September the Ninth Month of the Year of our Goddess, 2016

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“Equal dark, equal light
Flow in Circle, deep insight
Blessed Be, Blessed Be
The transformation of energy!
So it flows, out it goes
Three-fold back it shall be
Blessed Be, Blessed Be
The transformation of energy!”

– Night An’Fey, Transformation of Energy

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SEPTEMBER – HARVEST MOON

September is the ninth month of the year. Its name is derived from the Latin word septum, which means “seventh,” as it was the seventh month of the Roman calendar. Its astrological sign is Virgo, the maiden (August 21 – September 23), a mutable earth sign ruled by Mercury. September is a month of fulfillment. Kitchens are busy, as the garden’s last produce is canned and preserved. The air is filled with the cidery tang of harvest time. Squirrels hide their nuts, and chipmunks line their nests with grain. Asters raise their purple heads, and monarch butterflies add their black-and-orange hues to autumn’s palette. The sacred beverage of the season–cider and wine–echo the colors of nature now. The Fall Equinox, or Mabon, is the major holiday of September. At Mabon we celebrate the second harvest, say farewell to summer, and enter the dark season. Days grow shorter as the Great Son, Mabon returns to Mother Earth. For the sabbat, altar decorations include pumpkins, squash and grapes. September’s Full Moon is the Harvest Moon, perhaps the most well-known of the year. It rises above the horizon and glows in solitary splendor. She is queen of the September night. The night belongs to her, and to her alone. Honor her by raising a glass of cider or wine, then respectfully pour it onto the earth.

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THE HARVEST MOON

September brings us the Harvest Moon, sometimes referred to as the Wine Moon or the Singing Moon. This is the time of year when the last of the crops are being gathered from the fields and stored for the winter. There’s a chill in the air, and the earth is slowly beginning its move towards dormancy as the sun pulls away from us. It’s the season when we’re celebrating Mabon, the autumn equinox.

Correspondences

Colors: Browns and greens, earth tones
Gemstones: Citrine, chrysolite, peridot, bloodstone
Trees: Bay, larch, hawthorn
Gods: Demeter, Brighid, Freyja, Vesta
Herbs: Wheat, valerian, witch hazel, skullcap
Element: Earth

This is a month of hearth and home. Spend some time preparing your environment for the upcoming chilly months. If you don’t already have one, set up a hearth or kitchen altar for those times when you’re cooking, baking and canning. Use this time to clear out clutter—both physical and emotional—before you have to spend the long winter days inside.

Thanks to science, the Harvest Moon does things a little differently than some of the other moon phases. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, “The usual behavior of the Moon is to rise distinctly later each night —an average of about 50 minutes later… But around the date of the Harvest Moon, the Moon rises at almost the same time for a number of nights in our intermediate northern latitudes.” Why does this happen? Because “the Moon’s orbit on successive nights is more nearly parallel to the horizon at that time, its relationship to the eastern horizon does not change appreciably, and the Earth does not have to turn as far to bring up the Moon. Thus, for several nights near the full Harvest Moon, the Moon may rise as little as 23 minutes later on successive nights (at about 42 degrees north latitude), and there is an abundance of bright moonlight early in the evening, a traditional aid to harvest crews.”

In China, the harvest moon holds a special significance. This is the season of the Moon Festival, which is held every year on the fifteenth day of the eighth lunar month. In Chinese mythology, Chang’e was married to a tyrannical king, who starved his people starved and treated them brutally. The king was very afraid of death, so a healer gave him a potion that would allow him to live forever. Chang’e knew that for her husband to live forever would be a terrible thing, so one night while he slept, Chang’e stole the potion. The king figured out what she had done and ordered her to return it, but she immediately drank the elixir and flew up into the sky as the moon, where she remains to this day. In some Chinese stories, this is the perfect example of someone making a sacrifice to save others.

The Chinese Moon Festival is considered a family event, and entire extended families will sit up to watch the moon rise together on this night, and eat Moon Cakes in celebration. Our Chinese Food Expert, Rhonda Parkinson, has more information about this festival, including links to recipes for making your own moon cakes.

Finally, remember that the harvest moon is a season about reaping what you have sown. Remember those seeds you planted in the spring—not just the physical seeds, but the spiritual and emotional ones? This is the season where they are bearing fruit; take advantage of all of your hard work, and collect the bounty you deserve.

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

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The Pagan Book of Days for the Month of September

September is so called because it was the seventh month of the old Roman calendar. The names of the three following months, October, November, and December, also bear old Roman month numbers, eight, nine and ten, respectively. The Goddess Pomona, patroness of fruit and fruit-bearing trees, is the ruling deity of the month of September. This is the Irish month of Mean Fomhair. Its Anglo-Saxon name was Haligmonath, “holy month.” This is rather paradoxical, as the first part of the month has significantly fewer sacred festivals than most other months do. To the Franks it was Witumamoth, “wood month,” in which wood was gathered in advance of the approaching winter. To modern Asatru, it is the month of Shedding. The backwoods moon of September is the Harvest Moon.

The Celtic tree-calendar month of Coll ends on September 1. From September 2 until September 29 is the vine month of Muin, sacred to the God Lugh, with “variegated” colors. Gort begins on September 30. This is the ivy month, sacred to the Goddess Brigid, with the color of sky blue. the month of Gort is a time for the development of the self, a period when one can see beyond the everyday world to that which lies within and beyond. It symbolizes the spiral ascent of the spirit from the plane of Abred (the material world) to Gwynvyd (the world of enlightenment). The Goddess calendar month of Hesperia runs until September 5, giving way to the month of Mala on September 6.

The stone for September is the sapphire:

A maiden born when rustling leaves
Are blowing in the September breeze,
A Sapphire on her brow should bind,
‘Twill cure disease of the mind.

September is most notable for containing the autumnal equinox, the Mabon of Celtic tradition, the Alban Elfed of the Druids, and the Winter Finding of the Norse. Movable days that occur in September (or October) include the Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah), Yom Kippur, and Simhat Torah. Weather lore for September says that the month is one of extremes. It is able to either dry up wells or break down bridges. “If it be fair on the first day of September, it will remain so at least to the beginning of October.” It is said in East Anglican lore that there are three very windy days during the mid-September Barley (barley harvest). These are the equinoctial storms associated with the period. “September blow soft, till the fruit’s in the loft’ is the spell against potential wind-borne disaster during the first harvest of the month.

–The Pagan Book of Days, A Guide to the Festivals, Traditions, and Sacred Days of the Year

Nigel Pennick

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Correspondences for the Month of September

NATURE SPIRITS: trooping faeries

HERBS: Copal, fennel, rye, wheat, valerian, skullcap

COLORS: Brown and yellow

FLOWERS: narcissus, lily

SCENTS: storax, mastic, gardenia, bergamot

STONES: peridot, olivine, chrysolite, citrine

TREES: Hazel, larch, bay

ANIMALS: the snake and jackal

BIRDS: Ibis, sparrow

DIETIES: Dementer, Ceres, Isis, Nephthys, Freyja, Thoth

POWERS/ADVICE: A time to rest after the labors of the last two months, a time of balance of the light and dark.
This is also the time to clear up mental clutter and get thoughts back into perspective.

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Symbols for the Month of September

The Goddesses of September
Menkhet, Hathor, Pomona, Mala, Ishtar, Yemaya

September’s Sign of the Zodiac
Virgo (the Virgin): August 21 – September 20
Libra (the Scales): September 21 – October 20

September’s Celtic Tree Astrology
Coll – Hazel (August 5 – September 1)
Muin – Vine (September 2 – September 29)
Gort – Ivy (September 30 – October 27)

September’s Runic Half Months
Rad (August 29 – September 12)
Ken (September 13 – September 27)
Gyfu (September 28 – October 12)

September’s Birthstones
Sapphire and Lapis Lazuli

September’s Birth Flowers
Marigold, dahlias, and loosestrife

Other Novelties of September
Harvest festivals, Michaelmas Day, Goose Day, Holy Rood Day, and back to school–hurrah!

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Pagan Calendar for September 2016

  • 1: Celtic Tree Month of Hazel ends
  • 2: Celtic Tree Month of Vine begins
  • 10: Birthday of Carl Llewellyn Weschcke
  • 14: Birthday of Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa in 1486
  • 14: Birthday of author Ellen Dugan
  • 16: Full Moon — Harvest Moon at 3:07 pm
  • 17: Television welcomes Bewitched in 1964
  • 21: International Day of Peace
  • 22: Fall Equinox or Mabon
  • 22: Ostara (Southern Hemisphere)
  • 29: Celtic Tree Month of Vine ends
  • 30: Celtic Tree Month of Ivy begins
Calendar published on & owned by About.com
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Mabon History

The Second Harvest

Two days a year, the Northern and Southern hemispheres receive the same amount of sunlight. Not only that, each receives the same amount of light as they do dark — this is because the earth is tilted at a right angle to the sun, and the sun is directly over the equator. In Latin, the word equinox translates to “equal night.” The autumn equinox, or Mabon, takes place on or near September 21, and its spring counterpart falls around March 21. If you’re in the Northern hemisphere, the days will begin getting shorter after the autumn equinox and the nights will grow longer — in the Southern hemisphere, the reverse is true.
Global Traditions
The idea of a harvest festival is nothing new. In fact, people have celebrated it for millennia, all around the world. In ancient Greece, Oschophoria was a festival held in the fall to celebrate the harvesting of grapes for wine. In the 1700’s, the Bavarians came up with Oktoberfest, which actually begins in the last week of September, and it was a time of great feasting and merriment, still in existence today.

China’s Mid-Autumn festival is celebrated on the night of the Harvest Moon, and is a festival of honoring family unity.

Giving Thanks
Although the traditional American holiday of Thanksgiving falls in November, many cultures see the second harvest time of the fall equinox as a time of giving thanks. After all, it’s when you figure out how well your crops did, how fat your animals have gotten, and whether or not your family will be able to eat during the coming winter. However, by the end of November, there’s not a whole lot left to harvest. Originally, the American Thanksgiving holiday was celebrated on October 3, which makes a lot more sense agriculturally.

In 1863, Abraham Lincoln issued his “Thanksgiving Proclamation”, which changed the date to the last Thursday in November. In 1939, Franklin Delano Roosevelt adjusted it yet again, making it the second-to-last Thursday, in the hopes of boosting post-Depression holiday sales. Unfortunately, all this did was confuse people. Two years later, Congress finalized it, saying that the fourth Thursday of November would be Thanksgiving, each year.
Symbols of the Season
The harvest is a time of thanks, and also a time of balance — after all, there are equal hours of daylight and darkness. While we celebrate the gifts of the earth, we also accept that the soil is dying. We have food to eat, but the crops are brown and going dormant. Warmth is behind us, cold lies ahead.
Some symbols of Mabon include:
*Mid-autumn vegetables, like squashes and gourds
*Apples and anything made from them, such as cider or pies
*Seeds, nuts and seed pods
*Baskets, symbolizing the gathering of crops
*Sickles and scythes
*Grapes, vines, wine
*You can use any of these to decorate your home or your altar at Mabon.
Feasting and Friends
Early agricultural societies understood the importance of hospitality — it was crucial to develop a relationship with your neighbors, because they might be the ones to help you when your family ran out of food. Many people, particularly in rural villages, celebrated the harvest with great deals of feasting, drinking, and eating. After all, the grain had been made into bread, beer and wine had been made, and the cattle were brought down from the summer pastures for the coming winter. Celebrate Mabon yourself with a feast — and the bigger, the better!

Magic and Mythology
Nearly all of the myths and legends popular at this time of the year focus on the themes of life, death, and rebirth. Not much of a surprise, when you consider that this is the time at which the earth begins to die before winter sets in!

Demeter and Her Daughter
Perhaps the best known of all the harvest mythologies is the story of Demeter and Persephone. Demeter was a goddess of grain and of the harvest in ancient Greece. Her daughter, Persephone, caught the eye of Hades, god of the underworld. When Hades abducted Persephone and took her back to the underworld, Demeter’s grief caused the crops on earth to die and go dormant. By the time she finally recovered her daughter, Persephone had eaten six pomegranate seeds, and so was doomed to spend six months of the year in the underworld. These six months are the time when the earth dies, beginning at the time of the autumn equinox.

Inanna Takes on the Underworld
The Sumerian goddess Inanna is the incarnation of fertility and abundance. Inanna descended into the underworld where her sister, Ereshkigal, ruled. Erishkigal decreed that Inanna could only enter her world in the traditional ways — stripping herself of her clothing and earthly posessions. By the time Inanna got there, Erishkigal had unleashed a series of plagues upon her sister, killing Inanna. While Inanna was visiting the underworld, the earth ceased to grow and produce. A vizier restored Inanna to life, and sent her back to earth. As she journeyed home, the earth was restored to its former glory.

Modern Celebrations
For contemporary Druids, this is the celebration of Alban Elfed, which is a time of balance between the light and the dark. Many Asatru groups honor the fall equinox as Winter Nights, a festival sacred to Freyr.

For most Wiccans and NeoPagans, this is a time of community and kinship. It’s not uncommon to find a Pagan Pride Day celebration tied in with Mabon. Often, PPD organizers include a food drive as part of the festivities, to celebrate the bounty of the harvest and to share with the less fortunate.

If you choose to celebrate Mabon, give thanks for the things you have, and take time to reflect on the balance within your own life, honoring both the darkness and the light. Invite your friends and family over for a feast, and count the blessings that you have among kin and community.

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

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Top Tips for Using Autumn’s Spoils

With the hedgerow at its bountiful best in September, it’s hard not to run outside and gather anything and everything to eat. But you can do much more with what’s out there— from beauty treatments to magical protections. Now is the perfect time to put your harvest spoils to good use!

Home protection. Gather rosehips, haw berries, or rowan berries and thread them onto wire to create simple home-protection charms.

Ritual garlands. Collect acorns to make garlands of thanks to the trees.

Wood polish. Use oily nuts like walnuts to polish up wood. Blend the shells into a powder. Mix a spoonful of powder with water to create a cleaning paste.

Walking sticks. Turn a fallen branch into a wonderful walking staff. Take it home and personalize it with stones and ribbons.

Bookmarks. Collect beautiful leaves and varnish them to use as bookmarks.

Bird food. Gather nuts and seeds to mix with fat in empty yogurt pots. Use these to feed the birds throughout winter.

Home décor. Collect pine cones to dry ready for Yule decorations. Or make a gorgeous display from seed heads and leaves for an autumn feast.

Fabric dye. Experiment with using berries to dye fabric and wool.

Skin treatment. Use rosehips steeped in almond oil as an anti-aging skin treatment.

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

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Witchy Ways to Celebrate September

Decorate your home and altar with seed heads and berries. A bowl of brightly colored autumn leaves serves well as a focus. Burn cinnamon and sage incenses and use orange and red flowers in your decorations. A set of scales and weights can also be used to signify the time of balance.

Work with the trees in September. Collect acorns and make simple garlands to hang in the trees as offerings.

Cook with autumn berries and fruits. Start to make simple soups to celebrate the autumn bounty and the change in the season.

Connect with the earth and feel part of its cycle as it starts to die back.

Leave offerings for the spirits of the hedgerow to thank them for their bounty.

Recognize the Goddess as the Crone, and look inward to any lessons learned. And, above all, give thanks.

Invent new traditions to carry your magic throughout your life. Involve your family so they gain an understanding of what you believe.

Start to preserve your food using one of the old methods, like drying or jamming.

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

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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
Deborah Blake

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The Witches Of The Craft’s Journal for Sunday, September 25th


Autumn Comments & Graphics

Mother
And so from Gaia,
Was born man,
From soil and stone,
And earth and sand

From her gentle,
Womb,
We all became one,
Forever connected,
Never undone

Each thing having energy,
Individually owned and
possessed,
Strengthened by one another,
All we are blessed.

—Blessed Be: A Collection of Witchcraft Poetry
Chastity Skye

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Your Daily Sun & Moon Data for Sunday, September 25th

The Sun

Sun Direction: 122.06° ESE

Sun Altitude: 33.50°

Sun Distance: 93.206 million mi

Next Solstice: Dec 21, 2016 4:44 AM (Winter)

Sunrise Today: 6:45 AM 91° East

Sunset Today: 6:46 PM 269° West

Length of Daylight: 12 hours

The Moon

Moon Direction: 219.74° SW

Moon Altitude: 64.46°

Moon Distance: 238449 mi

Next New Moon: Sep 30, 20167:11 PM

Next Full Moon: Oct 15, 201611:23 PM

Next Moonset: Today3:45 PM

Current Moon Phase: Waning Crescent

Illumination: 26.9%

Reference

timeanddate.com

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Sky This Week for September 25 to October 2

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The Pagan Book of Days for Sunday, September 25th

Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is a day of fasting.

Source

The Pagan Book of Days
Nigel Pennick

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The Goddess Calendar for Sunday, September 25th

Birthday of Sedna, Eskimo Sea and Under- world Goddess. She is Tiamat, HeI, Hecate, Holde, Mother Holle, Erishkegal, Nina, Atargatis, Persephone, Eurydice, Brunhilde, Cerridwen, Rhiannon, and Nephthys.

Reference

The Goddess Book of Days

Diane SteinFancyPentagramBar

The Witches Guide to Sundays

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 Magick

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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

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The Witches Almanac for Sunday, September 25th

Dolls’ Memorial Service (Japanese)

Waning Moon

Moon Phase: Fourth Quarter

Moon Sign: Cancer

Moon enters Leo 9:48 am

Incnse: Eucalyptus

Color: Orange

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The Witches Correspondences for Sunday, September 25th

The Sun, The day of the Sun God… Helios, Apollo, Ogmios, Mithras. In some traditions, the sun is seen as feminine, personified as Phoebe (East Anglia), and Saule (eastern Europe). The Sun rules the conscious element of the human mind, the ego, the “real” self.” Sunday is the day on which this power is most effective

Element : Fire

Planet : Sun

Zodiac Sign : Leo

Angel : Michael

Metal : Gold

Incense/Perfumes : Musk, Lemon, Frankincense, Orange Blossom, Citrus

Oil : Cedar, Frankincense, Neroli, Rosemary

Color : Orange, Gold, Yellow

Stones : Amber, Carnelian, Tiger’s Eye, Ruby

Plants/Herbs : Beech, Buttercup, Cedar, Cinnamon, Clove, Frankincense, Heliotrope, Juniper, Marigold, Mistletoe, Oak, Orange, Rosemary, Sunflower

Magick to work: health, confidence, creativity protection, spirituality, strength, physical strength, obtaining goals, promotions, illumination, friendship, leadership, power, life energy, favor, and initiating any magickal activity

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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

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The Energy of the Sun

Rules the Day of Sunday
Color: Yellow & gold
Metal: Gold
Associations: Agriculture, beauty, hope, victory, self-expression and creativity.

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White Magic and Black Magic

Some people, when speaking of magic, divide its uses into two categories: white magic and black magic. The definition of these terms, however, is highly subjective, varying from location to location, across time periods, and even person to person.

Essentially, white magic is magic that the speaker considers to be acceptable magic, while black magic is that which is unacceptable, and the limits of acceptable and unacceptable are defined by culture.

Today, many speakers consider white magic to be magic that is only beneficial to the caster or others, such as healing and divination. Black magic is magic that is meant to cause harm to another person, what might be called a curse or a hex. The term white magic also sometimes implies spiritual magic.

Those who describe themselves as black magicians are likely to use somewhat different definitions. To them, black magic is what is unacceptable to society at large, although clearly not unacceptable to them.

This doesn’t necessarily mean it’s harmful; there are a wide range of things that might make it unacceptable, including the powers invoked, the methods used, and the outcomes desired.

For those who believe that all magic is evil, there is no such thing as white magic, although they may very well still employ the term black magic or the black arts.

Plenty of magicians avoid using either term because of their subjectivity. For many, magic is simply magic, and there is no need to color code it.

 

Your Current Moon Phase for September 25th

September 25
Waning Crescent
Illumination: 28%

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 – SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2016

Phase: Waning Crescent
Illumination: 28%
Moon Age: 24.27 days
Moon Angle: 0.53
Moon Distance: 377,958.48 km
Sun Angle: 0.53
Sun Distance: 149,981,147.21 km

Reference

MoonGiant.com

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How to Heal in Violent Times

Tips to overcome sadness and grief in today’s world

To heal is to overcome. Not to push behind bad feelings of sadness, darkness, or grief, but to use them — to feel them, to understand them, and then to move beyond them, carrying their lessons into the future.

The truth is, healing always begins with you. It has to. In this upsetting state of the world, with terrorism and violence striking daily, it’s easy to feel upset, hopeless, and trapped. We carry love and compassion for our fellow humans, so even when these events seem distant, we identify with the tragic feelings of the people and families involved in violence and prejudice.

When we take on the sadness of the world, we close ourselves off to recognizing goodness around us. Overcoming and healing doesn’t happen overnight, but there are some specific things you can do to bring love and healing to yourself and back to the world. Here are a few tips to help you find positivity, hope, and gratitude to overcome pain.

1. Take time to grieve

You are not expected to just “get over it.” Many of us can’t get over anything until we emote a bit. The physical release of feelings is a therapeutic way of expelling negative energy from our bodies. During grief, we can understand just which parts of this situation feel so bad, and what needs to be addressed when it is time to heal. While grieving too long can trap yourself in pain, trying to begin your healing process without grieving at all could mean you are never able to fully heal.

2. Forgive

Forgiveness of others, and of yourself, is absolutely key to healing. Carrying feelings of anger, righteousness, or hatred will work directly against any positive efforts you try to begin. While it seems impossible to forgive people who are hell-bent on acting out their hatred on fellow human beings, if your feelings or actions toward these people turn angry or violent, then you have become one of them. It’s ok if you don’t have all the answers right now — nobody does. But if you are not treating others the way you wish to be treated, you are perpetuating adversity in yourself and in the world.

3. Find good news

Nothing generates positivity like more positivity. When the world feels like a terrifying place, it can seem like everything is negative. But no, there is ALWAYS something positive happening — it’s when our minds are set on negativity that it’s impossible to see the good. So make an active effort. Go online and read stories of people doing good deeds for others, look at baby animal pictures, whatever makes you smile — this will give your heart a reprieve from its heaviness, reinforce an optimistic outlook, and remind your brain how to recognize and react to goodness and positivity.

4.  Do something good for someone else

By doing something good for another, you do something good for yourself. It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking there is no good in people. Be the solution. Reach out to someone else who is having a hard time — make them dinner, offer to help with their children, lend a comforting ear. Not only will you realize that you are not alone in your hardships, but by being the positive change in someone else’s life, you infuse your own heart, mind, and karma with energies of generosity and support. You can prove that there IS good in this world by BEING the good in this world.

5. Don’t stop living

The first thing so many of us do when we are hit hard by life is to stop dead in our tracks. It feels like we can’t move on until we feel better, but we can’t start to feel better until we move on… Normalcy and routine do wonders for healing. Don’t let the darkness of hatred create fears in you that keep you away from living your life. Even if it just feels like you’re going through the motions, keeping your head, heart, and muscles in a state of normalcy will help to minimize negativity and maximize positivity. The impact of fear and hate is only as big as you allow it to be.

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Your Daily Horoscopes for Sunday, September 25th

 

Aries

Aries Horoscope

Aries

The best version of yourself tends to shine forth when in one-on-one situations and partnerships today, dear Aries, and in many ways, this applies to the year ahead. Others tend to bring out the best in you! Whether or not you are aware of it, you tend to attract people and situations that benefit your personal growth at this time in your life. Today is good for making an extra effort to reach out. People tend to be more helpful, or you might be meeting someone now that has a particularly positive influence on you. You can do your part by putting yourself “out there” and believing in your ability to contribute much to a partnership. Address the need for growth in existing relationships. There may be some tension over values and finances today, particularly with a partner, and adjustments may need to be made. If you feel cooped in or constrained by someone, you’ll feel it strongly now and might want to take action.

Taurus

Taurus

You can feel a real surge of optimism and confidence about improving your life now, dear Taurus, particularly through efforts to upgrade health, work, habits, and routines. You might discover new things to love in your work or daily life. Events or epiphanies today can lead to the conclusion that hope leads to healing. You could discover a new method to take care of or enhance your health or work. You might derive particular satisfaction from helping others or through a service or work you provide. On the job or while pursuing your daily goals and affairs, be as generous and eager as possible, reach out to others, and look for attractive opportunities to expand your mind and experiences. Graciousness leads to success now. You can also feel more satisfied if you take the time to notice and appreciate the little things in your life. Attention to detail can be satisfying and enjoyable. You are getting the most out of the least, and while it’s wise to take advantage, avoid taking on too much.

Gemini

Gemini

The Sun moves into alignment with Jupiter, dear Gemini. This yearly event often points to opportunities on social and communicative levels. It typically occurs in different sectors of your chart, however, so that it influences other areas of your life as well. This year, you see benefits to romantic and creative matters. It’s a time for feeling especially optimistic, and possibly quite passionate and creative as well. This is about your heart’s desire, and you’re likely to feel quite confident that you can achieve it. If you are doing something creative, it’s bound to be especially energetic and spirited. There is a larger than life element to your feelings and desires now. It’s a good day for self-expression, personal magnetism, and confidence. Dating, entertainment, and other pleasurable activities are favored now. Over the coming year, more opportunities are sure to emerge that serve to awaken hidden or dormant talents, and today you may get a preview of this energy.

Cancer

Cancer

You can feel a strong need to improve your domestic life now, dear Cancer, as the Sun shines its light on Jupiter in your solar sector of home and family. Chances to enhance family relationships, or possibly even to purchase real estate or otherwise upgrade living conditions, can emerge now. Many of you could be deriving a sense of abundance on an inner level from making plans for improving the most fundamental relationships in your life, and from a feeling of hopefulness as well. You may be sharing a personal matter with someone, and this takes a significant weight off your shoulders. Widen your comfort zone a little now, without going too far with unrealistic expectations. This is a time for thinking about growth and expansion, and for taking small steps towards improving your life at the base. Today, you might also feel torn between pursuing social activities and staying closer to home.

Leo

Leo

The Moon moves into your sign late morning, dear Leo, and you awaken to your emotional needs. The desire to impact the world around you grows now. You are drawn to information that brings benefits to your life, and you could receive good news or find special meaning in the things you read and hear about today as the Sun, your ruler, aligns with expansive Jupiter in your communications zone. Your mind is more willing, open, and curious than ever, and this can lead to new and exciting ideas and interests. You might notice things in your daily life that you didn’t appreciate before. It’s a good time to stay alert and observant. A sibling or neighbor could be the source of happiness today. It’s important to reach out and go beyond your normal limits, within reason, in order to benefit from the day’s positive energies. Making long-range plans for improving your life, particularly when it comes to learning and connecting, is favored now. Love and communications are interwoven today.

Virgo

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Virgo

Now that Jupiter has left your sign, dear Virgo, your life is less about the development of your personality and more about building up your resources and profiting from your talents. The year ahead is wonderful for appreciating what you have and for developing these things further. The Sun meets with Jupiter in your resources sector, and it’s a good time for reviewing finances and taking stock of where you are “at” in a business endeavor. You may very well discover a resource or talent that has been dormant or left unnoticed. As long as you’re supplementing your big thinking with some common sense, this is a superb time for coming up with useful ideas for future success. The larger goals are increased comfort and security, so avoid over-committing yourself or your resources. Be generous and high-minded for best results now. You can be feeling more and more confident about your ability to manifest your desires.

Libra

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Libra

The Sun aligns with Jupiter in your sign, dear Libra, and this stimulates your hopefulness, faith, vision, and optimism. Regarding personal influence and impact, this is a standout time. Look for opportunities to expand your reach on social and mental levels. Ideas for future projects can be golden, so pay attention. It’s natural for you to take the lead or for others to turn to you to do so. While you are received well, you are making your own opportunities by putting more faith in yourself and your capabilities, so be sure to do your part. Even though it’s generally a good time for growing something, whether it’s a relationship, project, or business, you’ll have more power with new beginnings after the New Moon in your sign on the 30th. You could feel a little restless today if you don’t yet have something to focus on, but goals should be forming soon.

Scorpio

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Scorpio

There is much to look forward to, dear Scorpio, and today’s energies awaken feelings of faith and hopefulness. The Sun and Jupiter come together in your soul sector, and while this can benefit you greatly on emotional levels, it also augurs well for business. Ideas and plans can come together now, and you may very well be reviving an old project or idea and bringing it back to life. Good energy is with you for understanding and getting over an old hurt or grievance. A revelation, empowering thought, or great memory can emerge from deep within, and this can give you a real confidence boost, or there can be an event that stimulates you in a similar way. An untapped resource can be discovered. For some of you, you might unload a burden, and this helps release you from the past or its hold on you. It’s a time to learn more about yourself and your deeper needs, and feeling good about what you uncover. Accepting impermanence and letting go can be important processes today.

Sagittarius

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Sagittarius

The Sun aligns with your ruler, Jupiter, dear Sagittarius, and you’re in the spotlight. This is a good time for enjoying a strong sense of hope and optimism, and it’s also favorable for dreaming up new ideas and plans. Make an extra effort to network and connect with others now if this doesn’t already come naturally. There is warm, successful energy with you regarding personal plans, education, travel, friends, associates, and groups. Take note of ideas that come to you now for future projects, but save them for future use. It’s a great time for big ideas and plans, although it’s better to map out the details later. Friendships begun this week can be significant ones. Your spirits are high and your attitude is fresh. Your sense of community is strong right now. There can be more excitement with your friends. You may be interested in new courses, and higher education tends to be favorable for you right now.

Capricorn

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Capricorn

You’re quite used to hard work and, often, solo work, dear Capricorn, but in the year ahead, you may very well get help in your climb. Even so, your faith in yourself is an important factor for your success now. Opportunities to expand a business and for personal growth can arise today, and you should stay alert for them. Believe in yourself and your abilities for the most success, but do so without exaggeration. Recognition might come now. You’re hopeful about the future, and you find it natural to wow others with your expertise or your professional, take-charge manner. While totally new projects should probably be launched after the New Moon on the 30th, this is a good time to expand current ones or to plan for new projects. You can be highly motivated today, and this can be about self-improvement and life improvement in general!

Aquarius

Aquarius

With Jupiter now in your solar ninth house (for over a year), you’re in a good position to broaden your horizons, dear Aquarius. Today is good for communicating, as others are listening and interested in what you have to say. Part of this has to do with your visionary approach. While it’s important to avoid making too big commitments or promises, this is due to increased confidence, and when kept in check you’re in the right place. There can be an opportunity to do or learn something entirely new and beyond your normal bounds and routines now with the Sun and Jupiter in alignment. This influence is favorable for promotion, higher education, courses, new interests, publishing, partnership, teamwork, and friendships. There can be beneficial long-distance connections made, and educational projects and plans are favored as well. With a more relaxed and creative approach to your life, opportunities to grow and improve are opening up.

Pisces

Pisces

The Sun and Jupiter come into alignment every year, as they are doing now, dear Pisces. This influence tends to benefit you on the level of work, health, career, and reputation. Opportunities emerge for accomplishing your goals. However, this alignment typically occurs in a different sector of your solar chart, and this year, it’s also influencing your intimate relationships and those resources that you share. Reviewing financial records and other matters can turn up a profit or undiscovered resources today. There could be a gift or some form of support that comes as a relief. It’s also an active, favorable time for private matters. With an open mind and heart, you can reach a new level with someone important to you. You can learn something about yourself or a relationship that empowers you to make deep, significant changes. A partnership may be exceptionally lucky, or you could benefit from combining resources with someone.

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If Today is Your Birthday: September 25

You are warm, passionate, protective, creative, and you have a true appreciation for the dramatic, but at the same time, others readily respect you. You are able to mix business with pleasure, and enjoy doing it. You are attracted to, or you attract, people who are success-oriented, accomplished, and practical. Although likeable and charming, you are also a little difficult to get to know, and some level of mystery surrounds you. You thoroughly enjoy communicating, sharing your ideas, and reaching out to others, and many of you are skilled writers. Certainly you consider others’ ideas as important, and you are at your best in one one one situations. Famous people born today: Will Smith, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Heather Locklear, Shel Silverstein, Mark Hamill, Christopher Reeve, Michael Douglas, Barbara Walters, William Faulkner.

Your Birthday Year Forecast:

You may assume a leadership role this year, and you could be in the spotlight. You are likely to establish connections and/or relationships with people that help forward your own personal growth. Teamwork and camaraderie, as well as meaningful connections, are themes. You feel your life has definite purpose this year. Through your contacts with others, you are encouraged to grow.

A partnership may be in strong focus this year as you make special efforts to find balance and harmony in your close relationships. This is a good period for making new connections and improving existing ones.

This can be a strong period for friendships, as you’ll find you are dealing with others in especially peaceful and balanced ways. It’s an excellent time for making an important new friend or strengthening an existing friendship. This can also be a very creative, artistic time.

New and unusual methods of relating are important this year. Favorable influences are with you this year for social meetings, activities, and events, and for situations that call for treating others with equality and respect. You may be taking a few more risks this year on a social level, and happily embracing that which is new, unusual, and out-of-the-ordinary with regards to romantic involvements as well as financial undertakings. You are ready to experiment. This could be a good year for financial undertakings involving electronics, technology, the internet, metaphysics, and the arts, as well as group activities. You have a taste for the offbeat this year, and this energy can bring sudden or unexpected romance into your life, perhaps a scenario that feels like love at first sight.

A difficult aspect between Mercury and Pluto in your Solar Return chart can introduce some intensity in your thought patterns and interactions with others. Try to avoid coming on too strongly with your opinions. You are hungry for deeper meaning, but a suspicious attitude, or making mountains out of molehills, won’t serve you well. Some secretiveness is possible. Something you write or say could lead to opposition from others. Your need to investigate and read between the lines is strong this year, and this will be best used for research and increased awareness of psychological motivations, both of others and yourself.

It’s especially important to separate business and your personal life, particularly when it comes to communications. This can certainly be a creative period for writing or speaking.

Mars in challenging aspect to Saturn suggests some ups and downs in the year ahead due to your plans and efforts meeting with resistance. At times, circumstances seem to block your efforts to assert yourself, and you might feel like more effort than usual is required to complete tasks, which could lead to some frustration. Patience is necessary because progress may not always be steady, and energy can be stop and go.

You end your birthday year with a fortunate Jupiter-Sun transit. This puts you in the spotlight. This influence brings more awareness of moral issues and long-term goals, as well as a stronger than usual desire to improve and learn this year. This is a feel-good transit that boosts your popularity and your confidence. Optimism is with you, and you are able to attract fortunate circumstances into your life as a result. Problems are easier to resolve this year. You are more sociable and might meet especially helpful people during this period. Travel opportunities are more likely. Your broader perspective on matters this year keeps you from getting lost in details or overly frustrated by everyday stresses and strains.

Your social life is interesting and animated this year as you open yourself up to new experiences and people. One-on-one relating is also in strong focus. Growth is especially important to you in your relationships, and you may be moving away from stagnant connections. You may need to watch for provocative commentary this year, as misunderstandings are possible. Find ways to calm your nerves.

2015 is a Number Six year for you. Ruled by Venus. This is a year of relative contentment. It is a time when love is the easiest to attract, and partnerships formed under this vibration have a better chance for longevity. You are able to attract others, and material things as well, this year. This is a good year for establishing harmony in the family and in the home. Advice – develop existing relationships, be positive and receptive because these kinds of energies help you to attract what you desire.

2016 will be a Number Seven year for you. Ruled by Neptune. This is a year of preparation, chance, and refinement. It is not a time of dramatic changes. Instead, it’s a year when reflection on the past is helpful, and when refinements to your life path should be made. It’s a good year to study and analyze. Unexpected twists to your life story and “chance” meetings are probable. Advice – take stock of your life in order to prepare for more exciting years to come, examine the past and plan for the future, get in touch with your deepest needs and uncover your personal power, don’t strain yourself or actively try to expand.

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Get A Jump On Tomorrow….

Your Daily Horoscopes for Monday, September 27

Aries

Aries Horoscope

Aries

Slow-moving Pluto retrogrades for several months every year, dear Aries, and today, it turns direct. Career, financial, and intimacy matters begin to move forward or “unblock” over the next weeks and months. Even so, this can be an intense time for happenings in your career and your personal life. Extremes of feeling are likely as the shift occurs. Going forward, good energy is with you for making necessary changes in relationships with a parent or boss. If there is a negative attitude or bad habit that you need to kick, this is the time to do so. Today’s Leo Moon can help lighten the mood, however, as it stimulates your more playful, romantic side. Mars spends its final day in your adventure sector and will move to the top of your solar chart tomorrow, boosting your ambition.

Taurus

Taurus

Slow-moving Pluto retrogrades for several months every year, dear Taurus, and today, it turns direct and ends its retrograde period. Problems with a partner or close friend that have been brewing under the surface of things or put on a shelf are likely to make themselves known. You can no longer fall back on quick fixes for problems. While the shift occurs today, people may be more emotionally reactive and possibly quick on the trigger. However, going forward, you’ll be clearer on how a relationship stands, and travel, educational, legal, and promotional matters might also straighten out. Faith in a system or conviction for a particular belief could return, and your desire to explore the world increases with Pluto’s change in direction. Today’s Leo Moon keeps you clinging to the familiar just for now, however. You’ll prefer the company of familiar people or time alone to do your own thing.

Gemini

Gemini

Slow-moving Pluto retrogrades for several months every year, dear Gemini, and today, it ends its retrograde period by turning direct. The unrest that you’ve been feeling in past months is coming to the point of resolution. This week, you finally begin to feel more confident about recent changes, particularly in your work, daily habits, health, and finances. You are less concerned about having made the right choices in the past. Instead, you are focusing on your current path and the future. This is a strong time for identifying unnecessary elements in your routine or attitudes, making it easier to streamline. You may be actively doing research, and you can apply yourself with focus and dedication now. Results may be realized this week. The Moon in your communications sector keeps things lively, and your disposition is especially curious.

Cancer

Cancer

Now and in the coming weeks, more clarity comes to your love relationships and partnerships, dear Cancer, with Pluto turning direct after several months of retrograde motion (since April). This shift occurs every year and points to some unblocking of feelings or forward movement in a relationship. You begin to pursue your hobbies, pleasurable pastimes, and romance with more energy and enthusiasm. This week is one of discovery. Meeting someone who stimulates you to think in new ways is possible, or you notice forward movement and more clarity in a relationship. Particular attention to your practical affairs is in order today, and you’re in a good position to make improvements, although you may need to work out some tension before being able to focus on details.

Leo

Leo

This week brings truly exciting insights into how you can better manage your domestic life and work, dear Leo. This is due to Pluto’s direct move – a yearly occurrence that stimulates a need to make changes. Motivation to pursue a new or previously shelved health program can return. You are feeling on the ball and ready to rise to any challenge. Details that you’ve previously overlooked need some attention now. Nevertheless, today and tomorrow with the shift occurring, thinking can be in extremes. Take your time coming to definite conclusions. The Moon is in your sign all day, and things seem to be playing in your favor, although emotions are heightened.

Virgo

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Virgo

Slow-moving Pluto turns direct today after its yearly, several-month retrograde period, dear Virgo. Enthusiasm increases for intellectual interests, hobbies, learning, and creative projects this week. You’ve likely gained new insights into your romantic life or your deeper feelings in recent months but haven’t yet truly applied them. Going forward, you’re ready to make necessary changes, particularly in attitude. Today during the shift, emotions can be exaggerated or seem overwhelming, but this will subside as you adjust to the changes. Save critical decision making for another day to be safe. The Moon is in your soul sector all day, encouraging some form of emotional retreat so that you can heal, rest, reflect, and renew.

Libra

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Libra

For many months every year, slow-moving Pluto is retrograde. Today, Pluto turns direct, dear Libra. A sense of moving forward emerges, although there might be a little chaos today before things truly begin to take off for you in the areas of finances and domestic matters. Relationships with family and family roles are changing, and your determination to resolve challenges is building. It’s not the time to stubbornly hold on to things as they were. Rather, it’s time to acknowledge the need to make changes and your resolve increases. Financial and business projects can move forward. The Moon in your social sector all day encourages you to reach out and connect. Happiness goals come into stronger focus today.

Scorpio

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Scorpio

For many months every year, slow-moving Pluto, your ruler, is retrograde. Today, Pluto turns direct after its retrograde period that lasted since April, dear Scorpio. This is good news for you, as your life becomes a little clearer, even if today can be a little chaotic. Personal goals come into focus now. Take care not to jump into action without thinking of the consequences. Take the leap on the inside first and see how it feels before taking action. More clarity is likely to come to your communications, and issues that have been buried or swept under the carpet might emerge now for your attention. You are likely to feel very well-equipped to handle them. The Moon at the top of your solar chart all day keeps you on your toes and particularly aware of your responsibilities and performance.

Sagittarius

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Sagittarius

Fears about not having enough money or resources may have been subtly driving your behavior in recent months while Pluto was retrograde in your solar second house, dear Sagittarius. Now that Pluto is direct, slowly but surely, you will be moving forward. You have a greater feeling that you are in charge, even if at times you worry too much. It’s a good period for proving what you are worth in the work you do. You are now recognizing that you have been freeing yourself from past conditioning, automatic behaviors that have not served you well, and relationships that were unhealthy. You are looking forward now and feeling confident about the future. Today, worries can intensify before you make more sense of the shifting energies. It’s better to put off big decisions. Today’s Moon in Leo, however, helps stir your adventurous side and lightens up the mood a little.

Capricorn

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Capricorn

Pluto in your sign can be intense at times, and with Pluto turning direct today, dear Capricorn, you’re less likely to brood over problems and more likely to take charge of your life and your impulses, and to make necessary changes. There can be opportunities to make long-lasting friendships or to make changes to your friendships and group associations that benefit you for some time to come. Income from business might increase, or money can come in after a long wait. Today, you are in a contemplative mood. Tomorrow, Mars moves into your sign after an extended stay in your soul sector. This shift will have the effect of reenergizing you. The weeks ahead are keen for action, energy, and self-assertion, but you could be a little short on patience.

Aquarius

Aquarius

Energy is rather intense today, dear Aquarius, and the tendency to dwell on recent hurts or slights is strong. However, in the coming weeks, you’re less likely to brood and more willing (and equipped) to make changes towards improvement with Pluto turning direct – a yearly event. Projects that you have been working on behind the scenes or that you’ve left unfinished might be revived. Repairing relationships with a parent or boss can figure strongly now. You may need to employ some caution with regards to elements from your past, but overall, there is a sense of moving forward and doing so in a positive, growth-oriented way. The Moon is in your opposing sign all day, turning your attention to relationships today. You prefer company right now.

Pisces

Pisces

Slow-moving Pluto retrogrades for several months every year and then turns direct, dear Pisces, as it does today. It’s necessary now to tune into your inner rhythms so that you act rather than react. Today and this week, you’re better able to rely on your intellect and belief systems. Uncertainties clear up. Friendships may be intense but instead of brooding over problem areas, you’re motivated to make necessary changes that bring you closer to the resolution of long-standing problems. Small changes made now can impact the future in significant ways. New ideas and approaches to your social life can emerge and empower you. Educational, travel, or publishing matters might move forward or otherwise unblock. Today’s Moon keeps you focused on work and routines.

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Lady Willow’s Tarot Card for Sunday, September 25

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The Lovers



The Lovers indicates both the most powerful of unions and the most of challenging conflicts humans must face. On one side The Lovers’ embodies love and union on a cosmic scale—a love so strong, so inherently good that it actually makes the lovers better, more than they really are. All of the elements are there for the perfect union. The Lovers represent all powerful unions in general, and the elements that create/sustain them. The problem The Lovers face is temptation and the decision to act morally or abandon their ethics to take advantage of other opportunities that would be defined as transgressions.

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Lady Willow’s Rune for Sunday, September 25

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Perthro

Mysteries will become known to you. You should be able to see your life’s path clearly at this time. Pethro is often thought of as “Gambler’s Rune.” You are in a lucky period right now. Chance is your ally. Take advantage of it.

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“May there be peace in the North;
May there be peace in the South;
May there be peace in the West;
May there be peace in the East.
May there be peace throughout the whole world.”
– Druid Blessing, Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids

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Off They Go

hospital-dischargeI am not a photographer but a witch. Considering what all of our past few weeks have been like, I wanted to capture this moment. It is Lady A leaving the hospital being pushed by Mystie. Lord Myst and a few other admirers were outside with their cameras and roses waiting to greet her. I am sure the mundane did not know what was going on. A superstar coming out, a rock and rock legend, no, just our Lady A.

She is now out of the hospital and staying at her home. I am staying with her. Due to the fact that her left side was destroyed, she needs assistance. Her left hand has some feeling come back in it. Her left foot, however, does not have any feeling in it yet. The doctors told us that with physical therapy, that will probably improve. Her memory comes and goes. Somethings she remembers and then a blank look comes across her face and she remember nothing. The little bits of memory that do come back, I consider them a victory. The Swamp witch is still with us. She is brewing up potions to help Lady A recover her memory. Truthfully, I believe she has done more for Lady A than the doctors have.

I know it is wonderful news that Lady A is out of the hospital but the need for donations does not stop. The bills keep coming. Now is the time we should be getting the total bill for the hospital, ambulance and surgery bills. Add these on top of Lady A’s household bills, well, I would hate for her to get better and no place to sleep. Medical bills can put you in a whole that you can never dig your way our of.  The man who hit her has nothing. We can’t sue him and expect any compensation.

We would like to thank those of you who have gave donations. We thank you for your blessings and prayers. We thank you for everything you have done that we don’t know about. Once again, we find ourselves turning to you for help. If you would like to make a donation, it would be great appreciated. As well as your prayers and blessings, no matter what you can send, we will appreciate it.

Thank you,

Willow

The Witches Of The Craft’s Journal for Friday, September 23rd

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“Hear us, Son of Two Mothers, Blessed Dionysus, God of Wine,
Lysian, Evion Bacchus, Many-named, secret and holy, fertile and nourishing,
Who brings the spark of life and makes the fruits to flourish and increase,

Resounding, Magnanimous Power, Many-Formed God of Health, Holy Flower,
Mortals find repose from labor in Your magic, and You are desired by all.
Fair, Bromian, Joyful God who bears the vined wand
Incline to these rites, Whether You favor Gods or mortals,
Be welcome and listen as Your mystics pray,
And come rejoicing, bearing abundant fruits.” Dionysos! Dionysos!
He is sweet upon the mountains.
He drops to the earth from the running packs.
He wears the holy-fawn-skin.
He hunts the wild goat and kills it.
He delights in the raw flesh.
He runs to the mountains of Phrygia, to the mountains of Lydia he runs!
He is Bromios who leads us!
Evohe!

With milk the earth flows!
It flows with wine!
It runs with the nectar of bees!
Like frankincense in its fragrance is the blaze of the torch he bears.
Flames float out from his trailing wand
as he runs, as he dances,
kindling the stragglers,
spurring with cries,
and his long curls stream to the wind!
And he cries as they cry:
Evohe!

Blessed, blessed are those who know the mysteries of the god.
Blessed is he who hallows his life in the worship of the god.
Blessed is he whom the spirit of the god possesses,
who is one with those who belong to the holy body of the god.

Blessed are the dancers and those who are purified,
who dance on the hill in the holy dance of the god.
Blessed are they who keep the rite of Kybele the Mother.
Blessed are the thrysus-bearers,
those who wield in their hands the holy wand of the god.
Blessed are those who wear the crown of the ivy of the god.

Blessed, blessed are they: Dionysos is their god!”

– Dionysos Autumn Equinox

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Daily Moon & Sun Data for Friday, September 23rd

The Sun
Sun Direction: ↑ 117.01° ESE
Sun Altitude: 30.46°
Sun Distance: 93.257 million mi
Next Solstice: Dec 21, 2016 4:44 AM (Winter)
Sunrise Today: 6:43 AM↑ 90° East
Sunset Today: 6:49 PM↑ 270° West
Length of Daylight: 12 hours, 5 minutes

The Moon
Moon Direction: ↑ 250.79° WSW
Moon Altitude: 51.72°
Moon Distance: 233179 mi
Next New Moon: Sep 30, 20167:11 PM
Next Full Moon: Oct 15, 201611:23 PM
Next Moonset: Today2:05 PM
Current Moon Phase: Waning Crescent
Illumination:48.0%

Reference

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The Sky This Week – for September 23 to September 25

An unobstructed view of Venus, the Summer Triangle still prominent, and other awesome things to look for in the sky this week.
By Richard Talcott

Friday, September 23

Last Quarter Moon occurs at 5:56 a.m. EDT. It rises around midnight local daylight time this morning, which gives North American observers a chance to see it almost precisely half-lit. Earth’s only natural satellite appears among the background stars of northern Orion, approximately 10° north of the red supergiant star Betelgeuse.

Saturday, September 24

Uranus reaches opposition three weeks from today, but it already has become a tempting evening target. The ice giant world rises before twilight ends and climbs nearly 40° above the eastern horizon by 11 p.m. local daylight time. The magnitude 5.7 planet lies in Pisces, 2.4° north-northwest of magnitude 4.8 Mu (m) Piscium. Although Uranus is bright enough to see with the naked eye under a dark sky, binoculars make the task much easier. A telescope reveals the planet’s blue-green disk, which spans 3.7″.
Sunday, September 25
Saturn remains a gorgeous sight in the evening sky all week. It stands some 20° high in the southwest as twilight fades to darkness and doesn’t set until after 10 p.m. local daylight time. The ringed world resides among the background stars of southwestern Ophiuchus, just 6° north of Antares, the brightest star in neighboring Scorpius. The yellow-hued planet shines at magnitude 0.5 and appears significantly brighter than the ruddy star. When viewed through a telescope, Saturn shows a 16″-diameter disk surrounded by a dramatic ring system that spans 36″ and tilts 24° to our line of sight.

Reference:

Astronomy Magazine

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Spells & Ritual Work Pertaining to Fridays

Lust

Romance

Happiness

Travel

Friends

Beauty

Sexuality

Harmony

Growth

Planet: Venus

Colors: Pink, Aqua, Seafoam

Crystals: Coral, Emerald, Rose Quartz

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Today is Friday, September 23, We Celebrate….

Libra Begins (Various Locations)
TULA

Themes: Balance; Justice; Peace
Symbols: Scales; Balanced Items
About Tula: This Hindu goddess is represented by the constellation Libra, her name even meaning “balance.” In all things, Tula teaches us how to harmonize the diverse nature of our hectic lives and reintegrate goddess-centered ideology within that framework.
To Do Today: People born under the sign of Libra seem to integrate Tula’s characteristics of harmony and balance, especially in aesthetic sense. They cultivate relationships carefully and enjoy fighting for just causes. When those of us not born under this sign would like to do similarly, we can call on Tula for aid. Stand on the bathroom scale first thing in the morning and invoke her, saying,
Tula, instill in me a growing sense of harmony.
Between sound and silence let serenity dance;
between the shadow and the light, let peace prance.
Where’er injustice dwells, let equity swell;
in my heart, in my life, bring an end to all strife
Afterward, try to dress in balanced tones of clothing (like a white shirt and black pants) and spend the rest of the day monitoring your personal balance—your sense of equilibrium—maintaining your temper, pacing your steps, being aware of your center of gravity. In all these things, Tula’s equitable energy abides.

Reference

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

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Friday, September 23

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 Muin (Vine) – September 2 through September 29

The Runic Half Month of Ken (illumination) – September 13 through September 27

Goddess of the Month of Hesperis – August 9 – September 5

Source

The Pagan Book of Days
Nigel Pennick

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The Goddess Book of Days for Friday, September 23

Astrological beginning of the Sign of Libra, dedicated to Ishtar, Semitic Great Goddess. The Eleusinian Mysteries, the ninth (last) day, Plemo Choai, earthen vessels representing the womb of Demeter, the pourings of plenty. In Finland, Day of Mielikki, protector of animals.

Reference

The Goddess Book of Days
Diane Stein

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The Witches Guide to Friday

Ruler: Freya, Venus

Colors: Emerald green or pink

Power Hours: Sunrise and the 8th, 16th, and 24th hours following.

Key Words: Love, money, health

It is easy to spot the ruler of this day by its name. In the word Friday, we see the roots of the name of the Norse goddess Freya, a goddess of love and fertility, and the most beautiful and propitious of the goddesses thus the verse “Friday’s child is loving and giving.”

In Spanish this day of the week is called Viernes and is derived from the goddess Venus. Matters of love, human interaction, the fluidity of communication, sewing and the creation of artistic garments, household improvement, shopping, and party planning all fall under the aspects of Friday and its ruling planet, Venus.

Friday’s angels are Ariel/Uriel, Rachiel, and Sachiel. Rachiel also concerns himself with human sexuality and is a presiding spirit of the planet Venus.

On Fridays, the hour of sunrise and every eight hours after that are also ruled by Venus, 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.

Reference

Gypsy Magic

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The Magick of Fridays

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 About.com

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The Witches Almanac for Friday, September 22nd

Shubun no Hi (Chinese)

Waning Moon
Fourth Quarter 5:56 am
Moon Sign: Gemini
Moon enters Cancer 4:33 am
Incense: Thyme
Color: Rose

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The Witches Correspondences for Friday, September 23

The day of Venus, Friday takes its name from Frigga, the Goddess of Love and Transformation. She rules the spiritual aspects of people as they manifest on the physical. because of this, Friday is sometimes thought of as unpredictable.
Element : Water / Earth
Planet: Venus
Zodiac Sign : Taurus / Libra
Angel : Ariel
Metal : Tin
Incense / Perfumes : Strawberry, Sandalwood, Rose, Saffron and Vanilla
Oils : Cardamom, Palmrosa, Rose, Yarrow
Color : Green, Aqua, Rose
Stones : Emerald, Rose Quartz, Moonstone, Pink Tourmaline, Peridot, Jade
Plants/Herbs : Apple, Balm of Gilead, Bergamot, Birch, Catnip, Clematis, Damiana, Dragons Blood, Geranium, Heather, Hibiscus, Ivy, Magnolia, Mugwort, Plumeria, Rose, Rose Geranium, Sage, Strawberry, Vanilla, Vervain, Violet, Water Lilly
Magick to Work: love, friendship, beauty, sensuality, arts, attraction, healing, peace, harmony, artistic ability, creativity generally, reconciliation, beauty, female sexuality, luxury, music, pleasure, scent, sensuality, social affairs

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Friday Is Ruled By Venus

Friday belongs to Venus, both the planet and its namesake Roman goddess of love. This day is sacred to many other gods and goddesses of love such as Eros, Venus, Aphrodite, and the Norse goddess that gave the day its name, Freya. This day of the week is for magical topics such as love, birth, fertility, and romance. Colors for today include pink and aqua. Some suggestions for Friday enchantments would include:

Carrying a rose quartz with you today to send out some gentle and loving vibes to those crabby co-workers

Working a loving Tarot spell to charm a friend’s pregnancy with good health and safety

Working a little flower magic to enchant a single pink rose for friendship and inner beauty, and setting it on your desk. Or try empowering a red rose for passion and placing it in your bedroom.

Burning rose-scented candles to encourage the same effect. Call on Eros to “bring a passion for life” to your days.

Sharing a romantic snack with your partner. Feed each other ripe, red strawberries. Those strawberries are love-inducing food, and are sacred to many love goddesses, including today’s patroness, Freya.

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The Energy of Venus

Weekday ruled by Venus: Friday

Stones: Rose Quartz, moonstone, Pink tourmaline, peridot, emerald, jade.

Herbs/Plants: Pink rose, ivy, birch, heather, clematis, sage, violet, waterlily

Magickal Intentions: Love, romance, marriage, sexual matters, physical beauty, friendship and partnership, strangers and heart matters.

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Can I Dedicate to More Than One Deity?

Question: Can I Dedicate to More Than One Deity?

A reader asks, “Several months ago, when I first began exploring Paganism, I found myself drawn to a particular goddess. Since there was such a strong connection, I performed a dedication ritual to her, and have honored her ever since. Now, however, I feel I’m being called by a different goddess. I’d like to honor both, but I’m worried it might be seen as disrespectful to the first one if I re-dedicate to the second. Can I change my affiliation respectfully, or may I dedicate to multiple deities? I know many believe one should only dedicate to the God/dess OR a specific pair of deities.”

Answer:

That’s an interesting question, and one that can have a variety of answers, depending on your particular flavor of Paganism. In some Pagan traditions, people dedicate to a single god or goddess of that tradition’s pantheon. In other cases, they may dedicate to a pair of deities. Occasionally, people may feel a connection with deities from different pantheons altogether.

It happens.

Human spirituality tends to be somewhat fluid, in that while we can honor one deity we can also be called by another. Does this mean the first no longer has any influence? Not at all – it simply means some other aspect of the Divine finds us interesting.

If you genuinely feel called by this second deity – and from your email, it seems pretty clear that you do – then I would consider exploring things more. Ask the first goddess if she would really be that offended if you honored another one in tandem with her. After all, the deities are distinctly different beings, so honoring a second goddess doesn’t necessarily mean any toes are getting stepped on.

If you’re fortunate enough to have been tapped by the Divine, not just once, but twice, I’d regard it as a gift. My opinion would be that as long as neither deity has any objection to the presence or worship of the other, everything should be fine. Treat both with respect, and show them each the honor they deserve.

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

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Working With the Gods and Goddesses

There are literally thousands of different deities out there in the Universe, and which ones you choose to honor will often depend significantly upon what pantheon your spiritual path follows. However, many modern Pagans and Wiccans describe themselves as eclectic, which means they may honor a god of one tradition beside a goddess of another. In some cases, we may choose to ask a deity for assistance in a magical working or in problem solving. Regardless, at some point, you’re going to have to sit and sort them all out. If you don’t have a specific, written tradition, then how do you know which gods to call upon?

A good way to look at it is to figure out which deity of your pantheon would be interested in your purpose. In other words, what gods might take the time to look into your situation? This is where the concept of appropriate worship comes in handy — if you can’t take the time to get to know the deities of your path, then you probably shouldn’t be asking them for favors.

So first, figure out your goal. Are you doing a working regarding home and domesticity? Then don’t call upon some masculine power deity. What if you’re celebrating the end of the harvest season, and the dying of the earth? Then you shouldn’t be offering milk and flowers to a spring goddess.

Consider your purpose carefully, before you make offerings or prayers to a particular god or goddess.

Although this is certainly not a comprehensive list of all the gods and their domains, it may help you a bit to get an idea of who is out there, and what sorts of things they may be able to help you with:
Artisanship

For assistance relating to skills, crafts, or handiwork, call upon the Celtic smith god, Lugh. Many other pantheons have forge and craftsmanship gods as well.
Chaos

When it comes to matters of discord and upsetting the balance of things, some people choose to to check in with Loki, the Norse prankster god. However, it’s generally recommended that you don’t do this unless you’re a devotee of Loki in the first place – you may end up getting more than you bargained for.
Destruction

If you’re doing a working related to destruction, the Celtic war goddess the Morrighan may assist you, but don’t trifle with her lightly. A safer bet might be working with Demeter, the Dark Mother of the harvest season.
Fall Harvest

When you celebrate the fall harvest, you may want to take time to honor Herne, the god of the wild hunt, or Osiris, who is often connected with grain and the harvest. Demeter and her daughter, Persephone, are typically connected with the waning part of the year. Pomona is associated with fruit orchards and the bounty of trees in fall. There are also a number of other harvest gods and gods of the vine who may be interested in what you’re doing.
Feminine Energy

For workings related to the moon, lunar energy, or the sacred feminine, consider invoking Artemis or Venus.
Fertility

When it comes to fertility, there are plenty of deities out there to ask for assistance. Consider Cernunnos, the wild stag of the forest, or Freya, a goddess of sexual power and energy. If you follow a Roman-based path, try honoring Bona Dea. There are a number of other fertility gods out there as well, each with their own specific domain.
Home and Marriage

Brighid is a protector of hearth and home, and Juno and Vesta are both patronesses of marriage.
Love and Lust

Aphrodite has long been associated with love and beauty, and so has her counterpart, Venus. Likewise, Eros and Cupid are considered representative of masculine lust. Priapus is a god of raw sexuality, including sexual violence.
Magic

Isis, the mother goddess of Egypt, is often called upon for magical workings, as is Hecate, a goddess of sorcery.
Masculine Energy

Cernunnos is a strong symbol of masculine energy and power, as is Herne, the god of the hunt. Odin and Thor, both Norse gods, are known as powerful, masculine gods.
Motherhood

Isis is a mother goddess on a grand scale, and Juno watches over women in labor.
Prophecy and Divination

Brighid is known as a goddess of prophecy, and so is Cerridwen, with her cauldron of knowledge. Janus, the two-faced god, sees both the past and future.
The Underworld

Because of his harvest associations, Osiris is often connected with the underworld. There are a number of other deities of death and dying.
War and Conflict

The Morrighan is not only a goddess of war, but also of sovereignty and loyalty. Athena protects warriors and imparts them with wisdom. Freya and Thor guide fighters in battle.
Wisdom

Thoth was the Egyptian god of wisdom, and Athena and Odin may also be called upon, depending on your purpose.
Seasonal

There are a number of deities associated with the various times of the Wheel of the Year, including the Winter Solstice, Late winter, the Spring Equinox, and the Summer solstice.
By Patti Wigington, Paganism/Wicca Expert
Article originally published on & owned by About.com

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Appropriate Worship – Honoring the Gods the Right Way

One issue that comes up often for people learning about modern Pagan spirituality is the concept of appropriate worship. There tends to be some question about what, exactly, is the right offering to make to the gods or goddesses of one’s tradition — and how we should honor them when making those offerings.

Let’s imagine that you have two friends. First, we have Jill. She likes French cuisine, Meg Ryan movies, soft music and expensive wine. She’s someone who lets you cry on her shoulder when you’re feeling blue, and she offers some wise and thoughtful insight when you can’t solve a problem on your own. One of her best qualities is her ability to listen.

You also have a friend named Steve. He’s a lot of fun, and sometimes shows up at your house at midnight toting a six-pack. Steve likes watching movies with lots of explosions, took you to your first Metallica concert, and can rebuild a Harley with his eyes closed. He eats mostly bratwurst and Funyuns, enjoys picking up strippers at bars, and is the guy you call when you want to have a good time.

When Jill comes over, are you going to have a nice quiet dinner with a glass of wine and Josh Groban playing in the background, or are you going to hand her a cheeseburger and a beer, pull out the Wii for a round of God of War, and stay up until 3 am seeing who can burp and fart the loudest?

Likewise, if Steve shows up, are you going to do things that he enjoys, or are you going to say, “Hey, Steve, let’s watch Steel Magnolias and talk about our feelings?

Much like our friends Jill and Steve, the gods have certain things they like and value, and certain things they don’t. To offer one of them something better suited to another is not only disrespectful, it shows that you really don’t know them at all and worse yet, haven’t even taken the time to learn about them. What do you think Steve is going to say when you offer him a vegetarian soup and turn on some chick flick? He’s going to bail, that’s what he’s going to do. Because not only did you present him with something he dislikes, but you’re showing a fundamental lack of knowledge of someone you claim is your friend.

Sure, you love Jill and Steve equally, but they’re not the same person, and they don’t have the same likes and dislikes. The gods are the same way — you may honor both the goddess Aphrodite and the god Mars, but that doesn’t mean Mars wants to you to leave him a bouquet of flowers and a glass of milk while you sing him Kumbaya. You can also be sure that Aphrodite probably isn’t interested in offerings of blood and raw meat, or warrior chants.

The idea of right or appropriate worship is not about someone telling you what’s “right or wrong.” It is simply the concept that one should take the time to do things – including worship and offerings – in a way that is conducive to the demands and needs of the god or goddess in question.

When you honor the gods, take the time to put some thought into it. Ask yourself what it is you hope to obtain by making the offering — are you trying to gain something, or merely show your appreciation and gratitude to the Divine? Learn about the types of deities you’re about to honor, and study the specific gods and goddesses of your tradition, so that when you do make an offering or present a ritual in their name, you can do so in a way that truly does them honor.

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

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The Witches Magick for Friday, September 23rd – Weekly Cleansing Bath Ritual

Weekly Cleansing Bath Ritual

You Will Need
3 Tbsp Sea Salt
2 tsp Rosemary ground
4tsp Lavender ground
4oz Favorite Body Wash
I tend to use an unscented body wash for this mixture since the herbs are incredibly fragrant and leave a lovely scent behind on your skin. As you are bathing your child or yourself for that matter, under running water, visualize any stressors, health issues, money issues, any negativity in your life as flowing away down the drain with the water as you are scrubbing with the above mixture. The following chant is also quite effective though feel free to use one of your own.
Negative energies be gone,
Ill health leave this one,
Stressors shed with the watery flow,
Herbs and waters restore once more.

Reference

The Green Mother’s Book of Shadows
Gwenyfur Draigtanllwyth

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Clean Yourself As Well As Your Home

Dirt Charm:
Dirt and dust so detrimental,
Now be gone never inside to settle,
Out of doors shall be yours to own,
Never more in our home.

Dusting Charm:
Item of sentimental value,
Priceless to memory and age,
Family treasure be protected,
Dustless now, no more neglected.

Wash Charm:
Water flow and water cleanse,
Fibers release and un-tense,
Negativity be rinsed away,
Positive energy rinse in to stay.

Chant for clothing:
Shirt gracing my daughter’s form,
Protect her from all harm,
Redirect any negativity,
That could harm her vitality.

Chant for Linens:
Towel drying our clean bodies,
Armor our flesh will all that’s positive,
Guard our health from what would harm,
Absorb any lingering malady

Reference

The Green Mother’s Book of Shadows
Gwenyfur Draigtanllwyth

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The Witches Moon Phase for Friday, September 23

September 23
Last Quarter
Illumination: 49%

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 Moon is three quarters 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 – FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2016
Phase: Last Quarter
Illumination: 49%
Moon Age: 22.22 days
Moon Angle: 0.54
Moon Distance: 369,649.68 km
Sun Angle: 0.53
Sun Distance: 150,065,699.38 km

Reference

MoonGiant.com

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No, Your Zodiac Sign Has Not Changed

The latest buzz on the internet is still bunk

Your sign has not changed. The zodiac is not wrong. There are not 13 signs. Any questions?

There are only 12 signs in the zodiac, and, contrary to the recent buzz on the Internet, your sign has not changed. Every few years, a tired old story resurfaces that a thirteenth zodiac sign has emerged, and that everyone’s signs as they know them have changed. Don’t believe these so-called scientific experts! Tarot.com astrologer Rick Levine explains it all…

How a perfect storm is created

On September 15, 2016, Cosmopolitan magazine published an article on the Internet with the headline, “Don’t freak out, but your star sign has probably changed… Okay yes we’re freaking out.” The article goes on to list the new sign dates, including a thirteenth zodiac sign called Ophiuchus. Unfortunately, the technicalities behind this confusing disinformation can be complicated to grasp, leaving followers of Western Astrology uncertain of the truth. This bad news spread like wildfire, reigniting the same foolishness that ran rampant in January of 2011, when the Minneapolis Star Tribune ran a story in which a local astronomy instructor definitively claimed that the Earth’s wobble had shifted the zodiac signs. The claim created an instant stir then, setting the web on fire, just as it’s doing now.

Relax. Your zodiac sign has not changed. There is no reason to panic or remove your tattoo. There is no thirteenth sign.

Here we go again

The Internet is amazing when it comes to disseminating news quickly, but it’s just as amazing when it spreads disinformation. According to bbe.com, this most current astrological brouhaha began when Cosmopolitan magazine misinterpreted a NASA post for children that discussed two separate but interrelated facts.

Fact #1 as claimed by NASA: There is a thirteenth constellation that crosses the ecliptic, which is the celestial highway the planets travel along on their orbits around the Sun.

The NASA site explains that the Babylonians divided the ecliptic into 12 equal parts, “like cutting a pizza into 12 equal slices.” These 12 slices of the sky contained stars that became known as the zodiac. They go on to explain that there were actually 13, not 12 constellations in the zodiac, and that the Babylonians left out the sign Ophiuchus as a matter of convenience. Therefore, NASA claims that the Sun — which appears to move through the 12 signs each year from Earth’s point of view — is aligned with Ophiuchus for nearly three weeks each year, and people born at that time are born under the sign of Ophiuchus. Furthermore, NASA notes that the constellations in the zodiac are not equal in size, and that the Sun passes through Scorpio in 7 days but takes 45 days to transit Virgo.

Fact #2 as claimed by NASA: 3,000 years after the Babylonians created the 12 signs of the zodiac, the sky has shifted, changing most people’s sign.

NASA is, in fact, referring to a well-known concept that is referred to as “the Precession of the Equinox.” Somehow, they and other scientists believe that astrologers are not aware of this, and therefore don’t know that everyone’s zodiac sign is wrong. However, astrologers have known for millennia that this precession refers to the very slow backward wobble of the Earth on its tilted axis. This wobble causes the Sun’s apparent alignment with the constellations to slip backward one degree every 72 years, making one complete cycle in 26,000 years.

The truth

From a modern astrological point of view, the facts are quite simple:

1) The zodiac used by Western astrologers is based on the seasons, not the constellations. Astrologers know the planets go around the Sun, but Astrology is Earth-centered, and we mark the movement of the planets against the four seasons on Earth as calculated by the Spring and Autumn Equinoxes and the Summer and Winter Solstices.

2) The signs of the zodiac are derived from — but not aligned with — the constellations of the same names, although they did align about 2,000 years ago. The constellations in the sky at the start of each season have changed over 2,000 years, however, your sign has not. If you were a Sagittarius, you’re still a Sagittarius. Period.

3) There cannot be a thirteenth sign in the zodiac, because the zodiac was created as a mathematical abstraction to divide the sky into 12 equal parts, independent of what stars or constellations may appear there. It doesn’t matter how many constellations touch the ecliptic, there are only 12 signs. No matter when you were born, you’re not an Ophiuchus.

4) As Earth continues to wobble, the constellations will continue to separate from the zodiac at the rate of one degree every 72 years, as the equinoxes and solstices continue to deviate from the fixed stars.

Ignorance is not bliss, It’s ignorance

Unfortunately rumors like this are difficult to stop, because they spread faster than the correct information that tries to clean up the misunderstanding. Dr. Richard Feynman, a Nobel prize-winning physicist, once stated, “I believe that a scientist looking at nonscientific problems is just as dumb as the next guy.” NASA scientists have successfully applied mathematics to take astronomy into the future. Their formulas, based on equations discovered by Johannes Kepler (who, incidentally, was an astrologer), can land a rocket on Mars. However, the engineers and technicians at NASA are not educated when it comes to Astrology, and every attempt they make to debunk Astrology only brings this fact to light.

Author’s Note:

It is not lost on this astrologer that the re-emergence of this story occurred at the height of a Mercury Retrograde phase. Those who follow Astrology know that Mercury is related to communication, and often information from the past resurfaces during Mercury Retrograde cycles.

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Weekend Love Horoscope

September 23-25: All or nothing

This Friday, Venus moves into intense, magnetic Scorpio. As a result, you can expect matters of the heart to take on a deeper, more passionate tone. Possessiveness and an “all or nothing” attitude will prevail. With Venus in Scorpio, love is not for the faint of heart. In fact, only the strong will survive now! If you’re ready to face the darkness with your lover, then you’re ready for this weekend. If not, it’s best to avoid the game of love altogether.

This Weekend’s Romantic Rating*

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* 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, September 23

 

Aries

Aries Horoscope

Aries

This can be an excellent time for working on your home or personal life, dear Aries. Goals are clear now, and you’re particularly skilled at understanding current limitations and working around them. Venus enters your intimacy sector today, and will transit here until October 18th. You more readily get to the very core of problems and enjoy working through problems, particularly related to power dynamics. Your instincts for money are excellent. Resolving differences comes more quickly, making it a good time to seek out agreements. Financial and emotional support may be forthcoming, and for some, coming to peaceful agreements about money with a partner or ex may figure strongly. Your intimate life can be happier or more satisfying during this period.

Taurus

Taurus

This is an excellent time to show your commitment to a relationship or to distinguish yourself as a unique friend, dear Taurus. Your value is more apparent than usual. Loyalty is a real selling point right now! As well today, lovely Venus, your ruler, arrives in your partnership sector, bringing sweetness to your manner and a partnership. You may be drawing helpful, charming, or pleasant people into your life during this cycle that lasts until October 18th. This is a favorable time for negotiations and agreements. With Mercury now direct in your romance sector and Venus in your partnership sector, love relationships can be in great shape.

Gemini

Gemini

You have a firm grip on your capabilities today, dear Gemini, and a realistic view of what you may be able to do to improve wealth and satisfaction from your work. This allows you to draw up plans and refine or define long-term goals with confidence. Also today, Venus enters your solar sixth house for a several-week stay. Until October 18th, Venus encourages you to seek out more harmony in your daily life, work, and routines. Romantic and social opportunities may arise through the pursuit of health and work goals. While you may sometimes be quite distracted from practical matters, you’re likely to find a healthy balance. You might also develop more appreciation for the work you do or find more pleasure in ironing out details.

Cancer

Cancer

You may be distinguishing yourself from others in the work you do or regarding your commitment and work ethic now, dear Cancer. You are seeing your own capabilities clearly, and this boosts clarity concerning your goals. The next few weeks bring exciting energy to your love life. Your personal appeal is on the upswing and your creative juices are flowing with Venus in your solar fifth house from today until October 18th. While the Sun has moved into an introspective part of your chart, when it comes to the expression of affection and the pursuit of pleasure, you’re now coming out of your protective shell. You are also receiving love and compliments more confidently. Family is supportive. While intimacy is craved, you are more willing to take a few risks emotionally.

Leo

Leo

With Venus now transiting your solar fourth house until October 18th, dear Leo, a more protective energy comes to your love life, and more beauty and harmony is likely in your home life. Safety, comfort, and familiarity become especially important to you. You’re less inclined to express your affection indiscriminately. Intimacy and trust are more important to you than excitement and change when it comes to your attachments. It’s a cycle in which you can be a little more self-protective and also protective of those you love. It’s an excellent period for redecorating and entertaining in the home. If you need to repair or refresh relations with family, you’re in a better position to do so now and in the coming weeks. Today, you’re inclined to withdraw a little from everyday pressures and noise. You need a couple of days for emotional renewal.

Virgo

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Virgo

Venus moves into a sign that’s a little more comfortable and understandable for you, dear Virgo, and will stay there until October 18th. During this cycle, communication is integral to your feelings of being loved and appreciated. You’re also in an excellent position to express yourself. Fortunately, you are presenting your ideas and comments with unique charm and special ease during this cycle. Making social connections and sharing your thoughts comes more smoothly and naturally during this mostly upbeat period. It’s a good time for enjoying studies and learning, although you might feel a little lazy when it comes to particularly serious topics or tasks that require a lot of brainpower just for the time being. It’s an active cycle for opening up the lines of communication with siblings, classmates, and neighbors. This can also be a favorable period for purchases that open up transportation and communication channels.

Libra

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Libra

Today and until October 18th, Venus is gracing your values sector, dear Libra, as it ends its transit of your sign today. You can be drawn to luxury and comfort items during this cycle, but over-spending will make you nervous, so use common sense. The ability to relate well with others might enhance your personal finances during this period. When it comes to matters of the heart, you value those who make you feel comfortable, and familiarity is more important to you than the excitement of new love during this cycle. With Venus no longer transiting your sign, your romantic and social yearnings tend to stabilize. This is a period for establishing your needs and desires and for exploring how to satisfy them best. Today is powerful for knowing your capabilities and gaining others’ appreciation for your work ethic.

Scorpio

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Scorpio

You’re learning a lot about your capabilities these days, dear Scorpio, and through a realistic assessment of limitations, you’re in a great position to create or refine long-term goals. Others are particularly drawn to your point of view, beliefs, and ideas. Venus begins its transit of your sign today, and you’ll continue to host this planet of love, harmony, and pleasure until October 18th. The more likable, charming, and finer qualities of your personality shine during this cycle. You’re also bound to find it easier to express your needs and affections. For the next while, positive attention and appreciation are especially forthcoming. Romantic matters, as well as pleasure-seeking activities, come to the fore now. You are more likely to pay closer attention to your physical appearance and mannerisms, aiming to improve and enhance your attractiveness. Others find you agreeable and cooperative and your powers of attraction skyrocket.

Sagittarius

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Sagittarius

Today is strong for mental health matters, dear Sagittarius. You can come to excellent strategies or programs for improving your outlook and belief in yourself. Insights are powerful now, and might also revolve around business, money, and work, and establishing yourself in this way. Venus moves into your privacy and soul sector today and will stay there until October 18th. While love matters could become more complicated or difficult to understand, they can also be more rewarding as you get in touch with your innermost desires and longings. This will take time and soul-searching, but it’s sure to be a revealing process. It can mark the end of a financial or romantic cycle – a period of cutting out the dead wood and reviewing the past. You’re naturally not as explicit, decisive, and open about expressing your affections during this cycle in preparation for the Venus in Sagittarius cycle that begins on October 18th.

Capricorn

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Capricorn

It can be a powerful time for bonding with a partner or friend, dear Capricorn, as you’re particularly realistic about what needs to be done to strengthen and improve your social or love life now. You are distinguishing yourself as unique and worthy – as a friend, lover, or partner. Venus begins its transit of your friendship sector today, and until October 18th, friendly relationships with others are strengthened or formed. Focus is on equality and positive energy when it comes to love during this cycle. You are ready to try out different and possibly even unconventional ways of relating to others. Friends are more supportive or help connect you with personal opportunities. Business income may improve during this phase.

Aquarius

Aquarius

You are likely to feel far more directed and goal-oriented now, dear Aquarius, after a period in which many things seemed to be up in the air. Your attitude towards responsibilities improves, which makes filling them easier. Responsibilities in love also become clearer in the next while with Venus traveling through your solar tenth house today until October 18th. Relationships with bosses, parents, teachers, associates, and the public improve. It’s an excellent time for improving or developing your reputation. It’s a good influence on your public image and for professional endeavors. You can bring more charm and polish to relations on the job, and higher-ups tend to look upon you favorably during this cycle.

Pisces

Pisces

This can be an excellent time for your creative or romantic reputation, dear Pisces. You’re distinguishing yourself from the pack, standing out for being unique and also for your commitment. Today, Venus enters Scorpio and your sector of spirit and adventure where it will transit until October 18th. It becomes more straightforward to express or show your feelings, and this comes at a time when Mercury is now direct in your relationship sector, improving your relationships even further. You may be looking for a little more excitement in your social or love life now, or seeking to find more meaning in these things. It’s wonderfully natural for you to get out and experience new situations during this cycle. An appreciation for things that are ever so slightly exotic is stimulated now.

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If Today is Your Birthday: September 23

You are very engaging, quick-witted, personable, and magnetic. You have a mischievous quality that is generally good-natured and likable, and that keeps you youthful no matter your age! You are what might be described as a gentle leader, as people naturally gravitate to you, but you are not aggressive or showy by nature. Even so, you make things happen and bring change. You are quite articulate and make an engaging conversationalist – people enjoy your company. You are always curious and often a little mischievous. You can be very idealistic in love. Famous people born today: Mickey Rooney, Jason Alexander, Julio Iglesias, John Coltrane, Ray Charles, Bruce Springsteen, Ani DiFranco.

Your Birthday Year Forecast:

Your birthday occurs around a Third Quarter Moon this year, and you are reaching an important turning point in terms of personal growth. You may be more emotional this year, and should watch for unnecessary conflicts and making hasty decisions as a result. Otherwise, this is a year of greater understanding and a strong desire to take care of business. This should be a busy, dynamic period in your life.

You have a stronger than usual desire to improve and learn this year. Optimism and confidence are with you, and you are able to attract fortunate circumstances into your life as a result. Problems are easier to resolve. Your broader perspective on matters keeps you from getting lost in details or overly frustrated by everyday stresses and strains. Even so, you can be exceptionally busy this year. At times, you may feel like the pace of your life is running ahead of you. You can be especially productive, however, in all types of communications–writing, speaking, learning, teaching, and so forth.

This is an excellent year in which to advance projects revolving around communications – writing, speaking, selling, and so forth. Your reputation may be enhanced through word of mouth. Making new contacts through learning and mental pursuits figures strongly as well. However, there will be times when you take yourself too seriously. You may become bogged down in your work. It’s a strong year for recognizing flaws and errors. As long as you don’t forget the “big picture”, you could find you are motivated to channel your mental energy into tasks that require structured and organized thought, tackling projects that you may have found too mundane or downright boring in other years.

You feel energized and inspired creatively this year, ready to fight for something you believe in. You find it easier to assert your desires and opinions. However, there can be times when you’re too hasty or impatient. Your energy levels run high this year and this period is likely to be especially busy. You could be rather wilful and impassioned, and it would be best to channel excess energy into healthy physical outlets. If you suffer from frequent headaches, it is likely that you are not dealing with your own anger or desire to take the lead appropriately. You feel a great need for action, but if you don’t know where you’re headed, you might take a wrong turn. As long as you channel the excess energy constructively, instead of wasting your time arguing or getting yourself into conflicts with others, you can accomplish much. Disputes and conflict can figure rather strongly this year.

Personal magnetism runs high this year. You are playfully competitive and might win a major competition, if applicable. This is a good period for creative projects and joining with others in pursuing a common goal. You may be making personal and physical changes that contribute to a vital, energetic lifestyle and appealing manner.

Friendships are in stronger focus than usual this year – there may be a significant new friendship developed during this period. This is also a big “idea” year – useful and creative ideas come to you now, and you’re especially able to put them into action.

Bursts of creativity and energy emerge at seemingly perfect times and help you to further your goals again this year. Healthy risk-taking is likely, as you are more able to spot an opportunity when you see one. It is easier than usual to break free from habits that have previously held you back from going after what you want in life.

This is an excellent year for getting (and giving, if appropriate) expert advice. Organizing your affairs is highly favored. The public is likely to appreciate your ideas and work. This can be a strong time to bond with people younger than you as well as siblings and classmates. There may be a project, idea, or person that demands much of your attention or occupies much of your thoughts. It’s a strong year for any project or studies that require concentrated effort. You are especially resourceful.

This can be a year of more passion for your projects and interests. You are innovative and might frequently stray from your usual routines. This is likely to be a particularly busy year, but you should watch for overwork or pushing yourself too hard. Watch for impatience and hastiness as well. Relationships can be exciting, and personal appeal is high.

2016 is a Number Five year for you. Ruled by Mercury. This is a year of exploration and freedom. It’s a time when exploration and reaching out to others brings opportunities. It’s a good time to advertise and sell. Surprises are in store, and the routine is broken. This is a year when exciting relationships can be formed, or, if you are already in a partnership, new life is breathed into the relationship. Advice – explore, look for adventure, keep your eyes open for opportunities, mingle.

2017 will be a Number Six year for you. Ruled by Venus. This is a year of relative contentment. It is a time when love is the easiest to attract, and partnerships formed under this vibration have a better chance for longevity. You are able to attract others, and material things as well, this year. This is a good year for establishing harmony in the family and in the home. Advice – develop existing relationships, be positive and receptive because these kinds of energies help you to attract what you desire.

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Birthdays on the Virgo-Libra Cusp

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

If you were born on the Virgo-Libra cusp, from about September 19 to September 25, you’re a beautiful individual, inside and out! The energies of Virgo and Libra work nicely together to create very balanced people who are both intellectual and artistic.

Individuals born on “The Cusp of Beauty” are ruled by communication planet Mercury and love planet Venus, which lends them the rational qualities of Virgo as well as the creative and social attributes of Libra — it’s the best of both worlds!

Beauty cuspers are always up to date on the latest trends, and they love all things of beauty, including people, art and nature. They strive to keep their personal appearance and their home aesthetically pleasing, but they must avoid taking this too far at the risk of becoming superficial.

In fact, most Virgo-Libra cuspers are not superficial at all! They are deep thinkers with sharp analytical skills and a strong work ethic, and that combination is a thing of beauty, indeed.

Learn more about the beautiful Virgo-Libra cusp:

Name of Cusp: The Cusp of Beauty

Date Range: September 19 to September 25

Strengths: Attractive, intellectual, communicative, artistic, social, sensuous.

Weaknesses: Superficial, materialistic, detached, perfectionist, nervous, jaded.

How Virgo-Libra energy works together: Virgo’s analytical skills and attention to detail combine nicely with Libra’s social skills and love of beauty to create balanced individuals who are both intelligent and artistic. Both signs share a love of beauty that meshes nicely.

What they love: Objects of beauty, including people, art, fashion, home décor, nature and anything pretty you can look at, buy or adorn yourself with.

What they need: Virgo-Libra cuspers need to keep their lives in order and everything running smoothly and looking good in order to prevent anxiety.

Advice: Be careful of becoming too preoccupied with appearances and spending too much money on material things. Focus more on your spiritual side!

Famous people born on the Virgo-Libra cusp: Trisha Yearwood, Adam West, Jeremy Irons, Twiggy, Jimmy Fallon, Sophia Loren, Upton Sinclair, Alexander the Great, Faith Hill, H. G. Wells, Larry Hagman, Leonard Cohen, Stephen King, Bill Murray, Ricki Lake, Nicole Richie, Tommy Lasorda, Joan Jett, Scott Baio, Andrea Bocelli, Mickey Rooney, Jason Alexander, Julio Iglesias, John Coltrane, Ray Charles, Bruce Springsteen, Ani DiFranco, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jim Henson, Phil Hartman, Will Smith, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Heather Locklear, Mark Hamill, Christopher Reeve, Michael Douglas, Barbara Walters, William Faulkner.

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Lady Willow’s Tarot Card of the Day for September 23rd is Strength

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Strength



Strength denotes an inner power, mastery of will and development of inner might. Through mastering one’s emotions and learning from both success and failure the person Strength represents has reached a place where they are influential without applying physical force, able to weather the roughest of storms, and not likely to abandon the less fortunate. Strength also denotes a large capacity for forgiveness and compassion. Strength is not as much about winning as it is about achieving balance, overcoming hardship, and using well crafted persuasion to gain allies.

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Lady’s Willow Rune for Friday, September 23rd is Raidho

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Raidho

Raidho may mark the coming of a physical or spiritual journey. Whichever the case, changes in your life are soon to come. Spiritual or material goals may be attained.

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Your Influences for the Weekend of September 23 thru September 25th

 

Tarot Influence

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Five of Wands Reversed

Obstacles to success will be overcome. New ventures are on the horizon.

 

 

Astrological Influence

35

Gemini Reversed

Gemini reversed denotes vacillation. Decisions are not made, because all side of the issue pull with the same strength.

 

Element Influence

23

Air

Air denotes freedom and the ability to transcent the mundane. You may be, or may soon experience a spiritual or secular liberation.

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A Healthy You!

With autumn and winter come cooler temperatures and ebbing daylight. Our bodies respond with decreased energy levels and reduced resistance and stamina. Given that most of the fall and winter are spent indoors, it’s no surprise that we often develop illnesses during these months. To stay healthy, follow a varied diet, sleep well, and get regular exercise. Meditating for even five to ten minutes a day supports the immune system and promotes a sense of calm.
Make use of incense, smudges, herbs, and essential oils to boost your wellness.
Garlic: kills bacteria and viruses; warms and stimulates.
Ginger: dries and clears congestion, improves digestion; enhances circulation.
Juniper: deeply purifies, cleanses, and protects; clears the mind.
Nutmeg: warms and stimulates; supports circulation.
Sage: antiseptic; fights respiratory infections; opens airways.
Thyme: antiseptic; stimulant; effective against respiratory illnesses.

Reference

Llewellyn’s 2013 Sabbats Almanac: Samhain 2012 to Mabon 2013 (Annuals – Sabbats Almanac)
Digitalis, Raven; Pharr, Daniel; Pesznecker, Susan; Madden, Kristin; Raedisch, Linda; Kynes, Sandra; Blake, Deborah; Cobb, Dallas Jennifer; Dugan, Ellen; Ress, Suzanne; Marquis, Melanie; Zaman, Natalie; Renée, Janina.

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“May there be peace in the North;
May there be peace in the South;
May there be peace in the West;
May there be peace in the East.
May there be peace throughout the whole world.”
– Druid Blessing, Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids

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I would ask in closing to remember Lady of the Abyss. We have a fund to help with her medical bills which are going to be very expensive. There is no price, however, you can put on a life especially one as precious as Lady A’s. We appreciate all the
donations we have received so far and I guarantee you they have been put in a medical account just for her. If you haven’t had the opportunity to donate, we would appreciate any amount you can send.

Thank you and Goddess Bless You!

The Witches Of The Craft’s Journal for Thursday, September 22nd

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Welcome to Harvest Home

“At Harvest Home, the sun enters Libra, the astrological sign traditionally represented by balanced scales, and this is appropriate given the fragile balance in which the whole cosmos is poised on this day. Occurring at a point in the year when day and night are again equal in length, Harvest Home represents a time of balance and equilibrium in the natural cycle (as does the vernal equinox), but the thoughts which move us now are not the thoughts which captivated us in Spring. At the time of the vernal equinox, our thoughts turned from winter toward the lengthening hours of sunlight, the greening fields and gardens, and the new life bursting forth everywhere. Now with the harvest completed, the crops gathered in, and the nights becoming longer, we pause to enjoy the warm slanted sunlight of these golden autumn days, to give thanks for summer’s bounty and to prepare ourselves mentally for the coming winter. The gods associated with Harvest Home are harvest (particularly the grape harvest) or vegetation gods such as Dionysus and Bacchus, gods in their maturity like Thor, Mabon, Thoth and Hermes, and nature spirits like John Barleycorn. The goddesses of this time are also mature deities associated with abundance, harvest, home and hearth, and they include Demeter, Ceres, Hestia, Modron, Morgan, the Muses and Persephone.”

–  Mabon – Harvest Home, Catherine Kerr

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Daily  Sun & Moon Data for Thursday, September 22

The Sun

Sun Direction: 157.57° SSE

Sun Altitude: 50.69°

Sun Distance: 93.280 million mi

Next Solstice: Dec 21, 2016 4:44 AM (Winter)

Sunrise Today: 6:43 AM 89° East

Sunset Today: 6:50 PM 270° West

Length of Daylight: 12 hours, 7 minutes

The Moon

Moon Direction: 282.46° WNW

Moon Altitude: 12.57°

Moon Distance: 230872 mi

Next New Moon: Sep 30, 20167:11 PM

Next Full Moon: Oct 15, 201611:23 PM

Next Moonset: Today1:07 PM

Current Moon Phase:Waning Gibbous

Illumination:58.2%

Reference:

timeanddate.com

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“The Wheel rolls more, and Autumn returns.
Cooler the rain; the Sun lower burns.
The coloring leaves presage the Year:
All things move into harvest’s sphere.
I vow to savor fruits first picked;
nor into grief shall I be tricked.
I vow to offer what once I spurned,
and face the Turning reassured.

– Asleen O’Gaea, Celebrating the Seasons of Life: Beltane to Mabon, p. 116.

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The Sky This Week – for September 22 to September 25

An unobstructed view of Venus, the Summer Triangle still prominent, and other awesome things to look for in the sky this week.

Reference:

The Astronomy Magazine

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“As autumn returns to earth’s northern hemisphere,
and day and night are briefly,
but perfectly,
balanced at the equinox,
may we remember anew how fragile life is —-
human life, surely,
but also the lives of all other creatures,
trees and plants,
waters and winds.

May we make wise choices in how and what we harvest,
may earth’s weather turn kinder,
may there be enough food for all creatures,
may the diminishing light in our daytime skies
be met by an increasing compassion and tolerance
in our hearts.”


–  Kathleen Jenks, Autumn Lore  

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“Autumn Equinox, around September 21, is the time of the descent of the Goddess into the Underworld. With her departure, we see the decline of nature and the coming of winter. This is a classic, ancient mythos, seen the Sumerian myth of Inanna and in the ancient Greek and Roman legends of Demeter and Persephone. In September, we also bid farewell to the Harvest Lord who was slain at Lammas. He is the Green Man, seen as the cycle of nature in the plant kingdom. He is harvested and his seeds are planted into the Earth so that life may continue and be more abundant. Mabon (“Great Son”) is a Welsh god. He was a great hunter with a swift horse and a wonderful hound. He may have been a mythologized actual leader. He was stolen from his mother, Modron (Great Mother),when he was three nights old, but was eventually rescued by King Arthur (other legends say he was rescued by the Blackbird, the Stag, the Owl, the Eagle, and the Salmon). All along, however, Mabon has been dwelling, a happy captive, in Modron’s magickal Otherworld — Madron’s womb. Only in this way can he be reborn. Mabon’s light has been drawn into the Earth, gathering strength and wisdom enough to become a new seed. In this sense, Mabon is the masculine counterpart of Persephone — the male fertilizing principle seasonally withdrawn. Modron corresponds with Demeter.”

–   Mabon (Autumn Equinox): Lore, Rituals, Symbols

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Mabon History: The Second Harvest

Two days a year, the Northern and Southern hemispheres receive the same amount of sunlight. Not only that, each receives the same amount of light as they do dark — this is because the earth is tilted at a right angle to the sun, and the sun is directly over the equator. In Latin, the word equinox translates to “equal night.” The autumn equinox, or Mabon, takes place on or near September 21, and its spring counterpart falls around March 21. If you’re in the Northern hemisphere, the days will begin getting shorter after the autumn equinox and the nights will grow longer — in the Southern hemisphere, the reverse is true.

Global Traditions

The idea of a harvest festival is nothing new. In fact, people have celebrated it for millennia, all around the world. In ancient Greece, Oschophoria was a festival held in the fall to celebrate the harvesting of grapes for wine. In the 1700’s, the Bavarians came up with Oktoberfest, which actually begins in the last week of September, and it was a time of great feasting and merriment, still in existence today.

China’s Mid-Autumn festival is celebrated on the night of the Harvest Moon, and is a festival of honoring family unity.

Giving Thanks

Although the traditional American holiday ofThanksgiving falls in November, many cultures see the second harvest time of the fall equinox as a time of giving thanks. After all, it’s when you figure out how well your crops did, how fat your animals have gotten, and whether or not your family will be able to eat during the coming winter. However, by the end of November, there’s not a whole lot left to harvest. Originally, the American Thanksgiving holiday was celebrated on October 3, which makes a lot more sense agriculturally.

In 1863, Abraham Lincoln issued his “Thanksgiving Proclamation”, which changed the date to the last Thursday in November. In 1939, Franklin Delano Roosevelt adjusted it yet again, making it the second-to-last Thursday, in the hopes of boosting post-Depression holiday sales. Unfortunately, all this did was confuse people. Two years later, Congress finalized it, saying that the fourth Thursday of November would be Thanksgiving, each year.

Symbols of the Season

The harvest is a time of thanks, and also a time of balance — after all, there are equal hours of daylight and darkness. While we celebrate the gifts of the earth, we also accept that the soil is dying. We have food to eat, but the crops are brown and going dormant. Warmth is behind us, cold lies ahead.

Some symbols of Mabon include:

  • Mid-autumn vegetables, like squashes and gourds
  • Apples and anything made from them, such as cider or pies
  • Seeds, nuts and seed pods
  • Baskets, symbolizing the gathering of crops
  • Sickles and scythes
  • Grapes, vines, wine

You can use any of these to decorate your home or your altar at Mabon.

Feasting and Friends

Early agricultural societies understood the importance of hospitality — it was crucial to develop a relationship with your neighbors, because they might be the ones to help you when your family ran out of food. Many people, particularly in rural villages, celebrated the harvest with great deals of feasting, drinking, and eating. After all, the grain had been made into bread, beer and wine had been made, and the cattle were brought down from the summer pastures for the coming winter.Celebrate Mabon yourself with a feast — and the bigger, the better!

Magic and Mythology

Nearly all of the myths and legends popular at this time of the year focus on the themes of life, death, and rebirth. Not much of a surprise, when you consider that this is the time at which the earth begins to die before winter sets in!

Demeter and Her Daughter

Perhaps the best known of all the harvest mythologies is the story of Demeter and Persephone. Demeter was a goddess of grain and of the harvest in ancient Greece. Her daughter, Persephone, caught the eye of Hades, god of the underworld. When Hades abducted Persephone and took her back to the underworld, Demeter’s grief caused the crops on earth to die and go dormant. By the time she finally recovered her daughter, Persephone had eaten six pomegranate seeds, and so was doomed to spend six months of the year in the underworld. These six months are the time when the earth dies, beginning at the time of the autumn equinox.

Inanna Takes on the Underworld

The Sumerian goddess Inanna is the incarnation of fertility and abundance. Inanna descended into the underworld where her sister, Ereshkigal, ruled. Erishkigal decreed that Inanna could only enter her world in the traditional ways — stripping herself of her clothing and earthly posessions. By the time Inanna got there, Erishkigal had unleashed a series of plagues upon her sister, killing Inanna. While Inanna was visiting the underworld, the earth ceased to grow and produce. A vizier restored Inanna to life, and sent her back to earth. As she journeyed home, the earth was restored to its former glory.

Modern Celebrations

For contemporary Druids, this is the celebration of Alban Elfed, which is a time of balance between the light and the dark. Many Asatru groups honor the fall equinox as Winter Nights, a festival sacred to Freyr.

For most Wiccans and NeoPagans, this is a time of community and kinship. It’s not uncommon to find a Pagan Pride Day celebration tied in with Mabon. Often, PPD organizers include a food driveas part of the festivities, to celebrate the bounty of the harvest and to share with the less fortunate.

If you choose to celebrate Mabon, give thanks for the things you have, and take time to reflect on the balance within your own life, honoring both the darkness and the light. Invite your friends and family over for a feast, and count the blessings that you have among kin and community.

Paganism/Wicca Expert

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Demeter, Dark Mother of the Harvest

Perhaps the best known of all the harvest mythologies is the story of Demeter and Persephone. Demeter was a goddess of grain and of the harvest in ancient Greece. Her daughter, Persephone, caught the eye of Hades, god of the underworld. When Hades abducted Persephone and took her back to the underworld, Demeter’s grief caused the crops on earth to die and go dormant. By the time she finally recovered her daughter, Persephone had eaten six pomegranate seeds, and so was doomed to spend six months of the year in the underworld. These six months are the time when the earth dies, beginning at the time of the autumn equinox. Each year, Demeter mourns the loss of her daughter for six months. At Ostara, the greening of the earth begins once more and life begins anew.

In some interpretations of the story, Persephone is not held in the underworld against her will. Instead, she chooses to stay there for six months each year so that she can bring a little bit of brightness and light to the souls doomed to spend eternity with Hades.

Paganism/Wicca Expert

Article published on & owned by About.com

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Setting Up Your Mabon Altar

Mabon is the time when many Pagans celebrate the second part of the harvest. This Sabbat is about the balance between light and dark, with equal amounts of day and night. Try some or even all of these ideas — obviously, space may be a limiting factor for some, but use what calls to you most.

Colors of the Season

The leaves have begun to change, so reflect the colors of autumn in your altar decorations. Use yellows, oranges, reds and browns. Cover your altar with cloths that symbolize the harvest season, or go a step further and put brightly colored fallen leaves upon your work surface. Use candles in deep, rich colors — reds, golds, or other autumn shades are perfect this time of year.

Symbols of the Harvest

Mabon is the time of the second harvest, and the dying of the fields. Use corn, sheaves of wheat, squash and root vegetables on your altar. Add some tools of agriculture if you have them – scythes, sickles, and baskets.

A Time of Balance

Remember, the equinoxes are the two nights of the year when the amount of light and darkness are equal.

Decorate your altar to symbolize the aspect of the season. Try a small set of scales, a yin-yang symbol, a white candle paired up with a black one — all are things which represent the concept of balance.

Other Symbols of Mabon

  • Wine, vines and grapes
  • Apples, cider, and apple juice
  • Pomegranates
  • Ears of corn
  • Pumpkins
  • Gods’ Eyes
  • Corn dolls
  • Mid-autumn vegetables, like squashes and gourds
  • Seeds, seed pods, nuts in their shells
  • Baskets, symbolizing the gathering of crops
  • Statuary of deities symbolizing the changing seasons

More About Mabon

Interested in learning about some of the traditions behind the celebrations of the autumn equinox? Find out why Mabon is important, learn about the legend of Persephone and Demeter, the symbolism of stags, acorns and oaks, and explore the magic of apples and more!

  • Origins of the Word Mabon

  • Wondering where the word “Mabon” came from? Was it a Celtic god? A Welsh hero? Is it found in ancient writings? Let’s look at some of the history behind the word.
  • 5 Ways to Celebrate Mabon with Kids

  • Mabon falls around September 21 in the northern hemisphere, and around March 21 below the equator. This is the autumn equinox, it’s a time to celebrate the season of the second harvest. It’s a time of balance, of equal hours of light and dark, and a reminder that the cold weather isn’t far away at all. If you’ve got kids at home, try celebrating Mabon with some of these family-friendly and kid-appropriate ideas.
  • Autumn Equinox Around the World

  • At Mabon, the time of the autumn equinox, there are equal hours of light and dark. It is a time of balance, and while summer is ending, the winter is approaching. This is a season in which farmers are harvesting their fall crops, gardens are beginning to die, and the earth gets a bit cooler each day. Let’s look at some of the ways that this second harvest holiday has been honored around the world for centuries.

 

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Today Is Thursday, September 22

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, just as Islam reveres Friday, Judaism the Sabbath(calculated from sunset on Friday to sunset on Saturday), and Christianity, Sunday. This is why almost all adages about Thursday are positive, such as “Thursday’s child has far to go,” “Sneeze on Thursday, something 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/Pisces/Sagittarius

Planet: Mercury

Tree: Oak

Herb: Henbane

Stone: Turquoise/Bloodstone/Topaz

Animal: Fish/Goat/Aurochs

Element: Fire

Color: Brown/White/Orange

Number: 3

Rune: Thorn

Celtic Tree Month of Muin (Vine) –  September 2 – September 29

The Runic Half Month of Ken (illumination) September 13 – September 27

Goddess of the Month of Mala – September 6 – October 2

Source

The Pagan Book of Days
Nigel Pennick

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The Goddess Book of Days for Thursday, September 22

Autumnal Equinox, Wiccan Sabbat Mabon or Mab, the Witches Thanksgiving, for Demeter/Persephone, Ceres/Proserpina, Ala Bey, Mawu, Spider Woman, the Divine Trinity. In Sumeria, the death of Tiamat; in Turkey, the Day of the Sheepfolds, the death of Tammuz (Damuzi, Attis, Adonis, Baal, Osiris, Pan) as he enters the grain, the three-fold Goddess and promise of life, death and rebirth. In Greece, the Eleusinian Mysteries, the eighth day, the Epidaurion Hamaera, repetition of the Lesser Eleusinian Mysteries of Demeter and Persephone (February 1–3).

Reference

The Goddess Book of Days

Diane Stein

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Today is Thursday, September 22nd, We Celebrate

Autumn Equinox (Various Locations)
AUTUMNUS
Themes: Harvest; Abundance; Thankfulness; Balance; Wisdom; Foresight; Autumn
Symbols: Fall Leaves; Harvested Items
About Autumnus: This is the Roman personification of the autumn season. While the actual gender of this being is often left to the imagination, the strong connection with the harvest, wines, and fruits intimates a powerful earth goddess, blossoming with her seasonal array.
To Do Today: In magic traditions, today is a time to appreciate the earth’s abundance some what cautiously. After this festival, the daylight hours will begin to wane, meaning wise prudence is called for. So while we reap Autumnus’s bounty from the sowing season, we also begin prudently planning.
Decorate your dining table or sacred space with colorful autumn leaves today. Enjoy as many harvested fruits and vegetables (perhaps from a farmer’s market) as possible today to internalize Autumnus’s prosperous, wise energy. Leave out a libation of wine or grape juice for the goddess to please her and to encourage continuing providence when her stores begin to wane.
For children, today is a perfect time to have a leaf-raking party in which they figuratively gather what they need from the goddess, then play happily in her energy afterward by jumping in the piles.

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

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The Witches Almanac for Mabon, September 22nd

Mabon – Fall Equinox

Waning Moon
Moon Phase: Third Quarter
Moon Sign: Gemini
Sun enters Libra 10:21 am
Incense: Balsam
Color: Green

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The Witches Correspondences for Thursday, September 22

Thursday (Thor’s day)

Planet: Jupiter

Colors: Purple, Deep Blue

Crystals: Amethyst, Lepidolite, Sugilite, Tin

Aroma: Melissa, Clove, Oakmoss, Jupiter Oil, Cinnamon, Musk, Nutmeg, and Sage

Herb: Cinquefoil

Ruled by the planet Jupiter and dedicated to Thor, god of thunder and agricultural work. His parallels in various European Traditions include Zeus, Taranis, Perun, and Perkunas.

Magical aspects: controlled optimism, energetic growth, physical well-being, material success, expansion, money/wealth, prosperity, leadership, and generosity.

Thursday is the day of Jupiter, the largest of the planets and said to be the most powerful.

Spellcasters would be wise to use this day for attempting wealth, success and prosperity spells.

Thursday is also associated (in Greek mythology) to Thor – Thor’s day – and some even say that Jupiter and Thor are one in the same. Both are strong and powerful, yet wise and just. Try a small prayer to Jupiter before commencing any ritual on Thursday as a sign of respect.

This is the proper day of the week to perform spells and rituals involving luck, happiness, health, legal matters, male fertility, treasure, wealth, honour, riches, clothing, money, desires, business, group pursuits, joy, laughter, and expansion

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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.

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Current Moon Phase

September 22
Waning Gibbous
Illumination: 60%

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 – THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2016

Phase: Waning Gibbous
Illumination: 60%
Moon Age: 21.16 days
Moon Angle: 0.54
Moon Distance: 366,537.92 km
Sun Angle: 0.53
Sun Distance: 150,107,757.75 km
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The Equinox, the Void & Letting Go

Hey Beautiful,

I’m in the VOID.

You?

Do you feel it? The Void is that empty space where it feels like nothing is happening. It can be frustrating if you resist it, wanting everything to start moving and shaking. Or if you don’t recognize it.

The way to be with the void is to let go. Hang, and soften. Enjoy.

The Void is a natural part of upgrading and changing. As you continue to evolve, you’ll experience the void again and again. Given the deep shifts many of us have felt happening in this Eclipse Cycle, it’s not surprising to find yourself in this experience.

The void is a state of transformation and feeling it, indicates a specific location in the cycle of change. The void may feel like nothing it going on, or it can feel like a lot is happening, but you don’t know what or what to do with it. In the Void, we’re in a deep period of integration and emergence. Life is going again to birth.

The Void can make you want to hole up and withdraw. You may feel much less social than normal. You might feel over-energized, or more sleepy than normal, or both! You may feel confused and your moods may go up and down.

In this deep restructuring you’re learning to orient and perceive and think in new ways. It may be harder to think and respond in ways people are used to you responding and yet you may not know what is happening yet and what life will be like on the other side. In a sense you are starting to orient to a new level of consciousness, a new standard for being and choosing.

You might be experiencing the void in an area of life, rather then overall. This happens too as specific parts of our experience are deeply transformed.

If you’re feeling this, now is a time to allow these deep changes to penetrate and perpetuate a new way of being. It’s not push. Instead let inspiration return and arise, organically, from your newness. There is always a point in this journey when you feel more clear and strong, and then you feel inspired to take action because what you want next, becomes obvious.

Until it does, enjoy the still point of this and trust that all that you’ve summoned, allowed, completed, cleared, upgraded and shifted will come forth in a new configuration.

Let yourself change. Embrace this experience, for you’ve summoned it, in your desire to grow spiritually and expand.

Breathe deeply and sink into this part of the experience. Listen to your body and honor it’s wisdom. Once the amazing work of assimilating all this newness into form and your multidimensional connections reset you’ll find you come online in new ways. Be curious and soft as things start to come forth. Discover who you are, by what arises from within, rather then projecting the familiar onto the newness.

I tried repeatedly to channel this afternoon, but could not. This often happens when such a fundamental change is occurring that I’m offline, while restructuring. So I took to my bed, read a book and relaxed.

I now view the Void with delight – it’s full of promise. The Void to me means the major information and activations have been received and the building is underway. There’s nothing to do but let go and trust. So I watch movies, read, walk outside and expect little of myself.

Tomorrow is the Equinox and given what I’m feeling, it feels like Divine Timing.

The Equinox can assist us with balance, inner harmony, and poise amidst transformation. Both learning what these are like and generating that in our experience. These reliable galactic cycles, can remind us of the incredible intelligence everywhere, if we choose to see know it this way.

I’m tired today. My sleep cycles have been off. I’m energized and staying up late, but waking at the dawn. But even amidst this tiredness and given my inability to channel, I know that this Eclipse Cycle is a game changer.

The pure line of spirit, the parallel within our world of the fulfillment of the destiny of humanity is amplified.

There will continue to be drama in the world and extremes, but there’s also a clear alternative: knowing our mastery, and pivoting out of separation. Choosing love.

Love is a creative force, that manifests as feelings but is essentially a flow of divine light within us. Love propels us to elaborate our energy signature, our essence, without inhibition. When we do this and knowingly, we can discover grace. Once we welcome and allow life to flow, change, expand, connect, and come together in an experience of wholeness, we naturally want to share and express ourselves. We discover that being who we are, is also the key to having what we want -for they are one and the same. Fulfillment comes about through alignment and authenticity.

Once we get that, our life becomes an act of embodied love and our stewardship of our humanity, universal and personal. We can embrace expressing our essence, directly, confidently, with respect and honor for the way we are here a unique expression of Creation. Love for ourselves, love for everyone else. Love for all ways people are playing out the end-game of the old world and love for all the new emerging frequencies that feel like balm and joy and possibility and aliveness.

We become part of that pure line of spirit, the path of divine identity and expression, a life and way of being which implodes separation.

There are many doorways to awakening and all of them are infused and nourished by the same unified field. We wake up and live from a sense of somehow knowing, that what was is now obsolete and then the newness of our knowing just keeps opening up and expanding. An ever-expanding experience of following our spirit and that path unfolding our capacity and fulfillment. How miraculous is that?

I look forward to emerging from my own transformation and to sharing what comes up and through me, with you. I welcome any and all changes you are creating. I celebrate your mastery and embrace you with knowing, kinship and love.

Happy Equinox!

Here’s to all you are, and all you are becoming!

With love,
Ailia

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Your Daily Horoscopes for Thursday, September 22

 

Aries

Aries Horoscope
Aries

Jupiter just recently moved into your social sector, dear Aries, and should have a positive influence on your relationships in the coming year. Today, the Sun begins its month-long transit of this same sector, and your social life is likely to light up. You more readily sense others’ needs, making this a more considerate, compromising cycle. Strive for honesty in your relationships and for coming to a better understanding of yourself through your interactions with others. Also today, Mercury turns direct after several weeks of retrograde motion. Over the coming days and weeks, you are ready to make decisions that may have been difficult to achieve in recent times. Plans and projects move forward, resume, and are more straightforward. This applies in particular to work and health matters. Be clearer in your dealings than usual today during this transition period.

Taurus


Taurus

The Sun moves into your service sector today, dear Taurus, where it will light up your desire to improve your habits, work, and health over the coming month. You are more resourceful and concerned with details during this cycle. You’re more willing to put forth personal effort to improve your life. You’re adaptable and quick to make adjustments. While focusing on the details of your life is important now, be careful that you’re not limiting yourself too much in the process. Mercury comes to a station today as it changes direction from retrograde to direct. While today may be a little chaotic, this shift in direction can bring improved communications and more clarity in romantic and creative affairs in the coming days and weeks. Be slightly more vigilant when it comes to following directions and expressing yourself today.

Gemini


Gemini

The end of Mercury’s retrograde cycle can point to improved communications with friends and family in the coming days and weeks, dear Gemini. It can also mean you’re in a clearer, more determined frame of mind. While you’re unlikely to see immediate results today, projects are set to move forward. You may be returning to previous conversations that were confusing or getting nowhere, this time with more clarity. It’s time to come at problems from a new angle. Some plans you’ve made recently may now seem less important or not even necessary, while others may resume. The Sun moves into your sector of play, entertainment, and self-expression, and will spend a month stimulating your creative and romantic side. Your confidence builds, and you enjoy pleasing others. There is unique flair to whatever you do now, and your emotional life is especially colorful.

Cancer


Cancer

The Sun moves into your home and family sector today for a month-long stay, dear Cancer. This puts you in an especially domestic frame of mind. The coming weeks are strong for getting in touch with family and loved ones, and with your own heart as well. Interestingly, Venus will move into a more playful sector of your chart, and your heart and mind may not always agree. However, you may very well reach the perfect balance between introspection and interaction with others as a result. Today is about faith and understanding. Mercury ends its retrograde cycle today, and over the coming days and weeks, you’ll see forward movement in major projects, particularly related to learning, writing, and connecting. Transportation and educational difficulties clear up. Today, you’ll need to be especially sensitive when it comes to choosing words to express yourself. Take things slowly now, but tune into your intuition, which has important messages for you.

Leo


Leo

The Sun moves into your communications sector today, dear Leo, and will influence this area of your solar chart until October 22nd. This is a dynamic, enthusiastic cycle. You’re interested in quick results or you have many different projects going at once. You are curious, interested in others, and eager to learn new things. While this is an active time for making connections, you may want to strive for more continuity. With Jupiter already in this sector of your chart, this can be a wonderful time for learning new things and exploring personal interests. After more than three weeks of retrograde (or apparent backwards) motion, the planet of communication, Mercury, begins direct motion today. Tricky problems and indecisiveness are likely to clear. For now, take special care in your interactions with others. More clarity is around the corner, particularly surrounding financial matters. Some projects or ideas may be scrapped, while others regain momentum.

Virgo

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Virgo

Mercury turns direct today after more than three weeks of retrograde motion, dear Virgo. This move is more significant to you than for most other signs because Mercury is your ruler and has been retrograde in your sign. While it’s a signal that communication problems are likely to clear up soon, don’t expect it to happen in a day. Slowly but surely, others will find it easier to understand and to communicate with you. Plans that have stalled resume. Some of the tension you’ve been feeling of late can dissipate as you take a clearer look at things. For now, take care with the words you choose to express yourself. Misunderstandings are entirely possible as Mercury, the planet of communication, shifts directions. Also today, the Sun leaves your sign and enters Libra. For the coming month, you’re in a good position to take charge of your money and valuables. You’re also more resourceful and making good use of your talents and skills in this month-long cycle. Focus on building.

Libra

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Libra

The Sun enters your sign today, dear Libra, where it will transit for the next month, vitalizing your personality and personal plans. This is a good time of year for feeling that you’re in the driver’s seat. People notice you more than usual, particularly after your actual birthday after you’ve experienced your Solar Return. Make good impressions and project yourself with confidence and positivity now for best results. Mercury turns direct today, and over the coming days and weeks, communication problems will tend to blow over. New information can come to light, and you have a stronger sense of how to deal with troubling issues from the past. However, right now, with the shift occurring, there can be some confusion and possibly frustration. Avoid focusing on what’s said or not said today. Look forward to clearer times ahead.

Scorpio

Scorpio Symbol Glyph
Scorpio

Mercury’s several-week retrograde period comes to an end today, dear Scorpio, and many recent misunderstandings are likely to clear up in the coming days and weeks. Even so, the shift itself has the initial effect of magnifying problem areas. Communications can remain confusing as Mercury changes direction, and perhaps even more so. However, you’ll see progress with recent stalled projects and friendships very soon. The Sun enters your solar twelfth house today, where it will transit for the coming month. This is an important time of year for personal reflection. You’re likely to relish time to yourself for dreaming, resting, and healing. It’s a fertile period for exploring your inner world. Some level of retreat is good for you now, as it’s important to avoid overload, but watch if escapist tendencies go a little too far.

Sagittarius

Sagittarius Glyph Symbol
Sagittarius

Mercury ends its retrograde period today, dear Sagittarius, and you’ll begin to feel the fog lifting in the coming days, particularly in the areas of work, career, and reputation. Recent feelings of a lack of direction or of being in the dark about key areas of your life have left you in a state of limbo, which is now likely to dissipate. You’re becoming clearer in your goals, and career matters tend to resume or pick up speed. More clarity is around the corner when it comes to partnerships as well. Today, there can be some confused plans and communications, so be as clear as possible in all of your dealings or put off complicated discussions temporarily. The Sun moves into your sector of dreams, wishes, hopes, ideals, and friendship today, where it will influence for the coming month. You have recently begun a yearlong cycle of increased hope, faith, and social connectedness, and the Sun’s move here pulls this together in magical ways. It’s an especially optimistic time. Be a team player now for best results.

Capricorn

Capricorn Symbol/Glyph
Capricorn

The Sun moves to the top of your solar chart today, dear Capricorn, where it will transit for the coming month. This is an important cycle for recognizing and honoring your goals and ambitions. Your instincts for advancement are excellent now, especially since you have Jupiter in this sector boosting your confidence this year. Others take particular note of you now. As well, Mercury turns direct today after several weeks of retrograde motion. Communication or transportation delays and breakdowns may have been more common for you in the past few weeks, and while you’re not entirely out of the woods on this level, more clarity is coming. Decision making on travel, publishing, and educational matters becomes lucid, and stalled initiatives may now resume or pick up speed.

Aquarius


Aquarius

The Sun moves into smooth aspect with your sign today, dear Aquarius, and for the coming month, stimulates your more adventurous nature. This is a period for nurturing your spirit to grow, expand, learn, and understand. It’s an excellent time for picking up or advancing personal interests or studies. You’re also more able to see beyond the boundaries and limits you typically enforce on your life. As well today, Mercury turns direct after several weeks of retrograde motion. Dealing with facts and figures may not be your best bet today as the transition occurs, but going forward, you’re likely to gain more clarity. This is particularly the case with financial concerns and close relationships. The days and weeks ahead are good for repairing relationship woes, if necessary, and for the smoothing over of dilemmas of an intimate or financial nature.

Pisces


Pisces

Mercury’s retrograde period comes to an end today, dear Pisces, and you’re likely to enjoy improved communications in the coming days and weeks. There can be some confusion as Mercury changes direction today, so it’s important to slow down and get your facts straight. Going forward, however, relationship matters become clearer, and stalled projects are likely to resume as information comes to light that makes decision-making more straightforward. Also today, the Sun moves into your solar eighth house for a month-long stay. This is an important cycle for introspection and gaining a deeper understanding of your relationships. You may be drawn to situations and activities that help you heal, improve, grow, and transform. You might become thoroughly engrossed in a personal project or relationship during this cycle. You are less inclined to jump into new things. Your attitude is a “wait and see” one at this time, and your powers of observation increase dramatically.

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If Today is Your Birthday: September 22

Hard working, capable, and mostly disciplined, you are a person who values that which you have built. Feeling safe and secure are major drives for you, and there is little you want more than to bring harmony into your relationships and environment around you. Your need for communication and mental stimulation is strong, and you are at your best when you are one-on-one. You are somewhat fearful of change, and your life often feels fated. Your attention to detail is outstanding, and you can be a perfectionist. You need a partner who is mentally stimulating, youthful in spirit, interested and interesting. Famous people born today: Tommy Lasorda, Joan Jett, Scott Baio, Bonnie Hunt, Andrea Bocelli, Tatiana Maslany.

Your Birthday Year Forecast:

Your birthday occurs around a Third Quarter Moon this year, and you are reaching an important turning point in terms of personal growth. You may be more emotional this year, and should watch for unnecessary conflicts and making hasty decisions as a result. Otherwise, this is a year of greater understanding and a strong desire to take care of business. This should be a busy, dynamic period in your life.

You have a stronger than usual desire to improve and learn this year. Optimism and confidence are with you, and you are able to attract fortunate circumstances into your life as a result. Problems are easier to resolve. Your broader perspective on matters keeps you from getting lost in details or overly frustrated by everyday stresses and strains. Even so, you can be exceptionally busy this year. At times, you may feel like the pace of your life is running ahead of you. You can be especially productive, however, in all types of communications–writing, speaking, learning, teaching, and so forth.

This is an excellent year in which to advance projects revolving around communications – writing, speaking, selling, and so forth. Your reputation may be enhanced through word of mouth. Making new contacts through learning and mental pursuits figures strongly as well. However, there will be times when you take yourself too seriously. You may become bogged down in your work. It’s a strong year for recognizing flaws and errors. As long as you don’t forget the “big picture”, you could find you are motivated to channel your mental energy into tasks that require structured and organized thought, tackling projects that you may have found too mundane or downright boring in other years.

You feel energized and inspired creatively this year, ready to fight for something you believe in. You find it easier to assert your desires and opinions. However, there can be times when you’re too hasty or impatient. Your energy levels run high this year and this period is likely to be especially busy. You could be rather wilful and impassioned, and it would be best to channel excess energy into healthy physical outlets. If you suffer from frequent headaches, it is likely that you are not dealing with your own anger or desire to take the lead appropriately. You feel a great need for action, but if you don’t know where you’re headed, you might take a wrong turn. As long as you channel the excess energy constructively, instead of wasting your time arguing or getting yourself into conflicts with others, you can accomplish much. Disputes and conflict can figure rather strongly this year.

Personal magnetism runs high this year. You are playfully competitive and might win a major competition, if applicable. This is a good period for creative projects and joining with others in pursuing a common goal. You may be making personal and physical changes that contribute to a vital, energetic lifestyle and appealing manner.

Friendships are in stronger focus than usual this year – there may be a significant new friendship developed during this period. This is also a big “idea” year – useful and creative ideas come to you now, and you’re especially able to put them into action.

Bursts of creativity and energy emerge at seemingly perfect times and help you to further your goals again this year. Healthy risk-taking is likely, as you are more able to spot an opportunity when you see one. It is easier than usual to break free from habits that have previously held you back from going after what you want in life.

This is an excellent year for getting (and giving, if appropriate) expert advice. Organizing your affairs is highly favored. The public is likely to appreciate your ideas and work. This can be a strong time to bond with people younger than you as well as siblings and classmates. There may be a project, idea, or person that demands much of your attention or occupies much of your thoughts. It’s a strong year for any project or studies that require concentrated effort. You are especially resourceful.

This can be a year of more passion for your projects and interests. You are innovative and might frequently stray from your usual routines. This is likely to be a particularly busy year, but you should watch for overwork or pushing yourself too hard. Watch for impatience and hastiness as well. Relationships can be exciting, and personal appeal is high.

 

2016 is a Number Four year for you. Ruled by Uranus. This is a year of work and development. It’s “nose to the grindstone” time. It’s a time to deal with practical matters, and it’s not a time to be lazy or especially gregarious. Sometimes, it can be a year that feels hard, monotonous and routine, and/or lonely. Advice – get yourself organized, work to build your resources, keep busy.

2017 will be a Number Five year for you. Ruled by Mercury. This is a year of exploration and freedom. It’s a time when exploration and reaching out to others brings opportunities. It’s a good time to advertise and sell. Surprises are in store, and the routine is broken. This is a year when exciting relationships can be formed, or, if you are already in a partnership, new life is breathed into the relationship. Advice – explore, look for adventure, keep your eyes open for opportunities, mingle.

Reference

Cafe Astrology

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Get A Jump On Tomorrow….

Your Horoscopes for Friday, August 23rd

by Rick Levine

General Horoscope

We’ve been stuck in the darkness with mental Mercury trining shadowy Pluto all week. Although it might feel like a deja vu on repeat, the Moon’s shift into nurturing Cancer at 4:33 am EDT adds a much-needed emotional perspective to our dilemma, offering important lessons if we’re willing to dig deeper. But just as the light of awareness begins to dawn on us, sultry Venus slips into mysterious Scorpio to remind us of the beauty of the night.

Aries Horoscope MAR 21 – APR 19

Separating what you want from what you need can be quite useful today because there’s more occurring than meets the eye. Nevertheless, you’re eager to learn whatever it is that you previously failed to understand about power politics at work. In fact, you are more than ready to explore the shadows of your own motivations now, which can ultimately enhance your professional relationships as well as your capacity for intimacy. Within the mystery there is a hidden treasure; it’s your job to find it.

Taurus Horoscope APR 20 – MAY 20

It seems as if everyone wants your time, money, love or whatever else they can get from you today. However, trying to satisfy anyone else’s needs at your own expense will not build trust in the long run. Negotiate what you’re willing to give and what you expect in return. Relationships are built on honest dialogue and compromise, even if you’re not sure it’s okay to express your desires in the open. The returns can be richer than you imagine if you’re willing to meet others halfway.

Gemini Horoscope MAY 21 – JUN 20

Impressing people is easy today because your curious nature is matched by a genuine interest in the happiness of others. However, a well-kept secret could find its way to the surface, which can be both painful and liberating at the same time. Remember, the mutual trust you share with someone depends upon how carefully and discreetly you use this powerful information. Nevertheless, respect for privacy is more important than ever now, and any truth you uncover should be handled with great care.

Cancer Horoscope JUN 21 – JUL 22

Restraining your desires is unnecessary today because your kind heart will ultimately steer you in the right direction. However, you may be so sensitive to people’s emotions that you remain silent about what you really want. Overcoming your fear of revealing too much allows you to be more open about your needs. Even if you’re shy about sharing your feelings now, there’s no valid reason to let your insecurities stand between you and your goal. If you don’t ask, others won’t know what to give.

Leo Horoscope JUL 23 – AUG 22

You are stepping into unexplored territory, and the journeys that call you in the external world might be overshadowed by the inner voyage you are embarking upon now. Powerful planetary tides fire up your passions, challenging you with intense feelings that cannot be put into actions or words. Courage may be your greatest strength, but you also benefit from a strong dose of humility today. Even the King of the Jungle must step down off his throne every once in a while.

Virgo Horoscope AUG 23 – SEP 22

You are locked into a pattern of introspection that deepens your thoughts and raises your emotional intensity. Delving into fascinating metaphysical studies might be a departure from your regular interests as you’re driven to explore the hidden parts of your psyche now. However, you may be more suspicious of others today because your probing mind knows you don’t have all the information you need. Playing detective and studying the mysteries of life can uncover interesting facts. But in the end, you must feel the truth to know it.

Libra Horoscope SEP 23 – OCT 22

After an extended period of feeling like you were lacking in money or love, it seems as if the rewards you’ve long coveted are finally within reach. Your charm is working on overdrive now that jovial Jupiter is back in your sign, and others are responding to you with warmth and affection. However, laziness or a sense of complacency can hijack your day. Don’t be a couch potato; if you wait for the good times to find you, you might be napping when they arrive. Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.

Scorpio Horoscope OCT 23 – NOV 21

You sense a gathering of cosmic forces, strangely bringing you a feeling of invincibility. Without much effort you can magically turn a perfectly normal scene into one filled with mythic intensity. However, your desire to merge with someone you love or to deepen your connection with a friend is complicated if you want to do it only on your own terms. Although you crave intimacy, you’re quite capable of entertaining yourself now if the available company is not up to your standards. Aristotle wrote, “Happiness belongs to the self-sufficient.”

Sagittarius Horoscope NOV 22 – DEC 21

Although boundaries are less distinct and your vision extends far into the distance, you’re not likely to stand up on a soapbox and make a speech today. Your ideas may be fantastic, but you’re willing to work behind the scenes now and leave the grand gestures to someone else. You currently have access to a bottomless well of information, as though you are being initiated into some kind of secret order. But putting what you’re receiving into words can be extremely difficult — a good thing since most people would not understand anyhow. Sometimes silence is more accurate than the truth.

Capricorn Horoscope DEC 22 – JAN 19

Long-term strategizing is one of your greatest skills, enabling you to plan for the future by setting priorities and sticking to them. Ironically, you’re less interested in events of the real world now as your desire to reach toward something more meaningful pulls your attention inward. Thankfully, your unwavering persistence will pay off, even if you’re not getting the desired results yet. Although practicing patience is still required if you want to capitalize on a current opportunity, new horizons are closer than you think.

Aquarius Horoscope JAN 20 – FEB 18

Fortunately, your efforts toward achieving success are close to culmination and the future is calling you with important clues about your new direction. Although the recognition you deserve is waiting, you must pay attention to the signs in order to reach your destination. You might think you can rest upon your laurels now, but one more push may be necessary. Don’t be afraid to strut your stuff at work so others see you at your best. It’s time to collect your rewards and then move on toward your next adventure. Dream big and live large.

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Pisces Horoscope FEB 19 – MAR 20

Relationships are buzzing with major intensity today as your passion rises in temperature. Communicating with powerful emotional depth convinces others to see things your way. If you are already involved with someone, invest your energy in reigniting your romance. If you’re single and looking, polish your image and get ready to play the dating game. Aim for fun rather than a long-term commitment — and you could wind up with both.

 

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Fall 2016 Love Horoscopes

A full spectrum of love and change

This fall, your love life might run the gamut from incredible to chaotic! Venus moves fast, traveling through four signs in what seems to be record time. As a result, you’ll need to keep up with her changing tastes and romantic styles.

While Venus moves through Scorpio from September 23 – October 18, she’ll be in a happy place, offering you deep, soul satisfying love potential. Once she shifts into Sagittarius however, the mood shifts too. On October 25 and October 29 she’ll be at odds with Neptune and Saturn respectively. A romantic bubble might burst, leaving you deflated.

Venus moves into Capricorn on November 11, offering another stretch of beauty and transformative romantic potential through December 7. But on November 29, Venus and Uranus square off. Then, you can expect the unexpected.

Finally, Venus enters Aquarius on December 7, and for the rest of the fall season you and your lover will enjoy the quirky affinities you share.

See how all these movements will impact YOUR life throughout the fall season with your signs Fall Love Horoscope below!

Aries Horoscope (March 21 – April 19)

Finances between you and your partner improve nicely this fall. You can expect a joint investment to profit in early October. Romance becomes confusing and frustrating from October 25-29, though. You and your lover might realize that you have very different perspectives on a matter that tugs at your moral compass. But love is grand again on November 5. If you’re single, an unexpected encounter with someone captivating is possible. After December 7 you’ll explore how much you and your partner really have in common, and a friend might even turn into a lover.

Taurus Horoscope (April 20 – May 20)

Love is divine for you this fall! Expect an extra phase of harmony between you and your mate through October 18. You might become engaged or married during this time. If you’re already hitched, you and your partner will deepen your bond in an extraordinary way. A shared aspiration might be pursued together, and if so, it’ll bring you even closer. One hiccup in your love fest might happen on October 29, if you discover that you and your mate have to clean up some shared debt or address a major joint expense. You’ll take care of it.

Gemini Horoscope May 21 – June 20)

You and your sweetheart might make a firm commitment to improve your health this fall. Expect positive results and plenty of will power to achieve them. Your partner will be your coach and cheerleader when necessary, and you’ll be sure to return the favor. The seriousness of your relationship comes into heightened importance from October 18 – November 11. Venus will tour your partnership sector during this time, offering a cosmic buffer to smooth over rough relationship edges. Disappointment however, is possible between October 25 and 29, when you’ll have to accept a situation, or move on. Whatever your decision, you’ll make it with grace.

Cancer Horoscope (June 21 – July 22)

This fall you’ll have plenty of opportunity to snuggle up with someone special. Between September 23 and October 18, Venus will make her way through your true love sector. During this transit, she’ll embrace Neptune on October 1 and Pluto on October 5. If single, this will support meeting someone new with real soul mate potential. This person will also be deep — nothing at all shallow about him or her. If attached, you and your partner have an opportunity to fortify your bond at the most satisfying level possible.

Leo Horoscope (July 23 – Aug. 22)

You’ll have plenty of romantic potential this fall, but it might prove to be a little bit confusing or frustrating at times. October 18 to November 11 will be an ideal time for singles to meet someone new, as Venus will tour your true love sector. Be careful around October 25 though — someone you want to believe is perfect might sorely disappoint you. Then, on October 29 you’ll have an easy time deciphering if love is real, and if the person you’re with can sustain your needs. After December 7, partnered Leos will enjoy a lovely stretch of harmony with their mate.

Virgo Horoscope (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22)

Your love life might not be a central focus this fall, but there will still be a few bright spots to look forward to. On October 1 you and your mate could have the kind of conversation that rekindles the most sentimental bond between you. You might also talk about spiritual matters, or just be more romantic than usual together. On October 5, expect a day of steamy romantic potential. Finally, Venus tours your true love sector from November 11 to December 7, and you and someone special will be in sexy overdrive on November 25.

Libra Horoscope (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22)

Communication between you and your sweetie might be dicey from October 25-29. One of you might catch the other in a lie, leaving you to question the level of trust you share. Or, it’s possible that you will need to make a difficult decision together. All is well by November 5 though — you’ll share bright ideas with your lover and find that you’re stimulated by juicy conversations. But beware: A family squabble between you and your mate might get out of hand on November 29. If you’re single, love potential blossoms after December 7. Be open.

Scorpio Horoscope (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21)

With Venus in your sign early this fall, you’re sure to capture attention from others. Until October 18 you’ll enjoy this ultra-sexy, magnetic edge. You’ll look and feel more beautiful, and this confidence can only translate into positive vibes with someone else. Pay attention to October 1 when a fairytale love story unfolds … with you as the star! Then, on October 5 you and your lover might have a potent conversation that strengthens your bond. Steer clear of financial decisions with your lover on October 25, however. Then, allow a new lover to meet your family after December 7.

Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21)

Romance might not be so easy this fall. It appears you’ve got some work ahead, and you might need to take off those rose-colored glasses for good. First, on October 25 Venus will square off with Neptune. You might feel sorely disappointed in how your lover gels with family, or with a situation that is happening in your living space together. Then on October 29, Venus and Saturn collide in your sign. You might have to face why you’re feeling so “unbeautiful.” Is it because you’re in a relationship that has gone cold? Only you can decide. If single, sparks might fly on November 5 — pay attention to who you meet.

Capricorn Horoscope (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19)

Early in the fall your social life will be the key to your love life potential. Be sure to attend group events and parties from September 23 to October 18. A soulful conversation with someone you meet on October 1 might be the start of something beautiful. And you’ll have a dose of irresistible intensity on October 5 — don’t waste it! Then, from November 11 to December 7, Venus will be in your sign, making you the fairest of them all. If you’re already in a relationship, you’ll likely feel more valued and loved by your mate. If single, expect plenty of attention.

Aquarius Horoscope (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18)

Social tension is possible this fall, and it might cut into your love life. Between October 25 and 29, you might have a wakeup call from one of your pals who bursts your bubble about someone you have a crush on. Or, it’s possible that the friend you thought might become something more really isn’t all that into you. Your salvation this season occurs after December 7 when Venus enters your sign. By then you’ll have a shot at attracting the person who is right for you.

Pisces Horoscope (Feb. 19 – March 20)

If you’re single, it’s possible that you’ll set your sights on someone this fall who has a background quite different than yours. Between September 23 and October 18, Venus will tour the area of your chart connected to other cultures, religion, and philosophy. Keep an open mind and discover how that might translate into deep and meaningful romantic potential. After November 11, you and your sweetheart might work intently on manifesting a shared aspiration. Together, nothing can stop you.

 

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Lady Willow’s Tarot Card for Thursday, September 22nd

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The Hierophant

The Hierophant represents the protector of a culture’s heritage and traditions. His purpose is to defend and teach the established ways and beliefs a group embraces. He is inherently conventional and a true believer in the power of the group. He loves the structure of the group and its values. It is the task of The Hierophant to bring new members into the group—to prepare the uninitiated to take their rightful place in his culture. In this sense he is very much like a teacher or a priest. He also acts as the repository of his group’s history. The Hierophant is certainly not one to buck proper authority. However, he is a staunch and worthy defender of the tried and true. He represents the positive aspects of tradition and conformity

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Lady Willow’s Rune of the Day for September 22nd

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Eihwaz

Eihwaz represents the Yew tree and its everlasting nature. The Yew may bend, but it does not break. You are on the right course and have the strength and ability to meet your goals. Congratulations!

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Sun in Libra

Your cosmic guide to life with the Sun in Libra

Fall arrives in the northern hemisphere as the Sun moves into loving Libra on September 22, 2016, and it’s not just the days and nights that are equal — all of us become equals with the Sun in this balanced sign.

Libra is ruled by Venus, planet of love and beauty, so our attention turns to partnerships, relationships, arts and culture during this time. Gone is the critical vibe of the Virgo Sun we’ve been living under for the past month, so we can now enjoy a more relaxed and social season.

Those born from about Sept. 19-25 were born on the Virgo-Libra cusp, and those born from about Oct. 20-26 were born on the Libra-Scorpio cusp. Being born on the cusp simply means that you were born during the transition time between two zodiac signs, so you retain some qualities from each sign.

Peace and harmony prevail with the Sun in Libra, and one thing’s for sure — it’s all about connecting with others, taking in beauty, and soothing the soul. Not a bad start to fall!

Here’s how to make the most of that Libra lifestyle:

What to do: Who knows? We never met a Libra who could make up their mind about anything. There are just too many options to choose from! Everyone’s probably going to have more trouble making decisions while the Sun’s in Libra.

What to say: “You have a point, but… ” Balanced Libra sees both sides of every story, so we’re bound to be agreeable and disagreeable at the same time. Count on Libra to see your point and then come right back at you with another view, and most of us will take on this ability while the Sun’s in Libra.

Where to go: Shopping with friends! Beauty-loving Libra appreciates the finer things in life, so they’re always happiest while out on expeditions for pretty new fashions, home decor or nibbles from the gourmet food store. And you can bet friendly Libra will always have a friend or two in tow.

What to wear: Something relaxed and versatile that will work for any occasion. Libra needs chic, easy outfits that can hop from desk to dinner — or maybe to the beach or the gallery, or maybe even just for staying in on the couch. With the Sun in Libra you never know what’s next, so you’d best dress as middle-of-the-road as the sign itself.

What to buy: Clothing, shoes, makeup, hair products, furniture, art, antiques, musical instruments, fine wine — heck, with the Sun in Libra we should be telling you what NOT to buy. Ok: Don’t buy those five-toed sandal shoes. Admit it, they’re ugly, and Libra can’t for that, no can do.

What to watch out for: Libra energy can occasionally be too nice. They don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings and they want everyone to be happy, so sometimes they refrain from telling a harsh truth that might rock the boat. We love that Libra diplomacy, but while the Sun’s in Libra we all need to remember to put our own needs first sometimes, too!

What to look forward to: Reconnecting with lots of friends in playful social settings. Gone is the Virgo Sun that’s been working us hard for the past month, so now it’s time to relax and enjoy the new season. Get out there to watch the leaves turn colors with all 200

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“Activities of Mabon”

Select the best of each vegetable, herb, fruit, nut, and other food you have harvested or purchased and give it back to Mother Earth with prayers of thanksgiving. Hang dried ears of corn around your home in appreciation of the harvest season. Do meditations and chanting as you store away food for the Winter. Do a thanksgiving circle, offering thanks as you face each direction – – for home, finances, and physical health (North); for gifts of knowledge (East); for accomplishments in career and hobbies (South); for relationships (West); and for spiritual insights and messages (Center). Decorate the table with colorful autumn leaves in a basket. Display the fruits of the harvest – corn, gourds, nuts, grapes, apples – preferably in a cornucopia. Or decorate with wildflowers, acorns, nuts, berries, cocoons, anything that represents the harvest to you. Like its sister equinox, halfway across the Wheel of the Year, the Autumn Equinox is a good occasion for a ritual feast. Plan a meal that uses seasonal and symbolic fruits and vegetables. You can serve bread, squash, corn, apples, cider and wine. Make some homemade wine or cordial gather and dry herbs, plants, seeds and seed pods. Make grapevine wreaths using dried bitter-sweet herb for protection. Use ribbons of gold and yellow to bring in the energy of the Sun, and decorate with sprigs of dried yarrowor cinnamon sticks. Make a protection charm of hazelnuts (filberts) strung on red thread. Make a witch’s broom. Tie dried corn husks or herbs (broom, cedar, fennel, lavender, peppermint, rosemary) around a strong, relatively straight branch of your choice. Make magic Apple Dolls Gifts of the Harvest can be used to make tools and emblems that will remind us of their bounty all year round. Look for colored leaves. Collect fallen leaves and make a centerpiece or bouquet for your home. Save the leaves to burn in your Yule fire. Vist an apple orchard and, if possible, pick your own apples. Hang apples on a tree near your home. Watch the birds and other small animals who will enjoy your gift. This is also the time for replacing your old broom with a new one. As the broom corn is ripe now, besom making is traditional and magickal this time of year. Begin the festival with a vineyard or orchard harvest. You might check the farm lands in your area to see if there’s an orchard or pumpkin patch that allows customers to harvest produce for themselves. Traditionally Sabbat festivals begin at sun set on the eve of the Holiday. You can use the daytime hours of this holiday eve to prepare baskets for harvesting the next day. Baking a pumpkin pie (from scratch if possible) is a wonderful way to bring in the fragrance of the holiday season.”

–   Activities of Mabon

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Mabon Ritual To Honor the Dark Mother

Demeter and Persephone are strongly connected to the time of the Autumn Equinox. When Hades abducted Persephone, it set in motion a chain of events that eventually led to the earth falling into darkness each winter. This is the time of the Dark Mother, the Crone aspect of the triple goddess. The goddess is bearing this time not a basket of flowers, but a sickle and scythe. She is prepared to reap what has been sown.

The earth dies a little each day, and we must embrace this slow descent into dark before we can truly appreciate the light that will return in a few months.

This ritual welcomes the archetype of the Dark Mother, and celebrates that aspect of the Goddess which we may not always find comforting or appealing, but which we must always be willing to acknowledge. Decorate your altar with symbols of Demeter and her daughter — flowers in red and yellow for Demeter, purple or black for Persephone, stalks of wheat, Indian corn, sickles, baskets.

Have a candle on hand to represent each of them — harvest colors for Demeter, black for Persephone. You’ll also need a chalice of wine, or grape juice if you prefer, and a pomegranate.

If you normally cast a circle, or call the quarters, do so now. Turn to the altar, and light the Persephone candle. Say:

The land is beginning to die, and the soil grows cold.
The fertile womb of the earth has gone barren.
As Persephone descended into the Underworld,
So the earth continues its descent into night.
As Demeter mourns the loss of her daughter,
So we mourn the days drawing shorter.
The winter will soon be here.

Light the Demeter candle, and say:

In her anger and sorrow, Demeter roamed the earth,
And the crops died, and life withered and the soil went dormant.
In grief, she traveled looking for her lost child,
Leaving darkness behind in her wake.
We feel the mother’s pain, and our hearts break for her,
As she searches for the child she gave birth to.
We welcome the darkness, in her honor.

Break open the pomegranate (it’s a good idea to have a bowl to catch the drippings), and take out six seeds. Place them on the altar. Say:

Six months of light, and six months of dark.
The earth goes to sleep, and later wakes again.
O dark mother, we honor you this night,
And dance in your shadows.
We embrace that which is the darkness,
And celebrate the life of the Crone.
Blessings to the dark goddess on this night, and every other.

As the wine is replaced upon the altar, hold your arms out in the Goddess position, and take a moment to reflect on the darker aspects of the human experience. Think of all the goddesses who evoke the night, and call out:

Demeter, Inanna, Kali, Tiamet, Hecate, Nemesis, Morrighan.
Bringers of destruction and darkness,
I embrace you tonight.
Without rage, we cannot feel love,
Without pain, we cannot feel happiness,
Without the night, there is no day,
Without death, there is no life.
Great goddesses of the night, I thank you.

Take a few moments to meditate on the darker aspects of your own soul. Is there a pain you’ve been longing to get rid of? Is there anger and frustration that you’ve been unable to move past? Is there someone who’s hurt you, but you haven’t told them how you feel? Now is the time to take this energy and turn it to your own purposes. Take any pain inside you, and reverse it so that it becomes a positive experience. If you’re not suffering from anything hurtful, count your blessings, and reflect on a time in your life when you weren’t so fortunate.

When you are ready, end the ritual.

**You may wish to tie this rite into a celebration of the Harvest Moon.

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"Now is the time of balance, when night and day face each other as equals,
Yet at this season the night is waxing and the day is waning;
For nothing remains without change
In the tides of earth and sky.  
Whatsoever rises must also set,
Whatsoever sets must also rise.  
Celebrating, I will dance the dance of going and returning.
Farewell, O Sun, Ever-Returning Light,
The Hidden God, Who ever yet remains.  
He now departs to the Land of Youth
Through the Gates of Death
To dwell enthroned,
The Judge of Gods and Men, 
The Horned Leader of the Hosts of Air.
Yet, as He stands unseen without the Circle,
So dwelleth He within the Secret Seed,  
The seed of newly repeated grain, the Seed of Flesh;
Hidden in the Earth, the Marvelous Seed of the Stars.
In Him is Life, and Life is the Light of Man,
That which was never born, and never dies.
Therefore, the Wise Ones weep not, but rejoice."
-  Solitary Rituals    

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Mabon Gathering Due to Illness

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I am sorry I have to cancel the Mabon gathering tonight because I am not feeling very well. I am waiting for the final confirmation from my doctor for medical results. Because of the stress, I have been under for the last 13 months it has gotten worse. One of the symptoms I am having a very hard time with is major headaches almost daily and always being very tired.

Please forgive me for canceling on such short notice.

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Full Harvest Moon Spell for Blessings

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Full Harvest Moon Spell for Blessings

Set up a pretty altar full of seasonal accessories such as apples, grapes, acorns, miniature pumpkins, and colorful fall leaves. Think of how enchanting white pumpkins would be for this ritual. If you were having a coven get-together in the fall on a full moon, you could do an entire white pumpkin theme. After arranging your altar, place two taper or pillar candles in holders. You will need one white and one orange candle. The orange candle will represent the harvest season, and its color does increase your energy level. The white candle symbolizes the full Harvest Moon and all of her magick.
Once you have things arranged to your liking, take a few moments to ground and center yourself. When you are ready, repeat this harvest moon blessing:

Beneath the light of the Harvest
Moon so bright
I am thankful for many
blessings tonight.
I celebrate the bounty of the
good green earth
Lord and Lady, bless my home
with health, peace, and mirth.
By the light of the full Harvest
Moon this spell is spun
Bringing autumn blessings
to all and harm to no one.

Allow the candles to burn out in a safe place until they go out on their own. Keep your altar setup out and enjoy it throughout the fall. If you need to change out the fruits and vegetables, then do so, and have fun updating the altar and keeping it looking beautiful during the season.

 
Seasons of Witchery: Celebrating the Sabbats with the Garden Witch
Ellen Dugan

Harvest Moon Magick

Herbstnacht ::: Autumn Night
Harvest Moon Magick

Traditionally the Harvest Moon occurs at the full moon closest to the autumn equinox. Typically this occurs in September; however, every couple of years it will fall in October. Some calendars classically list the September full moon as the Harvest Moon whether that month’s full moon is closest to the equinox or not.
The best way to tell when the true Harvest Moon will occur is to find the date of the equinox (when the sun enters Libra) on the calendar, then count the days to the full moon in September. Now go back to the date of the autumn equinox and count forward the number of days until October’s full moon. Whichever full moon has the lower number of days from the equinox— that’s the Harvest Moon. Also, you should know that getting the official Harvest Moon date mixed up happens. It happened to me last year. So if it happened to you, too, don’t worry— the sky will not fall in and the world will keep on spinning.
The full Harvest Moon usually looks larger than other full moons due to the angle of the earth and because of refraction, a bending of the light. In the simplest of terms, the cooler fall air curves the light The traditional magicks associated with the Harvest Moon include abundance, prosperity, and completion. The night of the Harvest Moon would be a perfect occasion to celebrate the season of the harvest and to take a moment and reflect on what you are thankful for, such as freedom, friends, home, and family.

 
Seasons of Witchery: Celebrating the Sabbats with the Garden Witch
Ellen Dugan

The Autumn Equinox Officially Heralds the Fall Season

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The Autumn Equinox Officially Heralds the Fall Season

The autumn equinox officially begins when the sun enters the astrological sign of Libra. As this date may vary from year to year, the sabbat’s actual calendar date is not set. It may vary between the twentieth of September to the twenty-fourth. However, this day does mark the time of equal daylight and nighttime hours and the true beginning of the fall season. (Contrary to what the weatherman tells you on television, fall does not begin after Labor Day. It truly begins at the autumn equinox.) At this time of balance, meditate on bringing stability into your life and prosperity and abundance to your home this autumn.
Get outside and rejoice in the beginning of the changing leaves and the glorious colors, scents, and textures of the fall. Traditional harvest themes and natural items, such as local grains, fruits, and vegetables, will work nicely in your witchery and beautifully in your home’s magickal decorations. Look around you; what do you see? Get outside and work in the yard. Fall is for planting! Plant some bulbs for next spring, and add some colorful pansies and mums now to keep the color going in your garden until late November.
Pick a nice blooming shrub and add it to your landscape. Keep it watered so it will be established in its new home and ready to go come next spring.

 

Seasons of Witchery: Celebrating the Sabbats with the Garden Witch
Ellen Dugan