GrannyMoon*s Weekly Feast 11-18 June 2018

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(I Married a Witch 1942 -Veronica Lake)

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 Hera begins 5/16 – 6/12 and Month of Rosea begins 6/13 – 7/10

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Celtic Tree Calendar: Duir (Oak) June 10 to July 7

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Current Moon Phase: Waning Crescent occurs when the Moon is partly but less than one-half illuminated by direct sunlight while the illuminated part is decreasing. The period between the Full Moon and the New Moon. This is a time for banishing and rejecting things in our lives that we no longer wish to carry around with us.

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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
Monday – Wear pearl, moonstone, or crystal. Use an emerald for amulets.
Color of The Day: Silver, Grey, White
Colors for Tomorrow: Red
Candle: White
Lucky Sign: Monday Is The Lucky Day For The Sign of Cancer
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 – 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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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
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 Hail Thor!
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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Llewellyn’s Spell a Day

Banishing a Negative Body Image
Spell Date: Sunday, June 10, 2018
Color of the day: Orange
Incense of the day: Marigold
Now, as we head into bikini season, picnic season, festival season, we often experience what feels like “judgment season” if we do not measure down to our culture’s very narrow view of beauty. Today’s Crone’s Sickle moon in Taurus, a sign of sensuousness and health, can provide great power to dispel our negative body image attitudes.

First, take some time to think about all the people you love and how different their bodies are. Allow that love to flow to yourself, along with any anger or pain you feel over our culture’s judgments. Light a black candle and chant:

“Judgment and shame, begone
dark blame—you cannot stick to
me. I’m healthy and strong and I
belong—by my will, so mote it be!”

Continue chanting as the candle burns down and you begin to feel empowered. Blessed be.
This post was written by Thuri Calafia on June 10, 2018
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Peace Spell
Spell Date: Saturday, June 9, 2018
Color of the day: Blue
Incense of the day: Rue
Today is the birthday of my previous partner, whom I chose to leave because there was more bad than good. It’s been many years since we separated, but I think of him every June 9th, and I choose to remember the good stuff. The law of attraction says “good attracts good” and “what we focus on grows.”

So today, call to mind someone you used to be close to, someone you loved and who loved you, someone who is no longer part of your life. It could be a friend, coworker, family member, neighbor, lover, or spouse. Think about all the goodness they brought to your life. Remember their jokes, their favorite foods, and their birthday. Celebrate them. Appreciate what they taught you and brought you. Surround your mental image of them with the glowing white light of love and compassion. Bless them and release them. Your relationship is complete.
This post was written by Dallas Jennifer Cobb on June 09, 2018
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Smartphone Wallpaper Magic
Spell Date: Friday, June 8, 2018
Color of the day: Purple
Incense of the day: Rose
Since for so many of us our cellphones are practically an appendage, we may as well use them as an extension of our magic. Given the amount of time we spend looking at our phones, they become a great tool for magical focus. A carefully chosen picture that is symbolic of a goal can be used as the home-screen wallpaper and charged with energy to help achieve it. This magic is then reinforced each time we look at the phone.

Once you find an appropriate picture and set it as the wallpaper on your phone, envision that this design is empowered with your magical goal and say:

“Image of my intention, shining bright,
release your power each time you light;
whenever I glance upon this phone,
the magic manifests, making the goal my own.”

The spell will remain intact as long as the picture is set as the wallpaper.
This post was written by Michael Furie on June 08, 2018
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Travel Talisman
Spell Date: Thursday, June 7, 2018
Color of the day: Crimson
Incense of the day: Balsam
Summer vacations are starting, so make this easy talisman to help keep you safe throughout your travels.

You will need the following:
* 1 small piece of black material
* 1 moonstone
* 1 small chunk of cedar wood
* 3 cloves
* 1 teaspoon of comfrey
* 2 drops of both clove and cedar oils (optional)
* 1 thin piece of black ribbon

Set your intention to keep yourself and your fellow travelers safe. Lay the material out flat and place the stone, wood, and cloves in the center of it. Sprinkle the comfrey on top of them. If you want to make your talisman even more powerful, add 2 drops of both clove and cedar oils on top of the comfrey, and allow the comfrey to soak it in. Fold the material in half and bunch up all the edges. Tie the ribbon in place to hold it shut. Carry the talisman on you while you are traveling.
This post was written by Kerri Connor on June 07, 2018
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Receptive Communication
Spell Date: Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Color of the day: Topaz
Incense of the day: Lavender
Communicating our needs can sometimes be difficult. Many times we do not want to burden others with our needs, as they can seem selfish. However, by connecting with the energies associated with Mercury and Wednesdays, we can better assert our needs.

When you wish to discuss something important regarding your feelings and needs, wear blue and silver clothing. Think about what you want to get across about your needs, whether you will be discussing a relationship issue or asking your boss for a raise. Right before you talk with the person, say:

“I have no need to shout.
This individual will hear me out.”

The person you will be speaking to will be more receptive to hearing what you are trying to convey to them.
This post was written by Charlynn Walls on June 06, 2018
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Elemental Balance Bag
Spell Date: Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Color of the day: Red
Incense of the day: Ginger
Many earth-centered traditions recognize five elements: earth, air, fire, water, and spirit. On this fifth day of the month, let’s take the opportunity to harness the energy of the number five in the form of these elements of natural magick. We can find more peace and walk smoothly through the world when we maintain an internal balance of these elemental energies.

You’ll need a small pouch or medicine bag. If you do not have one, you can create one by laying your ingredients on a square of fabric, then drawing together the corners and tying them shut. For this elemental spell bag, gather representations of the five elements that resonate with you and lay them beside your bag or on top of your square of fabric. Recite the following, then pack and carry your bag:

“Earth, air, fire, water, spirit.
Elements five, I ask you, please arrive.
With your powers balanced, I may thrive.
Blessed be. So mote it be.”
This post was written by Blake Octavian Blair on June 05, 2018
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Bonding with a Divinatory Tool
Spell Date: Monday, June 4, 2018
Color of the day: Lavender
Incense of the day: Lily
In order for a divinatory tool (tarot, pendulum, ogham, or others) to work effectively, it must work with you. This means that you and the tool must get to know each other. You must spend time together, bonding.

Begin by cleansing your new tool. A four-element cleanse works well: sprinkle the tool with charged saltwater (earth and water) and pass it through the smoke from a candle (air and fire). Be sure to cleanse yourself, too.

Once the tool is cleansed, hold it close to you, repeating:

“Working together, each in turn,
Future paths may we discern.”

For the next week, keep the tool with you at all times. At night, sleep with the tool next to you or under your pillow. Once the week ends, find a sheltered place for it in your sanctum.
This post was written by Susan Pesznecker on June 04, 2018

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Good Earthkeeping
By Tasha Halpert

Simple Salads for More Fun in the Sun

In chilly weather, especially when snow or rain is falling, we welcome soups simmering fragrantly on the stove. However when summer is warming us up we don’t need more warmth to overheat us and salads get center stage. Heartier ones like pasta or potato salad are nice when the desire is for more carbohydrates, however protein is vital and is needed to balance them. One of my favorite go-to warm weather salads is made with chicken breasts, shredded.
First try this easy way to cook them. It requires almost no heat from the stove. For two to three servings, use two medium boneless breasts. Pour some olive oil in a frying pan and warm it on medium high. Sear breasts for a minute each side. Quickly slap on a tight cover, turn the heat to medium low, and cook for 12 minutes. Then turn off the stove and leave for another 12 minutes. DO NOT LIFT THE COVER DURING THIS TIME. Once the chicken is cooked, let it cool, then shred the breasts with your fingers. Save the bit of rich broth for another use.
Refrigerate chicken or use at once. For the salad use these ingredients: mayonnaise to taste, 1 tsp dried tarragon or thyme or 2 tsp fresh, 1 Tbs or more parsley, ¼ tsp pepper to taste, ½ tsp salt, to taste, 1 Tbs horseradish sauce to taste, ½ cup celery chopped small, ½ cup sweet onion chopped small or to taste, 1 medium apple peeled and chopped small, if desired, ½ cup walnuts chopped small, if desired, ½ cup dried cranberries or other fresh berries, if desired, plus chicken breasts. Mix all together and refrigerate for at least 6 hours for flavors to blend. The ingredients can be varied; you can also add mustard.
Canned tuna might replace chicken. Dill might substitute for tarragon or thyme. A simple side salad to go with burgers could include lettuce, dried cranberries or other fresh fruit, scallions and a simple lemon juice and olive oil dressing. Egg salad is satisfying and easy: Bring eggs just to a boil, cover and leave on the back of the stove for 20 minutes. Plunge them into cold water, peel and chop. Add mayonnaise to taste, add horseradish sauce the same, ½ cup finely chopped celery, ½ cup finely chopped sweet onion, chopped fresh parsley, fresh or dried tarragon or dill, salt and pepper to taste. Mix and chill. Serve with crackers or on a bed of lettuce with a light dressing.
Curry powder is good with eggs, chicken or tuna, then omit herbs except for parsley. I prefer the mayonnaise made with olive oil. Low fat mayonnaise is less tasty. Fat is also a good appetite suppressant, keeps us from getting hungry as quickly and the right kind has a lot of other virtues as well. There are many other good combinations of fruits and vegetables for salads, and avocado is always a fine addition to any salad. No tomatoes for me though, I’m allergic.

If you have any good salad recipes to share please email them to me at tashahal@gmail.com. I love to hear from readers.

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5 Essential Oils for Weight Loss
by Ellie Krasner

We all know losing weight boils down to two critical doings: good nutrition and exercise. But as you begin to exercise more and eat lower quantities of healthier foods, your body changes in more ways than one. Weight loss often throws hormones, emotions, and brain chemistry out of whack, which can lead to intense cravings. That’s where essential oils come into play! These therapeutic, highly concentrated compounds can affect your physical and mental being in ways that’ll ultimately accelerate weight loss, and facilitate your journey altogether.

Here at SkinnyMs., we’ve grouped together the most effective oils for weight loss. Each oil has distinctive powers and properties exclusive to itself. From being able to control cravings, improve digestion, stimulate the metabolism, or manage stress levels, oils can ultimately have you melting pounds and achieving a slimmer figure before you know it!

When it comes to losing weight with essential oils, your best bet is to step back and take a broad look at your journey. Which aspects of this transformative voyage bring you the most trouble? After you’ve identified these needs, find the essential oil that addresses these difficulties the best, and include it as part of your daily routine.

1. Grapefruit Oil
A powerful fat-burning superfood, grapefruit itself can definitely benefit your weight loss efforts. Research shows eating just half a grapefruit with breakfast rev up your metabolism and boost calorie burning activity for hours afterwards. However, as a highly concentrated essential oil, a potent extract from the Citrus paradisi grapefruit plant can accelerate weight loss even further. The antioxidants in grapefruit oil reduce inflammation and stress, while also cleansing the body of toxins that could interfere with weight loss. And as a bonus, the refreshing citrus oil curbs cravings!
Natural hunger-crushers can work wonders when it comes to weight loss. Check out these Top 10 Natural Appetite Suppressants to keep cravings at bay, without any negative side effects!

2. Lavender Oil
Praised for its flowery fragrance, lavender oil does more than offer a soothing aroma. Its lovely smell makes it a great compound to unwind and relax after a hard day, but this essential oil can also boost your weight loss progress. Anxiety and stress go hand and hand, and the two emotions serve as major contributors to snacking and compulsive eating. People often turn to food when they get anxious, and this behavior can lead to overeating and weight gain. So next time you’re feeling anxious about something, try sniffing lavender instead of grabbing a snack. You’ll notice an awesome difference in your stress levels and waistline over time!
Check out Aromatherapy for Stress Reduction to learn more about how essential oils can reduce stress!

3. Peppermint Oil
The food industry loves peppermint oil. This super potent extract lends bold flavor to popular products like chewing gum and candy. But besides giving everything it touches a minty fresh kick, this essential oil has much more to bring to the table. Peppermint oil makes a powerful appetite suppressant. Research shows sniffing the oil just once can ward off hunger cravings, helping you feel full and focus on achieving your weight loss goals. Meanwhile, the compound serves as an effective energy-booster, ultimately crushing fatigue and stimulating your system to get moving. It’s the perfect oil before a tough workout!
Satisfy your sweet tooth and cravings after a meal by treating yourself to a slice of this drool-worthy Peppermint Chocolate Fudge.
Applying this Peppermint Lip Balm not only makes your lips silky smooth and healthy, it’ll also help banish hunger!

4. Cinnamon Oil
Perhaps one of the most effective essential oils for weight loss, cinnamon does a wonderful job regulating blood sugar levels and keeping glucose balanced overall. When it comes to losing inches, keeping your blood sugar levels in check is beyond critical. Fluctuating glucose levels will send hunger signals to your brain, ultimately encouraging you to overeat and gain weight. Meanwhile, super high or dramatically low levels will lead to low energy and a sluggish metabolism- components that can pack on the pounds over time. The bottom line? Balanced blood sugar levels will keep your energy and metabolism revved up, ultimately helping you fit into that smaller pair of skinny jeans you’ve been dying to wear.
Add a few drops of oil to oatmeal, baked goods, tea- the possibilities are endless. For delicious morning meals that’ll help you shed pounds fast, check out these 5 Surprising and New Oatmeal Recipes you can add cinnamon oil to!

5. Ginger Oil
This powerful oil contains potent compounds called gingerols. Gingerols reduce inflammation around the body and improve digestion. Improved digestion lends to improved nutrient absorption and elimination of waste, both which can ultimately help your weight loss endeavors. Meanwhile, this awesome weight loss oil can curb your sugar cravings dramatically and suppress your appetite in general. This will lead you to truly listen for your body’s genuine hunger signals, and proceed to make smarter, healthier choices when you’re ready to eat.

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Intuit Your Home’s Decor
By Madisyn Taylor

Spend time in a room before decorating- feel it and consider using that room for a purpose that wasn’t originally intended
When we decide the time has come to change the look or feel of our personal spaces, it is the spaces themselves that can provide us with the most useful guidance. Working with a single room, an apartment, or an entire house allows us to unearth the innate potential of these spaces and also better understand how we want to relate to them. To be conscious of the possibilities of a space, we need to listen to, look at, and bond with that space in a deep and personal way. Just as no two people are alike, no two rooms, however similar, are identical. The more we know about the spaces we wish to change, the better equipped we are to make them both beautiful and functional.

Before you contemplate colors and layouts, spend some time in the rooms you plan to modify. Observe the way light moves through each space at different times of day. In the course of a week or so, note those times when you feel drawn to a particular space. You may naturally gravitate toward one room when you want to relax and toward another when you want to socialize. Also, remember that not all rooms have to be used as originally planned, for example a dining room may make a wonderful sitting area. As you make these observations, think about whether the spaces under consideration remind you of anything or bring certain thoughts to mind. Writing your thoughts down can make the process of examination simpler. The discoveries you make regarding the rooms in your home can help guide you as you choose color schemes, furniture layouts, and decorative styles, so that you bring out the natural qualities of each using your creativity and eye for detail. Using the cues you pick up, you can design a beautiful room that is bright and exciting, or one that calms the soul and invites meditation.

By treating the layout and décor of your personal spaces in this mindful way, you can honor their natural rhythms while creating a cohesive and comfortable home through which energy can flow unencumbered. The design elements you subsequently choose will work together like the diverse instruments that come together to form a symphony orchestra. Each will resonate harmoniously with the next, ensuring that your home resounds with a lasting message of beauty, serenity, reassurance, and comfort.

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Altars and Sacred Space
by Mark & Laura

Creating an Altar or Sacred Space is one of the best ways to raise the energy and vibration of your home. It can be as simple or elaborate as you like, with whatever belief system you follow, incorporated into it. Ideally a sacred space is a place of interaction, where energy can flow in and out. It is a space of speaking to the Divine, Ancestors, Spirit Guides and in return hearing them speak to us.

You can choose items that you cherish for your space, incorporate the four elements, crystals, pictures, statues, let it be a reflection of you and the Divine energies you would like to call upon and work with. Choose items that provide inspiration or help with focus, bless and speak to them, thank them for coming into your life. This is after all, a ‘working’ space, where we desire transformation to occur, to connect and reconnect with ourselves and the Divine Source. Whether it’s for quiet meditation or for ritual/ceremonial purposes you want it to resonate, hum and feel alive with positive vibrations.

Try creating a space of your own today. Use a small table covered with your favorite scarf. Add a few pictures of your family members that have passed, a candle, a plant and a glass or bowl of fresh spring water. We like to put our altar under a window so it may receive the sun’s blessing as well as the moon’s, but you can put yours anywhere that resonates with you. Spend time in this space. Pull up a pillow and talk to your ancestors, ask them for guidance and wisdom. Of course you can substitute the pictures of ancestors with anyone else you wish. Resonate with Buddha? Print off a picture of him and place it on or near your altar. Love Ganesha? This is the perfect spot to put that Ganesha statue you have. This is your personal space, a place you go to quietly reflect and ask for guidance. There is no wrong here and it doesn’t have to be fancy or costly. Just use items that mean the most to you, that resonate with you and speak to you.

We would LOVE to see your sacred space/altar pics. Follow us on Instagram, post a pic of your space and tag us (@esotericaroma) and we will post it on our page!

Blessings, love and light

Mark & Laura

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Tea Time: Herbal Medicine ~ Dried Teas
by Crooked Bear Creek Organic Herbs

To create a long-lasting dried tea, start with fresh or dried herbs and water. Through a step-by-step steeping, simmering, and evaporating process, the tea is reduced from a clear liquid to a thick, nutrient-rich batter full of active compounds and suitable for drying. Teas {infusions and decoctions} are some of the most vital components of a self-care routine, but you aren’t likely to have access to fresh herbs year-round, even if you extend your growing season by keeping some indoors in the winter. Enter the benefits of dried teas. If you are lucky enough to own a food dehydrator, you can preserve teas for future use.

First, you will prepare a tea by decocting your favorite herbs, and then you will strain out the herbs and boil and reduce the liquid to concentrate it. Finally, you will dry that liquid in the fruit leather trays of a dehydrator to create dried tea wafers.

Dried teas are very concentrated. Just 1/2 teaspoon of a powdered dried tea contains all the active constituents of up to 5 teaspoons of the fresh herb. To use dried teas, you can eat a piece of the wafer the size of a quarter or a silver dollar, two or three times daily, or you can make an instant tea by adding 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of the wafer powder to warm or hot water. These very highly concentrated extractions can be a bit strong for sensitive stomachs. If you find your blend has that effect, dilute it with more water or soothing licorice or marshmallow tea, and drink it just before mealtime. For convenience, you can also grind your dried wafer into a fine powder and place it into 00-size gelatin capsules; the typical daily dose is two or three capsules, two or three times daily, with meals.

Follow this process to make a tea, reduce it to a concentrate and ultimately a batter, and then dry it in a food dehydrator to create dried tea wafers. These can be thin or thick and sheet-like or flaky, depending on the herb.

Basic Dried Tea:

Approximately 4 cups coarsely chopped fresh or dried herbs {more if you’re using light materials like flowers and leaves and less if you’re using dense materials like barks, roots, and seeds}

10 cups purified water

1 – 5 teaspoons “carrier,” such as maltodextrin {preferred}, lactose, or food-grade methylcellulose*

Place the herbs in a large saucepan and stir to thoroughly combine. Add the water and simmer, uncovered, for 2 to 4 hours or until a dark, strong tea is formed. Let it cool until it’s lukewarm. Strain out the herbs and press or squeeze them as dry as possible, catching the liquid to return to the pan. Compost the spent herbs. You can strain the tea again to remove granules or sediment. Simmer the tea again until it is reduced to 1/2 to 1 cup of liquid. Let it cool until it’s warm.**

Stir in 1 to 5 teaspoons of the carrier, until the liquid thickens to the consistency of cake batter. Pour this “batter” into the lightly oiled fruit leather trays of a food dehydrator set at 95 degrees to 100 degrees F. {Higher temperatures will toast the powder and reduce its quality.} Dry the liquid completely; this may take from 2 hours to overnight. When it’s completely dry, the tea will be a thin, dry, solid wafer that is easily broken or powdered in a blender. Store the wafer, broken up or powdered, in an amber glass jar away from direct sunlight.

You can also use a dried and finely powdered herbs, such as burdock, eleuthero {Eleutheroococcus senticosus}, or nettle as a carrier. However, if you add water to your dried tea later to make a cup of liquid tea, these herbs will leave a bit of insoluble residue at the bottom of your cup.

** If you wish, tinctures of herbs such as echinacea, ginger, and orange peel can be stirred into the cooled mix before it starts to dry, either to add medicinal effects or to improve the taste. This is also a great way to add herbs such as valerian, which contains delicate essential oils and other sensitive compounds that would be destroyed by the boiling process. Follow the dosage directions above.
Strengthen-the-Middle Dried Tea

This recipe helps strengthen your digestive system and remove excess water from your body.

3/4 cup fresh or dried ginger root

1/4 cup fresh or dried ginseng root, red Korean or Chinese {Panax ginseng}

1 cup fresh or 1/2 cup dried burdock root

1/2 cup fresh or 1/4 cup dried orange peel

1 cup fresh or dried astragalus root

10 cups purified water

1/2 ounce tincture of artichoke leaf {optional}

Approximately 1/4 cup eleuthero powder, maltodextrin, or another carrier

Place the ginger, burdock, orange and astragalus in a large saucepan and stir to thoroughly combine. Add the water and simmer, uncovered, for 2 to 4 hours or until a dark, strong tea is formed. Let it cool until it’s lukewarm. Strain out the herbs and squeeze them, catching the liquid to return to the pan. Compost the spent herbs. Simmer the tea again until it is reduced to 1/2 to 1 cup of liquid. Let it cool until it’s warm. Stir in the optional tincture and eleuthero powder or another carrier. Pour the batter into the lightly oiled fruit leather trays of a food dehydrator and dry at 95 degrees to 100 degrees F. Dry the liquid completely, and break up or powder the wafer. Store in an amber glass jar away from heat and light. Follow the dosage directions above.

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Tea Time: Thyme to Drink Your Tea

Posted on June 10, 2018 by Crooked Bear Creek Organic Herbs

Thyme, botanically known as Thymus vulgaris, is a perennial garden herb that has been employed since ancient times for medicinal and culinary uses. The World’s Healthiest Foods notes that thyme has traditionally been associated with courage, with medieval women giving sprigs of thyme to knights going into battle; it has also been used as a herbal remedy for a host of ailments. Thyme tea, rich in volatile oils, minerals, beneficial phenols, and flavonoids, is a healthy beverage choice.
Antioxidant Properties
A cup of thyme tea has a lot more to offer than its pleasant taste; thymol, one of the volatile oils of thyme, is a potent antioxidant. According to The World’s Healthiest Foods, thymol may help to increase omega-3 fatty acids, or healthy fats, in brain cells. In a clinical study conducted by K.A. Youdim and colleagues and published on April 19, 1999, an issue of “Biochemical and Biophysical Research,” researchers found that thyme oil helped to protect against age-related changes in the brain cells of rats. Studies are ongoing to determine whether thyme can help prevent Alzheimer’s disease. In addition to thymol, thyme tea contains the antioxidant flavonoids apigenin, naringenin, luteolin, and thymosin.

Soothes Coughs
The next time you have a cold or a cough, try a cup of thyme tea. The University of Maryland Medical Center says it can help treat bronchitis and relieve coughs and states that thyme has been approved for this use by the German Commission E, which evaluates safety and efficacy of herbal preparations in Germany. Drugs.com, a website which offers peer-reviewed information to consumers, concurs, saying that extracts from thyme have shown relaxant and bronchodilatory effects.
Relieves Indigestion

Thyme tea is often recommended by herbal healers to promote good digestion and relieve gas and bloating. According to “Aromatherapy for Professionals,” by herbalists Shirley and Len Price, the volatile oils in thyme give it carminative –or gas-reducing– properties, while its phenols allow it to work as an antispasmodic, helping to relieve intestinal cramping.
Provides Essential Minerals

When you think of a food rich in iron, thyme is probably not the first thing to come to mind. But 2 tbsps Of dried thyme –about the amount used in a cup of thyme tea– delivers 3.56mg, or 19.8 percent of the recommended daily value of iron, causing the world’s healthiest foods to list it as an excellent source. Thyme tea is also an excellent source of vitamin k, vital to normal blood clotting, with 2 tsps. Supplying 48.01mcg, or 60 percent of the dv. Thyme tea is also a very good source of manganese, supplying 12 percent of the dv, and calcium, providing 5.4 of the dv in 2 tsp.

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Monthly Horoscopes for: June 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 month:

While you`re inquisitive, once you`ve explored your options, you`ll set goals; but, now – and until August – frequent changes in circumstances mean rethinking plans and exploring new options. Actually, this cycle of exploration is broadening your horizons, in terms of your interests, goals and even those whose company interests you. Knowing that, you`ll stop worrying about formulating a single powerful plan and will realise how much you can learn and, importantly, you`ll recognise how those insights will shape your life, now and in the future.

The New Moon on the 13th invites you to make a sales pitch, begin a social media campaign or start a writing project. At times, you`ll become muddled. When this happens, step away from your work and keep busy with routine chores. After an hour or two, a breakthrough will occur. Before going public, make sure you show your work to a person whose opinion you trust. They`ll alert you to potential problems. Instead of clinging stubbornly to your original version, be willing to tweak it. The more user-friendly your work is, the more successful it will be. It`s possible you`ll leave one job for another on the 28th, when the Full Moon marks a turning point in your career. Accepting a position with heavy responsibilities will work well for you. These considerable duties would make many people crumble, but not you. Your peers and superiors alike will admire your hard work, tenacity and strong leadership ability.

As you will know from reading previous monthly scopes, 2018 looks as though it will be a challenging year when it comes to finances. It all began with the lunar Eclipse in another of the Fire signs back in January. This month, your ruling planet (Mars) plays an important role. It comes to a station at the Full Moon on June 28th. This could be viewed as an obstacle. It`s probable that as early as the Last Quarter Moon on June 6th, you will be aware that this obstacle needs to be negotiated. It may be that the costs of a proposed project rise exorbitantly: requiring restructuring and renegotiation midmonth; and yes, all this could put considerable strain on close relationships. It might also inhibit your ability to invest in pleasurable activities. Yet it is not beyond your wit to find a way around difficulties and, by Saturday 23rd, you might well have a plan B in place. Implementing this may be necessary just after the Full Moon at the end of the month and carried out with assistance from a Capricorn who is familiar with such challenges and who has a vested interest in seeing you overcome yours.

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

Your horoscope for this month:

Thus far, it`s been an unsettled year; and now, you`re beginning a lengthy yet ultimately profitable cycle during which familiar elements of your life and, equally, your world will be radically changed. Some of what arises has been on your mind, others events appear from nowhere; but all are related to Uranus, which moved into Taurus in mid-May, shaking things up for you, the world around you and lives of others. Still, explore everything that arises. What seems least welcome promises to be thrilling.

A fresh moneymaking opportunity will arrive on the 13th, courtesy of the New Moon. You will enjoy the work involved, but your colleagues will be less than impressive. Your hard work and diligence will be seen as a threat. Instead of trying to win the approval of the group, remain true to your style. Your employer will reward your diligence with plum assignments. Soon, you`ll be able to leave a lacklustre department for a more successful one. The Full Moon on the 28th will find you collecting a degree or certificate. Alternatively, you could have a piece of written work published. You`ve been working hard to acquire expert knowledge. Reaching your goal is cause for celebration. Once the party is over, you`ll have to go straight back to work. Although you will long for more down time, it will be gratifying to secure a job so soon after you`ve established your mastery.

It would be understandable if you began June feeling agitated about financial matters. Missives received – most likely around the Last Quarter Moon on June 6th could make it clear that you`ve either stretched budget as far as it can go or that you need to cut losses. The good news is that a fresh financial cycle begins soon after the New Moon on June 13. Though true, this will likely be necessitated by awareness that income will not be as you would have wished at this time, it`s perhaps also true that you`re at your financial best when faced with difficulty. Indeed, soon after the solstice on June 21st you could put in place a revised budget that makes allowance for increased essential costs but which nevertheless allows you -by the last day of June, – to explore an entrepreneurial activity or even, perhaps the sale of the no longer wanted item which, by the end of next month provides a safety net.

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

Your horoscope for this month:

Exciting if unsettling events during May`s second half mean that, as you begin the month of June, you`ll be overwhelmed with intriguing ideas and eagerly exploring far-reaching changes. Gather facts, then discuss your ideas. However, sidestep fixed commitments until you`re benefitting from the insights, personal and in terms of your priorities, triggered by the Gemini New Moon, on the 13th. While that might mean abandoning recent passions, it also means that what, and who, comes first then will continue to take priority in your life.

You`re ready to make a fresh start, but don`t make any changes that will compromise your professional prospects. Getting a radical hairstyle or adopting a fashionable and stylish look could put you out of the running for an impressive job. It may be better to adopt a temporary change that can be easily abandoned when it`s time for work. Although you hate being held hostage by conservative attitudes, it`s better than being out of a job.. On the 28th, your deepest feelings will come out in the open. It will no longer be possible to hide your passion, anger or resentment. If you`ve developed a crush on someone special, confess. Are you upset at someone who has dumped their responsibilities on your shoulders? Put your foot down. Coming clean will relieve a great deal of stress that has been building. It`s also possible that a car or appliance will break down. Choose a replacement that has a reputation for being well built.

The New Moon in your sign on June 13th could mark the beginning of a new financial adventure. It may be that prior to this date there is much discussion as to how you might best invest your time and energy. Indeed, a decision could be made around the Last Quarter Moon on June 6th. Coming to terms with the full implications of this move could take a full week. Soon after the New Moon however, – and with praise coming from a colleague, neighbour or sibling who admires the stand you`ve taken, you could set about making a fresh financial commitment – perhaps as early as Saturday 16th. A possibility is that someone born under one of the fixed signs of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio or Aquarius will come to you with a nugget of an idea. This doesn`t look to be so much as a tipoff as a seed of thought that has commercial possibilities. Soon after the solstice on June 21st and with or without support from a close partner, you may be ready to take this to business planning stage. Though possibly dismayed by the probable costs involved, by the Full Moon on June 28th you may have made a commitment and have a clear plan as to how costs can be pruned so that you meet these new obligations.

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

Your horoscope for this month:

If it seems you`re constantly changing if not eliminating plans, some long term, it`s no surprise. Equally, you`re probably decluttering your life of possessions but, also, of burdensome relationships, personal and professional. While often challenging, letting go is also a relief. Better yet, having less on your mind frees you to explore intriguing encounters and new ideas. Some you`ll embrace immediately but you`re unsure about others. Don`t rush. Things will come together around mid-July`s Cancer New Moon. Until then, focus on exploring absolutely everything.

On the 13th, you`ll feel the urge to rest, relax and recuperate from a busy social season. Before you get too comfortable, you will have to attend to a legal or business matter. Giving a court deposition or going on an overseas trip for work will keep you busy towards the middle of June. Once you`ve crossed this big responsibility off your list, you`ll be able to take a break from the action. The Full Moon on the 28th brings a partnership or contract to completion.. After fulfilling your responsibilities, you might be pressured to keep this arrangement going. Be ready to break away, even at the risk of looking callous. Bigger and better opportunities await you. You`re tired of waiting on a hypercritical person who is never satisfied with your efforts. Working for appreciative people who value your efforts will give your confidence a big boost. Say your goodbyes and take the first step to a more rewarding future.

2018 is unusual in that Mars spends an extra-long period in the sign of Aquarius. This highlights a sector of your solar chart associated with financial partnerships. There is an old saying that neither a borrower nor a lender be. Between the present and early November, you may have cause to consider this saying several times. A friendship could be compromised by an arrangement made around the Last Quarter Moon on June 6th. Yet it might also be the case that it`s important to you to underpin a partnership by going the extra mile for someone. By the New Moon on June 13 your own needs – possibly in relation to a property matter will likely require careful thought. This could put you at odds with a financial partner who would like to take a quite different course of action. Between 13th and 28th especially, how you invest in yourself and friendships may be something you wrestle with time and time again. All this could lead to you taking a major decision around Mars` station on June 28th. This date could mark a significant turnaround in your financial affairs and possibly warrant much discussion with an elder whose advice on this occasion could also give you a confidence boost.

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

Your horoscope for this month:

For months, if not years, you`ve managed to avoid making unwelcome changes in elements of your domestic or working life. Now, suddenly, events are forcing a serious rethink if not a major reorganisation. At least explore your options. Once you do, you`ll spot things you hadn`t previously noticed. Better yet, you`ll find new ways to work with the people and circumstances involved. This, in turn, will lead to completely unexpected ideas, possibly, in surprising settings. The more you explore, the better it gets.

A cutting-edge collaboration will be more challenging than expected on the 13th, due to a tense New Moon. There won`t be enough money in the budget to do this project justice. As a result, the team will start squabbling. If someone tries pinning the blame on you for this failure, fight back. You can`t afford to have this shoddy work palmed off on you. If you meet a charming person at a party in mid-June, think twice about giving your personal information to them. You don`t want to become victim to somebody who preys on strangers for money, influence and status. The Full Moon on the 28th prompts you to reconsider how you are using your time, money and energy. Being more resourceful will help you meet increased personal and professional responsibilities at the end of June. If you feel tired and anxious, scale back your schedule and get your rest. Don`t push your body past the breaking point.

A financial tide may well be turning. The key period is at the end of June when Mars` station is in your opposite sign close to a Full Moon which is itself aligned with Saturn. You can think of this as brakes being sharply applied. Clearly this will affect all signs. You though could feel this acutely. It would be as well – particularly around the Last Quarter Moon on June 6th, to tune into undercurrents. It`s entirely possible that someone with whom you are in financial partnership will declare a difficulty. It may be that this partnership has to be rebuilt entirely. That may well be possible after the New Moon on June 13th – though clearly much depends on your personal chart. Certainly, the period June 19th-23rd looks to be particularly interesting in respect of bringing fresh opportunity your way. All that said, making a financial safety net your top priority would surely be wise ahead of what could be a difficult period at the end of June.

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

Your horoscope for this month:

You`re inquisitive yet, once you realise something or, indeed, somebody adds little to your life, you`ll move on, and explore your options. Yet events are drawing you back into previously unrewarding situations. Logically, there`s no reason to take a chance; but you`re beginning a period of exploration, some of which means revisiting elements of the past. By mid-June you`ll realise why this and, even more, broadening your horizons is essential. For now, forget about a master plan and, instead, focus on what you`re discovering.

A career opportunity on the 13th isn`t all that it is cracked up to be. The New Moon is urging you to make a job change, but there will be hidden elements to this job that are very unpleasant. Working for someone who isn`t sure what they want will be maddening. It`s better to hold out for a boss who has an impressive track record. If you`re put in charge of a division that lacks adequate funding, you should avoid making grandiose promises. Be truthful about what you can accomplish with such a limited budget. On the 28th, the Full Moon will mark a turning point in a romance or creative project. You might decide this relationship or venture is just too much trouble. The last thing you want is to be stuck in a situation where you`re doing all the giving without receiving anything in return. Raise your standards at the end of the month.

This is the one month in the year when it`s good for Virgos to take time to consider what career-related investments now need to be made. This may be particularly important in 2018 and be linked to property management. Though possibly dismayed at the potential costs of developments, by the New Moon on June 13th you could at least have sketched-out a business plan. Refined over the following weekend you may find that this gathers considerable momentum by the solstice on Thursday 21st. Though as with all signs there may be a major financial hurdle to negotiate around the Full Moon on June 28th, you could nevertheless be pleased that you now have support and that one of the many irons you have in the fire is at the point where it will be bringing tangible financial reward. All that said, there is the strong likelihood that there will be more cash going out than coming in during June.

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

Your horoscope for this month:

If you didn`t understand the unsettling nature of this period, you could easily mistake the sudden changes in the habits, activities or manner of others as a puzzling rebuff. While you`ll be influenced by recent unsettling planetary activity, you`ll regain your equilibrium more swiftly than those whose professional, financial or personal life will have been shaken.. The tricky part is they won`t be ready to discuss this. For now, try to forgive and forget, conscious that your understanding is appreciated far more than you know.

An opportunity to travel, publish or teach will arrive on or around the 13th, thanks to an adventurous New Moon. There will be strings attached to this opportunity, so beware. Hidden expenses, additional responsibilities or inflated promises will make you regret your decision. Instead of dwelling on your disappointment, try making the best of a bad situation. This experience will enrich your horizons, but only after it has tested your patience multiple times. The Full Moon on the 28th creates drama on the family front. A stern relative may discourage your plans to become more independent. Instead of letting this family member break your spirit, renew your resolve. Moving into your own place or becoming romantically involved with someone they dislike will be empowering. You`re tired of winning other people`s approval at the expense of your own happiness. Stand up for what you want, even at the risk of having a quarrel.

It`s entirely possible that by the Full Moon on Thursday, June 28th you will have to draw a financial line in the sand. Though it`s probable that you won`t realise investment gains until the middle of next month, you might nevertheless determine that you`ve placed a seed watered it well and that you now need to wait and see things happen. Another strong possibility is that before the end of June you will need to understand better the value of an asset. You won`t be the only sign doing this and indeed, it might be as well to get this appraisal done early – perhaps at the Last Quarter Moon on June 6th. With health-related matters likely to bring greatest costs throughout the month your approach to financial management may well require extreme adjustment. The good news is that soon after the New Moon on June 13th and with support from a relative, before the solstice you could gain a good handle on your position and, perhaps soon after the solstice, be in a position to make a change that would protect vital resources.

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

Your horoscope for this month:

Recently you kept certain changes, in situations involving others and in your own plans, quiet. While you fully intend to discuss these matters with those concerned, you felt it better to explain everything once things were settled. However, those changes continue and certain individuals are upset they weren`t informed. The solution? It`s simple. Apologise, explain the circumstances, briefly but fully. Then say others matter. Next, get them involved. That will begin the healing process.. Besides, they know more than you thought, so will be amazingly helpful.

An investment opportunity arriving at mid-June is too good to be true. The New Moon will tempt you to back this exciting venture on the 13th, but all is not what it seems. You`re dealing with someone who talks a good game but has nothing to show for their claims. After doing some research into their background, you`ll decide it`s better to keep your hard-earned cash in the bank. Advise friends and family to stay away from this manipulator, too. On the 28th, the Full Moon will prompt you to say what you see. Confront someone who is taking advantage of their position. You`re the only one brave enough to challenge their abusive behaviour. If you remain silent, lots of vulnerable people will be hurt by their actions. Notifying the media can lend extra weight to your warnings. The last thing people like this want is negative publicity. Call their bluff.

It wouldn`t be so surprising if the whole world felt that the global financial brakes were being applied at the end of this month. The Full Moon on 28th aligns with Saturn working well in an area of the zodiac to which it is suited. Those best able to cope with what could be a financial obstacle course, may well be those born under your sign: in part, be due to you tuning in to this potential much earlier. Indeed, around the Last Quarter Moon on Wednesday 6th, and with fresh financial information coming to light, you could, as they say, see the writing on the wall. By the New Moon on June 13th, and aware that others are pulling out of deals, you might then be well placed to pick up a bargain. In fact, that bargain-hunting ability of yours is set to shine through for much of the month. As importantly however, it may be that you determine it`s time to realise the value of an asset. Though it might at first seem that you are timing this sale at precisely the wrong moment, the way in which you market or advertise could be so exceptional that you achieve your financial aim just ahead of this potentially difficult Full Moon.

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

Your horoscope for this month:

True, the excitement of late May`s powerful planetary activity, combined with the Sagittarius Full Moon on the 29th, will lift your spirits. Still, in early June, it`ll be clear things aren`t coming together as you expected. Actually, during June you`ll need to take things slowly. The foundation on which pivotal plans are based is shifting, which means you`ll have to re-educate yourself about certain arrangements. So, actually, having time to explore will be a relief; and the future? Take it one day at a time.

On the 13th, the New Moon will tempt you to enter into a business or romantic relationship. Don`t jump into anything too quickly. Your feelings are muddled and with good reason. You`re dealing with someone who blows hot and cold. Trying to anticipate their reactions will be a waste of valuable energy. Hold out for someone who says what they mean and means what they say. The Full Moon on the 28th brings a nice little boost to your bank balance, but you`ll have to spend it on some expensive necessities. Take this opportunity to replace kitchen appliances or computer equipment. Alternatively, you might have to buy a car. Such a purchase may be boring, but it`s essential to your day to day operations. If you don`t have reliable equipment, you`ll lose the lucrative work assignments you desire. Postpone luxury purchases for another time and meet practical needs instead. Even a dreamer like you needs a secure base from which to launch bold ideas.

Before the Last Quarter Moon on Wednesday, June 6th, developments in a partner`s or colleague`s working life might threaten to destabilise your financial position. Though arguably helpless to do much about this, this should draw attention to the need for a better financial safety net. To put this in place r will surely require all cards being put on the table and acceptance of risk but also the need to fulfil agreed obligations.. Some tough-talking may well be necessary – especially at the Full Moon on June 28th. Expenses in June might well be high and related to either the needs of a neighbour or increased local travel arrangements. On the very considerable upside however, the fact that these major issues are being given problem-solving attention by both partners and financial experts should mean that before the end of the month – even if it`s acknowledged that costs will be higher than anticipated, – that you will at least feel to have control over them.

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

Your horoscope for this month:

While you`ll never rush into a decision you`re unsure of, once things are clear you move swiftly. Yet during June you`ll face a range of unsettling questions, many of which prevent you taking action. Actually, that`s for the best, because the insights, personal and involving others, triggered by the Capricorn Full Moon, on 26 June, could trigger a rethink if not change everything. Meanwhile, venture into new territory simply for the joy of experiencing the unfamiliar. What you learn could shape late June`s powerful decisions.

Starting work on a project will be cause for alarm in mid-June. Someone who isn`t clear how this work will be performed will give conflicting instructions on the 13th, due to a deceptive New Moon. It will take a great deal of time and energy to sort out your priorities and form a plan of action. With a great deal of patience and persistence, you`ll figure everything out. Don`t let the head of this operation take credit for your hard work. Your colleagues will rally around you, insisting you are put in charge of future operations. The Full Moon on the 28th will invite you to do something special for yourself. Instead of putting other people`s needs first, you should enjoy a spa treatment, holiday or afternoon nap. If anyone dares accuse you of being lazy, be prepared to set the record straight. You`re tired working around the clock while everyone else has fun.

June could prove a super expensive month. True, you might not be entirely unhappy about this. It may be that the last payment on a debt is due to be settled at the end of the month. One way or another, the Full Moon on June 28th marks the conclusion of an obligation. Much as this may be something to celebrate, you might also need to take account of the fact that other expenses are rising – and quickly. It may be that these relate to travel or health. Working within budget – even though this is something in which your sign is said to excel, – may not be at all easy. Though this might not come until after Jupiter enters your sign at the end of 2019, the knowledge that this is as secure as it can be, should also help you in making important long-term decisions around the summer solstice on June 21st.

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

Your horoscope for this month:

Few signs value their independence as much as Aquarius. However, with fierce Mars in your sign from mid-May until 13 August, you`ll be facing a bizarre range of decisions. That`s mostly because the basis on which those are based is shifting, often swiftly and sometimes radically. This, in turn, raises questions about elements of your life you`re regarded as solid and unchanging. Once, they were. For now, focus on exploration and, if plans are necessary, regard them as an exciting venture into the unknown.

The New Moon on the 13th opens the door to a passionate relationship.. Beware of trying to buy someone`s affection. If this relationship is meant to be, your amour will be satisfied with you on any terms. You deserve to be loved for who you are, not for your purchasing power. If you`re already in a relationship, an argument over an ethical matter will break out. It`s time to decide whether you can stay with someone whose values are radically opposed to yours. On the 28th, you will be challenged to let go of an old grudge. This doesn`t mean you have to forgive someone who performed a terrible injustice. It does mean you must train yourself to release your anger and resentment over this issue. Stop dwelling on this betrayal and set your sights on the future. The sooner you make a fresh start, the happier you will be.

At the very end of June, a Full Moon aligns exactly with Saturn. This Full Moon could bring a financial headache to many. Saturn though is one of your ruling planets. Far from being a problem, this Full Moon (28th) could mark the natural conclusion of a project that`s perhaps run out of time or is no longer worth either time or effort. Property may be involved. The realisation that this will mark a conclusion could come as early as a Last Quarter Moon on Wednesday, June 6. Though these same themes apply to all signs, what is particularly interesting in your case, is that as one door appears to close another most definitely seems set to open around the New Moon on June 14th. A strong possibility is that a colleague`s decision to move on will leave an opening for you to at least consider – and perhaps prepare for negotiations with a finance controller in a few weeks` time.

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

Your horoscope for this month:

Usually, patience is your strength, mostly bolstered by your powerful intuition about both people and the direction things are going. While this is the case now, you and others will be facing bewildering twists and turns. Knowing these are part of this cycle, instead of struggling to impose order, you`ll relax and learn from each and every change; and, as important, you`ll encourage others to adopt this inquisitive approach as well. Those plans? They`ll be made, but probably not finalised for some months yet.

Finding a place to live will be more challenging than expected. The New Moon on the 13th invites you to lower your expectations about living spaces. You can have two of three options: Cheap, well-located and luxurious. Getting all three is impossible. The sooner you accept this inconvenient truth, the easier it will be to find a spot to rest your head. The Full Moon on the 28th could cause you to break away from a group that no longer meets your needs. An influential member will be personally insulted by this defection, but it can`t be helped. Remaining part of this organisation will compromise your reputation. Take a stand and assert what you truly believe. You`ll be lonely at first, but this will be better than feeling like a hypocrite. Soon, many other members of the group will follow your lead. There is something rotten in Denmark. Exit stage left.

The first clue to a change in your financial circumstances comes with the Last Quarter Moon in your sign on Wednesday, June 6th – which coincides with an alignment of the Sun with Mercury. It may be that this marks a closure that is in some way unexpected. Another alternative would be the realisation that another deadline will come at the end of the month. Indeed, the Full Moon on June 28th is hugely significant for all signs. Accenting an area of your solar chart associated with co-operative banking and discount arrangements, it may be that it`s not possible to renew a contract in as favourable terms as has been the case to date. All this said, June should not be seen as a gloomy financial month. With your two ruling planet Jupiter and Neptune, in one of their better phases it may be that you glide through difficulties others find super-challenging and disabling. It might be as well to take advantage of offers made soon after the New Moon on June 14th.. More than one of these could bring a saving at a timely moment.

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