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Moon is traveling through Pisces today. Slow down and rest. Pay attention to the subtle areas of your life - creativity, philanthropy, spirituality, and artistry. Trust your intuition.
"We should not let our fears hold us back from pursuing our hopes."
John F. Kennedy
"Spice" refers to a wide variety of herbal mixtures that produce experiences similar to marijuana (cannabis) and that are marketed as "safe," legal alternatives to that drug. Sold under many names, including K2, fake weed, Yucatan Fire, Skunk, Moon Rocks, and others — and labeled "not for human consumption" — these products contain dried, shredded plant material and chemical additives that are responsible for their psychoactive (mind-altering) effects.
Labels on Spice products often claim that they contain "natural" psycho-active material taken from a variety of plants. Spice products do contain dried plant material, but chemical analyses show that their active ingredients are synthetic (or designer) cannabinoid compounds.
For several years, Spice mixtures have been easy to purchase in head shops and gas stations and via the Internet. Because the chemicals used in Spice have a high potential for abuse and no medical benefit, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has designated the five active chemicals most frequently found in Spice as Schedule I controlled substances, making it illegal to sell, buy, or possess them. Manufacturers of Spice products attempt to evade these legal restrictions by substituting different chemicals in their mixtures, while the DEA continues to monitor the situation and evaluate the need for updating the list of banned cannabinoids.
Spice products are popular among young people; of the illicit drugs most used by high-school seniors, they are second only to marijuana. (They are more popular among boys than girls — in 2012, nearly twice as many male 12th graders reported past-year use of synthetic marijuana as females in the same age group.) Easy access and the misperception that Spice products are “natural” and therefore harmless have likely contributed to their popularity. Another selling point is that the chemicals used in Spice are not easily detected in standard drug tests.
How Is Spice Abused?
Some Spice products are sold as “incense,” but they more closely resemble potpourri. Like marijuana, Spice is abused mainly by smoking. Sometimes Spice is mixed with marijuana or is prepared as an herbal infusion for drinking.
How Does Spice Affect the Brain?
Spice users report experiences similar to those produced by marijuana—elevated mood, relaxation, and altered perception—and in some cases the effects are even stronger than those of marijuana. Some users report psychotic effects like extreme anxiety, paranoia, and hallucinations.
So far, there have been no scientific studies of Spice’s effects on the human brain, but we do know that the cannabinoid compounds found in Spice products act on the same cell receptors as THC, the primary psychoactive component of marijuana. Some of the compounds found in Spice, however, bind more strongly to those receptors, which could lead to a much more powerful and unpredictable effect. Because the chemical composition of many products sold as Spice is unknown, it is likely that some varieties also contain substances that could cause dramatically different effects than the user might expect.
What Are the Other Health Effects of Spice?
Spice abusers who have been taken to Poison Control Centers report symptoms that include rapid heart rate, vomiting, agitation, confusion, and hallucinations. Spice can also raise blood pressure and cause reduced blood supply to the heart (myocardial ischemia), and in a few cases it has been associated with heart attacks. Regular users may experience withdrawal and addiction symptoms.
We still do not know all the ways Spice may affect human health or how toxic it may be, but one public health concern is that there may be harmful heavy metal residues in Spice mixtures. Without further analyses, it is difficult to determine whether this concern is justified.
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If you are wondering if perhaps your child has psychic abilities, then there are some questions that you need to ask yourself to help you determine the answer. Children are innocent, untainted by the world, untouched by the evils of life. They are very sensitive and very able to pick up on subtle energies that are overlooked or unwanted by adults. A roaming spirit can reach out to the mind of a child easier than an adult because the adult is complicated by life. It is the innocence of children that make them especially prone to the development of psychic abilities.
Begin to explore this distinct possibility of your child being psychic by answering the following questions. If in fact your child is psychic, then you will have the further challenge of helping him or her to understand the gift and nurture him or her in a more understanding manner than before. Ask yourself the following:
- Does your child have emotional swings - being happy one minute and then suddenly seemingly saddened?
- Is your child very quick to emotion? Does he or she get upset at the slightest of issues?
- Does the child sleep in a disturbed fashion? Does he wake up for no apparent reasons? Is it at the same time every night?
- Does the child talk to themselves or to their imaginary friend a lot?
- Is your child full of adult-like insight? Does he or she dumbfound you with things that no child should seemingly know?
If you want to know if your child is psychic, then you have to start paying attention to the things that the child pays attention to. You have to encourage the child to talk to you about the situation, and any other situations that you find to be out of the ordinary.
- Has your child ever told you that someone is coming to visit before they do?
- Does your child tell you that she communicates with people that you know to be dead?
- Does your child say that he sees things that you cannot see?
- Does the child report smells or sounds that you do not smell or hear?
- Has your child ever told you of events, past or present, that he should have no knowledge of?
When people are gifted with psychic abilities, they normally know about it early on in life. They may not understand it, but they will talk about it with you if you ask them. You simply need to approach the situation casually and naturally. If they sense that you are worried, afraid, excited or uneasy about the concept, they might hide it from you. Of course, some psychics do not realize their gifts until later in life when they have had enough experiences with it to see that it is not common. A child that experiences psychic abilities may not know that everyone else doesn't have the same experiences.
Obviously, psychic abilities are gifts from a power that non-psychics can never understand. If you feel or know that your child is psychic, then you need to accept it as a blessing and always encourage the child to express what he or she feels, as you should also with a non-psychic child. Being psychic doesn't change the fact that a person is human and that they still have the same needs that we all do, especially as children. Nurture your psychic child as you would any child. Show patience, love, acceptance, and never judge. And remember that your child is only "yours" to guide and to help develop - not yours as in ownership. Take the years that you will have with your psychic child and encourage holistic growth and happiness within its life.
Whatever your astrological sign is, you have a very favorable birth
planet, also called your dominant planet. It has powers you need to
understand to find your true path in life, develop your personality,
find your hidden talents, and, above all, express your true nature
each and every day. Knowing more about your dominant planet is one of
the keys to success and a better life.
For astrologists there are ten planets, aside from Earth. They
include: Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune,
Pluto, as well as the Sun and the Moon, two celestial bodies that
astrologists consider planets.
Each Planet Brings Qualities and Strengths
Depending on your astrological sign, you’re governed by one or more
Below you’ll find the characteristics and qualities of the 10 planets,
each of which emits specific vibrations that influence all the signs
it’s connected to in different ways.
In other words, a planet will not necessarily produce the same effects
and benefits for all signs.
The dominance of a planet has its good and bad sides.
What follows is a list of the dominant planets, and how they impact
the signs they’re linked to. Find out which planet(s) you’re affected
by, then exploit its qualities, and restrain or transform its negative
aspects into advantages.
Being aware of the characteristics of your dominant planet(s), along
with those of your astrological sign, can go a long way towards
helping you make positive changes in your life.
Signs: Aries and Leo
Temperament: Sun people are often anxious. They ask themselves a lot
of questions, and worry about minor things. At the same time, they
have great willpower, and can be explosive in action.
People under the dominance of the Sun are very dependent on their
emotions, which they sometimes have trouble keeping under control.
They can be very passionate, and get completely involved in whatever
Signs: Gemini and Virgo
Temperament: People born under the dominance of Mercury are generally
nervous, sensitive, and easily irritated. They tend to lose their cool
at the slightest provocation.
They can sometimes be very emotional and sensitive, and not inclined
to action. At other times, they’re the opposite.
Signs: Taurus, Libra, Pisces
Temperament: People who have Venus as their dominant planet have a
taste for beauty, well-being, and gentle manners. The energy of their
planet encourages them to keep things in order under any
They like to be peaceful, and try to defuse conflicts and arguments
through compromise and diplomacy. They can be charming and passionate.
Signs: Aries and Capricorn
Temperament: People who have Mars as their dominant planet have a
combative nature. Although they may suffer from anxiety, they never
give up, and refuse to let adversity triumph.
People governed by Mars are dynamic and highly entrepreneurial. The
downside is that they can be authoritative, or even despotic, and get
Signs: Sagittarius, Cancer and Pisces
Temperament: People who were born with Jupiter as their dominant
planet have a volatile character, and can easily become angry or get
carried away. They are generally extroverted, active, and like to be
Jupiterians can easily provoke their own Luck, as long as they believe
in themselves. The planet brings wealth and glory to those who
maintain a positive attitude.
Signs: Capricorn, Aquarius and Libra
Temperament: People who have Saturn as their dominant planet are
generally unemotional, and not very active. They have trouble getting
themselves moving, and often become lost in thought.
The planet can cause problems overcoming obstacles. People with this
stellar influence need to use their mental abilities to make progress
and become stronger.
Signs: Aquarius and Scorpio
Temperament: People born with Uranus as their dominant planet are very
creative, and have a lot of original ideas. Unfortunately, they often
hesitate before putting those ideas into practice. They need to be
Uranians are often nervous, sensitive, and passionate.Those who can
successfully impose their ideas on others should expect positive
changes in their life.
Signs: Pisces and Cancer
Temperament: People born with Neptune as their dominant planet are not
prone to action, and tend to be slow in the way they think and react.
They also don’t like sudden changes in their life.
These people are dreamers, who can lose themselves in the meanderings
of the mind. They have a bent for spirituality, are very generous, and
sometimes a little too credulous.
Signs: Scorpio and Pisces
Temperament: People with Pluto as their dominant planet are
passionate, sometimes to excess. That can make them aggressive, both
verbally and physically.
Plutonians are attracted by the occult. They’re mysterious and hard to
get to know. When aware of their abilities, they can exercise a lot of
Signs: Cancer and Taurus
Temperament: People born with the Moon as their dominant planet can be
very emotional, have trouble controlling themselves, and are followers
rather than leaders. They can also be insensitive and not very
Lunar people can be very emotional, and have trouble controlling their
feelings. They’re followers rather than leaders, and can sometimes be
insensitive and undemonstrative.
How much do you trust your intuition? We all possess that small inner voice that warns us when someone or something isn't right or urges us to do something or go somewhere that is not in the plan. Yet many of us are taught to ignore their inner voice and to put other's feelings and over the years I have learned to trust my intuition and listen to it without reservation and so far, it has never steered me wrong.
When you learn to listen to your inner voice and trust your own intuition you begin to trust yourself and your own judgment, and that makes you will feel more confident and secure in the knowledge that you are truly in charge of your life. If you still don't feel so comfortable with your intuition, you can always begin with smaller things. For example, consult your inner voice about which foods are the best choices for you at mealtimes or what clothes will give you the most positive presence and outlook for the day.
For bigger decisions take time to close your eyes and take a few deep breaths while you concentrate on the situation and ask your inner self for guidance. Remain open to any thoughts, sounds or images that come to you and use them to help you make choices.
You may make some mistakes, but as you continue to access your own inner wisdom you will get better and better at trusting what comes to you and you will begin to trust your intuition to direct you on the right path.
Eventually you will find that accessing your inner voice comes as naturally as breathing. And trusting your intuition in all aspects of your life will be far more useful to you, and far more satisfying, than any advice that could be offered by others.
In every situation there is an opportunity for you to experience the deep satisfaction of trusting in yourself and your intuitive abilities. I hope that you are already using your intuition every day, and I hope that you will use it to guide you as you with your Health, Wealth and Happiness.
Your Dear Friend