The WOTC’s Daily Divination for February 21 Continued (Page 2)

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Get A Jump On Tomorrow…..

Your Daily Horoscopes for Wednesday, February 22

Aries

Aries Horoscope

With the Waning Crescent Moon, this is a time for winding down rather than revving up, dear Aries. However, there can be continued tensions to deal with today, making it a real challenge to relax. Work or duty demands your attention, but there can be many different distractions as you struggle with where to devote your energies. Your responsibilities and reputation are prominent in your mind today and continue to be sensitive topics. While you should concern yourself with what others expect of you to some degree now with the Moon at the top of your chart, there is no need to overdo this beyond what you can do at the moment. Try to turn competition or criticism around by using it to fuel your motivation to improve.

Taurus

Taurus Horoscope

Today, you’re thinking in bigger terms than usual and larger issues that concern you come into play, dear Taurus. You are prompted to think about your long-range goals and plans. Looking at the bigger picture often soothes and comforts you, but today, you may feel a little tense about what might lie ahead of you. Uncertainty can prevail, and it’s a good idea to resist the inclination to attempt to control situations to compensate. Focus on what you have to do and save important conversations for a better day. Others may be promising more than they can deliver today, so keep that in mind before you count too much on something. A wait-and-see attitude is best.

Gemini

Gemini

You can be a little secretive or protective of your plans and feelings today, dear Gemini. You are not feeling very trusting right now, and this may be a sign that you are not secure about your own decisions. Even so, there is certainly a fair amount of subterfuge going on now so you may have good reason to keep some things to yourself. Think more carefully before going forward with important projects. The Moon moves into its waning Crescent phase, and this points to the need to wind down in the days before the Solar Eclipse on the 26th. Superficial interactions are likely to feel especially awkward and unappealing now, as you are craving more intimacy and depth to your experiences. Work on emotional self-control today, but do listen to what your feelings are telling you. Try not to waste your time worrying about those things you can’t control.

Cancer

Cancer

Be more on guard than usual about gossip or misrepresentation today, dear Cancer. Confront your fears about past matters so that you’ll be better equipped to handle them if they do reappear in your life. Your larger focus today is to help foster a sense of balance and peace with others and in your personal environment. However, it can take a lot of frustrating trial and error getting to this point – it’s a tall order right now, so don’t get down on yourself if you can’t quite achieve it. It takes two, as they say! Maintain a strong sense of identity while you tend to the needs of others to avoid resentment. If you feel too dependent on others’ schedules, plans, and needs, take steps to change this, but keep in mind that it will take time, so don’t put all the pressure on to do so immediately.

Leo

Leo Glyph Symbol Horoscope

Make sure you get all the facts before making commitments right now, dear Leo, or hold off on the big issues for a while longer. There is a tremendous amount of tension in your communications sectors these days which can play with your reasoning powers. You have a stronger than usual desire today to be useful and helpful, but if you are not appreciated for all that you do, you might feel resentful. The trick now is to do it for yourself first. Even if the task is about helping others, do it because you feel good about helping. While there can be a tendency to scatter your energies, you might end up getting a lot done, largely because you can be quite worked up about things that aren’t going well for you and motivated to set things right again. Today requires some form of clean-up.

Virgo

Virgo Symbol Horoscope

This is not the most open or trusting of days, dear Virgo. The Moon in your solar fifth house of heartfelt pursuits clashes with a number of planets, stimulating doubts, fears, and a sense that you’ll encounter blocks if you go after what or who you want. Signals can get crossed in love matters, and emotions are up and down. Be mindful of what you’re taking on, particularly new projects or commitments, as there may be a reason to regret them later on. There can be intensity in your personal life today, and possibly some moodiness. It can be difficult making a definitive decision, but it may be wise to wait, particularly as we approach a Solar Eclipse which will bring new energy into our lives.

Libra

Libra

Buried resentments continue to pop up today, dear Libra, and you’ll be in the best shape if you can nip those in the bud as soon as possible. People around you are dealing with their own issues and are less likely than usual to intuit your needs, so you may need to find ways to take care of yourself. This is not the most outgoing of days in the lunar cycle, and while you are more emotionally invested in your personal life, it’s an area where there is likely to be more intensity than usual. If excess energy is used positively, feeling frustrated with your domestic situation can light a fire under you to get things sorted out. Look for ways to unburden and simplify your environment and think in terms of lightening your load.

Scorpio

Scorpio Horoscope

You have a tendency to read so much into situations today that you put yourself into a funk, dear Scorpio. It can be difficult to pull your mind out of a spiraling loop today, but it’s important to try to do so. Obsessing over things that have already happened can only serve to bring you down. However, if you need to sort something out, take the time to do so. Keep in mind that this is not the best time to speak your mind – wait until you are in a clearer headspace. Gentle physical exercise may be just the ticket for soothing an exhausted nervous system. Streamlining your work is important now, and it’s likely to become abundantly clear that you need to tune out distractions.

Sagittarius

Sagittarius Horoscope

Emotions do settle a little with the Moon in your solar second house, dear Sagittarius, but the day is not without conflict. There can be some crankiness to deal with today, as well as concerns about your income or money situation. In all likelihood, your fears are blown out of proportion, and the sooner you get perspective, the better. Your appetite for material comforts increases today, but so does your desire to bring in more money. As long as you can find a healthy balance between these two drives, you will come out ahead. You’re fine with going your own way, but things are much easier when others are cooperating, so you may want to wait it out.

Capricorn

Capricorn HoroscopeAim to be as flexible as possible today, as difficult as that may be, dear Capricorn, to avoid letting small things get to you. The Moon in your sign brings unacknowledged feelings to light, which can be illuminating, but with the Moon’s challenging aspects today, watch for overreaction. Pushing or working too hard could be an issue now, and taking on far too many lofty goals at once can wear on your patience. Relations can be a little tense with or among family, and the matter may be about power and control rather than the surface topic. You are especially sensitive right now, and your emotions can swing dramatically. Aim to take undue pressure off yourself now.

Aquarius

Aquarius

Try not to rush matters to a quick conclusion due to impatience today, dear Aquarius. With the Moon in your private twelfth house all day, you instinctively withdraw from challenging or demanding situations. You may be seeking some alone time or extra rest. However, truly relaxing today can be difficult, and demanding people or circumstances may very well find you! Learning, communications, and partnering are areas of big opportunities these days, but you may be jumping ahead of yourself, and in the process, creating unnecessary tension.

Pisces

PiscesYou can feel particularly impatient if left waiting for others today, dear Pisces. At the same time, you shouldn’t be entirely excluding people, as this is the time in your lunar cycle to recognize the value of the team. Instead of waiting for people to sense what you want or need, express yourself and take action. While today can certainly be difficult with cranky energy around you, frustrations experienced now can be lead to new strategies that truly work for you. Try not to jump ahead on new projects if you haven’t yet completed the ones already in place. Give thought to your finances and how you can make important changes that free you from worry and limiting attitudes.

 

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Your Personal Daily Tarot Card

The World

Like The Sun, The World brings good blessings. The World appears where all is in balance. It allows you to act effectively not only as an individual but as a member of a group too. The World promises contentment, fulfillment and completeness to those under its influence. It doesn’t guarantee there will not be moments of strife or discord in your life, but it does indicate that your trials and tribulations will be overcome; that ultimately you will know inner-peace and contentment. The World suggests you have found or will find your place in our Universe—that place where all is as it should be.

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Learn The Tarot

The Magician

Be creative and stay open — your possibilities are endless.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

General Meaning

Traditionally, The Magician is one who can demonstrate hands-on magic — as in healing, transformative rituals, alchemical transmutations, charging of talismans, and the like. A modern Magician is any person who completes the circuit between heaven and Earth; one who seeks to bring forth the divine gold within her or himself.

At the birth of Tarot, even a gifted healer who was not an ordained clergyman was considered to be in league with The Devil! For obvious reasons, the line between fooling the eye with sleight of hand and charging the world with magical will, was not clearly differentiated in the early Tarot cards.

Waite’s image of The Magician as the solitary ritualist communing with the spirits of the elements — with its formal arrangement of symbols — is a token of the freedom we have in modern times to declare our spiritual politics without fear of reprisal. The older cards were never so explicit about what The Magician was doing. It’s best to keep your imagination open with this card. Visualize yourself manifesting something unique, guided by evolutionary forces that emerge spontaneously from within your soul.

In the Advice Position

Trust your inspiration. You are smarter than you think.

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

Have faith in your innate creativity. The Magician advises you give your questioning nature and free-associating mind plenty of room to explore the subject at hand. Behave just as if you were an open-minded and curious scientist. Through this process, you may bring freshness and clarity into the situation that is both stimulating and catalytic.

You do not have to understand it all intellectually. Besides, intuition is your ace in the hole. Respond in a spontaneous manner to what is right in front of you. There is no reason to hold yourself back. Your natural urges are exactly what is needed, and, your ingenuous timing and elegant style will help smooth over any awkwardness.

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This card represents elements that favor you.

This card represents the dreamer in you, the idealist, the mystic. The Fool desires to do great things, but is often unaware of just how difficult great things are to do. He must always be very careful of the choices he makes, and remember knowledge is his ally. The Fool often symbolizes a new beginning, unrestrained optimism, and curiosity that hasn’t been dulled by time. While The Fool may well indicate a lack of experience or grasp of the pitfalls along the path he is taking, it is equally true that his lack of experience leads him to believe all things are possible, which brings even impossible goals within his grasp.

When The Hanged Man or The Star are among your personal cards, the influence of The Fool may be increased. Having The Devil in your personal cards may diminish the influence of The Fool.

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Shuffling The Cards, Your Influences for the Week of February 20th

 

Tarot Influence

The Devil

This card represents the dark forces in the world, misuse of power, depression and addiction to the material world. Beware of The Devil in you and do not allow him to gain control.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Astrological Influence

Libra Reversed

Libra reversed denotes a lack of fairness, imbalance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Element Influence

Fire Reversed

Fire reversed denotes calamity that may be on a catastrophic level. Prepare to deal with changes you do not want.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Your Animal Spirit for Today
February 21, 2017

Magpie

Ancient culture associate Magpies with excellent fortune—so it looks like you’ve got something really terrific coming into your life today. However, you may need to search a little to understand the true gift that’s being presented. Pay attention to omens, messages, the clouds, feathers, bird song—your fortune is hidden in those subtle messages. Opportunity is knocking at your door—will you answer?

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Your Charm for Today

Today’s Meaning:
A few prayers to your deity of choice would serve you well when dealing with this aspect. Your questions or requests stand a better chance of being answered in the next few days if you do so.

General Description:
This elaborately ornamental charm, worn by Egyptian women, was supposed to bestow upon them all the blessings of their powerful Hathor, goddess of the sunrise, whose worship was universal in Egypt. Health, strength, happiness – all these were the gifts of this their goddess of love. She was regarded as a loving, protecting mother, both of the living and of the dead; was the deity who filled both heaven and earth with her beneficence, and the dispenser of all the blessings of life.

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Crack the Cookie

 

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The Wisdom of Buddha

Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.

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Sun in Pisces

It’s time to reconnect with your spiritual side

It’s time to wrap up another astrological year! When the Sun moves into Pisces, the last sign of the zodiac, from February 18 to March 20, it signals the ending of one cycle before the next begins at the Spring Equinox.

And what do you do when something ends, before you begin again? Rest! That’s why the Sun in Pisces is considered a time to dream and heal and regain strength before starting the new cycle.

Pisces is symbolized by two Fish, which we like to call “the fishes with wishes.” The fish are swimming in opposite directions, which is representative of the Pisces paradox. This sign is at once caught between feeling the harshness of reality and the desire for dreamy escapism.

It’s normal to feel more spiritual while the Sun is in Pisces. It’s easier to tap into your intuition and we’re more inclined to follow our instincts and surrender to something greater than the individual self. But it can also be a lazy, daydream-filled period, so we must keep our escapist tendencies in check.

Those born from about February 15-21 were born on the Aquarius-Pisces cusp, and those born from about March 18-22 were born on the Pisces-Aries 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.

If we can embrace empathy for others without letting their pain make us feel victimized while the Sun is in Pisces, this promises to be a very healing time.

Here’s how to make the most of life with the Sun in Pisces:

What to do: Take care of someone! Pisces is the most compassionate and caring zodiac sign, so they are at their best when doing something kind for others. Adopt this admirable Pisces quality now and use it to ease someone’s pain.

What to say: Something poetic. The dreamy fishes are artsy and creative, so now’s the time to channel your inner Pisces poet and write or speak something beautiful to someone you love.

Where to go: Bed! Pisces can sometimes be called “lazy,” but really they just need a safe place to lie down, close their eyes and dream the day away. If you find your mind meandering while the Sun is in Pisces, give yourself permission to take a sweet little nap.

What to wear: Who cares?! Seriously. Life is not about what we wear, it’s about who we are. That’s the typical Pisces mindset, of course, so if you’re tired of dressing for success, this is a good time to slack into some sweats and forget about fashion while you follow more spiritual pursuits.

What to buy: Anything that will help you feel more connected to your spiritual side. It’s easier to tap into your intuition while the Sun is in Pisces, so shop for New Age healing crystals, incense, candles, Tarot cards and all of Pisces’ favorite spiritual supplies.

What to watch out for: Highly sensitive, compassionate and imaginative, Pisces is at risk of wanting to escape when they feel too much or get caught up in daydreams. Alcohol and drug abuse are common to this sign, so be aware of escapism and try to keep yourself grounded (at least a little bit) while the Sun is in Pisces.

What to look forward to: Healing! By the time the Sun moves out of Pisces, you’ll be rested, renewed, reconnected with your spiritual self and ready to begin a new astrological year!

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Earth Sky News for February 21:  Find blue-white Rigel at Orion’s foot

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It Is Tuesday Morning, Feb. 21, May The Goddess Bless All Our Brothers & Sisters of the Craft!

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Today, we honor the Irish Goddess,

Danu

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Danu is one of the oldest deities in Celtic Mythology. She is the Mother of the Gods and of the Tuatha de Dannan, the first tribe that lived in Ireland, she is also their Protectors.

This Goddess is also know as Ana, Anu, Anann, linked to the Goddess Dan, in Wales. She is the Goddess of Fertility and abundance, associated with Agriculture and Cultivation. She is consider to be an Earth Goddess, Wisdom and Wind, also wields the magic of Divine Flow.

In some Celtic Myths, the Goddess is featured as Mother and Daughter of Dagda, in other myths, Bhe was her consort. Another sources say that Dagda and Danu were the parents of Ogma, while other think that Dian Cecht was their son.

The symbols of the Goddess Mother were air, amber, crowns, earth, fish, gold, holy stones, horses, moon, rivers, sea, seagulls and wind.

When the Roman Invasion started, and the conversion to Christianity became a reality, she was demonized as a witch that captured children to eat them.

Reference

read-legends-and-myths.com

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Your Daily Sun & Moon Data for Tuesday, February 21

The Sun

Sun Direction: 131.10° SE

Sun Altitude: 28.07°

Sun Distance: 91.945 million mi

Next Equinox: Mar 20, 2017 5:28 am (Vernal)

Sunrise Today: 6:35 am 102° East

Sunset Today: 5:40 pm 258° West

Length of Daylight: 11 hours, 5 minutes

 

The Moon

Moon Direction: 200.98° SSW

Moon Altitude: 30.57°

Moon Distance: 248301 mi

Next New Moon: Feb 26, 20178:58 am

Next Full Moon: Mar 12, 20179:53 am

Next Moonset: Today1:12 pm

Current Moon Phase:Waning Crescent

Illumination:24.5%

Reference

timeanddate.com

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The Sky This Week for February 21 to 26

A comet, visible star clusters, and other marvelous things to see in the sky this week.

 

Reference

The Astronomy Magazine

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Today is Tuesday, February 21

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

Deity: Tiwaz

Zodiac Sign: Aries

Planet: Mars

Tree: Holly

Herb: Plantain

Stone: Agate

Animal: Crab

Element: Fire

Color: White

Number: 2

Rune: Tyr (T)

 

Celtic Tree Month of Nuin (Ash) – (February 18 – March 17)

The Runic Half Month of Sigel (February 12 – February 26)

Goddess of the Month of Moura – (February 20 – March 19)

Reference

The Pagan Book of Days
Nigel Pennick

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The Pagan Book of Days for Tuesday, February 21

During the Roman Feralia, the spirits of the dead were believed to be abroad in the world, hovering above their graves. Provisions were left at graves for them. This was the last day of the Roman year for placating ghosts on February 22 the living were appeased.

Reference

The Pagan Book of Days
Nigel Pennick

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The Goddess Book of Days for Tuesday, February 21

Lantern Festival in China and Taiwan, the return of light. This is the last day of the Chinese New Year and a celebration of Kwan Yin. Also, the Feralia in Rome, last day of the Parentalia, the Roman All Souls Day. Day of purification and white candles cognate Candlemas.

The Goddess Book of Days

Diane Stein

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On Tuesday, February 21, We Celebrate….

Feralia (Rome)

LIBITINA

Themes: Death; Freedom

Symbol: Fire

Aboul Libitina: Libitina is the kindly natured Roman goddess of funerals and pyres. In poetic writings, her name metaphorically equates with figurative or literal demise. Turn to her this month to “die” to outmoded ideas or be freed from bad habits. Or call on her to invoke peace for the spirits in Summerland.

To Do Today: In Rome, Feralia was part of a weeklong festival honoring, appeasing, and communicating with the spirits of dead ancestors. If there’s something you want to say to a departed loved one or a token you want to give them, today is an excellent time to try this Libitina mini-ritual. Following Roman custom, toss a message or gift into a fire source, focusing on the individual for whom it’s intended. Libitina bears the energy of the gift or note safely to the desired spirit. Emotionally, this type of ritual liberates you from lingering guilt and generates a sense of closure.

Use the same ritual to rid yourself of old ideas or characteristics that fetter spiritual growth. Take any flammable object that represents this characteristic. Hold it in your hands and channel that obsolete energy into it. Toss it into a fire, saying,

Libitina, liberate me; as this bums, my spirit is freed.

Turn your back to the fire and don’t look back until the symbol is completely destroyed.

Reference

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

PatriciaTelesco,

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Conjuring for Tuesday

Tuesday – is associated with Mars

Candle colors – Red or Orange

Magickal Work for Tuesday – Taking Action, Crossing, Uncrossing work, Aggression, Cut & Clear work, Law Stay Away, All Battles

Reference

Old Style Conjure Wisdoms, Workings and Remedies

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The Magick of Tuesdays

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

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

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

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The Witches Guide to Tuesdays

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source:

Gypsy Magic

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Magickal Applications for Tuesday

Tuesday is the day associated with the planet Mars. In mythology, Mars was the Roman god of war. If you’re wondering how this day came to be named, it’s because to the Norse, Anglo-Saxon, and Germanic people, this day was Tiw’s day (Tuesday). Tuesday actually got its name from the Norse deity Tyr, Tiw, or Tiu, who was also a god of battles and courage. This deity was very similar to the Roman Mars, and the names of the days of the week became switched and substituted as the Germanic peoples replaced the older deities with their own gods. So the name was changed from the Latin Dies Martis (“Mars’ day”) to the old English Tiwesdaeg.

The Norse god Tiw, or Tyr, was known for his sense of justice, discipline, and integrity. This day’s planetary influence brings with it the aggression, bravery, and honor of soldiers, as well as the passion and strength of those of us who must fight for what we believe in.

Reference

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

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The Witches Almanac for Tuesday, February 21

Feralia (Roman)

Waning Moon

 

Moon phase: Fourth Quarter
Moon Sign: Sagittarius
Moon enters Capricorn 2: 08 am
Incense: Basil

Color: Maroon

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Correspondences for Tuesday, January 3rd

Tuesday (Tiw’s-day)

Planet: Mars

Colors: Red and Autumn Shades

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

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

Herb: Basil

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

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

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

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

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Tuesday & The Perfect Corresponding Spell

By Tuesday, most people are over Monday’s slump and are ready to charge. They feel more alert and energized on this day. Tuesdays are considered good days for communication, tenderness, taking care of business, and exercise spells.

A Taking Care of Business Spell – TCB Bag Spell

Items needed for this spell:

1 small

brown paper bag

Take the paper bag and whisper what it is you need to do, that needs to get done, as soon as possible. Then, blow into the bag. Feel the hot air from your mouth flow into the bag, as it takes that energy into it. After blowing the bag up, pop the bag. This should make a loud noise and send your strong energy into the atmosphere, indicating the seriousness of your desire.

Refernce

 A Witch’s Week of Spells and Activities

Helga C. Loueen

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Celebrating Legends, Folklore & Spirituality 365 Days a Year for February 21

Feralia

Feralia is the last day of Parantalia, the public festival of the dead. At this time, offerings of food were carried to tombs by each household for use by the dead. This was the equivalent lent to All Souls’ Day.

It was the custom for an ugly old woman, seated amongst girls, to perform magick rituals to appease the Silent Goddess, Tacita. Some rites included placing incense in the mouse holes; casting spells over thread that was then tied to pieces of lead; and placing fish heads sealed with pitch and pierced with pins, into the ground. The latter was done to stop the wagging of the tongue so they could not utter curses.

Magickal Activity for February 21 for the Day of Feralia

Protection Against Gossip

Items needed: One black candle; a lock of your own hair; an envelope; red sealing wax; a seal with your initial on it; a red marking pen.

Place all the items on a small table or altar. Draw a circle on the outside of the envelope. In the center of the circle, draw a pair of closed lips. Drip some of the sealing wax on the lips and draw an X through them. Place the hair inside the envelope. lope. Light the candle and set it on top of the envelope. Visualize alize the person who is gossiping about you stopping immediately. As you do this, chant the following:

Sealed within I shall be,

That no harm will come to me.

Your cruel words bounce off me,

And are now returned back to thee.

For this I now will, So mote it be.

Allow candle to burn out. Bury the envelope.

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The Witches Moon Phase for February 21

Waning Crescent
Illumination: 26%

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

Phase Details for – Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Phase: Waning Crescent
Illumination: 26%
Moon Age: 24.54 days
Moon Angle: 0.50
Moon Distance: 402,065.50 km
Sun Angle: 0.54
Sun Distance: 147,982,160.99 km
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Your Weekly Karmic Forecast: February 19 – 25, 2017

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

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

Weekly Forecast: February 19 – 25, 2017

2/20 ~ Mercury (acumen) ~sextile~ Uranus (the Awakener):

This energy says, it’s time to go with the flow – “new and different” being the flow. It wants to shake it up a bit – in a good way. However, if you feel like new and different is more like chaos and disruption, then you need to reflect and see if you aren’t being too rigid. Unwillingness to go with the (new) flow will make this energy harder to handle. This is also a good time to try to resolve any old issues or challenges – they are not going away without resolution and conscious release. Perhaps you’ve been trying the same thing over and over and it’s time to try something NEW – now is the time new ideas can/will come to you. Pay attention! Try to be open and receptive to unusual things, events or ideas and allow room for spontaneity. You may think you are doing one thing and look up and being doing something completely different – be open to exploring the new path!

2/21 ~ Mercury (learning & mind) ~trine~ Jupiter (education & consciousness):

This energy is great for expanding your mind, learning something new or taking a class. It’s time to plan for the future and start getting organized. However, you may feel less disciplined and more creative, which is fine in the beginning, but eventually focus & discipline will have to be engaged to ground your new ideas, thoughts or concepts. You have to ask your Self, ‘How bad do you want it?’ If you are self-aware, awake & alert, you will be able to see (and seize) the opportunities as they present themselves. It may ‘appear’ to be luck, but it’s really more that you were in alignment with the Cosmos, present & positive, and ultimately, able to trust & follow your instincts. Practice, there is no perfection. Being optimistic & looking for opportunity in every experience will magnetize the positive and naturally repel the negative, leading right where you want to be! Take advantage of this good energy to connect to whatever it is you are trying to create in your life at this time.

2/22 ~ Mars (lower will) ~square~ Pluto (Higher will):

This is a test of what you are made of, on the deepest core level, and will require surrender as well as focus. This energy challenges you to evolve and will make you want to push through all obstacles but you must be careful not to be so aggressive that you are stepping on anyone to get where you’re going. This is a potent energy that can facilitate major transformation in your life if you know who you are, what you want and what you are willing to sacrifice to get there – that includes parts of your Self that may need to shift to be more effective. This energy can bring power struggles, within or without, so be mindful because this energy is affecting everyone at this time. This is the time to tie up any loose ends if you are close to beginning anew. If you do not finish what you already have in the works, it may get in the way of things you want to do in the future. It is time to align your true inner power with balanced outer actions & choices.

2/23 ~ Mercury (communication) ~sextile~ Saturn (responsibility):

This energy is really good for being able to objectively see what needs to be changed, fixed or stabilized in your life or environment. One expression of this energy is a tendency toward depression or apathy, but a better expression would be facing what needs to be done and following through on what you have begun. You may feel the need to organize things at home or work, or perhaps take a class or workshop of some sort that will help you attain your current goals. Either way, be focused but not too serious – balance in all things. It’s when you focus on the lack and limitation that you feel overwhelmed and sometimes helpless. That’s not the point of this energy. It’s just time to do some serious thinking, tend to the details, take stock and make changes accordingly.

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Your Weekly Astrology: February 20-26, 2017

Rise above it

This week starts off on a promising note, but a dose of disagreeable energy midweek could throw a wrench into the mix. Take the higher road, and you’ll be just fine. Continue reading for details about this week…

Monday, February 20: Mercury sextile Uranus;
Tuesday, February 21: Mercury trine Jupiter

Mercury is quite busy this week. He’ll be sextile Uranus on Monday, trine Jupiter on Tuesday, and sextile Saturn on Thursday. As a result, this will be a 5-star week to sign a contract, make an important decision, or move forward with any communications related project. Just act before Saturday…

Wednesday, February 22: Mars square Pluto

On Wednesday, Mars will square off with Pluto, adding a dose of cranky energy to the mix. In fact, it may turn into a major temper tantrum if you feel that your personal goals or identity is being thwarted in some way by an authority figure, or even life’s obligations.

Saturday, February 25: Mercury enters Pisces

Mercury enters Pisces on Saturday, and your mind will focus more on creative endeavors and spiritual fulfillment.

Sunday, February 26: Solar Eclipse in Pisces; Mars conjunct Uranus

At the Solar Eclipse in Pisces on Sunday, the stakes are high and you are painfully aware that whatever your choices this week, there is a spiritual connection to their consequences. The best course of action? Seek enlightenment.

Mars also conjuncts Uranus on Sunday, and that tantrum from midweek may become quite reckless. This is unpredictable, jolting energy that you can use for innovation or destruction. Choose wisely.

Reference

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Your Love Horoscopes for the Week of February 20th

by Marie Simmone

 

General

    • General Horoscope

      There might be a tantrum or two happening in the love department midweek. On Wednesday, Mars will square off with Pluto shortening everyone’s temper and causing obsessive, jealous fits of rage in certain instances. Mars conjunct Uranus on Sunday will only aggravate the possibility of reckless behavior. None of this has to be your scenario as long as you are determined to take the high road. Fortunately, Mercury will make positive links all week helping everyone talk through any outburst. Then, on Sunday, a Solar Eclipse in Pisces may nurture the beginning of an enchanting dream for some. Are you ready for a new romantic fairytale?


    • Aries

      Aries Horoscope Mar 21 – Apr 19

      You might be carrying around a symbolic wrecking ball that can lead to damage in several areas if you’re not careful. You appear more than ready for a change both professionally and possibly in the relationship department as well. Still, it doesn’t give you license to bully or intimidate others, especially someone you love. If you are extremely angry about career matters, it’s possible that you’ll inadvertently take out your frustration on your lover. Don’t make that mistake; you’ll only end up drowning in a sea of regret.


    • Taurus

      Taurus Horoscope Apr 20 – May 20

      There might be plenty of chaos happening all around you, but fortunately for you, it won’t penetrate your relationship. You and your sweetheart will manage to maintain open lines of communication with one another despite any fall out in other areas of your lives. In fact, talking to your mate will be your saving grace in many ways. Just when you think you are going to lose your mind over the ridiculousness of other people’s choices and actions, you’ll find salvage in the calm, rational presence of your lover.


    • Gemini

      Gemini Horoscope May 21 – Jun 20

      You may elect to change career paths in some way after Sunday’s Solar Eclipse that will fall at the top of your chart. If you’re going in this direction, it’s likely that you’ll need to obtain a different type of degree or license. While you may see it as a daunting task, your partner will remind you that this has been your dream for quite some time. You have his or her support, and once you remember this you’ll remember that because of this, nothing is out of reach.


    • Cancer

      Cancer Horoscope Jun 21 – Jul 22

      You may feel as if the greatest obstacle to your career success is your spouse or partner. If this is the case, you might end up in a major argument by Wednesday. Have you been holding in resentment about various problems in your relationship? If so, now it will be critical to address it. If you find yourself blaming your partner because of your inability to handle professional changes, ask yourself what’s really going on. Blame and resentment will only continue to erode your relationship, and your life.


    • Leo

      Leo Horoscope Jul 23 – Aug 22

      Communication with your partner will be remarkable this week. Mercury remains in your relationship sector until Saturday, and will link up favorably to several planets between Monday and Thursday. It appears that you and your mate will be quite busy making a vital decision together, signing a contract, or even studying an innovative new subject that intrigues you both. You’ll be able to rely on each other whether it’s as a sounding board, or for advice. Wonderful!


    • Virgo

      Virgo Horoscope Aug 23 – Sep 22

      If you recently met someone, it’s possible that you’ll push a little too far when trying to get your new paramour to reveal intimate details that he or she is not yet comfortable sharing. Respect your lover’s wishes, and be patient if you sense he or she is not ready to share anything and everything with you. You’d want to the same consideration in return. If you’re married, you and your mate will have a fresh start in your lives after Sunday. Dream big!


    • Libra

      Libra Horoscope Sep 23 – Oct 22

      Instability and aggravation might be a major part of your love life this week. Mars, the planet of assertive drive, is currently moving through your relationship sector and stirring things up between you and your mate. Mars will be at odds with both Pluto and Uranus this week, leading to the possibility of an angry outburst and actions that you later regret. If you notice you’re feeling inflamed, do your best to step away from a heated situation with your partner before it gets out of hand. Deep breaths.


    • Scorpio

      Scorpio Horoscope Oct 23 – Nov 21

      If you’re single and have been hoping to meet a true soul mate, you’re in luck. This Sunday, a Solar Eclipse will fall in your true love sector. This is a phenomenal event that might lead to you meeting someone who becomes the love of your life. This person will likely be spiritual or artistic in some way. He or she might also be quite charitable and very much want to heal the suffering of others. You’ll be instantly smitten!


    • Sagittarius

      Sagittarius Horoscope Nov 22 – Dec 21

      While it’s true that your love life will have its fair share of action this week, that doesn’t mean you’ll get the kind of attention you want. Unfortunately, it appears that instability and surprise will be more likely. You might even feel so frustrated with your current romantic situation that you do something out of character or reckless. It might feel exhilarating at the time, but remember that your behavior always has a consequence. Make sure you’re willing to accept the result of your actions.


    • Capricorn

      Capricorn Horoscope Dec 22 – Jan 19

      After Sunday, you and your spouse or partner might have a significant development in a communications matter. If you are thinking about signing a vital contract together such as s prenuptial agreement or even a postnuptial agreement, it’s possible that you’ll begin this process now. More than likely, you and your mate will begin to formulate a plan that allows you to pursue a shared dream. Your only limitation will be the depth of your faith in each other. Fortunately, that depth seems endless.


  • Aquarius

    Aquarius Horoscope Jan 20 – Feb 18

    Make the most of your extraordinary communication skills while you still have them at this five-star level. Mercury will remain in your sign until Saturday, and from Monday through Thursday, will link up favorably to several other planets. As a result, you’ll come across as brilliant and even more intellectually stimulating than usual. If single, use this to your advantage and schedule a couple of first dates. Speed dating will be successful and fun.

     


  • Pisces

    Pisces Horoscope Feb 19 – Mar 20

    You have much to look forward to this week both personally and in relationship matters. Mercury will enter Pisces on Saturday, and remains in your sign until March 13. As a result, you’ll have a stunning edge, allowing you to express yourself with clarity to your partner and anyone else. Then, on Sunday, a Solar Eclipse will fall in your sign. It signals a powerful fresh start where you can initiate whatever endeavor you want most to succeed. This includes one in matters of the heart.

     

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Your Daily Horoscopes for Tuesday, February 21

Aries

Aries Horoscope

You have all sorts of exciting ideas and plans these days, dear Aries, but putting too much energy into new efforts can get you behind on those projects already in place and your responsibilities as well. It can be difficult to manage all that you have going on. For those of you who have been coming on strong and irritating those in authority or competitors, this can be a day when a standoff occurs. Some of you may feel unsupported and concerned about your position in your career or with your reputation. Tensions on these fronts can reach a boiling point today. Watch how you react, as this can make all the difference. The key to getting past anxiety, frustration, and perhaps a bit of paranoia is talking things through with a trusted friend. Ideas generated with or about relationships are winners today.

Taurus

Taurus Horoscope

The Sun, Mars, and Pluto are in tense relationships today, dear Taurus, and you can feel under pressure. Jealousies or resentments can be an issue, and you might find yourself fixating on an unresolved, frustrating matter from the past, particularly with angry Mars in the sector of your solar chart that rules your subconscious mind. You might fantasize about saying your piece, but frustrations you’ve buried may emerge in disruptive ways if you’re not in touch with yourself. Allowing for differences of opinion today without feeling personally threatened or insulted, and truly listening to other viewpoints, can help you grow and move beyond your fears. A Mercury-Jupiter influence also helps pull you out of a frustrated mindset. If you throw your energy into something that truly pleases you now, you will feel stronger and happier for it. Work and career matters can thrive with your positive attitude.

Gemini

Gemini

Power plays among friends and lovers or with associates might figure strongly today, dear Gemini. You want to take the lead, and this is fine, but if you encounter resistance, you might need to adjust your expectations, and perhaps even your manner! However, if others are pushing their agenda on you, then you may need to put your foot down. Avoid allowing anxiety and fear undermine you in your relationships, and for some of you, with your finances. Instead, take firm steps towards improving your current financial position, with an eye on the future, and for understanding a relationship. While tensions run high, there is also excellent energy with you for problem-solving and getting into a more positive frame of mind. Regarding love and partnership, you may be coming together and seeing eye to eye. There is a stronger ability to take daily affairs in stride, particularly after a conversation and a solid session of thinking things through.

Cancer

Cancer

People close to you can seem quite demanding or even pushy today, dear Cancer. You may feel caught in the middle of a power struggle or a difficult decision. There is also a good chance that your expectations of relationships are very high. Ego energies are intense, and clashes are quite likely as a result. Interactions with others tend to put you in touch with your fears of change, unpredictability, and loss of control in your relationships. Your first reaction may be to scramble to find ways to regain or maintain control, but attempts to do so can bring about unsettling results. Aim to rise above insecurities. While competition can motivate you to improve your game, try not to be defensive to maximize your position. A Mercury-Jupiter alliance also active today helps you reason things out, in fact. It’s a good time for some form of emotional renewal.

Leo

Leo Glyph Symbol Horoscope

Tension can result from overattachment to a particular method, idea, belief, or point of view today, dear Leo. Know when to let go – for your own sake. If it’s only about scoring intellectual points, then you have all the more reason to conserve your strength. You tend to shoulder work responsibilities automatically, and while this can work in your favor a lot of the time, you can occasionally feel far too much pressure, and this can be one of those times. Think about ways to share the load, even while continuing to give it your best, by sharing some concerns with a trusted partner or friend. A Mercury-Jupiter influence helps pull you above some of the obsessive potentials of the day. Don’t let the pressure you put on yourself build to the point of boiling over. Conversations can lead to creative solutions and new ideas.

Virgo

Virgo Symbol Horoscope

It can be all too easy to succumb to pressures and frustrations today, dear Virgo, and to obsess over things that won’t mean much in the long run. Try not to push others to prove their attachment to you. Use intense emotions and compulsions constructively if possible. When it comes to your love relationships and relationships with your own children, if applicable, your strong sense of pride can often lead you to keep your fears to yourself. Consider ways to release some of the pressure by sharing some of your concerns with someone you trust or with someone anonymous. If you keep everything to yourself, the resulting tension can interfere in disruptive ways. There is good energy for seeking out creative solutions to practical problems today, however, and for some of you, for communicating positively and successfully with colleagues, health care workers, and associates, making it a good time for improving health and work methods.

Libra

Libra

Frustrations with others’ behavior could run high today, dear Libra, and resentful feelings can emerge, particularly if you’ve been feeling that others seem to be putting their agendas over yours. Don’t be afraid to stand up for yourself, but do so without defensiveness, if possible, for best results. Displaying self-respect increases your chances of receiving respect. If you don’t feel secure today, your fears and frustrations can reach a boiling point. Confronting your fears makes more sense than reacting too quickly to smaller problems. Aim for more self-understanding now. Fortunately, with Jupiter in your sign harmonizing with Mercury also active today, you are in a good position to talk through problems and get to a positive frame of mind. People are drawn to your warm and healing aura, even if you’re still sorting things out on the inside.

Scorpio

Scorpio Horoscope

You can feel quite frustrated with others who seem to be getting in the way or slowing you down when it comes to pursuing your work and personal interests today, dear Scorpio. If things are not going as planned or if they feel out of your control, you can reach a boiling point now. Avoid focusing on what others are, or aren’t, doing. Try not to let ego issues run amok today, especially where it comes to an opinion or viewpoint — it’s unlikely to be worth it! Look for the source of problems, which can reduce to fear of not being in control or not having clout. Fortunately, a Mercury-Jupiter influence active today helps pull you out of an obsessive mindset. Helping someone out today can be not only distracting but rewarding. It may be a good idea to avoid those who are too pushy or demanding right now and to find your way to people who accept you exactly as you are, or who don’t expect things from you as part of your friendship. Watch for overdoing in all areas of life today.

Sagittarius

Sagittarius Horoscope

There may be some looming tension as you battle obstacles to pursuing a romance, goal, or risky venture, dear Sagittarius. For some of you, a disagreement might occur over core values, money, or questions of ownership. Alternatively, you may be feeling conflicted on an inner level about your feelings towards someone. You have a rather cautious and conservative streak when it comes to your money and possessions, and more concerns about them recently, but you don’t always share this with others. Today, tensions can come to the point of boiling over. Insecurities and fears tend to magnify in your mind. At the end of it all, you could learn a great deal from differences. As well, you have strong energy with you for communicating what you feel as well as for being on the same page with a partner. Sharing ideas feels good and can lead to new understanding and a feeling of camaraderie and support.

Capricorn

Capricorn HoroscopeThe Moon moves into your sign early today, and emotional needs color many of your decisions today, dear Capricorn. Your tendency may be to resist others’ wishes or to go off on a tangent with a Mars-Pluto aspect in play, and this can certainly make some waves today. You’re provocative now, perhaps without even knowing it. Your strong sense of pride and privacy may trip you up, as you tend to shoulder many responsibilities and often avoid sharing the load. Frustrations related to wanting to do more than you can currently do can mount, but don’t push yourself. You might consider taking a light schedule until you’ve worked out what’s bothering you. A Mercury-Jupiter influence also active today can help take some of the pressure off. It’s a good time to present your ideas and showcase your talents. Ideas for boosting business, your reputation, or your income can come to you now. Despite the intense undercurrents, positive thinking works best for you today.

Aquarius

Aquarius

The tendency to fixate on a certain topic or idea now can be positive if you are working on a project that needs extra attention, dear Aquarius. However, you may be pushing things too hard, and you could display impatience with others whose ideas frustrate you or who slow you down. Watch for a tendency to react too quickly and angrily to frustrations, and avoid starting or furthering power games. Consider that guardedness of your privacy and unwillingness to explore deeper issues may be at the root of tensions now, and whether something you’ve swept under the carpet is better dealt with than avoided. The Moon moving through your privacy sector today can make you feel a little less effective than usual, but you deserve some time to take things easy. Focusing on friendships and positive communications can be your saving grace now. There can be inspiring ideas coming in, or you could take part in a healthy debate that gets you thinking. Moderation is the key to success now, although it can be difficult to achieve.

Pisces

PiscesThere can be a buildup of pressure in a friendship or with a project today, dear Pisces, and if you’ve kept too much to yourself, the stress can get to you now. Differences in values with others, while they may be overlooked on other days, can get under your skin today. Don’t allow others to bring you down. Financial matters might cause a mini panic of sorts, but sensible solutions tend to emerge once you begin calming down and looking at the bigger picture. Consider ways to release some of the pressure without compromising your values so that you go forward in your birthday month freer and more confident. You might learn something helpful that was previously hidden or private today, and researching or investigating a matter further can be rewarding.

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If You Were Born Today, February 21:

You are generally very well-liked and inspiring to others. Others might not know just how sensitive you are, as your outward personality is easygoing. A tad moody, you frequently experience restlessness on an emotional level. Many of you possess literary talents and a fine sense of humor. You have a pragmatic and organized side to your personality that is distinct but not always immediately apparent. Famous people born today: Anais Nin, Erma Bombeck, Chuck Palahniuk, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Nina Simone.

Your Birthday Year Forecast

With the Sun and Moon in harmony in your Solar Return chart, the year ahead should be satisfying and balanced overall. You are in comfortable demand and personally popular, and you are able to achieve a decent balance between work and play; personal and professional life. For the most part, you are on top of your game this year, and positive connections with others can be made fairly easily. With the ability to handle your emotions successfully, there is less stress on both your mind and body. Your self-confidence and positive attitude will reward you!

You are likely to be popular with others when it comes to your ideas and communications, especially as you are communicating with optimism and cheerfulness, and this can bring rewarding experiences and opportunities into your life.

This can be a good time for updating your electronics and technology in ways that open up new avenues for communication or ease. Wonderfully creative ideas can fill your head this year. Mental pursuits, new learning, and all forms of intellectual activity are especially favored in the year ahead. There can be animated discussions, debates, lectures, and travel in high focus. You are quick to take the initiative and to put your thoughts into action. You may enjoy increased activity with younger people or friends. Once you get going on an area of study or project, you bring great energy to your endeavor.

This is a year in which you put your life in order in some significant manner. Improved concentration, a more realistic outlook, and a practical awareness of the limits of time all help you to make steady progress, particularly in your career. Your concern for your future this year is stronger than usual, and you may find that projects you start, or investments you make, this year will benefit you for years to come.

You have strong predilections for assertive and fiery actions this year. Bursts of creativity and energy help you to further your goals. Energy and motivation levels are variable, so take advantage of the periods when you feel inspired. People can’t easily push you into doing much of anything right now, as you seem to need to feel inspired from within. You are breaking free from habits that have previously held you back from going after what you want in life. This can be a year when bursts of restlessness, rebellion, and impatience figure prominently. You assert your will and individuality powerfully, and you are quick to fight for freedom. You may resist others and challenge them if they are trying to hold you back. Ideally, confrontations engaged in this year clear the air and help you to move forward.

The Sun conjuncts the South Node in your Solar Return chart, indicating that you are likely to be dealing with karma in your personal relationships. You may be feeling hesitant about pursuing your goals or “taking” what you want from life. Relationships always mirror our own inner conflicts, but this year, you are bound to find particular meaning in your relationship dynamics in terms of your own life path.

You seek out nourishment from others, and you naturally nurture and support them in return. Needs and cravings seem to be in harmony, or at least not in conflict, with those of your loved ones. You feel more purposeful through your efforts to help and support.

You are taking particular pride in your relationships. It’s a good time to strengthen and support others and to build trust. You instinctively know how to behave in ways that boost others’ confidence, while maintaining your own. This can be a pleasantly ambitious period.

This is a powerful year for learning, sharing ideas, and connecting with others. You enjoy making long-term plans and learning about a variety of subjects. Studies, publishing, and travel are favored. Always receptive to new ideas, you are absorbing a lot of information. You are able to innovate, but you could have some trouble with follow-through. When you are motivated, you can accomplish great things, bringing new life to old goals. Watch for impatience and nursing resentment. Find healthy channels for releasing pent-up energy.

 

2017 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.

2018 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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A moment of your time, please

I wouldn’t be running off so early but I promised my little fuzzy butt a trip outside to play. Before we do go, I have a concern or two and I want your opinion about the matter. So that no one would know who anybody was, I put it in poll form. It is also easier to hit a button and run, especially if your in a hurry. Please take a moment and let me know your honest thoughts, we would deeply appreciate it.

 

Astronomy Picture of the Day – Polar Ring Galaxy

Astronomy Picture of the Day

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

2017 February 17

Polar Ring Galaxy NGC 660
Image Credit & Copyright: CHART32 Team, Processing – Johannes Schedler

 

Explanation: NGC 660 is featured in this cosmic snapshot. Over 40 million light-years away and swimming within the boundaries of the constellation Pisces, NGC 660’s peculiar appearance marks it as a polar ring galaxy. A rare galaxy type, polar ring galaxies have a substantial population of stars, gas, and dust orbiting in rings strongly tilted from the plane of the galactic disk. The bizarre-looking configuration could have been caused by the chance capture of material from a passing galaxy by a disk galaxy, with the captured debris eventually strung out in a rotating ring. The violent gravitational interaction would account for the myriad pinkish star forming regions scattered along NGC 660’s ring. The polar ring component can also be used to explore the shape of the galaxy’s otherwise unseen dark matter halo by calculating the dark matter’s gravitational influence on the rotation of the ring and disk. Broader than the disk, NGC 660’s ring spans over 50,000 light-years.

Earth Sky News for February 17th: Big Dipper stars point to North Star

Big Dipper stars point to North Star

Bottom line: Use the Big Dipper to find Polaris, the North Star.

 

 

Your Charm for February 17th is Scorpio the Scorpion

Your Charm for Today

Today’s Meaning:
This aspect of your life will be strongly influenced by a person who is determined, forceful, emotional, intuitive, powerful, passionate, exciting and magnetic. This person is probably an acquaintance you made at work.

General Description:
Eighth sign of the Zodiac, Oct. 24th to Nov. 23rd. Ruling by the planet Mars; correct metal, Iron. Those born under Scorpio were believed to be energetic, strongly determined, persistent, and thorough in their undertakings, with inflexible will-power, of magnetic personality, affable, just, affectionate, and powerful convicting speakers. The Scorpio gems aare the Aquamarine and Beryl. The Aquamarine has always been reverenced in the East as all emblem of purity, and was given at marriage for increasing mutual love. In Rome worn for cheerfulness, curing distempers and internal complaints; by mariners to protect them from sickness and danger at sea.