You have the wisdom and authority to achieve your goals.
In the most practical terms, The Emperor Tarot card represents the highest leadership, a head of state, or the most exemplary and powerful person in the realm. This archetypal ruler is responsible for the affairs of a society or community, which are directly proportional to his well being and happiness.
The more enlightenment and cosmic perspective this energy brings, the better life is for all. The Emperor archetype masters the world of matter and physical manifestation. When you apply this card to your situation, acknowledge your potentials for mastery. Reinforce a sense of sovereignty within yourself, despite any self-limiting beliefs, habits, or appearances to the contrary.
In the Advice Position
Draw upon the capable inner resources you possess to get the task completed.
The card in the Advice position suggests a course of action which will harmonize what you want with what is currently possible.
When the Emperor arises, he advises you get in touch with your inner sovereignty and natural self-possession. Realize that somewhere deep inside you is the memory of royalty. Reach within to find that strain of natural nobility and leadership. These innate qualities will help you manage your current situation.
The Emperor suggests that you have the necessary abilities to be the final authority. This situation is an opportunity to showcase your competence and skill. Act with the confidence of someone who knows how to take care of business.
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Your Personal Daily Tarot Card
Judgment embodies those forces which require us to be accountable for our actions. With Judgment truths are revealed, mysteries are unraveled and responsibility is assigned. Judgment unveils outcomes and marks the ends of things. While it is a time to properly place guilt, it is also a time for atonement and forgiveness. Ultimately the process of Judgment should lead to freedom from errors made in the past and a fresh start with a clean slate. To that end Judgment actually promises the start of a new journey on which we can apply what we have learned from our past.
Get A Jump On Tomorrow…..
Your Horoscopes for Thursday, January 4th
Although we can’t make up our minds today, we’re sure every thought is the final answer — until the next one comes along. The self-assured Aries Moon instills us with a childlike innocence that encourages confidence. But our impulsive beginner’s mind can’t just run away with the show because it must contend with the power of unrelenting Pluto. Like it or not, we need to stick to one good idea, rather than searching for the next possible solution.
Aries Horoscope MAR 21 – APR 19
Appearing as if you have everything under control is a defensive tactic that could preemptively dissuade others from questioning your strategy in greater detail. You don’t want people delving into your affairs now because you want to review your plans one more time prior to going public. Nevertheless, the reactive Aries Moon keeps your nervous system on high alert. The adrenaline you are feeling is real and it propels you forward on your mission. Henry Van Dyke wrote, “Genius is talent set on fire by courage.”
Taurus Horoscope APR 20 – MAY 20
You enjoy socializing with your peers today but may walk away from a heated discussion at the water cooler so you can return to work. Others might question your motives but only you know the real reason why you can’t waste time over petty arguments. Don’t bother explaining your actions; you have too much on your plate now and it’s wise to conserve your energy for when you need it. Just remember that being busy and being productive are two very different things.
Gemini Horoscope MAY 21 – JUN 20
Relationships might be the source of unexpressed stress today. Nevertheless, it’s your success that could be on the line if you don’t keep your priorities straight. Reaching your professional goals will be an empty achievement unless your heart is happy, too. Walt Disney warned, “A man should never neglect his family for business.” But talking about your personal commitments isn’t enough; you must be willing to put in the work. Ultimately, your beliefs don’t make you a better person; your behavior does.
Cancer Horoscope JUN 21 – JUL 22
You don’t want to give anyone the power to control your life today. However, you appreciate the feeling of comfort that arises when you know that someone is watching your back. Luckily, you have the best of both worlds now; you are free enough to make your own choices and contained enough to sustain your efforts. Lose any last tendrils of doubt and get to work on manifesting your dreams. Although it is reassuring to have a safety net in place, never let your fear decide your fate.
Leo Horoscope JUL 23 – AUG 22
You are smoothly working both ends of the spectrum today. On one hand, your desire for spontaneity pushes you to express yourself with wild abandon. On the other hand, acknowledging your limits ensures that you won’t take an idea too far over the edge. The energetic balance between optimistic thinking and realistic action offers a stable ground from which you can continue your work undisturbed. Author Anne Wilson Schaef wrote, “Differences challenge assumptions.”
Virgo Horoscope AUG 23 – SEP 22
On the surface, your relationships seem to be fulfilling your needs. However, there is something happening on the inner dimensions that eludes the light of awareness. You may be bothered by the gulf between reality and your imagination, but the two worlds do not need to intersect now. There’s no reason to jump through hoops to make ancient teachings relevant to the modern world. Just step outside of your old logical approach and trust the intuitive wisdom that you’re receiving from the cosmos. Sometimes a dance with irrationality is required to reestablish harmony.
Libra Horoscope SEP 23 – OCT 22
People may be so intent on sharing today that you go quiet with your feelings. You want to treat everyone nicely, but you are courting resentment if you don’t express yourself sooner than later. You might try to blame others for your discomfort while the assertive Aries Moon in your 7th House of Relationships rubs you the wrong way. Don’t worry about shifting a conversation gracefully; just cut through the social niceties and say what’s on your mind. Stand up for yourself; a change in behavior begins with a change in the heart.
Scorpio Horoscope OCT 23 – NOV 21
You’re no stranger to emotional intensity, even if you choose to keep it under wraps. However, today’s inner explorations can uncover some information you wish you didn’t know. Nevertheless, you can’t forget what you learn; you can only assimilate it into your perspective the best you can. Slipping into denial won’t work because your unexpressed feelings prolong your dance with negativity. Unleash your inner turmoil into a constructive channel. Simone de Beauvoir wrote, “Art is an attempt to integrate evil.”
Sagittarius Horoscope NOV 22 – DEC 21
Solid growth in relationships is the potential reward for bringing your feelings out into the open today. Although you might have insecurities about sharing some aspect of your inner life, exposing your vulnerability is a catalyst that strengthens friendships. The best interactions are the ones that push through the darkness and come out the other side. Real intimacy begins when people see the less-than-perfect human qualities in each other. Live in acceptance rather than expectation.
Capricorn Horoscope DEC 22 – JAN 19
You may feel it’s imperative to make a decision today, especially if circumstances seem to be holding you back. In fact, you could lose your cool if you are overly eager to obtain results, and you don’t want to wait another day. However, the impulsive Aries Moon squares the Sun and Pluto in your calculating sign, preventing you from initiating action before you consider every possible scenario. The good news is your sense of urgency will likely pass before you need to make a significant change.
Aquarius Horoscope JAN 20 – FEB 18
All communication channels are wide open today and you may be interacting with others through a variety of social media. Thankfully, texting, online chatting, and even talking on the phone enable you to stay connected to your friends while also honoring your desire for independence and your need for exploration. Dorothy Parker quipped, “The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.”
Pisces Horoscope FEB 19 – MAR 20
Your life is complicated and you might not know how to untangle all the threads that comprise the tapestry of your world. You’re committed to tuning into your unconscious to find answers, but you’re not interested in lingering in the shadows today. Keep returning to the sunny side of the street so you can enjoy the lighthearted pleasures of the day as well. Novelist Olen Steinhauer wrote, “Without balance a life is no longer worth the effort.”
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If Today is Your Birthday: January 4
You are highly ambitious and responsible, working hard at what you do and rarely letting small setbacks steer you from your course. Goal-oriented, your biggest weakness is a tendency to take on far too much! You are responsible, a fabulous partner, direct and honest, and quite likable as well. You are a practical person who has much sound advice to give for those smart enough to ask you for it. Famous people born today: Sir Isaac Newton, Louis Braille, Jane Wyman, Dyan Cannon, Michael Stipe.
Your Birthday Year Forecast:
With the Sun and Moon in harmony in your Solar Return chart, the year ahead should be satisfying and balanced overall. You are in comfortable demand and personally popular, and you are able to achieve a decent balance between work and play; personal and professional life. For the most part, you are on top of your game this year, and positive connections with others can be made fairly easily. With the ability to handle your emotions successfully, there is less stress on both your mind and body. Your self-confidence and positive attitude will reward you!
Jupiter transits trine your Sun until May 2016, and you have a stronger than usual desire to improve, grow, and learn (although you may have felt this already in October 2015). This is a fortunate aspect that helps boost optimism and confidence, and you are able to attract fortunate circumstances into your life as a result. Problems are easier to resolve. Matters related to universities, higher education, organized religion, publishing, legal affairs, and foreign interests can be especially strong. It’s a strong time to further your education. You are likely to enjoy a larger perspective on matters that keeps you from getting lost in details or overly frustrated by everyday stresses.
Some caution with your personal finances and regarding your social relationships is in order. Most importantly, you should do your best to watch out for tendencies towards self-deception. Things might look too good to be true, simply because you want to see the best. Relationship ups and downs are possible, as this could be a year when romantic mirages are more likely. The “highs” of a relationship may be thrilling, but the accompanying “lows” can be draining. There can be some level of uncertainty with love relationships and/or finances.
Overall, however, you can experience more popularity or a stronger interest in others and making connections. This is a year of general fortune through your relationships and meetings.
You are generally optimistic, helpful, and eager to share your ideas and wisdom this year. Good energy is with you for debate, travel, and higher education. There may be a little more tension or possibly more frequent arguments in the period ahead with a Mercury-Mars square in your Solar Return chart, however. You can be particularly impatient with vagueness. However, if this energy is applied well, you may simply enjoy a more active mind that strives for clarity. This can be a good year to eliminate wasteful activities. Be careful to avoid sharp or cutting speech and aggressive driving. Engage yourself in debates or studies that stimulate and motivate you.
There can be a stronger tendency toward, or desire for, commitment and deep involvement in your relationships this year. You are taking love seriously. There can be a willingness to make sacrifices if it seems the best way to make improvements in relationships and with money matters, but do watch for putting too much energy into dysfunctional situations.
There is good energy this year for mental interests and focus, although you should watch for overreaching and tension from thinking or worrying too much. Find ways to relax and unwind in order to minimize stress, and avoid communicating too quickly when you’re agitated. You are generally optimistic and devoted. Take better care of money and resources so that you don’t overlook important details. Popularity generally increases this year.
2017 will be 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.
Your Daily Horoscopes for Wednesday, January 4th
Mercury re-enters your adventure and learning sector today, dear Aries, and you’ll be going over recent plans that involve travel or education in the coming days, or revisiting old decisions as new information emerges. Check your facts before expressing your opinions too forcefully, as information you receive may not be complete. This is an excellent time for reviewing recently made plans, particularly those revolving around higher education, travel, and personal or professional expansion. There may be a need for review and reworking, but save making solid plans or commitments for after the 8th. Today, misunderstandings are likely if we’re communicating with our heads and disconnected from our hearts. In-person conversations fare better than ones in which facial expressions are missing. If you must discuss important matters with someone close to you, be sure that you are very clear, leaving very little up to the imagination.
Retrograde Mercury is backing up into your intimacy sector today, dear Taurus, and will stay there until January 12th. While Mercury is still retrograde (until January 8th), you are likely to go over financials or intimate conversations that you thought were finished or finalized. Surprise -they’re not! Aim to look at problems, particularly those revolving around shared finances, debts, and balance of power in a relationship, from a new angle or perspective. If they’re re-emerging, then they need to be put to rest another way. Focus less on the details or facts and more on the bigger picture or what it all means. You’ll be in a better place for making final agreements after the 8th. Also today, there can be some tensions with friends over differing viewpoints. Sometimes we take it personally if someone doesn’t agree with our opinions, and this may be the case today. Resentments emerging today, however, may be about something completely different than what we imagine them to be at first glance.
Retrograde Mercury retreats into your partnership sector today, dear Gemini, and a relationship matter that you thought was resolved may emerge for handling. It’s not the time to look for a clear commitment – give others space and hope that they return the favor. Communications may not go over as intended today. You may be dealing with a past relationship issue today or in the next few days. A little skepticism at the moment can’t hurt, as all is not as it seems. Delays, in fact, can also help you to understand your situation better. As well, sometimes miscommunications force us to try creative and new ways of expressing ourselves that end up working in our favor. Differences and problem areas are in strong focus today, and it can be difficult to see around them. While you may need to get something off your chest, you might want to be sure of yourself before doing so, keeping in mind that perceptions can be a little skewed by fear today.
Mercury, moving in retrograde, slips back into your work and health sector today, dear Cancer. It can be difficult to see or learn of all of the facts when it comes to work or health matters so that schedules can easily become mixed up or projects you began last month need revision. There may be the need to review, redo, or double check your work. Old problems at work can resurface, and projects that you thought were completed may need some reworking over the coming week. Today, be extra careful about what you’re saying and signing! A relationship can involve some tension if resentments emerge, particularly over differences in goals and viewpoints. You can gain new insight by coming at a work problem from an entirely new angle, however.
Mercury, moving in retrograde, slips back into your sector of romance, creativity, and children today, dear Leo. Mercury will remain here until the 12th but will end its retrograde on the 8th. Communication is not likely to be straightforward in these areas, although you stand to learn much from viewing and approaching matters in a new way. You are thinking and expressing yourself in different ways, trying on new styles. You may be revisiting old conversations or decisions. Keep in mind that your communications may not always be taken in the way you intend. From the 8th, you’re likely to see forward motion and clearer decisions made. In the coming few days, a significant conversation can occur with a love interest or a child, but keep in mind that you’re likely backtracking over an issue from the past. Instead of approaching it from the same old angle, try an entirely new angle.
Retrograde Mercury moves back into your home and family sector today, dear Virgo, where it will stimulate your desire to make contact and communicate with family members, as well as to organize your domestic life. Communication with family may not be as straightforward as you’d like, or there can be some level of chaos or mechanical problems around the home that require your attention. Past problems can resurface for review. In fact, you may be looking at a decision made in late November or early December in a new way. After the 8th, matters unblock and clear up, and thinking about personal and domestic matters clarify. Also today, someone may be disapproving of your desires or the attention you’re showing others. If you focus on improving relationships, however, something positive can come out of these things, and clearing the air may be just what you need.
Mercury, still retrograde, moves back into your communications sector today, dear Libra. Communications are unlikely to be straightforward for the next few days. Your best bet now is to take a break from your routine. A significant conversation can occur with a relative or acquaintance although mixed messages are likely. Watch not only what you say but how you say it, as the chances of being misunderstood run high. Until the 8th, matters surrounding school, transportation, and basic communications can involve some confusion. It can be difficult to focus on cold, hard facts, and important information may be missed or missing. You may be looking back at old projects and finding interesting information that helps you in the present. Be flexible and vigilant with marking important appointments and errands on your calendar, but look at recent decisions in new ways.
Retrograde Mercury moves back into your finance sector today, dear Scorpio. Mercury will stay here until the 12th, but will only be retrograde until the 8th. It’s a time for review of financial matters, and not ideal for entirely new large purchases. You may be dealing with lost or misplaced possessions, or reconsidering a purchase or business decision now. You’ll be looking at things from a new or different perspective which can lead you to new conclusions or to find something you lost or overlooked in the past. From the 8th, these things begin to straighten out. Today, conversations can be tricky because our words may not represent our emotions very well. This disconnect may lead to misunderstandings. There can also be some resentments emerging that need some attention.
Mercury, still retrograde, moves back into your sign today, dear Sagittarius, where it will spend the rest of its retrograde – until the 8th. Mercury will stay in your sign until January 12th, but until January 8th, it’s retrograde. Be careful that you don’t entirely misread a situation, particularly a relationship, as wishful thinking can cloud your thinking today. Someone who has been gone or distant can reappear, and yet remain emotionally distant just for now. Some personal plans may stall or appear to move backward. It’s time to review and not the time for drawing important conclusions or finalizing agreements. If it takes you a little longer to come to decisions, so be it. Allow yourself room to think and decide rather than pressure yourself to come to quick conclusions. Later today, emotions may have you feeling stuck in a state of frustration or discontent. You are never truly stuck, but it can be difficult to pull yourself out of a focus on what’s wrong rather than what’s right. Looking for flaws can be useful in moderation, but don’t go overboard with this.
Retrograde Mercury moves back into your privacy sector today, dear Capricorn, and you can be even more mysterious and easily misunderstood. Decision-making can be difficult in the next few days, as you play with different possibilities. Your mind can frequently turn back to the same problem, but it can be a vague one if you’re not in touch. Guilty feelings are possible, but now is the time to approach your feelings from an entirely new angle. It’s not the time to sweep matters under the carpet. Some of the decisions made and projects started in early December can come up for review now. Your thinking is more spiritual and less factual. Also today, there can be a serious tone to your interactions as unresolved matters can come up for inspection.
Mercury, still retrograde, moves back into your friends and dreams sector today, dear Aquarius, and this places emphasis on your communications with associates, groups, and friends. It also is a time for the hatching of ideas for the future, but watch for missing information or fuzzy thinking. Returning to past issues with a friend is very possible today and until the 8th, but it’s time for a new way of tackling the same old problem if it just keeps cropping up. Resolution may not come today, but you will be laying the groundwork for the future. Some of the seeds you recently planted concerning long-term goals are likely to need review or revision. Friendships can be a little trickier to handle now, although they’ll pick up speed after the 8th. Also today, you may be dealing with situations that stimulate your fears, whether about finances or relationships. Clashes in taste or values with people in your life can be prominent. While there can be some misunderstandings now, you may be itching to clear the air. Good energy is with you for connecting with friends, communication snafus aside.
Mercury, still retrograde, moves back into your public and professional sector today, dear Pisces. Today and until the 8th, watch that you don’t unwittingly misrepresent yourself with what or how you communicate. Double check your facts before jumping to conclusions. It’s a good time for review, but not the best period for clear-cut answers. Reconsider things, but wait it out before drawing conclusions, if possible. Also today, there may be a responsibility or commitment in question now. You are seeing people and situations through the lens of fear or worry later today, which changes your perceptions. Knowing why you’re doing so can help you keep your perspective. Today is quite excellent, however, for business ideas that are a little outside the box but workable.
I was looking for a more recent pic of him. This one is when he first arrived. He has filled out, a fluff bunny and absolutely beautiful if I do say so myself. So how could I say no to this cutie pie?
The Year of the Fire-Rooster 4715 starts on Saturday, January 28th, 2017. The mystic nature of this character is indomitable will and pro-action.
Great emperors emerge from this sign, and they are remembered in history for their achievements.
However, this is an awkward personality for lovers, as they are shy in the personal arena.
Guard against fits of anger, carry a notebook with you all year.
If you are naturally energetic or flamboyant, cultivate self-control as your natural power flowing through your aura will attract good things to you.
1957 was the last year that benefited us with good things and good fortunes.
Good Luck This Year!
The Enchanter’s Almanac: 2016 to 2017 (First Edition)
Murray T. Paschal
The Willow Wand
To make the wand: Cut a small branch from a Willow tree. Clean and sand the branch until it is smooth. Use silver paint to inscribe your name in a spiral pattern around the branch.
Use a smudge stick to consecrate your wand. Light the smudge, and pass the wand through its fragrant smoke. This will remove any negative thoughts or vibrations that might have been attached to the branch before you acquired it.
Once the branch has been cleansed you will need to bless it in Callisto’s honor. Place the wand on your altar or on a small table. Hold both of your hands over the wand and speak the following prayer:
Goddess of the moon grant to me,
The Willows power of flexibility.
Through your love I shall be warmed,
And from this moment be transformed.
When you feel the need to be more flexible and accommodating, dating, hold your wand in your power hand and say the above prayer to yourself. Then your wand is ready to do your bidding.
The ancient Greeks set this day aside to honor Callisto, the moon Goddess who was loved by Zeus. Callisto bore Zeus a son, Arcas, and was then changed into a bear either by Zeus, wishing to hide her, or by Hera herself. As a bear she was shot by Artemis in the forest, who then placed her among the stars as the She Bear connected with the Ursa Major constellation.
In Greek Callisto was also called Helice, which means both “that which turns” and “Willow branch”-a reminder that the willow was the sacred tree favored by Helice and Callisto.
Today we celebrate Louis Braille for his genius invention of the Braille system of raised writing. His visionary creation brought reading literature and education to those with vision challenges. Just as it takes only one candle to illuminate the darkness., it took only one man to bring light to the masses.
For this spell, you will need twelve white candles, some Florida water and a carving tool. Cleanse your candles with the Florida water. Carve any symbols or words that are special to you into the candles.
Close your eyes. Imagine what it would be like if you depended on your sensitive touch to read. Touch your candles, the open your eyes. Light one candle and take in its brilliant flame. Using this candle, light all the other candles. When finished, pinch out the candles while saying:
As above, so below. The magick is
with me wherever I go.
Use the candles to light other candles throughout the year.
Llewellyn’s 2017 Witches Spell-A-Day Almanac
Performing a magickal spell is the practice of manifesting thought, emotion, and desire into form and action by your own will. You need to decide what you want to happen as a result of your spell. You must be clear and concise regarding your desired outcome. There are also many factors to think about when casting a spell or ritual. The lunar phases should also play a major role in determining the time and goal of the spell being performed. Karmic consequences and free will should always be taken into account. You also need to think about what type of magickal tools to use; like candles, crystals, incense, herbs, runes, etc.
The lunar phase is important and helps in determining the best time for magick and spell casting. Remember there are basically two lunar phases:
Waxing moon (ideal time for constructive magick) and Waning moon (ideal time for banishing and destructive magick, study, and meditation).
In between you’ll have the dark moon (the time of greatest power for banishing and negative magick) and the full moon (the time of greatest power for positive magick).
Basically, as the moon grows, so grows the opportunity or desire for which you are working. As the moon gets smaller, so does the habit or thing you are trying to overcome or push away from you. Please note that if timing and need are so important that you just can’t wait, then do the spell when needed.
The most important factor in doing a spell is the emotion and mindset of the person casting it. Raising your magickal energy and having the absolute belief in what you are doing is vital. If you are weak, tired, or have doubt, the chances of your spell working are slim and none! Argue for your limitations and they will surely be yours.
When you do a spell, try to not constantly think about it. It is also best to not talk about it or tell others before the spell runs its course.
Spells are like baking a cake. If you keep opening the oven door to check on it, it takes longer to bake and you could even wreck it. You should also keep it secret and not talk about it. Assuming your spell has been performed correctly, it should begin to work within a few days to a couple of weeks. It is generally advised that if results have not manifested within 4 weeks or one lunar cycle- that you re-work your spell.
Spells may fail if done incorrectly or if performed when you are distracted or you are sick. It is also vitally important to remember that the success of magick and spells depend on the energy and desire put into them. So be sure that you are in good health and have a determined and focused mindset when casting your spell.
Sometimes it is just fate or the will of the universe that keeps a spell from working. There could be karmic lessons that you have yet to learn and overcome standing in the way of the spell being successful. Spell casting involves trial and error as well. Remember it is a skill and the more you practice the better and stronger you should get.
The main tenet of Wicca is the “Wicca Rede.” It states, ” and it harm none, do as ye will”. In other words, as long as you don’t hurt anyone, anything goes. Of course, views of what actually causes harm vary from person to person! Many witches also believe that whatever magick you do will come back to you three-fold, so it pays to be careful. Some, however, believe that it is sometimes acceptable to cause harm as long as you are willing to accept the karmic consequence. As with everything else, you have the free will to decide for yourself.
Blessed Be Introduction to the Craft and Spiritual Magick