The Witches Digest for Saturday, August 19th
Once upon a starry night,
Our coven gathered for a rite. We all circled widdershins,
As the magic rite begins.
As the glistening moonlight glows,
Our love for one another grows.
A moonbeam dances into our heart,
The shadows wane and merrily part.
We cast spells to heal the Earth,
Giving a chance for nature’s rebirth.
The love fills the air inside the circle,
And just then suddenly, a miracle…
The Earth takes us in her hand,
Away from the site at which we stand.
She places us gently into her heart,
Asking us to make the magic start.
As we raise our energies high,
She sends her pains into the sky.
Tired and weak, she says to me:
“Thank Goddess for witches, Blessed Be!”
—By The Light Of The Crystal Moon: A Book of Pagan Poetry and Short Stories
Your Daily Sun & Moon Data for Saturday, August 19th
Sun Direction: ↑ 81.37° E
Sun Altitude: 9.67°
Sun Distance: 94.070 million mi
Next Equinox: Sep 22, 2017 3:01 pm (Autumnal)
Sunrise Today: 6:14 am↑ 73° East
Sunset Today: 7:40 pm↑ 286° West
Length of Daylight: 13 hours, 25 minutes
Moon Direction: ↑ 94.91° E
Moon Altitude: 37.07°
Moon Distance: 227815 mi
Next New Moon: Aug 21, 20171:30 pm
Next Full Moon: Sep 6, 20172:02 am
Next Moonset: Today6:15 pm
Current Moon Phase: Waning Crescent
Moon Phase Tonight: Waning Crescent
New Moon: Aug 21, 2017 at 1:30 pm
Third Quarter: Aug 14, 2017 at 8:14 pm
Your Astrology for Saturday, August 19th
The Moon is in Cancer until 1:54 PM, after which the Moon is in Leo.
The Moon is waning and in its Waning Crescent phase.
The Last Quarter Moon occurred on the 14th, and the New Moon (Solar Eclipse) will occur on August 21st.
Mercury is retrograde (Mercury is retrograde from August 12-September 5).
Moon in Cancer
The Moon is traveling through Cancer today. Beware of mood swings. Cook some soul food. Cuddle up with someone.
The restlessness of the Gemini Moon gives way to an instinctive need for peace and quiet. Feelings of belonging and safety are what motivate us under this influence. The Moon feels right at home in the sign of Cancer, as it rules the sign. This Moon position has much healing potential. Although insular by nature, our feelings run deep, making it an ideal time to get in touch with what motivates us.
The Moon in Cancer generally favors the following activities: Domestic activities, those that involve awareness of personal needs. Home decor, family get-togethers.
The Sky This Week for August 19 to 20
Comet PANSTARRS, the Perseid meteor shower, and other beautiful things to look for in the sky this week.
By Richard Talcott
Saturday, August 19
By the time morning twilight starts to paint the sky, your eyes will be drawn to the eastern sky for a meeting of the night sky’s two brightest objects. Brilliant Venus rises first, clearing the horizon shortly before 3:30 a.m. local daylight time. Less than a half-hour later, the waning crescent Moon joins the planet. The two make a stunning pair as they climb higher in the twilight sky. Venus, which shines at magnitude –3.9, appears 20° above the horizon an hour before sunrise.
Sunday, August 20
Distant Neptune reaches opposition and peak visibility in just two weeks, but the view now is essentially the same. The ice giant planet rises during evening twilight and climbs nearly halfway to the zenith in the southern sky by 2 a.m. local daylight time. The magnitude 7.8 planet lies in Aquarius, 1.5° east of 4th-magnitude Lambda (l) Aquarii. You’ll need binoculars to spy Neptune and a telescope to see its blue-gray disk, which spans 2.4″.
Today Is Saturday, August 19th
Saturday is dedicated to the shadowy Anglo-Saxon God Saetere or Seater, July 15equivalent to the God Saturn. It is a day also associated with the Norns, the Norse equivalent of Three Fates, and the trickster God Loki. It is connected generally with apprehension, austerity, caution, and excessive self-limitation.
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
Color: Dark Blue
Celtic Tree Month of Coll (Hazel) – August 5 – September 1
Runic Half-Month of As (gods) – August 13 – August 28
Goddess of the Month of Hesperia – August 9 – September 5
The Pagan Book of Days
On Saturday, August 19th, We Honor the Goddess Astarte
Astarte is the goddess of war and, to a lesser extent, the goddess of love and fertility. In Egypt she was thought of as an especially powerful warrior goddess and was also associated with the most powerful war machine of the time: the horse and chariot.
She was especially fond of people who were good with horses, as demonstrated by one story where she delighted in the fact that a pharaoh’s son was an excellent horseman.
Astarte’s cult was significant in Egypt, and special obelisks were made for the purpose of worshipping her. She is considered one of the major gods of Egypt.
Astarte is usually shown as a beautiful, naked woman. Often, she wears a set of bull horns on her head, a sign of dominance and power. Many depictions also show her with a set, or even two sets, of wings. It’s common for Astarte to be shown with overly round hips, which is associated with motherhood and fertility. Sometimes her body is shown as androgynous, which simply means that it looks neither male nor female. Astarte can also be shown wearing a crown.
Because she is considered the mistress of horses by Egyptians, many depictions of her show the goddess on horseback or otherwise in the company of horses.
Depending on where in Egypt you asked, Astarte’s father was either the sun god Ra, or Ptah, the god of craftsmen.
If she is a daughter of Ra it means that she is also the sister of Anat, another war goddess. Astarte is also associated with another daughter of Ra, namely Hathor. Hathor is a goddess of fertility, which is of course an attribute Astarte is also known for.
Her consort was Seth, who is (no surprise) a god of war. He is also god of winds, storms, evil, chaos and darkness. It seems that even some goddesses have a soft spot for bad boys.
Astarte also had a son, according to the Canaanites, by the name of Hauron. Hauron was also later officially accepted into Egyptian religion.
Origins and History
We know very little about Astarte specifically in her Egyptian incarnation, but we do know that she is another version of the Mesopotamian goddess Ishtar.
Astarte was officially adopted into Egyptian religion during the 18th Egyptian dynasty.
As Ishtar, there are quite a few stories about Astarte in The Epic of Gilgamesh. Here, she is shown to be a bit moody and spoiled; in one story, she goes to the gate of the underworld and demands to be let in.
Ishtar was all about love and became pretty obsessed with a few men whom she insisted she wanted to marry. Gilgamesh himself told her no thank you, due to having heard stories about all the other men she had loved and then dumped or hurt in some way.
When Ishtar failed to get her own way, she could get pretty nasty about it. She was rather liberal with her demands and curses, and was known for generally throwing her weight around. The problem is that, although Astarte is derived from Ishtar, we can’t assume that the Egyptian form of this goddess was anything like Ishtar.
Ishtar and Astarte may also be the inspiration for Mary, mother of Jesus, in modern Christianity, since the cult of Ishtar spread throughout the Middle East and beyond, reaching as far as Europe. It’s also possible that Astarte served as the inspiration for the Greek goddess Aphrodite, who bears many resemblances to Astarte.
As such as ancient and important goddess, Astarte under her many names is often referred to in media such as video games, animation, fantasy novels and film. As Ishtar, for example, she is mentioned in the Sandman comics, as well as in the Conan the Barbarian stories.
Ritual Influences for Saturday, August 19th
Perfumes: Hyacinth, Pansy
Incense: Peperwort, Assodilious, Black Poppy Seeds, Henbane, Lodestone, Myrrh
Influences: Duties, Respondibilities, Finding Families, Works of Magic, Buildings, Meditation, Life, Doctrines.
A Book of Pagan Rituals
The Magickal Day of Saturday
It’s the end of the week for many of us, so Saturday – named for the god Saturn – is a good time to wrap things up. Associated with the colors black and dark purple, and the metal lead, this day is also connected to the goddess Hecate. Gemstones like Apache tear, obsidian, and hematite are all connected to Saturday’s magic, as are plants such as thyme, mullein, and the cypress tree.
When it comes to magical workings, focus on agriculture and creativity, fortune and hope, protection and banishment of negativity.
Put up a barrier to keep the unwelcome out, eliminate the things that make you miserable, and wash your hands of anything other than your hopes, dreams and goals.
Patti Wigington, Paganism/Wicca Expert
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The Witches Guide To Saturday
The planetary correspondence for Saturday is Saturn. Matters dealing with the public, farming, family ties, legal matters (such as wills and estates), taking care of debts, dealing with lawyers, financing, joint money matters, real estate, older people, banishing or binding negativity, and getting rid of bad habits all fall under the charge of Saturn. It’s easy to see why “Saturday’s child works hard for his living.”
Saturday’s angels are Cassiel, Machatan, Uriel, and Orifiel. Cassiel is the angel of solitudes and tears. He is one of the rulers of the planet Saturn and occasionally appears as the angel of patience. Cassiel links himself to dragon energy. Regarding Machatan, the only information we get is that he works well with Cassiel and is also a power of Saturn. Orifiel is an angel of the wilderness, a ruler of the second hour of the day, and also associated with Saturn.
On Saturday, the hour of sunrise and every eight hours after that are also ruled by Saturn, and that makes these times of the day doubly blessed. These four hours are the strongest four hours for conducting ritual. Check the local newspaper, astrological calendar, or almanac to determine your local sunrise.
Saturday is a day filled with opportunities to clean up and clear out. So if you are wondering why Hecate is assigned to this day, take another look at what she symbolizes and the magick that is associated with her. That should answer the question.
Hecate was the oldest form of the Greek Triple Goddess, as she presided over heaven, the underworld, and earth. Crossroads where three roads met were especially sacred to Hecate, earning her the title of Hekate of the Three Ways. It’s interesting to note that even after the worship of other goddesses waned, ancient people still worshiped Hecate as the Queen of the Underworld and the Guardian of the Three-Way Crossroad. It was also believed that if you left her an offering of food there, she would grant you her favors. As Hecate Trivia, her triple images were often displayed at these crossroads, where she was petitioned on the full moon for positive magick and on the dark of the moon for cursing and dark magick.
While this last bit of information sounds a little ominous, keep in mind that Hecate/Hekate was known by many titles and is a shapeshifter. Her appearance could and did change often. As a dark moon goddess, her faces are many. To some she may appear as a old crone, hunched over a smoking cauldron and draped in a midnight cape. To others she may appear as a dark beautiful, mysterious, and mature woman wearing a shimmering crown. To some she may be perceived as a maiden priestess. She was called the “most lovely one,” the Great Goddess of Nature, and the Queen of the World of Spirits. This dark goddess knows her way around the earth and the underworld. All the powers of nature, life, and death are at her command.
Book of Witchery, Spells, Charms & Correspondences for Every Day of the Week
The Witches Honey-Do List for Saturday
Feel the need for a psychic cleansing in the house? Light up some patchouli- or myrrh-scented incense, and wave the smoke around your house or apartment. It will help to break up any lingering negativity or bad feelings. Crumble up a few dried mullein leaves and create a circle around your home, or scatter it across the thresholds, to keep prowlers away.
Burn a few black candles to repel manipulative intentions or unwanted advances. Add a few protective herbs to your dinner such as thyme or basil. Try growing a blooming cyclamen plant in your kitchen to ward the family and to encourage Hecate’s blessings. Grow deep purple and black pansies in window boxes to encourage the planetary vibrations of Saturn. Let ivy grow up the walls of your home for even more bewitching security.
Saturdays are the particular day of the week for protection and for dealing with more serious magickal matters. Go back over the at-a-glance list and see what components you can add to your spells for today for a little more oomph.
Meditate on Hecate to learn her lessons and include some dark goddess wisdom into your Craft. As a Witch, you already know that you have power-the power to effect real change in your life. Working with Hecate can teach you how and when to best use this power for the greater good.
If you want to expand your magickal skills, then start learning how to incorporate all of this information on the days of witchery in a whole new way.
This includes the knowledge you already have and the new day-by-day correspondences and witchcraft that were presented in this Book of Shadows.
Put your own unique spin on things. Decide what your enchanting specialties are, then apply them to your Craft each and every day with wisdom and style.
Book of Witchery
Spells, Charms & Correspondences for Every Day of the Week
The Witches Almanac for Saturday, August 19th
Vinalia Rustica (Roman)
Moon Phase: Fourth Quarter
Moon Sign: Cancer
Moon enters Leo 1:55 pm
The Witches Correspondences for Saturday, August 19th
Magickal Intentions: Spirit Communications, Meditation, Psychic Attack or Defense, Locating Lost Things and Missing Persons, Building, Life, Doctrine, Protection, Knowledge, Authority, Limitations, Boundaries, Time and Death
Incense: Black Poppy Seed and Myrrh
Sign: Capricorn and Aquarius
Colors: Black, Grey and Indigo
Herbs/Plants: Myrrh, Moss, Hemlock, Wolfsbane, Coltsfoot, Nightshade and Fir
Stones: Jet, Smokey Quartz, Amethyst, Black Onyx, Snowflake Obsidian, Lava, Pumice
Oil: (Saturn) Cypress, Mimosa, Myrrh, Patchouli
Saturn lends its energies to the last day of the week. Because Saturn is the planet of karma, this day is an excellent time for spellwork involving reincarnation, karmic lessons, the Mysteries, wisdom, and long-term projects. It is also a good time to being efforts that deal with the elderly, death, or the eradication of pests and disease.
Saturday Is Ruled By Saturn
This day of the week got it’s name from the god of karma and time, Saturn. This day is obviously associated with the planet Saturn and is our last day of the week. Traditionally Saturdays are great days for protection, banishing a negative situation, and generally a good time to clean up any magical messes that you have been ignoring. Some suggestions for Saturday enchantments would include:
◦Wearing the colors of the day, black and deep purple. Here’s your perfect excuse to be dramatic and witchy. Empower these dramatic pieces of your wardrobe for protection and strength.
◦Burning black candles to absorb negativity and burning purple ones to increase your magical wisdom and boost your spirituality
◦Adding a touch of garden witchery to your Saturday spells by working with the pansy (in black or purple of course), the morning glory flowering vine, or the cypress tree.
◦Carrying an obsidian, hematite, or jet tumbled stone in your pocket to reinforce your personal protection and to ward off bad vibes and sour feelings. You can also add these crystals to a candle spell on a Saturday night to really increase the punch of your spellcasting.
◦Cleaning your house and cleansing it while you are at it. Tap into those obstacle-removing vibes and the positive, concluding energies.
◦Closing up the final day of the bewitching week with a bang by calling on Hecate for protection and guidance.
Custom Made Magick for Saturday
Protection, removing negativity, justice and balance have been the theme today. As we have just seen you can indeed a perform a binding and not cross the ethical line. Bindings are a more ethical route than cursing someone. But are there other options? Why, of course. I know of some Witches who, when they see a criminal’s face on television or read about them in the paper, mentally pain a white X over a criminal’s face while they say the phrase “I neutralize that person” with intention. This neutralizes the power and harm that the stranger causes.
If there is someone that you personally know who is causing you or your family harm, it is possible to use a photograph of the destructive person. Simply wrap white ribbon around their photo to symbolize you binding them up as you say, “I neutralize any physical or emotional harm that you are causing.”
But if you feel magickal bindings are the way to go, then perhaps your best course of action is to remove all emotion from yourself and the spell when you perform the binding. Just as I stated before, justice—like magick—is a neutral force. For lack of a better term, be businesslike. Wild swings of emotion only make for an uncontrollable magickal energy. Therefore, your best bet is to be neutral. If there was ever a time to be calm and in control, this is it. If you are not sure that you can pull off being neutral, then I suggest that you leave magick alone. It is essential to be in control. How much karma drama are you willing to pull into your life?
Book of Witchery Spells, Charms & Correspondences for Every Day of the Week
Saturday and the Perfect Corresponding Spell
The theme of the day is protection. Here is a spell for you to try to keep you feeling safe & sound at all times.
If you are the sort of person who really wants or needs a fast crystal protection spell that is no muss, no fuss, then try out this Saturday witchery while working with your black tourmaline. Hold the black tourmaline jewelry piece or the raw chunks of stone in your hands. Visualize what it is that you want them to do. Then repeat the following spell verse three times:
Lovely tourmaline crystal so chunky and black
Reflect all negativity right out and back
While I am inside of this magickal boundary
I am protected from any psychic vampirey
By the element of earth, keep me free from the mire
May this crystal spell grant the outcome I desire.
Now go ahead and work with the black tourmaline. I bet that you will notice a huge difference.
Book of Witchery Spells, Charms & Correspondences for Every Day of the Week
Celebrating Legends, Folklore & Spirituality 365 Days a Year for August 19
Held in ancient Rome, the Vinalia was intended to secure Jupiter’s protection for the growing vines and was dedicated to the Goddess Venus. An agricultural festival, to celebrate the start of grape season and wine-making, the first grapes were broken off and offered by the Flamen Dialis to Jupiter and then to Venus. The wine made at this festival would be saved and then opened at the Vinalia Parilia, held on April 23.
The Witches Current Moon Phase for Saturday, August 19th
The Moon today is in a Waning Crescent phase. In this phase the Moon’s illumination is growing smaller each day until the New Moon. During this phase the Moon is getting closer to the Sun as viewed from Earth and the night side of the Moon is facing the Earth with only a small edge of the Moon being illuminated. This phase is best viewed an hour or 2 before the sunrise and can be quite beautiful if you’re willing to get up early. It can also be a great time to see the features of the Moon’s surface. Along the edge where the illuminated portion meets the dark side, the craters and mountains cast long shadows making them easier to observe with a telescope or binoculars.
Phase Details for – Saturday, August 19, 2017
Moon Age: 27.03 days
Moon Angle: 0.54
Moon Distance: 366,952.40 km
Sun Angle: 0.53
Sun Distance: 151,374,244.76 km
August’s Total Solar Eclipse 2017
Rebooting – Relationships, Revelations And Revolutions
I don’t want to achieve immortality through my work… I want to achieve it through not dying. Woody Allen
I feel my immortality over sweep all pains, all tears, all time, all fears, —and peal, like the eternal thunders of the deep, into my ears, this truth; thou livest forever! Byron
Hope is the expectation that something outside of ourselves, something or someone external, is going to come to our rescue and we will live happily ever after. Dr. Robert Anthony
Higher than the question of our duration is the question of our deserving. Immortality will come to such as are fit for it, and he would be a great soul in future must be a great soul now. Ralph Waldo Emerson
I argue thee that love is life and life hath immortality. Emily Dickinson
If a man carefully examines his thoughts he will be surprised to find how much he lives in the future. His well being is always ahead. Such a creature is probably immortal. Ralph Waldo Emerson
The beautiful drawing of ‘Avalon’ to the left by Isabella Sanburg.
August’s total solar eclipse falls on August 21 in the US, and, in Australia, on August 22. This is a big eclipse, and, the Symbols of it are rather extraordinary. Much has been said about this eclipse, as it is not only a total eclipse, but, it’s path falls right across the contiguous United States. Click here for eclipse maps from NASA.
This eclipse (which, of course, is a new moon) is a very powerful one, and, it’s one that is causing a level of consternation and fear. It’s understandable, particularly with the current political and social climate, that people are worried: Everything is so uncertain now. It feels like an incredible turning point, and obviously, we hope that it’s for the better, although, also, obviously, we have a ways to go for things to turn out ok…
Mars has a very strong placement in this eclipse, so, we are facing some very real challenges. In the lineup at this eclipse we have Mars on Leo 21, the Moon’s north node on Leo 25 and the Sun and the Moon (the eclipse) on Leo 29. This means that Mars is going to transit over both the Moon’s node, and the eclipse point in the days following the eclipse. A lot of anger, dismay, upset and determination is likely to follow this eclipse for some time. Cool heads need to prevail, although that is a tall order at the moment. So, we are being asked to find some equilibrium in amongst what’s going on: We have to find a still point of trust in amongst it all.
Also, in the days following this eclipse, Venus will be squaring Uranus, and, we are likely to be making all kinds of decisions about our values, relationships, money issues, directions in the future, etc. A Venus/Uranus square can feel like a big pair of scissors being wielded to cut off those things that are no longer working in our life. This can also extend to our feelings, thoughts and emotions. We can be challenged to change our responses, especially if we’re finding that they don’t align with our true values. Venus, in Cancer, can bring up issues to do with home, family, emotions, homeland, belonging, our definition of our ‘territory’, etc. Furthermore, Venus is involved in three major aspects at the time of this eclipse. In the days leading up to the eclipse, Venus is opposing Pluto, squaring Jupiter, and then, a few days after the eclipse, squaring Uranus. This can lead to a lot of realigning with others, with ourselves, with our objectives. Some friendships, relationships and alliances could find themselves under a lot of strain and some will be jettisoned as we find ourselves growing and evolving, sometimes in ways that can be rather too quick for us to really keep up. In just over 24 hours after the eclipse, Venus moves onto Cancer 27: A FURIOUS STORM IN A CANYON FILLED WITH VALUABLE HOMES, and, we are likely to see some big events take place that require cool heads and cool responses. This is going to be a very interesting couple of weeks.
There’s a lot that could be said here about politics, the world, and, Donald Trump, and, recent events… especially as Trump’s chart is incredibly lit up by this eclipse. I don’t want to talk about him here, but, as a lot of other people have noted, this is an enormous time for him and the US and the world.
And, with Mars and Jupiter sextiling each other, and, Mars and Saturn in a trine aspect, there’s the strong possibility of feeling the need to get organised, get our ‘ducks in a row’, to make decisions in order to live a more authentic life. Even in amongst the challenges, fear and confusion of this time, if we concentrate on what is real, on what we really want, on what we value in our lives, we can instigate some real changes with Mars and Saturn trining. The trick is the right use of our energies, which can be an interesting challenge, but, a very rewarding one if we strive for that outcome. And, a week or so after the eclipse, Mars trines Uranus, which can add to the feeling of change and renewal and bringing in new realizations and realities.
Part of the muddle at the moment is Mercury, along with all the outer planets, being retrograde. This is made even stronger by Mercury going retrograde opposite Neptune, which can cause things to feel unclear, uncertain and downright confusing. Messages can get lost in translation and we can feel rather stymied and ‘held up’. The trick is to see through the fog of the confusing and sometimes bewildering messages or ‘news’ that we receive, read and see every day.
The core issue of this eclipse can be seen from the Sabian Symbol for it: Leo 29: A MERMAID HAS CLIMBED TO THE ROCKY SHORE OF A BLEAK COAST, SHE AWAITS THE PRINCE WHO WILL BRING HER IMMORTALITY. This can be about waiting for the ‘right relationship’ to turn up, and, this might be something that you are truly seeking – that true life mate, and, for some people, there will be the promise of someone special turning up.
However, I see this Symbol as bringing us the possibility of so much more. The true ‘inner marriage’ is more the point of this Symbol – the alchemical marriage with a higher force may be just what we need in order to strengthen our resolve to live a more authentic, fulfilled and worthwhile life. I’ve been listening to a lot of Neville Goddard’s lectures on Youtube, and, I’m seeing the need to relax into finding that true sense of ‘immortality’ within one’s own soul. Goddard’s work is extraordinary and I highly recommend him – his words have shown how we can realize and access the Christ Consciousness within us all. It’s a tall order to fulfill, but, extremely rewarding. Goddard speaks of how our ‘own wonderful human imagination’ creates everything. I sense that this eclipse can bring about, for many, a true revolution in consciousness.
BUT, the major aspect of this eclipse is the fabulous trine between the eclipse and Uranus. This gives us a huge opportunity to find our true authentic path, to tune into and release any negative energies around us, to feel a true sense of liberation and release. It could be that asking the question “what do I really want?” that we can bring much more of what we really want into our lives.
There’s more that can be said about all of this, but, it is covered in the list of Sabian Symbols for the planets below.
A solar eclipse is a much stronger than usual new Moon, and the new Moon each month marks a time of new beginnings and realisations. It’s like a birth after a time of gestation or being ‘in the womb’. Here, the light begins to return and we can see new beginnings and possibilities. A new Moon means that the Sun and the Moon are both together – bringing a synergy of their energies together. The new Moon is a perfect time to set your intentions for the future. This period is wonderful for planting seeds of whatever kind. What do you want to manifest in your future? Whether you write it down, sing about it or just hold the thought forms in your mind, doing this at the new Moon can realise some fabulous results around the things that you want to draw into your life.
The solar eclipse is on Leo 29: A MERMAID HAS CLIMBED TO THE ROCKY SHORE OF A BLEAK COAST, SHE AWAITS THE PRINCE WHO WILL BRING HER IMMORTALITY – the following is my interpretation from my book The Sabian Oracle: 360 Degrees Of Wisdom –
At this point in time particularly, many of us feel like we’re on the ‘Rocky Shore Of A Bleak Coast’, wondering when things will get better. When will things get back on a good track and improve? I sense an incredible sense of loneliness and longing in this Symbol, however, it is an incredibly powerful one of finding our ‘immortality’ within. This Symbol can speak of an alchemical marriage: We can find that part of us that is so perfectly complete, regardless of our more ‘outer relationships’, this can be one of the ‘inner marriage’. Interestingly, this is the Moon’s node of Princess Diana.
Commentary: The ‘Mermaid Has Climbed to the Rocky Shore of a Bleak Coast’, shows a woman who has previously felt like she (and this, of course, can relate to a male) merely existed in the waters of life and is now ready to emerge into a more conscious existence as an individual in her own right. She is willing to ‘Climb the Rocky Shore’ no matter how ‘Bleak’ the ‘Coast’ may be. She may have to leave her home and past behind in order to move into a new life, a new relationship or new beginning of some kind. She will learn to better communicate her emotions, thoughts and ideas. In being able to more fully verbalize and express herself and to “walk her talk”, she can find her place and sense of purpose: the ‘Immortality’ that can be achieved in this new reality.
Oracle: You must have belief in your ability to cope as an individual emerging into new arenas. ‘The Prince Who Will Bring Her Immortality’, can show the seeking of perfection in one’s self through relationships. Be careful not to project too much authority onto your partner(or, onto anyone). This can lead to feelings of insecurity and being out of one’s depth. You may be expecting others to acknowledge your existence, possibly feeling invisible until they do. However, other people, and probably someone in particular, may bring you insights into your capabilities, talents and attributes so that you can become more of what you’re meant to become. The female/mermaid, male/prince doesn’t necessarily always translate into these gender definitions. The ‘Mermaid’ may indeed be male, waiting for his “princess” to come to make his life complete. Whichever, how will the partner cope when the ‘Mermaid’ truly gains her own feet and voice? With this new sense of belonging, ideas can be brought into reality in a new world of experience.
Keywords: Coming into conscious form. New ways of being. Transformation. New forms emerging out of the past. Needing, and probably expecting, recognition. Feeling different from the crowd. Learning to stand on your own two feet. Problems with feet and legs. Longing to make an impression.
The Caution: Focusing on social or rational aspects before being ready. Naivety. Being thrown in the deep end. Relying on relationships too much. Looking to the other for validation of one’s existence. Co-dependent behavior..
The Karmic Degree for the Solar Eclipse is Leo 28: MANY LITTLE BIRDS ON THE LIMB OF A LARGE TREE – when I see this Symbol, I often think of Twitter and other forms of social media.
This Symbol shows many people and voices and a gathering together with those of like mind. There seem to be so many possibilities or ways to go. Although the overall situation is secure and stable there will still be some confusions to resolve. Perhaps you’re forced to be with people who don’t share the same mindset or goals? You may be vulnerable to lots of chatter going on in your mind, or having too many thoughts or people, their voices or their needs to consider. Try to relax and gain some perspective; not all that you see or hear is going to be worth thinking about or pursuing.
Keywords: Gathering with people of like mind. Sharing ideas. Huge structures where people can get lost in the crowd. Big business, government and bureaucracy. Multilevel marketing. Databases. The Internet and chat groups. Books, tapes and cds. Publishing houses. Competition. Telephone switchboards. Trying to gain attention. Twitter.
The Caution: Many voices—some heard, some not. Being confused or immobilized by too much advice or information. Too many sounds. Having trouble hearing the essential truth. A scattering of energies. Not getting a word in edgeways. Everybody talking and nobody listening. Being one of many. Noise and distraction. Staying with the mediocre. The masses. Being invisible. Useless chattering or noise.
The Quest Degree for the Solar Eclipse is Leo 30: AN UNSEALED LETTER HAS VITAL AND CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION – I believe that this degree Symbol is the crux of the eclipse; the Moon moves onto this degree almost immediately after the exact moment of the eclipse and the Sun just an hour or so later. What is likely to be revealed? What do we need to discuss? What ‘secrets’ need to come out into the open? What secrets are better kept out of sight from others? As many have noted, and I feel to make mention here, this is the Sabian Symbol of Donald Trump’s ascendant.
Commentary: ‘An Unsealed Letter’ is an image of words or thoughts, letters, notes or messages. They have been written, but as the ‘Letter’ is ‘Unsealed’, they have not been ‘Sealed’ in an envelope. ‘Vital and Confidential Information’ implies that important messages and information may need to be concealed from others. Being ‘Unsealed’ shows that it is possible that others would want to peek at (or be shown) what’s been said or written. There could be important papers lying around, or perhaps they are lost amongst other papers and proving difficult to find. It is possible that this ‘Information’ could be seen by the wrong eyes.
Oracle: Getting your thoughts down on paper can lead to greater understandings about people and situations. If there is a message that you wish to spread, you will be able to do it as long as you make the effort to put it into reality. When this is done out in the open anyone can, and will, benefit from it. Communicating in a trusting, carefree way leads to doubts being dispelled. However, are your ideas, thoughts and emotions feeling exposed because you have been too trusting and “worn your heart on your sleeve”? Pausing to reflect can be advantageous. Sometimes we have very strong feelings about a person or a situation, but caution is called for as these can change with time. You may regret someone having seen or learnt what’s been on your mind. The ‘Information’ in the ‘Unsealed Letter’ can be messages, thoughts or ideas that have been thought through and are now being translated to the written word. This also shows writing books, articles, e-mails along with verbal messages of all kinds. The ‘Vital and Confidential Information’ is obviously something important. Should it be shared with all or only a few? Remember to employ integrity in all that is said and thought.
Keywords: Wearing your heart on your sleeve. Shared thoughts and feelings. Declaring what needs to be said. “Dear John” letters. Laying one’s self on the line through writing things down. Diaries. Letters. Penmanship. Messages of intent. Things said out loud. Confidences.
The Caution: Playing games with information. Pretending to conceal for the purposes of deceit. Blurting things out. Not giving any indication of what’s thought. Being upset about having things out in the open. Passing on the secrets of others. Revealing things that shouldn’t be revealed.
The Moon symbolizes: Emotions, moods, mother, family, clan, domestic issues, relationship to home and country. Feelings, sentiments, nourishment, emotional nurturing, monkey chatter mind, lunar and menstrual cycles, clarity of emotions or lunacy. Female energy – yours and others.
Mercury is on Virgo 9: A EXPRESSIONIST PAINTER MAKING A FUTURISTIC DRAWING
This Symbol shows the talent or the need to make drawings or plans for the future, or for being able to see what’s coming up. Individuality and originality seem to be the uppermost requirements. Draw up your plans with an eye to what you want or what’s desirable. How do they look? Have you considered everything? Even against the pressure for a traditional response, it is your individual creativity and forward thinking that is needed. Although a wonderful degree often showing talent, the trick can be that you can get drawn into what you’re doing, dreaming things up to the point where you exclude other priorities in life.
Keywords: Creativity projected into the future. Seeing things ahead of their time. Taking chances. Having the dreamer’s disease. Talent. Seeing things in a different way. Being unrestricted by reality. Time machines and time travel. Artists, architects and engineers. Plans, schemes, blueprints. “When I win the lottery…” Forecasting and prediction. Genius. Sketches. Abstract art.
The Caution: Focusing on tomorrow not today. Not seeing the complete picture. Plans that often come to nothing. Being unrealistic. Losing touch with the real world. Losing enthusiasm. Thinking the worst will happen. Making things up that don’t reflect reality. Being stuck on one version of the future. Living for tomorrow, not today. Distorted reality. Getting lost in abstract thought. Being divorced from the real world.
The Quest Degree for Mercury is Virgo 10: TWO HEADS LOOKING OUT AND BEYOND THE SHADOWS – this Symbol can show the confusion and division that is rather rife in the world at the moment. People are feeling rather polarized, and, we may feel like we’re being ‘observed’, or, we may have arguments with others, or, we may feel like we need to see all sides to each story – something rather hard to achieve in this age of misinformation.
This Symbol implies the ability to see things from many sides, not just one. You may be able to, or need to, see things from two perspectives. This can be a marvelous asset, particularly with the Virgo ability to discriminate and make observations. This Symbol can also imply split personalities or not being able to make one’s mind up. Further, it can show situations where two people are checking each other out, but aren’t able, or allowed, to show themselves, they’re “Beyond the Shadows”. This Symbol asks that you look beyond situations and into the light. People may be afraid to take a chance, just ‘looking out’ and not moving forward.
Keywords: Duality of observation or thought. Being able to see both sides of a situation. Fear being the opposite of faith. People peering and peeking. Secret service and government agencies. Gunfights of the old west. Trench warfare. The media, the press, paparazzi, spies, private detectives. Conspiracy theories. Crossed eyes. Eavesdropping. Voyeurism.
The Caution: Confused by duality of thought. Failing to see the integration and cohesion of more than one perspective. Schizophrenia. Fear freezing up positive attitudes. Debates. Stalemates. Making assumptions without the relevant information. Quarrelling. Not seeing the light. Inability to agree. Bickering with others or with one’s self.
Mercury symbolizes: Mind, thought, communication, memory, expression, intelligence. News, exchanges, chatting, conversations, short journeys, connections with others, telephones, emails, siblings, neighbors, the reasoning mind. Day-to-day activities. Cars, keys, small animals.
Venus is on Cancer 25: LEADER OF PEOPLE WRAPPED IN AN INVISIBLE CLOAK OF POWER – this is a very powerful degree, and, it can be very transformative and healing when we align with a sense of our own inner power. Of course, we will see instances of this shown to us in the outer world, particularly on the political stage. This Symbol can show someone who is on the right path, incredibly strong and centered for right action, but, it can also show people who are ‘too big for their own boots’ – strong arming and showing off when perhaps showing humility and restraint may be the true order of the day.
This Symbol points to ‘Invisible’ levels of ‘Power’ that are cloaking someone. It could show someone who’s powerful, a leader, someone to be reckoned with. There is often an unavoidable need to accept powerful responsibilities and to respond rationally to anything that needs to be done. It is almost as though this has been thrust upon you, but it is as much because you have placed yourself in this position of power and responsibility and you both understand and accept the consequences of the role. Take care not to lord it over others. If this is not about you, it can be about someone in your environment.
Keywords: Leadership and its honors and responsibilities. Powerful descent of energies taking over one’s being. Feeling invincible-one can do nothing wrong. Hugging and being hugged. Sore shoulders. Shawls and cloaks that empower or coverup. Gurus. Quiet, unassuming strength. Charisma, strength and presence. Beautiful coats. Furs. Huge personalities. A man who lives right, and is right, has more power in his silence than another has by his words. Phillips Brooks
The Caution: Outer shows of superiority. Presuming oneself to be more than one is. Megalomania. Not owning one’s magnificence. Being pushy. The weight of the world on one’s shoulders. Abuse of power. Not owning one’s magnificence. Having the weight of the world on your shoulders. People on power trips. Lording it over others.
The Karmic Degree for Venus is Cancer 24: A WOMAN AND TWO MEN (OR A MAN AND TWO WOMEN) CAST AWAY ON A SMALL ISLAND
This Symbol shows people seem locked into some situation, environment or relationship that pushes the boundaries of relationships. There could be too many people, as in relationship triangles, or there could just be too many people to take into consideration as sometimes happens, i.e., when a child intrudes too much into a relationship between adults. You may find that it is difficult to choose what you want as others may have something different to say. Your wants seem to vacillate from one extreme to the other. Perhaps there is a need to get away from those trying to confuse you with conflicting views, although this may sometimes be impossible.
Keywords: Feelings of being fenced in. Too little room to move. Lack of privacy. Relationship triangles. Claustrophobia. Isolation. Love affairs. Too many people or having no one. Having to schedule people’s needs. Competition and rivalry. Polygamy.
The Caution: Not seeing the whole picture. Fighting over ‘territory’. Having too many people to consider. The specter of ‘someone else’. Jealousy. Infidelity. Unacceptable relationships. Sexual infidelity. Misleading relationships. Being shut out of relationship. Fickleness. Not being able to choose. Having too many people to consider. Only being ‘the third wheel’ in a relationship.
The Quest Degree for Venus is Cancer 26: GUESTS ARE READING IN THE LIBRARY OF A LUXURIOUS HOME
This Symbol points to the desire, or the ability, to relax and retire into luxury, being able to do what one wants and to share quiet moments of reflection and sharing with others. There is an opportunity to relax and enjoy your self here and there is time to catch up on the attitudes of others without any pressure. Sharing your ideas, time and energy with others can be rewarding on many levels. This Symbol implies both luxury and indulgence. There does, however, need to be a caution against self-indulgence, as time can slip away if you’re not paying attention to what needs to be done around you.
Keywords: Sharing of thoughts and ideas in an environment of social privilege. Social protocol that says what one should be digesting, emotionally, intellectually or physically. Libraries. Hotel reading rooms. Chatting quietly. Books, magazines. Quiet, knowing atmosphere. Learning and sharing ideas. Having friends over. Relaxing. Taking time off. Study groups.
The Caution: Relating on a superficial level or not being able to relate at all because of social expectations. Being told to “keep quiet”. Not saying what one really feels. Focusing on the mind, not the heart. Not being invited to the inner circle. Special privileges for the few.
Venus symbolizes: Relatedness, cooperation, what attracts you. The experience of sweetness, beauty or delight. Social interactions, love, friends, how you reach out to people. Feminine persona, relationship with mother and females. Money, possessions, sense of values.
Mars is on Leo 21: INTOXICATED CHICKENS DIZZILY FLAP THEIR WINGS TRYING TO FLY
The very best addictive drugs are produced by our bodies when we’re in romantic/erotic love. Barbara Sher
This Symbol can indicate the loss of reality or rational reactions. Often it shows not being in touch with what’s realistically possible and what’s worth trying. There can be an attempt to do too much or too soon or before maturing enough to be capable of doing it. Still, trying to do things that are outside one’s natural sphere can be a good thing, as long as you don’t overreach and cause damage. Sometimes, first attempts at a new experience may prove less than elegant or skillful. Soon you’ll look back with amusement at these early attempts. Find enjoyment in the “Intoxication”, but come back to earth when the feelings vanish.
Keywords: False courage. Inexperience. Trying to do something beyond the bounds of experience or possibility. Getting “out of it” in order to escape something. Getting all het-up over tiny or illusive prospects. Alcohol and drugs and the allure of escapism. Drinking binges. Ecstasy. Hangovers. Attempting to do the impossible.
The Caution: Giddiness, lightheadedness, unwanted side effects. Getting nowhere. Inability to ground things in reality. Making a fool of one’s self. Intoxication that inhibits seeing what’s really possible. Alcoholism and drug habits. Losing reality. Mindlessness that confuses or misleads. Going too far too fast. Forgetting who or where you are.
The Quest Degree for Mars is Leo 22: A CARRIER PIGEON FULFILLING ITS MISSION
This Symbol implies a clear sense of purpose and direction, even a sense of divine guidance. The ‘Carrier Pigeon’ may have to go through hardships and obstacles in order to deliver the message it is carrying or to complete the mission. This can be about bridging communications between people or conveying something that someone needs to hear or know. Pigeons were trained to deliver very important messages and some won honors and medals. Be sure that the end is in sight and there is a prize to be won in bringing a message to those who need it. Whatever this Symbol is speaking about, someone has a “Mission” that needs to be fulfilled.
Keywords: Bringer of good tidings and news. Creating lines of communication. Completing tasks. Feeling like one is on a mission. Finding out what’s truly going on. Having a sense of destiny. Receiving orders from a higher authority. Being magnetically aligned. Pigeons, doves. Not being put off the track no matter what. Mail. Flying home.
The Caution: Gossip. Messages that are not useful to anyone or are outworn and old. Needing recognition and applause for doing simple things. Useless information. Putting a lot of effort into something that is not worth it. “Stool pigeons”. Working until one drops from exhaustion. Being so one-pointed that you forget other parts of your life.
Mars symbolizes: Drive, determination or agenda, how you get to your goals. How you express and handle anger, ambition, assertion of self and ability to step forward. The male principle, sexuality, the ability to step up to the plate when one needs to. Fight or flight.
Jupiter is on Libra 21: A CROWD UPON A BEACH
Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded. Yogi Berra
This implies getting along with people with a live-and-let-live approach. People enjoy the outdoors and each other as they leave behind the stresses and strains of modern life in order to get more in touch with their bodies and their environment whilst having fun and relaxing. At times you may feel the need to get out into the open air or spend time with others or get in touch with your emotions. Joining with people of like mind in a natural setting, in a free and easy way, you can feel the release that can come from reminding yourself of the wonders of nature. Any feelings of what needs to be done should be put aside as you enjoy, relax and play.
Keywords: Simple gatherings and sharing in natural values. Watching people swim, run, skip and play. People getting loose and revealing their bodies. Remembering the basic elements of life. Marveling at nature. Getting back to the basics of life. Enjoyment. Relaxing social constraints. Picnic hampers, towels, sunblock. Wanting a tan. Queues and lines. Swimming in the collective unconsciousness. Leisure times.
The Caution: Avoiding close interaction with others. Being just one of many who desire their moment in the sun. Drowning –with others or alone. Sunburn. Sunstroke. Feeling like just one of the many. Dehydration. Traffic that hampers flow. Loneliness.
The Karmic Degree for Jupiter is Libra 20: A JEWISH RABBI IN A TINY ROOM FULL OF MANUSCRIPTS AND BOOKS, PERFORMING HIS DUTY –
This Symbol implies a person having the role of administering the spiritual and ethical laws and rituals and rules for living in their society. No matter how large or small the role is, this Symbol implies being in touch with one’s roots and studying and learning how to translate the lessons and the benefits for others. There is age old wisdom and established tradition which has survived to this day and you may need to access this knowledge though instruction or an inner search in order to deal with situations. There are “Duties” and ceremonies that need to be performed, either for your self of your community. Do what’s needed with faith and reverence.
Keywords: Connection with ancient sources of truth and understanding. Faith in abiding laws. Inherited wisdom. Ancient books. Fundamentalism. Rituals, social and otherwise. Initiation ceremonies. Book work. Studying and worshipping. Doing deeds on behalf of the community. Religious services. Writings that reveal rules for living. Lawyers. Advocates. Hidden knowledge.
The Caution: Religious dogmatism. Racial prejudice (given or received). Following the rules of “the book”. Sticking to what convention says. Losing one’s sense of individuality. Over-inflated sense of self. Distrust or hate of different religions, backgrounds or ethnic origins. Restrictive rules.
Jupiter symbolizes: The big picture, expansion, exploration, aspirations, religious and philosophical ideals, issues to do with traveling, foreign lands, people and traditions, culture, education, generosity, luck, abundance, support, optimism. Insight through knowledge and wisdom.
Saturn is retrograde on Sagittarius 22: A CHINESE LAUNDRY
This Symbol pictures situations where people may not be taken seriously, are expected to perform in a stereotypical way or are shut away because of their culture, or language, or because of racial prejudice. In a “Chinese Laundry” people are often working very hard with little free time and expected to do the ‘dirty work’ for others for very little in return. Be careful not to shut yourself away as there can be the danger of closing your mind to other options, opportunities and possibilities. This can also picture situations where people are working closely together, speaking the same language, although here, too, there can still be alienation and loneliness.
Keywords: Restrictive expectations. Relations with others because of social duty. Performing tasks. Mediocrity, or the fear of it. Washing machines and dryers. Money and other laundering. Laws and legislation based on social and racial inequality. Issues of belonging. Cleaning up for others. The search for purity. Institutions that inhibit individuality. Convents. Stereotyping people. Work and the rewards it should bring.
The Caution: Giving in to prejudice. Self-inflicted sense of inferiority that can lead to missed opportunities for relating. Feeling trapped with no way out. Not being taken seriously. Doing menial jobs with little reward or real return. Slave labor. Lack of individual identity. Shutters to keep the world out.
The Quest Degree for Saturn is Sagittarius 23: A GROUP OF IMMIGRANTS FULFILLING THE REQUIREMENTS FOR ENTERING A NEW COUNTRY
This Symbol shows finding a new way of life, a new country or nationality, or new place to live and raise a family. It shows the possibility and hope for better things and a new way of life. Whether you are an “Immigrant” or someone looking to move onto new territory, you need to be prepared to venture out into new adventures for the promise that’s offered. Once you’ve “Fulfilled the Requirements”, you can move into this brand new life and reap the rewards. There may need to be adjustments about the way one communicates one’s thoughts and ideas – be receptive to this new way of life and you’ll learn much. Reorientation of self. Learning new languages or customs. Passing tests (or not). Asylum. Immigration. The Statue of Liberty. Papers. Qualifications. Refugees. Laws. Borders.
Keywords: Reorientation of selfhood. Needing to change things in order to accept a new reality. The necessity of learning new languages or customs to fit in. Visas, passports, papers. Illegal immigrants. Boat people. Customs officials and regulations. Baggage and luggage. Shipping. Qualifications and certifications. Identification. Asylum. Immigration officers. Papers and qualifications that include or exclude. Refugees. Laws. Borders. Ellis Island. Throwing away the known in pursuit of the unknown.
The Caution: Entering new situations with inflexible traditions. Issues of social or racial prejudice, or the suspicion of it. Red tape getting in the way of enjoying life. Those not living up to requirements. Not getting successfully through the paperwork. Being untrue to oneself in order to be accepted. Being rejected or sent back.
Saturn symbolizes: Authority, rules, discipline and obligation The heavy stuff. What we fear, loss, karma, aging, the establishment, orthodoxy, tradition, status, the concept of time, walls, boundaries, limits, older people, restrictions, patience, conquering difficulties.
Uranus is stationing retrograde on Aries 29: THE MUSIC OF THE SPHERES
This Symbol speaks of the beauty of music and harmony and it is particularly intuitive. It doesn’t matter if things are going well or not, if you are in tune with the inner voice, this can show an inner accord with your path. Savor the lessons that come and know that everything happens in its own time and you’ll grow in wisdom. ‘The Music of the Spheres’ can show attuning to the messages of astrology, numerology, mathematics and science. Sing, tune into the planets, listen to music, dance and celebrate life.
Keywords: Voices bringing messages. Attuning to the messages inherent in astrology. Harmonies, chords, keys, octaves, tones. Things heard. Natural harmony of life. The beauty of the planets. The measurement of time. Circadian rhythms. Dancing to the wind. The humming of bees. Days of the week. The sound of water over rocks or crystals. The planets speaking through or to you. Sending love. The atomic clock. Harmonics. Musical ratios. Numbers. Numerology. Sound healing.
The Caution: Inflating rational ideas to appear to be inspired thought. Delusion or enlightenment? Getting lost in abstractions. Loving only the sound of one’s own voice.
Uranus symbolizes: The unexpected, things that are individual or ‘different’. Charged, energetic dynamics, electricity, light, lightning bolts, sudden changes, those who live on the fringe of society. Sudden turns and twists of fate. Rebellion, surprises, liberation, freedom.
Neptune is retrograde on Pisces 14: A LADY WRAPPED IN FOX FUR
This shows being able to present an image that shows intelligence, cleverness, glamour and beauty, along with knowing how to move in social circles. The “Lady Wrapped in Fox Fur” is someone who’s sure of themselves, able to bend to situations and have situations bend to their own desires. It often shows getting out of, or into, anything they want. You can present an image that enhances your position in society. Intelligence and wit will probably see you through, with others noticing your beauty, grace or intellect. If, however, the guise was stripped away, would you still express the same qualities? You may have to display your capabilities because of negative prejudice, chauvinism, or being underestimated.
Keywords: Outer expressions of real inner worth. Animal magnetism and attraction. Intelligence and its display. Cloaks of feminine wit and sexuality. Beguiling minds. Animal totems and furs. Perceived beauty. The sense of having class and money. Beauty, fashion and talent. Being forward and upfront. Sense of personal style. Grace and composure. Elegance. Knowing what to say and when. Dressing up. Money spent on beauty. Tempting others with sexual signals. Perfumes. Pheromones. Taxidermy.
The Caution: False fronts and expressions of wealth. Selling out for momentary, or monetary, gain. Wrapped in intellectual superficiality. The fatal allure of beauty. Scoring points solely through charisma. Being so caught up in fashion and glamor that one loses a true sense of self. Being overdressed.
Neptune symbolizes: Mystical, “out there,” spirituality and con artists. Dreams, mysteries, mystics and religious issues. Intuition, clairvoyance, seeing into the invisible. Addictive, chaotic, charming, deceptive, illusory, co dependent, sensory awareness.
Pluto is retrograde on Capricorn 18: THE UNION JACK FLIES FROM A NEW BRITISH WARSHIP
This Symbol talks about supervision, border protection and control. There can be a feeling of having to oversee a large ’empire’ where reliability and leadership are vital. This can be a tiring responsibility, but there can be an awareness of the protection of ‘all who went before’. However, political and social restraints from the past could be causing you to feel that you’ve somehow got to ‘wage war’. Issues to do with the government can come up, whether you agree with what they do or not. You may be confronted with having to make your presence felt and guard your territory. Effective supervision will help you to relax.
Keywords: Colonialism. Protectionism. The government, big business and the media. Class-consciousness. Power and political displays. Displays of “law and order”. Border patrols and protection. Strength and might. Nationalism. Royalty. The ruling elite. Supervision. The armed forces. Patrols. Pitting people against each other. Empires. Victory bringing riches. The mother country. The struggle against decline. Flags. Imperialism. The Commonwealth. The rule of law. Brexit
The Caution: Artificial shows of strength. Bullying from the “big guys”. Being armed “to the teeth”. Strong-arm tactics. Disrespect for authority. People or institutions that throw their weight around. Anarchy. Traitors. Being anti-establishment. Social disintegration. War games. Civil wars. Feeling squeezed by authority. Rebellion. Civilian lives lost for political causes. Governing forces that deny individual rights. Invasions. Being defensive.
Pluto symbolizes: Unconscious motivations, depth psychology, history. Sex, procreation at a deep level, intensity, profound emotions, taking hold of one’s power. Being king or queen of one’s underworld. Strength, survival mode instincts. Big money. Big power. The Plutocracy. Power vs power struggles.
Chiron is retrograde on Pisces 28: A FERTILE GARDEN UNDER THE FULL MOON
This shows enjoying nature and the fruits of your life, your country, your culture. There’s often a sense that one has all that’s needed, and emotions can be running high. The “Fertile Garden” signifies that you have things that you need at your disposal. This Symbol has a strong clairvoyant sense to it, with the ability to pick up on subtle energies and life forms in the environment. You’ll get a lot of opportunities to enjoy the moment, but keep a sense of equilibrium, as soon the energy will be on the wane and you’ll have to get back to more practical, everyday tasks.
Keywords: Fullness and fertility. Peak of energy and experiences. Brilliantly active unconscious life. Cycles. Waiting for the right time to approach or handle a situation. The effect of the moon. Astrology and predictive practices. The time for harvesting the rewards of hard work. Nature sprites. Vegetables, herbs and nature’s bounty.
The Caution: Too many possibilities. Psychic confusion. Difficulty sleeping or shutting down the mind. Missed opportunities. Night shadows. Jealous protection of possessions. Not being able to make one’s mind up because of the number of possibilities. Emotions that get out of hand.
Chiron symbolizes: Our wounds, Chiron is known as The Wounded Healer. The wounds are The Stories That We Tell Ourselves, it is where we have to focus on healing, it can show things that are out of shape or misplaced or in need of repair.
The Moon’s North Node is on Leo 25: A LARGE CAMEL CROSSING A VAST AND FORBIDDING DESERT
Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. T.S. Eliot
The Promised Land always lies on the other side of a wilderness. Havelock Ellis
This Symbol implies the need to push ahead in difficult times, going alone and coping even in the most difficult circumstances. It also shows being self-sufficient, or someone with a big journey to complete. You may find that your situation has been like an arduous journey, but there could still be further to go. Be confident that you have the reserves to survive and the endurance to succeed. Although you may like the company and assistance of others, in the end, you can really rely only on yourself. Self-sufficiency and mental self-control are necessary as is a commitment to get to the other side of your issue.
Keywords: Completing a journey. Protecting oneself from spiritual “sunstroke”. Tests of karma. Taking on daunting tasks. Taking one step at a time. Feeling totally at home. Provisions that nurture and satisfy. Camels, caravans, oasis, mirages, water, deserts. Stamina and fortitude. Crossing to the other side. Endurance. Thirst. Survival against the odds. Transport. Bad backs. Back packs. Cargo. Saddling up.
The Caution: Not preparing properly and running out of reserves. Feeling weighed down and in danger of not making it through. Not seeing the big picture. Lack of sustenance. Big plans with no backup. Taking on huge tasks when one shouldn’t. Being daunted by huge projects. Mirages that confuse objectives.
The Moon’s North Node symbolizes: This is known as quite a ‘karmic point’ (although all planets and points in a chart can be’karmic’). One’s destiny in this life. The things you are meant to integrate, move towards, become. Destined relationships and relationship issues can show up here.
The Moon’s South Node is on Aquarius 25: A BUTTERFLY WITH THE RIGHT WING MORE PERFECTLY FORMED
Let us take things as we find them: let us not attempt to distort them into what they are not. We cannot make facts. All our wishing cannot change them. We must use them. John Henry Cardinal Newman
This Symbol shows the ability, or the need, to find balance, to find your center so that you might be more effective, stable and organized. As the “Butterfly” has a “Right Wing More Perfectly Formed”, you may be applying your rational logical mind out of balance to your intuitive and creative wisdom, or, vice versa. It is often harder to understand your intuitive messages, but reliance on logic can limit your possibilities. However, not applying logic can lead to big problems as well. There can be physical handicaps which may prevent one from truly doing what one wants, or strange imbalances on the spiritual level.
Keywords: Rising above life’s distortions. A need to bring some type of balance to situations. Injuries or problems with hands or arms. One side being more ‘Perfect’ than the other. The ‘Right’ being better than the left. Mutations. Handicaps. Challenges. Disabilities. Impediments.
The Caution: Imbalances and physical distortions. Asymmetry. An imbalance of functions leading to involuntary flapping around. Distortions of reactions or of the truth. Lopsidedness. Hindrances. Being at a disadvantage. Feeling incapacitated. Judging beauty on external appearances.
The Moon’s South Node symbolizes: Past karmic patterns to be overcome, can be habits that are good, but can describe things, relationships, issues that you need to let go of, or, hold you back from manifesting your true destiny. Relationships that feel karmic and difficult, memories from the past.
This Weekend’s Love Horoscope: Relationship Goals
Your love horoscope for the weekend of August 18-20, 2017
You can sense the excitement in the air. You know something magnificent is about to happen in your love life, but since it hasn’t happened yet, you’re filled with glorious anticipation. Monday’s Solar Eclipse in Leo will set the new love vibes into motion.
But first, this weekend, you’ll enjoy Mars in Leo at a friendly angle to Jupiter, the planet of expansion, now in relationship-oriented Libra. There will be a passionate pursuit of whatever it is you want most in your partnership. Go for yours!
This Weekend’s Romantic Rating*
* Heart ratings are based on the lunar cycle. They range from low to full, with low indicating a rocky weekend for romance and full indicating plenty of passionate potential.
Your Daily Horoscopes for Saturday, August 19th
Your tendency to play it safe in the first half of the day is astrological, dear Aries. In fact, it fills a current need. This is the time of the lunar month when you check in with your feelings and family or spend extra time concerned with domestic matters. Your search for more comfort, security, and safety prepares you for a decidedly more outgoing period ahead. In two days, a Solar Eclipse will occur in your creative and romantic sector, and you’ll receive a charge of energy for romance, children, creativity, and entertainment. You are in need of quality leisure time and channels for expressing yourself creatively, and you’ll be working on these things going forward. Today and tomorrow, take the time to reflect and finish up projects that may interfere with your New Moon/Solar Eclipse resolutions and goals and take the opportunity to get in touch with your heart.
There is an increasing focus in August on your personal life and home or family matters, dear Taurus, and the need for more down time as well. However, until the afternoon, you’re likely to crave some excitement or, at the very least, a busy pace. At times, you may feel a little too connected, however, as people may be up and down with their communications. With all that’s going on, it’s difficult getting in touch with your deeper emotions, but this will change, starting this afternoon. As well, Monday’s Solar Eclipse will bring a cosmic nudge to make improvements to your home life and your inner life. Today and tomorrow, you might think about putting projects to rest or simply to the side if possible so that you can embrace your New Moon/Solar Eclipse resolutions and goals. Reconnecting with your need for familiarity, comfort, and security is important now. All-new projects can wait.
The first half of today is best used for settling in or building something important to you, dear Gemini. There may be some concerns or ups and downs related to money or valuables, and possibly matters of respect in relationships, but nothing you can’t handle. You’re not inclined to linger on problem areas, that is, unless the tools for fixing them are right in front of you – such is the nature of the solar second house where the Moon is a guest now. From the afternoon forward, however, the Moon moves into your communications sector, shaking things up and stimulating your desire to reach out and make connections. In two days, a Solar Eclipse will occur in this same sector, and it’s a game-changer. The weeks and even months ahead are ripe for new beginnings on learning and connecting levels and cleaning your slate in these areas. The Moon is Balsamic today and tomorrow, however, and it’s appropriate for reflecting and considering new goals, but not for beginning something brand new. It is, however, great for bringing something to completion or ending a bad habit or situation.
In the first half of the day, it’s not easy to hide your feelings as the Moon transits your sign, dear Cancer. Even if you’re not verbally expressing them, they are written on your face! Feelings are larger than life now, but it’s good for you if you use this energy moderately. You’ll benefit from self-awareness especially since a Solar Eclipse occurring on Monday is set to redirect your interests and provide you with the opportunity to start fresh, particularly on financial and self-worth levels. You are one of the zodiac signs that’s a little more grounded than others during this period, even though the Moon’s involvement in any Solar Eclipse tends to heighten your sensitivity levels since the Moon rules your sign. Avoid brand-new endeavors today, as it’s a better few days for reflecting and observing. Tap into a craving for steadiness and security emerging from the afternoon forward and consider what you need to do to get more of it!
When the Moon visits your privacy sector and then your sign each lunar month, dear Leo, things get personal. You’re more sensitive to the emotional atmosphere around you, and you take things to heart more than usual. Today, the Moon divides its time between both sectors of your chart, and, with a Solar Eclipse set to occur on Monday in the sign of Leo, you’re in a particularly emotionally-charged time. This is a critical juncture for getting in touch with your intuition. Today, consider ways you can tie up loose ends so that you can begin a new power cycle with more confidence and self-knowledge. You have a greater need for moments of quiet and solitude so that you can regroup today, and you should grab any opportunities to do so. Remember that this is a magical time for personal reinvention. Today and tomorrow, do what you can to reflect and muse about what you want for yourself. Consider ways to let go of attitudes that have been holding you back from personal success.
In the first half of the day, dear Virgo, you tend to turn to friends, cherished dreams, or special projects for nurturance and inspiration with the Moon in your solar eleventh house. You prefer cooperative or solo activities to competitive ones. You’re doing more thinking, wishing, and planning than anything now, but this is for the best as the current Moon cycle is drawing to a close. Reflective activities are favored over new beginnings until after the Solar Eclipse on Monday (and then some). The Moon moves into your privacy and soul sector this afternoon, and this is the same sector where the eclipse will influence, so today and tomorrow are excellent for getting in touch with your feelings and dreams. If you’ve been neglecting your spiritual and emotional needs, you’ll receive a cosmic nudge to do so in the coming week.
In the first half of the day, the Moon, sitting at the top of your chart, stimulates heightened awareness of your reputation, responsibilities, and performance, dear Libra. Distractions interfere today, no doubt about it, but you’ll get a chance to tackle at least one thing on your to-do list this morning. In fact, it’s best that you do, since your mood depends on your sense of accomplishment today. From afternoon forward, the Moon in your solar eleventh house encourages you to pay particular attention to who you meet and ideas that come to you through people and networking. The New Moon/Solar Eclipse occurring on Monday will influence this same sector of friendships, networking, community involvement, new ideas, technology, and aspirations. Your state of mind can help pave the way for new beginnings in these areas, so do your best to get into a positive mindset. Today and tomorrow, think and process rather than push ahead with new endeavors.
In the first half of the day, you seek out (or long for) more freedom, open spaces, and fresh air, dear Scorpio. This is the case when the Moon transits your adventure and spirit sector. Routines are good for you, but so are moments when you break out of them temporarily to do something new and different. If you can’t seem to break free, then be sure to take creative breaks. Today and tomorrow are better for freestyling than for brand new launches with a Solar Eclipse set to occur on Monday at the top of your solar chart. The Moon gets into position from the afternoon forward, making it a fine time to prepare for the clean slate it will bring. Consider what you truly want to aspire to, or what projects you want to direct your energies into. Right now, finding ways to leave behind interfering attitudes and projects can be helpful as all-new endeavors are best saved for later when your direction is clearer.
The need or desire to share, create, learn, explore, and connect is certainly building in your life these days, dear Sagittarius, and this theme will get a big boost with Monday’s Solar Eclipse. Even so, the first half of today finds you in an observant, introspective, and retiring mood. This is helpful, in fact, since relaxing and winding down are important in the days before a New Moon, and particularly a New Moon Solar Eclipse. You might relish a little time to yourself, tucked away. The Moon’s move into your adventure sector this afternoon can help set the mood, but keep in mind that it’s better to close up projects and tie up loose ends than begin something brand new now. Consider which attitudes or situations may need to be left behind in order to move forward freer and lighter on an emotional level.
The Moon transits your partnership sector until the afternoon today, dear Capricorn, and this is the time of the lunar month when you’re more dependent on others, particularly a partner or good buddy. You seek out company, collaboration, and feedback, although the latter may not always be very welcome! Even so, you are learning a lot about yourself through your dealings and exchanges. You may feel strongly about achieving a more balanced, harmonious atmosphere around you right now. In two days, a New Moon/Solar Eclipse will occur, and it’s a time for turning over a new leaf. As it happens in the background of your solar chart, it may be a little less significant to you than other signs. The Moon moves into your sharing and intimacy sector this afternoon, where the eclipse will occur on Monday, and you can begin your reflections about how you want to improve your life. The weeks and even months ahead are excellent for getting rid of burdens or sharing their weight of them with someone special. Today and tomorrow, think, process, feel, and reflect.
In the first half of the day, you’re focused on bringing more order to your life, dear Aquarius. You see what’s in disarray more clearly, and should now focus on righting things one step at a time to avoid a feeling of being overwhelmed. Be reasonable with yourself, and you’ll accomplish much! You’re unlikely to tackle the big decisions right now, and that’s probably for the best. The Moon moves into your partnership sector this afternoon, where a Solar Eclipse will occur on Monday bringing a charge of energy for starting a new partnership or committing to a new way of enhancing a current relationship. Take in now, and take action after the eclipse and only when it feels right. Consider ways to improve, enhance, and enjoy existing relationships and make it a goal to get in touch with what you want from your partnerships. Today and tomorrow before the eclipse, we are symbolically in the dark, so hold off on new beginnings and concentrate on letting go of things you no longer need.
The first half of the day is good for enjoying big feelings, spending time with people you like, and entertainment, dear Pisces, but not as fabulous for productivity. That’s, in fact, quite fine since the eclipse on Monday is set to change all of this, emphasizing work, health, and the practical side of your world in the weeks (and possibly months) ahead. The Moon’s move into the same sector this afternoon gets you in the right mind frame. The solar eclipse in two days will bring a redirection of sorts, and until then, it’s appropriate to consider what you’re looking for in the work and health department so that your new beginnings will be all the more meaningful. Some of you could be doing a top-to-bottom reorganization of your workspace or home. Whatever gets you more organized and feeling in charge of your daily life is favored now. Take it easy, though, as the Balsamic Moon encourages letting go and reflecting rather than pushing ahead of yourself.
If You Were Born Today, August 19
You are a big dreamer, and while you can worry and fret quite a bit in your youth, as you gain experience and connect with your inner code and spirituality, you become wise and more content. You are not always easy for others to understand! However, you do understand others instinctively. Your intuition is nothing short of outstanding. Even so, your mind is highly analytical. You are sensitive and warm, and a bit of a perfectionist. You dream big dreams, and sometimes are quite discontented with everyday realities. You can stretch the truth sometimes as a result. A natural leader, you tend to enjoy being the first to do new things. You have personal charisma, and whatever you do, your individuality shines through. You tend to attract hard-working, ambitious, and loyal partners into your life.
Famous people born today: Coco Chanel, Matthew Perry, Bill Clinton, John Stamos, Gene Roddenberry, Tammin Sursok, Jonathan Frakes.
Get a Jump on Tomorrow….
Your Daily Horoscopes for Sunday, August 19th
Claire Petulengro, The Astrology Room
ARIES (March 21st-April 20th)
You’ve gone through a challenging time in relationships and you’ve had to do without many of the things which make your life a nicer place to be. Close ones may seem as if they don’t appreciate you but today you discover they do.
TAURUS (April 21st-May 21st)
Resist the temptation to throw good money after bad, to save face from what hasn’t gone in your favour. You’ll get far more respect if you put your hands up to what wasn’t working. Cancelled meetings are clues as to which path is NOT for you.
GEMINI (May 22nd-June 21st)
It seems that a certain person’s presence is grating on you more and more by the day. You begin to understand what needs to change for you to feel as if you are in the driving seat again.
CANCER (June 22nd-July 23rd)
You seem so much more confident than you did this time last month. You’ve realised that the things you were worried about are not actually a threat to you, but are in fact part of a learning curve which can’t hurt you.
LEO (July 24th-August 23rd)
Don’t let pride stand in the way of doing what’s right for your career. It seems that learning and education are favoured and if you have to take a reverse motion to find a better path to take, then so be it.
VIRGO (August 24th-September 23rd)
Recent events have left you slightly shocked and bewildered. You are not sure who you can or should trust. Rest and do something which you know relaxes you this evening. It will help you find clarity of thought and action.
LIBRA (September 24th-October 23rd)
You thought you had to stick to a plan, but from today you find out that you have the right and free will to make your own way forward in the days ahead. A confrontation today requires you to keep your cool and remember your manners.
SCORPIO (October 24th-November 22nd)
All forms of communications, texts, e mails and letters make your life a more interesting place to be. You no longer fight to get what want, but exciting offers will be landing in your lap.
SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd-December 21st)
Try not to repeat news which is not yours to share. You would be far better to let fate be the judge of how others can and should live their lives. Telling tales will only come back on you.
CAPRICORN (December 22nd-January 20th)
Paying attention to detail today will give you the edge. Don’t be afraid to give up some of your own time to get the end result you desire. Conversations had in passing can fill in many missing blanks.
AQUARIUS (January 21st-February 19th)
I see how much pressure is on you to do what others deem is the right thing, but you have rights too Aquarius. Try not to judge a friend’s new partner too soon. You have far more in common than you may first imagine.
PISCES (February 20th-March 20th)
You are still dealing with some pretty painful emotions, but all that you’re experiencing is only serving to make you a more ambitious and learned character. Talking to fellow Pisces helps you reach some very valid conclusions.
Tarot Card of the Day
Three of Wands
This suit, most often called “Wands” and sometimes called “Rods” or “Staves,” represents initiative, ambition, drive and desire. This is the suit of enterprise and risk-taking.
A Three in this suit symbolizes an inner balance that allows you to feel more optimistic about new endeavors you are committed to, or want to commit to. In the illustrated Tarots, the human character is standing on his balcony, watching ships leave the harbor, loaded with his goods for far-off ports, dreaming of the fortune he will reap if all goes well. Summon the optimism within you.
This energy must be patient and trusting, because he or she will have to wait some time to find out how the ships have fared. Meanwhile, a lot of resources are tied up until they return with the bounty. Only those truly confident in their ideas and abilities would undertake such a risk. This card represents the energy a person needs to take on great adventures and accomplish noble (and remunerative) deeds.
A detail that sometimes appears in the more esoteric Tarots is a winged wand with two snakes twining around it, called the Caduceus, which is Mercury’s wand. This is an ancient symbol of the healer or shaman, one who can travel between the worlds to rescue souls from death or possession. Perhaps the feeling of empowerment this card represents points to the internal mechanisms of self-healing. Perhaps it refers to the courage it takes to be an entrepreneur or an inventor, which is in itself a magical process — bringing not only opportunity for success, but also an awakening to higher potentials.
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Daily Love Tarot
Daily Erotic Tarot
You’ve drawn the Sun card, so be prepared for your sex life to sizzle very soon! Things have been heating up between you and someone else for a long time now, and the simultaneous climax of your merger should be explosive. You’re bursting with self-confidence and positive energy which draws the same to you. You aren’t hiding anything, but somehow you don’t feel exposed. Getting frisky outside or in public places right now is hot, hot, hot!
Your Daily Rune for August 19th is Tiwaz
“What is higher than the self is the Self become Higher.”
Tiwaz – “Tea-waz” – Literally: “The god, Tyr” – Esoteric: Justice, Sacrifice
Rune of the balance and justice ruled from a higher rationality. The rune of sacrifice of the individual (self) for well-being of the whole (society).
Psi: spiritual warrior, honour, righteousness
Energy: sovereign order, sacrifice, right decision making
Mundane: the rule of law, fairness, peace keeping
Divinations: faith, loyalty, justice, rationality, self-sacrifice, analysis, victory, honesty, even-handedness; or mental paralysis, over analysis, over-sacrifice, injustice, imbalance, defeat, tyranny.
Obtaining just victory and success in battle, litigation or legal matters
Building spiritual will and development of sound judgement
Develops the power of positive self-sacrifice
Develops the “force of faith” in magic and religion
Your Karmic Number for August 19th
This 9 indicates that you are being called to teach but you have a disdain for the classroom. There are other ways of teaching that do not include standing before others who are judging you or expressing boredom. Start with what you love to do and work through ways of using your interests as tools to educate. Your enthusiasm is what will make teaching seem less like a chore. People are attracted to those who are enjoying their lives; it will be the very thing that helps them decide to engage in what you have to say. No one will ever realize that what you share is a teaching moment.
Your Animal Spirit for Today
August 19, 2017
Wake up! Cardinal is chirping at you—bringing a message of personal power. Stop shrinking from your destiny. Stop pretending that you are less than. If you are unsure of your path, ask Cardinal to fly with you—it’s certain he will help you focus, gain clarity, formulate a plan, become self-assured, and step out into the world with the confidence befitting a person of your power.
Crack the Cookie
The Wisdom of Buddha
The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows.
Cosmic Weather for Monday, August 21
by Jane Lyle, The Astrology Room
Monday 21st August:
Going for Gold: New Moon and Total Solar Eclipse in Leo the Lion
So this is the big one – the much anticipated ‘Great American Eclipse’ of 2017. However much we might sneer at people in the distant past who were deeply unsettled by an eclipse, there’s still something awesome about seeing the bright Sun disappear behind a black disc. You can see the stars, and all the birds stop singing.
You can find out more about this powerful, pivotal event – and how it might affect you, those around you, and Donald Trump – in ‘Going for Gold’: Moon Diary Eclipse Special.
The NASA Eclipse website with maps of the eclipse path is here:
How to watch Monday’s eclipse online
Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and founded EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. “Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers,” she says.
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A Little Humor for Your Day
And Goddess Made Dogs & Cats
Man said, “Goddess, when I was in the garden, you walked with me every day. Now I do not see you anymore. I am lonesome here, and it is difficult for me to remember how much you love me.”
And the Goddess said, “No problem! I will create a companion for you that will be with you forever, who will be a reflection of my love for you, so that you will love me even when you cannot see me. Regardless of how selfish or childish or unlovable you may be at times, this new companion will accept you as you are and will love you as I do, in spite of yourself.”
And the Goddess created a new animal to be a companion for Man. And it was a good animal. And the Goddess was pleased. And the new animal was pleased to be with Man, and he wagged his tail a lot.
And Man said, “Goddess, I have already named all the animals on your Earth. I cannot think of a name for this new animal.”
And the Goddess said, “No problem! Because I have created this new animal to be a reflection of my love for you, his name will be a partial reflection of my own name, and you will call him DOG.”
And DOG lived with Man, was a companion to him, and loved him. And DOG was beside Man, all the day long. And Man was comforted. And the Goddess was pleased. And DOG was content and wagged his tail.
After a while, it came to pass that Man’s spirit guide came to the Goddess and said, “Mother, Man has become filled with pride. He struts and preens like a peacock, and he believes he is worthy of adoration. DOG has indeed taught him that he is loved, but perhaps too well.”
And the Goddess said, “No problem! I will create for him a companion who will be with him forever, who will see him as he is. The companion will remind him of his limitations, so he will know that he is not always worthy of adoration.”
And the Goddess created CAT to be a companion to Man.
And CAT would not obey Man. And CAT would love Man when CAT chose to love Man, and not when Man chose CAT to share affection.
And when Man gazed into CAT’s eyes, he was reminded that he was not the supreme being. And Man learned humility.
And the Goddess was pleased. And Man was greatly improved. And DOG was happy, and wagged his tail.
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