Daily Horoscopes for July 23

The Sun fires into the midsummer sign of Leo the Lion, marking the first day of a new astrological month. In the northern latitudes we feel the radiant heat warm our hearts, prompting us to let our love lights shine. Meanwhile, the Moon enters earthy Taurus at 12:57 am EDT, reminding us to stay in touch with our senses. However, a sobering Mercury-Saturn aspect and a fantasy-prone Sun-Neptune alignment alert us to the contradictions we may face.

 

Aries Horoscope
Aries Horoscope (Mar 21 – Apr 19)

Although it’s been difficult to reestablish your confidence lately, things are now beginning to improve. Naturally, a shift in your attitude won’t occur overnight, but you could feel more positive day by day. Just let the current events unfold while affirming that better times are on the way. Believe it or not, the Sun’s entry into your 5th House of Creativity today may be enough to chase away the clouds.

Taurus Horoscope
Taurus Horoscope (Apr 20 – May 20)

The Moon’s return to your sign can put you in touch with your feelings while the Sun’s entry into your 4th House of Home and Family turns on the streetlights for your walk down Memory Lane. But there’s no use in holding on to childhood perspectives anymore, especially if they reinforce your concerns about scarcity. Remember that the universe is overflowing with unlimited possibilities, so show up with a smile and do what you can to transform your fears into love.

Gemini Horoscope
Gemini Horoscope (May 21 – Jun 20)

You might overcompensate today and show only your very best side. But your positive attitude could come across as false if you sound blindly optimistic. It’s of no value to hide the truth now, even if it’s more than you think others can take. Don’t get bent out of shape over the wrong things; stick to the facts and let others take responsibility for their reactions.

Cancer Horoscope
Cancer Horoscope (June 21 – Jul 22)

You might feel relieved as the bright Sun leaves your sign, taking the spotlight off you and allowing you to work quietly behind the scenes. But you don’t want too much isolation because the Moon slips into your 11th House of Social Networking today. You wish you could just make up your mind and follow your agenda, but you’re being pulled in two totally different directions. Ultimately, you will be happiest if you go with the flow now instead of trying to hang on to the illusion of control.

Leo Horoscope
Leo Horoscope (Jul 23 – Aug 22)

You are naturally resistant to change and may not want to engage with what’s coming around the next corner. Nevertheless, your anticipation continues to build now because you know that you’re on a new course and can’t wait to see where it leads. The Sun’s shift into your sign today initiates a highly active phase for the next month. But don’t rush the creative process; everything will unfold exactly on time.

Virgo Horoscope
Virgo Horoscope (Aug 23 – Sep 22)

You aren’t happy if someone is keeping information from you today, but thankfully you can handle the situation skillfully because the willful Sun and trickster Mercury are traveling through your 12th House of Secrets. Even a difficult experience can quickly morph into a positive one if you exude confidence, rather than doubt. You can change the game now by preemptively exploring the hidden realms of your subconscious. Happiness comes from the clues you find buried deep in the shadows.

Libra Horoscope
Libra Horoscope (Sep 23 – Oct 22)

You want to be free of the responsibilities that have been holding you back recently. Fortunately, the brilliant Sun’s entry into your 11th House of Friends encourages you to act boldly in social situations. There’s no need to panic and take a risk, but creating a sound plan that is followed by decisive action can be an unbeatable combination.

Scorpio Horoscope
Scorpio Horoscope (Oct 23 – Nov 21)

It’s tricky if someone assumes that you will always drop your personal priorities when asked. You wouldn’t mind offering your help, but you don’t appreciate the pressure of being told what to do. There’s no need to say yes and jump right in. Others will get by without you immediately coming to the rescue today. Taking time to consider all your options before responding may be enough of a cue to convey that you don’t want anyone to take advantage of your generosity.

Sagittarius Horoscope
Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov 22 – Dec 21)

Perhaps you are dreaming about the future in order to avoid dealing with the promises you made. Your intentions may have been sincere, but your time is running short now and you don’t know how you’re going to fulfill your obligations. Keep in mind that even the smallest molehills seem like mountains today. Don’t make any sudden changes to your overall strategy yet; wait a few days to see how the new landscape takes shape.

Capricorn Horoscope
Capricorn Horoscope (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

Having faith in yourself is crucial, but too much confidence inflates your ego. Even the most surefooted of you goats can slip if you’re moving too fast, and an overabundance of bravado today might be enough to make you careless. Don’t give reality a chance to teach you a lesson in humility. You’ll reach your ambitious goal if you focus on each step along the way.

Aquarius Horoscope
Aquarius Horoscope (Jan 20 – Feb 18)

Everyone is playing a part in your movie now that the dramatic Leo Sun is in your 7th House of Others. Unfortunately, you may be growing weary of someone’s affected behavior. You crave sincerity and truthfulness, but could feel as if you’re currently being shortchanged in your relationships. It will be a lot less stressful if you accept the fact that others are probably giving all that they can. Be appreciative of what you have today, instead of wishing for more.

Pisces Horoscope
Pisces Horoscope (Feb 19 – Mar 20)

You would like to have more free time at your disposal today, but you may have already overcommitted yourself in the chore department. Running errands and helping others could prevent you from following your fantasies. But don’t complain about your obligations; just doggedly finish what you can. Thankfully, if you apply yourself diligently during the day, you may have time for more pleasurable activities in the evening.

Daily Horoscopes for Thursday, July 21

We experience a more subdued Aries Moon today, since its most significant aspect is an opposition to authoritative Saturn at 11:53 am EDT. The enterprising Aries Moon encourages us to take risks as we search for ways to bring more excitement to our lives. But we may not be able to free ourselves from previous obligations because Saturn’s presence places the damper on our fires of enthusiasm. Thankfully, the heaviness dissipates later in the day.

 

Aries Horoscope
Aries Horoscope (Mar 21 – Apr 19)

You don’t need to wait until the Moon visits your impulsive sign in order to take an unnecessary risk. However, today’s Aries Moon provokes you to say yes quickly, before considering the alternatives. The Moon’s midday opposition to stern Saturn in your 7th House of Relationships indicates that a critical friend or partner could come down on you pretty hard. Don’t jump to defend yourself against someone else’s judgmental perspective. Remember, there might be a real lesson here for you to learn.

Taurus Horoscope
Taurus Horoscope (Apr 20 – May 20)

Perhaps you’ve been quite busy trying to keep up with everything that’s happening, so taking some time to be by yourself today sounds like a good idea. But now as you try to retreat it seems as if others won’t leave you alone. Although everyone appears to have a different idea of what you should be doing, it’s up to you to resist outside pressure by clearly establishing your boundaries.

Gemini Horoscope
Gemini Horoscope (May 21 – Jun 20)

Even if today is a workday, you may be more interested in the social aspects of your life than performing your job. You might be tempted to take a long lunch, waste time in idle chatter with your coworkers or look for other ways to fulfill your need for interaction. Unfortunately, your boss or some other authority figure could step in and prevent you from escaping your duties. Be smart; finishing your task list early in the day will leave you time to play later on.

Cancer Horoscope
Cancer Horoscope (June 21 – Jul 22)

You’re uncharacteristically eager to take charge at work today and others may be surprised with your actions. Although sometimes people assume that you are shy, you’re quite willing to be in control when you know where you are going. Just be careful not to indiscriminately share your feelings with everyone. Finding the right person to confide in can make all the difference in the world.

Leo Horoscope
Leo Horoscope (Jul 23 – Aug 22)

You might not be satisfied with what’s happening in the present moment, tempting you to escape into your dreams. However, withdrawing into fantasies isn’t a viable strategy for achieving long-term happiness. Thankfully, the courageous Aries Moon in your 9th House of Adventure prompts you to make changes in order to bring the excitement you seek back into your life. Nevertheless, you will still have to do what others expect of you prior to putting your big plan into motion.

Virgo Horoscope
Virgo Horoscope (Aug 23 – Sep 22)

Your friends and associates might have a hidden agenda today. On the surface, they may continue to support you if you retreat from the social scene in order to delve deeper into your own feelings. However, you can feel the pressure from their unspoken demands, provoking you to pull away even more now. One way to ameliorate the current situation is to let others know that you just need some time alone and will reconnect with them once you are ready to return to the game.

Libra Horoscope
Libra Horoscope (Sep 23 – Oct 22)

Someone close to you may seem a bit too aggressive as the Moon visits brash Aries and your 7th House of Others today. Thankfully, a lunar opposition to stern Saturn in your diplomatic sign enables you to clearly set the limits you need to feel comfortable. However, you could overreact and inadvertently push the other person away. Relationships require give and take, so remain open to continuing communication as long as your boundaries are respected.

Scorpio Horoscope
Scorpio Horoscope (Oct 23 – Nov 21)

You won’t likely sit around doing nothing today with the irrepressible Aries Moon activating your 6th House of Work. But you could be so enthusiastic about getting through your to-do list that you rush into your tasks before you consider the smartest approach. Unfortunately, you may waste time and energy without finishing what you start unless you’re willing to slow down, rethink your strategy and begin anew.

Sagittarius Horoscope
Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov 22 – Dec 21)

It feels like a playday to you, but promises that you made to others might prevent you from having too much fun. You may believe that everything would be fine if only your friends and coworkers ease up on you. But their expectations probably aren’t that unreasonable. Instead of scheming to escape or complaining that life isn’t fair, see how creative you can be while fulfilling your obligations.

Capricorn Horoscope
Capricorn Horoscope (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

The Moon’s opposition to your key planet Saturn puts you in touch with the emotions that often get in the way of your success. Ambitious Saturn’s presence in your 10th House of Career motivates you to set high standards and do whatever it takes to accomplish your goals. But the impulsive Aries Moon leads you to believe that you can arrive at your destination faster by taking a few unauthorized shortcuts. Avoid the potential for frustration by doing things right and giving yourself plenty of time to finish your work.

Aquarius Horoscope
Aquarius Horoscope (Jan 20 – Feb 18)

You may be running around in circles today without having much to show for all your efforts. Instead of continuing to spin your wheels, stop for a while so you can reestablish your connection with the ground. Naturally, a more practical approach will help, but restarting slowly is the real key to gaining traction. You’ll be able to deliver on your promises as long as you don’t blindly rush ahead.

Pisces Horoscope
Pisces Horoscope (Feb 19 – Mar 20)

You may benefit now by adopting a steady approach to a financial problem that’s been bothering you. But ignoring the facts and attempting to solve the dilemma by taking aggressive action won’t be useful as the Moon in your 2nd House of Money runs into a tense opposition with stern Saturn today. Don’t try to shift the blame for a difficult situation onto anyone else. Take responsibility for your position and establish a sensible plan to alleviate the current pressure.

Daily Horoscopes for Wednesday, July 20th

The air is charged with the potential for sudden change when the Moon pops into spontaneous Aries at 12:25 pm EDT. This shift is our monthly wake-up call to start another journey around the zodiac, yet the Moon’s conjunction with shocking Uranus releases stored tension like a bolt of lightning. Additionally, the Moon’s stressful square to shadowy Pluto reminds us that keeping secrets can backfire, even if there is a strategic reason to do so.

 

Aries Horoscope
Aries Horoscope (Mar 21 – Apr 19)

There is plenty of excitement today, yet you have no way of knowing what will happen next. Contrary to popular belief, you actually enjoy a bit of stability, but the routine can get to you, prompting you to crave dramatic change. However, you would prefer to be in control, but you might not be in charge now. Accept the challenge by letting go and trusting that someone else will step in and do the right thing.

Taurus Horoscope
Taurus Horoscope (Apr 20 – May 20)

Everyone seems to be acting strangely today as if they want more independence but are afraid to ask for it. You don’t want to prevent others from taking charge of their lives, but your insecurities might get in the way of your reaction. Don’t shy away from exploring your own fears now, for you may have lessons to learn about your irrational feelings. Taking the time to sort through your emotional process can help more than you think.

Gemini Horoscope
Gemini Horoscope (May 21 – Jun 20)

Unconventional ideas about your future can be upsetting to the status quo, yet you cannot stop thinking about them. You might even find that you enjoy the uncertainty as you eagerly plot your next move. However, it’s not beneficial to pick a path too quickly. In the meantime, research all the alternatives so you can make an educated choice. The more options you have now, the better the outcome will be when you’re finally required to choose your direction.

Cancer Horoscope
Cancer Horoscope (June 21 – Jul 22)

You feel a familiar discomfort if you respond impulsively now. Sometimes you miss a wonderful opportunity because you worry about making a wrong decision. Today, however, inaction is not your problem. You are excited and want to get started in a hurry. But if you act too soon, you may find yourself considering the roads not taken. It’s smarter to be cautious before you make your move; there’s not as much of a hurry as you might think.

Leo Horoscope
Leo Horoscope (Jul 23 – Aug 22)

You are apt to lose your temper today if you think that someone is preventing you from doing a job your way. Or, your rash behavior could provoke someone else’s anger. Either way, remember that extreme feelings stem from a deeper imbalance and you won’t solve anything by just suppressing your emotions. A real solution comes from analyzing your assumptions and unraveling your logic so you can deal with the source of your motivation in a calm and reasonable manner.

Virgo Horoscope
Virgo Horoscope (Aug 23 – Sep 22)

Others may seem totally irrational today and their unexpected behavior can be very unsettling. However, the Moon’s entry into confrontational Aries gives you permission to express your concerns, even if it precipitates an argument. But don’t spend too much time questioning yourself and sorting through all your options. Your most reliable strategy now is to act first and ask questions later.

Libra Horoscope
Libra Horoscope (Sep 23 – Oct 22)

Taking a break from your work is a healthy thing to do now, especially if you have something to show for your recent efforts. Instead of focusing on your responsibilities, pay more attention to your personal life. Whether you’re seeking out a new relationship or trying to revitalize an old one, don’t be afraid to express your feelings as directly and succinctly as you can. Your honesty and clarity may be enough to create the fireworks you crave.

Scorpio Horoscope
Scorpio Horoscope (Oct 23 – Nov 21)

You might be in for a surprise today as the fiery Aries Moon-Uranus conjunction zaps your 6th House of Work. You don’t need to look for trouble; it will probably find you. However, any problems that come to the surface now are just revealing something that you’ve been trying to avoid. Don’t worry if things get out of hand for a while; circumstances will become more supportive, even if it takes a day or two for your stress to settle down.

Sagittarius Horoscope
Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov 22 – Dec 21)

You don’t like receiving mixed messages because they make you feel as if you’re unable to respond properly. You enjoy the excitement of riding along on a rapidly moving current that’s carrying you to an unknown destination. However, your swift movement still can meet resistance today, which provokes you to push even harder. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to progress any faster, so avoid the temptation to rush the process. Ultimately, practicing patience is more productive now than forcing the issue.

Capricorn Horoscope
Capricorn Horoscope (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

The hectic pace increases throughout the day, making it difficult for you to find respite today. Although you’re drawn toward the action, you may feel frustrated if you cannot get resolution on an important dilemma now. But don’t turn an insignificant question into one of ultimate concern just to relieve your boredom. You don’t need any more distractions, so just be quiet and listen to the wisdom of your inner voice.

Aquarius Horoscope
Aquarius Horoscope (Jan 20 – Feb 18)

You don’t want to waste your time while waiting around for someone else, but you may also have your own delays to manage today. You know something big is about to happen, yet you don’t seem to be able to push things along. Unfortunately, you can frustrate yourself if you don’t change your perspective. Settling back into your comfort zone for a while won’t be difficult if you remember that the real fun is still on the way.

Pisces Horoscope
Pisces Horoscope (Feb 19 – Mar 20)

Although the Moon leaves your sign midday, you still feel emotionally charged. Your morning moodiness can explode into a barrage of words if you think that your feelings aren’t being respected by your friends or co-workers. But you won’t reach satisfaction through dialogue now; talking about your concerns might only make matters worse. Instead of attempting to force change, focus on adjusting your own attitude. When your outlook improves, so will everything else.

Daily Horoscopes for July 19th

The planets are quiet today, giving us time to integrate all that has recently happened. The lack of noisy aspects also allows us to experience a deeper and often hidden side of the intuitive Pisces Moon. Instead of getting caught up in distracting fantasies, we can now tap into a more spiritual perspective. Still, we must be extra careful not to confuse the feelings that arise from our psychic impressions with our obligations in the real world.

 

Aries Horoscope
Aries Horoscope (Mar 21 – Apr 19)

Hiding out might sound like a good plan, especially if you’ve been overdoing it on the social scene. Fortunately, you don’t have to worry about being alone for long because you’re too engaged with others to withdraw completely. It’s simply time for some rest. If possible, you would be wise to coast for a bit while you can today, since you’ll be raring to go tomorrow when the Moon returns to your fiery sign.

 

 

Taurus Horoscope
Taurus Horoscope (Apr 20 – May 20)

You don’t have to agree with everything that others want to do today, especially since jumping from one project to another isn’t your preferred modus operandi. Actually, it makes sense to find some time to chill out and dream about your future, rather than being so busy running around. However, keep in mind that you won’t be able to avoid being part of the group for too long, so take advantage of the time you now have to relax.

 

 

Gemini Horoscope
Gemini Horoscope (May 21 – Jun 20)

Paying more attention to your career is a smart plan now that the Moon is visiting your 10th House of Public Responsibility. However, your dreams can overtake reality when you’re thinking about your professional objectives. Instead of assuming that anything is possible, temper your vision with a bit of common sense. Remember, you can’t just believe your way to success; you also need a sound strategy and the determination to follow through with it.

 

Cancer Horoscope
Cancer Horoscope (June 21 – Jul 22)

Your emotional involvement in planning your future makes it challenging today to separate your desires from reality. You might believe that your perception of a current situation is valid, yet it’s colored by your opinions more than you realize. Instead of being overly judgmental now, simply describe an event without showing your bias. There will be plenty of time later to express your feelings when it really counts.

 

 

Leo Horoscope
Leo Horoscope (Jul 23 – Aug 22)

Your intuition is functioning very well today, enabling you to sense what’s happening underneath the surface. You don’t need anyone to tell you the details, but you should be careful because your perspective may be warped by an old fear that now comes back to haunt you. It’s healthy to remember what happened as long as you understand the difference between the present and the past.

 

 

Virgo Horoscope
Virgo Horoscope (Aug 23 – Sep 22)

You may be concerned that your schedule is overbooked today, but you don’t see any way to cut back on your activities. You’re usually motivated to be efficient and do as others expect, but your dreams can be more pressing than what’s actually happening right now. There’s no reason to frustrate yourself by trying to bridge the gap between reality and your imagination. Give yourself permission to explore idealistic possibilities without having to make any of them come true.

 

 

Libra Horoscope
Libra Horoscope (Sep 23 – Oct 22)

You cannot seem to get much accomplished today because you’re not being very practical. Your idealism is fueling your strategy and your plans may not be concrete enough. Unfortunately, you cannot fit your ideas into the narrow confines of a calendar. You’ll be happier now if you take action when you feel like it, rather than forcing your creativity to conform to someone else’s clock.

 

Scorpio Horoscope
Scorpio Horoscope (Oct 23 – Nov 21)

A creative stream of images floods into your awareness now, but you might have a tough time expressing your ideas to anyone. Although you could have a very clear picture established in your mind, it fades as your day unfolds. If you want to start a project that truly captures your imagination, do it today. Don’t wait for anyone’s approval because your excitement will begin to dissipate if you don’t act soon.

 

 

Sagittarius Horoscope
Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov 22 – Dec 21)

Today’s Pisces Moon feels like the beginning of an end. You’re ready to call it quits and start something new, but you may be jumping the gun. Stick to what you’re doing for another day, even if you’re already bored. You’ll gain more now by sinking into your feelings about your past than distracting yourself by prematurely changing your direction.

 

 

Capricorn Horoscope
Capricorn Horoscope (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

It’s challenging to manage your schedule today as the diffusive Pisces Moon moves through your 3rd House of Immediate Environment. You might even mix up the time of an appointment or meeting. But reining in control by paying attention to details won’t work either, for someone else may be the source of trouble. Practice detachment and let your plans unravel if they must. Don’t worry; you’ll be able to put the pieces back together in a way that will work better than your original agenda anyhow.

 

 

Aquarius Horoscope
Aquarius Horoscope (Jan 20 – Feb 18)

A concerted effort to demonstrate how important your values are won’t prevent others from ignoring you if they disagree with your ideas. You still might try your hand at making an intelligent plea to muster support for your point of view. Fortunately, your words may have more impact than you realize because it’s nearly impossible to get a clear read on anyone now. Say what’s on your mind and then let it go. Don’t judge your progress until tomorrow.

 

 

Pisces Horoscope
Pisces Horoscope (Feb 19 – Mar 20)

The Moon’s monthly visit to your sign usually brightens the colors of your dreams. The edges of reality are softened, luring you into believing something that may be quite irrational. Don’t try to distinguish the differences between fact and fiction today because some of your beliefs could cross the line, flipping back and forth without concern for logic. See what changes the next few days bring before you make up your mind.

General Daily Horoscopes for July 18th

The Moon enters the boundless realms of watery Pisces at 1:12 am EDT, turning down the volume on our thoughts. The sweet perfection of a wonderful fantasy can grab our attention as the imaginative Pisces Moon conjuncts nebulous Neptune. We’re entranced by the lure of those magical things which cannot be seen in the real world. However, the Moon’s difficult aspect with karmic Saturn in the evening reveals the gulf between reality and our dreams.

 

Aries Horoscope
Aries Horoscope (Mar 21 – Apr 19)

You may be feeling somewhat deflated today, as if you’ve seen something you truly want yet know you cannot have. You could even grow annoyed with yourself for falling victim to your own unrealistic expectations. However, your frown can transform into a smile once you understand that you are the source of your confusion now. The truth may not be what you wished for, but it can still set you free.

Taurus Horoscope
Taurus Horoscope (Apr 20 – May 20)

You want to be on your best behavior today, but you still could get yourself into trouble if you believe that you can fix everything. Nevertheless, it’s tempting to overestimate the positive results of your actions. You appreciate a new opportunity, but may become frustrated if it disappears as suddenly as it arrived. Even so, there’s no reason for discouragement to come between you and another good prospect. Fortunately, your irrepressible dreams continue to pull you toward success.

Gemini Horoscope
Gemini Horoscope (May 21 – Jun 20)

You might not be able to justify starting so many activities now because your responsibilities require that you follow one specific task through to completion. Unfortunately, you’re feeling restless and more inclined to jump from one project to another. Ironically, narrowing your focus onto a single goal can actually open new avenues for exploration, so don’t be so eager to beat the system and move on too soon.

Cancer Horoscope
Cancer Horoscope (June 21 – Jul 22)

You would like nothing more than to live in a free-spirited world of sunshine and flowers today, but reality can’t live up to your fantastic expectations. Unfortunately, the Moon’s visit to your 9th House of Big Ideas isn’t very helpful if you need to focus your attention on more practical issues. Set aside a bit of time for aimless daydreaming, but then come back to earth and get busy with your work.

Leo Horoscope
Leo Horoscope (Jul 23 – Aug 22)

You could have the most amazing vision today, and by demonstrating patience and follow-through you may even be able to produce something special. Even if you’re not Beethoven or Rembrandt, a lack of artistic skills need not stand in your way. Although you would like your work to be appreciated, it’s more important now to be creative, whether or not anyone else notices what you do. Remember, it’s currently about the process rather than the finished product.

Virgo Horoscope
Virgo Horoscope (Aug 23 – Sep 22)

You can drive yourself crazy today if you try to narrow your attention on solving one particular problem. Unfortunately, the more you attend to details, the more your mind escapes the confines of the current situation as forced logic morphs into fuzzy thinking. Instead of approaching the current dilemma from a logical perspective, just imagine the desired outcome and start off in that direction without worrying about what you’ll do next.

Libra Horoscope
Libra Horoscope (Sep 23 – Oct 22)

You’re eager to share your ideas at work, but they may not be ready for an unsuspecting audience yet. It’s like a dream that makes perfect sense until you start to tell it to someone else — and then it quickly fades back into the shadows. Paradoxically, even your most sensible plan grows fuzzier as you elaborate on the details. Skip the wordy explanation today; you can bring others up to date in a day or two.

Scorpio Horoscope
Scorpio Horoscope (Oct 23 – Nov 21)

You really don’t want to waste time discussing trivial subjects today, but ironically, you don’t seem to be able to avoid it. You would rather place the endless stream of words on hold in order to intensify a current emotional dynamic. Keep in mind that you may have to engage in superficial conversations just to make it through the workday. It’s not an either/or situation; you can still make time to explore more meaningful topics later with someone you trust.

Sagittarius Horoscope
Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov 22 – Dec 21)

You’re enthusiastic about taking a journey, yet uncertainty is beginning to take root and you don’t understand why. Worries about your family or concerns about your own emotional security may prevent you from traveling anywhere, now. Fortunately, you can go somewhere without ever leaving home. The advantage of a mental excursion is that no one will even know that you’re gone. You can explore the distant reaches of the universe in your imagination while on the job and still return in the wink of an eye to answer the phone.

Capricorn Horoscope
Capricorn Horoscope (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

You aren’t averse to floating around in the realms of your imagination; however, you start to feel anxious if you go out too far in the process. You may struggle today if there’s no obvious way to return to solid ground, but your fear is more of a problem than the actual situation. You can avoid stress by consciously staying connected with your work. Be creative, but don’t fly so high that you get lost in the clouds.

Aquarius Horoscope
Aquarius Horoscope (Jan 20 – Feb 18)

It may seem as if you are losing touch with reality now, but this perception is only an illusion. People can’t see your inner process, so they don’t understand that you’re actually being very pragmatic today. You can take advantage of this temporary confusion since you don’t appear to be threatening to anyone. Be assertive and push for what you want. You might be pleasantly surprised at the results.

Pisces Horoscope
Pisces Horoscope (Feb 19 – Mar 20)

You are very smooth at shifting metaphysical gears and slipping in and out of the real world so fast that no one even notices your absence. Even heavy responsibilities won’t stop you from enjoying your mini-escapes to other realms today. But consider scheduling a block of time for your mental adventures, instead of trying to squeeze them into short moments here and there. Stretching your mind into imaginary places is healthy as long as you also get your work done.

Your Daily Horoscopes for June 22

The imaginative Pisces Moon tempts us to choose fantasy over reality. Meanwhile two aspects highlight Pisces’ key planet Neptune, further spiritualizing and mystifying our lives: Assertive Mars squares Neptune, provoking us to act foolishly. While we can inadvertently mislead others or confuse ourselves, the Sun’s harmonious trine to Neptune indicates that our best ideas are still intuitive. Ultimately, our dreams can help us grow in many ways.

 

Aries Horoscope
Aries Horoscope (Mar 21 – Apr 19)

Saying something with authority doesn’t make it true, but pushy Mars’ square with deceptive Neptune tempts you to try this ploy as a strategy today. You may actually believe that you can talk someone into seeing the world through your eyes. But overpowering others by insisting you’re right only makes you sound foolish, because your rationalizations are more transparent than you realize. There’s no need to pretend that you’re in control when you’re not. Those who know you love you simply for being yourself.

 

Taurus Horoscope
Taurus Horoscope (Apr 20 – May 20)

Your future is looking bright today, but you may not be heading in the right direction to actually make your dreams come true. It’s not that your goals are unrealistic; it’s just that you can underestimate the resources necessary to reach your destination. Thankfully, if you let your imagination wander, you can see possibilities that others miss. Just remember to draw a line to separate fact from fancy or you could be rudely surprised by the outcome.

Gemini Horoscope
Gemini Horoscope (May 21 – Jun 20)

You may be happy that your brightest dreams are ripe for picking, but don’t let your confidence run away with the show while confusing Neptune is in your 10th House of Status. You might believe that you can be successful without working harder, but this illusion will dissipate as circumstances change. If an idealistic fantasy fades as you get closer to it, it’s best to let it go and move on to something else.

 

Cancer Horoscope
Cancer Horoscope (June 21 – Jul 22)

It may seem as if you have all the words necessary to describe your hopeful feelings today, yet you still cannot initiate a conversation about your dreams of the future. Don’t waste energy being self-critical now, for you are wise to keep your vision to yourself until you have a good reason to share it. It’s not useful to reveal your plan prematurely or you might create an awkward moment. Be patient and remain quiet just a little bit longer.

 

 

Leo Horoscope
Leo Horoscope (Jul 23 – Aug 22)

It feels as if you’re in an idyllic social situation today and that everyone seems to support your decisions. You’re not even thinking about what you should do next; you’re in the flow and everything is just happening naturally. However, your desire for a deeper connection doesn’t play well with your current energy, which may be more scattered now. You can maintain the status quo by temporarily keeping your emotions to yourself.

 

 

Virgo Horoscope
Virgo Horoscope (Aug 23 – Sep 22)

It’s challenging to relax today because you’re afraid of what may happen if you don’t resist the prevailing emotional currents. You would prefer to be rational and in control one hundred percent of the time, but unfortunately you are not. Therefore, your most logical strategy is to avoid getting hooked by your desires. However, attempts to deny your needs give power to whatever you fear most. Escape your regular routine; lead with your imagination and not your analytical thoughts.

 

 

Libra Horoscope
Libra Horoscope (Sep 23 – Oct 22)

Starting your job early in the day sounds like an intelligent idea, but nothing seems to go as planned. Your positive attitude is the most important deciding factor now in whether you can put your schedule back on track or if it will completely derail. Don’t become too rigid now if you run into an obstacle; being flexible will actually enable you to regain control later.

 

 

Scorpio Horoscope
Scorpio Horoscope (Oct 23 – Nov 21)

You may be quite eager to take the easy way out today. Typically, you stick to your principles, even if your idealistic approach complicates your life. But you have a long-term plan now and you’re not willing to jeopardize it over any one particular issue. Although choosing your battles wisely is always a smart strategy, compromising your values can create even more problems down the road.

 

 

Sagittarius Horoscope
Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov 22 – Dec 21)

Your imagination is extremely vivid today, encouraging you to mix up your daydreams with your reality. You may actually believe that you can get more done than is possible because everything happens so smoothly in your mind. Unfortunately, each task takes more time than you think. You could end up in trouble if you race through a chore, believing you can make up for lost time. Instead, promise less and deliver more.

 

 

Capricorn Horoscope
Capricorn Horoscope (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

You may fool your workmates today by pretending to be busier than you actually are. If you want to be recognized for your contribution to a project, don’t try so hard to make yourself look good. If you take your little song and dance too far, you might inadvertently overstep your bounds. You are better off by just working hard and then letting the chips fall where they may.

 

 

Aquarius Horoscope
Aquarius Horoscope (Jan 20 – Feb 18)

You are extra creative today as Mars, now in your 5th House of Self-Expression, is agitated by imaginative Neptune. However, your production can be delayed or even blocked by your lack of a concrete plan. Nevertheless, you could feel as if you’re wasting time managing the unexpected interruptions, but it’s wise to just handle them as they occur. Oddly enough, the distractions might inspire you to even greater heights.

 

 

Pisces Horoscope
Pisces Horoscope (Feb 19 – Mar 20)

A personal issue — domestic or romantic — may rattle your nerves today, yet you don’t quite know how to settle yourself down. It’s all too easy for you to shut out your problems for a while by withdrawing into your imagination. But escaping into Fantasyland works best for only brief moments of time, prior to returning to the real world issues. Working on tangible solutions is productive, though tensions may not ease until tomorrow.

Your Daily Horoscopes for June 20

The humanitarian Aquarius Moon depersonalizes our feelings without necessarily making us less emotional. We are more moved to express ourselves about social wrongs and political injustices now, rather than our individual plights. We’re reminded that we can’t rationalize all our desires when the Moon shifts into watery Pisces at 4:45 pm EDT. However, we’re drawn in several directions as energetic Mars enters multifaceted Gemini later this evening.

Aries Horoscope
Aries Horoscope (Mar 21 – Apr 19)

A bit of confidence is a good thing, but you could take it too far today. It’s unwise to believe that you can do everything you want, so choose your battles very carefullyand then give it your best shot. Unfortunately, if you attempt to take on more than you can handle now, you’ll quickly wish that your life was moving at a slower pace.

 
Taurus Horoscope
Taurus Horoscope (Apr 20 – May 20)

It’s a good idea to slow down and concentrate because the interpersonal dynamics at work may be complicated today. Fortunately, you have an intuitive sense that cuts through the complexities of office politics and gets to the core of the issue. Others will look to you for guidance now because they think you know what’s going on. Although it’s helpful to share your perspective, don’t forget that there are many different ways to reach the same destination.

 
Gemini Horoscope
Gemini Horoscope (May 21 – Jun 20)

Current circumstances pull you one way today while your fantasies lure you in a totally different direction. On other days your confusion could be problematic, but now it may be the key to balancing your commitments with your dreams. Don’t try to limit your thinking with logic because your imagination can offer workable answers that are not restrained by the constraints of the real world.

 
Cancer Horoscope
Cancer Horoscope (June 21 – Jul 22)

Hanging out with your friends has been an antidote recently to an uncomfortable relationship situation. Unfortunately, you may feel more vulnerable now and your fear of being hurt motivates you to withdraw into the safety of your own private world. Thankfully, social settings can provide the opportunity for low-key casual interactions that won’t stir up too much resistance. Enjoy others without becoming enmeshed in any complicated emotional melodramas.

 
Leo Horoscope
Leo Horoscope (Jul 23 – Aug 22)

The Moon’s visit to your 7th House of Companions may tempt you to pin your hopes and dreams on someone else now. Although a solid partnership won’t likely pose any special difficulties, you are more prone to project your fantasies onto others. Attaching your goals onto those closest to you can naturally alter interpersonal dynamics. Let your mind meander for a while, but don’t confuse an enticing daydream with a viable relationship path.

Virgo Horoscope
Virgo Horoscope (Aug 23 – Sep 22)

You are growing more enthusiastic about expanding your range of activity now. You’re ready to make your move by heading out on an adventure and journeying to new destinations. Perhaps you might even think about a completely different area of study that opens your mind and widens your intellectual horizons. However, make sure to connect your latest venture with the practical side of life, even if your interests are conceptual, like history, literature or philosophy. Keep your feet on the ground or you’ll quickly lose interest down the road.

 
Libra Horoscope
Libra Horoscope (Sep 23 – Oct 22)

The Moon in your 5th House of Self-Expression brings out your artistic inclinations now, and you would be wise to put your creativity into motion. Fortunately, you can tap into a deep mother lode of symbolism by allowing yourself to sink into your own silence. But you still need to bring your experiences out into the open and turn them into something that resonates with others.

 
Scorpio Horoscope
Scorpio Horoscope (Oct 23 – Nov 21)

You could fall into the trap of needing to be right if someone tries to overpower your reasoning with a false sense of authority. Unfortunately, there is little room for give and take unless both parties are open to what the other is saying. Your current rigidity might motivate your opponent to present an argument so well considered that you are willing to change your mind. Holding on to your position can be a wise move up to a point. Knowing when to jump ship is even smarter.

 
Sagittarius Horoscope
Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov 22 – Dec 21)

Just because you have a strong opinion about how to do something at work, your certainty doesn’t make your idea the best way. Being open to learning from others requires you to let go of your attachment to being right. Forget about proving your superiority; instead, acknowledge that everyone has something special to offer. Respectfully asking your co-workers to share their knowledge and expertise is a sign of your own intelligence.

 
Capricorn Horoscope
Capricorn Horoscope (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

Seeking pleasure while at work can also improve your self-esteem today. When you feel better about yourself, you will likely grow more productive in everything that you do. Your new efficiency begins with giving yourself permission to have fun. Ironically, an act of apparent selfishness can replenish your energy and enable you to offer more to others in return.

Aquarius Horoscope
Aquarius Horoscope (Jan 20 – Feb 18)

The paradox of the day stems from the relationship between simplicity and complexity. Oddly enough, eliminating extraneous noise so you can concentrate on fewer tasks is quite complicated. Interpersonal politics might grow entangled and there’s a variety of possible scenarios to be considered now. Nevertheless, you’ll be happier once you cut back unnecessary activities. Luckily, your job should get easier once you make the commitment to follow through with whatever you start.

Pisces Horoscope

Pisces Horoscope (Feb 19 – Mar 20)

Your outlandish fantasies may take you to distant galaxies or parallel universes while the Moon is traveling through your 12th House of Imagination. However, the real focus now is on what you do and not on what you think. Take the most direct course of action possible, for it will lead you to your desired destination. Make a map and then follow it with unwavering intention.

Your Daily Horoscopes for May 24th

The intellectual Aquarius Moon shapes the early morning and her entry into compassionate Pisces at 8:23 am EDT shifts our perceptual framework from a conceptual to an emotional one. The Moon’s square to the curious Gemini Sun gets us wondering about how our feelings influence our thoughts. A frustrating Venus-Saturn aspect requires patience, while mental Mercury’s creative quintile to metaphysical Neptune assures us that imagination rules.

Aries Horoscope
Aries Horoscope (Mar 21 – Apr 19)

You may be content with your dreams now, but you’re also aware that there is more to life than your fantasies with so many incomplete projects demanding your attention. Even if you’re able to postpone a deadline for another day or two, you can’t escape thinking about everything you have yet to finish. But worrying in advance doesn’t accomplish anything unless you’re ready to do something about it now. Don’t put off for tomorrow what you can do today.

 

 

Taurus Horoscope
Taurus Horoscope (Apr 20 – May 20)

Your reliability can earn the respect of your associates, especially if you’re willing to make a decision today and stand by it. Even if your ideas are unpopular, your serious demeanor convinces others to go along with your choice because they realize how much thought has gone into your response. Nevertheless, picking one side over another is still tricky business, so give yourself permission to change your mind if you are so inclined.

 

 

Gemini Horoscope
Gemini Horoscope (May 21 – Jun 20)

You cannot easily settle down because you’re thinking about the possible repercussions to what you’re doing. Your previously optimistic outlook may be sagging because a special opportunity isn’t looking quite as good now. Intuitively, you know that once you make up your mind you won’t be able to go back and undo your decision, so take all the time you need before announcing your final choice.

 

 

Cancer Horoscope
Cancer Horoscope (June 21 – Jul 22)

You may be having a difficult time today, but others probably won’t be aware of your stress because you’re able to keep it to yourself. You have a very particular idea of what you want your future to look like, yet you might be convinced that you’re not on the right track. Don’t try to talk yourself out of your dreams, even if they make your life more complicated now. Your self-doubt will eventually fade and you’ll realize that nearly anything is possible once you put your mind to it.

 

 

Leo Horoscope
Leo Horoscope (Jul 23 – Aug 22)

You have a unique point of view today, which increases your chances of surprising others, especially if they want to conveniently place you inside a traditional box. Ironically, your perspective isn’t quite as radical as it seems; it’s just that you may overstate your position as you try to make your case. Although you are quite opinionated, you should be able to get the support you need now as long as you mix integrity into your passions.

 

Virgo Horoscope
Virgo Horoscope (Aug 23 – Sep 22)

You might have an inaccurate view of your partner or co-worker today and yet you’re able to logically justify your opinion. Fortunately, you have an open mind and are willing to shift your perspective as you learn more about what’s actually happening. Although you’re tempted to scatter your energies now, you can achieve better results if you address the tension in a troublesome relationship. Resolving interpersonal dynamics can help you find the time to reach your other goals, too.

 

 

Libra Horoscope
Libra Horoscope (Sep 23 – Oct 22)

Instead of concentrating on your tasks at work today, you might be inclined to kick back and enjoy yourself. But you may have to fulfill your responsibilities first, so don’t take on any more than what you must. Your wisest strategy now is to balance work with play, rather than declaring either of them as more important than the other.

 

 

Scorpio Horoscope
Scorpio Horoscope (Oct 23 – Nov 21)

It’s odd to think that the Moon’s entry into imaginative Pisces can bring you back to reality, but her square to the Sun in your 8th House of Transformation today actually does have that effect. The dreaminess further fades with a down-to-earth Venus-Saturn aspect, exposing the limitations of your current perspective. But don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater, for your inner child can teach you an important lesson if you let it come out to play.

 

Sagittarius Horoscope
Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov 22 – Dec 21)

Although you might need to go to work, you probably would prefer disappearing within your own home today. Nevertheless, once you do what is required, you could go back to the seclusion of your residence, turn off the phone and declare temporary independence from the outside world. For someone who normally likes to be the life of the party, hiding out now can be your secret guilty pleasure.

 

 

Capricorn Horoscope
Capricorn Horoscope (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

You don’t know what to do as the Moon joins indecisive Neptune in your 3rd House of Information. Although you’re able to say the right things that inspire others, you still might see yourself as a fraud because judgmental Saturn prevents you from perceiving yourself clearly today. Keep in mind that your uplifting words can be even more effective now if you believe in them yourself.

 

 

Aquarius Horoscope
Aquarius Horoscope (Jan 20 – Feb 18)

You are full of hope today as the Moon joins idealistic Neptune. But you may also be fearful that your meager efforts might not be enough to make things better. Don’t waste precious time belittling your contribution. Instead, shift the energy and focus on what you can do. Global change will not be the result of extraordinary work by a few people; it will come from the combined smaller deeds of everyone.

 

 

Pisces Horoscope
Pisces Horoscope (Feb 19 – Mar 20)

The Moon’s conjunction with spiritual Neptune in your sign today highlights your unique connection to all of humanity and the entire cosmos. You are unable to fully separate yourself from the larger picture, yet, paradoxically, an awkward Venus-Saturn aspect increases your current sense of isolation. Fortunately, taking a bit of time out of your busy day to meditate or pray can be enough to remind you that all fish live in the same sea and that individuality isn’t as important as it seems.

Cooking Dinner Does Not Make You a Kitchen Witch

Cooking Dinner Does Not Make You a Kitchen Witch

Author: Deborah

I spent my twenties fighting against who I really was in oh so many ways. I didn’t want to be a kitchen Witch. I thought that was the least impressive, most Holly Hobby branch of magic there is.

You have to picture me from ten years ago: I’m constantly listening to NIN! I wear boots with sparkly laces to my corporate gig! I’m thrashing around on top of tables pumped full of piss and goldschlagger! I’m trying to break glass ceilings! I’m smoking cigars with the boys! I’m demanding my place at the occult table at occult events! I’m getting tats! I’m going through Shamanic trials! I’m punk rock and . . . you want me to bake a cake? Really? Really?

So I fought against it for while, which is why I wasn’t terribly successful in my own personal magic for quite some time. Somewhere around 27? 28? I started really embracing it. Once I bought my own home, my own hearth, I *really* started embracing hearth Witchery. I had the tools all along, it turns out. I just needed to know how to use them.

When I first started blogging, I wanted to bff (best friends forever!) a variety of people in the magical world. But let me be honest, most of all I wanted to befriend fellow kitchen Witches. Sisters/brothers unite! Let’s get some spit, blood, hair, dirt, and basil and get this party started!

But I didn’t find too many. I Googled. I tried tracking down people. I tried a lot of different key words. Honestly, I found a lot of people who claimed to be kitchen Witches, but in scanning their blogs all I generally found were recipes and chatter about their kids. Now, there’s nothing wrong with any of that, but there are some flaws to it.

What Doesn’t Make You a Kitchen Witch Per Se (in my opinion) :

A recipe isn’t magical in and of itself. Just dumping a bunch of recipes on your blog doesn’t make you a kitchen Witch anymore than it makes Wolfgang Puck a kitchen Witch. If you said I use honey in my Chocolate Lavender Mousse to sweeten my mother-in-law towards me because she’s a complete bitch on wheels to me by that point in the meal or I put menstrual blood in my spaghetti sauce so my husband still thinks I’m dropping it like it’s hot even when I’m tired and in sweats, rock! Those are magical acts. Bring on the recipes!

Having children. While yes, it is a very specific way to mark your transition into motherhood (sometimes) , kids don’t really make you a practicing magic type person any more than it makes SuperNanny Mary Poppins. Things that would: Using magic to help soothe a baby/get a baby to sleep (I will only slightly guiltily confess to having done this before) , protection magic, detailing tiny rituals you do with your kids.

Being a Homemaker. I do very much think that unpaid labor in the home needs to be appreciated and ideally compensated (please see here for more clearly articulated thoughts on the matter, it’s applicable for both mono/poly people) , but it’s a job. And just like going to work in an office is not a magical act in and of itself, neither is taking care of your home. If you were talking about cleaning/organizing in a magical blog and discussing how to be more green (because we need to take care of Mother Earth of course and she’s a goddess in and of herself) , discussing what oils you use to scent your house and why, what you do to keep the house spiritually/magically clean, rock on.

What Qualifies You as a Kitchen Witch/Hearth Wo/man/Someone Who Does Hedge-Like Magic (in my opinion) :

If the Personal is Political, then the Every Day is Magical. Look, you don’t have to cast +5 magic every time you make hotdogs for dinner on a Tuesday night. But what can you be doing in your every day life in your hearth to make it more magical? Smudging with sage every few days to clear out the energies? Spray bottling your bed with a water based mist you made that has come to me oil in it? Choosing your cooking herbs based on magical purposes? Go crazy.

Deb’s Example Rite for Making the Every Day Magical: I had been hemming and hawing about starting my current novel because (a) I’ve never finished writing one and (b) it’s a little silly in a genre that’s already a little silly. But it came to me in a dream and it feels right. So I started by not just slap dashing it together, I took my time. I did research on names, other books in the genre, brainstormed and I made a mood board for it. When I knew it was time to start writing, I wanted it started right. I wanted my surroundings perfect, like giving birth (which is what I do with writing) . I made sure my house was clean, went to brunch (appropriate for the kind of novel it is) and then I put on mood music and wrote. When I finished the beginning, I sealed it with eating a really posh chocolate (salted dark chocolate with balsamic and caramel) from the best chocolatier in NJ, which was also appropriate for my novel’s genre. It wasn’t about me putting together a mojo bag in this case; it was about choosing my actions carefully and doing everything with intent. There would have been nothing wrong with making a mojo bag, but it was more important in this situation to write in a magically charged environment for me to get this show on the road.

Get a Base Education in the Lower Arts. Yeah, yeah, you like to put on your robes and call on all the archangels and whatever. Cool. But sometimes for whatever reason, you’ll need to know how to do things quick and dirty, so learn how. Learn what salt and kitchen herbs can do for you, learn about mojo hands and honey pots and spirit bottles. I recommend of course the incomparable cat yonwode’s Hoodoo Herb and Root Magic as your Idiot’s Guide. Test yourself if you’re super structured magically, pretend a friend needs a fertility charm tonight and you need to get to her just using stuff around your house. What do you do?

Get a Base Education in House Wifery. Some men back in the day got married because they had no clue how to take care of themselves. While that’s not so common in this day and age, you still need a base education in house wifery to be a successful hearth wo/man. Thanks to most of the first world being a convenience culture, you may have been getting by on relying on take out, a dry cleaner, and a cleaning service. That’s all well and good, but you’re missing pieces you need to be a successful hearth wo/man. If you are missing any of these things, that’s okay, don’t feel bad about it. But a lot of people cry, ‘Oh I’m no good at it’! Or, I don’t know how! Ignorantia juris non excusat. Ignorance of the law excuses no one, so get to work. It won’t be perfect from the gate, but nothing is. Ask someone better versed for help, if you know someone. Worst case you burn a few casseroles and shred a few shirts; it’s no big deal. Even if you won’t use it for a while or ever (though you’d be surprised) , these are all good life skills to have that will translate over into your magical life. Think of them as Hearth Meditations.

Can you:
* Do your own laundry?
* Have your house clean enough to have your mother or mother-in-law or Miss Martha over without them making a face?
* Cook a dinner for yourself and others?
* Meal plan?
* Budget and financially plan?
* Be able to make a casserole quickly for an emergency?
* Host/ess a party?
* Know how to bake something from scratch?
* Know how to do your own grocery shopping that’s more than just “box food”?
* Know how to do basic clothing repair?
* Know what to bring as a hostess gift?
* Know how to conduct yourself socially at various social obligations?
* Know how to give yourself self-care?
* Know v. basic first aid?
* Know how to care for small children for a day?

It’s okay to have untargeted kitchen Witch practices. Look, I’m the first to say that some of my more focused practice is lacking. You don’t have to use every bread baking experience as a magical attempt to influence a situation. You can use it as a meditational practice and focus on the magic of the experience, that’s perfectly valid. Think about why whatever is you’re doing – baking, cooking, cleaning, sewing, whatever is a magical experience for you. This is a free form essay, you’re not being graded, whatever reason you have for it being a magical experience for you is right. There are things in everyone’s life I think (I hope!) that are magical to him or her but not targeted for results. It’s good to have and share those experiences too.

You need to know how to do this stuff. That does not mean you need to do it all the time. I had suggested a base education in house wifery, but that doesn’t mean that you’re responsible for it all the time in some kind of psychotic Valium laced Stepford scenario. I know how to do laundry, but my significant other does it in our household. If he ever said, do your own laundry, I could. If you know how to clean your house sparklingly clean but chose to not live in a constant Miss Martha police state, that’s okay. If it’s part of your strategy as a hearth Witch, well then you must be a clever kitchen Witch! My house would not pass Lakshmi inspection at all times (or really like 29 days out of the month) either. If you have the means to send out your laundry or order take out every night, rock out. You just need to know how to perform these functions should you ever need to. It’s sort of like knowing how to do long division. It’s good to know how to do by hand, but the gods made calculators for a reason.

Sometimes, simple is best. I suggested a basic practice in kitchen/hearth Witchery for people who work primarily in “higher” magic because like a proper dilettante, I believe in being well rounded. And frankly sometimes if you need to do something on the fly, it’s a lot easier to pour some salt into a bowl and spit into it than to do a long formal practice. I also think it’s good to know simple magic in order to be able to obtain simple things. You need fifty bucks to make your bills this month? You could do something v. formal or you could do something quick and get on with your life. Formal magic often requires a lot more time, energy, and effort. And there are certain things that are better suited to those practices, but you need a quick little something, low magic just seems like a better way to do so.

Furthering the math analogy, you may become so accustomed to Calculus and using a calculator to do so, you forget how to do basic level math. This is not going to help you when it’s your job to do bistro math for the table ’cause you’re the math chick and you left your cell phone at home.

Some of what I suggest needing to know may seem unnecessary and sort of Mr. Miyagi, but look at it from a kitchen Witch’s perspective: You claim to be a kitchen/hearth Witch, I’m supposed to trust you to do a love spell for me using hearth magic, but . . .you don’t know how to take care of your hearth which functions as your temple, your magical work space? Fill in your own mechanic/gyno joke here.


Footnotes:
http://www.polyamorousmisanthrope.com/2007/07/15/being-used/ – Article referenced in “Homemaker” section