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This strikes a chord with the last comment I’d made in this morning’s coffee thoughts – that I could feel a portal opening in front of me and things would become clear.  The Moon in Tarot signifies illusion, or moving through a shadow realm.  Things feel more fearful, more emotional, more uncertain. 

Walking through the woods during the day, we can rejoice in their beauty, take in with delight the songs of the birds, play with pine cones, and enjoy the woods for what they are.  But walk through the woods at night? Suddenly you feel like you’ve been sucked into the Blair Witch Project and everything makes you fearful.  Senses are hightened.  We become aware of every sound as if they signify attack, and we’re aleart for any dangers (including those that aren’t real!).  This is the feeling we have when we’re under the influence of The Moon in Tarot.

The fact that this card is inverted today makes me feel as though the energy of this card is waning, moving away… as though sunrise is about to happen.  It’s always darkest before the dawn – and things have been very dark in Wendiland lately – on all counts, every plane, each dimension from romance to work to domestic situations to physical health.  The viel is about to be lifted, though – and I take this card as a sign that it’ll be lifting soon. In the Tarot, the card that comes right after the moon is The Sun!

Here’s what the other sources say:

From LearnTarot.com:

feeling fear
releasing inner demons
feeling a nameless apprehension
suffering from phobias
giving in to the shadow self
lacking courage
being overcome by anxieties 

believing illusions
accepting a false picture
deceiving yourself
having unrealistic ideas
misapprehending the truth
experiencing distortions
chasing after a fantasy 

stimulating the imagination
having vivid dreams or visions
opening to fantasy
plumbing the unconscious
entertaining unusual thoughts
being outlandish and bizarre 

feeling bewildered
losing direction and purpose
having trouble thinking clearly
becoming confused
being easily distracted
feeling disoriented
wandering aimlessly

Sadly, we are usually afraid of the Moon. In readings, this card often stands for fears and anxieties – the ones that come in the darkest part of the night. Card 18 also stands for illusions. It is easy to lose our way in the moonlight. Be careful not to let deceptions and false ideas lead you astray. Sometimes the Moon is a signal that you are lost and wandering aimlessly. You must find your way back to the path and your clarity of purpose.

If you look around the room right now, you will (probably!) see people and objects that are comforting in their familiarity. Everything is exactly as you expect it to be. You know that if you closed your eyes and opened them, the room would be the same. But…have you ever lost the familiar to find, in its place, a world so extraordinary you can’t even grasp it? This is the experience of the Moon.

Most of the time we live in a tiny pocket of normality that we wrap around us like a security blanket. We turn our backs on the mysterious universe that waits outside. From time to time we may sneak a peak with our imagination, or venture out through fantasy or expanded awareness. We can be thrust out there unprepared through drugs, madness or intense experiences such as battle.

The Moon is the light of this realm – the world of shadow and night. Although this place is awesome, it does not have to be frightening. In the right circumstances, the Moon inspires and enchants. It holds out the promise that all you imagine can be yours. The Moon guides you to the unknown so you can allow the unusual into your life.

From AeclecticTarot:

THE MOON

Basic Card Symbols

A full moon (with a crescent within), twin pillars, two dogs/wolves howling, a stream that runs to the ocean, a crayfish emerging out of the water.

Basic Tarot Story

Following the star the Fool travels through the night. The full Moon rises, illuminating for him a watery path. And he begins to feel disoriented, as if walking in his sleep. He passes under the moon, between two pillars ancient and strange. Suddenly, he looks around to find himself in another land entirely. When he was in the presence of the High Priestess, he saw hints of this dark land through the sheer veil draped behind her throne. And later, when he hung from the tree, he felt himself between the physical world and this one. Now, he has at last passed behind the veil. Here are the mysteries he sought, at least, here are the dark mysteries, ones that have to do with the most primal and ancient powers; powers of nature, not of civilization. It is a land poets, artists, musicians and madmen know well, a terrifying, alluring place, with very different rules. Wolves, howling in homage to the moon, run wild across this land, hunting along side maidens with bow and arrows; and creatures from childhood nightmares and fantasies peer from shadows, eyes glowing.

The path the Fool was walking is now a river, and he stands hip-deep in the powerful pull of its salty, moonlit waters. There is, on the nearby shore, a small boat, but it has no rudder, no oar. The Fool realizes he has only two choices. He can lose himself in this desolate, primal land of madness and illusion, howl with the wolves, be hunted down, or he can get into the boat, and trust himself to the river. The moon will be in control either way, but in the boat, his surrender to the powers of the unconscious and the natural world will at least take him somewhere. As the artists and poets and magicians know, inspiration, visions, genius, Moon magic, are the rewards of such surrender. The Fool gets into the boat, and shoves off. As the waters sweep him away, moon beams light his “path” and he feels the Mistress of this dark land gazing down at him with the High Priestess’s approving eyes.

 

Basic Meaning

With Pisces as its ruling sign, the Moon is all about visions and illusions, madness, genius and poetry. This is a card that has to do with sleep, and so with both dreams and nightmares. It is a scary card in that it warns that there might be hidden enemies, tricks and falsehoods. But it should also be remembered that this is a card of great creativity, of powerful magic, primal feelings and intuition. The Querent who gets this card should be warned that they may be going through a time of emotional and mental trial; if they have any past mental problems, they must be vigilant in taking their medication. They should avoid drugs or alcohol, as abuse of either will cause them irreparable damage. This time however, can also result in great creativity, psychic powers, visions and insight. They can and should trust their intuition.

Thirteen’s Observations

This is the card of that scary, dreamy, secret otherworld where lies the most powerful and dark magic. Primal magic. It is the card that you’d get for Jackson Pollack types, switching between being wild, mean, crazy drunks and creative geniuses. They have wicked mood swings, dark, dark, dark depressions, charming manic modes. They have no inhibitions, don’t even try to behave themselves in polite society, their crazy behavior sometimes inspired, sometimes horribly embarrassing, even unbelievable and even dangerous. But the art, poetry, music they produce….it’s magic. When I get this card, I let the Querent know they’re in for an emotional and mental rollercoaster ride. They can do two things, either wander through this crazy, lunatic landscape howling at the moon (get drunk, wallow in depression, alienate friends and family with wild, antisocial behavior), or get in a boat and go through it purposefully (paint something!).

From Solitary Witch: Book of Shadows for the Next Generation by Silver Raven Wolf:

Intuition; deception; night work; hidden dangers; instinct; struggle for sanity; change; possible confusion; magick; gossip; stuck between a rock and a hard place; self-esteem issues; empathetic. Astrological association: Pisces.

And, from Numerology and the Divine Triangle by Faith Javane and Dusty Bunker:

As a temporary vibration: Caution, dreaming, healing, body care. You must slow down the fast pace of your life. You need to pay more attention to your bodily needs; therefore, exercise outdoors, eat properly and get sufficient sleep.

Your dreams are active now, and any sleeplessness you experience is the product of an extremely vivid imagination. New plans and ideas are forming in your mind. Do not start new projects, but rather allow the ideas to germinate. They will blossom at a later date. Maintain your present status while considering changes, such as new occupation.

Healing forces are working beneath the surface, and your health can improve if you allow periods of quiet conteimplation to calm your mind. Your thoughts have a potent control over your bodily processes now.

Sign documents carefully or not at all, if possible. Be on guard against deception in business and difficulties in personal affairs. Family quarrels and accidents are caused by rashness or carelessness. Travel is not advisable. Mental unsettledness can bring a physical illness. Wars and revolutions are brought on by such vibrations.

You have a unique opportunity to organize your life now. Set your environment in order, clean your house, organize your desk, finish up odds and ends. Such actions will direct your subconscious to set itself in order as well. Then your dreams and visions will express the future direction you should follow.

Tarot Symbolism: Key 18: The Moon. Evolutionary growth and development come under key 18. The keywords are organization and sleep. The function of the Moon is sleep, and during sleep, waste is eliminated and new materials are woven into the body. Consciousness continues while the upper brain cels rest. It is during sleep that our aspirations and efforts are being built into the body cells. What we think and do all day goes on influencing the body while we sleep. Every cell is a center of consciousness, and every cell contains spirit. Astrologically, Pisces, the final sign of the zodiac, rules this key.

The shellfish coming out of the water represents the lower form of existence. Shaped like a scorpion, it indicates the creative force starting on the path of return, which leads to the mountain of attainment. The narrow path implies that concentration is necessary. It goes up, then down, but always rises higher at the next step. It is meant to show that spiritual unfoldment does not come all at once, but rather progresses gradually.

The dog and wolf are of the same species, but one is wild and the other is domesticated (depicting nature aided by human consciousness). The towers are human handiwork. The thirty-two rays of the Moon iindicate the thirty-two paths on the Tree of Life, and the faling yods represent the decent of the life force from a higher plane into the material world. Many symbols here show that we can change the outward structure of things. They are proof that the same changes may be accomplished within the body through organization and cultivation.

Astrological correspondence: The Sun (and Pisces). The test of Saturn (8) is energized and supported by Mars (1), resulting in full attainment and realization (9, The Sun).

With the combination of the Sun and Pisces, final completion is possible under this number. The Sun, representing true individuality finds its own true identity in key 18, which symbolizes body consciousness. By combining body consciousness and control with realization of one’s self, all things are possible.

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The story is beginning to accumulate in my mind. I understand the Turtle is taming the Lizard… go a head and dream of the future, know what there is to know, but don’t think that “knowing” is permission to skip the necessary steps of getting there.  Turn off the outside world and travel inward, communing not only with Self, but with the Powers that be – the Masculine and Feminine all that is – God and Goddess.  Put fears and worries aside, otherwise they’ll be manifested, and trust that my needs will be met in time – and while I’m waiting in solitary reflection, express my innermost thoughts creatively, and with a grateful spirit, unabashedly unique.

I feel better.  Seriously… I woke up slightly irritable, and I feel much better.

Here are the day’s correspondences:

Today is:
September 18, 2008

*Planting Day
Last Night: Resting Place
This Morning: Coffee Thoughts & Dreamscapes
Today’s Tarot: The Hermit
Today’s Fairy: Happily Ever After (Inverted)
Today’s Animal: Turtle
Today’s Tao: Creativity

Thursday:
Governed by Jupiter: Expansion, money, prosperity, generosity

Colors:
Green, turquoise, white, purple, crimson

The Moon:
Third Quarter Waning in Taurus

Waning Moon: From Full Moon to New Moon is a time for study, meditation, and magical work designed to banish harmful energies.

Moon in Taurus:
Things begun now last longest, tend to increase in value, and become hard to change. Brings out an appreciation for beauty and sensory experience.

Source: Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2008

Sun:
Virgo, The Virgin

As the sixth sign of the zodiac, Virgo represents the sixth stage in the evolution of man and his place in the universe. In Leo the need is to discover and develop man’s individuality and creative potential. In Virgo the need is to find ways to put man’s individual talents to the best possible use. This is why Virgo is known as the sign of service. For many Virgos, the need to make things better is satisfied by pursuing careers in health-related fields or in other areas such as teaching, labor relations, environmental protection, social work, or religious counseling. Though most of them do have altruistic motives in helping others, it must also be said that Virgos have a tendency to act the martyr when their service or counseling is ignored, and it is not unheard of for them to use guilt as a weapon when they want to elicit the attention and cooperation of others. Virgos have to learn that helping others to improve is one thing, but pushing them toward goals of perfection they cannot hope to accomplish is destructive as well as impossible.

Virgos adapt to change. This trait is a strength because it is a survival mechanism, and a weakness because it makes them vulnerable to the demands and influence of other people. Instinctively responsive to the needs of others, they usually adapt to different people and changing circumstances by finding ways to make themselves useful. The Virgin is the astrological symbol of Virgo and, like the true virgin, most Virgos are shy. Like a virgin waiting to give herself to the perfect lover, Virgos are also idealistic. Unfortunately when they allow idealism to get out of hand, nothing is accomplished. The virgin becomes a bitter spinster and talents die on the vine. Though intensely personal situations are inhibiting, there are other situations when Virgos can be very dynamic. When the spotlight is not directly on them but on a product or a service they offer, they are excellent salespersons.

Virgos react to what they experience by assessing its practical worth. Before they take physical action, before they sort out their emotional involvement, and before they reason it out intellectually, they must ascertain what tangible advantages are to be gained from the experience. If the advantages they find are not necessarily useful to them, they are willing to give them to those who can benefit. Virgos are effective negotiators. They patiently endure endless details and responsibilities if convinced it accomplishes an end they think justifies their efforts.

Mercury, planet of the intellect, rules Virgo, giving Virgos an analytical approach to life. That communication is important to Virgos is aptly demonstrated by the fact that so many of them are very talkative. They love books, magazines, and writing. With a critical eye for organization and detail and their constant search for perfection, Virgos have an irresistible urge to improve everything and everyone, whether they need it or not. Virgos are not above using their inability to achieve perfection as an excuse for their own idleness and unproductiveness. Out of character with their true nature, these Virgos are sloppy, disorganized, and irresponsible. What is worse, their own bad habits do not in the least inhibit them from criticizing others for the same behavior. Their analytical ability makes them excellent critics of the talent and performance of those more skilled than themselves. Virgos need to think that what they do is of a practical and helpful nature. The worthiness of their self-sacrificing efforts is spoiled at times however, when they exact tangible proof of gratitude from those who benefited from their actions.

Likely to be health conscious, many Virgos make an effort to stay physically fit. If they are convinced that results can be achieved, they don’t mind tedious exercise routines. They enjoy tennis, racquetball, swimming, sailing, fishing, and biking. As athletes, Virgos are not overly competitive. Most of them do however, attempt to perfect whatever skills they do have in a particular sport. They are likely to be talented craftsman, seamstresses, or designers, and may have particular interest in such things as cartography, travel, and philately.

Virgo colors are blue, yellow, gray, tan, navy, and lilac. Vulnerable parts of the body are the sinuses, respiratory system, and bowels. Colds, flu, allergies, and constipation are common Virgo complaints. The sapphire, which is a variety of the mineral corundum, is Virgo’s birthstone. This gem was considered by ancient societies as a love charm. Though they come in a variety of colors and can even be transparent, the most valuable sapphires are blue. Blue is also the principal color associated with Virgo. Flowers and plants for Virgo include the aster, chrysanthemum, ivy, and fern.

Source: http://www.psychicfred.com/astrotext/virgo.htm

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Today is:
September 17, 2008

*Harvest Day

Today’s Coffee Thoughts & Dreamscapes: Mesmerizing Mountains, Seductive Sands
Today’s Tarot Card: 4 of Swords, Inverted (rest and healing)
Today’s Fairy Oracle: Visualization (opening the psychic eye)
Today’s Animal Medicine Card: Lizard (dreaming)
Today’s Tao Card: Like a Child (innocence and trust)

Wednesday:
Governed by Mercury: study, travel, divination, wisdom

The Moon:
3rd Quarter Waning in Aries; void of course @ 5:26 p.m., enters Taurus @ 7:56 p.m. (US CENTRAL)

Waning Moon: From Full Moon to New Moon is a time for study, meditation, and magical work designed to banish harmful energies.

Moon in Aries: Good for starting things. Things occur rapidly, but quickly pass. People tend to be argumentative and assertive.

Moon Void of Course: Just before the Moon enters a new sign, it will make one final aspect (angular relationship) to another planet. Between that last aspect and the entrance of the Moon into the next sign, it is said to be void-of-course. Activities begun when the Moon is void-of-course rearely come to fruition, or they turn out very differently than planned.

Moon in Taurus: Things begun now last longest, tend to increase in value, and become hard to change. Brings out an appreciation for beauty and sensory experience.

Source: Llewllyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2008

The Sun:
Virgo, The Virgin

The Principle of Discernment and Boundaries

Element-Earth
Quality-Mutable
Symbol-The Virgin
Sun Sign Dates-August 24 to September 23
Planetary Ruler-Mercury
Natural Zodiac Affinity-Sixth House

Virgo has a mission. The mission of Virgo is to separate what is useful from that which is not useful. This is called discernment. This is a sign that needs to feel a sense of usefulness and purpose. Someone needs to create order from chaos. They’ve earned a reputation for being too critical. Don’t take their criticism personally. Everyone and everything is subject to the same scrutiny. Those who are comfortable in chaos will not last long around Virgo. Their perfectionist drive comes from their innermost being. They may seem picky and uptight to other people but the reason why Virgo can get so uptight is because theirs is a never-ending job. There is always work to be done and so much of it is not fully appreciated by other people. Remember, Virgo has a large contribution to make to the world. Do you want your dentist to be a slob? Do you want to sleep on unchanged sheets in a hotel room? Do you care if the cook washes his hands? Virgo has taken on the job of worry and concern over the everyday duties that actually make life liveable in so many unseen ways. Virgo is the civilizing effect on mankind.

Virgo is into reality. They don’t dream about what is possible- they do it. If the five senses cannot detect it, then what use is that? Virgo has a talent for logical analysis. Virgo and Gemini are both ruled by Mercury. Virgo sorts through the Gemini function which takes in everything. It sorts through it and files away that which may be used later if necessary then tosses out that which has no use. Pure Virgo energy always knows where the scissors are. A place for everything and everything in it’s place. If you won’t do it, then they will. Virgo likes to help. It’s a service-oriented sign.

Thank a Virgo today for being humble enough to do what needs to be done. For taking the time to fuss over the small details which enhance the quality of life in so many practical ways.

Pure Virgo energy is….
* an instinctive talent for analyzing things in a logical manner
* creating order from chaos
* leans towards worry and concern
* seeking perfection
* geared towards getting the job done
* wants to feel useful
* fact oriented-leans towards skepticism until proven
* usually feels that “cleanliness is next to godliness.”
* a lot of mental anxiety over outcomes
* detail oriented
* learning to draw boundaries and to say, “no”
* the craftsman/craftswoman

Source: http://www.skyviewzone.com/astrology/virgosign.htm

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Today is:
August 17, 2008

*Planting Day

Of Significance today:
*Dad comes to visit
*Met T four months ago, 4/17

Today’s Coffee Thoughts: Ah Choo! (And Books)
Today’s Tarot Card: Queen of Cups
Today’s Fairy Oracle: Body Movement

Sunday:
Governed by the Sun – Healing, spirituality, success, strength, protection

Colors:
Yellow, orange, gold, amber

The Moon:
3rd Quarter Waning in Aquarius, void-of-course @ 12:14 a.m., enters Pisces @ 2:46 a.m.

Waning Moon: Waning moon is when the moon appears to be shrinking in the sky, the last two weeks of the moon’s twenty-eight day cycle. Each night the light of the moon gets smaller and smaller until ultimately, the moon appears invisible and is completely out of sight. During this two weeks, it’s best for doing magickal workings to rid yourself of things, to cast away negative energies, or to break habits. If you want to keep your nails short, trim them during waning moon. Want to slow the growth of your hair? Cut it during waning moon. Want to end a certain relationship? Waning moon is best. Quit smoking? Lose weight? Waning moon lends its energies to these types of magickal workings.

Moon in Aquarius: *Rebellious energy. Time to break habits and make abrupt change. Personal freedom and individuality is the focus.

Void-of-Course: *Just before the Moon enters a new sign, it will make one final aspect (angular relationship) to another planet. Between that last aspect and the entrance of the Moon into the next sign it is said to be void-of-course. Activities begun when the Moon is void-of-course rarely come to fruition, or they turn out very differently than planned.

Moon in Pisces: *The focus is on dreaming, nostalgia, intuition, and psychic impressions. A good time for spiritual or philanthropic activities. (Ties in perfectly with that Queen of Cups, dontchya think?)

*Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2008

The Sun:
Leo, The Lion

The Sun Rules the Sign of Leo

  • On the downside: You may have a heavy ego, and you can be arrogant, vain, and extravagant.
  • Your good qualities include: A strong vitality, honorable, creative, generous, dignified.
  • Developing your own self identity and mode of creative energy expression will be your ongoing life’s work.

Leo has a great deal of self confidence but they also have a great fear of being ridiculed and made to feel disgraced. While Leo is very affectionate there is a tendency to have things their way and may rapidly lose interest if they are challenged too often for the leading role. They will have to learn to discipline themselves against their overall enthusiasm for living life to the fullest, which is to say, dangerously on the edge. The creative urge in Leos should never be stifled as to do so a good deal of potential will be wasted.

Leos are found as painters, actors, or sculptors; but not all Leos are in the public arts, no, rather they can be found in the throes of creation doing their projects on the kitchen table. They have an infectious vitality that lights up their lives like an inner sun and illuminates not only their lives, but the lives of those around them. Lack of fulfillment in life, professionally or personally, can destroy these bright and shinning people and cloud their personalities.Leos need control in their lives to be really satisfied so organization is absolutely essential to their peace of mind.

A leo should cultivate a flexible mind as they do not always ‘know best’.

Only when this trait is cultivated can the characteristic Leonine warmth, generosity, and desire to really understand others be fully indulged.

The lions love and adore children as they bring out the inner child. Leos are surprisingly sensitive and easily hurt, but they do have a tendency to dominate and this should never be underestimated. It is always meant well as they only want to bring out the best in the people they care about, or work with. They also tend toward impatience and they should make curbing these traits a lifelong objective. Born leaders, they can take command of a situation in any emergency and see it through to its completion. The enthusiams they acquired in childhood will generally last a lifetime and may even dictate the career one would choose.

They can be too status conscious, causing themselves much anguish when, or if, they cannot keep up with others in their immediate circle. They can also be quite overbearing and vain when they feel they are being challenged. On the other hand, the lions make great lovers and parents, giving more to a relationship than most of the other signs. They are good honorable persons and good providers.

Source: http://www.starlightastrology.com/leo-sun.htm

Today’s Horoscope for Leo:

Quickie
Adamant about having no financial dealings with friends? You should rethink that.

Overview
You should be able to feel the creative energy welling up in you from deep within — so make sure to do something cool with it! You don’t have to create a masterpiece, but you should at least try something new.

Daily Extended:
You’ve mixed business with your personal life in the past, and it was a big mistake. So when it looks like it might happen again, it’s understandable that respond by being adamant about having no financial dealings with people who you consider friends. But by sticking to this strict policy, you could be missing out on a great thing. There are exceptions to every rule, and today you should put some extra effort into determining whether or not this could be one of them.

Daily Flirt:
Things might be weird today, but you can get just as weird in response! Try to show off your creative side, because there’s at least one interested party who really wants to see it.

Daily Couples:
Your creative side hasn’t been getting enough attention lately, and it’s time to change that. For inspiration, take your sweetie on date to the art museum; then come home and work on your masterpiece.

Daily Singles:
When in an argument today, try not to fly off the handle. If you remain calm and collected, you could avoid a complete blowout altogether. Take the mature route instead of acting like a crazed fanatic. Excuse yourself before you say something you’ll regret.

Career & Finance:
Don’t react, respond. Just because others fly off the handle doesn’t mean you have to. You can put out the fire more effectively by avoiding reacting emotionally.

Horoscope Source: http://shine.yahoo.com/astrology/

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Today is:
August 13, 2008

*Neither planting or harvest day

Today’s Coffee Thoughts: Leash that Monkey!
Today’s Tarot Card: 8 of Wands, Inverted
Today’s Fairy Oracle: Creative Expression, Inverted

Wednesday:
*Governed by Mercury – study, travel, divination, wisdom

Colors:
*yellow, brown, white, topaz

The Moon:
2nd quarter waxing in Capricorn

Waxing Moon: Waxing moon is where the moon is growing in the sky. Each night for two full weeks she grows in light, getting bigger and bigger in the sky until she reaches full moon. During the two weeks that the moon is waxing, it’s the best time for trying to draw things to you, encourage growth, or to “magnify” certain things in your life. Want your nails to grow longer? File them while the moon is waxing. Want your hair to grow faster? Trim it during waxing moon. Want to increase your finances? Focus your energies on improving finances during waxing moon. Waxing moon is the best time for starting new things, seeking new employment, or establishing “gain” in any area of your life. (but remember, the zodiac position of the moon is also influencial, so reference where the moon is in the zodiac prior to working any magick).

When the moon is waxing, we feel more positive, more energized, more outgoing.

Moon in Capricorn: *Develops strong structure. Focus on traditions, responsibilities, and obligations. A good time to set boundaries and rules.

*Source: Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2008

The Sun:
Leo, The Lion

Click here for the influences and energy of the Sun in Leo

Today’s Horoscope for Leo:

Quickie
Don’t brag about how healthy you are becoming — everyone makes different choices.

Overview
You’re excited about something big that seems like it could change your life, but you may need to keep it to yourself for the time being. Things are still complicated for your people and they need to approach you.

Daily Extended
The work you’ve been putting in at the gym is starting to pay off, but not everyone has been following your progress as closely as you think — don’t get upset if no one has noticed you lost a pound or gained some muscles. And whatever you do, don’t brag about how healthy you are becoming — especially right in front of a friend of yours who’s about to lunge into an ice cream sundae! You have to be sensitive to the fact that not everyone will make the same kinds of choices that you have.

Daily Flirt:
You’re all excited over something new, but you need to let other folks have their say too! It’s sadly easy to get wrapped up in your own business so much that everyone else decides to ignore you!

Daily Couples:
Your honey has something on their mind. Let them give you all the details before you offer any advice. Just saying it out loud may help them figure out what they need to do.

Daily Singles:
A strong sense of what you want comes in handy when pursuing a new lover. Nothing holds up romance faster than a wishy-washy partner. Make sure you tell this new person exactly what you want and when. Confidence is sexy.

Career & Finance
Some may look at you and mutter, have you no self respect? But others look at you and see someone working with unbridled enthusiasm. You know which is your boss and which is the competition.

Horoscope Source: http://shine.yahoo.com/astrology/

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Today is:
August 10, 2008

*Turning of Age

*Neither planting or harvest day

Today’s Tarot: Six of Swords
Today’s Fairy Oracle: Vizualization, Inverted

Sunday:
Governed by the Sun – Healing, spirituality, success, strength, protection

Colors:
yellow, orange, gold, amber

The Moon:
Second quarter waxing in Sagittarius

Waxing Moon: Waxing moon is where the moon is growing in the sky. Each night for two full weeks she grows in light, getting bigger and bigger in the sky until she reaches full moon. During the two weeks that the moon is waxing, it’s the best time for trying to draw things to you, encourage growth, or to “magnify” certain things in your life. Want your nails to grow longer? File them while the moon is waxing. Want your hair to grow faster? Trim it during waxing moon. Want to increase your finances? Focus your energies on improving finances during waxing moon. Waxing moon is the best time for starting new things, seeking new employment, or establishing “gain” in any area of your life. (but remember, the zodiac position of the moon is also influencial, so reference where the moon is in the zodiac prior to working any magick).

When the moon is waxing, we feel more positive, more energized, more outgoing.

Moon in Sagittarius: *Encourages confidence and flights of imagination. This is an adventurous, philosophical, and athletic Moon sign. Favors expansion and growth. (Ties in well with today’s Tarot and Fairy Oracle, dontchya think?)

*Source: Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2008

The Sun:
Leo, The Lion

The Sun Rules the Sign of Leo

  • On the downside: You may have a heavy ego, and you can be arrogant, vain, and extravagant.
  • Your good qualities include: A strong vitality, honorable, creative, generous, dignified.
  • Developing your own self identity and mode of creative energy expression will be your ongoing life’s work.

Leo has a great deal of self confidence but they also have a great fear of being ridiculed and made to feel disgraced. While Leo is very affectionate there is a tendency to have things their way and may rapidly lose interest if they are challenged too often for the leading role. They will have to learn to discipline themselves against their overall enthusiasm for living life to the fullest, which is to say, dangerously on the edge. The creative urge in Leos should never be stifled as to do so a good deal of potential will be wasted.

Leos are found as painters, actors, or sculptors; but not all Leos are in the public arts, no, rather they can be found in the throes of creation doing their projects on the kitchen table. They have an infectious vitality that lights up their lives like an inner sun and illuminates not only their lives, but the lives of those around them. Lack of fulfillment in life, professionally or personally, can destroy these bright and shinning people and cloud their personalities.Leos need control in their lives to be really satisfied so organization is absolutely essential to their peace of mind.

A leo should cultivate a flexible mind as they do not always ‘know best’.

Only when this trait is cultivated can the characteristic Leonine warmth, generosity, and desire to really understand others be fully indulged.

The lions love and adore children as they bring out the inner child. Leos are surprisingly sensitive and easily hurt, but they do have a tendency to dominate and this should never be underestimated. It is always meant well as they only want to bring out the best in the people they care about, or work with. They also tend toward impatience and they should make curbing these traits a lifelong objective. Born leaders, they can take command of a situation in any emergency and see it through to its completion. The enthusiams they acquired in childhood will generally last a lifetime and may even dictate the career one would choose.

They can be too status conscious, causing themselves much anguish when, or if, they cannot keep up with others in their immediate circle. They can also be quite overbearing and vain when they feel they are being challenged. On the other hand, the lions make great lovers and parents, giving more to a relationship than most of the other signs. They are good honorable persons and good providers.

Source: http://www.starlightastrology.com/leo-sun.htm

Today’s Horoscope for Leo:

Today, you should focus on meeting people and on building some new relationships.

Overview
Change is in the air and you’re enjoying what you see. It’s a good time to take the lead and try to steer things in a direction that you find more amenable. Your friends look to you for answers.

Daily Extended
Today, you should focus on meeting people and on building new relationships — your current ones are all doing well enough to be left alone for a while. You have the right amount of curiosity for what makes other people tick right now, and you know just the right questions to ask. Plus, your easygoing manner will help them loosen up and really be themselves. So if you’re torn between hanging out with an old friend or going to a gathering where you can meet someone new, opt for the newness.

Daily Flirt:
Sometimes, one little change can have a huge impact — and you’re right tin the middle of one! It’s pretty sweet to see your life rearrange itself, and you can tell that it’s almost all for the best!

Daily Couples:
You’ve got the travel bug, and you’ve got it bad! Spend some time pouring over the travel section of the paper with your sweetie and start planning that dream vacation together.

Daily Singles:
Pursuing someone new can be thrilling and scary at the same time. While you desire a totally fiery romance, take your time exploring what turns them on and off. There’s no rush to get to the finish line. Enjoy discovering where their passion lies.

Career & Finance:
Everyone needs a pat on the back every once in a while. If you saw someone slacking off you wouldn’t mince words. So don’t hold back on the praise, either. In fact, be downright magnanimous with it.

Source: http://shine.yahoo.com/astrology/

The horoscope aligns quite nicely with today’s Tarot card, including the need for travel!

Other Planetary Shifts:
Mercury enters Virgo at 5:51 a.m. US Central

Mercury in Virgo gives an intelligent, strong, versatile and analytical mind with great powers to attend to detail. You have a good memory and the ability to think practically and constructively. Your mental disposition is well-suited to demanding intellectual work and you may find success in fields such as science, teaching, administration or in jobs requiring detailed analytical ability. There is some predisposition to nervous excitement, headaches and needless worry over trivial matters.

Source: http://www.astrologyweekly.com/learn-astrology/mercury-in-virgo.php

With Mercury in Virgo you’re practical, logical, quick, precise, and have fine attention to detail as well as good common sense. Although Mercury rules Virgo and is thus strongly placed in this sign of discrimination, you must not forget that the world you live in is governed by emotions, prejudice and self-interest, not by logic. Be careful of getting bogged down on the small stuff or criticism in your relationships. You tend to be honest and a good speaker, but also intolerant of minds that are not as good as your own.

Source: http://www.myastrologybook.com/Mercury-in-Virgo-all-about-Virgo-Mercury.htm

Mercury will enter its own sign and exaltation, Virgo, on August 10th. This is great news for Mercury, which has been in a relatively weak position since it left Gemini in early July. But Mercury could not be any happier than it is in Virgo, a mutable/double earth sign, where the Trickster gets to apply all he’s learned to the real world. Mercury is right at home in mundane affairs, indeed. The only problem is that he rarely looks at the big picture, so busy is he running to and fro.
Source: http://gryphonastrology.com/blog/2008/07/30/mercury-in-virgo-august-10-august-30-best-location-all-year/

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Today is:
August 7, 2008

*Planting Day

** Lammas (Lughnasadh) Celebration of the Harvest. Modern times make appreciation for harvest difficult, but back in the day, people’s livelihood was based on their crops. The harvest meant everything, and today marks the day of the traditional celebration of harvest, when people were able to reep the rewards of the seeds they’d planted in spring, and the laboring they’ve done through the summer to tend to their crops.

Today’s Tarot: Four of Pentacles, Inverted
Today’s Fairy Oracle: Making New Friends, Inverted

Thursday:
*Governed by Jupiter – expansion, money, prosperity, generosity (ties right in to today’s tarot card!)

Color:
*Green

The Moon:
*1st Quarter Waxing in Libra; Void-of-Course @ 4:01 a.m. US Central; Enters Scorpio @ 6:26 a.m. US Central

Waxing Moon: Waxing moon is where the moon is growing in the sky. Each night for two full weeks she grows in light, getting bigger and bigger in the sky until she reaches full moon. During the two weeks that the moon is waxing, it’s the best time for trying to draw things to you, encourage growth, or to “magnify” certain things in your life. Want your nails to grow longer? File them while the moon is waxing. Want your hair to grow faster? Trim it during waxing moon. Want to increase your finances? Focus your energies on improving finances during waxing moon. Waxing moon is the best time for starting new things, seeking new employment, or establishing “gain” in any area of your life (but remember, the zodiac position of the moon is also influencial, so reference where the moon is in the zodiac prior to working any magick).

When the moon is waxing, we feel more positive, more energized, more outgoing.

*Moon in Libra: Favors cooperation, compromise, social activities, balance, friendship, and partnership

*Moon Void-of-Course: Just before the Moon enters a new sign, it will make one final aspect (angular relationship) to another planet. Between that last aspect and the entrance of the Moon into the next sign it is said to be void-of-course. Activities begun when the Moon is void-of-course rarely come to fruition, or they turn out very differently than planned.

*Moon in Scorpio: Increases awareness of psychic power. Precipitates psychic crises and ends connections thoroughly. People have a tendency to brood and become secretive.

*Source: Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2008

The Sun:
Leo, the Lion

Click here for a previous post detailing the energy and correspondences of Sun in Leo

Today’s Horoscope for Leo:

Quickie
Be self-centered in a professional sense — focus on things that help your career.

Overview
Watch out for ego conflicts today — and you might be one of the fighters! Your ability to sidestep delicate dramas is tested, so be ready for an onslaught of folks with nothing better to do.

Daily Extended
At work, now is the time for you to be a model employee in every sense of the word — important people are keeping an eye on you! So resist the urge to goof off when you have some free time. If you can, go back and double check your work to make sure you’ve covered all the details. Become self-centered in a professional sense — you should only pay attention to things today that will help you or your career. Gossiping or laughing do not make the cut.

Daily Flirt:
You’re proud of yourself, and with good reason, but you’ve still got to deal with some serious weirdness today — maybe folks are starting to ask stupid questions. Just roll your eyes and move on.

Daily Couples:
You seem to know intuitively just what to do to make your honey feel special. They may not even realize they’re giving you signs, but you’re picking them up and responding with just what they need.

Daily Singles:
When you find yourself attracted to someone new, watch for plotters in your midst. There could be a jealous pal who’d rather you stay single than couple up with another person. Be compassionate but hold your ground.

Daily Career:
Being thorough is easier than it seems. Don’t waste time looking too deeply. The answers you need for these particular issues are just beneath the surface.

Horoscope Source: http://shine.yahoo.com/astrology/

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