Daily Horoscopes for 3/16

 

General Daily Horoscope

 

Today’s expressive Leo Moon enables us to share our feelings, yet we can’t see the real obstacles ahead. The Moon’s harmonious trines to exaggerating Jupiter and loquacious Mercury tempt us to bet on a longshot and promise more than we can possibly deliver. However, it becomes more difficult to give others what they want when the self-reflective Leo Moon opposes social Venus, pitting our personal desires against the needs of the larger community.

 

Aries Horoscope
Aries Horoscope (Mar 21 – Apr 19)

Someone who knows you very well may be pushing your emotional buttons today. Of course, your wisest move is to look the other way so you can sidestep any interaction that could erupt into an unpleasant encounter, but you probably won’t be able to hide your annoyance. Luckily, you should be able to turn this difficult situation around by transforming your anger into compassion. A little love and understanding will go a long way now toward making everyone happy.

 

 

Taurus Horoscope
Taurus Horoscope (Apr 20 – May 20)

You may get a feeling, as if it’s time to set the record straight. You are even ready for a confrontation, if necessary, but everyone seems to mellow as the day draws on. Be willing to set aside logic and simply ride the emotional waves that originate from within your subconscious mind. Although the relentless Leo Moon’s ambition can be scary, sharing an intimate experience can help you overcome your fears.

 

 

Gemini Horoscope
Gemini Horoscope (May 21 – Jun 20)

Being sure of what you want is one thing, but becoming overly attached to any particular outcome is likely to bring unhappiness. You have a special opportunity now to push past an associate’s judgment that’s been bringing you down. More importantly, you have the ability to use the power of positive thinking to turn a potentially obsessive approach into one that’s certainly more manageable.

 

 

Cancer Horoscope
Cancer Horoscope (June 21 – Jul 22)

The Leo Moon increases your ability to remain steadfast today, motivating you to be very loyal in love. Nevertheless, your current resistance to change may grow into an obstacle to intimacy. It’s risky to reveal your feelings, so you might just let the present moment pass without saying anything at all. Now, however, you have a chance to change an old pattern. Start tentatively, but stay focused on what is in your heart. Ultimately, your willingness to share your vulnerability can deepen your connection with someone you love.

 

 

Leo Horoscope
Leo Horoscope (Jul 23 – Aug 22)

You are able to feel the magic today, but a dynamic change in a relationship won’t likely happen until you’re willing to listen to your partner and receive the very same love you so easily give. Keep in mind that everything cannot always be fun. You’re intelligent enough to understand that opening your heart to love also means opening it to heartache. Fortunately, a highly charged emotional interaction can morph into a more comfortable one later on.

 

 

Virgo Horoscope
Virgo Horoscope (Aug 23 – Sep 22)

Today runs more smoothly if you remember to let the tension build until it reaches a critical mass on its own. However, you may try to shake things up to catalyze an unstable situation. But don’t push your luck by demanding that everyone stops and pays attention to you. Paradoxically, intentional avoidance of a tough issue can be just as dangerous as attempting to express it. Allow feelings to surface naturally without judging any of them as right or wrong.

 

 

Libra Horoscope
Libra Horoscope (Sep 23 – Oct 22)

You may be worn out from following the dramas of your friends and associates, yet somehow their stories have also become yours. It isn’t a simple task to separate yourself from all the interpersonal relationships that require your time and attention. Although your stress may not be easily resolved, there’s movement that brings you closer to an answer today. Don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Leaning on a trusted friend can help just enough to move things off of dead center.

 

 

Scorpio Horoscope
Scorpio Horoscope (Oct 23 – Nov 21)

You cannot escape from your powerful feelings today, even if it’s not easy integrating them into your day. Although it’s healthy to share what you want with someone you trust, it’s unfair to make him or her responsible to deliver your satisfaction. Staying somewhat detached from the outcome creates enough sacred space for an original solution to magically unfold.

 

 

Sagittarius Horoscope
Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov 22 – Dec 21)

You might assume that you can get your needs met without having to consider the consequences of your actions. However, you may be temporarily stuck in a tidal pool now, where everything you do has immediate ramifications. Thankfully, you can make informed choices that lead you to a fair compromise. However, you should be prepared to work harder than ever if you want to do the right thing.

 

 

Capricorn Horoscope
Capricorn Horoscope (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

You might attempt to resist the pressure to explore your feelings today, for this seems like a lot of work without much benefit in return. Unfortunately, your desire to hold on to the status quo could cost you dearly because of a lost opportunity. However, the real reward won’t likely be money or recognition. The good news is that you have a chance to experience spiritual growth, which can bring a kind of happiness that money cannot buy.

 

Aquarius Horoscope
Aquarius Horoscope (Jan 20 – Feb 18)

Having a simple discussion with a friend or partner today can unleash unexpected torrents of emotional content. Although this conversation may be constructive, it’s easy to slip into disagreement over your divergent needs. Extra attention, combined with awareness, helps you understand that you can have strong opposing perspectives while still supporting each other’s dreams. This mutual appreciation can reveal a treasure that will deepen your relationship.

 

 

Pisces Horoscope
Pisces Horoscope (Feb 19 – Mar 20)

Although it’s hard to understand the forces that brought you to this very moment, you’re very clear about what you want next. Unfortunately, circumstances may not be very forgiving now, offering you less leeway to respond to a tricky situation at work. Thankfully, you can make things easier on yourself by acknowledging your willingness to wait for satisfaction. Your patience is the key to ultimately getting what you want.

Prayer for Japan

Prayer for Japan as They Continue toRescue, Recovery and Rebuilding

O gracious Goddess, we will never understand

the sorrows of the world, but by your grace we

will not turn away from them. Renew and sustain

in us the spirit of love that crosses miles. Cheer and

 encourage those who labor to help the injured, the

homeless, the hungry and those in despair. Bless and

soften the hearts of those who would take advantage of

tragedy for their own profit, that they may come to know

 where true joy is to be found. Unite us in prayer with all

those who look for help, and use us to come speedily to

them with the things that they need. We ask these things

 in your name, Oh dear Goddess, we ask these things.

So Mote It Be.

Shower of Gold

This incense is to be used in rituals pertaining to matters of money and prosperity.

1 oz.  bayberry herb

1 oz. powdered sandalwood

1 oz. powdered frankincense

1/4 oz.  powdered myrrh

1/4 tsp.  saltwater

1 dram cinnamon oil

2 drams tincture of benzoin

Aura Of Enchantment Incense

This is a formula which you can use for daily meditation and prayer.

1/4 ox. bayberry herb

1/2 oz.  powdered sandalwood

1 oz.  frankincense

1/4 oz. anise seed

1/4 oz. powdered myrrh

1/4 tsp. saltpeter

1 dram gardenia oil

2 drams tincture of benzoin

Enticing Love Incense

Try this incense in your rituals designed to attract and hold love. Can also be burned periodically to keep an aura of love about the home.

1 oz. rose petals

1/4 oz.  sweet bugle (calamus root)

1/2 oz.  cinnamon

1/4 oz.  anise seed

a/4 oz. frankincense

1 oz. powdered sandalwood

1/4 tsp. saltpeter

2 drams tincture of benzoin

1 dram Seduction Oil

Tincture of Benzoin

In many of the recipes that follow, you will use tincture of benzoin. You can make your own as follows:

Power two ounces of benzoin gum and add 4 oz. of water and 12 oz. of alcohol. Keep this mixture tightly capped and bottled for two weeks and shake daily. If you prefer, a teaspoon of glycerin may be added. After two weeks strain and bottle the liquid for use.

Conversion Table

You will be converted liquid in some of the recipes on this blog. Here is a handy conversion table for that.

1/8 fl. oz. = 1 dram = 1/2 tsp. plus 1/8 tsp.

1/4 fl. oz.  = 2 drams =1/2 tbsp.

1/2 fl. oz. = 4 drams = 1 tbsp.

e/4 fl. ox. = 6 drams = tbsp plus 1/2 tbsp.

1 fl. oz. = 8 drams = 2 tbsp.

Incense

Many ancient writing clearly indicate that the use of incense has been used in connection with religious and magickal practices throughout the world. The ancients believed that certain  scents had the quality too attract good spirits and to dispel the evil ones. Incense was burned not only to purify a place dedicated to God, but also to neutralize the offensive odor from burnt offerings.

There is an old belief that prayers were carried upward to the Gods with the rising incense smoke. This same belief was held by many American Indian tribes in connection with their sacred peace pipe. The Indian peace pipe was a method of burning incense during ceremonies because they often mixed herbs with a little tobacco.

Aside from this incense helps to create an atmosphere that is more conducive to proper meditation and debout prayers.

Charging the Mojo

Once the bag is complete:

  1. Light a match and plunge it into the bag, extinguishing it (Do not set your bag your bag or its contents on fire. Be very careful if the bag contains dried herbals or volatile essential oils)
  2. Spit in the bag and pull the string tight.

Charm Bags

A magick spell inside a bag. There are a wide variety of names for this most popular spell style. In addition to charm bag, there’s conjure bags, medicine bag, medicine hand, mojo bag, mojo hand, just plain old mojo, gris-gris bag, ouanga bag, dilly bag, amulet bag, magick bag, and for the scholarly, phylacteries. And those are just the English names! These are single-handedly the most popular method of carrying magickally charged items around the world.

The charm bag is a bag filled with one or more power items. Some can be seen as a miniature spell or an altar in a bag. Others are worki-in-progress: an ever-evolving collection of power objects.

Medicine bags can be extremely simple. A Moroccan spell recommends that an amulet bag be filled with Earth taken from a three-way crossroads and worn around the neck, to ward off the Evil Eye and on/or find and maintain true love.

Medicine bags can also be complex. The Brazilian charm bag, the patua, is made from leather or cloth might contain a danda root shaped into a figa, the fig hand , and place between leaves of rue and mucura. Garlic and cloves may be added, then prayers written  out with special ink and sewn into the bag.

Some traditions carry a multitude of items in one bag. In Native North American tradition, a medicine bag is initiated via an activating agent, for instance a pinch of tobacco, pollen, corn kernels, sweetgrass, white sage or a little bit of Earth, tied into a piece of red flannel. Other traditions insist on one item per bag; magick is forbidden in orthodox Muslim tradition, the exception being the use of Koranic verses as amulets. A separate pouch is needed for each amulet. African nomads may be covered in heather and metal talisman cases.

The variety of this type of magick is endless. The container itself becomes part of the spell. Materials are carefully chosen. Fine Arabic and tibetan amulet bags are finely crafted from metal and sometimes bejeweled. Other bags may be as simple as a knotted handkerchief. The drawstring bag is most familiar. Hoodoo recommends red flannel while Romany tradition suggests red silk.

Although the words are now used somewhat synonymously, technically a “hand” is a chosen bag, rather than an open one. There’s a fine line between a sachet and a hand, largely drawn by the fabric it’s crafted from (sachets are muslin, hands flannel) and the items they contain (a sachet contains only herbal material, a hand may contain a variety of materials, including the herbs).

Although modern hoodoo and conjure magick almost invariably used red flannel drawstring bags, early African-American mojo hands, immediately post-slavery and continuing on wards, were sewn red squares With the material sewn inside, they resemble an isolated single square. The traditional British mojo hand is very similar; two pieces of red flannel, dut into a heart shape, stuffed, sewn together and the outward decorated.

Bags possess the advantage of accessibility however there are other methods of carrying charms. The bag may be sewn into clothes or individual items sewn into clothing. Romany style, for privacy and  for added contact with body. Igor Stravinsky wore his sacred medals pinned to his underwear.