Weekly Horoscope, Sunday 9- Saturday 15

All Signs

This week we have Valentine’s Day, but have you ever wondered how it got started? According to Encyclopedia Britannica: “The holiday has origins in the Roman festival of Lupercalia, held in mid-February. The festival, which celebrated the coming of spring, included fertility rites and the pairing off of women with men by lottery. At the end of the 5th century, Pope Gelasius I replaced Lupercalia with St. Valentine’s Day.” Wow! Fertility rites! And they chose couples by lottery! (I think this is also the origin of the phrase, “Your number is up!”)

Aries (March 21-April 19)

This is a popular week! Enjoy schmoozing and interacting with clubs and organizations. Your ruler Mars is at the top of your chart, which arouses your ambition. This influence will last for six weeks and it occurs only once every two years so use it! Mercury retrograde will help you because it is in a part of your chart that influences doing research and ferreting out answers and solutions to old problems. Meanwhile, your ability to schmooze is enhanced, which is why you are so charming. (This is because Venus is in your sign.) This is a great week to buy wardrobe treasures, which is a good idea since you are pumped to pursue your ambitions! (You never get a second chance to make a first impression.)

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Right now, the Sun is at the top of your chart casting you in a flattering spotlight, which means people are impressed with you even if you don’t do anything special. Obviously, you can use this to your advantage. You also want to travel and grab every chance to expand your world through study, film and talking to people from different cultures. Many of you are pursuing opportunities in publishing, the media, the law and medicine. Old friends are back in your world now. Perhaps this is why some of you are having secret love affairs? Fear not, my lips are sealed. (Swami knows all, sees all, tells nothing.)

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

This week you want to do something to expand your world because you feel the need for adventure and a chance to learn something new. Obviously, travel would be an excellent choice. And if you can’t travel, you can always explore your own backyard. Meanwhile, disputes with the government and other sources about taxes, debt, shared property and insurance issues might be a drag. Just deal with it. Old bosses and parents you have not seen for a while might be back in your life at this time. Fortunately, the placement of Venus indicates that your ability to schmooze will be excellent. You will be charming and diplomatic with everyone you meet! In fact, a friend could become a lover. (Oh my.)

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

For some reason, you feel intense and passionate about issues at this time. You will notice this because you are a sensitive “feeling” person. In part, these passionate feelings could be due to serious discussions about inheritances and shared property. But also, fiery Mars is opposite your sign for the next six weeks and this can make you feel easily annoyed with others. Fortunately, your saved by the fact that Venus is at the top of your chart. Whatever is at the top of your chart is very visible to others, so this means your charm and your interest in the arts and your ability to be creative is noticeable to all. Nice.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

Remember to get more sleep this week because you need it. At this time, you have a unique opportunity to more objectively observe your closest relationships, which means you can improve how you relate to others. This is invaluable. When we get along well with those who are closest to us – this promotes our happiness. Mercury Retrograde will help you wrap up loose ends regarding shared property, inheritances, wills, estates, taxes and debt. Use this to your advantage. Fortunately, Mars will give you the energy to work hard this week. (In fact, it could make you bossy and busy delegating to others.) Venus will heighten your appreciation of beauty and encourage opportunities to travel for pleasure. We like!

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

You are still in work mode, which means not only are you busy, you are also doing everything possible to get better organized in every aspect of your life. Although we recently had the Chinese New Year, you have one more chance at a new “fresh start” because the Tibetan New Year is on Monday, Feb. 24. (I’m using that as my deadline.) Use this to clean up your act so that you start your new year feeling better organized, polished and shiny! Ex-partners and old friends are back in your world. Hopefully, this is interesting and not a problem. This is a good week to ask for a loan or mortgage because people will be generous to you. You might even receive a gift. Yeah!

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

It’s play city for you this week! Accept all invitations to party. Enjoy schmoozing with others. Sports events and fun activities with kids will appeal. It’s also a romantic week so plan on fun with your main squeeze. Singles should not hesitate to flirt. Chaos and increased activity on the home front will require your attention. Fortunately, with Venus opposite your sign, you will be diplomatic with everyone. Admittedly, in addition to dealing with whatever is happening at home, your job is also frustrated by silly, goofy mistakes. Patience is the key to keeping your sanity and a smile on your face.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Home, family and your involvement with a parent continue to be your primary focus this week. Likewise, some of you might spend more time on the home front cocooning. Perhaps you are thinking about old flames who are back on the scene. Sometimes when an old lover pops up, it’s thrilling and exciting. But other times, it’s disconcerting. Be tactful. Right now, Mars is in your House of Communications, which make you energetic, proactive and persuasive! It will encourage you to read and write more but it can also make you a bit scary if you come on too strong. Fortunately, at work, this is not a problem because Venus will sweeten your words with everyone. And so it goes.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Your busy pace continues because you’ve got places to go, things to do people to see! You are an excellent communicator right now, which means this week is a great time to write, sell, market, teach and act. Old issues regarding home and family might finally be wrapped up due to the influence of Mercury retrograde. (Mercury will either stall things or bring them to a closure.) Mars will guarantee that you are working hard to earn money but it also increases your cash flow, which means you are spending as well. That’s okay. (Money is only useful if you spend it.) Venus will attract opportunities for romance, socializing, enjoying the arts and participating in sports events and fun times with kids. It’s a great week.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

“Show me the money!” Yes, this week you continue to be focused on cash flow, earnings and assets. Not only are you thinking about boosting your earnings, many of you are also making an effort to take care of what you own. You enjoy doing this because you hate waste and you value continuity and respect for the past. “These were my dad’s tools.” With Mars in your sign for the next six weeks, you will be pumped with energy! (You will notice this because this occurs only once every two years.) Get physical exercise to blow off any pent-up steam that might occur. This is also great week to entertain at home and tweak your digs by redecorating or buying something new for where you live.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Ta da! The Sun is still in your sign this week, which empowers you. It attracts people to you as well as favourable situations. It also re-energizes you. Meanwhile, fair Venus is in your House of Communications and this makes you particularly diplomatic and charming when talking to others. This is why you will begin to notice how much love there is in your daily world. People care about you and vice a versa. You will also observe your daily surroundings with greater appreciation. This is a wonderful influence for you! Unfortunately, cheques in the mail will be late and delays regarding money and cash flow are likely. Be aware of anyone who might be working against your best interests.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

This week has conflicting influences. One part of you wants to hide and retire from the busy insanity of the world around you. (This is why you will seek out moments of solitude and pleasant surroundings and keep a low profile.) Countering this is an energetic influence from Mars that makes you want to engage with friends and groups in a dynamic way! You might take charge of a group or you might find yourself in competition with someone? Obviously, because Mercury is retrograde in your sign at this time, silly, goofy mistakes will plague your footsteps. Transportation delays, misplaced items, confused communications and old friends from the past are part of the picture. Patience.

 

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A Little About June Birth Symbols

June Babies

“The air is like a butterfly, With frail blue wings. The happy earth looks at the sky, And sings.” —Joyce Kilmer

Zodiac: Gemini until June 21 and Cancer from June 22

Gemstone: Pearl
The pearl has long been associated with purity. Pearls are the only gems that come from living sea creatures, and they’re also unique in that they require no faceting or polishing to reveal their beauty. Today, most pearls are cultured, grown under controlled conditions by farmers to ensure perfect shape.

Flower: Rose, Honeysuckle
A rose’s color signifies different meanings: red means “I love you,” pink means perfection and white is innocence. Honeysuckle, June’s other flower, stands for the strong bonds of love.

Tree: Ash, Hornbeam, Fig, Birch, Apple

FROM: http://www.whattoexpect.com/pregnancy/photo-gallery/birth-signs-symbols#07

June’s birth flower is the rose, which has more meanings than one can count! A pink rose means perfect happiness, while a red rose means “I love you.” A white rose signifies innocence and purity, while a yellow rose conveys jealousy or a decrease in love. A bouquet of roses means sincere gratitude, whereas a single rose amplifies the meaning of the color (a single red rose means “I REALLY love you”). The other June flower is honeysuckle, which is a strong symbol for the everlasting bonds of love.

FROM: http://www.almanac.com/content/birth-month-flowers-and-their-meanings#

June Birthstone – Pearl

The month of June is represented by the pearl. “Pearl” is derived from the Latin word “pirum”, meaning pear, which is the shape that many pearls take on naturally when they grow. Many ancient civilizations have told a variety of stories and the birth of the pearl. The Greeks believed that they were tears of joy that had been hardened when they were shaken from the eyes of the goddess of love when she was born in the sea. Arabs believe that they were formed when oysters were lured by the light of the moon from the depths of the seas. The moon would leave dewdrops of its light, which would be swallowed by the oysters and taken back with them to their deep oceanic homes. The Chinese in ancient times thought they came from the brain of a dragon.

Specific gemstones are utilized to symbolize our birth-month according to the Gregorian or Western Calendar. Each month of the year brings in a new cycle. For many of you reading this, there needs to be no mention of what one might feel from the energy emitted from each stone representing each month and season. The cycles of each season have their own meaning and energy. Aligning with the changing times, each gemstone can increase our spiritual and mental energies. Many of these yearly shifts compromise our bodies, our immunity, mental health. Many have believed for centuries specific gemstones can counter these affects, granting strength and even cure ailments that might come with each season.

The formation of the pearl is as mystical as its history. For oysters to create a pearl, a small irritant, usually a small fish or parasite would lodged itself in the flesh of the oyster. The presence of the fish or parasite would then cause the oyster create what is called a “nacre”. This nacre grows over the intruder layer after layer and creates a luxurious pearl. As natural pearls are rare, man has created a process in which a small bead or piece of shell is placed inside the mollusk, stimulating the nacre production. This practice makes up about ninety percent of the pearl industry. They are harvested all over the world from the South Pacific, Gulf of California, Gulf of Mexico and its Pacific coast, Gulf of Manmar, the Persian Gulf, Europe, Japan and Australia.

At one time, Royalty were the only ones who were allowed to wear jewelry with pearls. Eventually, they were seen worn by all status’ of culture. Pearls have been obsessed over and been a passion for many. They are the symbol of purity, enhances ones integrity, and are often times given as a gift celebrating the birth of a child or marriage. Pearls are viewed as a sign of refinement and good taste. White pearls are usually given as gifts, however there are a wide variety of spectrum that the pearl grows: white, silver, cream-colored, gold, green, blue and black.

Other interesting facts about the June Birthstone Pearl:

-The pearl has been ground up into fine powders for use in cosmetics, and is effective for health problems of the intestine, stomach, and heals ulcers.

-In earlier times, pearls were seen as more valuable than the diamonds.

-They were sought after by powerful rulers and emperors around the world

-The pearls that have perfect symmetry, sometimes large are viewed as the best ones

Other June Symbols:

June Birth Flower:

The Rose, created by the goddess of flowers, Chloris, according to Greek mythology

June Birth Tree:

Fig

Famous People born in June:

Mark Wahlberg- June 5, 1971

Gene Wilder- June 11, 1933

Liam Neeson- June 7, 1952

– See more at: http://birthstonesbymonths.net/june-birthstone-pearl/#sthash.NwuqI8dx.dpuf

A Little About May Birth Symbols

  • FROM:  http://www.whattoexpect.com/pregnancy/photo-gallery/birth-signs-symbols#06

    May Babies

    “Spring’s last-born darling, clear-eyed, sweet, Pauses a moment, with white twinkling feet, and golden locks in breezy play, Half teasing and half tender, to repeat Her song of ‘May.'” —Susan Coolidge

    Zodiac: Taurus until May 20 and Gemini from May 21

    Gemstone: Emerald
    Symbolizing love and success, the deep green stone is thought to bring foresight, good fortune and youth to the wearer. It’s also a symbol of rebirth and new beginnings — an appropriate symbol of spring.

    Flower: Lily of the Valley
    The lily of the valley represents sweetness and humility, purity of heart and honor.

    Tree: Poplar, Chestnut, Ash

    FROM: http://www.almanac.com/content/birth-month-flowers-and-their-meanings#

    May’s birth flower is the lily of the valley, which signifies sweetness, humility, and a return to happiness. If you want to show your loved one that your life is complete with them, give them a few lilies of the valley. The other May flower is the hawthorn plant, which represents hope and supreme happiness. Hawthorne signifies that you want only the best for the recipient.

    FROM: http://birthstonesbymonths.net/

    May Birthstone – Emerald

    May Birthstone Emerald

    The gemstone representing May, is the Emerald. As spring in the northern hemisphere occurs in May, the emerald stands for a time of rebirth and growth. The French refer to the emerald’s inclusions and fractures as “jardin’s”, translated as garden, resembling the color of spring foliage.

    For each stone of the Gregorian calendar, each month of the year brings in a new cycle. Each cycle represents a new season, has a renewed energy, and a new meaning. The month of May is one of abundance and life in it’s youthful beauty. Following the rainy month of April, the month of May is one that symbolizes fresh, new, green life. The emerald as a precious stone for the month of May. Beautiful, fertile valleys blessed with rain are symbolic of the Emerald in that both offer energy both in a spiritual and physical sense giving sustenance for one who might own an Emerald and for those living within the valleys.

    The emerald has been a symbol since the Egyptians engraved the stone with pictures of foliage. It would then be gifted to their deceased loved ones for their burials to represent eternal youth. It is the Egyptians who mined emeralds in the desert to the east over two-thousand years before the birth of Cleopatra. During her reign, this was her favorite stone, and even claimed one of the emerald mines as her own. She would bestow an emerald to a visiting dignitary on their departure. When the Spanish Conquistadors arrived in South America, they noticed that the natives were wearing some of the largest emeralds they had ever seen. They attempted to hide the mines from the Conquistadors, but were unsuccessful. Today, that area is known as Columbia, where some of the most prize emeralds are unearthed. There are sources of emeralds that have been found in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Brazil, Zimbabwe, and Russia.

    The Romans regarded the emerald representative to the goddess of love, Venus. They wore the gem to honor Aphrodite, their adopted goddess of love for fertility, beauty and love. Their emperor, Nero had eyeglasses that were made of emerald so that he might watch the gladiators battle and maintain his eyes’ health, and to ease the strain upon his eyes.

    These crystals grow slowly within the confines of metamorphic rock, making them rare and thus, very valuable and expensive, sometimes more so than diamonds. It represents wisdom, patience and growth. It often given as an anniversary gift, as these characteristics in a relationship are important. It also represents friendship, faithfulness and loyalty, and they have been utilized for the effective treatment of health issues related to fertility, eyes, spine and for headaches. The Emerald can prevent seizures, reduce fevers and stop bleeding.

    Some other interesting facts about the May Birthstone Emerald:

    -Mostly all Emeralds have been treated with an epoxy resin or oil to fill in surface cracks making them less visible

    -Some of the oils used to treat Emeralds are clear, however, some are tinted green in order to make them appear more vivid

    -Mummies were buried with emeralds

    -It is often times worn by travelers for luck and has legends of calming stormy seas

    Other symbols of May

    May Birth Flower:

    Lily of the Valley and the Hawthorn. Hawthorns flower in May and symbolizes the return of spring and summer. Maypoles were constructed of hawthorn.

    May Birth Tree:

    Ash, Popular, and Chestnut

    Famous People born in May:

    Fred Astaire- May 10, 1899

    Mr. T- May 21, 1943

    Bing Crosby- May 2, 1903

    Tina Fey- May 18, 1970

    Audrey Hepburn- May 4, 1929

    Candice Bergen- May 9, 1946

    Anne Heche- May 25, 1969

    Cate Blanchet- May 14, 1969

    See more at: http://birthstonesbymonths.net/may-birthstone-emerald/#sthash.VNnsHCVq.dpuf