A Little Humor for Your Day – THINGS IT TOOK ME 50 YEARS TO LEARN


Never under any circumstances take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same

There is a very fine line between “hobby” and “mental illness.”

People who want to share their religious views with you almost never want you to
share yours.

You should not confuse your career with your life.

No matter what happens, somebody will find a way to take it too seriously.

When trouble arises and things look bad, there is always one individual who
perceives a solution and is willing to take command. Very often, that individual
is crazy.

Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance.

Never lick a steak knife.

Take out the fortune before you eat the cookie.

The most powerful force in the universe is gossip.

You will never find anybody who can give you a clear and compelling reason why
we observe daylight savings time.

You should never say anything to a woman that even remotely suggests that you
think she’s pregnant unless you can see an actual baby emerging from her at that

“The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender,
religion, economic status or ethnic background, is that, deep down inside, we
all believe that we are above average drivers.

The main accomplishment of almost all organized protests is to annoy people who
are not in them.

A person who is nice to you, but rude to the waiter, is not a nice person.

Your friends love you anyway.

And the thought for the day: never be afraid to try something new. Remember that
amateurs built the ark. Professionals built the Titanic.

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Today’s Feng Shui for Jan. 31st – ‘Inspire Your Heart With Art Day’

As we sit on the cusp of February, how apropos that today is called ‘Inspire Your Heart With Art Day.’ Feng Shui says that if you’re looking for love you should display a painting of a woman playing the lute in the love space of your bedroom. According to Eastern traditions, the sound of the lute is believed to express the bliss of marriage as well as the deep and abiding friendship between man and wife. Purity and moderation are both invoked by this instrument’s sweet sounds and so it came to be associated as a symbol for harmony and happiness in family life. In more modern times, the flute has come to be regarded as equally auspicious when attracting the perfect partner, so displaying any artwork with a woman playing that woodwind will work. If you’ve been waiting for a mate, this tip should be music to your ears.

By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com

Your I Ching Hexagram for January 31st is 47: Oppression

47: Oppression

Thursday, Jan 31st, 2013






The image of oppression conjures up a dried up lake bed with nettlesome crows stalking the shoreline. Hard times can shrivel our spirits, and give rise to a multitude of ‘crows’ in the form of troublesome worries. Times of great loss or personal failure break weaker people; but the strong of heart can bend with fate. To endure hard times — or even grow and benefit from them — it is essential to tap that deepest stratum of personal identity, that which is deeper even than fate, and which is incorruptible by even the harshest realities. It is essential, in other words, to tap the wellspring of human endurance: hope.

In a sense, there is no such thing as failure. There is only sweet and sour reality, and more is learned from the sour, oftentimes, than from the sweet. For failure, hard as it may be to swallow, opens the blinds to the real world, and reawakens the clarity of vision known only to those who have risked, and tasted, disappointment.

When in the throes of hard times, it is wise to be resolute and strong on the inside while remaining quietly cheerful on the outside. Avoid too much talking — except to your closest friends. Your words will have little effect on all others, since your influence will be at a low ebb — and the attempt to get across will only drain you of vital energy. Strong silence is the most skillful posture when facing the public during adversity; it shows that your inner core is strong enough to withstand the current troubles, and suggests that your recovery will be complete. At the same time, talking openly to those you trust is equally important, for in times of calamity, talking is an important part of healing.

Keep in mind that failure — the final taboo in modern society. But this is just one part of the inevitable cycle of life for those who dare to live fully and completely. Never to fail at all is to fail in the biggest way — avoiding risk altogether, you cannot help but fall far short of what might have been.

Your Tarot Card for January 31st is Wheel of Fortune

Wheel of Fortune

Thursday, Jan 31st, 2013

The central theme of what is traditionally called the Wheel of Fortune card is cyclical change. The Wheel keeps on rolling, churning events in a ceaseless progression of ups and downs, either way freeing us from the past. No one can escape its cyclical action, which can feel somewhat terrifying — no matter whether we are rising or falling. When one is balanced on top there is a moment of crystal clarity, but the only part of the Wheel not going up and down is the hub, which is your eternal Self, the Source of Freedom.

Every one of us will occupy all the points on the wheel at some time or another. The cycle of the wheel is its lesson — and we can learn to take comfort in it (as we do when we celebrate our birthday). If you don’t like the look of things right now, just wait — things will change. Of course, if you do like the look of things right now, enjoy it while it lasts, because that will change too!

Your Daily Horoscopes for Thursday, January 31st

We want everyone to get along now because our attraction to peace and harmony is strong when the Moon visits diplomatic Libra. The Libra Moon also awakens our desire for beauty, prompting us to think about aesthetic perfection as an idea, rather than experiencing it directly. This sense of detachment is amplified by the conceptual Aquarius Sun. Meanwhile, the erratic brilliance of a Mercury-Uranus alignment zaps our minds with radical new ideas.

Aries Horoscope

(Mar 21 – Apr 19)

You are drawn into stressful relationship dynamics, both at home and at work, as the Moon visits your 7th House of Companions. However, your emotions may not be on the same page as those of your partner or coworker. Unfortunately, you might place roadblocks between yourself and intimacy because you’re afraid of losing your independence. Instead of resisting your fears, get them out into the open where their power dissipates once and for all.

Taurus Horoscope

(Apr 20 – May 20)

The Moon’s presence in your 6th House of Work reflects your need to know you are doing a valuable service. Nevertheless, there is a part of you that would prefer to skip out on your responsibilities and indulge in pleasurable activities instead. However, as a stubborn Bull, it takes a lot to pull you off course; even if you want to relax, your unwavering determination can help keep you on track to reach your destination on time.

Gemini Horoscope

(May 21 – Jun 20)

You may be motivated to express your creativity in original ways today, but it’s still hard to set practicality aside in the name of spontaneity. Nevertheless, your sense of responsibility won’t likely be strong enough to shut down your free-spirited behavior. It might be helpful to eliminate extraneous noise by minimizing your time online and postponing unnecessary meetings. You have a better chance of accomplishing your goals if you can hear yourself think.

Cancer Horoscope

(Jun 21 – Jul 22)

You might not feel very adventurous today as the Moon moves through your 4th House of Home and Family. But seclusion can be problematic, especially if you need to play a leadership role at work or in the community. Don’t waste time dreaming about your escape because you probably won’t go through with it, anyhow. Instead, demonstrate your maturity by doing the right thing now and fulfilling your obligations.

Leo Horoscope

(Jul 23 – Aug 22)

It’s all about diplomatic communication today as five planets move through relationship-oriented Air signs, making what you say less important than how you say it. However, you have the capability to turn your dreams into reality now, so you must be careful when sharing your fantasies with anyone else. Take time to consider your audience and fine tune your delivery; concentrate on your goal and stay true to your heart.

Virgo Horoscope

(Aug 23 – Sep 22)

You may seem very determined to get whatever you want today, but you must first overcome your timidity and ask properly. The emotional Moon in your 2nd House of Self-Worth can give you a sense of firm resolve, but your actions might not back up your intentions. If you find your mind wandering throughout the day, just gently bring your focus back on point and try again.

Libra Horoscope

(Sep 23 – Oct 22)

Tender feelings rise up to the surface as the gracious Libra Moon travels through your 1st House of Personality today. You are highly sensitized to the subtle emotional energy spreading through your environment, and you’re aware of the impact that your reactions have on others. As helpful as you are, don’t forget to take care of yourself, too. You won’t be any good to anyone if you don’t pay attention to your needs first.

Scorpio Horoscope

(Oct 23 – Nov 21)

You might feel somewhat discouraged today as the Moon visits your 12th House of Escapism. It’s hard to get much done if you’re not motivated to interact with anyone else. You don’t want to be fully involved with the outer world and are tempted to withdraw into the hidden recesses of your imagination. Do what you must to get by, but don’t shut off your dreams now just because they don’t easily fit into reality. Remember, indulging your fantasies is a wonderful way to explore all the possibilities ahead.

Sagittarius Horoscope

(Nov 22 – Dec 21)

Everything seems to run smoothly today, helping to soothe any lingering tensions. Don’t worry about trying to resolve all the differences of opinion; just remember that being kind and considerate relieves the building pressure. Your current strength is reinforced by the fair-minded way in which you deal with others, even when you don’t agree with them. It’s more important to be a part of the community now than being on the winning side.

Capricorn Horoscope

(Dec 22 – Jan 19)

It’s challenging to shake off the stress these days, especially if someone is pushing your emotional buttons. Still, you appear to continue acting gracefully even in a difficult situation. Thankfully, you’re able to hide your tension for a while longer, enabling others to feel more at ease. Fortunately, your own anxiety is ameliorated when everyone else finally settles down.

Aquarius Horoscope

(Jan 20 – Feb 18)

Even if serious responsibilities continue to multiply, today’s peaceful Libra Moon lightens things up. Although the source of your concerns won’t likely disappear, taking a more spiritual approach to very real problems certainly helps. There’s no reason to upset the applecart; for now, just try to go with the flow. Be smart and save your energy for when you really need to take a stand.

Pisces Horoscope

(Feb 19 – Mar 20)

There are complex emotional waves washing through your mind now, challenging you to balance them with more practical issues. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to find your rhythm and maintain the pace long enough to accomplish your goals. Listen to your inner voices as you carry on with your normal routine. The discomfort will settle soon, leaving you enriched by the experience.

Daily Cosmic Calendar for January 31st

The last day of January 2013 has a few tricks up its sleeve. What is supremely helpful is yesterday’s Jupiter turnaround in Gemini — giving hope and renewed confidence that big projects can eventually lead to handsome profits in the long run.  The main source of discord is a Mars-Saturn parallel (5:03AM PST) at 13 degrees south of the Celestial Equator. This Mars-Saturn connection behaves like a zodiacal conjunction and it may remain influential for a good portion of this 24-hour time-period. When the red planet and the ringed planet hook up like this, it’s easy to become your own worst enemy and create unnecessary problems. An abrasive, 45-degree tie from Mercury to Pallas (9:54AM PST) adds another layer of difficulty to the situation.  However, the cosmos begins changing its tune by orchestrating a Grand Triangle in air signs — composed of a Moon trine to Jupiter from Libra to Gemini (10:02AM PST) followed later on by a Moon trine to the Sun from Libra to Aquarius (9:05PM PST). On this creative, affirmative and mind-expanding note, the three air signs offer humanity gifts of the heart, mind and spirit by simultaneously connecting both lights with the just-recently enriched Jupiter — now a very dominant celestial force.

Calendar of the Sun for January 31st

Calendar of the Sun

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Imbolc Eve: Day of the Bean Sidhe

Color: Black
Element: Air
Altar: Upon cloth of black place a cup of blood, kept from the last slaughtering. Before it lay bloodstained rags and a flute, and many small unlit . Block the windows and shut out all sunlight.
Offering: Give aid to a child who has lost their mother.
Daily Meal: Red meat and milk.

Imbolc Eve Invocation

Go, my children, to the riverbank,
In the dark of the night when the wind is howling,
And you shall hear the wails of one who mourns,
And you shall see her kneeling by the water,
Washing the bloody clothes of those
Who did not survive the giving forth of life.
She weeps for the mothers lost,
She weeps for the children lost,
She weeps for the life cut short,
What should have been a joyous day
Become a night of mourning.
She weeps above all for those
Who have no one else to weep for them.
So we shall light a candle, on this night
Before the morn of Candlemas,
For all those who have no one to weep for them,
And we shall shed the tears
And we shall be the voice,
And we shall do the work
Of the lonely Bean Sidhe.

(The cup of blood is poured as a libation. Each comes forward and lights a small , and then all wail in a great torrent of sound together, with one wildly over the cacophony. Those who can shed tears should do so. This should go on until all are exhausted from wailing, and then all should go quietly to their other tasks in silence until Hesperis.


[Pagan Book of Hours]

Current Moon Phase for January 31st – Waning Gibbous

Gibbous Moon

(waning /70% illumination)

This is a tremendous time of transmutation. All of the prior elements are coming together for a final burst of creative output. You have seen a clear view of your own needs and the posture of significant others. Now the accumulation of that input is leading to a deep, core change within you. In this phase, you will naturally be inclined to seek higher guidance so that you can emerge from this transformation successfully. The Disseminting Moon favors sharing what you have learned (and are learning) with others.

How To Hold an Imbolc Candle Ritual (for Solitaries)

How To Hold an Imbolc Candle Ritual (for Solitaries)

Imbolc is a festival of light — celebrate it with candles and flames!

Hundreds of years ago, when our ancestors relied upon the sun as their only source of light, the end of winter was met with much celebration. Although it is still cold in February, often the sun shines brightly above us, and the skies are often crisp and clear. As a festival of light, Imbolc came to be called Candlemas. On this evening, when the sun has set once more, call it back by lighting the seven candles of this ritual.

** Note: although this ceremony is written for one, it can easily be adapted for a small group.

Here’s How:

  1. First, set up your altar in a way that makes you happy, and brings to mind the themes of Imbolc. You’ll also want to have on hand the following:
    • Seven candles, in red and white (tealights are perfect for this)
    • Something to light your candles with
    • A large bowl or cauldron big enough to hold the candles
    • Sand or salt to fill the bottom of the bowl/cauldron


    Prior to beginning your ritual, take a warm, cleansing bath. While soaking, meditate on the concept of purification. Once you’re done, dress in your ritual attire, and begin the rite.

  2. If your tradition requires you to cast a circle, do so now.

    Pour the sand or salt into the bowl or cauldron. Place the seven candles into the sand so they won’t slide around. Light the first candle. As you do so, say:

    Although it is now dark, I come seeking light. In the chill of winter, I come seeking life.

    Light the second candle, saying:

    I call upon fire, that melts the snow and warms the hearth. I call upon fire, that brings the light and makes new life. I call upon fire to purify me with your flames.

  3. Light the third candle. Say:

    This light is a boundary, between positive and negative. That which is outside, shall stay without. That which is inside, shall stay within.

    Light the fourth candle. Say:

    I call upon fire, that melts the snow and warms the hearth. I call upon fire, that brings the light and makes new life. I call upon fire to purify me with your flames.

  4. Light the fifth candle, saying:

    Like fire, light and love will always grow. Like fire, wisdom and inspiration will always grow.

    Light the sixth candle, and say:

    I call upon fire, that melts the snow and warms the hearth. I call upon fire, that brings the light and makes new life. I call upon fire to purify me with your flames.

    Finally, light the last candle. As you do so, visualize the seven flames coming together as one. As the light builds, see the energy growing in a purifying glow.

    Fire of the hearth, blaze of the sun, cover me in your shining light. I am awash in your glow, and tonight I am made pure.

  5. Take a few momemnts and meditate on the light of your candles. Think about this Sabbat, a time of healing and inspiration and purification. Do you have something damaged that needs to be healed? Are you feeling stagnant, for lack of inspiration? Is there some part of your life that feels toxic or tainted? Visualize the light as a warm, enveloping energy that wraps itself around you, healing your ailments, igniting the spark of creativity, and purifying that which is damanged.

    When you are ready, end the ritual. You may choose to follow up with healing magic, or with a Cakes and Ale ceremony.

What You Need

  • Seven candles, white and red, and something to light them with
  • A bowl or cauldron with sand in the bottom


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Life As The Witch – Looking in Dorian Gray’s Mirror

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Life As The Witch

Looking in Dorian Gray’s Mirror

These days, people are not encouraged to examine themselves, deeply, if at all. We breeze through our days playing a part: the student, the grunt, the boss, the teacher, the wife, and so on. How often during your day do you batten yourself down so that the real you isn’t exposed? Do you do it because it keeps you safe, because you think who you are is unacceptable, because it would crack your mask? Living masked day in and day out can make it very difficult to see oneself clearly. Wear those masks long enough and sooner or later you’ll start to forget the person you really are and then you’ll be nothing but the hollow mask of the character you play. Shadow magick breaks through the lies, most especially the ones you tell yourself. This simple ritual will introduce you to shadow magick and the practice of looking deep within.


A black candle

Insight oil

A small mirror

Incense, if desired (dragon’s blood or a mixture of frankincense and myrrh both work well)


Pen or pencil

To Make Insight Oil:

Grind 1 teaspoon each of dried mugwort, sage and yarrow into a fine powder. Mix with 3 tablespoon of jojoba oil in a jar with a tight fighting lid. Let steep for three to four weeks. Strain and it’s ready to use. For the most potent oil, make this ono the Dark Moon and let it steep until the next Dark Moon.

Perform this ritual at night in a quiet, private place where you won’t be disturbed. This is most effective during the Waning and Dark Moon. Also, make sure you have enough time to both perform the ritual and to decompress afterward. Looking at the shadow is emotionally taxing and can leave you wrung out. Give yourelf time to deal with whatever comes up without other responsibilities pressing on you.

Gather your materials, shut the door, close the drapes, turn off your cell phone, and turn down the lights. Sit comfortably on the floor (or on a chair at a table) with your materials in front of you.

Take a few minutes to simply breathe and let go of the stresses of the day. Ground and center as you normally do. If you find that your mind has difficulty pushing away the thoughts of the day, perhaps you need to deal with them before performing this ritual.

Light the incense if you’re using any. Anoint your third eye with a drop of Insight Oil. Think for a few minutes about why you want to see yourself more clearly. Think about what you hope to gain. Think about what challenges you expect the exercise to present. Are you really willing to see yourself without bias, warts and all? Take some time to write down these thoughts until you feel that you really understand why you’re doing this.

Anoint the black candle with the Insight Oil and light the candle. Pass the mirror just above the candle flame (just far enough that the heat doesn’t hut your fingers, but you can feel it).  Envision the heat and light of the flame passing into the mirror, cleansing its energy and empowering it. If you’re using incense, pass the mirror through the smoke while envisioning the smoke imparting its energy into the mirror.

Hold the mirror to your third eye and either think or say aloud:

“I will see myself clearly. I will see who and what I really am. Show me my strength. Show me my weakness. Show me all that I am. Show me joy and sorrow, pride and folly, success and failure. I see clearly. I see who and what I really am.”

Look in the mirror. Look at yourself, really look at yourself. Look beyond the face you present to others, look beyond your flesh. Look deeply into your own eyes. See the kernel of “you” that lives deep within your soul. What do you see?

Take a few minutes to write down what you see. Write down your strengths and your weaknesses, everything. Who is the person that lives deep inside your true heart? What in your life needs to change in order for that person to thrive?

You may find this easy or difficult. If it’s difficult, don’t worry, you’re on the right track. If it’s easy, either you’re a near bodhisattva or you just aren’t ready to see what lies below—that’s okay too. Shadow magick only works when you’re ready for it to work, so it’s okay to put it aside and come back later.

When you feel you’ve seen all of yourself that you’re able to process now, turn over the mirror and say:

“Thank you for showing me my deeper self.”

It it’s short enough, let the candle continue to burn—snuff it out if it isn’t. (The candle can be reused the next time you do this exercise.) Stand up and turn on the lights. Allow yourself some time to process the experience.


Excerpt from

“The Masks We Wear”
by Kristin Madden
2013 Llewellyn’s Practical Magick for Everyday Living

The Witches Correspondences for Thursday, January 31st

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 The Witches Correspondences for Thursday, January 31st


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

Planet: Jupiter

Sign: Sagittarius and Pisces

Angel: Sachiel

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, January 31st

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The Witches Almanac for *Thursday, January 31st

*Thursday (Jupiter): Expansion, money, prosperity and generosity.


Independence Day (Nauru)


*Waning Moon

*The Waning Moon (from the Full Moon to the New) is a time for study, meditation and little magickal work (except magick designed to banish harmful energies).

Moon Sign: *Virgo

*Virgo: Favors accomplishment of details and commands from higher up. Focuses on health, hygiene and daily schedules.

Moon enters *Libra 1:36 am

*Libra: Favor cooperation, social activities, beautification of surroundings, balance, and partnership.

Moon Phase: Third Quarter

Incense: Clove

Color: Green