excellent time to learn something. You also have a busy schedule with errands, appointments and visits with siblings and relatives. Oh yeah, you’re on the go! Enjoy this busy pace! Enjoy talking to others and don’t let anyone else rain on your parade. Avoid a power struggle with a friend or member of a group. Someone or something behind the scenes might try to guilt trip you. Hey, you’re entitled to your own happiness. You are entitled to make your own decisions. And yes, you’re entitled to your guilty pleasures.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
Rewarding news! Encouraging events related to your job or your work might boost your income. Or perhaps, you are making an exciting purchase related to your job, possibly your health? Whatever the case, you are pleased with financial news this week; and it feels good to have bucks in jeans. Nevertheless, a parent or an authority figure might give you some static or try a power struggle with you. Possibly a friend or a member of a group will throw shade on your plans? Don’t let this hold you back. This is the year for you to improve your existing job or get a better job and make more money – so do it. You deserve this.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
You are empowered because as this week begins, the Sun, Mercury and Venus are in your sign. As the week progresses, you will attract money to you, and probably spend it on beautiful things for yourself and loved ones. (So what? You know what you’re doing.) Meanwhile, avoid power struggles about controversial subjects or something to do with travel plans, publishing, the media or the law. You might even encounter a dispute about a pet or your health. Don’t let this get to you! Whether, it’s an authority figure or someone else who tries to bring you down – avoid these people. Stick with people who are truly on your side.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
This week things are relatively low key for you. Enjoy peace and quiet. Nevertheless, this is also a positive week and an excellent time for you to make future plans, especially setting goals for your personal year ahead (birthday to birthday). Avoid power struggles about money, cash flow, salaries and potential purchases. You don’t need this. Likewise, responding to controversial subjects (perhaps on Facebook?) might depress you. Optimism and physical activity are survival issues for Sagittarians. It’s important for you to maintain a positive frame of mind and believe that something better is just around the corner. Protect your sunny heart. (Hope is the feeling you have that the feeling you have isn’t permanent.)

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
You are enjoying dealing with friends and groups, especially in your community, because you like to make a positive difference in the lives of others. Right now, you have a chance to do this. In particular, you might work with younger, creative people. Don’t worry if your energy at work is less or their energy is less – it’s just what’s happening. Meanwhile, it so happens this is an excellent time you to set goals. And your enthusiasm this week will contribute to and shape your ideas for your long-term future. However, you might get ambushed by someone. This person could be a neighbour or relative, sibling or someone in a bank or someone with whom you do business or share property? Steer clear of negative vibes! Protect yourself.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
You continue to look great to others because a handful of planets are at the top of your chart, which makes you look competent, especially in the eyes of authority figures. Enjoy this great press! Use it to go after what you want. But be aware that there might be people out there who are jealous. Or perhaps you will encounter power struggles with partners, close friends, even your kids. Don’t let this break your stride because if you can distance yourself from negative energy, this is a very strong week for you. Don’t worry about getting your ducks lined up in a row. Now is the time to go after what you want. Don’t listen to conservative cautions. Hey – a bird in the hand is messy!

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
This is a positive week for you, and many of you are already starting to see that you’re getting richer. “Come to mama! Baby needs a new pair of shoes!” Believe in your ability to boost your earnings because it exists. You have a lot of watery, touchy-feely energy that taps into the energy of the universe. No question. Therefore, it’s important for you to stay positive and believe in yourself to make the Law of Attraction work for you. (You know this.) Do not listen to the naysayers this week, because they will be lurking. This is your best chance in over a decade to earn more money or attract financial good fortune to you. Believe in yourself. He who hesitates is miles from the next exit.

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Weekly Horoscopes beginning Sunday, 13 November 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.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Little is more annoying than making decisions, only to discover they must be changed, often within days. Currently, however, life’s about what you experience and who you meet. Once you’re focusing on that, you’ll be thrilled by the options that come your way this week. While final decisions need to wait, you’re urged to declutter your life, saying farewell to increasingly unrewarding passions or arrangements.

You’re more restless than usual even though you are doing your best to hide it from someone who is trying to concentrate. You’re hoping they won’t ask for your help because you aren’t in the mood for complex tasks. If you get the choice you will catch up on simple jobs that can be finished easily and quickly. The idea of keeping to your usual routine won’t exactly fill you with joy so aim to deal only with those chores that really must be done. Do all you can to find some light-hearted fun.

You have a wonderful ability to make things happen. For the first half of this week, a charm offensive should leave you positioned to do exactly what you want to do. As both Mercury and Venus move over into another of the Fire signs (Sagittarius) midweek, you could then take off at speed on a commercial adventure. This really is just the start of something big. True, Mars is still retrograde and moving through the communications zone of your solar chart. It might seem that too many people are speaking with forked tongue. Yet by forming an alliance with someone skilled at deciphering motivation (perhaps a Scorpio), you could position yourself well: giving rise to celebration early next week.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Usually, planning ahead is wise. However, between last week’s Taurus eclipsed Full Moon, and your ruler Venus’s powerful link to fortunate Jupiter this week, the accent is on excitement and the unexpected. The secret? Explore everything, focusing on what you’re learning and who you’re meeting, not finalising plans. Better yet, you’ll be able to spot which elements of your life might need to become part of the past.

You won’t be pleased with the way someone you work with is ignoring their responsibilities. Discovering yet another batch of neglected tasks will be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. Your intention now will be to devote time to catching up on all these neglected odds and ends. A discussion with your boss will result in some big changes taking place in the workplace and a swap around of roles. You will get the chance to follow your own interests as the week ends.

Looked at from a distance, it might seem that others have put a key in your back. This does not leave you powerless. Aware of what’s expected, and using the energy provided by Uranus travelling through your sign, you could still manoeuvre situations so that matters are concluded to your satisfaction. A series of promising aspects that conclude as the Moon reaches the base of your solar chart, suggests much for you to play for. Hopefully you will soon have something major to celebrate. The art is surely to ensure that administration is up-to-date given the very strong likelihood of an increased workload headed your way. It appears that an idea that’s been in your research and development department for some time, is now ready for launch.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

The foundation on which certain arrangements are based is shifting. While this means changes, some dramatic, are inevitable, the timing is right. This is building up to the heightened feelings and insights triggered by the Gemini Full Moon on 8 December. The more you let go of now, the freer you’ll be to respond to the thrilling ideas, offers and encounters that come your way then.

Efficiency is the name of the game. You may have been persuaded recently to let duty take a back seat but now you’ll be in the mood to get into the swing of things once again. Your main aim is to clear the decks where outstanding chores are concerned. Energy levels should be high and you can expect a pleasingly constructive few days. You are fully intent on making as much progress as you possibly can in either your business or personal affairs or both.

Yes, Mars is still retrograde in your sign and yes, negotiations likely continue to offer a bumpy ride. Work could be super hard. It might also be the kind of challenge in which you thrive. This would be an excellent time for research. Truth will, of course, come out and a major issue this week may gathering of facts and displaying these for all to see after both Mercury and Venus arrive in your opposite sign mid-week. True, you could close the week exhausted. Archiving, enumerating and general organisation is not a Gemini strong point. Yet there is every likelihood that to push forward with a career objective, you need to show that there are no skeletons in your cupboard and that nothing has been swept under the carpet.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

However, many questions you ask, the direction changes are going will remain unclear until early in the new year. What and, in some cases, who you eliminate from your life now and over the coming weeks is preparing you for the breakthroughs, personal and involving others, triggered by the Cancer Full Moon on 6 January. Until then, focus on what, and who, should become part of the past.

You’ve been honest and open with a friend and you have discussed some very private issues recently. Something will prompt you to bring down the shutters. Although such meaningful conversations will have helped towards establishing a lasting bond between you, you aren’t happy about revealing any more. If you choose the end of the week to do a little shopping, you may end up spending a lot more than you intended.

It’s time for a rethink. With Mars retrograde in neighbouring Gemini, and a last Quarter Moon in operation, it’s time to review the last couple of years and how you’ve self-invested. This is likely imperative. It seems a swathe of work is headed your way from mid-week. This isn’t a bad thing: it could be that others are only now realising the value of the ideas you’ve presented since 2020. Though true, you might wonder even now if you have sufficient expertise (but probably have). You are at least a half mile ahead of others. What you also have in abundance is a willingness to listen to others and to their experiences. It’s long been recognised that those of your sign are good at husbanding. Just how brilliant you are pulling together resources and bringing out the best in others should be obvious. Hopefully, by the time Jupiter stations in another of the Water signs next week, that expertise will be recognised and rewarded.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Currently you’re juggling a range of appealing but tricky ideas or offers. The real problem is that with the foundation on which they’re based shifting, even simple arrangements are subject to change. The good news? These are forcing you to, at long last, acknowledge certain increasingly burdensome elements of your life must go, and ideally soon. They’re clearing the way for magical, if unexpected ideas, offers and encounters.

For one reason or another, you might expect to spend plenty of time either at home or dealing with matters connected to your family. It should be particularly easy to please those you live with when the emphasis is on peace and co-operation between you and those closest to you. If there is something you have been intending to buy for the home, you might find a good bargain if you keep an eye on an online auction site.

True, you might still experience moments of despair and wonder if certain issues will ever resolve; but the planets though move on. Yes, you might need to dig even further into resources at the last Quarter Moon in your sign mid-week. It’s then though, that the planetary energies change almost instantly. With both Mercury and Venus arriving in the key research and development area of your solar chart, something that’s been a hobby could yet turn into something much, much more. Anticipate increased contact with those who live and work far away. At least one of these could turn into a commercial venture. It’s even possible you will have something to celebrate early next week. What seems likely, is that you have to consider travel and breaking out of a comfort zone -something that should be easier to accomplish after Jupiter stations next week.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

After weeks of exciting but exhausting ideas and encounters, you’re eager to turn what’s come your way into solid arrangements. With both Venus and your ruler Mercury moving to accent exactly such matters midweek, first focus on what can go. That done, shift to learning all you can about what’s on offer. Next, make plans, ideally, in detail. Still, ensure they’re flexible.

It is said that necessity is the mother of invention and that could certainly be the case for you as the week begins. A pressing need to get a job completed could mean you will be putting an inventive spin on this task. Trying to get a message to someone or to make others understand what you’re driving at in discussions will have your imagination blooming. Don’t be afraid of using unusual ways to get results.

You could as they say, worry yourself into a grave. Is there any point? True, you be mid-week super anxious at the start of this week and wonder if you’ve made a bad call or undervalued something that was, and perhaps still is, very important. Yet relieved of that pressure, taking on new challenge should be pleasurable. Mid-week both Mercury and Venus arrive at the base of your solar chart. This is an excellent time of year asset management. Reviewing your very many gifts and experiences, might yet lead to a commercial plan that has legs. Next week, Jupiter stations in your opposite sign and with that comes the promise of developing an alliance that takes you off on a new business adventure. This week seems to be about first decluttering both your mind and space, then making tentative enquiry, and finally preparing then a further negotiation next week.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

By no means are you narrow-minded. Still, while you’re facing pivotal decisions, as is the case now, you want clear cut facts so you can make lasting plans. However, with the foundation on which they’re based shifting, even simple arrangements are best regarded as a trial run. Actually, that’s timely, because it frees you to rethink things as circumstances and, in fact, your priorities evolve.

Don’t be in too much of a rush to tie yourself down and commit time and energy to other people’s plans. As much as friends and workmates will welcome your help, a touch of independence and full consideration of what you’re getting into will serve you well. So, if others around you seem tied up with their own interests, don’t worry. You will be happy in your own company. Have you just started dating someone new? They will have hidden depths. Go out of your way to discover them.

Balance is essential for Libra well-being – but not always easy to achieve. It may be that financially you’re out of whack. Focus is now essential. View Wednesday’s Last Quarter Moon as a marker for putting your affairs in order. It would be wise to do this given that both Mercury and Venus then move into Sagittarius – where eventually they will oppose retrograde Mars. Dealings are set to become complicated. With colleagues moving on, changes in your local environment and unease about travel and communication issues generally, you will need to have all wits about you. Challenging as it might initially appear, a space-clearing exercise toward the end of the week could yet yield fabulous reward. The key word is ‘fabulous’. You might even have a commercial opportunity to celebrate early next week. It seems likely that this will involve people who live and work in very different cultures to your own.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Everybody loves the idea of an irresistible offer or opportunity appearing from nowhere. However, when that happens now and over the coming weeks, you’ll be both excited and concerned by the lack of solid facts. This is one of those periods when life’s as much about having faith in destiny as seeking something reliable. Take a chance. Plunge in. You’re unlikely to regret it.

Additional responsibilities at work will bring in more pay so this is not an opportunity you will turn down. For although it is likely to be only temporary, it will make a positive difference to your money situation. A degree of luck is in the air. You might even be tempted to take a few calculated risks, knowing that you have an above average chance of doing okay. Just don’t get carried away.

It would be unsurprising if all eyes weren’t when you at the start of the week. It seems you have information that others deem valuable. You might worry if, in giving it to them, you’re misplacing it. That is likely to be followed mid-week by realisation that you’ve moved a small step up the career ladder but with that are now ethically challenged. As Mercury and Venus tumble on into Sagittarius, expect the drive for truth and quality information to increase substantially. Others might require you to ask questions and probe in areas in which they feel unfamiliar. Your statue should grow as a result. Hold the thought too, that in an area once regarded as a hobby, that your natural talent is recognised: leading to tentative enquiries about your availability and interest in moving from amateur to professional status.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

While you’ve achieved a lot recently, the focus has been on dull people and tasks. However, these are preparing you for the thrilling and often unexpected period that begins next week, when the Sun’s move into Sagittarius, plus its stunning link to your ruler Jupiter, triggers ideas, offers and encounters far beyond anything you’d imagined possible. For now, you’ve all the more reason to focus on those tasks.

A recent mistake might cause you to revise your views and values. Your attitude to some areas is changing and you will be giving a lot of thought to your commitments. So, if you are thinking of making any changes, these won’t be spontaneous decisions. They will be carefully thought through. You might also want to discuss some ideas with a practical friend. Although you might not agree with everything, they say they will help you see things from different perspectives.

Yours is one of the Fire signs: you instinctively know how to embrace the moment. However, it would be wise before Mercury and Venus into your sign mid-week, to take a long call hard look at your career and where it’s headed. Before you seize on the opportunities that will surely present after Jupiter stations next week, you need to know exactly where you presently stand. Give careful thought as to whether or not someone has put the key in your back. It may be that you’ve been manipulated. True, it could be that health matters have taken priority and that scope for action has been limited. Anticipate that the rules of the game are about to change. In particular, between Tuesday’s Last Quarter Moon and the New Moon next week, it would serve you well to put together a plan that’s ready to implement once Jupiter stations on 24th.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

It’s a tricky period for you, mostly because others are in charge of a range of situations and you’re unsure they’ll make wise decisions. If not, regard this as preparation of the cycle that begins in about a month’s time, when your sign Capricorn begins to shine; and for now? Focus on what’s on its way out. Learn from this, in terms of what worked and what didn’t.

People you meet will be full of advice about money, family and work matters even when you haven’t requested it. You have a practical head on your shoulders so you really don’t need to listen. In fact, it could be that you might teach them a thing or two when it comes to finances. As the week ends you may decide to push routine chores aside in favour of new projects that appear far more interesting.

Those of your sign usually have the happy knack of getting others to work to your bidding. Anticipate some resistance around Wednesday’s Last Quarter Moon however. It could be that more than one person feels the need to throw a scene. You could recoil or head off in another direction, but eventually these difficulties have to be faced. Remember that Jupiter has been retrograde for some weeks. That situation will change on 24th. Before then, reassessing exactly where you are, where you’ve been, and why a team is working quite as it should would surely be a good use of your energy. Recall too, that Mars is still retrograde. Wires remain crossed. It could be some weeks yet before they’re totally unentangled. The art may be to show those in charge that you can deal with mess – and with tantrums – if necessary.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

After lots of discussion about potential changes in elements of your life, nothing has changed. While, understandably, you’re impatient, certain elements of the world around you need to change as well. However, these are unlikely to take place until the new year. For now? There’s plenty to let go of. You know what it is. Don’t wait. The sooner you do it, the better.

If you’re thinking about applying for a loan or mortgage, take your time and look into all the different options. A desire to be someplace other than anywhere familiar may reach epic proportions. It may be necessary to talk someone close into falling in with your wishes to travel. Start your gentle persuasion as soon as the week begins and you should get their willing agreement to go on a trip on the weekend.

Take care that you’re not accused of throwing your toys out of the pram midweek. True, you may have every reason to be exasperated by the behaviour of others. There is a fractured feel to the middle of the week that will require careful negotiation. Yet soon after Wednesday’s Last Quarter Moon, both Mercury and Venus move into one of the Fire signs. Yours is an air sign. Fire thrives on oxygen. Others need you. It wouldn’t be so surprising if they brought many problems to your door and yes. of course, that may be irritating. That though is temporary. This is money in the bank for later. Identifying weakens – not from the point of view of exploitation – but where you could usefully join forces and become a formidable alliance, should be one of this week’s gifts.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

In late October, the fortunate Jupiter moved into Pisces, triggering a period of growth and good fortune. While it was easily recognisable, other events and encounters are less clear cut, and a few seem a distraction from existing plans or goals. Still, at least explore these. Once you’ve learnt more about what they offer and the people involved, you won’t hesitate for even a moment.

After a busy week, you might want to slow down and enjoy the pleasures of life. Those who know you best will be swift to catch your mood and may come up with a surprise or two on how to get the most out of the time you spend together. Your sensitivity will serve you well as will an astonishing ability to understand what others are saying to you without them having to go into lengthy explanations.

Take care that you’re not accused of being a drama queen mid-week. The Last Quarter Moon is in Leo. True, this is not your sign, but those of your sign do have a reputation for reacting to fiery Leo. You perhaps like dressing up and playing a new role. Just take care that you’re not manipulated into playing a role. There is high probability that someone is abusing your expertise. That needs to stop. By the time that both Mercury and Venus arrive at the apex of your solar chart mid-week, it’s time to take back control. That doesn’t mean adding yet another pot to your stove (accepting more responsibility) and squandering energy. Rather than having too many irons in the fire, you need to show that you have good thermostatic control. To that end, it might be useful to join forces (most likely with a Virgo, who could help discriminate) and choose between which pan (project) needs full attention and when.

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