Your Love Horoscopes for the Week of January 27th

This is the week you’ve been waiting for! Not only will we have an electrifying New Moon in Aquarius, but Venus — the planet that rules love — will finally turn direct after having been retrograde since December 21. Are you celebrating yet? Jumping for joy? Jumping all over your lover? Well, get to it … love is waiting for you. This week’s New Moon can bring love in the most unexpected, surprising way. Even better, you get the gift of fully loving every quirky thing about yourself that makes you unique.
Aries Horoscope
Aries Horoscope (Mar 21 – Apr 19)

A gorgeous New Moon on Thursday will light up your social networking sector, sending a beam of exhilarating love potential your way. Consider signing up on a new Internet dating website (wait until after Venus turns direct on January 31). You might also decide to ask out that friend of yours you’ve been crushing on for ages. Or, you might accept a friend’s invitation to set you up on a date with someone he or she thinks is perfect for you. Say yes, and expect the unexpected.

Taurus Horoscope
Taurus Horoscope (Apr 20 – May 20)

Congratulations! You’re on your way to feeling beautiful and seductively delicious once more, thanks to your ruler, Venus, turning direct this Friday after having been retrograde since December 21. You may have felt as though the universe pressed the “pause” button on you when it came to financial matters and matters of the heart. Hopefully you viewed this phase as an opportunity to become more realistic about what you want and deserve and how to best utilize your talents. Now, you’ll be ready to use what you learned as you move forward in your love relationship, or as you search for a soul mate.

Gemini Horoscope
Gemini Horoscope (May 21 – Jun 20)

Rejoice! Venus, the ruler of your true love sector, will turn direct on Friday after having been retrograde since December 21. You might have endured setbacks when it came to opening your heart and getting what you want in the romance department. Now, you can press forward in all intimate matters with greater ease and success. While Venus Retrograde was not an ideal time to begin a new love relationship, if you decided to give an old flame a second chance you might feel as if you’ve got something special. Nurture it, but remember: If you didn’t resolve what broke you up in the first place, it might come back to haunt you.

Cancer Horoscope
Cancer Horoscope (June 21 – Jul 22)

You started 2014 at a vital turning point when it comes to relationships. Astrologically, this is due to several factors, but most noticeably is the fact that Pluto, the planet of transformation, is in your relationship sector. Also, Venus has been traveling retrograde in the same area of your chart since December 21. A defining month was likely regarding how you will proceed with a partnership. For some, it’s time to marry. For others, it’s time to separate. Dramatic? Yes, but there is nothing shallow about a Pluto transit. Venus moves forward again starting this Saturday. You will too.

Leo Horoscope
Leo Horoscope (Jul 23 – Aug 22)

If you’ve been caught up in a messy office romance, it appears things will start to go more smoothly for you. Either this will be due to you resolving any insecurity about dating someone you work with, or it’ll be due to you making a decision to separate love from work in some capacity. This might not be a break-up. One of you may decide to look for work somewhere else to end the distracting office gossip. Either way, a New Moon in your partnership sector on Thursday, followed by Venus turning direct on Friday, spells new beginnings in love. Awesome!

Virgo Horoscope
Virgo Horoscope (Aug 23 – Sep 22)

Finally, you can breathe a sigh of relief when it comes to your love life. Go ahead, let it out — you know you want to! Romance has been a sore spot since December 21, when Venus turned retrograde in your true love sector. Things between you and your sweetheart may have turned sour, and if so it’s been difficult to resolve those problems. If single, you might have found this to be a lonely time. Anyone who came into your life didn’t quite measure up to your standards. Well, now the lull is over. Expect opportunity for love if single, and anticipate sparks to fly hotter than ever if you’re attached!

Libra Horoscope
Libra Horoscope (Sep 23 – Oct 22)

If you’ve felt as if you’ve been sleepwalking when it comes to love potential, you’re about to bolt upright. On Thursday, a gorgeous New Moon will fall in your true love sector, opening up the potential for you to meet someone new and possibly fall in love. What makes this even more delicious is the fact that on Friday Venus will turn direct after having been retrograde since December 21. Don’t be surprised if a relative offers to introduce you to someone special, or if you meet someone unexpectedly while attending a family event. Love is in the air!

Scorpio Horoscope
Scorpio Horoscope (Oct 23 – Nov 21)

By this weekend you and your partner may feel as if you are finally making progress when it comes to communicating more effectively. Resolution to any disagreement and improvement in how you engage in conversations with one another are likely by Friday. If you and your mate have a serious decision to make about finances and have found it difficult to agree, you might finally reach a compromise that takes both of your needs into consideration. You’ll be relieved.

Sagittarius Horoscope
Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov 22 – Dec 21)

While it’s true that you’ve been focused mainly on resolving any financial difficulties over the last several weeks, after Wednesday it’s possible that your attention will move towards a potential love interest. Do you have any siblings or cousins? Don’t be shocked if one of them offers to set you up on a date. Even if you’re not in the mood, consider accepting the invitation — you might be pleasantly surprised. You might also meet someone new if he or she moves into your neighborhood this week. This might even be love at first sight.

Capricorn Horoscope
Capricorn Horoscope (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

This is the week you’ve been waiting for! On Friday, Venus will turn direct after having been hibernating in your sign since December 21. While Venus was moving retrograde it’s possible you encountered significant blocks or tests involving your love life — or lack thereof. You might have met someone new but vacillated about starting a relationship, either because you lacked confidence or wondered if this person was a real fit for you. Now, you can explore your options with greater confidence. Let love in.

Aquarius Horoscope
Aquarius Horoscope (Jan 20 – Feb 18)

Expect solid improvement in your love life by Thursday. Not only will a dazzling New Moon fall in your sign, but the very next day Venus will turn direct after backpedaling in the area of your chart that rules sorrow and seclusion since December 21. You’ll have an incredible opportunity for a personal fresh start in life and love! What makes it even brighter is knowing that you’re finally ready to release whatever anxiety you’ve kept to yourself about a love situation. It’s time to move on.

Pisces Horoscope
Pisces Horoscope (Feb 19 – Mar 20)

Your romantic prospects will become potent and intense by the end of the week. Love planet Venus will turn direct in your friendship sector. If you’ve been going back and forth about whether or not to date one of your pals, it appears you’ll finally make a decision. In fact, by Friday Jupiter — the planet of expansion — will engage powerful Pluto in a way that just might bring you a romantic opportunity too compelling to ignore. Love will be all-consuming by the weekend. Wow!

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NIGHT STALKING: STAR-WATCHING

NIGHT STALKING: STAR-WATCHING

by Stormy
This is the time of year when many interesting things happen. As we approach the Winter Solstice on December 21, the days are shorter, and the nights are longer and colder. The frosty nights make for some very interesting sky activity. More UFOs are reported at this time of year than at any other time.
The magnetic pole activity is increased around the Solstice, and there are some wonderful displays in the most northern regions. Sometimes these magnetic lights, known as the Aurora Borealis, are seen as they streak from pole to pole by those living further south.
These dark and frosty nights also enable us to see the Milky Way better. But to really see the stars well, you need to get away from the city, and visit the countryside where electric lights and streetlamps are rare. Go outside and look toward the most northern horizon. The Milky Way appears as a dense band lighting the sky with millions of stars, divided by a dark area with fewer stars. The Aborigines of Australia, refer to this dark area dividing the Milky Way as a river. Most of Europe and Western Asia say the Milky Way is spilt milk, or even rain. The Desna Indians of the Amazon called the Milky Way the ‘brain in the sky.’
There is a fascinating event that sometimes happens on the shortest day of the year if the moon is right! A year from now, on December 21, 1995, the moon will be new and it will be a very dark night. On December 22, 1995, the Winter Solstice, there will be the beginning of a thin waxing crescent moon which will not be seen at night. Either on the eve of or the day of the Solstice, go out at night between midnight and 2 a.m. to witness the sun bleeding over the North pole from the completely opposite side of this planet! The northern sky will appear rosy-red above the northern horizon.
I believe we’ll see this next year. I experienced this phenomenon on Winter Solstice, 1993, last year, and it was an awesome sight. I didn’t telephone anyone in the middle of the night to tell them about it, and I’m sure I have friends who were disappointed I didn’t wake them up from their warm beds to share the sight.
This year on the Winter Solstice, which is on December 21, the moon sets at 9:13 a.m. E.S.T. and rises at 8:03 p.m. E.S.T. This means the night will probably be too bright to see the bleed-over of the sun because the waning moon will be just six days past the full moon.
Keep an eye on the Big Dipper this year. Those in the north can see it fairly well. In the south it dropped below the northern horizon and is now rising back up, dipper first and handle last. If you can locate the Big Dipper (see previous issue, #11), you can locate the North Star, Polaris, and a star constellation known as Cassiopeia’s Chair (see diagram, this page). This time of year it changes from an ‘M’ in the fall, to an upside-down ‘B’ or Greek-looking ‘E’ in the winter, to a ‘W’ in the spring, and then a ‘B’ in the summer. Even in the most southern areas of the United States, Cassiopeia can be seen clearly throughout the entire year. In the fall, this queen sits high on her throne, only to get dumped off of it during the winter months. She certainly deserves it for what she did to her beautiful daughter, Andromeda! Cassiopeia is well-known for having chained her daughter to the rocks as a sacrifice to the ugly sea monster Cetus, which was actually a sea whale. Persus asks Andromeda to marry her and she will consent if he saves her from Cetus. Pegasus, Persus’s flying horse, saves Andromeda and she keeps her promise to Persus by marrying him.
Enjoy star-gazing this time of year. Watch for falling stars, and if you see a real UFO, keep your camera or camcorder handy!
Sources:
Krupp, E.C., Ph.D. Beyond the Blue Horizon, Myths and Legends of the Sun, Moon, Stars, and Planets. 1991. Harper Collins Publishers, New York, NY.
Pearce, Q. L. Stargazer’s Guide to the Galaxy. 1991. Tom Doherty Assoc., Inc., New York, NY.
Pennick, Nigel. Practical Magic in the Northern Tradition. 1989. The Aquarian Press, Hammersmith, London, England.

Raymo, Chet. 365 Starry Nights. 1982. Simon and Schuster, New York, NY.

The Hazel Nut

2 Winter Solstice Projects

2 Winter Solstice Projects

  • Cait Johnson

Each solstice falls upon the ecliptic midway between the equinoxes, when the sun reaches that midway point, generally about June 21 and December 21. Winter Solstice on December 21 is the shortest day of the year. After Winter Solstice each day becomes longer until the longest day of the year arrives around June 21st. The solstices have been observed and celebrated by cultures throughout the world.

A central aspect of the winter solstice rites observed by many Native American tribes includes the making and planting of prayer sticks. Prayer sticks are made by everyone in a family for four days before the solstice. On the day named as the solstice, the prayer sticks are planted – at least one by each person – in small holes dug by the head of the household. Each prayer stick is named for an ancestor or deity.Here’s how to make a prayer stick; they are usually:

  • Made out of cedar and are forked;
  • Are equivalent to the measurement from the maker’s elbow to the tips of
    their fingers; and
  • Are taken from a tree that the maker feels connected to.
  • Tobacco is offered to the largest tree of the same species in the area and
    permission is asked to take a part of its relative.
  • The bark can be stripped.
  • The bark can be carved on the stick.
  • One feather should be added to the prayer stick; traditionally this is a
    wild turkey feather.
  • A bit of tobacco is placed in a red cloth and tied onto one of the forks.
  • Fur or bone from an animal that the maker wishes to honor is tied onto the
    stick.
  • Metal or stones should not be tied to the stick.
  • It is also customary to say prayers silently as one makes the prayer stick.

Winter Solstice Project II: Discover Stones

All matter whirls at incredible speed, atoms in constant, breathtaking motion. But the rock people are seemingly still. We are all of us surrounded by the stillness of stone; if you dig in any patch of earth, you are likely to find bits and pieces that are unimaginably old and likely to outlast us by countless lifetimes.

Just as trees may be intuited to have individual spirits and personalities, so the humble rocks beneath our feet may be known and their energies felt in ways that have much to teach us.

Children are inveterate rock collectors, often seeing unique power and beauty in a rock that looks plain and nondescript to us. By seeing with the open inner eyes of our children, we can share their fascination for the magic of stone. And when we surround ourselves with rocks that are special to us, when we take time to hold one in our hands or stroke its weighty smoothness or striation, we make a bodily connection with the oldest matter on this planet and with the element of winter.

Particularly at this often harried time, building a relationship with rocks–allowing them to permeate our consciousness in quiet and stillness–is a great gift of peace for the entire family.

 

First, find some. This shouldn’t be hard to do, but you may be surprised at the variety of rocks you and your children can come up with, and you may notice that particularly varieties attract some children more than others. Take small trowels or large spoons outdoors with you to help pry things loose. After al of you have brought your finds inside and thawed your numbed fingers, you may want to wash the rocks in warm water to remove loose dirt and bring hem to room temperature.

Now spread them out so everyone can look at them. Pick them up one at a time and really examine them, turning them slowly to savor the complexity or simplicity of their shape and color. Do any rocks remind you of something else? Are there shapes hidden in the stone?

Try this simple exercise: Ask your children to close their eyes and choose a rock at random, and then hold it in their hands without looking. Allow them to sense the rock–does it feel light? dark? heavy? Does it make you feel anything in your body? tingly or slow? energetic or relaxed? Then put the rock aside; choose another and repeat the process, making sure to notice any similarities or differences. Then ask the children to open their eyes. Look at the two rocks and compare them.

Rocks that make your children feel a particular way may be utilized to help relax and ground them, or to energize them when needed. A rock that your child experiences as slow and soothing may be placed near her or his bed to be held before sleep. A small bright-energy stone may be worn in a pouch or carried in a pocket to school.

We have found that keeping special rocks all around the home is a wonderful way to stay balanced and grounded: simply seeing the stones becomes an inner reminder of stillness and serenity.

The stone project is an excerpt from Celebrating the Great Mother, by Cait Johnson and Maura D. Shaw.