The Old Farmer’s Almanac: HOUSEHOLD USES FOR VINEGAR

 

HOUSEHOLD USES FOR VINEGAR

CLEANING, REMOVING STAINS, AND NATURAL REMEDIES
By The Old Farmer’s Almanac
Here are some of our favorite household uses for vinegar. From cleaning shower curtains to relieving insect bites, vinegar has a multitude of uses!

(Note: In this article, “vinegar” refers to “distilled white vinegar” unless otherwise noted.)

CLEANING WITH VINEGAR

Vinegar is a common ingredient in countless homemade cleaners and is especially helpful for cleaning household appliances.

  • Bring a solution of one-cup vinegar and four tablespoons baking soda to a boil in teapots and coffeepots to rid them of mineral deposits.
  • A solution of vinegar and baking soda will easily remove cooking oil from your stovetop.
  • Clean the filter on your humidifier by removing it and soaking it in a pan of white vinegar until all the sediment is off.
  • Saturate a cloth with vinegar and sprinkle with baking soda, and then use it to clean fiberglass tubs and showers. Rinse well and rub dry for a spotless shine.
  • For a clean oven, combine vinegar and baking soda, then scrub.
  • Clean and deodorize your toilet bowl by pouring undiluted white vinegar into it. Let stand for five minutes, then flush. Spray stubborn stains with white vinegar, then scrub vigorously.
  • Clean windows with a cloth dipped in a solution of one part white vinegar and 10 parts warm water.
  • To clean drip coffeemakers, fill the reservoir with white vinegar and run it through a brewing cycle. Rinse thoroughly by brewing two cycles with water before using.
  • To remove bumper stickers from car chrome, paint on vinegar and let it soak in. Next, scrape off the stickers. Decals can be removed similarly.
  • Rid your refrigerator and freezer of bad odors by cleaning the insides with a solution of equal parts vinegar and water, then wiping dry.
  • To remove smoke odors on clothes, hang them above a steaming bathtub filled with hot water and a cup of white vinegar.
  • To prevent mildew, wipe down surfaces with vinegar.
  • Use a sponge dampened with vinegar to clean shower curtains.
  • To loosen a stuck jar lid, hold the jar upside down and pour warm vinegar around the neck at the joint between the glass and the top.

You’ll notice that baking soda is often used as a sidekick to vinegar.

REMOVE CLOTHING STAINS WITH VINEGAR

  • Vinegar naturally breaks down uric acid and soapy residue, leaving baby clothes and diapers soft and fresh. Add a cup of vinegar to each load during the rinse cycle.
  • To remove chewing gum, rub it with full-strength vinegar.
  • Soak paint stains in hot vinegar to remove them.
  • To remove salt and water stains from leather boots and shoes, rub with a solution of 1 tablespoon white vinegar and 1 cup water. Wipe over the stained area only, and then polish.

 

NATURAL REMEDIES WITH VINEGAR

  • For brunettes, rinsing hair with vinegar after a shampoo makes hair shinier. Use one-tablespoon vinegar to one-cup warm water.
  • Apply full strength vinegar to mosquito or other insect bites to relieve the itching. (Caution: Do not do this if the affected area is raw.)
  • Place a vinegar-soaked brown bag on sprains to ease pain and aid recovery.
  • Rub apple cider vinegar on your skin to repel insects.
  • Apple cider vinegar can be used to make a refreshing summer drink known as switchel or Haymaker’s Punch, or a remedial cold-weather tonic called fire cider.

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The Old Farmer’s Almanac: ESSENTIALS FOR THE DOWN-HOME HOUSEHOLD

 

ESSENTIALS FOR THE DOWN-HOME HOUSEHOLD

A baker’s dozen of safe, cheap, natural, multi-purpose essentials

Most of us keep a few basics on hand: pantry staples, first-aid items, cleaning and laundry products, personal-care items such as soap, shampoo, and deodorant.

Eyeing my list as I headed into town one day, I had to chuckle. Most of the half-dozen staple items on my list that day fell into two, three, or all of the above categories.

Later that day I made a list of my most common household staples. With one or two of the products on that list, I can clean just about any surface or object in and around my home, rustle up a decent meal (except for the vegetables), administer first aid for most common ailments, and clean /pamper my skin, hair, and teeth. (I’m a longtime passionate vegetable gardener and find many of these staple ingredients also help fight plant diseases, kill or repel insects, or provide plant nutrients.)

What’s more, each of these products is inexpensive, readily available, natural, and safe *(free from potentially harmful dyes, fragrances, preservatives, and other additives). Here’s the list along with a few of the ways I use each product.

In future posts, I’ll have a lot more to say about the specific uses of each of these frugal-household staples. Stay tuned.

  1. Oatmeal: cooking staple, skin care
  2. Cider vinegar: antiseptic, hair rinse, window-cleaner, ingredient in salad dressings and pickling-brine ingredient, insecticide
  3. Corn meal: cooking staple, weed-killer, mild fungicide (plants and people), exfoliant, sand substitute for children’s play table
  4. Honey: sore throat gargle (with cider vinegar), general-purpose sweetener, antiseptic for burns and wounds, skin moisturizer
  5. Eggs: versatile, nutritious food; hair restorative, skin care, ground shells used in horticulture, household stain removal
  6. Sea salt: cooking staple, gargle, eye wash, mouthwash, toothpaste substitute, sinus-cavity irrigation, bath salt, exfoliant, scouring power (with baking soda)
  7. Baking soda: general purpose household cleaner, toothpaste substitute, shampoo, deodorant (underarms, shoes, refrigerators, carpets, lunch boxes), itch-reliever
  8. Olive oil: salad dressings, cooking oil, ear-wax removal, skin softener
  9. Castor oil: superior skin conditioner, a drop tames hair frizz, quells inflammation (I don’t use castor oil internally).
  10. Borax: shampoo (really!), laundry additive, general cleaning agent
  11. Epsom salts: relaxing bath, foot soak, laundry additive
  12. Fresh or powdered ginger root: spices entrees and deserts, quells nausea, reduces inflammation and pain
  13. Witch hazel: antiseptic, astringent, bruise-healer, relieves itching, reduces under-eye bags, under-eye puffiness, heals diaper rash

* Despite their low toxicity, I’d keep a few items such as Borax, baking soda, salt, Epsom salts, witch hazel, and castor oil, on a high shelf or locked cabinet away from children.

ABOUT THIS BLOG

“Living Naturally” is all about living a naturally healthy lifestyle. Margaret Boyles covers health tips, ways to avoid illness, natural remedies, food that’s good for body and soul, recipes for homemade beauty products, and ideas to make your home a healthy, safe haven. Our goal is also to encourage self-sufficiency, whether it’s relearning some age-old skills or getting informed on modern improvements that help us live better, healthier lives.

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The Old Farmer’s Almanac: HOMEMADE SHAMPOOS, TOOTHPASTE, & DEODORANT

 

HOMEMADE SHAMPOOS, TOOTHPASTE, & DEODORANT

DIY TOILETRY RECIPES
By The Old Farmer’s Almanac
Explore our recipes for homemade toothpaste, deodorant, shampoos, and more. Our DIY toiletry recipes are basic, relying on pantry ingredients, nothing fancy. They’re safe, natural, fun, and easy on the wallet!

We cook what we eat.  So, why not try whipping up the products that get absorbed by your skin?

So many hair and body care products are not only overpriced but also loaded with chemicals. You’ll feel better knowing what’s in the stuff that goes on your skin—and we guarantee your skin will look and feel better, too.

“Almond meal … acts as a pleasing alternative to soap at any time. It softens, cleanses, and whitens the skin.”
–The 1916 Old Farmer’s Almanac

HOMEMADE DEODORANT

One of the best deodorants is plain old baking soda. You can pat it right onto your skin or mix it with a little cornstarch for extra staying power and moisture control.

  • Take equal parts baking soda and cornstarch. It helps to add a few drops of coconut oil to make a paste.
  • Some readers say that mixing in a few drops of anti-bacterial tea tree oil makes it even more effective.

 

HOMEMADE TOOTHPASTE

Washing your hands with toothpaste and water will eliminate fish odor.

Even today, baking soda remains in the lead ingredient for oxidizing stains and removing plaque without removing tooth enamel. A combination of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide lifts particles caught between teeth and kills bacteria.

Do not add anything to the baking soda to make it more abrasive. You may want to add an artificial sweetener for taste (which is essentially all some of those “natural” toothpastes do), but do not add real sugar which would promote tooth decay.

  1.  “Bare-Bones” Toothpaste: Mix 1 teaspoon baking soda with ½ teaspoon hydrogen peroxide; make a paste; scoop up with your toothbrush and proceed as you normally would.
  2. “Minty” Toothpaste: Mix together 6 teaspoons of baking soda, ⅓ teaspoon salt, 4 teaspoons glycerin, and 15 drops of peppermint or wintergreen extract. Depending on how much you use at a time, this recipe is good for 15 to 20 applications and should be stored in any appropriately sized container with a snug lid.
  3. “Modern” Toothpaste: Mix baking soda with equal amount of coconut oil, creating a paste. Add an essential oil in mint or herb if desired (5 drops per tablespoon of paste). Add sea salt for taste (a dash for every two tablespoons paste).

Note: Check with your dentist before usage. The American Dental Association only accepts toothpastes containing fluoride and recommends fluoridation of community water supplies. This is a debated subject; we refer you to your respective health care provider for their professional recommendation.

EYE MAKE-UP REMOVER (SAFE AND GENTLE)

  • Save on those very expensive eye make-up removers with this recipe. Combine 1 tablespoon canola oil, 1 tablespoon castor oil, and 1 tablespoon light olive oil.
  •  For use on your entire body, put some castor oil in a little spray bottle. To maximize absorption, spray it on your skin after showering and gently rub it in while your skin is still warm and your pores are open.

HOMEMADE MOISTURIZER

  • For healthy skin, add rosemary oil to the bathwater.
  • Another age-old tradition to prevent wrinkles around the eyes is to apply a drop of castor oil around each eye before going to bed. Castor oil acts as a humectant, meaning that it attracts and retains moisture in the skin. This promotes healthier skin cell rejuvenation. Some plastic surgeons apply castor oil around an incision after surgery for this exact reason.

BATH SOAK FOR HEALTHY SKIN

Tales of the queen of Egypt, Cleopatra, tell of her beauty and her radiant skin. Her secret? Apparently she used to take frequent baths in fresh milk! Researchers now have found that the lactic acid in milk is the cause of the stunning skin. Alpha hydroxy acids help loosen dead skin and give healthy skin a deep cleansing.

  • As the tub fills, pour in two cups to one quart of fresh milk or butter milk. Fresh milk can be substituted with one cup of powdered milk. A few drops of lavender essential oil may increase the relaxing effects. Soak in the tub for at least 20 minutes and gently massage your skin with a wash cloth or a loofah to rub off all the dead skin.
  • After taking your bath, drain the tub and take a quick shower to rinse off all the milk on your body.

HOMEMADE SHAMPOO

  • Old-fashioned castile soap can also be dissolved in warm water to be used as shampoo.
  • After shampooing, rinse your hair with lemon juice to make it shine.
  • If regular shampooing with water is impossible for some reason, try mixing 1 tablespoon salt and ½ cup cornmeal in a shaker bottle. Sprinkle lightly onto hair, then brush thoroughly to get rid of dirt and oil. A combination of baby powder and cornstarch can also be used the same way.

Customize With Essential Oils

If you like your store-bought shampoo but would like to add to it a little, the essential oils that old-timers relied on for hair care really do work.

  • To nourish and moisturize, pour some shampoo or conditioner into your palm and add a few drops of cedar wood, chamomile, clary sage, lavender, rosemary, thyme, or ylang-ylang.
  • To add thickness and body, use cedar wood or clary sage.
  • To reduce oiliness, try bergamot, cedar wood, lavender, lemon, pine, rosemary, or ylang-ylang.
  • To add luster, try sweet basil, Roman chamomile, or lavender.
  • To detangle hair, use chamomile, grapefruit, marigold, passionflower, or sweet clover, and to relieve dandruff, try cedar wood, clary sage, lemon, pine, rosemary, or tea tree.

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Today’s Holiday: Bill of Rights Day

Bill of Rights Day

December 15
The first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution of 1787—referred to collectively as the Bill of Rights—were ratified on December 15, 1791 ( see Citizenship Day). This landmark document protected American citizens from specific abuses by their government and guaranteed such basic rights as the freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom of the press. In 1941 President Franklin D. Roosevelt designated December 15 as Bill of Rights Day and called upon Americans to observe it with appropriate patriotic ceremonies.
On December 10, 1948, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and member countries of the U.N. began to observe December 10 as Human Rights Day. In the United States, the observance extends from December 10 to December 17 and is referred to as Human Rights Week. Since it encompasses December 15, the two events are now observed together and are typically celebrated with essay contests on the importance of freedom and democracy, special radio and television shows, and speeches on the themes of personal freedom and human rights.
In Massachusetts, the week of December 8-15 has been celebrated as Civil Rights Week since 1952. It honors not only the ratification of the Bill of Rights but the adoption of the state’s first code of laws, the Body of Liberties, on December 10, 1641.
CONTACTS:
U.S. Government Printing Office
732 N. Capitol St. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20401
866-512-1800 or 202-512-1530; fax: 202-512-2104
http://www.gpo.gov
SOURCES:
AmerBkDays-2000, p. 831
DaysCustFaith-1957, p. 314

This Day in History: Billionaire’s Grandson Found Alive—But Maimed—after Kidnapping (1973)

Billionaire’s Grandson Found Alive—But Maimed—after Kidnapping (1973)

 

John Paul Getty III (4 November 1956[1] — 5 February 2011),[2] also known as Paul Getty, was the eldest of the four children of John Paul Getty, Jr. and Abigail (née Harris), and the grandson of oil tycoon Jean Paul Getty. His son is actor Balthazar Getty.

Early life
Getty spent most of his childhood in Rome while his father headed the Italian division for the Getty family’s oil business. His parents divorced in 1964 and his father married again in 1966 to model and actress Talitha Pol. They adopted a hippie lifestyle and spent much time in England and Morocco during the 1960s.[3]

Kidnapping
In early 1971, he was expelled from St. George’s English School (later St. George’s British International School), in Rome, Italy. His father moved back to England, and at 3am on 10 July 1973, Getty was kidnapped in the Piazza Farnese in Rome.[1] A ransom note was received, demanding $17 million in exchange for his safe return. When that ransom message arrived, some family members suspected the kidnapping was merely a ploy by the rebellious youngster as he had frequently joked about staging his own kidnapping to extract money from his frugal grandfather. He was blindfolded and imprisoned in a mountain hideout. A second demand was received, but had been delayed by an Italian postal strike.[4] Jean Paul Getty II asked his father for the money, but was refused. Getty Sr. argued that were he to pay the ransom, then his 14 other grandchildren could also be kidnapped. In November 1973, an envelope containing a lock of hair and a human ear was delivered to a daily newspaper with a threat of further mutilation of Paul, unless $3.2 million was paid: “This is Paul’s ear. If we don’t get some money within 10 days, then the other ear will arrive. In other words, he will arrive in little bits.”[5]

At this point Getty Sr. agreed to pay a ransom, although he would only pay $2.2 million because that was the maximum amount that was tax deductible. He loaned the remainder to his son who was responsible for repaying the sum at 4% interest.[4] The reluctant Getty Sr. negotiated a deal and got his grandson back for about $2.9 million. Getty III was found alive in southern Italy on 15 December 1973, shortly after the ransom was paid.[6]

Nine of the kidnappers were apprehended: a carpenter, a hospital orderly, an ex-con and an olive-oil dealer from Calabria, as well as high-ranking members of the ‘Ndrangheta – a Mafia-type organization in Calabria – such as Girolamo Piromalli and Saverio Mammoliti.[6] Two were convicted and sent to prison; the others, including the ‘Ndrangheta bosses, were acquitted for lack of evidence. Most of the ransom money was never recovered.[7][8] In 1977, Getty had an operation to rebuild the ear that had been cut off by his kidnappers.[1]

A. J. Quinnell used Getty’s kidnapping as one piece of inspiration for his book Man on Fire.[9]

Later life
In 1974, Getty married German Gisela Martine Zacher (née Schmidt) who was five months pregnant. He had known her and her twin sister Jutta since before his kidnapping. Getty was 18 years old when his son, Balthazar, was born in 1975. The couple divorced in 1993.[1]

Getty was an alcoholic and drug addict. In 1981, he imbibed a valium, methadone, and alcohol cocktail which caused liver failure and a stroke, leaving him a quadriplegic and nearly blind.[10]

In 1999, Getty, along with several other members of his family, became citizens of the Republic of Ireland in return for investments in that country of approximately £1 million each, under a law which has since been repealed.[11]

Death
On 5 February 2011, aged 54, Getty died at Wormsley, Buckinghamshire following a long illness. He had been in poor health since his 1981 drug overdose.[2] He was survived by his son and his mother.

References

  1. a b c d e “Getty obituary”The Daily TelegraphRetrieved 2013-02-01.
  2. a b “”Finally He Is Out Of Pain: Tragic Oil Heir, John Paul Getty III, Dies at 54, After Being Paralyzed For 30 years””Dailymail.co.uk. 2011-02-07Retrieved 2013-02-01.
  3. ^ “Style » Talitha Getty: The Myth and the Muse”Dossier JournalRetrieved 2013-02-01.
  4. a b “Sir Paul Getty”Daily Telegraph2003-04-17Retrieved 2008-03-01.
  5. ^ BBC News report on the Getty kidnapping, 13 June 2001
  6. a b Catching the KidnappersTime, 28 January 1974
  7. ^ “J. Paul Getty III dies at 54; scion of oil dynasty”Los Angeles Times, 7 February 2011
  8. ^ “J. Paul Getty III, 54, Dies; Had Ear Cut Off by Captors”The New York TimesFebruary 7, 2011
  9. ^ Davies, Paul. Ed: Nancy Billias. “Be not overcome by evil but overcome evil with good’: The Theology of Evil in Manon Fire.” Posted in Producing and Promoting EvilRodopi Publishers2010. 221Retrieved on 30 March 2011. ISBN90-420-2939-0, ISBN 978-90-420-2939-2.
  10. ^ “Obituary for John Paul Getty II”BBC News, 17 April 2003
  11. ^ “Jean Paul Getty III Dead; 5 Facts on the Oil Heir and Father of Actor Balthazar Getty”. In News Today. 2011-02-08Retrieved 2013-02-01.

Daily Inspiration for Dec. 15: Hard Days

 

 

Hard Days

BY MADISYN TAYLOR

A hard day can sometimes be a great teacher if we stop for reflection.

We all have days that seem endlessly difficult and hard. On these days, it is as if the odds are stacked against us and we just can’t get a break as one challenging situation follows another. We may feel like we’re standing in the ocean getting hit by wave after wave, never able to get a full breath. Sometimes it’s necessary or worth it to stay in the fray and work our way through. Other times, the best idea is to go home and take the breath we need in order to carry on.

If the only choice is to get through it, a hard day can be a great teacher. It will eventually end and we can look back on it, taking pride in the stamina, courage, and ingenuity it took to hold our ground. We may also look back and see how we could have done things differently. This knowledge will be valuable when we face hard days in the future. Trust your gut as you’re deciding whether to work through it, and know that sometimes a timely retreat is the best way to ensure a positive outcome. Getting space can remind us that external circumstances are not the whole picture. Once we catch our breath and re-center ourselves, we will be able to determine our next move. With a little perspective, we may even find the inner resources to change our attitude about what’s happening. We may begin to see that what we saw as hardships are actually opportunities. As our attitude changes for the better, our actions and the circumstances will follow suit.

Sometimes all that’s needed is a good night’s sleep. No one is immune to having a hard day and these are usually the times we can learn the most. If we can find it in our hearts to examine the day, and maybe make one small change in perception, we can ease our pain and greet the next day that much wiser.

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Sexual Compatibility by Zodiac Sign

Sexual Compatibility by Zodiac Sign

Find your best Astrology match — in bed!

Fern Feto Spring

Each zodiac sign has a sizzling pairing that’ll really raise the heat between the sheets. Is yours a steamy blend of Water and Fire, or a sensual mud created from Water and Earth? Read on to see who’s your most sexy match in bed, and find out what happens when the elements combine in new and interesting love combinations!

Aries (March 21 – April 19)

Hot and passionate Aries loves a challenge in bed, and what better sign than Gemini to keep this Fire sign guessing? Gemini’s flirtatious nature and non-stop motion matches Aries’ own fast pace, providing the sign of the Ram with plenty of excitement. Gemini’s airy intelligence and witty banter will also keep Aries interested long after the initial passion wears off, giving this duo a chance for more than just a one time fling.

 

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

Opposites do attract, and in the case of Taurus and Scorpio, opposites not only attract, but they can’t seem to get enough of each other! Sensual and earthy Taurus is magnetically drawn to the depth and passionate intensity of watery Scorpio. Scorpio’s many layers keep Taurus hooked, always searching for this Scorpion’s essential nature. The smoldering chemistry between these two creates a magnetic force that’s obvious to even the most casual observer.

 

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

Curious, chatty and fun, Gemini loves to experiment and gets bored quickly. Aries’ pioneering spirit manages to keep Gemini engaged and breathless, introducing the sign of the Twins to innovative and unusual ways to pass the time under the sheets. Together, these two signs move through life at a rapid pace, absorbing exciting and interesting experiences as quickly as possible. Their shared enthusiasm and daring spirit keep this duo together long past the initial thrill has subsided.

 

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

Like the moon, Cancer’s passionate nature ebbs and flows, changing constantly. Earthy Capricorn provides this watery sign a stable and firm structure, allowing Cancer to really let go and relax. The opposing nature of these signs creates a secret and sexy tension between them, one that only they may be aware of. Capricorn’s private and reserved nature also brings out Cancer’s desire to soothe the inner beast that resides within this sign of the Goat.

 

Leo (July 23 – Aug. 22)

Leo the Lion is eager to please, enjoying the appreciation and attention of an audience both inside the bedroom and out. Charming Libra knows just what to say to bring out the biggest and the best in Leo, encouraging a performance that few can compete with. Libra’s seamless ability to create a romantic backdrop for acts of passion also feeds Leo’s desire for luxury and drama, ensuring that this Lion’s roar will soon transform into a contented purr.

 

Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22)

When Virgo relaxes, this earthy zodiac sign’s strong attention to detail can really pay off between the sheets. Intuitive Pisces knows just what to do to help Virgo escape from the details of daily life and focus on more important matters. Bringing their magical powers of imagination to the bedroom, Pisces helps Virgo shed its inhibitions and open up. Virgo is intrigued by Pisces’ “go with the flow” approach and loves to help Pisces reach new heights of pleasure and bliss.

 

Libra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22)

Beautiful, diplomatic and artistic, Libra wants sex to not only feel good, but look good too. Leo can transform even the most mundane of experiences into a legendary good time. Leo gives Libra an affair to remember, creating romantic encounters filled with drama, intensity and excitement. Libra loves Leo’s expansive approach to love, and is turned on by the Lion’s willingness to do almost anything to please and entertain in the

Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21)

Scorpio’s magnetic force is hard to resist and its sex appeal is legendary, yet Taurus’ grounded and earthy nature manages to provide Scorpio with just the kind of challenge this watery sign loves. Placid, stable and content, Taurus is an oasis of calm, just waiting to be stirred up. Scorpio is more than intrigued by Taurus’ Bull-like nature and will do just about anything to generate a reaction from this second sign of the zodiac.

 

Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21)

Fun loving, adventurous and risk-taking, Sagittarius is always up for just about anything. Aquarius’ inventive nature keeps just one step ahead of the sign of the Archer, creating day time dalliances and evening encounters that no one else could even come close to dreaming up. Sagittarius loves feeling slightly off-kilter and is electrified by Aquarius’ unusual approach to love and sex. Between the two of them, this pair can just about create lightning when they really get going.

 

Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19)

Capricorn’s approach to sensual matters, like everything else in life, is deeply serious and committed. The sign of the Goat loves nothing more than to get goaty with watery Cancer, who provides just right amount of fluid openness for Capricorn’s earthy substance. Cancers bring an emotional touch to their encounters, helping Capricorn go deeper and act with greater intensity. Together, these two opposing signs can create steamy encounters between the sheets that are unforgettable.

 

Aquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18)

Quirky Aquarius loves to be surprised with new and unusual ways to connect in the bedroom. As the wanderer of the zodiac, Sagittarius acts as Aquarius’ guide to exploring the unknown. Sagittarius is a connoisseur of diverse techniques to experience pleasure, and loves to share these with uninhibited Aquarius, who is always up for a challenge. Together, this duo ventures into new and virgin territory, ready to experience whatever life has to offer.

 

Pisces (Feb. 19 – March 20)

Pisces has a rich fantasy life, full of interesting encounters and situations. When earthy Virgo comes along to help bring Pisces’ imagination to life, things heat up as fact mixes with fiction, creating a whole new reality. Pisces loves capable Virgo’s ability to hit all the right spots with perfect attention to detail. As these two explore the fine line between fantasy and reality, they create a synergy that is unique just to them.

 

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Your Daily Horoscopes for Sunday, December 16th

Your Daily Horoscopes for Sunday, December 16th

Claire Petulengro, Astrologer

 

ARIES (March 21st-April 20th)
Learn to let go. That is the secret to your happiness. New plans come to light surrounding Christmas which should give you renewed faith in someone who recently let you down. Geminis link to a new social path you’ll be heading down.

 

TAURUS (April 21st-May 21st)
I know you are nervous about the events which are coming up, but you really have no need to be. The past is gone and the new you who has been created during this very emotive process is better and stronger than ever before.

 

GEMINI (May 22nd-June 21st)
Why are you asking others what you should do with your life when you should be asking yourself what makes you happy? News from far away gives you reason to get excited about the new year.

CANCER (June 22nd-July 23rd)
Lies you tell this week will come back on you, so try not to tell any Cancer. I know you are embarrassed by recent events, but the sooner you move on, the sooner others will too.

LEO (July 24th-August 23rd)
Communication is the magic word for you Leo. For it is only by talking more and not less to those you have been having problems with, that you will be able to find a solution. Don’t cancel plans for this week. Unforgettable times are waiting.

VIRGO (August 24th-September 23rd)
Your need to see someone you can’t get off your mind could see you going to some extreme lengths. Does this not prove to you that your life is moving in a new direction? Life is about to get more than a little interesting.

LIBRA (September 24th-October 23rd)
The unsettled feeling you have been experiencing is you realising that things have to change. I know you are not sure what you want yet, but by admitting out loud what you don’t want, your journey to happiness will begin.

 

SCORPIO (October 24th-November 22nd)
Try to be nice to all you meet today, for it is the very faces you think won’t help you, who do in fact hold the key to a better future. Try to work on taking down some of those walls you put up last month. It will lead to a better you.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd-December 21st)
Things you say yes to at this time will be a sure sign to your close ones that you are a happier and more contented Archer than you were at the beginning of the year. This improved confidence is sure to see you getting support which was not available before.

CAPRICORN (December 22nd-January 20th)
There are so many great things going on around you, so why focus on the negative. It would seem that a certain person who let you down has had more of an effect than you thought they would.

AQUARIUS (January 21st-February 19th)
Your need to know what is going on in the lives of those around you could see you saying things which others could see as rude and invasive. Try to make a more conscious effort to keep manners to the fore.

PISCES (February 20th-March 20th)
Fun times are ahead for you Pisces. You no longer worry about what other people think or say, but you are acting from the heart (and on impulse). Instead of complaining about not seeing a certain person, call them up and arrange something.

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Your Daily Horoscope for Saturday, December 15 Kelli Fox, Astrologer Aries March 21- April 19 Turn your attention toward other people today. You’re in an unusually soft-hearted mood now. You genuinely want to help someone in need. And with your energy, you can really make a difference. So if an opportunity to be of service presents itself, take it. Helping someone in need is an emotionally fulfilling experience. It also helps you realise how well off you truly are. And that, dear Aries, is priceless. Taurus April 20-May 20 Take it easy today. You’re a diligent, hardworking type, but you also appreciate the value of rest and relaxation. And this is the perfect day for it. Put on a good movie or CD, or relax on the couch with a book. Indulge in a nap or a bath. And get to bed early tonight. Your energy may not be quite as strong as usual, so extra sleep helps you conserve your strength. Gemini May 21-June 21 It’s difficult to make a decision today. How are you supposed to be decisive when the world looks fuzzy at best? The particulars of a situation just aren’t clear to you right now. Don’t try too hard to clarify them. Just wait things out. Your mind will sharpen again soon. If you have to make a decision, first consult someone you trust — a friend or an expert who can offer you perspective. Cancer June 22-July 22 Today is perfect for connecting with others at the heart level. Reach out to long-distance loved ones via phone calls, letters or emails. Let them know you’re thinking of them. And if you’re lucky enough to be near your favourite people, gather them together for a visit or a home-cooked meal. Many people need this kind of nurturing today. They’ll be especially grateful that you reached out to them. Leo July 23-August 22 Allow yourself to move slowly today. Don’t push yourself to achieve something big and amazing, or to be bold when you don’t feel very courageous at all. Instead, pamper yourself. Treat yourself with the sensitivity you’d show to a good friend who was having a hard day. Take a nap or a warm bath. Make yourself something nice to eat. These small indulgences will make you feel better. Virgo August 23-September 22 Accept images, impressions and emotions as they come today. You’re in a dreamy state of mind, which is unusual for you. Normally you analyse your thoughts rigorously, seeking some kind of pattern or logical meaning that simply may not be there today. Letting your mind wander may not be second nature to you, but that’s exactly why you should embrace this feeling state. Challenging yourself is always a smart idea. Libra September 23-October 22 You’re always soft-hearted, but today it’s as if you’re made out of gooey caramel. You’re soft, sweet and easily dented! The best way to use the current energy might be connecting with your loved ones or getting lost in a silly movie. Otherwise, you might overreact to someone’s offhand comment and get your feelings hurt — but bottle up your unhappiness instead of talking it out. Be tactful but direct, gentle Libra. Scorpio October 23 – November 22 You can have a calming effect on others today, because you’re feeling so emotionally centred yourself. This is a great skill and gift now, when many people around you might be feeling melancholy or insecure. Bolster their spirits with kind words, a smile or a warm hug. This is the nurturing side of your personality coming out. It feels good to express such caring for others. Sagittarius November 23-December 20 Disorganisation could get the better of you today, if you don’t battle against it directly and aggressively. But since details aren’t your strong point, this could be a tall order. You may end up feeling overwhelmed by the items on your task list, or just the tide of clutter threatening to engulf your desk! To get through this confusing, scattered day, focus on this simple mantra: ‘One step at a time.’ Capricorn December 21-January 19 Kindness is especially important today, and much appreciated by everyone. Of course, you possess a naturally well-developed sense of common courtesy, whether that means holding the door for an elderly person or listening attentively when a friend is speaking. But now, make an extra effort to exercise these values. You can make people feel wonderful simply by treating them with genuine warmth and respect. Aquarius January 20-February 18 It’s okay if you feel like withdrawing from the hubbub of life today. This is a good day for laying low and gathering your strength. Spending time with people you love and trust feels restorative, as if you’re repairing your soul. Taking a nap or getting to bed early is also a good idea. Think of this as a brief respite before the pace of life picks up once again. Pisces February 19-March 20 You might spend much of today lost in fantasy. Reading books and watching movies are good activities now. They stimulate your mind as well as indulging that escapist part of your soul that wants to explore imaginative realms. Creating your own imaginative realm through writing or music is also a wonderful way to spend your time. Above all, let your thoughts wander where they will. The true adventure is in your head. —The Sydney Morning Herald

Your Daily Horoscope for Saturday, December 15

Kelli Fox, Astrologer

 

Aries

March 21- April 19

Turn your attention toward other people today. You’re in an unusually soft-hearted mood now. You genuinely want to help someone in need. And with your energy, you can really make a difference. So if an opportunity to be of service presents itself, take it. Helping someone in need is an emotionally fulfilling experience. It also helps you realise how well off you truly are. And that, dear Aries, is priceless.

Taurus

April 20-May 20

Take it easy today. You’re a diligent, hardworking type, but you also appreciate the value of rest and relaxation. And this is the perfect day for it. Put on a good movie or CD, or relax on the couch with a book. Indulge in a nap or a bath. And get to bed early tonight. Your energy may not be quite as strong as usual, so extra sleep helps you conserve your strength.

Gemini

May 21-June 21

It’s difficult to make a decision today. How are you supposed to be decisive when the world looks fuzzy at best? The particulars of a situation just aren’t clear to you right now. Don’t try too hard to clarify them. Just wait things out. Your mind will sharpen again soon. If you have to make a decision, first consult someone you trust — a friend or an expert who can offer you perspective.

Cancer

June 22-July 22

Today is perfect for connecting with others at the heart level. Reach out to long-distance loved ones via phone calls, letters or emails. Let them know you’re thinking of them. And if you’re lucky enough to be near your favourite people, gather them together for a visit or a home-cooked meal. Many people need this kind of nurturing today. They’ll be especially grateful that you reached out to them.

Leo

July 23-August 22

Allow yourself to move slowly today. Don’t push yourself to achieve something big and amazing, or to be bold when you don’t feel very courageous at all. Instead, pamper yourself. Treat yourself with the sensitivity you’d show to a good friend who was having a hard day. Take a nap or a warm bath. Make yourself something nice to eat. These small indulgences will make you feel better.

Virgo

August 23-September 22

Accept images, impressions and emotions as they come today. You’re in a dreamy state of mind, which is unusual for you. Normally you analyse your thoughts rigorously, seeking some kind of pattern or logical meaning that simply may not be there today. Letting your mind wander may not be second nature to you, but that’s exactly why you should embrace this feeling state. Challenging yourself is always a smart idea.

Libra

September 23-October 22

You’re always soft-hearted, but today it’s as if you’re made out of gooey caramel. You’re soft, sweet and easily dented! The best way to use the current energy might be connecting with your loved ones or getting lost in a silly movie. Otherwise, you might overreact to someone’s offhand comment and get your feelings hurt — but bottle up your unhappiness instead of talking it out. Be tactful but direct, gentle Libra.

Scorpio

October 23 – November 22

You can have a calming effect on others today, because you’re feeling so emotionally centred yourself. This is a great skill and gift now, when many people around you might be feeling melancholy or insecure. Bolster their spirits with kind words, a smile or a warm hug. This is the nurturing side of your personality coming out. It feels good to express such caring for others.

Sagittarius

November 23-December 20

Disorganisation could get the better of you today, if you don’t battle against it directly and aggressively. But since details aren’t your strong point, this could be a tall order. You may end up feeling overwhelmed by the items on your task list, or just the tide of clutter threatening to engulf your desk! To get through this confusing, scattered day, focus on this simple mantra: ‘One step at a time.’

Capricorn

December 21-January 19

Kindness is especially important today, and much appreciated by everyone. Of course, you possess a naturally well-developed sense of common courtesy, whether that means holding the door for an elderly person or listening attentively when a friend is speaking. But now, make an extra effort to exercise these values. You can make people feel wonderful simply by treating them with genuine warmth and respect.

Aquarius

January 20-February 18

It’s okay if you feel like withdrawing from the hubbub of life today. This is a good day for laying low and gathering your strength. Spending time with people you love and trust feels restorative, as if you’re repairing your soul. Taking a nap or getting to bed early is also a good idea. Think of this as a brief respite before the pace of life picks up once again.

Pisces

February 19-March 20

You might spend much of today lost in fantasy. Reading books and watching movies are good activities now. They stimulate your mind as well as indulging that escapist part of your soul that wants to explore imaginative realms. Creating your own imaginative realm through writing or music is also a wonderful way to spend your time. Above all, let your thoughts wander where they will. The true adventure is in your head.

 

—The Sydney Morning Herald