Month: October 2015
Wishing You & Yours A Very Magickal Samhain & A Happy Halloween!
This is the night when the gateway between
our world and the spirit world is thinnest.
Tonight is a night to call out those who came before.
Tonight I honor my ancestors.
Spirits of my fathers and mothers, I call to you,
and welcome you to join me for this night.
You watch over me always,
protecting and guiding me,
and tonight I thank you.
Your blood runs in my veins,
your spirit is in my heart,
your memories are in my soul.
With the gift of remembrance.
I remember all of you.
You are dead but never forgotten,
and you live on within me,
and within those who are yet to come.
– H/T to Patti Wigington, Paganism Expert for AboutReligion.com
- Bob for Apples
Drink apple cider warmed and spiced with cinnamon to honor the dead. Bury an apple or pomegranate in the garden as food for spirits passing by on their way to be reborn.
- Carve a Jack-o-Lantern.
Pick a spirit candle. This is a white candle anointed with patchouli oil. Say: “With this candle and by its light, I welcome you spirits this Samhain night.” Place it inside the jack-o’-lantern.
- Set out a Dumb Supper.
- Have a New Years party to celebrate the turning of the wheel!
- Make a mask of your shadow self.
- Make a besom, or witches broom.
- Make a witches cord as an expression of what you hope to manifest in the year ahead.
Let this be the traditional time that you make candles for the coming year, infusing them with color, power, herbs, and scent depending on its purpose.
Enjoy the trick or treating of the season. Wear costumes that reflect what we hope or wish for in the upcoming year.
Make resolutions, write them on a small piece of parchment, and burn in a candle flame, preferably a black votive candle within a cauldron on the altar. This is like New Year’s resolutions; as for many Samhain is the New Year.
Divination – Samhain is the beginning of the pagan year; divinations were done to see the future of the coming year. It is said that this is the time of the Crone and it is incumbent upon us to see whatever wisdom she is willing to part with on our behalf. Many types of divination are practiced for Samhain. Dark Mirrors – Fire or Water Scrying – Tarot cards – and of course the Crystal Ball.
Make masks and costumes representing the different aspects of the Goddess and God, and wear them to your rituals, or use them to decorate your altar area.
Toll “Lost in the Dark” bells.
Try Hanging out with friends and dressing up to go see the Rocky Horror Picture show (I’ve never done this, but some of my friends do!!)
Hold a private ritual and focus on the traditional themes for Samhain, such as Life, Death and Rebirth.
Try learning a new form of divination to practice and then try to see what the coming year has in store for you.
Clip articles from the newspaper that have things to do with paganism and put them in a scrapbook.
Eat some candy!! (My personal favorite, lol!)
The Dumb Supper
The Dumb Supper
Samhain is a celebration of death, and as such it is marked by several traditions. One of these is the Feast of the Dead, sometimes called the Dumb Supper. This has many variations — from a complete meal shared by the living, with places set at the table for the dead, to the simple leaving of cakes and wine, or any similar combination, by the fireside on Samhain Night. And this is the most traditional time for communication with the dead. For this reason, after welcoming them into your Samhain Circle through the Western Gate, the direction of death, you can allow the spirits of the deceased to communicate with you if they so desire. One method is the wineglass.
Similar to a ouija board but without the undeserved sinister reputation, the wineglass is just that, an inverted wineglass (the champagne type is better than the wine type, as t is less likely to tip). The glass is surrounded by a circle of letters. An alphabet in Gothic style drawn on squares of white paper helps to create an appropriate atmosphere.
It must be mentioned here that many occultists turn up their noses at such devices as the ouija board, the pendulum board, and, no doubt, the wineglass, preferring instead personal mediumship, or channeling, as it is currently being called. But we believe that entities willing to take control of the body or voice of another individual cannot be of the highest calibre. Nor is every scene that passes before the inner eye psychic or spiritual, or the motivations that created them always spiritually pure. This is not to say that we do not believe in either channeled information or that which is received psychically. We most certainly do, but we have seen many instances of self-delusion, which is one of the greatest barriers to true spiritual development.
The wineglass, on the other hand, has several built-in safety devices. It cannot be easily operated alone, so spiritual possession is less likely, and since two or more people are operating it, self-delusion is not so easy. It is interesting to note, too, that the wineglass brings with it some intrinsic symbolism. It is a vessel or container for wine, itself a symbol for spiritual awareness, so the wineglass is a container for spiritual knowledge.
The wineglass can be used within the Samhain Circle. The four quarters of the Circle may be marked with candles in jack-o’-lanterns, and an extra candle, an indigo blue one (the colour symbolizing the higher spiritual planes), should also be lit. This candle might be anointed with oil and marked with a rune such as û` that describes the travel between the planes. After a moment of meditation each person present places a fingertip on the upturned base of the wineglass and the traditional “Is anyone here that wishes to give us a message?” is asked. Then as the glass slides from one letter to the next, rapidly spelling out messages, read the words. You may find it easier to use a tape recorder because it can get confusing. At this, the most solemn of Pagan festivals, the messages are often personal and profound. from:
“Wheel of the Year” by Pauline Campanelli
Ushering In The New Year
.ALL HALLOW’S EVE by Mike Nichols
ALL HALLOW’S EVE
by Mike Nichols
Halloween. Sly does it. Tiptoe catspaw. Slide and creep. But why? What for?
How? Who? When! Where did it all begin? You don’t know, do you?’ asks
Carapace Clavicle Moundshroud climbing out under the pile of leaves under the
Halloween Tree. ‘You don’t REALLY know!’
–Ray Bradbury from ‘The Halloween Tree’
Samhain. All Hallows. All Hallow’s Eve. Hallow E’en. Halloween. The most magical night of the year. Exactly opposite Beltane on the wheel of the year, Halloween is Beltane’s dark twin. A night of glowing jack-o–lanterns, bobbing for apples, tricks or treats, and dressing in costume. A night of ghost stories and seances, tarot card readings and scrying with mirrors. A night of power, when the veil that separates our world from the Otherworld is at its thinnest. A ‘spirit night’, as they say in Wales.
All Hallow’s Eve is the eve of All Hallow’s Day (November1st). And for once, even popular tradition remembers that the Eve is more important than the Day itself, the traditional celebration focusing on October 31st, beginning at sundown. And this seems only fitting for the great Celtic New Year’s festival. Not that the holiday was Celtic only. In fact, it is startling how many ancient and unconnected cultures (the Egyptians and pre-Spanish Mexicans, for example) celebrated this as a festival of the dead. But the majority of our modern traditions can be traced to the British Isles.
The Celts called it Samhain, which means ‘summer’s end’, according to their ancient two-fold division of the year, when summer ran from Beltane to Samhain and winter ran from Samhain to Beltane. (Some modern Covens echo this structure by letting the High Priest ‘rule’ the Coven beginning on Samhain, with rulership returned to the High Priestess at Beltane.) According to the later four-fold division of the year, Samhain is seen as ‘autumn’s end’ and the beginning of winter. Samhain is pronounced (depending on where you’re from) as ‘sow-in’ (in Ireland), or ‘sow-een’ (in Wales), or ‘sav-en’ (in Scotland), or (inevitably) ‘sam-hane’ (in the U.S., where we don’t speak Gaelic).
Not only is Samhain the end of autumn; it is also, more importantly, the end of the old year and the beginning of the new. Celtic New Year’s Eve, when the new year begins with the onset of the dark phase of the year, just as the new day begins at sundown. There are many representations of Celtic gods with two faces, and it surely must have been one of them who held sway over Samhain. Like his Greek counterpart Janus, he would straddle the threshold, one face turned toward the past in commemoration of those who died during the last year, and one face gazing hopefully toward the future, mystic eyes attempting to pierce the veil and divine what the coming year holds. These two themes, celebrating the dead and divining the future, are inexorably intertwined in Samhain, as they are likely to be in any New Year’s celebration.
As a feast of the dead, it was believed the dead could, if they wished, return to the land of the living for this one night, to celebrate with their family, tribe, or clan. And so the great burial mounds of Ireland (sidhe mounds) were opened up, with lighted torches lining the walls, so the dead could find their way. Extra places were set at the table and food set out for any who had died that year. And there are many stories that tell of Irish heroes making raids on the Underworld while the gates of faery stood open, though all must return to their appointed places by cock-crow.
As a feast of divination, this was the night parexcellence for peering into the future. The reason for this has to do with the Celtic view of time. In a culture that uses a linear concept of time, like our modern one, New Year’s Eve is simply a milestone on a very long road that stretches in a straight line from birth to death. Thus, the New Year’s festival is a part of time. The ancient Celtic view of time, however, is cyclical. And in this framework, New Year’s Eve represents a point outside of time, when the natural order of the universe dissolves back into primordial chaos, preparatory to re-establishing itself in a new order. Thus, Samhain is a night that exists outside of time and hence it may be used to view any other point in time. At no other holiday is a tarot card reading, crystal reading, or tea-leaf reading so likely to succeed.
The Christian religion, with its emphasis on the ‘historical’ Christ and his act of redemption 2000 years ago, is forced into a linear view of time, where ‘seeing the future’ is an illogical proposition. In fact, from the Christian perspective, any attempt to do so is seen as inherently evil. This did not keep the medieval Church from co-opting Samhain’s other motif, commemoration of the dead. To the Church, however, it could never be a feast for all the dead, but only the blessed dead, all those hallowed (made holy) by obedience to God – thus, All Hallow’s, or Hallowmas, later All Saints and All Souls.
There are so many types of divination that are traditional to Hallowstide, it is possible to mention only a few. Girls were told to place hazelnuts along the front of the firegrate, each one to symbolize one of her suitors. She could then divine her future husband by chanting, ‘If you love me, pop and fly; if you hate me, burn and die.’ Several methods used the apple, that most popular of Halloween fruits. You should slice an apple through the equator (to reveal the five pointed star within) and then eat it by candlelight before a mirror. Your future spouse will then appear over your shoulder. Or, peel an apple, making sure the peeling comes off in one long strand, reciting, ‘I pare this apple round and round again; / My sweetheart’s name to flourish on the plain: / I fling the unbroken paring o’er my head, / My sweetheart’s letter on the ground to read.’ Or, you might set a snail to crawl through the ashes of your hearth. The considerate little creature will then spell out the initial letter as it moves.
Perhaps the most famous icon of the holiday is the jack-o-lantern. Various authorities attribute it to either Scottish or Irish origin. However, it seems clear that it was used as a lantern by people who traveled the road this night, the scary face to frighten away spirits or faeries who might otherwise lead one astray. Set on porches and in windows, they cast the same spell of protection over the household. (The American pumpkin seems to have forever superseded the, European gourd as the jack-o-lantern of choice.) Bobbing for apples may well represent the remnants of a Pagan ‘baptism’ rite called a ‘seining’, according to some writers. The water-filled tub is a latter-day Cauldron of Regeneration, into which the novice’s head is immersed. The fact that the participant in this folk game was usually blindfolded with hands tied behind the back also puts one in mind of a traditional Craft initiation ceremony.
The custom of dressing in costume and ‘trick-or-treating’ is of Celtic origin with survivals particularly strong in Scotland. However, there are some important differences from the modern version. In the first place, the custom was not relegated to children, but was actively indulged in by adults as well. Also, the ‘treat’ which was required was often one of spirits (the liquid variety). This has recently been revived by college students who go ‘trick-or-drinking’. And in ancient times, the roving bands would sing seasonal carols from house to house, making the tradition very similar to Yuletide wassailing.
In fact, the custom known as ‘caroling’, now connected exclusively with mid-winter, was once practiced at all the major holidays. Finally, in Scotland at least, the tradition of dressing in costume consisted almost exclusively of cross-dressing (i.e., men dressing as women, and women as men). It seems as though ancient societies provided an opportunity for people to ‘try on’ the role of the opposite gender for one night of the year. (Although in Scotland, this is admittedly less dramatic – but more confusing – since men were in the habit of earing skirt-like kilts anyway. Oh well…)
To Witches, Halloween is one of the four High Holidays, or Greater Sabbats, or cross-quarter days. Because it is the most important holiday of the year, it is sometimes called ‘THE Great Sabbat.’ It is an ironic fact that the newer, self-created Covens tend to use the older name of the holiday, Samhain, which they have discovered through modern research. While the older hereditary and traditional Covens often use the newer name, Halloween, which has been handed down through oral tradition within their Coven. (This is often holds true for the names of the other holidays, as well. One may often get an indication of a Coven’s antiquity by noting what names it uses for the holidays.)
With such an important holiday, Witches often hold two distinct celebrations. First, a large Halloween party for non-Craft friends, often held on the previous weekend. And second, a Coven ritual held on Halloween night itself, late enough so as not to be interrupted by trick-or-treaters. If the rituals are performed properly, there is often the feeling of invisible friends taking part in the rites. Another date which may be utilized in planning celebrations is the actual cross-quarter day, or Old Halloween, or Halloween O.S. (Old Style). This occurs when the sun has reached 15 degrees Scorpio, an astrological ‘power point’ symbolized by the Eagle. This year (1988), the date is November 6th at 10:55 pm CST, with the celebration beginning at sunset. Interestingly, this date (Old Halloween) was also appropriated by the Church as the holiday of Martinmas.
Of all the Witchcraft holidays, Halloween is the only one that still boasts anything near to popular celebration. Even though it is typically relegated to children (and the young-at-heart) and observed as an evening affair only, many of its traditions are firmly rooted in Paganism. Interestingly, some schools have recently attempted to abolish Halloween parties on the grounds that it violates the separation of state and religion. Speaking as a Pagan, I would be saddened by the success of this move, but as a supporter of the concept of religion-free public education, I fear I must concede the point. Nonetheless, it seems only right that there SHOULD be one night of the year when our minds are turned toward thoughts of the supernatural. A night when both Pagans and non-Pagans may ponder the mysteries of the Otherworld and its inhabitants. And if you are one of them, may all your jack-o’-lanterns burn bright on this All
To those whose feet are stilled
And those who laugh with us no more
To you we say, our love was with you here
And goes with you hence
To that place where you rest and revel.
May the dark Lord and sweet Lady
Guide your feet along the rocky paths
To the place where all is fresh and green
And lover, friends and ancestors wait
With open arms to greet you.
Go in peace, and with our blessing
Be rested and return when the Lady deems it fit
With the countless turns of the Great Wheel
We shall miss you
We shall meet you again in the green places of Her domain
The God at Samhain
The God at Samhain
The aspect of the God at Samhain is the Horned God, the stag whose antler are fully developed. In ancient times, people depended on hunting for their food. The Horned God was the God of the hunt, and he represents the animal that gives its life so we can be fed.
Today, most of us buy our meat at the store, and some of us are vegetarians. But even the vegetables and grains were once alive. The Horned God reminds us that our lives are gifts given to us by other living beings. Because all food is a gift of a life, it is sacred. We treat food with respect.
We feel close to the Horned God by stopping for a moment before eating, to thank the plants and animals that have given their lives to be our food. We also say thanks for the work of all those who grew and harvested that food.
In our family, we take the opportunity of the Thanksgiving holiday (which does fall during the Samhain season!) to honor the Horned God, to give thanks for the “harvest” of the past year.
The Goddess at Samhain
The Goddess at Samhain
The aspect of the Goddess at Samhain is the Crone. The Crone is the Old one, who teaches us wisdom and helps us let go when we need to change and grow. Growing older means losing something as well as gaining something. The Crone teaches us that letting go is a natural part of life.
When we let go, we make space for something new, just as when a person dies, they make room for another person to be born. When we let go of the old year, let it die, we make room for the new year to be born.
The time between Samhain and Winter Solstice (Yule) is the waiting time, like when a babe is in the womb, not yet ready to be born. We don’t yet know what the new year will bring, but we can dream, and imagine, and plan!
We can feel close to the Crone at this time of year by spending some time with an older person. Visit your grandparents, or an elderly neighbor, who can tell you stories about their life. Knit or Crochet blankets to donate to a retirement home at Yule.
Prayer to the Deities of Death
Prayer to the Deities of Death
Prayer to the Deities of Death
The harvest has ended, and the fields are bare.
The earth has grown cold, and the land is empty.
The gods of the death are lingering over us,
keeping a watchful eye upon the living.
They wait, patiently, for eternity is theirs.
Hail to you, Anubis! O jackal headed one,
guardian of the realm of the dead.
When my time comes, I hope
you may deem me worthy.
Hail to you, Demeter! O mother of darkness,
May your grief be abated
when your daughter returns once more.
Hail to you, Hecate! O keeper of the gate,
between this world and the underworld.
I ask that when I cross over,
you may guide me with wisdom.
Hail to you, Freya! O mistress of Folkvangr,
guardian of those who fall in battle.
Keep the souls of my ancestors with you.
Hail to you, O gods and goddesses,
those of you who guard the underworld
and guide the dead on their final journey.
At this time of cold and dark,
I honor you, and ask that you watch over me,
and protect me when the day arrives
that I take my final journey.
Gods and Goddesses of Death and the Underworld
Gods and Goddesses of Death and the Underworld
Death is rarely so apparent than it as at Samhain. The skies have gone gray, the earth is brittle and cold, and the fields have been picked of the last crops. Winter looms on the horizon, and as the Wheel of the Year turns once more, the boundary between our world and the spirit world becomes fragile and thin. In cultures all over the world, the spirit of Death has been honored at this time of the year.
Here are just a few of the deities who represent death and the dying of the earth.
- Anubis (Egyptian): This god with the head of a jackal is associated with mummification and death in ancient Egypt. Anubis is the one who decides whether or not one the deceased is worthy of entering the realm of the dead.
- Demeter (Greek): Through her daughter, Persephone, Demeter is linked strongly to the changing of the seasons and is often connected to the image of the Dark Mother and the dying of the fields. When Persephone was abducted by Hades, Demeter’s grief caused the earth to die for six months, until her daughter’s return.
- Freya (Norse): Although Freya is typically associated with fertility and abundance, she is also known as a goddess of war and battle. Half of the men who died in battle joined Freya in her hall, Folkvangr, and the other half joined Odin in Valhalla.
- Hades (Greek): Hades was the Greek god of the underworld – let’s look at some of his legends and mythology, and see why this ancient god is still important today.
- Hecate (Greek): Although Hecate was originally considered a goddess of fertility and childbirth, over time she has come to be associated with the moon, cronehood, and the underworld. Sometimes referred to as the Goddess of the Witches, Hecate is also connected to ghosts and the spirit world. In some traditions of modern Paganism, she is believed to be the gatekeeper between graveyards and the mortal world.
- Hel (Norse): This goddess is the ruler of the underworld in Norse mythology. Her hall is called Éljúðnir, and is where mortals go who do not die in battle, but of natural causes or sickness.
- Meng Po (Chinese): This goddess appears as an old woman, and it is her job to make sure that souls about to be reincarnated do not recall their previous time on earth. She brews a special herbal tea of forgetfulness, which is given to each soul before they return to the mortal realm.
- Morrighan (Celtic): This warrior goddess is associated with death in a way much like the Norse goddess Freya. The Morrighan is known as the washer at the ford, and it is she who determines which warriors walk off the battlefield, and which ones are carried away on their shields. She is represented in many legends by a trio of ravens, often seen as a symbol of death.
- Osiris (Egyptian): In Egyptian mythology, Osiris is murdered by his brother Set before being resurrected by the magic of his lover, Isis. The death and dismemberment of Osiris is often associated with the threshing of the grain during the harvest season.
- Whiro (Maori): This underworld god inspires people to do evil things. He typically appears as a lizard, and is the god of the dead.
- Yama (Hindu): In the Hindu Vedic tradition, Yama was the first mortal to die and make his way to the next world, and so he was appointed king of the dead. He is also a lord of justice, and sometimes appears in an incarnation as Dharma.
Halloween Asteroid Flies By Earth Today: Watch It Live Online
Halloween Asteroid Flies By Earth Today: Watch It Live Online
The newfound asteroid 2015 TB145 will buzz Earth 1:01 p.m. EDT (1701 GMT), passing by at a safe range of about 300,000 miles (480,000 kilometers), just beyond the orbit of the moon. The asteroid poses no threat of hitting Earth, but it does give astronomers a tantalizing chance to ping the space rock with radar to learn more about what it’s like.
Today at 1 p.m. EDT (1700 GMT), the online Slooh Community Observatory will host a free live webcast of asteroid 2015 TB145 to discuss the asteroid’s flyby, the “dangers of near-Earth asteroids, the potential fallout of an asteroid this size impacting the Earth or moon and try to understand why it took so long to discover,” according to a Slooh statement. You can go to Slooh.com to join and watch this broadcast live, as well as access Slooh’s library of past shows.
Read more and view actual footage at Space.com
Get A Jump On Tomorrow, Your Horoscopes for Sunday, Nov. 1st
Get A Jump On Tomorrow….
Your Daily Horoscopes for Sunday, November 1st
With the Moon in your home and family sector all day, dear Aries, you can be a little retiring as you need some time to center yourself. However, reaching out in some way can be beneficial now, as very creative energy is with you, as well as personal appeal, today and tomorrow with Venus and Mars heading towards an alignment. Connections made through the pursuit of work or health goals are possible and likely quite exciting and beneficial. You can also be in fine creative form, bringing extra oomph to the work you do or standing out for your services and efforts. Today is also strong for bonding with a partner or special friend, particularly through conversation and entertainment. Release of a burden or secret might figure now.
Today and tomorrow are strongly creative, passionate days for you, dear Taurus, but today’s energies are quieter and less pressured. It’s a good time for reaching out to others through words and gestures, for expressing your affections, and perhaps for some flirtation and experimentation with new ideas and relationship possibilities. This is also a good time to tie up loose ends with a work project and to pay attention to information about health methods that may very well benefit you. Your ruler, Venus, is approaching an alignment with energetic Mars, exact tomorrow, and this can help build your confidence or courage to go after a cherished dream or to push a relationship forward.
Today and tomorrow are strong for creative expression, dear Gemini, particularly through domestic activities. Today is also good for enjoying a much-needed escape, particularly through entertainment, hobbies, and friendships, as well as for discovering ways to boost your sense of security. It’s a fine time to decorate, organize, and otherwise bring more harmony to the home. Work on the body can also be especially worthwhile now, particularly through massage and other relaxation techniques. Some of you could be in the mood to shop for comfort items now. This is not the time to rush things!
The Moon is in your sign all day, dear Cancer, and you’re especially alert and emotionally charged up. You’ll want to keep things open so that you’re left with some freedom to act spontaneously. This is a good day for making connections, reaching out to others, and for communications in general. Sharing ideas can be exciting, and entertaining new possibilities or exploring new topics can be gratifying now. Mercury is moving into your creative and romantic sector where the Sun is already transiting, and this opens you up further to new channels for self-expression. Over the coming weeks, you’re likely to express yourself more effectively and joyfully as well. Romantic urges strengthen.
This is another day for slowing things down a little, dear Leo. You’ll be in a better position to make smart decisions if you tend to the body and mind today, feeding them what they need to relax and function well. Imagination is more easily accessed today and complex problems understood more intuitively. Some level of operating behind the scenes is appropriate now, particularly if you are moving towards the close of a project. Tying up loose ends is favored today. With Mercury about to move into your home and family sector for almost three weeks, there is likely to be more activity and perhaps work to do around the home.
Look for creative outlets for your ideas today and tomorrow, dear Virgo, with Venus and Mars approaching alignment in your own sign. This is a good time for looking and feeling good, stepping outside of your comfort zone a little in order to reach out to others or express a hidden side of yourself, and attempting projects that require more verve or confidence. Personal magnetism is strong – you’re getting noticed now. This is also a good time for business ideas and bringing more creative flair to your work. You’ll find that others are especially cooperative, and networking efforts bring rewards now.
Mercury spends its last full day in your sign, dear Libra, after a longer than usual transit that has kept you quite busy mentally. With tomorrow’s move into your resources sector, you’ll be winding down a little, and this is good for you. Today’s energies are strong for getting a real sense of what you’ve accomplished in recent weeks and what you need to do going forward. Intuition is powerful now, particularly about work and health goals. Your sense of responsibility is heightened, but while it’s important to get a good grip on your priorities now, it’s also important to make time for relaxation today.
This should be a strong day for relaxation, dear Scorpio, particularly through connecting with friends, conversation, and sharing ideas. After spending an unusually long time in your privacy sector, Mercury is set to move into your sign for almost three weeks. With the Sun here as well, you’re finding your voice and set to focus on new initiatives and interests. Decisions come more confidently now, and you’re looking ahead rather than behind you. Today, Mercury spends its last full day in the sign behind yours and hooks up with Neptune, pointing to strong intuition, particularly about which projects and attitudes need to be put to rest to make way for the new. Venus and Mars are moving towards an alignment in your social sector, exact tomorrow, making this a good time to network and reach out to friends, if they don’t find you first.
This is a good day for observation and rest, dear Sagittarius. It’s a time for getting a strong sense of your priorities and for catching up on any need for emotional replenishment. Intuitive faculties are strong with Mercury spending its last full day in your ideals sector and connecting by parallel aspect with imaginative Neptune. This gives you a better feel for where you’re headed and what long-term goals are truly worth pursuing. It can also be a good time for connecting with like-minded friends. With Venus and Mars approaching alignment in your career and reputation sector, entertain possibilities for adding more creativity in your approach to your work and oomph to your public or professional appeal.
Mercury has spent a longer than usual time in your career and reputation sector, dear Capricorn, and spends its last full day here today. Its move into your social sector may be an especially welcome one. It’s certainly a less pressured and guarded position. You’ll find that speaking and writing flow more naturally, and that you’ll need far less disclaimers as you get your message across. Venus and Mars are heading towards an alignment, exact tomorrow, and in harmony with your sign. This is an added boost to your personal magnetism. You’re more likely to make exciting connections if you venture beyond your usual routine today and tomorrow. The day is likely to be an easygoing, sociable one.
This is a potentially strong day for catching your bearings, dear Aquarius, ahead of busy days. While you’re inclined to want to keep busy to some degree, you’d be wise to make extra time for activities that boost the body and mind now as well. You have good energy working for you to research a topic more thoroughly. Bringing more creativity to the work you do can be in focus. All creative projects receive a boost today and tomorrow. You can also be bringing more excitement and extra oomph to an intimate relationship. You’ll have a stronger sense of where you’re headed in terms of work and career goals now, but try not to force thinking on these fronts – it’s better to let ideas flow naturally.
Mercury is spending its last day of its recent rather lengthy transit in your solar eighth house, dear Pisces, and is connecting with your ruler, Neptune, helping you to tie up loose ends and intuit your next move. It’s a strong day for getting interesting insight into an intimate relationship or financial matter. A mystery may reveal itself now, and an overdue conversation can occur. Mercury’s move into harmony with your sign beginning early tomorrow and lasting almost three weeks is an easier one – decisions are likely to come more confidently and naturally, and self-expression is more spontaneous as well. You can be especially taken by new subjects or interests and ideas. Today’s energies are romantic and playful for the most. Today and tomorrow are good for bringing a little more excitement in your relationships, although impulsiveness should be watched for.
If You Were Born Today, October 31
If You Were Born Today, October 31
You are a dependable person who can also be spontaneous and unique while steady and reliable overall. Some people might call you hard-headed! You can stick to something (or someone) longer than most people, and your ability to read between the lines is outstanding. People generally admire your conviction and your wit, and you inspire trust in others due to your “no-nonsense” approach to life. Family oriented and committed, you are also typically quite organized.
Famous people born today: Jane Pauley, Deidre Hall, Dan Rather, Xavier Roberts, John Candy, Michael Landon, Rob Schneider, Chris Tucker, Piper Perabo, Willow Smith.
Courtesy of Cafe Astrology
Your Daily Horoscopes for Saturday, October 31st
Your Daily Horoscopes for Saturday, October 31st
This is a good time for learning or working on the go, dear Aries, or for doing some wonderful thinking in motion. Even so, there is strong energy for quiet time, family relationships, and comforting or homey activities. You might be craving a little more connection with people you love or your roots. You seek out the familiar now, and this can in fact serve to strengthen you for future more adventurous endeavors. This is also a good time to mend broken fences with people if this is needed, and for bringing a little more harmony into your world. You are taking special comfort in reliable relationships and activities.
Through a steadfast, reliable approach, you have much to add to your relationships today, dear Taurus, particularly romantic and intimate connections. Creatively speaking, you’re in a good position to firm up your creations or plans. Today is also good for communication, learning, sharing, and your social life with a Grand Trine occurring in your relationship sectors. This is an intuitive influence. Your ideals are in strong focus, and you’re drawn to people who inspire you. Conversations can be illuminating. There is a nice flow to your communications, and you’ll enjoy the fact that people are picking up on the intention behind your words.
The Moon leaves your sign this morning and enters your sector of values and resources, dear Gemini. You are seeking balance on an emotional level, and you could feel that you’re more settled and comfortable with emotional needs less urgent. You’re drawn to physical and sensual comforts, and tend to enjoy the moment more than usual, particularly as the Sun and Neptune also support your endeavors. Insight into business, financial, service, and health matters can be stellar now, particularly if you listen to your inner guide rather than pressure your mind to think up answers. You could be feeling a sense of mission now. A partner, counselor, or special friend is likely to be especially supportive, offering practical guidance.
The Moon enters your sign early this morning, dear Cancer, and you begin anew on an emotional level. Put issues behind you that no longer serve you well. Wipe the slate clean on an emotional level and start fresh. Break out of your shell and dare to go against the grain if you feel the desire. While you might awaken feeling a little sluggish, as the day progresses, so does your mood. You are more powerful and visible right now. It’s a time for centering yourself and channeling your energy creatively. There is a healthy balance of optimism and caution so that efforts and plans you make now tend to hold weight down the road. In the coming weeks, you are more inclined to want to balance things out in a partnership. Imbalance can really leave you feeling off-center.
This is a strong time for quiet activities and some introspection, dear Leo. Take some personal space if you need it, and tune into your inner world. Energy levels may not be strong just for now, but you can benefit from a gentler pace. You may solve a problem or help someone with ideas or knowledge, but for the most part, you are better off with quiet, productive activities. A review of recent events is appropriate now as you wind down a lunar cycle. This can also be a strong day for sorting out a financial problem. While emotional matters are in strong focus, you’re also clearer than usual on the practical plane.
This can be a strongly creative day for you, dear Virgo, particularly when it comes to building, design, and structure. In a general sense, the coming weeks are powerful for design with Pallas now transiting your creative sector. Your vision is unique and inspiring. Today, you have special style, and might effectively paint yourself in a very good light or solve a complex problem. When it comes to love, you’re thinking practically and in terms of the long view. It’s also a good day for your social life, communications, and teamwork. It’s easier than usual to muster up support and cooperation, and brainstorming can help you move your plans forward.
This is another good day for connecting with your inner world, dear Libra, even with the outside world demanding your attention. Insight into money and business matters is excellent again today. You are also more able to express feelings or impressions that you frequently leave to the imagination or can’t find the words for. You are coming across as competent and responsible today, and tend to earn the respect of people in authority. You have steady energy working for you both personally and professionally. However, this is not a day for putting all of your cards on the table. Pass on information on a “need to know” basis only.
You are drawn to, or have special appreciation for, true-blue friends and reliable people in your life today, dear Scorpio, as you have a real desire to count on others now. This can be a good time to receive or give mature advice, or to consider the practicality of plans. Information coming in through friends or networks can be especially helpful. Even so, this is a wonderful day for creative inspiration. Emotional energy runs high, and you’re inclined to feed it further with interesting topics, interactions, and experiences. This is not a time for strict routine. You may be looking for a higher meaning to what you’re doing now.
This is a strong day for earning respect and gaining support from others through your actions, dear Sagittarius. People around you are appreciating your steadfastness. Cooperation can be excellent now. There can be a good sense that you’re supporting one another in a relationship, or that your goals are meshing well with the people you care about. Business relationships can benefit now. Agreements tend to be mutually beneficial now. Today is about showing respect, and the wonderful side effects of doing so! It’s also a good time for tuning in to your inner guide with a nice connection made between the three sectors of your solar chart that have to do with your inner world, family life, and emotions. Don’t be afraid to acknowledge those tricky things that you might normally sweep under the carpet. Use this time to find answers to emotional dilemmas.
Now and in the coming weeks, you’re especially interested in ways to stand out for your creativity or unique viewpoint, dear Capricorn. Others tend to take special note of your intelligence and insight. Your approach is a little more confident and you’re not as reserved when it comes to asserting your opinions or sharing your ideas. There can be especially interesting people coming into your life. Today is good for communicating warmly. You are more approachable in your manner, and more inclined to attract positive people or experiences into your world. This is a good time for repairs and resolutions, and working together with someone can be particularly productive.
You’ll do well today if you focus on harmonizing, beautifying, or otherwise bringing more balance to your personal environment, dear Aquarius. This can apply to your workspace as much as your home, as you’re in a rather practical frame of mind these days and can feel quite inspired to redefine goals in your work, health, and financial world. You can experience a stronger desire to be of service to people you care about, or you could be feeling a little more in tune with the work you do or the self-care programs that you have in place. You could find that going with the flow comes naturally today, and in fact improves your mood.
You’re entering a cycle that can bring you into contact with particularly interesting and perhaps unusual people and groups, dear Pisces. It also brings strong energy for especially unique ideas and plans. Today is strong for expressing your more creative, playful, and romantic side. You are being framed especially well, and can find it easy to access your “inner child”. While your mood is rather outgoing and your desire for fun is strong, you can also come to very practical, inventive solutions to work or mechanical problems now. A partner could show support for your long-term goals now. Agreements tend to be respectful and mutually beneficial today.
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