The Witches Digest No. 8 for Monday, July 24

The Witches Digest No. 8

Monday, July 24th, 2017

 

Let There Be Peace

Oh, Mighty and Powerful Goddess,
we humbly come to you are your children.
Children who not only need your guidance
but our world does also.
Our world has plunged into madness it seems,
we beseech you, Great Mother, to intervene.
Let Your Love, Joy and Happiness shine down
upon us once more,
let us remember we are all Your Children,
Brothers, Sisters, Fathers and Mothers.
Most of all let us remember how sacred life is.
Restore the humanity in all those who have
seemed to have lost it.
Let them value life once again and see the
errors in their ways.
Life is a Divine gift granted by you and should
be treasured, respected and never harmed.
Let this passion for life burn in each and every
heart on this planet.
Let it burn so deeply that another innocent life
be taken,
Let the violence end, Mighty Mother,
Let peace resign supreme once again, Divine Goddess.
Let Your Peace & Love Rule the Day.

So Mote It Be.

—Lady of the Abyss

The Sun & Moon Data for Monday, July 24th

The Sun
Sun Direction: ↑ 97.34° E
Sun Altitude: 43.12°
Sun Distance: 94.425 million mi
Next Equinox: Sep 22, 2017 3:01 pm (Autumnal)
Sunrise Today: 5:53 am↑ 64° Northeast
Sunset Today: 8:08 pm↑ 296° Northwest
Length of Daylight: 14 hours, 14 minutes

 

The Moon
Moon Direction: ↑ 91.94° E
Moon Altitude: 26.80°
Moon Distance: 228568 mi
Next Full Moon: Aug 7, 20171:10 pm
Next New Moon: Aug 21, 20171:30 pm
Next Moonset: Today9:12 pm
Current Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent
Illumination: 2.1%

 

Lunar Calendar
Moon Phase Tonight: Waxing Crescent
First Quarter: Jul 30, 2017 at 10:23 am
(Next Phase)
New Moon: Jul 23, 2017 at 4:45 am
(Previous Phase)

Source

timeanddate.com

Your Astronomy for Monday, July 24th

The Moon is in Leo.
The Moon is waxing and in its New phase.
The New Moon occurred yesterday in the sign of Leo.
Mercury enters its pre-retrograde shadow today (Mercury will be retrograde from August 12-September 5).

Moon in Leo

 

The Moon is traveling through Leo today. Shine and be proud! You rule right now!

The Moon in Leo speaks to our “inner child”. It’s a warm, generous, whole-heartedly loving position. Pride keeps us from pettiness, but it can also prevent us from opening up and revealing how we are truly feeling. We are on stage, our feelings are grand, and we appreciate some drama in our lives. We are easily threatened by anything that seems to be impersonal. This is a time when we seek attention–when we want to stand out for our special qualities. It’s a strong time for romance and any creative activity as well.

The Moon in Leo generally favors the following activities: Creative activities, activities involving children, generous undertakings, undertakings in which personal recognition is desired, and risk-taking.

The Sky This Week for July 24 to 30

 

Constellations, a crescent Moon, and other cool things to look for in the sky this week.
By Richard Talcott

Monday, July 24

Grab your binoculars and scan just above the western horizon after sunset. There you’ll find three bright objects that fit in a single field of view. Mercury will be the easiest to see. It shines at magnitude 0.2 and stands about 8° high a half-hour after the Sun goes down. The 1st-magnitude star Regulus in Leo the Lion lies 1° to the planet’s upper left. And a slender crescent Moon just 4 percent lit hangs about 5° to the lower right of the close pair.

Tuesday, July 25

The waxing crescent Moon stands some 8° to the upper left of the Mercury-Regulus pair this evening. Nine percent of Luna’s face appears lit tonight, and the greater illumination combined with the higher altitude make it much easier to see than it was yesterday.

Wednesday, July 26

By the time morning twilight starts to paint the sky, brilliant Venus already dominates the scene. The planet rises around 3 a.m. local daylight time and stands 10° high at the start of twilight an hour later. It’s hard to mistake Venus for anything else — at magnitude –4.0, it shines far brighter than any other object in the morning sky. Although the view with the naked eye or through binoculars is dazzling, you also should point a telescope in the planet’s direction. Not only does Venus show an 15″-diameter disk that appears nearly three-quarters illuminated, but this morning also offers a bonus: The planet lies less than 1° south of the Crab Nebula supernova remnant (M1).

Mars reaches solar conjunction at 9 p.m. EDT, when it lies on the far side of the Sun from our perspective. The Red Planet will remain hidden in our star’s glare until it emerges into morning twilight in September.

Thursday, July 27

As an inner planet, Venus moves quickly relative to the background stars. After passing south of M1 yesterday, this morning the planet appears 0.4° north of the 3rd-magnitude star Zeta (z) Tauri, the southern horn of the constellation Taurus the Bull.

Friday, July 28

The waxing crescent Moon appears about one-third illuminated this evening, when it lies just 3° above brilliant Jupiter. The two lie about 25° high in the southwest an hour after sundown and look spectacular from then until they set after 11 p.m. local daylight time. Although the naked eye and binoculars show this conjunction best, a telescope delivers great views of magnitude –1.9 Jupiter all week. The giant planet’s disk spans 35″ and shows a wealth of detail in its massive atmosphere.

Saturday, July 29

Mercury pops out of the twilight glow this evening as the sky begins to darken. The innermost planet lies 27° east of the Sun tonight, its greatest elongation for this evening apparition (the configuration officially occurs at 1 a.m. EDT on the 30th). Look for it 30 minutes after sunset, when it lies some 8° above the western horizon. The innermost planet should be fairly easy to spot because it shines brightly, at magnitude 0.3. (Use binoculars if you can’t see it with naked eyes.) Through a telescope, Mercury appears 8″ across and slightly less than half-lit.

The Southern Delta Aquarid meteor shower reaches its peak overnight, but meteor rates remain essentially the same from July 27 to August 1. And with the nearly First Quarter Moon setting around midnight local daylight time, early morning viewing conditions should be ideal. The meteors appear to radiate from the constellation Aquarius, which rises in late evening and appears highest in the hours before dawn. At its best, the shower produces 20 to 25 meteors per hour under a dark sky, though the highest rates occur at tropical locations and in the Southern Hemisphere.

Sunday, July 30

First Quarter Moon arrives at 11:23 a.m. EDT. Our satellite won’t rise until around 1:30 p.m. local daylight time, however, so observers in the Americas won’t see it precisely half-lit. As darkness falls this evening, the Moon appears about 55 percent illuminated and resides among the background stars of Libra the Scales.

Venus’ rapid eastward motion relative to the background stars carries it from Taurus the Bull into Orion the Hunter this morning. The planet will reside in this non-zodiacal constellation for only two days, however, and will cross into Gemini the Twins on August 1.

Source

The Astronomy Magazine

Monday’s Conjuring

 

Monday – is associated with the Moon

 

Candle colors – white or gray

 

Magickal Applications for the Day – Crossroads work to learn to read cards, dealing with family matters, Protection, Truth, Peace, Justice

 

—-Old Style Conjure Wisdoms, Workings and Remedies
Starr Casas, Author

Monday, July 24th

 

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

Deity: Mani

Zodiac Sign: Cancer

Planet: Moon

Tree: Willow

Herb: Chickweed

Stone: Agate

Animal: Crab

Element: Water

Color: Gold

Number: 5

Rune: Lagu(L)

 

Celtic Tree Month of Tinne(Holly) – July 8 – August 4

Runic Half-Month of Ur (primal strength) – July 14 – July 28

Goddess of the Month of Kerea – July 11 – August 8

 

Source

The Pagan Book of Days
Nigel Pennick

On Monday, July 24th, We Honor the God Thoth

Thoth (pronounced Tote) is the ibis-headed god from Egypt who wore on his head both a crescent and a lunar disk. Thoth was believed to have regulated the seasons and to have helped keep the lunar phases on track. He was regarded as a magus, the greatest est of all magicians. Thoth was a fair and benevolent god of wisdom, astronomy, and practical skills, and he presided over education and books. He was a patron deity of the scribes, and his protection included written medical and mathematical knowledge. Thoth had a wife named Sheshat, and her title was Mistress of the House of Books. Sheshat was a goddess of writing, stars, books, history, and invention. She was depicted as a woman with a star on her brow who wore an inverted, or horns-down, crescent moon on her forehead. Thoth is a powerhouse of magickal power and wisdom. Try calling ing on him on a Monday night and see what he has to teach you.

Source

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

The Witches Guide to Mondays

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Source

Gypsy Magic

Witchery, Magick and Enchantment, All Surround Monday

 

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

 

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

 

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

Source

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

The Witches Almanac for Monday, July 24th

Gion Festival second Yamaboko parade (Japanese)

Waxing Moon

Moon phase: First Quarter

Moon Sign: Leo

Incense: Narcissus

Color: Silver

About the First Quarter Moon Phase

A first quarter moon shows half of its lighted hemisphere – half of its day side – to Earth.

At quarter moon, the moon’s disk is half-illuminated by sunlight and half-immersed in the moon’s own shadow.

We call this moon a quarter and not a half because it is one quarter of the way around in its orbit of Earth, as measured from one new moon to the next. Also, although a first quarter moon appears half-lit to us, the illuminated portion we see of a first quarter moon truly is just a quarter. We’re now seeing half the moon’s day side, that is. Another lighted quarter of the moon shines just as brightly in the direction opposite Earth!

A first quarter moon rises at noon and is highest in the sky at sunset. It sets around midnight. First quarter moon comes a week after new moon. Now, as seen from above, the moon in its orbit around Earth is at right angles to a line between the Earth and sun.

The Perfect Spell for the First Quarter Moon Phase

Ringing in the Muses Spell

Materials
5 small bells
1 yard each yellow, red, blue, green, and purple ribbon
Thread a bell on each length of ribbon, then tie the first four ribbons to tree branches in the order listed above, saying with each:

 

To ring these bells, all breezes blow
Carry their sounds both high and low
To wake the Muses from Their rest
Heed ye now this firm request

 

Then tie the purple ribbon to a branch, saying something like:

 

From East and South and West and
North
Muses hear me: now come forth
From South and West and North and
East
Inspiration now release
From West and North and East and
South Creative powers bud and sprout
From North and East and South and
West
Heed my call and this request
As these bells ring in the breeze
Let ideas flow forth with ease
Bring inspiration with the wind—
In constant stream without an end—
Unleash Your creativity
Muses, bring it now to me

 

Creative blocks will begin to dissipate within twenty-four hours.

Source

Everyday Moon Magic: Spells & Rituals for Abundant Living (Everyday Series)
Dorothy Morrison

Correspondences for Monday, July 24th

Day: Monday ( Moon-day)

Planet: Moon

Colors: Silver and White and Grey

Crystals: Moonstone, Pearl, Aquamarine, Silver, Selenite

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

Herb: Moonwart

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

Magical aspects: peace, sleep, healing, compassion, friendships, psychic awareness, purification, and fertility Monday is ruled by the moon – an ancient symbol of mystery and peace. Monday is a special day for mothers as the cycle of the moon has long been associated with the female menstrual cycle. Those wishing to conceive a baby would be wise to try on a Monday as the magic of motherhood is strong and pregnancy is in the air.

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

The Energy of the Moon

Planet: Moon

Day: Monday

Color: Silver, white, light blue, purple

Metal: Silver

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

Home & Hearth Magick for Monday, July 24th

 

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

Planetary Influence: The Moon

Household Symbols: Silver platters and bowls, moon shapes

Color: White and Silver

Kitchen Spices: Lemon rind and wintergreen.

Source:

Cottage Witchery, Natural Magick for Hearth and Home
Ellen Dugan

Celebrating Legends, Folklore & Spirituality 365 Days A Year for July 24 – 30

July 24 – 30
Cheyenne Frontier Days

 

This six-day annual event is the remnant of the old Mexican-American American rodeo contests held in the American Southwest shortly after the Civil War. They flourished in Texas and by 1880 were nationally popularized by touring, circus-like extravaganzas ganzas such as Buffalo Bill Cody’s “Wild West Show.”

 

Established in 1897, Cheyenne Frontier Days has become an elaborate folk event and developed traditions of its own. For example, in 1987 the festival treated more than 30,000 hungry spectators to its free breakfast of pancakes, ham, and coffee. The batter for the more than 100,000 pancakes was mixed in a cement truck so that no one would have to wait in line for more than 20 minutes.

 

The food was prepared by the 390-member Cheyenne Kiwanis Club and included 3,600 pounds of pancake mix, 1,130 pounds of butter, 300 gallons of syrup, 2,800 pounds of ham, and 520 gallons of coffee. That year, people from more than 50 states and 20 foreign countries enjoyed breakfast during Frontier days. In addition to the great food, Frontier Days celebrates with old time rodeo contests that include trick-riding, riding, roping, bronco-busting, and pony races.

The Witches Current Moon Phase for Monday, July 24th

Waxing Crescent
Illumination: 2%

The Moon today is in a Waxing Crescent Phase. A Waxing Crescent is the first Phase after the New Moon and is a great time to see the features of the moon’s surface. During this phase the Moon can be seen in the wester sky after the sun dips below the horizon at sunset. The moon is close to the sun in the sky and mostly dark except for the right edge of the moon which becomes brighter as the days get closer to the next phase which is a First Quarter with a 50% illumination.

Phase Details for – Monday, July 24, 2017

Phase: Waxing Crescent
Illumination: 2%
Moon Age: 1.22 days
Moon Angle: 0.53
Moon Distance: 372,508.77 km
Sun Angle: 0.52
Sun Distance: 151,956,155.08 km

Source

MoonGiant.com

This Week’s Astrology: Ironing Out the Wrinkles

Your weekly Astrology highlights for July 24-30, 2017


The road to romance might feel a bit rocky at the beginning of the week. Will things even out by Sunday? Here’s what you can expect…

Monday, July 24: Venus opposite Saturn; Mercury trine Uranus

Matters of the heart are weighty this Monday thanks to Venus opposing Saturn. This is the time to remember that the things worth having don’t come easily. Also on this day, Mercury will trine Uranus, compelling you to share your ingenious ideas with anyone who will listen.

Tuesday, July 25: Mercury enters Virgo

Mercury will enter Virgo on Tuesday, helping you to focus on the details behind all of your brilliant plans.

Wednesday, July 26: Sun conjunct Mars

On Wednesday, the Sun will conjunct Mars, giving you the most vibrant energy for pleasure. Your mind wants to work, but your body wants to have fun.

Sunday, July 31: Venus sextile Uranus

With Venus at a sextile to Uranus by Sunday, it looks like fun and pleasure will prevail.

 

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Your Weekly Love Horoscopes for Monday, July 24th

By Maria DeSimone

From Tarot.com

 


    • General

      General Horoscope

      Expect to feel tightness around your love life on Monday when Venus opposes Saturn. With this energy, it’ll be difficult to get what you want out of love or from your lover. One of you is holding back and the other is not feeling the love. Fortunately, whatever romantic frustration you feel early in the week will disappear by Sunday when Venus is sextile Uranus. This brings a breath of fresh air and excitement to the possibilities in your relationship. Something has gone stale, and once you recognize that all you needed was to spice things up, you’ll be on the fast track to happiness once more.


    • Aries

      Aries Horoscope Mar 21 – Apr 19

      Early in the week you might feel intellectually shut down by your partner. He or she might express condescending remarks about an idea you have or a decision you’ve made. As a result, you might second guess yourself or begin to feel less secure about communicating to your mate. Don’t let one or two critical remarks ruin what might otherwise be a positive relationship. If, however, you’re feeling disrespected, it’s time to say something. By Sunday you’ll set the record straight.


    • Taurus

      Taurus Horoscope Apr 20 – May 20

      It’s possible that you are carrying more of the financial burdens in your relationship, and if so, you may begin to resent it. Your sweetheart might be equally frustrated, because he or she is currently lacking the opportunities needed to move ahead. Another possibility is that your partner is not as financially responsible as you are, and you’re growing tired of this dynamic. You need material security to be happy in a relationship. There’s no point denying it. If it’s lacking, so is your level of contentment.


    • Gemini

      Gemini Horoscope May 21 – Jun 20

      Romance might be a bust this week. No matter what you do to try and enjoy life with your mate, it appears that he or she is throwing a wet blanket over your plans. You might also feel less beautiful, valued, or appreciated early in the week. Another possibility is that your partner is going through a rough patch, leaving little opportunity for romance. If this is the case, you’ll want to be there for your sweetheart. Flowers and candlelight dinners are useless if your lover is miserable.


    • Cancer

      Cancer Horoscope Jun 21 – Jul 22

      You might feel overwhelmed in your relationship this week. All of the necessary tasks that require attention seem to fall on your shoulders. Whether it’s taking out the trash, picking up the dry cleaning, going food shopping, or anything else, you might begin to feel as if you’re the one doing all the work in your relationship and your lover is reaping the benefits. If this is the case, you’ll need to have an honest conversation with your sweetie ASAP. You can’t go on like this.


    • Leo

      Leo Horoscope Jul 23 – Aug 22

      Early in the week you might feel the heavy restrictions connected to your love life. Someone you are dating might have extenuating circumstances happening in his or her world that prevent the two of you from spending as much time together as you’d like. Or, it’s possible that you recognize the love affair isn’t working out as you’d hoped. If so, now is the time to cut ties and move on. You’ll have the courage to do so on Wednesday. Then, set your sights on the future.


    • Virgo

      Virgo Horoscope Aug 23 – Sep 22

      Family obligations could get in the way of your happiness. You might want your partner to chip in and carry more weight around the house or help you take care of a relative that needs help. This may be especially critical this week because of a career-related opportunity you want to take advantage of. When your partner doesn’t rise to the occasion, however, you’ll likely be left feeling frustrated. After Tuesday, a no-nonsense conversation might help.


    • Libra

      Libra Horoscope Sep 23 – Oct 22

      You might have far-reaching ideas about your love life and all its possibilities this week. Unfortunately, one of your siblings or even a cousin might rain on your mental parade. He or she may only be trying to bring you down to reality (from their perspective), but you’ll see them as downright dream crushers. If you need advice about your love life, don’t ask a sibling or cousin unless you’re prepared to be deflated. Better yet, keep your ideas to yourself completely. By Sunday you and your lover will be on the same page. Isn’t that what matters?


    • Scorpio

      Scorpio Horoscope Oct 23 – Nov 21

      You might feel the crunch when it comes to finances early in the week. Your spouse or partner may be doing better than you financially, and offer to help make you whole again. While you’ll be tempted to accept his or her generous offer, a part of you is uncertain. You don’t want to feel as if you have somehow unbalanced the scale in your relationship by allowing your partner to get you out of this financial bind. If you’re this concerned about it — find another way.


    • Sagittarius

      Sagittarius Horoscope Nov 22 – Dec 21

      Your partner wants to keep the harmony flowing in your relationship, but this week you may feel slightly unsettled. You could feel overwhelmed with personal responsibilities, and as a result, find yourself unable to meet your sweetheart in the romance zone. Fortunately it’ll pass by Sunday, and you’ll be ready to spice things up again. If you’re single, you could meet someone unexpectedly. You might even be attracted to someone who isn’t typically your type. Be open.


    • Capricorn

      Capricorn Horoscope Dec 22 – Jan 19

      The insecurities you’re holding inside about your love life — or lovability — might literally begin to make you sick. Consider that the origin of any illness might be unresolved fears or anxieties about a romantic situation. Are you shying away from opportunities to date, out of fear? Are you stuck in a bad relationship that makes you miserable? Are you afraid to talk to your lover about something that’s bothering you? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you need to address it right away. Holding it in will only continue to make you feel unwell.


    • Aquarius

      Aquarius Horoscope Jan 20 – Feb 18

      One of your friends might be a killjoy as you try to open your heart and feel the love with someone you’ve got a crush on. This pal might judge your relationship because in his or her eyes it’s inappropriate in some way. Perhaps there is a major age difference or one of you is still going through a divorce. Do your best to determine if your friend is truly speaking up because he or she cares, or if this pal is simply being critical. Address accordingly.


  • Pisces

    Pisces Horoscope Feb 19 – Mar 20

    You might become extremely turned on by someone you meet at your local gym. There’s something extra sexy to you this week about fitness, fun, and sweat. Even if you don’t meet anyone at your gym, pay attention to other people as you’re out on a bike ride, leisurely jog, or while you’re participating in any sporting event. Romance is combined with fitness or sports for you this week … and your heart is guaranteed to beat faster for more than one reason!

     

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Your Daily Horoscopes for Monday, July 24th

 

Aries

Aries Horoscope

An opposition between Venus and Saturn this morning points to the need to “get real” about a project’s limitations, dear Aries, or you may be facing some delays or criticism for an issue or project that’s close to your heart. Try not to fret over this — this aspect tends to produce the climate for some negative feedback! However, you might ultimately find it useful if you aim to deal with things maturely and positively. You might need to revisit and change the structure of a project, and this can be time-consuming, but you’re ultimately making something stronger. Prioritize and listen to others but then tune into your heart and make changes that suit you. While something you say may lead to resentment from someone, you also have a Mercury-Uranus influence working for you now, and this is creative as heck! You are likely to come up with a breakthrough idea now, and a project or plan can move forward suddenly and happily. Although you have some difficulty choosing between a safe choice and a slightly riskier one, you can also enjoy some open, forward-looking conversations or news that inspires you. Learning a new method for your art or learning something about someone you love (or like a lot) can figure strongly now.

Taurus HoroscopeThis morning, there can be a responsibility or a realization that slows things down, dear Taurus, or that dampens your spirits just for now. A partner’s income or a loan matter can be an issue, disturbing your equilibrium or making you worry about whether you have enough. Or, there may be a limitation to what you’re allowed to do that curtails indulgence or a purchase. You may feel opposed or blocked, or a person’s jealousy may interfere with your life now. Slow down a little for best results. Fortunately, your thinking is innovative, and while your pursuit of independence can cause a few waves with loved ones, you can enjoy excellent conversations that open up a whole new world of possibilities. A home or private matter warms your spirits and pulls you out of a funk. Domestic plans can push forward. There may be a clearing of the air, or you could be seeing opportunities to put the negative elements of the past behind you. Conversations can be freeing and eye-opening.

Gemini

Gemini

Venus in your sign opposes Saturn today, dear Gemini, and you could similarly feel blocked or opposed now. Duty and pleasure are at odds, or a responsibility puts a damper on your plans. You might need to attend to someone else’s needs or address important issues in a relationship now. Draw on maturity and try to reach a compromise. If someone in your life seems overly critical, strict, unyielding, or cool, deal with the situation as you may, but consider that it may be best to meet someone you care about halfway and that you might, in fact, need some structure in your life. As frustrating as someone may be, partners have something to teach you about yourself now. Consider taking this “lesson” even if isn’t in a pretty package. Fortunately, a Mercury-Uranus aspect active today helps you think positively and innovatively. New interests are exciting. Friends can inspire you to think creatively or might encourage you to try something new. Throwing yourself into a project or surrounding yourself with friends can be liberating.

Cancer

Cancer

An opposition between Venus and Saturn this morning can seem to pit responsibilities against pleasure, dear Cancer, and can be a reminder of your duties calling, as much as you feel you need a break from them! You may come to a realization that pops your bubble in some way, but that ultimately gets you back on track. The desire to escape pressure and stress or to hide away is high these days, but right now, you may need to handle practical matters before you can justify a break. There can be some opposition or negative feedback to deal with now, but it’s best to sort out what part is constructive and what can be safely ignored. A Mercury-Uranus transit helps you think positively. A new idea or method frees up your time or excites you. You may be entertaining ideas on practical, financial, or business levels that are breakthrough or otherwise pivotal. You can be valued for your ideas and intelligence now. Keep your mind open to new information. While not all ideas considered now will lead to something concrete, one of them might click into place.

Leo

Leo Glyph Symbol HoroscopeThis morning, you may find it hard to juggle your responsibilities and desires, dear Leo. If you pursue one, you feel pulled in the other direction. See-sawing can leave you feeling unsatisfied, but might ultimately lead to a fair compromise. Whether to do something yourself or call upon others for help, or whether to pay particular attention to a lover or a friend can be dilemmas now. Try not to focus too much on whether someone is slowing you down — or letting you down — and focus instead on what you can do to remedy the situation. It may be that you need to pour more attention to filling a responsibility before you can heartily enjoy a pleasure without distraction or guilt. Restructuring a project or dealing with limitations or criticisms can be annoying but ultimately strengthening. Fortunately, a Mercury-Uranus transit suggests talking or thinking things through leads to a greater feeling of freedom. You’re communicating with more enthusiasm and courage. Look for new ideas and perspectives that excite and motivate you. You may be on the top of discoveries with something you’re working on or studying.

Virgo

Virgo Symbol HoroscopeThis morning, duties or delays can interrupt or slow you down from pursuing your plans or professional pursuits, dear Virgo. You may be enjoying your work more than usual these days with Venus at the top of your chart, but home life or personal matters can pull you away from these things. As much as you’d love to throw yourself into something special, you’re likely to feel better once you take care of your priorities, after which you can come back to what truly makes you happy with less worry and better concentration to boot. Fortunately, a Mercury-Uranus influence turns your attention to positive news and ideas. In fact, you’re particularly open to new ideas now, and this attitude can lead to fun and perhaps useful discoveries. Seeing something from the past in a more detached way can help you big time now! There can be a real feeling of purging or release involved with bringing something hidden to light.

Libra 

Libra

A hurdle comes in the form of a Venus-Saturn opposition across your communications sector this morning, dear Libra. This could mean you’re dealing with time constraints or negative feedback that lead to some restructuring. Ultimately, you are in the position to strengthen something, whether this is an opinion, studies, a project, or a plan. Responsibilities to your daily affairs, errands, and other duties and tasks can suddenly increase or make themselves known, throwing a wrench in your plans. Your best bet may be to put in the extra work to get your duties out of the way, but consider that you’ll be in a much better place to enjoy yourself once you do. A Mercury-Uranus influence today is excellent for collaborating, sharing ideas, and relating to others in liberating and peaceful ways. A bit of detachment can put things into perspective, particularly a relationship. People and networks can inspire new methods and ideas today.

Scorpio

Scorpio Horoscope

A Venus-Saturn opposition can point to the need to deal with critical or insensitive people, dear Scorpio, although a bit of negative feedback may ultimately help you if you listen only to constructive criticism and discard the rest! Consider also that you’re particularly sensitive now, seeking out security or reassurance at a time when others are focused on something else entirely. A financial constraint or disagreement may emerge now. The extra work that goes towards fixing mistakes can be truly worthwhile in the long term, however, so focus on adapting to any reality you need to face. A Mercury-Uranus influence, also active today, is good for exploring new ideas and possibilities related to money and business or work and health. The discovery of a new method can free your mind or possibly free up some time. Your ideas or intelligence might receive particular attention now. You’re getting over a hump or a problem area. With this positive energy, you’d rather think about the future than dwell on the past.

Sagittarius

Sagittarius Horoscope

You have a stronger need for companionship or approval and support from others in your life these days, dear Sagittarius, but today, your insecurities or fears, and possibly your plans, can interfere. With Saturn in your sign, you often handle problems on your own and/or in your own way, and this runs at odds with your urge to merge. If others seem irresponsible today, you could feel frustrated that you’re left to deal with the practical side of things. Attempting to restrict others is not the way to go, so do what you can to meet them halfway, perhaps by loosening up a little and hoping they take you a bit more seriously. A Mercury-Uranus transit, also active now, can help lift you above small concerns, and leads to the exploring of creative or unique topics to think or converse about. Travel, romantic, or creative opportunities can be opening up to you now, and it helps to allow yourself time to do some musing and free-form thinking.

Capricorn

Capricorn Horoscope

A Venus-Saturn opposition occurs across your health and wellness sectors today, dear Capricorn. You’re taking pleasure in your work and routines, but delays, setbacks, time limitations, or responsibilities to others can pull you away from the fun. Past mistakes or unfinished business can surface now, and the effort needed to correct or complete these things can be significant, or at least seem that way. Recognize the need to let something go or to make changes in existing projects to go forward in improved ways. A Mercury-Uranus transit, also active today, helps you detach yourself just enough to pull you out of a funk. You might release yourself from a burden or a secret, clear the air, or talk through a problem and feel relieved or even liberated for doing so. When it comes to family and intimate relationships, focusing on the future makes more sense to you now than bringing up the past, and this is the major key to success now.

Aquarius

Aquarius

Venus in your pleasure sector these days can ignite your passion for a hobby, pastime, person, or project, dear Aquarius, but Saturn’s opposition to Venus this morning may serve to remind you of areas you’ve ignored in the process, particularly if you’ve been going overboard. Some of you could feel a bit put off by a friend now, or there can be worries if a friend seems to be ghosting you or doesn’t seem as into you as you’d like. You may simply need to give in and deal with facts and figures or practical matters before returning your attention to the things you actually want to accomplish. If there are criticisms to face, take what’s constructive from it and use it to firm up your life in fundamental ways — ignore the rest (and the delivery). Fortunately, a Mercury-Uranus trine helps you rise above things, and also stimulates your curiosity. You can bring a new light or perspective to a problem. It’s, in fact, an excellent time for coming up with a solution to a nagging problem with a partner, or for learning something new and helpful about someone significant in your life.

Pisces

Pisces

This morning, you may get a sharp reminder of a responsibility that keeps you from the rest, comfort, and peace you’ve been craving, dear Pisces. A Venus-Saturn opposition wants to bring back some balance to your life, and if you’ve been overdoing pleasures and comforts, now is a time for a bit of a “calling out.” This ultimately serves you well, even if it’s irritating or limiting right now. Saturn’s lessons are usually about putting in an effort so that you take better care of yourself and things you love in the long term. Responsibilities or problems that have been neglected or overlooked in the past have a way of surfacing now for your immediate attention. Authority figures, teachers, parents, or bosses may have feedback you don’t want to hear now. A Mercury-Uranus trine also active today can point to excellent conversations that open your mind and free you from certain burdens and frustrations, however. It serves to enliven relationships, and it also leads to successful new methods and ideas related to work and health. Unusual and exciting elements on the job or in your daily routine can be in focus.

If You Were Born Today, Monday, July 24th….

You are security-conscious and practical, yet also enthusiastic about moving forward and open to new ideas. Both a dreamer and a planner, you will pursue your vision if you have a clear and reasonable plan. Others often turn to you for advice, and they value you for your input. In group settings, you tend to naturally and quietly lead. You attract–or you’re attracted to–people who need help or who are misunderstood, so that your love life can be quite colorful. You are comfortable and communicate well with people from all walks of life, young or old.

 

Famous people born today: Amelia Earhart, Jennifer Lopez, Barry Bonds, Zelda Fitzgerald, Anna Paquin, Elisabeth Moss, Chris Sarandon.

Get A Jump On Tomorrow…..

Your Daily Horoscopes for Tuesday, July 25th

 

Aries

Aries Horoscope

While you’ve been very focused on injecting more fun or romance into your life recently, dear Aries, the Moon moves into your work and health sector this morning, and you are geared up to get some sorting and organizing done. Mercury enters this same sector today, but while the Moon stays here for just over two days, Mercury stays until August 31st and then again from September 9-29. This gives you plenty of time to take care of business. It’s an excellent period for attention to details, running errands, and organizing your work and routines. If you need to brush up on skills or gain specialized knowledge, this is an excellent period for doing so. The technical side of a topic can be appealing now. You may do some information gathering related to diet and health. Crafts, writing, specialized disciplines, and services can thrive now. Watch for a tendency to over-analyze, criticize, or worry about health.

Taurus

Taurus HoroscopeThe Moon moves into your creative sector this morning, dear Taurus, and you can be in the mood for some fun and games. The next couple of days are excellent for letting the child within come out to play. Mercury also enters this sector of your solar chart today, but while the Moon stays here for just over two days, Mercury will be here for over a month. In the weeks ahead, you take a greater interest in games, creative expression, the technical side of creative projects or art, and craftsmanship or hobbies. Intellectual creativity can be in strong focus in the coming weeks. Romance with someone younger can be in focus for some of you now. Relationships can be very verbal, and others are likely to find your ideas particularly appealing.

Gemini

Gemini

The Moon moves into your home and family sector this morning, dear Gemini, awakening a need for extra rest, time at home or with loved ones, and familiar places and faces. Mercury moves into this same sector, and while the Moon stays here for just over two days, Mercury will influence this area of your solar chart for over a month. This can mean you’re talking and thinking about (and with) family far more than usual in the coming weeks, or there can be more activity (primarily mental) in your home environment. You tend to look at problems from their root or origin, and this means you may take a little more time to come to decisions, but when they do come, they’re likely to be well-considered ones. You can be doing more reflecting on emotional issues from the past and your relationship with parents and siblings. This is more than mere reminisce — you’re inclined to want to sort things out and make sense of everything.

Cancer

Cancer

The Moon moves into your sector of communication this morning, dear Cancer, and for the next couple of days, you’re particularly interested in talking and thinking about your feelings and attachments. Mercury moves into this same sector but for a longer stay — until August 31st and then returning from September 9-29. During these cycles, you’re in particularly good shape for learning new things and brushing up on skills, connecting with the information you need or want, and making contacts. Your analytic ability and interest increase many times over during this transit. You may very well discover a new interest or passion, and with Mercury’s upcoming retrograde beginning on August 12th, this can be about rediscovering a past interest and reviving it. This can be a time when you’re particularly curious, and you seek out variety. Gossip and news can be in stronger focus. For some, this can be a time of extra media contact.

Leo

Leo Glyph Symbol HoroscopeThe Moon enters your solar second house this morning, dear Leo, and while in many ways you are feeling spirited and independent, this two-day transit is good for catching wind and grounding yourself emotionally. Mercury also moves into this sector of your solar chart today but will spend much longer here — until August 31st and then again from September 9-29. This is a fabulous time for sorting out your financial affairs and business matters. The second house reflects your talents and potential sources of income, and Mercury here finds ways to put these resources to good use. You may be able to make money through communicating, teaching, publishing, and connecting. This is a time for clarifying your financial position and, on another level, your self-worth or fundamental values. It’s a time for working smartly and for great resourcefulness.

Virgo

Virgo Symbol HoroscopeThe Moon moves into your sign this morning, dear Virgo, adding more color to your emotional life and motivating you to connect with others and express yourself. Mercury also moves into your sign today, but while the Moon stays here for only two days, Mercury will be in Virgo far longer: until August 31st and then again from September 9-29. This transit gives you a stronger voice and a bigger reason to want to express your ideas. You’ll be making more executive decisions, and you’re likely to find decision-making far more clear-cut in the weeks ahead, although Mercury’s upcoming retrograde period (starting August 12th in your sign) suggests some hesitancy or looking back is in order. This is an inventive time when others notice you for your intelligence, wit, versatility, adaptability, and good humor. News and things you read or learn now affect you more powerfully than usual.

Libra 

Libra

The Moon moves into your sector of privacy, retreat, and reflection this morning, dear Libra, and this is a time for catching your breath, looking back, and doing some important thinking. Mercury’s move into this same sector today elevates and extends these themes for many weeks ahead. In fact, Mercury’s transit of this sector of your solar chart lasts until August 31st, and it returns from September 9-29. Your imagination is keen during this cycle, and you’re seeing ordinary things a little differently at this time of the year — from an emotional or intuitive perspective. You might benefit from extra time spent alone or in private for mental tasks such as writing, reading, or contemplating. Talking with people anonymously or about private matters may figure strongly now. For some of you, it can be a time for wrapping up a significant project.

Scorpio

Scorpio Horoscope

The Moon enters your social sector this morning, dear Scorpio, and as much as you’re focused on achievement and accomplishment, you can benefit from a brief change of focus. This is a good time for spending time with friends or in situations where you don’t feel any pressure to perform, as this can refresh you. Mercury also moves into this sector of your solar chart today, and while the Moon spends just over two days here, Mercury will stay longer — over a month. Your thinking is progressive and inventive during this cycle. It can be an excellent time for objective thinking and decision-making. Communications with friends, associates, or groups increase. There can be a stronger mental focus on long-term happiness goals, your social life, and your contributions. Others are especially interested in your ideas and input.

Sagittarius

Sagittarius Horoscope

The Moon moves to the top of your solar chart this morning, dear Sagittarius, and you can be particularly invested in your work, reputation, or long-term goals today and tomorrow. This is a time for assessing your performance and looking for ways to improve it, if necessary. Mercury also moves into this sector of your solar chart today and will stay there much longer than the Moon — until August 31st and then from September 9-29. This is a time for smart planning or for making full use of your ideas and intelligence to get ahead in your career. It can also be a time for more activity with the public. You may be doing more communicating, commuting, and information gathering in your career, or you may gain recognition for your ideas and advice. Networking can thrive, but it’s also important to note that your words have more impact at this time, so choose them carefully!

Capricorn

Capricorn Horoscope

The Moon moves into your solar ninth house this morning, dear Capricorn, and this serves to pull you out of an introspective phase. You’re inclined to want a change of scenery or a change of pace — or both! You’re looking for a little more excitement than usual. Growing something, whether it’s a business, project, a perspective, or your mind, is especially attractive right now. This Moon transit lasts just over two days, but Mercury moves into this same sector today and will influence you for far longer — until August 31st and then again from September 9-29. It’s a beautiful time for teaching, disseminating knowledge, sharing ideas, broadcasting, publishing, and otherwise spreading the word. You have a stronger sense of future trends during this cycle. You’re inclined to look for new interests or to broaden your knowledge now.

Aquarius

Aquarius

The Moon moves into your solar eighth house this morning, dear Aquarius, and while you’ve been more active and open with others these days, this brief, two-day transit suggests a need for more depth in your relationships and projects or the desire for more introspection. Mercury also moves into this sector of your chart today and will stay far longer — until August 31st. During this upcoming cycle, you’re in a great position to think and talk through matters of sharing, finances, psychology, and intimacy. It’s a wonderful time for researching a matter further or delving into a pet project and thoroughly enjoying the process and your discoveries! At times, you may be a little too focused on or even a bit obsessed with certain topics and ideas, but in moderation, this can be a powerful time for moving a project along or learning important things about yourself and your relationships.

Pisces

Pisces

This morning, the Moon moves into your partnership sector, dear Pisces, at the opposite side of your solar chart, challenging you to see your life from a different perspective. A partner or good friend can be in stronger focus, and your desire for companionship or simply good company increases. Mercury also moves into this sector of your solar chart today, but while the Moon stays here for only two days, Mercury hangs out for far longer — until August 31st and then from September 9-29. This is a time for seeking out intellectual companions. Communications with others assume far greater importance in your life. It’s a good time for counseling and advising, whichever side you happen to be on. You’ll find that conversations with others tend to jumpstart your thinking processes.

Tarot Card of the Day

King of Coins


July 24th, 2017

Representing the energy of a King, this card in the suit of Coins or Pentacles displays one who has accomplished a lot in life and has arranged his or her affairs so that he has much good to show for it. Possessing a practical genius in the ways of the world, he loves to build things. Because he’s so good at deal-making, this character is privy to the biggest deals in town. He has the power to make or break people financially. Although this does not always win him love, it certainly earns him respect.

In previous centuries this card referred to the myth of Midas, who loved gold so much that he was cursed so that everything he touched turned to gold. One day his daughter reached out to him and was turned into a golden statue. This story illustrates the downside of letting material security take too much precedence.

While the character of this card understands the value of wealth, including the burden it produces, he or she is mature enough to keep things in perspective. Even though the suit of Coins represents the material realm, this King is not just a materialist — his sovereignty reflects higher values, as well as general welfare and prosperity.

Part of the Daily Insight Group ©2017

This Week’s Tarot Card Reading

A one-card reading gives you a glimpse at what’s coming


For the week of July 24, I chose the Three of Pentacles!

This week, leverage the power of teamwork. You’re surrounded by people who are either experts in their field and are willing to help, or who are new and ready to learn.

The more you can work with others, share knowledge, and combine your different skill sets, the more you can achieve. Even the biggest projects become much more achievable when you have the right people working on them. The key is to respect each person’s unique contribution and find ways to move forward together.

Ask the Tarot: How can I work with others to see an important project through?

 

 

 

 

 

Part of the Daily Insight Group ©2017

Learn the Tarot 101: The Star Card

The Star


Rise above your day-to-day and connect with the divine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

General Meaning

The Star Tarot card is about reconnecting one’s soul with the divine — the transcending of personality, family, community, and reputation. It has to do ultimately with the freedom to be one’s self. The soul is responding to celestial influences — forces that can provide the personality with a stronger sense of purpose. The Star card helps us to remember our exalted origins and our attraction to a higher union.

This card could also be called The Celestial Mandate — that which refers us back to our reason for being, our mission in this lifetime. The Star reminds us that, in a sense, we are agents of divine will in our day-to-day lives. If we let go of the idea that we are supposed to be in control, we can more easily notice and appreciate the synchronicities that are nudging us along. In this way, we become more conscious of the invisible helping hand, and we better understand our place within — and value to — the larger cosmos.

In the Advice Position

Your time is better spent in reflection and spiritual pursuit.

The card in the Advice position suggests a course of action which will harmonize what you want with what is currently possible.

The Star card advises that you rededicate yourself to your higher values, increase your spiritual cultivation and meditation practice, and surrender to the greater good. Connect to your higher self — a being of a larger realm traveling on an evolutionary course that started long ago and runs indefinitely into the future. This is the part you wish to contact and communicate with.

Now is a period for quiet contemplation. Listen for the voice within. Anything that would interfere with this communion may not be serving your best interests right now.

 

Part of the Daily Insight Group ©2017

Your Love Tarot Card

The Devil

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Monday, July 24th, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you feel caught between the ‘Devil and the Deep Blue Sea?’ This card represents insight and ability to rise above and to surmount obstacles in the way of love. The chains that bind the couple on the Tarot card are loose and symbolic of the ability to slip away if they want to. In this light, they are self-imposed limitations. Break free today if this sounds like your situation.

Your Erotic Tarot Card

The Sun

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Monday, July 24th, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Sun card shows that you may be feeling a little exposed and vulnerable as parts of your sex life are illuminated, but there is also an overwhelming feeling of warmth and positivity. Once you get over those self-conscious feelings, a wave of self-confidence replaces your fears. No one is out of your reach when the Sun is shining down on you. Embrace your power and don’t be afraid to get naked both emotionally and physically!

Your Weekly Influences for the Week of July 24

 

Tarot Influence

The Seven of Wands

Courage will bring victory. Success seems certain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Astrological Influence

Capricorn

Capricorn denotes a drive to succeed through a pragmatic approach to life

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Element Influence

Earth Reversed

Earth reversed denotes a lack of positive connection with the life spirit–a lost soul. If you are not careful you may miss much of what life has to offer you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your Daily Rune for Monday, July 24th

Algiz

(or Elhaz)

“Al-jiz” – Literally: “Elk” – Esoteric: Protection, Highe

Energy: protective teaching force, the divine plan, Valkyries

Mundane: protection, safety, spirituality

Divinations: Connection with the gods, awakening, higher life, protection; or hidden danger, consumption by divine forces, loss of the divine link, fear.

Governs:
Strengthening of hamingja (personal gravity, ‘luck’) and life force through courageous deeds
Mystical and religious communication with non-human sentient beings
Communication with other worlds, especially Asgard
Protection/defense
Receiving instruction on the magical potential of the runes
Banishing the fear of death

Your Karmic Number for the Week of March 24th

 

The number 4 means that you are building a strong foundation for your new ventures. Good job! Keep going – build the frame, put up the walls, roof, and seed the yard. It may not be an actual building you are working on, but the structure for your goals is becoming a reality. Taking the time, step by step, means that you have a foundation, protection, and beauty. Use strong people and resources so that you don’t have to rebuild from scratch. In time, you will have a sturdy place to call your own.

The Wisdom of Buddha

The wise ones fashioned speech with their thought, sifting it as grain is sifted through a sieve.

 

Earth Sky News for Monday, July 24th: Go young moon hunting at dusk

Tonight – July 24, 2017 – find an unobstructed horizon in the direction of sunset, shortly after the sun goes down. If possible, perch yourself on a hill or balcony, so that you can view a bit more sky beyond your ground-level horizon. Then, as the twilight fades around you, search for the pale, whisker-thin waxing crescent moon near the sunset point on the horizon. You might try starting your search 30 or 40 minutes after sunset. Binoculars will come in handy! If you’re lucky, you might also see the star Regulus and planet Mercury.

From mid-northern North American latitudes, the moon follows the sun beneath the horizon an hour after sunset. At more southerly latitudes, like those in South America, the moon stays out longer after sunset, so the young moon (and Regulus and Mercury) should be easier to spot from that part of the world.

Northerly latitudes in the world’s Eastern Hemisphere might have to wait until after sunset July 25 for their first glimpse of the moon’s return to the evening sky. But southerly latitudes in Africa (and possibly in Australia) have a decent chance of spotting the young moon after sunset July 24.

Click here for recommended almanacs; they can tell you the moon’s setting time in your sky.

The moon turned new on July 23 at 9:46 UTC. At North American time zones, that places the new moon at 6:46 a.m. ADT, 5:46 a.m. EDT, 4:46 a.m. CDT, 3:46 a.m. MDT, 2:46 a.m. PDT and 1:46 a.m. AKDT. So the moon will be more than one and one-half days old by the time North American residents catch the young moon after sunset July 24.

After you catch the moon – or even if you miss the moon – try looking for Mercury and Regulus in the deepening evening twilight. We talk more about Mercury on our post for July 25.

Next month, in the United States, the new moon will actually pass right in front of the sun on August 21, 2017, to stage a total solar eclipse.

Bottom line: Tonight — July 24, 2017- and tomorrow night, enjoy the young moon’s return to the evening sky.

 

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Casting A Circle

All spells and rituals, however formal or informal, are based on a magical circle. This may be large enough for an entire group of practitioners to stand in, or it may be small enough to fit on your personal altar. I have known practitioners who have only a small area create a circle on a table-top and sit facing North, physically outside it but spiritually within, manipulating the symbols within it. I have also known modern witches who will create an instant circle on paper or even on a computer screen.

If you have the space, you can keep a magick circle marked out with stones in a corner of your garden or painted on the floor of a room covered with a large rug. Attics are especially good since you are nearer the sky. If you are able to keep a special area for your circle, scatter dried lavender or pot pourri on it before each use, and sweep it in circles widdershins to remove any negativity.

Whatever the form or size of your circle, mark the four main compass directions within it. In the marker positions, you can use stones, lines on the floor, four crystals hanging on cords on the four walls or candles in the appropriate elemental colours.

Once you know your directions, you can mark out your circle, beginning in the North (although some practitioners begin in the East), and working deosil. Draw your circle in one sweeping movement. You may wish to chant as you go.

If you are working in a group, or if this is a circle for a more formal ritual, you may wish to add god/goddess-power forms as an interspersed chant, with the voices of the group ebbing and rising in waves. You may wish to welcome the Archangels, or Guardians of the Four Watchtowers at the four compass points as you cast your circle. (The Archangels represent the celestial beings that feature in the cosmologies of the three main religions of the Western world -Christianity, Judaism and Islam). Alternatively, you may wish to call upon powerful goddess forms:

Isis, Ishtar, Cerridwen, Innana, Shakti, Yoruba, Danu, Kali and Aine, protect, empower and inspire this magical endeavour.

You can embellish the casting ceremony as much as you like, perhaps drawing pentagrams in the air at the four main compass points, and combining this with lighting the four elemental candles.

Some practitioners like to cast a circle and then welcome other members of the group to enter, sealing the circle with a diagonal up-and-down slashing movement of their power hand (the one they write with), or a wand or an athame. (An athame is a double-edged knife used in formal rituals. It represents Air and is placed in the East of the circle.

As well as drawing circles, it may be used to conduct magical energies into a symbol.) But I think it is more powerful if one person actually walks around the outside of a circle of people, enclosing them in light. In this way, the circle is created in human dimensions and is as large or small as is required by the actual formation. The circle made to fit the group is far better magically than the group made to fit the circle, for the group is the circle.

If you want to visualise a circle, use a clear, pointed quartz crystal, or wand, or the forefinger of your power hand, and draw an outline, in the air at chest level or on the ground. The circle extends wherever you draw it from the ground upwards to above your head like a wall of gold. Again, begin in the North, and continue in an unbroken, circular movement.

Remember, the circle is created with your own power, amplified if you wish by the sacred Guardians or powers you may invoke. For this reason, creating a light body and thus drawing energy from the ground, before casting the circle, is a powerful preliminary. Some practitioners, having drawn the light, extend then-hands upwards so that light from the cosmos can also enter. Do this before joining hands if you are creating the circle as a group.

In a conventional coven, the High Priestess casts and uncasts the circle, but you may prefer to allow

the person leading the ritual to cast the magical boundaries.

Casting A Dual Circle

You can create a dual circle if you wish.

* First consecrate the salt symbolising the Earth element in the North of the altar by stirring it three times with an athame, wand or crystal, and visualise radiance pouring into it.
* Stir the water, also three times deosil with the athame, wand or pointed crystal, asking the light and the Goddess to enter it.
* Add a few grains of salt to the water and stir it, saying:

May power thus be doubled,

thus increased,

as life joins life to create

a greater force even than these.

* Stand either just within or beyond the first circle perimeter.
* Walk deosil round the circle, sprinkling the circle line, physical or envisaged, with your salt water.

In formal rituals, the High Priestess consecrates the salt and the High Priest the water and they mingle them. The High Priestess then creates the first circle and the High Priest the second.

Casting A Triple Circle

Three is a sacred number in magick and for special ceremonies you can create a triple circle of both power and protection. The number three represents the three aspects of the god figure in many religions: the Holy Trinity, the Triple Goddess, the three aspects of the Moon -maiden, mother and wise woman or crone – the trefoil or triple god of the Celts, and the even older Egyptian trinity of Isis, Osiris and Horus, the young Sky God. This triplicity is still celebrated when we turn our money over and bow three times to the Moon for good luck.

* Create your first two circles of light and salt water.
* Return to the place where you began.
* Place the bowl on the altar and light your incense; you can either light a stick in a secure holder or sprinkle incense on a charcoal block burning within the censer.
* Make your final circle with incense, just beyond the lines of salt and water.

There are other variations of this, including creating your outer circle of light by walking with your candle in a broad-based holder, followed by the salt water and the incense.

Uncasting The Circle

When you have completed your spells or rituals, you should close the circle. This is done by simply reversing the casting process.

* Thank the Guardians and send the light of the elemental candles to whoever needs it.
* Extinguish the elemental candles in reverse order of lighting. Visualise the light fading and say, together with any present:
Let the circle be uncast but remain unbroken. Merry meet and merry part and merry meet again.
* Leave the altar candles to burn down.

 

 

For All Your Magickal Needs, Think Magickal Necessities……

 

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The Witches Digest No. 7 for Sunday, July 23

The Witches Digest No. 7

Sunday, July 23rd, 2017

 

The Cauldron Chant

We form the Circle,
The Circle most round.
We form the Chalice,
The Chalice now found.

 

We call the Goddess,
to meet the great need.
We call the God,
To plant His fertile seed.

 

We call the quarters,
which we call four.
We summon the powers,
that contain the force.

 

We stir the Cauldron,
from which we were born.
We call the Gods,
from whom we were torn.

 

We say the words,
which lead us round.
We pass the kiss,
with our lovers found.

 

We face our dreams,
in nights psychic flight.
We face our hopes,
in bright moon of the night.

 

We face our fears,
on the Dark Lords Horn.
We face our failure,
in the Mothers new planted corn.

 

We live our lives,
drumming and dancing on the meadow.
We confront our Death,
in the dancing moon light shadow.

 

Our paths run quickly,
on fleet foot and wing.
Our Circle is joyous,
with our Queens and our Kings.

 

Let our little Circle be happy,
with Bell, Bowl or Bow.
And form now this Circle,
with gracious Love, Joy and Hope.

Blessed Be

 

—Ammond ShadowCraft, Author
Originally published on Pagan Library

Your Sun & Moon Data for Sunday, July 23

The Sun
Sun Direction: ↑ 81.39° E
Sun Altitude: 22.57°
Sun Distance: 94.435 million mi
Next Equinox: Sep 22, 2017 3:01 pm (Autumnal)
Sunrise Today: 5:52 am↑ 64° Northeast
Sunset Today: 8:08 pm↑ 296° Northwest
Length of Daylight: 14 hours, 16 minutes

 

The Moon
Moon Direction: ↑ 82.87° E
Moon Altitude: 19.56°
Moon Distance: 226127 mi
Next Full Moon: Aug 7, 20171:10 pm
Next New Moon: Aug 21, 20171:30 pm
Next Moonset: Today8:26 pm
Current Moon Phase: Near New Moon (Waxing Crescent)
Illumination: 0.1%

 

Lunar Calendar
Moon Phase Tonight: Waxing Crescent
First Quarter: Jul 30, 2017 at 10:23 am
(Next Phase)
New Moon: Jul 23, 2017 at 4:45 am
(Previous Phase)

Source

timeanddate.com

What Is a Total Solar Eclipse?

 

Total solar eclipses occur when the New Moon comes between the Sun and Earth and casts the darkest part of its shadow, the umbra, on Earth. A full solar eclipse, known as totality, is almost as dark as night.

 

During a total eclipse of the Sun, the Moon covers the entire disk of the Sun. In partial and annular solar eclipses, the Moon blocks only part of the Sun.

 

Complete Solar Eclipse Has 5 Phases

There are 5 stages in a total solar eclipse:

 

Partial eclipse begins (1st contact): The Moon starts becoming visible over the Sun’s disk. The Sun looks as if a bite has been taken from it.
Total eclipse begins (2nd contact): The entire disk of the Sun is covered by the Moon. Observers in the path of the Moon’s umbra may be able to see Baily’s beads and the diamond ring effect, just before totality.
Totality and maximum eclipse: The Moon completely covers the disk of the Sun. Only the Sun’s corona is visible. This is the most dramatic stage of a total solar eclipse. At this time, the sky goes dark, temperatures can fall, and birds and animals often go quiet. The midpoint of time of totality is known as the maximum point of the eclipse. Observers in the path of the Moon’s umbra may be able to see Baily’s beads and the diamond ring effect, just after totality ends.
Total eclipse ends (3rd contact): The Moon starts moving away, and the Sun reappears.
Partial eclipse ends (4th contact): The Moon stops overlapping the Sun’s disk. The eclipse ends at this stage in this location.

 

Protect Your Eyes!

Never look directly at the Sun, eclipsed or otherwise, without proper protective eyewear. The Sun’s UV radiation can burn the retinas in your eyes, and cause permanent damage or even blindness.

 

To watch a solar eclipse safely, wear protective eclipse glasses or project an image of the eclipsed Sun using a pinhole projector.

Only Safe during Full Eclipse

It is safe to view a fully eclipsed Sun, totality, with the naked eye. It is also safe to observe totality through cameras, telescopes or binoculars without any special filters. However, naked eye observations MUST NOT begin until Baily’s beads have completely disappeared (see below). Also, naked eye observations MUST finish before Baily’s beads reappear at the end of totality. Make sure you know how long totality will last at your location.

Unique Sights around Totality

Certain phenomena can only be seen during a total solar eclipse:

 

Shadow bands: About 1 minute before totality, moving wavy lines of alternating light and dark can be seen on the ground and along walls. These shadow bands are the result of Earth’s turbulent atmosphere refracting the last rays of sunlight.
Diamond ring: Seen about 10 to 15 seconds before and after totality, the solar corona (the outer atmosphere of the sun) becomes visible; seen together with a single jewel of light from the sun, this creates a diamond ring effect.
The Sun’s corona: As the diamond ring fades, the Sun’s corona becomes more prominent and is visible as a faint ring of rays surrounding the silhouetted Moon. The corona is the outermost layer of the Sun’s atmosphere, and it is around 200–300 times hotter than the Sun’s surface. The corona’s temperature can reach over 1 million °C (1.8 million °F).
Baily’s beads: About 5 seconds before totality, Baily’s beads appear. They are little bead-like blobs of light at the edge of the Moon. They are created because gaps in the mountains and valleys on the Moon’s surface allow sunlight to pass through in some places but not others.
The Sun’s chromosphere: A lower layer of the Sun’s atmosphere, the chromosphere, gives out a reddish glow which can only be seen for a few seconds after totality sets in.

 

The phenomena then repeat in reverse order:

Baily’s beads: The beads grow and merge into a crescent as the Moon continues to move away.
Diamond ring and corona: As the diamond ring grows brighter, the corona fades.
Shadow bands: The moving wavy lines reappear on the ground shortly before the crescent Sun becomes visible again and nature recovers.

 

The Science of Total Solar Eclipses

Only those located in the path of the Moon’s full shadow, its umbra, can see a total solar eclipse. The Moon’s umbra travels eastward at about 1,700 km/h (1,056 mph).

 

A total solar eclipse can last for several hours. Totality can range from a few seconds to 7.5 minutes. The longest total solar eclipse of the 21st century took place on July 22, 2009 when the totality lasted 6 minutes and 39 seconds.

 

The Moon’s orbital path around Earth is inclined at an angle of approximately 5° to Earth’s orbital plane (ecliptic) around the Sun. The points where the 2 orbital planes meet are called lunar nodes. Solar eclipses occur only when a New Moon takes place near a lunar node, 2—5 times a year.

 

Moon Phases

The Moon’s path around Earth is elliptical, with one side of the orbit closer to Earth than the other. The side closest to Earth is called the perigee and the side farthest from Earth is known as the apogee.

 

Earth’s orbit around the Sun is also elliptical, with the Sun closer to one end, the perihelion of the orbit than the other aphelion.

 

Earth’s and the Moon’s elliptical orbits mean that Earth’s distance from the Sun and the Moon’s distance from Earth varies throughout the year. It also means that from Earth, the Sun’s and Moon’s apparent sizes change during the year.

 

When the Moon is about 400 times closer to Earth than the Sun, the Moon’s and the Sun’s apparent sizes roughly match. Because of this, total eclipses of the Sun can only occur when the Moon is near perigee – it is the only time when the disk of the Moon looks big enough to cover the entire disk of the Sun.

Source

timeanddate.com

How Not to Watch Solar Eclipses

According to NASA, the following materials should never be used to view a solar eclipse:

 

sunglasses of any kind
color film
medical X-ray film
smoked glass
floppy disks

 

The Sun’s UV radiation can burn the retinas in the eyes leading to permanent damage or even blindness. This can occur even if your eyes are exposed to direct sunlight for just a few seconds.

 

Safely Watch a Solar Eclipse

The only way to safely view the Sun – eclipsed or not – is to either project or filter the Sun’s rays.

Projectors

Projection works well. You can make your own box projector or use a telescope or binoculars. However, don’t look through the telescope’s eyepiece or side-mounted finder scope while projecting the Sun’s image onto a screen.

 

Eclipse Glasses

If you are not the DIY type, check online or with your local natural history museum, space museum, or astronomy club for where to get proper eclipse glasses.

 

Use protective gear.

NASA recommends welder’s glasses rated 14 or higher. These can be found at your local welding supply store. Keep in mind that welder glass grading may be different in different countries.

Solar Filters

You can use special solar filters to watch the Sun during a solar eclipse, but use the proper type of solar filter that is designed for eclipses. Check that filters do not crack under the Sun’s magnified and focused intensity. Solar filters must be treated with care, or they can quickly become damaged and unsafe to use.

Source

timeanddate.com

Protect Your Eye Sight: How to Safely View a Solar Eclipse

The Sun’s UV radiation can permanently damage your eyes. Never look directly into the Sun, not even for a few seconds! To safely view a solar eclipse, you can either project or filter the Sun’s rays. Read more here….

Your Astronomy for Sunday, July 23rd

The Moon is in Cancer until 4:33 AM, after which the Moon is in Leo.
The Moon is void from 2:04 AM to 4:33 AM.
The Moon is waning and in its Waning Crescent/Balsamic phase until 5:45 AM, after which the Moon is waxing and in its New phase.
The New Moon occurs today in the sign of Leo.
The Sun spends its first full day in Leo (the Sun is in Leo from July 22-August 22).

Moon in Leo

The Moon is traveling through Leo today. Shine and be proud! You rule right now!

 

The Moon in Leo speaks to our “inner child”. It’s a warm, generous, whole-heartedly loving position. Pride keeps us from pettiness, but it can also prevent us from opening up and revealing how we are truly feeling. We are on stage, our feelings are grand, and we appreciate some drama in our lives. We are easily threatened by anything that seems to be impersonal. This is a time when we seek attention–when we want to stand out for our special qualities. It’s a strong time for romance and any creative activity as well.

 

The Moon in Leo generally favors the following activities: Creative activities, activities involving children, generous undertakings, undertakings in which personal recognition is desired, and risk-taking.

The Sky This Week for July 23 to 30

Constellations, a crescent Moon, and other cool things to look for in the sky this week.
By Richard Talcott

Sunday, July 23

New Moon occurs at 5:46 a.m. EDT. At its New phase, the Moon crosses the sky with the Sun and so remains hidden by our star. But that won’t be the case the next time our satellite completes an orbit of Earth. On August 21, the New Moon will pass directly in front of our star, bringing a total solar eclipse to millions of observers across the United States from Oregon to South Carolina. The rest of the country will experience a partial eclipse, though viewers should try their best to get into the path of totality.

Pluto reached the peak of its 2017 appearance earlier this month, and it remains a tempting target for those with an 8-inch or larger telescope. The 14th-magnitude world is visible all night among the background stars of northeastern Sagittarius, some 1.5° east-southeast of 3rd-magnitude Pi (p) Sagittarii. See “In pursuit of Pluto” in the July Astronomy for complete details on finding this world.

Monday, July 24

Grab your binoculars and scan just above the western horizon after sunset. There you’ll find three bright objects that fit in a single field of view. Mercury will be the easiest to see. It shines at magnitude 0.2 and stands about 8° high a half-hour after the Sun goes down. The 1st-magnitude star Regulus in Leo the Lion lies 1° to the planet’s upper left. And a slender crescent Moon just 4 percent lit hangs about 5° to the lower right of the close pair.

Tuesday, July 25

The waxing crescent Moon stands some 8° to the upper left of the Mercury-Regulus pair this evening. Nine percent of Luna’s face appears lit tonight, and the greater illumination combined with the higher altitude make it much easier to see than it was yesterday.

Wednesday, July 26

By the time morning twilight starts to paint the sky, brilliant Venus already dominates the scene. The planet rises around 3 a.m. local daylight time and stands 10° high at the start of twilight an hour later. It’s hard to mistake Venus for anything else — at magnitude –4.0, it shines far brighter than any other object in the morning sky. Although the view with the naked eye or through binoculars is dazzling, you also should point a telescope in the planet’s direction. Not only does Venus show an 15″-diameter disk that appears nearly three-quarters illuminated, but this morning also offers a bonus: The planet lies less than 1° south of the Crab Nebula supernova remnant (M1).

Mars reaches solar conjunction at 9 p.m. EDT, when it lies on the far side of the Sun from our perspective. The Red Planet will remain hidden in our star’s glare until it emerges into morning twilight in September.

Thursday, July 27

As an inner planet, Venus moves quickly relative to the background stars. After passing south of M1 yesterday, this morning the planet appears 0.4° north of the 3rd-magnitude star Zeta (z) Tauri, the southern horn of the constellation Taurus the Bull.

Friday, July 28

The waxing crescent Moon appears about one-third illuminated this evening, when it lies just 3° above brilliant Jupiter. The two lie about 25° high in the southwest an hour after sundown and look spectacular from then until they set after 11 p.m. local daylight time. Although the naked eye and binoculars show this conjunction best, a telescope delivers great views of magnitude –1.9 Jupiter all week. The giant planet’s disk spans 35″ and shows a wealth of detail in its massive atmosphere.

Saturday, July 29

Mercury pops out of the twilight glow this evening as the sky begins to darken. The innermost planet lies 27° east of the Sun tonight, its greatest elongation for this evening apparition (the configuration officially occurs at 1 a.m. EDT on the 30th). Look for it 30 minutes after sunset, when it lies some 8° above the western horizon. The innermost planet should be fairly easy to spot because it shines brightly, at magnitude 0.3. (Use binoculars if you can’t see it with naked eyes.) Through a telescope, Mercury appears 8″ across and slightly less than half-lit.

The Southern Delta Aquarid meteor shower reaches its peak overnight, but meteor rates remain essentially the same from July 27 to August 1. And with the nearly First Quarter Moon setting around midnight local daylight time, early morning viewing conditions should be ideal. The meteors appear to radiate from the constellation Aquarius, which rises in late evening and appears highest in the hours before dawn. At its best, the shower produces 20 to 25 meteors per hour under a dark sky, though the highest rates occur at tropical locations and in the Southern Hemisphere.

Sunday, July 30

First Quarter Moon arrives at 11:23 a.m. EDT. Our satellite won’t rise until around 1:30 p.m. local daylight time, however, so observers in the Americas won’t see it precisely half-lit. As darkness falls this evening, the Moon appears about 55 percent illuminated and resides among the background stars of Libra the Scales.

Venus’ rapid eastward motion relative to the background stars carries it from Taurus the Bull into Orion the Hunter this morning. The planet will reside in this non-zodiacal constellation for only two days, however, and will cross into Gemini the Twins on August 1.

Source

The Astronomy Magazine

Sunday, July 23rd

 

Traditionally, Sunday is the first day of the week. It is also known as the Lord’s Day from it original association with the Lord, that is, the Sun God, personified as Helios, Apollo, Ogmios, Mithras, and St. Elia. But in the Northern Tradition, the sun is seen as feminine, personified as the goddess known as Phoebe in East Anglia and Saule in eastern Europe. The sun rules the conscious element of the human being, the ego, the real self, and Sunday is the day on which this conscious power is at its most effective.

Deity: Sol

Zodiac Sign: Leo

Planet: Sun

Tree: Birch

Herb: Snakeroot

Stone: Ruby

Animal: Lion

Element: Fire

Color: Gold

Rune: Sigel

 

Celtic Tree Month of Tinne(Holly) – July 8 – August 4

Runic Half-Month of Ur (primal strength) – July 14 – July 28

Goddess of the Month of Kerea – July 11 – August 8

 

Source

The Pagan Book of Days
Nigel Pennick

On Sunday, July 23rd, We honor the God Helios

Do you feel that you need the extra drive, ambition, and power of the god of the sun, who sees all and watches over us as he blazes through the sky? Try picturing a buff, chariot-driving, golden-haired centurion-that would be Helios, the Greek god of the sun.

Helios was thought of as the physical representation of sun. He was portrayed as sometimes wearing a golden helmet or having a golden halo. He was often characterized ized in art as a handsome man draped in a white, sparkling tunic and cloak. Helios drove his blazing sun-chariot across the sky from east to west, every day. The golden chariot was pulled by his four white horses, named Pyrois, Eos, Aethon, and Phiegon. Symbols for this sun god include the chariot, the rooster, the globe, and his four white horses.

Source

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

Spellcrafting for Sunday

 

 Health
 Abundance
 Leadership
 Strength
 Ambition
 Individuality
 Authority
 Hope
 Joy
 Happiness
 Creativity

Source

A Spell Crafter’s Compendium
Terri Paajanen

Your Magickal Guide to Sunday

Ruler: Sun

Colors: Gold or yellow

Power Hours: Sunrise and sunset.

Key Words: Love, happiness, health, wealth

It is easy to spot the ruler of this day by its name. Sunday is the day of the sun. Community work, volunteer services, exercise, outdoor sports, buying, selling, speculating, meeting people, anything involving groups, running fairs and raffles, growing crops and taking care of all health matters fall under the influence of the Sun. With all this activity and the brightness of the sun, it’s easy to see why the child that is born on the Sabbath day is bonny and blithe, and good and gay.

Michael is the primary angel of Sunday but each hour of this day also has it’s secondary angel. These angels are Michael (first hour), Anael (second hour), Raphael (third hour), Gabril (fourth hour), Cassiel (fifth hour), Sachiel (sixth hour), Samael (seventh hour), Michael (eighth hour), Anael (ninth hour), Raphael (tenth hour), Gabriel (eleventh hour), and Cassiel twelfth hour). Notice some of the angels do double duty this day.

On Sundays, (unless you are invoking a specific angelic energy) the hour of sunrise will be the most powerful time to work, especially if you want to infuse energy into your work. Sunset is the second best time and is favored when you need to calm down a situation. Check the local newspaper, astrological calendar, or almanac to determine your local sunrise.

Source

Gypsy Magic

A Little Witchery For Your Day

 

Those ambitious, successful spells and charms will be heightened by working on the day of the week that has the planetary influence of the sun. So light those sunny candles, wear some luminous colors, and break out the gold jewelry! Bake up some cinnamon rolls or low-fat cinnamon muffins for an enchanting family breakfast. Take an orange with you to eat at lunch today. Try using a little magickal aromatherapy and burn some cinnamon-scented incense to encourage success and wealth today. Make the talisman to keep your solar magick with you. Sprinkle some dried marigold petals around your house-or across the threshold-to pull triumph and protection toward you and your family.

 

Get outside and tip up your face to the sun. Take a walk outside, and soak up some sunshine! Acknowledge the power of Sunna or Helios as they blaze across the sky and bring courage and motivation into your life. Sit outside at sunrise on a Sunday morning and bask in its warm, rosy-golden glow Acknowledge Brigid as the inner, creative spark of imagination and inspiration. She can help these gifts burn brightly within your own soul. Use your imagination and create your own brand of witchery and magick. Here comes the sun, and it’s your turn to shine!

Source

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

Flowers Associated with Sunday – The Marigold

The common garden marigold (Tagetes) is a powerful little magickal flower. While its scent is strong and maybe unpleasant to some folks, don’t turn up your nose at it! This flower’s astrological correspondence is the sun. According to folklore, it was thought that if you gathered marigolds at noon, it would double their solar energy. The marigold is used to encourage wealth and riches. It also helps keep wandering spirits away By the way, the pot marigold (Calendula officinalis) is edible, and its flower petals may be added to salads or used as garnish.

Source

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

Herbs Associated With Sundays – St. John’s Wort

The herb St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) is a perennial herb, blooming typically cally once a year right around midsummer. St. John’s wort is a classic summer solstice herb and is often incorporated into sabbat rituals. This flowering herb is also associated with the sun, and its magickal properties include health, happiness, and protection from faerie magick or trickery. Try gathering the blossoms for a good luck charm, or work with the green foliage and tuck it into a vase with other magickal flowers for its protective qualities.

Source

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

For All You Gardeners, A Gardening Witch Tip

HERE is A practical tip for working with fresh flowers. If you’d like your flowers to stay fresher in the vase for a longer period of time, then give the bottom of the stems a fresh diagonal cut with a knife or scissors just before you plunk them into a water-filled filled vase. Also, strip off any lower leaves from the stems that may be below the water line. (The only thing you want in the water is the stems.) Change your water every other day so the flowers will stay fresher longer. Adding a bit of white soda, such as 7-Up, to the water is rumored to keep flowers fresher longer, too.

Source

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

Crystals/Gemstones Associated with Sunday – The Diamond

Beyond eing a girl’s best friend, the diamond promotes spirituality and self-confidence. The diamond has the elemental correspondence of fire, and it has a projective energy. Due to the way that the stone flashes and reflects when direct light hits it, it is also considered a defensive stone. If you own any diamond jewelry, no matter what the size, it falls under the category of an associated stone of the sun. Diamonds are the birthstone for April. A diamond is also rumored to promote fertility and to keep your sexuality on track, as it is thought to cleanse and remove any blocks to the root chakra.

Source

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

The Witches Almanac for Sunday, July 23rd

Mysteries of St. Cristina (Italian)

Waning Moon

New Moon 5: 46 am

Moon Sign: Cancer

Moon enters Leo 4: 34 am

Incense: Juniper

Color: Amber

Today’s Correspondences for the Witch

 

Magickal Intentions: Growth, Advancements, Enlightenment, Rational Thought, Exorcism, Healing, Prosperity, Hope, Exorcism, Money

Incense: Lemon, Frankincense

Planet: Sun

Sign: Leo

Angel: Michael

Colors: Gold, Yellow, Orange and White

Herbs/Plants: Marigold, Heliotrope, Sunflower, Buttercup, Cedar, Beech, Oak

Stones: Carnelian, Citrine, Tiger’s Eye, Amber, Clear Quartz and Red Agate

Oil: (Sun) Cedar, Frankincense, Neroli, Rosemary

The first day of the week is ruled by the Sun. It is an excellent time to work efforts involving business partnerships, work promotions, business ventures, and professional success. Spells where friendships, mental or physical health, or bringing joy back into life are an issue work well on this day, too.

Sunday is Ruled by the Sun

 

Sunday corresponds to the sun, our closest star. This day is full of wonder and all sorts of magical potential for success, wealth, and fame. Sundays are for personal achievements of any kind such as working towards a promotion at your job, seeking fame and wealth, or being acknowledged for a job well done. All of these goals fall under the golden influence of the sun. Some suggestions for Sunday enchantments would include:

Sitting outside at sunrise and calling on the goddess Brigid for illumination and inspiration

Wearing gold jewelry or clothing that is gold or sunshine yellow to pull some color magic into your life

Arranging a few sunflowers in a vase and empowering these “flowers of the sun” for fame and ambition

Gathering up the common marigold flower and scattering it’s petals about to encourage prosperity

Baking up a batch of cinnamon rolls for the family and enchanting them for health and success

Snacking on a solar fruit, the orange, and enjoying the magical boost it brings to your life

Magickal Applications for Sundays

 

The Latin term for Sunday, our first day of the week, is Dies Solis (“sun’s day”). In ancient Greek, it was called Hemera Heliou. In the Old English language, it was known as Sunnandaeg; in Middle English, Sonenday. All of these titles mean the same thing: the day of the sun.

What do you think of when you feel the sun shine down on you? What sorts of enchantments and energies do you think would be complementary to a day named after our closest star? Sunday brings those bright solar energies into your life and has the magickal correspondences of success, promotion, leadership, pride, light, generosity, warmth, fitness, and personal growth. Astrologically, the sun symbolizes the conscious self and rules the zodiac sign of Leo.

The charms and spells that would complement this magickal day of the sun are ones for personal achievements of any kind-such as if you are seeking fame and wealth, working for that much-deserved promotion at work, or being acknowledged for a job well done. Health issues, increasing personal power, or simply sticking to your diet and being proud of what you have accomplished all fall under the sun’s golden influence.

Source

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

Sunday and The Perfect Corresponding Spell

 

Finally, it’s Sunday, the official day of rest. Not only do Christians acknowledge this day, but I’m sure many Pagans appreciate this day, as well. Everyone needs rest and lot of people need a good day to worship their creator (whomever or whatever that may be), however they deem fit to do so. With the Sun being the central theme of many ancient rituals, Sunday just seems to fit, in name and theory. Not only is it a good day to worship, it seems good to do more relaxed spells, such as, sleep, dream and rebirth.

Sleep Spells – Nap Lavender Spell

 

Items you will need for this spell:
1 small sachet or bag
1 pinch of lavender
1 handful of roses
1 pinch of allspice
1 pinch of nutmeg
1 white candle
1 lighter or match

 

Fill a small sachet or bag with the above ingredients. After the bag is filled, tie off the end and shake all the ingredients around. Then, lay the bag on a table next to the white candle. Light the candle and think about having a nice, peaceful rest. Think about how long you want to sleep and how wonderful it feels just to be able to sleep. Take about five, deep breaths and relax. Pick up the candle and pour some wax over the end of the sachet or bag. After that, blow out the candle and put the sachet or bag under your pillow. At night, before you go to bed, get the sachet or bag from under your pillow and smell it. Breathe in the scents and allow your body to relax. Hold it in your hands for as long as you need to. Before you know it, you will be falling asleep.

Source

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

Home & Hearth Magick for Sunday, July 23

 

On Sunday, work for success, healing and blessings.

Planetary Influence: The Sun

Household Symbols: A rooster, a sun, gold jewelry

Colors: Yellow and gold

Kitchen Spices: Cinnamon and orange peels

Source:

Cottage Witchery, Natural Magick for Hearth and Home
Author: Ellen Dugan

Celebrating Legends, Folklore & Spirituality 365 Days A Year for July 23 – Neptunalia

July 23
Neptunalia

The Neptunalia venerates the divine God of the sea, Neptune. Originally a freshwater God, Neptune acquired his maritime status when he was identified with the Greek Poseidon. At Rome, there was a temple dedicated to Neptune in the circus Flaminius within the Campus Martius where his festivals were held on July 23 and December 1.

 

Neptune was one of only three Gods to whom a bull might be sacrificed (the others were Mars and Apollo). According to legend, he has a wife whose name was Salacia, Goddess of the salty sea and inland guardian of springs. It is believed that the Goddess Sulis, who is still worshiped at the sacred hot springs at Bath, may have been an aspect of Salacia.

 

“Mighty Neptune, may it please,

Thee, the Rector of the Seas.

Through thy watrie-region;

And a Tunnie-fish shall be,

Offer’d up with thanks to thee.

 

Robert Herrick, “To Neptune, Hesperides”

(1648)

The Current Moon Phase for Sunday, July 22

New Moon
Illumination: 0%

The Moon today is in a New Moon phase. During this phase the Moon is to close to the sun in the sky to be visible. The moon rises and sets with the sun and is not present in the night sky. Because of this the night sky is darker and an excellent time to view other celestial objects. Like the Full Moon, a New Moon happens at a very specific time when the sun and moon have the same ecliptic longitude and it can be measured down to the second it occurs.

Phase Details for – Sunday, July 23, 2017

Phase: New Moon
Illumination: 0%
Moon Age: 0.10 days
Moon Angle: 0.54
Moon Distance: 368,700.41 km
Sun Angle: 0.52
Sun Distance: 151,969,948.79 km

Source

MoonGiant.com

Light-speed Density Detoxes
  • July and August will bring with it some unique Higher Frequencies and healing energies. These allow for particularly fast changes in your inner and outer lives. They will allow fast clearings of old density too – a density detox to shed the old and level up into the next platform of being in yourself and for the planet.
  • These High-Frequency energies will mean many of you will feel better than ever and any Density Detoxes you experience will happen more easily (especially as you are more skilled at letting them move through you now). Take time to regularly be quiet and still for this high upgrade period to be able to work on you.
  • Intuition is growing stronger in the collective and so will kick in strongly for you now, IF you create space and time for it to appear and be listened to. Listen to what your intuition wants you to do/try/begin, and if it feels right to trust it, try out doing things in a new way wherever you feel supported to do so. Act on the intuition, yes, but then REFLECT on how it went (when you try out new intuitive things) and then the intuitive muscle can increase and grow. Keeping journals helps with this ‘monitoring’ process while you are deepening with intuition.
  • Know that there is a DENSITY DETOX occurring faster than before. It’s intense at times and shows us our Ego relationship with deep honesty. BE OK WITH THIS, and it will pass through you at lightning speed. Be upset at it or yourself, and it will stick around until you SURRENDER. The current energy wants you to surrender, so that you flow with it, detox it and return to your centre sooner. LOVE yourself (and any ego reactions you notice) through these more difficult moments, just as you would a friend who is having a hard time.
  • Healer Burnout is going around for many healers right now. If that is your story, it means time to rest, recharge and dial back your social and/or work schedule for a few weeks.

THE HIGHS WILL LOOK AND FEEL LIKE:

  • You feeling very alive, and charged with inspired ideas, sense of purpose and new levels of maintained higher awareness.
  • Divine Action/Creation (and Activism) will be strong for those in this group, and if these are your inner frequencies, you will be well supported in the outer world too.
  • You feeling (and sharing) an Influx of Joy, Positivity and Happiness (you may even seem odd to your friends who are not feeling this, as a result).

THE LOWS WILL LOOK AND FEEL LIKE:

  • Mental Confusion – feeling unclear and generally murky about your direction (and that of the world right now).
  • If you are in the lows, trust that you will ride out this period of density detox and do whatever you can to support your wellbeing.
  • Remind your mind – “This too shall pass”. It can help in the intense moments where your mind wants to go into victim or panic mode.
  • If FEAR and OVER-STIMULATION from outside information or influences draw you away from your balance, notice it, then take action to reset and clear your energy field (“I release any energies and emotions that are not mine”) and then you can return to your day reset. Be mindful of where you give your focus and how it affects your ability to be open to life.

Moon Diary: New Moon in Leo, 23rd July, 2017

by Jane Lyle

The Astrology Rooom

 

Let’s Dance

Here’s a most passionate fire Moon, opening Leo’s summer season with a bright, dancing burst of sunny energy.

 

Our golden new Moon rises at 0 degrees of Leo. Beginnings flourish. This vibrant, creative Leo story unfolds all the way through to the Leo total solar eclipse at the end of the sign on 21st August. There’s plenty of drama – so, ‘lights, camera, action!’

The radiant energy of this new Moon is simply unstoppable. Both Sun and Moon align with Leo Mars, creating a cosmic engine of desire, imagination, playfulness and determination. Block or deny this energy and tempers will fray – it needs plenty of room, a big stage, and plenty of outlets during the month ahead. If you want to begin a creative project, love affair, or just get physical, why not decide to set your intentions and focus on positive outcomes? Just sit there, however, and very soon you’ll want to pick a fight with someone. Right now, there’s not much in between.

We could wrestle with this warrior princess of a Moon, for Uranus in hot, impulsive Aries is challenging the Sun, Moon and Mars. By the time of the August Leo eclipse, Uranus will be helping us work more imaginatively with what’s new and strange. For now, things could be bumpy, surprising, and most certainly unconventional.

Yet this Moon says ‘feel the love’, and amidst the confusion and turbulence of current world events, that’s a beautiful, precious thing.

“The inner fire is the most important thing mankind possesses.”

– Edith Sodergran, Poet

This Week’s Astrology: Ironing Out the Wrinkles

Your weekly Astrology highlights for July 24-30, 2017


The road to romance might feel a bit rocky at the beginning of the week. Will things even out by Sunday? Here’s what you can expect…

Monday, July 24: Venus opposite Saturn; Mercury trine Uranus

Matters of the heart are weighty this Monday thanks to Venus opposing Saturn. This is the time to remember that the things worth having don’t come easily. Also on this day, Mercury will trine Uranus, compelling you to share your ingenious ideas with anyone who will listen.

Tuesday, July 25: Mercury enters Virgo

Mercury will enter Virgo on Tuesday, helping you to focus on the details behind all of your brilliant plans.

Wednesday, July 26: Sun conjunct Mars

On Wednesday, the Sun will conjunct Mars, giving you the most vibrant energy for pleasure. Your mind wants to work, but your body wants to have fun.

Sunday, July 31: Venus sextile Uranus

With Venus at a sextile to Uranus by Sunday, it looks like fun and pleasure will prevail.

 

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Joy Is Radiating at the New Moon in Leo

Read your sign’s New Moon in Leo Horoscope now


We all have dreams that are waiting to be realized, and the New Moon in expressive Leo on July 23, 2017, is a cosmic invitation to the dance of manifestation. We are being asked to think about those things that bring us joy, and initiate direct action to transform our fantasies into reality. Leo symbolizes the light and love that emanates from our heart center; it is the brilliance of the mid-summer Sun that encourages the bud to fully bloom under its warming rays. We are each being asked to take steps that ultimately reveal our internal beauty.

Since all New Moons are optimum times to plant the seeds of intention, there is no justification to hold back once we receive the wake-up call. The dramatic Leo New Moon’s conjunction with irrepressible Mars is just one more reason to start immediately. Mars the Warrior informs us that we need to fight to express our message of truth and defend it at any cost.

Innovative thinking also accompanies this lunation as an inventive Mercury-Uranus trine opens an intellectual channel to the future. However, powerful changes take time, and the stabilizing Venus-Saturn opposition reminds us that there are no shortcuts to happiness.

 

Aries Horoscope (March 21 – April 19)

You’re riding high on waves of spontaneity that create the potential for all kinds of self-expression. The affectionate Leo New Moon rattles your 5th House of Romance, reinvigorating a current relationship or introducing a new partner into your life. Luckily, you find it easier to show up in social situations with a cheerful attitude and an open heart. However, there still may be fears brewing beneath the surface, preventing you from enjoying the wonderful possibilities all around you. Nevertheless, focus on the positive; the grass is always greener where you water it.

Taurus Horoscope (April 20 – May 20)

It’s time to throw a party at home or head out on the town with a few close friends. The bold Leo New Moon fires up your 4th House of Domestic Conditions, but the current focus is not necessarily on your chores or obligations. Instead, the cosmos is offering you the chance to experience pleasure in the company of those you love the most. Although the fun and games are not limited to the present moment, start planning immediately so you can fully enjoy yourself during the days ahead. A joy that’s shared is a joy made double.

Gemini Horoscope (May 21 – June 20)

It seems like magic when you can talk people into seeing things from your perspective. Fortunately, the demonstrative Leo New Moon activates your 3rd House of Communication, amplifying your gift of gab. You are optimistic that you can get your message across efficiently, but your lack of follow-through may confuse others. Nevertheless, you needn’t be too concerned about anyone’s reactions to your behavior. Although you are acutely aware of your priorities, you might not be ready to bring your plan to fruition. Timing is everything. Ultimately, the only person you need to prove anything to is yourself.

Cancer Horoscope (June 21 – July 22)

Sometimes people don’t stop to notice your competence because you’re so adept at supporting others. However, the energy is shifting and you can proudly strut your stuff without being too self-conscious. It actually might feel amazing to appear in the spotlight while the proud Leo New Moon shakes up your 2nd House of Self-Worth. There’s no reason to shy away from the recognition you rightly deserve. Bask in the warm appreciation you receive for the special gifts you bring to the party.

Leo Horoscope (July 23 – Aug. 22)

A convergence of cosmic currents catches you in this magical moment, motivating you to start a personal project. Although you might feel a great sense of urgency, building momentum requires an investment of time and energy. This assertive New Moon joins macho Mars in your proud sign, inspiring you to announce your plans and take the first steps on your journey. But don’t pretend all the pieces are in place when there are still so many details to be ironed out. You must maintain your enthusiasm if you are to succeed, so explore ways to sustain your determination without cooling down the heat of your passion. Live loud, love hard.

Virgo Horoscope (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22)

Although many people schedule their vacations over the summer, this may be a very hectic time of year for you busy worker bees. The lively Leo New Moon attempts to hide in your 12th House of Privacy, suggesting a lot is going on in your world that’s invisible to others — enough angst to make you a bit anxious. Avoid deepening a conflict with anyone for petty reasons. You really can’t afford to waste any energy if you want to complete everything you start. Choose your battles carefully and save your wrath for those things that truly matter.

Libra Horoscope (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22)

Managing your social calendar is often one of your top priorities. Juggling a complicated schedule seems more critical than ever while the outgoing Leo New Moon heats up your 11th House of Friends and Wishes. However, you might feel overwhelmed if you commit to more than you can handle. It’s challenging to tell if your intentions are grounded in reality or if they are products of an overactive imagination. Nevertheless, it’s not wise to isolate yourself. Make a plan that allows you to say yes to the most tempting opportunities, even if you are unsure of your motives. Find joy in the ordinary.

Scorpio Horoscope (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21)

Although you might wish you had more privacy, your responsibilities to family, profession or community draw the bright spotlight toward you. The action-packed Leo New Moon highlights your 10th House of Public Life, impacting your place in the outer world. You may be tempted to overreact, but there’s no need to make any immediate changes as long as you spend time reassessing your long-term goals. Initiate action only when you feel fully inspired. Joseph Campbell wrote, “If the path before you is clear, you’re probably on someone else’s.”

Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21)

You are riding a new set of wild waves that are carrying you into your future. Although the theatrical Leo New Moon’s presence in your 9th House of Big Ideas infuses you with optimism, you may also be hiding secrets that you don’t want anyone to know. A tiny seed of self-doubt could be enough to sour your plans, especially if others catch wind of it and water it with their fears. Discretion is your friend. Actor Josh Radnor said, “Talk about what you love and keep quiet about what you don’t.”

Capricorn Horoscope (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19)

You strive to be in complete control of your life and the sole director of your destiny, but other people may hold some of the keys to your success. The Leo New Moon points to your 8th House of Shared Resources, indicating that working with someone else is a strategic move. However, the current situation becomes tricky if another person needlessly flaunts their power. Don’t waste time fighting an obvious display of emotional insecurity. Instead, concentrate on negotiating solid agreements with your partners to ensure mutual success down the road.

Aquarius Horoscope (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18)

A friend or relative may be acting exceptionally nice, but you can’t help but wonder if there is more going on than meets your eye. You might be feeling extra pressure to perform in a certain way while the melodramatic Leo New Moon agitates your 7th House of Companions. However, it’s highly unlikely people are scheming against you. It’s more likely that you’re afraid to fully trust the positive vibes floating in the atmosphere. Fortunately, there’s no rush; respond only when your heart is ready.

Pisces Horoscope (Feb. 19 – March 20)

You might feel as if you’re talking to a wall, especially if others seem disinterested in your story. Keep in mind the dramatic Leo New Moon occupies your 6th House of Details, making it nearly impossible to envision the entire picture. Unconsciously pushing ahead with your plans by turning them into a performance can raise the ire of your peers. Taking smaller steps allows you to make steady progress without hogging the spotlight. Ultimately, a new strategy based on toning down your vision and focusing on one project at a time is the most reliable path to your success.

 

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Your Daily Horoscopes for Sunday, July 23rd

 

Aries

Aries Horoscope

The New Moon occurring this morning brings further strength to make changes and start fresh, dear Aries. It opens doors for you on romantic and creative fronts in the coming weeks. This is a time for starting new hobbies, finding new avenues for entertainment and creative expression, and, for some of you, romantic relationships. It’s also time to inject more fun into your life. With the Sun and the Moon applying to your ruler, Mars, in fellow Fire sign, Leo, you are pumped up and super-motivated to enjoy yourself and to express yourself creatively. This is a time for following your heart rather than the crowd. If you’ve been working way too hard, and many of you have, this is a time for finding ways to lighten the load. You’re braver and more courageous than usual about pursuing who and what you want. Be careful not to become over-confident when it comes to taking risks with your money, however.

Taurus HoroscopeIn the weeks ahead, you’ll be bringing healing and wholeness, as well as some refinement and organization, to your home life and family relationships, dear Taurus. The New Moon occurring today connects with brave, action-oriented Mars, and you’ll have a lot of energy to pour into your personal life in the weeks ahead. Even so, you’ll be looking to cast anchor on a psychological level. It’s a time for boosting your comfort levels and increasing self-knowledge. You might also work on plans that make you feel more secure in the long-term, or you may be laying down the foundation for a long-term venture. Reorganizing or renovating in the home are favored. Some of you may move, and others will work on improving current living conditions and arrangements. You’ll need to get over a hump before pushing ahead, however, with Venus and Saturn moving towards an opposition, but dealing with financial problems head-on makes sense now.

Gemini

Gemini

A New Moon occurring this morning brings new-beginning energy to your world, dear Gemini, particularly when it comes to meeting new people, learning new things, and finding interesting ways to connect, get around, and communicate. It’s likely to stimulate all-new interests now and in the coming weeks, as well as new avenues for expressing yourself. You can feel a rush of desire to take a course or begin a new project now. You’re connecting with people and information that help round out your life. The coming weeks are active for new writing projects, friendships, courses, transportation opportunities, and relationships with siblings and neighbors. For some of you, there could be a breakdown in transportation or communications that bring about the need to do things differently. For others, you could get the courage to begin something you’ve often dreamed of doing, or you might speak up about a matter that needs addressing.

Cancer

Cancer

The New Moon that occurs this morning brings a blast of energy that may very well inspire you to take charge of your finances, dear Cancer. Unexpected events surrounding your finances can occur in the coming weeks, and you may want to tame impulses to spend that come on suddenly, but overall, circumstances are pushing you into new and improved directions. You can feel quite energized, enthusiastic, and driven, in fact, to take charge of matters related to security. Some of you could be looking to make more money, but this cycle is more about getting into a position of control for most. Opportunities to better your business or to get yourself back on a more productive schedule should be taken now and in the coming weeks, although you may need to get over a hump in the form of facing reality on a practical matter before moving forward with new plans.

Leo

Leo Glyph Symbol HoroscopeThe New Moon occurring this morning is in your sign, dear Leo, and this brings a sense of a personal new beginning. This can be a time to reinvent yourself in some significant way or to come out of your shell and express yourself more creatively and spontaneously. You can be at your most impulsive now and in the next few days, and while you possess tremendous energy, it would be wise to weigh all sides of a situation before pushing forward. Pace yourself! However, do consider new projects and initiatives now. You have more impact and personal presence in the weeks ahead. You are receiving a blast of energy that you can harness to bring about needed changes in your life, and especially in your personality, manner, appearance, and image. Something may need to go for you to move forward with less baggage and more confidence.

Virgo

Virgo Symbol HoroscopeThe New Moon this morning brings heightened awareness of the need for more privacy and time for reflection in your life, dear Virgo. As this New Moon connects to Mars, you’re likely to be facing buried anger or desires, which can burst forth quite suddenly now. The weeks ahead are strong for review of the past year and for clearing out the cobwebs before you begin your new birthday year. You may be discovering sides of yourself that you’ve recently overlooked, and this can be illuminating. Powerful feelings surface, and your intuition can demand attention as you become aware of issues that you ignored or simply didn’t see or notice before now. You also have take-charge energy with you for dealing with unresolved matters of the past. This can be a wonderful time for recognizing a need to approach your life in new and improved ways, and you’re focused on changes from the inside out.

Libra 

Libra

The New Moon occurring this morning brings a blast of energy to the sector of your solar chart that rules your friendships and group associations, as well as your hopes and wishes for the future, dear Libra. This area of your chart is getting a lot of attention this week and will continue to be active in the coming weeks. A feeling of belonging assumes more prominence in your life and drives much of what you do. You might choose to become more actively involved in your community, or to network and share more of yourself with associates. Surprising events surrounding a social matter can occur now. You can experience romantic or creative energy — or increased emotional satisfaction — with or through friends and group associations. With your ruler, Venus, approaching an opposition to Saturn, however, you may need to get over a hump before you feel free to push forward, and this reality check can help you pace yourself.

Scorpio

Scorpio Horoscope

The New Moon this morning brings a charge of energy to your professional life, dear Scorpio. The coming weeks are about taking action and shooting for the stars! Your ambitions are high now — perhaps at their peak — and you’re ready to pursue your goals and make needed changes in your life. There are likely to be some hurdles to get over, but these may help you pace yourself. Discern between being impulsive and honoring your impulses. You want to take the lead and initiative, and this can be a time for launching something pivotal. In the coming days, you’ll be clearer about putting something behind you to move forward. It’s a time for pushing your normal boundaries a little as Mars connects with the New Moon and gives you extra muscle and courage. A new project, image, or a new lease on your career can be in the works in the weeks ahead.

Sagittarius

Sagittarius Horoscope

The New Moon this morning brings a charge of energy to your adventure sector, dear Sagittarius. If you’re itching to do something entirely new and adventurous, then the weeks ahead are ideal for doing so. You’re taking on a braver, more courageous approach to your life, and you’re excited about what you might learn and discover. Those of you looking to expand your horizons or education can be highly motivated now. A new beginning of sorts is in the offing. You’ll be anxious to set plans in motion for new experiences, adventures, and a stronger understanding of your life’s purpose. You’ll still do well to follow some routines, but in a general sense, stepping outside of them for a spell or from time to time can energize and inspire you. Be bold but avoid rash moves. As well, be sure to check in with current commitments, even if they don’t seem quite as compelling.

Capricorn

Capricorn Horoscope

The New Moon this morning brings power to your private world, dear Capricorn, as it occurs in your solar eighth house –  a sector of your chart that’s receiving a lot of attention this week and will continue to be active for weeks ahead. This is a time for getting a stronger sense of who you are and what you want. It’s also an excellent period for handling debts to others or for gaining support you need, whether these are of the material or emotional variety. Because the New Moon connects to Mars, you can experience insistent desires that you may have buried or left unacknowledged in the past. You might deal with tricky or sticky matters bravely, rallying for your needs or your fair share. Some of you could begin a new intimate relationship or elevate a current one to new heights. Sharing of resources can be in focus. Drawing upon others’ resources to get something done is possible now. The weeks ahead are good for taking charge of your finances, and if you need some support, you’re likely to find that people are more willing to offer it.

Aquarius

Aquarius

A New Moon occurs this morning, dear Aquarius, opposite your sign. A door opens for change in a close relationship now and in the coming weeks. A fresh start in a partnership, or with someone new, can figure strongly. This is a great time for improving your ability to negotiate with, or simply relate to, others on a one-to-one basis. Relationship needs awaken, and unusual impulses can overcome you that push you into a new beginning of sorts. Expect the unexpected when it comes to others in the weeks ahead of you. Attractions and pairings are in focus now. Even so, you may need to get over a hump tonight and tomorrow before you feel free to pursue your desires.

Pisces

Pisces

The New Moon occurring this morning can jumpstart a new direction, dear Pisces, and motivate you to take charge of work or health matters. This is a time for new beginnings and fresh energy in your daily affairs. In the weeks ahead, you’ll be taking better care of yourself as well as organizing and primping your daily routines. Improved methods help you in many areas of life — the more organized and on top of the details of your life you feel, the more confident you approach many other life departments. There can be job offers in the coming weeks, or you could have new priorities and tasks to manage. Unexpected changes can nudge you towards creating better conditions. Draw on the courage to make changes but watch for impulsiveness and impatience – don’t push yourself too hard.

If You Were Born Today, July 23rd….

You are very intelligent in a quiet way. You have a great love of security and consistency that you avoid making major changes if you can. Your worst enemy is self-doubt and procrastination. You may attract, or be attracted to, a certain level of drama in your love life. You work best in life when you have a passion. Family and work are two great loves for you, and you need to strike a balance between the two.

Famous people born today: Amy Vanderbilt, Willem Dafoe, David Spade, Selena Gomez, Rufus Wainwright, Rhys Ifans, Keegan Allen, Colin Ferguson.

Get A Jump On Tomorrow…..

Your Daily Horoscopes for Monday, July 24th

Aries

Aries Horoscope

An opposition between Venus and Saturn this morning points to the need to “get real” about a project’s limitations, dear Aries, or you may be facing some delays or criticism for an issue or project that’s close to your heart. Try not to fret over this — this aspect tends to produce the climate for some negative feedback! However, you might ultimately find it useful if you aim to deal with things maturely and positively. You might need to revisit and change the structure of a project, and this can be time-consuming, but you’re ultimately making something stronger. Prioritize and listen to others but then tune into your heart and make changes that suit you. While something you say may lead to resentment from someone, you also have a Mercury-Uranus influence working for you now, and this is creative as heck! You are likely to come up with a breakthrough idea now, and a project or plan can move forward suddenly and happily. Although you have some difficulty choosing between a safe choice and a slightly riskier one, you can also enjoy some open, forward-looking conversations or news that inspires you. Learning a new method for your art or learning something about someone you love (or like a lot) can figure strongly now.

Taurus HoroscopeThis morning, there can be a responsibility or a realization that slows things down, dear Taurus, or that dampens your spirits just for now. A partner’s income or a loan matter can be an issue, disturbing your equilibrium or making you worry about whether you have enough. Or, there may be a limitation to what you’re allowed to do that curtails indulgence or a purchase. You may feel opposed or blocked, or a person’s jealousy may interfere with your life now. Slow down a little for best results. Fortunately, your thinking is innovative, and while your pursuit of independence can cause a few waves with loved ones, you can enjoy excellent conversations that open up a whole new world of possibilities. A home or private matter warms your spirits and pulls you out of a funk. Domestic plans can push forward. There may be a clearing of the air, or you could be seeing opportunities to put the negative elements of the past behind you. Conversations can be freeing and eye-opening.

Gemini

Gemini

Venus in your sign opposes Saturn today, dear Gemini, and you could similarly feel blocked or opposed now. Duty and pleasure are at odds, or a responsibility puts a damper on your plans. You might need to attend to someone else’s needs or address important issues in a relationship now. Draw on maturity and try to reach a compromise. If someone in your life seems overly critical, strict, unyielding, or cool, deal with the situation as you may, but consider that it may be best to meet someone you care about halfway and that you might, in fact, need some structure in your life. As frustrating as someone may be, partners have something to teach you about yourself now. Consider taking this “lesson” even if isn’t in a pretty package. Fortunately, a Mercury-Uranus aspect active today helps you think positively and innovatively. New interests are exciting. Friends can inspire you to think creatively or might encourage you to try something new. Throwing yourself into a project or surrounding yourself with friends can be liberating.

Cancer

Cancer

An opposition between Venus and Saturn this morning can seem to pit responsibilities against pleasure, dear Cancer, and can be a reminder of your duties calling, as much as you feel you need a break from them! You may come to a realization that pops your bubble in some way, but that ultimately gets you back on track. The desire to escape pressure and stress or to hide away is high these days, but right now, you may need to handle practical matters before you can justify a break. There can be some opposition or negative feedback to deal with now, but it’s best to sort out what part is constructive and what can be safely ignored. A Mercury-Uranus transit helps you think positively. A new idea or method frees up your time or excites you. You may be entertaining ideas on practical, financial, or business levels that are breakthrough or otherwise pivotal. You can be valued for your ideas and intelligence now. Keep your mind open to new information. While not all ideas considered now will lead to something concrete, one of them might click into place.

Leo

Leo Glyph Symbol HoroscopeThis morning, you may find it hard to juggle your responsibilities and desires, dear Leo. If you pursue one, you feel pulled in the other direction. See-sawing can leave you feeling unsatisfied, but might ultimately lead to a fair compromise. Whether to do something yourself or call upon others for help, or whether to pay particular attention to a lover or a friend can be dilemmas now. Try not to focus too much on whether someone is slowing you down — or letting you down — and focus instead on what you can do to remedy the situation. It may be that you need to pour more attention to filling a responsibility before you can heartily enjoy a pleasure without distraction or guilt. Restructuring a project or dealing with limitations or criticisms can be annoying but ultimately strengthening. Fortunately, a Mercury-Uranus transit suggests talking or thinking things through leads to a greater feeling of freedom. You’re communicating with more enthusiasm and courage. Look for new ideas and perspectives that excite and motivate you. You may be on the top of discoveries with something you’re working on or studying.

Virgo

Virgo Symbol HoroscopeThis morning, duties or delays can interrupt or slow you down from pursuing your plans or professional pursuits, dear Virgo. You may be enjoying your work more than usual these days with Venus at the top of your chart, but home life or personal matters can pull you away from these things. As much as you’d love to throw yourself into something special, you’re likely to feel better once you take care of your priorities, after which you can come back to what truly makes you happy with less worry and better concentration to boot. Fortunately, a Mercury-Uranus influence turns your attention to positive news and ideas. In fact, you’re particularly open to new ideas now, and this attitude can lead to fun and perhaps useful discoveries. Seeing something from the past in a more detached way can help you big time now! There can be a real feeling of purging or release involved with bringing something hidden to light.

Libra 

Libra

A hurdle comes in the form of a Venus-Saturn opposition across your communications sector this morning, dear Libra. This could mean you’re dealing with time constraints or negative feedback that lead to some restructuring. Ultimately, you are in the position to strengthen something, whether this is an opinion, studies, a project, or a plan. Responsibilities to your daily affairs, errands, and other duties and tasks can suddenly increase or make themselves known, throwing a wrench in your plans. Your best bet may be to put in the extra work to get your duties out of the way, but consider that you’ll be in a much better place to enjoy yourself once you do. A Mercury-Uranus influence today is excellent for collaborating, sharing ideas, and relating to others in liberating and peaceful ways. A bit of detachment can put things into perspective, particularly a relationship. People and networks can inspire new methods and ideas today.

Scorpio

Scorpio Horoscope

A Venus-Saturn opposition can point to the need to deal with critical or insensitive people, dear Scorpio, although a bit of negative feedback may ultimately help you if you listen only to constructive criticism and discard the rest! Consider also that you’re particularly sensitive now, seeking out security or reassurance at a time when others are focused on something else entirely. A financial constraint or disagreement may emerge now. The extra work that goes towards fixing mistakes can be truly worthwhile in the long term, however, so focus on adapting to any reality you need to face. A Mercury-Uranus influence, also active today, is good for exploring new ideas and possibilities related to money and business or work and health. The discovery of a new method can free your mind or possibly free up some time. Your ideas or intelligence might receive particular attention now. You’re getting over a hump or a problem area. With this positive energy, you’d rather think about the future than dwell on the past.

Sagittarius

Sagittarius Horoscope

You have a stronger need for companionship or approval and support from others in your life these days, dear Sagittarius, but today, your insecurities or fears, and possibly your plans, can interfere. With Saturn in your sign, you often handle problems on your own and/or in your own way, and this runs at odds with your urge to merge. If others seem irresponsible today, you could feel frustrated that you’re left to deal with the practical side of things. Attempting to restrict others is not the way to go, so do what you can to meet them halfway, perhaps by loosening up a little and hoping they take you a bit more seriously. A Mercury-Uranus transit, also active now, can help lift you above small concerns, and leads to the exploring of creative or unique topics to think or converse about. Travel, romantic, or creative opportunities can be opening up to you now, and it helps to allow yourself time to do some musing and free-form thinking.

Capricorn

Capricorn Horoscope

A Venus-Saturn opposition occurs across your health and wellness sectors today, dear Capricorn. You’re taking pleasure in your work and routines, but delays, setbacks, time limitations, or responsibilities to others can pull you away from the fun. Past mistakes or unfinished business can surface now, and the effort needed to correct or complete these things can be significant, or at least seem that way. Recognize the need to let something go or to make changes in existing projects to go forward in improved ways. A Mercury-Uranus transit, also active today, helps you detach yourself just enough to pull you out of a funk. You might release yourself from a burden or a secret, clear the air, or talk through a problem and feel relieved or even liberated for doing so. When it comes to family and intimate relationships, focusing on the future makes more sense to you now than bringing up the past, and this is the major key to success now.

Aquarius

Aquarius

Venus in your pleasure sector these days can ignite your passion for a hobby, pastime, person, or project, dear Aquarius, but Saturn’s opposition to Venus this morning may serve to remind you of areas you’ve ignored in the process, particularly if you’ve been going overboard. Some of you could feel a bit put off by a friend now, or there can be worries if a friend seems to be ghosting you or doesn’t seem as into you as you’d like. You may simply need to give in and deal with facts and figures or practical matters before returning your attention to the things you actually want to accomplish. If there are criticisms to face, take what’s constructive from it and use it to firm up your life in fundamental ways — ignore the rest (and the delivery). Fortunately, a Mercury-Uranus trine helps you rise above things, and also stimulates your curiosity. You can bring a new light or perspective to a problem. It’s, in fact, an excellent time for coming up with a solution to a nagging problem with a partner, or for learning something new and helpful about someone significant in your life.

Pisces

Pisces

This morning, you may get a sharp reminder of a responsibility that keeps you from the rest, comfort, and peace you’ve been craving, dear Pisces. A Venus-Saturn opposition wants to bring back some balance to your life, and if you’ve been overdoing pleasures and comforts, now is a time for a bit of a “calling out.” This ultimately serves you well, even if it’s irritating or limiting right now. Saturn’s lessons are usually about putting in an effort so that you take better care of yourself and things you love in the long term. Responsibilities or problems that have been neglected or overlooked in the past have a way of surfacing now for your immediate attention. Authority figures, teachers, parents, or bosses may have feedback you don’t want to hear now. A Mercury-Uranus trine also active today can point to excellent conversations that open your mind and free you from certain burdens and frustrations, however. It serves to enliven relationships, and it also leads to successful new methods and ideas related to work and health. Unusual and exciting elements on the job or in your daily routine can be in focus.

Tarot Card of the Day

Knight of Cups


July 23rd, 2017

This card is traditionally entitled the Knight, but in some modern decks appears as the Prince. Traditionally, this card in this suit has pictured a homecoming — portraying a return to his true heart’s home after a long journey. Like the prodigal son, he may be returning after long estrangement from all he holds dear.

His taste for adventure is exhausted — there is no more romanticizing of battles or travel in strange lands. Now he wants to go where he will be recognized, wanted and welcome — where he doesn’t have to fight at every turn. He has the attitude of one who has become older and wiser, the prodigal son.

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Daily Love Tarot

The Emperor

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July 23rd, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A hidden aspect of the past is revealed and is something that lets you tear down a wall that keeps you boxed in. What old memory fogs the mind and your emotions today? Let it go because it is to do easy now. The freedom turns into courageously liberated, wise, and realistic energy. If single, it eases a focus on desired outcomes. That allows someone to feel free to express warmth without pressure, and they will.

 

Your Rune for Sunday, July 23

Isa

“Iss-ah” – Literally: “Ice” – Esoteric: Stasis, Stillness

Rune of concentration of things in a static or frozen state. Rune of stillness and the Ego-Self.

Psi:
mental faculties, focus, ego, self-image/self-identity

Energy:
stillness, contraction, stasis

Mundane: cold, self-preservation, harsh reality

Divinations: Concentrated self, ego-consciousness, self-control, unity of being; or egomania, dullness, blindness, dissipation, immobility, self-centeredness, lack of change, psychopathy.

Governs:

Development of concentration, will and focus
Halting of unwanted dynamic forces as an act of self-defense (ard against demonic influences)
Basic ego integration within a balanced multiversal system
Power of control and constraint over other wights (entities), emotional outbursts
Focus of the will into single-minded action

A Little Thought from Me to You….

 

Why should we hide in the Shadows?
We don’t sacrifice living creatures
We do not worship Satan
Our religion is based on nature…..
peace and love to all mankind.

The Zodiac

The word zodiac is derived from the Greek zoidiakos, or “figures of animals.” It resembles a circle that has been divided into 12 sections of 30 degrees each and is traversed by the sun, moon, and planets each year. Its 12 signs are named after the adjacent constellations that form a great belt around the earth. Each sign governs a month, represented by a symbolic figure that is related to one of the four Elements and human condition.

 

As the sun enters a sign, all persons born during that period inherit or express the qualities and traits it represents. The real significance of the zodiac concerns the process by which primordial energy passes from the potential to the virtual or from sprit to matter. When the sun, moon, and planets pass through a sign they unify the energy of that sign to complement the monthly period and complete a segment of yearly cycle.

THE TWELVE SIGNS OF THE ZODIAC

Aries

 

March 21 through April 19. Symbol: ram; Element: Fire; Quality: cardinal; Ruling planet: Mars; Metal: iron; Gem: ruby or red jasper; Color: scarlet; Plant: geranium or sage. Like the Ram, Aries has a reputation for egotism, action, self-assertion, and the desire to be first. Aries is a masculine sign that is looking for identity. Aries can be fearless on the outside and timid on the inside. The ram spontaneously falls in love, but usually has a difficult time verbalizing his or her feelings. Headstrong and aggressive, the Aries has tremendous power and energy. Aries are leaders, entrepreneurs, and adventurers, usually pushing the envelope in their direction.

 

Taurus

 

April 20 through May 19. Symbol: bull; Element: Earth; Quality: fixed; Ruling planet: Venus, Metal: copper; Gem: topaz or emerald; Color: red and orange; Plant: clover and mallow. Taurus is stable, conservative, and practical, and values the comfortable, unchanging way of life. Taurus is down -to-Earth and one of the most productive signs, always searching for the true value and meaning of life. Like a bull, the Taurus usually remains passive and content, but when angered will attack. Fidelity and consistency are the sign’s virtues; obstinacy and refusal to change are its weaknesses.

 

Gemini

 

May 20 through June 20. Symbol: twins; Element: Air; Quality: mutable; Ruling planet: Mercury; Metal: quicksilver; Gem: alexandrite; Color: orange; Plant: orchid and gladiolus. The search for variety is the trademark of the Gemini, who is always thinking and looking. Maddeningly inconsistent; Geminis can argue one point of view one day, and the completely opposite view the next. The symbol that represents this sign embodies the essential split in its nature of always  trying to view both sides of the coin at the same time. Geminis are the true Jacks of all trades, but unfortunately if their talents are spread too thin, they may not realize their dreams.

 

Cancer

 

June 21 through July 22. Symbol: crab; Element: Water; Quality: cardinal; Ruling planet: moon; Metal: silver; Gem: emerald or turquoise; Color: amber; Plant: lotus or comfrey. The crab, with its soft and fleshy body covered by a hard and protective shell, depicts the nature of this sign. Cancer is the embodiment of compassion, caring, and maternal instincts, but it often hides these emotions behind a mask of indifference. When upset, Cancers withdraw into their shells but still have sharp pincers to attack with. Cancers are renowned homemakers and require domestic stability for happiness. As long as Cancers have a strong base from which to operate and to which they can retreat, they will succeed and reach their goals.

 

Leo

 

July 23 through August 21. Symbol: lion; Element: Fire; Quality: fixed; Ruling planet: sun; Metal: gold; Gem: opal or zircon; Color: yellowish green; Plant: sunflower or cyclamen. Just like the king of the jungle, Leo is proud, ostentatious, and the most egotistical of all the signs. It takes effort for Leos not to cross the line and become excessively vain, arrogant, and selfish. Leos live to make an impression and need to have an audience. Leos can be difficult to love and to work with, as they have very little sense of anyone but themselves. If Leos can learn to accept responsibility, personal change, and the fact that others have feelings too, they make energetic and fun companions. To thrive, the Leo needs space and a spotlight.

 

Virgo

 

August 22 through September 22. Symbol: virgin; Element: Earth; Quality: mutable; Ruling planet: Mercury; Metal: quicksilver; Gem: diamond or chrysolite; Color: light green; Plant: snowdrop, lily, and narcissus. The Virgo is practical, productive, and prepared to sacrifice its own interests in order to complete its assigned tasks. Virgos are always searching for something meaningful to do, which is an open door for those who would take advantage of their good nature and willingness to help. This sign is the embodiment of service. However, they are often fussy and obsessed with cleanliness and order to the point that they lose their ability to be spontaneous. Virgos need to balance out their perfectionism.

 

Libra

 

September 23 through October 22. Symbol: scales; Element: Air; Quality: cardinal; Ruling planet: Venus; Metal: copper; Gem: jade; Color: emerald green; Plant: aloe. The scales are the key to understanding Libra, who is constantly weighing the possibilities, and the choice at hand. Often crippled by indecision, in desperation the Libra will resort to making a choice, any choice, even though it may not be the best option. Ideally Libra’s function is to resolve opposing possibilities by seeking a third way. Ruled by Venus, the Libra likes things that are aesthetically pleasing, charming, and artistic. Libras tend to hide personal flaws they imagine might offend.. They are diplomats and like peaceful, harmonious surroundings.

 

Scorpio

 

October 23 through November 21. Symbol: scorpion; Element: Water; Quality: fixed; Ruling planet: Mars (with Pluto as a co-ruler); Metal: iron; Gem: carnelian; Color: greenish blue; Plant: cactus, hound’s tongue. The search for transformation is what motivates Scorpios. The intense emotions of this sign are toughened by the influence of Mars, which gives it an obsessive, sometimes abusive, quality. Those born under this sign have a keen sense for what is right and wrong. Scorpios are usually fascinated with the dark, hidden side of things. They make great Witches and magicians. The sign’s greatest strength is commitment, the ability to see things through to the end. Its greatest weakness is a reluctance to change or forgive.

 

Sagittarius

 

November 22 through December 21. Symbol: archer; Element: Fire; Quality: mutable; Ruling planet: Jupiter; Metal: tin; Gem: sapphire; Color: blue; Plant: rush and pimpernel.   Sagittarius is a deep, complicated sign, a mixture of instinct and reason always searching for wisdom. The combination of mutability and fire makes this sign unstable; its plans are often dropped before completion. Often possessed by wanderlust, idealism, and the search for truth, Sagittarius needs freedom. The sign’s greatest strength is optimism and enthusiasm, and its weakness is impracticality. However, when their faith is strong, Sagittarians get along well with little material success.

 

Capricorn

 

December 22 through January 20. Symbol: goat; Element: Earth;, Quality: cardinal; Ruling planet: Saturn; Metal: lead; Gem: black opal or tourmaline; Color: indigo; Plant: thistle. The Capricorn is the ideal industrialist or merchant, letting no humanitarian concerns interfere with important business or money-making opportunities. Capricorns harbor powerful emotions that as Earth signs they find difficult to express. This sign can be very unimaginative, serious, and cautious when drawn into the world of materialism. Capricorns’ greatest traits are their ability to heal and to have great visions. Their greatest downfall is being manipulative and deceitful.

 

Aquarius

 

January 21 through February 19. Symbol: water bearer; Element: Air; Quality: fixed; Ruling Planet: Saturn (with Uranus as co-ruler); Metal: lead; Gem: lapis lazuli or aquamarine; Color: violet; Plant: absinthe, fennel, and buttercup. The search for the Holy Grail defines the essence of Aquarius. This enigmatic sign is ruled by two planets with totally incompatible natures, one desiring order, the other tearing it down. The contradictions in this sign’s character are what makes it interesting. Aquarians are concerned, sometimes to the point of obsession, with being new, radical, and different. They are often eccentric, frequently awkward, and always demanding freedom. The Aquarian is best at developing new ideas but needs others to help carry them out.

 

Pisces

 

February 20 through March 20. Symbol: two fishes; Element: Water; Quality: mutable; Ruling planet: Jupiter (with Neptune as co-ruler); Metal: tin; Gem: pearl or amethyst; Color: crimson; Plant: opium and birthwort. Pisces is the most unworldly of all the signs. It leans toward religion and mysticism and often withdraws from the world. Emotional and sensitive, Pisceans tend to wear many disguises to mask their vulnerability. Imaginative, artistic, and self-sacrificing, Pisces will succeed on the stage or in the church. Pisces’ strength lies in its ability to rise above materialism; its weakness lies in handling the real world.

THE ZODIAC AND MAGICK

 

Knowledge is power, we all desire power over our own lives. No one gets into magick to save the whales or the suffering masses. You can join the peace corps to do that. You get into magick to reclaim your personal power and hopefully gain some control over your life and future.

 

We all wear masks to hide our imagined flaws and imperfections. So, if you know the birth signs of people you’re dealing with, you have a better idea of discerning who they really are, as opposed to the images they portray. By knowing something about the individual, you avoid doing things that will offend him or her and thus create an uncomfortable situation. This type of knowledge can be of great magickal value when beginning a long-term relationship, starting partnerships, getting your business proposal on the table, as well as when you are just trying to appease your mother-in-law.

 

For example, to attract a Cancer (who basks in the light of domesticity), you will need to avoid any type of sudden movement that might infringe upon the home life. If you are an Aries contemplating a long-term business partnership, avoid the Leo—a space big enough for the two of you does not exist. That Geminis looking for love should steer clear of Libras, because by the time they get through analyzing the situation, they will be too old to do anything about it. And if your mother-in-law is a Scorpio, just agree with her.

 

Since we are all born under a specific Zodiacal sign, the energies of that sign can be incorporated into magickal rites and spells. If you are planning to do a love attraction spell, consider incorporating the Zodiac symbols of the one you desire into your rite. Use a Zodiac candle to represent your boss in that promotional spell you are planning. And, just before that big proposal, burn a Zodiac candle for each person involved, as you visualize success.

 

Remember for all your magickal needs, it’s Magickal Necessities

 

 

The Witches Digest No. 6 for Friday, July 21st

The Witches Digest No. 6

July 21st, 2017

 

A Witch’s garden

a Witch’s garden
grows with the sun, flows with the rain
a flowering of air and earth

 

ancient is the knowledge of herbs
their properties and powers
a thing for Grandmothers, Midwives, Witches

 

flowers speak their own language
all but a few phrases forgotten
but Witches know more than roses mean love

 

how now? the drought comes
but the Witch’s garden still grows green
though elsewhere even the weeds are wilting

 

through magic and the hard work of her hands
a Witch brings the rich earth to bloom
making the world a more beautiful place

 

the only secret is this
many a woman talks to her plants
but a Witch also listens

 

—Elizabeth Barrette, Author
Published on Greenhaven: A Pagan Tradition

Your Daily Sun & Moon Data for Friday, July 21

The Sun
Sun Direction: ↑ 92.88° E
Sun Altitude: 38.96°
Sun Distance: 94.449 million mi
Next Equinox: Sep 22, 2017 3:01 pm (Autumnal)
Sunrise Today: 5:50 am↑ 63° Northeast
Sunset Today: 8:10 pm↑ 296° Northwest
Length of Daylight: 14 hours, 19 minutes

 

The Moon
Moon Direction: ↑ 117.66° ESE
Moon Altitude: 58.96°
Moon Distance: 224469 mi
Next New Moon: Jul 23, 20174:45 am
Next Full Moon: Aug 7, 20171:10 pm
Next Moonset: Today6:36 pm
Current Moon Phase: Waning Crescent
Illumination: 4.9%

 

Lunar Calendar
Moon Phase Tonight: Waning Crescent
New Moon: Jul 23, 2017 at 4:45 am
(Next Phase)
Third Quarter: Jul 16, 2017 at 2:25 pm
(Previous Phase)

Source

timeandddate.com

Your Astronomy for Friday, july 21

The Moon is in Gemini until 4:09 AM, after which the Moon is in Cancer.
The Moon is void from 1:40 AM to 4:09 AM.
The Moon is waning and in its Waning Crescent phase.
The Last Quarter Moon occurred on the 16th, and the New Moon will occur in Leo on the 23rd.
Mars spends its first full day in Leo (Mars is in Leo from July 20-September 5).

Moon in Cancer

 

The Moon is traveling through Cancer today. Beware of mood swings. Cook some soul food. Cuddle up with someone.

The restlessness of the Gemini Moon gives way to an instinctive need for peace and quiet. Feelings of belonging and safety are what motivate us under this influence. The Moon feels right at home in the sign of Cancer, as it rules the sign. This Moon position has much healing potential. Although insular by nature, our feelings run deep, making it an ideal time to get in touch with what motivates us.

The Moon in Cancer generally favors the following activities: Domestic activities, those that involve awareness of personal needs. Home decor, family get-togethers.

The Sky This Week for July 21 to 23

An asteroid in a constellation, a meteor shower, and other amazing things to look for in the sky this week.
By Richard Talcott

Friday, July 21

Perhaps no month better epitomizes summer in the Northern Hemisphere than July. And this month finds the season’s namesake asterism, the Summer Triangle, on prominent display. The trio’s brightest member, Vega in the constellation Lyra the Harp, stands nearly overhead shortly before midnight. The asterism’s second-brightest star, Altair in Aquila the Eagle, then lies more than halfway from the southeastern horizon to the zenith. Deneb, the luminary of Cygnus the Swan, marks the Summer Triangle’s third corner. Although it is this asterism’s dimmest star, it’s the brightest point of light in the northeastern sky.

The Moon reaches perigee, the closest point in its orbit around Earth, at 1:12 p.m. EDT. It then lies 224,462 miles (361,236 kilometers) from Earth’s center.

Saturday, July 22

Pluto reached the peak of its 2017 appearance last week, and it remains a tempting target for those with an 8-inch or larger telescope. The 14th-magnitude world is visible all night among the background stars of northeastern Sagittarius, some 1.8° east-southeast of 3rd-magnitude Pi (p) Sagittarii. See “In pursuit of Pluto” in the July Astronomy for complete details on finding this world.

Sunday, July 23

New Moon occurs at 5:46 a.m. EDT. At its New phase, the Moon crosses the sky with the Sun and so remains hidden by our star. But that won’t be the case the next time our satellite completes an orbit of Earth. On August 21, the New Moon will pass directly in front of our star, bringing a total solar eclipse to millions of observers across the United States from Oregon to South Carolina. The rest of the country will experience a partial eclipse, though viewers should try their best to get into the path of totality

Source

The Astronomy Magazine

Today Is Friday, July 21

Friday is the day of Venus. It takes it name from Frigg, the Goddess of love and transformation. She rules the spiritual side of a person that manifests in the physical. Because of this, Friday is often thought of as dangerously unpredictable. This is expressed in an old East Anglian adage:

Friday’s day will have its trick
The fairest or foulest day of the week.

Deity: Frigg

Zodiac Sign: Taurus/Libra

Planet: Venus

Tree: Apple

Herb: Vervain

Stone: Sapphire/Chrsolite

Animal: Bull/Serpent

Element: Earth

Color: Yellow/Violet

Number: 7

Rune: Peorth(P)

 

Celtic Tree Month of Tinne(Holly) – July 8 – August 4

Runic Half-Month of Ur (primal strength) – July 14 – July 28

Goddess of the Month of Kerea – July 11 – August 8

 

Source

The Pagan Book of Days
Nigel Pennick

The Pagan Book of Days for Friday, July 21

The seeress Damo, venerated today, was the daughter of the Greek sage, Pythagoras. All of the secrets of his philosophy were entrusted to her at his death.

Source

The Pagan Book of Days
Nigel Pennick

On Friday, July 21st, We Honor The Goddess Chalchiuhtlicue

Chalchiuhtlicue

Aztec Goddess of Lakes, Streams, and Oceans

 

Chalchiuhtlicue (Chal-CHEE-ooh-tlee-quay), whose name means “She of the Jade Skirt”, was the Aztec goddess of water as it collects on the earth, such as rivers and oceans, and so was considered by the Aztecs the patroness of navigation. She was one of the most important deities, as protector of childbirth and newborns.

 

Chalchiuhtlicue was linked to the rain god Tlaloc, in some sources as his wife and feminine counterpart.

 

In others, she is Tlaloc’s sister and some scholars suggest she was Tlaloc himself in a separate guise. She was also associated with the “Tlaloques”, Tlaloc’s brothers or perhaps their children. In some sources, she is described as the wife of the Aztec god of fire god Huehueteotl-Xiuhtecuhtli.

 

She is also associated with different mountains in different Aztec communities. All rivers come from the mountains in the Aztec universe, and the mountains are like jars (ollas) filled with water, that spring from the womb of the mountain and wash down to water and protect the people.

A Watery Rule

According to the Spanish conquistador and priest Fray Diego Duran, Chalchiuhtlicue was universally revered by the Aztecs. She governed the waters of the oceans, springs, and lakes, and as such she appeared in both positive and negative guises. She was seen as a positive source who brought full irrigation canals for growing maize when she was associated with the corn goddess Xilonen.

 

When displeased, she brought empty canals and drought and was paired with the dangerous snake goddess Chicomecoatl. She was also known for creating whirlpools and big storms making water navigation tricky.

 

She was also the goddess who ruled over and destroyed the previous world, known in the Aztec mythology as the Fourth Sun, the Mexica version of the Deluge Myth.

The Aztec universe was based on the Legend of the Five Suns, which said that before the current world (the Fifth Sun), the various gods and goddesses made four attempts to create versions of the world and then destroyed them in order. The fourth sun (called Nahui Atl Tonatiuh or 4 Water) was ruled by Chalchiutlicue as a world of water, where fish species were marvelous and abundant. After 676 years, Chalchiutlicue destroyed the world in a cataclysmic flood, transforming all the humans into fish.

Chalchiuhtlicue’s Festivals

As the partner of Tlaloc, Chalchiuhtlicue pertained to the Aztec group of gods supervising water and fertility. To these deities was dedicated a series of ceremonies called Atlcahualo, which lasted the entire month of February. During these ceremonies, the Aztecs performed many rituals, usually on the mountain tops, where they sacrificed children. For the Aztec religion, the tears of children were considered good omens for abundant rain.

 

The festival month of February dedicated to Chalchiuhtlicue was the sixth month of the Aztec year called Etzalcualiztli. It took place during the rainy season when the fields were beginning to ripen. The festival was conducted in and around the lagoons, with some objects ritually deposited within the lagoons.

 

The festival involved fasting, feasting, and auto-sacrifice on the part of the priests, and the human sacrifice of war captives, women, and children some of which were dressed in the costume of Chalchiuhtlicue and Tlaloc. Offerings included maize, the blood of quail birds and resins made of copal and latex.

 

Children were also sacrificed to Chalchiuhtlicue at the height of the dry season just before the rains were due; during the festivals dedicated to Chalchiuhtlicue and Tlaloc, a young boy would be sacrificed to Tlaloc on a mountaintop outside of Tenochtitlan, and a young girl would be drowned in Lake Texcoco at Pantitlan, where whirlpools were known to occur.

Chalchiuhtlicue’s Images

The goddess Chalchiuhtlicue is often illustrated in the pre-Columbian and colonial period books called codices as wearing a blue-green skirt, as her name illustrates, from which flows a long and abundant stream of water.

 

Sometimes new-born children are portrayed floating in this water flow. She has black lines on her face and usually wears a jade nose-plug. In Aztec sculpture and portraits, her statues and images are often carved out of jade or other green stones.

 

She is occasionally shown wearing Tlaloc’s mask. The allied Nahuatl word “chalchihuitl” means “drop of water” and sometimes refers to jade. The word is also used in connection with Tlaloc’s goggles, which may themselves be a symbol of water. In the Codex Borgia, Chalchiuhtlicue is wearing a serpent headdress and dress ornaments with the same markings as Tlaloc, and her half-moon nose ornament is the serpent itself, marked with stripes and dots.

Sources

Original author, by Nicoletta Maestri
Edited and updated by K. Kris Hirst.

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Ritual Influences for Friday, July 21

Friday Venus

Perfumes: Stephanotis, Apple Blossom, Musk, Ambergris

Incense: Saffron, Verbena

Wood: Myrtle

Color: Light Blue, Pale Green

Influences: All Love Matters, Friendships, Affection, Partnerships, Money, Sex

Reference

A Book of Pagan Rituals
Herman Slater

The Magickal Day of Friday

 

Friday falls at the end of the work week for many of us, and that means we get a chance to relax for a little bit! Mark your Fridays with colors like pink and aqua, and metals such as copper. This is a day ruled by the planet Venus, so it should be no surprise that Venus and Aphrodite – goddesses of love and beauty – are associated with Fridays. This is a day named for the Norse goddess Freyja, so be sure to take a moment to honor her as well.

 

Gemstones associated with Friday include coral, emerald and rose quartz, and plants like strawberries, apple blossoms and feverfew are also related. This is a good day to do spellwork associated with family life and fertility, sexuality, harmony, friendship, growth. Take advantage of Friday’s correspondences and plant a seed, make something grow, and enjoy your blessings

 

*Note: There are a lot of disputes as to the origins of the word Friday, because there is still a great deal of discussion as to whether it was named for Freyja or Frigga, and whether they were the same deity or two separate ones. Some scholars believe that while they may have eventually become two distinctly different goddesses, they could have had their origins in a single, common Proto-Germanic deity.

Author

Patti Wigington, Paganism/Wicca Expert
Article published on & owned by ThoughtCo

Friday’s Witchery

 

On Friday’s Love magick is a perennial popular topic. However, there is more to this topic than meets the eye. There are many enchanting layers here for us to explore on this day of the week. What about creating a loving home, or producing a loving and nurturing ing family? What about keeping your intimate relationships vital and on track? How about promoting happy, healthy, and enduring friendships? See, there is more to be considered than just the “You shall be mine…” type of fictional love spell. Don’t forget that many of the deities associated with Fridays are also parents. So, yes while this is the day to work on romance, sex, and love spells, there is additional magick to be considered here, which makes Fridays a more well-rounded and bigger opportunity for witchery than many folks ever truly realize. The truest, strongest magick always comes from the heart.

Source

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

The Witches Almanac for Friday, July 21st

National Day (Belgian)

Waning Moon

Moon phase: Fourth Quarter

Moon Sign: Gemini

Moon enters Cancer 4: 09 am

Incense: Alder

Color: Rose

FRIDAY CORRESPONDENCES

Venus/Water/East/West/South/Dawn/Female/Libra/Taurus

 

Magickal Intentions: Love, Romance, Marriage, Sexual Matters, Physical Beauty, Friendship and Partnerships, Strangers, Heart

Color: aqua, blue, light blue, brown, green, pale green, magenta, peach, pink, rose, white, all pastels

Number: 5, 6

Metal: copper

Charm: green or white garments, scepter

Stone: alexandrite, amethyst, coral, diamond, emerald, jade, jet, black moonstone, peridot, smoky quartz, tiger’s-eye, pink tourmaline

Animal: camel, dove, elephant, goat, horse, pigeon, sparrow

Plant: apple, birch, cherry, clematis, clove, coriander, heather, hemlock, hibiscus, ivy, lotus, moss, myrtle, oats, pepperwort, peppermint, pinecone, quince, raspberry, rose, pink rose, red rose, rose hips, saffron, sage, savin, stephanotis, strawberry, thyme, vanilla, verbena, violet, water lily, yarrow, and all flowers

Incense: ambergris, camphor, mace, musk, myrrh, rose, saffron, sage, sandalwood, sweetgrass, vanilla, violet, all floral scents

Goddess: Aphrodite, Asherah, Baalith, Brigid, Erzulie, Freya (Passionate Queen), Frigg, Gefion, Harbor (Beautiful One), Hestia, Inanna, Ishtar (Lady of Passion and Desire), Lakshmi, Lilith, Mokosh, Nehalennia, Nerthus, Ostara, Pombagira, Sarasvati, Shakti, Shekinah, Sirtur, Al Uzza, Venus (Queen of Pleasure), Vesta

God: Allah, Bacchus, Bes, Cupid, the Dagda, Dionysus, El, Eros (God of Love), Freyr, Frit Ailek, Shukra

Evocation: Agrat Bat Mahalat, Anael, Hagiel, Mokosba, Rasbid, Sachiel, Uriel, Velas

 

Courtesy of Moonlight Musings

Friday Is Ruled by Venus

Archangel: Anael

Candle colour: Green or pink

Incenses: Rose or geranium

Crystals: Jade or rose quartz

Use Fridays for spells for love, fidelity, healing, for anything to do with beauty, the arts and crafts and for all spells concerning the environment.

Where possible, work in any enclosed beautiful place outdoors, for example a botanical garden, a field, park or your own garden – even in a circle of plants indoors.

Aspects of Venus

Venus is associated with love, lust, romance, relationships, friendships, family and other emotional attachments. It is also associated with Women’s Mysteries and Feminine Magic. Crystals that draw upon Venus energy are Rose Quartz and Amethyst. Herbs and flowers of Venus are Rose, Lavender and Elder. It’s day for magic is Friday and The Lovers card from the Tarot can be used. Venus colors are shades of Red, Pink and Blue. The metal of Venus is Copper, and it‘s Chakra is the Heart. (I sometimes simmer herbs in a copper cauldron when using Venus energies).

Magickal Applications for Friday

 

Friday is named after the Norse goddesses of love, Freya and Frigga. There seems to be some debate as to whom the day is actually named after, so I thought I would share a little information so you can decide for yourself.

 

In Latin, this day is known as Dies Veneris, “Venus’s day.” In Greek, it’s Hermera Aphrodites, which translates to the “day of Aphrodite.” In Old English, this day is called Frige- daeg, or “Freya’s day.” This day has the Germanic title of Frije-dagaz, which, once again, could be Freya’s day or Frigga’s day.

 

Both Freya and Frigga were Norse goddesses of love and were the Teutonic equivalent of the Greco-Roman Venus/Aphrodite. However, Freya was one of the Vanir—the gods of fertility who supervised the land and sea—and she was the leader of the Valkyries. Frigga, Odin’s wife, was the goddess of the heavens and of married love. She was one of the Aesir—the gods associated with battle, magick and the sky. Freya and Frigga could be looked upon as different aspects of the same goddess. They both were called on to assist in childbirth and then in naming of the new baby. Frigga represented the faithful wife and loving mother, while Freya, who really captured the hearts and imagination of the Norse people, was the passionate mistress and lover.

 

Fridays classically are days for love, fertility, romance, and beauty magick, as well as working for happiness, harmony in the home, and friendship. So let’s take a look at some of the mythology involved with this loving, voluptuous, passionate, and luxurious day of the week, and see where it leads us.

 

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Book of Witchery – Spells, Charms & Correspondences For Every Day of the Week
Ellen Dugan

The Witches Magick for Friday, July 21 – Attract the Perfect Lover Spell

 

Attract the Perfect Lover Spell

 

Timing: Perform on a Friday during the waxing moon.

Supplies:

6 rose petals
1 teaspoon of lavender
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
a rose quartz
6-inch square of pink cloth
green ribbon (floss or yarn will do)
an inch of red ribbon
needle and thread
a penny

Place the petals, rose quartz, lavender, cinnamon, red ribbon, and penny in the center of the cloth square. Gather the edges of the fabric together and hold the pouch close to your heart. Then say:

“Venus, Queen of love, divine
Bring the love to me that’s mine.
Perfect, he (she) and perfect, me
Together we are meant to be.
Venus, Queen of love, so warm
Bring my love to me, without harm.
Let nothing keep us now apart,
Bring perfect love to fill my heart.”

Still holding the pouch against your heart, fill it with loving energy. Secure the pouch with the green ribbon to seal the spell. Carry it on your person and sleep with it under your pillow. When the lover comes to you, bury the pouch under a tree.

THE BESOM

The Witches Broom

 

Hardly anything symbolizes Witchcraft more than the besom (pronounced BEH-sum). The idea of Witches flying on brooms is as old as the Craft itself. We may never find out just where or when this phenomenon began, but it lends certain magick to the tales of old.

 

The significance of the besom (broom) rests with its ability to sweep, and therefore clean an area of unwanted dirt. European folklore is full of stories about using brooms along with certain incantations while sweeping out the house, the purpose being to sweep out the evil influences along with the dirt. The broom has also been used to form common law marriages. Both parties jump over the broomstick to signify they are joined in a union. Today, many Wiccans and Pagans still jump over the broom at the end of the marriage ceremonies to seal their union.

 

An authentic besom or Witches broom has seven distinct parts

 

. 1. The Staff Butt: Usually solid, but may also be hollow and plugged with a wood cork.

 

2. The Staff: The long shaft of the broom, sometimes referred to as the wand, will vary in length, thickness, and texture. Its carvings and decorations also vary.

 

3. The Choke Ring: This binds the upper part of bristles to the staff and is usually made of metal, silver being the best as it represents the moon and goddess. Sometimes there may be several of these used. When more than one is used the first is silver, the second is gold, and the third is copper.

 

4. The Stalks (bristles): These are grouped evenly around the opposite end of the staff. The stalks should be about half the finished length of the broom.

 

5. The Stalk Tips: The thick ends are held by the choke ring, with the thin ends extending. All of the stalks should be bending in the same direction.

 

6. The Splay Ring: There is only one of these and it keeps the stalks evenly placed about the stalk. This ring is usually made of a very strong pliable cording, as it takes up the strain and pressure of the use that is exerted when sweeping.

 

7. The Stalk Butts: These are the thick ends of the bristles and are bound by the choke ring.

 

BESOM (BROOM) MAGICK

Besom Blessing

Items needed: a small bowl of salt and one of water, a white candle, a small bunch of fresh rosemary, a censer, a small block of church charcoal, and your besom.

 

Perform this simple ceremony to bless and consecrate your broom. This will remove all of the negative thoughts and vibrations that may be attached to the broom making it ready for magickal works.

 

Place the candle, the bowl of salt, and the one of water, along with the censer and rosemary on a small table. Light the charcoal, and the white candle. Sprinkle some salt over the broom and then some water as you say:

 

Water and Earth
Wash thee clean,
Of all that was
And is unclean.

 

Place some of the rosemary on the hot coal in the censer. Pick up the broom and pass it through the smoke of the burning herb, and then through the candle flame as you say:

 

Essence of Air
Flame of Fire,
Cleanse thee of all
But what I desire.

 

The broom is now ready to use for both mundane and magickal works. Use your broom to purge your house of negative thoughts and vibrations as well as unwanted guests.

 

Get Rid of Unwanted Guests

Item needed: Besom.

 

This simple spell works better than anything I have ever found to get folks to leave. We have all had that moment when people have overstayed their welcome and don’t have the good sense to get up and leave. Here is a surefire way to get them up and out the door post-haste.

 

Take a broom into a room that is either facing your unwanted guests or is directly behind them. Close the door. Lay the broom on the floor with the stalk butts facing the direction of the guests. Stand behind the broom, and chant the following:

 

Get ye out beyond my door
For I’m weary to the core!

 

Take a few relaxing breaths, and visualize your guests leaving. Put the broom away. Within 10 or 15 minutes they will take their leave, unaware of your magickal nudging.

The Current Moon Phase for Friday, July 21st

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

Phase Details for – Friday, July 21, 2017

Phase: Waning Crescent
Illumination: 5%
Moon Age: 27.33 days
Moon Angle: 0.55
Moon Distance: 363,950.17 km
Sun Angle: 0.52
Sun Distance: 151,995,488.98 km
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How to Get the Best Out of a Black Moon!

How to Get the Best Out of a Black Moon!

The next black moon cycle begins on 23rd July 2017 with the actual black moon occurring on 21st / 22nd August 2017, which is also a solar eclipse. 

Most people have heard of a blue moon but black moons tend to get less attention, despite their equal significance. Just as a blue moon is the second full moon in a solar month, a black moon is the second new moon in a solar month. This means that during the sun’s passage through one zodiac sign the moon is new twice, with the second of those moons designated a black moon. Because a new moon occurs when the moon is in the same zodiac degree as the sun, both of these new moons occur in the same sign as each other. Black moons occur roughly every two and a half to three years and are always preceded a month earlier by a new moon in the first one or two degrees of the same zodiac sign.

Is a black moon connected to Black Moon Lilith? No, a black moon has nothing to do with Black Moon Lilith, the latter being the point on the moon’s orbit furthest from the earth (known as lunar apogee).

So What’s The Significance of a Black Moon?

Ordinarily, and in general terms, a new moon is a time of fresh starts: the silence from which new beginnings are born. In the darkness of a new moon we can instinctively sense the stirring of new life and prepare to facilitate its arrival. If we’re anticipating a new start or a process of change in some area of our life, contemplating its development at a new moon can be most productive. Action is not called for at this time, but instead a quiet turning within to contemplate and nurture the roots of our burgeoning creations. These roots may take many forms from material resources to significant relationships; from a well thought-through plan to faith in a process whose outcome remains unclear. Indeed, we may need all of these and more to prepare for our next step.

The seductive darkness of a new moon invites us inward to draw from our own wisdom. Our energy levels may be relatively low and it is often best to avoid commitments that require great investments of physical energy. The natural tendency in darkness is to retreat, hibernate and rest, ready for the gradual return of the light as the moon waxes towards full. The beginnings heralded by a new moon may have gestated over days, weeks, months or years. Every new moon bears personal significance for each individual, alongside its collective influence and meaning.

A black moon is a particularly powerful new moon which augurs a significant new phase. We can use its energy to prepare for shifts in our inner and outer worlds so powerful they may change the very course of our life. Each black moon signals the beginning of a new cycle which lasts until the next black moon, two and a half to three years later, so these are powerful moments in time which can markedly influence the coming years. It is therefore wise to use their energy well!

How Do We Use The Energy of a Black Moon Well?

We begin with the first of the two new moons – a month prior to the black moon – which helps us discern how to best use the black moon energy. This first moon is a time of intense quiet, to be spent as still as possible. A time to listen, not speak; to reflect, not act; to go within, not be drawn without. This moon invites us deep within to discover there the entire universe and know our self as a microcosm of the macrocosm – a thread woven through time and space by the unfolding of life in, through and around us. This moon prepares us to ignite, at the black moon, the sparks of creativity, wisdom, patience, fortitude and commitment which fuel the engine of a life fulfilled.

New opportunities occurring just prior to or at this first moon may falter before they’ve begun. A much-anticipated new start may fast lose its shine leaving us discouraged and disoriented. This is a common experience at the beginning of a black moon cycle, so there’s no need for panic! The first of the two new moons is simply paving the way for the real fresh start at the black moon itself, highlighting where final adjustments may be needed and plans require a final review. We then have a month to instigate any necessary alterations before the black moon arrives and a new phase is born. Whether we sense the coming change as a gentle breeze or a mighty storm, this initial new moon encourages us to embrace the approaching unknown, allowing it to trickle or flood through our life as it must and will. We are on the brink of profound change and commitments made now will be potentised a month later by the black moon.

It can be especially difficult to open our heart to unwanted change: the end of a relationship, the loss of a job or a much-loved home, illness, death… So many things impose themselves against our will. If this is our lot at the beginning of a black moon cycle we can best use the energy of the first moon to invite faith, courage and hope into our lives, even as they feel so far from us. Remembering that we don’t have to feel courageous to be it can be very helpful now! Simply dragging ourselves out of bed to face another lonely day may be the most courageous act in our lives. Likewise, boundless faith is not required to be faithful: merely trusting that the next breath will come, the next heartbeat, can be an act of faith when all hope is lost. And hope is not about Pollyanna happiness and positive thinking but a recognition that life moves in cycles, fluctuating within them as it goes. Everything changes, no matter how stuck and intransigent things may feel. At such times, hope simply whispers a quiet reassurance that nothing remains the same. Even the darkest, longest night eventually turns to day.

Once the black moon arrives, a shift in the fabric of the universe is underway, often manifesting as a new life theme that develops and matures across the coming two to three years. Our attention may shift to new interests and/or occupations. We may meet new people or drift from old ones. What once seemed so important to our well-being loses its appeal and we find deep inner shifts reflected in changes we once could never have contemplated. This is no ordinary new moon but the birth of a whole new phase in our life, which will unfold in ways that can be hard to predict at first, but which, in retrospect, makes perfect sense when reviewed from a vantage point of garnered wisdom in a year or so’s time. Then we can see where we were, where we are and where we’re heading in relation to the themes of the defining black moon.

So How Do We Identify and Work With The Themes of a Black Moon?

Each black moon occurs in the same zodiac sign as the new moon that precedes it and its themes are largely dictated by the qualities of that sign. The next black moon occurs on 21st / 22nd August 2017, with the first new moon occurring on 23rd July. This black moon is also a total solar eclipse, giving it even greater power. This is a VERY important and influential moon! Its cycle continues until the next black moon cycle in Cancer, beginning in June/July 2020.

The 2017 black moon and solar eclipse occur in the sign of Leo, highlighting the following issues for our reflection:

  • How deeply do I dare to love myself?
  • How readily do I express love and appreciation and to whom?
  • How intensely am I prepared to engage with others?
  • How honest am I (with myself & others) about my strengths and weaknesses, gifts and challenges?
  • How well do I make room for others in my life?
  • How much attention do I demand from others and do I offer the same level of attention to them?
  • How well do I recognise my contributions to the lives of others and their contributions to my life?
  • Do I recognise the benefits I receive from raising others up or do I demand the limelight for myself alone?
  • Who am I when I’m alone? Who am I when I’m in company?
  • When I seek to lead is it because I know the terrain and can guide others with wisdom and grace, or because I need to be in a position of control?
  • How do I open my heart to life and how can I open it wider?
  • How do I use my divine authority? How do I respond to the divine authority of others?
  • In what ways can I inspire others to be their authentic self?
  • How deeply do I respect myself even when things are not going to plan?
  • Does my life glorify ego or illuminate the divine?
  • How well do I comfort myself in times of rejection?

If you’re familiar with your birth chart you can work with a black moon more specifically by observing where both new moons fall within it. The affairs of the house or houses in question will be of great importance during the month framed by these moons. And the house of the black moon specifically shows where in your life its themes will develop in the following two to three years. As a backdrop to this, the house in your chart ruled by the moon (that is the house with Cancer on its cusp or contained entirely within it), reveals another key area of burgeoning growth.

Furthermore, the expression of any planets within the zodiac sign in question will be both tested and amplified during the month between the two moons, revealing some of their most potent issues which will then be worked out more deeply in the ensuing two to three years. Likewise, planets aspected by the moon as it journeys from its first point of newness to its second will be triggered and potentised by the energy of a black moon cycle. This may result in some challenging moments for sure, but within those challenges profound insights await revelation, leading to the potential for significant change.

 To Sum Up

Black moons are relatively rare but precious, events which augur the birth of a significant new life cycle. Considerably more potent than your ‘average’ new moon, this cycle is a defining one in terms of our future direction and the change it augurs in our lives. A black moon comes in two parts: the first new moon which provides an opportunity to contemplate coming changes and make any necessary adjustments in current plans, and the actual black moon a month later, which signifies the birth of new beginnings and an important fresh start. If we are thirsty for change in our life, eager to discard old and tired ways to make room for new life, a black moon is our unfailing ally, providing the impetus and focus to embrace and bring about effective and long-lasting change. If on the other hand, we fear unavoidable change, this moon holds our hand and places iron in our soul, assuring us we have what it takes to navigate difficult terrain ahead and find, in due course, more solid and fertile ground. Either way, a black moon is to be honoured, respected and embraced for the bountiful gifts and opportunities it brings.

This Weekend’s Love Horoscope: Major Passion Potential

Your love horoscope for the weekend of July 21-23


This Weekend’s Romantic Rating*

* Heart ratings are based on the lunar cycle. They range from low to full, with low indicating a rocky weekend for romance and full indicating plenty of passionate potential.

 

Part of the Daily Insight Group ©2017

Your Daily Horoscopes for Friday, July 21

 

Aries

Aries Horoscope

Since Mars is your ruler, its transits are especially significant for you, dear Aries. With Mars now in your romance and creativity sector until September 5th, and the Sun soon to follow, you may feel as if the summer has truly begun! It’s an excellent transit for smooth-flowing energy, self-expression, and entertainment. Your magnetism levels increase. Some of you are pouring a lot of energy into dating or romantic pursuits. For others, this is about stepping up your hobbies, pastimes, leisure time, creative works, or activities with kids. You’ve certainly been thinking about having more fun or pursuing your heart’s desire in the past two weeks, and now you’re coming to a point where you’re ready to act on your thoughts and plans. This morning, your perceptions may not be super reliable, as you see things through the lens of wishful thinking. As the day advances, however, you become considerably more confident, alert, and directed. Your words are particularly creative, and there is a unique charm to your presentation.

Taurus

Taurus HoroscopeUntil September 5th, Mars transits your home and family sector, dear Taurus, and this means you’re pouring more energy into your personal life. While this is not the easiest position for smooth flow of energy, and in fact, you can experience variable energy and motivation levels now, it’s an excellent time for taking care of household and family matters. Activities with or on behalf of family figure strongly now. Projects around the home can be satisfying now. Watch for bottling up anger or taking your frustrations with the outside world out on people you live with! This morning, a minor challenging aspect between the Sun and Neptune can pull up a feeling that others are draining you of energy or confidence, which can be the result of their negativity or your expectations of them. However, creative energy is good if you can direct it, and as the day advances, it becomes easier to do so. You are particularly creative with money and business. You are magnetic, and you may be taking the lead in charming and fruitful ways.

Gemini

Gemini

Mars is transiting your communications sector now and until September 5th, dear Gemini, and this can serve to enliven your daily affairs as well as motivate you to learn more, pursue personal interests, get out and about, and connect with others. Mercury has been in this sector for the last two weeks, stirring up mental energy and encouraging you to make plans, but now with Mars here, you want to put plans or ideas into motion. The Sun will follow tomorrow, and the New Moon on the 23rd can get you going as well. You’re moving into a far busier, more engaging period of your summer, and you’re likely to have a great time with it! While you should watch for aggressive or impulsive words and transit during this cycle, it’s a great time for taking the lead and the initiative with learning and sharing your ideas or reaching out to others. This morning, there can be a mental disconnect or illusions related to money and work to deal with, but as the day advances, you’re increasingly more directed and motivated.

Cancer

Cancer

Until September 5th, Mars moves through your resources sector, dear Cancer. Now that you’re no longer hosting active, aggressive Mars in your sign, you’re likely to find life becomes quieter. Even so, you’re more motivated to build and develop something important to you, such as a business, pet project, bank account, or relationship. With less focus on personality development, you’re moving into a great period for enjoying what you have and building upon your resources at a comfortable pace. While your drive to make money or to make your life more secure increases, you can sometimes be quite impulsive with your purchases. This morning, watch for self-deception, as you may not be seeing yourself and others very clearly. You mean different things to different people and this can confuse true understanding of yourself. As the day advances, clarity returns, and your creative juices flow. A private longing can take hold.

Leo

Leo Glyph Symbol HoroscopeMercury entered your sign on the 5th, dear Leo, and you’ve been thinking a lot about personal plans. Now that Mars entered Leo, you’re taking on more of Mars’ fiery, assertive, and courageous traits until September 5th. Tomorrow, the Sun will arrive in your sign, and then the following day, a New Moon occurs in Leo, so you’re moving into a busier, more noticeable and personally influential period this week! This is a time of increased independence and initiative. You might be presenting yourself more boldly or taking on new projects now. Your energy levels increase, and your best bet is to pace yourself and take action on matters that need doing most. This morning, a minor challenging aspect increases your psychic sensitivity and you may feel a little disoriented temporarily. As the day advances, you can feel particularly invigorated by people around you.

Virgo

Virgo Symbol HoroscopeUntil September 5th, Mars spends time in your privacy and soul sector, dear Virgo, and you’re in particular need of extra rest as well as activities that aid healing and energy replenishment. This is also a time for working on motivation levels as you may be putting a particular venture to rest or wrapping up a project, and you now need to reorient yourself. Mercury has been in this sector for the past couple of weeks, and tomorrow, the Sun will move in here, too. On the 23rd, a New Moon occurs in the same area of your solar chart and next month, an eclipse happens here as well. All in all, you’re in a strong position to do some soul-searching, vacationing, and resting as you consider new directions for the future. There can be considerable attention to the past now. You’re also more inclined to feel out situations and pay special attention to what your intuition has to say, and it can be important stuff! In fact, over the coming weeks, you’re likely to receive powerful messages from your inner guide. This morning, a person or a connection can be difficult to see clearly, but as the day advances, you’ll feel more motivated and on track. It’s a good time for making nice with bosses, customers, or associates.

Libra 

Libra

Until September 5th, Mars is lending extra energy, courage, assertiveness, and fire to your sector of groups, friendships, and aspirations, dear Libra. A more active and lively social life is likely now, or there can be a particular focus on group or teamwork. You can play a stronger role in others’ lives now. Generally speaking, competitive energy with friends now is the motivating kind – something inspires you through your friends or networks to take better charge of your life or to work towards a special goal or dream. This morning, however, when it comes to practical matters, you may not be thinking realistically. You may be tempted to gloss over problems. As the day advances, a parallel aspect between your lovely ruler, Venus, and Mars can motivate you and fill you with enthusiasm and confidence. It also improves your powers of attraction, although you’re not content to wait for something or someone to find you — you’re ready to go and get what or who you want! You manage to be both gracious and assertive.

Scorpio

Scorpio Horoscope

Until September 5th, Mars transits your career and reputation sector, dear Scorpio, bringing high energy and ambition, as well as motivation and competitive feelings, to your world. Life path goals, your public life, responsibilities, performance, business affairs, and career are the subjects of this sector of your solar chart, and these matters can awaken, enliven, and animate, assuming far more importance in your life than usual. Mercury has been in this sector of your chart for the last couple of weeks, and your thinking has become more goal-oriented. You now want to put your money where your mouth is, so to speak, and put ideas and plans into motion. It would be wise to do so after the Sun enters this same sector tomorrow, and after the New Moon occurs here the following day. In fact, a second attempt to get where you want to go can come after an eclipse takes place in this sector next month. Motivation to excel, improve, and advance increases in the coming weeks. You may experience some clashes with people who’d prefer to take the lead during this cycle, however. This morning, you may feel some temporary loss of direction, but the daydreaming and envisioning you do now can be helpful. Coming to a good balance between work and down time is a cinch as the day advances.

Sagittarius

Sagittarius Horoscope

Until September 5th, Mars moves in harmony with your sign, dear Sagittarius, and motivates you to actively learn and participate, as well as boost your spirits and zest for life. This is an enthusiastic and energetic cycle in which you feel more confident about making changes or trying new things. You’re attracted to new physical or mental challenges and your desire to learn about the world and share your ideas and opinions increases. Debates can become very lively and passionate at this time. You may take up a new interest, self-publish, or pursue a course of study. You’re seeking out truth and justice as well as greater understanding of the world around you and your place in it. Routines can bore you more than usual, however, and you’ll be wise to keep one foot on the ground. While today can begin a little groggily, as the day advances, you’re in a fabulous position to connect with others. This can be an exciting time for learning.

Capricorn

Capricorn Horoscope

Now and until September 5th, Mars is heating up your intimacy sector, dear Capricorn, encouraging you to seek out deeper connections, whether this is with a project or a person! You’re more strategic about going after what and who you want during this cycle. You’re also more willing and courageous than usual to dig deep and acknowledge your innermost desires. If you’ve been having issues with power dynamics and sharing in a relationship, now is the time to pull them out of hiding. It can also be a time for pursuing a loan or support if needed. Your intimate life can heat up in the coming weeks. While the morning’s energies are a little murky and undirected, the remainder of the day finds you particularly creative and resourceful. Impulsiveness in relationships and with your work is possible now, but this can also be a time for pursuing an exciting direction. You may want to act upon your desires today.

Aquarius

Aquarius

Mars is now transiting your opposite sign, dear Aquarius, and will animate your relationships until September 5th. This transit can play out in different ways. Some of you are attracting more energetic, assertive, and active people into your life. For others, this is a time for actively seeking out a relationship or for becoming more active with a partner. You’re likely to find others energizing, or irritating! There can be a competitive feel to relationships. It’s a great time for clearing the air or taking charge of problem areas if you don’t mind some liveliness. This morning, dreamy or creative activities can be satisfying detours from pressures. As the day advances, creative energy builds but now with more purpose. You crave harmony, and you’re ready and willing to take real steps to get to a position of mutual benefit, making negotiations very successful now.

Pisces

Pisces

Mars is now animating your work and health sector, dear Pisces, and will continue to motivate you to get on top of your daily routines until September 5th, so take advantage! You may be pouring a lot more energy into organizing your space, pursuing fitness or other health methods, and providing services or doing your work during this cycle. You’ve had Mercury in this sector since the 5th, and where you’ve been thinking and talking about your plans to step up these things, you’re now getting ready to act on your ideas or put plans into motion. Watch for pushing yourself too hard in these areas, and wait until after the New Moon on the 23rd to begin brand-new initiatives along these lines, but enjoy the rush of enthusiasm to take better care of yourself and your daily habits and routines. This morning, however, it can be difficult to get going on anything solid, but as the day advances, you begin to see something coming together. There can be uniquely creative, dynamic ideas about handling your home or personal life as well.

If You Were Born Today, July 21st….

You are sociable, charming, and wise, and you love to share your thoughts and time with others. People receive you well, finding you entertaining and interesting. Your intelligence and unique perspective on life can sometimes lead to negative thinking, anxiety, and manipulative behavior. Your emotions are up and down. Extremely clever, you need to apply your mental ability to something constructive. You are unique and want to be recognized as such.

 

Famous people born today: Ernest Hemingway, Robin Williams, Jon Lovitz, Josh Hartnett, Cat Stevens, Juno Temple, Don Knotts.

 

Get A Jump On Tomorrow,,,,,,

Your Daily Horoscopes for Saturday, July 22

Aries

Aries Horoscope

A month-long cycle that places further emphasis on entertainment, self-expression, creativity, and romance begins today, dear Aries, with the Sun’s move into the sign of Leo and your solar fifth house. You bring more energy and inspiration to creative efforts and the seeking out of fun projects or an avocation. Save brand new projects after tomorrow’s New Moon, but enjoy the rush of enthusiasm you feel now. Mars is already in this sector, bringing added courage and muscle to your projects and relationships, and Mercury is in this sector encouraging a smart approach. Love, fun, and games are lively now, and you can be in the perfect mood for a vacation of sorts, even if it’s only in spirit. Today’s Moon is Balsamic with a New Moon occurring tomorrow morning, so aim to wind down and take things easy.

Taurus HoroscopeThe Sun begins its month-long transit of your home and family sector today, dear Taurus, and you’re all set to settle in! This is a cycle for appreciating the comforts of familiarity. You may be investing more time and energy, as well as pride, in your home and family life in the weeks ahead. This transit encourages a more focused approach to your life after a rather busy-bee period. Security and stability are prioritized goals right now, and with Mars and Mercury already in this sector of your chart, you have the energy, motivation, courage, and smarts to make some fabulous improvements in your personal life. Today, however, aim to wind down before the New Moon tomorrow. This is a day for reflection and tying up loose ends.

Gemini

Gemini

The Sun begins its month-long transit of your solar third house today, dear Gemini. Mercury moved into this sector of your chart first, two weeks ago, turning at least some of your attention to communicating and connecting. Mars arrived here two days ago, and you’ve been feeling the itch to put your ideas into action. Now that the Sun is here, you’re even more interested in learning, pursuing personal interests, connecting, and sharing. You’ll get a further boost after tomorrow’s New Moon. You’ll be bringing more oomph to your communications and projects now that not only your mind is engaged, but also your pride. In the coming weeks, you’ll be running more errands than usual and communicating with people more frequently. Transportation and communication systems are stronger themes in your life now. Watch, however, for brusqueness in your speech or writing. As well, today’s Moon is Balsamic, and this means you should wind down instead of wind yourself up.

Cancer

Cancer

The Sun ends its yearly transit of your sign today, dear Cancer, and moves into your resources sector, where it will spend the coming month. You’ve received more attention, or you’ve focused on personality development more than usual in recent weeks, and now you’re shifting gears and moving into a more settled and deliberate period. You’re ready to flesh out ideas and projects and work on building something important to you. Matters of comfort, security, money, and stability are of higher importance to you in the coming weeks. Sensual enjoyment and activities that remind you of the simple pleasures in life are in focus. You’re also bound to get in better touch with how you feel about your talents and value, and the impact this has on your earning power. Putting more energy and effort into your work can have its payoffs with assertive Mars and smart Mercury already in this sector. A New Moon is about to occur here as well — speaking of which, it’s a good idea to rest up and reflect today in preparation for this new cycle.

Leo

Leo Glyph Symbol HoroscopeYour personality shines this week, dear Leo. Mars just recently entered your sign, and you’ve been hosting Mercury for a couple of weeks now. Today, the Sun ends its introspective transit of your privacy sector and emerges in your solar chart, where it will stay until August 22nd. And the list goes on: tomorrow’s New Moon is also in your sign, and a Solar Eclipse will occur in Leo next month. It’s a true power period for you! You’re making a real impact in the weeks ahead. The extra rest and deeper thought of recent weeks can begin to pay off. All eyes are on you, and you’re sure to want to turn over a new leaf. You can pull this off best after the New Moon tomorrow, but you can do some serious thinking about what you’d like to change and improve today. A personal update is on the horizon, and today, you’re best off resting and reflecting in preparation.

Virgo

Virgo Symbol HoroscopeMercury and Mars are transiting your privacy sector, and the Sun moves into this same part of your solar chart today, dear Virgo, for its month-long stay. You have an increased need for rest, calm, peace, and quiet. If you can manage to release yourself from some of the more demanding or competitive energies of your life, that would be ideal for you now. You may choose to seek out more alone time and periods devoted to reflection on the activities and developments of the last year. You are wrapping things up now! Your mind has certainly been toying with ideas about what you need to change in your life to improve it, and now you can feel as if you’re ready to take the necessary action to clear the path. This is a period of rest and physical and emotional replenishment — not the best time to push yourself or your plans. Look for closure on matters that have run their natural course. On this day before a New Moon, wind down and let go rather than wind yourself up.

Libra 

Libra

You’re shifting gears this week, dear Libra, as the Sun and Mars move into your social sector and a New Moon is about to occur here as well, pointing to new beginnings and activities related to friendships, networking, community, and causes. The coming weeks are lively for group activities, experimenting with new ideas and methods, dreaming up plans for your future, and rallying for a matter that’s close to your heart. You take more pride in your social life in the coming month, and friends tend to look to you for direction. In fact, you may be taking the lead in a group setting or sharing your ideas with others and making a difference. There can be an increased focus on humanitarian activities and personal happiness goals in your life now. Today, however, it’s best to chill out, relax, and reflect rather than begin something brand new since a New Moon will occur tomorrow and start a new cycle, possibly leading you in a new direction.

Scorpio

Scorpio Horoscope

There can be a real rush of activity and attention to your career, social status, ambition, public standing, responsibilities, or reputation this week, dear Scorpio. You’ve been thinking more and more about where you’re headed for the last two weeks, and now you’re gearing up to take action. With the New Moon occurring tomorrow morning, it’s better to rest and reflect and let things unfold naturally today. However, you can certainly enjoy the enthusiasm and ambition building now. The weeks ahead are for taking more pride in your work and goals and taking charge of your life path. You may feel compelled to do something to prove yourself, or you may simply want to beat a personal best. You’re noticed for what you do, and your competence is something that others see more readily, perhaps because you have the opportunity to show it!  Be bold but don’t push yourself too hard now.

Sagittarius

Sagittarius Horoscope

The Sun begins its month-long transit of your solar ninth house today, dear Sagittarius, and you’re quickly shifting gears, focusing more and more on enjoying new life experiences. Places of higher learning and around the world begin to hold larger appeal and can be areas for exciting developments in your life. You’re no longer content to stay within your comfort zone. In fact, you’re looking for a challenge. Competitive activities, making bold moves, and standing up for what you believe in can figure strongly in the weeks ahead. You’re moving into a more outgoing, spontaneous, and exploratory period. The New Moon tomorrow morning will help redirect you and will boost your spirits further, but today, it’s better to unwind than work yourself up. Rest, reflect, and dream about what you want to do and where you want to go!

Capricorn

Capricorn Horoscope

The Sun begins its month-long cycle that encourages you to explore a deeper level of intimacy and sharing or depth, whether this is with yourself, a special someone, or a special project! You’re not content to know half-truths or to skim the surface of things in the coming weeks, as you want to dig deep and get to the bottom of matters. The Sun is now shining its light on some of the things that are typically hidden from view, and you stand to learn a lot about your inner workings. Your private world assumes more importance now, and you take strong notice of the hidden elements of circumstances and people around you. You may need to take charge of financial matters and resources that are shared with a partner or non-income sources of money and support. You can be hungry for emotional stimulation, making this an excellent opportunity to pour energy into a passion project or self-improvement program. Especially after the New Moon tomorrow, resolutions to quit a bad habit can be powerful. Today, however, take things easy and draw upon your intuition.

Aquarius

Aquarius

The Sun begins its month-long transit of your partnership sector today, dear Aquarius, and while energy levels are not at their peak, it’s a great time for gaining perspective and appreciating and improving relationships. With Mercury and Mars already in this part of your solar chart, you’re in a strong position for pairing up and negotiating. You’re expressing yourself more fully through your relationships, and you may very well gain motivation as well as perspective from a significant someone in your life at this time. With active and assertive Mars, the proud Sun, and intellectual Mercury in this house of one-to-one relationships, you can be very active with others but should watch for a business-like or hard approach now. While you have lively exchanges in the weeks ahead of you, today is appropriate for letting go and winding down before the New Moon tomorrow redirects you.

Pisces

Pisces

The Sun begins its month-long transit of your work and health sector today, dear Pisces, launching a powerful time for getting your daily life in order. You take more pride in your work and health, and especially after the New Moon in this sector tomorrow, you’re in a great position to take charge of your life and body and put bad habits behind you. You have Mars in the same sector giving you extra courage and initiative, and Mercury here as well, helping you to see things clearly and to work smartly. The weeks ahead are excellent for self-development and laying the groundwork for future success. Today, however, you need to wind down before winding back up. The Balsamic Moon wants you to reflect and ponder rather than begin something brand new

 

Your Tarot Card for the Day

July 21, 2017

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Seven of Pentacles

The Seven of this suit is typically a paean to the humble laborer who is willing to show up every day and sweat in the sun for next season’s bounty. The traditional concept is cultivation, with an attitude that slow and steady wins the race, with faith in nature’s assistance. The protagonist of this card doesn’t make excuses, isn’t whimsical or moody, but is dedicated and sees the job through. Of course, it’s no good to count your chickens before they hatch, but there’s no question that the person who is vigilant over a project is more likely to get the desired result.

Someone who works with nature, cooperating with her ways, will waste less energy and time than the person who works against her. As a side meaning, we sometimes see this normally humble farmer in a moment of frenzy, betting the crop on a roll of the dice. This represents a moment of dementia, addiction or desperation which hopefully will not last long enough for the farmer to lose everything!

     Your Daily Love Tarot Card

July 21st, 2017

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The Devil

Step back if you sense a toxic union. It comes in the form of a smothering relationship. Perhaps someone misuses and manipulates you. Or, they are afraid to get too close. You have control that includes the ability to have power over the amount of love you give out. You stop giving it the moment you feel something is wrong. You do not doubt your decision before you even verbalize it.

Your Erotic Tarot Card for the Weekend of July 21

July 21, 2017

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The Lovers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Lovers card means your capability to fully surrender to pleasure is at its peak. Letting go in this way used to be hard for you because of your need to feel in control of your actions and/or emotions. What you ultimately desire from a sexual connection right now can only happen if you completely let go of hesitation, inhibition, and any fear of communicating your deepest desires. The Lovers tell you that the door to true intimacy is opening because you and another will allow your hearts to reach true ecstasy!

Your Rune for Friday, July 21st

TIWAZ

Tiwaz – “Tea-waz” – Literally: “The god, Tyr” – Esoteric: Justice, Sacrifice

Rune of the balance and justice ruled from a higher rationality. The rune of sacrifice of the individual (self) for well-being of the whole (society).

Psi: spiritual warrior, honour, righteousness

Energy: sovereign order, sacrifice, right decision making

Mundane: the rule of law, fairness, peace keeping

Divinations: faith, loyalty, justice, rationality, self-sacrifice, analysis, victory, honesty, even-handedness; or mental paralysis, over analysis, over-sacrifice, injustice, imbalance, defeat, tyranny.

Governs:
Obtaining just victory and success in battle, litigation or legal matters
Building spiritual will and development of sound judgement
Develops the power of positive self-sacrifice
Develops the “force of faith” in magic and religion

Your Influences for the Weekend of July 21st

Tarot Influence

Three of Cups Reversed

Over indulgence leads to pain and failure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Astrological Influence

Scorpio Reversed

Scorpio reveresed represents the lack of will and confidence to move ahead.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Element Influence

Air reversed

Air reversed denotes a lack of freedom to move through life as you want.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thought of the Day

Be like the moon,
darling,
and shine when they
least expect it.
–Harbinger

 

 

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The Witches Digest for Thursday, July 20th

The Witches Digest No. 5

Thursday, July 20, 2017

 

Witches Affirmation

A witch is…

One who has power over her/his own life
One who makes his/her own rules, but can abide by the rules of Nature
One who refuses to submit to self-denial
One who recognizes no authority with greater esteem than her/his own, who is loyal to self
One who is untamed and tamed
One who transforms energy for the good of all
One who can be passionate about her/his ideals and values as they are changing
One who is explosive, whose intensity is like volcanoes, floods, winds, and fire
One who is disorderly and orderly
One who is ecstatic
One who alters reality
One who says, “I am a witch” aloud three times

“I am a witch”
“I am a witch”
“I am a witch”

The Sun & Moon Data for Thursday, July 20th

The Sun
Sun Direction: ↑ 83.27° E
Sun Altitude: 26.36°
Sun Distance: 94.456 million mi
Next Equinox: Sep 22, 2017 3:01 pm (Autumnal)
Sunrise Today: 5:50 am↑ 63° Northeast
Sunset Today: 8:10 pm↑ 297° Northwest
Length of Daylight: 14 hours, 20 minutes

The Moon
Moon Direction: ↑ 118.76° ESE
Moon Altitude: 57.80°
Moon Distance: 225107 mi
Next New Moon: Jul 23, 20174:45 am
Next Full Moon: Aug 7, 20171:10 pm
Next Moonset: Today5:32 pm
Current Moon Phase: Waning Crescent
Illumination: 11.7%

Lunar Calendar
Moon Phase Tonight: Waning Crescent
New Moon: Jul 23, 2017 at 4:45 am
(Next Phase)
Third Quarter: Jul 16, 2017 at 2:25 pm
(Previous Phase)

Reference

timeanddate.com

Astronomy for Thursday, July 20

The Moon is in Gemini all day.
The Moon is waning and in its Third Quarter phase until 12:10 AM, after which the Moon is waning and in its Waning Crescent phase.
The Last Quarter Moon occurred on the 16th, and the New Moon will occur in Leo on the 23rd.
Mars enters Leo today (Mars is in Leo from July 20-September 5).

Moon in Gemini

The Moon is traveling through witty Gemini today. Call, text, send email, write letters. Visit someone you’ve missed. Watch a movie and talk about it at a coffee shop. Get out and about. Don’t sleep in.

Our instincts are to communicate, think, and learn under the influence of Moon in Gemini. We are motivated by a desire for variety and by an instinctive curiosity. The Moon in Gemini is light-hearted, breezy, and curious, but it can also be restless and fickle.

The Moon in Gemini generally favors the following activities: Mental and communicative actions, and more than one activity at once. Reading, learning, letters and emails, errands, writing, teaching, making connections, short trips.

The Sky This Week for July 20 to 23

An asteroid in a constellation, a meteor shower, and other amazing things to look for in the sky this week.
By Richard Talcott

Thursday, July 20

Early risers should be on the lookout for this morning’s spectacular conjunction between Venus and the waning crescent Moon. The two rise around 3 a.m. local daylight time and come to dominate the eastern sky by the time twilight begins an hour later. Brilliant Venus shines at magnitude –4.1 just 3° to the upper left of the 12-percent-lit Moon. If you view the planet through a telescope this morning, it shows a 16″-diameter disk that appears 70 percent illuminated.

Friday, July 21

Perhaps no month better epitomizes summer in the Northern Hemisphere than July. And this month finds the season’s namesake asterism, the Summer Triangle, on prominent display. The trio’s brightest member, Vega in the constellation Lyra the Harp, stands nearly overhead shortly before midnight. The asterism’s second-brightest star, Altair in Aquila the Eagle, then lies more than halfway from the southeastern horizon to the zenith. Deneb, the luminary of Cygnus the Swan, marks the Summer Triangle’s third corner. Although it is this asterism’s dimmest star, it’s the brightest point of light in the northeastern sky.

The Moon reaches perigee, the closest point in its orbit around Earth, at 1:12 p.m. EDT. It then lies 224,462 miles (361,236 kilometers) from Earth’s center.

Saturday, July 22

Pluto reached the peak of its 2017 appearance last week, and it remains a tempting target for those with an 8-inch or larger telescope. The 14th-magnitude world is visible all night among the background stars of northeastern Sagittarius, some 1.8° east-southeast of 3rd-magnitude Pi (p) Sagittarii. See “In pursuit of Pluto” in the July Astronomy for complete details on finding this world.

Sunday, July 23

New Moon occurs at 5:46 a.m. EDT. At its New phase, the Moon crosses the sky with the Sun and so remains hidden by our star. But that won’t be the case the next time our satellite completes an orbit of Earth. On August 21, the New Moon will pass directly in front of our star, bringing a total solar eclipse to millions of observers across the United States from Oregon to South Carolina. The rest of the country will experience a partial eclipse, though viewers should try their best to get into the path of totality

Reference

The Astronomy Magazine

Two dozen tips for the August 21, 2017, total solar eclipse

Posted by Michael Bakich

You know, I’ve served as a tour guide to 10 total solar eclipses. During my conversations and lectures, I’ve given people lots of advice. So, I thought why not repeat some of it here? I therefore present my top 25 tips related to the United States’ 2017 eclipse.

1. Take eclipse day off — now!

You may think three years is a bit of a long lead time, and, unless you work for a magazine called Astronomy, it may be. The point I’m making is that August 21, 2017, may turn out to be the most popular vacation-day request in history. If not now, figure out the earliest date that makes sense for you to request August 21 as a vacation day, and mark it on your calendar.

2. Make a weekend out of it

Eclipse day is a Monday. Lots of related activities in locations touched by the Moon’s inner shadow will occur on Saturday and Sunday. Find out what they are, where they’re being held, and which you want to attend, and make a mini-vacation out of the eclipse.

3. Attend an event

Trust me when I say you’ll enjoy the eclipse more if you hook up with like-minded people. If you don’t see any special goings-on a few months before August 21, call your local astronomy club, planetarium, or science center. Anyone you talk to is sure to know of eclipse activities.

4. Get involved

If you interests include celestial events and public service, consider volunteering with a group putting on an eclipse event. You’ll learn a lot and make some new friends in the process.

5. Watch the weather

Meteorologists study a chaotic system. Nobody now can tell you with absolute certainty the weather a specific location will experience on eclipse day. And don’t get too tied up in the predictions of cloud cover you’ll see for that date. Many don’t distinguish between “few” (one-eighth to two-eighths of the sky covered), “scattered” (three-eighths to four-eighths), or “broken” (five-eighths to seven-eighths) clouds and overcast. You need to dig deeper.

6. Stay flexible on eclipse day

Unless you are certain August 21 will be clear, don’t do anything that would be hard to undo in a short time. For example, let’s say you’re taking a motor home to a certain city. You connect it to power, hook up the sewage hose, extend the awnings, set up chairs, start the grill, and more. But if it’s cloudy six hours, three hours, or even one hour before the eclipse starts, you’re going to want to move to a different location. Think of the time you would have saved if you had waited to set up. Also, the earlier you make your decision to move, the better. I only can imagine what the traffic might be like on eclipse day.

7. Don’t plan anything funky

Totality will be the shortest two and a half minutes of your life. All your attention should be on the Sun. Anything else is a waste. And be considerate of those around you. Please, no music.

8. Pee before things get going

Yes, I could have phrased this more politely, but I wanted you to read it. And, trust me, you’ll thank me for this tip above and beyond any other on this list. Don’t wait until 10 minutes before totality to start searching for a bathroom. Too much is happening then. Make a preemptive strike 45 minutes prior.

Perhaps as much as 30 minutes before totality, someone in your group is likely to have spotted brilliant Venus.

9. Notice it getting cooler?

A point-and-shoot camera that takes movies will let you record the temperature drop. Here’s a suggestion: Point your camera at a digital thermometer and a watch, both of which you previously attached to a white piece of cardboard or foamcore. Start recording video 15 or so minutes before totality and keep shooting until 15 minutes afterward. The results may surprise you.

10. Watch for the Moon’s shadow

If your viewing location is at a high elevation, or even at the top of a good-sized hill, you may see the Moon’s shadow approaching. This sighting isn’t easy because the shadow is moving at more than 1,000 mph (1,600 km/h). Another way to spot the shadow is as it covers thin cirrus clouds if any are above your site. Again, you’ll be surprised how fast the shadow moves.

11. View the 360° sunset

During totality, take just a few seconds to tear your eyes away from the sky and scan the horizon. You’ll see sunset colors all around you because, in effect, those locations are where sunset (or sunrise) are happening.

12. Get a filter in advance

Cardboard “eclipse” glasses with lenses of optical Mylar cost about $2. Such a device — it’s not a toy — will let you safely look directly at the Sun. It filters out most of the light, all of the dangerous infrared (heat) and ultraviolet radiation, which tans our skin. Buy one well in advance, and you can look at the Sun anytime. Sometimes you can see a sunspot or two. That’s cool because to be visible to our eyes, such a spot has to be larger than Earth. Another safe solar filter is a #14 welder’s glass, which also will cost you $2. Wanna look cool at the eclipse? Buy goggles that will hold the welder’s glass. I’ve even seen people wearing whole helmets. Either those or goggles serves one purpose — you won’t need to hold the filter, so you can’t drop it.

13. No filter? You can still watch

Except during totality, we never look at the Sun. But what if you’ve forgotten a filter? You can still watch by making a pinhole camera. It can be as simple as two pieces of paper with a tiny hole in one of them. (Try to make the hole as round as you can, perhaps with a pin or a sharp pencil.) Line up the two pieces with the Sun so the one with the hole is closest to it. The pinhole will produce a tiny image, which you’ll want to have land on the other piece of paper. Moving the two pieces farther apart will enlarge the Sun’s image but will also lessen its brightness. Work out a good compromise.

14. Bring a chair

In all likelihood, you’ll be at your viewing site several hours before the eclipse starts. You don’t really want to stand that whole time, do you?

15. Don’t forget the sunscreen

Most people who go outside during the summer know this. Remember, you’ll be standing around or sitting outside for hours. You may want to bring an umbrella for some welcome shade. And if you see someone who has forgotten sunscreen, please be a peach and share.

16. Take lots of pictures

Before and after totality, be sure to record your viewing site and the people who you shared this great event with.

A Sunspotter solar telescope by Learning Technologies (and sold through a variety of dealers) provides a sharp image of the Sun that many people can view simultaneously.

17. The time will zoom by

In our August 1980 issue, author Norm Sperling contributed a “Forum” in which he tries to convey how quickly totality seems to pass. You can read it here.

18. Bring snacks and drinks

You’re probably going to get hungry waiting for the eclipse to start. Unless you set up next to a convenience store, consider bringing something to eat and drink. And keep in mind that August is warm. A cooler with ice-cold drinks is a great idea.

19. Nobody you meet will have seen totality.

If you’re planning an event or even a family gathering related to the eclipse, consider this: Statistically, 100 percent of the people you encounter — to a high degree of accuracy — will never have experienced darkness at noon. You will be the expert.
A telescope equipped with an approved solar filter will help Sun-watchers get the most from the eclipse.
20. Invite someone with a solar telescope

In the event you’re thinking of hosting a private get-together (ignoring #3 above), make sure someone in attendance brings a telescope with a solar filter. While it’s true that you don’t need a scope to view the eclipse, having one there will generate quite a bit of buzz. And you (or the telescope’s owner) can point out and describe sunspots, irregularities along the Moon’s edge, and more.

21. Experience totality alone

The 2017 eclipse plus the events leading up to it will combine to be a fabulous social affair. Totality itself, however, is a time that you should mentally shed your surroundings and focus solely on the sublime celestial dance above you. You’ll have plenty of time for conversations afterward.
A get-together with family and friends after the eclipse will help you unwind a bit and hear what others experienced during the eclipse.
22. Schedule an after-eclipse party or meal

Once the eclipse winds down, you’ll be on an emotional high for hours, and so will everyone else. I’ve found no better time to get together with family and friends and just chat. Or, if you’re like me, take a secondary position and just listen to others talking about what they’ve just experienced. Fun!

23. Record your memories

Sometime shortly after the eclipse, when the event is still fresh in your mind, take some time to write, voice-record, or make a video of your memories, thoughts, and impressions. A decade from now, such a chronicle will help you relive this fantastic event. Have friends join in, too. Stick a video camera in their faces and capture 30 seconds from each of them. You’ll smile each time you watch it.

24. Don’t photograph the eclipse

This tip — specifically directed at first-time eclipse viewers — may sound strange because it’s coming to you from the photo editor of the best-selling astronomy magazine on Earth. But I’ve preached this point to thousands of people who I’ve led to far-flung corners of our planet to stand under the Moon’s shadow. True, few of them have thanked me afterward. But I can tell you of upwards of a hundred people who have told me with trembling voices, “I wish I’d followed your advice. I spent so much time trying to center the image and get the right exposures that I hardly looked at the eclipse at all.” How sad is that? And here’s another point: No picture will capture what your eyes will reveal. Trust me, I’ve seen them all. Only the top 1 percent of the top 1 percent of photographers have ever come close. And — no offense meant — but you, with your point-and-shoot pocket camera or off-the-shelf digital SLR, are not one of them.

25. DO NOT PHOTOGRAPH THE ECLIPSE!!!

I’ll state this again for emphasis. Why, oh why, would you even consider looking down and fiddling with a camera when you could be looking up at all that heavenly glory? This eclipse will — at maximum — last 162 seconds. That’s it, my friends. If your camera isn’t doing what you think it should, you’re going to lose valuable time adjusting it. There will be plenty of pix from imagers who have viewed a dozen of these events. So just watch. Watch your first eclipse with your mouth agape, where your only distraction is occasionally wiping tears of joy from your eyes. You will not be disappointed.

Reference

The Astronomy Magazine

Thursday, May 25th

 

Thursday is the day of the planet Jupiter, dedicated to Thunor(Thor), god of thunder and agricultural work. His parallels in various European traditions are Zeus, Taranis, Perun, Perkunas, and St. Olaf. The faith of the Northern Tradition holds Thursday sacred. This is why almost all adages about Thursday are positive, such as “Thursday’s child has far to go,” “Sneeze on Thursday, some better,” or “Cut nails on Thursday for wealth.” Thursday rules controlled optimism, energetic growth, physical well-being, and material success.

Deity: Thor

Zodiac Sign: Capricorn – Sagittarius

Planet: Jupiter

Tree: Oak

Herb: Henbane

Stone: Turquoise – Topaz

Animal: Goat – Aurochs

Element: Fire

Color: Orange – Brown

Number: 3

Rune: Thorn (TH)

 

Celtic Tree Month of Tinne(Holly) – July 8 – August 4

Runic Half-Month of Ur (primal strength) – July 14 – July 28

Goddess of the Month of Kerea – July 11 – August 8

 

Source

The Pagan Book of Days
Nigel Pennick

The Goddess Book of Days for Thursday, July 20th

In Lithuania, the Binding of the Wreaths, a lover’s festival like Opet. Goddesses of Love are: Aphrodite, Venus, Oshun, Erzulie, Aida Wedo, Astarte, Isis, Inanna, Flora, Ishtar, Freya, and Xochiquetzal. Also Day of St. Margaret of Antioch, Goddess of Childbirth (Carmen, Carmenta, Mary, Isis, Yemaya, Kwan Yin, Oddudua, Ix Chel, Diana, Artemis, Eileathyia, Demeter, Sheela, Baubo, Mylitta, Spider Woman, Chalchiuhtlique.

Reference

The Goddess Book of Days
Diane Stein

On Thursday, July 20th, We Celebrate the Goddess Amaterasu

AMATERASU

Amaterasu, in full Amaterasu Ōmikami, (Japanese: “Great Divinity Illuminating Heaven”), the celestial sun goddess from whom the Japanese imperial family claims descent, and an important Shintō deity. She was born from the left eye of her father, Izanagi, who bestowed upon her a necklace of jewels and placed her in charge of Takamagahara (“High Celestial Plain”), the abode of all the kami. One of her brothers, the storm god Susanoo, was sent to rule the sea plain. Before going, Susanoo went to take leave of his sister. As an act of good faith, they produced children together, she by chewing and spitting out pieces of the sword he gave her, and he by doing the same with her jewels. Susanoo then began to behave very rudely—he broke down the divisions in the rice fields, defiled his sister’s dwelling place, and finally threw a flayed horse into her weaving hall. Indignant, Amaterasu withdrew in protest into a cave, and darkness fell upon the world.

 

The other 800 myriads of gods conferred on how to lure the sun goddess out. They collected cocks, whose crowing precedes the dawn, and hung a mirror and jewels on a sakaki tree in front of the cave. The goddess Amenouzume began a dance on an upturned tub, partially disrobing herself, which so delighted the assembled gods that they roared with laughter. Amaterasu became curious how the gods could make merry while the world was plunged into darkness and was told that outside the cave there was a deity more illustrious than she. She peeped out, saw her reflection in the mirror, heard the cocks crow, and was thus drawn out from the cave. The kami then quickly threw a shimenawa, or sacred rope of rice straw, before the entrance to prevent her return to hiding.

 

Amaterasu’s chief place of worship is the Grand Shrine of Ise, the foremost Shintō shrine in Japan. She is manifested there in a mirror that is one of the three Imperial Treasures of Japan (the other two being a jeweled necklace and a sword). The genders of Amaterasu and her brother the moon god Tsukiyomi no Mikato are remarkable exceptions in worldwide mythology of the sun and the moon. See also Ukemochi no Kami.

Reference

Encyclopaedia Britannica

Today We Celebrate….

Moon Day (United States)
HINA

 

Themes: Moon; Communication; Cycles; Mediation

Symbols: Lunar (silver/white items or any corresponding plants/stones); Coconut

About Hina:
This Tahitian goddess is the Lady in the Moon who shines on us with her changing faces. As the dark moon, she presides over death. As the waxing moon, she is the creatrix who made people from clay and the moon, her home. As the full moon, she embodies a mature woman’s warrior spirit. As the waning moon, she is the aging crone full of wisdom and insight.

According to tradition, coconuts were created from the body of Hina’s lover, an eel god, after he was killed by superstitious locals. She also governs matters of honest communication, and when properly propitiated, Hina sometimes acts as an intermediary between humans and the gods.

To Do Today: On July 20 in 1969, American astronauts visited Hina in person, landing on the moon’s surface and exploring it. In spiritual terms this means taking time to explore the magical nature of the moon today. If the moon is dark, it represents the need to rest from your labors. If it is waxing, start a new magic project and stick with it so the energy grows like the moon. If Hina’s lunar sphere is full, turn a coin in your pocket three times, saying “prosperity” each time so your pocket remains full. If the moon is waning, start taking positive action to rid yourself of a nagging problem. Eat some coconut to help this along by internalizing Hina’s transformative powers.

Reference

365 Goddess: A Daily Guide To the Magic and Inspiration of the goddess
Patricia Telesco

Thursday’s Conjuring

Thursday – is associated with Jupiter

 

Candle colors – Green, Purple, Orange, or Blue

 

Business, Gambling, Power, Material Wealth, Luck, Road Opening

 

—-Old Style Conjure Wisdoms, Workings and Remedies
Starr Casas

The Magickal Day of Thursday

 

Thursday is a day of royal blues and greens, associated with the planet Jupiter and metals like tin. When it comes to deities, look at leader type gods like Thor, Zeus, and Jupiter. Gemstone correspondences for Thursday include turquoise, amethyst and lapis lazuli, and plant associations can be found in honeysuckle, cinquefoil, and even oak trees.

This is a day for honor, fealty and family loyalty, as well as harvesting, success, and prosperity.

Take advantage of Thursday’s different aspects and do spellwork that brings abundance to you, declares your allegiance, and embraces prosperity.

Source

Patti Wigington
Article published on ThoughtCo

The Witches Guide To Thursday

 

Today is the day for prosperity work of all kinds. It can also be used for healing work, whether that is a physical healing of an illness or an emotional healing. Also remember that you have to follow up your healing work and prosperity magick and physical action.

I can’t tell you the number of times I have met new witches who complain to me that their prosperity spell or “I need a better job” spell did not work as they expected. They’ll ramble on and on about how much time and money they spent working their magick….but, alas, they had no glorious manifestation of wealth or fabulous job that suddenly dropped out of the sky and landed in their laps.

Then, when I gently ask them, “Did you enchant your resume or application when you filled it out? Did you do a little confidence-boosting spellwork when you went to apply for the job or went to the interview?” typically they give me a blank, confused stare.

Nine times out of ten, their response is, “You mean I have to go out and actually look for the job too?” Um, yes, my dear, you certainly do. Magick follows the path of least resistance, which means it’s going to manifest along the simplest, quickest route. Get out there and hit the pavement. See what you can find. Times are tough and competition for good jobs is fierce, so you need whatever edge you can get. For folks like us, we’re going to get the edge by using our magick and our spellcraft.

Thursdays have such a rich source of magick for us to draw upon that, honestly, the sky is the limit. This is the day associated with the gods of the sky and heavens, after all. Get to know these deities and add their wisdom and magick into your days

Source

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

Witchery for Your Thursdays

Try wearing some honeysuckle-scented perfume to encourage prosperity. Bewitch someone by wearing deep royal blue or brighten up a dreary day by wearing lucky, prosperity-drawing green. Brew up a pot of mint tea to help increase your cash flow. Try adding a pinch of nutmeg or cinnamon to an unscented candle to encourage some fast cash. Bake up a loaf of wheat bread for the family, and celebrate abundance and be thankful for all that you have.

Conjure up a witchy craft and create a philter or two for your magickal needs. Work with the deities and the magickal plants featured in this chapter and experiment. How did the energies of the plants of Jupiter enhance your magick?

What did you learn by working with Juno, Jove, or Zeus? The truth is that by adding these new techniques and information into your spellcasting repertoire, you will indeed advance your skills, thereby moving up in the ranks to become a more adept magickal practitioner.

Just by believing in yourself and working toward creating abundance, health, and prosperity, you have already begun to transform your outlook on life. Put your game face on; think positively. Work with Thor for perseverance and courage, and apply those qualities to your own prosperity spells and healing witchery. Break out the tarot cards; take a careful look at those images of the three featured cards in this chapter. How could you incorporate that symbolism into other spells of your own design?

Call on the gods and goddess of Thursday and bring some positive change, abundance health, and prosperity into your life!

Source

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

The Witches Almanac for Thursday, July 20th

Binding of Wreaths (Lithuanian)

Waning Moon

Moon phase: Fourth Quarter

Moon Sign: Gemini

Incense: Myrrh

Color: Crimson

Correspondences for 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.

Thursday is Ruled By Jupiter

 

Thursday is a Jupiter day. Here is the day of the week for prosperity, abundance, and good health. Thursday is “Thor’s day.” This Norse god gave the day his name and many of his attributes, including strength and abundance. Some suggestions for Thursday enchantments would include:

Wearing a regal and royal shade of blue to see how it affects your mood and your magic. Other colors for the day include purple and green

Carrying a turquoise tumbled stone in your pocket to draw a little protective and healing energy your way Incorporating honeysuckle blossoms and cinquefoil foliage into prosperity charms

Calling on Thor for abundance, or on the Roman god Jupiter for the ability to peacefully referee a fight

Adding a few oak leaves—which are sacred to these Thursday gods—to your charms to see how much better your spell works out

Casting a charm with wheat stalks for prosperity, and calling on Juno Moneta to bring wealth into your life

Baking up some whole wheat bread and blessing it for abundance. Be sure to thank the gods for your family and your good health.

Energy of Jupiter

Notes: Perform on a Thursday and/or during the waxing moon, with the Full moon being strongest. A purple or blue candle.

Color: Thursday

Color: Blue, purple

Metal: Tin

Stones: Lapis lazuli, amethyst, turquoise, sapphire.

Plants: Anise, betony, cinquefoil, jasmine, lavender, oak sage, yerba santa.

Rules: Sagittarius, Pisces

Oils: Anise, beramot, cedar, fir honeysuckle, jasmine, laveder, ntmet, orris, strawberry.

Rules Involving: honor, riches, health, friendships, the heart’s desires, luck, accomplishment, religion, trade and employment, treasure, legal matters.

Thursday & The Perfect Corresponding Spell

 

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 along.

Vehicle Blessing Before Traveling

Goal: To bless a new or existing vehicle.
Optional extras: Sage smudge stick; salt and water

Notes: This spell can be used for any vehicle, including trucks, motorcycles, boats, etc. Before or during the spell, walk around the vehicle and smudge it with the sage, then sprinkle it with the salt and water. Visualize a shining shield being placed around the vehicle. (You can substitute the word car, truck, or whatever.)

With fire and air, I bless this vehicle
With earth and water, I bless this vehicle
May it run smoothly
May it carry me safely
Wherever I travel
And return me safely to my home
In the name of the goddess
I bless this vehicle
In the name of the god
I protect this vehicle

And all who travel in it
So Mote It Be

Source

Everyday Witch A to Z Spellbook: Wonderfully Witchy Blessings, Charms & Spells .
Deborah Blake

The Dragon

The dragon is a fantastic beast that appears in almost every mythological tradition throughout the world. Often depicted as a mix of several different creatures, it represents the four elements of life: air, fire, water, and earth. The dragon has the wings of a bird and is covered with the scales of a fish or snake. It is capable of breathing fire, and usually guards a horde of treasure deep within the earth. In pre-Christian Europe and the Far East, the dragon was seen a symbol of power, virility, and superhuman strength, and was considered to be a friend of mankind.

In magick, the dragon is wholly beneficent and is seen as the manifestation of life-giving waters (the serpent), and the breath of life (the bird).

Generally it is considered to be a celestial power, and has the attributes of both the sun and moon, masculine and feminine, good and evil sides of nature. The dragon and serpent are usually interchangeable as representations of the unmanifest and the creation of form and matter.
The dragon represents the highest spiritual power, the supernatural, and the spirit of change. When you align your forces with those of the dragon, you gain strength and power. Its magick can help you overcome negative thoughts and it can teach you how to live abundantly.

DRAGON MAGICK

Dragon Prosperity Spell

This spell is designed to create prosperity.

It works best if you have a job and are looking for a pay raise or bonus.

Items needed: One large green pillar candle, dragon’s blood incense, incense burner and charcoal, dragon prosperity oil, a green silk pouch, five new coins (a penny, nickel, dime, quarter, and half-dollar), and an altar or small table.

Dragon Incense
(To make dragon’s blood incense, mix 1/2 tsp. dragon’s blood resin with 1/2 tsp. allspice, 1/2 tsp myrrh resin, 1/2 tsp. dried orange peel, 1/2 tsp. sandalwood powder. To the mixture add 3-drops cinnamon oil, and 3 drops orange spice oil.

Dragon Prosperity Oil
To make dragon prosperity oil, mix 5 drops cinnamon oil with 3 drops orange spice oil and 2 drops sandalwood oil in a small bottle.) (To make dragon prosperity oil, in a small bottle mix 5 drops cinnamon oil with 3 drops orange spice oil, and 2 drops sandalwood oil.)

The first thing you will need to do is engrave the figure of a dragon on the candle. This can be easily done using a ball point pen or small sculpting tool. The engraving does not have to be an elaborate work of art, just a simple outline will do.

Begin on the night of the new moon. Place the dragon candle on your altar with the incense burner in front of it. Place the coins on the left side of the candle and the silk pouch on the right side.

Light the green candle and charcoal. When the coal is glowing red, sprinkle some incense on it. Pick up the penny, hold it tightly, close your eyes and visualize the dragon in his cave. See his treasure and all the wealth he guards. In your mind’s eye, slowly approach the dragon. Show the dragon your coin. Then, with great respect, ask the dragon to expand your wealth as you say:

O great dragon of wealth and power,
I greet thee in this sacred hour.
Great good fortune on me now shower.
That my prosperity shall blossom and flower.

Stay with the dragon for a short time. Listen to what he says, and take heed of his advice. When the dragon begins to fade, leave his cave and return to the present. Place the penny in the green silk pouch. Thank the dragon by saying:

I thank thee great dragon of power and might
For granting my wishes on this night.

Leave the candle to burn for four hours and then snuff it out. Repeat this spell every night until all of the coins have been placed in the green pouch. When the last coin has been placed in the pouch, allow the candle to completely burn out. The rite is then complete.

Celebrating Legends, Folklore & Other Spirituality 365 Days A Year for July 20th thru 21st

The Binding of the Wreaths

The Binding of the Wreaths is a popular festival among the young people of Lithuania. At sunset, the participants go into the forest and gather summer flowers. The flowers are then made into wreaths, crown circlets, and streamers to be exchanged the following day between lovers.

Household Magick for Thursday, July 20th

Increase prosperity on this day; work toward expansion and moving up in the world

Planetary Influence: Jupiter

Household Symbols: A dollar bill, coins, a paycheck stub, a picture of your home.

Color: Green and royal blue

Kitchen Spices: Sage and nutmeg

The Witches Current Moon Phase for Thursday, July 20th

Waning Crescent
Illumination: 12%

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

Phase Details for – Thursday, July 20, 2017

Phase: Waning Crescent
Illumination: 12%
Moon Age: 26.19 days
Moon Angle: 0.55
Moon Distance: 363,298.14 km
Sun Angle: 0.52
Sun Distance: 152,007,228.59 km
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Mars in Leo: Let the Good Times Roll!

Passion ignites as the action planet enters this showy Fire sign


When Mars enters Leo on July 20, 2017, you and the rest of the world know it. It’s almost as if a cosmic parade is summoned, complete with all the fanfare you’d expect from Leo. When Mars — the planet of action and motivation — enters Leo the one thing that’s on everyone’s agenda is having a good time. In fact, this will be how you spend most of your energy over the coming weeks.

Mars in Leo isn’t shy about going after what he wants. In fact, he tends to make grand displays in order to assure he’s the center of attention. Confidence, enthusiasm, and playfulness are restored when Mars is in Leo. This shift will be palpable since now because Mars will concern itself with putting on a show.

Not so fast!

But there’s also steadfastness about Mars in the Fixed sign Leo … a raw determination to lead and to pursue respect. Or, more appropriately, to demand it. Mars in Leo, when operating in its shadow, is prone to boastfulness and even narcissism … hubris. This is Mars in Leo’s middle name.

Still, despite any extra drama (and expect plenty of it), Mars in Leo will help you courageously pursue the unfiltered expression of your ego self now. Expect plenty of extra stimulation sexually as well. Whether you prefer to purr like a kitten or roar like a tiger, pleasure is guaranteed!

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Your Daily Horoscopes for Thursday, July 20th

 

Aries

Aries Horoscope

You can have a difficult time enjoying yourself with ongoing worries about your work or duties, dear Aries. As well, the Sun in your home and family sector forms a square to Uranus in your sign, suggesting that personal plans and your sense of freedom can also take a hit now. There are times when your “inner rebel” gets in the way of the calm you crave, and today, this can be obvious. You’re wanted in all sorts of directions, and it can feel a little confining right now. Resist the urge to rebel or jump into — or out of — situations without forethought. You are indeed seeking out more security and comfort these days, but you also need to honor your need for a change of scene. Balancing your life makes sense now so that you can come back to a situation refreshed and at your best. Try to sniff out false distractions that steer you off course. There are ways of answering to both needs for independence and for comfort.

Taurus

Taurus HoroscopeYou can feel torn between playing things safe and making a change today, dear Taurus. When it comes to money and valuables, you can be see-sawing on decisions since you’re unclear about what you want most. Secrets can weigh heavily on your mind today as well. Aim to learn from the frustrations or resentments that arise suddenly and seemingly out of thin air. Keep in mind that there is a tendency for you to express something that ends up causing a stir today. In truth, a part of you wants to break free from confining patterns and secrets, but you’re not certain how to do so just yet, and this secret desire may be at the root of foot-in-the-mouth moments. Perhaps you bring up something and then instantly regret it — but is this your way, on some level, of getting something out of your system once and for all? It’s possible whenever unconventional Uranus in your privacy sector is activated. Mix-ups with instructions or involving transportation may frustrate today and can happen more frequently when you’re distracted. Consider that changes of schedule or routes may lead to new and exciting connections.

Gemini

Gemini

You can be in the mood for some fun and a change of scenery today, dear Gemini, but something seems to be preventing this. It may be guilty feelings or fear of leaving a situation unmonitored that’s keeping you from being as free-spirited as you’d like. For some, it can be about sharing and ownership or power dynamics in a relationship. Debts to others can weigh more heavily on your mind than usual. Try not to make decisions under pressure and examine any jealousy or resentment that emerges today so that you can deal with it directly. Another challenging influence today — a square between the Sun and Uranus — can lend further tension to the day, particularly with a large dose of unpredictability. If you don’t recognize a need for changes in the ways you connect with others, then circumstances may seem to conspire to prove the point to you! If you’ve been feeling a little too possessive of someone or even a thing, such as a business or project, or if you feel similarly “owned” by someone, then the issue can be forced now. For others, this is about dealing with unreliability in your social life.

Cancer

Cancer

There can be an air of discontent to the day that’s distinctive, dear Cancer, but there’s a lot to learn by the end of it. A matter that you thought you put behind you — a.k.a. ghosts from the past — seep into your life now, perhaps through chance meetings, dreams, sudden memories, or other triggers. While the discovery that you may still be nursing a wound or that you haven’t satisfactorily closed something can be frustrating, you may be thankful for the window into the situation now. After all, these things don’t truly go away until you deal with them. You might also need to manage some unpredictability in your career or regarding long-term goals that interfere with the enjoyment of the moment. There can be surprises related to career, rules, and responsibilities. If you’re frustrated about not having a clear goal or path, then consider focusing on small jobs with clear goals until things make more sense. Watch for provocative behavior that doesn’t help your case now.

Leo

Leo Glyph Symbol HoroscopeThe desire to enjoy a more vibrant social life is real, dear Leo, even if a big part of you is seeking out extra time for reflection and rest. Today, however, you’re challenged to find a balance. Fears of letting a work or health matter go unmonitored can get in the way of enjoyment. Whether there are power plays involved with people with whom you share your work or daily affairs, or if your own ambition is at play, it can be difficult truly letting go long enough to relax and have fun. Be sure to honor your need for some psychic space, as much as friends and work or health routines are calling to you. The square between the Sun and Uranus today can accentuate an inner conflict between seeking out new experiences and getting time to process recent ones. If your desire to grow and expand is pulling you away from healing activities and much-needed rest, keep in mind that you’ll do nothing well if you don’t refresh yourself.

Virgo

Virgo Symbol HoroscopeThe day’s energies are complicated but revealing, dear Virgo. While you are coming across well with superiors and the public as well as in your work these days, there can be some second-guessing goals or challenges harmonizing work and your personal life today. A predicament about children or a romantic relationship can interfere with your enjoyment of work. If thoughts of these problems are bringing you down, try to replace them with positive affirmations. There are too many things going on to know all the variables. You may also be dealing with conflicting feelings for a person or project. As much as you’re seeking some stability these days, you don’t want to stagnate. Change your methods and pull yourself out of the usual patterns if you’re unfulfilled instead of expecting different results from the same approach. Accept surprises rather than let them discourage you, because in the process, you might discover something entirely new and precious. Later today, your mind opens to new ideas and possibilities.

Libra 

Libra

You may be wrestling with a decision or dealing with a tricky matter today, dear Libra, likely related to whether to try something new or stick with what you know. Desires for more freedom are in focus, but emotions are complicated, and you may struggle with a choice to make. People may be trying to pull your strings, or you may be worried about leaving a situation unattended. Perhaps it would be better to relax some control. Identify areas of your life that require a change or a new approach instead of falling back on the same behaviors that keep frustrating patterns alive, particularly in your career and with a partner. Try not to allow others’ unreliability get in the way of the pursuit of your important goals. It can seem as if close relationships and your ambitions don’t mix very well these days. Business and reputation matters are especially important to you, but while they are subject to ups and downs, you begin to see patterns and priorities today. Aim to break out of habits that don’t serve you well and instead focus on making steady progress and improvements.

Scorpio

Scorpio Horoscope

There can be complicated feelings to navigate today, dear Scorpio. You may not know how to express your feelings, or if you do, but it doesn’t go over smoothly. With your ruler, Pluto, at odds with Venus today, this is not the best day for understanding others nor for gaining others’ faith and trust, but keep in mind this is temporary. Lingering grudges may surface in unexpected ways. The desire to get close to someone is strong, but fears can lead to a feeling you need to control things which drives a wedge between you and others. Also today, a square between the Sun and Uranus tends to bring out your need for a change of pace or a new and improved routine. Rigidity leads to stagnation, so open your mind to new methods and approaches so that you can break out of dull patterns. If you haven’t prepared well or if your daily life is chaotic, then you may have troubles getting away. The atmosphere is ripe for change, however, and the sooner you identify this, the better.

Sagittarius

Sagittarius Horoscope

This is not the easiest of days for feeling in sync with others, dear Sagittarius, even though you’re in a particularly conciliatory cycle. Rhythms in relationships can be off, and satisfaction can be more difficult to achieve than usual. Defensiveness doesn’t get you anywhere, but you may very well need more time to process your feelings and some emotional distance from a situation can buy you that time. You are hungry for more from life than the ordinary these days, but your approach to others can sometimes totally throw them off the scent altogether! Your playfulness is fantastic, but you don’t always communicate your desire for a little more depth and meaning from your interactions and projects. You can have a hard time conveying your message right now, partly because you’re torn on the inside, and partly because you have a hard time expressing your deeper needs. Be willing to let go of a pattern or habit so that you can magnetize more positive energy into your life.

Capricorn

Capricorn Horoscope

You can feel slightly off today as Venus in your work sector forms an awkward angle to Pluto in your sign, dear Capricorn. Try to avoid the temptation to micromanage people or control a situation through manipulation. Letting go of some control can be one of the best things you can do for your mind, body, and spirit. You could feel that others are making too many demands on you or don’t appreciate you for all that you do. Also today, a Sun-Uranus square keeps things unpredictable. Feeling unsettled when it comes to your home life, family, or living conditions can impact a relationship today. If you’ve been feeling some unrest due to feelings of being typecast or restricted, you’re likely to want to handle the situation now. Don’t wait for the rest of the world to decide what needs to change — taking steps to make your own changes is the path that empowers Fortunately, by the end of the day, you’re willing to try fresh, new approaches to relating and living.

Aquarius

Aquarius

This is not an ideal day for gaining favor or for reliability, dear Aquarius. We can be more defensive than usual, and resistance to your plans or will is quite likely as a result. However, it’s how you redirect yourself in the face of conflict or changes in schedule that matter most now. Friction, in fact, can motivate you to make changes that truly benefit you. If others are pushing your buttons, try to keep a cool head today. Talking openly and honestly about issues may be energy-draining but ultimately helpful, particularly when you explore possible resentments. However, it may be wise to observe now and work things out on a day when we’re more conciliatory. Buried emotions that emerge today are real clues to what may be sabotaging your success and happiness, so pay close attention. You may be thrown off center temporarily by what seems like sudden changes of heart or changes of plans. Choose flexibility over frustration. In fact, a shuffling of responsibilities or activities may lead to good things or good times, if you allow yourself to enjoy the change of pace. Later today, defenses drop, and you find it easier to make adjustments willingly.

Pisces

Pisces

With a Venus-Pluto quincunx, relationship problems can reach a difficult point, dear Pisces, but even though they’re not likely to come a head yet, you receive some clues now. You may not be directly confronting issues, and while it’s okay this way for now, try to avoid mind games and the like. Resentment robs you of energy, so work on a strategy or solution. Also active today, the Sun and Uranus form a square, challenging you to break out of a rut or a pattern that’s preventing you from growing and changing. Be as mindful as possible, for if you act out without self-awareness, you may be taking risks, overpaying, or jumping into (or out of) something too quickly. Alternatively, uncertainty about your income or security can interfere with your desire to have fun. However, later today, you may open up to someone, and as defenses drop, you learn something about yourself and your real feelings.

If You Were Born Today, July 20th

You possess personal magnetism and mental power, and you can also be very fixed and stubborn. Positively, you stick with something for a long time without giving up easily. Negatively, you might hold on to things or situations that have outgrown their worth, or you might become obsessive. You are success-oriented, but you don’t abandon your basic values and traditions in the process of achieving your goals. You tend to be most successful in partnership, whether your partner is involved in what you do or not.

Famous people born today: Carlos Santana, Natalie Wood, Kim Carnes, Josh Holloway, Judy Greer, Sandra Oh.

Birthdays on the Cancer-Leo Cusp

Learn all about the personality of “The Cusp of Oscillation”


If you were born on the Cancer-Leo cusp, from about July 19 to July 25, you have some challenges to face. When you combine the sensitive nature of Cancer and the expressive drama of Leo, it results in some contrary elements to your personality. Your life may be one of extreme ups and downs!

Cancer-Leo cuspers can be sensitive and shy one moment, and theatrical drama queens the next. This is because they’re born of a conflicting mix of water (Cancer) and fire (Leo), which will take discipline to mix successfully.

If you can learn to center yourself and find more balance, your life will be filled with lots of love and lasting relationships.

Learn more about the magical Gemini-Cancer cusp:

Name of Cusp: The Cusp of Oscillation

Date Range: July 19 to July 25

Strengths: Loving, devoted, expressive, creative, cheerful, passionate.

Weaknesses: Self-absorbed, insensitive, dramatic, dependent, volatile.

How Cancer and Leo energy work together: Cancer’s sensitivity doesn’t always mix well with Leo’s bold nature. These cuspers need to be careful of oscillating between extreme highs and lows, and of being either too sensitive or completely insensitive. If you can learn to let Cancer’s soft side tone down Leo’s outrageousness, you’ll find more balance and peace.

What they love: Pendulums. Just kidding! These cuspers are in love with love. Because they are so loving and devoted, they develop long lasting relationships and often have big families.

What they need: A purpose greater than themselves! Cancer-Leo cuspers need to find balance, and in order to do so they need to get outside of themselves. Helping others or devoting time to a worthy cause is a great way to find peace and focus on something other than themselves.

Advice: Try to find a comfortable middle ground between the two extremes of your personality. Try activities like yoga or volunteer work to keep you connected to others so you don’t become too self-involved.

Famous people born on the Cancer-Leo cusp: Edgar Degas, Campbell Scott, Elizabeth McGovern, Carlos Santana, Natalie Wood, Kim Carnes, Ernest Hemingway, Robin Williams, Jon Lovitz, Josh Hartnett, Cat Stevens, Willem Dafoe, David Spade, Rufus Wainwright, Woody Harrelson, Slash, Amelia Earhart, Jennifer Lopez, Barry Bonds, Zelda Fitzgerald, Estelle Getty, Matt LeBlanc, Iman and Brad Renfro.

Find out what all the cusps mean to you!

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Get A Jump On Tomorrow…..

Your Horoscopes for Friday, July 21st

 

Aries

Aries Horoscope

Since Mars is your ruler, its transits are especially significant for you, dear Aries. With Mars now in your romance and creativity sector until September 5th, and the Sun soon to follow, you may feel as if the summer has truly begun! It’s an excellent transit for smooth-flowing energy, self-expression, and entertainment. Your magnetism levels increase. Some of you are pouring a lot of energy into dating or romantic pursuits. For others, this is about stepping up your hobbies, pastimes, leisure time, creative works, or activities with kids. You’ve certainly been thinking about having more fun or pursuing your heart’s desire in the past two weeks, and now you’re coming to a point where you’re ready to act on your thoughts and plans. This morning, your perceptions may not be super reliable, as you see things through the lens of wishful thinking. As the day advances, however, you become considerably more confident, alert, and directed. Your words are particularly creative, and there is a unique charm to your presentation.

Taurus

Taurus HoroscopeUntil September 5th, Mars transits your home and family sector, dear Taurus, and this means you’re pouring more energy into your personal life. While this is not the easiest position for smooth flow of energy, and in fact, you can experience variable energy and motivation levels now, it’s an excellent time for taking care of household and family matters. Activities with or on behalf of family figure strongly now. Projects around the home can be satisfying now. Watch for bottling up anger or taking your frustrations with the outside world out on people you live with! This morning, a minor challenging aspect between the Sun and Neptune can pull up a feeling that others are draining you of energy or confidence, which can be the result of their negativity or your expectations of them. However, creative energy is good if you can direct it, and as the day advances, it becomes easier to do so. You are particularly creative with money and business. You are magnetic, and you may be taking the lead in charming and fruitful ways.

Gemini

Gemini

Mars is transiting your communications sector now and until September 5th, dear Gemini, and this can serve to enliven your daily affairs as well as motivate you to learn more, pursue personal interests, get out and about, and connect with others. Mercury has been in this sector for the last two weeks, stirring up mental energy and encouraging you to make plans, but now with Mars here, you want to put plans or ideas into motion. The Sun will follow tomorrow, and the New Moon on the 23rd can get you going as well. You’re moving into a far busier, more engaging period of your summer, and you’re likely to have a great time with it! While you should watch for aggressive or impulsive words and transit during this cycle, it’s a great time for taking the lead and the initiative with learning and sharing your ideas or reaching out to others. This morning, there can be a mental disconnect or illusions related to money and work to deal with, but as the day advances, you’re increasingly more directed and motivated.

Cancer

Cancer

Until September 5th, Mars moves through your resources sector, dear Cancer. Now that you’re no longer hosting active, aggressive Mars in your sign, you’re likely to find life becomes quieter. Even so, you’re more motivated to build and develop something important to you, such as a business, pet project, bank account, or relationship. With less focus on personality development, you’re moving into a great period for enjoying what you have and building upon your resources at a comfortable pace. While your drive to make money or to make your life more secure increases, you can sometimes be quite impulsive with your purchases. This morning, watch for self-deception, as you may not be seeing yourself and others very clearly. You mean different things to different people and this can confuse true understanding of yourself. As the day advances, clarity returns, and your creative juices flow. A private longing can take hold.

Leo

Leo Glyph Symbol HoroscopeMercury entered your sign on the 5th, dear Leo, and you’ve been thinking a lot about personal plans. Now that Mars entered Leo, you’re taking on more of Mars’ fiery, assertive, and courageous traits until September 5th. Tomorrow, the Sun will arrive in your sign, and then the following day, a New Moon occurs in Leo, so you’re moving into a busier, more noticeable and personally influential period this week! This is a time of increased independence and initiative. You might be presenting yourself more boldly or taking on new projects now. Your energy levels increase, and your best bet is to pace yourself and take action on matters that need doing most. This morning, a minor challenging aspect increases your psychic sensitivity and you may feel a little disoriented temporarily. As the day advances, you can feel particularly invigorated by people around you.

Virgo

Virgo Symbol HoroscopeUntil September 5th, Mars spends time in your privacy and soul sector, dear Virgo, and you’re in particular need of extra rest as well as activities that aid healing and energy replenishment. This is also a time for working on motivation levels as you may be putting a particular venture to rest or wrapping up a project, and you now need to reorient yourself. Mercury has been in this sector for the past couple of weeks, and tomorrow, the Sun will move in here, too. On the 23rd, a New Moon occurs in the same area of your solar chart and next month, an eclipse happens here as well. All in all, you’re in a strong position to do some soul-searching, vacationing, and resting as you consider new directions for the future. There can be considerable attention to the past now. You’re also more inclined to feel out situations and pay special attention to what your intuition has to say, and it can be important stuff! In fact, over the coming weeks, you’re likely to receive powerful messages from your inner guide. This morning, a person or a connection can be difficult to see clearly, but as the day advances, you’ll feel more motivated and on track. It’s a good time for making nice with bosses, customers, or associates.

Libra 

Libra

Until September 5th, Mars is lending extra energy, courage, assertiveness, and fire to your sector of groups, friendships, and aspirations, dear Libra. A more active and lively social life is likely now, or there can be a particular focus on group or teamwork. You can play a stronger role in others’ lives now. Generally speaking, competitive energy with friends now is the motivating kind – something inspires you through your friends or networks to take better charge of your life or to work towards a special goal or dream. This morning, however, when it comes to practical matters, you may not be thinking realistically. You may be tempted to gloss over problems. As the day advances, a parallel aspect between your lovely ruler, Venus, and Mars can motivate you and fill you with enthusiasm and confidence. It also improves your powers of attraction, although you’re not content to wait for something or someone to find you — you’re ready to go and get what or who you want! You manage to be both gracious and assertive.

Scorpio

Scorpio Horoscope

Until September 5th, Mars transits your career and reputation sector, dear Scorpio, bringing high energy and ambition, as well as motivation and competitive feelings, to your world. Life path goals, your public life, responsibilities, performance, business affairs, and career are the subjects of this sector of your solar chart, and these matters can awaken, enliven, and animate, assuming far more importance in your life than usual. Mercury has been in this sector of your chart for the last couple of weeks, and your thinking has become more goal-oriented. You now want to put your money where your mouth is, so to speak, and put ideas and plans into motion. It would be wise to do so after the Sun enters this same sector tomorrow, and after the New Moon occurs here the following day. In fact, a second attempt to get where you want to go can come after an eclipse takes place in this sector next month. Motivation to excel, improve, and advance increases in the coming weeks. You may experience some clashes with people who’d prefer to take the lead during this cycle, however. This morning, you may feel some temporary loss of direction, but the daydreaming and envisioning you do now can be helpful. Coming to a good balance between work and down time is a cinch as the day advances.

Sagittarius

Sagittarius Horoscope

Until September 5th, Mars moves in harmony with your sign, dear Sagittarius, and motivates you to actively learn and participate, as well as boost your spirits and zest for life. This is an enthusiastic and energetic cycle in which you feel more confident about making changes or trying new things. You’re attracted to new physical or mental challenges and your desire to learn about the world and share your ideas and opinions increases. Debates can become very lively and passionate at this time. You may take up a new interest, self-publish, or pursue a course of study. You’re seeking out truth and justice as well as greater understanding of the world around you and your place in it. Routines can bore you more than usual, however, and you’ll be wise to keep one foot on the ground. While today can begin a little groggily, as the day advances, you’re in a fabulous position to connect with others. This can be an exciting time for learning.

Capricorn

Capricorn Horoscope

Now and until September 5th, Mars is heating up your intimacy sector, dear Capricorn, encouraging you to seek out deeper connections, whether this is with a project or a person! You’re more strategic about going after what and who you want during this cycle. You’re also more willing and courageous than usual to dig deep and acknowledge your innermost desires. If you’ve been having issues with power dynamics and sharing in a relationship, now is the time to pull them out of hiding. It can also be a time for pursuing a loan or support if needed. Your intimate life can heat up in the coming weeks. While the morning’s energies are a little murky and undirected, the remainder of the day finds you particularly creative and resourceful. Impulsiveness in relationships and with your work is possible now, but this can also be a time for pursuing an exciting direction. You may want to act upon your desires today.

Aquarius

Aquarius

Mars is now transiting your opposite sign, dear Aquarius, and will animate your relationships until September 5th. This transit can play out in different ways. Some of you are attracting more energetic, assertive, and active people into your life. For others, this is a time for actively seeking out a relationship or for becoming more active with a partner. You’re likely to find others energizing, or irritating! There can be a competitive feel to relationships. It’s a great time for clearing the air or taking charge of problem areas if you don’t mind some liveliness. This morning, dreamy or creative activities can be satisfying detours from pressures. As the day advances, creative energy builds but now with more purpose. You crave harmony, and you’re ready and willing to take real steps to get to a position of mutual benefit, making negotiations very successful now.

Pisces

Pisces

Mars is now animating your work and health sector, dear Pisces, and will continue to motivate you to get on top of your daily routines until September 5th, so take advantage! You may be pouring a lot more energy into organizing your space, pursuing fitness or other health methods, and providing services or doing your work during this cycle. You’ve had Mercury in this sector since the 5th, and where you’ve been thinking and talking about your plans to step up these things, you’re now getting ready to act on your ideas or put plans into motion. Watch for pushing yourself too hard in these areas, and wait until after the New Moon on the 23rd to begin brand-new initiatives along these lines, but enjoy the rush of enthusiasm to take better care of yourself and your daily habits and routines. This morning, however, it can be difficult to get going on anything solid, but as the day advances, you begin to see something coming together. There can be uniquely creative, dynamic ideas about handling your home or personal life as well.

Tarot Card of the Day

Three of Coins


July 20th, 2017

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 Three is traditionally the card of genius. Here we usually see a master craftsman conferring with his masons on the installation of a beautiful stained-glass window in the cathedral. This designer is often likened to Leonardo da Vinci or Michelangelo, a multi-talented visionary who has no peers in talent or productivity.

The masterwork is being proudly showcased for future generations, as an object of personal and collective pride. On some cards, the genius is portrayed at his studio, alone and burning the midnight oil, in a creative ferment — driven to draw, paint, invent, or whatever work genius wants to bring into creation. As a subtext to the rewards of genius are the days and weeks of intense concentration it takes to solve the problems that great works entail.

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Learn the Tarot:  How to Find Love Using the Tarot

Learn how to change the course of your romantic future


Does it feel like your love compass is broken? You might be single and struggling to find someone you deeply connect with. Maybe you keep ending up in relationships that fizzle out just as soon as they began. If past partnerships have left you feeling more defeated than desired, it’s time to turn to the Tarot.

Tarot cards have been used for centuries to help guide people through complex situations in their lives — and is there anything more complicated than matters of the heart? No matter what issues you’re facing, the Tarot will give you the clarity needed to put your love life back on track.

It’s important to know what questions to ask in order to get the most out of your reading. Tarot is all about helping you manifest what you want so asking things like “What will my partner’s name be?” or “Will I meet my soul mate tomorrow?” won’t work. Instead, try asking questions that help you connect with your inner self. Here are some examples of questions that work well in a Tarot reading for love:

  • What is holding me back from finding love?
  • What can I do to attract love?
  • What can I learn from my past relationships?
  • How can I avoid repeating unhealthy patterns in my relationships?
  • How can I heal from the hurt of my previous relationship and move forward?

So, what is it that you’d like to ask the Tarot? Focus on your question, choose your cards, and reveal insight into your love future now. If you still have questions about what the Tarot can do for you, keep reading…

Here are some ways the Tarot can help the future of YOUR love life:

It shows you what you really want. Sometimes it isn’t finding what you want, but knowing what you want that’s your biggest challenge. What kind of relationship are you looking for? Who is your ideal partner? You already know the answers in your heart, but you may need a little help so you can finally see them. The Tarot allows you to tap into your intuition and discover what you’ve already known all along.

It reveals what is preventing you from finding love. True love starts from within. Everyone has insecurities, and we’ve all been burned by former lovers. These things can create emotional obstacles that hinder you in your quest to find — and keep — love. Maybe you’ve been choosing the same type of partner over and over again, or it could be that you’re unknowingly sabotaging potential relationships. The Tarot will shine a spotlight on what you need to do to create positive and lasting love in your life.

It shows you what you’re working with. In order to attract your soul mate, you must first recognize all of the unique qualities that you offer to others. The Tarot pinpoints exactly what it is about you that you bring to your relationships. Maybe you’re an incredibly dedicated and loyal partner, or perhaps you’re a pillar of strength when it’s needed most. Like attracts like, and by knowing exactly who you are you will more easily find someone you are truly compatible with.

It allows you to see the truth about your situation. They say that people who are with the wrong person are farther away from finding true love than those who are single. This is why it’s important to choose wisely in dating and relationships. Maybe you’re on the fence about someone you’ve just met, or you’re not sure if you should continue pursuing a relationship with someone you’ve been out with a few times. The Tarot gives you the insight needed to decide if you should hit the brakes, or continue moving forward in a specific situation.

We all want love, but finding it isn’t always that simple. Stop and think about what it is that you need to know right now. Are you looking for guidance on how to attract the right mate? Do you need advice on how to overcome pain from the past so you can find love again? No matter what questions you may have, the Tarot can provide you with the answers you’re looking for.

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Daily Love Tarot

The Magician

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July 20th, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do some magic of your own today, like penetrating facades and gaining insights into dubious stories that lack credibility. Hold onto your heartstrings until you know you haven’t met a fickle flirt or a trickster. The Magician makes us see what we want to see regardless of the reality of a situation. He draws us in because we love secrets and mysteries, but who wants to live with them day after day and year after year?

Your Daily Rune for Thursday, July 20th

Othala

 

Othala – “Oh-thall-ah” – Literally: “Homeland” or “Ancestral Lot” – Esoteric: Inheritance, estate, noble

Rune of anscetral spiritual power, divine inheritance and earthly estate.

Psi: ancestral spiritual power

Energy: ancestral spiritual power, inheritance, heaven on earth, “The gift of Ing”, paradise, utopia

Mundane: household, estate, inheritance

Divinations: A home or estate, group prosperity, group order, freedom, productive interaction; or lack of customary order, totalitarianism, slavery, poverty, homelessness, xenophobia, racism, genocide.

Governs:

Rightful inheritance from ancestral holdings
Collection of numinous power and knowledge from past generations
Acquisitions of wealth and property
Right understanding of global unity
Security, safety, protection, the walls of Asgard
Ascension to King amongst men
Realization of Paradise

Your Animal Spirit Guide for July 20th

The Wisdom of Buddha

The wise ones fashioned speech with their thought, sifting it as grain is sifted through a sieve.

Sun enters Cancer on July 20

On July 20, 2017, if you could see stars at daytime, you’d see the sun leaving the constellation Gemini and entering the constellation Cancer the Crab. The sun will remain within Cancer’s borders until August 10, 2017, at which time the sun will move into the constellation Leo the Lion.

This doesn’t jibe with your horoscope? Right. It’s because we’re talking about actual constellations in the sky, not signs of the zodiac.

 

Chart of constellation Cancer via IAU

As seen from Earth, the sun appears to travel full circle (360o) in front of the 13 constellations of the zodiac in one-year’s time. Of course, this apparent eastward motion of the sun through the background stars is really a reflection of our planet Earth circling the sun.

Previously, we stated that the Earth goes full circle around the sun in one year. We should amend that statement to specify that Earth goes full circle around the sun, relative to the stars of the zodiac, in one sidereal year. So one sidereal year later, on July 20, 2018, the sun will again be at the border of the constellations Gemini and Cancer.

Some of you may know that the sun enters the sign Cancer every year on or near June 20, or precisely at the instant of the June solstice. That’s in spite of the fact that the sun enters the constellation Cancer about one month later, on or near July 20.

Have a globe? Look for the tropic of Cancer at about 23.5o north latitude. To this day, we still say the sun at its northernmost point on the June solstice resides at zenith (straight overhead) over the tropic of Cancer.

However, if we had a time machine, and could transport ourselves back to the year 12 B.C., we’d actually find the sun entering the constellation Cancer on the June solstice. The sun would also be entering the sign Cancer as well, when the constellation Cancer and the sign Cancer were in alignment on the sky’s dome over two thousand years ago.

The seasonal or tropical year, as measured by successive returns to the June solstice, is about 20 minutes shorter than the sidereal year – the year as measured by the backdrop stars. For that reason, the June solstice point has shifted about 30o westward relative to the constellations of the zodiac since the year 12 B.C. That means the sun on the June solstice now shines at the border of the constellations Gemini and Taurus, rather than at the border of the constellations Cancer and Gemini.

Signs of the tropical zodiac remain fixed relative to the equinox and solstice points. Therefore, the sun always enters the sign Cancer on the June solstice, irrespective of which constellation backdrops the sun at this time.

In our day and age, the sun enters the constellation Cancer each year on or near July 20, and then enters the sign Leo approximately two days thereafter, on or near July 22.

Bottom line: You may know that the sun enters the sign Cancer every year at the June solstice. The sun enters the constellation Cancer a month later, on or near July 20.

Aritcle published on EarthySky.org

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The Witches DIgest for Tuesday, July 18th

The Witches Digest No. 4

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

 

Known

Out of the dark
Out of the shadows
Out of the closet

 

Stand and be known…

 

Draw down the moon
Cast the energy
Work the magick

 

Stand and be known …

 

Fear be gone
Hatred is shed
Dread is released

 

Stand and be known …

 

Know who you are
Accept who you are
Walk your path

 

Stand and be known…

 

For you are daughter
For you are a Sister
For you are a Witch

 

Stand and be known….

—A Witch’s Prayerbook
JoAnne Spiese

 

Your Daily Sun & Moon Data for Tuesday, July 18th

The Sun
Sun Direction: ↑ 65.75° ENE
Sun Altitude: 3.09°
Sun Distance: 94.469 million mi
Next Equinox: Sep 22, 2017 3:01 pm (Autumnal)
Sunrise Today: 5:48 am↑ 63° Northeast
Sunset Today: 8:12 pm↑ 297° Northwest
Length of Daylight: 14 hours, 23 minutes

 

The Moon
Moon Direction: ↑ 123.72° ESE
Moon Altitude: 52.01°
Moon Distance: 228891 mi
Next New Moon: Jul 23, 20174:45 am
Next Full Moon: Aug 7, 20171:10 pm
Next Moonset: Today3:16 pm
Current Moon Phase: Waning Crescent
Illumination: 31.7%

 

Lunar Phase
Moon Phase Tonight: Waning Crescent
New Moon: Jul 23, 2017 at 4:45 am
(Next Phase)
Third Quarter: Jul 16, 2017 at 2:25 pm
(Previous Phase)

Reference

timeanddate.com

 

Your Astronomy for Tuesday, July 18th

The Moon is in Taurus.
The Moon is waning and in its Third Quarter phase.
The Last Quarter Moon occurred on the 16th, and the New Moon will occur in Leo on the 23rd.

 

 

Moon in Taurus

 

The Moon is in Taurus all day, encouraging enjoyment of the world of the five senses. Reinforcing a theme of the seeking out of pleasure is Taurus’ ruler, Venus, in harmonious aspect to Jupiter today.

 

This morning, Mars forms a trine to Chiron. We may have the opportunity to take the lead –or to take action — regarding matters that lead to healing, cleansing, or teaching now. There can be a feeling of fearlessness when it comes to addressing problem areas. There is a drive to take positive action, most notably to defend or help others (or ourselves). It’s a strong period for cooperation and purposeful activity, although a dynamic aspect between Mars and Neptune can point to some questioning of our resolve.

 

This afternoon, the happy Venus-Jupiter connection stimulates friendly energy and our desire for the ideal, and it can lift our spirits further. Our tolerance for rudeness or crassness decreases. This aspect helps to both soften and strengthen us. We are big-hearted, and our feelings are big, begging expression. Gestures tend to be thoughtful and verbal. We’re hopeful, cheerful, and cooperative. This is a sociable, perhaps lazy and self-indulgent, time. We are quick to find meaning in our social connections. We are especially open and trusting of others, expecting the best, and both integrity and loyalty are favored.

 

The Sky This Week for July 18 to 23

An asteroid in a constellation, a meteor shower, and other amazing things to look for in the sky this week.
By Richard Talcott

Tuesday, July 18

Jupiter appears nearly one-third of the way to the zenith in the southwestern sky an hour after sunset this week. The brilliant planet shines at magnitude –1.9 and dominates the evening sky. It appears against the backdrop of Virgo, some 9° northwest of the Maiden’s brightest star, 1st-magnitude Spica. When viewed through a telescope, Jupiter’s disk spans 36″ and shows a wealth of atmospheric detail, while its four bright Galilean moons line up west of the planet. Conveniently, the quartet of satellites appears in order of increasing distance from the planet, with Io closest followed by Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto.

Wednesday, July 19

The Southern Delta Aquariid meteor shower ramps up this week. The shower doesn’t peak until the end of July, but you should see a few of its members in the hours before dawn. The best time to look is between 3 and 4 a.m. local daylight time, just before twilight begins. Viewing conditions should be excellent because the waning crescent Moon sheds little light into the morning sky. To tell a Southern Delta Aquariid meteor from a random dust particle burning up in Earth’s atmosphere, trace the streak of light’s path backward. A shower meteor will appear to originate from the constellation Aquarius the Water-bearer.

Thursday, July 20

Early risers should be on the lookout for this morning’s spectacular conjunction between Venus and the waning crescent Moon. The two rise around 3 a.m. local daylight time and come to dominate the eastern sky by the time twilight begins an hour later. Brilliant Venus shines at magnitude –4.1 just 3° to the upper left of the 12-percent-lit Moon. If you view the planet through a telescope this morning, it shows a 16″-diameter disk that appears 70 percent illuminated.

Friday, July 21

Perhaps no month better epitomizes summer in the Northern Hemisphere than July. And this month finds the season’s namesake asterism, the Summer Triangle, on prominent display. The trio’s brightest member, Vega in the constellation Lyra the Harp, stands nearly overhead shortly before midnight. The asterism’s second-brightest star, Altair in Aquila the Eagle, then lies more than halfway from the southeastern horizon to the zenith. Deneb, the luminary of Cygnus the Swan, marks the Summer Triangle’s third corner. Although it is this asterism’s dimmest star, it’s the brightest point of light in the northeastern sky.

The Moon reaches perigee, the closest point in its orbit around Earth, at 1:12 p.m. EDT. It then lies 224,462 miles (361,236 kilometers) from Earth’s center.

Saturday, July 22

Pluto reached the peak of its 2017 appearance last week, and it remains a tempting target for those with an 8-inch or larger telescope. The 14th-magnitude world is visible all night among the background stars of northeastern Sagittarius, some 1.8° east-southeast of 3rd-magnitude Pi (p) Sagittarii. See “In pursuit of Pluto” in the July Astronomy for complete details on finding this world.

Sunday, July 23

New Moon occurs at 5:46 a.m. EDT. At its New phase, the Moon crosses the sky with the Sun and so remains hidden by our star. But that won’t be the case the next time our satellite completes an orbit of Earth. On August 21, the New Moon will pass directly in front of our star, bringing a total solar eclipse to millions of observers across the United States from Oregon to South Carolina. The rest of the country will experience a partial eclipse, though viewers should try their best to get into the path of totality.

Source

The Astronomy Magazine

 

Today is Tuesday, May 16

 

Tuesday is dedicated to the powers of the planet Mars, personified in Ares, Tiwaz, Tiw, Tuisco and Tyr. Tuesday rules controlled power, energy and endurance.

Deity: Tiwaz

Zodiac Sign: Aries

Planet: Mars

Tree: Holly

Herb: Plantain

Stone: Agate

Animal: Crab

Element: Fire

Color: White

Number: 2

Rune: Tyr (T)

 

Celtic Tree Month of Tinne(Holly) – July 8 – August 4

Runic Half-Month of Ur (primal strength) – July 14 – July 28

Goddess of the Month of Kerea – July 11 – August 8

Source

The Pagan Book of Days
Nigel Pennick

 

On Tuesday, July 18th We Honor The Goddess Lakshmi

LAKSHMI IS TREASURED IN India as the goddess of prosperity and beauty. She is believed to represent all that is wonderfully feminine, while her consort, Vishnu, the conqueror of darkness, represents all that is masculine. Many delicately detailed paintings from India show Lakshmi and Vishnu riding on the back of Garuda, the king of birds, as they fly across the land.

According to Indian mythology, the goddess Lakshmi was created from the Ocean of Milk. Vishnu churned the Ocean of Milk for Indra, king of the gods, to make a magic potion that would bestow eternal life. As Vishnu churned the ocean, many wonderful things came out of it, including a wish-granting cow, an elephant, and a handsome white horse. But most precious of all was beautiful Lakshmi.

As Lakshmi rose out of the Ocean of Milk upon her lotus flower throne, elephants bathed her with water poured from golden vessels. The ocean dressed the goddess in a wreath of unfading lotuses; jewels as bright as stars wrapped themselves around her plump, graceful arms and neck. All who looked upon Lakshmi knew instant happiness.

The goddess immediately announced that her place was next to Vishnu’s heart.

Fortunately, Vishnu agreed. Lakshmi married Vishnu, and they soon had a son named Kama. Kama came to be considered the god of romantic love; in many paintings, he looks similar to cherubs depicted on greeting cards for Valentine’s Day. These three deities represent the abundant promise of wealth the world can offer us—if we choose to accept its blessings.

Source

The Book of Goddesses: Expanded Anniversary Edition
Kris Waldherr

 

On Tuesday, July 18th, We Celebrate…..

Tabuleiros Festival (Portugal)

AKERBELTZ

 

Themes: Harvest; Charity; Health; Thankfulness; Beauty; Peace

 

Symbols: Rainbows; Health and Healing Amulets

 

About Akerbeltz: This Basque goddess attends the human body by protecting it from disease, encouraging health, and offering healing when needed, especially when we overdo summer activities! Being a goddess of earth and nature too, she sometimes appears as a rainbow, a bridge that takes us from being under the weather to overcoming circumstances.

 

To Do Today: The Tabuleiros has been celebrated for six hundred years in Portugal by honoring the harvest, giving thanks to the goddess for her providence, and making donations to charitable organizations. The highlight of the day is a parade in which people wear huge headdresses covered with bread, flowers, and doves—symbols of Akerbeltz’s continued sustenance, beauty, and peace. These are retained by the wearer through the year to keep Akerbeltz close by, warding off sickness. A simpler approach for us might be to get a small rainbow refrigerator magnet or window piece that reflects this goddess’s beauty throughout our home to keep everyone therein well and content.

 

Also, give a little something to someone in need today. Doing good deeds for others pleases Akerbeltz because it makes them healthier in spirit. She will bless you for your efforts with improved well-being, if only that of the heart.

 

Source

365 Goddess: A Daily Guide To the Magic and Inspiration of the goddess
Patricia Telesco

 

Ritual Crafting for Tuesday

Ruling Planet: Mars

Perfume: Hellebore, Carnation, Patchouli

Incense: Lignum Aloes, Plantain

Color: Red

Influences: Destination, War, Courage, Surgery, Physical Strength

 

Source

A Book of Pagan Rituals
Herman Slater

 

The Magickal Day of Tuesday

 

Named for the Norse god Tyr, who was a deity of heroism and combat, Tuesday is a very martial sort of day – color associations include bright red and oranges, as well as warrior-like metals such as iron and steel.

 

The ancient Romans called this day Martis, after the warrior god Mars – other deities associated with Tuesday include Ares, the Morrighan, and other gods of battle and glory. Red gemstones like rubies and garnets come into play on Tuesdays, as do herbs and plants such as thistles, holly, coneflowers and cacti – you’ll notice these are all sharp, prickly plants!

 

One of the interesting – and more than a little amusing – aspects of Tuesday magic is that in addition to war and conflict against your enemies, this is a day also associated with marriage. You can also use this day of the week for magical workings connected to protection and initiation. Use Tuesday to assert yourself, make a mark and stake your claims

 

Source

Patti Wigington, Paganism/Wicca Expert
Article originally published on & owned by ThoughtCo.

 

The Witches Guide To Tuesdays

 

A god, goddess, or planet governs each day of the week. It is usually easy to spot the ruler of the day by its name. The word Tuesday, however, is not so easy, but if we look at the word in Spanish, Martes, we clearly see its connections to Mars.

Because Tuesday revolves around the energy of Mars, Tuesdays are good for business, mechanical things, buying and selling animals, hunting, beginning studies, gardening, sexual activities, and confrontation. This is a day for sex magick, energy, stamina, and health. As in the old saying, Tuesdays child is full of grace, is also good for success magick and defense against enemies.

Angels of Tuesday are Camael, Samael, Satael, Amabiel, Friagne, and Hyniel. When invoked, Camael takes the form of a leopard. In Druid mythology he is a god of war, which is why we see him associated with Mars. Camael is said to be a member of the “Magnificent Seven” in some circles. Camael is another “terminator” angel.

Samael walks both worlds as a magician and sorcerer. some see him as the angel of death, others as “the bright and poisonous one.” Many consider him more of a demon, and accuse him of being Satan. However, there is reference to the satans (plural) as enforcers of the law, a sort of angelic police, if you will. Supposedly, when Samael is around, dogs howl in the night. On one hand, he is the ruler of the fifth heaven and in charge of two million angels; on the other, he is the one who changed into a serpent and convinced Eve to partake of the forbidden fruit of knowledge.

Satael is an angel of air invoked in magic rites and is the presiding spirit of the planet Mars. Amabiel is another spirit of the planet Mars; however he spends his energy on issues of human sexuality. Friagne, also an angel of this day, is invoked from the east. He is a member of the fifth heaven. Hyniel also belongs to this day and is subject to the east wind.

On Tuesdays the hour of sunrise and every eight hours after that are also ruled by Mars, and that makes these times of the day doubly blessed. These four hours are the strongest ones to do ritual in. Check your local newspaper, astrological calendar, or almanac to determine your local sunrise.

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Gypsy Magic

 

Tuesday’s Witchery

 

Tuesday is the day to work any magick that falls in the category of increasing strength, courage, bravery, and passion. All of these intense emotions are linked to this day’s energies, and spells designed around these themes will have extra punch when performed on this magickal day

 

So, let’s add a little passion and conviction into your life! Break out the daring red pieces of your wardrobe, and put a little pizzazz into your day. Work with Lilith, and see what she has to teach you about personal power and sexuality. Meditate onTiw/Tyr and Mars, and see what those ancient warrior gods will show you about new tactics, strategies, and claiming personal victories in your life. Practice conjuring up that astral weapon from the meditation and use it wisely for protection and for courage.

 

Create a philter for courage and protection or handcraft your own Witch’s jar to remove negativity from your home. See what other Witch crafts you can conjure up with Tuesday’s magick. Create some kitchen magick on this Tuesday by whipping up a spicy stew-add in a few Mars-associated ingredients such as carrots, peppers, and garlic. Empower the stew for success, and then treat yourself and your family to a good, hearty meal. Try working with a little aromatherapy and burn some spicy or coffee-scented candles to increase your energy level.

 

Check the sky at night, and see if you can find the reddish planet Mars up in the heavens. Not sure where to look? Check an astronomy magazine or search the Web for more information. Become a magickal warrior and move forward in your life with strength, courage, and compassion. Embrace the side of yourself that loves a good challenge and that is passionate and daring! Banish fear, and face your future with strength and conviction. Believe in yourself and in your dreams, work hard, and you will win every time.

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

 

The Witches Almanac for Tuesday, July 18th

Nelson Mandela International Day

Waning Moon

Moon phase: Fourth Quarter

Moon Sign: Taurus

Incense: Ylang-ylang

Color: Scarlet

 

Tuesday’s Correspondences

Tuesday (Tiw’s-day)

Planet: Mars

Colors: Red and Autumn Shades

Crystals: Bloodstone, Ruby, Garnet, Flint, Rhodonite, Iron and Steel

Aroma: Basil, Ginger, Black Pepper, Mars Oil, Dragon’s blood and patchouli

Herb: Basil

The day of Mars. This day could only ever symbolize the sheer power of the god of war! The ideal spells to be cast on this day are that of force, power war and protection.

Dedicated to the powers of the planet Mars, personified as Ares, Tiwaz, Tiw, and Tyr.

Magical aspects: controlled power, energy, and endurance, passion, sex, courage, aggression, and protection.

 

This is the proper day of the week to perform spells and rituals involving courage, physical strength, revenge, military honors, surgery, the breaking of negative spells, dynamic energy, matrimony, war, enemies, prison, hunting, politics, contests, protection, victory, and athletics.

 

 

Tuesday Is Ruled By Mars

Tuesday is a Mars day, and just like the god of war, this is the time to tap into magicks to call for strength and courage. This day of the week is for rebels and warriors. If you are facing a challenge of any kind, need a boost to your courage, or want to enhance your passions, Tuesday is the day of the week for you. Some suggestions for Tuesday enchantments would include:

*Wearing the fiery colors associated with this day: scarlet, red, black, and orange. Don some of the more daring and bewitching colors of your wardrobe on Tuesdays and turn a few heads.

*Carrying a bloodstone in your pocket or wearing garnet-studded jewelry to reinforce your convictions

*Working with protective and fire-associated plants such as the snapdragon, thistle, and holly to boost your shields and bravery

*Burning spicy-scented energy-enhancing candles to add a little magical aromatherapy to your home

*Cooking up a hearty meal featuring carrots, peppers, and garlic (all Mars foods and spices) to empower yourself for victory and success

 

The Energy of Mars

Weekday ruled by Mars: Tuesday

Stones:
Bloodstone
Garnet
Carnelian
Pink Tourmaline

Herbs and Plants:
Red Rose
Cock’ comb
Mugwort
Mullien
Nettle
Thistle
Wormwood

Magickal Intention: Courage, physical strength, revenge, military honors, surgery, breaking negative cycles, war, viltality, Assertiveness.

 

Tuesday & The Perfect Corresponding Spell

Hot Stuff Candle Spell

 

Want to drive your lover crazy? This candle spell is meant to entice and tempt. The whole point of it is to add a little spark back into your relationship and to make you irresistible. In this spell, you will be calling on Lilith, so prepare yourself for a good time. Please remember to be conscientious of this spell and only work this upon yourself, self, so you and your partner can have a little fun.

Gather a red candle, a black candle, and two candle holders. Sprinkle a dash of pepper per and a pinch of allspice on the unlit candles. Arrange three snapdragons or three red roses in a vase. Repeat the following charm three times:

As I light red and black candles for a hot and sexy spell
I now call on Lilith for passion, and all will be well
Peppers and spice and snapdragons/red roses three
These will make me very enticing, so now must it be.

Close the spell with:

For the good of all, with harm to none
May my love and I have a little fun!

Now go and find your lover, give him or her a bewitching smile, and see what kind of reaction you get.

Source

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

 

The Witches Current Moon Phase for July 18th

Waning Crescent
Illumination: 31%

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

Phase Details for – Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Phase: Waning Crescent
Illumination: 31%
Moon Age: 23.96 days
Moon Angle: 0.54
Moon Distance: 365,587.97 km
Sun Angle: 0.52
Sun Distance: 152,028,631.06 km
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Weekly Forecast: July 16 – 22, 2017

The Karmic Tools Weekly Forecast covers the current planetary transits which affect people in different ways and to various degrees of intensity. Take notice when it is a Personal planet (Sun / Moon / Mercury / Venus / Mars) interacting with a Social (Jupiter/Saturn) or Collective planet (Uranus / Neptune/Pluto). And pay extremely close attention when it is a Social planet interacting with a Collective planet because that means something *big* is brewing that will move large groups of people along their evolutionary paths. Tuning into the energy and rhythm of the planets can serve as a useful *guide* as you move along your Individual Path. It also helps to understand your place within the context of the larger Social & Collective Story. Below, you will find out how these energies tend to manifest, as well as guidance and direction.

*NOTE* There are some days when there are NO CONTACTS (besides the Moon), please note that there are no missing entries, we just list the actual Activations of each week + the day they happen.  

Weekly Forecast:  July 16 – 22, 2017

7/17 ~ Venus (love, finances & relationships) ~square~ Neptune (illusions & delusions):

This energy is great for creative flow. If you are artistically inclined in any way, you will have access to an energy that will allow you to create something amazing. Dig deep and allow your Self to free-flow! This energy can also challenge relationships (personal or professional) to ‘keep it real’ in some way and ones which are not on a true, solid foundation are likely to dissolve under this influence. When Neptune is involved, we see life through a completely different kind of lens, often seeing the potential rather than the reality of the situation. Detach & Trust. This activation is just helping you align your true values & priorities with the vision in your mind & heart, but you will have to expand your consciousness in some way, follow your inner compass and take practical steps going forward.

7/17 ~ Mars (action) ~square~ Uranus (freedom):

This is the “Rebel” energy – what’s your “cause”? If you are clear about your own authentic Truth & Purpose, then this energy is refreshing and uplifting. You acknowledge that change is necessary (and inevitable) and you co-create with this energy to transform your current life. This is a rebirth energy too and being “reborn” is never easy. Worth it – but not easy. However, if you are NOT clear about who you are and what you’re capable of, this energy shines a light on that aspect of your life which you instinctively already know needs an overhaul but for whatever reason you are still holding on to the old habits/patterns. Unwilling or unable to embrace change at this time, you only increase the feeling of being restricted by external energies. Your life is a direct reflection of what’s going on inside you. How’s it lookin’? Check your ego, recommit to your Truth and remember that change is GOOD! And if you don’t go voluntarily (read: consciously), then you’ll get dragged to the new level, kicking and screaming and you’ll be so exhausted when you get there that you may miss the beauty in evolving to the next level. (This IS what you’ve been working toward, correct?) Remember, conscious, effective action creates freedom.

7/18 ~ Venus (socialize) ~trine~ Jupiter (optimism & travel): 

This is usually a pleasant energy, although short lived. This is a good time to enjoy some kind of social activity. No pressure – just easy, laid-back fun. It can make you prone to laziness or excess, but only if you’re already prone to it. Otherwise, if you are typically busy and constantly on the go, this energy gives you permission to kick back a little and release the usual pressures to produce. Take some time out to “smell the roses” or at least reflect on all that you have accomplished and give your Self due credit for coming this far. This is a good time to travel, go on a vacation or take a short trip. This energy tends to bring forth earned blessings. Take a moment to give thanks to the powers that be which brought you to this point!

7/19 ~ Venus (values & priorities) ~trine~ Saturn (stability & endurance):

This is a smooth, easy energy that you can work with consciously and yield incredible, even tangible, results. It’s a good time to define your terms where relationships are concerned because you are clear about your values & priorities. Based on your past choices & efforts, positive benefits & rewards are forthcoming. If you’ve avoided responsibility in your own relationships (public or private), then this energy can help get you back on track, with less pain & suffering than usual (when Saturn’s involved). If you can be practical about your own limits and realistic about what others bring to the table, then this energy also supports discussing forward movement, development or spiraling to a new, higher level in some way, as a team. Strategizing about the future, clarifying the vision of what will support & protect all involved and honoring the essence of life that runs throughoeasonable relationship or financial goals for the next 3 – 6 – 12 months.

7/20 ~ Sun (source & essential Self) ~square~ Uranus (awakening & radical shift):

As with any Uranus activation, this one disrupts the normal flow to facilitate a ‘break to realign’ moment. While sometimes disruptive & challenging, the ultimate result is refreshing in some way. Consider the energy that thickens, gathering for a severe thunderstorm, then releasing buckets of rain, for hours, you sleep deeply and awaken to a bright sunny morning with birds chirping unusually loud outside your window. Got the visual? ; -)) This activation is the necessary challenge that gets your attention that something better is available, if you’re willing to improvise and think on your feet. If you’ve been unusually restricted in some way, you may feel restless. Rather than being reactive to the unexpected shift (within or without), it’s best to take a pause for the cause, step back and try to gain some perspective. Remember to be present, too far in the past can be depressing and too far into the future, and you cause your Self unnecessary anxiety. Breathe, be under the sky, invite clarity about the next step and trust your gut. This energy, while sometimes uncomfortable and often sudden, is very necessary to disrupt any illusions/delusions you may be holding on to. It’s time to express your Self in new ways.

Your Weekly Love Horoscopes for July 17th

By Marie DeSimone


    • General

      General Horoscope

      Love becomes confusing, expansive, and then delightful, all in the same week! Steer clear of romantic entanglements on Monday when Venus and Neptune square off. All is not what it seems. On Tuesday, however, the tide quickly turns and Venus will trine Jupiter. You’ll have plenty of lucky potential in matters of the heart. Mars will then enter Leo on Thursday, followed by a New Moon in Leo on Sunday. This is the season to open your heart and love to the fullest!


    • Aries

      Aries Horoscope Mar 21 – Apr 19

      This week will be a game-changer for your love life. If you’ve been suffering through a dry spell in the romance department, get ready to kiss it goodbye. After Thursday your ruling planet Mars, will move into your true love sector for the first time in nearly two years! Until September 5, you’ll have more fun opening your heart than you have in ages. A New Moon in Sunday adds to the strong potential that you’re about to meet someone new.


    • Taurus

      Taurus Horoscope Apr 20 – May 20

      Don’t discuss your love life with your friends early in the week — you might get conflicting information that only confuses you more if there’s a vital decision ahead. If, however, you are involved with someone you work with, expect plenty of romance on Tuesday. You might also make a decision to approach the colleague you’re crushing on and ask him or her out yourself. Go for it!


    • Gemini

      Gemini Horoscope May 21 – Jun 20

      Although you may have your fair share of professional confusion early in the week, not to worry: when it comes to your love life, you’re golden! On Tuesday Venus, now in your sign, will be at a fine angle to Jupiter, the planet of luck and expansion, now in your romance sector. If you’re single, this could be a day when you meet someone who has the power to capture your heart. If you are already in a relationship, expect a happy surprise from your lover. It’ll be indulgent.


    • Cancer

      Cancer Horoscope Jun 21 – Jul 22

      You and your sweetheart might be quietly saving for a home, new apartment, or home renovation. If so, this week you’ll enjoy making plans and spending money to fund your new domestic endeavor together. Neither one of you wants to cut corners and fortunately, because you have been saving, you won’t have to. Another possibility is that one of your relatives will come out of the woodwork with a benevolent gift that will help you achieve your domestic dreams.


    • Leo

      Leo Horoscope Jul 23 – Aug 22

      You’ll be in your glory this week. For starters, on Thursday Mars will enter your sign, and remains here until September 5. This will give you more courage and stamina to go after what you want most in life and love. You’ll come across as sexier — even irresistible. Making this week even more delicious for you will be the New Moon happening on Sunday in your sign. A new romance is on the horizon. Or, a current romance will feel brand-new again. Lovely!


    • Virgo

      Virgo Horoscope Aug 23 – Sep 22

      You might get mixed messages from your partner early in the week about your professional pursuits. While you would like to think that he or she is fully supporting you, there might be something that your mate is not saying. Either your partner believes you are being way too idealistic about your ambitions at the moment, or simply isn’t as interested in your success as you think. This may lead to a feeling of disappointment in your relationship. At least for a moment.


    • Libra

      Libra Horoscope Sep 23 – Oct 22

      The spiritual connection you’ll share with your mate this week is off the charts. The two of you might realize that you’re blessed and extremely wealthy when it comes to how your relationship helps each of you grow as individual souls. Another possibility is that this week you’ll both decide it’s time to splurge on that dream vacation you’ve always wanted to take to an overseas destination. Go for it!


    • Scorpio

      Scorpio Horoscope Oct 23 – Nov 21

      Your love life might be a giant ball of confusion early in the week. Venus, the planet of love, will square off with Neptune, now in your romance sector. One way or another, you’re not seeing the full story as it relates to your love life. You might be choosing to turn a blind eye to something you already know about (such as a financial or other indiscretion), or you might not want to admit that your prince or princess has a few froglike qualities after all.


    • Sagittarius

      Sagittarius Horoscope Nov 22 – Dec 21

      Your love life will go from puzzling to dazzling this week. On Monday, it’s possible that your partner is the only one trying to keep it real in your family. You and your relatives might prefer to live in a fantasy world and only see what you want to see. Pay attention to your mate’s perspective because he or she sees things as they are. On Tuesday you’ll have plenty of luck together on the social scene. Make sure you accept an invitation to attend a party or other event. Networking is mutually beneficial.


    • Capricorn

      Capricorn Horoscope Dec 22 – Jan 19

      Your professional life and your love life will collide this week in a fantastic way. The only thing you’ll need to do is ignore any office gossip concerning it. Remember, there’s always someone out there who needs to talk just for talking’s sake. Stay away from this Chatty Cathy. The good news is that your sweetheart may pull certain strings and help make a wonderful career opportunity happen for you. Or, you might decide to finally pursue an office romance. Amazing news, either way.


    • Aquarius

      Aquarius Horoscope Jan 20 – Feb 18

      Your relationship is full of sparks of possibility this week. On Thursday Mars will enter your partnership sector, and remains here until September 5. This will motivate you and your love to get out of any rut you might be in and rekindle those early flames of passion. While it’s true that you may quarrel more, it’s most likely due to sexual frustration. Nix it! A New Moon in the same area of your chart on Sunday can bring a committed relationship to you if you are currently dating someone casually.


  • Pisces

    Pisces Horoscope Feb 19 – Mar 20

    Although you might have a difficult time making a decision with your partner early in the week about a family financial matter, once you do, you’ll realize it was a home run. This can be anything from making a real estate purchase to a new joint investment. Whatever the details, the vibe around these circumstances is likely to first be confusion, and then profit. In a case like this you can only do one thing: trust your gut.

     

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Your Daily Horoscopes for Tuesday, July 18th

 

Aries

Aries Horoscope

You’re in a more comfortable position regarding a home or family matter today, dear Aries. You may need to release a frustration now, and great energy is with you for doing so! It’s also a prime day for learning more about the people in your life and for enjoying and appreciating a special someone. Partnering or pairing up is favored. You might discover new and more satisfying ways to express yourself. You want to expand and grow right now, whether this is a project, personal writings, or a connection. It’s a great time to spend time with someone you love, or for getting out and about mingling. Some of you could meet someone special while running an errand, in the neighborhood, through the phone, or through a class. The feeling of being a part of a partnership or close friendship can warm your heart now. Your goal is to improve, grow, be free, and expand your options today.

Taurus

Taurus HoroscopeThis morning, you’re in particularly great shape for resolving recent problems related to communication, learning, or transportation, dear Taurus, perhaps after some level of distress along these lines. You’re ready to make the most of a situation, or you’re willing to take steps to improve your life. Confronting a problem is your best bet now, rather than sidestepping it. Also today, your ruler, Venus, harmonizes with Jupiter. This aspect is a lucky one — a winning attitude attracts positive circumstances, particularly related to work and business. Ideas are big, and perhaps a little too big now, but that’s just fine because tomorrow happens to be excellent for scoping out and assessing the details. The social side of a situation is a bigger appeal today. You are strongly motivated to make your daily life better. You can see what has been blocking you in the past. You might also see more clearly how your efforts contribute to increased income right now, and it’s satisfying and motivating. Your appetite for pleasure is very strong. The Moon is in your sign all day, increasing the chances even further that you’re feeling indulgent.

Gemini

Gemini

Today brings incredible energy for resolving a business or money problem or an issue of respect or ownership in a relationship, dear Gemini. The desire to put something behind you can lead to a confrontation that works in your favor or a hands-on approach to problem-solving. Being direct and honest can be a little sticky now, but also very relieving and revealing. Venus in your sign connects harmoniously with expansive, lucky Jupiter, and attention turns to your gracious and attractive qualities. In other words, people see you in a most favorable light right now, making it a powerful time for doing interviews or presentations and for winning someone’s trust or favor. You’re likely to stumble upon opportunities for cooperation and shared happiness. Creative or romantic matters can thrive. You’re expressing yourself in playful, fun, and attractive ways. Discovering a new passion, interest, hobby, or love may be in focus now.

Cancer

Cancer

Something that had you all worked up in the past couple of days makes a little more sense to you today, dear Cancer, and you’re ready to take positive actions to make improvements. Even so, you might thoroughly enjoy some down time today as Venus and Jupiter connect in sectors of your chart that rule your emotional life or private life. The comforts of home and family or solitude are especially pleasant and heartwarming. You’re feeling more comfortable in your own skin as well. There can be good advice or friendly news circulating now. An open mind and heart help you grow and understand yourself and your personal relationships. Good work prospects are possible, and coming to someone’s aid can be rewarding.

Leo

Leo Glyph Symbol HoroscopeYou’re feeling more settled and in a better position of understanding regarding a private, personal, or past matter today, dear Leo, and you may have the opportunity to release a burden now. You’re making more sense of your feelings or a situation that had you all riled up in the last couple of days. You are in a fantastic position to brainstorm, team up, collaborate, and share ideas and plans, perhaps making them better or simply enjoying the process. You’re still in need of some time to yourself, but if you’re going to choose a day to socialize or negotiate, this is a great one. It can be a great time to make money from a pleasurable hobby or pastime. Conversations or news today can help give you a boost or nudge you in the right direction. Your generosity and openness attract positive attention. You might discover ways to spiff up something from your past, and this can be a project or even a friendship.

Virgo

Virgo Symbol HoroscopeDilemmas with friends, associates, or long-term goals may resolve today, or your path becomes clear, dear Virgo. You are coming to a better understanding of a situation, and this leads to taking the appropriate actions. Improvement and moving on are in focus! Also today, you can be feeling particularly good about someone. You are giving others and situations the benefit of the doubt. You might benefit from a gift or enjoy giving to someone, and this feels great. You want to enjoy what you have, perhaps indulge a little, and get comfortable, but it’s also a wonderful time for growing a business, bank account, or idea. Splurging is fun but reinvesting in something you care about can be exciting as well! Generosity and taking the high road bring rewards now, particularly in business or with your career. You’ll get a great chance to handle the details as early as tomorrow, so use today to think big.

Libra 

Libra

Issues related to work, career, reputation, or responsibilities that have been difficult to understand now seem to clear up, dear Libra. Alternatively, you resolve to deal with a situation that’s been frustrating you in recent days and move on. This is a good time for releasing tension and taking steps towards healing or improving and growing. You are inclined to wax philosophical today, and it becomes you! Further, sharing ideas and experiences with others can be fulfilling. Benefits come from reaching out and pushing yourself a little out of your comfort zone now. Your ability to take things as they come is attractive, and your positive attitude tends to attract attention. Today is outstanding for winning someone’s approval, doing an interview, submitting work, or gaining someone’s trust. If you need to put a grudge behind you, the day is most excellent for doing so.

Scorpio

Scorpio Horoscope

Challenges related to travel, moving out of your comfort zone, learning, or publishing now seem to resolve, dear Scorpio. At the very least, you seem to know the path to take that helps you move forward. You may decide to take steps to improve a relationship or take lessons from recent experiences and apply them to improve your life in fundamental ways now. You are also feeling at peace with the past or with your deeper wishes and desires in a significant manner today. Extending help or support may be in focus, and it’s rewarding. A spirit of openness, even if it’s only with yourself, can be useful now, leading to breakthrough insights. A pleasant surprise or coincidence may be part of your day, bringing a little extra fun and joy to your world. You might choose to put your faith or trust in someone, and this feels good! Certainly, letting go of the negative energy of mistrust can be therapeutic.

Sagittarius

Sagittarius Horoscope

You are making sense of a tricky situation today, dear Sagittarius, and this allows you to move on. Taking action is satisfying now, and it’s about growing and improving, particularly in a relationship, with money matters, and family or home affairs. It’s a beautiful day for releasing a burden or for healing a grievance. A Venus-Jupiter connection today encourages an optimistic, hopeful, and generous approach with others. Treating a partner as a real equal is favored right now, and has great rewards. Others are putting their faith in you, and this, in turn, motivates you to step up your game even further! Love is gracious today, and others are seeing you in a very positive light, making it a good day for expressing your feelings, doing interviews, sharing your ideas, and the like. Group activities and associations could be avenues for fulfilling your goals.

Capricorn

Capricorn Horoscope

You are in a great position to accept or resolve a relationship matter that may have been causing you some stress in recent days, dear Capricorn. You’re inclined to want to take action on a matter rather than hold onto it, which can mean talking through a problem with someone and releasing pent-up worries or frustrations. This is also a fabulous day for enjoying your work and perhaps for some recognition of your efforts or performance. You may fully enjoy helping someone out, or your generosity and above-board approach win you some positive attention — not to mention you feel great about it. If you provide services, you’re in a great position to receive positive feedback. You’re enjoying optimism about your career or general life direction, and coming up with new and exciting ideas for future plans can be a pleasant pastime today. Meaningful work is a real possibility now.

Aquarius

Aquarius

This morning, dear Aquarius, you’re in a great position to resolve recent problems related to work, health, or routines and daily affairs, or to make adjustments and take steps to improve your situation. You’re in particularly good shape for finding ways to heal, whether this is your mind or body. Also today, you’re in a favorable position for romance, adventure, learning, transportation, communications, and creativity. You’re thoroughly enjoying expressing yourself and leaving your unique stamp on whatever you do. Your powers of attraction today lie in your ability to rise above petty concerns and see the bigger picture. You’re seeking out a little more adventure and freedom, and this can expand your options to meet people and enjoy yourself. Your tastes can be on the exotic side these days, leading to new and exciting experiences. Your feelings for someone can expand and grow, and a person who’s holding a torch for you may express their appreciation. You might enjoy a new line of study or develop a current interest. Writing and learning flow well today.

Pisces

Pisces

This morning is excellent for finding resolutions to matters that have been causing you some amount of stress or distress, dear Pisces. This is particularly the case with romantic relationships, children, creative pursuits, or hobbies. You are ready to take steps to improve a situation. Taking the lead or taking charge becomes you today! You may very well find that others are attracted to your healing, proactive, and naturally confident approach. Also today, you feel inspired about your deeper connections with a person or project, private matters, family connections, and realizations or discoveries about psychological issues. You might thoroughly enjoy a good mystery, digging deeper into a case, or investigating a topic further. This can also be a time for breaking through walls or taboos, practicing forgiveness, and releasing or sharing a burden. For those of you needing some support, today is excellent for attracting it, including money for home- or family-related pursuits.

If You Were Born Today, July 18:

While you are very companionable and thrive in a partnership, you are also highly independent in nature, freedom-loving, and success-oriented. You are sentimental and in some ways surprisingly traditional, but your thinking is progressive. You can be known for your powerful mind, and also for your quirks! You are very loyal by nature, particularly in close relationships, but you still very much need for a relationship to grow and evolve.

Famous people born today: Nelson Mandela, Vin Diesel, John Glenn, Kristen Bell, James Brolin, Elsa Pataky.

 

Get A Jump on Tomorrow…

Your Daily Horoscopes for Wednesday, July 19th

 


General

General Horoscope

An uneasy mental restlessness inspires exploration as the Moon enters curious Gemini at 3:31 am EDT. However, we’re distracted by all the possibilities and may become overwhelmed from the abundance of information. Thankfully, messenger Mercury creates a smooth trine to responsible Saturn, enabling us to set boundaries and reestablish practical priorities. Karmic Saturn, the gatekeeper of reality, comes to our rescue by telling us what is important.


Aries

Aries Horoscope Mar 21 – Apr 19

You hope to extend the good times for a few more days, but you can feel the weight of unfulfilled promises demanding your attention. You are eager to maintain a positive attitude about everything you do while the lighthearted Gemini Moon visits your 3rd House of Communication. Nevertheless, you can’t put off the inevitable; the sooner you start crossing tasks off your list, the better. Software Engineer Tom DeMarco wrote, “There are a million ways to lose a workday, but not even a single way to get one back.”


Taurus

Taurus Horoscope Apr 20 – May 20

There are many intriguing ideas floating around in your head now, and it’s up to you to pick one that leads to success. You are in the process of shifting gears but you might not be sure yet which direction you’re going. Nevertheless, change is already afoot, but it will take months for the larger picture to become clear. There’s no reason to force a choice prematurely. Continue to explore your alternatives, leaving no stone unturned. The more you know, the more your confidence grows.


Gemini

Gemini Horoscope May 21 – Jun 20

You might think you already have the answers to all of your questions, but today you realize the folly of your faulty assumption. In fact, your newfound awareness may be prompted by a close friend or partner who asks a seemingly innocent question. Nevertheless, it’s serious enough that it could ultimately alter your perspective. Don’t waste time blaming others for your lack of success. Set ambitious new goals and start showing the world what you can do.


Cancer

Cancer Horoscope Jun 21 – Jul 22

You are enthusiastic about your long-term goals now, even if you have little time to think about them. It’s not that you’re a glutton for punishment, but you are in a production-minded phase and want something substantial to show for your efforts. However, you’re probably not quite ready to announce your plans for what’s next. Put the finishing touches on your professional agenda so you can take your work to the next level over the next few weeks. Basketball legend Michael Jordan said, “Limits, like fears, are often just an illusion.”


Leo

Leo Horoscope Jul 23 – Aug 22

Your friends can’t get a word in edgewise today because you have so much you want to share with them. The chatty Gemini Moon takes up residence in your 11th House of Social Activities, increasing your time spent in the conversational spotlight while also attracting people with unconventional ideas. But you won’t likely say anything too controversial until your research is done because you’re unwilling to spread false facts. Albert Einstein said, “Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.”


Virgo

Virgo Horoscope Aug 23 – Sep 22

Your world has suddenly grown extra noisy, triggering you to think about how you can restore peace to your surroundings. But you’re not easily sidetracked by someone’s clever words or possible quick fixes today. You’re committed to finding a long-lasting answer that deals with the problem on a very fundamental level. Thankfully, your analytical powers are quite strong now; stick with your commitment to improve your environment. Remember what ecologist Barry Commoner wrote, “The first law of ecology is that everything is related to everything else.”


Libra

Libra Horoscope Sep 23 – Oct 22

You’re eager to finalize plans for a little getaway, but you might run into a glitch trying to coordinate all the details with everyone involved. There may be basic logistics that need sorting out today, especially if schedules are not in sync. Fortunately, resolution is relatively easy as long as everything is discussed early in the process. There’s nothing that should be off limits for negotiation. Author Virginia Burden wrote, “Cooperation is the thorough conviction that nobody can get there unless everybody gets there.”


Scorpio

Scorpio Horoscope Oct 23 – Nov 21

You get an odd kick out of talking about the very issues that tend to scare others in the light of day. In fact, your approach to deep and meaningful conversation often thrives on bringing up topics that are sensitive or controversial. Nevertheless, you have good reason for broaching subjects that a casual acquaintance might avoid, since you hope to shine the light of consciousness into the shadows. You’re serious about open communication and don’t want to take anyone’s honesty for granted. Fleshing out differences of opinion requires courage and respect. William Blake wrote, “Opposition is true friendship.”


Sagittarius

Sagittarius Horoscope Nov 22 – Dec 21

Everyone seems to be talking out of both sides of their mouths, making it currently impossible to trust what you hear. The trickster Gemini Moon is stirring up trouble in your 7th House of Others, creating the illusion of lots of words that are disconnected from one another. Meanwhile, you’re less interested in clever gossip now that you are hoping to take one heartfelt discussion to a transformational place. No one can deny your intense perspective if they converse with you today. Author Warren Bennis wrote, “There is a profound difference between information and meaning.”


Capricorn

Capricorn Horoscope Dec 22 – Jan 19

Although there are plenty of tasks on your plate today, you are focused and eager to accomplish as much as you can. Rather than scattering your energy, rational Mercury’s trine to persistent Saturn blesses you with the right stuff to finish whatever you start. The key to your current success is taking enough time at the beginning of the day to think through all the logistics and create the most efficient strategy possible. Coach Bobby Knight said, “The will to succeed is important, but what’s more important is the will to prepare.”


Aquarius

Aquarius Horoscope Jan 20 – Feb 18

You might not be very motivated to work hard today. You wish you could escape from your previous commitments and enjoy the whimsical Gemini Moon’s presence in your 5th House of Fun and Games. However, an attitude adjustment could make you more practical when a serious wave of energy washes over you. Fortunately, you’re smart enough not to resist; talking to your coworkers enables you to readdress the scope of your responsibilities so you can deliver on your promises in a timely manner. Gandhi said, “Action expresses priorities.”


Pisces

Pisces Horoscope Feb 19 – Mar 20

You’re bouncing around from one thought to another today, but your mental chaos is shielded from others. Instead, your peers see you as singularly focused on getting ahead at work. There’s no doubt about it, you are determined to reach your goals and demonstrate your commitment to excellence. However, it’s your reputation for reliability that enables you to explore your imagination without being hassled by people all day. As long as you keep up appearances now, you’ll be left to your own devices.

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Tarot Card of the Day

The Emperor


July 18th, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the most practical terms, The Emperor Tarot card represents the highest leadership, a head of state, or the most exemplary and powerful person in the realm. This archetypal ruler is responsible for the affairs of a society or community, which are directly proportional to his well being and happiness.

The more enlightenment and cosmic perspective this energy brings, the better life is for all. The Emperor archetype masters the world of matter and physical manifestation. When you apply this card to your situation, acknowledge your potentials for mastery. Reinforce a sense of sovereignty within yourself, despite any self-limiting beliefs, habits, or appearances to the contrary.

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Your Daily Rune for July 18th

Urus

Uruz – “Oo – Ruse” – Literally: “Aurochs” – Esoteric: Endurance, Formation, Manifestation

Key Concepts: life force, physical health, courage, organic structure, manifestation, formation, healing, vigor, endurance

Psi: determination, persistence, freedom, courage, will, territoriality, independence

Energy: Vital formative force, archetypal patterning, raw primal power, survival, healing, endurance, manifestation, organic structuring

Mundane: physical health, stamina

Divinations: Strength, constancy, vitality, tenacity, pattern, luck, health, pragmatic knowledge, understanding; or weakness, obsession, misdirected force, inconstancy, sickness, ignorance, uncontrolled rage, insensitivity, brutality

Governs:
Shaping and forcing fortunate circumstances creatively through will and inspiration
Self-healing and maintenance of good mental and physical health
Assertion of home ground, personal space, independence and freedom
Strength and tenacity, courage, persistence against all odds
Ability to control aggression and take responsibility
Rites of passage, especially into adulthood

 

Your Weekly Influences for May 17th

 

Tarot Influence

Time Reversed

Time reversed denotes the waste of time, a lack of learning or gaining wisdom from experience. You may find yourself alone and without allies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Astrological Influence

Aries

The Ram is energetic, courageous, optimistic and obstinate. The Ram is not a quitter! He will get his way!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Element Influence

Air reversed

Air reversed denotes a lack of freedom to move through life as you want

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earth Sky News for April 18th:  Venus, moon, Aldebaran before dawn

Tomorrow before dawn – July 19, 2017 – if you’re an early riser, look for the waning crescent moon near the sky’s brightest planet, Venus, and the red star Aldebaran. This star is the brightest in the constellation Tarurus the Bull. It represents the Bull’s fiery Eye. The July 19 morning moon is also in the vicinity of the Pleiades star cluster, aka the Seven Sisters, also in Taurus.

If you go outside too close to the sunrise, you might not see Aldebaran or the Pleiades; your sky might already be too bright. But you’ll easily spot the moon and Venus, both of which are shining in front of Taurus the Bull right now. After all, the moon and Venus rate as the second-brightest and third-brightest celestial objects, repectively, after the sun.

Aldebaran is a bright red star, but it’s not the only bright, red star in our night sky. Aldebaran shines virtually opposite (180o) of the red supergiant star Antares, the bright, red star in the constellation Scorpius the Scorpion. Antares is sometimes called the Scorpion’s Heart. Because they’re opposite each other on the dome of sky, you won’t see Aldebaran and Antares in the same sky together. For example, Aldebaran won’t be visible this evening. Meanwhile, Aldebaran’s counterpart star – Antares – pops into view as soon as darkness falls.

With each successive day, Antares sets four minutes earlier, while Aldebaran rises four minutes earlier. Or, with each successive month, Antares sets two hours earlier, while Aldebaran rises two hours earlier.

So, as the days and weeks roll by, Antares spends less time in the evening sky after sunset while Aldebaran spends more in the morning sky before sunrise.

When December finally arrives, Aldebaran will be out all night long, and Antares will be lost in the sun’s glare.

We in the Northern Hemisphere associate Antares with the hot season because we see this star on summer evenings. And in winter, we associate Aldebaran with the cold season because we see this star on winter evenings.

In the Southern Hemisphere, the opposite is true. Antares is a winter star. Aldebaran is a summer star.

Bottom line: The moon is waning in the predawn sky. It’s close to the Pleiades star cluster, the red star Aldebaran, and the planet Venus before dawn on July 19, 2017. On July 20, the moon will be even closer to Venus.