GrannyMoon’s Weekly Feast 17 Sept 24 2018

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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 Mala begins 9/6 – 10/2
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Celtic Tree Calendar: Muin (Vine) September 2 to September 29

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Current Moon Phase:

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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Each And Every Day A Feast Day!
Embrace It!!!

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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

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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.It is lucky to meet a left-handed person on any day except Tuesday – then it’s an ill omen. A superstition from areas of England that were ruled by the Danelaw, because the day is named for Norse God Týr who sacrificed his right hand to bind the Fenris Wolf. #FolkloreThursday

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: Yellow
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

Gratitude Talisman
Spell Date: Sunday, September 16, 2018

With pen or pencil, write “Gratitude” on a piece of paper. Then make a list of everything and everyone you are currently grateful for. Be expansive! For instance, the fact that you wake up each morning is, without a doubt, worthy of gratitude. So is that nice view out the kitchen window. So are the people you love.

When you’re finished, roll or fold the paper and tie it with a yellow or gold ribbon—the colors of gold, sunshine, and abundance. Offer this prayer while holding the paper in your hands:

“O, (insert deity name), help me be
grateful for the blessings in my life.
For even with any challenges I may face
each day, it is still a beautiful world.”

You’ve now created a gratitude talisman. Hold it in your hands and meditate (or open it and read it) when you need a boost, feeling its energies rejuvenate your spirits.
This post was written by Susan Pesznecker on September 16, 2018
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Signed, Sealed, and Delivered
Spell Date: Saturday, September 15, 2018

Words are magic. They make ideas real and tangible, and they put the process of change in motion. They are simple but powerful. So too is your signature—your personal symbol of agreement that is a potent seal for any spell, wish, or desire.

As summer comes to a close, think about what you want to come to pass by the year’s end. Write it all down. When you’re finished, read it aloud. Then sign your name. Feel the power of determination and success flowing through the pen. You will make these things happen.

As your wishes come to pass, tear off a piece of the paper and burn it— save the portion with your signature for last. Use your signature to seal any spell or written magical work.
This post was written by Natalie Zaman on September 15, 2018
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Extra Strength Attraction Spell
Spell Date: Friday, September 14, 2018

Today, the aspects are excellent to do a spell on yourself to incite passion and become absolutely irresistible to others. The effect should last throughout the weekend. But be careful with this one, okay? It’s no joke.

Light a deep red pillar candle and some vanilla incense in your bathroom and draw a warm bath. Add two drops of ylang-ylang and three drops of sandalwood essential oils to the water, and stir with your right hand in an infinity symbol as you chant the following three times:

“I flow like water, I burn like fire.
I attract lust, I attract desire.”

Soak by candlelight for at least forty minutes. Dry off and anoint your lower belly with a mixture of ylang ylang and sandalwood (dilute with a carrier oil if you have sensitive skin).
This post was written by Tess Whitehurst on September 14, 2018
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Harvest Bounty
Spell Date: Thursday, September 13, 2018

Even though the harvest season is starting to wind down, now is the time to give thanks for everything that has come in so far. Mabon is just around the corner and is known as the second harvest. Be sure to pick offerings for your Mabon celebration from your garden. Even if you don’t garden, you do benefit from the garden and agricultural trades of others, so be sure to pick up some type of offering.

Take inventory of the other “harvests” in your life as well. Give thanks for the prosperity you have. Even though you are thankful, you may feel as if you don’t have everything you need. This happens to us a lot—we feel like we don’t have enough money, enough food, enough clothes, enough love. Take this day to feel truly thankful and appreciative for what you do have.
This post was written by Kerri Connor on September 13, 2018
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Happy Birthday
Spell Date: Wednesday, September 12, 2018

When a friend of yours has a birthday, give them a spell along with their gift. First think about what this friend means to you. Think about things you’ve done together. Give your friend a birthday agate.

Look online or in a book for information about the magical properties of stones to determine which kind of agate is best for this friend. The energies of agates include longevity, healing, and protection. For your friend’s birthday, select a gorgeous agate. Holding the agate, visualize your friend. See your friend as healthy, productive, and happy. Say:

“Hinkety, pinkety, play,
Today’s (friend’s name’s) natal day!
Good health I send (him/her)
And happy life.
Hinkety, pinkety, plurn,
Happy solar return!”

Give the agate to your friend and teach them the spell so they can pay it forward.
This post was written by Barbara Ardinger on September 12, 2018
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Let There Be Peace
Spell Date: Tuesday, September 11, 2018

For many people, this is a day of remembrance and mourning. Countless lives were touched back in 2001 when the Twin Towers came down. With today’s waxing Libra moon, it’s a good day to pause and remember those whose lives were taken or changed forever, and offer up a prayer for peace.

To do this ritual, simply light a white candle and repeat the following words:

“May peace be before me.
May peace be around me.
May peace shine throughout me.
May I walk in peace.
Send peace now to others.
Send peace to all mothers.
Let us love like brothers.
Let us walk in peace.”

Pinch the candle out and get on with your day. You might even want to use this as a start for a year of peace, where you send out the prayer every morning to bring comfort to all those who are grieving or in turmoil.
This post was written by Charlie Rainbow Wolf on September 11, 2018

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Heartwings Love Notes 845 Eating with the Seasons is Healthier

Heartwings says, “As we move through the seasons our digestion does too.”

I love the berries, peaches and plums of summer. I eagerly await and purchase local strawberries as they appear on the shelves of our local farmstand. My “fridge piles up with blueberries and raspberries, then luscious peaches and plums as they ripen and arrive. Of course, I enjoy the corn, most especially as summer wanes. The foods of the local farms are my favorite thing about summer. What I don’t like is that the heat of summer discourages my consumption of food and causes me to do as little cooking as possible.

I appreciate eating with the seasons. I look forward to asparagus in the spring, yet I dislike eating it except at that time. Just so, I prefer to eat what is growing in the summer during that season, especially summer squashes in all their varieties. Now the squashes of summer are dwindling in the local fields and gardens. Due to our ability to transport food these can be bought all year round from the supermarket, however I somehow feel much less inclined to include them in my diet now that they are out of season for this area.

There are many ways to prepare delicious orange winter squash. While I enjoy acorn squash the most, I also like butternut squash for the variety of ways it can be prepared. Acorn squash is simple. Split and baked face down, it can be turned over when done and enhanced with butter and brown sugar or maple syrup. I usually give the squash another 5 minutes in the oven until these are melted together in the cavities. When I take the squash from the oven I scrape the soft centers with a fork to distribute the sweetness throughout it.

Butternut squash however can be used in a variety of ways. Sometimes I bake it whole on a cookie sheet for an hour or until the thickest part pierces easily with a fork, take it out, cool it slightly, then remove the seeds and separate it from the peel. I refrigerate it, reheating it with butter in a cast iron frying pan later. It is also good peeled and chopped, in stews and casseroles. Eating with the seasons not only provides good nutrition, it also brings our bodies in line with the changes that occur as the seasons revolve, a win/win situation for good health.

May you enjoy the harvest of the new season and say farewell to summer bounty without regret.

Blessings and best Regards, Tasha Halpert

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Knowledge
“O, light of moon of wisdom thyn,
Help to recall, O memory mine.
Open and clear mental repose
To help and study, recall and grow.
O wisdom, great familiar when,
Of knowledge, wise, insightful then
When sun is high, energy strong,
Please bring my concentration on.
Now I absorb the wisdom here,
And let go ~ unrelenting fear.

Acquiring, Retaining, Growing Wisdom

Color: Violet, White
Stone: Amethyst, Clear Quartz, Tiger’s Eye, Citrine, Smoky Quartz, Selenite
Essential Oil: Sandalwood, Jasmine, Frankincense, Neroli, Rose, Pine
Incense: Full Moon, Shaman Circle
Tea: Energy, Balance
Herb: Ginkgo Biloba, Astragalus, Ginseng, Frankincense, Neroli, Rose, Pine
Guiding Principle: “Universal Acquiring”

The Metaphysics of Knowledge

Traditionally, metaphysics refers to the branch of philosophy that attempts to understand the fundamental nature of all reality, whether visible or invisible. It seeks a description so basic, so essentially simple, so all-inclusive that it applies to everything, whether divine or human or anything else. It attempts to tell what anything must be like in order to be at all.

I now know, first hand, what it is like to go back to school. Going back to follow my second passion, medicine, after a very successful and passionate career as a dancer/choreographer has been rewarding beyond belief. The first day of school can be a scary prospect for anyone, but adult students confront special concerns and fears.

Adults are more likely to have multiple responsibilities, requiring them to juggle commitments to school, family and employers. They may be haunted by negative earlier experiences with formal education, or worry about being “rusty.” Re-entry students may feel uncomfortable when surrounded by younger, technologically- savvy classmates. Previous drop-outs may be anxious about being able to complete the program this time around. While all of these concerns are legitimate, none are insurmountable.

Whatever your desire to learn is, here you can learn how to value the learning process, discover effective study tips, use antioxidants to boost your memory, get through classes and study time better with food for thought and learn certain mind games to broaden the mind, stimulate the brain and keep you young! You can also find crystals, aromatherapy and supplements to increase focus, concentration and memory!

by: yogiguruji@aol.com

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Fall: The Breath of Autumn
~ O harvest mother, bring us near,
a place of love when Fall is here.
To bless and honor hearth and home,
when chill comes round and changes so…

The Autumnal Equinox occurs in the Northern Hemisphere on September 22, 2018, when the sun appears to move across the equator. As an expression in nature, this is the time when crops are harvested. Leaves are changing to brilliant colors as they float gently to the ground. Gathering and elimination are the traits of this season and can be seen in nature as well as human health.

Fall is good time to take a good look at our health and our lifestyle. Start by looking at the life around you. Are you living in chaos? Is your home in a shambles? Is there clutter everywhere? You may want to consider starting with a good gathering and elimination session. Here are some wonderful suggestions for having a bountiful Fall:

Fall Herbal Medicine Chest

With the change of seasons from Summer to Fall we need to change our supplies in our medicine cabinet.

Arnica (Arnica montana): This year round herb helps stop pain, reduces swelling, bruising and inflammation.

Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceous): Take this antiviral herb twice a day to prevent or treat colds and flu.

Calendula (calendula officinalis): Use calendula to soothe chapped skin and lips.

Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea): Treat colds, flu, sore throat, and other common infections.

Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba): for blood flow, mental fuzziness, memory loss, or vertigo.

Siberian ginseng (Eleutheroccocus senticosus): This treatment for lethargy and fatigue.

Triphala: a remedy for constipation and poor bowel tone.

Valerian (Valeriana officinalis): Soothes anxiety, used for sound sleep and treatment for insomnia.

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Acknowledging Your Growth
By Madisyn Taylor

Evolution of your soul is a natural fact of life and becomes a potent motivational force when celebrated.

Since personal evolution is most often a slow and gradual process, it can be difficult to recognize the scope of the changes taking place in our lives. Yet it is important that we regularly acknowledge our ongoing growth and reward ourselves for the many wonderful feats of self-improvement we have accomplished. When we intentionally contemplate our progress, we need never feel that we are languishing between past achievements and the realization of future goals. If we look closely at our lives, we may see that much of what brings us pleasure in the present is representative of the ambitions of our past that we worked so hard to attain. At one time, the abundance we enjoy currently likely seemed like a far-off dream. Now it is simply reality–a reality we created through our diligence, passion, and unflagging determination. Whether our progress is fast or slow, we deserve to congratulate ourselves for our successes.

To remind yourself of the insights you have gained with time, temporarily adopt an outsider’s perspective and carefully consider how your life in the present differs from the range of experiences you lived through in the past. Creating a written list, in a journal or otherwise, of those strengths, aptitudes, and inner qualities you now attribute to yourself can help you accept that you are not the same person you were one year ago, five years ago, or 10 years ago. Your attitudes, opinions, and values were likely markedly different, and these differences can be ascribed to your willingness to accept that you still have much to learn. If you have difficulty giving yourself credit for these changes, think about the goals you realized, the lives you touched, the wisdom you acquired, and the level of enlightenment you attained over the past years.

Recognizing growth is neither boastful nor immodest. Evolution is a natural fact of life and becomes a potent motivational force when celebrated. Knowing that you are brighter, stronger, and more grounded than you once were, you can look forward to the changes to come. In acknowledging your growth, you build a sturdy foundation upon which you can continue to blossom well into the future.

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Persephone’s Poppyseed Potion-Facial Scrub

1 tbsp. finely ground cornmeal
1 tbsp. poppy seeds
2 tbsp. ground oats
2 tbsp. ground rosehip seeds
1 tsp. seaweed and/ or chaga mushroom powder
8 drops rose otto or neroli essential oil

Grind Persephone’s Potion in a mortar and pestle, coffee grinder, the dry blade on the nutribullet, or with a food processor, until it is fairly smooth. Do not add in the essential oil until you are ready to move the mixture into a pretty glass jar for storage. Add water to the palm of your hand before using. Always grind the mix finely enough, so that it does not scratch your skin, but do not make it so smooth that it is ineffective. You may also moisten Persephone’s scrub with a little honey and hydrosols for a special treat. Persephone, goddess of the underworld and dreamtime helps bring insight and creative solutions. She is a brilliant potion maker. Her specialty is beauty enhancement products. Attune to your intuitive self, while applying this mask. Hades abducting Persephone from a wall

From Szott Rogers, Laurie. Scents of Wonder: Aromatic Solutions for Health, Beauty and Pleasure (Kindle Location 52). Prairie Deva Press.

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Stephen Halpert
Murder in North Grafton, #7

The medics lifted Laura Callahan’s body out of her blue Audi and onto a gurney. Then crime lab personnel turned to the Audi and began searching for prints and forensic evidence.
Sippi went and stood by the gurney. She peered at the overweight middle-aged woman. “Look,” she told Mallory. “Her wrists and ankles were taped. Blood has congealed from when she struggled against her bonds.” Then she noticed something else. “What’s that dark brown stuff?”
Mallory frowned. “Looks like chocolate,” he said. He turned to the medic. “Open her coat.”
Small knife cuts across her middle had caused bleeding. Then thick chocolate frosting had been smeared over the area. Sippi glanced toward Mallory. To her surprise she saw tears fill his eyes. As he began to speak, he choked on his words.
He shook his head. “She was a sweet, sweet woman Bopp. Laura kept me going when my wife passed. Don’t know what I’d have done without her. She certainly didn’t deserve an ending like this. What kind of pervert…” He sighed and averted his eyes.”
Sippi nodded. “Two murders and both members of your church, Inspector. Obviously premeditated: bullets and chocolate frosting. And the chocolate frosting decorating the horseshoe at the church supper…” She shook her head. I’m sure there’s a tie in.”
Mallory sighed again. “She was a godsend. She helped get our church out of the red. She created the thrift shop. Put it on line. Then she went for more than just donations of used clothing and beat up paperbacks. Laura helped congregants unload their vehicles, their valuables and antiques–she even listed vacation properties that benefited church finances through sales and seasonal rentals.” He paused and took what was left of his cigar stub from his vest pocket.
He looked into Sippi’s eyes. “Find her killer Bopp. Laura didn’t deserve to die this way. Help us untangle this bloody mess.”
Sippi nodded. “Must be horrible for you when a killing like this is up close and personal.”
Mallory grimaced. “Murder’s always personal, but especially now when someone you know from church could be homicidal.”
He looked lovingly at the blue Audi. “I helped her pick this out. Rode with her when she test drove it.” He blew his nose. “She cooked me supper after I lost my wife. Insisted I come over, always wanted me to have home cooked meals.”
He dabbed at his eyes and blew his nose. He looked at Sippi and nodded. “I’ve confidence in you Bopp. You’ll tie up this case up. I know you will.” He bit down on his cigar stub, nodded again, conferred briefly with the medics, and left.
As he drove Sippi back to her condo Chico was uncharacteristically silent. Left to her own thoughts, she couldn’t help but wonder if Laura Callahan took Detective Winslow under her wing the way she had Inspector Mallory when his wife passed. Only this time did it do her in or was there more?
As Chico dropped Sippi off she noticed he seemed somewhat nervous even jittery. She attributed it to his needing sleep. Makes no sense going to sleep this time of day she thought. Instead she sat up, crossed her legs and began her yoga breathing and meditation routine.
On toward eight she heard a car pull into the parking lot. Doors slammed abruptly and two somewhat familiar voices caught her attention.
“Spray paint’s in the trunk,” one said. “Teach this nig a lesson she won’t forget in a hurry.”
Sippi slid off her bed, dropped to her knees and peered out her bedroom window. She recognized Parnell, the burly red-faced Irish cop from traffic. She wasn’t so sure about the other, probably his partner Kinder. They both lit cigarettes and stood staring at her sports car.
Kinder looked at his watch. “How can a nig cop afford wheels like this? Must of cost more than fifty, seventy five grand. That broad’s got to be on the take, has to be, how else could she even afford the payments.” He looked at the paint nozzle and sneered.
Sippi had heard gossip to the effect that Parnell freely voiced his prejudice toward people of color. As an officer in their union he also did whatever he could to block the hiring of people of color by the department.
Although she recognized them, Sippi had never been introduced to either officer. They were both known around headquarters as bullies who out took their aggressions on kids busted for pot.
As she watched, Parnell lit one cigarette from the next.
Sippi slid on her boots, crept below her bedroom window and darted into the kitchen. Once outside she stood by her condo, calmed herself with several deep breaths, and went slowly toward her vehicle.
She was glad to see that both men wore civvies rather than uniforms.
“Serves her right,” Parnell said. “Coming here, playing up to Redtoe and Mallory. Them nigs got to be kept in their place.” He lifted the spray paint can and aimed it toward her car.
Sippi chose that moment to speak. “You boys gonna buy me a new paint job?”
Their heads turned in her direction but before either could respond Sippi rushed them. She kicked Parnell hard behind his knee, drove her fist into the side of Kinder’s neck, grabbed onto them both and smashed their heads together. Then she drove her fist into Parnell’s ear.
They were both dazed. Parnell was spitting blood. Sippi dragged them to the Volvo wagon, opened the back side door and pushed them in headfirst. They were both still virtually unconscious. As they lay across the back seat she grabbed the paint and sprayed it over them.
Closing the back doors, she slid into the front seat and started the Volvo. Once she reached the edge of the lot where it overlooked the highway, she turned on the radio to its loudest, locked the doors, gave it a push and watched it roll down the incline onto route 140.
Reaching for her phone she started to make the call then had second thoughts. She jogged to the nearby convenience sore and asked to use the phone. She punched in the number for the State Police and changing her voice slightly, reported that loud music on was waking up the neighborhood, and would the police do something about it. Minutes later she heard sirens on route 140.

(to be continued)

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Weekly Horoscopes beginning: Sunday, 16 September 2018

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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:

Mostly, obstacles are best dealt with swiftly as possible. However, those you`re currently facing are prompting you to review a range of arrangements and alliances, some financial, practical or involving business but, as much, these are about personal matters. Equally, some are recent, others longstanding. In nearly every case there is an issue to discover, discuss or change. Be attentive to everything. Even seemingly minor matters are crucial.

A friend will approach you to arrange a special event at short notice. This is a challenge you can handle very easily which is why they have chosen you. No one is ever disappointed when you take charge. Everyone will welcome your leadership ability. A close relationship will allow you to express your natural creativity. The occasional peck on the cheek has never been enough for you to express your warmth and affection. Sprinkle the week with generous gestures and thoughtful deeds.

Before both Mercury and the Sun reach your opposite sign next weekend (at which point others will no doubt demand much), you would likely do well to focus on your general direction and put effort into devising an appropriate strategy to get to where you want to be. A fabulous aspect between Mars (your ruling planet) and Jupiter suggests networking will go well. True, much of this might be driven by financial need or by the need to get a team to work together quickly. Speed may well be a major issue also. It`s likely true that finding the perfect environment in which to live and work will also be a major topic of conversation. Factor in the need for better light. Indeed, it could be that in a literal as well as figurative sense, your window on the world needs to be enlarged: something that could be achieved with just a little extra organisation.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

For ages you`ve been battling changes in elements of your domestic or working life, and with some success. Suddenly, however, you`re beginning to realise these are actually in your best interests and, even more, timely. If you can`t say an enthusiastic yes, at least begin to explore what`s involved. The more you learn, the more swiftly you`ll realise these aren`t just right for you, they`re exactly what`s needed.

Work and other commitments are heavy. Your partner or someone close feels neglected and left out. You need to reduce your commitments. A romantic holiday might benefit a relationship that has become just a little tired and uninspiring. You need more variety in your life now. Any form of group venture where you can meet up with like-minded people would be perfect. An opportunity to visit places you`ve not been to before could come your way through such activities.

You could be at your most creative best this week. Determined to make progress even before next weekend`s Equinox, you will likely approach a project single-mindedly: though true, it might be necessary to `kick ass` along the way – or even maybe drive a seriously hard bargain). With your organisational abilities much to the fore and your ability to work within a team notable, you should make real progress however and, even incorporate a successful shopping trip along the way. Indeed, your ability to juggle funds, negotiate, and generally husband resources should ensure that you stand out from the crowd and, before the weekend, bring you admiration – especially from those born under either Libra or Capricorn.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

You sometimes get so involved with debates about the wisdom of plans, your own or those of others, you neglect here and now matters. They`re important, but even more, trigger shifts in the already unstable attitude and, possibly, loyalties of certain individuals in your personal or working life. While, ordinarily, you rather enjoy lively events, your instincts are correctly saying these need to be watched carefully.

The message in the stars is to trust your own judgement in business, financial and other important matters. This means that you shouldn`t feel obliged to heed the advice coming from colleagues and friends who think they know you better than you. An urge to improve your lifestyle will encourage you to make some changes. You won`t expect wonders and you are prepared to research all angles before attempting to put theory into practice. You will pride yourself on making good decisions.

As you probably know, yours is one of the Air signs of the zodiac. Discussion suits you. Yet it`s important that you don`t fall into the trap of being all talk and no action. You could be reminded of this several times over between now and the arrival next week of both the Sun and Mercury in the research and development area of your solar chart. The more attention you can give to tying up loose ends this week the better. To do this might require taking fresh approach to organisation generally. Here you might even benefit from learning – perhaps from a Cancer or Scorpio, – how best to marshal thoughts and plan schedules. It might also be apparent that someone (most likely born under Capricorn), needs to feel that their advice is being followed. Though they perhaps lack your social skills, it`s arguably the case that they are better at keeping in mind a goal and following through. You are perhaps too easily distracted. With a reminder of just how distracted you have been in the past likely to come before the weekend, showing that you`ve learned from earlier errors of judgement would no doubt be wise.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Life would be a lot easier if certain promising plans were already in place. However, these are complicated and, even more, the mood is unsettled, which means once solid arrangements are already changing, and swiftly. While somewhat worrying, you`d rather have the freedom that comes with these changes than be restricted by familiar but inflexible situations. Be bold.. What`s least expected could be a miracle in disguise.

A joint effort will go reasonably well providing your partner allows you to get on with some of your ideas without interference. There will be times when you will be ready to compromise but you also need to experiment when the fancy takes you. Conversations may take a strange direction when you will be asked for your views on art, music, religion or philosophy. This may inspire you to reach out to someone in your social network even though you haven`t seen them for years.

Did you know that many chief executives are born under your sign? Those born under the sign of Cancer have a fabulous ability to nurture, husband and bring projects to fruition. Where you excel particularly is in first analysing the organisation that will be needed. Don`t underestimate this talent. Several factors suggest that you`ll enjoy planning and determining strategy. Note too, that next weekend both the Sun and Mercury arrive at the base of your solar chart. Attention will then move elsewhere: notably to asset management and career investment. This week, with others scrambling to achieve progress before the end of September, you could also be seen as a `port in a storm`. As others adjust to new routines and demands, they might welcome discussing management with you. Midst all this you could experience occasional moments of disquiet should it become apparent that a colleague or partner would like to make radical change and preferably sooner rather than later.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

The facts you require will be unreliable or, possibly, elusive until late in the week. Knowing that, instead of doing nothing, take advantage of the resulting flexible mood, and try out ideas or options you wouldn`t otherwise have considered. Equally, make a point of exploring ideas with individuals whose style is different from yours. It will be unsettling but worth it, and often, unexpectedly illuminating.

Taking a creative risk will impress your boss or someone who matters. Experimenting with new work methods will not only be fun but this will help you grow and flourish. You will be offered a new role or position in which you can call the shots. Focusing on your professional and personal goals to the exclusion of all else could cause problems in a close relationship. Your partner needs a role to play in your social life and you both need to do more things together.

Several planets have now changed signs and the mood should feel entirely different. Further developments are likely after next weekend`s Equinox. This week, the push to achieve, and to a certain extent, tie up loose ends that have been around since late May could keep you extra busy. Numerous connections might need to be made. If you have your own special place at work, anticipate this being invaded by those who feel you could act as their spokesperson. This trend could spill over into your domestic life too. Indeed, it`s not hard to imagine being asked to be spokesperson for a group intent on improving local arrangements. Given the extra responsibility likely headed in your direction, it might be as well to give thought to routine health checks and put yourself in good shape as you rise to this challenge.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Having spent considerable time gathering solid facts and discussing your options with those whose views you respect, you`re finally in a position to make solid plans; but you`re anxious. Actually, judging by the current unsettled situations, this is no surprise. Out of character as making halfway arrangements may be, it really is the best option. In fact, this allows you to rethink things as circumstances evolve.

You`re extremely talented and you might jump at an offer to take part in a new group activity. This is your chance to broaden your horizons. People you meet will introduce you to new opportunities. The more flexible you are, the more popular you will be. A neighbour will loan you some equipment which makes a job you are doing much easier. They may ask you for a favour in return but you know from experience that this is a person who never gives something for nothing.

Though it`s unlikely that you have doubts about your administrative and organisational abilities, it is possible that you overestimate how much can be achieved in a particular timeframe. This may be an issue that needs to be addressed and quickly. Managing expectations looks to be an important theme in the run-up to next weekend`s Equinox when the Sun leaves your sign. It may be that an idea first proposed back in May comes under review and is now seen as expedient and appropriate. The temptation to enjoy having been `right all along` could be great. This though, has the potential to destabilise a partnership that is already fragile. Note that Venus, the planet of unions, turns retrograde early next month. If an alliance is still important to you, it would perhaps be wise to be careful with words – at least until your ruling planet, Mercury, leaves your sign next weekend.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Promising as recent developments have been, you`re still uncertain about certain situations and, even more, about your priorities. This would be worrying were it not for the fact that the foundation on which plans are based is shifting, to the extent that you`re unsure what`s wise or in your best interests. For now, ensure plans are tentative. This way, you can make changes when the moment is right.

Something has motivated you to make some changes in your life. Before doing anything drastic, talk this over with a close friend or partner. You may feel ready to expand your experiences but this is not such a good time for someone who wants to preserve the status quo. Joining a club or sports team will lift your spirits. Whether you are a player or a spectator you will get a surprising amount of pleasure out of enjoyable local neighbourhood activities.

There`s still another week to go before the Sun reaches your sign – followed a few days later by the Full moon in your opposite sign. Pressure may be building. After weeks and weeks when several planets were retrograde, only the very outer planets are now in this condition. It`s entirely possible then some progress can now be achieved. Though true, it might now be increasingly apparent that one alliance is costing more than is feasible, yet it might also be the case that the person or company concerned could now offer a different kind of service. A frank exchange of views could lead to an interesting proposition. The mental energy all of these takes is not to be under-estimated: it may be that you need support – perhaps from a health-care professional.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Every once in a while, an idea or offer appears that seems too good to be true. That`s exactly what`s come your way. Your instincts are to go with these, although it`s unclear where they`ll take you. Actually, between the shakeups triggered by recent eclipses and ongoing surprises, you`re far better off venturing into unknown territory. It will be as informative as it is exciting.

Your charm and creativity, combines with originality to make this a time to remember for you and all concerned. You`re ready to do anything that will spice up your life. Exchanging ideas with a quick, witty and smart friend will give you lots to think about.. A close encounter of the romantic kind will fire your creativity. Your world takes on a rosy hue as romantic developments captivate your imagination.. Friendships are warm and your social life positively sparkles.

There is likely much to be done before next weekend`s Equinox. Irritation with someone who promised much weeks ago but who has yet to deliver suggests you might feel the need to make strong demands as the week begins. In delivering an ultimatum you might also need to make someone aware of the real costs of them not following through. It is possible that they`ve been developing a strategy. Though their approach might be very different to what you`ve had in mind so far, it could be that there is mileage in the suggestion and that its application would reduce costs. Until Friday there is considerable accent on efficiency and good time management. It may be that an overhaul of your own approach is long overdue. Curiously, in clearing out old papers you might also unearth a treasure trove of information that could yet be put to good use in the planning of an event for next year.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Being inquisitive by nature, few things annoy you more than those who refuse to venture into new or unfamiliar territory unless they`re sure what they`ll encounter. Yet now you`re anxious enough about certain matters that you`re being uncharacteristically cautious. Instead, take advantage of this opportunity to explore what`s behind these strange doubts or worries. What you learn could explain, if not resolve, certain lifelong anxieties.

There`s some slight confusion regarding a team effort or work assignment. This might escalate unless you try to get to the bottom of the problem. Your best hope lies in retracing your steps to work out how and where it all went wrong. Getting involved in an outreach project will be more pleasurable than you thought. Forming a neighbourhood watch scheme, sports club or youth club are great ways to bring neighbours together to create an active, lively community.

There are doubtless many loose ends requiring attention. Before Mercury leaves the apex of your solar chart (almost neatly coinciding with the Equinox next weekend), your advice and support will likely be sought. Anticipate being extra busy. E-mail communications will surely increase. Whilst in some ways this might not be entirely unexpected, what could throw you slightly is reconnection with those you haven`t worked with for some time. Whilst you might have no wish to reinstate an alliance, it may be that your understanding of the historic development of a situation is more than a little useful. It might even be that you`re asked to take control of an archiving project or mentor someone in charge of collecting documentation.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

As much as you`d like to make plans you`re confident are reliable or carefully considered decisions, with so much in transition, it`s really not possible. While annoying if not unsettling, you`ll soon realise this frees you to gives serious thought to certain longstanding ideas but, also, to explore sudden but intriguing developments. Ordinarily you`d regard these as a distraction but, actually, they`re in your best interests.

You might step forward to clear things up when things go wrong. Someone will resent your interference but don`t for one minute think you are wasting your time. Once the air is cleared you will be free to make a daring decision. If you are single a passion packed encounter could give you the chance to explore your romantic fantasies. A new relationship will add a touch of spice to your life but once the initial excitement is over, be willing to take things slowly..

It might seem that you need to make a last push to reach the top of a mountain. After several weeks of prevarication, it seems others are now on the case and ready to move forward with you. Actually, they may be driven by either financial constraints or a schedule that is presently unrealistic unless a team adopts an `all hands to the deck` policy. Your leadership skills will surely come in useful. Demanding as all this may be, it`s during the second half of the week when your particular expertise might be called upon elsewhere. Indeed, it`s not at all impossible to imagine that you might be headhunted as it appears others are ready to acknowledge the unique contribution you bring. It may be that they will attempt to get you to agree a contract and timetable as soon as possible.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

If you`re feeling restless, it`s no surprise. You`re in a period of thrilling if often disruptive growth and exploration. On the 11th the restless, forthright Mars moved into Aquarius. While you`re inquisitive and often more aware of exciting new ideas than most, you can still be a creature of habit.. Now, suddenly, events are drawing you into new, intriguing but often completely unexpected territory.

People around you are extremely persuasive. Someone will try to abuse their power if you disagree with them. Don`t let anyone bully you into falling in with their ideas. Stand your ground as you will know instinctively how to make the best moves. Long distance travel or connections with people from overseas will be a strong feature of your life now and although communications will be largely favourable, there is a warning of a potential mix up in information.

Mars continues to move through your sign; its apparent speed increasing. It might seem that you too are pushing forward in ways they haven`t seen for some time. True, you may be exasperated that thoughts you first presented back in May are only now being given full consideration. You might even be asked to re-present these before the Equinox next weekend. That though should give you opportunity to refine and add more detail. This might even be considered essential by Thursday. Rather than be irritated by someone who seems determined to `cross all I`s and cross all t`s`, you might yet have reason to thank them for pointing out details that would derail the overall aim if not attended too quickly.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Having helped certain individuals deal with dramas in the past, it seems natural to get involved now; but times have changed and, in fact, these are far more complicated than they seem. The real issue is that, in this case, these matters are others` to deal with. Show interest, then leave them to handle their own problems, while you focus on yours.

Schedule a massage, take a day off or spend time on a favourite hobby. You will feel energised and refreshed after a short spell on your own. You need a break from routine and whatever you choose to do it should be different to the usual way you spend your days. Strong rapport with your partner or best friend makes it unnecessary to question their ideas and decisions. You already know why they are making certain choices and they have your full support.

Work wise it should be all systems go in these days leading up to next weekend`s Equinox. With others buzzing around – and most likely demanding access to material or thoughts that have in fact been there since late May but only now requested, you could understandably experience moments of acute irritation. A strong possibility, is that more than one person is changing direction and negotiating an administrative minefield is taxing them to the full. They might then welcome moments with you where they`re able to relax and even laugh at a dilemma. As the Moon moves from north to south latitude mid-week the tempo is set to change yet again. By then new strategies should be in place. In particular, you may be pleased to know that a plan you first put forward at the very end of last year is being reviewed with a view to implementation.

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

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