July, the Seventh Month of the Year of our Goddess, 2017

“What if our religion was each other
If our practice was our life
If prayer, our words.
What if the temple was the earth
If forests were our church
If holy water – the rivers, lakes, and oceans.
What if meditation was our relationships
If the Teacher was life
If wisdom was self-knowledge
If love was the center of our being.

–  Ganga White, for the Rainforest Benefit, New York City, April 1998

July – The Blessing Moon

July is the seventh month of the year. Its astrological sign is Cancer, the Crab (June 21 – July 22), a cardinal water sign ruled by the Moon. July is the month of the ripening. In orchards, fields, and gardens, nature moves toward the miracle of the harvest. In July heat, the Goddess fulfills her promise and oversees maturing crops. The Summer Solstice has passed, but nature pulses with life. Hummingbirds flash amongst the bee balm, and mint varieties spread like wildfire. Water is an important magickal element in July. Birds refresh themselves in birdbaths. Thunder rumbles on hot afternoons, bringing a promise of rain. Dragonflies skim the surface of ponds.

 

The month of July is also wonderful time to care for your local faery folk. Create a small shrine for them in your yard or garden. Leave out a saucer with a bit of honey and butter—they will appreciate it, and may bless you with wisdom and joy. Keep some rue in your pocket to avoid being led astray by the faeries in one of their wilder moments!

 

You might also craft a protective summer herbal amulet. Gather either tree or nine of the following herbs before sunrise: chamomile, clover, comfrey, ivy. lavender, mugwort, nettle, plantain rose, rue. St. John’s wort, sweet woodruff, thyme, wort, vervain and yarrow. Dry the herbs in a cool dark place for a few days, then crumble and use to fill a small pouch. Carry, wear, or keep your summer amulet nearby for blessings and protection.

Exerpt from Llewellyn’s 2017 Witches Spell-A-Day Almanac
“The Month of July” article by Susan Pesznecker

The Blessing Moon

July’s full moon is known as the Blessing Moon, although it’s also called the Meadow Moon. July was originally called Quintilus, but was later renamed in honor of Julius Caesar. Falling in the heat of the middle of summer, this moon phase takes place when we’re all feeling a bit lazy and sluggish – after all, going outside can seem like a chore as the heat index climbs. Physically, we’re often a bit slower than usual in July, which is why this is a good time of the year to focus on meditation and dream work.

This is indeed a season of blessings – if you’ve got a garden growing, July is when you’re starting to see fat tomatoes form on the vine, plump peppers, watermelons, and the beginnings of squash for later harvesting. Your flowers are blooming, and corn stalks are on their way to being tall and bountiful. If you have herbs growing, now is the perfect season to start thinking about harvesting and drying them for later magical use.

 

CORRESPONDENCES

Colors: Green, silver, blue-gray
Gemstones: Moonstone, white agate, opals or pearls
Trees: Ash and oak
Gods: Juno, Venus, Cerridwen, Athena, Nephthys, Lugh
Herbs: Mugwort, hyssop, lemon balm
Element: Water

BLESSING MOON MAGIC

This is a great time to do divination and dreamwork. For a bit of moon magic divination, consider doing some full moon water scrying.

If you’ve ever thought about creating a dream journal, this month is a good time to start one. Dreams can be prophetic, in that they may tell us of things yet to come, or they can be therapeutic, a way of our subconscious acknowledging problems that have to be resolved.

Write down your dreams so you can try to interpret their messages later, and see how they’ll apply to your life in the coming months.

Find a way to incorporate the watery energy of the Blessing Moon into your spell crafting and ritual. Enjoy the relaxing feeling of July’s full moon and use it in your personal meditation.

If you garden, get outside and do some weeding. Turn it into a meditative exercise, pulling weeds as a way of getting rid of the emotional and spiritual clutter that may be stifling your happiness.

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

July’s Correspondences

Nature Spirits: hobgoblins (small grotesque but friendly brownie-type creatures), faeries of harvested crops.

Herbs: honeysuckle, agrimony, lemon balm, hyssop

Colors: silver, blue-gray

Flowers: lotus, water lily, jasmine

Scents: orris, frankincense

Stones: pearl, moonstone, white agate

Trees: oak, acacia ash

Animals: crab, turtle, dolphin, whale

Birds: starling, ibis, swallow

Deities: Khepera, Athene, Juno, Hel, Holda, Cerridwen, Nephtys, Venus

Powers/Advice: Relaxed energy; preparing, succeeding. Dream work; divination and meditation on goals and plans, especially spiritual ones.

Symbols for the Month of July

July’s Festival: None this Month

 

July’s Sign of the Zodiac
Cancer(June 21 – July 20)
Leo (July 21 – August 20)

 

July’s Celtic Tree Astrology
Duir (June 10 – July 7)
Tinne (July 8 – August 4)

 

July’s Runic Half Months
Feoh (June 29 – July 13)
Ur (July 14 – July 28)
Thorn (July 29 – August 12)

 

July’s Birthstones
Ruby and carnelian

 

July’s Birth Flower
Jasmine, honeysuckle, travelers’ joy, crane’s bill, meadowsweet

 

July’s Goddess
Branwen

 

Other: Start of the crop circle season and the school holidays. St. Swithin’s Day.

July Folklore

“St. Swithin’s day, if thou dost rain, for forty days it shall remain.”
“St. Swithin’s day, if thou be fair, for forty days, twill rain nae mair!”
“If the first of July it be rainy weather, twill rain more or less for four weeks together.”

 

Folklore Courtesy – Hedgewitch Book of Days: Spells, Rituals, and Recipes for the Magical Year
Mandy Mitchell

Pagan Calendar of Events for July

4: Independence Day
7: Celtic Tree Month of Oak ends
8: Celtic Tree Month of Holly begins
9: Full moon — Blessing Moon at 12:08 am. This is a time to work on divination, dreamwork and meditation. Count your blessings this month, and think about what you can do to bring more of them into your life.
13: Birthday of Dr. John Dee in 1527
19: Rebecca Nurse is hanged in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692
31: Birthday of author JK Rowling

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

Fire Magick

Fire is the element that I believe connects us most strongly to our ancestors. We all use fire in our day-to-day lives to perform pure alchemy. Since the first discovery of the spark, we have built fires and looked into the flames, sent wishes to the heavens in their whirling smoke, and transformed our food magically with their heat. So when we look to the element of fire for our magic, we are tapping into something strong and primal— something ancient and powerful that links us closely to all of those who have gone before us. When we cook, we work magically with the fire element, but sometimes it is wonderful to work with this element in a different way. Sometimes it helps to get back to basics.

 

Although there are table-top fires available for indoor use— and, of course, there is candle magic— I like to work my fire magic outside. This allows my intent to be carried away. It is so much safer, and it saves all that flapping around under the fire alarm with a tea towel. Come on, you know you’ve done it too!

 

When you are ready for fire magic, you must first decide where to build your fire. Unless you have an actual fire pit in your garden, be aware of all the things around your yard that could go up in flames without a little care. Avoid building your fire next to a fence or shed. If you build your fire out in the countryside, always consider the worse-case scenario and make sure you prepare properly. And keep things small. Always have water on hand to extinguish your flames at the end of your ritual.

 

Next, gather twigs for your fire. Keep the pieces small; you don’t need a raging inferno to produce powerful fire magic. Different woods give off different kinds of smoke; but as long as they are dry, any twigs will burn well. Avoid using elder twigs, however, as they don’t burn well. And you should never burn elder anyway, as it is considered to be the “witches’ tree.” Extremely bad luck!

Once you have a safe location for your fire and something to burn, you can get started.

Hedgewitch Book of Days: Spells, Rituals, and Recipes for the Magical Year
Mandy Mitchell

Fire Ritual for Healing

You will need:

A small piece of paper

A pencil or pen

A pinch of dried thyme

Light your fire, keeping it small and contained. As the flames start to catch, focus on them dancing in front of you. Let the flames lull you into a strong focus on your intent. Think of the world being healed from all damage, being restored to health and vibrancy. Keep your intent pure and strong as you watch the flames gather intensity. Raise the power and energy within you in line with the flames.

When you feel full of power and focused on your goal, write your words on the piece of paper. Speak from the heart and keep your words simple and pure. If you are sending healing to someone else, focus on the image of that person being well as you write. If you are sending out healing to the world, focus on Mother Nature being strong and vibrant. Always keep your mind on the desired outcome of your ritual; see things in your mind’s eye as you wish them to be.

With focus, place the piece of paper carrying your words carefully into the flames. As the fire engulfs the paper, say a few simple words to add your energy to the outcome— something like:

I now send healing to . . .

Watch as the paper burns and is transformed into smoke that is carried up to the sky, carrying your healing with it. As the flames start to die down, take your pinch of dried thyme and sprinkle it on the glowing twigs. Watch as the thyme is transformed to smoke and is carried away to heal. Say something like:

Thyme heals all wounds; may this thyme heal . . .

Watch as the smoke from your fire now rises, taking your intent with it. Imagine it floating off to touch those to whom you have sent healing, bathing them in golden light. As you finish your fire ritual, remember to say thank you for the success of your spell. Simply close your eyes and see all the elements coming together to carry your energy where it is needed. See all the ancestors who have gone before lending their energy to the success of your goal. Say something simple, like:

I thank you for your help.

If you can, allow your fire to burn safely away while you focus on the healing being sent where it is needed. Otherwise, extinguish your fire completely and return the area to the way it was before you leave.

 

This fire ritual is a simple one, but it can be extremely powerful. You can use it for all sorts of workings, not just for healing. Thanks and blessings can be carried away on the smoke. And, because fire also purifies, it can be used to free you or someone else from stress and worries, transforming these negative forces into smoke to be carried away and recycled into positivity. This ritual is also a wonderful way to communicate with the ancestors, the world of spirit, and Mother Nature. Always remember to keep your words simple and your goal focused. It is your intent in the spell that gives it power.

Hedgewitch Book of Days: Spells, Rituals, and Recipes for the Magical Year
Mandy Mitchell

WITCHY WAYS TO CELEBRATE JULY

  • Decorate your home and altar with fragrant lavender and honeysuckle; light beeswax candles to honor the honey bees.
  • Eat seasonal food outside. Have a picnic, leaving some food behind as an offering to the earth.
  • Do something new with your magic. Work with different elements and spell ingredients, or cook a new recipe with love.
  • Spell for the prosperity of other countries.
  • Send healing and blessings out to the world. Spend time outside barefoot on the earth. Make a magic map of where you live and what’s around you. If you have children, include them

Hedgewitch Book of Days: Spells, Rituals, and Recipes for the Magical Year
Mandy Mitchell

We are Witches
We walk the path of the Old Gods
From this moment forth
We will not walk alone
Together, we will worship
Together, we will practice our Craft
Together, we will learn and grow
We vow to work, from this day forward
In perfect love and perfect trust
According to the free will of all
And for the good of all
Creating only beauty
Singing in harmony
Our song upon the Earth
Love is the law and love is the bond
In the name of the Goddess and the God
So do we vow, and so mote it be.
–Circle, Coven, & Grove: A Year of Magickal Practice
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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.

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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.

 

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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.

Part of the Daily Insight Group ©2017

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
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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.

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—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.

UNCROSSING

 

Uncrossing is used in Witchcraft and magick to remove evil influences, negative spells, and black magick. For the most part, an uncrossing ritual is done during the waning moon or during the dark moon, the few hours before the moon begins to wax. In some cases the energy will be sent directly back to the individual who sent it in the first place. However, sometimes this is not possible. If the identity of the individual is not known, or if the exact specifications of the original crossing ritual cannot be determined, then the energy is magickally eliminated, usually by forcing it into a proper receptacle that can be buried or burned.

UNCROSSING RITUAL

Items needed: One black candle, salt, fireproof pot, black cord, and 150 proof alcohol or Florida water.

One hour before the moon begins to wax, when it’s at its darkest, set your altar with the necessary items. Cast your magick circle with the salt. Tie the black cord around the waist of the person on whom a negative spell has been placed

and stand them in the center of the circle. Light the black candle and say with great force:

 

Fast as the wind, swift as the night,

Banish the evil with the light.

Seek thee out where ere thee be

And invoke the law of three.

 

Light the firepot. Then, as you would do with smudge, stand arms’ length away and run the firepot up and down in front of the person. Still holding the pot, walk three times around the person, chanting:

 

I end your curses with power of thought,

All your works have come to naught.

Be gone, be gone, all evil rebound,

Then perish and fade into the ground.

 

As fire and flame, pure cleansing light Banish forever [insert name]’s plight.

 

Place the firepot on the altar. Untie the black cord and allow it to fall to the ground, still within the salt circle. Have the person step out of the circle. Place the still burning firepot on top of the spot were the person was standing. While the pot burns, both chant:

 

Thou who caused this torment bad,

Shall live a life woeful and sad

 

When the pot has completely burned out, extinguish the candle. Dig a small hole in the center of the salt circle and bury the cord and black candle. Cover with dirt. Pack up all your tools, turn, and walk away. Do not look back.

 

A Little Thought from Me to You….

Learning to be alone and enjoying it, is the most empowering gift you can give yourself.

 

 

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The Witches Digest for Sunday, July 16th

The Witches Digest No. 3

Sunday, July 16th

Amazing Grace

Amazing grace, how sweet the Earth
that bore a witch like me!
I once was burned, now I survive,
was hung and now I sing.

 

T’was grace that drew down the moon
and grace that raised the seas.
The magic in the people’s will
will set our Mother free.

 

We face the East and breathe the winds
that move across this earth.
From gentle breeze to hurricane
our breath will bring forth the change.

 

Turn towards the South and feel the fire
that burns in you and me.
The spirit’s flame will rise again
and burn eternally.

 

We greet the West, our souls awash
in tides of primal birth.
Our tears and blood, our pain and love
will cleanse and heal the earth.

 

Reach into the North and know your roots
down deep ancestral caves.
We find the wisdom of the Crone,
Of circles we are made.

 

Amazing earth, enduring life,
from death into rebirth.
T’is earth I am and earth I love
and earth I’ll always be.

 

Amazing grace, how sweet the Earth
that bore witches like we.
We once were burned, now we survive,
were hung and now we sing.

 

Goddess bless, so mote it be,
Our magic spirals on.
Merry meet and merry part
and merry meet again.

—-Verna Knapp, Author

The Sun & Moon for Sunday, July 16th

The Sun
Sun Direction: ↑ 94.64° E
Sun Altitude: 42.85°
Sun Distance: 94.478 million mi
Next Equinox: Sep 22, 2017 3:01 pm (Autumnal)
Sunrise Today: 5:47 am↑ 62° Northeast
Sunset Today: 8:13 pm↑ 298° Northwest
Length of Sunlight: 14 hours, 26 minutes

 

The Moon
Moon Direction: ↑ 241.18° WSW
Moon Altitude: 37.91°
Moon Distance: 233802 mi
Next New Moon: Jul 23, 20174:45 am
Next Full Moon: Aug 7, 20171:10 pm
Next Moonset: Today1:04 pm
Current Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous
Illumination: 52.4%

Reference

timeanddate.com

Your Astronomy for Sunday, July 16th

 

The Moon is in Aries.
The Moon is void from 10:19 PM forward (until 1:04 AM tomorrow).
The Moon is waning and in its Waning Gibbous phase until 3:25 PM, after which the Moon is in its Third Quarter phase.
The Last Quarter Moon occurs today at 3:25 PM.

Daily Overview for Sunday, July 16th

 

The Moon is in direct, pioneering Aries all day, and we’re emotionally geared up to take action or begin something new. A Mercury-Pluto quincunx can point to some tensions related to what (or how) we communicate, which can trigger hostility, negative feedback, or perhaps power struggles. It can be difficult to make objective decisions now, or we may be revisiting past decisions and adjusting our plans. We may second-guess others or our own choices now. A Venus-Uranus semi-square suggests some issues that pit freedom against closeness. It can also stimulate unusual attractions to things, people, and situations! Restlessness interferes with our comfort today. However, the detours we take now may be stimulating.

 

The Moon is void from 10:20 PM EDT, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (a conjunction to Uranus), until the Moon enters Taurus the next day, Monday, July 17th, at 1:05 AM EDT.

In The Sky Tonight for Sunday, July 16th

By Richard Talcott

Sunday, July 16

Last Quarter Moon occurs at 3:26 p.m. EDT. Look for it either before dawn this morning (when it looks slightly more than half-lit) or after it rises around 1 a.m. local daylight time tomorrow (when it appears as a fat crescent). Earth’s only natural satellite straddles the border between the relatively inconspicuous constellations Pisces the Fish and Cetus the Whale.

 

Source

The Astronomy Magazine

Sunday, July 16

 

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

Today We Honor the Goddess Sunna

The Norse Goddess of the sun is called Sunna or Sol, she rides across the skies in her chariot pulled by two golden horses, Allsvinn and Arvaker.

 

Sunna is the very symbol of the sun and its power, so as you might guess, her gifts to us is exactly the same emotions and feelings the sun gives, energy, enthusiasm, motivation, happiness, warmth, joy etc. of course there are people who don’t like the sun or its light, but i’m referring to those emotions and feelings the sun brings to the land it self, so as you might also guess, disrespecting the land, the air, the natural environments and the world itself, is something this goddess will disapprove. For her power is also linked to the power of growth of all natural things expecially plants. She belongs to the group of Northern gods of the Sky, and nowadays our daily actions that might bring harm to the Ozone layer ( which unfortunately is a problem very present ) is a great disrespect towards Sunna and the other sky gods.

 

Sunna is the very light that warms the hearts of those in need, the hearts of those that lie in the shadows and in the cold emotional depression, so she can be called by those who are in these melancholic conditions and in sadness. Imagine her importance to our ancestors, to those who worked in the fields, harvesting their crops, the sunny days bringing life to animals and plants which gave mankind sustenance. I know that some people don’t like the heat of the sun, or its light, but imagine the people in the Northern countries, where winter is too long and too hard, so when the sun came, it brought vitality to the people and thus, it would empower the people, making them a better and healthier community.

Today, Sunday 16th, We Celebrate….

 

Tirgul de fete de pe Muntele Gaina (Romania)

AMARI DE

 

Themes: Arts; Humor; Relationships; Love; Fertility; Wealth; Health; Beauty

Symbol: Light

About Amari De: In Romania, Amari De is a Gypsy goddess who is the great mother of all things and the personification of nature. According to lore, she bestows wealth, health, beauty, love, fertility, and insight to those who seek her. Descriptions say that she was so holy that a divine light always shone from her face.

To Do Today: A Transylvanian folk festival, this fete was originally a marriage fair where young people came looking for partners. Over time the custom faded, and now it is simply a crafts, costume, and musical exhibition with lighthearted satire and nightlong bonfires that glow with Amari De’s light. In keeping with this tradition, if you’re planning a wedding or engagement, today would be a wonderful date to consider for either, as it draws Amari De’s positive energy to that relationship.

This is also a good time for single folks to get out and mingle, carrying an Amari De love charm along for a little extra help. Find a little piece of luminescent cloth (like a fine silk that shines) and wrap it around a pack of matches. Bless the token, saying,

Amari de, bring love my way!

Ignite one of the matches before going into a social situation so Amari de can light your way!

Reference

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

Ritual Influences for Sunday, July 16th

 

~A day best suited for power magick, health, vitality, money, career, lightwork, especially work that combines the effects of gold and chrisolite. Wear topaz, sunstone, or diamond. Use pearl in crafting talismans..

Color: Peach

Heads Up For Tomorrow: Wear White and/or Gray.

Moon Sign:Taurus

Incense: Cinnamon

The Magickal Day of Sunday

In many traditions of Paganism, days of the week are very important aspects of effective spellcasting. For example, spells to do with abundance or prosperity could be done on Thursday, because it is associated with riches and desire. When casting a spell concerning business or communication, one might prefer to work on a Wednesday due to its associations.

While not all traditions follow this rule, when you’re doing any sort of magical working, always be sure to document the day of the week you’re performing the spell.

You might be surprised later on to see some connections!

 

Sunday Magical Correspondences

Sunday is associated with the colors yellow and gold, which shouldn’t be surprising – it’s the day of the sun, right? Because of this planetary association, this is a day that’s also connected to solar deities like Helios and Ra. Interestingly, in some Celtic traditions, Brighid’s day is Sunday as well.

When it comes to crystal use, Sunday is related to quartz crystals and diamonds, as well as the yellowish hues of carnelian and amber. For herbs and plants in magical workings, use marigolds, sunflowers or cinnamon.

What kind of magic is best performed on Sunday? Well, it’s a day that generally has a number of associations – agriculture, beauty, hope, victory, self-expression and creativity are all connected to this particular day. Plant or harvest something new (not just material crops, but metaphysical ones as well), create something from nothing, and prepare to win at everything.

 

Author

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

The Witches 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

Sunday’s Witchery

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

The Witches Almanac for Sunday, July 16th

Fiesta de la Tirana (Chilean)

Waning Moon

Fourth Quarter 3: 26 pm

Moon Sign: Aries

Incense: Almond

Color: Orange

The Witches Correspondences for Sunday, July 16

 

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

The Perfect Magickal Spells for Your Sunday

 

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 a 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.

 

A Spell for While you Sleep

 

You will need the following items for this spell:

Four lengths of appropriately coloured ribbon
which can be easily tied
Four pins
Your bed

Knot magic has a particular effect in ‘binding’ or fixing a spell in place and with the addition of colour it is possible to use ribbons to bring about a desired outcome. By using your own bed as a focus, your magical work can be done while you sleep. This is a very personal way of working and one which can bring particularly positive results.

If your bed has bedposts, simply knot a length of the correct colour ribbon for your purpose around each post.

Each time you do this, say:

With this knot of coloured ribbon

Bring to me the power hidden. Grant me that right Throughout this night.

If your bed has no posts then carefully pin the knotted ribbon to each corner using the same words.
Each night for two further nights touch each ribbon knot in turn and repeat the words above.

Leave the ribbons in place until you no longer feel the need for them. You can expect to have some fairly vivid dreams over the following three nights, which may help you to develop the qualities you seek. This spell allows your unconscious self to work in a protected space without the chatter of day to day matters.

Reference

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

Celebrating Legends, Folklore & Spirituality 365 Days A Year for July 16

Pilgrimage to Saut d’ Eau Waterfall

On July 16th, the Catholic holy day dedicated to the Virgin gin Mary (the Haitian Erzulie Freda), pilgrims from all over Haiti arrive at the Waterfalls of Saut d’ Eau near Ville Bonheur to bathe in the blessed waters. Along the way, they tie pink ribbons to the trees closest to the falls in honor of the Goddess. dess. Offerings of food are left in hopes that Erzulie will bring good luck and charm to each participant.

 

Erzulie, or Ezile Freda, is the Goddess of love and is connected nected with all aspects of beauty. She adores flowers, jewelry, rich clothing, and fine perfumes. She is envisioned as a light-skinned skinned mulatto and considered to be the epitome of charm. Colors for Erzulie are pink, yellow, and pale blue. Her symbols include a checkered heart and a white lamp. Her tree is the laurel, and her favorite foods include sweet cakes, pink champagne, and rice.

Magickal Activity for the 16th Day of July, The Day of The Pilgrimage to Saut d’ Eau Waterfall

Charm Lamp

 

Items needed: Yellow paint; olive oil; a magnet; cane syrup; honey; jasmine flowers; a floating wick; a bowl made from one-half of a coconut shell, cleaned and sanded smooth.

 

Turn the coconut bowl over and paint the Ve-Ve (heart sigil; pictured) around the bottom of the bowl. Allow to dry. When the paint is dry, fill the bowl with %3 each of the liquid ingredients, beginning with the cane syrup, then the honey, and then the olive oil. Make your wish and drop the magnet into the bowl. Thread the loose wick through its metal holder, and float it on top of the oil along with the jasmine flowers. Speak your desire over the bowl, and light the wick. When the wick has completely burned out, take the still-filled bowl to the nearest lake or river along with seven pennies. Make your wish one more time, toss the bowl and pennies into the water then turn and walk away. Do not look back.

The Witches Current Moon Phase for Sunday, July 16th

Last Quarter
Illumination: 53%

The Moon today is in a Third Quarter phase. Sometimes called a Last Quarter Moon, this phase occurs roughly 3 weeks after the New Moon when the earth is three quarter of the way through it’s orbit around the earth. If you live in the northern hemisphere the Moons left side will be illuminated and the right side dark. For thoughts of you in the southern hemisphere it will be the opposite with the right side illuminated. On the day of the Third Quarter phase the Moon will rise around midnight on the eastern horizon and set in the west around noon the next day. In the days following the Third Quarter Phase the Moon’s illumination will decrees each day until the New Moon.

Phase Details for – Sunday, July 16, 2017

Phase: Last Quarter
Illumination: 53%
Moon Age: 21.83 days
Moon Angle: 0.54
Moon Distance: 371,987.78 km
Sun Angle: 0.52
Sun Distance: 152,047,245.74 km
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Your Daily Horoscopes for Sunday, July 16

 

Aries

Aries Horoscope

The day finds you busier, more connected, and involved than usual, dear Aries, but also perhaps a little high-strung. Others’ unreliability may impact you today, or someone could be vying for your attention in a disruptive manner. People can grate on your nerves, and your impatience — or the sheer number of things to do — doesn’t help. There is a tendency to stir up some trouble or to act on a whim, but choose not to let inner restlessness set you back. It’s best to aim for self-understanding so that you can get to the root of problems rather than use a band-aid fix. Worries about impending changes related to your career or reputation, or concerns about not being on top of things, can be part of this. Or, a fear of becoming less relevant in a business endeavor or of falling behind can be at the root of tensions. You can’t resolve this all at once, but you can make a plan to strengthen areas where you feel the most vulnerable one step at a time.

Taurus

Taurus HoroscopeWhile you have a strong desire to stick close to home or stick with familiar situations today, dear Taurus, another part of you is inclined to feel that you’re missing out as you do, and this combination can lead to a restless, discontented frame of mind. Watch for a tendency for fickleness now, as you could be putting a lot of energy into getting what you want but not really appreciating it once you have it! This can be a sign that you need a change of pace. It may be difficult to trust what you hear today, or you could find it hard to make a choice and stick with it without wondering if another choice would have been better. Work on making adjustments today rather than making bold moves. You may find it useful to work out some tension through gentle exercise.

Gemini

Gemini

Today is not ideal for straightforward moves, dear Gemini, but maneuvering things to get your way could backfire as well. As such, it may be best to observe and wait things out. Even so, try not to worry or overthink things to the point that you don’t enjoy the moment. Instead, take a little extra time before sharing news or your opinion. Feeling guilty, after all, is usually a waste of psychic energy. Doing something about problems, on the other hand, even through small adjustments, is how you win. In fact, feeling a little uncomfortable or vulnerable can motivate you to strengthen areas of your life, and this leads to increased confidence.

Cancer

Cancer

There can be some feelings of discontent or discomfort that push you to make much-needed adjustments and changes today, dear Cancer. You may not see obvious forward movement now, but the workarounds you make today can improve your life significantly going forward. There may be some challenges relating smoothly with a partner or someone close to you today, as conversations seem to be loaded or we’re taking things the wrong way. Alternatively, you could be super-motivated to get going on a practical or business matter, but worries about a relationship can weigh you down or distract you. It can be hard to be objective now but watch for drawing hard and fast conclusions based on today’s perceptions. What seems wrong today may be disproved tomorrow.

Leo

Leo Glyph Symbol HoroscopeYou may want to be hyper-aware of what you say or how you say it today, dear Leo, as Mercury in your sign forms an awkward angle with Pluto. There is a contrary theme to the day, and since Mercury is in your sign, or others can completely misconstrue your communications. There is also a tendency to second-guess your choices or to stir up the kind of controversy you don’t need right now! Pressures to get things done can interfere with personal enjoyment. Physical activity or other body-focused activities that help reduce stress may be particularly appropriate today. Keep in mind that it’s better to adapt or adjust than make big moves just for the time being. Changes you make now can very well redirect you along a healthier path.

Virgo

Virgo Symbol HoroscopeYou may suspect a hidden agenda in communications today, dear Virgo. In fact, you may have one as well! This is due to a Mercury-Pluto aspect that can have us second-guessing our perceptions or initial impressions. Try not to allow this to interfere too much with the enjoyment of the moment. Watch for a tendency to want to control results or situations, as this drains you of more energy than if you were to let things unfold as they may! You may be feeling unsettled about a relationship or work issue, or you are distracted from your work as you worry about a relationship. Try to focus on something both enjoyable and productive to take your mind off the negative thought patterns.

Libra 

Libra

Libras are known to have a hard time making decisions, and today, dear Libra, it’s particularly difficult to choose between alternatives. Whether it’s a choice between two things that are equally appealing or unappealing, it can be difficult to see a middle ground. In fact, it may be better to reserve decision making and observe things a little longer. As well, it can be hard to balance your thoughts and interactions related to your friends and social life with issues related to home and family. Watch for the tendency to want to maneuver things to go your way — you may be making things more complicated than they need to be. With a Mercury-Pluto quincunx today, we may be making too much of something that will be of little importance later. Fickleness in others can be another issue you’re facing today. Try to focus on the positive and avoid dwelling on things that make you tense.

Scorpio

Scorpio Horoscope

Watch for coming across as too probing in your personal life, dear Scorpio. Certainly, the day’s energies have you questioning motives and suspecting a hidden agenda, but it’s quite likely that what worries you today will be a moot point later. Others might need to tiptoe around you right now, simply because you seem a little on edge! Avoid taking on too many — or too demanding — activities so that you don’t feel like you’re running behind. A good rule of thumb today is to strive to be gentle with others and yourself as much as possible, which means be careful with what you reveal or expose. People may not be as reliable as you’d like, but this can be about scattered energies and not something to take personally.

Sagittarius

Sagittarius Horoscope

There can be some seriously mixed signals today, dear Sagittarius, that ultimately are not too serious! Communications are tricky. For one thing, you may be second-guessing your first impression or past choices. For another, restlessness can lead to unusual whims or desires, but your heart may not be fully into it. You might simply only need a change of pace. All in all, it’s unlikely to be anything drastic or permanent, but could lead to a few misunderstandings or minor tensions. Keep the status quo if possible now. Watch for an attraction to a big purchase or commitment that can interfere with your freedom, eventually.

Capricorn

Capricorn Horoscope

A couple of influences active today can stir up some minor trouble, dear Capricorn, but nothing you can’t handle. You could find it hard to satisfy an itch today, largely because you’re not sure where it’s coming from! Consider that you need a change of pace, and try to shake things up a little. Even a small change in your routine can be pleasant. Look for things to update. Another influence points to troubles communicating without kicking yourself later, or difficulties trusting your perceptions. Minor problems can seem larger than life, as you may be giving too much power to a matter that is not significant in the long run. Watch for a tendency to micromanage or to act upon fears of losing your clout.

Aquarius

Aquarius

You’d be best off letting things unfold naturally rather than make drastic or bold moves today, dear Aquarius. Initial perceptions need a second look, as all is not what it seems to be on the surface. In fact, perceptions are distorted by fear or guilt. You may be expecting the worst with someone, but consider that it’s your fear that may be leading you to negative conclusions. Past problems can emerge or moments of insecurity tend to drive negative patterns of behavior. Try to focus on simple or uncomplicated activities and tame the tendency to make more of something than it deserves. Saying the wrong things can lead to this, so think twice before speaking out today. Be gentle with yourself and wait out major decisions. You can be particularly clever with the technical side of things today.

Pisces

Pisces

Your desire to solve problems and get work done or tackle your projects is strong, dear Pisces, but the social side of things can distract you. In fact, you may be feeling quite unsettled about a matter related to a friend or associate, and this can interfere with productivity. Breaks in the routine are also likely now and can be quite distracting. A partner or friend may be contrary, or a relationship is complicated. Certainly, people are giving off very mixed signals now, but overthinking things only leads to trouble. Try not to allow doubts hold you back. You may be better off putting the big decisions on hold until you see things clearly. As much as possible, disengage from negative thoughts by replacing them with positive affirmations.

 

If You Were Born Today, July 16

 

Others tend to be quite fascinated with you. You have a royal bearing and warm approach, yet you keep a certain distance and air of mystery. You are enthusiastic and highly intuitive. Your advice is always welcome as you are exceptionally fair-minded. You most enjoy love relationships that keep you moving, learning, and experiencing life. You are quick to size up a person or situation, and you are typically very accurate in your assessments!

 

Famous people born today: Will Ferrell, Ginger Rogers, Barbara Stanwyck, Corey Feldman, Jayma Mays.

Get A Jump on Tomorrow…..

Your Horoscopes for Monday, July 17th

 

Aries

Aries Horoscope

While the Moon’s move into your solar second house encourages you to pay more attention to your practical affairs, dear Aries, a Venus-Neptune influence suggests blurred or distorted perceptions of value. You might become infatuated with ideas, things, or people but you are unlikely to be seeing these things clearly! Wishful thinking is at play, and while it’s pleasurable in the moment, disappointment can follow when you would have been better off appreciating the good, real things in your life. Transportation or communications may be unreliable for now. Later today, your more impulsive or reckless traits are stimulated. Something on the domestic front might get you irritated or could simply displace you. Energy is up and down, but when up, can be harnessed to do something creative or productive. You need a change of pace! Aim to be the one in charge of these changes instead of resisting and allowing change to happen to you. New living arrangements, even in the smallest of ways, may be in order.

Taurus

Taurus HoroscopeThe Moon moves into your sign today, dear Taurus, and you’re beginning a new emotional cycle. Emotional needs are front and center. With Venus square Neptune this morning, you can be a little evasive or face evasiveness in others. If you are not feeling equipped to make decisions and commitments, it makes the most sense to wait, or else you could regret things. Friends and money don’t mix well today. Do what you can to avoid misunderstandings or loss of valuables. Later today, a Mars-Uranus square can tempt you to take shortcuts, but this costs you instead of saves you time in the long run. Unresolved matters may be at the heart of stressed or impatient behavior today. Part of you is striving to break free from the “old you” or an old identity, and this may be behind any rebellious or “acting out” happening now. Speaking prematurely on a matter or blurting out something can be an example.

Gemini

Gemini

With Venus in your sign, you are more personable than usual these days, dear Gemini, but Venus forms a square to Neptune today, and it’s far too easy to misread a situation or see things through the lens of wishful thinking this morning. You are more vulnerable to influence than usual right now. Watch that you don’t go too far to avoid a tricky situation. As well, consider that confusion about your general direction, career, or a situation with a superior can play with your mind and confuse your personal choices. As well, if you’ve been chasing a dream that’s leaving you exhausted, remind yourself that a dream is supposed to make you happy! Adjust expectations accordingly. Later today, a Mars-Uranus square can shake things up. Watch for impatience with money and a tendency to fly off the handle if you don’t feel respected. Holding on tightly to your things and ideas may be about your fear of changes taking place in your social life.

Cancer

Cancer

Venus in your privacy sector forms a square to Neptune today, dear Cancer, and you may be feeling misunderstood or vulnerable. If your emotions and reactions are inappropriate for the situation, it’s time to look within. Don’t let whims, infatuations, or wishful thinking blur your judgment. Later today, you may feel the tension rising. The need to make a change is evident, but you may not know exactly where to start. You are asserting your independence more often these days, but today you could be pushing the wrong buttons, particularly with a parent or boss. The desire to liberate yourself from a past way of life, an old job, a typecast role, a public image, or a particular reputation can be powerful now, but you may be going about this in the wrong way. Your independence could get you some negative attention today. Reacting blindly to a feeling of being overruled will not improve your life, of course, so it’s best to be as self-aware as possible now.

Leo

Leo Glyph Symbol HoroscopeDo your best not to over-commit today, dear Leo. Where you stand (exactly) with someone can be a point of confusion, or friends and lovers may be crossing a line, leaving you wondering. If financial or support issues are up in the air, you can feel the uncertainty now more than usual, and it affects your ability to enjoy yourself. While it’s not the best time to make final plans, you may be able to remake your image now if you need to do so. Later today, a Mars-Uranus square can force an issue where you may have been resisting change. Or, the need to free yourself from the confines of an ideology, a particular belief or way of thinking, or even a project or neighborhood can figure strongly. Watch for premature or impulsive actions now. You may be trying to break free from a buried issue or attachment, but outlets for expressing your frustration can be limited. Aim for self-understanding. Your need for change is real, but you’d be wise to make changes mindfully!

Virgo

Virgo Symbol HoroscopeThere is a tendency for disappointments to occur today, dear Virgo, if you have not been viewing someone — or a relationship — clearly. Although looking the other way can soothe yourself in the present, you can’t honestly fool yourself over time. Aim to work on putting illusions about people behind you as much as possible. After all, it’s better to love a person, not a dream of a person! Today, it’s important to avoid letting confusion in your personal life affect your professional dealings. A Mars-Uranus square shakes things up later today. Interactions with friends can stir something inside you. You may be trying to break free from a particular attachment, and today, while schedules may be overturned or there can be abruptness to the energy of the day, you may very well need to put something behind you. A friend or acquaintance may awaken a new feeling or insight inside you. For some of you, there can be a conflict involving a friend or associate revolving around matters of give-and-take.

Libra 

Libra

A Venus-Neptune square this morning suggests that you may second-guess your desire to reach out to someone or do something entirely different and courageous. This may have to do with uncertainty surrounding your work or schedule, or a commitment to take care of someone. You are more compassionate but also rather vulnerable now due to your high emotional investment in believing what you want to believe. Be sure to take care of yourself while you take care of everyone else! Avoid over-committing due to guilt. Give yourself a break! Later today, another complicated aspect comes into play: Mars square Uranus. This can be a provocative influence, as we can be intolerant of personal restrictions, and reinforces a theme of people in your life draining you of energy. You may be hitting a nerve with someone, or they with you. Your ambitions are strong right now, but unreliability or relationship problems can distract you from going after what you want today.

Scorpio

Scorpio Horoscope

This is not a reliable day for making commitments, dear Scorpio, with two complicated influences in play that can throw us off our current path. Our tendency is to misread a situation today, and even you, with your perceptiveness, can do so if you’re emotionally involved and invested. This is about wishful thinking influencing your vision, so aim to wait things out. You’re moving towards a freer, more authentic working or daily life these days, and events of today may seem to force the issue. A break in the routine or a schedule change can feel uncomfortable at first, but it can also positively redirect you, so aim to keep calm and make the most of the changes happening now. Better yet, seek to identify what needs to change and proactively get on it! Watch for impatience that leads to “shortcuts” that are costly in the long run.

Sagittarius

Sagittarius Horoscope

You may question a person’s feelings for you today, dear Sagittarius, or insecurities can interfere with your perception of a relationship. Smoothing out your close personal relationships has been more important to you recently, but you could be missing the mark, either by giving too much or too little! You may not be seeing people, yourself, or a relationship objectively. There can be an intense yearning for something more from your connections. However, your best bet is to channel energies into a creative pursuit and be in charge of your own happiness. This way, you avoid putting pressure on a relationship to be perfect or something it’s not. Also today, Mars may be pushing you to dig deep and seek out hidden truths or a stronger connection to someone or something these days, but its square to Uranus can stir up all sorts of frustrations. In fact, a craving for more emotional space or freedom in your life can be at odds with all of this! For some, others may be giving you space, and this throws you for a loop. Emotional restlessness can tempt you to take unnecessary risks, with money or with people. Keep in mind that clarity is not likely now, so wait things out before drawing conclusions.

Capricorn

Capricorn Horoscope

A couple of tense aspects in play today require some strategy, dear Capricorn. Most importantly, keep in mind that wishful thinking or a fear of being restricted or stuck can interfere with clear thinking, mainly related to personal projects, work, health, and the concept of time. Expectations of others may be off, and unreliability or uncertainty can disappoint you. However, if you avoid over-committing yourself and making statements and taking actions prematurely, you can make the best of any breaks in the routine occurring today. Most importantly, don’t undersell yourself. Question what you read and what you hear. Take time coming to conclusions. In fact, time can be one of the best tools for testing a theory or perception, as with time, reason tends to set in. Keep in mind that crankiness today — yours or others’ — is likely to do with a need to break out of current labels. You need to grow and change, and recognizing this puts you in an advantageous position. Once past these humps, you are in a great position to improve your connections.

Aquarius

Aquarius

Venus in your fifth house brings out your more amorous feelings these days, dear Aquarius, and it also helps to boost your appeal with others. Today is strong for creative pursuits but tricky for situations requiring objectivity. In fact, you can find it difficult to see others and yourself clearly. Taking a risk or turning a blind eye to a problem can have unfavorable results. Aim to invest your emotions in something you already have rather than pin your hopes on something attainable. This is not to say you shouldn’t dream — you should — but mirages are likely with the energies of the day. Don’t sell yourself short, particularly in your relationships, but also in business. Also active today is a somewhat rebellious and disruptive Mars-Uranus square. Be wary of shortcuts and watch for inpatient speech and actions. Work, paperwork, transportation, and communications are areas most affected today. Underneath it all, you may simply be trying to break free from a label or restrictive situation. Aim to do so mindfully.

Pisces

Pisces

The temptation today may be to take an emotional or perhaps a financial risk, dear Pisces, but our perceptions are not clear. Your desire for security, comfort, and peace in your love life and your domestic life is strong these days with Venus in your home and family sector, but its square to Neptune today suggests you may feel a little unfulfilled or yearning for more. You’re also particularly sensitive to imbalances in your personal life. Consider that some of your dreams and longings may not be about actual needs, and aim to get in better touch with yourself. A Mars-Uranus square today can aggravate any uncertainties or frustrations you may be having with income, business, or a money situation. The need to break out of a rut may become evident through the events of the day, but it’s better for you if you do this mindfully. Explore your feelings and decide what needs changing, and then put these into action on a less emotionally chaotic day.

 

Tarot Card of the Day

Strength


July 16th, 2017

The Strength Tarot card represents nature, which, however wild in its primal form, is tamed by our subtler, finer self — our feminine side, our inner self. The will and passion of our instinctive nature does not need to be broken, but refined and brought to consciousness, so that all levels of creation may come into harmony.

The feminine soul-force contains a persuasive power that can nurture and induce cooperation from others, stilling disruptive energies by harmonizing differences in the spirit of collective good will.

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The Hanged Man


You have reached a crossroads, making it possible to clear the slate and start over.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

General Meaning

The Hanged Man usually indicates a lack of ability to help oneself through independent action. The energy is arrested and awaiting judgment. With this card, there is no avenue for the will to regain control until the situation has passed.

This represents a good time to be philosophical, to study and meditate upon the position you find yourself in, and to form resolutions for the moment you become free again. Only those who possess wisdom, patience, and optimism will be able to see through limitations, including possible humiliation, to grasp the inspiring lesson one can gain from such an experience.

In the Advice Position

Accept the consequences of your decisions. Go through it, get it over with, and free yourself up for new pursuits.

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

The Hanged Man advises you to surrender illusions of control. Accept that you have been overcome and deceived by your own devices. Having made your bed, you now need to lie in it. This is not a negative judgment. It’s just that sometimes there are consequences for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Bad things can happen to good people. These consequences are not fatal, even if they are inconvenient — or perhaps even embarrassing.

Stop resisting your circumstances and let some time go by. Eventually, you will be released a little wiser and not much the worse for wear. You will come to realize in time how you collaborated with the problem. However, the issues you were stuck on when you were first hung up have subsided and no longer concern you. You are free to take up new endeavors. You will ultimately feel refreshed and grateful that you were derailed from your former track.

 

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July 16, 2017

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Temperance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Promises? Promises? Are promises past due and payable? People make them to get what they want, you know. People say, “I’m sorry for what I did. I promise not to do it again.” Now is the time to take an objective look. You find insight into motivations. Promises are sacred. If single and dating, even the simplest of them reneged upon is a heads-up warning you can’t ignore today.

 

Your Elder Futhark Rune for Sunday July 16th

Raido

 

 

 

 

“The journey is the destination.”

Raidho – “Ride-ho” – Literally: “Ride” or “Wagon” – Esoteric: Journey

Key Concepts: the journey of Life, stories, heroism, means of transportation, right action, movement, motion, taking charge, being in control, initiative, adventure, decision-making, direction, counsel, the right path, the inner compass, leadership, kingship, nobility held by merit, moral responsibility, integrity, respect for the rights of others, innate knowledge of right and wrong, celestial procession, rituals

Psi: the story ‘form’ in the psyche, freedom from imprisonment, self-mastery

Energy: cosmic cyclical law, rhythm, presence (active)

Mundane: street-smarts, common sense, travel, movement, taking action

Divinations: Rationality, sound advice, action, justice, ordered growth, journey; or crisis, rigidity, stasis, injustice, irrationality, control freak, hypocrisy, wrongful imprisonment, restlessness.

Governs:
Living in the present
Access to “inner advice” and our inner compass, following the heart
Movement within one’s natural limits
Blending with personal and world rhythms, consciousness of right and natural processes
Mastery of circumstance and control of situations, taking the lead
Establishment of creative rhythm in activities
Protection while traveling
Decision-making followed by immediate action

Earth Sky News for July 16th:  Last quarter moon is July 16

Last quarter moon comes on July 16, 2017 at 19:26 UTC. On Sunday morning, the moon appeared nearly last quarter; that is, the terminator line, or line between light and dark on the moon, appeared only slightly convex. Watch for the last quarter moon again late at night on Sunday, or around dawn Monday, July 17. A last quarter moon always rises in the middle of the night, appears at its highest in the sky around dawn, and sets around midday.

On the night of a last quarter moon, the moon appears half illuminated in our sky, and this half-a-pie-shaped last quarter moon can be used as a guidepost to Earth’s direction of motion in orbit around the sun.

In other words, when you look toward a last quarter moon high in the predawn sky, for example, you’re gazing out approximately along the path of Earth’s orbit, in a forward direction. The moon is moving in orbit around the sun with the Earth and never holds still. But, if we could somehow anchor the moon in space . . . tie it down, keep it still . . . Earth’s orbital speed of 18 miles per second would carry us across the space between us and the moon in only a few hours.

As the moon orbits Earth, it changes phase in an orderly way. Follow these links to understand the various phases of the moon

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Faeries & Something You Probably Didn’t

 

Fairies are magickal creatures endowed with the powers of shapeshifting and invisibility. They dwell in an invisible kingdom known as middle or lower earth. Often depicted as small humanoid beings with diaphanous wings, they look like tiny angels. However, they are not angels, they are unpredictable, and they can be as puckish as they are benevolent.

 

Sometimes referred to as “little people,” fairies are an important part of most cultures, religious traditions, and folk beliefs throughout the world. In European culture, they are believed to be nature spirits who dwell in the trees, plants, and waterways. Christianity seems to think they are Lucifer’s fallen angels and therefore evil. Other folk beliefs, especially those of African origin, view them as souls of the dead or ancestors.

 

Celtic culture has probably done the most to promote the idea of fairies, who are believed to be the descendants of the small, dark, Neolithic people who invaded early Europe. Being small and dark and living close to the land allowed them to quickly hide from their enemies. This ability, along with their elusive mannerisms, led people to believe they were capable of magick, shapeshifting, and invisibility.

When the old Pagan religions died out, the fairies were relegated to the realm of myth and fantasy. We find the Great Goddess transformed into the Good Fairy Godmother or Queen of Fairies. The Horned God became the Fairy King, Puck, and the trickster. Those with less appealing traits were relegated to the realms of devils and demons

THE FAIRY REALM

 

Auki

The mountain spirit of Peru who inhabits the high Andes, called upon by the brujos (shamans) to heal the sick. The brujos will call the auki by whistling. The auki will descend, and channel its power through the brujos.

 

Bogie

A frightening goblin of English folklore. The bogie is described as little, black, and hairy. It is considered dangerous, mischievous, sly, and is renowned for its intelligence. Parents would use the threat of the bogie to frighten young children into good behavior.

 

Brownie

A household spirit popular in northern English and Scottish folklore, the brownie is a very small, brown, shaggy human and usually dresses in ragged brown clothes. Brownies are considered to be most industrious when it comes to such household chores as grinding grain, churning butter, and plowing. They love to help humans with their work, especially with tedious tasks. Brownies are thanked with a bowl of fresh cream and freshly baked bread. If criticized, they will undo what they have already done and destroy a good deal more.

Deva

In New Age philosophy, devas are the guardians of nature and are responsible for building up forms on the inner planes as well as on the physical plane. The devas hold the keys of fate for all forms around us. They appear in every shape and size, from the earthly gnome to the highest archangel.

 

Elf

Found in British, Scandinavian, and Teutonic folklore, elves are tiny, human-shaped supernatural beings who resemble little old men. However, elf maidens are considered to be young and very beautiful. They live in communities or kingdoms, hidden in the hollows of trees, long burrows, or in mounds. They are ruled over by an elf king and queen. Elves exert their powers over humans whenever they can, usually with mischievous intent. When offended by humans they will take revenge by stealing babies, cattle, milk, and jewels, and they have been know to enchant the offender and hold them for years. Elves emerge after sunset to dance in the moonlight, swim in shallow pools, and frolic in the woods.

 

Gnome

Considered to be a nature spirit or elemental, gnomes resemble dwarfs with small stocky bodies, and usually appear as little old men dressed in monks’ habits. Gnomes live in the earth, the element they represent, and are the guardians of mother nature’s treasures. Goblin A grotesque, diminutive, malicious earth spirit. Popular in European folklore, goblins are said to be knee high, with heavy gray hair and beards. They inhabit the homes of humans, where they indulge in poltergeist activities. They are not fond of adults but do seem to like children, as they have been known to protect them and bring them gifts.

Imp/Impa

A mischievous minor fiend often described as being a childlike offspring of the Devil. Imps manifest in many different forms. The most popular form is that of an evil-looking infant with tiny horns protruding from its head and tiny wings from its shoulders. Imps were the star attractions at Witch trials, as they were considered to be the familiars of the accused.

 

Leprechaun

The folklore of Ireland is filled with famous tales of this fairy shoemaker. The Leprechaun is depicted as having a wizened face, gray beard, and twinkling eyes. He wears a red jacket with silver buttons, brown breeches, black, silver-buckled shoes, and a high crowned green hat. In pictures, he usually appears in an apron, holding a hammer and mending shoes. This wee creature is tricky, and likes to make mischief with humans. He also has a reputation for having a huge stash of gold hidden in a secret place.

 

Nymph

Nymphs are female water spirits that appear in classical Greek and Roman mythology. They are portrayed as beautiful your maidens dressed in gossamer gowns, with long flowing hair. The nymphs would attend to gods and entertain them with dancing and music. Like most spirit creatures, nymphs were both benevolent and malevolent toward humans.

 

Pixie

These small creatures are said to have red hair, small, turned up noses, pointed ears, and pale, youthful faces. They especially attracted to gardens in bloom, and take up residence under toadstools. Pixies have mixed emotions when it comes to humans. However, if they take a liking to someone the
will help him or her out with household chores and gardening. They also like to work with gold, silver, and bronze. Some believe that the residue from their metal work is the main ingredient in Pixie dust, a magickal powder use to make wishes come true.

FAIRY MAGICK

 

Because fairies are connected to nature, their spells are usually performed outdoors. A small brook, a secret lily pond, the base of your favorite tree, or a field of wild flowers all make excellent settings for fairy magick. Even large, lush window boxes, overflowing with fragrant herbs and delicate blossoms, can serve as a haven for the wee folk.

 

Fairy Wishing Spell

 

For this spell you will need a small white birthday candle, a silver coin, seven moon cookies (sugar cookies cut into crescent moons), and a secluded wooded area where you can be alone.

 

As you walk through the woods, keep a close eye out for Fairy circles, small circular areas surrounded by inedible red fungi with white spots. It is believed that fairies meet within these rings to celebrate their magickal rites. When you find a fairy circle, carefully place your coin in the center of it. Set the candle on top of the coin, light it, and make your wish. When the candle has completely burned out, place the moon cookies around the coin, state your wish aloud, and then walk away. If you return to the spot and your coin and candle are gone, you will know that your wish has been granted. Fairy Enchantments If there is one thing that a fairy takes great pride in, it is the ability to charm and enchant an unsuspecting human.

Using herbs, flowers, and mystical incantations, the skillful fairy makes a magickal dust that can be used to inspire love, protect loved ones, and bring forth great riches when sprinkled on the ground or over an unsuspecting human.

 

Fairy Dust

Items needed: A blender or coffee grinder, silver glitter, dark blue jar, three silver coins, silver paint or a silver marker, and the following dried herbs ground into a fine powder:

1 tbsp. woodruff

1 tbsp. clover

1 tbsp. rose petals

1 tbsp. jasmine

1 Tbsp. meadowsweet

 

Place the powder into the dark blue jar. On the outside of the jar, inscribe the following symbol with the silver paint or marker:

 

On May eve as the sun begins to set, place your jar of Fairy dust in the center of a Fairy circle. Kneel next to the circle, uncap the jar, and chant the following nine times: Nature spirits and fairy friends Bless this dust to serve my ends. I place my trust and faith in thee To bring me love, wealth, and prosperity.

Rise and leave the area for one hour, giving the fairies time to bless your powder. When you return, thank the fairies for their help, retrieve the jar, and leave the three silver coins in its place. Sprinkle the powder over a sleeping loved one to increase passion, sprinkle on the threshold of a business to attract new customers, or sprinkle around the perimeter of your home to invite happiness and good will.

 

Fairy Garden Money Spell

 

Gardens, especially ones designed with a purpose, will attract good fairies, gnomes, and all manner of beneficial creatures. Cultivate a nine foot circular patch of earth. Around the perimeter, place small stones and crystals.

 

In the center of the circle place a stone garden gnome. Around the gnome, plant a mixture of marigolds and clover. Each day, spend some time with the gnome. Make friends with him and beseech him to make your wealth grow as the garden does. To ensure he follows your wishes, chant the following each time you water the garden.

 

Nature spirits everywhere

My love and energy I now share.

With cool water this charge I give

Plants now grow, blossom, and live,

Your gift of wealth I seek to share

In return I give you loving care.

 

As the garden grows, so will your wealth and prosperity.

A Little Thought from Me to You

“You can’t tame the Spirit

of Someone who has Witchcraft in their veins.”

 

 

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The Witches Digest for Saturday, July 15th

    The Witches Digest #2                                                                                                           Saturday, July 15th, 2017

 

 

Invocation to the Three-Fold One

Maiden, Maiden, robed in light
Rejoice with us, this Sabbat night
Beauty Thy shield, and love Thy sword
Hath vanquished even death’s dark Lord.
We bow before Thy gentle might.

Thy youthful joy doth never fade
Be welcome, oh Crone, sweet Mother, and Maid!
Mother Goddess, clad in green
Our circle Thy court, oh gracious Queen
All that lives comes forth from Thee
And dying returns – as the drop to the sea.
Rule Heaven, rule Hell, and the wide worlds between.

Thy lunar crown will light our scene,
Come and bless us Old Crone, sweet Maiden, and Queen.
Ancient Crone, in tatters old
Thy lore is bitter, Thy rede is cold
In wisdom fabled beyond our ken
Thou holdest wake over Gods and men
Then layest them down, to rest, in the mould.

With Thy wisdom be with us – Maid, Mother, and Crone!

 

by Seleneicthon, from “Spokes of the Wheel”, © 1979

 

Your Daily Sun & Moon Data for Saturday, July 15th

The Sun
Sun Direction: ↑ 36.50° NE
Sun Altitude: -22.20°
Sun Distance: 94.483 million mi
Next Equinox: Sep 22, 2017 3:01 pm (Autumnal)
Sunrise Today: 5:46 am↑ 62° Northeast
Sunset Today: 8:13 pm↑ 298° Northwest
Length of Daylight: 14 hours, 27 minutes

The Moon
Moon Direction: ↑ 132.98° SE
Moon Altitude: 39.84°
Moon Distance: 237281 mi
Next New Moon: Jul 23, 20174:45 am
Next Full Moon: Aug 7, 20171:10 pm
Next Moonset: Today12:00 pm
Current Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous
Illumination: 65.8%

Lunar Calendar
Third Quarter: Jul 16, 2017 at 2:25 pm
(Next Phase)
Full Moon: Jul 8, 2017 at 11:06 pm
(Previous Phase)

 

Source

timeanddate.com

Your Astronomy for Saturday, July 15th

The Moon is in Aries.
The Moon is waning and in its Waning Gibbous phase.
The Full Moon occurred on the 9th in the sign of Capricorn, and the Last Quarter Moon will occur tomorrow.

 

Moon in Aries

 

We’re motivated by a strong desire to start fresh. A gut instinct to start something new is with us now, as well as the gumption to do so. Our pioneering impulses are strong, and we feel energetic, spontaneous, and enthusiastic. We may also be tactless and impulsive now. Excess energy is best channeled into physical activity.

The Moon in Aries generally favors the following activities: Quick actions that yield immediate results. Undertakings that involve the self and the personality. (Staying power may be lacking). Self-assertion, taking on challenges, beginning short-term projects.

The Sky This Week for July 15 to 16

 

Pluto’s peak appearance, asteroid 6 Hebe, and other cool things to look for in the sky this week.
By Richard Talcott

Saturday, July 15

Although Saturn reached its peak a month ago today, when it appeared opposite the Sun in the sky, our view of the ringed planet remains spectacular. It resides against the backdrop of southern Ophiuchus, a region that climbs highest in the south around 11 p.m. local daylight time. Saturn glows at magnitude 0.2 and easily outshines the background stars. When viewed through a telescope, the planet’s globe measures 18″ across and the dramatic ring system spans 41″ and tilts 27° to our line of sight.

Sunday, July 16

Last Quarter Moon occurs at 3:26 p.m. EDT. Look for it either before dawn this morning (when it looks slightly more than half-lit) or after it rises around 1 a.m. local daylight time tomorrow (when it appears as a fat crescent). Earth’s only natural satellite straddles the border between the relatively inconspicuous constellations Pisces the Fish and Cetus the Whale.

 

Source

The Astronomy Magazine

 

Saturday, July 15

Saturday is dedicated to the shadowy Anglo-Saxon God Saetere or Seater, July 15equivalent to the God Saturn. It is a day also associated with the Norns, the Norse equivalent of Three Fates, and the trickster God Loki. It is connected generally with apprehension, austerity, caution, and excessive self-limitation.

Deity: Saetere

Zodiac Sign: Aquarius

Planet: Saturn

Tree: Alder

Herb: Daffodil

Stone: Amethyst

Animal: Eagle

Element: Earth

Color: Dark Blue

Number: 4

Rune: Dag(D)

 

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

Reference

The Pagan Book of Days
Nigel Pennick

The Pagan Book of Days for Saturday, July 15th

The rowan tree goddess, Rowana or Rauni, is patronesss of the secret knowledge of the runes. The rowan is the tree of protection and its wood, used in making defensive amulets, is especilaly effective if cut on ths day, St. Swithin’s Day is a weather marker. if it rains this day, it is said, then it will rain for the next forty days.

Reference

The Pagan Book of Days
Nigel Pennick

Goddesses Associated with Saturdays

Ops, Rhea, Tellus Mater, Gaia, Eartha, Ge, Tonantzin, Ashera, Anath, the Shekinah, the Matronit, Mary, Gula, Herodias, Oddudua, Demeter

Reference

The Goddess Book of Days
Diane Stein

Today We Honor The Goddess Gaia

GAIA
Mother Earth, Mother Nature

The first Greek god was actually a goddess. She is Gaia, or Mother Earth, who created herself out of primordial chaos. From her fertile womb all life sprang, and unto Mother Earth all living things must return after their allotted span of life is over.

Gaia, as Mother Nature, personifies the entire ecosystem of Planet Earth. Mother Nature is always working to achieve and maintain harmony, wholeness and balance within the environment. Mother Nature heals, nurtures and supports all life on this planet, and ultimately all life and health depend on Her. In time, Nature heals all ills.

The way of Mother Gaia is the passive, feminine, Yin way of healing. All we need to do to regain our health is to return to the bosom of Mother Nature and live in accordance with Her laws. The Gaia archetype underlies all notions of the Nature Cure. Mother Nature is a healing goddess.

In the 1960s, James Lovelock formulated the Gaia hypothesis. It states that all life, and all living things on this planet, are part of a single, all-encompassing global entity or consciousness which he named Gaia. It is this global consciousness, Mother Gaia, that makes our planet capable of supporting life, while our near neighbors in the solar system are barren and lifeless.

Through the global consciousness of Mother Gaia, all living things on this planet, from their most primordial instincts, are constantly interacting with their environment to ensure the harmony, balance and continuity of Life. Live in abalance with Mother Nature and health and healing are yours; violate Her laws and get out of balance, and you pay the price in suffering and disease. In this sense, all medicine and healing can be seen as a system of ecology.

Acknowledgements:
Greek Medicine.Net
Cassell’s Dictionary of Classical Mythology by Jenny March
Copyright 1998 by Cassell and Co. in the UK
Entry on Gaia – pg. 324

Today Is Saturday, July 15th, We Celebrate…

Mount Fuji Climbing (Japan)
FUCHI

 

Themes: Inspiration; Courage; Safety (protection); Fire (ancient); Skill (sports); Relationships

Symbols: Mountains; Fire

About Fuchi:
This goddess gave her name to the sacred volcano Fujiyama. As a fire goddess, she rules natural energy (heat) sources, and also those generated in our hearths, homes, and hearts. This energy, along with summer’s sun, joins together in our life today, generating strength, endurance, keen vision, and relationships filled with genuine warmth.

To Do Today: July and August mark the climbing season at Mount Fuji. For most people, attempting this is a pilgrimage of sorts dedicated to “climbing the mountain because it’s there.” On a deeper level, however, the mountain houses the deities of Shinto tradition, challenging all who dare visit to stretch their limits and do their very best. While most of us can’t go to Japan to visit the goddess in her abode, we can climb stairs to help us reconnect with Fuchi’s uplifting powers. Today, instead of using elevators, climb stairs whenever and wherever possible. As you do, visualize the area(s) in your life that could use a boost from Fuchi’s energy, those areas that really challenge you somehow, or those where emotional warmth seems lacking. When you reach the top, claim your reward with some type of affirmation (such as I am strong, I am loving), and then act on this change with conviction!

 

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

Ritual Influences for Saturday, July 15th

Planet: Saturn

Perfumes: Hyacinth, Pansy

Incense: Peperwort, Assodilious, Black Poppy Seeds, Henbane, Lodestone, Myrrh

Wood: Oak

Color: Black

Influences: Duties, Respondibilities, Finding Families, Works of Magic, Buildings, Meditation, Life, Doctrines.

Reference
A Book of Pagan Rituals
Herman Slater

The Magickal Day of Saturday

It’s the end of the week for many of us, so Saturday – named for the god Saturn – is a good time to wrap things up. Associated with the colors black and dark purple, and the metal lead, this day is also connected to the goddess Hecate. Gemstones like Apache tear, obsidian, and hematite are all connected to Saturday’s magic, as are plants such as thyme, mullein, and the cypress tree.

When it comes to magical workings, focus on agriculture and creativity, fortune and hope, protection and banishment of negativity.

Put up a barrier to keep the unwelcome out, eliminate the things that make you miserable, and wash your hands of anything other than your hopes, dreams and goals.

Author

Patti Wigington, Paganism/Wicca Expert
Article published on & owned by About.com

The Witches Guide to Saturday

The planetary correspondence for Saturday is Saturn. Matters dealing with the public, farming, family ties, legal matters (such as wills and estates), taking care of debts, dealing with lawyers, financing, joint money matters, real estate, older people, banishing or binding negativity, and getting rid of bad habits all fall under the charge of Saturn. It’s easy to see why “Saturday’s child works hard for his living.”

 

Saturday’s angels are Cassiel, Machatan, Uriel, and Orifiel. Cassiel is the angel of solitudes and tears. He is one of the rulers of the planet Saturn and occasionally appears as the angel of patience. Cassiel links himself to dragon energy. Regarding Machatan, the only information we get is that he works well with Cassiel and is also a power of Saturn. Orifiel is an angel of the wilderness, a ruler of the second hour of the day, and also associated with Saturn.

 

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

Source

Gypsy Magic

Saturday’s Witchery

 

Saturday is a day filled with opportunities to clean up and clear out. So if you are wondering why Hecate is assigned to this day, take another look at what she symbolizes and the magick that is associated with her. That should answer the question.

Hecate was the oldest form of the Greek Triple Goddess, as she presided over heaven, the underworld, and earth. Crossroads where three roads met were especially sacred to Hecate, earning her the title of Hekate of the Three Ways. It’s interesting to note that even after the worship of other goddesses waned, ancient people still worshiped Hecate as the Queen of the Underworld and the Guardian of the Three-Way Crossroad. It was also believed that if you left her an offering of food there, she would grant you her favors. As Hecate Trivia, her triple images were often displayed at these crossroads, where she was petitioned on the full moon for positive magick and on the dark of the moon for cursing and dark magick.

While this last bit of information sounds a little ominous, keep in mind that Hecate/Hekate was known by many titles and is a shapeshifter. Her appearance could and did change often. As a dark moon goddess, her faces are many. To some she may appear as a old crone, hunched over a smoking cauldron and draped in a midnight cape. To others she may appear as a dark beautiful, mysterious, and mature woman wearing a shimmering crown. To some she may be perceived as a maiden priestess. She was called the “most lovely one,” the Great Goddess of Nature, and the Queen of the World of Spirits. This dark goddess knows her way around the earth and the underworld. All the powers of nature, life, and death are at her command.

Source

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

The Witches Almanac for Saturday, July 15th

St. Swithin’s Day

Waning Moon

Moon phase: Third Quarter

Moon Sign: Aries

Incense: Sage

Color: Black

About The Waning Half-Moon (or Third Quarter)

 

On the Lunar Calendar: 7 to 10 ½ days after the Full Moon
Degree: 270-315 degrees ahead of the Sun
Inner Directive: to reassess how things are done

In his book, The Astrological Moon, Haydn Paul writes of this phase, “This personality type often feels a secret destiny, for which they endeavor to serve as pioneers by anchoring future strands into the present.” It’s a friction between the old (being released) and the new.

Soul Searching

You were born at the last quarter, before the descent into the Dark Moon. This gives you a sense that it’s time to disengage from certain outdated ways of living/thinking. You sense the need to prepare for the descent, by shedding old skins.

It can make you appear detached from what’s going on around you. You may feel alienated from the same-ole’ social rhythm that others seem in synch with.

You can come across as discontented and feel misunderstood.

It’s important to have life’s work that makes use of your discernment and sense of inner struggle.

You straddle two worlds but feel equally the pressures of both. You master this energy when you understand it as an important point in the transformation process. To work with the inner tension, rather than deny it exists. To find the right personal vehicles for your particular sturm and drang.

Clearing for the New

At the waning half Moon, the showdown is between the way things have been and the new vision.

If you ignore this inner turmoil and go along business as usual, you will likely suffer in quiet desperation. You honor your life purpose when you find ways to live this tension through hobbies, competition, a demanding career, etc.

You also play an important role, often seeing what needs to go before others do. You may be ahead of the curve, and face resistance to your ideas. There may be many times when you doubt yourself because you seem so at odds with the mainstream. But you grow stronger when you learn to trust your unique way of knowing, and use it to alter your course.

Sun in a Square Aspect to the Moon

With the Sun-Moon square, you are the creator of new realities, and these emerge from the friction of letting go of the old. Sometimes you have to let go of habitual emotional reactions, to act on your purpose.

You show others and society at large how to churn and compost what’s dead and make space for the new.

Reference

Molly Hall, Author
Published on ThoughtCo.com

Influence of the Moon on Your Astrological Sign

What is the meaning of the moon sign?

There are many people who connect with their astrological sun sign, but, to be fair, your moon or lunar sign can be equally as important. For example, there are some people who do not connect with their sun sign and the main reason may be that their lunar sign has more influence over their personality.

The position of the moon in the zodiac at the time of your birth is your moon sign. This sign is especially important for women as the moon is considered the patroness of women and has female qualities.

Moon Sign in a Birth Chart

The moon is in a new constellation every couple of days. If you have a birth chart created, you can find your lunar sign by looking for the symbol of the lunar crescent to find your moon sign and house position.

Importance of the Moon Sign

The moon’s position when you were born can shed light on your inner self. The moon’s sign, house and phase can tell you a lot about your emotional instincts and habits. The moon can help define your emotional development or express the unconscious side of your personality. It can explain why you do what you do.

The moon’s position in your a birth chart can explain why two people with the same sun sign can be so different.

What If Your Sun and Moon Sign Are the Same?

If you were born with both your sun and moon in the same sign, that would make you a “double” of that sign, which creates both a harmony and an amplification of the sign’s traits.

For example, someone born with sun and moon in Scorpio is a “double Scorpio” and these two planets act in harmony with Scorpio traits.

Meaning of the Moon in Astrology

While the sun can be considered the core self through which you find expression in the world, the moon is like the inner life that only close companions get to experience.

It is the private you that reveals itself behind closed doors. It is also the unguarded you that has to act on instinct, the one that comes out in a crisis.

In astrology, the moon is the instinctual self, and because of that, some might not feel comfortable with its full expression. In times of great stress, these qualities could be exposed and make the person feel strangely out of control. If you have ever completely lost it, you know what it is like when the sun is eclipsed by the moon. You might feel like a full-fledged “lunatic.”

In your daily life, the moon is what you fall back on to restore your sense of emotional security. For some this means reaching out socially, but for others, this could mean retreating to a solitary corner of the mind. It also speaks volumes about how you handle your intimate life.

A key relationship in astrology is that between the sun and the moon. If someone has an ongoing tug-of-war between the will to act and your emotions, it often the two signs dueling. When you understand the essence of the moon and its influence on you, you are no longer “in the dark.” Your moon sign is valuable information for understanding the interior life of family members, friends and potential romantic partners.

Reference

Molly Hall, Author
Published on ThoughtCo.com

Correspondences for Saturday, July 15th

 

Magickal Intentions: Spirit Communications, Meditation, Psychic Attack or Defense, Locating Lost Things and Missing Persons, Building, Life, Doctrine, Protection, Knowledge, Authority, Limitations, Boundaries, Time and Death

Incense: Black Poppy Seed and Myrrh

Planet: Saturn

Sign: Capricorn and Aquarius

Angel: Cassel

Colors: Black, Grey and Indigo

Herbs/Plants: Myrrh, Moss, Hemlock, Wolfsbane, Coltsfoot, Nightshade and Fir
Stones: Jet, Smokey Quartz, Amethyst, Black Onyx, Snowflake Obsidian, Lava, Pumice

Oil: (Saturn) Cypress, Mimosa, Myrrh, Patchouli

Saturn lends its energies to the last day of the week. Because Saturn is the planet of karma, this day is an excellent time for spellwork involving reincarnation, karmic lessons, the Mysteries, wisdom, and long-term projects.

It is also a good time to being efforts that deal with the elderly, death, or the eradication of pests and disease.

 

Custom Made Magick for Saturday

Protection, removing negativity, justice and balance have been the theme today. As we have just seen you can indeed a perform a binding and not cross the ethical line. Bindings are a more ethical route than cursing someone. But are there other options? Why, of course. I know of some Witches who, when they see a criminal’s face on television or read about them in the paper, mentally pain a white X over a criminal’s face while they say the phrase “I neutralize that person” with intention. This neutralizes the power and harm that the stranger causes.

If there is someone that you personally know who is causing you or your family harm, it is possible to use a photograph of the destructive person. Simply wrap white ribbon around their photo to symbolize you binding them up as you say, “I neutralize any physical or emotional harm that you are causing.”

But if you feel magickal bindings are the way to go, then perhaps your best course of action is to remove all emotion from yourself and the spell when you perform the binding. Just as I stated before, justice—like magick—is a neutral force. For lack of a better term, be businesslike. Wild swings of emotion only make for an uncontrollable magickal energy. Therefore, your best bet is to be neutral. If there was ever a time to be calm and in control, this is it. If you are not sure that you can pull off being neutral, then I suggest that you leave magick alone. It is essential to be in control. How much karma drama are you willing to pull into your life?

Source

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

The Witches Magick for Saturday, July 15 – Stay On The Path Charm

Staying on the path to better health takes effort and resolve. The rewards are well worth it so use all your resources to remain focused.

For this charm, use a white candle and a white stone you find in nature

At 10:00 p.m., light the candle. Clean the stone thoroughly, and put it on your altar. Say this prayer when you need some divine help to stay on your path:

Dear Goddess and God, I pray you
Help me stay on the path
To healing and better health
Strengthen my will and spirit
So that I make healthier choices
Every night and every day
Thank you divine Lady and Lord!
Blessed Be!

Celebrating Legends, Folklore & Spirituality 365 Day A Year for July 15

Travectio Equitum/Rowana

In ancient Rome, this was the parade of the cavalry in front of the temple of Castor and Pollux, the great Twin Horsemen, men, to thank them for their part in the victory of Lake Regillus in 496 B.c. The parade consisted of 5,000 riders wearing purple togas with red stripes and decorated with olive garlands.

This day is sacred to the Goddess of the rowan tree, Rowana-patroness of the secret knowledge of runes. The wood of the rowan tree is used for making protection amulets, and the wood is especially efficacious when cut on this day.

The Current Moon Phase for Saturday, July 15th

Waning Gibbous
Illumination: 64%

The Moon today is in a Waning Gibbous Phase. This is the first phase after the Full Moon occurs. It lasts roughly 7 days with the Moon’s illumination growing smaller each day until the Moon becomes a Last Quarter Moon with a illumination of 50%. The average Moon rise for this phase is between 9am and Midnight depending on the age of the phase. The moon rises later and later each night setting after sunrise in the morning. During this phase the Moon can also be seen in the early morning daylight hours on the western horizon.

Phase Details for – Saturday, July 15, 2017

Phase: Waning Gibbous
Illumination: 64%
Moon Age: 20.81 days
Moon Angle: 0.53
Moon Distance: 376,250.46 km
Sun Angle: 0.52
Sun Distance: 152,055,501.29 km

Source

MoonGiant.com

Your Daily Horoscopes for Saturday, July 15th

Aries

Aries Horoscope

A disagreement with a friend or acquaintance may annoy you today, dear Aries, but it’s minor and likely has its roots in feeling drained or dismissed. It’s a day of relative haste, so do take extra care. You don’t want to trip over yourself in your desire to do as many things as you can! There can be some challenges getting the answers you need from family, or there can be frustrating decisions to make. A bit of chaos or a disagreement aside, the day is good for feeling you’re in the driver’s seat. The Moon is in your sign all day, and life seems more colorful as a result. You seek to feel alive and crave more emotional interaction. With the Moon opposing Jupiter tonight, your emotions are magnified whether you’re feeling down or up.

Taurus

Taurus HoroscopeWith the Moon in your privacy sector all day, dear Taurus, you’ll benefit from reserving chunks of time for yourself. You need rest from the hectic pace of daily life now. Disagreeing on core issues can prompt a heated discussion today, and so can anything that seems to attack your ego and your pride, as you may be feeling on the defensive with Venus, your ruler, in minor challenging aspect to Mars. It can be easy to feel slighted, but if you take a deep breath and think about it, it’s probably not worth the added stress! There may be annoying things to deal with related to communications or an unforeseen expense, but once over this hump, you’re in good shape for enjoying some peace.

Gemini

Gemini

You are raring to go, and all fired up today, dear Gemini, but you may not know where to direct all of this extra energy, which can lead to impatience or impulsiveness. You may get attention of the unwanted variety now! You are certainly attracting attention your way these days, and most of it is very positive, but right now, there can be a rather provocative aura around you. The Moon in Aries, however, is excellent for boosting friendships and for pushing you to pursue causes you believe in. There may be some resistance related to your love life today, but right now, you need to be around people who don’t have expectations or demands.

Cancer

Cancer

You are one part hesitant and one part raring to go today, dear Cancer, with Mars in your sign pumping you up connecting with Venus encouraging you to relax! You may set yourself up for difficulties if you speak before you get all the facts, especially if what you are talking about was meant to be private. Emotionally, however, you are feeling fresh and energetic as well as particularly equipped to take the lead. You might feel torn between dedication to your personal plans or development and service or commitments to others. Ideally, you can divide your energy or combine these pursuits creatively.

Leo

Leo Glyph Symbol HoroscopeWith the Moon in the sector of spirit and learning in your solar chart all day, dear Leo, you can be excited about new ideas or experiences. The tendency to go overboard is strong tonight, but if this is kept in check, you can simply enjoy increased enthusiasm and a positive outlook. You can be feeling a little competitive, and while this can lead to improvements, energies are a little cantankerous right now, and others may not be very forthcoming or cooperative. In fact, people may be taking things very personally. Negotiations of any sort can be tough today, as there are likely to be egos on the line. Debates can quickly become personal.

Virgo

Virgo Symbol HoroscopeLots of activity in both your social and professional lives can leave you feeling divided at times today, dear Virgo. There can also be negative attention or competitiveness stimulated now that annoys you. Others are noticing what you’re doing more than usual, so avoid impulsiveness as much as you can. You are learning how to use challenges and obstacles to your advantage, and it can be a bumpy ride along that road today. Part of you can be intent on stirring things up and testing your feelings, and another part prefers to enjoy what you already have and revels in comfortable situations. Do your best to find a middle ground, or consider dividing your time by working hard and then relaxing hard!

Libra 

Libra

You can feel as if you’re raring to go with a goal or career matter right now, dear Libra, but you may not be seeing eye to eye with key people now, which puts a damper on your plans. Personal interactions can be on the tense, or possibly intense, side. Watch for a tendency to push a matter when a sensitive, intelligent approach would get the best results. The Moon is in your partnership sector all day, and this serves to enliven relationships. There can be some seesawing between wanting to assert your independence or going your own way and seeking out the comfort of company. This can leave you on a fence for awhile, but if you think carefully, you may very well find a way to satisfy both needs without too much ado.

Scorpio

Scorpio Horoscope

You can be filled with a strong desire to take care of problems and sort out your life in fundamental ways, dear Scorpio, with the Moon in your solar sixth house all day. However, you’re likely to find that others are not very cooperative or that interactions easily become tense as you feel out of tune. Impatience and restlessness with the status quo can be the reason for minor conflicts and discord. As well, a Moon-Jupiter opposition pits the desire for escape against the putting of problem areas behind you, and both sides can be very equally appealing. Debates can too quickly get personal today, and it may be about ego. Your own desires and wants seem conflicting. However, as the day advances, you feel more and more comfortable with someone who sees you in a wonderful light.

Sagittarius

Sagittarius Horoscope

The temptation to push a relationship matter is probably not very wise today, dear Sagittarius. A Venus-Mars influence can make a relationship matter seem urgent when a slower, gentler pace makes the most sense right now. Your desire to investigate, detect, uncover, or expose anything that is hidden runs very high now, so aim to use it for good, such as for research and analysis, rather than for stirring up problems. Seek to solve rather than create problems! You might also feel torn between personal interests and a commitment to someone later today. Watch for a tendency to do all or overindulge. Toning things down is a good idea.

Capricorn

Capricorn Horoscope

It’s a strong day for getting a whole lot of small tasks done at great speed, dear Capricorn, as you are more able to multi-task than usual now. However, there can be impatience to your approach, or you may be tempted to skip steps, and either of these things can result in slip ups. You might also end up worrying needlessly over the tiniest of things, making you feel very irritable and restless. Minor health complaints may crop up if you don’t keep busy. Distractions are plenty and restlessness can set in today, and you may feel torn between the desire for alone time and your commitment to others. However, if you find a middle ground, you’re likely to enjoy a productive, satisfying day.

Aquarius

Aquarius

Interactions can be touchy, and people can be cranky when they don’t get their way today, dear Aquarius, with Venus and Mars in minor challenging aspect to one another. The line between wants and needs blurs. Distractions are plenty today, and as much as you’d enjoy keeping a pleasantly busy momentum going, it can be difficult to choose any one thing to focus on. Be more careful with details than usual today. As well, relationships can feel competitive, or tempers can flare quickly. Once past the feeling of being scattered, this can be a great day for learning new things and for self-studies.

Pisces

Pisces

You can feel rather torn between sticking with what’s comfortable and taking a risk today, dear Pisces. The extra energy you’re experiencing may frustrate you if you’re not channeling it into something productive. You might decide to take action on a home matter, but the temptation to rush through things should be watched. As well, timing in relationships can be off. Tastes can seem starkly different, even if these discrepancies existed before and didn’t bother you quite as much. You may not even be sure if you want to go your own way or lean on someone today. It may be best to avoid fretting too much and aim to look for the positive in what’s in front of you.

If You Were Born Today, July 15

 

You are a very capable person with intense personal magnetism and a great love of home and family. You are detail-oriented and have a hard time letting something rest until you’re satisfied it’s complete and accurate. Others may not always know it, but you are very sensitive and often think about your childhood and how it affects you in the present. Learning to let go of things is something that will contribute greatly to your happiness and success in life.

Famous people born today: Diane Kruger, Brian Austin Green, Iris Murdoch, Linda Rondstadt, Brigitte Nielsen, Forest Whitaker, Rembrandt.

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Your Daily Horoscopes for Sunday, July 16th

 

Aries

Aries Horoscope

The day finds you busier, more connected, and involved than usual, dear Aries, but also perhaps a little high-strung. Others’ unreliability may impact you today, or someone could be vying for your attention in a disruptive manner. People can grate on your nerves, and your impatience — or the sheer number of things to do — doesn’t help. There is a tendency to stir up some trouble or to act on a whim, but choose not to let inner restlessness set you back. It’s best to aim for self-understanding so that you can get to the root of problems rather than use a band-aid fix. Worries about impending changes related to your career or reputation, or concerns about not being on top of things, can be part of this. Or, a fear of becoming less relevant in a business endeavor or of falling behind can be at the root of tensions. You can’t resolve this all at once, but you can make a plan to strengthen areas where you feel the most vulnerable one step at a time.

Taurus

Taurus HoroscopeWhile you have a strong desire to stick close to home or stick with familiar situations today, dear Taurus, another part of you is inclined to feel that you’re missing out as you do, and this combination can lead to a restless, discontented frame of mind. Watch for a tendency for fickleness now, as you could be putting a lot of energy into getting what you want but not really appreciating it once you have it! This can be a sign that you need a change of pace. It may be difficult to trust what you hear today, or you could find it hard to make a choice and stick with it without wondering if another choice would have been better. Work on making adjustments today rather than making bold moves. You may find it useful to work out some tension through gentle exercise.

Gemini

Gemini

Today is not ideal for straightforward moves, dear Gemini, but maneuvering things to get your way could backfire as well. As such, it may be best to observe and wait things out. Even so, try not to worry or overthink things to the point that you don’t enjoy the moment. Instead, take a little extra time before sharing news or your opinion. Feeling guilty, after all, is usually a waste of psychic energy. Doing something about problems, on the other hand, even through small adjustments, is how you win. In fact, feeling a little uncomfortable or vulnerable can motivate you to strengthen areas of your life, and this leads to increased confidence.

Cancer

Cancer

There can be some feelings of discontent or discomfort that push you to make much-needed adjustments and changes today, dear Cancer. You may not see obvious forward movement now, but the workarounds you make today can improve your life significantly going forward. There may be some challenges relating smoothly with a partner or someone close to you today, as conversations seem to be loaded or we’re taking things the wrong way. Alternatively, you could be super-motivated to get going on a practical or business matter, but worries about a relationship can weigh you down or distract you. It can be hard to be objective now but watch for drawing hard and fast conclusions based on today’s perceptions. What seems wrong today may be disproved tomorrow.

Leo

Leo Glyph Symbol HoroscopeYou may want to be hyper-aware of what you say or how you say it today, dear Leo, as Mercury in your sign forms an awkward angle with Pluto. There is a contrary theme to the day, and since Mercury is in your sign, or others can completely misconstrue your communications. There is also a tendency to second-guess your choices or to stir up the kind of controversy you don’t need right now! Pressures to get things done can interfere with personal enjoyment. Physical activity or other body-focused activities that help reduce stress may be particularly appropriate today. Keep in mind that it’s better to adapt or adjust than make big moves just for the time being. Changes you make now can very well redirect you along a healthier path.

Virgo

Virgo Symbol HoroscopeYou may suspect a hidden agenda in communications today, dear Virgo. In fact, you may have one as well! This is due to a Mercury-Pluto aspect that can have us second-guessing our perceptions or initial impressions. Try not to allow this to interfere too much with the enjoyment of the moment. Watch for a tendency to want to control results or situations, as this drains you of more energy than if you were to let things unfold as they may! You may be feeling unsettled about a relationship or work issue, or you are distracted from your work as you worry about a relationship. Try to focus on something both enjoyable and productive to take your mind off the negative thought patterns.

Libra 

Libra

Libras are known to have a hard time making decisions, and today, dear Libra, it’s particularly difficult to choose between alternatives. Whether it’s a choice between two things that are equally appealing or unappealing, it can be difficult to see a middle ground. In fact, it may be better to reserve decision making and observe things a little longer. As well, it can be hard to balance your thoughts and interactions related to your friends and social life with issues related to home and family. Watch for the tendency to want to maneuver things to go your way — you may be making things more complicated than they need to be. With a Mercury-Pluto quincunx today, we may be making too much of something that will be of little importance later. Fickleness in others can be another issue you’re facing today. Try to focus on the positive and avoid dwelling on things that make you tense.

Scorpio

Scorpio Horoscope

Watch for coming across as too probing in your personal life, dear Scorpio. Certainly, the day’s energies have you questioning motives and suspecting a hidden agenda, but it’s quite likely that what worries you today will be a moot point later. Others might need to tiptoe around you right now, simply because you seem a little on edge! Avoid taking on too many — or too demanding — activities so that you don’t feel like you’re running behind. A good rule of thumb today is to strive to be gentle with others and yourself as much as possible, which means be careful with what you reveal or expose. People may not be as reliable as you’d like, but this can be about scattered energies and not something to take personally.

Sagittarius

Sagittarius Horoscope

There can be some seriously mixed signals today, dear Sagittarius, that ultimately are not too serious! Communications are tricky. For one thing, you may be second-guessing your first impression or past choices. For another, restlessness can lead to unusual whims or desires, but your heart may not be fully into it. You might simply only need a change of pace. All in all, it’s unlikely to be anything drastic or permanent, but could lead to a few misunderstandings or minor tensions. Keep the status quo if possible now. Watch for an attraction to a big purchase or commitment that can interfere with your freedom, eventually.

Capricorn

Capricorn Horoscope

A couple of influences active today can stir up some minor trouble, dear Capricorn, but nothing you can’t handle. You could find it hard to satisfy an itch today, largely because you’re not sure where it’s coming from! Consider that you need a change of pace, and try to shake things up a little. Even a small change in your routine can be pleasant. Look for things to update. Another influence points to troubles communicating without kicking yourself later, or difficulties trusting your perceptions. Minor problems can seem larger than life, as you may be giving too much power to a matter that is not significant in the long run. Watch for a tendency to micromanage or to act upon fears of losing your clout.

Aquarius

Aquarius

You’d be best off letting things unfold naturally rather than make drastic or bold moves today, dear Aquarius. Initial perceptions need a second look, as all is not what it seems to be on the surface. In fact, perceptions are distorted by fear or guilt. You may be expecting the worst with someone, but consider that it’s your fear that may be leading you to negative conclusions. Past problems can emerge or moments of insecurity tend to drive negative patterns of behavior. Try to focus on simple or uncomplicated activities and tame the tendency to make more of something than it deserves. Saying the wrong things can lead to this, so think twice before speaking out today. Be gentle with yourself and wait out major decisions. You can be particularly clever with the technical side of things today.

Pisces

Pisces

Your desire to solve problems and get work done or tackle your projects is strong, dear Pisces, but the social side of things can distract you. In fact, you may be feeling quite unsettled about a matter related to a friend or associate, and this can interfere with productivity. Breaks in the routine are also likely now and can be quite distracting. A partner or friend may be contrary, or a relationship is complicated. Certainly, people are giving off very mixed signals now, but overthinking things only leads to trouble. Try not to allow doubts hold you back. You may be better off putting the big decisions on hold until you see things clearly. As much as possible, disengage from negative thoughts by replacing them with positive affirmations.

 

Tarot Card of the Day

Ace of Wands


July 15th, 2017

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

An Ace of this suit in this position symbolizes a pivotal act, or fateful step, that will set loose a chain of events leading toward your desired goal. It refers to a birth or new beginning, the inauguration of an endeavor, and the building of the necessary commitment to see a project or plan through. It personifies an aroused Will that is totally focused, aiming at the bulls-eye.

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Your Rune For Today
Naudhiz

Naudhiz may foretell needs unmet and friction in relationships. You may be in a time where you should be very careful in whatever endeavor you take on. Also it may be that you are about to learn some of life’s hard lessons and come out the other side of this period a stronger being.

 

Remember These Things

  • A Witch knows the nature and ways of her time.
  • A Witch knows what she knows, and should make no other claims.
  • A Witch seeks to harm none, but faced with the necessary choice between two ills, she will seek the lesser.
  • A Witch places wisdom first in life rather than love, for love without wisdom is hurtfull, but always temper wisdom with love.
  • A Witch knows to seek not more than she needs and she shall ever have enough and even abound.
  • A Witch seeks to know two things, and these are: what she is, and what deity is, and if she comes to know the anser to either of these, she will know the other.
  • A Witch turns no one away seeking the ancient knowledge.
  • A Witch knows that she is one with all things and all things are one with her.
  • A Witch strives to overcome fear, of man, death, and other entities/things.
  • A Witch knows that all things work best when they are positive to all concerned. She also realizes the duality, for the negarive is also part of the oneness. So seek balance – not stasis. You cannot build upon that which you refuse to recognize.
  • A Witch knows that there is an element of laughter in all things, no matter how negative they seem. Seek this out, for it is your protection against deviation of mind and will. It can neutralize and make clear the answer you need.

CRYSTAL MAGICK

 

Working with crystals is a direct experience with energy as it moves from moment to moment. There is no way to develop standard techniques that can be learned and applied to everyone. People are unique and different, and so are their energy outputs. When working with crystals or stones, the energy output of the individual handling the crystal produces the final outcome.

 

Learning to work with crystals is easy. Begin by experimenting with a single quartz crystal. Choose one small enough to carry, but large enough to work with. In addition to size, clarity and perfection of the crystal should be considered—make sure your crystal is reasonably clear and free of chips and scratches.

 

Once you have selected a crystal to work with, you will need to cleanse and charge it. Cleansing the crystal will remove any previous thoughts and vibrations that may be on it. Charging the crystal will program it with your thoughts and vibrations.

Crystal Cleansing

Items needed: Sea salt, an empty bowl, incense burner or smudge pot, charcoal, matches, smudging stick or loose smudge incense, and a protective pouch for carrying the crystal.

Place your crystal in the empty bowl and cover it with salt. Place the bowl where it will receive full sunlight and moonlight for three days. On the fourth day, remove the crystal from the salt and rinse in cool water. Light the smudge stick or smudge incense. Hold the crystal in the smoke emanating from the incense as you chant the following:

 

All negative thoughts are banished

All unwanted vibrations are gone

Only the forces and powers I wish

Shall be with me from this moment on!

 

Repeat this process for about a minute or until you are sure the crystal is clean and free of negative vibrations.

Crystal Programming

 

After a crystal has been properly cleansed it should be programmed for personal use. This is a simple process which imbeds personal feelings and desires deep within the heart of the crystal. Once programmed, a crystal becomes a unique magickal tool attuned to its owner’s individual vibratory frequency.

 

Programming a crystal for personal use is easily done. Crystals attract and hold energy vibrations, which makes them useful tools for focusing and directing energy. Think of your crystal as a mini-computer, and what you program into it designates what it will be able to do. The thoughtforms used to energize the crystal will determine the power and frequency level at which it will vibrate. If you program the crystal with love, it will radiate love. Conversely, if you program the crystal with determination, aggressiveness, and force, these will be the vibrations it will emit.

 

Once a crystal has been cleaned, it is ready to be programmed for personal use. Of the many ways to program a crystal, the following two methods are the most common.

 

Hold the crystal in your hand and create a thoughtform (mental picture) of what you want to happen. For example, if you want to program the crystal for good health, visualize yourself energetic and in glowing health. You will then need to force this vision or thought-form into the crystal. To intensify the visualization, chant or speak your desire directly into the crystal.

 

The other way to program a crystal involves holding the crystal over your heart. Create a thought-form of your desire and allow this picture to flow directly from your heart into the crystal. To empower the mental picture, reaffirm it audibly through prayer or chant.

Crystal Gazing

 

At the stroke of midnight, just before the moon begins to wax, is the best time to look into the future. You will need a crystal, a clear glass bowl filled with spring water, and a white taper candle. Place your crystal in the bowl and cover it with the spring water. Place the candle just behind the bowl and light it. With your right index finger, slowly stir the water around the crystal as you chant: Blessed spirits of the night Bless me now with second sight. With your intense focus, the water will begin to cloud over, and a mist of psychic awareness will fill the bowl as you stir the water. When the mist begins to flow out of the bowl, stop stirring the water and look directly into the bowl. Focus your attention on the crystal and repeat the following:

Fire and water, crystal clear

Let the visions now appear.

 

Visions of the future will appear. When the visions begin to fade, make a mental note of what you saw. Snuff out the candle and place your crystal under your pillow. The crystal will provide you with more information during your dream time. Later, write your visions down in your book of shadows.

 

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