GrannyMoon’s Weekly Feast 26 Aug – 3 Sept 2018

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Happy Full Moon!

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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Goddess Month of Hesperus begins 8/9 – 9/5
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Celtic Tree Calendar: Coll (Hazel) August 5 to September 1

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Current Moon Phase: Full Moon Magick:

From fourteen to seventeen-and-a-half days after the new moon. Prime
time for rituals for prophecy. From seven to fourteen days after the New Moon.
Full Moon energy is used banishing unwanted influences in your life, protection magick, and divination.
Full Moon magick can be conjured for seven days: the three days prior to the Full Moon, the night of the Full Moon itself, and three days after the Full Moon.

Full Moon energy is used banishing unwanted influences in your life, protection magick, and divination.

Full Moon magick can be conjured for seven days: the three days prior to the Full Moon, the night of the Full Moon itself, and three days after the Full Moon.

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GrannyMoon is Founder and Mother High Priestess of GoddessSchool, Sisters of the Burning Branch, dedicated to the Feminine Divine. Living in the Washington, DC suburbs, she attended LDS Seminary, Former staff member and student of the Esoteric Theological Seminary, is an ordained Metaphysical Interfaith minister with doctoral degrees in Theology and Divinity, since 1999. She is a current board member of the Northern Virginia Pagan Pride Day, charter member and former counsel and board member of The Order of the White Moon. A scholar of ancient mysteries, Doula, Reiki Master, Herbalist and Lifetime Member of Herbal Healer Academy, Inc. and former VA State Representative A.R.E.N. Alternative Religions Educational Network. She has dedicated her life to the study and teaching of the Esoteric.

Join us! GrannyMoon@Goddessschool.com http://Goddessschool.com GrannyMoon occasionally teaches classes, and on the last Saturday of the month hosts the Most Excellent Order of the Black Hat – open to all – a group of solitaires who celebrate the wheel of the year. 7:15 – 9:00PM

Face to Face classes at Sticks and Stones – 11037 Lee Highway · Fairfax, VA

GrannyMoon’s Herbal Witches Cauldron – Every last Saturday of the month. Explore a new herb or two and work on a hands-on project with us. 4-6PM

Coming in September – Face to Face Reiki Classes

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GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Moon Day Hail Luna! Hail Mani! Energy: Female Ruler: The Moon Magicks involving the subconscious, healing, emotions, love, spirituality, healing wounds, children, small animals, women’s mysteries,mothers, sisters, female partners, wives, instincts
Today’s Magickal Influences: Agriculture, Domestic, Long Life, Medicine,
Travels, Visions, Theft
Today’s Goddesses: Luna, Selene, Diana, Re, Gaeleach, Ida, Artemis [Whom The
Greeks Associated With Bast], The Witches, Yemaya, Erzulie, Bast
Incense: Myrtle
Perfumes: White Poppy, White Rose, Wallflower
Monday – Wear pearl, moonstone, or crystal. Use an emerald for amulets.
Color of The Day: Silver, Grey, White
Colors for Tomorrow: Red
Candle: White
Cooking on Monday will improve magics for creativity, insight, maternal
nature, and Goddess-related efforts. ~Quote from Magickal Martha

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Hail Tyr! GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Tyr’s or Tiu’s Day Day of Mars, Ares, Tiwaz, Tiw (from whom it is named), Tuisco,. Magickal influences are: Passion, courage, aggression and protection, vitality, passion, ambition and raw, unabashed power. Mars energy makes the mind acute.
Tuesday – Wear a ruby, star sapphire, or emerald. Use topaz for amulets.
Today’s Magickal Influences ~ Destination, War, Courage, Surgery, Physical Strength
Be cautious-especially while traveling.
Today’s Goddesses: Aset [Isis], Soorejnaree, Pingalla, Anna, Aine, Danu,
Yngona, Bellona, Aida Wedo, Sun Woman
Perfumes: Hellebore, Carnation, Patchouli
Incense: Lignum Aloes, Plantain
Color of The Day: Red
Colors for Tomorrow: Yellow
Lucky Sign: Tuesday Is The Lucky Day For Aries
Candle: Red
On Tuesday, cooking up a hearty meal featuring carrots, peppers, and garlic (all Mars foods and spices) to empower yourself for victory and success!
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Hail Odin! GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Woden’s or Odin’s Day
Energy: Male Ruler: Mercury – Rules healings, the mind – Use for magick
involving mental issues, learning, higher education, addictions,
communications, travel, young people, messages, perception, self-expression,
artists, poets, and writers
Wednesday – Wear amethyst, star ruby, or lodestone. Use turquoise in amulets.
Today’s Magickal Influences: Conjurations, Predictions, Knowledge, Writing,Eloquence
Incense: Cinnamon, Cinquefoil
Perfumes: Sweetpea, Lavender, Mastic, Frankincense, Cloves
Color of The Day: Yellow, Grey
Colors for Tomorrow: Purple, Indigo, Blue
Candle: Purple
Lucky Sign: Wednesday Is The Lucky Day For Gemini And Virgo
Today’s Goddesses: Aset [Isis], Demeter, Ceres, Spider Woman, Bona Dea, Oya,
Devi-Kali, Hella, Rhiannon, Coatlique, Maman Brigette, Sekhmet, Hathor
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GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Thor’s Day Hail Thor!
Energy: Male
Ruler: Jupiter
attracting more of what you have.
Today’s Magickal Influences ~ Luck, Religion, Healing, Trade And Employment,Treasure, Honors, Riches, Legal Matters,
Use Growth, Expansion, Prosperity, Money, Business, Attracting More
Thors Day – Wear sapphire, cat’s eye, or carnelian. Use sapphire in rituals.
Today’s Goddesses: Juno, Hera, Kwan Yin, Mary, Cybele, Tara, Mawu, Mlaba
Mwana Waresa, Ishtar, Nuit
Perfumes: Stock, Lilac, Storax, Aloes
Incense: Nutmeg, Henbane
Color of The Day: Purple, Indigo, Blue
Colors for Tomorrow: Light Blue, Pale Green
Lucky Sign: Thursday Is The Lucky Day For Sagittarius And Pisces
Candle: Blue
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Hail Freya! GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Freya’s Day
Energy: Female Ruler: Venus – Rules lovers and pleasure, affairs of the
heart – Use for magick involving love, peace, beauty, gentleness, women’s
problems, healing, protection, lovers, ease, pleasure, affairs. Resolve
quarrels today!
Friday – Cast love spells on Fridays. Wear blue robes and use turquoise, ruby, emerald or cat’s eye.
Today’s Magickal Influences: All Love Matters, Friendships, Affection,
Partnerships, Money, Sex
Today’s Goddesses: Astarte, Aphrodite, Erzulie, Aida Wedo, Eve, Venus,
Freya, Frigg, Diana, Aset [Isis], The Witch Of Gaeta, Chalchiuhtlique
Incense: Saffron, Verbena
Perfumes: Stephanotis, Apple Blossom, Musk, Ambergris
Color of The Day: Light Blue, Pale Green
Candle: Green
Colors for Tomorrow: Black
Lucky Sign: Friday Is The Lucky Day For Taurus And Libra
Saint Jegudiel represents Friday
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Hail Loki! GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Saturn and Loki’s Day
Day of Seatere, Seater, and Saturn and of Loki, the Norse god of tricks and
revelry. Saturday is ruled by Saturn, whose Magickal influences are:
longevity, endings, and homes. Saturday comes under the influence of Saturn.
Saturn’s influence directs our attention toward routine chores, customs, and
conventional traditions. Saturday is a good day for furthering our ambitions
through perseverance, patience, responsible action, and a sense of purpose .
Saturday – Wear turquoise, labradorite, or diamond. Use amethyst.
Saturday is a good day of the week to perform spells and rituals involving
spirit communication, meditation, psychic self-defense, binding, and
locating lost things or missing persons.
Today’s Goddesses: Ops, Rhea, Tellus Mater, Gaia, Eartha, Ge, Tonantzin,
Asherah, Anath, The Shekinah, The Matronit, Mary, Gula, Herodias, Oddudua,
Demeter
Today’s Magickal Influences: Duties, Responsibilities, Finding Families,
Works Of Magic, Buildings, Meditation, Life, Doctrines
Today’s Energies: Female – Rules obstacles, overcoming blockages – Use for
magick involving overcoming limitations, the elderly, endings, deaths,
blocks, constrictions, and those restricting you.
Incense: Pepperwort, Assodilious, Black Poppy Seeds, Henbane, Lodestone,
Myrrh
Perfumes: Hyacinth, Pansy
Color of The Day: Black
Colors for Tomorrow: Orange, Gold and Yellow
Lucky Sign: Saturday Is The Lucky Day For Capricorn And Aquarius
Candle: Black
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Hail Sunna and Sol!
GrannyMoon Says Today is: Sun Day
Energy: Male
Ruler: The Sun
Rule health, prosperity, leadership, joy, and protection – Use for magick involving happiness, prosperity, joy, healing, protection, power,
leadership, ego, authority figures, fathers, husbands
Today’s Goddesses: Sunne, Frau Sonne, Aditi, Igaehindvo, Amaterasu, Arinna,
Izanami, Ochumare
Sunday’s Magickal Influences: Health, Healing, Confidence And Hope, Prosperity
Incense: Mastic, Palaginia
Perfumes: Heliotrope, Orange Blossom, Cloves, Frankincense, Ambergris, Musk,Myrrh
Sunday – wear topaz, sunstone, or diamond. Use pearl in crafting talismans.
Color of The Day: Orange, Gold
Colors for Tomorrow: Silver, Gray, White
Lucky Sign: Sunday Is The Lucky Day For Leo
Candle: Yellow

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Llewellyn’s Spell a Day

Mending Fences Spell
Spell Date: Sunday, August 26, 2018

With this Full Moon, and Lughnasadh so recently past, personal sacrifice is highlighted. If we’ve fallen prey to the crankiness that the dog days of summer can bring, we probably have some fences to mend, whether with a friend or lover or even ourselves.

For this spell, take a pale blue pillar candle and inscribe it with all the loving words and symbols you can think of that speak to you and the other person. Let your heart be filled with the love and affection you feel for this person. Anoint the candle with lavender oil to induce peace and harmony, and speak the words of apology and love you feel you need to say to the other. Light the candle and say:

“Let there be peace between us,
always, in love and in truth.
Blessed be, (name of person).”

Then follow up by meeting with the person and speaking the words you just spoke to their spirit.
This post was written by Thuri Calafia on August 26, 2018
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Communication Breakdown Spell
Spell Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018

Do you ever wonder if you’re being heard? Maybe your partner just doesn’t seem to understand your needs. Maybe it’s a miscommunication on the job. How about the kids? Yeah, I know how it is.

If communication has broken down in your life, use the element of air to build it back up. This spell works well on a breezy day.

You will need a piece of paper and a pen, a white tealight candle, and a fire-safe container.

Write everything you need to communicate on the paper. Light the tealight candle and catch a corner of the paper on fire. Place the burning paper in the fire-safe container and let it burn to ash. Then lift the container and say:

“Element of air, send my words to every ear
So that communication can now be clear.
With the power of wind and breath and song,
Let the magick hold, my message strong.”

Blow the ash into the breeze.
This post was written by Monica Crosson on August 25, 2018
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Early Harvest Observation
Spell Date: Friday, August 24, 2018

This day marks the Icelandic festival of Freyfaxi, the time of harvest in ancient Iceland. This festival is celebrated with a sacrifice (blot) to Freyr (brother of Freya; both represent fertility and fruitfulness) and a grand feast from the goods of the harvest.

This is a time when many wonderful fruits and vegetables come into season. Get one or more of your favorites from a local farmers’ market or store (or maybe you or a friend has a garden or some berry bushes), and place an arrangement on your altar: maybe a bowl of berries, peaches, early apples, or some garlic or herbs. Give thanks to the gods for this abundant gift from the earth. Prepare a dish from this harvest, and when you eat it, know you are being nourished by the earth and the people who tend her life-giving plants.

Harvest is a potent time to reflect on the abundance we have in our lives. Replace the produce on your altar regularly during this season to remind you of the abundance and gifts in your life that nourish you.
This post was written by Peg Aloi on August 24, 2018
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Random Acts of Inspirational Kindness
Spell Date: Thursday, August 23, 2018

While it’s true that performing random acts of kindness can create beneficial karma for the giver, the most important thing is that they help brighten other people’s day. As a magickal and spiritual being, you have the opportunity (if not the responsibility) to spread goodness however you are able.

Take a few moments today to write inspirational messages on twenty three slips of paper (twenty-three is considered a number of “chaos”). The messages you write can be the same on each slip, such as an inspirational quote or a rhyming spell, or each message can be different, based on your intuition or even any divination you may do for each slip.

Feel free to decorate each piece of paper with fun symbols or stickers while remembering that you are helping deliver messages to inspire people. Leave these papers to be found at random in public places, trusting in the divine process of synchronicity.
This post was written by Raven Digitalis on August 23, 2018
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Water Music
Spell Date: Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Seeing, hearing, and experiencing water in its natural state—falling from the sky or rolling in the waves of the ocean—is not always possible. But water as an elemental power exists everywhere, and we can tap into its energy through music.

French composer Claude Debussy was able to imitate the melody of water with the piano. Today, on his birthday, use his music to enhance a water-element meditation. Listen to Debussy’s “Deux Arabesques L. 66— No. 1 Andante con moto” (available for free on YouTube and Spotify). See the notes as water—falling like rain, tripping over stones, flowing in a rocky bed. Let the melody guide what you see. Hint: Keep the piece on loop so that you can continue or repeat the meditation for as long as you need.
This post was written by Natalie Zaman on August 22, 2018
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Persistence Divination
Spell Date: Monday, August 20, 2018

Today is the birthday of the notable yet controversial journalist Connie Chung. Chung’s overall approach was very gentle, but she became known for a quality of persistence on particularly pressing and controversial questions during interviews. Whether her persistence was appropriate in each case is a topic of wide debate; however, in the proper context, persistence is a quality worthy of admiration.

In honor of persistence, get out your preferred divination tool today and ask a question regarding yourself that has been particularly tough for you to deal with. Be prepared to face the answers you get, and persist with a follow-up question to gain more information and hopefully some traction toward a solution.

Consider your interaction with your divination tools to be a conversation, back and forth, much like an interview. If you do not feel you are being objective, you can work with a friend. That person can either dialogue results with you or assist in performing divination.
This post was written by Blake Octavian Blair on August 20, 2018
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Heartwings Love Notes 842 The Mixed Blessing of Aging

Heartwings says: “Aging can be sageing when we keep on growing.”

Just recently I attended a small reunion for my high school classmates. I was impressed with their fortitude and vigor. As we visited together I enjoyed renewing my acquaintance with theses women with whom in our teens I had shared time, space, and teachers. It was quite special to be with my contemporaries. I found that even after all these years we still had much in common besides our age and the school we had attended.

The life paths we had taken had varied widely, yet we all shared a dedication to improving the world and being of help when needed. Born when we were, we had grown up with different mores and rules of behavior than those of today. As a result we have had to make many adjustments. When people do not grow with the changes that accumulate around them, they become bitter and crabby. It seemed to me that none of us had.

No doubt we all had our share of aches, pains and limitations. At our age some of that is to be expected. However I didn’t hear anyone complain about their health even though one of us used a walker and another had both vision and auditory issues of a serious nature. One of the blessings of age can be the ability to deal creatively with one’s limitations. Patience can come more easily when one has lived a long time.

The benefits of accumulated years are a kind of grace that can make up for the increasing changes that as we age limit activities not to mention movement. Speaking for myself, I would say that patience tops the list of these benefits-not only patience with others but also patience with myself. In addition, being able to wait out a difficulty, the knowledge that time helps heal as well as facilitate, and the ability to listen to and soothe those who live with greater immediacy and impatience are some of the benefits I cherish as I grow on in years.

May you age gracefully and with joy.

Blessings and best Regards, Tasha Halpert

P.S. How are you coping with the aging process? Do you have any tips or suggestions? I so love to hear from readers, you are my delight and my joy.

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Ways of the Candle

In dealing with Candle Magick, it is first and foremost best to learn about candles and their ways so you can better understand just what the heck you are doing. No two candles act the same way, no matter how or who made them or what they are made of. It is the personal act of our desires and our own will that gives it life and we are able to perceive its ways. This will be an attempt to provide some insight on the candle itself and the ways in which the candle speaks.

The candle is made up of different elements and different parts which represent different things. The candle itself contains the element of water, air and earth. When lit, the elements of fire and the spirit are employed. So a lit candle is then a full blown item incorporating all of the elements and thus rendering it again, an extremely effective magickal tool. Down throughout history, you will find many references to the use of candles in many of our modern day activities. Fire was the ultimate tool used for banishing, cleansing, destruction and worship, life and death. Such a simple thing as an act of lighting a candle to hold within itself such power.

The body of the candle consists of the elements of water, air and earth. Made from a variety of ingredients from tallow to beeswax, it can include herbs, scents or even gems or stones. The body consists of the top half which starts at the wick and down to the center. The bottom half is from the base up to the center.

The Body
The shape of the burned wax when left to flow on its own can also be very revealing. Never realized that before huh? Check back and see if the candle left you a message in the shape of the burned wax. You will have to take into consideration your own circumstances and situation, but not only will it tell you while it’s lit, it just might give you a “PS” along with it.

Remember that each candle is different as our own personal wish. Use your journal and learn the different ways in which it will speak to you. An example, if your desire is to draw a new love, you might get a very soft or muted pop or snap sound. This is the candle whispering your thoughts and desires for the forces to take hold. If however, you are hiding something, holding something back or in some way have a negative thought towards this, you might hear some strong snaps, cracks and popping. If it is in between, not quite so soft and not quite so loud, it may be telling you something. Still you mind and let it speak to you. You may be surprised if you don’t all of a sudden have a new idea or suddenly learn that everything will be okay and a peaceful feeling comes over you. Learn to listen to your candle.

In performing candle magick, this is a part of the steps when dedicating your candle. In this process, you are adding the necessary element of your will, or desire. The wick represents the human potential. A candle needs a wick to be lit, a wick needs a human to light it. When lit, we are sending off our human desires in hopes of manifestation.

The noises you hear from the burning candle or the wax shapes it leaves can help you in communicating with your candle, speaking or acknowledgement of your wish. The candle speaking happens especially in times when figure candles are used, such as Male or Female, Skull, Cat or any other number of symbolic figures you may use to enhance your will or desire.

The Flame
The flame or halo of the candle is the life of the fire itself. Upon lighting the wick, we have now included the elements of Fire and Spirit along with the human will into the candle. It can speak to us if we are watchful and aware. We can learn of its ways of acknowledging our wishes. It casts a halo or aura outside of itself and is usually regarded as the state of the highest potential of Spirit. The resultant smoke is what carries our prayers and wishes out to the forces, thus creating our simple act of magick. Watching the actions of the flame, you will also see the candle speaking. Again, no two candles are going to react the same way. Use your head and think about what it is you have asked of the candle and apply it to the actions. Write all of this down in your journal, the first few times you try this. You will soon learn automatically to see and hear the candle. Each tiny movement of the flame will tell us something. This is the life of the element of Fire and it has the ability to communicate with us, if we are only willing to see and hear.

A STRONG tall flame will tell us that the energies we are using are indeed inherent in the candle and it is empowered by our desire or will. This is an excellent sign of acknowledgement by the candle.

A LEAPING or jumping flame can indicate indecisiveness is along for the ride, make sure you are clear before you begin. It can also indicate instability in emotions or actions or the problem/need needs to be worked on.

A WEAK or small flame may mean there are just too many negative energies at this time and you may have to repeat the process again at a later time. It could also indicate a communication problem, a smother of emotion, be it in yourself or the other.

Direction – Elements
The direction also of the smoke of the flame can tell us a lot. Know the elements and their directions for correct interpretation of this.

NORTH – if the smoke goes to the north with the element of earth, it can indicate that true manifestation will be revealed, a physical happening is occurring. Physical labor can be indicated or a need for stability. If it concerns a health question, you may want a second opinion or be cautious and pay more attention to your health or even that a check up is indicated. If it is about finances, be sure your checkbook is in order, make sure you are not allowing frivolous spending habits destroy your savings and make sure you have balanced the checkbook within the last month.

SOUTH – a south direction to your flame is the direction of the element of fire. This is an excellent sign. If it concerns health, a recovery will be imminent. If it concerns love, a passionate love affair is on its way shortly. If it concerns the home, you will find new ideas and the energy to expedite these. If the concern is work, success is on the way. You must be careful with this. As it all sounds wonderful, you must remember, fire can burn if you get too close, so keep your head on your shoulders through this whirlwind and you should be fine.

EAST – If the flame goes east, the element of air is involved and there will be some mental as opposed to physical labor involved. It is telling you to sit and follow your head in this situation. Practice logic and patience, think before you speak. A waiting period, no rash decisions! If applied correctly, success will be yours.

WEST – A west following flame, the element of water, you have emotions literally flooding everywhere. It could indicate a period of intense emotions in whatever you desire. A warning of excess could be indicated. You could be too close to the situation and need to back off for a while. Or it could indicate that you need to clarify this thing more. Ground yourself, clear off the emotional sect of it and look more toward the thinking part.

You must remember the desire when interpreting these signs and apply them to the situation. Sometimes you may not get what you want to hear or see. Learn to incorporate all of the signs you are given. Separate them when searching them out and then learn how they all interact together. You may get a completely different answer when applied to another of the signs. Also, too, step back then and do some more thinking.

Did you clear and calm yourself first? Have you got some leftover emotions hanging out there? Are you willing the candle? Is your attention totally focused? Are you truly being honest with yourself? These and many other things must be considered when communicating with your candle. Use your journal like a second skin and write it all down and try again. Possibly on a different day or at a different time. Notice the slight similarities and differences and apply them to the desire and the way in which you approached it this night. You would be amazed at what you can end up reading. Now make sure that you have a nonflammable surface upon which your candle is resting and in an area that children or your favorite pet can not investigate the pretty fire. Use your head and common sense in safety here.

This way you can let it burn all the way down without any unfortunate mishaps. Also be careful with your clothing when using candles. A good idea is a small in home fire extinguisher near by in case of mishaps.

Use your common sense and your journey into candle magick will be safe and full of wonder!

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Adult Coloring Ritual for Grounding Yourself

There’s all sorts of theories about how coloring can reduce stress and help adults feel more grounded and centered. If you’re not into coloring, I totally get it. It’s super trendy but it’s not for everyone.

If you’re like me, however, and you really do enjoy sitting down with a box of fine tip markers, and find that the experience really is calming, then read on. I was thinking about rituals that can incorporate non-traditional or non-woo-woo activities and coloring popped into my head first thing. Since it is such a popular trend, and it is linked to some of the same desired feelings as meditation, I thought this would be really fun!

Tools and Supplies Needed:

Coloring book page
Colored crayons, pencils or markers
Rose quartz

Begin by laying your supplies around you. Sit at a table or other flat surface and place the coloring book page directly in front of you. I recommend pulling the page you want to work on out of the book it came in if possible to avoid distractions. Open your box of crayons or line up your pencils or markers next to you so that all of your colors are within easy reach.

Place the rose quartz crystal on top of the uncolored page. Hold your hands above the crystal and close your eyes. Imagine pink light emanating from the crystal to encompass first the page and then you.

When you are ready, set the rose quartz above the page and begin to color however feels right. You might want to be methodical or you might be drawn to a more energetic strategy.

If you have a particular intention you want to meditate on while you color, you may want to use colors that correspond to that intention. For example, if you’re hoping to tap into your intuition, you might use purple, or if you’re hoping to attract greater joy into your life, you might use orange.

If you do not have time to finish the page completely, create a safe space for it on your altar and leave it with the rose quartz sitting on top to protect it and the intentions you are infusing the page with.

When the page is done, you might consider one of the following options:

Frame it and hang it in your home.
Burn it to release your intentions into the universe.
Fold it and carefully tuck it into a book or somewhere on your altar to keep it protected and close by.

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Making A Sea Altar

An altar dedicated to the sea is a great way to connect and honor to it especially if you’re landlocked; but you might ask yourself: “How do I make one?” Well, you’d make it like you’d make any altar but you are going to need certain things to make it. Don’t worry, I’ll include where to find the items listed.
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Must Haves:

Seashells
If you’re landlocked most craft stores sell seashells, especially around the summer season. (HOWEVER DO NOT BUY NAUTILUS SHELLS, THEY’RE ENDANGERED.)

Sea salt
Can be found at your local supermarket.
Homemade salt water
Mix sea salt and water together and bam, there ya go.
Full Moon water
You can make full moon water from the comfort of your home.
Seaweed snacks
If you have a Wegmans around your area I know most of them sell organic seaweed snacks.
Sand
Can be found at craft stores or a local Home Depot.
Blue candles
The blue color representing the big blue.

Optional additions:

Aquamarine
Can be found on Etsy but keep a close eye out for people selling fakes.
Ocean Jasper
Again, can be found on Etsy but keep a close eye our for people selling fakes.
Pearls
Can be found in any jewelry store.
Fish netting
Most fishing and craft stores, especially around the summer season, will sell fish netting.
Framed pictures of sea animals
You can get frames at any craft store and all you need is a printer to get the pictures themselves.
Shark teeth
Shark teeth can be found on Amazon or Etsy.
Nautical jewelry
Can be found Amazon or Etsy.

What NOT to put on your altar

Endangered sea species, ex: dead seahorses, nautilus shells
If I have to explain why you shouldn’t put endangered species on your altar then I have very little hope for you.

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Mind Stretching
By Madisyn Taylor

Having a flexible mind makes navigating life much easier, as you are not thrown off course easily.

Flexibility is the capacity to bend without breaking, as well as a continual willingness to change or be changed in order to accommodate new circumstances. People with flexible minds are open to shifting their course when necessary or useful; they are not overly attached to things going the way they had planned. This enables them to take advantage of opportunities that a more rigid person would miss out on. It can also make life a lot more fun. When we are flexible, we allow for situations we could not have planned, and so the world continues to surprise and delight us.

Since reality is in a constant state of flux, it doesn’t make sense to be rigid or to cling to any one idea of what is happening or what is going to happen. We are more in tune with reality when we are flexible. Being in tune enables us to adjust to the external environment and other people as they change and grow. When we are rigid or stuck in our ways, instead of adjusting to the world around us we hunker down, clinging to a concept of reality rather than reality itself. When we do this, we cut ourselves off from life, and we miss out on valuable opportunities, as well as a lot of joy.

Just as we create flexibility in our bodies by stretching physically, we can create limberness in our minds by stretching mentally. Every day we have the opportunity to exercise our flexibility. We can do this in small ways such as taking a different route home from work or changing our exercise routine. On a larger scale, we can rearrange the furniture or redo a room in our house. If these are things we already do regularly, we can stretch our minds by imagining several different possibilities for how the next year will unfold. As we do this, our minds become more supple and open, and when changes come our way, we are able to accommodate and flow with the new reality.

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Stephen Halpert
Murder in North Grafton, 4

What the church fellowship hall lacked in sparkle and decoration-disposables tablecloths graced the tables and plastic pitchers held the lemonade, it made up for by providing some of the best meals in the county. Parishioners saw their hearty home style cooking as steps closer to God. They thoroughly enjoyed providing food for holiday parties, church suppers and gatherings of all sorts.
Charley Smiles, editor and publisher of the town paper greeted Inspector Mallory as he walked into the Church potluck supper. “Any news on the Winslow case?” he asked.
Mallory smiled. “No comment.”
Charley nodded. “I heard the new police woman’s on the case. Hear tell she’s quite the celebrity.”
Mallory frowned. He looked around the room. “Chief’s decision who works a case. Talk to him about it.” He spotted a card table next to an ice machine steps away from the men’s room door. It held mostly wine and a few six packs of craft beer. Then he saw the bottle of whiskey and smiled to himself.
“Oh, I will.” Charley grinned. “This murder has taken the county by storm.”
“How so?” Mallory asked. He figured if he played dumb he might learn something.
Charley shrugged. “For openers, Bopp’s a former WNBA all-star on the investigation team. Secondly she looks like the actress Haley Berry and has some kind of black belt in martial arts. Right there our little town’s coming up in the world.”
“How so?” Mallory asked. “You mean because she’s a woman of color?”
Charley’s smile widened. “Got four calls from big city dailies not so much asking about Winslow’s murder but wanting the low down on Bopp asking if she’s as good in the clinches as they’d heard she was.”
“She’s a rookie Charley. Rookies play by the book or they end up somewhere else in a hurry.” Now he wanted his cigar. He ran his hand over it in his front jacket pocket and cursed all the non-smokers of the world.
“What I think you fail to understand,” Charley said softly, “is that before her accident ended her career Bopp was considered a female Michael Jordan.”
Mallory raised his eyebrows. “That good!” He looked longingly at the makeshift bar on the card table.
Charley nodded. “With a movie star persona. I’d like to meet this young lady and take her to lunch.”
And pick her brain, Mallory thought. “I’m sure you will, one day.” He made a mental note to tell her about Charley’s inquisitive nature and warn her not to say anything to the editor. He steered them over to the card table, where he bought whisky over ice with a beer chaser. “By the way, did you hear anything about Winslow being involved with anyone since his wife passed?”
Charley shrugged. “Search me. If he had a secret life he was very sly about it and kept everything invisible. I did hear he was going on a long vacation to Trinidad once his retirement took effect.”
Mallory sighed. “That would have been a month from now.”
Charley leaned in and lowered his voice. “If I were you, I wouldn’t go looking for any Lady MacBeth in this caper. If you ask me-and you didn’t, someone from his ‘Nam days finally tracked him down and cashed in a longstanding debt.” Charley smiled and clapped Mallory on the shoulder. “But I never speculate about stuff like that. I’m a newspaper editor not a detective.”
Mallory shrugged. “He was an MP during the war. Not an enviable circumstance for anyone, especially then. Tom never spoke much to me about Viet Nam or women for that matter. We just fished and didn’t say much. Kind of like a meditation.”
Surrounded by her coterie of church ladies Marjorie Latimer breezed into the fellowship Hall. She had on a stylish imported outfit and looked quite fetching. Seeing her Mallory felt like he was back in high school.
She hugged Charley “Hello, you coy reprobate”
“When’d you get back?”
“Yesterday. I spent a few days in Boston before reopening the house”. She turned and hugged Mallory. “I couldn’t believe it when I heard Tom Winslow was murdered. That’s shocking. And tell me is it true Sippi Bopp works for your department?”
Mallory raised his eyebrows. “Yes, he nodded. “How do you know her?”
“Oh I don’t, but I’m a big fan of her aunt Bee Bopp. She’s right up there with the first ladies of jazz.”
“That so?” Mallory said. “I’d like you meet Sippi and talk with her. You know more about this town than anyone else. You’d be a big help.”
“Of course. I’ll be picking up Magee from the kennel in the morning but I’m free after that. I’ll give the station a call.”
They got in line, filled their plates and sat at the corner table overlooking the student art exhibit. They were soon joined by Marjory’s coterie–four ladies from the church. They each greeted Mallory.
“Your garden’s thriving'” one told Marjorie.
“Did you hear about… ?” another began eagerly.
“The murder? Yes'” Marjorie nodded. “I was just talking about that with Tom.”
They all looked expectant. “Very few murders“1 to gossip about around here,” Lisa Callahan, the DRE said. “I certainly hope this murderer is brought to justice.”
Everyone nodded and murmured in agreement.
Mallory straightened his shoulders and looked official. “I’m confident we’ll be making an arrest soon.”
“That sounds just like what you hear said on TV,” said Nancy Sauterne, the church treasurer. “Can’t you tell us something more pertinent?”
Mallory smiled. “As soon as we have pertinent data to share.”
“We’re all ears,” said Martha Simmons. She was in charge of the church thrift shop.
“Well,” Charley said rather loudly, “Now that Ms Bopp is on the case-or should I say Officer Bopp,” he looked meaningfully at Mallory, “You’ll find a fast conclusion.”
The church ladies continued to look expectant but Mallory waved his hand dismissively. “Here come the desserts,” he said. He looked over at Charley Smiles, frowned, and shook his head.
Several youngsters wheeled in the desserts. Mallory ‘s eyes widened. Amongst the pies and puddings was a large thickly iced chocolate cake in the shape of a horseshoe. He stared. Briefly he had a flashback of his friend and fellow officer lying dead. He pushed back his chair and rushed into the kitchen. Two kids sat at a table eating slices of pie.
“Either of you know who dropped off the horseshoe cake?”
They looked at him blankly. “What cake?” one said.
“The big one in the shape of a horseshoe,” Mallory said.
One shrugged, the other shook his head.
He left and returned to the table. Charley was eating a slice of the horseshoe cake.
“That cake'” Mallory gasped. “Same as what Tom ate.”
Charley blinked, swallowed and put down his fork. “Wish you had told me that sooner.”
To be continued

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Weekly Horoscopes beginning: Sunday, 26 August 2018

If you`re born within cusp period (16 to 26 of any month); you`re advised to read horoscopes of both signs covered by that period. You`re in the border; you may have influences from houses within those signs.

Outlines are longer versions; consists of every possible detail of everyday and 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.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Only recently you were battling delays that prevented you from turning good ideas into action and taking already exciting plans further. Since then you`ve realised you were short of facts or, alternatively, the actual situation was unstable. Better yet, having been prevented from committing to existing plans means you`re free to explore this week`s more thrilling, and entirely unexpected, ideas and offers.

Friends give you space to do your own thing when you need it. Workmates aren`t as understanding, and one stubborn colleague is getting under your skin. You have your ways, they have theirs and these seem to conflict. You aren`t in the mood to let anyone dictate to you and would rather work alone. Someone who admires your talents will offer you an impressive opportunity. This is your chance to get creative. Doing something exciting will inspire you to delve more deeply into your personality.

Impatient as you might be to get started now that Mars is in direct motion at the apex of your solar chart, you might still need to wait a few days for others to catch up. Of course, it`s always possible that you haven`t quite finished your own thinking yet. A common feature for those born under Aries, is to need competition in order to access energy. It would be wise however, not to draw others into a war of words – especially in the last days of August. It could then take rather longer to put your real plans in motion in September. You might also need to accept that whilst pursuing an aim you would benefit from a mentor or guide: someone more experienced but who has your best interests at heart. Though probably irked by being forced to listen to what they have to say, it could be that advice given is spot on and if followed, would smooth your path.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Sometimes obstacles are no more than that. However, those you`re currently facing are forcing you to explore certain encounters or opportunities that, ordinarily, you`d regard as either dull or unrealistic.. Once, perhaps, what was true. However, recent shakeups in familiar arrangements have forced several people and, on occasion, certain organisations to reorganise their way of doing things. What you learn could amaze and surprise you.

As well as being practical, if you are typical of your sign, you can also be creative. Even work routines can be made a tad more interesting by putting your imagination to work. You will be uplifted by friends who have vivid imaginations and they are likely to generate some bright ideas. Are you single? Don`t be surprised if you fall head over heels in love. You have a magnetic personality and a Pisces or Cancerian seems to be finding you irresistible.

It should now be clear that others are decidedly changing direction and have ambitions or goals with which you are as yet unfamiliar; and yes, this could bring tension to working relationships. A strong possibility is that swathes of work are headed your way -and with the implication that you will be left in charge. There is also a strong possibility that at least through until early September that this will be accompanied by huge interference. Being left to get on with things is unlikely. Indeed, by early September it may be necessary for you to make plain that you need to be left alone to carry things out in your way. All this said, the fact that others are now clear as to their aims should be exciting. Though you may be on collision course with someone born under one of the Air signs of Gemini, Libra or Aquarius who to you, are usually all talk but rarely deliver. This may be a partnership that can`t survive the pressures of Venus retrograde in October.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Between your ruler Mercury`s retrograde cycle ending on the 19th, and powerful planetary activity triggering breakthroughs, each day offers something new. While, obviously, you must make some form of plans, the trick is to ensure they`re flexible and, even more, to focus not so much on achieving certain goals, but rather on broadening your horizons in terms of people and, just as much, what you`re pursuing.

You will win the support you need to press ahead with plans to spruce up your home or workplace. This might increase your workload, but this is only temporary. Besides, with everyone standing to benefit, there will be plenty offers of help. You and a friend or partner may have recently gone your separate ways. It hasn`t been easy, but you have been able to move forward and make some positive changes in your life. You might meet someone special at a concert, play or gallery.

There is very real danger of you taking on too much or stirring things up to the point where others have no idea how to handle you or work with you. You could put all this down to the combination of this Sunday`s Full Moon in another of the Mutable signs and Mars` direct station. A large part of you might feel the need to be at the cutting edge. Pause for a moment though, is it possible that you`re sharpening too much? Are you in danger of pushing people beyond what they`re able to cope with? You might benefit from listening carefully to the advice of those with considerably more experience. Though true, you are probably right in thinking that a routine has to change and that you have to delegate more. Yet you might also need to accept that in delegating you must also promise not to interfere. In short, this is week when you need to take care as there is very real danger of being drawn into a war of words that would lead to greater difficulties in a few weeks` time.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

By no means are you narrow-minded but, also, once somebody or even an organisation has raised questions about being trustworthy, you`ll be hesitant about getting involved. However, with events forcing everybody to conduct a serious review, you`re urged to give those who`ve failed you in the past a chance. At minimum, you`ll learn something but, in fact, you could discover a new ally or form a new alliance.

You need to think over a proposition that could mean big changes ahead. You can`t make such an important decision when there`s too much going on around you. Arrange to have some time to yourself so you can weigh up the pros and cons. A friend or neighbour`s kind comments will give your confidence a boost. Their words will come as a relief for you were starting to wonder whether some of your family and friends actually appreciate everything you do for them.

It would be understandable if you felt that this week`s watchword was caution. Despite the fact that others – following on from the Full Moon and Mars` station in your opposite sign, feel compelled to act. It may be though that you feel that they are being a little previous. Your advice might be to watch and wait and certainly listen to what others have decided. You are perhaps right in this in that many key decisions could be made before Saturn stations on September 6. After that date, the way forward should be clear. For now, with several people trying to gain your immediate attention, it might seem as though you`ve entered a competition for superior problem-solving. It might be wise to be careful what you take on as extra work is likely headed your way in September anyway. There is only so much that you can do.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Exciting as the current thrilling events are, they`re also creating chaos, for you and others. If anybody complains, first apologise, then explore what`s arisen. While, often, the facts will be clear, in a few they`ll be unfamiliar. Actually, understanding what they offer, and how best to take advance of these opportunities will take time. The trick is to show interest but ensure whatever you plan is flexible.

You cope well in group situations but after giving a lot of time to a team effort, you might decide you want to continue from behind the scenes. Remaining in the background will be surprisingly relaxing. You will continue to get the appreciation you deserve as people in high places are aware of your contribution. Correspondence needs your attention.. Send a card or letter to a relative who prefers the personal touch and reply to e-mails from old friends to catch up on their news.

It would be hugely understandable if, following Mercury`s direct motion in your sign and Mars` station early this week, if you wanted to see action. It might seem that you`ve been living inside a question mark for some weeks. Now you might urgently need to see progress. There is a danger after Sunday`s Full Moon, that the need for this will lead to high drama. That might not be in your best interest. A further possibility is talking to too many people and acquiring too much information. You`re likely to benefit most from advice most likely from someone born under either Libra or Capricorn whose measured approach to your difficulties could help guide you through what feels to be a swamp before the end of August. Note that most people will need time to readjust after what has been a very busy couple of months.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Although the Sun`s move into Virgo will have lifted your spirits and boosted your energy, the clarity you`re seeking about future plans may not come until the New Moon in your sign on 9 September. In the meanwhile, declutter your life, your habits and even your thinking. That way, when decision-time comes, you`ll easily recognise what, and who, is worthwhile or will add to your life.

Resist the temptation to blame yourself for a recent mistake or misunderstanding. Tension in a close relationship will end sooner than you think. Worrying solves nothing. Be in the moment. Focus on exactly what you need to do when you need to do it. If a job isn`t going as well as you had hoped, it might help to watch how other people approach the same kind of work. This could give you some good ideas on how to improve your performance and efficiency.

Sunday`s Full Moon in your opposite sign is followed by Mars` station in the creative zone of your solar chart. This should signal all systems go. You might also feel propelled by someone who is desperate to see action. Your approach though may be rather different. This is an area where you likely need to take care, in that someone (possibly a Leo) but certainly someone who appears driven presently, doesn`t push you into acting before you`re ready. What seems clear is that this week especially, you need space and time to mull over information and to do what you do so well: analyse, sift information and select that which is important and what isn`t. Note too that as August gives way to September casting a quick eye over your accounts might not be such a bad plan. It may be that you`re `wed` something and that a quick reminder would put this right.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Often, you`ll use creative thinking to overcome obstacles or, equally, charm your way around difficult people; and the current clash between your ruler Venus and the uncompromising Pluto gives you little choice but to face, and discuss, difficult facts. This won`t be easy but once you`re actually dealing with these it will be such a relief you`ll wonder why you try to avoid such matters.

You have some firm intentions of what you plan to do but an unexpected situation will demand your immediate attention. It will upset you to have to let a friend down who was relying on you, but they won`t blame you for being thrown off course because of an emergency. If you need advice of a legal or financial nature, instead of wasting time listening to friends, consult a professional. An expert will eventually save you time, money and aggravation.

Mars at last moves forward across the base of your solar chart and heads towards your `research and development` department. Though it will likely seem to others that you still haven`t thought through all the practicalities, it should be clear that you do have a very definite plan in mind and that you don`t intend to fall back into a routine which is now outmoded and actually too physically demanding. The difficulty presently may be to assure those who think you haven`t thought through the necessary steps, that you are aware of the time needed for plans to be refined. Midst all this, you might also learn that a change of personnel in an organisation with whom you`ve done some work already, could yet work to your advantage. Though it will likely be some weeks yet before one working relationship can definitely be classed as being in the past, it should be clear that however untidy this ending is, the fact that others are eager to take their place suggests you will soon be forward as you hope.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Ordinarily you`d regard things not going according to plan as reason to worry, if not a failure to grasp the nature of situations; and this is about viewing certain matters, business, personal or otherwise, from a completely different angle. Once you`re doing that, you`ll exchange anxieties for an enthusiastic inquisitiveness about what lies ahead of you to learn, and who you might encounter along the way.

You are more sensitive than usual, and your imagination is working overtime. That`s why you keep thinking there`s a double meaning behind people`s words and actions. If someone is being kind to you, accept this with a grateful heart. Rejecting their help could cause problems in your relationships. What you really need at the moment is to try to relax more. Accept a friend`s offer of a helping hand. Stay away from your computer and spend time with friends.

With Mars in forward motion soon after Sunday`s Full Moon in another of the Water signs, it would be understandable if you wanted to launch or push a project forward. Actually, this need has likely been building for at least a week. You might even think that time has been lost since July. The fact that others have been considering, reconsidering and perhaps even yet haven`t arrived at definite conclusions would be understandably exasperating. Tension in partnerships is probable and especially in working relations. It might also be that you`re given a heads up that at least one person will not be able to continue in position beyond the end of October. It`s likely necessary through the course of this week to also consider other strategies and assistance that should be found if plans are to be implemented as you wish. Finding alternate ways of doing things should perhaps top your priority list. Intriguingly, someone (most likely born under the sign of Leo), could come up with a plan which, though a touch dramatic, has perhaps an element of genius about it.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

When things are going wrong, you`ll do what you can but with the awareness that, generally, something amazing will remedy everything. True, often it`s at the last minute; and now you`re being forced to find those solutions yourself. This is a surprise but also exciting, mostly because it gets you thinking about what you`re currently doing, and could do, from an entirely fresh perspective.

Entertaining visitors from afar will give you the chance to switch off from other responsibilities. You don`t have to go to any great lengths to please people. Order in some pizza if you aren`t in the mood to cook. A friend or relative`s amusing stories will be a constant source of entertainment. Social and domestic arrangements will be lively, keeping you on your toes. In this sociable and fun week, you probably can`t remember when you last enjoyed yourself so much.

Following on from Sunday`s Full Moon (which accents the backbone of your solar chart), Mars, which has been retrograde for many weeks, appears to stand still in the sky before moving forward once more. Progress could yet be made. Over this week and perhaps because colleagues are unavailable or have not yet marshalled their thoughts, it may be tricky to get started. What you could do, – and where you could score extremely well, – is in renewing acquaintance with those whom you see rarely but who have in the past relied on your expertise and welcome your input. International connections seem more likely than not, -though it`s also possible that this will be done within a further education setting. Given the probable fracturing of teams and disagreements about scheduling and timetabling, it might also be apparent that at some point soon you will need to access diplomatic skills or perhaps press into service a Libra whose ability to smooth path is proven.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Having been born under perhaps the only sign that worries when things are going too well, ideas or offers as sudden as they are thrilling could worry you. However, they`re as good as they seem. At the same time, you`re facing other, more complex, situations. Here, too, if you can be patient, they`ll work out, if slowly. Challenges? Not until mid-September. Until then, you can relax.

There are a few things you need to come to terms with. Mostly changes made recently that you haven`t been happy about. It upsets you to have to pull out of social arrangements because other people have mixed up their schedule and expect you to help them out. Your financial situation is stable and there`s no reason why you can`t start to build on this. You have wonderful instincts about money. A small investment could grow into an impressive nest egg.

You won`t be the only sign to sense that a flurry of activity could yet produce desired results. True, it would be better if others would leave you in charge. With Mars now direct in your sign, – and given a clear objective you could set in place a working schedule. It`s probable though that at least through until the end of August, there will be a sense of `too many cooks spoiling broth`. It might be as well to anticipate disagreement but to hold the thought that by the time your ruling planet, Saturn, stations in your sign on September 6th that the way forward will be clearer. Of deep concern may be that those who have great plans are under-estimating the time needed to implement practicalities. Much time could be spent and wasted discussing this. It would be understandable if you actually requested being left alone to marshal your own thoughts and perhaps even consider whether or not you want to stay involved.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Out of character as saying a big yes to sudden ideas or offers seems, once you do a little investigation, you realise these are genuinely worthwhile. If you need a challenge, make an effort to disentangle yourself from recent, more troublesome, arrangements. At the time these seemed a good idea but you`re now realising the sooner you get out, the better.

Your contribution to a team effort will make a big difference to the lives of others. Raising funds for a charitable organisation makes you feel you are doing something useful to help a worthwhile cause. You will raise more money than you thought was possible. An avalanche of paperwork will need your attention and you could be spending a lot of time in the evenings sorting out correspondence. Take this opportunity to remove junk files and clean up your computer.

Mars arrives at its direct station just after Sunday`s Full Moon. The combination could leave many people experiencing hiatus. It`s probable that after the better part of eight weeks of turbulence that everyone senses the need now to have very clear steps and to abide to a schedule or timetable. Agreeing that though could take until the early part of September. Cross words are more likely than not. It would be understandable if you felt totally exasperated – particularly in the latter days of August. What may be clear is that a tug-of-war has begun and that despite your best efforts, others still feel the need to shout about steps taken back in May. There is no return to that earlier time of course. Being prepared for collision course, – and having as part of your armament clear facts and figures, could make this week go easier. It`s probable though that to get out of a mess will prove costly in terms of finance and energy.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Every Full Moon brings feelings to a peak; and kick-starts a new cycle. So, by the time of the actual Pisces Full Moon, on Sunday the 26th, you`ll already have explored potential changes, in your world and, equally, your personal life. Urgent as decisions seem, give yourself a gift. Take a relaxed approach to exploring what arises. The more you discover, the clearer your priorities will be.

You and a housemate are completely in tune. If they want to set the pace, you will happily fall in with their ideas. Mutual respect will keep you working well together even when you are faced with difficult challenges. Working as a team helps you overcome restricting difficulties. A chance to further your career could come your way; be quick to take advantage. Someone has been pulling strings in the background on your behalf. They know you can be trusted and relied upon.

It`s reasonable to expect that following on from the Full Moon in your sign on Sunday, and Mars` direct station soon after, that you might deduce that others are running around like headless chickens. In fact, they are likely trying to put in place all the necessary steps to fulfil altered ambitions. It`s entirely possible that colleagues` experience of you is that you`ve lost direction as well. All will surely change around September 6th. Before then, anticipate having to do more writing than usual. In making lists you also let others know your plans. This is not the time to leave it to others to guess what you`re thinking: the clearer you can be the better. This is perhaps particularly true toward the end of this week when it seems that many signs will experience collision course between ideas and practicality.

Posted by: arif uk <pepper.buoy@yahoo.co.uk>

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