Friday, October 30, 2009

Forecast and Faery Finder for Halloween Weekend 09

10-31-09 and 11-01-09
Forecast and Faery Finder
By Janice Scott-Reeder and the Bitwit

For the first time in almost two months, I was at the shop today trying to find the camera. The Bitwit ran over, jumped up on the table, put her little paws on my chest and kissed me right on the mouth just she has for her entire life. Cats do not forget you. We had a love in and then she had a can of food. I never did find the camera so I bought a cheap one at Target. As bright pink as it, it will be hard to lose…..I hope.
Today’s total silliness: I saw on Facebook the Christian Coalition on radio has claimed that all candy this Halloween has been ‘enchanted’ by witches…Thus, I have personally volunteered at great risk to myself to personally dispose of all dark chocolate mounds, Mr. Goode Bars, Dark Chocolate Reeses and Godiva anything…just send it to me. Burp!


According to Llewellyn’s Spell-a-Day Almanac, Halloween’s color is blue and the incense is magnolia. The Day of the Dead or All Saints’ Day’s color is Orange and the incense is Frankincense.
These are the days we honor the dead and the contributions they have made to our lives.

FORECASTS:

Deck: Navigators Tarot of the Mystic Sea.

This weekend’s Tarot Card is the Hermit: exaltation. Your ego is finally on the back burner and you are feeling the Cosmic Flow. You refuse to allow daily problems and dramas to sidetrack you from your destiny. Surround yourself with the essentials and be frugal.

Astrological Source: Llewellyn’s 2009 Daily Planetary Guide.
Astrologically:
Saturday, Chiron goes direct in Aquarius. New methods can eliminate old hurts.
For about a week, sneaky and underhanded reaps a quick reward and you won’t like it. It will be a social week but often parties degenerate into group sessions.
It is not a good morning for promoting yourself or trying anything dishonest or underhanded. You will be found out in record time and punished even faster. Tonight, is good for making money, doing things on the Web and just enjoying the moon. Just a hint, slow down and really listen to what is happening around you.
Sunday, the Moon enters Taurus at 7:45 PM EDT. The veil between worlds is very thin in the AM and you may have dreams about the departed where they really are communicating with you. By evening, the looming work week is not putting you in a good mood, but hey, the weekend can’t last forever. Buck up and you can transform a bad situation into a good one. You have a couple of days of ego conflicts but then it is smoother sailing.

Deck: Healing with the Fairies.
The Faeries say:
No matter how busy it is, look inside yourself to find the right path.

This weekend’s Cat Comfort Card is :
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof: “Life likes to test your surefootedness. Be Nimble.”

Deck: The Fairies’ Oracle by Brian Froud & Jessica MacBeth
This weekend’s Faery Finder is on the lookout for:
Nelys the Alchemsyst is out and about this weekend. She brings inner transformation and through it irrevocable change. Things will happen inwardly and outwardly the weekend.

Halloween’s Lo Shu Number is 6 and the Element is Earth. The Rabbit finds conflict today but the Rooster has ease. It is NOT a good day for Gambling or Construction. The Day of the Dead’s Lo Shu Number is 5 and the Element is Metal. The Dragon finds conflict but the Ox and Tiger have ease. It is NOT a good day for haircuts or construction but it is a good day for gambling. Hum…..maybe I should stop at the casino on the way home from the Witches’ Ball. It will be after midnight……

This Weekend’s Message from the Universe is: “Patience and serenity are now filling my mind and my heart. I trust the Divine Wisdom which is at the source of everything. I stay calm and peaceful. I love, respect and accept everyone and everything around me as an expression of the perfection of the Universe.” Annie Marquier creating a world of peace one thought at a time.

COMMENTARIES BY JANICE SCOTT-REEDER

Everything points to this being a transformative weekend if you allow it to happen. Honor your ancestors and friends who have passed beyond the veil. Seek guidance in the psychic and your dreams. Do something spiritual, like walking a labyrinth, and one can be found out back at the Witches’ Ball in Ft Lauderdale. When you come to the center and turn to walk back, the trick is to see if you experience more going back where you have been than you did going forward into the unknown.
You are getting a double forecast today because all of tomorrow is dedicated to the Witches’ Ball and getting ready for it. I am the proud owner of a cheap digital camera I have to figure out how to use and down load information to my computer from it and if things go well, I will be posting on the net live from the Ball. Needless to say, I am going to busy, busy and of course, I have to get into costume and get down there. It is almost an hour drive. Then, the room has to be decorated. It’s a darn good thing I am a wiz at organization.
I know that very seldom do you actually get to meet the psychic you talk to on the phone. I will be at the Ft. Lauderdale Witches’ Ball, http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/broward/sfl-witches-ball-b103009,0,7173465.story?track=rss, come and learn what we are all about. I will be in the All Purpose room, turn right and go down the hall. This year I am the Green Spider Witch. The cats are staying home. Bring a can of food for the food drive.
Tonight I say good bye to all my Ebay friends and customers. Ebay is discontinuing their blog platform on Halloween night. They really want us to believe that little bit of space costs them too much money. But, I am not gone. You can just click over to http://janicescottreeder.blogspot.com and find my blog and quite a few famous authors in the Fantasy and Science Fiction field. Just a little hint, you can pick up all sorts of great info on what books to bid on. No one is selling anything there, it is just blogs.
Of course, you can find me on social networking platforms and literally all over the net. So, unless something goes really bad next week when I have the operation, I will still be kicking around. But keep in mind, my readings are only available through Keen.com or when I make the rare appearance away from home.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Forecast and Faery Finder for 10/30/09

10-30-09
Forecast and Faery Finder
By Janice Scott-Reeder and the Bitwit

Tonight’s Forecast is being assisted by Conner with huge purrs. He is a feral rescue from Animal Control. He can thank his life to a case of mistaken identity and a Druid that is pretty darned good at mind control. They put feral cats down immediately. They were no match for me. He required welding gloves to remove from the cage. Conner is not a soft cat in any way. His fur is spiky and rough. He is huge and looks fat but it is all muscle. His purrs are so loud I can hear him down at my knees and I am almost deaf! He is just so happy to be alive, dry and well fed. Even adult feral cats can be rehabilitated.

According to Llewellyn’s Spell-a-Day Almanac, today’s color is purple and the incense is Yarrow.

FORECASTS:

Deck: Navigators Tarot of the Mystic Sea.

Today’s Tarot Card is the Ace of Swords: respiration. Instead of letting your mind constantly wander, restrict it. Harness the power of focus. Will you use this new found energy for good or evil?


Astrological Source: Llewellyn’s 2009 Daily Planetary Guide.
Astrologically:
The Moon enters Aries at 1:56 PM EDT. Chiron goes direct at 10:46 PM PDT. The afternoon finds decorating not going the way we intended but you do have a budget. Remember, those jack-o-lanterns can be turned around and become Thanksgiving decorations. Purple can be for Yule. You are just not going to change the minds of those with the power this afternoon. That leads to some late night arguments.


Deck: Healing with the Fairies.
The Faeries say:
Get out and enjoy the magic of nature. Even snow is nature. Let your inner child be free.

Today’s Cat Comfort Card is :
Something the Cat Dragged In: “You’ve been having a hard time; things will get better.”

Deck: The Fairies’ Oracle by Brian Froud & Jessica MacBeth
Today’s Faery Finder is on the lookout for:
The Singer of the Chalice comes to visit today. We are getting some really high level Fae this week! From the Chalice, a rainbow of energy pours forth: trust, joy patience, creativity, hope and even miracles. These natural energies are available to us all the time but we block them by not connecting with others and our world. Anger wears us down an blocks the healing energies. Hate closes us to love. Once we are truly open, bliss will follow.

Today’s Lo Shu Number is 7 and the Element is Earth. The Tiger finds conflict today but the Dog and Boar have ease. This is NOT an auspicious day for construction but it is for births. Now we have purrs and kitty biscuits assisting us.

Today’s Message from the Universe is: “I will not remain in this state. The healing forces of the Universe are now at work for my highest good. I open my heart to Divine Love, I follow my intuition and great successes now occur in my life naturally and easily.” Annie Marquier creating a world of peace one thought at a time.

COMMENTARIES BY JANICE SCOTT-REEDER

Under the list of nasty things that happen in the night is sciatica. I think I levitated a foot straight up out of the bed. Then I twisted causing a cramp in the right foot and had to get it flat on the floor, all the time hopping out of the bedroom only to find myself surrounded by cats looking amused. It is so good to know I am keeping the local wildlife entertained.
So I sat in the kitchen with Rusty J. Hoover and went over the list of pain killers I could take to get back into bed. ZIP. Yup, with surgery scheduled next week I can’t have anything that thins your blood and that even includes the percodan because it has an aspirin type base.
The ugly result was I found myself digging through the fridge door for the bottle of wine. Wine aficionados, you might want to not read the rest of this. This bottle was so old, the label fell off when I took it out. It’s a pink color and I really hope it started out that way. The cat got the label and ran off. Anyway, I found a clean mini coffee mug. Yes, I don’t even know where the wine glass is. I only have one. I poured a cup of wine and started drinking. The stuff didn’t taste half bad and I got about half of it down before the lovely muscle relaxing hit. Alcohol doesn’t get me drunk, it just relaxes all my muscles and I fall under the table. I don’t even get a “buzz” whatever that is. I got back to bed and I could hear my big toe screaming, “There are ice cold needles sticking under my nail!” However from my ankle up the chorus was, “Shut up, we’re happy here.” So the last thing I remember is Napoleon purring me to sleep.
Today my candelabra arrived from spiritHalloween today. It is heavy, the little skulls have fangs, pewter color and you can use real candles in it if you want. I am very happy with it! You have to come to the CUUPS Witches’ Ball in Ft. Lauderdale and see it. I’ll be in the All Purpose Room doing Tarot Readings. Look for the…what else…witch. Yes, I have a great witches’ hat this year….
Mr. B and company managed to get a Palmetto Bug (huge cockroach) out of somewhere and were chasing it. It wedged itself under a storage box. All the cats were circling the box trying to figure out how to get it out when Purdy von Sweets jumped on top of the box. Squish! That one won’t be coming out. It’s batteries are now shot. Mommy will clean up later.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Forecast for 10/29/09

10-29-09
Forecast and Faery Finder
By Janice Scott-Reeder and the Bitwit


According to Llewellyn’s Spell-a-Day Almanac, today’s color is Turquoise and the incense is Jasmine.
This is the start of the Norse Winternights, a period lasting until Nov. 2 when your ancestors are remembered. It is the beginning of winter in those lands and also of the Wild Hunt. Divination is favored during this time, so look for me at the CUUPS Witches’ Ball in Ft. Lauderdale on Halloween night. I will be doing readings in the All Purpose Room.



FORECASTS:

Deck: Navigators Tarot of the Mystic Sea.

Today’s Tarot Card is the Strength: Omnipotence. Reclaim your power! Inspiration drives you today. Personality conflicts are resolved, confidence is restored and you are ready to tackle the world! Go for it!

Astrological Source: Llewellyn’s 2009 Daily Planetary Guide.
Astrologically:
For about a week, energy is high and people will go just about any lengths to protect their reputation. Saturn enters Libra at 1:09 PM EDT. Libra, this is your Saturn return.
Social events seem more trouble than they are worth. Be patient. You are just tired.

Deck: Healing with the Fairies.
The Faeries say:
This is an excellent day for creative expression. Get the craft supplies out and make something. Write a story. Let your talents shine.

Today’s Cat Comfort Card is :
Suncat: “Feel your own sunshine radiating from within.”

Deck: The Fairies’ Oracle by Brian Froud & Jessica MacBeth
Today’s Faery Finder is on the lookout for:
The Singer of Initiation arrives bringing a major transition between the old and the new, but it doesn’t comes easily. There will be tests.

Today’s Lo Shu Number is 8 and the Element is Fire. The Ox finds conflict today. Today is an auspicious day for hair cuts, gambling and births but NOT for construction.

Today’s Message from the Universe is: “I am now totally committed to the manifestation of my Higher Self. Nothing can stop me. I face every challenge with energy, courage and confidence. I am supported by God’s Light and Love.” Annie Marquier creating a world of peace one thought at a time.

COMMENTARIES BY JANICE SCOTT-REEDER

I am finally calming down after yesterday. No sleep last night and a fuzzy day results.
I did manage a load of laundry and it got so tangled in the machine, I could not get it out. I was pulling and twisting trying to get out. We have an old raccoon that comes up to the door. I think he lives in the yard somewhere and I give him an occasional old energy bar. I looked over and he has laid down on the walk way watching me. It’s nice to know I provide entertainment for the local wildlife. Now let’s see if I can get Napoleon off my wrist so I can actually type the rest of the forecast into the form.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Forecast and Faery Finder for 10/28/09

10-28-09
Forecast and Faery Finder
By Janice Scott-Reeder and the Bitwit

According to Llewellyn’s Spell-a-Day Almanac, today’s color is brown and the incense is Bay Laurel.



FORECASTS:

Deck: Navigators Tarot of the Mystic Sea.

Today’s Tarot Card is the Star: revelation. Meditation enriches our lives. During those moments, between thoughts, revelations come. The solution to your problem is just a calm thought away.

Astrological Source: Llewellyn’s 2009 Daily Planetary Guide.
Astrologically:
The Moon enters Pisces at 3:4 AM EDT and people are more sensitive and sentimental. Mercury enters Scorpio at 6:09 AM EDT where he loves to ferret out secrets.
The next couple of days brings a lot of talk about change but you aren’t seeing what is going on beneath the surface. You may like the results but there has been some dirty dealing.
For the next week, social activity, particularly on the net, bring money home.


Deck: Healing with the Fairies.
The Faeries say:
Today, happily ever after is possible so don’t give up on your dreams.

Today’s Cat Comfort Card is :
Catharsis: “Enjoy the freedom that comes with release.”

Deck: The Fairies’ Oracle by Brian Froud & Jessica MacBeth
Today’s Faery Finder is on the lookout for:
Honesty is the sweetest Fae. He loves us no matter what. But honesty has many forms and some, like Brutal Honesty, is aimed to hurt. Dishonesty, even those little white lies, aren’t helpful to people either. You need to be clear in what say and mean, but phrase it with compassion and tact.
Honest appears most often as Luneria annua, a plant with white, round seed pods. It is also called Moonwort, Satin Flower, Silver Dollar, Penny Flower, Dollar Plant, and Bolbonac. He also has another name: Unshoe-the-Horse. He is said to unshoe horses that tread on him and to have collected 30 horseshoes from the Earl of Essex on the White Downs in Devonshire. Never mess with a Fae, no matter how sweet they are.

Today’s Lo Shu Number is 9 and the Element is Fire. The Rat finds conflict today but the Dragon and Snake have ease. Today is an auspicious day for haircuts, medical procedures, writing and births.

Today’s Message from the Universe is: “In order to create abundance and to fulfill my Soul’s deepest desires, I now let go of any hostility, criticism, resentment, or irritation toward myself and toward others. I choose to fill every moment of my life with joy, detachment, humour and love. I celebrate my life.” Annie Marquier creating a world of peace one thought at a time.

COMMENTARIES BY JANICE SCOTT-REEDER

My surgery is scheduled and now the waiting begins. I am really on needles and pins. The cats are all around me. Napoleon and Purdy von Sweets alternated attaching themselves to me all afternoon. Then Boogaboo and Fiona came in to hang onto me. I don’t think the doctor has to worry about me not sticking to my diet. Everything is sticking about half way to my stomach so I don’t anticipate eating much. I did try to drink some of my cappuccino protein drink. Then I made the mistake of setting it down and discovered Napoleon likes it too and he can lap really fast. That was probably the caffeine kicking in. I lost half a cup of coffee to Purdy. It has not been a good day for coffee drinking here. At least, so far, they leave my FUZE alone, but who knows, that could change momentarily.
I realized I will be probably be laid up until January and by that time, having me all to themselves with nothing I really can do but pet and cater to them, I am going to have one house full of really, really spoiled cats and one turtle. When I do return to the shop, I think I had better do it in stages, because they are going to be UPSET.
I have determined that my most common response to a reply from tech support is: “What does that have to with my question?” What’s your’s?

Monday, October 26, 2009

Forecast and Faery Finder for 10/27/09

10-27-09
Forecast and Faery Finder
By Janice Scott-Reeder and the Bitwit

According to Llewellyn’s Spell-a-Day Almanac, today’s color is Red and the incense is Bayberry.

FORECASTS:

Deck: Navigators Tarot of the Mystic Sea.

Today’s Tarot Card is the Page of Wands: equivocation. It’s going to take a bit of time to figure what is really going on with your future.

Astrological Source: Llewellyn’s 2009 Daily Planetary Guide.
Astrologically:
This is day when we can view most anything in a detached and logical manner, even old wrongs done to us. It is also a very psychic day. Get a reading if you need one.


Deck: Healing with the Fairies.
The Faeries say:
You may not be able to let your inner child out to play today, but you can listen to the commentary in your mind. Smile!


Today’s Cat Comfort Card is :
When the Cat’s Away: “Enjoy your freedom.”

Deck: The Fairies’ Oracle by Brian Froud & Jessica MacBeth
Today’s Faery Finder is on the lookout for:
The Singer of Connections is here today to remind us we are all connected on some level and what diminishes one, harms the whole. What up life one, bring all of us up to a new level.

Today’s Lo Shu Number is 1 and the Element is Wood. The Boar finds conflict today but the rabbit has ease. Today is not an auspicious day for construction projects.

Today’s Message from the Universe is: “I wholeheartedly welcome all the current challenges of my life. I free my mind of all blame, complaints, regrets or doubts. I choose to play the game of life without reservation. This way I express the Power, Light and infinite Wisdom of my Soul.” Annie Marquier creating a world of peace one thought at a time.

COMMENTARIES BY JANICE SCOTT-REEDER

Tomorrow morning we schedule my next surgery. Due to changes in the insurance for next year, it is better to do it this year which means our benefits have again been reduced but not price. In fact, even my prescriptions are going up as instead of one price, we now have three levels. Cute, huh? It is really cute when you consider how much out of pocket I am going to have pay. As to reconstructive surgery after this over, well, it is not happening. I wonder if England, Germany or Holland needs psychics and cats? And that folks is how it is in the real world instead of the fantasy one the Republicans in Congress live in.
I shall be out of action and probably work until next year. Hopefully, I will be alive. The first doctor that saw me not only lied about the kind of cancer I had but the severity of the cancer and of course, the little part where she pronounced me cured. I really hope she enjoyed the money she got for screwing me up. That’s what a preferred provider system encourages. Doctors get paid more for easier procedures, so it was easier and more profitable to lie and say I had two squamous cell carcinomas that lay on the surface of the skin and grows slowly then to actually send the biopsy she took out to a lab and find out I had basal cell carcinoma, which starts way below the skin before erupting up and is much faster growing and dangerous. It’s called diagnosis based on red head with fair skin in South Florida and you have about a 75% chance of being right. Unfortunately when the patient falls into the 25% group, you may well kill them. But, you will have made a nice profit off the office visit and the prescription you wrote. How are you liking health care in the USA with really good insurance now? Of course really good insurance isn’t good any more. We can not get paid for an ER visit unless it is life threatening. Just for reference, when George was broken out from head to toe in rash that could have been anything, and his throat could have started closing in the rash internalized, at 10 PM in evening, it was written up as a non-life threatening condition. I wonder if a broken arm or leg is life threatening? You certainly won’t die from it if you wait until you can get an appointment with your primary care physician. You may never use that arm or leg again, but you won’t die. Think about it. Before you say: that won’t happen, think about the condition of the woman writing this. Do you really think they care if you limp or have one arm for the rest of your life?
A couple of weeks ago, there was a couple on the TV that had barely escaped a bad traffic accident alive when they hit a light pole and bounced onto the railroad tracks a few moments before the train arrived. They managed to get out of the SUV, but it was totaled. The wife was pretty sure she had broken a rib in the accident and when the news anchor asked if she was going to the hospital her answer was, “No, we don’t have insurance.” I have friends that give me the same answer after they take a bad fall and lie there bruised and black blue until they can get up and back to work. We might be the richest nation in stupid consumer goods but when it comes to spiritual goods, we are bankrupt.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Forecast and Faery Finder for 10/26/09

10-26-09
Forecast and Faery Finder & What we should learn from James Ray
By Janice Scott-Reeder and the Bitwit

Message from the Microwits: This is a warning to all felines. Stay out of the rain room. The skin ones will wash us with SOAP! It was horrible watching it. Stay away. You could be next. Let us have a moment of silence for our poor brother who had a bath today.

Message from the Mamma: Oh good grief! Every once in a while a cat gets into something he shouldn’t and he shouldn’t lick off and he gets a nice warm bath, on my shower chair with a pulsing hand held shower head and my best all organic coconut shampoo. Then there is a nice fluffy towel drying. You would think I was drowning cats in the toilet the way they all behaved. They are treating the bathroom like a torture chamber.

According to Llewellyn’s Spell-a-Day Almanac, today’s color is ivory and the incense is neroli.



FORECASTS:

Deck: Navigators Tarot of the Mystic Sea.

Today’s Tarot Card is the Aeon: realization. Like a breath of fresh air, energy arrives today. Things are suddenly very clear and you can plan your actions accordingly.

Astrological Source: Llewellyn’s 2009 Daily Planetary Guide.
Astrologically:
This is a peaceful, social and pleasant day so enjoy your reprieve from aspects. They will return on Wednesday.

Deck: Healing with the Fairies.
The Faeries say:
Take some quiet time today to reflect on the joy of life.

Today’s Cat Comfort Card is :
Cheshire Cat: “Smile. Share your joy with others.”

Deck: The Fairies’ Oracle by Brian Froud & Jessica MacBeth
Today’s Faery Finder is on the lookout for:
The piper is about and his music can inspire us to great heights or just keep us in a day dream. The choice is yours.

Today’s Lo Shu Number is 2 and the Element is Wood. The Dog finds conflict today but the sheep and monkey have ease. Today is NOT an auspicious day for haircuts, medical procedures, writing, gambling, construction or births.

Today’s Message from the Universe is: “There is no criticism within me or against me. Negativity vanishes from my life. I attract open, loving and supportive people into my life. Together, we play and create a world of peace, joy and love for ourselves and for all mankind.” Annie Marquier creating a world of peace one thought at a time.

COMMENTARIES BY JANICE SCOTT-REEDER

Even without the final facts being in on the James Ray case, there are a few things we should have learned. I have been preaching this for years and getting battered and bruised because of it. You can not just pick and choose what you want from a variety of traditions and expect things to turn out wonderful fluffy pink bunnies. The odds are you are going to get dead, black withered stems. That’s what James Ray did. He took the best of several methods of attaining a higher state of consciousness, combined them and got dead people. You don’t do breathing exercises in a sweat lodge. If 95 degrees is good, 140 degrees isn’t better. You don’t fast and then try three other forms of physical endurance. You don’t then heap guided meditation on top of it all and leave people in a semi hypnotic trance and expect them to have free will. And lastly, you make darned sure you know who your staff is and someone competent can take over if you are incapacitated.
On the other hand, how many times have I seen similar things done and fortunately the people survived. So, here are a few facts. If you have high or low blood pressure, a breathing problem like asthma or bronchitis, etc., a heart condition, varicose veins, severe acne, rosecea, or very fair skin you should never set foot in a sweat lodge. Just cross that activity off your to do list. There are plenty of other spiritual practices out there. It won’t be missed and while you are at it, stay out of saunas, too. If you have any of the above except acne and now including borderline epilepsy stay far away from breathing exercises that either slow your breathing down or increase its rate. Both of these techniques have the same effect. They decrease the amount of oxygen going to your brain which induces hallucinations and can cause brain damage and seizures. Folks, your autonomic nervous system is pretty darned good at picking the right rate of breathing for you unless you start hyperventilating because of emotional stress and even then, it is doing the right thing. It wants you unconscious so it can reset itself and the predator thinks you are dead, diseased and moves on. Yes, slow deep breathing will relax you, but you will seldom find a therapist who knows what they are doing exceeding 10 deep breaths or for the most part 5. Five is all I need to put you in a relaxed state for hypnosis. Why would you spend 10 or 30 minutes doing what 5 breaths can do? More is not better.
In every religion there is a birth, death and rebirth fable, parable or play which is acted out at least once a year. Before you scream you have fair warning; I did an English Lit paper on this. In these plays, someone gets to play god, sometimes you have the good god and the bad god and sometimes you even get a goddess. Someone gets play the sacrificial lamb, er… person. The theory is the old you must die to allow the new you to be born. It is a right of passage. Why is everyone so upset at this role playing in James Ray’s seminars when it is acted out constantly, in a variety of ways all over the globe? Now, I am no fan of role playing and once wrote a paper on how I did not think it was practical in psychotherapy. I’ll not tell you how many people I really upset. The prevailing thought is it is wonderful.
Motivating people is a wonderful thing if there is a practical plan behind it. If you motivate someone with no real skills and drop them in the middle of company, what exactly do you expect them to do? Drop them over at the University. This is why I got my degrees in psychology and worked in psychiatry for ten years. Telling someone the future may be nice but unless you offer them alternatives all you have is a scared person who may become so paralyzed they harm themselves. When doing readings you have to consider the effect of what you are telling someone. Just because I can see your future doesn’t mean you should. The future is mutable. It can be changed. Providing the tools to do that is more important than the information of its possible paths.
Providing the tools to change and improve is more important than a spiritual hallucination in this old Druid’s world view. I am in the minority in a ‘give it to me now’ world. I want to see effect, NOW! I don’t want to see myself planting seeds in a garden in my past life, I want the thrill of a nasty death. I want to be the king, not the peasant. I want the vision, not the information it provides. All of this has one thing in common: I. Until you move beyond the I and me into the Universal we, none of those experiences is going to worth a plug nickel and definitely not $10,000.00 or $1.00. In the end, life and spirituality are do it yourself projects and like most do it yourself projects, they require a lot of work. There will always be plenty of idiots ready to lead you and encourage you to lick the frozen flag pole. You have to make the informed decision whether to follow or just walk out.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Forecast and Faery Finder for 10/25/09

10-25-09
Forecast and Faery Finder Don’t give up your Power!
By Janice Scott-Reeder and the Bitwit

My hair is now completely chopped off in preparation for operation number two. I am certain at some point tonight a Microwit will bathe my scalp. They can’t resist short hair.

According to Llewellyn’s Spell-a-Day Almanac, today’s color is yellow and the incense is
Juniper.

Fresh organic herb roasted chicken, fresh tomatoes and Madras potatoes and chick peas for dinner. Napoleon is stuffed. He suckered me out of three large pieces of chicken. I am on the new Cat Diet. Your cat gets most of your dinner. Not that the Microwits didn’t fare well. I deboned the chicken and they got all the spare bits and the skin. And you wondered why there was a line of stray cats at my front door. I think they are taking numbers, now.



FORECASTS:

Deck: Navigators Tarot of the Mystic Sea.

Today’s Tarot Card is the Queen of Wands: regeneration. When things go horribly wrong you can either rebuild or play the blame and revenge game. If you choose the latter, you will in exactly the same position for a very long time.

Astrological Source: Llewellyn’s 2009 Daily Planetary Guide.
Astrologically:
The Moon enters Aquarius at 3:08 PM EDT.
People are a little touchy in the morning so be careful how you approach them. By afternoon you make greet progress with things that have to be done just so. It is not a night for underhanded promotion or you will hurt your image.

Deck: Healing with the Fairies.
The Faeries say:
Standing your ground is never easy but it is very hard today.

Today’s Cat Comfort Card is :
Sophisticat. “Steep yourself in culture. Learn one new thing today.”

Deck: The Fairies’ Oracle by Brian Froud & Jessica MacBeth
Today’s Faery Finder is on the lookout for:
Unity is the First and the Last of the Fae Singers. His energy reminds us that we are all one and if we diminish others, we diminish ourselves.

Today’s Lo Shu Number is 3 and the Element is water. The Rooster finds conflict today but the Rat has ease. Today is an auspicious day for haircuts, medical procedures, writing, gambling and births.

Today’s Message from the Universe is: “There is no need to rush. Time is working in my favor. With God’s kind help, everything falls back into place in a perfectly appropriate way for my highest good. I stay calm and confident, I take the time to celebrate the perfection of the moment with serenity and joy.” Annie Marquier creating a world of peace one thought at a time.

COMMENTARIES BY JANICE SCOTT-REEDER

Yesterday I said: never give your power to another person. I learned this lesson the hard way when I first started working as a psychic. I really didn’t want to handle my own bookings. I used to having an agent and was willing to give up my power to determine my career to someone else. Unfortunately, like most of us, I didn’t listen when the Universe gave me the first lesson.
In lesson one, several psychics I knew were trying to get me come to work at a restaurant doing readings. At the same time I kept dreaming of a restaurant all done in a black and white astrology theme. The dreams were so real I started to wonder if they were dreams. In them, I kept running into a security guard on the stairs and scaring him because he thought I was a ghost. We don’t have that many two story commercial buildings in Miami so I figured it was a dream. One thing I was certain of, something illegal was going on in there where ever it was. Well…finally I agreed to work one night when one of the ladies got sick. My poor psychic friend drove me over to an industrial area which made me nervous to start with. Then we parked across from a storefront with the windows all covered over with white paper. It was a two story building. This was not boding well. The security guard opened the door and almost passed out when he saw me and I grabbed her and ran back to the car. He must have thought he saw a ghost come back to life. There was no way I was going into that place. She was plenty mad at me but when she told her husband what happened he told her to come home right that minute. He had faith in my abilities over the rest of her kooky friends. That night, the restaurant was raided. Not only was it unlicensed but they were running numbers and gambling. Several of my friends were calling her to bail them out. They didn’t call me because they knew I had no money.
But I didn’t get the message so the Universe sent lesson number two.
I got the coveted invitation to work at the grand opening of a “psychic center”. The woman seemed legitimate as she came from a long line of famous psychics. In fact, she was the only person in her family besides her father who wasn’t a professional psychic or medium. I should have wondered why she was in this country rather than her own but I was really na├»ve. I felt totally safe as an ex cop was going to be there vetting the people getting the readings and he was a friend. I was given a lovely location in the dining room with an adjoining bath that connected to another room where a man was doing readings. Both rooms opened into the main living room now a lecture hall and my room also opened to the kitchen. Three doors, how could I go wrong? Clients were sent in through the kitchen so as not to disturb the lectures. The other psychic did hour readings so his clients arrived during the lecture breaks through a private door. All was fine at least for the morning. It was cool and quiet and I had lovely clients.
A little after lunch, her father escorted an grandmotherly looking woman into the room for a reading. Within a couple of minutes, she pulled a twelve inch (I do not kid) butcher knife out of her purse and began pounding on the table she was going to kill me and her daughter-in-law. Now you have to keep in mind I was a little thing..120 pounds and 5’5” and this woman was twice my width and built like a mack truck. She was also closer to the door and the table between us and her blocked the other door. We were equidistant from the bathroom and I had been told that door was locked. This went on for almost an half an hour with her getting more agitated by the moment and me seeing no way out of this room or to calm her down. One thing you know about a knife fight is you ARE going to get cut. The variable is how bad and all I had was a deck of Tarot Cards for a weapon. Trust me, they do not make a good weapon. I was transmitting like mad. My readings were 10 minutes long, they were supposed to come and tell me the time was up and this woman had been in the room for at least 30 minutes. Where was everyone?
Simultaneous, she decided to lunge for me, the psychic came screaming out of the back bedroom that it was haunted and the ghost was chasing him (They had locked him in the room and he hadn‘t had a client in an hour so he tested the door.) and the ex cop broke the dining room door down, tackled her and wrestled the knife away. It was then that the Queen of all Psychics strolled in, smiled sweetly at me and told me I was due on stage on and by the way, there were two reporters from the two major newspapers out there waiting to meet me since she had ‘talked” me up to them.
I was supposed to dissolve into a puddle of tears and nerves, but I was so mad, I smacked her out of the way and went out to go on stage. My dear friend was already on stage and getting all sorts of grief from the audience. Now, I knew the guy was one excellent palmist. There was no way he was making easy mistakes with the audience. He read palms 5 nights a week in various churches. He was a pro and he was losing it fast. Then another gal I just met, grabbed my arm and asked me what on earth she was supposed to do on stage, she was an artist. The whole things was a setup and I was livid. I took the stage from my friend and he was close to tears and spent the next 15 minutes entertaining the audience having already identified the shills she had placed in the audience and then interviewed the artist. My husband got a short note the next day that he was welcome to leave 50,000.00 worth of electronic equipment for them to use at the facility but I was not welcome on the premises. You know how fast he rushed over with his equipment. Within a month, she almost got two other psychics killed, one of them pregnant and on bed rest, by using people who were clearly crazy as setup clients for readings. Both these nuts actually threatened the psychics lives and their families until the last one met a nasty fate in an alley with a note that said: “You’re next.”
As background on what happened to me. The woman had been sitting on the porch, rocking back and forth, muttering to herself incoherently since early that morning. The ex cop had seen the knife in her purse and on several occasions begged the Queen to let him call the police and have them pick her up off the property. He would escort her off the property so there would be no problem. He refused to make any appointments with any psychic for her. He was threatened with being fired if he did it and never being allowed to work an event in the metaphysical community again. Just let her be and they would get rid of her when the event was over. When he finally took a bathroom break, she was grabbed by the Queen and given to her father to bring into the room with me. When the ex cop got back he thought that the woman had finally been thrown out or left during lunch. A few minutes later when he saw I had been “removed” from scheduling he asked one of the other workers where the woman was and what happened to me. He was told she was in the room with me. He tried to get into me and found the door to the lecture hall, which was empty at that point and just filling up was locked. He checked the other psychic’s door and found it locked. He went to the kitchen and discovered that door was also locked. Her father had the key around his neck on a string but refused to turn it over because his daughter said under no circumstances was that door to be unlocked. That was when he broke the door in.
That is why I am so careful about where I am placed to do readings and for the most part will not work an event unless I have some really trust worthy references for it. I also charge a premium because I have discovered most people are not willing to pay a lot of money to see me killed or injured. It works out well.
I only work through licensed agencies for parties after I booked myself, thirty years later, into what seemed like a really upscale Halloween party. When I arrived, I carefully parked so I could not be blocked in...old habits die hard. When the bartender arrived a minute later, he told me not to drink anything he didn’t deliver to me, don’t leave my beverage unattended, demand cash up front for any overtime or better yet, get out as soon as my hour was up and he would take me to my car. Seems, he was the only bartender who would work the event. They tried to get women bartenders but one had almost been raped at the previous party and only the company he worked for would touch them (there are a dozen or more party planners in Palm Beach County) and only if a man volunteered to do the party at triple the going rate. Two hours later, he came in told me to get my stuff together right then, he was getting me out of there. Nothing strange had happened, yet, and then he said, “they are taking lots on who is going to get you out there and the clothes are already coming off!”. I was packed and out the door with him so fast it would make your head spin and I could tell from the disappointed looks on the way to the door, he was right. The next day, she tried to get me to come over to her house to do a reading at twice my going rate. You know I ran right out the door. ;)
And that is how I learned to bring a second person with me who was preferably armed, get my money up front, preferably in cash and trust no one. The life of any independent contractor can be a dangerous one.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Forecast and Faery Finder for 10/24/09

10-24-09
Forecast and Faery Finder & James Ray
By Janice Scott-Reeder and the Bitwit

Message from the Microwits: I am Boogaboo. Love me! I rule the house. The Mamma threw me off the counter. I was just checking to make sure the toaster oven was properly cleaned and ready to manifest tonight’s feast, honest. My master Napoleon told me to do it.

Message from the Mamma: I caught Boogaboo trying to open the toaster oven looking for food. He tried to pull the checking the cleaning thing with the refrigerator, too. He is Napoleon’s understudy. He has learned the art of limp. The art of eye rolling has been mastered. I am a goner. I accidentally put ear medicine in Mr. B’s ears thinking he was another tabby. Poor baby, there is nothing wrong with his ears. Then I caught Fiona working her way over to the microwave where the salmon was cooking. They are little furry cockroaches climbing on everything trying to steal your food.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I have been thinking that I am losing my mind. I can’t seem to type. Weird words show up on the screen instead of the ones I type. I had autocorrect on and it has changed oven to over twice. Now that I am watching it, I am typing the right word and then it is corrected by Microsoft Works Word Processor. I have to turn this off. So, if you see a strange word in a sentence, the odds are, I didn’t put it there.

According to Llewellyn’s Spell-a-Day Almanac, today’s color is indigo and the incense is patchouli.



FORECASTS:

Deck: Navigators Tarot of the Mystic Sea.

Today’s Tarot Card is the Ten of Cups: accomplishment. It is time to stop chasing that glittery star and return to your real family, humbly. Life at the top isn’t what you thought it would be.


Astrological Source: Llewellyn’s 2009 Daily Planetary Guide.
Astrologically:
For the next week, secrets are revealed and the mighty fall from grace. Don’t plan on hiding anything because it will be ferreted out.
For a couple of days, temper tantrums abound but no one is sure what is really going on.
With these aspects, you are better off working alone and watching what you say.

Deck: Healing with the Fairies.
The Faeries say:
Blocks to financial flow are still in place.

Today’s Cat Comfort Card is:
The Cat’s Pajamas: “You’re the bee’s knees today. Enjoy!”


Deck: The Fairies’ Oracle by Brian Froud & Jessica MacBeth
Today’s Faery Finder is on the lookout for:
Lys of the Shadows is Fae associated with the helping professions and those who need help. Invoke her and she will bring help, but it is still a do it yourself. She brings help not salvation.

Today’s Lo Shu Number is 4 and the Element is Water. The Monkey finds conflict today but the Horse has ease. Today is not an auspicious day for writing, construction or births.

Today’s Message from the Universe is: “I now choose to communicate freely and openly everything that needs to be said. I free my mind from all limiting thoughts and I am now at peace with myself and with others. I no longer worry about what other people think. I know that I am loved and totally supported by the Universe.” Annie Marquier creating a world of peace one thought at a time.

COMMENTARIES BY JANICE SCOTT-REEDER

This James Ray thing no longer has anything to do with what happened. Let me explain. Most people in the, and I use this really loosely, ‘new age spiritual movements’ and I will stick pagan in there just to get everyone, do not believe in the death penalty because of the simple principle that even with evidence and a jury of 12 peers, an innocent man might be condemned to death. Amazingly, they are willing to convict James Ray of murder based on him charging 10,000.00 for a week long seminar.
Until the autopsy results are back and we get some reliable information that doesn’t come from tabloids where the greys are shaving the wolfman in a sweat lodge presided over by Elvis, the rush to judgment should take rest. However, unlike most of my peers, I did some research. You see, nothing just pops into existence regardless of what the creationists want you to believe.
There is no such thing as a peaceful warrior or so it is being said. Actually, the principle comes from the martial arts discipline of the Way of the Samurai in China and Bushido in Japan. For a better explanation of the death references read http://www.esotericmartialarts.com/id69.html as he does a way better job of explaining it than I can. It will also show you how James Ray managed to weave Christianity, martial arts philosophy and new age spiritualism together.
That was one twine of his philosophy. The next twine comes from John Roger’s book: Spiritual Warrior and the Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness (MSIA) and you can check out their web sites.
The third part of his philosophical DNA comes from an evangelic preacher father and before anyone screams and throws mud, keep in mind that DNA is the conservative Republican movement, the Tea Party and the Christian Right.
One writer has noted while transcribing the brochure people were given upon arriving that there seemed to be some odd phrasing. Odd to her perhaps, but after 38 years of being involved in mediumship and spiritism, the phrasing is not odd to me. It is standard channeling fare. Now here is where all of us in the movement need to get off our high horses and pay attention and try to forget the 10,000.00. This is not a man who believed or practiced channeling. This is man of few words. His writings are not verbose. However, the literature people received upon arriving is quite verbose and shows signs of channeling. We may never know exactly what “really” happened in that tent or what moved him to possibly disregard the safety of people, but one thing is for certain, it needs to be examined beyond the $10,000.00 and science. Did he tap into an energy that took him over as has been suggested by a few authors? If he did, we need to look at that energy because it is running around out there and who knows who is next.
Now let me move to the fourth leg of his spiritual training which is said to be the defiling of the Native American sweat lodge tradition. I have the blood of two tribes running through me, along with some Norwegian. One of my friends in Scandinavia was a little upset that his shamanistic tradition was being hijacked by the Native Americans. WWWWHATTTTTT?????
Yes, and he made a darned good case. Sweat Lodge or sauna is the question. Saunas are an ancient Scandinavian tradition and they can prove it. They can also prove that the Vikings came to the new world, traded and interacted with the Native Americans long before Columbus was born. Undoubtedly they brought their tradition of Sauna along with the longhouse we see in the Native American architecture of several northern tribes and maybe even a few gods (coyote, trickster, Loki). Let’s see. You go into a small room or hut with a small fire heating rocks on which water is poured to produce steam so you can sweat the impurities out of your body for a purging of mind, body and spirit. Am I talking about a sauna or a sweat lodge? The Vikings had their shaman that traveled on every ship and often doubled as a navigator with his magic stone (Iolite) that let him see the stars in daylight. Probably the first thing he did upon arriving in the New World was build a sauna to get months of travel grime out of his pores. I think a lot of people need to get off their high horses. There is more cross pollination than you know about it.
Let’s all calm down, wait for the medical examiner’s report and see what law enforcement has to say as they are not known for their spirituality. Then let’s see if we can piece together what happened by asking the right questions of the participants. Let’s find some staff members and get their perspective on what happened and what they were instructed to do. Only after we have all this information, can we draw a conclusion which may or may not be right. And lastly, we need to know what preparation James Ray took before this seminar to determine what physical and mental state he was in. Did he fast? Did he need medication he stopped taking or did take some he shouldn‘t have? All we know for sure is people died, people got sick, people paid $10,000.00 and a hot tent was involved. Anything else is speculation and fiction at this point.
Sorry folks, but I am Druid. We tend to look at all sides of a dispute before passing judgment. If you want to revoke my membership in the spiritual, new age, pagan, whatever movement, go ahead. I am waiting for more information.
And it came. It seems James Ray was not in the tent and it was his “staff” that prevented CPR being administrated and the people from leaving. It is very possible they had already pulled him out and in what condition we have no idea. Temperatures reached 140 degrees F. He could not have not been affected. He could not have been leading the group and managing the fire, the steam and the physical sweat lodge. It is simply physically impossible. He is currently on his lecture circuit which leads me to believe this person is either not well balanced or well drugged, and he looked the latter on TV tonight.
You have to be very careful who you put your trust in, even when you are the leader. I have seen actors and actresses put in life threatening positions and put in severe conditions to perform when they were in no condition to be out of bed. You have no idea the guilt they can heap on you when you due on stage whether it be speaking, doing readings or performing. I know I would be getting a wheel barrel full if some people knew I was turning down jobs, but I am awaiting another operation. I am too weak to do a lot of things. A leader can become as trapped as a follower in these situations. I’ve seen drugs given to people, alcoholism managed and even physical threats if you didn’t get out on stage. It is a common practice. Hey, look at Michael Jackson. “Here, just take a little. It’ll help you stay awake, perform or relax.” Honeys, I’ve had the hand out to me even in such lowly places as stores when they wanted me to read a double shift and the answer has always been: NO! “If you don’t make this engagement you will never work again.” Well, I’m still working but I’ve had that one hurled at me too. What goes on behind the curtain is not that pretty when you are the support of a cast or family.
And now it comes out James Ray was professional body builder…yup….no drugs in that profession….wink…wink. Never, ever give up the power over your life to another person no matter how well they promise to take care of you. It’s them they are taking care of.
Tomorrow, I’m going to tell you my story of almost being killed and then pushed out on stage to perform.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Forecast and Faery Finder for 10/23/09

10-23-09
Forecast and Faery Finder
By Janice Scott-Reeder and the Bitwit


According to Llewellyn’s Spell-a-Day Almanac, today’s color is coral and the incense is alder.

FORECASTS:

Deck: Navigators Tarot of the Mystic Sea.

Today’s Tarot Card is the Two of Cups: harmony. Let the opposition speak without interruption. Do not attempt to control others. Just let them move at their own pace. In the end, truth wins.

Astrological Source: Llewellyn’s 2009 Daily Planetary Guide.
Astrologically:
The Moon enters Capricorn at 2:40 AM EDT bringing a somber note to the weekend.
The Sun enters Scorpio at 2:44 AM EDT and now the darkness rules, hides and comforts, but secrets kept can be revealed.
For a couple of days there is a lot of talk about what went wrong and beautiful promises, but whether they are kept remains to be seen.
Ego energies create arguments in the morning hours. Children are very headstrong and caregivers are equally stubborn. Around noon, good news arrives as you reap what you have sown. It is a romantic night.

Deck: Healing with the Fairies.
The Faeries say:
Let go of all things that no longer serve you well.

Today’s Cat Comfort Card is :
Big Cat: “You’re full of awesome power. Anything is possible.”

Deck: The Fairies’ Oracle by Brian Froud & Jessica MacBeth
Today’s Faery Finder is on the lookout for:
Myk the Myomancer says to be on the look out for small signs, so small you might just pass them by. The future is in the leaves. Watch them.

Today’s Lo Shu Number is 2 and the Element is Metal. The Sheep finds conflict today but the Monkey has ease. Today is an auspicious ay for haircuts but NOT for writing, gambling or births.

Today’s Message from the Universe is: “NOW is the time for decisive action.
I let go of my past and I rebuild my life on totally new foundations. The light of my Soul guides me toward new paths and new discoveries for my highest good.” Annie Marquier creating a world of peace one thought at a time.

COMMENTARIES BY JANICE SCOTT-REEDER

It was a good night for spells. In the hour of Jupiter on the day of Jupiter I took all those little inserts and stuff they send you with your credit cards, tore them into small pieces and burned them as a sacrifice to the salamanders to make my balances go away. The old raccoon sat and supervised. Once again I had the impression he is something more than a raccoon as he showed no fear of fire and seemed to be blessing the ceremony. Getting rid of all my plastic is something I have been working on since the banks got prissy and raised interest rates for no good reason while giving themselves million dollar bonuses. So, my balances may go with the fire but who knows where those salamanders will ride the energy back to and what they will do. I really don’t care. Enjoy yourselves little ‘manders. After all, they burned your priestess on insurance and interest rates. Burn them however you like.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Forecast and Faery Finder for 10/22/09

10-22-09
Forecast & Comments on James Ray & Aislin
By Janice Scott-Reeder and the Bitwit

Message from the Microwits: I am Fiona. Fear me! I am fast. I have claws and teeth. Fear me! Pet me! I am Boogaboo and I am going to hide! My sister is psycho.

Message from the Mamma: Fiona is now moving from eat the human to pet me now. I hope she settles down because I am getting confused. On the other hand, Purdy von Sweets is not only the coffee drinking cat but the blood drinking cat. I wonder how my DNA got into her. Is that possible?

According to Llewellyn’s Spell-a-Day Almanac, today’s color is green and the incense is balsam.



FORECASTS:

Deck: Navigators Tarot of the Mystic Sea.

Today’s Tarot Card is the Four of Pentacles: authority. This is a day to play your cards very close to your chest. Enemies are watching you. Hidden talents may surface but keep them under wraps until they can be better appreciated.

Astrological Source: Llewellyn’s 2009 Daily Planetary Guide.
Astrologically:
Expect to be awakened early by people wanting to talk, the old you got mail thing and so forth. By the time it settles down, everything from the past you though you had put to rest is out in the open and hurting. Before you jump down people’s throats take into consideration this may just be stress, not something they did. Later this afternoon things take a romantic turn. It is an excellent time to get a psychic reading or just do some meditating.

Deck: Healing with the Fairies.
The Faeries say:
Miracle healings may not be possible today but progress is made.

Today’s Cat Comfort Card is :
Cat Lover: “Contact your loved ones today.”

Deck: The Fairies’ Oracle by Brian Froud & Jessica MacBeth
Today’s Faery Finder is on the lookout for:
Death is here today. Don’t panic, this probably refers to something other than physical death like the end of something in your life. We need death, or we would never start anything new. We would also be neck deep in cockroaches if nothing died, so honor him.

Today’s Lo Shu Number is 3 and the Element is Metal. The Horse finds conflict today but the Rat has ease. Today is auspicious day for haircuts, writing, gambling and births.

Today’s Message from the Universe is: “I acknowledge the light within every human being. I love, respect and accept each person as the manifestation of the Divine Will on earth. In so doing, I allow those around me to manifest the best of their being. Together we bring healing, beauty and freedom into our world for the highest good of all.” Annie Marquier creating a world of peace one thought at a time.

COMMENTARIES BY JANICE SCOTT-REEDER

I’ve often said you should make certain who you are supporting. Who hasn’t heard about poor little Aislin who is too small to qualify for insurance with United HeathCare (which just happens to be my insurance company and took me from Cigna complete with High Blood Pressure without a complain and has so far treated me right.)? Well, maybe you should hear from her father: "Aislin's father Rob was quoted as saying that even though he doesn't support universal health care, this battle over insuring his daughter has made him want insurance companies to have more "legitimate reasons for denying coverage."
In other words: Universal health care or a public option is dirty socialism but forcing a private company to provide a service to someone and possibly take a loss financially is OK. No it is not okay. You are either on one side of the fence or the other. Either government provides what private companies cannot because of low profit or you are a fascist who believes in total government control of all private companies, ie. a dictatorship. I have a new guideline for insurance companies. I call it the “too darned stupid to live and your kids probably aren’t much smarter preexisting condition”. Under that one, he doesn’t get insurance either.
Before you attack United HealthCare, consider the why of this guideline. A severely undersized child like that had to get that way somehow and normally it is starvation or no prenatal care for the mother. Even if the condition is due to dwarfism or being a midget, it brings a host of physical disabilities which are going to be very expensive and being private companies, insurance companies have the right to a profit. Walmart has the right to sell cheap stuff and Neiman Marcus has the right to sell expensive stuff. Government doesn’t have the right to force Walmart to carry designer labels and 100,000.00 items. If you think the government has the right to interfere in what a company stocks and how much money they make off that stock then you are not a Capitalist or in favor of a Democracy you are a socialist, communist or fascist. So let’s everyone put on their proper hats. However, if you are in favor of the government providing a service the private companies have deemed too expensive or unprofitable to provide, you could be any of the above. Remember, the reason for Medicare was that insuring people over 65 was too risky and expensive for private insurance companies once the over 64 population grew so large. That is why government had to take over the process. That is why we have an interstate road system, national parks and public schools. Brains aren’t just for Zombies to eat…they are for using.
In another topic, much has been made over the setting and the price of the James Ray workshop. I decided to check out Angel Valley Retreats and made a discovery. I have definitely stayed in worse motels than that retreat. Actually, I regularly do. It is very upscale. The cabins are an upgrade from their regular rooms. This retreat attracts very high end speakers like Barbara D’angelo to hold week long retreats. In other words, nothing going on there is cheap. When examining your role to a god, someone has to play the god in role playing exercises. I have never been a big fan of role playing exercises but they are really big in psychology and the self help field. So, I think we had better remove hyped from the facts and find out exactly why these people died and what went wrong before any more sweat lodges in the area are attempted.
It is easy to say heat prostration but let’s look at something else: Hantavirus which is widespread in the area. Although it normally takes a while to kill you, the symptoms are eerily like those reported. It is spread via rodent droppings which could easily have been on the rocks used for heating and the ground in the sweat lodge.
Now let’s look at Legionnaires’ Disease. I copied this from Wikipedia.
Legionellosis is an infectious disease caused by bacteria belonging to the genus Legionella.[1][2] Over 90% of legionellosis cases are caused by Legionella pneumophila, a ubiquitous aquatic organism that thrives in temperatures between 25 and 45 °C (77 and 113 °F), with an optimum around 35 °C (95 °F).[3]
Legionellosis takes two distinct forms:
Legionnaires' disease, also known as "Legion Fever"[4] (archaic), is the more severe form of the infection and produces pneumonia.[5]
Pontiac fever is caused by the same bacterium, but produces a milder respiratory illness without pneumonia which resembles acute influenza.[5]
Legionnaires' disease acquired its name in July 1976 when an outbreak of pneumonia occurred among people attending a convention of the American Legion in Philadelphia. On January 18, 1977 the causative agent was identified as a previously unknown bacterium, subsequently named Legionella.
An estimated 8,000 to 18,000 people get legionellosis in the United States each year.[3] Some people can be infected with the Legionella bacterium and have only mild symptoms or no illness at all.
Outbreaks of Legionnaires' disease receive significant media attention. However, this disease usually occurs as single, isolated cases not associated with any recognized outbreak. When outbreaks do occur, they are usually in the summer and early autumn, though cases may occur at any time of year. The fatality rate of Legionnaires' disease has ranged from 5% to 30% during various outbreaks.
Check out what I placed in bold. This is why we need a full autopsy and medical report before we start pointing fingers. We could be potentially dealing with something new and more deadly what we have seen before.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Forecast and Faery Finder for 10/21/09

10-21-09
Forecast and Faery Finder
By Janice Scott-Reeder and the Bitwit

Message from the Microwits: The Mamma has been gone all day. Fiona chewed on Not the Mamma. He thinks she is teething. I, Boogaboo, know the truth. Fiona is mean.

Message from the Mamma: Dear Goddess, how can something so small and so sweet looking be so evil. I am talking about Fiona. She was with George last night and he chided Lady Jayne for smacking her. Within a minute, she was chewing on his hand. Now he knows why Lady Jayne smacks her. She is impossible. She managed to turn my laptop off while I was typing. She bit my toes. She is a blur of speed and claws. Where did my sweet little girl go that I raised? She’s a teenager!


According to Llewellyn’s Spell-a-Day Almanac, today’s color is topaz and the incense is marjoram.



FORECASTS:

Deck: Navigators Tarot of the Mystic Sea.

Today’s Tarot Card is the Six of Pentacles: compensation. Balance has arrived. Enjoy the moment because the human condition doesn’t allow static position. You will move on.

Astrological Source: Llewellyn’s 2007 Daily Planetary Guide.
Astrologically:
This is a lovely, social day ending with a financial windfall. Thank the Universe for this break.

Deck: Healing with the Fairies.
The Faeries say:
Romance is in the air but a partner is illusive.

Today’s Cat Comfort Card is :
Democat: “Stand up for what you believe in.”

Deck: The Fairies’ Oracle by Brian Froud & Jessica MacBeth
Today’s Faery Finder is on the lookout for:
Unity is our Fae of the Day. Unity is the first and the last, our spiritual home. Once we lose the illusion of separateness, we understand unity.

Today’s Lo Shu Number is 4 and the Element is Earth. The Snake finds conflict today but the Horse has ease. Today is an auspicious day for haircuts, writing, gambling and births but not construction.

Today’s Message from the Universe is: “Any difficulty I might have with people in my life tells me that I have not succeeded in communicating through ordinary means. I ask the Supreme Being to send light in this situation. I stop talking about this problem. I know that Divine Love is now in action. Everything is working out quickly, easily and successfully.” Annie Marquier creating a world of peace one thought at a time.

COMMENTARIES BY JANICE SCOTT-REEDER

I have one question. What the F is wrong with these moneyed jerk off’s? This is the second time this has happened and it never happens with old car and a working stiff. I drive a commercial van, a big one. She is so far off the ground I have to climb into her. She takes three lanes to make a U turn. She is not that maneuverable. I am getting my gas at Costco and George has finished pumping and is getting the receipt. The two people in the line next to me are finished and ready to get in their cars to drive off. There is no one else there. Some jerk off in a BMW swings around me, almost smacks the two people trying to get to their cars and pulls in front of me, effectively blocking me from getting out and keeping everyone behind me in line until little god there gets his gas. And now for the kicker, he is in the wrong line. His gas tank is on the other side so he has to stretch the hose over his car. Everyone in the other line is leaving. They are finished pumping but now they are trying to figure out how to get even with him for almost hitting them and not get caught.
Well, you little stuck up egoman, if I have two inches clearance, I can put that van through the hole and I really hope you messed your pants because I would have taken your ass off if you hadn’t jumped out of the way. I’m sorry if I scared the man in the car on the other side, but I was way closer to egoman over there, purposely. I missed his mirror by two inches and it was intentional. Please continue to assume a woman can’t drive because I loved the way the blood drained from your face. If your time really was so valuable you had to cut in front of everyone, you would have a driver filling your car up for you. What did you get: two minutes? And so Janice and Vanwitch drive off into the parking lot, cackling. Vanwitch wants to eat BMW as a snack with squishy pink thing sauce.
Then I read about the people these insurance companies have been refusing to pay for needed medical procedures, dropping and denying coverage contrasted with the CEO’s 5 million dollar salary not including bonuses. Add to that, all that is coming out about the deaths at James Ray’s sweat lodge and I knew this person. I am really putting this in the past tense because I certainly do not know the person who exists in that body now. What is happening? I know they say money corrupts, but are these people living in their own little bubble where no one else exists? Do they have drugs good enough to sleep at night and can I have some of them?
I know I am a little touchy today because I got about three hours sleep, if that, because the nerves are reconnecting in my scalp and it feels like a hundred thousand spiders in stilettos are scampering across my scalp and forehead. I can’t scratch the area because it is numb and I can’t feel anything but the impulses my nerves are falsely feeding my brain. I think I am going to lose my mind.
I had a scare at the doctor’s office when the machine started beeping for a retest because the blood donor, me, had to be dead to get that reading. Fortunately, there was contamination of the sample and I was alright. I was begging him not to give me medicine for diabetes or a diagnosis because I am a “gap wife”. George is 6 years older than me. He will retire and get Medicare and I will lose his insurance. As it stands now, if I get that diagnosis along with my high BP and genetic cancer, I will be uninsurable. So, I am on a diet and George is warned to bring nothing containing sugar into the house. Then again, the doctor looked at my family medical history and asked me how I could not be diabetic. Hopefully, the insurance companies don’t have access to my family tree.
I have once again displayed my unique psychic shopping talent. I can buy one item and within two weeks find all the matching accessories at different stores on the first try. My costume has light green inserts whereas everything else on Halloween is purple. At the Party store, I found little bat earrings with a perfectly matching green bead. At Joanne’s I found black material with matching sparkling green spiders for my table and a matching ribbon to tie my hat on with. Besides Costco, those were my only two stops. I am good!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Forecast and Faery Finder for 10/20/09

10-20-09
Forecast and Faery Finder
By Janice Scott-Reeder and the Bitwit


According to Llewellyn’s Spell-a-Day Almanac, today’s color is maroon and the incense is cinnamon. What a Mars combo that is!



FORECASTS:

Deck: Navigators Tarot of the Mystic Sea.

Today’s Tarot Card is the Eight of Swords: curtailment. Rationality and logic seem to be on vacation. Hopes and plans have been dashed and you have no idea where you went wrong. Retreat and regroup. You just didn’t see the way things were.

Astrological Source: Llewellyn’s 2007 Daily Planetary Guide.
Astrologically:
The Moon enters Sagittarius at 4:49 PM EDT.
For the next couple of days there is a lot of pretty talk but that is all it is.
Things are fuzzy in the morning so be really careful out there on the roads. Some people are distracted by really bad moods. This afternoon, a sneaky way to get around rules and regulations comes to light. Ego energies are high and playful all evening.


Deck: Healing with the Fairies.
The Faeries say:
Environmental awareness is low today but try to keep your carbon footprint small.
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Today’s Cat Comfort Card is:
Catnap: “Take it easy. Curl up and relax.”

Deck: The Fairies’ Oracle by Brian Froud & Jessica MacBeth
Today’s Faery Finder is on the lookout for:
The Singer of Connection reminds us that we are all part of the whole and what affects one part, affects all of us.

Today’s Lo Shu Number is 5 and the Element is Earth. The Dragon finds conflict today but the Ox and Tiger have ease. Today is NOT an auspicious day for haircuts, construction or births.

Today’s Message from the Universe is: “I am now ready to take al the risks necessary to completely express my Soul’s qualities. I dare now.” Annie Marquier creating a world of peace one thought at a time.

COMMENTARIES BY JANICE SCOTT-REEDER

This has been a most unproductive day except for the part where I sprained my shoulder cleaning the cabinets in the kitchen. I think everyone has been in the same boat. It is cool in Florida and our hibernate response kicked in. Even the Microwits are sleeping it off. Okay, it is 78 degrees but after five weeks in the 90’s, it feels cool.
Well, I am two episodes from the end of the first season of TrueBlood and I no longer recognize the story line from the book. Too bad. It was a really good series of books.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Forecast and Faery Finder for 10/19/09

10-19-09
Forecast and Faery Finder
By Janice Scott-Reeder and the Bitwit

Message from the Microwits:
We rule. We slept all night with the Mamma. She didn’t even know….
Message from the Mamma:
One thing about Fall finally arriving, you need a little extra warmth. That is my only excuse for not knowing I had both Mr. B and Boogaboo on top of me all night, that and they are light weight.


According to Llewellyn’s Spell-a-Day Almanac, today’s color is silver and the incense is
Narcissus.


FORECASTS:

Deck: Navigators Tarot of the Mystic Sea.

Today’s Tarot Card is the Eight of Pentacles: economy. Save enough to sustain your needs and spend enough to shape your will. Balance is the key.

Astrological Source: Llewellyn’s 2007 Daily Planetary Guide.
Astrologically:
The only aspect today is a square to Jupiter. Expect to see some underhanded money deals come out in the afternoon. It may be a night of tossing and turning as old hurts return.


Deck: Healing with the Fairies.
The Faeries say:
Follow your dreams to find happiness.

Today’s Cat Comfort Card is :
Seacat: “Expand your horizons and your limitations will disappear.”

Deck: The Fairies’ Oracle by Brian Froud & Jessica MacBeth
Today’s Faery Finder is on the lookout for:
The UnDressing of the Salad. When these Fae appear, we may really enjoy their juggling antics but they bring a message. You have too many balls in the air and to start something new, something old has to be dropped.

Today’s Lo Shu Number is 6 and the Element is Fire. The Rabbit finds conflict today but the Rooster has ease. Today is NOT an auspicious day for haircuts, gambling or construction.

Today’s Message from the Universe is: “I am now ready to live a courageous life committed to the complete manifestation of the Divine Plan on earth. Neither difficult tasks now fear can stop me. I go forward with power and enthusiasm for God is with me and supports my every effort.” Annie Marquier creating a world of peace one thought at a time.

COMMENTARIES BY JANICE SCOTT-REEDER

. I finally found a way to get George into the kitchen to get his meal. I just tell him Napoleon is at the toaster oven trying to open it. Actually, Napoleon will get it open one day and have a feast. He has learned to open my bedroom door. Can the oven be far away?
It has been a wonderful day in South Florida. The air was cool, the humidity was low and everyone was out in their yards trying to get some work done before it warms up to hot again. It reminds me how much I really love Fall. It will be back to hot by midweek.
The first day of Fall and Lenuxx runs out the front door. He ran smack into a baby raccoon and was back in the house in a flash. With that fuzzy tail of his, he might have been adopted.
Now to the area of disgusting news and with Miami-Dade County, it just gets worse. It seems while social services are being cut right and left, employees are being laid off and taking pay cuts and the general populace is being threatened with higher taxes for minimum services, the Miami-Dade County Commissioners have 5 million dollars in their personal budgets stockpiled for aides and to run their offices. Oh, it gets worse. Every year they fully fund their budgets and have little to no restrictions on how they spend the money. Last year’s budget was $930,000.00 each. This year will see a 10% reduction. Yes, it gets worse. Their top aides earn more than 100,000.00 per year.
Now, let’s look at our state representative’s. Their annual budget is 29,794 to pay rent and utilities for their offices. Keep in mind commercial phone and electric rates are at least 2 times residential rates. They are allowed a staff of two at 40,000.00 each. They can not carry over unspent funds.
Yes, it gets worse. In addition to those funds, last year they voted themselves $727,500.00 each to give to constituents and businesses basically for votes. This year it will be reduced by 400,000.00 but my mind is still boggling on how they got the money in the first place.
Not only that, but when one commissioner over spends their budget like Barbara Jordan did last year, another can transfer funds to them, as Natacha Seijas did. Does that buy a vote for a commissioner’s pet project? We’ll never know.
This was not appropriate in the boom times and it sure is obscene in the lean times while the people who provide that money, the citizens, suffer. Now, the arguments are already whining about how we spent that money on a walk to raise funds for this and that charity. Let’s put it in perspective. You spent the funds to raise money for charities to garner votes. That puts you $930,000.00 ahead in funds each year of anyone running against you in the next election. Me bets most of that stockpiled money gets spent at the end of an election year. How are your local government officials spending your money? Sources for this article were the Miami Herald and Florida Tax Watch, a Tallahassee watchdog group.
How do we stop this? We can’t. All we can do it vote them out of office and considering they are a couple of mil up in campaign funds from our taxes on anyone we run, that seems rather unlikely.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Forecast and Faery Finder for 10/18/09

10-18-09
Forecast and Faery Finder
By Janice Scott-Reeder and the Bitwit

Message from the Microwits: We own the house! It took two days to get our chicken sister, Flame, in the Mamma’s sleeping room but now we can’t get her out. She even jumped in the Mamma’s breakfast tray and we all know that is not a good thing. BUT, I, Boogaboo, nibbled that egg so the Mamma wouldn’t have to eat the part Flame smelled. I am a good little boy. I saved my Mamma. Then I gave Flame a tour of the room and even the Mamma followed me around for it.
Message from the Mamma: I totally blame myself. I was so anxious to get little Flame socialized that I let her in the bedroom and encouraged her. What did I get? I got a Microwit in the middle of my breakfast chowing down on omelet! That encouraged Boogaboo and I almost had no breakfast. This was not my plan for a diet. Then I spent an hour trying to lure them out of the room as they are too fast to catch.


According to Llewellyn’s Spell-a-Day Almanac, today’s color is orange and the incense is hyacinth.



FORECASTS:

Deck: Navigators Tarot of the Mystic Sea.

Today’s Tarot Card is the Art: verification. It’s time to take a little trip down recent memory lane and see if the decisions you made were valid. You need to visualize what you are attempting to achieve in your life. There will be a test of your will power to stay on course so be ready.

Astrological Source: Llewellyn’s 2007 Daily Planetary Guide.
Astrologically:
The New Moon occurs at 1:33 AM EDT. It is at 24Libra59. It also goes void of course at the same time in Libra. You will need to rethink issues concerning beauty, justice, fairness, partnerships and social events before proceeding forward with new projects.
The Moon enters Scorpio at 10:23 AM EDT. Sneaky little comments have you blowing your top around noon and it’s about time you snapped at these left handed compliments. That will get the ball rolling for making some lasting changes. This afternoon, rewards come in underhanded ways, both good and bad. For a couple of weeks expect egos to clash over changes and people lose sight of the goal while focusing on what’s in it for them.


Deck: Healing with the Fairies.
The Faeries say:
It may be the weekend but don’t expect today to be a vacation.

Today’s Cat Comfort Card is :
The Cat that Got the Cream. “Spoil yourself. You deserve it.”

Deck: The Fairies’ Oracle by Brian Froud & Jessica MacBeth
Today’s Faery Finder is on the lookout for:
Sylvanius is with us again offering the Mask of Truth to those who dare to put it on. Just remember, it matters not how many masks you wear, you can’t run away from yourself.

Today’s Lo Shu Number is 7 and the Element is Fire. The Tiger finds conflict today but the Dog and Boar have ease. Today is an auspicious day for haircuts, medical procedures, writing and births.

Today’s Message from the Universe is: “It is now time for me to enjoy healthy, creative and supportive relationships based on unconditional love, respect and freedom. This is a time of divine fulfillment.” Annie Marquier creating a world of peace one thought at a time.

COMMENTARIES BY JANICE SCOTT-REEDER

I probably had my entire day’s worth of calories for dinner. It’s a good thing the Microwits got my breakfast and I had no lunch. I had an Uno’s Rattlesnake Pasta. Goddess that was good and I have another tray in the freezer. That is super bad. It did bite! Oh well, I didn’t plan on eating another meal. I have some honey glazed carrots in the toaster oven baking for George. I’ve been eating them raw. Those little carrots are sweet and crunchy. I have chicken necks and gizzards in the sink thawing for the cats. I will cook their dinner shortly.
The temperature is 73 and falling. Fall is in the air and we have broken that 90’s streak we were on. Of course, the real first sign of fall in South Florida came when I turned the corner at 441 from the shop and saw the huge boxes of pumpkins waiting for their tent! That’s how we know the season is changing.
Last night I watched the first two episodes of TrueBlood. I got the DVD set. A little less porn and bit more plot and dialogue would have been nice. I’ve read all the books, long before the series, and there isn’t that much sex in them.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Forcast and Faery Finder for 10/17/09

10-17-09
Forecast and Faery Finder
By Janice Scott-Reeder and the Bitwit

Message from the Microwits: The Mamma is only eating green things. What are we supposed to steal? We have the food place perfect. We can fly to the sink and stove. We can get in the cold box. Now there is nothing but horrible green stuff. HELP!

Message from the Mamma: I don’t think my new diet agrees with the Microwits. Fiona sits in the cat log and demands to smell every dish as I go by. She is sort of wrinkling her nose and refusing to check it out. Even the herbed, onion and lemon fish last night didn’t appeal to her. Could it have been the lemon and onion? The Mamma smiles evilly.


According to Llewellyn’s Spell-a-Day Almanac, today’s color is Blue and the incense is Sandalwood. That is a most relaxing combination is the blue is light and an authoritative one if the blue is dark or navy. See how color affects mood!



FORECASTS:

Deck: Navigators Tarot of the Mystic Sea.

Today’s Tarot Card is the Five of Swords: destruction. There is strong loss of trust with this card as you have been playing too fast and loose with promises of assistance to everyone. You have spread yourself way too thin or you never intended to make good on your vows. This is the time to learn the value of saying no and how to budget the energy you have, not be a people pleaser or stop conning people into trusting you as it now returns to roost in your house. Then and only then, should you make any promises and only then can you regain the trust you have lost. If you are the one who has found themselves high and dry whether out of misplaced trust or laziness, it’s time to learn the Home Depot Lesson of the Universe: Do it Yourself!

Astrological Source: Llewellyn’s 2007 Daily Planetary Guide.
Astrologically:
The New Moon occurs in the Pacific Daylight Time Zone at 10:33 PM. It also goes void of course at the same time in Libra. You will need to rethink issues concerning beauty, justice, fairness, partnerships and social events before proceeding forward with new projects.
Afternoon is an excellent time to make money, expand your sphere of influence and get old business out of the way. Old habits and ways of reacting can be shed. Once more, an emotional declaration surprises you, but psychically you know what is going on now and are intuitively ready to act.
This is a very psychic night when the veil between worlds is very thin. This would be a possible time the Druids celebrated Samhain as it is the New Moon. Others think it occurred on the Full Moon. However, since the holiday is based on the veil being thinnest and protecting yourself from wandering spirits, it makes more sense that it was celebrated during the New Moon when things were at their darkest rather than during the Full Moon when you could see pretty clearly. It is definitely not October 31st because they didn’t use our calendar. They used a lunar marking, 4 major solar events, not the current Gregorian Calendar introduced in 1582. Another point in favor of the New Moon is the lighting of bonfires on hilltops to brighten the landscape, something not needed during the Full Moon.

Deck: Healing with the Fairies.
The Faeries say:
The blocks associated with awakening your true self are in place because you haven’t solved the problems of your old self. Meditation is favored.
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Today’s Cat Comfort Card is :
The Cat’s Out of the Bag: “Oops! Quick thinking needed!”

Deck: The Fairies’ Oracle by Brian Froud & Jessica MacBeth
Today’s Faery Finder is on the lookout for:
We find ourselves facing the Guardian of the Gate quite appropriately on this dark night of the Moon. Some people fear him because he will test you and even knock you back to square one. However, his job is to make certain you don’t advance from one stage of life and spirituality to the next until you are really ready. It is a thankless job because everyone seems to want to get to the end of the journey and not enjoy the journey. Life is the journey.


Today’s Lo Shu Number is 8 and the Element is Wood. The Ox finds conflict today. Today is not an auspicious day for haircuts, medical procedures, writing, gambling, construction or births.

Today’s Message from the Universe is: “I recognize the Divine Self in each and everyone. I let go of all judgment. I am receptive to the highest and the best in all. I love and acknowledge everyone as the expression of the Divine Will on earth.” Annie Marquier creating a world of peace one thought at a time.

COMMENTARIES BY JANICE SCOTT-REEDER
Josephina is helping me write today. She has not a white hair on her huge black body. Her eyes are a pale yellow with a bright green corona around the pupil. She shines like fine satin. She also weighs a ton. Right now she is cleaning between every toe. Josephine is a very clean and very neat cat. She is a lady. However, the word graceful is not used in the dame sentence with her. Instead of jumping down like a cat, she just plops, taking everything in her path with her. She causes more destruction than an earthquake.
I have my costume hanging up to straighten it out. It fits well but is way too long. That’s what happens when you are short. I will probably hem the front up so I don’t trip and break my neck at the Witches’ Ball. My poor hat that came with it is a different story. I’ve been trying to get the point to stick up and have finally given up. I shall just be the crooked witch. I have to come up with some way of getting it to stay on my head. It is just a tad too small so I am thinking a discrete chin strap or some hair clips. I finally put my hat on to thwart Josephina’s efforts to get the black feathers and she is standing up on my shoulder reaching for them. She is not long for this room. She went away from temptation just in time to save herself from exile. However, I definitely know I have to have a chin strap or something. This thing is just balancing on my head, not fitting.
Nothing else is ready because it is just too darned hot to do anything. We just broke the record for having 12 days above 90 in October. Global Warming? What ever gave you that idea? A cold front is supposed to push through on Saturday night and bring our temps down to high normal…not really normal….high normal. We’ll take it!
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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Candle Carving

Carving

To carve or not to carve, that is the question. No, not pumpkins for Halloween, I am taking about your spell candles. It is an ancient practice to scratch or carve your intent into a candle before lighting it for a spell. The slow and tedious act of doing this builds the intent of your spell.
Now for some basics in candle use: First off, your candle needs to be cleansed in salt water to remove all influences and then consecrated to the energy you intend to request help from. Most practitioners do a number of candles at the same time and wrap them in white cotton for later usage. They are stored in a cool, dark place. If they are unwrapped or exposed to light prior to using them, you get to start over.
Now, you are ready to carve them. When I started there were lot’s of books that gave you instructions to heat a needle and use it for carving. Do not do this. The tip of needles gets hot and so does the end you are holding. You will have nice little needle shaped burns on two fingers. The absolute best tool I ever had for carving was a biology kit sticker. It was a stainless steel two inch needle (didn’t bend) in a wooden handle. You could heat that baby up and not burn yourself. It was tough as nails. I lost it in a move and still mourn it. A couple of years ago I found a set of tool advertised on the auction site as wax carving tools. They were really wood carving tools but they work really well. You don’t need to heat them. They are SHARP. I also bought a set of metal letter stamps that are used with a hammer to stamp metal and wood at the tool store and they press into candle wax fantastic but they are packed in oil to keep them from rusting. For protection spells you won’t mind a little rust getting in there. You don’t need a hammer to use them.
If you want to have an intricate design like a veve or sigil on a candle, carving may be way to difficult. Try carving a circle into a round candle some day. However, I found an easy way to achieve the same results: Sharpies. The ink in them dries and adheres to the wax after a few minutes. They even work on glass candle holders. I am really fond of a set of votives I dedicated to Papa Legba.
The main thing is, you have to love what you are doing. If carving or drawing on your candle is a nuisance to you, so will your spell be a nuisance and it won’t work or it will backfire. I knew someone who thought money spells were boring and they never worked for her. Me, I love to do money spells and they always bring me money, just not the great amount I would like, but a survivable amount. It’s the intent, not the artistic ability so don’t sweat it.
After carving or drawing on the candle, you can replace it in the wrapping for later usage but the carving and the usage must occur at equivalent times. You also can’t stop and answer the phone in the middle of your work. If you are going to do it, do it right.

Forecast and Faery Finder for 10/16/09

10-16-09
Forecast and Faery Finder
By Janice Scott-Reeder and the Bitwit

Message from the Microwits: I am Boogaboo. Fear me! Pet me! NOW!

Message from the Mamma: I made the mistake of sitting down and allowing my hand to dangle freely. You just don’t do that in this house. Suddenly, I saw Boogaboo charging me. The little black head snapped into my hand, the nose pushing furiously at my fingers. I will pet him. There is no question. So, I picked him up and he went totally limp as only a kitten can do. Strokes elicited a full body purr as we communed for five minutes until he got bored and I got back to work. Now I type with Napoleon at my side, which is far better than draped across my wrists. A limp kitten is mass of love. A limp cat is just a mass, sheer weight.


According to Llewellyn’s Spell-a-Day Almanac, today’s color is purple and the incense is vanilla. Now that’s a combo I can really get behind: my favorites.



FORECASTS:

Deck: Navigators Tarot of the Mystic Sea.

Today’s Tarot Card is the Fool: emanation. In the Kabala, the Fool is the end of the journey not the start as in other Tarot Decks. We start with the physical Universe at our fingertips and end with the knowledge of faith as the real manifestation of the Universe. This card is where we learn that all energy manifests in and via energy. The solidity of the Universe gives way to the Wizard pulling the levers behind the curtain and the Wizard is us. You learn you are part of an energy net not a separate being. We are all manifestations of the One that is the Universe. Only this knowledge can free you.

Astrological Source: Llewellyn’s 2007 Daily Planetary Guide.
Astrologically:
The Moon enters Libra at 6:29 AM EDT ushering in a time of beautification and socializing. Mars enters Leo at 11:32 AM EDT, where is he is happy being an egotistical little war monger.
For the next week, the Libra Sun brings excellent psychic communications from beyond the veil of time but unfortunately, a bit too much information can become public. If you plan a reading make certain you go ALONE!
This morning there is so much energy and stuff at home that you may be late to work trying to get things done. That will not sit well if you want to impress higher ups with your new ideas. Make no mistake about it, a pretty presentation will not make up for lacking in other areas. The only good thing is any meeting will tend to dissolve into a social event. The bad thing is you can’t get anything done this morning unless you work totally alone. The rest of the day and night is romantic and just a tad fuzzy. Tomorrow you may wonder what you did.


Deck: Healing with the Fairies.
The Faeries say:
Rising above your problems is hard when they have a ball and chain wrapped around your ankles. Seek help.

Today’s Cat Comfort Card is :
Aristocat: “Classy and understated, you’ll attract many admirers.”

Deck: The Fairies’ Oracle by Brian Froud & Jessica MacBeth
Today’s Faery Finder is on the lookout for:
Sylvanius loves Halloween almost as much as a masquerade ball. You see, he is the keeper of the mask of truth. Right off your logic said, “Truth wears a mask???? Shouldn’t truth be bare faced?” Yes and no. Most of the time, we don’t know the truth about ourselves and we wander around trying to figure out who and what we are. By putting on a mask or an another ego personality, we discover who we are not and in that process, who we are. You never know what you will do until someone asks you to do it. When being you becomes tiring it is because you are not being you. Recently someone said that people say they want an honest relationship but they really want you to lie to them. Not really folks. Truth can be wonderful or it can be used to hurt other people. So the question you have to ask yourself is whether you are being honest with someone or just plain trying to hurt them. I have seen fairness used the same way. Are you being fair or trying to find an excuse to hurt someone?

Today’s Lo Shu Number is 9 and the Element is wood. The Rat finds conflict today but the Dragon and Snake have ease. Today is an auspicious day for haircuts but NOT for writing, gambling or births.

Today’s Message from the Universe is: “I now face people and situations with courage.
I express myself freely and all conflicts are resolved in a balanced and open way for the mutual benefit of everyone.
I proclaim and manifest the power of my Higher Self with love, understanding and respect for others and for myself.” Annie Marquier creating a world of peace one thought at a time.

COMMENTARIES BY JANICE SCOTT-REEDER

Ever have one of those days when you are just sleepy and tired for no good reason. That is today. At least it is a good TV night and I can get Fringe and Bones, somewhat, with an antennae. Tonight fish is on the menu followed by screaming cats or maybe preceded.
I just discovered Napoleon will eat blueberry yogurt. I thought only the vanilla appealed to him but he licked my little cup of Activia clean. Another food that is not safe from him.
Now for the piece of information small business owners and maybe parents need to know. Most of us go to tax services like HR Block to get our taxes done because we can’t afford an accountant. HR has been doing my taxes for over 30 years and you know I hate to change something that works. The IRS just got me for 12.00 of interest on my savings account. At least that’s what Bank of America reported to them. I don’t think I ever had that much money in the savings’ account and I never got a statement from them, thus I never filed it. Well….it’s was on the web page. I guess we have to search every web page checking to make certain someone didn’t give us money or at least, say they did. Anyway, I am not adverse to paying tax on the 12.00 but here’s the thing. You are charged by the form. It costs between 25.00 and 50.00 a form. So for a form to declare the 60 cents in interest I will make this year, I will pay at least 25.00 and goddess help you if someone uses the wrong form. Two years ago that stupid phone psychic service, that doesn’t seem to be in business anymore, filed 20.00 worth of earnings on the wrong form and it cost me 49.00 to first correct their mistake and then file the right form. So, it’s too late now, but you might want to close any small savings’ accounts. At 2% interest from the bank, you would have to have 1,750 in savings to break even on the filing. Notice I said BREAK EVEN. My sock is looking good. Doing my own taxes is almost looking good…..but HR had to straighten this out for me and they did a great job, so is it worth it. I couldn’t make heads or tails of the 8 page letter they sent me. Neither could HR by the way because they had a mistake in it. The totals didn’t carry through the entire document.
I hate dieting. George eats everything in the Universe and gains no weight. I look at food and gain. Today I have eaten on little cup of Activia yogurt and a hand full of nuts. Dinner is a filet of tilapia, summer squash and a Romaine and tomato salad. All night my stomach wanted a bowl of cereal and I said no. It was louder. There’s got be an easier way than starvation for those of us with no metabolism.