Today’s Funny for March 5: Raising Kids

Raising Kids


Whenever your kids are out of control, you can take comfort from the thought that even the God’s omnipotence did not extend to God’s kids.


After creating heaven and earth, God created Adam and Eve. And the first thing He said was: “Don’t.”

“Don’t what?” Adam replied.

“Don’t eat the forbidden fruit,” God said.

“Forbidden fruit? We got forbidden fruit? Hey, Eve… we got forbidden fruit!”

“No way!”

“Way!”

“Don’t eat that fruit!” said God.

“Why?”

“Because I am your Father and I said so!” said God (wondering why he hadn’t stopped after making the elephants).

A few minutes later God saw his kids having an apple break and was angry. “Didn’t I tell you not to eat the fruit?” God asked.

“Uh huh,” Adam replied.

“Then why did you?”

“I dunno” Eve answered.

“She started it!” Adam said.

“Did not!”

“Did too!”

“DID NOT!”

Having had it with the two of them, God’s punishment was that Adam and Eve should have children of their own.

Thus the pattern was set and it has never changed. If God had trouble handling children, what makes you think it would be a piece of cake for you?

 

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Today’s Extra for March 5:Why Do We Dream (and Does It Really Mean Anything)?

Why Do We Dream (and Does It Really Mean Anything)?

Why we need sleep is pretty obvious. The brain needs (and deserves) time to shut down and reset in order to function at its highest. But have you ever wondered why we dream? What role do they play in our lives?

The average person has four to six dreams a night, each lasting between five and 34 minutes. Dreams generally occur during deep sleep—in the REM phase. During the REM cycle, the chemical associated with memory and recall (norepinephrine) is at its lowest levels. That, along with the fact that our memory-supporting frontal lobes become inactive while we sleep, is why we are generally unable to remember most of our dreams in the morning. In fact, the only time many of us are actually able to recall a dream is if we are awoken from it.

WHY DO WE DREAM?

So, what’s the point of dreams, if we can’t even remember most of them? The truth is, no one really knows for sure. But, there are a few widely-accepted theories as to the underlying purpose of dreaming.

Self-Therapy

If you’re experiencing a lot of drama or have experienced trauma in your life, your dreams may be helping you to process those stressful events in unique ways.

Dreams allow you to make emotional connections that you simply cannot make consciously and help you to work through the challenging thoughts, emotions, and events of daily life. Think of them as built-in therapy.

Yeah, the brain is pretty cool.

Training

The part of the brain, known as the amygdala, is highly active while we dream. Interestingly, it’s also the part of the brain that is associated with “flight or fight” responses. Some researchers theorize that the amygdala becomes active when we dream to help train us for dealing with potential threats, which would explain those universal chasing and falling dreams.

Think of it as a dry run for survival scenarios. There’s no real danger in the dream space, so we get to test how we would instinctively react. And for more modern-day issues, it’s a way for us to rehearse and sort out solutions to our daily problems.

Inspiration

Creativity is one of the defining factors of being human, and dreams might play a massive role in that process.

Think about all of the famous songs that have been inspired or delivered through dreams—like Yesterday by The Beatles and Satisfaction by The Rolling Stones. It’s tough to explain scientifically, but time and again, dreams have served as powerful creative inspiration for artists and intellectuals alike.

Memory Support

Perhaps the most popular theory about why we dream is that dreams allow us to store new memories and sort through old ones to reduce mental clutter.

Sleep itself has been shown in studies to improve memory retention, but could this be the result of our dreaming? Perhaps.

Regardless of why we dream, dreaming is wonderful. Paying more attention to the dreams you do remember could bring you greater insight into yourself and the world around you. So grab your dream journal and prepare for a wild ride into your brain!

 

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The Old Farmer’s Almanac for March 5: HOW MARDI GRAS STARTED: HARD WINTERS AND CHARITY

 

HOW MARDI GRAS STARTED: HARD WINTERS AND CHARITY

It’s Mardi Gras time in New Orleans. Can spring be far away?

It’s hard to believe that Mardi Gras started with long hard winters and acts of charity. However, before it was a day for parties, Mardi Gras started out as a day to help the hungry and the poor.

Most people know Mardi Gras as the last extravagant day before Lent. Even the name, Mardi Gras, translates to Fat Tuesday suggesting the last feast of rich food before the self-denial some Christians observe before Easter. However, before it was a day for parties, Mardi Gras started out as hungry day near the end of winter, when people needed charity.

In the past, the last six weeks of winter could be very harsh and food supplies frequently ran short. In Medieval France, Mardi Gras became a traditional day when the poor were allowed to visit their wealthier neighbors and beg for food. In return, they would sing, dance and entertain their hosts. As traditions evolved, the beggars began to wear costumes, hiding their identities and salvaging their pride. They formed parades and a painful begging process evolved into a party.

 

Local communities in Louisiana celebrate old-fashioned Courir de Mardi Gras, closer to the original days of sharing food, drink and hospitality. Source: Wikipedia

Today, rural Louisiana has the costumed parades from house to house, as neighbors share food, drink and hospitality. These Courir de Mardi Gras usually end with gumbo and contests in a community center. In cities, it has evolved into more of a spectator sport with parades, parties and extravagant costumes. In memory of the older days of charity, necklaces and tokens are thrown to spectators.

Different versions of this celebration occur around the world, from Carnival in Europe to North and South America. Pity me, gentle reader, as I shovel snow this February and correspond with my student son in Brazil. I shiver in the cold, while he is wearing shorts and has a week off for Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. Called “The Greatest Show on Earth”, their carnivals combine European, African and Native American traditions to become citywide festivals, filled with samba, feasts and parades.

 

Brazil calls its Carnival “The Greatest Show on Earth.” Source: Wikipedia

Yet behind all this glorious fun lies a simple truth: Winter was hard and people were kind. The parties of Mardi Gras celebrated charity and generosity

 

ABOUT THIS BLOG

Are you a weather watcher? Welcome to “Weather Whispers” by James Garriss and until recently, Evelyn Browning Garriss. With expertise and humor, this column covers everything weather—from weather forecasts to WHY extreme weather happens to ways that weather affects your life from farming to your grocery bill. Enjoy weather facts, folklore, and fun!

With heavy hearts, we share the news that historical climatologist and immensely entertaining Almanac contributor Evelyn Browning Garriss passed away in late June 2017. Evelyn shared her lifetime of weather knowledge with Almanac editors and readers, explaining weather phenomena in conversation and expounding on topics in articles for the print edition of The Old Farmer’s Almanac as well as in these articles. We were honored to know and work with her as her time allowed, which is to say when she was not giving lectures to, writing articles for, and consulting with scientists, academia, investors, and government agencies around the world. She will be greatly missed by the Almanac staff and readers.

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The Old Farmer’s Almanac for March 5: WHEN IS MARDI GRAS 2019?

 

WHEN IS MARDI GRAS 2019?

LEARN THE HISTORY BEHIND THIS TRADITIONAL FEAST DAY

When is Mardi Gras 2019? Why is this day—also called Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday—celebrated? Read what The Old Farmer’s Almanac has to say about this festive holiday.

I think that I may say that an American has not seen the United States until he has seen Mardi Gras in New Orleans.
– Mark Twain, American writer (1835–1910)

WHEN IS MARDI GRAS?

Mardi Gras takes place

Year Mardi Gras
2019 Tuesday, March 5
2020 Tuesday, February 25
2021 Tuesday, February 16

WHAT IS MARDI GRAS OR SHROVE TUESDAY?

Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday” and is the final feasting day before the Christian season of Lent, which begins on the day after Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday.

Fat Tuesday is also called Shrove Tuesday, a name that comes from the practice of “shriving”—purifying oneself through confession—prior to Lent.

For many Christians, Shrove Tuesday is a time to receive penance and absolution. It is the last day to finish up the eggs, milk, and fat that are forbidden during the 40-day Lenten fast, which begins the next day (Ash Wednesday) and ends on Holy Thursday (three days before Easter Sunday).

In England, where the event is also known as Pancake Tuesday, festivities include flapjack-related activities. The pancake race held by women in Olney, Buckinghamshire, dates back to 1445. Legend says that the idea started when a woman cooking pancakes lost track of the time. When she heard the church bells ring, she rushed out the door to attend the shriving service while still wearing her apron and holding a skillet containing a pancake.

Serve up some Shrove Tuesday Pancakes to celebrate.

In 1950, Liberal, Kansas, having seen photos of the English pancake race, challenged Olney to a competition: The International Pancake Day Race has been held annually ever since. The two towns run their own race, after which the scores are compared and the international champion announced. Each contestant, wearing a head scarf and apron, holds a pancake in a skillet while running a 415-yard course. She must flip the pancake at the beginning and end of the race, without dropping it.

Other cultures also cook up rich treats and fried foods, which was traditionally based on using up all the butter, flour, and fat in the house.

  • Among the Pennsylvania Dutch, the Tuesday is called Fastnacht (fast night), and everyone enjoys the traditional fastnachtkuchen, a rectangular doughnut with a slit in the middle.
  • In Polish communities, the Tuesday is called “Paczki Day,” after the puffy jelly-filled doughnuts traditionally enjoyed.
  • In Sweden, the Tuesday is calledsemmeldagen, semlans dag, or fettisdagen. They enjoy a sweet cream bun called semla. Happy Semlans Dag!
  • In Louisiana, the favorite treat is the beignet, a pillowy fried dough concoction.

In countries with large Roman Catholic populations, Mardi Gras is also a day of revelry with festivals, parades, masked balls, and lavish dinners. In the United States, New Orleans is the most known for its Mardi Gras celebrations with marching bands, decorated floats, colorful costumes and masks, lots of beads, and King Cakes.

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In the spirit of New Orleans, try cooking up some great Cajun food for Mardi Gras, such as this soul-warming Jambalaya.

Discover more about the history and traditions of this holiday on the City of New Orleans’ Mardi Gras Website.

 

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Holidays Around the World for March 5: Pancake Day

Pancake Day

 

In England Shrove Tuesday, the last day before Lent, is also known as “Pancake Day” (for more on Shrove Tuesday, see Shrovetide). Hundreds of years ago the English observed a strict fast throughout Lent, during which they ate neither meat nor dairy products. They hurried to consume all these foods in the last several days before Lent, lest they go to waste during the fast. One of the quickest ways to use up butter, milk, and eggs was to make and eat pancakes. Hence Shrove Tuesday became “Pancake Day.”

In medieval times church bells tolled on Shrove Tuesday reminding people to confess their sins to a priest before the start of Lent. In England, the Reformation, a sixteenth-century religious reform movement, reduced the importance of the pre-Lenten confession. The bell-ringing custom remained, however, although people reinterpreted its meaning. They began to hear the clanging bells as a reminder to use up all their butter, milk, and eggs before the start of Lent. Thus the Shrove Tuesday bell became known as the “pancake bell.”

In the year 1621, English writer John Taylor penned a humorous description of these proceedings:

. . . by that time that the clock strikes eleven, which (by the help of a knavish sexton) is commonly before nine, then there is a bell rung, called the Pancake-bell, the sound whereof makes thousands of people distracted, and forgetful of manners or of humanity; then there is a thing called wheaten flour, which the sulphury, Necromantic cooks do mingle with water, eggs, spice and other tragical, magical enchantments, then they put it by little and little into a frying-pan of boiling suet, where it makes a confused, dismal hissing (like the Lemean snakes in the reeds of Acheron, Styx or Phlegeton) until at last, by the skill of the cooks it is transformed into the form of a Flap-Jack, which in our translation is called a Pancake, which ominous incantation the ignorant people do devour very greedily. (Hutton, 152)

In past times English lads went door to door on Shrove Tuesday, begging for pancakes and other soon-to-be-forbidden treats. Folklorists have preserved one of the rhymes that accompanied this annual outing:

Dibbity, dibbity, dibbity, doe, Give me a pancake and I’ll go; Dibbity, dibbity, dibbity, ditter, Please to give me a bit of a fritter. (Lord and Foley, 63)

Perhaps this old begging custom inspired Westminster School’s “Pancake Greeze,” an event which continues to this day. At 11 a.m. on Shrove Tuesday the school cook tosses a large pancake up over a crowd of students chosen to represent their grades. The boys scramble for possession of the flapjack and the one emerging with the cake – or the largest piece of it – receives a monetary reward from the school dean. The cook also receives a reward for his participation in this annual event.

Pancake Race

The annual pancake race that takes place in the town of Olney, England, is perhaps the most famous pancake-related event that occurs on Shrove Tuesday. According to local legend, this race began in the year 1445 when a housewife engaged in making pancakes heard the church bells summoning worshipers to confession. Not wanting to be late for church, but at the same time not wanting to leave her pancake uncooked, she wrapped a scarf around her head and dashed off to church, still wearing her apron and still flipping her pancake in the skillet. This unusual feat attracted the attention of the neighbors. In succeeding years they followed her example, and a local tradition was born. Each year the housewives of Olney race each other to the village church, wearing housedresses, aprons, and headscarves, and carrying a skillet containing a flapjack, which they are required to flip three times during the race. The prize for winning is a kiss from the verger, or church caretaker.

In 1950 the housewives of Liberal, Kansas, decided to take up Shrove Tuesday pancake racing. They challenged the women of Olney to a competition to see whose winner turned in the best time. Liberal’s pancake race has thrived since that day, and a friendly rivalry has grown up between the two pancake-loving towns. Liberal racers follow the same rules and receive the same prize as do their colleagues in England. These two well-known events have inspired other communities and church congregations to sponsor pancake races on Shrove Tuesday.

Although few English people maintain the strict Lenten fasting that gave rise to these events, many still crave pancakes on Shrove Tuesday. This customary dish is also consumed in the United States, where some churches hold “pancake suppers” on this day.

Further Reading

Hole, Christina. Easter and Its CustomsNew York: M. Barrows and Company, 1961. Hutton, Ronald. Stations of theSunOxford, England: Oxford University Press, 1996. Lord, Priscilla Sawyer, and Daniel J. Foley. Easter the WorldOverPhiladelphia, PA: Chilton Book Company, 1971.

Web Sites

For the history of the pancake race in Liberal, Kansas, see the following page, written by local resident Virginia Leete:

The following site, posted by the town of Olney, England, furnishes a description and photos of the pancake race at:99/gallery/pancake99.htm

This Day In History for March 5: Winston Churchill’s “Iron Curtain” Speech (1946)

Winston Churchill’s “Iron Curtain” Speech (1946)

In one of the most famous orations of the Cold War period, former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill condemns the Soviet Union’s policies in Europe and declares, “From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the continent.” Churchill’s speech is considered one of the opening volleys announcing the beginning of the Cold War.

Churchill, who had been defeated for re-election as prime minister in 1945, was invited to Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri where he gave this speech. President Harry S. Truman joined Churchill on the platform and listened intently to his speech. Churchill began by praising the United States, which he declared stood “at the pinnacle of world power.” It soon became clear that a primary purpose of his talk was to argue for an even closer “special relationship” between the United States and Great Britain—the great powers of the “English-speaking world”—in organizing and policing the postwar world. In particular, he warned against the expansionistic policies of the Soviet Union. In addition to the “iron curtain” that had descended across Eastern Europe, Churchill spoke of “communist fifth columns” that were operating throughout western and southern Europe. Drawing parallels with the disastrous appeasement of Hitler prior to World War II, Churchill advised that in dealing with the Soviets there was “nothing which they admire so much as strength, and there is nothing for which they have less respect than for military weakness.” Read More….

Get A Jump On Tomorrow, Your Daily Horoscopes for Wednesday, March 6th

Get A Jump On Tomorrow…..

Your Daily Horoscopes for Wednesday, March 6th

Moon Alert

We have the “all clear” today to shop and do business. The New Moon is in Pisces.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

Today is a New Moon, and at different times, both the Sun and the Moon are lined up with Neptune. In a weird way, this can make you second guess yourself. You might doubt your abilities to do something. Don’t take this seriously because it’s a temporary confusion.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

It’s easy to idealize a friend today or a member of a group. Your admiration might even instill a desire in you to emulate this person or to change your goals so that you follow in their footsteps. This might be a good idea – but it might not be.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

You might want to present a certain image of yourself to others today, especially bosses and parents. You might strive to be something that you hope to be, or it might just be an act. Conversely, someone might present this sort of thing to you. It’s a tricky day.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Because your appreciation of beauty is heightened today, give yourself a chance to enjoy beautiful places and beautiful things. Visit art galleries, museums, beautiful boutique shops or pristine parks because you will be inspired by the creativity of others.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

Avoid making important financial decisions today, especially if you are giving away money or sharing something. Your ideals are inspired and because of this, you might be tempted to give away the farm. Generosity is a good thing, but you must act when you are clear and know what you’re doing. Today is fuzzy.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

You might over idealize a partner or close friend today or they might see you in the same idealistic way, which can be flattering, but it is unrealistic. Therefore, think very carefully before you agree to anything important so that you do not end up with regrets.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

You might be inspired to help a coworker today or someone you encounter through your job. Or this same astrological influence might instead make you feel world-weary and overwhelmed by the tasks that you face. Don’t worry because this is a fleeting influence.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Today you are in touch with your muse and your creative vibes, which is why you might have imaginative ideas about artistic projects. You might also feel sympathetic to the needs of children. Meanwhile, romance will be the stuff of movies – which could be an illusion.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

You will want to help a family member today if you can because you feel genuinely sympathetic to their needs. You might also want to plan some kind of family occasion that is a bonding, heartwarming event because your idealism is aroused.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Don’t worry if you spend a lot of time daydreaming today or being lost in a fantasy world because it’s very easy to do this today. In discussions with others, clarify what they are saying because it’s easy to misread people today.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Be careful shopping today because you will be tempted to spend too much money on elegant, luxurious items. Later you might wonder why you even bought them? (Five ostrich boas? One, yes — but five?) Keep your receipts.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

This is a good day to take a realistic look in the mirror and check out the image you create on your world. What can you do to create a better impression? When people meet you, they immediately size you up- never underestimate this. You never get a second chance to make a first impression.

If Your Birthday Is Today

Actor Tom Arnold (1959) shares your birthday today. You are free-spirited and live by your own rules. You’re a perfectionist who can inspire others. This is a party year! Enjoy a heightened popularity and warm friendships with others. You will have much to be grateful for this year. Learn to appreciate the happiness and beauty around you. This year you will make an important choice. Happiness is having alternatives.

 

–GeorgiaNicols

Born on March 5, Happy Birthday Pisces!

Happy Birthday
Happy Birthday Pisces!

IF YOU ARE BORN ON March 5, you are not afraid to take a stand. The March zodiac sign for this day is Pisces. You are well spoken and sociable. You are very sensitive but open about your feelings.

What the birthday horoscope for 5th March says is that you can be opinionated but have the gift of gab. You can sell a peanut farmer and fig tree. This ability to charm people makes it easy for you to speak to people publicly.You also have the ability to write. Maybe you would be interested in a career as a journalist. In business, you tend to show up late for things that are time-based. You cannot seem to make the meeting on time or hit those deadlines.

Those with birthday March 5 also have problems with criticisms but find it hard to turn down anyone that needs a favor. Sacrifice is no stranger to you. Being of help to others is what compels you to be a better person.

The thought of someone mistreating another is ugly to you. This is just the reality of things though, Pisces. You cannot escape the truth just because it is not a part of March 5th birthday personality.

Sometimes, Pisces, this is not a good thing, but you learned to express yourself by way of writing. You are notorious for writing poetry or for performing what is known as the “spoken word.” Pisceans are demonstrative people.

Yes, the ones who talk with their hands and bounce all over the place while they tell a story. That is one reason you make awesome storytellers according to your birthday analysis.

If today is your birthday, then amongst your friends and family, you are highly thought of. Those of you born on March 5 are great parents. You love kids and they return the favor.

Pisces, you have your favorites though. They are usually the ones with a special talent or gift. Therefore, you try to bring out the best in them. Piscean birthday individuals are very helpful and caring people especially when it comes to children.

Pisceans do not normally trust just anyone with their heart – you have to earn it. To have a Piscean as a friend or lover is to find someone that deserves to be treasured. Those with a March 5 zodiac birthday look for attractive but intelligent lovers. Someone with whom you can hold a meaningful conversation.

Although you hate hurting anyone’s feelings, you will. With you Pisces, it is the combination of both or nothing at all. Nothing is more irritating to a Pisces than a space cadet or someone without a sense of humor.

As discussed earlier, Pisceans have creative ability. You could easily be an art major, an animator, or musician. Any profession or career that is open to expression, you are a good match. Marketing and advertising is another field to think give some thought.

The 5th March birthday astrology suggests that it would give you the freedom to bring some of your ideas to fruition. Whatever you do, stay away from any job that uses an itinerary and time clocks. Those born on this day are oblivious when it comes to following maps or directions.

Most Pisceans would work for free. You find yourself in a position that reaching your goals is more important than the salary. At the same time, you realize that money must be made to afford your lifestyle.

You could be guilty of spending too much or being so tight with a dollar, you need the WD40 to pry it away from you! Whichever the case may be, you use it to help others or to splurge on those kids you love so much.

If you are born on March 5, you may suffer with bad legs and feet. This could be something that is hereditary or a general problem such as an injury that has given you chronic pain.

Try using an alternative method of healing to possibly reducing inflammation or joint pain. Treat yourself to a good therapeutic massage or relax in a Jacuzzi or hot tub.

March 5 birthday meanings show that you make great parents, friends, and salespersons. You have the ability to express yourself through writing but cannot read a map.

In a lover, you seek the companionship of a like-minded intelligent individual. You being Pisces born should take care of your body.

 

Famous People And Celebrities Born On March 5

Alana Blanchard, Mike Brown, Jack Cassidy, Rex Harrison, Michael Irvin, Joel Osteen, Michael Warren, Fred Williamson

 

This Day That Year – March 5 In History

1558 – Francisco Fernandes introduces Europe to smoking tobacco
1750 – NYC; Shakespearean first American production
1842 – Rafael Vasquez and 500 Mexican troops invade San Antonio, Texas
1910 – Ottawa Senators defeated; Montreal Wanderers Stanley Cup winners

March 5  Meen Rashi (Vedic Moon Sign)
March 5 Chinese Zodiac RABBIT

March 5 Birthday Planet

Your ruling planet is Neptune that symbolizes illusions, dreams, mercy, and clairvoyance.

March 5 Birthday Symbols

The Two Fishes Are The Symbol For The Pisces Zodiac Sign

March 5 Birthday Tarot Card

Your Birth Day Tarot Card is The Hierophant. This card symbolizes new relationships, consent, and approval. The Minor Arcana cards are Nine of Cups and King of Cups.

March 5 Birthday Compatibility

You are most compatible with people born under Zodiac Sign Leo: Mutual love and adoration for each other make this a great match!
You are not compatible with people born under Zodiac Sign SagittariusThis relationship has a steep learning curve.

March 5 Lucky Numbers

Number 5 – This number stands for passion, movement, quests, new ventures and risks.
Number 8 – This is a balancing number that symbolizes the equilibrium between your past and current Karma.

Lucky Colors For March 5 Birthday

Turquoise: This is a refreshing color that symbolizes good luck, psychic abilities, style, balance, and foundation.
Green: This is a rejuvenating color associated with progress, harmony, money, and optimism.

Lucky Days For March 5 Birthday

Thursday – This day ruled by Jupiter stands for planning, luck, confidence, and abundance.
Wednesday – This day ruled by Mercury stands for networking to get work done, socializing, inquisitiveness and speed.

March 5 Birthstone Aquamarine 

Aquamarine is a calming gemstone that helps purify your mind and interact better with people.

Ideal Zodiac Birthday Gifts For People Born On The 5th Of March:

An aftershave for the man and perfumed floating candles for the woman.

 

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Your Daily Horoscopes for Tuesday, March 5

Moon Alert

After 3:30 AM EST today, we have the “all clear” to shop and do business. The Moon is in Pisces.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

Generally, you’re first in line. You get the first word and the last, cuz there’s no moss growing on you! Today however, you prefer to step back and work alone or behind the scenes because it just feels better. You want to keep a low profile.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

You’re keen to interact with others today, especially friends or members of groups. You will identify with someone and be ready to sympathize with their situation, which is why you might have a heart-to-heart talk. You might also be involved with a group today.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Whether you choose to be or not, you are high viz. today. People notice you, especially bosses and parents. Do take note because this also includes the police. (Good to know.) You’ll find you carry extra authority in whatever you do or say.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

As a rule, you are a nester, which means you generally travel for a reason – business, family or a special occasion. Today however, you want to do something different. You want some stimulation and a chance to learn something new! You want to meet new faces.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

You are gung ho now to achieve your mission (whatever it is) because fiery Mars is at the top of your chart arousing your ambition. Today your focus is on shared property, taxes, debt, insurance issues, wills and inheritances. All that red tape stuff that we try to ignore but it never goes away on its own.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Because the Moon today is opposite your sign, you have to be more accommodating than usual when dealing with others. Be prepared to go more than halfway. This doesn’t mean you’re giving up anything or “losing” – it is simply skilful means on your part.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Look around you to see what you can do to work more efficiently and run your life more smoothly. Start with small things. It’s funny how little things like making your bed or doing your laundry, give you the impetus to tackle bigger tasks with confidence. (The reverse is true, too.)

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

This is a playful, fun-loving day, which means you need to get out and socialize! Enjoy fun activities with children. Be open to romantic flirtations and meeting others. Be patient with partners and close friends because Mars is opposite your sign. (By April this is over for another two years.)

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

No sign more than you likes to be outdoors. You love to have sky overhead. Today however, you might want to cocoon at home because it suit your needs. Maybe you need a breather? Maybe your home situation demands your attention?

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Make a point of talking to others today, especially neighbours, relatives and siblings because you need to enlighten others about something. You have something you want to say and you need an audience! Yada, yada, yada.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

“There’s money in them thar hills!” Money, financial discussions, earnings, cash flow and shopping are a strong focus for you today. With respect to your financial deals, remember that this year your interaction with others will actually benefit you. Keep this in mind.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

Wow – the Sun, the Moon, Mercury retrograde and your ruler Neptune are all in your sign! This means the entire world is having a Pisces hit. (Surely there is a great shoe sale somewhere.) Ask for what you want because you just might get it!

If Your Birthday Is Today

Actress Eva Mendes (1974) shares your birthday today. You are a talented, independent thinker. You have a mind of your own and feel free to express your opinions. Because this will be a fast-paced year, get ready for action. Expect fresh excitement! Enjoy travel opportunities and chances to expand your horizons. Be open to embracing change and new opportunities. Your personal freedom is one of your goals this year.

–GeorgiaNichols