In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.
Saturday, September 17, 2011
To create an air of mystery, wear black or dark blue. Wavy patterns and onyx jewelry can also cultivate intrigue.
|Gold Runes are most commonly used for questions about business, career, and property. Wunjo is the rune of Joy. Since joy is least frequently a solitary emotion, this rune often represents mutual or communal bliss. Wunjo is also seen as a rune of the gods and a rune of perfection, carrying with it the elation that blazes from the creation of a perfect work – perhaps this is the true joy of the gods, that they can create perfection. That aside, this rune does not focus on the struggle for perfection or on our inevitable imperfections, but rather on a job well done and the satisfaction that comes from it.|
60: Limits and Connections
General Meaning: Limits are necessary to give purpose and direction to life. Swimming in a sea of boundless opportunity would eventually lead to exhaustion and drowning. Winging it alone in a sky of boundless opportunity would lead to being lost. In human affairs, the making of choices, and alliances, implies limitation, for in choosing one path another must be abandoned.
One key to a successful life is to select your limits consciously and carefully — to be discriminating in the setting of personal boundaries and knowing when to join in formation. Thrift, for example, often precedes prosperity; just as the letting go of selfish interests leads to greater personal reward. Only by consciously accepting useful limits can one’s energy be channeled to good purpose, and lead to lasting accomplishments.
Point yourself toward a middle way between discipline and freedom of spirit. Limits will come of their own accord; but to be able to consciously select your own affiliations in life — that’s knowing how to fly! At the same time, don’t go overboard with discipline. Even self-correction must be limited, so that in attempting to bring order and direction into your life you do not choke off vital sources of enthusiasm and spontaneity.
Similarly, in groups and partnerships, agreed upon rules or regulations should strike a balance between being too strict and too soft. If too strict, they build frustration and ultimately become destructive. If too lenient, sloppiness becomes acceptable, and positive energy is dissipated. The best path is one that allows for the fulfillment of individual potential, while supporting self-discipline and focus
You’re more sensitive and intuitive than usual. You may find yourself having vivid dreams or even premonitions. Today you may wear the hat of mediator in a dispute, and you’ll do so with great success. Love and romance are also likely to have an effect on you today.
About the Number 2
This Tarot Deck: Oswald Wirth
Where the Empress energy secures and fertilizes our terrestrial lives, the goddess of The World invites us into cosmic citizenship — once we come to realize our soul’s potential for it. Just as the Chariot stands for success in achieving a separate Self, and Temperance represents achievement of mental and moral health, the World card announces the awakening of the soul’s Immortal Being, accomplished without the necessity of dying.
This card, like the Sun, is reputed to have no negative meaning no matter where or how it appears. If the Hermetic axiom is “Know Thyself”, this image represents what becomes known when the true nature of Self is followed to creative freedom and its ultimate realization
You know what you agreed to do today, but you have a twinkle in your eye and may not be able to resist creating a bit of mischief, instead. You’re eager to take a risk and break out of your regular routine, even if you know it’s not the smartest course of action. Although your judgment isn’t very clear now, you still might try to justify your behavior. Ask someone you trust for another perspective before doing something you regret.
Your ruling planet Venus opposes electric Uranus today, wiring you for pleasure. But your intense desires can create an emotional short circuit when you realize that satisfaction is just out of reach. Your daydreams may be unrealistic, but it really doesn’t matter if you make your fantasy real or not. What’s important now is to give yourself permission to imagine what would bring you happiness if anything was possible.
You might try to float through the day on a cloud of illusions, but an unexpected turn of events can shock you out of your dream state. Even if you’re able to field a curve ball at work or at home, you still might miss the significance of what is happening. Although you may be surprised by what happens, take the time to contemplate what the cosmos is attempting to tell you.
Although someone’s reaction to your request may not be what you expect, you should be able to take it in stride. You might be concerned at first because you don’t particularly like confronting the unknown, but even if you’re caught off guard today, you’re relieved to know the truth. Don’t let subconscious motivations trick you into pushing away the new information; integrate what you learn and change your plans before moving on.
You might be very excited about someone or something new in your life now, but you have a sneaking suspicion that your high level of interest won’t last. You may be cautious about letting go and enjoying yourself because it’s obvious that your sense of freedom will quickly run into limiting circumstances. Change is inevitable, but worrying about future responsibilities doesn’t need to interfere with today’s pleasures.
You may be put off by someone’s selfish behavior today and you could even be offended by other people’s lack of compassion. Unfortunately, you won’t likely be able to understand their actions because logic is not the motivating factor now. Unexplainable changes are to be expected if tension is stressing a relationship. Don’t overanalyze things; just respond with kindness and honesty. The storm will pass quickly if you remain flexible in your thinking.
Your key planet Venus is visiting your 1st House of Self and her opposition to radical Uranus in your 7th House of Relationships can awaken previously hidden desires or uncover something about your partner that you didn’t know. Instead of waiting for a friend to shock you with an unexpected revelation, take the initiative and be an agent of change. You will be happier now if you embrace the shift instead of resisting it.
You might wish that you could release your old expectations and express your feelings today as unconventional Uranus in your 5th House of Romance opposes loving Venus. But you may not know what you want; your emotions are slippery now, making it tough to choose a direct course of action. Nevertheless, you have a perfect opportunity to learn something important about yourself if you’re willing to relinquish control and go with the flow.
Although you wish a friend or partner would make a straightforward decision today, clarity may continue to be elusive. You won’t likely receive a yes or no answer now, requiring you to be satisfied with someone’s uncertainty. Don’t push for resolution because it may take time for the facts to emerge. It’s possible that other people’s ambivalence might be a reflection of your own, even though you believe that you have already made your choice.
You could mistakenly believe that the solution to your current dilemma is in having all the facts, prompting you to gather as much useful information as you can. Unfortunately, you are not very cautious now, so you could jump to an incorrect conclusion that’s based on your desires instead of what is practical. Be smart and postpone any major decision until your energy settles down; your path should begin to clear in a few days.
Your desire for an emotional connection pulls you one way while your need for independence pulls another as your key planet Uranus stands off in a tense tug-of-war with sensual Venus. You may wish for more intimacy in your everyday life, but might keep others at a distance if you’re afraid of losing autonomy. Fortunately, a sudden breakthrough in your awareness can open your heart and change the dynamics of a relationship. Set aside practicalities and be flexible enough to respond to the magic of the moment.
You may be weary of the tension you feel in a close relationship if your perspective is challenged again today. You don’t like the idea of arguing with your partner; nor do you want to waste energy justifying your desires. Your needs are simple; you just want your heartfelt expression to be heard and acknowledged. This isn’t a time for ultimatums; just let others know what you need in a gentle manner and remain patient while waiting to see the results. The dynamics are shifting quickly and you just may receive what you want.
the daily humorscope
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Mow to Retard Growth, Dig Post Holes, Jar Jams/Jellies, Paint, Advertise to Sell, Ask for Loan
According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac
||Age:||Three years old
King Charles Cavalier
|Home:||New York, USA|
Cotton was rescued off of Craig’s list. Cotton was scared to death of most people and all animals but has made himself very comfortable since! He’s the love of my life! We call him the “EST”…, The Cutest, funniest, Sweetest, playfulest, lovingest dog I’ve ever known or met in my life! He’s the light and love of my day, every day!
Cotton is the King of Cuddle and if you have a lap, he’s got the time! I don’t know how but in the mornings when I wake up, even if I don’t open my eyes or say anything he knows I’m awake and he’ll crawl up from the end of the bed and sit right next to me on the other pillow. I keep pretending I’m asleep but then his bitty stubby tail starts wagging (fast like a humming birds) and I just have to open my eyes! The second I do that,he goes nuts with he kisses and he has to nuzzle right into me on the pillow! Eventually he ends up on his back, but only after a full and complete “Cotton Boarding” (like water boarding but less torture!)
Cotton does not like it if you sneeze or cough! He immediately runs from whatever room you’re coughing or sneezing in and trounces on your chest, looking directly in your eyes, as if to say…”HEY Knock that OFF!” I was choking once and I thought he was going to kill me when he kept trying to bounce on and off my chest to stop it!
Cotton would prefer it if no door was ever closed in our house! He’s not fussed about guest’s using the bathroom, as long as they leave the door open in the mean time! If you have the audacity to close it, he rakes his paw across it until you open it again! If you don’t open it, he will leave his tennis ball right there in front of the door, so that when you do come out you will be well aware, that he was there and not very happy with you!
Cotton’s very good at entertaining himself. I bought two small “baby” blankets when he was a puppy and they became fodder for play! He takes his tennis ball and wraps the blanket around it, and then holds one end up with his teeth to “pop” the ball out of the blanket and across the floor! It’s a blast to watch! He’s very agile with his “soccer” paws! If one of his blankets isn’t readily available then you may find any clothes you left on your bed (or floor) half way down the hall! Cotton loves his laser tag as well! He not only chases it but he while does, he’ll straddling both sides of the blanket with his front legs and hold the blanket in his teeth, causing him to canter like a horse! It’s hysterical and adorable, all at once!
Cotton will not eat unless at least one person’s watching him! Two is preferable (“Thank You”!) but if he’s hungry and wants to eat, he will go to whatever rooms holds humans and cry until you follow him to the dinning room! As soon as he has enough people to suit his needs, he eats!
||Age:||Five years old
|Home:||Raytown, Missouri, USA
|Hello! My name is Frosty (formal name is Miss Frosty). My mommy gave me my name because of my white tummy – she says it looked like I walked through frost. She chose me because I’m so very cute. I had a brother, Mittens – we were born in the same litter. We don’t look alike, but he is my brother.When I came to live at my ‘fur’ever home, I met the cat who is my new big brother, Frisky (he’s a gray long haired cat). I love to play as you can see by the toy I’m holding in this picture. I also like to run and play chase with Frisky. Sometimes my mommy calls me a police car. You see, since I’m ‘black and white’ and run really, really fast, she thought that was a cute name for me. When I get tired, I like to curl up in my mommy’s lap. I’m pretty sure she likes it when I do that – I let her pet me and I purr really loud for her. Life is great at our house – there’s lots of love for me and Frisky. I’m so happy my mommy brought me home when I was just a little baby kitty!|
Alpine Larch in Autumn
September 17, 2011
The photo above shows both the beautiful golden colors of the subalpine larch or Lyalls Larch (Larix lyallii Parl) as well as its distribution at and just below the tree line. This is how these deciduous coniferous trees appear in the Cascades Mountains of Washington State prior to shedding their needles. The view is looking west at the eastern boundary of the North Cascades National Park. Silver Star Mountain, The Needles, and the Golden Horn are shown in the background, from left to right, respectively. Photo taken on morning of September 29, 2010 — I was positioned at the 7,000 ft level (2,134 m) on Slate Peak.
Photo details: 1/320 shutter speed; 6.3 aperture; ISO 200; EF28-105mm lens; f/3.5-4.5; 28 mm focal length.
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 September 17
Explanation: Few cosmic vistas excite the imagination like the Orion Nebula, an immense stellar nursery some 1,500 light-years away. This stunning false-color view spans about 40 light-years across the region, constructed using infrared data from the Spitzer Space Telescope. Compared to its visual wavelength appearance, the brightest portion of the nebula is likewise centered on Orion’s young, massive, hot stars, known as the Trapezium Cluster. But the infrared image also detects the nebula’s many protostars, still in the process of formation, seen here in red hues. In fact, red spots along the dark dusty filament to the left of the bright cluster include the protostar cataloged as HOPS 68, recently found to have crystals of the silicate mineral olivine within its protostellar envelope.
Good Saturday afternoon everyone! I hope you are having a wonderful day. My night was hideous and I am working off of about 2 hours sleep. It was almost dark last night when I decided to run down the road to the store. I always take Kiki with me when I go down there. You can pull right up to the front and it’s all glass and the employees know me, so they keep an eye on the truck. And I lock the little fart in, anyway. I carried Kiki out the door to get in the truck because of the wolf I had seen. As little as she is, she wouldn’t even make him a good snack. But the minute, I opened the door, she started sniffing and I got this super strange feeling. It was a horrible feeling, like a feeling of doom. I walked quickly to the truck and put Kiki in. Then I walked around to the driver’s side and I saw what my feeling of dread was. It was the timber wolf laying at the very back of the truck. I know now why he was out during the day, he is hurt and he is now foaming at the mouth. Well you can imagine what I liked to have done in my pants. I backed up slowly and made my way back to the other side of the truck. Kiki feeds off my feelings and by this time, she is at the driver’s side going wild barking and growling. Ever seen a 5-lb Pomeranian growl, it is hilarious. Anyway back to the story. I managed to get the door unlocked and get in the truck. Just as I was shutting the door. The wolf came up to the driver’s side door, stood up, growled, snarled and hit the window with his head repeatedly. It was like a scene from Cujo except this was Wolfjo. I had the good sense to remember anything rabid can’t stand noise. So I laid on the horn. After a few seconds of horn tooting, he ran off. My husband had come out during the horn blowing to see what was wrong. I was scared to death the wolf would attack him. I cracked the window on the passenger’s side and screamed for him to go back in the house. He did and he came back out with the shotgun. As the wolf was running off, my husband did shoot him but I don’t believe it was a fatal shot. I was upset the wolf had to be shot. I love wolves so. I am now glad that the first day I saw the wolf I didn’t try to befriend him. I would have been taking those horrible rabies shots. But after all that, my night went straight to heck. I didn’t sleep because I was upset. I think I drank about 2 pots of coffee. At least, I am keeping Maxwell House in business, lol!
Now after I have talked your ear off, I will get down to business, lol! I was going through the comments in the back. One I read head me in the hit like a 2×4. It’s not bad but it made me stop and think. Then I got to wondering if others think the same thing. So I felt compelled to answer it out here, in this forum. Here it is………….
Cell Phone Accessories wrote…..
How is it that just anyone can publish a weblog and get as popular as this? Its not like youve said anything incredibly impressive more like youve painted a fairly picture more than an issue that you know nothing about! I dont want to sound mean, here. But do you actually think that you can get away with adding some pretty pictures and not definitely say something?
I take that back, after reading it again it does sound mean! First off, I am a private person. In the world of witchcraft when I speak individuals listen. I guess you could also say, well I was going to say quiet but that doesn’t describe me at all. I would say, I think things over very carefully and then I speak. The people who know me, know this and they listen when I speak. I am very content with the blog and the way I publish it. I express myself through the material I post. Now if you want me to start speaking, just let me know. I can talk your ear off on any subject you choose.
Next I publish this blog more in a journal or a newsletter for Pagans. I try to gather the best on the net for my readers. I also add my own information. I speak through the spells, rituals, potions and so on, I put on here.
Lastly concerning the blog being popular. It just struck me that this person could be jealous of this blog’s popularity but I will forget that notion for now. The name of the blog, “Witches of the Craft,” is a very well-known name. I can proudly say that the WOTC has always had an excellent reputation. It is well established and has always been known for spreading the truth about The Craft. That was one of my main goal when I first started out. If I had a group I wanted it to provide good, accurate information for all who seek to know about Witchcraft. There are too many bad sites out there for someone to fall prey too. I wanted to try to prevent this if at all possible. But none of this would have ever been possible without the main Lady in my life, the Goddess. Without Her, none of this would have ever happened. She has guided me every step of the way. I made a vow to spread the truth about Witchcraft and do the Goddess’s work. I consider myself just Her instrument. Now I am going to get a little preachy…….I can sit here and describe the wonders I have experienced in my life. But I would tell anyone just don’t listen to me and my stories, experience it for yourself. You can feel the Goddess’s love as it shines down on you. You see the world in a totally different light than before. You have a connection with nature and all its creatures. I could go on and on, but I will stop by saying one final thing. The Goddess is a very loving Lady, She takes very good care of Her children, She shows mercy, forgiveness and most of all Her love is like no other. You have to experience it for yourself.
I hope dear Cell Phone, I have answered all your concerns and have spoken enough for you. Thank you for writing.
Well that’s all folks! Time to get busy. Have a great weekend!
Love to all,