GrannyMoons Weekly Feast: 20 Nov 2022

NOV. 23: NEW MOON in Sagittarius

As we grow as unique persons, we learn to respect
the uniqueness of others. ~Robert H. Schuller

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

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

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Current Moon Phase: WANING MOON

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 – November 24 To December 23 – Elder

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

NOVEMBER
NOV. 20: In England, it’s Stir Up Sunday

Week 3. National Farm-City Week
NOV. 21: Great American Smokeout

NOV. 22: Night Of Shiva —Family feast day honoring Shiva as the Pillar of Light/the life-force as the Infinite Light, with oil lamps and candlelight.

NOV. 22: Roman Festival of Diana: Goddess of Moon, Hunt, Wilderness, Birth. – Festival of Diana aka Artemis – Roman Goddess of Moon, Hunt, Wilderness, Birth

NOV. 22: Feast of Weyland – Norse God of the Smiths aka Volund

NOV. 24: Feast Of Sekhmet; Egyptian Goddess Of War And Healing. A powerful Woman.

NOV. 24: Feast of the Burning Lamps, Egyptian festival

NOV. 23: NEW MOON in Sagittarius

NOV. 23: National Eat a Cranberry Day. (Who can stop with just one?)

NOV. 24: Yes, it is—Thanksgiving!

NOV. 26: National Cake Day

Week 4. National Family Week

NOV. 27: Uma/Parvati Day—honoring the Goddess as Queen and Mother of the Universe.

NOV. 29: Egyptian Feast of Hathor—honoring the Goddess as Horned Mother, and also as Sekhmet, the Lion Goddess of the Sun, and as Bastet, the Cat Goddess of Fertility and Life—Triple Goddess Bast-Hathor-Sekhmet.

NOV. 30: John Mason of New York City, patented the Mason jar on November 30 1858, and changed homemakers’ food preservation habits forever.

Navajo Night Chant – The Navajo Night Chant also referred to as the Yeibicheii Ceremony, is a healing ceremony that happens in late fall or early winter and extends for nine nights.

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Face to Face Workshops with GrannyMoon at Sticks and Stones
Join us at https://www.meetup.com/Witchy-Wednesdays

WitchCrafting: 1 PM – 3PM – Dec 4
The Herbal Cauldron 1 PM – 3 PM – Dec 11
The Magick of Crystals: 12 PM – 2 PM – Dec 18

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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 online 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

All Students Welcome!
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

Honoring TDoR Vigil
BY LAURA TEMPEST ZAKROFF

November 20 is Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR), an observance that honors the memory of the transgender people whose lives have been lost in acts of antitransgender violence. Healing isn’t just for the living; we can do work that aids those who have passed on as well, whether we knew them or not, through vigils and similar rituals.

For TDoR, the vigil typically includes lighting a candle and reciting a list of names of all those lost in the past year. Look up those names (visit https://www.glaad.org/tdor) and prepare a white candle to burn on your altar. A contained tealight or glass votive will both work well. Light the candle, say the names, and pass along this message:

To those who have been lost,
you are not forgotten.
May this light be a beacon of hope
that shines in all dark places,
Guiding all to deeper
understanding and compassion.
Blessed be your spirit!
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Heal a Broken Heart
BY TESS WHITEHURST

Grief and heartbreak cannot be rushed. Still, you can magically bolster the heart-healing process by cutting cords of attachment to your former partner and removing unhelpful patterns from your energy field and subconscious.

Today, add 1/4 cup rose water to a warm bath along with 1/4 cup sea salt and a rose quartz. Swirl the water in a counterclockwise direction to dissolve the salt. Light an unscented or rosescented soy candle and get into the bath. As you soak, call on the goddess Aphrodite. Speak words from your heart about why you are asking for her help. Tell her how you’ve been feeling and ask that she clear and dissolve any remaining energetic connections to your former partner. Also ask that she remove any unhealthy relationship patterns or patterns of negative self-talk from your mind, spirit, and aura. Relax and imagine soft pink light healing and restructuring your heart and emotions on every level of your being. Thank the goddess before getting out of the tub.
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Daily Spiritual Alignment
BY RAVEN DIGITALIS

Many Witches and other spiritual folks around the world practice daily rituals, prayers, meditations, and other activities that help them align with Spirit (in whatever form) and get through the day.

In addition to any morning routines you may have established, consider using a natural ink, pen, or marker to bless your physical body. Mark areas that will be later hidden by clothing.

Each magickal practitioner feels aligned with particular things. Everyone is unique. Think about the symbols that resonate with you personally, based on your own pantheon, interests, and spiritual callings.

As you mark each place on your body with a chosen sacred symbol, say an affirmation that confirms your reason for doing so, such as:

I mark the bottoms of my feet with the
symbol of earth, keeping me grounded
and connected to the sacred path.
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Heal a Broken Heart
BY TESS WHITEHURST

Grief and heartbreak cannot be rushed. Still, you can magically bolster the heart-healing process by cutting cords of attachment to your former partner and removing unhelpful patterns from your energy field and subconscious.

Today, add 1/4 cup rose water to a warm bath along with 1/4 cup sea salt and a rose quartz. Swirl the water in a counterclockwise direction to dissolve the salt. Light an unscented or rosescented soy candle and get into the bath. As you soak, call on the goddess Aphrodite. Speak words from your heart about why you are asking for her help. Tell her how you’ve been feeling and ask that she clear and dissolve any remaining energetic connections to your former partner. Also ask that she remove any unhealthy relationship patterns or patterns of negative self-talk from your mind, spirit, and aura. Relax and imagine soft pink light healing and restructuring your heart and emotions on every level of your being. Thank the goddess before getting out of the tub.
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Our Lady of the Gate of Dawn
BY NATALIE ZAMAN

Our Lady of the Gate of Dawn, whose feast day is celebrated today, is the protector of a small Lithuanian village that was nearly destroyed, save for her help. Personal identity is precious, our very foundation. When you feel that yours is in danger, call on this gentle but awesomely powerful mother figure with a simple request adopted from an ancient prayer in her honor:

Tota pulchra es, tu
honorificentia populi nostri.
Mater prudentissima,
Mater clementissima.
Ora pro nobis.
(You are all beautiful, you
give honor to our people.
Mother most intelligent,
Mother most merciful.
Pray for us.)
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Symbols of Healing Love
BY MELISSA TIPTON

For this self-love healing spell, you’ll need a washable marker in the color of your choice. Spend some time in meditation, asking your higher self what within you needs healing right now. If it’s a mental-emotional situation, get a sense of where in your body you feel the strongest connection to this issue.

Then ask your higher self what healing words or symbols would be most beneficial right now. It could be something like “love,” “forgiveness,” or “be gentle with yourself,” or you might see an image of a Reiki symbol, rune, astrological glyph, etc.

Focusing on your healing intention, use the marker to write or draw your healing symbol on the body area you identified in meditation. Intend that these words or symbols will release the perfect amount and form of healing energy until you wash the marking off.
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Healing Hands
BY DEBORAH BLAKE

You don’t have to be a professional massage therapist or a Reiki Master to be able to use your hands for healing. There is a natural human instinct to place our hands on a place that hurts, whether it is on ourselves or others. We all have the innate ability to do basic energy work with a little practice, and sometimes a simple back rub or foot massage can both heal and soothe.

To do energy healing, try rubbing your hands together until you can feel them heat up a bit, then hold them about a foot apart, bringing them together slowly until you can feel a ball of energy forming between them. Then hold your hands above the place that needs healing and concentrate on sending that energy out. If you want, before doing any form of healing, you can say:

Goddess, guide my hands
so they might heal.

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Heartwings Love Notes 1063: A Recipe for Friendship

Heartwings Says, “Food and friendship go together.”

Remember how at one time friends would do a chain letter for the sharing of recipes? This involved typing up 10 copies of a recipe and sharing it with ten friends who were to do the same, and so on. Names were listed and we crossed out the name at the top and substituted one’s own. In addition, we were supposed to share a recipe of our own back to the sender. Theoretically, we were supposed to get back a large number of recipes to enjoy. In practice I don’t know about anyone else, but I got few if any new recipes and those I did get, much to my dismay, were not to my taste.

Once everyone pretty much had computers this changed to sending them out as emails. While this was easier, it still produced the same results for me: One or two recipes back and nothing I could make use of. However, I have often shared recipes with friends and they with me. These I keep in a loose-leaf notebook of pages with clear plastic over them beneath which I can place the written page for preservation.
This unique recipe for a banana cake given me by a dear friend is very special.

Banana Lattice Cake

From South America, the recipe is somewhat time consuming, yet fun to make especially if you have a child to help you with the lattice work. Grease a 9X12 baking pan, preheat the oven to 350 or 325 if pan is glass.

Ingredients:
1 egg
1 stick butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 tsp vanilla or almond extract
4 or 5 ripe bananas
Cinnamon to sprinkle
Sugar to sprinkle
Lemon juice to sprinkle

Method: Cream sugar and butter, add egg and vanilla, beat well. Mix in Baking powder and salt, then flour. When mixture is well blended put half of it into baking dish. Press into dish, let sides build up a little. Slice ripe bananas over top and distribute evenly. Sprinkle lemon, sugar and cinnamon over bananas.

Take about a teaspoon of dough and roll it into a ball. Then put your hands together as if you were clapping but rub them back and forth so that the dough makes a long roll or strip. Crosshatch the bananas with these strips, placing them on the diagonal. Don’t worry if some are not long enough; just add onto them with shorter pieces. The dough will all glue itself together nicely as it bakes and spread out to make a pretty, puffy appearance.

Bake for 35 to 40 minutes. Cool before cutting and serving. Delicious! Serves 24 to 36.

Whenever I make this, I think of my friend fondly and wish we could share a piece. My handwritten recipes are my most precious and evoke fond memories of the times we spent together.

May you have friends to cook with, and may your recipes turn out well.

Blessings and best Regards, Tasha Halpert

Please write me back with any comments, thoughts or suggestions. I prefer tashahal@gmail.com for now. All blessings, Tasha

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Energetic Sweeping
Sweeping the front porch every morning is an important cleansing ritual that prepares the ground for new energy.

In some of our lives, sweeping has become an activity performed without much thought. In many cases, sweeping is a lost art, replaced by the noisy, efficient vacuum cleaner. But in several cultures and religions, sweeping the front and back porch every morning is regarded as an important cleansing ritual that prepares the ground for new energy on every level — physically, spiritually, emotionally, and mentally. It is often employed to sanctify a space and prepare it for a ceremony. This seemingly simple action has the power to clear away the old and make space for the new. It stirs up the energy in a place, clearing out the astral buildup that is the natural by-product of the presence of humans.

This kind of sweeping is not about cleaning the area of dust. In fact, the broom doesn’t have to actually touch the ground to be effective. You might want to consider having two different brooms, one you use for cleaning dust and dirt, and one you use for energy clearing. If you are so inspired, you could decorate your broom by carving its handle, painting it, decorating it with gemstones and ribbons, or any other creative adornment that appeals to you. You can also make your own broom out of tree branches and twigs, or choose a naturally appearing broom from nature, such as a pine bough.

Sweeping each morning prepares the ground for the new day at the same time as it deepens our awareness of the importance of letting go of the past to welcome the present. As we clear the energy of our space, we clear our own energy systems. In addition, we create a space that feels clean, clear, and open to all who enter. Be sure to think welcoming thoughts as you sweep, manifesting what you need for the day. Making sweeping part of our daily ritual tunes us into the continuing cycle of releasing the old and welcoming the new that is the hallmark of a healthy energy system.

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Why Drink Ginger Tea?

Ginger tea – especially homemade ginger tea – is a delicious way to soothe your stomach. Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory used to relieve a variety of symptoms associated with health concerns such as motion sickness, arthritis, nausea, and bursitis. This herb is particularly prized as a digestive aid – it can strengthen the lining of the upper gastrointestinal tract, and thus protect against parasites and ulcers.

When buying ginger, choose the whole roots that are free of wrinkles – which indicate that are old and dry – and simply peel the skin away from the root. Leftover fresh ginger can be stored in the freezer in a sealed container for up to three months.

You can also get more ginger into your diet through pickled or candied ginger, and ginger syrups.

Step By Step: How To Make Healthy Ginger Tea

12 Ounces Boiling Water
1/2 Tsp Freshly Grated Ginger
Honey To Taste, If Desired
Add Ginger To Hot Water
Cover And Steep For 10-15 Min
Strain Ginger
Add Honey (Optional)
Enjoy Your Homemade Ginger Tea!

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Does Burning Sage Have Any Health Benefits?
I’ve heard that burning sage can relieve stress – is that true?
~ANDREW WEIL, M.D. |NOVEMBER 5, 2021

There are many varieties of sage, several of which have been used for cooking and healing for thousands of years. Its formal name, salvia, is derived from the Latin to heal, or to save. White sage, Salvia apiana, is a plant traditionally used for healing by indigenous peoples of the American southwest, particularly along the California coast, and it has acquired a reputation for dispelling negative energy when burned. I don’t know that it can relieve stress, but it is an especially intriguing variety, with many reported therapeutic and spiritual properties.

White sage has been used by native tribes for pain relief, including headache and sore throats, and it has been shown to have antibacterial properties. White sage tea has been used as a decongestant, to reduce sweating and body odor, and to lessen milk production in nursing mothers as they weaned their children. It has also been used as a cure for the common cold. One tribe used it as a shampoo in the belief that it would prevent graying hair. It is probably best known, however, for the purification ritual called “smudging,” in which the smoke of burning sage is believed to clear a space of undesirable energy.

The Chumash people of California believed the smoke carried the prayers of the sick and the healer to God. The plant was believed to purify the mind and the spirit as well as the body. Today, some people have adopted the practice of burning white sage to remove negative energy from homes, offices, and other spaces. Unfortunately, the white sage plant may now be at risk of extinction in areas of California where it was once prolific, as commercial companies overharvest it (and increasingly frequent wildfires destroy its habitat).

Other types of sage, including common sage (Salvia officinalis), may also be burned in purification rituals. There is evidence that the scent of common sage and other varieties of Salvia have beneficial effects on mood, so it’s feasible that white sage may help relieve stress, but there is no direct evidence of that connection.

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Taking Another Look
Everyone deserves to be given a second chance in life and the opportunity for forgiveness.

When we meet someone for the first time, we often create a defining image in our minds of who that person is. We may also determine whether or not that someone is worth getting to know. Sometimes when an initial interaction is particularly uncomfortable or challenging, we can decide to close our hearts to this new acquaintance entirely. But being too quick to judge can cause us to lose out on a potentially wonderful, enriching relationship. First impressions don’t always give the complete picture, so if you meet someone who leaves you less than impressed, consider giving them a second chance. You might be pleasantly surprised.

Everyone deserves to be given a second chance. We know from personal experience how painful it can feel to be misunderstood or judged. We have good hearts and want them to be seen. We have so much to offer and want others to welcome our gifts. When someone shuts us out before they even know who we are, it can feel frustrating, hurtful, and confusing. By giving others a second chance, we can extend the same courtesy we would ask for ourselves. In this way, we set a precedent for all our relationships: to allow everyone the freedom and safety to simply be human. Whether it is a blind date, the man sitting next to you on the airplane, or your new neighbor, everyone has a full life outside of their interaction with you. They may be preoccupied with a personal or business situation that affects the way they are presenting themselves, or maybe they had a rough day or some bad news. If you give them the room to be who they are, where they are, you will allow yourself to do the same.

When you are considering giving someone a second chance, first check in with your inner knowing. If you find that your intuition is advising you to keep your distance, it is important to honor the guidance you receive. By honoring your intuition when it has wisdom to share, you can feel confident and happy in your decision to give others a second chance.

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The Benefits of Singing
The act of singing is one of the easiest ways of raising the vibration of your body as you harmonize with the universe.

Singing is an act of vibration. It takes music from the realm of the unformed — whether that is in your mind or from that magical space of inspiration — and moves it from within to without. From the first breath singing moves the energy in a circular way inside your body. As the breath fills your lungs, it brushes against the second and third chakras — the centers of creation and honoring self and others. Instead of merely exhaling, pushing the air past the fourth and fifth chakras where heart chakra and the center of will and intention reside, singing engages both the heart and mind. Sound vibrations from vocal chords resonate in the sinus cavities, filling the head with motion and sound while the brain lights up with the processing of the mathematics of music. This marriage of activities brings the third eye into play and opens the door for inspiration from the crown chakra before sending the sound out into the world.

Once the vibration begins, it is sustained with each note, moving throughout your body and the space around you. This can help you to harmonize your frequency with the world and with the divine. The use of the voice can bring about catharsis, a cleansing from the expression of emotion, which is why we feel better after singing certain types of songs. All of this occurs even if we are not conscious of what we are singing, but when we really connect with an intention, the power of the voice and music together are powerful tools in creation.

Even if you are not a singer by nature or talent, you are not left out. If you have a voice, it is your birthright to celebrate life with song. It doesn’t matter if you don’t feel you have a nice voice. Chanting or humming, singing solo or with others, your voice is yours to enjoy. Whether you sing along to the radio or use vocalization as part of your meditation time, singing and harmonizing are healing activities that bring your body’s vibrations into alignment with the universe.

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The Victorian Book of the Dead
A book on the popular and material culture of Victorian death and mourning.

Some very quaint curiosities of medieval antiquity belong to the traditions and customs of the monastic orders in different countries of Europe. The Capuchins, a branch of the decaying Franciscan Order, came into existence as late as 1525, and derived their title from the Italian name of a large cowl attached to the frock of rough frieze at the back of the neck. They never amassed great wealth or lived in such ease and luxury as some other friars had done; and the traveler in Italy at the present day will find them not unpopular in rural districts. Visitors to Rome are often tempted—it is a matter of taste—to inspect a ghastly display at the Church of the Capuchini. The mummies of deceased priors and the skulls of a multitude of defunct brethren of that community are ranged along the walls. It may have been only the fantastic whim of a gloomy-minded superior at a particular date which established this dismal fashion of commemorating the dead by so questionable a decoration, but the same kind of exhibition is presented in Sicily, at the Capuchins’ Convent of Monreale, a few miles from Palermo. There is a city in the heart of a civilized country where every year the heads of many persons are cut off and placed in little boxes. It seems like a barbarous custom, even though the people have long been dead when they are decapitated. But the people of that city, even though they

HAVE BURIAL RITES

So different from any in the world, see nothing out of the way in it, and in doing as they do believe that they show a deeper and more lasting love for the departed than those who simply bury their dead, erect a tombstone, and then in many instances forget all about them.

The ghastly custom has been in vogue for more than a hundred years in the town of Annecy, which is in the Department of Haute Savoie, in the south of France. It is one of the most picturesque cities of Lower France and nestled at the foot of the Lake of Annecy, within a short distance of Geneva. The surrounding country is made up of scenery of the most marvelous beauty, while the lake, which is nine miles long and only two in breadth, is never ruffled by storms and presents always a mirror-like surface. Thousands of tourists every year visit the town to sail upon the celebrated lake, 1,400 feet above the level of the sea.

But of the many who visit the place and who look with great interest at the church in which the relics of St. Francis de Sales are preserved, at the old castle which was formerly the residence of the Counts of Geneva, and at the nearby iron mines, there are few who know anything of those heads which have been accumulating these many years. For the people have been held up to public scorn before now, and they do not care to talk with strangers about their custom, which is usually misunderstood.

These people bury their dead in the ordinary way, but after the lapse of a few years, when the bodies are reduced to dust, the bones are dug up with ceremonies similar to those under which they are buried. All relatives and friends

ATTEND THE DISINTERMENT

And are present when the skull is separated from the other bones. These second ceremonies at the grave over, the cortege moves on, preceded by a priest with the skull, to the church in which the skull is finally placed.

In the early days this receptacle was merely a wooden box, roughly made, punctured with many holes. But as the years have gone by and the custom has grown, many changes have been made in the original idea. Just as in the ordinary burial there are caskets for the rich and for the poor, so, also in Annecy there are the skull receptacles to suit any extravagance or to satisfy the ideas and devotion of mourning widows, of disconsolate parents or of poetic lovers.

In the structure, quite close to the church, which has been erected for the purpose, there are now piled coffins without number of every shape, size and character. Some that have been the work of years are of oak, massive and fantastically carved. Others are made of pure silver and sparkle with rare gems. Some thought of wood, are bound with precious metals, which form a scroll work of unique design and exquisite workmanship. There are others, too, that are made to represent shrines, and some are counterfeit presentments of famous churches of the world, showing tall spires, Gothic archways, windows of stained glass, pillars and passages, all with the greatest regard to perfection of detail.

As a general thing the receptacles are made but for one skull, but some that are intended for an entire family have little compartments, each bearing an engraved plate, where the skulls of the family members will be placed after death. Very often a bereaved husband will have a coffer designed for the skull for a loved wife, with the necessary space left for the reception of a second skull, so that in death as in life they may be near each other.

In each of these boxes there are curious apertures, made in the shape of a heart. Sometimes they appear in the front of a miniature cathedral window, sometimes rudely cut in the side of a wooden box; but they are always there and are supposed to give light and air, though the contents of the coffers have long ceased to require either. Through these openings the grinning skulls can be seen perfectly well, a gray and senseless mass within the shrine. Upon each box there is the inscription which tells whose head it is which lies within, and sometimes tells of the life and death of the owner, his joys and his sorrows. Sometimes, where people are too poor to buy even the plainest sort of a coffer—and it is not considered a disgrace in this respect to be poor—a skull stands in ostentatious humility upon the coffer of some dead neighbor, with nothing but a label stuck upon it to tell whose it is. There are many other skulls standing quite alone and uncovered, from which the covering has

DROPPED AWAY WITH AGE

But these unprotected skulls are looked after just as carefully, and are regarded just as reverently, as those that are inclosed in the richest casket that can be made.

It is a strange sight to see those who mourn their dead, sitting in the dark chamber and holding the skull box in their hand, or kneeling beside it to pray, now and again pressing their lips to the little holes in the side of the coffers.

Just how the curious custom of burial which is used nowhere else in the world except in this little city came to be employed even tradition tells in a confused sort of way. There are some who say that the churchyard, when the town was smaller than it is to-day, became crowded and that the people, desiring all their dead to be interred in one place, decided upon this idea. By others it is said that there was a learned man who once dwelt there who convinced people that the brain, being the seat of reason and the abode of deepest feeling, if there was any thought or consciousness left after death, it must be connected with the head, so the decision was arrived at to have the skulls always where they could be seen.

It is not often that strangers are permitted to look upon these relics of the dead even if they know of their existence, but when they are, the sight is so unusual as to horrify them. But to the good priests who accompanies the visitor it is different. For this priest explains about these silent neighbors to whom he is accustomed that there is less harm in empty skulls than in the living heads and scheming brains of those by whom we are surrounded in life.

The Cincinnati [OH] Enquirer 14 March, 1896: p. 11

A number of skulls were reported to have been sent by the local museum to the Exhibition of Anthropological Sciences at the Universal Exhibition of Paris, a collection of objects contributed by “anthropologists of all nations.” However, there is no way of knowing if they were actually skulls from the church.

I’m reminded of the charnel houses in Germany and Austria like this one at Hallstatt, where denuded skulls are displayed, painted with the names and dates of former owners. Some are also painted with fanciful floral wreaths or with snakes writhing from empty eye sockets.

The article above is a unique and curious report of a long-forgotten custom with what seems to be an origin story muddled either by the locals or the journalist. But before we lose our heads over it, I must tell you that this is (to the best of my knowledge) a single source story. I can find nothing in the guidebooks or histories and if this story was copied by any other newspapers in the same format, I’ve not found them.

Initially I wondered if it was a misapprehension of a relic storehouse. Yet most relic chambers were swept away by the French Revolution and the article is clear that bodies were still being dug up and the skulls encased in the church.

Are the skulls still on display? Or [shudder] is the custom still followed? Chriswoodyard8 AT gmail.com

Here is a fascinating post about a very similar custom in Brittany.

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.

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Coach Gilberto Chapter 38 by Stephen Halpert

It had gotten colder. A chilly draft seeped into their hotel room at the Northern Pine Resort and Conference Center in Southern Vermont. Gilberto, feeling wakeful, pulled the covers more tightly over himself and Maria. He couldn’t sleep Someone was walking about in the room directly above theirs. His stomach bounced with indigestion. It felt like a soccer ball being kicked hard.
Catching the murderer was very much on his mind; it was a dangerous loose end that needed to be remedied.
He was worried about Joey’s stag line plan. Why couldn’t he get a date? That made no sense to him. Gilberto sighed and turned over. The world was too much with him. The bedside clock read minutes before 4:30.
“You’re awake,” Maria put her arm around his shoulder and pressed herself against his chest. “I fear you ate too much. Too much lobster that late at night…”
“Probably,” he appreciated her warmth and returned it with a light kiss. “Just a lot on my mind,” he said with another sigh.
She ran her palm against his thigh. “And all the time you tell me not to worry.” Maria smiled slyly. “Tomorrow belongs to us until the conference at two thirty. Then after four we’re free until the social hour at seven.”
He grinned and kissed her again.
“Yummy,” she kissed him back. “Something tells me you’ll want to come back to bed.”
“You’ve got a better idea?”
She arched her eyebrows, “There is a tour of the Indian artifacts. It’s at the historic burial ground. I should think you’d be fascinated.”
He laughed and moved his hand lower, sliding it between her legs. “This is more fascinating; you, me, us here right here now than anything in a museum and burial ground. I love how you move when I slide my fingers in there.”
“I know,” she giggled. “I get it. I love it too. Your nice long piano fingers, boogie woogie inside me. Too bad you never played.”
She reached for him, smoothing her hand against his hardness. He felt himself stiffen even more. He pressed against her even more urgently.
After a while when they came back down to earth she said. “This is all you want isn’t it?”
He propped himself up on his elbow. “Nothing wrong with that. You got a better idea?”
Outside in the hall several attendees tramped by. Gilberto heard doors open and shut, then silence.
“No, nothing at all,” she giggled squeezing him.
“Nice,” he kissed her, a long slow kiss that could last for hours.
She giggled again. “And when I’m old and gray and I’m asked what did you and your husband do on all those trips together, I’ll fib and say Gilberto always has a fascination with old pots …”
“Especially yours,” A loud crash sounded in the hallway outside their door. He wrinkled his brow. “Room service is 24/7. Are you hungry?”
“You’ve got to be kidding.”
“Seriously. The best way for me to get to sleep again is a slab of chocolate cake with thick frosting and a scoop of ice cream.”
She patted his tummy. “At this rate you’ll put on twenty pounds and become round and rolly poly. “
“Never happen,” he kissed her again–a long slow kiss, deliberate, warm affectionate, nonstop.
Gasping, Maria came up for air and fit herself carefully beside him. “I love the way you kiss me.”
From outside their window came what sounded like two trucks colliding: a loud crashing and a tearing of metals that could wake the dead. Gilberto’s curiosity got the better of him. He staggered out of bed and peered out the window. Flames leapt into the night. Sirens shrieked in the distance.
Maria stretched and said, “Coming back?”
“Yes,” He heard more scuffling in the hallway outside their door. He pulled a towel around his middle, opened their door a crack sufficient to see the headmaster of Herringbone Academy clutching a woman who was giggling and squirming. Quickly he closed the door and climbed back in bed beside Maria.
“Let me warm you.” She curled up against him; She felt so soft. Her hands slid around him, invigorating him. “Who was in the hall?”
He chuckled, “the headmaster of Herringbone with a woman I’m sure wasn’t his wife.”
“Lots of booze can do that,” she said.
He shook his head. “Doesn’t his wife look like an oversized prune”?
“Not nice to say. People hear you talk that way…”
“Well, whoever she was she wasn’t his wife. I guess conferences like this enable …”
“Hanky panky,” she giggled. “You’ve more energy than a battalion of marines.”
“You think,” he turned onto his back and pulled her atop him.
The fire alarm went off, the loud wail of a nonstop siren.
Maria looked nervous. “We’d better get up and leave.”
He yawned. “Do we have to? We’re just getting started.”
“Do you smell smoke?”
“Let’s let it ride.”
She got out of bed and tugged at his arm. “Come on big feller. Up, I wouldn’t want us to be asphyxiated.”
He pulled back. “Aw, come on, one kiss.”
She let go and grabbed her robe. Outside flames were approaching the walls of the hotel.
He jumped up and climbed into his jeans, sweater, and loafers. “Don’t open the window. It could be dangerous, just head for the door.”
She wrapped her robe around herself, put on her slippers, then opened their door.
Outside in the hallway guests staggered about unsure where to go to find
a fire escape. A woman with wide eyes and tousled hair clung to the headmaster of Herringbone. His clothes were rumpled, an alcoholic haze seemed to affect his eyes. He looked at Gilberto, confusion on his face.
“This isn’t as it appears,” he mumbled insisting on dignity and more decorum than he deserved.
“Glad you saved you friend from the blazing inferno,” Gilberto said with a totally straight face. “Good for you.”
“All clear.” Came a booming voice from a loud speaker. Guests can return to their rooms. Sorry for the inconvenience.”
Gilberto and Maria went back in and closed their door.
“See,” he said. “I knew we didn’t have to bother getting out of bed.”

To be continued.

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Kitty Kat’s Korner
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5 Tips for Having a Safe Thanksgiving With Cats
By Karen A. Doll

The beauty of the Thanksgiving holiday is reflected in the happy faces of family and friends gathered together — felines included. But, not all Turkey Day traditions are good for kitties. Follow these tips to ensure a safe Thanksgiving with cats!

From toxic foods to unsafe decor, Thanksgiving can be a dangerous holiday for your cats!

  1. First, some general tips about Thanksgiving with cats
    The scent of roasting turkey will no doubt lure your cats to your kitchen. Your self-appointed taste testers might stick their tongues where cat tongues don’t belong or linger and get underfoot. One year, our cat, Bean, was caught red-pawed sampling the mashed potatoes while we were setting the table. Sometimes, it’s best to safely tuck your kitties into a back room or bedroom from prep time through clean-up detail.

If your cats are out and about at mealtime, set some ground rules before you sit down to eat. Politely ask that your guests not feed your feline friends since some holiday favorites are toxic or unhealthy for cats (see a list of what Thanksgiving foods are safe for cats here). Cats seem to crave fatty foods, and too much can lead to bouts of vomiting, diarrhea and pancreatitis.

According to Dawn Pyne, marketing manager for Embrace Pet Insurance, “Pet insurance is a great way to protect your cat if any unexpected accidents or illnesses occur during the holidays. Minimize triggers that cause stress, and limit giving your cat Thanksgiving table scraps. Based on our claims data, treating an adult cat for generalized inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract with overnight support therapies can cost over $3,000.”

  1. How to safely let your cat have Thanksgiving food
    To include your cat in the Turkey Day celebrations, Pyne says, “consider making a small plate with unseasoned, white turkey meat without skin, fat or bones, plain green beans and a scoop of pumpkin.”

Some other purrfect choices to add to the feline-friendly feast are apple slices and plain cooked carrots.

A great way to show gratitude for your cats’ daily doses of love and devotion is to whip up some homemade holiday treats. Petplan Pet Insurance veterinarians suggest pumpkin smoothies and roasted turkey medallions.

  1. Cat-safe and festive flowers and decor
    Pretty flowers and aromatic potpourri may set the stage for your Thanksgiving celebration, but are they safe for cats?

Thankfully, the ASPCA put together this great go-to list of toxic plants and flowers for cats.

Potpourri, whether in liquid or dried form, may be toxic to cats. Liquid potpourris contain cationic detergents and/or essential oils, which, if ingested, can cause inflammation and tissue damage in a cat’s mouth and digestive organs. What if your cat can’t resist and dips a paw into the mixture? First, it may cause skin irritation, swelling and pain, and second, as your cat grooms, the chemicals can be ingested or get into her eyes, causing irritation or injury. If your cat is tempted to munch on dried potpourri, the pieces can cut and irritate the insides of your cat’s mouth and become a choking hazard.

Thanksgiving decorations, such as pumpkins, corn stalks, potted chrysanthemums and Indian corn may be intriguing to your cats. Mums are toxic, and the other decor might be a choking hazard. So, it’s always best to err on the side of safety — don’t put out decorations that are potentially dangerous for cats.

  1. Keep a watchful eye on candles and fireplaces
    Seasonal scented candles and warm fires in the hearth may add ambiance to your holiday celebration, but cats are intrigued by the flickering lights and popping sounds — hot wax and flames can singe or burn your curious cats’ sensitive paw pads. Never leave a cat unattended around an open flame or burning fire!
  2. Create a stress-free holiday environment
    Cats thrive on routine. The slightest disruption can cause stress, but the busyness of the Thanksgiving holiday often extends into the weekend and can rattle even your most social and laid-back felines. Rescue Remedy Pets to the rescue. “I’ve found the most effective way to administer Rescue Remedy to cats is to put two drops on the end of my finger and then stroke it into the fur on top of the head,” says longtime cat mama and Catster contributor, JaneA Kelley, in this piece on reducing Thanksgiving stress in cats.

A few other tips on managing Thanksgiving stress for cats:

Gently instruct guests, especially children, not to approach or handle your cats. Let your cats take the lead — they’ll mingle when they’re comfortable and retreat when they’ve had enough.

Schedule in time with your cat. Guests will understand if you need to slip away for a little snuggle and play time with your favorite felines.
Create a separate for-cats-only secret clubhouse in a spare bedroom for your cats to retreat during the busy holiday season. Buy a few new, interesting toys, and scatter them around. If you don’t already have a cat-climbing tower, now is a great time to add one.

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Georgia Nicols Weekly Horoscope:Sunday,
November 20, 2022

All Signs
With the Sun, Moon, and Mercury in Sagittarius, this a lovely week for teamwork, networking and socializing! It’s the perfect time to catch up with old friends and enjoy fun outings and romantic dates. People will be optimistic, open-minded and adventurous. We will want to travel, explore, and learn new things because Sagittarians are truth seekers. Obviously, one should always tell the truth, unless asked “Am I too fat?” Nevertheless, there is the Law of the Lie: “No matter how often the lie is shown to be false, there will still remain a percentage of people who believe it to be true.” (Are these the people for whom lying is simply talking?)

Aries (March 21-April 19)
Grab every chance to travel in the next four weeks because you want to get outta Dodge! You need a change of scenery! And you need stimulation and adventure! Fortunately, the heavens will help you fulfil these wishes so start packing. This is also the perfect time for study and education, because you want to learn more about the world, especially by talking to people who have different interests and beliefs from yours. Enjoy art exhibits, social outings and publishing opportunities. Romance with someone “different” is likely. Allow extra time for everything because retrograde Mars will slow down your progress. (Hey, you can’t have everything. And anyhow, where would you put it?)

Taurus (April 20-May 20)
Three planets are in one of your Money Houses, which creates a concern about finances and whatever you hold jointly with someone else, including loans and mortgages. You might try to borrow money, get a mortgage or settle an inheritance. Fortunately, fair Venus is also in this Money House, and Venus will attract money to you through your spouse, business partner or a bank. (Yay!) This favourable influence lasts for the next four weeks. It will also heighten your intimate relationships, making them affectionate and cozy! This is actually a good time to look at your inner self to be aware of who you are, especially your compulsions.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)
In the next four weeks, the Sun is sitting opposite your sign. (This happens only once a year and among other things, it means you will need more sleep because the Sun, represents energy, and it is now (symbolically) as far away from your sign as it can get all year.) Note: This polarization can create conflict with others; however, it also allows you more objectivity to see your role in the relationship, which means you can do something to make it better. (An opportunity not to be missed.) This is also the perfect time to work with others. Do not go it alone. Discussions with others will be clarifying. Meanwhile, your closest relationships will be more affectionate because your ego is more in tune with others. Enjoy good times!

Cancer (June 21-July 22)
No matter what’s happening, in the next four weeks, you will roll up your sleeves and work. Your focus will be on your efficiency and effectiveness because you want to be as productive as possible. Admittedly, you might have to work according to someone else’s wishes or demands. (Arrg.) This is a good time for mental work as well as getting along with others. (Wanna get together and think for a while?) A work-related romance might begin. Hey, this is also a lovely window of time for your health! However, avoid overindulgence, especially seconds on dessert; and be aware of little self-defeating acts. Don’t worry about getting credit for what you do. Just get it done.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
It’s play city for Leos for the next four weeks! This is why you’ll have a strong drive to get out and have a good time. You will feel lighter. You will enjoy the company of children. Your relationships will be more playful. Accept invitations to socialize. Arts and crafts, the entertainment world, musical performances, the theatre, sports events and good times with others are perfect choices for you in the next four weeks. Grab every opportunity to express your own creative talents because you are a creative sign. Don’t be hard on yourself if your self-discipline is weak. This is a time of pleasure and romance! (Note: The email of the species is faster than the mail.)

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
For the next four weeks, your focus is on home, family and your private life. You will feel happier being among familiar surroundings. (Note: memories from your past will bubble to the surface of your mind.) Tackle home repairs and DIY projects. This is the perfect window of time for you to redecorate your home and invite people over to see what you’ve done. Offer your guests good food and drink. Ironically, although you will enjoy entertaining others, you will also enjoy quiet times by yourself at home as well – because it feels good. You’re happy to cocoon in your safe, cozy refuge. (I think it’s unfair that rum and eggnogs are so fattening. Life is a cruel hoax.)

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
The pace of your days is accelerating because you’re busy with short trips, errands, appointments plus increased interactions with siblings and relatives. You will enjoy all this socializing, but it will make you hustle! In addition, many of you will read, write and study more than usual. Because Mercury is in your House of Communications, you’ll be eager to talk to others and enlighten them with your ideas. Meanwhile, Venus will sweeten your words and make you entertaining and diplomatic. Venus will also heighten your appreciation for your daily surroundings. In fact, it will make you realize just how much love there is around you. (Gosh.)

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
You are entering a four-week window when money, earnings and cash flow will be prominent in your mind. This is an opportunity to examine your relationship to your wealth and your possessions. For example, do the things that you own make your life easier, or are they an albatross around your neck? In other words, do you own your stuff or does it own you? On the upside, this is the perfect time for you to give pleasure to your friends through what you own. (Offering drinks by the hearth kinda thing.) Share your resources so that others can enjoy good times as well. Meanwhile, what will also warm your heart is that you will attract money to you in the next four weeks! Ka-ching!

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
The Sun is in your sign for the next four weeks, giving you a chance to recharge your energies for the rest of year. This is why you will project yourself more forcefully! Obviously, this is your time to make a wonderful impression on others. Fortunately, with Venus in your sign as well, you will look charming, accommodating and gracious; while Mercury will make you chatty and keen to talk to everyone. This is a wonderful time for you to attract people to you along with favourable situations. Admittedly, retrograde Mars is still opposite your sign, which can create challenges dealing with partners and close friends. But the Sun and Venus will sweeten your words – all will be well.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Your personal year is drawing to a close now; however, your new year will not begin until your birthday arrives. This means that the next four weeks are sort of like limbo for you. You’ll be happy to work in the wings or be by yourself and use this time for contemplation. In fact, it’s the perfect window of time to set goals for your new year ahead. After all, goals give you a clearer focus on what is important. They give you more clarity in future decision-making. They give you better control over your future and a sense of purpose. (You like to have purpose because you want to know where you’re going.) Meanwhile, some of you are dabbling in secret love affairs and enjoying yourselves. Hmmm.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
A popular four weeks ahead! Expect interactions with friends and groups more than usual. This is an excellent time to work with others. It’s also the perfect time to examine the role that friends and groups play in your life. Because your idealism is aroused, this is an excellent time to bounce your hopes and dreams for the future off someone to get their feedback. Meanwhile, relations with others (including younger, creative people) will be so exciting for some, a friend will become a lover. Chogyam Trungpa said, “You are continually inviting all beings to be your guest — knowing they will not stay forever; and you will not be leaving with them.”

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
For the next four weeks, the Sun sits at the top of your chart casting you in a spotlight. And this spotlight is flattering! This mean bosses, parents, teachers and VIPs will see you as competent, capable and clever – even if you don’t do anything special. (It’s the power of good lighting.) Since you create such a marvellous impression without any extra effort, obviously, the next four weeks are the perfect time to advance your agenda and demand the advantage. Go after what you want! Make plans for your professional life. This is also an excellent time to talk to bosses and superiors. Meanwhile, romance with a boss might begin. (Certainly, a flirtation.)

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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:

Amazing ideas and offers are coming your way. It’s just many are unexpected or decisions are in others’ hands. While, ordinarily, that would be a relief, you’re unsure what the reaction will be. Despite that, leave things to them, making it clear you intend to discuss their ideas regularly. That should free your time for your own pursuits, while ensuring you know what’s what.

Not surprisingly, given how restless you have been recently, you will find anything of a routine nature totally unappealing. Try, therefore, to organise your time so you can work and play in short bursts at a host of different activities. Keep an eye on your spending and avoid buying now, think about it later. Instead, look for ways to make sensible use of your income and take some time to set your financial affairs in order.

Again, don’t doubt your ability to make things happen. Once the Sun joins both Mercury and Venus in Sagittarius (on Tuesday), your enthusiasm should increase. Then, after Jupiter stations (Thursday), with your imagination in full throttle, and boosted by the Sagittarius New Moon, pushing forward with any project should be easy. Enthusiasm will likely be stoked by an expert who’s studied overseas, is bilingual, and whose code of ethics is at the core of all they do. Yet your ruling planet, Mars, is still retrograde and will be in that condition until the start of next year. It’s vital that you review paperwork, and double and triple check all contracts. The other option is to ensure that flexibility is built in so that, if necessary, a trial period is factored into any arrangements.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

For weeks there’s been talk of changes as unsettling as they’d be exciting. Now, suddenly, these are about to become reality. Things are moving more swiftly than expected, and you’re uneasy about it, especially the details. Despite those doubts, go with the flow. Still, discussing every concern. The more you learn, the easier it will be to recognise the benefits these swift and occasionally unsettling developments are bringing.

After falling behind because you’ve been helping other people out with their responsibilities, you will be hoping to catch up on your own work now. Be sure to concentrate your efforts on the job in hand and then make your evenings and weekend is a time for fun and relaxation. Partnerships of any kind are highlighted when you should find it extra easy to understand the person you care for. Single? Friendship could begin to take on romantic overtones

At one level it might seem that you’re being manipulated (most probably by an Aries, Leo or Sagittarius). You could easily feel coerced into following through on one of their dreams. This may be no bad thing. They perhaps need your practical and more steady approach. Recall too, that with Uranus going through your sign you are looking for excitement and a chance to display entrepreneurial skills but with modified risk (i.e., the buck stops somewhere else!) The fact that others need your natural talent shouldn’t deter you from greater involvement. Yes, the workload could appear huge and ever-growing. This may be the precursor to you being asked to be a key member of a new team. It’s possible that before the end of November, you will be asked to help select members for that special group.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

By no means are you a control freak. Yet you’re uneasy about the control others have over certain arrangements that will substantially reshape your life. The fact is, changes are inevitable, and despite your doubts, the plans being made will benefit you as much as others. The key? Keep in close touch, step by step. You’ll soon realise how wise this approach is.

You could be asked to take charge of group activities and events. This role of leader will sit easily on your shoulders so go ahead with confidence. Your immediate future holds a lot of promise, providing you think it through thoroughly before you start on new projects. Have confidence in yourself and accept invitations to meetings or interviews which may push you up the career ladder. The only thing that might hold you back is fear of making a wrong decision.

Mars is still retrograde in your sign and yes, you likely will feel that you have to go back over decisions taken since August 22. Anticipate that you will be questioned – ruthlessly at times. With so much planetary activity in your opposite sign from Tuesday, others will likely be super demanding. They may feel they have the law on their side too. Then, as Jupiter comes to its station at the apex of your solar chart on the 24th, expect the screws to tighten. If you haven’t had a firm grasp on affairs, then it might be suggested that you give way to those who feel they have. On the upside, if you did do your homework and have used recent weeks wisely, then it’s around this time that you should receive accolades for having steered your ship wisely onto safe ground.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

With so much unsettling planetary activity, and serious discussion of far-reaching plans, you’re uneasy. The problem? While others are excited about events, you’re short of facts and that, in turn, is making you anxious. Gather whatever information you can, but also think back to times in the past when you were equally unsure what would be next. Things worked out then, and they will now.

Someone you meet around the middle of the week could be somewhat boastful about their possessions or the amount of cash they have saved for a rainy day. The real reason behind this may well be to find out what you have or don’t have, so keep your wits about you and refuse to play such games. If working as a team you will get on well with creative people. There may be some disagreement with a person who always wants their own way.

This week’s New Moon is the annual one accenting work and schedules. What is different this time, is that Mars is simultaneously retrograde in the opposite area of your solar chart. This brings underlying challenge. Whilst likely agreeing that the time is right to push forward with a new project, you might need to accept that teething difficulties will require endless adjustment both to scheduling and personnel. There are just too many unknowns. That said, this may be one of those occasions when if you don’t take a risk, you will regret it in a decade’s time. Yes, these are confusing times and yes, you may wonder if you’ve taken on too much and if you’re physical and spiritual system can support you. You likely need encouragement – presumably from Sagittarius and Aquarius friends who, in their different ways boost your energy levels.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

You’re in a cycle that’s about exciting, yet sudden, changes. Also, while you’re by no means a control freak, others seem to be making decisions without talking them over with anybody, including you. The problem? The swift pace is preventing even brief discussions. The secret? Get involved, even if in a minor way. You’ll not only learn more, gradually you’ll become part of the decision-making process.

A workmate will suggest new ways of approaching routine jobs. You will like their ideas but it won’t be as easy to put them into practice as it first sounds. Don’t be too rigid in your choice if you are buying an item of furniture or a replacement household appliance. Investigate shops in out of the way places if you’re looking for inspiration. Allow yourself plenty of time for browsing and success should be yours. A flexible approach will also make a big difference to the amount of cash you’re left with.

It really would be wise to stop, take a deep breath and assess your situation before Wednesday’s New Moon. There is every likelihood that from Wednesday you will be full steam ahead, full of enthusiasm, and freed from certain restrictions. Yours is one of the Fire signs, and you probably know that too great a fire results in considerable damage. Regulating and applying control is essential. Check then, that your thermostat is working well at the start of the week. Note too, that it will likely suit others to get you caught up in their dramas. Maintaining distance is essential. Until Saturn leaves your opposite sign (March of next year), anticipate that certain individuals will continue to lean on you. You are not responsible for their career or happiness but can offer support without accepting responsibility.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

For ages you’ve been thinking about making changes in elements of your life. Last week, your ruler Mercury moved to accent these, triggering discussion of various options. While you’re excited, you’re also short of facts. With so much in transition, that’s no surprise. Take each day, and its events, as they arise. By next week the facts will be clearer and you’ll be more confident.

Domestic matters prey on your mind. Some have been ignored for too long and you intend to get them out of the way before the end of the week. Housemates won’t be happy. Families don’t want to discuss a touchy topic but with this causing too much tension, worry and uncertainty, a heart to heart needs to be arranged. It won’t be a good idea to leave anything of a financial, family, relationship or romantic nature to chance. Keep a close eye on what is going on.

Between this weekend and next there is the Sagittarius New Moon to look forward to. This year that coincides with both Mercury and Venus moving through that same sign. Sagittarius occupies the base of your solar chart: your assets department. Expect to be energised. True, there is likely to be more going out than flowing in. Anticipate too, that people from very different walks of life will encroach on your space. They will surely be full of what first seem to be outrageous demands. You don’t have to be manipulated. Rather, by assessing exactly your situation, and what you really have to offer, you could consider your long-term aims and objectives and how these will be supported. This week especially, distribution centres have your full attention.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

The last thing you’re in the mood to do is discuss potential changes in arrangements that, only recently, you struggled to organise. In some cases, a rethink is wise. However, the main topic is no more than others reviewing what they’ve done, and more important, giving themselves a pat on the back for their accomplishments. You’ve achieved wonders, too, and certainly deserve to do this as well.

If circumstances have changed and this has caused you to break free from certain friendships you might benefit from joining a group who share a hobby or interest in common. It will take a while to feel comfortable in a different setting but you will be made to feel welcome. A home improvement program sounds like a good idea but find out what this is going to cost before making any long-term commitments.

Prior to the Sagittarius new Moon on Wednesday, much attention needs to be given to financial matters. Whilst hopefully there will be something to celebrate is the week begins, this should be done with caution. True, as the Sun moves into Sagittarius joining both Mercury and Venus and with Jupiter Sagittarius ruling planet coming to its station on Thursday 24th, promises will likely be made. These though have to be under print by strong contracts. This is not the time for your lazy sub-Libra sub-personality to come to the fore. Is vital that you pay attention to detail, and that you don’t compromise existing assets. This every likelihood that something you’ve written or said, will yet prove valuable translating either into a good bargaining position. Note too, that dialogue with those who live and work overseas will likely increase and that you might even need to display linguistic skills in a language you’ve underused the some time.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

After several weeks of reviewing existing arrangements and, in some cases, rethinking plans, you’re feeling a well-earned sense of achievement. The problem? Certain individuals are restless, and eager to benefit from their recent efforts, and they’ll like you to join in. While, understandably, you’re hesitant, at least think about this. Within a few days you might decide it’s a good idea, after all.

You may have agreed to give a public presentation. Suddenly you will just want to retire behind the scenes. Don’t do anything drastic in order to fulfil that wish for just as suddenly you will have a change of mood. Leave arrangements as they stand. Someone will be looking to you for advice or practical assistance and the last few days of the week could include an unusual occurrence in the job environment.

This week, not only does the Sun leave your sign, but Jupiter stations for the final time in the risk and speculative area of your solar chart. It won’t hold this position for another decade. This then, is a week when finances will surely have high priority, and that your code of ethics will be tested. You may feel that now is the time to look more closely at renewables or to join forces and invest in those who work in other countries. A further possibility is being asked to look carefully at the wording of a document. Those of your sign tend to be good at masterminding and developing a sales pitch. You may not think you have this ability, but your understanding of the human psyche and your intuition usually results in you putting forward compelling argument. Soon after Wednesday’s New Moon, you could come up with exactly the right slogan or message that prompts others to agree a deal that a month ago would have been unthinkable.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

You’re in for an amazing week. True, some of what arises could be entirely unexpected. Between the Sun’s superb link with your ruler Jupiter on Monday and the Sagittarius New Moon on the 23rd, life’s full of breakthroughs. The secret? Explore absolutely everything, show interest in what seems worthwhile, but keep your options open. This is just the beginning. There’s yet more wonderful coming your way.

You don’t mind changing plans if something better crops up. Your chances to partake in an exciting venture will be spoiled by a personality clash with someone who is in a position to cause your reputation a lot of harm. As it is by the end of the week you will feel as if Fate has taken a hand in steering you in a direction that moves you away from risky and possible underhand dealings.

All is far from last but yes, you might need to dig deep into reserves at the start of this week. Note that not only does your ruling planet Jupiter, arrive at its station at the base of your solar chart, but that this event coincides with the New Moon in your sign – already occupied by Mercury and Venus. The net result is that you’re likely to want to be ‘up and at ’em’. If, for any reason your energy levels have been low, anticipate that this will change. Yes, you probably could do with some detoxification, and it would be good to get that underway at the start of the week. It is highly likely that something you’ve been eating has not been supportive to your general health. Aware too that you haven’t been able to enjoy adventures as much as in the past, there may now be ways to make things happen. With confidence growing, you can push forward with new ideas – selling these where appropriate before Jupiter moves on into Aries at the winter solstice next month.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Judging by the current planetary setup, life’s full of interesting people and exciting ideas. However, nothing is solid enough for you, as a Capricorn and somebody who prefers to both know what’s happening and, ideally, be in control. Still, your instincts are probably telling you these are worth getting involved in. Plunge in. The more you learn, the clearer it will be how true this is.

Splashing out on a purchase of a luxurious nature will have the consequences of leaving you short for cash. Since this isn’t something, you do regularly, it could be that the pleasure will far outweigh the fact that you have to live on a shoestring until your next pay day. In one way or another you will achieve a lot, whether it is working alone behind the scenes or accepting a little help from friends.

You’re right: it is time to review assets and long-term management. Careerwise you doubtless need to spread your wings. Renewing acquaintance and actively making new contacts would be wise. Yes, this probably requires thinking internationally, and yes, that could be daunting. What you have in your favour is a track record of showing that you can achieve and are empowered through recent experience. Though you may dislike intensely massive responsibility, fact is that you are good at taking charge. As Jupiter arrives at its station mid-week – coincidentally with the Sagittarius New Moon, – expect others to come up with fresh plans. Rather than holding your head in your hands and despairing that yet another project is coming your way, you could choose to get in at ground level and gently steer a project.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

The past few weeks have been thrilling if, at times, a little overwhelming. You’ve faced a range of decisions, most as exciting as they were easy to make. Now, however, others are getting involved in those plans, and already they’re causing disarray. Talk this through. While, in some cases, they’ll understand your concerns, in others you’ll realise just how good their ideas are.

Transactions associated with a company or firm you have just started dealing with will run like clockwork. You might even bring forward plans arranged for the end of the year to make the most of this positive trend. New schedules will be worth any extra effort it takes to get them underway and those around you are more willing than they have been, of late, to fall in with your suggestions. You might expect a highly entertaining weekend.

It’s entirely possible that the planets play music. The geometric patterns created as they orbit the Sun may set up vibrations that are beyond the capacity of the human ear. That doesn’t mean they don’t have effect however. This week the pulse, rhythm and melody of that planetary music will alter midweek and the intensity of the first few days (cello-type sounds) give way to a form of trumpet blaring that has most people marching to new tunes by the end of the week. Ideas that have been incubating since August 22 will doubtless require both review and more energy. Yet this would be a good time to launch a product or service. That said, take care not to skirt over contractual or legal issues. Getting this right now would pay dividends later. With Pluto moving into your sign next March, bringing with it even more opportunity, the art for now is to ensure that the ground is prepared.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Only recently, you were both excited about recent plans and, equally, hoping for a break from the resulting pressure. However, you’re in the midst of another round of promising developments and, better yet, they’re equally rewarding. The trick? Ask others their views and discuss yours, then suggest you take a few days to think things over. By then you’ll be ready to focus on yet more planning.

After a busy start to the week when you will hardly have a chance to think, responsibilities will start to ease around Wednesday. With your mind no longer cluttered with job and family concerns, your thoughts will wander to a friend who loves overseas and you might wonder if they would mind if you paid them a visit. They are likely to be delighted by the suggestion. Music, art and creative pastimes will feel therapeutic on the weekend.

Your career is set to go off in fresh direction – though it might not seem like that at the start of the week when mopping up the past takes priority. However, mid-week, Jupiter stations in your sign for the last time for over a decade. That event coincides with the Sagittarius’ New Moon which this year forms interesting planetary picture with both Mercury and Venus – also moving through Sagittarius. With so much attention in the career zone of your solar chart, and you boosted by fresh energy others should see you as having exactly the right talents and gifts that they require. It would be unsurprising if you were discussing new career options and extra training. This doesn’t need to begin until Saturn moves into your sign next March. What seems clear is of that over the next couple of years you will want to improve your expertise. It could all start this week with an interesting introduction – most probably involving someone familiar with further education courses.

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