August, the Eighth Month of the year of our Goddess, 2014

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 “Fairest of the months!
Ripe summer’s queen
The hey-day of the year
With robes that gleam with sunny sheen
Sweet August doth appear.”


–  R. Combe Miller  

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August, the Eighth Month of the year of our Goddess, 2014

August is the eighth month of the year and name for Augustus Caesar. Its astrological sign is Leo the Lion (July 22 – August 23) a fixed fire sign ruled by the Sun. In August, we are surrounded by the power and glory of the Goddess. The fields of August bring forth bounty. In nature, yellow and gold dominate with corn, sunflowers, black-eyed Susan’s, and goldenrod brightening the landscape. The month begins with Lammas, or Lughnasadh, the first of the harvest sabbats. Brains are honored now, and breads are always found on the Lammas table. Nowadays, attending a country fair is a pleasant way to observe the harvest seasons. Produce, canned foods, and baked goods are proudly displayed along with prize ribbons. In August you can occasionally feel the breath of Autumn. There’s a coolness in the breeze, and a change in the angle of the sunlight, which reminds us summer is not endless. At twilight, the katydid begins scratching its late summer son. The ancient Romans held Diana’s feast day on August 13. It was a time of feasting and enjoying the farmer’s bounty. Many Native Americans celebrated the corn harvest in August. This fstival eventually gave August’s Full Moon its name, the Corn Moon Magick for the Corn Moon may focus on health, fertility or abundance.

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Correspondences For August

NATURE SPIRITS: dryads

HERBS: chamomile, St Johns wort, bay, angelica, fennel, rue, orange

COLORS: Gold and Yellow

FLOWERS: Sunflower, marigold

SCENTS: Frankincense, heliotrope

STONES: Cat’s eye, carnelian, jasper, fire agate

TREES: Hazel, alder, cedar

ANIMALS: lion, phoenix, sphinx and the dragon

BIRDS: crane, falcon, eagle

DEITIES: Ganesha, Thoth, Hathor, Diana, Hectate, Nemesis

POWER/ADVICE: Energies should be put into harvesting, gathering vitality and health, also friendships.

Magickal Themes for August

Reflecting, sacrificing, planning, celebrating

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Symbols for the Month of August

 August’s  Zodiac Symbols

Leo the Lion (Until 22)

Virgo the Virgin (From August 23 onwards)

August’s Birthstones

Peridot

Sardonyx

August’s Flowers

Gladiolus

Poppy (meaning beauty, strength of character, love, marriage and family).

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Monthly Observations for August

  • The first full weekend in August each year, Twinsburgh, Ohio, celebrates Twins Day

  • Bon Festival– (Obon Festival) is a Japanese traditional Buddhist custom, evolved into a family reunion holiday. Many Japanese manufacturers and firms give their employees three to five days off around the 15 of August.

  • Indian Independence day on August 15

  • The Glorious Twelfth, the start of the shooting season for Red Grouse in the United Kingdom August 12th

  • International Lefthanders Day August 13th

  • Pakistan’s Independence day on August 14th

  • Vietnam Veterans’ Day (Australia) marking the Battle of Long Tan (18 August 1966)

  • World Humanitarian Day is a day dedicated to recognize humanitarian personnel and those who have lost their lives working for humanitarian causes on August 19th

  • Black Ribbon Day, commemorating the peaceful political demonstration in 1989 when two million people joined hands across the Baltic states of Estonian SSR, Latvian SSR, and Lithuanian SSR August 23rd

  • The International Day against Nuclear Tests August 29th

  • The International Day of the Disappeared, drawing attention to the fate of individuals imprisoned at places and under poor conditions unknown to their relatives and/or legal representatives August 30th

  • Kilkenny Arts Week in Kilkenny, Ireland.

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 Earth Magick

I always have a magickal feature tied in with whatever Sabbat we are having or even what season it maybe. This time I chose Earth Magick. To me, Earth Magick and Lammas go hand in hand with each other. When you stop to think about it, our Mother Earth is indeed an amazing being. We have abused Her, soiled Her, stripped Her of all Her natural resources and yet, she still provides for us.

We start in early March planting our seeds for Harvest. We put those seeds in the ground. Mother Earth takes those seeds and protects them, She guards them and watch over them. After a few months, those seeds have turned into plants. Plants that Gaia has watched over and ensured our continuous survival. Without these plants our dear Earthly Mother has nurtured, grown and cared for, we would not exist. But even though, Gaia provides for us, gives us food and resources that are absolutely essential for our survival, we still abuse Her.

We are just now coming to the realization without our blessed Gaia, we could not exist. We would not exist. We are trying to rectify the damage that we have done to our Mother Earth but is it too late? There is an old saying around here, “you never know what you had till it is gone.” Let us hope and pray that it is not to late to save our beloved Mother Earth.

As Witches, I do not have to tell you our part that we play in this role. We all know it too well. It is one of our Laws, “to protect and preserve our Planet in and all ways possible. To aid and assistance mankind in anyway possible.” I did paraphrase the Law but we all know it by heart. The Goddess gave us our powers for many reasons. I believe strongly that one reason was for us to prevent the destruction of this beautiful world she has given us. It is time to stop the destruction of Mother Earth and try, if we can, to heal the wrongs that have been done to Her. I only hope and pray we are not too late.

Now on to the magick I promised….the following articles are taken from one of my favorite Pagan author’s Scott Cunningham and his book, “Earth Power, Techniques of Natural Magick. I love Scott Cunningham because he tells it like it is. Some don’t like him because of that fact but I do. He gives no hype, he tells our rich history and magickal practices the way they should be told, honestly.

I hope you enjoy the section on Earth Power by Scott Cunningham.

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Earth Magick

By

Scott Cunningham

 

Earth is our only home. It is that from which mythologically we sprang, and in its moist soil we bury our deceased. From its surface we pull verdant vegetables and healing plants. Animals graze atop it, and within it lie riches of gold and silver, precious stones and oil. Until recently, no living thing— save birds—left its surface for more than a few moments.

The ancient goddesses of the earth have survived to this day in the guise of Mother Nature, a deity being reclaimed by nature-conscious souls in the dawning of the twenty -first century. The earth was once worshipped for its own sake, and today it is newly revered as our home and our sustenance; without it we would perish.

Ecological movements have sprung up to fill the need of protecting our planet. Spaceship Earth, as it came to be called once we had succeeded in leaving its atmosphere and gazed at its bluish mass from space, is Gaia: our Mother, our home, our all. It always has been.

As such, it has entered into religious and magical thought and practice for thousands of years . Some of the spells and techniques presented in this chapter are as ageless as the thrust of a mountain. In these earthy spells lie the roots of all magic, for if all forms of magic are not of this element, they are certainly performed upon the earth.

Think of a freshly dug handful of earth. Smell the richness of the fertile soil. See the striking color, from whitest clay to volcanic red to blackest black. This is the fertilizing nature, the storehouse of vitamins and minerals essential to life. This is also an excellent arena in which (or with which) to practice magic. Here is some of that magic.

 

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Healing with the earth works through the process of transference. The wound or disease is transferred magically to another substance, usually an organic one, which is then buried. As it rots, it releases the wound or disease.

To remove a disease or heal a wound, rub the afflicted part with an apple or potato . Then, as quickly as possible, dig a hole in the ground , put it in, and cover it over with earth. It is done.

One note here might be wise. Healing magic should always be used in addition to conventional medicine and never as a replacement. Doctors are the only people qualified to help your body heal itself.

By all means perform healing magic for yourself or friends, but not in place of qualified medical attention. The medicine of today was the magic of yesterday.

 

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THE EARTH BED

If you are sick, find a spot where the earth is bare, uncovered by concrete, plants, and leaves— pure fresh soil.

Sit or lie down on the earth. Mentally see your wound or disease sinking into the earth. Feel the pain and anguish, the physical and emotional effects of the problem running down into the ground beneath you.

Sense the rhythm of the earth —feel the steady beat of nature pounding away. It should pulsate in tune with your heart, pounding until you feel your whole body undulating with energy.

Then feel it coming— cool, deep, soft energy rising from the ground up into you.

Rise, dust yourself off, and check to see if you feel different.

If you are bedridden or otherwise cannot do this, have a dish or pot of fresh soil in your sickroom. Earth gives off healing vibrations and its presence will aid your recovery.

A simple method would be to place a potted plant in your sickroom. Not only will the plant lend its own healing energies (ivy is great and will cause no strange looks) but the soil in which it is placed will aid you as well.

 

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TO LOSE YOUR TROUBLES

Take a handful of earth and gaze into it; pour into it all your problems . Outline, in minute detail, all of those problems plaguing you.

When you are finished, throw the dirt behind you and walk away from it, not turning back.

 

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AN EARTH CHARM

Tie up in a small green square of cloth some fresh, rich soil.

Firmly tie this so no earth can escape.

Carry this with you if you have troubles with stability, security, and self-control. If you are apt to let your emotions rule your life or if you are constantly angry or nervous, this amulet of earth will help.

 

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EARTH SCRYING

Fill a small flat vessel at least seven inches in diameter with earth. Sit relaxed and gaze not only at, but into the soil. You will eventually begin to notice symbols staring up from the earth.

 

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AN EARTH PROTECTION BOTTLE

Into a long, small bottle pour fresh, clean soil. Fill it to the top and cap it. Place this bottle near the entrance , preferably in a window, to guard against evil entering into your home.

In past ages earth was thought to confound evil spirits and demons, who had to count every grain of earth in the bottle before entering the dwelling.

Today, evil spirits are seen as negativity that floats around the earth in large quantities. This negativity can enter your home. This earth protection bottle can, therefore, be useful in blocking negativity from entering your house.

 

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TO PROTECT CHILDREN

To protect them while you are away, throw a handful of earth or sand after them as they leave, without their knowledge. This will ensure their safety.

 

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A LONG-TERM EARTH SPELL

This spell is ideal if you are a good gardener, and if you have a need that you don’t mind waiting several months before it manifests.

Take a seed from a plant that is symbolically related to your need. Over a pot of soil or a special plot of land, hold the seed in your power hand and visualize your need strongly.

Speak to the seed. Tell it why you need its help to make your need come to fruition.

Then plant the seed, giving it loving encouragement and water.

Tend to the seedling when it appears and be sure that the plant doesn’t die due to your own neglect or carelessness . If this happens, your need won’t manifest. At least not until you do another spell.

If the plant grows up healthy and happy, expect your need to arrive. Once it has, take very good care of your magical plant, for it not only represents your need, but it also is now a growing, living thing, which you brought to life in order to fulfill your need.

You are responsible for the plant. Take care of it and it will sing to you alone all the secrets of earth magic.

 

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“Whether we chose to agree or disagree on our chosen Paths, we must always remember we have one common goal, that is to protect and preserve the greatest gift our Divine Mother has given us, our home, our Mother Earth.”

 
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I Hate to Rain On Your Parade But It is Important

I hope everyone is having a super Labor Day. I am going to do some work around the house today. I hate to be the one to rain on your parade, but it is necessary. Everyone knows we are in a financial crises right now. The ISP provider did extend our bill till tomorrow. We now almost have two more to raise the money needed to pay the bill. I guarantee you if we make it through this month, I will never ask you for another dime.

 

As I stated earlier no amount is too small. All donations are welcome and will be put to go use. You got up this morning and there wasn’t any daily posts, no Witches’ Almanac, no correspondences, no Let’s talk Witch. Stop and think would you miss them permanently? You miss the other information we supply daily? Heck would you miss us? I know I would miss all of you. I love doing what I do every day. But right now circumstances are out of my control.

 

If you wish for us to continue our work and our daily posts, we ask you to please make a donation. Time is running out very quickly. I appreciate every penny, nickel and dime we get. It all adds up eventually. Please give what you can. We need you now more than ever.

 

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A Very Happy & Blessed Labor Day To the WOTC!

 

 

I Hear America Singing

I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear,
Those of mechanics, each one singing his as it should be blithe and strong,
The carpenter singing his as he measures his plank or beam,
The mason singing his as he makes ready for work, or leaves off work,
The boatman singing what belongs to him in his boat, the deckhand singing on the steamboat deck,
The shoemaker singing as he sits on his bench, the hatter singing as he stands,
The woodcutter’s song, the ploughboy’s on his way in the morning, or at noon intermission or at sundown,
The delicious singing of the mother, or of the young wife at work, or of the girl sewing or washing,
Each singing what belongs to him or her and to none else,
The day what belongs to the day-at night the party of young fellows, robust, friendly,
Singing with open mouths their strong melodious songs.

Publisher :- Walt Whitman

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Today’s I Ching Hexagram for Aug. 31st is 64: Nearing Completion

64: Nearing Completion


August 31st, 2014
hexagram09‘The situation is incomplete, but the chaos of the past is slowly giving way to order, and the goal is in sight. Nevertheless, you are still treading on thin ice — the way ahead is unobstructed, the goal is clear, but a cautious and careful attitude is essential, lest you slip and fall.

Nearing Completion is the last hexagram of the I Ching. It suggests that the ever-spinning wheel of life never reaches an absolute conclusion. Just as a hidden sadness resides in the heart of true euphoria, just as the seeds of great achievement often sprout first in a cauldron of adversity, so too no end is ever really complete without a new beginning stirring inside it. Though we divide life into categories in order to understand and master it, experience itself is seamless. With this reading, the 64-spoked, timeless wheel of change is ready to spin onward, ever evolving, ever staying the same.

A situation that is represented by this reading can be compared to that of taking a lengthy trek over a high mountain. At some point before reaching the peak, you can see in detail exactly how much farther you must travel. You will have a good idea what it will take to reach the top, because of the climbing experience you’ve accumulated thus far. However, when you do reach the peak, which has been in sight for quite a long period of sustained effort, you will have done only that. You will have reached the top — achieving your initial goal — but you must still descend the other side. This last critical segment is what remains before completion.

You may have little information and no experience of what it’s like descending the other side of the mountain. All your attention may have been focused on the route up. The coming cycle may seem very strange to you, unlike anything that you have experienced before. The backside of the mountain is where all of the true mysteries reside. Proceed carefully, cautiously and alertly — then you will reach your goal.

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Your Rune For Sunday, August 31 is Wunjo

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Wunjo

Wunjo denotes joy and shared bliss. It may also represent a job well done and the satisfaction one feels from completing such a task. Wunjo brings good fortune and harmony.

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Your Tarot Card for August 31st is The High Priestess

The High Priestess


August 31st, 2014
Traditionally called the High Priestess, this major arcana, or trump, card represents human wisdom. She can be viewed as a kind of female Pope, the ancient Egyptian Priestess of Isis, the even older snake and bird Goddesses, the Greek Goddess Persephone, or the Eve of Genesis before the Fall.

For the accused heretics who were burnt at the stake for revering her in the 14th and 15th century, she symbolized the prophecy of the return of the Holy Spirit, which was perceived as the female aspect of the Holy Trinity.

In the sequence of cards in the major arcana, the High Priestess appears as soon as the Fool decides he wants to develop his innate powers, making a move toward becoming a Magus. The High Priestess is his first teacher, representing the Inner Life and the method for contacting it, as well as the contemplative study of Nature and the Holy Mysteries.

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If Today is Your Birthday: August 31

If Today is Your Birthday: August 31

The Year Ahead

Forecast for August 2014 to August 2015

 

You can be extremely persuasive and charming. However, although you do use your charm to your advantage, there is a point when your big heart and strong morals keep you from taking advantage of others. You have a strong presence and magnetism – qualities that help you immensely towards achievement and success. Security is important to you, and you will work hard to make sure your life is as stable as possible. While you can have a lot of things going on at once, you at your best when you stay organized and when you develop routines and schedules. While you are romantically inclined, you may have your fair share of challenges in love. Luckily, you grow and learn from early mistakes. You are intuitively drawn to loyal, stable partners because of a strong need for security in love. You seek balance in your personal relationships, and you are not afraid to work hard to achieve it. The practical aspects of partnership are important to you, as you intuitively know that although love is important, relationships also need to work in the real world in order to thrive. Famous people born today: Dr. Maria Montessori, Richard Gere, Chris Tucker, James Coburn, Sara Ramirez, Van Morrison.

Your Birthday Year Forecast:

The Sun in harmonious aspect to the Moon in your Solar Return chart is a pleasant aspect, suggesting that your domestic and career needs are not in competition with one another this year. Your inner needs tend to be mirrored by external events, and vice versa. You are likely to be on top of your game this year for the most part, and positive connections with others can be made fairly easily. A comfortable level of personal popularity helps keep conflict to a minimum. With the ability to handle your emotions successfully, there will be less stress on both your mind and body. Your self-confidence and positive attitude will reward you!

You can be highly creative and original this year. You are especially dynamic and might often experience bursts of energy. Activities that require fast reflexes or spontaneity can thrive. You are bolder and more courageous. You are naturally competitive, but not in an aggressive or antagonistic manner. In fact, you are easy to smile in this period of life, and you more readily drum up enthusiasm than you do opposition.

Watch for competitiveness or tension in your social life, as your passions are ignited this year, whether your feelings are of love or anger. Your personal magnetism increases, but you can experience some poor timing in your relationships at times this year. However, with Venus sextile the Moon’s North Node in your Solar Return chart, you are very likely to attract loving relationships and/or new warm social contacts into your life. Efforts to smooth over challenges in partnerships are likely to succeed. You can also find it far easier this year to find people who share common interests and concerns, and this can be the source of much pleasure this year.

Your social life is certainly more active this year, but you are also tuned in to working towards practical goals. This is a time when dedication and commitment to goals runs high. You derive special satisfaction from a job well done. This is an excellent time to cultivate patience.

With Mars conjunct Saturn in your Solar Return chart, you are more determined and hard-working than usual. This is an excellent time to get organized and to stick with projects through to the end. When you face obstacles to your goals, which is a likely scenario this year, you are likely to just keep on pushing. Progress may be slow, but it’s steady and solid. What you accomplish now will benefit you for years to come.

However, Neptune is in challenging transit to your Sun beginning in March 2015, and there can be events or circumstances that have you questioning your life path, or that leave you feeling as if you no longer have an anchor. Some confusion about where you are headed in life is quite likely. It can be a time of soul-searching and finding yourself. During this time, you may be unsure where to direct your willpower. You could be undergoing confusion about what you want from life, where you are headed, and how to go about satisfying your ego. There is a reason behind this “identity crisis”–you are learning to let go of ego attachments. Your self-image is being re-worked, and you are becoming more sensitive to a greater, perhaps more spiritual, sense of purpose.

This is a strong year for focus and commitment, although circumstances may be such that you begin to question your current path from mid-year forward. Ups and downs are possible in your social life, but ultimately it’s pleasurable and growth-oriented. You can be especially creative this year, and others tend to be attracted strongly to your more unique traits.

 

Courtesy of Café Astrology

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Get A Jump On Tomorrow, Your Horoscopes for Monday, Sept. 1st

We’re eager to assert ourselves today, but it’s crucial to keep our priorities straight or we might act foolishly. The Moon enters high-spirited Sagittarius at 1:16 pm EDT, empowering us with hope and optimism. Meanwhile, feisty Mars aligns with ingenious Uranus, further firing up our confidence. There is a high potential for unnecessary ego skirmishes now, so the best we can do is to find healthy outlets for our excess energy.

Aries Horoscope

(Mar 21 – Apr 19)

Finding emotional satisfaction may be elusive today if your anger gets the best of you. Whatever you can do to manage your stress should be considered because blaming others will only push them further away. Something as simple as a morning walk or run could be enough to do the trick. Fortunately, the dynamics grow less complicated, making it easier to handle difficult feelings as the day goes on. Once you’re back on track, you might just make the personal breakthrough you have been hoping for all along.

Taurus Horoscope

(Apr 20 – May 20)

You’re moving very carefully today, as if you are walking on eggshells. But it’s difficult to treat others gently if you feel like they are attempting to instigate a fight. There’s no reason to avoid confrontation now, but don’t start something unless you’re sure you want to fully engage in battle. However, it might be more beneficial for you to wage peace in your personal life, not war. Take the high road and see who follows

Gemini Horoscope

(May
21 – Jun 20)

Everyone seems on edge today, yet you can dance your way through emotional minefields with apparent ease. However, your graceful appearance is misleading because it hides your inner angst. Unfortunately, burying your anxiety might just cause it to pop up at inconvenient moments when you least expect it. The best way to soothe your nerves is to talk about your feelings instead of suppressing them. Sharing your story with someone you trust makes all the difference in the world.

Cancer Horoscope

(Jun 21 – Jul 22)

The time has come to bring your secret resentments out into the open. Thankfully, you have a chance to improve the uncomfortable dynamics at work today, but it requires planning and courage to make it happen. You can emerge a superhero if you’re willing to approach an old problem from an entirely new direction. Acknowledging your feelings without trying to blame them on anyone else is a good way to start the conversation. You don’t have to express all your emotions at once; you just need to get the ball rolling.

Leo Horoscope

(Jul 23 – Aug 22)

It seems as if your most noble intentions are being thwarted by someone, but you may not be able to figure out who is behind the resistance. Ironically, you might suddenly realize that the obstacles in your path originate within you. Instead of lashing out at the wrong target, try to understand what you are doing that makes others annoyed with you now. You can’t always change external circumstances, but you can modify your response to a tricky situation today. Assuming responsibility for your role allows both parties to move on.

Virgo Horoscope

(Aug 23 – Sep 22)

Your current apprehension may evolve into a minor temper tantrum today, especially if you are overwhelmed by your unexpressed feelings. You might try connecting with someone on a deeper level, only to find that the other person isn’t as accessible as you thought. Instead of pushing boundaries now, find a suitable channel of expression for your physical energies. Participating in a team sport or some other competitive activity is the perfect antidote to your stress. Exerting yourself is not only good for the body; it’s good for the soul.

Libra Horoscope

(Sep 23 – Oct 22)

Someone’s selfish behavior may trigger a surprisingly strong response from you today. On the other hand, you might choose to emotionally withdraw, yet your intense feelings won’t likely diminish in power. You could even grow more frustrated since a straightforward solution doesn’t seem readily available. Instead of making things worse by losing your cool, take a few deep breaths before saying anything. Once you regain your center, just tell the truth as diplomatically as you can.

Scorpio Horoscope

(Oct 23 – Nov 21)

You might try to hold back the flood of impassioned feelings this morning, but it may take an extraordinary amount of self-restraint. Unfortunately, others can be shocked by your emotional tsunami if you lose control and suddenly release your pent-up anger. Ultimately, you need to speak from your heart. But in the meantime, invoke a bit of Scorpio magic by transmuting dark negativity into illuminating love.

Sagittarius Horoscope

(Nov 22 – Dec 21)

Although you might wake up with high hopes, today could get off to a slow start. Thankfully, your momentum picks up midday once the Moon returns to your fiery sign. Unfortunately, you may be holding onto frustration from earlier in the day when it was painful to express your emotions. Nevertheless, it’s futile to keep your feelings secret, even if you think that others won’t approve of them. You might have to take a chance and speak your truth to find out if it will bring down the walls that are keeping you from experiencing a deeper intimacy. No risk, no reward.

Capricorn Horoscope

(Dec 22 – Jan 19)

If someone pushes you too hard today, they may be surprised how strongly you push back. Unfortunately, your behavior can be disruptive because your patience is worn thin and your certainty is high. Even the most insignificant event could be a catalyst that provokes your fiery response now. But you have more control over your feelings than you realize; don’t react too quickly or you might undo your recent gains. Keep your ultimate goal in sight while exercising a bit of your legendary Capricorn self-restraint.

Aquarius Horoscope

(Jan 20 – Feb 18)

Withholding your feelings is only a temporary strategy at best, but one that can serve you well today. The impact of your current actions may be out of proportion with your intent; whatever you do now seems to affect others in a direct and immediate manner. What you don’t say is just as important as what is shared, so it’s wise to think twice about the consequences of your words before speaking your mind. Practicing discretion is more for your benefit than anyone else’s.

Pisces Horoscope

(Feb 19 – Mar 20)

You may be riding a rising wave of anger today that stems from a clash of values you have endured too long. You are in touch with a wide range of shifting emotions now, some of which could be challenging to manage. Concentrate your awareness on your inner process rather than the outer events. Making time for meditation is healthier than being at the mercy of events you cannot control. Once you have reestablished peace in your kingdom, you can share your feelings in a more positive way.

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Your Daily Horoscopes for Sunday, August 31

We might need to clean up an emotional mess today, even if we initially assumed everything was under control. Instant karma sweeps in hard and fast as the unforgiving Scorpio Moon bumps into strict Saturn, making us pay for our excesses. The Moon hooks up with red-hot Mars this evening, encouraging you to express your feelings — even the negative ones. Meanwhile, a potent Mercury-Pluto alignment brings indecipherable messages from the beyond.

Aries Horoscope

(Mar 21 – Apr 19)

If your plans go awry today, it could remind you of other times in your personal history that have caused you heartache. Old heartaches may return to haunt you and you cannot make them go away by simply sweeping them back under the rug. Yet, you can resolve the present predicament by revisiting the pain of your past. However, it’s important to discern which is which so you’re clear about what you want in your future.

Taurus Horoscope

(Apr 20 – May 20)

You could receive recognition for a job well done today if you successfully rise to meet a challenge. However, your current stress is more than just about about work as love and relationships are also in the mix. Keep in mind that your fantasy life is still in the spotlight, so it may be difficult to separate reality from your dreams. Thankfully, taking your obligations seriously enables you to concentrate on what’s real. Achieving tangible results is more important now than nearly anything else.

Gemini Horoscope

(May 21 – Jun 20)

You are on an intellectual trip now, exploring a variety of creative pursuits. However, you can’t ignore the undefinable ripples that defy analysis as they come floating across your pond today. As hard as you may try, you simply can’t put the essence of your experience into words. Appreciate the present moment for all that it holds; sometimes the things which cannot be said are the most magical of all.

Cancer Horoscope

(Jun 21 – Jul 22)

It’s nearly impossible to hold back a stream of big ideas that flood your consciousness today. You may be tempted by the possibility of something that hasn’t yet demonstrated real potential, but this uncertainty probably won’t stop you from taking chances. Although you might not want to travel to a foreign country or a distant galaxy, visualizing a wild adventure now could bring you a much-needed sense of freedom. Explore the alternatives by indulging in your fantasies. The good news is that you can always pick the most promising scenario and develop a game plan to make your dream come true

Leo Horoscope

(Jul 23 – Aug 22)

You wish you could be objective in your interactions with others, but it’s challenging to play the role of an unbiased observer. Complex emotional issues emerge from the depths of your subconscious now, pressuring you to immediately do something about them. Perhaps you feel like you must rush in to save the day. Act on your intuition, but remember that practicing compassion is more important than being a hero. Trust your heart to know the difference.

Virgo Horoscope

(Aug 23 – Sep 22)

Your energy continues to oscillate like a pendulum today. This could draw you into a conflict that stems from a difference of perspective rather than an incompatibility of goals. It’s likely that both parties want the same result, even if it’s not readily apparent now. Use your analytical powers to establish common ground and work together from there. Taking the high road invites a cooperative approach to finding a healthy resolution.

Libra Horoscope

(Sep 23 – Oct 22)

In spite of your intense emotions today, you’re probably feeling confident about everything that’s going on. However, your optimism may suddenly waver for reasons you don’t completely understand. You would rather remain aloof and prefer not to express your desires in the heat of passion. Remember, you can always retreat if you want some time alone. A little solitude and quiet contemplation could be just what you need to heal.

Scorpio Horoscope

(Oct 23 – Nov 21)

There is a familiar comfort to your spiritual life these days, regardless of the challenges you may be facing in the outer world. You’re often able to close the door to your subconscious when it presents you with difficult material. However, images just trickle into your awareness now in symbolic messages that you can somehow decipher. Keep the channel open; trusting the guidance of your inner voice allows you to find the missing pieces of your future.

Sagittarius Horoscope

(Nov 22 – Dec 21)

Protecting your feelings is top priority today, but this strategy can be confusing if your emotions are in discord with your actions. This lack of clarity isn’t as bad as it sounds as you might grow more philosophical when your head and heart aren’t aligned. Make sure that you work out the general principles now and then address the specific issues later as they arise. Approaching your problems with a healthy sense of humor might just give you the fresh perspective you need.

Capricorn Horoscope

(Dec 22 – Jan 19)

You can’t afford to be lazy today just because you believe that something will work out to your advantage. Being diligent and taking care of your obligations increases your chances for success. Although you may be quite realistic about your long-term goals, you still might feel insecure about your social life. Thankfully, a little communication goes a long way now. Just say what’s on your mind; there’s no reason to hold back, even if you’re afraid of being too serious. Everyone will feel better once you clear the air and speak your piece.

Aquarius Horoscope

(Jan 20 – Feb 18)

Setting aside your regular rational approach for a while might enable you to go places you’ve never been Indulge in a bit of unrestrained fantasizing to explore the different ways you can color your dreams. Just remember, facts take you only so far now. You can visualize whatever you want to do next; just sketch in the basics and let your imagination do the rest.

Pisces Horoscope

(Feb 19 – Mar 20)

Your need for an adrenaline rush is at odds with a deeper desire for emotional security today. Even if you’re quite lucky when it comes to taking risks, your friends and associates will probably advise you to play it safe by maintaining the status quo. They may be right; assuming the role of a responsible adult today allows your spirit to shine brightly in a more compassionate way.

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