Saturday, November 27, 2010

2010 Zodiac Gift Guide

Getting ready to do some Cyber Monday Yule shopping, but you're stumped on what to get family and friends? Here's a guide to help you pick the perfect gift based on their astrological sign.

Aries love presents. They're like little kids. You don't even have to wrap them, though it's fun to do so. You certainly don't have to worry about it being neat or pretty.

Aries love to go out and do stuff, so consider something experiential, like ski lessons, a snow mobiling trip or tickets to a sporting event would be ideal. Sports gear will also go over well, and since aries rules the head, a ball cap is a natural. Consider also a nice pair of shades or ski goggles. An MP3 player will help your Aries friend listen to music on the run. Aries are often entrepreneurs, so consider a nice, personalized business card case or a nameplate for their desk.

Try the Ipod Nano and if your Aries already has one and happens to be a runner, I highly recommend the Ipod Sport Kit.

You may choose to celebrate Aries's Aries-ness this holiday season. If so, you can find lots Aries Gifts on

If your Taurus is a collector, then Yule is a no-brainer. If not, you've got some work to do. Taureans enjoy gifts that are practical, long-lasting and please the senses. The more effort you put into it, the more your dear Tuarus will like it. So consider a soft handmade sweater or scarf, of a warm, comfy handmade quilt or afghan, even a basket of homemade cookies will work. If you're not into making it yourself, select something that is delightful to both the eye and the touch, elegant as well as practical. Try this cute hat and scarf set or this great cashmere scarf. He or she may also appreciate a cuddly woven throw or a set of luxiurous egyptian cotton sheets and Taurus will also appreciate snuggling in all that comfort with a handmade pottery mug. As well as comfort, Taureans also like money so a wallet, a piggy bank, like this super cute Lucky Cat Bank or a money clip will also be appreciated. also has lots of Taurus themed merchandise.

What ever you get, it should be elegantly gift wrapped. If the packaging is reusable, even better!

Chances are your Gemini has already told you exactly what he or she wants for Yule. If he or she hasn't, it probably means you aren't taking the hints, or just don't know them that well. Geminis aren't big on surprises and hate having decisions made for them. If you are clueless dispite your Gemini's best efforts, consider getting something that will fulfill your Gemini's need for constant communication. I'm sure your Gemini already has a cellphone, so consider accessories for it. Your Gemini won't mind if you get him or her an extra car chager, or cellphone protector if he or she already has one, it'll get lost eventually and the spare will be appreciated. Your Gemini will certainly put a blue tooth to good use also.

Your Gemini is likely obsessed with knowledge, so any nonfiction book or magazine subscription on the subject of their current passion will be appreciated. Your Gemini will also flip for a Kindle so he or she can keep all the dozens of books they are in the middle of reading near at hand without breaking their back. If your Gemini already has a Kindle, a Kindle gift card is a good way to go but that's the limit when it comes to gift cards. Store cards are a bad idea. Geminis like options and limiting them to a single store will only annoy them. If you want to give a Gemini money, just give them cash. An Ipad or a laptop are both also wonderful choices if you can swing it.


Your Cancer will enjoy something for the house and something for his or her tummy. Cancers tend to be homebodies who enjoy snacks and comfy chairs. Consider this awesome inflatable bean bag chair in your Cancer's favorite color and you absolutely cannot go wrong with a digital camera or a video camera to help them capture the moment. If your Cancer already has a digital camera, consider a digital photo frame.

Some Cancers wills also enjoy scrapbooking supplies and photo albums.

Younger Cancers enjoy gaming with friends and family, so consider multiplayer video games like Wii Sports, Dance Dance Revolution and various online games.

Leos are drama queens and love being the center of attention, so consider having their gift delivered to the office so everyone can see it. Your gift should be festively and dramatically wrapped. Flower arrangements should be huge. Leos love art, so consider an elegant sculpture or a framed, limited edition print. A coffee table book of fine art such as Dali: The Salvador Dali Museum Collection may also be appreciated, if you get the style right. Leo ladies love fine jewelry, big designer bags and animal prints. A spa gift basket is also an excellent choice for a Leo, since they love pampering!

Check out Amazon's full line of Leo jewelry for both men and women. There is no sign that will appreciate such a gift more.

Leos also enjoy playing games. Your Leo might enjoy Partini, Electronic Guesstures, Saucy Charades
, or Head to Head Poker Game


Virgos like useful items that will make their lives easier. These should be simply and tastefully wrapped in a reusable package. Your Virgo will likely enjoy a Blackberry or a Franklin Planner. If he or she already has a planner, they will appreciate refills for it. If your Virgo is witchy, he or she is sure to enjoy Llewellyn's 2011 Witches' Datebook

If he or she already has a Blackberry or a similar device that serves the same purpose, a charging station might be in order.

Your Virgo will probably appreciate a good quality timepiece, either an atomic watch or a really nifty atomic alarm clock.

Many Virgos are health buffs. If yours enjoys working out, consider the Bowflex Fit Trainer Plus Heart Rate Monitor and Pedometer Watch (Regular) or the Impact Sports ePulse Strapless Heart Rate Monitor Watch and Calorimeter.

Whatever you get, make sure the owner's manual is intact so your Virgo can read it through.


Libra enjoys nothing more than spending time with friends, so consider a pair of tickets to the theatre or a local concert or a group or couples spa day.

Anything that helps Libra entertain guests are also appreciated, such as this Side Bar Cocktail Shaker Set - Stainless Steel 6 Piece or this beautiful Glass Wine Carafe with Oak Stopper - 67 oz..

Libras are a little bit voyeuristic and yours might enjoy the recently available autobiographies of George W. Bush or Keith Richards - it's up to you to figure out which one your Libra would like best. The book Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption may also appeal to your Libra friend.

And your little Libra girl will love this Heirloom Quality Children's (Childs) Tea Party Set - Fine China Service for Two

Scorpios love mystery and excitement, especially if there's hidden naughtiness going on. If you know your Scorpio intimately, dare to give him or her a sexy gift like lingere, or Kama Sutra Honeydust. If you don't want to be too obvious, try the Plantlife Aromatherapy Massage Oil- 3 Pack.

If your Scorpio is a reader, he or she will likely enjoy the Sookie Stackhouse 8-copy Boxed Set (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood) since they're pretty heavy in both the mystery and the romance departments or 28 Days to Ecstasy for Couples: Tantra Step by Step, one of my personal favorites. Not a reader? Perhaps Lost: The Complete Collection will do the trick or James Bond Ultimate Edition - Vol. 1 (The Man with the Golden Gun / Goldfinger / The World Is Not Enough / Diamonds Are Forever / The Living Daylights).

For fun try the Samurai Sword Ninja Folding Umbrella Auto Release, or a spy pen.

Many Scorpios are skilled in, or at least interested in, divination so consider a new set of Tarot cards as well.


Your Sagittarian's gift should be well wrapped in elegant, chic giftwrap. Nothing gaudy or messy. It should also be accompanied by a card with a nice verse that expresses how wonderful you think your Saggitarian is. If you wrote it yourself you get super bonus points. Sagittarians love travel adventure, so a fashionable luggage set like the Eddie Bauer® Bridgeport 6-pc. Ficus Luggage Set or unique travel accessories like the Rick Steves Silk Money Belt or Lewis N. Clark Travel Comfort Set will hit the spot. Camping and hiking gear may also be in order, depending on the type of adventuring your Saggitarius is into. The Liberty Mountain Deluxe Mess Kit is a good choice or the Victorinox Swiss Army Explorer with Collectible Gift Box.

Many Saggitarians enjoy meditation and Yoga. Consider the Gaiam Embroidered Yoga Mat Bag or DreamTime Perfect Balance Zafu Cushion, Gold Brocade Dragons

They also love vintage accessories and bags, first edition or collectable edition books. For that you'll have to go to your local resale shop or used book store.

Capricorns are ambitious and organized. If your Capricorn has a creative hobby he or she engages in, you should get stuff to engage that hobby. Paint brushes, sculpting tools, whatever it is. But your Capricorn also loves practical items that will help with his or her climb to the top of the corporate ladder, like this Monogrammed Leather Desk Pad , a Monogrammed Leather Briefcase or this Deluxe Note Jotter Organizer.

Capricorns are prone to cold so anything to keep them warm and toasty is a good choice. Try a Women's Spa Comfort Robe or a Men's Flannel Pajama Set or some luxurious silk long underwear.

Finally, with a Capricorn, you can't go wrong with a watch. If they already have one, just get one that looks different so they have one to match different outfits.

Aquarians are all about social justice, so anything you get them should be fair trade, recycled and/or organic or a portion of your purchase should be donated to charity. Aquarians love quirky, unique items, like this Recycled Candy Wrapper Clutch Purse with Wrist Strap or this amazing Hand-Crafted Buddha Hand Zen Jewelry Holder.

Aquarians love travel, so quirky travel accessories are worth thinking about. Like the Earth Divas Hemp Fabric Passport Bag, Leather Bound Travel Journal, or a Recycled Rubber Tire Toiletry Bag.

Finally, Aquarians like gadgets and video games. Since Aquarians also like to travel, a GPS like the Garmin nĂ¼vi GPS Navigator is a good choice. Roleplaying and adventure games that let them play out their fantasies are fun for many Aquarians.

Pisces energy resonates with the ocean and Blue Planet: Seas of Life (Special Edition)is amazing.
Pisces are sensitive, sentimental people. If you've got a new Pisces love, a framed picture of the two of you might do it or consider this Engraved Key Ring with Photo Frame or a Sterling Silver Polished Heart Locket Pendant, 18. If Pisces have warm hearts, they also have cold feet. Consider Nature Creation Warm-Up Slippers. When they relax, Pisces like to escape completely. So consider a fantasy novel, maybe something by Christopher Moore, a fantasy video game or a David Lynch movie... and be prepared to be ignored for awhile.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Discrimination in Vancouver? Maybe...

In another edition of WTF my fellow Pagans, a British Columbia man is accusing the Vancouver Police Board of discriminating against him based on his religion and sexual orientation in denying him a chauffeur's license back in 2006. The courts have finally gotten around to dealing with this situation. It seems Canada is just as slow as the US when it comes to finally shorting stuff out.

According to an article on British Columbia's CTV News website, this man showed up to the licensing interview wearing all black and informed his interviewer that he wears all black because he is a Pagan (as a tree-hugging Pagan who wears mostly green and brown I am already put off by this guy). He also revealed to his interviewer that his sexual orientation is BDSM. I am not sure that BDSM is a sexual orientation and perhaps (as discussed in the article) that is a matter that the B.C. Supreme Court will eventually have to decide, though they won't right now. At any rate, why would someone walk into an interview, dressed all in black and announce that they were BDSM if they weren't trying to cause a ruckus? But I digress.

The interviewer who denied him his license says it was because of his past record in which no charges were filed but several complaints of minor violence and inappropriate sexual behavior had been made. However, during the interview, according to the would-be chauffeur, the interviewer was insulting and rude and told him that he would not give him a license to recruit people into his "sex cult" which doesn't look very good on him.

While both men didn't behave in the most intelligent manner, ultimately the tribunal decided that there was no discrimination in this case and while I'm not sure if that's true, I think it was probably a good idea to deny this guy a chauffeur's license anyway. What think you, dear reader?

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Winter Warm Ups

With the snow flying already, it's time to break out the hot beverages. I've been enjoying the taste of mulled cider since before Samhain but it becomes even more enjoyable as the weather grows colder. I've decided this year to share the joy by adding mulling spices to my gifts. To do this, first take a look at my mulled apple cider recipe at Kitchen Witch Corner. Find or make a cloth bag, preferably cotton (about the size of a of a tarot bag, maybe a little smaller) in a festive print. Fill the bag with the dry ingredients (dry the orange slices in a food dehydrator or purchase dried orange slices) and tie the bag closed with a pretty ribbon! Add a tag to the ribbon with preparation instructions. If your recipiant isn't a huge fan of hot apple cider, this gift can also be used as a fragrant sachet or potpourri!

What's your favorite winter warm up?

Monday, November 1, 2010

A Spot of Bother

Recently I read a great book called A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon. It's not the usual sort of book for me. It's sort of a family drama with a bit of romance and some British humor. Nothing supernatural, nothing historic, nothing mysterious, fantastic or even exciting and it's certainly not educational. I read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by the same author several years ago mainly because it is in the point of view of an autistic child, and I am interested in autistic children since we have autism in the family and several family members work with the autistic population. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime was a mystery, of sorts, and I rather enjoyed it so I thought I'd give the author another go.

One thing that amazes me about this author is his ability to write from the point of view of another person. His characters are full of depth, passion and realism. This man is not autistic (to my knowledge) but he managed to write an autistic boy into being with amazing realism in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime. Likewise, he was able to create a young gay man, a passionate young woman, a bored elderly housewife and an old man wandering into dementia in A Spot of Bother with amazing clarity and realism. I could not have done it, perhaps that's why I stick to nonfiction.

My husband says it's a girly book, and perhaps it is. I was actually surprise the author wasn't a woman.

A Spot of Bother is the story of a wedding. The daughter (the aforementioned passionate young woman) announces she is going to marry a man nobody in the family really likes (though none of them have a good reason for it). Meanwhile, her father is having a nervous breakdown, her mother is trying to feel like a woman again and her brother is so busy worrying about what everyone else thinks he doesn't notice his own relationship is falling apart. Meanwhile, the bride-to-be and her intended are both having their own second thoughts as the couple loses all control over the wedding plans. Throw in her very small son from a previous marriage just to complicate things further and, well, hilarity ensues. It's definitely a love story three times over. All three couples have challenges to face, every individual makes a fool of him or herself in the process and the reader is entertained throughout.

This is light reading, but not the sort that leaves you feeling like your brain needs a good scrubbing. I highly recommend it and I am looking forward to reading more from this author. He hasn't disappointed me yet (though my husband doesn't agree)