- I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.
- I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.
- I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life.
- I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life.”
- I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.
- I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back.
- I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.
- I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one.
- I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone.
- People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.
- I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.
- I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
The odds are fairly high that you might be hosting holiday visitors. That makes this the best time to take advantage of some ‘Friends and Family’ Feng Shui that lends warmth and wonder to that space. Find a fun and meaningful picture of those who are visiting and place that photo inside a wooden frame. This picture should not include you or anyone who lives under your roof. Place the framed photo in the guest bedroom where your visitors will be sleeping and position it anywhere they can easily see it. In the Feng Shui philosophy, activating the element of wood will bring balanced and harmonious energies to any family or friends agenda. You are nurturing and growing the ‘family’ tree, so to speak. Simply by showcasing your visitor’s individual energies in a special place in your home, you are also illustrating that they are a top priority in your life. Gift your loved ones with this framed photo before they leave. It will serve as a reminder of your warm and wonderful times together and as a promise of many more to come.
By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com
22: Grace and Beauty
Thursday, Nov 29th, 2012
A splashy sunset bathes the mountains in a soft radiance; the light of a full moon dances on the surface of a rippling river. Grace and beauty adorn the natural world. Grace is not an all-powerful force, nor is it the essential or fundamental thing. By itself, it is form without content. Grace is moonlight on water, not the sunlight at noon. Yet grace brings artistic expression into the world, and enhances the quality of our lives.
In the arts, grace arises out of adherence to form: the dancer becoming the form of the dance, the musician giving life to the form of a musical score, the painter becoming one with the brush and canvas. In human affairs, grace is also aligned with form — with mastery of aesthetic and cultural patterns honed by time and honored by tradition. Through appreciation of graceful customs in human relationships we apprehend the pure beauty of the ideal, of life raised above the mere struggle for survival.
Possession of grace, like the bearing of a beautiful gift to a wedding, can add stature to those in humble positions. Take care to lend grace and dignity even to small happenings, while giving the weight of deep and careful consideration to matters of greater consequence. Though it should not be confused with true substance, an artistic flair can take one far in this world.
Thursday, Nov 29th, 2012
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.)
Personal relationships could be a bit easier to manage today now that flirty Venus forms a supportive sextile to mighty Mars. There’s very little resistance to expressing what’s in our hearts when the cosmic lovers align harmoniously, and the Moon’s visit to talkative Gemini reminds us that the willingness to communicate can deepen a friendship. We must make certain that our desires are worth pursuing before we waste a lot of time and money.
(Mar 21 – Apr 19)
You may be feeling your oats today since your key planet Mars receives a supportive nod from vivacious Venus, inspiring you to express your feelings to someone you like. Others will want to bask in the warmth of your good intentions. Don’t hold back; be direct and tell someone special what you want. If you can be patient you might just get what you need.
(Apr 20 – May 20)
A weight is lifting from your shoulders today and you are eager to express your pleasure to those who will listen. Your key planet Venus is supported by physical Mars today, prompting you to step outside of your comfort zone. Venus is reminding you that your friends and family will be there for you if you need them. However, others may not be able to read your mind, so don’t be afraid to show your vulnerability by asking for help.
(May 21 – Jun 20)
You are excited to get down to work today, only to discover that you first must redo a task you thought was already completed. Although your curiosity is receiving an energetic boost, you don’t need to take a giant leap forward yet. Don’t be in such a hurry; instead, take your time and attend to the details along the way. There’s satisfaction to be gained from a job well done.
(Jun 21 – Jul 22)
You might not be ready to come right out and say what you mean now, but thankfully, your actions can speak louder than any spoken words. Don’t worry about explaining yourself today; just act with decisive clarity, even if you are feeling uncertain. Your current choices will be less important in the future as long as you do something positive in the present moment.
(Jul 23 – Aug 22)
Your confidence is strong, and you could inadvertently overwhelm others without even considering the consequences of your actions. You might think everything is copacetic, only to be confused by the unspoken resistance that you now face. Thankfully, managing your relationship dynamics is easy if you don’t promise too much. Turn down your volume today and listen carefully to what others need instead of only thinking about yourself.
(Aug 23 – Sep 22)
Although you may be dealing with serious issues, you can feel a calming influence now right in the midst of your personal turbulence. Sensual Venus in your hyperactive 3rd house is harmonizing with fiery Mars, and this delightful combination encourages you to act on your desires and move closer to your goals. Trust your instincts today and do what feels right.
(Sep 23 – Oct 22)
You’re anything but indecisive about your emotions now. You’re sure about what you want and will do whatever it takes to reach satisfaction. Today’s wonderful state of affairs comes from several supportive aspects to your key planet Venus. This grace period won’t last long, so it’s perfectly fine to derive pleasure from it while you can.
(Oct 23 – Nov 21)
When sexy Venus is in your sign, you are even more inclined to delve into the shadows as you seek the magic that often is shrouded in darkness. Today you have a desire to go even deeper, as Venus dances with physical Mars. The only thing that can stand in your way now is you; buried treasure awaits your discovery so face your insecurities and start digging.
(Nov 22 – Dec 21)
You may feel as if you’re being pulled in opposite directions today as you slide into the unfamiliar realms of your emotions. You’re intuitively guided to leave the world of logic to discover a deeper meaning that words cannot reach. But simultaneously your fear of the unknown is stirred, tempting you to run back to the safety of your rational mind. Don’t succumb to the easy way out or you will miss an opportunity for a rich experience.
(Dec 22 – Jan 19)
Don’t play the role of a controlling boss today, even if you have the authority to do so. Your recent efforts have clearly made your case and now it’s time to let others integrate your guidance or go forward on their own accord. Either way, you must recognize the need to step back. Instead of trying to micromanage everything, take advantage of your free time to do something special for yourself.
(Jan 20 – Feb 18)
It’s challenging to maintain a peaceful state of mind today, even if most things seem to be running smoothly. Your current problem may be exacerbated by close friends who could be exerting control over you. Your best strategy now is to talk about anything that is bothering you since bringing your fears into the open should help dissipate them, allowing you to relax and enjoy yourself more fully.
(Feb 19 – Mar 20)
Even if you are criticized by your peers today, accept their feedback with a smile. Chances are they are acting out of kindness rather than hostility. However, your sensitive nature could get in the way of an otherwise positive interaction, so try not to take things so personally. Changing your attitude helps you appreciate constructive criticism which in turn enables you to be more effective in the days ahead.
Just like last Saturday November 24th, today is somewhat open-ended in that the void Moon’s presence in Gemini is kind of up-in-the-air. It is hard to pin things down and make colleagues, friends and even dear ones see reality as you do. Even if you have the backing and agreement from several individuals, the Moon’s questionable nature right now doesn’t provide a lot of reliable persistence. Meanwhile, during the 48 hours after a Full Moon, it is helpful if you play the role of goodwill ambassador to your family, circle of friends, neighbors and greater community. The monthly Moon-Vesta union (9:55AM PST) can bring soul-sisters together in a unified front while it also places renewed emphasis on beefing up security and safety measures wherever needed. Despite the Moon’s void condition, there may be some creative artistic opportunities developing when Venus makes a supportive, 60-degree rapport with Mars (2:34PM PST) followed quickly by an inspirational, 72-degree contact between Juno and Chiron (2:45PM PST). This latter aspect can add a healing touch to love bonds needing a delicate boost. Slow down your tempo overnight as the Moon activates distant stars like Betelgeuse and the North Star (Polaris) while still feeling the numbing influence of the void-of-course vibrations.
Calendar of the Moon
Full Moon Night
Altar: Upon a black cloth set a single black candle, incense, an iron sickle laid to mimic the direction of the waning moon, a cup of water, a lock of silver hair, and a white bone.
Offerings: Bones. Stones. Menstrual blood. Give something up.
Daily Meal: Soup of some sort, cooked in a cauldron, eaten in silence.
Full Moon Invocation
At this time, in the full of the moon,
When the Silver Lady ages
To an old woman in the dark,
Haunting crossroads, working magic,
Stirring her cauldron
Of poison that heals,
Grandmother Moon of sorcery
And wisdom, who sees all
And reveals little to our searching eyes.
Moon of Death, Moon of mystery,
Moon of silence who hides her face,
Let us learn silence from your averted gaze
Let us learn patience from your aging face
Let us feel for the dark places within us
And find our way down your path in the darkness
Which is utter and complete
But not impenetrable.
As darkness wraps us,
So silence heals us.
As darkness finds us,
So silence guides us.
As darkness speaks,
So silence falls.
(The candle is blown out, and all leave in silence. From the beginning of this rite at Hesperis until the dawn, silence will rule in the house. Talking must be done only in whispers, and between no more than two people, and only for that which is necessary. Long meditation is encouraged, and all work must be done quietly if possible. The evening meal should be eaten by candlelight, and only candles may light the house, except for the sake of certain important work.)
Calendar of the Sun
Altar: Upon a red cloth set two torches, the figure of a lioness, and a clay pitcher of beer mixed with red fruit juice.
Offerings: Meat. Blood. Wrestle with the Beast Within.
Daily Meal: Beer. Meat from a hoofed animal. Barley.
Invocation to Sekhmet
Long, long ago, Ra Lord of the Sun
Was wroth with the people of the earth,
For their disrespect and their carelessness,
And his anger was so great
That he called forth into existence
The lioness goddess Sekhmet
As a manifestation of his wrath,
And he set her upon the people,
Intending her to eat a few of them
And teach them all a lesson.
And Sekhmet leaped upon them,
But she did not stop her destruction,
And after three days she had killed so many
That Ra begged her to stop, regretting his error,
But she refused, saying that there would be no end
To her appetite for blood and death.
So Ra had beer dyed red as blood, and spread it
Over the field of carnage, and she drank,
And fell asleep, and was enspelled.
And so we hail Sekhmet, for within each of us
Is the beast of wrath whom we must propitiate,
And never let run wild, lest it slay
All that we hold dear. Hail Sekhmet!
(All respond: “Hail Sekhmet!” )
Be merciful to us, we who cower
In your shadow, and feel your footprints within us.
(All respond: “Have mercy upon us!”
And may your hunting be plentiful,
And all your days bright with sun.
(All respond: “Hail Queen of the Desert Sun!” Then the red beer is poured as a libation, and the torches are carried outside, where they are left to burn out.)
A veil of self-absorption is lifted and suddenly you gain access to an unbiased view of others. This is a rare moment when you can see yourself objectively and become aware of whether or not what you want in your heart is actually beginning to manifest in your life. Traditionally, the Full Moon phase stirs emotion, and this is because when you “see” what is happening, you may become upset if you’re experiencing the “same ole, same ole” — rather than the things you would like. If the Full Moon phase is a disappointment, on the next New Moon it’s time to take creative action in the direction of your dreams.
The Witches Correspondence for Thursday, November 29th
Magickal Intentions: Luck, Happiness, Health, Legal Matters, Male Fertility, Treasure and Wealth, Honor, Riches, Clothing Desires, Leadership, Public Activity, Power and Success Incense: Cinnamon, Must, Nutmeg and Sage
Sign: Sagittarius and Pisces
Colors: Purple, Royal Blue and Indigo
Herbs/Plants: Cinnamon, Beech, Buttercup, Coltsfoot, Oak
Stones: Sugilite, Amethyst, Turquoise, Lapis Lazuli and Sapphire
Oil: (Jupiter) Clove, Lemon Balm, Oak moss, Star Anise
Jupiter presides over Thursday. The vibrations of this day attune well to all matters involving material gain. Use them for working rituals that entail general success, accomplishment, honors and awards, or legal issues. These energies are also helpful in matters of luck, gambling, and prosperity.
The Witches Almanac for Thursday, November 29th
Tubman’s Birthday (Liberian)
Moon Sign: Gemini
Moon Phase: Third Quarter
I am sorry for being late, it is all Lady A’s fault (don’t tell her I said that, lol!). She had me outside forcing me to play with a baby cougar. Oh, it was awful I tell you! The baby was so soft and cute, I just couldn’t stand it. Pure Agony! Sure, I enjoyed every minute of it. So much that I let the time get away from me. Then I log into WordPress and they have changed this whole back end for us. It will take me a minute to figure it out. Oh, my goodness, it is going to be a Maniac Thursday! I have got to go. I am running so late. I am sorry it is all Lady A’s fault, lol! I will be a toad later on this afternoon. Nice knowing ya’ !
I hope you have a very good afternoon,
Blessings my friends,
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