Daily Feng Shui News for Feb. 9th – ‘World Marriage Day’


If you’re a single woman and not celebrating today’s ‘World Marriage Day’ energies, then you might want to put an image, painting or a picture of a pair of pink peonies in the ‘Romance/Relationship’ area of your bedroom. This is found at the far back right-hand corner of the room. According to Feng Shui, pink peonies attract perfect partners for single, marriage-aged women. Married women beware, because this philosophy also says that this image could also give a husband a roving eye. Marriage-minded single ladies only, please.


By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com


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January 10 – Daily Feast

January 10 – Daily Feast


When something in our minds rings a bell that warns us, we do well to listen. What is it that wants to lure us away from the chose path? Is it not from the good side? Then, run like a rabbit! Every one of us has a sounding board, as testing place that detects the way we are moving. Like a compass, it points the right way – and we are foolish not to understand – gohlga. To ignore the impressions that are within us is like trying to go through a door, but refusing to use the doorknob. It is one thing to be dense and another to be willfully determined to get lost in the wilderness. Listen to the alarm system. It is there for a good reason – and later on we won’t have to say that something told us not to go a certain way and we didn’t listen.

~ He hears voices other do not hear; sees visions that confirm his dreams. ~


‘A Cherokee Feast of Days’, by Joyce Sequichie Hifler

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Dating Horrors Through the Zodiac

Dating Horrors Through the Zodiac

Prepare to make your next date thrilling, not chilling

Tarotcom Staff   Tarotcom Staff on the topics of love, halloween, astrology

Often the scariest evenings are not when there’s a creaky floorboard or a ghostly chill, but when you’re curled up with your date watching a movie on TV, or when you’re on your first vacation with each other and you’re about to head to the beach … and then it happens!

He or she takes off their mask to reveal who they really are, and you’ll meet the Mr. (or Ms.!) Hyde you didn’t even know you were dating! Or check your sign below for the worst case scenario for the sign you’re dating.

Aries (March 21 – April 19)

The werewolf effect with Aries is that they’ll transform into self-centered, big-headed monsters that would die before missing an opportunity to talk about themselves. With any and every event that happens to them or even to you, they’ll use it as a cue to brag, whine or worry about what’s going on in their lives. If you’re not smart enough to realize at this point that your relationship is over, you’ll be consumed by their one-person ogre show until they find someone else bored, stupid or naïve enough to listen.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

There’s a glazed look that can come over a Taurean’s face where you just know that you’re no longer a lover to them, or even a person. You’ve become something far less … a piece of cake, a tuft of grass, a shank of lamb, or their favorite down pillow with a 3,000 thread count sham and pillow cover. You’ve become a real object of desire and comfort, rather than your own person.

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

The change for Gemini starts with their eyes getting shiftier, and then the transformation quickly moves to their extremities. Suddenly, their eyes are everywhere — except on you — and their hands are reaching for the ever-ringing cell phone, the Blackberry, the laptop, the fax machine and a cab door all at once. You’re either left waiting at the curb, running to catch up or holding the line on the other side of the phone — alone.

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

Cancer loves to take care of their lovers. It sounds nice, but sometimes when Cancer wants to take care of you, it can almost feel like the mafia’s way of “taking care of you” before they tie the concrete block around your foot. You’re being stuffed to the nostrils with food, attention, chocolate, gifts, messages, massages, kisses, cards, e-cards, flowers, photos, brownies and cakes until … you … can’t … breathe.

Leo (July 23 – Aug. 22)

When Leo does his or her fright show, they chew up the scenery with real melodrama and loud relish. This means that when you address a dating issue with a Lion — whether it be petty or only somewhat important — your date may act as if you’ve plunged a wooden stake deep into their hearts and they’ll wail, wallow and thrash as to let the whole world know of your betrayal and treachery.

Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22)

The Virgo spook-fest almost always starts small. At first, your date may only casually and infrequently critique how you’re dressed or make a suggestion about your grammar. But as things progress, you might come to feel as if you’ve been teleported back in time to the one-room schoolhouse of a chronically constipated 19th-century school master, or you’ve landed on the couch of Sigmund Freud himself and your whole life is subject to psychoanalytic review.

Libra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22)

No sign struggles more with the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde syndrome like Libra. A Libran will smile bright enough to light a cave while making you feel like a heap of toilet paper in a flooded trench. You won’t know whether to run from them or kiss ’em for their sado-masochistic charm. Ultimately, they’re just indecisive and can’t make up their minds about whether to pull you closer or flit off to torture someone else. So they just keep on hangin’ on until you bribe them to leave you alone, or they get a better offer.

Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21)

When the sea-monster that swims around the whirlpool of a Scorpio’s heart is aroused over some perceived or actual wrong, it wants nothing but complete, blood-dripping and annihilating revenge on his or her former beloved. Any secrets and tidbits of information that you innocently handed over to your Scorpio date before you roused the Beast can and will be used against you in the courtroom, where Scorpio serves as prosecutor, defender, judge, jury and executioner.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21)

The Centaur’s love of sport, adventure and philosophy can turn into a real scary movie when he or she mistakes your heart for a soccer ball. It’s not that they intend to be malicious when they never introduce you as their girlfriend or boyfriend (as to avoid commitment); or when they wax poetically and philosophically about your need for more intimacy (without giving it); or when they book a week-long vacation to Australia (without you). As they might say, “Stuff just happens.”

Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19)

Creepicorn is what happens when your Capricorn’s blood temperature drops and decides that your best use is as a tool for some plot du jour cooked up in their brains. This sign’s fears can go deep and long, so they can turn on you, because they “thought” you might not be up to any good, without any conclusive evidence. So without warning or provocation, the Cap might tell you that your whole dating experience was his or her way to get back at an ex from 20 years ago, without remorse or regret.

Aquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18)

The creep fest with Aquarius is at least a crowded experience. As they love their friends so, Aquarians may never show or let you know how you’re different or more special than the gaggle of derelicts, nuts and geeks who masquerade as his or her friends and who seem to follow them at every turn. If you’re looking for intimacy at a restaurant or even your own couch, you’d better be prepared to share your date with his or her network at a moment’s notice.

Pisces (Feb. 19 – March 20)

The squirm-n-scream appeal of Pisces will at least make you feel like a movie star. It’s just that no one told you it was a horror flick. The Pisces will spend an exorbitant amount of time, money (if they have it) or attention on building the perfect set for the movie that is your relationship. As they’re especially romantic, they’ll even create a musical score. You’ll feel wonderful and special. Then, suddenly and most likely through some third party — like a text message, email, voice mail or gossip columnist — you’ll learn you’ve been cut out of the movie and your part has even been re-written. The explanation will be lame, so don’t try to make sense of it. You won’t be invited to the wedding, where your Pisces will again spend an exorbitant amount of time, money…

Your Love Horoscopes for the Week of October 14th

How you approach sex and the way you achieve sensual gratification is about to change. This Tuesday, Mars will enter Virgo and your libido will take on a more earthly, lusty, yet discerning palate until December 7. What was once just fine in between the sheets might now feel less than desirable. You’ll want to work more on your technique, and will certainly demand that your lover do the same. Try to resist the urge to critique your mate so much that you wind up shutting him or her down altogether. If you turn making love into a “how-to” session, you’ll suck the romance right out of your life.


Aries Horoscope
Aries Horoscope (Mar 21 – Apr 19)

This Wednesday, your love life will sizzle beyond all expectation! Not only will you enjoy reaching new heights with someone who takes your breath away, but you’re more likely to appreciate everything about your lover that’s out of the ordinary. By Friday, a Lunar Eclipse in your sign may be the catalyst towards profound changes in your personal life. You might be ready for a commitment to someone you thought would threaten your independence. Now, you’ll come to realize the only one in the way of your happiness all this time has been you.

Taurus Horoscope
Taurus Horoscope (Apr 20 – May 20)

Are you ready to have more fun in bed? To enjoy thrilling, romantic date nights with someone who makes your heart beat faster? Well, you’re in luck, because the cosmic sky will certainly cooperate. Sexy Mars will be in a once-in-every-two-years position to help you enjoy the pleasures of life more as he tours your romance sector from Tuesday until December 7. On Saturday, you might feel confused about how to fulfill your sexual fantasies, but if you allow your imagination to take over, you’ll surely find a way.

Gemini Horoscope
Gemini Horoscope (May 21 – Jun 20)

Simpatico between you and your partner will have a lot to do with your social life this week. Perhaps you want to explore a new, unusual interest and would prefer that your love join you in this survey. Luckily, you’ll have an easy time convincing him or her to do so — especially if you act around Wednesday. In fact, you might discover that keeping company with new, fascinating friends adds excitement to your relationship. If you’re single, a scintillating moment with a pal might leave you grappling with newfound feelings that go way beyond platonic.

Cancer Horoscope
Cancer Horoscope (June 21 – Jul 22)

This week, it’s time to talk about sex. In fact, you’ll feel more compelled to express your desires to your mate from Tuesday through December 7. Talking about what you like and how you like it will undoubtedly help improve your romantic life, but remember to approach these conversations with more tact and a less demanding tone. Otherwise, you’ll alienate your lover instead of exciting him or her. On Saturday, you might share one of your deeper carnal fantasies. With a little planning, it just might become reality.

Leo Horoscope
Leo Horoscope (Jul 23 – Aug 22)

If you’re single, this week it’s possible you’ll meet someone you find stimulating, fascinating and oh so sexy! A first date scheduled near Wednesday will take an unexpected, but positive, turn. If you’re already dating someone special, you’ll still enjoy the benefits of this energy. Expect sparks to fly or to reignite if they’ve been lost over time. Thinking about making travel plans with your mate? This is the week to press ahead. A getaway to someplace exotic will surely put the sizzle back into your love life!

Virgo Horoscope
Virgo Horoscope (Aug 23 – Sep 22)

Your sex appeal is about to go through the roof. On Tuesday, Mars, the planet that rules assertive energy and your libido, will enter your sign. This once-in-every-two-years event will be yours to enjoy until December 7, so be sure to maximize the charisma it’ll offer you. Although this Saturday you might feel as if your partner is sending mixed messages when it comes to sex, if you can navigate past the weekend’s bewilderment, the two of you will find your way back to mutual chemistry in no time.

Libra Horoscope
Libra Horoscope (Sep 23 – Oct 22)

Expect a major shake-up in your love life this week. On Wednesday, a conversation between you and your partner might open the door to a newfound mutual understanding and awareness that previously eluded you. Then, Friday’s Lunar Eclipse in your 7th House of Commitment will bring things to a crashing climax. A relationship turning point is imminent, and whichever way you go there will be no turning back. Will it be an ending or a new beginning? Wednesday’s dialogue might give you the answer.

Scorpio Horoscope
Scorpio Horoscope (Oct 23 – Nov 21)

If you’re married or in a committed relationship, it’s possible that this week your partner may offer you a personal — and lasting — financial benefit. You might even decide to work with your mate on a new freelance project or business endeavor. Whatever this is, it’s sure to bring extra cash your way. If you’re dating someone casually, on Saturday a confusing run in between your sweetheart and a pal might make you think twice about the loyalty you receive from one of these alliances.

Sagittarius Horoscope
Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov 22 – Dec 21)

Your love life is on fire! With Venus in your sign, you’re not only gorgeous — you’re irresistible. On Wednesday, Venus will make a brilliant link to Uranus, now in your romance sector. Stimulating possibilities are yours when it comes to romance and a chance meeting with someone special might make your knees weak. On Friday, a potent Lunar Eclipse in the same area of your chart will either end a casual affair or open the door to the realization that you’re in love with someone you’ve been dating. Wow!

Capricorn Horoscope
Capricorn Horoscope (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

Changes on the home front are likely to distract you from romance this week. What might be happening, however, are changes at home that directly affect your love life. You and someone close might decide to move in together if things are going well. This might be a sudden conversation — one that comes up this week, in fact. While this could be a positive shift, be wary of rushing into any life-changing resolution if at all possible. Facts will not be clear and it’s possible that you’ll second guess yourself.

Aquarius Horoscope
Aquarius Horoscope (Jan 20 – Feb 18)

Love is about feelings, but for you it may also seem more like it’s all about choices this week. On Wednesday, a conversation with one of your pals might lead to the nugget of enlightenment you’ve been searching for concerning a relationship matter. Then, on Friday, a powerful Lunar Eclipse in your 3rd House of Communication will prompt you to have a vital conversation with your partner. Are you concerned that your mate is hiding something about finances from you? Your anxiety might be confirmed this Saturday. If you make the choice to ignore it, you’ll only be fooling yourself.

Pisces Horoscope
Pisces Horoscope (Feb 19 – Mar 20)

This week, it’ll be abundantly clear that the only way to move past any conflict with your partner is to accept it, and then to address it head on. Warrior planet Mars will enter your relationship sector on Tuesday, and it will remain in this part of your chart until December 7. During this time you’ll notice that peace and harmony seems to elude you when it comes to your closest relationships. While it might add excitement and spice, on Saturday in particular it will only feel confusing. You might not even know what you’re fighting over.

Daily OM for July 12 – The Friend We Want to Be

The Friend We Want to Be

Evaluating Our Relationships

by Madisyn Taylor

Be the friend to others that you wish them to be to you.


There comes a time in all our lives when we may need to evaluate our relationships, making sure that they are having a positive effect on us, rather than dragging us down. Without realizing it, we may be spending precious time and energy engaging in friendships that let us down, rather than cultivating ones that support and nourish us along our path. Life, with its many twists, turns, and challenges, is difficult enough without us entertaining people in our inner circle who drain our energy. We can do so much more in this world when we are surrounded by people who understand what we’re trying to do and who positively support our efforts to walk our path.

We can begin this evaluation process by simply noticing how we feel in the context of each one of our close relationships. We may begin to see that an old friend is still carrying negative attitudes or ideas that we ourselves need to let go of in order to move forward. Or we may find that we have a long-term relationship with someone who has a habit of letting us down, or not showing up for us when we need support. There are many ways to go about changing the status quo in situations like this, having a heart to heart with our friend showing through example. This process isn’t so much about abandoning old friends as it is about shifting our relationships so that they support us on our journey rather than holding us back.

An important part of this process is looking at ourselves and noticing what kind of friend we are to the people in our lives. We might find that as we adjust our own approach to a relationship, challenging ourselves to be more supportive and positive, our friends make adjustments as well and the whole world benefits.

The New Moon Report for June 27 – Venus Direct

Venus Direct

Wednesday, June 27

The love planet’s return to forward motion after six weeks in reverse should get relationships moving ahead again. Spicing up an existing partnership with new attitudes and activities rediscovers lost passion. Singles seeking companions may finally be ready to try out a different look or an unfamiliar social activity that increases chances for making connections.

Finding Your Soulmate: A Highly Overrated Concept

Finding Your Soulmate: A Highly Overrated Concept

Author: Bronwen Forbes

I don’t talk about it much in Pagan or non-Pagan public, but I do have a soulmate. We know we’ve shared several lifetimes in which we were, respectively, husband and wife, brother and sister, and governess and charge, just to name a few. My soulmate has been part of my life (this life) for nearly three decades, is always there when I need him, and I cannot imagine my life without him.

My husband is a good man; I love him dearly. He is more than I could ask for in his roles as supportive husband, great father to our daughter, and my ritual working partner. Without getting nearly as mushy and over-the-top as I could when describing my relationship with him, suffice to say that I am genuinely and truly blessed to have him in my life.

Would it surprise you to know that my husband and my soulmate are not the same person? And that my soulmate is, in fact, also married? And that I’m perfectly okay with that?

We’re taught – and not just in the Pagan community – that finding and settling down happily ever after with our soulmate is the only way we can truly be happy. For those of you who are making yourselves utterly miserable because you can’t find your soulmate, let me be the one to reassure you that not only does this almost never happen, but that you can be perfectly happy in a lifelong relationship with someone who isn’t your soulmate. Even Richard Bach, author of the ultimate soulmate quest tome The Bridge Across Forever, eventually divorced the woman he swore in the book was the other half of his soul.

Clearly, this soulmate thingy is completely overrated.

Where did this whole idea of a soulmate come from, anyway? Ancient Greece by way of Plato, actually, when Plato wrote down some things the playwright Aristophanes allegedly said one night at a dinner party. According to Aristophanes, humans at one time had two heads, four legs and four arms – each. In other words, humans were two people joined together in one perfect (if slightly impractical) whole. However, being human (i.e. not always bright about what the best course of action is when dealing with Deity) , we became proud and comfortable in our wholeness and decided the Gods did not need us to worship them any more. Zeus, true to his nature, was not happy with this state of affairs and as punishment divided all of us happy and complete two-headed, four-armed and four-legged humans in two. We’ve all been looking for our missing halves ever since.

So what happens when you do find your missing half? Well, if you’re lucky, you are compatible in all ways and can, metaphorically speaking, reforge yourselves into a whole person for the rest of your lives. If you’re not so lucky –or if you’re mature enough to be realistic about your and your soulmate’s incompatibility – you find a way to function with your other half in your life somewhere and enter a bonded relationship with someone else.

My soulmate is a gay man; I am a bisexual woman. Therefore there are some obvious basic incompatibilities should we ever have even discussed marriage – we didn’t, although at one point before my own marriage I did offer to marry his Canadian citizen husband of thirteen years (as of this writing) if needed to keep the husband in the States (he got a green card instead, but the offer was seriously considered.) . I did share a house with my soulmate and his husband for about three and a half years, during which we found even more incompatibilities for a long-term relationship besides sexual mismatch-ness.

I am an animal lover to the point that I *must* have at least one pet to be happy – to be *me*; he has asthma on top of pet fur allergies. I am monogamous; I’m not sure my soulmate knows exactly what that word means. We’re both housekeeping-challenged, which means the house (before his husband moved in and wisely hired a cleaning service) was always a royal mess. I am very obviously and actively Pagan; my soulmate is sort of Pagan but not very active or devout in any way I know of. He loves living and working in the big East Coast city he was born near; I’m a small-town Midwesterner by birth and have happily chosen to live my adult life – you guessed it – in a small town in the Midwest.

With my spouse, I can have the monogamous, pet-filled, child-enhanced, mostly tidy, Pagan-active Midwestern life I need in order to be myself. I love it, and I love him for making it possible for me to have it. If my soulmate is akin to a fine steak dinner, life with my husband could be compared to an old-fashioned barbecue: Different, yes, but equally satisfying and in no way “less than” the steak.

And yet, we continue to waste time, energy, ritual space, spell ingredients and pleas to the Gods all in an attempt to find that elusive soulmate. I know; I did it for far too long, all the while not noticing what a great match my husband (then just a really good friend) and I could be, and not realizing that I also had a soulmate who was not in any way good husband material for me.

If you’ve done everything, magickally speaking, to find your soulmate and you haven’t, maybe there’s a message there for you: either you don’t have one, the Gods have decided you’re not compatible (maybe he’s a convicted bank robber) , or you’re just not ready for your soulmate to come into your life.

Sometimes I’m embarrassed to admit, even in Pagan company, that I have a soulmate. It just sounds too fluffy and/or too ‘New Agey’ for me. I tend to refer to him as my brother (which really confuses the heck out of people when they later find out that I am, biologically-speaking, an only child) , and his husbands (they added a third to their relationship not too long ago) as my brothers-in-law. My husband considers them his brothers-in-law as well.

My daughter knows about her uncles. There is a picture of the three of them together in our family portrait collection that hangs on the dining room wall, which we call our Hall of the Ancestors. They are, after all, family.

You don’t need a soulmate. There. I said it. You don’t *need* one in order to be in a fulfilling long-term relationship. I’m glad I have mine – he is an invaluable source of support and we share a history that even my husband wasn’t there for (because I hadn’t met him yet) . So put down the steak knife. Sometimes down-home barbecue is what you need to be happy, if you just give it a chance.