Weekly Horoscope Sunday, May 26, 2019

Instead of doing daily horoscopes I am going to post one for the week. The reason for this is we have readers from all over Mother Earth and it will be timely for both hemispheres. The post will go up on Saturday morning so those down under get Sunday’s when it’s ready Sunday there. If you would like to read your daily horoscope you can use the link at the bottom of the page.

All Signs

This week planetary aspects with Mercury are tricky. Mercury is the planet of communications. It governs how we think and it influences our daily activities and choices, as well as ground transportation. (This is why errors, delays and car problems occur when Mercury is retrograde.) This week two different planetary events will occur with Mercury: It will be at odds with fuzzy Neptune, which creates confused thinking and deceit; while at the same time, Mercury will oppose Jupiter, which will magnify things and create false confidence. This is classic. We’ve all seen this character in the movies. He’s the guy who doesn’t get it but he’s super confident! (Do you think this is the perfect week to hit a few karaoke bars?)

Aries (March 21-April 19)

Be careful, dear Aries, because this week, you see the world through a different lens than anyone else. Obviously, you will think you are seeing the real world (which in itself is a debate) but believe me, you’ll be seeing your own version. This is why misunderstandings with others will take place. Neighbours, friends and siblings will not grasp what you mean, and vice versa, you will miss their meaning as well. Nevertheless, your enthusiasm for something will encourage you to go blindly ahead! This means you must listen if someone is urging you to put on the brakes. Fortunately, by the end of the week, issues that relate to your finances look solid and safe. Be thankful for this blessing.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Please be careful this week because the challenges with Mercury that I refer to in All Signs above will impact your finances. If you’re making big money decisions, this could be dangerous. For starters, your take on financial matters and cash flow, earnings – whatever – might be faulty because you don’t have enough information, you have the wrong information, or someone has deceived you or perhaps even you are deceiving yourself? Combined with this is a rosy confidence – a false optimism about what is taking place. You are hopeful and sure about what you are doing but you could be kidding yourself or acting in error. For your own protection, give everything a sober, second thought.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Because Mercury is your ruler, you will definitely feel influenced by its adverse relationship to fuzzy Neptune. You might misunderstand something. You might misinterpret it. Someone might give you false information or mislead you. Or perhaps, wishful thinking is what will trick you? This tendency for erroneous thinking will be magnified and further confused because of a false sense of optimism about things. You feel you can’t lose! You’ve got the winning ticket. You know what’s going on! But do you really? At the very least, this could lead to behaviour that makes you feel sheepish. One of those “me duh” moments. But at worst, you might make a terrible gaffe with a boss or someone important whom you want to impress. Ouch.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

This week you might be your own worst enemy. For some reason, silly, self-defeating behaviour patterns seem to surface and they’re beyond your control. You mean well. You feel that you are acting responsibly in a caring fashion; and yet, you will say or do something that upsets someone or makes them lose confidence in you. Be careful. More often than not, when you try to make an impression, chances are that’s the impression you make. (One of those pathetic moments that make us wince.) Be careful of false bravado. Instead, be circumspect and perhaps even hold your tongue. Fortunately, someone older or more experienced has excellent advice for you. At least, listen.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

Misunderstandings with friends as well as members of groups will be classic for you this week. You might assume someone wants something or doesn’t want something because to you, this is obvious. However, what you don’t know is that your assumption is false. This could be because you are confused or because you don’t have all the facts. Therefore, tread carefully when talking to friends and assume nothing. Make a strong effort to clearly hear where they are coming from. Jupiter will trick you into thinking you see the whole picture – easy peasy – when in fact, you do not. This is humiliating because you will end up with egg on your face. (Ketchup helps.) Fortunately, relations with bosses, parents and VIPs are solid – in fact, excellent!

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

The area where you have to be careful, and make every effort to be clearly understood relates to your dealings with authority figures – parents, teachers, bosses, VIPs and the police. Because these people have power over your life, if you create a wrong impression or make a fool of yourself, there’s a cost to pay. You are an analytical, logical, intelligent sign. You don’t need this. Do your best to edit what you say to important people, especially if you think you have a great idea because it’s so easy to be misunderstood this week and also to misunderstand others. However, this is a great week to make solid travel plans and move forward in publishing, the media, higher education, medicine and the law.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

The confusion that can impact you this week from Mercury being at odds with both Neptune and Jupiter will affect you in areas related to the law, medicine, higher education and publishing. It can also create errors or misconceptions in matters related to travel and dealing with foreign countries and people from other cultures. In particular, you will be susceptible to religious and political propaganda. Do not believe everything you hear! Likewise, be careful about proselytizing your own ideas because later, you might not even agree with yourself. This week is confusing for millions of people. Don’t get caught up in something you will later regret. Remember that what the large print giveth, the small print taketh away.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

In All Signs, above, I discuss how we can all be confused in different ways because of the challenges to Mercury this week from both Neptune and Jupiter. For your sign, you have to be careful in matters related to inheritances, wills, taxes, debt, insurance issues and anything to do with the wealth of your partner. In a similar way, confusion about who is responsible for what might arise. You might think you have a clear idea of things – but perhaps you don’t. It’s easy to kid yourself this week, but it’s also easy to operate on false information. Postpone important financial decisions until next week if you can. Fortunately, relations with partners and close friends are solid and supportive.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

This week you have to be mindful of your communications to spouses, partners and close friends because confusion and misunderstandings are highly likely. You might assume they want something or they do not want something. Perhaps they assume the same about you. Basically, what is happening is your conversations with others will be like two ships passing in the night. A complete impasse. Therefore, when in doubt, say nothing. Obviously, do what you can to clarify communications. Ironically, you will be sensitive to criticism and rejection, which due to misunderstandings will likely happen! Seek expert advice if you have to sign important papers. Tread carefully!

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

You might encounter misunderstandings and a complete breakdown of communications with coworkers, bosses and supervisors, clients and customers this week. This is because people will be easily misled and frequently misunderstood. The reason things can get out of hand is it’s easy to be cocky and confident this week, when in fact, your facts and assumptions might be wrong. This same erroneous confidence can apply to your decisions regarding your health or even a pet. Therefore, ask someone else what their opinion this? Get feedback from others. Clarify giving and receiving instructions – definitely. Be as mentally disciplined as possible.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

It’s curious that the very things that will make people confused and happily living in their own bubble this week are the same influences that can promote marvellous creativity on your part. Why? Because you can think outside of the box and your imagination can run free! Music, art, poetry, the theatre and the entertainment world are marvellous outlets for your fantasies and your imaginative ideas. You might want to escape your everyday reality either through the arts or by taking a vacation. However, romance might disappoint because your expectations are unrealistic, or perhaps your expectations are unexpressed? Likewise, be patient and understanding with children.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

In different ways, and in varying degrees, this week people will suffer from mixed-up communications, misunderstandings, false assumptions and in some cases, outright deceit. These fuzzy moments will be magnified because parties on both sides will be confident about their stance and what they say. But it could be a blind confidence – on their part or on yours. In particular, you might see this happen in family discussions or with family members. The result might be hurt feelings and the creation of a rift. Be aware that everyone is subject to these illusory misunderstandings this week. Go gently. Don’t be critical. Don’t overreact. Wait until the dust settles to make important decisions. And remember: the email of the species is more deadly than the mail.

From https://www.georgianicols.com

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Let’s Talk Witch – How to Explain Your Beliefs

Let’s Talk Witch – How to Explain Your Beliefs

When describing your beliefs to someone, it’s not always necessary to explain everything. It’s best to start with your personal beliefs, and then to segue into a longer explanation. It also helps to make connections between Neo-Pagan practices and the practices of other religions. Finally, you should be prepared to allay fears people have about magic and those wild Pagan orgies.

Share the Basics

When first explaining your beliefs, stick to a skeleton of your basic belief system. For a coworker, it’s enough to say something like, “I follow a nature religion.” You can answer further questions if you want to, but try to steer clear of talk about working skyclad. With friends, you can explain your beliefs a little more deeply. It’s okay to mention the deities you follow, your holiday celebrations, or anything else that seems appropriate. Your friend may or may not ask questions. If she does, then explain further. For example, if you’re asked if you believe in God, you can answer that you believe in a god and goddess. If you are asked if you worship Satan, you can explain that Satan is a Christian construct and that you don’t worship anything that could be construed as evil.

Answer the Questions

Family members and people you have a romantic connection to will ask the most questions. Work slowly, starting from the basics. Allow the person time to digest your answers and then think of new questions. You might want to invite them to attend a ritual with you, or send them a copy of a ritual so they can see what it’s like.

You will most likely be asked if you still celebrate the holidays of your original faith. Many Pagans choose to celebrate Christmas as a secular holiday and share the day with family and friends, just as they did before, but without the trip to church. Most Jewish Pagans find that their traditions work very well with Neo-Paganism and are able to honor both the Jewish and Pagan holidays. You can also explain that you honor the cycles of the sun and earth, or adhere to a holiday calendar that predates Christianity. You can point out that many of these celebrations continue in the regions where they originated.

Some Christians don’t know that Christ’s actual birth date is unknown. Christmas was first moved to December 25 in the fourth century, and was later set by Pope Gregory. The new date coincided with Pagan celebrations of Saturnalia, the winter solstice, and the birth of the sun god Mithras.

If you are asked specifically what you do, then give a very basic rundown of an average ritual. You will most likely be asked if you use magic. If you do use magic, you can explain that you don’t practice black magic or sacrifice animals during your rituals (unless you’re Santerían). Magic can be likened to prayer because both are tools for asking the gods for help.

The tools, especially ritual knives, usually arouse the most curiosity. Explain as much of it as you feel comfortable with. For example, you could explain that your athame is a symbol of the element of fire because steel is forged from fire. You don’t need to get into its relation to male energy and the symbolic Great Rite unless you already explained Beltane.

Make Connections Between Religions

When explaining your faith, it also helps to make connections to more familiar religions and holidays. For example, you can liken the goddess to Mary, mother of Jesus Christ, whom many Pagans honor as a goddess. When asked about Yule, explain that you celebrate the return of the light in the form of the sun god, spelled Sun. You can point out that the Christmas tree, holiday wreaths, and decorations are all pre-Christian practices.

If you use other practices, such as shamanic journeying or meditation, compare your practices to those of Native Americans or Buddhists. Other practices, like wearing a Celtic Cross pendant or hanging a Witch Ball in your window for protection, can be related to the folk traditions of Europe and the British Isles.

Allay Fears

When people hear the words heathen, Pagan, and Witch, all sorts of scary images are conjured up. Your family members may worry that you’ve joined a cult or gone off the deep end. You should clarify that you are not a sorcerer or the Wicked Witch of the West. You should explain that Pagans have no single leader, you’re not required to give all your money to anyone, and there is no strict dogma, so it would be difficult for you to be a member of a Pagan cult.

 

If a friend or family member insists on trying to “save” you, gently but firmly explain that you believe differently, but you appreciate the concern. You might want to give him a copy of a beginner’s book on your chosen path or direct him to an explanatory Web site.

Once you’ve explained your personal beliefs, your friends and family members may be less worried but might still have a few concerns. You may be asked if you have orgies in the forest. Even if you do, that might not be the right thing to tell your mom. You might be asked if you hex people. Again answer with a simple “no,” unless you want to get into a long conversation about magical ethics.

The most common fear is that you’ll become a different person. Reassure them that you are the same person you always were, and you just have a different religion. Chances are you had Pagan leanings before you made the conversion, and once they recognize that, they will be better able to accept your religious choices.

 

Source:

“The Everything Paganism Book
How to Explain Your Beliefs
by Selene Silverwind
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Lighten Up – Star Trek Guide to Neo-Paganism

Star Trek Guide to Neo-Paganism

Gene Roddenberry went to his grave, telling stories that, although they supposedly happened light years away, were relevant to our every day lives. From the beginning, he claimed that the characters and races on Star Trek were parallels for people here on Earth. Little did anyone know that the characters were actually taking on traits of Neo-Pagan sects across the country! Was Gene Pagan? Who knows, but sit back and enjoy this little trip, where no Pagan has gone before…

Wiccans – The United Federation of Planets

The Federation means well. They let just about everybody into their little social club, so long as they agree to play nice. They don’t talk about rules much, but keep referring to one Prime Directive that all other laws are based on. That said, they frequently violate that rule when the need suits them. Often heard speaking in various UK accents, even though they’re not from the islands (Et tu, Jean-Luc?)

Asatruar – Klingons

Obsessed with honor and combat. Have no qualms with eating meat and eat it with obvious relish. Insist they did everything first (“But Hamlet is so much better in the original Klingon.”) And who wants Klingon opera, when you can have Wagner’s Die Neibelung?

Ceremonialists – Vulcans

Have you ever heard someone say, “Excuse, I was reading this and wanted to tell you: “anal retentive” has a hyphen in it.”? Everything is very orderly in their universe. No room for untidy things like emotions and the like.

Druids – Bajorans (with special guests: the Tuatha de Dannan as The Prophets)

You cannot separate the Bajorans from their faith. Religion permeates the very air they breathe. Although this should be a unifying force on their devastated environment, they are constantly fighting with one another. Like many other races, they are subject to charismatic leaders.

New Agers – Betazoids

Profoundly psychic when you don’t want them to be; dense as a rock (crystal) when you actually need some help. Spend an awful lot of time talking about “vibes” and are perpetually concerned with how others feel. If they weren’t so damn cute, you’d just want to smack them. You only see the women of this race.

Numerologists/Kabbalahists – Binars

Numbers are everything, don’t you know. Can loudly pronounce a given number (93!) and have people laugh at it like it was a punch line.  Draws all sorts of really interesting links between things based on the numerological significance. Socially uncouth. The only difference between the Binars and numerologists is that Binars have mates that understand them.

Setians/Satanists – The Skin of Evil (the oil slick that killed Tasha Yar)

A long time ago, a race decided to sluff off all their evil, mean and nasty emotions. They physically excreted these emotions into a big pile of black ooze. The race bailed off the planet, leaving the ooze which, over time, became sentient… sort of, and delights in causing fear and pain in others.

Dianics – The Women of Angel 1

Imagine a planet where women are in charge! It is a wonderful, peaceful place. Everyone gets along all the time and no one ever goes hungry. Yeah, right. Behind the facade of perfect love and perfect trust and gyno-unity, there is an iron fist in that velvet glove.  And, surprise, surprise, the gynarchy is subject to the same power struggles and in-fighting that the rest of us are.

KayOs MagicKians – The Children of Tama (Damok & Jilad on the ocean)

I know I’m speaking English, and I know that they are speaking English. However, sometimes, you just can’t seem to understand what these souls are trying to tell you. Although they have something valid and wonderful to share with the Federation, what they have to say is mired in a language that excludes more than it includes. Fnord.

Llewellyn Publications – the Borg

Resistance is futile, you will be assimilated. Your history and beliefs will become part of the Borg Collective, where they will be watered down and spread out evenly between everyone in our race. Lower your shields and hand over your money; resistance is futile.