Healing Bath

Healing Bath
By: Scott Cunningham

Take a lit silver or white candle, some salt (preferably sea salt), and a healing oil (such as carnation, violet, sandalwood, or narcissus) into the bathroom. By the candle’s light run a tub of very warm water. Cast some salt into it, add a few drops of healing oil, and then step into the tub. Relax. Feel the warm salted water sinking into your pores, through your skin, sterilizing the sick portions of your body. Visualize the sickness as black worms, cells etc, as leaving your body and entering the water. When you feel the water is teaming with them, pull the plug and let the water drain out. While it is draining, chant:

“The sickness is flowing out of me,
Into the water, down to the sea.”

Wait until the tub is completely drained before you stand up. Then take a shower to remove the last vestiges of the disease of the sickness-laden water. Repeat as needed to speed your bodies recovery.

Petition Magick

Petition Magick

This is the easiest form of magick. It requires a piece of paper, a sacred space, and an altar.

Petition magick is used for both minor and major problems, and can be used with other magickal applications without interference, as long as your focus and deity system remain the same. Petition magick is a very simple operation.

Go to your altar, write down the situation, burn some incense, ask for guidance, and put the paper in the middle of the altar. You will get an answer.

Petition magick is also good for problems in which you choose not to use any other type of magickal . Perhaps you feel that throwing magick at a problem will not solve it and seek the correction to move.

The petition should be burned after the answer is received and thanks given to the deity.

Truth Spell

Truth Spell

Light altar candles. Light incense. Think hard on the subject about which you wish to learn the truth.

Light petitioners candle…a candle representing yourself. (Can be any color you feel represents you) and say:

“This candle I light to represent myself.
It burns as does the spirit.
It is myself in all things.”

Light two white candles and say:

“These are the symbols for truth.
They are enjoined about (your name)
And to me show all truth.”

Then say:

“As I roke in the night ‘cross the brown heath bare,
In the bright moons light saw a castle fair;
Lords and ladies, great and small,
Were crowding in, ’twas a festival,
Grasses in the wind are waving.
They bade me welcome and I went to drink their wine to my heart’s content.
I danced and laughed with the ladies fair.
Ne’er in my life had I such cheer;
Grasses in the wind are waving.
Then all at once there came a cry:
Haro by yaro! Asleep feel I,
While a lady dancing at my side seemed like a lizard away to glide;
Grasses in the wind are waving.
I woke in the early light of day,
In an olden ruin I did lay,
O’er the rock and into the sun I saw a green-gold lizard run!
Grasses in the wind are waving.
Now the truth I know and it stays with me,
For I have seen what I did see,
All secret knowledge came to mind,
Borne on laughter of the other kind;
Grasses in the wind are waving.”

Sit, then, in quiet contemplation for half an hour. In this time will the truth of the subject in question come to you. Extinguish candles.

Compelling a Liar to Confess

Compelling a Liar to Confess

If you suspect someone is a liar but are not sure, get a purple candle and dress it with Compelling oil. Write the person’s name on a piece of parchement paper nine times and cross and cover that name with your name nine times. Place the paper under the candle and burn it for seven days while the moon is waxing. Each night you light it, call the person’s name and say, “I compell you to tell me the truth!” On the seventh night wrap the left-over candle wax in the paper and throw it in running water or at a crossroads. He will be compelled to tell the truth then and may confess to many lies.

(Compelling Oil is made with a variety of herbs, among them Calamus Root.)

Prayer for Courage

Prayer for Courage
By: C. Matthews

“I will rise…I will go back
To the white & silver shore
I will have courage
As the sun does rising and setting
At birth & death, the gift of life is precious
Soul-life streaming down the strand
I will go as the sea in it’s turning
I will rise, I will go back
I will rise!”

Is Your Cat a Bully?

Is Your Cat a Bully?

 

America’s schools are all abuzz with bully abatement, but did you know  that cats can be bullies too?  Here are the red flag warnings that your  sweet little kitty is really a big bully to the other cats in your household or  neighborhood.

1. Staring

2. Pouncing on another cat while that cat is sleeping or resting

3. Blocking thoroughfares such as in the middle of a hallway or in front of  the cat flap to deny exit or entry

4. Attacking, growling and hissing at another cat without apparent  provocation

5. Blocking access to indoor litter  box

6. Forcing another cat away from food bowl

7. Claiming resting areas and/or access to human by physically pushing other  cat away

Cats are territorial by nature and in territories where there is more than  one cat (indoors and out) a hierarchy is likely to develop. The biggest cat  often, but not always, will dominate the top rung of the ladder. If you do  observe the above listed behaviors in one or more of your cats, and it lasts for  more than a couple of weeks, then you likely need to intervene.

The first step is to assess whether your dominate cat (the one being the  bully) is getting the respect he/she deserves.  This situation happened in  our household. Sushi, our Maine Coon, who weighs about 24 pounds is the  undisputed top cat in the household. However, he is not the family favorite as  he doesn’t like to cuddle and he is quick to use his claws. The family favorite  is Mittens, our skinny little polydactyl cat that has an amazing personality,  loves to cuddle, and is light enough for the children to pick-up (which he  completely tolerates). Riki Tiki Tabby is also well-loved, but since he doesn’t  like to sit on laps or be held, he takes second place to Mittens. The result is  everyone in our household greets Mittens first, plays with him first, rubs his  belly first and gives him lots of treats. It got to the point where Sushi was  almost being ignored.  I guess Sushi said to himself, enough is enough,  because suddenly one day, he started  attacking Mittens quite aggressively.  I was actually shocked as it seemed to come out of nowhere.

This went on for a few weeks and it was causing our household significant  strife. Mittens was a nervous wreck and developed chin acne ( a sure sign of  stress). My husband was finally astute enough to suggest  that maybe Sushi  was jealous and that he (Sushi) felt he was not getting the respect he deserved  as top cat. So, we started greeting Sushi first when we came home, giving him  lots of chin rubs, and making sure he was the first to get a treat, the first to  get brushed and the first to be fed. Like magic, Sushi suddenly stopped  bothering Mittens!

Other issues that can stimulate bullying behavior in cats include having too  many cats in too small of a territory and/or having too few resources. Most cat  experts will say that you should have at least one bowl of food, one bowl of  water and one litter box for each cat. Some vets suggest even having one extra,  especially in the case of litter boxes. Cats that have not been spayed/neutered or  were fixed later in life, tend to be more naturally aggressive and  territorial.

 

 

5 Crazy Cat Anatomy Facts

5 Crazy Cat Anatomy Facts

  • a Care2 favorite by Samantha, selected from  Animal Planet

 

Curiosity about cats has followed humankind since the days before  Egyptian pharaohs treasured them  as signs of good fortune. Much more is  known today about what makes these  graceful critters tick, yet we’re  still mesmerized by a cat’s nighttime eyes  and find comfort in the  mysterious vibration of a gentle purr. Taken  individually, the bits and  pieces of cat anatomy and behavior are a crazy quilt  of Morse code, text  messaging and DIY survival tips. Together, they’re a medley  of fun  facts that add up to a fur-covered package of intrigue. Let’s look at   five unusual cat anatomy facts.

5. Eyes That Glow in the Dark

Green, gold, blue or yellow, cats’ eyes are  fascinating orbs that gleam in  darkness. Think of the famous Cheshire  cat, whose eyes and grin taunted  Alice in  Wonderland. Use a flashlight  beam to observe your cat in a darkened  room. That spooky shine is  visible even in dim light.

Cats’ eyes have pupils that are larger than humans’, and are  controlled by a  pair of shutter-like ciliary muscles, creating the cat’s  distinctive slit-like  pupil in bright light. In darkness, light hitting  feline eyes is reflected from  a mirror-like membrane behind the retina.  This structure is called the tapetum  lucidum, and is present in the  eyes of cats, dogs, some fish and birds, and  other nocturnal hunting  animals.

When light enters a cat’s eyes, it goes through the retina, where   light-sensor cells, called rods and cones, absorb it. Any unabsorbed  light  reaches the tapetum lucidum and bounces back to the retina,  enabling it to take  in more light.  Animals with the tapetum lucidum have greater night vision  because it  lets them absorb more light. This is a great help when looking for  prey  at night. Cats need only about one-sixth of the light humans need to   function in the dark.

4. The Rough Side of the Tongue

If you’ve received a loving lick from your cat,  you know that sweet pink  tongue feels like rough-grade sandpaper or  Velcro caressing your skin. And a  jungle cat’s tongue is even harsher.  All feline tongues, from tabby house pets  to 600-pound (272 kilogram)  Bengal tigers, are covered with tiny barbs or  hooks, giving the tongue a  rough texture. These microscopic projections face  toward the cat’s  throat, and are the tools that help to groom his coat. The  barbs work  like a comb, catching and cleaning the cat’s fur. In the wild, these  rasps tear the flesh off the bones of the big cat’s prey.

Cats’ tongues may be the busiest part of their anatomy. They lick  their  coats not only to  keep clean, but to regulate their body  temperatures, fluffing up the fur in  winter and wetting it down with  saliva to stay cool in summer.

As cats’ tongues work, they collect flakes of skin, loose fur, fleas  and  dirt. Cats swallow this debris — which is usually dissolved by  stomach acid. Some cats, especially  long-haired or older ones, may  ingest too much hair to dissolve, and upchuck  hairballs. Giving your cat  hairball ointment will help him digest the hair he or she  swallows.

3. Tale of the Tail

A cat’s tail, which contains almost 10 percent  of his bones, acts as a  counterweight in helping him keep his balance  while walking along a narrow  space or making sudden turns. But besides  working as a rudder, a cat’s tail  communicates his mood and messages.  Decoding tail talk is one of the easiest  ways to read feline body  language.

A relaxed cat’s tail moves gently, occasionally, side to side,  signaling  that he’s up for a little attention. With his tail held high  and straight, a  cat says he’s in charge and happy. If the tip quivers  slightly, the cat is  irritated.  A quick lashing motion, sometimes  accompanied by flattened ears, is  a sign that your cat wants to be left  alone, and may attack if you continue petting him. When  a cat is at play  or watching birds out a window, his crouched posture, with the  tail  flicking back and forth, mimics the behavior of a big cat stalking its   prey.  If a cat’s tail is straight up and bristled, he’s alert and ready  to  attack. A fluffed out, lowered tail signals fear. And a tail lightly  brushing  or wrapping around your legs spells affection and approval.

2. Purr-fection

The thrumming, rumbling sound coming from a cat  as she inhales and exhales  is one of life’s great delights — and  mysteries. Theories about purring are as  varied as the markings on a  calico. Domestic cats purr when they’re content,  often when we’re  stroking their chins or heads, or opening a can of food.  Mother cats  purr so their helpless newborn kittens can find them (and the  source of  dinner), and often purr while nursing. But cats also purr in times of  stress — when  they’re recovering from an injury, or at the vet’s  office. Some cats purr so loudly during a checkup, the vet can’t clearly  hear  the cat’s heartbeat through his stethoscope.

Scientists say that a cat’s purr results from intermittent signaling  by the  diaphragmatic (diaphragm) and laryngeal (larynx or voice box)  muscles, at a  frequency of 25 to 150 Hertz (a Hertz being one cycle per  second).  Research  suggests that sound frequency of this range can promote healing and bone growth. There’s no definitive  answer yet, and the power of the  purr is still a puzzle. Clinically, we may  know how cats purr, but why?  They may purr simply because…they can.

1. Whisker Communication

A cat’s whiskers are like a radar guidance  system, with a bundle of nerve  endings telegraphing details about  everything the cat touches, as well as  shifts in air pressure. His  whiskers are the same width as his body, letting  him know whether he’ll  be able to get through a narrow opening or fit behind  the TV set.

But whiskers are also navigators. These bristly hairs, found above  his  eyelids, around his muzzle and on the lower, inside part of his  forelegs, help  cats move smoothly in darkness. Sensitive to changes in  the air current around an unknown object,  whiskers enable the cat to  avoid the obstacle.

A hunting cat uses its whiskers to zero in on the outline of its  prey,  letting it know where to strike.  Damaged whiskers hamper its aim.  A cat’s  facial whiskers are also mood indicators. Stiff,  forward-pointing whiskers mean  the cat is aggressive.  An angry cat’s  whiskers are tightly pulled back against  its face. And a contented cat’s  whiskers are picture-perfect, forward, with a  slightly downward angle.

Daily Feng Shui Tip for February 18th – ‘Pluto Day’

Even though astronomers no longer recognize it as a planet, on this ‘Pluto Day’ we will delve into ways to use Plutonian energies for your highest good. Pluto rules all things related to the underworld, grief, and death but also strives to bring people together who have suffered a seemingly irreparable rift. If you would like to forgive or be forgiven by someone you simply cannot reach out to, then try the following exercise. Go to any room and get quiet before lighting a candle. Summon this person’s Highest Self or spiritual oversoul/supervisor and in your imagination have the conversation that you wish you could have with them in person. Keep your heart open and compassionate. After this imaginary encounter has ended remain open to the fact that the other person has indeed felt your intentions and energies. And then don’t be surprised if you hear from them in some way or another.

By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com

Today’s I Ching Hexagram for Feb.18th – 16: Enthusiasm

16: Enthusiasm

Monday, Feb 18th, 2013

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Enormous creative energy is unleashed by enthusiasm. This energy is like powerful music that inspires people, loosening old constraints and generating new opportunities. Indeed, the power of enthusiasm is best symbolized by music and dance, for it is guided more by the heart than the head. Thus, great good fortune can follow someone who is able to guide this positive force toward victory and a joyous celebration.

Enthusiasm within a group generates a special kind of electricity. When a crowd is ‘charged’, the singer scales new heights, and life becomes its own reward. For who is not in awe of thunder? And who would fail to fill his or her lungs in the aftermath of a cleansing rain?

Arouse the passionate support of others, while adjusting your ideas and plans to suit their needs. In this way you can fill your sails with the mighty winds of shared enthusiasm.

To arouse others, re-double your own dedication and dare to create an environment that is free of tension. Take joy in your projects. Harness the power of song and dance.

Tarot Card for Monday, February 18th is Strength

Strength

Monday, Feb 18th, 2013

What has traditionally been known as the Strength card represents Nature which, however wild in its primal form, is tamed by our subtler, finer (feminine, interior) self. The will and passion of our instinctive nature does not need to be broken, but refined and brought to consciousness — so that all levels of Creation, inner and outer, may come into harmony.

The feminine soul-force contains a persuasive power that can nurture and induce cooperation from others, stilling disruptive energies by harmonizing differences in the spirit of collective good will.

Daily Horoscopes for Monday, February 18th

We feel what connects us today, rather than what separates us from each other, as the Sun’s shift into the watery world of Pisces draws us further into the non-physical dimensions. Compassion is stirred and our souls respond to unseen magic that prepares us for the spring rebirth. Meanwhile, the eager Gemini Moon reflects our readiness for what’s ahead. However, stern Saturn turns retrograde, postponing changes until we’re fully prepared.

Aries Horoscope

(Mar 21 – Apr 19)

The Sun’s entry into your 12th House of Endings requires you to get ready for the upcoming action, and there’s no time to waste. If you have recently overextended yourself by taking on too many projects, make an effort to clean up after your energy binge, but don’t be too self-judgmental in the process. Just start now by paring back your commitments and doing whatever it takes over the next few weeks to prepare for what’s around the corner.

Taurus Horoscope

(Apr 20 – May 20)

It may feel as if your world is about to open up, so take this chance to think about your future. Unfortunately, the uncertainty makes you anxious, especially if your goals are out of sync with your current life circumstances. You might convince yourself that drastic action is needed to get back onto the proper path, but don’t push so hard for change today. Adopting a methodical approach to your long-term goals is better than trying to do everything all at once. Life is a marathon, not a sprint.

Gemini Horoscope

(May 21 – Jun 20)

You may consider re-evaluating your career path and making big changes as the Sun journeys through your 10th House of Status during the next four weeks. You have an opportunity to become more aware of your place in the world now. However, you might quickly regret letting this chance slip by, so make up your mind to take action while there’s still time. Thankfully, you could see positive results sooner than you think if you can visualize your way to success.

Cancer Horoscope

(Jun 21 – Jul 22)

These next few weeks are likely to bring a much-needed emotional boost. It’s not that you’re jumping up and down with excitement; it’s just that you feel comfortable in your own skin and are willing to stand up for your beliefs in order to maintain your integrity. Don’t worry about the details now; concentrate on your highest ideals. Your current vision is comprehensive, so be serious about making positive change while you can still see the big picture.

Leo Horoscope

(Jul 23 – Aug 22)

You may attempt to gloss over criticism that you receive today from someone you consider to be family. However, acting in a cavalier manner could lead to more problems than you realize. Listen carefully to what others are saying and don’t try to dodge the truth. Take feedback as constructive guidance, even if it doesn’t feel as good as denial in the present moment. Your willingness to work on self-improvement now can fundamentally change the dynamics of a relationship for the better.

Virgo Horoscope

(Aug 23 – Sep 22)

You have a lot to gain in the next month by taking time to look back before moving ahead as the Sun travels through your 7th House of Others. Review all that you have accomplished since your last birthday and acknowledge everyone who has helped you along the way. Creating new goals for the balance of your year is critical to your happiness. Luckily, you can make nearly anything happen if you focus your intentions and then work hard to reach your dreams.

Libra Horoscope

(Sep 23 – Oct 22)

If your thoughts have been aimed at creative endeavors, you may feel as if something is beginning to shift today. Instead of fostering an artistic approach to your work, seek ways to apply what you already started in a more practical manner. But be careful not to overdo it; it’s not healthy to take all the fun out of your life. To counteract the possibility of boredom now, initiate a new activity that has regularity to it, like taking a class or joining a club. Balancing work and play will put a smile back on your face.

Scorpio Horoscope

(Oct 23 – Nov 21)

You may feel revitalized as the Sun occupies your 5th House of Fun and Games for the next several weeks. However, your surge of energy might not be apparent to others. Inspiration is returning to your imagination; you are beginning to feel more emotionally in touch with others around you. But don’t worry if you still feel the weight of responsibility on your shoulders. Making time to express what’s in your heart will help to lighten your load.

Sagittarius Horoscope

(Nov 22 – Dec 21)

Not only are you maintaining your busy pace today, you’re also having fun doing it. Although the party doesn’t need to come crashing to an end, you realize that you have some serious thinking to do, and this pressure tempts you to withdraw from social activity. But don’t just hit the escape button yet; you’ll be happier in the long run if you deal with what’s making you feel uncomfortable rather than avoiding it. Taking care of business promptly gives you a sense of satisfaction and a valid reason to reward yourself.

Capricorn Horoscope

(Dec 22 – Jan 19)

Confusing times may be upon you as logical analysis fails to explain why your day seems to be running out of control. Even if you have spent considerable time making certain that you’re ready for what happens next, there are still variables that you just cannot manage. Don’t be too surprised by the twists and turns on the path of life now. Sometimes the journey is more important than the destination.

Aquarius Horoscope

(Jan 20 – Feb 18)

You might actually breathe a sigh of relief as the willful Sun leaves your sign today and heads for the open seas of irrational Pisces. However, it still could take time to see where your new route will take you. Happily, the uncertainty will begin to settle down as you travel along. Problems won’t likely be solved overnight, yet it’s reassuring to know that there is plenty of time to plot your new course once you’re already on your way.

Pisces Horoscope

(Feb 19 – Mar 20)

The warm rays of the Sun shine on you now, illuminating your imagination as it visits your sign for the next month. Your fantasies are especially active now, but you might be unable to effectively communicate your visions to anyone else. Powerful emotions can muddy the waters or even block your self-expression. But don’t waste energy trying to overcome your inertia, for it won’t last long. In the meantime, write down your dreams, but wait a few days before revealing them to others.

Your Love Horoscopes for the Week of February 18th

If you have something important to say, it’s best to speak up before the weekend. Messenger Mercury turns retrograde on Saturday, which complicates communications during the next three weeks. Make adjustments now as loving Venus takes hits from radical Uranus and reactive Pluto that can stir up restlessness and resentment or lead to emotional breakthroughs in relationships. Change is inevitable, but how you choose to respond to it is up to you.

 

Aries Horoscope
Aries Horoscope (Mar 21 – Apr 19)

Having fun should be your top priority this weekend with the playful Leo Moon lighting up your 5th House of Romance and Creativity. It’s your time to shine by showing off your adventurous attitude and generous spirit. Your antics are highly entertaining now, making it easy to attract more than your share of attention. But if you’re trying to appeal to a sensitive person, exercising a little bit of self-restraint will keep you from coming on too strong and scaring away the object of your desire.

Taurus Horoscope
Taurus Horoscope (Apr 20 – May 20)

The road to romance could be bumpy this week when your sociable ruling planet Venus is shaken by stressful contacts with unpredictable Uranus on Monday and inscrutable Pluto on Friday. Adjusting to surprises is key for the former and addressing power and control issues comes with the latter. Life is all about change now; if you’re brave enough to embrace it, you will get more from your relationships than you ever imagined.

Gemini Horoscope
Gemini Horoscope (May 21 – Jun 20)

Showing confidence is a must this weekend. The dramatic Leo Moon occupies your 3rd House of Communication where expressing yourself with warmth and creativity could make you irresistible to other people. However, you might attract someone who makes claims that stretch credibility. With your brainy planet Mercury turning retrograde on Saturday, it pays to double check the facts when you are dealing with significant issues or giving away your heart.

Cancer Horoscope
Cancer Horoscope (June 21 – Jul 22)

You can’t help but yearn for adventure and romance over the next few weeks. Your restlessness starts with the Sun’s shift into Pisces and your 9th House of Faraway Places on Monday. This solar alignment lifts your mind above the mundane matters of daily life to inspire a more exciting vision of relationships. Planning a trip with your current partner, connecting with someone abroad or engaging in cultural activities from another country spur dreams that can make your heart sing with optimism.

Leo Horoscope
Leo Horoscope (Jul 23 – Aug 22)

Your roar may be louder than usual this weekend with the mood-setting Moon in your proud and courageous sign. Your personal power and the ability to attract attention are operating on overdrive. But it also means that you may seem bossy or arrogant even if you’re not. Adding a touch of tenderness could be the magic needed to turn a potential connection into a fulfilling experience. Kindness and compassion kindle feelings that can take love to a higher place.

Virgo Horoscope
Virgo Horoscope (Aug 23 – Sep 22)

Don’t take what you hear literally this week as many of the messages others share might be unclear. The culprit of this confusion is your ruling planet Mercury slowing down before turning retrograde (backward) on Saturday. Learning to read between the lines by listening to the tone and tempo of speech will provide more information than the exact words themselves. Being more discreet in what you say softens tense conversations. Your intuition is your secret weapon now, so don’t be afraid to use it.

Libra Horoscope
Libra Horoscope (Sep 23 – Oct 22)

It’s easy to enjoy yourself by playing with friends this weekend. But if repairing your current relationship or finding a new one is a priority, there’s some cleanup work to be done on Friday. Addressing an unsettled issue, expressing an unmet need or eliminating an undesirable habit or individual clears the way to the joy that lies ahead. Being part of a team isn’t always easy, but the emotional rewards are certainly worth the effort.

Scorpio Horoscope
Scorpio Horoscope (Oct 23 – Nov 21)

Feelings of jealousy could arise on Friday when loving Venus irritates your intense ruling planet Pluto. If you’re not getting what you want in relationships, it’s time to take stock of yourself instead of trying to change others. Weighing your needs against your assets will show where and how to make necessary improvements. You have plenty to offer the one you love, but you need to discover different ways to express yourself to maximize what you receive in return.

Sagittarius Horoscope
Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov 22 – Dec 21)

You may need to be extra careful midweek to avoid saying or doing something that upsets others. Fortunately, the likelihood of finding yourself in such delicate situations drops on Friday afternoon when the Moon fires into colorful Leo and your 9th House of Adventure. Your enthusiasm grows by leaps and bounds, especially when it comes to meeting new people and trying unusual experiences. Exploring unfamiliar territory could be the key to a very fulfilling weekend.

Capricorn Horoscope
Capricorn Horoscope (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

A little drama can spice up your relationship life this weekend with the Moon’s move into theatrical Leo and your 8th House of Intimacy. You may be expected to give more to make magic happen with another person. Being generous in your actions and attitudes paves the way to an exciting connection. While this feeling certainly could be romantic, you can still have a memorable time without falling in love. Open your heart to love in all its many splendid forms.

Aquarius Horoscope
Aquarius Horoscope (Jan 20 – Feb 18)

This is a great weekend for playing with an adventurous person who knows how to show you a good time. The expressive Leo Moon shines in your 7th House of Partners, attracting bold individuals with strong personalities. Put more passionate effort into a current relationship while you have the chance. Let yourself feel like a kid whose only goal is to have fun. This playful approach also pays off if you’re single and looking because adopting a low-maintenance attitude makes you much more fun to be around.

Pisces Horoscope
Pisces Horoscope (Feb 19 – Mar 20)

Avoid making serious long-term commitments this weekend as talkative Mercury is turning retrograde in your sign. The backward shift of this brainy planet indicates that promises made now may be hard to keep later. Instead, you can use the next three weeks to clean up messy communications that stand in the way of harmonious relationships. Taking the time to restate your position and to reconsider the feelings of others rebuilds personal bridges

Sun in Pisces – It’s time to reconnect with your spiritual side

Sun in Pisces

It’s time to reconnect with your spiritual side

Tarotcom Staff      Tarotcom Staff on the topics of sun, pisces, astrology

It’s time to wrap up another astrological year! When the Sun moves into Pisces, the last sign of the zodiac, from February 19 to March 20, it signals the ending of one cycle before the next begins at the Spring Equinox.

And what do you do when something ends, before you begin again? Rest! That’s why the Sun in Pisces is considered a time to dream and heal and regain strength before starting the new cycle.

Pisces is symbolized by two Fish, which we like to call “the fishes with wishes.” The fish are swimming in opposite directions, which is representative of the Pisces paradox. This sign is at once caught between feeling the harshness of reality and the desire for dreamy escapism.

It’s normal to feel more spiritual while the Sun is in Pisces. It’s easier to tap into your intuition and we’re more inclined to follow our instincts and surrender to something greater than the individual self. But it can also be a lazy, daydream-filled period, so we must keep our escapist tendencies in check.

Those born from about February 15-21 were born on the Aquarius-Pisces cusp, and those born from about March 18-22 were born on the Pisces-Aries cusp. Being born on the cusp simply means that you were born during the transition time between two  zodiac signs, so you retain some qualities from each sign.

If we can embrace empathy for others without letting their pain make us feel victimized while the Sun is in Pisces, this promises to be a very healing time.

Here’s how to make the most of life with the Sun in Pisces:

What to do: Take care of someone! Pisces is the most compassionate and caring zodiac sign, so they are at their best when doing something kind for others. Adopt this admirable Pisces quality now and use it to ease someone’s pain.

What to say: Something poetic. The dreamy fishes are artsy and creative, so now’s the time to channel your inner Pisces poet and write or speak something beautiful to someone you love.

Where to go: Bed! Pisces can sometimes be called “lazy,” but really they just need a safe place to lie down, close their eyes and dream the day away. If you find your mind meandering while the Sun is in Pisces, give yourself permission to take a sweet little nap.

What to wear: Who cares?! Seriously. Life is not about what we wear, it’s about who we are. That’s the typical Pisces mindset, of course, so if you’re tired of dressing for success, this is a good time to slack into some sweats and forget about fashion while you follow more spiritual pursuits.

What to buy: Anything that will help you feel more connected to your spiritual side. It’s easier to tap into your intuition while the Sun is in Pisces, so shop for New Age healing crystals, incense, candles, Tarot cards and all of Pisces’ favorite spiritual supplies.

What to watch out for: Highly sensitive, compassionate and imaginative, Pisces is at risk of wanting to escape when they feel too much or get caught up in daydreams. Alcohol and drug abuse are common to this sign, so be aware of escapism and try to keep yourself grounded (at least a little bit) while the Sun is in Pisces.

What to look forward to: Healing! By the time the Sun moves out of Pisces, you’ll be rested, renewed, reconnected with your spiritual self and ready to begin a new astrological year!

Daily Cosmic Calendar for Monday, February 18th

Think pleasant thoughts as this Monday gets underway. Fortunately, Venus in a harmonious trine with Ceres (2:11AM PST) can build up your productivity across the board while the monthly Moon-Jupiter union in Gemini (3:56AM PST) brings out your happy-go-lucky demeanor.  A main change surrounds the shift of the Sun from airy Aquarius to watery Pisces (4:03AM PST). Watch your dreams for visions of the great beyond as well as dialing into the future via the little used faculty of precognition. Every so often, a lucid dream will provide a panoramic view of the future ahead of time.  You may have more tangible things to deal with a few hours later when Saturn at 12 degrees of Scorpio becomes stationary (9:03AM PST) from the Earth’s vantage point and begins moving retrograde until July 7. All Saturn themes — hard work and responsibility, perseverance and dedication, focus, structure, logic, common sense, profession, business acumen, CEO leadership, the father principle, delays, frustrations, limits, pessimism, depression, fears and old karma — are accentuated throughout the day. Strive to tap into the most prominent and helpful of the Saturn archetypes in order to have a very fulfilling day. Helping you do this is the monthly lunar union with Vesta in Gemini (1:34PM PST). Investments can increase in value if you are very careful — despite the strong presence of Saturn in the cosmic ethers today.  Social activities and love bonds may experience unpredictable short-circuiting due to a frictional, 45-degree link from Venus to Uranus (9:38PM PST).