Day: April 23, 2014
WOTC Cartoon of the Day – ‘Those Wicked Wedgies, lol!’
A Little Humor For Your Day – Divorced Barbie
A Lady goes to Toys R Us to buy a Barbie doll.
She tells the clerk that she needs to buy a Barbie but doesn’t know what’s available or price.
The clerk replies “We have Tennis Barbie and she’s $28”
Lady asks “Well, anything else?”
“We have an equestrian Barbie, and she’s $28”.
Lady asks “Anything else?”
“Well, we have divorced Barbie and she’s $250”
The lady replies “I don’t understand why divorced Barbie is so expensive. The others were only $28. What is so special about divorced Barbie?”
The clerk replied “Simple, she comes with Ken’s car, his house, and all his other stuff.”
Quiz of the Day: What’s Your Dream IQ?
What’s Your Dream IQ? (Quiz)
Science is far from completely understanding dreams — but that doesn’t mean we’re totally in the dark! Test your knowledge of dreaming in this quiz. Share your answers in the comments if you wish!
Question #1: The most frequently experienced emotion in dreams is,
Answer: D. Anxiety.
Humans are thought to dream for a number of reasons, including reducing stress, problem solving and regulating moods. When you’re dreaming, you are twice as likely to be experiencing a negative emotion over a positive emotion.
Question #2: On average, people forget what percentage of their dreams?
Answer: D. 90%.
Within 10 minutes of waking up in the morning, you’ve forgotten 90% of your dreams. A lot of it has to do with your brain chemistry, and the fact that our brain doesn’t really need to remember your dreams.
Question #3: True or False: only humans are capable of dreaming.
Answer: B. False.
Mammals and even some reptiles and birds have all been observed dreaming.
Question #4: Which of the following external forces can affect your dreams?
C. Bodily Functions.
E. All of the above.
F. None of the above.
Answer: E. All of the above.
The outside world can affect our dreams. One study in Germany, for instance, showed that foul smells were more associated with bad dreams and nice smells were more associated with good dreams.
Question #5: A Harvard psychiatry professor published the first scientific study on dreams in 40 years, using the addictive video game Tetris to prove that,
A. Video games have a negative impact on our dreams.
B. Our brains never really turn off.
C. Dreaming is used to reinforce learning.
D. None of the above.
Answer: C. Dreaming is used to reinforce learning.
In the study, participants played Tetris and then reported on their dreams — 60% of them dreamt of the game. You can read more about this fascinating study here.
Question #6: True or False: some people just don’t dream.
Answer: B. False.
Nope, everybody dreams, every single one of us. The difference is, though, that some of us just never remember our dreams.
Question #7: What’s the best way to remember your dreams?
A. Write down your thoughts and worries just before bed.
B. Keeping a dream journal.
C. Play a repetitive game before going to sleep to get your mind rolling.
D. You can’t train yourself to remember dreams.
Answer: B. Keeping a dream journal.
As we said before, 90% of our dreams are forgotten within the first 10 minutes of waking. If you write down your dreams as soon as you wake up, you’ll be able to preserve your memories. Moreover, by dedicating yourself to keeping a dream journal, you’ll be able to remember your dreams better in the future.
Daily Feng Shui News for April 23rd – ‘Lovers Day’
Oh la la, it’s ‘Lovers Day!’ But what if you don’t have a lover? Never fear, Feng Shui is here. If you are single and still searching for the perfect partner, then try this following Feng Shui cure. You must have two lamps on either side of your bed for this cure to work its magic. Each night at approximately the same time, turn the lamps on one immediately after the other. Then, after leaving them on for at least three consecutive hours, turn them off in unison. Do this every night for 27 nights and soon every day will be Lover’s Day for you.
By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com
Psychic Tip of the Day for April 23rd – Full Circle
Psychic Tip of the Day
Love can be an up and down thing, but today it will life your mood. Are you enjoying the quality of your life regardless of your accomplishments?
Crack the Cookie
Your Charm for Wednesday, April 23rd is The Menat
Your Charm for Today
A few prayers to your deity of choice would serve you well when dealing with this aspect. Your questions or requests stand a better chance of being answered in the next few days if you do so.
This elaborately ornamental charm, worn by Egyptian women, was supposed to bestow upon them all the blessings of their powerful Hathor, goddess of the sunrise, whose worship was universal in Egypt. Health, strength, happiness – all these were the gifts of this their goddess of love. She was regarded as a loving, protecting mother, both of the living and of the dead; was the deity who filled both heaven and earth with her beneficence, and the dispenser of all the blessings of life.
Your Animal Spirit Guide for April 23rd is The Butterfly
Your Animal Spirits Guide for Today
Beautiful butterfly has fluttered into your reading to remind you of the powerful transformational energies at work in your life. If something important seems to be stagnating, know that transformation is at work just below the surface—and just like the caterpillar, the “cocooned” situation you’re fretting about is about to be freed.
Your Ancient Symbol Card for April 23rd is The Sword
Your Ancient Symbol Card for Today
The Sword is a a call to action. It indicates challenges are before you and to attain your goals you will have to address them. The Sword does not suggest rash or underhanded behavior on your part. Indeed, while actions indicated by The Sword are decisive, they are based on the power of your wisdom and ethics. The strength of The Sword lies in the moral purity of your actions.
As a daily card, The Sword suggest a time in which you will face external challenges to attaining your goals. These trials are likely to come from a person or persons who stand to gain from your loss or delays in you moving forward. You can expect underhanded play and surprises. Fortunately your position is far stronger than those who scheme to usurp you. Address challenges as they arise and all will be well.
Your Rune For Wednesday, April 23rd is Eihwaz
Your Personal Daily Tarot Card for April 23 is The Hierophant
Your Personal Daily Tarot Card
The Hierophant represents the protector of a culture’s heritage and traditions. His purpose is to defend and teach the established ways and beliefs a group embraces. He is inherently conventional and a true believer in the power of the group. He loves the structure of the group and its values. It is the task of The Hierophant to bring new members into the group—to prepare the uninitiated to take their rightful place in his culture. In this sense he is very much like a teacher or a priest. He also acts as the repository of his group’s history. The Hierophant is certainly not one to buck proper authority. However, he is a staunch and worthy defender of the tried and true. He represents the positive aspects of tradition and conformity.
Get A Jump On Tomorrow, Your Horoscopes for Thursday, April 24th
The cosmic winds begin to calm down now that the recent Grand Square is fading into the past. Nevertheless, we may be dealing with the aftermath of the storm for a long time to come. Our attention wanders into Fantasyland when the Moon enters imaginative Pisces at 2:55 am EDT and hooks up with surreal Neptune later in the day. Luckily, our dreams hold the keys to our future as clever Mercury forms a creative quintile with visionary Jupiter.
(Mar 21 – Apr 19)
Communicating your point of view seems like a clever tactic until someone steps forward with a conflicting opinion. It’s only natural to try to convince others that your interpretation of the facts is the correct one. Unfortunately, you may not be the only person willing to fight to make a point. Rather than wasting energy defending your position today, use this interaction as a unique opportunity for growth. However, in order for this strategy to work, you must remain open to ideas different from your own.
(Apr 20 – May 20)
You’re quite capable of holding your ground while defending the importance of your dreams today, prompting others to acknowledge that you have the right to decide your own destiny. Thankfully, your associates are likely to support your goals because they are eager to be on a winning team. However, it’s not smart to abuse your power. You won’t be able to keep your following if your actions originate in selfish desires. Fortunately, you can go far if you are smart enough to work toward the common good.
(May 21 – Jun 20)
Your imagination is tapping into the rich archetypal symbols of your subconscious today. You can receive guidance from vivid images that pop into your awareness, but this isn’t just a distracting mental exercise. Your visions motivate you to act on your intuitive feelings now, instead of on rational thoughts. Don’t try to filter or suppress your fantasies; allow them to bypass your head and directly touch your heart.
(Jun 21 – Jul 22)
You can see the road ahead clearly and are someone that everyone depends on because of your solid sense of direction. Ironically, you’re relying on your instincts to know exactly where you are and how to get where you are going. However, you need to pay attention to the subtle changes today since everything seems to be moving so fast. Update others with the details often so everyone feels included in the process. Lead by example and keep the channels of communication wide open.
(Jul 23 – Aug 22)
You could waste precious time today with your incessant chatter about a current problem at work. Even if you’re brainstorming ideas or offering a workable solution, others may not be listening all that closely now. Although your friends usually value your opinion, they’re tired of all talk and no results. Do more and say less; actions speak louder than words.
(Aug 23 – Sep 22)
Visualizing your future is easier if you stop intellectualizing every piece of the puzzle. Your world suddenly turns brighter when you simply trust your intuition. Although your senses are usually very sharp, you have a much wider range of perceptions today. Experiences that may have been beyond your awareness only yesterday are now beckoning you into new territory. Enjoy this journey of personal growth; metamorphosis is safer than you think and the results can be amazing.
(Sep 23 – Oct 22)
You might feel as if other people are being pushier than necessary, but it may not disturb you so much today if you have recently found the courage to stand up for yourself. Start with a basic fact and work from there because it’s crucial to build your vision on a stable foundation. Your unshakable conviction is your secret weapon now; if you’re in tune with your own purpose, then no one can come between you and your soul’s destiny.
(Oct 23 – Nov 21)
You may choose to move forward on a project at work today with relentless intensity. Thankfully, the certainty that currently arises from accepting your responsibilities can be reassuring. However, acquiescing to your fate isn’t about being powerless; it’s your destiny to create the waves upon which you are surfing. You are a force to be reckoned with now, so go out of your way to make something memorable happen while you have the chance.
(Nov 22 – Dec 21)
Your insecurities could catch up with you today as you worry about your job performance or a power imbalance in a relationship. But instead of digging yourself into an emotional hole, you can lift your spirits back up into an optimistic place by simply imagining that everything is copacetic. Paradoxically, your best fantasies now are fueled with concrete information. Don’t waste any time; getting your facts in order is your first step to cultivating new dreams.
(Dec 22 – Jan 19)
Your ambitious nature might get the best of you today if you scare your associates with your serious demeanor and your unrelenting commitment to getting the job done. But people might not realize how grounded you are because your passions are close to the surface now. Fortunately, you can express your feelings and back them up with practical action regardless of what others think. You don’t need to justify your plans but you may want to reconsider your priorities one last time. Your professional drive is admirable, but don’t lose your heart connection with others in your rush to success.
(Jan 20 – Feb 18)
You have a rare opportunity to share your opinions about a very delicate matter today without stirring up much trouble. If you received a mixed reception when you recently went on a rant with your radical ideas, you now have a chance to try again with a different audience. Make certain that you present your conclusions logically without attacking anyone’s values. Respecting the views of others encourages them to give your ideas a fair chance.
(Feb 19 – Mar 20)
Your friends rush to your assistance today and help you in ways that money can’t buy. You might not even have to ask, yet others may jump in to lend a hand with the physical labor or stick up for you in a fight. Thankfully, your closest allies speak the truth, even if it isn’t what you want to hear. You can always go out and hire someone to do your chores; however, it’s a real gift when you receive honest and intelligent feedback from someone that you trust.
Daily Cosmic Calendar for Wednesday, April 23rd
We might feel as if we’ve been pushed into a corner and need to break free now at any cost. We may even lose patience today as impulsive Mars stresses the transformational Uranus-Pluto square. We’re less likely to compromise once messenger Mercury shifts into obstinate Taurus. We’re tempted to overreact, turning a minor disagreement into a major conflict. Unfortunately, there won’t be any winners if everyone insists on fighting to the finish.
(Mar 21 – Apr 19)
Your world is full of invisible fuses today and you are carrying a lit propane torch. You might be concerned about making it through the day without accidentally setting off an unwanted display of emotional fireworks. A personal meltdown may be inevitable now, so don’t waste your energy trying to sidestep the conflict. If you must express your feelings, at least do whatever you can to minimize the collateral damage.
(Apr 20 – May 20)
You might feel uneasy as you attempt to suppress your intense emotions; however, this strategy of denial won’t take you very far today. There is simply too much at stake and you may have to defend your values at some point. But don’t get sucked into dramas that aren’t yours; keep bringing the conversation back to the most fundamental issues so you can make your point. Your brilliant originality combines with your sheer determination now to make you an unstoppable force of nature.
(May 21 – Jun 20)
You’re eager to make your move today, but you might need to modify your tactics because of changing circumstances. However, your ruling planet Mercury steps into steady Taurus this morning, giving you an unflappable sense of certainty over the next couple of weeks. Keeping an open mind is critical now because rigid thinking could cause you to freeze up. Practice deep breathing, peaceful meditation or anything else that soothes your frazzled nerves and resonates with your heart. Adapting quickly to the new landscape increases your chances for success.
(Jun 21 – Jul 22)
Your colorful imagination is flowing strong today, making it difficult to navigate the shifting emotional tides of reality. Even if you’re not completely ready for the transition, additional preparation might not change the outcome anyhow. Don’t exhaust yourself struggling to hang on to things you no longer need. Let go and the past will lose its grip on your future. The sooner you overcome your fear and trust the process of transformation the better.
(Jul 23 – Aug 22)
You feel at peace with your action plan, but some things aren’t clear if the rules of the game suddenly change. Someone unexpectedly might turn against you today. Or, perhaps the level of intensity just heats up more than you expected. One way or another, this shocking energy shift requires you to alter your direction. Flexibility is your secret weapon now, since you can’t control the powers being unleashed. Your brilliance can shine through if you are willing to be like the willow tree and bend in the wind.
(Aug 23 – Sep 22)
Unexpected disruptions at work can create surprising opportunities to show your hidden talents. You are ready to take charge in order to put your schedule back on track, but you must work with others to make everything happen on time. Remember that cooperation is your current key to success. Even if people seem to block your efforts now, don’t exclude them from your plans. Instead, incorporating the contributions from your friends helps you reach your destination sooner than you expected.
(Sep 23 – Oct 22)
It’s time for all you good-natured Libras to take off your velvet gloves and fight to express your individuality. Don’t make the mistake of simply acquiescing to the pressure of authority today without a good reason. Instead of relying on other people to represent your position, take responsibility for defending yourself. Owning your power isn’t easy when you are used to being a team player, but ultimately, it will be much more personally satisfying if you stand up to anyone who isn’t respectful of your feelings.
(Oct 23 – Nov 21)
You’re not in the mood to be pushed around today; you have been stretched to your limit, and the slightest provocation might trigger your swift response. Combative Mars squares fierce Pluto and opposes unpredictable Uranus, releasing buried feelings and creating more drama than you intended. To make the best use of the electricity in the air, channel your intensity into creative endeavors or physical exertion. Misdirected energy can be problematic now, but you are unbeatable when your actions align with your heart.
(Nov 22 – Dec 21)
Even if you try to keep your feelings to yourself today, your preferences still might leak out and create a bit of a ruckus. Your friends and associates may assume you’re purposefully pushing their buttons, but this isn’t your objective. You just want everyone to understand your perspective and are tempted to pressure others to make your point. However, a gentle approach can turn an adversary into a supporter. There’s no reason to alienate your allies in order to be true to yourself.
(Dec 22 – Jan 19)
You’re not interested in revealing your feelings unless there is a purpose for the display. However, your need to express your opinions may be compelling enough now that you will do so, even if it’s counterproductive. Although you probably know what’s best, you still might go out of your way to give someone a piece of your mind. Don’t judge yourself too harshly if you take the situation too seriously. Simply apologize for your behavior if necessary, and focus on creating positive change in the present moment.
(Jan 20 – Feb 18)
Although you may sound quite brilliant today, your innovative ideas turn into unnecessary ultimatums if you don’t know when to stop. Don’t try to convince anyone that you have all the answers now; just state your truth and then back off. Let your words strike like lightning since they might even bring a much-needed shock of awareness to others. Your message will have greater resonance with those you’re trying to reach if you come from a place of sincerity.
(Feb 19 – Mar 20)
Your tumultuous feelings cross over into public domain today where they have the potential to upset someone who is in the vicinity. It’s not that your emotions are so outrageous; it’s just that others may be caught off guard by the sudden intensity of your rebellion, even if your behavior doesn’t seem that radical to you. Although you’re doing the right thing by expressing your heart, don’t burn any bridges behind you unless you have no intent of ever returning. Cultivate your compassion while still honoring your truth.
Mercury in Taurus from April 23 to May 7, 2014
Mercury in Taurus
Give up the gab while Mercury is in earthy Taurus
Get ready to give up your gift of gab — at least for a while. Chatty Mercury moves into slow-and-steady Taurus from April 23 to May 7, 2014.
Speedy Mercury, planet of communication, finds a more sturdy environment in earthy Taurus. This period is one in which solid values, concrete ideas and practical perspectives are likely to take on greater significance for all of us.
Mercury generally excels at flexibility, but Taurus is arguably the least flexible of all the zodiac signs. We may find ourselves digging in and taking rigid positions when opposed by different ideas, concepts or facts at this time. It’s vital that we not lose our ability to stay open-minded to overcome Taurean resistance to whatever is new or different.
Practicality gets things done
Ideally, Mercury in Taurus connects us with the earthy realities that will nurture the growth and development of our ideas. Taurus offers a rich soil of values and commitment that can provide resources to carry thoughts from conception to birth. Slow, careful conversations enable us to consider alternatives without ever losing sight of fundamental values and underlying practical issues.
Mercury tends to be a bit less gabby in Taurus than in most other signs. Some good examples are Johnny Depp, Clint Eastwood and Miles Davis, all born in chatty Gemini, but with communication styles reflective of their less talkative Mercury in Taurus.
Other famous Mars in Taurus names:
Singers — Taurus is associated with the throat, so it’s not surprising to find Barbra Streisand, Bono, Wynonna Judd, Janet Jackson, Cher, Carnie Wilson, Pete Townsend and Joe Cocker were also born with Mercury in the sign of the throat.
Actors — Actors with Mercury in Taurus are Alec Baldwin, Russell Crowe, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Uma Thurman, Renee Zellweger, Annette Bening, Brooke Shields, George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Jessica Lange, Jack Nicholson and Billy Dee Williams belong to the Merc in Taurus group.
Public Figures — Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, John F. Kennedy, Gary Kasparov, Sally Ride, Ram Dass, Orson Welles, Joe Louis and Pope John Paul II.
Your Daily Cosmic Calendar for April 23rd
It would be great to report that the cosmos has finally come to its senses and that all is well and good — with inspiring rainbows showing human mortals the way to that elusive pot of gold. Quite the contrary seems to be in the offing since feisty Mars retrograde in Libra is kicking up sand again by opposing Uranus in Aries (12:09AM) while also squaring Pluto in Capricorn (6:39AM). It was one thing for Mars to fly in the face of regal Jupiter yesterday via a sharp, 90-degree sky pattern, but to rile up radical-change agent Uranus and underworld-ruling Pluto within 6 hours of time today is to put large numbers of people into potential accidents waiting to happen. Do all in your power to be sensitive and gentle with dear ones on the skids. Drive defensively and say no to temper tantrums or egocentric behavior. Mercury in Taurus (2:17AM) can give you a boost in gardening, cooking, baking, arts and crafts. [This planetary shift remains in effect until May 7 with Mercury moving at top daily speed.] Meanwhile, tensions and confusion abound due to the Moon in Aquarius entering a void cycle at 9:12AM (during a square to Saturn) — with this limbo uncertainty zone lasting until 11:56PM when the lunar orb bathes in Piscean waters. It doesn’t help that the Moon parallels Neptune (10:27AM), Mercury forms a frictional, 45-degree link to Chiron (5:27PM), and Venus makes a contra-parallel to Uranus (7:38PM). Think along more compassionate, soulful lines overnight as the Moon in empathic Pisces combines forces with an inspirational, 72-degree rapport from Mercury to Jupiter (forming exactly at 1:20AM tomorrow). [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.]
Were You Born Under The Celtic Sign of the Willow
About Those Born Under The Celtic Tree Sign Willow
Willow (April 15 – May 12)
If you are a Willow sign, you are ruled by the moon, and so your personality holds hands with many of the mystical aspects of the lunar realm. This means you are highly creative, intuitive (highly psychic people are born under the sign of the Willow) and intelligent. You have a keen understanding of cycles, and you inherently know that every situation has a season. This gives you a realistic perspective of things, and also causes you to be more patient than most tree signs. With your intelligence comes a natural ability to retain knowledge and you often impress your company with the ability to expound on subjects from memory. Willow Celtic tree astrology signs are bursting with potential, but have tendency to hold themselves back for fear of appearing flamboyant or overindulgent. It is your powers of perception that ultimately allow your true nature to shine, and what leads you to success in life. Willow signs join well with the Birch and the Ivy.
Calendar of the Moon for Wednesday, April 23rd
Calendar of the Moon
Willow Tree Month
Colors: Yellow, silver, and pale willow-green
Altar: Upon cloth of yellow, silver, and pale willow-green place three white candles, wreaths of willow-branches, a large clay bowl of water, flowers if they are available, and a silver moon.
Offerings: Contemplate an emotion, and how you use it, and how it uses you.
Daily Meal: Vegetarian, preferably cold food. Fruits. Only spring water to drink.
Call: Now is the time of the Willow Goddess.
Response: Now is the time of the Green Man’s courting.
Call: Now is the time when leaves are full.
Response: Now is the time when gold gives way to silver.
Call: Now is the time when Sun gives way to Moon.
Response: Now is the time when Lord gives way to Lady.
Call: Now is the time of the search and the quest.
Response: Now is the time of magic dew on the fields.
Call: Now is the time of the phallus rising.
Response: He seeks the doorway that is wet with spring rains.
Call: He seeks the moon in the river.
Response: He seeks the fishes in the winnowing basket.
Call: He seeks the fruit of Persephone.
Response: He seeks the mountain of the Muses.
Call: We crown his head with flowers….
Response: That he may reach the sky.
Call: We crown his head with ribbons….
Response: That he may touch the earth.
Call: We bring forth the pole from earth to sky.
Response: We lay the line from earth to sky.
Call: We blow like the wind from earth to sky.
Response: We fall like the rain from sky to earth.
Call: We descend like the sunlight from sky to earth.
Response: We climb like the trees from sky to earth.
Call: We are the children of earth and sky.
Response: We are beloved of sky and earth.
We all come from the Goddess, and to Her we shall return,
Like a drop of rain, flowing to the ocean.
Our Dear Friends @ [Pagan Book of Hours]
Calendar of the Sun for Wednesday, April 23rd
Calendar of the Sun
Walpurgisnacht Day I
Altar: Upon a brown cloth light a single white candle, an empty horn, dust, and the rune Raido.
Offering: Make a commitment to seek something.
Daily Meal: Simple, like a road meal.
Walpurgisnacht Invocation I
Long, long ago, Odhinn the All-Father,
The Lord of Asgard and Keeper of Valhalla,
Stepped down from his great throne
Came down from his heavenly place,
Stripped off his divine raiment,
Laid down his sword and weapons,
And spoke unto those around him,
“There is more than this to life.
There is more than this day and night,
More than this wealth and might,
More than this poverty and hardship,
And I will find it.
I will seek wisdom wherever it might be,
Even in the deepest and darkest places,
Even if it comes hard to me,
Even if it kills me in the end,
I will not count this quest as wasted,
For a great Wyrd calls me out of my life,
And I must give up everything that I have
To gain everything I ever wanted.”
And saying this, he put on a ragged cloak
And walked away into the wilderness,
And all the entreaties of his loved ones
Were nothing to the wind in his ears
And the pull on his spirit.
For sometimes it is like this in life,
That the Spirit calls, and it will not be denied
Even when what it asks is so hard
That you fear it will be the death of you.
Oh we are on the road
And the road is winding far away
(Blow out the single candle and leave.)
Our Dear Friends At [Pagan Book of Hours]
Current Moon Phase for April 23 – Waning Crescent
(waning/35% of Full)
This is a time to rest, reevaluate and reflect, pulling back into yourself to reconnect with inner sources of strength. Now is not a time to initiate anything new. It’s a phase suited to spending time with friends and getting in touch with the “big picture.” A window of opportunity exists for seeing your life objectively and becoming aware of what is important to you. At this point, what are your dreams and aspirations? What larger goals can you aspire to that will bring vitality and excitement into your life? This is a time for resting and gaining inner strength to prepare for a new cycle.
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