*New* Your Monthly Horoscopes for November 2015

 

 

 

 

Monthly Horoscopes: November 2015

Aries

Aries Horoscope
Aries

Relationships are in strong focus this month, dear Aries, with the Sun and Mercury in your intimacy sector for the first three weeks of November, and both Venus and Mars moving into your partnership zone.

However, you also have a strong, continuing theme in which work, daily routines, and health endeavors are highlighted. The first week of November is especially good for bringing new, more creative energy to your daily life, or the work you do and services you provide. This is not the time for coloring within the lines – entertain new possibilities, perhaps involving taking a friend or partner along as you pursue fitness goals, or looking around you for different ideas and input from people you may not have thought to consult in the past. You can be working especially hard for your earnings these days, but you’re also finding ways to inject routine work or daily life with more excitement.

The New Moon on the 11th is very useful for getting started on organizing your financial affairs, for seeking out support of the material or emotional variety, and for starting a new plan for emotional health and wellness. Generally, it’s better to feel the energy of the New Moon and intuit your next move, and then wait a few days to put plans into motion. The 10-13 is strong for partnering, career efforts, appreciation from others, and important new revelations.

Venus and Mars moving out of this sector of your chart on the 8th and 12th respectively doesn’t pull your interests away completely. In fact, Jupiter is here to stay for another ten months, and a new guest, the North Node of the Moon, is also here for a year. You’re encouraged to play with new ideas for work, and you can find much to enjoy in the process. It’s also a time to focus on your health and well-being. A visit to the doctor can be more helpful than you know.

Beginning in the second week of November and even more so in the third, you’re focusing on your social life, partnering, connecting, and exploring new adventures or experiences and ideas. Pulling yourself away from work and tasks can be of great benefit now. Relationships enliven. Partners can be distracting at times, but thoroughly helpful much of the time.

The last week of the month is trickier for all signs with Saturn and Neptune forming the first of three square aspects, and both the Sun and Mercury activating (and possibly aggravating)  this challenging influence. For you, there could be issues to deal with regarding independence and freedom, legal matters, matters of confinement or hiatus, or the need to care for others. You could be challenged to mature more quickly than you had anticipated, or to face certain areas of neglect or waste. Be proactive – you probably have an idea which areas of life you’ve been avoiding and that need some tidying.

The Full Moon on the 25th brings your attention to a communications project or errands that need immediate handling. It’s a generally busy time, but find some space for relaxation.

Taurus

Taurus

November begins with stellar influences for your love life, dear Taurus. If relationships are your focus now, you have strong energy for bringing more excitement, pride, and fun to your interactions.

Your ruler, Venus, continues to travel rather closely to Mars. On the 2nd, they align, bringing building tension to a head. After this time, you’ll be less impulsive and impatient, and this can point to a more enjoyable experience of this creative, romantic, and sexy combination. Venus and Mars are moving through your sector of romance, entertainment, and creative expression until the 8th and 12th, respectively, and this frames you in a very nice way. You’re looking good and feeling good.

Boosting your relating sensibilities further is the presence of both the Sun and Mercury in your partnership sector for the better part of the first three weeks of November. You are attracting strong and intelligent people into your life, and you’re also taking more pride in your close relationships. This motivates you to put forward a solid effort when it comes to relating in positive, rewarding ways.

If you want to start fresh or make changes in your relationship state or status, the period after the New Moon on the 11th is strong for setting your intentions. The 10-13 is a good period for coming together with others, working towards your goals, strengthening a relationship or your own resolve, and communicating in imaginative ways.

Finances are tied to your relationships with others. Paying a little more attention to a partner’s endeavors can be important this month.

Venus and Mars move into your work and health zone on the 8th and 12th, respectively, and while this move takes some of the focus away from entertainment and creative expression, Jupiter and the North Node continue to emphasize these things for many months to come. You are encouraged to find your creative voice, to seek out activities that you truly enjoy, and to discover and share your unique talents. There are plenty of rewards for you here.

As well, from the 8-12 forward, you’ll enjoy a better work-play balance in your life as you find more enjoyment in your work, taking care of your daily life, improving your routines, and tending to health matters.

Mercury and the Sun move into your intimacy zone on the 20th and 22nd, turning your attention to commitments, finances, shared resources, and deepening of feelings. However, the last week of the month brings some hurdles to jump. It will be important to work on a solid plan for organizing your money. You’ll also want to deal with some of the trickier elements of your relationships instead of letting problem areas grow. Some of you may need to deal with addictive behaviors, difficulties with a friend, or disillusionment about a long-term goal that no longer seems quite as feasible or supported. Take things one step at a time and know that there is a solution to any problem you encounter now – be patient and open to new ideas.

Gemini

Gemini

November begins with continuing focus on home and family, as well as work and health efforts, dear Gemini. There is strong creative energy and quite a bit of animation in your personal life, with family, and around the home. The first week of the month is strong for decorating and organizing around the home, success with real estate or work from the home, bringing in new ways to enjoy entertainment on the home front, and finding creative ways to interact with the people closest to you.

This energy will continue on some level even as Venus and Mars move on from your sector of home and family, which happens on the 8th and 12th, respectively. This is because Jupiter is here to stay for ten more months, and a new guest, the North Node of the Moon is in this same sector, promising rewards for extra attention to family, personal matters, and domestic affairs.

When Venus and Mars do move on (the 8th and 12th), you’ll be up to getting out and about, making new connections, dating, and sharing your ideas and creations. This is in fact a strong time for all things romantic, creative, and fun. Hobbies can be a strong focus now. You’re also attracting positive attention, and for the romantically inclined, your personal charm is natural and strong.

You also have the Sun and Mercury bringing more pride and intelligence to your work, habits, and health in the first three weeks of November. It’s a great time to use common sense in these areas as well as to make improvements to your habits and daily routines. The week following the New Moon on the 11th is strong for launching new fitness or health programs and work projects.

Mercury and the Sun, moving close to one another all month, begin transiting your partnership sector on the 20th and 22nd, and close relationships come into strong focus. You’ll be inclined to want to pair up to make important decisions.

The last week of the month brings a Full Moon in your sign, heightening emotions and stimulating an important epiphany in your life. This can be a wonderful time for coming into touch with buried feelings. Even so, there is tricky energy surrounding this Full Moon with Saturn and Neptune forming a square aspect, suggesting a conflict or challenge to deal with. Some of you could encounter a conflict between attention to partnership and attention to long-term goals, or conflicting goals. Strains on a relationship can occur as the result of your struggle with finding a life path or defining your career. Take a good look at areas that you’ve neglected or in which there has been a lot of waste or inattention to detail, and start a plan for tidying things up.

Cancer

Cancer

November begins on a sweet note, dear Cancer. You are making pleasing impressions on others on many different levels – physically, emotionally, and mentally or verbally. This is due to Venus and Mars in your communications sector in harmony with your sign, and the Sun and Mercury also harmonizing with Cancer from your romance and creativity sector. These are easy, flowing influences that highlight your natural charm and encourage self-expression.

You can find a lot to enjoy when it comes to studies, personal interests, and conversations. You are motivated and engaged, and you’re also communicating in engaging, enthusiastic ways. It’s a strong time for creative writing, and expressing your ideas and affections.

Venus and Mars move out of your communications sector on the 8th and 12th, and while this area of your chart becomes a little less busy, it’s still highlighted with Jupiter here for another ten months and a new guest, the North Node of the Moon, also for the longer term, encouraging you to learn, share, and connect.

The New Moon on the 11th brings new energy and a take-charge attitude to your creative world, and in the week following it, you may be pushing forward a hobby, romance, or creative pursuit. It’s a strong time for new beginnings or fresh starts. Look for ways to express and enjoy yourself more fully.

You’ll also find that your communications are getting attention, and that for the most part, you’re getting your message across. Intuition is strong this month, and is often leading the way.

After the 8-12, there is fine energy for activities with family and on the home front. You can be feeling especially desirous of positive change in your personal life. You not only have creative vision, you’re motivated to make something more comfortable or beautiful. Enlist the help of family and make it fun.

Mercury and the Sun move into your work and health sector on the 20th and 22nd, respectively, and this turns your attention to the important systems in your life, your daily routines, work, and personal well-being. With Saturn already here early in the sign of Sagittarius, you’ll be expected to mature rather quickly, get organized, and know your priorities.

The Full Moon on the 25th can bring a blast from the past into the present. This occurs around the same time that Saturn and Neptune form an exact square, the first of three, the final two of which will occur in June and September 2016. This introduces a theme that could involve wrestling with a desire to escape the duller, seemingly lifeless elements of your routine in order to bring a little more order to your life. With Saturn in your work and health sector, this is in fact a strong time for simplifying and structuring your life, but you’ll need to make the time to do so, and this can involve boosting your faith in a higher plan to your life that you may not be fully aware of quite yet. Surrendering yourself to the unknown and getting the work that’s in front of you done – taking things step by step and day by day – can get you into a positive place. You might want to enlist the help of a partner or good friend to help with motivation levels.

Leo

Leo

You can be strongly motivated to take action that helps boost your feelings of security as well as your comfort as the month begins, dear Leo. You have wonderful support from the cosmos for these efforts. It’s a great time for bringing creative flair to business endeavors, discovering new ways of earning more, and making your home life more enjoyable and comfortable. You might also reorganize your personal space in such a way that you can think more clearly (less clutter) and produce more, and production is what you’re particularly focused on right now, as you want to see tangible results for your efforts with a lot of activity in your solar second house.

Family may be especially cooperative or willing to lend you a hand with your endeavors. The 10-13 is particularly strong for putting in the effort and for reaching out to others as well.

With the Sun and Mercury in your family and home sector for the better part of the first three weeks of November, this is a strong time for opening up conversations with family, drawing up plans and lists of priorities, and spending a little more time on activities and endeavors in the home. In the week following the New Moon here on the 11th, brand new projects can get off to a great start. This sector of your chart is not only about your base of operations, it’s also about thinking about security in the long-term. We often begin long-term career projects that sustain us and our families for many years to come with new cycles beginning in this sector.

Venus and Mars move out of your resources sector on the 8th and 12th, respectively, but while you’ll be diversifying going forward, there remains strong energy in this sector that will stick with you for at least the next ten months. Jupiter is here, and a new guest, the North Node of the Moon, begins its year-long journey, encouraging you to spend time firming up your income, developing your talents and business, and taking better care of your money and personal possessions.

From the 8-12, there is great energy for connecting and reconnecting with people around you, not only with your networks. Siblings, acquaintances, friends in the neighborhood, and classmates can be in focus. There can be wonderful new ideas and subjects that capture your interest.

Mercury and the Sun move into your sector of romance and creative expression on the 20th and 22nd, respectively. While this shift can turn your attention to entertainment and “play”, Saturn’s presence early in the sector points to a need to get serious about these things rather quickly. The need for more structure in your recreational life becomes apparent now. Saturn moves into an exact square with Neptune – an influence that will go in and out of exactitude in the coming ten months. For some of you, this can point to a struggle with some form of creative block or financial realities that make it difficult to pursue your craft. A dream or project may not be getting the support you anticipated, and motivation levels can drop off temporarily. There may also be some confusion over property and possessions, shared resources or business. For some, a love relationship can be confusing or demand commitments that you may not be ready to make. Be especially vigilant with your financial affairs.

The Full Moon on the 25th occurs at the same time that this tricky energy is reaching a head, and can bring out strong feelings surrounding a friendship or cherished dream/ideal. Pay attention to what emerges now, but wait out taking action until you are more level-headed.

Virgo

Virgo Symbol/Glyph
Virgo

November begins with continued strong focus on your own sign, dear Virgo. You are turning heads and making things happen. While you’re getting attention, you’re also quite independent now, and in fact, doing things on your own behalf has the biggest rewards now. New initiatives may be best saved for the week following the New Moon on the 11th, but you’re certainly going to be busy before then.

Finances are stronger than usual all month. Your financial ruler, Venus is in your own sign until the 8th, after which it’s in its own house. It’s a great time to pay special attention to your income, how you spend your money, and your valuables. You’ll have great ideas for how to improve your bottom line, as well as how to better make use of the resources you have. Venus is also moving rather closely with Mars all month, a secondary financial ruler in your solar chart. After the Venus-Mars alignment on the 2nd, these planets are close but separating, and this allows you to be more level-headed and less impulsive with money.

There is also an important theme around communications, learning, and siblings or acquaintances this month. Some of you could be considering working with a sibling or classmate towards an important goal, for example. You could be especially motivated to sort out your daily affairs, get going on a learning endeavor or study, and push a communications project forward. It’s a great time for gathering your facts, although there will be times when you could feel a little harried. You’re encouraged to experiment with different ideas and projects, but don’t let it get to a point where you’re living life in a nervous state. You’ll miss out on the real opportunities that are bound to present themselves, particularly from the 10-13.

Venus and Mars move out of your sign on the 8th and 12th, respectively, but some longer-term guests remain in Virgo: Jupiter, the planet of expansion and good graces, and the North Node of the Moon, which encourages independence and confidence. This is a year of confidence building and of expressing yourself in new, exciting, and positive ways.

From the 8-12, creative ideas for business and money-making enterprises are in focus. This can also be a time for discovering, developing, and putting to better use of your natural talents. You’ll be finding fabulous new ways for using the resources you already have to your advantage now. It’s a great time for getting the support you need, but perhaps more importantly, making things happen on your own. If you’ve been considering an independent venture or going into business for yourself, you’ll be strongly motivated to get going on this now.

Mercury and the Sun move into your home and family sector on the 20th and 22nd, respectively, and while this can often bring a little more calm to your life, they rather quickly meet with Saturn, already in this sector, and this can demand that attention is paid to important structures in your life. Responsibilities to family or domestic affairs can be a little weighty now. For some, there could be the need to parent or finance someone (parenting a parent for example), and possibly repairs to deal with. With Saturn forming a square with Neptune, a relationship may be strained with increased attention and responsibility to the home or family. People in your life can be draining your energy now, and you’ll need to work out a plan that helps you to better divide your attention between self-care and attention to others. The Full Moon on the 25th can bring a turning point to a career or life path matter. Take things step by step, day by day, and trust that you’ll get to all that you need to do in good time.

Libra

Libra Glyph-Symbol
Libra

There is a lot of energy that draws your attention the past as you begin the month, dear Libra, and much going on behind the scenes or within your own mind. It’s an important time for considering whether some projects and attitudes have outgrown their value. It’s also a time to listen to your own heart and intuition in order to better judge where to direct your energies, now and in the future, as changes are imminent. Venus and Mars in your privacy sector until the 8th and 12th, respectively, can leave a lot to your imagination and perhaps keep you on a fence as you consider all your options. It can also bring animation and liveliness to your private world. After the 8-12, your secret garden continues to delight, but doesn’t take up quite as much of your time and energy.

The Sun and Mercury spend the better part of the first three weeks of November in your resources sector, making it a strong month for also attending to the present when it comes to financial affairs. You’ll be taking care of business, and taking more pride in your work, possessions, and ability to earn or improve your life. You could gain some appreciation or admiration for your talents now as well. The week following the New Moon on the 11th is good for starting fresh and taking charge, particularly of a business, project, or money matters and spending habits. This is an especially rational and logical energy that can be applied to practical affairs.

Venus and Mars move into your own sign on the 8th and 12th, and this can bring your personality, charm, and attractiveness into the spotlight. Others are noticing you, and you’re feeling a little more decided and confident. This is a strong time for partnering as well. A partner or good friend tends to be on the same page as you, more attentive, and more willing to let you take the lead.

Be sure to put yourself out there, make connections and appearances, and pursue some of your personal plans, needs, and desires. This is about you, and you fully deserve some extra attention. The 10-13 is particularly strong for personal appeal and intuition. Your talents can be getting attention, or your advice may be sought out now.

Mercury and the Sun move into your communications sector on the 20th and 22nd as well, further bringing you out of your shell. This is a more sociable time for you generally speaking, but both bodies meet with Saturn rather quickly into their transits, and this points to a need to get serious about your daily affairs and responsibilities. Aim to organize and simplify as much as possible. Look for areas of life that have been neglected or where there is too much clutter, disorganization, or waste.

This is a time for getting your communication and transportation structures into good shape. When Saturn and Neptune form a square in the last week of the month, health matters or uncertainty with work can present new challenges. You’ll feel some pressure to clean up your routines and focus on priorities. Work on increasing your practicality and reliability, and make it a goal to procrastinate less for best results now. Spend extra time working out routines that truly work for you, and that make some space for activities focused on improving health and well-being.

 

Scorpio

Scorpio Symbol Glyph
Scorpio

November has the potential of being a quieter month for you, dear Scorpio, even though it’s a power month in some key ways. You are certainly attracting attention and in charge. After a couple of months in which you tended to keep to yourself more than usual, you’re considerably more engaged and ready to make things happen.

Others are noticing and hearing you loud and clear in the first three weeks of November. This is a time for really shining and for feeling more in control of your life, particularly having to do with your image, body, and personality. The New Moon on the 11th is in your sign, and gets a nice boost from Jupiter and Pluto. This brings strong energy for new starts. Begin your solar year with confidence and mindfulness. In the week following the New Moon, you may decide to begin important projects. There can be important new business or financial initiatives now.

Even so, while you begin the month quite active with friends and groups, two key planets, Venus and Mars, move into your privacy sector on the 8th and 12th. This points to some need to pull back from overly demanding and competitive situations, and perhaps people.

With Venus and Mars in your solar twelfth house for the remainder of November and beyond, close relationships may require some personal sacrifices or privacy. A lot is going on beneath the surface or behind the scenes, particularly having to do with your feelings and desires. You could be reassessing your feelings and attachments, or current pursuits. While you could be wrestling with some decisions, you can in fact be a real dynamo with a little extra solitude and time to yourself.

Your social life will continue to assume importance with Jupiter in your social sector for another ten months and the North Node now here for a year. In fact, important benefits and lessons come through connections with friends, associates, and groups. However, it now becomes essential to divide your time effectively.

The Sun and Mercury moving into your sector of resources, natural talents, and self-worth on the 22nd and 20th respectively stimulates a desire to build up your resources, improve your bottom line, and develop what you already have.

The last week of the month is a little tricky. A square between Saturn and Neptune that will be with us until September 2016 off and on comes exact. This can introduce a dilemma that revolves around money, resources, recreation, children, or dating/romance. If you’ve been spending too much on entertainment or romance, you’ll feel the pinch and will need to take some steps to cut back. This can manifest in several different ways, depending on your current life situation, but generally will involve awareness of an addiction, oversight, overindulgence, or neglect in some area of your life that now requires a reality check and some buckling down so that it doesn’t drag you down.

Do your best to examine the ways you spend money, and eliminate wasteful practices and attitudes, as well as redundancies. Look for creative ways of making do with less. Consider writing, teaching, or otherwise communicating your ideas in order to improve your financial status.

Sagittarius

Sagittarius Glyph Symbol
Sagittarius

The month gets off to a motivating start with your career or life-path goals in strong focus, dear Sagittarius, and perhaps some extra attention on professional levels. The Sun and Mercury are transiting a hidden area of your chart, however, for the first three weeks of November, and this points to the need for some personal down time as you wind down your solar year and prepare for the next one that begins around your birthday (for Sagittarius Suns).

Career, professional developments, schooling, and responsibilities continue to be strong, even with Venus and Mars leaving the sector at the top of your solar chart on the 8th and 12th. This is because Jupiter remains here through to near the end of summer, 2016, and now you have the North Node of the Moon in this area, encouraging you to reach for the stars and do your best. With a little less emphasis, you may in fact come to a better balance in your life. In fact, Venus and Mars moving into your social sector can be wonderful for added charisma with friends and groups. It also helps to animate your relationships with business associates.

If you need to handle a private matter or deal with an ending or a problem from the past, the week following the New Moon on the 11th is powerful.

The 12-13 is strengthening, when others tend to support your endeavors and you may very well form a new, long-lasting alliance.

Mercury and the Sun move into your sign on the 20th and 22nd respectively. This boosts your sense of personal power and increases your influence and presence. It also brings out the need to share your ideas and use the power of words to improve your life. You also have Ceres boosting your ability to get your message across eloquently. This is also a good influence for career and partnership matters. Of course, you always count regardless of attention from others, but now you seem to be getting outside reinforcement as well. Use this extra boost of visibility to further your plans. It’s a fine time for considering new personal initiatives, making changes to your presentation or appearance, and updating your year-ahead resolutions.

A Saturn-Neptune square is with us now and to some degree until September 2016. This can pull up a need to deal with inconsistencies, neglect, or bad habits in order to improve your life in the long term (Saturn is always about success in the long term). Uncertainty with family or domestic affairs can present some challenges for some of you. There can be a feeling that you’re on your own or that you need to take on more responsibilities – to mature more quickly than you had anticipated – from time to time as this influence moves towards and away from exactitude in the coming ten months.

Pay special attention to what others are teaching you about yourself around the 25th when a Full Moon occurs in your partnership sector.

Capricorn

Capricorn Symbol/Glyph
Capricorn

You continue to look for ways to improve your life experiences and increase your knowledge and wisdom this month, dear Capricorn, although as the month progresses, you are ready to take care of business as well. If you play your cards right, this can be a strong month for coming to an important work-play balance.

When Venus and Mars move into your professional sector on the 8th and 12th, respectively, you don’t put aside your quest to enjoy life beyond the ordinary routine or expectations. In fact, Jupiter and now the North Node of the Moon stay in your adventure sector for many months to come, encouraging you to reach out further. However, you are also in the position to bring more creativity, energy, and charisma to your career or public life. The 12-13 is especially good for personal and professional influence. Draw upon your past experiences or work for success in the here and now. You have the chance to shine. You also have the opportunity to show just how loyal and reliable you are.

If you’ve been feeling overwhelmed with responsibility or that you have been shouldering extra work, then this is a good time to restore some balance. You have the ability to be both warm and firm now, and this helps you to get ahead without too much in the way of opposition.

The first three weeks of November are also strong for networking, group efforts, reaching out to the community, and friendships. You can expect more invites or communications from people in your networks. Long-term plans look exciting now. Your month is looking quite full!

The New Moon on the 11th brings wonderful energy for making connections and leveraging the power of an ongoing Jupiter-Pluto connection that is particularly strong for you. Opportunities arising now have the potential for longevity and meaningfulness. In the week following this New Moon, you might decide to begin a new venture or join a group or team.

While this can be a full month, it’s important to pace yourself with your ruler, Saturn, coming to a challenging aspect with Neptune in the last week of November. This influence will return to perfect two more times, in June and September 2016, and you’ll have some time to work through any dilemmas it may call up. There could be some feeling of being drained by daily life – particularly keeping up with your communications. You begin to need more time to yourself with Mercury and the Sun moving into your privacy sector on the 20th and 22nd. You may now face a need to clean up waste or neglect in your daily affairs. While it’s important to stay connected with people you care about, you also need to set some boundaries, gently.

Look for ways to improve physical and mental health through activities and mind-body healing techniques when the Full Moon on the 25th alerts you to the need to attend to your overall well-being.

Aquarius

Aquarius

The first three weeks of the month features both the Sun and Mercury at the top of your solar chart, dear Aquarius, and you’ll be in a great position to look after the major structures in your life. This is a time to give extra attention to career, long-term goals, rules, responsibilities, and performance. It can also be a time of greater visibility with the public or in your professional life. Even people unrelated to your career might seem to hold you a little more accountable for your actions (or lack of action).

As such, this is a time to show off what you can do. It’s also a strong time for reminding yourself of long-term plans as well as the rules of the road. Particularly because Saturn is heading towards a square with Neptune, it’s important to get your priorities clear in your mind.

An especially strong time for getting important structures into place is the 10-13. This is also a good period for career advancement and connecting with people who help you to feel more confident about reaching your goals.

The first week of November is also good for making connections. It’s a time for enlivening your intimate life, and also for getting a better sense of what you can count on in terms of monetary and emotional support, whether this is through a partner or if it’s about subsidies, loans, refunds, and the like. Counseling work can be beneficial now. It can also be a rich time for understanding yourself or an intimate partner better. Desires that have been buried or left unacknowledged can emerge now. Combining your resources or talents with someone can be beneficial for reaching a goal.

Venus and Mars move into your adventure sector and into harmony with your sign on the 8th and 12th, respectively. These influences can boost your spirits and bring more spontaneity into your love life, communications, and everyday experiences. It can also be a super time for promotional or marketing efforts.

Mercury and the Sun move into your friendship sector on the 20th and 22nd, turning your attention to enjoyment, friends, team work, and networking. You’ll also be more inclined to entertain long-term happiness goals now.

However, the last week of the month is definitely the trickier period of November to navigate. Saturn and Neptune connect via a challenging square aspect, introducing a theme that will recur throughout the first three quarters of 2015. This can play out in a number of ways. Some of you could be feeling taken advantage of, or that your values are clashing with friends or group associations. There can be a need to identify areas of waste or neglect, particularly with money and personal possessions, and tidy these things up. You might discover that a plan doesn’t seem quite as viable on a financial level. Lending and borrowing to and from friends is generally considered tricky, but can be especially so for you now. This applies not only to money, but also time and energy. Friendships or causes can drain you at times if you are giving too much while ignoring your own needs. Protect your resources and avoid avoidance! Problems won’t go away if you pretend they don’t exist.

The Full Moon on the 25th can bring affections and creativity to full bloom. The route to fulfillment may not be immediately apparent, but the first step is acknowledging what you’re seeking.

Pisces

Pisces

Close relationships and partnerships continue to be an area of focus this month, dear Pisces. The first week of November can reveal some strong needs and desires in the area of partnering. There is excitement stimulated through your relationship with others.

Venus and Mars move out of your partnership zone on the 8th and 12th, respectively, but Jupiter stays there for the longer term, and a new guest, the North Node of the Moon is here as well (for the coming year). So, while some of the immediate excitement and attention is moving on, you’re still getting encouragement to reach out to others. Valuable lessons are coming through your close relationships, whether it’s a romantic or business partnership or a very close friend. Ups and downs are part of the package, but ultimately you are learning about connecting, sharing, and compromising.

The Sun and Mercury are spending the first three weeks of November in your sector of spirit and adventure, and this pulls at your need to learn, share ideas, and reach out beyond the usual routine or the mundane in your life. If you’re considering a getaway, a new course, or a publishing project, the week after the New Moon on the 11th can be a good time for drawing up new plans. This can be a great time for taking on a new interest or exploring different perspectives or beliefs. Feed your mind, enjoy new experiences, and brush up on skills.

The 10-13 is strong for career and financial opportunities. This can also be a strong time for helpful information coming in, so keep your ear to the ground now. Opportunities to impress, publish or promote your services can figure strongly now.

Your intimacy and sharing sector becomes important from the 8-12 forward. Any new relationships in your life may deepen. Certainly, your feelings and desires transform, deepen, and grow a little more complex or layered. This can be a time for consolidating or combining your resources, gaining financial support, or bringing a little more excitement to your intimate life.

Mercury and the Sun enter your career and reputation sector on the 20th and 22nd, bringing your attention to rules and structures in your life, as well as career and responsibility.

The last week of the month can bring some challenges as your ruler, Neptune, forms a square with Saturn. This aspect will go in and out of orb until September 2016, and can point to a challenge that involves cleaning up areas of neglect or waste. It’s going to be especially important to take better care of your health and body. Demands on your time and responsibilities to others can take their toll on you. You might also struggle with your reputation or issues of freedom and independence. You may be called upon to get organized or to become more goal-oriented. It can be difficult knowing when to stand your ground and when to accept current conditions. Patience is necessary now.

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Daily Feng Shui News for Nov. 1st – ‘All Saint’s Day & All Souls Day’

Today’s ‘All Saint’s Day’ holiday recognizes the over ten thousand saints of the Christian Church. It’s interesting to note that originally both ‘All Saint’s Day’ and tomorrow’s ‘All Souls Day’ celebrations were in May. They were moved to November to downplay the pagan energies associated with Halloween, with the hope being that if moved these Christian holidays would slowly overtake the ‘pagan’ ones. No such luck. If you’re looking for luck, invoking the intercession of Saint Cayetano could be just the ticket. This patron saint of prosperity and gambling dedicated his life to helping others build their fortunes, so ask him to help you build yours too. Can’t hurt, right?

By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com

Hot Topic – Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Gemini Horoscopes

Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Gemini Horoscopes

Chatter up a storm during November’s Full Moon Eclipse

Jeff Jawer

Jeff Jawer on the topics of moon, lunar eclipse, gemini, full moon, astrology

Get ready to deal with information overload! The Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in loquacious Gemini on November 28 opposes the Sun in opinionated Sagittarius, and all this outgoing energy is going to get noisy.

We can expect words, words and more words as expansive Jupiter in Gemini is joined with the Moon. Much of what we hear will be chatter that’s more distraction than useful data. And economic news could make headlines as valuable Venus joins stingy Saturn in Scorpio.

The key message of this Lunar Eclipse is to let go of old ideas and fears to come up with fresh, creative concepts for the future. See how this Full Moon Eclipse will affect your sign:

Aries (March 21 – April 19)

Less talk and more action are called for with this Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in your 3rd House of Communication. Don’t get jumpy if you hear bad news or fall for any of your own fatalistic thinking. Cutting connections with worrisome people who keep pointing back to the past is a good step toward discovering a more desirable picture of the future. Fresh sources of information can be inspirational.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

Some old ideas about money and property may keep you from fulfilling your potential. Cut financial losses now instead of holding on with unfounded hope that they will magically turn around. Sure, it’s hard to let go of investments, objects and values that have a strong hold on you, but economic times are a changing with this Lunar Eclipse in your 2nd House of Resources and Income.

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

This Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Gemini signals a need for simplicity. There may be too many ideas, connections, conversations and speculations going on in your mind to see clearly enough to make good decisions. Less information will serve you better than more, and fewer options produce sharp thinking. Reduce data and streamline systems to pull your head out of the clouds and put your feet on solid ground.

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

This Full Moon in chatty Gemini is a Lunar Eclipse in your 12th House of Unfinished Business. The demands, needs and questions of others can make it hard for you to stand up and take control of your life. It may be time to shut the door, turn off the phone and stop answering e-mails for a while. The answers you seek come from within and from spiritual guidance, but you need some peace and quiet to hear them.

Leo (July 23 – Aug. 22)

Your obligations within groups and the distractions of friends and colleagues could be reaching a breaking point. This Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in your 11th House of Organizations suggests that you may be spreading yourself too thin. Making priorities regarding your needs and desires helps you to cut through the clutter and recognize what activities you can eliminate to streamline your life.

Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22)

This Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in diverse Gemini lands in your 10th House of Career and Public Obligations, which could overload you with too many tasks. You don’t like losing focus and being unable to operate at your best, so this event is a reminder to consider resetting your priorities. Doing one job at the highest skill level possible will be more rewarding than spreading yourself too thin.

Libra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22)

Travel plans and educational expectations could be complicated with this Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in your 9th House of Higher Learning and Faraway Places. Simplifying your schedule is one way to reduce the chances of wearing yourself out or wasting opportunities. More is not better now, so don’t allow lesser activities to distract you from the ones reflect your higher aspirations.

Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21)

It is decision time for you in emotional and financial partnerships. This Lunar Eclipse in your 8th House of Deep Sharing is a signal to get off the fence and make a tough choice or two. This usually isn’t your problem, but the options you face within current relationships or in pursuing new ones may be overwhelming. Focus on your basic needs and you’ll find a clearer path toward satisfaction.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21)

Relationships may be shaken by this Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in your 7th House of Partners. It occurs in the chatty sign of Gemini, which can distract you with ideas and words that sound good, but which may not take you where you want to go. This is a time to trust your gut instincts and act on them because a wrong turn of your own choice is more easily corrected than going along on someone else’s ride.

Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19)

Work-related issues may come to a critical turning point with this Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in your 6th House of Employment. You’re not the type to seek the easy way out, but you could be following a path of least resistance on the job that’s not taking you where you want to go. Adapting to others is necessary in life, but you may have given up too much ground and finally need to take a stand.

Aquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18)

Cutting down on the variety of creative plans in your mind is a good way to turn at least one of them into reality. This Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in diverse Gemini falls in your 5th House of Self-Expression, where eliminating a collection of potential projects puts all of your eggs in one solid basket. Romance also benefits by setting priorities and concentrating your attention where your desire is strongest.

Pisces (Feb. 19 – March 20)

Family matters and home-related issues require some clarity and cleaning up with this Lunar Eclipse in your domestic 4th House of Home. This is also a Full Moon in jittery Gemini that can easily distract your attention from career and other public responsibilities. Actions speak louder than words when dealing with concerns in your household, so make a tough decision or two and get on with your life.

The Witches Magick for November 13: GOOD RIDDANCE SPELL

The Witches Magick for November 13th

GOOD RIDDANCE SPELL

Here is another good spell for getting rid of an unwanted suitor.

 

Take a small square of paper and write on it the name of the annoying would-be lover. Use black ink for this. Many Gypsies also say that it is best to use one of the old “dip” pens and ink, rather than a modern ballpoint, but you could experiment. Let the ink dry; don’t blot it.

Then light a white candle and burn the piece of paper in its flame while thinking of the person running away from you. Catch the ashes in something (burning the paper over an ashtray is a good idea) and carry them out to a hillside (you can do this by putting them in a small plastic bag, similar). There you must place the ashes on the upturned palm of your right hand and hold it up, saying:

Winds of the North, East, South and West,
Carry these affections to where they’ll be best.
Let her/his heart be open and free,
And let her/his mind be away from me.

Then blow on the ashes so that they scatter to the winds.

 

 

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About the Celtic Tree Month Reed October 28 to November 24

Celtic Tree Month Reed

(Ngetal)

October 28 to November 24

Those Born Under This Sign:

Reed signs among the Celtic tree astrology signs are the secret keepers.  You dig deep inside to the real meaning of things and discover the truth hidden beneath layers of distraction.  When there is a need to get to the heart of the matter, most certainly the Reed sign will find the core.  You love a good story, and can be easily drawn in by gossip, scandals, legend and lore.  These tendencies also make you an excellent historian, journalist, detective or archeologist.  You love people because they represent a diversity of meanings for you to interpret.  You are adept at coaxing people to talking to you, and sometimes you can be a bit manipulative.  However, you have a strong sense of truth and honor so most of your scheming is harmless.  Reed people join well with other Reeds, Ash or Oak signs.

Celtic Meaning Of The Reed:

The Celtic meaning of the reed within the Ogham deals with:

  • Purpose
  • Protection
  • Purification
  • Clarification
  • Communication

Today we may not consider the reed a tree, but in the time of the ancient Celts their landscape held prolific reeds in swamp areas; some growing up to 20 feet tall.

The druids viewed any large plant like this with a woody stalk to be a tree, and the reed was considered very important.

All things of the natural world were honored by the Celts, and all things represented the connection with life.   In this way, the reed was highly revered for its usefulness in the day-to-day practices of the Celts.

The reed was used for many purposes by the Celts.  Specifically, they would weave reeds together to make thatched roofs on their homes – some of which (when properly constructed) last up to a decade or more.  This is where the reed obtains its symbolism of protection.  It is also a natural insulator, and the Celts honored it highly during cold, wet months.

Reed gives off a faint sweet smell when macerated, and so the Celts were known to lay out pressed reeds as flooring in their homes to deodorize.  This was also a practice for cleansing and purifying homes.

Reeds also made good candles, and were viewed as beacons of light during the dark nights.  This is another facet of the reed’s purposefulness in the life of the Celts.

The reed gets its symbolism of communication from several sources.  In the hands of a good craftsman (and there were many among the ancient Celts), a reed would make a fine whistle, flute or recorder.  These were highly prized amongst the people, particularly bards. Through these flutes and music the spiritually-minded Celts would communicate fantastic worlds of vision, heroism, and beauty.  

Secondly, if you are still enough, you can hear them sing a song when the wind blows through a field of reeds.  If you’ve ever had the pleasure of hearing it, you know it is an eerie experience.  The Celts viewed this as an otherworld voice, and considered it a message of powerful importance.

Take the time to incorporate these symbolic meanings of the reed in your life.  Gather some up and bring them into the house to open up the energy and clear the air.  Or, try fashioning a flute from a reed and take it to your next drum circle to play!  Your Celtic ancestors will get such a kick out of that!

Reference:

Whats-Your-Sign.com

A Bit of November Lore

 

A Bit of November Lore

In 1863, Abraham Lincoln, declared the last Thursday of November to be a National Day of Thanksgiving.

 

 

Who first come to this world below,

With drear November’s fog, and snow,

Should prize the Topaz’s amber hue,

Emblem of friends and lovers true.

 

 

Modern Birthstone:  Topaz or Citrine

Zodiac (Scorpio): Beryl

 

 

“The name ‘November’ is believed to derive from ‘novem’ which is the Latin for the number ‘nine’.  In the ancient Roman calendar November was the ninth month after March.  As part of the seasonal calendar November is the time of the ‘Snow Moon’ according to Pagan beliefs and the period described as the ‘Moon of the Falling Leaves’ 


by Black Elk.”

–   Mystical WWW

 

 

T   hanks for time to be together, turkey, talk, and tangy weather.
H  
for harvest stored away, home, and hearth, and holiday.
A  
for autumn’s frosty art, and abundance in the heart.
N  
for neighbors, and November, nice things, new things to remember.
K  
for kitchen, kettles’ croon, kith and kin expected soon.
S  
for sizzles, sights, and sounds, and something special that about.
That spells THANKS for joy in living and a jolly good Thanksgiving.
 


–   Aileen Fisher, All in a Word

 

 

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March, the Third Month of the Year of our Goddess, 2019


“The March wind roars
Like a lion in the sky,
And makes us shiver
As he passes by.
When winds are soft,
And the days are warm and clear,
Just like a gentle lamb,
Then spring is here.”

–  Author Unknown

MARCH – THE STORM MOON

March is the third month of the Gregorian calendar, and it was the first month of the Roman calendar. Its astrological sign is Pisces, the fish (February 18 – March 20), a mutable water sign ruled by Neptune. The month is named for the Roman God of agriculture and war, Mars. The month being named for Mars, the God of war, means protection of self and home also figures large at this time. Ancient calendars focus on March as the start of the new year. More recently, the 15th, or the “Ides of March,” brought ill fortune to Julius Caesar, and is considered by many to be unlucky. the last three days of March, long thought to be “borrowed days’ of April, also call for caution. Consider doing just a little more to guard against negative energy of any sort, especially from the 10th to the 31st. A thorough house-cleaning may be in order.

March is a month of transitions between Winter and Spring. March is a time of changes and time of changelings, a time of starts and stops and renewal. This month often begins in one season and ends in another. Other months bring transitions, but March may very well bring the most radical changes. Many a blizzard has halted the commerce of a region one week of March, while sunshine and green grass and flowers overrun the week before or after.

Ostara, the main holiday of the month, celebrates the lengthening hours of daylight and the awakening of the Goddess. Eggs, whether dyed or intricately decorated, are popular season symbols of life and fertility. St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, is rich with Pagan symbolism. For example, the shamrock was once used to depict the three aspects of the Goddess. Sunny, breezy days encourage kite-flying, another seasoned activity. Kites are magickal because they soar toward the realm of spirit. The ancient used the March wind to carry their wishes to the Divine. The winds of March bring the promise of a new season and a fresh start. March’s Full Moon was called the Storm Moon, and it remains a potent time to work magick for change and renewal.

—Excerpt from Llewellyn’s 2019 Witches’ Spell-A-Day Almanac
Excerpts from the Article Entitled “March” by Emyme

March’s Correspondences

Festival: Ostara (vernal equinox). Symbols include eggs, seeds, bulbs, spring flowers, and the hare.

Full moon name: Worm Moon. As the snow begins to melt and the ground softens, the earthworms come to the surface, leaving behind their casts. Other names include Crow Moon, Sap Moon, Fish Moon, Chaste Moon, Death Moon, and Moon of Winds.

Astrological signs: Pisces, February 19–March 20; Aries, March 21–April 20.

Birthstones: Aquamarine and bloodstone.

Nature spirits: Air and water beings connected with spring rains and storms.

Animals: Hedgehog, badger, hare, and chickens.

Birds: Song thrush and blackbird.

Trees: Alder and birch.

Flowers: Anemone, crocus, daffodil, violet, and primrose.

Herbs: Broom, yellow dock, wood betony, and Irish moss.

Scents: Honeysuckle, rose, jasmine, and citrus.

Colors: Pale green, yellow, white, and violet.

Goddess: Ostara.

Powers: Energy, growth, new beginnings, and balance.

Other: St. David’s Day (Wales), Mother’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day (Ireland), Easter (first Sunday after the full moon following March equinox).

—Hedgewitch Book of Days: Spells, Rituals, and Recipes for the Magical Year
Mandy Mitchell

Symbols for the Month of March

 

March’s Festivals
Ostara/Spring Equinox

 

March’s Sign of the Zodiac
Pisces(February 20-March 20)
Aries(March 21–April 20)

 

March’s Celtic Tree Astrology
Nuin (Ash) (February 18 – March 17)
Fearn (Alder) (March 18 – April 14)

 

March’s Runic Half Months
Tyr (February 27 – March 13)
Beore (March 14 – March 29)
Ehwaz (March 30 – April 13)

 

March’s Birthstone
Aquamarine and Bloodstone

 

March’s Birth Flower
Anemone, Crocus, Daffodil, Violet, and Primrose

 

March’s Goddess
Moura (February 20 – March 19)
Columbina (March 20 – April 17)

 

March’s Folklore

“When March comes in like a lion, it goes out like a lamb.”

“A dry March and a wet May bring barns and bays with corn and hay.”

“As it rains in March, so it rains in June.”

“March winds and April showers bring forth May flowers.”

Folklore Courtesy – Hedgewitch Book of Days: Spells, Rituals, and Recipes for the Magical Year
Mandy Mitchell

Pagan Calendar of Events for March

MAR. 4: Celtic Feast of Rhiannon: Moon Goddess, Underworld Goddess

MAR. 5: Navigium Isidis – Egyptian festival honoring Goddess Isis as Lady of the Moon and Ruler of the Sea; celebrated with the launching of a boat of offerings.

MAR. 9: Mother Goddess Day – honoring all Mother Goddesses – the loving, nurturing Goddess.

MAR. 11: Great Night of Shiva: vigil and feast for Transcendence

MAR. 14: Egyptian Festival of Au Set: Snake Goddess who wards off poverty

MAR. 17: Roman Liberalia: Maenad Festival of Bacchus (Dionysus)– honoring the God of the Vine and Rebirth.
Canaanite of Festival of Astarte: Goddess of Love

MAR. 20: – Ala Festival (Nigerian)
– Iduna’s Day (Norse)
– Alban Eilir (Celtic, Druid holiday)
– Spring Harvest Festival (Egyptian)

MAR. 20-21: Sumerian Festival – celebrating the return of Dumuzi (God of Life and Death) from the Underworld to be with Inanna (Goddess of Life) for the verdant part of the year.

MAR. 20 or 21: OSTARA SABBAT: Spring Equinox; The Goddess of Spring.Spring Equinox aka Vernal Equinox aka Ostara. Marks the beginning of Spring. Days and nights are exactly equal, the sun rises and sets in the exact east and west. This holiday represents the first creation, but also the annual creation (planting so crops grow each year) and most symbolic, the perpetual creation. Fertility symbols abound such as eggs and rabbits. Spring or Vernal Equinox begins a forty day period which culminates with May Day, another fertility Spring festival of ancient origin. The other three forty day periods are: Fall Equinox (Sept 22 or 23) to Halloween/AllSaints Day (Oct. 31, Nov.1), Dec. 25 to Imbolc/Candlemas (Feb 1 or 2) and of course, Lent. Lent is the forty day period beginning on Ash Wednesday and ending on Easter Sunday every year.

MAR. 24: Feast Day of Archangel Gabriel whose name means, “The High One’s Hero,” or “Hero of God,” or “Power of God,” or “Might of God.” Note this day comes one day before Annunciation Day when Gabriel performed his most famous task. Since 1970, the Catholic Church no longer recognizes this day for Gabriel, ending a thousand year plus tradition by opting to lump him in with Raphael and Michael for a Feast of the Holy Archangels Day on Sept 29. Originally the Church had an angel for each of the four “corners” of the year, the solstices and equinoxes. It was the Church’s only recognition of these “pagan” holy days.

MAR. 25: Lady Day – honoring the Crone as Grandmother; Mother of the Mother.

MAR. 30: Babylonian Day of Bau: Mother of Ea (The Earth)

Ostara

March 21st

When spring rolls around there’s an itch to get outdoors, celebrate Mother Earth and enjoy the season. Ostara, the Pagan festival that comes to us from traditions that pre-date Christianity, formalized it. It fetes the arrival of Ostara, the spring. Ostara is personified by the goddess who represents the dawn, the coming of new light and rebirth through many of the rituals, decorations and gifts that we’re familiar with to this day. They include colorful Easter eggs, rabbits, and baskets filled with sweets. Due to the popularity of these symbols in ancient times they were coopted by Christianity from “pagans” (which to them meant anyone who’d not adopted the religion) into what we know as Easter celebrations. Many of us continue to celebrate the season with a little bit of pagan influenced décor and delights.

The festival of Ostara falls around the equinox and is related to spring festivities that celebrate renewal, planting new seeds and fertility. These rites of spring come to us from the Celts and Saxons before they were conquered by the Romans some 2,000 years ago. The spirit of Ostara festivities aimed to inspire gratitude to the earth and environment in a beautiful and meaningful way.

Ostara (or Eostra) is an Anglo-Saxon goddess who represented dawn, and her name derives from the Germanic word for “east.” She’s depicted as a young woman surrounded in light and budding trees and flowers. The Ostara festival falls on the day of the equinox, the day when light and dark are equal. It also marks the time when more light will begin to come in, days will be longer, nights shorter and food will be more abundant. At a time when people had to store food to last the long harsh winters, this festival was particularly anticipated as a time of renewed hope.

Inspired by the equinox where light and dark of the physical day are equal, Ostara is a time to celebrate life and balance. On this occasion it was believed that taking water at dawn from springs and drinking them would restore balance and be beneficial for a body. Villages celebrated with bonfires and often ate the remaining ham that had been stored up over the winter. With the promise of a new beginning in the fresh blossoms in trees and green sprouts of bulbs from the ground, new nourishment was available and a sense of possibility restored

The name of this Pagan goddess is connected to one of the most sacred Christian holidays. Ostara’s (Eostra’s) or the traditional Easter festival was transferred to the celebration of Christ’s resurrection to incorporate the Christian meaning of Easter after Anglo-Saxons and Germans converted to Christianity. This merging between “pagan” and Christian festivals occurred throughout Europe, and remnants of it, like the Easter eggs, remain visible to this day in both European and American cultures. The “pagan” cultures didn’t deny divinity; they simply celebrated it in a way that was more closely connected to the earth and Nature in forms like Ostara who became a deity they worshiped as they saw her powers manifest every spring.

The symbols that surround Ostara include eggs, rabbits and spring flowers which speak of the fertility and new life she brings. The egg, especially, has always been a sacred sign of fecundity. Eggs carried the power of becoming, of creation. Some ancient legends believed that the Earth was hatched from an egg, and of course eggs abound in birds’ nests at this time of year. They became natural associations with fertility, birthing and creation. The egg or lingam is still much revered and often placed on altars in Hindu culture. Rabbits, too, were associated with the spring festivals because of their great fertility. They produce a large number of offspring and breed many times during the season.

Modern Pagans celebrate Ostara with feasting and fun. It’s a joyous celebration that may be combined with rituals to promote balance, plant new seeds both literally and figuratively, and prepare for a wonderful new season of rebirth. Even if you’re not Pagan, everyone can enjoy the ancients rites and rituals of spring that connect us both to the earth and to our possibilities to grow spiritually. You may want to get some soil and plant seeds for lettuce; prepare a kitchen herb garden or bring some potted plants into the house. Bringing in spring colors will help you to connect with spring energy and move you into a place where you begin to tap into the energy of renewal. Colors like lilac, pastel pinks similar to the cherry blossoms and bright tulip colors will add touches of freshness to interior spaces. In ancient times, when planting took priority as a way to sustain a community, clearing away debris and weeds was an important step before spring planting. What needs to be cleared from your house and life to bring in that essential balance so that the seeds you long to plant can grow? This is an ideal time to take a moment to contemplate what needs to be brought into balance in your life.

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Ostara Correspondences

Colors: yellow, light green, light pink, blue, all pastel shades

Stones: amethyst, aquamarine, jasper, moonstone, rose quartz

Herbs: Irish moss, lemongrass, meadowsweet, catnip, spearmint, cleavers, dogwood and ash trees, woodruff

Flowers: daffodils, honeysuckle, iris, violets, Easter lilies, roses, dandelions, tulips, lilacs

Incense: jasmine, rose, violet, lotus, magnolia, ginger, sage, strawberry, lemon

Altar decorations/symbols: spring flowers, seeds, potted plants, colored eggs, rabbits/hares, birds, pinwheels, yellow discs, other solar symbols and imagery, ladybugs, bumblebees

Foods: eggs, honey, sprouts, dandelion greens, strawberries, all spring vegetables, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, pine nuts

–Wicca Wheel of the Year Magic: A Beginner’s Guide to the Sabbats, with History,
Symbolism, Celebration Ideas, and Dedicated Sabbat Spells
Lisa Chamberlain

Ostara Ritual

Bark and Flower Balancing Spell

Both the Spring and the Fall Equinoxes provide excellent opportunities to work for balance in our lives. This can mean achieving better physical health, learning how to deal more skillfully with an emotional challenge, or balancing the monthly budget.

Anything you’re dealing with that’s hindering your ability to make progress in the outer world is a good area to focus on releasing, so that the energies of positive manifestation have more room to come into your life. For best results, identify a goal that aligns with the physical, mental or emotional realm in order to take full advantage of the magical correspondences of your chosen spring flower.

As for the bark, this should be gleaned (i.e. gathered from the ground) and not cut from a living tree. Many trees actively shed their bark at the onset of spring in order to make room for their own new growth.

Trees associated with establishing balance include ash, birch, cedarwood, poplar, willow and white oak. If none of these grow where you live, look up the magical correspondences of the trees that do grow in your area, or ask the God and Goddess to guide you in finding the right bark for this spell.

Flowers used in balancing magic include:

Mental: daffodil, iris, lilac, violet (yellow candle)

Emotional: crocus, daffodil, iris, violet, tulip (pink or light blue candle)

Physical: alpine aster, iris, honeysuckle, lilac (green/light green candle)

You will need:

Piece of gleaned tree bark
Handful of flower petals
Spell candle in a color corresponding to your goal
Pencil (or ink and quill)

Instructions:

Start by meditating on your goal.

What does balance in this situation or area of your life look and feel like to you? Identify a word or short phrase that encapsulates the achievement of your goal, such as “optimal health,” “harmony in the home” or “all bills paid.”

Write this on the bark. Don’t worry if the pencil lead doesn’t show up, as the letters are still being traced into the essence of the bark’s energy.

Light the candle and lay the bark on your altar or work space.

Sprinkle the daffodils around the bark in a circle three times, moving clockwise.

With each rotation, say the following (or similar) words:

“As the day is balanced with the night,
and the darkness balanced with the light,
I find balance in my life.”

Allow the candle to burn out on its own.

Within 24 hours, return the bark to the Earth, either where you found it or another place in Nature.

–Wicca Wheel of the Year Magic: A Beginner’s Guide to the Sabbats, with History,
Symbolism, Celebration Ideas, and Dedicated Sabbat Spells
Lisa Chamberlain

Witchy Ways to Celebrate March

Here are some things you can do to celebrate the rebirth we all experience in March:

Decorate your home and altar with displays of eggs—colored and natural—in baskets and bowls. Bring in yellow flowers—daffodils, celandines, and dandelions.

Set long-term spells for the future that will grow and gain power as the light increases and the Wheel turns.

Start the gardening year and celebrate the earth by planting seeds, even just some mustard and cress on your windowsill.

Spring clean yourself and your home by using cleansing herbs in your cleaning rituals.

Rosemary is wonderful for this. And clean in a clockwise direction to imbue your work with positivity.

Celebrate the March winds by working with the air element for spells. Burn incense or just get outside and throw your arms to the winds!

–Hedgewitch Book of Days: Spells, Rituals, and Recipes for the Magical Year
Mandy Mitchell

We are Witches
We walk the path of the Old Gods
From this moment forth
We will not walk alone
Together, we will worship
Together, we will practice our Craft
Together, we will learn and grow
We vow to work, from this day forward
In perfect love and perfect trust
According to the free will of all
And for the good of all
Creating only beauty
Singing in harmony
Our song upon the Earth
Love is the law and love is the bond
In the name of the Goddess and the God
So do we vow, and so mote it be.

 

–Circle, Coven, & Grove: A Year of Magickal Practice
Deborah Blake

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Your Daily Love & Romance Horoscopes for June 1

Aries

As the Moon leaves your relationship sector he leaves you with a strong intuitive and emotional link to the past, that you need to hold onto. With Saturn in his final weeks in retrograde motion in your relationship sector this leaves you with an emotional link to things you may have swept under the carpet in the past.

Taurus

The Moon returns for his monthly visit to your relationship sector today, evoking your emotional and intuitive responses. The Moon wouldn’t be doing his job if this didn’t push some buttons and evoke some emotional responses, giving you a chance to make sense of and process what’s been and to nudge things in the right direction moving forward.

Gemini

As the Moon wraps up his monthly visit he leaves you with an intuitive read on your heart and on a pervasive sense of romantic nostalgia, that won’t be here when he returns next month. Right now the doors to the past and to second chances are wide open on the romantic front, but only for a few more weeks.

Cancer

Just when you need it most, with some tension starting to creep into your relationships, the Moon makes a timely return to your romantic sector, giving you a chance to tap back into your heart and some more romantic energy. This gives you a chance to put things into perspective and to hear what your heart is trying to tell you.

Leo

While you’re just 3 days away from a lunar eclipse in your romantic sector, that has the power to create some unexpected developments, there are telltale signs or road markers and there won’t be any. This is a lunar eclipse that will take you by surprise and the only way you can prepare is to take your hands off the wheel, putting your faith in the love gods.

Virgo

With Neptune due to turn retrograde in your relationship sector next week and Chiron the week after, the door to the past and to second chances is about to open. As the Moon makes his last visit to your communication sector before then, this gives you a chance to open the communication lines and to connect in an authentic way.

Libra

While some short term relationship pressure that the Moon evoked yesterday is most likely easing back, looking more like a false alarm, don’t dismiss this too quickly, for it held some valid wake up calls. Find a balance between not sweating the small stuff and not sticking your head in the sand.

Scorpio

You’ll find it a lot easier now to find the right work/life balance in order to keep the professional momentum going and give your personal life, especially your relationships the attention it needs. But that doesn’t mean that you don’t need to work at it, taking responsibility for ensuring you have the right balance and boundaries.

Sagittarius

It’s not much help when later down the track you tell yourself that you should have trusted your instincts or you should have had the confidence to speak up, especially when today is the day you’re most likely to look back on with regret if you don’t follow your hunches. It’s when you challenge your excuses that you’re more likely to find yourself in the right place at the right time.

Capricorn

You’ve had a real test over the last few days, when it comes to balancing your personal and professional lives. It matters less how well you managed this and more that you’re aware of what did or didn’t work. For where you’re going having the right balance and boundaries will not only be important, but increasingly harder to maintain.

Aquarius

Venus, planet of love and romance has been in your romantic sector for nearly 2 months, yet even after all this time the romantic advantages still haven’t peaked and the journey has barely begun. You’re in a romantic phase that will take until mid 2013 to fully play out, with a need to be in this for the long haul.

Pisces

When Mars first returned to your relationship sector last November, for what is normally a 6 week visit, it was with the intention of shaking things up. That stage you’ve been through and it’s now more about rebuilding your relationships for the future or if single to let go of the past, ready to move on.

Water Witch Lore – Water Horses

Water Horses

Here is yet another dark little tidbit about water. In Celtic regions, there was a creature called a water horse. This creature was so powerful-looking and enchanting that once see, a person could not help but wish to ride on its back. If he tried, he would soon regret it. It would run so fast that a human would not be able to catch his breath, whereupon the horse would plunge back under the water, carrying the rider with it to a watery grave.

Thought to be most prevalent in the month of November, these magnificent creatures could shapeshift into human form. In this capacity they were known to eat their victims. It was said that the only way to kill a water horse was to hold it over a roaring fire until it melted.

In Scotland, this creature was known as the water bull and was a guardian of the entries into the fairy realm.

Feng Shui Tip of the Day for November 27th

The precious gem most associated with this month of November is the venerable and mysterious topaz. This stone has been a body adornment for at least 2000 years and has been called one of the precious gemstones that formed the foundations of the twelve gates to the Holy City of Jerusalem. These stones are often referred to as ‘apocalyptic’ in their nature since they are believed to hold miraculously protective powers. It has long been believed that when worn with this same intent, the topaz can keep anyone safe from enemies. In the realm of mystery and mysticism, the topaz contains a cooling or antiseptic effect while also being said to be able to dispel sadness and anger. It’s also said that simply sleeping with a topaz close or next to the skin can relieve nighttime fears. Some legend goes so far to share that a man who wears a topaz will grow more handsome and intelligent while a woman will become much more fertile and happy. Handsomer, smarter, fertile and happy? Get thee to a jeweler!

By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com