Weekend Love Horoscopes for Oct. 4 – 6

Weekend Love Horoscopes

October 4-6: Trials and Tribulations

Maria DeSimone   Maria DeSimone on the topics of love, horoscopes, astrology

This Friday, a stressed-out New Moon in the relationship sign of Libra will set the tone for a difficult weekend when it comes to love and partnerships. New Moons are usually about a fresh start, and this one is no exception. The trouble, however, is that the new beginning will be excruciatingly painful to reach.

The Moon in Libra will square Pluto and oppose Uranus, causing a cosmic flare-up that you’ll feel personally. A relationship you’re in can no longer keep going “as it was,” and you know this. If you’re not ready to evolve with your partner, then a series of events are likely to occur that make it clear that you’ll need to write the next chapter of your life alone.

If you are strong enough to endure the radical change necessary to make your relationship viable, however, there is potential. Use Sunday’s penetrating sextile between Mercury and Pluto to have a deep discussion with your mate.

Daily Horoscopes for Friday, October 4th

We may feel as if we woke up on the wrong side the bed today as an anxious Sun-Venus alignment prompts emotional stress. Relationships are in for a bit of rock and roll this afternoon when the normally pleasant Libra Moon bumps into some pretty tough aspects with potent Pluto and rebellious Uranus. The socially astute Libra New Moon at 8:34 pm EDT marks a turning point as we consider what’s negotiable and how to get along better with others.

Aries Horoscope

(Mar 21 – Apr 19)

You instinctively know what others need today and can make them feel at ease before they are even aware of your swift intervention. Your attention shifts from your personal ambitions toward those of your friends because the Libra New Moon emphasizes your 7th House of Companions. Don’t be overly intrusive by assuming everyone wants your help. There may not be a valid reason to get involved unless you are asked. Sometimes good intentions aren’t enough. Nevertheless, there’s nothing wrong with letting people know that you care.

Taurus Horoscope

(Apr 20 – May 20)

You can turn on the charm now, enabling you to collaborate with your coworkers as the agreeable Libra New Moon lands in your 6th House of Employment. It’s easier to prioritize your tasks and negotiate which jobs could be delayed and which must be done right away. Fortunately, you’re capable of keeping up with everything that happens today, even if your efforts aren’t appreciated until later.

Gemini Horoscope

(May 21 – Jun 20)

The next few weeks provide you with a chance to revitalize a current relationship or may bring you a new love interest, instead. The social Libra New Moon reignites your 5th House of Romance and Creativity, which is a propitious sign for you to express your artistic nature today. Don’t hesitate; getting started quickly will free up even more time later on for pleasurable pursuits.

Cancer Horoscope

(Jun 21 – Jul 22)

Strolling down Memory Lane is a familiar experience, and today your mental journey raises significant issues that you have already considered once before. Luckily, you can manage your emotions in order to avoid a difficult situation. Nevertheless, don’t get lost in your nostalgic meanderings just because the Libra New Moon falls in your 4th House of Roots. Instead, strive to concentrate on the present moment, rather than slipping off into dreamland. Your future is calling and there’s no time to waste.

Leo Horoscope

(Jul 23 – Aug 22)

Although you want to believe that you know what’s best for you now, it’s still necessary to take time to consider the wishes of those around you. Even if you are striving to demonstrate your independence, it’s pointless to set your schedule before you talk with the people in your group. Today’s Libra New Moon activates your 3rd House of Communication, motivating you to engage everyone within hearing range. Once you know what others want, you can set your agenda for the day and determine how to meet your needs, too.

Virgo Horoscope

(Aug 23 – Sep 22)

You may think you need to make a decision about money today, but your options aren’t as definitive as you wish. Unfortunately, the ambivalent Libra New Moon in your 2nd House of Finances makes it difficult to find the perspective you are seeking. You might go back and forth without being able to choose, but nothing positive will stem from being too hard on yourself. Wait a few days before completely committing one way or the other. In the meantime, listing the pros and cons is the next logical step.

Libra Horoscope

(Sep 23 – Oct 22)

Channeling your ideas into practical goals is exciting, but enthusiasm isn’t the only thing that counts. There’s no getting around that you must follow through on your plans with perseverance and good old-fashioned hard work. Today’s New Moon in your sign signals a sudden break from your past if you are ready to place your new intentions into action. But first you must express your desires clearly enough so they can have the impact you wish.

Scorpio Horoscope

(Oct 23 – Nov 21)

Although you can usually keep a secret at any cost, a particular issue may be the source of trouble today with the Libra New Moon falling in your 12th House of Privacy. However, you want to tell someone everything you know because you believe it will increase the intimacy between you. Unfortunately, you could go against your promise and impulsively spill the beans. Postpone your conversation until later this evening when you will have more objectivity and discretion at your disposal.

Sagittarius Horoscope

(Nov 22 – Dec 21)

Your social calendar is jumping and you have the opportunity to kick the energy up another notch now since the Libra New Moon emphasizes your 11th House of Friends. Give yourself plenty of time to bask in stimulating discussions with like-minded people. But don’t wait too long to gather a group together, for everyone benefits when you share your dreams and optimistic visions about the future. Your love for life is contagious; pass it on.

Capricorn Horoscope

(Dec 22 – Jan 19)

Today’s Libra New Moon occurs in your 10th House of Public Responsibilities, stirring your ambitions and reminding you of all the amazing things that you have accomplished. But there may be more chores for you to finish before you can start a new project. Consider the advantages and disadvantages of taking on more work prior to saying yes on a job that could leave you exhausted. Creating a healthy balance between work and play is ultimately the most effective way to reach your goals.

Aquarius Horoscope

(Jan 20 – Feb 18)

You have an exciting opportunity to expand your horizons now by investigating an innovative idea. Gathering information about different courses of study should help you decide about attending school or additional on-the-job training as today’s Libra New Moon occupies your 9th House of Higher Education. Just don’t limit the possibilities to practical subjects; go ahead and break out of your self-imposed restriction and discover a wildly different world.

Pisces Horoscope

(Feb 19 – Mar 20)

Your heart-centered approach to other people’s problems can open a door to the possibility of greater intimacy now that the gracious Libra New Moon falls in your 8th House of Deep Sharing. Don’t let your fear of the unknown stand between you and feeling compassion for someone else. Instead, maintain a balanced approach to the mysteries of love. Exploring the uncharted shadows of a relationship isn’t as scary as it might seem at first.

Daily Cosmic Calendar for Friday, October 4th

With the New Moon approaching and forming exactly at 5:36PM (energizing 12 degrees of Libra), all of the hours beforehand represent the dark-of-the-moon monthly cycle when the lunar orb is depleted of solar light and is striving to once again unite with the Sun in order to start a 29.5-day forward-moving cycle of dynamic energy. During the dark-of-the-moon cycle, it is best to keep a low profile and focus attention on completing projects begun during the last four weeks.  Love vibrations are tilting more toward the challenging than the easygoing due to the Sun making a frictional, 45-degree tie with Venus (9:18AM). Nevertheless, some tweaking is possible regarding this Sun-Venus contact that can result in making progress on the creative artistic horizon.  The Libra New Moon (5:36PM) is certainly welcome for all earthlings as it can become a resourceful launching pad for many artistic ventures that require a major boost. In addition, primary partnerships can bask in a new glow thanks to the solar and lunar orbs merging their influences. However, as often happens in our solar system, the universal mischief-makers like to toss in a cosmic monkey-wrench into earthly proceedings to see how we respond as an evolving species. Thus, only 4+ hours after the New Moon, Saturn in Scorpio and Uranus in Aries form the third of three, off-kilter, 150-degree aspects (9:47PM).  They already formed this type of alignment in November 2012 and April 2013. This Saturn-Uranus clash pits the past against the future, the conventional against the revolutionary, and the status quo against radical change. Does it have to augur bad tidings? Not necessarily if you are willing to adjust your thoughts, feelings and attitudes to the vital situations confronting you and your family members at this time. While risk-taking and shots in the dark can backfire and lead to instant karma, well-reasoned and intuitively-sound approaches to problem-solving may guide you to eventual success and achievements. [Note to readers: All times are calculated for Pacific Daylight Time. Be sure to adjust all times according to your own local time so the alignments noted above will be exact for your location.]

Calendar of the Moon for October 4th

Calendar of the Moon

Ivy Month

Colors: Light blue and dark green
Element: Air
Altar: Upon cloth of dark green lay pots of ivy twined up around posts of gold with suns, three blue candles, a vine-painted chalice of water, and a feather fan.
Offerings: Pray for enlightenment, and to be lifted up.
Daily Meal: Sheep, goat, or vegetarian using the fruits of the local harvests.

Gort Invocation

Call: Hail the month of the Ivy!
Response: Hail the month of twining for the sky!
Call: Where the vine yielded forth the blood of the earth…
Response: The ivy yields up the winds of the sky!
Call: Where the vine dulls the mind with happiness…
Response: The ivy opens the mind with terror and light!
Call: Hail to the chains of the Maenads!
Response: Hail to Dionysos and his torrent of madness!
Call: Hail to the Lady that mates with the Oak!
Response: She has entwined him, she has wrapped her limbs about him!
Call: Even his great strength is not enough to stay her!
Response: She shows that not all strength is standing tall!
Call: Hail to she who is supported by others….
Response: Yet reaches as high as they themselves!
Call: Show us, sacred Ivy, what it is to rise with the aid of the strong.
Response: Show us what it is to be borne up by branches.
Call: Show us what it is to be borne up by hopes.
Response: Show us what it is to be borne up by the Gods.
Call: We cannot reach the sky without aid…
Response: So we entreat you, Ivy, beg for aid for our earthbound hands.
Call: Teach us that the sky can be gained not only by the straight path…
Response: But also by the path of the spiral!
Call: Dance that spiral for us, Ivy, and we shall follow you!
Response: We shall follow you toward the blessed realms of the Gods.

Chant:
Turn turn turn again
Turn wind turn leaf
Twine o’er the last sheaf
Turn turn turn again

[Pagan Book of Hours]

Calendar of the Sun for October 4th

Calendar of the Sun

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Jejunium Cereris: Fast for Demeter

Color: Brown
Element: Earth
Altar: Upon cloth of brown place a clay cup of water, empty bowls, plates, and an empty cornucopia.
Offerings: Give food to the hungry.
Daily Meal: Fasting today, from the night before until Hesperis.

Jejunium Cereris Invocation

Demeter weeps.
She mourns all losses,
All that passes from our hands
Into the gaping earth of the Mother’s womb.
Across the land, there are places
Where the Earth is barren, and no mouths
Shall be fed from Her soil.
The people starve, they cry out, they fall,
But there is no mercy for them
Until the Wheel turns yet again.
So if we cannot feed them all,
If we cannot be Demeter Herself,
For our hands are too few,
Our work is too little,
Our efforts fall like a drop into a wasteland,
Let us still be that drop of hope
And let us, for one day, mourn with them.
For all that we have not, there are others
Who have less, and on this day
We give out some of what we have,
For true wealth is counted only
By how much you can give away.
For today, we shall fast with them
And we shall remember.
Blessed be Demeter in Her weeping,
Blessed be Demeter in Her mourning,
May we be blessed with Her tears.

Chant: By the dust of the Earth we live
By the work of our hands we give
By the work of our hearts we open the world.

[Pagan Book of Hours]

Current Moon Phase for October 4th – New Moon

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The New Moon is a time best suited for new beginnings! For the first 48 hours following the exact time of the New Moon each month, a window of opportunity opens for making wishes that, if noted, come true in the days and months ahead. There is a tremendous amount of enthusiasm in the atmosphere, making it a great time to go forward and begin projects that you feel instinctively attracted to initiating. Follow your impulses and let yourself make new starts in areas that are important to you.

The Witches Spell for Oct. 4th – So Much to Do, So Little Time

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The Witches Spell for October 4th

So Much to Do, So Little Time

No matter how hard you work, you never seem to get caught up. If stress and frustration are getting you down, this spell offers a welcome respite from workplace demands.

Tools:

Lavender incense
An incense burner
A light blue candle
A candleholder
Matches or a lighter
A bathtub
Essential oil of vanilla
4 good-sized chunks of amethyst

When: Any time

Cast a Circle around your bathroom. Fit the incense and candle into their respective holders, then light both. Fill the bathtub with pleasantly hot water. Add a little essential oil of vanilla to the bathwater.

Wash the amethysts with mild soap and water, then set one on each corner of the bathtub. Climb into the tub and make yourself comfy. Feel the amethysts drawing off your stress and neutralizing it. Feel your frustrations and anxieties dissolving into the bathwater. The trick is not to think about anything outside the walls of the bathroom.

When you worry about the past or future, you block receptivity to new ideas and guidance that could help you resolve problems. If a troublesome thought pops into your mind, send it into the water or give it to the amethysts. Soak for as long as you like until you feel calm, rested, and confident that all is well.

When your peace of mind is restored, get out of the tub. As the water drains away, visualize your cares flowing away with it. Pick up the amethysts and thank them. Then wash them with clean water (not the bathwater) and mild soap and pat them dry. Extinguish the candle and incense, or allow them to burn down in a safe place. Open the Circle and emerge renewed.

Let’s Talk Witch – Incorporating The Animal Element Into Your Magick

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Incorporating Animal Elements Into Magick

Anyone who’s read Shakespeare is familiar with the idea of using animal parts in magick: “Eye of newt and toe of frog, / Wool of bat and tongue of dog …” (Macbeth, Act IV, sc. 1). Where did this tradition come from Quite simply, humans have always trusted animal spirits (and the spirits of plants and inanimate objects) for their powers. A Magus (the singular form of Magi) who needed courage looked to nature’s blueprint and found a lion, whose heart may be carried or otherwise used in a spell (thus the phrase “heart of a lion”). When a Witch needed stealth, it made sense to use the chameleon’s skin as a spell component. When he needed perspective, a variety of birds came to mind, and he might harvest the eye.

Over time things changed, however. Only animal parts found in nature and properly cleaned are fit to be used magickally in Witchcraft. Modern Witches honor nature and her needs in their methods; eco- consciousness is a top priority. Here’s a brief list of animal components and applications you would likely find on a random walk in nature:

Antlers: Sliced antler makes a very sturdy carving surface, and may be used in making a personal set of runes. Alternatively, antlers can be carried to honor Artemis, Cernunnos, and Bacchus, or used as virility charms.

Eggshells: Traditionally, shells were buried or burned in healing spells (often after having been carried by the patient so the eggshells “absorbed” the illness). Eggshells also make a good womb symbol in which energy can be nurtured to maturity. Be sure to consider the color of the eggshell in the final application. For instance, use blue eggshells to nurture peace and joy.

Feathers: Use feathers for divination, for moving incense around the sacred space, or as a spell component in magick directed toward liberation and release. They’re also good for meditations in which you wish to connect with bird spirits or the air element.

Fur: Tufts of fur can often be found on burrs or other prickly bushes. If you can determine the animal that lost the fur, you can apply the fur as a symbol of that creature and its attributes in spells and rituals. For example, a bit of rabbit fur would be a good component to put in your power pouch for abundance and fertility. (Any small pouch will do as a power pouch. Use it to keep special items, like small stones given by friends and those that carry personal meaning.)

Nails: Nails serve utilitarian purposes (for gathering food) as well as defensive ones— when in the clutches of a foe. With this in mind, animal nails could be carried as amulets and talismans for providence and safety.

Teeth: One of the longest-lasting parts of any body, teeth have natural associations with longevity and durability. Furthermore, teeth affect the way a lot of creatures communicate, so use them in different communication spells, depending on the type of creature involved. For example, if you were going into a meeting where clever discourse was needed, carrying a fox tooth might be apt.

Whiskers: According to an old bit of folklore, cat’s whiskers that you find somewhere can be used in a wish-fulfilling spell. For this to work, burn the whisker and whisper a wish to the smoke. This spell might be accomplished with the whiskers of other animals too, like using a dog’s whiskers to inspire devotion and constancy.

The Only Book of Wiccan Spells You’ll Ever Need (p. 104).
Singer, Marian; MacGregor, Trish (2012-08-18).

Celebrating Spirituality 365 Days A Year – Oct. 4th, Feast of St. Francis of Assisi

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Feast of St. Francis of Assisi

Francis of Assisi (1182-1226) is one of the most revered of the Christian saints. He was distinguished for his joyous piety, asceticism, and compassion that extended to all living creatures. Francis was the son of a prosperous merchant who had him disinherited because of his extravagant gifts to the poor. Soon after this, Francis began to minister to the lepers near Assisi and then rebuilt a ruined chapel for them. In 1209, he received papal permission to begin his own order and established the Franciscan order. He traveled extensively throughout France and Spain, where his compassion for Nature spread. One legend has him preaching a sermon to Sparrows at Alviano, and another tells of him saving bees from freezing to death. On this day, many Christian schools allow the students to bring their pets to class so they can be blessed by the resident priest.

The Witches Correspondence for Friday, October 4th

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The Witches Correspondence for Friday, October 4th

Magickal Intentions: Love, Romance, Marriage, Sexual Matters, Physical Beauty, Friendship and Partnerships, Strangers and Heart
Incense: Strawberry, Sandalwood, Rose, Saffron and Vanilla
Planet: Venus
Sign: Libra and Taurus
Angel: Ariel
Colors: Green, Pink, Aqua
Herbs/Plants: Pink Rose, Ivy, Birch, Heather, Clematis, Sage, Violet and Water Lilly Stones: Rose Quartz, Moonstone, Pink Tourmaline, Peridot, Emerald and Jade
Oil: (Venus) Cardamom, Palmrosa, Rose, Yarrow

Friday belongs to Venus, and its energies are warm, sensuous, and fulfilling. Efforts that involve any type of pleasure, comfort, and luxury, as well as the arts, music, or aroma (incense and perfume) works well on this day. As Venus lends its sensuous influences to the energies of this day, use it for any magical work that deals with matters of the heart.

The Witches Almanac for Friday, October 4th

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The Witches Almanac for Friday, October 4th

Friday (Venus): Love, friendship, reconciliation, and beauty.

St. Francis Day

Waning Moon

Moon Phase:  New Moon 8:35 pm

Moon Sign: Libra

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

Incense:  Violet

Color: Coral

Finally, “GOOD AFTERNOON WOTC!” A Fantastic Friday To All!

Getting Lady Abyss out of the graphics is about as bad as pulling teeth.  No joke! She is like a kid in a candy store. The only bad thing about WordPress is that you can’t have two or three people working on the site at the same time. So one has to stop while the other one gets started. I finally got her gone by reminding her she still has to write the front page for the site. She flew, I really should have said that sooner, lol!

We talked it over and I know Lady A mentioned the disclaimer (which everyone thought was a good idea). Then we decided the whole front page is going to be a disclaimer but at the same time telling the truth about our Religion. We figured that this time of the year is the only time some will seek a site like this out. Why not take advantage of it? Tell exactly what Witchcraft is about and at the end, if they still haven’t got the point, a mild disclaimer. I told Lady A she should have already wrote the front page. The interesting “NOT” comments have already started. Just a little early this year, should be a very interesting season, lmao! Thank the Goddess for the super spammer stopper WordPress provides us!

I have talked more than work, time to get busy.

Have a very fantastic Friday,

Mystie