Tariff

THE COMMENTARY GAZETTE

Sticky word that, almost evokes a sense of alarm. Here comes the Tariff, run. Its an old word, used I would say since Cain charged Abel a fee for the salads. But, its not really a word to strike fear and dread (as some would have) amongst the “common folk”, fear and dread of what. Face it, high finance has been controlling the import/export exchange for centuries and the people have done nothing to change that, or could if they tried. The way inter-state foreign businesses are ran, is a wheeler-dealer world of intrigue and “James Bondian” secrecy. To wit some in the government seem hell bent on placating the world at the expense of the American working people. Why? Good question, one I am unable to answer, or even attempt to understand.

Tariffs, as mentioned above are not new. Nor, is the U. S. the first or only country applying them to their commerce. The World Trade Organization (WTO) seems to be the regulator of such agreements or at least from what I can glean, at least the percent allowed watch dog. But check it out yourself, at the site, they even have a data base downloadable or so they say. WTO.Org  then search tariff. You may be amazed at what you find….Read More

FAIRY CHANGELINGS

THE COMMENTARY GAZETTE

It was firmly believed, at one time, in Wales, that the Fairies exchanged their own weakly or deformed offspring for the strong children of mortals.  The child supposed to have been left by the Fairies in the cradle, or elsewhere, was commonly called a changeling.  This faith was not confined to Wales; it was as common in Ireland, Scotland, and England, as it was in Wales.  Thus, in Spenser’s “Faery Queen”, reference is made in the following words to this popular error:–

And her base Elfin brood there for thee left; such, men do changelings call, so chang’d by Faeries theft.

“Faery Queen”, Bk. I, c. 10.

The same superstition is thus alluded to by Shakespeare: A lovely boy, stol’n from an Indian king, She never had so sweet a changeling.

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, Act II., Sc. 1.

And again, in another of his plays, the Fairy practice of exchanging children is mentioned:       O, that it could be prov’d, That some night-tripping Fairy had exchanged In cradle-clothes our children, where they lay,  And call’d mine, Percy, his Plantagenet: Then would I have his Harry, and he mine.

“Henry IV”., Pt. 1., Act I, Sc. 1.

In Scotland and other countries the Fairies were credited with stealing unbaptized infants, and leaving in their stead poor, sickly, noisy, thin, babies.  But to return to Wales, a poet in “Y Brython”, vol. iii, p. 103, thus sings: Llawer plentyn teg aeth ganddynt, Pan y cym’rynt helynt hir; Oddi ar anwyl dda rieni, I drigfanau difri dir.

Many a lovely child they’ve taken, when long and bitter was the pain; from their parents, loving, dear, To the Fairies’ dread domain….Read More

 

European Bonfire Festivals

THE COMMENTARY GAZETTE

 

European custom of kindling bonfires on certain days of the year, dancing round them and leaping over them. Effigies are sometimes burnt in the fires.

All over Europe the peasants have been accustomed from time immemorial to kindle bonfires on certain days of the year, and to dance round or leap over them. Customs of this kind can be traced back on historical evidence to the Middle Ages, and their analogy to similar customs observed in antiquity goes with strong internal evidence to prove that their origin must be sought in a period long prior to the spread of Christianity. Indeed the earliest proof of their observance in Northern Europe is furnished by the attempts made by Christian synods in the eighth century to put them down as heathenish rites. Not uncommonly effigies are burned in these fires, or a pretence is made of burning a living person in them; and there are grounds for believing that anciently human beings were actually burned on these occasions. A general survey of the customs in question will bring out the traces of human sacrifice, and will serve at the same time to throw light on their meaning.

Seasons of the year at which the bonfires are lit

The seasons of the year when these bonfires are most commonly lit are spring and midsummer; but in some places they are kindled also at the end of autumn or during the course of the winter, particularly on Hallow E’en (the thirty-first of October), Christmas Day, and the Eve of Twelfth Day. We shall consider them in the order in which they occur in the calendar year……Read More

BALDER ODINSEN (Norse)

THE COMMENTARY GAZETTE

 

How Balder, the good and beautiful god, was done to death by a stroke of the mistletoe

A deity whose life might in a sense be said to be neither in heaven nor on earth but between the two, was the Norse Balder, the good and beautiful god, the son of the great god Odin, and himself the wisest, mildest, best beloved of all the immortals. The story of his death, as it is told in the younger or prose “Edda”, runs thus. Once on a time Balder dreamed heavy dreams which seemed to forebode his death.

Thereupon the gods held a council and resolved to make him secure against every danger. So the goddess Frigg took an oath from fire and water, iron and all metals, stones and earth, from trees, sicknesses and poisons, and from all four-footed beasts, birds, and creeping things, that they would not hurt Balder. When this was done Balder was deemed invulnerable; so the gods amused themselves by setting him in their midst, while some shot at him, others hewed at him, and others threw stones at him. But whatever they did, nothing could hurt him; and at this they were all glad. Only Loki, the mischief-maker, was displeased, and he went in the guise of an old woman to Frigg, who told him that the weapons of the gods could not wound Balder, since she had made them all swear not to hurt him. Then Loki asked, “Have all things sworn to spare Balder?” She answered, “East of Walhalla grows a plant called mistletoe; it seemed to me too young to swear.” So Loki went and pulled the mistletoe and took it to the assembly of the gods. There he found the blind god Hother standing at the outside of the circle. Loki asked him, “Why do you not shoot at Balder?” Hother answered, “Because I do not see where he stands; besides I have no weapon.” Then said Loki, “Do like the rest and shew Balder honour, as they all do. I will shew you where he stands, and do you shoot at him with this twig.” Hother took the mistletoe and threw it at Balder, as Loki directed him….Read More

A man who spent twelve months and a day with the Fairies

THE COMMENTARY GAZETTE

A story in its main features similar to that recorded in the “Cambrian Magazine” was related to me by my friend, the Rev. R. Jones, Rector of Llanycil.  I do not think Mr. Jones gave me the locality where the occurrence is said to have taken place; at least, if he did so, I took no note of it.  The story is as follows:–

A young man, a farm labourer, and his sweetheart were sauntering along one evening in an unfrequented part of the mountain, when there appeared suddenly before them two Fairies, who proceeded to make a circle.  This being done, a large company of Fairies accompanied by musicians appeared, and commenced dancing over the ring; their motions and music were entrancing, and the man, an expert dancer, by some irresistible power was obliged to throw himself into the midst of the dancers and join them in their gambols.  The woman looked on enjoying the sight for several hours, expecting every minute that her lover would give up the dance and join her, but no, on and on went the dance, round and round went her lover, until at last daylight appeared, and then suddenly the music ceased and the Fairy band vanished; and with them her lover.  In great dismay, the young woman shouted the name of her sweetheart, but all in vain, he came not to her.  The sun had now risen, and, almost broken-hearted, she returned home and related the events of the previous night.  She was advised to consult a man who was an adept in the black art….Read More

The Son of Llech y Derwydd and the Fairies

THE COMMENTARY GAZETTE

The next Fairy tale that I shall give akin to the preceding stories is to be found in “Y Brython”, vol. iii., pp. 459-60.  The writer of the tale was the Rev. Benjamin Williams, whose bardic name was Gwynionydd.  I do not know the source whence Mr. Williams derived the story, but most likely he obtained it from some aged person who firmly believed that the tale was a true record of what actually occurred.  In the “Brython” the tale is called: “Y Tylwyth Teg a Mab Llech y Derwydd,” and this title I will retain, merely translating it.  The introduction, however, I will not give, as it does not directly bear on the subject now under consideration.

The son of Llech y Derwydd was the only son of his parents and heir to the farm.  He was very dear to his father and mother, yea, he was as the very light of their eyes.  The son and the head servant man were bosom friends, they were like two brothers, or rather twins.  As they were such close friends the farmer’s wife was in the habit of clothing them exactly alike.  The two friends fell in love with two young handsome women who were highly respected in the neighbor-hood.  This event gave the old people great satisfaction, and ere long the two couples were joined in holy wedlock, and great was the merry-making on the occasion.  The servant man obtained a convenient place to live in on the grounds of Llech y Derwydd.  About six months after the marriage of the son, he and the servant man went out to hunt.  The servant penetrated to a ravine filled with brushwood to look for game, and presently returned to his friend, but by the time he came back the son was nowhere to be seen.  He continued awhile looking about for his absent friend, shouting and whistling to attract his attention, but there was no answer to his calls…..Read More

A Bryneglwys Man inveigled by the Fairies

THE COMMENTARY GAZETTE

 

The following tale I received from the mouth of Mr. Richard Jones, Ty’n-y-wern, Bryneglwys, near Corwen.  Mr. Jones has stored up in his memory many tales of olden times, and he even thinks that he has himself seen a Fairy.  Standing by his farm, he pointed out to me on the opposite side of the valley a Fairy ring still green, where once, he said, the Fairies held their nightly revels.  The scene of the tale which Mr. Jones related is wild, and a few years ago it was much more so than at present. At the time that the event is said to have taken place the mountain was unenclosed, and there was not much travelling in those days, and consequently the Fairies could, undisturbed, enjoy their dances.  But to proceed with the tale.

Two waggoners were sent from Bryneglwys for coals to the works over the hill beyond Minera.  On their way they came upon a company of Fairies dancing with all their might.  The men stopped to witness their movements, and the Fairies invited them to join in the dance….Read More

Antonia: Daughter of Marcus Antonii

THE COMMENTARY GAZETTE

Antonia was the daughter of the emperor’s sister Octavia and of Mark Antony, the famous triumvir whose name remains forever linked in story with that of Cleopatra. This daughter of Antony was certainly the noblest and the gentlest of all the women who appear in the lugubrious and tragic history of the family of the Caesars. Serious, modest, and even-tempered, she was likewise endowed with beauty and virtue, and she brought into the family and into its struggles a spirit of concord, serenity of mind, and sweet reasonableness, though they could not always prevail against the violent passions and clashing interests of those about her. As long as Drusus lived, Drusus and Antonia had been for the Romans the model of the devoted pair of lovers, and their tender affection had become proverbial; yet the Roman multitude, always given to admiring the descendants of the great families, was even more deeply impressed by the beauty, the virtue, the sweetness, the modesty, and the reserve of Antonia. After the death of Drusus, she did not wish to marry again, even though……Read More

The Witches Daily Divination Journal for Monday, March 12 (Part 2)

The Witches Daily Divination Journal for Monday, March 12

(Part 2)

Tarot Card of the Day

Four of Wands


This suit, most often called “Wands” and sometimes called “Rods” or “Staves,” represents initiative, ambition, drive and desire. This is the suit of enterprise and risk-taking.

A Four in this suit is the teamwork card, often symbolized by two couples who have come together to create something profitable and enduring. Quite likely, they will create a gift for the future — a business, hospital, theater or university. They represent the founding families of the future community that will grow around their inspiration. Teamwork is the key.

It takes time to build a grand vision; and other people of ambition and talent must be attracted to it for it to fulfill its potential. What we see here is the start-up group, the founding visionaries committing their energies to designing the blueprints and laying the groundwork. This partnership is the prototype for society or any grouping where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.

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This Week’s Tarot Card Is the World Reversed!

Read your weekly Tarot readings for March 12,  2018


This month’s cards encourage us to explore personal balance further, making sure our actions match the values we have claimed for living life. Self-examination is a constant necessity if we are to keep one side of the scale from tipping too far, throwing us off balance and off course. The cards pulled this month talk a lot about patterns and points of view. They suggest that an attitude of acceptance and patience encourages growth and keeps us discovering more of what life has to offer.

The World (reversed)

This card shows the four element symbols of Fire, Earth, Air, and Water in balance, creating space in the center for the fifth element, Aether. We saw this quincunx arrangement in our theme card, Justice, as well. It suggests the importance of giving equal attention to all vital parts of life. Additionally, to the alchemists it served as a symbol of the whole consisting of more than the sum of its parts, which is an apt illustration of the kind of achievement experienced in the World card. The brackets enclosing the quincunx show this set of knowledge fused as one, denoting the end of one cycle through the ongoing quest for self-knowledge. When the World appears reversed in a reading, as it is in our spread, it can signify stagnation and a lack of completion. It suggests that balance is not being achieved, which might simply be a natural progression from our work with the Seven of Cups last week. Prioritizing items in a list (last week’s exercise) means that focus may be given temporarily to one thing at the expense of others. This is natural and will sort itself out with time, but we may want to take a more active approach to encouraging that alignment. This month’s theme of Justice is very cerebral, and it might be helpful to take occasional breaks from all the time spent in our heads.

Exercise for The World: Head-Heart-Body-Spirit

If you are feeling stagnated or overly focused on one aspect of existence, take a few minutes to examine where attention is being placed. Spend some time in any underrepresented realms.

In your journal, make a list of ways you are currently caring for yourself in the following categories:
MENTAL
EMOTIONAL
PHYSICAL
SPIRITUAL

Is anything lacking? If so, how can you reconnect with that aspect of yourself?

 

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Your Crowley Thoth Tarot Card for Today

Lust



While similar to classic Tarot’s Strength card, Lust goes a step further by suggesting we should enjoy the pleasures of exercising our strengths, sating our passions, and embracing that which allows one to express the majesty of their unique self. The lust this card indicates is not purely sexual, but at its most basic this lust is a primal desire to experience life to the fullest degree possible while taming our more beastly side. Lust implies that we not fight with our base instincts, but rather that we accept and manage and nourish them as an essential aspect of maintaining a balanced, complete self.

 

 

Your Weekly Influences for March 12

 

Tarot Influence

The Hanged Man Reversed

The reversed Hanged Man represents a preoccupation with the worldly and wasted energy. This is the card of false prophecy and time wasted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Astrological Influence

Taurus

With The Bull comes strength, loyalty and determination

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Element Influence

Fire Reversed

Fire reversed denotes calamity that may be on a catastrophic level. Prepare to deal with changes you do not want.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your Ancient Symbol Card for Today

The Green Man

Where the Green Man appears the mystery and untamed energy of nature abounds. The Green Man indicates the presence of choices and powers that have not been muted by civilization. The Green Man represents the antithesis of technology and industrialization. He offers primal energies veiled in mystery and derived from the spirit of nature in its purest form.

As a daily card, The Green Man indicates you are in a place where you will be well served by exploring your place in the natural world. At the moment the wisdom that will serve you best cannot be found in books or on talk shows or extracted from today’s headlines. What’s called for is an affirmation of your place in the natural world.

 

Psychic Tip of the Day

March 12

UNCOVERED
You are confronted by a misunderstanding that you might have used to your advantage. Someone is not as forgiving this time. Are you discovering a new set of facts?

Witches Rune for the Day

 

The Blank Rune

Meaning: This is a rune of difficulty and negative influences will rule your life for a time, but as all difficulties are a learning experience it will lead to improved personal perspective and progress on your life’s path. Always consult the surrounding runes with this stone. If it lies with a positive stone, it indicates that the pain of this experience will lead to a beneficial change in circumstances.

 

 

Your Daily Elder Futhark Rune for Today

Save

 

Your Animal Spirit Guide for Today

 

Crack the Cookie

 

The Wisdom of Buddha

When one has the feeling of dislike for evil, when one feels tranquil, one finds pleasure in listening to good teachings; when one has these feelings and appreciates them, one is free of fear.

 

Your Earth Sky News for March 12: The science of fake news gets a boost

Scientists call for studies of fake news. Plus a word about so-called “chemtrails.”

A big and hopeful thing happened at the end of last week in the area of fake news. On March 9, 2018, the largest-yet study of fake news was published in Science. Accompanying it was a second article in Science, in which scientists called for:

… interdisciplinary research to reduce the spread of fake news and to address the underlying pathologies it has revealed.

The large study is titled The Spread of True and False News OnlineSoroush Vosoughi of MIT was its lead author, working with co-authors Deb Roy and Sinan Aral. All of these researchers work in MIT’s Laboratory for Social Machines; that is, they’re trained to study and ultimately understand what most of us find unfathomable, the spread of information online. They found that:

Falsehood also diffused faster than the truth. The degree of novelty and the emotional reactions of recipients may be responsible for the differences observed.

They explained their study in its abstract:

We investigated the differential diffusion of all of the verified true and false news stories distributed on Twitter from 2006 to 2017. The data comprise ~126,000 stories tweeted by ~3 million people more than 4.5 million times. We classified news as true or false using information from six independent fact-checking organizations that exhibited 95 to 98% agreement on the classifications. Falsehood diffused significantly farther, faster, deeper, and more broadly than the truth in all categories of information, and the effects were more pronounced for false political news than for false news about terrorism, natural disasters, science, urban legends, or financial information. We found that false news was more novel than true news, which suggests that people were more likely to share novel information. Whereas false stories inspired fear, disgust, and surprise in replies, true stories inspired anticipation, sadness, joy, and trust. Contrary to conventional wisdom, robots accelerated the spread of true and false news at the same rate, implying that false news spreads more than the truth because humans, not robots, are more likely to spread it.

Meanwhile, in the second Science article – titled The Science of Fake News – David M. J. Lazer and 15 other social scientists and legal scholars called for more interdisciplinary study of fake news. More studies, and studies between disciplines, will be an important early step in understanding fake news, in helping people to learn to recognize it, and, hopefully, in helping to reduce it. Lazer is a professor of political science and computer and information science, and is co-director of Northeastern University’s NULab. He and his colleagues write that:

Internet platforms have become the most important enablers and primary conduits of fake news. It is inexpensive to create a website that has the trappings of a professional news organization. It has also been easy to monetize content through online ads and social media dissemination. The internet not only provides a medium for publishing fake news but offers tools to actively promote dissemination.

The group points out that, on the internet today, websites can operate relativity cheaply in contrast to in the past, where information had to be printed in monthly magazines or daily newspapers or, as in the particular case of EarthSky, for example, disseminated via radio. Some readers might not realize the extent to which small, privately owned websites like EarthSky can say … well … anything. If we at EarthSky wanted to say the moon is made of green cheese, we could. In the 20th century, that statement wouldn’t have flown. Saying it would have put us in the fringe group category. But in today’s anything-goes world of information overload, if we said it often enough, convincingly enough, with good charts and illustrations, with quotes from known historical figures saying it (taken out of context, naturally) – with glaring news headlines making outrageous claims that don’t really match reality (or even always match what’s being said in the article below the headline) – a portion of our audience might begin to believe it. Some portion of those believers might become devoted followers of our moon-as-green-cheese stories, in which case they’d spread our stories via their own social media outlets. We might become a moon-as-green-cheese community online, a place where, in our comments sections, people would suggest that non-believers should “wake up,” and see our (distorted) light.

People do form communities online around fake news. That’s because, as Lazer and his colleagues point out in their article:

Research also further demonstrates that people prefer information that confirms their preexisting attitudes (selective exposure), view information consistent with their preexisting beliefs as more persuasive than dissonant information (confirmation bias), and are inclined to accept information that pleases them (desirability bias). Prior partisan and ideological beliefs might prevent acceptance of fact checking of a given fake news story.

Search engines like Google helpfully promote people’s preferences. If you believed the moon was made of green cheese, say, and read articles on that subject, search engines like Google are programmed to show you more of the same, truth or falsehood notwithstanding.

A first step in future academic studies of fake news will be to define key terms. Lazer and colleagues’ Science article was discussed in a March 9 article in The Atlantic, titled Why It’s Okay to Call It “Fake News”. The Atlantic article primarily discussed the question of whether fake news or false news is the preferred term. As academic studies proceed, those sorts of terms will come to be defined.

Fake news itself will be clearly defined. Lazer’s article said:

We define “fake news” to be fabricated information that mimics news media content in form but not in organizational process or intent. Fake-news outlets, in turn, lack the news media’s editorial norms and processes for ensuring the accuracy and credibility of information. Fake news overlaps with other information disorders, such as misinformation (false or misleading information) and disinformation (false information that is purposely spread to deceive people).

Lazer’s article very interestingly traces some of the history of media across the last century, saying:

Journalistic norms of objectivity and balance arose as a backlash among journalists against the widespread use of propaganda in World War I (particularly their own role in propagating it) and the rise of corporate public relations in the 1920s.

Like all things, media evolves. Lazer’s team wrote:

… Failures of the U.S. news media in the early 20th century led to the rise of journalistic norms and practices that, although imperfect, generally served us well by striving to provide objective, credible information. We must redesign our information ecosystem in the 21st century. This effort must be global in scope, as many countries, some of which have never developed a robust news ecosystem, face challenges around fake and real news that are more acute than in the United States. More broadly, we must answer a fundamental question: How can we create a news ecosystem and culture that values and promotes truth?

Most fake news stories center on politics, by the way, but science news has its fake stories, too, with the best-known one, probably, being the nefarious so-called “chemtrails.” You might know of people who believe that the ordinary contrails left by jet aircraft are these “chemtrails,” part of a vast, secret, global conspiracy to … what? The described purpose has morphed and changed over the years, but currently most “chemtrails” believers will tell you that Earth’s climate is being secretly and deliberately engineered (to make it hotter? colder? I’ve never been clear on why, and I’m not sure if all chemtrail-believers agree).

As with all good lies, the chemtrails conspiracy theory contains its grain of truth. There are indeed historical references to geoengineering and weather modification among scientists. Modern scientists continue to use the term geoengineering to describe the idea of deliberately altering Earth’s climate, in case global warming becomes so severe that nations agree on a need to implement drastic action.

And drastic, indeed, it would be. Earth’s climate is vast and complicated, with many feedbacks. All climate scientists known that any intentional program to alter Earth’s climate could be expected to have unintended consequences. However, as scientists tend to do, they discuss it. They study it. There was one small-scale geo-engineering experiment, via high-altitude balloon, announced last year. One of its lead scientists – David Keith at Harvard – told me by email today:

Nothing has happened yet. I think there’s about a 50/50 chance we end up flying this year.

Meanwhile, a 2016 survey of 78 atmospheric scientists overwhelmingly showed that the so-called “proof” for “chemtrails” is not proof at all.

I’m beginning to think that people who believe in things like “chemtrails” (and also “the moon landings were a hoax,” for example) are truly brainwashed, not in the sense of being forced to believe, but in the sense of having absorbed an overflow of false information. There’s an interesting film about this sort of brainwashing called The Brainwashing of My Dadby Jen Senko. I highly recommend it, if you’re interested in this phenomenon.

How to separate truth from fiction? Fake news is a powerful crisis of our time, and I’m glad scientists are calling for studies

 

Bottom line: Science publishes the largest-yet study of fake news and a call for more studies by 16 social scientists and legal scholars. Plus, a word about so-called “chemtrails.”

Published on EarthSky.org

A Little Humor for Your Day

And Goddess Made Dogs & Cats


Man said, “Goddess, when I was in the garden, you walked with me every day. Now I do not see you anymore. I am lonesome here, and it is difficult for me to remember how much you love me.”

And the Goddess said, “No problem! I will create a companion for you that will be with you forever, who will be a reflection of my love for you, so that you will love me even when you cannot see me. Regardless of how selfish or childish or unlovable you may be at times, this new companion will accept you as you are and will love you as I do, in spite of yourself.”

And the Goddess created a new animal to be a companion for Man. And it was a good animal. And the Goddess was pleased. And the new animal was pleased to be with Man, and he wagged his tail a lot.

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The Witches Daily Divination Journal for Monday, March 12

The Witches Daily Divination Journal for Monday, March 12

Your Weekly Karmic Forecast: March 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:  March 11 – 17, 2018

3/11 ~Mercury (communication/expression) ~square~ Saturn (limits/reality): (1 of 3:  3/11 ~ 4/5 ~ 4/25)

This energy is good for deep thinking rather than negotiating with others as it is more of a solitary energy making communications with others a little harder than usual. You may feel like people don’t understand what you’re trying to convey or that you’re coming across more negative than positive. This is not a good energy for business negotiations unless every detail is very clear to all involved. This energy makes you most critical of your Self, but it could trickle over onto others as well. Beware of a tendency toward apathy, pessimism and/or depression, that’s Saturn & Mercury, which makes it more mental than literal. Try to stay focused on all the blessings that you do have and all that you have accomplished instead of what’s still on the list of things to do (in life). This energy is not intended to make you feel bad about all the things left yet to do, but encourage you to begin the necessary steps and be okay with small measures of progress for now. This energy just makes you focus on the practical side of manifesting. Clear the mental & emotional debris, and begin to lay a new, clean, solid foundation beneath your goals and strategize about the details of bringing it to fruition.

3/11 ~ Mars (courage & passion) ~trine~ Uranus (freedom & individuality):

This is a powerful combo, however, it has to be integrated and consciously expressed to yield the best results, otherwise, you may miss an opportunity for a major personal breakthrough. Mars gives you the courage and Uranus awakens new possibilities within. This is an easy alignment of your actions and your individual brilliance. You may even discover some new gift or talent that has been dormant for a while but is now beginning to come to life. This energy pushes you to try something new that liberates you in some way you that you may have previously felt daunted by in the past. Because of the easy angle too, this new evolution to the next level should not entail you having to annihilate any other aspect of your life, you will just intuitively know it is time to change. It won’t matter what others think or say either because the prompting for change comes from within so take advantage of this time to experiment. You never know where it will lead.

3/11 ~ Sun (core identity) ~sextile~ Pluto (transformation): 

This is a healthy, positive, transformative energy. You will have access to energy that will help you change your current circumstance for the better and/or clear up an issue that has been challenging you for a while now. It’s great for purifying, cleaning & clearing your personal space, as well as organizing your life in general. You may have to examine the “big picture” to see where an adjustment, for the good of all involved, is necessary. If you’re not feeling up to working on outer issues, this also gives you the opportunity to do some introspective thinking and deep self-reflection. Superficial once-overs will not do, you must address the root cause for where you find yourself at this time in your life and decide if it is working for you or against you.

3/13 ~ Venus (values) ~square~ Saturn (foundation):

This energy can make you feel cool & detached with loved ones. It is time to ‘take stock’ of your relationships and really evaluate the level of balance between giving & receiving. Business or personal – relationships must have a balance of give & take. You may feel more aware of your true independence in life and start reevaluating the need for certain relationships in your life. This energy pushes you to dig for your own fortitude & determination to live according to your own values & priorities and corrections or adjustments may be necessary and fairly obvious at this time. You may feel lonely, depressed or disconnected but it’s just the Universe forcing you to question or assess your current relationships, how you interact with others and how you allow them to interact with you. It’s good to periodically evaluate even the strongest relationship and check the foundation. Don’t give in to (ego-based) fears, focusing on the lack & limitation or what is not working, but instead build on your strengths and honor the goodness you’ve created together, as well as in your Self. This is the best time to be alone and reflective because the insights you acquire through this process will help you in the future.

3/13 ~ Sun (source & essential Self) ~trine~ Jupiter (expansion):

This is a blessing of Source energy fueling your biggest dreams & visions for your life, this lifetime. You are encouraged to take advantage of the good *vibe* available when these two get together to expand your life’s direction in a big way. This activation is often blessings from previous dedication. You’ve been moving in a certain direction, and it’s like the Path is wider & deeper now, allowing you to connect some huge pieces of your personal Story *together* in a new way. It’s great for learning & exploring anything that will support your forward movement. Some may use the good vibe to veg-out and relax, which for some, may be best. However, if you are stepping up to new levels of your own consciousness, this energy totally supports you as you integrate it all. It is an enthusiastic, optimistic energy that will open doors for you, depending on your attitude. It will allow you to see the big picture and the next necessary step toward your goals at this time.

Your Weekly Love Horoscopes for March 11, 2018

Sarah Bartlett, Astrologer

From The Astrology Room

Although Jupiter has recently turned retrograde in Scorpio, thanks to the clarity of Venus’s fiery influence, we begin to see light at the end of all sorts of love tunnels.

We are inspired to explore our options or regain a wider perspective on personal desires and needs. In fact, it’s a week when you can just enjoy being more open about life and love, and stop taking things too personally.

 

ARIES

There’s nothing wrong with dreaming, as long as you are also conscious that no-one can ever really live up to some of your higher expectations, not even yourself. Most of us spend a large portion of our waking life regretting things.  But thanks to Venus, you are at last coming to terms with the present for what it is: a time for re-evaluation and positive ideas for honest loving.

 

 

TAURUS

It’s likely that any moments of romantic anticipation will make you feel alive, but more importantly, make you realise that you’re loveable and capable of loving. Although Jupiter may be retrograde in your opposite sign, it does give you a chance to calm any heated feelings, and reflect on what you have, rather than what you haven’t got.  This is a week when things will change for the better and surprises arrive in the nicest possible way. Result? Any love in the air will be to stay for a very long time.

 

 

GEMINI

If you want new romance, or to bring back the sparkle to a current relationship, then it’s time to journey forth into new social venues or make a pact with your partner to go somewhere different.  But it’s not the conscious decisions you make that will create the good times, it’s what you discover on route which will change your life for the better.

 

 

CANCER

It might seem that there are endless challenges in love’s current drama, but somehow you find a way to navigate it all with wisdom and awareness. There is, in fact, a positively enlightening chink in the planetary line-up. This week’s riddle is to think laterally: in fact, love can only be found by not looking for it at all.

 

 

LEO

You’ll not only be blessed with good company, but others will be blessed with your sparkling humour and genuine pleasure-loving spirit. What’s the down side? None, except in all that upswing you’ve got to come back down to earth. In fact, you are about to become a romantic animal. Enjoy the different avenues of love that you go down this week.

 

 

VIRGO

There’s a sense of power-tripping around your sign right now. And I don’t mean you’re about to become bossy or despotic. No, actually it’s more that someone has a seriously strong hold over you for a change, and just wants you to be closer to them. Surely it’s time to accept that two heads together may be better than one?

 

 

LIBRA

This week’s influence rebuilds romance and a little order. Someone values your opinion, someone is charmed by your goals, someone is amused by your quirky humour and it seems after all you’re in control of your life again. It could be three different someones (if only!), but when the law of attraction works in your favour – use it.

 

 

SCORPIO

Jupiter’s back-tracking influence in your sign gives you a chance to reflect, regroup, re-evaluate your love life. So, ask yourself the following: are you trying too hard to please, or are you demanding too much? Are you living by expectations which are your own, of those imposed on you by others? Think carefully and, rather than join the herd, remember, it’s the black sheep who usually makes the greatest impression.

 

 

SAGITTARIUS

This week gives you the opportunity to ask yourself, do you want more freedom? Do you want less routine, do you want to be more creative and produce offspring of the mind, body or just of the soul? If single, what does a cosy twosome really mean to you? Who is your ideal partner? Reflect carefully, and all will be revealed.

 

 

CAPRICORN

You’re finding it hard to know what is right and what is wrong. Did you promise the earth and now aren’t sure if this is the right kind of love for you? Are you simply there because it’s been easier to sit tight and assume all is well with the world, and anyway it’s too late to change anything? However complacent you feel, time to sort it out.

 

 

AQUARIUS

You experience a few tweaks of insecurity and you’re wondering if you can stand the problems around unfulfilled romance or a confusing relationship. To begin with this week, you may feel tense, but by the end of the week the tension disappears and love becomes beautiful again.

 

 

PISCES

What price your independence? At the end of the week, with a new moon in your own sign,  a resurgence of self-love means you will be loved by one who truly adores you.  Suggest to yourself that at least you can find harmony with one special person as long as they honour your need for a cool, laid-back lifestyle, but peppered with a sense of adventure.

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For the Singles Amongst us or not, Your Daring Dating Horoscopes for the Week of March 12

David Wells, Astrologer

From The Astrology Room

 

Aries
You won’t be set up, you won’t be asked along for a dinner date with mates to find little Miss or Mr Singleton waiting to share a dippy bread and camembert, you want all that goodness for yourself and what’s double dunking about? Friends mean well Aries, but the truth is you’re way too busy having a good time. And right there is when someone finds you. Just shine.

Taurus
If you can’t say something nice about your ex it may be better to say nothing at all, especially on your first date. Say what? Are you talking about how things didn’t go so well with someone who wants fun times with you? Or maybe you’re putting them off with a mopey-story of ten? A week to let it go Elsa, build a snowman, build a snowwoman, let them hear your woes.

Gemini
If it’s all too much for you it could be you need a little spa time, that’s whirlpools and mud treatments not loitering in your local shop, just to be clear. Get thee to a place of relaxation Gemini, come back feeling more inclined to let someone in your space, more room for their conversations and admiration of how soft your skin is.

Cancer
There’s very little you can do to convince someone that a dinner date would be a good idea, in fact let’s change that. Why would you try so hard with someone who clearly isn’t all that bothered? Don’t push it, there’s enough going on in the land of would be love links for someone to come to you. If it feels too much like hard work, it’s because it is.

Leo
As Venus tots up her air-miles you might be thinking of a break, somewhere with sun, sea, sand and someone to make your heart flutter? She would agree, a nice little break might help quench your thirst and nobody is talking cocktails. If you’re in stay at home mode, your daily commute offers eyes across a crowded carriage. Love is travelling, move with it.

Virgo
As the Sun continues to travel through your relationship sky, he’s meeting Pluto’s icy stare from your new love sky. That’s hardly heart-warming. Well… think of it as more of a question as he wonders if you see what everyone sees, if you see someone is into you and you’re still talking mundane stuff? Look again Virgo, someone is using any excuse to talk to you. Flirt a little.

Libra
If Mercury is communication, Venus is love and Uranus is unpredictability you have the full set working in your relationship sky and trying their best to bring out the spontaneous flirty-mcflirty in you. Don’t hold back Libra, give it some of your best one-liners, your brightest smile, your spontaneous ideas for fun in your lunch break?

Scorpio
I can’t tell if you’re feeling a little hot under the collar because someone who is just your type has made his or her feelings known, or you’re nervous about what happens next? Either way it’s simply about having a good time Scorpio, you can draw the line wherever you want and the move it if you feel like it. You may think it’s all in or nothing, not true. Set the pace.

Sagittarius
What can’t you say that you haven’t said? What can you do that you haven’t done? Is this where you give up? Seems someone hasn’t got the message Sagittarius, it’s not that they’re disinterested, they just don’t know that you are! Get super clear with message, shall we go for a coffee sometime beats so, what are you doing today? Get direct.

Capricorn
Things are changing, in the next few months you’re set to go from not a lot happening in your new love sky to being so busy you might have to introduce and queueing system. This then, is the time you use to ponder, to consider what it is you want in said relationship? Don’t be in a hurry, true love take a little longer to come around.

Aquarius
I had the most wonderful date with an Aquarius, we started at morning coffee and ended at dinner and all that time there was laughter and witty banter. I often wondered what was cancelled in that day to make it all happen, for my Aquarian to spend so much time with me? That’s how you know, nothing else matters and that’s what could come your way this week.

Pisces
If you’re surprised at who thinks you’re the best thing since sliced bread you may want to butter him or her up, even if you’re still not sure they’re the one for you. Some folks are growers, some take time to reveal their hidden depths and this is one of those times Pisces. Don’t dismiss a hasty advance, it might just be nerves.

Your Weekly Horoscopes for March 12, 2018

Claire Petulengro, Astrologer

From The Astrology Room

 

ARIES (March 21st-April 20th)

Talk is cheap but actions mean everything today. Knowing which direction you want to go in and not just following the crowds, can help you to improve both your personal and your professional life. Saturn helps you get hold of funds which you were about to give up on and you no longer have to rely on the person who has been using finances for emotional blackmail.

 

TAURUS (April 21st-May 21st)

As Thomas Edison once said, ‘many of life’s failures are people who did not realise how close they were to success when they gave up,’ and think my friends where we would have been without him! A fresh start with someone you have fallen out with can only work if you make a more conscious effort not to bring up the past.

 

GEMINI (May 22nd-June 21st)

There is a whole new feeling of power which is enveloping your life this week. This is giving you the knowledge that you can control where your life goes and how successful it becomes. Old friends re-enter your life for all the right reasons and invitations which come your way this week and indeed month, will provide many fun times.

 

CANCER (June 22nd-July 23rd)

Of course, you can’t get to the top without hard work. Why would you think you could? Don’t ask anyone to do your work for you this week, but prove to those around you why you are worth investing time, money and energy into. The need to spend some more time with someone you love could see you acting in a childish fashion.

 

LEO (July 24th-August 23rd)

You are expecting something to be a problem but it doesn’t have to be so. Knowing what you want and conveying your wishes to others is half the battle Leo. The Sun favours personal relationships. You should find it easier to talk to those you love and to get across what and who has really been making you unhappy.

 

VIRGO (August 24th-September 23rd)

Try to make more of an effort with family this week. You may not realise it, but many of your close ones have not been feeling as close to you as they would like. Any efforts you make to ensure they feel special is sure to pay back tenfold. Imagination you use over the coming days really will take you everywhere.

 

LIBRA (September 24th-October 23rd)

Someone you care for has disappointed you and you don’t seem to be too sure how to tackle the issues which have come up between you. Being honest and upfront and not using third parties to say how you feel, is the key my friend. Travel plans loom and should prove to be one of your most exciting trips for several years.

 

SCORPIO (October 24th-November 22nd)

If you genuinely want something this week, then don’t wait for it, but draw on the impatient qualities you are usually so famous for. This is one time when I am encouraging you to use the traits that close ones have put you down for. In fact, it can benefit both your home life and your financial security if you do.

 

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd-December 21st)

You are not your resume, you are your work and you can prove this by social and work aspects mixing over the coming days. Try to keep your temper with family this week, as they may be going through things you are yet unaware of. Animals link to some of your most interesting friendship introductions for a very long time.

 

CAPRICORN (December 22nd-January 20th)

It is ok to take criticism seriously, but do not take it personally or you will lose focus on all that really needs to be done. Spending time with those who you know make you feel good about yourself plays a really important role in you making this week a constructive one. New faces with foreign names prove more than a little impressionable on you.

 

AQUARIUS (January 21st-February 19th)

The best way to tell a close one how you are feeling is just to tell them. You have spent far too much time worrying about all that was not in your control, when you should have been focusing on what can and will go right. Self belief is your biggest secret weapon. Joining forces with someone you used to work with can solve an unexpected professional problem.

 

PISCES (February 20th-March 20th)

Mars is making it hard for you to not feel a touch of the green-eyed monster. Try to stop looking at the past, but focus on the future. It is where your life is heading and where you can be a better version of yourself. Making money is easy if you do things by the book. Cutting corners this week can only ruin your bank balance and your reputation. Ring now for a look at the bigger picture.

Your Daily Horoscopes for Monday, March 11

 

Aries

Aries
Aries

You are in a particularly good position to make plans related to business and money now, dear Aries, but as the day advances, things turn around you. In fact, your judgment of what you truly value –or what is valuable — can be off with a Venus-Saturn square temporarily skewing your perceptions. A responsibility, critique, or obligation may surface, putting a damper on your enthusiasm for personal plans and activities, or it ties you down or holds you back. Obstacles present themselves, perhaps at just the wrong moment, but this is only a temporary setback and can absolutely be a blessing in disguise, as slowdowns related to challenging Saturn aspects so often are. Fortunately, you’re feeling emotionally empowered and strong overall, particularly with a Sun-Jupiter transit in the works.

 

Taurus

Taurus
Taurus

There can be bonding moments with others in the first half of the day, dear Taurus, particularly through shared ideas and viewpoints. In fact, these things are more important to you than usual. There is some tendency for blocks in the natural flow of things as the day progresses, however, as your ruler, Venus, forms a square to Saturn. Under this influence, it can be all too easy for defensiveness to get the best of you. There may be some feelings of resentment of others who seem less interested or supportive. People may be wrapped up in their own problems and are not readily intuiting your needs. Look for the lesson if things are slowing down or not going as planned, after which focusing on what IS working in your life is appropriate.

 

Gemini

Gemini
Gemini

The morning is strong for gaining a better understanding of your deeper feelings about a matter, dear Gemini. Your thinking is strategic, and this benefits you greatly, as planning can be useful now. Later today, we head towards a Venus-Saturn square, and there can be complications or blocks to your enthusiasm related to relationships. As much as you’re enjoying your friendships or projects, something or someone may be holding you back temporarily. Because you and others tend to be more self-protective now, it’s not an ideal time to grow a bond or express your feelings, but it is a signal to perhaps slow down and avoid pushing something that needs more time to evolve and develop on its own.

 

Cancer

Cancer
Cancer

You’re in a strong place for considering the long view related to happiness goals and your relationships, dear Cancer. Networking efforts can have excellent results. Gunning for a cherished goal, dream, or cause may be in focus now, and it can be intensely rewarding. However, the day advances towards a Venus-Saturn square which can pull up obstacles or restrictions. Fears can be stimulated, particularly related to long-term goals, career, and partnership. Try not to expect negative responses from others, as this can turn into a self-fulfilling prophecy. A significant other may be disapproving or not quite sharing your enthusiasm for your plans. There is no need to accept others’ disapproval, but do a self-check, as sometimes a bit of criticism, as frustrating as it seems in the moment, can lead to useful adjustments.

 

Leo

Leo
Leo

This morning is strong for considering the long view related to work, reputation, career, or health, dear Leo. Making plans can be exciting and motivating now. You may have an ace up your sleeve today. There is a good, healthy focus on your work or services. As the day advances, though, a Venus-Saturn square comes into influence, and it can point to a block, reality check, criticism, or other break in the flow of your enthusiasm, mainly for personal interests, studies, or adventurous experiences. Avoid pushing things if they’re not developing at the speed you’d like right now, and be patient for best results. If you’re feeling unfulfilled or disillusioned, don’t allow these feelings to rule decisions, as they’re temporary. Duties and responsibilities to work or matters related to health tend to keep you grounded for the time being.

 

Virgo

Virgo
Virgo

This morning is excellent for feeling a sense of purpose or deep enjoyment related to a project or pursuit, dear Virgo. Valuable insight into educational, promotional, publishing, work, or travel matters is possible now, as well. Bonding or vibing with someone on mental levels now can motivate you. As the day advances, a Venus-Saturn square comes into play. This can come in the form of blockage, a reality check, disapproval, or even self-defeating thoughts. Differences in tastes, styles, or attitudes with people close to you may seem more disruptive now, but they’re unlikely to be game changers. Confused signals in a relationship are possible until you sort out which of your feelings come from your instincts and which are merely fear-driven.

 

Libra 

Libra
Libra

There is good, supportive energy in the first half of the day for research or an in-depth probe into your psyche. You can discover something valuable about your personal goals or deeper desires and motivations. You seem to instinctively know how to best use your resources. There is a sense that you know your next step regarding support. Long-term ventures designed to secure you down the road can be strong in your mind now. As the day progresses, your ruler, Venus, moves towards a square to Saturn, suggesting blockages or delays, whether these are literal or emotional. You can be especially sensitive to criticism and perceived slights. There could be someone who acts as a downer or who bursts your bubble about a relationship, but in all likelihood, it’s more about a need to slow down and get into better touch with your feelings.

 

Scorpio

Scorpio
Scorpio

You can be feeling empowered this morning, dear Scorpio, possibly as the result of a significant person in your life or new insight into a project. Talking about your plans with someone you trust can be rewarding. There can be some truly brilliant ideas building now. Even so, there is a hump to get over in the form of a Venus-Saturn square that comes into influence as the day progresses and into tomorrow. This can relate to a reality check, some disapproval, or perhaps some problems with overload and time restrictions. Try not to let any of this push you back. Watch how you express yourself, as you may be coming across in a self-effacing way that might lead to missed opportunities, or on the other side, a critical way that interferes with your chances of getting ahead.

 

Sagittarius

Sagittarius
Sagittarius

You are looking at the long view when it comes to your health, work, or money now, dear Sagittarius, and this helps you see these things from a different and useful perspective. Decisions this morning are good as a result of this depth of vision. It can come to you in a rush how to deal with a challenging situation and put it behind you. As the day advances, insecurities or frustrations can interfere with perceptions. There can be complications to giving or receiving love today or early tomorrow, but keep in mind that these may be self-imposed. Passion and creative energy may meet with some level of frustration or blockage. Obstacles may be financially-related on the surface of things, but they can also relate to emotional reservations or fears of unworthiness. Keep in mind that blocks are temporary, but there are also valuable lessons to absorb while you wait.

 

Capricorn

Capricorn
Capricorn

Creatively speaking, you’re in great form this morning, dear Capricorn. You’re in good shape for cultivating and enhancing connections through conversation. You may be excited about advancing a hobby or creative project. While there can be very supportive energy now, as the day progresses, you can be particularly sensitive with Saturn in your sign forming a square to Venus in a personal area of your solar chart. You can be touchy now, and you may read rejection when the situation is unlikely to be dire. Love is complicated, mainly because you’re in need of some self-nurturing. There are opportunities today, but some lousy timing or reservations seem to interfere. Do a self-check now, as it’s possible that you are limiting yourself through self-defeating attitudes. Otherwise, consider that it’s time to slow down and that it’s merely a checkpoint, not a permanent condition.

Aquarius

Aquarius
Aquarius

The morning is excellent for your vision regarding long-term projects, dear Aquarius, particularly those that help secure you in a significant way. You might see patterns or make insightful discoveries regarding the past, family or private life as well. The power of a good attitude or perspective on problems becomes obvious now. Decisions are well-backed in the morning, but lose quality as the day progresses. Later today, the Moon enters your sign and enlivens you. Even so, a Venus-Saturn square exact tomorrow morning comes into influence, and there may be a reality to face or a block/delay to deal with. You may feel excited about something, but you can be holding yourself back from sharing it. The need to censor yourself can overcome you now. Timing can be off as it’s hard to judge the value of things in your life just for the moment, and if it’s possible to do so, you may want to put off decisions.

Pisces

Pisces
Pisces

Energies active this morning continue to remind you of the need to focus rather than scatter your energies, dear Pisces. You have a comforting feeling that you’re learning a lot from your recent experiences. Later today, a Venus-Saturn square comes into influence and suggests some need to rein things in if you’re overdoing. There may be a social or emotional issue that nags at you and prevents you from expressing yourself freely. A disagreement related to values or respect is possible now, or you could experience a small reality check concerning a friend or finances. It’s important to get to a state of realism now, but keep in mind that with Saturn challenges, the first look at a situation can seem far glummer than it really is.

 

 

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If You Were Born Today, March 12

No matter what your age, you always remain youthful and playful. You are open to a wide range of ideas, and you have a real sense of the right words to say or write and the best way to present an idea. You would be excellent at promotion or advertising, and also make a warm and interesting friend who always seems to lend a hand or lift others’ spirits with words of encouragement. At times impatient with others, your warm heart wins in the end. Famous people born today: Liza Minnelli, Jack Kerouac, Barbara Feldon, James Taylor, Samm Levine, Darryl Strawberry.

Your Birthday Year Forecast:

With the Sun and Moon in harmony in your Solar Return chart, the year ahead should be satisfying and balanced overall. You are in comfortable demand and personally popular, and you are able to achieve a decent balance between work and play; personal and professional life. For the most part, you are on top of your game this year, and positive connections with others can be made fairly easily. With the ability to handle your emotions successfully, there is less stress on both your mind and body. Your self-confidence and positive attitude will reward you!

The year ahead can be an ambitious time and a supportive period for reaching your goals. You might solve a long-standing problem, or capitalize upon a resource that was previously hidden.

This is an excellent year in which to advance projects revolving around communications – writing, speaking, selling, and so forth. Your reputation may be enhanced through word of mouth. Making new contacts through learning and mental pursuits figures strongly as well.

Jupiter forms a trine to your Sun until October, 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, religion, publishing, legal affairs, and/or foreign interests can be especially strong. It’s an excellent 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.

Mercury conjunct Venus in your Solar Return chart adds charm to the way you present your ideas this year, certainly helping to smooth over differences in your personal relationships. This influence also helps you to express yourself more creatively. Even so, their square to Saturn suggests some obstacles to overcome. Getting serious about love and money can be a theme this year. The need to buckle down with your finances or with certain pleasures may be necessary. The responsibilities of partnership, love, or friendship can be magnified this year.

Bursts of creativity and energy emerge at seemingly perfect times and help you to further your goals. Healthy risk-taking is likely again this year, as you are more able to spot an opportunity when you see one. You are progressive, growth-oriented, and ready to take the initiative when the moment feels right.

This is also a fine period for expanding your connections, contacts, creative pursuits, and romantic relationships. Relationships benefit from increased generosity and goodwill. You’re more inclined than usual to indulge, shop, socialize, and enjoy yourself this year. Whether it’s a hobby, person, or pursuit, this is a good time for discovering what makes you happy.

Pluto transits in harmony beginning in 2019, and you are determined, ready to make changes, and in a great position to get rid of bad habits. This is a year in which to get your life back on track, as you have the willpower to do so. Others are bound to recognize your leadership skills and talents, or, at the very least, your potential. You want your life path and your objectives to reflect what you’re really about. You benefit from being more decisive than usual, and your ability to concentrate and focus help you to achieve what you set out to do. A new project or goal begun this year has a good chance of being successful and long-lasting.

The year ahead can be an ambitious time and a supportive period for reaching your goals. This can be an inventive time of your life that’s good for breaking out of old patterns and making powerful changes. You receive plenty of cosmic support for making big improvements or lifestyle changes.

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 Daily Horoscopes for Tuesday, March 1

 

Aries

Aries
Aries

A Venus-Saturn influence this morning points to the need to slow down or get past an obstacle, dear Aries. There may be a delay or block to contend with that throws a wrench in your plans. Personal freedom and responsibilities are in focus, and probably not mixing well. An obligation could emerge that ties you down or holds you back. However, as the day advances, you are in an excellent position for support, new insight into old problems, and private matters, in general. Benefits may come from a surprising or hidden source, and if it’s possible, this is a good time for a retreat or other refreshing change of pace. An intimate relationship or the pipeline to your deeper self might open up now.

 

Taurus

Taurus
Taurus

With a Venus-Saturn square this morning, dear Taurus, watch for defensiveness or self-protectiveness that gets in the way of opportunities, particularly as the day promises much. It can be difficult to state what you need or want, and criticism or fear of criticism can wear you down a little. As the day advances, a Sun-Jupiter trine opens your heart and mind wide, and is particularly good for building up your confidence and faith in your relationships. Generosity is the key to social success right now. Be open and generous with your support and time for best results now. You’re looking forward now.

 

 

Gemini

Gemini
Gemini

A Venus-Saturn square is active this morning, dear Gemini, and there may be some complications with relationships, and possibly finances or ownership matters as well. The desire to enjoy friendships and independence is active now, but something or someone may seem to hold you back or block you. However, this can also be a time for putting a dysfunctional part of your life behind you. As the day advances, you’re in particularly good shape for being with people as well as for gaining the inspiration to pursue your ambitions. Career matters can be especially fruitful now, and you may feel motivated about reaching a goal. Expressing optimism, warmth, and generosity is helpful for maximum benefit from a Sun-Jupiter aspect occurring now

 

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Cancer

Cancer
Cancer

Worries and concerns regarding career, long-term goals, life direction, and partnership may emerge this morning with a Venus-Saturn challenge, dear Cancer. Even if you’re positive with others, there may be some negative feedback, but this doesn’t have to be a problem if you aim to deal with it as maturely as possible. As the day advances, you’re in a great position to refresh or rejuvenate yourself through engaging and fun activities. A Sun-Jupiter trine encourages you to do things that advance your interests and support growth and improvement. It’s a potentially excellent day for creative inspiration, and you might revive a friendship or endeavor. Very warm and positive energy is with you for sharing viewpoints, spending time with others, creative expression, romance, and learning. Non-routine experiences tend to favor you most right now. Confidence and faith bring benefits and opportunities to you.

Leo

Leo
Leo

A Venus-Saturn square occurs this morning, dear Leo, and you can experience a feeling of being blocked or limited from pursuing your dreams and personal interests. This is a time for realism, and the more you resist this, the more uncomfortable this period may be! It’s briefly uncomfortable, but recognizing limits helps you make constructive changes. While there is somewhat serious energy with us this morning, today is potentially excellent for family connections or an intimate relationship. You’re thinking ahead and focused on growing, changing, and making improvements. There can be a feeling of restored or increased faith and optimism, and a general sense of harmony with the important people in your emotional life–or with yourself!

 

Virgo

Virgo
Virgo

There may be some confused signals in a relationship this morning, dear Virgo, or there can be predicaments related to relationships or with projects. Differences in outlook or levels of commitment can be glaring. Look for ways to adjust expectations if this will get you to a better frame of mind. As the day advances, your optimism and enthusiasm build. It’s a time of increased hope and improved spirits, as well as excitement about a relationship or venture. You have the chance to enjoy people in your life more fully. Openness and generosity lead to new levels of understanding. You can experience a stronger sense of well-being which, in turn, inspires you to do your best.

 

 

Libra 

Libra
Libra

There can be heightened sensitivity this morning, dear Libra, as Venus and Saturn perfect their square aspect. Family members or responsibilities to the home can feel burdensome or restricting, particularly when it comes to your relationships and social life. Toning something down now may lead to improvements in the long run. As the day advances, we benefit from a Sun-Jupiter trine that encourages positivity and optimism. Opportunities to grow your finances or career (or both) can emerge now. You’re taking a step in the right direction. You might learn something new about a health or work matter that puts you in a good mood, or you can see and feel forward progress in current projects. Cooperation on the job helps your outlook. It helps you to be clearer about your goals and to feel good about what you do and about your contributions.

 

Scorpio

Scorpio
Scorpio

Saturn’s influence on Venus casts a somewhat serious tone to this morning, dear Scorpio. This can be about disapproval, blockages, self-defeating attitudes, or time constraints, but whatever it is, there can be the need to redo or retry rather than move plans forward. Try to pay attention to how you express yourself, whether you’re not asking for enough or if you’re coming across as critical. It may be that you’re not giving yourself enough credit, and this is interfering with your ability to attract the resources you need. As the day advances, you benefit from an aspect between the Sun and Jupiter in your sign. You’re in particularly good shape for creative self-expression and relating well. You may be establishing trust with others. Something opens up for you, perhaps a new channel for expressing yourself, and this can feel empowering. A surge of enthusiasm brightens your day and your vision of the future.

 

Sagittarius

Sagittarius
Sagittarius

A Venus-Saturn influence this morning can find you holding back from enjoying yourself, dear Sagittarius. Whether this is due to the unresponsiveness of others around you or lack of resources, something’s coming up short, and you need to slow down. As the day advances, though, the Sun forms a lovely aspect with your ruler, Jupiter, and you’re in excellent shape for turning things around. While it remains an important time for centering yourself, you’re feeling much more confident about things. It’s a robust time for tapping into your intuition. Radiating an expectation of success with people you love does wonders for you now. Relaxing, recreational activities can appeal and can even be a little therapeutic now. Introspection does some wonderful good for you.

 

Capricorn

Capricorn
Capricorn

This morning, passions are strong, but love is complicated, dear Capricorn, especially since you are in need of some self-nurturing these days, which can seem to conflict with your personal ambitions at the moment. Giving up a pleasure to take care of an obligation or duty may not sound like fun now, but will benefit you in the long run. As the day advances, a Sun-Jupiter trine comes into influence and points to wonderful success with communications, networking, personal interests, and friendships. Conversations are generous, open, and meaningful. This is a time for thinking in bigger terms than your norm, particularly about long-term plans for happiness and your social life.

 

Aquarius

Aquarius
Aquarius

Venus forms a square to Saturn this morning, dear Aquarius, and this is a signal that slowing down is appropriate now, and is a better strategy than going all out. Even so, as the day advances, you can feel quite hungry to grow something, and you’ll find reliable cosmic support for doing so. While your inner critic can emerge early today, temporarily holding you back from expressing yourself or even enjoying what you’re doing, you come into your own as the day progresses. Money and work matters can improve. Others may be noticing your efforts, talents, or accomplishments. You may draw in the right people or resources to advance your goals. Widen your comfort zone, help others, and make the first move now.

Pisces

Pisces
Pisces

It can be challenging to express your feelings this morning, dear Pisces, and perhaps even to

 

understand them as Venus and Saturn reach a square aspect. A project or pursuit may reach a block or a standstill, but there are likely workarounds. As the day advances, you find it easy to relax. The Sun in your sign harmonizes with Jupiter, and you are especially at ease with others (and yourself). There can be some wonderful opportunities to enjoy yourself. Educational, travel, and other mind-expanding activities can be in focus and can thrive, or opportunities for these things can present themselves. There is a strong desire to distinguish yourself from others, to take the high road, and to do right. You are holding yourself well and getting your message across powerfully now

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Astrology Cafe

 

The Study of Pagan Gods & Goddesses for Monday, March 12

 

Horae

In Greek mythology the Horae (/ˈhɔːr/) or Horai (/ˈhɔːr/) or Hours (Greek: ὯραιHōraipronounced [hɔ̂ːraj], “Seasons”) were the goddesses of the seasons and the natural portions of time.

 

They were originally the personifications of nature in its different seasonal aspects, but in later times they were regarded as goddesses of order in general and natural justice. “They bring and bestow ripeness, they come and go in accordance with the firm law of the periodicities of nature and of life”, Karl Kerenyi observed: “Hora means ‘the correct moment’.”  Traditionally, they guarded the gates of Olympus, promoted the fertility of the earth, and rallied the stars and constellations. The course of the seasons was also symbolically described as the dance of the Horae, and they were accordingly given the attributes of spring flowers, fragrance and graceful freshness. For example, in Hesiod’s Works and Days, the fair-haired Horai, together with the Charites and Peitho crown Pandora—she of “all gifts”—with garlands of flowers. Similarly Aphrodite, emerging from the sea and coming ashore at Cyprus, is dressed and adorned by the Horai, and, according to a surviving fragment of the epic Cypria,Aphrodite wore clothing made for her by the Charites and Horai, dyed with spring flowers, such as the Horai themselves wear.

 

The earliest written mention of Horai is in the Iliad where they appear as keepers of Zeus’s cloud gates. “Hardly any traces of that function are found in the subsequent tradition,” Karl Galinsky remarked in passing. They were daughters of Zeus and Themis, half-sisters to the Moirai.

The Horai are mentioned in two aspects in Hesiod and the Homeric Hymns:

  • in one variant emphasizing their fruitful aspect, Thallo, Auxo, and Carpo—the goddesses of the three seasons the Greeks recognized: spring, summer and autumn—were worshipped primarily amongst rural farmers throughout Greece;
  • in the other variant, emphasising the “right order” aspect of the Horai, Hesiod says that Zeus wedded “bright Themis” who bore Diké, Eunomia, and Eirene, who were law-and-order goddesses that maintained the stability of society; they were worshipped primarily in the cities of Athens, Argos and Olympia.

First triad

Of the first, more familiar, triad associated with Aphrodite and Zeus is their origins as emblems of times of life, growth (and the classical three seasons of year):

First triad

  • Thallo (Θαλλώ, literally “The one who brings blossoms”; or Flora for Romans) or Thalatte was the goddess of spring, buds and blooms, a protector of youth.
  • Auxo (Αὐξώ. “Increaser” as in plant growth) or Auxesia was worshipped (alongside Hegemone) in Athens as one of their two Charites, Auxo was the Charis of spring and Hegemone was the Charis of autumn. One of the Horae, and the goddess and personification of the season of summer; she is the protector of vegetation and plants, and growth and fertility.
  • Carpo (Καρπώ), Carpho or Xarpo was the one who brings food (though Robert Graves in The Greek Myths (1955) translates this name as “withering”) and was in charge of autumn, ripening, and harvesting, as well as guarding the way to Mount Olympus and letting back the clouds surrounding the mountain if one of the gods left. She was an attendant to Persephone, Aphrodite and Hera, and was also associated with Dionysus, Apollo and Pan.

At Athens, two Horae; Thallo (the Hora of spring) and Carpo (the Hora of autumn), also appear in rites of Attica noted by Pausanias in the 2nd century AD. Thallo, Auxo and Carpo are often accompanied by Chione, a daughter of Boreas (the god/personification of the North Wind) and Orithyia/Oreithyia (originally a mortal princess, who was later deifyied as a goddess of cold mountain winds), and the goddess/personification of snow and winter. Along with Chione, Thallo, Auxo and Carpo were a part of the entourage of the goddess of the turn of the seasons, Persephone.

Second triad

Of the second triad associated to Themis and Zeus for law and order:

  • Diké (Δίκη, “Justice”; Iustitia for Romans) was the goddess of moral justice: she ruled over human justice, as her mother Themis ruled over divine justice. The anthropomorphisation of Diké as an ever-young woman dwelling in the cities of men was so ancient and strong that in the 3rd century BCE Aratus in Phaenomena 96 asserted that she was born a mortal and that, though Zeus placed her on earth to keep mankind just, he quickly learned this was impossible and placed her next to him on Olympus, as the Greek astronomical/astrological constellation The Maiden.
  • Eunomia (Εὐνομία, “Order”, governance according to good laws) was the goddess of law and legislation. The same or a different goddess may have been a daughter of Hermes and Aphrodite.
  • Eirene or Irene (Εἰρήνη. “Peace”; the Roman equivalent was Pax), was the personification of peace and wealth, and was depicted in art as a beautiful young woman carrying a cornucopia, scepter and a torch or rhyton.

Third triad

Hyginus (Fabulae 183) identifies a third set of Horae:

  • Pherusa (Substance, farm estates),
  • Euporie or Euporia (Abundance), and
  • Orthosie or Orthosia (Prosperity).

The Four Seasons

Nonnus in his Dionysiaca mentions a distinct set of four Horae, the daughters of Helios. Quintus Smyrnaeus also attributes the Horae as the daughters of Helios and Selene, and describes them as the four handmaidens of Hera. The Greek words for the four seasons of year:

  • Eiar (Spring),
  • Theros (Summer),
  • Phthinoporon (Autumn), and
  • Cheimon (Winter).

The Hours

Finally, a quite separate suite of Horae personified the twelve hours (originally only ten), as tutelary goddesses of the times of day. The hours run from just before sunrise to just after sunset, thus winter hours are short, summer hours are long:

The nine Hours

According to Hyginus, the list is only of nine, borrowed from the three classical triads alternated:

  • Auco, or perhaps Auxo (Growth, from the 1st triad),
  • Eunomia (Order, from the 2nd triad),
  • Pherusa (Substance, from the 3rd triad),
  • Carpo (Fruit, from the 1st triad),
  • Diké (Justice, from the 2nd triad),
  • Euporie or Euporia (Abundance, from the 3rd triad),
  • Eirene or Irene (Peace, from the 2nd triad),
  • Orthosie or Orthosia (Prosperity, from the 3rd triad) and
  • Thallo (Flora, from the 1st triad).

The ten or twelve Hours

This last distinct set of ten or twelve Hours is much less known:

  • Auge, first light (initially not part of the set),
  • Anatolê or Anatolia, sunrise,
  • Mousikê or Musica, the morning hour of music and study,
  • GymnastikêGymnastica or Gymnasia, the morning hour of education, training, gymnastics/exercise,
  • Nymphê or Nympha, the morning hour of ablutions (bathing, washing),
  • Mesembria, noon,
  • Sponde, libations poured after lunch,
  • Elete, prayer, the first of the afternoon work hours,
  • AktêActe or Cypris, eating and pleasure, the second of the afternoon work hours,
  • Hesperis, end of the afternoon work hours, start of evening,
  • Dysis, sunset,
  • Arktos or Arctus, night sky, constellation (initially not part of the set).

 

Horae

Horae(Ὧραι), originally the personifications or goddesses of the order of nature and of the seasons, but in later times they were regarded as the goddesses of order in general and of justice. In Homer, who neither mentions their parents nor their number, they are the Olympian divinities of the weather and the ministers of Zeus; and in this capacity they guard the doors of Olympus, and promote the fertility of the earth, by the various kinds of weather they send down. As the weather, generally speaking, is regulated according to the seasons, they are further described as the goddesses of the seasons, i. e. the regular phases under which Nature manifests herself.  They are kind and benevolent, bringing to gods and men many things that are good and desirable. As, however, Zeus has the power of gathering and dispersing the clouds, they are in reality only his ministers, and sometimes also those of Hera.  Men in different circumstances regard the course of time (or the seasons) either as rapid or as slow, and both epithets are accordingly applied to the Horae. The course of the seasons (or hours) is symbolically described by the dance of the Horae; and, in conjunction with the Charites, Hebe, Harmonia, and Aphrodite, they accompany the songs of the Muses, and Apollo’s play on the lyre, with their dancing. The Homeric notions continued to be entertained for a long time afterwards, the Horae being considered as the givers of the various seasons of the year, especially of spring and autumn, i. e. of Nature in her bloom and maturity. At Athens two Horae, Thallo (the Hora of spring) and Carpo (the Hora of autumn), were worshipped from very early ties. The Hora of spring accompanies Persephone every year on her ascent from the lower world; and the expression of The chamber of the Horae opens ” is equivalent to ” The spring is coining.”  The attributes of spring-flowers, fragrance, and graceful freshness-are accordingly transferred to the Horae; thus they adorned Aphrodite as she rose from the sea, made a garland of flowers for Pandora, and even inanimate things are described as deriving peculiar charms from the Horae. Hence they bear a resemblance to and are mentioned along with the Charites, and both are frequently confounded or identified. As they were conceived to promote the prosperity of every thing that grows, they appear also as the protectresses of youth and newly-born gods ; and the Athenian youths, on being admitted along the ephebi, mentioned Thallo, among other gods, in the oath they took in the temple of Agraulos.

In this, as in many other cases of Greek mythology, a gradual transition is visible, from purely physical to ethical notions, and the influence which the Horae originally had on nature was subsequently transferred to human life in particular. The first trace of it occurs even in Hesiod, for he describes them as giving to a state good laws, justice, and peace; he calls them the daughters of Zeus and Themis, and gives them the significant names of Eunomia, Dice, and Eirene.  But the ethical and physical ideas are not always kept apart, and both are often mixed up with each other, as in Pindar. The number of the Horae is different in the different writers, though the most ancient number seems to have been two, as at Athens but afterwards their common number is three, like that of the Moerae and Charites. Hyginus (Hyg. Fab. 183) is in great confusion respecting the number and names of the Horae, as he mixes up the original names with surnames, and the designations of separate seasons or hours. In this manner he first makes out a list of ten Horae, viz. Titanis, Auxo, Eunomia, Pherusa, Carpo, Dice, Euporia, Eirene, Orthosia, and Thallo, and a second of eleven, Auge, Anatole, Musia, Gymnasia, Nymphes, Mesembria, Sponde, Telete, Acme, Cypridos, Dysis. The Horae (Thallo and Carpo) were worshipped at Athens, and their temple there also contained an altar of Dionysus Orthus; they were likewise worshipped at Argos . In works of art the H orae were represented as blooming maidens, carrying the different products of the seasons.

 

References

The Witches Magickal Journal for Monday, March 12th

Today is Monday, March 12, 2018

 

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)

 

Celtic Tree Month of Nuin (Ash) (February 18 – March 17)

 

Runic Half-Month of Tyr (February 27 – March 13)

 

Goddess of the Month of Moura (February 20 – March 19)

 

Source

The Pagan Book of Days
Nigel Pennick

The Pagan Book of Days for Monday, March 12

Carmentalia/Juturnal/Plough Monday

First festival of the Roman Carmentalia, celebrating the nymnt of prophecy known as the Carmeriae, who are identified with the nine muses. The chief of these was Carmentis, the goddess of prophecy who also protected women in childbirth. Also on this dayJuturna, divinity of fountains and prophetic waters and patroness of all who work with water, and worshiped in ancient Roman. Also, Plough Monday, traditional day for returning to work in the fields. Farm workers received plough money, children, handsel in the form of money or sweets from neighbors.

Source

The Pagan Book of Days
Nigel Pennick

The Goddess Book of Days for Monday, March 12

Feast of Marduk in Mesopotamia, God/ consort/son of Goddess Bel or Belili. (Horus, Osiris, Damuzi, Tammuz, Quetzacoatl, Ogun, Zeus, Lugh, Jupiter, Damballah, Pluto, Attis, Adonis, Apollo, Christ, Yoko- Hoo). The twelfth day of the Moon/month is for Gos the Cow and Demeter.

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The Goddess Book of Days
Diane Stein

Goddesses Associated with Mondays

Luna, Selene, Diana, Re, Gealach, Ida, Artemis, the Witches, Yemaya, Erzulie Tuesday Soorejnaree, Pinga1la, Anna, Aine, Danu, Yngona.

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The Goddess Book of Days
Diane Stein

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)

 

Reference:

A Book of Pagan Rituals
Herman Slater

Monday’s Magick

Monday – Is associated with the Moon

Colours – White, Silver, Grey and Pearl.

Monday is the best time to deal with such matters as: Psychic Pursuits, Psychology, Dreams, Astral Travel, Imagination, Women’s Mysteries, Reincarnation, Short Trips, Women, Children, Public, Domestic Concerns, Emotions, Fluids, Magick, Spirituality, Nursing, Full moon magic, Purity, Protection, Truth, Meditation, Peace, Sincerity, Justice, Warding off Doubts and Fears, Anything to do with Water and Bodies of Water, Antiques, Trip Planning, Household Activities, Initiation, Astrology, New-Age Pursuits, Archetypes, Totem Animals, Shape-shifting and Religious Experiences.

The Witches Guide to Mondays

Monday Magick Power Hours:

Moonrise. Key Words: Magick, dreams, health, love, home and family 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 psychism, 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.

Monday is the Best Day For: Conjurations, Predictions, Knowledge, Writing, Eloquence. Planetary Association: Moon Norse Deity Associated With the Day: Frigga Origin of Name: “Monday” is short for “Moon Day” in honor of the day’s alignment with that planetary body.

Deities: Thoth, Selene: Aset [Isis], Demeter, Ceres, Spider Woman, Bona Dea, Oya, Devi-Kali, Hella, Rhiannon, Coatlique, Maman Brigette, Sekhmet, Het Heret [Hathor]Monday is the day of moon goddesses Selene, Luna and Mani. Meaning “day of the moon” the name reflects the ancient observance of feast days dedicated to the Moon Goddess or to the planet. Focus on lunar energies, psychic development, dream or astral work, intuition, family, or spirituality.

Incense: Cinnamon, Cinquefoil Aromas: Sweetpea, Lavender, Mastic, Frankincense, Cloves

Candle: White

Metal: Silver

Plants: Wintergreen and other mints, catnip, comfrey, sage, chamomile

Use for magick involving mental issues, learning, higher education, addictions, communications, travel, young people, messages, perception, self-expression, artists, poets, and writers.

Marriage, emotional love, family, childbirth, prophecy.

Spells involving emotions, the subconscious,domestic issues and feminine issues. Also, a good day for psychic pursuits and dream work.Childbearing and family life, purity and virginity, healing, wisdom, intuition

Metal: Silver Gemstones: Pearl, opal, moonstone Associations: Childbearing and family life, purity and virginity, healing, wisdom, intuition

Best Colors for today are Silver, white, light blue, Pearls, Creams, Grays, Pale Pinks, Pale Violets, and Pale Blues.

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.

~SpiritualOccultist Calendar

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Pagan Monday

Monday is the day of the week between Sunday and Tuesday. It gets its name from the Moon, which in turn gets its name from Mani (Old English Mona), the Germanic Moon god. Similarly, the names in Latin-based languages such as the Italian name (Lunedi), the French name (lundi), the Spanish name (Lunes), and the Romanian name (Luni) come from the Latin name for Moon, luna. The Russian word, eschewing pagan names, is понедельник (poniediélnik), meaning “after Sunday.” The Hindi word for Monday is Somvar, with Som being the Sanskrit name for the moon. The Japanese word for Monday is getsuyōbi which means day of the moon.

Monday is often held to be the first day of the week. This is the case in most of Europe, parts of Africa, and South America. In Asia – because the western calendar system was introduced only during the 20th century – many languages refer to Monday as the “day of the beginning”. For example, Monday is xingqi yi in Chinese, meaning day one of the week. The international standard, ISO 8601, defines Monday as the first day of the week.

But according to the Judeo-Christian count, Monday is the second day, the first being Sunday. This is also the standard format in Canada and the United States. Its name in Arabic, Armenian, Georgian, Greek, Hebrew, Persian, Portuguese and Syriac means “second day”. Quakers also traditionally refer to Monday as “Second Day” eschewing the pagan origin of the English name “Monday”. For similar reasons the official liturgical calendar of the Roman Catholic Church refers to Monday as “Feria II”. (The Portuguese name for Monday reflects this, as do all the days’ names except Saturday and Sunday: the Portuguese word for Monday is segunda-feira.)

Reference

Pagan Calendar

Monday Is A Day of Witchery, Magick and Enchantment

 

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.

Source

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

The Witches Guide for Monday, March 12

Girl Scouts’ birthday

Waning Moon

Moon phase: Fourth Quarter

Moon Sign: Capricorn

Moon enters Aquarius 6: 44 pm

Incense: Narcissus

Color: White

Correspondences for Monday, March 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: Moonwart

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

Moon Stuff!

The unconscious mind

The feminine principle

Receiving, negative polarity (as opposed to the Sun – projective, positive polarity)

Water (and sometimes Air) Element

High Priestess Tarot Card

Ajna (3rd Eye) Chakra

aka Luna or Diana

Willow & Magnolia Trees

Source

The Path of Witchcraft

Diana – Goddess of the Moon

Roman lunar Goddess, Diana was also patroness of the hunt and guardian of the forest. Call on Diana to protect animals, children and woodland.

“Goddess of the Unt, Lady of the Bow,
I ask you now the way to show,
I pray you bless me fro this hour.
With your strength, with your power.
Through times of sorrow and times of strife.
Help me make the most of life!”

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The Path of Witchcraft

Magickal Applications for Mondays

Monday is named after the moon. The Latin term for Monday is Dies Lunae (“moon’s day”); in the Old English language, this day was Monandaeg; in Greek, it was Hermera Selenes. All of these different names and languages translate to the same thing: the “day of the moon.”

Working with the different phases of the moon is an important skill that takes a bit of time for Witches to learn. So why not cut to the chase and experiment with the day of the week that is dedicated to the moon in all of its magickal energies and aspects?

Magickally, Monday encourages the lunar energies of inspiration, illusion, prophetic dreams, emotions, psychic abilities, travel, women’s mysteries, and fertility.

 

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

 

Monday & The Perfect Corresponding Spell

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.

 

Time Spells – Hand of Time Spell

Items you will need:
Both hands
6 fingers

Hold both of your hands in front of you. Stare at your hands, noticing your palms and fingers, for about thirty seconds. Then, say this chant one time:

“Palms sweaty,
From watching clocks.
No more.
One finger,
For every ten docked.
Seconds in a minute
1440 in a day.
Stop a few,
For singing birds
And trees that sway.”

This should feel like time has slowed-down and allowed you to appreciate life more.

 

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

Celebrating Legends, Folklore & Spirituality 365 Days a Year for March 12

Babylonian Feast of Marduk

From as early as the Third Dynasty of Ur, Marduk was venerated as the God of the city of Babylon. e was so popular that his worship spread through Assyria from about the 14th century B. C. The worship of Marduk even in its most extreme form could be compared with monotheism, but it never led to the denial of other Gods or to the exclusion of female deities.

 

Monday’s Tidbits

Monday’s magick involves emotions and receptivity, women in our lives and our deepest needs and desires, this is a time for rituals of divination, emotional balance and nurturing ourselves and others. It would be and exceptional day to do ritual or focused meditation of any sort related to psychi, domestic feminine, and lunar matters. Light a white or silver candle to represent the lunar energies and Deities….

According to ancient folklore, silver, white and opalescent colors and the scent of jasmine or gardenia share the vibration of Luna, and can help one attune to the lunar energies of the waxing and waning cycles.

New Words & Old

 

New Words & Old

 

In the autumn of the lightnings, in the mighty-voic’ed throng
In the twilight were the offerings, with both chants and full-throat song:
These the People, born to silence
These the Seekers, born to sight
These the Wanderers, born to roaming
These frail Humans, born to night…
In the winter’s swirling blizzard, in the quaking of great trees In the night-black child of charring, in the wavering, fitful breeze:
These the Wicca, seeking knowledge
These the Shamen, knowing care
These the Students, always reading
These the Hopeful, who despair…
In the spring-tide’s joyous growing, in the flower and the leaf In the summer’s dearth and plenty, saving up to stoke Belief:
Hear the Mother, gentle-voicings
Hear the Father, rumbled whisper
Hear the Children, gay and laughing
Hear the Many – sing your vesper…
Now the Bard and Druid gather
Now the Priestess calls afar
Now the Time to Watch and Listen
Now the Time to practice more!

 

–Kihe Blackeagle, Author
Originally published on Pagan Library

The Witches Astronomy Journal for Monday, March 12

Season Correspondences

Spring – Healing, Fertility, Prosperity, Air Magick

Spring is he season for cleansing, stretching and growing. Open up the wiindows, take walks, plan and nuture your garden. Spend time with Earth and Wood. This is the best time for love and fertility spells. Reunite with nature and take many deep breathes of fresh air. Thisis the time to throw away unnecessarily no longer needed. Feel the new.


Your Daily Sun & Moon Data for Monday, March 12

The Sun
Sun Direction: ↑ 73.74° ENE
Sun Altitude: -25.41°
Sun Distance: 92.369 million mi
Next Equinox: Mar 20, 2018 11:15 am (Vernal)
Sunrise Today: 7:09 am↑ 93° East
Sunset Today: 6:58 pm↑ 267° West
Length of Daylight: 11 hours, 49 minutes

The Moon
Moon Direction: ↑ 122.53° ESE
Moon Altitude: 7.80°
Moon Distance: 251055 mi
Next New Moon: Mar 17, 20188:11 am
Next Full Moon: Mar 31, 20187:36 a
Next Moonset: Today2:32 pm
Current Moon Phase: Waning Crescent
Immunization: 23.7%

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timeanddate.com

Astrology of Today – Monday, March 12, 2018

The Moon is in Capricorn until 6:44 PM, after which the Moon is in Aquarius.
The Moon is void from 11:35 AM until 6:44 PM.
The Moon is waning and in its Last Quarter Moon phase.
The Last Quarter Moon occurred on the 9th and the New Moon will occur on March 17th.
Mercury is in its pre-retrograde shadow (Mercury will retrograde from March 22nd to April 15th).
**Times are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Moon in 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.

Your Daily Planets, Moon & Sky Overview for Monday, March 12

The Moon continues its transit of industrious, capable Capricorn until 6:45 PM EST, encouraging us to pay attention to structures, rules, and goals in our lives. The Capricorn Moon harmonizes with the Sun and Jupiter this morning, promoting cooperation, encouragement, and reconciliation. The Moon moves into Aquarius at 6:45 PM, stimulating our progressive or revolutionary spirits. The Aquarius Moon is determined, principled, and non-traditional. It draws out our humanitarian impulses and desire for innovation.

Even so, we’re getting closer to a Venus-Saturn square, exact tomorrow morning, that can point to blocks to pleasure or self-protectiveness that limits our experiences.

The Moon is void from 11:36 AM EDT, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (a square to Uranus), until the Moon enters Aquarius at 6:45 PM EDT.

The sky this week for March 12 to 18

Mars and Saturn flank the Moon, Jupiter shines in Libra, and Mercury reaches peak altitude in the sky this week.
By Richard Talcott

Monday, March 12

Mars’ eastward motion relative to the background stars carries it from Ophiuchus into Sagittarius today. The magnitude 0.6 Red Planet rises around 3 a.m. local daylight time and climbs some 25° high in the south-southeast by the time twilight begins. Although the passage from Ophiuchus into Sagittarius is little more than a technical milestone, it does set up a series of pretty conjunctions with some of the Archer’s deep-sky gems starting next week.

Tuesday, March 13

Head outside before dawn and you can’t miss Jupiter. The giant planet rises around midnight local daylight time and climbs highest in the south around 5 a.m. Jupiter shines at magnitude –2.2, which makes it the brightest point of light in the predawn sky, and resides among the much dimmer stars of the constellation Libra. A telescope reveals the planet’s 40″-diameter disk and plenty of detail in the gas giant’s cloud tops.

Wednesday, March 14

As midnight approaches, look to the east for the bright star Arcturus. At magnitude 0.0, it is the second-brightest star visible from mid-northern latitudes. If you look about 20° to the left and a little below this luminary, you should see a conspicuous semicircle of stars — the constellation Corona Borealis the Northern Crown. It’s the most prominent group of stars having a shape reminiscent of a circle, and it makes a fitting target for Pi Day. (For you non-geeks, Pi Day is 3/14 because the first three digits of the mathematical constant pi are 3.14. Pi is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, so today we celebrate all things circular.)

For those of you in the Southern Hemisphere, today marks the peak of the annual Gamma Normid meteor shower. The shower’s radiant — the point from which the meteors appear to originate — lies among the background stars of the southern constellation Norma the Square. This region lies below the horizon for observers north of 40° north latitude, but those farther south should keep their eyes open. The best views will come after midnight, once the radiant climbs higher. Fortunately, the waning crescent Moon sheds little light into the predawn sky. The shower typically produces about 6 meteors per hour at its peak.

Thursday, March 15

Mercury reaches greatest elongation at 11 a.m. EDT, and tonight marks the peak of its best evening apparition of 2018 for Northern Hemisphere observers. The innermost planet lies 18° east of the Sun and stands 12° high in the west a half-hour after sunset. It shines at magnitude –0.4 and shows up well against the darkening sky. But the easiest way to find it is to locate brilliant Venus and then look 4° to the upper right. The two inner planets fit nicely in a single binocular field of view. A view of Mercury through a telescope reveals an 7″-diameter disk that appears slightly less than half-lit. (Venus spans 10″ and is nearly full.)

Friday, March 16

One of the sky’s largest asterisms — a recognizable pattern of stars separate from a constellation’s form — occupies center stage after darkness falls on March evenings. To trace the so-called Winter Hexagon, start with southern Orion’s luminary, Rigel. From there, the hexagon makes a clockwise loop. The second stop is brilliant Sirius in Canis Major. Next, pick up Procyon in the faint constellation Canis Minor, then the twins Castor and Pollux in Gemini, followed by Capella in Auriga, Aldebaran in Taurus, and finally back to Rigel.

Saturday, March 17

New Moon occurs at 9:12 a.m. EDT. At its New phase, the Moon crosses the sky with the Sun and so remains hidden in our star’s glare.

Mercury and Venus have their second close conjunction of March this evening. Innermost Mercury passes 4° due north (upper right) of its neighbor at 9 p.m. EDT.

Sunday, March 18

With an age of 4.5 billion years, “young” might not seem an appropriate word to describe our Moon. But tonight, you have an exceptional opportunity to see what astronomers call a “young Moon” — a slender crescent visible in the early evening sky. With New Moon having occurred yesterday morning, only 2 percent of our satellite’s disk appears illuminated after sunset tonight. It forms a spectacular trio with Venus 4° to its right and Mercury 4° farther away. You should notice an ashen light faintly illuminating the Moon’s dark side. This is “earthshine,” sunlight reflected by Earth that reaches the Moon and then reflects back to our waiting eyes.

 

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The Astronomy Magazine

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