Daily Feng Shui News for March 13 – ‘World Kidney Day’

Let’s take a look at an alternative way to fight kidney infection on ‘World Kidney Day.’ After you have consulted a qualified professional, you may want to consider an ages-old holistic remedy of drinking flaxseed tea to treat this ailment. You can prepare the tea by steeping one tablespoon of flaxseed in one pint of freshly boiled water. After ten minutes, strain out the flaxseed and drink two cups of the tea. Do this daily until the infection has completely cleared.

By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com

Your Charm for Thursday, March 13th is The Serpent

Your Charm for Today


The Serpent

Today’s Meaning:

This aspect will be affected by someone’s illness being shed. Their healing will cause positive changes within this aspect for you.

General Description:

In primeval days the Serpent deeply appealed to man’s imagination, and owing to its length of life was used as the emblem for wisdom and eternity. It was a household god in ancient Rome, and sacred to their god of medicine. The Romans believed that the Serpent renewed its youth by casting its skin, and it became their symbol for long life and vitality. In India the Serpent symbolizes the infinite duration of time and wisdom. Serpent rings were worn to ensure health, strength, and long life. The rings were also believed to possess great protective and enduring virtues. The Serpent was a mark of royalty in Egypt, and worn as a head dress or UR.AEUS.

Your Animal Spirit for March 13th is The Otter

Your Animal Spirit for Today
March 13, 2014


Otter represents one of the most playful feminine energies on earth—and she has swum over into your reading to bring a message of joyful play. If life has been difficult or challenges overwhelming, relax a little—Otter is here to remind you that play is just as important as work—and NOT competitive play, but rather the kind you loved as a child. Hopscotch anyone?

Your Ancient Symbol Card for March 13th is The Sun

Your Ancient Symbol Card for Today

The Sun

The Sun is our Cosmic Nurturer. Life flourishes under its radiant beams. It provides the illumination to find Truths and lights one’s path so we do not get lost. To stand in the rays of The Sun is to shine. To absorb its energy promotes growth, exceptional physical and mental health, and good fortune. The Sun is empowering, elevating and fills those who bask in it with confidence and sense of self-worth. While The Sun certainly doesn’t promise a life’s path without some bumps in the road, The Sun indicates all will be well.

As a daily card, The Sun indicates a time when you should be at your zenith. At moments like this all should be very clear to you. Solutions to dilemmas that have confounded you will become obvious. The opportunity to take giant steps towards attaining your goals is upon you.

Your I Ching Hexagram for March 13th is 2: The Receptive

2: The Receptive

Thursday, Mar 13th, 2014







Great receptivity attracts exceptional results. The natural responsiveness of pure Yin energy brings about success through support and perseverance, rather than through bold action. Thus, the wise person demonstrates strength like a powerful but gentle mare. This hexagram, consisting of all yin lines, represents a power of the feminine principle no longer honored in our modern world, but such receptivity is most auspicious.

The receptive force is sensual as well as powerful, and it can be missed by too much talk and planning. When spring comes, does the grass plan to grow? This is a time to concentrate on realities rather than potentials — how to respond to a situation rather than how to direct it. A mature mare lets herself be guided, and is skilled at graceful acceptance. In a strong spiritual way, her quiet contribution is most effective and brings success.

Do not be too assertive at this time, for if you try to direct things, you are liable to become confused or alienated. Take your time. Draw strength from carefulness and you will be doubly fortunate. Focus more on feeling than on action. Be broad and deep in your attitudes so that you can accept everything that comes your way with grace and equanimity. Be receptive and spacious like the ocean; let the river of changing developments flow to you. Allow others to take the lead for now. Strive for a natural responsiveness that is based on inner strength rather than outer show

Today’s Tarot Card for March 13th is Justice


Thursday, Mar 13th, 2014












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

Your Daily Horoscopes for Tuesday, March 13th

We may be confused by mixed cosmic messages today, but we still get to decide how to respond to circumstances, no matter how crazy our lives seem. The proud Leo Moon emboldens us with confidence while the imaginative Pisces Sun fuels our fantasies. An expansive Mercury-Jupiter alignment further inflates our optimism. However, we are restrained by more practical limitations as the Sun trines realistic Saturn, pulling us back down to Earth.

Aries Horoscope

(Mar 21 – Apr 19)

Focusing on the present moment is challenging today because you may be so concerned about your future. Ironically, a recollection of something in your past might be more of a problem than whatever actually happens next. Thankfully, this confusing detour down Memory Lane can be a significant learning experience. Trust in the intelligence of now, rather than obsessing on unresolved feelings left over from your sentimental journey.

Taurus Horoscope

(Apr 20 – May 20)

You may grow so preoccupied with one single idea that it’s nearly impossible for anyone to get you to talk about anything else. Nevertheless, following others is a smart move now since they will lead you in a positive direction. Voluntarily minimizing the importance of your own thoughts is a wise tactic today and makes you more accessible to your friends and coworkers. You currently gain more through cooperation than you possibly can on your own.

Gemini Horoscope

(May 21 – Jun 20)

You’re willing to let go of your worries and dream your troubles away today, but you are also concerned about leaving loose ends untied. Unfortunately, your lack of responsibility may be an all-too-familiar theme for you. Nevertheless, this is a great opportunity to learn from your past mistakes. Forget about recreational activities until you wrap up your unfinished business. It’s much easier to enjoy yourself once you have done the right thing and demonstrated your dependability

Cancer Horoscope

(Jun 21 – Jul 22)

The power of positive thought gets you off to a great start today, but you must follow up with good old-fashioned hard work. Complete all of your chores so you’re able to fully enjoy the pleasures that you so richly deserve. Even if you plan a quiet evening at home, give yourself the time and space to imagine the positive changes that you want to experience in the near future. There aren’t many reasons to restrain your creative vision now; if you can visualize it, chances are you can make it happen.

Leo Horoscope

(Jul 23 – Aug 22)

You thought that you would be ready to make a major move today, but instead you grow more contemplative as the day wears on. You know that you should be thankful for the stable ground in your life these days, but you also are aware of those obstacles that block your progress. Nevertheless, there’s no need to focus on what’s wrong; concentrate on all those things that you could be doing to continue your personal growth. Slow and steady change wins out in the long run.

Virgo Horoscope

(Aug 23 – Sep 22)

You might try to hide your true intentions today. Even if you’re sure about your feelings, you still don’t like the idea of others knowing your secrets. However, withholding information could be a serious waste of energy now, especially since your peers probably know more than you realize. Including your inner circle in your plans isn’t as much of a risk as it seems. In fact, if you are willing to listen to the feedback offered, you may receive valuable advice from an unexpected source.

Libra Horoscope

(Sep 23 – Oct 22)

You’re tempted to express yourself in an outrageous manner today, but your common sense ultimately prevents you from going too far. If you feel resistance to your efforts to do your own thing, go ahead and fall back on your charm and grace. Be true to yourself now while also keeping your mind open to different perspectives. Relinquish your control for a little while and go along with others for the sake of group harmony.

Scorpio Horoscope

(Oct 23 – Nov 21)

If you keep to yourself today, you may end up wishing you took a more social route. Breaking out of your shell requires extra effort on your part; but once you push past your own resistance, you might truly enjoy the company of others. Luckily, there’s no need to hide your emotions or temper your desires now. Trust your instincts to pick just the right moment to share your feelings. Timing is everything when it comes to matters of the heart.

Sagittarius Horoscope

(Nov 22 – Dec 21)

If you’re buzzing around like a busy bee today, you might be too distracted to fully appreciate the camaraderie of your friends and associates. Nevertheless, there’s a solid support system in place, ready to carry you to the next level if only you would let it. Allowing yourself to be vulnerable with those you trust can prove to be the exact catalyst you need. Slow down and smell the flowers right in your own backyard.

Capricorn Horoscope

(Dec 22 – Jan 19)

You are taking your responsibilities quite seriously now as the Sun trines your ruling planet, somber Saturn. It may feel as if you’re immersed in projects, yet you’re also eager to face the new challenges ahead. Nevertheless, you’re still committed to finishing the jobs you have already started. Be patient as you build on your accomplishments and wait for the opportunities to reap the rewards. Your work ethic is a shining inspiration to everyone around you.

Aquarius Horoscope

(Jan 20 – Feb 18)

Other people may motivate you to start something new now, but you need to be willing to change and grow so you can maximize the current opportunities. This transformational process becomes a lot more challenging if you’re unable to let go of the past. Don’t cling too tightly to the status quo or you won’t be able to take advantage of the amazing possibilities that are right in front of you. Open your mind and embrace the future

Pisces Horoscope

(Feb 19 – Mar 20)

You can learn a valuable lesson today by stopping to reevaluate your recent history. Paradoxically, your review process might also stimulate your anticipation of the future. Your life begins to take on a greater meaning as you see social systems bending under the pressure of change. Meanwhile, you’re committed to finding stability in the midst of transition, even if you don’t yet know how you will manage it. Don’t worry too much about the details; you can’t get lost if you follow your intuition.

Mars Retrograde: The Cosmic Chill Pill

Mars Retrograde: The Cosmic Chill Pill

The benefits of slowing down

Maria DeSimone Maria DeSimone on the topics of mars retrograde, mars, blogs, astrology
It’s that time again folks. Once every two years Mars, the planet that rules our motivation and ambition, turns retrograde for about a 2 1/2-month stretch. On March 1, 2014, Mars began this retrograde phase in partnership-oriented Libra, and will remain backpedaling until May 19. You’ve undoubtedly read all of the warnings about Mars Retrograde by now, and they are indeed accurate. Since Mars is the planet of initiation, you must have a strong and direct Mars if you ever want your endeavor to succeed. This is why astrologers advise against starting vital projects during this phase.

The “oomph” factor is missing or lessened somehow when Mars is retrograde. Often, we feel a sense of frustration during Mars Retrograde because we want to press forward in a certain area of our lives but feel as if our efforts to progress are futile. The universe demands that we fortify what’s happening in that area already rather than break new ground.  As long as you remember that simple rule you’ll be fine. Mars Retrograde won’t be your downfall.

When Mars is your ruler

If you’re ruled by Mars however, either by having the Sun or Ascendant in Aries or Scorpio, then you belong to the VIP Mars club. Mars, as our ruling planet, has a special emphasis in our lives. When this planet moves direct we’re enlivened and embroiled. We’re full of vim and vigor. When retrograde however, we are forced into a cosmic time out. The universe doesn’t ask, but rather orders us to take a chill pill.

I, for one, am relieved.

That’s right, I said it. When Mars turns retrograde I know that for at least a few weeks I’ll have time to fully inhale and exhale. You see, being ruled by Mars and having Mars heavily aspected in my chart (the apex of a T-square with it square Venus, conjunct Saturn, square Pluto as well as trine Jupiter) you can say that I am a high strung, an on-the-go person. I live this high octane existence and rarely give myself any down time. So when Mars turns retrograde every couple of years I might experience a bout of frustration if I’m trying to get something off the ground, but even so, I tend to be secretly thankful. Why? Because at the very least, I can count on a BREAK!

As soon as Mars enters his cave for hibernation I feel the endless anxiety begin to lift. I realize that I’ve got time to relax. There’s an almost unhurried vibration in my energy field that is foreign to me most of the time. But it allows my “fight or flight” tendency to diminish just enough to stop, sit down and smell the roses.

Mars Retrograde in Libra

During this particular retrograde in Libra, Mars Retrograde urges us to revise our current strategy of how we use our energy to pursue and cultivate close partnerships. It’ll help us to stop pushing so hard and learn to let our relationships proceed organically for once, the way they’re meant to. As a result, this retrograde, in particular, is giving me a reprieve from any of the usual partnership anxieties. Trying to make a relationship into what it isn’t, pushing for a certain collaboration when someone isn’t ready … all of these partnership themes now have a giant “pause” button on them.

And I’m grateful. For the next couple of months, I get to simply BE in my relationships rather than try to direct them. So do you. What a refreshing change of pace! And an opportunity to learn how to truly relate.

As you can see, Mars Retrograde doesn’t have to be an endless cycle of frustration. It can actually be an invitation to reduce a great deal of your everyday anxiety and frustration. So go ahead and swallow the cosmic chill pill will ya? Don’t fight it. Open wide and just say “Ahhhh.” There. That wasn’t so bad now, was it?

Calendar of the Moon for March 13th

Calendar of the Moon

13 Fearn/Elaphebolion

Dionysia Polis V

Color: Purple
Element: Earth
Altar: Upon a purple cloth lay a chalice of red wine, grapevines, a fawnskin, masks, and the thyrsus of Dionysus.
Offering: A mystery play on some instructive subject should be rehearsed during these five days, and on the fifth day it should be performed for some outside audience, whether invited in or taken elsewhere.
Daily Meal: Wine. Grapes. Goat meat. Figs. Dates. Lentils. Meat or rice wrapped in grapeleaves.

Invocation to Dionysos

IO Dionysos, Lord of the Vine,
We call upon the Womanly One,
child of Zeus and Semele.
We drink from your cup and join
The maenad train, O Lord of Masks
That teach the truth. In your cup we gain
Escape from care and ecstasy in the vine,
Your blessing under which
The sacred and profane became one
And the gods’ wedding party never ends.
Twice-born, we will give thanks,
We’ll tell our stories again and again
Of running with maenads
Of the secrets of the earth
And the heavens, and all that lies between,
Of fate, and time, and how to slip
Beyond their confines into immortality.
We’ll teach your mysteries,
Which teach other mysteries,
To all who will listen.
We’ll testify

To the gift of the Womanly One

Chant: Io Dionysos Io Dionysos

(Pass around the chalice of wine and then pour the rest out as a libation. All should then go to make ready for  the mystery play, to be performed in his honor later that night.)


[Pagan Book of Hours]

Calendar of the Sun for March 13 – Day of Oath to the Earth

Calendar of the Sun


13 Hrethemonath

Day of Oath to the Earth

Color: Green
Element: Earth
Altar: On a green cloth lay branches, flowers, stones, twigs, figures of animals and birds, a special pot of good soil, and a small globe.
Offerings: Clean up or protect a natural environment.
Daily Meal: Vegan.

(Each person present stands forth and takes this oath to the Earth:)

By seeds of all beginnings, I make this oath.
By roots of all depths, I swear to protect the purity of your soil.
By stem and trunk that reaches for the sky, I swear to respect your cycle of growth.
By bud that grows, I swear to respect all those who live in that cycle.
By leaf that catches the rain, I swear to protect the air we breathe.
By flower that opens to the dawn, I swear to always see your beauty.
By fruit that gives forth sweetness, I swear to remember where my nourishment comes from.
By seed within the fruit that grows the tree anew,
I swear to try again and again to fulfill this oath,
As many times as the Gods shall decree.
By life and death, by Lord and Lady, by hand and eye, by heart and spirit,
This I do swear here before the Fates
And mark my soul forever with this promise.
As all green things grow, so shall you live and survive,
And your memory be carried forever beneath the feet
Of a thousand generations to come.

The Earth is our mother,
We must take care of her,
The Earth is our mother,
We must take care of her.
Hey and a ho and a ho la la
Hey and a ho and a ho la la

(After each person has taken the oath, all place their hands over the pot of soil and concentrate on charging it. Let it remain before the altar until Hesperis the following day, at which time it shall be planted with seeds of a rare and special healing herb, to be kept in the house and cared for and cherished.)

[Pagan Book of Hours]

Current Moon Phase for March 13 – Waxing Gibbous

Gibbous Moon

(waxing/91% 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

Daily Cosmic Calendar for March 13th

Playing fast and loose with recent financial and business gains is not recommended in the early hours as Mercury forms a frictional, 135-degree link with Jupiter (10:45AM). While it is true that both Mercury and Jupiter are back on the move, in direct motion and gaining more speed with each passing day, any of the hard aspects between them (45-degrees, 90-degrees, 135-degrees and 180-degrees), can pack a wallop and potentially send you to the back of the class with a dunce cap on your head. Therefore, keep utilizing the Moon in Leo in creative, artistic, and childlike ways to feel personally upbeat and content with social affairs.  Later on — when the Mercury-Jupiter connection starts dissipating — a harmonious trine of 120-degrees between the Sun and Saturn in water signs (2:17PM) can enrich your career aims and exalt your worldly stature. Tune into the realm of fashion, design, style and elegance for a change of pace as Juno forms a supportive, 30-degree tie with Neptune (7:24PM).  Exercise some caution and restraint overnight regarding communications, correspondence, and travel as the Moon makes its monthly opposition with Mercury (11:29PM).  [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.]

The Witches Magick for March 11th – Control Your Elment Spell

Control Your Elment Spell

To help and understand the practice of using your element to its highest ability.

The first step is to become one with the element you want to work with. Allow it to fill you completely and become a part of you.

Remember you are working with an energy greater than yourself. You must be at one with the element before it can affect you. Feel that you are made of only the element you have chosen. Say to yourself, “I am one with Infinite (name of element),” until you feel as though you are that element. Feel the infinite energy of the element coursing through you, and know that it has the power to affect you. See yourself as taking on the characteristics that this larger power possesses.

A useful exercise is practicing becoming in tune with the different elements.

For water, float in a pool or play in the bath;

for earth, go lie down in a field or forest, or even in your own backyard;

for air you can visit a windy hill or sit in front of a fan;

for fire, sit in a desert or a dry sauna. If this is unavailable, you could turn up the heat in your home.

Breathe in the element feeling its energy fill you, cleansing you, then breathe out letting the element take out any impurities with it. Spend at least a week on each element. Then practice becoming the element. With steady practice you will get results.

Now you can guide how this greater energy will specifically affect you. A good way to do this is to think about the area you are trying to heal (if you are interested in healing yourself, for example), and give yourself affirmations such as: My stomach is peaceful and tranquil. Or: The pain is gone. Or you can even just use one word affirmations like: Peace, tranquility, soothing, etc. You are in effect taking the broad characteristics of an element and trying to narrow it down to your specific problem.

Keep up your concentration until you have an effect, which is not always easy to do, especially if you are experiencing great pain. Feeling one with the element, focusing it on a particular problem, while saying your affirmations, all at the same time. It can get a bit difficult, but the rewards are worth the trouble. It may take several minutes to achieve results, depending upon the problem.

If after many minutes of concentration you have not received the full benefit, try letting go of the images and let the element follow through on its own. This is especially true in cases of diarrhea, which usually takes several hours. You may have to use several treatments until you achieve the desired effect.

After you know what each element can do, you can tailor your treatments to a specific purpose.



Spells & Magick

Let’s Talk Witch – Your Elmental World

Let’s Talk Witch – Your Elmental World


Solid and strong – Earth is the mountain, protective it is the shelter of the cave, nurturing it is the food from the fields and the animals of the hunt. It is life. It is ancient and it is replenishing. Earth is also the direction of the North where the great mountains reside, it is midnight, it is winter and it is the point between death and rebirth when things sleep to gather strength. It is the embrace of death and the promise of rebirth.

Earth is traditionally thought of as a feminine element for from the Earth springs life and that is the realm of women. Earthy things are practical, protective and nurturing. In astrology it is represented by Capricorn (Ambitious, Hard-working, Miserly, Grouchy), Taurus (Calm, Traditional, Sensual and Greedy), and Virgo (Organized, Conscientious, Fussy and Anxious). It is the color of green (or brown).

Earth is the element of the North and the gift of the North is the Lia Fial or magick stone that would cry out when a righteous ruler touched it. This person would be a protector (mother/father) to a nation.


The breath of inspiration, serenity and logic, creativity and the wonder that fills us as we look to the skies and see shapes and dreams within the clouds. Air is also the raw power of a cyclone and the precision of a lightning strike, it is the violence and turbulence of the thunderstorm that also mimics the creative process.

Air is traditionally a masculine element. It is thought and action, inspiration and wonder. It is youthfulness and it is boundless energy. In astrology it is represented by Libra (Charming, Tasteful, Easygoing, Indulgent), Aquarius (Progressive, Inventive, Eccentric and Rebellious) and Gemini (Lively, Talkative, Flirtatious and Crafty). It is the dawn of a new day, it is Spring time, new beginnings and the directions of the sunrise – The East. It is the color Yellow.

Air is the element of the East and brings the gift of the Sword of Nuada that was said to embody the power and knowledge of the Celtic people.


Burning passion, desire, heated arguments, rage, shouting, screaming, laughing, and crying. All acts of passion and the heat of the moment. Explosions of temper and passionate embraces. Fire is all this but it is also devotion, determination and drive. It fuels us to great accomplishments and gives us hope when all else is lost.

Fire is also traditionally a Masculine element often associated with wars and the Sun. Fire gives us purpose and direction. In astrology Fire is represented by Aries (Energetic, Competitive, Impatient, Selfish), Leo (Commanding, Colorful, Superior and Self-Centered) and Sagittarius (Adventurous, Jovial, Careless and a Spendthrift). It is the mid-day sun, it is summer, it is the prime of our lives. It is represented by the color red.

Fire is the Element of the South and its gift is the Spear of Lugh that when wielded in battle would emit a blinding light stunning ones foes and leading to victory.



Burning passion, desire, heated arguments, rage, shouting, screaming, laughing, and crying. All acts of passion and the heat of the moment. Explosions of temper and passionate embraces. Fire is all this but it is also devotion, determination and drive. It fuels us to great accomplishments and gives us hope when all else is lost.

Fire is also traditionally a Masculine element often associated with wars and the Sun. Fire gives us purpose and direction. In astrology Fire is represented by Aries (Energetic, Competitive, Impatient, Selfish), Leo (Commanding, Colorful, Superior and Self-Centered) and Sagittarius (Adventurous, Jovial, Careless and a Spendthrift). It is the mid-day sun, it is summer, it is the prime of our lives. It is represented by the color red.

Fire is the Element of the South and its gift is the Spear of Lugh that when wielded in battle would emit a blinding light stunning ones foes and leading to victory.


We are physical beings born of flesh and blood, yet at the same time there is a piece of us that will outlive our bodies and that connects us to each other. This is our astral selves, our aura, the touch of divinity. In traditional alchemy the four traditional elements (earth, air, fire and water) were easily found in nature and within ourselves, but alchemists devoted thier lives to looking for the fifth element (spirit) that would only manifest when there was a balance of the other four within our lives.

Spirit is the fifth point on the Pentagram and the center of our circles. It provides balance by connecting us to not only the other Elements but to each other and divinity. The gift of spirit is the akashic records from which we are connected to all things.

Spirit is not associated with any time of day for it rides with us, it is also not associated with a season or stage of life except perhaps for the point between death and rebirth. Spirit exists apart from time and space. We invite spirit into our rituals when we call on Diety. It is represented by the altar itself, and by the pentacle.



Living in the Shadows