Here is advice on how to make homemade cleaners and stain removers for your home. If you have any great tips, please post your own comments below!
FLOOR CLEANERS AND POLISHES
- Need to polish the floors? Try polishing with baking soda to make them sparkle.
- Wash away grease spots and dull, greasy film on no-wax linoleum floors with a solution of ½ cup of white vinegar and ½ gallon of water. Your floor will look sparking clean.
- For linoleum, damp-mop using a solution of a mild detergent and water for day-to-day cleaning. Keep water away from seams and edges to prevent loosening of the tiles. To preserve the floor, add a capful of baby oil to the mop water.
- For brick and stone floors, mix 1 cup of white vinegar into 1 gallon of water. Scrub floor with a brush and vinegar solution, then rinse.
- For ceramic tile floors, mix ¼ cup of white vinegar into 1 gallon of water. This solution removes most dirt without scrubbing. Soap doesn’t work well if you have hard water.
- Blood: Sponge the stain immediately with cold water or club soda, and dry it with a towel. Repeat as necessary.
- Ink: Soak ink stains in lemon juice.
- Muddy footprints: Sprinkle salt on the mud and let it dry before vacuuming.
- Urine: Dab the area with a towel, wash it with suds of liquid hand-dishwashing detergent, and rinse it with ½ cup of vinegar diluted in one quart of warm water. Lay towels over the spot and weigh it down to absorb excess moisture. Let it sit for 6 to 8 hours; then remove the toweling, brush up the nap, and let the carpet dry completely.
- Vomit: Mix one part white vinegar to eight parts water in a bucket or spray bottle. Spray onto the stain and allow it to set for one to two minutes. Then blot up the remaining vinegar with absorbent paper towels until no more moisture comes up.
- Soot: Sprinkle the area generously with salt. Allow the salt to settle for a least 15 minutes before vacuuming.
- Mix 2 parts vegetable or olive oil and 1 part lemon juice. Apply and polish with a soft cloth. This leaves furniture looking and smelling good.
GLASS AND WINDOW CLEANERS
- ½ cup vinegar to 1 gallon water (or 2 tablespoons per quart)
- ½ cup ammonia to 1 gallon water (or 2 tablespoons per quart)
- To clean cut glass, sprinkle baking soda on a damp rag and clean the glass. Rinse and then polish with a soft cloth.
- Remove stains on glass by rubbing them with toothpaste. Polish with a soft cloth.
- For grease on kitchen floors, immediately pour salt on the spot to absorb the grease and prevent staining.
- If you spill grease on a wood floor, immediately place ice cubes or very cold water on the spot. The grease will harden and then can be carefully scraped off. Finally, iron a piece of cloth or folded paper towel over the grease spot to soak up any remaining grease.
- Mix together vinegar and salt for a good surface cleaning.
- Dissolve 4 tablespoons of baking soda in 1 quart of warm water for a general cleaner. Or, use baking soda on a damp sponge. Baking soda will clean and deodorize all kitchen and bathroom surfaces.
DRAIN CLEANERS AND OPENERS
- To avoid clogged drains, use a drain strainer to trap food particles and hair, and collect grease in cans rather than pouring it down the drain.
- Weekly, pour a kettle of boiling water down the drain to melt fat that may be building up, or pour some vinegar and baking soda down the drain to break down fat and keep your drain smelling fresh.
- To open a drain, pour ½ cup of baking soda down the drain. Add ½ cup of white vinegar and cover the drain if possible. Let it sit for a few minutes, then pour a kettle of boiling water down the drain to flush it.
- Another way to open a drain is to pour ½ cup of salt and ½ cup of baking soda down the drain. Follow this with 6 cups of boiling water. Let it sit overnight and then flush it with water. The hot water wil help dissolve the clog, and the baking soda and salt serve as an abrasive to break through the clog.
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FULL MOON ON THE SPRING EQUINOX
This is one of those rare years when the full Moon lands right smack on the spring equinox—on March 20, 2019, in North America. This only happens three times a century, on average. And it’s the third and final “supermoon.” Enjoy the extra-bright equinox full moon Wednesday night!
- For most people, the equinox’s main significance is that it’s the start of spring, so to be exact, you can wave flags and pour extra treats into the bird feeders at 5:58 PM EDT Wednesday afternoon, March 20.
- It’s also the day when the Sun rises and sets precisely due east and due west. So on Wednesday you can rotate and calibrate your sundial, that job you’ve been putting off for so long.
- It’s the day when the Sun moves across the sky in a laser-straight line. It’s when the noonday sun stands in its medium or average height above your southern horizon.
- And, yes, the days and nights are sort of equal for people throughout the world. Not exactly equal, but close enough.
FULL MOON ON THE VERNAL EQUINOX
The Full Moon of March happens just a tad less than four hours after the equinox, at 9:43 PM EDT on March 20 2019, so it will indeed appear perfectly round Wednesday night.
This is the closest coincidence of the vernal equinox and full moon since March 20, 2000. For the Northern Hemisphere, this March full moon ushers in the first full moon of the spring season; in the Southern Hemisphere, this is the first full moon of autumn.
Further, this is the third and final “supermoon” of 2019—which is just a catchy term for a full moon closely coinciding with perigee, the moon’s closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit.
MOONRISE AND SUNSET COINCIDE!
The equinox and full Moon are a close enough match that you can look for moonrise at very nearly the same moment as sunset! Both of our major sky lights hovering opposite each other—the sun setting just as the full moon is rising.
Very cool, and yet their opposition is not perfectly precise. The Sun will do its job and set at the true west spot on your horizon. You’ll be able to ascertain how your home is oriented to the cardinal directions. But the Moon’s orbit is tilted five degrees from the Sun-Earth plane, so the trio of celestial bodies is rarely aligned in all three dimensions, which is why total solar eclipses are so uncommon.
On Wednesday evening, at the time of moonrise, the Moon will be four degrees north of the ecliptic plane, which will make it come up a whopping eight full moon diameters to the left of due east.
Yet, if you want the Moon to guide your eyes to true east, it’s doable. But you must wait 40 minutes after moonrise, as the Moon slowly glides up and to the right. Then it will hover precisely due east. We can’t give you an exact time because we don’t know where you live. But roughly speaking, when you see the Moon just a few degrees above the horizon that evening, it’ll be hovering true east.
And that’s the full Moon equinox story. We’re out of room, which is why we neglected eggs balancing on edge, squirrels speaking French, and all the other supposed effects you find on the Web.
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The spring equinox (also called the March equinox or vernal equinox) falls on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at 5:58 P.M. EDT. This event marks the astronomical first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. Enjoy our spring equinox facts, folklore, photos, and more!
WHEN IS THE FIRST DAY OF SPRING?
Spring begins with the vernal equinox, which always occurs on March 19, 20, or 21.
|Year||Spring Equinox (Northern Hemisphere)|
|2019||Wednesday, March 20, at 5:58 P.M. EDT|
|2020||Thursday, March 19, at 11:49 P.M. EDT|
|2021||Saturday, March 20, at 5:37 A.M. EDT|
A FULL MOON ON THE SPRING EQUINOX!
The last time the Full Worm Moon happened less than one day of the March equinox was 19 years ago, in 2000, and the next time will be 11 years from now, in 2030.
But that’s not all: March’s full Moon will also be a supermoon, meaning that it will be slightly larger than most of the other full Moons this year.
What an extra-bright way to greet spring!!
WHAT DOES THE EQUINOX MEAN?
The word equinox comes from the Latin words for “equal night”—aequus (equal) and nox (night).
On the equinox, the length of day and night is nearly equal in all parts of the world.
With the equinox, enjoy the increasing sunlight hours, with earlier dawns and later sunsets.
WHAT HAPPENS ON THE MARCH EQUINOX?
On the March Equinox, the Sun crosses the celestial equator from south to north. It’s called the “celestial equator” because it’s an imaginary line in the sky above the Earth’s equator.
If you were standing on the equator, the Sun would pass directly overhead on its way north.
Equinoxes are the only two times a year that Sun only rises due east and sets due west for all of us on Earth!
While the Sun passes overhead, the tilt of the Earth is zero relative to the Sun, which means that Earth’s axis neither points toward nor away from the Sun. (Note, however, that the Earth never orbits upright, but is always tilted on its axis by about 23.5 degrees.)
After the Spring equinox, the Norther Hemisphere tilts toward the Sun, which is why we start to get longer, sunnier days
SPRING EQUINOX FAQS
Q: IS THE FIRST DAY OF SPRING ALWAYS MARCH 20?
A: No, it’s not always March 20. And your answer also depends on your definition of the “first day of spring.” Both are accurate; they’re just from different perspectives. We’ll explain …
Astronomically speaking, the first day of spring is marked by the spring equinox, which falls on March 19, 20, or 21 every year. The equinox happens at the same moment worldwide, though our clock times reflect a different time zone. And, as mentioned above, this date only signals spring’s beginning in the Northern Hemisphere; it announces fall’s arrival in the Southern Hemisphere.
Interestingly, due to time zone differences, there isn’t a March 21 equinox in mainland U.S. during the entire 21st century! Plus, we won’t see a March 21 in the world again until 2101.
Meteorologically speaking, the official first day of spring is March 1 (and the last is May 31). Weather scientists divide the year into quarters to make it easier to compare seasonal and monthly statistics from one year to the next. The meteorological seasons are based on annual temperature cycles rather than on the position of Earth in relation to the Sun, and they more closely follow the Gregorian calendar. Using the dates of the astronomical equinoxes and solstices for the seasons would present a statistical problem, as these dates can vary slightly each year.
Q: ARE DAY AND NIGHT EQUAL ON THE EQUINOX?
A: No, but they are close to equal. In reality, day and night are not exactly equal at the equinox for two reasons: First, daytime begins the moment any part of the Sun is over the horizon, and it is not over until the last part of the Sun has set. If the Sun were to shrink to a starlike point and we lived in a world without air, the spring and fall equinoxes would truly have ‘equal nights.’
Q: ACCORDING TO FOLKLORE, YOU CAN STAND A RAW EGG ON END ON THE EQUINOX. IS THIS TRUE?
A: Folklore or not, this egg trick sounded like fun to us. One spring, a few minutes before the vernal equinox, several Almanac editors tried this trick. For a full workday, 17 out of 24 eggs stood standing. Three days later, we tried this trick again and found similar results. Perhaps 3 days after the equinox was still too near. Perhaps the equinox has nothing to do with it. Perhaps we just don’t like to take ourselves too seriously! Try this yourself and let us know what happens.
Q: WHICH DAY HAS THE MOST SUNLIGHT IN NORTH AMERICA?
A: The Summer or June Solstice is called the “longest” day of the year! The date of the longest day actually varies between June 20 and June 22, depending on the year, and the local time zone. By “longest day,” we mean the day that gets the most daylight (versus darkness).
HOW DO YOU CELEBRATE THE VERNAL EQUINOX?
Observe nature around you!
- Worms begin to emerge from the earth. In fact, the March Full Moon is called “The Full Worm Moon” for this reason.
- Notice the arc of the Sun across the sky as it shifts toward the north. Birds are migrating northward, along with the path of the Sun.
- Speaking of birds, did you know that the increasing sunlight is what triggers birds to sing? Cool, eh?
- Trees, shrubs, and flowers are sensitive to temperature and day-length, too! Since ancient days, people have used them as indicators of when the weather is right for planting. For example: Blooming crocus are your cue to plant radishes, parsnips, and spinach.
- Of course, the longer days bring warmer weather! Both we and the animals around us strip off our clothes and heavy coats!
- Ready, set, plant! March is time to start gardens and sow seeds in many regions.
ANCIENT EQUINOX TRADITIONS: THE SNAKE OF SUNLIGHT
Scientific explanation aside, our ancestors were more connected to the Sun than we are today. They observed its pathway across the sky; they tracked how the sunrise, sunset, and day length changed, using the Sun (and Moon) as a clock and calendar.
There are many ancient sites that mark the equinoxes (and solstices). One of the most famous ancient Spring equinox celebrations was at Chichen Itza in Mexico. The Mayans built a huge pyramid around the year A.D. 1000. The play of the Sun’s light on it signals the beginning of the seasons. On the spring equinox, it looks like a huge snake is slithering down the steps. Mayans called this day “the return of the Sun serpent.”
SPRING VERSE, QUOTES, AND SAYINGS
- For glad Spring has begun,
And to the ardent sun
The earth, long time so bleak,
Turns a frost-bitten cheek.
– Celia Thaxter, American poet (1835–94)
- Spring-time sweet!
The whole Earth smiles, thy coming to greet.
- Never yet was a springtime,
Late though lingered the snow,
That the sap stirred not at the whisper
Of the southwind, sweet and low.
– Margaret Elizabeth Sangster, American writer (1838–1912)
- Spring is nature’s way of saying, “Let’s party!”
– Robin Williams (1951–2014)
- Bluebirds are a sign of spring; warm weather and gentle south breezes they bring.
- One swallow does not make a spring.
- In spring, no one thinks of the snow that fell last year.
- When the dandelions bloom early in spring, there will be a short season. When they bloom late, expect a dry summer.
- Don’t say that spring has come until you can put your foot on nine daisies.
Daily Witches Rune
March 18, 2019
Keywords: Love, relationships.
Meanings: The Rings is the rune of love and when it is the leading stone, it is a positive answer to your question. It is very much a rune of relationship and can indicate engagement, marriage or a new/renewed relationship. It can also indicate the need for a fresh approach to an existing relationship.
“Patience up to a point. Know your time, but work your wyrd always.”
Jera – “Yehr-ah” – Literally: “Year” – Esoteric: Harvest
Rune of harvest and reward for, or reaction to, right actions in a horizontal (naturally ordered) cyclical process. Rune of peace on the land and in the heart.
Psi: psychological time, patience, the measurement of time
Energy: good harvest, orbits, cycles, progress, biorhythms, right effort
Mundane: waiting, gardening, farming, the seasons, harvest
Divinations: Reward for positive action, plenty, peace, proper timing; or repetition, bad timing, poverty, conflict, regression.
Fertility, creativity and harmony with the land
Peace, prosperity and plenty
Realization of the cyclical nature of the multiverse, invoking the power of time and cycles
Bringing other concepts gently into material manifestation
Initiating gradual and lasting change in flow of life
Your Influences for the Week of March 18
Four of Swords
A period of rest and restoration of energies. Tensions subside. Good changes are soon to come.
Aries reversed denotes a lack of energy and will
Air reversed denotes a lack of freedom to move through life as you want.
Daily Money Oracle Tarot
Your Love Tarot Card for March 18
This card is your permission to reveal your strength. You can show someone that you can deal with a situation with confidence today. If necessary, this card reassures you of your own power. If single, the Tarot’s Strength selected you to let you know that ‘next time’ you will enter into a new union as an equal partner. As one-half of a couple, you are an equal partner.
Tarot Card of the Day
Five of Coins
This suit, most often named “Coins” or “Pentacles”, is a symbol for a magical talisman that represented wealth or potential. This suit represents something supportive that is available to you — whether it be health, some kind of talent, a material or financial resource.
The Five of this suit is the card of desire and gratification, expressed in classical tradition as flattery and false promises. This card represents both the seducer and the one seduced. There is undeniable excitement in the attraction of opposites; we have all had delightful moments of magnetism with a stranger. However, if promises are only spoken to achieve short-term gratification with no intent of follow-through, or the attraction appears as competition to more fulfilling relationships, the long-term result won’t be worth the thrill of the chase.
The appearance of a viable relationship does not always bear out, so don’t put anything of real value at risk over an infatuation. Since the suit here is Coins, this is as likely to be related to business as to pleasure. Try to remove the influence of glamour from your thinking.
Note: In the English decks, like the Rider-Waite, the sickly poor freezing outside a well lit church warn of the painful outcomes of bad choices, rather than focusing on the dynamic tension of the choosing itself.
Welcome to the week of March 18! Each week a card will be pulled for your zodiac sign, offering the guidance and insight needed to maximize your opportunities and avoid any obstacles headed your way. Reveal the message the Tarot has for YOU now!
Aries Tarotscope (March 21 – April 19)
Your card for the week: King of Swords
Your mind is greatest asset this week! You may be facing a major decision or exploring uncharted territory in a specific area of your life. The King of Swords is encouraging you to use logic and intellect to navigate this situation, rather than allowing yourself to get swept up in emotion. You will only define the right road to go down once you’ve truly gotten to the heart of the matter, and this can only happen when impartiality is exercised. Give yourself the opportunity to view this through a much clearer lens and you’ll see the path appear.
Taurus Tarotscope (April 20 – May 20)
Your card for the week: The Hermit
It’s time to take a break from your everyday life! The Hermit is indicating that you may have a need to withdraw and reflect this week. It could be that you’ve been immersed in many new experiences or spent much of your time recently socializing. Now it is necessary to go for a walk in the forest, take a long bath, book a weekend getaway, or anything else that helps you disconnect from the outside world and reconnect with your inner world. Recharging your spiritual batteries will help you reemerge with a renewed perspective.
Gemini Tarotscope (May 21 – June 20)
Your card for the week: The Tower
Brace yourself! Unexpected change might be headed your way this week. The kind of change The Tower signifies is sudden and unforeseen. Your first instinct may be to reject this shift — but ask yourself why you’re so resistant. Yes, these situations aren’t easy to go through, but change is necessary to progress. This jolt to your system is what you’ve needed to see where the cracks in your foundations are. In turn, it allows you to rebuild on more stable ground. Embracing this transition period and what it can teach you will lead to greater personal rewards down the road.
Cancer Tarotscope (June 21 – July 22)
Your card for the week: The Chariot
The Chariot is a card that encourages willpower, action, and self-control. This week, you’re being asked to step into your power and bravely take the reins as you propel yourself toward a goal you have. This is no time to passively wait for good things to happen to you. This card knows that anything worth having requires hard work and discipline. By strapping on your emotional and mental armor, you allow yourself to charge into your future, undeterred by whatever obstacles pop up along the way.
Leo Tarotscope (July 23 – Aug. 22)
Your card for the week: 9 of Swords
The 9 of Swords indicates that you are suffering from some kind of loss or disappointment right now. This could have been something you saw coming, or it could have been something sudden and unexpected. Regardless, this stress has been weighing on you, possibly making you feel as though you’ll never recover from this situation. Take the time necessary to grieve and heal, keeping in mind that although what you’re going through is tremendously difficult, you can move on and grow from this experience.
Virgo Tarotscope (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22)
Your card for the week: Page of Pentacles
The Page of Pentacles represents enthusiasm for new beginnings and new ventures. This week, you are being encouraged to express your creative talents in some way. Have you been thinking about starting something but haven’t taken the first steps to get it off the ground? This card wants you to take those imaginative ideas you’ve been toying with and start working toward manifesting them. By remaining focused and applying a strong work ethic, you give yourself the ability to turn your dreams into a reality.
Libra Tarotscope (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22)
Your card for the week: The High Priestess
The High Priestess is primarily a card about intuition. This week, you’re being called to work on your perceptive skills, so that you can fine-tune your ability to hear your inner voice and receive messages from your unconscious mind. Have you been out of balance in a certain area of your life? Are you unsure if you’re on the right path regarding a specific situation? This card is encouraging you connect with your internal wisdom, because the answer you’re seeking is already inside of you.
Scorpio Tarotscope (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21)
Your card for the week: The Fool
This week could be all about new beginnings for you! The Fool represents the start of a journey and embracing the unknown. If you’ve been wanting to move in a brand-new direction, this is your signal from the universe to finally go for it! Yes, exploring uncharted territory can be scary. It’s always so much easier to stick with what you know. However, your safety zone is not where the greatest growth and fulfillment happens. Throw out the road map and take a leap of faith. You could end up somewhere better than you expected to.
Sagittarius Tarotscope (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21)
Your card for the week: The Hanged Man
Receiving The Hanged Man could indicate a major shift in perspective is coming this week. Alternately, it may mean that some sort of sacrifice is needed. The process The Hanged Man wants you to undergo in the days ahead may feel uncomfortable, but it can lead you to a much-needed release of negative past patterns that are no longer serving you. What have you been holding onto and how have these beliefs held you back?
Capricorn Tarotscope (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19)
Your card for the week: 6 of Wands
Victory is yours this week! The 6 of Wands is a card of resolution and honor. It’s indicating that not only have you worked hard and achieved your goals, but you’re starting to gain recognition because of them. Have you gotten praise from higher ups at your company for your efforts on a project? Have you put a new health regime into place and others are taking notice? Soak it in. You may be inclined to brush off this kind of recognition, but now is not the time to bashful. It’s OK to be acknowledged for your achievements, so bask in this moment.
Aquarius Tarotscope (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18)
Your card for the week: 5 of Wands
Chaos, and conflict, and confusion … oh my! The 5 of Wands indicates you’ve been trying to work toward some type of goal but are being met with challenges that get in the way of your progress. Perhaps you feel as though your point of view is being challenged, or it could be you’re finding it difficult to work with a specific person. Either way, you’re being challenged this week to truly listen to others’ opinions. You might find that what initially seemed like criticism was actually constructive feedback that will help you in the long run.
Pisces Tarotscope (Feb. 19 – March 20)
Your card for the week: 2 of Swords
The 2 of Swords indicates you could be experiencing a bout of indecision at this time. In fact, you may be so unsure of how to proceed that you’ve actively been putting off facing this matter. This week you’re being reminded that no matter how much you try to avoid this situation, it won’t simply go away. Instead of focusing on the consequences of making the wrong decision, consider what might happen if you don’t make a decision at all. Inaction can often lead to greater issues down the road.
This content authored by Stephanie Clement
Do you wish you understood your dreams better? What does it mean to dream about your house, your family, or a wild animal? Is your dream revealing the future? Dreams occur every night, even though you may not remember them. And dreams provide all kinds of information to help you in your daily activities.
Not interested in a lot of psychological mumbo jumbo? You can learn to interpret your own dreams, using a style that takes advantage of your zodiac sign. Put astrological resources to use in the interesting world of your unique dreams!
Aries (March 21 – April 19)
You don’t need to get ready or get set. You just go, Aries! Use that initiative to penetrate the mysteries of your dream life. Lucid dreams — dreams in which you take conscious control in the dream — are your natural stock in trade. As you go to sleep, affirm that you will actively choose how to participate in your dreams. Confronting a scary dream character or situation will help you to face fears in your daily life.
Taurus (April 20 – May 20)
Naturally practical, you want to find good uses for your dreams. No problem. As you begin to record your dreams, you will find consistent themes running through them. Among the dependable characters and images you also find unusual factors that capture your interest. Pay attention to unusual characters, symbols, or actions in your dreams, and be sure to record any physical sensations you have upon awakening from the dream.
Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
Alert and generally open-minded, your approach to understanding your dreams includes the assumption that most dreams have a friendly quality. Even difficult dreams provide answers to questions that come up during the day. You may be impatient to understand your dreams, or you may only spend a moment or two thinking about a dream when you wake. With a little experience, you will become quite the story teller as you record your lively dreams.
Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
Because you tend to go with the flow of life, you often seem to know what is coming up without having to think about it much. When the flow meets an obstacle, your dreams can become a valuable guide. You suddenly note that the action of your dreams is more compelling than the content. You will recall the feelings you had in your dreams with greater ease when you add dreams to your journal on a regular basis.
Leo (July 23 – Aug 22)
You have a powerful decision-making process that provides a comfort level as you attend to work, family or recreational matters. But sometimes you are not certain what to do. Your dreams offer valuable messages from your inner self and suggest options. Persistent characters that appear in many dreams are trying to steer you in a certain direction. While you’re awake take time to meditate and dialogue with the people or animals in your dreams to clarify their messages.
Virgo (Aug 23 – Sept 22)
Animal dreams can provide vivid symbols that synchronize with your intuition. Although you focus on details and logic when awake, in your dreams you sometimes experience a bewildering “forest” of bizarre characters and images. This is your psyche speaking to you in the metaphorical language of dreams. Don’t expect to sort dreams using logic alone. Sometimes dream insights don’t correlate to facts until much later, yet your dream images have the compelling ring of truth.
Libra (Sept 23 – Oct 22)
Your dreams provide two very real kinds of support for your waking life. First, they often balance your waking activities by compensating for anything that is lacking. Second, they confirm feelings and decisions, making you more confident of your actions. Dream intuition may steer you in a specific different direction, or you may wake from a dream more comfortable with a decision you have made recently. Either way, your dreams help you develop sound judgment.
Scorpio (Oct 23 – Nov 21)
Change is not your favorite experience. Emotionally you like things to run on an even keel, and change upsets that easy rhythm. Dreams provide healing messages that carry you through difficult periods of turmoil. They may give you intuitive insight into healing methods, or they help you to maximize any healing technique you use by bringing healing power to the site of a problem in your body or mind. Trusting your dreams means paying attention, recording dreams, and noticing how they affect your waking experience.
Sagittarius (Nov 22 – Dec 21)
More than most people, your strong philosophical or spiritual inclinations make it possible for you to have prophetic dreams. Record your dreams to track their messages. You will perceive the connections and learn to understand the forecasts that come to you while you are sleeping. You will discover that your intuition becomes more refined as you explore the meaning of your dreams.
Capricorn (Dec 22 – Jan 19)
The conservative nature you often project during the day bears little resemblance to your sleeping life! Dreams of epic proportions populate your nights. Honor these dreams by recording them. Share them with people you trust. Use images that come through dreams to enhance your work or home environment. Recurring dream images help to clarify the meaning of elaborate stories produced and directed by your dream ego.
Aquarius (Jan 20 – Feb 18)
Where dreams are concerned, you have a remarkable talent for producing metaphysical characters and stories. Dreams support your intuitive processes by offering exotic ideas and symbols for your consideration when you wake up. As you pay attention, you find that your dreams often include spotlighted images, characters, or settings that cue your thinking when you awaken. You may experience sleep disturbances as your intuition develops. If this happens get in the habit of walking in the evening after supper.
Pisces (Feb 19 – March 20)
Spiritual or mystical dream elements provide you with an intuitive window on the future. Pay close attention to unusual or recurring symbols in your dreams, as they provide the information you need and inspire confidence to let go of issues from your past that no longer have significance in your life. When a dream offers an unusual symbol, research it on the Internet or at the library to understand its archetypal nature more fully.
We have the “all clear” today to shop and do business. The Moon is in Virgo.
Aries (March 21-April 19)
For the next four weeks, it’s all about you, dear Aries! The Sun is in your sign giving you a chance to recharge your batteries for the rest of year. This will also attract people and favourable circumstances to you. Enjoy!
Taurus (April 20-May 20)
You will prefer to work alone or behind the scenes in the next four weeks because you want to be more low key. However, since your personal year is ending, this is the perfect time to define goals and think about what you want your new year (birthday to birthday) to embrace.
Gemini (May 21-June 20)
You will enjoy increased popularity with friends and groups in the next four weeks. This is also a lovely window of time to share your hopes and dreams for the future with others to get their feedback. Try it. Everyone loves you!
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
For the next four weeks, the Sun is at the top of your chart casting a flattering spotlight on you, which makes you look great in the eyes of parents and bosses. (You don’t have to do anything special.) Obviously, you can use this influence to advance your agenda!
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
Grab every chance to travel or get further training or education in the next four weeks because this will please you. You’ll be hungry to expand your horizons and learn new things! You want to seek out the stimulation of adventure, new faces and new places. Yeah!
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
You will have more interest in shared property, taxes, debt and insurance issues in the next four weeks. Coworkers will be supportive and old friends who are back in your world might help. (Or not.) Prioritize what you want to get done.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
The Sun is opposite your sign for the next four weeks, increasing your focus on partners and close friends. This placement of the Sun allows you to learn more about your style of relating to others because it gives you greater objectivity about yourself.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
You will give more thought to how you run your life and how you might improve the efficiency of your daily world in the next four weeks. It’s a bit of a self-improvement kick. By extension, you might also want to improve your health. This is a wonderful impulse.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
Lucky you! The next four weeks will attract marvellous opportunities to play, flirt and enjoy social outings, including fun activities with kids. This happens only once a year so make the most of it. Romance will flourish and sports events will appeal!
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Your focus will turn to home, family and your private life much more during the next four weeks. In fact, many of you might be more involved than usual with a parent. In particular, you will enjoy chances to cocoon at home and relax among familiar surroundings.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
The pace of your days will accelerate in the next four weeks. Just accept this and go with the flow! Your schedule will be busy with short trips, errands, appointments, conversations with siblings, neighbours and relatives plus increased reading, writing and studying. (Gasp.)
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
In the next four weeks, you will reflect more upon your values. What is really important to you? You might want to make some big purchases. You might also want to show something off. Basically, you want to establish greater control of your life through the things that you own.
If Your Birthday Is Today
Actress Glenn Close (1947) shares your birthday today. You are a dreamer with big ideas. You have a quirky sense of humour and a sunny disposition. What you learn this year is crucial for your progress and success next year. Therefore, focus on teaching and learning. This is an excellent year to explore meditation, yoga or any discipline that helps you get a better understanding of who you are.