The Dumb Supper – A Feast With the Dead

The Dumb Supper – A Feast With the Dead

By Patti Wigington, About.com Guide

Speaking to the Dead:

Although traditionally a seance is a good way to communicate with those who have crossed into the spirit world, it’s also perfectly fine to talk to them at other times. You may find yourself walking into a room and suddenly reminded of someone you’ve lost, or catching a whiff of a familiar scent. For me personally, every February I find myself picking over birthday cards and thinking to myself how funny my grandfather would find this one or that one. I make a point of telling him about them, even though he died in 2002. You don’t need a fancy or formal ritual to speak to the dead. They hear you.

How Do We Know They’re Listening?:

In some spiritual paths, one may be viewed as crazy — or at the very least, a little bit daffy — if they speak to the dead. But think of the people you know who have lost a spouse, particularly one they were married to for a long time. Many of them will tell you they talk to their deceased loved one. We can ask them for assistance, for companionship, or just for them to hear our words. Chances are good that if you ask, your life will change significantly.

What Can We Say to Them?:

Ask anyone who’s lost a loved one, and there’s a good chance they have something they didn’t get to say. Whether it’s “I love you”, “I forgive you,” or just plain old, “I really miss you,” there’s nearly always something we wanted to say but never got around to. When you talk to the dead, share with them the things in your life that are important. Maybe you need to let Grandma know that you’re finally going to have that baby girl she’d been hoping for. Or perhaps you need to tell Cousin Joe you’re sorry you broke his iPod. Whatever it is, if it’s on your mind say it. Only then will you be able to move on.

An Altar to the Ancestors:

In many cultures, ancestor worship is an ancient practice. Although traditionally found more in African and Asian societies, more and more Pagans of European heritage are beginning to embrace this idea. After all, we all want to know where we came from. You can build an altar to honor your ancestors, featuring photos, heirlooms, and even a family tree sheet. Leave it up all year long, or set it out at Samhain. This is a good time to perform a ritual for Honoring the Ancestors.

Why on Samhain?:

Why hold a Dumb Supper on Samhain? Well, it’s traditionally known as the night when the veil between our world and the spirit world is at its most fragile. It’s the night when we know for sure the dead will hear us speak, and maybe even speak back. It’s a time of death and resurrection, of new beginnings and fond farewells.

Menus and Table Settings:

Your menu choices are up to you, but because it’s Samhain, you may wish to make the traditional Soul Cakes, as well as serving dishes with apples, late fall vegetables, and game if available. Set the table with a black cloth, black plates and cutlery, black napkins. Use candles as your only source of light — black if you can get them.

Realistically, not everyone has black dishware sitting around. In many traditions, it’s perfectly acceptable to use a combination of black and white, although black should be the predominant color.

Host/Hostess Duties:

When you’re hosting a Dumb Supper, clearly the point is that no one can speak — and that makes a host’s job very tricky. It means you have the responsibility of anticipating each guest’s needs without them communicating verbally. Depending on the size of your table, you may want to make sure each end has its own salt, pepper, butter, etc. Also, watch your guests to see if anyone needs a drink refill, an extra fork to replace the one they just dropped, or more napkins.

Other Samhain Rituals:

If the idea of a Dumb Supper doesn’t quite appeal to you — or if you know darn well that your family can’t be quiet for that long — you may want to try some of these other Samhain rituals:

  • Celebrate the End of the Harvest
  • Honor the Ancestorsat Samhain
  • Samhain Ritual for Animals
  • Hold a Seance at Samhain

 

The Dumb Supper:

In some Pagan and Wiccan traditions, it has become popular to hold a Dumb Supper in honor of the dead. In this case, the word “dumb” refers to being silent. The origins of this tradition have been fairly well debated — some claim it goes back to ancient cultures, others believe it’s a relatively new idea. Regardless, it’s one that’s observed by many people around the world.

When holding a Dumb Supper, there are a few simple guidelines to follow. First of all, make your dining area sacred, either by casting a circle, smudging, or some other method. Turn off phones and televisions, eliminating outside distractions.

Secondly, remember that this is a solemn and silent occasion, not a carnival. It’s a time of silence, as the name reminds us. You may wish to leave younger children out of this ceremony. Ask each adult guest to bring a note to the dinner. The note’s contents will be kept private, and should contain what they wish to say to their deceased friends or relatives.

Set a place at the table for each guest, and reserve the head of the table for the place of the Spirits. Although it’s nice to have a place setting for each individual you wish to honor, sometimes it’s just not feasible. Instead, use a tealight candle at the Spirit setting to represent each of the deceased. Shroud the Spirit chair in black or white cloth.

No one may speak from the time they enter the dining room. As each guest enters the room, they should take a moment to stop at the Spirit chair and offer a silent prayer to the dead. Once everyone is seated, join hands and take a moment to silently bless the meal. The host or hostess, who should be seated directly across from the Spirit chair, serves the meal to guests in order of age, from the oldest to youngest. No one should eat until all guests — including Spirit — are served.

When everyone has finished eating, each guest should get out the note to the dead that they brought. Go to the head of the table where Spirit sits, and find the candle for your deceased loved one. Focus on the note, and then burn it in the candle’s flame (you may wish to have a plate or small cauldron on hand to catch burning bits of paper) and then return to their seat. When everyone has had their turn, join hands once again and offer a silent prayer to the dead.

Everyone leaves the room in silence. Stop at the Spirit chair on your way out the door, and say goodbye one more time.

Samhain Spirit Incense

Samhain Spirit Incense

By Patti Wigington, About.com Guide

 

Spirits in the Smoke

By the time Samhain rolls around, your herb garden is probably looking pretty sad. Now’s the time to take all those goodies you harvested and dried in September, and put them to good use. This incense blend is perfect for a Samhain seance, divination session, or for any other autumn working.

This recipe is for loose incense, but you can adapt it for stick or cone recipes. As you mix and blend your incense, focus on the goal of your work. Do you wish to contact the spirit of a long-dead ancestor? Are you hoping to bring some visions your way in a dream? Or are you maybe looking to enhance your own meditative abilities? Focus your intent as you blend your ingredients.

You’ll need:

 

  • 2 parts Cinnamon
  • 1 part ground cloves
  • 1 part Dragon’s Blood resin
  • 1 part Hyssop
  • 1 part Patchouli
  • 2 parts Rosemary
  • 1 part Sage
  • A dash of sea salt

Mixing the Magic

Add your ingredients to your mixing bowl one at a time. Measure carefully, and if the leaves or blossoms need to be crushed, use your mortar and pestle to do so. As you blend the herbs together, state your intent. You may find it helpful to charge your incense with an incantation. For example, if you were going to use your incense during a seance, you could use this:

The veil has thinned, the moon is bright
and I blend this magic on Samhain night.
Celebrating life and death and rebirth
with these herbs I’ve harvested from the earth.
I send my intent by smoke in the air
and call on those whose blood I share.
I ask my ancestors to guide and watch over me,
As I will, so it shall be.
 
 
Store your incense in a tightly sealed jar. Make sure you label it with its intent and name, as well as the date you created it. Use within three months, so that it remains charged and fresh.

Samhain Ancestor Meditation

Samhain Ancestor Meditation

Calling Upon the Ancient Ones

By Patti Wigington, About.com Guide

 

A Time of Darkness

Samhain is known as the night when the veil between this world and the next is at its thinnest. It’s a time to sit back and honor the spirit world, and call upon those ancestors who came before us. After all, if not for them, we wouldn’t be here. We owe them something, some gratitude for their ability to survive, their strength, their spirit. Many Wiccans and Pagans choose Samhain as a time to honor their ancestors. If this is something you’d like to do, you can celebrate with a ritual or by hosting a seance or dumb supper in their honor:

  • Honoring the Ancestorsat Samhain
  • Host a Dumb Supper
  • How to Hold a Seance

In addition to these more formal rituals, you may also want to take some time alone for a quiet meditation. This is a point in the Wheel of the Year when the spirit world is a bit closer than normal, and if you’ve never tried to contact your ancestors before, now is a good time to do it.

  • When performing an ancestor meditation, people experience different things. You may find yourself meeting a specific person that you are aware of in your family history — maybe you’ve heard the stories about great-uncle Joe who went out west after the Civil War, and now you have the privilege of chatting with him, or perhaps you’ll meet the grandmother who passed away when you were a child. Some people, however, meet their ancestors as archetypes. In other words, it may not be a specific individual you meet, but rather a symbol — instead of adventurous great-uncle Joe, it may be a non-specific Civil War soldier or frontiersman. Either way, understand that meeting these individuals is a gift. Pay attention to what they say and do — it may be that they’re trying to give you a message.

    Setting the Mood

     

    Before you perform this meditation, it’s not a bad idea to spend some time with the tangible, physical aspects of your family. Bring out the old photo albums, read through wild Aunt Tillie’s diary from the Great Depression, get out your grandfather’s old pocket watch that almost sank with the Titanic. These are the material things that connect us to our family. They link us, magically and spiritually. Spend time with them, absorbing their energies and thinking of the things they’ve seen, the places they’ve been.

    You can perform this ritual anywhere, but if you can do it outside at night it’s even more powerful. Decorate your altar (or if you’re outside, use a flat stone or tree stump) with the symbols of your ancestors — the photos, journals, war medals, watches, jewelry, etc. No candles are necessary for this meditation, but if you’d like to light one, do so. You may also want to burn some Samhain spirit incense.

    Claiming Your Birthright

     

    Close your eyes and breathe deeply. Think about who you are, and what you are made of, and know that everything within you is the sum of all your ancestors. From thousands of years ago, generations of people have come together over the centuries to create the person you are now. Think about your own strengths — and weaknesses — and remember that they came from somewhere. This is a time to honor the ancestors who formed you.

    Recite your genealogy — aloud if you like — as far back as you can go. As you say each name, describe the person and their life. An example might go something like this:

    I am the daughter of James, who fought in Vietnam
    and returned to tell the tale.
    James was the son of Eldon and Maggie,
    who met on the battlefields of France,
    as she nursed him back to health.
    Eldon was the son of Alice, who sailed
    aboard Titanic and survived.
    Alice was the daughter of Patrick and Molly,
    who farmed the soil of Ireland, who
    raised horses and tatted lace to feed the children…
     

    and so forth. Go back as far as you like, elaborating in as much detail as you choose. Once you can go back no further, end with “those whose blood runs in me, whose names I do not yet know”.

    If you happened to meet a certain ancestor, or their archetype, during your meditation, take a moment to thank them for stopping by. Take note of any information they may have given you — even if it doesn’t make sense just now, it may later on when you give it some more thought. Think about all the people you come from, whose genes are part of you. Some were great people — some, not so much, but the point is, they all belong to you. They all have helped shape and create you. Appreciate them for what they were, with no expecations or apologies, and know that they are watching over you.

Ancestor Prayer for Samhain

Ancestor Prayer for Samhain

By Patti Wigington, About.com Guide

 

A Prayer to the Ancestors

This is the night when the gateway between
our world and the spirit world is thinnest.
Tonight is a night to call out those who came before.
Tonight I honor my ancestors.
Spirits of my fathers and mothers, I call to you,
and welcome you to join me for this night.
You watch over me always,
protecting and guiding me,
and tonight I thank you.
Your blood runs in my veins,
your spirit is in my heart,
your memories are in my soul.

[If you wish, you may want to recite your genealogy here. This can include both your blood family, and your spiritual one.]

With the gift of remembrance.
I remember all of you.
You are dead but never forgotten,
and you live on within me,
and within those who are yet to come.

Gentle thoughts for Monday, October 24th

Gentle thoughts for today:

1. Birds of a feather flock together and crap on your car.
2. There’s always a lot to be thankful for if you take time to look for it. For example I am sitting here thinking how nice it is that wrinkles don’t hurt.
3. The sole purpose of a child’s middle name is so he can tell when he’s really in trouble.
4. If you can’t be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.
5. Don’t assume malice for what stupidity can explain.
6. A penny saved is a government oversight.
7. The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right time, but also to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.
8. If you can smile when things go wrong, you have someone in mind to blame.
9. The easiest way to find something lost around the house is to buy a replacement.
10. He who hesitates is probably right.
11. If you think there is good in everybody, you haven’t met everybody.
12. Did you ever notice: When you put the 2 words “The” and “IRS” together it spells “THEIRS”?

VJ FEMIA

OH MY AGING FUNNY BONE…

Earth Science Photo of the Day for October 24th

Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park

October 24, 2011

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Photographer: Marli Miller; Marli’s Website
Summary Author: Marli Miller

The hot springs shown above, linked by a shallow overflow channel, reside in the West Thumb Geyser Basin of Yellowstone National Park. Sinter, which is hydrothermally precipitated silica, forms the white crust while heat-tolerant bacteria and algae form the yellows and browns.

 

Although it’s one of the smallest of Yellowstone’s geyser basins, West Thumb is significant because it occupies part of a caldera within the much-larger and somewhat older Yellowstone caldera. West Thumb caldera was formed by an eruption between 150,000 and 200,000 years ago, whereas the main Yellowstone eruption occurred about 600,000 years ago. On a map, the West Thumb caldera appears as the distinct elliptical area that makes up the western part of Yellowstone Lake. With an area of about 30 sq. mi (78 sq. km), it compares in size to Crater Lake, Oregon. By contrast, the Yellowstone caldera exceeds 1,000 sq. mi. (2,590 sq. km) in area. Photo taken in July 2008.

 

Photo details: Camera Maker: Canon; Camera Model: Canon EOS 5D; Lens: EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM; Image Focal Length: 32.0mm; Aperture: f/9.0; Exposure Time: 0.025 s (1/40); ISO equiv: 100; Exposure Bias: -0.33 EV; Metering Mode: Spot; Exposure: program (Auto); White Balance: Auto; Flash Fired: No (enforced); Orientation: Normal; Color Space: Adobe RGB (1998).

Astronomy Picture of the Day for October 24th

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 October 24
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HH-222: The Waterfall Nebula
Image Credit: Z. Levay (STScI/AURA/NASA), T.A. Rector (U. Alaska Anchorage) & H. Schweiker (NOAO/AURA/NSF), KPNO, NOAO  

 

Explanation: What created the Waterfall Nebula? No one knows. The structure seen in the region of NGC 1999 in the Great Orion Molecular Cloud complex is one of the more mysterious structures yet found on the sky. Designated HH-222, the elongated gaseous stream stretches about ten light years and emits an unusual array of colors. One hypothesis is that the gas filament results from the wind from a young star impacting a nearby molecular cloud. That would not explain, however, why the Waterfall and fainter streams all appear to converge on a bright but unusual non thermal radio source located toward the upper left of the curving structure. Another hypothesis is that the unusual radio source originates from a binary system containing a hot white dwarf, neutron star, or black hole, and that the Waterfall is just a jet from this energetic system. Such systems, though, are typically strong X-rays emitters, and no X-rays have been detected. For now, this case remains unsolved. Perhaps well-chosen future observations and clever deductive reasoning will unlock the true origin of this enigmatic wisp in the future.

Feng Shui Tip of the Day for October 24th

Were the Beatles singing to Saint Jude when they sang, ‘Hey Jude, don’t make it bad, take a sad song and make it better’? As a young girl I always thought that they were since I was consistently told to pray to St. Jude whenever anything went wrong in my life. My mom said that anytime that I had any sort of troubling worry that I should immediately invoke the intercession of Saint Jude. She promised that no matter how big my concern that he could tackle it and make everything okay again. He is, after all, the Patron Saint of Lost Causes and has been known to help those who are in deep despair. So today I would like to take the opportunity to thank him from the bottom of my grateful heart! I have absolute faith in the belief that any time that I have shared a heartfelt request or a special need with him, Saint Jude has interceded almost as quickly as he was invoked. But instead of calling on his help today, I just want to celebrate and thank him. And I hope that anyone who is reading this tip will also know that they are not alone. Not as long as Saint Jude and I ever have anything to pray about it!

By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com

Your Daily Number for October 24th: 9

Love and Romance rule the day, and you’re at your creative best. You may suffer a minor disappointment due to the disloyalty of a friend or family member, but worry not. This too shall pass. Good news may arrive for you in the evening hours.

Fast Facts

About the Number 9

Theme: Encompassing a love for all, Compassion, Patience, Selfless
Astro Association: Virgo
Tarot Association: Hermit

Today’s Tarot Card for October 24th is The Sun

The Sun

This Tarot Deck: Spiral

General Meaning: What has traditionally been known as the Sun card is about the self — who you are and how you cultivate your personality and character. The earth revolves around the sun to make up one year of a person’s life, a fact we celebrate on our birthday.

The Sun card could also be titled “Back to Eden.” The Sun’s radiance is where one’s original nature or unconditioned Being can be encountered in health and safety. The limitations of time and space are stripped away; the soul is refreshed and temporarily protected from the chaos outside the garden walls.

Under the light of the Sun, Life reclaims its primordial goodness, truth and beauty. If one person is shown on this card, it is usually signifying a human incarnation of the Divine. When two humans are shown, the image is portraying a resolution of the tension between opposites at all levels. It’s as if this card is saying “You can do no wrong — it’s all to the good!”

Your Horoscopes for Monday, October 24th

We are aware of the power of our passions now that the Sun, Mercury and Venus are swimming in the deep waters of Scorpio. But the Moon’s shift into diplomatic Libra at 11:49 am EDT reminds us that compromise can establish common ground in relationships. Nevertheless, acquiescing isn’t easy with constrictive Saturn also in Libra. We try to be objective, but still can lose our cool as the Moon opposes wild Uranus and squares fierce Pluto.

 

Aries Horoscope
Aries Horoscope (Mar 21 – Apr 19)

You may try to please everyone today, but you could end up alienating others if you don’t consider your needs, too. The social Libra Moon in your 7th House of Relationships tempts you to deny your own desires in favor of taking care of someone else. Unfortunately, codependency won’t help you or your partner reach satisfaction. Avoid the trappings of frustration by expressing what you want as honestly as possible. Friendship and intimacy grow from a foundation of integrity and trust.

Taurus Horoscope
Taurus Horoscope (Apr 20 – May 20)

You want to be of service to others now that the Moon is in your 6th House of Work, but making money isn’t necessarily your primary concern. You might be drawn to helping those who are less fortunate than you, or, maybe, you wish to pay back a debt to society to balance old karma. In any case, it’s healthy to know your limits by considering what you’re willing to give up to achieve your altruistic goals. Making commitments is serious business, so think twice before overextending yourself.

Gemini Horoscope
Gemini Horoscope (May 21 – Jun 20)

You’re determined to find ways to alter the daily routine of your life, but you’re not interested in upsetting the status quo. You just want to provide room for making improvements. Perhaps you have grown tired of having so many good ideas, only to discover that the big things in your life remain unchanged. Unfold your new goals slowly; the tiniest modifications can have the longest lasting impact.

Cancer Horoscope
Cancer Horoscope (June 21 – Jul 22)

Family dynamics are highlighted when the Moon returns to your 4th House of Security today. But if parenting is your primary responsibility, then you might just have less free time available for other activities now. But having a good time isn’t your primary motivation; it’s more about being available to those you love, even if it prevents you from doing something you enjoy. Fortunately, the quiet satisfaction derived from nurturing a loved one may be the greatest gift you can receive.

Leo Horoscope
Leo Horoscope (Jul 23 – Aug 22)

You may require some downtime today so you can think about the recent twists and turns in your life. Unfortunately, the road ahead is not very easy to navigate, so it’s a sensible idea to visualize a more direct route to success. Don’t be concerned if there aren’t immediate changes in your circumstances, for it may take some time for the current resistance to fade away.

Virgo Horoscope
Virgo Horoscope (Aug 23 – Sep 22)

You could run into a speed bump on the road of life today and though it requires you to slow down, there’s no need for a detour. Just take unexpected events in stride and do the best you can. Don’t allow yourself to succumb to discouragement, even if you face a major setback. Consider obstacles as perfect opportunities to keep improving your plan. Strengthening your body and mind now will increase your chances to succeed.

Libra Horoscope
Libra Horoscope (Sep 23 – Oct 22)

It’s harder these days to take your responsibilities lightly because the Moon and somber Saturn are both in your sign, setting the tone for the day. Don’t waste precious energy trying to put on a cheerful face for others, just because that’s what they expect from you. It isn’t your job to make everyone feel okay about the issues you face. Nevertheless, it’s up to you to look inward and ask yourself tough questions so you can gain clarity about the next phase of your life.

Scorpio Horoscope
Scorpio Horoscope (Oct 23 – Nov 21)

You may not want to talk about your emotions with the Moon and Saturn hiding out in your 12th House of Secrecy. But your need to be alone doesn’t include your very best friends or lover, since you long for the deep emotional connections that can break through your current isolation. Remember that interpersonal walls are created by mutual consent, so open your heart to invite in those with whom you want to share your life.

Sagittarius Horoscope
Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov 22 – Dec 21)

You only have so much free time available today, but you still want to escape for a bit, anyhow. Meanwhile, your workmates and friends keep reminding you of how many tasks you still have to complete. There are only so many hours in the day, so you may not be able to take time off to play now. Nevertheless, remaining focused on what’s most crucial will be rewarded later on. There’s no need to explain your choices; just follow your instincts and take care of the business at hand.

Capricorn Horoscope
Capricorn Horoscope (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

You may feel a lot of stress now, but this is your perfect chance to prove your competence to your boss. The reflective Moon and karmic Saturn in your 10th House of Career marks the culmination of your recent efforts or the beginning of an exciting new project. In either case, this is no time to relax. Don’t worry if no one seems to be acknowledging your contribution. Recognition is likely to happen soon enough.

Aquarius Horoscope
Aquarius Horoscope (Jan 20 – Feb 18)

Even well thought-out plans could meet up with opposition, but your ideas can still reach fruition if you’re open to making smart changes. Don’t be stubborn; acting as if you’re on top won’t help you reach your goals any faster. Something must change; fortunately, others are willing to meet you halfway if you demonstrate some flexibility. There’s no need to give up if you’re wise enough to modify your strategy.

Pisces Horoscope
Pisces Horoscope (Feb 19 – Mar 20)

You could face a difficult situation today if you must deal with someone who holds authority over you while remaining unsupportive of your efforts. It may be a difficult climb and although it requires extra determination to reach your destination, the process also makes you stronger. Don’t complain about your obligations; just roll up your sleeves and get busy. If you put forth your best effort the rewards will eventually follow.

Your Love Horoscopes for the Week of October 24

Relationships grow more complex during this first full week of the Sun in emotionally intense Scorpio. Desire increases and our willingness to compromise needs to gain approval diminishes. Wednesday’s pivotal square between ardent Mars and alluring Venus can’t help but dramatize romantic matters.

 

Aries Horoscope
Aries Horoscope (Mar 21 – Apr 19)

Your ruling planet Mars in dramatic Leo runs into a stressful square with romantic Venus in passionate Scorpio on Wednesday that raises the stakes in your personal life. Honestly facing some deeper issues in relationships is hard work this week. You or your partner may want more or, if you’re single, your desire for intimacy could lead to some risky behavior. Nevertheless, exposing your hidden feelings can liberate you with the truth; just try not to go to extreme measures to prove your point.

Taurus Horoscope
Taurus Horoscope (Apr 20 – May 20)

There’s nothing casual about your relationships this week with Wednesday’s passionate Scorpio New Moon landing in your 7th House of Partners. It’s time to push the envelope by seeking deeper satisfaction instead of settling for a safe but unfulfilling status quo. The price, however, is a willingness to let go of some of your stubborn patterns in exchange for achieving a greater degree of intimacy.

Gemini Horoscope
Gemini Horoscope (May 21 – Jun 20)

Feeling underappreciated or over-criticized can put you in a feisty mood this week. Your key planet Mercury’s stressful square with combative Mars can trigger harsh words on Friday. However, the message is about improving yourself rather than complaining to others or resisting reasonable advice. Cleaning up your act is a great way to feel better about yourself and, at the same time, makes you more attractive to others.

Cancer Horoscope
Cancer Horoscope (June 21 – Jul 22)

The passionate Scorpio New Moon falls in your 5th House of Romance on Wednesday, which should enliven your personal life one way or another. However, the path to love and pleasure could be a rocky one with conflicting ideas and values to negotiate with your current partner or a potential new one. Don’t hesitate if your heart tells you to reach out and express your desires. But if your emotions urge you to withdraw, don’t act too hastily. Retreating to your shell now is not the best option when it comes to finding love.

Leo Horoscope
Leo Horoscope (Jul 23 – Aug 22)

Irrepressible Mars in your willful sign encourages you to keep pushing for who and what you want. But loving Venus’ stressful square to the warrior planet is a mid-week reminder to be more sensitive in your seductions. Tuning in to what someone wants and subtly altering your actions to fulfill those desires will make you even more enchanting to those around you. As long as you remain true to your principles, putting others first works like a charm now.

Virgo Horoscope
Virgo Horoscope (Aug 23 – Sep 22)

It’s finally time to have some deep conversations about matters of significant personal concern. If you are tempted to aggressively defend your position, you could win the battle but lose in the game of love. Don’t look for quick solutions to restore faith in an ongoing alliance or to get a new one heading in a favorable direction. Honesty and vulnerability are your allies in spite of the complications they arouse. Take the first step by opening your heart and you might be pleasantly surprised at what happens next.

Libra Horoscope
Libra Horoscope (Sep 23 – Oct 22)

Hinting at what you want is unlikely to succeed this week. Your romantic ruling planet Venus in subtle Scorpio would prefer to give indirect signals rather than to be straightforward in expressing your needs. But Wednesday’s stressful square between cosmic lovers Mars and Venus indicates that staying quiet can leave you very dissatisfied. It’s better to be just a little pushy and deal with others’ discomfort in the moment than to remain silent and unhappy any longer.

Scorpio Horoscope
Scorpio Horoscope (Oct 23 – Nov 21)

This is a very powerful time for pushing your romantic agenda forward. The passionate Scorpio New Moon and a sexy square between Venus and Mars kick up strong feelings this week. The key to success is in understanding your desires and being able to express them without making others feel uncomfortable or guilty. An alluring invitation to enter into your world of pleasure just might be irresistible to the right playmate.

Sagittarius Horoscope
Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov 22 – Dec 21)

Secrets can play a big role in your personal life this week with Wednesday’s New Moon in confidential Scorpio falling in your mysterious 12th house. If you’ve been hiding something, even from yourself, it might come out in the open now. Respecting others’ privacy may make the difference between strengthening or weakening a relationship. Discussing delicate matters requires all the sensitivity that you can muster, but is well worth the effort if both parties open their hearts to the process.

Capricorn Horoscope
Capricorn Horoscope (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

Your sense of order and ambition may need to be set aside so that you can look past the surface to feel what’s going on underneath it. What’s not being said now may be more powerful than any words you hear. Listen with your gut instead of your ears and you may tune in to an important message. Being a good friend, even at some sacrifice to your own immediate interests, earns you a special kind of loyalty that will pay big dividends later.

Aquarius Horoscope
Aquarius Horoscope (Jan 20 – Feb 18)

Your airy intellectual sign tends to rely a great deal on rational thinking. Logic is a great thing, yet the planetary patterns that dominate this week are much more about evoking emotions. If you apply reason to a relationship matter, you might fail to connect and understand what’s really going on. Tune in to your own non-rational senses and you will recognize what you need to do. Silence can tell you so much more than words now, so give yourself the chance to listen.

Pisces Horoscope
Pisces Horoscope (Feb 19 – Mar 20)

Wednesday’s sexy Scorpio New Moon falls in your 9th House of Travel and Learning. Your desire to understand life’s mysteries may attract you to philosophical individuals and people from faraway places. If you’re in a less-than-fulfilling relationship now, discussing your core beliefs and long-term goals should help you discover if this partnership has a future, and what you need to do to make it a rewarding one. If you aren’t feeling the love in return, it just might be the right time to strike out on your own.

Cosmic Calendar for October 24th

Here’s another start to a workweek that feels somewhat edgy and worrisome – even though there are bright spots that will be manifesting. During the void Moon in Virgo as the day begins, Mercury trines Ceres in water signs (5:10AM PDT) while the Sun trines Chiron in water signs (6:38AM PDT). These two favorable alignments should equate with a rise in overall productivity and a feeling that healing forces are back on the march. However, a void lunar uncertainty zone can sometimes weaken sky patterns that happen within its time-cycle. Once the clock strikes 8:50AM PDT, the Moon pulls out of the void vortex by entering airy Libra for the next two days. The goal now is to revisit the Solar Libra 30-day cycle that recently ended by continuing to improve your primary partnerships and striving to increase your arsenal of artistic skills. Mercury making an inspirational, 72-degree link to Pallas (5:11PM PDT) is a major help in your becoming more adept at problem-solving and strategizing with trusted experts. Juno finally takes the plunge – leaving Libra for Scorpio (6:59PM PDT). This definitely adds weight to the passionate, mysterious and secretive undertones and overtones present within the Scorpio zodiacal frame of reference. [Juno remains in intensive Scorpio until January 29, 2012.] Creating one more shocking disturbance in the giant scheme of things is tonight’s Sun-Uranus 150-degree connection – bridging Scorpio and Aries at 11:00PM PDT. Here’s your choice – breakdown or breakthrough. Which way do you want to travel as Monday morphs into Tuesday?