The Witches Digest for Monday, February 12th (Part 2, Horoscopes)

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The Witches Digest for Monday, February 12th

(Part 2, Horoscopes)

Your Weekly Karmic Forecast: February 11 – 17, 2018

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: February 11 – 17, 2018

2/13 ~ Mercury (expression) ~square~ Jupiter (truth):

This energy challenges you to integrate your smaller vision with the larger vision for your life. On one hand, you can see the big picture in new ways, but on the other hand, you may not be very interested in the details that bring it about. This is another good one for expanding your consciousness and thinking outside the box, but as the insights come into your conscious awareness, be mindful of the steps it will take to make your ideas a reality. This activation is also great for course-corrections where your ideas are concerned and will open you up to learning something new or bring in a crucial piece of information, just keep in mind that you will have to stabilize anything you start and probably have to review some details down the road because of something you overlooked in your enthusiasm for the new Truth revealed from within.

2/13 ~ Sun (source & essential Self) ~sextile~ Uranus (freedom & individuality):

This activation will help you access a deeper sense of authenticity as everyday routine events may be enlightening this week. Anytime Uranus is involved ‘ah-ha moments’ are available, those sudden inspirations or the surprising clarity that changes everything is bubbling near the surface, you need but invite it in (to your conscious mind to be useful). Eventually, you will have to ground these breakthroughs in some physical form, but this energy supports the exploration of possibilities. Where can you use a dose of freedom & liberation? This energy also promotes ‘authentic living’ – you won’t be able to be phony, nor tolerate it in others this week. Just remember that truth sometimes rattles those who would rather play ‘nice’ (keep up appearances/status quo) than face the facts, so watch out for rebelliousness, if not in you then in others. This is not a disruptive energy, except to those who resist change. Don’t fight it – embrace it! Change is good, it means you are growing!

2/15 ~ Mercury (acumen) ~sextile~ Uranus (the Awakener):

This energy says, it’s time to go with the flow – “new and different” being the flow. It wants to shake it up a bit – in a good way. However, if you feel like new and different is more like chaos and disruption, then you need to reflect and see if you aren’t being too rigid. Unwillingness to go with the (new) flow will make this energy harder to handle. This is also a good time to try to resolve any old issues or challenges – they are not going away without resolution and conscious release. Perhaps you’ve been trying the same thing over and over and it’s time to try something NEW – now is the time new ideas can/will come to you. Pay attention! Try to be open and receptive to unusual things, events or ideas and allow room for spontaneity. You may think you are doing one thing and look up and being doing something completely different – be open to exploring the new path!

2/15 ~ Venus (relationships) ~sextile~ Saturn (responsibility):

This energy has to do with your obligations within the context of relationships. They are not difficult obligations (in this case) but more emphasis is placed on enjoying serving those you love. This is also what I would call the “keep it real” energy, regarding relationships. This energy makes you want to really sit down and define your terms within your relationships (which I am a total advocate of). It’s really hard to grow to the next level when each person is not clear on what the other expects. Of course, this starts with you knowing what you want/don’t want and what you are willing to compromise about so you can articulate that clearly.

2/17 ~ Mars (action & desire) ~square~ Neptune (dreams & illusions):

This can be an annoying energy, to say the least. Basically, you may be confronted with challenges which are a direct result of earlier choices. These are the kind of choices you eventually realized were wrong and “hoped” the consequences would somehow pass you by. Not. You may feel very discouraged, possibly depressed, and be filled with fear & doubt. The key to getting through this energy is to take a step back, reflect on your choices and what led you to this point and, as objectively as possible, evaluate what went wrong. The tendency with this energy is to want to give up completely on the path you have chosen when all that is probably necessary is a little tweaking. Try to identify the aspect that is causing the conflict. If you don’t feel that you can be objective enough or that you struggle with identifying this aspect, enlist two other people to give you their opinion and then follow your gut instinct on the direction to take from here. The other temptation with this energy is to be deceptive – either to your Self or others. Either way – don’t give in – it will only come back to bite you (harder) later. Your physical energy is likely to be low as well. Do not force your Self to do anything you are truly not “feeling” right now. Instead, mediate on what action may be necessary when your energy returns. Be still. Avoid confrontations with others as it is just the energy pushing you out of comfort zone, into new territory. This is a test of sorts and the best way to deal with it is to face your fears and clarify your desires. My personal two-cents about these two planets (Mars & Neptune) in a difficult angle, is to reflect on what actions (Mars) have been taken (and NOT worked) toward the fulfillment of your dreams (Neptune) – and start your “tweaking” there.

2/17 ~ Mercury (communication & self-expression) ~conjunct~ Sun (core essential Self):

This energy will compel you to express yourself on many levels. Communication will be a focus, just make sure it is reciprocated. You will have access to some powerful energy that can (and probably will) make quite an impression on others (if you need to). This is a good time to travel if possible too. However, if not physically, then mentally and certainly within your own area, you will take in more information per square inch than usual. Pay attention! You may even gain the much-deserved recognition from others that you have worked so hard for.

Chinese New Year, February 2018: The Year of the Earth Dog

Jane Lyle, Astrologer

From The Astrology Room

2018 is The Year of the Earth Dog in Chinese astrology. And it promises us a year – say the Chinese masters – that brings social change, political upheavals, and financial juggling.

The earthy nature and element of this year will be good news for farmers and agriculture, environmental work, and land and property matters. Dog years also see science and the creative arts doing well, for there’s an inventive, curious atmosphere.

Some Chinese experts say that Dog years herald revolutions – but these can be revolutions thanks to innovation, as well as political turmoil. There may be obstacles to overcome, for 2018’s earth element is represented by mountains – we’ll have mountains to climb, but eventually we will succeed.

Curiously, although Chinese astrology is completely different from Western astrology, this down-to-earth message about perseverance and patience is close to the symbolism and meaning of hard-working Saturn, newly arrived in earthy Capricorn. This firmly underlines the need for us all to keep working slowly towards our goals, with realistic expectations and determination. The Capricorn goat symbolically climbs mountains too. It’s a nice little symbolic synchronicity with a serious message for us all.

Chinese ‘astrology’ is about the energies and overall atmosphere of the year, and is actually very subtle and complex. A full Chinese personal horoscope needs your birth time and date, just like a Western horoscope.  But the basic foundation of this ancient system is the series of twelve creatures, each presiding over a year, plus the five elements – metal, wood, water, fire, and earth – in that order.

The five traditional Chinese elements have a sixty year cycle, with each one accompanying the sequence of twelve creatures of the years in a repeating cycle of five. Multiply this by 12 and you get 60! You then get years with names such as Water Horse, Fire Rooster, Metal Rabbit and so on. The last Year of the Earth Dog was in 1958.

Each element adds its flavour and meaning to the essential character of the year, and those born in it. There aren’t any stars and planets, for Chinese ‘astrology’ is connected to Feng Shui and Chinese traditional medicine. It’s about using the year’s positive energies to bring success, and finding ways to guard against what might be negative or unfavourable in the general atmosphere of the months ahead.

If you were born in a Dog year, your basic character has some delightful doggy characteristics. You’re said to be loyal, kind, protective towards your family, and mostly very friendly. However, Dogs can be inclined to bark and snap, to attack strangers, or to fight over food and territory.

Dog years are: 1934 – water, 1946 – fire, 1958 – earth, 1970 – metal, 1982 – wood, 1994 – water, 2006 – fire, and 2018 – earth.

This promises to be a most favourable year for those born in the years of Tiger, Rabbit, and Horse.

The Chinese Lunar Year of the Dog begins on 4th February 2018 – 3rd February 2019. Chinese masters say that babies born from 4th February onwards will have the Dog as their symbolic animal.

Chinese New Year is celebrated this year on 16th February, with the year’s second New Moon since the Winter Solstice in the night sky. The Solar Chinese Year of the Dog begins then, lasting until 4th February, 2019.

Wishing you health, wealth, happiness and lots of walks and treats for a very Happy Chinese New Year of the Dog!

Your Weekly Love Horoscopes for February 12th

Sarah Bartlett, Astrologer

From The Astrology Room


The partial solar eclipse this week, focusses our St Valentine diverted minds on clarifying that what really matters to us is to get on with the present, and not project ideals and impossible dreams into the future.

Of course, that doesn’t mean you can’t plot and plan your love life, just remember that what you promise or commit yourself to now, will have a big influence on those things you manifest in the months to come.



How far do you have to go to prove you love, hate or desire someone? Or is it that someone appears to be playing a pretty mean game of manipulation or ‘wait and see’? The last thing you want is to be confused. You want to know the truth. You want to know where you stand. This week ask, and you will get.



This week, ask yourself, ‘can I be more flexible?’ or perhaps, ‘can I remember the best kind of relationship is one where my love for someone is greater than my dependence on them?’ Now you’ll begin to see the true light of love shining in someone’s eyes, as well as your own.



Love is a bit like music. There are times when things appear to be in harmony, other times when they are not.  There are rises and falls, cadences and clashes. This week, the planets give you a chance to experience the operatic performance of passionate relating, but also the stillness and serenity of agreement.



Giving up responsibility for your own desires means you’ll get walked over and then feel bad about it. So this is your chance to take note about your personal wants and wishes. In fact, it’s time to reinforce your self-esteem and think carefully about your feelings before you agree to something that goes against your instinct.



You could find you’re tearing your hair out about nothing, when arrangements are broken, people just don’t turn up, or you find yourself at the wrong venue. Quite frankly, isn’t it more fun when things sometimes don’t go according to plan? That means romance awaits you too.



If you’re not already attached, then why not settle for a simple life, and take time to find a partner who never raises their voice, and never, ever, ever, looks at another member of the opposite sex?  But then again, you need a little excitement too. Maybe this is the time to enjoy both?



Time to negotiate, discuss and demand a little. Pour your important tales straight into the horse’s mouth and express who you are and what you want, for that is your right. There is room in the world for those who want to make of their love life anything they wish. And that’s you.



The speed at which you could get close to someone is both exciting and frightening. Consider cooling down just a little bit until you’ve got to know their faults as well as their finer points. Better to take a relaxed pace now, than to regret having said too much too soon.



OK, so you’ve tried out different relationships, played many games and been rather optimistic about ‘this is it’ or ‘this is the one’. But this week, even if the enthusiasm wears off and all seems to return to a so-called ‘normal’ relationship, your inner spirit will easily be driven to romancing a change in the wind. Take care.



There are two kinds of lovers. One kind who sees each new love affair with the glass half full, the other who sees each love affair as a glass half empty.  And I’m sure you know which is you.  This week, you have decisions to make and answers to resolve. In the coming months, there are some beneficial life-changing and love-changing patterns up there in the heavens, and they’re coming your way.



The good news is that the eclipse in your sign is currently giving you the opportunity to define your deepest values, take control of your life and wise up to your own sense of self-esteem. After all, if you put a low value on yourself, you can be sure that the world won’t raise your price. So this week, smile at the world and it will smile back.



It’s been said, that if you try to avoid something in life, you’ll meet it inevitably. There are times when meaningful coincidences remind you that as much as you’d like to avoid making a choice, there is a side of you which yearns to do so. This week you can.

Love Is Getting A LOT Sweeter — Here’s Why

February 10 – March 6, 2018


Your Horoscopes for the Week of February 12

Claire Petulengro, Astrologer

From The Astrology Room


ARIES (March 21st-April 20th)

It is only by being bold this week that you will get anywhere Aries. You have been worrying far too much about what others think, when you should be judging yourself on your own standards. I think and in fact I know, that you have done really well with what the last month has put you through. This will be a great week to start on positive changes to help with the issues which had you over a barrel. Ring now for support.


TAURUS (April 21st-May 21st)

Perseverance is not a long race. It is many short races one after the other. Don’t give up Taurus. I know you are closer to the finishing line than you think. Someone is ready to make an apology to you. Don’t be too proud to accept it my friend. This is a great week for first dates for many of you and for the rest of you to move on from stressful times with partners. Ring now to keep eyes forward


GEMINI (May 22nd-June 21st)

Don’t let jealousy push you into accusing your close ones of things they may not have done. Uranus is pushing your imagination to the limit and you could end up with egg on your face if you don’t get fact instead of fantasy. Better times in work are waiting if you admit what you want and need to make your work a more enjoyable place to be. Ring now to hear which sign is talking babies.


CANCER (June 22nd-July 23rd)

Big shots are only little shots who keep shooting. You have spent far too much time thinking about what needs doing instead of actually doing it. A new face in your circle is set to inspire you in ways you could not possibly have imagined. Stick to your plans on Thursday and Friday. Your destiny is waiting to cross your path. Ring now to better understand recent setbacks.


LEO (July 24th-August 23rd)

I know you have had to deal with more than is fair lately, but the worst of it is behind you now and you realise this, especially with the lack of contact from a certain person. From here on in it can only be a problem if you make it one. The chance to learn more from your work for free should be accepted. It’s the bridge for that gap that you’ve been searching for. Ring now to hear whose jealousy must be ignored.


VIRGO (August 24th-September 23rd)

Your heart has gone through so much that you’re not sure if you want to take a gamble this week, but you can, and you should. Don’t underestimate yourself Virgo you are stronger than you think. You now know what actions you find unacceptable and this will help you to ward off the influences who made for such a difficult start to the year. Ring now to hear why I’m so full of faith for you.


LIBRA (September 24th-October 23rd)

Money can be both made and lost this week. Try to keep your eye on the ball and remember what you want, rather than what others are telling you that you have to do. Try not to lend money you may need for yourself before this month is over. Those who say they will pay it back, may not be so able as they claim to honour their promises. Ring now to hear which reconciliations await you.


SCORPIO (October 24th-November 22nd)

You think you learn from success but you’re wrong Scorpio. A sign such as you learns from the failures they have come across in life. Mixed messages this weekend could cause major problems in a friendship or relationship which has only just got back on track. Speak from the heart and don’t even think about putting on a front. Ring now to hear how secrets brought to light this week are a good thing.


SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd-December 21st)

Be the master of your own destiny Sagittarius. Someone who meant a lot to you last year but has not been a part of your life since this year began, comes to mind with things you do. Will you contact them? That is for you to decide, but just remember if you do, to leave what happened in the past behind you both. Ring now to hear why this is a great month to start new career paths.


CAPRICORN (December 22nd-January 20th)

Mars the planet of change and unpredictability is making it difficult for you to know what you want. What I know that you don’t, is that you do know what you need.t You’ve just been led astray by what others have been telling you is best for you. The written word is important for you from Wednesday and if you have to pay to get it as it should be, then do so. Ring now to talk relationships.


AQUARIUS (January 21st-February 19th)

You only find your limits by pushing them. Don’t confuse confidence for arrogance. I know you are only trying to do the right thing, but a dip in confidence could see you afraid to say what is in your heart and in your mind. Past and present join together and you find your life a much more enjoyable place to be. Ring now to hear how long-distance travel plans make for an exciting 2018.


PISCES (February 20th-March 20th)

Too much time thinking what if instead of when and how, is holding you back. Luckily for you, Mars is on hand this week to bring out the fighting spirit you need to get ahead and to make the most of the opportunities which are before you. Travel you were thinking of cancelling can in fact be the key to you gaining back the trust of someone you fell out with. Ring now for clarity of thought.

Your Daily Horoscopes for Monday, February 12th




Thoughts and perhaps interactions can easily turn serious today as there is some heaviness to the day’s energy, dear Aries. Most of this surrounds your career, life direction, ambitions, friends, or reputation. While you’d like to detach yourself from it, it can be a bit of a challenge right now. However, you have support for this if you look for it. In fact, there are more people or one special person in your corner now, and talking through worries can help tremendously. If conversations with others seem to focus on complaints and criticisms, try handling flaws or problems one at a time, step by step. Also, you might ask yourself whether something can be left alone to resolve itself. A Mars-Pluto parallel today is excellent for focus and attention to a passion project or work matter, however.




There is serious or sober energy surrounding our thinking processes and communications today, dear Taurus, and for you, this is likely to primarily revolve around your beliefs, opinions, transportation, commuting, and perspective. However, a significant someone is supportive and helps bring you back to earth so that you fret or worry far less. It can be that you’re dealing with minor inconveniences and having a hard time finding the chance to think clearly or to see the big picture. There can also be serious conversations and criticism to deal with now. Keep in mind, though, that difficulties today can lead to superior solutions.




You may be dealing with more than the usual inconveniences today, dear Gemini, or unwelcome advice and critique, but nothing you can’t handle. Try not to take offhand remarks too seriously, even if they appear contrary. By avoiding identifying too strongly with these things, you can keep some composure and enjoy the beautiful energies also present today that can lead to opportunities along work and health lines. The mood can be on the severe side, but if you put some picky details behind you, you’ll be able to see the bigger picture more clearly. You can feel particularly motivated to tidy up your life in key ways now.





The day holds somewhat serious energy, dear Cancer, as we’re inclined to worry or think more deeply about concerning matters or problem areas under today’s influences. Others may be withholding or critical, but it’s best not to take these things too seriously. Constructive criticism is one thing, and today’s grumpiness quite another, so aim to pay it little or no mind. You may be seeing the flaws of a situation first before its benefits, and if you don’t dwell, then this can help you fix problems. It will be essential to focus on things you can control or improve rather than on those annoying inconveniences that occur whatever you do. There is a small tendency to bicker in a partnership or with someone close to you, but this can be sidestepped if you put your mind to it.




The Moon spends the day in your work and health sector, dear Leo, and you’re emotionally wired to take care of business, fix problems, and get the job done. Be easy on yourself and humble with others today as a Mercury-Saturn conflict can stir up a tendency for negative thinking or unnecessary criticism. Serious thoughts, worries, or inconveniences today tend to revolve around work, partnership, and health matters as these are the affected themes in your solar chart. Temporarily, you see the flaws more clearly than the positive. However, this can also be a day when your ambition increases or motivation soars related to a home or work project that feels more achievable than ever.




Energies today are on the more serious side, dear Virgo, and this can work for and against you, or a bit of both, depending on how it’s all handled! For one, a Mercury-Saturn minor challenge points to possible negative thinking or communicating, as you may be dealing with misunderstandings or delays that you hadn’t anticipated. This can lead to an opportunity to improve and edit, but if it’s out of your control, try focusing on those things you’re able to make right or take a break from overthinking before returning to problem areas. Whether to play it safe or to take a risk can be an issue now. For another, a Mars-Pluto connection deepens your ambition or inspires you to think a little more deeply about a project or relationship, leading to the desire to make improvements and changes.




Mercury-Saturn today suggests it’s better to focus on editing and fixing problems than pushing the envelope, dear Libra, and this relates mostly to your home life or creative work and love relationships. Double check what you say and write since there is a tendency to take things the wrong way under this influence. Fears or insecurities can skew conversations to complaints and thoughts to negative places. For best results, be willing to let things go and hope that others don’t harp on details. Minor problems aside, you can benefit from a Mars-Pluto parallel today that can light a fire under you to take positive steps towards handling your money better or towards making changes that benefit your income or home life. The Moon is in your home and family sector all day, suggesting the need to enjoy time alone or with familiar people and to rest up.




With Mercury challenged by Saturn today, dear Scorpio, there is a tendency to see the problems more than the benefits of a situation, and it can be difficult not to dwell on problem areas. Conversations and thoughts can quickly turn to criticism, worry, or complaints. Alternatively, you may be dealing with people who are closed to your ideas or not understanding you, which can be irritating. Look for ways to make improvements and know these are temporary and possibly necessary blocks. It’s best to stick to the rules and directions under this influence, but with a Mars-Pluto parallel aspect also influencing the day, your best bet may be pouring your energies into an absorbing project that you love. Your motivation is fueled now, perhaps as the result of problems or misunderstandings, and it can feel right to make a plan or goal and then work on reaching it.




There is a somewhat heavier or serious energy to today, dear Sagittarius, but it’s nothing you can’t handle. In fact, you this can be a valuable reminder of what’s not working for you. This way, you can go forward either by making edits or focusing on those things that serve you well. Worries about money, resources, or talents may be more prominent now as Saturn is triggered by Mercury. Keep in mind that with this aspect, we tend to dwell on what’s missing or what we’ve lost rather than on what we have or our blessings. Pull out constructive criticism from this, if there is any, and leave behind the rest. If you can fix or improve something, then now is the time to do it, but if it’s beyond your control, then aim to let go. A Mars-Pluto influence today increases your ambition to make more of what you have, making it a wonderful time to develop a natural talent or to do something special with your money.



A Mercury-Saturn influence today can act to skew our thinking to the negative side, dear Capricorn. This can be helpful for identifying problems and flaws that can be fixed and edited, but it can be a bit of a downer if we dwell on them instead. Saturn is in your sign, and this can point to a tendency to be a little too critical or self-critical now. You may be worrying about time constraints or money issues, and you might be feeling a pinch. It could be necessary to cut your losses and move on or work on improvements step by step. Draw upon patience and tap into the energies of Mars-Pluto alignment today that fills you with a stronger sense of purpose and increases your ambition to make important changes.




The energies of the day are less than glamorous, dear Aquarius, with Mercury in your sign in minor challenging aspect to Saturn, as you become aware of a problem or blockage. You could find that others are close-minded to your ideas or plans just for now, or you may be facing some other forms of resistance or blocks that can be annoying, possibly related to unnecessary self-criticism. With the Moon in your privacy sector all day, you’re likely to have a stronger need to take a break from demanding situations. This is natural now as you rest before the Moon enters your sign tomorrow and life picks up pace.





This is a time for checking your work or making edits rather than pushing forward, dear Pisces, and you may very well enjoy a break in this way. Even so, there can be some miscommunications or criticism to deal with now as a semi-square between Mercury and Saturn tends to remind us of the flaws more than benefits of a situation. Do your best to be flexible and avoid identifying too much with minor problems and inconveniences. The Moon is in your social sector all day, encouraging you to reach out, make connections, or simply enjoy the company of people already in your life. A Mars-Pluto parallel suggests a robust exchange of ideas or learning experience now.



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If You Were Born Today, February 12


You are a strong-minded person who is not always tactful, even though you are gifted with expression, but generally very straightforward. You love a good competition, particularly on a mental level. Success is important to you, and you usually achieve what you set out to do. Impatience can be a problem that you gradually manage better as you mature in life. Your visual memory is excellent and artistic taste quite refined. Famous people born today: Abraham Lincoln, Charles Darwin, Christina Ricci, Judy Blume, Joanna Kerns, Arsenio Hall.

Your Birthday Year Forecast:

The period ahead is a particularly busy one. At times, you may feel like the pace of your life is running ahead of you. You can be especially productive, however, in all types of communications–writing, speaking, learning, teaching, and so forth. You are willing to put in the effort for a mental interest or project, and you can feel pleasantly dedicated to your work or ideas in the year ahead. You are more able to focus on what you’re doing and communicating, and you’re more inclined to notice and consider details.

This is a time when you feel confident and supported enough to pursue your desires. It’s a good period for making yourself feel more secure and safe, as well as for family or domestic activities. This is also a period when you more readily support or defend others.

You are seeking out equal, fair, and balanced relationships. There can be a stronger inclination towards togetherness and sharing, creating harmony, and sharing power now. You may gain an advantage in business or finances or by promoting harmony and beauty.

Your feelings are more intense which can increase your creativity or animate your social or romantic life this year.

You may be actively involved in teamwork and collaboration with others this year. Your passions are stirred and you’re likely to make positive connections with others. There can be the beginning of a significant new relationship or the intensification of an existing bond.

You’re in a particularly good position for social meetings and events. You’re inclined to happily embrace all that is new, unusual, and out-of-the-ordinary with regards to romantic involvements as well as financial undertakings. This could be a good year for financial undertakings involving electronics, technology, the internet, metaphysics, and the arts, as well as group activities. You have a taste for the offbeat this year, and this energy can bring sudden or unexpected romance into your life, perhaps a scenario that feels like love at first sight.

You have a stronger ability to direct your energies into meaningful activities. In some ways, you can be quite self-contained as you pursue passion projects. However, you may need to watch for hooking onto impractical ventures. As well, your energy level can vary greatly from one period to the next, so take advantage of the “high” periods in order to offset the possible loss in productivity during the low-energy stages. At times you may feel a little lacking in direction, but give yourself some time to find it.

This can be an especially creative, tuned-in year for self-expression, not only verbally but through hobbies, games, or sports. It’s bound to be a busy time for you, sometimes lacking in clear direction, but also good for optimism and many new ideas and interests.


2018 is a Number Seven year for you. Ruled by Neptune. This is a year of preparation, chance, and refinement. It is not a time of dramatic changes. Instead, it’s a year when reflection on the past is helpful, and when refinements to your life path should be made. It’s a good year to study and analyze. Unexpected twists to your life story and “chance” meetings are probable. Advice – take stock of your life in order to prepare for more exciting years to come, examine the past and plan for the future, get in touch with your deepest needs and uncover your personal power, don’t strain yourself or actively try to expand.

2019 will be 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.


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Get A Jump On Tomorrow…..

Your Daily Horoscopes for Tuesday, January 13th




Uranus in Aries connects harmoniously with the Sun today, dear Aries, putting you in fabulous form for enjoying new interests, a friendship, making connections, or dreaming up new ways to enjoy your life. You can be particularly inspired by new ideas and potential ventures now. You might also break through a barrier or problem, and this comes as a pleasant relief. You’re in particularly good shape for sharing your talents or expertise with others, socializing, and coming up with creative and exciting ideas for future projects. You love to innovate and break ground, and with the Solar Eclipse on Thursday and the aspects forming now, you’re in an unusual position to do so in the weeks ahead. A Mercury-Jupiter square, also active today, warns against going overboard with money, relationships, projects, and promises, in general, but it also challenges you to think in bigger terms than usual. Dream but don’t invest your heart, money, or energy into something brand new just yet.



A Sun-Uranus connection today is gently exciting, dear Taurus, as circumstances are such that you’re reminded of areas of your life that are doing well, improving, or showing great promise. It’s important to keep in mind the tendency to gloss over practical details today, though, unless you’re merely daydreaming and not signing on the dotted line! The temptation may be to jump to a conclusion, but information is likely to be incomplete now. As well, Mercury is at the top of your chart and you’re likely to attract more attention than usual for what you communicate! For some of you, there can be a disconnect with someone about your long-term plans, and while this should be addressed at some point, try not to put too much weight into it at the moment. It may very well be coming off as more difficult than it truly is (a Mercury-Jupiter influence active today has an exaggeration effect). However, do look for opportunities to advance your professional interests and consider ways to free yourself from attitudes that have been limiting your progress or success.



Today, Jupiter forms a square to Mercury, your planetary ruler and the ruler of communications, in general, dear Gemini. This can lead to misjudgments as we speak, judge, or conclude too quickly. Even so, their conflict can stir up some incredible enthusiasm and good ideas, even if these may need some refinement at a later date. You can be defending your beliefs today, which is energizing but might also lead to moodiness if others are listening only to themselves, which is very likely with this transit. Also today, a Sun-Uranus connection forms that inspires you. You are more in tune with your desire for new experience, learning, and excitement these days, and friends and acquaintances can be part of this today. Travel, courses, networking, teamwork, and publishing opportunities can be areas of improvement or inspiration. Friends and alliances formed through your studies or extracurricular activities can be in focus and successful in the coming weeks. For some, a long-distance friendship is a central focus in your life now.



For the most part, the day is likely to find you very positive and enthusiastic, dear Cancer. Even so, moodiness is possible with a Mercury-Jupiter square that tempts you to jump to conclusions. You may want to make big promises to make someone happy, but it’s best to avoid this kind of behavior now. Instead, open your mind to possibilities and reserve judgment for later. Creative activities fare beautifully. You’ve been attracting rather intense energy or experiences into your life recently with the Sun and Mercury in your intimacy sector, and today, you’re looking for ways to improve and change for the better. You’re in good shape for recognition from people at work, in your field, or in a position of authority, especially for your unique insight or methods. A relationship might play a significant role in your motivation to reach a goal or ambition, or a common purpose with a significant other can form now. You’re encouraged to think outside of the box for solutions to problems now and in the coming weeks.



A Sun-Uranus connection today is excellent for you, dear Leo. Not only does it involve your ruler, the Sun, but it also occurs with Uranus in harmony to your sign. People in your life are contributing much to your life now, and it can feel enjoyable and fulfilling. There can be some restlessness stirred now, and this can lead you to interesting places, but toning things down can be useful if you find yourself becoming hyped up over a belief or idea that didn’t mean much to you before today. Attention to a partnership may seem to interfere with efforts to settle in or pay extra attention to family. With Mercury in your partnership sector, you might often want to share decisions with someone else these days, but today, others may want to be included. Fortunately, you’re in a great position to slip into another’s shoes, and you can come to agreements quite readily. Aligning yourself with others who are progressive, adventurous, and forward-looking can be very beneficial now.



While there is some tendency to misjudge a situation today, dear Virgo, mental restlessness may also lead to exciting discoveries. Your mind can be doing some interesting exercises now, and while some of it may lead to nothing, at the very least, you’re entertaining ideas you may not think up on another day and having some fun with it. Do watch for having too many balls in the air now, or for taking on more than you can handle. When it comes to news or others’ overtures to you, it’s best to double-check facts. A little research goes a long way today with Mercury in your work and health sector making nice with Uranus in your solar eighth house. You may be uncovering hidden answers or information that helps push you forward into new territory. Alternative methods work best right now; there is no need to cling to the traditional. Try not to overdo things but enjoy the positive vibes that may very well lead to small breakthroughs in your work or intimate life.



Mercury connects with Jupiter and the Sun to Uranus today, dear Libra, and while there is some tendency to go overboard or to exaggerate, it’s an excellent time to dream up new ideas and turn on to new interests. You’re open to others and they to you. Keeping in mind that you and others are prone to jump to conclusions today, you can enjoy the positivity and have some fun with conversations and thoughts. As the Mercury-Jupiter square involves your second and fifth houses, a situation with a child or lover can have much more to it than meets the eye. Or, judgment about money may be off just for now (likely towards excess). Creatively speaking, your ideas are quite brilliant, but you may not have all the resources, particularly time, to implement them for now. Be patient about putting exciting new plans into action. This is a time of the year when creative impulses are stronger than usual, and fresh approaches to relating are in order. A little frivolity goes a long way, and expressing yourself more freely and playfully can help open doors to you.



While thinking may have been a little cautious yesterday, today you’re latching on to exciting new ideas and feeling quite enthusiastic about them, dear Scorpio. It’s important not to invest too much of yourself or your resources into a new venture just for now, but ideas can be in the hatching stage and entirely worth your attention. A good practice in times like these is to remind yourself of your usual limits. Significant commitments should be avoided until further notice! You are more sharply focused on family affairs and your personal life these days, and today is particularly strong for enjoying the freedoms that acceptance and support afford you. Work, health, and family life benefit from a creative, non-traditional approach, and this is set to continue since the aspects in the days surrounding a Solar Eclipse (which will occur on the 15th) are imprinted into the eclipse and have more staying power. Follow your instincts when it comes to decorating, reorganizing, nesting, cooking, and working, as you could create a small masterpiece now. Your mind is open and others give you the space to do your own thing.



If you can avoid putting too much energy or hope into a particular line of thought or plan today, dear Sagittarius, and enjoy the idea process instead, you’re in great shape. Mental restlessness is a given with Jupiter, your ruler, in tense aspect with Mercury, but it also encourages you to stretch your mind. Your trust that others understand you may be too optimistic and can lead to miscommunications, or jumping to conclusions can lead to same, under this influence. It’s not the time to divulge sensitive information. However, this is a beautiful time for discovery, particularly along mental or intellectual lines. The information you uncover today is exciting and possibly even profitable. Your sense of humor is in full bloom, and your mind is open to new ways of connecting. The weeks ahead can be a time of advances, however big or small, that motivate you and lift your spirits as the aspects active today tie into Thursday’s eclipse and stick around for some time.



A Mercury-Jupiter square happening today points to some tendency for us to jump to conclusions or to make hasty (perhaps even haughty) decisions, dear Capricorn. Keeping this in mind, you can nevertheless enjoy an exercise of the mind now. Optimism can lead you to take on more than you can reasonably handle, but if you defer promises or commitments, you can come up with some bright ideas. Tune into optimistic energy now. A Sun-Uranus aspect, also active today, helps. It feels good when you meet with open minds and open your own mind to possibilities. Interactions are likely to be fresh and invigorating or inspiring. You might enjoy unique insight into a practical matter, especially financial, that surprises you or seems to come out of the blue. This is a time for approaching your family life, money, and domestic affairs in refreshing new ways and making small improvements that help you feel more in charge and more secure. The energies of today are tied into the eclipse that will occur on Thursday, as well as any new beginnings related to money and talents that can come of it.



A Mercury-Jupiter square aspect today can lead to saying something too soon or without enough thought today, dear Aquarius, particularly as Mercury is currently in your sign. It’s best not to take on too many projects or commitments on both personal and professional levels now, not only because judgment may be a little off today, but also because a Solar Eclipse will occur in just two days, setting you along a new path. Positively, it’s a good time to think in bigger terms than usual, and later you can reshape and refine what you come up with now. The Sun in your sign connects well with Uranus today, and this boosts your appeal, particularly through your communications and ideas. People appreciate you more than usual. You might find yourself on the same page as a significant other, or agreements come organically now. This can be a time for shaking up the usual routine a little, or for reaching out to someone you’ve been meaning to connect with.



With Mercury forming a square to Jupiter today, ideas can catch hold quickly, and enthusiasm can take off, dear Pisces. However, disagreements can get very big, very fast, as well. Try not to invest too much into information coming in or promises made today, and you’ll be in better shape. As long as you keep things fun and light without excessive expectations, then this is an excellent day to daydream and consider new possibilities. Also active today is a Sun-Uranus transit that gently nudges you towards positive improvements and changes. You’re working under the radar or behind the scenes these days, but you can also be branching out and coming up with novel ways of expressing yourself. When it comes to money, personal possessions, and valuables, you’re doing things just a little differently. A change of pace can feel right.



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Single on Valentine’s Day? No Worries

Celebrate yourself on this day of love

Have you been dreading Valentine’s Day? Well, there’s nothing to fear! Cupid wants you to celebrate love in all of its manifestations, not just the romantic variety. As a single person, you have energy for loving friendships (which you might not have time for if you were part of a couple), so you have much to be grateful for.

Here are some tips for how each zodiac sign can use Valentine’s Day to affirm that a partner isn’t necessary when it comes to celebrating love — and a few suggestions for attracting a date as well!

Aries (March 21 – April 19)

If you’re single and loving it, more power to you … but if want to find a partner, try making this holiday your Valentine’s New Year. Write resolutions about new ways you can reach out while having fun in the coming year. Get psyched up and create a positive attitude. The world is your romantic oyster!

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

You could use some pampering on this special day, so take yourself to a spa to enjoy a head-to-toe beauty treatment, massage or soak in a hot tub. Be your own best date by treating yourself to whatever sensual delights tickle your fancy. Invite a close friend along and indulge together.

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

If you get the urge to call your friends and whine about your single status, go ahead. Get chatty and vent all you want … but whatever you do, resist the temptation to ring up your ex or that hottie you’ve got your eye on. Wait for another day to make those calls, when your emotions aren’t so volatile.

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

You’re one of the world’s biggest romantics, so don’t let being single stop you from celebrating love. Arrange a gift or card exchange in your circle of friends and invite them over for a Valentine’s party. Bake cookies and deck out the house in red hearts and candlelight. Declare a toast to the loving friendships that sustain you.

Leo (July 23 – Aug. 22)

Okay, Leo, you may not have a date this year, but you can still spread some cheer. Offer to babysit your friends’ kids. Parents of young children often have trouble finding time for romance in their busy lives, so help them out. You won’t be alone, and you’ll have fun playing with their kiddos.

Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22)

This is going to sound crazy, but this might be the perfect day to clean and reorganize your space. De-cluttering improves Feng Shui, which creates chi (vital energy) that can help attract more magic into your life. If you’re looking for a relationship, enhance the southwest sector of your bedroom with gemstones, crystals and candles.

Libra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22)

Being single isn’t easy for you, Libra. If you’re feeling sorry for yourself, here’s a sure-fire way to cheer up: help someone less fortunate than yourself. Seniors are often lonely, and not just on Valentine’s Day, so see if you can volunteer at a senior center in your neighborhood. Or, look for a church or non-profit group that could use your help.

Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21)

You love intrigue and the little white lies behind it, so find an online florist and order a bouquet of flowers to be sent to you at your workplace. Or have a local candy store deliver a big box of chocolates. Sign the card “From Your Secret Admirer.” The water cooler gossip will keep you amused all day.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21)

Recharge your batteries by taking a short trip. It doesn’t have to be elaborate. Just getting on a bus and heading to some new part of town can do the trick. Or, try this with a friend: get in your car, start driving, toss a coin at every corner and turn left (for tails) or right (for heads) accordingly. After a few tosses, have dinner wherever you end up.

Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19)

You’ve already got a handle on creating attractive energy that draws people to you. Your flair for success is irresistible. Now’s a great time to share some of the fruits of that success by treating your friends to a special event. Look for a movie, concert, comedy club or theater production you know they will enjoy.

Aquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18)

Okay, so you’ve figured out that Valentine’s Day is a plot by flower shops and greeting card companies to bump up their post-Christmas sales. If you’re part of this “bah humbug” group, gather your like-minded friends and have a Valentine’s Scrooge party. Give a prize to the guest who brings the snarkiest card.

Pisces (Feb. 19 – March 20)

Today is the day to amplify the compassionate traits you are known and loved for. Reach out to a friend or family member who needs an open ear. As you listen, offer your support and help them find their way back to a more cosmic perspective. This comes naturally to you, but it isn’t always so easy for others. is Part of the Daily Insight Group ©2018


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Tarot, Runes & a Few More Things

The Witches Digest for Monday, February 12th

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The Witches Digest for Monday, February 12th

Pagan Ways

Upon my altar a crystal ball,
An athame, candles and chalice tall,
A pagan goddess, a pagan god,
All laid upon my altar cloth,
A bell to help me celebrate,
Offerings placed upon a plate,
My pagan tools I now display,
How I love my pagan ways.

I’ll cast my circle upon the floor,
Then call upon the quarters four,
Earth, Fire, Water, Air,
The God and Goddess may join me there,
I may sing, or I may dance,
I may even dare to chant,
As pagan music softly plays,
How I love my pagan ways.

My ritual over, now time to seek,

I’m feeling light upon my feet,
I’ll walk among the trees and plants,
And search for berries upon the branch,
I’ll feel the breath of natures kiss,
At one with all is total bliss,
I wish I lived in bygone days,
To learn first hand these pagan ways.


—Pagan Ways
Alan Faraway

Today is Monday, February 12th


Monday is the sacred day of the moon, personified as the goddesses Selene, Luna, and Mani. The moon is ruler of flow, affecting the changeable and impressionable aspects of people. If a full moon falls on a Monday, then the powers of the moon are at their most potent.

Deity: Mani

Zodiac Sign: Cancer

Planet: Moon

Tree: Willow

Herb: Chickweed

Stone: Agate

Animal: Crab

Element: Water

Color: Green

Rune: Lagu (L)


The Celtic Tree Month of Luis(Rowan) January 21 – February 17)

Runic Half Month of Sigel (sun) (February 12 – February 26)

Goddess of the Month of Bridhe (January 23 – February 19)



The Pagan Book of Days
Nigel Pennick

The Pagan Book of Days for Monday, February 12th

Artemis/Diana/Runic half- month of Sigel commences

Holy day of the divine huntress, the goddess Artemis or Diana. The runic half-month of Sigel commences. It represents the power of the force of good throughout the world and is the harbinger of victory and ascendancy over darkness.


The Pagan Book of Days
Nigel Pennick

The Wicca Book of Days for Monday, February 12

Sunny Sowelu

Today marks the start of the runic half-month of Sowelu (which may also be spelled Sowilo or Sowulo, and is sometimes called Sigil), whose last day will fall on February 26This rune represents the sun, which has been growing every brighter since December’s winter solstice, and has been shining a little longer each day, too. Scholars of the runes generally link Sowelu with Baldur, the “Shining One,” or the “good god” of Nore myth, who was murdered through the trickery of Loki, Odin’s foster brother. Symbolically, Sowelu can be inerpreted as denoting such positive, dynamic concepts as enlightenment, strength of will, solar energy and victory.

Here Comes the Sun!

If you have been feeling a little down, turn to clary sage which is governed by Uranus, today’s planetary ruler to life your spirits. Either take it in the form of an herbal supplement or tea, or heat 5 to 10 drops of the aromatherapy oil in a vaporizer.


The Wicca Book Book of Days
Selena Eilidh Ash

On Monday, February 12, We Honor the Goddess Artemis


The Greek Goddess Of The Hunt


Areas of Influence: Artemis is the Greek Goddess of the hunt, nature and birth.

She is also described in Greek mythology as “Goddess of the night”, “Lady of the Beast”, “Woodland Goddess” and “Phoebe,” which translates as the bright one.

Several of this Goddesses roles may appear incompatible in nature. An example of this is that she is associated both with death, brought swiftly through her arrows and healing. She is also both Goddess of the hunt and the protector of wild animals. These contradictions are in reality just a reflection of the cycles of life, death and rebirth.

Artemis is also a bird Goddess as she is linked to several wild birds including guinea fowl, buzzards and an unidentified sea bird.

She was also known as a moon Goddess. Where she represents the new moon. As such Artemis is an important archetypal figure for young independent and unmarried woman in the form of the maiden goddess.

Birth and Genealogy: Born to Leto and Zeus, she is also the twin sister to Apollo, whom according to myth, she helped her mother to deliver. This is why she was traditionally called upon by woman to ease the pains of childbirth.

She was a virgin Goddess who never married or had any children.

Strengths: Independence, courage, confidence and physical strength.

When this Goddess is only three years old she asks her father, Zeus for her own bow and arrow.

Her independence and free spirited nature is not appreciated however by all the Goddesses. Aphrodite has no control over her as she is not interested in love. The Queen of the Gods, Hera is also forced into confronting her when Artemis sides with the Trojans during the war.

Weaknesses: Vengeful, impulsive and aloof. When one of priestesses is caught with her lover in the temple grounds she punishes the whole surrounding community with a plague.

On another occasion she discovered a man out hunting named Actaeon, peeping at her and her companions she transformed him into a stag and his own dogs devoured him.

Like many of the Greek Goddesses she does not like to be beaten. When Agamemnon kills a stag and boasts that she could not have done it better, she is swift in seeking her revenge, holding back the winds and preventing his fleet from sailing.

Roman Equivalent: Diana

Temples: The Temple of Artemisium in Ephesis was regarded as one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. It was a blend on Greek and eastern influences and held an unusual statue of the Goddess. She is depicted as having numerous breasts (although some historians argue they are bulls testicles which seems more likely) and legs covered and adorned with lions, oxen and other animals. This statue is now housed at the museum in Selcuk.

Festivals: The most well known festival was held at Brauronia. Where the people had angered the Goddess by killing a bear and were punished by a plague. Young girls played the parts of the bear in an attempt to appease her.

There were many other festivals held throughout ancient Greece dedicated to this Goddess including the Elaphebolia, Mounikhia and Laphria.

The Goddess also oversaw the rites of passage for young girls up until the time of their first pregnancy. These girls were expected to remain chaste until marriage.

She continues to be an important Goddess to Pagans and Wiccans today.

Artemis’s Symbolism

Symbolism: Her bow and arrow that were a present from Zeus.

She is often drawn wearing a short functional tunic. One of the oldest representations of her also depicts her as a winged Goddess holding a stag and a leopard or lion.

Other works of art illustrate her riding a chariot drawn by four stags.

Sacred Animals: Deer, bears and hunting dogs.

Sacred Birds: Guinea fowl and Buzzards were associated with this bird Goddess.

Sacred Plants: Cypress, almond, fir, walnut and willow trees. Amaranth, daisy, wormwood. Like her brother she was also associated with laurels.


Artemis’s Archetypes

The Child of Nature :

This stereotype feels most at home outside bonding and communicating with the forces of nature. The Child of Nature is often emotionally very sensitive and prefers solace and the company of animals to being with people. They are often independent and physically fit.

The shadow aspect abuses animals and destroys the environment around them.

Artemis embodies this role as she is the Goddess of wild animals. As the huntress she becomes the shadow attribute of this stereotype, killing the animals and attacking anyone who tries to take away her dignity.

The Virgin :

This Archetype represents the desire to remain sexually pure and uncorrupted, maintaining your energy for other projects. It can also symbolise a deep desire to create brand new ideas and methods of working.

The shadow virgin, resists her sexuality due to fear and revolution of sex and the loss of innocence it symbolises.

This Goddess is a prime example of this chaste Archetype as she asked her father, Zeus to grant her eternal virginity. All her companions were also virgins and she was extremely protective of her purity. When a hunter saw the Goddess and her nymphs bathing, one myth says she turned him into a stag and set his dogs upon him.


How To Work With These Archetypes

The Child of Nature:

To have this particular Archetype you need more than a love of nature. Your health and well-being is affected if you are unable to spend time outside working with animals, plants and other nature spirits. Your idea of hell is likely to be working in a busy office in the center of town.

People who possess the shadow aspect are cruel to animals and have no interest in preserving the natural world.

The Virgin:

The Virgin is one of your main Archetypes, if you are continually preserving your vital energies, for spiritual pursuits. The Virgin may also represent a desire to explore virgin territory; inventing refreshing, new ideas and ways of doing things.

On the shadow side, fear and disgust caused by bad past experiences could be preventing you from exploring your sexuality.


Ritual Work Associated with Monday The Day of the Moon

Perfume: White Poppy, White Rose, Wallflower

Incense: Myrtle

Wood: Willow

Color: Silver, Grey-white

Influences: Agriculture, Domestic, Longlife, Medicine, Travels, Visions, Theft (new moon)


A Book of Pagan Rituals
Herman Slater

The Magickal Days of the Week – Mondays


Monday is the day of the moon itself, and it’s a day that’s connected to lunar colors like silver, white, or even a pale blue. Metals and gemstones like silver, pearl, opal and moonstone all come into play today.

There are plenty of deities associated with the moon – Thoth and Diana for instance – and herbal correspondences include many members of the mint family. Utilize wintergreen or peppermint, as well as catnip, comfrey, sage and chamomile in your workings.

When it comes to Monday magic, because of that lunar connection, it’s a good time to focus on workings related to childbearing and family life, purity and virginity, healing, wisdom, and intuition. Do a little bit of self exploration and work on developing your intuition – learn to trust your gut. Celebrate birth and life, and make some magic to fix what is broken.


Patti Wigington, Paganism/Wicca Expert
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Monday–The Day of the Moon


The moon, like the sun, was an object of wonder in the days of old, and was worshiped almost everywhere in some form or other, but it does not play quite so important a part in story as the sun. Since the moon is paler than the sun and its light soft and gentle, it was often regarded as being a chariot driven by a woman, but the course of the moon-goddess across the sky was similar to that of the sun-god.

Diana, the moon-goddess of the Greeks and Romans, known also as Cynthia, Phoebe, and Arterms, was the twin-sister of Apollo, and drove a golden chariot drawn by milk-white horses. Diana and Apollo were children of Jupiter, and were born in the Island of Delos, where a temple to Apollo was afterwards built. Another of the Seven Wonders of the World was the temple to Diana at Ephesus, on the west coast of Asia Minor. The worship of Diana at Ephesus is mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles: “And when the town clerk had quieted the multitude, he saith, ‘Ye men of Ephesus, what man is there who knoweth not how that the city of the Ephesians is temple-keeper of the great Diana and of the image which fell down from Jupiter?’” The temple was destroyed in the year A.D. 263, but remains of it may still be seen.

Diana was also the Goddess of Hunting; she was a skilled archer, and spent the day in huuting, as we have seen in the story of Orion.

The most famous story of Diana is that of her love for Endymion, a young shepherd–a story which has been told by the poets many times. One evening as the moon-goddess was driving silently across the sky, she saw sleeping on a hillside a handsome youth, his resting flock scattered over the gentle slope. Attracted by his beauty, Diana stepped from her chariot and gazed long at his face; then softly stooping, she kissed him lightly on the lips. Endymion, half wakened by her touch, caught a fleeting vision of the fair goddess as she hastened to her chariot. Filled with wonder at the sight, he rose quickly and rubbed his eyes, but all he saw was the bright moon floating across the dark sky, and he thought that he had been dreaming. The next night the goddess came to him again, and again he saw her with his half closed eyes. Each night when the bright rays of the moon fell on his upturned face he dreamed this wonderful dream, but he was always sleeping when the goddess came, and nevr saw her in her full and dazzling beauty. The days now seemed long and dreary to Endymion, and he waited anxiously for the night that he might see again the glorious vision.

Diana was filled with dread at the thought that the beautiful youth would lose his beauty as the years went by, and at last she cast a spell over him while he slept, so that he should never wake again, and carried him away to a cave in a mountain-side known only to herself. There the loving Diana paused each night in her journey across the sky, and gazed on the face of the fair Endymion.

Diana, when hunting in the forest, was attended by a band of wood-nymphs who were her faithful followers. One of these nymphs, Arethusa, was one day cooling herself after the chase on the banks of the River Alpheus, when suddenly the God of the River appeared. The startled nymph ran quickly into the woods, but the god Alpheus pursued her, telling her that he loved her and that she need fear no harm. Arethusa was too frightened to listen to the god, and ran on, till at last, worn out, she prayed to Diana for help. The moon-goddess was ever ready to help her faithful nymphs, and in answer to the prayer transformed the girl into a fountain, which she hid in a thick mist. Alpheus, suddenly losing sight of the nymph, wandered sorrowfully about, calling out her name in his distress. Arethusa now thought that she was safe, but the wind-god, Zephyrus, blew aside the mist, and Alpheus saw a fountain where there had not been one before, and guessed what had happened. He quickly changed himself into a river and rushed towards the fountain, but Arethusa sprang from the rocks and hastened away over the stones and grass. Diana now saw her fresh danger, and made an opening in the ground, through which Arethusa slipped, to find herself in the kingdom of Pluto, the God of the Underworld. Here she wandered until she found another opening, by which she escaped once again into the sunshine on the plain of Sicily. Alpheus, however, at last made his way across the sea to Sicily, where he found Arethusa and won her love. The Greeks believed that flowers cast into the River Alpheus in Greece were carried by the river as gifts to his lover, and appeared later in the fountain of Arethusa in Sicily!

Among the Egyptians the moon was regarded as a god, who was named Thoth (The Measurer). He was also the God of Wisdom, Invention, Writing, and Magic. He was one of the earliest of the Egyptian gods, having come into being at the same time as Ra, the sun-god, and it was he who was said to have created the world. The Romans compared him with Mercury because, like Mercury, he invented writing. As the God of the Moon, he was represented as wearing a crescent moon on his head, and holding in his hand a stylus, a pointed instrument used by the Egyptians for writing on their wax tablets.

The Babylonian moon-god was Sin, the Lord of Wisdom. He was the father of the sun-god, and was one of the greatest of the gods, owing to the fact that the Babylonians regulated their calendar by the moon.

The Angles and Saxons believed that the moon was driven across the sky by Mani, the son of a giant, in a golden chariot drawn by a horse named the All Swift. As in the case of the sun, our ancestors had no distinct goddess of the moon.

Hymn to Diana

Queen and huntress, chaste and fair,
Now the sun is laid to sleep,
Seated in thy silver chair,
State in wonted manner keep:
Hesperus entreats thy light,
Goddess excellently bright.
Earth, let not thy envious shade
Dare itself to interpose;
Cynthia’s shining orb was made
Heaven to clear when day did close;
Bless us then with wished sight,
Goddess excellently bright.
Lay thy bow of pearl apart,
And thy crystal shining quiver;
Give unto the flying hart
Space to breathe, how short soever,
Thou that mak’st a day of night,
Goddess excellently bright.

BEN JONSON–Cynthia’s Revels.

The Witches Monday


In the word Monday, we can see part of the word Moon. In the romance languages such as Italian or Spanish, this day of the week is called Lunes and clearly relates to the word lunar. On Mondays, a variety of magick may be worked. Because Monday centers on the energies of the Moon, things like dreams, feminine energy, health, success in spiritual pursuits, domestic matters, and things of family origin are especially important this day.

Mondays are best for love magick and anything concerning home or family, thus old saying, Mondays child is fair of face, which seems clearly to relate to the themes of love and health.

Angels of Monday are Gabriel, Arcan, Missabu, and Abuzaha. Arcan is known as the king of the angels of air and the “ruler” of Monday. Abuzaha (Abuzohar) serves Monday, and is very responsive to invocations and ritual magick. Missabu is a ministering angel of Arcan.

Check whether the moon is waning or waxing to determine what your spell will be. During waning moons, do spells to rid yourself of obstacles or for wisdom and protection. During waxing moons do magic for increase of any kind or to draw something into your life.

On Mondays, the best hour to work is moonrise. Get this information from your local newspaper, astrological calendar, or almanac.


Gypsy Magic

Monday’s Witchery

Think for a moment on all of the witchery, magick and enchantments that you have discovered. Don’t be afraid to adjust spells to suit your own specific needs. Any gentle, illusory, and dreamy charms and spells can be enhanced when you work on the day of the week that is dedicated to the moon. Mondays are a fantastic day to boost your psychic abilities and to tune in to your intuition and empathy. It also gives you the opportunity to work with a different lunar phase each and every Monday, which means in one month you could work four different types of moon magicks on Mondays. How’s that for adding to your repertoire? You are going to have mad skills in no time at all.

So light up those lunar scented candles and add a little mystique to your outfit by wearing an enchanting lunar color. Wear your sparkling silver jewelry and maybe add a pair of dangling silver earrings or a pendant shaped like a crescent moon. Create lunar potions and philters; make a dream catcher and give it as a gift to someone you love. Burn some sandalwood or jasmine-scented incense today to inspire the glamour and magick of the moon. Slice up a favorite variety of fruit that is in season for a snack or share it with your love and enjoy his or her lunar and romantic qualities. Brew up a cup of chamomile tea, enchant it with a little moon magick, and relax and get a good night’s sleep.

Most importantly, get outside tonight and watch the moon for a while. What phase is she in? What color was the moon as she rose? Why not start a journal and write down at what location the moon rises and sets for a few seasons? This is a great way to teach you to tune in and to become more aware of the moon and the influence that she pulls into our lives. Try calling on Selene for her magickal assistance, and call Thoth for wisdom and strength. Get to know the Norse Mani and the Latvian Meness. These gods of the moon have plenty to teach, and if you allow their influence to cycle through your life, you’ll receive many blessings. Be imaginative, and create your own personal lunar magick and witchery. Go on….the moonlight becomes you.


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

The Witches Almanac for Monday, February 12

Abraham Lincoln’s birthday

Waning Moon

Moon phase: Fourth Quarter

Moon Sign: Capricorn

Incense: Hyssop

Color: Gray

The Witches Correspondences for Monday, February 12


Day: Monday ( Moon-day)

Planet: Moon

Colors: Silver and White and Grey

Crystals: Moonstone, Pearl, Aquamarine, Silver, Selenite

Aroma: Jasmine, Lemon, Sandalwood, Moon Oil, African violet, Honeysuckle, Myrtle, Willow, and Wormwood

Herb: Moonwort

The sacred day of the Moon, personified by such goddesses as Selene, Luna, Diana, and Artemis. The Moon is ruler of flow affecting the changeable aspects of people. If a full moon falls on a Monday, its powers are at their most potent.

Magical aspects: peace, sleep, healing, compassion, friendships, psychic awareness, purification, and fertility

Monday is ruled by the moon – an ancient symbol of mystery and peace. Monday is a special day for mothers as the cycle of the moon has long been associated with the female menstrual cycle. Those wishing to conceive a baby would be wise to try on a Monday as the magic of motherhood is strong and pregnancy is in the air.

This is the proper day of the week to perform spells and rituals involving agriculture, animals, female fertility, messages, reconciliation’s, theft, voyages, dreams, emotions, clairvoyance, home, family, medicine, cooking, personality, merchandising, psychic work, Faerie magic, and Goddess rituals.

Monday Is Ruled By the Moon

This day of the week is dedicated to the moon and all of her magic and mystery. Mondays are for women’s mysteries, illusion, prophetic dreaming, emotions, travel, and fertility.

Some suggestions for Monday enchantments would include:

*Getting outside and looking for the moon in the heavens. Sit under her light and absorb a little glamour. Call on the moon goddess Selene for practical help in magical issues.

*Invoking the god Thoth for wisdom and insight

*Empowering your silver jewelry under the light of the moon. Wear moonstone or pearl jewelry today to add a lunar and magical shimmer to your outfit. Be mysterious and subtle and wear moon-associated colors such as white, silver, and blue.

*Working spells for safe travel with a simple moonstone

*Gathering bluebells, jasmine, gardenias, or white roses to create a little garden witchery with the flowers that are associated with the moon

*Setting up a lunar Tarot spell today to increase your psychic powers

*Eating a lunar fruit such as a melon to be healthy, serene, and at peace

*Brewing up a cup of chamomile or mint tea and enchanting it for sweet dreams and restful sleep

The Energy of the Moon


Planet: Moon

Day: Monday

Color: Silver, white, light blue, purple

Metal: Silver

Associations: Childbearing and family life, purity and virginity, healing, wisdom, intuition

Monday & The Perfect Corresponding Spells

When dealing with a weekly spell guide, Mondays are thought to be the logical day for money, love, time and meditation spells. Since Mondays are thought to be the start of the work week, it gives plenty of time for a Monday spell to gain strength throughout the rest of the week.

Love Envelope Spell

Things you will need for this spell:
1 envelope
1 sheet of paper
1 small, pink string or yarn
1 pen

On a sheet of paper, write all the good qualities you want a future love interest to have. Once you are finished, fold the paper up and put it in the envelope. Place the pink string, or yarn inside the envelope. Allow some of the string, or yarn to hang outside of the envelope. Lick the envelope, to seal it. Keep the envelope underneath your pillow at night. Pull the envelope out of your pillow and lay it on top of your bed, when you leave for the day, or before a date. This is so any potential date you bring home and into your room can see the envelope. Leave potential dates alone (with the envelope in sight) for a few minutes. It is believed that the person, who is brave enough to open the envelope and read it, is going to be a “keeper.”


A Witch’s Week of Spells and Activities
Helga C. Loueen

Let’s Talk Witch – Choosing Your Pantheon

When starting on your Wiccan path, you must find a pantheon you identify with most. In order to do that, you must look deeper into the different pantheons. In this chapter, I am going to list the pantheons, their countries of origins, and a short list of most used Gods/Goddess.

Egyptian Pantheon

Ancient Egypt, there are over fifty gods and goddesses, and so, I will list the most commonly worshipped ones in Wicca

Anubis: God of Death, funerals, and mourning. Anubis is commonly called upon to help contact family and friends who have passed on.

Bast/Bastet is the Goddesses of cats and the protector of pregnant women and children She is often called upon to ensure the health of an expectant mother and children who are ill.

Isis is the Goddess magic, marriage, healing and protection. She is also the Goddess of rebirth in the Wiccan faith.

Osiris is the God of the underworld. He is called upon in Wiccan rites to ensure a good harvest.

Ra is and God of the Sun and is often worshipped during the summer when the days are longer.

Tammuz is the green God of this pantheon. Thoth is called upon for wisdom.



Adonis is the patron God of rebirth, vegetation.

Apollo, also Roman, is the God of light, archery, medicine, healing, music, poetry, the arts and truth and prophecy.

Dionysus is usually worshipped during Beltane and Ostara. He is usually invoked for rituals of ecstasy. He is also the God of agriculture, music, theatre and communication between the living and dead.

Eros is the God of fertility and sexuality. Hades, god of underworld and death.

Hephaestus is the God of forge, technology, craftsmen, sculptors, fire and volcanoes.

Hermes is the God of boundaries, travelers, shepherds, and cowherds. Hermes watches over speakers, writers, poets, inventors, commerce and thieves. He was the messenger and tricksters.

Pan is the Greek nature God. This is the horned God that many Wiccans refer to when they mention a horned god. He is the God of fertility and spring.

This pantheon has a rich history of nature, war, protection, and fertility. There are many Celtic Gods and Goddesses in this pantheon and are mainly used by Druids. These are just a few of many pantheons you can choose from.


Next question, With so many Patheons How do I choose?

This is a highly personal choice for many Wiccans and Covens. You must first research the history of the myths and the listings of Gods and Goddesses. Clear your mind and ask yourself how you feel about each one as you read about them. If they make you feel comfortable and you can relate to them in some manner, then those may be the deities for you.


Wicca for beginners: Guide to Wicca spells, rituals, gods, magic, witchcraft and more!
Michele Fisher

Home & Hearth Magick for Monday, February 12th

On Monday, casts for matters concerning the home, emotions and nurturing.

Planetary Influence: The Moon

Household Symbols: Silver platters and bowls, moon shapes

Color: White and Silver

Kitchen Spices: Lemon rind and wintergreen.


Cottage Witchery
Natural Magick for Hearth and Home
Ellen Dugan

Celebrating Legends, Folklore & Spirituality 365 Days A Year for February 12

February 12th

Holy Day of Diana

Diana was the Roman Goddess of the moon. She was the patroness of hunters and the guardian of the forest, where her sacred grove stood near Aricia. Diana is called upon to protect animals, children and the forest. As light and life return to the Earth, her powers of protections are invoked for all creatures great and small.


A Prayer to Diana

Goddess of the Hunt, Lady of the bow,
I ask you now the way to show.
I pray you bless me from this hour,
With your strength and with your power.
Through times of sorrow and times strife,
Help me make the most of life.

The Witches Current Moon Phase for February 12th

Waning Crescent

Illumination: 10%

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

Phase: Waning Crescent
Illumination: 10%
Moon Age: 26.46 days
Moon Angle: 0.49
Moon Distance: 405,368.74 km
Sun Angle: 0.54
Sun Distance: 147,697,304.18 km


The Moon is currently Capricorn

The Moon is traveling through Capricorn today. Make a list of goals. Work overtime. Climb higher. Don’t sulk.

We become aware of the need for structure and planning ahead with a Capricorn Moon. We are instinctively aware of the limitations of time and motivated by a desire for success. Achievement and manifestation are more important to us now. We are resourceful and don’t want to waste time, energy, or resources. This can be a somewhat sober influence, but it can also be a productive time when we look reality in the eye.

The Moon in Capricorn generally favors the following activities: Long-term activities that yield slow but steady results, practical undertakings, career issues, making a business plan, practical investments.


Don’r forget for all your magickal needs, think Magickal Necessities!