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Happy Halloween

It's that time of year again - Halloween - which is festive, scary and oftentimes full of candy.

What actually is Halloween and why do we celebrate it?
Halloween's origins can be traced back to the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain, which was held on November 1 in contemporary calendars. It was believed that on that day, the souls of the dead returned to their homes, so people dressed in costumes and lit bonfires to ward off spirits
Here is a great history of Halloween by National Geographic:

Horoscope for the Week of October 30, 2023 - Pluto Redirects in Capricorn

AspectsPluto redirects this week which settles our ever-changing landscape and enables us to look forward and plan with confidence. See where you need to put stakes in the ground and do it.

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) 2023 MADAM LICHTENSTEIN, LLC., All Rights Reserved. For Entertainment Purposes Only. Madam Lichtenstein is the author of the best selling astrology book “HerScopes ” now in its 12th printing and available as an eBook.


Aries find that they are better able to look way ahead into the future and see the open road more clearly before them. Remember that the overall path of your life may have a few unexpected twists and turns but these are all necessary and important changes that enable you to achieve greater success than even you expect.


Your ability to take in new information might have been difficult in the past. But now, Taurus, you are awash in learning and advancing with knowledge. Some of your ideas get you out of your funk. Some ideas enable you to expand your horizons. The secret to your success is to give every thought some consideration.

GEMINI   (MAY 22 - JUNE 21)

Geminis may have had some false starts in love recently. If so, don’t let a few missteps dissuade you from trying again. In fact, this is a great time to venture out and see who is who. For those in a wonderful love match, use this time to clear up any miscommunication (if there is any) and create a firm foundation for the future.

CANCER   (JUNE 22 - JULY 23)

Relationships of all sorts may have gone through a confusing and uncertain stage. If so, it is a great time to reaffirm your connections and make everyone feel included and valued. Cancers understand how emotions can come into play in almost any situation. Use your innate talents to warm all of your interactions.

LEO   (JULY 24 - AUGUST 23)

If you have been feeling a bit tired and spent, don’t fret, Leo. This is a passing stage. Your energy levels should be going up and your ability to take on a new and invigorating exercise and health regime is strong. Go with your flow and see how you can best strengthen and improve all aspects of your health. Then, relax!


Your creative block evaporates, Virgo, and suddenly you are in the center of all of the inspirational and artistic plans. Enjoy your life as new fun possibilities open up and you have much more energy to do what you really enjoy doing. This may require some time management but you are up to the task! Mix business with play?


Domestic projects that have been languishing suddenly rev up almost into overdrive. For Libras seeking more balance and calm in their home life, this may be a more energetic period than you desire. But anything that comes across your threshold now may be a necessary project to insure that the future is totally in balance.


Scorpios have some great, heady thoughts that need to be expressed. If so, now is the time to say it. Your ability to form cogent arguments and studied opinions is in top form. Allow yourself some time to get in front of people and share your ideas. Maybe start on the local level and then build up into something global?


Money and its various uses may have been a bit tight recently. If so, you can now better enjoy your dough or, at least, find ways to make it grow. Sagittarians can be big spenders. Find out more about what you have and what you need, especially in the long term. Financial ups and downs can be better managed.


Capricorns with a need to make a big name for themselves can do so with greater confidence. You gain more self-confidence and seem to know what the next best steps should be. Plan to get out there and meet as many new people as possible. There will be times coming up where you may be surprised at who shows up.


There are many hidden things in our lives, Aquarius, and some of these things may have resulted in surprises and less than optimal results. But you are better able to see what is really going on and in knowing that, you are better able to plot your next important moves. Take in the full landscape and plan your success.


Friends seem to know what you need, Pisces. This might not have always been the case as certain associations may not have panned out as planned. But now you know just what to do and who you need to get to know. Your groups come to your aid and your pals are just that – true friends who really have your back.

(c) 2023 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

Lucky Numbers for the Week of October 27, 2023

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 October 27-November 2, 2023:

6, 17, 24, 35, 39, 41, 48, 59

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

One Secret to Longer Life Is ..... Sleeping!

According to Yahoo News, one surprising secret to longevity: sleeping.

Here's what the science says -

Relaxation could help you live longer. Whether you’re taking a leisurely stroll around your favorite shady park or carving out five minutes during your lunch break for meditation, science shows it’s time to prioritize rest. And there’s no better time to do it: 34% of Americans say that their level of stress is “completely overwhelming most days,” according to a poll by the American Psychological Association.

Chronic surges of stress hormones can take a significant toll on your overall well-being, setting the stage for life-shortening health issues like cardiovascular disease and cancer. Thankfully, relaxation can curb those hormonal spikes to support longevity.

The good news: Relaxation can make a real difference by curbing stress hormones and ultimately supporting longevity. Here are five facts science has revealed about how relaxation could add years to your life.

1. Residents of 'Blue Zone' regions prioritize sleep and relaxation

There are five areas in the world where people consistently live to be over 100 years old: the so-called Blue Zones. There are lifestyle commonalities among these five regions — Ikaria in Greece, Okinawa in Japan, the Ogliastra region on the Italian island of Sardinia, Loma Linda in California and Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica — that are often touted as the playbook for better health and, of course, longevity.

And rest is at the center of their healthy lifestyle. Centenarians from Blue Zone regions not only get a solid seven to nine hours of sleep each night, but they also take frequent naps.

Researchers have found that people who live in Blue Zones enjoy movement naturally throughout their day-to-day, have a sense of purpose, have stress-busting routines (like happy hour or naps) and generally belong to a faith-based community.

Dana Udall, a licensed mental health care provider and chief clinical officer of Headspace, tells Yahoo Life these “meditative or contemplative” practices are ways of regulating the body to decrease its stress response. “Also, coming together in community has been shown to have a host of benefits, including decreasing loneliness and depression and increasing longevity as well,” she adds.

2. Regularly engaging in 'waking rest' can be as restorative as sleep

Science has long celebrated quality sleep as a way to boost longevity. But living longer isn't just about napping. Consider waking rest — defined as quiet, reflective time that gives the brain a chance to acknowledge and work through thoughts that occur spontaneously. Studies show that ways to relax and restore the body and mind can boost immunity, self-control and the ability to retain information — all aspects of health that can add years to one’s life.

The alternative isn't pretty. Dr. Elizabeth Sharp, CEO and medical director of the New York City-based concierge medical practice Health Meets Wellness, tells Yahoo Life, “Poor sleep is a fast track to factors that can negatively impact health and longevity: increased levels of inflammation, poor eating habits, decreased levels of physical activity and mood changes, including symptoms of depression and anxiety.”

In a 2019 letter published in the journal Sleep, researchers noted that “waking rest can be incorporated into one’s life not only during periods of insomnia but also during the day to facilitate mental rejuvenation,” and “creating time for waking rest may be especially important for our feelings and emotional control and may help remedy various mental health and sleep problems.” They conclude: “We need to make waking rest culturally acceptable to increase health and well-being for our generation and those to come.”

Serena Poon, a longevity wellness expert, tells Yahoo Life that wakeful rest is just as helpful to overall health and longevity as sleep, because it activates the parasympathetic nervous system, a network of nerves that aids in rest.

And engaging in regular wakeful rest activity — something as simple as a daily meditation practice, especially before bed — can help combat symptoms of stress and can help you live longer, adds Sharp.

3. Meditating can slow cellular aging

Science also shows just how powerful a meditation practice can be to slow cellular aging: Research published in Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences found that meditative practices can lower stress hormones and reduce oxidative stress, which can damage cells, proteins and DNA and is linked to various life-shortening diseases (such as diabetes, cancer and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's). “When we meditate, we are lowering our blood pressure, heart rate and oxygen consumption, which results in higher energy levels and better immunity and sleep,” Udall says.

A similar analysis published in Frontiers in Immunology, which analyzed 18 previously published studies, found that mind-body practices like meditation and breathing exercises appeared to suppress the expression of genes and genetic pathways that promote chronic inflammation, which can take a toll on physical and mental health.

Udall notes that the beauty of meditation is that it doesn’t take long to prove beneficial. “Training your mind to be in the present, to be aware, to be welcoming of whatever comes up, can immediately decrease stress and can boost mood and focus and concentration in a very short period of time,” she says. “You don't have to meditate for 20 or 40 minutes every day. You can build up a practice that is really a few minutes.”

4. Slow, controlled breathing has been linked to longevity

Maximize your heart rate variability (HRV) and potentially live longer. That is according to research in the journal Breathe, which finds that controlled slow breathing practices appear to be an effective way to maximize HRV, or the variance in the timing between each heartbeat.

The study finds that "controlled, slow breathing appears to be an effective means of maximizing HRV and preserving autonomic function, both of which have been associated with decreased mortality in pathological states and longevity in the general population."

In other words, breathing slowly activates the parasympathetic nervous system, which slows the heart rate and reduces blood pressure and could help you live longer.

“On the flip side, reduced heart rate variability is tied to immune dysfunction, inflammation, cardiovascular disease and mortality,” says Poon.

5. Spending time in nature can reduce life-threatening diseases

Getting outside is study-proven to offer a bevy of benefits that could prolong your life. Using data from the U.S.-based Nurses’ Health Study prospective cohort, which studied approximately 100,000 women nationwide, Harvard researchers found that women who lived in areas with the highest level of greenness had a 12% lower rate of death compared with women whose homes had the lowest level of greenness. They even broke it down further, finding:

  • 13% lower rate for cancer mortality

  • 35% lower mortality related to respiratory disease

  • 41% lower rate for kidney disease mortality

Another review, published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, notes that time in nature decreases depression and anxiety, improves cognitive function and helps prevent chronic disease. “These are all important factors of living a long and healthy life,” says Poon.

These benefits may be attributed to the fact that spending time in green spaces has also been shown to decrease stress levels, she points out.


Horoscope for the Week of October 23, 2023 - Sun Enters Scorpio

AspectsThe Sun enters Scorpio this week bringing clarity and ambition to anything we want or seek. It’s time to take yourself one step further as you carefully plot your personal ascent.

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) 2023 MADAM LICHTENSTEIN, LLC., All Rights Reserved. For Entertainment Purposes Only. Madam Lichtenstein is the author of the best selling astrology book “HerScopes ” now in its 12th printing and available as an eBook.


Whatever has been holding you back seems to evaporate. It could be a change of perspective or it could be actual dramatic changes in the course of your life. The best thing you can do right now, Aries, is to seize the day and make your life one that is deeply fulfilling and expansive. There is passion to be mined and joy to gain.


If there is someone who is behaving in a not-too-nice manner, this can be a good time for you to step in and make things right. You seem to have the long term perspective and charismatic acumen to bring people together and increase calm and happiness. Do what you do best, Taurus, and see how relationships can grow.

GEMINI   (MAY 22 - JUNE 21)

Are you feeling a bit more robust, Gemini? That is because there is something in the air that is just simply invigorating. Get into the motion and find ways to increase your energy, deal with stress and just feel stronger overall. There are some new techniques to try and partners who help you along. Get off the couch!

CANCER   (JUNE 22 - JULY 23)

Your mind may feel especially active and enriched this week, Cancer. Allow yourself to explore heretofore unexplored avenues of creativity and fun. You can use what you learn from these activities in a variety of ways that enrich your life. One way may lead to new avenues that help your long term goals or career. Hmm.

LEO   (JULY 24 - AUGUST 23)

Put your best foot forward in any family matter, Leo. Allow yourself time to assess the situation and find new ways to add a bit of calm and common sense. Spend some time discovering what you need to make your surroundings more comforting and balanced. Sometimes it is as simple as aromatherapy and pleasant company.


Whatever you need to say or do now is time to go for it, Virgo. You are awash in great ideas and have the best and valued perspective on a range of topics. All you need is the right launch point for your oratory. Don’t delay. Become the master of your fate, the trusted advisor of others and the overall guru in a particular subject.


There are times when you need to reassess your internal value system, Libra. Are there areas of your life that are not as successful as you would like? If so, apply your clear thinking and careful strategic action on that area. You are now in top form and can go the distance. The secret is to know which direction and how far to go.


Scorpios are in the epicenter of all of the action. That means that you now have a series of opportunities to access some rarified social circles to showcase what you think, what you can do and where you want to go. This is just the beginning. You can achieve pretty much anything you set your mind to do. Okay, get going.


Hidden things and secretive people start to reveal themselves. This is a good thing, Sagittarius, because it gives you greater insight into others’ motivations and needs. Once the dust is cleared, you will have the ability to make choices and seek greater fulfillment for you and the community around you. Let the beautiful sunlight in.


You are ready to make the most of your friendships and associations, Capricorn. And that means that people surrounding you can be a great source of insight and personal achievement. Where do your interests lie? Discover some intriguing subjects by interacting with others who are very different from you. Expand your vision.


Long term goals are goosed and energized. So focus on what you want to achieve, either professionally or personally, and find the right path to get to where you want to be. Aquarians often seek the universal betterment for all. If that is what drives your engine, now is the time to decide on the right cause to heal the world.


What do you need to learn, Pisces? This may require going back to school or doing some extra research on an important subject. Your mind is ready, willing and able to take in large amounts of new information, process it and find new ways to use it to your advantage. So find out what sparks your soul and add the match.

(c) 2023 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

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