Today’s Funny: Signs That You Have Had Too Much To Drink

Signs That You Have Had Too Much To Drink


  1. Her lips may be saying, “Baaaaa,” but her eyes are screaming, “YES!”
  2. The Surgeon General suggests that you take up smoking instead.
  3. You try to claim Jose Cuervo as a dependent on your tax return.
  4. You wake up naked in a strange car, with a painfully fresh piercing in your genitals.
  5. Bush’s foreign policy seems shrewd and effective.
  6. Finding the clothes you wore last night involves crossing state lines.

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Moon Phase Calendar for 6th December 2018

Moon Phase Calendar

Thursday – 6th December 2018

 

Current Moon Phase: Waning Crescent

Moon is currently in Sagittarius

Moon in Sagittarius:

The greatest need is to always search for something. In order to feel safe you might find that you need to have a goal, mission or philosophy that gives your life meaning. With Moon in Sagittarius you have an optimistic approach to life and you believe that things will get better even if you get into trouble.

Organs influenced by Sagittarius Moon Sign:

Organs: Liver, sacrum, thigh bone, tail bone, hip muscles, hip joint, lumbar vertebra, lumbar muscle.

These organs are now more sensitive so provide them with extra care.

Surgical operations:

Surgical operations are recommended during the Waning Moon.
However, avoid surgeries of organs under the influence of the Moon Sign.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac: GEMINID METEOR SHOWER 2018

 

GEMINID METEOR SHOWER 2018

GEMINID METEOR SHOWER DATE AND TIME

In 2018, the famous Geminid meteor shower will put on a fantastic show! There will be very little moonlight interference this year, so expect good visibility in clear skies. Mark your calendars for the night of December 13, when the bright Geminids peak with over a meteor a minute!

WHAT IS THE GEMINID METEOR SHOWER?

The Geminid meteor shower is one of the most active and reliable meteor showers of the year! It is unique because the meteors are visible all night long, since the constellation Gemini arises just an hour or two after nightfall. Most meteor showers require you to wait until midnight for the best viewing.

WHEN IS THE GEMINID METEOR SHOWER?

The Geminids occur every year from about December 4 to 16, peaking the night of December 13 into the morning of December 14. This is the shower’s “maximum,” or time when the most meteors fall per hour.

The constellation Gemini is the radiant of the Geminid meteor shower, which means that it is the meteor shower’s point of origin. The Geminid meteors will appear to fall away from the constellation Gemini. Geminid meteors can be seen all night long because Gemini rises so early, though Gemini is at its highest point (offering optimal viewing) around 2 a.m. However, because the sun sets so early in December, the meteor shower is usually in full swing by 9 p.m.

WHAT IS A METEOR?

Meteors occur when the Earth rushes through a stream of dust and debris left behind by a passing comet. When the bits strike the Earth’s upper atmosphere, friction with the air causes each particle to heat and burn up. We see the result as a meteor.

Interestingly, Geminid meteors didn’t seem to be associated with a comet until recently. The Geminid meteor shower was thought to be caused by an asteroid called 3200 Phaethon, which was first detected by NASA in 1983. The odd part of this is that asteroids don’t disintegrate in the same way that comets do to produce meteor showers. Phaethon has therefore been reclassified as an extinct comet that has lost its outer covering. This helps explain why the Geminids are so bright. They’re little pieces of mostly rocky material which take longer to burn up as they fall into the atmosphere, whereas most meteor showers are caused by the softer, icier debris from comets.

The Geminid meteors also move more slowly than other meteors, such as the Perseids. The decrease in speed makes viewing much easier. The Geminid meteor shower is also relatively new. All other major meteor showers have been observed for centuries, but the Geminids were first observed in 1862 in Manchester, England. The Geminid meteor shower was at first very modest, but it now delivers one to two meteors a minute.

The best meteor showers occur when the Moon is absent or mostly absent.

VIEWING TIPS FOR THE GEMINID METEOR SHOWER

Geminids offer one of the best meteor showers of the year, and they are perfect for kids who can’t keep their eyes open until midnight when other meteor showers begin. For those who like to go to bed early, the meteor shower should start around 9 p.m. The viewing will be better as the night goes on—peaking around 2 a.m.—so maybe it’ll captivate you enough to become a temporary night owl!

Unfortunately, due to the December timing, the Geminids are sometimes clouded out by a snowstorm. Keep your fingers crossed that the skies stay clear, and check our long range weather forecast to plan ahead.

As with any meteor shower, it is best to find a place far away from man-made lights. This can be tough in December when you want to stay close to warm shelter, so try to find a friend who lives out in the country. Obviously you’ll need to bundle up for the winter weather, but we recommend making yourself some hot chocolate and cuddling up for a cheap but spectacular date. Try getting into sleeping bags on a reclining chair to stay extra cozy.

The meteors can appear anywhere in the sky, but you’ll have the best luck by gazing at whatever part of the sky is darkest at your location. Though it might be tempting, avoid using binoculars or a telescope. It is better to look at the whole sky than a tiny part of it, and your eyes will automatically move toward any motion up above. Avoid looking at your cell phone or other lights during the meteor shower, as this will hurt your night vision.

As mentioned above, the shower is best when the Moon is absent, but if it happens to be around, try to face away from it when looking for meteors. Its light pollution will affect the whole sky, but viewing will be worse closer to the Moon.

Fingers crossed that the Geminid meteor shower isn’t a snow day this year! Be sure to tell us about your meteor shower experience below.

Source: Old Farmer’s Almanac 

The Old Farmer’s Almanac: BEST NIGHT SKY EVENTS OF DECEMBER 2018

 

DECEMBER 2018 NIGHT SKY GUIDE

BEST NIGHT SKY EVENTS OF DECEMBER 2018
Bob Berman
The night sky for December 2018 features the amazing Geminid Meteor Showers, the winter solstice, and more wonders!

SKY WATCH DECEMBER 2018

by Bob Berman, as featured in The Old Farmer’s Almanac

Our astronomy editor, Bob Berman, sets you up for the best in night sky sightseeing each month, with special tips for finding bright planets and stars, eclipses, meteor showers, and other celestial objects and events.

  • Venus excels as a dazzling morning star, now at greatest brilliancy at a gorgeous shadow-casting magnitude –4.9. Nicely high at predawn twilight, it’s below the Moon on the 3rd.  Learn more about Venus at its Brightest!
  • Mercury also begins a good morning apparition, below the Moon on the 5th.
  • On the 6th, returning Jupiter takes its turn dangling below the crescent Moon.
  • This month, there are four great nights to follow the Moon, starting December 8!
  • The Geminid meteors should be excellent on the 13th, after the Moon sets at around 10:30 P.M.
  • Zero-magnitude Mars stands above the Moon on the 14th, with both about halfway up the southern sky at nightfall.
  • Jupiter and Mercury hang out together most of the month and are quite close on the 21st, some 10 degrees high, 40 minutes before sunrise.
  • Winter begins with the solstice, on the 21st at 5:23 P.M. ET.  This year, it’s almost a full Moon on the winter solstice!

Today’s Holiday for December 6: St. Nicholas’s Day

St. Nicholas’s Day

During the Middle Ages St. Nicholas was one of the most venerated saints in western Europe. Although his popularityhas since declined, his feast day, December 6, is still celebrated in the Netherlands and other European countries.Immigrants brought the legends and customs surrounding St. Nicholas with them to the United States. There the saintwas transformed into the American Christmas season gift bringer called Santa Claus.

Shoes, Stockings, and Gifts

In Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, and parts of Germany, folk tradition cast St. Nicholas in the roleof a Christmas season gift bringer. Folk representations of St. Nicholas usually portray him as an elderly white-bearded man who carries a bishop’s staff and dresses in a red bishop’s robe and miter. This kindly saint distributespresents to others in honor of his feast day. On the night of December 5 he brings fruit, nuts, cookies, candy, and othersmall gifts to well-behaved children. Those who have misbehaved too often during the year might receive a stick,warning them of punishment to come.

Children expecting presents on St. Nicholas’s Eve helpfully provide small receptacles in which the saint may deposithis gifts. In the Netherlands children leave their shoes by the fireplace. In Czechoslovakia children attract the saint’sattention with stockings hanging on the window frame. In Austria Nicholas knows to look for children’s shoes on thewindowsill. Perhaps inspired by legends of pagan spirits descending into homes via the smoke from the hearth, St.Nicholas often enters homes through the chimney (see also Berchta).

St. Nicholas’s Helpers

The powerful saint does not have to carry out his gift-giving activities alone. According to some folk traditions, he cancompel a minor demon to aid him in his mission. In Czechoslovakia this devil is known as a cert. In parts of Germany,Austria, and Switzerland a shaggy demon called Klaubauf, or Krampus, serves St. Nicholas. He frightens children withhis blackened face, scarlet eyes, horns, and clanking chains. Incidentally, the name “Klaubauf” is a contraction of theGerman phrase Klaub auf!which means “pick ’em up.” This is an especially appropriate name since St. Nicholas andhis helper often toss their goodies on the floor. In other parts of Germany a rough fellow named Knecht Ruprecht, or“Knight Ruprecht,” sometime aids the saint. In the Netherlands a menacing character called Black Peter tags alongbehind Nicholas. These sinister figures often carry a heavy sack of gifts, the book in which the saint has recorded thechildren’s behavior, and a stick with which to smack misbehavers.

History

As early as the tenth century, St. Nicholas’s Day was observed with liturgical dramas retelling the story of the saint. Bythe twelfth century these dramas had evolved into “St. Nicholas Plays,” which were usually produced by choirboys inhonor of the saint’s feast day (seealso Nativity Plays). These plays retold some of the most widely known legendsconcerning St. Nicholas and were quite popular during the late Middle Ages, when the cult of St. Nicholas reached itszenith in western Europe. They present us with some of the earliest surviving European plays that take as their subjectmatter something other than Christian scripture.

Some researchers think that the custom of giving gifts to children on St. Nicholas’s Day started in the twelfth century.At that time nuns from central France started to leave gifts on the doorsteps of poor families with children on St.Nicholas’s Eve. These packages contained nuts and oranges and other good things to eat. Some researchers believethat ordinary people adopted the custom, spreading it from France to other parts of northern Europe. Other writerssuppose that the folklore surrounding St. Martin may have inspired the traditions that turned St. Nicholas into a giftgiver. In past centuries St. Martin, another bishop-saint, was said to ride through the countryside delivering treats tochildren on the eve of his feast day (see Martinmas). In the Netherlands Nicholas’s helper Black Peter wearssixteenth-century clothing, which may indicate that St. Nicholas was bringing gifts to Dutch children at least as far backas that era.

Western Europeans honored Nicholas as the patron saint of children. Some of the customs associated with his feastday gave children the opportunity to reign over adults. For example, in medieval times the festivities surrounding theboy bishop often began on St. Nicholas’s Day. The boy bishop, a boy who assumed the rank of bishop for a shortwhile, was one of the mock rulers who presided over Christmas season merrymaking in the Middle Ages (see alsoKing of the Bean; Lord of Misrule). In the sixteenth century, schoolboys in the British Isles hit upon the idea of barringout the schoolmaster in order to gain a few days’ vacation. This custom, which continued for several centuries, wasoften practiced on St. Nicholas’s Day.

An early seventeenth-century document records a German Protestant minister’s displeasure with the myth that St.Nicholas brings gifts for children. His sentiments echoed the concerns of many Protestant leaders of that era whowished to do away with the veneration of saints. In the centuries that followed, the Christkindel, or “Christ Child,”became the Christmas season gift bringer in most of Germany. This change indicates that Protestant leaders hadachieved some success in their campaign against the saint.

St. Nicholas’s Day in the Netherlands

The Netherlands hosts Europe’s most extensive St. Nicholas Day celebrations. They begin with the official arrival ofSt. Nicholas in the Netherlands, weeks before his feast day. Each year the arrival of St. Nicholas and Black Peter fromtheir home in far-off Spain is reenacted in Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands. A great crowd gathers to witnessthe arrival of the ship bearing the saint and his helper. A white horse, St. Nicholas’s traditional mode of transport,stands ready to serve the saint. As the gift bringers descend from the ship, the crowd easily identifies Nicholas by hisred bishop’s robe, miter, crook, and long white beard. After greeting the mayor, the saint and his helper lead a paradeto Amsterdam’s central plaza. There the royal family officially welcomes Holland’s Christmas season gift bringers. Thisevent is broadcast on Dutch television.

In the weeks that follow, store windows display treats and gifts appropriate for St. Nicholas’s Day. Meanwhile, childrendream of the evening when they will put their shoes by the hearth to receive gifts from the kindly saint. Dutch folkloreasserts that Nicholas and Black Peter, mounted on the saint’s magical white horse, fly across Holland on St. Nicholas’sEve distributing gifts to children. Black Peter does the dirty work of slipping down the chimneys to deposit thechildren’s gifts. He also collects the carrots, hay, and sugar that thoughtful children have left there for St. Nicholas’shorse. If the two should find any children who misbehave frequently, they leave a rod or switch, warning of punishmentto come.

Families begin celebrating St. Nicholas’s Day on the evening of December 5 when they enjoy a special meal together.traditional St. Nicholas’s Day dinner features roast chicken or duck. In addition, many special sweets are served atthis meal. Some cooks mark each person’s place at the table with letterbanketslarge, marzipan-filled pastries shapedlike letters of the alphabet. Other St. Nicholas’s Day treats include speculaasspicy butter cookies, oliebollen,doughnuts with raisins in them, and taai-taaihoney cookies. It is not unusual for St. Nicholas and his helper, BlackPeter, to visit these parties. Sometimes they just open the door, throw candies into the room, and dash away (see alsoJulklapp). Other times they enter and deliver these treats to the children in person, along with advice and admonitionsconcerning future behavior. Adults know that friends or family members are impersonating these figures, but childrenare often astonished by the pair’s detailed knowledge of their good and bad deeds during the past year.

Family members also exchange presents with one another at this time. In fact, St. Nicholas’s Eve, Sinterklaas-Avondin Dutch, is sometimes called Pakjes-Avond, or “Parcel Evening.” Attention falls less on the simple gifts themselves,however, than on the tricky way in which they are delivered and the rhyming verses that accompany them. Sometimesthe package only contains a clue as to where the real gift is hidden. Other times small gifts are wrapped in asuccession of much larger boxes. The Dutch take great care in composing humorous lines of verse to accompanythese gifts. Everyone looks forward to hearing these short poems read out loud. Those who can’t come up withsomething clever can hire one of the professional verse writers who ply their trade at department stores around St.Nicholas’s Day. Indeed, rhyming verses can be found throughout Dutch society at this time of year. Visitors to theDutch parliament may be surprised to find the nation’s politicians occasionally delivering a short rhyming speech inhonor of the holiday.

St. Nicholas’s Day in Italy

St. Nicholas’s Day festivities in Italy emphasize the saint’s role as the patron of seafarers. In Italy St. Nicholas Day isobserved on May 7 and May 8, dates that commemorate the arrival of the saint’s relics from their original tomb in Myra(now Demre), Turkey. The town of Bari, where the saint’s remains now rest, hosts a large celebration. Worshipers flockto the saint’s tomb in the Church of San Nicola. A procession escorts a statue of the saint from his tomb down to theharbor. Followers place the image on the deck of a flower-strewn boat which is escorted out to sea by hundreds ofsmall vessels carrying fishermen and pilgrims. After the day’s festivities worshipers escort the image back to theChurch of San Nicola.

Further Reading

Bragdon, Allen D. Joy Through the WorldNew York: Dodd, Mead, and Company, 1985. Henderson, Helene, and SueEllen Thompson, eds. Holidays, Festivals, andCelebrations of the World DictionarySecond edition. Detroit, Mich.:Omnigraphics, 1997. Jones, E. Willis. The Santa Claus BookNew York: Walker and Company, 1976. MacDonald,Margaret Read, ed. The Folklore of World HolidaysDetroit, Mich.: Gale Research, 1992. McKnight, George. St.Nicholas, His Legend and His Role in the ChristmasCelebration and Other Popular Customs1917. Reprint.Williamstown, Mass.: Corner House Publishers, 1974. Miles, Clement A. Christmas in Ritual and Tradition1912.Reprint. Detroit, Mich.: Omnigraphics, 1990. Walsh, William S. The Story of Santa Klaus1909. Reprint. Detroit, Mich.:Omnigraphics, 1991.

Web Site

site sponsored by the Netherlands Board of Tourism, contains a page describing St. Nicholas Day celebrations:(Search “Sinterklaas” and “St. Nicholas”)

This Day In History, Dec. 6: Banana Massacre (1928)

The Banana Massacre (1928)

The Banana Massacre (Spanish: Matanza de las bananeras or Spanish: Masacre de las bananeras[1]) was a massacre of as many as 3000 United Fruit Company workers that occurred between December 5 and 6, 1928 in the town of Ciénaga near Santa Marta, Colombia. The strike began on November 12, 1928, when the workers ceased to work until the company would reach an agreement with them to grant them dignified working conditions.[2] After several weeks with no agreement and no work, costing the company severe financial losses, the conservative government of Miguel Abadía Méndez sent the army in against thestrikers, resulting in the massacre.

After U.S. officials in Colombia and United Fruit representatives portrayed the workers’ strike as “communist” with a “subversive tendency” in telegrams to the U.S. Secretary of State,[3] the United States government threatened to invade with the U.S. Marine Corps if the Colombian government did not act to protect United Fruit’s interests. The Colombian government was also compelled to work for the interests of the company, considering they could cut off trade of Colombian bananas with significant markets such as the United States and Great Britain.[4]

Gabriel García Márquez depicted a fictional version of the massacre in his novel One Hundred Years of Solitude, as did Álvaro Cepeda Samudio in his La Casa Grande. Although García Márquez references the number of dead as around three thousand, the actual number of dead workers is unknown.

Strike

The workers of the banana plantations in Colombia went on strike in November 12, 1928. The workers made nine different demands from the United Fruit Company:

  1. Stop their hiring practices through sub-contractors
  2. Mandatory collective insurance
  3. Compensation for work accidents
  4. Hygienic dormitories and 6 day work weeks
  5. Increase in daily pay for workers who earned less than 100 pesos per month
  6. Weekly wage
  7. Abolition of office stores
  8. Abolition of payment through coupons rather than money
  9. Improvement of hospital services [2]

The strike turned into the largest labor movement ever witnessed in the country until then. Radical members of the Liberal Party, as well as members of the Socialist and Communist Parties, participated.[5]

These were not socialist demands. The workers wanted to be recognized as employees, and demanded the implementation of the Colombian legal framework of the 1920s.[6]

Massacre

An army regiment from Bogotá was dispatched by the government to deal with the strikers, which it deemed to be subversive. Whether these troops were sent in at the behest of the United Fruit Company did not clearly emerge.

Three hundred soldiers were sent from Antioquia to Magdalena. There were no soldiers from Magdalena involved because General Cortes Vargas, the army-appointed military chief of the banana zone in charge of controlling the situation, did not believe they would be able to take effective actions, as they might be related to the plantation workers.[2]

The troops set up their machine guns on the roofs of the low buildings at the corners of the main square, closed off the access streets,[7] and after a five-minute warning[1]opened fire into a dense Sunday crowd of workers and their families including children who had gathered, after Sunday Mass,[7] to wait for an anticipated address from the governor.[8]

Number of dead

The troops during the massacre, took responsibility for 47 casualties. In reality, the exact number of casualties has never been confirmed. Herrera Soto, co-author of a comprehensive and detailed study of the 1928 strike, has put together various estimates given by contemporaries and historians, ranging from 47 to as high as 2,000. Survivors, popular oral histories and written documents give figures 800-3000 killed, adding that the killers threw them into the sea.General Cortés Vargas, who commanded[1]Other sources claim that the bodies were buried in mass graves.[2]

Among the survivors was Luis Vicente Gámez, later a famous local figure, who survived by hiding under a bridge for three days. Every year after the massacre he delivered a memorial service over the radio.

Another version by official Jose Gregorio Guerrero gave the number of dead as nine: eight civilians and one soldier. Guerrero added that Jorge Eliécer Gaitán had exaggerated the number of deaths.[9]

The press has reported different numbers of deaths and different opinions about the events that took place that night. The conclusion is that there is no agreed-on story, but rather diverse variations depending on the source they come from. The American press provided biased information on the strike.[2] The Colombian press was also biased depending on the political alignment of the publication. For example, the Bogotá-based newspaper El Tiempo stated that the workers were within their rights in wanting to improve their conditions. However, since the newspaper was politically conservative, they also noted that they did not agree with the strike.[2]

Official U.S. telegrams

Telegram from Bogotá Embassy to the U.S. Secretary of State, Frank B. Kellogg, dated December 5, 1928, stated:

Telegram from Santa Marta Consulate to the U.S. Secretary of State, dated December 6, 1928, stated:

Telegram from Bogotá Embassy to the U.S. Secretary of State, dated December 7, 1928, stated:

Telegram from the U.S. Department of State to Santa Marta Consulate, dated December 8, 1928, stated:

Telegram from Santa Marta Consulate to the U.S. Secretary of State, dated December 9, 1928, stated:

Dispatch from Santa Marta Consulate to the U.S. Secretary of State, dated December 11, 1928, stated:

Dispatch from Bogotá Embassy to the U.S. Secretary of State, dated December 11, 1928, stated:

Dispatch from U.S. Bogotá Embassy to the U.S. Secretary of State, dated December 29, 1928, stated:

Dispatch from U.S. Bogotá Embassy to the US Secretary of State, dated January 16, 1929, stated:

Consequences

Guerrilla movements in Colombia such as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) argued that the growth of Communism in Colombia was triggered by atrocities like these, and called it state terrorism. The Banana Massacre was one of the principal causes of the Bogotazo, and the subsequent era of violence known as La Violencia.[citation needed]

Some sources claim there are connections between this massacre and the atrocities committed in more recent years by Chiquita Brands in Colombian territory.[10] Chiquita admitted paying 1.7 million dollars to the paramilitary group AUC (United Self Defense Forces of Colombia), who have killed hundreds of Colombian citizens.[11] This company has financed war machines by paying this terrorist group.[10] They claimed that they had been victims of extortion and said the payments were made as a way to protect their workers from the paramilitaries, but the people seem to object. In the documentary “Banana Land” Colombian plantain workers speak up about how they feel terrorized by multinational companies like Chiquita and their work with paramilitaries. They even say that people who speak up about the way they feel are at risk of being targeted by the AUC.[10]

Notes

  1. Jump up to:a b c Posada-Carbó, Eduardo (May 1998). “Fiction as History: The bananeras and Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude”Journal of Latin American Studies30 (2): 395–414. doi:10.1017/S0022216X98005094. Archived from the original on 2006-05-31.
  2. Jump up to:a b c d e f Elias Caro, Jorge Enrique; Vidal Ortega, Antonio (2012). “The Worker’s Massacre of 1928 in the Magdalena Zona Bananera – Colombia. An Unfinished Story”MEMORIAS Revista Digital De Historia y Arqueología Desde El Caribe Colombiano.
  3. Jump up to:a b c d e f g h i jhttps://web.archive.org/web/20120717004708/http://www.icdc.com/~paulwolf/colombia/santamarta.htm
  4. ^ Brungardt, Maurice (1997). “La United Fruit Company en Colombia”Innovar.
  5. ^ “Chronology”. The United Fruit Historical Society (on archive.org). Archived from the original on March 7, 2005. Retrieved March 6, 2006.
  6. ^ Daniel, Bender; Lipman, Jana (2015). Making the Empire Work: Labor and United States Imperialism. New York University Press. pp. 104–133.
  7. Jump up to:a b Carrigan, Ana (1993). The Palace of Justice: A Colombian Tragedy. Four Walls Eight Windows. ISBN 0-941423-82-4. p. 16
  8. ^ Bucheli, Marcelo. Bananas and business: The United Fruit Company in Colombia, 1899–2000. p. 132
  9. ^ (in Spanish) El Pilon: Verdades sobre la Masacre en las Bananeras[permanent dead link]
  10. Jump up to:a b c Glacer, Jason, director. Banana Land: Blood, Bullets and Poison. Banana Land: Blood, Bullets and Poison, 2 June 2015, bananalandmovie.org
  11. ^ The Associated Press (2007). “Victims of Colombian Conflict Sue

Inspiration for the Day: Lessons Of Reflection

 

 

Lessons Of Reflection

BY MADISYN TAYLOR

We need to keep in mind that each of us has a unique path, and that we all learn differently.

When we care about people, we want to save them from pain by offering them the benefit of our experience. Sometimes we feel like we know what is best for them. Sometimes, like when their safety is involved, we need to step in, but those times are rare. More often we find ourselves becoming frustrated when our close friends or family members do not use our relationship insights or follow our dietary advice, and this is where we find our challenge. We may even find ourselves becoming angry when they choose another path. This strength of feeling is usually a sign that our motivations go beyond merely helping another to indicate that there is a lesson there for us.

First, we need to keep in mind that each of us is on our own path and that we all learn differently. When we trust the universe, we know that there is a higher power at work that knows what is best for our loved one. Since we don’t want to deny them experiences of deep feeling that are essential steps in the growth of their spirit, we can instead offer them our counsel. After we have given our gift, it is time to release it, along with our expectations of them and their choices, with love.

Once that is done, we can remind ourselves that our relationships are mirrors that allow us to see ourselves more clearly in the reflection. That is why it is easier for us to see solutions to other people’s problems than to see answers for our own. We can also learn from these experiences when we ask ourselves if we ever do the same thing. Maybe we do not share experiences with relationships, but we do with our finances or our food choices. In being willing to look at ourselves and see why we are being irritated by what other people choose to do with their lives, we can be like an oyster and make irritations into pearls. With these pearls of wisdom, we learn to release the desire for control over others and instead enrich their lives as we enrich our own.

 

Get A Jump On Tomorrow, Your Daily Horoscopes for Friday, Dec. 7th

 

 

 

Get A Jump On Tomorrow….

Your Daily Horoscopes for Friday, Dec. 7th

Claire Petulengro, Astrologer

From The Astrology Room

 

ARIES (March 21st-April 20th)
Friends turn into lovers for many of your sign and you start to see what you have to do in order to live the life you desire. For some of you, this will mean parting ways with those who do not treat you well. About time is all I say. Ring now for total honesty.

TAURUS (April 21st-May 21st)
Don’t play games in love this weekend or you will get your fingers burnt. It would be far better for you to give your close ones the cold hard facts. Making time however for those who are older than you is critical. Ring now to hear how money can be made from second attempts.

GEMINI (May 22nd-June 21st)
Stay present and celebrate what is rather than what may be in time to come. Your dual nature often sees you putting your time and energy where it is least needed. Pisces link to a new path in your career which can bring happiness. Ring now for the full story.

CANCER (June 22nd-July 23rd)
Try not to speak for the sake of it or you could end up getting yourself into a lot of hot water. Instead, try only to answer the questions which are being asked of you. Knowing who your heart really lies with is your major battle. Ring now to make sense of mixed messages.

LEO (July 24th-August 23rd)
Never let the future worry you. You will meet your destiny as the same person you are now, which means if you speak from the heart your answers will be the right ones. Ring now to hear how pregnancies and births are all around you this month and next.

VIRGO (August 24th-September 23rd)
The written word is more important than you could possibly imagine. Don’t let what others try to tempt you into take centre stage. If you do, then you will be kicking yourself for a long time to come. Ring now to hear which sign is your Achilles’ heel.

LIBRA (September 24th-October 23rd)
The past is on your mind more than usual and you may even find yourself tempted to call up those who you miss. Just try to remember why it is that you moved on from them Libra. It’s the key to you feeling in control of your destiny. Ring now so I can help you.

SCORPIO (October 24th-November 22nd)
Trust is a major issue for you at this time, but what you need to ask yourself is if you are mistrusting someone for what another did to you, or if you truly feel you are having the wool pulled over your eyes. Ring now to excel where you have previously failed.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd-December 21st)
Fear of the same thing going wrong for a second time is a very real fear for you, isn’t it Sagittarius? However, deep down inside you and I both know that your current situation is nothing like an old one. Ring now to work on following through with what your heart is telling you.

CAPRICORN (December 22nd-January 20th)
There are an array of new talents which are going to be touching your heart and soul this month. The first step to you getting back onto a path which is right for you requires you to admit what and who you really want. Phone now to hear why gambles in love are worth taking.

AQUARIUS (January 21st-February 19th)
Your element of air could see you telling others’ secrets which they would rather have kept under wraps. Make sure you express your intentions before you carry them out or you could end up ruining a relationship which has only just got back on track. Ring now for clarity.

PISCES (February 20th-March 20th)
Look back for a moment Pisces and you will see that you have already survived every bad thing that came your way. All you can remember is the pain, but that has passed and will not return. Take a deep breath and jump. Ring now to hear what amazing times await you.

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The Daily Horoscopes for Thursday, December 6

 

The Daily Horoscopes for Thursday, December 6

Claire Petulengro, Astrologer

From The Astrology Room

 

ARIES (March 21st-April 20th)
Words are seeds for you this week, so scatter them with care and they will grow and flourish beyond your wildest expectations. Someone you thought you wanted back in your life, you now realise you do not. Ring now to hear why these feelings are spot on.

TAURUS (April 21st-May 21st)
Don’t waste time on those who don’t give, but only take from your life. To do so can only lead to that same frustrated feeling you could not get rid of last month. Show you can grow and be the bigger person. Ring now so I can empower you.

GEMINI (May 22nd-June 21st)
You may not realise it, but 2018 has been a year of real life lessons for you and not all of them were pain free, were they Gemini? Many of your sign are having trouble sleeping lately, but making much needed phone calls can put your life back in order. Ring me. Let’s get you living life again.

CANCER (June 22nd-July 23rd)
Try not to take sides in any arguments today as nothing is what it at first seems. In fact, many of the signs really are talking for the sake of it lately. Your element of water brings out your need to confess, but stick to your own secrets, not those of others. Ring now for guidelines.

LEO (July 24th-August 23rd)
You will always find a way out of a problem. You’re a Leo! Don’t be afraid to take the lead, it’s what you were born for. Knowing who you can trust has not been easy, but today is set to give you all of the evidence you need. Ring now for a message from Uranus.

VIRGO (August 24th-September 23rd)
I can see that there have not been enough hours in the day for you recently and that you have felt as if others have been using you. That all changes once you learn to say no to the things you don’t want. Ring now so I can help you to find your voice again.

LIBRA (September 24th-October 23rd)
You would be wise on this day to believe nothing of what you hear and only half of what you see. Facts will come to light as this month unfolds which will make you feel foolish for acting so quickly on what could just be rumours. Ring now to stay on top.

SCORPIO (October 24th-November 22nd)
Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced. Once you accept this fact, then you will slowly but surely start to let down some of those defences. Negotiations in work can go in your favour at this time. Ring now for a game plan.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd-December 21st)
You should have learnt by now that you are a sign with an addictive nature. What you have yet to realise though, is that you can have good addictions as well as negative ones. Try to put all of your time and energy into making the change which is long overdue. Ring now for help.

CAPRICORN (December 22nd-January 20th)
Can you feel the excitement which is running through your veins? If you can’t, then you will be able to within the next fortnight my friend. Your life is about to get brighter and bolder than ever before. Fasten your seatbelt Capricorn. You’re in for quite a ride! Ring now for details.

AQUARIUS (January 21st-February 19th)
There is a no nonsense attitude to your chart today where you will not be suffering fools gladly. Thanks to the magic of Saturn, you’ll be able to see through lies easily. This could shed some light on what was really meant by a recent offer. Ring me to build more on this.

PISCES (February 20th-March 20th)
Be happy for this very dramatic moment you have found yourself in recently Pisces. It is, after all, your life! You have spent far too much time listening to and taking advice from those whose lives you would not wish for your own anyway! Ring now to improve your confidence.

 

 

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