Welcome to the Witches Digest for Wednesday, October 19th
Hymn to the Morrigan by Isaac Bonewits
O Morrigan, we call your name Across the dusty years.
You speak to us, of blood and lust. You show us all our fears.
You are a goddess, old and wise. Of holy power you have no dearth.
Beneath your wings : Black, Red and White, We learn of death and birth.
You walk about, this ancient land, Your hungers raw and clear.
You make the crops, grow rich and strong, As well your geese and deer.
A flirting maid, a lusty hag, A mother of great girth :
Without the touch of your black wings, We cannot heal the earth.
You float upon, a blood red wave, Of swords and spears and knives.
Your voice inspires, fear and dread, That you’ll cut short our lives.
You try the warriors’, courage sore, Our inner souls unearth.
Without the touch of your red wings, We cannot know our worth.
You fly above the silver clouds, To Manannan’s shining Gate.
You lead the dead along that path, To meet our final fate.
The joke’s on us, we find within, A land of laughter and of mirth.
Without the touch of your white wings, We cannot have rebirth.
—Published on Shrine for the Forgotten Goddesses
Your Daily Sun & Moon Data for Wednesday, October 19th
Sun Direction: ↑ 138.68° SE
Sun Altitude: 32.71°
Sun Distance: 92.565 million mi
Next Solstice: Dec 21, 2016 4:44 AM (Winter)
Sunrise Today: 7:06 AM↑ 102° East
Sunset Today: 6:12 PM↑ 258° West
Length of Daylight: 11 hours, 5 minutes
Moon Direction: ↑ 287.56° WNW
Moon Altitude: 5.05°
Moon Distance: 226179 mi
Next New Moon: Oct 30, 201612:38 PM
Next Full Moon: Nov 14, 20167:52 AM
Next Moonset: Today10:55 AM
Current Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous
The Sky This Week for October 19 to October 23
Uranus at peak visibility, the Orionid meteor shower, and other awesome things to look for in the sky this week.
By Richard Talcott
Wednesday, October 19
Mars continues to put on a nice show these October evenings. The magnitude 0.2 Red Planet lies among the background stars of Sagittarius and appears some 20° high in the south-southwest after darkness falls. A telescope shows the planet’s 8″-diameter disk, which should show a few subtle dark markings during moments of good seeing. While you look at Mars this evening, it should have a new visitor from Earth sitting on its surface. The European Space Agency’s ExoMars Schiaparelli module is scheduled to touch down on martian soil shortly before 11 a.m. EDT. Although largely a test to demonstrate the technology needed for future missions, Schiaparelli will capture 15 black-and-white images on its way to the surface.
Thursday, October 20
Jupiter appears in the morning sky this week. It rises as morning twilight begins and climbs nearly 10° high in the east 45 minutes before sunrise. You won’t mistake the giant planet for any other object — at magnitude –1.7, it’s brighter than any other morning object besides the Moon. Jupiter will climb higher in the next few weeks and become a tempting target for those with telescopes.
Friday, October 21
Although the Orionid meteor shower peaks this morning, a waning gibbous Moon shares the sky and will drown out many of the fainter “shooting stars.” Still, observers can expect to see half a dozen or so meteors per hour before morning twilight commences. Orionid meteors appear to radiate from the northern part of the constellation Orion the Hunter.
Saturday, October 22
Last Quarter Moon occurs at 3:14 p.m. EDT. By the time it rises shortly after midnight local daylight time in North America, its phase will have waned to approximately 45 percent lit. Earth’s satellite appears against the background stars of Cancer the Crab, approximately 4° south-southwest of the Beehive star cluster (M44).
Sunday, October 23
Look high in the east after darkness falls this week, and you should see autumn’s most conspicuous star group. The Great Square of Pegasus stands out in the evening sky at this time of year, though it appears balanced on one corner and looks more diamond-shaped. These four almost equally bright stars form the body of Pegasus the Winged Horse. The fainter stars that form the rest of this constellation’s shape trail off to the square’s west.
The Astronomy Magazine
“As I went out walking this fall afternoon,
I heard a whisper whispering.
I heard a whisper whispering,
Upon this fine fall day…
As I went out walking this fall afternoon,
I heard a laugh a’ laughing.
I heard a laugh a’ laughing,
Upon this fine fall day…
I heard this whisper and I wondered,
I heard this laugh and then I knew.
The time is getting near my friends,
The time that I hold dear my friends,
The veil is getting thin my friends,
And strange things will pass through.”
– The Veil is Getting Thinner
Today Is Wednesday, October 19th, We Celebrate…..
Festival of Lights (Brazil)
Themes: Forgiveness; Religious Devotion; Banishing; Justice; Karma
Symbols: Light; Lunar Emblems
About Perimbo: This Brazilian goddess is the creatrix of all things. From her home in the moon, Perimbo gently guides human life in benevolent ways. Balancing this kindness, she is also a goddess of justice, meting out karmic punishment to teach important lessons when necessary.
To Do Today: During mid-October, the city of Belem in Brazil holds a parade in which people go barefoot, carrying weights and lights to banish evil, sin, and negativity from their lives. To adapt this in a simple way and draw Perimbo’s benevolence into your living space, take a flashlight, candle, or long-stemmed match clockwise around your house, saying,
Perimbo, shine the light of fairness and devotion throughout my home.
Try to make sure the light reaches as many nooks and crannies as possible, symbolically banishing the shadows that hide there.
For a portable Perimbo charm to inspire equity in all your dealings, find a glow-in-the-dark image of the moon. Charge it up for several hours using sunlight or the flashlight from the previous spell, saying instead,
Perimbo, shine the light of fairness and devotion throughout my life.
Carry this in your pocket to radiate the goddess’s power no matter where you may be.
365 Goddess: A Daily Guide To the Magic and Inspiration of the goddess
Wednesday, October 19th
Wednesday is the day of the Teutonic deity known as Wodin or Odin, an aspect of the Allfather, god of knowledge, wisdom, enlightenment and combat, the parallel of Hermes, the planet Mercury.
Zodiac Sign: Gemini & Virgo
Stone: Emerald & Sardonyx
Animal: Raven & Cat
Color: Red & Blue
Celtic Tree Month of Gort (Ivy) – (September 30 – October 27)
The Runic Half Month of Wyn (October 13 = October 27)
Goddess of the Month of Hathor (October 3 – October 30)
The Pagan Book of Days
The Pagan Book of Days for Wednesday, October 19th
Fast of Thoth
In the Alexandrian calendar this was a day-long fast in honor of Thoth, Egyptian God of wisdom and magick.
The Pagan Book of Days
The Goddess Book of Days for Wednesday, October 19th
Bettara in Japan, “Sticky-Sticky Fair” for Ebisu, one of the seven deities of good luck, A God. He is Legba, Elegua, Apollo, Quetzalcoatl and Janus. Some Japanese Goddesses are Amaterasu, Fuji, Izanami, Ukemochi, Yakami, Vega, Kwannon, Benten and Inari.
The Goddess Book of Days
“A year of beauty. A year of plenty.
A year of planting. A year of harvest.
A year of forests. A year of healing.
A year of vision. A year of passion.
A year of rebirth.
This year may we renew the earth.
This year may we renew the earth.
Let it begin with each step we take.
And let it begin with each change we make.
And let it begin with each chain we break.
And let it begin every time we awake.”
– Starhwak, Reclaiming Samhain
The Witches Guide to Wednesdays
Ruler: Wodin, Mercury
Colors: Orange, light blue, and gray
Power Hours: Sunrise and the 8th, 16th, and 24th hours following
Keywords: Success, creativity, communication
The word Wednesday is reminiscent of the Norse wind god Wodin, which is referenced in the popular rhyme verse “Wednesday’s child is full of woe.” This does not mean that those born on this day are full of sorrow or trouble. To be full of Woden (Wodin) means to be full of wind, to be spirited. Woden was such a powerful pagan god that the German church fathers changed the name of his day to Mittwoch, meaning midweek, in an attempt to exorcise his influence.
In the Spanish word for Wednesday, miercoles, we clearly see its connection to Mercury. Under the guidance of Mercury; Wednesday is a day of swift activity, communication, correspondence, and phone calls. This is a good day for journalists, writers, poets, bargaining, hiring employees, and visiting friends.
On Wednesdays, the hour of sunrise and every eight hours after that are also ruled by Mercury, making these times of the day doubly blessed. These are the strongest four hours for ritual work. Check your local newspaper, astrological calendar, or almanac to determine when sunrise occurs.
Be bold and daring today! Expand your knowledge of the Craft by working with the planetary energies of Mercury on this multifaceted day of the week. Consider the Greco-Roman gods Mercury and Hermes and all of the many lessons they have for you. Embrace change and movement, and work on your communication techniques. Conjure up a little good luck for yourself with that Mercury dime spell. Call on Athena to inspire you to try magickal arts and crafts and to be more creative in your own spellwork and witchery.
Meditate on Odin and see what you can discover about him. I wonder what sort of fabulous and fascinating magickal wisdom you will uncover? Odin is a shaman, after all; he may appear in many guises and faces. I guarantee that he will make you laugh at yourself before he is through with you, but you will learn. It’s up to you what you do with that knowledge. Will you let it shapeshift into wisdom?
Wednesday is the wild and wily day of the week, so try to go with the flow; don’t fight the quirky energies of the day. Most importantly, follow your heart, and always keep a good sense of humor, because of Wednesdays you will really need it.
Book of Witchery: Spells, Charms & Correspondences for Every Day of the Week
The Witches Almanac for Wednesday, October 19th
Our Lord of Miracles Procession (Peruvian)
Moon Phase: Third Quarter
Moon Sign: Gemini
The Magickal Day of Wednesday
Wednesday is named for Woden himself, although the Romans called it dies Mercurii. This is a day associated with the color purple, the planet Mercury, and the metal quicksilver – which is also called mercury. See a pattern here?
When it comes to deities… yes, Mercury! However, there are a few other gods associated with Wednesday, including Odin and Hermes, Athena, and Lugh. Gemstones like adventurine and agate come in handy as well, as do plants such as aspen trees, lilies, lavender and even ferns.
Business and job-related issues, communication, loss and debt, traveling, and journeys are all tied in to Wednesday. This is a good day to do a working to open up lines of communication – especially if your own actions are preventing you from being an effective speaker or listener. Go someplace new or return to an old favorite stomping ground, step up your game, and settle up your accounts.
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The Witches Correspondences for Wednesday, October 19th
Dedicated to the Teutonic god Woden or Odin, an aspect of the “All-Father” god of knowledge wisdom enlightenment and combat, the parallel of Hermes.
Element : Air
Zodiac Sign : Virgo / Gemini
Angel : Raphael
Metal : Mercury
Incense / Perfumes : Jasmine, Lavender, Sweet Pea
Oil: Benzoin, Clary Sage, Eucalytus, Lavender
Color : Red, Orange, Light Blue
Stones : Bloodstone,Garnet, Aventurine, Hematite, Moss Agate and Sodalite
Plants/Herbs : Almond, Anise, Cherry, Clover, Dandelion, Dill, Fern, Hazel, Hyssop, Lavender, Lemongrass, Lilac, Mace, Peppermint, Rosemary, Vervain
Magick to Work: the conscious mind, study, travel, divination, consulting oracles, wisdom, communication ,cleverness, contracts, creativity, information, intellect, memory, erception, science, wisdom, writing
Wednesday Is Ruled By Mercury
Wednesdays are wild and wacky days. They are for communication, change, cunning, and the arts. This is a Mercury day, and just its patron god this day is full of contradictions, change, and excitement. Some suggestions for Wednesday enchantments would include:
Pulling a little Wednesday color magic into your life by wearing purples or orange
Carrying a multipurpose agate with you and tapping into its various charms
Working with magical plants such as the fern for protection. This plant will also boost the power of any other magical plants with which it is arranged.
Incorporating lavender into charms and spells for transformation
Using the charming scent of lily of the valley to improve your memory, or working with the aspen tree for communication
Calling on Athena, patron of arts and crafts, for inspiration for a new project
Fanning out a Tarot spell to increase you creativity
Calling on Hermes on a Wednesday night to bring movement and good luck into your life
The Energy of Mercury
Weekday Ruled By Mercury: Wednesday
Stones: Emerald, adventurine, agate, sodalite, hematite, pearl, moonstone
Herbs and Plants: Fern, lavender, cherry, periwinkle, star anise, licorice
Magickal Intentions: Communication, writing, knowledge, transactions, divination, business, debt, fear, loss, travel, money matters.
The Magickal Fruit of Samhain
Many folks think of the apple as the fruit that goes with the autum equinox/Mabon only, but to be honest it has many more magickal ties to the sabbat of Samhain. Apples have a vast amount of magickal folklore in many religions and traditions. The apple has been unfairly called the forbidden fruit; on a more positive note, they have also been called the fruit of the gods and the fruit of the underworld. It is interesting to note that in the Druidic tradition, apples were used as an offering to the dead. The practice speaks of burying fresh apples on Samhain so the souls of the deceased can feast on them while they are waiting to be reborn.
Apples are associated with many goddesses, and here are a few you may be familiar with: Aphrodite and Venus, and Ishtar, Astarte, Gaia, Hera, Cerridwen, the Norse goddesses Freya and Idunn/ Idunna, and, of course, Pomona, our Roman goddess of the apple tree, the orchard, and the apple harvest.
Apples and Witchcraft lore also have a long and colorful history. Crosswise-sliced fresh apples make great natural pentacles on an altar no matter what time of year it is. In herb magick, the apple tree and its fruit are considered to be feminine and are associated with the element of water and the planet Venus. The apple fruit is used for love, passion, friendship, wisdom, and healing magicks. In the language of flowers, a cluster of apple blossoms signifies attraction, while the apple blossom itself promotes fertility. The fruit has a slightly different meaning in the language of flowers. Here, the apple fruit represents wealth and fecundity, which, when you think about it, shouldn’t come as much of a surprise.
The foliage and twigs of an apple tree may also be worked into spells to promote good health, long life, and knowledge. Also, a wand made out of an apple branch and covered in nine silver bells is thought to be especially potent. You may have heard of this before, as an apple wand decorated in such a way is called a silver bough.
Apples are thought to be the container of life and a symbol of immortality in many magickal traditions. There is the Celtic Isle of Apples, or Avalon, that was ruled by Morgan le Fay. Also, there was the Greek gardens of Hesperides, where a sacred apple tree grew that bestowed— you guessed it— immortality. This particular apple tree was a wedding gift to the goddess Hera from Gaia herself, when Hera married Zeus. The tree was attended in the garden by nine handmaidens of Aphrodite, who were called the Hesperides. Legend says the nine maidens joined hands around the sacred apple tree and sang as the sun set and the evening star rose— which is the planet Venus. And, of course, we have Idunn’s or Idunna’s golden apples that kept the Norse gods both vital and immortal. The apple, no matter what magickal culture venerated it, was thought to hold the essence of the soul.
Seasons of Witchery: Celebrating the Sabbats with the Garden Witch
The Enchanting Apple
A Victorian Halloween Tradition
The apple was an integral part of Victorian Halloween celebrations on October 31, a date the Victorians called Snap-Apple Night. It is interesting to note that some contemporary folklorists have now linked the festival of Pomona— who they describe as a goddess of “fruits and seeds”— to the modern celebration of our Halloween. Considering what we know of the apple and its magickal lore, I can only say, “Well, it’s about time!”
The Roman goddess Pomona was actually the keeper of the apple orchards, and she traveled the land with her pruning knife, tending to and caring for all the apple trees. Pomona was an independent soul, but she eventually found love with a very determined young man named Vertumnus. All he had to do was use a little magick, and he so impressed the goddess with his enchantment that she fell for him and professed her love right there in the apple orchard.
Today, working with apples in your Halloween/ Samhain spells and charms makes good magickal sense, as apples are both a fruit of love and a fruit of wisdom. Inside the apple is the star of knowledge, and slicing an apple horizontally will reveal the Witches’ star hidden within. So the old bobbing for apples game may have actually been bobbing for wisdom…
Considering the folkloric significance of this fruit, it’s not surprising that in the old days, young women believed that on Halloween night, they could divine the name of their future husband by reading apple parings. Try this Halloween/ Samhain night spell to go along with your love-apple divination.
Seasons of Witchery: Celebrating the Sabbats with the Garden Witch
A Halloween Apple Spell for Love Divination
To perform the Victorian apple peel trick, you must pare an apple in an unbroken chain and then flip the apple peel over your shoulder into a previously placed pot or cauldron of water. The peel will unfurl in the water, taking the shape of the first letter of the first name of your true love.
Chant this as you toss the apple peel:
Apple peel, apple peel, let’s you and I play a game
Take the shape of the first letter of my true love’s name. By the mystery of love and the magick of Halloween With the help of Pomona, now make your symbol clear to me.
Now take a look and see what letter appears. Good luck!
Seasons of Witchery: Celebrating the Sabbats with the Garden Witch
Home & Hearth Magick for Wednesday, October 19th
On Wednesday cast for communication matters and to improve good luck
Planetary Influence: Mercury
Household Symbols: Phones, television, computers, letters, silver coins
Colors: Orange or purple
Kitchen Spices: Dill and celery seed
Natural Magick for Hearth & Home
Your Current Moon Phase for Wednesday, October 19th
The Moon today is in a Waning Gibbous Phase. This is the first phase after the Full Moon occurs. It lasts roughly 7 days with the Moon’s illumination growing smaller each day until the Moon becomes a Last Quarter Moon with a illumination of 50%. The average Moon rise for this phase is between 9am and Midnight depending on the age of the phase. The moon rises later and later each night setting after sunrise in the morning. During this phase the Moon can also be seen in the early morning daylight hours on the western horizon.
PHASE DETAILS FOR – WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2016
Phase: Waning Gibbous
Moon Age: 18.60 days
Moon Angle: 0.55
Moon Distance: 365,209.14 km
Sun Angle: 0.54
Sun Distance: 148,956,442.07 km
Astrology of Today – October 19, 2016
- The Moon is in Gemini all day (until Thursday, October 20th, at 11:28 AM).
- The Moon is waning and in its Full Moon phase until 4:50 AM, after which the Moon is waning and in its Waning Gibbous phase.
- A Full Moon occurred on the16th, and a Last Quarter Moon will occur on October 22nd.
- Venus spends its first full day in Sagittarius (Venus transits Sagittarius from October 18th to November 11th).
If Today is Your Birthday
You are self-expressive and animated in speech. Your memory is outstanding when it comes to the “little things” that you pick up from others and when it comes to the past. You are curious and possess a dual nature–sometimes chatty and rational, and other times withdrawn and moody. You are quite determined and maintain resolve. With good business sense and the ability to “read” people well, you are likely to enjoy much success in life as you age. You have the rare gift of the capacity to be assertive and charming at the same time. You are charming, creative, and personable. Famous people born today: Evander Holyfield, John Lithgow, John Le Carre, Robert Reed, Jason Reitman, Desmond Harrington.
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!
Transiting Saturn forms a sextile to your Sun this year, adding a nice layer of productivity and practicality to this period in your life. Responsibilities are easier to fill, and you enjoy benefits from organizing and bringing order to various areas of life. This influence helps to keep you on track. For the most part, your feet are on the ground. You are able to meet your responsibilities, and you are more willing to make important commitments. Your concern for your future 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. Your elders or authority figures in your life tend to look upon you favorably during this period in your life. One of the major keys to success this year is adopting a realistic, practical, disciplined, and orderly approach to your life.
However, Uranus is transiting in opposition to your Sun from May 2017 forward, suggesting that certain areas of life are changing, and quite dramatically! Personal freedom issues become especially important to you. Others may seem to be introducing changes into your life, whether you feel ready for them or not. In truth, you are readier than you think. Changes in how you relate to others on a one-to-one level are essential to your personal growth, even if it feels a bit unstable for the time being. Something you have had to give up might now be available to you again, and you need to decide whether you still want it.
It’s a good time for collaboration with others. People you connect with now tend to assist you to reach your goals and encourage you to have the confidence to go after what you desire. A relationship may intensify or reach a new level. Physical desires and passions can be in stronger focus.
Mars is conjunct Pluto in your Solar Return chart, and your ambition is stimulated–you are determined to meet or exceed your goals. You can bring great discipline and meaning to your life this year. This is a powerful influence that helps you focus on your goals, take decisive action, and go after what you want. You won’t take “no” for an answer this year. You might totally revise an important project or area of your life, or you could be bent on getting rid of something in your life in order to move forward. The tendency to be too forceful or willful this year should probably be avoided. You should also watch for overdoing to the point of exhaustion. This can be a compulsive time when power struggles are more likely. On the other hand, it can be a time when you enjoy a strong sense of purposefulness, focus, and determination.
Your senses are stimulated, and you could have sudden flashes of insight or fresh new ideas. You may be a little scatter-brained at times with all that you’re processing, and you could find it challenging to deal with routine matters or monotonous tasks. Learning new things is your passion this year–not recycling old ideas or performing repetitive processes.
You are especially interested in equal, fair, and balanced relationships. There can be a stronger inclination towards togetherness and sharing. There can be more dedication and an emphasis on loyalty in your relationships. You’re also very willing to make sacrifices for love and friendship, as well as in the interests of saving up for something special and business pursuits. Work is more satisfying than usual.
The year ahead is excellent for enjoying the work you do and for pouring a lot of energy into worthwhile pursuits. You could find yourself in the role of guide or teacher. There can be some important changes made this year – it’s unlikely to be status quo. This is a strong time for solid work and practical success. Watch for stirring up unnecessary controversy and for impatience, however. There is intensity in your desire nature and the tremendous ability to focus on what you want and work hard to achieve it.
2016 is a Number Two year for you. Ruled by the Moon. This is a year of potential companionship. It is a quiet, gentle, and mostly harmonious year that is less active than other years. Instead, you are more responsive to the needs of others. If you are patient and open yourself up in a gentle manner, you will attract both things and people. This is an excellent year in which to build and develop for the future. Advice – be patient, be receptive, enjoy the peace, collect.
2017 will be a Number Three year for you. Ruled by Jupiter. This is a year of sociability. It is a friendly time when it is easy to enjoy life and other people. Focus is on personal freedom, reaching out to others, making new friends, and exploration. You are more enthusiastic and ready for adventure. It is likely to be a rather lighthearted year when opportunities for “play” time are greater than usual. It’s also a good year for expressing your creativity. Advice – reach out, but avoid scattering your energies.
Courtesy of Cafe Astrology
Your Daily Horoscopes for Wednesday, October 19th
This is a powerful time for making your mark, learning or developing a talent that benefits your career, and going after your goals with gusto, dear Aries. You are determined to reach your goals. This may be a time of intensity in your career or with your reputation. You are in the position of leader. You might feel scrutinized now, but feedback may very well fuel your ambition to improve. Taking your ego out of the equation is important now, although not very easy! Try to beat your “best score” rather than worrying too much about what others are doing. You may be going at a project in an entirely new way. If you channel your powerful energy well, you can get a whole lot done. You can revitalize something important to you. Try not to waste this opportunity on battles and frustrations. Later today, aim to learn from your interactions, even if they are frustrating. Your responses to others can surprise you and jumpstart your own thinking.
This can be an excellent time for learning or advancing in your trade, dear Taurus. This can also be a time for powerful experiences that change your perspective. The goal should be to purge and let go, responsibly, if you’re seeking out or defending a truth today. While this can be a strong time for getting an answer, things can get heated and intense pretty quickly, so it’s important to be mindful of where you put your energy. Similarly, stubbornness can be a positive when it involves working towards an important goal, and counter-productive when you shut yourself down completely to valuable alternatives. Watch for over-defending an opinion. It can be a good time for making important changes to educational, legal, and travel plans. A partner may be especially interested and involved today. A relationship may reach a new level. Later today, look for different ways to approach an old problem. Work keeps you on your toes or there can be a few surprises that have you breaking your usual routines. A surprise element from your past or from a lover can also figure now.
Mars and Pluto together in your solar eighth house suggests profound emotions, intensity in a relationship, and the need to make significant changes, dear Gemini. If you’ve been frustrated with a situation, it may reach a head now, and you’ll want to do something about it, particularly if you’ve been over-attached to a person or situation. You’re unlikely to settle for second best. It’s an excellent time for quitting a bad habit or committing to a lifestyle change. You can be extremely focused especially where it comes to eliminating something unhealthy from your life or uncovering important truths. There is bravery about what you are prepared to face, but you may push things too far. Financial pressures are possible now, making it necessary to identify areas that need to change. Relationships can really heat up, and issues of trust can be in strong focus. Later today, it would be wise to avoid coming to quick conclusions or snapping out poorly thought-out observations.
You are attracting intense energy into your life through your relationships now, dear Cancer. This can be a time of fierce competition or difficult people getting the upper hand in your life for some of you. Issues of trust may be at the root of conflicts or reunions. However, any disputes between you and someone close to you that have been stewing for some time can emerge now and demand action, and avoidance isn’t an option! Frustrations and difficulties can escalate quickly now and this week, largely because the mood is dense, sensitive, and complex. There may be some tough decision-making or pressure that forces an issue. Aim to be strong within yourself so that you can project this strength outward, as people around you can be trying to get their way or could be more forceful and assertive than you. Later today, different perspectives can be frustrating, but they can also be good learning experiences!
Problems with work or health issues that have been frustrating can now seem intolerable, dear Leo. You’re likely to want to wipe the slate clean and begin anew in some area of your life. Something important is coming to a head, likely in the areas of work, service, health, habits, daily routines, and self-care efforts. Changes are essential now, and while tension can run high, this can help push you to new heights. You may be working doggedly on a project now, possibly to the point of exhaustion. You might decide to eliminate habits in your routine that are counter-productive in order to focus on those that serve your greater goals. Watch for power struggles with others, as the general atmosphere today inclines people to extremes in their attempts to gain some control over their lives. If you let frustrations overwhelm you, you are wasting this powerful energy that is best harnessed and channeled into productive work and goal-setting. Later today, a conversation or even a criticism can awaken you to a new perspective on a matter.
There can be a strong desire to take gain more control over your life, dear Virgo, and you’re ready to take action. Troubles in relationships, particularly with children or a lover, can reach a head now, and you’re willing to make changes. You may have the chance to zero in on a problem or difficult matter now, and this tunnel vision can help or hinder you, depending on how you decide to manage it. Obsessive thinking is not going to do much more than stress you out. However, if you can identify the deeper problem that is driving any compulsive behavior or thinking today, then you also have a chance to face your fears and do something about them. You are driven more by instinct than by reason today, so do take care before taking action. Watch for an overactive ego and competitiveness. Creatively speaking, you can be especially powerful and productive today. You are ready to go out on a limb now. Later today, you may come to a whole new perspective on a business or money matter.
There is intensity in your personal life now, dear Libra, and a desire to start over in a particular area of life so that you can feel more in control. Mars and Pluto align today in your sector of home, family, and soul, and you may very well choose to renovate or rework something on the homefront or deal with tricky feelings and dynamics with family. Certainly, if there have been problems brewing with loved ones, they’re likely to beg for airspace now. Today’s energies can challenge you to confront and manage emerging issues that have been buried, swept under the carpet, or otherwise hidden. There can be pressures coming from family or a partner. It can be difficult to remain logical, cool, and reasonable with so much going on inside! Try not to push yourself too hard, as it takes patience, time, and deliberate action to regain control of a situation that has spiraled. Rushing only adds fuel to the fire of tension. Later today, you may not be seeing a situation in the same way as a significant other, but instead of launching a debate, see if you can learn from your differences.
You can feel especially ambitious and passionate about your projects, studies, and ideas these days, dear Scorpio, and today, this is particularly the case. Your ruler, Pluto, aligns with Mars today – a powerful combination of energies that brings a feeling of urgency to your life. You are not afraid to stir up some controversy now, and your manner can be quite provocative. There can be a significant intellectual competition or a general feeling of being mentally wired, ready to take a project or situation to a whole new level. The inner entrepreneur can emerge now. As you seek out answers or truths, try not to go to extremes. Gaining more control over your life doesn’t mean knowing all or controlling others. Instead, it’s about controlling your own behavior and actions. There can be a tendency to push too far or to test yourself and your limits. The energies of the day can point to provocation or productivity, and the latter becomes you the most. Your powers of persuasion are even stronger than usual now.
Mars and Pluto come together in your resources sector, dear Sagittarius, and what you make, own, and believe in can be sensitive topics. If you’ve been unhappy with your money situation or with how others treat you, frustrations can reach a boiling point today, and you’ll want to take action to make significant changes. It’s a good time to eliminate certain expenses or redundancies in your spending, get rid of excess clutter, or rework a budget. It’s also a fine time to work towards a new goal or recommit to a business goal. You have a powerful sense of what matters, although everything can be magnified and exaggerated in your mind in the heat of the moment. At the root of most conflicts occurring now is the desire to gain more control over your life and your material resources. You don’t want to feel at the mercy of others or bad situations. Later today, opposing perspectives are likely but unusual and exciting insights can come out of conversations, news, or meditation.
Mars and Pluto align in your sign today, dear Capricorn, and you can feel super-motivated to reach a personal goal. People may be looking to you to take the lead, and you might choose to embrace this and take charge. You can have a big say in what others think of you, as the power to shape your image is strong with this combination. You might also recognize your ability to persuade and control, but you should use this wisely, as the only real power comes from being able to monitor your own actions and reactions. You can come to epiphanies, sudden insights, and emerging truths that help you uncover new interests and more suitable goals. Work on self-improvement and self-control for amazing results now. Try to better a personal best and channel your increased ambition into a truly worthwhile project rather than worry too much about what others are doing. The general atmosphere today is certainly on the tense side, but there is much to learn from your interactions.
Mars and Pluto come together in your sector of all that is hidden, dear Aquarius, and a lot is going on beneath the surface right now. You may be feeling at the mercy of life’s circumstances or your own baffling feelings now. There can be some fixation on past events, guilty feelings, missed or lost opportunities, and the like. Those things buried or hidden can emerge in unexpected ways. Self-honesty is essential for managing your emotions and moving forward feeling refreshed and purged. If you find yourself obsessing over past mistakes or otherwise attracted to things that have the power to bring you down, put a stop to it. The focus now should be on letting go and releasing rather than building up more frustrations and resentments. Be mindful of the company you keep, as there can be a tendency to say too much or to reveal sensitive information. Positively, this energy can point to intense, exciting connections, personal revelations, and projects that motivate and thrill you. Your dreaming mind is particularly intense and powerful now.
Intense feelings for or about a friend, group, long-term goal, or cause can be in focus now, dear Pisces. If there have been interpersonal problems brewing, they’re likely to come to a boiling point now. You can’t sweep them under the carpet now. In fact, it can be very difficult to ignore problems with Mars and Pluto coming together today. Although you may have a strong desire to know the truth of a matter, try not to push too far. Power doesn’t come from knowing all, but rather from knowing yourself and being honest with yourself. You could be in the position to make changes to your circle of friends, and decisions can be tough, or alterations are necessary for a plan or project to continue to be relevant and viable. However, the “cleaning up” energy with us now ultimately brings us to a stronger place. Focus not on getting rid of things but on rebuilding and recycling.
Get A Jump on Tomorrow….
Your Horoscopes for Thursday, October 20th
The day begins in a pleasantly busy way, dear Aries. You’re likely to find your relationships purring along nicely as you attend to many tasks without needing to make big concessions or compromises. The second half of the day finds you in need of more comfort, familiarity, and quiet. However, you’ve just begun a cycle, lasting several months, that finds you happily busy with creative works, projects, and special games or hobbies. You’re likely to discover that narrowing your focus to one particular project is particularly rewarding, and possibly even quite healing. Look for practical ways to release your imagination and create wonderful things. You can benefit from a more dedicated, committed approach to love relationships as well. You find it easier to hone in on what and who you truly value.
This morning is fantastic for accomplishing something, however big or small, dear Taurus. You’re in a practical frame of mind and quite content to go about your business in an orderly fashion. The day is likely to get busier as it progresses, and possibly a little less satisfying if you’re not adjusting to the quicker pace. Also today, you’ve just begun a cycle, lasting several months, that points to more dedication to house, home, and family matters. It’s a great period for self-healing efforts and approaches. Tending to your home base, issues of security and comfort, the needs of your loved ones, and your own safety and care are empowering and even healing activities during this period. Hard work, determination, focus, and simplicity are themes that will get your domestic life into better shape. Bringing more structure and order to the physical home can be an important part of this, but attention to the intangibles and emotions is just as vital now.
The Moon continues to move through your sign until almost midday, dear Gemini, and its warm connection with the Sun in your creative sector is excellent for natural self-expression. You are comfortable in your skin, and this endears you to others. People want to cooperate with you, or simply just hang around in your presence! As the day advances, you’re more inclined to want to make or build something substantial. A new cycle that will be with you for several months has just begun, and you’re likely to become more and more interested in learning, personal projects, and communications that serve a definite purpose, such as writing or speaking for business or learning a useful skill. Others are drawn to your advice or ideas, possibly even for healing. This is also a good period for gathering useful, helpful information. You might find that tuning out distractions and focusing on fewer of your interests can benefit you greatly now.
The Moon continues its transit of your soul sector until almost midday, dear Cancer, after which it emerges in your solar chart, stimulating a strong need to feel connected and acknowledged. Until then, take the time to rest, reflect, and meditate if you can. You’ve entered a cycle that lasts several months in which you can do beautiful things for yourself through simple, earthy, and natural activities. You need to feel more connected with nature in order to feel alive and well. Tapping into your patience can be tremendously healing. This is an often forgotten or overlooked gift. You are at your best right now if you develop self-sufficiency, with few expectations of others. Business matters can benefit from a more structured and focused approach.
You can feel particularly connected with friends, your community, a group, a cause, or a long-term plan this morning with the Moon in your solar eleventh house connecting well with the Sun in your communications sector. This can be a time when something important to you comes together, or when you make a pleasant connection. Towards midday, you’ll do well by taking a pause from your busy schedule and enjoying a temporary and pleasant lack of ambition. Even so, you’ve just begun a several-month cycle that puts work in a position of priority, particularly work that is entrepreneurial or independent in nature. It’s easy to throw yourself into and dedicate yourself to a particular project now. You can be more devoted to personal projects and work towards your goals. There is wisdom in focusing on the self, in moderation of course, as it can be healing.
The morning is good for taking care of business, dear Virgo. You’re in a fine position to assess value, such that decisions surrounding business and other practical matters tend to be particularly sound. As the day advances, you crave more recreation, although it may be difficult to achieve, primarily because your responsibilities loom, particularly with family or home matters. A lot is going on behind the scenes in your life now and in the coming months. What you do in private, the services or support you provide without asking for anything in return, and the emotions you feel are dominant themes in your life, whether others see it or not. You may need to watch for overdoing support of others, particularly if you’re sacrificing personal needs for an extended time. Do this only in small doses for better results.
You’ve just entered a cycle in which you are particularly dedicated to a friend, group, or cause, dear Libra, and this influence is with you for several months. It can be an excellent time for really getting to know someone, or for teaming up in order to accomplish something important to you. Having a definite goal in mind can be good for a friendship. Today, you’re likely to feel a bit of pressure, largely of the good kind, to take care of business, take the lead, and perform at your best. It’s a good time for cleaning up your act, so to speak, as you are a little more ambitious than usual. You may not have things handed to you today – you’re more likely to need to work for your rewards, but it can be quite satisfying doing so.
The day can feel quite balanced, dear Scorpio. You’ve just begun a rather ambitious, powerful phase that will be with you for several months. You are displaying more persistence and patience for reaching your goals, and you can derive much enjoyment from your work and duties. Bringing more structure and order to your endeavors seems to reap the most rewards right now. You may be in the position of manager, leader, or organizer in the months ahead. People are likely to recognize your commitment and appreciate your work ethic. This morning is good for emotional strength and centering yourself. As the day advances, you’re interested in getting out and about or more actively involved in life as a participant rather than an observer.
The Moon continues its transit of your partnership sector until almost midday, dear Sagittarius, and you’re focused on bringing more harmony and a stronger sense of balance to your life. You also prefer to do things in twos! You’re not at your most independent, and this is just fine as part of a natural, larger cycle. As the day advances, you are a little more serious, and you stay away from anything that seems too superficial. As well today, you begin a cycle that improves your focus and concentration levels. You are seeking out more meaning to your life, and with a stronger sense of purpose, you thrive. The months ahead are quite excellent for serious study, and you’ll be at your best if you throw yourself into one particular pursuit or topic. Doing one or two things well, instead of many things satisfactorily, is most rewarding now.
The coming months are excellent for intensive work, study, research, and investigation, dear Capricorn. You can work tirelessly during this period, and you may feel that you’re making many concessions for others or that you need to put your own plans on hold. Healing can come through intimacy or counseling and therapy. Avoid pushing yourself too hard, however. If you commit to taking better care of yourself and to getting extra rest, you’ll be in excellent shape for looking into a matter further. Today, you become more and more focused on relationships and tend to want to pair up to get things done. You may not feel completely understood, however, but if you let that go and simply work on what matters to you most, you’ll be in good shape.
You’ve just entered a cycle in which you are more committed to coming together with others, improving relationships, and making things work, dear Aquarius, and this cycle lasts several months, taking you into the new year. Getting things done with a partner is more rewarding and productive during this period. You seem to need someone to jump start or motivate your own efforts during this period. You will have to watch for putting so much effort into your relationships or into others’ needs that you ignore your own. You might also find that your close relationships can become tense without a project to put your energy into, or without an active focus and purpose. This morning is good for entertainment and a playful, cooperative mood. As the day advances, you prefer not to be idle, and you’re ready to put the work in.
The morning is good for building emotional strength and self-esteem, dear Pisces, and for relationships with close loved ones and family. Quiet or behind the scenes activities seem to fare best. As the day advances, you’re ready to share yourself with the rest of the world! You’ve also just begun a cycle in which you show more commitment and dedication to your health and work. It’s a powerful time for taking better care of yourself, for firming up your daily routines, and for throwing yourself into work you enjoy. Adding a little more order or structure to your routines can be the key to healing, in fact. As well, you’re likely to find that you’re enjoying taking care of yourself and working hard during this cycle that lasts several months. Watch, however, for making too many personal sacrifices for others. Know and respect your limits.
Your Daily Tarot Card for October 19th
The Chariot is the representation of Victory and the personality traits required to attain victory. The Chariot indicates self-awareness and control. Courage—the ability to overcome fear and confront the unknown head on–is a primary ingredient of any victorious campaign and is denoted by the Chariot. So too is force of will. Often success is as much the product of will power and a refusal to surrender as it is anything else. The Chariot also represents the healthy personality of someone who believes in themselves; someone who can take control of the situation and bring events to a positive end. His successes come in competition with others.
Your Daily Rune for October 19th
Dagaz represents the fresh light of a new day. You are close to making a breakthrough. You have the will to change whatever you deem necessary. You may see the world with absolute clarity at this time.
Your Ancient Symbol Card for Today
The Hourglass is a gentle reminder that time passes and with it goes opportunity. Every moment is a moment we cannot retrieve or relive, and there are no guarantees that what we put off today really can be done tomorrow. The Hourglass urges us to make every second of our lives as rich and fulfilling as we possibly can.
As a daily card, The Hourglass suggest you may be allowing opportunities to pass you by. If you’ve been procrastinating or putting too much of your precious time into activities with no lasting value to you, now is the time for you redirect your energies into actions that will enrich your life.
Tonight, find the Andromeda galaxy