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Horoscope for the Week of May 22, 2017

Angelina jolieThe Sun dips into cheery in Gemini this week as we mingle and swingle through the cosmos. But we also yearn for something substantial and meaningful. Food or love?

(Angelina Jolie has Sun in Gemini)

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ARIES (MARCH 21 - APRIL 20)
You seem to know what to say to charm the gruffest of grouches. Aries get the gift of gab and a squirt of flirt. Make the most of your personal oil and start cooking with the most influential folks. This helps you to form stronger contacts for any personal pet project and could launch you to the top of the heap, which is your ultimate plan. Ah, but which heap?

TAURUS (APRIL 21 - MAY 21)
Taureans will keep their eye on the bottom line and find new ways to cultivate and fertilize their money tree to get it to bloom. The secret is to ask the right advice from the right advisor. It won’t be as hard as it seems. You can now attract anyone and everyone. Set your sights on those with the knowledge and the caring to do a good job for you.

GEMINI (MAY 22 - JUNE 21)
You are the center of the galaxy as lesser orbs revolve around you. Make good use of time. Expand your outreach and plant your project seeds in fertile soil. Before you know it some of your best ideas gather momentum. You can find supporters who help you in your personal growth. Don’t sit at home and wait for a knock on the door, Gemini. Start knocking on your own.

CANCER (JUNE 22 - JULY 23)
There is someone working behind the scenes who can help or harm you so remain vigilant. Counteract the negative by making friends and influence people. For Cancers who have some behind-the-scenes intrigue to do for themselves, strive for goodness especially this week. Sometimes a good deed is better revenge than a sinister move.

LEO (JULY 24 - AUGUST 23)
Friends know what you need, when you need it and how you need it. Let them take charge of your life now and allow yourself to waft on a cloud of good platonic vibes. New acquaintances lead to new opportunities. Leos are known for their expansive and dramatic circle of pals. Blend all your circles together and make a global beach ball.

VIRGO (AUGUST 24 - SEPTEMBER 23)
Inroads are possible in your career if you know how to read the signals and take advantages of ajar doors. Nobody will give you anything unless you demonstrate your worth. But I sense that they already know that you are valuable, Virgo. They are waiting for you to make the first move. Charm them, flatter them and then ask for the order. Sold!

LIBRA (SEPTEMBER 24 - OCTOBER 23)
Libras have a universal theme that they are aching to take on the road. Gather up your belongings and fresh ideas and travel away from your usual routine. Spark your imagination by trying something or someone new. And the more outrageous the better. Before you know it you are not only an international star but also a trendsetter. Shoot into cyberspace and light the skies.

SCORPIO (OCTOBER 24 - NOVEMBER 22)
Scorpios have the confidence to go, go, go for the gusto in any type of relationship. You are a shining star. Not only do you have more than your fair share of charisma and zesty charm, you also have the moxie to go after the person of your dreams. Hurry and make your move before your courage flags and you find yourself at half mast.

SAGITTARIUS (NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 22)
You could feel lost if relationships are not in harmony now. Decide to find common ground in any partnership issue that causes friction or uncertainty. Solving the problem can create a much more pleasant friction between the two of you. Single Sagittarians have a certain je ne sais quois. Strut that quois all over town. It is in demand.

CAPRICORN (DECEMBER 23 - JANUARY 20)
Work picks up. For those Capricorns who have been trying to find ways of maximizing their job efforts, your consistent outreach begins to pay off. You are in the center of the power surge so plug in and light the office. For those who prefer to relax and smell the flowers, at least plan to make up for lost time. Err but do you really want to make up for lost time..?

AQUARIUS (JANUARY 21 - FEBRUARY 19)
Fun is on your agenda. Aquarians find a myriad of pleasant ways to create mischief. But don’t fritter your best ideas on worthless nonsense. Take a chance and experiment with a wild and crazy artistic idea or three. See how far you can take them. Remember - genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. It is time to start sweating... and creating.

PISCES (FEBRUARY 20 - MARCH 20)
This is a great time of year to focus on your home environment. Pisces love to putter around the house. Now you can assemble a cadre of close companions, relatives and even acquaintances to come over for a good meal and fun time. If your home needs a little sprucing and juicing before the hordes arrive, you better start moving that broom around. The crowd is on the move!

 

 


Lucky Numbers for the Week of May 19, 2017

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 May 19-25, 2017:

7, 17, 18, 29, 37, 40, 51, 78

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


Witchcraft Museum in Cleveland, Ohio

Witchcraft museumThe Witchcraft Museum, located not far from downtown Cleveland, started in Long Island, New York. As reported in AtlasObscura:

It was the mid-1960s, and Raymond Buckland, leader of what became known as the Long Island Coven, had been collecting historical witchcraft objects, oddities, and occult paraphernalia for years. He amassed hundreds of pieces, and with shelves bursting he eventually moved into larger quarters, opening the Buckland Museum of Witchcraft and Magick.

That collection has now landed in a new home, inside a vintage record shop near downtown Cleveland. Buckland had been inspired by his mentor Gerald Gardner, and the gallery has many objects originally owned by the father of “Gardnerian” Wicca. Alongside are items from the Salem Witch Trials, Egyptian funerary figurines called “ushabtis,” and artifacts owned by magicians, astrologers, fortune tellers, and pagan community elders.

In addition to being a coven leader, Buckland was a busy writer and lecturer on the move, and his collection came along with him. Over the years it lived in New Hampshire, came through some legal disputes in New Orleans, and eventually ended up in storage in Columbus, Ohio. Now, with a new curator and small gallery to show it off, it has been reborn as the Buckland Gallery of Witchcraft and Magick.

Although space is limited, a large portion of the collection is on display. There’s even room for the Demon in a Box, captured by Buckland in the 1970s with the help of a ceremonial magician.

Visit the Museum at:

2676 W 14th Street
Cleveland, Ohio
United States


Unlikely Places to Go to Restore Your Luck

Kavya Ram Mohan writes that there are places all over the world where you can go to get luckier - whether in love, work or whatever.

If you’re ever walking along the main thoroughfare of the old town in Dubrovnik, don’t be alarmed if you see people attempting to perform acrobatics on what looks like a small stone ledge. You’ve come across the Dubrovnik Maskeron, the gargoyle head that brings luck in love to those who can successfully take their shirt off while balancing on it.

Once just a normal drain pipe, today the Maskeron is a place people flock to for a shot of good luck. It’s one in a long list of otherwise unremarkable spots that have gained fame for improving the fortunes of those who visit, a list that includes such unlikely objects as pig bellies, dried llama fetuses, and Abraham Lincoln’s nose. 

These locales have become talismans in our pursuit of the fleeting and capricious Lady Luck, and our faith in their powers is reinforced by the success stories that visitors pass on across generations. Some of these places were created lucky, some achieved luck, but most have had luck thrust upon them. You may need to hop, balance, rub, hammer, kiss, or dance to get it, but if these places provide half the good fortune they claim, it should be well worth the effort.

Bolivia's Witch Market
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La Paz, Bolivia

Bolivia's Witch Market

Having a bad run? Nothing a dried llama fetus can't fix.
 
2
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik Maskeron

Hop on this gargoyle's head, take off your shirt while still facing the wall, to find luck in love.
 
The Statue of St. Anthony's Pig
3
La Alberca, Spain

Statue of St. Anthony's Pig

Childless couples rub the stone pig's child-making parts for better luck with fertility.
 
The Guardhouse Monkey
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Mons, Belgium

The Guardhouse Monkey

This iron monkey's head is shiny from the thousands of people who have rubbed it for better luck.
 
Lincoln Tomb
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Springfield, Illinois

Lincoln Tomb

Abe Lincoln is an unlikely luck charm but visitors to his grave disagree, and his shiny nose is proof of this.
 
Il Porcellino
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Florence, Italy

Il Porcellino

Speaking of shiny noses, this bronze boar's snout has been rubbed to a golden sheen by visitors seeking good fortune.
 
7
Paris, France

Erotic Erosion: The Recumbent Effigy of Victor Noir

Women rub Victor’s impressive girth to prevent infertility, giving the man more action in death than in life.
 
A newly decorated Gänseliesel
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Göttingen, Germany

Gänseliesel

Once PhD scholars at the nearby university successfully defend their dissertations, they are dressed up in flowers and streamers and paraded to this statue, where they climb up to the Gänseliesel, dress her up with flowers and kiss her for good luck.
 
Sifting for the perfect protection at the market
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Bangkok, Thailand

Amulet Market

A lucky amulet can come in different forms: Buddhas, shards of bone, medallions, chunks of wood from sacred spaces, brass phalluses, or even real human parts – like hair.

 

 


Horoscope for the Week of May 15, 2017

George clooney mars in leoDon’t be surprised if your sexy spark of inspiration turns into an out-of-control fire this week. Venus conjuncts Uranus and opposes retro Jupiter and packs a wow. Things could become complicated. Hey, whatever gets you stoked.

(George Clooney has Venus in Aries)

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ARIES (MARCH 21 - APRIL 20)
You pack more charisma than ever into each square inch. Aries are ready, willing and able to press and impress new folks and are on charm overdrive. If you have some fresh ideas, give them a tryout with some open ears. Not only do projects take off, they can go farther than you ever expected. Are you ready to grab a tiger by the tail? Hold on tight! Grrr.

TAURUS (APRIL 21 - MAY 21)
Intuitively you seem to know just what to do at just the right time. So go with your gut and see where it leads you. Charitable efforts can pay off for you in unexpected, lucky ways. Taureans are usually interested in contributing to the greater good and now is the time to liberally spread your good vibes around town. Pay it forward and don’t ask for change.

GEMINI (MAY 22 - JUNE 21)
Geminis are true bon vivants who can attracting friends and acquaintances with a salty wit, sugary tongue and spicy company. You seem to know all the right ingredients and can shake and bake with the best of them. Don’t waste this cosmic feast on selfish advancement, unless you decide to share your selfish advances with everybody!

CANCER (JUNE 22 - JULY 23)
Career prospects hit a high note this week. Cancers not only find lucky opportunities to strut their stuff, they can also charm the bosses into thinking that they are pure genius. But back up your charisma with a little moxie and expertise where and when you need it. You will need it as you catapult yourself up the corporate ladder. Why ask why?

LEO (JULY 24 - AUGUST 23)
Your outreach, outreaches your immediate grasp and your global message reaches the hearts and minds of many followers. Good timing, Leo. This week is perfect to spread your personal opinions and dreams everywhere. Let your oil flow. You find that you can convince almost anyone to do anything. What sort of mischief will you conjure? Uh oh.

VIRGO (AUGUST 24 - SEPTEMBER 23)
Virgos have a sexual spark that ignites any smoldering fire of passion. It is time to set your sights on the one you want and go for it. You drip with charisma. While you are at it, reach out to well healed contacts and see if you can impress them with your fiscal acumen. Before you know it you might be handling someone’s account. Err is that what we call it now?

LIBRA (SEPTEMBER 24 - OCTOBER 23)
Even difficult relationships can go more smoothly now with a little finesse. Libras can sense what the other person really wants and can appear to give it to them. Toss your magical dust in dollops this week. You find that you can blind others to your true motives. But hurry - Too soon you will reach into your bag of tricks and find only dust bunnies.

SCORPIO (OCTOBER 24 - NOVEMBER 22)
Not matter how hard you really work, everyone will think that you are putting in a great effort on the job. So draw up a list of priorities and see how far you can go on your good luck and your game face. Somehow things will get done. And even better, they love you no matter what you do. This seems too good to be true, Scorpio. Next week it will be. Ahem.

SAGITTARIUS (NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 22)
When can fun become way too much fun? Let’s try and find out. This week Sagittarians discover that there are few limits to their creativity, luck and ability to romance anyone and everyone. Spread yourself thin among the glitterati and party goers. Before you know it, this jovial spurt slows and you will have loads of wonderful memories to keep you warm to hot.

CAPRICORN (DECEMBER 23 - JANUARY 20)
Are there a few things that you would like to accomplish around the house? This is the week to tackle any and all domestic issues. You begin to get things done and can also build bridges with relatives that last. Capricorns are not known for compromise but now you see how bending a little gets others to tip over to your side. Be nice and pack a pillow for them.

AQUARIUS (JANUARY 21 - FEBRUARY 19)
Aquarians now have the gift of gab and use it to their advantage. Find out exactly what you want and carefully strategize how you will achieve it. In fact, opportunities may come to you with a good, creative thought. Your success will be so sweet that you forget that you usually shoot from the lip, with the usual consequences. Think, speak, flourish .. then relax!

PISCES (FEBRUARY 20 - MARCH 20)
Money comes to you more easily this week. Will you squander it or save it for a rainy day? Let’s guess... Pisces can cement their future by being careful, finding an excellent advisor, asking the right questions and taking calculated risks. Financial luck is on your side. Next week is another story however, as you go back to the usual plod and plot with your pennies.