AQUARIUS (January 20 - February 18) Have you been having problems with someone, either in person or online? If things have been rather tense, now's the time to swallow your pride and start communicating and compromising.
CAPRICORN (December 22 - January 19) Are matters involving home, family, domestic arrangements, parents or property dominating your thinking? Things will gradually improve, as long as you stay centred and keep an open mind.
CANCER (June 21 - July 22) Work projects are favoured, as you make the most of the Sun, Mercury, Venus and Uranus visiting your career zone. Creativity and motivation are high but try to keep a sense of perspective.
LEO (July 23 - August 22) Party-loving Lions are keen to socialise and circulate; mix and mingle; imagine and create; as you let your hair down and have some fun. But it's Equinox day so try not to overdo things!
PISCES (February 19 - March 20) You're thinking about a financial, business or work project as today's planetary patterns help you tackle tasks with extra energy and enthusiasm. But things won't happen overnight!
GEMINI (May 21 - June 20) Open and honest communication is the secret to success at the moment. There'll be plenty of opportunities to expand your peer group. But don't neglect your long-term friends in the process.
TAURUS (April 20 - May 20) The planetary patterns give tired Taureans a welcome energy surge today. The stars also favour some quiet contemplation, as you use your intuition to help you solve a current problem.
SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 21) You're in the mood to help a loved one through a rough patch, or cheer up a close friend who is down-in-the-dumps. If you get drawn into a fiery discussion, strive to be balanced and fair-minded.
SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) Scorpio is the sign of extremes, and you can have trouble relaxing. As we celebrate the Equinox - when day and night are of equal length - strive to bring more balance into your busy life.
LIBRA (September 23 - October 22) It's time to get talking with your nearest and dearest about subjects you may not necessarily feel comfortable about. Try to be fair and balanced, as you view things from differing perspectives.
VIRGO (August 23 - September 22) Business ventures are brewing at the moment, as you combine common sense with intuition to achieve a positive result. Don't be impatient though. Your dreams will take a while to manifest.
ARIES (March 21 - April 19) Are you being too subjective about a current issue? Take a step back, adjust your focus, and strive to view the situation from a much broader and wiser perspective. Balance is the key.
Things that should be kept in mind:
Drying herbs should be kept in loose bundles and hung to air out in a dark, drafty room - such as a closet with an ajar door (but no so much that light gets in).
From there, it is best to choose glass containers with tightly screwed on lids. Choosing either a dark-colored container or storing them in a dark room is best, since the oils in the plants that give them their scent are sensitive to light.
The way to know if a plant is truly expired is to mix a sample with hot water - if there is absolutely no scent left you will not be able to smell it mixed with hot water. The hot water intensifies the reactions that cause scents to be released - so by doing this you can truly be sure that the plant is scentless.
Some plants don't have noticable scents by human senses, so you can't really say that something is useless once you can't smell it. Their Magickal properties are still around, and people can even use rotting herbs for certain types of work (so long as they are not ingested or applied to the skin). The Magickal properties are subtle (non-physical) properties, and you can tap into those energies even without the herb being physically there. So, by extension, you can tap into an herb's energies while it is rotting.
Examples of spells you could use rottings herbs for can include cursing, composting/recycling, healing (having a poison rotting and focusing on taking a similar poison away from a person), keeping certain energies away, banishment, etc. Think of the growth cycle of a plant in terms of the moon;
Growth would be akin to the Waxing Moon, where tides of bringing things to fruition are present.
Blooming or the prime of the plant can be akin the Full Moon, where the tides are highest.
Decaying would be akin to the Waning Moon, where tides recede, bringing energies away with it.
Dispersement of the body of the plant is akin the New Moon, where the energy would be recycled into different things.
Present throughout all stages is the cycle of life, death, and rebirth. When the plant stops growing, it starts dying. Realize you can use the energies of all stages.