The Power of Affirmations

The Power of Affirmations

Reversing Ours Fears and Negativity

From Gail Bell,

Affirmations are words or phrases which are said over and over to AFFIRM a single thought about yourself or other people. This is the way you have formed negative and positive programming through out your lifetime, saying things to yourself, about yourself, over and over. After thoughts are repeated, they soon become a BELIEF, and then we think this belief is our reality. In this way we form fears of poverty, health, weight and relationships and the emotions connected with these beliefs can even become our comfort zone, no matter how negative they might be.

Since we created these beliefs we can also change them. This is where real freedom comes from. Focused affirmations are a great way to start your new tomorrows. When you feel tension, stress, or any type of anxiety, an affirmation which makes you feel good is where you need to go. My favorite is: I AM POWERFUL. It makes me feel so good! However, for the affirmations to work you must not only say something which makes you feel better you have to FEEL the words. So, say whatever makes you feel good, then see yourself in a happy scenario doing or being your desire. See it, feel it, even taste it! The more emotion you have the faster you will draw it to you. Here are some affirmations you might use, but the best ones are ones you make up yourself:

  • I LOOK AND FEEL WONDERFUL If it takes saying them over and over a thousand things a day, then do it. If you say an affirmation when you are feeling really down, and you don’t think it’s doing anything for you, just keep on. Every time you say something positive you will bit by bit feel better. A little bit of feeling better is better than lots of feeling depressed.

    Go for it, and live in Love, Peace and Joy

    About this Contributor: Gail Bell is a powerful healer who is a graduate of the Silva Mind Control Method and Transcendental Meditation. From her many studies, she quickly realized most methods for inner peace were too complex, and she soon began to discover easy to use methods for everyday life. Throughout her journey, she has guided and enhanced the lives of many individuals as a personal counselor.

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Discover the cosmos!Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.

2011 August 22

TrES-2b: Dark Planet
Illustration Credit: David A. Aguilar (CfA), TrES, Kepler,

NASAExplanation: Why is this planet so dark? Planet TrES-2b reflects back less than one percent of the light it receives, making it darker than any known planet or moon, darker even than coal. Jupiter-sized TrES-2b orbits extremely close to a sun-like star 750 light years away, and was discovered producing slight eclipses in 2006 using the modest 10-cm telescopes of the Trans-Atlantic Exoplanet Survey (TrES). The alien world’s strange darkness, however, was only uncovered recently by observations indicating its slight reflective glow by the Sun-orbiting Kepler satellite. An artist’s drawing of planet is shown above, complete with unsubstantiated speculation on possible moons. Reasons for TrES-2b’s darkness remain unknown and are an active topic of research.

Your Daily Influences for August 22

Your Daily Influences
August 22, 2011

Tarot Influence

Rune Influence

Charm Influence
Six of Cups
Happiness and joy come from the past. New friendships, ventures and knowledge are possible.
Jera denotes positive, recurring cycles, fertility and a time to harvest rewards from your hard work.
The Heart
A course of events that cannot be altered has been set in motion within this aspect. Accept whatever happens in the near future and do not waste your time fretting about it–you can do nothing.
Your Daily Influences represent events and challenges the current day will present for you. They may represent opportunities you should be ready to seize. Or they may forewarn you of problems you may be able to avoid or lessen. Generally it is best to use them as tips to help you manage your day and nothing more.

Today’s I Ching Hexagram for August 22 is 46: Pushing Upward

46: Pushing Upward

Hexagram 46

General Meaning: The forces of growth in springtime demonstrate advancement, as new life pushes upward through the earth’s crust, and the sap is rising. The emphasis is on upward motion, from obscurity to influence, with growth fostered by adaptability and the absence of opposition. Constant, flexible growth is the key attribute of a plant pushing upwards. This reading suggests a period of new promotion and prosperity in your life.

A wise person, in harmony with fate, is sensitive but determined. Make a sincere effort to apply resolute effort. Break through inertia, and good fortune will follow. By remaining flexible and tolerant, you will be able to retain the kind of conscious innocence that fuels growth and advancement. Will power and self-control are necessary to manage this growth skillfully, but the natural enthusiasm of the life force is behind everything.

Your Daily Number for August 22: 1

A sense of renewed energy dominates the day. This is a time for new beginnings, and you’ve got raw dynamic power on your side. The best way to seize the moment? Sharpen your powers of concentration and take the lead, without losing your sensitivity.

Fast Facts

About the Number 1

Theme: Masculine, Creative, Independent, Aggressive
Astro Association: Mercury
Tarot Association: Magician

Today’s Runes for August 22 is Ger

Today’s Runes

Spirit Runes are most commonly used for questions about mysticism, spirituality, and religion. Ger is one of the runes that touches on the cycles of the year, in this case the fall harvest. These cycles are eternal, which is represented in the rune by the fact that it is unchanged by reversal. Ger can represent pregnancy or other forms of fruitfulness, and is especially indicative of the cycles of providence and karma – that which has been sown is now being reaped. This rune can also represent the cycles of wealth, for crops were frequently a sign of wealth.

Today’s Tarot Card for August 22 is Temperance


This Tarot Deck: Golden Tarot

General Meaning: What is traditionally known as the Temperance card is a reference to the Soul. Classically female, she is mixing up a blend of subtle energies for the evolution of the personality. One key to interpreting this card can be found in its title, a play on the process of tempering metals in a forge.

Metals must undergo extremes of temperature, folding and pounding, but the end product is infinitely superior to impure ore mined from the earth. In this image, the soul volunteers the ego for a cleansing and healing experience which may turn the personality inside-out, but which brings out the gold hidden within the heart. (This card is entitled “Art” in the Crowley deck.)

Your Daily Horoscopes for Monday, August 22

The pace picks up now that the Moon is in jittery Gemini. Our irrepressible curiosity tempts us to follow nearly any person, thought or activity that hooks our imaginations. However, we may not make the best choices as the Sun opposes confusing Neptune, blurring our senses and muddling boundaries. Instead of seeing things objectively, we are looking at reality through rose-colored glasses that allow our subjectivity to alter our perceptions.


Aries Horoscope
Aries Horoscope (Mar 21 – Apr 19)

It’s not easy to follow through on whatever you start today. You probably have already promised more than you can deliver, and noisy distractions make it even harder now to concentrate on any particular task. Fortunately, you can turn a difficult situation to your advantage when necessary, so focus your intentions on the present moment and make some magic happen.

Taurus Horoscope
Taurus Horoscope (Apr 20 – May 20)

Although you are able to accomplish a lot today, it’s challenging to keep up with so many things pulling you in a variety of directions. You could quickly exhaust yourself if you don’t set sensible limits early in the day. You truly want to please others now, making it hard to say no to their enticing offers. Ultimately, you can gain more respect for stating what you can’t do than falling short of your unrealistic promises.

Gemini Horoscope
Gemini Horoscope (May 21 – Jun 20)

The Moon’s return to inquisitive Gemini has you asking one question after another about what you’re doing and where you’re going. It’s wise to take time to be alone now so you can think about your goals, even if it’s tempting to distract yourself with social activities. Don’t let your desire for fun keep you from following through with what you know is best.

Cancer Horoscope
Cancer Horoscope (June 21 – Jul 22)

Your ability to play it low key enables you to show up at work without revealing too much about your personal life. Others may think that they can see the true you, but you might be turning on the charm in order to hide something you don’t want to talk about. Trust your intuition now; don’t divulge your feelings until you’re more comfortable with what you have to say.

Leo Horoscope
Leo Horoscope (Jul 23 – Aug 22)

You are in the midst of an internal battle, although it may play out now in the realm of relationships. The radiant Sun in your generous sign encourages you to express the love that’s in your heart while its opposition to spiritual Neptune dissipates the boundaries that would normally prevent you from going further. Unfortunately, your friends won’t be of much help now because they’ll just tell you to throw caution to the wind. Being brave is admirable, but you could regret your actions if you act foolishly.

Virgo Horoscope
Virgo Horoscope (Aug 23 – Sep 22)

It’s tough to make a job-related decision today, for you wish you could travel down both paths that diverge at a fork in the road. Even if you can delay your final judgment for a few days, you may not be able to avoid making a choice about your future. Take your time and consider all of the alternatives before agreeing to any long-term commitments.

Libra Horoscope
Libra Horoscope (Sep 23 – Oct 22)

You might want everyone to know that you’re up for anything the group decides today. You may even believe that it’s more important now to support your friends and co-workers than it is to further your own agenda. But you want to enjoy yourself as much as anyone else, so don’t be so fast to minimize your desires for the sake of the community.

Scorpio Horoscope
Scorpio Horoscope (Oct 23 – Nov 21)

You are motivated to shine professionally now with the Sun in your 10th House of Status. You are often content to work behind the scenes, yet today you yearn to be on center stage. You are doing a great job and want everyone to know about your superhuman efforts. You may feel as if a new set of priorities is replacing the old list of rules. Don’t question your objectives; just push toward them and see how it feels. You can always return to your previous agenda if you so choose.

Sagittarius Horoscope
Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov 22 – Dec 21)

Your goals may become increasingly significant now that someone rattles your nerves when he or she doesn’t support your program. It’s hard for you to understand why others aren’t more concerned about the future, and it makes you feel slightly out of control. Instead of attempting to tighten the reins, it’s smarter to loosen them for a while and see where it all goes.

Capricorn Horoscope
Capricorn Horoscope (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

You can feel the Moon’s restless tug as she pulls you one way and then another. You might attempt to disregard your shifting emotions, but you don’t seem to have a lot of control now over your feelings. Let the whimsical winds carry you along because attempts to alter their direction are fruitless. Take scenic routes and detours whenever possible today, for your horizons widen as soon as you step off the beaten path.

Aquarius Horoscope
Aquarius Horoscope (Jan 20 – Feb 18)

You may be struggling to find your way in a relationship now, even if everything seems copasetic to others. You’re hopeful that the current tension will dissipate all by itself before emotions erupt. But unspoken issues lurk beneath the surface, like monsters in a nightmare waiting for you to let down your guard. The Moon is in your 5th House of Romance, so keep shining the light of your awareness to bring up your fears where they can finally be put in their proper perspective.

Pisces Horoscope
Pisces Horoscope (Feb 19 – Mar 20)

Your key planet Jupiter opens doors faster than you’re able to walk through them today. Oddly enough, if you do grab on to an opportunity, you still may have to wait a while until it begins to pay off. It might feel as if you have been here before; somehow, it seems like the wheels of time are turning backward. Nevertheless, keep looking ahead; it’s the future that’s calling and not the past.

the daily humorscopes for monday, august 22

the daily humorscope

Monday, August 22, 2011

Aries (March 21 – April 19)
Ah ha! You will finally have an opportunity to use the word “plumbaginous” in casual conversation today! You will be discussing either bicycles or aircraft, at the time.
Taurus (April 20 – May 20)
You will be in a somewhat ornery mood when you go out to an Italian restaurant tonight. You will insist on chopsticks.
Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
Someone will ask you for your advice. Don’t give it! Or if they insist, simply shake your head solemnly, and mutter “Much bad juju”, and refuse to clarify. They only want a scapegoat.
Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
You’ll have a freakish number of plumbing difficulties, today. This is due in part to the age of your plumbing fixtures, but mostly it’s because Neckna, Queen of the Undines, has taken a strong dislike towards you, due to some rather harsh words you’ve had to say about the weather lately.
Leo (July 23 – August 22)
Good day to begin that toothpick sculpture you’ve been thinking of. Of course, where you’re actually going to put a life-sized toothpick sculpture of a rhinocerous is another matter.
Virgo (August 23 – September 22)
You will be in a somewhat ornery mood when you go out to an Italian restaurant tonight. You will insist on chopsticks.
Libra (September 23 – October 22)
Today you will be struck by the notion that “Life is like one of those little cars that the Shriners get to drive”. You have a mind of great depth and profundity.
Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)
You will join the ranks of the hipster cognoscenti. It’ll be fun at first, but later you’ll start secretly craving casseroles, and it will eventually become such an intolerable pressure that you’ll abandon your pale, pierced friends with the clever haircuts and move to Minnesota.
Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)
You will insist on being called “El Magnifico”, today. There will be some grumbling among the peasants.
Capricorn (December 22 – January 20)
You are sad about an upcoming event, but can do nothing about it. Try knitting — people say it’s wonderfully relaxing.
Aquarius (January 21 – February 18)
So. You let your “mole plants” die. Now the moles are back, and this time they mean business. No more Mr. Nice Mole. Try burying a line of eucalyptus cough drops along your property line. If that doesn’t work, there’s a chance you can buy a nuclear warhead from Ukraine.
Pisces (February 19 – March 20)
Summer is almost over, and you know what that means: office supplies! Any reputable biologist will tell you that we humans have a powerful biological urge to buy office supplies when the weather turns cooler. Many societies disguise this by using the “back to school” euphemism. In your case, you should give in to your natural tendencies – fighting isn’t healthy.