The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Nov. 28: DOES THE FULL MOON MAKE PEOPLE CRAZY?

 

DOES THE FULL MOON MAKE PEOPLE CRAZY?

SEPARATING FULL MOON FACT FROM FOLKLORE
Tim Clark
Can the Moon change your luck? Or, make people act strangely? Science doesn’t have proof, but could centuries of folklore be wrong? Unless you plan to ask a werewolf (which we don’t recommend), it might be time to explore the myths and reality.

THE LUNAR CONNECTION

Ancient authorities like Aristotle, Paracelsus, and Pliny the Elder thought some humans were driven crazy by the full Moon. The Latin name for the Moon—“Luna”—is the root of modern words like “lunacy,” “lunatic,” and even “loon,” as in “crazy as a loon.”

Even today, many doctors, nurses, EMTs, police officers, and elementary school teachers agree that full Moons will bring bizarre behavior—43 percent of healthcare professionals believe in what some call “the lunar influence,” as do 81 percent of mental healthcare specialists. But is there really a lunar connection to abnormal behavior?

Science says no. Hundreds of studies have failed to turn up evidence of the lunar influence. And those few studies that suggest a connection are usually disproved or contradicted by others:

  • one study says more animal bites (from cats, rats, dogs, horses) occur at the full Moon
  • another says there’s no increase in dog bites
  • one shows an increase in crime around the full Moon
  • others find no increase in arrests, calls for police assistance, prison assaults, batteries, or homicides
  • admissions for psychosis are lowest during the full Moon, and psychiatric emergency room visits decline
  • calls to suicide prevention hotlines peak at the new Moon, not the full Moon

One explanation might be what psychologists call “confirmation bias”—people are more likely to notice things that confirm a preexisting belief. If you’re working in an emergency room, and something weird happens on the full Moon, your older and wiser colleagues nod and say, “Must be a full Moon.” That’s what they heard from their elders when they were new at the job. (Psychologists have a name for that, too: “communal reinforcement.”)

But if something weird happens at a different phase of the lunar cycle, nobody says, “Must be the third quarter Moon!” And when nothing unusual happens on the full Moon, nobody says anything.

We call widespread beliefs that are unsupported by fact folklore. Erika Brady, who teaches folklore at Western Kentucky University, says, “it’s a way of imposing order on something that feels frighteningly out of control.”

How does a belief that strange things happen on the full Moon help us feel safer? The full Moon occurs only once every 29.5 days; that means the other four weeks of the lunar month should be less dangerous and unpredictable.

Therefore, this folk belief implies that our fears about everything from increased bleeding to werewolves may be limited to only 12 or 13 days per year.

Hey! Maybe that’s why the number 13 worries people!

 

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The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Nov. 28: FULL MOON AND GOOD LUCK

 

FULL MOON AND GOOD LUCK

DOES A FULL MOON MEAN GOOD LUCK?
Martha White

Can the Moon change your luck? According to Moon lore, in many cases the full Moon brings good luck. But not always! Read on about full Moon superstitions and folklore.

WHEN A FULL MOON MEANS GOOD LUCK

  • It is lucky to expose your newborn to the waxing Moon. It will give the baby strength.
  • And it’s also lucky to move into a new house during the new Moon; prosperity will increase as the Moon waxes.
  • It is lucky to see the first sliver of a new Moon “clear of the brush,” or unencumbered by foliage.
  • Every wonder why people keep rabbit feet? It is lucky … especially if the rabbit was killed in a cemetery by a cross-eyed person at the dark of the Moon.
  • It is lucky to hold a moonstone in your mouth at the full Moon; it will reveal the future.
  • It is lucky to have a full Moon on the “Moon day” (Monday).

BEWARE, THOUGH. THE MOON CAN BRING BAD LUCK, TOO

  • It is unlucky to have a full Moon on Sunday.
  • It is unlucky to see the first sliver of a new Moon through a window; you’ll break a dish.
  • And it’s certainly unlucky to sleep in the moonlight, or worse, be born in the moonlight!
  • It is unlucky to point at the new Moon or view any Moon over your shoulder.
  • It is unlucky to see “the old Moon in the arms of the new” or the faint image of the full disk while the new crescent Moon is illuminated, especially if you’re a sailor. Storms are predicted.

 

 

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Today’s Holiday for November 28: Chad Republic Day

Chad Republic Day

November 28

This national holiday commemorates the establishment of the republic on this day in 1958, which afforded Chad someautonomy, though it was a French territory until it attained full independence ( see Chad Independence Day).
CONTACTS:
Chad Embassy
2002 R St. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20009
202-462-4009; fax: 202-265-1937
SOURCES:
AnnivHol-2000, p. 197

This Day In History for Nov. 28th: The Cocoanut Grove Nightclub Fire (1942)

The Cocoanut Grove Nightclub Fire (1942)

The Cocoanut Grove Fire was a nightclub fire in the United States. The Cocoanut Grove was a premier nightclub during the post-Prohibition 1930s and 1940s in Boston, Massachusetts. On November 28, 1942, it was the scene of the deadliest nightclub fire in history, killing 492 people (which was 32 more than the building’s authorized capacity) and injuring hundreds more. The scale of the tragedy shocked the nation and briefly replaced the events of World War II in newspaper headlines. It led to a reform of safety standards and codes across the US, and to major changes in the treatment and rehabilitation of burn victims internationally.

It was the second-deadliest single-building fire in American history; only the 1903 Iroquois Theatre fire in Chicago had a higher death toll, of 602. It was only two years after the Rhythm Club fire which had killed 209.[1]

The Club

The club had opened in 1927 as a partnership between two orchestra leaders, Mickey Alpert and Jacques Renard. (Although neither held an interest in the club by 1942, Alpert was leading the house band the night of the fire.) It was located at 17 Piedmont Street, in the Bay Village neighborhood of Boston, a few blocks south of the Boston Public Garden. Alpert and Renard’s mob-connected financiers gained control and opened a speakeasy in the complex, and it gained a reputation for being a gangland hangout. Gangland boss and bootlegger Charles “King” Solomon, also known as “Boston Charlie”, owned the club from 1931 to 1933, when he was gunned down in the men’s room of Roxbury’s Cotton Club nightclub in 1933.[2] Ownership passed to Solomon’s lawyer Barnet “Barney” Welansky, who sought a more mainstream image for the club while he privately boasted of his ties to the Mafia and to Boston Mayor Maurice J. Tobin. He was known to be a tough boss who ran a tight ship: hiring teenagers to work as busboys for low wages, and street thugs who doubled as waiters and bouncers. He locked exits, concealed others with draperies, and even bricked up one emergency exit to prevent customers from leaving without paying.[3] Coincidentally, on the night of the fire, he was still recovering from a heart attack in a private room at Massachusetts General Hospital, where some of the victims would be sent.

Originally a garage and warehouse complex, the brick and concrete buildings had been converted to a one-and-a-half-story meandering complex of dining rooms, bars, and lounges. The club offered its patrons dining and dancing in a South Seas-like “tropical paradise” and a roof that could be rolled back in summer for dancing under the stars.[4]The decor consisted of leatherette, rattan and bamboo coverings on the walls, heavy draperies, and “swanky” dark blue satin canopies and covering on ceilings. Support columns in the main dining area were made to look like palm trees, with light fixtures made to look like coconuts. That theme was carried over into the basement Melody Lounge, with what little light there was provided by palm tree light fixtures.

Background

The “Grove” had become one of Boston’s most popular nightspots, featuring a restaurant and dancing in the main area, floor shows, and piano-playing entertainers in the Melody Lounge. The restaurant was visited on occasion by movie and music stars, who would have their entry announced by the maître d’. Across from the main dining area was the “Caricature Bar”, which featured renditions of the establishment’s more prominent guests. The club had recently been expanded eastward with the new Broadway Lounge, which opened onto adjacent Broadway between Piedmont Street (south side) and Shawmut Street (north side).

Wall coverings and decorative materials had been approved on the basis of tests for ordinary ignition, which showed resistance to combustion from sources such as matches and cigarettes. Decorative cloth was purportedly treated with ammonium sulfate as a fire retardant upon installation, but there was no documentation that the fire retardant treatment was maintained at the required intervals. Since the US entry into the war, air conditioning systems had been serviced and the freon refrigerant was replaced by methyl chloride, a flammable gas, due to the wartime shortage of freon.’

The Fire

On November 28, 1942, the Boston College football team played Holy Cross College at Fenway Park. In a great upset of that period, Holy Cross beat Boston College by a score of 55–12. College bowl game scouts had attended the game in order to offer Boston College a bid to the 1943 Sugar Bowl game. As a result of the rout, a Boston College celebration party scheduled for the Grove that evening was canceled.[5] Mayor Tobin, an enthusiastic Boston College fan, also canceled plans to go to the Cocoanut Grove that night.[6]

It is estimated that on that Saturday night more than 1,000 Thanksgiving weekend revelers, wartime servicemen and their sweethearts, football fans, and others were crammed into a space rated for a maximum of 460 people.

Official reports state that the fire started at about 10:15 pm in the dark, intimate Melody Lounge downstairs. Goody Goodelle, a young pianist and singer, was performing on a revolving stage, surrounded by artificial palm trees. The lounge was lit by low-powered light bulbs in coconut-styled sconces beneath the fronds. A young man, possibly a soldier, had unscrewed a light bulb in order to give himself and his date privacy while kissing.[4] Stanley Tomaszewski—a 16-year-old busboy—was instructed to put the light back on by tightening the bulb. He stepped up onto a chair to reach the light in the darkened corner. Unable to see the bulb, he lit a match to illuminate the area, tightened the bulb, and extinguished the match. Witnesses first saw flames in the fronds, which were just below the ceiling, immediately afterward. Though the lit match had been close to the same fronds where the fire was seen to have begun, the official report determined that Tomaszewski’s actions could not be found to be the source of the fire, which “will be entered into the records of this department as being of unknown origin”.[7]

Despite waiters’ efforts to douse the fire with water, it spread along the fronds of the palm tree. In a final desperate attempt to separate the burning fronds from the fabric-covered false ceiling the decoration was pulled away from the corner, taking with it a triangular plywood panel at the ceiling level and opening the enclosed space above the false ceiling. Coincidentally or not, that was the point at which the fire spread to the false ceiling which burned rapidly, showering patrons with sparks and burning shreds of fabric. Flames raced up the stairway to the main level, burning the hair of patrons fleeing up the stairs. A fireball burst through the front entryway and spread through the remaining club areas: through the adjacent Caricature Bar, down a corridor to the Broadway Lounge, and across the central restaurant and dance floor as the orchestra was beginning its evening show. Flames raced faster than patrons could move, followed by thick clouds of smoke. Within five minutes, flames and smoke had spread to the entire nightclub. Some patrons were instantly overcome by smoke as they sat in their seats. Others crawled through the smoky darkness trying to find exits, all but one of which were either non-functioning or hidden in non-public areas.[5]

Many patrons attempted to exit through the main entrance, the same way they had entered. The building’s main entrance was a single revolving door, which was rendered useless as the crowd stampeded in panic. Bodies piled up behind both sides of the revolving door, jamming it until it broke. But then the oxygen-hungry fire leaped through the breach, incinerating whoever was left alive in the pile. Firemen had to douse the flames to approach the door. Later, after fire laws had tightened, it would become illegal to have only one revolving door as a main entrance without being flanked by outward opening doors with panic bar openers attached, or have the revolving doors set up so that the doors could fold against themselves in emergency situations.

Other avenues of escape were similarly useless; side doors had been bolted shut to prevent people from leaving without paying. A plate glass window, which could have been smashed for escape, was boarded up and unusable as an emergency exit. Other unlocked doors, like the ones in the Broadway Lounge, opened inwards, rendering them useless against the crush of people trying to escape. Fire officials would later testify that had the doors swung outwards, at least 300 lives could have been spared.

From nearby bars, soldiers and sailors raced to assist. On the street, firefighters lugged out bodies and were treated for burned hands. As night deepened, the temperature dropped. Water on cobblestone pavements froze. Hoses froze to the ground. Newspaper trucks were appropriated as ambulances. Smoldering bodies, living and dead, were hosed in icy water. Some victims had breathed fumes so hot that when they inhaled cold air, as one firefighter put it, they dropped like stones.

Later, during the cleanup of the building, firefighters found several dead guests sitting in their seats with drinks in their hands. They had been overcome so quickly by fire and toxic smoke that they had not had time to move.[6]

Victims and escapees

Boston newspapers were filled with lists of the dead and stories of narrow escapes and deaths. Well-known movie-cowboy actor Buck Jones was at the club that night, and his wife later explained that he had initially escaped then gone back into the burning building to find his agent, the Monogram Pictures producer Scott R. Dunlap. However, after the blaze, Jones was discovered slumped under his table severely burned, so some doubted accounts of his escape. Although rushed to hospital, Jones died of his injuries two days later.[8] Dunlap, who was hosting a party at the nightclub in honor of Jones, was seriously injured but survived.

Those in the employ of the establishment fared better in escaping than customers, owing to their familiarity with service areas, where the fire’s effects were less severe than in the public areas, and which provided access to additional window and door exits. A double door opposite the public entryway to the main dining room was unlocked by wait staff and was soon the only functional outside exit from public areas. Although several members of the band, including musical director Bernie Fazioli, lost their lives, most of them escaped backstage and through a service door that they rammed open. Bandleader Mickey Alpert escaped out of a basement window and was credited with leading several people to safety. Bassist Jack Lesberg went on to play music with Louis Armstrong, Sarah Vaughan, Leonard Bernstein, and many others until shortly before his death in 2005.[9] A passage in an unpublished section of the autobiography of fellow bassist Charles Mingus, Beneath the Underdog, stated that Lesberg “made a door” during his escape. That statement has been interpreted literally, with the additional color of Lesberg using his bass to create a new opening in a wall, and in the context of the vernacular use of the term “made”, which can mean attained or achieved. No witness statements refer to the use of Lesberg’s bass as a battering ram or its presence anywhere along the escape route.[10] The legend lives on in hip-hop performance inspired by Mingus’ unpublished writing.

Three bartenders, cashier Jeanette Lanzoni, entertainer Goody Goodelle, other help, and some patrons in the Melody Lounge escaped into the kitchen. Bartender Daniel Weiss survived by dousing a cloth napkin with a pitcher of water and breathing through it as he made his escape from the Melody Lounge. Those in the kitchen had escape routes through a window above a service bar and up a stairway to another window and a service door that was eventually rammed open. Five people survived by taking refuge in a walk-in refrigerator and a few more in an ice box. Rescuers reached the kitchen after about ten minutes.

Coast Guardsman Clifford Johnson went back in no fewer than four times in search of his date who, unbeknownst to him, had safely escaped. Johnson suffered extensive third-degree burns over 55% of his body but survived the disaster, becoming the most severely burned person ever to survive his injuries at the time. After 21 months in a hospital and several hundred operations, he married his nurse and returned to his home state of Missouri. Fourteen years later he burned to death in a fiery automobile crash.[11]

Investigations

An official report revealed that the Grove had been inspected by a captain in the Boston Fire Department just 10 days before the fire and declared safe.[7] Further, it was found that the Cocoanut Grove had not obtained any licenses for operation for several years; there were no food handlers’ permits and no liquor licenses. Stanley Tomaszewski, the busboy who had been accused of starting the fire, was underage and should not have been working there. Moreover, the recent remodeling of the Broadway Lounge had been done without building permits, using unlicensed contractors.[6]

Tomaszewski, who survived the fire, later testified at the inquiry and was exonerated, as he was not responsible for the flammable decorations or the life safety code violations. He was nevertheless ostracized for much of his life because of the fire.[12] He died in 1994.[13]

The Boston Fire Department investigated possible causes of ignition, the rapid spread of the fire and the catastrophic loss of life. Its report reached no conclusion as to the initial cause of ignition, but attributed the rapid, gaseous spread of the fire to a buildup of carbon monoxide gas due to oxygen-deprived combustion in the enclosed space above the false ceiling of the Melody Lounge. The gas exuded from enclosed spaces as its temperature rose and ignited rapidly as it mixed with oxygen above the entryway, up the stairway to the main floor and along ceilings. The fire accelerated as the stairway created a thermal draft, and the high-temperature gas fire ignited pyroxylene (leatherette) wall and ceiling covering in the foyer, which in turn exuded flammable gas. The report also documented the fire safety code violations, flammable materials and door designs that contributed to the large loss of life.[7]

During the 1990s, former Boston firefighter and researcher Charles Kenney discovered that a highly flammable gas refrigerant, methyl chloride, had been used as a substitute for freon, which was in short wartime supply.[14] Kenney reported that floor plans, but not the fire investigation report, showed air-conditioning condenser units near street level on the other side of a non-structural wall from the Melody Lounge, and that these units had been serviced since the start of the war. Kenney also reported that photographic evidence indicates an origin for the fire in the wall behind the palm tree and suggested ignition of methyl chloride accelerant by an electrical failure caused by substandard wiring.[15] Methyl chloride combustion is consistent with some aspects of the fire (reported flame colors, smell and inhalation symptoms) but requires additional explanation for ceiling-level fire as the gas is 1.7 times as dense as air.[16] A review of Kenney’s work by historical investigator John J. Deady, Sr., provides a hypothesis for the accumulation of flammable concentrations of methyl chloride in enclosed spaces near the ceiling of the Melody Lounge.[17]

In 2012, the Boston Police Department released the transcripts of witness interviews following the fire, which are posted online.[10] Witnesses Stanley Tomaszewski, Morris Levy, Joyce Spector, David Frechtling and Jeanette Lanzoni (Volume 1) provided accounts of the ignition of the palm decoration and ceiling in the Melody Lounge. Frechtling and Lanzoni described the start of the fire as a “flash.” Tomaszewski described the spread of the fire across the ceiling as like a gasoline fire. The flame front across the ceiling was faint blue, followed by brighter flames. Witness Roland Sousa (Volume 2) stated that he was initially unconcerned about the fire because, as a regular customer of the Melody Lounge, he had seen the palm tree decorations ignite before and they were always quickly put out.

Law

Barney Welansky, whose connections had allowed the nightclub to operate while in violation of the loose standards of the day, was convicted on 19 counts of manslaughter (19 victims were randomly selected to represent the dead). Welansky was sentenced to 12–15 years in prison in 1943.[18] He served nearly four years before being quietly pardoned by Massachusetts Governor Maurice J. Tobin, who had been mayor of Boston at the time of the fire. In December 1946, ravaged with cancer, Welansky was released from Norfolk Prison, telling reporters, “I wish I’d died with the others in the fire.” Nine weeks later, he was dead.[4]

In the year that followed the fire, Massachusetts and other states enacted laws for public establishments banning flammable decorations, inward-swinging exit doors, and requiring exit signs to be visible at all times (meaning that the exit signs had to have independent sources of electricity, and be easily readable in even the thickest smoke). The new laws also required that revolving doors used for egress must either be flanked by at least one normal, outward-swinging door, or retrofitted to permit the individual door leaves to fold flat to permit free-flowing traffic in a panic situation, and further required that no emergency exits be chained or bolted shut in such a way as to bar escape through the doors during a panic or emergency situation.[citation needed] Municipal licensing authorities ruled that no Boston establishment could use “The Cocoanut Grove” as a name thereafter.[4]

Commissions were established by several states that would levy heavy fines or even shut down establishments for infractions of any of these laws. These later became the basis for several federal fire laws and code restrictions placed on nightclubs, theaters, banks, public buildings, and restaurants across the nation. It also led to the formation of several national organizations dedicated to fire safety.[citation needed]

Medical treatment of survivors

Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Boston City Hospital (BCH) received the majority of the victims from the fire; other Boston area hospitals received a total of about 30 patients: Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, Beth Israel Hospital, Cambridge City Hospital, Kenmore Hospital, Faulkner Hospital, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Malden Hospital, Massachusetts Memorial Hospital, Carney Hospital, and St. Margaret’s Hospital.[19] MGH took 114 burn and smoke inhalation victims, and BCH received over 300.[6] It was estimated that one casualty arrived at BCH every 11 seconds,[11] the greatest influx of patients to any civilian hospital in history.[20] Both hospitals were unusually well-prepared, as medical facilities all along the eastern seaboard had drawn up emergency plans in preparation for attacks against the U.S. coast. Boston had carried out a city-wide drill only a week earlier, simulating a Luftwaffe bombing assault, with over 300 mock casualties.[19] At MGH, a special store of emergency supplies had been stockpiled. The fire caught both hospitals at change of shift, so that a double complement of nursing and support staff was available, in addition to volunteers who flocked to the hospitals as word spread of the disaster.[6]

Nonetheless, most patients died en route to the hospitals or shortly after arrival. Because no standardized system for triage yet existed in civilian mass casualty management in the US,[21][22] precious minutes were initially wasted in attempts to revive those who were dead or dying, until teams were dispatched to select the living for treatment and direct the dead to be taken to temporary mortuaries.[23] By Sunday morning, November 29, only 132 patients out of the 300 transported to BCH were still alive, whereas at MGH, 75 of the 114 victims had died, leaving 39 surviving patients in treatment.[6] Of a total of 444 burn victims hospitalized after the fire, only 130 survived.

One of the first administrative decisions made at MGH was to clear the general surgery ward on the sixth floor of the White Building, and devote it entirely to victims of the Cocoanut Grove fire.[19] All victims were housed there; strict medical isolation was maintained, and a part of the ward was set aside for dressing changes and wound care. Teams of nurses and orderlies were organized for administration of morphine, wound care, and respiratory treatments.[6]

The aftermath of the fire saw the first major use of MGH’s new blood bank, one of the area’s first, established in April 1942 and stocked with 200 units of dried plasma as part of its preparations for the war.[24] A total of 147 units of plasma were used in treating 29 patients at MGH. At BCH, 98 patients received a total of 693 units of plasma. The volume of plasma used in treating the victims of the Cocoanut Grove surpassed that used during the attack on Pearl Harbor.[25] In the days following the fire, twelve hundred people donated over 3,800 units of blood to the blood bank.[19]

Most survivors were discharged by the end of 1942, however a few patients required months of intensive care. In April, 1943, the last survivor from MGH was discharged. At BCH, the last casualty, a woman from Dorchester, MA, died in May, after five months of treatment for severe burns and internal injuries. Hospitals rendering service chose not to charge any of the patients for treatment. The American Red Cross provided financial aid to both the public and private hospitals. This was especially helpful to Boston City Hospital, given its enormous influx of patients.[19]

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Inspiration for the Day, Nov. 28: Getting Back to Holiday Basics

 

 

 

Getting Back to Holiday Basics

BY MADISYN TAYLOR

There are many unique ways to celebrate the holidays without spending too much money or becoming exhausted in the process.

The true meaning of the holidays can easily get lost in the details. While many of the diverse festivals and feasts we celebrate are designed to be times for celebrating life, new beginnings, traditions, and landmark occasions, those sentiments can be swept away by the stress of overloaded to-do lists and seemingly never-ending holiday obligations. Yet there are many unique and satisfying ways to celebrate the holidays without spending too much money or becoming exhausted in the process. Whereas the media, and possibly even loved ones, may encourage you to do and buy more, concentrating on the spirit of faith, giving, love, and hope during the holidays can help you do more with less. You can create new holiday traditions that help you focus on what you find important.

Holidays can be a wonderful time for taking stock of what matters most to you. This can include family, community, helping those less fortunate, and loving the earth. If you feel driven to give the people in your life gifts, consider presents that encourage positive living or whose impact will continue to be felt long after the holidays. Think about donating your effort to making someone else’s life better by hosting a party for seniors or volunteering at a homeless shelter. You can also make a charitable donation or plant a seedling tree in a loved one’s name. Instead of giving your friends and family material goods, give them the gift of your time. Organize get-togethers that include relatives or acquaintances that you seldom see and emphasize togetherness, fun, and celebration. Time spent making homemade gifts can give you a chance to ruminate on what you treasure about your loved ones.

When exploring the true meaning of the holidays and getting back to the true spirit of the season, allow yourself to alter existing traditions. Even a blessing before a meal or a walk under the stars can help you reconnect with the holidays. Do what fulfills you and then stop before your celebration becomes more of a hassle than a happy occasion. Get back to the basics of generosity and goodwill, and your holiday will certainly be a rewarding one.

 

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Get a Jump on Tomorrow, Your Horoscopes for Thursday, November 29

Get a Jump on Tomorrow…..

Your Horoscopes for Thursday, November 29

Jennifer Angel, Astrologer

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The combined energy of the Sun and Mercury sharpens your thought process. Record your thoughts, ideas and concepts.

 

Aries
Love needs to be passionate for an Aries and can boost your confidence to be yourself and follow your heart’s desire. And right now, don’t be surprised if someone very attractive gets your attention. Those already in a relationship could find themselves feeling renewed love for their partner.

Taurus
Your perseverance will pay dividends this week but to stay on track you will need to get organized. If you have to prepare for an important presentation, postpone, for the time being, the demands of friends and others. And do your own research; it’s your reputation that’s on the line.

Gemini
People know you to be a problem-solver, no matter how complex, you can find a common sense solution. You may be flattered, but it does interfere with your schedule. This week, it may be time to concentrate on your own schedule and productivity.

Cancer
Life is full of challenges and, as difficult as they sometimes are, it’s overcoming them that makes you grow. But you don’t necessarily have to do anything to prove yourself to anyone else. At work, you can listen to others and learn from them, but you don’t have to agree.

Leo
Nothing is impossible if you keep a positive attitude. If you stay optimistic and never lose sight of what you want in life, and also feel worthy of getting it, you will succeed. Set time aside to review this past year and reset your goals for now and long-term.

Virgo
When voicing your opinion about a family matter, don’t be overly assertive. You may need to be the one who initiates a discussion, and makes sure it heads in the right direction, but for everyone to feel that they have been taken into consideration, take a step back.

Libra
Life’s challenges are never-ending and, actually, they keep you trying to be and do your best. But no matter what you say or do, there’s always someone who’ll disagree. Since you have no power over how people react, smiling is sometimes the best way to get out of an awkward situation.

Scorpio
Venus in your sign inspires you to update your image. You may be knowledgeable in your field, but you need to also look the part and exude self-confidence to be noticed. And with a likely discussion around money, you want to feel as powerful and in control as you can be.

Sagittarius
As an independent fire sign you like the freedom to work alone, but you are smart enough to know that it is a team of people that bring a project to completion. Discussions this week can lead you closer to achieving a goal at work. Love and social arrangements are also in the stars; so, don’t get too preoccupied.

Capricorn
Influential people can help both your business and personal matters this month, so get ready to self-promote. Find out who makes the decisions, and seek ways to spend time with them so you can highlight your specific skills and attributes. And don’t underestimate your charm.

Aquarius
This week, don’t be surprised if you do a turn around on something you thought you wanted and now don’t. Give yourself permission to change your mind and not feel guilty about it.

Pisces
A situation at work can come through now, which can also be good for you financially. But with the holidays around the corner, it is wise not to overindulge; in the long run, it pays to be frugal. But if you have cash burning a hole in your pocket, by all means, treat yourself.

Jennifer Angel

Where You Born On November 28th?

Happy Birthday ludmilla1959

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Living it up with the strong and sultry Scorpion


You have an incredible ability to bounce back, even after difficult times. Your powers of rejuvenation also keep you looking young well into your later years.

If you were born on October 28, you have a beautiful curiosity for life! No matter what your trade or interest is, you will be hungry to learn everything you can. Your brain is a sponge that just can’t get enough juice. So, feed it! Whether it’s a skill to try, a book to read, or a mentor to follow around, do what you need to do to feel satisfied mentally. Do not let yourself get so engrossed with facts and figures that you forget to establish a solid social life. You have the potential to be very influential, and if you have good social skills, you’ll be unstoppable!

At your best: Curious, intelligent, energetic
At your worst: Demanding, lonely, irritating

More About Scorpio

Uh oh … did we let the cat out of the bag? Scorpio, we know that you treasure your privacy and enjoy being mysterious, but really — can you at least reveal that it’s your birthday? You’ve got so many incredible qualities to celebrate and the people who love you truly want to honor you on this special day.

The Calm Before The Storm

Let’s take, for example, your incredible sense of calm and razor sharp ability to take care of those crisis-filled moments without even breaking a sweat. No other sign is as good in a traumatic situation as you are. In fact, the other, more easily frazzled souls out there tend to count on you to get them through life’s most tricky terrain. You’ve also got a penetrating ability to see right into the heart of anyone and instantly understand what makes them tick. A natural born psychologist, people may lean on you for emotional support — especially in times of catastrophe. If there’s anything you’re not, it’s superficial.

These qualities might, however, get in the way of anyone who tries to plan your surprise birthday bash. Why? Because you’re more likely than others to intuitively pick up on the unspoken vibes around you. In fact, you are known as one of the most psychic signs of the zodiac! Since few people have an ability to pull the wool over your eyes, Scorpio, you may have a tendency towards suspicion. Remember that an offensive approach to relationships will only lead to you attracting control and manipulation your way. When you go deep and surrender to trusting others … well that’s when your most amazing, healing energy shines.

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Which is the Worst Zodiac Sign? Which is the Worst Zodiac Sign?

Which is the Worst Zodiac Sign?

A tongue-in-cheek look at which is the absolute worst zodiac sign, and why it is probably yours. To be fair, there is no absolute worst sign. We are all as bad (and good) as each other, but it’s fun to compare our negative traits. At least we can aspire to overcoming, or accepting them and becoming the wonderful human beings we are meant to be.

Aries: Hot-Tempered, Arrogant, and Impatient

Energetic, inspiring and outgoing, yet if there’s one group of people who have the worst temper tantrums, Aries is it. When you can’t get your own way, when someone lets you down, or simply when you are unable to control events to your satisfaction, that’s when the bottom lip sticks out and you enter a foot-stamping meltdown. Of course, you know it’s all your fault: you weren’t listening, or you thought you’d do it your way, or maybe you couldn’t find that little bit of necessary patience? That’s why Aries is the worst zodiac sign.

Taurus: Materialistic, Stubborn, and Lazy

Pleasant, appreciative and kind, Taurus, most of your negative traits are because you are like an immovable object. If you don’t want to do something, you won’t. If you dislike something or someone, your famous passive-aggressive responses come to the fore. Oh, you smile, you are sweet, yet no-one can make you change your mind or ask you to do that thing you just don’t want to do. We don’t expect you to change, Taurus. That’s why you are the worst zodiac sign.

Gemini: Garrulous, Disloyal and Superficial

Laser-sharp wit, quick to learn, and always full of ideas, Gemini. Yet those very traits cause your problems. Your mind flits from one fascinating topic to another, leaving everyone in your wake, wondering how they can pin you down and keep you on track. It’s not possible. You see something pretty and you have to follow it. Even if it means telling the odd lie in the process. Take responsibility? Oh no, not you; responsibility is for other people. And we’ll never expect you to keep a secret. That’s why Gemini is the worst star sign.

Cancer: Moody, Clingy, and Over-Emotional

Kind, generous, nurturing Cancer. Even you have your down-sides when things go wrong. And if someone upsets or criticizes you, you’ll remember it for years. Holding a grudge is a specialty of yours. Anxiety, as well as caring, causes you to phone your daughter at least five times a day, even when she’s in a meeting. Or to call your mom seven times a day to check she’s okay. Most of the time you create your own issues out of nothing. That’s why Cancer is the worst zodiac sign.

Leo: Egoistic, Domineering, and Demanding

Energetic, loyal and generous, Leo sometimes suffers from the effect of the fire element of their sign. You strut, you preen for your adoring minions. You are always convinced you know best, never considering that others have a valid point of view. It’s always now, now, now. When you can’t have it all right now, you have a hissy-fit. Because why can’t you? After all, you are you, and you are the King (or Queen) of the world. That’s why Leo is the worst.

Virgo: Fussy, Critical, and Judgmental

Practical, helpful and detail oriented, Virgo takes their positive traits and mashes them until they become negatives. Paying attention to detail becomes petty obsession. Helpful becomes over-critical, and practical becomes harsh and demanding. When others don’t quite reach your high standards… well they are just awful people, aren’t they? Your perfectionism is strangling you, Virgo, and that’s why yours is the worst zodiac sign.

Libra: Indecisive, Shallow and Indolent

Kind, easy-to-please, sweet-natured Libra. So easy-going you are often pulled into activities you’d rather not take part in. Your inability to stand up for yourself gets you into trouble. You are a world-class avoider. You think you are diplomatic, while we know you are taking the path of least resistance. Hopeless with your finances, often late, and you don’t like cleaning up after yourself. That’s why Libra is the worst zodiac sign.

Scorpio: Jealous, Secretive, and Manipulative

Faithful, generous, and courageous, Scorpio. Your passions run deep. So deep that part of your psyche resides in a very dark place. You have thoughts that would make Stephen King quiver in fear. And let no one on this earth ever disagree with you. Should they have the temerity to do so, they will be banished from your sight immediately. You will tell everyone you never hold grudges, while continuing to hang on to every slight. That’s why Scorpios are just the worst.

Sagittarius: Tactless, Reckless and Feckless

Curious, explorative, and friendly, Sagittarius considers themselves to be near perfect. However, they have no idea when they blurt out their truth, how much it can hurt or anger others. You just don’t think before you speak. We know you are simply being honest and saying it like you see it, yet not everyone approves of this approach. We avoid talking politics or religion with you. And that’s why Sagittarius is the worst zodiac sign.

Capricorn: Reclusive, Controlling, and Entrenched

Disciplined, wise, and patient, Capricorn is probably the most detached sign. You don’t do anything until you’ve worked out the benefits to you. Everything you do is a step toward your ambitions. Added to that, the fact that you never actually want to interact with anyone unless they can help you along the way is off-putting, and, frankly, boring. That’s why the Capricorn zodiac sign is the worst.

Aquarius: Outrageous, Unpredictable, and Inconsistent

Friendly, intelligent, creative Aquarius, the mysterious one. You do know that you are flakiest sign, don’t you? Never do what you say you are going to do. Hardly ever finish what you started. Flaky. And we never know who you are from one day to the next. You never remember our birthdays, and you hang out with some very strange people. You are a law unto yourself and that’s why Aquarius is the worst zodiac sign.

Pisces: Over-sensitive, Pessimistic, and Idle

Kind, compassionate, and imaginative Pisces. Bored easily but you are reluctant to make any positive changes, mainly because you are too lazy. Sitting in your armchair telling us how you could change the world, but really you want the world to change for you. You are not proactive in any sense—you prefer to leave all that to other people. You are not a great judge of character either, look how often you have been misled and conned. That’s why Pisces is the worst sign.

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The Daily Horoscopes for Wednesday, November 28th

The Daily Horoscopes for Wednesday, November 28th

 Jennifer Angel, Astrologer

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Leo Moon is big energy. Get emotional about your life and passionately go after what you want. Don’t hold back!

Aries
It can be best to remain silent when business matters come up for review, so you build in some thinking time. Before agreeing to anything, ask questions and try to see the situation from all angles. Once you’ve gathered all the facts, you will be in a better position to make decisions.

Taurus
Things are about to get busy, with work responsibilities, holiday obligations and invitations too good to decline. It can be a challenge to make time for everyone, but the excitement of life in the fast lane will be worth the organization you need to do to pull it together.

Gemini
For you to enjoy your job, there has to be some creativity in your work and not just a paycheck. A routine job will not only rob you of your energy but diminish your enthusiasm, too. Try to work out a schedule that lets you be productive and keeps you interested, too.

Cancer
Having worked strenuously for some time now, you’re ready to partake of some fun and games. But if work needs attention, get it out of the way before you begin partying. However, don’t try to get all your responsibilities checked off, or else you’ll never make it out of the office.

Leo
Finances are an important issue and now you have a good chance to take advantage of a possible opportunity. But don’t go celebrating before you have confirmation. Last minute changes are possible, and you need to make sure that the outcome is fair to everyone involved.

Virgo
It’s important to be consistent, and when you do what you say, the people with whom you deal won’t misunderstand you. They need to know that they can trust your word and that you can be relied upon. That’s what makes for long-lasting friendships and business connections.

Libra
There’s always room to improve productivity, no matter how high up the ladder of success you’ve reached. It may seem that you’ve struggled along the journey to get to the top, but don’t give up. Stay positive, and you’ll see that hard work does pay off.

Scorpio
When you need to have a discussion around finances, even if it is personal, make an appointment and treat it in a businesslike manner. You want to make sure there’s no confusion when it concerns money in your bank account. To reduce possible mix-ups, follow up in writing.

Sagittarius
You are most likely more knowledgeable about a certain subject at work but be careful not to come across as a know-it-all. Your opinions count, and if you present them in a diplomatic way, people will listen. It always pays to be on good terms with colleagues.

Capricorn
Expect to be more in demand this week than usual and, as such, get ready to accept invitations to social events. Life is not all about work, Capricorn, and since you could meet someone special at one of these gatherings, make sure you look your best. Be open to romantic possibilities.

Aquarius
Be careful of neglecting a friend or lover. To reassure him or her, explain that your absence is job-related and does not reflect how you feel. As life gets more hectic, don’t forget to allot time to those who matter to you most.

Pisces
Having Jupiter in your work and business zone turns your mind into a creative idea machine and gets you to share these ideas with influential people. This is a busy time, and if you can stay focused, the contacts you make now can help you move forward.

Jennifer Angel