||Seven years old
This is my beautiful Nikkita, one of the sweetest natured kitties you could ever get, I rescued her and her mother Ellie-Mae coming up seven years ago this year, from their owner who neglected them both and let them continually have kittens, sadly I lost Ellie just a few weeks ago to cancer, but I am so fortunate to have her baby, my sweet girl Nikkita.
Nikkita loves to snuggle under any blanket she can find, I often go to make the beds and get quite a surprise because Nikkita will have snuggled under the duvet, and you cannot even notice her there, and a favorite is hopping in to boxes. She also loves being brushed, you just have to say “come on and get a brushing” and she will run over to the cupboard where I keep her brush.
We often nick name her Squeakitta, as she has more of a squeak than a miaow. She has a ton of purssonality, and on her terms can be quite cuddly. She loves to play, and loves belly rubs. She has become a bit of a Daddy’s girl, which is so sweet as he simply adores her back.
We all reside in a little piece of paradise called Aotearoa, more commonly know as New Zealand. Nikki is of no particular breed, we down under refer to her as a moggie, and age is unknown, but at least seven years of age. She had a health scare recently, but is fine now. We think it was part of her mourning her mom, Ellie, and are glad she is still with us!
||Three years old
||Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA
Hello! This is my adorable furkid, Francesca, a.k.a. Franny! She’s also known as Wiggle Buns, Fat Head, Peanut Head, Francini, and Fran Fran. I fell in love with Franny the second I saw her profile on Green Acres Boxer Rescue’s website. I checked their website daily, some times multiples times a day, for almost five months until I could no longer resist and I sent in an adoption application. I still can’t believe she was there that long! She was very underweight and had a litter of puppies when she was surrendered. She is now very muscular but petite; I think she is the perfect size! She’s now approximately three years old. Franny has been a member of our family since April 10, 2011 and every day since then ahs been comical – she provides a lot of laughs. Every day when I come home from work she is so excited to see me that she does her bean dancing (it’s a boxer thing …) spastically for five minutes as if I was gone for weeks on end. I love it!
The best thing about Franny is her long tail. She loves to spin it really fast stick straight in a perfect circle – I always shout “watch out! preparing for take off!”, because it looks a lot like a helicopter blade. I never want to own a boxer with a nub tail now; there is a lot of personality that shines through her whip of a tail. Franny is the best snuggle buddy ever! Some of her favorite things to do are chase (and eat) flies that are in the house, watch the squirrels and deer that come in our yard, run around super fast with her butt really low to the ground (I call those Nascar laps), play with her squeaky rubber chicken, chase laser pointers, and go for car rides.
Thank you Franny for being such a wonderful k9 companion. Momma (and Daddy!) loves you so much!
29: Dangerous Depths
General Meaning: Exposure to passing dangers brings good fortune to those who move beyond them. Like boaters passing through white-water rapids, when you are faced with serious challenges, you must remain alert, take all available precautions, and above all, keep going forward so as to remove yourself from harm’s way. Once the danger has passed, good fortune.
The positive aspect of challenges is that they offer an excellent chance to cleanse the senses and strengthen the spirit. Surviving crises brings tremendous reinvigoration, and sharpens the eye and mind for future challenges.
It is reckless to court danger, but critical to inner development not to shrink from it either. Those who respond to challenges most effectively are those who are able to establish an inner bubble of calm in the midst of the action. A calm center keeps one rooted in the moment, alert and focused. Courage at such times springs from focused attention, from a willingness to penetrate the moment of danger to its very core, so as to shape it and transform the situation.
You should be accustomed to the repetitive waves of energy that periodically surge through your life these days. But the Moon’s current visit to your sign is another reminder of the big changes ahead. You are quite excitable today and are easily overwhelmed by your emotions. Opening your heart to a friend will probably make you feel uncomfortable at first, but it could ultimately deepen your relationship.
Social commitments have piled up enough to make you realize that you don’t have much time to spare. You may need to clarify your boundaries by saying no if you’ve spread yourself too thin. But it isn’t that you want to be unsociable; it’s simply that you have too much on your plate. Avoiding unproductive distractions makes sense now, even if you are feeling restless; concentrate on your job and you’ll be through this crunch sooner than you expect.
You want others to believe that you’re eagerly embracing the future. You may pretend that all is well today, but you’re afraid of being judged if you hold on to the past. Although you’re usually pretty good at steering clear of unnecessary emotional drama, your impulsive actions could inadvertently stir up an uncomfortable level of intensity now. Being honest about your fears is the first step to healing your insecurities.
You were recently swimming in the waters of your own emotions, but now it seems as if you’re being pulled onto dry land. Instead of just experiencing your feelings, it’s time to act on them. Unfortunately, your actions could be constrained by memories of a past rejection that arises when you swing into motion. Take time to honor your past before pushing through the resistance. No matter what happens, you will feel positive about taking a chance and revealing what you want.
You feel a surge of confidence as the Moon visits your extroverted 9th House of Big Ideas. The fiery Aries Moon provides you with enough momentum to make new plans for the future, even if you haven’t yet processed what’s happening in the present moment. Fortunately, you don’t have to figure out everything all at once; release your current concerns gradually while time works its own magic.
You may be frustrated with your lack of productivity today because you’re itching for new experiences, even if you’re constrained by promises you made in a relationship. Nevertheless, something happens that reawakens your desires and concentrates your attention on the excitement of living. However, you cannot just let go of your commitments. Be wise and observe your dilemma without taking action; it’s best to make changes on another day rather than turning your life upside down now.
The Moon’s current visit to your 7th House of Relationships is a reminder of how difficult it is to be completely yourself when someone else is part of your life. Unfortunately, it’s challenging to define the line between love and codependency, especially because making other people happy comes so naturally to you. Although fulfilling your own needs might create stress, it also makes you a better partner in the long run.
You are walking close to an emotional edge today, but it’s best to keep your feelings to yourself. Your patience has run out and you are almost ready to do something that you’ll probably regret. It’s your choice; you don’t have to do it. There may be too much at stake to take an unnecessary risk now, so try working off your anxiety through exercise or hard work. You’ll feel much better if you channel your nervous tension into something positive.
You’re feeling lucky today which could tempt you to take an unnecessary risk. Maintaining a positive attitude is usually a wise decision, but it might be too much of a good thing now. A gamble won’t automatically lead to loss, but choosing a proven path improves your chances for success even more. Don’t be greedy and reach too far; set a realistic goal and then apply yourself diligently to reach it.
Although you can see into the distance now and have an ambitious plan to reach your goals, your foundation may be weak if you don’t trust your perceptions. You might be so self-critical that you think you won’t be able to sustain your productivity as you move into unfamiliar territory. You could exhaust yourself before you reach your destination if you are pushing too hard. Paradoxically, slowing down today can actually help you achieve success quicker than you think.
You may be running around in circles today, distracted by every little thing that comes along. However, instant karma gets you each time you wander and immediately puts you back on track. You don’t have a lot of time to waste if you want to complete the tasks that are on your plate. Thankfully, you could surprise yourself by how much you accomplish if you have clear intentions and stay focused on your goals.
This is a critical phase, for you recently embarked on an exciting new path. But you could run into problems today as someone blocks your way. You might even wonder if you’re heading in the right direction. However, there’s no reason to get discouraged; the current obstacles are meant to help you get serious about your work rather than stopping your progress. Don’t quit now; your follow-through is required to bring your project into the future.
“Surely as cometh the Winter, I know
There are Spring violets under the snow.”
– R. H. Newell
Life in the fast lane of Aries Moon after a recent New Moon can be a race against time to accomplish everything on your to-do list. Early on, surprises and unsettled conditions are the norm rather than the exception while the Moon unites with shock-master Uranus (12:27AM PST). Shortly thereafter, there is a mammoth rise in healing energies circulating around – courtesy of the annual Sun-Chiron union in Pisces (1:07AM PST). Learn more about advances on the cutting edge of alternative medicine. Look into the mysteries concerning ancient ruins, pyramid power, ley lines, crop circles, missing time, UFOs and ETs. This search into the unknown is magnified as Mercury parallels Chiron (5:33AM PST). Some flak may appear on the psychic radar screen regarding problem-solving as Venus forms a frictional, 45-degree connection with Pallas (11:17AM PST). Love is in the air as the Moon parallels Venus (3:49PM PST). Don’t be surprised if erotic impulses pop up unexpectedly. Meanwhile, be more productive with arts, crafts and your favorite hobbies as the Moon unites with Ceres (7:36PM PST). This conjunction doubles as an activator concerning diet and nutrition, as well as nurturing children and pets in your family circle. Enjoy competitive games like pool, darts and bowling as the Moon parallels Mars (9:24PM PST). Get set for a wild cosmic ride on Saturday as a mixture of challenging and opportunistic alignments weave their compelling influences throughout the day.
Calendar of the Moon
Ash Tree Month
Color: Pale Blue
Elements: Water and air
Altar: On a cloth of pale blue set a great bowl of salt water in which are set many shells and stones, a shell full of salt, incense, and the figures of sea-birds and fishes.
Offerings: Wash something clean, or air it out.
Daily Meal: Either fish or seafood, or poultry.
Call: Now is the time of wind and water.
Response: Now is the time of sea and sky.
Call: Now is the time of the Gods of weather.
Response: Now is the time of the great waves.
Call: Now is the time of terrible flooding.
Response: Now is the time of needed rain.
Call: Now is the time of battering gales.
Response: Now is the time of winds of change.
Call: Now is the time of fear of change.
Response: Now, and always, change will win.
Call: The wild winds disturb our dreams.
Response: The wild winds awake our minds.
Call: The heavy rains flood our hearts.
Response: The heavy rains water our future.
Call: The sea will sweep us away.
Response: The sea will bear us up.
Call: The sea is cold and unending.
Response: The sea is the source of life.
Call: We are ships on the lost expanse of the ocean.
Response: We are winds that call to one another.
Call: We will brave the wind and water.
Response: We will bring together mind and heart.
Call: We will come home safely after wandering.
Response: We will anchor safely after our journeys.
Call: We will come through wind and water!
Response: We will come through wind and water!
(Repeat last two lines twice more.)
We will come through wind and water
We will come through sea and sky
Calendar of the Sun
Regifugium – Day of the Abdication of the Sacred King
Colors: Gold and black
Altar: On a black cloth set a crown of gold in a bowl of ashes, three lit black candles, and two lengths of cloth – one golden silk sewn with trim and jewels, and one plain rough handwoven cloth in the colors of the Earth.
Offerings: Prostrating oneself on the ground before the altar. Giving up something in which one has great pride that is no longer useful to anyone.
Daily Meal: Food that is plain, unseasoned, simple, and coarse.
Hail to the King in his glory!
Yet turn away your eyes
For he has grown weary of his throne
And he finds that power
No longer brings him joy.
On this day in cold Solmonath
Before the coming of the Spring
He finds that pride has fallen
And that he longs for a morning
That breaks on a simpler life.
Hail to the King as he descends
From the high places
Where he has grown accustomed
To ruling and serving.
He will now serve a greater purpose
Within a smaller boundary.
May the Gods smile on those
Whose soul tells them
When they must step down.
Hail to him who is no longer King
And blessed be the rest of his days.
The King hath died to the world of the Crown
Let the trumpets sound – away he rides
Yet life goes on – Regifugium.
(All prostrate themselves, are sprinkled with the ashes, and contemplate what they must give up.)