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Halloween Cakes That Predict Your Future

Atlas Obscura writes about fortune-telling cakes. I have to admit that I never heard of them! Fascinating ---

 

On one recent Tuesday night, I texted my friend Katie and asked her to come over to make some fortune-telling flatbread. When she showed up, wary but game, I explained a bit more. We were going to bake a dumb cake. The name, by the way, isn’t meant to describe a poorly-thought-out pastry. Instead, it was the main event of a baking ritual conducted by young, unmarried women across the United Kingdom and North America from the 1700s up to the mid-1900s. Universally, the goal was the same: to discover the identity of their future husbands with what one encyclopedia called “a dreaming bread.”

Dumb cakes were once part of an enormous tradition of soothsaying foodstuffs. Rings hidden in cakes and mashed potatoes could reveal who was next to be wed, while an apple peel tossed over your shoulder might very well fall into the shape of the first initial of your future spouse. These traditions took place on the liminal, celebratory days of the year, when mystical or seasonal change was nigh: Halloween, Christmas Eve, and solstices, for example.

A dumb cake ritual engraving from the 1840s. Tag yourself, I'm the one cowering in fear on the right.
A dumb cake ritual engraving from the 1840s. Tag yourself, I’m the one cowering in fear on the right. Alamy

But making dumb cakes wasn’t often considered a fun party game for a group. Instead, it was more like a spooky, complicated sleepover game, such as “Bloody Mary,” the ghost-summoning ritual conducted with a mirror. But instead of seeing a gore-covered spirit, these duos or trios of girls hoped to see their future husbands in a dream.

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Horoscope for the Week of October 25, 2021 - Sun Enters Scorpio

The Sun enters Scorpio this week. It is time to embrace our passions and find the core essence of what we really, really want out of life. Will this be an intense time? You bet! And it’s about time.

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(Julia Roberts has Sun in Scorpio)

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ARIES   (MARCH 21 - APRIL 20)

How hot can you be Aries? Pretty hotsy totsy, I would say. Let your animal magnetism guide you into delicious love liaisons now as your ability to attract anyone you want is strong and compelling. But try to be choosey. There will be many to vie for your attention but only a select few who are worthy of you … or maybe just one person in particular.

TAURUS (APRIL 21-MAY 21)

Relationships become more intense and close now. The past few months may have been a time of isolation and distance but this can now be bridged and overcome easily, Taurus. There will be times when this closeness can feel confining but it can also feel comforting at the same time. Find ways to achieve a fine balance and make your life more meaningful.

GEMINI   (MAY 22 - JUNE 21)

Pour yourself into your work, Gemini. You can tackle anything and everything no matter how detailed or expansive. Focus on the task and see if you can also find willing helpers who help you move things forward more quickly. You find that not only will you feel much more accomplished but also free to then pursue more creative avenues.

CANCER   (JUNE 22 - JULY 23)

Cancers with a great idea make it happen on the big stage now. You seem to have so many great ideas that they cannot be contained. While it will be hard to prioritize, you manage to do so fairly easily. So don’t think small when things loom large. Make your personal, artistic statement loudly. You never know who needs to listen.

LEO   (JULY 24 - AUGUST 23)

Domestic issues hit a hot and high note, Leo. Everyone wants your attention. What will you do with all of the familial frenzy that demands your participation and strategy? Think carefully first and act carefully second. Then have a big gathering and invite everyone to join. This can be the start of something emotionally fun and fulfilling.

VIRGO   (AUGUST 24 - SEPTEMBER 23)

You find yourself in the epicenter of the conversation, Virgo. If you have been nurturing some personal ideas, it is time to let them out. You now communicate with passion and will forge a connection that influences others and makes change happen. Let your voice be heard loud and clear. If not now, then when? If not you then who?

LIBRA   (SEPTEMBER 24 - OCTOBER 23)

If you ever wanted to make significant inroads into your fiscal security, this is the time, Libra. You have the ability to hyper focus on what needs to be done and to find the right advisors to lead you in the right direction. While it is an auspicious time to concentrate on your goals and timeline, you should also take strategic action to make plans a reality.  

SCORPIO   (OCTOBER 24 - NOVEMBER 22)

Step out into the center stage and shine, Scorpio. People naturally gravitate to you and you manage to command all attention. Whatever you have been planning to do for a while, now has the capacity to move forward. You may be surprised at who is available to help you. It may only take a small effort on your part to shake up your life.

SAGITTARIUS   (NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 22)

There is a lot of magic going on behind the scenes, Sagittarius. The secret to your success will be to discover what it is, who is creating it and what you can do with all of it. Have fun as you explore the unknown and give back to the universe as you proceed. You never know where you will wind up at the end of this fabulous personal journey.

CAPRICORN   (DECEMBER 23 - JANUARY 20)

There will be friendships and connections made this week that can have profound impact on your future direction, Capricorn. Nothing can prepare you for the fascinating and passionate people you meet. But you have to get out there and mingle within your comfort level. Nothing happens if you don’t make it happen. But also expect happenstance.

AQUARIUS   (JANUARY 21 - FEBRUARY 19)

Building towards your future professional goal never seemed so clear and easy as it is now, Aquarius. That is because all of your pre-planning is ready to go, go, go. You now just have to take the first step. But for those who are still in the planning stage, it is also a great time to refocus your efforts and readjust your path. You now know how.

PISCES   (FEBRUARY 20 - MARCH 20)

Pisces are ready to explore the world and increase their vision. If you are ready to venture out safely, do so. If you need more time to consolidate your feelings, find ways to broaden your horizon from home. There will be many ways – both inside and outside – for you to refresh perspectives, discover new and exciting folks and otherwise blossom.

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Lucky Numbers for the Week of October 22, 2021

Lottery ads tell us you only need a dollar and a dream. But it is also helpful to have a list of lucky numbers to help spur the good fortune ... or fortunes. So with that in mind, here are some lucky numbers that can be used in any helpful way. I gazed into a pool of water, Nostradamus-like, and contemplated the cosmos. Then I mixed the tarot cards and allowed the spirits to guide me to the cards that represent the lucky numbers for this week. Nothing is guaranteed but who knows ....?

I choose eight numbers because 8 is the number of of wealth.

Here are the lucky numbers for the week of October 22-28, 2021:

9, 12, 19, 27, 30, 51, 57, 59

There are many ways to delve into your own consciousness to find luck and intuition. Try reading Dream Power/Improve Your Luck (Super Strength Series) and see if your dreams give you any clues and premonitions. Here's a guide to the best books available this month


The Wall Street Astrologer Weighs in on the Financial Markets

Crains reports on the predictions of Wall Street astrologer Henry Weingarten in this article:

I like my crystal balls clear, so I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired of wishy-washy forecasts that prevaricate on where markets are going.

So I was pleased last week to get an unmistakable reading on stocks from one of the best tools in the pundit’s trade: the Shiller price-to-earnings ratio. It’s signaling bleak times, but that’s OK because, if social media has taught us anything, you get more attention being certain than being right.

The Shiller PE ratio measures the current price for the S&P 500 divided by the index’s mean earnings per share during the past 10 years. That smooths out fluctuations in corporate profits and values stocks based on their historical earnings power. The Shiller ratio usually floats between 10 and 30, and a high number means the market is happy. It has reached above 35 only three times: in 1929, during the late 1990s tech-stock bubble and now. It’s currently 38, for those scoring at home.

The good news, says DataTrek Research’s Nick Colas, is the Shiller ratio is a poor predictor of where the market is headed in the next 12 months. High as it is now, the ratio is well below the 2000 peak of 44. The ratio measures back to 1872, and history shows when it gets this high the market produces negative returns during the next 10 years.

But I want a crystal ball to tell me what will happen much sooner.

For that, I turn to my favorite Wall Street forecaster, Henry Weingarten of the Astrologers Fund. Your eyes might roll, but Weingarten’s star-charting techniques are no more absurd than the market soothsayers using “technical analysis” and related mumbo jumbo. Weingarten warns that a combination of inflation, higher taxation and all the newbies swatting around GameStop is creating a toxic brew.

“It is almost certain (92%) that markets will correct before October options expiration,” he warns.

What to do? He recommends gold because it has “entered its favorable seasonal cycle.”

We report. You decide.


Horoscope for the Week of October 18, 2021 - Retrograde Mercury Redirects

Retrograde Mercury in Libra redirects now, stabilizing our communication efforts and making us more persuasive again. Where do we need a little extra sparkle? Find it and shine.

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(Beyonce has Mercury in Libra)

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ARIES   (MARCH 21 - APRIL 20)

Has the conversation between you and a certain someone been a little strained recently? If so, welcome a new time of happier connection. You are closer to being on the same page on a variety of issues and can reach a new level of understanding. So, Aries, relax and enjoy your time with others, knowing that both of you can speak volumes without saying a word.

TAURUS (APRIL 21-MAY 21)

Any detailed, work related project that has been hitting a few snags recently can suddenly move forward and make real progress. Others seem to finally understand what you have been saying and what you need. Before, there was just communication fog. Thank you for your patience, Taurus. Now start pushing things forward.

GEMINI   (MAY 22 - JUNE 21)

If you have had a bit of creative block recently, Gemini, now is the time to push forward as a bunch of fun ideas can be mined and released. Inspiration strikes! Don’t waste time while this energy is ripe. It will also be easier to convince others to join in on your antics. See who can do what and find new ways to express yourself in artistic ways.

CANCER   (JUNE 22 - JULY 23)

Any home related project that has been sitting on the back of your to-do shelf can be brought forward and handled well now. That is because others are listening to you clearly and you are expressing yourself clearly as to what needs to get done. So, Cancer, let your imagination soar and get your surroundings to a state where you excel.

LEO   (JULY 24 - AUGUST 23)

Any past gaffes, where you spoke first and thought about it later, can be easily fixed now, Leo. That is because you are seeing how you can best craft your message so you are more diplomatic and others can more clearly understand what you are saying. Take your speech on the road and see who follows. Who knows where this can all lead…?

VIRGO   (AUGUST 24 - SEPTEMBER 23)

Saving your pennies for an eventual retirement is the slow way to solvency, Virgo. In the past few weeks you might have explored other avenues for financial success. But if you now feel at a fiscal crossroads, give yourself a few more weeks and do a little more research. You may now find the perfect investing solution. Be in control of your own future.

LIBRA   (SEPTEMBER 24 - OCTOBER 23)

Meeting folks for the first time may have been a little tricky in the recent past but now your ability to schmooze others to your way of thinking is not only sharp but also successful. Place yourself in the center of all of the social action any way you safely can, Libra. Now is the time to shine and light up the scene. You’ll get to know the who’s who and what’s what.

SCORPIO   (OCTOBER 24 - NOVEMBER 22)

Your intuition is not only sharp and on point now, Scorpio, you can also more easily ascertain what to expect in the near future and take the appropriate action. The cosmos speaks … and you can now accurately listen. The secret to your success is to observe, process and carefully move forward. But also be flexible as the messages can change.

SAGITTARIUS   (NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 22)

You can never have too many friends, Sagittarius. But getting everyone in agreement is not always easy. A better balance is in your future now as you have clearer ideas and can express them well. So plan for a few get togethers with pals, acquaintances and a few completely new faces.  This is the time for out-reach and camaraderie.

CAPRICORN   (DECEMBER 23 - JANUARY 20)

Career plans may have been hitting some bumps as your past plans shifted or your conversations with bosses were not totally understood. But now, Capricorn, there will be more happy opportunities to make yourself clear, set your successful course and do what you need to do. Plan carefully, ask advice and take a calculated risk. Wow!

AQUARIUS   (JANUARY 21 - FEBRUARY 19)

Any travel plans that may have been held up or an actual trip that had its ups and downs are now a thing of the past, Aquarius. The road ahead is clear of obstacles and your ability to plan a perfect (and safe) get away is read for takeoff. What can you do to refresh your spirit and expand your world outlook? Now is the time to get creative.

PISCES   (FEBRUARY 20 - MARCH 20)

Your love life might have had a few miscommunications recently, Pisces. But now you can say what you mean and mean what you say in any highly emotional conversation. Our need for connection is deep and you are especially sensitive to the feelings of others. Make your personal needs known and see how strong bonds of love can become.

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