Monday, January 31, 2011

Forecast for Tuesday, 02/01/11

Afternoon sun coming through the rocks at the front of the
Cosmic Salamander.
It's February! Well, that's all I have to say about it.

It has been a busy day and I found some really cosmic salamander cloth! Vests are coming.....scraps become bags. I entered the Best Buy contest and the last four digits of the unlock code were my birthday. I hope I win something. I have been working on the glass display counter. Tomorrow I attack the other side of it, fill the bird feeders and work on planting some flowers and a tomato.

Today's Tarot Card is the Eight of Wands, reversed. You may have some false friends in the pack! It might be time to keep score as to who is giving what.

The Moon is Void of Course from 2:32 PM to 6:21 PM EST. Well, that blows my afternoon. The morning starts out with a alot of talking from authorities and elders. They know exactly what they want and are carefully wording everything. The forecast is gloomy in their opinion. By afternoon you are feeling a little more optimistic, cautiously. The Moon enters Aquarius at 6:21 PM EST and things get a little kooky. People are stubborn but they want the latest gadgets. With both the Moon and Sun in Aquarius, the motto is: I love humanity, it's people I hate. There will be some good financial news by night time. Social events are fun for the next week but a little vague. It may be hard to tell if you actually are invited or not. Just show up. No one will actually notice.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Forecast for Monday, 01/31/11

Angelite stones are the two blue ones edged in white.
Lessons from the School of Hard Knocks: In relationships, no matter how much you give it is never enough and no matter how little you ask in return, it is always too much. The only guarantee is you will get hurt.

Today's Tarot Card is the Fool reversed. No one is willing to take a leap of faith today and very little gets started.

One thing is certain, resistance may not be futile but it will be noted as authorities and elders discover their sure thing plans are not going through as swiftly as they had hoped. Expect screaming and finger pointing. Punishment will follow.

Many years ago, I was visiting California and was pointed to an interesting little shop in Topanga Canyon that is perched on the side of the road and held up by an oak tree. By the time I managed to get that far into the canyon, I had the mother of all migraines. The lovely lady running the store took me in and placed me on a bed of angelite and within ten minutes my headache was gone. Little did I know what was causing it. I didn't find out about the UFO's until I returned home. I just knew getting out of there before the night fell was needed and reinforced by the lady. For that I am eternally grateful. My next foray was to an antique store in the canyon and then into Los Angeles. I barely made it out of the canyon in time and another car was not so lucky. It went over the edge in a large rest area. I drive very slowly and carefully in that place.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Forecast for Sunday, 01/30/11

Where did January go???? This year seems to be moving at record breaking speed.
I am happy to announce there are issues of Horizons Magazine (free) at the Salamander. We are setting up a flip top display outside so you can grab one and we will have them in the shop when we aren't out in the yard working. Drop by and get your February issue this week!

Today's Tarot Card is the Ace of Cups reversed. You are just not feeling the love today.

The Moon is Void of Course from 5:10 AM to 9:04 AM EST. So, if you sleep in, you are safe. Your dreams will be pleasant and prophetic. The beginning of the void of course may give you a nightmare but that will pass quickly. Teachers get a pleasant surprise first thing in the morning.
The Moon enters Capricorn at 9:04 AM EST and everything takes on a more somber if not depressed mood. People want to retreat to their mountain top and be alone. By lunch, elders and authorities are lecturing about money and you may just run out of the house without your money or wallet. Either way, the faster you go, the more money mistakes you make. Watch your change. By late tonight, change benefiting elders and authorities is complete.

I finally have cleaned the entire killer cabinet! It is sparkling and with some more lighting in it, we are seeing things we never saw before. Two pieces of Houndstooth Calcite with Fluorite are so sparkling that we can't stop looking at them. Next to them are two pieces of Angelite. On the other side you have the end of a purple wizard incense burner. Now to put out some new items that have come into the shop.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Forecast for Saturday, 01/29/11

I got to pots of plants done today. I like to combine edibles with ornamentals to show how you can grow you own food and not sacrifice beauty, though I have always thought tomato plants were pretty. Then I set about filling the bird feeders. Next time I climb on the big coral rocks out front, I am using my kneeling pad to get it done. Those things are sharp and up is easier than down. The birds will have a nice breakfast.

Today's Tarot Card is the Five of Cups reversed. This cards brings a positive attitude for the day.

Finding a way around limitations in the morning makes for one great day and you are very happy with the changes you have made by night time. Looks like a do it yourself day at home and in the yard if you are lucky enough to live in the greener areas like I do.

The Cosmic Salamander has changed his hours. We are now open Tuesday through Saturday 2 PM to 8 PM, probably later and 2 - 6 PM on Sunday...once again, probably later.

Thin Air Manifestation

Feeling like a bread man?
Yup, that is the new Corporate Economic Plan. Allow me to explain and translate, because you really need a translator for these Tweets. It all started with USAToday, whom I have no complaint with. They provided you with sound bites, headlines and not much substance. Now you get the TWEET, with no substance and think you know it all. So, let's dissect today's biggie in the world of finance.

The banks are screaming bloody murder because the FED is prepared to clamp down on the amount of money they can charge a MERCHANT to process a Debit Card. The single transaction fee for a swiped debit card not using the key pad (and small stores can't afford one) can be FORTY TWO CENTS plus 1.4% or more of the total purchase.

Bank of America and Chase are screaming they will lose 60 BILLION dollars if this measure goes into effect. They will have to raise all their rates to make up for the loss. Executives may actually have to buy American..
Pardon the lack of tears in my eyes.

Now, let me give you an example from this weekend. A customer bought less than 1.50 of merchandise and put it on her debit card. Like most small merchants, I can't afford to buy a key pad. The total fees for that single transaction would be about 45 cents, so the amount the store gets is $1.05. Now, if the merchandise was keystone, the total profit in that sale should be 75 cents but now the merchant (me) is really making 30 cents, less than half what I should be making. Now do you understand why so many small businesses are going under? I cannot refuse to accept a debit card and I cannot set a minimum purchase for using one or I lose my Merchant Account.

Now, where do you think that 60 billion dollars comes from that the banks are going to lose? YOU! You are paying for that 60 billion dollars with every purchase you make whether or not you have ever used a Debit Card. Do you like those rewards? Do you really think you aren't paying through the nose in higher end costs to get them? It would be cheaper to buy whatever the reward is. You have been hoodwinked by these banks. This money they are making doesn't manifest out of thin air. YOU ARE PAYING IT.

Now, let's look at how much it costs a bank to process a Debit purchase verses a credit card purchase. Don't just sit there like a bump on a log; keep looking! Can't find anything? You are 100% correct. The Debit Card purchase is completely risk free for the bank because the money comes out of your checking account. You can't default on a Debit Card. If someone uses yours, you will find out very quickly how good that guarantee that is supposed to protect you really is.

Not only that, but all of this is done electronically and last time I checked, electrons didn't even make minimum wage, worked 24/7 and had no insurance. Your customer service is in Pakistan where people are making a couple of dollars a DAY and they want you to believe the nasty old FED is about to cost you money. They are the ones costing you money and these fees are just one of the many total profit schemes they came up with to pad their million dollar a year bonuses and salaries that YOU ARE PAYING!

Friends, almost all banking is done electronically. Literally billions of transactions occur per day without a human ever touching them. You sit at your computer, you fill in how much money to send to whom and the money transfers electronically into the big accounts. No human required. Why are you paying so much more in fees today than you were years ago when you had to write a paper check, mail it to the person, who took it to their bank and gasp...no ATM...took it to a teller (real live breathing person) who then manually...no scanners...typed all the information into a ledger to deposit that check which was them bundled up with a bunch of checks from the same issuing bank...by a person....mailed to that bank....where a PERSON checked each bank account to make sure the money was there and physically debited the money from the individual account AND then communicated with a real human in your bank that the money now available to be put in your account by another HUMAN? Wow...that's the longest compound sentence I have ever written. Well, for a start...bank presidents didn't make 3 to 4 million dollars a year in salary with million dollar bonuses.....This profit is not manifesting out of thin air, it is coming right out of your pocket. You are paying these people to figure out better ways to pick your pocket. 

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Forecast for Friday, 01/28/11

Psychedelic Cat
Wow, what a day! First I had to drop papers off at the doctor's office, then on to Costco and Office Depot. By the time I got back to the shop I was ready for a nap. Luckily George was willing to unpack and put away or I would be belly up right now. I must be getting old. :)

Today's Tarot Card is the Hierophant reversed. Things a little unconventional today. You can cut corners and get away with it.

The Moon enters Sagittarius at 1:55 AM EST and things lighten up but not so much that folks are not overly away of balance and fairness. People are feeling more young at heart and willing to get out engage in sports. Fortunately the aspects for the weekend are good. However, come Sunday, be wary of being overly tired from trying to pack a week into a week and breaking a leg, literally.

Brilliant monetary ideas come in dreams so if you can awaken in the 4 AM hour, do it and write your dream down. By evening you are feeling good and energy is high so this will be a great Friday. TGIF! You deserve it! Enjoy it!

Remember, the Salamander is open late on Friday and Saturday to at least 9 PM and open on Sunday from 2 to 6 PM. Drop by and visit with us and the cats. You will be surprised at the progress on the yard and gardens! Just a little hint: check the front of the Faery garden for a Garfunkel tune.

That is an unretouched photo of Boogaboo. Who knows what he did to the camera????

Progress Report on a Train Wreck

Yes my friends, it was a train wreck. I am referring to last election and I can't stop staring at the carnage.

As we drown in unemployment and foreclosures with the housing market with its four feet up in the air, stiff, our trusty GOP Tea Partiers in the Legislature prepare to tackle those issues that worry all of us as we eat PBJ and pull the tarp tighter over our heads under the overpass: abortion. Yes folks, while they file a lawsuit to keep the Obamacare from taking over our god given right not to have insurance regulation, they seek to pass a law regulating the insurance companies preventing them from paying for abortions. I guess insurance reform depends on which god you think you are worshiping. And while they are cutting costs in medical care so we won't need insurance, they plan to require a woman have a costly ultrasound before an abortion. News flash folks: those ultrasound pictures of your little one look like a really, really bad picture of a tad pole to the rest of us.

Now, as our tourism industry tries to recover the loses, unsuccessfully, from the great BP disaster and we are warned our reefs, which just happen to be the fish nursery, are dying and with them will go our fishing industry, our new Tea Party Official, Alan West announces we need closer to shore drilling. Yup, that way the oil spill can get here faster. Of course, the point of tourism or the fishing industry will be moot when all those dead fish start washing ashore from the oil laying on the bottom of the Gulf out there. And while we discussing his priorities, cutting your unemployment for all you lazy goof offs out there and making certain your benefits ARE NOT extended is his second priority. Right after that comes raising the age for social security and medicare and, we don't stop there..you will have to qualify for it. I mean just because you spent your life paying into this fund is no reason you should collect anything, including Medicare, if you are marginally above the poverty line. You probably won't be marginally above the poverty line when you buy your first prescription at 2 bucks a pill for high blood pressure. Oh, and high on his list priority is cutting corporate income taxes so the fat cats can get their million dollar bonuses you pay for.

Now, our state government is already in action when one day after FPL's mother company reported record profits along with her subsidiary: FPL, by approving a rate hike to offset the rising fuel costs. Brother, those people just can't report a loss, can they or for that matter, a break even. It's profit all the way and I wonder what their year end bonuses look like because I know what my FPL bill looks like. But hey, I'm paying for all this so who cares.

Better hope they don't repeal Obamacare because me thinks a lot of people are going to be very sick at their stomachs by the end of the year or maybe the month.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Forecast for Thursday, 01/27/11

Twin Iguanas at the Salamander
Things were planted and things were cleaned. That pretty much sums up my day! Ah, except for one thing; I have more apps than George. Yes, the technologically challenged was the first to down load apps thanks to that nice man in tech support at CREDO, my phone company. Now I can track my phone when it gets lost, know the moon phase every day and even get the coupon of the day. Now if the coupon of day would just be something I want at somewhere I shop. I wouldn't be caught in Old Navy or the Gap...too vanilla for me.

Today's Tarot card is the Four of Wands. Happy gatherings with friends mark this easy day.

Early morning communications are pleasant but vague. The key to avoiding arguments later is to be very, very clear about everything. Read my lips would be a good phrase. A happy emotional surprise comes late tonight. The Moon goes void of course at 10:01 PM EST and enters Sagittarius at 1:55 AM tomorrow, so you may not even notice it happening.

Does anyone know where the week went? I know I had the flu one day, but the whole week seems to have slipped by me....

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Forecast for Wednesday, 01/26/11

Psychic Misadventures
One word: FLU! I will be better but today is a little rough.

Today's Tarot Card is the Four of Cups reversed. You may feel like you are the one doing all the giving in a relationship.

The Third Quarter Moon begins at 7:57 AM EST in 6Scorpio13. This is going to be the perfect week to ferret out the reasons why you are sabotaging yourself!
For a couple of days there are harsh words from authorities and elders over YOUR spending habits! Hey, it's not like they weren't feeding out of the same trough for a few years....Why should YOU be the one who has to make all the concessions? By mid morning, tempers are short, energies are grating on everyone's last nerve and generally until mid afternoon, no one is good company.

Well, I am settling back in with my hot tea and hoping my stomach settles down.

Let me explain the picture and how your psychic sometimes just misfires. I had no idea when I got ready for Pagan Pride at CUUPS they had repainted the room. As a result, I matched everything on my table to the wall without knowing it and even my own clothing! It was a really orange day!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Forecast for Tuesday, 01/25/11

Flame's Baby Picture
I was very bad today. I slept late. Did nothing but get some stone borders from Home Depot and generally goofed off. I guess I deserve one day a week of good off.

Today's Tarot Card is the Seven of Pentacles. When that lump sum of money arrives, make sure you safe some of it. This won't be steady income.

The Moon is Void of Course from 5:04 PM to 9:15 PM EST, just in time to mess with the commute home. It was a pleasant night and early morning dreams were pleasant if you could remember them. They might even have been prophetic.
All emotional irritation this afternoon makes it an excellent time for a psychic reading or some meditation to straighten it all out in your mind. The lesson is there. You just have to look for it.
This evening, finances are not moving fast enough and now is the time when things are not as they seem. People can try to deceive but you powers of investigation will provide you with the answers.

Saturn goes retrograde in Libra at 10:10 PM PST. There are two extremes to this position. It can make everything more austere or it can have you throwing caution to the four winds and buying things of no value what-so-ever.
Between now and Feb. 2nd the Romans celebrated the beginning of the planting season. Pagans celebrate Imbolc, the Chinese New Year (Rabbit) arrives and good old Groundhog Day arrives right along with the New Moon on the 2nd! I think I should take the whole week off. Yup, like that is happening. So, mention any holiday including TGIF and get a 10% discount until the 3rd of Feb at the Salamander!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Forecast for Monday 01/24/11

Even Loki had to work!
I didn't manage to get anything done today and I am not complaining. We were busy with customers all day and part of the evening. Tomorrow we are closed but I have to go check out a new bank for the company, some secondhand shops for display cabinets and get gas. The latter is really scary.

Today's Tarot Card is the Nine of Swords. There is unhappiness today.

Dreams of hitting a brick wall wake you up early today. Energy is high so you might as well stay up and get something done. By night time, emotions are totally in check, projects are cancelled due to budget and you are ready for bed.

Have a great night everyone!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Forecast for Sunday, 01/23/11

The Fuzzman
It's been a good day, but turning cold tonight. Ah, but we get to save on electricity!
Last night Lenuxx Fuzzybraten decided his name will now be "the Fuzzman". I do not know what gets into these cats.
Our second oldest cat, Rusty J. Hoover passed last night. George taught him to crawl into my lap many years ago, so I would take him into the house. He was so named because he "hoovered" any food he came into contact with but alas, old age claimed him. He was one of the sweetest red cats I have ever known, who never fought with anything or anyone. He was actually orange and white. He will be missed. Poor Brownie, who often crawled into his cage, Rusty had to have a home or he was not secure, was there when he passed. I swear she had tears in her eyes. Napoleon also came to pay his respects as the house ruler of the male persuasion. All the cats were gathered around as I held him and he crossed over. They have been very subdued and reverent today. Rusty was at least 20 years old. No cat except Precious knows a time when Rusty was not there.

Today's Tarot Card is the Magician reversed. There is not much action you can take today.

The Moon is void of course from 3:08 PM to 6:59 PM EST when she enters Libra and appearance takes precedence over substance. Nothing is getting done unless it looks good so clean all the mirrors and see who you catch. The afternoon has you feeling like no one is playing straight with you and confusion reigns. This can create quite a temper tantrum and you start feeling like: if this is a karmic lesson let's get it straight! Evening brings the realization that finances will not support the remodeling projects you have in mind. However, you will feel better about things as you head to bed since now all the cards are on the table and you know exactly where you stand.

Remember, the Cosmic Salamander is open on Sunday from 2 - 6 PM and I will doing some yard work if the weather permits. I got some new bird feeders at Lowes - reduced to 5 and 3 dollars - so the birds will be happy. Something attacked and destroyed 3 of the feeders last week. These are metal, so take that!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Forecast for Saturday, 01/22/11

Bitwit like shoes!
This has been a headache day but then again, I expected it from the aspects. UPS did not arrive with the package we needed today until the Void of Course ended. Oh, joy! I never got the order placed waiting for the package and trying to trace where it was. Yes, I have been chasing my tail all afternoon.
One thing I will say about our tenants, they provide unlimited entertainment for the Bitwit. She is in the window, ears pricked forward, eyes focused and tail tip twitching. This is much better than when the lizard tortures her and she sets off the window alarms I forgot to disable in the daytime and now must explain that no, no one broke the window. I really hate explaining how the dumb thing I did today but I think people are used to it by now. Yes, I know the codes, I am just dyslexic.

Today's Tarot Card is the Knight of Swords. This is a day for advancement. Not all sword cards are bad.

Jupiter enters Aries at 12:11 PM EST. This moves financial and property matters along rapidly. However, the tendency will be to not finish things and skip steps. That will lead to problems. So, put up a sign that says I will pay attention to detail and I will finish projects.

The Virgo Moon has us up early mainly because the energies are irritating and we want a change. We can make changes today! Expect some good communications this afternoon and later tonight, socializing isn't all it was promised to be, but it is still pleasant.

Okay, I have some cleaning to do and some Farm Town harvesting later to do because in the midst of this Void of Course I was unable to add 8 to 2 and not get 9. Oh yes, it was a rough void of course!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Forecast for Friday, 01/21/11

Napoleon as a baby
I started my day with the best of intentions, oh don't we all. It was a perfect, hot, cloudless SoFl day and I pedaled to the shop. Within hours, it turned to cloudy and rain is on the way. I do not think I will be pedalling home.
Friends, you must excuse me, but when you elect extremist idiots you can expect idiocy. The latest to come out of Florida by one of the Tea Party Elected Officials is a plan to allow teachers to grade parents on their performance. Yes, you read that right not backwards. Oh, they are still going with the performance of teachers linked to their students' performance on tests and the basis for pay and tenure, but now they want teachers to grade the parents participation in their children's academic life. I am now taking bets on how long it takes for a teacher to get killed doing that.
In other 'I wish I could laugh' matters is the shooting today of two Miami Dade County Police Officers serving a warrant. One was dead when I left the house and the other critical. The perp is dead, so we saved a little money there that we can apply to hospital bills. Now, the part about wishing I could laugh comes from the almost firing of the chief of police in Miami, where these two officers were shot, over his officers' shooting of several people allegedly in their defense. I think the issue was, or I sure hope it was, put in a new light.
I love you all dearly and many of you have 'children'. I like to think of Napoleon as that little bundle of fur I carried home in one hand and promised to take care of for the rest of his life, and keep safe after his sister was killed by a dog. However, when over ten pounds of cat hits me in chest with all claws out and shows his fangs, I am reminded he is a dangerous animal, not a little ball of fluff. When your kid picks up a gun, he is no longer that sweet little baby you carried for nine months. He is a dangerous person with the ability to kill. How he got from a A to B is something only you, or perhaps he, can answer, but he is there. When he points that gun at a cop, the point is moot. When the cops are armed and jumpy, you are very careful not to make sudden moves or the chances are you will be out of the gene pool and you can't blame them. Their lives are on the line every day when they put on that uniform and they want to come home to their kids as much as you want to come home to yours.

Today's Tarot Card is the Judgement Card. It is time to make some major decisions. Clear your calendar. Schedule some meditation. Get out the pen and paper and make some lists. Play time is over.

The Moon is void of course from 1:57 PM  to 6:10 PM EST when she enters Virgo and things require attention to detail and cleaning. Under this moon, even the stuff you just cleaned will look dirty.
This pretty much shoots the afternoon, so if you can take off, do it. You will probably wind up staying late to fix everything you did wrong earlier. The aspects are pretty bad, too. You will feel like your brain is short circuiting and you can't get anything straight. Screaming fits are the norm. Teachers are ready to throw in the towel. Money and finance is squeezed too tight and too confusing. By evening you feel like the only person you can blame is yourself. This leads to not sleeping.
Tomorrow will be better. I promise. Just take it easy. Stay home and curl up with a good book or a DVD.

Fridays are always busy at the Salamander and with a Void of Course, they promise to really be busy, so be patient with us tomorrow.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Forecast for Thursday 01/20/11

What a Day! The first happening was the monitor burned out. That stopped all work. So, off to old Brandsmart where I picked out a cheap purple TV. On the way to the checkout, that little psychic voice whispered...get the big yellow one. You know I didn't do it. Guess who went back an hour later and got the big Yellow One??? Yes, me, because the little purple wouldn't show the whole screen and what it did show was too small for me to read. So, I now have a huge yellow TV as a monitor and I couldn't be happier. I can see it!!!!! I call it the yellow bumble bee. But I am so tired I am a zombie.

Today's Tarot Card is the Queen of Swords reversed and Three of Pentacles reversed. A controlling man is preventing you from building for a future simply because he can.

The Sun enters Aquarius at 5:19 AM EST and the air waves rule. Electricity is in the air. New things arrive.

Your ego is taking a beating over the refusal by elders and authorities to let you advance and you are halfway between blowing and revenge. Remember, revenge is a dish best served cold. So, hold your tongue in the AM. By evening you will feel more like socializing and limitations will be slightly lifted tonight.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Forecast for Wednesday, 01/19/11

Faeries make me sleepy.
Today's Tarot Card is the Four of Swords. Rest is needed. You may even be feeling under the weather.

The Full Moon is at 4:21 PM EST in 6Libra19. Now the emphasis shifts to surface appearances. It is hard to get commitment under a Libra Moon.
The Moon is Void of Course from 4:26 PM to 5:16 PM EST. This will produce the shortest Full Moon ceremony in history. The Moon then enters Leo and all the world is a stage. Unfortunately, everyone wants the spotlight and ego conflicts abound for a couple of days.
For a week, there will be good financial news from authorities and elders. Look beneath the surface as they may just be making you feel better.
The afternoon has you irritated that you can't get anything straight and emotional surprises have teachers rethinking their choice of employment. You are angry with family and elders and authorities. Be patient because the good news is coming. However, it may be very hard to sleep tonight as your mind refuses to shut down.

Napoleon enjoyed fresh made strawberry Greek yogurt for breakfast and he was so happy! Cats know the difference and my version is so much better than the processed stuff. You take a cup of Greek yogurt, add two pouches of stevia, 6 strawberries chopped fine, a half a teaspoon of vanilla and mix well.I like to toss in a few walnuts! Now, you can use the same formula and add lemon juice instead of strawberries and you will swear you have lemon pie filling! I'm working on making it taste like meringue. Then I will have the whole pie because I have never really been a crust person.

Monday, January 17, 2011

I think I've located the problem, Captain!

Now beam me up, Scotty.

A letter in today's Sun Sentinel, offered proof of the "blood thirstiness" of the Liberal Left Wing, with an alleged statement by President Obama that the "rightwing nutcases should be punished."

If in fact this statement is true, and it sure doesn't sound like him, equating punishment with a rifle sight over someone's face indicates a serious problem with priorities and should scare the beejeebies out of all of us that this person is loose on the streets.

I do not think saying you will be punished for wrong doing means we are taking you out and shooting you, but in this new Tea Party Regime, I could be very, very wrong. Until someone proves me right, perhaps you should be really careful of rolling stops through stop signs. And maybe we should make certain all Tea Party Mom's are not armed because standing in the corner just got dangerous. Time outs might be permanent. Maybe we should all stay home.

Forecast for Tuesday, 01/18/11

A good day is when I survive a tornado watch without a house falling on me.

Today's Tarot Card is the Sun reversed. It is better to remain in the background today than advertising youself. You may also be feeling a little off.

There is a lot of talk about change and nothing changes. By mid morning, you don't want to socialize because you are sick of hearing about everything. This evening, people are ready to blow as they hit brick walls, restrictions and silly laws. No one can blame them. Try to keep your cool and relax a bit.

Tomorrow is the Full Moon in Libra.

I made a healthy sandwich for dinner. I started with whole grain bread. Then I put some jalapeno cheese on it, a slice of ripe tomato, several slices of avocado and some cheddar cheese. The topping was some fresh spicy oregano out of the garden. I swear, nibble on that and you don't need the rest of the pizza. I am drying it and saving the seeds because I have never seen the plant before. I got it at NuTurf on Dixie in Pompano Beach. That is the best oregano I have ever tasted and no, I am not talking about spicy globe basil. They are totally differnt plants. I can't wait to put this on some pizza! And then I grilled the sandwich to release the lycopine in the tomato. That was a colon health with antioxident special.

Napoleon had fresh strawberry Greek yogurt for breakfast. By that I mean I took regular Greek yogurt, sweetened it with stevia, added a touch of vanilla and strawberries. He thought he achieved nirvana.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Forecast for Monday. 01/17/11

Janice: Little Bitwit, how can you be so cute and so very evil.
Bitwit: Easy, very easy.

And today we have another episode of KUNG FU TAIL starring Napoleon and featuring Janice catching her new phone in midair!

Today's Tarot Card is the Four of Wands reversed. A friend is lost but not forgotten. Next time you will be more selective.

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr's birthday. The Moon is void of course from 12:57 PM to 2:29 PM EST, so I would have an early lunch. You may be aggravated with yourself starting the morning but are you just playing your parent's script in your head? It is a very psychic and confused morning. The confusion is over emotional issues. Teachers find they are communicating well but getting little emotional support. Logic and heart are at odds.
The Moon enters Cancer at  2:29 PM EST and the focus shifts to home, hearth and family.
Call it an early night because energies are just "itchy" in the evening and by midnight you have a lot of oppositions of communications and change that you would be best sleeping through.
For the next week, expect some nice emotional surprises. For the next couple of days authorities and elders talk about change but it is change that benefits themselves not you. Never trust the government or elected officials to keep their promises. Do trust them to behave exactly as they have in the past.

I am still tired and just did my: I don't want to work..Mantra. Technically, work is over and I have a day off. In reality, you know how that goes when you own your own business. There is the shopping for the house to do, for the shop and for the garden. Then you try to catch up on paperwork, both business and personal. Oh well, that's life. Oops, I forgot the laundry and cleaning.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Forecast for Sunday 01/16/11

The Tarot Card for today is the Wheel of Fortune. Major changes are in the works.
Only one aspect today affecting us and it finally brings an intellectual recognition that change is needed.

I'm a little under the weather and a lot tired. Have a great night!

We have these stickers for sale at the shop.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Forecast for Saturday, 01/15/11

Today I learned to post on FB from my HTC Hero and how to access the local station news. I am almost a GEEK. Okay, I'm really far from that but I am proud of myself and will now let it rest for a week.

Today's Tarot Card is the Two of Wands. Thoughts of travel and exotic locales fill our heads today. You really have everything you need in your hands right now.

Dreams have you upset and confused but it is just Neptune and Uranus causing them, not some prophecy. Teachers may find themselves called to work really early but the good news is that monetary compensation is available for your efforts because you sure don't feel like getting out of bed. By the time the sun is good and up, you will be energetic and ready to go. The Moon is Void of Course from 7:47 AM to 8:23 AM EST, so you might want to stay off the roads during that period.
The Moon enters Gemini today and things become more dispassionate and mixed up. Gemini wants to review all the choices and they just keep multiplying. An upset communication from elders or authorities hits you after lunch and you become aware that nothing has really changed. Mars enters Aquarius at 5:41 PM EST and energy now flows into electronics, evaluation and anything new. But Aquarius is a fixed sign and doesn't really like change that much and is stubborn as a Taurus. In fact, Aquarius can out stubborn a Taurus. So keep in mind the new things may sell, but it is the old brands that get the business.

I finally got the other bed finished out front and the lemon grass in the huge pot in front of the sign. Next, the walk between the two driveways and then the mailbox. That may be next week's project as I have a lot of shop business this weekend. I really like the black mulch and does it ever hold the water. My plants are happy and my tomatoes are setting fruit. The lizards have already moved in. This time I had the foresight to dump the earth worms in before I filled the bed completely. George tried to steal one of my babies to go fishing with. I had to chase him with the shovel.
I really like the mini incense storage burners. When you open them, you have a place for the stick to sit. You can have incense stored and the burner in one little box. I am all for convenience.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Answer to bird kills.

Oil and Gas Collection: Hydraulic Fracturing, Toxic Chemicals and the Surge of Earthquake Activity in Arkansas

Forecast for Friday, 01/14/11

Starry Night Pentagram Tapestry
Another cold day in SoFl. Tomorrow it warms up. All except the orchids and plumeria can survive without cover tonight. Actually, the herbs are enjoying it! The poor catnip has not yet recovered from the attack it suffered yesterday but I have hidden it on the table in the center of a planter full of flowers and parsley. At least, I really hope I have hidden it.
It has been a busy day and I am on the edge of a cold but not going over it.

Today's Tarot Card is the Hierophant reversed. Things are a little unconventional today. Rules and regulations are flaunted. This may or may not be a good thing.

The morning starts with aggravation over beauty verses cost and you can expect cost to win. A coat of paint can do wonders and wallpaper is expensive...Even though it is a reserved evening, you are feeling more yourself and better about things. It will be pleasant.

George has really been working on the outback as it becoming known. Through a variety of owners, this is the first time it has begun to look half way decent. The fruit trees are really happy and the date palms are almost dancing now that they are free of weeds. Tomorrow I work on the front beds and hopefully finish the front. Maybe I will even get the decorations for Valentine's Day up. Probably not. Moving heavy rocks wears me out.
We have more of the Starry Night Pentagram Night bedspread/tapestries in. Because of the all over design, you would make a robe, dress or pants out of them. We also have some storage burners in for the mini incense everyone loves so much, some small candle snuffers and some wood handled bells.
I will be out of the shop on Saturday afternoon doing a party but George will be here to help you. I should be back by 7 PM and I won't leave until 2 PM. So you can catch me if you try.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

What's the harm? Let's ask Congressman John Shimkus



For this we pay them, give them a pension for life and permanent health care???? I want my money back!!!!

Forecast for Thursday, 01/13/11

Friday the thirteenth comes on Thursday this month. BOO!
Another wonderful schizophrenic weather week in SoFl. After sweating the first of the week, I had to cover all the plants in expectation of a possible freeze tonight. According to the weather service, this will be the pattern and it has gotten old really fast. The cats are enjoying the tray of herbs that I brought in.
Last night, someone had a real bender in the Faery Garden in the catnip plant! Although the local Fae have been blamed, Howler, the Bitwit's feral brother, looks awfully hung over. He was even meowing quietly...

Today's Tarot Card is the Emperor reversed. Those who have been so stiff you thought they would break loosen up and things start to relax. You may get some concessions.

Mercury enters Capricorn and the free wheeling manner of speech and communications becomes more austere and maybe, responsible. New rules and regulations on speech may take place. The morning definitely starts with a change in communications toward more restraint. That does not sit well with a few stubborn folk and you can expect very irritated communications and a lot of *itching. However, authorities and elders have been won over toward more responsibility and the trend now changes. Energy is reserved though emotions are boiling just beneath the surface! So, do not relax. All hell could break loose.

I sincerely hope the astrological trends will influence the world of politics but so far they have remained immune to everything but money....

Before you file a dispute....

Before you file a dispute with a merchant, it is a half way decent idea to make certain you have actually contacted the merchant.
I know, you are thinking, "well, duh..."
Believe it or not, your online or mail order merchant cannot get merchandise to you faster than the carrier it was mailed with. If you are ordering and the destination is not local to the shipper, it can take TIME. The worst locations to ship to for me are Hawaii and Canada. That pretty much applies to every shipper on the mainland of the USA. I can get a package to Australia faster.
However, there are things no one can predict. There was the week the Post Office returned packages I shipped to Australia to me for no reason what-so-ever. I had to drive back and hand them to them. This is why it is always a good idea to pay for tracking and for insurance unless you can afford to lose whatever you have ordered. Every order takes a really big bite out of a small merchant's bottom line and more than one has gone under because of unfounded disputes if just because it was too much of a pain in the lower posterior to remain in business and deal with people.
Yes, there are some bad merchants out there and more bad buyers who specialize in internet fraud. That is why there are websites dedicated to listing buyers who are problematic within every industry. Oooops...you didn't know that? Well, the Merchant Processors, the people to transfer the money from your credit card to the merchants account, also keep track of bad buyers with large numbers of charge backs. Yup, and before you decide to get even for some slight or defraud merchants for no reason what-so-ever, here is another thing you should know.
If you file a dispute with Paypal, even if Paypal finds for the merchant's side, the merchant is still charged $10.00. That's right, not the losing party, the merchant. So you can bet the farm, your name is going on a list if you file a dispute two days after you order something and you are in rural tinbucktoo with mail delivery once a week. (Believe it or not, I had an associate blaming a developer because she didn't get her package that weekend and the PO doesn't deliver to her area on weekends! I guess she thought she was one of the 'special people' the PO would making an exception for...)
Now some of you may be saying...how could they have the gall to pass the "administrative cost" (in my course in business admin. I was taught to factor that into the cost of doing business) to the small merchants.
Well, my question is, "why didn't you think they would?" 

Take the latest thing down here. The Miami Dolphins come to Broward County...not the county they are located in...trying to get us to give them our tourist tax dollars to put a roof on the stadium in Miami-Dade County because some of the fans stay in Broward hotels during the "super bowl". Now, every player makes over a million dollars a year. The owner makes literally millions of dollars. The franchise makes billions in advertising and licensing revenue and while we are closing libraries and cutting bus routes making it impossible for the working poor to get to work,  they want us to pay for their roof. AND there is no guarantee they will get the Super Bowl!!!


How do you actually make that request in today's economy with a straight face??? Too much botox????

These corporations and make no mistake, a sports' team is a corporation, are so used to bleeding us dry because most people simply paid up and never questioned that they think they can still do it.
Well, I have a news flash for them. The well is dry and you killed the goose that laid the golden egg.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Forecast for Wednesday, 01/12/11

Napoleon had his favorite flavor of yogurt today. I had to scrape the container out and spoon feed him after he licked it clean. I think I may have spoiled this cat just a tad. Of course, Fionna had half my sausage and since she doesn't like my Costco salt substitute, I have to lick it off the sausage first. I am going to have put air fresheners around their necks. They are way past sale date.

Today's Tarot Card is the Six of Wands. Victory is yours if you want it. Friends are supportive and cheering you on.
I am pretty sure I gave you today's astrological forecast, yesterday by mistake. Sooooo, basically tempers are high, mouths are running and no one is using their brain. Authorities and elders are playing the emotion card rather than the logic card so they don;t have our best interests at heart.
It is the second quarter of the Moon so it is time to take a look at the projects you started with the New Moon and make necessary adjustments for success. Once the Moon enters Taurus at 10:37 PM EST, it will be very hard borrow anything and people come very territorial. You will need to respect people's space until the Moon moves into Gemini in a couple of days.

I think I am trying to get too many things done at once. Today was Sales Tax day and I always get a migraine. Now, it is not hard to fill out the form and pop a check into the envelope but I make one mistake after another and now print out several copies of the form just for that very reason. After I finally got it finished and my migraine was in full bloom, I started wondering what on earth my problem was. I looked down and noticed the form is printed in something like 4 point type. Something like this! If that worked, I bet you can't read it and on top of that, it is printed in RED in many places. No wonder I have a headache.
So I wandered to the PO to mail it and then over to Wartmart to get George a fishing license. He discovered at his age, he doesn't need a hunting or fishing license. He's happy over saving the 17.00 but the age thing didn't please him. I got some black mulch for the front bed. Every day my poor tomato is dried out and I figured, black mulch, black iron fence...we will just go Goth. Now all I need is a reading or two and I can afford to do the whole front in black mulch!

We have a Karate Dojo open across the street by Docking Bay 94, the comics store. If they manage to get a Yoga instructor, I will be over there! But, you can drop the kids off for classes and come visit at the Salamander! We have a lovely yard, gardens and George is out there most of the time. Come over and get to know us. Usually the coffee is on and I can make tea. There may be a healing center moving in next door.....

Actions speak louder than words.

I like to turn the volume off and just watch actions. What have I seen the past couple of days? I have seen Republican Congress people out and about with absolutely no security what so ever. I have seen Democrats with at least 4 cops shadowing them. At a press conference....now let me give you background...you do not get into a press conference without press ID and an invite, I used to work for a newspaper.....a Democratic Congresswoman had 4 Broward County Cops with her at an event that normally has one bored retired cop barely armed and waiting to get out of there.
Does any of this tell you anything? The Broward Sheriff's office tried to spin it by saying they were a afraid of copycats. Ah, but doesn't that apply to the other side of the fence, too?
The violence provoking rhetoric has not died down one iota.
Why? Remember my friends, I have been telling you this was going to happen since the election 2 years ago. A fanatic is most dangerous to two people: the second in command and the object of their fanaticism. They know that if they back off one ounce, they make themselves a target for the very people they are provoking. That only means one thing people, they knew exactly what they were doing from the beginning. They knew exactly what the reaction would be.
That is why there are no apologies, no outrage and no changes being made. When these nuts advocated "lock and reload", that is exactly what they meant. They mean to take over the government by force if the ballot box doesn't work in their favor. Arizona is just the test case. Florida or Texas is next. My bet is on Florida as it mirrors Arizona with a large, easily targeted retiree population and a larger immigrant population.
Will Kevlar be the new black?

Monday, January 10, 2011

Forecast for Tuesday, 01/11/11

Ooooh, I like that date. Okay, I studied to be a mathematician until I discovered there was no money in it. I like numbers. I love numbers.

The Tarot Card for Today is the Moon reversed. It is time to stop reacting emotionally and evaluate the situation rationally and logically.

The Second Quarter Moon begins at 6:31 AM EST a 21Aries54.

The Moon is Void of Course from 9:47 PM to 10:37 PM when she enters Taurus so you probably will only notice things slowing down. Now that we have a Moon in Taurus, respect people's space and property. Lending will be at a standstill and people look for long term value.

Authorities and elders push the emotional buttons this morning and it is hard not to take sides. Energy is too high. You are not liking what you are seeing going on around you and your temper is frayed but you have no idea who or how to lash out.
There is some romance in the late afternoon but the nebulous quality of it causes a temper tantrum shortly thereafter. There is a lesson to be learned and the question is whether anyone is going to slow down enough to learn it. Expect a lot of talk in the late evening as people try to smooth ruffled feathers. It is doubtful that is going to happen any time soon.

The best laid plans of humans needing a good night's sleep.....I planned to keep the cats out of the bedroom and found myself awake at 3 AM, again, sans cats. So, on my trip from the bathroom I picked up Fifi and Napoleon. I awoke at 6 AM and they gave me the evil eye for waking them up, turned over and went back to cat napping. When I finally woke up at 1 PM, both of them were still asleep and quite upset I was getting up and leaving them. Around 2, they managed to make it into the kitchen for food and water. I got the look, the one that says: not our fault after all. I guess I will have to rethink my strategy for an uninterrupted night's sleep. This one crashed and burned.

And the silence was deafening...

Perhaps this is best read to the song: Sounds of Silence. If you are too young to know it, you might want to get a copy of the words. After all these years and we are talking 40, I still remember all of them. It was a most prophetic piece of work.
Today FOX news president suggests his commentators "tone down" the rhetoric. The Secret Service releases a report showing a correlation between the very internet ads and rhetoric that in my opinion caused this assassination to occur and increased death threats to now president Obama in the final weeks of the campaign.
The Westboro Baptist Church released a statement yesterday vowing to picket the funerals and stating: 9 less! I wonder if there was a happy face attached.
A 9 year old girl is dead. A judge is dead. 18 people could be dead because that is how many bullets that gun holds if you are not using an extended clip and he was shooting at close range. AND THIS IS THE REACTION??????? Tone it down?????? 9 less?????? My condolences?????
Is the new philosophy going to be if you don't like the politics you incite someone to kill the politician and any children in the audience?
I spent the beginning of my life in countries where your life was worth the price of a bullet. I never thought I would spend the end of my life in one.
Does Canada need any psychics???? I'm available.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Dates are not relevent....

The latest news is that the Tea Party and Sarah Palen's web site had nothing to do with the shooting in Arizona because this nut case had these views before they originated.
No my dears, that IS THE POINT. Up until now, he had done nothing. Once all this violent rhetoric starting being slung, he found like minds, like motivation and a direction and he ACTED. Without them, he probably would never have acted.
Back when I worked in psychiatry, Reagan dumped everyone out of the mental health hospital stating they had the right to refuse medication and treatment. One patient was heavily armed, super right wing patriot and crazy as a loon. He had been judged criminally insane with no concept of right or wrong and he was on the street.
Up comes a new guy running for Chief of Police on an ultra right wing platform of basically shoot anyone who disagrees with me and this nut latched on to him, visited his offices, bumper stickered his car and proselytized whenever another person was in range. We lived in complete fear he would kill this man's opponent in the race if he lost and there was nothing we could do. The police do not act on implied threats. Lo and behold, the right wing idiot got elected and then we lived in fear our nut would kill anyone who published anything disagreeing with him. On more than one occasion I had to convince him a writer had been forced to say those thing about his "hero" by the "leftist media conspiracy" to get him to put the guns away. Now, do you know why I burned out in that field?
You don't yell FIRE in a crowded theater and you don't publish KILL on the air waves and expect nothing to happen unless you are so very, very stupid or crazy you can't understand the principle of action and reaction. That seems to be the entire point. Is there anyone who doesn't know there are crazy people with guns and explosives out there looking for an excuse to use them?????? Where did the concept of personal responsibility go for what you do and say???? Have we become so insulated in our little cocoons, typing on keyboards that we totally fail to realize there are real people out there reading what we write????
All I have heard for a month is "cyber bullying". Don't you think the Sarah Palen's web site with rifle sights over people's faces qualifies as Cyber bullying? How would you feel if those pictures had included a picture of your child and been put up by a classmate???? Next time you listen to this vitriolic on the shock jock radio, substitute your loved one for the political target and tell me how you feel????? Not so funny anymore, is it? How fast would you be calling the school or police for help and protection for your child?
The bottom line is ADULTS SHOULD KNOW BETTER. We used to pride ourselves on being a civilized country where we settled our difference at the ballot box and not with a gun. When was the last time you remember something like this happening? What has changed? Draw your own conclusions but get your head out of the sand. We are no longer a civilized democratic country. We are no better than any of the third world countries where being a politician is a dangerous profession and you may get shot at any moment. We are no longer a democracy or a republic, we are a country where elections were won by money and now by force.

Forecast for Monday, 01/10/11

That's a neat date. Bed number two at the front of the shop is being killed as I speak. There is one thing I have learned. A Virgo and a Pisces cannot work together. Yes, you heard me. A Virgo's idea is to tear everything apart and put it back together. A Pisces will rearrange things until they fit. Hence, this Pisces simply returned to the shop to write her forecast before she killed the Virgo. Life is much easier that way.

Today's Tarot Card is the Six of Pentacles. Bills to pay and debts to repay. Remember to share your abundance with those less fortunate.

The Moon is Void of Course from 6:12 AM to 10:24 AM EST. Does it seem like the Moon does this every Monday just to test our driving ability? Be careful out there because people are distracted and confused. The excess of energy was not condusive to sleeping soundly. You may even have had a wake up call in the wee hours with someone screaming at you. But a later wakeup may have been romantic. People are overly emotional and sentimental in the early morning hours and the way it was may seem more appealing that the way it is. Unfortunately, the way it is is the only way we have. The Moon enters Aries at 10:24 AM EST and everything speeds up and people start things. They may not finish them.
A romantic evening brings much some relaxation but be wary, elders and authorities are on the warpath.
For the next couple of days, there is a lot of vague references to romance and some surprise arguments that are way too emotional. Try to not get swept away in the rhetoric. It will just get worse tomorrow until it all dies down on the 13th and we may actually see some prudence. Something big is in the works.

I returned home after 10 PM last night to find Boogaboo just awakening on my pillow where I left him at noon. He claimed he was just sleeping in on Saturday. I claim 10 PM is waaaaay past just sleeping in. Tonight the cats are getting a surprise. I am ejecting them from the bedroom. I discovered last night they awaken me every 2 hours and the only good sleep I get is when they all leave. Thus, we will be starting the night with them all leaving so I can get some rest, get up early and get something done!
It has come as a bit of a surprise that the new rolling chair I bought at a garage sale was a gift for Loki. Here I thought it for me to do readings in.....Silly, silly me....
Well, George is angry at me for leaving him out there, but it was the only way to survive.

You are free to incite violence, murder and mayhem...

I was unaware that the laws have changed, but the newspaper in Ft. Lauderdale informed me this morning that to be held accountable for inciting violence, symbolically advocating the murder of someone or suggesting mayhem be committed against this country is a LEFTIST concept and we are, after all, not a socialist, commie country.
Thus, you may now publish photos of you ex with a rifle sight on their face and see if anyone will shoot them for you. You may now incite a riot with no fear of legal retribution or arrest. You can get on the air and suggest the violent overthrown of the government or your neighborhood homeowners association because it passed health care or wants to collect Taxes (home owners fees) from you.
By-the-way, what exactly are we holding those people in Guantanamo for? According to the latest "Good Old American" values, they didn't do anything wrong. They were just trying to kill people and overthrown the government. Nothing wrong with that. I mean, do we really know if they were wrapped in an American flag singing hymns before they crashed into the Twin Towers. Perhaps we "left wing nut cases" should give them the same benefit of the doubt the Right Wing is now giving their heroes of the air waves.
Yup, it is not your fault if someone takes you seriously. Not your fault if some idiot had the stupidity to get on the highway after you went to that party and drank yourself silly. They should have gotten out of your way, those leftist, non drinking commies that want health care. I mean, if they weren't leftist non drinking commies, they would have had a six pack, been watching a good old American sporting event and on their way to the liquor store to get more fuel to celebrate their good old American victory or drown their defeat. Definitely not your fault. Heck, you ought to get a reward for killing them and getting them out of the voting pool.
Not your fault you beat your wife or kid to a pulp. They might be leftists. Not your fault you burned down the government building because those good American Right Wingers suggested it on the air when you took your tin foil hat off to take a shower on Friday the 13th. I mean, those Leftists would have provided you with affordable health care and medication so the voices from those good old  REAL Americans would stop talking to you.
Welcome to the new America people. I just wanted to make certain you understood the rules.
However, please keep in mind.....sorry my lawyer demands a disclaimer...these new rules may not apply to you if you do not have a membership card for the Tea Party or the Republican Party, or a political or reality TV or radio show or your own web page or have contributed over a quarter of million dollars to your local Republican or Tea Party candidate as an anonymous donor. How the heck do I get that printed in 6 point, grey type in italics again....Hey, it's not my fault......

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Forecast for Sunday, 01/09/10

I, all by myself, activated my phone today. I think the tech needed a drink or drugs afterwards, but it is up and running. I am with CREDO and they are the nicest people on the planet! They are part of Working Assets Visa. If you want to change phone companies, email me at janice@cosmicsalamander.com. I think this Hero is going to survive. I said a protection and long life mantra over it.

Today's Tarot Card is the Ten of Swords reversed. The good news is no one is trying to stab you in the back today. The bad news is, they may do it without trying. The bottom line is not to watch the usual suspects but to be vary of those who can hurt you but have no real reason to do so. They may let the wrong cat out of the bag.

The morning starts with a lot of irritations because you can't make some decorating changes or get that accessory you wanted. By noon you will be feeling more yourself. Elders and Authorities are in a better mood. Energy is really high overnight so it may be hard to sleep.

On a sad note, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot today while meeting with her constituents in a public location. She is in critical condition but considering the person fired several shots directly into her head at close range.....
We had the schools locked down in Broward County and with a head toss and it couldn't be my fault eye roll, a rabid conservative talk show host was forced to resign from her new position with the newly elected Tea Party candidate. Never mind she had "suggested" just that type of violence on her show.
What does that have to do with Rep. Gabrielle Giffords? Her picture was on Sarah Palen's website during the Health Care Debate with a rifle sight over it and now the House (she is a Representative) is taking a "symbolic vote" on OBAMACARE! Now, if you or I published a photo of anyone with a rifle sight over their face on a public medium, we would be trying to bail out of jail for threatening someone's life, but this doesn't seem to apply to people with power or a public radio or TV show who have rabid fanatics as followers who just happen to be well armed. Am I the only person who sees something really wrong with that???? If you don't believe me, just suggest someone blow up the Republican Headquarters and see how fast you are talking to Homeland Security, but Sarah Palen can subtly suggest any duly elected representative who is  pro health care reform is a target using a gun image and nothing happens. Now, I won't even mention how in bad taste that was or tacky that was, but hey, look at the source. Lip stick and pearls on a pig and all that.....
I am not suggesting you blow up the Republican Headquarters. If you did, where would I get my comic relief? Please leave them alone. I need the material. Hey, I have to make a living here. It's been hard since Bush left office. Or as I once said while working in the psychiatric office and walking in to find a patient with two guns trained on the psychiatrist "Please, for my sake, don't shoot him until he signs my pay check!" The man put the guns down and asked when my check would be ready. Some times stuff like that actually works but I wouldn't ever bet on it. Fortunately I was young and fast back then.
Bottom line: if you are dealing people who may not be playing with a full deck and they worship you, you do not make irresponsible suggestions of violence of any kind. Period. End of Story. Otherwise, someone gets hurt or killed. Two totally off limits, don't even think about talking about them subjects when I was in psychiatry were politics and religion. Never, ever, did you mention, even off handedly, a public official's or personality's name. In fact, you avoided mentioning anyone's name or commenting on anyone in any shape, form or fashion. Folks, that rule can extend to the grave and I am about to tell you a story that will raise the hair on the back of your neck.
I dealt with a very violent patient and one day, no one in the office would believe him because, well, he was crazy. I, on the other hand, had and have the policy of calling a spade a spade and told him that if his "suspicions" were right, I would tell him and we set up a scenario to test them. It turned out someone really was following him and he was so grateful, he was crying and said if I ever needed protection, he would be there for me. Yeah, like I need outside protection, but I was gracious and we went back to therapy. He died a few months later.
One afternoon I was in psychology class studying art therapy. I drew what I thought was a lovely 60's type design with paisley and flowers. The woman in front of me turned around, looked at what I had drawn and screamed. Who freaks out at paisley and flowers??? When I turned the paper around so I was looking at it from her point of view and it was a picture of this former patient in a violent outrage. You absolutely could not see it from the perspective I drew it. I couldn't draw it right side up if my life depended on it. For some reason, I looked at the time and remembered the date and wrote both on the paper before I turned it in. For me that is a small miracle.
Another psychic I knew, for some reason, decided to destroy my life and business. She had two freak accidents that put her in the hospital with serious injuries. She was telling someone about the last accident and exactly when it happened because she was one of those people who remembers stuff like that. I froze and wrote it down just to be sure. When I had my professor pull out my papers from class the next day, (I worked for him) the time and date perfectly matched when I drew the picture. When I checked the first accident, it had occurred a couple of weeks after the patient had died. So, never mess people who are unbalanced. I had to have a little on the other side conversation with him about hurting people who posed no physical threat to me and waiting for instruction if he was going to be my protector. Fortunately, he has moved to another level and is no where near as violent as he was.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Forecast for Saturday, 01/08/11

I got the snapdragons, mint and Beefmaster Tomato in the new front bed today. I never thought I would get that bed damp. That is the problem with sandy soil. I shall have to bring some of my soil converters from the house. They are also known as earthworms. Tomorrow, thanks to George's hard work, another front bed with the Sweet 100 tomato goes in the front. The fence is straightened and I am building those beds!

Today's Tarot Card is the Knight of Cups reversed. Love does not go so well today so wait for better aspects before pressing the issues.

The only aspect today occurs at 9:09 AM EST and you will find it easier to sway authorities and elders with emotion than facts. On the other hand that aspect can also bring about a long story about how things used to be so break out the hanky and the popcorn. You will need it.

The Full Moon is on the 19th, a Wednesday, and in celebration we are offering $35.00 readings all day at the Salamander.

Don't forget to ask for your frequent buyer card!

In celebration of Australia Day on Tuesday the 25th, we are offering 10% off all purchases.

More Holidays Next Month!

Please stop fighting!

This is not a conspiracy theory. It is plain old boardroom tactics. Heck, I've used it myself. Here is how it works.
You propose something radical, something you know will not work and the the majority will be hurt by. Then you get a bunch of loudmouths to endorse it because they are dumb enough to fall for a slogan and not look any deeper. You use this to bring the matter up so it looks like you have a winning majority. Immediately the half way smart are going to rally a against you and then you compromise down to what you really wanted in the first place and the "really smart" guys think they won. Guess who won? YOU! You got what you wanted in the first place.
Now, next election you trot out the radicals who are going to pay through the nose, stand in the rain and sleet screaming to reelect you because those filthy "liberals" thwarted your agenda and wow, you are back in office if you can get the reasonable people on your side to bring up a 3rd candidate to split the vote. You are back in power and you play the same game over and over again.
So stop fighting. Let them have their school vouchers and merit pay raises for teachers. By the end of the first year, schools will be underfunded and teachers will flee the state. Then the local governments have to make up the difference in funding by raising property taxes and the screaming will begin. When Johnny and Jane can't pass the entrance test to get into Community College and your property tax bill doubles (hey, look at how much goes to education now...the lion's share!), then the Tea Party will have no excuse for the condition except themselves.
Let them have their unrestricted development. When the run off kills all the fish, the pollution closes the beaches regularly and we run out of fresh water, the tourism industry dies and so does the housing industry. Hey, who wants to live without water or for that matter can live without water? Let them have it. In the mean time, we save up our money and get ready to buy up the properties cheap, work on desalinization plant design and when everyone leaves and we are in charge, we fix it and make a tidy profit.
Let the health insurance industry overcharge them to the point no business can afford insurance for their employees and when grandma is tossed out of the nursing home because social security and medicare have been gutted and into their living room without her bag of expensive diapers, I guarantee they will be voting for us perhaps before the next election.
When bridges start collapsing, those Beemers can't do 90 down the highway because of all the cracks and bumps, and traffic becomes a standing room only proposition and the maid is late to clean their toilets, they will be voting for us and willing to pay higher taxes if they haven't moved to another country. Either way, we win.
So stop fighting. Stop donating. Let them have the country they voted for and we'll see how long they stay in power. I am not joking. Our infrastructure both financial and physical is in such bad shape that I give it 18 months before collapse at an outside chance. It will probably happen in 6 to 8 months. So, let them have their hands in the cookie jar when it collapses and all the credit.
The only way to win this game is to refuse to play. You can't compromise because you are still giving them exactly what they want. They have the marbles, make them use them. Force them to play the hand they won with and keep at least 6 months of food and water on hand. You will probably need it.
Just say no to participating or as we said in the 60's: "What if they started a war and no one came?" Let them start the debate and don't come, don't donate, don't send your petitions, don't give them any excuse to back down from their agenda. Force their hand. Then sit back and enjoy the show. Order pizza and get pop corn because I guarantee, it will be worth the price of non-admission.
Hey, it has been for me.....

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Forecast for Friday, 1/7/11

7/11...I like it. Mother Nature is out to get us. We tried to get Vanwitch from the back and it started pouring. As soon as we managed, with George dripping wet, to park in the front, it stopped. Then as soon as we got out and locked Vanwitch, it drenched us again! Now it stops and tries to lure us out of the building. Not falling for that one again.
Today's Tarot Card is the Eight of Swords. Deception is around you. Wait for a day when the truth is shining rather than the haze of lies that surrounds you.
Venus enters Sagittarius at 7:30 AM EST. Let the partying begin in earnest but don't expect commitment. Venus in Sag is the statue of Justice personified. All things will be challenged. And since the Sun in Capricorn squares Saturn in Libra, authorities and elders are really going to be arguing for a several days. Whew, don't expect the dust to settle to any time soon.
The Moon is Void of Course from 3:51 PM to 9:57 PM EST so this is not the good date night you might have expected. It is an excellent afternoon for psychic readings and getting help with the lessons you need to learn. Do research on the Internet. Expect a lot of calls and emails in the morning. Late tonight, you can party but stay away from the booze. You will just get maudlin.
George managed to dig the date palms out of the weeds out back and build a bed around them. I wedged a few onion seedlings into the roots knowing they can gradually pry them open. Then we managed to get one bed built out front. I figured I would have to stand with the hose and water everything in tomorrow but Mother Nature took care of that for me!  Tomorrow the planting begins and maybe I can get the other bed built. I have hope considering I am not feeling so well today.
It all started yesterday in Costco when a nice lady offered me a teaspoon of something call "green envy" or something similar. I thought it was like Naked Green, the juice I drink every morning and it tasted similar but when my stomach started growling a few minutes later I took a second look at what I drank. There should be law against giving unsuspecting people anything with the word cleanse in the description. I am practically crippled with gas today.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

How bad is it?

That is the second line in most good vaudeville jokes.
I am no fan of FOX news but I have often asked: How bad is it?
I got my answer last night and if I had not heard it with my own ears, I would think this was a lie or a joke, a really bad joke.
The local FOX station ran a poll to see how many people thought our new crook, I mean Governor, Rick Scott would create new jobs in Florida. It was a simple yes or no.
 The newscaster proudly announced that 47% of those answering the poll thought Rick Scott would create new jobs in Florida and then almost under his breath, after the camera panned away from him to a new story and different new anchor, he said, "53% don't think he will."
If I had not been thinking, and I know that is dangerous, that 47% was not a majority, I would never have noticed the 53% throw-away line!
What has this country become? Please don't answer.......

I never say too much about my father....

And the reason happens to be, we never got along. He was a real B with a capital letter but he also was psychic. I remember someone asking him one day if he believed in god and he didn't answer. Then they asked if he believed in the Devil. I will never forget his answer.
He said that he wasn't sure about that, but he was certain he knew what the Devil would look like. Well, this evangelic was intrigued and asked what the Devil would look like. His answer was: "He will have a bible in one hand, a cross in the other and be standing in front of the American Flag denouncing Satan."
That my friends was in the 1950's. So now you know where I get part of my psychic ability.

Forecast for Thursday, 01/06/11

Let's see. Last night our latest Florida governor, the outsider Tea Partier, had his 95.00 a ticket inauguration paid for by Big Business and today prepares to dismantle the public school system, get those lazy unemployed people dropped off the "dole" (which is actually unemployment insurance paid for by companies)  and lower taxes all while running Florida like a company. So far he is running it just like his last job at Columbia Healthcare Systems. How did that work out for you?
The new congressional Tea Party leaders were sworn in and vowed to dismantle Healthcare Reform, Social Security and every other package enacted by this administration except those tax cuts for the rich and their own golden package of retirement and health care benefits all in the name of "saving" money. Me thinks the only things they are saving are their own bank accounts. Did you know that in addition to health care for life at such backwoods HMO's like Walter Reed Hospital, they also get their salary for life after serving just one term? No...ooops....I guess I let that cat out of the bag.
So what is my forecast for the year: pretty darned dismal but being psychic, I have spent 20 years preparing for this day. I give them 18 months to run the country and you into the toilet. Enjoy the administration you voted for because I sure will be. I haven't laughed so hard in years.
Now on to the Tarot Cards and Astrology of the day.
Today's Tarot Card is the Ace of Pentacles. Be on the look out for a way to put more money into your hands today, but it may involve a move out of your comfort zone.
The only aspect today occurs in the evening when you come up with a way around some limitation or restrictions but we are dealing with an Aquarius/Libra aspect. So, it may be too far out to implement and you may not be able to make up your mind to implement it. Thus, this aspect tends to bring a nice day dream and a lot of  "I should have's" in a few weeks.
The Salamander is expanding her boundaries as George uncovers the pack patio. Aside from the fire pit he dug out, he was been pushing the weeds off what is proving to be one gigantic concrete slab! At first I thought it would accommodate a table and a couple of chairs but it is growing by the day. Now we could get a whole tent and class back there. We have not located the edges yet.
The organic gardening project is kicking into high gear. A spot for pole beans and tomatoes is being cleared. Tomorrow I get into my grungies and start digging. The herb garden is in the planning stage but the herbs are bought and waiting. Flowers abound and I can't say enough about NuTurf on Dixie Hwy in Pompano Beach. There were honey bees everywhere and the best selection of flowers, herbs and veggies you have ever seen. Skip the big box stores and go over there. You will find everything you need at great prices! I went a little overboard but I am a sucker for violas and allissum. I also got a huge lemon grass...necessary for great barbecue. I need flowers in my world for the Fae and me and the bees. By the weekend, this place will be blooming and buzzing! We closed the honey bee bar so the little critters had better get to work pollinating.
I was so proud of my little Bitwit today. She earned her leather collar. She has forced the huge Loki into submission. He waits patiently for all the girls to eat before he approaches the bowl. I have trained her well.

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Forecast for Wednesday, 1/05/11

What a day! The dentist woke me up at 9:30 AM...Napoleon and I were peacefully sleeping...to remind me about my 1 PM dental appointment. Like I could forget!!! My new hygienist is a demon with cleaning tools. I think my tonsils are cleaned. Did you know that an oral cancer screening is now mandated by law? Well, that's a few years too late for a friend who is now missing most of her upper mouth and has it replaced with a plate. I thought I would throw that in just in case you think these laws are silly.
After the dentist we stopped at the feed store and I put an order in for about three chickens, yes, live ones. They will be known as the "Bug Busters" and their job will be to keep the organic garden free of pests. I may just think about adopting some old hens that are past their prime instead of starting with chicks. We'll see how it goes. In the mean time, I must begin construction on a Chicken Coop and the dumb ad for plans disappeared off Facebook today.
The next stop was Bedner's for some veggies. They were part of lunch/dinner and there is plenty left for tomorrow. I think black bean burgers with portobella mushrooms is a good combo. I have an organic cauliflower waiting to be cooked. Tomorrow I have the doctor and the screaming about my not losing weight. I am petrified I have gained some. The holidays are damaging to one's diet.
Now we are at the shop getting a few things done.
Oh, we arrived at the dentist just as the Bank of America got robbed across the street. Like I said; What a Day! Now who cursed me to live in interesting times????

Today's Tarot Card is the Seven of Cups Reversed. Something you thought would never arrive, gets here and it proves to be a surprise in more ways than one.
The Moon goes void of course at 7:15 AM and enters Aquarius at 11:08 AM EST, ending the Void of Course. However, since Aquarius brings out the nuts, you may not notice the difference. Geez...what a morning to have my doctor's appointment! After that, the day is aspect free except for a major Venus aspect and they are always benign. Teachers may find that through underhanded means, they have been cheated out of an upgrade.