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January 21, 2008

Astrology Signs with Air Elements, and Useless Information

Here is more neat stuff that is probably considered useless information for some. Personally, my Libra Ascendant (as well as the other strong Air elements like Gemini and Aquarius) enjoy taking in ANY kind of information and just "being in the know". 

My zodiac sign Sagittarius, has a philosophical mind, and have me creatively processing that information, and find something to do with it!

Hope you find the following just as interesting as I do!

Enjoy Leo's Full Moon tomorrow! It's a wonderful day to expose yourself and your ideas!

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The State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work:

The percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28% (now get this...)

The percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%

The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time TV were Fred and Wilma Flintstone.

Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the U.S . Treasury.

Men can read smaller print than women can; women can hear better.

In the 1400's a law was set forth in England that a man was allowed to beat his wife with a stick no thicker than his thumb. Hence we have 'the rule of thumb'.

Many years ago in Scotland , a new game was invented. It was ruled 'Gentlemen Only..Ladies Forbidden'...and thus the word GOLF entered into the English language.
Coca-Cola was originally green.
It is impossible to lick your elbow.

The cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven: $ 16,400
The average number of people airborne over the U.S. in any given hour:
Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.
The first novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer. 

The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments.

Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history:
Spades - King David
Hearts - Charlemagne
Clubs -Alexander, the Great
Diamonds - Julius Caesar

111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321
If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle. If the horse has one front leg in the air the person died as a result of wounds received in battle. If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.

Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, John Hancock and Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on August 2, but the last signature wasn't added until 5 years later.

Q. Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of what?
A. Their birthplace

Q. Most boat owners name their boats. What is the most popular boat name requested?
A. Obsession
Q. If you were to spell out numbers, how far would you have to go until you would find the letter 'A'?
A. One thousand

Q. What do bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers, and laser printers all have in common?
A. All were invented by women.
Q. What is the only food that doesn't spoil?
A. Honey
Q. Which day are there more collect calls than any other day of the year?
A. Father's Day

In Shakespeare's time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes. When you pulled on the ropes the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on. Hence the phrase......... 'goodnight, sleep tight.' 

It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a month after the wedding, the bride's father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer and because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the honey month, which we know today as the honeymoon.

In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts... So in old England , when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them 'Mind your pints and quarts, and settle down.'
It's where we get the phrase 'mind your P's and Q's'
Many years ago in England , pub frequenters had a whistle baked into the rim, or handle, of their ceramic cups. When they needed a refill, they used the whistle to get some service. 'Wet your whistle' is the phrase inspired by this practice.

At least 75% of people who read this will try to lick their elbow!

Don't delete this just because it looks weird. Believe it or not, you can read it.
I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. 
Amzanig huh?

January 18, 2008

Margarine versus Butter

I came across this information through an email sent to me, and found this to be pretty interesting, and thought I would share it. Is it real or not? The facts let you make the decision. Now that Saturn is sitting comfortably in Virgo for the next year and a half, many people will have an interest in taking better care of themselves during this period.

Margarine was originally manufactured to fatten turkeys. 

When it killed the turkeys, the people who had put all the money into the research wanted a payback so they put their heads together to figure out what to do with this product to get their money back. It was a white substance with no food appeal so they added the yellow coloring and sold it to people to use in place of butter. How do you like it? They have come out with some clever new flavorings. 

DO YOU KNOW...the difference between margarine and butter? 

Read on to the end...gets very interesting!! 

Both have the same amount of calories. 

Butter is slightly higher in saturated fats at 8 grams compared 
to 5 grams. 

Eating margarine can increase heart disease in women by 53% over eating the same amount of butter, according to a recent Harvard Medical Study.
Eating butter increases the absorption of many other nutrients 
in other foods.
Butter has many nutritional benefits where margarine has a few only because they are added!
Butter tastes much better than margarine and it can enhance the flavors of other foods. 

Butter has been around for centuries where margarine has been around for less than 100 years. 

And now, for Margarine... 

Very high in trans fatty acids.
Triple risk of coronary heart disease.
Increases total cholesterol and LDL (this is the bad cholesterol)
and lowers HDL cholesterol, (the good cholesterol)
Increases the risk of cancers up to five fold. 

Lowers quality of breast milk 

Decreases immune response. 

Decreases insulin response.

And here's the most disturbing fact.... 

Margarine is but ONE MOLECULE away from being PLASTIC... 

This fact alone was enough to have me avoiding margarine for life and anything else that is hydrogenated (this means hydrogen is added, changing the molecular structure of the substance). 

You can try this yourself:
Purchase a tub of margarine and leave it in your garage or 
shaded area. 

Within a couple of days you will note a couple of things: 

* No flies, not even those pesky fruit flies will go near it (that should tell! you something) 

* It does not rot or smell differently because it has no nutritional value 

* Nothing will grow on it. Even those teeny weenie microorganisms will not a find a home to grow. Why? Because it is nearly plastic. 

Would you melt your Tupperware and spread that on your toast? 

Chinese Proverb: 

"When someone shares something of value with you and you 
benefit from it, You have a moral obligation to share it with others."

January 14, 2008

Telemarketers, Annoying Phone Calls, Pestering People

Whether it's my personal home number, or my 800 business numbers - there are always an annoying string of bad behavior with tele-marketers. They call my number(s), sit there, and hang up. They call, and a recording comes on. They call and say that they didn't know that what they were doing was considered telemarketing. Uh-huhhhhh......

As a stay-at-home mom, I have been working at home since 1994 as a freelance graphic artist, and later started my starcana website, working as an intuitive phone consultant and spiritual advisor. So between my home line and my 800#'s I have had a lot of unwanted phone calls come in - interrupting time with either my family or business-related calls, as well as waking one of us up - either me early in the morning, or my husband in the evening.

One can either get upset, or one can get smarter and avoid these disturbances - the best they know how. Yes, I would get angry, as that is what comes natural to us strong Fire influenced elements. Then later, I began to "go with the flow" and just have fun with the annoyances, conversing back - in abnormal ways. Sometimes I would just act interested in the product, and question them enough that they eventually did not feel as confidant in their product as they did at the beginning of the call. Sometimes I would ask for more information and just set the phone down and continue preparing dinner. Sometimes I would just speak a little Spanish to them, and they would immediately hang up on me.

I know. I know. Don't send me hate mail. I know it's not nice of me. I should set a better example. Obviously I am only human, and not perfect. What would a spiritual person do? Yes, I DO understand that people have to work, and that this is their job. But seriously, I don't think that homes or businesses would appreciate that I called them at 8am in the morning or 9:30 in the evening - introducing myself and asking for the lady of the house to purchase a reading from me. "Hi This is Starcana! And how ARE you this morning Mrs. Bush? Well, have you ever experienced a one-on-one reading?? No?? Well, have I got a surprise for you! And ALL this can be yours for the low cost of.... Hello? Hello? Are you there? Mrs Bush?" I am sure you get the picture.

Anyhooooo..... the regulations had recently updated again with the National Do Not Call list, and you can go to the government website and register your home numbers, business numbers, fax numbers, as well as cell phone numbers. For extra information, you can check out the government website which will give you information about how to make complaints for those who abuse your number.

For the heck of it - I pulled a tarot card for this post, like... what do I hope to inspire for the person who reads this - and (coincidentally?) the beautiful Temperance card appeared. Truly what I would call a PERFECT message, because not only does it represents the zodiac sign Sagittarius, but it expresses moderation, along with the creative ability to make the best of a situation. Seeing the bad and the good - and using your imagination to see what magic can be produced. If at first, you don't succeed.. try... try... again. But if trying again still doesn't work.. hang it up and walk away.

Enjoy the Aries Moon! Too-too-toodle-loo

January 06, 2008

Getting Healthy

Here is something cute I got in an email for new year diet resolutions....

'Twas the week after Christmas, and all through the house
Nothing would fit me, not even a blouse.
The cookies I'd nibbled, the eggnog I'd taste
At the holiday parties had gone to my waist.

When I got on the scales there arose such a number!
When I walked to the store (less a walk than a lumber).

I'd remember the marvelous meals I'd prepared;
The gravies and sauces and beef nicely rared,

The wine and the rum balls, the bread and the cheese
And the way I'd never said, "No thank you, please."

As I dressed myself in my husband's old shirt
And prepared once again to do battle with dirt

I said to myself, as I only can
"You can't spend a winter disguised as a man!"

So away with the last of the sour cream dip,
Get rid of the fruit cake, every cracker and chip

Every last bit of food that I like must be banished
Till all the additional ounces have vanished.

I won't have a cookie - not even a lick.
I'll want only to chew on a long celery stick.

I won't have hot biscuits, or corn bread, or pie,
I'll munch on a carrot and quietly cry.

I'm hungry, I'm lonesome, and life is a bore
But isn't that what January is for?

Unable to giggle, no longer a riot.
Happy New Year to all and to all a good diet!

January 01, 2008

Tarot Reading 2008

Happy New Year!

After coming home last night from a New Year party.... I sat down at my desk, and asked myself a question... "How will 2008 treat me?". I ask, because I FEEL a change within, as well as a shift around me. I grabbed my favorite tarot deck (feature on my website) 
the Robin Wood Tarot found here to do a reading for myself with a 'one year' tarot card spread.

The first tarot card 'The Sun' immediately appeared! Obviously it has already started to become a bright sunny day in my life. I know it, 'cause I feel it. The Sun is brilliant and cheery that suggests happiness and positive rewards are nearby. It represents the transformation of the self, from night to day, from dark to light, and from negative to positive. Confusion becomes clarity, toxic becomes healing, sadness becomes happiness. Effort is rewarded with new energy, new people, new adventures, and a new attitude. Definitely GOOD energy.

To confirm what I know, and what I have been feeling... astrologically-speaking, Pluto (the planet of darkness) has been sitting in my zodiac sign Sagittarius (the planet of light) since 1995, for about 12 years now (yes, you have heard me gripe about this before). I have been spiritually enlightened a few times within the past months. I have awaken from the ashes, and risen from Pluto's force. whew!! Definitely GOOD energy. I have finally got a "thumbs up" from Lord Pluto that I am A-ok, and good to go on my way.

May ALL be blessed with a happy, peaceful, loving, and prosperous 2008.
Blessed Be.