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Your Handwriting Reveals Your Mood

Graphology (also known as Handwriting Analysis) is a great way to better understand someone's personality traits. Now scientists have found a way to use handwriting analysis to discern mental and physical ailments.

Scientists at Haifa University have proved that a person’s mood can be determined by examining one’s handwriting. After watching darker, disturbing movies, the 62 study participants all wrote letters of the alphabet smaller in both height and width than after watching positive films.

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Studies have proven that our handwriting can reveal when we are lying, provide personality clues, and identify early-stage health problems. Now researchers have found that handwriting also reveals mood.

There’s a problem measuring emotions using objective indexes that are completely free of what the subject tells us,” explained doctorate student Clara Rispler, one of the authors of a new study at the University of Haifa. “An ability to identify the subject’s emotions easily and non-invasively could lead to a breakthrough in research and in emotional therapy.”

According to cognitive theory, when the brain performs several actions simultaneously, the secondary and automatic actions are impaired. Using this theory, Prof. Sarah Rosenblum of the University of Haifa’s department of occupational therapy developed a computerized system that can measure minute changes in handwriting, such as the space between the letters and the amount of pressure we apply when writing.

She used this system in the past to discover that changes in handwriting can reveal when we are lying – both orally and in writing – and can indicate early stages of Parkinson’s disease.

Rispler, Prof. Gil Luria and Dr. Alon Kahane from the university’s human services department worked with Rosenblum on the latest study to examine whether changes in handwriting can identify moods.

The 62 study participants were divided randomly into three groups. Each group viewed a suitable movie to put the participants in different moods – positive, negative and neutral. They then were asked to use the computerized system to write a paragraph including all the letters in the Hebrew alphabet.

For participants in a negative mood, letters were significantly lower in height and narrower in width than in the case of people in a positive or neutral mood. Participants in a negative mood also wrote more quickly. According to the researchers, these changes in handwriting are likely caused by the negative mood creating a cognitive burden on the brain.

“The findings of the study may help therapists identify their patient’s actual mood, something that naturally is very significant for the therapeutic process,” Rosenblum concludes.

“No less importantly, we therapists can see whether our therapy is improving the patient’s feelings, or at least involving the patient in a meaningful process, for better or for worse. In the future, we will try to examine whether we can also measure the level of the mood, i.e. how happy or sad someone is.”

Handwriting Psychology: Personality Reflected in Handwriting


Horoscope for the Week of May 28, 2018

Vincent van gogh-2June is busting our all over and why not? There are many retrograde planets shaking up our world. When things start to shift in an uneasy way, don’t panic. Use any broken eggs to make a fluffy omelette.

(Vincent Van Gogh had Neptune in Pisces)

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ARIES (MARCH 21 - APRIL 20)
Who you think are your dear friends may do something that is not only surprising but startling. But it is the wise Aries who does not overreact. Take everything in stride and don’t allow the bumps in the road to knock the wheels off your cart. There will be plenty of time to get things back on a happy track. For now, try to cruise along and enjoy the scenery.

TAURUS (APRIL 21 - MAY 21)
You want everything right now, Taurus. But there are certain projects that simply need a bit more time to evolve. That goes especially so for anything in your long term career. Everything that you have been doing up to this point has been beneficial but stress may get the better of you. Don’t let that happen. If you find your temperature rising, go to a place to cool down.

GEMINI (MAY 22 - JUNE 21)
Hot footed Geminis may rush ahead and get lost from the crowd now. Maybe that is what you want, but if not, go slow and let others catch up to you. Travel to someplace where you can truly relax and recharge. A party hearty scene sounds good but may prove to be too much at this time. Find an audience of one and see how your current act plays.

CANCER (JUNE 22 - JULY 23)
Cancers are swirling with sexual energy that may be difficult to contain. You have deep reserves of love to give. Be sure that you dole it out carefully to a very select lucky few. Don’t waste any drop on someone who doesn’t have your best interests at heart. For those Crabs who are currently in a deep boil, you may just become the special of the day.

LEO (JULY 24 - AUGUST 23)
Mystery is your middle name now, Leo. You not only have a large collection of secret admirers, you also hang out behind the scenes to get the real story of what is going on. Carefully maneuver into the “meet” market. Move, grove and schmooze your way through any party, event or club. Before you know it you will be totally in the open. Yikes!

VIRGO (AUGUST 24 - SEPTEMBER 23)
While you have lots of energy to get the job done, there could be wasted effort now. What you think they really want, really isn’t what they want at all. What to do, Virgo? Maybe give yourself a much deserved break, hang out with pals and let anything that needs deep concentration wait on the back burner. For weighty things that have to get done, get a pal to weigh in.

LIBRA (SEPTEMBER 24 - OCTOBER 23)
Creativity, romance and overall fun can all figure prominently in your life now. Libras find themselves in the epicenter of the social scene. You can become very busy and wind up balancing almost too many invitations at the same time. Everyone wants a piece of you. It is an embarrassment of riches. But don’t be too embarrassed by it, you popularity plus person!

SCORPIO (OCTOBER 24 - NOVEMBER 22)
Home based projects may lead to greater stress and work. Family disagreements may bubble up but you can maintain the peace by being very diplomatic and patient. Let everyone have their opinion and be open minded. Are you up for that Scorpio? If not, it may be a good time to escape and find a quiet place to contemplate .. far away from home.

SAGITTARIUS (NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 22)
Be careful of fully expressing your opinion now, Sagittarius. You may say something that you really don’t mean. Or if you really mean it, it can come out as especially mean. Oops. Why not take a deep breath and let any negativity wash over and away from you. Achieve inner peace through meditation or other stress reducing activities. Anyone we know....?

CAPRICORN (DECEMBER 23 - JANUARY 20)
Money may come and go. In fact it can go more than it comes now, Capricorn. You have the urge to splurge and may not get the full value of your purchases or the satisfaction you seek. So if you find that your expenses now vastly exceed your income, take a look at the who, what where and why of your spending. We already know the “how”!

AQUARIUS (JANUARY 21 - FEBRUARY 19)
Aquarians may now make a rather interesting first impression through the sheer forcefulness of their personalities. If you have an important meeting now, try to either put it off or be extremely careful of how you look and how you act. Anything that you start now can take longer or is more work than you expect. My advice: find a cuddle partner and avoid the crowds.

PISCES (FEBRUARY 20 - MARCH 20)
There is a lot going on behind the scenes now. Pisces may find that they appear to be cool, calm and collected but they really aren’t. Are you containing a cauldron of energy that seeks to be released? If so, try to cool down by channeling your energies into festive activities. Tap into your artistic muse and see what masterpieces can be created. Think big! No bigger!

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Lucky Numbers for the Week of May 25, 2018

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 25-31, 2018:

2, 15, 18, 23, 25, 49, 52, 72

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


Collage Novel is Part Seance

Seances are a time of meditation, dreams, magic and inspiration. And that is probably why Max Ernst's work is considered on the border of a seance.  Here is an interesting article on how surrealistic art can conjure up the spirits.

When Max Ernst was a child and bedridden with the measles, he had a fever dream in which “two children are threatened by a nightingale,” a hallucination that would inspire his 1924 painting of the same name. When the birth of his sister coincided with the death of his cherished cockatoo, correlation, in the logic of the unconscious, became causality: “birds and humans got dangerously mixed up and confused in my mind,” he recalled years later. Ernst eventually created his trailblazing “collage novels” that mix symbolic imagery with otherworldly elements.

More than three-quarters of a century on, the collage novels still cast an unsettling spell, plunging us into a gaslit Victorian underworld of the unconscious, part magic lantern show, part séance, all Freudian uncanny. Armed with scissors and glue, Ernst performed meticulous surgery on 19th-century engravings— illustrations from Gothic romances, penny dreadfuls, mail order catalogues, and scientific texts — to create disquieting tableaux. Marrying hallucinatory visions to hard-edged realism, true crime horror to black humor, they flicker in the mind’s eye like scenes from a silent movie — a melodrama based on Jack the Ripper’s dream journal, perhaps.

By no coincidence, birds and birdmen proliferate in all three books: a bird-headed pope prophesies doom in A Little Girl Dreams of Taking the Veil (“Baldness awaits you, my child … ”); a man-sized eagle “speculates on the vanity of the dead” in The Hundred Headless Woman; in A Week of Kindness, rooster men run amok, desecrating tombs; exult over victims in puddles of gore; hang themselves from four-poster beds.

 


Horoscope for the Week of May 21, 2018

Angelina jolieSunny skies shine on us as the Sun enters sociable Gemini. Got a rocket in your pocket? Get ready to launch into space and send good vibes in all directions. Will we become a bunch of lazy flirts surrounded by admirers? Oh we can only hope so!

(Angelina Jolie has Sun in Gemini)

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ARIES (MARCH 21 - APRIL 20)
Your words of wisdom come with an added dash of flair and wit now. Anything that you want, just ask for it and it is yours. But don’t waste your eloquence by blowing a lot of hot air. Light charm may be your inclination now, Aries, but mean what you say and say what you mean. A careful balance of flattery, finesse and force will get you where you want to go.

TAURUS (APRIL 21 - MAY 21)
If you have been wondering when your money train would pull in, wait no longer, Taurus. The fates manage to put a direct deposit in your personal finances. The secret to your success is to prepare for your fortune by doing your fiscal homework and investing according to your means. You can then gather in your just rewards and be as mean as you like.

GEMINI (MAY 22 - JUNE 21)
Are you too mellow to maneuver? Although there is work to be done, Geminis may be quite content to while away the time on mind altering, consciousness raising daydreams. And why not? Give yourself a relaxing mini-break and enjoy the rift. But also know when to collect your thoughts and get back into gear. You cannot coast in neutral for too long.

CANCER (JUNE 22 - JULY 23)
Cancers can expand their social circle into a globe. You carefully move up the social list from Z to A and can join even the most exclusive (read: snobby) groups. Is that what you really want to do, comrade? If so, just be sure that they are playing your tune and that you don’t have to dance to someone else's music. You may be a bit too easygoing now.

LEO (JULY 24 - AUGUST 23)
If you ache to conquer the corporate world, this is the time to launch your attack. Gather this useful energy and enter the executive sanctum where you can unleash your secret weapons and manifest your political destiny. Give it all you’ve got and use this push to go the distance and take charge. Take no prisoners, Leo, unless they are your type.

VIRGO (AUGUST 24 - SEPTEMBER 23)
Virgos are encouraged to expand their horizons and break out of their old routines. There is no better time to expand your reach physically and mentally. Those of you with some extra cash can scratch your itchy traveling feet now. For those who are under a tighter budget, use this time to spider into the far reaches of cyberspace. Cast your web anyway you can.

LIBRA (SEPTEMBER 24 - OCTOBER 23)
Even if you don’t always feel like the sexiest thing on two legs, you now carry all the sparks of an overloaded outlet. So start a raging fire, lover! Libras should enjoy this lovely surge while they can. All too soon life will move on to other thoughts and you will have to satisfy yourself with steamy memories to keep you aglow at night. Pack a nightlight.

SCORPIO (OCTOBER 24 - NOVEMBER 22)
Scorpios find points of light with others and can cement current relationships or start new ones. You have animal magnetism and a je ne sais quois right now. It is time to get out there and see who is just right for you. And if they are not quite just right, don’t worry about it. Sometimes good enough will be great .... at least until through the summer anyway.

SAGITTARIUS (NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 22)
There is something very liberating about your life right now. Sagittarians are released from their day to day drudgery and encouraged... no.... pushed into fun, fun, fun. Keep the champagne flowing while the dishes pile up. You may even be able to enlist an able helper to pitch in and help scrub a dub with you and the chores. Or maybe not.

CAPRICORN (DECEMBER 23 - JANUARY 20)
Good times just got a bit better this week as you find more ways to increase a merely good time to a fabulous one. Eat, drink and be very merry Capricorn. Have you been feeling a bit shy and retiring? Now you can emerge from your hiding place and put the bees and wannabes to shame. You are beautiful ... even in those plaid puce shorts.

AQUARIUS (JANUARY 21 - FEBRUARY 19)
Never before have you felt so in control of your environment. Aquarians can now shine a happy light on their home and family. Get ready to take a few risks to insure that you are exactly where you want to be at this point in your life. If that means having a deep heart to heart with a previously heartless relative, so be it. There are no holds barred so hug away!

PISCES (FEBRUARY 20 - MARCH 20)
Anything that you can envision, you can achieve. Pisces are charisma incarnate as your natural theatrical flair is highlighted and spotlighted. Remember that everything is possible so as you bestow your presence on the world, be sure that your dreams are as expansive as your creativity, desires and vision. No small efforts now. Make your mark and not a smudge.

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