We feel it is our job and obligation to you, as our family and friends, to up-date you on any new scams or schemes to take your money. The latest one that is going around involves Micro Soft and your internet connection. You receive a phone call from a local number that the scammer is hoping that you recognize and pick up. I always pick them up and say, “so what new scam do you have for me today?” but I wouldn’t advise you to do so. That is one of the reasons that all our calls are directed straight to an inbox on our service. Because once these scammers realize they are calling a real number, they will keep calling it and calling it.
Back to the scam, you pick up the receiver and before you can say anything, a pre-recorded message starts. The message states that this is a representative from Micro Soft calling in regards to your internet account. The “supposedly” representative goes on to tell you there has been suspicious activity on your account and it has been hacked into. You are informed that you need to take care of this matter immediately by pressing 1 on your phone. I haven’t pressed one, I ain’t that stupid yet. If you do not press the number 1, you are given a toll-free number to call them back on in regards to this matter. If you do not call them back, your internet connection will be disconnected in two hours. Some people might fall for this but stop and think, what does Micro Soft have to do with your internet provider? Not a damn thing! Micro Soft is a huge corporation that does not provide internet service and you have to obtain your own internet provider. So there is no way Micro Soft could even have the littlest effect on your internet service.
If you get this call, hang up and don’t fall for it. You can report the number to the following page, https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0076-phone-scams#Robo. On this page you will find the following information about Robo calls:
If you answer the phone and hear a recorded message instead of a live person, it’s a robocall. Recorded messages that are trying to sell you something are generally illegal unless you have given the company written permission to call you.
If you get a robocall:
- Hang up the phone. Don’t press 1 to speak to a live operator or any other key to take your number off the list. If you respond by pressing any number, it will probably just lead to more robocalls.
- Consider asking your phone company whether they charge for blocking phone numbers. Remember that telemarketers change Caller ID information easily and often, so it might not be worth paying a fee to block a number that will change.
- Report your experience to the FTC online or by calling 1-888-382-1222.
If you get phone service through internet or cable, you might want to look into services that screen and block robocalls. Try doing an online search for “block robocalls.”
This information is taken directly from their site. Robo calls are becoming, no, are a nuisance. The more they are reported, hopefully some of these scammers and crooks will be caught and at last we can have peace at dinner time.
It is terrible to have to say in this day and time but just be careful when answering your own phone.
Lady of the Abyss
Ineffective Daily Affirmations
|As I let go of my feelings of guilt, I can get in touch with my Inner Sociopath.
I have the power to channel my imagination into ever-soaring levels of suspicion and paranoia.
As I learn to trust the universe, I no longer need to carry a gun.
I assume full responsibility for my actions, except the ones that are someone else’s fault.
I no longer need to punish, deceive or compromise myself. Unless, of course, I want to stay employed.
In some cultures, what I do would be considered normal.
Having control over myself is nearly as good as having control over others.
My intuition nearly makes up for my lack of good judgment.
I can change any thought that hurts into a reality that hurts even more.
I honor my personality flaws, for without them I would have no personality at all.
Joan of Arc heard voices, too.
I am grateful that I am not as judgmental as all those censorious, self-righteous people around me.
I need not suffer in silence while I can still moan, whimper and complain.
As I learn the innermost secrets of the people around me, they reward me in many ways to keep me quiet.
When someone hurts me, forgiveness is cheaper than a lawsuit. But not nearly as gratifying.
The first step is to say nice things about myself. The second, to do nice things for myself. The third, to find someone to buy me nice things.
All of me is beautiful and valuable, even the ugly, stupid, and disgusting parts.
I am at one with my duality.
Blessed are the flexible, for they can tie themselves into knots.
Rather than curse the darkness, I could light a candle… with a little luck, I could torch the place.
I will strive to live each day as if it were my 30th birthday.
Only a lack of imagination saves me from immobilizing myself with imaginary fears.
Does my quiet self-pity get to me? Yes? Or should I move up to incessant nagging?
I honor and express all facets of my being, regardless of state and local laws.
Today I will gladly share my experience and advice, for there are no sweeter words than “I told you so.”
Before we start talking about the Libra Moon, let’s begin with a bit of information about the Moon itself. Astrologers consider the Moon a planet. It moves so quickly through the sky that it passes through each of the 12 zodiac signs every month.
When the Moon is in Libra
It doesn’t matter what your Moon sign is because for a couple of days a month, we all feel the influence of the transiting Libra Moon. When the Moon is in the accommodating sign of Libra, you will feel a little bit more focused on creating tranquility, beauty, and harmony all around you. Libra doesn’t just appreciate balance — Libra also seeks out imbalance and fixes it. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself wanting to play peacemaker during this transit!
When the Moon is in Libra you might also feel a bit like Ginger Rogers, and everyone and everything you meet is Fred Astaire. During this time of the Libra Moon, your mantra may be “grace in space.” If you meet an obstacle or encounter resistance, you’ll be able to dance like you expected it to be there. Because Libra’s natural skills are diplomacy and negotiation, the Moon in Libra gives you the ability to use charm and tact to get what you want.
New Moon in Libra
The New Moon is all about a new cycle, and the Libra New Moon is all about finding ways to reestablish balance that has been lost. Finding a sense of balance allows us to deal with life’s issues smoothly, and helps us to discover the peaceful neutral point from which clarity, common sense, and cooperation come from. Whether it’s in personal or business relationships, the influence of the Libra New Moon helps us see both sides of any story.
This may also be the time when you initiate new relationship, or get a fresh start in an ongoing one. A New Moon in Libra will gently nudge you to hit the emotional reset button and start over so that you can look to the horizon with renewed anticipation.
Full Moon in Libra
Every Full Moon is a culmination of a monthly cycle, and the social Libra Full Moon is no exception as it challenges you to manage your desire for companionship with your need for independence. Our connection to others and relationships are always at the forefront during a Full Moon so this isn’t a surprise, but it is even more noticeable during the Full Moon in Libra. Because you’ll have a heightened awareness of your emotions, you’ll have incredible clarity about any inequity in your partnerships.
Water quenches the thirst of every life form whether plant or animal. It cleanses and purifies. Most of our planet consists of water.
Our bodies are primarily water. It’s the stuff tears are made of. Even life giving blood is mostly water. Astrologically, the element of Water exemplifies the variety of bottomless emotion and feeling responses we’re capable of.
The feeling nature is at least partly unconscious, and that’s a vital piece of information to help us understand the Water element. What’s interesting about the Water signs are that all of them have an acute awareness of the potency behind the unconscious while also being primarily driven by what they, themselves, are unconscious of.
Without a doubt, the Water element is the most sensitive and intuitive. This element is capable of nourishing our soul through a deep, psychic understanding of what makes us operate. The element of Water is in touch with the source of creation and can sense that we, too, are a part of this divine birthplace. Water signs are incredibly empathic and can feel the emotions of others.
Water can also drown in another person’s emotional abyss if not careful because water has no boundaries. It soaks into us. Think about it. The element of Water can conform to the elements around it. When mixed with fire it creates steam, with earth it creates mud and with air it creates rain.
Water has no shape or permanent ability to remain solid. For this reason, water functions at its best when allowed to remain fluid. In fact, the power of water should not be underestimated. Water can extinguish fire, wash away earth and saturate the atmosphere so completely that it stops wind in its tracks.
Putting this into an astrological context, we can see that water has unlimited emotional depth and is self-contained. Water is also self-protective. If provoked, it won’t lose a battle with any other element … it prefers to do whatever it takes to guard itself from outside influences. This guarantees a serene place for personal reflection and insight.
Broken down by sign…
Although each of the three water signs: Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces, will express the qualities of the Water element in a different way, what they all have in common is emotional depth. Individually however…
Cancer will express the element of water to pursue emotional security and to nurture and protect that which it feels most deeply connected to.
Scorpio will display the element of water in ways that encourage deep saturation of, and comfort with, emotional power.
Pisces will showcase the element of water by extending the deepest empathy and healing to everything that suffers.
It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.
Your Ogham Reading for the Weekend of Feb. 22
The “World Tree” in Norse mythology was an ash tree; many cultures have looked to the ash tree as a source of power and order. Ash is a hardwood known for its use for weapons, sports, and musical instruments. This hardiness of ash denotes its symbolism for order, harmony, balance, and the status quo. Drawing the Nuin symbol can take on a variety of meanings, however it is most often associated with a life of peace and symmetry.
Fortune -When you find this Ogham, a great fate is at work. Take action now and let destiny carry you to the finish line!
Brooms tolerate poor soil and growing conditions, they are known for wasteland reclamation, a way of cleaning up hazardous sites. It is no surprise that this plant is also where the term broom arose as a cleaning tool. Over the centuries the Ngetal, or broom, as been associated with healing, cleaning, and restoring what once was. Drawing this letter shows some aspect in life has been cleaned and healed or is in great need of it.
Fortune – It is time to cleanup in life! This Ogham is a sign that you need to find the mess that has been made in your life or someone close to you and sweep it up!
The Celts believed that hazelnuts gave inspiration and wisdom, even in many other cultures the hazel tree and it’s branches and nuts are used for protection. In Celtic mythology one of the greatest leaders named Fionn Mac Cumhail magically gained wisdom after eating salmon that sustained themselves upon hazelnuts. The ogham letter coll denotes wisdom, divination, and inspiration. Drawing this letter will give you a deeper look into you questions and concerns.
Fortune – Look inward to your own wisdom to gain the answer you seek. Be creative, be perceptive, this Ogham shows you already have the answer!
Your Influences for the Weekend of Feb. 22nd
Page of Swords Reversed
Expect the unexpected. Inane behavior may hamper you. Cunning may be called for.
Cancer reversed denotes a lack of creative energy and disregard for home-life.
Air denotes freedom and the ability to transcent the mundane. You may be, or may soon experience a spiritual or secular liberation.
THIS TAROT CARD URGES YOU TO LOOK WITHIN
In this series, Jamie Richardson of Ember + Aura Tarot explains how to embrace the message of each major arcana card.
The High Priestess is the gatekeeper between our inner and outer realms. She is the guardian of our deepest wisdom and intuition. When the High Priestess shows up, it’s time to slow down and turn within. Her language is symbolic; her methods mysterious; her pathways shadowy. She often emerges after we have lost the girlishness and naivety of our youth when we’ve tired of social interactions and are beginning to explore our own depths.
The High Priestess loves nothing more than when we set aside our own agendas and rulebooks and simply listen to the silence of our evolving hearts—when we feel our way in the dark with no idea where we are going. She teaches us to develop and trust our second sight, the sacred gift of the Divine Feminine. Traditionally seated between two pillars representing interior and exterior worlds, the High Priestess patiently waits to offer her guidance to those who approach her.
Our intuition starts out strong in life. As children, we naturally follow our bliss and are able to blend aspects of work and play. Children rarely overanalyze and are able to easily listen to their hearts, and their subconscious and conscious minds are seamless and easy to bridge. In our society, however, it isn’t too long before children begin to realize that they are expected to succeed, compete, and achieve. The dark, mysterious, self-knowing aspects of the subconscious are cast aside and replaced with what we can see and judge in the full light of day. We begin to compare ourselves to others, trust only what gives us proven results, and work towards goals that bring us a sense of accomplishment. We stop climbing trees, trying to hear the thoughts of animals, chasing our imaginary friends, and finger-painting scenes that only we understand. We begin playing organized sports, earning gold stars, posting selfies, and planning out our futures.
When we abandon our trust of the unknown, when we stop turning within, our High Priestess goes deep underground.
Often, the High Priestess resurfaces when one has endured a particular tragedy or suffered a great loss. At these times, when the solid ground of our egos has crumbled, we are in a perfect position to take on deeper learning. We are ready to put our trust into that which we cannot see or measure. We are looking for a connection to our own Source and innate knowledge. Survivors of tragedy have profound potential for higher spiritual evolvement. The High Priestess, although dark and mysterious, has compassion for her followers and shows them only what they are ready to experience.
So what is the Tarot card trying to tell you? The truth is, this is an invitation. The High Priestess is confirming that you hold all of the answers to life’s questions in the hidden spaces of your own heart. Furthermore, the capacity to which you can open your heart and suspend your own need for visible signs is the degree to which you will experience a transformation of the mind. You will know you are on track when you begin to notice synchronicities between your inner exploration and your reality: a book suddenly appears about the mysteries of the Divine Feminine, an acquaintance invites you to a local full moon circle, or you receive an email about becoming attuned in Reiki. Your dreams may become more vivid and characters may appear, offering insight and clues about your existence. These are all strong examples of the language of the High Priestess.
When the High Priestess calls, it’s time to pay attention. Accept her invitation to walk between the seen and unseen worlds. Don’t be afraid to jump down the rabbit hole and explore what this vast inner-dimension holds for you, with its delicious darkness and ancient mysteries. Her greatest gift to you will be the unveiling of what you had all along: the ability to face the dark and bring your own truth into the light.
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Your Daily Tarot Cards for Today
Your Daily Tarot Card for Today
Keywords: imagination, dreams, emotion, competition (the dogs), illusion!
Astrological Correspondence: Pisces
The Moon in all its phases represents the world of dreams, illusions, and the subconscious. Traditionally the symbol of the feminine, the card’s meaning encompasses the maternal, the Great Mother, womanhood, and cycles. The Moon is an ambivalent card, and its imagery signifies the difficulty to see things clearly: simultaneously inspiring and lacking courage, enchanting and bewildering, deceptive and receptive – all sides of the same coin. Signaling fluctuating moods and uncertainty we must pay attention to our dreams, confront our subconscious and deal with the issues that come to the surface in order to progress to a higher level of awareness. Being able to put our imagination and creative talents to good use is an added bonus. Negative qualities such as ambiguity, confusion, hidden fears, and deception can be causes for failure.
Your Daily Love Tarot Card for Today
The High Priestess
The High Priestess card has selected you because you need to open your eyes to the process of ‘Creative Visualization.’ If you envision the right person for you, the right person will enter your life. If you are with someone and feel deep friendship, you have discovered one of the true foundations of love. You are in the process of fulfilling your hopes and wishes.
Your Daily Egyptian Tarot Card for Today
The Hermit refers to health issues or having the ability to heal today. Sometimes these two issues go hand in hand. You may have become interested in healing when you develop a health issue or just over-focused on all the little details of what makes you sick. Fear of infection from disease can force you into becoming a Hermit, but don’t indulge it. A Hermit serves others by bringing light out of the darkness, not losing it in the dark.
Your Daily Egyptian Love Tarot Card for Today
This card is a symbol of deep change and transition. If you have wanted to let go of old ways of being in relationship and want to create a new template of behavior, this is your opportunity to do so. The Death card assists in stripping away whatever is unnecessary and no longer useful to free up energy for the new and untried. Make use of this energy by letting go of the past and stepping into the future.
Get A Jump on Tomorrow……
Your Daily Horoscopes for Saturday, February 23
Avoid shopping or important decisions for one hour today from 10 AM to 11 AM EST (7 AM to 8 AM PST). After that the Moon moves from Libra into Scorpio.
Aries (March 21-April 19)
Expect some surprises and upsets in the early morning. Later in the day, your ability to research something is fantastic! On the other hand, if you have to keep secret – you will! “Wild horses couldn’t drag it from me. I’ll take it to the grave!”
Taurus (April 20-May 20)
Surprises related to your job, your health or a pet are likely early this morning. Later in the day, you will be very persuasive when talking to others. You might enlist the help of someone to get to the bottom of something because you want to know the real cause.
Gemini (May 21-June 20)
Be careful not to be too pushy talking to bosses, parents and VIPs today, which you might do if you think you are right and you know what you’re talking about. If you are confident, then nothing will hold you back! You’re going to tell it like it is.
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
You will love to explore new ideas, especially related to esoteric concepts like metaphysics and ancient lore. Academic secrets will appeal today. Don’t leave home without your Indiana Jones hat. “I believe this is yours, Dr. Walton?”
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
Be careful to avoid accidents in the early morning today. Later, you will be like a sleuth going through red-tape details about shared property, inheritances, wills and insurance disputes. You want to get to the bottom of something and you intend to do it.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
Keep an eye on your money and possessions in the early morning to avoid losing something. Later in the day, expect an intense discussion with a partner or close friend. It could be prompted by jealousy or finding out a secret. Or perhaps you want to convince someone to agree with you?
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
A partner or close friend might surprise you in the early morning. (You might have a disagreement.) Later in the day, you will be successful doing investigative work if you have to seek out hidden solutions to problems. You might also come up with medical answers.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
Something surprising might catch you off guard early this morning. Later, romantic discussion will be intense. But for the most part, you want to play games today, especially mentally challenging puzzles and mysteries, especially with children.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
A friend might have surprising news early this morning. Family discussions will be intense today. This is an excellent day to tackle home repairs, especially repairs related to bathrooms, recycling, garbage areas and laundry. You want to get to the root of a problem.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Avoid arguments with parents and female relatives early this morning. Later in the day, you will enjoy investigating something. Your mind will probe problems for solutions. You will also enjoy reading mysteries and whodunit’s today. (They always set up the butler.)
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Be careful early morning to avoid accidents verbal and physical. Later today, you will have strong opinions about financial matters. For example, if you are shopping, you will be intent on buying something. Nothing will dissuade you. “My mind is made up; don’t confuse me with the facts.”
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
You will be very powerful talking to others today if there’s something that matters to you. If not, you will be playful and teasing. But if you do care about something – you will be unshakable, focused and full of intent.
If Your Birthday Is Today
Actress Emily Blunt (1983) shares your birthday today. You are motivated by your goals and will work hard to attain them. Partnerships are important to you. This year you begin a new cycle of exciting changes and beginnings, which is why it’s time to clarify your goals. Remember: What you begin now will unfold in the future. Get ready to take the initiative. Fortunately, your physical strength will increase this year!