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Where Do Zombies Come From?

ZombiesThis from Atlas Obscura - Zombies have infested our culture. There are zombie movies by the hundreds, zombie literature by the thousands and one extremely popular zombie television show, The Walking Dead. For the most part, though, these ubiquitous undead eaters of flesh are used to entertain, joke and help teach emergency preparedness. However, the origin of zombies is a lot more somber: it emerged from the brutal world of 17th century Haitian slavery.

In fact, Christopher Columbus is directly responsible for the entry of zombies into the New World. In December of 1492, the explorer and colonizer landed on Hispaniola. He proclaimed the island in the name of Spain and quickly enslaved the native peoples, just as he had done when he had landed two months earlier on today’s Bahamas. But just 20 years after Columbus had arrived, the population of “Indians” decreased from 300,000 in 1492 to 20,000. A new influx of slaves was needed. When the first boat of African slaves were brought to Hispaniola, in 1502, the seeds for today's zombie invasion were planted. 

In case you need it- check out The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead

 

 


Horoscope for the Week of February 29, 2016

Kurt cobainAlthough they say “March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb,” it is not really so. In fact March is full of spit and fire through the next weeks. So strut your best stuff upon the stage of life and see how much applause you get.

(Kurt Cobain had Mercury in Pisces)

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ARIES (MARCH 21 - APRIL 20)
Figure out what you need to do to make your mark on the world and get out and do it. Consult advisers, if you must, but also listen to your inner voice and go with your innate wisdom. Then, in true robust Aries fashion, focus on your personal goals, get your track shoes on, start moving and pick up speed. Others better get out of the way... and fast.

TAURUS (APRIL 21 - MAY 21)
This will be a “socia-bull” time for all Taureans with a need to reach out and touch someone. As the month progresses you may have an itch to travel. If so, do it immediately. Your adventures on the road could lead to even more people to meet and greet. Your dance card fills up and suddenly you are an international sensation. Or are you just sitting on your vibrating cell phone?

GEMINI (MAY 22 - JUNE 21)
The question you will have to answer now is are you going to spend more time at work or developing personal relationships. It may be that you can do both, but more than likely you will have to make a choice as to how you spend your time. Expect a needed changes in a particular one-to-one relationship. Can’t live with ‘em and can’t live without ‘em, Gemini.

CANCER (JUNE 22 - JULY 23)
Cancers feel like they need to buckle down and “get healthy” now. It is a good idea, but you don’t have to kill yourself with exercise. A simple, good plan for a better diet and some beneficial activity will do do the trick. And social activities can also improve your overall health and outlook. Join new groups and develop more interests. You will be even more interesting.

LEO (JULY 24 - AUGUST 23)
Feisty Leos are all meat and no leafy green salad now. That means that you want a rollicking good sexy time and may not want to deal with the quiet niceties that go along with a civilized courtship. You want it and you want it now! So give a good roar, let your sensual embers burn in passion and see where you can start a BBQ. Is Leo the Lion on the menu?

VIRGO (AUGUST 24 - SEPTEMBER 23)
While your thoughts may be on the job, what you really want to concentrate on is improving your relationships. If you are in one, give it all you’ve got, Virgo. If you are seeking your soulmate, this is the time to get out and look. You will be able to improve your home life and even repair tenuous family relationships. Build bridges and see how easily you can get around.

LIBRA (SEPTEMBER 24 - OCTOBER 23)
Your energy level is high, Libra, so don’t sit around and wait for things to come to you. Get into the nitty gritty and clean off your desk. You will be able to accomplish a great deal or work with relatively little stress and strain. It may be hard to tear yourself away to just have fun. But I think you will manage to have a good balance of sweet and sour.

SCORPIO (OCTOBER 24 - NOVEMBER 22)
Scorpios can sway to the music, feast lavishly on sweets and party up a storm now. But don’t stop concentrating on your earning power. Fun will have its costs and you want to be able to afford the very best. There may be some financial hurdles to overcome but once you have unknotted the problems you can easily tie yourself up in luxury.

SAGITTARIUS (NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 22)
Sagittarians will focus more on home related issues which may involved some changes and modifications in your living space or situation. You may begin to ask yourself what you really want in life. What you value, how you communicate and how you even appear to others may transform. Will the world see a brand new you next year at this time? Who knows?

CAPRICORN (DECEMBER 23 - JANUARY 20)
Capricorns seem to have a lot to say now and are not shy about saying it. You have some great ideas and valid opinions. Tell the world what you think and wait to see if you have an lasting impact. I think you do. The secret is to go with your gut in any big venture. You seem to know exactly what is what and who is who. Be sure you get the why, how and where as well.

AQUARIUS (JANUARY 21 - FEBRUARY 19)
Surprises are in store for all Aquarians who are planning a big friendly get together.No matter what the planets have in store for you, you are ready for anything. You have the composed wherewithal to keep on dancing to the beat even as the floor rocks and rolls. Keep your balance and aplomb, grab a graceful partner and show ‘em how its done in style!

PISCES (FEBRUARY 20 - MARCH 20)
Prepare for a special delivery of self confidence that enhances your public persona and brings you into the limelight. It may seem that you can do no wrong. So get out there and show the world what you are all about. You say all the right things around the big bosses that will seem especially impressive and promotable. Better not say anything profound before then, Pisces!

 


Lucky Numbers for the Week of February 26, 2016

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 wealth.

Here are the lucky numbers for the week of Feb 26- Mar 3, 2016:

2, 17, 25, 27, 32, 33, 40, 51

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


LoveScope for the Week of February 24, 2016

LovescopesHow emotionally involved do you want to get this week? Things can heat up to a fevered pitch but all will go well if you can take things in moderation. Can you??

ARIES (MARCH 21 - APRIL 20)
Aries have personality plus now as they attract friends from across the social spectrum. Will you hob knob with the snobs or get down with the home team? Whoever you choose will prove to be fun and interesting. Plan your party list now.

TAURUS (APRIL 21 - MAY 21)
Turn on the charm with any boss or influential person this week. Taureans can make their big professional move through glad handing. Impress those in power and maybe become powerful yourself. Or will you just plot in the background?

GEMINI (MAY 22 - JUNE 21)
You can travel the world or roam your neighborhood but the personal experience will be the same. No matter where you are you will meet and attract all types of interesting and unique people. Get out of your comfort zone and impress, Gemini.

CANCER (JUNE 22 - JULY 23)
Not only are you a sexy Crab now, Cancer, you are also especially powerful and sultry. Wow! Unleash your animal instincts and see whose heart and mind you can capture. You may surprise yourself. I see a power couple forming.

LEO (JULY 24 - AUGUST 23)
Leos need to pay more attention to certain relationships and this is a great week to do it. That is because you are very compelling and charismatic now and can charm others to your way of thinking. But be kind and generous too. Your oil may soon run dry.

VIRGO (AUGUST 24 - SEPTEMBER 23)
You might be feeling especially fit and healthy now. As your energy peaks, use the time to adopt a more healthy lifestyle complete with new diet and exercise regime. Virgos can improve on their physical perfection. Hmm is the world ready?

LIBRA (SEPTEMBER 24 - OCTOBER 23)
Libras are in the epicenter of all the fun and find that their week can be full of romance, creativity and luck. Try your hand at some small level gambling and it could pay off. Let your heart take a leap of faith and it may fly above the clouds.

SCORPIO (OCTOBER 24 - NOVEMBER 22)
Plan some intimate gatherings now and see who you might choose to share not only your time but also your living space. Family may get into your act. They mean well but you will have to make your own decisions for your own happiness.

SAGITTARIUS (NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 22)
You can sway people to your way of thinking if you keep a cool head and present your facts objectively. But what is the fun of that, Sagittarius? You may prefer to speak from the heart and let your passions reign. See which way works best.

CAPRICORN (DECEMBER 23 - JANUARY 20)
Keep your eye on the bottom line this week, Capricorn. There are things that you want to buy but may not really need. Be practical, save a few more of your pennies so you can splurge in a few months. Or maybe just save it for a rainy day?

AQUARIUS (JANUARY 21 - FEBRUARY 19)
Your charisma overflows now and you find that you can attract anyone you want. The question is, who do you want to attract? Aquarians need to make a decision and then go for it. Join new social circles and see how dizzying it can become.

PISCES (FEBRUARY 20 - MARCH 20)
Your secret admirer may make themselves known to you now. And this may be just the person you are waiting for. But if not, it is still nice to be the object of infatuation. Be kind, be patient and be open to the possibilities, Pisces.

 Never miss your horoscope again -- free sign up here. Here is my favorite book on astrology and a "must" for anyone interested in learning more: Secrets from a Stargazer's Notebook: Making Astrology Work for You and here's a guide to the best books available this month. This column is (c) 2016 THE STARRY EYE, LLC., All Rights Reserved. For Entertainment Purposes Only. Madam Lichtenstein is the author of the best selling astrology book “HerScopes ” now in its 8th printing and available as an eBook  

 


Enchantments

EnchantmentsEnchantments, 424 E. 9th St. [1st/ A] 212.228.4394

Enchantments is a fixture in the East Village neighborhood of New York City. This 'Magickal Apothecary' has oils like Baron Samedi, a "devotional blend for the Voodoo Loa of the cemetery. Used for working with the Guede." They are a variety of products from essential oils to candles to totems, cards and implements of the esoteric arts.

Enchantments creates custom-carved candles which are "a complete spell that you use as a tool to help manifest your intention." One of those is used for healing karmic trauma, another "invokes the energy of the patron saint of lost lovers," which sounds very melancholy, no? There's a wall of herbs and resins sold by the ounce. You'll also find incense and talismans, books and Tarot cards.

It's good to see cauldrons for sale. We always say: you can never have too many cauldrons.