Thursday, December 17, 2015
The Moon today is in a Waxing Crescent Phase. A Waxing Crescent is the first Phase after the New Moon and is a great time to see the features of the moon's surface. During this phase the Moon can be seen in the wester sky after the sun dips below the horizon at sunset. The moon is close to the sun in the sky and mostly dark except for the right edge of the moon which becomes brighter as the days get closer to the next phase which is a First Quarter with a 50% illumination.
Phase: Waxing Crescent
Moon Age: 6.18 days
Moon Angle: 0.54
Moon Distance: 366,234.46 km
Sun Angle: 0.54
Sun Distance: 147,207,734.33 km
Moon 7° Pisces conjunct Neptune 7° Pisces
Moon 9° Pisces squares Saturn 9° Sagittarius
Moon 11° Pisces sextiles Mercury 11° Capricorn
Moon 14° Pisces trines Venus 14° Scorpio
Moon 14° Pisces sextiles Pluto 14° Capricorn
Thursday 17th & Friday 18th December 2015 - Moon in Pisces
Changes from "nowhere" suddenly created and forced upon everyone ...
This transit of Moon in Pisces will definitely NOT "peaceful" and quiet" - the Moon is energized and lit up by Sun 24° => 26° Sagittarius which is stronger than normal - as it is closing-in on the huge surge of energies located at 28°/29° Sagittarius - crossing over the Galactic Center means that this week - there's so much vibrancy - that will even wake the "dead" into doing something useful.
It will ensure that things that should have happened - will now happen - it will ensure that any uncertainty and indecision you've had - because you've not wanted to make a decision to change anything in your life - will in fact now - become clear - exactly what you need to do. Even and especially if you're the type of person that "NOTHING" happens in your life - you will can expect SOMETHING to happen.
Traditionally PISCES is the star sign that accepts everything and everyone - it never judges because it realizes with spiritual maturity and enlightened wisdom that there's a need for everyone in the world and an essential need for everyone to be different - and - most importantly to see the goodness in things that you see in other people - instead of destructively criticizing them or forcing them to change to become like you.
When you LOVE someone - truly LOVE someone - you accept them with all their faults - like they accept you with your faults - for no-one is perfect. Love and relationships means you ACCEPT wherever you are and with whoever you're with - because you simply don't see the negative faults - it's not important to see them.
The Sun & Saturn in Sagittarius - is defining RELATIONSHIPS - so if you find yourself NOT accepting anyone or anything in your life - means that you are wanting to END it. Whereas if you ACCEPT and LOVE - means you want it in your life.
During Moon in Pisces - there's a mixture of both accepting and loving everyone you love - and - simultaneously - if there's anything destiny needs to change - it will be changing now to create your future - all you have to do is - ACCEPT - that it's time for change.
The good side to - Moon in Pisces on Wednesday and Thursday - will be seeing how many changes happen - naturally and by "coincidence" - because destiny is moving pieces into place - the only emotionally negativity is created on Friday - when "some" people will refuse to accept the destined changes. But even "they" will have no choice - but - to accept the changes.
The best side to Wednesday, Thursday and Friday is the fact that Sun 24° => 27° Sagittarius coming closer to the 28°/29° Sagittarius - crossing over the Galactic Center means that specific events that NEED to happen now - will happen - in order to ensure "2016" can begin "right" for you - a New Year with new destined stability.
The current lunar cycle - defined by last week's New Moon - and defined on Thursday by Moon 9° Pisces squares Saturn 9° Sagittarius means that destined changes that must happen - will happen. Saturn in Sagittarius - defines - even things that have been completely stuck and stagnant as far back as December 2012 - and for some of you - as far back as December 2009 - will now be unlocked to happen - as Saturn in Sagittarius means something DESTINED has to happen in everyone's life - get your life moving forward to a NEW phase.
Irrespective and no matter whatever you thought and what you want - certain specific things that MUST happen will be happening - at least beginning to happen - to ensure that the new karmic destined stability for "January 2016" is prepared - all you have to do is "GO-WITH-THE-FLOW" as anything that happens now is a "sign" guiding you to what you should be doing in the future.
Which means for the next 2 weeks - "doing nothing" is NOT an option - it will ensure restlessness until you do whatever destiny wants you to do. All of which is about creating changes and "movement" to get you to the NEW karmic stability of Full Moon in Cancer on Christmas day.
I must add - one fact of Moon in Pisces and that is - SPIRITUAL RELATIONSHIPS - due to the fact that Sun in Sagittarius is lighting up all your relationships - as the Sun in Sagittarius shines on Moon in Pisces - many of you - who are spiritually minded - will indeed - be THINKING of SPIRITUAL RELATIONSHIPS - that is people you've known who have died - but you FEEL and SENSE them around you - that's because your destined relationship energies are forever present in your soul, in your mind and in your aura.
It will surprise some of you - when out of the blue - you get STRONG feelings of your SPIRITUAL RELATIONSHIPS - the sense of someone being with you - even though you appear to be "alone" - their energies in your mind and thoughts will give you reassurance and confidence that everything's going to be alright. It is their LIGHT rekindling and LIGHTING your soul up from within you.
Your Daily Horoscopes for Thursday, December 17th
This is a good day for focusing on activities that promote emotional renewal, dear Aries. You can gain a better perspective on your financial picture as well as your relationships today with Venus and Pluto vibing and the intuitive Moon picking up this energy as well. Look to the talents and resources of others or a partner to see if these can benefit a business. Think strategically and draw on your imagination and past experience/wisdom to your plans and to better understand your connections. You benefit the most today through observation rather than direct action. You should also find ways to soothe nerves. Today and the next few are strong for healing relationship rifts.
Venus is your ruler, and when it connects well with your partnership ruler, Pluto, you tend to find yourself connecting well with others or reaching a pleasant agreement of sorts, dear Taurus. Today’s Venus-Pluto connection occurs in the morning, but the Moon picks up and carries these energies later on, and you may very well enjoy some special interactions and insights now. Venus happens to be in your partnership sector as well, further boosting possibilities of enhancing or attracting relationships. You’re also coming across with more confidence and personal power. The general vibe is friendly but not frivolous, and this becomes you well. If you want to express your commitment or passion, now is a good time to do so.
There may be a project that you find especially absorbing and compelling today, dear Gemini, and you are likely interested in exploring things further. Today and this week are strong for investigation, getting to the heart of a matter, and discovering important truths. Research efforts can bring good results, and even if you don’t get somewhere, you enjoy the process. Doing some sleuthing is appealing now. This can also be a good time for looking into a health or fitness matter, for enjoying the process of getting healthier, and possibly finding a way to monetize a favorite activity. You’re likely expected to be on top of things today, and your quiet confidence goes a long way towards gaining respect or recognition.
This is a strong day for enhancing or attracting a partnership or close relationship, dear Cancer, particularly an affair of the heart. A connection made or a moment shared can be significant and meaningful now. For some, this is about a project or creative work that you love, and you’re ready to pour your heart into it. A relationship or project can fill you with a stronger sense of purpose. You might consider ways to improve or get ahead. There is good intuitive sense today, and your powers of attraction are stronger than usual. There can be a desire to share a belief, dream, or tradition with someone you care about.
This is a good day for looking at yourself and your needs or desires honestly, dear Leo, and benefiting from what you discover. You might thoroughly enjoy and throw yourself into a work, health, or home project now, as the motivation is there to do so. Your personal security and comfort with yourself can attract others to you now. There is more intensity in your interactions and/or your love and feeling nature today, such that you may skip over small talk and get to the meat of a matter. This can be a good time to recognize emotional blocks and finding ways to move past them. The Moon in your solar eighth house all day encourages observation and strategy. You benefit most from attracting things to you rather than chasing them just for now.
Conversations are especially rich and possibly even moving today, dear Virgo, and you may be able to bring a relationship or project to a new level now. You might come up with a good strategy for handling your money, or possibly even for converting a just-for-fun hobby into a money-making business. Others are truly listening to what you have to say now, and your powers of persuasion are at a high. Even so, a good idea you come up with now might better be kept to yourself just for the time being. Sharing an overview with a significant other can be fun, however. Passions and interests don’t always need to be shared, but respecting them is important in any relationship.
You’re likely to enjoy warm and supportive interactions today that boost your basic levels of confidence, comfort, and security, dear Libra. Your ability to strategize, and even to hold your tongue, brings the most rewards now with the ruler of your sign, Venus, in beneficial aspect to Pluto. You can inspire trust now, and possibly even awe. Your strength of character is recognized by others and earns you more respect. Whether you’re clearing out your desk, your closet, or your brain, it’s a good time to get rid of what you don’t absolutely need. Progress and self-improvement are in focus. You can make some important changes in your image today, and with money, talents, and resources.
Scorpio Symbol Glyph
You’re on a roll today, with energy to spare, dear Scorpio. This can be a wonderful day for attracting positive people and energy into your life. You can find yourself naturally drawn to mutually beneficial or simply pleasing social situations, and your manner is especially attractive and appealing. It’s a great time for attracting or building/healing a relationship, and also for building upon and improving a pet project. You are persuasive and personally powerful. It’s a generally good day for making a commitment, particularly to a learning or communications project, or possibly simply purchasing equipment. You are seeing what you truly need and ready to put your heart into whatever moves you.
Sagittarius Glyph Symbol
Relationships with friends are supportive and pleasing today, dear Sagittarius. You might enjoy keeping a secret today as you hold on to something that makes you feel special and you are not quite ready to share it. This is your prerogative, and it may in fact be a good idea to keep things on the down low for now. There is a compelling quality to feelings of love now. Emotional longings can be in strong focus, but more easily understood. There is also good energy for recycling or repurposing resources such that they’re transformed. Your money sense is good now.
You’re in a most expansive and expressive mood today, dear Capricorn. The desire to explore and learn is strong, and any activity that ties you to a desk, that seems stifling or limiting, or that feels lifeless and dull will have you itching to escape. Your powers of magnetic attraction are good right now, and you’ll find it rather easy to maneuver things the way you’d like them to be. Offering your expertise to colleagues can open up great rewards for you these days. You stand to gain the respect and appreciation of others, and self-respect as well. It certainly feels good to contribute and share.
It’s a good day for expressing patience and employing strategy, dear Aquarius. You may be throwing yourself into something you truly love doing, and with this motivation, you can accomplish and uncover a lot. You’ll find that the conviction behind your desires and ideas attracts support from others. Past good deeds can bring rewards to the present. Others are putting their faith in you as someone who is discreet and professional – someone who can keep a secret if necessary, and who doesn’t need to take credit for everything. There is good money sense with you today, as you’re seeing things for their value and priority.
Conversations today tend to be intense but pleasant, dear Pisces, and you could be quite impassioned about an idea or a project. Some of you could feel more confident as a result of your involvement in a team, or for contributions you make to a cause or group effort. You might enjoy new opportunities to prove yourself and your effectiveness. Strong creative and/or romantic energies flow today, and you could find yourself attracted to a new idea or person, or interested in repurposing and rejuvenating a current project or relationship.
Tarot Card of the Day
Wheel of Fortune
December 17th, 2015
The central theme of what is traditionally called the Wheel of Fortune card is cyclical change. The Wheel keeps on rolling, churning events in a ceaseless progression of ups and downs, either way freeing us from the past. No one can escape its cyclical action, which can feel somewhat terrifying — no matter whether we are rising or falling. When one is balanced on top there is a moment of crystal clarity, but the only part of the Wheel not going up and down is the hub, which is your eternal Self, the Source of Freedom.
Every one of us will occupy all the points on the wheel at one point or another. The cycle of the wheel is its lesson — and we can learn to take comfort in it (as we do when we celebrate our birthday). If you don’t like the look of things right now, just wait — things will change. Of course, if you do like the look of things right now, enjoy it while it lasts, because that will change that will change too!
Your Rune For Today
Ansuz represents mankind’s spiritual connection to God and the universe. It is often referred to as the “God Rune.” This Rune embodies reason, truth and justice. It denotes the coming of knowledge and true counsel from a higher authority.
Additional information about Today’s Rune, Ansuz.
Phonetic equivalent: a (as in ‘fall’)
DIVINATORY MEANINGS: authority figure, leader, mind & body
balance, justice, shaman, clairvoyant
MAGICAL USES: for wise decisions, success, leadership; to help in divination and magic
ASSOCIATED MYTHS & DEITIES: Odin
ANALYSIS: This rune represents the instinctive, primal energy of
uruz tempered with the discipline and experience of þurisaz. These elements are combined in the personage of Odin, who exhibits the characteristics of both chieftain and shaman – a god of wisdom as well as war. Odin is also a shaman, traveling between the worlds on his eight-legged horse, SleipnirAnsuz is a balanced rune.
As with fehu, many people choose to remain at this point in their journey. It represents power, both secular and magical, and this power can be quite seductive. Odin has learned the lessons of the first three runes, thus gaining the wisdom to rule wisely, but this is really only another beginning. He has only gained temporal power, and has only a few of the tools he will need to perfect himself spiritually. There is a certain lack of compassion and perspective in this rune. Odin sits high above his world, looking down and making decisions, but he doesn’t yet have the capacity to really care about or understand his people or himself. He still needs that emotional connection to become a truly great leader.
The Witches Rune for Today
Keywords: Success, progress.
Meanings: The Sun is a rune of success and positive outcome. For a straightforward yes/no question it can be read as “yes”. It also denotes progress and personal enrichment in life. When it is the leading stone it equates to the outcome card in the Tarot.
Faery Oracle Card for Thursday ~ Celebrate the Mundane!
Wild Wisdom of the Faery Oracle by Lucy Cavendish
The Three Graces from the Wild Wisdom of the Faery Oracle want you to celebrate and have fun today. No matter what is going on, throw a little party – even if its just for yourself!
The message on the card reads “cooperative ventures with friends, joy, sharing, new partnerships that are fun.”
The emphasis is on fun today. Ask yourself just how much fun can I have today? If you have a dull day ahead (for example, going to work, sitting through meetings or talking with boring people), challenge yourself to bring a spirit of mischief, joy and celebration to it.
Maybe this means you will wear something flashy, like a hot pink feather boa? Or perhaps you will send your friends pretty cards just because (and include a heartfelt note inside). Whatever you do, remember that the mundane, everyday life is worth celebrating smile emoticon
Your Animal Spirit for Today
Has Snake slithered into your world today? If so, you are being asked to undergo a major transformation. Are you willing to shed your old skin? Are you willing to let go of people, places, and things that no longer have a place in your life? Snake will help you make the grand transformation, then slide into a new life that's brimming with possibility.
Be Blessed Today Pagans!
There is nothing more special then to gift something you personally made during the holidays. This year besides my traditional Yule boxes to my staff, I have another event and wanted to give my guest a little Yule door gift in the spirit of giving. As many of you that follow the Legion and my journey, you know that I love to get right down into nature and appreciated all of Gaia, other earths gifts by harvesting just a bit to feed my family and those I love. I spend a great deal of time gardening, harvesting, and canning the bounties of Her harvest; thus in honour I give back.
Here is a simple but elegent Yule gifting from a harvest, my preserve stores. It doen't matter what type from fruits, veggies or liquor. This is what I am gifting this year.
Simple peserves for Yule Gifting:
1-jar of your peserves
12x12 piece of cloth ( Yule decor) Can use pre-made cloth table napkins but I am on a budget so off to the material shop I go in serach of the holiday cloth.
holiday pic or your own personal sprig
twig mini pentagram or a bell
deco thick paper 3x3
First get all your supplies prepared and ready to construct.
Next take your piece of 12x12 cloth and put the jar in the center, turn over and apply ribber banc to hold cloth in place.
Next put hole with hole punch in deco paper, I like to use something shinny, and take twine and twig or bell and put twine through it and the card.
Next personalize your card to whom and wishes. I have a paw stamp for my wolf pack so I stamp my card with greeting, blessing or spell. Tie it around the jar.
Next take your sprig or holiday pic, cut stem to length of jar, and insert under rubberband and twine.
Next take your ribbion and tie around jar to cover rubberband. Make sure you do give a diacription of contents on top. I do this because I manke many and several preserve selections to choose from.
From My Witchy Kraft Kitchen to Yours,
Coven of Witch Mountain Wolf Run
Copyright © 12162015
The Current Moon Phase for December 14th is Waxing Crescent
The Moon today is in a Waxing Crescent Phase. A Waxing Crescent is the first Phase after the New Moon and is a great time to see the features of the moon’s surface. During this phase the Moon can be seen in the wester sky after the sun dips below the horizon at sunset. The moon is close to the sun in the sky and mostly dark except for the right edge of the moon which becomes brighter as the days get closer to the next phase which is a First Quarter with a 50% illumination.
Phase Details for – Monday, December 14, 2015
Phase: Waxing Crescent
Moon Age: 3.05 days
Moon Angle: 0.53
Moon Distance: 377,332.10 km
Sun Angle: 0.54
Sun Distance: 147,249,508.64 km
Tarot Card of the Day
Traditionally, the card usually entitled the Chariot points to a triumphal feeling of freedom, as if the charioteer is being paraded through the streets as a hero (or heroine). The card reflects congratulations for high achievement, and serves as a sign of empowerment.
Huge wheels and frisky steeds speed the rate at which the driver’s will power can be realized. This kind of charge makes more of the world accessible to one ambitious enough to seize the Chariot’s reins. But there is danger in this feeling of freedom, because of the increased rate of change and its power to magnify mistakes in judgment. As a seasoned warrior, the Charioteer is called upon to be extra attentive to the way ahead.
Today’s Witches Rune
Meaning: In many cultures, the Star is a symbol of hope, dreams and destiny, and in the Witches Runes this symbol has a similar connotation. When the Star rune appears, it’s green light for you to go after what you want.
Note that the Star does not say you’ll get everything you want without any work. No. This symbol is a not about easy success, but about having faith in what you are doing – and doing it. In fact, the goals suggested by the Star are usually the highest and most significant ones – the ones that are hardest to get. It does not matter what the dream is, but its significance in your life. This symbol also represents ideals, and they can be both individual and collective ones.
In a more down-to-earth way, the Star is related to revolutions, changes, risks, speculation and all things motivated by faith and ideals. It can represent a sudden spark on inspiration, a windfall, a sudden rise to fame or a promotion. Though the sudden changes brought by the Star are usually positive, they are also fast: you can get back to point zero as quickly as you rose. So don’t be afraid to jump forward when the opportunity arises.
The Star urges you to take the risk, to have hope and to trust. After the staleness of Crossroads, the Universe finally begins to move again. If you believe in Higher Powers, this symbol shows that They are guiding you in this moment. The Star is a very positive rune, but in a more negative context it can represent revolution for revolution’s sake and the constant idealization of people and situations. It can also stand for excessive individualism when going after a dream.
In relationship readings, this rune represents hope and an idealistic kind of love. Usually the people involved in the relationship have high expectations about the other. They easily put their partner on a pedestal, only to feel frustrated when reality strikes. The Star can also represent unrequited love, or the love for someone who is unattainable. On the other hand, this rune tells you to not give up love entirely – keep looking, because someone is coming.
Your Rune For Today
Gebo represents the coming of gifts and favors. While each are usually positive events, they often carry obligations with them. Gebo often represents strong bonds such as deep friendships and marriage.
Additional Information on Today’s Rune, Gebo
Phonetic equivalent: g (as in ‘girl’)
gift, offering, relationship, love, marriage, partnership, generosity, unexpected good fortune
MAGICAL USES:to find or strengthen a relationship, for fertility, to mark a gift or offering, to bring luck
ASSOCIATED MYTHS & DEITIES:Sigurd & Brunhild; Aesir & Vanir treaty
Gebo is a rune of connection, particularly the connections between people. Up until now, our journey has been a solitary one. This rune represents those places where our path intersects with others, and allows us to begin to form conscious relationships. Such relationships are strengthened and sanctified by the exchange of gifts.
The use of the gift as a symbol of an oath or a bond is an ancient one. When a lord wanted to ensure the loyalty of one of his subjects, he would give that person a gift. The gift would create a debt on the part of the person receiving it, and this debt would ensure his readiness to serve his lord. Similarly, a gift given between lovers, especially that of the ring, symbolizes the bond between them. Originally, only the man gave the ring in a marriage for much the same reason as the lord giving gifts to his vassals, but today the arrangement is usually more equitable. Gifts or offerings given to the Gods often carry the same meaning, representing the giver’s love for or loyalty to their Gods. The giving of a gift implies the acceptance of a debt with the understanding that the debt will not be repaid. It is this imbalance which forms the bond.
Today’s I Ching Hexagram
December 14th, 2015
Remove yourself from decaying situations. Set new goals and ground rules.
Line One of Your Hexagram is a 6:
Be aggressive in your endeavors. Right wrongs. Avoid developing a bad attitude. Expect success.
Line Two of Your Hexagram is a 9:
Throw off deadwood. Prepare to grow.
Line Three of Your Hexagram is a 9:
Do not dwell on past failures or fated relationships. Expect to do well.
Line Four of Your Hexagram is a 6:
Do not put your trust in questionable people. Seek proficient allies.
Line Five of Your Hexagram is a 6:
Build an honorable reputation. This will bring respect and admiration.
Line Six of Your Hexagram is a 9:
If you reach new levels, do not expect the allies of your predecessor to follow you.
Feng Shui Tip
Cosmic Tips to Conquer Holiday Family Stress
See how Astrology can help you through the holidays!
Let’s get real: Life is not a Norman Rockwell painting. When it comes to spending a lot of time with family during the holidays, the most wonderful time of the year can quickly turn into the most stressful time of the year.
Even the people we love the most have a unique way of pushing our buttons when we spend too much time together. Add that to the stress of juggling holiday parties, meal planning and gift shopping from Thanksgiving to New Year’s, and … well, let’s just say it’s easy to go from holly jolly to downright brawly in the blink of Santa’s eye.
Here are some cosmic tips on how every zodiac sign can cope with stressful family situations all season long.
Aries (March 21 – April 19)
Even dynamic Rams can run out of energy during the holidays, and it stresses you out when you don’t have enough steam to get everything done. If a family member asks for one more thing on top of this, watch out for your fiery temper! Prevent a meltdown by setting aside at least one hour of alone time per day. Delegate some of your tasks to others and go for a walk or take a nap. You don’t have to do everything yourself — that’s what family is for!
Taurus (April 20 – May 20)
Taurus, you’re the peacemaker, and your family relies on you to solve disputes over the dinner table during the holidays. And you know what? That stresses you out! You don’t like to witness conflict or hurt feelings, and it’s even worse if you can’t help settle everyone down because then you feel like you’ve failed. If you find yourself stressed by family drama this year, use your stubborn nature to cope. Insist everyone calm down and speak respectfully, and don’t walk away until peace prevails.
Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
You don’t suffer fools gladly, Gemini. Your short temper can be triggered when a family member says something you disagree with, or if they move too slowly — like when Granny drives you to the mall in her 1987 Cutlass Ciera. You need to practice patience, dear Gemini. Take part in daily activities to calm your overactive mind, like yoga or an art class to, so you won’t blow a gasket at Thanksgiving dinner.
Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
Sensitive Cancer Crabs are especially prone to holiday family stress. You are very negatively affected by criticism, angry outbursts or being ignored. And it’s easy for certain family members to hurt your feelings unintentionally — like if one of your siblings seems to be getting preferential treatment, or if someone accidentally insults you with a nose trimmer as a holiday gift. To keep Crab from getting crabby, it’s important you speak up and let the offending family member know how you feel. Don’t keep your hurt feelings to yourself, or you’ll wind up nursing a stress-related ulcer. Take a deep breath and let your feelings be known, and more than likely you’ll find peace in an apology.
Leo (July 23 – Aug. 22)
Leo, you need to let go. Your stress triggers are primarily situations you can’t control, and that is an inevitable part of the holidays. One of your family members might break the gravy dish, you may lose your car in the mall parking garage on Black Friday, or Uncle Jerry might infer that your career choice falls short of family expectations. Whatever it is that takes place to trigger your insecurities and prompt you to throw a childish temper tantrum… Let. It. Go. You’ll be much happier that way.
Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22)
You think too much, Virgo — which accounts for your greatest holiday stress. Just the thought of getting all your holiday chores done and attending to every family member’s needs is enough to tie you in knots. But the thing is, once you actually start working on the things you need to get done, you’re fine. Make lots of lists to help keep you on track – write down what you can do to help others, too. You’ll feel calmer just putting it all on paper. Pretend you’re making a list for Santa, it’ll be fun!
Libra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22)
Not being treated fairly is hugely stressful for you, Libra. And you also can’t deal with a lot of clutter. But during large family holiday gatherings, it’s easy for these needs to be neglected. If someone takes the last slice of pumpkin pie before you’ve had any, and then has the nerve to leave the dirty dish on the counter, look out! That will set you off, and you could waste hours weighing the pros and cons of confronting them about it. Rather than seething in silence or overreacting defensively, respond calmly in the moment. Keep it short and sweet — no long-winded speeches or accusations. You’ll get better results once people know where you stand.
Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21)
Your family doesn’t realize how sensitive you are, Scorpio, because you hide it well. You have a quiet strength, so you’re easily stressed out by big noisy family gatherings. You also feel tense and nervous when you don’t get enough privacy, so be sure to let your family members know your needs and boundaries so you can negotiate what works for all. It may be as simple as going into a private room alone for an hour to regroup, or leaving a lit bit sooner than the rest of the clan. If you explain, they will understand.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21)
You’re all about movement, Sagittarius, so the idea of sitting in a relative’s living room for five hours straight is your personal hell. You’re also not big on formal family dinners where you must act properly and “behave.” Any situation that reins you in can trigger stress, like someone pressuring you to buy too many gifts or show up on time for dinner. Find ways to spend some time outdoors to feed your restless spirit. Help decorate the family home with outdoor lights or shovel snow from the sidewalks up and down the street so you won’t feel so constrained.
Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19)
You demand a lot from yourself, Capricorn. And, you feel pressured when you fail to live up to your high expectations during the holidays. You worry worry worry about serving the right holiday dishes, buying the right gifts or telling the right jokes at the holiday dinner table. You can end up going over the “what ifs” or “if onlys” ’til you’re all lathered up. The remedy is to live in the moment, the only place where joy can be found. And, be sure there’s plenty of time to relax in your hectic holiday schedule.
Aquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18)
Though “live and let live” is your motto, Aquarius, you really like to have your way. But when you’re surrounded by family members during the holidays, you need to learn the art of compromise. You don’t need to bend your will entirely to that of every family member, but do make more of an effort to accommodate their needs, too. You’re a little high-strung even when it’s not the holiday season, so trying to do so much traveling, partying, shopping and planning in so little time can stress you out right quick. Just slow down a little. Ironically, by slowing down you’ll actually get more done and feel more relaxed.
Pisces (Feb. 19 – March 20)
You’re a very private person, Pisces, so nosy family members or being put on the spot at a family gathering in which you feel exposed can be stressful. And you’re sensitive nature is also unnerved by loud family revelry, teasing and obnoxious behavior. You might become overly anxious in these family holiday situations because you don’t know how to shield yourself from such invasions. It’s difficult, but if you can give yourself a temporary attitude adjustment you’ll fare much better. Keep thinking “This too shall pass,” and take little escapes for an hour here and there so you get plenty of time alone to process your emotions and clear your slate.
Today's Totem Animal~ Cardinal
Wake up! Cardinal is chirping at you—bringing a message of personal power. Stop shrinking from your destiny. Stop pretending that you are less than. If you are unsure of your path, ask Cardinal to fly with you—it’s certain he will help you focus, gain clarity, formulate a plan, become self-assured, and step out into the world with the confidence befitting a person of your power.
Faery Oracle for today~
#48 A Collective of Pixies
by Brian Froud
Duty. Willingness. Joyful participation. Virtue.
The job has to be done, so one might as well do it willingly. Progress through this dance maze step by step – lithely and lightly. Take joy and pride in achievement. Approach the work with zeal, zest, and zing – and perhaps a little zaniness as well. otherwise, you might as well not bother well, almost. There is something about this lighthearted approach to your duty that is important at this time in order to achieve the results you want. Additionally consider the words collective and cooperative as you make your plans. This situation may take more than one person, perhaps several working together to achieve that desired results. Seek cooperation w/ friends, family, coworkers, and faeries, as appropriate.
Daily Correspondences for Monday~
Color: silver, blue, gray
Herbs: bladderwrack, calamus, camellia, clematis, club moss, dulse, gardenia, grape, passion flower, jasmine, lily, lotus, moonflower, moonwort, myrrh, poppy, sandalwood, willow
Stones: aquamarine, chalcedony moonstone, mother-of-pearl, sapphire, quartz (clear)
Energies: magick for the goddess, healing, visions, dreams, intuition, divination, clairvoyance, women?s issues, motherhood, fertility
Be Blessed Today Pagans!
Whether you are just starting out in the Craft or an older Practitioner, you either know or will know, that herbs are must for any witch. A herb is a staple in any witch’s kitchen. From an every day herb to an exotic herb, a witch can make so many things with just that one little plant. Everything from a potion to a every day bar of soap that is enjoyed by the entire family. But, what if you don’t have that herb available or you forgot it on your last trip to the store, what then? Perhaps there is a substitute that can be used for that herb. Do you know that substitution right off hand? I admit there are so many herbs, it is hard to keep them all straight in your head.
When in doubt, we have provided you with this handy chart that you can refer to at anytime. There will be no more doubt about substituting this herb for that herb. If you would like, print this page out and keep it as a handy reference. We not only have herbal substitution but also essential oil substitutions listed. At the end of the substitution lists, you will also find a short description of all baneful herbs. Don’t hurt to know them either. We hope you enjoy this section, find it useful and use it often.
Here are four of the most commonly used substitutions
* Rosemary can be used in place of any other herb
* Rose can be used in place of any flower
* Frankincense or Copal can be used in place of any Gum Resin
* Sage can substitute for any mint.
* Tobacco can be used in place of any poisonous herb
Herb needed – Herbal Substitution
ACACIA, GUM-Gum Arabic
ARABIC, GUM-Frankincense; Gum Mastic
ALLSPICE – Cassia, Cinnamon, Cloves, Mace and Nutmeg
BALM OF GILEAD-Rose Buds; Gum Mastic
BENZOIN-Gum Arabic; Gum Mastic
CAMPHOR OIL-Eucalyptus Oil; Lavender Oil
CARNATION-Rose petals anointed with a few drops of Cinnamon Oil
CASTOR BEANS-A few drops Castor Oil
CITRON-Equal parts Orange Peel and Lemon Peel
CYPRESS-Juniper; Pine Needles
DEERS TONGUE-Tonka Bean; Woodruff; Vanilla
DITTANY OF CRETE-Gum Mastic
DRAGON’S BLOOD-Equal parts Frankincense and Red Sandalwood
EUCALYPTUS OIL-Camphor Oil; Lavender Oil
FRANKINCENSE-Copal; Pine Resin
GRAINS OF PARADISE-Black Pepper
GUM BDELLIUM-Copal; Pine Resin; Dragon’s Blood
HEMP-Nutmeg; Damiana; Star Anise; Bay
LEMON GRASS-Lemon Peel
LEMON PEEL-Lemon Peel
LEMON VERBENA-Lemon Grass; Lemon Peel
MASTIC, GUM-Gum Arabic; Frankincense
NEROLI OIL-Orange Oil
ORANGE FLOWERS-Orange Peel
PEPPERWORT-Rue; Grains of Paradise; Black Pepper
PINE RESIN-Frankincense; Copal
RED SANDALWOOD-Sandalwood mixed with a pinch of Dragon’s Blood
RUE-Rosemary mixed with a pinch of Black Pepper
SULFER-Tobacco; Club Moss; Asafetida
TONKA BEAN-Deer tongue; Woodruff; Vanilla Bean
VANILLA-Woodruff; Deer tongue; Tonka Bean
WOOD ALOE-Sandalwood sprinkled with Ambergris Oil
WOODRUFF-Deer tongue; Vanilla
Essential Oil Substitutes
Bergamot Substitute — Grapefruit
Cajuput Substitute — Camphor (White)
Chamomile Substitute — Lavender
Clary Sage Substitute Equal Parts — Sage, Nutmeg
Cypress Substitute — Cedarwood
Grapefruit Substitute — Lemon
Jasmine Substitute — Ylang Ylang
Lime Substitute — Lemon
Lemon Substitute — Lime
Lemongrass Substitute — Lemon
Mandarin Substitute — Tangerine
Mandarin Substitute — Orange
Melissa Substitute Equal Parts — Lemon, Petitgrain
Melissa Substitute — Lemon
Neroli Substitute — Petitgrain
Orange Substitute — Tangerine
Patchouli Substitute — Vetiver
Rose Substitute — Rosewood
Rose Substitute — Geranium
Rosewood Substitute Equal Parts — Geranium, Cedarwood
Sandalwood Substitute Equal Parts — Benzoin, Cedarwood
Spearmint Substitute — Peppermint
Tangerine Substitute — Orange
Tea Tree Substitute Equal Parts — Lavender, Camphor (White)
The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy
by Valerie Ann Worwood.
The Baneful Herbs
All these herbs are considered very poisonous. It is advised that you avoid contact with them at all costs.
High john the conqueror
Nightshade,aka belladonna, monkshood