Sun & Moon Almanac for December 7 (Plus Moon Calendar & A Little Moon Lore)

The Solar Almanac for Friday, December 7

Sun Direction: 164.98° SSE↑
Sun Altitude: 28.80°
Sun Distance: 91.577 million mi
Next Solstice: Dec 21, 2018 4:22 pm (Winter)
Sunrise Today: 6:54 am↑ 118° Southeast
Sunset Today: 4:37 pm↑ 242° Southwest

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The Lunar Almanac for Friday, December 7

Moon Direction: 159.28° SSE↑
Moon Altitude: 29.45°
Moon Distance: 245698 mi
Next Full Moon: Dec 22, 201811:48 am
Next New Moon: Jan 5, 20197:28 pm
Next Moonset: Today5:13 pm
Current Moon Phase: Near New Moon (Waxing Crescent)
Illumination: 0.2%

–timeandate.com

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7 Unusual Myths and Theories About the Moon

Explore some of the theories earthlings have entertained about the moon throughout history.

1. Full moons make you crazy.

Since ancient times, full moons have been associated with odd or insane behavior, including sleepwalking, suicide, illegal activity, fits of violence and, of course, transforming into werewolves. Indeed, the words “lunacy” and “lunatic” come from the Roman goddess of the moon, Luna, who was said to ride her silver chariot across the dark sky each night. For thousands of years, doctors and mental health professionals believed in a strong connection between mania and the moon. Hippocrates, considered the father of modern medicine, wrote in the fifth century B.C. that “one who is seized with terror, fright and madness during the night is being visited by the goddess of the moon.” In 18th-century England, people on trial for murder could campaign for a lighter sentence on grounds of lunacy if the crime occurred under a full moon; meanwhile, psychiatric patients at London’s Bethlehem Hospital were shackled and flogged as a preventive measure during certain lunar phases. Even today, despite studies discrediting the hypothesis, some people think full moons make everyone a little loony.

2. Aliens inhabit the moon.

In the 1820s, the Bavarian astronomer Franz von Paula Gruithuisen claimed to have glimpsed entire cities on the moon with his telescope. He wrote that the “lunarians” who lived there had built sophisticated buildings, roads and forts. Most of his colleagues scoffed at his assertion, but he eventually got a small lunar crater named after him. Sir William Herschel, a prominent British astronomer and composer, also thought aliens lived on the moon and made regular observations about the progress of their construction projects. In 1835, when the New York Sun published a series of fraudulent articles about the supposed existence of life on the moon (pulling off the so-called “Great Moon Hoax”), it falsely credited Herschel’s son John, a famous astronomer in his own right, with the shocking discovery.

3. The moon controls fertility.

Perhaps because the menstrual and lunar cycles are similar in length, many early civilizations believed that the moon determined when women could become pregnant. This could explain why female moon deities—from the Chinese goddess Chang’e to Mama Quilla of the Incas—figure so prominently in mythologies from around the world. In the 1950s, the Czech doctor Eugene Jonas stumbled across an ancient Assyrian astrological text stating that women are fertile during certain phases of the moon. He based an entire family planning method on this hypothesis, telling his patients they ovulated when the moon was in the same position as when they were born. According to another theory that persists to this day, full moons cause an uptick in births, flooding maternity wards with mothers-to-be in labor. Recent studies have turned up little statistical evidence for moon-induced baby booms, however, and most experts think any lunar effect on procreation is imagined.

4. The moon is a hollow spacecraft.

Several science fiction books of the early 20th century, including H.G. Wells’ “The First Men in the Moon,” take place within a hollow moon inhabited by aliens. In 1970 two Soviet scientists took this seemingly whimsical premise a step further, proposing that the moon is actually a shell-like alien spacecraft built by extraterrestrials with superior technology and intelligence. According to astronomers, the moon—though admittedly enigmatic as far as celestial bodies go—couldn’t maintain its mass and gravitational field if it lacked a dense core.

Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, some people believe that the Apollo moon landings were faked by NASA, which used doctored photos, staged videos and other ploys to dupe the public. Proponents of these hoax claims argue that technology was not advanced enough for astronauts to reach the moon and return home safely; they also point to ostensible signs of studio trickery, including the fact that the American flag planted by the Apollo 11 crew in the lunar surface appeared to flutter in the vacuum of space. In 2002, retired astronaut Buzz Aldrin, who became the second person to walk on the moon in 1969, grew so exasperated with one conspiracy theorist’s accusations that he punched him in the face. The septuagenarian space pioneer was not prosecuted.

6. The Nazis had a base on the moon.

After World War II, rumors circulated that German astronauts had traveled to the moon and established a top-secret facility there. Some even speculated that Adolf Hitler faked his own death, fled the planet and lived out the rest of his days in an underground lunar hideout. Connections were also drawn between flying saucer sightings—including the famous incident near Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947—with the Nazis’ alleged UFO development program. These theories form the basis of the science fiction novel “Rocket Ship Galileo,” published by Robert A. Heinlein in 1947.

7. A rabbit dwells on the moon.

Intriguingly, legends from various traditions around the world, including Buddhism and Native American folklore, recount the tale of a rabbit that lives on the moon. This shared myth may reflect common interpretations of markings on the lunar surface—an alternate take on the fabled “man in the moon.” Shortly before Apollo 11 landed on the moon in 1969, mission control in Houston jokingly referred to the Chinese version of the story, telling the spaceship’s crew, “Among the large headlines concerning Apollo this morning, there’s one asking that you watch for a lovely girl with a big rabbit.” Command module pilot Michael Collins replied, “Okay. We’ll keep a close eye out for the bunny girl.”

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The Sky This Week from December 7 to December 9

Venus dazzles in the predawn sky, and gets a little help from the Moon December 3. Meanwhile, Mars and Neptune appear closer to each other under a dark sky than they will until the 23rd century.

By Richard Talcott

Friday, December 7
Although people in the Northern Hemisphere won’t experience the shortest day of the year for another two weeks (at the winter solstice December 21), those at 40° north latitude will see the Sun set earlier today than at any other time this year. Tomorrow’s sunset will arrive about one second later than today’s. The date of earliest sunset depends on latitude — the farther north you live, the closer it occurs to the solstice.
New Moon occurs at 2:20 a.m. EST. At its new phase, the Moon crosses the sky with the Sun and so remains hidden in our star’s glare.

Saturday, December 8
The days of viewing Saturn in the evening sky are just about over. In fact, tonight might be your last, best chance to see it this year. Although the magnitude 0.5 ringed world stands only 7° high in the southwest 45 minutes after sunset, a slender, two-day-old Moon serves as a guide. The two objects lie 3° apart and look beautiful through binoculars.

Sunday, December 9
Head outside in early evening this week and you can see the Big Dipper scraping the northern horizon. For latitudes north of about 40°, this conspicuous asterism never sets (“circumpolar” in astronomical parlance), though December evenings find it at its lowest ebb. This means that the constellation on the opposite side of the North Celestial Pole, the familiar W-shaped Cassiopeia, currently rides highest in the sky.

The Astronomy Magazine

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New Moon in Sagittarius

Friday – 7th December 2018

Current Moon Phase; NEW MOON

Moon Currently in Sagittarius

New Moon in Sagittarius:
The greatest need is to always search for something. In order to feel safe you might find that you need to have a goal, mission or philosophy that gives your life meaning. With Moon in Sagittarius you have an optimistic approach to life and you believe that things will get better even if you get into trouble.

Organs influenced by Sagittarius Moon Sign:
Organs: Liver, sacrum, thigh bone, tail bone, hip muscles, hip joint, lumbar vertebra, lumbar muscle.

These organs are now more sensitive so provide them with extra care.

Surgical operations:
Surgical operations are not recommended during the New Moon.

“Walk barefoot, listen to the wind, drink in the moon…. BE MAGICK”

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Witches of the Craft’s Journal for Thursday, December 6

“Now the seasons are closing their files
on each of us, the heavy drawers
full of certificates rolling back
into the tree trunks, a few old papers
flocking away. Someone we loved
has fallen from our thoughts,
making a little, glittering splash
like a bicycle pushed by a breeze.
Otherwise, not much has happened;
we fell in love again, finding
that one red reather on the wind.”

– Ted Kooser, Year’s End

Current Planetary Positions

December 06, 2018
Tropical Zodiac

Sun: 14 Sagittarius 20
Moon: 05 Sagittarius 10
Mercury: 27 Scorpio 17 Rx
Venus: 02 Scorpio 15
Mars: 13 Pisces 02
Jupiter: 06 Sagittarius 14
Saturn: 08 Capricorn 26
Uranus: 29 Aries 01 Rx
Neptune: 13 Pisces 44
Pluto: 19 Capricorn 48

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Planetary Aspects for the month of December

The planetary aspects listed below are for New York time.

December 06, 04:21 pm – Mercury Direct 27 16
December 07, 02:20 am – New Moon at 15 07
December 07, 09:11 am – Mars conjunct Neptune 13 44
December 15, 06:49 am – 1st Quarter Moon 23 26
December 16, 09:26 am – Venus sextile Saturn
December 17, 01:57 am – Mars sextile Pluto
December 20, 11:21 am – Sun trine Uranus
December 21, 12:11 pm – Venus trine Neptune
December 21, 12:36 pm – Mercury conjunct Jupiter 09 34
December 22, 12:48 pm – Full Moon at 00 49
December 24, 07:31 pm – Mercury square Neptune
December 28, 04:30 pm – Venus sextile Pluto
December 29, 04:34 am – 3rd Quarter Moon 07 36

A Cosmic Weather Yule List

Jane Lyle, Astrologer
From The Astrology Room

For Aries, Leo and Sagittarius – the Fire Signs:

The Sun, Mercury and Jupiter are in sociable Sagittarius. Uranus is back for the final time in fiery, impulsive Aries.

*Mercury’s most useful gift arrives early, on 6th December, when the planet of travel, media, tricks and communication turns forward again.

All our travel plans still need extra care though – Mercury (briefly in Scorpio) is arguing with disruptive Uranus until Wednesday 12th December, and then squaring off to discombobulating Neptune just before Christmas Day itself. Surprises, or a sudden turn of events, could scramble our holiday plans.

*December’s big cosmic boost from messenger Mercury and jolly Jupiter will be right on the Winter Solstice, 21st December. This one looks to be quite something. It’s at 9 degrees Sagittarius, aligning with the Watcher of the West, fixed star Antares.

Antares is a very potent, important star. It’s also known as the Heart of the Scorpion. Antares denotes success, but some kind of journey to the underworld and back again is always involved. This could be through an intense experience, or a psychological trip into your personal subconscious. Some kind of underworld beckons. Antares is also closely associated with news about nuclear energy.

So, do watch out for the days around this December event – they’ll more than likely be brimming over with intense news, passion, and major announcements. If you have planets at around 9-11 degrees in your own natal chart, this could herald important personal news for you, too.

*Jupiter in Sagittarius is surely Father Christmas in some of his many guises. For, just like Jupiter, Secret Santa is a shape-shifter.

He’s a Siberian shaman, flying high on magic mushrooms, and attended by sprites and elves on the inner planes. He’s Odin, galloping aloft on his magical horse in the dark December skies. He’s a close friend of the Holly King of pagan tradition, and somewhere or other he’s kindly St. Nicholas and jolly Sir Christmas too. And like Jupiter in Sagittarius, which is mostly lucky and wondrous, Santa Claus has a devilishly dark side called Krampus. Yes, you better watch out! He knows when you’ve been good or bad……

Santa – and Jupiter – contribute much more than just a sense of fun to this holiday season. Jupiter is radiating goodwill and a sense of adventure from his home in Sagittarius until next December. When Jupiter activates your own natal horoscope it’s time to be more expansive and open. How and where will depend upon the planets and houses involved for you personally.

*Gemini, Libra and Aquarius can all benefit from these planets in fire too, so they aren’t totally missing out during the Yuletide season’s astrology. The astrological element of air is, in fact, mostly absent until 20th January, when the Sun enters Aquarius. Meantime, air signs can enjoy an energising, imaginative and fiery boost to their dreams and plans.

For Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces – the Water Signs:

*Venus returns to Scorpio again on Sunday 2nd December, retracing her September and October path and perhaps reawakening deep thoughts and feelings we had then.

Venus is in new Scorpio territory just before the Solstice.
Fresh thoughts on love, friendship, money and fashion begin to emerge – it could all get very spiritual and romantic for some of us around Friday 21st December. Venus meets Neptune then for some intensely misty enchantment. There may be tears before bedtime, but the festive season always has many intricate emotional layers – and I can’t be the only person who’s welled up when watching certain Christmas ads!

*Mars is in musical, intuitive Pisces all month.

Christmas ghost stories, heavenly choirs, and supernatural Yuletide beings are extra energised between Sunday 2nd – Saturday 8th December, when Mars meets Neptune in Pisces. These are also days to be extra vigilant around your cash, online scams, and smooth-talking would-be lovers or salesmen. Fishy? Yes indeed.

*Neptune often represents a glamorous magician, or spiritual guru. This can be a misty, even delusional astrological influence, fond of mind-altering drugs, alcohol, and deception.

But Neptune has a kind-hearted side too. Astrological aspects involving Neptune this month can prompt us to give something back to our community, spend a little time helping others, or decide to donate to our local food bank or favourite charity.

For Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn – the Earth Signs:

*Serious Saturn and enigmatic Pluto are in earthy Capricorn now and on into 2019. They’re joined there by the Sun on 21st December.

This Sea Goat trio mean that business, finance, government and security are issues we can’t completely ignore during December. They’ll push their message home in January for sure, aided and abetted by a potent solar eclipse in Capricorn on 6th January. All this activity supports serious ambition, hard work, and practicality. It doesn’t wear a party hat though.

However, let’s give sober old Saturn, ruler of Capricorn, a holiday break too. December brings echoes of the Saturnalia, which was a wild party in the Ancient Roman world.

–The Astrology Room

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The Solar Almanac for Thursday, December 6, 2018

Sun Direction: 115.89° ESE↑

Sun Altitude: -2.84°

Sun Distance: 91.592 million mi

Next Solstice: Dec 21, 2018 4:22 pm (Winter)

Sunrise Today: 6:53 am↑ 118° Southeast

Sunset Today: 4:37 pm↑ 242° Southwest

Length of Daylight: 9 hours, 43 minutes

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The Lunar Almanac for Thursday, December 6, 2018

Moon Direction: 117.63° ESE↑

Moon Altitude: 6.08°

Moon Distance: 243276 mi

Next New Moon: Dec 7, 20181:20 am

Next Full Moon: Dec 22, 201811:48 am

Next Moonset: Today4:31 pm

Current Moon Phase: Waning Crescent

Illumination:
0.7%

timeanddate.com

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Lunar Lore

The legend of the werewolf (were has etymological roots in Old English and means man) comes from the tales of the beastly side of men coming out at the Full Moon.

The Moon is the Queen of the Underworld and a bridge to the shadowy realms of the psyche.

The Moon is a passageway to the hidden (occulted) mysteries, including ancestral memory and past lives.

The natal Moon in the birth chart can be a symbol of feminine identity for women; for men, it’s the sought-after feminine ideal, and the kind of woman to form a soul-bond with.

Molly Hall, Author
Published on ThoughtCo

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Lunar Superstitions

The first time you see a crescent moon for the month, take all your spare coins out of your pocket, and put them in the other pocket. This will ensure good luck for the next month.

Some people believe that the fifth day after a full moon is the perfect time to try to conceive a child.

Many cultures throughout history have honored lunar deities, including Artemis, Selene, and Thoth.

In some Chinese religions, offerings are made to the ancestors on the night of a full moon.

In some Native American legends, the moon is held captive by a hostile tribe. A pair of antelope hope to rescue the moon and take it the village of a good tribe, but Coyote, the trickster, interferes. The antelope chase Coyote, who tosses the moon into a river each night, just out of reach of the antelope.

The night of the full moon is believed to be a good time for divination and scrying.

Patti Wigington, Author
Published on ThoughtCo

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The Sky This Week from December 6 to December 9

Venus dazzles in the predawn sky, and gets a little help from the Moon December 3. Meanwhile, Mars and Neptune appear closer to each other under a dark sky than they will until the 23rd century.

By Richard Talcott

Thursday, December 6
Mars continues to put on a nice show these December evenings. The Red Planet appears nearly halfway to the zenith in the southern sky as twilight fades to darkness. The ruddy world shines at magnitude 0.1, as bright as any other early evening object, against the faint backdrop of Aquarius the Water-bearer. As you gaze at Mars with your naked eye, you might assume it’s the only object of interest in the area. But target the planet through binoculars or a telescope and you’ll also see the much fainter glow of Neptune. The magnitude 7.9 ice giant lies 23′ east-northeast of Mars this evening. The two switch positions tomorrow night, with Neptune 16′ southwest of Mars. (The magnitude 6.1 star 81 Aquarii then stands 12′ north of Mars.) The actual conjunction between the two planets occurs at 9:08 a.m. EST on the 7th, when Mars passes 2.2′ north of Neptune, but both objects then lie below the horizon from North America. When viewed through a telescope, Mars appears 9″ while Neptune spans 2.3″. The two planets won’t pass closer to each other under a dark sky until October 19, 2210.

Friday, December 7
Although people in the Northern Hemisphere won’t experience the shortest day of the year for another two weeks (at the winter solstice December 21), those at 40° north latitude will see the Sun set earlier today than at any other time this year. Tomorrow’s sunset will arrive about one second later than today’s. The date of earliest sunset depends on latitude — the farther north you live, the closer it occurs to the solstice.
New Moon occurs at 2:20 a.m. EST. At its new phase, the Moon crosses the sky with the Sun and so remains hidden in our star’s glare.

Saturday, December 8
The days of viewing Saturn in the evening sky are just about over. In fact, tonight might be your last, best chance to see it this year. Although the magnitude 0.5 ringed world stands only 7° high in the southwest 45 minutes after sunset, a slender, two-day-old Moon serves as a guide. The two objects lie 3° apart and look beautiful through binoculars.

Sunday, December 9
Head outside in early evening this week and you can see the Big Dipper scraping the northern horizon. For latitudes north of about 40°, this conspicuous asterism never sets (“circumpolar” in astronomical parlance), though December evenings find it at its lowest ebb. This means that the constellation on the opposite side of the North Celestial Pole, the familiar W-shaped Cassiopeia, currently rides highest in the sky.

The Astronomy Magazine

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Moon Phase Calendar

Thursday – 6th December 2018

Current Moon Phase: Waning Crescent

Moon Currently in Sagittarius

Moon in Sagittarius:
The greatest need is to always search for something. In order to feel safe you might find that you need to have a goal, mission or philosophy that gives your life meaning. With Moon in Sagittarius you have an optimistic approach to life and you believe that things will get better even if you get into trouble.

Organs influenced by Sagittarius Moon Sign:
Organs: Liver, sacrum, thigh bone, tail bone, hip muscles, hip joint, lumbar vertebra, lumbar muscle.

These organs are now more sensitive so provide them with extra care.
Surgical operations:

Surgical operations are recommended during the Waning Moon.

However, avoid surgeries of organs under the influence of the Moon Sign.

Today is Thursday, December 6th

Thursday is the day of the planet Jupiter, dedicated to Thunor(Thor), God of thunder and agricultural work. His parallels in various European traditions are Zeus, Taranis, Perun, Perkunas and St. Olaf. The faith of the Northern Tradition holds Thursday sacred, just as Islam reveres Friday, Judaism the Sabbath(calculated from sunset on Friday to sunset on Saturday), and Christianity, Sunday. This is why almost all adages about Thursday are positive, such as “Thursday’s child has far to go,” “Sneeze on Thursday, something better,” or “Cut nails on Thursday for wealth.” Thursday rules controlled optimism, energetic growth, physical well-being and material success.

Deity: Thor

Zodiac Sign: Capricorn/Pisces/Sagittarius

Planet: Mercury

Tree: Oak

Herb: Henbane

Stone: Turquoise/Bloodstone/Topaz

Animal: Fish/Goat/Aurochs

Element: Fire

Color: Brown/White/Orange

Number: 3

Rune: Thorn

Celtic Tree Month of Ruis (Elder) (November 25 – December 22)

The Runic Half Month of Is (November 28 – December 12)

Goddess of the Month of Astraea (November 28 – December 23)

—The Pagan Book of Days
Nigel Pennick

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The Goddess Book of Days for Thursday, December 6

Sinterklaas or St. Nicholas Day in the Netherlands. Santa Claus had female roots in Befana, Bertha, Perchta, Lucia, Brigid, and the Yule Child (Persephone or the newborn Goddess). The sixth day of the Moon/month is dedicated to the Mothers, or Spenta- Armaiti and Haitian Voodoun Goddess Erzulie.

Goddesses Associated With Thursday, The Day of Thor

Juno, Hera, Kwan Yin, Mary, Cybele, Tara, Mawu, Mbaba Mwana Waresa, Ishtar

The Goddess Book of Days
Diane Stein

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On Thursday, December 6th, We Celebrate….

Kashim (Alaska)
TAKANAKAPSALUK

Themes: Providence; Purification; Strength; Thankfulness; Luck; Health

Symbols: Saltwater; Arctic Animals

About Takanakapsaluk: This Arctic sea goddess rules over the successful catching of game and over personal health. Takanakapsaluk lives far beneath the cold waters, where she also receives the spirits of the dead and cares for them.

To Do Today: Among Inuit hunters, this is the time of year when special rituals propitiate the spirits of Takanakapsaluk’s animals, who give themselves for the tribe’s food. Specifically, all the bladders of seals, whales, and polar bears are returned to her icy waters in thankfulness. In a similar spirit, go to any open body of water and toss in a small biodegradable offering to the goddess in thanks for your food. Consider abstaining from meat today, or from some other beloved food, as a way of showing appreciation for the goddess’s bounty.

The Kashim traditionally includes ritual fire jumping and sweat baths for purification. Try this yourself by jumping a small candle (carefully, please) or taking a steamy shower (the goddess is part of that water). Additionally, any show of physical prowess today brings continued strength. So, add a little exercise to your day. Take a brisk walk, do some jumping jacks. As you do, think of Takanakapsaluk filling you with revitalizing health.

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

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Thursday’s Magickal Correspondence

Wealth
Male Fertility
Ambition
Expansion
Luck
Happiness
Honor
Family
Harvests

Planet: Jupiter

Colors: Dark Blue, Green

Crystals: Turquoise, Amethyst, Lapis

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Thursday

Thursday: Is associated with Jupiter and the colors of – Blue and Metallic Colors

Thursday is the best time to deal with such matters as: Broadcasting, Business, Charity, College Education, Correspondence Courses, Doctors, Expansion, Forecasting, Foreign Interests, Gambling, Growth, Guardians, Horses, Logic, Long Distance Travel, Luck, Material Wealth, Merchants, Philosophy, Political Power, Psychologists, Publicity, Publishing, Reading, Religion, Researching, Self-improvement, Social Matters, Sports, Studying, and The Law

–Practical Magick for the Penny Pinching Witch
Carol Moyer

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Thursday’s Witchery

Today is the day for prosperity work of all kinds. It can also be used for healing work, whether that is a physical healing of an illness or an emotional healing. Also remember that you have to follow up your healing work and prosperity magick and physical action.

I can’t tell you the number of times I have met new witches who complain to me that their prosperity spell or “I need a better job” spell did not work as they expected. They’ll ramble on and on about how much time and money they spent working their magick….but, alas, they had no glorious manifestation of wealth or fabulous job that suddenly dropped out of the sky and landed in their laps.

Then, when I gently ask them, “Did you enchant your resume or application when you filled it out? Did you do a little confidence-boosting spellwork when you went to apply for the job or went to the interview?” typically they give me a blank, confused stare.

Nine times out of ten, their response is, “You mean I have to go out and actually look for the job too?” Um, yes, my dear, you certainly do. Magick follows the path of least resistance, which means it’s going to manifest along the simplest, quickest route. Get out there and hit the pavement. See what you can find. Times are tough and competition for good jobs is fierce, so you need whatever edge you can get. For folks like us, we’re going to get the edge by using our magick and our spellcraft.

Thursdays have such a rich source of magick for us to draw upon that, honestly, the sky is the limit. This is the day associated with the gods of the sky and heavens, after all. Get to know these deities and add their wisdom and magick into your days

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

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The Witches Almanac for Thursday, December 6

St. Nicholas’s Day

Waning Moon

Moon phase: Fourth Quarter

Moon Sign: Sagittarius

Incense: Balsam

Color: Turquoise

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St Nicholas Day

St. Nicholas of Myra is a popular Christian Saint among children across Europe because of his reputation as a bringer of gifts. Both the North American Santa Claus and the British Father Christmas are legendary figures whose attributes derive from the myths surrounding St. Nicholas.

What Do People Do?
St. Nicholas Day is a popular occasion for children in many parts of Europe because children usually receive gifts on this day. Some European cities such as Bari, Italy recognize St. Nicholas as the patron saint and celebrate with different activities such as gift-giving, parades, feasts and festivals.

St. Nicholas is referred to by many names throughout Europe such as Sinterklaas in the Netherlands or Nikolaus in Germany. In the days leading up to December 6, children throughout Europe put their shoes or a special St. Nicholas boot in front of the fireplace or the front door at night to find them filled with small presents the next morning. A larger amount of gifts is usually brought on the eve of St. Nicholas Day or December 5.

Public Life
St. Nicholas Day is a religious observance but not a nationwide public holiday in countries such as Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Background
The legendary figure of St. Nicholas is derived from Nicholas of Myra who officiated as a bishop in 4th century Greece. During his lifetime he developed a reputation for gift-giving by putting coins in other people’s shoes, which accounts for many of today’s Christmas traditions that involve leaving gifts in shoes or boots.

Having inspired both the figure of the North American Santa Claus and the British Father Christmas, St. Nicholas has in some countries been more recently joined on his visits to children’s homes by an evil companion who punishes the naughty ones: in Austria, Hungary, the Czech Republic and northern Italy, this personification of evil is called Krampus, in Germany Knecht Ruprecht, and in the Netherlands Zwarte Piet.

—timeanddate.com

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Correspondences for Thursday, December 7

Thursday (Thor’s day)

Planet: Jupiter

Colors: Purple, Deep Blue

Crystals: Amethyst, Lepidolite, Sugilite, Tin

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

Herb: Cinquefoil

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

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

Thursday is the day of Jupiter, the largest of the planets and said to be the most powerful. Spellcasters would be wise to use this day for attempting wealth, success and prosperity spells.

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

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

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Magickal Applications for Thursday

Thursday comes from the Latin Dies Iovis, which means “Jove’s day” Jove, or Jupiter as he was sometimes called, was the supreme god and patron of the ancient Romans. Jove/Jupiter is associated with wealth, leadership, thunder, and lightning. A lord of heaven, Jove/Jupiter was also a god of light, and his sacred color is white. In the Greek mythologies, this deity was known as Zeus. This fifth day of our bewitching week was eventually turned into the Old English Thursdaeg or Thunresdaeg, which translates to “thunder’s day” or, more simply, “Thor’s day.” This day of the week is named after Thor, the popular Norse god of thunder. Thor was the son of Odin. He carried a war hammer called Mjollnir, and it was this that made the thunder and lightning. All of these Thursday gods-Jupiter/Jove, Zeus, and Thor-were wielders of the thunderbolt.

Thursday has the planetary association of Jupiter, and this day of the week is associated with prosperity, abundance, leadership, and good health. Prosperity and abundance are the typical magickal concerns on a Thursday. However, the way people define prosperity can vary greatly between individuals.

Personally, I think prosperity and abundance aren’t about owning the biggest house, fanciest wardrobe, or the newest car. It’s about living within your means and living well. My definition of prosperity is having enough money in the checking account to cover the bills and to pay for the groceries; anything left over is gravy.

But with a family, there is always something. Just about the time you’re feeling confident, something pops up. Somebody has to go to the doctor or the dentist, or someone needs work done on their car. Or my daughter calls from college with the classic “send money” request. It’s enough to drive me bonkers! For instance, just this past month, I got hit up for sorority dues, book fees, dentist bills, a bit of car repair and, lest we forget, living money for my daughter while she is away at school. Ouch!

The aspiration to make your budget stretch and to find ways to cover extra expenses is a real need for just about everybody. So on this bewitching day, let’s look at some practical, magickal ways to increase your prosperity and try out a few enchanting ideas designed to create a little abundance and, last but not least good health.

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

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Thursday & The Perfect Corresponding Spell

Thursdays are good days for travel and change. It’s the perfect day to re-arrange the furniture of your house and gain a new perspective on something. Even if you are not able to do any traveling on this day, you can still use Thursdays to do spells for travel. You can even do spells for positive change, and re-arrangement of your life. It’s a good idea to exercise on this day, as well. That way, your body can be in-shape by the time Friday comes along.

Rock Safe Trip Spell

Items you will need are:
1 small rock
1 blue candle
1 tube of black paint or black marker

Walk around outside and find a small rock, with a flat surface on one side. When you return inside, write the rune symbol “Raido” on the rock, with your paint or marker This symbol looks like the letter “R.” After the paint or marker dries, take the rock and hold it between your hands. Once the rocks feels warm from the heat of your hands, place it beside the candle. Then light the andle. Close your eyes and prayer to The Powers That Be, for a safe trip. Now open your eyes and hold the rock over the flame and wave it back and forth, careful not to burn your hands. Once you feel like you have infused the energy from the candle into the rock, set the rock aside and blow out the candle. After the rock cools off, place it in your pocket, to ensure a safe journey.

–A Witch’s Week of Spells and Activities
Helga C. Loueen

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Winter Magick

Winter can be a time when aligning oneself with the forces of Nature can seem difficult. The cold and snow can keep everyone locked indoors, and all time spent outside must be limited for one’s own safety. But Winter is a time just as applicable to magick as any other season. And though all plant life has diminished and many animals have hidden themselves away, slumbering till Spring, there is still much at hand that the Witch can use.
Winter is a time of pause, reflection and self analysis. It is one of the times when the Crone turns to face us, reminding us just how mortal we truly are. Stand outside, let the wind tear at your clothes and hair, the cold bite at your skin, penetrating to the bone. Listen to the susurrus of the snow blowing across the ice, just as softly Her words can be heard: “all things must pass.” For these reasons, Winter is a perfect time for purificatory and cleansing magick. And these are ends to which the snow, ice, and cold of Winter are perfectly suited.

Snow is simple to work with magickally and it’s rather versatile. It can be used to “wash” items in to cleanse them. Altar clothes, ritual tools, crystals, and candles can all be “washed” in the snow. Just hold the item in your left hand, with your right take a handful of snow and rub it all over the items. Cleansing with snow is like cleansing with a million very small clear Quartz crystals, and that is the affect it has, as well. It leaves the items feeling freshly cleansed, but energized at the same time. Items like tools and crystals can also just be left outside overnight, buried in a snow bank, to be cleansed by the snow.

Snow can also be used in the creation of a “snowbane” for banishing magick. Outside, form some snow into an image of what it is you will to be rid of. As you form the snowbane, fill it with all the energy and power that thing, person, bad habit, or whatever, has over you. Take your snowbane indoors now. Ideally, place it in a cauldron, but a large cooking or mixing bowl will do perfectly. As the snowbane melts, so, too, the power of what it represents has over you fades.

Snow and ice can also be used to intensify energy within your Circle, just be sure to do your ritual at a time when the winds are calm as Winter winds are prone to dissipation. To this end, the snow can be mounded up to designate the Circle boundaries and piled up a la snowman style for an altar and for smaller altars at the Quarters, as well. If you are particularly ambition and like to play in the snow, you could construct a small outdoor temple outdoors, entirely out of snow, much like an igloo. It need only be big enough for you to sit comfortably in and you could create a snow-sculpture inside to represent your patron Deity.

Another simple means to harness the power of Winter is to work your spells and rituals in silence, as silence is one of the virtues of the North and, thus, of Winter. Gestures alone are quite powerful and evocative, but, as Winter is a time of introversion, visualization alone can be quite appropriate.

These are just a few examples of ways to tap into the power of Winter and keep oneself aligned with the changing of the seasons. Magick is flexible and permeates life, experiment and see what other ways you can up with.

-Lady Althaea

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Spirit Message of the Moment – Ideas To Celebrate Yule 2018

CELEBRATING THE PAGAN SABBAT: YULE

In many Pagan and Wiccan celebrations, often the cornerstone of a successful Sabbat is the food. Yule is a time of rich, delicious cooking for many of us, so start planning your menu ahead of time. Open up your hearth and home for your guests, and once you’re seated at your meal, take a moment to be thankful for all the bounty and blessings you have before you this Yule season!

Food Blessings, Pagan and Wiccan Style
Many religions celebrate the consumption of food with some sort of prayer of thanksgiving. Many Pagans and Wiccans believe that not only should we thank the gods for our food, but also the earth and the food itself. After all, if you’re eating plants or meat, something had to die so that you could have a meal. It seems rude not to thank your food for its sacrifice. Any of the following may be said over a meal, a Cakes and Ale ceremony, or any other event where food is served. Feel free to include the names of the deities of your tradition, of you prefer.

• This Simple Meal Blessing offers thanks to the God and Goddess for a meal.

• A Prayer to the Earth shows gratitude for the planet’s bounty.

• If you’re eating a meal that once walked around, offer a prayer Celebrating Meat.

• Invite the Gods to dine with you.

• Make an Offering of a bit of your food.

Basic Wassail Recipe
Wassail was originally a word that meant to greet or salute someone — groups would go out Wassailing on cold evenings, and when they approached a door would be offered a mug of warm cider or ale. Over the years, the tradition evolved to include mixing eggs with alcohol and asperging the crops to ensure fertility. While this recipe doesn’t include eggs, it sure is good, and it makes your house smell beautiful for Yule!

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours, 15 minutes

Ingredients:
• 1 Gallon apple cider
• 2 C. cranberry juice
• 1/2 C honey
• 1/2 C sugar
• 2 oranges
• Whole cloves
• 1 apple, peeled and diced
• Allspice
• Ginger
• Nutmeg
• 3 cinnamon sticks (or 3 Tbs. ground cinnamon)
• 1/2 C – 1 C brandy (optional)

Preparation: Set your crockpot to its lower setting, and pour apple cider, cranberry juice, honey and sugar in, mixing carefully. As it heats up, stir so that the honey and sugar dissolve. Stud the oranges with the cloves, and place in the pot (they’ll float). Add the diced apple. Add allspice, ginger and nutmeg to taste — usually a couple of tablespoons of each is plenty. Finally, snap the cinnamon sticks in half and add those as well.

Cover your pot and allow to simmer 2 – 4 hours on low heat. About half an hour prior to serving, add the brandy if you choose to use it. Buttered RumButtered rum was a popular recipe in colonial America, and it’s easy to see why — it’s GOOD. You can brew this up in your crockpot, ladle out a nice big mug and sit by the fire on a chilly winter evening. It’s the perfect warm drink for Yule. If you leave out the rum, your kids can enjoy it too (here’s a tip — when your little one wants to have a Harry Potter party, make a rum-free pot of this recipe and call it butter beer).

Ingredients:
• 2 Quarts apple juice
• 2 C firmly packed brown sugar
• 1 stick butter (use the real stuff, not margarine)
• 3 Tbs. cinnamon
• 1 tsp. ground cloves
• 1 tsp. nutmeg
• 2 C. your favorite rum
• Refrigerated whipped dessert topping
• Cinnamon sticks and nutmeg for garnish

Preparation: Warm up the apple juice and brown sugar in a pot. Add the butter (dice up the stick before you put it in there, so it’ll melt faster). Stir until the butter is melted. Add the spices and the rum. Cover the pot, and allow to simmer on low for 2 – 4 hours. Ladle into mugs for serving. Top each with a dollop of whipped topping and a cinnamon stick. Sprinkle with a dash of nutmeg.

Sunshine Skillet
When the sun comes up on Yule morning, there’s nothing quite like it. If your family celebrates with a solar ritual, after you’re done, head to the kitchen for a big breakfast. This sunny skillet dish is full of good stuff — if you’re vegetarian, simply substitute something else for the sausage, or leave the meat out altogether. This is fabulous with some nice warm biscuits and gravy.

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients:
• 2 Tbs. butter (use the good stuff, not margarine)
• 1 small onion, diced
• 1/2 C shiitake mushrooms, chopped
• 2 C southern-style hashbrown potatoes, thawed
• 6 eggs, beaten
• 2 C sausage, browned
• 2 C cheddar cheese, grated
• Fresh rosemary and sage
• Salt and pepper to taste
• 1/2 C Asiago cheese, grated
• 1 green onion, chopped
• 1 small tomato, diced

Preparation: Preheat your oven to 350. Heat the butter in a large nonstick skillet on medium heat. Add the mushrooms and onions, sautéing until they are opaque. Add potatoes, and cook until browned, stirring occasionally. In a buttered or greased casserole dish, spread the potato mixture around to evenly cover the bottom. Mix the eggs, sausage, cheese, herbs, salt and pepper together in a small bowl, and then pour over potatoes. Bake in the oven at 350 for about 30 minutes. About ten minutes into the bake time, sprinkle the Asaigo cheese on top. Remove from oven and allow to cool for ten minutes before serving. To serve, dish onto plates and garnish with tomatoes and onions.

All Above Excerpts authored by Patti Wigington, ThoughtCo
Published on Spiritblogger’s Blog

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MAGIC IN THE HOME

Without hearts, there is no home. —LORD BYRON

Hovel, hotel, or houseboat—your home should be your castle. If it’s not, a little magic fairy dusting is in order. Of all the places where the Goddess can manifest herself, your home is one where she can really shine without the aid of furniture polish. Every part of your living space has magical potential. What about your living room, you ask? Use the TV screen as a crystal ball (but turn it off first)! And the rugs—metaphysically sweep problems under them!

One of the favorite magical jokes in my home is about the hot tub. When people come over and meet Trish the witch for the first time, we often open the tub by way of hospitality. A little later, when everyone’s relaxed, I come out with a handful of mixed vegetables, a wooden spoon, and a sneaky grin! Gives a whole new meaning to “bubble, bubble,” eh? The point is that the hot tub could be my cauldron if I wanted it to be, just as many things around your home can take on the Goddess’s glimmer if you will allow them to.

–Goddess in My Pocket: Simple Spells, Charms, Potions, and Chants to Get You Everything You Want
Patricia Telesco

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Witchy Tip for Thursday, December 6th

Yule is also a time to share our wealth and happiness with those around us. Gift-giving to family, friends and circle-mates is a wonderful gesture, not only of our own path but others as well. Symbolically, we’re sharing the bounty of a harvest, though in times past it was elements of the harvest that were shared out among those closest to the giver. The gift was often something one couldn’t provide oneself, and in return a gift was given to someone else, something they didn’t have.

–Yule (Creating New Pagan Family Tradition)

Jodi Lee

Daily Cosmic Calendar for December 6th

Deal with the dark-of-the-moon unsettled monthly vibes as best as possible. This challenging situation lasts until the moment the new moon at 16 degrees of Sagittarius occurs at 11:22pm. In the meantime, the universe is handing you a couple of golden opportunities as the moon in Sagittarius makes its monthly conjunction with optimism-boosting King of the Gods Jupiter (6:32am) while Mercury makes its station to turn direct at 28 degrees of Scorpio (1:25pm). Zero in on the following important themes associated with Mercury – communications, learning and primary education, words and language, transportation and travel plans, business and trade, messages and paperwork, health and medical concerns, the five senses, air and breathing, wind and temperature changes. Since Mercury, like every celestial body, has a shadow side, don’t let down your guard concerning signings and agreements as Mercury is fundamentally motionless all of today and can influence earth dwellers positively or negatively. (Mercury will remain in forward motion until March 5, 2019 when it will begin a new retrograde cycle at 30 degrees of Pisces.) Before the new moon happens, two additional sky anomalies test your patience as the moon squares Mars (8:12pm) and Neptune (8:43pm). After the new moon enters the history books, keep striving for serenity since several planetary shake-ups make their appearance in the heavens on Friday.

[Note to readers: All times are calculated as Pacific Standard Time. Be sure to adjust all times according to your own local time so the alignments noted above will be exact for your location.]

Copyright 2018 Mark Lerner & Great Bear Enterprises, Ltd

Astrology.com

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ARE YOU SECRETLY AN ALIEN? IF YOU WERE BORN AFTER 1978, YOU MIGHT BE!

How would you describe yourself? A millennial? Super-creative, highly intuitive, instinctually rebellious, and… existentially lonely? If you answered “yes” to these questions, you might be an Indigo Child.

In her book “Welcome Home, Wanderer: A Guide for Indigo Children,” author Sophia Gubb asks, “Have you felt different all your life? Do you feel that you have an important purpose, even when you don’t know what it is?… Are you, in other words, an alien with a mission?”

by Anna Ortiz

WHAT IS AN INDIGO CHILD?

“Indigo Children” was a term coined in the 1970’s by Nancy Ann Tappe, an author and synesthete who developed the idea of a “life color” – a single color that remains in your aura from birth to death. She began seeing a rare aural shade of a deep purplish-blue appearing in a unique set of people starting in the ‘60s and early ‘70s – before noticing a prominent spike in its occurrence in the ensuing decades.

Since Tappe named the phenomenon, numerous works have been written about the Indigo children, who are generally characterized as people who were born in or after 1978 that have the telltale indigo aura. There are many specific characteristics attributed to this burgeoning group of individuals, including the belief that they are a spiritually evolved generation whose purpose is to enlighten society and steer humanity to a better path.

Some even believe that Indigo children are alien hybrids or, at the very least, have a special celestial connection to extraterrestrials. Craig Lang, a Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) field investigator, proposes that otherworldly visitors could be genetically integrating these characteristics into the human populace in order to introduce a population of “awakened” individuals. In her book “Children of the Stars: Advice for Star Children and Parents,” author Nikki Pattillo theorizes that Indigos are spiritual incarnations of extraterrestrials in human bodies, rather than genetic science experiments.

Either way, there’s no doubting that countless young outsiders have found their place among the Indigo tribe.

LIFE AS AN INDIGO CHILD

There was one widely shared sentiment among the Indigos we interviewed: Growing up, they felt like outsiders. Most Indigos we spoke to admitted to experiencing alienation or a feeling of generally being misunderstood. In fact, Indigos are often diagnosed with conditions such as ADD, ADHD, autism, anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder.

Terek Schofield, of Petawawa, Ontario has struggled with severe ADHD all his life. When he recently stumbled upon articles about Indigo children, “the scary accuracy of every single trait pretty much made me a believer.”

Learning of this phenomenon has made the 32-year-old feel less alone. “I have a community, or rather a family,” he explains. “And when you’ve felt a strange outsider your whole life, it’s comforting.”

That sentiment has been echoed by many others across the globe. Simply feeling a part of a like-minded community, even if it’s just a Facebook group or online forum, has helped to cope with the challenges they face as an Indigo. Aurexia Rivers, a 33-year-old from South Africa,  identifies as an Indigo and says that learning about the community has helped her make sense of her own life. “Learning about Indigo Children has helped me to understand myself better,” she says. ”I’m not just a freak.”

In addition to ADHD and other diagnoses, Indigos are also often highly attuned to things that others cannot see.  “Ever since I was a little girl, I have been able to see entities that ‘normal folk’  do not see,” explains Isabelle Alba, a 35-year-old from Stockholm, Sweden. “Both good and bad entities. It was and still is a very scary experience.”

On the other hand, the sensitivity can bring about a feeling of connectivity. For instance, Marie Velan spent her childhood talking to the wildlife around her home in Seattle. The 31-year-old would hold conversations with birds in her treehouse and could sense when a stray cat was going to have kittens before it was visibly apparent.

If any of these stories feel familiar to you, you might be an Indigo as well.

7 SIGNS OF BEING AN INDIGO CHILD

You don’t follow the rules. Indigo children are not the personality type to accept rules and authority at face value. Instead, they choose to be led by their internal values and their innate sense of integrity above all else. This means growing up at odds with authoritarian figures like parents and teachers. As a result, adult Indigos tend to clash with authority throughout their lives because of their strong sense of right and wrong and they’re not afraid to make their opinions known.

You are an empath. Indigos pick up on a lot from the people and the atmosphere around them and have an uncanny ability to tap into other people’s emotions. When Indigos are unaware of this trait, it can lead to depression and a sense of feeling overwhelmed.

You have psychic abilities. Often, Indigos have an innate connection to the spirit world, which can include seeing or feeling ghosts. They have a sixth sense in tuning into other’s motives, feelings, characteristics and underlying issues, and they often already know the outcome of a situation before it comes to fruition. It’s hard to pull the veil over an Indigo’s eyes since their perception is so fine-tuned.

You often feel lonely. Even though much of the time Indigos are well-liked and even admired for their altruistic character, feeling disconnected with those around them is still a lifetime battle. Because they have always lived with a feeling of isolation and alienation beginning in their earliest years, Indigos typically have trouble falling into step with the rest of society. This makes for a challenging adolescence, in which depression and anxiety can develop early on. Questions like, “What’s wrong with me?” and statements like, “Everything is wrong,” tend to be repetitive throughout an Indigo’s lifetime.

You’re super-creative.  Indigos think outside of the box and gravitate towards the world of fantasy, and often find artistic ways to express themselves such as through music, writing, and the arts.

You’re hypersensitive. Indigos, especially if they are younger, are filled with a whirlwind of emotions, which amplifies their reactions to situations and people. They are the first to get their heart-strings tugged by a moving scene in a movie and react strongly when reading the news of a person or animal who was harmed. They also have many physical sensitivities, such as allergies to foods and chemicals. In addition, Indigos can have a heightened reaction to stimulus, especially in chaotic or overbearing atmospheres.

You want to make the world a better place.  Indigos are born with a desire to find their destiny, which often ties in with humanitarian-based efforts. Part of their driving force is the persistent feeling that they are here for a reason, combined with intense empathy for not only other people but also animals and the environment. They don’t believe in living for material gain and comfort, but rather use their time on Earth to enact solutions to humanity’s’ many quandaries.

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Your Daily Love Horoscopes for Thursday, Dec. 6 & Dec. 7

Pisces Daily Love Horoscope

Thursday 6th of December 2018

Be prepared to dig deep into your passionate well of compassion and kindness to find pearls of wisdom and romantic revelations. Your heart’s needs might be altering or evolving, but this can lead the way to new desires that you’ll be keen to explore passionately! Just remember to introduce any changes gradually. If a loved one or potential partner needs time to catch up with you, passion-wise, then slow things down briefly!

Pisces tomorrow love horoscope:

Friday 7th of December 2018

A loved one or someone close might not be getting the memo or taking your hint in some way. This could cause you to wonder what else you should do to make yourself clear. Your best bet at this time involves refraining from pushing for anything new to be tried or explored and choose instead to see what healing or small improvements a bit of time can bring. You and someone close could still be reeling from a tense or unpleasant development. Be there for each other.

Capricorn Daily Love Horoscope

Thursday 6th of December 2018

There could be strong similarities between your current romantic circumstances and those from your distant past. You’re probably quite happy to boost your effort levels with one special connection because you know the rewards will come and are right to embrace it with a positive spirit. With plenty of gratitude and compassion, one connection can only go from strength to strength.

Capricorn tomorrow love horoscope:

Friday 7th of December 2018

You might feel you couldn’t be more consistent or straightforward with how you’re projecting or conveying yourself to someone close, but they could draw your attention to mixed or confusing signals you’re sending. To be fair, your moods and attention levels could fluctuate at this time, and you might not feel it’s necessary to keep a loved one in the loop every minute of the day about what you think, feel or are doing. If you’re told you’re a bit erratic, then don’t take it to heart.

Sagittarius Daily Love Horoscope

Thursday 6th of December 2018

A wave of reassurance permeating your emotional world or one special connection could help you to feel confident that you’re on the best path possible to realize a romantic dream now. Obligations might demand attention in other areas and make finding enough time for romance to be tricky. Stop seeing romance as a luxury that you can afford only when the time is right to do so. If it demands attention like anything else, then don’t put it further down your priority list!

Sagittarius tomorrow love horoscope:

Friday 7th of December 2018

Feeling a noticeable sense of ease and comfort in your emotional world or within a love relationship can help bring your focus back to enhancing and strengthening a special bond instead of keeping on top of any tension or uncertainty. If you’re attached, then others could see you and someone close as an inseparable team, so be willing to seize social opportunities coming your way together.

Scorpio Daily Love Horoscope

Thursday 6th of December 2018

It’s not easy to simplify your love life, but if you can explore options to do so, then you’ll do yourself a great service now. Setting aside ‘you time’ to ponder affairs of the heart is important, especially if you’re suppressing thoughts or emotions to keep things peaceful and harmonious. Fortunately, your passionate purpose is probably clearer to you now than it has been in some time. You’ve coped with amazing challenges recently. Now, it’s time to take stock of where you stand currently and if your current emotional position matches your expectations.

Scorpio tomorrow love horoscope:

Friday 7th of December 2018

Your ability to apply your innate intuition is legendary, and you can connect with those you’re closest to or anticipate their thoughts or actions with remarkable ease now. Try to apply your intuitive talents to sweeten someone’s world. You could offer a solution to a loved one’s problem or dilemma by putting yourself in their shoes briefly and seeing what they see or feel what they feel. You could also be surprised at what you discover by doing so, too.

Libra Daily Love Horoscope

Thursday 6th of December 2018

If you believe an imbalance exists in a current love relationship, then restoring harmony relies on you having an authentic heart-to-heart conversation about it. What you perceived to be balanced might differ from what a partner believes to be fair, so a meeting of minds and hearts needs to happen pronto. It’s by nipping tiny issues in the bud before they grow in strength and size that you can keep moving one special connection in a positive direction.

Libra tomorrow love horoscope:

Friday 7th of December 2018

There appears to be plenty of comradery and cooperation on offer to you and teaming up with a loved one or potential partner could provide a perfect chance for a bond to strengthen or deepen. You and a special person will enjoy being part of a collaborative effort or feeling as if you have important roles to play and contributions to make. It might not be only your lives than the two of you can make a significant difference to.

Virgo Daily Love Horoscope

Thursday 6th of December 2018

You might be unaware of the stable influence you are to one special connection. Even with a lengthy To Do List in other areas of your world, you still manage to tend to essential matters of the heart. A new chapter is beginning, and the boost to your personal power fills you with the confidence you need to keep everything balanced and copacetic. It’s by harnessing and focusing your power constructively that will ensure romance gets a lot hotter!

Virgo tomorrow love horoscope:

Friday 7th of December 2018

What might seem a straightforward, humdrum way of doing something to you could make you very appealing in a certain person’s eyes. The way you make something appear easy or your knowledge of a particular topic could bring you closer. Although they might be genuinely keen for you to share your knowledge or expertise, it’s probably you they’re more interested in. A meeting of hearts starts with a meeting of minds.

Leo Daily Love Horoscope

Thursday 6th of December 2018

Being able to rise above a love life snafu helps you to connect with a love interest in a meaningful way. You can see the lesson that’s waiting to be learned in a current love life situation, even if it means adopting a new attitude or approach to an old love life matter you believed was resolved and put behind you. As you evolve, so too does the object of your affections. Together, you’ll feel confident about supporting each other in ways you could both use some support now.

Leo tomorrow love horoscope:

Friday 7th of December 2018

Come on, Leo! Do you know of anyone able to bring more imagination and creativity to their love life than you? This is a time to connect with your deeply romantic side. A loved one or potential partner could be surprised at and delighted by your ability to express romantic ideas, thoughts or plans in ways that truly touch their heart. It’s the way you make someone close smile or, better still, laugh by applying your unique brand of imagination that can make you appear even sexier in their eyes.

Cancer Daily Love Horoscope

Thursday 6th of December 2018

Tending to a loved one’s needs requires you to focus on your needs first. It’s that simple. You can broaden personal horizons and simplify your love life by being guided by your heart regarding what you should do next. Make this passionate process easier by being honest with yourself and making someone close clear about what you need and why you need it. Offering total authenticity means you will never have to settle for second best.

Cancer tomorrow love horoscope:

Friday 7th of December 2018

You want to remove tediousness from your emotional world, and the cosmos appears to have listened. One unexpected development or surprise activity pushes you to embrace the thrill of spontaneity. If you’re attached, then a loved one could reveal a plan made in secret that could thrill you. If you’re single, then an out of the blue message from a certain person could give you plenty to consider.

Gemini Daily Love Horoscope

Thursday 6th of December 2018

A lover can be your biggest ally today. Remaining on the sidelines of all the action may seem prudent to you, but you’re missing out on what could be a real romantic adventure. Summon that sexy spirit of yours and make a bold move. Something as simple as sharing a personal goal or fun fantasy can create warm fuzzy feelings between you and the one you love.

Gemini tomorrow love horoscope:

Friday 7th of December 2018

There’s likely much going on in the background of your emotional world or a love partnership. What gets agreed between you and someone close could take longer than you anticipated to come to fruition so don’t get antsy if progress feels slow. However, the need to take something slowly helps to create a new level of level of trust. If you’ve wanted to reveal thoughts, feelings or plans in new or more exciting ways, then you could have your chance to do so.

Taurus Daily Love Horoscope

Thursday 6th of December 2018

You don’t need an excuse to ignore any love life issues or tension waiting to arise in your emotional world. This could be a time when you want to ponder affairs of the heart because once you’ve recharged your physical and emotional batteries, you’ll feel more confident about dealing with whatever you’re ignoring now.

Taurus tomorrow love horoscope:

Friday 7th of December 2018

You could be busy making plans in every area of your world or have your eye fixed on what you want to make happen career-wise. However, don’t let your emotional world or love life suffer from lack of attention. You don’t have to create a lengthy and ambitious list of things to throw similar energy into, love-wise. Slow but heartfelt changes in your romantic world could transform it. You might need to adjust your priorities accordingly.

Aries Daily Love Horoscope

Thursday 6th of December 2018

You could feel very much ‘in the zone’ when it comes to love affairs of the heart, and the first clue about how comfortable you feel could surround the ease in which your words flow. Your heart is full of gratitude and compassion, but it’s important you don’t push too hard to be understood. Feeling more relaxed toward affairs of the heart allows some luck to permeate your emotional world. Don’t rule out what a bit of that can bring you now.

Aries tomorrow love horoscope:

Friday 7th of December 2018

Romantic energy could intensify, and you might be unsure how to handle or focus this delightful bodily buzz! Therefore, you might need to dial back your signature impulsiveness otherwise your fervent passion could be more than one person could handle. You’re not obliged to bottle anything up, just release what you feel slowly and measuredly. Making a concerted effort not to rush something between you and one special person can build anticipation wonderfully.

Aquarius Daily Love Horoscope

Thursday 6th of December 2018

The surge of confidence you’re blessed with in your romantic world has the power to move mountains. Nothing will stop you from furthering your personal, passionate transformation, and it’s important you trust your vision of the future. If you truly want to improve current love circumstances, then open your heart to the powerful changes underway right now. They’re waiting for some guidance and steering from you.

Aquarius tomorrow love horoscope:

Friday 7th of December 2018

Whether or not you and someone close have given each other the ‘silent treatment’ recently, tension could be easing, and lines of communication could be improving. This can be helpful with getting plans underway that have been delayed due to uncertainty – or lethargy. Finding new places to explore can strengthen a bond, and the more unfamiliar, the better

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The Daily Horoscopes for Thursday, December 6

Claire Petulengro, Astrologer

ARIES (March 21st-April 20th)
Words are seeds for you this week, so scatter them with care and they will grow and flourish beyond your wildest expectations. Someone you thought you wanted back in your life, you now realise you do not. Ring now to hear why these feelings are spot on.

TAURUS (April 21st-May 21st)
Don’t waste time on those who don’t give, but only take from your life. To do so can only lead to that same frustrated feeling you could not get rid of last month. Show you can grow and be the bigger person. Ring now so I can empower you.

GEMINI (May 22nd-June 21st)
You may not realise it, but 2018 has been a year of real life lessons for you and not all of them were pain free, were they Gemini? Many of your sign are having trouble sleeping lately, but making much needed phone calls can put your life back in order. Ring me. Let’s get you living life again.

CANCER (June 22nd-July 23rd)
Try not to take sides in any arguments today as nothing is what it at first seems. In fact, many of the signs really are talking for the sake of it lately. Your element of water brings out your need to confess, but stick to your own secrets, not those of others. Ring now for guidelines.

LEO (July 24th-August 23rd)
You will always find a way out of a problem. You’re a Leo! Don’t be afraid to take the lead, it’s what you were born for. Knowing who you can trust has not been easy, but today is set to give you all of the evidence you need. Ring now for a message from Uranus.

VIRGO (August 24th-September 23rd)
I can see that there have not been enough hours in the day for you recently and that you have felt as if others have been using you. That all changes once you learn to say no to the things you don’t want. Ring now so I can help you to find your voice again.

LIBRA (September 24th-October 23rd)
You would be wise on this day to believe nothing of what you hear and only half of what you see. Facts will come to light as this month unfolds which will make you feel foolish for acting so quickly on what could just be rumours. Ring now to stay on top.

SCORPIO (October 24th-November 22nd)
Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced. Once you accept this fact, then you will slowly but surely start to let down some of those defences. Negotiations in work can go in your favour at this time. Ring now for a game plan.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd-December 21st)
You should have learnt by now that you are a sign with an addictive nature. What you have yet to realise though, is that you can have good addictions as well as negative ones. Try to put all of your time and energy into making the change which is long overdue. Ring now for help.

CAPRICORN (December 22nd-January 20th)
Can you feel the excitement which is running through your veins? If you can’t, then you will be able to within the next fortnight my friend. Your life is about to get brighter and bolder than ever before. Fasten your seatbelt Capricorn. You’re in for quite a ride! Ring now for details.

AQUARIUS (January 21st-February 19th)
There is a no nonsense attitude to your chart today where you will not be suffering fools gladly. Thanks to the magic of Saturn, you’ll be able to see through lies easily. This could shed some light on what was really meant by a recent offer. Ring me to build more on this.

PISCES (February 20th-March 20th)
Be happy for this very dramatic moment you have found yourself in recently Pisces. It is, after all, your life! You have spent far too much time listening to and taking advice from those whose lives you would not wish for your own anyway! Ring now to improve your confidence.

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Get A Jump on Tomorrow….

Your Daily Horoscopes for Friday, December 7

Claire Petulengro, Astrologer

ARIES (March 21st-April 20th)
Friends turn into lovers for many of your sign and you start to see what you have to do in order to live the life you desire. For some of you, this will mean parting ways with those who do not treat you well. About time is all I say. Ring now for total honesty.

TAURUS (April 21st-May 21st)
Don’t play games in love this weekend or you will get your fingers burnt. It would be far better for you to give your close ones the cold hard facts. Making time however for those who are older than you is critical. Ring now to hear how money can be made from second attempts.

GEMINI (May 22nd-June 21st)
Stay present and celebrate what is rather than what may be in time to come. Your dual nature often sees you putting your time and energy where it is least needed. Pisces link to a new path in your career which can bring happiness. Ring now for the full story.

CANCER (June 22nd-July 23rd)
Try not to speak for the sake of it or you could end up getting yourself into a lot of hot water. Instead, try only to answer the questions which are being asked of you. Knowing who your heart really lies with is your major battle. Ring now to make sense of mixed messages.

LEO (July 24th-August 23rd)
Never let the future worry you. You will meet your destiny as the same person you are now, which means if you speak from the heart your answers will be the right ones. Ring now to hear how pregnancies and births are all around you this month and next.

VIRGO (August 24th-September 23rd)
The written word is more important than you could possibly imagine. Don’t let what others try to tempt you into take centre stage. If you do, then you will be kicking yourself for a long time to come. Ring now to hear which sign is your Achilles’ heel.

LIBRA (September 24th-October 23rd)
The past is on your mind more than usual and you may even find yourself tempted to call up those who you miss. Just try to remember why it is that you moved on from them Libra. It’s the key to you feeling in control of your destiny. Ring now so I can help you.

SCORPIO (October 24th-November 22nd)
Trust is a major issue for you at this time, but what you need to ask yourself is if you are mistrusting someone for what another did to you, or if you truly feel you are having the wool pulled over your eyes. Ring now to excel where you have previously failed.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd-December 21st)
Fear of the same thing going wrong for a second time is a very real fear for you, isn’t it Sagittarius? However, deep down inside you and I both know that your current situation is nothing like an old one. Ring now to work on following through with what your heart is telling you.

CAPRICORN (December 22nd-January 20th)
There are an array of new talents which are going to be touching your heart and soul this month. The first step to you getting back onto a path which is right for you requires you to admit what and who you really want. Phone now to hear why gambles in love are worth taking.

AQUARIUS (January 21st-February 19th)
Your element of air could see you telling others’ secrets which they would rather have kept under wraps. Make sure you express your intentions before you carry them out or you could end up ruining a relationship which has only just got back on track. Ring now for clarity.

PISCES (February 20th-March 20th)
Look back for a moment Pisces and you will see that you have already survived every bad thing that came your way. All you can remember is the pain, but that has passed and will not return. Take a deep breath and jump. Ring now to hear what amazing times await you.

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Your Daily Tarot Card for December 7th is Temperance

Temperance

Keywords: providing aid, healing, concentration, moderation!

Astrological Correspondence: Sagittarius

The angel between heaven and earth blending different elements into a harmonious substance represents a bridge between polarities, like heaven and earth, masculine and feminine, beginning and end. The combining of varied substances serves as imagery for the merging of diverse forces to create a new whole for cooperation, coordination, a harmonious balance, looking for a middle ground, achieving healing, and recovery. Temperance signifies that moderation is necessary to regulate passions and maintain harmony in relationships, and to build tolerance and cooperation in groups. In a negative situation, Temperance characteristics are indecision, inconstancy, excess, obsession, and lack of control.

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Your Daily Love Tarot Card for December 6th is The Magician

The Magician

Have you fallen under a spell today and do not want to let go of the fantasy? Do you think you found the ideal? Could you be ignoring what you feel might destroy the ideal? Think twice. Put the brakes on and contemplate as you work to see things in perspective. If in a relationship, criticism might be a turn on for someone, but does it work for you?

 

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Your Daily Tarot Power Card for December 6th is The Magician

The Magician

You’re in the zone! During this time, your silver tongue seems to be able to do no wrong. So, seal the deal, whether that means signing a contract, purchasing a house, or reaching out to your crush to propose a date! This adventure can only be started if you are the one to initiate by starting the conversation, so don’t wait around for somebody else to be the one to get the ball rolling. Take charge of your own destiny!

 

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Your Daily Rune for August 31 is Elhaz

 

Elhaz

Also known as: Algiz, Eoih, Elgr

Pronunciation: el-hahz

Letter sound: Z

Translation: protection, elk, sedge plant

Keywords: protection, defense, opportunity

Primary Themes Elhaz is the rune of defense and protection. Its shape is said to represent both the elk, with its imposing antlers, and the sedge plant, whose sharp leaves act as natural protection from would-be predators. Both images illustrate the power represented by this rune— a built-in protective force that discourages negative influences from affecting your personal experience.

Drawing Elhaz indicates that you are safe from danger and that there is no need to fear. However, don’t take the protective energy for granted by being reckless with your actions, as this rune does not mean that there is no danger present whatsoever. It simply means that as long as you remain alert and clear-minded and in touch with your intuition, you are headed for a positive outcome. Elhaz has also been interpreted as a symbol of reaching up to connect with the divine for support. By listening to your higher guidance, you will know which moves to make to stay out of harm’s way.

Magical Uses: Protection from negative energy and people, protection of property, strengthen friendships, astral communication

–Runes for Beginners: A Guide to Reading Runes in Divination, Rune Magic, and the Meaning of the Elder Futhark Runes

Lisa Chamberlain

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Your Daily Witches Rune for December 6 is The Blank Rune

The Blank Rune

Meaning: This is a rune of difficulty and negative influences will rule your life for a time, but as all difficulties are a learning experience it will lead to improved personal perspective and progress on your life’s path. Always consult the surrounding runes with this stone. If it lies with a positive stone, it indicates that the pain of this experience will lead to a beneficial change in circumstances.

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Your Daily Ogham Reading for December 6 is Straif-Blackthorn

Straif-Blackthorn

This thorny tree is known for it’s negative uses over the years. It has been used for cattle proofing with its thorns, the berries have been turned into alcohol, and the thorns were once dipped in poison as a weapon. Drawing this letter brings forth ideas of pain, negativity, pessimism, and potential conflict. If Straif comes up in your reading it is very wise to pay attention to any warnings.

Fortune – This Ogham can denote very bad signs ahead. Pay very close attention to matters in life that way you can avoid the warning that you were given.

Your Animal Spirit Guide for December 6 is The Robin

When the Robin enters your life you can expect a brighter future is on its way.

Characteristics of the Robin

New Growth
Cleansing
Communication
Harmony
Hope
New Beginning
Bright Future

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Your Daily Karmic Number for December 6 is 11

Have you noticed how beautiful autumn leaves are when they move through the air or across the ground when the wind moves them? It’s like a dance with Mother Nature. It’s magical. That’s not your life right now, under number 11. You have been blowing around like debris being swept down a sidewalk by a leaf blower. You are ungrounded and easily influenced by outside forces. You have too many people giving you advice that has nothing to do with your life. Tell them to stop sharing then focus on your breath for five minutes. You will gain clarity this way. You’ll soon become more like a leaf, floating through the air.

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Crack the Cookie

Quarreling is the weapon of the weak

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Wisdom of the Buddha

To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one’s own in the midst of abundance

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Your Daily Planet Tracker for Dec. 6: Moon in Sagittarius

 Optimistic, Philosophical, Adventurous

December 5 – December 8, 2018


Before we jump straight into the Moon in Sagittarius, let’s first learn about the Moon itself. In Astrology, the Moon is considered a planet. It moves so quickly through the sky that it actually passes through each of the zodiac signs every month! While most people are familiar with their Sun sign, many people are unaware of what their Moon sign is. Why is knowing this aspect of this so important? The Moon is our astrological home, and it relates to our moods and our gut feelings.

When the Moon is in Sagittarius

No matter what your Moon sign is, we are all honorary Sagittarians when the Moon moves through that sign. The energy of Sagittarius is very expansive, free, and visionary. If you’re normally very pragmatic or cynical, you might find that you’re a little more optimistic than usual. Your mind will start considering all the possibilities of a situation rather than just focusing on the potential roadblocks. Your thoughts could end up in uncharted territory!

A Sagittarius Moon will renew your sense of adventure, and you could have the desire to pick something (no matter how big or small) and just go for it. Sagittarius loves the idea of traveling and expanding their horizon. This can be something physical like traveling to a faraway place, or taking their mind on a trip with an education pursuit. Don’t be surprised if you have the urge to register for that class you’ve been thinking about taking, or if you decide to book a last-minute vacation during this transit.

New Moon in Sagittarius

New Moons are a time of new beginnings and new emotional cycles. The Sagittarius New Moon asks us to plant the seeds of optimism. This is when we allow ourselves to leave the painful parts of our pasts behind so we can visualize a bigger and brighter future. This idealistic outlook doesn’t match the realities of everyone’s life. Many people are suffering in economic, emotional, physical, and spiritual ways. It’s not difficult to find areas of frustration and fear inside us and in the environment around us. The Sagittarius New Moon offers you hope, and all the wonderful things that hope brings. Instead of seeing a situation as it is, you will be able to imagine what your situation could be.

Full Moon in Sagittarius

Unlike the New Moon, which is about starting something new, the Full Moon is about reflecting on what we planted six months ago, and how it’s coming to fruition. It urges us to consider what’s next. This is an interesting time because the Moon in far-seeing Sagittarius opposes the Sun in nearsighted Gemini. Gemini is concerned with things that are nearby while Sagittarius wants us to contemplate what’s on the distant horizon. We might be overwhelmed with ideas and information, but the Sagittarius Full Moon helps us focus our attention on long-term goals and higher principles rather than getting lost in a flood of small details.

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A Little Humor for Your Day

The Ten Catmmandments


  1. I am the Lord of thy House.
  2. Thou shalt have no other pets before Me.
  3. Thou shalt never ignore Me.
  4. I shall ignore thee when I feel like it.
  5. Thou shalt be grateful that I even give thee the time of day.
  6. Remember My food dish and keep it full.
  7. Thou shalt spend most of thy money on toys and gifts for Me.
  8. Thou shalt always have thy lap ready for Me to curl up in.
  9. Thou shalt shower Me with love and attention upon demand.
  10. Above all, thou shalt do anything and everything it takes to keep Me happy.

–Turok’s Cabana

“Walk barefoot, listen to the wind, drink in the moon…. BE MAGICK”

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The Witches Journal for Wednesday, December 5th, 2018

Can You Believe it – 16 DAYS TILL YULE – Where has this year gone?

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“And that’s what witches do: we look for magic, for divinity, in everything. What’s more, we allow ourselves to find it, even in the seemingly mundane.”

― Mya Spalter, Enchantments: A Modern Witch’s Guide to Self-Possession

Custom Planetary Positions

December 05, 2018
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun: 12 Sagittarius 53
Moon: 16 Scorpio 54
Mercury: 27 Scorpio 33 Rx
Venus: 01 Scorpio 22
Mars: 12 Pisces 07
Jupiter: 05 Sagittarius 55
Saturn: 08 Capricorn 16
Uranus: 29 Aries 03 Rx
Neptune: 13 Pisces 43
Pluto: 19 Capricorn 45

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Planetary Aspects for the month of December

The planetary aspects listed below are for New York time.

December 05, 05:21 pm – Sun square Neptune
December 06, 04:21 pm – Mercury Direct 27 16
December 07, 02:20 am – New Moon at 15 07
December 07, 09:11 am – Mars conjunct Neptune 13 44
December 15, 06:49 am – 1st Quarter Moon 23 26
December 16, 09:26 am – Venus sextile Saturn
December 17, 01:57 am – Mars sextile Pluto
December 20, 11:21 am – Sun trine Uranus
December 21, 12:11 pm – Venus trine Neptune
December 21, 12:36 pm – Mercury conjunct Jupiter 09 34
December 22, 12:48 pm – Full Moon at 00 49
December 24, 07:31 pm – Mercury square Neptune
December 28, 04:30 pm – Venus sextile Pluto
December 29, 04:34 am – 3rd Quarter Moon 07 36

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The Astronomy Forecast for the Week of December 3 – December 8

Mars and Neptune come together for the first half of the December horoscope. This can be a pleasant conjunction but not so when square the Sun. The December 7 full moon amplifies this challenging configuration and is easily the most significant influence this monthly horoscope

.Friday December 7
The New Moon at 15° Sagittarius is square the Mars Neptune conjunction at 13° Pisces. So the new moon has a sinister influence. Major themes of the December 7 new moon include anger, fear, deception, confusion, immorality and perversion. At 16° Sagittarius, a fixed star in Hercules Constellation will cause irritation from women and a ruthless drive to gain power. You may experience tests of character from your competitors or enemies. Events or other people may cause confusion and disappointment, which may force you to battle against the odds. This may have a weakening effect on your vitality, making you feel paranoid and delusional.

A tendency to over idealize others can leave you open to deception and scandal. Seeing only the best in people increased the likelihood of coming disillusioned. Your good intentions to help others can easily be taken advantage of. If you are very sensitive and scare easily then you need to take precautions. Keep yourself grounded in the real world as much as possible. Stay above-board in all of your dealings. Avoid negative environments where violence, crime and drugs are prevalent. Take a defensive approach. It might be safer to submit to authority, seek a compromise or retreat. The keys to avoiding loss and disappointment from the December 2018 horoscope are honesty and integrity.

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The Solar Almanac for Wednesday, December 5th

Sun Direction: 278.30° W↑
Sun Altitude: -49.07°
Sun Distance: 91.610 million mi
Next Solstice: Dec 21, 2018 4:22 pm (Winter)
Sunrise Today: 6:51 am↑ 118° Southeast
Sunset Today: 4:37 pm↑ 242° Southwest
Length of Daylight: 9 hours, 45 minutes

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The Sun’s Movement

It travels at 20 kilometers per second relative to other stars, and 220 kilometers per second around the Milky Way.

Different parts of the sun rotate at different speeds, the fastest being at its equator.

The sun’s rotation period at the equator is about 27 days while that at the poles is about 36 days.

It completes a revolution around the entire galaxy once every 250 million years.

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The Lunar Almanac for Wednesday, December 5th

Moon Direction: 324.60° NW↑
Moon Altitude: -61.49°
Moon Distance: 240351 mi
Next New Moon: Dec 7, 20181:20 am
Next Full Moon: Dec 22, 201811:48 am
Next Moonrise: Tomorrow 5:01 am
Current Moon Phase: Waning Crescent
Illumination: 5.0%

–timeanddate.com

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Some Mad Myths About the Moon

by Stephanie Pappas

Myth: The Moon Makes Us Crazy
The word lunacy traces its roots to the word “lunar,” and plenty of people, from nurses to police officers, will tell you that things get wild around the full moon

But this non-supernatural equivalent of the werewolf myth doesn’t hold water. A 1985 review of the literature on the timing of mental illness and the moon found that the folklore that links the full moon with mental breakdowns, criminal behavior and other disturbances has no basis in scientific data. Nor has research turned up a link between the moon’s phase and surgery outcomes — though pets are more likely to need a trip to the emergency room during a full moon, likely because owners keep them out and about later on nights when the moon brightens up the sky.

Myth: The Supermoon Can Cause Disasters
The reason we have supermoons is because the moon’s orbit is not perfectly circular. When it swings closer to Earth on its elliptical path, the moon does exert a bit more of a gravitational pull on our planet. But it’s nothing Earth can’t handle.

Tidal forces around the world will be particularly high and low, with the moon exerting 42 percent more force at its closest point to Earth than it does at its farthest, according to Joe Rao, SPACE.com’s skywatching columnist. This extra force doesn’t have an appreciable effect on disasters such as earthquakes and tsunamis, however.

“A lot of studies have been done on this kind of thing by USGS scientists and others,” John Bellini, a geophysicist at the U.S. Geological Survey told LiveScience’s sister site Life’s Little Mysteries. “They haven’t found anything significant at all.”

Myth: The Moon Landing Was a Hoax
We’ve got video. We’ve got rocks. We’ve got a dozen astronauts who have proudly returned to Earth to recall walking on our great satellite. But conspiracy theories claiming that the moon landing was faked just won’t die. [Top 10 Conspiracy Theories]

These moon hoax theories are multitudinous and varied, ranging from claims that there was no dust on the Apollo 11 Lander footpads so the Lander must have never left a secret soundstage (In fact, dust on the moon doesn’t hang in the air as it does on Earth due to a lack of gravity, so dust kicked up by the landing would have been hurled away from the Lander) to theories about faked rock specimens (In reality, moon rocks have been researched by NASA scientists and independent researchers alike. They’re unlike any Earth rocks, lacking water-bearing minerals and bearing tiny meteoroid craters from the specks of dust that would have been burned up in Earth’s atmosphere but which landed on the surface of the airless moon.)

As thinly sourced as it is, the hoax theories can be frustrating to those who risked their lives to get to the moon. In 2002, Buzz Aldrin, one of the members of the original 1969 Apollo 11 mission, was dogged by conspiracy theorist Bart Sibrel at an event. When Sibrel blocked Aldrin’s path and called him a “coward” and a “liar,” the then-72-year-old astronaut punched Sibrel in the face.

Myth: The Moon Is Made of Green Cheese
The myth to dispel here isn’t so much about the moon’s makeup — definitely not cheese — but rather the idea that anyone ever believed the old “the moon is green cheese” canard at all. In fact, the cheese myth seemed to have started with a sardonic little couplet by English poet John Heywood (1497-1580), who wrote, “Ye set circumquaques to make me beleue/ Or thinke, that the moone is made of gréene chéese.”

In other words, the first known mention of the moon being green cheese was actually mocking the idea that anyone would believe that the moon was green cheese. Heywood apparently underestimated early 20th-century children: A 1902 study published in the American Journal of Psychology surveyed young children about their beliefs about the moon and found that the most common explanation for what it might be made of was cheese. Other theories included rags, God, yellow paper and “dead people who join hands in a circle of light.”

-LiveScience

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Did You Know…..

Diana was an ancient Italian goddess of woodland. In Capua and in Aricia, a locality near Rome, there are still shrines dedicated to the old Italian goddess. Diana was the twin sister of the god Apollo. Her father and mother were Jupiter and Latona.

Diana believed her body was very sacred, and so no man was to see her naked. One day a wandering hunter came across Diana bathing. She became very angry, and turned him into a stag.

She was always surrounded by young beautiful attendants, who used to hunt with her. Romans identified Diana with the Greek goddess Artemis. As Artemis, she was also a Moon goddess.

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Moon Phase Calendar for Wednesday, December 5th

Current Moon Phase: Waning Crescent

Moon is currently in the sign of Scorpio

Moon in Scorpio:
Moon in Scorpio creates the need to delve into your feelings as deep as possible. You desire meaningful emotional exchanges now more than at any other time even if it is not easy and you are forced to change many things. Shallow relationships do not satisfy you, because they are not purifying enough.

Organs influenced by Scorpio Moon Sign:
Organs: Genitals, rectum, anus, urethra, genital glands, ovaries, prostate, pubic bone, genes.

These organs are now more sensitive so provide them with extra care.

Surgical operations:
Surgical operations are recommended during the Waning Moon.
However, avoid surgeries of organs under the influence of the Moon Sign.

ASTROSEEK

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The Sky This Week from December 5 to December 9

Venus dazzles in the predawn sky, and gets a little help from the Moon December 3. Meanwhile, Mars and Neptune appear closer to each other under a dark sky than they will until the 23rd century.

By Richard Talcott

Wednesday, December 5
Although Mercury passed between the Sun and Earth just last week, the innermost planet has already climbed into view during morning twilight. Look low in the southeast about 30 minutes before sunrise, when Mercury stands nearly 9° above the horizon. The planet shines at magnitude 0.7, so you’ll likely need binoculars to pick it out of the twilight this morning. Binoculars also will show a waning crescent Moon hanging 5° above the planet. When viewed through a telescope, Mercury appears 9″ across and sports a slender crescent phase. The inner world will grow brighter and climb higher as it approaches greatest elongation in mid-December.

Thursday, December 6
Mars continues to put on a nice show these December evenings. The Red Planet appears nearly halfway to the zenith in the southern sky as twilight fades to darkness. The ruddy world shines at magnitude 0.1, as bright as any other early evening object, against the faint backdrop of Aquarius the Water-bearer. As you gaze at Mars with your naked eye, you might assume it’s the only object of interest in the area. But target the planet through binoculars or a telescope and you’ll also see the much fainter glow of Neptune. The magnitude 7.9 ice giant lies 23′ east-northeast of Mars this evening. The two switch positions tomorrow night, with Neptune 16′ southwest of Mars. (The magnitude 6.1 star 81 Aquarii then stands 12′ north of Mars.) The actual conjunction between the two planets occurs at 9:08 a.m. EST on the 7th, when Mars passes 2.2′ north of Neptune, but both objects then lie below the horizon from North America. When viewed through a telescope, Mars appears 9″ while Neptune spans 2.3″. The two planets won’t pass closer to each other under a dark sky until October 19, 2210.

Friday, December 7
Although people in the Northern Hemisphere won’t experience the shortest day of the year for another two weeks (at the winter solstice December 21), those at 40° north latitude will see the Sun set earlier today than at any other time this year. Tomorrow’s sunset will arrive about one second later than today’s. The date of earliest sunset depends on latitude — the farther north you live, the closer it occurs to the solstice.
New Moon occurs at 2:20 a.m. EST. At its new phase, the Moon crosses the sky with the Sun and so remains hidden in our star’s glare.

Saturday, December 8
The days of viewing Saturn in the evening sky are just about over. In fact, tonight might be your last, best chance to see it this year. Although the magnitude 0.5 ringed world stands only 7° high in the southwest 45 minutes after sunset, a slender, two-day-old Moon serves as a guide. The two objects lie 3° apart and look beautiful through binoculars.

Sunday, December 9
Head outside in early evening this week and you can see the Big Dipper scraping the northern horizon. For latitudes north of about 40°, this conspicuous asterism never sets (“circumpolar” in astronomical parlance), though December evenings find it at its lowest ebb. This means that the constellation on the opposite side of the North Celestial Pole, the familiar W-shaped Cassiopeia, currently rides highest in the sky.

The Astronomy Magazine

Today is Wednesday, December 5

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

Deity: Woden

Zodiac Sign: Gemini & Virgo

Planet: Mercury

Tree: Ash

Herb: Cinquefoil

Stone: Emerald & Sardonyx

Animal: Raven & Cat

Element: Air

Color: Red & Blue

Number: 6

Rune: Odal(O)

 

Celtic Tree Month of Ruis (Elder) (November 25 – December 22)

The Runic Half Month of Is (November 28 – December 12)

Goddess of the Month of Astraea (November 28 – December 23)

—The Pagan Book of Days
Nigel Pennick

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The Goddess Book of Days for December 5th

First feast of St. Lucia in Italy (second is Dec. 13). She is Birth and Light Goddesses Lucia, Lucina, Luz, Brigit, Bride, Eileathyia, Vesta, Aurora, Eos, Oya, Perchta, Bertha, Befana, Arinna, Amaterasu, Cannen, Cannenta.

Goddesses Associated with Wednesday

For Woden: Isis, Demeter, Ceres, Spider Woman, Bona Dea, Oya, Devi-Kali, Hella, Rhiannon, Coatlique, Maman Brigette

The Goddess Book of Days
Diane Stein

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~ The Goddess Days of the Moon ~

Days 4-6 Ruled by Artemis/Diana, the independent one of the wilderness, the impetus behind the newly planted seed
Days 7-9 Kore rules these lunar days, and she is seen as the Maiden of Menarche, the link between childhood and adulthood
Days 10-12 Ruled by Hera, Queen of Heaven and creatrix, representing the power of inspiration
Days 13-15 Demeter, the nurturer, rules these
Days 16-18 Dedicated to Gaia, the Earth Goddess
Days 19-21 Hestia, Goddess of Waning Moon, is the matriarchal grandmother, ruling and protecting her family
Days 22-24 Ruled by Medusa, the crone of death and spiritual release, the necessary destruction that allows a new cycle to begin
Days 25-27 Ruled by Hecate, queen of the underworld and the shades, she is seen as the one who allows departed souls to choose thier paths in the next phase of existence and rebirth
The remaining days of the moon – the dark days – are those of the unknowable Masked Goddess, who is present, but invisible.

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On Wednesday, December 5, We Celebrate….

Walt Disney’s Birthday (United States)
CASTALIA

Themes: Art; Creativity; Joy; Children; Inspiration

Symbols: Cartoon Characters; Fountains

About Castalia: In Greek tradition, this goddess embodies the force of artistic inspiration. Her power is so profuse that art often depicts her simply as an ever-flowing fountain from which we can drink when our motivation wanes.

To Do Today: On this day in 1901, the legendary Walt Disney was born. During his life, Disney inspired millions of children with a Castalia-rich imagination and well-beloved cartoon characters. To remember this man and uplift Castalia’s childlike ability to awaken the artist within, watch a favorite Walt Disney film today, reveling in the wonder of it. Then get out and do something creative! Try drawing your own magical cartoon (this is just for you and the goddess, so don’t worry about a lack of skill—the keynote today is having fun with your fancy).

To quaff this goddess’s inspiration for any task you’re undertaking, find a water fountain and drink fully of it. Visualize the water filled with a color of light that, to you, represents creativity. Also fill a small container with a secure top with some of this water and keep it with you. Carry Castalia’s power into the situation in which you need inspiration. Pour a little out before your meeting, artistic effort, or speech to release her power. Or sip a bit of it to wet your whistle and renew the magic.

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

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Wednesday’s Associations

Color: Purple

Planet: Mercury

Metal: Mercury (Quicksilver)

Deities: Odin, Hermes, Lugh

Gemstones: Mercury, Athena

Crystals: Adventurine, Agate

Herbs: Aspen trees, lilies, Lavender, Ferns

Associations: Business, Communication, Loss and Debt, Travel.

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The Magickal Days of the Week: 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

–Patti Wigington, Paganism/Wicca Expert
Article published on & owned by ThoughtCo.com

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Wednesday Witchery

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
Ellen Dugan

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The Witches Almanac for Wednesday, December 5

Krampus Night (European)

Waning Moon

Moon phase: Fourth Quarter

Moon Sign: Scorpio

Moon enters Sagittarius 9: 49 pm

Incense: Lavender

Color: White

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Who is Krampus?

9 Facts About Krampus, St. Nick’s Demonic Companion

BY JESS ZIMMERMAN

St. Nick brings the gifts, and Krampus brings the pain. Here are some things you might not have known about Santa’s demonic companion.

1. KRAMPUS IS A CHRISTMAS DEMON.
Who is Krampus? In Austria and across the German-speaking Alpine region, the demonic character is a crucial part of the holiday season. He’s a devilish figure, with long horns and a goaty beard, much like typical portrayals of Satan. You might see him posed harmlessly on a greeting card or reproduced in chocolates or figurines. But you might also encounter a procession of Krampuses stalking through the town, laden with bells and chains, intimidating onlookers or whipping them with bundles of sticks.

2. DECEMBER 5 BELONGS TO KRAMPUS. IF YOU SURVIVE, YOU MIGHT GET PRESENTS.
December 5 is Krampusnacht, when Krampus reigns. In the real world, people might attend Krampus balls, or young men from the local Krampusgruppe might don carved wooden masks, cowbells, chains, and elaborate costumes to run through town in a Krampuslauf (Krampus run), frightening and sometimes beating bystanders. According to legend, Krampus will spend the night visiting each house. He might leave bundles of sticks for bad children—or he might just hit them with the sticks instead. He might toss them into a sack or basket on his back and then throw it in a stream, or he might straight-up take them to hell.

The next day, though, is Nikolastaug, St. Nicholas’ Day—the same St. Nicholas whose Dutch name, Sinterklass, evolved into “Santa Claus.” In other words, it’s time for presents for all the little girls and boys … that is, all the ones who haven’t already been beaten, damned, or drowned.

3. KRAMPUS MAY BE A MONSTER, BUT HE PALS AROUND WITH SANTA.
Originally, Krampus was a purely pagan creation, said to be the son of Hel from Norse mythology. But he got grafted onto Christian tradition as a sidekick of St. Nicholas, similar to figures like Zwarte Piet in the Netherlands and Knecht Ruprecht in Germany. Since the 17th century, the two have been linked in a sort of Christmasy yin-yang, with Krampus as St. Nick’s dark companion. Costumed figures of the two traditionally visit houses and businesses together on Krampusnacht: St. Nick brings the gifts, and Krampus brings the pain.

4. KRAMPUS REVELERS WILL HIT, PUSH, AND WHIP SPECTATORS AT THEIR PARADES.
The Krampus of legend whips people with his birch bundle, but he’s a literal demon. Surely the costumed human Krampus partiers wouldn’t engage in such violence, right? Wrong. Here’s a description of the Salzburg Krampuslauf from a tourist who expected mere costumed buffoonery and came home with welts:

The narrow streets in the Old City section of Salzburg were packed with pedestrians as the Krampusse stomped through. Many people were caught unaware and reacted with terror. Some would flee and try to seek refuge in a shop or restaurant, only to be pursued by a determined Krampus. With so many easy targets, we again managed to escape largely unharmed. At times we were chased, jostled and struck, but compared with the brutality we witnessed, it was obvious we had been spared the full brunt of what Krampus could muster.

This writer went to Krampuslaufs in three cities and described “savage beatings” to people’s thighs and shins, as well as a Krampus chasing down and sitting on a teenager. But despite the fear and bruises, it’s all in good fun, and hey—at least they aim for the legs.

5. THE APPEARANCE OF KRAMPUS VARIES, BUT HE OFTEN HAS ONE HUMAN FOOT AND ONE CLOVEN HOOF.

The Krampus costumes at Krampuslaufs are aesthetically varied—they may be reminiscent of devils, bats, goats, Abominable Snowmen, or something out of a Guillermo del Toro movie. There are usually some kind of horns and hides involved, but there’s also a lot of free rein.

Krampus has also been a fixture on Austrian holiday greeting cards since the 1800s, where he’s shown pursuing women or menacing children. On the cards, Krampus traditionally has a long tongue that sometimes lolls halfway down his chest, and sports one human foot and one cloven hoof—no one is entirely sure why.

6. SOME AUSTRIAN HOUSEHOLDS HAD YEAR-ROUND DÉCOR MEANT TO REMIND KIDS TO STAY GOOD OR KRAMPUS WOULD GET THEM.
A 1958 article about the Krampus legend in Styria (a state in southeast Austria) reports that Krampus would deliver gold-painted bundles of birch sticks to children, small versions of the bundle of twigs he would use to beat people. The families would hang the birch twigs on the wall for the rest of the year as decoration—and to remind kids to stay in line. The article rather primly notes that the twigs are hung “particularly in those houses where the behaviour of the children merits the application of corporal correction.”

7. KRAMPUS WAS ONCE BANNED BY FASCISTS.

Between 1934 and 1938, when Austria was under Fascist rule, Krampus was seen as a symbol of (variously) sin, anti-Christian ideals, and Social Democrats. The newspaper of the Austrian Catholic Union called for a Krampus boycott, and the government of Lienz, the capital of East Tyrol, forbade Krampus dances, and further mandated that all aspiring St. Nicholases must be licensed by the city. They also pledged to arrest Krampus whenever they saw him. Though it didn’t rise to the level of a ban, in 1953 the head of Vienna’s kindergarten system also published a pamphlet calling Krampus “an evil man” and warning parents that celebrating him could scar their children for life.

8. KRAMPUS MASKS ARE VALUABLE PIECES OF FOLK ART.
Sure, you could probably pick up some plastic horns at Tyrolian Target, but that’s not really in the right spirit. Traditionally, the masks worn in a Krampus procession are made of wood, hand-carved by specialist artisans. For instance, Ludwig Schnegg makes the masks for all 80 members of the Haiming Krampusgruppe—and he’s been making them since 1981. Antique masks often wind up in museums; either folklore museums, or ones explicitly devoted to the Krampus. The towns of Kitzbühel and Stallhofen both feature Krampus museums that collect old costumes and masks, and until recently, there was a museum in Suetschach as well.

9. YOU CAN CELEBRATE KRAMPUS EVEN IF YOU’RE IN THE U.S.

Krampus has become increasingly popular on this side of the pond—he’s shown up on Venture Brothers, Grimm, Supernatural, The Colbert Report, and American Dad, and there’s a Krampus-inspired horror movie. And in an increasing number of American cities, you can go to a Krampus party, Krampus costume contest, or even a traditional Krampuslauf. Los Angeles in particular has a burgeoning Krampus scene, and the Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brooklyn hosts a yearly costume party. You can also get down with Krampus in Chicago, D.C., Philadelphia, Richmond, Orlando, and other cities in the U.S. and Canada.

Of course, for some people the holidays are scary enough without throwing a demon beast with a penchant for physical assault into the mix. But if you’re the kind of person who goes to extra-scary haunted houses at Halloween, take heart: That terror doesn’t have to stop just because we’ve entered a season of togetherness and joy.

Mental Floss

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Wednesday & The Perfect Corresponding Spell

Wednesday is a good day to focus on getting over any slumps you may have. This day is considered the middle of the work week; and many people find themselves very tired by this point. That is why this day is a great day to do refresh, refrain, return, wake-up, and concentration spells. It is, also, another good day for meditation.

Refresh the Soul Spell

Items you will need for this spell:
1 bottle of peppermint oil
1 white candle
1 lighter or match

Dress the candle with the peppermint oil, being careful about contact with the skin. Place the candle on a fire-safe surface and light it. Close your eyes for about a minute and just allow yourself to breathe in the peppermint aroma. Open your eyes and say this chant nine times:

“Breathe in, breathe out.

I’m refreshing.

I’m restoring.

I’m feeling revived.

My energy’s soaring.”

Keep breathing in the aroma and close your eyes again. When you are ready, open your eyes and blow out the candle. This should give you a feeling of being refreshed.

A Witch’s Week of Spells and Activities
Helga C. Loueen

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Circles, why use them?

They say that the longest journey begins with a single step. So, too, the exploration of Magickal studies begins with a single step. Though the first step in a physical journey is often self-evident, the First Step on a Magickal journey is often not quite so clear. While formally organized groups often have a path of lessons to instruct newcomers, the solitary or isolated student is often left standing in perplexity on this broad plain of knowledge, wondering just where in the heck to begin. And wondering, too, if it’s “okay” to start just anywhere.

While it’s true that studies can begin in any direction that attracts you, the necessary first step must be learning to make psychic shields. There are “Things of the Dark” out there. There are any number of explanations for what these things might be — ghosts, demons, or simply uncontrolled urges of the subconscious mind. In truth, it doesn’t matter what they are. What does matter is that their effect is very real and unless they are put under your control, they will drag you over the borders of sanity into psychosis. You are most vulnerable to them while you’re in an “open” trance or meditative state. That’s why the wise practitioner always begins by taking steps to define exactly what will be permitted through the portals of their “psychic shields” — no matter how simple the ritual. And this, in a nutshell, is what “protective magic” is about.

There are a number of ways to do this. The most common is to begin by drawing a circle (around a group or yourself) and invoking the one or more protective powers. Generally, this is done by candlelight, in front of an altar that holds certain magical objects. The circle may be further “secured” and “cleared” by using salt, salt water, rum, incense, or some other method. You may be wearing a special robe and will have taken a bath (or performed a cleansing ritual) earlier. The powers that protect you will be called on and then you will begin your ritual.

Is it psychological? Absolutely! Is there a reason why protection rituals always take this form? Positively! Let’s take a step back and see what you’re actually doing and how the process works — from a psychological standpoint — and how to use this knowledge to help you refine your circles to enhance your rituals.

Psychologists and psychics alike view the mind’s structure as a three-part entity: The Ego (that which you think of as yourself), the Superego (the “higher self”) and the Id (the child within). The Id is, in a sense, a computer. Like most computers, it operates on the GIGO (Garbage In, Garbage Out) principle. There’s an old superstition: “As you name something, so will it become.” Tell yourself that you’re very unlucky and your Id will obligingly give you bad days by enhancing any negatives in your environment. Tell yourself that you are clumsy, and your Id-computer will obligingly arrange for you to break a leg while stepping off the sidewalk. The bad news is that the Id can’t make a judgment as to whether or not this is a good idea. It only knows that it’s received these “instructions” and must carry them out. The good news is that you can actually program/reprogram this portion of your mind.

You begin programming this Internal Servant of yours by first drawing its attention to what you want done and then explaining what you need done in a simple and clear manner. Repeating the instructions in a chant help fix the goals for the Id — rhymed chants seem to be easier for it to process. Each time you perform the ritual and repeat the chant, the programming is strengthened. Never mind that your ego and superego understand that you’re going to program the child-like Id. It works just the same.

To direct the Id’s attention to the process, you first have to impress it. Using special tools and clothing alert it that something unusual is going on and that it must pay attention. Acquiring hard-to-obtain items, drawing symbols, performing a symbolic sacrifice (donating money, say, to a good cause) are all ways of reinforcing the Id’s impression that this ceremony is very special and that the result will be very powerful. Organized, meaningful symbols, speak to your subconscious mind in ways it understands, reinforcing the goals you have set.

Drawing the circle itself establishes boundaries within your environment (“The rest of the world can do what it likes Out There. All within this circle is in my control!”). Purifying the circle and consecrating it (sprinkling water which has been blessed and salt added) further enforce your territory, defining the borders where you are “safe”. Nothing can enter this area except what you invite inside. You further tighten these borders by calling on certain Powers.

You can call on any powers you like. Some use traditional Christian images. Others call up deities from the religion they are most comfortable with. And many people use the thought/image of a beam of light that represents either God/Goddess (whichever one they like) or the power of light and life and goodness in the Universe.

The number of powers called as guardians varies. You may choose to invoke one powerful being to protect your circle. Or you might call on the Universal Being/Light and four guardians (one for each quarter of the compass). A third approach is to use a guardian for the four quarters of the compass and no higher being. There is no “absolutely correct” system; the correct system is the one that you are comfortable with.

Take time to choose the guardians of your circle carefully. You should select guardians (gods or animals or some form of life) which have a deeper meaning to you and whose qualities are in harmony with your goals. For the new student, it’s best to have all your Powers and Guardians from the same belief system/religion/mythic universe so that the symbols will be consistent and not confuse the Id.

You can use people — saints, movie actors, figures from favorite books as guardians. Do, however, pick someone who’s dead or non-existent. The dead can’t argue with your interpretation of them, whereas the living may be highly offended to be approached as gods/guardians.

As your studies continue, you will find that your totems or guardians change. This is to be expected; as you explore new realms in your studies, you may find you need guardians who deal with very specific areas to strengthen and guide you in these new fields.

But don’t make the mistake of assuming that you’ll become so powerful that you will never need the protection of the psychic shielding circle in some form. And don’t assume that you will not need a circle for “positive” magicks such as healing. Open is open — and open is vulnerable. And circles strengthen and protect you by defining what psychological influences will be allowed to work with you.

–Mel White, Author
Published on Sacred Text

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Spirit Message of the Day – A Sacred Act of Love; A Wild and Pure Heart

A MESSAGE FROM WU WANG
“In times of olde, they said that only those who were pure could connect with those like myself. That the virgin could connect with Unicorn. That the child could see the meaning of God. That the Fae would truly see into your heart, and finding it corrupt, would never appear to you. I am here to tell you that your heart is pure and wild and innocent. It is that you have forgotten how to see us, that you have been told that in order to see us, you must be perfect. That in order to see us, you must be mad, unclean, broken, and if you say you have seen us, you face being shunned.”

“I am here to say to you that we appear to those who have looked into the hearts and have seen beyond the woundings…because within you there is a wild and untrammelled heart space which is free of any taint. In that space we can enter and therefore, we can and will be seen again. You were not born into this world wrong or sinful. There may be karmic markings, but you are no sinner, nor are you corrupt or unworthy. Foster that which is wild and pure and good within you, and we will begin to appear and come forth. You will feel us on the wind, in the water, see us in the fire and hear our voices emanating from the heart of our mother, the Earth. You are a child of the Mother, call her what you will, and at your core you are a one of the wild ones. That is my message for you.”

ABOUT WU-WANG
“Wu-Wang is a Dragonfae Lord who has been both a dynastic ruler in human form and whose energy has entered the Chinese system of philosophy and divination known as the I-Ching. His mind is very natural and honest; he has an innately good nature and encourages us to be the same, and to know we can be the same, no matter how we have behaved in the past. Truth and innocence of nature can be reclaimed and furthermore, these traits bring about good fortune personally, and for Gaia, Dana and our Mother.”

A MESSAGE FOR YOU
“Know you are innocent and cultivate that aspect of yourself. Know that your innocence and goodness lies within you no matter what actions you have taken in the past: This present moment is a chance to reclaim that pure and wild heart. When you do that, you will be able to see, feel and sense clearly the presence of magickal beings, including the Dragonfae and particularly the Unicorn. Wu-Wang will also help you to eat organically, well and healthfully. Take nothing into your body without contemplating whether it will erode or grow that wild pure heart and act accordingly. Dance, sing, play music, and make love…all of these acts, done with innocent, wild joy, are healing and part of the sacred act of Love.”

WORKING WITH WU-WANG
“Stay pure and wild and innocent. Devote part of your daily life to the development of the pure wild part of you. Let something be beyond your control. Do not attempt to control and predict the outcome of all. Know that innocent also means that you have not known all; and come from that place, which is noble and humble. When we do so, our expectations and controlling behaviors depart, as does the drama. In their place come insights and much communication with the magickal web of life, including mermaids, unicorns, centaurs, and the Dragonfae, dryads and other innerworld beings that may have yet been unseen by your eyes.”

Today’s message is from Oracle of the Dragonfae by Lucy Cavendish.
Spiritblogger’s Blog

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Celebrating Legends, Folklore & Other Spirituality 365 Days a Year for December 5 & 6

Walt Disney’s Birthday, St. Nicholas’s Day

It was on December 5,1901, that the legendary Walt Disney was born. During his life, his magickal imagination inspired and uplifted the hearts of people all over the world. Walt’s Disneyland was the product of a dream he had one night, and Disney World his crowning achievement. His Florida theme park is truly a kingdom, complete with its own police force, fire departments, transportation systems,and major Disney highways and hotels. And who says magick doesn’t work?

Today, Advent begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas mas and heralds the coming of Christ. In the past, Advent began on December 6, St. Nicholas’s Day. Very little is known of Nicholas, who was the bishop of Myra in Turkey, but he was very popular in the Middle Ages. One legend tells how he revived three small boys that an innkeeper keeper had murdered and salted down so he could make them into pies, and another tells how he threw three bags of gold through the window of a poor man’s house so his daughters would have dowries. St. Nicholas is linked with children, and in England on this night they receive presents in his honor. This was also the date on which “Boy Bishops” were chosen by the Church to oversee the choir and rule over the Christmas celebrations.

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Witch Tip #120 for December 5

If you have trouble falling asleep try to do your spell work right before bed. Doing rituals and spells will drain your energy if done properly and therefore make it easier to fall asleep.

End 2018 on a High Note – Clearing Out, Updating Your Energy

As we sit in the last days of the year, do you feel prepared for what’s coming in 2019? In this article I’ll outline a few ways you can feel prepared, and at the same time, update your personal energy to end 2018 on a high note.

Endings and Beginnings

As background, while we can never be truly prepared for future events still in the process of manifesting, we know from experience that how we end one month or cycle has a lot to do with how we start the next one.

This means that we want to use the next several weeks to clear out what’s no longer useful, heal unhealed wounds, and raise our frequency so we are vibrating at a higher level by year-end.

Doing this is no guarantee that January will be rosy or without challenge, but not doing this means that we take key unresolved issues into the new year.

Unresolved Issues

What are key unresolved issues? And how do you determine the most important ones to focus on now? The issues are personal to you. To prioritize the ones to pay attention to, consider these examples: (1) a relationship needing updating (2) personal empowerment and self-esteem themes (3) level of authenticity expressed (4) relationship between you and spirit – including your spiritual practice, trust in your intuition, and applying what you know spiritually to everyday life (5) level of clarity about personal goals and soul purpose (6) approach to work and the use of power in the workplace (7) ability to show up and actively engage in transforming society.

To hone in more on issues, consider what comes into your mind when you think about the year ending and where you are in your life. Contemplate what may be missing from your life, or what you sense could benefit from healing, when you respond to questions like the following.

What gives you joy? What gives you a sense of purpose? What connects you to others? Who is your support team? How much can you trust yourself, your partner, spirit?

Know Your Cycles, Energies

To raise your frequency higher by year-end, here are some tools to consider: (1) look at your astrology including transits to know what’s impacting you and what you benefit from looking at and healing (2) consider key triggers of sadness or upset that tend to arise in recent times; do spiritual practice including meditation and inner work that helps you uncover deeper reasons for unhappiness; then apply what you know about energy to lift your frequency; since deep personal issues  can be easier for others to discern and address, work with a trusted practitioner for breakthroughs.

Other helpful tools for raising frequency include: (1) meditation (2) sound healing with crystal singing pyramids and crystal bowls (3) working with crystals (4) applying or diffusing essential oils (5) getting in touch with and expressing out loud your gratitude to someone specific (6) going into nature and becoming still, leaving your devices home or on airplane mode (7) finding something that makes you laugh, smile, or simply feel a sense of unbounded joy.

What to Avoid

I include this section because oftentimes we can cancel out the benefits of what’s described above by falling into habitual tendencies of negativity, gossip, or doom and gloom. Everyone does this sometimes. So don’t judge yourself. Simply be mindful and catch yourself when your mind goes to the “what ifs” and worrisome potentials for what’s coming next year.

Stay in the present. Work on yourself diligently.

It might sound boring to do so, and you may say to yourself: “When am I done? When can I relax and just be? Why do I need to constantly do inner work?”

The wise part of you knows the answer to all of these questions. The enlightened masters over time have shown us that we must remain committed to our inner work, our spiritual path, and to the monitoring of our own self-talk. When we think we’re “done,” the ego comes in with self-sabotage, often disguised in tricky ways.

Be wise. Trust in your ability to apply what you were born knowing on an inner level – that you are a divine being encoded for enlightenment. Keep that goal in your mind daily, applying what you have learned. As you do this, your bright light becomes your own beacon for going forward, and a beacon for countless others on the path.

 

 

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Your Past Life Tarot Card for December 5th is The Moon

The Moon

Your inner philosopher past life awakens only when you have the time to ponder deep ideas. While you are busy working it is difficult to find the time for deep thought. When your daily life gives you extra time to think, the philosopher in you can take center stage with new concepts about who you are and where you are going. Your hectic lifestyle can block the dormant philosopher inside, but healthy change can’t happen without this deep thinker.

 

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Your Daily Rune for Wednesday, December 5th is Jera

Jera

Rune of harvest and reward for, or reaction to, right actions in a horizontal (naturally ordered) cyclical process. Rune of peace on the land and in the heart.

Psi: psychological time, patience, the measurement of time

Energy: good harvest, orbits, cycles, progress, biorhythms, right effort

Mundane: waiting, gardening, farming, the seasons, harvest

Divinations: Reward for positive action, plenty, peace, proper timing; or repetition, bad timing, poverty, conflict, regression.

Governs:
Fertility, creativity and harmony with the land
Peace, prosperity and plenty
Realization of the cyclical nature of the multiverse, invoking the power of time and cycles
Bringing other concepts gently into material manifestation
Initiating gradual and lasting change in flow of life

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Your Daily Witches Rune for December 5th is Woman

Woman

Meaning: The first meaning of this rune is quite obvious: it represents women. Any woman that is important in the question, whether you know her or not, will be represented by this rune. Mother, sister, aunt, grandma, a female boss, friend, lover or even enemy… all can be symbolized by the appearance of this rune.

In a more general sense, this rune is related to traditional female abilities and characteristics, such as giving birth, nurturing, comforting and healing. When this rune appears, you can count on the sympathy of others towards you or your situation. In its most negative aspects, the Woman rune can show over-protectiveness, a patronizing attitude or co-dependency. It often strives to maintain the status quo, refusing to change even if the situation is bad.

The Woman rune is connected to nurturing – nurturing a relationship, a person or a project. Like the Moon rune, it can be related to finding a safe place to rest and heal, but while the Moon implies a solitary retreat, the Woman often shows that you need to go back to the people you trust, the people you feel safe with.

Healing is another strong aspect of this symbol, as well as teaching. You can be both the patient/student or the healer/teacher when this rune appears. This rune is also connected to creativity, but in a way that is different from the Romance rune. While the latter is about the conception of a project – the initial stages of creation – the Woman is about the birth of this project. When your creation is brought out into the world, fully manifested.

In relationship readings, this rune isn’t bad, but rather weak. While it can indicate subtle ties between people, these are usually so, so subtle that the partners can easily drift away from each other. It can show that one of the partners sees the other as someone who needs to be protected and healed, rather than an equal. Usually, the romance is a bit stagnated when this rune appears, or very close to becoming a friendship.

Your Animal Spirit Guide for December 5 is The Dragonfly

Dragonfly is the power of light. The dragonfly inhabits two realms: air and water and the influence of both these elements will be felt by Dragonfly people. Dragonfly is the essence of the winds of change, the messages of wisdom and enlightenment; and the communication fro the elemental world. Dragonfly medicine beckons you to seek out the parts of your habits that need changing. Call on Dragonfly to guide you through the mists of illusion to the pathway of transformation. Dragonfly brings the light and color of transformation into your life.

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Your Daily Karmic Number for December 5 is One

Hansel and Gretel dropped breadcrumbs in the woods to find their way back home. But the crumbs got eaten up and they ended up lost – and almost fell victim to a witch. What does this have to do with your 1 result today? You have lost your way because you are following too much of other people’s advice. This is a time to turn a deaf ear to any guidance not coming from your inner self. Meditate or just do nothing for five minutes. The answers will come to you, from within. Listen carefully and be confident in their advice.

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Crack the Cookie

Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

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The Wisdom of Buddha

The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one. Only the moment you reject all help are you freed.

Your Daily Planet Tracker for December 5: Venus in Scorpio

Intense, Passionate, Committed

Now – January 7, 2019


The black widow. The mistress. Skeletons in your romantic closet. Secretive about money and love. A sexy, magnetic, deliciously irresistible intimate encounter. A healing and transforming bonding experience. Venus in Scorpio has the power to elicit all of this … and more.

Astrology considers Scorpio to be a tough placement for beautiful and sweet Venus. Scorpio isn’t concerned with superficiality, and prefers chasing after a transcendental kind of love. The Scorpion likes to get below the surface to examine issues of power, fear, sex, and desire. When Venus is in Scorpio, Venus trades in social niceties for digging deeply and sparking needed change.

When Venus is in Scorpio

Venus is about relationships, and is sociable, friendly, and affectionate. Scorpio is about passion, and likes to dive headfirst into love. This means we’ll crave meaningful and intense experiences when Venus is in Scorpio. Depth and intimacy become more important, urging us to trade in frivolous flings for long-lasting romance. Love can border on obsessive when Venus is in this sign, compelling us to go all-in when it comes to matters of the heart.

Venus in Scorpio is a time when we’ll want to shine a light on the shadows of our relationships. Those nagging thoughts that we’ve been pushing aside to make peace? Well, they become impossible to ignore when Venus and Scorpio get together. It’s a time to go beneath the surface, find the truth, and hold it up to the light of day. We’ll try to figure out what we can do to make it work — or if it’s time to let go. This transit gives our relationships a major reality check, whether we want one or not!

Venus in Scorpio can also bring power struggles and money concerns out into the open. Subtle issues become more obvious than they were before. How money is spent becomes a focus in partnerships where financial resources are shared. This could also be a time when we have a stronger interest in making financial investments or decisions about loans, insurance, or other areas of our lives having to do with money.

Yes, Venus in Scorpio can be pretty heavy, but it can also be truly amazing. All of this intensity leads to a stronger bond, so if you’re up for the challenge both emotionally and physically, this could end up being a transformative and sexy time that ends up bringing you and your partner much closer together.

If you were born with Venus in Scorpio

As someone with their Venus in Scorpio, you take love very seriously. While others might be fine with a fling here or there, you’re always in it for the long haul. You are one of the most dedicated Venus signs in the zodiac, and you enjoy the deep, emotional connection that comes with being in a committed relationship. This doesn’t mean it’s easy for you to open yourself up to people. You are extremely skeptical of others at first, and believe actions speak louder than words. If someone does end up toying with your emotions, they will end up on the receiving end of your stinger!

Your intuition and penetrating mind make it easy for you to see past facades and understand who people really are. You are the private investigator of the zodiac, seeking to uncover every last detail — and secret — about someone. Yes, this is partly because you want to see if they are who they say they are, but you also want to learn what makes them tick so you know how to nurture them once you do get closer. Your Scorpio Venus may compel you to search for everyone else’s secrets, but your need for privacy makes you unwilling to share your own.

The raw passion and power of Scorpio coupled with the romantic nature of Venus creates an aura of mystery that other people can’t help but be drawn to. You might find yourself in the sights of quite a few admirers! However, you have very high standards for potential mates, and won’t allow someone to get close to you until they’ve proven their loyalty and trustworthiness. This makes you appear distant or disinterested at first, but you’re simply protecting the sensitivity Scorpio is known for. Once someone has shown you that it’s OK to let your guard down, you are as devoted as they come.

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A Little Humor for Your Day

Ineffective Daily Affirmations


As I let go of my feelings of guilt, I can get in touch with my Inner Sociopath.

I have the power to channel my imagination into ever-soaring levels of suspicion and paranoia.

As I learn to trust the universe, I no longer need to carry a gun.

I assume full responsibility for my actions, except the ones that are someone else’s fault.

I no longer need to punish, deceive or compromise myself. Unless, of course, I want to stay employed.

In some cultures, what I do would be considered normal.

Having control over myself is nearly as good as having control over others.

My intuition nearly makes up for my lack of good judgment.

I can change any thought that hurts into a reality that hurts even more.

I honor my personality flaws, for without them I would have no personality at all.

Joan of Arc heard voices, too.

I am grateful that I am not as judgmental as all those censorious, self-righteous people around me.

I need not suffer in silence while I can still moan, whimper and complain.

As I learn the innermost secrets of the people around me, they reward me in many ways to keep me quiet.

When someone hurts me, forgiveness is cheaper than a lawsuit. But not nearly as gratifying.

The first step is to say nice things about myself. The second, to do nice things for myself. The third, to find someone to buy me nice things.

All of me is beautiful and valuable, even the ugly, stupid, and disgusting parts.

I am at one with my duality.

Blessed are the flexible, for they can tie themselves into knots.

Rather than curse the darkness, I could light a candle… with a little luck, I could torch the place.

I will strive to live each day as if it were my 30th birthday.

Only a lack of imagination saves me from immobilizing myself with imaginary fears.

Does my quiet self-pity get to me? Yes? Or should I move up to incessant nagging?

I honor and express all facets of my being, regardless of state and local laws.

Today I will gladly share my experience and advice, for there are no sweeter words than “I told you so.”

False hope is nicer than no hope at all.

A good scapegoat is nearly as welcome as a solution to the problem.

Just for today, I will not sit in my living room all day watching TV. Instead I will move my TV into the bedroom.

-Turok’s Cabana

“Walk barefoot, listen to the wind, drink in the moon…. BE MAGICK”

Witches of the Craft’s Journal for Sunday, December 2nd

Can You Believe it 19 Days To Yule. Where Has This Year Gone?

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Witchcraft … is a spiritual path. You walk it for nourishment of the soul, to commune with the life force of the universe, and to thereby better know your own life.

—Christopher Penczak

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Ode to the Goddess
Stars shine bright in the blackened sky,
And cold winds blow and sting my eyes,
But the moon is bright and beckons me,
To praise the Goddess that I see,
And as I do so a warming comes,
To block the cold that chills my bones,
So I give thanks to this heavenly soul,
And my world is touched by her tender glow.

–Pagan Ways
Alan Faraway

Custom Planetary Positions

December 02, 2018

Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun: 10 Sagittarius 14
Moon: 12 Libra 00
Mercury: 29 Scorpio 04 Rx
Venus: 29 Libra 53
Mars: 10 Pisces 26
Jupiter: 05 Sagittarius 20
Saturn: 07 Capricorn 59
Uranus: 29 Aries 07 Rx
Neptune: 13 Pisces 43
Pluto: 19 Capricorn 41

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The Solar Almanac for Sunday, December 2nd

Sun Direction: 109.32° ESE↑
Sun Altitude: -11.02°
Sun Distance: 91.646 million mi
Next Solstice: Dec 21, 2018 4:22 pm (Winter)
Sunrise Today: 6:50 am↑ 117° Southeast
Sunset Today: 4:37 pm↑ 243° Southwest
Length of Daylight: 9 hours, 47 minutes

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Ancient cultures often modified natural rock formations or built stone monuments to mark the motions of the sun and moon, charting the seasons, creating calendars and monitoring eclipses. Many believed the sun revolved around the Earth, with ancient Greek scholar Ptolemy formalizing this “geocentric” model in 150 B.C. Then, in 1543, Nicolaus Copernicus described a heliocentric, sun-centered model of the solar system, and in 1610, Galileo Galilei’s discovery of Jupiter’s moons revealed that not all heavenly bodies circled the Earth.

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The Lunar Almanac for Sunday, December 2nd

Moon Direction: 135.85° SE↑
Moon Altitude: 42.55°
Moon Distance: 235202 mi
Next New Moon: Dec 7, 20181:20 am
Next Full Moon: Dec 22, 201811:48 am
Next Moonset: Today2:10 pm
Current Moon Phase: Waning Crescent
Illumination: 23.8%

timeanddate.com

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Moon Phase Calendar for December 2, 2018

Current Moon Phase: Waning Crescent

Moon is Currently In the Sign of Libra

Moon in Libra:
You might have a strong need for balance and harmony now. You probably desire to keep things “nice” rather than venturing into fundamental questions in order not to disturb the peace. You must learn to share your good and bad feelings. Do not be afraid to be who you really are, despite what is expected of you.

Organs influenced by Libra Moon Sign:
Organs: Kidney, ureter, urinary bladder, veins, skin as an organ of touch, pancreas, insulin, glucagon.

These organs are now more sensitive so provide them with extra care.

Surgical operations:
Surgical operations are recommended during the Waning Moon.

However, avoid surgeries of organs under the influence of the Moon Sign.

ASTROSEEK

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Best Days in December 2018

Below are the best days for activities, based on the Moon’s sign and phase in December.

Cutting hair:
1, 3, 29, 30

Quit Smoking:
5, 28

Traveling for pleasure:
25, 26
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MOON FOLKLORE
If a snowstorm begins when the Moon is young, it will cease at moonrise.

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Planetary Aspects for the Month of December

December 02, 07:34 pm – Sun square Mars
December 05, 05:21 pm – Sun square Neptune
December 06, 04:21 pm – Mercury Direct 27 16
December 07, 02:20 am – New Moon at 15 07
December 07, 09:11 am – Mars conjunct Neptune 13 44
December 15, 06:49 am – 1st Quarter Moon 23 26
December 16, 09:26 am – Venus sextile Saturn
December 17, 01:57 am – Mars sextile Pluto
December 20, 11:21 am – Sun trine Uranus
December 21, 12:11 pm – Venus trine Neptune
December 21, 12:36 pm – Mercury conjunct Jupiter 09 34
December 22, 12:48 pm – Full Moon at 00 49
December 24, 07:31 pm – Mercury square Neptune
December 28, 04:30 pm – Venus sextile Pluto
December 29, 04:34 am – 3rd Quarter Moon 07 36

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Today is Sunday, December 2

Traditionally, Sunday is the first day of the week. It is also known as the Lord’s Day from it original association with the Lord, that is, the Sun God, personified as Helios, Apollo, Ogmios, Mithras, and St. Elia. But in the Northern Tradition, the sun is seen as feminine, personified as the goddess known as Phoebe in East Anglia and Saule in eastern Europe. The sun rules the conscious element of the human being, the ego, the real self, and Sunday is the day on which this conscious power is at its most effective.

Deity: Sol

Zodiac Sign: Leo

Planet: Sun

Tree: Birch

Herb: Snakeroot

Stone: Ruby

Animal: Lion

Element: Fire

Color: Gold

Rune: Sigel

 

Celtic Tree Month of Ruis (Elder) (November 25 – December 22)

The Runic Half Month of Is (November 28 – December 12)

Goddess of the Month of Astraea

–The Pagan Book of Days
Nigel Pennick

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The Goddess Book of Days for Sunday, December 2nd

Hari Kugo, Broken Needles Festival in Japan, honoring women’s craft and women’s tools. Goddess Craftswomen are Spider Woman, Arachne, Athena, Neith, Amaterasu, Hera, Vega, Chih Nu. Some sources place this festival on February 7.

Goddesses Associated With Sunday

Sunne, Sol, Frau Sonne, Aditi, Igaehindvo, Amaterasu, Arinna, Izanami, Ochumare

–The Goddess Book of Days
Diane Stein

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On Sunday, December 2, We Celebrate…..

Pan-American Health Day (United States)
NINA

Themes: Health; Cooperation; Dreams; Magic; Mediation

Symbols: Lions; Fish; Serpent (her sacred animals)

About Nina: A very ancient mother goddess figure in Mesopotamia, Nina has many powers, including healing, herb magic, mediation, dream interpretation, and helping civilization along when needed. Today we will be focusing on her healthful attributes and knowledge of herbs to improve well-being for the winter months.

To Do Today: Pan-American Health Day focuses on worldwide cooperation in the public health field. On the home front, do everything possible to make your home and body healthy and strong. Beginning in your living space, wash the floors using sage water, and burn a sage smudge stick. This herb decreases germ infestation and is magically aligned with Nina’s energy. As you go through your home, carry a small bell and add this incantation:

Nina, come and make us well;
banish sickness with the ringing of this bell.

Ring the bell in each room at the end of the incantation. In many religious traditions, bells are considered to scare away the evil influences that cause sickness. To overcome a troublesome malady, put a picture of one of Nina’s sacred animals under your pillow to invoke a healing dream. This tradition is very old and sometimes results in healthful energy being conveyed through your dream, or in a dream that shows you what to do for a cure

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

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Magickal Work for Sunday

 Health
 Abundance
 Leadership
 Strength
 Ambition
 Individuality
 Authority
 Hope
 Joy
 Happiness
 Creativity

–A Spell Crafter’s Compendium
Terri Paajanen

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Sunday’s Associations

Taking its name from our closet star, the Sun, Sunday is the best day of the week to work magical involving fathers and other authority figures such as your boss. It is also a good day to work on questions regarding leadership, money, prosperity, and power.

Color: Yellow, gold

Planet: Sun

Deities: Brighid, Helios, Ra, Apollo

Crystals: Quartz, diamond, amber, carnelian

Herbs: Marigold, sunflower, cinnamon

Associations: Success, promotion, fame, wealth, prosperity

–Flying the Hedge

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Sunday’s Witchery

Those ambitious, successful spells and charms will be heightened by working on the day of the week that has the planetary influence of the sun. So light those sunny candles, wear some luminous colors, and break out the gold jewelry! Bake up some cinnamon rolls or low-fat cinnamon muffins for an enchanting family breakfast. Take an orange with you to eat at lunch today. Try using a little magickal aromatherapy and burn some cinnamon-scented incense to encourage success and wealth today. Make the talisman to keep your solar magick with you. Sprinkle some dried marigold petals around your house-or across the threshold-to pull triumph and protection toward you and your family.

Get outside and tip up your face to the sun. Take a walk outside, and soak up some sunshine! Acknowledge the power of Sunna or Helios as they blaze across the sky and bring courage and motivation into your life. Sit outside at sunrise on a Sunday morning and bask in its warm, rosy-golden glow Acknowledge Brigid as the inner, creative spark of imagination and inspiration. She can help these gifts burn brightly within your own soul. Use your imagination and create your own brand of witchery and magick. Here comes the sun, and it’s your turn to shine!

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

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The Witches Almanac for Sunday, December 2nd

Republic Day (Laotian)

Waning Moon

Moon phase: Fourth Quarter

Moon Sign: Libra

Incense: Marigold

Color: Orange

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Correspondences for Sunday, December 2

Magickal Intentions: Growth, Advancements, Enlightenment, Rational Thought, Exorcism, Healing, Prosperity, Hope, Exorcism, Money

Incense: Lemon, Frankincense

Planet: Sun

Sign: Leo

Angel: Michael

Colors: Gold, Yellow, Orange and White

Herbs/Plants: Marigold, Heliotrope, Sunflower, Buttercup, Cedar, Beech, Oak

Stones: Carnelian, Citrine, Tiger’s Eye, Amber, Clear Quartz and Red Agate

Oil: (Sun) Cedar, Frankincense, Neroli, Rosemary

The first day of the week is ruled by the Sun. It is an excellent time to work efforts involving business partnerships, work promotions, business ventures, and professional success.

Spells where friendships, mental or physical health, or bringing joy back into life are an issue work well on this day, too

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Sunday is Ruled by the Sun

Sunday corresponds to the sun, our closest star. This day is full of wonder and all sorts of magical potential for success, wealth, and fame. Sundays are for personal achievements of any kind such as working towards a promotion at your job, seeking fame and wealth, or being acknowledged for a job well done. All of these goals fall under the golden influence of the sun. Some suggestions for Sunday enchantments would include:

Sitting outside at sunrise and calling on the goddess Brigid for illumination and inspiration

Wearing gold jewelry or clothing that is gold or sunshine yellow to pull some color magic into your life

Arranging a few sunflowers in a vase and empowering these “flowers of the sun” for fame and ambition

Gathering up the common marigold flower and scattering it’s petals about to encourage prosperity

Baking up a batch of cinnamon rolls for the family and enchanting them for health and success

Snacking on a solar fruit, the orange, and enjoying the magical boost it brings to your life

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The Energy of the Sun

The planetary energy of the Sun is stimulating and warm. It encourages growth and expansion as well as general good feelings all around. It may be used for magick related to the growth of anything; career, family, public influence, wealth, the garden, friendships, love, general abundance, employment opportunities, business. Because the Sun shines down on the whole world, and thus sees everything that happens, the Sun’s planetary energy is occasionally used to find objects as well as protecting us from deception or being “kept in the dark”. Looking at the Sun’s universality in a different way, this energy can be used to find a common thread (we’re all warmed by the same Sun) to encourage new friendships and partnerships and reconciliation where existing ones are threatened.

Many things that correspond to the planetary energy of the Sun also correspond to the elemental energy of Fire.

Healing

The sun is associated with the heart, circulatory system, the spinal cord and the thymus gland.

Solar Minerals

Metal Gold

Crystals/Stones

Yellow, red and particularly bright, shiny crystals and stones tend to correspond to the energy of the Sun. diamond, ruby, chrysolite, yellow topaz, citrine, red garnet, chrysoprase and amber- fossilized tree sap said to contain the energy of the Sun as metabolized by the tree. Corundum and yellow Tiger’s Eye show sparkling designs that remind one of the sun and of course, there is sunstone.

Crystals and metals that correspond to the planetary energy of the Sun can be worn, carried or placed on the body to encourage healing or to draw planetary energies ruled by the sun, such as abundance to the individual. They may also be used to create a gem elixir and ingested, assuming they do not contain toxic materials. Crystals can be placed in a location to draw the desired energies to your home, place of business or vehicle as desired, placed on the altar, held, or gazed upon to enhance energies being raised during spellwork or other focusing and manifesting exercises.

Solar Plants and herbs

Plants that resemble the sun in shape or color, that open during the day and close at night, that follow the sun’s movements during the day, and those plants that are traditionally associated with the winter solstice as well as those that provide winter nourishment when fresh plants are unavailable, such as grains and nuts. Physically, edible Sun plants tend to encourage a feeling of warm satisfaction and medicinal plants affect the heart. sunflower, calendula, marigold, daylily, orange, citron, saffron, pine, mistletoe, rosemary, buttercup, heliotrope, bay laurel, daisy, walnut, acorn, maize, wheat, hops, cloves, cinnamon

Herbs can be incorporated into magick by placing them on the altar in the form of fresh flowers or dried potpourri or incorporated into incense to enhance energies raised during spellwork and ritual of a solar nature. They can also be carried or worn in a pouch or placed in an area to attract these energies. An herbal floor wash will infuse an area with the desired energies, or this may be accomplished via fumigation. Edible plants can be consumed as part of a meal or as part of an elixir or other herbal preparation. Those herbs that are skin-safe can be added to massage oils or fragrance sprays and ritual baths. Whole herbs or essential oils may be used.

*Incense* cinnamon, clove, pine, citrus, Benzoin, Pine, Frankincense, Labdanum, Olibanum

Sun fragrances are generous and, to me, home sweet home types of smells, with the exception of a few, which have “special occasion” feels to me. The sorts of smells that fill a temple, or the house on a day when lots of company is coming.

Days and Holidays

The Winter Solstice is the day most strongly associated with Solar Energy, though it peaks at the Summer Solstice, it declines thereafter.

Sunday is the Sun’s day.

Zodiac Leo is ruled by the sun.

Other Solar Correspondences

Animals Lion, Sparrowhawk, Griffin, hawk

While animal parts are used for magick in many traditions, they can be difficult or impossible to obtain and some animals are endangered, though you may find using feathers and fur of local animals to be feasible, using important bits of animals that aren’t already raised and slaughtered for food isn’t within the reach or moral compass of most modern witches. Using live animals subjects animals to discomfort and fear and is also not recommended. However, images of animals have a long history of use in magic and images of animals are quite easy to obtain as 2D pictures and 3D sculptures. If you are artistic, the very act of creating these images can help you more closely attune to their energy.

Colors

Orange, amber, gold, yellow, red

Many magic-users bring color into their working through their choice of colored candles, altar cloth and other items placed on the altar. If you wish to bring solar energy into your daily life, you may choose corresponding colors for your clothing or even chose paint, curtains and carpet colors to draw solar energy into your space.

Magick Prosperity, wealth, wealth, growth, confidence, clarity, commonality, abundance, truth, harmony, partnerships.

—Witchipedia

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Sunday and the Perfect Corresponding Spell

Sunday

Finally, it’s Sunday, the official day of rest. Not only do Christians acknowledge this day but I’m sure many pagans appreciate this day, as well. Everyone needs rest and a lot of people need a good day to worship their creator (whomever or whatever that may be), however they deem fit to do so. With the Sun being the central theme of many ancient rituals, Sunday just seems to fit, in name and theory.

Sunday Pagan Worship

What you will need:
Your voice
Your body
1 bell (optional)

Find a quiet, private area, without distraction. Sit down in a comfortable position. Take a few, slow, deep breaths. Allow your body to become very relaxed. When you have done this, if you brought a bell, ring it seven times. Allow the last ring to resonate throughout your body. If you have something you want to say, to God or The Goddess, now would be a good time to do this. When you are finished, say this prayer or chant:

“I know there is a higher
being than me.
I am not alone.
You are with me,
Day and night.
You’ve rode the lows
And watched the heights.
If angels are real,
I’m sure to have a guardian.
I am so thankful
And so grateful for your hand.
You’ve blessed me.
You’ve fed me
You’ve quenched my thirst
And even dressed me.
A ‘man,
A ‘man,
And Blessed Be.”

When you are finished, ring the bell seven more times, to end the ceremony

The Modern Day Spellbook: A Collection of Spells for the Modern Day Witch
R. Marten

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TEA

Some of the best magick is also the simplest. Take tea, for instance. The Japanese make a ritual of preparing the perfect pot of green tea because they understand the power of mixing herbs and ceremony. And while the Japanese might design their ritual to achieve a calm oasis in a hectic day, Witches can combine herbs with magickal lore and focused intent to create teas that are a powerful magick in their own right.

Obviously, not all herbs are equally suited to making a magickal tea. I wouldn’t advise, for instance, a nice steaming cup of deadly nightshade tea, charming though that may sound. (And no, you can’t serve it to your mother-in-law either; remember, harm none.)

But there are plenty of herbs you may think of as traditional herbal teas that also have magickal properties you can take advantage of by adding a little ritual to your daily tea ceremony.

So how do you take plain old herbal tea and make it magickal? Simple, really. As with other magickal uses of herbs, if at all possible use the fresh plant. If you must use dried, try to get it from a good source.

Then heat your water and fix your magickal goal firmly in your mind. You may want to mix more than one herb (bergamot and ginger for prosperity, for instance) to increase the power of your magick or recite a spell to give it extra oomph. If possible, use a pretty teapot or mug. Place your herbs in a tea ball or loose in your container, and slowly pour the water over them. As the herbs steep, concentrate on your goal and envision the steam from the water carrying your intentions up to the gods.

Finally, drink your tea slowly and thoughtfully while focusing all your intent on whatever it is you hope to achieve.

(And don’t forget about that other magickal use of tea: the reading of tea leaves for divination. tion. I see great things in your future … )

–Everyday Witch A to Z: An Amusing, Inspiring & Informative Guide to the Wonderful World of Witchcraft
Deborah Blake

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Ten Terrific Teas

Here are ten of the herbs that I recommend for use in magickal teas. They are all easy to find and taste good, too! (Of course, my favorite is catnip. What’s yours?)

Bergamot-Use for prosperity, peace, and restful sleep. Hint: bergamot is what flavors Earl Grey tea.

Catnip-Not just for Fluffy, catnip can be used for love, luck, and peace. It is also used medicinally to help with sleep, but you will probably have to fight your familiar for it, which will undoubtedly wake you right back up again.

Chamomile-Use for prosperity, meditation, peace, and sleep. Also good for settling an upset tummy-just ask Peter Rabbit…

Dandelion-Use to aid in divination and calling spirits. And no, dandelion wine is not the same as dandelion tea … although if you drank enough of it you would probably see all sorts of spirits.

Elderberry-Use for prosperity and protection, especially against negative forces. It also is great when you are fighting a cold, a negative force if I ever saw one.

Ginger-Use for prosperity, power, success, love, energy, courage, and sex magick. The Chinese consider ginger to be a “heating” herb, as opposed to a “cooling” one, and you can see how this would translate into all its magickal uses. Ginger is also used medicinally for digestive upset and to treat colds.

Lemon-Use for purification, to help boost energy, and in healing. You can use dried lemon peel or just squeeze the juice from a fresh lemon into hot water. It has lots of vitamin C, which helps with healing, and is often added to cleaning solutions because of its ability to purify and cleanse.

Lemon balm-Use for purification, prosperity, and peace. Decorative and easy to grow-as the name balm, which means “soothing,” would indicate-this plant is used medicinally to calm and ease sleep. Lemon balm is a native Mediterranean herb dedicated to the goddess Diana.

Peppermint-Use for love, lust, energy, and purification and as a mental stimulant.

Rose-Use for love, beauty, psychic power, protection, peace, and sex. Rose tea is usually made from rosehips, which are the fruit of the rose bush (and high in vitamin Q. You can also use the petals.

These are just a small sampling of the many herbs that can be made into magickal teas; there are literally hundreds more that can be used (although not all of them will taste as good as those listed above-sage tea, for instance, tastes just awful). Keep in mind that not all herbs are safe to take internally, and that even those that are might cause an allergic reaction if you are the sensitive type. If you’re not certain of an herb’s safety, do your research first, drink second. Also, use caution if you are collecting herbs in the wild-some perfectly safe herbs look an awful lot like their poisonous cousins.

–Everyday Witch A to Z: An Amusing, Inspiring & Informative Guide to the Wonderful World of Witchcraft
Deborah Blake

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Spirit Message of the Day – Remember Your Happily Ever After

Once Upon a Time…

“we took a journey that led us through a forest of self-discovery. It was here where we encountered the wolves, monsters, fairies, and all those things that helped to define who we are and where we were going. And now we have finally arrived.”

SYMBOLS AND MEANING
“We can see the castle on the horizon. It shines like a beacon and heralds the end of a long journey well traveled. Through the tangle of the roots and trees, the calmness of the reflecting waters welcomes the traveler to a more placid place, where light and dark integrate and synthesize into greater awareness. The castle represents the anima of knowledge. Access to these offerings of wisdom is the ultimum reward. There are all manner of spirits hidden within the elements, ready to assist us through our path to maturation. They represent collected wisdom and can only be discerned if our hearts and minds are open to receiving their messages.”

“The flying birds symbolize the spirit. They are launching themselves from the safety of their nests and into the multifaceted splendor of the golden castle. They represent transcendence and the ability to balance mind and spirit. The serene water is the unconscious fully mirroring consciousness, representing the balance between the physical body and our spiritual essence. The outside of the castle represents the physical place of conscious thoughts, while the interior supports the unconscious, collective unconscious, and spiritual matters.”

“The wild woods in the foreground contrast the softness of the clouds and are a reconciliation of opposites. The branches represent the earthly plane and physical reality of our being against infinite, ever-changing layers of the world beyond. Together they compose the wholeness of the universe.

By traveling through dark forests and encountering creatures and spirits, we have the opportunity to expand ourselves in ways we did not necessarily think possible. We have been provided lessons through innumerable situations that feed into our psyches and help us become more attentive to our conscious thought processes. Through it all we have learned to follow our intuition and to listen to a deeper part of ourselves that has finally brought us to happily ever after. We can only attain ‘wholeness’ once the shadow, omni present in our journeys, has been confronted and integrated into the psyche.

YOUR MESSAGE
“We have arrived at happily ever after. We have full integrated the many and often complicated elements of our being and have eyes wide open to the illuminative power of wholeness. We embrace the multivalent layers of our inner life and can now appreciate the treasures that lie within.”
Today’s message is from The Fairy Tale Tarot by Lisa Hunt.

REMEMBER YOUR BLISS
If for only a moment – imagine right now- this is your happily ever after. You have everything you’ve always wanted. How does it feel? Where are you? What are you doing? Whom are you with? What are you thinking? Sit quietly for a minute. Remember these thoughts and knowlingly carry this feeling with you tomorrow. Watch what you’ve just imagined come to life right before your eyes. Transcend. Align your will with your desire. Remember your bliss and find your happily ever after…again.

—Spiritblogger’s Blog

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Witch Tip #118 For Sunday, December 2nd

Before you give anyone a gift, cleanse and charge the object you are gifting with positive energy and luck for the recipient. Two gifts in one!

Witch Tips : The Essential Guide to Contemporary Witchcraft
A. Rayne

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Daily Incantation & Enchantments for December 2nd

A Wish Fulfillment Spell

I wish this, with all of my heart. A new day, a new way, and a fresh start. Grant me my wish, my gratitude shows, A magical response and my desires juxtaposed. *Repeat your wish three times and remain focused that it will come true. Give it time. And above all else… BELIEVE!

—The Power of Positive Witchcraft: Daily Incantations & Enchantments: A Spell a Day for 30 Days
Garden Summerland

December 2018 Ascension Energies – The Power of Love

The accompanying video to this article can be found here.

November Review

November brought some deep change to relationships — a core aspect of duality, since the experience of separation is physically based.

It’s not the whole story, of course. Our evolution is into conscious interaction with the invisible connection that nurtures the experience of separation. This is how we relate (connect) with life.

November’s Venus retrograde helped us reshape, review and renew our conscious interactions. Hopefully yours was smooth. It offered the choice to evolve in the flow of more Love or not. Even a “not” stirs opportunity for new choice. I had plenty of “opportunities” in November. ;o)

Strengthening Your Structure

As 2018, the Year of Amplification, spirals to a close, December offers a powerful upgrade to your foundation of Love. It’s been quite an intense year energetically. That’s ultimately a good thing, but you may have felt the whirlwind of change from time to time.

Overall 2018 was about amplifying your Merkabah structure so that the Lightbody is spiraling/spinning at a higher frequency. This expands your conscious connection beyond the bandwidth of the physical senses. This is Ascension.

We have been diligently rewiring the heart/mind connection since 2013. 2018 brought this to another level energetically, as universal laws are starting to apply more directly into our lives. That is a natural progression of Ascension.

There was a lot of throat chakra and heart chakra readjustment throughout the year. They weren’t the only changes of course, just a lot of reworking of the interaction of the two, as the throat chakra transformed it’s flow. Time to speak up in Love.

For those with an upgraded energy system (yes, that’s you) these changes are mostly exciting. Your focus and capability of connection with the subtle realm—the stargate of Love—is coming online more and more. You are anchoring a profound subtle energy (Love) through your interaction with life.

Your bridge of Light nurtures new choice.

This is why Areon has been saying more than normal—get your energy into your life. Choose more. Love more.

Becoming grounded in your empowered wholeness is a journey because it requires readjustment to your experience of physicality. Change is always good, even if it’s not always easy. It’s been a powerful year.

Loving the December Energies

The energies of December, The Power of Love, feel somewhat introspective and yet flowing. It feels like an amplification of the separation of self and all outside of the self, but in a positive way—more detached compassion available.

Your work of expansion is to see the invisible connection and let your Love-flow discover new opportunities. The Lightbody amplification of 2018 is spiraling you into a new level of creativity and responsibility. These two energies are two sides of the same coin.

When you create, you change. You are “owning” more of yourself, your experience, your interaction with life. This is imperative at this time as the world shifts its balance into more Love or more control.

As you amplify your Love, you are shifting the information in the vast subtle field that builds this world. That when Love starts leading.

Your Love becomes the bridge of Light for others to also connect to new potential.

Love in the human experience is not just bliss yet. If you’re experiencing bliss, amplify it. If you’re experiencing heart break, fear or sorrow—let it flow into the transformation that it is meant to be. Your empowered compassion.

Minding Your Heart

Amplify the mind/heart connection that supports new perceptions. Your brilliant mind helps you discover the path of the heart in the physical realm. December amplifies this through your power of Love.

As we prepare to move into 2019, we are culminating this powerful year of deep change with a focus on the great connector—Love.

Over a decade ago, I had an out-of-body experience where I met the energy of Kryon (an energy channeled by Lee Carroll). Kryon said, “Your power is great, Jamye.”

I got a deep download with that single sentence. It has guided the way I experience life and sharing my passion for Ascension.

It’s not just a power that I was granted by Life that others don’t have.

It’s the power of Love.

It’s in everyone.

It will manifest in unique ways in each—one will create art, another loves science, another is a caretaker, etc.

The only thing that matters is how much we are using our Love. That’s where our real choice is.

Amplify Your Powerful Love

Sometimes in the face of adversity, it’s not easy to Love. Sometimes time and space provide the crucible of change needed to transform pain into new choice. Sometimes you surprise yourself with your capacity to Love more.

No matter how small the effort seems, it makes a huge quantum difference in this world. December seals this year with a kiss as we amplify the Power of Love. Peace on Earth. Goodwill to all. Even the meanies. They just forgot how to Love in the midst of pain.

December is preparing us to spiral to the next level. Areon is calling 2019 the year of…watch the video to find out. Oh no – I just became one of the meanies! ;o) Seriously, it’s in the December video—a little suspense is fun. I’m really excited about next year’s energies. Areon has  always said Life is fail-safed toward Love. 2019 is preparing us to live it!

Happy December. I hope your holidays are magnificent!

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December’s Multi-Dimensional Energies

Aloha beautiful Star-Light BEing Family!

What a POWERFUL month it was…. and continues to BE as we roll right into December and mega-wattage Energies too! High high high frequencies …. singing, harmonizing, lifting, expanding and just completely dissolving all old anything…. poof! Gone. ♥

Unity Consciousness…. Multi-Dimensionality… Quantum Realities…. this natural and organic evolution of our beLOVEd Gaia and HUmaNITY, OUT OF the unconscious realms/frequency bandwidths of amnesia … to RETURN to much higher states of consciousness… is off the charts now.  Lifting and expanding out of/beyond the veils once held within/vibrationally by each.

These Ultra-High Divine Cosmic Photonic Plasma Crystalline Frequencies & Harmonics ♫♫♫ Streaming 24/7 … are accelerating DNA and template/reality re-writes more powerfully than ever before.

Today, off the charts again…. tuning and harmonizing so strongly… it’s like “wow”, when we “think” we couldn’t go any higher (not really, just words), we not only do, we go wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy higher and higher and higher again.

Remember that acclimating and full integration is key in mastering and maintaining Divine Quantum flow…..

All of this linear year of 2018, has been a pre-cursor, leading up to this December passageway and StarGates, focused on syncing up Individual and Collective 12D Templates with Gaia’s/Universally/Cosmically….. to move all into the next phases as we anchor much higher dimensional realities in/through us here.

These are such exciting opportunities for each now…. to awaken, transcend, ascend and embody, by embracing what’s always available through our wide open hearts, minds and LightBodies…. and UNITY CONSCIOUSNESS…. where LOVE is all that matters….. ♥

The December Energy Update is here, as well as other updates too. It’s such a JOY to do all of these things with you and to see sooooo many excited and fulfilling much higher purposes/roles through Unity LOVE too!  ♥

Keep honoring your physical LightBody and you. As you fully support it, it will support you. ♥

Magical Blessings and immense Love from Kauai,

♥ Lisa ♥

p.s. Every 11/11 Gateway kicks off my “Gatekeeper Sabbatical” where all of my focus shifts to our highest priorities over “doing for everyone”, which shifts how I share/write/support/provide. We always go through “role changes” with these too, and because our Gatekeeper Roles take precedence, it takes more for us to manage all and maintain, while anchoring, integrating and bringing forth that which is important for us all. This continues through the 1/11 (minimally) …  As always, we announce, share and support appropriately along the way. ♥

Three fortuitous sky alignments greet you in the early hours as the moon in Libra makes a supportive, 60-degree alliance with the sun in Sagittarius (12:32am) and then moves on to form its monthly rendezvous with problem-solver Pallas (2:49am). Meanwhile, Mars and Juno provide a boost for creating harmony in key relationships via an inspirational, 72-degree liaison (3:06am). However, a trio of celestial naysayers tries to ruffle everyone’s feathers as Mercury makes an off-kilter, 150-degree link to rebellion-prone Uranus (2:17am), the sun parallels underworld-chieftain Pluto (3:26pm) and then the solar orb squares off with the red planet Mars (4:35pm). Therefore, the ouch-factor is present throughout this 24-hour time-period and your job is to be a tower of strength for needy dear ones. Adding some extra mystery and secrecy to love ties is Venus re-entering Scorpio (9:03am) until January 7, 2019.

[Note to readers: All times are calculated as Pacific Standard Time. Be sure to adjust all times according to your own local time so the alignments noted above will be exact for your location.]

Copyright 2018 Mark Lerner & Great Bear Enterprises, Ltd. 

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Your Cosmic Weather Forecast for December

Jane Lyle, Astrologer

From The Astrology Room

Welcome to December 2018. December’s astrology offers us plenty of imagination, practicality and emotion to unpack.

This is a month of planets in the fire, earth and water signs. December moves fast up until the Solstice on 21st December. Once the Sun is in Capricorn, things begin to slow down over the holidays, and a more serious mood emerges. The Solstice is the right time to find some tranquil moments, light a candle and just be still. Even if only for a little while…..

With no planets (except the Moon) travelling in air signs, those airy festive fairies of Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius are elusive this year. Passion, sensuousness, and humour will tend to win out over cool-headed communications and rational analyses this month, and for much of January, 2019.

For Aries, Leo and Sagittarius – the Fire Signs:

The Sun, Mercury and Jupiter are in sociable Sagittarius. Uranus is back for the final time in fiery, impulsive Aries.

*Mercury’s most useful gift arrives early, on 6th December, when the planet of travel, media, tricks and communication turns forward again.

All our travel plans still need extra care though – Mercury (briefly in Scorpio) is arguing with disruptive Uranus until Wednesday 12th December, and then squaring off to discombobulating Neptune just before Christmas Day itself. Surprises, or a sudden turn of events, could scramble our holiday plans.

*December’s big cosmic boost from messenger Mercury and jolly Jupiter will be right on the Winter Solstice, 21st December. This one looks to be quite something. It’s at 9 degrees Sagittarius, aligning with the Watcher of the West, fixed star Antares.

Antares is a very potent, important star. It’s also known as the Heart of the Scorpion. Antares denotes success, but some kind of journey to the underworld and back again is always involved. This could be through an intense experience, or a psychological trip into your personal subconscious. Some kind of underworld beckons. Antares is also closely associated with news about nuclear energy.

So, do watch out for the days around this December event – they’ll more than likely be brimming over with intense news, passion, and major announcements. If you have planets at around 9-11 degrees in your own natal chart, this could herald important personal news for you, too.

*Jupiter in Sagittarius is surely Father Christmas in some of his many guises. For, just like Jupiter, Secret Santa is a shape-shifter.

He’s a Siberian shaman, flying high on magic mushrooms, and attended by sprites and elves on the inner planes. He’s Odin, galloping aloft on his magical horse in the dark December skies. He’s a close friend of the Holly King of pagan tradition, and somewhere or other he’s kindly St. Nicholas and jolly Sir Christmas too. And like Jupiter in Sagittarius, which is mostly lucky and wondrous, Santa Claus has a devilishly dark side called Krampus. Yes, you better watch out! He knows when you’ve been good or bad……

Santa – and Jupiter – contribute much more than just a sense of fun to this holiday season. Jupiter is radiating goodwill and a sense of adventure from his home in Sagittarius until next December. When Jupiter activates your own natal horoscope it’s time to be more expansive and open. How and where will depend upon the planets and houses involved for you personally.

*Gemini, Libra and Aquarius can all benefit from these planets in fire too, so they aren’t totally missing out during the Yuletide season’s astrology. The astrological element of air is, in fact, mostly absent until 20th January, when the Sun enters Aquarius. Meantime, air signs can enjoy an energising, imaginative and fiery boost to their dreams and plans.

For Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces – the Water Signs:

*Venus returns to Scorpio again on Sunday 2nd December, retracing her September and October path and perhaps reawakening deep thoughts and feelings we had then.

Venus is in new Scorpio territory just before the Solstice.
Fresh thoughts on love, friendship, money and fashion begin to emerge – it could all get very spiritual and romantic for some of us around Friday 21st December. Venus meets Neptune then for some intensely misty enchantment. There may be tears before bedtime, but the festive season always has many intricate emotional layers – and I can’t be the only person who’s welled up when watching certain Christmas ads!

*Mars is in musical, intuitive Pisces all month.

Christmas ghost stories, heavenly choirs, and supernatural Yuletide beings are extra energised between Sunday 2nd – Saturday 8th December, when Mars meets Neptune in Pisces. These are also days to be extra vigilant around your cash, online scams, and smooth-talking would-be lovers or salesmen.  Fishy? Yes indeed.

*Neptune often represents a glamorous magician, or spiritual guru. This can be a misty, even delusional astrological influence, fond of mind-altering drugs, alcohol, and deception.

But Neptune has a kind-hearted side too. Astrological aspects involving Neptune this month can prompt us to give something back to our community, spend a little time helping others, or decide to donate to our local food bank or favourite charity.

For Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn – the Earth Signs:

*Serious Saturn and enigmatic Pluto are in earthy Capricorn now and on into 2019. They’re joined there by the Sun on 21st December.

This Sea Goat trio mean that business, finance, government and security are issues we can’t completely ignore during December. They’ll push their message home in January for sure, aided and abetted by a potent solar eclipse in Capricorn on 6th January. All this activity supports serious ambition, hard work, and practicality. It doesn’t wear a party hat though.

However, let’s give sober old Saturn, ruler of Capricorn, a holiday break too. December brings echoes of the Saturnalia, which was a wild party in the Ancient Roman world.

The Saturnalia celebrated the god Saturn, freeing him from his usual chains of responsibility. It brought days on end of bawdy fun, games, gift-giving and carnival. Capricorns can have a dour astrological reputation these days, yet deep inside each and every Sea Goat there are, most assuredly, some Saturnalian vibes in their cosmic DNA.

The Yule Goat is another festive pagan figure. Capricorn, the Yule Goat, is still alive and full of mischief in Scandinavia – as you can see in this photo from Charles Freger’s fantastic ‘Wilder Mann’ portfolio and book.

Friday, 21st December 2018:

The Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice 2018 brings us to the year’s final turning point, and the official start of winter. For thousands of years it’s always been a moment to pause, in the heart of darkness, and wait for the renewal of the Sun’s light.

This year, a heartfelt full Moon in Cancer rises on the following evening, Saturday (Saturn’s day) 22nd December.

So it’s a particularly powerful Solstice moment for all of us this year, rich with symbolism and fresh potential.

The Sun and Moon sit on the annual Solstice points – 0 degrees of Cancer (Moon) and 0 degrees of Capricorn (Sun). Each point is a seasonal portal, a pivot in the year – with the others falling at the Equinoxes in March and September. Each and every one of these is a turning point.

This December Solstice looks particularly energising though, with meaningful messages for all of us, plus an opportunity to release deep emotions at the full Moon in her own sign, Cancer.

There are tender, loving feelings and celestial music from Venus and Neptune.

There’s important news from Jupiter, Mercury and Antares in Sagittarius.

Saturn, ruler of the Solstice Sun, is beginning to make a helpful, productive aspect to Neptune – favouring ancient mystics and long-lasting artistic and charitable projects now, and in 2019.

And the mighty Sun, poised for rebirth, is channelling all manner of excitement and upheavals courtesy of a flowing link to electrifying Uranus in Aries.

If ever there was a year for a Solstice ritual of some kind, this is probably it.

‘Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening’ by Robert Frost

Whose woods these are I think I know.

His house is in the village though;

He will not see me stopping here

To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer

To stop without a farmhouse near

Between the woods and frozen lake

The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake

To ask if there is some mistake.

The only other sound’s the sweep

Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,

But I have promises to keep,

And miles to go before I sleep,

And miles to go before I sleep.

And, finally, it’s Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the Astrology Room! Wishing you peace, love, and all good things in 2019……

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Your Weekly Love Horoscopes for December 3

Sarah Bartlett, Astrologer

From The Astrology Room

Although Mercury’s retrograde movement may have held up our plans or given us a few sleepless nights, this contrary planet now turns stationary direct.

As it gradually gathers speed to move on again through Scorpio, it reminds us that the time we had to revise our desires or review our romantic needs, was much needed space in the crowded house of life.

 

ARIES

This week, single or attached, there’s a feeling of a new departure in a love relationship.  At last, you can make a commitment to real, passionate love. Try it, and see the magical results of that kind of self-awareness. When honesty replaces self-deceit, then the love you seek will come to you.

TAURUS

With Venus moving into your love angle, it’s time to experience each moment for what it is, rather than rush on to the next one. With Mercury’s changing influence, it would also be a shame to lose out on one person’s desire for you at the expense of that common complaint called, ‘fear of commitment.’

GEMINI

As the sun and Jupiter move on through your opposite sign, you realise that you don’t have to give up your independence to gain love. OK, there may be compromises to be made, but that’s the reality you’re faced with now. As much as you want the perfect romance, you know that for any human being to live up to that ideal is a pretty tall order. Including yourself.

CANCER

Mercury’s slow change of direction is making you think back to the past, both with moments of regret, and others with joy. Thoughts like, how it might have been if you hadn’t met so and so; how it would have been if you’d acted differently? Enjoy a bout of nostalgia and wishful thinking, but more importantly start reviving your romantic future.

LEO

We all think we know who we are, but who are we really? In truth, what are our fears, worries and vulnerabilities?  Believe in yourself and accept yourself for who you are. And then, if you’re satisfied with yourself, you have pleased the harshest judge of all and someone else will truly love you for who you are too.

VIRGO

You’re on a quest to finally make a commitment with the one you love. The planets are reminding you, that someone is to be applauded and embraced with open arms. If attached, there’s a chance to redeem the romantic part of yourself. Time to taste your freedom on the winds of change.

LIBRA

You’re feeling quite confused about whether it’s now or never to take the plunge.  Of course the crunch comes if you want someone to move out of your life, or move right into it. And that’s why, this week, even though Mercury is moving forward again, don’t make any decisions for a week or so. Then, with a little careful reflection and forethought you’ll know exactly what to say.

SCORPIO

Mercury’s change of direction in your sign is preparing you for romantic results. At last, you can begin to communicate with real mutual understanding and honesty. It seems things are how you want them to be. But commitment? The price you might have to pay is high, but then again, you do adore buying into something that could be worth more than the rarest diamond, don’t you?

SAGITTARIUS

With the sun and Jupiter in your own sign, it’s understandable you’re ready for unprecedented action and sorting out the wheat from the sheaf. At last, you’re ready to learn what it is you fear about love and what it is you can make out of it.  We often end up mastering the thing that we fear the most, and discover that it could be the answer to long-term happiness.

CAPRICORN

As a motivated Earth sign, you have a restless desire to either change your lifestyle or your love life. But do you want your partner or someone new to be part of this venture?  Heading for the hills may be an option that you can’t resist, so this week, be true to you, but don’t run from those who really love you.

AQUARIUS

Most Aquarians are often secretly needy – in the sense, they need to make it clear they may have their own sense of identity and ambitions, but they actually need a good friend or shoulder to cry on too.  This week, the gentler side of your personality will shine.  In fact, being sweetness and light will get you further along the pathway to love’s success than you imagine.

PISCES

Pisces aren’t exactly renowned for being pillars of society, in fact you’re the one sign of the zodiac who is more than likely to get led astray by a total stranger than anyone else.  This week, Mars and Neptune’s conjunction in your own sign, will lure you down the wild road to random encounters, and one such unexpected meeting will give you reason to be cheerful.

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The Daily Horoscopes for Sunday, December 2

Jennifer Angel

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Venus moves to Scorpio to join Mercury – a day to speak from your heart

Aries MARCH 21-APRIL 19
As Venus moves to Scorpio, it’s a time that inspires you to set goals for next year, especially for your personal life. Spend the weekend learning more about some of the things that could help you progress. Don’t be afraid to try something new, it could result in you meeting interesting people and having remarkable experiences. Life’s full of opportunities that are yours for the taking.

Taurus APRIL 20-MAY 20
If you find yourself constantly the one dealing with another’s crises, even if they are not your concern, it can still be unsettling. Some people love to be in the center of a drama and thrive on it; you, on the other hand, do not. Perhaps it’s time to weigh the benefits of this kind of tumultuous association and decide to part company.

Gemini MAY 21-JUNE 20
There’s still a lot you have to do before year’s end. With Venus moving to your work area, life’s about to get hectic and you’ll need to organize your schedule to keep up with all the demands. To begin 2019 efficiently, tie up all the remaining loose ends this year. But don’t knock yourself out trying; focus on your highest priorities.

Cancer JUNE 21-JULY 22
There can be changes at work, and if so, then use the weekend to think through which of the people want the best for you and which don’t. You’ll instinctively know when someone stretches the truth. Don’t expend your energy on them; use it to figure out a way you can best start working toward the career you want in a few years’ time.

Leo JULY 23-AUG. 22
This weekend can highlight what’s most important, especially when it concerns money but, since it is changeable energy, be ready to suddenly revise your plans. You thrive when you learn new things; sadly, not everyone can offer you the intellectual challenge you seek. But when you find people who fulfill your needs, your life can flourish.

Virgo AUG. 23-SEPT. 22
Don’t get caught in the holiday shopping fever madness. You may not be able to control all financial matters, but it’s wise to avoid impulsive spending. The planetary energy in your family zone this weekend can set off a long overdue dialogue that can be very freeing when you get to the bottom of a situation.

Libra SEPT. 23-OCT. 22
When you meet someone new, try to figure out if that person appreciates you as the sincere honest person you are or sees only what you have to offer. Being astute, it shouldn’t take you long. Don’t spend this weekend worrying about work. With Venus and Uranus turning their light on your love zone, prepare to enjoy a romantic encounter.

Scorpio OCT. 23-NOV. 21
No matter how much money you currently have, it’s not an endless supply. During the holidays, you might find yourself maxing out your credit cards, which could be a big mistake. With Venus moving to your sign, this is a very important time for you financially and the best choice would most likely be to aim for moderation.

Sagittarius NOV. 22-DEC. 21
This weekend, try to de-stress from recent events. The connection between Venus and Uranus can cause relationships to become unsettled, and that’s on your mind, too. All things considered, you deserve to have some fun. But be ready to face new challenges as well.

Capricorn DEC. 22-JAN. 19
Nobody comes close to having your common sense; you resolve problems quickly and easily, gaining the respect from all involved. However, as several things influence your chart now, you could find your normal logic is replaced with an emotional viewpoint when it comes to both work and family.

Aquarius JAN. 20-FEB. 18
It’s alright to do something impetuous this weekend, after all it is the holiday season, and a perfect time to go out and network. Not every moment of your life needs to be planned, where’s the fun in that! Put your best self out there on the social zone and you can make contacts now to follow up in the new year.

Pisces FEB. 19-MARCH 20
There’s a chance for you to get a fresh start with relationships during this time. The energy also can make you more impulsive than usual, so try to keep your urge for spontaneity in check. Keep in mind that rash decisions can have long-lasting repercussions

–Jennifer Angel

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Get A Jump on Tomorrow….

Your Daily Horoscopes for Monday, December 3

Jennifer Angel, Astrologer

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Moon and Venus connection in Scorpio unveils your emotions.

Aries MARCH 21-APRIL 19
As the changeable Moon connects with Venus, somebody could help resolve a sensitive financial situation. Be open to discussing different options and a recent problem could be settled or, if not, at least you may feel differently about it. Often, things happen when the time is right.

Taurus APRIL 20-MAY 20
An awkward situation can be ignored for only so long; eventually, you’ll have to deal with it. And with the Moon and Venus connecting, the combined energy can open the door to have a sensitive discussion to set things right. Schedule a time and plan what to say.

Gemini MAY 21-JUNE 20
While others may be concentrating on the holidays, this week you might be making plans to move ahead at work. Keep your emotions in check; remember, business is business and, no matter how well you know someone, maintain a professional manner.

Cancer JUNE 21-JULY 22
Stand by for love. The Moon and Venus connect and can create sparks of love magic. Make time for love, and being in the right place doesn’t hurt, either. Romance and passion are very important in a relationship, but friendship keeps it together for the long haul.

Leo JULY 23-AUG. 22
Right now, your focus in on money and family affairs, or a situation at home. As the Moon and Venus connect, the energy will help you connect with the right people to get things set in place. You want to look after others, but be careful it is not at the cost of looking out for yourself.

Virgo AUG. 23-SEPT. 22
With so much to do this month you could feel overwhelmed. But nobody says everything has to be finished right away, or even at all. Sometimes, you take it upon yourself to try to be there for too many people. Take care of your own responsibilities first, and you’ll feel re-energized.

Libra SEPT. 23-OCT. 22
A financial opportunity could come along now, but you have to be ready and willing to accept it. Sometimes, a small shift in your outlook can make a big difference. If you want to change your life, you have to realize what you have to do differently.

Scorpio OCT. 23-NOV. 21
Avoid getting involved in other people’s drama. Maybe they only want to get things off their chest by venting, but you have a lot going on in your own life just now. The Moon and Venus interact in your sign, and you may have some sensitive issues of your own to deal with.

Sagittarius NOV. 22-DEC. 21
In a perfect world, everyone would be as generous and optimistic as you, but that’s not possible. There is no room for secrets or game-playing in your life, and if you tune into your intuition, you will learn who is on your side and who has a hidden agenda.

Capricorn DEC. 22-JAN. 19
Your attention is centered on both social activities and business, and as usual, the better organized you can become, the more you can accomplish. But with all the planned action, don’t neglect your well-being. Stick to your fitness regime; your body will thank you.

Aquarius JAN. 20-FEB. 18
If things are not going the way you planned, don’t stress, the week has only just begun, and a lot more can happen. Someone, who recognizes your talents at work, can step forward and be your promoter. A detour in your plans could actually work out to be better. Don’t get in your own way!

Pisces FEB. 19-MARCH 20
If you see an opportunity at work, don’t wait; step forward and show your attributes. This is not the time to be shy. When you know you’re right for the job, it’s up to you to let those in power see it, and the Moon Venus connection will help you make the right introductions.

–Jennifer Angel

The Daily Tarot Card for December 2nd is The World

The World

Keywords: goal, realization, expansion, world travel, fulfillment!

Astrological Correspondence: Saturn

The World card, regarded as the most fortunate card in the major arcane, is a symbol for all that we can accomplish on our path through life, for perfection, beauty, success, and public recognition. This is where the cycle ends and begins again. Happiness and wholeness are key elements that provide a sense of physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Signaling accomplishment and reaching of one’s goals, the World card makes us aware that in completing this cycle we are ready to embark on a new adventure. We are prepared and preparing for another journey with higher awareness, knowing that active engagement and service are called for. In a negative situation, this card can point to major obstacles in our path, to setbacks, to loose ends we have left untied as well as lack of commitment.

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The Daily Tarot Love Card for December 2 is Death

Death

Death says that too much of a good thing is a bad thing today. Too much love explodes, and negatively, into jealousy and obsession. Both are repetitive and intrusive trains of thought that are unrealistic, unproductive, and anxiety-provoking. They erode love’s positives. They become habits. This card says reverse them. Rethink your relationship if the conditions apply to someone in your life and not to you.

 

 

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Your Daily Erotic Tarot Card for December 2 is Justice

Justice

Have you been patiently waiting for someone to respond to your sexual advances? The Justice card shows that applying fairness, respect, and honesty to a situation helps it work in your favor, so a romantic situation you’ve been slowly working on developing may be close to coming to fruition. And Justice also reminds you that going about things in a conventional sense doesn’t have to be boring. In fact, when you take the time to develop a high level of trust between you, the sex can be mind-blowing.

 

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Shuffling the Cards, Your Influences for the Week of Dec. 2

Tarot Influence

Faith

Faith denotes the spiritual self taking or needing to take the forefront and need to seek truth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Astrological Influence

Gemini

While Gemini always has its duality to keep under control, it does manage to bring both humor and intelligence into any situation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Element Influence

Earth Reversed

Earth reversed denotes a lack of positive connection with the life spirit–a lost soul. If you are not careful you may miss much of what life has

 

 

 

 

 

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Your Daily Rune For December 3 is Isa

Isa

“Iss-ah” – Literally: “Ice” – Esoteric: Stasis, Stillness

Rune of concentration of things in a static or frozen state. Rune of stillness and the Ego-Self.

Psi: mental faculties, focus, ego, self-image/self-identity

Energy: stillness, contraction, stasis

Mundane: cold, self-preservation, harsh reality

Divinations: Concentrated self, ego-consciousness, self-control, unity of being; or egomania, dullness, blindness, dissipation, immobility, self-centeredness, lack of change, psychopathy.

Governs:
Development of concentration, will and focus
Halting of unwanted dynamic forces as an act of self-defense (and against demonic influences)
Basic ego integration within a balanced multiversal system
Power of control and constraint over other wights (entities), emotional outbursts
Focus of the will into single-minded action

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Your Witches Rune for December 2 is Woman

 

Today’s Witches Rune

Woman

Meaning: The first meaning of this rune is quite obvious: it represents women. Any woman that is important in the question, whether you know her or not, will be represented by this rune. Mother, sister, aunt, grandma, a female boss, friend, lover or even enemy… all can be symbolized by the appearance of this rune.

In a more general sense, this rune is related to traditional female abilities and characteristics, such as giving birth, nurturing, comforting and healing. When this rune appears, you can count on the sympathy of others towards you or your situation. In its most negative aspects, the Woman rune can show over-protectiveness, a patronizing attitude or co-dependency. It often strives to maintain the status quo, refusing to change even if the situation is bad.

The Woman rune is connected to nurturing – nurturing a relationship, a person or a project. Like the Moon rune, it can be related to finding a safe place to rest and heal, but while the Moon implies a solitary retreat, the Woman often shows that you need to go back to the people you trust, the people you feel safe with.

Healing is another strong aspect of this symbol, as well as teaching. You can be both the patient/student or the healer/teacher when this rune appears. This rune is also connected to creativity, but in a way that is different from the Romance rune. While the latter is about the conception of a project – the initial stages of creation – the Woman is about the birth of this project. When your creation is brought out into the world, fully manifested.

In relationship readings, this rune isn’t bad, but rather weak. While it can indicate subtle ties between people, these are usually so, so subtle that the partners can easily drift away from each other. It can show that one of the partners sees the other as someone who needs to be protected and healed, rather than an equal. Usually, the romance is a bit stagnated when this rune appears, or very close to becoming a friendship.

Your Animal Spirit Guide for December 2 is The Dove

Messenger of Peace, love, joy and gentleness, prophecy of good things, maternity instincts, awakening to promise of future with clarity. Dove shows us how to walk between the physical and spiritual world. She aids in tapping our creative energies and stirring the emotions. It is time for creativity and expressing oneself. Are you listening to the messages at this time? Doves bring hope of a new beginning and will show there is peace arriving. Pigeon shows how to bring peace, love and understanding to situations and teaches us the art of communication and cooperation. Are you compassionate toward others?

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Your Karmic Number of the Day

 

Your hands may be tingling and feeling hot because you are a natural healer right now, says 7. A course in energy healing, massage, or reflexology may help your personal growth or even lead you toward a new career. Even just researching these online can be greatly beneficial and fun. Go into this as an adventure in self-exploration and kindness toward others. You will find new people who will be supportive of you regardless of how you decide to move forward with this gift. They could become friends for life – maybe even more!

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Crack the Cookie

Time Heals all Wounds

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The Wisdom of Buddha

We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world

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Daily Planet Tracker for December 2: Mercury in Scorpio

December 1 – December 12, 2018

Mercury in Scorpio: Sharp, Inquisitive, Mysterious

Mercury plunges into the depths when it enters passionate and private Scorpio. Mercury is the planet that influences how we think and communicate, but while it moves through this watery sign, our thoughts mix with our feelings and inspire us to ask questions and get to the bottom of what’s happening in our lives…

Ideas, conversations, and people who are shallow or superficial have no power during Mercury in Scorpio. Instead, this is a time of depth and intimacy, and can be a very effective period to talk about difficult issues regarding relationships, money, and mortality.

When Mercury is in Scorpio

Scorpio thrives in the dark — the realm of secrets and lies, questions and answers, death and transformation. It is an extremely inquisitive sign that is never satisfied with what is simply lying on the surface. Scorpio knows that the real treasures are found when you dig a little deeper, so while mental Mercury moves through the sign of the Scorpion, we all start asking more questions and searching for hidden meanings … but we may not be happy with what we discover…

When Mercury travels through Scorpio, it’s like Mercury is shining a light on all the darkest parts of ourselves. We become more aware of our fears and desires, and the ways that others’ lives impact our own. We can bond in much more intimate ways because we’re able to discuss topics that are normally off-limits.

But Mercury in Scorpio brings out the skeptic in all of us. While it may feel like we’re searching for something wrong in every situation, it’s really about emphasizing our negative thinking to get positive results. By eliminating information and ideas that don’t serve our needs, we make room for those that will.

Our minds are also more suspicious when Mercury is in Scorpio. Because it’s a time that emphasizes secrecy and privacy, we’re quick to assume there are things going on that we don’t know about. But if we push too hard to try to get to the truth — which is very likely under Scorpio’s persistent influence — we risk creating long-term issues of intimacy and mistrust. That said, Mercury in Scorpio does have the potential to foster greater intimacy as well. Because we’re more willing to ask the really hard questions, we might finally get the answers we need to grow closer in the process.

Mercury Retrograde in Scorpio

When Mercury retrogrades through the sign of Scorpio, issues of honesty and intimacy arise. Secrets and lies we’ve been trying to hide are exposed, or we may experience yet another fallout from a previous deceit or betrayal.

A key quality of any Mercury Retrograde is that it offers us a second chance to correct errors, reconnect with people, and absorb information that we didn’t get the first time around. Doing this in dense, dark Scorpio, however, requires us to stay calm in what can feel like threatening situations. This is a time to learn that thoughts and reality are not the same thing. We can and should question facts and conclusions that come from the things we see and hear.

If you were born with Mercury in Scorpio

People born under the influence of Mercury in Scorpio can often be very intense individuals. You perceive and process the world in a very acute way, making it hard for you to ignore hanging questions and suspicions. You know that the information that is readily available to you is just the tip of the iceberg, and if you want the real answers, you’ve got to dig deeper…

You value your privacy above most things. You’re capable of opening up and sharing yourself in intense, passionate ways, but only when you’ve reached a level of real trust in a relationship or friendship. Because of this, you tend to have very deep and emotional connections with others, and may have a very difficult time letting people go.

You may also deal regularly with issues of trust. Believing that others don’t have ulterior motives or hidden agendas is hard for you, and you could create big problems in relationships by insisting there is something happening when there really isn’t. In the same light, you highly value your own privacy, and don’t appreciate people trying to pry you out of your comfort zone. The best thing you can do is extend this same consideration to the people you love, and realize that sometimes things can be taken at face value.

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A Little Humor for Your Day

Dough nuts: It Really Does Happen!

–Turok’s Cabana

“Walk barefoot, listen to the wind, drink in the moon…. BE MAGICK”

Witches of the Craft’s Journal for Saturday, December 1

Can You Believe it – 20 DAYS TILL YULE – Where has this year gone?

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“Never put your faith in a Prince. When you require a miracle, trust in a Witch.” 

― Catherynne M. Valente, In the Night Garden

Custom Planetary Positions

December 01, 2018
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun: 08 Sagittarius 54
Moon: 23 Virgo 53
Mercury: 00 Sagittarius 18 Rx
Venus: 29 Libra 12
Mars: 09 Pisces 35
Jupiter: 05 Sagittarius 02
Saturn: 07 Capricorn 50
Uranus: 29 Aries 09 Rx
Neptune: 13 Pisces 42
Pluto: 19 Capricorn 39

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Planetary Aspects for the month of December

The planetary aspects listed below are for New York time.

December 02, 07:34 pm – Sun square Mars
December 05, 05:21 pm – Sun square Neptune
December 06, 04:21 pm – Mercury Direct 27 16
December 07, 02:20 am – New Moon at 15 07
December 07, 09:11 am – Mars conjunct Neptune 13 44
December 15, 06:49 am – 1st Quarter Moon 23 26
December 16, 09:26 am – Venus sextile Saturn
December 17, 01:57 am – Mars sextile Pluto
December 20, 11:21 am – Sun trine Uranus
December 21, 12:11 pm – Venus trine Neptune
December 21, 12:36 pm – Mercury conjunct Jupiter 09 34
December 22, 12:48 pm – Full Moon at 00 49
December 24, 07:31 pm – Mercury square Neptune
December 28, 04:30 pm – Venus sextile Pluto
December 29, 04:34 am – 3rd Quarter Moon 07 36

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Astronomy for December 1 thru December 2

Saturday December 1
6:11 am – Mercury Rx enters Scorpio
9:48 am – Moon enters Libra

Sunday December 2
12:01 pm – Venus enters Scorpio
07:34 pm – Sun square Mars can lead to tests of character from your competitors or enemies. The boss or men in general may be looking to assert their power, leading to ego conflicts. You may already be irritable and impatience, and likely to react to any provocation or threats with aggression. Not only people, but challenging events may force you to defend your goals or desires. A defensive position is advised.

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The Solar Almanac for Saturday, December 1

Sun Direction: 302.58° WNW↑
Sun Altitude: -65.54°
Sun Distance: 91.665 million mi
Next Solstice: Dec 21, 2018 4:22 pm (Winter)
Sunrise Today: 6:48 am↑ 117° Southeast
Sunset Today: 4:37 pm↑ 243° Southwest
Length of Daylight: 9 hours, 49 minutes

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Quick Sun Facts

At its centre the Sun reaches temperatures of 15 million °C.
The Sun is all the colours mixed together, this appears white to our eyes.
The Sun is mostly composed of hydrogen (70%) and Helium (28%).
The Sun is a main-sequence G2V star (or Yellow Dwarf).
The Sun is 4.6 billion years old.
The Sun is 109 times wider than the Earth and 330,000 times as massive.

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The Lunar Almanac for Saturday, December 1

Moon Direction: 58.06° ENE↑
Moon Altitude: -27.26°
Moon Distance: 232833 mi
Next New Moon: Dec 7, 20181:20 am
Next Full Moon: Dec 22, 201811:48 am
Next Moonrise: Tomorrow12:47 am
Current Moon Phase: Waning Crescent
Illumination: 36.9%

timeanddate.com

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DECEMBER’S FULL MOON

December’s full moon is commonly known in the Northern Hemisphere as the Full Long Nights Moon. It takes its name from the winter solstice, which has the longest night in the year. The Full Long Nights Moon cuts a soaring trajectory through the wintery skies, in direct opposition to the low-hanging sun. The Algonquins called this full moon the Cold Moon, in reference to the cold light it casts upon long winter nights. Strangely enough, in certain other cultures, December’s full moon can actually be associated with warmth.

To the Deborean Clan, the Cold Moon is associated with staying in your cosy home beside a crackling fireplace, surrounded not just by physical warmth, but also the warmth of family and friends. Similarly, the Wishram tribe named December’s full moon the Winter Houses Moon. Given that it coincides with holidays like Yule, Pagans consider this the perfect time to open up your home and provide warmth to those you love, as well as to those who are most vulnerable to the cold of winter.

For those who are more inclined towards solitude, the Full Long Nights Moon provides an excellent opportunity to enjoy your cozy home in peace and quiet. Consider taking lots of restful naps under warm, fluffy comforters, or allowing yourself to lounge in bed in the mornings instead of rising immediately to work. Appropriately, the Native American Zuni tribe called December’s full moon the “Moon Where the Sun Comes Home to Rest”. This full moon is a great time for you to take a long overdue break and recharge, so that you may shine all the brighter when it comes time for you to rise again.

This period of slow restfulness is also very conducive to introspection. When you look inwards and take stock of your life during this time, try to focus on loose ends and the little things that you’ve left hanging throughout the year. As the last full moon that rises before the year draws to a close, the Full Long Nights Moon is a time of endings. Take advantage of this full moon’s energy and bring an end to tasks you’ve been meaning to do, clearing your mind so you can move forward with a clean slate.

As much as the Full Long Nights Moon may be about endings, it is also about beginnings and rebirth. The Sioux Indians’ name for December’s full moon is the “Moon When Deer Shed Their Horns”, thus beginning the process of growing new ones. The Celts, on the other hand, call it the Elder Moon. Elder is fragile and easily damaged, but it’s also full of vitality and recovers very quickly. As the Elder Moon shines upon you, allow yourself to rest and heal from everything that has hurt you over the year, and focus instead on new beginnings and promising areas of growth. This is an excellent time to start planning your New Year’s resolutions and set exciting new goals for the upcoming year.

–Moon Giant

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Moon Phase Calendar for Saturday, December 1

Current Moon Phase: Waning Crescent

Moon is currenly in the sign of Virgo

Moon in Virgo:
Your feeling of safety is now related to order and clarity, even in emotions. You may have the need to organise everything chaotic and disorganized. Try being more tolerant and accept imperfections of life. It is better to trust life and let it run its own way, not everything must be according to our expectations.

Organs influenced by Virgo Moon Sign:
Organs: Pancreas, small intestine, cecum, colon, digestive tract, duodenum, rectum, sense organs: eyes and ears.
These organs are now more sensitive so provide them with extra care.

Surgical operations:
Surgical operations are recommended during the Waning Moon.
However, avoid surgeries of organs under the influence of the Moon Sign..

ASTROSEEK

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The Sky This Week from December 1 to December 2

Venus shines at its brightest before dawn while Mars still rules the evening sky.
By Richard Talcott

Saturday, December 1
Venus appears brilliant from the time it rises a little before 4 a.m. local time until close to sunrise some three hours later. It stands about 25° above the southeastern horizon an hour before the Sun comes up. Shining at magnitude –4.9, it appears slightly brighter today than at any other time during this morning apparition. (The difference is essentially imperceptible, however — it appears less than 0.01 magnitude brighter today than it did yesterday or will tomorrow.) When viewed through a telescope this morning, Venus spans 40″ and appears one-quarter lit.

Sunday, December 2
The days of viewing Saturn in the evening sky are dwindling rapidly. You can find the ringed world about 10° high in the southwest 45 minutes after sunset. The planet shines at magnitude 0.5, more than a full magnitude brighter than any of the background stars in its host constellation, Sagittarius the Archer. Although the best views of Saturn through a telescope came earlier in this apparition, it never hurts to take a final look. This week, the planet’s disk measures 15″ across while the ring system spans 35″ and tilts 26° to our line of sight.

–The Astronomy Magazine

Today is Saturday, December 1

Saturday is dedicated to the shadowy Anglo-Saxon God Saetere or Seater, equivalent to the God Saturn. It is a day also associated with the Norns, the Norse equivalent of Three Fates, and the trickster God Loki. It is connected generally with apprehension, austerity, caution, and excessive self-limitation.

Deity: Saetere

Zodiac Sign: Aquarius

Planet: Saturn

Tree: Alder

Herb: Daffodil

Stone: Amethyst

Animal: Eagle

Element: Earth

Color: Dark Blue

Number: 4

Rune: Dag(D)

 

Celtic Tree Month of Ruis (Elder) (November 25 – December 22)

The Runic Half Month of Is (November 28 – December 12)

Goddess of the Month of Astraea (November 28 – December 23)

The Pagan Book of Days
Nigel Pennick

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The Goddess Book of Days for December 1

In Greece and Rome, day of Pallas Athena, or Minerva, Maiden Goddess of Knowledge and Truth. She is also Maat, Sophia, Anath, Anaitis, the Shekinah, Matronit, Oya. Decem- ber Goddesses are Vesta, Hestia, Amalthea/ Eileathyia, Bmma (Winter), Oya.

Goddesses Associated with Saturdays

Ops, Rhea, Tellus Mater, Gaia, Eartha, Ge, Tonantzin, Ashera, Anath, the Shekinah, the Matronit, Mary, Gula, Herodias, Oddudua, Demeter

–The Goddess Book of Days
Diane Stein

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Traditional Goddesses Associated with December

Traditional: From Decem, ten

The last month in the Roman calendar

Flowers – poinsettia, holly, mistletoe

Birthstones – turquoise and zircon

Goddesses: Vesta, Hestia, Befana, Sekhmet, Astraea, Oya

-The Goddess Book of Days
Diane Stein

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~ The Goddess Days of the Moon ~

Days 1-3 Dedicated to Persephone, the initiator

Days 4-6 Ruled by Artemis/Diana, the independent one of the wilderness, the impetus behind the newly planted seed

Days 7-9 Kore rules these lunar days, and she is seen as the Maiden of Menarche, the link between childhood and adulthood

Days 10-12 Ruled by Hera, Queen of Heaven and creatrix, representing the power of inspiration

Days 13-15 Demeter, the nurturer, rules these

Days 16-18 Dedicated to Gaia, the Earth Goddess

Days 19-21 Hestia, Goddess of Waning Moon, is the matriarchal grandmother, ruling and protecting her family

Days 22-24 Ruled by Medusa, the crone of death and spiritual release, the necessary destruction that allows a new cycle to begin

Days 25-27 Ruled by Hecate, queen of the underworld and the shades, she is seen as the one who allows departed souls to choose thier paths in the next phase of existence and rebirth

The remaining days of the moon – the dark days – are those of the unknowable Masked Goddess, who is present, but invisible.

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On Saturday, December 1, We Celebrate…..

Kencha-sai (Japan)
UNCHI-AHCHI

Themes: Spirituality; Universal Law; Mediation

Symbols: Tea; Teapots and Cups

About Unchi-achi: Presiding dutifully over the family stove is this Japanese goddess, whose name means “grandmother hearth.” From this position in the home she joins today’s festivities to warm the tea and to mediate on our behalf with the other gods and goddesses. Afterward, she returns to our homes and lives with important insights about the meaning of sacred ritual.

To Do Today: In Japan, today is a time to go to Kyoto temple and watch or participate in the ancient tea ceremony. In this culture, each movement and ingredient in the tea ceremony represents a spiritual principle or truth—all mingled into a simple, satisfying cup. This is a lovely tradition, so share a cup of tea with a friend or family member today Invoke Unchi-ahchi simply by lighting the stove. Use the stove to ignite a candle, and take the candle to wherever you’re sitting to carry the goddess’s energy to that spot. Discuss spiritual ideas, allowing this goddess to give you new insights. To increase the significance of your tea ceremony, choose the tea’s flavor according to the topic of conversation or something needed in that relationship. If discussing divination or alternative health, for example, use orange or mint, respectively. To deepen love or friendship, use lemon.

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

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Saturday: Even the God needs to relax

Here we come to the only day of the English week which brings a Roman god to our heavenly party. The word Saturday is derived from Saturn, the god of harvest and agriculture. Buying all the food in supermarkets, we can hardly imagine how important this guy was for our distant ancestors.

In Latin, the word for Saturday is Sambata Dies, meaning the Day of Sabbath (sábado in Spanish, sabato in Italian, samedi in French). Sabbath is a Hebrew word for the Day of Rest. It was the last day of the all-in-one-week creation run. A day when the God finally had some relax, lying in the Garden of Eden and curiously waiting for what happens next.

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Ritual Influences for Saturday, December 1

Planet: Saturn

Perfumes: Hyacinth, Pansy

Incense: Peperwort, Assodilious, Black Poppy Seeds, Henbane, Lodestone, Myrrh

Wood: Oak

Color: Black

Influences: Duties, Responsibilities, Finding Families, Works of Magic, Buildings, Meditation, Life, Doctrines.

A Book of Pagan Rituals
Herman Slater

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Magical Days Of the Week – Saturday

It’s the end of the week for many of us, so Saturday – named for the god Saturn – is a good time to wrap things up. Associated with the colors black and dark purple, and the metal lead, this day is also connected to the goddess Hecate. Gemstones like Apache tear, obsidian, and hematite are all connected to Saturday’s magic, as are plants such as thyme, mullein, and the cypress tree.

When it comes to magical workings, focus on agriculture and creativity, fortune and hope, protection and banishment of negativity.

Put up a barrier to keep the unwelcome out, eliminate the things that make you miserable, and wash your hands of anything other than your hopes, dreams and goals.

–Patti Wigington, Paganism/Wicca Expert
Article published on & owned by ThoughtCo.com

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Saturday’s Witchery

Saturday is a day filled with opportunities to clean up and clear out. So if you are wondering why Hecate is assigned to this day, take another look at what she symbolizes and the magick that is associated with her. That should answer the question.

Hecate was the oldest form of the Greek Triple Goddess, as she presided over heaven, the underworld, and earth. Crossroads where three roads met were especially sacred to Hecate, earning her the title of Hekate of the Three Ways. It’s interesting to note that even after the worship of other goddesses waned, ancient people still worshiped Hecate as the Queen of the Underworld and the Guardian of the Three-Way Crossroad. It was also believed that if you left her an offering of food there, she would grant you her favors. As Hecate Trivia, her triple images were often displayed at these crossroads, where she was petitioned on the full moon for positive magick and on the dark of the moon for cursing and dark magick.

While this last bit of information sounds a little ominous, keep in mind that Hecate/Hekate was known by many titles and is a shapeshifter. Her appearance could and did change often. As a dark moon goddess, her faces are many. To some she may appear as a old crone, hunched over a smoking cauldron and draped in a midnight cape. To others she may appear as a dark beautiful, mysterious, and mature woman wearing a shimmering crown. To some she may be perceived as a maiden priestess. She was called the “most lovely one,” the Great Goddess of Nature, and the Queen of the World of Spirits. This dark goddess knows her way around the earth and the underworld. All the powers of nature, life, and death are at her command.

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

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The Witches Almanac for Saturday, December 1

Feast for Death of Aleister Crowley (Thelemic)

Waning Moon

Moon phase: Fourth Quarter

Moon Sign: Virgo

Moon enters Libra 9: 49 am

Incense: Sage

Color: Blue

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The Moon in Libra

Diplomatic, Creative, Partnership-oriented

December 1 – December 3, 2018

By Tarot.com Staff

Before we start talking about the Libra Moon, let’s begin with a bit of information about the Moon itself. Astrologers consider the Moon a planet. It moves so quickly through the sky that it passes through each of the 12 zodiac signs every month.

When the Moon is in Libra
It doesn’t matter what your Moon sign is because for a couple of days a month, we all feel the influence of the transiting Libra Moon. When the Moon is in the accommodating sign of Libra, you will feel a little bit more focused on creating tranquility, beauty, and harmony all around you. Libra doesn’t just appreciate balance — Libra also seeks out imbalance and fixes it. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself wanting to play peacemaker during this transit!

When the Moon is in Libra you might also feel a bit like Ginger Rogers, and everyone and everything you meet is Fred Astaire. During this time of the Libra Moon, your mantra may be “grace in space.” If you meet an obstacle or encounter resistance, you’ll be able to dance like you expected it to be there. Because Libra’s natural skills are diplomacy and negotiation, the Moon in Libra gives you the ability to use charm and tact to get what you want.

New Moon in Libra
The New Moon is all about a new cycle, and the Libra New Moon is all about finding ways to reestablish balance that has been lost. Finding a sense of balance allows us to deal with life’s issues smoothly, and helps us to discover the peaceful neutral point from which clarity, common sense, and cooperation come from. Whether it’s in personal or business relationships, the influence of the Libra New Moon helps us see both sides of any story.

This may also be the time when you initiate new relationship, or get a fresh start in an ongoing one. A New Moon in Libra will gently nudge you to hit the emotional reset button and start over so that you can look to the horizon with renewed anticipation.

Full Moon in Libra
Every Full Moon is a culmination of a monthly cycle, and the social Libra Full Moon is no exception as it challenges you to manage your desire for companionship with your need for independence. Our connection to others and relationships are always at the forefront during a Full Moon so this isn’t a surprise, but it is even more noticeable during the Full Moon in Libra. Because you’ll have a heightened awareness of your emotions, you’ll have incredible clarity about any inequity in your partnerships

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Magickal Applications for Saturday

Saturday, our final featured day of the week, gets its name from the Latin Dies Saturni, or “Saturn’s day.” In Old English, it was Saeturnesdaeg. The Middle English version was Saterday. Saturn, a Roman god of agriculture, was believed to have ruled the earth during an age of contentment and virtue. Saturn was a god who symbolized the passage of time and karma. He was not a harsh, judgmental god, either; he was a sower and a harvester. Interestingly enough, there is no Norse god associated with this day. It has remained under the province of Saturn. But if you think about what Saturn stood for, it does make a lot of sense.

Saturdays are traditionally days to work on protection, remove obstacles, bind troublesome or dangerous individuals and banish negativity. Saturdays are like a magickal “let’s clean house” day. Any magickal messes left lying around that need to be addressed, or any problems that need to be cleared up, are best dealt with on the day devoted to Saturn.

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

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Saturday & The Perfect Corresponding Spell

Saturday is the sixth day of the workweek. It’s officially the weekend. Some see it as one of the luckiest days for gambling. It’s one of those days where you can do what you need around your home and relax, as well. You can take care of a little business, then, reap the rewards. It’s a really good day to do collect, courage, reap, gamble, and exercise spells.

Bean Reap Spell

Items you will need:
1 jar (any size)
1 handful of beans (any kind)
1 pinch of salt
1 pinch of parsley or other green herb
1 pinch of cinnamon

Pour your beans into the jar. Shake them around a little. Then, add a pinch of salt, green herb, and cinnamon. Close the jar lid and shake your ingredients all around in the jar. Make sure they are mixed around really well. Continue to shake the jar and say this chant three times:

“Shake, shake my jar.
I’m gonna reap my beans.
I’ve worked hard.
It’s time for my pay.
A pinch of herbs,
To sweeten the reward.
And hasten the day.”

When you are through, put the jar in a visible area, and you should get a nice reward for something you’ve worked hard for.

-A Witch’s Week of Spells and Activities
Helga C. Loueen

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Celebrating Legends, Folklore & Other Spirituality 365 Days a Year for i and 2 December

Festivals of Neptune and Pietas

Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius.

-Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

You do ill if you praise, but worse if you censure, what you do not rightly understand.

-Leonardo Da Vinci

December 1 celebrated the festivals of Neptune and Pietas. This festival was the equivalent to the one that was held on July 23 at the temple dedicated to Neptune in the Circus Flaminus within the Campus Martius. There would have been games, a sacrifice, and, more than likely, some sort of horse and chariot race.

Pieta, a Roman Goddess who was the personification of respectful spectful duty, is often portrayed in human form and sometimes accompanied by a stork, the symbol of deferential duty. She was frequently represented on coins, which were considered to be a symbol of the reigning emperor’s virtues. Her temple was in the Circus Flaminius and later at the Forum Holitorium, where her December 1 festival was held.

It was on the 1st of December in 1750 that seven men (for a wager) buttoned themselves into the waistcoat of Mr. Edward Bright of Maldon, Essex, who had expired at the age of 29 and was considered to be the fattest man that ever lived in Britain.

On December 2, Tibetan Buddhists make their annual pilgrimage to the world’s oldest tree in what it known as Bodh Gaya. The tree was planted in 282 B.c. and is believed to be an offshoot of the Bodhi tree-the tree that the Buddha sat under when he attained enlightenment.

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THINGS TO KNOW

Moon Phase Correspondences for Magickal Workings.

New Moon Magick:

New Moon workings can be done from the day of the new moon to three-and-a-half days after.

The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and
romance, health or job hunting.

Waxing Moon Magick:

From seven to fourteen days after the new moon.

The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success,
courage, friendship, luck or health.

Full Moon Magick:

From fourteen to seventeen-and-a-half days after the new moon.

Prime time for rituals for prophecy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams.

Waning Moon Magick:

From three-and-a-half to ten-and-a-half days after the full moon.

The waning moon is used for banishing magick, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity.

Dark Moon Magick:

From ten-and-a-half to fourteen days after the full moon.

The dark moon is a time for dealing with attackers, for exploring our darkest recesses and understanding our angers and passions. Also bringing justice to bear.

 

Daily Correspondences for Magickal Workings:

Sunday: Power magick, health, vitality, money, career

Monday: Intuition, dreams, psychic ability, fertility

Tuesday: Money, enemies, courage, energy

Wednesday: Divination, communications, knowledge, wisdom

Thursday: Happiness, luck, wealth, victory, health

Friday: Love, romance, marriage, friendship

Saturday: Psychic ability, communications, new beginnings, protection, bindings

 

Color Correspondences for Magickal Workings:

Red: energy, strength, passion, love, career goals, courage

Orange: business goals, career goals, justice, success, ambition

Yellow: learning, breaking mental blocks, confidence, persuasion

Pink: romantic love, peace, nurturing

Green: finances, luck, physical healing, abundance, growth

Blue: wisdom, protection, calm, creativity, patience

Purple: spiritual power, psychic ability, ambition, third eye

Silver: telepathy, clairvoyance, intuition, dreams, astral energy

Black: protection, repelling, binding

White: peace, purity, spirituality, higher self

 

Herbal Magick

There are many herbs that can be used for magickal purposes; I’ve elected to list only those that could be found in an ordinary kitchen or can be easily found at a grocery store or nursery. I live in an apartment, but I was able to make a small herb garden that sits outside on my balcony.

Wooden window boxes are fairly inexpensive, as is potting soil. The herbs themselves were only $2 each.

Success: basil, sandalwood

Psychic development: cinnamon, rosemary, thyme

Divination: cloves, nutmeg, thyme

Dream magick: cinnamon, mistletoe

Good luck: chamomile, nutmeg, sandalwood

Health: allspice, coriander, ginseng, thyme

Love magick: basil, catnip, cinnamon, dill seed, ginger, mint, rosemary, sage,thyme

Money: basil, chamomile, cinnamon, garlic, thyme

Protection: cloves, marjoram, basil, sandalwood, African ginger

Handy Stuff to Have Around the House

Harmony Ball – chiming spheres were created by ancient Druids as meditation devices to commune with nature.

Pentagrams – The 5 points represent the elements of all creation –Air, Fire, Water & Earth plus the quality of the Spirit which imbues it

Ankhs – The ancient Egyptian symbol of the radiant life force of
healing — both spiritual and physical

9 Healing Herbs: Catnip, Chamomile, Coltsfoot, Plantain, Ginger, Cayenne,
Comfrey, Garlic, Lobelia

 

5 Helpful Goddesses:

Ganesh – Bestower of Success in work, and Remover of Obstacles

Laxmi – Goddess for petitions of Love, Sex, Abundance & Wealth

Shiva – God of Regeneration, Ecstasy, Magic Sex & Transcendence

Tara – Bestower of good. Protectress against enemies & bad luck

Vishnu – Protector of Universe for power, courage & sustenance

Lodestone – Lodestones are naturally magnetic, used to charge spell items. Often 2 lodestones are carried: 1 to repel bad luck and 1 to attract good luck. Lodestones come in blue, gold, green, silver, white & natural

Dragon’s Blood Ink – Typically dragon’s blood is used for love spells. Dragon’s blood is used for power & spell strength

Lighting Sticks- Preferable to matches for ritual use because they reach into enclosed candle holders easily & don’t leave the match scent of sulfur.

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MAGICKAL WORKINGS & HELPFUL HINTS

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Helpful Hint

Usually when I’m doing a spell I use quiet music like Enya or Renaissance. It helps to set the mood of the spell.
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Helpful Hint

To remove a wart, first thing in the morning when you wake up, take saliva from your mouth and rub it onto the wart. This will gradually remove your wart, remember to say a prayer of thanks to the Goddess and God.

Kind of gives a whole new meaning to morning breath.
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Helpful Hint

I have found an interesting little spell that has helped me numerous time in the cold weather to heat up. First, visualize a glowing ball of pure energy above you (if you visualize the ball being your favorite color it helps too). Next, visualize the ball transcending into your body and stopping in the center of your torso. Then, visualize streams of the energy going off into all parts of your body.
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Helpful Hint

To invoke the beauty inside.

First go into the bathroom or a place with running water, then picture all the things that you think make you not like yourself. Picture all these things running down your arm and onto the palm of your hands. Put your hands in the water and scrub away the negative things you thought of. This will make you feel better and brings out your beauty.
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Helpful Hint

A Prayer For Ridding Negative Thinking

O Goddess within;
O God within;
O Goddess of the Moon, the Waters and the Earth;
O God of the Sun, the Forests and the Mountains:
I need to feel Your presence.
I need to be reminded of You.
Assist me to remember Your lessons;
Show me the key that will unlock my spirituality.
Blessed Be.
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Helpful Hint

Traffic Lights

Here is one that helps traffic lights stay green.

Count of one this spell begun
Count of two all traffic lights in tune
Count of three all lights stay green for me
1…2…3

Then hit the seat three times and then say:

So Mote It Be!

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Spirit Message of the Day – Remember, We Are One

THE IRISH CELTIC TRIPLE GODDESS: BRIGID

Brigid speaks: “We are the fae, and the dragon. We are the blood of the ancients and the blood of the star-seekers, woven till indivisible, yet each strand working its magick. We are enchanted and practical. We are mothers, daughters, fathers, and sons. You are the wise woman, the crone, the hag, the maiden, the light-footed innocent, the courageous mother bringing forth life from her womb. We are born into blood, and this blood within us is of our ancestors.”

“Our ancestors know that our bloods have mingled many times and that those of us who seek to distinguish ourselves from each other know not the truth. I am One. You are Me. I am You. We are One. That is the truth of the nature within you. Find the magick of the knowing. Find that which you fear and know it within your own blood and heartbeat. For that is the way to conquer all fear, all ignorance and all separation from the Mother. You are Her. She is You. And she is within you and will remain with you forever. There is nothing beyond her, and to deny her now is to deny what you are. I am Dragon. I am Fae. I am Goddess. I am human. I am all there is, and there is all in me – just as there is all in you. See this, and cease to seek separation.”

MESSAGE FOR YOU
“Finding the common areas between yourself and another very different person. Understanding that aging is part of the human process. Moving beyond conditioned fears. Understanding the truth of the other, having compassion and respect for difference, understanding of soul truths, great love. Women having children and mother issues all come up with this card makes her gracious presence felt. Work with candles, flames and keep the light going in your life. Reduce the artificial light in your life and increase the sun and moonlight, the starlight, the light from flame and candlelight. Be sure to strive for justice, as Brigid ensures that what is right and fair will indeed take place. Make an offering at a waterway (the sea, a well, a lake, or a river).”

ABOUT BRIGID
“Brigid is the great Irish Celtic triple Goddess, mother of all, Goddess of the forge, of birth, of the hearth and home, and of sacred wells and waters. Transformed by the church into a christian saint, she pre-dates her saint counterpart by some 4,000 years. She is a well of kindness and strength, the patroness of those who are going through any form of struggle to be born into another time in their lives. She carries a sword and knows that this time will be eased if you hold onto hope, and understand that this is an experience that all beings endure…but it will not last. So do not struggle, because the light is in sight and it will be warm and safe and good very soon, and you will be better off for having known the hardship you are currently experiencing.”

Today’s special message is from Oracle of the Dragonfae by Lucy Cavendish.

–Spiritblogger’s Blog

A Golden Opportunity – December 2018 Energy Forecast

Hello my friend,

Thank you for connecting with me in this way. Your presence is always felt and cherished.

We have so much to catch up on, so let’s get right to it . . .

A Golden Opportunity

As we enter the final month of 2018, we are being presented with a golden opportunity to heal the deepest wounds and hurts within ourselves and humanity.

2018 has been an immensely spiritual year, and is helping us anchor into our hearts and minds the profound Sacred Feminine. That divine Presence is what creates the core fiber of the divine DNA that ushers every woman, man, and child into existence.

Ancient Chinese philosophy describes this time of quickened change as a turning of the tides. The Yang, which is the old (the Masculine), has given way to the Yin, which is the new (the Feminine). They appear to be opposites, but each is essential to the raising up of the other.

Every aspect of our lives is experiencing a reverberating effect in regards to the shift that is taking place now.

For the past year, almost every Forecast I have written has highlighted the Sacred Feminine, to emphasize the importance of what is happening in our personal lives and for humanity at this time.

The last few months of every year often saturate us with the most potent qualities of that year.

The final month of 2018 brings us a golden opportunity to allow the Sacred Feminine to be fully secured forever at the forefront of our conscious and subconscious awareness, and into our hearts.

In this way, she is able to shower us and the world with ever-expanding blessings of unwavering grace, compassion, gentleness, patience, flexibility, wisdom, beauty, authentic power, creativity, abundance, acceptance, forgiveness, nurturance, fertility, accessibility, kindness, healing, and unconditional Love.

There is something we can do to better support ourselves and the world in creating a reality that allows these qualities to flourish.

For each remaining day of 2018, find a few minutes to facilitate the following:

  1. Close your eyes. Take several deep breaths to help you center, then place your right hand over your heart, and place your left hand on top of the right hand.
  2. Ask your I AM Presence/Spirit how you can support and love them throughout your day, the way she/he has supported and loved you always.
  3. Listen to the silence in between the thoughts. This is where the answers from your Spirit will begin to reveal themselves. If the mind is unable to understand or receive a direct answer, simply allow your mind to bask in the silence for a moment.
  4. Express gratitude to your mind for being willing to embrace the stillness within you.
  5. Express gratitude to your Spirit for loving you unconditionally.
  6. Open your eyes and express gratitude for each of your senses, your gifts of sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell.
  7. As you go on throughout the rest of your day, imagine periodically what it would feel like if your heart was smiling.

And that’s it!

Time to Heal

The opportunity to heal is now being fully realized in our personal lives and for all humanity.

Things that once seemed impossible to the rational mind are now becoming a normal part of life.

Healing occurs as a result of allowing ourselves to return to a state of peace.

Wherever there is peace, we can know that flow, ease, Love, wholeness, joy, creativity, and abundance will reside.

If any of the following are attached to our expectations of healing: Fixing something, getting rid of something, controlling/forcing something to happen, blaming something, hiding or denying something, not allowing ourselves to feel something—that makes it far more challenging to experience a healing.

Allowing peace to be our top priority creates an opening for lasting healing to occur.

True peace is the foundation for creating a world of unity, Love, and abundance for all.

We are seeing many countries around the world now breaking away from the old ideologies that have promoted intercultural separation and disconnection. There’s a collective priority now that is laying the foundations for a much brighter future ahead for all, rather than only for a select few.

There may be a healthy skepticism in our minds as to whether all this is really happening, because of all the separations that our minds have been conditioned to see in the world.

This is completely understandable, considering that it used to take decades or centuries before any real change became visible.

However, as things continue to evolve more quickly, it’s becoming easier to notice the changes happening all around us.

In our personal lives, the current energies are creating an opportunity for us to transcend the old stories we once created for ourselves, which prevented us from healing.

Some of these stories include:

  • Believing that we have to believe every thought we have
  • Believing that the mind needs to operate from fear and victim consciousness
  • Believing that we need the approval of someone outside of ourselves
  • Believing that we are broken and need fixing
  • Believing in lack, and not having enough
  • Believing that we are not allowed to feel our feelings
  • Believing that we are misunderstood, and that no one can understand us
  • Believing that we need something outside of ourselves to make us happy (a romantic soul partner, a certain lifestyle, a specific body type, etc.)

All of these stories, which were created by the mind out of self-protection, have the opportunity to be resolved now, so that we can return to the peace that has always been underneath it all.

Peace is who we are at our core.

As our inner stories come to the surface to be healed and resolved, it’s important to give ourselves permission to feel all of our feelings without judging ourselves.

Every thought, emotion, and feeling we have ever experienced deserves to be acknowledged and to receive our unconditional Love.

With this new awareness, imagine the opening that will take place for healing to be fully realized in our lives!

Closing Out the Year With the Violet Flame

I’d like to offer a powerful yet simple healing technique that will help to purify the mind and emotions quickly from anything that has been holding us back from living our greatest lives.

This healing technique makes powerful use of the Violet Flame, which is is one of the greatest spiritual healing tools we have available to us. It is a life-enhancing gift from the Universe—an aspect of Universal Light.

Quantum science has demonstrated that violet holds the highest frequency on the color chart spectrum. It is the point of transition to the next octave of Light vibration.

This wonderful tool lifts our vibration physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, when called upon through mantras and visualization.

This spiritual fire restores the flow of Light and energy to body, mind, and soul.

It has the power to transmute density into Light, creating a sense of Love, peace, joy, healing, flow, and ease for whoever uses it.

Its high vibration penetrates our nervous system, our heart, and our entire physical body and psyche, going straight to the root core of any imbalance we may be experiencing.

It dissolves everything that is not aligned with Divine Love.

The Violet Flame Healing Technique:

  1. For about 1 to 3 minutes, visualize yourself sitting inside of a ball of Violet Light.
  2. While visualizing this Light flowing all around and through you, keep repeating the following statement:

“I am a being of Violet Fire. I am the purity of Divine Love’s Desire.”

  1. Express gratitude for the opportunity to connect with the Violet Flame.

That’s all you have to do!

Try this for the next 21 days, and notice the shifts that begin to enter your life.

It’s a simple yet effective process you can trust to empower and expand your energies and outlook!

May the rest of your year continue to bless you with joy, Love, excellent well-being, and all the abundant gifts the Universe offers all of us daily.

Until next time,

Miraculously yours,

Emmanuel

Daily Cosmic Calendar for Saturday, December 1

The last month of 2018 begins with a fair amount of tension. The lunar orb in earthy Virgo makes its monthly polarity to Chiron in watery Pisces (3:13am) at the same moment that still retrograding Mercury retreats into the tail end of Scorpio (3:13am). Adding to the unsettled psychic atmosphere surrounding humanity right now is the last 72 hours of challenging sky configurations. Mercury attempts to assist needy earthlings on the safety, insurance and investment fronts by forming a supportive, 60-degree tie to Vesta (6:16am). Be aware of a 15-minute void lunar cycle that begins at 6:35am and concludes at 6:50am when the moon enters airy Libra. For the remainder of the day, it is wise to focus attention on improving the quality of your primary partnerships with the moon gracing the seventh sign of the zodiac. Asteroid watchers should note that Vesta enters Aquarius (12:44pm) in a cycle that lasts until February 1, 2019. This stellar celestial movement can be a strong energizer of sisterhood and fellowship gatherings.

[Note to readers: All times are calculated as Pacific Standard Time. Be sure to adjust all times according to your own local time so the alignments noted above will be exact for your location.]

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Your Monthly Horoscopes for December

Claire Petulengro, Astrologer

From The Astrology Room

ARIES (March 21st-April 20th)

I’m not telling you to be selfish Aries, but what I am saying is that there comes a time in everyone’s life when you have to be a little selfish in order to convince those around you to support what you really want. There has been a difficult atmosphere in the home for too long now and dramatic actions you take to make the changes which are needed were never going to sit well with everyone. You’re turning a corner and what you decide to do with your Christmas proves this. Remember to buy a little something for those who were fifty fifty on seeing you.

TAURUS (April 21st-May 21st)

I know you are thinking you are wasting your time on trying to get a relationship to work, as it feels as if it has brought you nothing but negativity. However, you need to ask yourself if you have been asking the person concerned to change for you, or for themselves. It is the latter which will get the best results for the two of you. Talks you have in business could well end up with a contract with your name on it, which will need to be signed before Christmas. Follow your instincts, no matter what others say.

GEMINI (May 22nd-June 21st)

There is a jealous side to your nature which is coming to the fore that you really need to nip in the bud. Try to take a step back and look at the facts, instead of just the emotions, which has been the case so far. The written word can both earn and lose you money over the coming weeks. The key to your success is not believing what others tell you without seeing all the facts. Fellow Geminis link to the much-needed steam you will want to blow off over the festive period. You end this year feeling more like you again and with your future in your sights.

CANCER (June 22nd-July 23rd)

Are you buying things for the sake of it Cancer? Or should I ask if you are trying to do everything you can to avoid dealing with the real subject in question here. I know that you got yourself stuck in some unpleasant situations this year, but I also know the past is behind you. Although they were painful lessons, you did indeed learn them and take them in. An apology is coming your way which will both surprise and please you. Life is starting to feel more in your control again and not a moment too soon either.

LEO (July 24th-August 23rd)

Your ruling planet the Sun helps you to tie up the many loose ends which November left you with. You no longer worry about doing what is right for others, but you see that you are the one who is going to have to live your life and so will have to live with the decisions you make in it. Although there are a few predictable tensions over the festive period, all in all you will be pleased to see how much more mature and together certain faces around you seem to be. You’re living life again, instead of just existing my friend.

VIRGO (August 24th-September 23rd)

There has been a bit of a caught in a rut feel to your reading which has led you to lash out at those who were only trying to help and not hinder your progress. You start to feel more and more like yourself again from the 17th when you start to mix more with those that you choose to spend time with, rather than those whose company you were forced to be in. The things you write down or sign at this time can make your life a more secure place to be and can ensure you enter 2019 with the confidence you were unfortunately lacking this time last year.

LIBRA (September 24th-October 23rd)

Venus your ruling planet is going to be throwing your love life into confusion and you may want to try to hold off making all major decisions until the new year. You see, you may not realise it Libra, but what you have decided for a while now, will come as somewhat of a shock to those around you. Giving them more time is the key to getting them on board with your ideas. Children prove costly and the younger generation in general prove hard work. Knowing what guidelines and boundaries you can and should create is half the battle.

SCORPIO (October 24th-November 22nd)

I know you have felt vulnerable and not as strong as you usually do, but this is only the stars trying to make sure that what you say you want is how you really feel and not just someone else’s words and thoughts coming out of your mouth. Foreign names and even accents make this Christmas a better one than you have had in years. Talks with family help you to make your routine one with everyone’s interests more in mind. Sometimes Scorpio, it takes coming off the track to realise how easy it is to get back on it and stay on it.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd-December 21st)

You know you’ve got a lot of hard work to do, so why are you ignoring this fact? To put such pressures on yourself in the last month of the year is both cruel and vicious. It’s not like you want to make your life harder for yourself. Remember my friend that you have to take the first step to see the whole staircase. Try to have courage and avoid believing stories with no facts behind them over the Christmas period. Family prove hard work, but you can win them round if you admit what is really going on in your life.

CAPRICORN (December 22nd-January 20th)

You really have dived head first into a situation which the rest of the zodiac would probably never even consider. This is why you are such a diverse and memorable sign. You know that life is for living and you don’t always care what everyone else thinks of your decisions and actions. As long as you set the standards you know you want to live by, then you will be fine. Just don’t push faces you want to see onto close ones who you know don’t feel the same, or you will not leave any room for things to move forward.

AQUARIUS (January 21st-February 19th)

If you share others information with those around you then you must agree that it’s only fair if others do the same. Come on Aquarius, you have to admit to me that even though you have had a lot of dramas occur in 2018, you did not enjoy a single one of them. Try to work on the life you want to have, rather than the one you are trying to leave behind. Places you plan to visit are a sure indication of who you really want to spend your time with. Females in your life prove more problematic than usual. Be sure and ready to compliment them to win favour.

PISCES (February 20th-March 20th)

Your feelings are sure to be written all over your face so try not to mix with those you find frustrating, or it could end up making this Christmas one of your messiest yet. Money is a subject you are trying to avoid, but I know that by facing your worries before the 14th that you can and will get all of the help you need plus more. Educational areas of your life will be talked about, but I see you do not have all the information possible at your fingertips. You may have to redo something you have already done.

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Your Dark Stars Horoscopes – December 2018

Jane Lyle, Astrologer

From The Astrology Room

ARIES
Unexpected news affects your holiday plans early in December, with pleasing developments due around the Solstice on 21st December. These likely involve your finances, your travel plans, or both. Generally, it’s a very newsy, gossipy, even flirty month for you. Yet with your action packed ruler, Mars, in thoughtful Pisces, you’ll be wanting and needing more time for a little peace and tranquillity. You’ll sense undercurrents and obscure developments around you. It’s hard to hold back sometimes, but others have their own agendas, so playing a waiting game will keep you out of trouble. Once Mars bounds into Aries on 1st January, you should have more energetic power to influence events or forge your own individual path ahead. Yes, some of 2018 may have seemed a bit sticky and slow, thanks to Mars retrograde. But things are changing. So why not let frustrations go, and plan to make the most of January’s fiery wonders instead?

TAURUS
Venus is back in Scorpio, stirring up your autumn thoughts. This time you may see things differently, or be able to move past what’s been blocking your path in love or financial affairs this year. Some beautiful cosmic music plays for you in the days close to the Solstice on 21st December – feelings of love and harmony are soothing and uplifting and reveal what’s truly in your heart. Your natural desire for security remains strong, but try not to cling to the old tried-and-tested formula too tightly. Fabulous things can be gradually achieved by exploring history, learning about new places, or committing to a neighbourhood project or activity of some kind now, and in the New Year. A powerful solar eclipse begins 2019, firmly underlining this important theme in your life. You can cosy up in your nest for the moment, but be aware that you can’t snuggle up under that duvet forever.

GEMINI
Cascades of lively cosmic activity in Sagittarius means that others are about to bring good news, invitations, or challenges into your December world. What you learn around the time of the Solstice, on 21st December, could be really uplifting or represent a fantastic, lucky break. Travel opportunities, foreign friends, and long-distance alliances are all positive possibilities now, and on into 2019, when luck and opportunity are inextricably linked with other people in your life. Let things come to you, and sidestep scenarios where you push hard to get your own way. You’ll see why around the time of a creative new Moon on 7th December. With Mars in Pisces aligned with deceptive Neptune in early December, you’d be wise to steer clear of dubious plots and secret strategies too. Mercury, your guiding planet, turns forward on 6th December, and is all set to begin 2019 with some stunning information. So the less you try to nail things down now, the better. Let your energy fly free!

CANCER
Magnetic Venus, warrior Mars, and the mysterious Moon’s nodes are supporting your inner nature this December, making it a time when you feel juicier, and more comfortable in your own skin. Your salted caramel sensitivity is part of your zodiac birthright, yet you tend to pour excess energy into protecting yourself and your own security. Now, however, you can relax and blossom. Perhaps you’d like to tune in to some creative ideas, travel plans or imaginative visions for the future? Your dreams will be especially vivid around the days of the Solstice, when a magical full Moon in Cancer invites you to take a dip in an ocean of inspiration. Current working partnerships, in particular, benefit from refreshing changes early in 2019, and this is an opportunity to access five star gift- wrapped guidance from within and sketch out some possibilities. And if one connection must come to an end, know that there’s something better and more constructive waiting for you.

LEO
The Sun, Jupiter, Mercury and the new Moon (7th) in jovial Sagittarius are warming up your house of creativity, children, and romance this December. Enjoy those raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, and do make a special space in your life between 19th – 22nd to tune into the universe. The Sun channels some exciting electrical energy then, and Mercury and Jupiter promise big news or important invitations for many of you too. This expansive, curious and adventurous energy is a theme during 2019 – life’s about to open up in some way, either through a new love, children, or study and travel. All you have to do is open up. With Venus still in Scorpio, you may feel like staying at home more in December – but a wider world is calling you already. Be cautious with cash though, Mars in Pisces can be confusing, and you need to check terms and conditions with extra care when shopping or paying bills online. Overall, though, your December desires will carry on through into January when you can begin to take steps towards manifesting them.

VIRGO
Mercury, your ruling planet, turns forward on 6th December, just before a creative new Moon rises in Sagittarius on the 7th. What’s been stalled or stuck in your life can now get moving, although – patience! – it’s likely to be slow at first. This more helpful than annoying, because you may have changed your mind about a number of things in recent weeks. So although there’s that end-of-the-year pressure, please don’t feel you have to commit to anything one hundred per cent just yet. There’s a big shift coming in the days around the Solstice, and what you learn then offers a whole new range of choices and opportunities in love, or connected with your home and family. Some of you will move to a new area or even a new country in 2019, while others take a wild ride through some surprising family history. Meantime, partners and longstanding friends entertain you – sharing musical, spiritual, or storytelling events with them is especially magical this month.

LIBRA
Venus travels once more through mysterious Scorpio this December, so at one level you’re reliving and reviewing September and October. Maybe you were attempting to sort out a financial dilemma then? Or were you musing on an on-off love affair or creative project? If you failed to reach a conclusion, or found others difficult to deal with, you’ll be able to make progress now, and on into the New Year. A stable full of planets in sociable Sagittarius means news and conversations are looking lively – getting out and about between 1st and 21st December puts you in touch with all sorts of fascinating information, gossip, and intrigue. After that, you’re more of a homebody. Make the most of a quiet break during the holidays, for you’ll benefit so much from time to process what’s happened (or not happened) this year. Your partnerships and alliances need refreshing, too – the need for change, energy and imagination grows clearer in January.

SCORPIO
Once again, Venus is in Scorpio enhancing your magnetism and smouldering charisma. What happened in September and October may have puzzled you, but many mysteries will be solved this month – and what remains bewildering will be clear by January. Meantime, beware of spending too much time thinking about money. You’d be better off thinking about your values, and how much certain things mean to you. What matters most to you is in celestial focus for a whole year, and it’s time to see if you’re comfortably aligned with your own true self. Ambitions have been massively important in recent years, now there’s a subtle shift happening. Your communications may become more serious, or reach out into the world in new ways. Magical insights are winging their way to you around the Solstice, plus there’s Mars in Pisces energising curiosity, travel, and educational adventures. Feed your imagination with tales of buried treasure and ancient forests. Your astonishing determination has paid off, why not give yourself a holiday from the daily grind?

SAGITTARIUS
Well, Sagittarius, you’re truly in your element this December. With the Sun, Mercury, Jupiter and a spiritual new Moon all in your sign your own lovely inner centaur gets a generous cosmic boost. And with Jupiter in Sagittarius for the next year, you’ve really got a chance to shine and develop your wise, humorous nature. Curbing restlessness and impulsive decisions is sensible though, as is awareness of boundaries, and being patient with others. If you’re eager to make changes, hold your horses! Some important news or developments during the week beginning 17th December could prompt you to rethink your current plans. Not only are the Sun and Uranus switching on all the lights in your house and heart then, but your ruling planet Jupiter links with Mercury to spark luck, news, or spontaneous travel invitations. And if you suffer from a Fear of Missing Out, relax. Your world expands further in the New Year.

CAPRICORN
Artistic, creative types and positively karmic connections are all around you this month. Enjoying some beautiful music, or wrapping up for a walk somewhere wild are also potentially inspiring now. With Saturn, your ruler, plus Pluto, in Capricorn your responsibilities and commitments are bound to be serious ones. This theme continues on into 2019 when the year kicks off with a potent solar eclipse in your sign. So you need to remember that all work and no play is never a great idea, and realise that much is still out of your control. Your own imagination and subconscious is rich and fertile, and with Jupiter there for a year you’ll realise just how much goes on beneath the surface. Connections with mysterious or spiritual people can be good for your wellbeing. And around the time when the Sun enters Capricorn at the spellbinding Winter Solstice you’ll be more tuned into your dreams and intuitions than usual. Seeing certain relationships in a new light is just one of the benefits, reawakening imaginative ideas from the past is another. Happy birthday month!

AQUARIUS
If you’ve been trying to attract someone’s attention, or galvanise others to join you in a project, you’ll finally begin to see some results this December. Maybe you’ve lost momentum, or turned away from something or somebody? Wait before slamming the door shut. Venus is moving forwards in Scorpio, and there’s a creative, flowing atmosphere when she connects with glamorous Neptune around the Solstice. You’ll also benefit from a vibrant link between the winter Sun and your modern ruler, Uranus, around the same date. Friends and associates are happy to listen to you, bringing out your very best quirks and originality this month. Meeting up with people can be uplifting, just be discerning and back off from those who leave you feeling drained. Holiday time can be full of duty and obligations, alongside joyful exchanges. So be good to yourself, you’re poised on the brink of a very interesting year of change and adventure.

PISCES
Mars in Pisces encourages you to act on your dreams. But stay grounded, for Neptune is in Pisces too and you don’t want to get lost at sea do you? Venus in watery Scorpio and the Moon’s nodes in Cancer both support your own liquid nature and emotional intelligence so you can deal with any Yuletide ghosts with courage and style. Spiritual love and beauty can arise from this Piscean pool, particularly around the time of a bewitching Solstice. And there’s more – for December brings you generous helpings of warm, optimistic Sagittarian planets. These all point the way towards your ambitions, future plans, and how you manifest things out there in the world. Remember luck is now on your side, with Jupiter favouring exploration and study in 2019. Simply avoid impulsive spending on last-minute items, and your finances should be okay too. More action on that front is needed in January, so be strategic and use your imagination and ingenuity rather than throwing money at everything.

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The Daily Horoscopes for Saturday, December 1

Jennifer Angel, Astrologer

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– Mercury enters Scorpio and gives you the courage to speak your truth. 

Aries MARCH 21-APRIL 19
You have a great deal of common sense; you resolve problems quickly and easily, which gains the respect from peers. But that’s with business, and when it’s about love, it’s as if the game rules have changed. Love can be exciting and frustrating, all at the same time. Be flexible.

Taurus APRIL 20-MAY 20
It may be the weekend, but if an opportunity arises for business, and something that can help boost your bank account, then your focus will quickly shift from your personal affairs to business. Venus and Uranus interact, and when Uranus is involved, things can be unpredictable.

Gemini MAY 21-JUNE 20
There’s still a lot you have to do before year’s end. With Mars in your work area, life is hectic, and you’ll need to organize your schedule to keep up with all the demands. To close off 2018, focus on priorities, budget your bank balance, and get ready for a new year.

Cancer JUNE 21-JULY 22
Venus and Uranus can present and opportunity to do something special for family. But if it costs money, then remember, no matter how much money you currently have, it’s not an endless supply, so don’t be tempted to spend more than you are comfortable with.

Leo JULY 23-AUG. 22
Saturn in your day-to-day area of productivity, interacts with Mars in your 2nd money house. Pay attention to how you spend your time and what you focus on. When it’s about money, you don’t want to be distracted.

Virgo AUG. 23-SEPT. 22
This weekend, try to de-stress from recent events. An astral interaction between Venus and Uranus can give you an opportunity to get a relationship back on track, but it’s likely you will be the one to make the first move. Reach out by starting a conversation.

Libra SEPT. 23-OCT. 22
Thanks to a connection between Venus and Uranus this weekend, there’s a chance for you to get a fresh start with relationships. The energy also can make you more impulsive than usual, so keep your spontaneity in check. Rash decisions can have long-lasting repercussions.

Scorpio OCT. 23-NOV. 21
If you find yourself constantly the one dealing with another’s crises, even if they are not your concern, it can still be unsettling. And with Venus in your sign it’s time for you to look after your own needs. Leave others to sort out their own issues.

Sagittarius NOV. 22-DEC. 21
The Sun, in your sign, interacts with motivational Mercury the communication planet and opens a doorway to learn something new, possibly about a different culture or language. Mix with friends who can offer you an intellectual challenge. When you connect with people you resonate with, your life can improve.

Capricorn DEC. 22-JAN. 19
A new opportunity for work can come through now, and luckily, you have the weekend to get prepared, because chances are, you won’t have a lot of time to do so. When opportunity knocks you need to act quickly, especially with the influence of combined Venus Uranus energy.

Aquarius JAN. 20-FEB. 18
Venus interacts with Uranus and inspires you to set goals for next year. Spend the weekend learning reviewing and learning about options that can help you progress. It may be time to try something new, it could result in you meeting interesting people and having remarkable experiences.

Pisces FEB. 19-MARCH 20
With Mars in your sign, and connecting with Saturn, you could find yourself looking for people who have substance this weekend. It’s also party season and a perfect time to go out and network. Put your best self out there; make contacts now to follow up in the new year.

–Jennifer Angel

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Get A Jump on Tomorrow….

Your Horoscopes for Sunday, December 2

Jennifer Angel, Astrologer

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Venus moves to Scorpio to join Mercury – a day to speak from your heart

Aries MARCH 21-APRIL 19
As Venus moves to Scorpio, it’s a time that inspires you to set goals for next year, especially for your personal life. Spend the weekend learning more about some of the things that could help you progress. Don’t be afraid to try something new, it could result in you meeting interesting people and having remarkable experiences. Life’s full of opportunities that are yours for the taking.

Taurus APRIL 20-MAY 20
If you find yourself constantly the one dealing with another’s crises, even if they are not your concern, it can still be unsettling. Some people love to be in the center of a drama and thrive on it; you, on the other hand, do not. Perhaps it’s time to weigh the benefits of this kind of tumultuous association and decide to part company.

Gemini MAY 21-JUNE 20
There’s still a lot you have to do before year’s end. With Venus moving to your work area, life’s about to get hectic and you’ll need to organize your schedule to keep up with all the demands. To begin 2019 efficiently, tie up all the remaining loose ends this year. But don’t knock yourself out trying; focus on your highest priorities.

Cancer JUNE 21-JULY 22
There can be changes at work, and if so, then use the weekend to think through which of the people want the best for you and which don’t. You’ll instinctively know when someone stretches the truth. Don’t expend your energy on them; use it to figure out a way you can best start working toward the career you want in a few years’ time.

Leo JULY 23-AUG. 22
This weekend can highlight what’s most important, especially when it concerns money but, since it is changeable energy, be ready to suddenly revise your plans. You thrive when you learn new things; sadly, not everyone can offer you the intellectual challenge you seek. But when you find people who fulfill your needs, your life can flourish.

Virgo AUG. 23-SEPT. 22
Don’t get caught in the holiday shopping fever madness. You may not be able to control all financial matters, but it’s wise to avoid impulsive spending. The planetary energy in your family zone this weekend can set off a long overdue dialogue that can be very freeing when you get to the bottom of a situation.

Libra SEPT. 23-OCT. 22
When you meet someone new, try to figure out if that person appreciates you as the sincere honest person you are or sees only what you have to offer. Being astute, it shouldn’t take you long. Don’t spend this weekend worrying about work. With Venus and Uranus turning their light on your love zone, prepare to enjoy a romantic encounter.

Scorpio OCT. 23-NOV. 21
No matter how much money you currently have, it’s not an endless supply. During the holidays, you might find yourself maxing out your credit cards, which could be a big mistake. With Venus moving to your sign, this is a very important time for you financially and the best choice would most likely be to aim for moderation.

Sagittarius NOV. 22-DEC. 21
This weekend, try to de-stress from recent events. The connection between Venus and Uranus can cause relationships to become unsettled, and that’s on your mind, too. All things considered, you deserve to have some fun. But be ready to face new challenges as well.

Capricorn DEC. 22-JAN. 19
Nobody comes close to having your common sense; you resolve problems quickly and easily, gaining the respect from all involved. However, as several things influence your chart now, you could find your normal logic is replaced with an emotional viewpoint when it comes to both work and family.

Aquarius JAN. 20-FEB. 18
It’s alright to do something impetuous this weekend, after all it is the holiday season, and a perfect time to go out and network. Not every moment of your life needs to be planned, where’s the fun in that! Put your best self out there on the social zone and you can make contacts now to follow up in the new year.

Pisces FEB. 19-MARCH 20
There’s a chance for you to get a fresh start with relationships during this time. The energy also can make you more impulsive than usual, so try to keep your urge for spontaneity in check. Keep in mind that rash decisions can have long-lasting repercussions

–Jennifer Angel

The Daily Tarot Card for December 1 is The Fool

The Fool

Keywords: open to possibilities, journey, quest (for something, to realize a dream, etc.)!

Astrological Correspondence: Uranus

The Fool is the card without a number. It usually is positioned at the beginning of the major arcana but can be either at the beginning or the end as it depicts our learning experience through life from beginning to end. The Fool signifies one’s potential and abilities. Embarking on his journey toward self-knowledge, the Fool is at the same time adventurous and fearful, seemingly open to all possibilities, yet apparently unaware of the dangers along the way. It is a card of pure adventure. Irrational impulses, foolishness, and poor judgment are some of the negative aspects of this card. At the end of his journey the Fool has learned life’s lessons and is aware of his place in the world and is at one with himself.

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The Daily Love Tarot Card for December 1 is Temperance

Temperance

The card says Romance with a capital ‘R,’ and it vibrates to a higher frequency. When it is real, you have no doubt someone loves you. It is why you love them so much. You are high on each other and the pursuit of happiness. Trust your instincts and wisdom. Resonate with confidence that attracts and holds the partner who looks for real substance and is sure they have found it in you

 

 

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The Tarot Power Card for December 1 is The Hanged Man

The Hanged Man

You’ve denied a call to action that came from the most important person: yourself. As a result of pushing away parts of yourself that you don’t like, you may find yourself going around in circles or not making any progress at all. You’re not the victim here, as you have the power to release yourself at any time. Trust your gut feelings more, even if it doesn’t look good on paper. You have to address this sometime soon.

 

 

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Your Daily Rune for December 1 is Fehu

 

Fehu

“Fay-Who” – Literally: “Cattle” – Esoteric: Mobile Property, New Beginnings, Wealth

Key Concepts: Wealth, money, food, sustenance, Hamingja, luck, personal power, circulation of power, financial strength, prosperity

Psi: Beginner’s Mind, presence, freedom, first impressions, young love

Energy: mobility, luck, charisma, dynamic power, liquid and mobile transferable energies, abundance, circulation, ‘mana’, sexual attraction

Mundane: money, recent purchases, reputation, freshness, fashionability

Divinations: New beginnings, social success, foresight, energy, travel, money, control; or greed, failure, atrophy, poverty, endings.

Governs:

  • Delegating your energy to another, power transference or projection; the sending rune
  • Drawing gravity into the personal sphere
  • Promotion of personal and social evolution, changing circumstances of importance
  • Increase in personal monetary wealth
  • Beginner’s mind and presence as a tool for consciously creating a fresh start

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The Daily Witches Rune for December 1 is The Crossed Spears

The Crossed Spears

Meaning: The presence of the spear signifies arguments, negative events, and all manner of strife of an upsetting nature. However similar to the ‘Tower’ tarot card if next to a positive rune it could mean the end of an argument or quarrel. If with the rings it means the healing or renewal of a relationship. If there are military connections it could mean promotion. If illness is within the equation it means a speedy and successful recovery.

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The Ogham Reading for December 1 is Onn-Gorse

Onn-Gorse

While it also may have thorns, Gorse is known for a vibrant yellow flower that can last almost year round. For this reason this plant has become a symbol of vitality. It may be hardy and have some thorns but it protects wildlife and shines bright for everyone to see. When you draw this letter keep in mind optimism, positivity, and vigor. With Onn you will prevail as long as you keep your flower in bloom!

Fortune – This Ogham tells you that you will prevail! Stay happy and optimistic and everything you seek will turn out great!

Your Animal Spirit Guide for Saturday, December 1 is The Deer

If a deer shows up, it means: You’ve been involved in some aggressive, negative circumstances and need to seek out safe, nurturing situations and people. More than ever, you need to trust your gut instinct. You’re poised for an enticing adventure, one that will take you down many different paths and lead to many important insights. Be gentle with yourself and others.

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Your Karmic Number for the Day is Five

Getting this 5 today means that you are moving in opposition of change. You have been marching in place. This is fine if you are only looking to increase your heart rate, but who wants to do that? If you want to see definite changes in your life then you need to find internal and external motivators to get you going. Locate the friends and family who have been giving you good advice. They care for your well-being. Recognize that and be grateful there are people to help you. Use this to develop your inner strength. In time, you will be taking giant leaps.

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Crack the Cookie

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The Wisdom of the Buddha

There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.

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Your EarthSky News for December 1: Moon and Venus

Moon and Venus December 2 to 4

In the coming mornings – December 2, 3 and 4, 2018 – look eastward before sunrise for the moon and Venus. If your sky is clear, you can’t miss them! They’re always the brightest and second-brightest celestial bodies, respectively, to light up the night sky. Plus – around now – Venus is at its maximum brightness for this morning apparition, with its greatest illuminated extent falling around December 2.

The moon and Venus are so bright and beautiful that you’ll easily spot them at morning dawn. And, if you’re willing to get up an hour or two before sunrise, you can also see the bright star Arcturus to the north (left) of the moon and Venus, and the star Spica close to Venus.

If you peered at Venus through a telescope now, you’d find it in a waxing crescent phase. That’s because Venus passed between us and the sun on October 26, and its lighted half – or day side – is still facing mostly away from us. In early December 2018, meanwhile, the moon is waning, and the phase of the waning crescent moon and waxing crescent Venus are almost identical. Both worlds are now showing us disks that are about one-quarter (25%) illuminated by sunshine. If you have a telescope, remember … you’ll get a crisper view of Venus’ phase at dawn, when this brilliant world has climbed higher above your horizon and its glare has been reduced by the breaking day.

After today, the moon’s phase will continue to wane (get smaller) as the moon falls closer to the sunrise over the next several mornings. On December 5 and 6, 2018, the thin lunar crescent will swing by the planet Mercury, though Mercury will be quite hard to spot in the glow of morning twilight. Binoculars may help. See the chart below.

The good news is that Mercury is brightening day by day and, moreover, is coming up earlier by the day. So, by the middle of December, Mercury should become a fine morning object.

As the moon’s phase wanes, Venus’ phases waxes, as this world pulls ahead of us in its smaller, faster orbit, causing its illuminated or day side to slowly turn our way.

When Venus’ disk reaches its half-lit waxing quarter phase on January 6, 2019, this planet will be at its greatest elongation of 47 degrees west of the sun.

After Venus attains this milestone in the morning sky, this planet will begin slowly but surely sinking toward the sunrise. It’ll take many months to do this, as it moves ahead of us in orbit. Venus will finally pass more or less behind the sun from Earth – at what astronomers call superior conjunction – on August 14, 2019. At that juncture, Venus will transition out of the morning sky and into evening sky.

Now back to the current month! The moon will turn new, to swing more or less between the sun and Earth, on December 7, 2018. At that time, the moon will transition from the morning to the evening sky.

Mercury and Venus are called inferior planets because they orbit the sun inside of Earth’s orbit. Although Venus is about twice Mercury’s distance from the sun, Venus is nonetheless the hotter of these two worlds. Climate does not depend on the sun alone but also on a planet’s atmosphere. Venus’ thick atmosphere creates a greenhouse effect that brings Venus’ surface temperature to 864 degrees Fahrenheit (462 degrees Celsius).

Even though the moon and Earth are virtually the same distance from the sun, the moon’s daytime temperature is much hotter, and its nighttime temperature is much colder, than here on Earth. That’s because Earth has a protective atmosphere whereas the moon has no atmosphere of significance.

Bottom line: These next several mornings – December 2 to 4, 2018 – watch for the waning crescent moon to sweep by Venus, the solar system’s hottest planet. Some of you might also catch the moon near Mercury, the solar system’s innermost planet, on December 5.

Bruce McClure has served as lead writer for EarthSky’s popular Tonight pages since 2004. He’s a sundial aficionado, whose love for the heavens has taken him to Lake Titicaca in Bolivia and sailing in the North Atlantic, where he earned his celestial navigation certificate through the School of Ocean Sailing and Navigation. He also writes and hosts public astronomy programs and planetarium programs in and around his home in upstate New York.
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A Little Humor for Your Day

Time to Worry

Have you had your name legally changed to your craft name?
Does your craft name include the words crystal, moon or light?
Do you use a playboy bunny for your altar image of the Goddess?
Do you use a Chippendale dancer for your altar image of the God?
Have you ever blessed French fries, fried chicken, croissants or other exotic foods in ritual?
Have you ever blessed pop, coffee or other exotic beverages in ritual?
Do you believe that a banana and taco are fine representatives of the great rite on your altar?
Is your chalice a free plastic drink goblet from Las Vegas?
Have you ever used belly button lint as incense?
When you hug a tree, do you insist that the bugs that then crawl into your clothing are the tree ‘hugging back’?
Have you ever jumped over a fire nude while screaming ‘ooo ooo hot hot!’?
Have you ever jumped over a fire in a fireplace nude?
Is your sacred wand a drink stir-stick?
Have you ever tried to snort powdered incense?
Does your altar image of the Goddess include ‘several points of entry’?
Does your Goddess altar image vibrate?
Do you feel that chocolate flavored whipped cream is a valid part of the ‘Great Rite’?
Have you ever snorted ritual wine out of your nose at a joke someone made in ritual?
Have you ever spit ritual cake out at anyone in ritual?
Have you ever farted during a quiet point in ritual then tried to look innocent?
Have you ever tried to make the Great Rite a group thing?
Do you think that the original ‘Great Rite’ was actually just a really good ritual?
Have you ever used pyrotechnics (eg fireworks) for effect in ritual?
Have you never done an outdoor ritual because of the ‘bugs and icky nature’?
Would you feel some Kentucky fried chicken roasted over the ritual fire was a good and fitting offering to the Gods?
Do you feel that coffee in ritual is a right, not a privilege?
Is your offering plate a plastic Frisbee you got as a free promo?
Have you ever made incense from leftover cigarette butts?
Has your incense ever contained psychoactives just to add ‘color’ to your ritual?
Do you feel that a peppermint stick is a perfectly normal wand?
Have you ever shown up to work naked and insisted that as a pagan it is your right to do so?

Then it might be time to worry…..

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“Walk barefoot, listen to the wind, drink in the moon…. BE MAGICK”

Witches of the Craft’s Journal for Wednesday, November 28

“A witch who is bored might do ANYTHING.

People said things like ‘we had to make our own amusements in those days’ as if this signified some kind of moral worth, and perhaps it did, but the last thing you wanted a witch to do was get bored and start making her own amusements, because witches sometimes had famously erratic ideas about what was amusing.”

― Terry Pratchett, Legends 1

Current Planetary Positions

November 28, 2018
Tropical Zodiac

Sun: 05 Sagittarius 54
Moon: 12 Leo 10
Mercury: 03 Sagittarius 56 Rx
Venus: 27 Libra 50
Mars: 07 Pisces 41
Jupiter: 04 Sagittarius 22
Saturn: 07 Capricorn 31
Uranus: 29 Aries 14 Rx
Neptune: 13 Pisces 42
Pluto: 19 Capricorn 34

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The Solar Almanac for Wednesday, November 28

Sun Direction: 328.02° NNW↑
Sun Altitude: -71.91°
Sun Distance: 91.709 million mi
Next Solstice: Dec 21, 2018 4:22 pm (Winter)
Sunrise Today: 6:45 am↑ 116° Southeast
Sunset Today: 4:38 pm↑ 244° Southwest
Length of Daylight: 9 hours, 53 minutes

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Detailed Sun Facts

One million Earths could fit inside the Sun. …
The Sun contains 99.86% of the mass in the Solar System. …
The Sun is an almost perfect sphere. …
The temperature inside the Sun can reach 15 million degrees Celsius. …
Eventually, the Sun will consume the Earth. …
The Sun will one day be about the size of Earth.

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The Lunar Almanac for Wednesday, November 28

Moon Direction: 80.60° E↑
Moon Altitude: 17.58°
Moon Distance: 228660 mi
Next New Moon: Dec 7, 20181:20 am
Next Full Moon: Dec 22, 201811:48 am
Next Moonset: Tomorrow 11:46 am
Current Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous
Illumination: 70.1%

timeanddate.com

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Moon Phase Calendar for November 28, 2018

Current Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous

Moon is Currently In the Sign of Leo

Moon in Leo:
You feel safe in moments when you can impress others and get praise and admiration. Yet, when you get into the spotlight, you may find yourself at a loss. Maybe you should admit your fear of criticism and your inability to accept criticism. It is very important to accept feedback and use it for improvement.

Organs influenced by Leo Moon Sign:
Organs: Heart, aorta, blood circulation, blood pressure, heart rate.
These organs are now more sensitive so provide them with extra care.

Surgical operations:
Surgical operations are recommended during the Waning Moon.
However, avoid surgeries of organs under the influence of the Moon Sign.

ASTROSEEK

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The changing appearance of the Moon, caused by the different angles at which it is illuminated by the Sun.

First Quarter: Right half of the Moon is illuminated

Full: The Sun and the Moon are in opposition; the entire disk of the Moon is illuminated

Last Quarter: Left half of the Moon is illuminated

New: The Sun and the Moon are in conjunction; the Moon is darkened because it lines up between the Earth and the Sun

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Did You Know….

The position of the Moon within the tropical zodiac, whose twelve 30 degree segments(signs) along the ecliptic were named more than 2,000 years ago after constellations within each area. Because of precession and other factors, the zodiac signs no longer match actual constellation positions.

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The Sky This Week from November 28 to December 2

Venus shines at its brightest before dawn while Mars still rules the evening sky.
By Richard Talcott

Wednesday, November 28

Algol can guide you to one of the finest binocular star clusters in the late autumn sky. Just after darkness falls, target the variable star through binoculars and place it at the bottom of your field of view. At the top of the field, you should see a hazy patch of light roughly the size of the Full Moon. This is M34, a collection of roughly 100 suns near Perseus’ border with Andromeda. Through 10×50 binoculars, M34’s brightest stars appear to twinkle against the unresolved glow of the cluster’s fainter members. To find more objects worth exploring these autumn nights, see “November’s 50 finest deep-sky objects” in the November issue of Astronomy.

Thursday, November 29

Last Quarter Moon arrives at 7:19 p.m. EST. It rises in the eastern sky shortly before midnight local time and reaches its peak in the south near sunrise tomorrow morning, by which time it appears slightly less than half-lit. Throughout this period, our satellite resides among the background stars of Leo the Lion.

Friday, November 30

Look high in the south 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 and, because it lies due south, it looks like a nearly perfect square. These four almost equally bright stars form the body of Pegasus the Winged Horse. The fainter stars that represent the rest of this constellation’s shape trail off to the square’s west.

Saturday, December 1

Venus appears brilliant from the time it rises a little before 4 a.m. local time until close to sunrise some three hours later. It stands about 25° above the southeastern horizon an hour before the Sun comes up. Shining at magnitude –4.9, it appears slightly brighter today than at any other time during this morning apparition. (The difference is essentially imperceptible, however — it appears less than 0.01 magnitude brighter today than it did yesterday or will tomorrow.) When viewed through a telescope this morning, Venus spans 40″ and appears one-quarter lit.

Sunday, December 2

The days of viewing Saturn in the evening sky are dwindling rapidly. You can find the ringed world about 10° high in the southwest 45 minutes after sunset. The planet shines at magnitude 0.5, more than a full magnitude brighter than any of the background stars in its host constellation, Sagittarius the Archer. Although the best views of Saturn through a telescope came earlier in this apparition, it never hurts to take a final look. This week, the planet’s disk measures 15″ across while the ring system spans 35″ and tilts 26° to our line of sight.

The Astronomy Magazine

Today is Wednesday, November 28

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

Deity: Woden

Zodiac Sign: Gemini & Virgo

Planet: Mercury

Tree: Ash

Herb: Cinquefoil

Stone: Emerald & Sardonyx

Animal: Raven & Cat

Element: Air

Color: Red & Blue

Number: 6

Rune: Odal(O)

 

Celtic Tree Month of Ruis (Elder) (November 25 – December 22)

The Runic Half Month of Is (November 28 – December 12)

Goddess of the Month of Astraea (November 28 – December 23)

The Pagan Book of Days
Nigel Pennick

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About The Goddess of the Month, Astraea

(November 28 – December 23)

Astraea is a minor but important goddess from Greek mythology. Known as the “Star Maiden” or “Star Goddess”, she is best known for being the last immortal to live among the humans on Earth before leaving in disgust of humanity’s brutality and wickedness.

There are arguments about who her parents are. She is the daughter of either Zeus (Greek God) and Themis or of Eos and Astraeus. She is often depicted as a winged woman, carrying a torch and the scales of justice. She is also said to have helped Zeus in battle, and is sometimes portrayed carrying his lightning bolts with her.

Astraea is most often associated with two of the major constellation myths, those of Virgo and Libra. While there is much debate about her role in Virgo mythology, I believe that she is the most likely candidate for the role of Virgo. Whether she is or isn’t the figure of the Virgo myth, she is definitely very closely connected to both Virgo and Libra mythology.

Some believe that Astraea’s image is the portrayed on the “Justice” card in the major arcana of the tarot. There is reason to believe that this is true. In the most famous rendition of the card’s artwork, a winged woman carrying a torch and thunderbolts stands beside the throne of Zeus. The name “Astrape” is inscribed above her.

Though often called “the virgin goddess”, Astraea is best known as a goddess of Justice, along with Dike (Greek mythology) and Erigone (Roman mythology), with whom she is often interchangeably mentioned. When she left Earth for the heavens, she essentially took the “Golden Age of Man” with her. Later literature inferred that once humanity realized what it had done, they hoped for her to return, inferring that she would bring the Golden Age back with her. This is notably similar to the “return of the messiah” in Christian mythology.

Though not one of the most well-known the Greek gods and goddesses, the Star Maiden’s influence has lasted throughout the years. Greek epics and English literature refer to her in poems over several centuries, including one by Ralph Waldo Emerson.

In modern mythology the image of Astraea is re-imagined in the video game “Demon’s Souls” published by Atlas Software in 2009. In the game, a character named “Maiden Astraea” rules over a land of sickness and disease. She is a beautiful, powerful, and once noble woman whose soul has been corrupted by demonic spirits and has charged herself with taking care of those living in the uncivilized, plague-infested land. This re-imagination combines the images of the goddess Astraea with the role of the immortal monster Echidna, who is also an important mother figure in Greek mythology. Whether this was intentional or not, it serves as an interesting example of ancient mythology transformed into modern mythology.

Gods-and-Monsters.com

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~ The Goddess Days of the Moon ~

Days 1-3 Dedicated to Persephone, the initiator

Days 4-6 Ruled by Artemis/Diana, the independent one of the wilderness, the impetus behind the newly planted seed

Days 7-9 Kore rules these lunar days, and she is seen as the Maiden of Menarche, the link between childhood and adulthood

Days 10-12 Ruled by Hera, Queen of Heaven and creatrix, representing the power of inspiration

Days 13-15 Demeter, the nurturer, rules these

Days 16-18 Dedicated to Gaia, the Earth Goddess

Days 19-21 Hestia, Goddess of Waning Moon, is the matriarchal grandmother, ruling and protecting her family

Days 22-24 Ruled by Medusa, the crone of death and spiritual release, the necessary destruction that allows a new cycle to begin

Days 25-27 Ruled by Hecate, queen of the underworld and the shades, she is seen as the one who allows departed souls to choose thier paths in the next phase of existence and rebirth

The remaining days of the moon – the dark days – are those of the unknowable Masked Goddess, who is present, but invisible.

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On Wednesday, November 28th, We Celebrate…..

Festival of Lights (New York)
CHIU-RANG-GURU

Themes: Water; Beauty; Overcoming; Victory

SYMBOLS: Rough Water; Light

About Chiu-rang-gura: This grouping of goddesses includes those who dwell in rapids, rough water, or waterfalls, and they can guide us through any rough waters that our lives face. Their name literally means “senders down of the current.” Thanks to water spirits like these, Niagara Falls has become a favorite tourist attraction, especially during this festival.

To Do Today: This breathtaking festival takes place nearly in my backyard. At this time of the year, Niagara Falls is bedecked with hundreds of lights, including colored floodlights that adorn the falls in potent beauty, accented by these goddesses’ vibrant power.

If you find yourself facing difficult times right now, know that the Chiu-rang-guru can ease the flow of problems. One way to magically mimic this is by using a freestanding Jacuzzi in the tub turned on high. Immerse yourself in this torrent, then speak the goddesses’ name and turn it down slowly. When you’ve reached the last setting, turn off the machine and pull the plug in the tub, letting those problems literally flow down the drain. The effect of this activity can be accentuated by using a black light in the bathroom, glitter in the water, and candles. This turns your tub into a light show in which you can wrap yourself in Chiu-rang-guru’s spirit and be renewed.

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

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Wednesday’s Associations

Color: Purple

Planet: Mercury

Metal: Mercury (Quicksilver)

Deities: Odin, Hermes, Lugh

Gemstones: Mercury, Athena

Crystals: Adventurine, Agate

Herbs: Aspen trees, lilies, Lavender, Ferns

Associations: Business, Communication, Loss and Debt, Travel.

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The Magickal Days of the Week: 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

–Patti Wigington, Paganism/Wicca Expert
Article published on & owned by ThoughtCo.com

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Wednesday Witchery

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
Ellen Dugan

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The Witches Almanac for Wednesday, November 28

Republic Day (Chadian)

Waning Moon

Moon phase: Third Quarter

Moon Sign: Leo

Incense: Marjoram

Color: Topaz

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Moon in Leo

Before we get into details about the Moon in Leo, let’s first learn more about the Moon itself. In Astrology, the Moon is considered a planet — the fastest moving one at that! Because it moves so quickly, it passes through each of the zodiac signs every month.

When the Moon is in Leo
Regardless of what your Moon sign is, a couple days each month we all feel the influence of the Leo Moon. When the Moon is moving through Leo, regardless of how you normally feel, you will have a stronger desire to let others how you feel. You’ll be more apt to tell people that you love them, or express your appreciation for them. This might also be a time when there’s a strong urge to turn the romance and passion in your life up a notch.

Because Leo craves attention and adoration, a Leo Moon could leave you feeling more insecure than usual which could lead to a dramatic flare-up if your needs aren’t met. If you are a bit more sensitive and vulnerable during this transit, ask those around you for the reassurance you crave.

Leo is a sign of ideas and a sign of expressing yourself. You’ll be inclined to pursue an artistic outlet such as dance or theater, or a business endeavor of some kind. It could also be a time of getting out and socializing so that you can “perform” for others. After all, all the world’s a stage during the Moon in Leo!

New Moon in Leo
During the mid-summer, when the Sun is in the sign of Leo, we have what is called a Leo New Moon. This is a very special time because New Moons are all about new growth and the beginning of new cycles. The Leo New Moon is concerned with self-expression, and showing what’s in your heart. So, this is when you’re beginning a relationship with a person, an idea, or a goal. You want to open your heart, and make your deepest desires become everything in your life. This is a great time to ask yourself if you’ve truly been doing the things that make you feel the most fulfilled.

Full Moon in Leo
Six months later, the Sun is in the sign of Aquarius which means we have a Leo Full Moon. Aquarius is very cold, and very distant from the heat of the Sun. The Full Moon in Leo brings a good balance to the depersonalized energy of the Aquarius sign. This transit reminds you that it’s okay to feel what’s in your heart, and to bring that out into the world. Full Moons are culminations so this is a great time to look at the seeds you planted during the New Moon and see if they’ve come to fruition.

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The Witches Spell for Wednesday, November 28th

To Break the Powers of a Spell (against you)

Items that you will need in order to perform this spell:
1 large black candle
Cauldron or large black bowl

Ritual: Place the candle in the large black bowl or cauldron, affixing it with droppings of another black candle. The candle should be tall enough to extend a few inches above the rim. Fill the cauldron to the rim with fresh water, without welling the candle’s wick.

Deep breathe meditate, clear your mind and light the candle. Visualize the suspected spell’s power as residing within the candles flame. Sit in quiet contemplation of the candle and visualize the power flowing and growing within the candle’s flame.

As the candle burns down, its flame will eventually sputter and go out as it contacts the water. As soon as the water has extinguished the flame, the spell will be dispersed. See the spell power explode into dust. Pour water in a hole in the ground and bury the candle.

The Modern Day Spellbook: A Collection of Spells for the Modern Day Witch
R. Marten

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Scrying

Scrying is the name given to the ancient technique of gazing into an
object such as a crystal ball (or skull) for the purposes of divination.
Although some people can achieve visions from gazing into flames or even a shallow bowl of water or black ink, the clear quartz crystal ball is
the most common method.

Anyone can learn to scry. It is all a matter of practice. If you meditate it will be much easier. If you you ask a question – and place lots of energy in the answer – it will manifest faster for you.

The amount of time you use for scrying can vary from a few minutes to
half hour. You usually scry alone but more than one person can scry into
the same surface at the same time for information. Though some people go through rituals before they scry – it isn’t necessary. If you wish to ask your spirit guides for guidance go ahead. Some people say a little prayer and ask for the correct information to appear.

If you are using an object – crystal – mirror – just be sure it is
clean.

Scrying can be done with a number of different surfaces which include:
. Water in a dark bowl – or small pool
. Mirrors
. Crystals – Crystal Ball Gazing
. Tea Leaves – Coffee grinds embers in a fire at night
. A dimly lit / or candle lit room – looking into the eyes of another
person who sits across from you

During scrying – one gazes steadily into the scrying surface (feel free
to blink or allow your point of focus to wander a bit; this is not a method of self-inflicted torture). Eventually, you should be able to pick out shapes or images in the scrying surface; these may appear ascrude sketches, or occasionally with the clarity of a photograph. You will actually see these images with your eyes.

Once this happens, images may begin to form in your mind, no longer
projected onto the scrying surface. When this happens, allow your
attention to focus on these mental images. From this point forward, the
scrying surface is irrelevant; do not be distracted by it.

As the images become clearer, you will find that you know things about
what you are seeing Ð background information will come to the surface of
your mind. Pay attention to what you know about the images you are
seeing.

Surfaces which provide a random, high contrast visual texture, such as
black tea leaves in a white cup or orange sparks in a black ember, are
particularly good for the first stage of the scrying process. However,the  vividness of the visual images formed in this way may tend to pull your attention back from the purely mental images that should follow, thus disrupting the natural flow of ideas. Smooth, neutral surfaces, like the surface of a dish of black water, a crystal ball, or a black mirror, provide relatively few visual cues to get you started, but if you can make the transition to mental imagery quickly, the visual surface will obligingly fade into the background.

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Scrying With Crystals

If you are using a crystal select one that calls to you. Most people prefer a crystal ball or crystal skull. The crystal must be clear quartz – a larger crystal is best. The crystal will seem appealing to your eye. It does not have to be your ‘personal crystal’.

The crystal can be clear or have inclusions in it. Many have rainbows. Some develop cloudy areas when you scry with them. It is best to find a quiet place to scry, so that you can hear your thoughts without distractions and concentrate on the objects you see. Make yourself comfortable.

Adjust your surroundings as you would for a meditation: lighting, noise
level, temperature, clothing, glasses, shoes

Place the object:
. On a black cloth
. In good light – daylight – on a stand with a light beneath it – use a
flashlight – near candle light – not too close
. Between your hands / fingers
. Hold the object in one hand

You can prepare a tape recorder to record any messages you get from your scrying session. You can scry alone or with another person to talk to.
As you prepare to scry, be sure that your vantage point for viewing the
object is at good eye level. Remember that you will turn the object many
times to see different things within it.

Crystal are life forms and have a lot to say and share, they are communication devices. They send and receive signals. You just have to
learn to ‘tune in’ to their channel – listen with your thoughts and look
a the images that appear on the screen behind your eyes.

Older crystals will have more messages as they have experienced more
frequencies in their time on the Earth plane and stored more information. Many crystals are record keepers, especially those from ancient civilizations, such as Atlantis. Crystal skulls, made from very old crystals, are example of ancient crystals. They seem to have an endless amount of messages to give.

Most crystals have flat areas through which one can look. These areas are called windows or doors. Some people need time to adjust their frequency to that of the crystal so they can read into it. More experienced readers, such as myself, can pick up any crystal almost instinctively and feel the energies as if it is talking to me. They can heal you while you are working with them though you don’t realize it as first. They simple balance the energies in your physical and other bodies.

You can place your crystal over a light of some kind to get a better look at the inside. Crystal stores often have stands with light in them that you rest your crystal on. The light them penetrates through the crystal. I prefer holding crystals up to sunlight! It gives the best clarity.

As crystals change, depending on their surroundings, they do develop
different patterns within them from the energies they receive. When you are ready, have as much light as you can running through the crystal.

Place one or both hands – on either side of it.
Look deeply into the crystal.
Allow your eyes to focus on the images within the crystal.
Examine all of the shapes until you find one that calls to you.
Listen to your thoughts – as the crystal begins to connect its frequency
with yours.
Turn the crystal in various directions to see different images and get
different messages.
You will intuitively know what’s best.

Sometimes the images in the crystal may appear to move as you gaze at
them. You may want to close the light – then close your eyes – if they works better for you.

As with all psychic skills, this could take many attempts to master. If
the crystal is not in your frequency you may not receive any messages
from it. Try another crystal.

Daily Cosmic Calendar for Wednesday, November 28

Stop, look and listen. Any recently restored confidence could be temporarily short-circuited as Venus makes an off-kilter, 150-degree liaison with wounded-healer Chiron (4:04am), Vesta forms a caustic, 45-degree tie to Neptune (5:40pm), and less than three hours later another 45-degree encounter occurs between mythological brothers Jupiter and Pluto (8:29pm). Compared to the all-pervasive enthusiasm present this past Sunday and yesterday, this 24-hour time-period can prove rather disappointing. However, the moon in Leo always contains a creative reservoir of energy that you can use for advancement in favorite arts, crafts and hobbies. Plus, a fairly rare and inspirational, 72-degree aspect between Ceres and Pluto (11:52pm) has a nurturing power that can blunt some of the stress emanating from the three challenging sky cycles.

[Note to readers: All times are now calculated as Pacific Standard Time. Be sure to adjust all times according to your own local time so the alignments noted above will be exact for your location.]

Copyright 2018 Mark Lerner & Great Bear Enterprises, Ltd. 

Astrology.com

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The Daily Horoscopes for Wednesday, November 28th

Jennifer Angel, Astrologer 

 – Book an astrological life coaching consultation with Jennifer

Leo Moon is big energy. Get emotional about your life and passionately go after what you want. Don’t hold back!

Aries
It can be best to remain silent when business matters come up for review, so you build in some thinking time. Before agreeing to anything, ask questions and try to see the situation from all angles. Once you’ve gathered all the facts, you will be in a better position to make decisions.

Taurus
Things are about to get busy, with work responsibilities, holiday obligations and invitations too good to decline. It can be a challenge to make time for everyone, but the excitement of life in the fast lane will be worth the organization you need to do to pull it together.

Gemini
For you to enjoy your job, there has to be some creativity in your work and not just a paycheck. A routine job will not only rob you of your energy but diminish your enthusiasm, too. Try to work out a schedule that lets you be productive and keeps you interested, too.

Cancer
Having worked strenuously for some time now, you’re ready to partake of some fun and games. But if work needs attention, get it out of the way before you begin partying. However, don’t try to get all your responsibilities checked off, or else you’ll never make it out of the office.

Leo
Finances are an important issue and now you have a good chance to take advantage of a possible opportunity. But don’t go celebrating before you have confirmation. Last minute changes are possible, and you need to make sure that the outcome is fair to everyone involved.

Virgo
It’s important to be consistent, and when you do what you say, the people with whom you deal won’t misunderstand you. They need to know that they can trust your word and that you can be relied upon. That’s what makes for long-lasting friendships and business connections.

Libra
There’s always room to improve productivity, no matter how high up the ladder of success you’ve reached. It may seem that you’ve struggled along the journey to get to the top, but don’t give up. Stay positive, and you’ll see that hard work does pay off.

Scorpio
When you need to have a discussion around finances, even if it is personal, make an appointment and treat it in a businesslike manner. You want to make sure there’s no confusion when it concerns money in your bank account. To reduce possible mix-ups, follow up in writing.

Sagittarius
You are most likely more knowledgeable about a certain subject at work but be careful not to come across as a know-it-all. Your opinions count, and if you present them in a diplomatic way, people will listen. It always pays to be on good terms with colleagues.

Capricorn
Expect to be more in demand this week than usual and, as such, get ready to accept invitations to social events. Life is not all about work, Capricorn, and since you could meet someone special at one of these gatherings, make sure you look your best. Be open to romantic possibilities.

Aquarius
Be careful of neglecting a friend or lover. To reassure him or her, explain that your absence is job-related and does not reflect how you feel. As life gets more hectic, don’t forget to allot time to those who matter to you most.

Pisces
Having Jupiter in your work and business zone turns your mind into a creative idea machine and gets you to share these ideas with influential people. This is a busy time, and if you can stay focused, the contacts you make now can help you move forward.

Jennifer Angel

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What’s Your Power Color?

See which color holds the most powerful energy for you!


Colors carry energy, and certain colors can bring out something in you that makes you truly shine. They can enhance confidence, calm restless energy, empower strength, and so much more. Keep reading to see which color brings out the most powerful traits in YOUR zodiac sign!

Aries color: Red

The color red stirs Aries’ soul and enhances passion, energy, and initiative. It’s the color of excitement and assertion, which supports Aries’ active nature and eagerness for life. Red demands attention — and Aries is a sign that doesn’t like to be ignored. It’s also no surprise that Aries’ ruling planet, Mars, is known as “The Red Planet.” The more shades of red Aries surrounds itself with, the greater their natural powers can be.

Taurus color: Green

Fresh green nurtures Taurus’ spirit and reinforces its connection to nature and growth. Just like the lush pastures the Bull resides in, green represents growth, and Taurus is a sign of absolute progress. The return of green in the springtime — Taurus’ season — further enhances its connection to this sign.

Gemini color: Yellow

Inspiring yellow lifts Gemini’s spirit and triggers curiosity and brilliant thoughts. This inspiring and life-giving color shines through in Gemini’s exciting, upbeat nature. Mimicking the warm Sun, yellow lightens and brightens everything around it. As the color of the mind and the intellect, yellow enhances Gemini’s mental powers and focus.

Cancer color: White and silver

Bright white and silver connect Cancer with its intuition and provide a clean, clear slate. Like the glistening surface of water or the shining face of the Moon, silver and white are colors of intuition and purity. They increase Cancer’s sensitivity and understanding, allowing love to flow at its deepest level.

Leo color: Gold

Glistening gold empowers Leo’s warm heart and strengthens its positive spirit. Shining with royalty and class, gold has always been a symbol of power and prestige. So it’s no wonder Leo — the King of the Jungle — is stirred by this expressive hue. Gold gives Leo the attention it wants, and supports its generous nature and warm, optimistic outlook on life.

Virgo color: Green and brown

Classic, natural brown and green keep Virgo grounded and focused on continuous growth. Brown represents stability, and supports the careful and methodical approach the Virgin takes to life. In nature green is the color of growth, and strengthens Virgo’s lifelong plight toward self-improvement.

Libra color: Pink and blue

Airy pink and light blue help to open Libra’s heart and soften its presence. These pale hues bring a calming and likeable presence to Libra’s personality. Symbolizing a cool, subtle breeze, light blue increases clarity and balance, while pink invokes Libra’s sweet and loving nature.

Scorpio color: Black

Dark and mysterious black keeps Scorpio intensely inquisitive and focused on transformation. Black represents the depths where the Scorpion resides, and strengthens its drive to look below the surface and question everything. In western culture the color black is associated with death and rebirth, enhancing Scorpio’s strength of letting go and its ability to transform itself.

Sagittarius color: Purple

As the color of spirituality and awareness, lush purple pushes Sagittarius’ philosophical mind toward enlightenment and openness. Also a color of abundance, purple encourages Sagittarius’ natural luck and positive nature, and drives it to continuously broaden its horizons.

Capricorn color: Brown and grey

Earthy grey and brown help Capricorn find the strongest and most practical path to take in life. These strong but neutral colors enhance Capricorn’s solidity, reliability, and traditionalism. A combination of extremes — white and black — grey increases the conservative nature of Capricorn and its no-nonsense approach to life. Brown represents stability, and can greatly benefit the Goat’s steadfast determination as it strives to reach its goals.

Aquarius’ color: Blue

Calming blue helps encourage Aquarius’ brilliant ideas and balance its restless energy. Just like the sky and the waters Aquarius is so closely connected to, blue represents vastness and creates a smooth flow of ideas, conversation, and experimentation. Fun fact: Uranus — Aquarius’ ruling planet — is also blue!

Pisces color: Light green

Perfectly pale green brings about healing and renewal and connects Pisces with its subconscious. As the color of life, light green represents renewal and inspiration, encouraging the healing and rejuvenating energies that Pisces is known for.

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Get A Jump On Tomorrow….

Your Daily Horoscopes for Thursday, November 29th

Jennifer Angel

 – Book an astrological life coaching consultation with Jennifer –

Virgo Moon can help you keep things in perspective.

Aries
It takes time and effort to build relationships. And right now, career help could come from people who can vouch for you. With Mercury and the energy of optimistic Jupiter influencing your grand plan dreams, it’s important to mix with those you respect and trust.

Taurus
The energy of Mercury and Jupiter can give you an opportunity to work with others to increase your financial security. Mixing business with pleasure could be very good right now as well, but check the guest list to ensure that someone significant has not been left out.

Gemini
Life does not stand still, and even when you seem idle, your mind still races. And you can expect to be even busier with personal arrangements, now that Mercury and Jupiter are both opposite your sign. But before you go ahead with plans, check that nobody has changed their mind, as Mercury is retrograde.

Cancer
You are one of the most giving signs of the zodiac, but don’t let anybody take advantage of you. As Mercury and Jupiter both influence your daily schedule, make sure you have enough time planned out for your own needs.

Leo
You are self-assured enough to accept that not everyone is going to be on your side, but you also don’t want to turn people off by being overly confident and coming across as self-important. When trying to get someone’s attention, show your sincerity.

Virgo
There’s a big difference between doing what you want and what needs to be done. And if you don’t make a choice one way or another, you could miss out on opportunities. Do take time to think things over, but come to a conclusion soon. Make a decision and don’t feel guilty about it.

Libra
Unsolicited advice is not always welcome, unless it’s directed at very close friends and you know they won’t mind. And, even then, they still may choose not to listen, so don’t get too invested in the outcome. People may claim to want help but, actually, they just want someone to hear them out.

Scorpio
Don’t be a spendthrift over the holidays unless you can really afford it. With Mercury and Jupiter both in your area of finances, it can indicate that there may be financial details you need to know about.

Sagittarius
For you, Sagittarius, your schedule is always busy, that’s the way you like it. And with Mercury, Jupiter and the Sun all in your sign, be careful not to be so busy that you gloss over an important discussion. You will want to get the facts, and preferably in black and white.

Capricorn
Think carefully before you decide to share a confidence with someone at work or to do with business. Not everyone can be trusted to keep your secrets under wraps. It may highlight someone’s intentions, but you could find out about their loyalty the hard way if they decide to go behind your back with sensitive information.

Aquarius
Communication planet Mercury and Jupiter can highlight the need for a discussion with a friend in relation to monetary matters. The astral aspect can help uncover different options. Keep an open mind; someone’s different opinion could be worth a closer look.

Pisces
A discussion at work can have an effect on your relationship in some way. And if you need to do more hours over the holidays than expected, then tell the people who are special to you, so they don’t think you’re ignoring them. An openhearted discussion can solve just about anything.

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The Daily Tarot Card for November 28 is The Sun

Keywords: joy, friendship, union, stability, brotherly love!

Astrological Correspondence: Sun

The Sun card stands as a symbol for the paternal, masculine energy, the cosmic father, and brotherly love. Being regarded as the primary source of life, light, and warmth, the Sun banishes the darkness so that we may see our path clearly and are enlightened within. As a result, we can see the truth and understand its impact. The Sun card is representative of energy, good health, virility, opportunity, generosity, self-confidence, success, marriage, children, and material wealth. These positive elements provide us with the confidence that we will be successful in all our endeavors, be it in the spiritual, material, or emotional realm. We need to be aware of the negative elements such as boisterousness, arrogance, vanity, and false appearance that can induce failure or uncertainty.

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Your Daily Love Tarot Card for November 28 is The Moon

The Moon

The Moon is a timepiece that says conditions are changing. However, you should proceed cautiously. In love, go lightly and give things the time and the opportunity to take root. In life, it is a moment between the end of old ways and the beginning of new. And, beginnings should be nurtured as one cares for a plant. The seed is the initial decision for which it is time.

 

 

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Your Tarot Power Card for November 28 is The Tower

The Tower

You may feel trapped. Sometimes this card appears when somebody you love is imprisoned or kept away from you. This feeling of confinement may be self-imposed, or it may be placed upon you by somebody who feels the limitations are best. You can use this to avoid dealing with problems for now, but there’s no way to break out with force. Instead, argue diplomatically for the rights for freedom, even if this battle must be waged against your own mind!

 

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Your Daily Rune for November 28 is Mannaz

 

Mannaz

“Man-az” – Literally: “Mankind”

Esoteric: Humankind, awareness

Rune of the Divine structure of intelligence in the human soul or psyche. Rune of the horizons of human existence and collective potential.

Psi: mind & memory (Hugin & Munin), the difference between human and all other life, development of the intellect, rational mind, perfected intelligence

Energy: psychic order of the gods reflected in humankind, projection of Self into time

Mundane: thinking, planning, analysis, the human condition, people at large (contemporary: the masses)

Divinations: Divine structure, sustainability, intelligence, awareness, social order, divine influence in life; or depression, mortality, blindness, self-delusion, collective suicide, bigotry, elitism, intellectual arrogance.

Governs:

Self-Actualization
Realization of the divine structure in humankind
Increase in intelligence, memory and mental powers (passing tests)
Unlocking the third-eye hvel, the “mind’s eye”
Activating the dynamics of your own inner Christus, or Higher Self
Awareness of our roles as co-creator with the gods and nature
Mental and spiritual potential

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Your Daily Witches Rune for Wednesday, November 28 is The Rings

The Rings

Keywords: Love, relationships.

Meanings: The Rings is the rune of love and when it is the leading stone, it is a positive answer to your question. It is very much a rune of relationship and can indicate engagement, marriage or a new/renewed relationship. It can also indicate the need for a fresh approach to an existing relationship.

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Your Ogham Reading for Wednesday, November 28 is Huathe-Hawthorn

Huathe-Hawthorn

The Celts often believed the hawthorn to be a portal to the Otherworld. The hawthorn is a hardy plant commonly used for hedges and great firewood. It can even be an invasive species at times. The key points to remember with the letter Huathe are obstacles, walls, and obstructions. Its ability to form a natural wall gives the diviner an idea in what this symbol can mean to them and their lives.

Fortune – To overcome obstacles and walls you must make a personal sacrifice, to gain we must lose something of ourselves!

Your Animal Spirit Guide for November 28th is The Dragonfly

Dragonfly is the power of light. The dragonfly inhabits two realms: air and water and the influence of both these elements will be felt by Dragonfly people. Dragonfly is the essence of the winds of change, the messages of wisdom and enlightenment; and the communication fro the elemental world. Dragonfly medicine beckons you to seek out the parts of your habits that need changing. Call on Dragonfly to guide you through the mists of illusion to the pathway of transformation. Dragonfly brings the light and color of transformation into your life.

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Your Daily Karmic Number for November 28 is One

Hansel and Gretel dropped breadcrumbs in the woods to find their way back home. But the crumbs got eaten up and they ended up lost – and almost fell victim to a witch. What does this have to do with your 1 result today? You have lost your way because you are following too much of other people’s advice. This is a time to turn a deaf ear to any guidance not coming from your inner self. Meditate or just do nothing for five minutes. The answers will come to you, from within. Listen carefully and be confident in their advice.

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The Wisdom of Buddha

The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one. Only the moment you reject all help are you freed.

Your Earth Sky News for November 28: Sun enters Ophiuchus on November 30

November 30, 2018. If you could see the stars in the daytime, you’d see the sun shining in front of the border of the constellations Ophiuchus and Scorpius on this date. The sun crosses a constellation boundary, into Ophiuchus.
At about this time each year, the sun passes out of Scorpius to enter Ophiuchus. Like Scorpius, Ophiuchus is a constellation of the zodiac … but unlike Scorpius, Ophiuchus is not one of the traditional twelve zodiacal constellations.

The sun will remain in front of Ophiuchus until December 18.

The ecliptic – which translates on our sky’s dome as the sun’s annual path in front of the background stars – actually passes through 13 constellations, as defined by the International Astronomical Union (IAU), although this is not commonly known. After all, when you read the horoscope in the daily newspaper or a monthly magazine, you see only 12 constellations, or signs, mentioned.

There are the 12 traditional zodiacal constellations that have been with us since ancient times. The relatively recent addition of Ophiuchus as a member of the zodiac has increased the number to 13.

Today’s constellation boundaries were drawn out by the International Astronomical Union in the 1930s.

Look at the chart carefully, and you’ll see that the border between Ophiuchus and the constellation Scorpius for the most part lies just south of, or below, the ecliptic. In ancient times, the Ophuichus-Scorpius border was likely placed to the north of, or above, the ecliptic. Had the International Astronomical Union placed its constellation boundary where the ancients might have, the sun’s annual passing in front of Scorpius would be from about November 23 till December 18, not November 23 to November 30.

Bottom line: As seen from Earth, the sun passes in front of the constellation Ophiuchus each year from about November 30 to December 18.

The Witches Moon Phase for Monday, November 19th

Moon Goddess
The Witches Moon Phase for November 19

Waxing Gibbous
Illumination: 84% 

The Moon today is in a Waxing Gibbous phase. This phase is when the moon is more than 50% illuminated but not yet a Full Moon. The phase lasts round 7 days with the moon becoming more illuminated each day until the Full Moon. During a Waxing Gibbous the moon will rise in the east in mid-afternoon and will be high in the eastern sky at sunset. The moon is then visible though most of the night sky setting a few hour before sunrise. The word Gibbous first appeared in the 14th century and has its roots in the Latin word “gibbous” meaning humpbacked

Source: MoonGiant

The Witches Current Moon Phase for Saturday, November 17th

WOMAN AUTUMN
The Witches Current Moon Phase for Saturday, November 17th

Waxing Gibbous
Illumination: 68%

The Moon today is in a Waxing Gibbous phase. This phase is when the moon is more than 50% illuminated but not yet a Full Moon. The phase lasts round 7 days with the moon becoming more illuminated each day until the Full Moon. During a Waxing Gibbous the moon will rise in the east in mid-afternoon and will be high in the eastern sky at sunset. The moon is then visible though most of the night sky setting a few hour before sunrise. The word Gibbous first appeared in the 14th century and has its roots in the Latin word “gibbosus” meaning humpbacked.

PHASE DETAILS FOR – SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2018

Phase: Waxing Gibbous
Illumination: 68%
Moon Age: 9.08 days
Moon Angle: 0.50
Moon Distance: 401,337.39 km
Sun Angle: 0.54
Sun Distance: 147,886,151.42 km

Source

MoonGiant

The Witches Current Moon Phase for Wednesday, November 7th

Celtic Myst
The Witches Current Moon Phase for Wednesday, November 7th

New Moon
Illumination: 0%

Tomorow the Moon will be in a New Moon phase. During this phase the Moon is to close to the sun in the sky to be visible. The moon rises and sets with the sun and is not present in the night sky. Because of this the night sky is darker and an excellent time to view other celestial objects. Like the Full Moon, a New Moon happens at a very specific time when the sun and moon have the same ecliptic longitude and it can be measured down to the second it occurs.

Phase: New Moon
Illumination: 0%
Moon Age: 29.36 days
Moon Angle: 0.52
Moon Distance: 384,319.18 km
Sun Angle: 0.54
Sun Distance: 148,227,218.13 km

Source

MoonGiant

The Witches Current Moon Phase for Monday, Nov. 5

Waning Crescent
Illumination: 6%

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.

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