Witch’s Gazette-Magickal Newsletter-The Best Love

72813_floral_w_sm72794_floral_g_smMotherhood, is not different due to a religious life or choice of spiritual being. I always say, that a mom, is a mom, is a mom…not matter what. Religious beliefs do not define us. It is our actions combined with personal belief on everyday matters. To be a ‘mom’ does not encompass like many decades ago, only the female gender. Moms are the one’s “bringing up” baby.  Motherhood is embraced by anyone who is the responsible adult taking care of children.  After all the very definition of a mother is “to care for and protect someone like a mother.”

This post is dedicated to all Mothers, specially to those doing it all on their own.

Flower GardenA badge of honor for those early days, when you barely had any sleep at night. You have to wake up your household, get them ready for school, feed those hungry mouths, get yourself ready somehow in the process of early morning chaos.

A salute to the parent that is in “attention” mode 24/7, always keeping one eye on the computer monitor at work and another on the cell phone, just in cases the school calls, the babysitter or your kid. Kudos for braving a talk to the most feared teacher in school. You know the one..the lady that looks at you above her bifocals and makes you feel as if you are back in 4th grade again, but you march on and tell her your kid cannot possible had lied about losing their homework….

An honorably call, for being not only the caretaker, but also the tutor, the nurse, the driver, the fashion adviser “Does my hair look OK mom? should I wear this or the sweater I got for my birthday” The one that soothes fears and boosts self-confidence.

Child: “mom! I’ll never, ever! be as tall as my brothers!…bwah!!!”

Mother: “Shh…calm down love, of course you will! now see here, your legs are long for your age, that’s where you can tell you will be as tall..nay! perhaps even taller than your brothers. Erh..”  *sheepish smile*

funny-mothers-day-picturesFor the countless hours spent preparing anything involving a child’s activity, like putting name tags on all the clothing your kid will wear in summer camp, or staying up till well after midnight to help finish up the science project (which really means, your kid is asleep by now and you are the one giving it the ‘final touches’). For the countless rides to friends houses, to the movies, to school games, to the mall, etc.

For soothing hurt egos, rooting for your kids, for being so proud of them, your chest feels like its gonna burst! For all those moments and more.

To all the momsies 🙂 I wish you a fab day enjoying those home-made breakfasts in bed, crumbles on the sheets, huggles from your kids and mainly just chilling on your special day (which truly should be EVERY day!) HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!♥
Victorian_woman_at_writing_desk-228x221Until I write again,
*M* The Witch Gazetteer…

Witch’s Gazette – Magickal Newsletter- Pub VI

newsletterDear Reader: greetings and welcome once more.  I hope all had a good weekend and a lovely Winter Solstice celebration. It has been hectic at the Witch’s Gazette headquarters, with the preparation and revision of several of my newsletters. Let’s see what is new.

PUBLIC HAPPENINGS:

The holiday season is still in full swing. If we get swept along with the holiday advertising, we might feel as if it is the end of it all! “Only 3 days till Christmas” “hurry, hurry, step right on..” oh no wait, that is the circus.. but same difference anyway.

It is nigh to impossible not too feel the pressure of the buying frenzy.  I confess dear reader even I, truth be told; have been tempted to fall into the glittery world of buy now, pay later! I almost lost my cool there for a tiny moment, but came to my senses thank the stars. By now I feel a sense of peace, even in the midst of the holiday madness around me. I have celebrated Yule/Winter solstice. It was a lovely celebration. For many that do not observe the Winter Solstice, the main even is still to come, this week.

OLD TRADITIONS

Did you know dear reader, that according to lore and history of festivals around the world, Saturnalia was celebrated on December 25th? This was to celebrate one of the Romans gods Saturn, their god of agriculture, fairness and peaceful living. Even though he (Saturn) was an important god of the Romans only briefly, it is precisely his celebration that Christianity borrowed from and changed into what is known today as our modern festivities. Of course our version is softened to what is deemed proper for the sensibilities of many and adapted to their belief. Thanks to Saturnalia we have the merry making (drinking ) gift giving ( holiday shopping) candle burning, bonfires, and of course we cannot forget the holiday caroling! Which by the way was performed in the naked while belting out some good old roman songs. The mind boggles!

I can only imagine that pow-wow of the people that decided to convert pagan traditions into what we know today..” Now see here” says one robed figured “we leave the drinking, the gift giving, definitively the candle burning, and ok, the singing, but I don’t know, this “naked” business…” while another one, the rebel of the group (there is always one in each group) says loudly ” oh come on people!!! we have to let them go naked! I mean where is the fun of just singing if you are not naked..priorities people, priorities.”  Needles to say that guy did not last long in their group.

In all fairness, I wouldn’t want to open the door to a group of caroling neighbors in the ‘all together’ faces pink from one too many spiked eggnog drinks. I don’t think that particular tradition was to survive through the years. The evolution of the human mind along with the advent of fashion, would have taken care of that particular detail all on its own.

CELESTIAL HAPPENINGS:

Winter Solstice has occurred and now the Sun; bit by bit starts to increase in power. Saturn leaves Scorpio and goes into Sagittarius  on Tuesday Dec. 23rd – until 2015 (June).  Saturn will make a short retrograde on Scorpio again next June for a few months.

So how does the planet of discipline, structure, control and tendency for tradition, will blend with the fun, expansive and explorer Sagittarius? Saturn/Sagittarius influence will call for us to look at plans, the way we see things, the way we value our life and the people in our life in a  more decisive way. Saturn in Sagittarius gives us the motivation to reevaluate the way we live our lives and reach for our goals. It brings questions like ” Is this all there is to my life, or is there something more?” so we can seek, not precisely in the physical, but more of a spiritual search. It helps us to realize than inward there are answers to our quest. Saturn is relying in our instinct, to use with a measure of discipline and make our hopes a reality. After all Saturn is the planet of manifestation. So it will be a good stretch of the year, that we can put to good use to work on, and manifest our goals.

Then we have a nice and quiet December 25th. There is a conjunction of Mercury/Pluto in Capricorn (ruled by Saturn). Another interesting mix with Pluto the planet of death and doom with Saturn planet of structure. I always think of these two as the brooders of the planets. Sitting down, across from each other playing a game of chess. Pluto’s influence of inevitability knowing that his game strategy will win and Saturn representing rules, trying to keep the game fair and square. No wonder Thursday will be such a quiet day. Take advantage and just take it easy.

Crystal Ball-Peek@theWeek

Crystal Ball-Peek@theWeek

CRYSTAL BALL – A PEEK AT THE WEEK

Dear reader, I am hard at work with the promise of end of the year horoscope. As I said on my previous newsletter, I do not want to leave you hanging, so here is a fun and short horoscope for the week.

ARIES:This week, let yourself be the center of attention. Allow yourself to be pampered and feted and shown the sights.

TAURUS: The cash-flow situation is improving! You could have a garage sale or find there is more equity in your home than you thought.

GEMINI: You may be able to buy a loved one or partner a big, fancy present soon. Don’t get carried away. Make the thought count for something.

CANCER: You have “family money” written in your chart. You may be hearing about family businesses, investments, perhaps even an inheritance that is headed your way. You may need some financial wisdom from a trusted  adviser.

LEO: You need to get out and play, but you may have some challenges getting away from your responsibilities. Find a fun distraction like watching a movie or spend time with friends.

VIRGO: You will hit something of a plateau at work today, and may find that it is difficult to get much done. This is short term. You need a bit of a break anyway.

LIBRA: Relationships are exciting, interesting, and challenging today. You might feel  challenged  or intrigued. Differences make good sparks sometimes. You could be drawn to your polar opposite.

SCORPIO: Good financial news helps you deal with a lot of the negative energy hitting the “debts” sector of your chart. You may find yourself paying off loans, credit cards, or setting aside a sum of money.  Saving and paying down debt is definitely a good idea.

SAGITTARIUS: Don’t listen to the detractors that tell you that you shouldn’t leave your Christmas shopping till the last minute. This is when you’re on your best form, always ready to spot a bargain. This week is all about confidence building, so avoid old triggers.

CAPRICORN: What looks like a frustrating encounter with an employer or work-related authority figure could turn into a blessing in disguise. keep your focus and your cool.

AQUARIUS: With Mars spending his first Christmas in your sign, the warrior planet of the cosmos is likely to see you fighting and standing up for yourself a lot more, ready to not only stand your ground but to claim your own power back.

PISCES: This is a good moment in your life, there is a lot of positive energy surrounding you. Your mind and soul are in harmony and you are able to achieve serenity in the days to come even in the midst of the holiday season. Bask in the moment!

THRIFTY COOKING

Today I am serving up a favorite of mine. I love salads, and I love even more when I can make and eat something not only healthy, but time saving. So here it is:

Cucumbers (2)

Salad tomato (1)

Butter Lettuce

Red Onion

Feta Cheese

Black seedless olives (optional)

French baguette bread

Wash your ingredients well. Dice cucumber, thin slices.  Dice tomato in thin slices or quarters (your choice). Pull apart lettuce leaves. Slice onion in thin slices. Drain the water from the seedless olive container, crumble the cheese.

Toss all the salad ingredients except for the cheese. Add your favorite salad dressing. Sprinkle on top the crumbled feta cheese.

Slice some of the bread in thin slices, toast a bit.

Your salad can be eaten with a toasted piece of french bread and washed down with a nice glass of  light white wine.

Bon Appetit!

Picture 198MAGICKAL TIP FOR THE WEEK:

For this week I am featuring a quick but powerful magickal powder recipe.

Most of the ingredients you may find in your kitchen cupboard:

Attract Money & Success powder

Cinnamon- 1 tbs – Money, protection, success

Nutmeg- 1 tbs – Money, luck

Allspice- 1 tbs – money, protection

Cloves (powder)- 1 tbs – protection, prosperity, anti-hex

Ginger- 1 tbs – fast money, fast luck

Salt – 1 teaspoon – money flow (yes dear reader, salt can be used for prosperity magicks 🙂 protection, cleansing

Basil 1 tbs  (powdered) – blessings, prosperity, purification

A glass container – this can be one of your empty spice bottles, washed and ready to be re-used. I like using glass for my magickal powder blends, but it is a personal choice, you can use plastic too.

In a small bowl, add your ingredients.  Blend well. Place your hands over it. Bless and empower. This type of powder is to draw money, success and protection of your prosperity. Enchant with words that have to do with the magickal intent of the powder.

Cover with a clean kitchen towel. Leave it be for 3 nights, but remember; the more time you leave it be, the more power it draws. Best to leave on top of your altar, or where you conduct most of your magickal work, so it is infused with those lovely energies. After three nights,  place all in your bottle. Close tightly and keep in your magickal cupboard. Burn on top of self-lighting charcoals. Dress candles, sprinkle at the entrance of your home, sprinkle in your money poppets, petitions, boil a bit in water that will be used for a prosperity bath, sprinkle a bit on your money, on your money bills, coins, etc. The uses are many and varied.

Happy Spell-castings!

Dear reader, I am glad that I had another chance to virtually “sit down” amongst you and share with you some of the happenings. It gladdens my heart no end, that I can write this newsletter, and pass along some bit of news, a tale or two. As always I wonder if my musings leave a bit of an imprint in your mind. I wish you a good week, in the company of those you love and cherish.

May your holiday be a blessed and happy time.

I hope to see you next week! same place, same time!

Until I write again!

*M*

Copyright © 2014 by M

First Publication:

2014

A Flower Power House Publication.

This e-book is licensed for your personal enjoyment only. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy,recording or any information storage and retrieval system now known to be invented, without permission in working with the publisher. All rights reserved.

Witch’s Gazette – Magickal Newsletter – Pub IV

Dear Reader:

Greetings and welcome to another installment of this  weekly newsletter! A maelstrom of energies all colliding in this; the last month of the Gregorian calendar. December happens with a flurry of activities, that carries along in its rush, even the strongest of mind.

PUBLIC HAPPENINGS:

Another month that has many running around trying to “close” the year in good erh..cheer. If you notice dear reader, life has us by the ears. Always rushing, trying to make it on time to our individual destinations. December is the worst of all! Being the last, it brings a wrongly perceived idea that we have to, nay!  we must! finish all we started  during the 11 months already past.  Or our lives (we think) won’t be the same! I beseech you to stop for a moment and just breath, that is right. Breath in an out, one, two, breath. There, don’t you just feel a little bit better?  It’s all in the breathing dear reader, all in the breathing. We have to keep our perspective in place and just keep calm.

HOLIDAY CHEER:

Ah! the joy of decorating with all those ornaments and crafty items, stashed away for a whole year. Getting that tree up for the holiday. Out comes the box (or boxes) from the storage place, garage, closet or under bed organizer! Some put up their holiday ornaments right at the beginning of the month, while others procrastinate and still others avoid it like the plague.  It affects us all, whether we want to or not. My household is no exception to this rule. Although I was all for postponing this event, it is a promise to one of my brood that had me unpacking, and dusting off several stored nick-knacks of the season. There I was dear reader feeling quite “grinchy” muttering under my breath at the chore I had to perform. So I strove for a cheerful mood, thinking it was all for a good cause (making one of mine happy) even if meant mustering the courage to once more look at all that  holiday color. To boost said courage, I started to hum along some crazy song I made up on the spot. When suddenly! I realized… I was humming Christmas music!!! gasp!! like the Grinch in the movie I was quite upset at this happening.   Just like he felt when he was rhyming so I felt when I was caroling! nooo! Immediately, I opened up my playlists  and played music that has nothing to do with the season. Phew! that was a close call! The dangers of the season dear reader are many. Beware of that holiday cheer! OK, moving on…

CELESTIAL HAPPENINGS:

What  you may ask do we have for this week?

Jupiter enters it retrograde period Monday December 8th at 12:41 pm. (PST) it will stay retrograde until April 8th, 2015 when it ends at 9:57 a.m. Jupiter begins it  Retrograde in front of the constellation of Leo. Whatever is ruled by Jupiter is put on hold, lets say. Jupiter is expansive and enthusiastic, during the retrograde period we might feel we lack the enthusiasm to pursue bigger goals.  Retrogrades are periods of taking the time to listen to our inner wisdom. With the philosophy that is part of Jupiter, it helps re-evaluate our goals. Any retrograde is a period of just taking a breather, and taking advantage of going through our lists (mental or physical) of things we can do in the meantime, while waiting for the retro to be over. Jupiter on Leo puts a pause on traveling, activities planned outside the humdrum of ordinary life.

On December 10th at 8:42 a.m. (PST) Venus enters Capricorn.  A good match if you want to purchase anything that is a big ticket item for the home. It brings a practical side on our finances (Capricorn influence) letting us find the best deal to fit our budget.  With Jupiter the planet of finance on retro period, this is something positive, as that sector is on hold. Better go with the flow and not make any big changes in our financial goals.

December 11th at 10:20 a.m. (PST) there is a Moon/Leo trine to Sun/Sagittarius. This happening on a Thursday brings up a feeling of enthusiasm, which is in turn brings a positive attitude all around.

Not a very dramatic week, which is good, as we don’t want added energies to the already hectic pace of the month.

Crystal Ball-Peek@theWeek

Crystal Ball-Peek@theWeek

CRYSTAL BALL – A PEEK AT THE WEEK –

ARIES: You will be getting a bit of an ego boost this week. Recent changes in your physical appearance (hairstyle, how you dress, weight loss etc) will be getting noticed. You are high in the magnetic attraction index. Your attitude  could be changing as a result. Suddenly it is a different world. Seize the day! Lucky number: 2

TAURUS: You may find yourself in a bit of a financial challenge. You have several priorities right now that involve health, security, friendships and family. You may be forced to make a compromise. Do what you know is the right thing. Lucky number: 4

GEMINI: Your thoughts just need to come out, no matter how strange they seem. Speak out. The worst that can happen is you put your foot in your mouth in front of some companions. The existing state of affairs does stink, and you are just the one to say so. Don’t be afraid to show your grasp on the matter at hand! Lucky number: 7

CANCER: You are finding new ways to communicate with loved ones and family members. You may be making an addition to your home to accommodate a larger family. Their security and safety will be on your mind. Lucky number: 5

LEO:  Due to your open and friendly conduct, people provide you with positive feedback that  you find extremely helpful. An atmosphere of mutual support develops, which is beneficial for everyone in your life. Don’t forget, you have that  wonderful energy of Jupiter since July of this year. Make good used of it! Lucky number: 3

VIRGO:  You’ll have no luck forcing your way out of a tricky work situation with an uncooperative employer or other authority figure. Work  on a better solution, ask advice if needed. Lucky number: 1

LIBRA: Avoid any confrontations with the people you care about most, to prevent misunderstandings. Instead concentrate all your efforts on simple routine matters. Lucky number: 5

SCORPIO: A partner or associate could help bring financial assistance just when it is needed. Not all due to good luck but through hard work which successfully laid the groundwork for the bonus you are likely to receive soon. Lucky number: 8

SAGITTARIUS:  This week you might find it hard to concentrate at times. Your mind is drawn from one pretty idea to another, and you can’t seem to resist them. Take notes. One of those ideas is gold. Lucky number: 6

CAPRICORN:  This is the Moon’s last visit to your relationship sector for the year and with many challenges on this particular area, it brings a chance to end the year with everything sorted out. Communication lines are open, with a chance to move on. Use the energies of loving Venus (that will be aspecting you on December 10th). Lucky number: 4

AQUARIUS: A friend will be asking your opinion about a personal matter. Be careful to be extra tactful if you offer any criticism, because your motives could be misunderstood. Lucky number: 3

PISCES: Your intuition will seem stifled or blocked but it will come back in force before the end of the week. You may find that organizing, re-arranging your closets and home in general brings a feeling of accomplishment . Relax with a bubble bath.  Lucky number: 5

THRIFTY COOKING:

I like to share with you dear readers, recipes that I have made myself. Now with this blog, I find myself pouring over old favorites that I have not done for many a year, and making them once more. The following is one that was a favorite of family and friends and one that I will making as well, this week. It is a sweet treat, with the sweetness tempered by the sour cream that is added on top once is cooked.

BAKED SPICED PEACHES:

1- 29 oz. can ( or a bit larger) peach halves

1/4 cup reserved peach syrup

1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 crushed corn flakes

2 TBS butter or margarine melted.

1. Set out a shallow baking dish.

2. Drain peaches, reserving the  syrup.

3. Arrange peaches cut side up in the baking dish. Pour over peaches a mixture of peach syrup, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.

4. Bake 375 degrees for 10 mnts. Basting 2 or 3 times. Remove from oven (but don’t turn it off) Raise the temp. to 400 degrees and sprinkle over peaches a mixture of corn flakes and butter or margarine.

5. Return to oven. Bake 5 mnts. longer.

6. Serve peaches warm with cream (sour cream).

Serves 4. Preparation plus cooking time:  30 mnts.

Bon Apetit!

Spell BottleMAGICKAL TIP FOR THE WEEK: Now that the Moon is once more starting on its wane phase, it is the perfect time to make and bless items for protection of the home.

This week’s magickal tip is a  PROTECTION BOTTLE.

You will be needing a small glass container, with a  lid.  Wash it well, and let it dry.

In the meantime get the following ingredients. For the first four ingredients you need 1 TBS of each. For the Bay leaves, you need 3- Salt about 1/2 cup and for the garlic 5 cloves.

Rosemary

Sage

Basil

Black Pepper

Bay Leaves

Salt

Garlic

3 small stones from your garden, back yard. If you don’t have any, purchase small stones that come in a bag at the dollar store. Wash them well, and let them dry.

Place all in a bowl, put your hands on top and chant a blessing of your choice. Or just say words that come from your heart. Give thanks for each of the items that Earth has provided and empower them for a strong protection of your home and all that reside within.  Visualize a purple light going into the bowl around all your ingredients. Once this is done to your satisfaction, place stones at the bottom of the bottle and the herbs on top. Close with the lid. Now bless your bottle with all the items within.

Place jar in a place that is important to you but that will not be too visible to visitors.  You can be as creative as you wish with your magickal project and place ribbons around the bottle, close up the top with melted wax, add shinny colored glass pebbles, the choice is yours. This is your Protection bottle after all, own it!

To finish up say the following:

“Round and round the Earth goes on

Twilight light and morning Sun

Bring protection unto me,

The ones I love, this place within.

As above, so below.

Round and round, so shall it be!

Happy spell-castings!

Alas dear reader, it is the end of this week’s newsletter offering.  As I am writing this last paragraph,  I ponder upon the words I have left here, about the things I share. As always I hope to have brought a smile and to have left a nugget of wisdom, even if very tiny.  May your journey for the rest of the week be safe and filled with new wonders, new wisdom, and much love.

I hope to see you next week! same place, same time!

Until I write again!

*M*

Copyright © 2014 by M

First Publication:

2014

A Flower Power House Publication.

This e-book is licensed for your personal enjoyment only. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy,recording or any information storage and retrieval system now known to be invented, without permission in working with the publisher. All rights reserved.

Witch’s Gazette – Magickal Newsletter – Pub I

FRED STEIN  Paris 1936

FRED STEIN Children Reading Newspaper, Paris 1936

Dear Reader:

My newsletter comes to the aid of the weary, who is in search of intelligent yet humorous writings, specially those of a seasoned witch. This is born out of need of material that brings a sense of yesteryear.. even if you were not born erh.. “yesteryear”  you still feel a yearning in your heart for simpler times.  Your quest for a good read, with good content, humor and magickal knowledge is here. Seek no more! as you have arrived at your destination. What nuggets of wisdom will you find here do you wonder?

You will find various bits of current events, weekly horoscope, old-fashioned recipes, gardening tips and of course! the star of the show….magickal tips and spells and other goodies. The best part is that you need not carry your newsletter in your shopping bag, purse or your attaches. This is what I love about technology, we can travel back into a gentler time,  with the use of our handy smart phones, tablets, or even your PC! the wonder of it all!

If you are at home go grab a cuppa, sit back  and get ready for a good read. Or just get comfy where ever you might find yourself. Enjoy!

PUBLIC HAPPENINGS

Weather has changed to cooler days and colder nights.  Samhain, our beautiful celebration has  passed and here we are, at  a brand new month. November its here with is windy days, preparations for the approaching holidays and our efforts to avoid several family members for the Thanksgiving dinner. For some a single affair for others a whole herd of family members, some of which we never heard of, are foreseen in the not so far horizon. Fear not dear reader! along the way in my humble newsletter you might find some easy ways to “pre- De-stress from the “stress” we all know is part of the holiday season, what fun!

Although Thanksgiving is not a celebration that  requires us to spend a lot of money, and is not as much publicized as it predecessor  Halloween or its follower Christmas,  it does require for us to put our “chef” cap and think of ways of cooking a diversity of dishes that are not only enjoyable, but also  money and time savers.  Some, who  might have company during Thanksgiving celebration, have as well to prepare their homes to receive guests (be it family or friends) plus various other activities that are part of the family routine. To keep sane during these last months of the year, we have to strive and find “me” time.  Even if squeezed in the early morning before everyone gets up to start the day or at night, when everyone else has retired for day. It requires a bit of strategy thinking on your part, but it can be done. Think of it as a “must” have time-off for yourself, remember your sanity depends on it, if you are to survive the “holiday” season.

THE MAGIC OF THE SEASON

Yes, we are still in the season of Autumn, no matter what advertisers want to make us think with their “winter-like” backgrounds and stores filled to the brim with Winter items and holiday cheer.

Autumn IS a very magical time of the year. Leaves change color, mornings are filled with a crispy sort of air. Days are starting to grow shorter and shorter and we can enjoy our hot drinks in the comfort of home.  It is a time that invites reflections on the past months. Where we are at this point of our lives, what we achieved so far.

If you like taking walks in the park or around your neighborhood, this is a good time to collect acorns, pine cones and dry leaves fallen from near by trees. Something I did when my boys were younger was collect dry leaves from the back yard of our old house. We had a beautiful, big Oak tree. We would collect dry leaves, choose the ones that were the prettiest ones,  clean them up a bit, press them over with a medium hot iron (with a piece of fabric above the leaves). I made mats for my dining room table. I made one specially for my altar where I would burn candles during the Autumn season.  This is an excellent idea if you have toddlers and want to share the fun of collecting the leaves. Give them a small plastic bucket so they can go around collecting leaves with you. Once you get home or get inside your kitchen let them help you with choosing which are the best to keep. Except for the ironing of the leaves, which you will take charge of, it is a fun pass time, that they will cherish and remember always.

I refuse to get into the Yule/Christmas-y sort of mood at this time of year. I want to enjoy Autumn, to be able to appreciate the changes from hot weather to suddenly cold, is like only yesterday I was wearing summer-y, light clothing and today a sweater! (which happens to be true where I live) this is why I cherish these short-lived days. I am a coffee lover and in between I cheat on coffee with my love of tea! This time of year I can enjoy both, with my morning coffee and afternoon tea time. Baking is as well and important part of my life. My waist may not appreciate it, but my well-being depends on it! Baking is like therapy to me, and I enjoy this as well during the Autumn days.  Now I can see as well the fruits of my labor on my balcony potted garden. Flowers are in bloom, no longer do they drip listlessly from all that blustery summer sun, now they show their beautiful lush leaves and newly sprung buds or flowers. So dear reader ask yourself, what is not to like about Autumn?

CELESTIAL HAPPENINGS

3rd Week of November:

Week starts with Virgo still being in aspect, with a sextile of Virgo Moon with Scorpio/Sun at 1:26 a.m. PST. Then minutes before it goes into a V/C Moon there is a a trine between Mercury/Scorpio and Chiron/Pisces. Moon goes V/C at 3:11 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. when it aspects Libra.

Then on Tuesday Nov. 18th Saturn and the Sun have a meet up that happens but once a year. These energies combined have a long-term effect, it is a good day to closely consider your obligations.  Opportunity only knocks once,  so remember last day the Sun has in Scorpio for the year.  Then the Sun will make its way to Sagittarius, on Saturday Nov. 22nd. Sagittarius is optimistic, extravagant, freedom loving and goal oriented. With the Sun shining on it, it brings optimism . Key words are new prospects, new adventures.

On Saturday 22nd. We have the New Moon phase in Sagittarius at 4:19 a.m. PST. The Moon wants peace at this time, as opposed to the bubbling, carefree attitude of Sagittarius, so it is a good time to saw the seeds for new projects. Sagittarius new Moon squares Neptune in Pisces at 12:50 p.m. Dreams (Neptune/Pisces) with exaggeration (Sun/Sagittarius) this translates to, don’t take on more that you will be able to work on. Use the Saturn/Sun influence to keep your goals real and within your means of achieving them.

fortune-tellerCRYSTAL BALL-  A PEEK AT THE WEEK:

ARIES: Fire sign, reigned by Mars. Finish what you start, there is always that good feeling of accomplishment, once the task is done. A favorable period in friendship and with friends. A love opportunity might be lurking in the shadows, keep those peepers peeled! Your lucky number this week: 3

TAURUS: Venus reigned, with Earth Element. A good week for anything related to business. Also at work, it is possible to get the respect you crave from your boss. Don’t loose heart, your work is appreciated. Persist in your goals, achieve calm through meditation. Lucky number! 5.

GEMINI: Element Air, reigned by Mercury. Don’t change your mind too much. Curiosity is good when in search of broadening your knowledge. Culture and art shine this week for many of this airy sign. Possibility of travel is in the cards! and to meet people from other countries or meet mystics. Lucky number! 2

CANCER: Element Water, reigned by the Moon. Don’t take things too personal, build your self-assurance. Learn to handle your emotional tides well. Good week to look for financial opportunity, good time to be approved for credit, and maybe a salary raise! Trust in your power of conviction when evaluating new opportunities. Lucky number! 4.

LEO: Element fire, ruled by the Sun. You love yourself, all of you! your hair, your teeth, your smile and the ability to get what you want when you want it! This week is good in matters of love. You are favored in your capacity for communication and your social life is harmonious at present. Your lucky number! 7

VIRGO: Element Earth, ruled by Mercury. Virgo, you are efficient, love to organize your surrounding,  find solutions to problems, and give attention to detail. For this week I see that you should not take any quick decisions. Wait it out, until things are clear. When it comes to finance and business, you need to practice good judgment in the face of conflicts. Lucky number! 6

LIBRA: Element Air, ruled Venus. Libra, like Leo you love yourself. You love watching yourself in the mirror, loving what you see! You dislike drama, and always strive for balance and harmony in love and friendship. You love dressing well, and have a good sense of what looks best in you. A new job may be in the horizon! I see that you have to take care of your back and your circulatory health.  Lucky number! 7

SCORPIO: Element Water, ruled by Pluto. You are intense, secretive, compulsive. mysterious and shrewd. You feel things deeply.  For this week, put effort in the dynamics with your family and friends. Social life is harmonious. There might be a misunderstanding with a friend, be honest, and make your feelings clear when something bothers you. Your lucky number! 4

SAGITTARIUS: Element Fire, ruled by Jupiter. Fun loving, enthusiastic, extravagant, goal oriented. You dislike routine, and are always looking for the next adventure. This week I see that you might be feeling a bit tired from past activities. Take a rest and chill.  A possibility of a misunderstanding with your significant other, keep your cool! I see that you are going through an important lesson from life, pay attention. Your lucky number! 3

CAPRICORN: Element Earth, ruled by Saturn. Capricorn, you are ever so responsible,authoritative, career or business oriented. You have a dry type of humor, tend to be pessimistic and you like to be organized. I see a favorable week in the financial field, and an extra income or money bonus might be part of this week. However, I see that you have to put special attention and care in your love life. Do this, unless you want to face problems in this area, in a near future. Lucky number! 5

AQUARIUS: Element Air, ruled by Uranus. Independent, innovative, rebellious, revolutionary, emotionally detached. I see that initiative has to be your strong point this week, to be able to resolve pending matters.  Do not let things unresolved or you will face personal problems. I see that this week you are more sensitive to art and beauty in general. Lucky number! 4

PISCES: Element Water, ruled by Neptune. You are compassionate by nature, sensitive, spiritual, intuitive.   Time spent on your own this week is beneficial and healthy. A good time to revise the past months,  blessings received and lessons learned. Lucky number! 9

THRIFTY COOKING:

Throughout the years, It has become second nature, to purchase grocery items that are not only affordable but nutritious. The following is a favorite family staple, and one that saves you time, money and the whole family enjoys. Bon Apetit!

BREAKFAST MUFFIN-

1 cup of fresh or frozen fruit

2 cups all-purpose flour

4 teaspoons baking powder

3/4 cup sugar

1 teaspoon salt

2 eggs

1/2 cup butter melted

1 cup milk

Topping:

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:

Cut fruit in small pieces. Combine flour, baking powder, 3/4 Cup sugar, and salt into a mixing bowl. Stir in fruit until well blended. In a small bowl, beat eggs. Add butter and milk. Stir into the flour mixture just to blend. Fill muffin cups 3/4 full. Sprinkle with sugar/cinnamon mix. Bake in 400 degree oven for 15 mnts.  Yields  1 dozen muffins.

Tip: your fruit can be raisins (my favorite) and instead of butter you can substitute with plain apple sauce. If you do not want the sugar added to the top, only use the cinnamon powder.

Peaceful HomeMAGICKAL TIP FOR THE WEEK:

We are in the waning Moon phase. This is a perfect time to give a good spiritual cleansing to our home. First give a good physical cleaning, throughout the house/apartment and finish up with the spiritual cleaning. Use the five elements:

Before you start make sure to create sacred space and place protection around your home (like a balloon over the whole place. Any color that means protection to you)

Fire- Candle

Water: Drinking water

Earth: Salt or combination of salt and a bit of purifying herbs (like sage, rosemary, basil)

Air: Incense (or if you don’t have any, play music=Air element)

Spirit: Ask Spirit, your favorite deity etc, to be present during your spiritual cleaning and give thanks when you are done, asking for its protective energies to be left after the cleansing. Why ask for protection you may ask? Every time we conduct spiritual work, we open certain thresholds, make sure to protect self and home always!

Well dear reader, this is the end of this week’s offering in my Witch’s Gazette. It has been lovely putting together this humble newsletter and I hope to see you next week! same place, same time!

Until I write again!

*M*

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2014

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