GrannyMoons Weekly Feast: 27 Nov 2022

Be aware of wonder.
Live a balanced life –
learn some and think some
and draw and paint
and sing and dance
and play and work every day some.

  • Robert Fulghum

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: Waxing Moon

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

Goddess Aspect: Maiden

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

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

Perform magic on waxing moons to attract a new quality or behavior, to increase the light within, to attain personal and spiritual growth and greater awareness. The quarter moon suggests a period of overcoming obstacles and continuing on the path to growth.

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What’s Happening?!?

NOVEMBER

Flower of the Month for November: Chrysanthemum

November is National Sweet Potato Awareness Month

Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25

Celtic Tree Calendar Month ~ November 24 To December 23 – Elder

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

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.

DECEMBER


DEC. 1: – Greek / Roman Day of Pallas Athena / Minerva.
– Day for Meditation on Tantric Bodhisattva Goddess Red Tara – Protector against evil and harm.

DEC. 3: – Roman Day of Cybele / Rhea – The Great Mother.

DEC. 4: – Feast of Shango – Orisha who defends against evil.

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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 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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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

Bedknobs and Broomsticks
NOVEMBER 27, 2022 BY RAVEN DIGITALIS

We spend a third of our lives asleep. While we dream, our body heals and our mind tries to make sense of our waking life. Sometimes we are able to resolve issues from the past while dreaming, and other times we are able to gain prophetic glimpses into the future.

It’s wise to maintain a bubble of protection around our beds, especially as magickal folk. Anoint each corner of your bed with lavender essential oil (not synthetic “fragrant” oil). Do the same under your pillows and anywhere on your blankets that feels right. Place four pieces of amethyst under your bed or mattress at all corners. By the light of one candle (ideally violet), raise your arms above your bed and visualize a protective dome that is the color of lavender and amethyst. Declare:

This rampart here is peaceful and
protecting of all my dreaming
and astral projecting!
Extinguish the candle.
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A Fireside Divination
NOVEMBER 26, 2022 BY JAMES KAMBOS

As the wind howls through the trees and rattles the storm door, a November night is a good time to settle in and divine by the fire. If you don’t have a fireplace, a candle flame or a small fire in your cauldron are fine substitutes. Safely light your fire. Sit before it, think of a question, then speak these words into the fire:

I sit before the fire watching the flames, I watch the sparks and the smoke as it rises. I’ll gaze for letters, symbols, or names, So shall my fate be revealed in many disguises.

You might see only symbols, faces, or words, or you might see an entire image. When done, if you used a candle, safely snuff it out. You may use the candle again for scrying. If you built a fire, watch it as it goes out on its own. Some people continue to gaze into the dying embers.
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Healing Meditation
NOVEMBER 25, 2022 BY DALLAS JENNIFER COBB

Sit comfortably in a chair, with your back supported, and breathe. Place your palms on your thighs. Close your eyes. Feel your feet firmly on the earth and know you are grounded. Breathe deeply, pulling energy up from the earth. Feel your backside and thighs on the chair and know you are supported.

Feel your ribs and shoulders against the chair and know you are embraced. Feel your head sitting atop the structure of your body and know you are balanced. With each deep breath, draw from the earth, pulling strength and resilience up through your body. Move your hands up the middle of your body like you are doing up a zipper. Then with arms overhead, exhale and release energy from the top of your head, your arms sweeping out and around your body, creating your own personal space. Repeat, reinforcing your natural force field. Know you are grounded, supported, embraced, and balanced. You are love.
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Just Desserts for Abundance
NOVEMBER 24, 2022 BY CHARLYNN WALLS

Thanksgiving is often associated with overindulgence. However, it is also a time of abundance and appreciation. You can weave a little magick throughout your day. Create a little kitchen magick when baking your desserts for the day. While creating your dessert, you can chant this verse as you stir with a clockwise motion:

Abundance is my wish for my
guests. May they ever be blessed.

This is the perfect way to serve up to your guests your desire for them to cultivate abundance in their lives and give them a sweet treat. You can also create a decorative centerpiece with colorful flowers that incorporates cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg into it for a scent that permeates the house. Not only will it blend in with the pumpkin pie being served later, but the energies will work well with the desire for abundance!
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New Moon Sweetgrass Cleansing
NOVEMBER 23, 2022 BY STEPHANIE ROSE BIRD

Welcome the new moon and its potential for great beginnings today. Let’s align with the sweetness of Hierochloe odorata, which means “holy grass” and “fragrant.” The common name for this herb, believed to be the braid of Mother Earth, is sweetgrass.

As one of the Four Sacred Medicines, sweetgrass is a special herb. Unlock its healing potential with a respectful offering to the ancestors by burning tobacco. Next, tap sweetgrass’s ability to create good vibrations. Light an end and tamp out the flame to create a smoldering incense. Begin at the north door of your home and travel south, waving the smoke in open, closed, and corner spaces. Leave some sweetgrass at your southernmost door.

Use sweetgrass to cleanse the aura and sacred objects, bless a space, yield protective energies by carrying it in a pouch on your body, or hang it up indoors as a protective amulet.
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Just Desserts for Abundance
NOVEMBER 24, 2022 BY CHARLYNN WALLS

Thanksgiving is often associated with overindulgence. However, it is also a time of abundance and appreciation. You can weave a little magick throughout your day. Create a little kitchen magick when baking your desserts for the day. While creating your dessert, you can chant this verse as you stir with a clockwise motion:

Abundance is my wish for my
guests. May they ever be blessed.

This is the perfect way to serve up to your guests your desire for them to cultivate abundance in their lives and give them a sweet treat. You can also create a decorative centerpiece with colorful flowers that incorporates cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg into it for a scent that permeates the house. Not only will it blend in with the pumpkin pie being served later, but the energies will work well with the desire for abundance!
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St. Cecilia’s Day: Let’s Have More Music!
NOVEMBER 22, 2022 BY BARBARA ARDINGER

We’ve always needed music. The music of Orpheus charmed all living things and even stones. When guilds were formed in the Middle Ages, St. Cecilia (who had magically caused an organ to burst into song) was adopted by musicians as their patron saint.

Bring harmony and joy—music— into your life more often. What music do you love? Find your favorite song on YouTube. Sing along! Can you attend a concert tonight? Sing and dance all day long today. Cast your circle with song and dance and celebrate the healing beauty of music with some lines from Shakespeare:

Give me some music;
music, moody food
Of us that trade in love.
(Antony and Cleopatra)
If music be the food of love, play on;
Give me excess of it. (Twelfth Night)
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Onion Magic for Cleansing
NOVEMBER 21, 2022 BY ASTREA TAYLOR

Onions are associated with the underworld because they grow beneath the ground’s surface and have a sharp aroma. They’re used in magic to absorb negative energy and protect people from harm.

Cut an onion in quarters, leaving the skin on, and place the quarters in a shallow dish of salt. The dish could be placed under the bed of someone who is physically or emotionally sick, or anywhere you feel negative energy. This practice is best performed under a waning moon, but any lunar phase will work. Say:

With onion bulb and waning moon,
I ask for protection of this room.

The negative energy will be drawn into the onion. When it has done its work, usually a day later, throw the onion away outside or take the trash out of your home. Clap your hands seven times to represent that the work is done. Finally, wash your hands with aromatic soap and take a deep breath, knowing the negativity is gone.

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Heartwings Love Notes 1064 Thankful for Small Blessings

Heartwings says, “The more thanks we give, the closer we grow to good fortune.”

Is it appropriate to do good for selfish reasons, i.e., to do good for the reward? This thought has been going around in my head recently, and it seems quite a conundrum when you think about it. To do good, altruistically, without expectation of reward is or is said to be, the best of ways to act. Realistically, to do good without a motive, might be said to be an essentially unselfish act.
However, it is also true that what goes around comes around. What you do to or for another person will return to you, often in spades. This seems to me to be a good reason to behave oneself, as well, as I and others were brought up to do. My question is, does the motive matter? If I’m doing a kind act for selfish reasons, because I know I will receive back in some way, is there less of a reward or benefit than if I do it just out of kindness?

Common sense says, it ought not to matter, what goes around comes around, regardless. Besides, life is too short to be concerned with such trivial notions. What really matters is to be thankful, regardless. No one is perfect, nor is any circumstance, at least in the long run. The best anyone can do is the best they can. For instance, I never did enjoy riding a bicycle, no matter how hard I tried. I managed to fall off frequently. Once, after I had a tumble, when a kind stranger brought me and my bike home, my parents thanked him then after he left, berated me for accepting a ride from a stranger. Oh, well, such is life.

My parents did the best they could to protect me from whatever bad thing might happen. I am grateful to them for their caution and for their efforts. I was a friendly child and might well have gotten into some kind of trouble and suffered for it. However, thankfully I didn’t. Of course, I grew up to become a parent who practiced the same caution. Isn’t that always the way? We have one end of the behavior and then the other in order to understand how it all works out for the best.

On a daily basis I try hard to remember to express my gratitude for the smallest and even the most ordinary of blessings. The reason I do it is because I want to remember to be grateful and to take nothing for granted. In my experience people can disappear from my life without any warning, expected events and opportunities can vanish suddenly. When I have made note of a blessing at least I have acknowledged it. Gratitude is key for us all to have a successful, productive, and happy life regardless of motive.

May your giving of thanks become a constant experience.

Blessings and Best Regards, Tasha Halpert

PS do you remember to express your gratitude often? How is it for you? I do so enjoy your comments and emails. Write me at Tashahal@gmail.com, and for more Love Notes, check out my website at http://www.Heartwingsandfriends.com.

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Family Holidays


Being in situations that we might not choose, allows us to see ourselves in a new light.
As the holidays approach, you may be preparing yourself to gather with family members you don’t usually spend time visiting. You may even feel that you are choosing to meet more from a sense of obligation than celebration. But when we trust that the universe always places us exactly where we need to be, we know that we have been placed in our families for some higher purpose. Your spirit may have chosen that particular group of souls to help you learn certain lessons, or to give you the experiences necessary to overcome specific challenges. And when we feel we’ve moved away from situations that don’t resemble us or the life we choose to live, it can seem frustrating to put ourselves back into an old scenario. But even a sense of obligation is a sign that you are still connected to the energy of your family, and for that alone it is worth investing yourself into making the most of any gathering.

Once surrounded by people from your past, you may find that you are feeling challenged by a sort of identity crisis. There is likely to be a gap between the person you know yourself to be now and how you are seen by those who knew you before. But you can call upon your inner strength to stand in your truth and simply be who you are without needing their approval or heeding any criticism. Then, you can offer them the gift you’d like to receive when you also allow them to be themselves.

Being in situations that we might not choose for ourselves allows us to see ourselves in a new light. The contrast helps us to see our own strengths and weaknesses, and to learn to accept others for theirs. Part of the magic of family is the way in which it bonds diverse people together, allowing them to function as a complete unit. Who we are today has been built upon our past. If nothing else, rejoining with the family and friends who knew us in our earlier days allows us to recall where we came from so that we can appreciate all that we’ve been given.

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The Druids Garden
Sacred Trees of the Americas: Linden/Basswood

~Dana

Linden is always a joy to find anywhere you go. A tree with a gentle spirit and incredibly useful offerings, the Linden is there for you. I remember meeting Linden for the first time when I was young with my grandfather. He shared that this was a “giving tree” with medicine, food, and more all within the same tree. We sat and talked under this lovely tree and even years after that tree is no more, I still return to that spot to reflect on his teachings about the Linden. The Linden species (Tilia spp.) includes 30 species of shrubs and bushes that can be found throughout the temperate Northern Hemisphere. Lindens are also known as Basswood, WhiteWood, Spoonwood, or Lime Tree and here in Northern Appalachia, the “Basswood” and “Linden” names are used fairly interchangeably.

This post is part of my Sacred Trees of the Americas series–this series has been expanded and released in my book The Magical Compendium of Eastern North American Trees which is the companion book to the TreeLore Oracle (which we released earlier this year). In this series, I explore the magic, mythology, herbal, cultural, and divination uses, with the goal of eventually producing a larger work that explores many of our unique trees located on the US East Coast. For my methods using ecology, the doctrine of signatures, and human uses, you can see this post.

Other trees in this series include Tulip Poplar, Dogwood, Spruce, Spicebush, Rhododendron, Witch Hazel, Staghorn Sumac, Chestnut, Cherry, Juniper, Birch, Elder, Walnut, Eastern White Cedar, Hemlock, Sugar Maple, Hawthorn, Hickory, Beech, Ash, White Pine, Black Locust, and Oak. For information on how to work with trees spiritually, you can see my Druid Tree Working series including finding the face of the tree, seeking the grandmother trees, tree relationships, communicating on the outer planes, communicating on the inner planes, establishing deep connections with trees, working with urban trees, tree energy, seasonal workings, and helping tree spirits pass.

So with all of that, let’s go learn some more about the lovely Linden tree!

Linden: Ecology
Tilia Americana, known as the American Linden or American Basswood tree, has a native range spanning from Tennessee to Maine, across Ontario, and into the edges of Montana through Oklahoma—quite far-ranging indeed. The Linden is most often found in deciduous forests along with sugar maples and prefers a higher PH. The bark is distinct, either light gray or brown with thin fissures running up and down. The leaves are asymmetrical and heart-shaped; they look like a lopsided heart where one part of the leaf is larger than the other. The leaves are 6-10” long and are alternatively ranged on the branch. The leaves are shiny on top and duller underneath, and when the tree blows in the wind, you can often see them twisting and shimmering in the breeze. The leaves produce a nutrient-rich leaf litter which is a favorite of gardeners and permaculturists for use in their gardens.

Most people can identify linden due to the flowers—each one drops from a yellow-white bract (looking like a single leaf) with 6-20 small white flowers with five symmetrically arranged petals. The flowers are distinct not only in the beautiful display and aroma but also because they require exactly 14 hours and 30 minutes days to form, thus, Lindens only grow north of the 35th parallel in latitude in North America. Unlike most trees that bloom later the further north you go, Linden blooms the opposite—they bloom earliest at the top of their range in Ontario and bloom into mid-to-late June at the southern end of their range, based on the available daylight. The Linden flowers turn to seeds, which can stay present on the Linden for midwinter.

Linden is often associated with both domestic and wild honey bees—bees are the primary pollinators of Linden. Linden is sometimes known as a “humming tree” due to the number of insects she draws while in flower. Linden flowers are fragrant and produce a beautifully rich and delicious honey, in which a single tree in one season can attract tens of thousands of bees and insects. As John Eastman notes in Book of Forest and Thicket, Linden produces some of the finest honey in North America. In the wild, hollow Linden trees were a common place for wild bee colonies to be found. The white wood of the linden tree is also made into beehive frames.

Seed pods are often eaten by a variety of animals including mice, squirrels, and chipmunks. Rabbits and voles prefer the bark of young linden trees, which can require protection from them killing the trees. The Bucculatrix Improvisa, a golden brown moth, only feeds on the trees in the Tilia species, and then the moth creates a yellow cocoon on the underside of the leaf, and overwinters until spring.

Linden trees have staying power. Even if a Linden is cut down, like the American Hazelnut, she can spring forth from her stump and regenerate. Linden grows extremely deep taproots and also has a wide lateral root structure—this means a Linden is almost never blown down but stays firm.

While Linden is a desirable tree, it is extremely difficult to propagate from seed (only 30% of the seeds are viable and due to a hard seed coating, they can take 2-3 years to germinate). Thus, Lindens are often propagated through cuttings and grafting, which suggests that humans may have been at least partially responsible for the spread of these trees well before colonial times.

Human Uses: Wood and Fiber

Linden wood is white, fine-grained, and fairly soft. It is a common wood for use in woodburning and carving; often when you visit a hobby store and purchase blocks of carving wood or wood for burning, it is linden (sometimes labeled as Basswood or White-wood). As mentioned above, this beautiful wood is also a very traditional wood for making honey frames as well as boxes and wagon boxes. Linden is often also used for the body of electric guitars (along with aspen). But due to its soft nature, most of its commercial uses are for carving and woodburning.

The term “basswood” is derived from the cambium (inner bark) which is an excellent source of “bast” or fiber. Cordage from Linden trees was found at the Glacial Kame site in Canada (cordage with copper beads) and the Ohio Hopewell site (textiles), suggesting that Indigenous Americans had an extremely longstanding relationship with this useful tree, which traditionally would be harvested in the spring when the sap was flowing and the cambium was easy to slip off of the tree. The inner fiber of Linden is one of the best trees in North America for producing ropes, cordage, nets, mats, textiles, and other applications where a pliable inner bark was needed.

John Smith reports that native Americans living in Virginia would spin and braid the fibers to make threads that were used for nets, arrow shafts, housing, apparel, and for fishing gear. The Ojibwe would use it to lash together wigwams and medicine lodges. The Algonquin peoples were known to use Linden to weave straw mats that were used as a roof for shelters. The Menomeni used it so extensively that H. Smith reports that balls of the twine were kept in every household. Many of these applications continued into colonial America, and are kept alive today in the modern bushcraft and earth skills communities.

Finally, Linden has a very large amount of foliage and can produce a very deep shade when full grown; due to this and their bee-attracting capabilities, they are traditionally planted on the windward side of orchards to help break the wind and help attract insect pollinators.

Linden flowers have a range of medicinal and edible uses both contemporarily and traditionally. The flowers can be enjoyed fresh or distilled and turned into both an essential oil and a perfume. They have a very delicate almost honey smell that is just wonderful for this use, when distilled the sweetness also is complimented by a slightly spicy flavor. Linden seed pods (after the flowers are done blooming) can be pressed for oil in large quantities.

Linden leaves are edible and have long been enjoyed by both human and livestock. As with other edible tree species (such as Maple), the leaves are best when they are young and tender. You can eat them later in the season, but they get tougher as they get older. Linden leaves were used as a cooking aid by the Iroquois, as reported by Charlotte Erichsen-Brown: the Iroquois used cornmeal and boiled pumpkin and mixed with berries (blackberry or huckleberry). They would line the entire pan with Linden leaves and bake this into a bread.

A Linden flower tree is certainly a wonderful treat on a hot summer day and has a range of medicinal effects.

Human Uses: Herbalism
Traditional indigenous uses of Linden are for a range of issues including using the flowers for epilepsy, mouth sores, diarrhea, swelling, fevers, coughs, gastrointestinal issues, and more. The root of the Linden was used for burns by the Illinois-Miami. Linden flowers are commonly used in a medicinal tea for a variety of uses.

Following with the “bast” uses of the tree are medicinal applications: the Algonquin also used the inner bark in thin strands as a suture to sew up wounds. The Mohawk created a linden tea with branches from Linden and Staghorn sumac that was prepared in a special way for aiding childbirth, and the Iroquois also used the cambium as an emergency wound bandage.
Linden flowers are understood to be very gentle medicine, able to be used with children, nursing women, and those who are quite sick. Its uses in traditional western herbalism include being used as a demulcent, relaxant, nervine, diaphoretic (regulating fever) and diuretic (helps support healthy kidney function and flush the body). It is predominantly used as a tea, often in combination with other medicine. For use as a nervine and relaxant, it can also be used in a bath for this purpose. It also works as a fantastic headache medicine, particularly useful on tension headaches. It can also be used to soothe gastric issues and also can be used to help support a fever (diaphoretic action).

Biomedical research has demonstrated that Linden flower tea has sedative effects in mice, which can aid in the increase of sleep[1]. This is consistent with longstanding traditional uses of Linden flowers.

Craft: Linden Cordage
Learning how to make a bit of your own cordage is a very useful activity and has a range of both mundane and magical uses. You can use a linden cordage for creating a special necklace, for ritual workings where you bind or hold something fast, or even for a handfasting where you want to bring two people together as one.

I recommend that you use a downed branch of Linden or one that requires to be pruned, which in an area where they are common, is not too difficult to find. The best cordage branches are those that have few knots and are fairly straight. Spring is the traditional time to harvest material for cordage and is by far the easiest to process, but you can create it anytime you have access to the material

Begin by stripping the bark from your branches (a small knife is very effective for this). The bark has two layers, the outer and inner layer, and you will want to separate these layers and avoid having any dark outer bark left on your inner fiber. If the material has dried out, it is useful to soak it (up to a day or more) and then try to separate it. Your goal is to create strips of the thin, inner green bark—the longer the strip, the bigger. For thin cordage, as would be appropriate for a necklace, you want to split the cambium into small strips about ¼ to 1/6” each. The more consistent the size, the more consistent your cordage will be. Next, “buff” the strips to soften them, this is usually done by rubbing them between your hands or with your hand on your leg (wearing pants) for a time until the fibers loosen and get softer. The fibers will be ready to spin when they are pliable.

To create your cordage, you will split a long fiber in half and start to twist it at the center of the fiber. Eventually, a little kink in the fiber will form—grab this kink in your non-dominant hand. Twist one of the fibers away from you, then move that fiber in the opposite direction that you twisted (toward you) and bring it over the second fiber. Now, twist the second fiber away from you, and move the first fiber back toward you. The key is that you will twist the individual fibers in one direction and twist the fibers together in the opposite—this creates a cord. As you twist, you will run out of fiber—2” before you do so, add a new fiber that you have prepared and twist the first into the second and just keep going. While this may sound complicated, once you get the hang of the two different twists, you can do this nearly effortlessly.

Once you’ve made your homemade cordage, consider using it to string a pendant (such as one of the charms listed in this book) or using it for some other magical purpose. Any time you want to hold energy or bind something would be a very appropriate use of Linden.

Magical and Divination Uses of Linden
Binding: As Linden’s extensive use for creating ropes, cordage, and other materials that bind, Linden offers this energy energetically. You can use Linden to hold something fast to you, to tie something together, or to bind something that is in need of binding. All of these uses still require human action to bring the binding or cordage together.

Alchemy: The Linden’s deep association with bees, who are nature’s alchemists and its connection with honey signify a deeper connection with alchemy and transformation. Linden ha many ways in which it can be transformed: into cordage, food, medicine, honey, drink, or carvings, and all of these are rooted in the tree’s innate qualities.

Air: Linden’s association as a “humming tree”, the way its leaves blow and shine in the breeze, the yellow of its flowers, and the flower growth habit all speak to the close association of this tree with the element of air. If you are doing any workings that focus on air and air magic, Linden is an excellent tree to work with.

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Layers Of Feeling

Passive aggression is most often wielded by those who feel powerless and want to avoid their own true feelings.

Many people are taught from a young age to suppress feelings commonly regarded as negative, such as anger, resentment, fear, and sorrow. Those who cannot or will not express these emotions tend to engage in passive-aggressive behaviors that provide them with a means of redirecting their feelings. Passive aggression can take many forms: People who feel guilty saying “no” may continually break their promises because they couldn’t say no when they meant it. Others will substitute snide praise for a slur to distance themselves from the intense emotions they feel. More often than not, such behavior is a cry for help uttered by those in need of compassion and gentle guidance.

When we recognize passive-aggressive patterns in the behavior of others, we should never allow ourselves to be drawn into a struggle for power. Passive aggression is most often wielded by those who feel powerless in the face of what they perceive as negative emotions because they hope to avoid confronting their true feelings. They feel they are in control because they do not display overt emotion and often cannot understand how they have alienated their peers. If someone close to us shows signs of frustration or annoyance but claims nothing is amiss, we can point out that their tone of voice or gestures are communicating a different message and invite them to confide in us. When we feel slighted by a backhanded compliment, it is important that we calmly explain how the jibe made us feel and why. And when an individual continually breaks their promises, we can help them understand that they are free to say no if they are unwilling to be of service.

As you learn to detect passive aggression, you may be surprised to see a hint of it in yourself. Coping with the natural human tendency to veil intense emotions can be as simple as reminding yourself that expressing your true feelings is healthy. The emotions typically regarded as negative will frequently be those that inspire you to change yourself and your life for the better, whereas passive-aggressive behavior is a means of avoiding change. When you deal constructively with your feelings, you can put them behind you and move forward unencumbered by unexplored emotion.

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Coach Gilberto, Chapter 39
by Stephen Halpert

Maria put her hand on Gilberto’s shoulder and rubbed it gently. “Good for you. I’m so proud.” They were driving back to Boston. “The Board of the Headmaster’s Council want you as the next President of the Private School Headmasters Association.” She grinned at Gilberto. “I can’t see you doing that though.”
Gilberto sighed, frowned, said nothing.
“Quite seriously,” she smiled. “I’m sure they see you as some kind of wild force that will pull them in millions from fundraising.”
He nodded. “Sorry, not my thing.”
She laughed. “What do you mean?”
“It’s not what I want. I’m not a preppy, Maria. I like wild clothes not the button-down preppy look. That’s not me. I’m not into the politics of prep school fund raising either.”
“You don’t want to spend your days calling rich alumni looking for donations?” She giggled.
He shook his head emphatically, “No. Not my thing. “Besides they’re already a wealthy crowd with gilt edged endowments. If I got involved, I’d want better pay for faculty and staff. Private school faculty and staff are forced to live in genteel poverty.”
She laughed. “Tell them that and watch them duck for cover.”
Ahead was a roadside restaurant. The parking lot was half full.
“Lunch?” he inquired as he pulled in.
“Sure,” she smiled, peering at the outdoor sign. “I see fresh lobster rolls in bright red letters.”
He parked. As they got out, he came over and took her hand. She edged closer, drawing him to her. They kissed.
She smiled again. “Kissing in parking lots is so youthening.”
He grinned. “I’m getting tired of that tie and jacket dress code. Prep school etiquette is so bland and impersonal. Being around those types makes me feel like I forgot to use my deodorant.”
Softly she took his hand and kissed it. “Joey graduates this spring. He’s got his soccer scholarship signed, sealed, and delivered. That helps free us up even more. We can hit the road.” Still hand in hand they went toward the restaurant.
Gilberto laughed. “Yes, it would be just the thing for Mona to live out of the back seat of our car.” Maria giggled. “And don’t forget Boris,” he went on. “He’d have to fit in the back beside her.”
Maria grinned. “How could I forget Boris? He eats more than we do. But I don’t mind the investment in dog food. I like him and think he’s a good influence on Mona. Caring for him teaches her responsibility.” She sighed. “Much as I would like to, we can’t just pack up and go. Not quite yet. But I’d like us to take off as much as you do.”
As they entered the restaurant door, he nodded. “Anyway, I’d rather put time into creating the soccer camp with Ramon. We’ve already purchased that land outside Munson. “
“Couldn’t you do both?”
He nodded. “If need be. Me and Ramon want the camp to focus on kids from disadvantaged backgrounds. That way we feel we’d be contributing to something worthwhile.”
She nodded. “I know what you mean about preppy elitism at Houndstooth.”
“Old money,” he sniffed. “I’d rather be helping working class kids who’d better appreciate the opportunities playing soccer could provide.”
She took his hand. “Good, me too.”
The waitress picked up menus and led them to a booth. Gilberto sat and she slid into the booth next to him. “You’re such an idealist.”
“You think?” He perused the menu the fresh two pounds baked stuffed lobster made him hungry just to think about.
“Yes, I think,” she smiled. “And I’m glad too. It’s your honesty, another reason why I love you.”
“I’m just being real with you,” he said. “I feel like an outsider amongst all that private school veneer.”
She smiled. ” We both do, but I think Lara Parker pissed you off when she came down on you about resisting giving Mona a phone.”
“That too,” he said. “But more to the point we’ve got enough to live comfortably, do some traveling, eat out when we want. We can’t take it with us after all.”
“Hello,” a stylish, though sedate older woman stopped at their booth and smiled.”
She peered at Gilberto. “Yes, I remember you wrapped in a towel in the hall outside your room during that fire experience.”
Gilberto realized he was looking at the woman who had been in the hall of the motel with the Headmaster of Herringbone.
Beside her the scrawny, red-faced man with a neck like a rooster nodded. “Yes, hello. Alex Robinson here. I’m glad we didn’t all get burnt to a crisp.” He shoved out his hand toward Gilberto. “Quite a challenge, all those little minds to feed. This is my wife, Kate.”
She smiled and shook hands with Gilberto and Maria. Looking at her husband she sighed. “He works so hard, spending so many hours with the boys.”
“Not as many as Cy Willoughby”, Alex said. “Now there was dedication. Pity Ed Long couldn’t abide him. Always felt as though one day he’d be relieved as Headmaster and Cy would be appointed.”
Gilberto nodded but said nothing, waiting for Robinson to continue. “With Cy it was always for the boys. Ed counted pennies and squinched dollars. Pity Lara appointed him as Headmaster instead of Cy. Husband’s prerogative, I guess.”
“Alex adored Cy,” Kate Robinson said. “He was always worried for him. Fearful that Ed would push him off the bridge, so to speak.”
Maria smiled up at them and invited them to join them.
They sat across from one another. The Robinsons both ordered chicken soup and a sandwich. Maria had tuna, Gilberto the two pound lobster special.
As they finished their meal and were sipping coffee, Kate spoke. “Perhaps we can dine again in Boston,” she said.
“I think it’s good for us headmasters to break bread together,” Alex said.
“Yes,” Gilberto nodded. He couldn’t help but wonder what else Alex could tell him about the Ed Long, Cy Willoughby debacle.
To be continued

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Kitty Kat’s Korner
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How to Keep Your Cat Off the Kitchen Counters
By FRANNY SYUFY

A cat that likes to jump on the kitchen counter creates a variety of problems and hazards. Although some people think cats should be allowed to sit on counters, this is a bad cat habit that should be prevented (or stopped if it’s already occurring). A cat who thinks the counter is an acceptable place to be might walk (or jump) onto the stove, eat left-out foods that will poison them, or ingest residue from countertop cleaning products. For humans, there’s a health risk, as cats can track poop onto the counter if they walk on it after using the litter box, spreading bacteria across the area where people prepare food. It’s best to keep your cat off the countertops. Using deterrents and rewards, you can keep your cat off the counter.

Why Do Cats Jump on the Counter?
Kitchen counters attract cats like a magnet for several reasons. Once you identify the reason your cat likes the countertop so much, you can use this information to modify or redirect your cat’s behavior.

Cats love heights. Get any two cats together with a climbing tree or cat tower, and you’ll have a ready-made game of “King of the Hill.” Countertops are just high enough so that most cats can either jump up from the ground or get help from a well-positioned chair.

Kitchen counters smell good! They’re often loaded with tempting things to eat, such as raw chicken parts, ground beef, or yesterday’s tuna casserole that’s ready to be reheated for dinner. A carelessly cleaned countertop may also be home to crumbs and spills that a cat might enjoy nibbling on.

Cats like fresh running water. Some cats are also attracted to running water in the kitchen sink, and for many cats, this is their main source of drinking water. Although the kitchen sink is probably cleaner than the toilet, there are better alternatives for your kitty.

How to Stop Counter Jumping
You can employ a few training techniques to encourage your cat to stay off the countertop. These have proven to be successful, but you must maintain consistency if you want your cat (or cats) to get off and stay off the kitchen countertops.

Try the method that works best for your situation and/or that your cat responds to most positively.

Apply sticky tape to the edge of the counter. Cats hate the feeling of sticky tape. Once they feel the tape on the edge of the counter, they’ll likely be discouraged after one or two tries. The disadvantage is that you may have to keep reapplying the tape indefinitely and the adhesive may be difficult to clean up afterward. Also, the cat may outsmart you and find a way to get on the counter by avoiding the edge.

Tape a strip of crinkled aluminum foil along the counter. It’s not only the feel of it on their toes but the noise that deters cats. Be aware that this method may be disruptive to the way you use your countertop and may also be wasteful.

Use clicker training. Cat’s respond best to positive reinforcement rather than punishment. If you see your cat on the counter looking for food, offer a treat or other reward such as throwing a toy on the floor near the counter, to entice them off. Once they jump off, pair the reward with a clicker that makes a sound. Eventually, your cat will associate the clicker with the reward and the clicker can be used by itself to lure your cat off the counter.
Eliminate the chair. If your cat can only get on the countertop with help from a chair, move the chair and eliminate the boost.

Provide legal jumping targets. Invest in (or build) a climbing tree or a cat tower for your kitty. Make it interesting enough to hold the cat’s attention, and once in a while, “sweeten the deal” by hiding a tasty treat at the top. Pet and praise your cat when it uses the climbing tree, so it will associate the new kitty furniture with positive feelings.

Keep your countertop clean. Remove some of the temptations by not leaving food, crumbs, or other treats on the counter that your cat may be drawn to.
Address the faucet. If your cat is constantly drinking at the faucet, figure out if there are stressors around the water bowl (is it near the litterbox, near a highly trafficked area, etc.) and eliminate the stress. Your cat may prefer the cold, fresh water from the tap, so replace their water a few times a day and add an ice cube or two to keep the temperature down. Never leave the faucet running; it’s wasteful and tempting for the cat. You can also buy a kitty water fountain that will keep the water in the bowl flowing.


By using a little ingenuity and staying “one jump” ahead of your cat, you should be able to discourage your kitty’s counter-surfing habit.

Next Steps
If nothing seems to work despite your consistency and effort, it may be time to call in a feline behavioral therapist. In this type of situation, the specialist will likely visit your home to assess the situation and come up with new behavior modification techniques to help you keep your cat off the countertop.

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Georgia Nicols Weekly Horoscope
Sunday, November 27, 2022

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All Signs
If we’re clever (and we are) –this will be a productive week. On Monday, we’re motivated and keen to work! But on Tuesday, Mercury opposes Mars, triggering arguments about how to do things. Wednesday and Thursday are ditto. But ah ha! We “know” this. (Riff from Twilight Zone here.) Today, it’s Sunday (maybe Monday for some of you), but forewarned is forearmed! So, if we decide to deal with our differences; if we listen to each other; and are open to compromise — then, we can have a productive week! Therefore, the minute things go off the rails, take a breath and look for consensus. Is this possible? Of course! Remember: experts built the Titanic, but the Ark was built by amateurs.

Aries (March 21-April 19)
Your urge to travel and seek adventure is still strong. This is why many of you will escape to sunny climes and have fun. But most of you will make serious plans for the future, and start to embrace a project that is dear to your heart. You want to get things done, which is great because by Dec. 20, lucky Jupiter returns to your sign. Therefore, be smart and accomplish as much as you can this week, despite the fact that you will find yourself at odds with others. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to figure out how to deal with these challenges, and move forward anyhow, to achieve your goals and objectives. It’s true that retrograde Mars is taking the wind out of your sails, but you can still make progress even if it’s slower and less than you expected. Eleanor Roosevelt said, “One candle is better than the darkness.”

Taurus (April 20-May 20)
You have a strong focus on money, cash flow and earnings, as well as dealing with money from other sources – banks and financial institutions. You might also be negotiating with funds that come to you via your partner or a third party. Continue to make plans and hope for the best. Expect Doris Day parking. Despite the differences you encounter with someone (professionals regarding loans and mortgages); nevertheless, remember that you are the financial wizard of the zodiac. You know your stuff! People listen to you, especially if you have done your homework. Saturn is still high in your chart, meaning this is your time of harvest, which means this is still a time of good fortune when your cherished dreams can come true! Think positive.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)
It hasn’t been easy to get things done, because despite your intentions, Mars in your sign is retrograde, which means your efforts bring less results. Don’t be frustrated by this. This week in particular, you will have to use skilful means dealing with partners, spouses and close friends in order to achieve what you want to do. Very likely, this requires some compromise. That means give-and-take on both sides. Fortunately, you can achieve this because Mercury and Venus are in your House of Partnerships, which means people are inclined to agree with you. They too, want consensus. (That’s half the battle, right there.) Be grateful to move forward with baby steps.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)
You are fortunate because more than the other signs, you are motivated to work hard because you have three planets sitting in your House of Employment. This motivates you to get things done, even if you don’t have paying job. You want to work and be efficient! Nevertheless, coworkers and people involved in your projects might argue with you. But you have the ability to convince them to share funding and practical resources so that you can move forward with what you actually want to do. This means the obstacles that you encounter are actually based on your ability to work with others this week. Compromise will be key.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
You want time off to enjoy social outings, good times with friends and your kids. Your involvement with others has been disappointing because everything took longer than you expected. Plans were either delayed or they incurred greater costs. Fortunately, practical advice and help from a partner or close friend is like a steady ballast for you. Take all the help you can get. You are also in touch with your creative vibes this week, so this energy will work as well. More than most signs, you are quick to see the big picture. Don’t lose sight of that. Remember your objective – and keep going. (Your life will be so much easier next year.)

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
Your involvement with home, family, redecorating projects and home repairs continues. You have ideas about what you want to get done. However, you will meet with opposition. Do not stop or give up your plans. Find a new approach to satisfy your wants and needs with the wants and needs of someone else. Happy middle ground? A trade-off? Jupiter is still opposite your sign for a few more weeks, which means you should approach all your relationships with the idea that you and the other person should help each other. Assume that whatever happens will be mutually beneficial. Moderation is the key this week. Keep plugging away.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
You want to take short trips and talk to others; plus, you’re reading, writing and studying. Naturally, this is stimulating and exciting; but it’s also a distraction, and it makes everything in your life a bit fractured. This week make a To Do list. Don’t be discouraged by arguments with others because these are temporary. You are a great communicator and with skilful means, you can get the cooperation of others, even your kids. You still have opportunities to improve your job or find a better job; and this is important to keep in mind as well. Make plans because next year, you will work hard because you want to. You’ll be on a roll!

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
You’re thinking about how to earn money, partly because you have ideas about how to spend it! (You want to buy beautiful things.) Your kids are a source of joy to you and you want to help them if you can. But at a deeper level, you are also thinking about your values in life. In other words, what really matters? “What’s it all about, Alfie?” It’s good to have plans, but I think the best plan is to think about how to get the most out of today. The most out of this hour. The most out of this moment. On Dec. 20, Jupiter will move into your House of Employment boosting your chance to improve your job. You can count on this blessing.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
Today I read that the zodiac sign with the most billionaires was Sagittarius. It didn’t surprise me. Your ruling planet is Jupiter, the sign of wealth. You are adventurous and willing to take a gamble. But above all, you are positive thinking and you expect a successful outcome. The Sun, Mercury and Venus are still in your sign, which gives you an advantage over all the other signs. Be patient with disagreements with partners and close friends. Don’t let arguments diminish your positive frame of mind, because your optimism is your best friend. This is a good week to study and learn, especially something that requires effort. Maybe 15 minutes a day?

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Because the Sun is “hiding” in your chart, you are still “waiting” for your birthday. Oh yes, you sense that your personal year is coming to an end, and it gives one pause. (Little furry ones.) Nevertheless, this is a good week to make serious plans about financial matters, and anything that impacts your wealth. Don’t let arguments with coworkers discourage you from achieving your objectives. You know that the secret of your success is your ability to relentlessly plow forward, day, by day, by day. You get things done! In a few weeks, you will see ways to improve your home and perhaps, your real-estate wealth as well.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
You are so intelligent, many of you are intellectually lonely. (“Sigh. Nobody to talk to. Everyone’s so dumb.”) You also value friendships. This is why you have to maintain your cool this week when working with others. You will encounter static and confrontations. This means you have to use your smarts to keep the peace, and at the same time, get everyone on board to help you achieve your objectives. Younger, creative people might help you. They might see practical ways to implement your ideas. Therefore, listen to others, even if they initially object to you this week.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
More than other signs, you will likely achieve your goals, despite challenges, because you look so good to others this week! People are impressed with you because the Sun is at the top of your chart, casting you in a flattering spotlight. You will have a critical eye and see what needs to be changed or corrected in your environment because you will be conscious of the flaws in everything that you look at. Don’t just be a critic. Go beyond that. Be a teacher; and work to make improvements that you see need to be done. Start small. Sidestep family conflicts. Jupiter is in your sign for one more month bringing you blessings. Yay!

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Weekly Horoscopes Beginning Sunday,
27 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:

As a quick-thinking Aries, you often regard planning ahead as a waste of time. While often this is true, at the moment you’re urged to think carefully about what you’re doing now and where those activities and especially, the people involved, are taking you. The secret? Ensure arrangements and your thinking are flexible, enough for the frequent and, often, unexpected changes you’ll be making.

If arrangements for the end of the year take up your thoughts don’t push these aside for another time. You often act on the spur of the moment and it would mean a lot to those who care for you to have firm plans in place. You might benefit too from spending a little time quietly reflecting on what you would like to achieve in the first quarter of 2023. It might seem a while yet to get there but having a goal to work towards will bring a sense of purpose and eventual fulfilment.

It will be over decade before Jupiter passes through the latter degrees of Pisces again. Before it reaches your sign, it would be a good idea to review your social media accounts and presentation generally. Yes, this could prove expensive as you might decide that what’s essential is a new image. With Venus opposing your ruling planet Mars, and the latter still retrograde, you may be toying with ideas of adventure but feel to be hitting nothing but brick walls. This situation will alter – but perhaps not until the start of 2023. What you’re being offered is the chance to assess, reassess and improve. Be careful what you wish for or rather, put increased effort into creating the world you want. That advice should be taken to heart next Friday as the Moon moves through your sign. Others will be listening to what you have to say: just make sure that you are clear as to what their role should be.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

For you, as a practical Taurus, few things are more rewarding than a plan that works out in the here and now and, equally, as the future unfolds. Now, however, you’re urged to adopt a completely different approach, and not only regard plans as tentative, but to deliberately break away from the routines that smooth out potentially unsettling events. The riskier your decisions, the more progress you’ll make.

Two words are important to keep in mind if you want to stay smiling and also, if you want those you care about to be happy. The first one is ‘compromise’ and the other is ‘co-operation’. Once people know that you aren’t going to be stubborn or single-minded (as you can sometimes be), all will be well. Someone in the family will insist that they can fix a household problem. Discuss a property matter with a professional who will give you an objective view.

By next weekend, your ruling planet, Venus, will have opposed Mars. This is part of a cycle that began earlier this year. It’s arguably time to assess just how far working partnerships have come in that time. Have outflows not been matched by inflows? Are others pulling their weight? Perhaps you need to imagine yourself as a chief executive? Would you keep certain people on? Do other parts of you that need to be shaken into action? It may be that there has been a slapdash approach to some tasks and that more focused effort is required. Before Jupiter reaches the all-important World Axis toward the end of December, it would be wise to ensure that admin is running smoothly. Presently this may be your weakest link. Increased contact with those who work and live abroad is probable – perhaps requiring you to consider time zones and optimum times for meetings.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Ordinarily you’ve not only got a knack for dealing with complex problems or misunderstandings, you rather enjoy the challenge. Now, however, there’s more to it. Those misunderstandings or conflicts are raising issues, personal and otherwise, that will reach a peak around the time of the Gemini Full Moon next week, on the 8th. Consequently, for now focus on learning everything you can. Decisions should wait.

Slow down a little when it comes to dealing with day-to-day duties and stop being so hard on yourself. Are you striving for levels of perfection that simply cannot be reached? You’re trying to squeeze too much into each day and when someone suggests you need to think of your health, listen to their sensible advice. News of a birth or arranging a birthday celebration for a relative will brighten your days.

Mars continues its retrograde journey through your sign. This week not only does Mercury, your ruling planet, oppose Mars, but so too does Venus (i.e., two cycles reach turning points). Both personal and working partnerships will be stretched and a war of words probable. If you’ve been economical with the truth, then anticipate challenge. We have to hope that your archiving and memory are in good order and that you have a team of lawyers or spokespeople, who can protect you from yourself as there is danger of you talking yourself into further trouble. On the upside, the same conditions should prompt fresh perspective when it comes to marketing and design. Though this wouldn’t be the time to finalise either, you could learn much about new methods and how to make better use of images and videos to convey a message. This could bring you to the attention of a Sagittarius who may be in position to offer you a little freelance work.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Currently, it seems everybody is complaining about something. While you’re trying to do what you can, it isn’t always easy to discern what needs swift action from others’ persistent moaning. However, you’re neglecting certain of your own issues, mostly because you’re unsure what to do. For now, discuss these with those you trust. They’ll need attention, but probably not until the Cancer Full Moon, in early January.

In the main, tradition means a lot to you but personal ambition can sometimes push you into disregarding what’s accepted as normal. This could be one of those times. Friends and colleagues will be wide-eyed with wonder when you play your hunches and refuse to conform. This should bring some new opportunities into your life and these are bound to affect other people too in a positive way. You might also come up with some new ideas on how you’re going to earn a little extra.

It will be over a decade before Jupiter passes over these latter degrees of Pisces once more. Before it leaves at the winter solstice next month, Cancer’s attention should be given to knowledge base and how it might be approved. If you’re a writer, this would be excellent editing time. Before next weekend, first Mercury and then Venus will oppose Mars. Yes, these are stressful aspects, but, remember that Mars is retrograde. It’s a good time for going back over things. It’s highly likely that one of your special skills could be rebranded and marketed differently. Before Jupiter arrives at that all-important career apex on December 21st, reviewing how you present yourself, business cards, phone number etc etc should be given extra thought. You may be prompted to do this by a Gemini or Sagittarius who appreciates your value and is in a position to promote you.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

True, the current planetary setup accents life’s joys, together with others and, sometimes, on your own. However, you’re also facing a range of obligations as complex as they are persistent. The time has come to review these, ideally with those involved. Once you’re talking things over, you’ll realise most can be dealt with swiftly, and that others are less complicated than you feared.

If you are closely linked to someone or if you work in a team with one partner, don’t be surprised if you start getting on each other’s nerves. It might be time to put a little distance between you. Nothing dramatic is forecast but a little tension will pass without an incident if you aren’t in each other’s pockets. A small bonus or financial pay-out may be back-dated but due to a disagreement over dates or figures, this may be subject to some delay.

You may know that when two planets appear close together, it is called a conjunction. Of course, the planets thousands and thousands of miles apart from one another. Nevertheless, that apparent fusion of energies begins a cycle. When those same two planets are at opposite ends of the zodiac, the cycle is at full moon stage. This week, two cycles reach this phase as first Mercury, and then Venus oppose Mars. This should be a week for extraordinary developments. Remember that there is emphasis on the research and development area of your solar chart. Ideas that have been incubated since the start of these cycles in the first quarter of 2022, are now ripe for the next stage of their development. Expect to be noticed, for your voice to be heard but equally, expect to have answers. In short, this week you could be put on the spot.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Usually, when you organise plans or make a decision, changes are minor. With so much in transition, however, you’re better off regarding even the simplest of arrangements as a bit of an experiment. This won’t just relieve the pressure you’re experiencing, what you learn and who you meet could be amazingly informative in the here and now, and lead to stunning opportunities in the near future.

Caution is advisable when dealing with tax and property matters, or with creditors. Someone may be out to make a larger profit than they deserve. Be wary of people you’ve not yet had the chance to get to know properly. You like to think the best of everyone but not everyone is as honest as they look. Sometimes you can be too trusting. You’re starting to tire of a chore that always falls on you to do. A favour, once done for someone, has turned into a habit.

Two special aspects take place between this weekend and next as first Mercury, and then Venus, oppose Mars. Recall that the latter is retrograde presently – and in the career zone of your solar chart. These positions on the backbone of this chart suggest a shakeup on the work front. You may be called on to cover someone who’s unavailable. You could equally be put under considerable stress possibly due to transport difficulties. Another possibility is feeling so surrounded by books, papers and information that you don’t know where to start with a space-clearing exercise. It’s imperative that you have assistance – preferably from someone who quietly gets on with tasks. Those born under the Water signs of cancer, Scorpio or Pisces could offer just the support you need.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

The range of tricky situations you’ve been dealing with are nothing new. Yet, you’ve not only handled them wisely, you’ve managed to calm others before they turned what are actually minor problems into major dramas. Ironically, however, in certain situations you’re urged to stand back and allow exactly that to happen. Certain individuals will do nothing until minor issues become a genuine crisis.

The next step you take in a long-term venture will need careful consideration. This shouldn’t be difficult when the pace of life is slow and the atmosphere around you, peaceful and undemanding. Some recent hard work and dedication is starting to pay dividends. Family news is delightful but expect some mix-up in communications. If an older relative is known for always picking things up wrongly make sure they understand what is going on. Romance is encouraged in an active social scene.

Libras don’t like tension, but are all too capable of creating it. Your life quest is to find equilibrium. As a result, there are times when you create an issue just so that you can exercise that gift of finding balance. You may well do that this week when first Mercury, and then Venus, your ruling planet, opposes Mars. You may find that the ‘other party’ isn’t willing to engage. Mars is, after all, retrograde in another of the Air signs. Make sure that if you did achieve engagement that you are clear about your facts. Double, triple and even quadrupling would be wise. In not many weeks’ times, others will ask for your view of the future. It’s imperative that you do your homework. This though, would be an excellent time for editing or pursuing any kind of study. The quest for accurate information should be such that you research and archive to near professional standard.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

The Scorpio Full Moon was in late October, but it was an eclipse, so triggered changes, some dramatic and a few complicated. You’re still dealing with the latter and are beginning to wonder if you’ve ignored important facts. It’s either that, or certain individuals have successfully hidden those, and other equally significant, information from you. Forget about being discreet. Discuss your concerns frankly with others.

A small difference of opinions will get in the way of an otherwise harmonious few days. You can ignore the fact that you have disagreed and let emotions fester or you might mend this breach before you fall out completely. Try to adopt a more adventurous approach to life. There’s likely to be a touch of the ‘dare devil’ lurking somewhere deep within you and it would be a pity to waste it and continue to live life in a rut.

Issues around presentation dominate conversation. As first Mercury, and then Venus opposes your ruling planet Mars, anticipate that others will question how you put across facts. Whilst you may feel that you have presented these clearly, it may be that you’ve been either too flowery with your language or used too many images. Perhaps it will be the other way around. Whatever, expect to be challenged. It is possible that you will be the one to ask deep and searching questions. Perhaps you know that others simply don’t have the answers as yet. Wars of words and more than likely. Calming those who are travelling on what you believe to be high horses could make things even more stressful. The good news is that you will surely be appreciated by a Virgo who is undergoing massive change and who needs not just practical but emotional support. Your value should suit cement a partnership that could yet turn into a business union in 2023.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

After weeks of exploring ideas, then somewhat narrowing your options, you’re still overwhelmed. Actually, the Sagittarius New Moon on the 23rd was about exactly this variety of breakthroughs. While decisions seem urgent, you’ve lots to learn and, equally, would benefit from chatting with those who’re well-informed about the ideas or activities in question. The secret? View this as the process of discovery that it is.

Study someone special in your life very closely. If they seem reluctant to join in social or travel plans it could be due to money worries hanging over their head. Encourage them to talk. Gently coax them to bring what’s bothering them out into the open. Frank discussions are essential if you are to be able to put other people’s minds at ease. Take your time when making important decisions late in the week.

First Mercury, and then Venus each oppose Mars which is retrograde in your opposite sign and so probable that you will feel the need to correct several people. this could result in a war of words or at least lively debate at the start of the week, before you determine whether or not you can continue operating together. Truth will out and challenge inevitable. You may feel you are ‘chasing the wind’ particularly if Gemini, Libra or Aquarius colleagues are involved. Yet note that your ruling planet Jupiter is now in direct motion and headed towards the all-important world Axis. In other words, it seems that – at least on this occasion, – you have ‘right’ on your side. Yes, you could be at the heart of a storm by the end of November and, in early December, need to show magnanimity.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

For ages you’ve battled changes in elements of your life, personal or more practical, but with only minor success. For now, wait and watch. Changes in the world around you will mean rethinking things. However, these are still unfolding, and won’t be clear until early January’s Capricorn New Moon. Meanwhile focus on decluttering your life and future plans. It will be far easier than you anticipate.

Keep your thoughts to yourself unless you are asked for them. Relationships can be kept harmonious if you take care not to express your opinions too forcefully. You might not like someone’s ideas when they sound unrealistic and foolish. In time to come you will be asked to give a view. Be sensible and wait for that moment and be tactful. A series of positive indications suggest someone close is ready to tell you a little secret. This will give you something exciting to anticipate.

Work pressures are likely considerable. First Mercury, and then Venus each oppose Mars which is retrograde in the ‘work’ zone of your solar chart. It’s probable that there are matters to go back over; and yes, this could be exasperating. A team that was once so resistant to your ideas should now be fully behind you but need further guidance. The need for understanding as they negotiate hurdles which have been there for weeks (but which they are only now recognising) may be considerable! A design might need to be modified. Computer coders should be on red alert. Fact is that if a launch is to go ahead as planned next month, niggling problems need to be resolved. Take care not to delete e-mails that could later prove ammunition – making clear that others acted against your advice.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Balancing your current rich range of activities, personal and involving others, has become unexpectedly complex; but it is. That’s because many of these arrangements demand you review and rethink your everyday routine and, on occasion, your priorities. The tricky part is recognising that even seemingly simple changes will, in turn, lead to others, some unexpected. The more flexible your thinking and plans, the better.

You sense someone you care for is secretly hoping to get their way even if they aren’t putting these hopes into words. If you really want to please them, do your best to put their wishes before your own. The same advice goes if you’re working alongside a workmate, you have always got on well with. Loved-ones are pleasingly receptive to new ideas and you could be planning a journey for the end of the year.

There is no shame in changing position. Hold that thought as first Mercury, and then Venus oppose Mars which is retrograde in Gemini – another of the Air signs. Yours is what is known as a Fixed sign. You are good at showing resilience and determination. Yet there are times when rethink is advisable. You may need to take responsibility for an apparent error. In doing so, you could gain increased respect. What should be clear is that new facts have emerged and that had you been aware of these some weeks ago, you would not have taken certain steps. Yes, it’s possible that you will be accused of switching sides – particularly as the Moon moves through your sign in the first half of the week, and yes this would be uncomfortable. You have though, as always, to be true to yourself and would surely be unable to go ahead with any plans that are against your personal code. As always, fighting for the underdog or ‘righting a wrong’ takes priority.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Every once in a while, somebody with good intentions says they’re worried about your activities or plans. This is nothing new; but, actually, these are an opportunity to make changes that, despite being dramatic, are tempting. Explore these, but no more. It’s true, you’re beginning a cycle of growth. However, these are the first of many options. There’ll be a lot more to discover.

Apart from an odd moment or two when you may have to grit your teeth as a well-meaning friend gives unwanted advice, the week holds a lot of promise. A trip to a favourite shopping centre will have you returning home with a satisfying clutch of home-related goodies. When buying online, follow your instincts about knowing when to spend and when to stop. Don’t be in a rush to start anything new. Give some serious thought instead to projects that currently come under discussion.

Jupiter is leaving your sign and won’t return for more than a decade. It would be wise to use these last few weeks, to prepare for excitement. Yours is the ‘sign of fishes’ that appear swimming in opposite directions; and yes, you can confuse others. You may also – on occasion – have been accused of not knowing where you’re going. That would be unkind. For some years, Uranus was travelling through your sign and you likely developed shark-like traits. As first Mercury, and then Venus oppose Mars across the backbone of your solar chart, anticipate that altered direction will be necessary and that you may need to show those sharp teeth. This may be essential if you are to take advantage of opportunities that will soon present. This week would be an excellent time to review your CV and ensure that all your experience and gifts are listed well. It might also be the appropriate time to renew contact with those you discussed matters with back in September. They may have been unable to help back then but now be in a position to do so.

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