Honor Thy Father

June 19, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Today is more than just a day about paternity; it’s our opportunity to see the divine balance between male and female. Father’s Day and Summer Solstice are very close to each other in June, which leads me to see a connection. Midsummer (Solstice) is about the equality between male and female, black and white—opposites. It takes tears to learn what real happiness is, it takes harsh truth and self love to get to know one’s self. There is balance in all things if we look for it and celebrate it!

I think that we focus on the maternal as a source for nurturing, and forget that it comes in many different guises, forms and sexes. If we look at the early civilizations where multiple gods were honored, it was a way to see that different strengths come together to create that energy we call “divine.” Hillary Clinton once said “It takes a village to raise a child” (she may not have been the first to say that), and that applies to the balance of father and mother, grandpa and grandma, uncle and aunt, brothers and sisters. You see the pattern… Read More

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First Day of Spring: The Vernal Equinox

March 21, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Today is the first day of Spring, following the Vernal Equinox. Also called Ostara in neopaganism, the Vernal Equinox is celebrated as the beginning of spring and the sprouting of new life. It is hence associated with regeneration, regrowth, and rebirth, a crucial time in the Wheel of the Year. The first day of Spring, is of course, a perfect time to plant intentions that you wish to grow into bloom in the coming months.

National Geographic reports:

In the Northern Hemisphere spring officially began at 7:21 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 20, 2011—the vernal equinox, or spring equinox (see spring equinox pictures). But don’t be fooled by the old rumor that on the spring equinox the length of day is exactly equal to the length of night. The true days of day-night equality always fall before the spring equinox and after the autumnal, or fall, equinox, according to Geoff Chester, a public affairs specialist with the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C. Read More

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March Madness: Wild Ways to Observe the Equinox

March 17, 2011 at 5:00 am

The Vernal, or Spring, Equinox is one of two yearly balance points between light and dark – the other one being the Autumnal, or Fall, Equinox. The Vernal Equinox is the mid-point between Imbolc, Brigid, or Candlemass in early February, and Beltaine. Beltaine is the most well known of the often-bawdy fertility festivals, but the Vernal Equinox is the lesser of these.

The celebration of the Vernal Equinox is known variously as Easter, Ostara, or Eostre for those practicing general Neo-Paganism or European Paganism, or the Lesser Eleusinian Mysteries for those practicing Hellenic (Ancient Greek) mystery school traditions. It may also be referred to as Lady Day. Read More

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The Ides of March – Why the Bad Rap?

March 15, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Today, March 15, marks the “Ides of March”—a holiday associated with the death of Julius Caesar. But what does the holiday traditionally mean? An “Ides” is traditionally the appearance of a full moon, but after the assassination of Caesar on that date (for which he was warned by a Roman soothsayer “Beware, beware the Ides of March”—which he didn’t heed), the date became permanently associated with the death of kings and emperors.

FOX reports:

What exactly is an “Ide” anyway? Well, if you were an ancient Roman, an Ide referred to the appearance of a full moon. But, on March 15, 44 B.C., Julius Caesar was assassinated and the “Ides of March” became more than just planetary observations. Read More

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Mardi Gras: Why We Celebrate!

March 7, 2011 at 5:00 am

The wild celebration of Mardi Gras actually has its roots in Lent! Lent is a time when Catholics are encouraged to fast and vow to abstain from some of their more “sinful” habits. Mardi Gras leads up to giving up these indulgences during Lent. During “carnival,” there are food and drink delights, as well as decadent behaviors. In a recent visit to New Orleans, the most infamous of the United States cities to celebrate this event, I spoke with some locals about the history around it and found that it became popular not only for its spiritual process, but also based on the historically high mortality rate!

New Orleans is below sea level (as seen during Katrina), and the marshy swamplands carried vermin and mosquitoes that brought sickness and death to such a high mortality rate that the city hid it from the world. In order to keep people there spending money locally, and to keep ships coming into the docks on the Mississippi, the elected officials and the newspapers kept quiet about the scarlet fever, whooping cough, smallpox and diphtheria outbreaks (just to name a few)! Those who couldn’t afford to go off to Lake Ponchatrain or other areas away from the city in “fever season” were left to deal with the heavy losses of death that surrounded them daily. Read More

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Note From Sender

July 3, 2010 at 5:00 pm

Our e-mail address (from which we send you daily horoscopes and newsletters) will change from “WC Horoscopes” to “CA Psychics Horoscopes” on July 19th. Be sure to update your e-mail program and add “CA Psychics Horoscopes” to your safe sender list!

If you have any problems with receiving e-mails after this date, be sure to check out your spam folder!

Oh, and did we mention to add “scopes@californiapsychics.com” to your safe sender list?

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5 Ways to Spot Frenemies

July 2, 2010 at 5:00 pm

We’ve all heard the old adage, “With friends like that, who needs enemies?” and although we are aware of the ways in which our friends can benefit or harm our lives, it is up to us to choose our relationships accordingly. However, there are times when it’s harder to spot those individuals whose camouflaged bad intentions surreptitiously eat away at our happiness and self-esteem (the very definition of a “frenemy”). Therefore, it’s in our best interest to delve into the heart of our relationships to determine if we have a real friend in our midst, or a frenemy.

1. Her Compliments Have Degrading Overtones
When our friend compliments us, are her words riddled with barely-veiled insults that end up cutting us down instead of making us feel good? Unfortunately, certain women are jealous of and threatened by all other women, including their female friends. Their way of responding to this threat is to make the other women around them feel “less than.” If we hear comments such as “You don’t look as big in that dress” or “Your hair is cuter than you usually wear it” from our “friend,” we can be sure they don’t have our best interests at heart. No matter how sweet-toned their voices or how big their smiles, their words are meant to hurt, and at the same time, to make themselves feel better at the expense or our self-confidence.

2. She is a People-User
Does a particular girlfriend always need something from us, but is mysteriously unavailable the minute we need a favor? Do we feel exhausted when we see that our friend is calling again, because we know it will invariably concern something else she needs? Genuine friendships are reciprocal and characterized by a healthy give-and-take, so we need to watch out for one-sided relationships that drain us instead of supporting us.

3. She’s a Disloyal Flirt
Having a big flirt for a girlfriend is one thing, but when her behavior knows no boundaries and she is shamelessly hitting on our ex-boyfriends and current boyfriend alike, we need to seriously reconsider her loyalty as our friend. Anyone who would make a pass at our mate, even an ex, without discussing it with us first, is obviously only looking out for number one and has no consideration whatsoever for our feelings.

4. She’s a Grudge-Holder
We all need to stick up for ourselves when someone is disrespecting us, but it’s important to make our peace and move on. Some women simply can’t do this and end up behaving eternally catty and spiteful to every person they believe has done them wrong. Usually, women like this are quick to judge and equally quick to go to the mats where dirty fighting is the rule and psychological carnage is the result. Our best strategy is to avoid these nightmarish individuals before they eventually come gunning for us.

5. She’s Two-Faced
A good friendship is composed of trust and honesty, where each friend can be the other’s confidante. If our friend is sharing our secrets with others or insulting us behind our backs, we can be sure they are not really our friend. The important issue about people with big mouths and petty personalities is that they usually get caught spouting their disloyalties sooner rather than later, in which case we can dump these surface friendships quicker than you can say “frenemy.”

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