The Caffeinated Cross
by Karl Lembke
The following ritual was found in a musty, dusty old fragment of parchment lodged between the musty old pages of a musty, dusty old book in a musty, dusty old library whose musty, dusty old dust hadn’t been disturbed by the presence of man in many a musty, dusty old century. It took a great deal of effort to translate the original writings. After months of effort and research in language libraries, it was finally determined that the weird script was not some arcane, forgotten language, but English, written by someone with a very bad case of caffeine jitters.
Another fragment indicated that this was once part of a book, entitled “The Mystery of the StarBuck”.
THE CAFFEINATED CROSS
Stand, facing east, holding your coffee cup, filled with the mystical brew, in your power hand, and assume a posture of wakeful alertness.
Bring your coffee cup to your forehead and intone:
Lower your coffee cup to the vicinity of your navel:
Bring your coffee cup to your left shoulder:
Bring it across to your right shoulder:
Clasp your coffee cup in both hands over your heart chakra:
“ARABICA, OH MAN!”
Extend your arms to the sides, and intone:
“BEFORE ME, MRS. OLSON”
“BEHIND ME, JUAN VALDEZ”
“AT MY RIGHT HAND, M J B”
“AT MY LEFT HAND, THE BROTHERS HILLS”
“FOR ABOUT ME SWIRLS THE COFFEE AROMA”
“WITHIN ME SINGS THE CAFFEINE HIGH”
Drink the coffee, in communion with the spirits of the Sacred Coffee Bean. This last step may be usefully repeated as long as you like.
Today marks the beginning of ‘Hot Air Balloon Week,’ the same visual that Feng Shui says can take your career to new heights. Simply locate the ‘Fame’ area of your main floor or office and place an image of a hot air balloon into this space. Soon enough you should see your own recognition and rewards skyrocket while your professional opportunities soar. Now, you might think that I’m full of hot air, but the balloon will show you differently. Here’s to your career taking off and flying high!
By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com
Friday, Jan 25th, 2013
Endurance is fostered when inner constancy is coupled with external flexibility. Long-distance runners must adapt readily to changing conditions, while maintaining an inner determination and strength of purpose. Two trees growing near each other adapt to enhance each other’s survival. A strong image of durability is a stable marriage of intimate partners striking a dynamic balance between involvement in the outside world and nourishment in the home.
True endurance is not based on rigidity, for endurance implies movement, not immobilization. Only by adapting to change can we stay in the race; but only by deepening our sense of purpose can we develop the fortitude to win it.
Continuity is achieved through movement, not by keeping still. That which has ceased to grow is close to death. Stay active, but allow yourself time to stay in touch with your innermost thoughts and feelings.
I wanted to show you what your donations will be be benefitting this time. This poor little guy was throwed out in a trash heap to be left for dead. Fortunately for him, a good Samartian passed by and uncovered him to see if it was really a dog. When he started to uncover him the poor animal whimpered. The man and woman started throwing garbage off of him as fast as possible. Then took him to the vet were he underwent surgery and start to recover. I picked him up yesterday and I won’t describe how he was again. It brings tears to my eyes. He is now with us till he is fully recovered.
Also this precious little kitten was found on our doorstep when we got back. Left in a box, out in the cold, thank goodness whoever dropped her off knew what kind of person I was. Nothing like them for sure. She will also be another one we took in last night.
Friday, Jan 25th, 2013
In the most practical terms, what has traditionally been called the Emperor card represents the highest leadership, a head of state or the most exemplary and powerful person in the realm. This archetypal ruler is responsible for the positive working out of affairs of a society or community, which are directly proportional to his well being and happiness.
The more enlightenment and cosmic perspective this energy brings, the better life is for all. The Emperor archetype masters the world of matter and physical manifestation. When you apply this card to your situation, acknowledge your potentials for mastery. Reinforce a sense of sovereignty within yourself, despite any self-limiting beliefs, habits or appearances to the contrary.
We may want to sweep our feelings under the rug today with the Moon in shy Cancer. But a buoyant Sun-Jupiter trine acts as a magnifying lens that makes circumstances appear better than they really are. An indulgent Venus-Jupiter alignment sweetens sensory experiences and softens our fears. But our pleasure-seeking motives don’t kick in until later; we must first overcome the austere judgments of a Mercury-Saturn square that blocks our creativity.
(Mar 21 – Apr 19)
You already made your choice to ride the incoming waves by maintaining a positive attitude, yet you might have underestimated the power of the tides now. Don’t be afraid to retreat and re-evaluate your plans before pushing against the currents. A steadier pace improves your chances of reaching your destination. Regardless of the actions of others, you have the capability to transform your love into something greater than it already is.
(Apr 20 – May 20)
Your common sense reminds you to think before you speak, because it’s better to get your message right the first time rather than having to start all over. Although you’re not greedy, you might have trouble acknowledging your limits today. More is not necessarily better; if you have set a goal, be prepared to stop when you reach it.
(May 21 – Jun 20)
Although your key planet Mercury is impeded by austere Saturn today, communication will improve later in the day. Your good idea is close to paying off if you remain persistent in your efforts. However, too much stress at work can make you less effective, so be flexible and coast for a while if you run into trouble. Resist the temptation to dig in and make a stand. Adaptability is your not-so-secret weapon, so don’t be afraid to use it.
(Jun 21 – Jul 22)
Your emotional reactions are strong today, yet you won’t gain any advantage by giving up at the first sign of conflict. Neither do you need to battle against an immoveable stone wall. Your most sensible strategy is based upon consistent behavior without aggression. It may even be helpful to consciously let go of control so you can float with the flow. Calm your nerves by surrounding yourself with nature, soothing music or just good old-fashioned silence.
(Jul 23 – Aug 22)
This is a significant day for relationships and you may end up quite pleased with the outcome. However, you might need to demonstrate a bit of self-restraint or someone else could rain on your parade. The dynamics of the current situation have long-lasting ramifications; even if you feel as if you’re being bent out of shape, express the love that is already in your heart. A simple act of kindness can shift the energy and make everything brighter.
(Aug 23 – Sep 22)
A flood of brilliant ideas opens many possibilities at work today, yet you may grow frustrated because you cannot turn this magic moment into something more. If you meet resistance now, pushing harder won’t bring success. Instead, ride the intellectual currents and wait for the energy to settle down before finalizing your career plans. Exploring your options enables you to make the most of the amazing opportunities knocking at your door.
(Sep 23 – Oct 22)
You have a lot of work you hope to accomplish today and you really don’t want to modify your schedule. Unfortunately, too much rigidity only stirs up more conflict. You stand to gain the most by meeting others halfway and being as spontaneous as possible. Paradoxically, compromising may be the easiest way for you to get what you want now. Just make sure you don’t go to the opposite extreme and become so enthusiastic about every idea that nothing gets done at all.
(Oct 23 – Nov 21)
Some of your current conflict stems from how you reacted to recent events. If you pursued an opportunity without overplaying your hand, you won’t likely run into any problems at all. But if you made a poor decision, today’s consequences might be a bit tougher to accept. Nevertheless, letting go of your old expectations clears the energy and frees you to achieve your goal.
(Nov 22 – Dec 21)
Although you may be worried that your best-kept secret isn’t safe now, you still could enjoy yourself while managing the situation. Today’s high level of action is what you wanted, so don’t waste your energy wishing that everything was less hectic. The Sun’s sweet trine to auspicious Jupiter indicates that there’s really a pot of gold at the rainbow’s end. However, you must meet your current responsibilities before you can magically transform a tricky moment into an awesome day.
(Dec 22 – Jan 19)
If you have been handling the details of a project and living up to your end of the bargain, then rewards may be just around the next corner. But the clouds might not clear until later in the day, just in time for a great weekend. Meanwhile, don’t fall behind in your work. Part of your current lesson is learning to live with more uncertainty. Find meaning in the present moment while also honoring your dreams for the future.
(Jan 20 – Feb 18)
It’s hard to keep your thoughts in line today, but you’re up for the challenge. Although you might not have much fun at first, don’t waste energy berating yourself if something isn’t working out as desired. Your maps have brought you this far but you must set them aside now to explore the uncharted territories ahead. Transform any remaining fear into courage and trust your intuition. Be optimistic about the possibilities, even if everything continues to change.
(Feb 19 – Mar 20)
If your fantasies have hijacked your attention, someone may shock you with their criticism today, refocusing your attention back on reality. Instead of rejecting the advice you receive from others, embrace it. Just make sure you establish healthy boundaries to maintain your emotional sanity. Nurturing your confidence, not your skepticism, will guide you toward fulfillment.
Weekend Love Horoscopes
January 25 – 27: Going to Extremes
Dramatic gestures and grand events invite love and affection into our lives this weekend. That’s not how we’re likely to feel on Friday morning, when the cautious Cancer Moon is more concerned with safety than adventure. But resistance to romance begins to melt in the afternoon with a lunar opposition to alluring Venus, and playing it safe is completely out of the picture on Saturday.
The flames of passion burn brightly on Saturday, when the Moon enters expressive Leo in the morning and favorable lunar aspects to unconventional Uranus and extravagant Jupiter add fuel to emotional fires in the evening. The hunger to open hearts peaks with the lively Leo Full Moon on Saturday night. Going to extremes in showing feelings and demanding attention may be unavoidable, yet allowing ourselves to prance, dance and express affection without restraint can make this a breakthrough time for relationships.
Giving generously and not holding back on expenses or emotions is a ticket to the big show of delight. This is no time to let practicality or logic get in the way of the pleasure that’s flowing now. It’s play time on Sunday, as flirtatious games and creative activities widen the channels of joy that keep love alive.
Calendar of the Moon
Birch Tree Moon
Altar: Upon cloth of white set the budded birch branches, a single , 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.
Call: Now is the beginning of the year.
Response: Now is the time of stillness and .
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 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.