This year ritual is borrowed from Patti Wigniigton on About com. To read all the information for this please click on the following link: http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/lammas/ht/LammasSacrifice.htm
I am sorry for taking an easy way out but because of pain from a medical problem, I have been unable to write one for us this time. There will be only a circle cast this time and no Watchtowers. Some traditions of The Craft do not call the Watchtowers.
Remember ALL Pagans are welcome to attend.
“How To Hold a Lammas Harvest Ritual”
“In some Pagan traditions, Lammas is the time of year when the Goddess takes on the aspects of the Harvest Mother. The earth is fruitful and abundant, crops are bountiful, and livestock are fattening up for winter. However, the Harvest Mother knows that the cold months are coming, and so she encourages us to begin gathering up what we can. This is the season for harvesting corn and grain, so that we can bake bread to store and have seeds for next year’s planting.
Have a candle on your altar to represent the Harvest Mother — choose something in orange, red or yellow.
These colors not only represent the blaze of the summer sun, but also the coming changes of autumn. You’ll also need a few stalks of wheat and an un-sliced loaf of bread (homemade is best, but if you can’t manage, a store-bought loaf will do). A goblet of ritual wine is optional. Also, if you have celiac disease or are otherwise sensitive to gluten, be sure to readCelebrating Lammas When You Eat Gluten-Free.
The Wheel of the Year has turned once more,
and the harvest will soon be upon us.
We have food on our tables, and
the soil is fertile.
Nature’s bounty, the gift of the earth,
gives us reasons to be thankful.
Mother of the Harvest, with your sickle and basket,
bless me with abundance and plenty.
Hold the stalks of wheat before you, [You can print a pictur of wheat stalks from an online picture] and think about what they symbolize: the power of the earth, the coming winter, the necessity of planning ahead. What do you need help planning right now? Are there sacrifices you should be making in the present that will be reaped in the future?
Rub the stalks between your fingers so a few grains of wheat fall upon the altar [Cut the picture into small pieces]. Scatter them on the ground as a gift to the earth. If you’re inside, leave them on the altar for now — you can always take them outside later. Say:
The power of the Harvest is within me.
As the seed falls to the earth and is reborn each year,
I too grow as the seasons change.
As the grain takes root in the fertile soil,
I too will find my roots and develop.
As the smallest seed blooms into a mighty stalk,
I too will bloom where I landed.
As the wheat is harvested and saved for winter,
I too will set aside that which I can use later.
Tear off a piece of the bread [From your own loaf or slice of whole wheat, if you eat it or feed the rest to the wildlife,]. If you’re performing this ritual as a group, pass the loaf around the circle so that each person present can take off a small chunk of bread. As each person passes the bread, they should say:
I pass to you this gift of the first harvest[Type this in after you have tore off your own piece of bread]. When everyone has a piece of bread [Has typed in the above sentence], say:
Everyone eats their bread together. If you have ritual wine [or your chosen beverage take a drink symbolic of passing it around] pass it around the circle for people to wash the bread down. Once everyone has finished their bread], take a moment to meditate on the cycle of rebirth and how it applies to your own life – physically, emotionally, spiritually. When you are ready, if you have cast a circle, close it or dismiss the quarters at this time. Otherwise, simply end the ritual in the manner of your tradition.
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 staunch and worthy defender of the tried and true. He represents the positive aspects of tradition and conformity.
The Emperor is blessed with the skills to successfully lead others. He can turn chaos into order and provide structure to that which is unbound. He is quick of mind and confident in his power and right to rule, and does so in a just manner. Although stern by nature, he truly is the ultimate father figure. He will provide as needed, teach those with unanswered questions, protect the vulnerable, set and maintain boundaries. His perfect world runs on schedule and is free of any disturbances. What the Emperor must be wary of is setting boundaries and rules where none are needed. If he isn’t careful not to over use his powers he may well become a tyrant.
We’re plagued with self-doubt as yesterday’s certainties become today’s questions. Although the ambitious Capricorn Full Moon at 6:56 pm EDT reinforces our drive to succeed, tensions between our personal and professional lives make it difficult to set priorities. Unfortunately, an illogical Mercury-Neptune misalignment muddles our thinking. It’s nearly impossible to know what the Full Moon will reveal because of its square to unpredictable Uranus.
Aries Horoscope MAR 21 – APR 19
Although you know what you want and have a simple plan to get it, your energy is drawn toward strengthening family relationships now, delaying your professional success. The aspiring Capricorn Full Moon in your 10th House of Career could trigger a work-related crisis that pushes you to recognize the need for self-discipline. Although you might be confused by conflicting demands on your time, your persistence will pay off in the long run. Ironically, attending to your personal needs makes everything in the outer world more manageable.
Taurus Horoscope APR 20 – MAY 20
You are proud of your realistic goals and are more driven now than ever to achieve them. The calculating Capricorn Full Moon spotlights your 9th House of Big Ideas, revealing sensible ways to reach your destination. Nevertheless, your overly practical nature can fill you with doubts about the feasibility of your grand plans. The contrast between the real and the ideal is palpable today. Cultivate your dreams by doing the hard work necessary to make them come true.
Gemini Horoscope MAY 21 – JUN 20
You’re ready to risk your comfort by confronting a deep emotional issue now. Clarifying what you want from others enables you to advance your personal and professional interests as the Capricorn Full Moon illuminates your 8th House of Shared Resources. Although your imagination is a powerful tool that helps you achieve success, it can also color your communication with misleading emotions. Concentrate your energy where it counts most in order to enhance your self-worth and increase your net worth at the same time.
Cancer Horoscope JUN 21 – JUL 22
You may be painfully aware of the feelings you normally suppress to maintain the harmony of personal and business relationships. The goal-oriented Capricorn Full Moon falls in your 7th House of Partnerships, reflecting your desire for emotional stability. Unfortunately, you might feel as if you have reached an impasse. Something needs to give, for you can’t sustain old illusions any longer. You have seen the truth; respond to the situation by taking decisive action now before the opportunity slips through your fingers.
Leo Horoscope JUL 23 – AUG 22
It’s time to come back down to earth and take concrete steps to upgrade your life. You don’t have to conquer the world; just add some constructive order to it as the responsible Capricorn Full Moon lands in your 6th House of Daily Routine. Practicing self-discipline on a small scale allows the larger pieces to fall into place. Methodically focusing on one thing at a time is the most efficient way to complete your tasks. Remember, it’s the tiniest details that add up to the biggest picture.
Virgo Horoscope AUG 23 – SEP 22
Uncertainty is hanging in the air while the crafty Capricorn Moon overwhelms your 5th House of Love and Play. Emotions are revealed that test the boundaries separating a romance from a friendship. Unfortunately, your rational faculties might not be up to your exacting standards today, creating a short lapse of sound judgment. Don’t take any unnecessary risks unless you have carefully weighed the consequences. Better safe than sorry when it comes to matters of the heart.
Libra Horoscope SEP 23 – OCT 22
You may be pulled between the pleasure of being with others and the need for quiet time by yourself. The ambitious Capricorn Full Moon lights up your 4th House of Roots, stirring an urge to take on new challenges. Vivid memories of parental advice can propel you along with their high expectations or hold you back with their fears. However, self-doubt is not a signal to curtail your aspirations; instead, your insecurities show you where you need to apply more effort to get ahead.
Scorpio Horoscope OCT 23 – NOV 21
A trivial thought can grow to grandiose proportions today, so be watchful for a loss of perspective as you turn molehills into mountains. Although your passions are stretched to extremes by the rational Capricorn Moon opposite the emotional Cancer Sun, an all-or-nothing approach to relationships might not serve your best interests now. It’s much more advantageous to try to find a middle ground. The Full Moon brightens your 3rd House of Communication, making enlightened compromise a sign of inner strength and not outer weakness.
Sagittarius Horoscope NOV 22 – DEC 21
Navigating murky emotional waters isn’t your favorite activity, yet the vulnerability it can trigger now improves strategic alliances. A power struggle over fiscal control could create unexpected stress in a relationship; money matters may erupt when the responsible Capricorn Full Moon emphasizes your 2nd House of Resources. Wishing things were better is not a financial plan. Commit to stabilizing your cash flow and patiently cultivate your talents to set yourself on a firmer foundation.
Capricorn Horoscope DEC 22 – JAN 19
You are driven to establish a healthier balance between your outer professional life and your inner emotional world now. The Capricorn Full Moon occurs in your 1st House of Personality, urging you to get in better shape and consider updating your appearance. Although your relationship life may be complex, you can still set your heart on a destination and, with a little help from the cosmos, figure out the best way to get there. Even if a lucky break doesn’t turn out to be all you want, pursuing it with gusto could teach you a valuable lesson for the next opportunity.
Aquarius Horoscope JAN 20 – FEB 18
You can cling to your vision of a better future while still fulfilling your promises. The reliable Capricorn Full Moon is a reminder that you must honor your commitments prior to indulging your fantasies. This Full Moon energizes your 12th House of Secrets and can put you in touch with a practical side of your spirituality that you may have set aside. As Sufi poet Rumi wrote, “The door is wide and open; do not go back to sleep!”
Pisces Horoscope FEB 19 – MAR 20
You are driven to stabilize your relationship with your local tribe or community today. The sobering Capricorn Full Moon casts its light in your 11th House of Groups and Friends, making it clear how much is expected of you as a member of the team. Open your eyes to see where you truly stand with your peers. Notice people who take more than they give and then start to change the equation in order to make it more balanced. However, don’t forget to offer plenty of words of appreciation for those who support you behind the scenes.
While you are very companionable and thrive in a partnership, you are also highly independent in nature, freedom-loving, and success-oriented. You are sentimental and in some ways surprisingly traditional, but your thinking is progressive. You can be known for your powerful mind, and also for your quirks! You are very loyal by nature, particularly in close relationships, but you still very much need for a relationship to grow and evolve.
Famous people born today: Nelson Mandela, Vin Diesel, John Glenn, Kristen Bell, James Brolin, Elsa Pataky.
Your Birthday Year Forecast:
Your birthday this year occurs shortly after a New Moon, suggesting a time of new beginnings and fresh energy. You are instinctively starting a new phase in your life. It’s time to give your life a makeover and to branch out into the untried.
This can be a year in which you experience important turning points, or you could begin new projects or goals that have a long-term impact on your life.
Your kindness, generosity, and warmth are apparent to others this year, as you are radiating these qualities.
It’s possible that you can be argumentative and irritable at times, and particularly impatient with vagueness. However, if the extra mental energy you have at your disposal this year is applied well, you may enjoy a clearer and more active mind. This can be a good year to eliminate wasteful activities. Be careful to avoid cutting words and aggressive driving. You may be involved in many lectures, debates, and discussions. Your ideas and communications have more impact and punch. It will be important, however, to soften the rough edges of your communications from time to time.
With Mars-Pluto energy, channeled positively, you could move mountains when it comes to pushing your projects ahead. If mishandled, however, you could be argumentative, stressed, and hell-bent on having your way! The bottom line is a tendency towards obsessive or compulsive behavior. Avoid taking extreme measures to make things happen your way, and avoid people who might be doing same. Deliberately trying to maneuver things in order to get the upper hand will be a lesson in frustration.
Venus conjuncts Jupiter and squares Saturn in your Solar Return chart this year, affecting either your finances or romantic relationships, or possibly both areas. In these areas, you may often find that you have to make a choice in which both alternatives are desirable, but you must choose one at the expense of the other. Venus with Jupiter suggests ease, indulgence, generosity, freedom, material comforts, and an expansive love nature. Saturn asks you to be responsible, hard working, dutiful, and serious. You need to assess areas of your life that have become dysfunctional and, in the process, you may need to sacrifice a material benefit for a spiritual good (or vice versa). The urge to expand and socialize is great, but circumstances may be such that you are unable to “play” as often as you’d like. Or, you may find that extravagances in your spending have a way of catching up with you, and buckling down is necessary this year. At times, there can be very pleasing circumstances surrounding your love life, finances, and creative pursuits. You might receive financial backing or special gifts.
You are interested in new projects and starting fresh in many ways this year. It can be a strong period for learning, communicating, and new mental interests. You are more courageous about taking on new projects or goals. However, you can feel resentful of the hold others seem to have on you, or easily frustrated with problems, as you can put a lot of pressure on yourself this year. Watch for impulsiveness in your communications as well.
2015 is a Number Six year for you. Ruled by Venus. This is a year of relative contentment. It is a time when love is the easiest to attract, and partnerships formed under this vibration have a better chance for longevity. You are able to attract others, and material things as well, this year. This is a good year for establishing harmony in the family and in the home. Advice – develop existing relationships, be positive and receptive because these kinds of energies help you to attract what you desire.
2016 will be a Number Seven year for you. Ruled by Neptune. This is a year of preparation, chance, and refinement. It is not a time of dramatic changes. Instead, it’s a year when reflection on the past is helpful, and when refinements to your life path should be made. It’s a good year to study and analyze. Unexpected twists to your life story and “chance” meetings are probable. Advice – take stock of your life in order to prepare for more exciting years to come, examine the past and plan for the future, get in touch with your deepest needs and uncover your personal power, don’t strain yourself or actively try to expand.
Relationship dynamics may not be straightforward today, dear Aries, and it doesn’t help matters much that you are sensitive to the interplays. Family life may feel a little unsettled, or you could sense that there are many things left undone. The indirect energy of the day is not your natural style, and you may be feeling a little at odds with others as a result. Nevertheless, there is more purpose to your world tonight. You are more able to see your efforts in a realistic light, and you can experience a compelling desire to create something tangible. A step by step approach will work best – tune out distractions and work on what’s priority. Promotion or self-publishing can be quite successful now. As well, you might successfully make solid travel or educational plans today. Making something productive or profitable out of a hobby can be in focus for some of you.
You can be in quite a dreamy state of mind today, dear Taurus, and this can serve as a pleasant detour from the strains, pressures, or monotony of everyday life. However, try not to sign anything or commit yourself to what appear to be amazing plans now, as they may turn out to be speculative ventures down the road. Others may be vague or hard to pin down, mainly friends and acquaintances. Even so, there is quite a bit of clarity in your home life and private worlds, particularly tonight. Financial planning, asking for a loan, or other practical activities that help you improve security tend to thrive. Someone close to you can be especially supportive now, and might offer some very sound advice.
This may not be a straightforward day for matters related to career, life direction, and reputation, dear Gemini. There may be a misunderstanding to clear up and a general lack of purpose that makes it difficult to be productive. Signing a new contract or making a big purchase should probably wait, simply because the facts are not clear or some are not yet available. You may be able to set the record straight as early as tonight, however, when clear, logical thinking comes more naturally and you’ll be able to focus your mental energies very effectively. Look for a project that has long-term potential and work on it. There can also be clear thinking about a partnership or a good piece of advice coming from a partner or special friend. Even so, emotional energy does run high with a Full Moon occurring tomorrow morning.
Some level of disillusionment may be something you struggle with today, dear Cancer, as you can feel vaguely out of touch and certainly not in the mood to be pushed or prodded. Hesitation and doubt are not bad words, however. Sometimes they delay things strategically, allowing us to catch up with what’s going on around us. If you keep your expectations realistic, you can bring more idealism and creativity to your life now, and this can be a very positive thing. Tonight is good for practical matters, however, mainly money and work. You are realistic in your thinking, if a tad conservative, and you can better envision what needs to be done to put yourself in a better position of security, both with your personal finances and in your job.
People and circumstances in your life can be a tad unreliable today, dear Leo, and it can be difficult to read others’ intentions. It’s probably better not to try too hard but do protect yourself by paying better attention to details. Being neglectful with money or overlooking discrepancies can add up and ultimately weigh you down. However, with some creativity, you might learn a handy new way to manage a financial matter or a new technique for increased intimacy. Avoid activities that require a lot of focus in the morning. Tonight, though, is good for credibility. Others take note of what you say and any advice you may give. Your maturity and ability to live in the “here and now” are in the spotlight. It’s a strong time for asking for what you want and for presenting your ideas, and it’s especially useful for making long-term plans.
You may be inspired and creative today, dear Virgo, but you can also be led astray rather easily, so watch that you don’t put all of your eggs in one basket, especially on a social level. Try not to take any foolish risks now. Some of you could experience a chance meeting with an old or new friend. While social matters may not go as expected today, decision making about home and family issues can be successful. In this area, you see things rationally and logically — you’re thinking about the long term. You might also discuss a previously private matter in a matter-of-fact way, and this can clear the air and help others to open up as well. Loved ones tend to respect you and look to you for guidance. Keep in mind that a Full Moon occurs tomorrow, so take advantage of energy tonight that aids staying centered and grounded.
You may be looking to solve problems today, dear Libra, but don’t pull your hair out if solutions are not immediately apparent. In fact, approaching an issue from an entirely logical standpoint may not work out in the first half of the day. You may need to leave something alone a while and then come back to it later with a fresh perspective. Picking things apart can be useful, but not to the point that you no longer see the whole that the parts form. Even so, tonight is good for making solid, realistic plans for the future, particularly when it comes to “happiness” goals. You are able to see what you can realistically achieve, and you might decide to share your vision with others. At the very least, put your plans to writing — make lists as well as resolutions. Emotions may get the better of you tomorrow with a Full Moon occurring, but if channeled well, they can also motivate you to make important changes.
In some areas of life, particularly in your romantic or creative worlds, there can be some level of confusion today, dear Scorpio. Your imagination may run away with itself. Keep expectations realistic for best results. Even so, financial and business matters can be quite clear today. You can accomplish a lot and get ahead on important projects. As well, you stand in good stead with bosses, co-workers, parents, teachers, and those in authority. You might win recognition for your achievements now, or you learn that you are earning respect. This is a strong day for long-term career and financial planning. The winds can change dramatically between today and tomorrow, so take advantage of this time to sort out your affairs.
Some confusion over shared resources or financial transactions is possible today, dear Sagittarius, so be very careful and even scrupulous if you’re dealing with these matters; or, better yet, save them for a clearer day. It’s best not to lend out money just now, or to place your bets on something iffy. There can be an increased appreciation for subtlety in your intimate life, and intriguing sharing experiences today, however. And, while there can be issues of clarity in some areas of life, you can be exceptionally clear in other life departments. It can be a good day for making your intentions known and for communications in general. Expressing your opinion in a diplomatic yet firm manner can win you respect. You can get rid of annoying paperwork now. It’s also a good time for a new course or learning process if you are so inclined. Things may become harried and hectic rather quickly between today and tomorrow. Stay centered.
Relationship dynamics that are too stale or repetitive can get under your skin today, dear Capricorn, but consider creative solutions to the problem instead of acting out and stirring up needless conflicts. You are craving more stability from your relationships, and along with stability can come some level of monotony, which is something you may well need to accept. Be a little more mindful of the words you choose to express yourself today. Stick with the familiar now instead of pushing your comfort zones. Long-term financial planning, research, and investigation can be very successful, as you are especially keen and able to spot details that you might overlook on another day. Discussion of personal matters can be rewarding now, as you can bring a stronger level of logic and rationality to these topics without emotionality limiting self-expression. Keep in mind, however, that a Full Moon occurring tomorrow morning can stir up and excite emotions. Distinguish between fact and fiction.
There may be some disappointments to deal with today, dear Aquarius. Daydreams can dominate, or possibly fuzzy thinking, so take a lighter schedule if possible. Setting too high or unrealistic expectations, or reading too much into what others say, can temporarily inflate your balloon, so to speak, but when it deflates, it can be quite a downer. Be reasonable in your expectations today, and while fantasy is appealing, it’s not productive if part of you believes it will come true and is disappointed if it doesn’t. Talks with friends or a partner can be very fruitful now, however, even if they are not especially colorful! Solid plans and formal matters do well. A partner can be a source of comfort, security, or advice now. However, with a Full Moon occurring tomorrow, the tides can turn quickly, and emotional color can deepen.
Emotions are steadier today, dear Pisces, although there is still a tendency to feel a little lost and without direction. Passions are intense, but situations around you are confusing. You may not know how to proceed to go after what you want and desire, and typically you have more faith in your intuition. Try to go with the flow. While you may feel temporarily lost on a personal level today, this is a fine day for asking for what you want. It’s also positive for recognition for your intelligence or the work you do. Your eye for details is pronounced and can be put to full use now in professional matters. Your communications are received well, and a partner can be a source of comfort.
Although matters of the heart will be serious this week, that doesn’t mean they’ll be difficult. In fact, the very best of commitment, stability, longevity and reliable love potential can be yours. A classy trine between Venus and Saturn on Wednesday, will promise all of this and more. If there’s any insecurity nagging at you about your relationship, this will be the time to resolve it. When it comes to love, this week, you’re on solid ground.
Aries Horoscope MAR 21 – APR 19
Slow and steady wins the race this week when it comes to romance. You might feel a surge of excitement about someone you’ve recently started to date and rightly so! Although you may feel tempted to rush into a sexual relationship or carefree adventure with this person, taking the time to really get to know your new sweetheart will be the better option. You’ll impress him or her with the level of control you can display while still being unabashedly smitten.
Taurus Horoscope APR 20 – MAY 20
You and your partner might hear fabulous news this week about a joint investment or an opportunity to purchase your dream home. Another possibility is that you’re in the process of moving in with your love and are now figuring out how to mesh your finances and other belongings. This will be easier than you think. Expect the process to strengthen your conviction that you’ve found the ideal mate to move forward with.
Gemini Horoscope MAY 21 – JUN 20
This week, you and your partner won’t waste much time talking about trivial matters. You’re both far more interested in having in depth conversations about what’s truly important. As a result, this will be an ideal week to tackle a significant decision that you need to make together. If a compromise is necessary, you’ll find that you both approach negotiation with maturity and consideration for each other’s point of view.
Cancer Horoscope JUN 21 – JUL 22
A Full Moon in your partnership sector on Tuesday, will leave you feeling emotionally open about all aspects connected to your relationship. In particular, you’ll have a deeper awareness connected to the responsibilities and roles you take on as a couple as well as individually. Balancing obligations while making each other a priority might not be easy but it’s something you’ll continue to strive for. If there’s one thing you know for sure, it’s that your partner is worth it.
Leo Horoscope JUL 23 – AUG 22
Sometimes, the sexiest thing in the world is when you know that, no matter what, you can count on your partner for anything. That is exactly what you’ll feel this week. If you aren’t already over the moon for your sweetheart because of his or her reliable and mature qualities, expect that to change on Wednesday. You’ll discover a newfound appreciation for how “together” your lover is and wonder why you ever wasted time with anyone else.
Virgo Horoscope AUG 23 – SEP 22
A Full Moon in your true love sector this Tuesday, will wake you up to the truth of your current relationship situation. Since there will be no other option besides realistically assessing things, you’ll have little trouble being honest with yourself about your feelings. If you are still cautious with a new love relationship, it’s time to open up or end it. Ask yourself what the root cause of your trepidation is. Remember — love has no room for fear.
Libra Horoscope SEP 23 – OCT 22
If you’re looking for any advice about your love life, this is the week to talk to one of your oldest and dearest friends. He or she will offer honest, pointed guidance about how to handle the stickiest of situations. Another possibility is that you are considering dating someone you meet via the Internet. A conversation with this person on Wednesday, will assure you that a meeting will not only be a good idea, but that it’ll be quite pleasant.
Scorpio Horoscope OCT 23 – NOV 21
Your partner can help boost your confidence this week as you pursue an amazing career opportunity. He or she will remind you that you’ve worked incredibly hard to become an expert in your industry. Although you might not be exactly where you want to just yet, you’re clearly on your way. Your partner is not merely a cheerleader for you but he or she is there to remind you that the success you have coming due is one you’ve earned.
Sagittarius Horoscope NOV 22 – DEC 21
You’ll feel inspired and supported this week by your partner. Your strongest convictions and moral beliefs are not only understood by your mate but most likely, are also shared. As a result, you’ll feel as if your bond can only continue to strengthen. Agreeing on the important areas of life in a relationship are critical for you in order to feel as if you can truly thrive as a couple. This week, you’ll have no doubt that the person you’re with gets you in every way.
Capricorn Horoscope DEC 22 – JAN 19
You and your partner might be quite busy this week doing careful, behind the scenes research on a potential joint investment opportunity. The good news is that, although you’ll both be cautiously optimistic, it appears solid. In addition, a Full Moon in your sign on Tuesday, will leave you more in touch with your emotions than usual. Use this ability to connect with your mate in a more sentimental way.
Aquarius Horoscope JAN 20 – FEB 18
Your partner will be a solid source of support this week as you pursue one of your long held dreams. In fact, his or her admiration for your talents will serve as a driver to help you achieve this aspiration with incredible confidence. Socially, the two of you will also have a happy week together. Expect at least one double date with a couple who has been together for ages. This pair has earned your respect.
Pisces Horoscope FEB 19 – MAR 20
You might enlist the help of your lover this week to help you polish up your interviewing skills if you’re looking for a new job. He or she might also help you get more organized and efficient either at work or at home. The best part about your love life these days is that you and your sweetheart genuinely want to improve each other’s lives. You’ll do it in a way that doesn’t come across as harsh or judgmental. Wonderful!
This week, you’ll get a great dose of supportive energy when it comes to partnerships in business and love! Read on to see what’s coming…
Tuesday, July 19: Full Moon in Capricorn; Mercury trine Saturn
A heavy Full Moon in Capricorn on Tuesday begins the week on a somber note. This Full Moon will have you focused on business matters and your obligations. You’ll be able to see the result of your past efforts now on a major project or goal if you have taken the time to properly lay a foundation and do the work necessary.
The good news is that Mercury will be trine Saturn on the same day, hinting at positive feedback from someone you respect.
Wednesday, July 20: Venus trine Saturn
On Wednesday, Venus will trine Saturn. If you’re in a relationship, you’ll feel extra secure during this time. You’ll know that you can count on your sweetheart through thick and thin. The same is true for a business alliance.
Friday, July 22: Sun enters Leo
Then, the Sun enters Leo on Friday, opening your energy up to some much needed fun. It’s playtime and you’ve earned it!
The Karmic Tools Weekly Forecast covers the current planetary transits which affect people in different ways and to various degrees of intensity. Take notice when it is a Personal planet (Sun / Moon / Mercury / Venus / Mars) interacting with a Social (Jupiter/Saturn) or Collective planet (Uranus / Neptune/Pluto). And pay extremely close attention when it is a Social planet interacting with a Collective planet because that means something *big* is brewing that will move large groups of people along their evolutionary paths. Tuning in to the energy and rhythm of the planets can serve as a useful *guide* as you move along your Individual Path. It also helps to understand your place within the context of the larger Social & Collective Story. Below, you will find out how these energies tend to manifest, as well as guidance and direction.
*NOTE* There are some days when there are NO CONTACTS (besides the Moon), please note that there are no missing entries, we just list the actual Activations of each week + the day they happen.
This energy is good for deep thinking. You are sharp and your standards are high because you are in ‘strategy mode’. This is a more solitary energy though, so communications with others may be hampered a bit because it is time for you to hold your own, at some new level. It’s time to focus on the details that hold the big dream together, all the little things that make the grand vision work. Some respect that attention to detail while others may consider it nit-picky but it is what the energy supports at this time so don’t worry if others don’t understand at this time. By the same token, you may also feel a little overwhelmed by the many “little things” that cannot be denied or delayed and thus a sense of urgency to get it all done. Beware of a tendency toward pessimism, depression or overwhelm. Try to stay focused on all the blessings that you do have and all that you have accomplished instead of what’s still on the list of things to do (in life). This energy is not intended to make you feel bad about all the things left yet to do, but encourage you to begin the necessary steps for manifesting your dreams. This energy just makes you focus on the practical side of manifesting. Clear the debris, and begin to lay a new, clean, solid foundation beneath your goals. Saturn gets you present to the necessary steps and Mercury helps you think clearly.
7/20 ~ Venus (values & priorities) ~trine~ Saturn (stability & endurance):
This is a smooth, easy energy that you can work with consciously and yield incredible, even tangible, results. It’s a good time to define your terms where relationships are concerned because you are clear about your values & priorities. Based on your past choices & efforts, positive benefits & rewards are forthcoming. If you’ve avoided responsibility in your own relationships (public or private), then this energy can help get you back on track, with less pain & suffering than usual (when Saturn’s involved). If you can be practical about your own limits and realistic about what others bring to the table, then this energy also supports discussing forward movement, development or spiraling to a new, higher level in some way, as a team. Strategizing about the future, clarifying the vision of what will support & protect all involved and honoring the essence of life that runs throughout is deeply supported by these two getting together in an easy angle. Venus is also the energy of love & money, so it’s a good time to be objective and somewhat conservative where both your relationships & finances are concerned. With this interaction with Saturn, I would suggest outlining a reasonable relationship or financial goals for the next 3 – 6 – 12 months.
The Moon today is in a Waxing Gibbous phase. This phase is when the moon is more than 50% illuminated but not yet a Full Moon. The phase lasts round 7 days with the moon becoming more illuminated each day until the Full Moon. During a Waxing Gibbous the moon will rise in the east in mid-afternoon and will be high in the eastern sky at sunset. The moon is then visible though most of the night sky setting a few hour before sunrise. The word Gibbous first appeared in the 14th century and has it’s roots in the Latin word “gibbous” meaning humpbacked.
PHASE DETAILS FOR – MONDAY, JULY 18, 2016
Phase: Waxing Gibbous
Moon Age: 13.31 days
Moon Angle: 0.51
Moon Distance: 393,284.82 km
Sun Angle: 0.52
Sun Distance: 152,026,187.16 km
Monday is named after the moon. The Latin term for Monday is Dies Lunae (“moon’s day”); in the Old English language, this day was Monandaeg; in Greek, it was Hermera Selenes. All of these different names and languages translate to the same thing: the “day of the moon.”
Working with the different phases of the moon is an important skill that takes a bit of time for Witches to learn. So why not cut to the chase and experiment with the day of the week that is dedicated to the moon in all of its magickal energies and aspects?
Magickally, Monday encourages the lunar energies of inspiration, illusion, prophetic dreams, emotions, psychic abilities, travel, women’s mysteries, and fertility.
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