May you be blessed with love of family and the Love of Our Goddess not only today but all year long!
Wishing you a very Happy & Blessed Thanksgiving!
Lady Of The Abyss & Witches Of The Craft
Luck-oriented legends say that eating a pear on Thanksgiving night will bring fortuitous fortunes and tons of luck for the year that follows. Sharing this empowering tip is my way of thanking you for being you. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!
By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com
The Amulet Box
There are papers in your near future. This aspect is affect by legal papers of some kind–a contract, a deed or a license of some kind. These papers will bring improvement to your life.
The people of Tibet are most superstitious. It is the custom for almost everyone to wear charms. The Amulet-box illustrated contains small inscribed scrolls covered with magical characters. These magical formulae are written and blessed by their Lamas. The scrolls are believed to be all powerful spells for appeasing evil spirits, keeping the wearers from all physical harm, safeguarding them from every kind of danger, and protecting them from the blighting effects of the evil eye. Many of these charm boxes are of gold elaborately chased, and encrusted with turquoise.
When Horse came back to the Americas, he brought with him the ability to move rapidly from place to place—and it’s this rapid movement that he brings to you today. Get up, get out of the rut you’ve created. Grab Horse’s mane, pull yourself onto his back and let him carry you across the plains of your life. The time for being stuck is over.
Although men have stepped upon the moon and scientists have analyzed it almost endlessly, there remains in our collective unconscious a vision of the moon that shrouds it in mystery. And why wouldn’t there be? Being earth’s closest neighbor, having a clear influence on many of earth’s cycles and constantly changing in appearance, it is only fitting that our ancestors endlessly pondered and speculated on our magnificent moon’s powers. The Moon represents the pure feminine nature and the gateway to understanding the mystical world that cannot be explained by science. Its soft glow provides a gentle light in the darkness of night. Metaphorically, the powers associated with the moon supply the seeker with a light to explore the mystical aspects of our world. It empowers the sense of wonder in those open to psychic adventures.
As a daily card, The Moon is indicative of a time when your feminine side and connection to the spiritual world is very strong. Essentially you are “tuned in” spiritually which makes this an ideal time for you to investigate your place in our mystical world.
Your Rune For Today
Laguz is the feminine Rune. It denotes a deep sexuality and fertility. Laguz also represents that which is ever changing and renewal. You may be in a tremendous spiritual growth period.
Traditionally, what has been known as the Justice card has to do with moral sensitivity and that which gives rise to empathy, compassion and a sense of fairness. Since the time of Solomon, this image has represented a standard for the humane and fair-minded treatment of other beings.
Often including the image of a fulcrum which helps to balance competing needs against the greater good, and a two-edged sword to symbolize the precision needed to make clear judgments, this card reminds us to be careful to attend to important details. It’s a mistake to overlook or minimize anything where this card is concerned. The law of Karma is represented here — what goes around comes around.
Experiencing harmony in relationships isn’t likely enough today; we also want to talk about our feelings. The pleasure-seeking Libra Moon reflects our need to play the role of host, with our satisfaction dependent upon others. Sweet Venus opposes joyful Jupiter, adding a sense of optimism, even if our current situations are less than perfect. Thankfully, words come easily now because chatty Mercury forms a harmonizing trine with Jupiter.
You might hit a few emotional speed bumps if you move too fast today. Even if your life is running smoothly, you would be wise to pay attention to a potential problem before it creates trouble. If you’re not careful, your enthusiasm may get the best of you and you could even go too far. Remind yourself throughout the day that your high energy can make others uncomfortable. Tempering your exuberance with a little common sense enables you to lead with your heart while still acknowledging the needs of everyone else.
Enjoying the finer things in life now without overdoing it isn’t as easy as it sounds. You may be tempted to eat or drink more than you should or to spend more money than you have. Thankfully, you don’t need to let these warnings prevent you from having a wonderful time. Go ahead and joyfully indulge in a bit of sensory pleasure, but make sure that you don’t push your limits too far.
You may feel like a million bucks today; you’re at the top of your game when it comes to dishing out your clever repartee. You can easily put your best foot forward and then do your famous verbal tap dance to impress others. However, you might be too smart for your own good now. The power of positive thinking only works if you don’t push the envelope beyond what’s socially acceptable. Taking a calculated risk is a good idea as long as you’re ready to abandon your plans if they go awry.
You can communicate quite effectively today, even if you would rather withhold your emotions. You should be able to manifest your dreams if you just let your intuition take over. However, there’s a delicate balance between your ideals and what you actually achieve. Your romantic fantasies may now be realized, but you must give voice to your feelings or you won’t get what you need. Be brave and speak from your heart.
Letting your errant feelings out into the open can be stressful today, for your current needs might appear out of character for you. Nevertheless, it’s nearly impossible to adjust your desires to what others are willing to give. Meeting someone halfway begins with listening rather than just stating what you want. Finding a way to be emotionally flexible now will better your chances of having a memorable day spent with those you love.
You might prosper in love today, but circumstances could stress you out, nonetheless. Normally, you are careful about what you say and what you eat, but now you are tempted to overindulge. As long as you aren’t concerned with making these pleasures last, this can be quite an amazing day. But tomorrow may not be as pleasant when you realize what you’ve done in the name of immediate gratification. Paying attention to your limits makes more sense and won’t detract from your fun.
Going out of your way to consciously perform random acts of kindness can make your day much more pleasurable. Even if you’re just chatting with your friends today, your optimism encourages those around you. Your spirit of generosity is reflected back to you in the form of greater freedom, more expansive thinking and heightened creativity. Something special will happen if you continue to express love and beauty in an altruistic way.
Say whatever’s on your mind today because the planets can maximize the positive impact of your words. Even if you have felt unforgiving in the past, it may be the right time now to reassess the situation. Relationship issues are best tackled with a loving and supportive approach, but behind the serious talk is your desire to bask in the glory of love. Be extra sweet to someone you cherish and the positive repercussions will ripple back to you quickly.
You like to dream big and your fantasies are over the top today, enticing you away from a more practical approach. Your key planet Jupiter is overstimulated by sensual Venus and mischievous Mercury, encouraging you to partake in one too many social activities. There’s nothing wrong with indulging in the fun, but don’t go overboard. Steer clear from jumping to conclusions before you logically think your vision all the way through.
Your organizational skills are operating at peak efficiency, but you could become distracted today and gloss over a few important details. Although you can clearly see the whole picture, it’s difficult to stay on track as temptation tests your self-discipline. It might be too easy to let your responsibilities fall to the wayside now as you seek the pleasure in your life that may be long overdue. Balancing work and play is your best approach — as long as you lean toward having fun.
You want to be appreciated for your actions today and your current routine may send you off in an entirely different direction than you imagined. However, this isn’t a great time to trust your intuition, for you might be attracted to the easiest path instead of the smartest one; your sense of proportion is slightly bent out of shape. Remember, it’s less important to be recognized now than it is to feel good about what you’ve done. True self-esteem comes from within.
It’s all too easy to become obsessed with the ideas, myths and religions of another culture as expansive Jupiter harmonizes with mental Mercury in your 9th House of Distant Places. Falling in love with someone or something is quite possible now. Opportunities for pleasure are knocking at your door, but they won’t wait around forever. Enjoy each experience for what it offers, but don’t ruin it by trying to make it permanent.
Let’s get real: Life is not a Norman Rockwell painting. When it comes to spending a lot of time with family during the holidays, the most wonderful time of the year can quickly turn into the most stressful time of the year.
Even the people we love the most have a unique way of pushing our buttons when we spend too much time together. Add that to the stress of juggling holiday parties, meal planning and gift shopping from Thanksgiving to New Year’s, and … well, let’s just say it’s easy to go from holly jolly to downright brawly in the blink of Santa’s eye.
Astrology can help you watch for the things that trigger your horoscope sign’s stress levels most. Here are some cosmic tips on how every zodiac sign can cope with stressful family situations all season long.
Even dynamic Rams can run out of energy during the holidays, and it stresses you out when you don’t have enough steam to get everything done. If a family member asks for one more thing on top of this, watch out for your fiery temper! Prevent a meltdown by setting aside at least one hour of alone time per day. Delegate some of your tasks to others and go for a walk or take a nap. You don’t have to do everything yourself — that’s what family is for!
Taurus, you’re the peacemaker, and your family relies on you to solve disputes over the dinner table during the holidays. And you know what? That stresses you out! You don’t like to witness conflict or hurt feelings, and it’s even worse if you can’t help settle everyone down because then you feel like you’ve failed. If you find yourself stressed by family drama this year, use your stubborn nature to cope. Insist everyone calm down and speak respectfully, and don’t walk away until peace prevails.
You don’t suffer fools gladly, Gemini. Your short temper can be triggered when a family member says something you disagree with, or if they move too slowly — like when Granny drives you to the mall in her 1987 Cutlass Ciera. You need to practice patience, dear Gemini. Take part in daily activities to calm your overactive mind, like yoga or an art class to, so you won’t blow a gasket at Thanksgiving dinner.
Sensitive Cancer Crabs are especially prone to holiday family stress. You are very negatively affected by criticism, angry outbursts or being ignored. And it’s easy for certain family members to hurt your feelings unintentionally — like if one of your siblings seems to be getting preferential treatment, or if someone accidentally insults you with a nose trimmer as a holiday gift. To keep Crab from getting crabby, it’s important you speak up and let the offending family member know how you feel. Don’t keep your hurt feelings to yourself, or you’ll wind up nursing a stress-related ulcer. Take a deep breath and let your feelings be known, and more than likely you’ll find peace in an apology.
Leo, you need to let go. Your stress triggers are primarily situations you can’t control, and that is an inevitable part of the holidays. One of your family members might break the gravy dish, you may lose your car in the mall parking garage on Black Friday, or Uncle Jerry might infer that your career choice falls short of family expectations. Whatever it is that takes place to trigger your insecurities and prompt you to throw a childish temper tantrum… Let. It. Go. You’ll be much happier that way.
You think too much, Virgo — which accounts for your greatest holiday stress. Just the thought of getting all your holiday chores done and attending to every family member’s needs is enough to tie you in knots. But the thing is, once you actually start working on the things you need to get done, you’re fine. Make lots of lists to help keep you on track – write down what you can do to help others, too. You’ll feel calmer just putting it all on paper. Pretend you’re making a list for Santa, it’ll be fun!
Not being treated fairly is hugely stressful for you, Libra. And you also can’t deal with a lot of clutter. But during large family holiday gatherings, it’s easy for these needs to be neglected. If someone takes the last slice of pumpkin pie before you’ve had any, and then has the nerve to leave the dirty dish on the counter, look out! That will set you off, and you could waste hours weighing the pros and cons of confronting them about it. Rather than seething in silence or overreacting defensively, respond calmly in the moment. Keep it short and sweet — no long-winded speeches or accusations. You’ll get better results once people know where you stand.
Your family doesn’t realize how sensitive you are, Scorpio, because you hide it well. You have a quiet strength, so you’re easily stressed out by big noisy family gatherings. You also feel tense and nervous when you don’t get enough privacy, so be sure to let your family members know your needs and boundaries so you can negotiate what works for all. It may be as simple as going into a private room alone for an hour to regroup, or leaving a lit bit sooner than the rest of the clan. If you explain, they will understand.
You’re all about movement, Sagittarius, so the idea of sitting in a relative’s living room for five hours straight is your personal hell. You’re also not big on formal family dinners where you must act properly and “behave.” Any situation that reins you in can trigger stress, like someone pressuring you to buy too many gifts or show up on time for dinner. Find ways to spend some time outdoors to feed your restless spirit. Help decorate the family home with outdoor lights or shovel snow from the sidewalks up and down the street so you won’t feel so constrained.
You demand a lot from yourself, Capricorn. And, you feel pressured when you fail to live up to your high expectations during the holidays. You worry worry worry about serving the right holiday dishes, buying the right gifts or telling the right jokes at the holiday dinner table. You can end up going over the “what ifs” or “if onlys” ’til you’re all lathered up. The remedy is to live in the moment, the only place where joy can be found. And, be sure there’s plenty of time to relax in your hectic holiday schedule.
Though “live and let live” is your motto, Aquarius, you really like to have your way. But when you’re surrounded by family members during the holidays, you need to learn the art of compromise. You don’t need to bend your will entirely to that of every family member, but do make more of an effort to accommodate their needs, too. You’re a little high-strung even when it’s not the holiday season, so trying to do so much traveling, partying, shopping and planning in so little time can stress you out right quick. Just slow down a little. Ironically, by slowing down you’ll actually get more done and feel more relaxed.
You’re a very private person, Pisces, so nosy family members or being put on the spot at a family gathering in which you feel exposed can be stressful. And you’re sensitive nature is also unnerved by loud family revelry, teasing and obnoxious behavior. You might become overly anxious in these family holiday situations because you don’t know how to shield yourself from such invasions. It’s difficult, but if you can give yourself a temporary attitude adjustment you’ll fare much better. Keep thinking “This too shall pass,” and take little escapes for an hour here and there so you get plenty of time alone to process your emotions and clear your slate.
Thanks to the Huffington Post for this beautiful graphic. You can also read an excellent article on “How to Find ISON, the Comet of the Century” at Mashable.
As indicated at the close of yesterday’s calendar entry, the lunar orb meets up with Vesta in airy Libra (12:01AM) — offering support for sisterhood bonds and increasing the value of assets and investments. There is additional good news less than 2 hours later when the Moon and the Sun form a supportive, 60-degree contact (1:43AM). Primary partnerships are more vulnerable to shake-ups and uncertainty due to Venus in Capricorn opposing Jupiter in Cancer (4:02AM) as well as the Moon in Libra opposing Uranus in Aries (6:11AM). If these two polarities behave like adversaries, then instability rises. However, there is always the chance that the four celestial bodies involved in these polarities can act as beacons of light and harmony instead of discord. The monthly Moon-Ceres union in Libra (8:58AM) is the perfect calming and comforting force that can bring warring parties to the negotiating table and smooth over hurt feelings and bad behavior. Trying too hard to solve problems this evening can backfire or prove too challenging as the Sun squares Pallas (8:08PM). Get ready for a rather turbulent end to November on Friday and Saturday as one long void lunar cycle and several disturbing sky patterns may put many human souls on the defensive. [Note to readers: All times are calculated for Pacific Standard Time. Be sure to adjust all times according to your own local time so the alignments noted above will be exact for your location.]
Altar: Upon cloth of blue-green place a vase of reeds, a single blue-green candle, a great bowl of water floating with wetlands plant leaves, and a knife.
Offering: Recycle something useless into something useful.
Daily Meal: Vegetarian soup and sandwiches. Only water or herbal tea to drink.
Call: Now is the time of the bleak cold.
Response: Now the reeds whisper in the swamp.
Call: Now is the time when we see the growing dark.
Response: Now is the time when we begin to shiver.
Call: Now is the time of bare trees.
Response: Now is the time of rain and wind.
Call: Now the rain fills the wetlands to overflowing.
Response: Now the swamp overflows into our lives.
Call: We feel our feet dragged down into the cold waters.
Response: Yet the wetland is the source of greatest life!
Call: We feel ourselves pulled into the unfamiliar.
Response: Unfamiliar to us, but no less of value.
Call: The damp cold begins to reach our bones.
Response: We must welcome its touch.
Call: We must keep it far away with fire’s warmth!
Response: We must welcome its touch.
Call: Why should we not ban it from our lives?
Response: For this, too, is a Mystery of water.
Call: Not the deep mystery of the Ocean…
Response: Not the running flow of the river…
Call: Not the crystal of snow and ice…
Response: But the secrets of the still waters.
Call: From the still waters springs the greatest number of lives!
Response: And it is this that we must honor.
Call: Welcome into ourselves the song of the whispering reeds!
Response: Welcome into ourselves the oncoming winter.
Chant: Cold as stone
We will own
What is apart
Colors: Red and white
Altar: Upon a red cloth lay a white cloth, and upon that set a lit lantern, a glass chalice of clear water, incense of frankincense and lemongrass, and let each place upon the altar a book which they find to be great in wisdom.
Offerings: Promise to grow in wisdom, even when the path is difficult.
Daily Meal: Simple and communal.
Invocation to Sophia
Hail, Great Mother of Wisdom!
Consort of the One Whose Name May Not Be Spoken,
Lady whose still small voice
Echoes through every one of us,
Teach us to listen, Lady,
Teach us to pay attention
And to consider well our actions,
Lest we may come to regret them.
Teach us to walk each of our words
Through the door of truth,
Through the door of necessity,
And teach us to know when
We must walk them through
A door yet narrower than those,
The door of kindness to the hearer.
Let our words be heard
By ears who will listen,
And show us how to speak their language
That no misunderstanding
May mar what flows between us.
Lady of Wisdom, speak to us,
And we will strive to hear your voice.
(Each comes forward and takes the book from the altar, and speaks to what that book taught them, and how they are the wiser for it. Then each speaks to another lesson that taught them wisdom, a lesson that did not come from books but from life. Each person thanks Sophia for these lessons, and bows before her altar. Her lantern is carried from the room in procession, and set to hang, still lit, in the main room of the House, where it will remain lit for seven days.)
The time of reaping is at hand. There is a feeling of completion infused into the atmosphere during the Last Quarter Moon. The opportunity opens to recognize how far you’ve come in various parts of your life. This is not a good time for new beginnings, but rather a reflective period suited to evaluating how you have been using your time and what has been accomplished. Issues of authority may arise. This Moon phase supports taking responsibility for actively tying up the loose ends of projects that are already underway.