(March 21 to April 19)
A powerful desire for love leads you to out-of-the-ordinary situations. The pairing of Venus with Uranus now no longer permits you to shirk the passionate responsibilities of your heart. True, there are rivals, psychological resistance and obstacles, but trust me: You will have the energy to deal with everything and chose the right path. Work sees a revolutionary opportunity, and surprising news will come on March 3.
TEMPO: allegrissimo incalzando
(April 20 to May 20)
This week may re-open an old family issue, especially concerning children-parents relationship. An epiphany may lead to you to find a solution. Love, too, can be found: Lonely hearts would do well to socialize, particularly around March 5 or 6. Work is picking up — too bad for those who didn't believe in you!
TEMPO: moderato spiccato
(May 21 to June 21)
Despite the fact that this Full Moon is formed in conflict with your sign, this week may bring important news. Those looking for a job or new opportunities could be in for a good surprise around March 3 or 7. Those looking for love can see that a friendship is blossoming into something more. Accept compromises and go with the flow.
TEMPO: marcia animata
(June 22 to July 22)
It might be time to talk. In love, those experiencing a crisis can now ask for their partner's clarification. It's the same at work: Those who have had problems with their boss, or a colleague, can try to find a solution. But be careful: Tensions remain high and there is a risk of not being understood. A day to mark in red is Thursday, March 5. Perhaps you should postpone everything until the second half of the month.
TEMPO: adagio con stress
(July 23 to August 22)
Perseverance pays off! This week all initiatives, be they professional or personal, are blessed by the stars. You can push new ideas that will pay off well into the future. It's a week devoted mainly to work — but don't neglect the affairs of the heart. There will be surprise encounters, especially around March 3. A colleague might make your heart beat.
TEMPO: prestissimo dolce
(August 23 to September 22)
Your motto for this week is "I start with myself." The recent tensions have destabilized you and it is important that at this very moment you say out loud that you want to be GOOD. So, if you are in a period of crisis or doubt with your partner, it is worth speaking out and acting without delay — although, this entails the risk of breakup. At work, this is a week that can offer important opportunities for the reorganization of a more stable and rewarding future!
TEMPO: adagio rivoluzionando
(September 23 to October 23)
Work, albeit sometimes chaotic, has picked up again. But you must carefully consider the way forward. There are interesting proposals that will help heal finances, but in some ways oppress your desire for independence — and, in the end, are not really convincing. In love, there will be a lull and there are some distracting economic-familial issues. Watch out for arguments this weekend.
TEMPO: larghetto agitato
(October 24 to November 20)
This is a week of reawakening for lonely hearts, with the possibility of meetings around March 5, thanks to a beautiful Full Moon. To be fair, though, there is still an air of instability. More than anything else, transgressions that may arise in the work place and, in many cases, have the taste of revenge — especially for those who have suffered a recent disappointment in love. At work and finance-wise there is still a lot to do, but the beginning of a recovery could come towards the end of the week.
TEMPO: andante birichino
(November 21 to December 22)
The stars continue to be exceptionally favorable — but for some reason you feel unsatisfied. It's necessary to reach a compromise, without asking for the moon or waiting until Dec. 32. Call it a constructive "marriage" between dream and reality, between desire and assessing the present. It's a rational arrangement in which to put your heart, both at work and in your love life, launched at full speed towards succeeding. The beginning of the week brings surprises to lonely hearts, where they discover that love was right there in front of them.
TEMPO: allegretto rivelatore
(December 23 to January 20)
The Full Moon pushes you to focus your attention on future projects. There is a great desire to progress and consolidate a position, but every time you're about to spread your wings, something seems to hit the brakes. It's truly the moment to believe in your projects. The sky is beautiful, despite some passing clouds that, in the long term, make you nervous and flustered. Same advice in love, where the weekend is likely to deal a blow: Keep calm!
TEMPO: adagio controllato
(January 21 to February 21)
A garbled economic or familial situation might already come to a surprising resolution this week. There's a good opportunity for finances and job growth around March 6, especially for those who ponder a change of direction or supervision. The weekend will be special for lonely hearts, but also for couples who want to begin developing new family projects. The road continues to be uphill, but in the meantime you can lay the groundwork for something that will sprout after the summer.
TEMPO: allegretto in prospettiva
(February 22 to March 20)
A good concentration continues in the workplace, though with some challenges. Your patience is constantly challenged by your boss or a colleague, or by difficulties in obtaining the promotion you deserve. On March 5 — day of the Full Moon — intolerance will come to its peak. Those who are about to or have made changes "know what they leave behind, but don't know what they will find." Put your ideas in order and proceed step by step. Those in couples discuss economic difficulties, while lonely hearts — distracted by work — don't look around like they should …
TEMPO: andantino insofferente
With Halloween arriving, we have dug up the would-be ghosts of documented evil and bloodshed from the past.
When Hallows Eve was first introduced as a Celtic festival some 2,000 years ago, bonfires and costumes were seen as a legitimate way to ward off ghosts and evil spirits. Today of course, with science and logic being real ghostbusters, spine-chilling tales of haunted forests, abandoned asylums and deserted graveyards have rather become a way to add some mystery and suspense to our lives.
And yet there are still spooky places around the world that have something more than legend attached to them. From Spain to Uzbekistan and Australia, these locations prove that haunting lore is sometimes rooted in very real, and often terrible events.
Shahr-e Gholghola, City of Screams - Afghanistan
The ruins of Shahr-e Gholghola, the City of Screams, in Afghanistan
According to locals, ghosts from this ancient royal citadel located in the Valley of Bamyan, 150 miles northwest of Kabul, have been screaming for 800 years. You can hear them from miles away, at twilight, when they relive their massacre.
In the spring 1221, the fortress built by Buddhist Ghorids in the 6th century became the theater of the final battle between Jalal ad-Din Mingburnu, last ruler of the Khwarezmian Empire, and the Mongol Horde led by Genghis Khan. It is said that Khan's beloved grandson, Mutakhan, had been killed on his mission to sack Bamyan. To avenge him, the Mongol leader went himself and ordered to kill every living creature in the city, children included.
The ruins today bear the name of Shahr-e Gholghola, meaning City of Screams or City of Sorrows. The archeological site, rich in Afghan history, is open to the public and though its remaining walls stay quiet during the day, locals say that the night brings the echoes of fear and agony. Others claim the place comes back to life eight centuries ago, and one can hear the bustle of the city and people calling each other.
Gettysburg, Civil War battlefield - U.S.
View of the battlefields from Little Round Top, Gettysburg, PA, USA
Even ghosts non-believers agree there is something eerie about Gettysbury. The city in the state of Pennsylvania is now one of the most popular destinations in the U.S. for spirits and paranormal activities sight-seeing; and many visitors report they witness exactly what they came for: sounds of drums and gunshots, spooky encounters and camera malfunctions in one specific spot… just to name a few!
The Battle of Gettysburg, for which President Abraham Lincoln wrote his best known public address, is considered a turning point in the Civil War that led to the Union's victory. It lasted three days, from July 1st to July 3rd, 1863, but it accounts for the worst casualties of the entire conflict, with 23,000 on the Union side (3,100 men killed) and 28,000 for the Confederates (including 3,900 deaths). Thousands of soldiers were buried on the battlefield in mass graves - without proper rites, legend says - before being relocated to the National Military Park Cemetery for the Unionists.
Since then, legend has it, their restless souls wander, unaware the war has ended. You can find them everywhere, on the battlefield or in the town's preserved Inns and hotels turned into field hospitals back then.
Belchite, Civil War massacre - Spain
Old Belchite, Spain
Shy lost souls wandering and briefly appearing in front of visitors, unexplainable forces attracting some to specific places of the town, recorded noises of planes, gunshots and bombs, like forever echoes of a drama which left an open wound in Spanish history…
That wound, still unhealed, is the Spanish Civil War; and at its height in 1937, Belchite village, located in the Zaragoza Province in the northeast of Spain, represented a strategic objective of the Republican forces to take over the nearby capital city of Zaragoza.
Instead of being a simple step in their operation, it became the field of an intense battle opposing the loyalist army and that of General Francisco Franco's. Between August 24 and September 6, more than 5,000 people were killed, including half of Belchite's population. The town was left in rubble. As a way to illustrate the Republicans' violence, Franco decided to leave the old town in ruins and build a new Belchite nearby. All the survivors were relocated there, but they had to wait 15 years for it to be complete.
If nothing particular happens in new Belchite, home to around 1,500 residents, the remains of old Belchite offer their share of chilling ghost stories. Some visitors say they felt a presence, someone watching them, sudden change of temperatures and strange sounds. The ruins of the old village have been used as a film set for Terry Gilliam's The Adventures of Baron Munchausen - with the crew reporting the apparition of two women dressed in period costumes - and Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth. And in October 1986, members of the television program "Cuarta Dimensión" (the 4th dimension) spent a night in Belchite and came back with some spooky recordings of war sounds.
Gur Emir, a conquerer’s mausoleum - Uzbekistan
Gur Emir (Tomb of Timur) in Samarkand, Uzbekistan
The news echoed through the streets and bazaars of Samarkand: "The Russian expedition will open the tomb of Tamerlane the Great. It will be our curse!" It was June 1941, and a small team of Soviet researchers began excavations in the Gur-Emir mausoleum in southeastern Uzbekistan.
The aim was to prove that the remains in the tomb did in fact belong to Tamerlane — the infamous 14th-century conqueror and first ruler of the Timurid dynasty who some historians say massacred 1% of the world's population in 1360.
Still, on June 20, despite protests from local residents and Muslim clergy, Tamerlame's tomb was cracked open — marked with the inscription: "When I Rise From the Dead, The World Shall Tremble."
Only two days later, Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union, with the people of Samarkand linking it to the disturbing of Tamerlane's peace. Amid local protests, the excavation was immediately wrapped up and the remains of the Turkish/Mongol conqueror were sent to Moscow. The turning point in the war came with the victory in the Battle of Stalingrad — only a month after a superstitious Stalin ordered the return of Tamerlane's remains to Samarkand where the former emperor was re-buried with full honors.
Gamla Stan, a royal massacre - Sweden
The red house of Gamla Stan, Stockholm, Sweden
After Danish King Kristian II successfully invaded Sweden and was anointed King in November 1520, the new ruler called Swedish leaders to join for festivities at the royal palace in Stockholm. At dusk, after three days of wine, beer and spectacles, Danish soldiers carrying lanterns and torches entered the great hall and imprisoned the gathered nobles who were considered potential opponents of the Danish king. In the days that followed, 92 people were swiftly sentenced to death, and either hanged or beheaded on Stortorget, the main square in Gamla Stan (Old Town).
Until this day, the Stockholm Bloodbath is considered one of the most brutal events in Scandinavian history, and some people have reported visions of blood flowing across the cobblestoned square in early November. A little over a century later, a red house on the square was rebuilt as a monument for the executed — fitted with 92 white stones for each slain man. Legend has it that should one of the stones be removed, the ghost of the represented will rise from the dead and haunt the streets of Stockholm for all eternity.
Port Arthur, gruesome prison - Australia
Port Arthur Prison Settlement, Tasmania, Australia
During its 47-year history as a penal settlement, Port Arthur in southern Tasmania earned a reputation as one of the most notorious prisons in the British Empire. The institution — known for a brutal slavery system and punishment of the most hardened criminals sent from the motherland— claimed the lives of more than 1,000 inmates until its closure in 1877.
Since then, documented stories have spanned the paranormal gamut: poltergeist prisoners terrorizing visitors, weeping children roaming the port and tourists running into a weeping 'lady in blue' (apparently the spirit of a woman who died in childbirth). The museum even has an 'incidence form' ready for anyone wanting to report an otherworldly event.
Poveglia Island, plague victims - Italy
Poveglia Island, Italy
Located off the coast of Venice and Lido, Poveglia sadly reunites all the classical elements of a horror movie: plagues, mass burial ground and mental institute (from the 1920's).
During the bubonic plague and other subsequent pandemics, the island served as a quarantine station for the sick and anyone showing any signs of what could be Black Death contamination. Some 160,000 victims are thought to have died there and the seven acres of land became a mass burial ground so full that it is said that human ash makes up more than 50% of Poveglia's soil.
In 1922 a retirement home for the elderly — used as a clandestine mental institution— opened on the island and with it a fair amount of rumors involving torture of patients. The hospital and consequently the whole island was closed in 1968, leaving all the dead trapped off-land.
Poveglia's terrifying past earned it the nickname of 'Island of Ghosts'. Despite being strictly off-limits to visitors, the site has been attracting paranormal activity hunters looking for the apparition of lost and angry souls. The island would be so evil that some locals say that when an evil person dies, he wakes up in Poveglia, another kind of hell.
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