The Witches Digest for Sunday, January 14th (Part 2)

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The Witches Digest for Sunday, January 14th

(Part 2)

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Current Moon Phase for Sunday, January 14th

Waning Crescent
Illumination: 6%

The Moon today is in a Waning Crescent phase. In this phase the Moon’s illumination is growing smaller each day until the New Moon. During this phase the Moon is getting closer to the Sun as viewed from Earth and the night side of the Moon is facing the Earth with only a small edge of the Moon being illuminated. This phase is best viewed an hour or 2 before the sunrise and can be quite beautiful if you’re willing to get up early. It can also be a great time to see the features of the Moon’s surface. Along the edge where the illuminated portion meets the dark side, the craters and mountains cast long shadows making them easier to observe with a telescope or binoculars.

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Your Year ahead horoscope 2018

by Peter Watson, Astrologer

From The Astrology Room

The continuing story of Saturn and Uranus having a special influence on us all, personally, nationally and globally, becomes more interesting every day.

Last year these two potent planets made their way through fire signs, giving rise to much of the heightened activity, over-optimism and misspent energy that we witnessed. So what happens when they are making their way through earth signs?

Saturn has just moved into business-like Capricorn. And in mid-May, Uranus, the planet of the unexpected, enters the solid and stable sign of Taurus. Just as fire signs produce energy and impetuosity, the earth signs encourage discipline, certainty and reality. We can only wait to see whether Saturn and Uranus can influence us all in a positive way, resulting in success, innovation and care and consideration for those around us.

While Saturn is in Capricorn, the sign it rules, we should be able to look forward to commonsensical shifts in terms of government, construction, industry and institutions. Meanwhile Uranus should be encouraging technological advances – especially in money management – but also innovation in terms of fashion, agriculture, music and self-care. See what happens when these moves being made by Saturn and Uranus dominate our astrological charts and the direction in which we’re heading over the coming year.

ARIES  

Love
Late January’s Lunar Eclipse shines new light on relationships.  However, don’t believe everything you’re told, especially in March, in case you’re being deliberately misled. From late July you’ll be the one calling the shots so that by the time Uranus reverses into your sign on 6 November you respond positively to surprises sprung on you by someone trying to impress.  You’ll feel your popularity soar.

Wellness
Trying too hard to impress could bring on stress early in the year.  So pace yourself properly. Summer should find you benefiting from greater self-care.  From October new thinking in terms of your psychological well-being will make you feel more stable in several areas of your life.  Take care, however, in late November and early December when retrograde Mercury leaves you doubting a mentor’s reliability.

Personal Breakthroughs
Rigorous Saturn occupying a potent point in your chart for the whole of 2018 will up your game at work or home.  And in May cosmic shifts will set you thinking about inventive ways to manage your money.  August’s Solar Eclipse will force you to reassess an intimate relationship.  In November look carefully at travel or an intellectual pursuit that has appealed for some while.

TAURUS 

Love
Put dark thoughts about someone close down to retrograde Mercury disrupting your peace of mind in early Spring.  Study meaningful messages arriving in mid-April.  And don’t let a Jupiter-Neptune link convince you all your dreams are coming true around 25 May – and again in August. Somebody may be over-promising.  Pluto will help you uncover the truth during September.  December finds your hopes soaring, quite justifiably.

Wellness
Over-thinking could hold you back regarding health regimes you’re tempted to try until Uranus entering your sign in mid-May makes you more daring.  During Summer you won’t let inhibitions hamper inventive ways of developing mind, body and spirit.  Extreme exercise or cycling could be on the cards, although by September you’ll enter a self-reflective phase.  In mid-November you’ll stop questioning the value of something beneficial.

Personal Breakthroughs
Confusion in the family should be clarified by the time of the Lunar Eclipse on 31 January.  Professional or financial rewards will arrive with the Solar Eclipse in mid-February.  In May you’ll see how a relationship can be enhanced, provided you do your share of the work.   And in late Summer you’ll solve long-ongoing problems.  Jupiter in Sagittarius from November highlights property or financial deals.

GEMINI 

Love
The more energy you put into romance the better, especially after late January when Mars enters Sagittarius.  Good outcomes are likely before Easter and you’ll be aware of  a different kind of love from early August with gentle Venus in Libra.  By November you’ll regain hope in a situation which has sometimes seemed unsalvageable.  Somebody’s uncharacteristic behaviour could take your breath away around 20 December.

Wellness
Optimistic Jupiter dominates the health section of your chart for most of 2018. But your mind and body cannot take care of themselves.  A Jupiter-Mars link in January makes this the year for innovative means of remaining fit, strong and happy.  Explore hot yoga or mindfulness in April, May and August. In September you’ll make a major investment in yourself.  Encouraging news arrives around 2 December.

Personal Breakthroughs
Joint projects flourish from early January with positive ways of handling everyday work or financial matters appearing in mid-April.  Rewards arrive in May with the Jupiter-Neptune link.  And money-related or family negotiations will succeed due to two Solar Eclipses, one in July, the other in August.  During autumn you’ll see that much of what’s good about your life stems from the support of somebody special.

CANCER 

Love
Jupiter in a light-hearted sector of your chart should produce high spirits for much of the year.  But avoid over-promising as the Sun confronts Saturn in March.  You’ll discover a great deal about yourself and someone close under the glare of the Full Moon on 28 June.  Long-awaited news warms your heart in mid-August.  Save some energy for fun-filled escapades from Autumn to the end of the year.

Wellness
Start taking better care of yourself when the Solar Eclipse occurs on 15 February. And be wary of someone’s secret agenda while Mercury’s retrograde for three weeks from 23 March.  A quick-fix concerning health and fitness will fall short in May or August.  Avoid excess in November and around 20 December with the Sun allied to Uranus try robust pursuits such as Zumba or skateboarding.

Personal Breakthroughs
Inventive ways to capitalise on your resources will be highlighted by the Lunar Eclipse in late January.  In April speak your mind about relationship issues.  And a Solar Eclipse in your sign on 13 July highlights special talents going to waste.  Enjoy professional or financial rewards arriving on 25 September and whatever manifests once Uranus returns to the highest point in your chart in November.

LEO 

Love
Doubts about a romantic relationship will ease in mid-February.  And you  must make light of minor tiffs occurring in July when the Sun challenges Mars.  The situation isn’t nearly as threatening as it seems.  Your confidence in your closest relationship is restored in September.  And someone saying all the wrong things in late Autumn will compensate for it by December when Mercury’s no longer retrograde.

Wellness
Up-tight feelings will fade once you’re used to sober Saturn occupying the fitness section of your chart for the whole of 2018.  Seek creative ways to relax (try Headspace.com).  Energy levels should soar when Mars changes sign in mid-March.  Health supplements or inspirational fitness classes boost your morale in April and again September brought about by powerful Pluto.  In November refuse to abandon a challenging regime.

Personal Breakthroughs
Revelations about your own behaviour will encourage you to treat others differently as a result of two Eclipses – one in January, the other in February.   Your progress will become obvious when two further Eclipses occur during the Summer.  Professional or personal misunderstandings will be ironed out around 19 August.  And remember you deserve to play hard as well as work hard.  Seize travel opportunities in December.

VIRGO 

Love
Nothing should inhibit you in your dealings with someone special.  Being flirtatious pays off in February when the Sun befriends Saturn.  And in mid-April Jupiter and Pluto persuade you to be even more daring.   In early Summer a long-held dream comes true.  Developments in August will be even more heart-warming than anticipated. Unexpected discoveries in November and a robust heart-to-heart in mid-December boost your spirits.

Wellness
Indifference towards exercise will be highlighted in mid-February when you’re forced to change your ways.  If your enthusiasm dips accept help from those offering support.   And by the time of the Lunar Eclipse in July you’ll look and feel quite different.  Someone’s competitive streak will mean you strive even harder to remain strong and stable, especially from September to November when Mars provides an extra push.

Personal Breakthroughs
Unfounded fears will fade by late January.  Springtime should find you approaching life in a more light-hearted way, especially when Jupiter collaborates with Pluto on 14 April.  Close relationships will become less intense in mid-May.  In July re-assess how much support others need from you.  By September communications flow freely. And in November with Uranus and Jupiter changing signs partnership or family problems are eased.

LIBRA 

Love
Clarification regarding an intensely personal relationship will arrive with the Solar Eclipse in mid-February but don’t burn the midnight oil too often.  Meaningful discussions arise about a romance or marriage during Spring.  Someone will light up your life in late July.  However a calmer phase ends when Uranus shakes things up while entering Aries in November.  Around 20 December put life back into something waning.

Wellness
Discouraging words from rivals mustn’t prevent you enhancing your appearance and fitness levels during Spring.  And by 25 May a Jupiter-Neptune  link proves it’s worth spending money on how you look and feel.  You’ll suffer from excesses in the Summer and by 19 August you should use running and Pilates – plus massage – to get back into shape.  Mars helps you combat a lazy streak from mid-November.

Personal Breakthroughs
Give in and enjoy a light-hearted distraction in mid-February and you’ll never regret it.  And by the time of the Solar Eclipse in July you’ll be told that you are ahead of the game by somebody influential.  Financially you could do well in September when a Jupiter-Pluto alliance highlights investments or property.  Expect unusual and exciting developments in terms of one powerful relationship in November.

SCORPIO 

Love
Don’t be disappointed if, romance-wise, the year starts slowly.  Heightened planetary activity during February and March will compensate.  And you’ll adopt a liberated approach to relationships with Uranus in Taurus from mid-May to November.  Neptune will spice things up even more.  But don’t believe everything you’re told in early August.  And refuse to have your head turned by someone or something unfamiliar before the year ends.

Wellness
Stop resisting alternative ways of keeping well and strong.  Early in 2018 you’ll need to do some work on yourself.  And you mustn’t let retrograde Mercury dampen your spirits in March and April.  Slightly unusual interests – spinning or homeopathy – should help. A Uranus-Neptune connection impacting the well-being section of your chart will ensure that goals are achieved around 15 December with the help of someone intriguing.

Personal Breakthroughs
Misinformation about long-term goals will be clarified when a Lunar Eclipse occurs in a powerful sector of your chart in late January.  By expressing your creativity in May and again in August you’ll draw a crowd.  Dig deep and you’ll find whatever’s required to heal a rift with neighbours or relatives in Autumn.   A windfall arriving in November when Jupiter enters Sagittarius could be a life-changer.

SAGITTARIUS 

Love
Disruption within a relationship should cease around mid-January.  But retrograde Mercury might shake things up again during the first half of April. You must take some surprising news in your stride around mid-summer.  In November Uranus reversing into a romantic section of your chart reminds you why one particular person or situation excites you so much.  In December a fantasy becomes a reality – or does it?

Wellness
Shake off the winter gloom with a detox diet and gentle exercise.  By late March the positive outcomes will be indisputable. Between May and November, Uranus will help you decide to seek support from a personal trainer or some form of counselling in order to address an issue that’s bothered you for a while.  Aim for a sense of achievement by the end of the year.

Personal Breakthroughs
Follow your instincts regarding money-making schemes early in the year and a Jupiter-Pluto link will enhance your profits.   You should be proud of a joint project bringing out the best in you and a partner around 13 July. A journey or get-together that’s been delayed will get under way in August.  Personal triumphs in November when Jupiter enters your sign give rise to a celebration.

CAPRICORN 

Love
If love and romance go through dull patches early in 2018 Uranus changing signs in May will spice things up.  Embrace exciting new ideas so that the Eclipse on 13 July helps you prove you’re not hide-bound by convention.  Be wary of someone’s sudden change of attitude later in Summer.  And if the on-off nature of this person’s behaviour becomes too disconcerting in November, tackle it.

Wellness
You’re getting used to having your ruler, Saturn, in your sign.  So anything structured or formal should appeal – say, gym memberships or a personal trainer.  By late April, when Venus enters Gemini, your investment will pay off.  In early September something overheard or misinterpreted mustn’t derail a commitment you intend to make.   Late November finds you or somebody else assessing your physical or emotional well-being.

Personal Breakthroughs
Eclipses in January and February open your eyes to professional or money-related areas.  You’ll start to reflect on home, property or family matters from mid-April and by August you’ll realise that you’ve made all the right moves.  You’ll be hit with some kind of group gathering in September when Jupiter is positively aligned to Pluto.  An enlightened approach to domesticity will becomes apparent in November.

AQUARIUS 

Love
New light will be shone on a marriage or romance late in January.  Spring and early Summer find you going through frivolous phrases, occasionally.  However, by July you’ll have to face subtle questions about what’s going on.  The Solar Eclipse on 11 August offers resolutions. If having to assert yourself over a complex relationship try to do so before mid-November when power-packed Mars leaves your sign.

Wellness
Let the Full Moon in early 2018 set the tone for a year that’s about how you are rather than who you are.  In mid-May expect a wake-up call regarding self-care. And by July you’ll see the results of your efforts.  Attend to an age-old insecurity resurfacing due to a Sun-Pluto clash in October.  Around 22 December you’ll decide you’ve been doing all the right things.

Personal Breakthroughs
Early in 2018 you’ll understand what somebody’s really about. With help from a Jupiter-Pluto connection in April you’ll put a long-held fear of being seen in public to one side.  And Uranus in the bricks and mortar sign of Taurus from May to November will enable you to re-think a family or property set-up.  Messages from someone in authority will make you feel valued in December.

PISCES 

Love
Somebody’s selfishness will make you angry. Don’t take things so personally that in February and April minor spats become major battles.  Venus entering a sentimental section of your chart in May will soften your attitude.  During the following weeks you’ll become more receptive to the feelings of whoever is involved.  Be ready to speak from the heart around the time of early November’s New Moon.

Wellness
Two Eclipses – Lunar in January, Solar in August – energise the well-being section of your chart.  This defines a period during which you should tackle lifestyle issues. Promise yourself that by the time Summer arrives you’ll be A1 fit and healthier than ever before.  Ignore someone suggesting you’ve become self-obsessed when the Sun clashes with Uranus in Autumn and, again, in early December when Mercury’s playing tricks.

Personal Breakthroughs
Enjoy a sense of liberation now that Saturn’s left an influential part of your chart.  You can achieve great things, personally and professionally throughout the year, turning a financial hiccup to your advantage in mid-April.  Your sudden urge to travel far and wide in August will be prompted by Jupiter and Neptune, planet of dreams.  November’s news encourages big spending before 2018 comes to a close.

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Your Love Horoscopes For The Week beginning 14th January)

by Sarah Bartlett, Author

From The Astrology Room

With Venus now moving on into laid-back Aquarius, we should all be welcoming new romance if single, and just feeling the joys of love if attached.

However, with Jupiter’s cautious influence in Scorpio, it will come as no surprise that any suggestions of future commitment will be met with hesitation. Just make sure you stay light-hearted and ready for positive change in the weeks to come.

ARIES

If single, it feels like there is a chapter closing, or maybe a new one beginning? If attached, maybe just a realisation that it’s time to welcome change, or evolve together rather than apart. This week, relationship wounds are dumped, but more importantly, you can free yourself from your attachment to those very injuries.

TAURUS

It’s a time when, if you don’t accept you need to rethink about the way you love, you will simply end up sabotaging your feelings. Similarly, you might deny your desire for someone, saying ‘no, of course I don’t feel that, who me?’ That ‘feeling’ is something you’ve got to now acknowledge and express.

GEMINI

Thanks to Venus moving into Aquarius, you have the charm factor, diplomatic skills and relationships are light-hearted and creative. This week your face in the mirror is more self-aware. If single, you draw intelligent characters into your life. In fact, you are natural, seductive, authoritative and balanced again.

CANCER

If you can be less worried about staying in control of a romantic situation, and more open to what may be, you will discover better communication with someone too. On offer is sexual honesty, tolerance, space and acceptance of your differences. Try it all out and see how vitalizing it can be

LEO

Now no-one likes to be emotionally blackmailed. But there does seem to be someone who’s intent on profiting from your generous heart right now. This week, you really have no choice but to break free from the chains of those who are taking advantage, and show that you have the courage to be a little selfish too.

VIRGO

It’s time to stop telling yourself you’re not good enough to be loved. Also, give up on that distorted thinking where you pick out something negative about your admirer and dwell on it to the exclusion of anything else. Welcome the positive, and you welcome true love into your world.

LIBRA

You’re either falling in love with someone new or tangled up in a love knot. Of course, you might simply obey the ‘rules’ of the love game and play safe. But can you honestly say that you will ‘obey’ anyone apart from yourself? Do whatever it is you have to do your own way, but at least honour your independence.

SCORPIO

It’s time to listen, appreciate and open your heart to what you truly want. If you are loving your partner because of their talents, then please remember that you have those gifts too. The planets simply confirm to you that it’s never too late to be as ambitious in love as you are for your future.

SAGITTARIUS

This week, you have every opportunity to achieve great personal happiness in any new venture.  But remember, there will be times when you feel like you’re having to battle a lover or partner to be heard. So enjoy a little light-hearted banter and some intriguing fun.

CAPRICORN

There’s really no choice but to open up about your true values. Consider whether you feel under some obligation from others, from your partner if attached, or if single, just from your own sense of self-doubt?  Knock them all, metaphorically, on the head, and get on and live.

AQUARIUS

A sudden realisation is that you’re about to embark on a course of romantic bliss. This week, you discover exactly the truth about your own feelings and someone else’s. So let love work its magic for you – it’s now or never to make a commitment to your happiness.

PISCES

Admirers or partners are probably more worried about their own self-development than about any spiritual affinity with you right now. But behind any hard-edged ego is also another lonely child who has a soul like your own. This week you can start to make romantic tracks again towards the merger of true soul-mates.

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For The Singles: Your Daring Dating Horoscopes for the Week Beginning 13th January

David Wells, Astrologer

From The Astrology Room

ARIES (March 21st-April 20th)

There’s nothing wrong with fancying a something a little unusual, said with tongue in cheek. Venus’s move into Aquarius, Thursday, brings an eclectic mix to your love life, brings you to a place where all your usual rules go out the window. Good!

TAURUS (April 21st-May 21st)

You know what you’d like to see, you know how someone should approach you, but that doesn’t mean to say that’s what you get? Put aside how you think things should go and get ready from some unexpected romantic advances Taurus.
GEMINI (May 22nd-June 21st)

Even though things could move from intense to mayhem and back again, a new romance could be worth hanging onto if you’re prepared to put the effort in? It’s not going to be plain sailing Gemini, but it could all lead to a greater understanding that leads to happier shores than ever before.
CANCER (June 22nd-July 23rd)

You may not know who is sending the flowers, but in your head the attention is clearly coming from you know who, smile and wave, smile and wave. It’s not. Love has some surprises for you this week Cancer, not a bad thing at all, in fact it could be rather lovely.
LEO (July 24th-August 23rd)

As Venus moves into your relationship sky from Thursday, you might want to think about how much you flirting you do with anyone you’re only half interested in. Half interested isn’t enough Leo, Venus will demand all or nothing at all.
VIRGO (August 24th-September 23rd)

With a new Moon in your new romance sky, guess what you could be getting this week? It’s not rocket science Virgo, and given there’s some many planets waiting to support the Moon’s effort it also won’t take you long to get into orbit over someone new.
LIBRA (September 24th-October 23rd)

Sometimes you feel as if nothing is going your way, it’s all promises and nothing happens, but things are changing and even though it’s later this week those changes are for the best. At last you’re on your ruler’s to-do list, take that any way you want. And you will.
SCORPIO (October 24th-November 22nd)

With Mars moving away from Jupiter in your sign you could be calming yourself, considering if that approach from Shirley in sales is what you really want or whether Tom in packing does it for you? Don’t rush Scorpio, not for Tom, Dick or Harriet.
SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd-December 21st)

You can’t be the only one who has noticed someone flirting with you, surely others can see that too? Flirting? Brushing up against you in a tank-top may have been an accident Saggi? Before you go hiring the co-op hall for the reception, make sure there’s good reason.
CAPRICORN (December 22nd-January 20th)

If you’re in the mood for some come hither you could be in luck, but you’re going to have to act fast. The Moon is in your sign, new, on the 17th and that’s one day before Venus leaves you. There’s a very small window to really make an impression. Smile.
AQUARIUS (January 21st-February 19th)

Venus is in your sign from Thursday. Until then she’s reminding you of all those things that so-called partner of yours did, what he or she didn’t do and how you’ve sworn off seeing anyone else ever again. Hello Sailor. Out with the old, in with the new.
PISCES (February 20th-March 20th)

When you get to the end of the day and discover you’ve had two texts, one like and an offer of a late-night sherry from Wanderlust of Wolverhampton and realise you can’t be bothered with any of it. Park it, give yourself some you time.

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Your Daily Horoscopes for Sunday 14th January

Claire Petulengro, Astrologer

From The Astrology Room

ARIES (March 21st-April 20th)
Being on time even if it’s a Sunday, is imperative to you keeping the peace this weekend. Listen when younger faces speak today. There is much you can and will learnt about what’s been going on.

TAURUS (April 21st-May 21st)
You’re tired and feel that you’ve lost your direction. I also see that those you thought had your best interests at heart let you down and left you feeling unsure who you can trust.

GEMINI (May 22nd-June 21st)
Friends may let you down, but what they will be doing in the long run is proving to you how well you can manage on your own. A new flirtation reminds you of an old one, but actually couldn’t be more different.

CANCER (June 22nd-July 23rd)
If you don’t like something, then change it Cancer. If you can’t change it, then try changing your attitude. By being honest about what you want from your future you will find out who can and will travel with you to your future.

LEO (July 24th-August 23rd)
Every day in every way you are getting better and better Leo. You no longer rely on those who let you down because you know they will do so again. Bingo, the penny has dropped.

VIRGO (August 24th-September 23rd)
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent Virgo, so keep eyes forward and stop looking over your shoulder to your past. A better mood in the home awaits if you are willing to meet an older person halfway.

LIBRA (September 24th-October 23rd)
You say you want help, but then you turn your back on close ones when they offer it. Say what’s in your heart, not the half-truths which have been on your lips. New arrangements need rethinking.

SCORPIO (October 24th-November 22nd)
Do you need to tell tales on friends, or do you want to? There’s a big difference and this is a question you must ask yourself sooner rather than later. Of course, you could always put your energies into sorting out your own needs. .

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd-December 21st)
Never give up on a dream, just because of the length of time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway my friend. You learn much about your past you did not know this month and it makes you a better person.

CAPRICORN (December 22nd-January 20th)
If you think you can you will and if you think you can’t you won’t. These are words which rang true with you in the past and which will also make your present an easier path to follow.

AQUARIUS (January 21st-February 19th)
No one can drive you crazy unless you give them the keys. Don’t bite to negative comments today, but instead try to focus on the many new and positive influences who are waiting to adore you.

PISCES (February 20th-March 20th)
Although things will not go to plan, what does happen will tell you a lot about how far close one’s are willing to go for you. Playing games in love tonight is not an option worth considering.

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If You Were Born Today, Sunday, January 14th

You are success-oriented and generally good with money. Your character is strong and you are especially noticeable. You are aware that you can’t please everyone, and this is something you accept. In fact, there will always be some people who are intimidated by your strong personality and one-track focus, but this doesn’t concern you as much as it might others. You are organized and somewhat conservative. Highly attractive, in love, however, you can be a little contradictory and challenging to understand! Famous people born today: Faye Dunaway, Emily Watson, LL Cool J, Andy Rooney, Jason Bateman.

Your Birthday Year Forecast:

Jupiter transits in harmony with your Sun this year, and you have a stronger than usual desire to improve, grow, and learn. This is a fortunate aspect that helps boost optimism and confidence, and you are able to attract fortunate circumstances into your life as a result. Problems are easier to resolve. Matters related to universities, higher education, organized religion, publishing, legal affairs, and foreign interests can be especially strong. It’s a strong time to further your education. You are likely to enjoy a larger perspective on matters that keeps you from getting lost in details or overly frustrated by everyday stresses.

Personal magnetism is tremendous this year. You are playfully competitive and might win a major competition, if applicable. This is a good period for creative projects and joining with others in pursuing a common goal.

You have tremendous enterprising spirit this year, attracting strong opportunities on both professional and personal levels. You are able to see the “big picture”, which helps you plan effectively. You have significantly more courage and gumption, making the year ahead a standout one in which you are ready to try new things and take on challenges.

Your ability to concentrate and focus is enhanced this year with Mercury conjunct Saturn in the Solar Return chart. This sometimes suggests a need for solitude when you work or a year in which you often retreat to work on specific tasks on your own. You might be required to travel for business purposes. It can also indicate that young people in your life are more mature or serious in their approach to life. Thinking in realistic and practical terms is your best bet, and the need for tangible results for your efforts is strong.

You have a stronger than usual desire to improve and learn this year, with opportunities emerging to match. Optimism and confidence are with you, and you are able to attract fortunate circumstances into your life as a result. Problems are easier to resolve. Your social life will likely increase and bring you in contact with helpful people. Travel opportunities are likely. Pinnacle successes can occur during this period – for example, publishing an important project, graduating, marrying, having a child, getting a promotion, and so forth. Matters related to universities, higher education, organized religion, publishing, legal affairs, and foreign interests proceed smoothly. It’s a good time to seek out advanced training or to further your education. You are likely to enjoy good humor, optimism, and a larger perspective on matters that keeps you from getting lost in details or overly frustrated by everyday stresses and strains.

Some disruptions in your friendships and attachments are possible with Venus in hard aspect to Uranus in your Solar Return. Unusual attractions (to people and things) can have you acting on a whim. You may deal with freedom versus closeness issues in your relationships. This Uranian energy may play out on other levels related to socializing, spending, and pleasure. For example, vacation plans may go awry or agreements could be broken. Impulsive spending is something to watch for.

This can be a year in which you are bolder, more assertive, and energetic. You are especially interested in setting goals and challenges for yourself this year, and taking the necessary action to meet them. You may meet or interact with others who encourage or inspire you in some way to have more confidence in yourself.

Your passions and enthusiasm run high in the period ahead, and you find it natural to channel this extra energy constructively. This is an excellent year for enterprising endeavors and new interests, but equally as potent for relationships and creativity. You’re drawn instinctively to certain projects that have long-term value. It can be an especially creative, tuned-in year for self-expression, not only verbally but through hobbies, games, or sports.

2018 is a Number Eight year for you. Ruled by Saturn. This is a year of power and accomplishment. Actively seeking to expand, taking educated risks, and moving forward are highlighted. This is a year of opportunity, particularly in the material and business world, and opportunities need to be seized. It’s generally not a year to find a new love partner, simply because the focus is on the material world and your place in the world. This is a problem-solving year in which you can expect real, tangible results. Advice – take action, plan ahead, seize opportunities.

2019 will be a Number Nine year for you. Ruled by Mars. This is a year of completion and transition. It is a time when we need to let go of things that no longer serve their purpose, and hold on to things that have a future. It is a time of cleaning out dead wood, not necessarily for new beginnings. It can be a time when a burden has been taken off your shoulders, and it can be a year of giving of yourself. Advice – let go of things that are holding you back, give of yourself and express your sympathetic, compassionate side.

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Get A Jump On Tomorrow….

Your Horoscopes for Monday, January 15th

Claire Petulengro, Astrologer

From The Astrology Room

ARIES (March 21st-April 20th)
To fall in love with yourself is the first key to happiness Aries. I know recent events led to you over analyzing your bad points, but you have since learnt from them and built on your positive attributes.
TAURUS (April 21st-May 21st)
Don’t lead on those you know you are not really interested in. You will only end up feeling frustrated if you do. Put your time into those you do like. You’ll soon see you’re not worlds apart but words away from a connection.
GEMINI (May 22nd-June 21st)
You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving. You see this by the actions you are willing to take for those around you today. Good news is headed your way concerning legal or professional documentation.
CANCER (June 22nd-July 23rd)
Don’t go back to something or someone which didn’t work the first-time round It would be an even worse ride the second time. Knowing what you really want can help attract the right suitors to your life.
LEO (July 24th-August 23rd)
Staying silent about what you are unhappy about is only going to lead to a build-up of stress and tension. Be honest with yourself and others. It will ensure you get the respect I know is so important to a sign such as you.
VIRGO (August 24th-September 23rd)
True friends are like diamonds, precious and rare. False friends are like the autumn leaves, found everywhere. Today you understand what it takes to be happy. This will mean major changes and a happier future than you’d dreamed!
LIBRA (September 24th-October 23rd)
I can see your patience is wearing thin over an event you thought you had control of but which you now realise is running away with you. Be strong today, be bold and above all say no when you mean no.
SCORPIO (October 24th-November 22nd)
You think you know what lies ahead in a personal matter, but you are wrong. What your future holds is some pleasant surprises. You may get to have your faith restored in human nature.
SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd-December 21st)
Try not to cancel arrangements you have made just because you are nervous. It would be far better for you to throw yourself into what lies ahead with your whole heart. You’ll prove to others how serious your intentions are if you do.
CAPRICORN (December 22nd-January 20th)
Baby steps are the way to walk towards your future. They will also ensure that you get to the bottom of what has been going on behind closed doors in recent days and weeks.
AQUARIUS (January 21st-February 19th)
I know you think you have messed up with some of the decisions you have made this week. However, you have learnt some valuable lessons on how not to do things, so you are richer in experience.
PISCES (February 20th-March 20th)
The most beautiful discovery true friends make, is that they can grow separately without growing apart. You don’t have to do the same things as those you love all the time. Recognize this and you will be rich in understanding.

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Tarot Card of the Day

Five of Cups


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The Five of this suit traditionally portrays the mess that is left after an emotional upheaval, such as a tantrum or fit of rage. Consequences run the gamut from a hangover and lost wages, to abuse and ruined relationships.

This card is also sometimes called Inheritance, suggesting the cross-generational legacy of such tragedies. Violent family patterns magnified to a much larger scale can become war.

 

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Your Personal Love Tarot Card

The Chariot



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.

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Your Daily Rune for

Kenaz

Literally: “Torch” – Esoteric ‘Ken’ or Knowledge

 

Key Concepts: torch as a symbol of knowledge and intellect, illumination, searching for enlightenment, shedding light on matters, quest for truth, skills and abilities, creativity, art, craftsmanship, cunning, acquisition and application of knowledge, occult female secrets, intuition, enthusiasm in teaching/learning, study, kin-fire, opportunity, playfulness

Psi: observation, clarity of thought, cognitive faculties, humility

Energy: Controlled energy, transformation (pheonix fire), teaching/learning dynamic, illumination

Mundane:
art, technique, improvement of skills, school, the stars

Divinations:
Artistic or technical ability, craft, transformation, offspring, new information; or disease, decay, breakup, inability, lack of creativity, ignorance, arrogance, elitism, over-conceptualization

Governs:

Illumination (torchlight) when exploring transpersonal pathways
Creative inspiration, enthusiasm for learning
Exploration of paradigms in the search for truth
Exposing the hidden to gain new knowledge, esp. through study, reflection and new information
Strengthening of abilities in all realms
Female occult secrets
The light within, the observer

 

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 Your Animal Spirit Guide for Today

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The mind is everything. What you think you become.

 

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The Witches Digest for Sunday, January 14th

Winter FantasyI feel like the owl is laughing at me?

The Witches Digest for Sunday, January 14th

(Part 1)

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A Common Circle

We stand in the circle,
Together in common cause we celebrate,
Sabbath or Esbat it matters not.
We come together to show our love and devotion,
To the God and Goddess this day.
The Circle is cast and the Guardians are called,
We evoke the Lord and Lady to join us,
We dance and sing round and round,
asking for their blessing.
All individuals but for this short time we
come together as one,
Our energy empowers the circle,
Priest and Priestess our focus, they are
the key,
To casting forth the energy we gather.
Together as a community we are strong,
Within the circle our works are great.
The path matters not for when we stand together,
In the circle for we are one.

—A Journey with the Lady
Steven Spears

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Today is Sunday, January 14th

 

Traditionally, Sunday is the first day of the week. It is also known as the Lord’s Day from it original association with the Lord, that is, the Sun God, personified as Helios, Apollo, Ogmios, Mithras, and St. Elia. But in the Northern Tradition, the sun is seen as feminine, personified as the goddess known as Phoebe in East Anglia and Saule in eastern Europe. The sun rules the conscious element of the human being, the ego, the real self, and Sunday is the day on which this conscious power is at its most effective.

Deity: Sol

Zodiac Sign: Leo

Planet: Sun

Tree: Birch

Herb: Snakeroot

Stone: Ruby

Animal: Lion

Element: Fire

Color: Gold

Rune: Sigel

 

The Celtic Tree Month of Beth (Birch) (December 24 – January 20)

Runic Half Month of Peorth (womb, dice cup) ( January 13 – January 27)

Goddess of the Month of Hestia (December 26th – January 22nd)

 

Source

The Pagan Book of Days
Nigel Pennick

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Your Runic Forecast for the 1st Quarter of the Year (January through March)

Wunjo Reversed – The Rune of Joy, in the reversed position, points to the difficulties of making a positive change in the midst of negativity. The frustrations with everything that had occurred during 2017 are reaching a fever-pitch and the desire to make something-anything-happen to bring about a more positive change can obscure the larger issues that lie just beneath the surface. Part of resolving (paying) a karmic debt is to recognize our own role in what had gone before. This process is not something that can be rushed; to attempt to force reconciliation could lead to tragedy. The process of birth-whether in the physical world or the world of ideas-is a time fraught with peril. The process of labor cannot be forced and we have to be willing to allow things to move at their karmic pace-even if that pace only adds to the impatience we feel. All things in their time…

Source

2018 Stones and Stars-A Runic and Astrological Forecast Plus A Monthy Outlook for Love & Romance: The Karmic Wheel Turns
Lou Raedwulfe

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On Sunday, January 14th, We Honor The Three Fates

The Fates, the Goddesses of Destiny

Ancient Greek Goddesses and Nymphs – The Three Fates aka the Moirae

 

The Three Fates – The Moirae
Discover fascinating information about the sisters who were referred to as the Three Fates. They were also known as the Moirae in Greek mythology or the Parcae in Roman legends and were the goddesses of Destiny. The Ancient Greeks believed that three Fates regulated the duration of human existence and the destinies of mortals. They controlled the metaphorical thread of life, the good and bad moments of every mortal from birth to death.

 
Definition of the Three Fates (Moirae)
Who were the Three Fates of Ancient Greek mythology? The meaning and definition of Three Fates are as follows: Definition of Three Fates: The Three Fates were the goddesses who were reputed to be the personification of destiny, the weavers of fate who determined when life began, when it ended and all that happened in between. The names of the Three Fates were Clotho, Lachesis and Atropos. Life is woven by Clotho, measured by Lachesis and the thread of life is cut by Atropos.

 
Genealogy of the Three Fates (Moirae)
According to most sources of Greek Mythology the three Fates were the daughters of Zeus, the king of the gods and and Themis, one of the Titanides. The primordial deities Chaos, the first of all divinities and Nyx, the dark goddess of Night are named in other sources, as are the Titan Cronus with Ananke, the goddess of inevitability and the personification of destiny, necessity and fate. The children of Nyx and Erebus also included Doom (Moros), Old Age (Geras), Divine Retribution (Nemesis), Death and Sleep (Thanatos and Hypnos), Strife (Eris, the goddess of Discord), Charon, the Keres and other personifications. There was a link between the Moirae and the Tyche the goddess of fortune and luck. The family members and genealogy of the Fates are detailed in the following family tree, providing an overview of the relationships between the Fates and some of the principle Greek gods and goddesses of the Underworld.

 
The Three Fates (Moirae)
The three goddesses accepted as the Fates were the personification of destiny, inevitability and fortune. Each of the three Fates, the weavers of fate, had specific tasks that they were divided between them. Clotho spun the thread, Lachesis measured it and Atropos cut the thread. Their name means “Parts.” “Shares” or “Alottted Portions.” The Three Fates (the Moirae) were believed to appear three nights after a child’s birth to determine the course of its life. As goddesses of birth, they had the power to prophesize the fate of the newly born, as goddesses of fate they clearly knew the future. Zeus was entitled the Leader of the Fates, and the three goddesses sat in attendance of his throne, presiding over the sacred laws of heaven. They were the distributors of good and bad fortune to mortals and to nations. The three Fates were also present at the birth of gods to declare their divine privileges and functions.

 
The Three Fates (Moirae) and the ‘Death Fates’ (the Keres)
Their was also a belief that a person’s ‘Ker’ or life force developed with his growth, either for good or evil. When the ultimate fate of a mortal was about to be decided, his ‘Ker’ was weighed in the balance by the Death Fates, the hateful goddesses of death called the Keres, and, according to its worth or worthlessness, life or death was awarded to the mortal in question. This concept originated in ancient Egyptian beliefs in which souls, including the ‘Ka’ were judged in the Hall of Two Truths where the heart was weighed against the feather of truth and their fate would be decided – either entrance into the perfect afterlife or to be sent to the Devourer of the Dead. It is therefore evident that according to the belief of the early Greeks, each individual had it in his power, to some extent, to shorten or prolong his own existence and not totally reliant on the judgement of the Fates.

 

The Three Fates (Moirae) – the Underworld and the Furies
As goddesses of death, the Fates appear together with the infernal goddesses called the Furies (Erinnyes) in Hades the Underworld. The Furies, also called the Erinyes, acted as agents of the Fates (Moirai), exacting the punishments decreed by the gods. The Fates spent some of their time in the Underworld, the province of Hades, the god of the Underworld. It was here that they kept the Archives of the Fates that contained the complete records of all mortals and events, on indestructible tablets of brass and iron. The wicked and evil dead were sent to be tormented by the Furies in Tartarus, a dark abyss, below the Underground – the equivalent of Hell. The Fates (Moirai) only allowed the good to pass to Elysium and the Elysian Fields.

 

The Three Fates – Clotho
Clotho was known as the “spinner” spun the thread of life from her distaff (a staff holding the bundle of unspun fibers) before being drawn onto her spindle (a shaft used to twist the yarn in spinning).
Clotho was depicted as a maiden
She was the youngest of the Moirae
Her symbol is a spindle
She had the power to make major decisions not only choosing who was born but also to decide if a mortal should be saved or put to death
Her Roman counterpart was called Nona

The Three Fates – Lachesis
Lachesis was known as the “allotter” measured the thread of life allotted to each person with her measuring rod. She was the ‘caster of lots’. (Casting lots meant throwing dice).
Lachesis was depicted as a matron
Her symbol is a scroll or globe
Her Roman counterpart was called Decuma
The Moirae were credited for creating invented seven of the letters of the Greek alphabet (alfa, vita, ita, taf, iota and ipsilon) because the lots, or dice, contained various symbols which were originally used for the purpose of prophecy and divination

The Three Fates – Atropos
Atropos was known as the “inevitable” and was the cutter of the thread of life and chose the manner of death for every mortal using “her abhorred shears”
Atropos was depicted as an old crone
She was the smallest of the Moirae
She was the most terrible and the most feared of the Fates
She was the oldest of the Moirae
Her symbol is a pair of shears
Her Roman counterpart was called Morta

The Attributes of the Three Fates (Moirae)
The ancient Greek gods and goddesses were associated with special symbols and attributes that were depicted in the pictures, mosaics, statues and images of the deities making them instantly recognisable. The attributes of the Three Fates included:

The Moirae were depicted holding various threads
Staffs or sceptres, the symbols of dominion
Clotho: A spindle
Lachesis: A scroll, the book of fate Scroll or globe representing a horoscope
The Shears (Atropos)
Dice: Dice have been used for gambling but they were also used for divination and prophecy. The throw of a dice was not just considered to be luck, the outcome was believed to be controlled by the Fates (Moirae) and casting dice was a method of prediction
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Linda Alchin, Author
Greek Gods Mythology

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Sunday’s Conjuring

 

Sunday – is associated with the Sun

 

Candle colors – Red, Gold, and Orange

 

This is a Leo’s power day

 

Conjuring Work Excellent for Sundays: Power, Health, Success, Personal Finances, Prosperity, Home life, Control, Hotfoot work, Shut your mouth conjure, Sunday is good for all hot work.

—Old Style Conjure Wisdoms, Workings and Remedies
Starr Casas

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About the Magickal Day of the Week, Sunday

 

In many traditions of Paganism, days of the week are very important aspects of effective spellcasting. For example, spells to do with abundance or prosperity could be done on Thursday, because it is associated with riches and desire. When casting a spell concerning business or communication, one might prefer to work on a Wednesday due to its associations.

 

While not all traditions follow this rule, when you’re doing any sort of magical working, always be sure to document the day of the week you’re performing the spell.

 

You might be surprised later on to see some connections!

 

Sunday Magical Correspondences

Sunday is associated with the colors yellow and gold, which shouldn’t be surprising – it’s the day of the sun, right? Because of this planetary association, this is a day that’s also connected to solar deities like Helios and Ra. Interestingly, in some Celtic traditions, Brighid’s day is Sunday as well.

 

When it comes to crystal use, Sunday is related to quartz crystals and diamonds, as well as the yellowish hues of carnelian and amber. For herbs and plants in magical workings, use marigolds, sunflowers or cinnamon.

 

What kind of magic is best performed on Sunday? Well, it’s a day that generally has a number of associations – agriculture, beauty, hope, victory, self-expression and creativity are all connected to this particular day. Plant or harvest something new (not just material crops, but metaphysical ones as well), create something from nothing, and prepare to win at everything.

Author

Patti Wigington, Paganism/Wicca Expert
Article originally published on & owned by ThoughtCo.com

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Sunday’s Associations

Taking its name from our closet star, the Sun, Sunday is the best day of the week to work magical involving fathers and other authority figures such as your boss. It is also a good day to work on questions regarding leadership, money, prosperity, and power.
Color: Yellow, gold
Planet: Sun
Deities: Brighid, Helios, Ra, Apollo
Crystals: Quartz, diamond, amber, carnelian
Herbs: Marigold, sunflower, cinnamon
Associations: Success, promotion, fame, wealth, prosperity
Source
Flying the Hedge

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Sunday–The Day of the Sun

 

Among all peoples in early times the sun was an object of wonder. It was to them a mystery, but although they could never understand it, they imagined many explanations of it. When we remember that in those long-ago days nothing was known of the rotation of the earth or of its movement round the sun, we can readily see how very real the movement of the sun must have seemed. But if it moved across the sky it must be a chariot, for it was in chariots that all men traveled quickly, while none but a god could ride across the sky.

 

The nature of the sun may have been difficult to understand, but the comforts and the benefits which it brought to men were plain to all. It was a kindly god who gave the earth warmth and light, who ripened the crops and the fruit and made them serviceable to man, who clothed the trees with leaves and scattered the fields with flowers. It is little wonder then that in all parts of the world men worshiped the sun, and the god whom they pictured in their imagination was all the more real to them because of the great worth he performed.

 

We have seen how the Greeks and Romans worshiped the sun as Apollo, the god who set out each day when the Gates of the East had been opened by the Goddess of the Dawn, and, driving his chariot across the sky, dipped down into the ocean, where a boat awaited him to bring him back. Apollo was the most beautiful of the gods, as befitted the giver of light and happiness, and was worshiped throughout those sunny lands of the South. On the Island of Rhodes, off the coast of Asia Minor, stood one of the Seven Wonders of the World, a statue of Apollo. It was known as the Colossus of Rhodes on account of its size, for it was 100 feet high, the fingers of the god being as long as a man. It was placed at the entrance to a harbor, and remained in position for nearly sixty years, and was then (224 B.C.) overthrown by an earthquake.

 

The principal temples of Apollo were in the Island of Delos, and at Delphi in Greece, and it was at this town of Delphi that the great Pythian Games were held every four years in honor of the god. The games were so called because Apollo was believed to have slain at Delphi a dragon called Python.

 

The sun’s daily journey, his contest with the darkness, and his final victory at the dawn of the new day are ideas which have led to endless stories, and we find these stories are very similar among different peoples. Ra, the great sun-god of Egypt, was pictured as traveling by day in a ship across the waters of the sky, and returning during the night through the kingdom of the dead. To the Egyptians Ra was a symbol of life, death, and a new birth or resurrection. Through the night Ra fought with the lord of the powers of darkness, a huge serpent, who awaited the sun in the west with a band of demons, and whom he overcame at the approach of dawn. Ra was always represented either as a hawk or as a man with a hawk’s head, with the sun on his head. The hawk was chosen as his symbol, because it was said to fly towards the sun.

 

In India the sun was worshiped as the god Agni, who rode in a shining chariot drawn by blood-red horses. He was golden-haired, and had a double face, seven tongues, and seven arms.

 

Among the gods of the early British who were driven into Ireland was the sun-god Nudd, or Ludd, as he was sometimes called. His name appears in Ludgate, and it is thought that his temple stood on what is now Ludgate Hill in London. At a town called Lydney, in Gloucestershire, the remains of a temple to Ludd have been found, with many inscriptions containing his name.

 

The Angles and Saxons imagined the sun to be carried in a chariot driven by a maiden named Sol, as we shall read later. They had no god whom we can describe exactly as a sun-god, but several of their gods were like the sun in many ways, particularly Frey, whose sword sent out rays of light like the sun, and who caused the crops to ripen, and Balder the Beautiful, the God of Light, who was the favorite son of Odin, father of the gods, and was, as his name shows, the most handsome of the gods, ever happy and light-hearted. His golden hair and his bright, clear eyes shone like the sun, and his radiant smile warmed the hearts of all who met him. He knew no thought of evil, but was “good and pure, and bright, was loved by all, as all love light”.

 

In spite of his lovable nature, however, Balder was destined to misfortune through his twin brother, Hodur, the God of Darkness, who was the exact opposite of his brother, for he was gloomy and silent, and suffered from blindness. Odin, through his great wisdom, knew that disaster was to come to Balder, and spared no effort to stave off the evil day, by making all things in creation swear that they would never harm the God of Light. This they were only too ready to do, and all made a solemn vow, with the one exception of a shoot of mistletoe, which was passed over as being too slight a thing ever to cause harm to anyone. Balder being now free from all possibility of hurt, the gods one day amused themselves by shooting and throwing at him, laughing gaily as the objects they threw fell short or turned aside. Now Loki, the God of Fire, was bitterly jealous of the God of Light, and, as he watched the sport, his evil nature prompted him to a cruel and cowardly deed. Having discovered that the mistletoe alone of all created things had made no promise, Loki hastened to the gate of Valhalla, where the mistletoe was growing and plucking it, by the help of his magical power quickly fashioned from it an arrow. He then returned and sought out Hodur, who, because of his blindness, was standing idly aside and taking no part in the sport. Loki pretended to take pity on him, and fitting the arrow to a bow which he placed in Hodur’s hands, he offered to aim the shaft for the blind god. Aided by Loki, Hodur let fly the fatal arrow, and, to the horror and amazement of the gods, Balder fell dead. The anger of the gods against Hodur knew no bounds, and they would have killed him had it not been for their own law, which forbade the shedding of blood in Asgard, the home of the gods. All Asgard was plunged in the deepest grief, and Hermod, the messenger of the gods, was sent to Hel, the Goddess of the Underworld, praying her to restore Balder to life. Hel consented to do so, on condition that all created things should weep for Balder. Messengers were at once sent out over all the world to bid all things weep for Balder. Living creatures, trees, and flowers, and even the stones shed tears for the god they had loved so well; but at last a giantess was found whose only reply to the messengers was “Let Hel keep what she has”. Thus the evil Loki, for he it was in the disguise of a giantess, showed once again his cruel hatred of Balder, and caused the whole earth to mourn the loss of the radiant God of Light.

 

The gods now prepared for the burial of Balder. As was the custom among the Northmen, fuel was piled on the deck of Balder’s ship Ringhorn, and the body was then laid on the funeral pyre. The sides of the ship were decorated with rich cloth and garlands of flowers, and swords, armour, drinking-vessels, and many other things which the gods valued, were placed beside the hero. A torch was then put to the fuel, and the ship was launched. The funeral pyre floated slowly towards the west, the rising flames lighting up sea and sky, until at last, like the sun itself, it sank slowly into the sea, and all light faded from the sky.

 

Balder’s Funeral Pyre

But when the gods and heroes heard, they brought
The wood to Balder’s ship, and built a pile,
Full the deck’s breadth, and lofty; then the corpse
Of Balder on the highest top they laid.
And they set jars of wine and oil to lean
Against the bodies, and stuck torches near,
Splinters of pine-wood, soak’d with turpentine,
And brought his arms and gold, and all his stuff,
And slew the dogs who at his table fed,
And his horse–Balder’s horse–whom most he loved,
And placed them on the pyre, and Odin threw
A last choice gift thereon, his golden ring.
The mast they fixt, and hoisted up the sails,
Then they put fire to the wood; and Thor
Set his stout shoulder hard against the stern
To push the ship through the thick sands;–sparks flew
From the deep trench she plough’d, so strong a god
Furrow’d it; and the water gurgled in.
And the ship floated on the waves, and rock’d.
But in the hills a strong east wind arose,
And came down moaning to the sea; first squalls
Ran black o’er the sea’s face, then steady rush’d
The breeze, and fill’d the sails, and blew the fire.
And wreathed in smoke the ship stood out to sea.
Soon with a roaring rose the mighty fire,
And the pile crackled; and between the logs
Sharp, quivering tongues of flame shot out, and leapt,
Curling and darting, higher, until they lick’d
The summit of the pile, the dead, the mast,
And ate the shrivelling sails; but still the ship
Drove on, ablaze above her hull with fire.
And the gods stood upon the beach, and gazed.
And while they gazed, the sun went lurid down
Into the smoke-wrapt sea, and night came on.
Then the wind fell with night, and there was calm;
But through the dark they watch’d the burning ship
Still carried o’er the distant waters on,
Farther and farther, like an eye of fire.
And long, in the far dark, blazed Balder’s pile;
But fainter, as the stars rose high, it flared,
The bodies were consumed, ash choked the pile.
And as, in a decaying winter-fire,
A charr’d log, falling, makes a shower of sparks–
So with a shower of sparks the pile fell in,
Reddening the sea around; and all was dark.
MATTHEW ARNOLD–Balder Dead.

 

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The Witches Guide to Sunday

Ruler: Sun

Colors: Gold or yellow

Power Hours: Sunrise and sunset.

Key Words: Love, happiness, health, wealth

It is easy to spot the ruler of this day by its name. Sunday is the day of the sun. Community work, volunteer services, exercise, outdoor sports, buying, selling, speculating, meeting people, anything involving groups, running fairs and raffles, growing crops and taking care of all health matters fall under the influence of the Sun. With all this activity and the brightness of the sun, it’s easy to see why the child that is born on the Sabbath day is bonny and blithe, and good and gay.

Michael is the primary angel of Sunday but each hour of this day also has it’s secondary angel. These angels are Michael (first hour), Anael (second hour), Raphael (third hour), Gabril (fourth hour), Cassiel (fifth hour), Sachiel (sixth hour), Samael (seventh hour), Michael (eighth hour), Anael (ninth hour), Raphael (tenth hour), Gabriel (eleventh hour), and Cassiel twelfth hour). Notice some of the angels do double duty this day.

On Sundays, (unless you are invoking a specific angelic energy) the hour of sunrise will be the most powerful time to work, especially if you want to infuse energy into your work. Sunset is the second best time and is favored when you need to calm down a situation. Check the local newspaper, astrological calendar, or almanac to determine your local sunrise.

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Gypsy Magic

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Sunday’s Witchery

 

Those ambitious, successful spells and charms will be heightened by working on the day of the week that has the planetary influence of the sun. So light those sunny candles, wear some luminous colors, and break out the gold jewelry! Bake up some cinnamon rolls or low-fat cinnamon muffins for an enchanting family breakfast. Take an orange with you to eat at lunch today. Try using a little magickal aromatherapy and burn some cinnamon-scented incense to encourage success and wealth today. Make the talisman to keep your solar magick with you. Sprinkle some dried marigold petals around your house-or across the threshold-to pull triumph and protection toward you and your family.

 

Get outside and tip up your face to the sun. Take a walk outside, and soak up some sunshine! Acknowledge the power of Sunna or Helios as they blaze across the sky and bring courage and motivation into your life. Sit outside at sunrise on a Sunday morning and bask in its warm, rosy-golden glow Acknowledge Brigid as the inner, creative spark of imagination and inspiration. She can help these gifts burn brightly within your own soul. Use your imagination and create your own brand of witchery and magick. Here comes the sun, and it’s your turn to shine!

Source

—–Book of Witchery: Spells, Charms & Correspondences for Every Day of the Week
Ellen Dugan

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The Witches Almanac for Sunday, January 14th

Feast of the Ass (French)

Waning Moon
Moon phase: Fourth Quarter
Moon Sign: Sagittarius
Moon enters Capricorn 2: 42 pm
Incense: Frankincense
Color: Gold

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Moon in Sagittarius

The Moon is traveling through Sagittarius. The grass looks greener on the other side during this time. Jump ship. Learn a new language. Tell it like it is. Make people laugh.

 

The Moon is at her most optimistic and upbeat in Sagittarius. We are motivated by a need to seek the truth, and we are ready to pursue a new vision. We are not interested in details just now. Instead, we focus on the big picture. New experiences and adventures satisfy a deep emotional need. Spontaneity is the key. We may also be inclined toward overdoing and overstating. We don’t want to plan ahead, and prefer to “wing it”.

 

The Moon in Sagittarius generally favors the following activities: Adventurous activities that involve “winging it”, travel, higher education, starting publishing projects, advertising, sports, physical activity.

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The Witches Correspondences for Sunday, January 14

 

Magickal Intentions: Growth, Advancements, Enlightenment, Rational Thought, Exorcism, Healing, Prosperity, Hope, Exorcism, Money

Incense: Lemon, Frankincense

Planet: Sun

Sign: Leo

Angel: Michael

Colors: Gold, Yellow, Orange and White

Herbs/Plants: Marigold, Heliotrope, Sunflower, Buttercup, Cedar, Beech, Oak

Stones: Carnelian, Citrine, Tiger’s Eye, Amber, Clear Quartz and Red Agate

Oil: (Sun) Cedar, Frankincense, Neroli, Rosemary

The first day of the week is ruled by the Sun. It is an excellent time to work efforts involving business partnerships, work promotions, business ventures, and professional success.

Spells where friendships, mental or physical health, or bringing joy back into life are an issue work well on this day, too.

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Sunday is Ruled by the Sun

 

Sunday corresponds to the sun, our closest star. This day is full of wonder and all sorts of magical potential for success, wealth, and fame. Sundays are for personal achievements of any kind such as working towards a promotion at your job, seeking fame and wealth, or being acknowledged for a job well done. All of these goals fall under the golden influence of the sun. Some suggestions for Sunday enchantments would include:

Sitting outside at sunrise and calling on the goddess Brigid for illumination and inspiration

Wearing gold jewelry or clothing that is gold or sunshine yellow to pull some color magic into your life

Arranging a few sunflowers in a vase and empowering these “flowers of the sun” for fame and ambition

Gathering up the common marigold flower and scattering it’s petals about to encourage prosperity

Baking up a batch of cinnamon rolls for the family and enchanting them for health and success

Snacking on a solar fruit, the orange, and enjoying the magical boost it brings to your life

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The Energy of the Sun

The planetary energy of the Sun is stimulating and warm. It encourages growth and expansion as well as general good feelings all around. It may be used for magick related to the growth of anything; career, family, public influence, wealth, the garden, friendships, love, general abundance, employment opportunities, business. Because the Sun shines down on the whole world, and thus sees everything that happens, the Sun’s planetary energy is occasionally used to find objects as well as protecting us from deception or being “kept in the dark”. Looking at the Sun’s universality in a different way, this energy can be used to find a common thread (we’re all warmed by the same Sun) to encourage new friendships and partnerships and reconciliation where existing ones are threatened.

 

Many things that correspond to the planetary energy of the Sun also correspond to the elemental energy of Fire.
Healing

The sun is associated with the heart, circulatory system, the spinal cord and the thymus gland.

 
Solar Minerals

Metal Gold

 

Crystals/Stones

Yellow, red and particularly bright, shiny crystals and stones tend to correspond to the energy of the Sun. diamond, ruby, chrysolite, yellow topaz, citrine, red garnet, chrysoprase and amber- fossilized tree sap said to contain the energy of the Sun as metabolized by the tree. Corundum and yellow Tiger’s Eye show sparkling designs that remind one of the sun and of course, there is sunstone.

 

Crystals and metals that correspond to the planetary energy of the Sun can be worn, carried or placed on the body to encourage healing or to draw planetary energies ruled by the sun, such as abundance to the individual. They may also be used to create a gem elixir and ingested, assuming they do not contain toxic materials. Crystals can be placed in a location to draw the desired energies to your home, place of business or vehicle as desired, placed on the altar, held, or gazed upon to enhance energies being raised during spellwork or other focusing and manifesting exercises.

 
Solar Plants and herbs

Plants that resemble the sun in shape or color, that open during the day and close at night, that follow the sun’s movements during the day, and those plants that are traditionally associated with the winter solstice as well as those that provide winter nourishment when fresh plants are unavailable, such as grains and nuts. Physically, edible Sun plants tend to encourage a feeling of warm satisfaction and medicinal plants affect the heart. sunflower, calendula, marigold, daylily, orange, citron, saffron, pine, mistletoe, rosemary, buttercup, heliotrope, bay laurel, daisy, walnut, acorn, maize, wheat, hops, cloves, cinnamon

 

Herbs can be incorporated into magick by placing them on the altar in the form of fresh flowers or dried potpourri or incorporated into incense to enhance energies raised during spellwork and ritual of a solar nature. They can also be carried or worn in a pouch or placed in an area to attract these energies. An herbal floor wash will infuse an area with the desired energies, or this may be accomplished via fumigation. Edible plants can be consumed as part of a meal or as part of an elixir or other herbal preparation. Those herbs that are skin-safe can be added to massage oils or fragrance sprays and ritual baths. Whole herbs or essential oils may be used.

 

*Incense* cinnamon, clove, pine, citrus, Benzoin, Pine, Frankincense, Labdanum, Olibanum

 

Sun fragrances are generous and, to me, home sweet home types of smells, with the exception of a few, which have “special occasion” feels to me. The sorts of smells that fill a temple, or the house on a day when lots of company is coming. Over at http://www.alchemy-works.com/planets_sun.html this family of scents is described as “glorious” and it suits.

 
Days and Holidays

The Winter Solstice is the day most strongly associated with Solar Energy, though it peaks at the Summer Solstice, it declines thereafter.

 

Sunday is the Sun’s day.

Zodiac Leo is ruled by the sun.

 

Other Solar Correspondences

Animals Lion, Sparrowhawk, Griffin, hawk

 

While animal parts are used for magick in many traditions, they can be difficult or impossible to obtain and some animals are endangered, though you may find using feathers and fur of local animals to be feasible, using important bits of animals that aren’t already raised and slaughtered for food isn’t within the reach or moral compass of most modern witches. Using live animals subjects animals to discomfort and fear and is also not recommended. However, images of animals have a long history of use in magic and images of animals are quite easy to obtain as 2D pictures and 3D sculptures. If you are artistic, the very act of creating these images can help you more closely attune to their energy.

 

Colors

Orange, amber, gold, yellow, red

Many magic-users bring color into their working through their choice of colored candles, altar cloth and other items placed on the altar. If you wish to bring solar energy into your daily life, you may choose corresponding colors for your clothing or even chose paint, curtains and carpet colors to draw solar energy into your space.

 

Magick Prosperity, wealth, wealth, growth, confidence, clarity, commonality, abundance, truth, harmony, partnerships.
Source
Witchipedia

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Magickal Application for Sunday, January 14th

 

The Latin term for Sunday, our first day of the week, is Dies Solis (“sun’s day”). In ancient Greek, it was called Hemera Heliou. In the Old English language, it was known as Sunnandaeg; in Middle English, Sonenday. All of these titles mean the same thing: the day of the sun.

 

What do you think of when you feel the sun shine down on you? What sorts of enchantments and energies do you think would be complementary to a day named after our closest star? Sunday brings those bright solar energies into your life and has the magickal correspondences of success, promotion, leadership, pride, light, generosity, warmth, fitness, and personal growth. Astrologically, the sun symbolizes the conscious self and rules the zodiac sign of Leo.

 

The charms and spells that would complement this magickal day of the sun are ones for personal achievements of any kind-such as if you are seeking fame and wealth, working for that much-deserved promotion at work, or being acknowledged for a job well done. Health issues, increasing personal power, or simply sticking to your diet and being proud of what you have accomplished all fall under the sun’s golden influence.
Source
Book of Witchery: Spells, Charms & Correspondences for Every Day of the Week
Ellen Dugan

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Sunday and the Perfect Corresponding Spell

 

Finally, it’s Sunday, the official day of rest. Not only do Christians acknowledge this day, but I’m sure many Pagans appreciate this day, as well. Everyone needs rest and lot of people need a good day to worship their creator (whomever or whatever that may be), however they deem fit to do so. With the Sun being the central theme of many ancient rituals, Sunday just seems to fit, in name and theory. Not only is it a good day to worship, it seems good to do more relaxed spells, such as, sleep, dream and rebirth.

 

Sunday Crystal Spell for Success

If you enjoy working with crystals, try this natural magick spell for ambition and success. Carefully look over the spell before performing it. Either set up this spell outside side or facing a sunny window. Opportune times of the day to work this sunny spell are sunrise and noon.

 

Gather one each of the following: a small piece of amber, a tiger’s-eye tumbled stone, and a quartz crystal point. With a safe, flat surface on which to set up the spell, place a yellow candle and a candle holder in the center, and arrange the stones in a ring around the candle. Have a lighter or matches handy to light the candle.

 

Speak the following spell three times:

Around a yellow candle I create a ring
Choose tiger’s-eye, amber, and quartz, it’s just the thing
I call the god Helios for drive and success
Today’s ambitions and career goals he will bless.

 

Close the spell by saying:

For the good of all, with harm to none
By the sun and stones, this spell is done.

 

Allow the candle to burn out on its own. Please remember to not leave your burning ing candle unattended. Pocket the sun-kissed stones and keep them with you in your pocket or purse, for a week.

Source

Book of Witchery: Spells, Charms & Correspondences for Every Day of the Week
Ellen Dugan

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16 Common Witchcraft Spell Casting Essentials

These common witchcraft spell casting essentials are not listed in any particular order. They are listed in the order in which they came to me for the purpose of writing this article.

 

These are not the only common witchcraft spell casting essentials, however, they are some of the ones that I feel are the main ones.

 

THE most important witchcraft spell casting essential is intent. Without intent, you have nothing but words and actions, and not really a spell cast at all.

 

In no particular order, a list of Common Witchcraft Spell Casting Essentials

 

1. Salt
Used for cleansing and banishing. It is also used for protection during cleansing and banishing spells. Salt is a natural antiseptic. Salt is commonly used for circles for standing or sitting in while casting. It also ensures a clean spell.

2. Broom
Brooms are highly symbolic. Brooms symbolize the sweeping away of anything unwanted. They are used physically, as well as symbolically. You would use a broom to physically sweep away in a cleansing spell, banishing spell, also in some protection spells (ones that would rid unwanted energy from your home to keep it out).

3. Candles
Candles are used for focus and mood. Candles should be readily available in as many colors as you can get a hold of. Different colored candles hold symbolism for a variety of spells. Colors are chosen based on the nature of the spell and what feels right. White can be substituted for any color in the absence of the chosen color.

For example, some people like to use the color Red for love spells, or the colors Green or Gold for money spells, or Blue for healing spells, etc.

You can choose what colors feel right for you for any spell of your choosing. You do not have to go with the commonly used color associations if you feel another color will work better for you in a certain spell or ritual.

4. Crystals and Stones
You should have a variety of stones and crystals for different purposes. Crystals and stones contain a charge for various things so you will want to choose wisely based on your spell. In the absence of the proper crystal, Quartz can be charged with the necessary properties. I find Quartz to be quite powerful and quite generic because of its nature.

Important: You do not want to use crystals or stones of any kind (even wedding rings or other jewelry) when doing banishing spells. When you are working to banish (especially with entities), crystals and stones can absorb the energy of the entity, keeping the entity attached to that stone forever.

Be selective in what spells you use crystals and stones in.

5. Incense
Incense comes in a wide variety of scents /odors. You will always want to choose what suits the spell best and what feels right for you at the time of casting.

Incense can be used to trigger certain emotions or invoke a mindset. Different smells for different purposes.

I prefer vanilla for most spells, as it is very soothing and calming, and helps to set the mood for casting.

6. Anointing Oils and Essential Oils
Oils are used for various purposes. Some are for scent and feeling, and others are for cleansing or blessing. The different oils are chosen based on items they are needed for and for the spell they are being used in.

7. Silence

Silence is optimal for casting any spell. You need to be able to focus on your spell without distraction. If you have children, especially young ones, you need to choose your timing wisely.

8. Isolation

Unless you are with a coven, isolation is a preferable. (If you are with a coven, then the coven should be isolated.) Being alone goes hand-in-hand with silence.

9. Book of Shadows (Spell Book)

A book with your spells written inside it. It is important to always write down your spells that you cast in the event that you want to perform a certain spell again. This is something that you will always have and should keep protected. A notebook can be used, but you should transfer your spells into something more permanent. Spells, although written down in this book can be altered at any time.

10. Intent

THE most important thing you need when casting any spell. Witchcraft is based on intent. Make sure that your intentions are known before you even begin casting your spell. Know what you want to achieve and focus on it.

11. Focus

Focus works alongside intent. You want to focus on your intentions and on what it is that you are doing throughout the spell to make those intentions be your outcome.

12. Confidence

You must have confidence in order for your spells to take effect. The more confident you are, the stronger your casting will be. Know in your heart and in your mind that what you are doing within the spell has worked, is working, and will work. Believe it and so shall it be.

13. Altar

A place where you have all of your essentials gathered together to perform your rituals and castings. Usually a table or desk dedicated to your collection of Witchcraft items. This is also where you would perform offerings to the Gods or Goddesses that you are calling upon to help you. For lack of a table or desk, you can use the top of a dresser or a shelving unit, a shelf, or even a window sill.

14. Herbs and Flowers

You will want to have various herbs and flowers on hand at all times for various spells. Herbs and flowers can be used fresh or dried. If burning the herbs or flowers, you will of course want to use dried. Fragrance from fresh herbs and flowers may be needed depending on the spell to be cast and the ritual to be performed. Also, if being used for symbolism, you would choose fresh or dried accordingly. (eg. dried to symbolize old, and fresh to symbolize new)

15. Cauldron

A fireproof container for burning various objects, incense, images, herbs, etc. When a spell calls for it, you will need to burn certain things, so a cauldron will make the perfect venue for this. A cauldron is not used only for burning; it is also used for mixing. In your cauldron, you can mix any of your “ingredients” that you need to bring together for your spell or ritual. You may want to heat some mixtures in your cauldron, so this is another reason it should be fireproof. It should also be food-safe if you are mixing potions
Go with your instinct no matter what kind of spell you are casting or ritual you are performing. Use your instincts when choosing every element and every word to a spell or ritual. Only you know what is right for your spell or ritual, no one can tell you what should be used and what shouldn’t. Go with your instinct every time, even if you have a spell previously written. If that spell feels like it should be changed, then change it. Instincts will get you very far with witchcraft.

This is not a complete list of everything that you will ever need or that you will ever use in your spells and rituals, and it is not meant to be. It is simply a list of some of the most common witchcraft spell casting essentials that are important to ensure a great spell.

You don’t need all of these things for each spell. You want to use any combination of the essentials (and anything else that you feel is necessary) in each individual spell.
Source
Unhypnotize.com Wicca/Witchcraft

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Home & Hearth Magick for Sunday, January 14th

 

On Sunday, work for success, healing and blessings.

 

Planetary Influence: The Sun

 

Household Symbols: A rooster, a sun, gold jewelry

 

Colors: Yellow and gold

 

Kitchen Spices: Cinnamon and orange peels

Source
Cottage Witchery,Natural Magick for Hearth and Home
Ellen Dugan

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Celebrating Legends, Folklore & Spirituality 365 Days a Year for January 14th

Midvintersblot/Saint Hilary’s Day

Midvintersblot or Midwinter’s offering, often called Tiugunde Day in Old English, was sacred to Tiu, the ancient Teutonic chief God and ruler of the year. The festival falls 20 days after Yule and is when the runic half-month of Peorth commences.

This day was Christianized as Saint Hilary’s day (for Hilary of Poitiers), the patron of backward children, who was invoked against snake bites. This time is traditionally the coldest point of the year and marks the time when marriages were once again permitted after the Christmas season.

 

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For All Your Magickal Needs, Think Magickal Necessities.

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Let’s talk, I won’t bitch, maybe. I have to hand it to Lady A, she is a pretty smart witch. It is the middle of winter, snows on the ground and guess what? She still has the half-price on herbs sale going on. She figured some of you might run out so she stock piled up a few just for you. She loves you, guys! There is also a sale going on Journals which is a great deal, I have bought one for myself. They are just $14.95. You have to look under the Book of Shadows/Journals to find them. The ones on sale are marked at the top. There is also a clearance on all 2018 Calendar, Witches Companion Books and Almanac for $7 to $8. You can’t bet those prices on Llewellyn’s or Amazon either. You snowed in, stop by and check out all the prices and sales going on. This is merchandise they are moving out and when it is gone it is gone.

 

Greetings & Well Met Fellow Pagans, Witches, Wiccans & Visitors Alike On This Sunday, January 14th.

Winter Fantasy
If you have forgotten, I am from Louisiana. What does that have to do with anything? Plenty! This damn weather sucks. I am not use to having seven inches of snow outside on my front porch. Nor am I use to having three sheets of ice on the road. This weather sucks! I am not going to say sorry for bitching because I love too. I do know some of you have it a lot rougher than we do, maybe. Our power has been out for almost two days. Lynette just had to rent a house in the opposite ends of the sticks to where we use to be located. We are the last ones they think about reconnecting or trying to get their power back on. We have lived by kerosene lamp and heaters. Cozy, not!

 

When the power did come back on, we turned on the News to see what was going on in the rest of the world. They were giving the local road reports and I swear you would think people knew how to drive on ice especially truck drivers. On the interstate there was five tractor trailers that had rear ended each other and caused a pile up that lasted for about 4 hours. One running right into the other, one jack-knifing and who knows what the hell the other one did. They had to take one of them to the hospital. Then down the road from here, there was cars off the road everywhere. The open fields on both side of the road blew a huge snow drift in the middle of the road. You would think people seeing a drift taller than their car wouldn’t try to go through it, wrong! There were about 8 cars off the road, then the tow trucks trying to help got stuck. The farmers finally saved the day, they came out with their tractors and pulled everyone out of the drift. They eventually closed the road down. I absolutely hate this weather. Now I remember why I moved to Louisiana.

 

I did not write this post for you to listen to me bitch, I know all of us are probably bitching about something today. Before the power went out we did receive good news about Lady A. As you know, we went to the doctor and he had several scans and X-rays run on Lady A’s hand. Remember the hand with the gross wire sticking out of her middle finger, yeah that hand. Man, you talking about sick looking but that is not the point here. The point is the scans and the X-rays indicated that everything was sitting back in its proper place. The doctor called to let us know that her hand will have to remain in the case for a few more weeks but he can now remove that awful wire. When he removed the wire, hopefully she can start to move the rest of her fingers better and get her mobility back in them. He has schedule the quick surgery for Monday.

 

That means we are getting back on the site for a day just to have to take another day off, tomorrow. Since it means Lady A is getting the wire out of her finger and hand, we figure it is worth it. To me, it means she is making good progress and actually doing what she is suppose too, for a change. The surgery to remove the wire is suppose to be brief and I know she will be glad to get rid of it. I believe she has hung it on everything and screamed every time she has. It was a necessity at the time but now it is time for it to go.

 

So today you see us, tomorrow you don’t. We will be at the hospital, hopefully. We have another snow coming in tomorrow. I know Lord Myst will get us there one way or another, either by car or dog sled. Or else it could snow while we were at the hospital and get snowed in there. That is an awful thought especially since the flu is raging around here. Never the mind, Lady A told me she always let you know what was going on when they/we weren’t on the net. I figured I would do the same. If we don’t get snowed in at the hospital, we will see you Tuesday (and have power).

Eleanor