July 16 – Daily Feast

July 16 – Daily Feast

If time were a dollar – how careful we would be with how we spent it. We wouldn’t spend it on worry, for we know fretting is not profitable. Anything limited makes us conscious of what we do with it, whether it is time or money or the people in our lives. How we value what we have decides what we keep. The Cherokee doesn’t want many things, but they know the wise are, I yv da, careful or mindful of what is important. Such caution teaches us to think before we talk, to slow our pace and find peace of mind. It eventually gives us more resources, and more time to enjoy them.

~ If we could have spared more, we would have given more…. ~


‘A Cherokee Feast of Days’, by Joyce Sequichie Hifler


July 15 – Daily Feast

July 15 – Daily Feast

A shallow river that is not deep enough to hold all the water that runs into it during the rainy season is always in danger of pushing out of its banks. When it overflows, everything is in danger. Those who live near such a river know the must be prepared. They have seen havoc wreaked on everything in its way. But they have the same feeling about people who are so like the river. Such people have no control and no depths, and tend to push into the lives of others persons. Many of the walls we build are to protect us from intrusion. The Cherokees remember that need for a li s de lv to di, safety or protection, and will not again be caught in the floodtide.

~ No man of my race has ever stood there before. The flood rises, looking upward I see a steep, stony path. I lead the way up…. ~


‘A Cherokee Feast of Days’, by Joyce Sequichie Hifler

Starcodes horoscopes for July 13 – 19, 2012

Starcodes horoscopes for July 13 – 19, 2012

by Heather Roan Robbins

“It’s going to be a bumpy ride -Shrunken Head, Prisoner of Azkaban

Fasten your seat belts, we are energize and challenged, in some places, may be challenged to our core this week by communications problems and technical snafus all under some irritable, authority resistant aspects.  It’s time to prioritize peaceful solutions and safe explorations as communicative Mercury and electrical Uranus retrograde, while motivational Mars challenges the great revolutionary trigger planets, Pluto and Uranus.

These conditions are classic astrological patterns for accidents and storms, of both the weather and human temper variety. But they are also for great adventure and meeting a challenge that has haunted us before, meeting and overcoming that challenge and so growing our sense of identity.

It really helps that emotion-provoking Venus is in communicative, forgiving Gemini and activating Mars is in the friendly sign of Libra, so generally we can keep things friendly and mellow, and be truly be helpful to one another in the process. Tempers will spike of the craziest things this week, and can be easily set off by misunderstandings or by hidden information that now comes to light. If we can keep talking, we can process this through quickly. But this Mars is willing to fight to the finish if a situation feels unfair and ordinary channels of communication are not working.

This line-up creates a paradoxical tone: nice days sprinkled with a few strange tantrums and manic episodes, lazy summer moments with technical and electrical snafus, ordinary quiet spells with peppered with challenges that demand our presence and ask us to be brave and real.

The weekend starts out on Friday the 13th a day of luck, good or bad. Strange technical glitches and scattered nerves can test us as Uranus retrogrades as the weekend begins, but we need to stay focused and nail down loose ends before Mercury turns retrograde on Sunday. The retrograde follies have already begun as Mercury appeared to slow down over this last week. We may have noticed technical problems, like phone lines that drop signal or machinery that does not work as planned. Or people problems, as, old complaints work to the surface and people rethink decisions they made before.

As Mercury turns retrograde it sends us back inside to get the back story and do some personal work. We may have to go back to a place we’ve lived, people we’ve known, or projects we’ve left behind. It is time to initiate work retrograde procedures, so for the next three weeks don’t take any communication for granted. Let’s make sure they heard what was intended, understood what we meant, and got the e-mail. Check schedules, confirm appointments. Keep a good book near at all times for unexpected delays. Schedule in extra time and keep track of important items, like cell phones, keys, or papers. Measure twice before cutting, check twice the address before sending the email.

This coming week could be an unusually brave and adventurous, arousing and accident prone because Mars, arbiter of our temper and our energy level, our right to say both no and yes, is cranking in some heavy aspects. Put safety on the front burner, don’t hide out but do move with attention and awareness. If we hide out or ground our kids, impatience usually builds until we do something rash, which makes this a self-fulfilling prophesy. So let’s whole-heartedly engage the world, but make it a dance.

Over the weekend we can feel a peaceful, introspective energy, but as Mars, our energy pack, opposes chaotic and electrical Uranus, trines expansive Jupiter, and squares powerful Pluto midweek, we have to watch out for trouble. Impulse control is low. Smell the whiff of revolution in response to anything that would tick off a Libra, anything unbalanced, unkind, or ugly. Expect politics to get ugly. Don’t play with fire or fuel. Use this energy to tackle real problems; put it to good use and keep it out of trouble.

Venus and Mars trine in friendly air signs do add a pleasant romantic milieu. Relationships will need lots of communication and little judgmental attitude; we can puddle along together and encourage one another gently most days, but when a problem comes up, and it can so easily with Mercury retrograde misunderstandings, tempers can spike easily. Confirm all data before responding, and be as gentle as possible with one another.

Friday, July 13: Keep it mellow, stay cool under potential glitches this morning as Uranus retrogrades. We may feel a little spacy and disoriented, so make an effort get grounded and present. Noon time is sociable and sensuous as the Taurus sextiles the Sun. Afternoon grows more distant, tired, we could all use a nap, but stay alert enough to bring the point home and enough to batten the hatches and make sure loose ends are cleaned up now. Enjoy a quirky, hungry evening and share luck stories.

Saturday, July 14: A nervy morning can leave us discouraged or concerned this afternoon. Unwind and let details scatter as the Gemini Moon squares Chiron this morning. Cartoons may be in order. If we can, let’s take a day off and putter mindlessly or socialize easily as Mercury sextiles Venus, but responsibilities may press us back into action as the Sun squares Saturn later on. Some real or imagined deadline may pressure us, but will take extra effort to complete as Mercury retrogrades. Make necessary adjustments, keep plans loose, humor nearby, and initiate retrograde Mercury skills. Relax sociably tonight; babble is good, we need to talk but may not need to make sense.

Sunday, July 15: Hurry and efforts all snarl up; go with the flow and prioritize centering, and this can be a beautiful day as the Moon sextiles Mercury and conjuncts Venus. Non-sequential conversation furthers. Gather with like minds and share without an agenda. Listen and be surprised.

Monday, July 16: If some personal quirky issue gets tapped this morning as the Sun challenges Chiron, take it as a signal to heal the issue rather than repeat the problem. The day is moody and itchy, full of paradox; many aspects crank up our restlessness and call us out and about, while a Cancer Moon whispers of existential homesickness. Expect mixed signals and conflicting feelings. Hold hands and don’t try to make sense of it all; just ride the waves.

Tuesday, July 17: Feel the protective bravery and proceed carefully as Mars trines Jupiter and the Moon opposes Pluto. A problem may require a surgical decision. Confidence and energy can help us successfully tackle a challenge, but without a challenge we can chew on ourselves or the ones we love. Moods are touchy, tender, with defensive brilliance. Later, walk the line between loneliness and useful solitude and gently confront some lurking fear as Mars squares Pluto.

Wednesday, July 18: This tricky day roils with technical difficulties, primal emotions, and an opportunity to transform ourselves as Mars opposes Uranus and Jupiter quincunx Pluto. Notice a ruggedly individualist mood and don’t hassle the cowboys. We may be challenged to let go of old modes of operation and pushed out of our comfort zone, but can rise to the challenge and find capacities we didn’t know we had. Even through strong emotional winds blow through, we need to think and act strategically. A New Moon in Cancer tonight offers a chance to start over and take better care of ourselves and others in the new cycle ahead.

Thursday, July 19: Keep it safe and keep it moving. Let’s tell our story. It feels really important to be appreciated and understood, to have our efforts noticed as the Moon goes in Leo. Though we may want to dramatize our situation to express how it feels to us the situation may be dramatic enough on its own. Show love, show appreciation, listen to one another’s stories, and don’t push anyone more than necessary, because we don’t know what drama already lurks in their life. Sympathy heals.

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The Wicca Book of Days for July 15 – The Moon’s Moon

The Wicca Book of Days for July 15

The Moon’s Moon


If July’s full moon rises on a Cancerian date, both the event and the Esbat that celebrates it are truly special, for the zodiacal Crab, and the days that it encompasses, are governed by the moon itself. This lunar coincidence may inspire you when it comes to naming your Esbat, but it may be that you prefer to emphasize a different aspect of this time of year. Some Wiccans refer to the “mead moon,” highlighting the home brewed, honey-based drink that was enjoyed in earlier eras, while others talk of the “hay moon,” referring to the harvesting that traditionally takes place around now.


Saint Swithin’s

According to English lore, how the weather is on July 15 is how it will remain for forty days. Swithin, Bishop of Winchester had his requested church-yard burial in 862, but when it was decided to move his remains inside on July 15, 891, forty days of rain followed.


July 12 – Daily Feast

July 12 – Daily Feast

The fragrances of the countryside are exhilarating after a summer rain. Wildflowers and morning glories have spread profusely along fence rows, and bittersweet vines abound wherever they can take hold. One breath of fresh air, one beautiful smell of petunias on the evening breeze, is never enough. It has to be repeated and held in remembrance for another time, another place. A pill doesn’t exist that works better than a country lane after a rain shower. Huge drops make secret symbols in the dust and are a da to li gi, a blessing on the head of a Cherokee. It is a special message, a private baptism from the Great Spirit.

~ This country is mine, I was raised on it; my forefathers died on it; and I wish to remain on it. ~


‘A Cherokee Feast of Days’, by Joyce Sequichie Hifler

Daily Feng Shui Tip for July 4 – ‘Happy Fourth of July!’

Happy Fourth of July! On a day devoted to celebrating independence with all sorts of fanfare, including the traditional fireworks, let’s talk about the other ways Feng Shui says you can blast your way to better recognition and career related rewards. But first some Feng Shui firework history. Asian cultures use fireworks to welcome in the New Year and bid farewell to any negativity attached to the old one. They also use fireworks to celebrate weddings, grand openings and to clear the space before enacting sacred rituals. The fireworks are mostly employed to blow away harmful energies and negative spirits. According to this ancient philosophy, they can also be used to symbolically protect a home or to create an ‘explosion’ in the Fame area of your home. For this intention we use the ‘Five Buddha Firecrackers,’ a specific grouping of five faux red and gold foil firecrackers positioned in the Fame area of your home or office in order to promote your career, bring monetary rewards and blast you up the ladder of success. Have a safe and wonderful holiday and may we all enjoy freedom forever!

By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com