I got to thinking this morning, since the office is nice and quiet, except for Jacob & the killer Pomeranian being here, that perhaps you thought I was trying to pull some scam over on you. What do I mean by that, I have an office full of women who are assisting us in any way possible. Unfortunately, that could not be the furthest from the truth. There is no one here except for me. I put out today’s digest, no one else was around. I called them from out of state and told them to lock the doors on the place and go home. That was while we were out of state, when Mystie passed. I honestly believed that when I returned they wouldn’t like the person coming back. Right now it is a constant fight between the black witch I was and the witch I am now. The temptation grows every day. I told you once a black witch, a part of that stays with you. It waits for the right time to surface and with my life the way it has been, it is starting to surface. I can hear it whisper, “you wouldn’t have to beg people for money to feed the boys, you wouldn’t have to work about the lights or water being cut off, you can have it all. Just come back! It is eating at me. I am very angry at the world right now. I have lost someone very special to me and I am angry about it. I don’t want to be around people because I don’t want anyone to see me like this. Doing the daily digest takes my mind off of it for a bit.
I believe the only thing that is keeping me sane and from turning is Mystie’s son, Jacob. We walked in this morning and the first thing he wanted to know was which desk was his mother’s. I showed him and he stayed in her seat the biggest part of the time we were here. He would wander around but he always came back to her desk. Joseph came in for a bit and Jacob grabbed him and told him, “he wanted to show him where their mother had worked.” I watched them and it seemed like I could see Mystie’s spirit hovering around them. They seemed to have a moment of peace, which after so many tears was a relief. They deserve some peace and they deserve their lives to return to normal. Then that little voice in the back of my head came whispering out, “you could give them everything and more. Just come back!” Amazingly enough, I was face to face with Mystie’s spirit. She pointed her finger in my face and told me she knew exactly what I was thinking and added, “don’t you dare!” The boys are getting a rather fast lesson in the life I lead, they saw their mother in my face. Their reaction was mixed to say the least.
You ever have time when you wonder if all the work you have done over the years has meant anything? Those thoughts have run through my mind also. I have wondered if everything I have done over the years have meant a thing to anyone. Its amazing when you have time by yourself the things you can think of. Then I remembered the commitment to the Goddess I made many years ago. Perhaps I had a dark moment of the soul, who knows. But I remembered that and was snapped back to my seses and what really mattered. Raising and seeing what two young boys have what they need, keeping a roof over their head, keeping them fed, hanging on the WOTC for as long as possible and continue the work I started. I decided it might not mean anything to anyone else but it does me. Look around and see how many of these sites are left. See how many you can find.
I will ask one more time for your help in helping me fed my new family, providing them with a place to live and call home and just hang in there to Lord Myst can get back. I hope you understand now it is just me, two boys and a pooch. No one else around, just us. We need your help until I can get a job. Yes, I have started to look for work also. I don’t want to be a “bum” of a witch for the rest of my life.
Well I feel better, it’s all out in the open now and I will leave the rest up to you…..
The Moon is waxing and in its Waxing Gibbous phase.
The First Quarter Moon occurred on the 27th and the Full Moon will occur on October 5th.
Moon in Pisces
The Moon is traveling through Pisces today. You may feel disconnected. Serve others. Listen to music. Paint a picture. Daydream.
We are not inclined to want to face reality while the Moon is in dreamy, impressionable Pisces. It can be a wistful, sensitive, intuitive, and compassionate time. We are especially imaginative, and our intuition reigns under this influence. Boundaries and walls come down, as Pisces energy merges and blends. It’s a time when details are overlooked and feelings defy description.
The Moon in Pisces generally favors the following activities: Imaginative undertakings, mystical or spiritual pursuits, inner development, music and drama, going on a retreat, activities involving water.
The Sky This Week for October 3 to October 8
Tuesday, October 3
Saturn remains a tempting target in this week’s early evening sky. The ringed planet stands 20° above the southwestern horizon as darkness falls. Shining at magnitude 0.5, it appears significantly brighter than any of the background stars in its host constellation, Ophiuchus the Serpent-bearer. Of course, the best views of Saturn come through a telescope, which reveals a 16″-diameter globe surrounded by a spectacular ring system that spans 37″ and tilts 27° to our line of sight.
Wednesday, October 4
The night sky’s most conspicuous harbinger of winter now rises in the east around midnight local daylight time. The constellation Orion the Hunter appears on its side as it rises, with ruddy Betelgeuse to the left of the three-star belt and blue-white Rigel to the belt’s right. As Orion climbs high in the south before dawn, the figure rotates so that Betelgeuse lies at the upper left and Rigel at the lower right of the constellation pattern.
Thursday, October 5
Full Moon occurs at 2:40 p.m. EDT, but our satellite will look completely illuminated all night. You can find it rising in the east shortly after sunset and peaking in the south around 1 a.m. local daylight time. The Moon skims along the border between Cetus the Whale and Pisces the Fish overnight. As the Full Moon closest to the autumnal equinox, which occurred September 22, this is also the Harvest Moon. In early autumn, the Full Moon rises about a half-hour later each night compared with a normal lag close to 50 minutes. The added early evening illumination supposedly helps farmers bringing in their crops.
Venus and Mars appear just 0.2° apart — about half the Full Moon’s diameter — before dawn. The two planets haven’t been this close since November 1995. If you view the pair through binoculars, you’ll also see the 4th-magnitude star Sigma (s) Leonis 0.3° north of Venus. Unfortunately, a telescope doesn’t add much to the scene. Venus measures 11″ across while Mars spans 4″, and both worlds appear nearly full.
Although Neptune reached opposition and peak visibility a month ago, it remains a worthwhile subject. The outermost major planet appears one-third of the way to the zenith in the southeastern sky after darkness falls and climbs highest in the south around 11 p.m. local daylight time. Neptune glows at magnitude 7.8, which is bright enough to spot through binoculars if you know where to look. The trick is to find 4th-magnitude Lambda (l) Aquarii, which lies about 10° southeast of Aquarius’ distinctive Water Jar asterism. This week, Neptune appears 0.6° southeast of the star. When viewed through a telescope, the planet shows a blue-gray disk measuring 2.3″ across. But the big event this evening involves Neptune’s large moon, Triton. Observers in the northeastern United States and eastern Canada can watch the satellite pass directly in front of a 12th-magnitude star. Viewers will see the star dim by 1.4 magnitudes for up to 161 seconds sometime between 7:44 and 8:00 p.m. EDT, depending on location.
Friday, October 6
The second brightest asteroid of 2017 puts on a nice show in October’s sky. Minor planet 7 Iris glows at magnitude 7.5, which is bright enough to see through binoculars from the suburbs. It resides in the constellation Aries the Ram, a region that climbs high in the east by late evening. Iris stands 3° due east of Aries’ brightest star, magnitude 2.0 Hamal (Alpha [a] Arietis), all week.
Saturday, October 7
Uranus reaches opposition in less than two weeks, but it is already a tempting evening target. The ice giant world rises within a half-hour after sunset and climbs more than 30° above the eastern horizon by 10 p.m. local daylight time. The magnitude 5.7 planet lies in Pisces, 1.4° west-northwest of magnitude 4.3 Omicron (o) Piscium. Although Uranus glows brightly enough to see with the naked eye under a dark sky, binoculars make the task much easier. A telescope reveals the planet’s blue-green disk, which spans 3.7″.
Mars reaches aphelion at 6 p.m. EDT, when the planet’s orbital motion carries it farthest from the Sun. It then lies 154.9 million miles (249.2 million kilometers) from our star.
Sunday, October 8
Look high in the east after darkness falls this week and you should see autumn’s most conspicuous star group. The Great Square of Pegasus stands out in the evening sky at this time of year, though it appears balanced on one corner and looks more diamond-shaped. These four almost equally bright stars form the body of Pegasus the Winged Horse. The fainter stars that form the rest of this constellation’s shape trail off to the square’s west.
Mercury passes behind the Sun from Earth’s perspective at 5 p.m. EDT. This means the innermost planet lies on the opposite side of the Sun from Earth and remains hidden in our star’s glare. It will return to view in the evening sky at the end of October
Today is Tuesday, October 3rd
Tuesday is dedicated to the powers of the planet Mars, personified in Ares, Tiwaz, Tiw, Tuisco and Tyr. Tuesday rules controlled power, energy and endurance.
Zodiac Sign: Aries
Rune: Tyr (T)
Celtic Tree Month of Gort(Ivy) – September 30 – October 27
Runic Half-Month of Gyfu(gift) – September 28 – October 12
Goddess of the Month of Hathor – October 3 – October 30
The Pagan Book of Days
Today, Tuesday, October 3rd, We Honor the Goddess of the Month
The Egyptian Goddess
Areas of Influence: Hathor the Egyptian Goddess was a solar Deity who was linked to music, dance, joy, fertility and birth.
She was the personification of the Milky way which was viewed as the celestial waterway upon which both the Sun God Ra and the King sailed. This association also linked her to the flooding of the Nile and the breaking of the waters before birth.
Her role as a fertility Goddess is also high lighted by one of her titles “the gentle cow of Heaven” referring to her plentiful supply of milk which was used to nurse the Pharaoh, making him a Divine being.
After birth mothers were visited by the seven Hathors which determined the fate of their child.
In later times Hathor the Egyptian Goddess became identified with another cow Goddess Bata who in turn was connected to Ba, an aspect of the soul. This is how she came to be associated with the afterlife where she greeted the dead as they began their journey.
It was through the assimilation of Bata and her Sistrum rattle that this Goddess’s link to music and joy became enhanced. In fact there were more festivals dedicated to this Goddess than any other. Her temples were unusually served by Priests of both sexes, musicians and performers. They also housed midwives and dream interpreters.
Hathor the Egyptian Goddess also had a darker side, as the Eye of Ra, she took on the persona of the Goddess Sekhmet. In one myth at the request of her father, she turns into Sekhmet so she can to punish humans for transgressing against him. When she nearly wipes out all of humanity, Ra tries to stop her and eventually succeeds by getting her drunk. She instantly forgets about her task and goes back to being Hathor.
Origins and Genealogy: Daughter of Nut and Ra. In the early myths she is said to be the mother of Horus but this role is later usurped by Isis and she was reduced to being his protector.
Strengths: Joyful and fun loving.
Weaknesses: She does not know when to stop.
The sistrum rattle, the horns and sundisk headdress, the menat a ritual musical necklace and mirrors were all associated with this Goddess.
Hathor the Egyptian Goddess was a depicted as the winged cow of creation who gave birth to the universe. While there are some depictions of Hathor as a woman with a cow’s head, this is mainly found only in the later periods. She was also shown as a woman, falcon, hippopotamus, cobra, and a lioness.
Sacred Animals: Cow, hippopotamus, cobra and lioness.
Sacred Bird: Falcon.
Sacred Plants: Myrtle and sycamore trees.
Greek Equivalent: The Greeks identified her with Aphrodite.
The mother Archetype is a life-giver and the source of nurturing, devotion, patience and unconditional love. The ability to forgive and provide for her children and put them before her self is the essense of a good mother.
In its shadow aspect the mother can be devouring,abusive and abandoning. The shadow mother can also make her children feel guilty about becoming independent and leaving her.
Hathor the Egyptian Goddess is a mother figure because as a solar Deity she brings fertility to the land. This Goddess is also linked to the birth and nursing of infants.
Represents passion and selfless devotion to another person. It also extends to the things that make our hearts sing, like music art or nature.
The shadow aspect is obsessive passion that completely takes over and negatively impacts on your health and self esteem.
Hathor the Egyptian Goddess was associated with the joys of music and dance.
How To Work With These Archetypes
You can have this Archetype without being a biological mother. It represents an overwhelming desire to nurture and grow something and can therefore include projects, plants etc.
You are exhibiting the features of the shadow Mother if you smother your children and are over protective. Encourage independence and allow children to make mistakes but be available to give care and advice when it’s needed.
The other shadow Mother is the one that abandons her children, or is so busy that she has no time for nurturing her young.
You may be drawn to this stereotype if you are looking to attract a new lover or to re-ignite the fire in an existing relationship. The lover can also be a useful tool to discover what you are passionate about in life.
On the shadow side you need to ask, whether the amount of energy and time you are putting into relationships, or enthusiasm for projects is excessive? If this continues for too long you are likely to suffer from stress and physical ill health.
Tuesday – Is associated with Mars
Colours of – Red, Pink and Orange.
Tuesday is the best time to deal with such matters as: Passion, Partnerships, Courage, Swift Movement, Action, Energy, Strife, Aggression, Sex, Physical Energy, Sports, Muscular Activity, Guns, Tools, Metals, Cutting, Surgery, Police, Soldiers, Combat, Confrontation, Business, Buying and Selling Animals, Mechanical Things, Repairs, Gardening, Woodworking, Hunting and New Beginnings.
The Magickal Day of Tuesday
Named for the Norse god Tyr, who was a deity of heroism and combat, Tuesday is a very martial sort of day – color associations include bright red and oranges, as well as warrior-like metals such as iron and steel.
The ancient Romans called this day Martis, after the warrior god Mars – other deities associated with Tuesday include Ares, the Morrighan, and other gods of battle and glory. Red gemstones like rubies and garnets come into play on Tuesdays, as do herbs and plants such as thistles, holly, coneflowers and cacti – you’ll notice these are all sharp, prickly plants!
One of the interesting – and more than a little amusing – aspects of Tuesday magic is that in addition to war and conflict against your enemies, this is a day also associated with marriage. You can also use this day of the week for magical workings connected to protection and initiation. Use Tuesday to assert yourself, make a mark and stake your claims
Patti Wigington, Paganism/Wicca Expert
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The Witches Guide to Tuesday
Tuesday is the day to work any magick that falls in the category of increasing strength, courage, bravery, and passion. All of these intense emotions are linked to this day’s energies, and spells designed around these themes will have extra punch when performed on this magickal day
So, let’s add a little passion and conviction into your life! Break out the daring red pieces of your wardrobe, and put a little pizzazz into your day. Work with Lilith, and see what she has to teach you about personal power and sexuality. Meditate onTiw/Tyr and Mars, and see what those ancient warrior gods will show you about new tactics, strategies, and claiming personal victories in your life. Practice conjuring up that astral weapon from the meditation and use it wisely for protection and for courage.
Create a philter for courage and protection or handcraft your own Witch’s jar to remove negativity from your home. See what other Witch crafts you can conjure up with Tuesday’s magick. Create some kitchen magick on this Tuesday by whipping up a spicy stew-add in a few Mars-associated ingredients such as carrots, peppers, and garlic. Empower the stew for success, and then treat yourself and your family to a good, hearty meal. Try working with a little aromatherapy and burn some spicy or coffee-scented candles to increase your energy level.
Check the sky at night, and see if you can find the reddish planet Mars up in the heavens. Not sure where to look? Check an astronomy magazine or search the Web for more information. Become a magickal warrior and move forward in your life with strength, courage, and compassion. Embrace the side of yourself that loves a good challenge and that is passionate and daring! Banish fear, and face your future with strength and conviction. Believe in yourself and in your dreams, work hard, and you will win every time.
Book of Witchery: Spells, Charms & Correspondences for Every Day of the Week
The Witches Almanac for Tuesday, October 3rd
German Unity Day
Moon Phase: Second Quarter
Moon Sign: Pisces
The Waxing Moon
The Waxing Crescent Moon occurs 3 ½ to 7 days after the New Moon. She rises in the mid-morning and sets in the evening. The Moon’s light is quickening. As the Moon has dropped back until she is about ?th of the way behind the Sun, we see her lumination as a crescent shape.
You will see the first quarter Moon from 7 to 10 ½ days after the New Moon. She will rise around noon and set around midnight.
As the Moon is at a right angle to the Sun the difference between high and low tide is minimized. Because light and dark are in balance, the Moon will appear to be a Half Moon, but the area of light will continue to grow each day.
The Waxing Gibbous Moon occurs between 10 ½ and 14 days after the New Moon. She rises sometime in the mid-afternoon and sets in the early dark hours of the morning.
As the Moon has fallen back around ? of the way behind the Sun, one side of the Moon is seen fully and the light on the other side bulges out, but does not yet fill all of the Moon’s face.
Now your projects can get into their stride. Be aware, however, that overstrains are more likely at this time and that the body takes things in and absorbs them more readily with a Waxing Moon.
It is also a good time to build yourself up if you have been unwell or otherwise off-colour. Absorbing, boosting your energy and taking up supplies are crucial now. Go on an active holiday, get in touch with friends, plan a party, arrange meetings and increase communication.
As Full Moon approaches, notice what isn’t working and shed it in order to focus your energies more effectively. Remind yourself to slow down a little and conserve your strength. This is a time of regeneration and to gather information and resources.
Pagan Portals – Moon Magic
Waxing Moon Spell for Purification
Items You Will Need:
The lemon is ruled by the power of the Moon and works very well in this spell.
Use an unripe lemon if possible, then using dress-making pins(the ones with coloured heads work best). Stick the pins into the lemon. As you put each pin into the rind state out loud your intent, so you could put a pin in and ask for prosperity, the next one might be for happiness, the next for good health, etc….you get the idea. When you are done, place the lemon on your altar, or you could hang it above your front door to bring positive energy into your home.
Moon Magic – Pagan Portals
Correspondences for Tuesday, October 3rd
Colors: Red and Autumn Shades
Crystals: Bloodstone, Ruby, Garnet, Flint, Rhodonite, Iron and Steel
Aroma: Basil, Ginger, Black Pepper, Mars Oil, Dragon’s blood and patchouli
The day of Mars. This day could only ever symbolize the sheer power of the god of war! The ideal spells to be cast on this day are that of force, power war and protection.
Dedicated to the powers of the planet Mars, personified as Ares, Tiwaz, Tiw, and Tyr.
Magical aspects: controlled power, energy, and endurance, passion, sex, courage, aggression, and protection.
This is the proper day of the week to perform spells and rituals involving courage, physical strength, revenge, military honors, surgery, the breaking of negative spells, dynamic energy, matrimony, war, enemies, prison, hunting, politics, contests, protection, victory, and athletics.
Tuesday is Ruled by Mars
Tuesday is a Mars day, and just like the god of war, this is the time to tap into magicks to call for strength and courage. This day of the week is for rebels and warriors. If you are facing a challenge of any kind, need a boost to your courage, or want to enhance your passions, Tuesday is the day of the week for you. Some suggestions for Tuesday enchantments would include:
*Wearing the fiery colors associated with this day: scarlet, red, black, and orange. Don some of the more daring and bewitching colors of your wardrobe on Tuesdays and turn a few heads
*Carrying a bloodstone in your pocket or wearing garnet-studded jewelry to reinforce your convictions
*Working with protective and fire-associated plants such as the snapdragon, thistle, and holly to boost your shields and bravery
*Burning spicy-scented energy-enhancing candles to add a little magical aromatherapy to your home
*Cooking up a hearty meal featuring carrots, peppers, and garlic (all Mars foods and spices) to empower yourself for victory and success.
Pagans and Death
For many modern Pagans, there is a somewhat different philosophy on death and dying than what is seen in the non-Pagan community. While our non-Pagans see death as an ending, some Pagans view it as a beginning of the next phase of our existence. Perhaps it is because we view the cycle of birth and life and death and rebirth as something magical and spiritual, a never ending, ever turning wheel. Rather than being disconnected from death and dying, we tend to acknowledge it as part of a sacred evolution.
In The Pagan Book of Living and Dying, author Starhawk says, “Imagine if we truly understood that decay is the matrix of fertility… we might view our own aging with less fear and distaste, and greet death with sadness, certainly, but without terror.”
As the Pagan population ages – and certainly, we are doing so – it’s becoming more and more likely that at some point each of us will have to bid farewell to a fellow Pagan, Heathen, Druid, or other member of our community. When that happens, what is the appropriate response? What can be done to honor the person’s beliefs and send them on their way in a way that they themselves would have valued, while still managing to maintain sensitivity in dealing with their non-Pagan family members and friends?
Views of the Afterlife
Many Pagans believe that there is some sort of afterlife, although that tends to take varying forms, depending on the individual belief system. Some followers of NeoWiccan paths accept the afterlife as the Summerland, which Wiccan author Scott Cunningham described as a place where the soul goes on to live forever. In Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner, he says, “This realm is neither in heaven nor the underworld. It simply is — a non-physical reality much less dense than ours. Some Wiccan traditions describe it as a land of eternal summer, with grassy fields and sweet flowing rivers, perhaps the Earth before the advent of humans. Others see it vaguely as a realm without forms, where energy swirls coexist with the greatest energies – the Goddess and God in their celestial identities.”
Members of non-Wiccan groups, particularly those who follow a more Reconstructionist slant, may see the afterlife as Valhalla or Fólkvangr, for those who adhere to a Norse belief system, or Tir na nOg, for individuals who participate in a Celtic path. Hellenic Pagans may see the afterlife as Hades.
For those Pagans who don’t have a defined name or description of the afterlife, there is still typically a notion that the spirit and the soul live on somewhere, even if we don’t know where it is or what to call it.
Tawsha is a Pagan in Indiana who follows an eclectic path. She says, “I don’t know what happens to us when we die, but I like the idea of the Summerland. It seems peaceful, a place where our souls can regenerate before they reincarnate into a new body. But my husband is a Druid, and his beliefs are different and focus more on the Celtic view of the afterlife, which seems a little more ethereal to me. I think it’s really all just different interpretations of the same place.”
Cultures have, since the beginning of time, honored deities associated with the process of dying, the act itself, and the journey of the spirit or soul into the afterlife. Although many of them are celebrated during the harvest season, around Samhain, when the earth itself is slowly dying, it is not uncommon to see them called upon as someone is approaching their last days, or has recently crossed over.
If you follow an Egyptian, or Kemetic, path, you may choose to honor Anubis, the jackal headed god of death. Anubis’ job is to determine whether the deceased is worthy of entering the underworld, by taking the individual’s measure. To help ease their passing, you may choose to sing or chant to Anubis about the dying or dead person’s accomplishments.
For Pagans who follow an Asatru or Heathen belief system, prayers and chants to Odin or to the goddesses Hel and Freya might be appropriate. Half of the warriors who die in battle go to spend the afterlife with Freya in her hall, Folkvangr, and the others go to Valhalla with Odin. Hel takes charge of those who have died from old age or sickness, and accompanies them to her hall, Éljúðnir.
A Maryland Heathen who asked to be identified as Wolfen says when his brother died, “We had this huge ceremony with a big bonfire, lots of drinking and toasts, and song. My brother had already been cremated, but we added his ashes to the fire, and we sang a song honoring him and his accomplishments, and introducing him to Odin and Valhalla, and then we continued it by calling upon our ancestors, going back about eight generations. It was what he wanted, and probably the closest thing to a Viking funeral that you can get in suburban America.”
Other deities you may wish to call upon as someone is dying, or has crossed over, include the Greek Demeter, Hecate, and Hades, or the Chinese Meng Po.
In many countries in the modern world, the practice of burying the dead is common. However, it’s a relatively new concept by some standards, and in some places, it’s almost a novelty. In fact, many of today’s contemporary funeral practices might be considered a bit strange by our ancestors.
In other societies, it is not uncommon to see the dead interred in trees, placed on giant funeral pyres, closed up in a ceremonial tomb, or even left out for the elements to consume.
One trend that is increasing in popularity in the Western world is that of “green burial,” in which the body is not embalmed, and is simply buried in the soil with no coffin, or with a biodegradable container. While not all areas permit this, it is something worth looking into for someone who truly wishes to be returned to earth as part of the cycle of life and death.
Choose four participants. One carries a rock, representing the earth, and stands to the North. One carries a feather, representing Air, and stands to the East. Another stands to the South, carrying a candle or some incense to represent Fire. A fourth can hold a cup of Water to the West — if you’re fortunate enough to hold your ritual near an ocean or river, use that to represent Water. On your altar, in the center of the circle, place a picture or some other memento of the person you are saying goodbye to.
Form a circle, and call upon the elements. Invite the powers of the four directions to come watch over you. Stand in the center and say:
Take me now, take me now
for to face the Summerlands*.
By the earth and wind and the fire and rain
I’m on my way,remember me.
Turn to the North and say:
Take me now back to the earth
from which we spring and then return.
I shall cross over, now it is my turn.
I am not afraid Remember me.
Repeat this verse, turning to each of the four directions. Substitute the different elements where appropriate.
Finally, touch each family member with your athame as you say the following:
Blood of my blood
Bone of my bone
Flesh of my flesh
Keep my soul alive
I will live on
Within your hearts
I am not afraid
If you have ashes for the deceased, you may wish to scatter them at this time. Take a moment to reflect on the good memories you have of your departed friend or family member.
*If your particular tradition believes we go to some other place after death, feel free to substitute the appropriate place name for “Summerlands.” If you’re not sure where we end up, you can simply say “the other side.”
Celebrating Legends, Folklore & Other Spirituality 365 Days a Year for October 3rd
Feast of Dionysus
The Grecian God of wine and revelry was honored on this day in ancient Greece. The wine from the previous year was mixed with the new to celebrate the end of the harvest season–a time of rest for those who worked the fields.
Dionysus was the Greek God of vegetation, wine, and fertility. He brought civilization and viticulture to many countries and was widely worshiped, often with wild-ecstatic rituals and orgiastic dancing. Most of his festivals coincided with the harvest and Spring fertility rites.
The Witches Current Moon Phase for October 3rd
Waxing Gibbous Illumination: 94%
Waxing Gibbous is the lunar phase today: . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 94% and growing larger. The 12 days young Moon is in ♓ Pisces.
The phase lasts round 7 days with the moon becoming more illuminated each day until the Full Moon. During a Waxing Gibbous the moon will rise in the east in mid-afternoon and will be high in the eastern sky at sunset. The moon is then visible though most of the night sky setting a few hour before sunrise. The word Gibbous first appeared in the 14th century and has it’s roots in the Latin word “gibbosus” meaning humpbacked.
Phase Details for – Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Phase: Waxing Gibbous
Moon Age: 12.41 days
Moon Angle: 0.51
Moon Distance: 388,124.05 km
Sun Angle: 0.53
Sun Distance: 149,649,364.79 km
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Message for October 2017
I’m not sure if it’s just me, but, over recent years, I’ve become increasingly aware that the world is growing ever fuller of perfectionists. By this, I don’t mean people trying to live a better and more enriching life or trying to find new ways to live spiritually, I mean a collection of souls presenting themselves as the ‘complete package’: already living the perfected life. I’ve seen this a lot in the ‘new age’ arena where spiritual perfectionism seems prolific. Perhaps this is simply my bewildered reflection on the growing need or perception to present oneself as whole, complete and perfect as that is somehow what’s expected; anything less isn’t acceptable. It worries me as it’s an airbrushed reality, and it presents a false pedestal for others to look towards as we try to sort out our issues to find happiness or peace. Of course, we will all always strive to improve, but that is a fundamental part of being human. Being honest with ourselves is the real key to spiritual growth as it shows a willingness to be real, authentic, vulnerable and true.
At the end of the day, everyone has a choice, and being a perfectionist is no different. I guess it just worries me as it’s possibly not a healthy advert for the rest of us who are doing our best to sort ourselves out and make sense of this thing called life. It’s not the perfectionists who need to change, after all, that is their choice and their path to walk in life, and I am the last person to suggest how someone else should, or should not, live their lives. It’s those of us who have, at some point, wanted to do the same in an attempt to make our lives better that perhaps need to shift our perspectives. We need to realise that it’s perfectly wonderful to be imperfect, flawed, broken and damaged as it’s our acknowledgement of our wounds that allow us to heal, grow, flourish and thrive. Once we realise that a perceived state of perfectionism doesn’t equate to happiness, then it’s power diminishes and we begin to see the true values in life.
I have days when I look out into the world and feel ‘less than’ because I’m not presenting a shiny badge that reads ‘everything is wonderful in my little world’. I’m a spiritual being, a human being and I love just being me, but I’m also flawed and broken at the same time. Yet, I don’t let the latter define me, it’s just a part of my reality. To deny my broken-ness would be like denying the happiness or the days turning into night; every part of me is just as valid as everything else and I’m happy acknowledging this. I spent a great deal of my life trying to get life right and trying to present a façade of perfectionist glory, and it didn’t work as I ended up more lost, alone and broken than ever.
We are no doubt in troubling times, and the need to walk in unity grows ever stronger. Yet aspiring to be what we are not surely only feeds the divide? Surely unity comes from opening up our hearts and souls to truth? If we can acknowledge our own cracks, dents and pain, this helps us to see the pain within others? At the same time, a willingness to be open allows us to step beyond judgement into compassion. Compassion is the true healer and that is the force that binds us together. Walking through life, reaching out to others, being open and wholehearted, matters now, as we can see, first hand, the damage the façades can do.
When we choose to breathe out and allow others to breathe in, we grow in synchronistic harmony with the world. Surely life isn’t truly about one-upmanship or trying to feel better or superior to everyone else? Surely this is why we can see so many fractures and divides? It now seems time to openly acknowledge our cracks, dent and bumps as we are all ‘seared with scars’ (K Gibran). It’s time to love and be loved, to be authentic and vulnerable, to let go and let be, and to be free…
There are days when you are in ‘doing mode’ and there are days when you are floating in ‘being mode’ but there are also days where you are lodged somewhere in between the two. These are the days where you are neither doing nor being, and you can feel a little lost as you feel rudderless and without direction, but unable to rest in ‘being-ness’. There have been quite a few such days recently as you have struggled to regain the momentum to push forward with your plans and ideas, at the same time, you have felt unable to find an inner sense of equilibrium. It’s not that you’re lacking in ideas and plans because you have loads, it’s more a deep inertia of self-questioning and self-doubting that has trapped you in-between here and there. Yet, how can you shift gears? How can you move between here and there? After all, ‘here’ is the present moment and how can you be anywhere but the present moment?
It can be hard to know if you should push more towards doing to get things done or more towards being as you sense a need for self-reflection and spiritual contemplation. Maybe it’s time to think outside of the box and consider the idea of being multi-directional? You don’t have to just do or be, you can oscillate between the two by having a more focused approach to taking time out. Perhaps this is really at the core of your discombobulation: a need to establish a greater sense of equilibrium in your life? Try not to overthink this, feel it within your heart and soul, then breathe deeply into life allowing life to breathe deeply into you…
As you continue to contemplate the concept of the ‘real you’, there is a sense you are beginning to see the ways in which you have tried hard to fit into the box labelled ‘normal’ in life. You have wanted to go with the flow and do what’s expected of you as this has seemed like the most logical approach to living life well. However, you are not just your mind; and it seems your heart and soul are not overly content with ‘normal’. In truth, this is something you already know, it’s just easier at times to brush it under the carpet as it makes for an easier, and often quieter, life. Yet, can you truly ignore or deny your heart and soul? After all, they are fundamental parts of you.
Life is rarely easy, straightforward or black and white, and whilst you have an innate ability to navigate the best path possible, there is a part of you that wonders what the cost of such a strategy is. A deep sense of wonder and puzzlement stirring within you and this inner force is passionate about you re-connecting to your heart and soul in order to live a more connected and enriching life. October looks set to be a time for you to explore what you truly want as you are no longer content to walk the treadmill day in, day out. Whilst the treadmill has merits and can bring some stability, intuitively you long for more. This isn’t necessarily about turning your whole world upside down on its head, it’s about allowing your true essence to flow freely…
October looks set to be a month of consolidation and inner unification as you continue to re-shape and re-define your sense of self as well as your purpose in life. Although you are a very open-minded and intuitive soul, you can sometimes struggle to see beyond the black and white boundaries of everyday life as they can become prison walls, entrapping you in the ideals, expectations and demands of society as well as in your own perceptions, pre-conceived ideas and beliefs. As a result, you can sometimes find it hard to connect to the ‘real you’ as you can feel lost in the distractions of life and lose sight of the signposts you would usually use to navigate the everyday ups and downs.
Obviously, you are a very fluid soul so you can find this all very disconcerting, yet, at the same time, the unknowable fluidity of the situations you often find yourself in also feel exciting and liberating, so you can find yourself in a kind of personal inner tug-o-war between wanting firmer foundations and not. No one ever said it was easy being you! It would be easy to see how frustrating and confusing this can feel, but try to look beyond your perceptions of how life is supposed to be and instead re-focus on how life is. Be present in the here and now and you will soon realise that you are not trapped behind prison walls, you have simply created the idea of them to process the challenges you have faced in life. They exist only because you’ve allowed them into being. Take a breath, let them go and find joy in each and every moment…
There is a big difference between living life to the full and living a full life. There is also a big difference between being you and in being the you, you feel you ought to be. The divide between distractions, ought’s and musts is a big one as the chasm created between enrichment, fulfilment and destiny only grows with the passing of time. It’s easy to scoff and scorn the idea of living an enriching, fulfilling life and striding forth towards your destiny as it may sound more like a fairy-tale than a reality, but should that stop you from trying? Is it better to live life in the way you feel you ought to as that feels more real? Just because some of your dreams feel whimsical and like a fairy-tale, does this mean they’re irrelevant or wrong?
Will such a strategy lead to success? It may well do, but is success measured by fulfilment or enrichment? Success is just success, and whilst it may oil the wheels of life to help them turn a little easier, unless you feel that warm fuzzy feeling within, how can you ever truly know what success means to you? Is success a stand-alone goal where everything else drops perfectly into place as a result or is it actually the other way around? In essence, October looks set to be a time for you to start the process of up-ending some of your belief constructs in order to take a deeper look at how you are living your life. Some of these questions need answers, others have already been answered. You’re ready now to walk a new path…
Despite the seemingly constant stream of things to do, people to see and places to go, there also seems to be a longing for some respite and stillness: some time for reflection, contemplation and restoring some balance. There is a growing sense of anticipation and excitement in the air as you can sense a powerful shift that has its roots deep at the core of your being; you no longer seem content to go with the flow and feel drawn to establish more well-defined boundaries when it comes to the ways in which you live your life. You have always been accommodating of the needs, wishes and demands of others, whilst you are certainly no push-over, you perhaps do allow yourself to be stretched a little too far beyond what you deem to be acceptable, but your desire to help or appease others is often stronger than your will to please yourself.
Whilst this is an admirable trait, there comes a point when you simply cannot sustain such a strategy as it depletes you, and frequently denies you of the opportunity to live in a more enriching way. Of course, this isn’t to say you’re not enriched now, there’s just a sense the equation of your life is out of balance as more goes out than comes in. This can only lead to a deficit and whilst you, more than most, can carry a shortfall of energy, it gets harder to do over time as your sense of self becomes lost in the everyday throng of life. It’s time to realise that being a master of doing isn’t the same as happiness; you can thrive if only you’d let your true essence shine…
October looks set to be a month where your head and heart come together in an imaginative new way as you begin to see your life, and your path, from a very different perspective. There is a sense that you are beginning to step beyond the boundaries you have created in your life, developed from years of using the mantra: ‘ought, must and should’, and you have started to realise just how much you have shaped and defined your life with the hopes and expectations of others. At the same time, you have also had a strong idea as to what life should be about, and this has been so powerful, it has overshadowed your sense of what you intuitively feel life is really about. As a result, there have been times of your life when you have felt at a tangent with yourself; at odds with your head and your heart.
During such times, it has been easy to feel discombobulated and disenchanted with the life you find yourself living as you just can’t keep that inner voice silent and the gap between where you are and where you sense you need to be cannot be glossed over. Of course, life often has other ideas when it comes to following your dreams and living your vision, but is it not important to at least explore the possibility? There is no right or wrong choice here, but making a choice is key as it’s the act of choosing that suggests you have considered the options and made a conscious decision as to how to move forward. Take a deep breath, believe in yourself and step beyond the ordinary…
The concept of embracing your true nature continues to take centre stage throughout October as you begin to contemplate what this actually means for you and your life. The idea of ‘embracing your true nature’ sounds big, bold and courageous, but it only becomes these during the act of actually embracing your true nature, as thinking about it, and rolling the concept around in your head, isn’t quite the same. It’s not that you are lacking in the ability to be big, bold or courageous, as you are almost every day, it’s just that you somehow seem to doubt this about yourself and so hold back, hovering on the side lines as you feel you simply cannot take a leap and be yourself. Are you afraid of being you or are you concerned about the ripples of change such a leap may create?
It’s not in your nature to take such decisions lightly, so you will be thinking of every possible outcome and statistical probability before you act, but whilst this is wise, it can also cause a kind of energetic paralysis as there are never any guaranteed outcomes and, at the same time, the possibilities keep changing as life is fluid and moveable. It’s understandable to want to know ‘what’s next’ before leaping towards something new but it’s not always possible to know the answer to such a question. Sometimes, it can only be an act of faith and trust, allowing your intuition to lead the way. The time has come for you to truly believe in yourself and to honour your true nature by listening to your intuition. Be big, be bold and love yourself for it…
As you continue to explore the unchartered terrain of your heart and soul, there is a growing sense of excitement rippling up from deep within as, in many ways, you feel as though you are finally ‘home’. This isn’t about being in a physical place but being centred and contented living in the wild and mysterious world within; it’s a maelstrom, but it’s you. You have fought the wildness for years as it has felt rebellious and awkward to manage in the everyday pedestrian-ness of life. Yet, you have never been able to squash the wildness as your inner sprite has never stopped dancing. Of course, this has, at times, left you feeling like a fish out of water as you have struggled to fit your wild and unpredictable shaped peg into the square shaped hole called ‘normal’.
Although you have tried to conform to the ideal of normal just to get along in life, it has never sat well with you. To you, normal is like a pair of ill-fitting slippers; you’ll wear them to keep your feet warm but they just aren’t you. October looks set to be a month where you begin to explore some new footwear and consider new ways to dance more freely in life. Whilst you are unlikely to want to completely upend the apple cart of your life, there is a sense that change is needed now as you have become stuck in a rut and your wild energies have grown a little stagnant and stale. Your wild sprite wants to dance and only you can give him/her the power to do so; dancing free doesn’t have to mean chaos, it simply means a willingness to let your heart and soul breathe more freely in life…
As you stand and gaze in awe and wonder at the plethora of opportunities, options and pathways before you, there is a sense of you feeling both excited and overwhelmed as there is just so much choice! You are world-class at collecting possibilities as you thrive on having options; you wither at the thought of restriction and you wilt at the sight of closed doors, you need possibilities as they bring you a sense of space and expansion. Of course, having possibilities isn’t quite the same as actually exploring those possibilities, and it seems you have reached a time of sorting through at least some of those possibilities in order to either embrace them or set them free. Over time you have become a little cluttered with opportunity after opportunity being kept on the shelf ‘just in case’.
In many ways, you are a ‘just in case’ kind of person as you don’t like to disregard an opportunity just in case you need to tap into it again further down the line. Obviously, such a strategy is understandable, but it leaves you with a mountain of possibilities that you have to carry around with you and these weigh you down and stifle your flow considerably. Surely there comes a time when the burden of these (however exciting or enticing they may be) becomes more than the possibility that they may be useful in the future? Surely by holding on to them you are closing the door on new possibilities as even you can only carry so much at any one time? Set yourself free, lighten the load and be ready to welcome something new…
Whilst the inherent randomness of life continues to perplex, bemuse and frustrate you, there is a growing sense you are beginning to shift into a space of acceptance as you let go of resistance and embrace a more open-hearted approach to living more fluidly. Of course, deep down, you are still irked by change, but, by accepting it’s a part of life, it somehow becomes easier to ride the waves as you feel less of a victim but more of a willing participant in life. Perhaps this distinction is only small, but it seems significant enough to be important, as it’s a sign you are adopting a more open-hearted approach to living and being. At the same time, there is a sense you are beginning to think about your path ahead and this process is triggering a great deal of inner reflection as you contemplate the life you have lived, the life you are living and the life you would like to be living in the future.
Of course, there are no guarantees as to what lies around each corner in life but it’s important to have a sense of direction – somewhat ironic given your recent acceptance of the inherent randomness of life – but even in chaos, order can be found. Accepting change and randomness doesn’t mean throwing your hands up in the air and drifting along aimlessly with the currents of life, it means a willingness to move with the changing currents of life. Having a sense of direction and purpose enables you to shape and define your life with every step you take. Whilst you cannot be sure of the final destination, you can make the most of the journey and live the best life you can possibly live…
Reaching a point of realisation where suddenly everything makes sense but doesn’t at the same time, is not a situation many could comprehend as it feels slightly too brain bending and mind boggling to consider. Yet, here you find yourself in the space in-between here and there: the space where all of the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle of your life have come together but you no longer recognise the picture. It’s as though you’ve shifted your perspective in such a profound way, you are finding it hard to process the everyday pedestrian nature of life, yet, at the same time, without this to anchor you in the present, your existential ponderings make even less sense than usual. Although, on the surface, this would appear to be a challenging situation to be in, you seem to be thriving!
Of course, there really isn’t anyone else quite like you, so it’s perfectly plausible for you to thrive where others would flounder as you grow exponentially when pushed beyond your comfort zone and you flourish when in unchartered terrain. This doesn’t mean you always like living on the edge, but maintaining the status quo to keep on keeping on leaves you flat, depleted and hollow. However, despite the expansive nature of this shift, there is still a part of you unsure quite what to do next as you seem slightly unsure if you should just go with the flow of thriving or if you should be questioning exactly why you are thriving in seemingly less than rosy conditions. Stop over-analysing this! Why not allow it and simply thrive? This is your time to celebrate the perfectly incomprehensible but perfectly wonderful nature of being you…
To do or not to do. To explore or not to explore. To…well, this could go on for quite some time. You’re in a state of uncertainty and hesitation, almost a state of ‘anti-flow’, it’s as though your usually fluid, free-flowing nature is being held back by an unwillingness to stop clinging on to the rock you’ve been sitting on for quite some time. It’s a very pleasant rock; it’s comfortable and just about the right size, but it’s become more of a place of refuge for you and, over time, you have started to see the rock more as home. Whilst you could quite happily live on this little rock that’s floating about somewhere in space and time, it was only ever meant to be a temporary rest-stop on your journey between here and there, but it’s become more than that as you have clung on and resisted the urge to go with the flow.
Yet, flowing is what you do, as you are a fluid, liquefied, molten soul and your little rock represents the opposite. It’s therefore important for you to ask yourself why you are so fond of your rock: is it because it feels safe? Is it because it’s familiar to you or is it because you’re simply too weary of going with the flow? These are actually very big questions to consider, so take your time to answer them with an open heart and mind. It could be that it’s hard to see beyond the edges of the rock and, with no clear pathway in sight, it just seems easier to stay put. Go beyond what you see, to feel your way ahead now; trust your intuition and let it lead the way…
The Karmic Tools Weekly Forecast covers the current planetary transits which affect people in different ways and to various degrees of intensity. Take notice when it is a Personal planet (Sun / Moon / Mercury / Venus / Mars) interacting with a Social (Jupiter/Saturn) or Collective planet (Uranus / Neptune/Pluto). And pay extremely close attention when it is a Social planet interacting with a Collective planet because that means something *big* is brewing that will move large groups of people along their evolutionary paths. Tuning in to the energy and rhythm of the planets can serve as a useful *guide* as you move along your Individual Path. It also helps to understand your place within the context of the larger Social & Collective Story. Below, you will find out how these energies tend to manifest, as well as guidance and direction.
*NOTE* There are some days when there are NO CONTACTS (besides the Moon), please note that there are no missing entries, we just list the actual Activations of each week + the day they happen.
Weekly Forecast: October 1 – 7, 2017
10/1 ~ Mars (energy) ~trine~ Pluto (transformation):
This is an active, transformative energy that will help you to change your life in a healthy, positive way. You may have the energy & inclination to make major personal (and permanent) changes to who you are and what you want on a deep Soul level. Because it’s a Trine, it promises more ease than is usually associated with Pluto, and in this case, makes transformation smoother. You may be especially focused on what needs to be done or changed in your life at this time. You will want to take action and the Universe supports that decision, as long as it is righteous and not totally self-serving. This is a good time to get moving, take action regarding your long-term goals – and you will be able to create momentum. You may realize some of your recent actions or choices do not necessarily support your deepest drives or desires. As you get in alignment within & without, the results can be miraculous. Be creative ~ be brave!
Anytime Pluto’s involved the intensity levels go up and you are able to hear/feel your SoulSelf more clearly than usual. Venus brings up that which is most important to you personally, your individual values & priorities, where your relationships & resources are concerned. This is an easy angle, making purification & transformation smoother than usual too. So, what are you ready to change? How have your values & priorities changed completely in the last year or so? Use this activation to deepen your connection with those you love most and allow the relationship to evolve to a totally new level. If you’re working on your relationship with money or self-worth specifically, this activation is a good time for prayer or ritual that supports positive change and your vision for the future. Pour any intense emotions or revelations into art of any medium or do a vision board, but give expression to the depths you recognize as coming to the surface of your consciousness.
10/5 ~ Venus (love & beauty) ~conjunct~ Mars (passion):
This is our primary feminine (Venus) and masculine (Mars) energies merging in a potent way, arousing a need to cultivate powerful relationship (whether physical/sexual or relating/socializing with others). There is a strong need for approval (on one level) and affection (on another level) from others and if you are not interacting with human beings on some level, this energy can also activate your artist nature (Venus). This is the perfect time to create something (project or relationship) that is seeded by a deep, authentic love.
Your Weekly Love Horoscopes for October 2
by Sarah Bartlett.
With Venus joining Mars in cool Virgo, and a full moon in hot-headed Aries, it’s no surprise that not only do passions intensify, but we all begin to make it clear what, and who we really desire.
This is one of those week’s when, if you keep your mind set on a love goal, you may well score more points than you ever imagined.
So, you decided to be more laid back about a relationship, and tried not to pin someone down to this or that. In fact, you were happy to sit it out and let things evolve at their own pace. But with the full moon in your sign this week, exciting thoughts arise about how you have to throw yourself into the deep end and who cares about conventional approaches? Time to take a risk and see how liberating it can be.
At last you’re beginning to see how to animate your relationship to include both the security you cherish, and the excitement you desire. Time to admit to yourself that you need some adventure in your love life. This week, you feel as if you are finally in tune with your senses, and that you’re also coming to them too, at last.
It’s time to show your partner that you’re alive and very much kicking and it’s time to love with passion and live with intention. If single, look forward to some big changes coming your way, especially if you move out of your comfort zone and embrace the different. It will change your life for the better.
This week you will have silly thoughts like, ‘ does he/she really deserve me?” or, will they tire of me soon?” Now these are all responses generated by an unconscious fear that you will be rejected, or perhaps you’re not good enough to be loved. But very soon, you’ll learn that love isn’t about ‘who’s good enough,’ it’s more about who’s willing to love without conditions.
We all have emotional ‘baggage.’ And we all try to dump it, fearful that it’s lingering presence in our hallways means we can’t move forward. But it’s not so much that we’re stuck with what we had, it is the very attachment to the baggage which causes most trouble. This week, you learn to step over the bags in the hall and move out into the big wide world.
With Venus and Mars stirring your heartstrings, at last you can look in the mirror and smile at yourself and know you are loved. Forget the difficult encounters of the past, it’s your new found heat which will be the catalyst for revitalised passion.
We all like to believe that one day, if we really truly believe something is right for us, it will happen. And this week, you’re beginning to see that it really could. So smile at yourself, admire who you are and why you are who you are. Repeat aloud that you deserve love, just by virtue of being on this planet earth.
It seems at last you have more passion for everything that matters to you. Romantic missions become less impossible and suddenly the world seems a better place. Rather than become a victim of so-called fate, you have a chance to take control of your life, so make a choice.
It’s time to go with the flow and discover a more romantic you. It might seem that the fulfilment you seek is a long way off, however confident you feel about your love life, but in the weeks to come, you will find the journey gets easier, and your heart is on the right track for success.
Slowly, you’re wishing for passion again. Sometimes you need to be surrounded by the social throng to feel alive. It’s all about to get better, and soon you will be able to enjoy more romance and less grief.
This week, you need more independence and feel it’s time to personally evolve. Now that things have become clearer, romance can grow again. It may actually be that a ‘forever after commitment’ is what you secretly want, and it may just be that’s what you’re going to get over the next few months.
While ideal love is unconditional, most ordinary love is conditional – in other words we establish rules about what we accept and need from others. And this week, it’s time to chose carefully, and hopefully opt for the love which allows both of you some space. This isn’t about seeing love as an idealised happy-ever-after ending, but one where you can give of yourself truly to someone, and get back what you truly long for.
The Astrology Room
Your Daily Horoscopes for Tuesday, October 3rd
Your commitment to your work is evolving, dear Aries, and today, you’re looking to bring a project to a new level. For some of you, this is about your health and wellness. Getting to the bottom of a matter can be satisfying as it puts an end to recent uncertainty and a game plan can emerge. There can also be empowering energy for work matters, finances, and one-on-one relationships. Make important purchases, edit or create a budget, and research options now. Focus on essentials in your life and remind yourself of the value of a slow but steady approach — not your usual flavor, but useful from time to time! Efforts to improve your daily routines, habits, and health support advancement and the attainment of your larger goals. Strengthen your future by taking care of the present. The Moon spends the day in your privacy sector, suggesting the need for a little more rest than usual.
Your ruler, Venus, is spending time in your creative sector these days, Taurus, and that alone serves to boost your appeal. However, Venus harmonizes with Pluto today, magnifying this tendency. Rewarding connections or re-connections can satisfy now. Sharing ideas or activities might enhance (or create) a bond. Relationships with children can improve in subtle ways. You are presenting yourself with more confidence, and you’re also showing your faith in others, which encourages them to be their best. Love interests or partners are intrigued or receptive right now. This can be a good time to forge meaningful and mutually beneficial agreements. For some of you, meeting others who introduce you to deeper levels of your personality, or to new ideas, beliefs, lifestyles, and perspectives, can figure strongly now. Or, you might learn new things about someone already in your life with similar results. Persuasive skills are above par, and creative, promotional, and publishing pursuits are favored.
You’re interested in building, transforming, and recycling efforts today, dear Gemini, with Venus and Pluto harmonizing in your sectors of deeper feelings. Intensity and closeness in your relationships may be realized today even in the smallest of ways. You might decide to transform a project or situation from mediocre to thriving, particularly in a close relationship or around the home, as this is both enjoyable and satisfying to you now. Knowing your priorities helps you identify what needs to go and what could use some development and nurture. You may feel closer to yourself and your innermost needs, and for some, an intimate relationship grows and strengthens now. You’re also in good shape for seeking support, financial or otherwise, and for making purchases for (or investing in) the home. You might stumble upon creative ways to interact with the people you spend extra time with, whether they’re family or roommates. You’re inclined to go deep today, tackling problems from their root.
These days are excellent for embracing new ideas and experiences, Cancer, but today is quite good for working on an existing idea or endeavor and transforming it into something fabulous. You might thoroughly enjoy polishing up a project now. Venus in your solar third house these days ups your appeal in your communications, and its harmony with Pluto today suggests it’s all about your passion for a particular project, study, person, or idea. The emphasis is on communication, partnering up, and negotiating. You’re willing to go the extra mile for people and projects you care about. A conversation can enhance a bond, or a bond might develop from a conversation! You’re likely to understand someone or something more deeply now, and this leads to some fantastic improvements. You might thoroughly enjoy brainstorming or problem-solving today.
Today can be excellent for finding new ways to earn more, dear Leo, or, more importantly, increasing your enjoyment of a venture or project. Your security, work, health, business, and home are all areas that can improve with Venus in harmony with Pluto today with focus, concentration, and commitment. New insights and understanding — of your own needs or a situation — can increase your motivation to solve problems. An exciting purchase, a new method or procedure, a gift or bonus — these are possibilities now. You might earn some praise or admiration for your creative talents, and a financial boost is possible. Excitement builds about growing or polishing up a venture. This is a time for developing and encouraging a sense of purpose by setting goals and drawing up plans to meet them. Today is about attaching yourself to those people and projects that/who enhance your life, and your vision of what’s truly valuable is 20/20 today.
Today and this week, you’re in a good position to pour energy and love into a relationship, romantic pursuit, or creative project, dear Virgo. Venus in your sign connects well with Pluto today, and your passionate involvement with whatever you’re doing now, as well as the strength with which you carry yourself now, is attracting nice attention. A creative pursuit can capture your interest, and you can be passionately involved with taking it to a new level. This can happen with a relationship, as well (or instead)! You might enjoy learning more about — or gaining insight into — a person or project, feeling enthusiasm and motivation. Your ability to focus is excellent. This is a fabulous time to make a good impression just by being yourself.
There is incredible energy with you today for exploring or investing a matter more thoroughly, dear Libra. You may be playing detective today with nice results! You might also discover deeper feelings and desires through the events of the day. Certainly, you’re open to exploring them. It can be a time for a better understanding of something or someone, mainly related to the past and your family or childhood. Good energy is with you for eliminating or weeding efforts with your ruler, Venus, working in harmony with transformational Pluto. This can include getting rid of unnecessary material things but can extend to a commitment to lose a bad habit or attitude. Observation skills are strong now, and it’s a safe bet that if your instincts are to keep something quiet for the time being, it’s a good idea to do so. Money matters can improve, or you might take steps that put you in a better financial position. Supporting someone or gaining some support for yourself can figure strongly now for some of you.
A boost in your social life or with your projects and interests can happen now, dear Scorpio. Your ruler, Pluto, a long-term guest in your communications sector, harmonizes with lovely Venus, who is now gracing your social sector. It’s a perfect time for persuasion, connection, and motivation. Make connections now if others don’t find you first! Today and the next two days are excellent for discovering people and projects you love or for moving a relationship or endeavor to a new level. Good energy is with you for getting close (or closer) to someone. This is a time for drawing people and things to you, and a good part of your appeal at the moment lies in your ideas, communication style, and unique insight. You’re also in great shape with current friends or a partner – bonding happens through greater understanding now. Willingness to look below the surface is attractive. Promotional and networking or marketing efforts can be particularly fruitful, as well.
This is an excellent time for pouring extra love and energy into a business, endeavor, project, or making money, dear Sagittarius. Venus at the top of your solar chart attracts you good favor in professional or public settings, as well as with superiors or those in authority. Today, it harmonizes with Pluto in your resources sector, boosting your ability to see a situation, item, or person for its value, and you’re ready to take it to a new level. Financial and business planning are favored now, and you may thoroughly enjoy taking steps towards fulfilling a dream or goal. Matters that mean the most to you are clear now, and this boosts your powers to concentrate. Your special way with people helps you connect with people who help you advance your goals. Reinventing an existing or old project can figure strongly now. You love what you’re doing, and it shows! People want you to succeed.
A Venus-Pluto trine today is quite excellent for your personal influence, dear Capricorn. You’re in great shape for persuading and connecting with others in meaningful, beneficial ways. The attention you’re receiving now is more about your personality and perspective than it is about your work or performance. This can be a fabulous time to guide, teach, share, or lead others with your knowledge or expertise. However, this can also be a more informal situation where you’re coming through for others or engaging in especially pleasant dialogue. For some of you, a new channel for communicating or expressing yourself opens up, or you use channels already in place in more efficient ways. It’s a good time for publishing, sharing, and promoting. For best results, reach out beyond your normal bounds and enjoy new ways of thinking or different perspectives.
This is an excellent time to put more energy and love into your private life, an intimate relationship, research, or investigation, dear Aquarius. Venus in your intimacy sector makes sweet music with Pluto in your privacy zone, energizing and boosting your inner world, emotional life, and perceptions. There are benefits to digging a little more deeply into a matter now. It’s also a powerful time for observation as you stand to gain meaningful insights into a person, situation — or your own desires. Private conversations, understanding, and connections are fortunate now. You might choose this time to share an emotional burden or to work on healing efforts. You can have much success sorting out feelings and emotions now. You might have an ace up your sleeve, and it’s a good idea to hold onto it until you truly need it! For some, there can be magnetic attractions experienced that are unexpected and intense. It’s a good time to commit to putting a bad habit or draining/toxic situation behind you.
Venus and Pluto form a pleasing trine in your social sectors today, Pisces, and this is a grounding but also very growth-oriented energy. This energy keeps you moving forward, slowly but surely, with an end goal in mind. You’re in good shape for taking a relationship, whether it’s a friendship or partnership, to a new level, and while this can range anywhere from subtle to dramatic, it feels good to know that others have your back. It can also be a successful time for quitting a bad habit, especially with support. The key is to include someone you trust in your plans. Brainstorming and collaboration are highly favored now. Your emotional engagement and passion are appreciated — and attractive! Some of you could be working towards a cherished goal or important cause with increased motivation and confidence. Contributions to and from a group can be excellent now, and networking efforts have rich rewards. The Moon spends the day in your sign and life seems a little more colorful as a result!
If You Were Born Today, October 3
Others are drawn to your lighthearted, essentially happy and hopeful personality. However, you’re not without an “edge”, and when you want something, you have tremendous stamina to draw upon. Your relationships are extremely important to you, and you can be impulsive in love, following your heart rather than pure logic. You crave security and stability, however, and your family and home life are vital to your sense of peace and happiness. Balance is what you seek, and you strive to be as fair as possible in your dealings with others.
Famous people born today: Thomas Wolfe, Gore Vidal, Chubby Checker, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Tommy Lee, Gwen Stefani, Neve Campbell, Ashlee Simpson.
Get A Jump on Tomorrow….
Your Daily Horoscopes for Tuesday, October 4th
You’re in good shape for concentrating and focusing on details and work this morning, Aries. In fact, you can feel pleasantly committed to a task now, and you take naturally to solving problems or making plans. This can also be a time for dedicating yourself to a health program. Ideas are useful for pursuing a particular goal, and conversations can readily turn to planning and strategy. Later today, it’s better to take a pause. You may have a feeling that you’ve missed something or you could feel vaguely restless or uncertain — especially prominent in your interactions with others. This may be due to a recent neglect of a need for more rest, replenishment of spirit, and spirituality. We’re building to excitement — a Full Moon in your sign as well as a Venus-Mars conjunction, both exact tomorrow, and a break is appropriate now.
In the first half of the day, you’re in great shape for tackling a work or health problem, dear Taurus. Your dedication and motivation are exemplary now. It’s an excellent time for attention to detail. However, as the day advances, uncertainty is possible in these very areas. This is temporary and a cue to take a break. If you feel overworked or underappreciated, take care of your own affairs or put them on hold until you feel the pleasure of certainty return. This, in fact, is likely to happen as early as tomorrow morning. We’re moving to a Full Moon, exact midday tomorrow, and emotions are building. Your intuition has strong messages for you with this lunation.
The first half of the day is excellent for focus and concentration, dear Gemini. You can feel pleasantly committed to a person, hobby, or creative pursuit now. Time to yourself spent on expressive or leisure activities can feel soothing and healing. You’re also expressing yourself with more authority and personal presence now. While we’re winding up to a Full Moon and a Venus-Mars alignment, exact tomorrow, tonight can require some winding down. Some confusion about your larger goals can interfere with the enjoyment of the moment. Hunches can be a little difficult to trust later today, making it wiser to remain on the fence until your head clears. Tomorrow’s Full Moon can help reveal things for you, so wait it out.
This can be a good time for concentrating on family or a practical project, dear Cancer. These are great stress relievers now! Focusing on thing and one step at a time serves you well in the first half of the day. Working from — or on — the home can be successful. As well, you’re in good shape for making plans related to home and family matters. However, as the day advances, you may feel the need to regroup as restlessness or uncertainty are likely, especially if you’ve been ignoring your needs for fantasy, imagination, and adventure in your life. It’s best not to make waves just for now as we prep for a Full Moon that will occur tomorrow and confidence may take a brief dip.
Mental focus comes readily in the first half of the day, Leo, and you can feel pleasantly devoted to your current tasks and interests. As well, people are taking you seriously and seeking you out for advice and answers. A commitment might be made to a new project, or you might help out a relative or acquaintance. Plans are easy to map out, and you feel organized. Even so, enthusiasm may take a dip later today, but this is temporary. As well, it’s likely a signal that you need to regroup and rest –or take a break from overthinking. Part of you just wants to get the job done, but another part is seeking out more depth and meaning. Tomorrow’s Full Moon and Venus-Mars alignment are sure to get you going again.
Mental discipline doesn’t always come easily with so many balls in the air these days, dear Virgo, but the first half of today favors it. You can feel particularly motivated to get money matters or business on track. This can also be a good time to put in the extra effort to build a talent or business. As the day advances, however, it’s time to decompress and regroup as the Sun and Neptune form an awkward angle, which serves to remind you of what you may have been missing. A partner’s behavior may serve to baffle you, or you can be craving a better connection with someone who might help you make some decisions and choices. As it stands, you may feel a little out of sync for the time being. It’s best to put overthinking on hold tonight. A Full Moon occurring tomorrow will bring more clarity. Even if it’s exaggerated initially, you’ll soon see the bigger picture about a matter.
The first half of the day is best approached logically, dear Libra, as Mercury and Vesta come to an alignment in your sign and pull your attention to those things that matter most to you. It’s a good time for working a little harder, feeling a stronger sense of commitment and purpose, and making detailed plans and schedules. Reserving time for yourself or your personal projects and initiatives makes sense now. As the day advances, however, the Sun in your sign forms an awkward angle to Neptune, and until you recognize the need to slow down and consider your need to check in with your intuition, you may feel a little off-center. There could be a feeling of being undervalued or even undercut, but this is temporary. A brief lull can serve to slow you down long enough to explore alternate routes and to make necessary adjustments.
You’re in an excellent position for independent or behind-the-scenes work in the first half of the day, Scorpio, and you can feel mentally clear and focused. You might engage in a conversation with someone about the past or private matters, and this can be healing, or you simply give more thought to an issue that requires some wrapping up or the tying of loose ends. As the day advances, however, you might wrestle with some restlessness until you acknowledge the need to check in with your intuition. All of a sudden, you may not feel as clear about your next step or on how to wrap something up. This is temporary and a signal to slow down. In fact, with a Full Moon occurring tomorrow, you’d do well to wind down and regroup tonight.
In the first half of the day, you may find it easy and natural to commit to a goal, cause, or venture, dear Sagittarius. You tend to narrow your focus in a good way as you focus on important details. You’ll find it particularly healing and soothing to focus on cherished dreams or hopes, friends, or networking now. As the day advances, you may be questioning the very things you felt confident or sure about in the morning. This is temporary, however. Misunderstandings could leave you feeling a bit insecure, but slowing down is useful now. Regroup and relax for best results tonight. A Full Moon and Venus-Mars alignment occur tomorrow, revving things up. They’ll also bring more clarity and courage.
An alignment at the top of your solar chart this morning increases your commitment to a responsibility, your performance, or a long-term goal, Capricorn. With a clear goal in mind, you can be uniquely focused and ambitious in the first half of the day. Tuning out distractions comes easily, and you tend to communicate with more conviction and authority. As the day advances, however, you could be doubting a thing or two. This feels a bit chaotic, but in truth, you’re in need of a checkpoint now, particularly if you’ve been neglecting your need to feed your imagination. Feeling overwhelmed is temporary. Take time to recollect yourself. Treat tonight as an opportunity to slow down and find yourself again.
The energies of the morning help you concentrate on details and focus your attention, dear Aquarius. This is a very good time to commit to self-improvement activities and better attention to your studies or mind expansion and learning. While you’re sure to enjoy this certainty and focus, as the day advances, you may temporarily lose a little faith. In fact, this is a reminder to honor your needs for imagination, daydreaming, and spiritual sustenance, because if you ignore these things, you may get to a state of easy distraction and restlessness. Take time to unwind and regroup. The Full Moon and a Venus-Mars alignment tomorrow are sure to bring more courage, clarity, and excitement to your life, and it’s wise to center yourself now.
This morning favors an intensive focus on personal interests, research, and investigation, dear Pisces. You can benefit from reserving time to pour your mental energies and dedication into absorbing pursuits or passion projects. You can be so engaged and intrigued that you may spend a lot of time lost in thought or research. Some form of counseling or therapy, or simply a conversation about private matters with someone you trust, can be in focus. The second half of the isn’t as decided or certain, however. You may feel a little under the weather or demotivated temporarily, and this is a signal to regroup. A Full Moon and alignment between Venus and Mars tomorrow will grab your attention, but for now, unwind. Or, devote yourself to a cause or a learning opportunity.
Your Personal Daily Tarot Card for October 3
The Chariot is the representation of Victory and the personality traits required to attain victory. The Chariot indicates self-awareness and control. Courage—the ability to overcome fear and confront the unknown head on–is a primary ingredient of any victorious campaign and is denoted by the Chariot. So too is force of will. Often success is as much the product of will power and a refusal to surrender as it is anything else. The Chariot also represents the healthy personality of someone who believes in themselves; someone who can take control of the situation and bring events to a positive end. His successes come in competition with others.
Your Daily Love Tarot for October 3rd
It’s time to dig down to the bare bones of issues. Why did a once exciting relationship stagnate? Perhaps it is because now you love each other, but aren’t in love. Flames need rekindling. Create excitement rather than remain bored with each other. Feel, rather than just act as if you feel. Fill what now seems empty. Don’t be left wishing that you hadn’t let so much time go by.
Your Daily Erotic Tarot for October 3rd
When the Justice card appears, it’s a sign to approach things in an honest and fair way. So today isn’t just about ‘getting some’ – it’s about making the right choices that will lead you, perhaps more slowly than you desire, to what you want. In other words, there are no one night stands or quickies in the cards today! It takes discipline to hold back from acting on your impromptu carnal desires, but in the end it will have been worth it.
Rune of the Divine structure of intelligence in the human soul or psyche. Rune of the horizons of human existence and collective potential.
Psi: mind & memory (Hugin & Munin), the difference between human and all other life, development of the intellect, rational mind, perfected intelligence
Energy: psychic order of the gods reflected in humankind, projection of Self into time
Mundane: thinking, planning, analysis, the human condition, people at large (contemporary: the masses)
Divinations: Divine structure, sustainability, intelligence, awareness, social order, divine influence in life; or depression, mortality, blindness, self-delusion, collective suicide, bigotry, elitism, intellectual arrogance.
Your Weekly Influences for Tuesday, October 3rd
Six of Coins ReversedGloating of wealth and jealousy. Possesions may be in jeopardy.
The Ram is energetic, courageous, optimistic and obstinate. The Ram is not a quitter! He will get his way!
AirAir denotes freedom and the ability to transcent the mundane. You may be, or may soon experience a spiritual or secular liberation.
Your Ancient Symbol Card for Today
The Green Man
Where the Green Man appears the mystery and untamed energy of nature abounds. The Green Man indicates the presence of choices and powers that have not been muted by civilization. The Green Man represents the antithesis of technology and industrialization. He offers primal energies veiled in mystery and derived from the spirit of nature in its purest form.
As a daily card, The Green Man indicates you are in a place where you will be well served by exploring your place in the natural world. At the moment the wisdom that will serve you best cannot be found in books or on talk shows or extracted from today’s headlines. What’s called for is an affirmation of your place in the natural world.
Your Animal Spirit for Today
October 3, 2017
Fox medicine represents the ability to blend in. She can change colors to blend with the seasons—becoming almost invisible against a backdrop of snow or foliage. Fox also has an amazing sense of smell that enables her to sniff out dangerous situations. Be like a Fox—street smart and safety savvy—don’t call attention to yourself as today is a day of watch and wait.
Your Monthly MahJong Tile for October
The Entering tile indicates that barriers you now face will soon be lifted. Opportunity and success are ahead, but you must have the courage and energy to take advantage of them.
Your Monthly Domino for October
Now is a time for you to act on the basis of clear thought and analysis. Weigh all your choices before making any decisions. Seek solutions to your problems through logic and not emotion. To act on impulse may be very harmful to your future.
Crack the Cookie
The Wisdom of Buddha
The mind is everything. What you think you become.
Your Earth Sky News for October 4th -Watch for Mars and Venus this week
Before dawn around now – early October, 2017 – use the dazzling planet Venus to find the rather faint red planet Mars in the sunrise direction. You might need binoculars to see Mars in the same binocular field of view with Venus. Fortunately, Venus and Mars will remain within a single binocular field for about a week – this first week of October. These two worlds will come closest together on the sky’s dome on or near October 5. At that juncture, the two planets will only be 0.2o (2/5ths of a moon-width) apart.
The rising time of Venus and Mars into the morning sky varies a bit worldwide. Just know that they rise before sunup, in the sunrise direction. If you want an exact time, you might click here for a recommended almanac. Given an unobstructed eastern horizon at mid-northern latitudes, the planetary twosome rises about 2 hours before sunrise. At temperate latitudes in the Southern Hemisphere, Venus and Mars come up in the east about one hour before the sun.
Venus, the third-brightest heavenly body after the sun and moon, outshines Mars by some 200 times right now.
In fact, at present, Mars appears about as dim as it ever gets in our sky. That’s because the red planet is now moving on the far side of the sun as seen from Earth; and moreover, Mars is only a few days shy of aphelion – its farthest point from the sun. Greatest distance from the sun – and Mars on the far side of the sun from us – means Mars is about as far away from Earth now as it can be.
Mars is faint now, but watch! In the coming months, Earth will be coming up fast on Mars in our smaller orbit, causing Mars to reach opposition on July 27, 2018. Then this world will be approximately 6.5 times closer to Earth, and some 70 times brighter in our sky, than it is now.
2018 will be a wonderful time to see Mars. At the July 2018 opposition, Mars will become the fourth-brightest celestial body to light up our sky, after the sun, moon and Venus. It’ll be brighter than the king planet Jupiter! That’s because, in 2018, Mars and Earth will be closer than they’ve been since 2003.
As 2017 comes to a close, look for Mars to climb upward each day in the eastern sky, away from the glare of sunrise. Meanwhile, watch for Venus to fall closer to the rising sun day by day.
This means that – in the coming few days – you can watch for Mars to climb higher in the east than Venus.
This great conjunction of Venus and Mars in the eastern morning sky favors the Northern Hemisphere, although it can seen from the Southern Hemisphere as well. At mid-northern latitudes, get up at least 90 minutes before the sun to view Venus and Mars with either the unaided eye or an optical aid.
Wishing you clear skies for the upcoming morning spectacle!
Bottom line: The close conjunction of Mars and Venus – when they have the same right ascension (equivalent to earthly longitude) comes on October 5, 2017. Then the two worlds are 0.2 degrees – or 2/5ths of a moon-width – apart.
Bruce McClure has served as lead writer for EarthSky’s popular Tonight pages since 2004. He’s a sundial aficionado, whose love for the heavens has taken him to Lake Titicaca in Bolivia and sailing in the North Atlantic, where he earned his celestial navigation certificate through the School of Ocean Sailing and Navigation. He also writes and hosts public astronomy programs and planetarium programs in and around his home in upstate New York.
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A Little Humor For Your Day
ARIES Dear God, please give me patience… and could you do it right now?
TAURUS Dear God, help me accept change, but not too quick.
GEMINI Dear God! Who is God? Where is God? Why is God?
CANCER Dear God!!!
VIRGO Dear God, please make us perfect and don’t mess it up like You did the last time.
LIBRA Dear God, please help me to be decisive, but on the other hand, what do you think is best?
SCORPIO Our Father, forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors, even though the b*****ds don’t deserve it!
SAGITTARIUS Dear Lord, if I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a million times, help me stop exaggerating.
CAPRICORN Dear God! I’d like to ask you to help me, but I learned a long time ago not to rely on anyone else!
AQUARIUS Dear God, I know I like change, but this chaos is ridiculous!!
PISCES Dear Lord, as long as I’m going to drink this fifth of Scotch tonight, please use the stimulation for Thy glory.
Divine Mother, Almighty Mother, we pray for the victims of the Vegas shootings and others in their circle of family and friends who are grieving…
They’re hurting for many reasons, and we ask You to help them through this season of loss. We reach out to You, Our Divine Mother of compassion and our Source of every comfort, asking You to touch them with Your unfailing love and kindness. Comfort them as they’re going through their grief, give them hope and courage in the days to come.
For the days ahead will be difficult and filled with much pain. We ask Almighty Goddess that You put Your Mighty Arms around them and give them comfort and peace. Remind them that their loved ones are now in a better place. Remind them of your eternal promise to us all that we will be reunited one glorious days.
Till that day, Almighty Goddess, be with us all. In our moments of weakness, in the moments we can’t go on, let us feel your presence. Give us Your Love, Comfort & Peace for the dark days ahead. Give us the will to go on when it seems impossible to do so.
Almighty Goddess bless all of us who are grieving. Let us feel Your Divine Presence, now, when we need you most. Bless not only us but also our world. Bring peace and humanity back to our world. Fill those who have hatred in their heart for their fellow man into love. Let them lay down their guns and realize the value of life.
Please, Divine Mother, bring peace to our world so no one else has to suffer their loss of a loved one ever again to violence.
With You, Almighty Mother, all things are possible. You give us Your Love, Your Blessings and through You all things are possible. Mother, we now ask that you heal your children and bring peace to our world.