Daily Feng Shui Tip for Jan. 13th

Today I want to marry two different energies in the hopes of achieving one single and loving result. It’s both ‘Rubber Ducky Day’ and ‘Make A Dream Come True Day’ and if your dream is to find the perfect partner, then a ducky or two can actually do exactly that. According to Feng Shui, Mandarin ducks have long been traditional symbols of love, specifically signifying romance, fidelity, and loyalty. These ducks mate for life and are always seen as loving and loyal pairs. Therefore, the symbols of ducks are often used to help single folks find partners and marital bliss. Positioned near their owners, these ducks are said to emit such a strong love Shi that the owner will then become more attractive, especially to potential partners. To activate more romance luck by using Mandarin ducks you should display a pair in the Romance area of the main floor or bedroom, or even put a pair in that same space in the living or dining room areas. Birds of a feather might stick together, but two ducks will bring a life-long partner to help you feather your own nest!

By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com

The Meaning of the Number 6

The symbolism behind number Six is legend. With Venus as its ruler, Six represents harmony, balance, sincerity, love, and truth. Six naturally reveals solutions for us in a calm, unfolding manner. We invoke the Six when we need delicate diplomacy when dealing with sensitive matters. The spiritual meaning of number Six also deals with enlightenment; specifically “lighting” our path in areas we require spiritual and mental balance. Sixes beckon us to administer compassion and consciously choose forgiveness in a situation.

 

The Spirituality Meaning of Numbers

Your Daily Number for Jan. 13th: 6

Changes affecting family and friends are possible today. A move or other change of home or work environment are also on the horizon. You’ll experience an increased workload and responsibility. Don’t put off till tomorrow what you can do today…

Fast Facts

About the Number 6

Theme: Family and Social Responsibility, Service, Healing
Astro Association: Gemini
Tarot Association: Lovers

Today’s I Ching Hexagram for Jan. 13th is 36: Darkening of the Light

36: Darkening of the Light

Hexagram 36

General Meaning: When light becomes dim, it may be wise to become invisible. The image is of fresh darkness, the period after the sun has gone down or the fire has gone out. There is still much activity left over from the light of day, while movements in the outer world become more dangerous. Even the smallest sound, the faintest glow of light, can attract unwanted attention.

When the darkness of stupidity reigns, it is best that your own brilliance stay ‘hidden under a bushel basket.’ That is, your thoughts and efforts should be quiet and self-contained, and protected, as much as possible, from disruptive influences.

Whatever you do, don’t let yourself be swept along on the current of conventional wisdom when dangerous uncertainties exist. Try not to become too depressed or anxious; this period will pass. Just endure it for now and inwardly preserve your self-confidence, while outwardly remaining cooperative and flexible. The time to assert yourself will come. Avoid looking too far ahead if you have not yet achieved your goals. That only feeds regret and longing, which can eat away at your inner resources.

Be cautious and reserved. Control yourself. Do not needlessly awaken dormant forces of opposition. During dark, unsettled periods, it is best to step gingerly around the sleeping dogs.

Today’s Runes for Jan. 13th is Ken

Today’s Runes

Stone Runes are most commonly used for questions about the natural world and things beyond human control. Ken is the rune of light and knowledge, driving away darkness and ignorance and revealing hidden truth. This rune also brings forth images of friendship and comfort. Ken is the light of inspiration, the light of imagination, and a beacon in the darkest hours

Today’s Tarot Card for Jan. 13th is The Hanged Man

The Hanged Man

This Tarot Deck: Old English

General Meaning: Traditionally, the card known as the Hanged Man usually indicates a lack of ability to help oneself through independent action. This energy is arrested and awaiting judgment. With this card, there is no avenue for the will to regain control until the situation has passed.

This represents a good time to be philosophical, to study and meditate upon the position you find yourself in, and form resolutions for the moment you become free again. Only those who possess wisdom, patience and optimism will be able to see through limitations, including possible humiliation, to grasp the inspiring lesson one can gain from such an experience

Your Daily Horoscopes for Friday, Jan. 13th

Love is in the air today, yet luckily we’re able to balance our romantic fantasies with the practicalities of everyday life. We can be sensible even while dreaming, as beautiful Venus trines responsible Saturn and joins imaginative Neptune. Although a stubborn Mercury-Pluto conjunction tempts us to amass power, we don’t need to lose touch with the magic. Meanwhile, the meticulous Virgo Moon helps us approach each situation in a rational manner.

 

Aries Horoscope
Aries Horoscope (Mar 21 – Apr 19)

You might think that you’re being extremely realistic, yet you could fall in love with your own reflection today without realizing what happened. Thankfully, your closest friends won’t confuse your dreams with the actual events of the day. Ultimately, the truth may not be as perfect as your imagination, but acknowledging reality for what it is should eliminate most of your potential problems before they can even manifest.

Taurus Horoscope
Taurus Horoscope (Apr 20 – May 20)

You may believe that you have done everything possible to assist others now as your ruling planet Venus conjuncts delusional Neptune in your 10th House of Publicity. However, you might have your own self-interests at heart, rather than being motivated by altruism. But don’t waste energy questioning your motives. The reason you are doing something today isn’t as important as whether or not you are kind in your interactions with others.

Gemini Horoscope
Gemini Horoscope (May 21 – Jun 20)

A relationship with a close friend or business partner is complicated now because you are probably seeing things through rose-colored glasses. Although your subjective view of reality is tinted by your unfulfilled desires, you can steer clear of trouble by tempering your unrealistic expectations with critical thinking. You needn’t be afraid of dreaming as long as you stay aware of the difference between fact and fantasy.

Cancer Horoscope
Cancer Horoscope (June 21 – Jul 22)

Your standards for sharing your true feelings are set at a very high level now because you don’t want to fool yourself into believing that everything is fine. However, it’s challenging today to create a healthy balance between expressing the truth and bending it. Even if you’re tempted to sidestep an unpleasant situation, you’ll be happier in the long run if you take enough time to address unresolved issues before they grow out of control.

Leo Horoscope
Leo Horoscope (Jul 23 – Aug 22)

You may run into an emotional wall today, and even though you cannot just keep pushing ahead, it’s not sensible to retreat, either. Thankfully, you can imagine an ideal picture of the way you want things to be and your unwavering focus enables you to create a concrete plan to reach satisfaction. Sharing your ideas with co-workers can provide positive feedback, but ultimately the responsibility to make your dreams come true is yours alone. Don’t wait for help; you can perform magic on your own.

Virgo Horoscope
Virgo Horoscope (Aug 23 – Sep 22)

You know what you want to do today and may become quite angry with anyone who stands in your way. But even without resistance, you might grow confused as you move closer toward your goals because you can’t understand why everything is taking so long to finish. However, impatience is counterproductive because you have more time than you realize, anyway. It’s more important now to keep your faith than it is to reach your destination.

Libra Horoscope
Libra Horoscope (Sep 23 – Oct 22)

Your ruling planet Venus is touched by angelic Neptune today, dangling idealistic fantasies just beyond your reach. Thankfully, you are quite comfortable knowing there’s more work to do before you can earn your just rewards. On another day you might grow frustrated, but now you see the plan in motion and you’re happy to let it continue to unfold naturally. Find a working pace that you can sustain and stick with it.

Scorpio Horoscope
Scorpio Horoscope (Oct 23 – Nov 21)

It’s easy for you to look ahead today, unencumbered by your recent past. Intelligent Mercury joins potent Pluto, your key planet, bringing a powerful mental boost that enables you to maintain your focus on the present while also dreaming about your future. Use your creative imagination to set the right tone for the next phase of your life. Just don’t reach ahead too far too fast, or your current stability will begin to feel more like a prison than the gift that it actually is.

Sagittarius Horoscope
Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov 22 – Dec 21)

You are able to bend reality today so you can imagine all the possibilities that are ahead. You have a clear shot at whatever you want now, assuming you can conjure up a clear image of your desires. Just remember that daydreaming isn’t the only ingredient to your success now; perseverance is required, too. Don’t give up on your highest hopes, or you’ll never know what might have been possible.

Capricorn Horoscope
Capricorn Horoscope (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

Others secretly admire your ability to be patient when working toward accomplishing your goals. Thankfully, the cosmos is on your side today as your key planet Saturn forms a harmonious trine with sensual Venus, enabling you to work hard for sweet rewards while delaying gratification if necessary. Keep your eye on the prize; it will be yours once you’ve earned it.

Aquarius Horoscope
Aquarius Horoscope (Jan 20 – Feb 18)

Your ability to approach something you want with emotional detachment might seem odd to others, but this logical strategy enables you to maintain your sense of freedom. Today, however, you might swallow the bait if the object of your desire is attractive enough. Instead of wasting time and energy struggling to work your way free, avoid headaches by steering clear of the hook right from the start.

Pisces Horoscope
Pisces Horoscope (Feb 19 – Mar 20)

Delicious Venus hooks up with your key planet Neptune today, transforming simple facts into multicolored streams of cascading fantasies. The magic may happen so fast that you’re instantly mesmerized by your lovely daydreams. There’s no need to deny yourself the sweet pleasures; you can always make your way back to reality tomorrow.

Your Weekend Lunar Love Horoscope for Jan. 13th – 15th

Weekend Love: Lunar Love

by Jeff Jawer

Dream a Little Dream

January 13 – 15

This Friday the 13th could be lucky for lovers and those seeking love. The fastidious Virgo Moon isn’t usually thought of as romantic, but amour’s leading lady Venus is running the show now, making this a day of delights wherever you go. She joins limitless Neptune in the morning to inspire dreams of boundless affection. This connection spurs fantasies that may be difficult to fulfill, but with some creativity and a dash of intuition, anyone in love can make this a magical time. Use your imagination to come up with special activities that go beyond the usual restraints of routine social events. Indulging in artistic endeavors such as music, poetry and film are ways to stimulate one’s appetite for love. Or dress up and go dancing to make ordinary life feel like a Hollywood movie.

Venus slips into surreal Pisces on Friday night, allowing dreams to overflow into the light of day for the next three weeks. The Moon’s move into harmonious Libra, the partnership sign, on Saturday morning keeps relationships and romance on the front burner. Treating others the way you want to be treated could be the key to the kingdom of contentment. Venus’ cooperative connection with expansive Jupiter favors generosity, yet the Moon’s stressful square with suspicious Pluto could darken moods with shadows of mistrust or jealousy. Gently addressing unpleasant feelings is healthier than burying them in quiet resentment.

New Moon Report for Friday, Jan. 13th – Venus in Pisces

Venus in Pisces

Friday, January 13, 9:48 pm PST, Saturday, January 14, 12:48 am EST

Venus is exalted in Pisces where the love planet is at its most spiritual and compassionate expression. Idealism, imagination and exquisite sensitivity can enrich our relationships and help us find inspiration through music, art, nature, beauty and spirituality. Yet romantic fantasies and sacrificing ourselves to get affection could lead to disillusion and a sense of martyrdom. Venus in Pisces’ gift of unconditional love works best when mixed with a dose of discernment.

Daily Cosmic Calendar for Friday, Jan. 13th

Compared to today’s cosmic intensity, yesterday was a cream puff or cake-walk. Of course, knowing this is a Friday the Thirteenth does not offer comfort to those of you who are highly superstitious. Meanwhile, Venus, the traditional planet of love, makes a flowing trine to taskmaster, ringed Saturn (1:06AM PST) only a few hours before Mercury unites with Pluto in Capricorn (5:04AM PST), Ceres parallels Saturn (5:13AM PST), and Venus unites with Neptune in Aquarius (7:18AM PST). If you think you have life, business affairs and primary partnerships all figured out, think again. Venus trine Saturn, Mercury conjunct Pluto, Ceres parallel Saturn, and Venus merging with Neptune – all within 6+ hours of time – constitute a major test of faith and confidence. When so many potent alignments are squashed within a short period of time, giving a cogent interpretation is impossible. However, each piece of the puzzle has an essential meaning. Venus trine Saturn suggests that some sensible progress on the financial front is possible. Mercury cavorting with Pluto can make anyone into an amateur detective – energized by the fierce desire to get to the root of long-standing mysteries and secrets. Ceres and Saturn together is a reminder to learn more about your parental heritage and archetypes. Venus in cahoots with Neptune can rev up your romantic and erotic nature or increase confusion on the love front. The Moon uniting with Mars in Virgo (4:37PM PST) adds a further touch of volatility, passion or excitement. A Sun-Moon flowing trine in earth signs (5:59PM PST) sounds appealing at first glance, but it also begins a fairly long void lunar cycle that lasts until 5:29AM PST tomorrow. Be aware that Venus enters the sign of its exaltation – Pisces – at 9:48PM PST. Venus remains in compassionate and empathic Pisces until February 7.

13 Trivial Facts About Friday the 13th

13 Trivial Facts About Friday the 13th

Updated: Friday, 13 Jan 2012, 11:26 AM EST
Published : Friday, 13 Jan 2012, 11:26 AM EST

(EndPlay Staff Reports) – It’s Friday the 13th. If you’re superstitious, you’re likely under the impression that this is the most unlucky day on the calendar. Here are 13 facts about Friday the 13th to help keep your mind off all bad things that could happen today:

1. This is the first of three Friday the 13ths on the calendar in 2012: January, April and July all start on Sunday, which means the 13th day falls on a Friday.

2. The 1980 film “Friday the 13th” grossed nearly $40 million during its initial cinema run, according to information from the Internet Movie Database .

3. Fear of the number 13 is known as triskaidekaphobia, while fear of Friday the 13th is known as paraskavedekatriaphobia.

4. According to information from Time , the mini crash of Friday, Oct. 13, 1989 was the second largest drop of the Dow history. Even scarier? Today the crash doesn’t even rank in the top 10.

5. One psychotherapist, who specializes in the treatment of phobias, asserts that 21 million Americans fear Friday the 13th, according to information from About.com .

6. People in Spanish-speaking nations fear Tuesday the 13th, according to information from The Huffington Post .

7. NASA was almost tragically unlucky with its Apollo 13 mission. The capsule was launched at 13:13 on April 11, 1970. The explosion that ultimately destroyed the craft took place on April 13, which was a Monday.

8. The ancient Chinese regarded the number 13 as lucky, according to About.com. The ancient Egyptians also thought 13 brought good luck.

9. Looking to get inked? Tattoo parlors around the country offer specials for those who chose to commemorate the day permanently, traditionally offering tats of the number 13 for only $13. According Tattoo Artist Magazine , Dallas tattoo artist Oliver Peck started the tradition.

10. President Franklin D. Roosevelt apparently suffered from triskaidekaphobia: According to The Huffington Post, he refused to travel on the 13th day of any month and would not host a dinner party with 13 guests.

11. Worried about being in an accident on Friday the 13th? According to a recent Washington Post report, the risk of being in a car crash on any Friday is higher than other days of the week. Police attribute this fact to alcohol consumption.

12. Some people believe the fear of Friday the 13th goes back to the Garden of Eden. Supposedly Eve offered Adam the forbidden fruit on a Friday, and they were then ejected from Paradise.

13. Want to avoid bad luck on Friday the 13th? There are a number of things you can do to ward off ill fate, according to superstition: Touch wood, cross your fingers, avoid black cats, don’t look at the full moon through a pane of glass, and throw salt over each shoulder.

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Why Friday the 13th Is Unlucky

Why Friday the 13th Is Unlucky

Paraskevidekatriaphobia: Friday the 13th Origins, History, and Folklore

By David Emery, About.com Guide

I HAVE before me the abstract of a 1993 study published in the British Medical Journal provocatively titled “Is Friday the 13th Bad for Your Health?”

With the aim of mapping “the relation between health, behaviour, and superstition surrounding Friday 13th in the United Kingdom,” its authors compared the ratio of traffic volume to the number of automobile accidents on two different days, Friday the 6th and Friday the 13th, over a period of years.

Incredibly, they found that in the region sampled, while consistently fewer people chose to drive their cars on Friday the 13th, the number of hospital admissions due to vehicular accidents was significantly higher than on “normal” Fridays. Their conclusion:

“Friday 13th is unlucky for some. The risk of hospital admission as a result of a transport accident may be increased by as much as 52 percent. Staying at home is recommended.”

Paraskevidekatriaphobics — people afflicted with a morbid, irrational fear of Friday the 13th — will be pricking up their ears about now, buoyed by seeming evidence that the source of their unholy terror might not be so irrational after all. It’s unwise to take solace in a single scientific study, however, especially one so peculiar. I suspect these statistics have more to teach us about human psychology than the ill-fatedness of any particular date on the calendar.

Friday the 13th, ‘the most widespread superstition’

The sixth day of the week and the number 13 both have foreboding reputations said to date from ancient times. It seems their inevitable conjunction from one to three times a year (there will be three such occurrences in 2012, exactly 13 weeks apart) portends more misfortune than some credulous minds can bear. According to some sources it’s the most widespread superstition in the United States today. Some people refuse to go to work on Friday the 13th; some won’t eat in restaurants; many wouldn’t think of setting a wedding on the date.

How many Americans at the beginning of the 21st century suffer from this condition? According to Dr. Donald Dossey, a psychotherapist specializing in the treatment of phobias (and coiner of the term paraskevidekatriaphobia, also spelled paraskavedekatriaphobia), the figure may be as high as 21 million. If he’s right, no fewer than eight percent of Americans remain in the grips of a very old superstition.

Exactly how old is difficult to say, because determining the origins of superstitions is an inexact science, at best. In fact, it’s mostly guesswork.

Calendar of the Moon for Friday, Jan. 13th

Calendar of the Moon
Beth/Poseideion II

Birch Tree Moon

Color: White
Element: Air
Altar: Upon cloth of white set the budded birch branches, a single white candle, the rune Berkana carved onto a piece of birch wood, and a bowl of clear water.
Offerings: White cakes with the Berkana rune carved upon them.
Daily Meal: Vegetarian with dairy and eggs.

Beth Invocation

Call: Now is the beginning of the year.
Response: Now is the time of stillness and cold.
Call: Now all is still and waiting upon the earth.
Response: Now the earth sleeps beneath her many blankets.
Call: Now is the time of patience.
Response: Now is the time of our longest wait.
Call: We are at peace with the Earth and with each other.
Response: We are at peace with the Earth and ready to begin.
Call: This is the month of indrawn breath.
Response: This is the time of all beginnings.
Call: May the year grow strong before us!
Response: May we grow strong before the year!
Call: For as the birch tree steps forth into the burned fields,
Response: So do we step forth into the aftermath of our own burning.
Call: For as the soft branches of the birch beat away the old year,
Response: So do we lower our heads for the strokes of the future.
Call: For as the pheasant hunts the snow for food,
Response: So do we seek through the ruins of the past.
Call: For as Frigga spins the clouds into thread,
Response: So do we circle like the spinning whorl,
Call: So do we take up the fiber of what has been,
Response: So do we bring forth the new year from our very hands.
Call: From our open hands,
Response: From our open hearts,
Call: From our open bodies,
Response: From our open souls.

Chant: Silver tree, in your branches
White of snow, stars are dancing
Tree of clouds, like thread of silver
Time runs through our hands.

Calendar of the Sun for Friday, Jan. 13th

Calendar of the Sun
13 Wolfmonath

Compitalia Mania, Day of the Mother of Ghosts

Colors: White and Black
Element: Air
Altar: Upon cloth of black lay many sheer cloths of white, which each person takes as they enter and places over their heads. Lay out also four white candles, incense of myrrh, many loaves of bread made in the shape of men and women, and many skeins of handspun wool.
Offerings: Woolen effigies, to be made in the ritual. Make offerings in a graveyard.
Daily Meal: Fasting today until the evening meal.

Compitalia Mania Invocation

We call upon thee, Mania, Mother of Ghosts,
On this your day when you arise to admonish us.
Let not the spirits of the Dead torment us,
For we love and remember them.
Let not the spirits of the Dead pursue us,
For we wish them peace and rest.
Let not the spirits of the Dead wail in our ears,
For we cannot give them life, or comfort,
And so we beseech thee, Mother of Ghosts,
To take them into your dark arms
And sing them to sleep until it is time
For them to come once more
Into the world of life and breath and body.
(The bread loaves are passed around. Each is named with the name of someone dead who refuses to be forgotten. They are eaten.)
Hail, Mania, Mother of Ghosts!
We take these your children into our bodies,
We make them part of our lives,
And then return them again to the Earth.
May they live again in our flesh and blood
For these few days, and share our thoughts
And hopes, and dreams, and make themselves ready
To come once again into flesh of their own.

(The wool skeins are passed around, and fashioned into the shape of men and women, the Children of Mania, the Manes. These are hung about the house, over windows and doorways, in order to honor the Manes and keep them from tormenting the living.)