GrannyMoon’sWeekly Feast 16-23 April

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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 Maia begins 4/18 – 5/15
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Celtic Tree Calendar: Saille (Willow) April 15 to May 12
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Current Moon Phase: Waxing Moon: Symbolic of growth, manifestation, attainment, gravidity (heavy with child – both philosophical and literal).

Waxing Moon: Time: From New Moon To Full (Approx. 14 Days Symbolic of growth, manifestation, attainment, gravidity (heavy with child – both philosophical and literal).

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.)

Symbolic of growth, manifestation, attainment, gravidity (heavy with child – both philosophical and literal).

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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 here, and on the last Saturday of the month she hosts the Most Excellent Order of the Black Hat – open to all – a group of solitaires who celebrate the wheel of the year.

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GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Moon Day
Energy: Female Ruler: The Moon – Rules emotions, protection, healing, and
women’s mysteries – Use for magick involving the subconscious, healing,
emotions, love, spirituality, healing wounds, children, small animals,
women’s mysteries, the female side of men, 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
Color of The Day: Silver, Grey, White
Colors for Tomorrow: Red
Lucky Sign: Monday Is The Lucky Day For The Sign of Cancer
Candle: White
Monday – Wear pearl, moonstone, or crystal. Use an emerald for amulets.
Cooking on Monday will improve magics for creativity, insight, maternal
nature, and goddess-related efforts. ~Quote from Magickal Martha
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GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Tiu’s Day – the day of Mars…also Ares, Tiwaz,
Tiw (from whom it is named), Tuisco, and Tyr. Tuesday is ruled by Mars,
whose Magickal influences are: Passion, courage, aggression, and
protection. Tuesday comes under the influence of Mars, the planet associated
with vitality, passion, ambition, and raw, unabashed power.
Mars energy makes the mind acute, and the body restless; therefore, on
Tuesday we are likely to exert ourselves physically and take action to
achieve goals. This day is dynamic and high-spirited, and the prevailing
energies may include carelessness and destructiveness as well, so it is good
to be cautious-especially while traveling.
Tuesday – Wear a ruby, star sapphire, or emerald. Use topaz for amulets.
Today’s Magickal Influences ~ Destination, War, Courage, Surgery, Physical
Strength
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
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GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Woden’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
Today’s Magickal Influences: Conjurations, Predictions, Knowledge, Writing,
Eloquence
Wednesday – Wear amethyst, star ruby, or lodestone. Use turquoise in amulets.
Today’s Goddesses: Aset [Isis], Demeter, Ceres, Spider Woman, Bona Dea, Oya,
Devi-Kali, Hella, Rhiannon, Coatlique, Maman Brigette, Sekhmet, Het Heret
[Hathor]
Incense: Cinnamon, Cinquefoil
Perfumes: Sweetpea, Lavender, Mastic, Frankincense, Cloves
Color of The Day: Yellow, Grey
Colors for Tomorrow: Purple, Indigo, Blue
Lucky Sign: Wednesday Is The Lucky Day For Gemini And Virgo
Candle: Purple
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GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Thor’s Day
Energy: Male, Ruler: Jupiter – Rules growth, expansion, generosity – Use
for magick involving growth, expansion, prosperity, money, business,
attracting more of what you have.
Today’s Magickal Influences ~ Luck, Religion, Healing, Trade And Employment,
Treasure, Honors, Riches, Legal Matters
Thursday – 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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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 and ruby. Wear 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
Colors for Tomorrow: Black
Lucky Sign: Friday Is The Lucky Day For Taurus And Libra
Candle: Green
Saint Jegudiel represents Friday
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GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Saturn’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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GrannyMoon Says Today is: Sun Day – Energy: Male Ruler: The Sun – Rules
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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Tasha’s Astro Planner for April 2018

The month starts with the Sun in Aries, always good for beginnings; however Mercury will still be retrograde, so think about beginning again what that has stalled or become sidetracked. Mercury, both retrograde and direct will be in Aries all month long. This can encourage hasty communications-check or confirm details and directions until after it turns direct on the 15th. Venus is at home in Taurus, one of her own planets. This will in many cases make for easy choices. This ends on the 24th and after when she enters Gemini.

No other planets change signs this month. Mars remains steady and ambitious in Capricorn, Jupiter promotes rebirth and renewal in Scorpio, Saturn bears down in strongly in its own sign of Capricorn and turns retrograde on the 17th increasing its pressure. Uranus is approaching its volatile conclusion in Aries; Neptune floats along in its own sign of Pisces; and Pluto in Capricorn continues to bring hidden issues to light. It too turns retrograde on the 22nd, increasing the pressure of its presence on politics and business. Returns of matters thought settled may occur.

The New Moon in Aries coincides with Mercury’s turning direct on the 15th. This will be a fabulous day to begin or to launch anything you wish to, the more innovative, unique and special the better; the next two weeks hold energy for promotion as well. The Full Moon in Scorpio occurs on the 29th,signaling an excellent time for eliminating what is useless or outmoded or for regenerating what needs to be healed or renewed. The next two weeks will be good for that.

Days to be cautious: On the 1st and 2nd obstacles may arise with Mars/Saturn conjunct: irresistible action versus immovable object. On the 3rd and 4th, Mercury/Mars squared may find us irritable or argumentative: travel or communications versus frenetic energy. The 4th and 5th hold Mercury/Saturn squared: communications versus the pressure of responsibility. On the 10th and 11th Sun/Pluto squared may frame some unfortunate revelations: bright light versus hidden or criminal activity. The 24th and 25th brings a repeat of Mercury/Saturn Squared energy. The 24th and 25th bring a Mars/Pluto conjunction with the potential for violence: stay out of conflicts.

Here’s the positive side: On the 1st Sun/Mercury conjunct brings light to communications. On the 7th Venus/Saturn trine helps cement choices or relationships. The 10th and 11th brings a Venus/Mars trine, great energy for art, romance or fun. On the 16th and 17th the Venus/Jupiter opposition and the Venus/Pluto Trine could promote deep pleasure and great romance. On the 17th and 18th Sun/Uranus conjunction could bring wonderful opportunities out of the blue. On the 29th a Sun/Saturn trine together with the Full Moon may bring opportunities to solidify what is working well. Remember: these are only opportunities, not givens. For best results, use the energy as it occurs.
Tasha’s Daily Planner for April 2018

Mon. 4/16 Athletic Aries Moon gets us moving and grooving. 5 PM Indolent Taurus Moon suggests relaxing for the evening.

Tue. 4/17 Steady Taurus Moon continues what has been begun. Venus/Pluto trine facilitates passion. Venus/Jupiter opposition helps highlight pleasure. Jupiter stationary retrograde may delay some rewards, bring back others from the past.

Wed. 4/18 Peripatetic Gemini Moon promotes a day for errands. Sun/Uranus conjunct equals surprises.

Thu. 4/19 Friendly Gemini Moon brings an aura of happiness to the day. Sun moves into steady Taurus to continue spring growth.

Fri. 4/20 Chatty Gemini Moon changes at 10:30 AM to motherly Cancer Moon, we think of calling home.

Sat. 4/21 Hospitable Cancer Moon helps plan family get togethers.

Sun. 4/22 Warm Cancer Moon embraces loved ones early on. Romantic Leo Moon shines brightly at 1 PM.

Mon. 4/23 Royal Leo Moon helps delegate tasks. Playful attitudes prevail.

Tue. 4/24 Persuasive Leo Moon helps organize opportunities. 5 PM Diligent Virgo Moon promotes a cleaning mood. Venus moves into Gemini, cheering us and helping us feel lighthearted.

Wed. 4/25 Organized Virgo Moon helps keep everything going smoothly. Mercury/Saturn square highlights neglected responsibilities. Mars/Pluto conjunct signals the rise of potential conflict. Stay out of arguments or volatile situations.

Thu. 4/26 Health oriented Virgo Moon looks at daily habits to assist good health. Mars/Pluto energy is still potent.

Fri. 4/27 Beauty loving Libra Moon helps us embrace redecoration.

Sat. 4/28 Equality promoting Libra Moon oversees balance in relationships.

Sun. 4/29 Powerful Full Moon in Scorpio shines on those who wish to make positive changes. Sun/Saturn trine brings a sense of responsibility to the day.

Mon. 4/30 Sharp minded Scorpio Moon makes short work of problems at home or at work.

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Llewellyn’s Spell a Day
Offering Blessings
Spell Date: Monday, April 16, 2018

As a magical person, you may be in a situation to give blessings to others (or you may wish to bless yourself ).

If possible, work at or near sunrise or at high noon.

Place the person to be blessed in the east and stand facing them. Make physical contact with them in one or more of these ways: by taking one or both of their hands, by placing one hand on one of their shoulders, and/or by placing one hand on their head. Repeat the following:

“To the universe [or substitute a deity name, if desired]:
I entreat you to protect your servant (name of person to be blessed).
Keep him/her safe from harm and wrongdoing.
Guide him/her with certainty to the right path.
Bless his/her days with love, light, and warmth.
So may it be!”

You might also include smudging in the blessing ceremony. Blue or white candles would add to the blessing, as would the use of clear quartz.
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Intention Setting
Spell Date: Sunday, April 15, 2018

It’s time to set an intention, planting a seed that will sprout and grow with the waxing moon. Today’s new moon occurs in Aries, the first sign of the zodiac, providing an extra-powerful “fresh start” energy. Aries represents the personal, the “me” energy, so set a personal intention that will bear fruit at the next full moon (on April 29th). Meditate on your intention. Write it down, worded positively (avoid negative descriptions). Here are some examples:

“I complete a rough draft of the article.
I enjoy radiant energy.
I’m focused and successful at work.
I’m happy.”

Now fold the paper in half, envisioning your intention growing. Fold it again and see your success. Picture the fruits of your intention, and fold the paper as many times as you can, concentrating the intention’s energy. Over the next two weeks, do what is needed to water and nourish your intention, and look for success at the full moon.
This post was written by Dallas Jennifer Cobb on April 15, 2018
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Sweep Away Negativity with Nettle
Spell Date: Saturday, April 14, 2018

Stinging nettle is one of the earliest spring greens and is native to Asia, Europe, and North America. The blanched tips are an excellent addition to pesto, and the dried leaves can be used to make a wonderful nutrition-packed tea that enhances psychic awareness.

An herb of protection since ancient times, nettle can be sprinkled around your home to protect your property, and a nettle leaf worn in your shoe is said to keep you from being led astray by evil.

Before your next ritual, add a few branches of stinging nettle to your besom to sweep away negativity from your ritual space.

A week before your ritual, use a pair of scissors to snip some branches of stinging nettle and hang to dry (remember to wear gloves—nettle stings!).

The evening before the ritual, use twine to tie some dry nettle onto your besom. After use, cut the nettle from the besom and add to the compost.
This post was written by Monica Crosson on April 14, 2018
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Early Preparation for Autumnal Abundance
Spell Date: Friday, April 13, 2018

Although autumn is two entire seasons away, it’s fun to plan ahead and send energy toward future manifestations. Being springtime, it’s time to sow the seeds for the coming autumnal harvest, both literally and figuratively! Contemplate the ways in which you can sow energetic seeds, such as new ways of thinking or projects you have in mind, which can take root and provide a “harvest” later in the year.

In addition to making solid plans for how abundance will manifest in the fall—which may also include gardening, crafting, art, or business-related goals—create a spell by growing wheatgrass indoors. Wheatgrass can be grown inside at any time of the year, and is a common component of juicing drinks and various health foods.

Upon procuring some wheatgrass seeds and growing instructions, plant the seeds and declare:

“I sow these seeds of abundance to be
reaped in the glory of the autumn!”

When the sprouts pop up, visualize them helping grow your own manifestations. Tend to them daily and use the grass in your own manifestation magick—and food!
This post was written by Raven Digitalis on April 13, 2018
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Altar Reset
Spell Date: Thursday, April 12, 2018

Altars are just as different from each other as the people who set them up. Some people have several altars—some for daily use, some for sabbat use, some for esbats, some for spells. Some people use the same altar and just change the setup to suit their needs at the time.

Spend some time today evaluating your altar. What do you like about it? Is there something you want to change? Are you too used to it, so that your practice has become monotonous? If you have been using the same setup for a long time, is there something you can add to it or change to update it?

Make any changes you want and spice up your altar. Breathe new life into it. Then do a brief altar cleansing ( physical and spiritual), blessing, and dedication.
This post was written by Kerri Connor on April 12, 2018
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Whisking Away the Mental Cobwebs
Spell Date: Wednesday, April 11, 2018

In spring, the active power of air has prominence and can be utilized to enhance our mental powers, freeing our minds from clutter and distractions. For this spell, you have two options: you can stand outside on a breezy day (ideally) or use a portable fan placed in front of you set on low. Feel the air as it touches your skin. Connect with this element, visualizing that it’s traveling through you. Breathe in and out gently. As you do, feel as though you’re taking in the air through every pore of your body. In your mind’s eye, see the flowing air sweeping away any blocks, confusion, or distractions as if they were puffs of smoke scattered on the breeze. When you feel ready, say:

“From mental clutter I am now free,
as power of air moves through me;
clouded, vague thoughts are released,
new fresh focus, my mind at peace!”
This post was written by Michael Furie on April 11, 2018
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Rainy Weather Attunement
Spell Date: Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Spring has sprung perhaps, but endless days of rain can make us feel drained and blue. On a rainy day in April, try observing the weather and shifting your perspective.

Look out your window and notice as much as you can. Is it raining softly or is it pouring? Is it dark and cloudy or is there sunlight breaking through the clouds? Is it cold and windy? Now open your front door and smell the air, and put your hand out to feel the rain. Open yourself to this moment, attune your senses, and let the weather’s power affect you; feel how it changes from moment to moment.

As you go through your day, take note of your moods and energy, how they change like weather, too. You can use this mode of attunement with other kinds of weather as well, and heighten your sensitivity and awareness.
This post was written by Peg Aloi on April 10, 2018

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Heartwings Love Notes 823: Everything’s Better with Parsley on It

Heartwings says, “Parsley’s more than garnish, it’s good nutrition.”

“Remember the parsley,” Stephen said as I got out the eggs to make scrambled eggs for supper. I nodded and smiled. “I have some here already cut up.” He smiled back. “Everything’s better with parsley on it. I love the way it tastes.” “You’re right,” I said. “And that sounds like a good title for my next column. I put a little coconut oil for the sausages in a small frying pan, broke the eggs into a bowl, and beat them up. I’m always happy to use it in any recipe because in addition to tasting good parsley is very good for you.

I’ve read many recipes for scrambled eggs; they all suggest adding liquid before cooking. I no longer do. A friend of ours once made us scrambled eggs and they were excellent. I asked him his recipe. “Lots of butter in the pan and nothing in the eggs,” he told me. I had for years made them using water, a couple of tablespoons or so depending on how many eggs–advice from a French friend. Before that I used milk, and even tomato juice. Now I prefer the eggs by themselves with a chunk of butter, especially the cage free ones.

I got out the container of chopped parsley from the ‘Fridge and added some to the eggs. When I lecture on herbs I often speak about how healthy parsley is for you. It has lots of vitamin A and C, iron and many other minerals. It is a mild diuretic, and also is good for the liver. I make a parsley tonic by soaking fresh parsley in cold water in the ‘Fridge for twenty-four hours, overnight. Then I pour it off and drink it during the next day, while making a new batch. It is both refreshing and energizing, without a caffeine high. Helps with joint pain too. I reuse the parsley a couple of times, then snip it into soup.

I put a chunk of butter-about a tablespoon per egg into the warming frying pan and waited for it to melt over moderate heat. Then I poured in the parsleyed eggs and turned them a couple of times. The sausages were ready as were the salad and the toasted gluten free English muffins. What a tasty supper! Many chew parsley for sweeter breath after a meal, especially one with garlic, giving themselves a health boost as well. In ancient Greece, athletes wore wreaths made from it to signify their strength and endurance. Parsley is a real winner.

May you enjoy the benefits of food as medicine, and medicine as food.

Blessings and best regards, Tasha Halpert

Are you a parsley lover? Write me and tell me how you like it. I love hearing from my readers. Suggestions and comments are welcome. tashahal@gmail.com

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New Moon – The Raven
by Harebell & Betony

Today (16th April 2018) is a new moon in Aries, and this may explain the feeling of restlessness in the air. I don’t think this is being helped by what feels like a very late spring. I have been working with Danielle Barlows – Green Wheel Oracle cards, they are absolutely beautiful, you can take a better look at the deck here – Little Red Tarot. My card for this new moon is The Raven. I know Ravens do not generally have a good reputation, with people finding them ugly, or scary or frightening, but I love them. I think you can see the intelligence behind their eyes, and their glossy black wings are rich and full of luster. Dig into the folklore of the raven and you will find a wonderfully diverse history of tales across all cultures – possibly with the connection to Odin being the most prevalent, but what is clear is the long history they have had of dividing opinions and representing both good and bad luck. The raven is often both sides of the same coin, in an intelligent, playful way.

In the Green Wheel Oracle the raven appears as a reminder to ‘lead the way’ and find a forward path. He is reminding us during this new moon of restlessness to use our intelligence, to look before we leap, and to respect our connection to others. the raven is all about the bigger picture, the bird’s eye view and also just as importantly making sure we have the tools and the strength to forge ahead with our plans.

This new moon especially, I am taking this message of gaining strength and gathering tools to heart. We have had a few bad weeks of illness in the house and everyone is run down, so I feel more than ever this is the moon to recuperate and gather strength and maybe be a little more realistic about what can be achieved in the next few weeks. I personally am going to try to be a little kinder to myself, to take projects and plans one step at time and not feel the demand to do everything all at once.
So, keeping in mind the raven, here are my new moon goals for the next few weeks –

” get out in the garden when I can, the sun is set to come out and I have seeds to plant. Usually I find this time of year overwhelming, but I am not going to feel like that, I am going to do what I can, when I can and place the importance on enjoying it rather than finishing everything perfect – if things don’t get done so be it! It will still be better than before I started.
” drink more water! I really notice the difference to my energy levels and general well-being when I have dehydrated and I want to get back into the habit of drinking more water.
” getting more sleep, closely linked to drink more water! I want to get back into the routine of a better night-time routine and making sure I am relaxing more before bedtime, to hopefully avoid the constant night waking – this is not always easy to do after a few weeks of disturbed sleeps, but having a goal is a good place to start.
” start tackling some spring cleaning and tidying – nothing major, but just picking one small area a week to really clean and organise properly.
” try to interrupt myself when I am worrying about things that have not happened – I do this all the time – worrying about events in the future, and actually sometimes the things I worry about never happen and just as often they do happen and they are absolutely fine!
I know many people enjoy doing rituals for the new moon. I rarely do anything elaborate preferring instead to just gather a few flowers and greenery for my little ‘altar’, light a candle, burn some incense or oils and just take 10 minutes to think about what I want to achieve in the next few weeks, it then gives you a little space to come back over the next week or so to revisit and remember that sense of peace and purpose.
Wishing you new moon blessings.
Haile x

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Stephen Halpert
Medium Rare, Part 2

The following morning Harry phoned the Church of Eternal Wonderment and booked a session for Bessie to sit with Reverend Roundabout Holmes later that afternoon.
“I’m so excited,” Bessie said between swallows of her fresh crabmeat melt. “This is new for me Harry. I’ve always wondered if we’ve had any past lives together?”
“Maybe,” he replied. “But it’s this one now that counts.”
She looked concerned. “Yes but if it hasn’t happened before, how will I know what happens next time around?” She finished her tea. “I mean I hope we’ll be together always, but just in case next time you run off with a showgirl, I’d like to know ahead of time.”
He smiled. “Bessie maybe you’re not supposed to know.”
Her voice quivered. “Of course I am. Wouldn’t it be foolish for me not to?”
He had a sense he was edging toward thin ice. ” Bessie what difference does it make thinking you know something like that?” He separated the blueberries from the soggy piecrust.
But Bessie was determined. “I guess for you knowing something like that’s not important. After all you’d be the one with a showgirl while who knows where I’d end up.”
Harry decided to change the subject and pointed out something in his newspaper to Bessie.
Later that day Harry sat reading the magazines in the Church waiting room while Bessie went for her consultation with Roundabout Holmes.
This afternoon Roundabout Holmes wore a tailored three-piece suit, starched white shirt, a somber tie, and polished black shoes. To Bessie he looked a lot like the mortician from the funeral parlor near Harry’s store. She was curious how much he weighed but thought it impolite to ask. Was that liquor she smelled? But wasn’t it way too early in the day to drink?
He sat across from her and gently took her hand. “What is it you’re thinking about at this exact moment Mrs. Silva?”
Bessie smiled. “I was thinking about my dentist and how the tropical fish in his office are doing. Last time I was there for my bridge they looked sluggish.”
He cleared his throat. “Well in that case what would you like to know?”
“Oh I’m not asking about my death,” she smiled. “I was assured by a medium last summer that I won’t even know when it happens. But I’m concerned for my husband Harry. You see most of my deceased relatives never liked him all that much and I wouldn’t want them saying mean things about him before he gets there to defend himself.”
Holmes looked quizzical. “Gets where?”
“Well that’s the whole thing,” Bessie said. “I’d assume we’re talking about the hereafter or heaven or whatever it’s called.”
Holmes nodded. “And may I ask how you envision heaven?”
Bessie thought about that. “Well, I know I’d prefer it if there weren’t any surprises like ending up in a jungle where it’s hot and sticky. I don’t like hot and sticky weather at all. It zaps my energy. Personally I’d be happy living eternally in a condo by the ocean near a club where Harry could play golf.”
He nodded. “And this would be all right with your husband?”
“I should hope so. Unless he ran off with a showgirl leaving me with nothing to do all day but lie on the beach and play canasta.”
His voice lowered. “Does he have a penchant for showgirls?”
Bessie’s face reddened. “I should hope not, unless you know something about him that I don’t. He sell lots of mattresses to women but as far as I know that’s about as far as it goes.” Then in the same breath she added. “Of course I wouldn’t mind it if I ran into unicorns and elves and magical beings like that. Do you believe in unicorns Rev. Holmes?”
Roundabout Holmes took a deep breath, sighed and said, “I believe in everything of a fantastical nature, for after all isn’t life itself fantastic?”
Her eyes opened wide. “Have you ever seen unicorns walking around Baltimore?’
He looked puzzled. “What did you mean by that?”
But she continued on: “And I think if I pass over, before I’d go looking for Harry I’d like to spend time with the elves and fairies. Just to see what they’re really like.”
“Yes ” he smiled. “There are many possibilities in the hereafter…” he paused.
Bessie looked thoughtful. “Doesn’t all that really come from some part of us we don’t know is there?”
“That too is a possibility…” Then he closed his eyes and looked solemn. “But your Aunt Sophie is here.”
Bessie smirked and got down to brass tacks. “I hope you like Harry better now than you did when we started out.”
The medium’s face contorted. His lips twisted and his glasses slid down his nose. Then in an ultra high falsetto: “You should have married Marvin Schwartz.”
That annoyed Bessie. She sat up straight. “I’m not paying fifty dollars to hear you criticize my marrying Harry. I heard that a lot before you passed over, so go away.”
Roundabout shivered and pulled his suit jacket closer his shoulders. “I’m sorry Mrs. Silva, but I never like finding myself in the middle of a family squabble.” He held his hands to his temples and after a moment said. “She seems to have departed.”
Bessie nodded. “Makes sense. Aunt Sophie’s always been that way. I guess some things never change. My cousin Miles called her rude.”
The lights in the church began to flicker. Rev. Sycamore rushed into the consultation room. “Static, spirit interference,” she began. “Someone in the hereafter is terribly upset.”
“Oh that’s just my Aunt Sophie,” Bessie said. “She’s always been that way. The stories I could tell you about her.”
Several books thumped against the wall. The sky darkened and drops of rain brushed the windows. The ocean looked wild and choppy.
Meanwhile Harry tried to use his cell phone. The young assistant at the desk looked up. “I’m sorry sir but this is a dead zone.”
“You mean there’s no cell towers nearby?”
“Oh there are,” she smiled. “But at times there’s some sort of spirit interference.”
“Must be a party line,” he quipped.
She looked at him blankly.
He smiled and picked up another magazine. An article on reincarnation caught his eye.
“Oh Harry,” Bessie said excitedly coming in from her session. “After Aunt Sophie caused all that disruption, Rev. Holmes told me I have the perfect temperament to run a unicorn farm in the hereafter. We could do it together.”
Harry gulped. “We could? What else did he tell you?”
Rev. Sycamore appeared, thanked Bessie for coming and gave them two complimentary tickets to the séance that evening.
A clap of thunder made the lights flicker again. Reverend Sycamore winced.
Bessie pointed upward. “That’s just my Aunt Sophie. But not to worry, she goes to bed early and won’t be bothersome at tonight’s séance.”
(To be continued)

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Finding Inspiration Series: Crystalline Colors of Light

My ‘Finding Inspiration’ series was written out of a need that comes up in my practice,
most often in Spring and Fall. I feel we all need
a bit of encouragement and enlightenment now and then to help us move forward.
Finding motivation through inspiration can be the spark which sets you on your
way!

Crystaline Color

What can be more inspiring than the brilliant purple hue of amethyst,
the rich orange of carnelian or the deep pink of rhodochrosite? Color
plays a motivational part as one of the reasons we are drawn to a
particular crystal in the first place.

The color of crystals each have their own specific meanings or
references and I have included some of them below:

Color Correspondence

Red Stones: protection, courage, energy. Help with blood, relieve
anemia, stop bleeding, heal rashes and wounds.

Pink Stones: calm, sooth, stop distress, help with love. They smooth
difficulties in relationships, help with self-love and are good for
group rituals.

Orange Stones: for personal power, self esteem. They are connected to
the Sun, attract luck and success, assists in positive outcomes.

Yellow Stones: communication, inspiration, protection, visualization,
travel, digestion, nervous system, skin problems, breathing disorders.

Green Stones: These are for healing. Eyes, kidneys, stomach,
migraines… Help with money, luck, prosperity, grounding and balance.

Blue Stones: calm emotions, sleep, healing, ulcers and inflammation.
Use them in the bath for purification.

Purple Stones: mysticism, purification, meditation, psychic work,
subconscious, health, obedience, headaches, mental illness, hair
problems and sleep.

White Stones: These are ruled by the Moon. Sleep, psychism, promote
lactation, protection after dark, gets rid of headaches

Black Stones: self control, grounding, resilience, quiet power,
grounding, invisibility, peace, anxiety.

Andrew Pacholyk, MS. L.Ac.
http://www.peacefulmind.com/color-therapy
Therapies for healing
mind, body, spirit

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Dark Moon Tools
by hocuspocus13

PSYCHIC NOISE

The various Tools we use in WitchCraft just may hold and contain embedded psychic noise
Vibrations of one kind or another
This takes place from using the Tools or from other people touching and handling them
They leave behind on the Tool a piece of themselves that lingers and could very well prevent
a Spell from going in the direction you would like
It is also advisable to cleanse the Tools after each use in which you will find some very good
and successful ways of doing so

DARK MOON CLEANSE

During the Dark Moon of any given month which is the 3 days/nights before the New Moon arrives which is where we are now

NEW MOON

Sunday 15 April 2018 9:57p EASTERN DAYLIGHT TIME
Take each Tool individually on one of the Dark Moon Nights
Get a piece of Black Cloth for each Tool
Place the Tool in the center of the Cloth and sprinkle it with a healthy pinch of Salt
Wrap the Tool up in the Cloth
Tie around it tightly and securely Black Cord or Black Ribbon
Once that has been accomplished place the Tool(s) in the freezer of your refrigerator
Leave it there til the Evening of the New Moon

As the Moon grows
So will the Power
Embedded in this Tool

Carefully unwrap the Tool
As not to drop a single grain of Salt which has now absorbed all the psychic noise
Take the Tool and gently dusting it over the Black Cloth to remove any Salt that might be on it
Secure the Tool away
But it will be ready for use if you choose to do so

As for the
Black Cloth
Black Cord
Salt

Discard it by putting it in a brown paper bag and tossing it out into the trash
You do not want the bad vibrations it holds to be kept around

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Being Witnessed
By Madisyn Taylor

A powerful healing tool can be allowing yourself to be witnessed by your friends, sharing your pain to a listening audience.
When we allow ourselves to be witnessed by another, we cannot help but be transformed by the experience. Whether we are sharing a personal experience, standing in front of friends to celebrate a special occasion, or expressing our unbridled joy or sorrow in front of a loved one, we are allowing ourselves to be seen and experienced in a very intimate way. Not only are we baring ourselves to someone else, but we are allowing that person to hold a very specific kind of space with us so this powerful act can take place. To be witnessed is to let ourselves be seen as we truly are in that moment.

Our friends and loved ones can easily be witnesses for us, if only we are brave enough to let them. Your next birthday may be the perfect occasion to experience this sacred act: Invite your friends and loved ones to your special day. During the celebration, stand in front of them and thank them for being there for you. Feel their gratitude, attention, warmth, and support, while noticing the sense of safety you feel as they surround you. If you feel inspired, share your innermost thoughts about the day and your life. You may be surprised at the feelings of peace and validation that arise within you, when you feel safe enough to go deep into your soul and share yourself with those you trust.

Anyone who has ever seen love, admiration, acceptance, or appreciation reflected in a friend or loved one’s eyes knows how transformative that experience can be. When you bare yourself to another, you are giving them the gift of you and showing them that they also matter. In letting yourself be witnessed, you are letting others into your intimate space, stepping in the sacred container they have created for you, and creating a cauldron of positive affirmation, support, love, and goodwill that will stay with you forever.

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Monthly Horoscopes for: April 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 month:

By mid-March, you have made progress in exciting ideas. So, when early April`s sudden obstacles arise, you`ll battle them. Don`t. Actually, they`re for the best. Good as things seem, you won`t have the whole picture, either in terms of the potential of plans or your own objectives until after the pivotal Aries New Moon on 16 April. Only then will circumstances, the role of others and, most of all, your own objectives become clear. After that, you`ll move swiftly, decisively and with huge enthusiasm.

A brilliant idea at Easter is worth developing. You`re tired of making money for others. Launching your own business will allow you to set your own hours and follow your instincts. If you`ve been thinking of changing your luck, the New Moon on the 16th is an ideal time to do so. It`s a great time to restyle your hair, revamp your wardrobe or undergo a cosmetic procedure. Any initiative that will change the way people see you is worth considering. On the 30th, the Full Moon is great for making a long-term investment. Opening a savings, retirement or college fund will help you build a nice little nest egg. You`re tired of living from one payday to the next. Use the final days of April to create a stronger financial foundation for you and your family. If you have a romantic partner, your amour will be given an impressive raise or lucrative job, thereby improving your economic status.

Make no mistake: April should be really important that those of your sign. Not only does Mercury arrive at its direct station in your sign on the 15th, but that coincides with the Aries New Moon and Chiron`s arrival in Aries – its first visit to this area of the zodiac since 1968. Coincident with all of this, Mars, Saturn and Pluto convene at the apex of your solar chart again, a grouping that hasn`t happened since 1518 so signalling cosmic vibration with which we are all unfamiliar. The Aries quest is to show bravery and courage. These qualities are best shown against the backdrop of a crisis. That crisis may well have been brewing for some time. If you are self-employed, you may need to rethink your pricing structure. Those employed might also be involved in agreeing fresh terms. These are surely challenges you`ll be ready to embrace from the aforementioned New Moon and could be well placed to do so following information gathered between 7th and 11th.

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

Your horoscope for this month:

While you`ve had certain plans in mind for ages, other ideas or offers appear suddenly. While, usually, you`d be cautious, these are so good you`re tempted to plunge in. Do, but focus on what you learn and who you meet, not finalising arrangements. Both the actual circumstances and your own rapidly changing ideas and objectives will shift, probably many times, before things are settled around the time of the Taurus New Moon in mid-May. Until then, the more you explore, the better.

Easter will be a relaxing time. Take this opportunity to enjoy the company of your nearest and dearest in a low-key setting. Although you enjoy dressing up, you don`t especially want to be working hard to serve others. If you`re throwing a party, order food from a caterer instead of spending all day in the kitchen. This will allow you to connect with your guests. On the 16th, the New Moon allows you to let go of a period of struggle. Instead of dwelling on the past, you`ll make a fresh start. Going after a job, courting a potential partner or launching a creative project will renew your zest for life. The Full Moon on the 30th could mark an engagement or marriage. If you`ve been longing to make a romance official, do it at the end of April, when your prospects for creating a lifetime of happiness are strong.

You could view this month as being the overture for the considerable change likely to arrive once Uranus, the planet of the unexpected, arrives in your sign mid-May. The April New Moon coincides with Mercury`s direct station and Chiron`s arrival in Aries: its first visit to this sign since 1968. This offers a change of tempo for all signs. Given that all this activity is in one of the more fragile areas of your solar chart, it would be understandable if you felt the need to withdraw and regroup. Assessing your financial position and ensuring that safety nets are in place may be high priority especially between 7th and 15th. After then, and particularly in the days following the Sun`s move into your sign on 20th, focus may be needed on pension and tax arrangements. Determining a suitable strategy with the assistance of a financial adviser could be done with ease in the week beginning Monday 23rd. Indeed, by the Full Moon in your opposite sign on April 30th, you may be determined on a restructuring operation.

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

Your horoscope for this month:

The unsettled, if not seriously changeable, mood of the period from mid-March and during most of April may be disruptive but, also, it will suit you. Intriguing ideas and encounters are broadening your horizons. The only problem is these activities and encounters will distract you from existing plans and goals, some important. Gradually, however, you`ll realise even disruptive events are introducing you to far better possibilities. For now, concentrate on decluttering your schedule and your thinking. You may not finalise arrangements until June.

Attending an Easter party will be lots more fun than you expect. You`ll meet an interesting person who excites your interest in a hobby or sport. Let your new friend take you to a cultural event or game; you`ll have a wonderful time together. The New Moon on the 16th is perfect for joining a humanitarian organisation or club. Working with a team will greatly increase your chances for success. Although you have great ideas, you currently lack the social connections to get them off the ground. Join forces with people who have extensive experience in your desired field. On the 30th, the Full Moon will bring relief from a persistent health problem. Getting an accurate diagnosis will put you on the path to renewed health. Show your gratitude by donating time, money or both to a good cause. Keep the positive energy flowing as April turns to May.

Global winds of financial change are gathering strength. By the time Chiron moves into Aries mid-month – reaching that sign for the first time since 1968, all this should be obvious. Chiron`s arrival coincides with both the New Moon on 16th, and Mercury, your ruling planet`s station on 15th. It might be as well then to take time out over that middle weekend of April to assess your financial position and what you can and cannot afford. It`s probable that major change will need to take place – and before the Full Moon on April 30th. This may be something you have known would be essential for many months. Now there is urgency. This though, should possibly not be seen as negative. Though true, much depends on your personal chart, it is probable that you are already attuned to the need to operate differently and to renegotiate certain commitments. With your arguments prepared well in advance, this may be a task to tackle after Venus moves into your sign on 25th.

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

Your horoscope for this month:

There are numerous situations where you`ve hoped somebody would appear and guide you, if not deal with, several complex decisions. However, when that happens you`re uneasy, if not annoyed, mostly because things are moving too swiftly or you`ve worryingly little control. This is for the best. Heavy-handed as others seem, they`re both knowledgeable and have your best interests at heart. Go with the flow, but ask questions. What you learn will deepen your understanding and, possibly, your relationship with those who`re guiding you.

You`ll attract wonderful publicity on or around Easter, when word spreads of your leadership ability. Your willingness to accept a thankless job is greatly appreciated.. Thanks to you, an organisation that was on the verge of falling apart has been salvaged. Instead of listening to conventional wisdom, you tried bold methods that have paid off handsomely. As a result, you`ll be offered an impressive job with a cutting-edge company on the 16th. That`s when an energising New Moon will enhance your professional prospects. Don`t be afraid to enter an unfamiliar field; you`ll take to this industry like a duck to water. A romantic relationship will burst into flower on the 30th, thanks to a passionate Full Moon. If you`re single, you`ll meet someone special at a work conference. Falling in love with someone who is much older or younger is a possibility. Instead of worrying about what people will say about this relationship, listen to your heart.

You won`t be the only sign pushed into some kind of audit check midmonth. As April begins, Mercury is retrograde at the apex of your solar chart. By the New Moon on the 16th, Chiron, for the first time since 1968, moves into that same zodiac area. The point to make is that these are now new conditions. Across the world, financial rearrangement is likely. Being as sensitive as you are, you may well be prepared for these winds of change. It could be that they`ve been ushered in by events over which you have little control, but which are affecting a partner acutely. Taking stock, balancing the books and being prepared would be wise action between 1st and 15th. An unusual career opportunity could also present midmonth. To accept this will surely require considerable thought and, very likely negotiation before the close of April. A strong possibility is also considering self-investment focused on a hobby or talent.

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

Your horoscope for this month:

Obviously, being cornered into decisions or, possibly, changes you`re not happy about is upsetting. Yet, your instincts are correctly telling you that events are forcing you to break away from a familiar and, possibly, convenient arrangements some of which are preventing you spreading your wings, creatively, professionally or romantically. Tempting as it is to allow your stubborn streak to battle these, take a chance. Within days you`ll not only know how wise it was, you`ll wonder why you hesitated for even a moment.

Easter ushers in an opportunity to travel, study or write. Being able to visit a country that has deep spiritual meaning will be inspiring. If you aren`t able to get away, sign up for an advanced course of learning or begin work on an article. Exercising your intellect will pay off handsomely this month. On the 16th, you could launch an entrepreneurial effort. The energising New Moon will help you get the funding and publicity you need to make this project successful. Don`t be afraid to break away from traditional business methods. Offering unusual products and services or courting an underserved market will be highly profitable. The Full Moon on the 30th is good for wrapping up a property matter. If you need to find a new place to live, you`ll find one in an established neighbourhood famous for its historic architecture. Getting out of an old lease should not be a problem.

For the first time since 1968, Chiron, the planetoid that orbits between Saturn and Uranus arrives in another of the Fire signs, Aries. This coincides with the New Moon in that sign and Mercury`s direct station – also in Aries. It`s very likely that by 16th, the need to re-evaluate credit card costs, renegotiate terms and, for some Leos, to learn more about foreign exchange dealings will be necessary. Yet you may be in precisely the right frame of mind to do this. The fact that others are now taking action (though arguably not as quickly as you might have preferred), suggests that a plan mooted between the lunar eclipse in your sign at the end of January and the solar mid-February, will move to its next stage. The financial underpinning for this could be arranged after the Sun moves into Taurus on Friday 20th with a key meeting arranged for the following week. It seems likely that property matters will be involved, and an equitable deal reached by the Full Moon on the last day of the month.

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

Your horoscope for this month:

Seemingly simple decisions made around the Virgo Full Moon on 2 March need review and revision. This process lasts until late April. Still, once you realise it`s about discovery, not sticking to a single plan, you`ll enthusiastically explore ideas and offers you`d otherwise reject as impractical. What`s more, these are taking you into new territory, personally and in terms of ongoing commitments. While this indecisiveness is out of character, you`ll benefit from who you meet and what you learn for years to come.

News of an inheritance, legal settlement or insurance refund will reach your ears on or around Easter. This is a great time to upgrade your technical equipment. Buying a new smartphone, car or computer will greatly increase your efficiency in the early days of April. The New Moon on the 16th finds you making inroads to a close relationship. By forgiving a past mistake, you`ll forge a strong bond that is virtually unbreakable. Don`t be surprised when your sensual side becomes more pronounced; this is a good time to enjoy a passionate interlude with the one you love. On the 30th, the Full Moon finds you passing a test or getting a certificate. The information you`ve accumulated will attract the admiration of a creative person.. Don`t be surprised if you`re asked to create a website or promotional campaign for an artist. Your ability to communicate powerful messages with just a few images and phrases is impressive.

You may know that Mercury is retrograde in Aries. This, for you, puts considerable attention on financial partnerships and, specifically, how others operate their accounts. Mid-month, Mercury stations just as Chiron (the planetoid that orbits between Saturn and Uranus) arrives in that same Fire sign: Aries. Chiron acts as an auditor. It would surely be timely during April to assess liabilities and debts. Soon after the New Moon on 16th, an opportunity to find a creative way forward could be found. Yes, this will surely require detailed focus, but this is where you excel. By the major alignment of Mars and Pluto (26th) in the speculative zone of your solar chart, you should be set on a new financial course. By then, with the Moon in your sign, Mercury direct and Venus at the apex of that solar chart, you should feel to have better control of your financial affairs and may well have curtailed certain costs along the way.

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

Your horoscope for this month:

The Libra Full Moon on 31 March will be intense, so much you could struggle to ignore pressure, self-imposed or from others, to make decisions; but with the foundation on which plans would be based shifting for all of April, ensure both your own thinking and arrangements are flexible. This is good timing, because it gives you a chance to learn about people, places and even ideas you`ve ignored or, possibly, been unaware of. The resulting insights could alter your perspective and, ultimately, your life.

Working with a partner will be productive in the days surrounding Easter. Be open to trying cutting edge techniques, even if you`ve been steeped in an old tradition. Your willingness to try new things will earn the respect of your associate, who already admires your creative abilities. On the 16th, you might decide to get engaged or married. Are you already in a serious relationship? Your amour will get an unusual work opportunity. Moving to a place that is entirely different from your current home will strengthen your bond. Having your assumptions challenged and your lifestyle altered will force you to heavily rely on each other. Petty differences that once kept you apart will magically disappear. A handsome bonus could come your way on the 30th, thanks to an enriching Full Moon. Use some of this money for some beautiful furnishings or artwork. If you`ve been longing to buy your own place, this would be a good time to do so.

For the first time since 1968 Chiron arrives in your opposite sign. This coincides with both Mercury`s station and the New Moon (again in your opposite sign). Given that a couple of days later, the Sun and Uranus align again in Aries, partnership and relationship issues are likely to be at the forefront of your mind. On top of all of this, Mars, Saturn and Pluto are now grouped at the base of your solar chart for the first time since 1518. Are you getting the message? These are unusual times. There`s high probability of shake-up within the family and indeed, within your career. It`s probable that you now have to think more determinedly and more assuredly than in the past. It may be necessary by Tuesday 24th to have defined a fresh financial strategy altogether. Asset management is likely to be a big issue as indeed, may be property matters. In all this, you could be given assistance by those born under any of the Earth signs Taurus, Virgo or Capricorn. Though their influences might each be very different, all should offer useful guidance as you negotiate and navigate new financial waters.

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

Your horoscope for this month:

Recently, you`ve battled having elements of your life rearranged and, mostly, were successful. Yet now yet more disruptive events or suggestions are being discussed. Despite your doubts, explore. What you learn will make clear that your world is shifting, often in profound ways, and so too must your attitude towards these. The irony is, once you begin, you`ll spot promise where, before, you`d regarded changes as a pointless nuisance. You`ll soon realise how many other elements of your life this applies to, as well.

An unusual work opportunity will be made on or around Easter. Take this opportunity to gain some experience in an entirely different field. The more varied your skill set, the easier it will be to land the well-paid assignments you want. The New Moon on the 16th is ideal for launching a fitness regime. Taking up a sport, overhauling your diet and establishing a restful sleeping routine will pave the way for radiant health. A personal project will come to fruition on the 30th, thanks to an empowering Full Moon. A reference letter from an accomplished business person or political figure will open doors for you. This influential person admires your hard work and diligence. Thanks to their recommendation, you`ll get funding for a project, get onto a training programme or be given money from a government grant. Late April is ideal for expanding your horizons; go ahead and venture into unfamiliar territory.

It was 1518 when Mars, Saturn and Pluto (two of these being your ruling planets), grouped in the sign of Capricorn. This area of your solar chart is all about learning, communications and local connections. A review of your place within the neighbourhood and how it benefits or depletes your resources seems probable. Mid-April is unusual in that the New Moon on 16th, coincides with Mercury`s station and the arrival of Chiron; also, in Aries. This is likely to put many people in the mood to take action and effect personal audits. You may be forced into doing this during the week beginning Monday 16th – and by someone who feels it to be imperative that you adjust your schedule and so reduce costs. They may be a little previous. It`s probable that by Tuesday 24th, your inherent financial acumen will have risen to the fore and that you will have made a shrewd investment.. Again, this may be linked to either education or travel.

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

Your horoscope for this month:

After having explored and probably embraced all sorts of exciting new ideas, suddenly you`re faced with the practical side of arrangements. Dealing with these details is challenging enough but with the actual situations changing, and often, you can`t juggle everything. The secret? Forget about plans, especially of a far-reaching nature, and instead and view even simple arrangements as tentative, if not an experiment. Get others to join you in this process of exploration and, together, you`ll learn lots and, ultimately, achieve wonders.

Pour your energy into creative projects on Easter, when your urge to create something beautiful will be powerful. Putting an innovative spin on traditional forms will attract lots of favourable publicity. The New Moon on the 16th is ideal for going on a first date or going on a second honeymoon. Whether you are single or attached, mid-April will be one of those most romantic times of the entire year. Letting go of a grudge will be easier than expected on the 30th, when the Full Moon urges you to get rid of excess emotional baggage. Instead of dwelling on a past injustice, you`ll turn your focus to the future. Establishing financial security will be easier when you adopt an optimistic attitude. If you get turned down for a job, express your gratitude for getting the chance to interview. Your positive energy will turn a `no` into a `yes.`

Navigating the financial waters of 2018 is likely to be a challenge for all signs. In your case, and particularly this month, review may be essential. Much hinges on the middle of the month when Mercury stations in another of the Fire signs – the day before the New moon in Aries and Chiron`s arrival in that same sign for the first time since the mid-1960s. Just a day later, Saturn stations in one of the key financial zones of that same chart. All these signals, as it does for many signs, the need for close audit control. It may be that a revised budget needs to be put in place. It is, of course, possible that you`ve known the some weeks that this was inevitable. Following on from some shrewd negotiation around 11th, you might even have something to celebrate midmonth. A more crucial period though is the very last week in April when, and likely in partnership, thoughts could turn to savings and property management.

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

Your horoscope for this month:

As a Capricorn, you rather enjoy a challenge. In fact, you tend to organise your life around tasks, some minor, others more complicated, but each of which allows you to exercise your talent for imposing order on tricky situations. Yet even you won`t know how to deal with April`s twists and turns. Tempting as it is to respond swiftly, you`re encouraged to wait, watch and learn. Gradually, unexpected factors will surface, and you`ll realise your next steps will require serious investigation and thought.

The days surrounding Easter find you more ambitious than ever. This is a good time to make plans for professional success. Applying for a high-profile position or creating a business proposal will be a good use of your time. Your preparations will pay off on the 16th, when an uplifting New Moon attracts an exciting career offer. Being able to put your leadership skills to work will be liberating. You know how to motivate people while maintaining impeccable standards. A collaboration comes to a successful conclusion on the 30th, when the Full Moon cultivates a celebratory atmosphere. Make sure to attend a big wrap party. It`s important to keep in touch with the people who have challenged your ideas, encouraged your ability and improved your skills. Don`t be surprised if you are named most valuable player. People appreciate your ability to give constructive criticism without taking the joy out of work.

When slow-moving planets change signs, there is usually both a social and economic effect. In April, and for the first time since 1968, Chiron moves into Aries arriving then at the base of your solar chart. That this coincides with both the Aries New Moon and Mercury`s station in that same sign, suggests a significant gear-change with regard to family matters and asset management. This may well be linked to career opportunity. It`s worth noting that in May Uranus arrives in another of the Earth signs. What happens this month could be the overture for further developments that expand world considerably. Financially, and especially between 7th and 14th, it would be beneficial to appraise your situation and determine how much or how little you can afford to self-invest. There may be an optimum training opportunity that presents midmonth. With Mars, Saturn and Pluto all moving through your sign (together for the first time since 1518), it seems likely that extra responsibility is headed your way with that, the potential for increased reward.

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

Your horoscope for this month:

This isn`t a quiet period for anybody, but of the twelve signs, you`re best equipped to deal with the often-unruly events reshaping your circumstances and those of others. However, by mid-April you realise these changes haven`t stopped, which means rethinking your strategy. While annoying initially, you`re soon exploring options you`d previously dismissed as uninteresting, if not unrealistic. With things moving so swiftly, you`re learning a lot, and fact, and within weeks are merrily discovering ways to make these parts of your life.

The 1st brings exciting news about a family or community matter. This Easter, you`ll be able to break away from a confining routine and enjoy a greater measure of freedom, either in a relationship or in your neighbourhood. On the 16th, the New Moon urges you to speak up for your beliefs. Defending the underdog will cause your popularity to soar. Lately, someone who has been marginalised or unfairly criticised has gathered lots of secret support. Everyone was so afraid of the chief tormentor that they failed to challenge their abusive behaviour. This will change after you make it known that such behaviour is entirely unacceptable. Speak as you find to everyone. The Full Moon on the 30th will bring a promotion or award for a job well done. Take this opportunity to bask in the spotlight. Your hard work has paid off, making it possible to advance up the ladder to success.

Mid-April, Mercury arrives at its direct station within a day of the New Moon and of Chiron`s arrival also in the sign of Aries. This is followed on Wednesday 18th with the Sun`s alignment with one of your ruling planets, Uranus, as Saturn your other ruler planet comes to its station. It seems very likely that you will be supercharged. There may be a mission you feel must accept. All of this is likely to brew from the beginning of the month and may well be related to the realisation that long-term financial provision is insufficient, and that action must be taken. Tax matters too may well demand particular care – especially in the last week of the month. Whilst all this might sound heavy or negative, there are certain dates when financially you could benefit. These include 7th, 14th, 24th and 29th. On each of these dates the potential for securing assets seems greater than usual. A further and perhaps strong possibility, is that during the course of April you will consider changing bank account. If you`ve been with one institution for a very long time, it may be that there are better deals to be had.

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

Your horoscope for this month:

Because the Pisces New Moon on 17 March will have introduced a fresh approach to both certain longstanding arrangements and, equally, led to intriguing encounters, as April begins you`ll already be discussing exciting changes. Being a perfectionist, you`ll be exploring every option and concerned others are happy with what you`ve organised. However, with ongoing changes shifting the foundation on which plans are based, your time`s best focused on exploration. If you must make plans, ensure they`re flexible enough you can rethink them often.

April begins on an upbeat note, when a job offer could arrive on or around Easter. This will be a wonderful opportunity to increase your income and expand your technical skills. Working with bang up to date equipment and the latest software programs will increase your appeal on the job market. The New Moon on the 16th will give you a chance to do work that is personally meaningful. In the past, you treated work simply as a means to pay the bills. Now you will have a chance to get paid by making the world a better place. It will be a refreshing change. A bold risk will pay off on or around the 30th, when the Full Moon brings a successful resolution of a legal matter. Alternatively, you may return home from a trip feeling better than you have in a long time. The end of the month finds you gaining impressive forward momentum.

As you may know, your horoscope is divided into 12 distinct units. The best way to do this is with your actual birth time and date and place. The horoscopes provided here can only ever provide simple first-aid. Yet even this can be useful. Mid-April, and just as Mercury arrives at its station, the New Moon coincides with Chiron changing signs. All three events take place in the sign of Aries: accenting one of the financial areas of the Pisces solar chart. Chiron last moved from your sign into Aries in 1968. It`s quite possible then that you have no experience of this planetary energy. Though some find links between Chiron and the wounded healer, at a business level, Chiron often acts as auditor. For a variety of reasons then, it may be necessary for you to take a rain check from mid- April. This ought not to be seen as negative – or indicative of the fact that your finances are precariously balanced. Rather, given the Sun`s alignment with the planet of entrepreneurship, Uranus, it`s time to review your many gifts and find one that could bring financial reward. A further, and strong possibility is that those who tend to get bogged down with administration will welcome your creative input. Again, the opportunity to sell services in a freelance capacity could be something you develop this month.

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