Your Charm for Today
You will find you have within you the ability to resolve all conflicts and disagreements with regard to this aspect. You will find an eloquence you did not realize before.
The staff of Mercury was given to him by Apollo in exchange for the lyre. The rod was endowed with the remarkable power of deciding all quarrels and bestowing wonderful eloquence upon its possessor. Mercury proved this when he saw two serpents fighting. Placing the rod between them and using his eloquence he reconciled the serpents, who then embraced each other, and becoming attached to the rod formed the caduceus. The pine cone is credited with health giving power, and the wings symbolize speed and the flight of thoughts between friends. This ancient talisman was supposed to be a charm of prosperity, rendering its possessor healthy, wealthy and wise.
Your Animal Spirit for Today
October 17, 2013
Are you going through life carrying old grief, pain or hate? If so, Dove (sometimes known as Mourning Dove) encourages you to let go of your emotional baggage so that true healing can take place. It’s time to forgive, release, and move forward. And, know that healing Dove is flying right beside you.
Thursday, Oct 17th, 2013
The challenge of what has traditionally been known as the Hermit card is to be able to recognize a teacher in a humble disguise. This font of mysterious knowledge will not make it easy for the student to acquire his wisdom, as it takes time and long contemplation to fathom what he knows. He often speaks wordlessly, or in ancient and barbaric tongues, communicating with the elements, animals and Nature herself.
While the hourglass was an identifying feature on the earliest Hermit cards, more modern ones have shifted the metaphor, showing more or less light released from his lantern. In either case, the Hermit card reminds us of the value of time away from the hubbub of civic life, to relax the ego in communion with Nature.
We may believe that nearly anything is possible today, but we could run into a host of problems along our path. Although the enterprising Aries Moon encourages us to act on our intuition, there are unforeseen bumps in the road, anyhow. The Moon’s alignments with domineering Pluto and disruptive Uranus indicate complex emotional entanglements that can delay gratification. We might still feel dissatisfied even if we ultimately get what we want.
(Mar 21 – Apr 19)
It could feel as if your whole life is renewing itself and you are quite eager to embrace the future. Your enthusiasm may get you started on your path but, unfortunately, it won’t be enough to ensure that you reach your destination. But dreaming about it is just the first step; you need to walk your talk to make things happen. Add a dose of determination, though, and you just might accomplish the goals you are now setting.
(Apr 20 – May 20)
Someone may ask more of you than you can give today, which tempts you to go into hiding to avoid confrontation. It’s crucial, though, to meet the current challenges head on without ignoring the role your consistency plays in keeping everyone else on track. The good news is that you don’t have to carry the whole burden upon your shoulders. Others are more than happy to pitch in and help when you need it.
(May 21 – Jun 20)
You’re more productive today if you can be part of a group, rather than having to work by yourself. Paradoxically, you may also feel relief when you are finally alone. Acknowledge the conflict between your need to connect with others and the more subtle benefits you receive from solitude. Don’t choose one over the other; allocate time for both
(Jun 21 – Jul 22)
Your tendency to care for others may stand in the way of your own personal ambitions today. Paying close attention to what each person requires at work could clear a path for you to become a star, even if you merely play a supporting role. Don’t be concerned about temporarily losing sight of your own goals; they will still be there when you finish with your current obligations. Your willingness to nurture others casts you in a favorable light.
(Jul 23 – Aug 22)
Keeping your mind focused on your immediate tasks is a challenge today, especially if you are very busy. Your confidence continues to grow and your daydreams might even be work-related. Unfortunately, they won’t likely make you any more efficient on the job. Still, as you contemplate how to escape current responsibilities, remember that your increased effort now should provide you with greater freedom later on
(Aug 23 – Sep 22)
You like the idea of doing something different at work today or even enrolling in a whole new course of study. You might want to consider a field that allows you to discover hidden mysteries or explore uncharted relationship dynamics. Don’t worry about applying your current interest to your career. This is more about personal growth and the immediate connection to your job may not be apparent at this time. Follow your bliss and see where it leads.
(Sep 23 – Oct 22)
Everyone seems to stir up too much unneeded excitement in your life now by offering you one too many points of view. Although this information may not support your old perspective, you are eager to see where it takes you. A bit of common sense goes a long way today. Don’t change your mind too quickly; instead allow the transition to unfold at its own pace.
(Oct 23 – Nov 21)
You bring a renewed vigor to your job and are anticipating what you can tackle at work today. You feel refreshed, as if your emotional batteries have been recharged. But don’t let your enthusiasm run off with all your good intentions. Be careful, for apologies might not be enough to undo a broken promise if you overcommit your time. Make the most of your momentum while you have the chance to gain real progress.
(Nov 22 – Dec 21)
Although it’s a work day for many, you are already dreaming about the weekend. Unfortunately, you probably have too much to do, even before adding recreational activities to your hectic calendar. In this same situation others might decline a social engagement, but not you. Somehow you think you’ll find the time and energy to fit it all in. Stop and get some much-needed rest; remember it’s not healthy to burn the candle at both ends.
(Dec 22 – Jan 19)
Consider your ideas twice before you just blurt out what you’re thinking since impulsive expressions complicate nearly any situation today. You may not actually mean what you say; it’s just your way of blowing off pent-up feelings. But someone could interpret your words more seriously than you intend. If it’s really important, you might be better off waiting a few days until you’ve taken time to solidify your position and develop your plan.
(Jan 20 – Feb 18)
A heightened pace of activities, along with the many distractions and disruptions that come your way, doesn’t make your life any easier to manage today. You needn’t be afraid of taking a stand and establishing territorial limits. Normally, you might prefer to go along with the changes throughout the day, but now you gain more by remaining grounded and focused. Establish clear priorities and keep calm no matter what happens.
(Feb 19 – Mar 20)
Your life could settle down enough now to get your personal responsibilities under control. Perhaps you’ve been remiss in meeting your obligations, but today you are driven by more practical concerns. Forget the idle fantasies and sentimental journeys. Taking direct action — not dreaming about it — will bring you face to face with the happiness you seek.
Hunter’s Moon 2013 and its Lunar Eclipse: What You Need to Know
By Michele Berger
It’s that time again, time for another full moon. The one that falls directly after the Harvest Moon (which was Sept. 19) is called the Hunter’s Moon, and it happens this Friday night, Oct. 18. The best time to view it is 7:38 p.m. Eastern — though of course it shines brightly all night long.
Plus, there’s a lunar eclipse happening, too. It’s subtle, however, not a total eclipse but what’s called a penumbral eclipse, when the Earth’s outer shadow partially covers the lunar being. “You might see a little darkening. It happens very gradually. It’s not like a snap of the fingers,” Jim O’Leary, senior scientist at the Maryland Science Center, told Weather.com. That event begins around 5:50 p.m. eastern, peaks around at 7:50 p.m. and ends around 9:50 p.m., he added.
The total package should make for some pleasant sky gazing of this cool moon.
Its name — one of several catchy monikers including the Blood Moon and the Sanguine Moon — reputedly comes from those who used the light to their advantage, according to Science@NASA. “Hunters … tracked and killed their prey by autumn moonlight, stockpiling food for the winter ahead,” writes NASA’s Tony Phillips. “You can picture them: Silent figures padding through the forest, the moon overhead, pale as a corpse, its cold light betraying the creatures of the wood.”
Chinese lore also describes this moon as the Kindly Moon, reports the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, and the Lakota Sioux called it the Moon When Quilling and Beading Were Done.
The Hunter’s Moon isn’t just any full moon. Like with other moons this time of year, its path — called an ecliptic — is shallow. That means for several nights in a row, the moon sits farther north on the horizon, according to EarthSky. “It’s this northward movement of the moon along the eastern horizon at moonrise,” EarthSky writes, “that gives the Hunter’s Moon its magic.”
Typically this time of year, the moon rises about 50 minutes later each day. Say it appeared in the night sky at 7:00 p.m. today, tomorrow it would show up around 7:50 p.m. For several days around the Hunter’s Moon, however, it only rises 30 to 35 minutes later. (In that same example, it would emerge at 7:00 p.m. tonight, 7:30 p.m. the next.)
Why does this matter? Well, if you lived at a time when you needed the moonlight to harvest and hunt by, it clearly did. “The light of moon allowed farmers to harvest their crops later into the night,” O’Leary said of the September Harvest Moon. By the Hunter’s Moon in October, “it’s time to go hunting for Thanksgiving and the fall. The prey is easier to find. Rather than the moon being up in the sky an hour or two after sunset, it’s up in the sky sooner…. There’s less of a period of darkness.”
So go out and enjoy. But be warned: “While you’re staring at the sky, you might hear footsteps among the trees, the twang of a bow, a desperate scurry to shelter,” NASA’s Phillips writes. “That’s just your imagination.”
The two days prior to any Full Moon can be considered a time-period of preparation for the enlightening vibrations about to descend from the higher planes of being. Flashes of genius can keep you busy as the Moon makes its monthly union with Uranus in Aries (12:02PM). On the other hand, this conjunction can also cause a temporary shock to the system or immerse you in a wave of surprise and uncertainty. Adding to the potentially topsy-turvy conditions are a frictional, 135-degree tie from the Sun to Chiron (1:17PM) followed by an intense parallel between Mercury and Pluto (1:36PM). Try to tweak these two aspects into providing you with a healing touch and in-depth insights across the board. Meanwhile, coming to your rescue is a flowing trine of 120-degrees between the Moon and Venus (1:56PM). Romantic bonds, social activities and the creative arts all benefit from this harmonious sky pattern. Continue taking advantage of this lunar rapport with the traditional planet of love and beauty as the evening hours look promising for soulful interactions with dear ones. [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.]
“May rain and fire, ill wind and snow, and hard-frost follow you.”
Calendar of the Moon
Colors: Light blue and dark green
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.
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.
Turn turn turn again
Turn wind turn leaf
Twine o’er the last sheaf
Turn turn turn again
Calendar of the Sun
Colors: Brown and Orange
Altar: Upon cloth of brown and orange, patterned with autumn leaves, place a basket of fallen leaves, barrels of straw, shovels, spades, a bowl of rainwater, and seeds for cover crops.
Offerings: Turn under and mulch the used land.
Daily Meal: Vegetarian.
Aequinoctium Autumnale Invocation
Earth, we have eaten of your bounty!
You have fed us, and we are content.
We have worked you hard, and you have responded
With generosity and fruitfulness.
Now, as the year draws on, and the Sun
Shortens its days and counts the moons
Until its chilly death and incandescent rebirth,
We gift you as you have gifted us,
We care for you as you have cared for us,
We give back that we may continue to take,
Year after year, cycle after cycle.
Do not think, O Mother, that we are merely selfish,
And would only rape you of your bounty.
Our hands shall toil that you may have,
If only in this one small place,
Richness to take back for yourself.
For we know the hard secrets of the cycle,
And we will someday give ourselves
Back to your quiet embrace.
To our hands
Cover all the land
(All take up the buckets of leaves and straw, and the spades, and go out to the garden. Some will turn over the soil, and others shall follow with cover crop seeds and rainwater, or with mulch to cover the ground. This shall be done throughout the Aequinoctium Autumnale days until all the ground from this year’s crops are covered.)
(waxing/98% of Full)
Distractions from the outside begin pressing into your world. Analysis is favored, reevaluating all the various factors you are dealing with. It’s a time to process information and effectively integrate your aims with the people in your immediate environment. This is a good time for organizing things. This Moon phase is suited for synthesis: coming up with a practical plan for getting from point A to point B. Adjustment is required.