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 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.

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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
Reference

 

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

More for Aquarius:

 

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.

Paganism/Wicca Expert

Article originally published on & owned by About.com

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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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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

Mabon History: The Second Harvest

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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 and owned by About.com

Autumn Equinox

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Autumn Equinox

Farewell, O Sun, ever returning light. The hidden god, who ever yet remains.
He departs to the land of youth, through the gates of death, to dwell enthroned,
the judge of gods and man. The horned leader of the hosts of air. Yet, even as stand
unseen about the circle the forms of the Mighty Lords of the Outer Spaces,
So dwelleth he, “the lord within ourselves.” So dwelleth he within the secret seed,
the seed of new reaped grain, the seed of flesh, hidden in the earth, the marvellous
seeds of te stars.

‘In him is life, and life is the light of men,’
that which was never born and never dies.
Therefore the Wicca weep not, but rejoice.”

—-The Book of Shadows (1957)
Gerald Gardner

The Goddess Book of Days for Wednesday, September 21st

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The Goddess Book of Days for Wednesday, September 21st

The seventh day of the Eleusinian Mysteries, sports and games. Feast of Divine Life dedicated to the cycle of Maiden, Mother and Crone, as Persephone/Demeter/ Hecate. The concepts of the Morrigan (Ana, Badb, Macha), Three phases of the Moon (Diana, Selene, Hecate), Three Mothers (Sarasvati, Lakshmi, Parvati), Three Fates (Lachesis, Clotho, Atropos), and the Noms, derive from this cycle.

The Goddess Book of Days
Diane Stein

Wednesday, September 21

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Wednesday, September 21

 

Wednesday is the day of the Teutonic deity known as Wodin or Odin, an aspect of the Allfather, god of knowledge, wisdom, enlightenment and combat, the parallel of Hermes, the planet Mercury.

Deity: Woden

Zodiac Sign: Gemini & Virgo

Planet: Mercury

Tree: Ash

Herb: Cinquefoil

Stone: Emerald & Sardonyx

Animal: Raven & Cat

Element: Air

Color: Red & Blue

Number: 6

Rune: Odal(O)

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

Runic Half-Month of Ken (Illimunation) – September 12 – September 27

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

 

Source

The Pagan Book of Days
Nigel Pennick

The Sky This Week – for September 21 to September 25

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The Sky This Week – for September 21 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
Wednesday, September 21

Although autumn arrives with the equinox tomorrow, the Summer Triangle remains prominent in the evening sky. Look high in the west after darkness falls and your eyes will fall on the brilliant star Vega in the constellation Lyra the Harp. At magnitude 0.0, Vega is the brightest member of the Triangle. The second-brightest star, magnitude 0.8 Altair in Aquila the Eagle, lies some 35° southeast of Vega. The asterism’s dimmest member, magnitude 1.3 Deneb in Cygnus the Swan, stands about 25° east-northeast of Vega. For observers at midnorthern latitudes, Deneb passes through the zenith at approximately 9:30 p.m. local daylight time, about an hour after twilight ends.

Thursday, September 22

With the days growing shorter and kids back in school, it shouldn’t be surprising that summer’s reign is just about over. The warmest season comes to an official close at 10:21 a.m. EDT, when Earth reaches the autumnal equinox. This marks the moment when the Sun crosses the celestial equator traveling south. Our star rises due east and sets due west today. If the Sun were a point of light and Earth had no atmosphere, everyone would get 12 hours of sunlight and 12 hours of darkness. But the presence of air and the finite size of our star make today a few minutes longer than 12 hours.

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

The Astronomy Magazine