A Thought for Today

Until we meet again dear sisters, brothers, and honored guests may your life be filled with all things positive!

1 July 2022 Southern Hemisphere’s Planetary Positions Digest

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 For Your Local Time and Date 

Southeastern Hemisphere

The time for these Custom Planetary Positions is from the local time in Sao Paulo, Brazil, South America

1 July 2022
03:00 pm GMT 12:00 PM BRT
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:09 Cancer 46
Moon:07 Leo 08
Mercury:23 Gemini 10
Venus:10 Gemini 16
Mars:27 Aries 27
Jupiter:07 Aries 32
Saturn:24 Aquarius 41 Rx
Uranus:17 Taurus 46
Neptune:25 Pisces 26 Rx
Pluto:27 Capricorn 47 Rx

True Lunar Node:21 Taurus 23 Rx
Mean Lunar Node:19 Taurus 55 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):08 Cancer 39

Chiron:16 Aries 18
Ceres:20 Cancer 12
Pallas:28 Taurus 21
Juno:19 Pisces 43
Vesta:06 Pisces 45

Eris:24 Aries 59


Southern Hemisphere

The time for these Custom Planetary Positions is from the local time in Cape Town, South Africa

1 July 2022
10:00 am GMT 12:00 PM SAST
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:09 Cancer 34
Moon:04 Leo 38
Mercury:22 Gemini 48
Venus:10 Gemini 01
Mars:27 Aries 18
Jupiter:07 Aries 31
Saturn:24 Aquarius 42 Rx
Uranus:17 Taurus 46
Neptune:25 Pisces 26 Rx
Pluto:27 Capricorn 48 Rx

True Lunar Node:21 Taurus 25 Rx
Mean Lunar Node:19 Taurus 55 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):08 Cancer 38

Chiron:16 Aries 17
Ceres:20 Cancer 06
Pallas:28 Taurus 15
Juno:19 Pisces 41
Vesta:06 Pisces 44

Eris:24 Aries 59


Southwestern Hemisphere

The time for these Custom Planetary Positions is from the local time in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 

1 July 2022
02:00 am GMT 12:00 PM AEST
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:09 Cancer 15
Moon:00 Leo 40
Mercury:22 Gemini 13
Venus:09 Gemini 37
Mars:27 Aries 04
Jupiter:07 Aries 29
Saturn:24 Aquarius 43 Rx
Uranus:17 Taurus 45
Neptune:25 Pisces 26 Rx
Pluto:27 Capricorn 48 Rx

True Lunar Node:21 Taurus 28 Rx
Mean Lunar Node:19 Taurus 57 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):08 Cancer 35

Chiron:16 Aries 17
Ceres:19 Cancer 58
Pallas:28 Taurus 05
Juno:19 Pisces 38
Vesta:06 Pisces 43

Eris:24 Aries 59


A Thought for Today

Until we meet again dear sisters, brothers, and honored guests may your life be filled with all things positive!

June 30, 2022 Daily Horoscopes Digest

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Moon Alert

avoid shopping or important decisions from 4 PM to 9 PM EDT today (1 PM to 6 PM PDT). After that, the Moon moves from Cancer into Leo.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

You will need to practice patience with family members today (especially Mom or female relatives) to avoid arguments and testy encounters. This is because the Moon is at odds with both your ruler Mars as well as Pluto. Oh yeah, this is a classic indication of power struggles. Run for cover!

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

This could be an accident-prone day because emotions like anger and irritation can make you distracted. This is because arguments with siblings, relatives and neighbours are likely. Someone will want to take control, and it might be you.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Power struggles about financial matters might take place today. This could involve a group or an organization. These struggles might also involve who is responsible for what. Disputes about payments, bills or how to divide or share something (like an inheritance) might be at stake.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Today it might be difficult to get along with partners, spouses and close friends without having a little dustup. This is because the Moon is in your sign and it is at odds with both Mars at the top of your chart, and Pluto, directly opposite your sign. This can create intense conflict with others. Stay chill.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

Steer clear of controversial subjects – for example, discussions about politics, religion and racial issues today. These issues will trigger arguments with others. Power struggles related to publishing, the media, the law and medicine might also take place. Oy! Who needs this? Not you.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Be gracious today and do your best to avoid an argument with a friend or a member of a group. Power struggles with others, especially about shared property or shared responsibilities, can arise. If you sit tight for 48 hours this tension will pass.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Demonstrate grace under pressure today, especially dealing with parents, bosses, VIPs and the police because power struggles with people in authority are likely. You might also have difficulty dealing with a partner or close friend. Remember: Patience is the antidote to anger.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Hotheaded discussions about sensitive issues are likely today. In addition, work-related disputes might also be a problem. Some of you might also lock horns with someone about an issue related to your pet. (Is there no jutice?) Oh yes, this is a tricky day!

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Be careful about acting rashly today especially regarding bills, shared property and inheritances. This might be something you will recklessly do because you feel irritable or emotionally upset. Even though you might have cause for your grievances, think before you act. (For your own good.)

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Disputes with family members or close friends and partners (especially about some kind of chaos taking place at home) might arise today. You might be discouraged about something, and because of this, you deflect your disappointment into anger about something else? (Relax. We all do this.)

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Let’s face it. This is a grumpy day. People are grumpy. Family members are grumpy. Cabdrivers are grumpy. Coworkers are grumpy. Cashiers are grumpy. Bus drivers are grumpy. You get the picture. Deal with this as best you can with style and a smile.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

This is a challenging day because financial disputes about vacations, social occasions or kids might arise today. Power struggles might also arise that are related to group situations and social outings. Remember your objective: You want to be happy. Everyone wants to be happy. Stay chill.

If Your Birthday Is Today

Champion swimmer Michael Phelps (1985) shares your birthday today. You are witty, outgoing and friendly. You are a kind, giving person who has poise and self-control. You love to share intelligent ideas and interact with groups. The theme of this year is service to others, especially family. Remember to invest in yourself as well by taking courses or considering a makeover.

June 30, 2022 Birthday Horoscope Digest

May the next year of your life be better than the past year!

Click here to read anyone’s birthday horoscope from sunsigns.org

JUNE 30 birthday horoscope predicts that you are most comfortable in home surroundings, with close relatives and friends. The things that you hold dear are those that support you. You are very sensitive and mild by nature.

According to the Cancer birthday horoscope, people born on this day are special people. You have a no-nonsense approach to life, and you are kind to those you meet. Additionally, you are funny and sometimes, you can be excitable.

As a negative birthday personality trait for June 30, you can be introverted and emotional. You may be moody and bossy. You have an active, passionate nature that is likely to be displayed in the way you work and love.

You have a good memory and are intuitive. According to your birthday meanings, you desire a stable life but usually wind up attracting drama. This is so contrary to the image you project as people know you to be warm and caring.

If you have a Cancer birthday person as your friend, you can expect to have total devotion and loyalty. You normally become attached and will make your friends a part of your extended family.

Normally, those born on this day love being around a large group of loved ones. It is suggested that Cancerians born on June 30 usually are the go-to person when anyone is in need.

According to the June 30 astrology analysis, you typically want a partner who is romantic, generous and kindhearted. You desire a long-term relationship but know that it takes work to build a lasting and trusting partnership.

You’re likely to walk away from an argument. You’d much rather cuddle with your partner as you can be a passionate and flirty Cancer. In the bedroom, you can be playful as well as treat your partner like royalty. Usually, those born on this day have had good luck in love.

When we talk about career options, we include self-employment as an alternative to the 9-5. You like having the ability to move around and to be a part of many tasks instead of being idle. However ambitious, you will not disappoint your family.

Typically, you are good at investing your money, so it has not been an issue even as you spend at the drop of a dime. You are likely to look for a career that will allow you a certain freedom. You cannot be stuck in one place for a long time.

According to the June 30th zodiac meanings, you don’t have many health issues to talk about. The biggest concern, however, could be over your eating habits. Certain foods make you feel a certain way, and when you are not in the best of moods, you can overindulge.

If today June 30 is your birthday, Cancer natives should try to find a way to get regular check-ups, exercise routinely and change their eating habits.

Avoid stress by removing yourself from the situation and relaxing in a spa or spend the day in bed. This, you will find, also helps your digestive system as stress plays a role in reeking havoc with your stomach.

The June 30 horoscope shows you are a down-to-earth person who is kind to everyone. However, as a negative trait, you can be grumpy and domineering. Otherwise, you want to build stable, trustworthy relationships in love and business.

Those born on this day are Crabs who know how to invest their money into something more lucrative. You have a talent for remembering things that most people would not. When you’re feeling down, you tend to eat the wrong things. This is not healthy for you in many ways, so it is suggested that Cancerians find another way to make themselves feel better.


Famous People And Celebrities Born On June 30

Miles Austin, Paris Barclay, Fantasia Barrino, David Alan Grier, Lena HorneMichael PhelpsMike Tyson

See: Famous Celebrities Born On June 30

This Day That Year – June 30 In History

1755 – All Non-Catholic Chinese restaurants must close order by the Philippines
1834 – What’s now Oklahoma was once called Indian Territory
1894 – The London Tower Bridge is operational
1936 – Federal lawmakers approved 40 hour work week

June 30 Karka Rashi (Vedic Moon Sign)

June 30 Chinese Zodiac SHEEP

June 30 Birthday Planet

Your ruling planet is Moon that symbolizes our unconscious mind, intuitions and how we react to circumstances.

June 30 Birthday Symbols

The Crab Is The Symbol For The Cancer Zodiac Sign

June 30 Birthday Tarot Card

Your Birthday Tarot Card is The Empress. This card stands for nurturing, reassurance, fertility, and completion. The Minor Arcana cards are Two of Cups and Queen of Cups.

June 30 Birthday Zodiac Compatibility

You are most compatible with people born under Zodiac Sign CapricornThis will be a caring and loving relationship.
You are not compatible with people born under Zodiac Sign Sagittarius: This relationship will have sparks flying all the time.

See Also:

June 30 Lucky Numbers

Number 3 – This number stands for optimism, courage, kindness, energy, and passion.
Number 9 – This is a universally spiritual number that stands for intelligence, understanding, sacrifice, and generosity.

Read about: Birthday Numerology

Lucky Colors For June 30 Birthday

Cream: This is a neutral color that symbolizes pleasantness, elegance, and softness.
Purple: This is a color of royalty, power, wealth, mystery and wisdom.

Lucky Days For June 30 Birthday

Monday – This day ruled by Moon and stands for feelings, reactions, sympathy, and domesticity.
Thursday – This day ruled by Jupiter and is a good day to meet people, enjoy life, forge ahead to reach your goals.

June 30 Birthstone Pearl

Pearl gemstones are symbolic of lunar energy and symbolize purity, faith, trust, and innocence.

Ideal Zodiac Birthday Gifts For People Born On June 30th

A savings bond for the man and a silver candle stand for the woman. The June 30 birthday horoscope predicts that you love gifts that have an antique value attached to it.

June 30, 2022 Northern Hemisphere’s Planetary Positions Digest

If you want to calculate the planetary positions for a specific use and time, click on this link


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Northwestern Hemisphere

The time for these Custom Planetary Positions is from the local time in Los Angeles, California, USA

June 30, 2022
07:00 pm GMT 12:00 PM PDT
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:08 Cancer 59
Moon:27 Cancer 12
Mercury:21 Gemini 42
Venus:09 Gemini 16
Mars:26 Aries 51
Jupiter:07 Aries 28
Saturn:24 Aquarius 43 Rx
Uranus:17 Taurus 44
Neptune:25 Pisces 26 Rx
Pluto:27 Capricorn 48 Rx

True Lunar Node:21 Taurus 31 Rx
Mean Lunar Node:19 Taurus 57 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):08 Cancer 34

Chiron:16 Aries 17
Ceres:19 Cancer 50
Pallas:27 Taurus 57
Juno:19 Pisces 35
Vesta:06 Pisces 42

Eris:24 Aries 59


Northern Hemisphere

The time for these Custom Planetary Positions is from the local time in Chicago, Illinois, USA

June 30, 2022
05:00 pm GMT 12:00 PM CDT
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:08 Cancer 54
Moon:26 Cancer 12
Mercury:21 Gemini 33
Venus:09 Gemini 10
Mars:26 Aries 48
Jupiter:07 Aries 27
Saturn:24 Aquarius 43 Rx
Uranus:17 Taurus 44
Neptune:25 Pisces 26 Rx
Pluto:27 Capricorn 49 Rx

True Lunar Node:21 Taurus 32 Rx
Mean Lunar Node:19 Taurus 58 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):08 Cancer 33

Chiron:16 Aries 17
Ceres:19 Cancer 48
Pallas:27 Taurus 55
Juno:19 Pisces 35
Vesta:06 Pisces 42

Eris:24 Aries 59


Northeastern Hemisphere

The time for these Custom Planetary Positions is from the local time in Frankfurt, Germany, Europe

30 June 2022
10:00 am GMT 12:00 PM CEST
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:08 Cancer 37
Moon:22 Cancer 45
Mercury:21 Gemini 03
Venus:08 Gemini 49
Mars:26 Aries 36
Jupiter:07 Aries 26
Saturn:24 Aquarius 44 Rx
Uranus:17 Taurus 43
Neptune:25 Pisces 26 Rx
Pluto:27 Capricorn 49 Rx

True Lunar Node:21 Taurus 34 Rx
Mean Lunar Node:19 Taurus 59 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):08 Cancer 31

Chiron:16 Aries 16
Ceres:19 Cancer 40
Pallas:27 Taurus 46
Juno:19 Pisces 32
Vesta:06 Pisces 41

Eris:24 Aries 59


June 30 Tarot Card, Rune, Witch’s Rune, Ogham Divination Journal


Today’s Tarot card reading comes from The Celtic Dragon Tarot by D. J. Conway. With art done by Lisa Hunt. This deck is unique as the cards are never read in reverse. Pages 66 and 67

Five of Wands

Obstacles; opposition.

Five robed magicians (some men, some women) are battling each other with their wands. Flashes of magickal energy come from the wands, as the magicians either defend themselves or attack others. These magicians represent two types of people in the world: those who are overly ambitious and jealous of what others accomplish, and those who must learn to defend themselves against such attacks by others. Jealous people often attack those who have worked hard and gained positive things from their efforts; unfortunately it is a common human failing. Life is difficult enough (symbolized by the rocky landscape and twisted tree roots), without complicating it with unnecessary battles brought on by misunderstandings, jealousy, and twisted ethics. Only a cool head, spiritual guidance, and resistance to foes will help balanced person win the day. Tiny Air dragons dart above them, their fiery breath intermingling with flashes of energy. They represent the astral guardians who try to bring peace to such a situation.

Divinatory Meaning: Obstacles and opposition from others may complicate your life; you will have to struggle to overcome this.. Harmful gossip could damage your reputation and/or ccareer. You may find yourself in trouble with the law.

Celtic Ogham

From Ireland Calling



Ivy, a symbol of strength and determination to the Druids, is the twelfth letter of the ogham alphabet, gort, and the eleventh month in the Celtic tree calendar, representing September 30th to October 27th.

Gothic Rune

From The Rune Site – Gothic Runes


Sound: “e” as in “egg”
Stands for: Staff cut from a Yew Tree
Casting meaning: Aihs represents a double-ended staff of life and death cut from a yew tree. Waer symbolizes sacrifice.

Witch’s Rune

From OtherWorldlyOracle.com


Abundance, reaping, manifesting, wealth, family security, finances

What happens during the harvest? We collect all we’ve been growing. This rune represents manifestation and reaping the rewards. Finances and security.


June 30 I Ching, Numerology, Angel Number, Animal Spirit Guide or Helper Divination Journal

I Ching

From IChingOnline.net – Hexagram 29 Continued

Hexagram Twenty-Nine 29

K’an / Dangerously Deep

Water follows Water, spilling over any cliff, flowing past all obstacles, no matter the depth or distance, to the Sea.
The Superior Person learns flexibility from the mistakes he has made, and grows strong from the obstacles he has overcome, pressing on to show others the Way.


You are facing a crucial trial along your Journey.
The danger of this challenge is very real.
It is a test of your mettle.
If you can maintain your integrity and stay true to your convictions, you will overcome.
That’s not as easy as it seems when you are faced with the sacrifice of other things you’ve come to depend upon or hold dear.


From Numerology-Double-Digit-Numbers – 30


It is communication and creativity. It is a high octave 3. It has a great sense of humor, is jovial and warm, but also a bit superficial. Easily distracted, lacks staying power.

Angel Number

From InformationSeries.com – For more information about Angel Number 30

Thirty 30

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Angel Number 30: Meaning and Interpretation

If you keep watching Angel Number 30, the angels are trying to tell you something important in your life.

You asked for help from the holy world, and the answer is angel number 30.

And your role now is to decipher the meaning of angel number 30 and use that advice in your life.

Angel number 30 says that it’s time for angels and ascended masters to think about your success and achievement.

Be grateful for the benefits and wonderful riches you have in life and embrace the luck and the love and support from the angels you deserve.

The meaning of angel number 30

Angel number 30 has the vibration of the numbers 3 and 0.

3 is related to communication, self-expression, spontaneity, charisma, dedication, vitality, expansion, rise, inspiration, creativity.

He has also been involved with statements and ascended masters.

The number 0 means eternity, infinity, oneness, wholeness, a continuous cycle or flow, or a starting point, increasing the energy of the numbers that come together with messages related to the development of your spiritual side.

Angel number 0 signifies the beginning of a spiritual journey and highlights the uncertainty necessarily caused by it.

He says that on his journey to the inner side , listening to intuition, inner wisdom, and higher self will reveal the answer.

In Angel Number 30, it means increasing the power of 3 and having joy, creativity, society, spiritual awakening, and spiritual connection to the source.

Message of angel number 30…

Animal Spirit Guide or Helper

From the PsychicLibrary.com


Will Help Guide Your Path Today

Antelope medicine is one of right action. If you were to visit Northern Plains today, you would see groups of antelope scattered about the fields and hills. However they are so quiet and unmoving that (from a distance) they resemble stones. But, get too close and they move like lightening. Antelope asks you: are you being still when you should be moving, or moving when stillness is required?

Spell for Today

Thursdays are good days for travel and change. It’s the perfect day to re-arrange the furniture of your house and gain a new perspective on something. Even if you are not able to do any traveling on this day, you can still use Thursdays to do spells for travel. You can even do spells for positive change, and re-arrangement of your life. It’s a good idea to exercise on this day, as well. That way, your body can be in-shape by the time Friday comes


Positive Change Spells – Write Change Spells

Things you will need:
1 sheet of paper
1 pen or pencil
1 green candle
1 lighter or match
Light the green candle and think about how you want your life to change. When you are ready, draw a cross symbol on the sheet of paper with the pen or pencil. Label each corner of the cross with the first letter of the four directions on Earth. For example: “N” for North and “E” for East. Above the cross, write the word, “CHANGE.” Now, take your pen or pencil and place it in the center of the cross. Draw a swirl, counter-clockwise, three times. Then, take the pen back to the center of the cross and draw, clockwise, three times. Now, blow out the candle. After doing that fold the paper up and safely burn it or toss it in a body of water. After a few days, you should feel the changes you wanted to start happening.


Re-arrange Spells – Bouquet Re-arrange Spell

3 different kinds of flowers
1 vase
Get three different kinds of flowers and place them in a vase. Take a deep look at them and, then, step back for a few minutes. Walk back up to the flowers and re-arrange them. Then, say this chant three times:


“Flowers to move.
Life to re-arrange.
I need things to be different.
I need things to change.
What was over here,
Now, is over there.
What I need to spin around,
Soon, will have new flare.”


After about a week or so, you will notice a good deal of the re-arrangement you wanted.

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

Some of the Witchcraft/Magickal Correspondence Digest Thursday

Magickal Intentions: Luck, Happiness, Health, Legal Matters, Male Fertility, Treasure and Wealth, Honor, Riches, Clothing Desires, Leadership, Public Activity, Power and Success

Incense: Cinnamon, Must, Nutmeg and Sage

Planet: Jupiter

Sign: Sagittarius and Pisces

Angel: Sachiel

Colors: Purple, Royal Blue and Indigo

Herbs/Plants: Cinnamon, Beech, Buttercup, Coltsfoot, Oak

Stones: Sugilite, Amethyst, Turquoise, Lapis Lazuli and Sapphire

Oil: (Jupiter) Clove, Lemon Balm, Oakmoss, Star Anise

Jupiter presides over Thursday. The vibrations of this day attune well to all matters involving material gain. Use them for working rituals that entail general success, accomplishment, honors and awards, or legal issues. These energies are also helpful in matters of luck, gambling, and prosperity.


Pagan and Magickal Terms and Definitions

Today’s Word is


From moonlitpriestess.com

Divine beings known throughout many religions and cultures spanning to as far back as known recorded history. Generally known for their roles as messengers, protectors, and spiritual guides.

June 30 Astronomy Picture of the Day

Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.

2022 June 30

Comet C/2017 K2 (PanSTARRS)

Image Credit & CopyrightJose J. Chambo (Cometografia)

Explanation: Imaged on June 20 2022, comet C/2017 K2 (PanSTARRS) shares this wide telescopic field of view with open star cluster IC 4665 and bright star Beta Ophiuchi, near a starry edge of the Milky Way. On its maiden voyage to the inner Solar System from the dim and distant Oort cloud, this comet PanSTARRS was initially spotted over five years ago, in May 2017. Then it was the most distant active inbound comet ever found, discovered when it was some 2.4 billion kilometers from the Sun. That put it between the orbital distances of Uranus and Saturn. Hubble Space Telescope observations indicated the comet had a large nucleus less than 18 kilometers in diameter. Now visible in small telescopes C/2017 K2 will make its closest approach to planet Earth on July 14 and closest approach to the Sun this December. Its extended coma and developing tail are seen here at a distance of some 290 million kilometers, a mere 16 light-minutes away.

June 30 Today in History

Today’s Important Historical Events

1520 Spanish conquistadors are expelled from Tenochtitlan following an Aztec revolt against their rule under Hernán Cortés during “La Noche Triste” (the Night of Sadness). Many soldiers drown in the escape, and Aztec emperor Moctezuma II dies in the struggle

1860 Famous debate on Charles Darwin‘s theory of evolution held at the Oxford University Museum and dominated by arguments between Thomas Henry Huxley and Bishop Samuel Wilberforce

1905 In Russia, the “Potemkin” arrives at Odessa, where sailors take the bodies of dead crewman ashore; sailors join civilians in revolutionary actions of the ‘1905 Revolution’

1908 A giant fireball, most likely caused by the air burst of a large meteoroid or comet flattens 80 million trees near the Stony Tunguska River in Yeniseysk Governorate, Russia, in the largest impact event in recorded history

1934 “Night of Long Knives” – Adolf Hitler stages a bloody purge of the Nazi party

1938 Superman 1st appears in DC Comics’ Action Comics Series issue #1

1992 South African ANC President Nelson Mandela meets with UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali at Dakar

1997 British lease on the New Territories in Hong Kong, established by the Second Convention of Peking, expires

Today’s Historical Events

296 St Marcellinus begins his reign as Catholic Pope

350 Roman usurper Nepotianus, of the Constantinian dynasty, is defeated and killed by troops of the usurper Magnentius, in Rome

833 Louis crowned King of Austria

949 Otto I the Great gives away bishopric of Utrecht “foreestrecht”

1294 Jews are expelled from Berne, Switzerland

1371 Arnold II of Horne chosen bishop of Utrecht

1377 Foundation stone laid for Ulm Minster, in Ulm, Germany. Will not be completed until 1890, when it becomes the tallest church in the world.

1397 Denmark, Norway and Sweden sign Union of Kalmar under Queen Margaretha

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1925 Charles Jenkins is granted the U.S. patent for Transmitting Pictures over Wireless (early television)

1940 “Brenda Starr, Reporter”, 1st cartoon strip by a woman, Dale [Dalia] Messick, begins as a comic-book supplement to Chicago’s Sunday Tribune

1951 “Victor Borge Show” last airs on NBC-TV

1952 “Guiding Light” soap opera moves from radio to TV

1955 “Johnny Carson Show” debuts on CBS-TV

1973 “Burns & Schreiber Comedy Hour” TV Variety; debut on ABC

1979 johnny rotten and Joan Collins appear together on BBC TV’s “Juke Box Jury”

1982 “Lena Horne: Lady, Music” closes at Nederlander NYC after 333 performances

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1956 “Pipe Dream” closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 245 performances

1956 “Shangri-La” closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 21 performances

1958 “No Chemise, Please” by Gerry Grenahan peaks at #24

1966 The Beatles land in Tokyo for a concert tour

1977 Marvel Comics publish “Kiss book” tributing rock group Kiss

1979 “Got To Go Disco” closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 8 performances

1979 “Good Times” single released by Chic (Billboard Song of the Year 1979)

1985 Revival of the Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical “The King & I” closes at Broadway Theater, NYC, after 191 performances

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1897 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: R.F. Doherty beats Harold Mahony 6-4 6-4 6-3 for the first of 4 titles

1899 Spin bowler Jack Hearne takes England cricket’s first Test hat-trick vs Australia in drawn 3rd Test at Headingley; dismisses champion middle order trio Clem Hill, Syd Gregory and Monty Noble

1902 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Laurence Doherty wins his first Wimbledon singles title beating defending champion Arthur Gore 6-4, 6-3, 3-6, 6-0

1903 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Dorothea Chambers beats Ethel Larcombe 4-6, 6-4, 6-2, the first of 7 titles

1903 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Laurence Doherty beats Frank Riseley 7-5, 6-3, 6-0 for his second consecutive title

1908 At 41 years, 3 months future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Cy Young becomes oldest player to record a third career no-hitter as Boston Red Sox beat NY Highlanders, 8-0

1908 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Charlotte Cooper Sterry wins her 5th and final Wimbledon title with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Agnes Morton

1908 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Arthur Gore takes his 2nd of 3 Wimbledon titles beating Herbert Roper-Barrett 6-3, 6-2, 4-6, 3-6, 6-4

Let’s Talk Witch – 13 Meditations for a Short Attention Span

Ultimately, meditation has only one rule: you must turn communication within yourself. For most people, this means not communicating with others during meditative time. Even if you can only cut off the world for fifteen seconds, do it— outside input is NOT meditation. While the meditation may come in stolen moments, it is a cumulative skill, and even those tiny meditations make you better at it.

There are, ultimately, many reasons why traditional deep meditation might not work. People with jobs and families just don’t have much time to meditate. Others suffer from ADHD or other neurological dysfunctions, and between corporate life and traditional schooling, it’s very easy to fall into the trap of the “more, better, faster” mentality.

For people in these situations who want to use meditation to break out of them, small present-moment techniques work best. You may not be able to step entirely out of the flow of life, but you can take a single moment and make it yours. A moment as tiny as pushing the off button on your computer monitor to savor a sip of coffee can count as an act of meditation.

The following thirteen techniques are indeed meditation methods; each one can, with practice, train your brain to reach a meditative state. For beginners, it’s more important that you know how to get to that state than it is that you stay in it for any particular amount of time.

Count to two, and repeat. Seriously, that’s it. You don’t need to count slowly. Count at the natural speed of your own mind. Do so without timing it to your breath for as long as you can stand it. It’s about directing your attention and giving your mind something to do at a time when it might fight you with excessive boredom or stress signals. You may also try counting to 100 at any natural speed. This is a popular and effective technique in anger management, too.

Find your achy body parts and breathe into them. Identify an area that has tension and picture every breath you inhale entering through your pores where the ache is, and each exhalation as the pain leaving. If your attention shifts, move on to a different spot on your body, or stop— you’ve worked your attention as far as it can go for the time being.

Pick an image and see how long you can hold it in your mind. For example, you could choose a tarot card and continue to picture it as you go about other business. At the end of the day, you can stop to evaluate what you learned. You may receive insights into the card, object, or person that you can write about.

Walk. The simple act of walking alone is a type of meditation. You are not communicating with others, but you are paying attention to the world around you. To advance the walking meditation, walk and count. You can count the steps to a tree ahead of you on the path. Count how many steps to your car from your doorway. Count how many steps to the coffee maker from your desk. It keeps you focused entirely on what you are doing— and that is in itself a meditative state.

Stack or line up some items, and then deliberately scatter them. The act of clearing space and positioning items like pencils, paperclips, or shoes, is actually a meditative practice. You can find yourself engaged with making things line up just right, and just as Buddhist monks scatter their sand mandalas when finished, you scatter your tidy stacks in an exercise of nonattachment/ enjoying mild chaos. You will still need to sweep up. Playful meditation has as much value as serious meditation— perhaps even more, as it can stimulate creativity in ways that gigantic revelations rarely can.

Close your eyes and listen to all ambient noise. Meditation does not require you to ignore everyone and everything around you— it requires you to focus your attention on specific things without engaging with them. Rather than trying to shut out the noises of traffic, chatty neighbors, or the children, close your eyes and simply listen as though they are static or other low-meaning noise.

Name objects in front of you. You can do this anywhere— at work, during a long car ride, even at home. Look at one object, and say its name to yourself: “book,” “wall art,” “carpet,” and so on. Simply name every item immediately before you.

Keep a small bottle of a favorite fragrance on hand. Sniff every so often— this alters your mood, and brings your attention fully to one thing in your environment. Clary sage and lemongrass are both wonderful fragrances for meditative clarity.

Use your sense of touch. Comparing the textures of your clothing can give you a brief meditative timeout. Run your hands over your legs and over your abdomen. Notice the differences in how the fabric of different pieces of clothing feels.

Try stretching your hands. Touch each one of your fingers to the thumb on the same hand. Press down with each connection. In some cases, it may take some practice stretching your fingers.

Visualize as many colors as you can in one sitting. This pulls together the right and left hemispheres of your brain and is a key skill for most chakra work. Notice which colors you dwell on, and which you have trouble picturing.

Tell yourself a story. If you are alone, speak that story aloud. It can be about something as simple as a chicken crossing the road, or involve monks and dragons. The point is to engage yourself on your own power, not with the input of a book or television. Do not write these stories down— they are for you in your moment. They need not be long— two or three sentences, maybe even just one sentence.

Practice the slow version of what dancers call spotting. Turn your head and focus on one point of the wall. Stay there for two to three seconds, then look up and focus on the ceiling for two to three seconds. Then focus on another spot on the wall, then the carpet, etc. This is all about directing attention and only takes seconds to practice.

13 Meditations for a Short Attention Span
Author: Diana Rajchel
Llewellyn’s 2014 Magical Almanac: Practical Magic for Everyday Living