The Solar Almanac & Lore for Sunday, February 10th

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The Solar Almanac for Sunday, February 10th

Sun Direction: 118.93° ESE↑
Sun Altitude: 12.47°
Sun Distance: 91.727 million mi
Next Equinox: Mar 20, 2019 4:58 pm (Vernal)
Sunrise Today: 6:48 am↑ 107° East
Sunset Today: 5:28 pm↑ 253° West
Length of Daylight: 10 hours, 40 minutes

–timeanddate.com

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Solar Lore

In the beginning there was only darkness and people kept bumping into each other. Fox said that people on the other side of the world had plenty of light but were too greedy to share it. Possum went over there to steal a little piece of the light. He found the Sun hanging in a tree, lighting everything up. He took a tiny piece of the Sun and hid it in the fur of his tail. The heat burned the fur off his tail. That is why possums have bald tails. Buzzard tried next. He tried to hide a piece of Sun in the feathers of his head. That is why buzzards have bald heads. Grandmother Spider tried next. She made a clay bowl. Then she spun a web (Milky Way) across the sky reaching to the other side of the world. She snatched up the whole sun in the clay bowl and took it back home to our side of the world.

From The Cherokee Tribe Creation Lore

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Preparing You for The Week Ahead: Mars Conjunct Uranus, February 13

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Preparing You for The Week Ahead: Mars Conjunct Uranus, February 13

Mars Conjunct Uranus 13 February 2019

Mars conjunct Uranus in the natal chart gives exceptional creative talents and a most interesting life. You have an engaging and sexually attractive energy which draws in all kinds of people and all kinds of attention.

Whether at work or play, your motivation, enthusiasm and electric energy can excite, inspire and entertain other people. You thrive on the adrenalin rush you get from pushing the limits. This strong desire for excitement makes you a thrill seeker and sometimes a rebel.

You love the attention you receive for you actions and works. You can actually feed of this recognition and appreciation. Your strong desire to act without restriction can make you a very independent person. A stable family life is possible so long as you can be your eccentric self.

You have strong desires for anything unusual. You may collect rare objects or have a passion for the occult. In following your passions you are not restricted by the rules of a particular culture or religion. You must satisfy your peculiar desires despite the criticism. If you do not use up your incredible stores of energy then unexpected things may happen to you.

Being a rebel and stirring up trouble comes naturally but you must channel this erratic and fiery energy into constructive activities. Use your creative genius to burn up this raw energy and make you feel satisfied.

You may have bursts of extremely potent energy like a volcanic explosion. It could be in a boxing match like Joe Frazier or a guitar solo like Jimmy Page. It can even be a witty and cutting political speech or a writing a poem. Afterwards you need rest to recover from your exhaustion.

Mars represents your goal directed energy. By focusing on your personal and professional goals you can avoid extra negative attention. You may gain popularity and will always create a stir by being so different. Expect to have some nasty critics at times because being controversial is just your style.

Mars Conjunct Uranus Transit
Transiting Mars conjunct Uranus gives a strong urge to break out of any limiting situations in your life. You need change and excitement to spice up your life. However, a tendency to act spontaneously or erratically can cause unwanted surprises that upset your life.

Risk taking is not the best option now, even though you will feel like it. You should still follow your passionate desires and instincts but with self-control and a particular goal in mind. Making and sticking to plans will not work, so there is a narrow path top tread between recklessness and missed opportunity.

The more of this erratic energy you use up on chasing your desires and goals the better. You want to find new and stimulating adventures, work and relationships. In this way, you reduce the risk of unexpected events happening to you.

You can fully express your kinky side now and have some fun with it. You may wear crazy clothes or try something different in the bedroom. Flashes of insight or experimentation could lead to amazing new opportunities in your life.

Mars Conjunct Uranus Dates
26 February 2017
13 February 2019
20 January 20211 August 2022
15 July 2024
4 July 202623 June 2028
15 June 2030
6 June 2032

 

–Astrology King

A Look At The Stars for February 12 thru February 17

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A Look At The Stars for February 12 thru February 17

Tuesday February 12
5:26 pm – 1st Quarter Moon at 23 54 trine Pluto increases your emotional sensitivity and psychic perception. You will feel things more powerfully and are likely to be transformed by your intense emotional reactions. Someone is likely to move you deeply and have a strong influence on your life. Intense emotional connections may result in new relationships this weekly horoscope. There would be a strong karmic pull between you and any destiny encounter.

Wednesday February 13
1:20 am – Mars conjunct Uranus at 29 11 from last Saturday to this Saturday gives a strong urge to break out of any limiting situations in your life. You need change and excitement to spice up your life. However, a tendency to act spontaneously or erratically can cause unwanted surprises that upset your life. Risk taking is not the best option now, even though you will feel like it. You should still follow your passionate desires and instincts but with self-control and a particular goal in mind.
4:31 am – Moon enters Gemini

Friday February 15
9:02 am – Moon enters Cancer

Sunday February 17
03:43 am – Venus sextile Neptune from Friday to next Monday arouses your sensual and caring side. This is a good time for passionate romantic encounters. You can enjoy increased sensitivity in sexual relations with your partner, and may discover imaginative ways to increase your erotic pleasure. This is also a good weekly horoscope for dating as your increased magnetic allure will attract a tender and caring person, quite possibly a genuine soul mate or spiritual partner.
10:20 am – Moon enters Leo

–Astrology King

 

Planetary Positions & Aspects for Today & The Month of February

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Planetary Positions & Aspects for Today & The Month of February

Current Planetary Positions

February 10, 2019
Tropical Zodiac

Sun:  21 Aquarius 32
Moon:  23 Aries 57
Mercury:  00 Pisces 13
Venus:  07 Capricorn 37
Mars:  27 Aries 23
Jupiter:  19 Sagittarius 21
Saturn: 15 Capricorn 59
Uranus:  29 Aries 07
Neptune:  15 Pisces 15
Pluto:  21 Capricorn 56

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Planetary aspects for the Month of February

12 Feb 05:26 pm – 1st Quarter Moon at 23 54
13 Feb 01:20 am – Mars conjunct Uranus
17 Feb 03:43 am – Venus sextile Neptune
18 Feb 02:54 am – Sun sextile Uranus
18 Feb 05:51 am – Venus conjunct Saturn
19 Feb 01:36 am – Mercury conjunct Neptune
19 Feb 10:53 am – Full Moon at 00 42
19 Feb 09:39 pm – Mercury sextile Saturn
22 Feb 03:39 pm – Mercury square Jupiter
22 Feb 10:52 pm – Venus conjunct Pluto
23 Feb 12:17 pm – Mercury sextile Pluto
26 Feb 06:27 am – 3rd Quarter Moon at 07 34
27 Feb 09:32 pm – Sun sextile Mars

Wishing All Our Dear Brothers & Sisters of The Craft A Very Beautiful & Blessed Sunday Morn’!

(I can’t help myself, I love this graphic, lol!)

 

Bless this gathering of Witches
Brought together this day
In the name of the Goddess and the God
To dedicate themselves to each other
And to the old ways that led them here.

Bless this gathering of Witches
That they may work together in harmony
Learning and growing together
As they follow the Wheel of the Year
And bask in the light of the full moon.

May the Earth grant them strength
May the Air grant them wisdom
May the Fire grant them passion
May the Water grant them flexibility
So they might work together for the good of all

Bless this gathering of Witches
Brought together this day.

In the name of the Goddess and the God

So Mote It Be

HOMEMADE SHAMPOOS, TOOTHPASTE, & DEODORANT

 

HOMEMADE SHAMPOOS, TOOTHPASTE, & DEODORANT

DIY TOILETRY RECIPES
Explore our recipes for homemade toothpaste, deodorant, shampoos, and more. Our DIY toiletry recipes are basic, relying on pantry ingredients, nothing fancy. They’re safe, natural, fun, and easy on the wallet!

We cook what we eat.  So, why not try whipping up the products that get absorbed by your skin?

So many hair and body care products are not only overpriced but also loaded with chemicals. You’ll feel better knowing what’s in the stuff that goes on your skin—and we guarantee your skin will look and feel better, too.

“Almond meal … acts as a pleasing alternative to soap at any time. It softens, cleanses, and whitens the skin.”
–The 1916 Old Farmer’s Almanac

HOMEMADE DEODORANT

One of the best deodorants is plain old baking soda. You can pat it right onto your skin or mix it with a little cornstarch for extra staying power and moisture control.

  • Take equal parts baking soda and cornstarch. It helps to add a few drops of coconut oil to make a paste.
  • Some readers say that mixing in a few drops of anti-bacterial tea tree oil makes it even more effective.

HOMEMADE TOOTHPASTE

Washing your hands with toothpaste and water will eliminate fish odor.

Even today, baking soda remains in the lead ingredient for oxidizing stains and removing plaque without removing tooth enamel. A combination of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide lifts particles caught between teeth and kills bacteria.

Do not add anything to the baking soda to make it more abrasive. You may want to add an artificial sweetener for taste (which is essentially all some of those “natural” toothpastes do), but do not add real sugar which would promote tooth decay.

  1.  “Bare-Bones” Toothpaste: Mix 1 teaspoon baking soda with ½ teaspoon hydrogen peroxide; make a paste; scoop up with your toothbrush and proceed as you normally would.
  2. “Minty” Toothpaste: Mix together 6 teaspoons of baking soda, ⅓ teaspoon salt, 4 teaspoons glycerin, and 15 drops of peppermint or wintergreen extract. Depending on how much you use at a time, this recipe is good for 15 to 20 applications and should be stored in any appropriately sized container with a snug lid.
  3. “Modern” Toothpaste: Mix baking soda with equal amount of coconut oil, creating a paste. Add an essential oil in mint or herb if desired (5 drops per tablespoon of paste). Add sea salt for taste (a dash for every two tablespoons paste).

Note: Check with your dentist before usage. The American Dental Association only accepts toothpastes containing fluoride and recommends fluoridation of community water supplies. This is a debated subject; we refer you to your respective health care provider for their professional recommendation.

EYE MAKE-UP REMOVER (SAFE AND GENTLE)

  • Save on those very expensive eye make-up removers with this recipe. Combine 1 tablespoon canola oil, 1 tablespoon castor oil, and 1 tablespoon light olive oil.
  •  For use on your entire body, put some castor oil in a little spray bottle. To maximize absorption, spray it on your skin after showering and gently rub it in while your skin is still warm and your pores are open.

HOMEMADE MOISTURIZER

  • For healthy skin, add rosemary oil to the bathwater.
  • Another age-old tradition to prevent wrinkles around the eyes is to apply a drop of castor oil around each eye before going to bed. Castor oil acts as a humectant, meaning that it attracts and retains moisture in the skin. This promotes healthier skin cell rejuvenation. Some plastic surgeons apply castor oil around an incision after surgery for this exact reason.

BATH SOAK FOR HEALTHY SKIN

Tales of the queen of Egypt, Cleopatra, tell of her beauty and her radiant skin. Her secret? Apparently she used to take frequent baths in fresh milk! Researchers now have found that the lactic acid in milk is the cause of the stunning skin. Alpha hydroxy acids help loosen dead skin and give healthy skin a deep cleansing.

  • As the tub fills, pour in two cups to one quart of fresh milk or butter milk. Fresh milk can be substituted with one cup of powdered milk. A few drops of lavender essential oil may increase the relaxing effects. Soak in the tub for at least 20 minutes and gently massage your skin with a wash cloth or a loofah to rub off all the dead skin.
  • After taking your bath, drain the tub and take a quick shower to rinse off all the milk on your body.

HOMEMADE SHAMPOO

  • Old-fashioned castile soap can also be dissolved in warm water to be used as shampoo.
  • After shampooing, rinse your hair with lemon juice to make it shine.
  • If regular shampooing with water is impossible for some reason, try mixing 1 tablespoon salt and ½ cup cornmeal in a shaker bottle. Sprinkle lightly onto hair, then brush thoroughly to get rid of dirt and oil. A combination of baby powder and cornstarch can also be used the same way.

Customize With Essential Oils

If you like your store-bought shampoo but would like to add to it a little, the essential oils that old-timers relied on for hair care really do work.

  • To nourish and moisturize, pour some shampoo or conditioner into your palm and add a few drops of cedar wood, chamomile, clary sage, lavender, rosemary, thyme, or ylang-ylang.
  • To add thickness and body, use cedar wood or clary sage.
  • To reduce oiliness, try bergamot, cedar wood, lavender, lemon, pine, rosemary, or ylang-ylang.
  • To add luster, try sweet basil, Roman chamomile, or lavender.
  • To detangle hair, use chamomile, grapefruit, marigold, passionflower, or sweet clover, and to relieve dandruff, try cedar wood, clary sage, lemon, pine, rosemary, or tea tree.

See our natural health editor’s shampoo recipe which uses only 2 ingredients!

We hope you enjoyed our DIY recipe ideas.

HOMEMADE HAIR TREATMENTS, LOTIONS, AND NAIL CARE

 

HOMEMADE HAIR TREATMENTS, LOTIONS, AND NAIL CARE

HOME SPA DAY: HAIR, SKIN, AND NAIL CARE
All-natural homemade treatments can help you not to break the bank, especially with these easy and helpful recipes for conditioner, facials, and lotions.

Throughout history, people have relied on techniques and special formulas to enhance their attractiveness. Some were based on ingredients that were found in the home or in the barnyard (think boiled calves’ feet as an ingredient in facial cream).

Some extreme makeovers include:

  • Women in ancient Rome rubbed the ashes of ground snails on their skin to get rid of dark spots, mixed soot with water and applied it to their eyebrows to darken them, and “shaved” off body hair by rubbing their skin with a pumice stone.
  • Women of the 17th century cut small star or Moon shapes from velvet or silk fabric and pasted them on their faces to cover facial scars, which were often the result of smallpox.
  • Women in the 18th and 19th centuries pasted strips of mouse fur on top of their eyebrows to enhance their allure, covered blemishes with mercury, dabbed white lead on their faces to attain a pale complexion, and ate small amounts of arsenic to brighten their skin and eyes.

Here’s an assortment of safe beauty treatments that you can make easily from items available in natural food stores or that perhaps you already have in your pantry.

HAIR CARE TREATMENTS

Aromatic Conditioner

  • 6 drops lavender essential oil
  • 6 drops bay essential oil
  • 6 drops sandalwood essential oil
  • 6 ounces warm sesame oil

Mix the oils together in a bowl until blended. Part your hair in sections, put a few drops of the blended oil on your fingertips, and massage into your scalp. Cover your head with a towel for 15 minutes, then shampoo. You may need to shampoo twice.

Herbal Conditioner

  • 1 teaspoon burdock root
  • 1 teaspoon calendula flowers
  • 1 teaspoon chamomile flowers
  • 1 teaspoon lavender flowers
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary flowers
  • 1 Tablespoon vinegar

Pour 1 pint boiling water over the herbs in a bowl and let them steep for 30 minutes. Strain the liquid into a second bowl and add the vinegar. Shampoo, rinse, then pour the conditioner on your hair. Comb the conditioner through evenly. Do not rinse.

These ingredients shouldn’t be too hard to find, so for more of a challenge, try these old-fashioned hair care treatments.

FACIALS AND WRINKLE RELAXERS

Regular cleansing removes surface dirt and oils, but facial masks clean out the toxins that are found deep in pores.

Fruit Facial

This nutrient-rich cleansing facial mask contains many of the same age-defying ingredients—such as alpha hydroxy acid (in grapes), vitamin B (in cranberries), and vitamin C (in grapefruit)—that are found in store-bought products. Gelatin, which is often used in commercial facial peels, dries and stiffens. When it is peeled off, it helps to remove dead skin and unclog pores.

  • 1 cup crushed seedless red grapes
  • 1 cup crushed fresh cranberries
  • 2 teaspoons grapefruit juice
  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin

Mix the ingredients together in a bowl until they form a paste. Cover and refrigerate for 45 minutes to let the mixture thicken. Remove from the refrigerator and let warm to room temperature. Spread the mixture on washed, dry skin. Avoid the area around the eyes. Sit or lie down for 15 minutes, then rinse off with warm water.

Chickpea Facial

Use Kasturi turmeric because regular turmeric can temporarily stain the skin.

  • ¼ cup chickpea flour
  • ¼ cup Kasturi turmeric powder
  • yogurt, as needed

In a small bowl, mix the chickpea flour and turmeric. Store the mixture in an airtight bottle. When ready to use, place a teaspoon of the mixture in a small bowl and add enough yogurt to make a paste. Apply the paste evenly to the face and leave on until it dries, about 10 to 15 minutes. Wash off with warm water.

Wrinkle Relaxer

  • 6 to 8 green seedless grapes

Wash the grapes, then cut them in half. Gently massage each half onto the face and neck. Let dry for 20 minutes, then rinse off and pat dry. Repeat every day, or as needed.

SCRUBS AND TONERS

Walnut Scrub

Get rid of rough patches on your hands, feet, and elbows! The oil in the walnuts provides gentle exfoliation and the olive oil adds extra moisture. The honey helps to seal the moisture into the skin.

  • ¼ cup shelled walnuts
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon honey

Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until the mixture is reduced to fine particles. Gently rub on hands, feet, or elbows for several minutes. Rinse with warm water.

Coffee Scrub

Coffee grounds work to help diminish cellulite and varicose veins, in addition to improving circulation and smoothing the skin’s texture.

  • 2 cups used coffee grounds
  • ½ cup sugar or sea salt
  • ⅔ Tablespoon unscented massage oil

Mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl. Massage gently on the skin, then rinse with warm water.

Citrus Splash Toner

For oily skin.

  • 1 cup water
  • ⅔ cup witch hazel
  • ½ cup lemon juice

Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl and apply to the face, using a cotton ball. Store the remaining mixture in a jar. Shake before using again.

Herbal Splash Toner

For normal or dry skin.

  • 1 cup boiling water
  • ½ cup parsley

Chop the parsley and place in a small bowl. Pour the water over the parsley and let it cool. Strain the liquid into a jar. Apply to the face, using a cotton ball.

NAIL LOTIONS

Cuticle Massage

  • 5 red seedless grapes
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar

Wash the grapes, then slice them in half widthwise. Dip the cut side into the sugar. Using half a grape for each finger, massage the skin around each fingernail for about 30 seconds each. Wipe off the excess sugar with a soft towel, then rub hand cream onto hands and cuticles.

If your nails are extra brittle and need more help, or if you want to stop biting your nails, check out these remedies for better nail care.

Looking for some even simpler natural remedies for a spa day at home? Here are some quick and easy remedies for all your hair and skin needs and even more all-natural tips.

NATURAL REMEDIES FOR DRY HAIR, ITCHY SKIN, AND MORE

 

NATURAL REMEDIES FOR DRY HAIR, ITCHY SKIN, AND MORE

BEAT THESE COMMON PROBLEMS WITH NATURAL REMEDIES
By Margaret Boyles & Margaret Ross
If you suffer from frizzy hair, itchy skin, chapped lips, or one of many other common cosmetic issues, try these easy and time-tested natural remedies!

GENERAL ADVICE

  • First, forget the idea that drinking plenty of water will keep your skin (eyes, nasal passages, nails) moist and your hair well behaved. Dermatologists say that while drinking water is important for overall health, as far as moisturizing skin, hair, and nails are concerned, you need to add moisture from the outside and prevent it from escaping into the drier surrounding air.
  • Humidifying dry indoor air helps to provide that indoor moisture. It’s especially important if you suffer bloody noses and lots of respiratory infections. You could run an electric humidifier, but passive solutions may do the trick for you. We maintain a lot of well-watered houseplants that transpire water into the indoor air. We keep steamers going on each of our stoves that pump moisture into the air whenever the stove is running.
  • Hanging your laundry on bars indoors is another great strategy. It doesn’t take much longer to dry near the woodstove than it would in an electric dryer, and while it dries, your laundry humidifies the air around it.

GENERAL ADVICE

  • First, forget the idea that drinking plenty of water will keep your skin (eyes, nasal passages, nails) moist and your hair well behaved. Dermatologists say that while drinking water is important for overall health, as far as moisturizing skin, hair, and nails are concerned, you need to add moisture from the outside and prevent it from escaping into the drier surrounding air.
  • Humidifying dry indoor air helps to provide that indoor moisture. It’s especially important if you suffer bloody noses and lots of respiratory infections. You could run an electric humidifier, but passive solutions may do the trick for you. We maintain a lot of well-watered houseplants that transpire water into the indoor air. We keep steamers going on each of our stoves that pump moisture into the air whenever the stove is running.
  • Hanging your laundry on bars indoors is another great strategy. It doesn’t take much longer to dry near the woodstove than it would in an electric dryer, and while it dries, your laundry humidifies the air around it.

Oily Hair and Skin

  • Add one teaspoon baking soda to two ounces of your shampoo. This works as an alkali to absorb excess oil.
  • Baking soda works the same way with skin, it will absorb oil and also neutralize excess acid in your skin. Make a paste with baking soda and water.
  • Try lemon juice as an astringent facial cleanser.

Dry, Itchy Skin

  • You could use a commercial moisturizer or simply apply a thin coat of olive oil immediately after showering or bathing.
  • Dermatologists also suggest taking shorter baths or showers in warm (not hot) water. Use a mild, glycerin-based soap. And stay away from hair or skin-care products that contain any forms of alcohol, which are drying agents.
  • If you have itchy skin, try a soothing oatmeal bath.
  • For a homemade scrub, mix ground oats and honey. Rub all over your face—especially your nose. The abrasive will remove dry, scaly skin while the honey seeps in as a moisturizer. Rinse completely off and pat dry, and your skin will be glowing and baby soft. Only use this remedy once a week.
  • For superdry skin, use olive oil. Rub it in prior to a bath or shower. You may substitute peanut, sesame or sunflower oil.
  • A quart of milk in a hot bath is a luxury as well as a skin toner. It’s a trick nearly as old as time.

Puffy, Tired-Looking, Dry Eyes

  • Used teabags make excellent eye cosmetics. After being dunked (and allowed to cool slightly), drain the tea bag and place it over your closed eye (one for each) and hold it there for a few minutes. Redness, soreness, swelling and irritation will disappear like magic.
  • If you suffer from dry, scratchy, itchy, eyes, try laying a warm, moist washcloth over your closed lids for a few minutes each day.
    • This simple, effective treatment helps to liquefy the lubricating oil in glands located along the eyelids. It may take a few days, but if you use the compresses faithfully, you should experience relief.

Dry, Chapped Lips

  • To prevent cracked or chapped lips, use a lip balm and apply it often. It’s inexpensive and easy to make your own. If you make a big batch that’s a bit heavier on the olive oil, you can use your homemade balm for hands, fingernails, facial moisturizer, and (just a dab) hair conditioner, too.
  • Plain honey is an excellent remedy for chapped lips. Leave on overnight—it makes for sweet dreams!

Brittle Nails and Ragged Cuticles

  • To prevent brittle nails and ragged cuticles, use your homemade balm or a commercial conditioning agent after bathing or doing dishes. Some dermatologists suggest coating hands and nails with Vaseline or another moisturizing product and wearing cotton gloves overnight to treat dry nails and cuticles.
  • If you polish your nails, find an acetone-free polish remover, as acetone is a serious drying agent.
  • Also make sure to wear gloves or mittens when you go outside to prevent the dry winter air from drawing moisture from your hands and nails.

 

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I Tire Easily of Love Spells, I don’t know about you but….

On the other site I do daily posts on, I pull home remedies from The Old Farmer’s Almanac. I think some of them you just might be interested in, what’cha say? Let stop with the Love spells for a bit and go to some more useful info. I know we have a lot of older, married witches on this site and I figured you might enjoy some of these old homemade recipes and the younger ones might learn a thing or two. Which I might add are very useful tips.

So let’s give it a go. If you like them, let me know and I will put more over here.

Lady A