Monday, April 14, 2014

4/14/14

The Hanging Man reversed/Five of Swords. The Hanging Man corresponds with Water (cold/binds and wet/adapts, and emotional, sensitive and imaginative energy that tends to move deep, and attempts to take the same path as in the past), Neptune (inspiration, spirituality, magick, enchantment, dreams, altered states), and the Hebrew letter Mem (water, stability and balance, the reflective quality of thought), and presents the kind of balance that comes to us through surrender, and through deliberately attempting to see things in a different way.  The Legacy Hanging Man also tells of initiation and destiny, as well as sacrifice and loss.  Because my card is reversed, this will not be a day for sacrificing my own needs in favor of the needs of others, however, I do need to be careful with the energy of the Five of Swords. The Five of Swords (Venus, beauty, allure, relationships, pleasure, in Aquarius, “I know,” friendships, cause-oriented, the group, aloof) shows what happens when we insist that our way is right, or when we impose our needs or wants onto a situation. This card could be telling of what seems to be overwhelming opposition, or being made to suffer the sins of others.  In any event, with these two cards together I might get stuff accomplished, but I will need to watch out for that tendency to impose my own beliefs and feelings onto others.

My Thoth cards are the Queen of Disks and The Priestess.  Cool! The Queen of Disks (cusp of Sagittarius, “I seek,” philosophic, fun-loving, blundering, and Capricorn, “I build,” ambition, caution, cunning, authoritative) is very good at sustaining the physical world, keeping things dry and cozy and safe and orderly.  Crowley sees this Queen as striving to manifest pleasurable surroundings, without going overboard, which should mean that I will be satisfied with my accomplishments today.  My Queen balances out that Five of Swords, too, because she is about making things comfy for everyone, rather than the self-focused energies of the Five. The High Priestess (Water; the Moon, feelings and emotions, illusion, imagination; Gimel, the camel who safely crosses Da’ath, the Abyss, and thus, has the secret of life; and the Path between Tiphareth, the hub of the creation process where energies harmonize and focus to illuminate and clarify, and Kether, the source, limitless possibility), is one-half of the Major Arcana representation of the Sacred Feminine, with The Empress being the other half. The High Priestess is the source of the power of The Magician, the feminine version of The Hierophant, and the Keeper of the Mysteries.  She is the Gatekeeper who determines whether I am ready to experience the Mysteries, and if I can handle all the energies of my cards today, The Priestess just might deem me as being ready to digest some of that hidden information. 

My Legacy card is the Two of Wands, flavored by the Seven of Wands.  Look out! The Two of Wands (Mars, action, spontaneity, aggression, drive, in Aries, “I want,” action oriented, pioneering, assertive, enthusiastic) tells of power, influence and authority, and the implementation of the Will.  This card presents an immature version of the Four of Wands, and thus I am being told that whatever I visualize will have the power to manifest, so I had better create with consequences in mind.  My Two of Wands is being flavored by a personally significant Wands card, the Seven of Wands. The Seven of Wands (Mars, action, spontaneity, aggression, drive, in Leo, “I am,” passionate, dramatic, natural leader, egotistical, selfish) reminds me that my own judgment is worth relying on, so I should have confidence in that judgment.  This card also reminds me to choose my projects carefully, and then stand by them until the end.  The Legacy Seven of Wands has a personal message to me: a test is coming.  And since I also had this Legacy Seven of Wands on Friday, I had better keep my eyes open!

My 6-digit date number is 5, the number that tells of movement that ends stagnation.

My horoscopes: “You're especially intuitive today, Sagittarius. If this is a fairly new occurrence for you, you could be at a loss as to how to make the most of this gift. Only you can know for sure, but one suggestion is to reflect on changes that you'd like to make at work. Pitch them to your boss. With today's keen insight, you'll almost be able to read his or her mind and anticipate any objections.

And: “Today is likely to prove a very busy day for you, full of interesting and unusual developments. You might find yourself having to run a lot of errands in your near neighborhood, perhaps also making a few short visits. A lot of letters and phone calls, some bringing intriguing news, could also be on your agenda at this time. It might take time for you to process all the information that's coming and to make sense of it all.

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

4/13/14

Transparent Oracle Sunday!

62, Dream (Within).  Within is the direction of the Self, and thus the cards associated with this direction deal with the ways our Self connects to the world and perceives the world, and the Self.  This direction is mostly abstract, and yet is our bridge to the Universe around us.  Dream is the language of the unconscious mind; our unconscious mind is constantly absorbing and interpreting information, and since Dream has no physical world limits, it can interpret that information without being bound by any limits. Thus we can see the past and the future, and talk to those who are not now (or maybe never were) of the physical world.

30, Elemental: Undine (West).  West is the direction of Water, and thus, of feelings and emotions, relationships of all kinds, cleansing and healing, the wisdom associated with natural endings, and the bubbling up of pure joy.  Water is about emotions, feelings, the Inner Voice, dreams, intuition, and Water is connected to both birth and death.  Undines are immortal Water entities who remind us that true feelings are a part of who we are, but infatuations can drown us.  Interesting tidbit: Undines can gain a soul and lose their immortal nature by falling in love and having a family. 

17, Guide: Stag (South). South is the direction of the midday sun and the peak of power and illumination; this direction is associated with passionate drive and creativity.  Stag is an impressive Guide at any time of the year, but during the Summer, when he is at his peak, he is the epitome of pride and leadership and competition.  Stag is an archetype for the Sacred Masculine, and of the God in my spiritual tradition.  Stag tells of magnificent demonstrations of prowess, and of regenerative properties and the cycles of life.

I then stacked my cards and created my mandala.  Oh, this one is filled with beautiful shapes and colors!  Dream and the Undines seem to be dancing together or supporting each other, and this does make sense for dreams and feelings are linked.  But then we add Stag, and everything changes.  Stag covers Dream, and the swirls appear to be emanating from Stag, and Undine appears to be encouraging Stag, despite Stag’s stern expression.  Dream and Undine are feminine cards, but Stag is very masculine, and it is no wonder that Stag changes everything.  In a way, Stag balances and grounds the abstract energies of Dream and Undine.  The three cards present a nice balance between an inner, quiet focus and an outer, active focus.  One warning, though; there is regenerative energies but no fertility; there is catalyst but no seed.  Perhaps this mandala is encouraging me to find that missing ingredient . . . or even to be that missing ingredient!

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Friday, April 11, 2014

4/11/14

Eight of Swords/Page of Wands.  The Eight of Swords (Jupiter, expansiveness and growth, justice, fortune, in Gemini, “I think,” curious, sociable talkative, dual) tells of a confused and restrictive response to obstacles, or maybe perceived obstacles.  This card tells me that today I may feel as if outside forces are controlling me, preventing me from doing the things I want to do.  This may seem unfair to me, or it may even seem that I am being punished for something.  The Page of Wands (Cancer, “I feel,” sensitive, tenacious, nurturing, moody; Leo, “I am,” passionate, dramatic noble egotistical; and Virgo, “I serve,” practical, analytical, work and service oriented) is fun to be around, unless you have a migraine. This Page is reminding me that I am only being restricted if I believe this is so.  There is always room to play, to be excited about even a mundane responsibility, and to be open to new experiences.  If I try, I can see even the most boring task in a new way; sounds like good advice.

My Thoth cards are the Four of Cups (“Luxury”) reversed and Lust (Strength) reversed.  . The Four of Cups (the Moon, feelings and emotions, illusion, imagination, in Cancer, “I feel,” sensitive, nurturing, tenacious, moody) in an upright position reminds us that too much pleasure, or maybe too much nurturing or overprotectiveness, deadens the senses. This is a card that describes what can happen when nothing goes wrong in our lives, and since it is reversed, I should remember today that any discomfort which presents itself has a hidden benefit.  The Strength card, which Crowley calls “Lust” (Fire, hot/separates and dry/shapes, and spontaneous, impulsive and energetic energy; Leo, “I am,” passionate, dramatic, egotistical; Teth, sieve or basket, digestion; and the Path between Geburah, the place where forms and structures are challenged or affirmed, and Chesed, the place where forms and structures are stabilized and nurtured) is about having the strength and the patience to endure and focus.  Crowley sees this card as offering the traditional meanings (courage, passion, inner focus and fortitude), but he also sees it as representing the use of magick or magickal powers.  My Lust card is reversed, and perhaps it will seem to me that surrender is a better choice.  Uncomfortable circumstances?  If I close my eyes and ignore them, they might go away, right? 

My Legacy card is the Seven of Wands, flavored by the Knight of Coins reversed.  The Seven of Wands (Mars, action, spontaneity, aggression, drive, in Leo, “I am,” passionate, dramatic, natural leader, egotistical, selfish) reminds me that my own judgment is worth relying on, so I should have confidence in that judgment.  This card also reminds me to choose my projects carefully, and then stand by them until the end.  The Legacy Seven of Wands has a personal message to me: a test is coming.  I don’t know if I am the person giving the test to another, or if I am the person needing to pass the test, but I need to be aware that this test is happening.  My Seven of Wands is being flavored by the reversed Knight of Coins.  The Knight of Coins (cusp of Leo, “I am,” passionate, dramatic, egotistical, and Virgo, “I serve,” practical, analytical, work and service oriented) tells of persistence to the point of being stubborn, and caution to the point of being boring.  It looks like caution and focused persistence won’t be beneficial today, even if I am going to be tested in some way.  Sometimes being blind to everything but the task at hand brings failure over the long term.

My 6-digit date number is 11 (Archangel Uriel), which reduces further to 2, the number of balance, polarity, and the energy of “distance between.”

My horoscopes: “This isn't a good day to visit the racetrack, Las Vegas, or any store that sells lottery tickets. Stay away from the stock market, too, Sagittarius. Speculation of any kind now could be risky at best and disastrous at worst. Romance is also likely to be blocked today, since you're probably feeling a bit lethargic and not very sociable. Read a good book. That's the most productive thing you could do today!”

And: “One or more of your entourage could appear to be rather upset or depressed today, and this is likely to affect your own efficacy with your work. Those in question are not going to be very much into communicating, so it's best just to turn a blind eye and forge ahead in spite of the situation. It's going to be tougher than usual, but it's nothing you can't handle.”

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

4/10/14

Ace of Pentacles reversed/Ten of Cups.  Aces present potential only, and the Ace of Pentacles (Aries, “I want,” action oriented, assertive, competitive, Taurus, “I have,” sensual, cautious, stubborn, and Gemini, “I think,” curious, talkative, dual, social) in an upright position tells of the presence of potential that is connected in some way to the physical world, but because my Ace is reversed, perhaps the physical world is not where I can have the most impact today. Perhaps my potential is elsewhere.  The Ten of Cups (Mars, action, spontaneity, aggression, drive, in Pisces, “I believe,” feeling, duality, spirituality, suffering and growth) offers the manifestation of happiness, simple joys, and fulfillment. The number Ten is about the completion of a cycle or manifestation, and the suit of Cups is about emotions, feelings and the inner self, so this card offers the bounty that comes with the successful experiencing of all the lessons of the Cups cards.  No physical world responsibilities here, just simple joy and happiness.

My Thoth cards are the Two of Cups (“Love”) reversed and the Three of Disks (“Work”) reversed.  The Two of Cups (Venus, beauty, allure, relationships, in Cancer, “I feel,” sensitive, family and home oriented, tenacious, moody) tells of about love and connections, usually having to do with feelings, relationships and commonalities, and a recognition or acknowledgement that a bond is beginning to happen, or is beginning to be restored after forgiveness is offered and received.  My Two of Cups is reversed, and connections based on commonalities are not going to be a part of my day. The Three of Disks (Mars, action, spontaneity, aggression, drive, in Capricorn, “I build,” ambition, cunning, competence) in an upright position tells of competence, planning and teamwork.  More connections, but with this card they are physical world connections; apparently they won’t work either.

My Legacy card is The Hanging Man reversed, flavored by Justice.  Hmmm . . . not such a quiet day after all, eh?  The Hanging Man corresponds with Water (cold/binds and wet/adapts, and emotional, sensitive and imaginative energy that tends to move deep, and attempts to take the same path as in the past), Neptune (inspiration, spirituality, magick, enchantment, dreams, altered states), and the Hebrew letter Mem (water, stability and balance, the reflective quality of thought), and presents the kind of balance that comes to us through surrender, and through deliberately attempting to see things in a different way.  The Legacy Hanging Man also tells of initiation and destiny, as well as sacrifice and loss.  Because my card is reversed, the pause associated with this card won’t hold; action will overcome this pause.  My reversed Hanging Man is being flavored by Justice.  Justice is a card of adjustment, and it corresponds with the element of Air (hot/separates and wet/adapts, and quick, animated energy that usually brings problems or challenges that bring growth), Libra (“we are,” partnerships, balance, cooperation), Lamed (ox goad; training or teaching), and the Path between Tiphareth (the hub of the creation process where energies harmonize and focus to illuminate and clarify) and Geburah (the place where forms and structures are challenged or affirmed).  Two cards that present a version of balance, one balance through surrender and the other balance through adjustment.  One reversed and one upright.  Today, surrender is not the answer, but neither is domination.  Cooperation is not a weakness, and that just might be the word of the day!

My 6-digit date number is 10, the number that tells of the completion of a cycle of some kind; it reduces further to 1, the number of position and possibility. 

My horoscopes: “Daydreams full of adventure, perhaps involving travel, could take up a lot of your time today, Sagittarius. You're probably bored with your situation and longing to do something to break your routine. You might have no idea how you can escape from everything right now. Don't force it. Spend the afternoon in a place you don't usually visit. You'll come up with a workable idea in due time. Go for it!

And: “You can expect to run a lot of errands today, even though you would probably prefer to stay at home. You have obligations to friends and family to fulfill, and you can't bear to let them down. Try to get everything done as quickly as possible so that you will still have the afternoon free for yourself.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

4/9/14

Strength/Temperance.  Ooooh, interesting!  The Strength card (Fire, hot/separates and dry/shapes, and spontaneous, impulsive and energetic energy; Leo, “I am,” passionate, dramatic, egotistical; Teth, sieve or basket, digestion; and the Path between Geburah, the place where forms and structures are challenged or affirmed, and Chesed, the place where forms and structures are stabilized and nurtured) is about having the strength and the patience to endure and focus.  This card tells of having the strength to control an open hand; that requires strength all right, but it also requires the ability to be gentle.  Temperance corresponds with Sagittarius (“I seek,” philosophic, adventurous, blundering) Fire (hot/separates and dry/shapes, and spontaneous, impulsive, energetic change), Samekh (the tent post), and the Path between Yesod (the place where patterns and images emerge that may manifest into the physical world of action and outer reality) and Tiphareth (the hub of the creation process where energies harmonize and focus to illuminate and clarify), and this card presents one version of the concept of balance: balance achieved through knowledge and experience of extremes. My Temperance card is telling me that I have the ability to adapt to any situation.  These are both Major Arcana cards, so these skills have far-reaching consequences.  Cool!

My Thoth cards are the Six of Swords (“Science”) and The Wheel reversed.  Well now, there is a clear message.  The Six of Swords (Mercury, reason, intelligence, education, communication, in Aquarius, “I know,” friendships, the group, cause oriented) is about balance, healing, moving towards a better place, and even about learning the science behind things that work (because understanding why they work makes them more effective); hence Crowley’s keyword for this one. I love this card, but it does not appear often for me.  The Wheel of Fortune (Fire (hot/separates and dry/shapes, and spontaneous, impulsive and energetic change), Jupiter (expansiveness and growth, justice, fortune), Kaph (grasping hand), and the Path between Netzach (the stimulating factors of emotion and inspiration) and Chesed (the place where forms and structure are stabilized and nurtured)) tells of sudden movement, but not movement caused by us or controlled by us.  Upright, The Wheel reminds us that nothing is permanent and everything is always in motion, motion that we can’t control.  However, since my Wheel is reversed, I am being told that I can control things.  Perhaps by understanding the science behind them, eh?

My Legacy card is the Page of Wands, flavored by Death reversed.  All good cards today.  The Page of Wands (Cancer, “I feel,” sensitive, tenacious, nurturing, moody; Leo, “I am,” passionate, dramatic noble egotistical; and Virgo, “I serve,” practical, analytical, work and service oriented) is fun to be around, unless you have a migraine. This Page lets me know there will be lots of stimulation today, and I should not turn away from opportunities to socialize or interact.  My Page is being flavored by Death reversed.  The Death card of the Major Arcana corresponds with Water (cold/binds and wet/adapts, and sensitive, imaginative energy that strives to stay the same or take the same course), Scorpio, Nun (fish head; liberation), and the Path between Tiphareth (the hub of the creation process where energies harmonize and focus to illuminate and clarify) and Netzach (the stimulating factors of emotion and inspiration), and tells of natural change that cannot be stopped, and that usually involves the potential to step upward on the evolutionary ladder. Many people fear this card, but Death can be seen as representing natural change through alchemic putrefaction.  The Death card offers the illusion of destruction, illusion because this very destruction creates new life.   I’m thinking that, in keeping with the messages of the other cards in my spread today, Death is reversed because the time of destruction is over, and new life is beginning.

My 6-digit date number is 9, the number of completeness of effect or manifestation. 

My horoscopes: “Today you might attend a party or group activity that puts you in touch with some interesting people from faraway places, Sagittarius. You could find their conversation intellectually stimulating. You're apt to learn a lot from them. Books could be involved in some way. You'll want to stay in touch with them, so be sure to get names, phone numbers or email addresses. This could open up some new doors for you.

And: “Today, you could direct an overwhelming amount of love and passion toward a current or potential romantic partner. Your friend might feel a little taken aback, but is likely to be flattered, and therefore to respond in a positive manner. This might not have the potential to become a committed relationship, so don't expect anything from it. Just get to know each other, see where the bond takes you, and go with the flow.

I think Spring is finally here.  I saw multiple osprey this past weekend, both at the beach and on the drive home through Cape May County and north.  And the biggest indication: I heard my first laughing gull early Monday morning.  Welcome, Spring!

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Monday, April 7, 2014

4/7/14

King of Cups reversed/Three of Cups reversed. The King of Cups (cusp of Libra, “We are,” partnerships, balance, cooperation, and Scorpio, “I desire,” intense, controlling mysterious, obsessive) is the expert on emotions and the subconscious, mainly because of his life experiences.  When upright, he is able to be calm, caring and diplomatic, and still get things done by getting others working together in a productive way. The Three of Cups (Mercury, reason, intelligence, orderliness, communication, in Cancer, “I feel,” sensitive, tenacious, nurturing, moody) in an upright position is about connections, emotional abundance, and about blessings.  There is a commonality to these two cards: they are both about effectively using emotions and feelings and the subconscious to connect with others in a beneficial way.  The message is clear I think, and at least for today, I need to focus my emotions and feelings inward, not out towards others. 

My Thoth cards are the Seven of Swords (“Futility”) and The High Priestess. The Seven of Swords (Moon, feelings and emotions, illusion, imagination, in Aquarius, “I know,” friendships, cause-oriented, the group, aloofness) tells of the effort to maintain things as we want them, often through the use of deception and without considering the wants or needs of others.  To me, my Seven of Swords is presenting a warning.  It seems that my mind might be focusing so much on how I want things to be that I am losing the ability to think out of the box.  The High Priestess (Water; the Moon, feelings and emotions, illusion, imagination; Gimel, the camel who safely crosses Da’ath, the Abyss, and thus, has the secret of life; and the Path between Tiphareth, the hub of the creation process where energies harmonize and focus to illuminate and clarify, and Kether, the source, limitless possibility), is one-half of the Major Arcana representation of the Sacred Feminine, with The Empress being the other half. The High Priestess is the source of the power of The Magician, the feminine version of The Hierophant, and the Keeper of the Mysteries.  She is the Gatekeeper who determines whether I am ready to experience the Mysteries, and if I listen to my Seven of Swords, I may not even see that The High Priestess has arrived in my card spread today, much less gain access to her knowledge and wisdom.

My Legacy card is the Knight of Swords, flavored by the Nine of Swords reversed.  Hmmmm . . . good advice.  The Knight of Swords (the cusp of Taurus, “I have,” sensual, stubborn, cautious, and Gemini, “I think,” curious, talkative, dual, intelligent) is outspoken, assured, alert, and logical, as well as rude, domineering, critical and sarcastic.  His daring and courage are impressive, but he can also be disruptive, too.  While all of the Knights can be considered as mercinaries, the Knight of Swords truly personifies this career.  My Knight is encouraging me to use my mind, my intellect, and my powers of analysis and deduction to solve the challenges of the day.  He is being flavored by the reversed Nine of Swords, and that is a clear validation. The Nine of Swords (Mars, action, spontaneity, aggression, in Gemini, “I think,” curious, talkative, social, dual) in an upright position represents brooding and worrying, usually self-caused, and usually unproductive.  Often the worrying attached to this card is connected to insecurity or suspicion, or it is connected to things that are over and done with, and thus unchangable.  Since the Knight of Swords tends to be a bit, shall we say, intense about the manifestation of his suit, he can sometimes get caught in an “analysis paralysis,” but sice my Nine of Swords is reversed, that is unlikely to happen, so I can give my Knight free reign.  Well, almost free reign.

My 6-digit date number is 7, the number that tells of the pause that appears when growth slows and degeneration approaches, often requiring a choice of some kind.  

My horoscopes: “The mood you're in today is the stuff of which memorable encounters are made. You'll be wary at first, perhaps even somewhat hostile, to anyone who dares intrude on your freedom. Then suddenly you'll realize that this person is someone special, intriguing, and definitely out of the ordinary. Finally, Sagittarius, you'll realize that the qualities he or she offers just happen to be those you need the most right now.

And: “Try not to let yourself get sucked into participating in idle gossip. There will be rumors flying today, and you would be best advised to take cover. While it is true that there is some truth to the gossip, the embellishments to the story have blown everything out of proportion. Feelings are likely to get hurt. If you do not want yours to be among them, steer clear of the whispers.

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

4/6/14

Transparent Oracle Sunday!

48, Venus (Above). The direction of Above takes us up and out of the four traditional elements of Air, Fire, Water and Earth, and reminds us that we are but a small part of the Cosmos.  Above also reminds us that while the Machinery of the Universe is huge, it does have an effect on each of us, and each of us is an important part of the workings of that Machine.  The planet Venus corresponds with the element of Earth, and it represents all love and relationships and connections.  This also encompasses mothering, nurturing, healing, the pleasing of the senses, and an appreciation for beauty.

22, Weather: Rain (West). West is the direction of Water, and thus, of feelings and emotions, relationships of all kinds, cleansing and healing, the wisdom associated with natural endings, and the bubbling up of pure joy.  Water is about emotions, feelings, the Inner Voice, dreams, intuition, and Water is connected to both birth and death.  Rain is cleansing and nourishing, and this kind of weather can often bring dissatisfaction.  However, I also see Rain and it’s quiet, dark and cozy sensations as providing a time for rest and renewal.  Many are melancholy when it rains, but we need the rain to grow and live.

8, Guide: Eagle (East). East is the direction of the rising sun, and thus of new beginnings and fresh ideas, as well as knowledge, intellectual ideas and thoughts.  Eagle is considered the King of Birds, and often is seen as a Divine Messenger because he can fly to such amazing heights.  He tells of being able to see into the distance, and of achievements (and associated honors) gotten through courage and focus.  When Eagle is around, courage and perspective and vision will bring great results.

I then stacked my cards and created my mandala.  This one is very tight to the center, and at first glace all you see are the heads of Eagle, with Venus seeming to rise from behind Eagle.  Rain is not easy to see, at least in this mandala, because Eagle is sooooo visible.  Personal achievements are important here, but also important is the love that allows us to encourage others to achieve greatness as well.  Emotions and feelings may have an effect on this endeavor, and perhaps they won’t all be bright and shiny.  But they will bring benefits!

I’ve done lots of walking this weekend, as it is still too cold to do much gardening.  Yesterday I walked on the beach, a gloriously sunny walk, tempered by a light breeze.  Today, I walked inland, through the streets of the town.  I finished my weekend with a walk just before sunset, so I could tap into the sun and the quarter moon, high in the sky, at the crossroad between earth and water.  I performed a small ritual of honor to the elements, and to the Sun Father and the Moon Mother. 

Tonight, I’ve got candles lit, and I’m going to relax after I do a bit of Yin Yoga.  Nice weekend, eh? 

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