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Hidden Mythology: Decoding Everyday Symbols

Atlas Obscura is offering a fascinating course on Mythology that might be of interest to readers of this blog. It starts on May 25 and can be accessed virtually. Here is the information:

 

Starts: May 25

Symbols can be found everywhere, from our coffee cups to classical art, if you know where to look for them. Join mythologist Dr. John Bucher for a deep dive into the relationship between our world, symbols, and the mythology they’re steeped in.

By the end of this course, you’ll understand the importance of symbols in human societies and a new way of engaging with the imagery and mythology that surround you.

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Horoscope for the Week of May 23, 2022 - Sun in Gemini

The Sun enters Gemini this week and ramps up our schmooze-ability and popularity. It’s time to meet and greet and sweep others off their feet. Yes!

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(Prince had Sun in Gemini)

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ARIES   (MARCH 21 - APRIL 20)

Not only are you a much more compelling speaker now, Aries, you seem to know just what to say to get others to listen, consider and maybe even change their minds. Allow yourself the time to decide which circles of influence you want to conquer and then go out and do it. Who knows where your bright ideas will lead? Hopefully to group illumination.

TAURUS (APRIL 21-MAY 21)

There is something about money and finances that gets your juices going, Taurus. Your mind is exceptionally sharp and your ability to turn a penny into a dollar is better than usual. So will you allow yourself the time to ponder the fiscal possibilities? The green seeds that you plant now can grow into a large tree in a few years.

GEMINI   (MAY 22 - JUNE 21)

The world seems to gravitate into your orbit, Gemini. Your popularity soars and your ability to meet the most important people in the general vicinity is better than usual … which is saying something! But you will need to prioritize what are the most important tasks you want to accomplish. Time is tight and your window of opportunity can close.

CANCER   (JUNE 22 - JULY 23)

You are especially intuitive, Cancer. That means there might be things that have previously been hidden from you that suddenly reveal. The most important feature of this is your ability to discern friends from those who are not-so-much-friends. Use this valuable talent to sidestep any potholes in your road to success. Mysteries are solved.

LEO   (JULY 24 - AUGUST 23)

It’s time to get out of the house and do something sociable and fun, Leo. Friends are waiting for you to join in the fun, some people are waiting to meet you and there are lots of fun and exciting gatherings ready for your participation. Be safe and careful while you get back into the social swim. At least put a toe in the water.

VIRGO   (AUGUST 24 - SEPTEMBER 23)

If some aspects of your career have seemed a little confusing or off course, you may find that now you have much more focus and understanding. Your path to success unfolds more clearly and you can reach out to the exact right people to help guide you to success. Don’t wait for something to happen. Go forth and make things happen, Virgo.

LIBRA   (SEPTEMBER 24 - OCTOBER 23)

If there is something, some subject, that is sparking your interest, now is the time to pursue knowledge about it, Libra. Carve out the time needed to immerse yourself in something fascinating (to you…) and expand your vision for the future. This may entail some travel. If so, go deep into your destination. The secret of life may be there.

SCORPIO   (OCTOBER 24 - NOVEMBER 22)

Sexy Scorpios seem to have a gravitational pull that can be irresistible to others. Recognize your power of persuasion and use your personal charisma to get who you want. For those currently in a committed amour, find new ways of keep the love fresh and exhilarating. Your ability to make others feel wanted and loved is expansive.

SAGITTARIUS   (NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 22)

Sagittarians may sometimes say something that has an unexpected effect. Now anything you say is profoundly on target and compelling. See where this wonderful ability can make the most positive impact on your life.  Open the lines of communication in certain relationships and make them even stronger and more connected.

CAPRICORN   (DECEMBER 23 - JANUARY 20)

If work projects have been getting a little off track, you now have the ability to not only get them going full speed again, but also streamline processes to make the results even better. So see what is on your to-do list, Capricorn, and just do it. There will be help when you need it because you can schmooze others to put in the extra effort.

AQUARIUS   (JANUARY 21 - FEBRUARY 19)

Aquarians have so many great creative ideas they can be forgiven for taking on too much at one time. But choose you must - Take these genius moments and prioritize them. Do what makes your heart sing first. Fun is highlighted in any form and in any way and others are there to help make any effort festive and happily eventful.

PISCES   (FEBRUARY 20 - MARCH 20)

Whatever is going on with your family, you are the one to make it special and memorable. Maybe it is time to plan a reunion or a safe gathering of those who you haven’t seen in a while. Pisces can also spruce up their surroundings with fresh ideas and beautiful additions. This is the time to make your home life as wonderful as possible.

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Lucky Numbers for the Week of May 20, 2022

Lottery ads tell us you only need a dollar and a dream. But it is also helpful to have a list of lucky numbers to help spur the good fortune ... or fortunes. So with that in mind, here are some lucky numbers that can be used in any helpful way. I gazed into a pool of water, Nostradamus-like, and contemplated the cosmos. Then I mixed the tarot cards and allowed the spirits to guide me to the cards that represent the lucky numbers for this week. Nothing is guaranteed but who knows ....?

I choose eight numbers because 8 is the number of of wealth.

Here are the lucky numbers for the week of May 20-26, 2022:

1, 4, 6, 24, 29, 30, 43, 73

There are many ways to delve into your own consciousness to find luck and intuition. Try reading Dream Power/Improve Your Luck (Super Strength Series) and see if your dreams give you any clues and premonitions. Here's a guide to the best books available this month


Native Ghosts and the Supernatural

Dennis Zitogh of The Smithsonian writes about a new book, “Living Ghosts and Mysterious Monsters,” where a Native storyteller shares ancient and contemporary scary stories.

Here is an excerpt of the article.

"Stories of the unknown come in many shapes and forms that tell of unexplainable—sometimes horrible—things. Some are about demons or evil spirits," says writer and storyteller Dan SaSuWeh Jones (Ponca). 

"Others are about inanimate objects, like glowing orbs, apparitions, or even dolls that take on the breath of life. In this book, I have divided the world of American Indian ghosts into five categories: “Ghosts,” “Spirits,” “Witches,” “Monsters,” and “The Supernatural,” to give a clearer, more defined picture of what you may encounter—from an unseen noise to a hideous face to maybe something no one else has ever experienced." 

The supernatural aspects of American Indians are not normally shared with the outside world. Superstition and tribal protocols keep many stories from becoming public domain. Recently, I read a book that picked up where my grandparent’s scary stories left off: of Native tricksters; shape shifters, skin-walkers and entities that thrive in the shadows of darkness. In Living Ghosts and Mysterious Monsters: Chilling American Indian Stories (Scholastic Press, 166 pp., $26.99 and $12.99) Dan SaSuWeh Jones (Ponca Nation) writer and storyteller, and Weshoyot Alvitre (Tongva) illustrator, weave ancient and contemporary scary stories from tribal groups from Canada, the United States and Mexico. Thirty-two short stories are told in chilling vivid detail and collected from the thriving tradition of telling Native ghost stories. Tribal definitions and their meanings are explained to help give the reader valuable information to preface each story.

Stories of the unknown come in many shapes and forms that tell of unexplainable—sometimes horrible—things.

In a time when the internet, social media and cell phones were not the principal means of communication, Native people looked forward to sharing good stories. Winter was especially chosen as the primary storytelling season as tribal communal groups were not traveling and had to remain inside for long periods during inclement weather.

In the Western Hemisphere trading stories is an integral part of Native culture, a norm that is still carried on by modern Native peoples. At the end of this book, the writer gives credit in detail of how each of his stories was obtained. As a Native writer this consideration made me feel good that these stories were obtained and are being passed on “in a good way.” With this being said … wait until nightfall, pick up the book and prepare to enter the world of Native ghosts and the supernatural.

The Washington Post Digital Access


Horoscope for the Week of May 16, 2022 - Venus in Aries

Venus ventures into Aries and sends our love missives into overdrive. We live and love large. Take your greatest emotions into the center of the action and see what and who happens.

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(Elizabeth Taylor had Venus in Aries)

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ARIES   (MARCH 21 - APRIL 20)

You are not only in the center of your own universe at this time, Aries, you manage to spread your joy into many other sectors. So what do you want to accomplish right now as the good vibes flow? Do you have personal plans to put into motion? Do you want to find a new benefactor? All is possible when your sunny side is up.

TAURUS (APRIL 21-MAY 21)

If a light is suddenly turned on in one or more of your psychological dark corners, start to celebrate, Taurus. Not only are there no goblins and ghosts lurking in there, there is nothing much there to fear at all. Keep yourself open to the wonderful possibilities of the unknown now. You find that there is much more treasure than trash.

GEMINI   (MAY 22 - JUNE 21)

Geminis need to be around people to feel comfortable. Now the fates deliver you more than a few invitations designed to assuage any loneliness and to pump you up. Enjoy any social activity and see how far and long you can take it. The next few weeks will bring you into the orbit of some fairly fascinating and fun-filled folks.

CANCER   (JUNE 22 - JULY 23)

Let’s continue to focus on your career, Cancer, as the planets keep charging up this sector for you. You may want to postpone some big professional decisions but I advise that you not delay too much longer. Let your innate happy disposition and love shine through and onto others. The feelings will reciprocate and your path to success accelerated.

LEO   (JULY 24 - AUGUST 23)

It’s time to scratch those itchy travel paws, Leo. Life has been too cool and sedate. Your need to get out of your usual routine may be too tempting to resist, especially because so many people are reaching out to you with love and connection. Plan what and where you can go and see where your curiosity can lead you. Wow!

VIRGO   (AUGUST 24 - SEPTEMBER 23)

Virgos have a certain something about them that is not only enticing but positively heady. You attract anyone you desire and find that others seem to gravitate into your tempting orbit. What will you do with all of this love energy? I suggest that you use it to reinforce a current romance or, if you are on the prowl, find your soulmate.

LIBRA   (SEPTEMBER 24 - OCTOBER 23)

Libras always seem to seek fairness, balance and diplomacy. Now you find that your ability to schmooze others and bring warring parties to the negotiation table is in top form. Find commonality and use your personal charisma to strengthen relationships and bring people together. If not you, then who? If not now, then when?

SCORPIO   (OCTOBER 24 - NOVEMBER 22)

Hard work not only brings great rewards, the work will not be as hard as you initially think, Scorpio. You now have the ability to get others to pitch in and help you. So map out what needs to be done and reach out with your compelling message. Many hands make for light work. And those same hands are ready to relax and party later.

SAGITTARIUS   (NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 22)

Your creativity reaches a high note now, Sagittarius, as you generate artistic ideas faster than ever before. What can you create that not only can become a personal masterpiece but also help you bring people together for a great and enriching time? There may also be a bit of romance mixing in with of the festivities. Ho, ho, ho.

CAPRICORN   (DECEMBER 23 - JANUARY 20)

Now is the time to bring family together and create new and happy memories. Not only are you expansive and open to the possibilities, you have an uncanny knack to understand what others need. So show how adept you are at bringing others together, Capricorn. Weave together connections even between estranged relatives. See where it leads.

AQUARIUS   (JANUARY 21 - FEBRUARY 19)

Whatever you have to say, Aquarius, say it. Others listen and respond. You are filled with great ideas and important plans that set your life’s course in a positive direction. Use the extra amounts of charisma and charm you now have to sway anyone to any one of your ideas. This rare talent can lead to the greater good. Help heal the world.

PISCES   (FEBRUARY 20 - MARCH 20)

Treat yourself to something fun and heart-warming, Pisces. Life has been more stressful and there is nothing nicer than spoiling yourself (and select others) a little bit. You deserve a reward and some time to simply enjoy life. If money is tight, find ways to treat yourself in more affordable ways. Don’t they say that the best things in life are free…?

(c) 2022 MADAM LICHTENSTEIN, LLC., All Rights Reserved. For Entertainment Purposes Only. @thestarryeye Find astrology readings on tinyurl.com/TheStarryEye and a great sun sign book at tinyurl.com/Herscopes