3 Magical Creatures

The Magical Frog

Throughout time and many different cultures, Frogs have been considered to be symbols of great good luck. In ancient China and up to the present day, the Frog spirit Ch’ing-Wa Sheng is associated with healing and good fortune in business. That’s why, to this day, you will see a Frog icon in stores and offices throughout China. And the Chinese also believe unconditionally in Chan Chu, or the noble Money Frog.

Ever since ancient times, the mythical Money Frog has been one of the Chinese holy creatures that protect against misfortune and enrich the household. The noble Money Frog is also associated with being a symbol that represents long life and immortality.

In ancient Egypt, the Frog was also held in a place of honor as a symbol of life and fertility. This was because each year, after the Nile River flooded, bringing fertility to the otherwise barren land, millions of Frogs were born. So in Egyptian mythology, there began to be a Frog goddess who represented fertility. Her name was Heget, meaning “Frog.”

In Scotland, the Frog is seen as a symbol of good luck. Many households throughout Scotland keep a stone Frog in their gardens to attract good luck. The associations of the Frog with good luck in Scotland are believed to date back to around 297 AD. The Celts revered the Frog as lord over all the earth. They believed that the Frog possessed healing powers because of its connection with water and the cleansing rains.

The Magical Crane

Cranes are most likely the oldest bird on earth, and one of the oldest known existing Magical Creatures is the Magical Crane. There are fossil remains of Cranes from over 60 million years ago. Throughout the history of mankind, Cranes have evoked strong emotional responses in people. Their size, behavior, social relations, unique calls, graceful movements, and stately appearance have inspired expressions through human art, artifacts, mythology, and legend in cultures around the world.

This appreciation of Cranes was conveyed in prehistoric cave paintings in Africa, Australia, and Europe. Ancient Egyptians adorned their tombs with images of Cranes, for they were thought to fly the souls of the dead to the other side. Ancient Greek and Roman myths portrayed the dance of Cranes as a love of joy and a celebration of life. The Crane was considered to be a bird of Apollo, the sun god, who symbolized spring and light.

In the East, Cranes have for millennia occupied a prominent place in mythology and religious tradition. Throughout all of Asia, the Crane has been a symbol of happiness and eternal youth. In Japanese, Chinese, and Korean tradition, Cranes stand for good fortune and longevity because of their fabled life span of a thousand years.

The Magical Salamander

The magical creature known as the flame–defying Salamander symbolizes a life of triumph. Its attributes include balance, renewal, transition, awareness, spirituality, adaptability, enlightenment, and resourcefulness. The Salamander asks us to make the best of our time, both day and night. It helps us to balance our opportunities.

Salamanders regrow their tails and limbs if lost in encounters with their predators or other calamities. This is symbolic of renewal, regeneration, rebirth, and growth. The Salamander calls upon our deepest internal resources to produce the development we require in our lives. It also helps those who are in need of change in their lives.

The Salamander’s ability to escape fire unharmed is symbolic of its ability to triumph over adversity, and he can help those who believe in his powers do the same.

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Magic of Candles

Candles have a magical quality about them. Birthdays, religious ceremonies, holidays, marriages and deaths are just a few of the important occasions when we burn candles and celebrate with flame. Candles embody a spirit, which is why we use them during meditation, and light them in churches or when we wish to create a special ambiance. They provide warmth and pleasure and give off a sensual, mysterious light. We would like to share secrets of candle burning with you to help you to implement this positive force in your life.

We have chosen seven colored candles, with each color offering different attributes. For example, red and orange candles are considered to be forward-moving colors; blue is a color that receives energy; and pink is the color that represents gentle loving emotion. Read through the colors to discover these energies that are yours for the lighting!

Red Candles – Confidence
Red candles assist life, love, sexuality, courage, fortitude, vitality, health, and positive action. They are used for emotional stimulation, positive action and physical restoration. If you are at a crossroads in a romantic relationship, or if you just need an extra boost of confidence in confronting a problem that has been nagging you, red candles sound like the option for you. Burn a red candle and reflect on what course of action you need to take to remedy your situation.

Pink Candles Love
Known for being lucky with love, pink candles open hearts and bring forth happiness, love, honor, affection, spiritual awakening, unselfishness, leadership, and diplomacy. This candle is also used for releasing depression, increasing friendship and celebrating a message.

Yellow Candles – Expression
Yellow is a color of expansion, meaning its light energy helps to open up some part of your life. Burning this color candle will assist in communication, expansion, stimulation, unity, success, and concentration. Mental expansion, promoting oneself and joy stimulation can also be results of rituals with this candle. If you are having a hard time expressing yourself, consider burning yellow candles.

Orange Candles – Motivation
Orange is a color of action and for bringing forth organization, friendship, attraction, self-control, intellect, joy, and enthusiasm. Yellow is also used for action manifestation, self-organization, and for obtaining a desired result. Use an orange candle to motivate a particular situation in your life, or for help developing a new idea or plan.

Green Candles – Money
When you are in need of success, luck, money, ambition, peace, harmony, health and healing, use the green candle. Green is the color of balance, but it also attracts abundance, cooperation, generosity and fertility. Green stimulates plant growth, motivates learning and promotes good health. Burn a green candle when you want to attract wealth and prosperity into your life. It also can cleanse discordant energies from your home, while replacing them with new, positive energy.

Blue Candles – Decision Making
The color blue is identified with all faculties of the mind. It is the color of truth, inspiration, wisdom, loyalty, sincerity, devotion, fidelity, and peace and harmony in the home. Blue can also be used for knowledge and perception, as well as for logic and analytical awareness. If you are conflicted in an important decision, especially if it pertains to business or financial matters, a blue candle is the best choice for you. It’s also helpful when you are in need of some new creative inspiration or seeking patience in particularly trying matters.

White Candles – Reflection
Spirituality, wholeness, expansion, cleansing, innocence, and clairvoyance are all represented in the white candle. This color is also known for helping positive energy to flow. Use a white candle when you are in a meditative or reflective mood. It will help to clear your mind and allow for focus on your objective.

Consider using a colored candle the next time you find yourself up against a particular challenge or want to work toward realizing a dream or obtaining a goal. Call on the power of color and to help you to improve your life.

An Astrological Family Tree: The British Royal Family

The Stars and Family Connections

While we are all individuals, you may find that you share many characteristics with other members of your family. Is it nature or nurture that leads members of a family to look at life from similar perspectives? Astrological counselors note, when looking at the birth charts of different members of a single family, that patterns are often repeated in the individual charts of the family members.

A birth or “natal” chart is a map of the planetary positions in the sky at the exact moment of birth. These repeated patterns can be as simple as the predominance, down through the generations, of one sign. For example, perhaps one or more of the personal planets – Mercury, Venus, and Mars, as well as the Sun and the Moon – of each member of the family are in the same sign.

In a natal chart, the personal planets represent our individual characteristics. Planets can be described as energies or activators. The signs they fall into at the moment of birth describe the manner or style in which each planet asserts its energy. It is not only signs that may be repeated in family member charts, but also links, referred to as “aspects,” between planets. For example, Mars, the planet representing assertion and aggression, would behave very differently if linked to kind-hearted Venus or the gentle Moon, than if it was connected to stern Saturn or power-hungry Pluto.

If your most obvious family traits are generosity and a laid-back attitude to life, you may find that each member has one of the personal planets in Sagittarius, the sign exemplifying these traits, or that personal planets are in aspect to Jupiter, the planet promoting these traits. If members of your family tends to worry a lot, or need to be in control, you may find that the oftentimes somber, responsibility oriented sign of Capricorn or the serious planet Saturn, is strongly represented in your family’s birth charts.

The “houses” the planets occupy in the natal chart further modify the planets’ energy. The “houses” (numbered one to twelve) are astrological symbols for different areas of our lives, such as home, career, and so on. Sometimes there may be an emphasis on specific houses in the family members’ charts. The first house starts with the sign that was rising on the horizon at the time and place of birth. It, along with the rest of the houses, can be determined by an accurate time of birth.

 The Royal Family

To demonstrate how astrological signs and houses can be highlighted in families, we will examine the natal charts of the British royal family, whose dates, times, and places of birth are all well documented. Let’s begin with the royal sign of Leo. The late Queen Mother’s Sun and Mercury are in Leo, as are the Moons of her daughter Queen Elizabeth II and Elizabeth’s husband, Prince Philip. The rising sign of two of their sons – Prince Charles and Prince Andrew – are also in Leo. Their late aunt, Princess Margaret, and sister Anne, both are Leo Sun Signs. Leaving the immediate family, and going back further, relatives George V and George VI have Mars in Leo and Jupiter in Leo respectively.

Taurus and its opposite sign, Scorpio – signs of wealth and power – are represented in the chart of every monarch from Queen Victoria to Prince William, now second in line to the British throne. Queen Victoria had Mercury in Taurus, her grandson George V, Mercury and Venus in Taurus, great-grandson George VI, Moon and Venus in Scorpio, and Prince William has Venus in Taurus and Jupiter in Scorpio. Queen Elizabeth II was born under Taurus and both her great-grandfather Edward VII and her son Prince Charles were born under Scorpio. Zodiacal signs are measured in degrees, thirty to each sign. To add even more to the mix, Queen Elizabeth’s Taurus Sun is at zero degrees of the sign, as is Prince Charles’s Moon (some astrologers consider zero degrees to be a “critical” or powerful degree). In-laws Prince Philip and Princess Diana also have Venus in Taurus. Venus is the planet that “rules” Taurus and symbolizes both love and money in a horoscope.

Taurus and Scorpio all figure in the charts of Queen Elizabeth’s other children. Prince Edward has Venus in Taurus, while Prince Andrew’s Moon and Princess Anne’s Mars are in Scorpio. Even the next generation follows suit, with Prince Williams’s Venus and his younger brother Prince Harry’s Moon in Taurus. Can all this be coincidence?

Jupiter is the planet that signifies royalty. It is associated with Sagittarius, as well as the ninth house. If we look at Queen Victoria, the three kings, one queen and two kings-in-waiting that have followed her, we can see that Jupiter is prominent in every chart, either because of its house position, or because it is in Sagittarius. In the charts of Queen Victoria and great-grandson George VI, Jupiter sits in the tenth house of career and status. Queen Elizabeth II and her great-grandfather Edward VII have Jupiter in the first house of self-expression, and George V, Elizabeth’s grandfather, and her son Prince Charles, have Jupiter in Sagittarius. Prince William’s Jupiter may not be in Sagittarius, but it is in Scorpio, positioned in a “power zone” of a horoscope. In this case, at the time of the Prince’s birth, his Jupiter was only two degrees from the highest point it could reach in the heavens, and is thus, in a power zone. Add to this the fact that his Jupiter is at zero degrees of Scorpio – exactly opposite his grandmother’s Taurus Sun and his father’s Taurus Moon – and we can see an astrological family pattern taken shape through three generations.

The Significance of Astrology for Royalty

What makes this Jupiter astrological trait in the family so very interesting is that neither Victoria nor George VI were, strictly speaking, “heirs to the throne.” Victoria was crowned because there was no direct heir when her uncle William IV died, and when George VI became king upon the abdication of his brother King Edward VIII in 1936. As such, neither had been groomed as a future monarch. At the time of the abdication, Jupiter was in the sign of Sagittarius and unpredictable Uranus, the planet that often brings about abrupt reversals in our lives, was in Taurus. Both George VI, and therefore his little daughter Elizabeth, had their lives changed forever by this fact.

~Crystals: The Power Within~

Mankind has long been fascinated and awed by the mysterious beauty of crystals. Over centuries and millenniums, we have learned that certain precious and semi-precious stones possess special energies and powers that can enhance and enrich the lives of those who use them. We are sharing some of the magical benefits of five such crystals in the hopes that you can take advantage of the riches they have to offer: the Clear Crystal Quartz, the Rose Quartz, the Aventurine, the Citrine, and the Tiger’s Eye.

Crystal Quartz is one of the most universally used crystals. Almost every rock on earth has quartz as a component. This stone unlocks energy blockages, raises self-esteem and brings harmony and balance back into your life. It tends to enhance and hold onto the vibrations around it. So if you’re going through a difficult period, it can help to absorb negative vibrations around you.This amazing mineral can also be used to channel positive energy toward you. You can deliberately charge it with whatever energy you desire. Just hold your hand over the crystal, think of whatever positive or healing vibration you want to create, and then feel that particular energy flowing down into the quartz.  You can use Crystal Quartz in this way to energize your prayers and wishes, increase your intuition and insight, and help you to work toward your goals. Hold it, envision a goal, and focus clearly. The imprint of your desires is fed into the quartz and will be released back to you, boosting your motivation and enhancing your focus.
Rose Quartz is one of the Earth’s most beloved gems. With its soft pink hues, this stone promotes love and acceptance, and connects positively to the heart so that it can accept love in its many forms. It represents pure sweetness and joy, and that is what this magical gem bestows on those who interact with it. It is no wonder that some people prefer it to diamonds!
Simply holding a bit of Rose Quartz can produce a sense of inner harmony and peace and the feeling that life can indeed be wonderful. Believing that love is all around you is essential to happiness, and Rose Quartz works to open the heart so that love can penetrate. This crystal also helps to heal a broken heart. When love has been withdrawn, Rose Quartz helps to bring hope into the heart and puts a sense of joy back into your life.
Aventurine has long been considered a lucky crystal that promotes wealth and prosperity. It is said to keep your energy attuned to positive outcomes. It is no surprise that it’s the favored stone among gamblers who know the sort of lucky streaks it can generate. Let’s face it, feeling balanced, happy, positive, and hopeful are the necessary ingredients for success.
Nothing provides a stronger boost toward success than expecting good things will come your way. When you listen to speeches of those who made it to the top of their game, an inner confidence is often the key. This green stone helps generate a mentality that instills confidence and growth in your own vision and allows you to go for it, despite odds. It is most definitely a useful stone to keep nearby.
Citrine is the stone of wealth and success. Its gleaming, shimmering, golden yellow color echoes that of gold itself. Citrine creates a vibration of abundance, giving a sense that all good things should and will be flowing with greater regularity and in enhanced amounts. It is no wonder that Citrine is called the “Merchants’ Stone,” as it so readily attracts prosperity and success. Shopkeepers often keep it in their cash registers in the hopes it will help expand their business and fill their coffers.
One of the earth’s most positive gems, Citrine can help to release negative energy from an environment. In addition, it can magically transform dark energy into that which is positive. In order to generate success and happiness, you must believe that you deserve good things and that you are capable of achieving success and Citrine can help you do that. It is an invaluable asset to a desire for success because it can direct on you toward the right path and help to vanquish stumbling blocks-including inner doubts-that may arise along the way.
This golden brown stone with its dark ripples resembles the powerful tiger’s eyes, with the tiger’s instinct and patience to determine the perfect time to strike. The stone is thought to be all seeing, to boost self-confidence and to draw upon the courage of one’s convictions. It aids in the positive use of willpower and provides strength to get through difficult times in life. It is no surprise that ancient Roman soldiers wore Tiger’s Eye for protection when they went into battle.
This stone is extremely helpful when it comes to overcoming challenges and meeting goals. Use Tiger’s Eye to stay calm even in the “eye of the storm.” It will help you to think logically and to utilize patience and timing to make your dreams a reality. It will help you to connect to your inner strengths and abilities, so that you will be in a better position to obtain the outcome that you desire.

~Numerology: The Power Behind Numbers~

Numerology and the Power Behind Numbers

Numbers are all around us. In fact, everywhere we turn! They mark the passing of time and structure it in terms of days, weeks, months, and years. We use them to quantify things in our life as well as to qualify, especially in terms of monetary value. So numbers play a powerful role in our life, sometimes more than we may realize. For example, if you are feeling lucky and pick the right six lottery numbers, you could become a millionaire overnight. Likewise, if you lose money in gambling or in an unfortunate business deal, you might feel that Lady Luck isn’t on your side.

But numbers are much more than quantitative and qualitative systems of measurement. It has long been believed that they exude a kind of mystical power. Since ancient times, there has been speculation on the idea of an intrinsic relationship between numbers and objects or living things. The early Babylonians, Greeks, Christian mystics, Gnostics and Hebrews all developed their own esoteric system to tap into this so-called numerical power or essence. The ancient Hebrews used numerical symbolism in the Old Testament and numerology holds a significant place in the Jewish Cabala as well. The Greek philosopher Pythagoras developed a numerical theory to describe the power behind the universe. In more modern times, renowned physicists Albert Einstein and Niels Bohr both used numerical and mathematical systems to explain the basis of their scientific theories. These are all very complicated and involved ways of considering numbers.

How Numerology Works

Let’s start by looking at numbers in a basic way. Our number system is based on nine numbers between numbers one and nine, which are partnered together, used over and over, to create larger and more complicated numbers. Of course, there is also zero, but it has no numerological value on its own so we won’t include it here. These nine numbers can be broken down into two categories: odd or even. The different numerological systems assign certain qualities or characteristics to these numbers. For example, in a general sense, the odd numbers (1, 3, 5, 7, 9) are considered masculine and dynamic, while even numbers (2, 4, 6, 8) are viewed as feminine and static.

Numerology and Astrology

Numerological systems draw connections between the nine numbers and other esoteric and metaphysical practices. In an astrological system, the planets are given a number and the qualities and energies associated with that planet become associated with the number it is partnered with. For example, the number one corresponds to the Sun, which in astrology is the planet attributed with power, discipline and authority. The number two corresponds to the Moon, characterized by attractiveness, emotions and affection. The number six is connected with the planet Venus, which emulates romance, sensuality and understanding. The following chart reveals the recognized astrological planets and their corresponding numbers:

Numbers Planet

1 Sun
2 Moon
3 Jupiter

4 Uranus
5 Mercury
6 Venus

7 Neptune
8 Saturn

9 Mars

 

What Numerology Can Tell Us?

Numerology is considered a very complex predictive science. Its various systems provide us with a wealth of personal information about the mysterious and esoteric forces that shape our lives. Depending on the numerological system, we can learn about our talents, obstacles, destiny, character, and our capacity for love, luck and wealth.

Your Life Path Number

To give you the benefit of a numerological system, we are going to show you how to calculate and discover your Life Path Number. This number represents who you are at birth and the character traits that you will carry with you on your journey through life. Once you have completed your calculations for your life path number, you can discover what this number means for you.

Calculating Your Life Path Number

The single whole number obtained from the addition of the date, month and year of your birth is called your life path number. To discover your life path number, follow the example of the calculation below, but with your own birthday. Let’s calculate this number for someone born on April 25, 1970.

4 + 2 + 5 + 1 + 9 + 7 + 0 = 28 (2 + 8) = 10 (1 + 0)= 1

Your calculation: April is the fourth month of the year, so use that number to designate the birthday month and then add the numbers of the day and year. Don’t forget to breakdown your number into a single digit number. As you can see from the calculations above, the life path number is 1. Locate #1 on the list below to see what that life path number means.

LIFE PATH NUMBERS

1. You like to be first in everything! Your natural inclination places you where you can lead others no matter how small or large the endeavor. In personal relationships, you can be very assertive and like having those close to you show support for your goals and actions.
2. You have a charming, gracious personality that makes people want to be around you. You make friends easily and are a trusting and loyal companion. Very peace loving, you strive for harmony wherever you go and are a model of the spirit of cooperation.
3. You are an excellent communicator and like to express yourself creatively in some form of verbal communication. You’re full of wonderful ideas and love talking about them. You have a great deal of knowledge and talent to share with the world.
4. You are a builder, steadily working to achieve success. Work is very important to you and you’re likely very good at what you do because you are conscientious, give attention to details and like seeing results. Once your mind has been made up about something, there’s no changing it.
5. You enjoy doing a wide variety of things — and do them all well! So it’s no surprise that one of your best traits is your curiosity. You could have many different jobs during your lifetime. Freedom is important to you and plays a part in how your destiny unfolds.
6. Home and family are very important to you and your greatest joy is caring for and nurturing them and they are apt to depend on you for their strength. You are the one everyone runs to when they need a shoulder to cry on because of your sympathetic, loving nature.
7. You have a very original way of looking at life and need to spend alone thinking and studying. Your main goal in life is to acquire wisdom and grow in knowledge. An excellent friend, you befriend a few special people to share your private world and stick by those you grow to trust.
8. You are happiest when involved in a large-scale enterprise. Material things are important to you, as is success. You possess the determination and ability to achieve any goal you set for yourself. You may just need to focus and plan well.
9. You have strong humanitarian leanings and your basic impulse is to help and serve others, even if it might not be in your own best interests. Your loving, giving nature can be beneficially used in any of the healing professions or even giving of yourself in a volunteer capacity.

Decluttering Your Home Using Feng Shui Techniques

Most of us look at cleaning our home as a chore, but revitalizing and organizing your life should be a joyous activity. When there is harmony in the home, all feelings and emotions within the space are harmonious.

Good and Bad Chi

The Chinese view their lives as having chi energy, which is a “cosmic breath.” There is yang energy, or good energy, as well as yin energy, which is negative energy. Tired energy is clutter, whether it is physical, emotional, or spiritual clutter. Dealing with the physical clutter first can make way for a better emotional and spiritual life. By decluttering your home, you push away bad energy and make space for new energy to enter. Bad energy can be created simply by empty water bottles, paper from your printer and junk accumulated over time.

 

Keep the Chi Going

You can tune into the energy of a room by walking clockwise around and close to the walls. One room to pay close attention to is the bedroom. When chi energy in the bedroom is unwelcoming, this may cause problems between couples. Keep all dirty clothes in a laundry basket. Don’t place junk under, over, or beside a bed. Keep windows clear of clutter. Open the windows and let light and fresh air in. Morning sunlight is the best yang energy!

Keep energy flowing smoothly throughout the home. Watch and observe which rooms in the house everybody tends to gravitate to. Work on those rooms that seem to be somber to you. Colors, music, children, lights, water, and sound contain strong energy, which every room should have. Try painting a room and see how it affects your physical energy! Plants symbolize life and also bring color to a room.

Watch the Negative Energy!

Take extra care with corners where negative energy, cobwebs, and dirt tend to gravitate to. The corner diagonal to the door of a room should be full of good chi. Do not use it for storage and keep it clutter-free.

Blocked energy vibrations have a negative effect on our mental well-being. The entranceway, hall, and staircase are the most susceptible places of being blocked. When your entranceway is clear, it helps good chi enter the home freely. Corridors and hallways move energy from room to room. Staircases should always be clutter free – not only for safety reasons, so that the flow of chi is smooth up and down to the living spaces.

When you feel like you need more space to breathe, it is most likely due to the images in your home disturbing your subconscious mind. Art can be beautiful and a joy to look at, but over time can be distracting and stagnant. Changing the surroundings from time to time is the best way to make you feel better.

Clear Clutter and Stay Neat!

It is important to clear tabletops on a regular basis. When we come home we tend to throw our keys, mail, purse, etc. onto the closest tabletop and things accumulate quickly! Choose decorative objects to place on tabletops and display full bowls or pots as they attract abundant chi.

A well kept and clean kitchen keeps yin negative energy away. Clean the refrigerator at least once a month. Check out all the cookware and throw away broken plates, cups, and bowls. Make sure the garbage is cleaned out regularly. Out of all the rooms in the home, this one is the most vulnerable to yin energy.

It takes some time to get into the habit of decluttering on a regular basis. Realize that if you do not do it, it could be detrimental to your mental, physical, and emotional well-being. It’s easy to do it if you’re single living alone. If you have a family, be sensitive to other family members’ belongings. Have a discussion on the importance of having positive energy in the home and let them know where things should be.

Once you take the step to create positive energy in your home, you’ll see your life change for the better!

~What is Your Pet’s Sign?~

If you ask any pet lover, they will tell you undeniably that pets, like people, have very distinctive personalities. Even pets of the same breed or litter can be vastly different in temperament. If you know your pet’s date of birth, this newsletter will give you new insight into what makes your furry little friend tick. See what the signs say below for your pet.

Aries

If you are looking for a pet that is active, protective and not easily frightened, then an Aries is the one for you. This pet has energy to spare, so be prepared to provide lots of physical activity. Because they are always on the go, they have a tendency to be accident-prone. It’s not unusual to see them running into furniture, trees or even other animals! Above all, these animals love the challenge of a good chase. If you don’t want your pet bringing home bugs, birds or heaven knows what else, have plenty of toys on hand so the little critter can play soldier!

Taurus

If you are looking for a pet that loves the finer things in life (like your nice, warm bed, or favorite chair), then it’s a Taurus you’re after. This is a loyal, loving animal that can develop a stubborn attitude, so early training is very important. However, do be careful not to rely too heavily on treats as a reward for good behavior, because these pets tend to gain weight easily. Loud noises such as arguments or too much activity can be very unnerving to these animals. A Taurus pet much prefers an environment that is calm, harmonious and loving.

Gemini

If you want a pet that is intelligent, adapts easily to just about any situation, and has an insatiable curiosity, then look for one born under the sign of Gemini. Because these critters get bored easily, it is important to avoid long, drawn-out training sessions. You’ll have much better luck if you stick to several short sessions a day. Although these animals love being around people, they can also have an independent streak. Because of their curious natures, Gemini pets can find lots of things to do when you aren’t around. That’s a pretty scary thought, isn’t it!

Cancer
Are you interested in a pet that is loving, protective of family and sticks close to home? Then, find one born under the sign of Cancer. These sensitive creatures require lots of love and affection. Nothing makes them happier than cuddling up on your lap–even if they do weigh one hundred pounds! Speaking of weight, Cancer pets love to eat. If you start off giving them table scraps at an early age, be prepared to continue doing so for a long time. These pets are born nurturers. If you don’t want lots of little ones, spay or neuter your pet as soon as possible.

Leo

It’s fairly easy to spot pets born under the sign of Leo. There’s a dignified, almost regal air about them. If you are looking for a pet with “show” quality, this is the one for you. These animals thrive on attention. In fact, they demand it! A Leo pet is quite adept at learning new tricks, because “show biz” is in their blood. However, there is one thing you should know about a Leo pet. It can be very stubborn, even arrogant at times, especially when you want it to do something it considers undignified.

Virgo

Virgo pets tend to be gentle, good-natured, quiet and very sympathetic. They sense when you are not feeling well and will try to comfort you in their special way. Virgo pets are good choices if you have active children. They will take all the roughhousing kids can dish out. However, with too much stimulation, they can become hyperactive and nervous. In fact, they can have stomach problems because of their nervous temperaments. With a delicate intestinal tract, it’s wise not to make too many dietary changes. These animals are also neat freaks, so regular grooming is a must.

Libra

If you are in search of a pet that is lovable, social and sensitive, choose a Libra. These animals love when visitors drop by. They can be overly affectionate, so be sure to warn your guests beforehand! Because these critters are so people oriented, they do not like being left alone for long periods of time. In fact, they can get down right rebellious and even destructive when left alone, so it might be a good idea to have a companion for them. Libra pets care about their appearance. Being groomed is the highlight of their day!

 Scorpio

Anyone who has ever had a Scorpio pet will tell you that they are extremely loyal and very protective of family members. However, they do not like to be teased as they can be easily provoked. They won’t hesitate to let you know that you are annoying them. These pets have a real stubborn streak. They like being in control. At times, it may be difficult to tell who’s really in charge. Although a Scorpio pet can be a bit of a challenge, it can also be the best friend you will ever have.

Sagittarius

If you’re looking for a friendly, adventurous animal, then a Sagittarius pet is a wonderful choice. Although these pets prefer the company of adults and other animals, they will easily tolerate the antics of spirited children. They are also quite intelligent and will attempt to communicate with you in any number of ways, from making odd sounds to jumping up and down frantically in order to get your attention. When you combine a sense of adventure, insatiable curiosity and high-octane energy, you have a pet that could go wandering around the neighborhood for days if you aren’t careful!

 Capricorn

Capricorn pets are generally quiet, obedient (when they want to be) and somewhat aloof. They are not particularly fond of overactive children, unless they grow up with them. If that is the case, they will be extremely responsible, protective and very resourceful when it comes to guarding young ones. Although they are not particularly affectionate, Capricorn pets will allow themselves to be groomed, because they like the end result. Beneath the cool exterior beats the heart of a snob! These pets would do well in any type of competition, because they have a real need to be number one!

 Aquarius

Watching an Aquarian pet can be a wonderful pastime. These friendly, adventurous animals are more than a little unusual. While they can be stubborn, vain and extremely independent, they can also make you double over with laughter, because they do some very bizarre things. They seem to gravitate toward electrical gadgets, so bolt down the remote control! It is never a good idea to allow a pet to roam about no matter what the circumstances. This especially holds true for an Aquarian pet. They are very friendly and will dash across a busy street to greet anyone they see.

 Pisces

If you have a house full of activity and excitement, then a Pisces pet is not your best choice. These sensitive creatures are shy, introverted and basically loners. They can become high-strung and nervous around loud noises. Although they do not easily warm up to strangers, they will be very loving and affectionate toward family members. They have also been known to be jealous and possessive of those they love. Their feelings can get hurt quite easily, especially if they feel they are being ignored. If you decide to bring home a new pet, it could be weeks before this animal stops sulking!

What Will the Pendulum Tell You?

What Is a Pendulum?

A pendulum is a small weight suspended on a thin cord or light chain. Practically any object can be used as a pendulum – a favorite necklace, a crystal, or a pocket watch – as long as it hangs balanced on its cord. As you hold a pendulum in one hand, it should move freely through the air. When it is asked a question, the movement of the pendulum – either swinging back-and-forth in a straight line or circling around clockwise – can help guide you to the knowledge you need. It can help you make choices, such as which direction to go in life, where to find a lost object, or just how to become happier. For these questions
and other information, you need look no further than the simple swing of a pendulum.

How Does It Work?

Dowsing, the intuitive art of finding an answer, object, substance, or site using a pendulum, has been practiced by cultures the world over throughout history. Because the pendulum follows the dictates of intuition, it is merely the tool for a search; it doesn’t actually do the searching. You, the person holding the pendulum, will do the searching. That’s your job as dowser.
As you can imagine, a pendulum is a valuable tool, which can help you predict the future and assist you in matters of love, career, finances, health, travel, and much more. Although there are right and wrong ways to ask questions of a pendulum, there is really no limit to the kinds of questions you can ask. It can locate water, oil, precious metals, minerals, hidden treasure…just about anything you’re looking for. Since ancient times, the pendulum has been an essential divinatory tool used by magicians, priests, psychics, and even governments.British Intelligence used the pendulum in World War II against the Axis powers; U.S. Marines used it in Vietnam to locate land mines.

Messages from the Subconscious

Psychologists think that the forces that move the pendulum are an extension of the subconscious mind. Many dowsers would agree, in that the pendulum is so sensitive to the energy we humans emit that it can pick up the vibrations of our subconscious. They hold that it is this subconscious mind, in tune with the great universe, which channels into the pendulum, thus revealing answers to questions posed.
Electrodynamics, the science of magnetic forces and electrical currents, explains the pendulum as a tool that follows the energy patterns uniquely given off by objects and living things. In other words, like a magnet, the pendulum is attracted and repelled by positive and negative charges or living beings.
The subconscious mind and the energy patterns of the physical universe are all connected. Our subconscious is especially receptive to vibrations – from the mind, nature, objects and even spirits – and may easily transmit these vibrational messages to the pendulum.

Using a Pendulum

Using a pendulum is relatively easy. If you would like to try, just follow the steps below.

1. First you need a pendulum or pendulum-shaped object. The most popular modern pendulum is in the shape of a crystal or gemstone suspended from a chain, cord, string or even a thread. Virtually anything will do that can be suspended from a string, chain or thread, and will swing or revolve repeatedly and steadily. It should not wobble around when it swings back and forth.

2. Next find a quiet place to complete this exercise and try to relax. Think about the questions you want to ask. Initially, it is best to start with basic questions that can be answered by “yes,” “no,” “maybe” or  “doubtful.”

3. Before you ask your question, you need to interpret the pendulum’s answers. We have created a simple Yes, No, Maybe, Doubtful Chart to help you with this step, which you can download here. Your answer will be determined by the various directional movements the pendulum makes. A “yes” answer is indicated by a clockwise motion, and “no” by a counterclockwise one. If the answer is “maybe,” the pendulum will swing up and down or north to south, and if the answer is “doubtful,” it will swing side-to-side or east to west.

4. When you are ready to ask your question, hold your pendulum over the chart, over the center of the wheel (where the lines intersect). Ask your “yes,” “no,” “maybe” or “doubtful” question. Allow your pendulum to slow down and settle into its motionless, neutral position. After remaining still for a bit, your pendulum will start to oscillate and then move in the direction that indicates the answer.

The Great Pyramid

Secrets and Mysteries of the Great Pyramid

The Great Pyramid of Giza, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, continues to baffle experts as to its origins and the manner in which it was constructed. In the course of the last century, the ancient monument has inspired many new scientific, religious,
and mystical beliefs about its architectural achievement, The people of Ancient Egypt, and by extension, the origins of the human race. A wide variety of experts and mystics developed intriguing and often contradictory explanations about the Great Pyramid, and
none of them could be proven right or wrong.

The big question remains: how could the ancient Egyptians have possessed such sophisticated astronomy, geography, mathematics, and engineering skills in their construction and design of this pyramid? This mystery is even more puzzling given the fact that traditional science recognizes only primitive hunters and gatherers as the cultures predating the ancient Egyptians and their Sumerian neighbors.

Let’s look at some of the amazing details surrounding this architectural marvel. Even though it is the oldest and largest single structure on Earth, the Great Pyramid is also the most accurately oriented, with its four huge facets laid out almost exactly due north, south, east, and west. In addition, the physical location of the Great Pyramid is extraordinary since it is found at the exact geometric center of the world’s land mass. Its latitude (east-west line) is right on the longest land parallel, extending through Africa, Asia, and America. Its longitude is on the longest land meridian, going through Asia, Africa, Europe, and Antarctica. There is only one building site and one structure on Earth that offers this unique placement.

The Great Pyramid and the Cosmos

Uncanny precision of design and coordinates makes the Great Pyramid the world’s best example of sacred architecture, which means that it acts as a bridge between heaven and Earth, for in addition to its unique geographical location, the Great Pyramid also embodies a symbolic relationship to the larger cosmos, notably in the alignment of its airshafts with the star Sirius, which is part of the Orion constellation. In 1994, Robert Bauval’s The Orion Mystery described how the Great Pyramid and its two companion pyramids are exact reflections of the stars in the belt of the Orion constellation, and it depicts the Nile River as an analogue to the Milky Way. In his view, now shared by many followers and related theorists, the Pyramid is not merely a tomb, but a metaphysical device to assist the Pharaoh’s soul in its journey to distant stars.

Other Interesting Pyramid Theories

Edgar Cayce theorized that the Great Pyramid was built 12,000 years ago by priest–magicians from the lost continent of Atlantis. Others, like Erich von Daniken and Zecharia Sitchin, claimed that the Great Pyramid was built by beings from other planets. Sitchin proposed that alien intelligence created the Great Pyramid as a landing beacon for incoming spacecraft. In the 1970s, another theory explained that the pyramid’s shape produces biocosmic energy.

Like a dream, the Great Pyramid is open to numerous interpretations, but in the final analysis, your thoughts on it depend on what you believe about the nature of reality and the origins of humanity.

Famous People

Famous People and Astrology throughout history

For centuries, the powerful, the wealthy and the famous have turned to astrology for answers. Famous people have consulted well-known astrologers and astrology charts to make important decisions that, in many cases, shaped their lives and destinies. Let’s take a look at some of these famous people and astrologers; they might surprise you!

American Presidents and First Ladies

More than a century before President and Mrs. Reagan were faithfully consulting with their astrologer, earlier occupants of the White House were doing likewise. President Lincoln’s wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, sought out the advice of astrologers to advance her husband’s progress into the White House. Once Lincoln had indeed become President, Todd began attending séances, in addition to visiting astrologers. It’s even said that she had been advised that the charts of certain cabinet members, particularly Secretary of the Treasury Salmon Chase and Secretary of State William Seward, looked “injurious” to her husband. Astrologer Cranston Laurie reported strange premonitions in the hours just before Lincoln was assassinated – premonitions that sadly turned out to be right.

The stars also guided Mrs. Woodrow Wilson. Madame Marcia Champney, Washington, D.C.’s foremost astrologer at the time, was Mrs. Wilson’s private advisor. It is said that not only Mrs. Wilson, but also many of Capitol Hill’s elite, visited Champney at her residence on R Street in Washington. Champney told Edith Galt, the future Mrs. Woodrow Wilson: “I can assure you that you will wield power in the White House.”

Theodore Roosevelt was also known to have had a very strong interest in astrology, Roosevelt’s father had consulted an astrologer to “see the tides of fortune” the universe would present to his son, the future President. According to an article by Jane C. Hunter entitled “Roosevelt and Astro-Science,” the President was familiar with his natal chart and the aspects within it. Hunter goes on to say that Roosevelt had even drawn up his own horoscope and “had it mounted on a chessboard on a table in his room.”

International World Leaders

Julius Caesar’s trusted astrologer was Spurina. Caesar turned to Spurina for counsel on matters of war – advice that apparently was quite good. Unfortunately, Caesar should have paid equal heed to Spurina’s more personal predictions – for instance, that the planet Mars foretold violence toward him on the infamous ides of March.
Napoleon Bonaparte regularly sought out the predictions of the famous French seeress Mlle. Lenormand. Napoleon was repeatedly warned not to advance against the Russians – advice that, like Caesar before him, the emperor should have taken. Italy’s Catherine de Medici consulted Nostradamus, indisputably the most famous seer-astrologer of them all, who prophesized, among other things, the Great Fire of London in 1666, the French Revolution, and the rise of Napoleon.

A Famous Scientist
Famous sixteenth-century scientist, Johannes Kepler, taught astrology and the casting of horoscopes. From the planetary motion tables he created, astrologers were able to easily calculate the positions of the planets at any point in time. Kepler’s famous statement to theologians, physicians, and philosophers regarding astrology is still quoted: “While it is reasonable to reject star-gazing superstitions, the kernel should not be thrown away with the shell.” (Meaning that his esteemed colleagues should keep the parts of astrology that worked.)
Clearly, it’s easy to see that astrology has played a much larger role in the lives of the rich and powerful, famous and infamous – and therefore, in history itself—than we are ever likely to know. Unless, of course, we ask the astrologers …