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The Lunar and Solar Eclipses - August 2017

All the attention has been going to the Solar Eclipse on the 21st of August.  Indeed, especially for the United States, it’s a big deal.  There have been so many post and articles, I will not waste time and space to go into the details.  I think knowing how you’ll personally be affected is more helpful.

Solar Eclipses set in motion many changes in the outside world, but we really need to give more personal attention to the Lunar Eclipse on the Full Moon on August 7th!  What you give attention to personally, what you transform or change by knowing what issue causes you to feel fear and resist making change is what’s most important to focus on.  This will decide how the Solar Eclipse brings you personal change and opportunities.

A Lunar Eclipse stirs the energies on an inner level for us individually, it opens the subconscious and lets us clear out old beliefs, traumas and responses that get in our way to a better life, to being more powerful and creating what we really want.  It brings to the surface something from the past, whether that’s 19 years ago or 119 years ago. We experience approximately 4 eclipses a year; they come in pairs of a Lunar, and then a Solar, Eclipse on the month's New and Full Moon.  If you want the details of what creates an eclipse, there are many excellent graphics on the internet to help you understand the equation.

What affects us personally is that they repeat to the exact sign, date and degree every 19 years, on what’s called a lunation cycle. Think about where you were on August 7th and August 21, 1998.  Depending on your age, you are being offered to bring whatever what was relevant at that time to another level, to change direction with these eclipses.

Let's get practical.  If you were 7 years old and starting a new school, making new friends, now at 26 you might find you’re ready to move into a new life, a new career, a new social circle.  If you’re now 60 years old, and in 1998 you got a promotion, started a new career, moved to a new city, you might find you’re ready to move again, or start a new career, maybe the one you’ve been studying and working on for the last 19 years!

It’s time for change, these two eclipses are working to help us be more heart connected with our own divine heart and then to connect to what I call the cosmic heart, the one where we collectively can love the world, but first we have to learn to love our self.

If I told you that the biggest problems in the world would easily be resolved if everyone loved themselves more, would you agree?

Consider what really creates judgment, racism, abuse and cruelty towards others is not that people are terrible, it comes from fear.  Fear of lack, fear of powerlessness; fear is what fills the vacuum where love is not. It's like antimatter.

We are entering the beginning of the new world.  I know it doesn’t seem like we’re moving forward, but when a paradigm shifts, it creates a lot of chaos and disruption because it’s a birth. Ask anyone who’s witnessed a birth and they will tell you it was messy and chaotic and painful.  But when the new life finally arrives, joy and relief come with it.  I’m speaking metaphorically; I know many people have experienced sadness and loss with some births as well.  And indeed some of us will experience some difficult situations as well with the powerful changes resulting from these eclipses.  Just know they are necessary for some to make change and ultimately it will lead to a better life.

The most important idea is to make personal change for the better by listening to your heart; take some kind of action of change.  If you’re struggling with something consider one change you could make that would be for you, something that is more loving and kind to yourself.  If you struggle to know what your passion is, do something, anything!  Every change will support opening up to your heart.

The energy of the Eclipses will be flowing for at least six months, so ride the wave.  If you try to stay where you are or move against the wave you’ll find life will become more difficult and challenging.  Surrender is not easy but it is necessary.
The Lunar eclipse will be at 15 degrees Aquarius, just about any degree of Aquarius in your chart will be activated, the house you have Aquarius in will be the area to pay the most attention to.  I’ve listed the 12 house themes at the end of this article. If you don’t know where you have Aquarius, generate a chart at Astro.com and look for the Aquarius symbol, . If you also have a planet or node in Aquarius it will be an even more significant period for you, the planet will indicate a part of you that is undergoing transformation. 

Solar Eclipse August 21, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. PDT
The Solar Eclipse at 28 degrees of Leo, August 21, 2017 at 11:30 am PDT will be passing over the United States mainland!  If you’re somewhere in the U.S. you’re about to be “beamed up Scotty”! This is the second New Moon in Leo this year, which is unusual, but it’s the Total Solar Eclipse New Moon that will create the great changes in our world over the next six months.

I apologize, this one’s a little long, but this Solar Eclipse is very significant!  It warrants taking the time to share the details necessary for you to make the best of this wonderful opportunity to change your life for the better.  This is the gold ring we’re all reaching for; however, you may have to change carousel horses or even get off the carousel completely!

The question, quite simply is, are you coming from your heart?  Are you living your passion?  Are you being the true self the Creator imagined you into existence to be?  As the great Jimmy Hendrix asked us, “Are You Experienced?”  I’m asking you, is the world experiencing YOU????

This is the heart of this Solar Eclipse! There are many wonderful, astute astrological writings about this big event.  I really loved Stephanie Austin’s article, “What Would Love Do?” in the August/September 2017 edition of the magazine Mountain Astrologer.  If you are somewhat versed in the language of astrology I highly recommend reading it for a more detailed astrological insight into this eclipse.

I felt the one question I’ve been receiving from most people is, “What does this eclipse mean for me, the country, the world, in terms I can understand?”  So let’s get down to business!

We are witnessing a great time in the Earth’s history. It’s referred to as a paradigm shift.  It is an energetic shift that raises the frequency and vibration of everything and everyone.  Remember that everything and everyone is made up of the same atoms that take different forms.

There have been many times we’ve experienced these changes in vibration and frequency in our world.  They often bring about eras of conflict and chaos, periods of revolution and rebellion.  This is caused by the higher vibration raising the frequency and pushing up under the old frequency, destroying it in the process.  It’s going to disrupt and push away the old, deteriorating paradigm and allow the birth of the new one.  Birth is messy, painful and chaotic, it makes us push hard to get desired results.  Then new life comes.

We are truly in the dawning of the Aquarian age, set to fully actualize during the 2020-2022 period as Saturn enters Aquarius.  It last went through this sign in 1990-1991 when we began to conceptualize and imagine a new world.

Governments all around the world, including their leaders, all are going to be affected by whether they act as true nobility or governing by ego and tyranny.  Leo qualities range from arrogance, pride, and narcissistic behavior to being noble, generous, and courageous with strong integrity.

Eclipses tend to set off a lot of natural disasters as well.  Since eclipses involve the Moon, tides and weather have shown historically to have greater incidents set off by a Solar and Lunar Eclipse.  Keep in mind, these events could occur in the months that follow the eclipse.  The actual day of the eclipses, and for several days after, the electromagnetic fields tend to be stirred up and it’s best to be grounded and wait until it settles.  We’ll likely see increases in earthquakes and hurricanes.  I’m particularly concerned for the mid-Atlantic east coast of the U.S. since the eclipse will finish its path right on the coastline in South Carolina, as the last city to see the eclipse is said to be Charleston.

Of course, of great interest is President Donald J. Trump’s chart.  The eclipse will occur almost directly on his Ascendant and his Mars.  It’s impossible to predict what will occur, but it will certainly activate something very powerful anywhere on the broad spectrum of Leo.  The ego self to the noble self, and the Ascendant, how we express ourselves to the world and of most concern, Mars, the planet of war, anger and on the higher end how we achieve our passions through our actions.  It will certainly affect him on very personal level as well as the U.S. as government and country.  Given the axis of Leo and Aquarius and the realities occurring, a revolution is in the works.

The best idea during the actual Solar Eclipse time is to be still.  Receive the energy, experience your heart opening.  Listen to your heart for intuitive messages from the Divine.  It’s a rare astronomical event where the electromagnetic fields that are usually transmitting constantly to our cells, our DNA, will be momentarily blocked.

Humanity will have a pause of energy of the electromagnetic field we usually have constantly broadcasting information.  This creates an opportunity for the cosmic consciousness to enter into every atom, cell, and DNA, of humanity and the Earth.  The trees, oceans and mountains will all receive the wisdom of the Cosmic Heart.

From an astrological viewpoint, Leo is the heart, and as we enter into this new world we must have our heart energy engaged.  For some it might mean that they shift just enough to live life a little more connected to what they love, to what makes them happy.  But for many of us it's a much bigger change occurring.

To begin with, we have to understand that the old paradigm created an illusion.  People closed their heart chakra energy down because of fear.  Fear pours into the space like a vacuum where love is being held out.  We began to listen to the mind instead of following our hearts.  All of that is about to change on a massive level.  As our heart chakras open anything that’s been keeping it constricted will be pushed out of the way.  This could be experienced as a very uncomfortable and disruptive period for those who resist letting their hearts open because they’re allowing fear to dominate their thoughts and emotions.

Surrendering with trust and keeping a strong positive attitude will allow these energies to help transform and raise the frequency and vibration in every part of our energy fields.  This allows us to access higher realms.  It brings our consciousness to a more awake state to be able to listen to our intuition where the Divine Self is speaking to us.

What we have hopefully learned from our past actions and decisions is that going into a career because it “pays well” didn’t work’ we found ourselves in more debt, we work harder for less.  We went into relationships because we feared being alone.  We listened to our fears instead of our heart.  Depression is now the new normal, taking anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medications is being promoted as a way of life and very little is being promoted to seek help, no one seems to encourage us to ask what are we depressing and why.  Let’s remember the mind listens and interprets, if the heart is not allowed to speak, the shadow takes the podium and dictates.  This is the current state of our government, it’s the collective shadow of fear that’s been growing for decades, even centuries, and its time has come to an end.  This is the paradigm, the Age of Aquarius dawning in our world.  Many will fight to hold on to the old paradigm, but their efforts will fail.

In my practice I find the same issue is emerging in many different aspects of people’s lives.  There are so many unhappy people simply because they went down a path of safety and ignored their hearts desire.  “I really wanted to be an artist but everyone told me I would never make a living with it so I studied technology” or “I was in love with someone but decided they were a bad choice because they didn’t have a career or my family disapproved of them” or “I’ve struggled all my life with body image, lack of self esteem, I thought they or this would change that for me.”  I’m now seeing a great increase in a desire to change and be happy.  On a global level, the balance is shifting, people are waking up and becoming more and more empowered to make change.  Technology, which is a significant aspect of the Aquarian Age, is providing everyone with access to knowledge and making the world more transparent.  Power is slipping through the hands of the once powerful ego-driven few and returning to individuals that make up the greater whole.

Ok, were any of these situations mistakes?  No!  We all were meant to live out the experience of the last paradigm to learn, to understand, and now to change it by birthing the new paradigm.  It really doesn’t matter what stage of life you’re in, this is the big opportunity right in front of you.  Let go of the past, it’s being ripped out of our lives by greater forces and any resistance in us will only create challenges personally.  The new frequency and vibration is helping us, but if you try to hold tightly to the past, it will be like a rope being pulled out of your closed fist!  Ouch!

Follow your heart, no matter how scary that feels, follow your heart.  This eclipse is dilating the Heart Chakra, in everyone and everything.  Now, if your fear is keeping yours constricted, you may experience uncomfortable, even painful, emotions and events over the next six months, see specific areas of life below for each house and its personal affect for you.  It’s trying to get you to let go.  Surrender to your constricted heart and discover in this consciousness, there is nothing to fear.  If you have been working on opening up to your passions, your creativity, your true self, this eclipse is going to be a magic moment.  This is not a judgment; it’s what karma is all about!  I recently posted the best explanation of karma from Emmanuel, channeled by Pat Rodegast. 

"Karma is not a balancing of books.
There is a small part of every human being that is resisting the will of God or there would be no need for the human experience at all.

Karma is a mode of learning. Karma is the set of circumstances that you have chosen to inhabit in this lifetime in order to find the areas not yet in truth.
You are the creator of everything in your life.
Nothing happens that you have not called to you.

The inner desire of the wise and conscious soul is to externalize, to create a tangible manifestation of what it internally holds to be true and thereby experience that belief. It is through that experience that the transformation occurs."

So let’s move on.  Leo is about creativity, creativity, creativity!  That’s because Leo is your divine self expressing love as you, it’s the divine speaking to your through your heart like a lover!  Everyone has a creative talent, DO NOT say “I’m not creative”; if you are alive you are creative because you are a “creator”, you are made of the same energy as the “Creator” and your unique expression of what you were created to be is your creativity!

Don’t get confused by the word. Creativity is not limited to being an artist, musician, or great writer. Some of us are great creative problem solvers, builders, firefighters, civil servants.  It’s not what you do it’s how you do it!

I used to have a mailman named Harry.  My cat waited every day on the front porch to walk with Harry up our block and across the street so he could greet all the neighbors with Harry.  Harry loved being a mailman.  Everyone loved Harry.  I would always make sure to save him a brownie or bag of pretzels, whatever I had to give him; some neighbors packaged up entire meals, he was a bachelor.  He’d deliver the mail and we’d chat.  He’d always make sure to share anything important about our neighbors.  “Did you know Mrs. O’Shea is going to have surgery next week?  You might want to drop by and see if she needs anything.”  Harry wasn’t just a mailman; he was a social worker, a community organizer and a passionate humanitarian.  My cat was a very good judge of character.  I once asked him what he really wanted to do, he laughed and said, “Be a mailman!  I love to be outside, not at a desk.  I love to talk to people and help them have better relationships with their neighbors, and I love animals.  I have a cat or dog on every block that’s my mascot!  And I never have to go to a gym or buy lunch!  I get lots of exercise and everyone feeds me delicious home cooked meals, everyday!  And I’m very grateful that I have so many wonderful friends I get to talk to, I’m never sad or lonely.”  By the way, Harry was a Sagittarius.  He always had a cheerful word to make me smile.  He was living through his heart and his passion and spreading the love.

A Solar Eclipse is essentially an amplified New Moon.  A New Moon is a new beginning after an ending.  While the New Moon gives us about two weeks of opportunity to start new directions and ideas in our life, a Solar Eclipse gives us a supercharged laser blast that gives us almost six months of opportunity.  Keep in mind, supercharged laser blasts will make change no matter what!

You can get the best results by first focusing on what is your passion, what do you really want to do and what is the fear that’s keeping you from taking the steps to achieve your passions?  Just start to set intentions, asking for help from the helpers; this can be your guides or a therapist, a spiritual mentor, even a friend can act as a lantern holder if you’re truly ready to embrace your true identity!

You can go to www.astro.com and have a natal birth chart calculated for free, if you can identify where 28 degrees Leo is in your chart, understanding the house position it will take place in will give  you a wonderful GPS to follow the best path for the next few months.  The symbol for Leo is ♌- 28 will be close to the last degrees of Leo.

Here are the basics of the 12 house meanings:  Houses are areas of your life that you choose to experience your growth and lessons as well as express the self in different areas of life.  If you have planets in Leo 20-29 degrees in the house where Leo is you will be experiencing even greater change!  I recommend www.cafeastrology.com to look up the meaning of each planet; you could also read more about the houses there as well.

The Twelve Houses

1st House - I AM - Self-Action – Will - How we use our self will and sense how the soul wants to express the self.  It describes the energy/vitality we use to move forward.  The sign will describe how you will express who you are.

2nd House - I HAVE – Worth - Self Esteem - Personal Finances and Possessions - In the second house we experience our sense of worth and then manifest it in the physical.  The sign of our second house describes how we want to experience our worth through in the physical.

3rd House - I THINK – Communication - the Conscious Mind - The third house is how we process information, how we think and speak.  The sign on the third house describes how we experience communication and where we want to focus our thoughts.

4th House - I FEEL - Psychological foundations - Mother-Home - Past lives - The fourth house is the foundation we base our life on.  It’s the information held in the DNA and subconscious.  The sign on the fourth house expresses our experiences in other lifetimes, the physical home we have, the structures that support us.

5th House - I WILL or I CREATE - All things created by you – Children – Romance – Pleasure – Fun - The sign on our fifth house describes how we express our creativity, what we seek in romance and how we act as creators in our life.  It describes how we experience self love.

6th House - I SERVE - I ANALYZE - Self Actualization - Daily Work Environment – Health - The sign on the sixth house describes how we experience daily life, how we express service to the world, and how we experience health and well being.

7th House - WE ARE - Relationships and Partnerships with all others - Legal Partnerships – Marriage - The sign on the seventh house describes what we seek in others, how we experience our self in relationships of all kinds.

8th House -WE HAVE - Collective Worth - Death and Rebirth – Sexuality – Crisis - Energy realms - The sign on our eighth house describes our sense of the unseen, how we experience our worth through the collective worth with others, sexual energy and life force we experience. 

9th House - WE THINK - Collective Belief - Religion, Philosophy - Foreign lands and languages - Higher Education - The sign on our ninth house describes how we perceive the Divine, our cultural beliefs, how we experience higher learning and wisdom.

10th House - WE FEEL - Profession/Career – Authority – Judgment - The sign on the tenth house describes the career the soul wants us to contribute to society through.  It expresses how we experience how society judges us and how we experience authority.

11th House - WE CREATE – Friends – Hopes - Humanitarian Work - Non-Profit Organizations - The sign on the eleventh house describes how we contribute to the planet as a whole by creating together.  How we express our hopes, dreams and wishes and the social circles we attract.

12th House- WE SERVE – Hospitals – Prisons – Rehabilitation - Our Dream State- Hidden or Intangible Energy Bodies - The Unconscious, Mystical Realms - The sign on our twelfth house describes how we experience the non physical aspects of ourselves, our mystical and spiritual energy bodies.

2017 - Chinese New Year - Year of the Yin Fire Rooster

The year of the Fire Rooster is said to bring about a year of becoming more awakened. The Rooster is known by its loud cock-a-doodle-doo early morning crowing to announce day has come again, time to make haste and make the most of the light!

Yin Fire can cause conflict and chaos if not controlled and focused. Thankfully the Rooster likes to have the lead and naturally controls the energy to create greater resolution of conflict (after all they have to manage the entire hen house!) and may actually provide a more peaceful resolution to issues in your life that have been causing you stress and disharmony. It will encourage us to act more intuitively and also be more grounded. The Rooster is a bird, but it stays on the ground. It’s effective and aggressive in its actions. Roosters tend to be well planned out before putting their plan into action.

This year being Yin is very good for women’s empowerment.  The Yin energy resonates with water and metal, but when charged with fire can produce extraordinary results. This works very harmoniously with the Venus Retrograde cycle from March 4th through April 15th, which will provide a 19 month period of transformation through the divine feminine energies within all of us.

If you are a Rooster, this year is an auspicious year that brings you personal growth and success, or at least offers the opportunity. As a Rooster, you already have a plan about what you want to achieve and are ready to take practical steps toward your goal.

Depending on our Animal sign and element, just as in Western Astrology, the year can be easier for some and more challenging for others.

Café Astrology has one of my favorite takes on understanding Chinese Astrology and what your personal animal sign and element mean. https://cafeastrology.com/articles/chineseastrologyzodiac.html

Happy New Year! Wake up! Make haste! The day awaites!

2017 - You Can Make It a Better Year!

I decided to wait to post this after all the New Year’s resolutions were posted exclaiming 2017 was going to be better.  I really hope it is better for everyone, but it’s important to understand that only you can make it a better year than the ones before.

I’m often asked in sessions, “Is this going to get better?”  My answer is the same, only if you decide to change the things that caused it to become a lesson.  Pema Chodron said, “Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.”

Here’s my advice for making 2017 the best year of your life, so far.  I’m also adding some astrological points for my astrologers out there at the end of the post!

-Don’t commit to 365 days of doing something.  Instead, commit to do one thing 365 times this year. If you miss a day, relax, just pick up where you left off and don’t give any energy to what you didn’t do!

-Choose what nourishes you, not what you think will make you better. You’re already better, there’s really nothing to change. Nourish that which you are and it will help you love what you think is not lovable about you. Love has a way of expanding into the parts of us that need it the most.

-Make changes slowly and one at a time, a more positive attitude takes time to rewire in our habit patterns.  A healthier way of life begins with little steps: one meal, one short walk, one thought daily, for a week.  If we try to leap into big changes our nervous system reacts with great resistance, it’s too much to handle and when overwhelmed we shut down.  It’s called being human. Your Divine self doesn’t need to change anything, and your humanness just wants to grow; it’s nature.

-Keep your list to three month intervals.  Just like the seasons change every three months, it’s more supportive for us to follow Mother Nature. We become more in-sync with the rhythm of life when we follow nature.  Every three months, assess what’s next, keep it simple and sincere, ask what will nurture you to improve to your life.  What needs to be removed will naturally fall away.

The Astrology of 2017

January 28th we have our first New Moon after Mercury Retrograde.  It’s also Chinese New Year, the year of the Fire Rooster.  For those that are born with Mercury Retrograde, the New Moon at the end of December 2016 through January 12th is good to start new things but everyone can consider that January 28th is good to take a step into the New Year!

Our first two Eclipses are February 10th, a Lunar Eclipse on the Leo Full Moon, and February 26th, a Solar Eclipse on the Pisces New Moon.  If you have any planets in Leo or Pisces, or Aquarius or Virgo, these are important eclipses to work with.  Treat them as a super charged Full Moon, so go within, and a super charged New Moon, so take action and create.  If you don’t have planets in these signs, you can still use the eclipse energy for working through challenges and beginning something new. The next two are a Lunar Eclipse on August 7th in Aquarius on the Full Moon and a Solar Eclipse on the New Moon on August 21st in Leo. Same rules apply!

Saturn finishes its journey in Sagittarius through the end of 2017. When Saturn is in its last degrees of a sign, it tends to turn up the intention of its cycle. Saturn in Sagittarius has been teaching us the importance of transparency and speaking words of wisdom. It will bring us to a new level of truth and wisdom personally and globally throughout 2017. If you have planets in Sagittarius or Gemini, it’s a more important time of lessons and growth in 2017 for you.

Jupiter spends most of 2017, until October, in Libra. It’s helping us bring all our relationships into better harmony and fairness.  If you have any planets in Libra, you’ll be offered more expansion than most.  Just remember to stay in balance.  All of us will first have to discover what’s out of balance before we can know what needs to be brought into harmony in our life.

Mercury Retrograde cycles are mostly focused on Earth elements this year. That helps us work on completion of what we desire to bring into physical manifestation in the Earth world.  The cycles are in Capricorn: December 2016 through January 8th, in Taurus: April 9th through May 3rd, in Virgo: August 13th through September 5th (since this is the Virgo Mercury Retrograde and Mercury rules Virgo, this one is the most significant to use to really analyze, purge and cleanse our life!) and the last one of the year is in Sagittarius: December 3rd through December 23rd and it begins the retrograde cycle of fire for 2018 and includes the Winter Solstice.  A very auspicious Mercury Retrograde cycle to honor the inner light Saturn brought us for the last 2 ½ years, prepare to welcome the new Saturn in Capricorn cycle that will occur through 2020, significantly changing society and the structures that support us; governments, health care, social services etc.. will begin to restructure to reflect societies needs!

Now, take several deep breaths! Let the New Year begin!

Solar Eclipse on September 1 and Lunar Eclipse on September 16

What an exciting month!!! Two Eclipses, Jupiter going into the sign of Libra and the Autumnal Equinox, and all during Mercury Retrograde!

More exciting news, after this post, I will only be posting Astrology Updates on my Facebook page! Most people who read the monthly updates get it on my Facebook page and it’s a lot more work for the web master to post it on my web site. The web site will now say “For the latest Astrological happenings please click my Facebook “Like” icon!

Ok, let’s get to the good stuff!

The New Moon Solar Eclipse occurs on September 1st at 2:04 a.m. PDT and 5:04 a.m. EDT. This Solar Eclipse is significant because it occurs at 29 degree’s Virgo. Anything that occurs in the chart at the last degree of a sign indicates it’s about expressing the mastery of the sign and not needing to learn anything further to understand it. The learning now comes from putting it into use, and in Virgo it’s about experiencing it from a very tangible and well thought out place. The Virgo New Moon is an opportunity to begin doing healthy activities on a daily basis, it helps us see the importance of the little things and why purity is different from perfection. As a Solar Eclipse these ideas become supercharged and will be the energy will be available to work with for months to come.

Healthy activities include positive thinking, gratefulness and forgiveness, doing some kind of daily exercise and eating healthier foods. Virgo helps us understand the importance of taking care of the physical body as well as Mother Earth and realizing it’s the small things we do in life that bring about the most formidable results.

We are experiencing Mercury Retrograde during both Eclipses; this is a wonderful opportunity for people with natal Mercury Retrograde. For those who are not, it’s best to consider putting effort into bringing any projects or ideas into completion or to a more consistent practice. No more whining or complaining, no more excuses, do or do not!  

Jupiter will enter into the sign of Libra on September 9th. It will spend its year expanding and offering spiritual growth by supporting us in having more harmony and balance in our life. It will also encourage our relationships with others to improve with fairness and seeking peace instead of trying to win or argue to be right. But be forewarned, Jupiter does not choose the better path for us, it simply expands and energizes the path we choose. Many will use this energy in a way that causes their relationships, that may be out of balance or unfair, to get worse if someone refuses to change.

Keep in mind that while I’m focusing on our personal lives, all these events will produce change on a much grander scale globally over the next few months.

The last Eclipse of 2016 is a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse on September 16th in Pisces at 12:05 p.m. PDT and 3:05 p.m. EDT. While Solar Eclipses create outward activity and events, Lunar Eclipses create inner ones. Our subconscious will be very active, traversing the inner realms and unlimited dimensions seeking the mystical and magical visions to help create more expanded visions in the Earth world.

Remember, as we seek we shall find, and along the way we will also discover the walls and shadows that hide our power and brilliance. Virgo and its opposite sign Pisces are the visionary axis of the zodiac. Virgo reveals the Universe in a grain of sand and Pisces allows us to see beyond the finite to the unlimited and very real dimensions of formlessness where much of our energy dwells.

It’s time for us to dream, envision, and participate in creating a better world, end unfairness and injustice, and it begins in the most personal aspects of our beings. Change your thoughts and attitude toward yourself, see a more expanded beautiful you and the world will change.

Later this month I will post the Autumnal Equinox! For now, get ready for change and seek peace and harmony.

Mercury Retrograde

August 30, 2016 at 6:04 a.m. PDT and 9:04 a.m. EDT

This Mercury Retrograde is one of the most interesting of the year. For 2016 all Mercury Retrogrades are in Earth signs, it’s how Mercury Retrograde annual cycles work. Each year it picks an element to help us explore the three “R’s” for the year, Review, Restructure, and Resolve. In the Earth element it helps us work on the things we bring into form in the Earth world. In January, we experienced it mostly in Capricorn.  We began the New Year considering our most important long term supportive structures in our life: relationships, money, career. Capricorn helped us evaluate if our present path would achieve and support our life goals or was it time to change to something or someone of higher quality, one that would be worth the time and effort we were investing our life in. Later in April and May, Taurus was the three week journey to examine our sense of self-worth and self-esteem, as well as our bank accounts. Now we’re going into an intensified Virgo expression of looking at our life and examining the smallest details, purging and purifying each and every aspect of the most important things about our lives, the ones we cannot measure in quantity but in quality. How well are taking care of our bodies, are our relationships fulfilling and honest, are we being authentic?

For the astrology of it all, first it begins at the critical degree point of 29 degrees Virgo, and its hours before the New Moon Solar Eclipse in Virgo.  Interestingly, when Mercury goes direct on September 21st at 10:31 p.m. PDT and 1:31 a.m. EDT, the Sun will be at 29 degrees Virgo, and hours away from the Autumnal Equinox.  We call 29 degrees “critical” because it’s the last degree of the sign and now we must apply what we’ve learned, put it into action. Twenty-nine is considered a Master number, all the events of this month reflect whether we’re truly mastering and applying what we’ve learned so far or if we’re unconsciously living life day after day in the old patterns and expecting things to change. Jupiter and the Moon’s North Node will be in the mix to further empower the long lasting effects of all the events this month, allowing them to be the force for change in our personal lives as well as the future of the planet as a whole. We’ll be shown where we’re not being authentic and instead, living from a place of fear and old falsehoods. It might feel as though you’re under the microscope and whatever needs to be re-evaluated and let go of will be hard to ignore.

I’ve already been receiving lots of emails asking, “What should I do?”, “Is this going to fail if I start it during Mercury Retrograde?”  It’s the usual questions when we come around to Mercury Retrograde.

We have to remember that Mercury Retrograde is not meant to cause life to be a sudden mess of things falling apart or create annoying occurrences for no reason.

Mercury Retrograde does have a very positive purpose if we learn to go with the flow of its energy. It gives us a chance to reevaluate, reconsider, and reawaken decisions and projects from past occurrences. It’s a natural order that gives us time to step back and make changes. This retrograde period will create much greater shifts and energize change. As a planet we are entering into a new world, and we want to be at our best, but it’s up to each individual to first make the changes personally you want to see happen in the world, as the saying goes. The changes will be forged into the new foundation of our lives. Make the best of the cycle and consider the permanence of the changes, our lives are turning a corner whether we want them to or not. No one will be able to hold on to staying where they are, we must move forward now, so its best if we do it willingly and with a positive attitude.

Here’s some reminders for Mercury Retrograde for the daily process to go a little smoother so we can pay attention to the more important details!

When Mercury goes retrograde we find we are not able to think as clearly as we normally do, this actually helps us refocus on what’s important to work on. Since Mercury rules our thinking, during the retrograde our mind is not all that focused on the present, it wanders unless we direct it to concentrate. That is, unless you are born with Mercury Retrograde, then it’s one of your best cycles and if you are Mercury Retrograde natally or even by progression, you might find your thinking is clearer and more inspired during the cycle. At least two thirds of us are not born during Mercury Retrograde but everyone is affected by it. I like to remind my Mercury Retrograde people, even though this is your high cycle remember you are affected by those who will be doing things like driving their cars the wrong way on a one way street!

During this cycle it helps to get grounded, pay attention, double check reservations, receipts, and change. Leave extra time for driving and getting ready for work.  During the retrograde we tend to misplace our keys, lose a shoe, break a zipper, and of course electronics mysteriously act up. It’s not some gremlin that shows up and plays havoc with us, it’s just user error; our attention is not very present.  Slowing down will help ward off some of these little annoyances.

The most important idea of this retrograde is the availability of clarity. But you have to be willing to look at your life and see your truth so you can change and grow.

Lunar Eclipse Full Moon

August 18, 2016 at 2:26 a.m. PDT and 5:26 a.m. EDT

While the two Eclipses in September are considered by some to be more significant, this Eclipse, called a penumbral Eclipse, will only shadow a portion of the Earth and what is visible will not seem to Eclipse the light as much as a complete or even partial Eclipse will, it’s still considered significant by most astrologers.

Solar and Lunar Eclipses occur on New and Full Moons approximately twice a year when the Sun, Earth and Moon line up and energize each other. What’s important is the intention by sign of the Eclipse. Consider each Eclipse a super charged Full or New Moon. One who’s energy occurs in your natal chart and will activate something significant in that area of your chart for months to come, and, if it comes within nine degrees of one of your planetary bodies, it’s personally more significant for you.

This Full Moon Lunar Eclipse occurs in late degrees of Aquarius, 25 degrees and 51 minutes to be exact!  Aquarius is an air sign, representing thought and intellect at a collective level. Its opposite sign, Leo, is the heart, learning the love of self. Aquarius is the mind of the collective.  It’s important to remember we’re in a very profound time with a paradigm shift, just consider the present state of the planet: politics, wars, climate change, and economics, all in chaos. Yet most intelligent people are more interested in resolution, have hope and many Indigo’s like Elon Musk and Barak Obama have done tireless work to create a better future. This chaos is energy that is being shifted; technology is at its best helping to create transparency and is rapidly promising great new innovations to solve energy and sustainability issues so our future is more secure. This is all Aquarius in nature.

But we must remember that the individual is what makes up the whole. It is people who are creating the technology, the solutions and creating the chaos!

This Lunar Eclipse is very important because it will reflect back on our heart and ask us to look within and see if our head and heart are aligned or in chaos. One of my favorite organizations is Heartmath (www.heartmath.com). They’ve been doing remarkable research that many spiritual teachers have begun to work with to help people become coherent. That’s what this Eclipse is offering us. To be coherent is to have your heart and your head in harmonious electrical synchronization. Everyone wants to be happy. While that will have a very unique definition for every individual, seeking the answer to achieving happiness is the same, you have to become coherent.

This Eclipse will shed light on some inner shadow part of you that is keeping you incoherent. Here’s an opportunity to tune it up, bring it into harmony. Is it a past life fear, a child hood trauma? Perhaps it’s simply a belief about yourself that is not true; it’s telling you you’re not good enough, beautiful enough, smart enough. Your heart tells you the truth, you’re loved. It also has its own way of communicating to your brain. Actually the heart has an energy output that is amazing.  Go to the website http://www.factslides.com/s-Your-Heart, this slide show will show you just how amazing.  Did you know that the heart produces enough energy every day to drive a truck for 20 miles? And there’s so much more!

Don’t be afraid to peer inside, remember a shadow is simply something blocking the light. With the new dawn so close upon us as a planet, you matter.  Everything you do and think and feel matters to the whole. You can make a difference and you do.  Whether you are part of the solution or adding to the challenge is what this Full Moon Eclipse is going to help you see. Aquarius seeks the future, it informs us that everything that happens today will affect tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow.  It’s time for all of us to be global citizens.  To help make even one thing better in your world will produce great waves of change for the whole world. A prayer, a small donation, an hour of your time, anything you can do will change the world.  

I’ll leave you with a link to Marianne Williamson’s website http://marianne.com/a-return-to-love/  where her poem, “Powerful Beyond Measure”, will help you understand: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us.”

New Moon in Leo

August 2, 2016 at 1:44 p.m. PDT and 4:44 p.m. EDT

Mars enters Sagittarius

August 2, 2016 at 10:49 a.m. PDT and 1:49 p.m. EDT

Celebrate! Celebrate! Dance to the Music!!!! This New Moon is a time to rejoice. Leo energy is so positive and creative, generous and noble. In mid-April when Mars went retrograde, we experienced ten weeks of being personally challenged and life seemed to present all kinds of delays. Moving forward felt like a walk through mud some days. As Mars went direct, it still had to retrace its steps in Scorpio and the world seemed to be going crazy week after week. The Full Moon in Capricorn on July 19 created two weeks of the purposeful environment of Mars helping us review life and become a little more awakened, and hopefully a bit more intentional in what we really desire in life.

The Full Moon cycle asked us, “Do you really want things, or are your desires for something greater, less materialistic? What does real happiness mean to you, and what must you change in yourself to achieve it?” I found myself, and many of my friends and clients, feeling this change emerging and seeing life with a more genuine perspective about what’s valuable and important. The things we seek are desired because we believe it will bring us happiness: money, a career, a partner, a new car, a house, etc. are just the many ways the human mind interprets our emotions saying, “I want to be happy!”

Now that the New Moon in Leo is upon us, and Mars returns into Sagittarius, the sign it was in when it began its retrograde journey, we’ll see the paths open up, the opportunities appear for us to get moving, transforming thoughts into action. This offers a generous, creative power to move forward with a new sense of self, one more aligned with the Divine. The Divine doesn’t translate abundance into the material matter we desire, we do. To truly create it, it is essential to speak the language of the Divine, that of feeling our desires. The New Moon in Leo provides a wonderful time to prepare us for all the eclipses coming in late August and early September.

This New Moon is about taking action, getting us into a momentum of doing. Stay positive, if you try something new and it doesn’t resonate with your heart, move on. Most important is to act on your heart’s desires.  Listen to your heart and trust your instincts and intuition more. Let love become your guiding light and get every part of your being ready for the powerful eclipses arriving in the fall.

Full Moon in Capricorn

July 19, 2016 at 3:56 p.m. PDT and 6:56 p.m. EDT

This beautiful and extremely powerful Full Moon is now upon us giving us the next two weeks to ponder life and spend less time being active. Until August 2nd, when the New Moon in Leo cycle initiates a reemergence of light, we can go within and look into deeper, more contemplative emotions preparing for the powerful movement and change taking place in the months ahead.

During this Full Moon, take the time to commit to healing and loving something within you that has kept you from being more powerful, seeing your beauty and allowing love to flow where fear has taken hold. This two week period provides a healing that goes to deeper, more hidden places that harbor fear, the light will wake it with wisdom, and the fear will become “enlightened.” By the end of July, Uranus will motion retrograde, giving us the four outer planets beginning with Saturn, all in retrograde motion. This will add a dimension to this Full Moon Cycle that begins late in Capricorn as it will pass over Pluto and stay fairly close to it throughout the cycle. Pluto and the Moon together will give us, “Plutonian” power to heal. Rewriting our DNA, healing the generations of trauma that have been passed down, it will now offer itself to die and be reborn as power. It’s a great time to read, “The Genie in Your Genes” by Dawson Church. During this Full Moon, we have the opportunity to experience a death and rebirth cycle at a Quantum level!

Listen to your inner wisdom, especially with important decisions and if unsure, let it go for now.  When the New Moon occurs on August 2nd in Leo, the energy will help us create from our heart.  For now, practice coherency, let yourself feel it on a deep inner level and be prepared for miracles to happen once the energy is ready to express itself outward when we enter into the Leo New Moon. Check out the free Heartmath PDF, “The Coherent Heart”. It’s a free 64 page book that will help you learn to stay coherent! http://www.heartmath.com/wpcontent/uploads/2014/04/coherent_heart.pdf

The months ahead present more and more opportunities for change and realizing our dreams! What the world needs now is love, sweet, love! And you are the world.

New Moon on July 4

July 4, 2016 at 4:01 a.m. PDT and 7:01 a.m. EDT

The Cancer New Moon helps you understand more about what you “feel” rather than what you “think”. Using your intuition is quite valuable during this cycle which lasts until July 19th.

Everyone feels a bit stirred up when the Moon changes cycles, this one is the strongest emotional New Moon of the year and most of us will be feeling a bit more sensitive than usual.  Consider that any emotions coming up are simply old energies that want to release.

The Cancer New Moon is great for redecorating the house: painting, planting, especially vegetables and herbs. Spruce up the kitchen and maybe create a nice quiet area to rest and meditate; all things that nurture you and honor your home as a sacred space. I always do a little Feng Shui cleaning on this Moon. Clean your altar or create one, perhaps add a new chime to your front door or a fountain. I love to add a little mini herb garden to my kitchen window on this Moon: the smell of the herbs and the live plants growing really raise the energy of the most nurturing space in the home.

The New Moon in Cancer affords us the opportunity to stop and let go, clear the past and set our sights on the future. When the Moon is new you cannot see it. It is sitting right next to the Sun so there is no light being reflected. As it begins to move away from the Sun, the light begins to reflect and the Moon grows brighter and brighter each night. When the light grows so do the things we start during the New Moon phase. Cancer, being water, is particularly bountiful.

On some New Moons we want to go out and socialize, explore and be more active. With the Cancer New Moon we’re drawn to our homes and often want to stay home and work on something that enhances our sacred space. We tend to enjoy cooking and having friends over to share our space with. During the two week cycle we start with the Moon in Cancer and then it will travel through Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, and Sagittarius until it reaches the Capricorn Full Moon on the 19th. This group of signs focuses on intuition, creativity, health, harmony, healing, and wisdom. It’s a lovely two week cycle to integrate these ideas towards improving each in some way that will enhance your life and support your growth.

Full Moon on June 20 at 29 degrees Sagittarius

June 20, 2016 at 4:02 a.m. PDT and 7:02 a.m. EDT

Take some time to listen to your innermost thoughts, that subtle inner voice. Meditate, journal, go walking or hiking.  Nature provides a clearer energy for us during this Full Moon Cycle. If working, bring lunch and eat outside or at a park, spend some time alone to allow your outside chatter to stop. Listen more.

Sagittarius is the energy of instinct and nature. It rules foreign lands and languages and we tend to think of it as oral human languages. Sagittarius helps us to learn the language of the animals, plants, rocks and trees as well. It simply requires us to listen and trust what we hear, intuitively. Within nine days of this Full Moon cycle, Mars will finally motion direct. It’s been almost ten weeks of lessons, frustration and confusion. The Full Moon in Sagittarius will help us prepare to move ahead with clarity, perhaps see the gifts and empowerment received as we navigated through so much of the turbulence created. This especially affected those with Sagittarius and Scorpio planets, but all of us were feeling the maze affect of Mars Retrograde.

Another important aspect of this Full Moon is that it’s actually the second Sagittarius Full Moon of the year. We usually have one Full Moon in each sign and one New Moon in each sign. When we have two Full Moons in the same month, we usually call the second one a “Blue” Moon, hence the saying, “Once in a blue moon!” But this Full Moon is actually unusual, technically I don’t consider it a true Blue Moon because the first one was on May 21st and this one, although occurring within a 30 day period, is in a different month. But more importantly it’s at 29°, which is very relevant because it’s the last degree of the sign. When a planet occurs at 29° it becomes a mastery level of that sign. This suggests that this Full Moon expects us to put into action what we’ve learned. Walk our talk. Have we truly learned to listen to our own Divine wisdom? It’s important to stop and contemplate any old patterns that are trying to hold on promoting fear and doubt in us. The entire Mars Retrograde cycle has been about revealing, and even bringing to an end in some way, whatever is holding us back, hindering consciousness from awakening. The world seems to be going to crazy town, but whenever energy begins to transform it will cause chaos, it’s how the Universe works.  The greatest gift of this cycle is knowing our truth, knowing who we really are. But just remember a quote from one of my favorite poets, the late Paul Williams in his poetry book “Das Energi”, “Don’t ever think you know what’s right for the other guy. He might start thinking he knows what’s right for you.” We are all learning how important it is to respect each and every person’s belief, another Sagittarius lesson, observe and learn without judgment.

Hours later the Summer Solstice will be upon us, one of the cornerstones of nature’s ability to constantly show us the importance of change and transformation. I’ve posted information about Summer Solstice if you’d like more information about one of our four important seasonal events.

Summer Solstice

June 20, 2016 at 3:34 p.m. PDT and 6:34p.m. EDT

On June 20 at 3:34 p.m. PDT and 6:34 p.m. EDT the Sun will enter into the sign of Cancer. This is Summer Solstice. The word solstice is from Latin, sol meaning sun and sistere meaning to stand still. It refers to a point where the amount of light begins to change. The Summer Solstice in the northern hemisphere is the day we have the most light and then it begins to lessen each day. Winter Solstice is the day we have the least light but the light then begins to return, in the southern Hemisphere it’s exactly the opposite, they will be experiencing Winter Solstice on June 21st.

The solstices are two points on the Cardinal Cross; the other two are the equinoxes, vernal in the spring when the Sun enters Aries and autumnal in September when the Sun enters Libra. These four points are the season markers for the Natural Zodiac that begins with Aries. It’s also part of the Cardinal Zero Degree Point.  This is considered the most powerful “potential” degree.  Cardinal signs are the four turning points of the year, transforming one season into another, the Solstice and Equinox days hold the most potential for personal transformation. No one can predict whether something is going to be successful, it’s up to each individual to use their free will and success happens when we create it. But, the Cardinal Zero Point gives us a boost; think of it like a magic bean, but we have to plant it, water it, and then we have to have the courage to climb it! Ancient cultures seemed to know these days were particularly special.

Almost every culture has a celebration and tradition around the beginning of one of the Cardinal Seasons. Easter and Passover in the Spring, Midsummer with the Summer Solstice, Christmas, Chanukah or Yule, with Winter Solstice, Sukkoth and Halloween and Saim Haim in the Autumn, and there are many more in cultures around the world.  

I think the most important aspect to consider as a metaphor with Summer Solstice is light since it’s the day of abundant light. Light is the common denominator with all the Cardinal Cross points because whether it’s a Solstice or Equinox, it’s the light that is evaluated for noting the day of each one: the Equinox’s are when the light is in complete balance of night and day, the Winter Solstice is the day with the least amount of light and Summer Solstice is the day we have the most amount of light.  Keep in mind these days are completely opposite for the Southern Hemisphere, so they are celebrating Winter Solstice and the day with the least light on June 20!

Light is about wisdom and enlightenment. Summer Solstice takes place as the Sun enters Cancer, the sign that rules our subconscious and emotions. Summer Solstice offers us a moment where the access to our subconscious is open and available, the light illuminates the path. This year it will be heightened by occurring hours after the Full Moon in Sagittarius.

Perhaps it’s just the idea that once in a while we stop and take time to reflect and reconsider where and why we’re heading in certain direction in life. Four times a year the Universe suggests we follow nature’s lead and take a moment to celebrate what’s important, appreciate what is good and nurtures us without any effort on our part, the Sun. Without it, the planet and all life would perish. Because of its loyal energy, life continues on planet Earth. The ancients regarded the Sun as a God, maybe they understood something we’ve forgotten. 

Summer Solstice is the perfect day to stop and consider what in your life is keeping you from your good. Have you been asking for change and wondering why it hasn’t taken place? You want to change negative behavior but something seems to impede its transformation? Consider your subconscious is now ready to reveal its secret, the light is shining on the answer and the shadows disappear. What felt like an enormous undertaking, now in the light of truth, may actually be a very small part of you ready to transform. You do have something to celebrate!

Happy Summer Solstice!

New Moon in Gemini

June 4, 2016 at 7:59 p.m. PDT and 10:59 p.m. EDT

I’m sure many of you have been repeating the words, “Whew! What a month!”  Indeed, the planets have been very lively and unusually dynamic since mid-April. When Mercury Retrograde joined the party at the end of April through most of May, it was the perfect catalyst for life taking unexpected turns, unplanned change, and the proverbial doorknob coming off in your hand when you were trying to get out the door and running late!

The New Moon is opportunity to begin something new. The first three days hold the most potential for energizing any project or change you want to make. As we move into this New Moon, Mars Retrograde has moved into Scorpio for the month and is now in the final weeks of its retrograde motion in the sign of death and rebirth, the ultimate power to transform energy from one form to another. This means the New Moon in Gemini becomes one of the most relevant periods of the ten week Mars Retrograde period because here is where we get to be the Alchemist of our life. The past six weeks have offered us a chance to reconsider life, make significant changes in our plans and let our heart be the superior voice we listen to.

The New Moon in Gemini allows us to put our revised plans into motion. Gemini rules our intellect; it’s time to sanction it to partner with our heart and together they bring about the magic of making our dreams a reality. What could be more powerful and important? Over the next two weeks, each step we take arouses the energy of change.

Gemini is about motion, adaptability and the power of the word. Gemini is the Butterfly Effect: “When a butterfly flaps its wings in one part of the world it can cause a hurricanein another part of the world.” Author unknown.

Your life has been a story, with this New Moon you have pen in hand and the gift of writing a new story, the one your heart desires. As you begin your new story it has the power of the butterfly’s wings.

Sagittarius Full Moon

Saturday, May 21st at 2:14 p.m. PDT and 5:14 p.m. EDT

The beautiful Full Moon is upon us in the sign of Sagittarius: the truth seeker and wanderer of the zodiac. Sagittarius is intuitive and encourages us to seek inner wisdom and use instinct. During this Full Moon, Mercury is also retrograde in the sign of Taurus for one more day; this will encourage us to become quiet and listen to our inner voice more as the chart of the Full Moon will have Mercury Retrograde. Also, Mars will continue to be retrograde and will be very close to the Full Moon. This is a rare opportunity to stop and go within, consider our actions. Closely consider, are our daily actions really reactions? What can you consciously change that will make a difference in being more conscious?

We can observe how we feel more easily during these two weeks if we put down the cell phones, cut back on texting, watching TV and being distracted.  This is a wonderful opportunity to discover a self you may not have had the pleasure of meeting yet!

Take time during the actual Full Moon if possible to “Moon Bathe”.  Sit outside and let the light of the Full Moon enter into the millions of light sensing cells on the surface of your skin.  Quiet the mind and allow the Moonbeams to bring you a message through meditation. Moon light is a softer more receptive light than Sun light, I love to put my crystals, sacred items, and jewelry in a bowl of sea salt outside for a few days during the Full Moon. This gives it both Sun light and Moon light, it recharges the energy and creates balance. Remember during the Full Moon phase the light begins to go within and light the path to the subconscious mind, it’s a wonderful time to discover past lives and meet spirit guides during meditation!

Sagittarius is the inner wisdom bestowed on humanity from the Divine. As we begin the journey within give thought to these ideas; wisdom will emerge in the simplest thoughts. Consider the signs and symbols around you, they all have meaning and are the Divine’s way to speak to you. Take time to meditate and understand the messages. A wonderful time to go within and let inner guidance create a shift through divine wisdom in your life!

Taurus New Moon

Friday, May 6th at 12:30 p.m. PDT and 3:30 p.m. EDT

The first three days of the New Moon phase are the most powerful of each month. However, for the next two months, through the end of June, the Taurus New Moon and Gemini New Moon (June 4th) will be somewhat hindered by the many retrogrades we’ve been experiencing. Mercury will be retrograde until May 22nd, the day after the Full Moon cycle begins. Mars remains retrograde until June 29th.  Both New Moon cycles will best be made use of to finish projects and organize or redesign ideas you’ve been working on since the beginning of the year.

If you’ve been feeling out of balance and perhaps have even experienced an event or had a situation that suddenly stalls, you’ll have to reconsider your choices. Reconsider, reorganize and redesign is the message for this New Moon.

The New Moon in Taurus will give us all an opportunity to raise our sense of worth and value as it will energize Mercury Retrograde which is also in Taurus. If you consider what is not working in your life, the question is, “Have I considered if this is really what I want or am I settling for what I think I’m worth?”  Do you really value yourself; do you reject compliments or worse, love, from others? Perhaps the most important question is this: “Do I wonder why I don’t get what I want?”

One of the most simple but powerful ways to begin to raise your sense of value and self-worth is to repeat, “I appreciate myself” over and over, all day. In “You Can Heal Your Life” by Louise Hay, there’s a chapter where she suggests using this as many times a day as you can, either out loud or in your mind, for two weeks. It replaces a lot of self-depreciating comments we often don’t realize are having such a huge impact on our sense of self-worth, and this will lead to issues with money, relationships, everything that is dependent on what we tell ourselves we deserve. Repeating, “I appreciate myself” as often as possible will not cost you anything and it just may surprise you what you create in 14 days with one little statement. What do you have to lose?

Taurus helps us understand why and how the physical world and material resources have worth based in spirit but translate to our humanness.

While these weeks ahead might try your patience many times, it’s important to surrender and go with the flow. It’s really an unusual period of time and if you can embrace it as opportunity and not complain or lose faith, you’ll make it through the maze and emerge a better you, wiser and stronger. You’re worth it, you really are.

Mercury Retrograde Begins April 28th

April 28, 2016 at 10:20 p.m. PDT and 1:20 p.m. EDT

The planet of communication and intellect will be going into its second retrograde of the year on April 28th until May 22nd at 6:20 a.m. PDT. This Mercury Retrograde begins in the sign of Taurus at 23 degrees and goes direct at 14 degrees Taurus. This year the three Mercury Retrogrades are in Earth signs.

Earth signs rule the physical world and all its possessions, including our physical bodies. This will be an opportunity to focus our attention on personal matters like health, diet and exercise, as well as climate change and environmental issues. Perhaps one of the most important concerns will be to reassess self-worth and happiness. While economics, prosperity and poverty are important issues for the world to address, during each Mercury Retrograde we will be given an opportunity to re-evaluate what really matters to us personally and what is truly valuable in our life.

This particular Mercury Retrograde is the most significant one of the year because it joins so many other retrograde planets. Until May 10th it will bring us into a total of five planets, essentially half the Solar system, transiting in a retrograde motion. It’s a special time to allow certain souls to be born. These souls greatly need to resolve heavily karmic situations; many of them will also help make positive changes for the world as part of their karmic closure or rebalancing.

For most of us it’s also an opportunity to rethink, reconsider, and re-do decisions and projects that we began earlier this year. With Mars Retrograde also in the mix, it significantly affects and dominates this period of time, taking action to change something for the better is important to consider.  You might find yourself feeling very frustrated and conflicted; this is a way the Divine Self is telling you to stop and reconsider the direction you’re going in life. When we become coherent with our Divine Self, flow returns and things fall into place easier.  

As I mentioned in the last post about Mercury Retrograde, I highly recommend the book, “The Game of Life” by Florence Scovel Shinn as your Mercury Retrograde focus for this year. You could also use, “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coehlo, “Illusions” by Richard Bach or any work that helps you expand into possibilities you hadn’t considered before.  Opening to possibility is paramount!

When Mercury is retrograde it is wise to slow down and take time to evaluate our life. This retrograde will ask us to evaluate if are we being positive and powerful in our ideas or has fear crept into our thinking?  If our words and thoughts are negative, they will undermine our dreams.

Keep in mind, when Mercury goes retrograde, we find we are not able to think as clearly as we normally do. Since Mercury rules our thinking, during the retrograde our mind is not all that focused on the present, it wanders. That is unless you are born with Mercury retrograde, then it’s your high cycle. About 2/3rds of the population are not born with Mercury Retrograde but everyone is affected by it. I like to remind my Mercury Retrograde natives, even though this is your high cycle remember you are affected by those who will be doing things like driving their cars the wrong way on a one way street or going through red lights!

During Mercury Retrograde get grounded, pay attention, double check reservations, receipts and change. Leave extra time for driving and getting ready for work.  During the retrograde we tend to misplace our keys, lose a shoe, break a zipper, and of course electronics mysteriously go haywire. It’s not some gremlin that shows up and wreaks havoc with us, it’s just user error, we are not thinking clearly.

If possible, take some time during this period to reflect, allow your Divine Self to help you see a clearer vision about your life. Slow down and be present wherever you are and you will get the most out of these weeks.

Scorpio Full Moon

April 21, 2016 at 10:24 p.m. PDT and April 22 at 1:24 a.m. EDT

If you’re feeling a sense of sensuality and perhaps a deeper desire to withdraw and find solitude, you may be remembering a Druid lifetime! The Scorpio Full Moon is the traditional Beltane Moon, the most important Full Moon of the year for the Druids. It was considered a night when the two worlds: the Spirit World and the Earth World were closest to one another; they would say, “The veils between worlds are lifted.” This is because Scorpio represents the channel or portal that allows us to communicate with the higher non-physical realms. We relate Scorpio and the eighth house to channeling, mediums and psychics as well as death and sexuality, these last two are both ways we transform energy in the physical.

This particular Full Moon is fortuitous to our healing as it occurs with so many planets in retrograde motion. The Full Moon allows us to enter into a two week period of going within, exploring our subconscious memories and healing them. In Scorpio we can access deep issues that are usually difficult to navigate, but it may also trigger deeper wounds and fears. We tend to feel more sensitive and vulnerable during the Scorpio Moon. But when it’s the yearly Full Moon the subconscious becomes illuminated by the light going within. Because retrograde planets represent unresolved past or other lifetimes issues, it’s a moment to pause and heal traumas and wounds that may be holding us back from achieving our desires or causing present life issues like phobias and repetitive patterns we can’t seem to change.

These two weeks, from April 21st through May 6th, when the New Moon in Taurus occurs, is an opportunity to heal and raise our vibrational energy. If you’ve wondered why you haven’t been able to create the changes you desire: attract love, increase wealth, heal an illness or achieve a dream, opportunity is knocking on your door. Will you have the courage and willingness to go into realms in your energy field that hold fear and sometimes, frightening memories? This is a great time to work with a regressionist, someone certified in hypnosis, or a therapist that can help you release these energies and begin to rewire your nervous system, which often responds to many of these of unconscious memories. Dr Joe Dispenza has a wonderful book called, “Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself” that is about meditations and other practices that address these ideas.

Whatever you experience during this two week Full Moon phase remember, the answers are within you, not outside. Events in the outside world are reflecting something within trying to express itself. Don’t try to put out a fire on TV by throwing water at it! Blame, frustration and fear will only create a sense of powerlessness. Know you’re never given a desire without the power to achieve it, but you might have to have conviction and commitment to healing yourself. As the Druids would say, “Blessed Be!”

The Beltane Ceremony

The Druid priests and priestesses would spend the week before the Beltane Moon preparing their bodies to be as pure and energetically desirable so that during the sexual ceremony of the Beltane Moon a God and Goddess would inhabit their bodies.  If a child was conceived it was considered a child of the God and Goddess sent to bless the people. The child would be brought into the priest or priestesshood as soon as the child was capable of being independent; once they could walk and talk and no longer needed to be nursed or fed, some as young as three years old began their training in the psychic arts. They were expected to have many gifts of clairaudience, clairvoyance, some might show abilities as a trance medium or as a healer. Many couples in the Druid communities would also participate in Beltane ceremonies hoping to conceive a child believing they would bring many blessings to their family and village. In later centuries, May Day was celebrated as it was often close to the Beltane Moon. Celebrations of Spring, life returning to the Northern Hemisphere, became a more common practice once Christianity replaced Druid practices. It’s why Bunnies and Eggs are common symbols of Easter! The Druids would use these symbols to depict fertility and abundance of the Beltane Moon.

Mars Retrograde

April 17th through June 29th

Slow Down…You Move Too Fast…You’ve Got To Make The Morning Last…

Ok, now that I have that tune stuck in your head, if you’re old enough to remember the song, trust me it will come in handy! If you don’t know the song here’s a link to a YouTube video. 

Hopefully you’ll remember to hum it as often as possible throughout the ten week period of Mars Retrograde!

At 5:14 a.m. PDT on April 17th Mars, the planet of movement, passion and achievement, will turn retrograde in the early degrees of Sagittarius until it reaches 23 degrees of Scorpio on June 29th.  These two signs will be directly affected, but most Aries or people with lots of Aries planets will also be feeling its effects fairly strongly. At that time Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto will also be retrograde and Neptune will join in on the fun on June 14th. Outer planets have a more frequent and longer retrograde period than the inner planets. Mars only turns retrograde approximately every two years for about ten weeks. It can occur anywhere from about 60 to 80 days. Each retrograde is unique in date and duration, as well as sign, and should be examined carefully to understand its purpose at that time. Please remember planets cannot move backwards, it’s simply a perspective from our Earth world as to these planets appearing to be moving backwards on their orbit.

For those of you who just want to know what to do, here are some points to simplify Mars retrograde.
- Do allow yourself time off, as well as be willing to temporarily put a project, relationship or idea on hold until it feels more aligned with your heart.
- Do seek out the advice of an expert who can give you a broader perspective, more information and perhaps a long term idea of how your idea or project in its present state might turn out.
- In relationships, be willing to begin an honest conversation about what’s important to you and be willing to listen to the other person sincerely.
- Do rely on the Divine Self to guide you and trust that if something isn’t working  or begins to stall or even fall apart completely, it’s because something better is being offered.
- Do choose positive emotions and thoughts as much as possible throughout the day.  Learn to pray, meditate and/or work with affirmations and visualizations that help you stay coherent with your heart. If you not sure what it means to be coherent, go to this link and download a free 64 page booklet from HeartMath called The Coherent Heart.
- Do not make hasty decisions when you’re angry or feeling vulnerable. Instead, take a break, wait until you work through the distressed emotions and feel more balanced if a decision has to be made during this period.
- Do not let yourself join any angry, pity party or as my dear friend Louise Hay likes to say, the “Ain’t It Awful” attitude. Avoid the drama! This is going to affect political gatherings in very destructive ways.
- Do not give up, remember this too shall pass. Find the gift in the experience and be grateful.
- Do be patient! Even though Mars turns direct on June 29th, the entire journey will reach its final approach August 2nd, when Mars finally returns to the sign of Sagittarius.

If you’d like more detailed information about the astrology behind Mars Retrograde, including having a Natal Mars retrograde (those born during a Mars Retrograde period) which suggests past or other life unresolved issues, read on!

Most of May is a pivotal time for everyone. With so many significant planets transiting retrograde we have to first look at the big picture. For one, it gives souls entering into the world during that period an opportunity to have heavy retrograde birth charts, with almost half the natal planets retrograde.  The purpose of choosing a chart with so many retrogrades would indicate souls who have lots of past, or other, life issues to resolve as the purpose of this life time.  People born with Mars Retrograde tend to struggle with achieving their ambitions easily; they may also seem to lack passion or direction in life. Mars might be the most challenging of all retrogrades for us because it rules how we move physically, how we approach life ambitiously and also how we express our passions. Mars Retrograde in a birth chart is often thought of as a person who may have misused ambition and may have achieved things in life forcibly or possibly the same idea was used forcibly against them. Another possible perspective is that Mars Retrograde natives may have developed a belief that following your passion and being too ambitious is wrong or sinful. All of these ideas could be true, but I strive to identify how each person uniquely will choose to use all the energies in their chart and also understand what kind of growth they’ve achieved with their Mars Retrograde.

By April 29th, we will be experiencing Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto all in retrograde motion.  The planet as a whole will feel as if everything is going awry. Some will have personal projects or situations that seemed to be going along so well and suddenly things start to fall apart. This is one of most common sensations of Mars Retrograde.  The astrological signs of this retrograde are important to note because it will tell you the area of your life being affected during this time. In whatever house you have early degrees of Sagittarius, starting at 8 degrees and going back to 23 degrees of Scorpio, this will be the area you need to pay special attention to during this period.

Keep in mind the Universe is very purposeful, there are no coincidences. Mars Retrograde is an important time for us to revisit choices we’ve made and are working ambitiously toward achieving. It’s opportunity, not punishment. It lets us have a do-over! Consider January through March of this year, what you were doing, starting or attempting to accomplish?  This is what you will be given a chance to reconsider. Here are some questions you might want to ask: “Am I thinking big enough? or “Is this what I really want or am I choosing it because it’s what I think is the best I can do?” “Did I go with plan B because it was safer and my doubt or lack of belief in my dreams talked me out of what my heart wants?”

These are very important Mars type questions. While we are born with free will to choose whatever road we decide to take to reach our purpose, we’re also given these periods of time to have a second chance to expand and raise the bar. During the Mercury Retrograde period, April 28th through May 22nd, we’re being offered time to reflect and bring the mental body onboard with its ideas and add a dimension to our perspective as well as have the opportunity to analyze, research and gather information that will help us with the decision process. You might just find you’re happy with your choice and it is the best one that’s aligned with your passion. Not everyone is going to find problems or want to make changes. It brings you to a perspective that in some way encourages a stronger commitment and increases your drive to succeed.

As humans, we tend to become really frustrated when we feel Mars going retrograde. I equate it to being on an expressway and suddenly finding ourselves in a long traffic jam. Some of us will be involved in the cause: a car accident, a tire blowout, someone texting and not paying attention to the car in front them and bam! Most of us will likely just be sitting still wondering how long this is going take to clear up and feel the frustration and loss of control over a situation we seemly have no power to change. How often have you complained, “I never have enough time to do what I want?” Well, now you have time, instead of sitting in the car focusing on how frustrated you are, think of what you could use this sudden slow down and sojourn in time to do something you enjoy. Take a nap, listen to music, get out of the car and sit on the hood to enjoy some fresh air and sunshine. Get the picture?  If you get into frustration and try to push forward becoming angry that you’re not making any headway, you will experience the, “when you hit something hard with a hammer and nothing happens, don’t try to hit it harder, you just might break a pipe” affect.  In other words it will not work out well to head down that path to force things to move during Mars Retrograde!

Politics will certainly be experiencing a great deal of chaos.  All the presidential present candidates have charts that will be directly affected with this retrograde and anyone who has been coming from a place of ego and misuse of power just might find themselves having to answer for their words and actions. Sagittarius wants the truth to come out and Scorpio has a tremendous contempt for selfish misuse of power. It will be very interesting to see what will occur, especially in this present political circus.  Someone may not catch the trapeze, hopefully there’s a net below them and all that will be injured will be their ego. There may also be conflicts and confrontations escalating in situations already in chaos and suffering of human rights and liberties could reach a breaking point.  Perhaps it’s what is needed to provoke more global powers to get involved in resolving issues.

Just keep in mind, this Mars Retrograde is meant to awaken us with transparency and compassion. Be honest with yourself and have compassion for others. Say a prayer, send energy instead of criticizing or judging others. There is always something you can do to heal the world. A group of my friends will be stopping at the same time each day and visualizing ourselves taking each other’s hands, forming a circle and sending energy. We will all be in different locations but our intentions will gather in the ethereal and love and healing will be sent out. Begin with yourself, invite some friends and discover what miracles can be created!

Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Libra

March 23rd at 5:01 a.m. PST and 8:01 a.m. EST

Two weeks ago we experienced the Pisces New Moon Solar Eclipse. The Solar Eclipse is an active, outer world energy; it brings something to “light” in our conscious awareness. It began a flow of energy of getting the Earth world comfortable with being aware and communicating with our divine self. Now, as we move into the Full Moon, the light goes within and with the Lunar Eclipse it activates within, often bringing to light something in our subconscious. Consider the subconscious a place we energetically emotionally store information. Sometimes the information we access carries other-life memories that are hurtful or created fear, but we also have much wisdom and positive experiences waiting to be awakened as ideas and desires. There is much being offered on this Lunar Eclipse!

I find the occurrence of the Lunar Eclipse happening so close to Easter and Passover so metaphorically beautiful. Just like these annual spiritual observances, this Eclipse is here to remind us we can be renewed in spirit, remembering spirit is always ready to assist us on our earthly journey and it is a time to feel peace and gratefulness.

Since Libra is the defining factor of this eclipse, consider the aspects inside you that have held conflict with each other for so long. Your anger and fears have just as much validity in your life as do your joy and faith.  They must all acknowledge each other and begin to work together, recognizing the relevance they each hold for the whole self.  All are important and valuable and now is the time for them to come to a peaceful agreement.  When these unconscious distractions begin to merge and balance they will give way to a new consciousness you will be delighted to discover.

Some astrological thoughts about Eclipses:

Eclipses are notorious for heralding in change, BIG change. We also know statistically that royalty is often born on eclipses.  Charles, Diana and Kate are all said to be born on Eclipses (I’ll have to look those up so don’t quote me)! Whether you’re royalty or not you will be affected by these eclipses. The energy ushered in by Eclipses can last actively for 6 months; some astrologers feel the degree it occurs in your chart can be “hot” for up to three years.

First and foremost a word of caution, Eclipses cause a lot of energy to move and we experience a disturbance in the atmosphere for several days after an eclipse, you might be feeling a bit churned up even a week or two before this Lunar Eclipse because it works on our subconscious energy fields. So be careful with walking, driving and especially talking. Because it’s in Libra we’re stirred up emotionally and need to avoid conflict and confrontation.

Second, do not try to initiate something during the first few days of an eclipse, the energy is too chaotic and it’s best to wait until the energy settles into a flow.

The Lunar Eclipse, which always happens on a Full Moon, is more personal. It brings a resetting to emotional experiences of the past nineteen years. Have you been reacting to the same triggers, over and over for years? Have you held a grudge or felt resentful about something that happened many years ago and you still tell the story? Still holding onto fear about something? These are energy-zapping emotions that keep us focused on the past and need to be released and healed. This Eclipse gives us a huge boost of energy to clear out the past and let our thoughts and emotions refocus on the present. It helps to have gratitude for whatever it was that happened in your past, it was a lesson and taught you something valuable. Since it’s in Libra, the focus is on relationships but also about areas of our life where we don’t have balance and harmony. Libra seeks peace and beauty; we must find it within first before our outside world can reflect it back to us.

If you have a significant planet or point in Libra or Aries, this Lunar Eclipse will provide a powerful force for you to work with. All of us have 3 degrees of Libra in our chart somewhere, this will be the degree activated and whatever house that falls into in your chart will be the area of your life that this Eclipse will “stir” the energy! Don’t fall into any fear-based ideas about Eclipses; they are opportunities for us to access energy enhancements for change. If you feel as though it’s negatively affecting you, consider where you’re having resistance to change and do your best to let go.
For many of us, this Lunar Eclipse will help us discover what is not in harmony within us and that will provide the first steps to healing it and creating joy in our life. I wish you peace and love.

New Moon Solar Eclipse at 18 Degrees Pisces

March 8th at 5:54 p.m. PST and 8:54 p.m. EST

The astrological events of March 8th provide the first of four eclipses for 2016.  The theme of the eclipses this year is primarily Pisces-Virgo. We’ll also experience Libra, which will occur on March 23rd as a Lunar Eclipse. The energy ushered in by eclipses can last actively for six months.  Some astrologers feel the degree position it occurs in your chart can be “hot” or activated for up to three years.  This means every time something transits that degree, even if you don’t have a planet in that sign and degree, it can activate something in motion in that house or area of your life. Eclipses are exciting events because they activate energies in the collective, creating opportunities of transformation from a global to individual levels.

Pisces and Virgo are what I consider the axis of vision; Pisces gives us a powerful view from above, it allows us to see life through the eyes of the Divine. Virgo is the amazing world within the smallest aspects of the Earth world: a grain of sand under the microscope, the Universes that exist inside the nucleus of a cell. Both are unlimited and very powerful yet subtle.

Certainly if you have a planet or point, like an Ascendant or Mid-Heaven, in Pisces or Virgo, this eclipse is a wonderful opportunity for you. Appreciate the gifts it brings and expect life to change for the better!

The weeks and months ahead, perhaps the decade itself, will continuously adjust to the higher vibration that began in our world and perhaps other worlds, in September 2015. On the ethereal level, these frequencies are instantly raised but the Earth dimension is denser and requires gentle tuning to occur slower or we’ll feel quite disoriented!

Enjoy and celebrate the new beginnings, allow the divine mind to guide you and be gentle and kind to the old self as its cellular memory fades. Focus on your future, be unlimited in your desires and have faith that the divine self in you values and loves you unconditionally. Consider a daily morning ceremony to welcome your divine self into your life. The same way you would welcome home a new baby, realize you are the new baby! Gaze into the eyes of the new self with awe and delight every day.

I like to say, “I love you, thank you for everything! My Divine self is in charge of my life today and all my desires are manifesting, life is wonderful today!”

Full Moon in Virgo

February 22nd at 10:20 a.m. PST and 1:20 p.m. EST

We are now in the two week phase of the Full Moon. As the light begins to withdraw from the sky, it metaphorically retreats within us. It encourages our subconscious to use the energy to reveal some aspect the sign of the Full Moon represents in us.

While each of us will have a unique place in our chart and possibly a planet in Virgo, its energy holds certain attributes. Virgo is part of the visionary axis with Pisces. Virgo rules science and research, as well as holistic medicine and homeopathy. Virgo seeks to purify the physical world and works with nature to bring healing to the physical body.

Here are some ideas for personally using the energies of the Full Moon in Virgo cycle.
Get a jump on spring clean up: clear out drawers, closets, clutter and especially the refrigerator! A good moon to reassess your diet and consider changes that will inspire you to embrace a new direction in health. Explore doing a simple cleanse to get your body ready for spring. Create a lifestyle chart that helps you organize a schedule for improving body, mind and spirit.

This year we have the opportunity to experience Jupiter, the planet of spiritual growth and expansion, enhancing the Virgo qualities. It also compels us to seek a more spiritual based idea about how we approach these two weeks. If we’re focusing on our physical health improving we might want to explore meditation, ayurvedic practices or bioenergic therapies. Instead of just cleaning out drawers and closets, we might Feng Shui our home.

Whatever you’re feeling a desire to work on, follow your intuition. It’s more important than whether you do the right cleanse or Feng Shui your house, ultimately the Full Moon in Virgo helps your physical energy learn to listen to its inner wisdom.

Time to prepare for the Eclipses coming in March and Mars Retrograde! Watch for my new article and workshop on the important astrological events in the coming months.

New Moon at 19°Aquarius

February 8th at 6:39 a.m. PST and 9:39 a.m. EST

This most auspicious New Moon heralds in the Year of the Fire Monkey according to Chinese Astrology. This is a wonderful moon to begin to create or study something that helps you move forward.  Technology, metaphysics, and volunteering are subjects that are Aquarian in nature.  Perhaps begin to study Astrology or Numerology; both are ruled by Aquarius! It’s a good day to gather with friends and celebrate your good fortune for 2016; Aquarius is the sign of friendship.

When the moon is new, you cannot see it. It is sitting right next to the Sun so there is no light being reflected. As it begins to move away from the Sun, the light begins to reflect, and the Moon grows brighter and brighter each night. When the light grows so do the things we start during the New Moon phase.

The interest of Aquarius is the future: inventions, thinking outside the box, humanitarian work, the ecology, science, but especially knowledge that benefits everyone. The symbol of the Water Bearer is mostly named for the Greek mythology about Ganyded, who became the cup bearer for the Gods, endlessly filling their cups with wine. The sign of Aquarius is more about the knowledge and wisdom poured on humanity from the higher dimensions. Where do the ideas come from for inventions, especially technology and global ecology solutions?

Don’t get stuck in being right or seeing others as the “bad guy”, let the Universe resolve the issues of fairness and judgment. Focus on positive thoughts.  Rebelling and creating chaos makes change but at a cost.

Choose to make simple but permanent changes that contribute to the whole. Recycle, reduce your carbon footprint, donate to a cause that you believe will improve the lives of those less fortunate, even small donations add up. Volunteer, an hour a week can make a difference! Most important, be unique, be yourself. When you let your light shine, you encourage others to shine too.

If you’re feeling a bit lost in your life, consider helping others. Aquarius understands the benefit of stepping out of our comfort zone and recognizing we are not alone and how what we do affects others.  This awakens us, lets us see a bigger picture and helps us experience how powerful our actions are, for better or worse.

This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius!

The Daily Moons from February 8th through February 21st

Moon in Aquarius February 7th, 8th
Celebrate the Chinese New Year! Have a gathering of friends, follow the ideas for Chinese New Year and have a Fire Monkey themed party! Check my article on the Year of the Fire Monkey for more ideas!

AFFIRMATION FOR THE MOON IN AQUARIUS
Today I let go of the past with love and embrace a bright, wonderful future.”

Moon in Pisces February 9th, 10th
Join a meditation group or begin a daily practice of meditation, prayer, study photography, buy a new digital camera.  Create a dream or wish list for 2016.
Make sure to ground your energy as this moon can make us very unfocused and fuzzy!

AFFIRMATION FOR THE DAILY MOON IN PISCES
My dreams are now coming true. I can do anything my heart desires. I am inspired by my inner visions.

Moon in Aries February 11th, 12th
Write down 10 new ideas for the year ahead. Join the gym, get a fitness trainer, purchase exercise equipment. Try a new sport, martial arts, or course of study that allows you to be in a group but work independently. Be mindful of impatience and driving too fast on these days.

AFFIRMATIONS FOR THE DAILY MOON IN ARIES
My energy is balanced and flowing.  I create new directions in life today. I am self empowered.

Moon in Taurus February 13th, 14th
For Valentine’s Day give yourself a gift as a demonstration of love and self worth for yourself, then you’ll have more to give others. Be careful not to overdo the sweets, but do indulge in fulfilling desires and enjoying the pleasures in life.

AFFIRMATION FOR THE DAILY MOON IN TAURUS
I love and value who I am. I enjoy all the gifts the Universe has for me and I am open to receiving and giving love!

Moon in Gemini February 15th, 16th
Buy some new books or start writing your own. Join a club for social contacts and networking. Hide your cell phone and instead write someone special a handwritten letter.  Begin a daily practice of writing one thing that brings joy into your life.

AFFIRMATION FOR THE DAILY MOON IN GEMINI
The story of my life is mine to write. I live, love and laugh every day, joy is my goal.

Moon in Cancer February 17th, 19th
Cook a special dinner, something savory and warm, invite a friend over and enjoy some quiet conversation and good food. Watch an old movie, start a genealogy chart or start a new craft you’ve always wanted to try.

AFFIRMATION FOR THE DAILY MOON IN CANCER
I trust my feelings and listen to my intuition. My heart and mind are in complete harmony.

Moon in Leo February 20th, 21st
Get out to a movie, theatre or museum. Start an art course or other type of creative project. Drama classes, creative writing, play writing might just bring out the best in you.

AFFIRMATION FOR THE DAILY MOON IN LEO
Everything I create is wonderful and brings me joy. I love life and life loves me!

Full Moon at 3°Leo

January 23rd at 5:46 p.m. PST and 8:46 p.m. EST

This full moon also occurs during Mercury Retrograde, when most of us are not thinking too clearly, it has two full days until Mercury goes direct on January 25th. The Leo full moon this year is good for catching up on any unfinished creative projects, it’s also good for going out and having some fun but remember not to overdo anything. A good rule of thumb is to ask yourself, “How will I feel about this in two weeks or two months or two years?” Or better yet stop and think, “What if it gets posted on Facebook or YouTube?” Look before you leap, especially in the first few days of the Full Moon!

The same way the New to Full cycle has its purpose, so too does the Full to New Cycle.  Once the light begins to dissipate, consider it is going within.  The light within us is now lighting the way to deeper aspects of wisdom, desires and ideas.  We also may find deeper hidden motives and issues at this time, depending on your personal moon.

If you have a Fire Moon, this Full Moon is very useful and supports inner growth, for Earth Moons and Water Moons might find this period tiring and feel a need to take a break, have an afternoon nap or want more quiet time away from others. Air Moons are likely to feel more excited and inspired to be more creative or motivated to change something important in their life.

If you’re not born with Mercury Retrograde I like to suggest that during the retrograde it’s important to think twice and act once. People born with a natal Mercury Retrograde are in their high cycle for two more days and during a Full Moon phase it’s very helpful for them to become introspective and work on something that needs inner healing.  Mercury Retrograde ends on January 25th and the two week Full Moon phase ends on February 8th when the New Moon in Aquarius occurs as well as Chinese New Year. This Full Moon cycle is wonderful to prepare and plan for change as the New Moon in Aquarius is all about making changes for the better: health, prosperity, love, anything that provides a better path to making your dreams become reality!

For more information on The Year of the Fire Monkey please check my post here.

Enjoy this lovely shift of light, take some time away from the world and let the inner light guide you to discover the self waiting to be named.

The Daily Moons from January 23rd through February 6th

Leo Moon January 23rd and 24th  
Time to have a little fun and be creative! Find something enjoyable to do to remember the joy of doing for the sake of laughter and feeling that enthusiasm you had a child. Fly a kite, try finger painting or roller skating, anything that will make you smile and laugh.

AFFIRMATION FOR THE DAILY MOON IN LEO
Joy is my compass. I nurture my inner child and allow joy and laughter in my day.

Moon in Virgo January 25th, 26th, 27th  
Do not get caught up in the “I should” trap. Allow yourself to be present and acknowledge whatever you really feel like doing is OK. A wonderful moon to work on a project that requires detailed attention, finish that scrap book, clear out and organize files, go through clothes and donate what no longer suites your needs. Make sure to put a limit on how long you work and schedule in time to relax and let go of the day.

AFFIRMATION FOR THE DAILY MOON IN VIRGO
I clear my mind of clutter. As I let go of the old I allow in the new. My life is evolving perfectly.

Moon in Libra January 28th, 29th, 30th  
Get a haircut, include a manicure and perhaps even a massage. Pamper yourself a little or a lot. Stay balanced and face any challenges that come up with a sense of inner peace. Allow inner guidance to help you make any decisions or find answers. Relationships may be challenging on these days, take the high road.

AFFIRMATION FOR THE DAILY MOON IN LIBRA
I walk in peace and harmony. I love myself just the way I am.

Moon in Scorpio January 31st, February 1st
Give yourself a little more breathing room than you usually do and avoid any one you find irritating or annoying. Sensitivities run high on the Scorpio Moon. If you need to, take a personal day and do something you find soothing and relaxing. A wonderful moon to explore your psychic ability, put on some music and meditate, ask your guides to give you a message. Keep Valentine’s Day plans light to avoid disappointment.

AFFIRMATION FOR THE DAILY MOON IN SCORPIO
I am safe and protected from negative energy. My guides and angels help me navigate through my day with ease and wisdom.

Moon in Sagittarius February 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Resist the need to shop or spend money, instead explore the deeper emotions hidden beneath this drive. With Saturn in Sagittarius joining this moon, especially on the 2nd, it’s important to spend some time in reflection looking at your true needs and desires. Ask yourself if you feel truly fulfilled in life. Consider making small changes that can lead to big rewards in happiness and gratification.

AFFIRMATION FOR THE DAILY MOON IN SAGITTARIUS
I am an ever expanding energy of consciousness. I find my truth and honor it at all times.

Moon in Capricorn February 5th, 6th
Learn to take life less seriously. Getting things accomplished is satisfying but remember to attend to personal affairs. Avoid burning the proverbial candle on both ends on these days and remember the value of home, family and friendship.  Give a call to someone you care about and let them know how much they mean to you or help a neighbor, friend or someone you know would really benefit from your contribution to their life.

AFFIRMATION FOR THE DAILY MOON IN CAPRICORN I have gratitude and appreciation for the people and things that give my life added meaning and worth.

Chinese New Year - Fire Monkey

February 8th at 6:39 a.m. PST and 9:39 a.m. EST

Monkeys are born after the New Moon in Aquarius, which usually occurs in early February and continues for 12 lunar months in the years 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004 and 2016!

The year of the Fire Monkey is a year of innovation, resolving issues by taking action and lots of adventurous opportunities! Because it’s a fire year we have to avoid emotions getting the best of us and not making decisions without first giving them careful thought. In Fire years we tend to be hasty and impatient, we’re inspired by fire but fire can be destructive if not handled with care.

The year of the Fire Monkey is about Action, because it follows the year of the Wood Sheep which provided a year of contemplation, peace and harmony. Now that we’ve had a chance to think about life it’s time to do something about it! This year it’s important to move with confidence, get more adventurous and try new ways of doing things. Fire heats things up, brings light to see your way and is associated with passion. Monkeys are energetic, clever and fun loving. There’s never a dull moment with a Monkey around! All those qualities are good to embrace to some degree this year. Encourage your passionate, fun loving self to come out and try something adventurous and out of the box!

People born during the Year of the Monkey are natural problem solvers because they are so curious and love a challenge. They can be mischievous and have a short attention span. They are clever and very inventive. Have lemons? Make Lemonade! Should be their motto!

Many of us in the West have started to celebrate Chinese New Year. I did some research as to what are the meanings behind some of the traditional beliefs to ring in the New Year. Here are some ideas that go along with the symbolism and beliefs of the Chinese New Year.

At least a day before the New Year, you can actually start 7 days before, make a clean sweep of your home, this symbolizes letting go of the past, getting rid of last year’s troubles or dirt. However do not sweep or clean on New Year’s Day; it is thought to sweep away your good fortune and prosperity for the New Year. Do your shopping and preparing a day before the New Year and if possible wear new clothes bought for the New Year in red and gold.

Do not wash your hair on New Year’s Day or clean the house because it will also wash away the good fortune for the New Year!

Put out some Oranges or Tangerines on New Year’s Day for everyone to eat as it symbolizes good health and vitality.

Have fresh flowers, possibly red, with pleasant scents out on New Year’s Day as they represent prosperity.

Wear red for luck and gold for happiness and prosperity on New Year’s Day.
Plan a celebration dinner for New Year’s Day. Decorate with lots of red and gold, fragrant red flowers and   Make sure to eat something sweet and rich so that you have a sweet, rich New Year. Traditionally dumplings and sweet rice cakes are eaten on New Year’s Day, and giving gifts of money in small red envelopes, especially to children, are common practices. Monkeys are creative so be creative and fun and plan an adventurous party. Happy New Year!

New Moon in Capricorn

January 9th at 5:31 p.m. PST and 8:31 p.m. EST

The Moon enters into a New Moon cycle on January 9th at 19 degrees Capricorn. It’s quite significant that it occurs so close to the degrees of Mercury Retrograde which begins just four days before. The entire New Moon cycle will be accompanied by Mercury Retrograde. This means people born with Mercury Retrograde, especially if it’s in Capricorn, are going to have an extraordinary opportunity to begin something significant during the New Moon phase. For the other 2/3rds of us that are likely born with Mercury in direct motion, it’s an especially important time to reassess important matters in our life. The next New Moon will be February 8th and coincides with Chinese New Year; this is the year of the Fire Monkey! A great New Moon to begin your future and turn away from the past, Tabula Rasa! Use this New Moon in January to develop a plan and gather resources to initiate the new you in February!

The Capricorn moon takes life seriously; it’s the best business moon because Capricorn rules career and business. It’s a good time to contemplate where you’re heading in your present career. Take time to really assess your future: Will you be happy and fulfilling your passion on your current path? Do you know what your true passion is?  Will your current career provide a strong foundation that will stand the test of time and be in sync with your talents and desires?

The Capricorn New Moon welcomes commitment and hard work and keeps its focus on the outcome. It’s not the most romantic or social moon. Unless you are Mercury Retrograde natally, it’s best to use this cycle to plan, research, create a vision board or write a mission statement that will help you with practical steps you can take each day to attain your true purpose, or to work towards discovering it.

It could be a good moon for finally stopping smoking or making a life change that progressively improves your health.  You could lessen sugar; eat more raw vegetables along with a commitment to walk more often. Changes will be more successful if you create a plan to follow, find a group that could support you in week by week or even daily setting. There are many new apps that are great for tracking progress and many free online groups that will provide support and inspiration. This is not the moon that will accept you wanting to fit back into that pair of jeans you’ve been saving for years, let go of the past and be present.  Capricorn is about being realistic.  Its energy takes change seriously and prefers putting one foot in front of the other and reaching a goal worthy of the test of time.

Here are some ideas for the New Moon in Capricorn:
Take some time to consider the most important permanent positive changes you want to make in your life. Create a structure to work within similar to a business plan. Set realistic goals and use a reasonable timeframe to accomplish small steps, place a written form of the plan where you can see it every day.

Be kind to yourself, let go of what you think you should have done or not have done.  My Mom would always tell me, “If you live in the past you’ll have no future!” Before you begin your day, take time to pick one goal for that day, write it down and create a short mantra for your goal. Repeat it as often as you can all day!

Stay positive, use affirmations to help you keep your thoughts and feelings aligned with what you want. I recommend “Outrageous Openness” by Tosha Silver. It has wonderful stories and suggestions about trusting divine order and taking charge of your life through your thoughts and emotions. My favorite is using a God Box; check out her chapter “Thinking Inside the Box”.

 

My favorite quote is from Lao Tzu, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”  I hope your journey for 2016 is filled with wonderful adventures and great success!

Mercury Retrograde

January 5th through January 25th

The planet that rules our thinking, communicating and our mental body as a whole, will be going into its first retrograde of the year on January 5th at 5:05 a.m. PST and 8:05 a.m. EST at 1° Aquarius.  It will station direct motion on January 25th at 1:50 p.m. PST and 4:50 p.m. EST at 14° Capricorn.

I highly recommend the book, “The Game of Life” by Florence Scovel Shinn as your Mercury Retrograde focus for this year. It was written in 1925, and even with its antiquated language, the energy seems to jump off the page and helps us grasp how we can truly be prosperous. I’ve read so many works on this subject, yet this little book, decades old, brought a clear and understandable knowledge about prosperity. You have nothing to lose and all to gain!

This year all three Mercury Retrogrades will be in Earth signs. Earth signs rule the physical world and all its possessions, including our physical bodies. This will be an opportunity to focus our attention on personal matters like health, diet and exercise, as well as climate change and environmental issues. Perhaps one of the most important concerns will be to reassess self worth and happiness. While economics, prosperity and poverty are important issues for the world to address, during each Mercury Retrograde we will be given an opportunity to re-evaluate what really matters to us personally and what is truly valuable in our life.

This first cycle will be accompanied by Pluto in Capricorn. Pluto is a very spiritual and powerful planet that represents death, rebirth, and regeneration. In terms of the physical world it helps us understand that nothing in physical form is meant to be infinite. We must allow it to return to pure energy and regenerate into another form. It teaches us that energy never dies, it simply changes form. Mercury Retrograde will be greatly influenced by Pluto this month. The concept of “let it go” will become reality for many of us. It’s best if we embrace this idea with a positive outlook. Look to the year ahead with enthusiasm that welcomes something new into the space once occupied by what was.

Perhaps the most important idea will be about how self worth and self esteem is directly the cause and effect of what our life produces in the material realm. If your bank account is low, it’s because your sense of self worth is low.

Mercury Retrograde does have a very positive purpose if we learn to go with the flow of its energy. It gives us a chance to reevaluate, reconsider, and reawaken decisions and projects from past occurrences. While this Mercury Retrograde begins at the first degree of Aquarius, the entire cycle is in Capricorn, this will help us with creating structures and ideas that will be resolute and endure, it will also help us develop discipline and steadfastness to see these things through.

When Mercury goes retrograde we find we are not able to think as clearly as we normally do, this actually helps us refocus on what’s important to work on. Since Mercury rules our thinking, during the retrograde our mind is not all that focused on the present, it wanders unless we direct it to concentrate. That is unless you are born with Mercury Retrograde, then it’s one of your best cycles and if you are Mercury Retrograde natally or even by progression, you might find your thinking is clearer and more inspired during the cycle. At least 2/3rds of us are not born during Mercury Retrograde but everyone is affected by it. I like to remind my Mercury Retrograde people, even though this is your high cycle remember you are affected by those who will be doing things like driving their cars the wrong way on a one way street!

During this cycle it helps to get grounded, pay attention, double check reservations, receipts, and change. Leave extra time for driving and getting ready for work.  During the retrograde we tend to misplace our keys, lose a shoe, break a zipper, and of course electronics mysteriously act up. It’s not some gremlin that shows up and plays havoc with us, it’s just user error, our attention is not very present, slowing down will help ward off some of these little annoyances.
The nature of Mercury Retrograde is to give us time to stop and breathe. Finish up projects that need completion. Reflect on where we’re headed, maybe reconsider a decision. Of course our western thinking is rooted in doing so much that we keep trying to swim against the current. If possible, take some time during this period to reflect, allow a higher energy to help you see a clearer vision about your life. Slow down and be present wherever you are and get the most out of these three weeks.

If you are Mercury Retrograde, get going! This is one of the three high cycles for you to put something in motion aligned with your Mercury and bring it into manifestation. Important decisions, signing contracts, and starting new relationships or jobs, all tend to work better for you if you begin it during this cycle. But remember, others are not thinking so clearly, so be careful and give yourself extra time to get to appointments, double check reservations and count your change!

Full Moon in Cancer

December 25th at 3:11 a.m. and 6:11 a.m. EST and 11:11 a.m. UT!

Even if your faith or belief does not celebrate or recognize Christmas, it is a day that affects everyone. Life stops, we have time to reflect and most of us will, at the very least, have the day off. It’s difficult to be anywhere on December 25th and not have some sense of our life and reflect for a moment as much of the world takes a moment and stands still, and with a Full Moon in Cancer, our memories are stirred and emotions surface.

The Moon is the natural ruler of the sign of Cancer. This means the Moon is very powerful whenever it’s in Cancer and when it’s a Full Moon the energy multiples!
What designates a Full Moon is that it is exactly opposite the Sun, which is in Capricorn. The light of the Sun and of the Moon will provide constant illumination on the day and night aspects of us. The day part of us is our conscious reality, the one that wakes with us in the morning and focuses its energy on the day ahead, the outside world. It keeps its attention on where we’re going and what’s important to do.

The night part of us is the subconscious, the awareness that wakes up when we go to sleep. This part of us keeps its attention on the emotional information we’ve taken in and tries to help us process feelings, resolve stress and tension, and allows our physical body to go into healing mode. How often have you dreamt about things you saw or experienced during the day but didn’t realize it had affected you?  Also, our dreams continue to give us messages from the Divine Mind, it does it in pictures, symbols and stories that provoke emotions which guide us toward an experience.  

The Full Moon in Cancer is all about paying attention to our subconscious and our emotions, it gives the most light available within to shine on things we don’t normally see about ourselves. One caution during this moon is to keep emotions in check; many of us get stirred up because the subconscious is so active during this moon. Others around you may react out of deep, suppressed emotions. It’s best to show compassion and not react to others dramas, do your best to keep your focus on yourself and what you’re feeling.

Take some time to reflect or meditate on what you’re feeling during the Full Moon, write down any symbols or words you might experience. Set an intention to allow all your emotions to flow freely during this cycle by honoring every day, whatever you feel, without judgment.  Simply see them as a part of yourself that wants to express something.
The Full Moon in Cancer will help us see where we need to nurture our self, release the memory of pain and suffering and begin to live in the present.

As an Astrologer, I’m often asked what would the perfect date be for starting something. We can look ahead and see what planetary opportunities the Solar System provides, but know that we are always choosing, every thought and emotion we have is creating a powerful manifestation.  We can focus on this one day because it feels as though it must be special or unusual but what makes it so special and important is that it’s the last Full Moon of the year and it’s an opportunity to let go of the past and consciously choose to live each day ahead with a more positive and self nurturing attitude.

We make no mistakes and every decision is the right one. Especially with the New Year upon us we tend to be ambitious about making significant changes. I encourage everyone to consider this: don’t rush; it’s not a race but a journey. You’ll be ready when your thoughts and emotions are motivated by love and value for who you are, when your imperfections can be experienced as your uniqueness in the world and you celebrate it.

Slow down, listen to your inner wisdom and, most important, give yourself the compassion and understanding you give others. If you find yourself judging others and easily angered toward them, you have work to do. Go within, find where you’re angry and judging yourself - the outside world only

changes when you do. Be the change you want to see in the world around you. Happy, Merry, Joyous!

New Moon in Sagittarius

December 11th at 3:29 a.m. and 6:29 a.m. EST

The New Moon in Sagittarius often provides and inspires a desire to learn something new, you might find yourself seeking a new book, class, or teacher of shamanic arts, perhaps a new spirit guide is ready to work with you.

What’s most important is the opportunity for us to step onto a new path and choose transformation. In Sagittarius it summons us to be intuitive and use instinct. With only Uranus in retrograde motion, this New Moon is set to create a good momentum to start moving forward, embracing the new paradigm with wisdom and inner guidance. Truth and Non-Judgment are the new leaders of our world. Be honest with yourself and see others in their best light, as well as yourself. Recognize that every human has fears and our only true freedom is to feel whatever is true for us.

The  Sagittarius energies have a great love of learning, traveling to distant shores or exploring something very different and out of the box objectively, and most importantly, awakening the Shamanic teachings within. The New Moon in Sagittarius often provides and inspires a desire to learn something new, you might find yourself seeking a new book, class, or teacher.  Follow your desires because your desires are the Divine self desiring through you.

Consider this New Moon an opportunity to begin setting new intentions for the upcoming Winter Solstice on December 21st. This is the last New Moon of 2015; Winter Solstice is a turning point in our world, a day the ancients understood its meaning for our world. Check my article on Winter Solstice for more details and ideas on celebrating as we reach the darkest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere!

Winter Solstice

December 21st at 8:49 p.m. PST and 11:49 p.m. EST

Winter Solstice marks the longest night in the Northern Hemisphere and the longest day in the Southern Hemisphere, where it’s actually Summer Solstice. Essentially, the tilt of the Earth reaches it farthest point from the sun on its orbit leaning outward and then it begins its journey back toward the Vernal Equinox when the light will be in complete balance of night and day and the Earths tilt is balanced. Imagine being on a carnival ride and how it sweeps outward and reaches a point where you can feel the centrifugal force pulling at your whole body and then it begins to move back toward the center. This year Winter Solstice occurs at 8:49 p.m. PST and 11:49 p.m. EST on December 21st. Also the New Moon in Sagittarius on December 11th compliments the Winter Solstice. Truly a gift of the gods as they open a window of New Moon energy to enhance the light even more brilliantly that begins to return after Winter Solstice and ushers us into the New Year! A Grand Earth Trine will also occur during the Winter Solstice, enhancing opportunities to truly understand and create our dreams into manifestation. Earth signs will be especially fortunate this year but must be careful to make wise decisions and stay balanced.  Keeping grounded is essential to success.

Many ancient cultures believed the sun was a god, the word Solstice means “sun stands still”. In the Northern Hemisphere, for about three days the sun appears to stand still in the sky and many ancient cultures took this very seriously. Temples were built specifically to reflect the Sun’s position during the Solstices and Equinoxes.  Spiritual ceremonies would be performed to set an intention as Winter Solstice was about the promise of the coming year. It was the last day of darkness and announced the light returning to the earth. In our modern world we can utilize this idea in many ways. About this point in the year, many of us are feeling rushed and overwhelmed, our energy and bank accounts are a bit drained. So this is good day to stop and stand still, breath. Take a moment to remember some truths. “This too shall pass” is one of my favorites; “The Sun always rises” is another.

In astrology we have to remember that we are the Sun and the Moon, as well as all the cosmic bodies that represent some part of us. The sun is our authentic self, the powerful part of us that watches us like a god and guides us with its light. Winter Solstice is the perfect time to reflect on what to let go of from the past year.  Spend time within and find gratitude for the lessons and challenges you faced, thank the darkness for the inner sight it provided. Know they were all purposeful and meaningful in your life. Now you can turn your attention to the future, get ready to let the light return and show you a new path - one that has been there all along but you couldn’t see until now, a new you that has always been present but perhaps now you can appreciate and see in a new light.  

It’s a good day for us to stop like the Sun in the sky, shine its light within and ask yourself if you are really happy and are you living your truth. What is the change you can introduce into your life this year that will bring you more happiness and closer to your true self?

Whatever your hopes and desires for the coming year, know through the power of your Sun, your authentic self, you have the power to make it come to light!

The Mourning Moon

Full Moon in Gemini November 25th at 2:44 p.m. PST and 5:44 p.m. EST

This is a very interesting Full Moon; it’s the last Full Moon before the Winter Solstice on December 21st.  In the Druid tradition this was known as the “Mourning Moon”.  This is because it was the last day of strong light before Winter fully sets in when winter skies become cloudy and light lessens and lessens. Nature in the Northern Hemisphere has begun to let go of its “life” because it has come to an end; leaves have dropped from the trees and all we see are the bare branches and dead leaves on the ground.  Animals have begun to enter into hibernation, the grass has turned brown and nature appears to be withered and dead. This Full Moon is the day we contemplate what we should let die in our life as nature has. This refers to things that hold us back from being happier and are ultimately self-destructive, like holding resentments or bad habits like smoking or eating sugar.  If you look within, the light of the Sun in Sagittarius will reflect the truth of what is dying or already dead. The Full Moon is a time to go within and confer with the powerful higher self, knowing many self destructive behaviors and negative emotions are emanating from something in the subconscious. The Full Moon sheds light on the shadow, we can become more aware of it and ask our Divine self to help us let it go. Gemini is related to speaking and communicating, adapting and intellectualizing. When it’s full, which only occurs once a year just before the Winter Solstice, it gives us a chance to listen and communicate with ourselves on an inner level, surrender instead of adapting, being instinctual instead of intellectual.

As we enter into this two week period, if we choose to, we’ll experience the effects of letting go.  The mourning period that is sacred and required for our humanness to truly reach acceptance that it was time, whatever had to die, was ready in some part of our transformation to release and at some point return to us as rejuvenated energy. Nothing really dies, energy just changes form, death must precede birth.  Each season has its sacred rites and provides the momentum for the next energy to arrive, which is beginnings: Spring, rebirth. For now we are allowed to become still and quiet, slow down a bit, allow something to conceive and gestate. Whatever you experience or feel during this cycle honor it and acknowledge it. Find the gratitude for it having existed in your life because it served a purpose and it you can see its worth and be thankful for it.  It will become a form of potential prosperity for you.

Scorpio New Moon

November 11th at 9:47 a.m. PST and 12:47 p.m. EST

This may be the most sacred and potentially powerful New Moon of the year and its history is fascinating. It’s rich with the account of how the Old Faith people eventually became Christians, and I believe this is the Moon the Druids would have celebrated Samhain on because they knew it was the energy of the most sacred night of the year.  Samhain is the Druid New Year; the night the veils are lifted between the two worlds, the physical realm and the spiritual realm.  I’ve written a few words on what I’ve learned from a few historians through the years, if you’re interested in the story continue to scroll down! It might help you understand at a deeper level how we create our world and perhaps how to better manifest what you truly desire.

Here’s the astrological advice for the New Moon in Scorpio two week phase:
The Scorpio New Moon increases our potential to consciously access the power in higher dimensions; the field of unmanifested energy of potential where all thoughts and emotions create, for better or worse! During this moon, many people will feel that deeper part of themselves stirred and experience a feeling of vulnerability. It’s not unusual for people to be emotionally reactive and become argumentative, so be careful and mindful during the Full Moon period, which is effective for several days, beginning with Monday, November 9th through Wed November 11th when the Moon becomes full.

It’s important to be grounded and spend some time in a quiet space. Approach this New Moon with a sincere intention: have a ceremony, write a letter to your higher self, meditate with your heartbeat and listen to its desire. We have two weeks of the energy offering true abundance, prosperity that comes from your heart’s desire! So during these weeks plant your ideas, your spring bulbs, plant your deepest desires in the soil of potential and then settle in for the quiet darkness of winter where the “seeds” unseen will be receiving the magic of Chi, Life Force, Prana.  When it’s ready for birth it will take its first breath in your life, most likely in a form better than you imagined. Be willing to be surprised, have a miracle and become a receiver of good. Just be patient and remember God, or the Universe, is never late!

History of the New Moon in Scorpio and Samhain
It’s common today to associate Halloween, October 31st as Samhain, however the Druids would have followed the Moon cycles and the Scorpio New Moon, whatever day that date occurred was more likely considered Samhain. The Christian calendar eventually adopted All Saints Day as November 1st, and All Souls Day as November 2nd as a way to create a similar holy day with the Druid holy day, one that acknowledged and desired to communicate with the dead.  It’s important to note that the original All Saints Day in the Christian Calendar was May 13th.  Historians have suggested, with quite a bit of evidence, that by the 10th century the Roman Christian Church was attempting to persuade Druids and Pagans to convert. By creating holy days that coincided with many of the non-Christian population it would allow them to continue to practice their beliefs in the supernatural world of spirits within the acceptable ideas of the Church. What the Christian Church didn’t understand was how the Druids and the Pagans used a Lunar Calendar,  one that counted nights and not days, New Moon to Full Moons, 28 day months, and a 13 month year.

The Christian Calendar simply designated a date for a specific celebration.  Because our modern world has been so influenced by the Christian Calendar, October 31st became All Hallows Eve, where the spirits can enter into our world and wreak havoc (a rumor perpetuated by the Christian Church to scare people to not go out at night and celebrate Samhain) and All Saints day was moved to November 1st and All Souls Day celebrated on November 2nd.  By the way the common denominator was all of these focused on the Dead, yet the Druids focused on the living being given access to the power of “energetic” realms to use for manifesting, bringing into form a desire, a hope or wish. But it was not for material gain, it was for spiritual growth and blessing the physical world. The Church didn’t understand the deeply spiritual intention.

The Druids understood that the Scorpio New Moon, when the Sun and Moon were luminating and enhancing the Scorpio mysteries was the most powerful day of the year.  It gave one the ability to “plant the seed” of desire that would allow the powers of the Spirit world to send it into physical existence because the Scorpio New Moon was like a portal that allowed the two worlds to open to one another.  Those in the spiritual realm, the dead, could visit the physical realm and those in the physical could visit the spiritual and converse with powerful spirits.  Many of these the Christians eventually “christened” as Saints when people were resistant to letting go of their beliefs of spirits that ruled over the physical realms.

Scorpio is the sign of death and rebirth and Scorpio is the sign that helps us remember that we are first spiritual beings, that our human world is created by spirit. It opens channels of consciousness so we can pick our heads up from daily distractions of the material world and re-member it is our spirit that creates. 

The Scorpio New Moon that occurs very close to the mid-point between the Autumnal Equinox and Winter Solstice is the time when the veils of the non-physical realms lift and allow us in the world of form and matter to briefly touch heaven in a most conscious way.

Taurus Full Moon

October 27th at 5:05 a.m. PDT and 8:05 a.m. EDT

As we enter into the Full Moon phase in Taurus, an Earth element and Fixed sign, we are offered time to re-evaluate our desires. Venus, the planet of love and desire rules this Moon and seeks to help us understand the importance of even our most nominal desires.  During this two week cycle we have an opportunity to understand that our desires are really what the Divine desires through us. Our earthly desires for love, health, wealth and whatever is our personal interest and goals in life, are coming from something deeper and more powerful within us. This is a wonderful cycle to get in touch with understanding how the simplest desire has its beginnings in something very valuable to our Soul. Once we understand how important and valuable our sense of self-esteem and human worth are, we’re able to manifest our dreams with greater meaningfulness.

During the Full to New cycle, we take a break from starting and doing in the outside world and use it to re-think and re-sort some of what we did start during the last New Moon cycle, which began October 13th. The decreasing light is really a symbol of the energy of light or knowledge going into the deeper subconscious.  This helps us plan and prepare for the next New to Full cycle which begins November 11th.

Taurus Moon Full Moon

A wonderful moon to assess your worth and value in the world. While bank accounts are part of our world, this moon beckons us to look within and ask ourselves if we are happy. If something is making you unhappy consider what it’s costing you.

New Moon in Libra

October 12th at 5:06 p.m. PDT and 8:06 p.m., October 13 at 1:06 a.m. EDT

The New Moon is an occasion to begin a new direction, actively and intentionally creating. In Libra we seek to create love, beauty, and harmony. I’ll do my annual Feng Shui check up just before the New Moon, cleansing and enhancing areas of my home that have become out of balance. I love to plant flowers on a Libra New Moon and put in flower bulbs for next spring. Anything that feels out of balance, change it! This means, bless it then give it away, throw it away, repurpose it; simple changes are the most powerful to create balance. Sometimes the space is most balanced if you leave it open.

After all the astrological events of September this Libra New Moon is an opportunity to put many things into harmony and balance. Because of the two major retrogrades, Venus and Mercury, so close to one another, as well as two very powerful eclipses, September had us distracted with other opportunities and challenges. This lovely New Moon allows us to gracefully and gently recover our equilibrium. For many of us it’s about being able to see ahead with more clarity, have a sense of stability returning to our life which helps us move forward.

We can be a bit lazy on Libra Moons so leave extra time to get to work or accomplish something. It’s a wonderful Moon for socializing and is especially good for romance.  A great moon for beauty and pampering yourself - get a haircut, a massage or maybe just take a long nap.

AFFIRMATION FOR THE DAILY MOON IN LIBRA

I enjoy my day with complete balance. I work, I play and I rest. As I take time to care for myself I renew my spirit.

Because the Full Moon phase was super charged with the Lunar Eclipse, there is much about our inner nature that benefits from the energy of this New Moon bringing us a greater inner peace and harmony.  Whenever we enter into a New Moon phase we have about two weeks of active doing. However with this being a Libra Moon starting off the phase, take your time and allow for contemplation before starting any relevant venture! Libra never rushes into anything. It teaches us the benefit of having patience and allowing things to find their balance without imposing our will. A wonderful way to invite the divine into the process is to affirm, “Let thy will be my will”.  I wish you peace.

When the moon is new, you cannot see it. It is sitting right next to the Sun so there is no light being reflected. As it begins to move away from the Sun, the light begins to reflect, and the Moon grows brighter and brighter each night. When the light grows so do the things we start during the New Moon phase. 

More importantly the light from within us begins to emerge into our consciousness. What was brought to light during the Full Moon phase when the light went within to reveal something from our inner nature, now finds its way to our awareness. Simply let it emerge in its own time and space. Don’t worry, be happy!

Mercury Retrograde

September 17 at 11:10 a.m. PDT through October 10 at 7:58 a.m.

The planet of communication and intellect will be going retrograde on September 17th at 11:10 a.m. PDT at 15 degrees Libra and goes direct at 0 degrees Libra on October 10th at 7:58 a.m. PDT. Adjust the time according to the time zone you live in.

As we continue to experience the myriad events of September, Mercury Retrograde is a very important opportunity to stop and take a moment to rebalance our energies.  It is a time to ponder if there are any final pieces to liberate from our subconscious that Venus Retrograde helped us discover that keep us from realizing what is our heart’s desire as opposed to what is our shadow’s desire.

We are on the threshold of three final events, all in September that will create great shifts of energy. Saturn, the planet of karmic lessons enters into the sign of Sagittarius hours later on the same day, September 17th, and will help us learn the lessons of the Sagittarius mysteries; truth, wisdom and higher learning. For the next three years we will all be expanding our personal boundaries. On September 23rd we experience the Autumnal Equinox as the Sun enters Libra, bringing us balance and harmony or for some, revealing where we are out of balance and experiencing disharmony. Pluto, the healer of our deepest wounds, goes into direct motion in Capricorn on September 24th, and finally the last Lunar Eclipse of the year, on September 27th, occurs at 4 degrees Aries during the Full Moon. We will all be feeling the waves of energy in our lives in some way.

Those with planets, nodes and points in Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn, will experience the greatest shifts. Wherever you have these signs in your chart, even if you don’t have any planets involved, will experience change and opportunities in these areas of your life as these planetary events occur. By October when Mercury goes direct, you might have a new perspective about your life, hopefully you’ll experience more balance and contentment, as Libra is the predominant sign and helps to bring about harmony and to rebalance what’s out of balance in our life.

When Mercury goes retrograde we find we are not able to think as clearly as we normally do. Since Mercury rules our thinking, during the retrograde our mind is not all that focused on the present, it wanders. That is, unless you are born with Mercury Retrograde, then it’s your high time. At least 2/3rds of us are not Mercury Retrograde and everyone is affected by it. I like to remind my Mercury Retrograde people, even though this is your high cycle, you are affected by those who will be doing things like driving their cars the wrong way on a one-way street!

During this cycle get grounded, pay attention, double check reservations, receipts and change. Leave extra time for driving and getting ready for work.  During the retrograde we tend to misplace our keys, lose a shoe, and break a zipper, and of course electronics mysteriously go haywire. It’s not some gremlin that shows up and plays havoc with us, it’s just user error, we are not thinking clearly.

The nature of Mercury Retrograde is to give us time to stop and breathe and finish up projects that need completion. We can also reflect on where we’re headed, maybe rethink a decision. Of course our western thinking is rooted in doing so much that we keep trying to swim against the current. If possible take some time during this period to reflect, allow a higher energy to help you see a clearer vision about your life. Slow down and be present wherever you are and get the most out of these three weeks.

Solar and Lunar Eclipses for September 2015!

Here are the upcoming Eclipses that are the last two for 2015. Both of these are the exact opposite signs of the first two Eclipses of 2015 that occurred in March and April. Eclipses are wonderful opportunities for us to create, transform and manifest by using the super charged energy they offer. Most will experience a full 3 months of change and possibility in the area, and possibly a part of our self, where the Eclipse occurs.

I like to continue the sacred ceremony on each New and Full Moon until the next Eclipses, which begin March 8, 2016. Each month, add a little more to the process you’ve set in motion. Perhaps create a sacred alter and each Moon cycle you can place a special item to offer to the divine as gift of gratitude for all the blessings you receive in your life. Intention is all that matters to the divine!

New Moon Solar Eclipse occurs at 20 degrees Virgo

September 12 at 11:41 p.m. PDT and September 13 at 2:41 a.m.

This is a Partial Solar Eclipse at 20 degrees Virgo with the North Node joining it at 0 degrees Libra.

Virgo is about health, understanding how to take care of nature. This includes our bodies, the plants, and all living things of the Earth. It’s also about service, the daily work environment and it also loves to analyze and get organized. Virgo is a mutable earth sign. So the other mutable signs: Pisces, Gemini and Sagittarius, will also be the most affected by the eclipse. Energy does not determine whether events are going to be good or bad, how it affects something simply means it will activate something, we direct it by attitude, emotion and consciousness. With Virgo, it closely examines what is not in a healthy state and it moves to cleanse and reorganize the circumstances or condition to bring it into a higher vibration. As humans, we often resist change, but when a Solar Eclipse occurs it will create change regardless of our resistance. The best advice is to get on board with what needs to change for a healthier life. The area you have 20 degrees Virgo and 0 degrees Libra is the best place to consider making changes. You can also consider making a list starting with what you think is the most important change you can make to bring about a better life. During the eclipse it’s very helpful to sit outside and meditate, create a ceremony to release in some way whatever you feel you need to cleanse from your life and then trust that your request has been received and it will arrive at the perfect time in the perfect way. It’s also very helpful to create a vision board you can see every day or make a mind movie you watch to remind you of what you want to accomplish with this gift of abundant energy from the eclipse.

Solar Eclipses on the North Node suggest something positive coming to you. The degree and sign where this occurs in your chart is where you have an activation of energy bringing you potential good change - doors open, opportunities appear, rewards are given - it strengthens this area of your life. If you have a planet or point, especially the Sun or the North Node close to 20 degrees Virgo, you have a very auspicious year ahead!!

Here’s the astrology of a Solar Eclipse!
A Solar Eclipse is essentially taking the energy of the New Moon and magnifying it. We look at the New Moon as the potential to grow ideas, gardens and relationships. As the light begins to grow the energy infuses whatever we start during the New Moon cycle. With a Solar Eclipse, it has a much greater potential. It’s sort of like Jack’s magic beans. The energy can increase the growth potential of what you start continuously for the next 6 months. Also, the degree point of the eclipse, 20 Virgo, can stay active for up to 3 years, so whenever any planet or node passes over that point it can activate something in whatever area of your chart that takes place.

Solar Eclipses occur during a New Moon. Twice a year the New Moon will occur within 18 degrees of the Moon’s Nodes. Solar Eclipses take approximately 3-4 hours to complete and can be a North Node Solar Eclipse or South Node Solar Eclipse depending on which Node the New Moon sign falls on.

Solar Eclipses create a large shadow over the earth because the Moon comes between the Sun and the Earth. They can be total or partial. Total Solar Eclipses block the Sun and only a small rim of light can be seen around the Moon. A partial eclipse occurs when the Moon is off center and only blocks a portion of the Sun or annular eclipse (shaped like or forming a ring), occurs when the Moon is farther away from the Earth and leaves a ring of light from the Sun around the Moon.

Solar Eclipses in the four elements suggest what is being affected by change: Fire is spirituality and inspiration. On a global level it can indicate war, rebellion, volcanic eruptions. Earth is finances, personal values and material worth, on a global level it’s economics, earthquakes, and droughts. Air is consciousness, intellect, and perspective. On a global level it’s communication, local communities, and wind, which could create tornados. Water is emotions, intuition and the subconscious. On a global level it’s chaos, floods and rain, which include mudslides!

Solar Eclipses on personal planets indicate the changes in you being energized. The house position indicates the area of your life you’re likely making changes in.
Here’s a list of luminaries, planets and points and how the Solar Eclipse may affect you if it falls on one or several of them!

Planets and Points are energized and transformed during Eclipses. Consider what is being brought to light as an opportunity to change or enhance.

Sun - This is a very advantageous placement as it brings a year ahead of opportunities, notability, and vitality.

Moon - Completion of a “past life” issue, emotional happiness, intuitive ability becomes heightened, inherited gifts emerge.

Mercury - Communication and changes in awareness, consciousness and perspective is highlighted. On a global level, transportation, communication and sociability are energized.

Venus - Personal desire, love, relationships get energized. On a global level desires and relationships between countries or alliances are strengthened.

Mars - Achievement and activity around goals is activated; passion is ignited and events occur. On a global level war and activities of arguments and disagreements tend to occur, events are often set off because of arguments. But what if it’s a Solar or Lunar Eclipse Libra? A war may end!

Jupiter - Spiritual expansion, wisdom and personal gifts emerge. On a global level, religious and philosophical topics are highlighted, also foreign policy, foreign travel and higher education.

Saturn - Change occurs more slowly but also significantly more permanently in areas of karmic completion and lessons. Globally, important restructuring of governments and social structures are energized.

Uranus - Change can occur radically and chaotically, for the better. Higher consciousness sweeps in and we can act with swift and unpredicted behavior! On a global level powerful energy toward humanitarian efforts, inventions, technology occur.

Neptune - Deep, inner inspiration takes place. The native might feel a renewed sense of peace. Interest in energetic activities like Reiki, Tai Chi or Yoga might become a new focus. Globally, spiritual, religious and creative organizations become activated and grow, as well as a rebirth of interest of ancient beliefs and practices.

Pluto - Powerful transformation of self and healing of deep issues is personally powerful for the soul group one is part of. Globally, massive shifts in natural cycles are affected (global warming, weather patterns change the seasons) as the Earth is being realigned during eclipses. Themes of death and rebirth occur in many areas.

Ascendant - Our approach to life and new horizons are given opportunity to change.

Descendant - Our relationships with others are considered.

Mid-Heaven – Our social standing and careers are affected by change and transformation.

Nadir - Our foundations and patterns from other lifetimes are shifted and change.

Full Moon Total Lunar Eclipse Harvest Moon

September 27 at 7:50 p.m. PDT and 10:50 p.m. EDT at 4 degrees Aries

This is a Cardinal Fire Lunar Eclipse, it’s an opportunity to release old energy from the subconscious and allow it to rejuvenate with the help of the divine to return to you in a higher form. Fire is the element of spirit. Earth or form, captures it and gives it a physical attribute to express itself. If we place a symbol of what we desire to change and place it into the fire, it will burn away the form and release the spirit inhabiting it. A fire ceremony for this Eclipse is the perfect metaphor of releasing energy that is no longer supportive of who you are and who you strive to become. Nothing less than the authentic self will be invited into the space.

You can draw a picture, write a poem or eulogy to this part of yourself, if you feel more creative, carve a wood sculpture or create a paper mache symbol of the self you want to let go of. If possible, create a space outdoors for a fire pit or in a fire proof container during the Full Moon, spend some time meditating in the Moons beams and having gratitude for this part of yourself, sincerely wishing it a loving journey to the divine. Place it into the fire and watch the smoke gently rise, knowing it’s returning to its highest form and will be lovingly welcomed.

The same way a Solar Eclipse occurs with the New Moon, Lunar Eclipses occur with the Full Moon. A Full Moon is a two week cycle where the light goes within; it suggests a time for us to look within and use the energy for self evaluation. What’s being held in the subconscious from other life experiences or childhood that creates the shadow in us is more easily revealed. A shadow is a type of unconscious behavior that believes it’s protecting us, keeping us safe from something we’ve experienced as an emotional trauma. Remember a shadow is created by blocking light!

With the Lunar Eclipse, it’s like having the energy of a super charged Full Moon, when it occurs we are going have a very big spotlight on a part of us that is essential to see and understand in order for us to transform its energy. Wherever the Lunar Eclipse occurs in your chart, this area of life is going to provide a way for you to experience this. This is also a South Node Eclipse and can create a challenge of sorts to bring that area into balance and change. It can also bring the area into closure.

For some it may feel like a personal crisis or loss, but it can also be something finally coming to closure. It may pertain to something you’ve been working on releasing and changing in yourself that can at long last move forward. The energy of this Lunar Eclipse is Aries; its focus is always on the self.  This is a sign that loves change and moving forward. It’s fire of the mind and tends to inspire us and brings courage into our consciousness that will provide a strong push to move past our fears and take a leap of faith. Aries are famous for leaping, just not for looking first!

Here’s the Astrology of Lunar Eclipses
Lunar Eclipses occur during a Full Moon. Twice a year the Full Moon will occur within 12 degrees of the Moon’s Nodes.

A Lunar Eclipse creates a shadow across the Moon as seen from the Earth. During a lunar eclipse the Earth comes between the Moon and Sun, blocking the reflective light of the Sun on the Moon. The Moon can often appear to be dark red during a Lunar Eclipse.
Lunar Eclipses take approximately 4-5 hours to complete and can be a North Node Lunar Eclipse or South Node Lunar Eclipse depending on which Node the Full Moon Sign falls on. They create a receptive, emotional mode, reacting emotionally can cause problems. The inner light is being revealed and for some this will be something they’ve been trying to ignore or suppress.

A North Node on the Eclipse can bring about change by opening doors and opportunities that are life changing. It’s usually directing you to where you will find reward and happiness. It can also bring the area into great focus that the Eclipse takes place.

A South Node on the Eclipse can create a challenge to bring that area into balance and change. It can also bring the area into closure.
It depends on whether the area the transiting Nodes occurs in has been paid attention to or neglected when other transits offered an opportunity to transform and understand this part of the soul’s evolvement.

Consider this idea - during a Lunar Eclipse our “Earthly” or material viewpoint turns out the external light of the Sun to reveal our “darker” inner light of our subconscious.

Planets and Points that Eclipses occur on are energized and transformed during Eclipses and the energy can stay active for up to 6 months. The actual degree point can stay “hot” for 3 years. Consider what is being brought to light to change and pay attention to transits that arrive and pass over that degree at later times, offering to bring an even greater transformation to this part of you by combining the energies of the house and planet transiting. What makes this particular Lunar Eclipse special is that it’s actually part of a Tetrad, a group of four eclipses. This is the last of the four Total Lunar Eclipses that began on April 15, 2014 and all were alternately in Aries and Libra. This coming March, there will be a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse in Libra, however a Penumbral Eclipse is when only the more diffuse outer shadow of Earth falls on the moon’s surface and does not completely occlude the Sun’s light on the Moon.

Full Moon in Pisces

August 29 11:35 a.m. PDT and 2:35 p.m. EDT

The Pisces Full Moon, which always occurs in the fall, is also known as the Harvest Moon because in early times it was harvest for most areas of the Northern Hemisphere and farmers could harvest late into the night by the light of the Moon. 

This provides a new cycle for us to “harvest” what we’ve learned over the last several months. We can begin to see out of new, awakened, more conscious, eyes. The Full Moon in Pisces gives us depth of vision into deeper, hidden aspects of our psyche, yet allows us to view these parts of ourselves through the eyes of the divine self. Most astrologers see Virgo and Pisces as the service axis of the Zodiac. I prefer to see them as the visionary axis: Virgo views things under the microscope while Pisces likes to leave the atmosphere and view everything from a spiritual realm. Extreme form and order vs. extreme non-form and disorder.

This Full Moon has some interesting companions: Neptune and Chiron. Both will travel with the Full Moon light that goes within during this two week period. They will bring us the love of the Divine and the strength of Chiron to heal our own wounded healer.
We are preparing for two powerful Eclipses in September, this Full Moon is helping us prepare on a deep inner level to receive something sacred and powerful in the space that this Full Moon helps us heal.

The Full Moon sheds light and healing on emotional memory, reminding us it’s not happening to us now, it’s just a memory. As we cleanse and heal these energetic inner universes the two eclipses bring an abundance of energy for us to draw on for more than six months.

This Full Moon is a time to cleanse and release, ask for help, and most importantly, be willing to see everything through the eyes of the divine self. The one that says “I love you” to you every day and you may not hear it because you’re listening to the loud whispers of the past too much! These two weeks are very valuable for inner work, preparing our energy for change for the better, to receive happiness and abundance instead of sadness and hardship.

New Moon in Leo

August 14 7:53 a.m. PDT and 10:53 a.m. EDT

When the Moon is new, you cannot see it. It is sitting right next to the Sun so there is no light being reflected. As it begins to move away from the Sun, the light begins to reflect, and the Moon grows brighter and brighter each night. When the light grows so do the things we start during the New Moon phase.  Just keep in mind Venus is retrograde until September 6th. The entire two week period of the New Moon is not the best time to begin new important ventures. Instead, consider making significant changes personally that will bring you closer to your hearts desires. What do you really want?

Here are the daily Moon signs for the New Moon Phase.

Aug 12, 13, 14 Moon in Leo
A Leo Moon is always a creative Moon.  This one is great for starting a new direction in something creative or with children. Art, music and drama are highlighted with Leo, as well as work with children. A wonderful Moon for a summer party or dinning out with friends.

AFFIRMATION FOR THE DAILY MOON IN LEO
I am filled with creative energy. I enjoy life and live it to the fullest!

Aug 15, 16 Moon in Virgo
Begin a healthier way of life that includes less worry and more positive thinking, as well as a healthier diet.  Research a book or video on your favorite health subject and use it to create a plan of action. 

AFFIRMATION FOR THE DAILY MOON IN VIRGO
I enjoy healthy practices and activities that raise my vibration every day! My health is getting better and better!

Aug 17, 18, 19 Moon in Libra
The beauty Moon, its ideal for trying out a new look. Try a new hair style, or wear a new, bright color. Get an acupuncture session or a massage on any of these days and it will help balance your energy on this Moon.

AFFIRMATION FOR THE DAILY MOON IN LIBRA
I am beautiful inside and out. Harmony is mine to enjoy!

Aug 20, 21 Moon in Scorpio
You may feel very sensitive on Scorpio Moon days. It’s a good time to listen to your intuition. A little quiet time alone is essential over these two days.

AFFIRMATION FOR THE DAILY MOON IN SCORPIO
My intuition guides my thoughts and ideas. I enjoy solitude and it renews my spirit.

Aug 22, 23, 24 Moon in Sagittarius
Wisdom will emerge in the simplest thoughts. Take time to meditate and understand the messages. Spending time outdoors surrounded by nature will shift any anxiety or confusion you may feel.

AFFIRMATION FOR THE DAILY MOON IN SAGITTARIUS
I am blessed with wisdom and knowledge from my higher self. My truth is my guiding light each day.

Aug 25, 26 Moon in Capricorn
A very grounded moon, much can be accomplished in these two days whether for work or around the house. Take stock of what no longer serves a purpose and gather things for donation or a garage sale.

AFFIRMATION FOR THE DAILY MOON IN CAPRICORN
I release old patterns and ideas and welcome the new! I am purposeful and powerful.

Aug 27, 28 Moon in Aquarius
Using this powerful Moon to make a change for the future is wise. Consider one change or step that could redirect your future for the better.

AFFIRMATION FOR THE DAILY MOON IN AQUARIUS
I step forward with confidence that my future is determined by me and my decisions every day.

Full Moon in Aquarius

July 31 3:43 a.m. PDT and 6:43 a.m. EDT

Blue Moon Alert! This Full Moon is a Blue Moon. This occurs when we have two Full Moons in one month. On July 1st we had a Full Moon in Capricorn!

We enter into a Full Moon phase and it’s accompanied by Venus Retrograde. This allows the light that was active and growing for the last two weeks to quietly recede inward. The Full Moon Phase always gives us a chance to contemplate and reflect upon our deepest emotions. The light focuses on the subconscious and we can use this time to become more connected to our divine mind, listen to a quieter inner voice that’s difficult to hear when we’re so busy doing and actively creating.

During these weeks Venus asks us to reassess what we really want in life and to change our values through more heart-connected desires. It beckons us to stop and look at what we’ve manifested through desire and determine if it has brought us happiness. Venus is all about what makes us happy. We often have to find out what makes us unhappy to truly know what will bring us happiness.

Every retrograde cycle is an opportunity in the area we have the sign the retrograde is in, so whether you have a planet in Leo or not, you will have a house or area of your chart that is occupied by Leo and this will be the area most affected by this six week cycle. The Full Moon in Aquarius is in the opposite sign, so for two weeks the opposite house from where you have Leo will be highly active. These two houses will provide you with an opportunity to find answers within that will help you make the best of the Venus retrograde cycle; you’ll discover what you need to change to be happy!

The Aquarius Full Moon sets the pace for the upcoming two weeks. It’s a great time to step outside the box and discover a new you. Aquarius loves to help us discover our unique, genius self. A quote from Kurt Cobain really sums up the nature of Aquarius, “I’d rather be hated for who I am, than loved for who I am not.” Be genuine, be real.
July brought about much movement and shift, for the next two weeks we can slow down and reassess where we’re going and adjust the plan to put us on a more progressive path to our future. Ask yourself if you’re truly living a life that allows you to be present and are creating from your heart and not just your head.

As we prepare for the months ahead, these two weeks give us a chance to change the direction of our life.  If we redirect our energy to come from our hearts, we’ll be on track. Get heart connected, be inspired and let go of old habits that hold you back!

Venus Retrograde

July 25 through September 6

Venus retrograde is one of the rarest of the inner planetary retrogrades because it only retrogrades every eighteen months as compared to Mercury which goes retrograde three times in a twelve month period.  Most of the retrograde is in Leo, asking us to re-evaluate if we are truly following our heart.

During these weeks Venus asks us to reassess what we really want in life and have our values changed. It beckons us to stop and look at what we’ve manifested through desire and determine if it has brought us happiness. Venus is all about what makes us happy. We often have to find out what makes us unhappy to truly know what will bring us happiness.

Every retrograde cycle is opportunity in the area we have the sign the retrograde is in, so whether you have a planet in Leo or not, you will have a house or area of your chart that is occupied by Leo and this will be the area most affected by this six week cycle.

If you happen to be born with Venus retrograde, or even more significantly in Leo, this heralds in a six week cycle that helps you get your desires in motion, for the rest of us it will be a period of deep consideration and reevaluation of our happiness. It asks us, “Are you sure this is what you want?”  “Do you want this because you think this is all you can get or are capable of something better but afraid to dream bigger?” Because it begins at 0 degrees Virgo and then travels back through Leo until it reaches 14 degrees Leo, so most of this retrograde will be in the last half of Leo. Leo is the sign of the heart and it reminds us to always follow our heart. The most important question is, “Are you following your heart or your head?”

It’s also being assisted by Uranus in Aries also going retrograde the next day in the sign of Aries, another fire sign which will help those with Uranus retrograde in their natal chart immensely and will also heighten the affect of Venus retrograde. Think of it as a time of great awakening of the heart. You might think this will be very good for us and indeed it will, eventually. At first this will disrupt many relationships, question decisions about career and our idea of success, many apple carts will topple. But it’s all very necessary for us to be clear and make sure we’re connected to our hearts desire to prepare for the big events of September.  Saturn will move into Sagittarius until 2018 and on the same day Mercury will retrograde for the last time this year. We’ll experience the second set of eclipses, and then the Autumnal Equinox, all will bring about the shift into the new paradigm:  A new world that will quietly, yet profoundly be upon us.  This retrograde will help all of us, regardless of whether or not you are born with Venus retrograde.  Prepare to live life guided by our hearts and our heads will have to learn to follow. Right about now you should be listening to, “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong.

New Moon in Cancer

July 15 at 6:24 p.m. PDT and 9:24 p.m. EDT

The Cancer New Moon helps you understand more about what you “feel” rather than what you “think”. Using your intuition is quite valuable during this cycle which last until July 31st.

Everyone feels a bit stirred up when the Moon changes cycles, this one is the strongest emotional New Moon of the year and most of us will be feeling a bit more sensitive than usual.  Consider that any emotions coming up are simply old energies that want to release.

The Cancer New Moon is great for redecorating the house: painting, planting, especially vegetables and herbs, spruce up the kitchen and maybe create a nice quiet area to rest and meditate, all things that nurture you and honor your home as a sacred space. I always do a little Feng Shui cleaning on this Moon. Clean your altar or create one, perhaps add a new chime to your front door or create a fountain.

The New Moon in Cancer affords us the opportunity to stop and let go, clear the past and set our sights on the future. When the Moon is new you cannot see it. It is sitting right next to the Sun so there is no light being reflected. As it begins to move away from the Sun, the light begins to reflect and the Moon grows brighter and brighter each night. When the light grows so do the things we start during the New Moon phase. 

More importantly the light from within us begins to emerge into our consciousness. What was brought to light during this past Full Moon phase when the light went within to reveal something about our inner nature, now finds its way to our awareness or consciousness. Whenever we enter into a New Moon phase we have about two weeks of active doing. However, this cycle only has about ten days of active doing as Venus, the planet of love and desire goes into one of its rare retrograde cycles on July 27th. This cycle will last for about six weeks until September.  Unless you’re born with Venus Retrograde, which is only a small portion of the population, it’s best not to start important ventures during this cycle.

However, if you have an important event, like your wedding, a vacation or even initiating a divorce, this is sometimes a very divinely planned time for you to have the event. Sometimes you need to just trust the force!

Full Moon in Capricorn

July 1 at 7:20 p.m. PDT and 10:20 p.m. EDT

This beautiful, but extremely powerful Full Moon, is now upon us giving us the next two weeks to ponder life and spend less time being active. Until July 15th, when the New Moon cycle initiates a reemergence of light, we can go within and look into deeper, more contemplative emotions preparing for the powerful movement and change taking place in the months ahead.

During this Full Moon, take the time to commit to healing and loving something within you that has kept you from being more powerful, seeing your beauty and allowing love to flow where fear has taken hold. This two week period provides a healing that goes to deeper, more hidden places that can now reveal the wound and the light will wake it with wisdom, it will become “enlightened.”

On a personal level, listen to your inner wisdom, especially with important decisions and if unsure, let it go for now.  When the New Moon occurs on July 15th the Cancer New Moon energy will help it reveal itself intuitively.  Leave any unfinished work at the office; do not bring it home with you! Perhaps it’s time to consider how much you love your work and reconsider your path. The months ahead present more and more opportunities for change and realizing our dreams!

The Astrology

Jupiter, the planet of spiritual expansion and growth continues its last month in Leo. Jupiter, in the fire sign of creativity and personal will, joins Venus helping to expand our experience of self love and compassion. Most important, this Full Moon will take place at the Ascendant or horizon line, its meaning is for us to see new horizons in our life by what these two weeks offer us.  Most important is the Full Moon’s conjunction (sitting very close within 5 degrees) of Pluto, the planet that represents our deepest, most painful wounds, that when healed, releases our power to transform and our ability to create. This power of healing our Pluto wounds reflects the divine within us that is infinite and so powerful there is nothing it cannot transform into love. There will certainly be movement and growth that will be experienced by the entire planet.  We can already see the collective wounds where hate has continued to perpetuate pain and suffering for so many, are being revealed and we are acting to make change and not just thinking it’s others who should do something. Jupiter in Leo rules the heart and nobility.  Hopefully our hearts are directing us to be noble, to help others that are being unfairly treated and to make decisions that will help create peace and prosperity. Change is upon us; we can change because we choose a more heart connected activity or because we have to. If it’s going to “be” it’s up to “me!”

New Moon in Gemini

June 16 at 7:05 a.m. PDT and 10:05 a.m. EDT

Whenever we enter into a New Moon phase we have about two weeks of active doing. From now until the Full Moon on July 1st, the light will begin to emerge outward.

The new moon in Gemini is like a burst of fresh spring air. It enlivens the atmosphere and makes us feel more awake.

Each day provides an opportunity to begin something new; the potential for growth is particularly good for ideas that resonate with these signs: Gemini: communication, sales and writing, Cancer: vegetable gardening, cooking, home rejuvenation, Leo: art, music, enjoying life, Virgo: health, cleansing, reorganizing, Libra: beauty, romance, flower gardening, Scorpio: healing, intuition, investing, and Sagittarius: outdoor adventures, travel, shamanism.

However, the day of the New Moon is the single most powerful day to begin something new. Many cultures hold a ceremony on the New Moon welcoming back the light. Consider a gratitude ceremony for new clarity of mind and ideas. The Gemini New Moon brings light to our intellect and mental process that serves to bring information from the higher mind to our humanness.

June 14th, 15th, 16th Moon in Gemini
Communication opens up on all levels. We feel more social and want to talk and move about as this air sign brings fresh air into our thoughts. It stirs inner desire to be with others and have fun. It’s a great day to get out and browse the book store to see what will interest you. Getting together with friends always works well on this moon, staying home or trying to get work done will be a challenge unless you work in sales, in which case you’ll have one of your best days all month!

AFFIRMATION FOR THE DAILY MOON IN GEMINI
I am open to new ideas and change. I enjoy meeting new people and seeing new places.

June 17th, 18th Moon in Cancer
Start some great projects in your living space. Create something that allows you to relax and be nurtured like a backyard hammock or a meditation space. This moon is wonderful for gardening; plant a summer garden or put in a pond. Let go of clutter and things you no longer use. Plan something special for Summer Solstice.

AFFIRMATION FOR THE DAILY MOON IN CANCER
I am nurtured and loved by my friends and family, my animals and garden. I give thanks for having them in my life.

June 19th, 20th Moon in Leo
Your creative juices are flowing with this moon. Go wherever it moves you. Try something new and different: art, music, cooking, writing.  Gather some friends for a night out at the theatre and have a late night dinner outdoors under the stars, the fun will be endless and your spirit will soar.

AFFIRMATION FOR THE DAILY MOON IN LEO
I am a creative being. Spirit flows through me and fills me with passion.
Summer Solstice occurs at 9:38 a.m. PDT on Sunday the 21st, this is when the Sun enters Cancer. It’s great for having a Solstice Party! For more on Summer Solstice go to Summer Solstice

June 21st, 22nd, 23rd Moon in Virgo
You’ll get lots done on these three days. Clean out and rearrange storage spaces, organize draws and closets. Consider doing a healthy cleanse and getting a massage or body work to clear energy in the body. A wonderful time to begin a health program like learning yoga and meditation or try a cleaner diet.

AFFIRMATION FOR THE DAILY MOON IN VIRGO
I have vibrant health. I release the old and welcome the new!

June 24th, 25th Moon in Libra
Romance, beauty, balance and harmony are all ushered in on the Libra Moon. Take time to have a special dinner with someone you love. Give yourself a spa day or buy something new. Great for starting a yoga or Tai Chi class to learn to balance your energy. Do leave yourself more time to get out the door, we tend to oversleep and take longer to get ready on Libra moons! No one wants to work on a Libra moon!

AFFIRMATION FOR THE DAILY MOON IN LIBRA
I am moving forward in my life in balance and beauty. Harmony is mine to enjoy every day.

June 26th, 27th, 28th Moon in Scorpio
Take your time with tasks and everyday challenges. Avoid arguments and disagreements by staying centered and present. A wonderful time to begin any studies in healing, metaphysical subjects and holistic practices. Meditate, connect with nature and allow your inner wisdom to guide you. You may feel a bit vulnerable on Scorpio Moon days, take three deep breaths whenever you feel irritated or need to feel calmer.

AFFIRMATION FOR THE DAILY MOON IN SCORPIO
My guides and inner wisdom help me with challenges and life’s lessons. I freely accept gentle lessons today.

June 29th, 30th Moon in Sagittarius
Get outdoors, visit a museum or aquarium. Great for starting studies in ancient wisdom and philosophy, sacred dance, foreign languages. Spend some quiet time in nature and journal thoughts and ideas that come to you. A wonderful moon to make travel plans for the summer.

AFFIRMATION FOR THE DAILY MOON IN SAGITTARIUS
I appreciate the diversity and contrast of all the cultures in our world. I expand and grow in wisdom every day in every way.

Full Moon in Capricorn Wednesday July 1, 2015 at 7:20 p.m. PDT and 10:20 p.m. EDT

Summer Solstice

Summer Solstice June 21 at 9:38 a.m. PDT and 12:38 p.m. EDT

On June 21st at 9:38 a.m. PDT and 12:38 p.m. EDT the Sun will enter into the sign of Cancer. This is Summer Solstice. The word solstice is from Latin, Sol meaning Sun and Sistere meaning to stand still. It refers to a point where the amount of light begins to change. The Summer Solstice in the northern hemisphere is the day we have the most light and then it begins to lessen each day. Winter Solstice is the day we have the least light but the light then begins to return, in the southern Hemisphere it’s exactly the opposite, they will be experiencing Winter Solstice on June 21st.

The Solstices are two points on the Cardinal Cross; the other two are the Equinoxes, Vernal in the spring when the Sun enters Aries and Autumnal in September when the Sun enters Libra. These four points are the season markers for the Natural Zodiac that begins with Aries.

Almost every culture has a celebration and tradition about one of the Cardinal points. Easter in the Spring, Midsummer with the Summer Solstice, Christmas, Chanukah or Yule, with Winter Solstice, Sukkoth and Halloween or Saim Haim in the Autumn.

I think the most important aspect to consider as a metaphor with Summer Solstice is light. Light is the common denominator with all the Cardinal Cross points because whether it’s a Solstice or Equinox, it’s the light that is evaluated for noting the day of each point. Light is about wisdom and enlightenment. Summer Solstice takes place as the Sun enters Cancer, the sign that rules our subconscious and emotions. Summer Solstice offers us a moment where the access to our subconscious is open and available, the light illuminates the path.

it’s just the idea that once in a while we stop and take time to reflect and reconsider where and why we’re heading in a direction in life. Four times a year the Universe suggests we follow nature’s lead and take a moment to celebrate what’s important, appreciate what is good and nurtures us without any effort on our part, the Sun. Without it, the planet and all of us, would perish. Because of its loyal energy, life continues on planet Earth. The ancients regarded the Sun as a God, maybe they knew something we’ve forgotten. 

Summer Solstice is the perfect day to stop and consider what in your life is keeping you from your good. Have you been asking for change and wondering why it hasn’t taken place? You want to change negative behavior but something seems to impede its transformation? Consider your subconscious is now ready to reveal its secret, the light is shining on the answer and the shadows disappear. What felt like an enormous undertaking, now in the light of truth, is a very small part of you ready to transform. A lie you once told yourself is ready to become a truth.  You do have something to celebrate!

Happy Summer Solstice

Sagittarius Full Moon

Full Moon in Sagittarius June 2 at 9:18 a.m. PDT and 12:18 p.m. EDT

Happy Sagittarius Full Moon! Normally, I post something about the Full Moon, what it’s good for and what to watch for. But this being a Sagittarius Full Moon, I felt an inner tug to wait and let the Divine invite me to write something. That's very Sagittarius by the way, listening to that inner tug! So here it is, I've been working with an amazing book called “Outrageous Openness” by Tosha Silver. She's a wonderful San Francisco astrologer and truly lives a divinely guided life. As I begin my transition from Woman to Crone, this book has guided me to learn to let the Divine Will be my will. I have many years and many miles to go before I will be able to truly honor the title of "Crone", but we all have to start somewhere! This book is for everyone on a path of growth and transformation, no matter what your age or orientation. I felt it was the perfect Sagittarius Full Moon idea I could share. And one more thing, did you know the word "disaster" actually comes from the Greek for "misaligned with the Stars"?  There's another Sagittarius Full Moon path, foreign languages and other cultures!

The chart of the Full Moon in Sagittarius provides a two week opportunity for us to understand its legacy. Sagittarius is the inner wisdom bestowed on humanity from the Divine. I have given affirmations for each of the daily moons for the entire two week period of the Full Moon Phase with approximate dates of each moon. Enjoy!

As we begin the journey within give thought to these considerations;

Wisdom will emerge in the simplest thoughts. Consider the signs and symbols around you. Take time to meditate and understand the messages. A wonderful time, especially through June 11th while we’re in Mercury Retrograde, to go within and let the inner guidance create shift through divine wisdom in your life.

AFFIRMATION FOR THE DAILY MOON IN SAGITTARIUS June 2nd
I am blessed with wisdom and knowledge from my higher self. My truth is my guiding light each day.

AFFIRMATION FOR THE DAILY MOON IN CAPRICORN June 3rd, 4th, 5th
My intuition is sound and I make decisions with clarity. I am free to enjoy life.

AFFIRMATION FOR THE DAILY MOON IN AQUARIUS June 6th, 7th
I embrace change easily and I am open to a new a brighter future!

AFFIRMATION FOR THE DAILY MOON IN PISCES June 8th, 9th
I am guided by my inner light to the answers I seek and wisdom that heals me!

AFFIRMATION FOR THE DAILY MOON IN ARIES June 10th, 11th
I move forward in balance and harmony and allow my passion to manifest auspicious outcomes!

AFFIRMATION FOR THE DAILY MOON IN TAURUS June 12th, 13th
I appreciate all my blessings and take time to enjoy life
The moon will enter the sign of Gemini on June 14th and become new on the 16th.

New Moon in Gemini begins June 16, 2015 at 7:05 a.m. PDT and 10:05 a.m. EDT!

Mercury Retrograde May 18 through June 11

May 18,2015 at 6:50 p.m. PDT and 9:50 p.m. EDT through June 11, 2015 at 3:33 p.m. and 6:33 p.m. EDT

The planet of communication and intellect will be going into its second retrograde of the year on May 18th at 6:50 p.m. PDT until June 11th at 3:33 p.m. PDT. Mercury Retrograde begins in the sign of Gemini at 13 degrees. The three Mercury Retrogrades this year all begin in Air. Air represents our intellect, how we think and process information. In Gemini it’s one of the strongest retrogrades of the year because Gemini is ruled by Mercury and is the sign of communication.

When Mercury is retrograde it is wise to slow down and take time to evaluate our life in the months ahead. Mercury will move through Gemini until it reaches 4 degrees and then goes direct retracing its steps through the sign of Gemini until July 8th. This allows us to explore our ideas and examine our thinking during this time and gives Mercury a much longer transit in the sign of Gemini than it usually travels which extends its effect on communication and opportunities to change our thinking for the better.

This retrograde will ask us to evaluate if are we being positive and powerful in our ideas or has fear crept into our thinking?  If our words and thoughts are negative, they will undermine our dreams. Are we listening as much as we’re speaking with others, are we paying attention to be truthful in our words or telling stories that are embellished?
During this retrograde, reading Dr. Masaru Emoto’s book, “The Hidden Messages in Water” would be a wonderful way to understand how powerfully our thoughts and words affect us.

Keep in mind when Mercury goes retrograde we find we are not able to think as clearly as we normally do. Since Mercury rules our thinking, during the retrograde our mind is not all that focused on the present, it wanders. That is unless you are born with Mercury retrograde, then it’s your high time. About 2/3rds of the population are not born with Mercury Retrograde but everyone is affected by it. I like to remind my Mercury Retrograde people - even though this is your high cycle remember you are affected by those who will be doing things like driving their cars the wrong way on a one way street!

During Mercury Retrograde get grounded, pay attention, double check reservations, receipts and change. Leave extra time for driving and getting ready for work.  During the retrograde we tend to misplace our keys, lose a shoe, break a zipper, and of course electronics mysteriously go haywire. It’s not some gremlin that shows up and wreaks havoc with us, it’s just user error, we are not thinking clearly.

The nature of Mercury Retrograde is to give us time to stop and breathe. Finish up projects that need completion. Reflect on where we’re headed, maybe rethink a decision. Of course our western thinking is rooted in doing so much that we keep trying to swim against the current. If possible, take some time during this period to reflect, allow a higher energy to help you see a clearer vision about your life. Slow down and be present wherever you are and you will get the most out of these three weeks.

New Moon in Taurus May 17

New Moon in Taurus May 17, 2015 9:14 p.m. and May 18 at 12:14 a.m. EDT

The Taurus New Moon is a great opporatunity to begin something of worth and value that will have staying power. It’s a wonderful New Moon to plant our garden. If you’re not into gardening think about what other kind garden you’d like to “plant” in your life. Perhaps you want to grow more in a sense of worth and value in your relationships, or to a sense of worth and value with yourself? It’s an opportunity to invest in your human world something that will be very rooted and grow strong. Perhaps take some time to meditate and evaluate what you can begin now that will help you bring more worth and value into your life. Money matters to us and there is nothing wrong with focusing on improving ways to increase income or create a way to save for something you really want. How often have we felt guilty that if we focus on money we’re not being spiritual? Everything is spiritual! Spirit created money in our current world to help us learn and give value to something tangible so we can have experiences about worth and value that are understandable to our consciousness.

Setting up a change jar, starting a second job or a little creative business that is fun that you can save the earnings for something very important to you or perhaps starting to work with something that helps you understand manifesting better like Joe Dispenza’s work www.joedispenza.com.  My favorite is his, “Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself” or the Abraham–Hicks work http://www.abrahamhicks.com/lawofattractionsource/index.php, is just like planting a garden, putting new seeds to work in your life that will grow and increase your worth. All good ideas, you may have one yourself that you’ve been thinking about, now’s the time to get started.

Taurus helps us understand why and how the physical world and material resources have worth based in spirit but translate to our humanness.

However, this New Moon comes on the heels of Mercury Retrograde, which begins to station retrograde Monday, May 18th at 6:50 p.m. PDT in the sign of Gemini. It will be a very beneficial few weeks for Mercury retrograde people! They have to get their turn when the energy of the planets favor everything aligned for them. For the rest of us it will be an opportune time to work on things that need completion relating to our worth and value, like cleaning out the garage and having a garage sale. Just keep in mind it is a time of taking some kind of action.  Opportunities to change for the better are always supported by spirit; we must choose to let them work in our life. Most important is a planetary combination of Mars conjunct (sitting right next to) Mercury on May 27th. Be extra, extra careful driving and hopefully we won’t experience a serious transportation accident.

Here are some of the astrological details about the New Moon and some of the planetary situations to consider for the astrologically interested.

When the Moon is new, you cannot see it. It is sitting right next to the Sun so there is no light being reflected. As it begins to move away from the Sun, the light begins to reflect, and the Moon grows brighter and brighter each night. When the light grows so do the things we start during the New Moon phase. 

More importantly the light from within us begins to emerge into our consciousness.   What was brought to light during the full moon phase when the light went within to reveal something from our inner nature, now finds its way to our awareness or consciousness.  Whenever we enter into a New Moon phase we have about two weeks of active doing. This Taurus New Moon will have an important planetary configuration May 21 through May 25th when Venus, the ruler of Taurus will form a T-Square with Uranus and Pluto, activating the energy we’ve been working with for the past few years every time Pluto and Uranus went into a square aspect. It will nudge us to go deeper with the truth about our desires: Are we being truly honest with ourselves with what we want?  Are we taking care of our physical realm like our bodies or having gratitude for what we have been given, Is a relationship truly based on love or on need? Mars will conjunct Mercury Retrograde on May 27th, we’ll leap before we look and create lessons about communication and listening more, if we’re not paying attention! I’m betting on seeing lots of those internet videos of someone paying so much attention to their cell phone that they fall into the fountain. Hopefully that will be the worst we’ll see, but caution about travel and driving should be heeded especially during the Mars-Mercury conjunction.

Full Moon in Scorpio - May 3

May 3,2015 at 8:42 p.m. PDT

We seem to know something intuitively about the power of the full moon. The werewolf tale is not far off as we know during the full moon people seem to act impulsively and aggressively. Statistically there are more people in the ER during the full moon.  Some might argue for it being an old wives tale at work, but trust me, I was a nurse and worked in the ER and Acute On-Call on many a full moon.  I knew we’d be seeing the most interesting cases and a constant flow of ambulances bringing in the wounded on the two to three days of the Full Moon.

The full moon in Scorpio is probably the most significant in terms of many of us turning into creatures for a night or two. Scorpio brings out our fears; it makes us feel raw and vulnerable. This causes us to react impulsively towards others and act more defensively. This is the only Scorpio full moon of 2015 and it asks us to take the gravitational pull it provides drawing on our inner most fears and place them in the light to be transformed.

As we are all continuing to dance in the great cosmic paradigm shift, the Scorpio full moon acts like a loving parent who answers the call of a frightened child who’s sure there are monsters under the bed. The parent knows it’s only a stuffed toy or dust bunny that in the dark appears so menacing and the innocent child’s imagination reels with all kinds of horror waiting for them. The parent turns on the light and as they peer under the bed to show the child there is nothing to fear and all is well, the child can let go of the fear and sleep a peaceful night.

We are the children in the dark and our inner fears are old beliefs and past or other life traumas that are hiding under the bed of our subconscious. During the full moon the divine turns on the light for us to peer in and discover what we have feared is nothing more than memory.   Once we are willing to look at our fears we can release them and experience the freedom and power of inner peace.

Some will experience this full moon unconsciously and perhaps their fears will be realized and dissolved by some unexpected event. For others who are intuitive and more in tune with energy, an opportunity arises to allow the light to shine on something within that needs transformation and release. Remember, fear is the absence of love and if we consciously use love, compassion and kindness to approach our inner fears they will transform instantly and release the powerful energy that was held captive. Take time to consider how you want to direct this energy because during the Scorpio full moon we all become sorceress and sorcerer of the cosmic realm.  We can remember who we really are, even if only for a moment. Look to the heavens and raise your wand like the magician in the Tarot who knows how to draw the energy down to the earth realm to bring his desires into form. Dance with your shadow knowing it has served you well, laugh off your fears with it and invite it to synchronize a new rhythm with your heartbeat as the conductor. Stand in the beams of the full moon, place your hands over your ears and listen to your heart beat until you can feel every cell in perfect cadence with the cosmic heart.

New Moon in Aries - April 18

April 18, 2015 at 11:57 a.m. PDT

We are experiencing an opportunity of a great beginning.  This New Moon is going to push our buttons! Did you lose your temper in the last few days? Do you feel like you can’t think clearly and everything is irritating you? How about this question, are you thinking about making a change that will drastically alter your daily life? You’re not alone by any means and the desire to move forward is very strong in all of us right now.

This may be one of the most powerful New Moons of the entire year because it’s being energized by both Jupiter, the planet of spiritual expansion and Saturn, the planet of the great Karmic teacher who makes sure we stay on track with our Soul’s intention!
Here’s the idea: move intentionally, think twice before making a major change and most important, take time to become quiet and listen. Let your guides help you understand what you’re feeling and what is being inspired in you and what is the best action to take.

The New Moon lines up with the Sun; these are the two great Luminaries, the Ascendant being the third.  Uranus, the planet of change, the great awakener, is going to join them and help them awaken some powerful ideas and inspirations in our lives. 
There’s so much power emanating with these luminaries and three other planets all in Fire, it’s important to direct and channel it in the most positive directions.
You may be feeling fired up but don’t burn down the house!

Libra Full Moon Lunar Eclipse -

Forgive, Seek Inner Peace and Celebrate the Self

April 4 - Full Moon Lunar Eclispse at 5:05 a.m. PST

Two weeks ago we experienced the Pisces New Moon Solar Eclipse. The Solar Eclipse is an active, outer world energy; it brings something to “light” to our conscious awareness. It began a flow of energy of getting the Earth world comfortable with being aware and communicating with our divine self. Now, as we move into the Full Moon, the light goes within and with the Lunar Eclipse occurring it activates within, often bringing to light something in our subconscious. Consider the subconscious a place we energetically store information. Sometimes the information we access there is other-life memories that are hurtful or created fear, but we also have many stored books of wisdom and experiences waiting to be awakened as ideas and desires. There is much being offered on this Lunar Eclipse!

I find the occurrence of the Lunar Eclipse happening so close to Easter and Passover so metaphorically beautiful. Just like these annual spiritual observances, this Eclipse is here to remind us we can be renewed in spirit, remembering spirit is always ready to assist us on our earthly journey and it is a time to feel peace and gratefulness.

Since Libra is the defining factor of this eclipse, consider the aspects inside you that have held conflict with each other for so long. Your anger and fears have just as much validity in your life as do your joy and faith.  They must all acknowledge each other and begin to work together, recognizing the relevance they each hold for the whole self.  All are important and valuable and now is the time for them to come to a peaceful agreement.  When these unconscious distractions begin to merge and balance they will give way to a new consciousness you will be delighted to discover.

The Astrological Details

This Lunar Eclipse has many other astrological companions joining the dance in the sky.  Uranus square Pluto is the most talked about as we’ve been seeing how each time its powerful relationship comes within the degrees creating a square between them over the last few years, it sets in motion many global events of change and revolution for new paradigm to begin to take root.  We have Jupiter and Saturn in a trine relationship helping us channel shamanic wisdom through our heart and Uranus is quite close to the Sun energizing new innovations and ideas. All of this speaks to us by reminding us to let the heart lead.  Be courageous to admit when something is not working and accept that change is difficult but necessary. It’s a call to arms, not with weapons, but with ideas and changes that make life fair for everyone. It shows us the power we have to make change when we work together. Libra is the key energy to all that emerges and activates from this Eclipse.  If you experience any difficulty, ask yourself how you’re acting in a way to protect the self.  Realize how this affects others in negative ways because it will eventually affect you in the same way. Most important is to realize healing yourself is the first step to heal the world.

This Lunar Eclipse is being called the Blood Moon, but don’t let that bring about images of death and destruction. The astronomical effect of the Earth’s shadow will create subtle shades of red on the moon, but it doesn’t predict anything.  It’s just great opportunity for justifying drama, we’ve had many Blood Moons throughout time; they are not that rare. Religions and other ancient beliefs have often interpreted Eclipses dramatically, using them as omens of catastrophes to come.  There’s really not much evidence that Blood Moon Eclipses are the cause of negative or catastrophic events.  Many times Eclipses have provided the energy for much needed change, but we always have to consider the many planetary conditions occurring at those times, as well.

The world will have its events, some catastrophic while others take small steps toward progress. What we do personally, ending the war within, taking a step toward positive change, forgiving a long ago error we hold deep in our memory, will do more to change the world than we can consciously imagine.  But imagine it we must, it is our greatest gift from the divine.

Imagine the you your soul desires you to see. If the Sun, Moon and Earth can move into such profound positions, moving your deepest image of yourself to your conscious awareness shouldn’t seem like such an impossible task. Dream big!

Pisces Solar Eclipse on the Super New Moon and the Vernal Equinox!

March 20 - New Moon Solar Eclispse at 2:36 a.m. PST and the Vernal Equinox at 3:45 p.m.

The Solar Eclipse on March 20th opens a channel of energy as the divine feminine gives birth to her new creation in the twenty-first century.  The new paradigm is allowing our spiritual wisdom to emerge into our conscious daily minds and we begin to think, feel and act from a newly awakened self.  New life, the birth of a new self-collectively and individually, has occurred! You may wake up and feel a little disoriented, life may look the same, but the energy of all creation has taken its first breath in the new paradigm. If you feel as though something is different but you can’t seem to put your finger on it, let it go, a higher frequency is now pulsing in our DNA. Everything is vibrating at a higher frequency; it will naturally tune itself gently over time.  The weeks and months ahead, perhaps the decade itself, will continuously adjust to the higher vibration. On the ethereal level, these frequencies are instantly raised but the Earth dimension is denser and requires the tuning to occur slower or we’ll feel quite disoriented!

Enjoy and celebrate the new beginnings, allow the divine mind to guide you and be gentle and kind to the old self as its cellular memory fades. Focus on your future, be unlimited in your desires and have faith that the divine self in you values and loves you unconditionally. Consider a ceremony to welcome your divine self into your conscious daily life. The same way you would welcome home a new baby, realize you are the new baby! Gaze into the eyes of the new self with awe and delight every day.

The Astrological Details
The astrological events of March 20th provide the first of four eclipses for 2015.  The theme of the eclipses this year is Pisces-Virgo and Aries-Libra. The energy ushered in by eclipses can last actively for six months.  Some astrologers feel the degree it occurs in your chart can be “hot” or activated for up to 3 years, but this means every time something transits that degree, even if you don’t have a planet in that sign and degree, it can activate something in motion. Eclipses are exciting events because they activate energies in the collective, creating opportunities of transformation from a global to individual levels. Adding to the process is a powerful solar flare that occurred March 11th, considered one of the most intense in over 11 years.  It is sending geomagnetic energy through everything, including our cells, disrupting information, I’ll let you contemplate the possibilities! This New Moon is also considered a Super Moon because of its close location to the Earth. But most important is the degree of Pisces at the time of the eclipse, 29! This is the master number, the last degree of the sign, and within hours of the New Moon the Vernal Equinox occurs as the Sun enters Aries, these are all about beginnings.  Simply put, the Master awakens in all of us! The months ahead are certain to create, inspire and awaken hearts.

Full Moon in Virgo

March 5 10:05 a.m. PST, 1:05 p.m. EST

The energy of this full moon is helping us with seeing a new, clearer vision for ourselves. If you’ve been feeling a strong impulse to make a change and at the same time experiencing confusion about what to do or what direction to take, the full moon in Virgo will help bring ideas to light. Virgo is part of the visionary axis with Pisces. Virgo rules science and research, as well as holistic medicine and homeopathy. Virgo seeks to purify the physical world and works with nature to bring healing to the physical body.

Here are some ideas for personally using the energies of the full moon in Virgo.

Get a jump on spring clean up: clear out drawers, closets, clutter and especially the refrigerator! A good moon to reassess your diet and consider changes that will inspire you to embrace a new direction in health. Explore doing a simple cleanse or detox to get your body ready for spring. Create a lifestyle chart that helps you organize a schedule for improving body, mind and spirit.

AFFIRMATION FOR THE DAILY MOON IN VIRGO
My mind is clear and I embrace a new vision of health in my life. I am open to unlimited possibilities!

Year of the Yin Wood Sheep

February 19, 2015 to February 7, 2016

The gentle Sheep, Ram or Goat in some Asian cultures, is contemplative and needs time alone. They are artistic and well liked, however they can struggle with insecurity and worry too much. Their intellect is their best asset, but being loved is paramount to them. Sometimes described as high-strung and anxious, they are simply one of the most sensitive personalities in the Chinese Zodiac. Once they feel secure and loved, they relax and their sensitivities can be channeled into their artistic and imaginative endeavors.

For those Sheep, this year brings about a similar cycle to the Jupiter return in Western Astrology. Often described as your lucky year, in reality it’s a year with potential to expand in new directions. But if we’re not paying attention to our behavior and thoughts we can create one of the worst years!

In Chinese Astrology they believe in Tai Sui, the God of Age. He can bring “bad luck” if you don’t do something to ward off his actions; wear red (especially underwear), have some form of Jade jewelry on every day, and even ask a priest for prayers and blessings to protect you if this is your animal year.

It’s really about belief and keeping your thoughts and emotions positive. If you believe something can bring you good luck, like wearing the color red, or saying special prayers, you’ll feel better and have more confidence. If it makes you feel better, do it! I like to make a list on Chinese New Year and name ten things I want to create this year. I put the list up where I can see it every day and thank the Universe for filling my order so easily, every day. What’s really important is to strive to keep your thoughts and emotions positive, focus on what you want, not what you don’t want and keep the faith!

For those of us that are not Sheep, the year is about peace, harmony and nurturing. It’s said to mend fences and heal old resentments, and resolve global conflicts bringing prosperity to those who choose peace over war. Because it’s a Wood year, if we work attentively towards our goals, prosperity and success is possible.

Happy New Year!

New Moon in Aquarius - February 18

February 18, 2015 at 3:47 p.m. PST, 6:47 p.m. EST

This is a very interesting New Moon; it’s actually the second New Moon in Aquarius.  It’s a rare occurrence to have two New Moons in the same sign in one year, but more important is the degrees they both occur in! On January 20th we had our first New Moon in Aquarius at zero degrees; this month’s is twenty-nine degree’s, both joined by the Sun in the same degrees and sign. In astrology both zero and twenty-nine degrees are considered very significant. They are sometimes referred to as “critical degrees”. All signs begin at zero and end at twenty-nine. This gives us the complete degrees to work with, we get the whole pie or should we say Pi!

The interest of Aquarius is the future: inventions, thinking outside the box, humanitarian work, the ecology, science, but especially knowledge that benefits everyone. The symbol of the Water Bearer is mostly named for the Greek mythology about Ganyded, who became the cup bearer for the Gods, endlessly filling their cups with wine. The sign of Aquarius is more about the knowledge and wisdom poured on humanity from the higher dimensions. Where do the ideas come from for inventions, especially technology and global ecology solutions?

I see these two New Moons as the knowledge that we are now ready to open. The new paradigm is fully engaged and our consciousness is ready to receive powerful wisdom to help transform the planet. Slowly the ideas and inspiration will filter into our conscious minds and the world will see the dawning of new day. Begin with your own life. Use this New Moon period to plant the seeds in your personal life of something you can begin to do to help the planet. Here are some ideas to consider.

Don’t get stuck in being right or seeing others as the “bad guy”, let the Universe resolve the issues of fairness and judgment. Focus on positive thoughts.
Rebelling and creating chaos makes change but at a cost.

Choose to make simple but permanent changes that contribute to the whole. Recycle, reduce your carbon footprint, donate to a cause that you believe will improve the lives of less fortunate, even small donations add up. Volunteer, an hour a week can make a difference! Most important, be unique, be yourself. When you let your light shine, you encourage others to shine too.

This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius!

Full Moon in Leo - February 3

February 2, 2015 at 3:09 p.m. PST, 6:09 p.m. EST

Leo rules the heart and the spine. Both provide a source of powerful energy that supports life throughout the entire human body. The Leo moon can cause us to feel more dramatic as well as generous, and when it’s full it amplifies the attributes of the moon. This year the annual Leo Full Moon is joined by Jupiter, the planet of spiritual growth and expansion. It can easily cause us to overdo and lose perspective in so many ways! You might find yourself having a very dramatic day. Everything that occurs may make you feel that’s its much bigger than it really is.  It would be wise to think twice or, maybe with this Moon, three times before reacting or taking action about any events.

This Full Moon also occurs during Mercury Retrograde, when most of us are not thinking too clearly. It occurs in the opposite sign of Leo, which is Aquarius. This is an opportunity for us to do more introspective thinking and evaluating what our heart wants. The combination of the Full Moon accompanied by Jupiter, and both opposed by Mercury Retrograde, is a great opportunity to look into our heart and see into out deeper desires. Mercury goes direct on February 11th, the Full Moon cycle of two weeks will occur mostly with Mercury Retrograde giving us a two week period to contemplate the path ahead of us and consider changes that will allow us to create from the heart and teach the mind to follow.  If you’d like more information on Mercury Retrograde, click here.

The Leo Full Moon of 2015 is good for catching up on any unfinished creative projects. While Leo encourages us to be social and go out and have some fun we should remember not to overdo anything. A good rule of thumb is to ask yourself, “How will I feel about this in two weeks, two months, or two years?” Or better yet, stop and think, “What if it gets posted on Facebook or YouTube?”  This Full Moon could easily make you famous, but not necessarily for the reasons you might want the world to know!

New Moon in Aquarius - January 20

January 2015 4:59 a.m. PST, 7:59 a.m. EST

This is the first New Moon of 2015 and it’s at zero degrees which means the energetic force of beginnings is supercharged! This is also the first Super Moon of the year!

A Super Moon is a term coined by astrologer Richard Nolle. The moon becomes a Super Moon when it comes closest to the earth on its orbit, called perigee, and appears 15 percent larger and 30 percent brighter. Astrology is all about light, we measure Moon phases by its degrees to the Sun. A Full Moon occurs when the Sun and Moon are in exact degrees of opposite signs or 180 degrees apart. This gives the broadest range of light. With a New Moon, the Sun and Moon are in the same sign at exact degrees, 0 to 40 degree’s of each other.  A Super Moon gives us stronger emotional and psychological effects, as well as physical effects of weather and tides; it increases the energy in the form of light it sends to Earth. We’ll experience six Super Moons this year in both New and Full Moon phases.

The New Moon in Aquarius sets a two week period into motion for us to step forward in some way. Aquarius is about the future and helps us be innovative and unique. Aquarius is also an air sign known for genius thinking, stepping out of the box, inventions and most important, humanitarian work.

If you’re feeling a bit lost in your life, consider helping others. Aquarius understands the benefit of stepping out of our comfort zone and recognizing we are not alone and how what we do affects others.  This awakens us, lets us see a bigger picture and helps us experience how powerful our actions are, for better or worse.

This is a very important idea as we step into the new paradigm, we live in a more transparent world and what’s happening thousands of miles away affects us on a daily basis, but just as important, what we do in our daily life affects those thousands of miles away. This two week period is wonderful to commit to making a difference in our communities and the world. Whether you decide to sign up for the Peace Corps or skip that latte twice a week and donate the money to a cause you feel strongly about, what awaits you is nothing short of spectacular, a divine spark just waiting for something to ignite it!

Mercury Retrograde - January 21 - February 11

January 2015

The planet of communication and intellect will be going into its first retrograde of the year on January 21st at 7:54 a.m. PST and 10:54 a.m. EST at 17° Aquarius and will go direct on February 11th at 6:57 p.m. PST and 9:57 p.m. EST at 1° Aquarius. This year all Mercury Retrogrades will be in air signs. Air rules intellect and communication. This will be an opportunity to expand our thinking and give serious consideration to things like texting, Facebook and Twitter. We will be reminded more than once the risks we take when placing something on social media or the cloud! Of course it’s also an opportunity to use these things to make powerful positive change in the world. Think twice, write once.

Mercury Retrograde does have a very positive purpose if we learn to go with the flow of its energy. It gives us a chance to reevaluate, reconsider, and restart decisions and projects from past occurrences. Since this Mercury Retrograde is in Aquarius, friendships, charitable groups, and our own hopes, dreams and wishes will be offered for reexamination.

When Mercury goes retrograde we find we are not able to think as clearly as we normally do, this actually helps us refocus on what’s important to work on. Since Mercury rules our thinking, during the retrograde our mind is not all that focused on the present, it wanders unless we direct it to concentrate. That is unless you are born with Mercury Retrograde, then it’s one of your high cycles and if you are you might find your thinking is clearer and more inspired. At least 2/3rds of us are not born during Mercury Retrograde but everyone is affected by it. I like to remind my Mercury Retrograde people, even though this is your high cycle remember you are affected by those who will be doing things like driving their cars the wrong way on a one way street!

During this cycle it helps to get grounded, pay attention, double check reservations, receipts, and change. Leave extra time for driving and getting ready for work.  During the retrograde we tend to misplace our keys, lose a shoe, break a zipper, and of course electronics mysteriously go haywire. It’s not some gremlin that shows up and plays havoc with us, it’s just user error, our attention is not very present, slowing down will help ward off some of these nuisances.

The nature of Mercury Retrograde is to give us time to stop and breathe. Finish up projects that need completion. Reflect on where we’re headed, maybe rethink a decision. Of course our western thinking is rooted in doing so much that we keep trying to swim against the current. If possible, take some time during this period to reflect, allow a higher energy to help you see a clearer vision about your life. Slow down and be present wherever you are and get the most out of these three weeks.

If you are Mercury Retrograde, get going! This is one of the three high cycles for you to put something in motion aligned with your Mercury. Important decisions, signing contracts, and starting new relationships or jobs, all tend to work better for you if begun during this cycle. But remember, others are not thinking so clearly, so be careful and give yourself extra time to get to appointments, double check reservations and count that change!

Full Moon in Cancer - January 4

January 2015

This is the first Full Moon of the New Year! During the Full Moon cycle, which last approximately two weeks, we’re offered time to do less in the outside world and seek an inner active process. The subconscious mind is more open and the energy of light, which is a metaphor of wisdom, is helping us to understand something about our emotional motivations and unconscious reactions.  Especially with the Full Moon in Cancer that understanding about our inner, hidden motivations, encourages us to use compassion and love when dealing with our feelings. We all have fear, anger and doubt; its part of the human design and has a purpose. But when we’re reacting from memory and that memory projects into daily life, our nervous system can become very confused and go into fight and flight mode way too much.

The Full Moon in Cancer will help us see where we need to nurture our self, release the memory of pain and suffering and begin to live in the present.

As an Astrologer I’m often asked what would the perfect date be for starting something. We can look ahead and see what planetary opportunities the Solar System provides, but know that we are always choosing, every thought and emotion is creating powerful manifestations. I love the saying, “God is Never Late!” We make no mistakes and every decision is the right one. Especially with the New Year upon us we tend to be ambitious about making significant changes. I encourage everyone to consider this: don’t rush; it’s not a race but a journey. You’ll be ready when your thoughts and emotions are motivated by love and value for who you are, when your imperfections can be seen as your uniqueness in the world and celebrated.

Yes it’s a New Year, but every day, all 365, is an offer of the divine in each of us to turn the page and write the story, new and free of negative thoughts and feelings. If you don’t do it today or tomorrow, recognize your divine wisdom is telling you to keep going and you’ll get there, but remember it’s a journey. Slow down, listen to your inner wisdom and most important, give yourself the compassion and understanding you give others. If you find yourself judging others and easily angered toward them, you have work to do. Go within, find where you’re angry and judging yourself, the outside world only changes when you do.

Happy New Year, here’s to new opportunities to heal, to love and to laugh!

Full Moon in Gemini - December 6

December

Dec 5th, 6th Full Moon in Gemini
The Full Moon phase window begins on Dec 5th but the Moon is not completely full until Dec 6th at 4:27 a.m. PST and 7:27 a.m. EST. On Gemini Moon Days we are more talkative and find ourselves communicating but not really saying anything; the Full Moon asks us to be quiet and listen more.  It’s a wonderful moon to have a holiday party or gather with friends. Write a letter to Santa and ask for what you really want! Imagine he’s really a wizard and all you have to do is tell him your heart’s desire.

AFFIRMATION FOR THE DAILY MOON IN GEMINI
I powerfully create with my thoughts. I envision all my desires coming to life now.

Dec 7th, 8th, 9th Moon in Cancer
This is a cozy moon, we like to cook and decorate the house, great for starting holiday cookie dough. Avoid shopping malls and crowed places! We can be very energetically sensitive during this moon.  Watch a great holiday movie and spend time with those you’re closest to, maybe a have a baking party.

AFFIRMATION FOR THE DAILY MOON IN CANCER
I surround my energy with a beautiful bubble of light. My home is my sacred space blessed with love and light.

Dec 10th, 11th Moon in Leo
This is a creative and fun moon. The fire of the Leo Moon is very inspiring and flows with everything joyful. Social gatherings, going to dinner and the theatre work well on this moon. If attending a business holiday party, be aware not to overdo food and drink! Instead, become a social butterfly and get to know others from work on a more personal level. But not too personal!

AFFIRMATION FOR THE DAILY MOON IN LEO
I am a powerful creator of my reality. I choose happiness and joy every day.

Dec 12th, 13th, 14th Moon in Virgo
Not the best Moon for holiday cheer. Clean up clutter, organize cards and your gift list; prepare menus and shopping lists. Great for online shopping, you’re better at details during this Moon. Socializing can turn into disagreements so steer clear of negative people. Remember to add in some down time to be quiet and reflective.

AFFIRMATION FOR THE DAILY MOON IN VIRGO
I am centered and calm. My life is filled with positive people that bring me joy.

Dec 15th, 16th Moon in Libra
A wonderful Moon for shopping for gifts or that perfect holiday outfit. Get a haircut, manicure, or treat yourself to a massage. Pamper yourself with something soothing and relaxing. Leave extra time for travel and getting to work on time. A wonderful Moon for a romantic dinner.

AFFIRMATION FOR THE DAILY MOON IN LIBRA
My inner beauty shines and I am balanced and calm.

Dec 17th, 18th Moon in Scorpio
A powerful and emotionally charged moon. As the Moon joins Saturn for the last time this year, it will provide opportunities for us to let go of old hurts and unresolved situations. Take some time to relax and avoid crowds.  A long, hot bath with meditation will energize your spirit. Be extra careful driving as people may be emotionally charged up on these two days. Listen to your inner guidance and use your intuition.

AFFIRMATION FOR THE DAILY MOON IN SCORPIO
I trust my inner guidance. I appreciate my guides and angels that help me through life every day.

Dec 19th, 20th Moon in Sagittarius
A wonderful daily Moon to get outdoors, take a long walk or hike. Enjoy a festive evening going holiday light viewing. Great for theme holiday parties; forget Ugly Christmas Sweater Parties instead go for Organic  Holiday Cookies and Green Sustainable Decorating Parties!  Take time to think about what you’re grateful for.

AFFIRMATION FOR THE DAILY MOON IN SAGITTARIUS
I am grateful for all the wonderful people and things in my life. Life loves me.

December 21st Winter Solstice!
This year’s Winter Solstice occurs on the New Moon in Capricorn. The Solstice, when the Sun enters into its final Cardinal sign of Capricorn, occurs at 3:03 p.m. PST and 6:03 p.m. EST. To my friends down under you’ll be enjoying Summer Solstice!
For more information about the Solstice follow this link to my article!

Winter Solstice - December 21, 2014!

December

Winter Solstice marks the longest night in the Northern Hemisphere and the longest day in the Southern Hemisphere, where it’s actually considered Summer Solstice. Essentially the tilt of the Earth reaches it farthest point from the sun on its orbit leaning outward and then it begins its journey back toward the Vernal Equinox (when the light will be in complete balance of night and day and the Earths tilt is balanced). Think about being on a carnival ride and how it sweeps outward and reaches a point where you can feel the centrifugal force pulling at your whole body and then it moves back toward the center. This year Winter Solstice occurs at 3:03 p.m. PST and 6:03 p.m. EST on December 21st. Also the New Moon in Capricorn compliments the Winter Solstice. Truly a gift of the Gods as they open a window of New Moon energy to enhance the light even more brilliantly that begins to return and ushers us into the New Year! This moon will be imbued with infinite transformative abilities because of the sun and moon transpiring at zero degrees, Pluto’s influence also in Capricorn, and Uranus moving into direct motion, all occurring within 18 minutes of each other! A sonic boom of energy!

Many ancient cultures believed the sun was a God, the word solstice means sun stands still. In the Northern Hemisphere, for about three days the sun appears to stand still in the sky, most cultures took this very seriously. Temples were built specifically to reflect the sun’s position during the Solstices and Equinoxes.  Religious ceremonies would be performed; Winter Solstice was about the promise of the coming year. It was the last day of darkness and heralded in the light returning to the earth. In our modern world we can utilize this idea in many ways. About this point in the year, many of us are feeling rushed and overwhelmed, our energy and bank accounts are a bit drained. So this is good day to stop and stand still, breath. Take a moment to remember some truths. “This too shall pass” is one of my favorites; “the Sun always rises” is another.

In astrology we have to remember that we are the sun and the moon, as well as all the cosmic bodies that represent some part of us. The sun is our authentic self, the powerful part of us that watches us like a god and guides us with its light. Winter Solstice is the perfect time to reflect on what to let go of from the past year, spend time within and find gratitude for the lessons and challenges you faced; thank the darkness for the inner sight it provided. Know they were all purposeful and meaningful in your life. Now you can turn your attention to the future, get ready to let the light return and show you a new path - one that has been there all along but you couldn’t see until now, a new you that has always been present but perhaps now you can appreciate and see in a new light.  

It’s a good day for us to stop like the sun in the sky, shine its light within and ask yourself if you are really happy. What is the one idea you can introduce into your life this year that will bring you more happiness?

Whatever your hopes and desires for the coming year, know through the power of your sun, your authentic self, you have the power to make it come to light!

New Moon in Sagittarius - November 22nd

November 2014

The New Moon begins when the Moon enters into the same exact degree of the Sun. This New Moon takes place at 0° Sun and Moon in Sagittarius. When I see planetary influences at 0° (Zero Degrees), I turn my attention to new beginnings, the slate is now clean and it’s not just a new page we’re turning, it’s a new book!

The New Moon in Sagittarius often provides and inspires a desire to learn something new, you might find yourself seeking a new book, class, or teacher of shamanic teachings. Consider this New Moon an opportunity to get a head start on the upcoming Saturn in Sagittarius transit which begins December 23rd at 9:33 a.m. PST.

What’s most important is the opportunity for us to step onto a new path and choose change and in Sagittarius it begs us to be intuitive and use instinct. With only one planet in the sky in retrograde motion, this New Moon is set to create a good momentum to start moving forward, leaving the old paradigm behind.

It’s a wonderful weekend for dancing, outdoor activities, meditation and yoga, but do hide those credit cards! This two week period provides many opportunities for self empowerment and transformation. Even one simple change can start a chain reaction!

Taurus Full Moon - November 6th

October 2014

As we enter into a new two week moon phase we are being graced with time to breathe and contemplate the whirlwind we experienced in October. The two powerful eclipses occurred to keep the momentum of change and transformation in motion as we enter into the new paradigm. We will be experiencing the eclipse energy for the next six months bringing us into the Vernal Equinox of 2015. This present two week phase is offered for us to re-set our compass points according to the authentic self, many of us have been navigating based on the memories the conscious mind is listening to and not who we truly are. Now it’s very important for us to discern the voice of the authentic self. It will take time and commitment over the next few months to allow memories to release and learn to listen to the divine mind.  The Taurus Full Moon asks us to re-evaluate our self worth; the Universe is showing us that this is the next step. Are our goals aligned with our true worth or based on a false sense of lack of worth? Do you aspire to something extraordinary and then change your course because you doubt your ability to achieve it? Fear has been a good teacher but now the student must learn through courage. When you discover your authenticity it will allow you to feel the courage your inner wisdom provides.

A good exercise to practice during this two week cycle is to affirm every day, “My authentic self is in charge of my life today!” You add simple directions such as, “Today everything will flow easily and my lessons will be gentle!”

Eclipses

October 2014

In April we experienced two very powerful eclipses, this month the final two eclipses of 2014 occur, somewhat of the “other end” of the earlier eclipses. In April we had a Libra Full Moon Lunar eclipse and a Taurus New Moon Solar eclipse. These next two are in the exact opposite signs, connecting the Aries-Libra axis and Taurus-Scorpio axis of the eclipses of 2014.

The energy ushered in by Eclipses can last actively for 6 months, some astrologers feel the degree it occurs in your chart can be “hot” or activated for up to 3 years, but this means every time something transits that degree, even if you don’t have a planet in that sign and degree; it can set something in motion. I feel the next six months are the most important because everyone will be experiencing this strong wave of energy. Many of us will be affected by the global events that these eclipses set into motion.

First and foremost, a word of caution, eclipses cause a lot of energy to move and we experience a disturbance in the atmosphere for several days after an eclipse.  You might be feeling a bit churned up even a week or two before this first one because it works on our subconscious energy fields. So be careful with walking, driving and especially talking. We’re stirred up emotionally and need to avoid conflict and confrontation. It’s also Mercury retrograde during both eclipses.*

Second, do not try to initiate something during the first few days of an eclipse, the energy is too chaotic and it’s best to wait until the energy settles into a flow.

Oct 8th-Lunar Eclipse at 15 degrees Aries. The Lunar Eclipse, which always happens on a Full Moon, is more personal than the Solar Eclipse. It offers a restructuring energy to emotional experiences of the past harbored in the subconscious. While these are memories, our nervous system often experiences them as though they are happening to us right now and we unconsciously react to it. What began in April in Libra helped us understand what was out of balance about the relationship within us. Hopefully you’ve spent the last few months creating more harmony between your divine self and human consciousness. Now, as it takes place in Aries, we will begin to see a new way to be in relationships with others based on a more aware self. All others in our life need to resonate with us in harmony or move on. If you began to trust this part of you more, you might find you’re now attracting relationships that have more trust, if you began to value this part of yourself, you will be attracting more value from the outside world. It’s a pretty simple system, yet we humans can find it very difficult to navigate. That’s where these eclipses help us. They powerfully create a pathway for us to explore and discover something within that then transforms something without. The eclipses provide the energy; it’s up to us what we do with it.

The area of your chart that coordinates at 15 degree’s Aries will be most activated, consider the house it’s in as the area of your life that is affected and also its opposite house where you have Libra. Since the Lunar Eclipse will happen early morning hours of the 8th, you can work with the later hours of the 7th and create a meditation to embrace the energies of the eclipse and welcome it into your subconscious. The same way we absorb energy from the Sun, during the eclipse the energies of the Moon are combined and intensified. I’ve listed more ideas about this eclipse at the end of the article.

New Moon Solar Eclipse Oct 23rd
The Solar Eclipse that follows on the New Moon, Oct 23rd at 0 degrees of Scorpio is a more outward energy event. It’s about new beginnings and opportunities. The Solar eclipse creates activity and change in the physical world. It’s usually a wonderful time to start a new business, relationship, or career. This is essentially a super charged New Moon in that anything you start will have a powerful force driving it. Given it is Mercury Retrograde, consider working on something you’ve had on a list for a while but haven’t found the energy or inspiration to get it in motion, this is a very good time to “catch-up.”

In April the Solar eclipse was at 8 degrees Taurus. While Taurus is about worth and value in the material and personal sense, Scorpio is about collective worth like inheritances, mortgages and taxes. Scorpio can be very extreme and unforgiving, it’s the sign of death and rebirth, let’s remember one never occurs without the other.  Many things in our world die giving way to something new to be birthed. This is an eclipse that will surely create some significant endings in the world as both Saturn and Mars have been in Scorpio and the eclipse energy will enhance what they’ve both been transforming. It will act like radiation to clear any energy that is greedy and poverty minded in order to birth a collective worth and value in greater alignment with true prosperity and abundance. That said the key to using it well is about clearing out old energies to make way for new vital energies of worth and value that are aligned with the present. There are many ways we can attend to this in our personal lives. I will make some suggestions at the end of this article.

Both eclipses occur with several other planetary transits adding to the meaning and potential of what is being provided for us. Both occur with Mercury Retrograde, which begins Oct 4th and ends Oct 25th, communication will highlight the eclipses. Pay attention to your words, be bold but be fair. Uranus the planet of change and transformation joins the Lunar Eclipse encouraging us to allow higher consciousness to help transform our subconscious. The Solar Eclipse will have Venus accompanying it. This ensures the desire of what we love and what truly matters to each individual to be included in what manifests collectively from the benefits of the eclipse. Everyone matters, everyone collectively wants to be loved and be happy.

Here are some ideas for you to consider for both eclipses:

The Lunar Eclipse: meditate the evening before the eclipse on the 7th with a focus on letting go of old issues. You can use this time to feel the issues being dissolved by the eclipse energy. Have a burning bowl ceremony. Create a list of things you would like help letting go of, place it into a safe container and burn the list, watch the smoke rise releasing the energy of these issues. Then create a new list of what you would like to attract into your life and place the list where you’ll see it every day.

The Solar Eclipse is great to start a new activity, just keep in mind it’s still Mercury Retrograde, which is great news for those born with Mercury Retrograde, for the rest of us it’s best to bring something unfinished or an unmet desire from the past forward and take a step to realizing its manifestation. Sometimes the simplest activities will produce the most profound changes, finally keeping a diary that includes writing a daily affirmation is a good idea. Try taking one product out of your diet like dairy or wheat and cooking a new, healthy recipe to introduce into your diet.

Keep in mind the energy of these eclipses will be dynamic all the way to the Vernal Equinox in late March!  

Mercury Retrograde - October 4th - 25th

October 2014

The planet of communication and intellect will be going into its last retrograde of the year on October 4th at 10:02 a.m. PDT and 1:02 p.m. EDT and will go direct on October 25th at 12:17 p.m. PDT and 3:17 p.m. EDT. Both Eclipses occur during Mercury Retrograde.*

When Mercury goes retrograde we find we are not able to think as clearly as we normally do. Since Mercury rules our thinking, during the retrograde our mind is not all that focused on the present, it wanders. That is unless you are born with Mercury retrograde, then it’s one of your high cycles. At least two thirds of us are not born during Mercury retrograde but everyone is affected by it. I like to remind my Mercury retrograde people, even though this is your high cycle remember you are affected by those who will be doing things like driving their cars the wrong way on a one way street!
During this cycle get grounded, pay attention, double check reservations, receipts, and change. Leave extra time for driving and getting ready for work.  During the retrograde we tend to misplace our keys, lose a shoe, break a zipper, and of course electronics mysteriously go haywire. It’s not some gremlin that shows up and plays havoc with us, it’s just user error, we are not thinking clearly.

The nature of Mercury retrograde is to give us time to stop and breathe. Finish up projects that need completion. Reflect on where we’re headed, maybe rethink a decision. Of course our western thinking is rooted in doing so much that we keep trying to swim against the current. If possible take some time during this period to reflect, allow a higher energy to help you see a clearer vision about your life. Slow down and be present wherever you are and get the most out of these three weeks.
If you are Mercury retrograde, get going! This is one of the three high cycles for you to put something in motion aligned with your Mercury. Important decisions, signing contracts, and starting new relationships or jobs, all work better for you if begun during this cycle. But remember, others are not thinking so clearly, so be careful and give yourself extra time to get to appointments, double check reservations and count that change!

* click here for information on Eclipses October 2014

New Moon in Libra - September 23rd

Autumnal Equinox - September 22nd

Pluto Moves Direct - September 22nd

September 2014

The Gifts: Transformation of inner and outer relationships.  A reform into greater harmony and balance in our lives with an opportunity to begin moving forward more intuitively and prosperously.

We will all feel a sense of shifting forward; crossing a threshold we’ve been poised in front of for many months. Relief and resolution are the winds blowing into our lives because it will put us in touch with the desire to have inner peace, end our inner wars.  Many situations in the world will begin to shift as well; change is on the horizon because we have become exhausted with the fight. Be careful of judgment and emotional blame of others. Instead, work on forgiveness and understanding. This is a time to engage our hearts and seek peace. On a global level Libra begets the scales of judgment and fair resolution to struggles. It restores balance and only when we achieve balance can we take a step forward.

Here’s the astrology. This is such a special New Moon; it’s accompanied by the Autumnal Equinox, which occurs on September 22nd at 7:29 p.m. PDT when the Sun enters the sign of Libra. The Autumnal Equinox is when the earth reaches a complete balance of light, 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of night in the fall.  The symbology of the Autumnal Equinox is about changing direction in our life and turning our attention inward, experiencing our inner light. For most of the Northern Hemisphere we’re preparing for winter, nature begins to draw its vital energy inward, into its roots insulated by the Earth. The Libra New Moon offers us a time to have the relationship with our divine self come into greater harmony with our human self and expand that into all relationships. Libra symbolizes relationships, all relationships. Living in the Southwest I’ve heard native people say, “All my relations” many times.  I’ve come to understand it not only as our relationship to each other, but also our relationship with the Earth, Moon and Stars, to all creation. When we experience our divine self we feel the connection to everything. This is a powerful gateway of energy opening up in our lives. October brings two Eclipses and Mercury Retrograde, the New Moon combined with the Autumnal Equinox initiates the equilibrium needed to utilize the immense amount of energy the eclipses impart.

The New Moon is an occasion to begin a new direction, actively and intentionally creating. In Libra we seek to create love, beauty, and harmony. I’ll do my annual Feng Shui check up just before the New Moon, cleansing and enhancing areas of my home that have become out of balance. I love to plant flowers on a Libra New Moon and put in flower bulbs for next spring. This year, because of its connection to the Autumnal Equinox, I’m focusing on an outdoor altar because it draws me outside to connect with nature, one of the best relationships available to us. I’ll place the symbols of things I want to bring into better balance in my life on it and make sure to place something of each element on the Altar to remind me of the four pillars of our life that must be in harmony within us; Fire or Spirit, Earth or the Physical, Air or the Intellect, and Water or Emotion. 

Adding to the festivities is the planet of transformation and healing, Pluto, moving direct also September 22nd. The outer planets change direction for much longer periods of time than the inner planets, because of this, each period of retrograde provides change and opportunity to resolve or transform something in our life when it moves direct. It’s allowing us to gather the wisdom and transformation we experienced during these past months and manifest something powerful and lasting in our life.

Take some time to meditate and listen to your divine mind. Create a list of things that you’d like to bring into greater balance and harmony and create a first step to attaining it. Magic’s in the air, available to us, the great Magicians who remember Abra (A-bra) Ka (Kah) Davra  (Day-Vra) Hebrew for “Let It Come Forth Into Manifestation Here and Now!”

Full Moon in Pisces - September 8th

September 2014

This Pisces Full Moon is also considered a Super Moon.  See the last paragraph for a description if you’re interested! The Pisces Full Moon, which always occurs in the fall, is also known as the Harvest Moon because in early times it was harvest for most areas of the Northern Hemisphere and farmers could harvest late into the night by the light of the Moon. 

This provides a new cycle for us to “harvest” what we’ve learned over the last several months. We can begin to see out of new awakened, more conscious, eyes. The Full Moon in Pisces gives us depth of vision into deeper, hidden aspects of our psyche, yet allows us to view these parts of ourselves through the eyes of the divine self. Most astrologers see Virgo and Pisces as the service axis of the Zodiac. I prefer to see them as the visionary axis: Virgo views things under the microscope while Pisces likes to leave the atmosphere and view everything from a spiritual realm. Extreme form and order vs. extreme non-form and disorder.

It seems this Full Moon is trying to prepare us for the last two eclipses of the year occurring in October. This Full Moon also aligns with Chiron, the wounded healer. This watery combination provides a deeper healing, helping us cleanse our memory of pain and suffering. It safely leads us to peer into our shadow and see something we’ve been afraid to look at or simply weren’t ready to see before. The Full Moon sheds light and healing on emotional memory, reminding us it’s not happing to us now, it’s just a memory. As we cleanse and heal these energetic inner universes the two eclipses bring an abundance of energy for us to draw on for more than six months.

Build wisely and build with a truer sense of who you are. There is much rebuilding to do on all levels, a good deal of what we have been experiencing for the past six months is the massive energy of the April eclipses, swiftly moving a energized life force through. It’s pushing up and disturbing the lowest vibrational frequencies to allow us to release them, pain occurs when we resist. Most of the hostile battles occurring are from those who refuse to change and are desperately trying to hold on to the past.

Some are having hopeless personal struggles within themselves. Life can seem so daunting and overwhelming when we can’t see what is true. I think Robin Williams had so much water in his chart that he was flooded with emotions he simply couldn’t sort out on his own. But I do believe we must view death as one of our options to heal, not a failure to heal.

This Full Moon is a time to cleanse and release, ask for help, and most importantly, be willing to see everything through the eyes of the divine self. The one that says “I love you” to you every day and you may not hear it because you’re listening to the loud whispers of the past too much! These two weeks are very valuable for inner work, preparing our energy for change for the better, happiness and abundance instead of sadness and hardship. The months ahead are bringing change through death and rebirth; we must allow a part of us to die in order for the rebirth to occur. I’ll leave you with a sentence from Marianne Williamson’s "Powerful Beyond Measure"; “It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.”

A Super Moon is a term coined by astrologer Richard Nolle. The moon becomes a Super Moon when it comes closest to the earth on its orbit, called perigee, and appears 15 percent larger and 30 percent brighter. Astrology is all about light, we measure Moon phases by its degrees to the Sun. A Full Moon occurs when the Sun and Moon are in exact degrees of opposite signs or 180 degrees apart. This gives the broadest range of light. With a New Moon, the Sun and Moon are in the same sign at exact degrees, 0 to 40 degree’s of each other.  A Super Moon gives us stronger emotional and psychological effects, as well as physical effects of weather and tides; because it increases the energy in the form of light it sends to Earth.

New Moon in Virgo - August 25th

August 2014

This is my favorite “renewal” New Moon. Virgo is all about purifying energy to its most natural vibration. After a summer of over-processing ourselves, whether with food, thought or emotions, the Virgo New Moon is an opportunity to cleanse and start on a new path of better. Better nutrition, better thoughts, better emotions.

Whatever it is that is keeping your world from being better, this new moon can help you clear out the clutter.  Virgo first asks us to analyze; do I really need this, is this good for me, how can I change this? Once you have a sense of what to prioritize you know where to start.

The Virgo New Moon is good for starting a healthy cleanse or detox or just eating better, with Virgo the details matter. Changing one thing in our life to move towards being healthier can be a powerful catalyst to other changes if you start it on the Virgo New Moon.

Over the next two weeks, slow down and observe yourself more often. Make a list of what you see and what you want to accomplish in the coming months. Then let Virgo help you organize a plan. It’s a wonderful moon to tackle the pantry and refrigerator, clean out closets and drawers or create an organizer for just about anything.

The Virgo New Moon is helping us prepare for the months ahead as well. October will have two eclipses, the other end of the April eclipses, as well as Mercury retrograde for almost the entire month. As we approach November and December, Saturn will enter into its final degrees of Scorpio, bringing a long 2 ½ year journey of powerful endings and beginnings, and deep healing work, to fruition. By the end of December, we’ll enter into 2 ½ years of Saturn in Sagittarius, a time of wisdom and knowledge opening into our consciousness about important subjects: religion, belief, understanding other cultures, and recognizing the divine in everything.

Enjoy the light returning, the autumn beginning and a very good two week period of pro-active energy!

Full Moon in Aquarius - August 10th

August 2014

We enter into the Full Moon Phase on August 10th. This allows the light that was active and growing for the last two weeks to quietly recede inward. The Full Moon Phase always gives us a chance to contemplate and reflect our deepest emotions. The light focuses on the subconscious and we can use this time to become more connected to our divine mind, listen to a quieter inner voice that’s difficult to hear when we’re so busy doing and actively creating. 

The Aquarius Full Moon sets the pace for the upcoming two weeks. A wonderful time to consider what in the world you might want to experience with giving back. Make a list of your favorite things to do and match that with a charity that it involves. A great time to step outside the box and discover a new you. 

July brought about much movement and shift, for the next two weeks we can slow down and reassess where we’re going and adjust the plan to put us on a more progressive path to our future. Ask yourself if you’re truly living a life that allows you to be present and are creating from your heart and not just your head. 

As we prepare for the months ahead, which will certainly bring us many opportunities to let go of old reactions and habits that are more about memory than inspiration, these two weeks give us pause to set a new pace. Get heart connected, be inspired and let go of old habits that hold you back!

New Moon in Leo - July 26th

July 2014

When the Moon is new, you cannot see it. It is sitting right next to the Sun so there is no light being reflected. As it begins to move away from the Sun, the light begins to reflect, and the Moon grows brighter and brighter each night. When the light grows so do the things we start during the New Moon phase.

More importantly the light from within begins to emerge into our consciousness.   What was brought to light during the full moon phase over the last two weeks when the light went within to reveal something from our inner nature, now finds its way to our awareness or consciousness.

A creative and sensitive moon, the fire of the Leo Moon is very inspiring, any artistic work does well if done while the moon is in Leo. But do be careful of overdoing: eating, drinking, and spending during the New Moon!

This New Moon is very special. It’s the first New Moon in twelve years that joins Jupiter as a companion. When the New Moon energy supports Jupiter it allows us to connect with our hearts in a very powerful way. We are offered an opportunity to feel our passion, strengthen our reserve and remember that we are the creator in our life. Remember the Sun and Moon are putting their powerful energies to work during the New Moon, over the next two weeks  we have lots of wonderful days to start new projects, allow our passion to reveal itself in creative ways and bring joy and optimism back into our life.

Jupiter, the planet of spiritual expansion and growth provides us with something special in each sign. It entered in Leo on July 16th and it will spend the next year helping you to enhance and improve the area of life wherever you have the sign of Leo in your chart. Of course for most Leo Suns this can be a very good year with lots of wonderful opportunities. For all of us, no matter what sign you are, we can begin a new path of positive thoughts and emotions, creative adventures and connecting with our spiritual will.

Full Moon in Capricorn - July 12th

July 2014

The beautiful Full Moon is now upon us giving us the next two weeks to ponder life and spend less time being active. Until July 26th, when the New Moon cycle initiates a reemergence of light, we can go within and look into deeper, more contemplative emotions preparing for powerful movement and change taking place in the months ahead. Mid-July brings about several planetary changes that help finally get life moving forward. For months and months we’ve all felt a resistance and a feeling of delays in our desires being met. With Jupiter, the planet of spiritual expansion and growth moving into Leo, the fire sign of creativity and personal will, movement and growth will surely be experienced by the planet. Leo rules the heart and nobility; hopefully our leaders will begin to connect more with their hearts and make decisions that will help create peace and prosperity. However, if any of them choose ego and self serving ideas, significant and greater destruction is likely. Change is upon us; we can change because we choose a more heart connected idea or because we have to.

On a personal level, listen to your inner wisdom with important decisions and if unsure, let it go for now.  Leave any unfinished work at the office; do not bring it home with you! Perhaps it’s time to consider how much you love your work and reconsider your path. The months ahead present more and more opportunities for change and realizing our dreams. I just started reading a wonderful new book called “The Remembering Process” by Joe Vitale and Daniel Barrett. It’s a wonderful book and gives us a new way to approach creating our life and dreams! Perfect timing for this Full Moon period to read and get ready to put into practice on July 26th when the New Moon in Leo will have Jupiter giving it a jet fueled intensity increasing its energy of new directions and creativity.

New Moon in Cancer - June 27th

June 2014

As we enter into this New Moon cycle we’re also experiencing Mercury Retrograde.  The New Moon in Cancer is similar to Mercury Retrograde, it’s a time to look back and see what we can let go of and what we want to keep in our lives. It’s the perfect time to stop and finish up old projects or let them go. We reevaluate things about our life during this time, letting go of what no longer works well and then allowing something new to be drawn into its place. The Cancer New Moon helps you understand more about what you “feel” instead of what you “think”.  Using your intuition is quite valuable during this cycle.

Everyone feels a bit stirred up when the Moon changes cycles, this one is the strongest emotional New Moon of the year and most of us will be feeling a bit more emotional than usual.  Consider that the emotions coming up are simply an old energy that wants to release. The New Moon in Cancer affords us the opportunity to stop and let go, clear the past and set our sights on the future.

When the moon is new, you cannot see it. It is sitting right next to the Sun so there is no light being reflected. As it begins to move away from the Sun, the light begins to reflect, and the Moon grows brighter and brighter each night. When the light grows so do the things we start during the New Moon phase. 

More importantly the light from within us begins to emerge into our consciousness.   What was brought to light during the full moon phase when the light went within to reveal something from our inner nature, now finds its way to our awareness or consciousness.  Whenever we enter into a New Moon phase we have about two weeks of active doing. However, this cycle coincides with Mercury Retrograde and unless you are Mercury Retrograde in your natal chart, it’s best not to start new projects or make major decisions until after July 1st when Mercury goes direct. It will work great to use this five day window to consider and analyze ideas you want to put into motion towards the fall. We still have until July 12th when the Full Moon Cycle occurs to begin new ideas and projects. Focus on your sacred space, what nurtures you or making change to better nurture yourself and loved ones. It’s a great time to Feng Shui your home!

Summer Solstice - June 21st

June 2014

On June 21st at 3:51 a.m. PST and 6:51 a.m. EST the Sun will enter into the sign of Cancer. This is Summer Solstice. The word solstice is from Latin; Sol meaning Sun and Sistere meaning to stand still. It refers to a point where the amount of light begins to change. The Summer Solstice in the Northern hemisphere is the day we have the most light and then it begins to lesson each day. Winter Solstice is the day we have the least light but the light then begins to return, in the Southern Hemisphere its exactly the opposite, they will be experiencing Winter Solstice on June 21st.

The Solstices are two points on the Cardinal Cross, the other two are the Equinoxes; Vernal in the spring when the Sun enters Aries and Autumnal in September when the Sun enters Libra. These four points are the season markers for the Natural Zodiac that begins with Aries.

Almost every culture has a celebration and tradition about one of the Cardinal points; Easter in the Spring, Midsummer with the Summer Solstice, Christmas with Winter Solstice, Sukkot in the Autumn.

I think the most important aspect to consider as a metaphor with Summer Solstice is light. Light is the common denominator with all the Cardinal Cross points because whether a Solstice or Equinox, it’s the light that is evaluated for noting the day of each point. Light is about wisdom and enlightenment. Summer Solstice takes place as the Sun enters Cancer, the sign that rules our subconscious and emotions. Summer Solstice offers us a moment where the access to our subconscious is open and available, the light illuminates the path.

Perhaps it’s just the idea that once in a while we stop and take time to reflect and reconsider where and why we’re heading in a direction in life. Four times a year the Universe suggest we follow nature’s lead and take a moment to celebrate what’s important, appreciate what is good and nurtures us without any effort on our part, the Sun. Without it the planet and all of us would perish, because of its constant energy life continues on planet Earth. The ancients regarded the Sun as a God, maybe they knew something we’ve forgotten. 

Summer Solstice is the perfect day to stop and consider what in your life is keeping you from your good. Have you been asking for change and wondering why it hasn’t taken place? You want to change negative behavior but something seems to impede its transformation? Consider your subconscious is now ready to reveal its secret, the light is shining on the answer and the shadows disappear. What felt like an enormous undertaking, now in the light of truth, is a very small part of you ready to transform. A lie you once told yourself is ready to become a truth.  You do have something to celebrate!

Happy Summer Solstice!

Full Moon in Sagittarius - June 12th

June 2014

The beautiful Full Moon is upon us in the sign of Sagittarius, the truth seeker and wanderer of the zodiac. Sagittarius is intuitive and encourages us to seek inner wisdom and instinct. During this Full Moon Mercury is also retrograde in the sign of Cancer; this will encourage us to become quiet and listen to our inner voice more. We can observe how we feel more often during these two weeks if we put down the cell phones, cut back on texting and being distracted.  This is a wonderful opportunity to discover a self you may not have had the pleasure of meeting yet. Take time during the actual Full Moon, if possible, to “Moon Bathe”.  Sit outside and let the light of the Full Moon enter into the millions of light sensing cells on the surface of your skin, quiet the mind and allow the Moon beams to bring you a message through meditation. Moon light is a softer more receptive light than Sun light, I love to put my crystals and jewelry in a bowl of sea salt outside for a few days during the Full Moon. This gives it both Sunlight and Moonlight.  It recharges the energy and creates balance. Remember during the Full Moon phase the light begins to go within and light the path to the subconscious mind, it’s a wonderful time to discover past lives and meet spirit guides! Especially since Mercury is retrograde, do your best to wait until the New Moon phase begins and Mercury goes direct after July 1st to start anything new of importance. During this time of the Full Moon phase, take time to ponder and explore new ideas and projects, see how you really feel about them and certainly take advice from your inner wisdom and guides!

Mercury Retrograde - June 7th

June 2014

The planet of communication and intellect will be going into its second retrograde of the year on June 7th at 4:57 a.m. PDT, 7:57 a.m. EDT and goes direct again on July 1st at 5:50 a.m. PDT, 8:50 a.m. EDT. Mercury retrograde begins in the sign of Cancer at 3 degrees. The three Mercury retrogrades this year will all begin in water. Water represents our emotions and intuition, the world within us where the waters of life communicate to all cells through feelings, where words can change us on a cellular level.

When Mercury is retrograde it is wise to slow down and take time to evaluate our life in the months ahead. Mercury will move from Cancer back into Gemini until it goes direct. This allows us to explore our ideas and examine our thinking. Are we being positive and powerful in our ideas or has fear crept into our thinking?  If our words and thoughts are negative, they will undermine our dreams.

During this retrograde reading Dr. Masaru Emoto’s book, “The Hidden Messages in Water” would be a wonderful way to understand how powerfully our thoughts and words affect us.

Keep in mind when Mercury goes retrograde we find we are not able to think as clearly as we normally do. Since Mercury rules our thinking, during the retrograde our mind is not all that focused on the present, it wanders. That is unless you are born with Mercury retrograde, then it’s your high time. About 2/3rds of the population are not born with Mercury retrograde but everyone is affected by it. I like to remind my Mercury retrograde people - even though this is your high cycle remember you are affected by those who will be doing things like driving their cars the wrong way on a one way street!

During Mercury retrograde get grounded, pay attention, double check reservations, receipts and change. Leave extra time for driving and getting ready for work.  During the retrograde we tend to misplace our keys, lose a shoe, and break a zipper, and of course electronics mysteriously go haywire. It’s not some gremlin that shows up and wreaks havoc with us, it’s just user error, we are not thinking clearly.

The nature of Mercury retrograde is to give us time to stop and breathe. Finish up projects that need completion. Reflect on where we’re headed, maybe rethink a decision. Of course our western thinking is rooted in doing so much that we keep trying to swim against the current. If possible, take some time during this period to reflect, allow a higher energy to help you see a clearer vision about your life. Slow down and be present wherever you are and you will get the most out of these three weeks.

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New Moon in Gemini

May 2014

Whenever we enter into a New Moon phase we have about two weeks of active doing. From now until the Full Moon on June 12th the light will begin to emerge outward.

The new moon in Gemini is like a burst of fresh spring air. It enlivens the atmosphere and makes us feel more awake.

Each day provides an opportunity to begin something new; the potential for growth is particularly good for ideas that resonate with these signs: Gemini: communication, sales and writing, Cancer: vegetable gardening, cooking, home rejuvenation, Leo: art, music, playing, Virgo: health, cleansing, reorganizing, Libra: beauty, romance, flower gardening, Scorpio: healing, intuition, investing, and Sagittarius: outdoor adventures, travel, shamanism.

However, the day of the New Moon is the single most powerful day to begin something new. Many cultures hold a ceremony on the New Moon welcoming back the light. Consider a gratitude ceremony for new clarity of mind and ideas. The Gemini New Moon brings light to our intellect and mental process that serves to bring information from the higher mind to our humanness.

On a Gemini moon communication opens up on all levels. We feel more social and want to talk and move about as this air sign stirs our thoughts. It creates an inner desire to be with others and have fun, laugh, and talk. Getting together with friends always works well on this moon, staying home or trying to get work done will be a challenge unless you work in sales, in which case you may just have one of your best days all month!

Full Moon in Scorpio

May 2014

We seem to know something intuitively about the power of the full moon. The werewolf tale is not far off as we know during the full moon people seem to act impulsively and aggressively. Statistically there are more people in the ER during the full moon.  Some might argue for wives tales at work here but trust me, I was a nurse and worked in the ER and Acute On-Call on many a full moon.  I knew we’d be seeing the most interesting cases and a constant flow of ambulances bringing in the wounded.

The full moon in Scorpio is probably the most significant in terms of many of us turning into creatures for a night or two. Scorpio brings out our fears; it makes us feel raw and vulnerable. This causes us to react impulsively towards others and more defensively. This is the only Scorpio full moon of 2014 and it asks us to take the gravitational pull it provides pulling on our inner most fears and place them in the light to be transformed. What makes this full moon even more significant is that it is joining the wave of energy from the Solar Eclipse that occurred at the New Moon in Taurus on April 28th giving the Scorpio full moon a super charge of electromagnetic energy.  Think of it as a heat lamp and not just a big light.

As we are all continuing to dance in the great cosmic paradigm shift, the Scorpio full moon acts like a loving parent who answers the call of a frightened child who’s sure there are monsters under the bed. The parent knows it’s only a stuffed toy or dust bunny that in the dark appears so menacing and the innocent child’s imagination reels with all kinds of horror waiting for them. The parent turns on the light and as they peer under the bed to show the child there is nothing to fear and all is well, the child can let go of the fear and sleep a peaceful night.

We are the children in the dark and our inner fears are old beliefs and past life traumas that are hiding under the bed of our subconscious. During the full moon the Great Creator turns on the light for us to peer in and discover what we have feared is nothing more than memory.   Once we are willing to look at our fears we can release them and experience the freedom and power of inner peace.

Some will experience this full moon unconsciously and perhaps their fears will be realized and dissolved by some unexpected event. For others who are intuitive and more in tune with energy, an opportunity arises to allow the light to shine on something within that needs transformation and release. Remember, fear is the absence of love and if we consciously use love, compassion and kindness to approach our inner fears they will transform instantly and release the powerful energy that was held captive. Take time to consider how you want to direct this energy because during the Scorpio full moon we all become sorceress and sorcerer of the cosmic realm.  We can remember who we really are, even for a moment. Look to the heavens and raise your wand like the magician in the Tarot who knows how to draw the energy down to the earth realm to bring his desires into form. Dance with your shadow knowing it has served you well, laugh off your fears with it and invite it to synchronize a new rhythm with your heartbeat as the conductor. Stand in the beams of the full moon, place your hands over your ears and listen to your heart beat until you can feel every cell in perfect cadence with the cosmic heart.

Eclipses are coming! Eclipses are coming!

April 2014

On April 15th at 42 minutes after midnight, the early minutes of Tuesday, on the West Coast, we will have Total Lunar Eclipse in Libra at 25 degrees. On April 28th at 11:14 p.m. also on the West Coast, we will experience a Total Solar Eclipse in Taurus at 8 degrees. For the East Coast add 3 hours and everywhere else calculate your time difference!

What’s all the fuss? Well, eclipses are notorious for heralding in change, BIG change. We also know statistically that Royalty are often born on eclipses.  Charles, Diana and Kate are all said to be born on Eclipses (I’ll have to look those up so don’t quote me!)  Whether you’re Royalty or not, you will be affected by these eclipses. The energy ushered in by Eclipses can last actively for 6 months; some astrologers feel the degree it occurs in your chart can be “hot” for up to 3 years.

First and foremost a word of caution, Eclipses cause a lot of energy to move and we experience a disturbance in the atmosphere for several days after an eclipse.  You might be feeling a bit churned up even a week or two before this first one because it works on our subconscious energy fields. So be careful with walking, driving and especially talking. We’re stirred up emotionally and need to avoid conflict and confrontation.

Second, do not try to initiate something during the first few days of an eclipse, the energy is too chaotic and it’s best to wait until the energy settles into a flow.

The Lunar Eclipse, which always happens on a Full Moon, is more personal. It brings a resetting to emotional experiences of the past 19 years. Have you been reacting to the same triggers, over and over for years? Have you held a grudge or felt resentful about something that happened many years ago and you still tell the story? Still holding onto fear about something? These are energy zapping emotions that keep us focused on the past and need to be released and healed. This Eclipse gives us a huge boost of energy to clear out the past and let our thoughts and emotions refocus on the present. It helps to have gratitude for whatever it was that happened in your past, it was a lesson and taught you something valuable. Since it’s in Libra, the focus is on relationships but also about areas of our life where we don’t have balance and harmony.

The Solar Eclipse then follows on the New Moon and is a more outward event of energy opening new doors, its about new beginnings and opportunities. It is also about a 19 year cycle that brings a resetting as well. The Solar Eclipse is more about activity and making change in the physical world.  It’s wonderful time to start a new business, relationship, or career. This is essentially a super charged New Moon that anything you start will have a powerful force driving it. Because it’s in Taurus, it will have a strong focus on global economics and personal worth and value. Taurus transforms energy into physical manifestation; it’s a wonderful energy to create what you truly desire.

Eclipses occur each year in pairs and usually we have four of them, some years we have six. In 2014 we will have four eclipses. The second set occurs in October in the Signs of Libra and Scorpio and will have a connection to these first two.

If you are a Libra, Taurus, Aries or Scorpio, or if you have planets or chart points like an Ascendant, in those signs, then these eclipses are very significant to you and will create powerful changes. If you don’t have these signs in anything then the area or house these signs reside in your natal chart will experience powerful change. Each year the eclipses provide added resources of energy to help us along the path of conscious growth and finding happiness. Of course, you must be the one to embrace it. Remember, you might be on the right track but if you don’t get moving you’ll get run over!

New Moon in Aries March30, 2014

March 2014

This may be the most powerful New Moon of the entire year! New Moons are a time of beginnings; the light returns and grows throughout a two week period until it reaches the Full Moon Phase. We have one New Moon a month when the Moon and Sun are in the same sign and degree, this is the only Aries New Moon for 2014.

An Aries New Moon provides a burst of energy, unbridled and raw. This gives whatever we start on the New Moon enormous potential. It’s a prolific energy but comes with a caution to stay balanced and look before you leap. Aries is a fire element, fire can transform energy into power but it can also be very destructive if it’s not carefully directed.

This New Moon has quite a bit of company further supporting its intention to move us into new beginnings and inspire new directions in our life. We’ve been experiencing a powerful Cardinal Cross since last summer. Jupiter in Cancer opposite Pluto in Capricorn, Uranus in Aries opposite Mars in Libra, all combine to push us forward, create change, birth new ideas both globally and personally. When I’m asked what is causing so much upset in the world and in our lives, this Grand Cross is the primary reason. We are in a powerful time historically. This is a true paradigm shift we’re experiencing. It will cause some disturbance as it insists on death of old ways and archaic beliefs thanks to Pluto.  Both Uranus and Mars are pushing us to move forward and tear down old boundaries and Jupiter is expanding our hearts through the Cancer mysteries, helping us to nurture ourselves and others and feel emotionally connected instead of suppressing feelings and acting egocentric. Now our two powerful luminaries, the Sun and Moon, will join Uranus and supercharge the entire cross. This is going to release a field of potential into every living organism. To use it well, we must direct it carefully and take time to breathe and check in with our hearts frequently. Our heads might become very inspired with new ideas leading to strong desires to act impulsively, Aries is a very impulsive energy! Instead, keep a steady pace and write down the ideas, allowing them to develop with balance and divine wisdom.  Above all, have courage to change old ways. Following this amazing New Moon will be several powerful eclipses, two occurring in April which I will write about as they occur in next few weeks. Each will be like a gateway opening to greater and more evolved paths.  My favorite quote applies to this new world we’re all being powerfully ushered into, “The Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins with One Step”, and what a giant step it is!

Full Moon in Virgo March16, 2014

March 2014

As we swing into the full moon phase on March 16th we also prepare for the Vernal Equinox! The Vernal Equinox occurs on March 20th at 9:57 a.m. PDT and 12:57 p.m. EDT when the Sun enters into Aries.  The energy of this full moon is helping us with seeing a new, clearer vision for ourselves. If you’ve been feeling a strong impulse to make a change and at the same time experiencing confusion about what to do or what direction to take, the full moon in Virgo will help bring ideas to light. Virgo is part of the visionary axis with Pisces. Virgo rules science and research, it seeks to purify and works with nature to bring healing to the physical body. The Vernal Equinox will add the Sun’s energy in fiery Aries igniting the grand cardinal cross in the signs of Aries, Libra, Cancer and Capricorn. The Cardinal signs hold great potential for humanity to take a step in new directions in both personal choices and global innovations and inventions that can help the planet.

Here are some ideas for personally using the energies of the full moon in Virgo.
Get a jump on spring clean up; clear out drawers, closets, clutter and especially the refrigerator! A good moon to reassess your diet and consider a health regime that will help you embrace a new life style. Look into a simple cleanse or detox to get your body ready for spring. Create a lifestyle chart that helps you organize a schedule for improving body, mind and spirit.

AFFIRMATION FOR THE DAILY MOON IN VIRGO
I am clear minded and embrace a new vision of my life. I am open to unlimited possibilities!

New Moon in Pisces February 14, 2014

February 2014

The Pisces New Moon is lovely; it makes us more sensitive and drawn to the spiritual mind deep within our psyche. It’s a creative moon that will provide great vision into your true desires, like a muse it will sing softly to you about hidden desire that wants to manifest. We’re now in the New Moon phase until March 16th when we reach the Full Moon, and we have an unusual occurrence with another New Moon on March 30th, sometimes called a black moon.

From the New to Full moon phase is a wonderful two week cycle to begin something new, especially since Mercury also went direct on Feb 28th as well. Over the next two weeks, even if the weather is a bit challenging where you are, take the time to plan out what you’d like to bring into your life this spring as we pass the vernal equinox and the season encourages new life and growth. You could sign up for a workshop or class in something creative or spiritual, start a new daily practice of yoga and meditation or Tai Chi. The Pisces Moon is a visionary moon and allows us to imagine, and therefore create, our deeper desires. Over the next two weeks it’s a perfect time to meditate, envision and create a vision board of pictures that you place where you’ll see it every day to help you reaffirm the life you want to create.  The pictures provide the feeling you want your new life to feel like!  For some of us, just being able to imagine it is a challenge, so let the Pisces New Moon help you bring out your vision.

Full Moon in Leo February 14, 2014

February 2014

How appropriate to have a full moon in Leo on St Valentine’s Day! Leo rules the heart! This year you might find yourself spending more than usual or buying something much more expensive or luxurious than you normally would. That’s because the Leo moon can cause us to feel more dramatic as well as generous, and when it’s full it amplifies the quality of the moon!

 This full moon also occurs during Mercury retrograde, when most of us are not thinking too clearly. It might be a good idea to check in with a friend before you buy that giant teddy bear that comes with a diamond bracelet. And let’s keep in mind that many people propose and even marry on St. Valentine’s Day. That might mean they may possibly rethink the decision once Mercury goes direct after February 28th.

Having Mercury retrograde in a marriage chart isn’t necessarily a negative aspect; my own marriage chart has both Mercury and Venus retrograde. Mark and I just celebrated 30 years together, we’ve learned about communication and personal desire through our relationship and we’re still blissfully happy.

The Leo full moon this year is good for catching up on any unfinished creative projects.  Go out and have some fun but remember not to overdo anything. A good rule of thumb is to ask yourself, “How will I feel about this in two weeks, two months, two years?” Or better yet, “What if it gets posted on Facebook or YouTube?”  This St. Valentine’s Day is good for social gatherings of all kinds, a quick getaway for the weekend and meeting new and interesting people. But I’d stay away from Vegas!

New Moon in Aquarius January 30, 2014

January 2014

This most auspicious New Moon heralds in the Year of the Horse according to Chinese Astrology-put link to Year of the Horse. This is a wonderful moon to begin to create or study something that helps you move forward.  Technology, metaphysics, and volunteering are subjects that are Aquarian in nature.  Perhaps begin to study Astrology or Numerology; both are ruled by Aquarius! It’s a good day to gather with friends and celebrate your good fortune for 2014; Aquarius is the sign of friendship.

When the moon is new, you cannot see it. It is sitting right next to the Sun so there is no light being reflected. As it begins to move away from the Sun, the light begins to reflect, and the Moon grows brighter and brighter each night. When the light grows so do the things we start during the New Moon phase.  However this New Moon has a short window for starting new long term projects as Mercury goes retrograde from February 6th until February 28th, its best to wait until Mercury goes direct to start anything that is of a more permanent idea like buying a car or a new house. Put link to Mercury retrograde

AFFIRMATION FOR THE MOON IN AQUARIUS- “Today I let go of the past with love and embrace a bright, wonderful future.”

Mercury Retrograde February 6 - 28, 2014

January 2014

I have quite a bit of concern this year for athletes sustaining injuries in the Olympics in Sochi which begins on February 7th; the day after Mercury goes retrograde. This could cause many mistakes and misjudgments, as well as all kinds of traffic issues and scheduling conflicts. There could possibly be more serious issues if the Olympic security systems are affected by this retrograde as well.

When Mercury goes retrograde we find we are not able to think as clearly as we normally do. Since Mercury rules our thinking, during the retrograde period our mind is not all that focused on the present, it wanders. That is unless you are born with Mercury retrograde, then it’s your high cycle to get things accomplished. At least 2/3rds of us are not Mercury retrograde, meaning we are not born during a Mercury retrograde cycle and therefore we have a direct motion Mercury in our charts. I like to remind people born with Mercury retrograde, even though this is your high cycle remember you are affected by those who will be doing things like driving their cars the wrong way on a one way street!

During this cycle get grounded, pay attention, double check reservations, receipts and change. Leave extra time for driving and getting ready for work.  During the retrograde we tend to misplace our keys, lose a shoe, and break a zipper, and of course electronics mysteriously go haywire. It’s not some gremlin that shows up and plays havoc with us, it’s just user error, we are simply not thinking clearly.

The nature of Mercury retrograde is to give us time to stop and breathe. Finish up projects that need completion. Reflect on where we’re headed, maybe rethink a decision. Of course our western thinking is rooted in doing, doing, doing all the time so we keep trying to swim against the current. If possible take some time during this period to reflect, allow a higher energy to help you see a clearer vision about your life. Slow down and be present wherever you are and get the most out of these three weeks. And of course remember, this too shall pass!

Year of the Wood Horse January 31, 2014

January 2014

January 31st begins the Chinese New Year of the Wood Horse. Since wood is associated with tree and green, it’s also called the year of the Green Horse. By the way it’s actually called Spring Festival or Lunar New Year in Asia. Horse represents power, grace and freedom.

Chinese New Year begins on the second new moon after the winter solstice which is the Aquarius New Moon - it begins on the darkest day and goes to the brightest day; that is the New to Full Moon which is January 31 to February 15th this year.  

In the Year of the Horse expect the pace to pick up and do not procrastinate, but if you are unsure it’s best not to do it right now. Horse years are swift and adventurous and the wood element brings about opportunities in finances and material wealth, but use good judgment because we can feel quite impetuous during a Horse year!

A Horse year is said to encourage being adventurous and impulsive. We may be inspired to do something on a whim and ignore any problems because a downside to horse is denial of reality. We have opportunities for material wealth but if we aren’t being realistic we could create serious material debt!

Many of us in the West have started to celebrate Chinese New Year. I did some research as to what are the meanings behind some of the traditional beliefs to ring in the New Year. Here are some ideas that go along with the symbolism and beliefs of the Chinese New Year.

A day or so before the New Year, make a clean sweep of your home, this symbolizes letting go of the past, getting rid of last year’s troubles or dirt. However do not sweep or clean on New Year’s Day; it is thought to sweep away your good fortune and prosperity for the New Year.

Also, do not wash your hair on New Year’s Day because it will also wash away the good fortune for the New Year!

Put out some oranges or tangerines on New Year’s Day for everyone to eat as it symbolizes good health and vitality.

Have fresh flowers, possibly red, with pleasant scents out on New Years’ Day as they represent prosperity.

Wear red for luck and gold for happiness and prosperity on New Year’s Day.

Plan a celebration dinner for New Year’s Day.   Make sure to eat something sweet and rich so that you have a sweet, rich New Year.

Full Moon in Cancer January 15, 2014

January 2014

We’ll be experiencing one of the most powerful Full Moons of the year on Jan 15th. The Moon is the natural ruler of the sign of Cancer. This means the Moon is very powerful whenever it’s in Cancer and when it’s a Full Moon the energy multiples!

What designates a Full Moon is that it is exactly opposite the Sun, which is in Capricorn. The light of the Sun and of the Moon will provide constant illumination on the day and night in all of us. The day part of us is our conscious reality, the one that wakes with us in the morning and focuses its energy on the day ahead. It keeps its attention on where we’re going and what’s important to do.

The night part of us is the subconscious, the awareness that wakes up when we go to sleep. This part of us keeps its attention on the emotional information we’ve taken in and tries to help us process feelings. How often have you dreamt about things you saw or experienced during the day but didn’t realize it had affected you?  Also our dreams continue to give us messages from the higher consciousness, but it does it in pictures and stories which give us the feeling the higher consciousness wants to convey to us.

The Full Moon in Cancer is all about paying attention to our subconscious and our emotions, it gives the most light available to shine on things we don’t normally see about ourselves. One caution during this moon is to keep emotions in check; many of us get stirred up because the subconscious is so active during this moon. Others around you may react out of deep, suppressed emotions. It’s best to show compassion and not react in response.

Take some time to reflect or meditate on what you’re feeling during the Full Moon, write down any symbols or words you might experience, set an intention to all your emotions to flow freely during this cycle by honoring every day whatever you feel without judgment. We will arrive at the New Moon on January 30th and Chinese New Year on January 31st. The Full Moon provides a two week cycle that will give us a wonderful journey to illuminate our deepest desires and true feelings, connect our heads to our hearts, and set it all in motion on the New Moon and Chinese New Year!

New Moon in Capricorn January 1, 2014

Happy New Year!

January 2014

What a wonderful New Moon for all those important projects you’re starting in the New Year! The Capricorn moon takes life seriously; it’s the best business moon because of its more serious outlook. Anything you want to have a strong foundation for that will stand the test of time is best done on the New Moon in Capricorn. It welcomes commitment, hard work and keeps its focus on the goal. It’s not the most romantic or social moon - Gemini, Leo, and Libra will work much better.  I wouldn’t suggest starting an exercise program, better to start that on January 7th when the moon is in energetic Aries. But it may be a good moon for finally stopping smoking or getting on a serious healthy eating program along with a commitment to walk or do some kind of physical exercise daily. This is not the moon that will accept you wanting to fit back into that pair of jeans you’ve been saving for years.  Its energy is about serious change and putting one foot in front of the other and reaching a goal worthy of the test of time. While the moon is new on January 1st, the New to Full period lasts up until late in the day on the 15th.  This entire period is a good time to begin new projects or ideas. Since most of us will be seriously contemplating the year ahead, New Years Day is good for setting an intention - very different than setting a resolution.

Here are some ideas for the New Moon in Capricorn:
Take some time to consider: “What are the most important positive changes I want to make in my life?” Create a structure to work within; the Capricorn New Moon energy lets us concretize what we begin. Ideas for structures: a calendar where you can write your daily goals, an app that lets you log your day’s events like food or exercise, make sure to include affirmations, perhaps sign up for a course or program for self improvement. Set goals and use a reasonable time frame to accomplish small steps, place a written form of the plan where you can see it every day.

Be kind to yourself; let go of what you think you should have done.  My mom, who was a Capricorn, would always tell me, “If you live in the past you’ll have no future!” Before you begin your day, take a little time to pick one goal for that day and affirm, “Today I begin anew!”

An added bonus with the New Moon this year is that we’re also experiencing a retrograde Venus.  Venus, the planet of happiness and desire, is the rarest retrograde. It went into retrograde on December 21st and regains direct motion on January 31st, just in time for Chinese New Year!

During these weeks Venus asks us to reassess what we really want in life and change ideas around self worth. It beckons us to stop and look at what we’ve manifested through desire and determine if it has brought us happiness. Venus is all about what makes us happy and retrogrades give us a chance to finish something we’ve started before.

Stay positive, use affirmations to help you keep your thoughts and feelings aligned with what you want.  I recommend “Experience Your Good Now” by Louise Hay, it teaches you how to use affirmations and comes with a wonderful CD.

Winter Solstice

December 2013

Winter Solstice marks the longest night in the Northern Hemisphere and the longest day in the Southern Hemisphere where it’s actually considered Summer Solstice. Essentially the tilt of the Earth reaches it farthest point and then it begins its journey back toward the Vernal Equinox where the light will be in complete balance of night and day. Think about being on a carnival ride and how it sweeps outward and reaches a point where you can feel the centrifugal force pulling at your whole body and then it moves back toward the center. This year it occurs at 9:11 a.m. PST and 12:11 p.m. EST on December 21st.

Many ancient cultures believed the Sun was a God; the word solstice means sun stand still. For about three days the Sun appears to stand still in the sky, most cultures took this very seriously. Temples were built specifically to reflect the Sun’s position during the Solstices and Equinoxes and religious ceremonies would be performed.  Winter solstice was about the promise of the coming year.  It was the last day of darkness and heralded in the light returning to the earth. In our modern world we can utilize this idea in many ways.  About this point of the year many of us are feeling rushed and overwhelmed; our energy and bank accounts are a bit drained.  So this is good day to stop and stand still, breath.  Take a moment to remember some truths.  “This too shall pass” is one of my favorites.  “The Sun will rise again tomorrow” is another.

In astrology we have to remember that we are the Sun and the Moon, as well as all the cosmic bodies, each of which represent some part of us.  The Sun is authentic self, the powerful part of us that watches us like a God and guides us with its light.  The winter solstice is the perfect time to reflect on what to let go of from the past year, spend time within and find gratitude for the lessons and challenges you faced. Know they were all purposeful and meaningful in your life.  Now you can turn your attention to the future.  Get ready to let the light return and show you a new path - one that has been there all along but you couldn’t see until now, a new you that has always been present but perhaps now you can appreciate and see in a new light.  

Along with the winter solstice we will also get to experience the rarest of retrograde planets, Venus. The planet of love and beauty will be retrograde from December 21st beginning at 1:53 p.m. PST and 4:53 p.m. EST until January 31st, just in time for the Year of the Green Wood Horse to ring in the Chinese New Year!

The same way Mercury retrograde allows us to take a moment and reassess life, to rethink before moving forward, Venus retrograde gives us forty days every eighteen months to stop and reassess what we want.  So often we are questing after something in life and we can easily lose sight of why we began to want it in the first place.  Venus, the planet of desire asks, “Do you really want this? Are you sure?” 

It seems to be a day for us to stop like the Sun in the sky and with Venus, look within and ask yourself if you are really happy.  What is the one idea you can introduce into your life this year that will bring you more happiness?

Whatever your hopes and desires for the coming year, know that through the power of your Sun, your authentic self, you have the power to make it come to light!

Don't Start That Diet Tomorrow!

January 2013

As most of you noticed by now, we’re still here. The Mayan’s predicted the end of the world and indeed the world as we knew it has ended and given birth to a new consciousness.

I hope all of you took some time to contemplate what in your world was best to come to an end, letting you create a clear, open space for the New Year to fill with something better.

As some of you noticed, I took some time off from writing the weekly moon signs and I also spent very little time on Facebook for the last six weeks of the year. I felt I had to take the advice I was giving others and spend time reflecting on the coming paradigm shift and what it meant in my life. It was one of most powerful times I’ve experienced and I must give some credit to Dr. Malcolm Smith and his Lifesmithing program with homeopathy; I’ve been having such amazing experiences of transformation.  Healing has taken on new meaning in my life and for many of those I love so much as well!

The New Year is now beginning to manifest its energies in our life, but we begin it during a Full Moon Cycle, so if you want to use the energies at their best then first spend time on a more inner level and consider what would really be important to change or begin in your life.  January 11th begins the first New Moon Cycle of 2013 and between then and January 25th we’re in the best cycle to start new projects, ideas, and lifestyle changes.  Many of us tend to focus on health, diet, and exercise as our resolution, if so then January 17th with the Moon in Aries is a great day to get started. An Aries Moon gives us a boost of energy physically as well as inspiration to step into new territory.  If you’re all about making financial changes then January 19th with the Moon in Taurus is the best day to start that focus, it’s the sign that rules self-worth and helps you understand how to express that in the physical.

Whatever you feel is important for you in 2013 remember to leave the past behind. You have an opportunity to start with a clean slate now.  Consider making a list of past mistakes, failures, or what caused you to not attain your dreams. Read them out loud and affirm that from this moment on these no longer exist, tear up the list and burn it, flush it or just throw it out.  Write an affirmation for the New Year that proclaims the new you!

Mercury Retrograde November 6 through 26

November 2012

The planet of communication and intellect will be going into its last retrograde of the year on November 6th at 3:04 p.m. PST and 5:04 p.m. EST and will go direct on November 26th at 2:48 p.m. PST and 5:48 p.m. EST.

When Mercury goes retrograde we find we are not able to think as clearly as we normally do. Since Mercury rules our thinking, during the retrograde our mind is not all that focused on the present, it wanders. That is unless you are born with Mercury retrograde, then it’s your high time. At least 2/3rds of us are not Mercury retrograde and everyone is affected by it. I like to remind my Mercury retrograde people, even though this is your high cycle, remember you are affected by those who will be doing things like driving their cars the wrong way on a one-way street!

During this cycle: get grounded, pay attention, double-check reservations, receipts and change. Leave extra time for driving and getting ready for work.  During the retrograde we tend to misplace our keys, lose a shoe, and break a zipper, and of course electronics mysteriously go haywire. It’s not some gremlin that shows up and plays havoc with us, it’s just user error, we are not thinking clearly.

The nature of Mercury retrograde is to give us time to stop and breathe. Finish up projects that need completion. Reflect on where we’re headed, maybe rethink a decision. Of course our western thinking is rooted in doing so much that we keep trying to swim against the current. If possible take some time during this period to reflect, allow a higher energy to help you see a clearer vision about your life. Slow down and be present wherever you are and get the most out of these three weeks.

Harvest Moon

September 2012

Saturday, September 22nd, we experienced the Autumnal Equinox! That occurs when the Sun enters into Libra and along with the Vernal Equinox, the Summer Solstice and the Winter Solstice, it is one of the Seasonal points of reference on which we base most Western Astrology. We use these four points as the four corners that all twelve signs are measured within.  It’s the Cardinal Cross because when the Sun enters into one of the Cardinal signs, we begin the new season. Coming up on September 29th will be the Harvest Moon.

The Full Moon that occurs in September is called the Harvest Moon because from an astronomical perspective we’re close to the Autumnal Equinox and the position of the Earth and Sun being almost equal makes the Moon appear much larger and brighter than normal and the full moon will last for several days. In ancient times this gave farmers a few extra days to harvest crops later into the night.

The Full Moon will occur on September 29th at 8:19 p.m. PST and 11:19 p.m. EST in the sign of Aries. This is a very fiery energy that spurs ideas and motivates us to move forward. Since it’s actually a Full Moon we have to be aware of emotions that will also be very fiery! Avoid conflicts by taking time to be more grounded, avoid alcohol and bars and any meeting place where tempers can easily get stirred up. The Aries energy is very warrior-like, we like to take on challenges during its lunar run.  Being competitive can be wonderful in a positive setting, not so good when the room is full of testosterone! If you’re going to be driving it would be wise to plan a bit ahead and avoid traffic that will create frustration and anxiety.

Instead use this amazing Moon to go for a walk, explore a park that offers chess games or music in the evening. Perhaps an evening stargazing with a picnic. In many Northern climates the evenings will be too cold to really enjoy another Full Moon and this one is really spectacular to be missed.

Something worth noting for all you Libra’s, you can finally celebrate your birthday this year knowing the two and half year Saturn cycle in Libra will be concluding on October 5th when the Karmic teacher moves into Scorpio until late in 2015. You have worked hard and endured many of the trials and tribulations for which Saturn is known. Appreciate the growth it’s brought you and know it returns in 30 years to see what you accomplished with the wisdom it provided!

Mercury Retrograde

July 14th through August 4th 2012

The planet of communication, transportation and intellect will be going retrograde on July 14th 2012 at 7:16 p.m. PST and 10:16 p.m. EST until August 7th, 2012 when it turns direct at 10:40 p.m. PST and August 8th, 2012 at 1:40 a.m. EST.

When Mercury goes retrograde we find we are not able to think as clearly as we normally do. Since Mercury rules our thinking, during the retrograde our mind is not all that focused on the present, it wanders. That is, unless you are born with Mercury retrograde, then it’s your high cycle to get things accomplished. For at least 2/3rds of us we are not Mercury retrograde, meaning we are not born during a Mercury retrograde cycle and therefore we have a direct motion Mercury in our charts. I like to remind people born with Mercury retrograde, even though this is your high cycle remember you are affected by those who will be doing things like driving their cars the wrong way on a one way street!

During this cycle: get grounded, pay attention, double check reservations, receipts and change. Leave extra time for driving and getting ready for work.  During the retrograde we tend to misplace our keys, lose a shoe, and break a zipper, and of course electronics mysteriously go haywire. It’s not some gremlin that shows up and plays havoc with us, it’s just user error, we are not thinking clearly.

The nature of Mercury retrograde is to give us time to stop and breathe. Finish up projects that need completion. Reflect on where we’re headed, maybe rethink a decision. Of course our western thinking is rooted in doing, doing, doing all the time so we keep trying to swim against the current. If possible take some time during this period to reflect, allow a higher energy to help you see a clearer vision about your life. Slow down and be present wherever you are and get the most out of these three weeks. And of course remember, this too shall pass!

Venus Retrograde

May 15th through June 27th, 2012
When the planet of love and desire goes into retrograde motion this month its part of several Gemini events the heavens seemed to have planned for us in just a few short weeks. Venus retrograde is one of the rarest of the inner planetary retrogrades because it only retrogrades every eighteen months as compared to Mercury which goes retrograde three times in a twelve month period.

During these weeks Venus asks us to reassess what we really want in life and have our values changed. It beckons us to stop and look at what we’ve manifested through desire and determine if it has brought us happiness. Venus is all about what makes us happy. We often have to find out what makes us unhappy to truly know what will bring us happiness.

Venus will be retrograde in the sign of Gemini and this will help us understand the powerful effect our minds have on what we create and how important positive thinking is.

Besides Venus being retrograde in Gemini, the New Moon Solar Eclipse on May 20th occurs with the Sun and Moon in Gemini, and on June 5th & 6th we will experience a rare transit of Venus in front of the Sun. All these events occur in the sign of Gemini!  

Look at your natal birth chart, the area where you have the sign of Gemini is going to be highlighted and very active for the next few weeks! Of course if you actually have a Luminary or Planet in Gemini it greatly increases the opportunity for events and change in your life.

Gemini is the sign of intellect and quick movement, it promotes the daily thought process and all forms of communication. With such a powerful age of technology upon us perhaps we would benefit to step back and consider how dependent we’ve become on texting and cell phones.  While it has given the world a chance to become smaller and more intimate it has also caused many of us to chatter endlessly about insignificant topics and information.  Speaking our truth and learning how powerful silence can be is part of what the events of this month offer.

Enjoy being part of history! The next time Venus will transit in front of the Sun will be in 2117!

Mercury Retrograde

March 12th through April 4th 2012

The planet of communication, transportation and intellect will be going retrograde on March 12th 2012 at 0:49 a.m. PST and 3:49 a.m. EST until April 4th, 2012 when it turns direct at 3:11 a.m. PST and 6:11 a.m. EST.

When Mercury goes retrograde we find we are not able to think as clearly as we normally do. Since Mercury rules our thinking, during the retrograde our mind is not all that focused on the present, it wanders. That is, unless you are born with Mercury retrograde, then it’s your high cycle to get things accomplished. For at least 2/3rds of us we are not Mercury retrograde, meaning we are not born during a Mercury retrograde cycle and therefore we have a direct motion Mercury in our charts. I like to remind people born with Mercury retrograde, even though this is your high cycle remember you are affected by those who will be doing things like driving their cars the wrong way on a one way street!

During this cycle: get grounded, pay attention, double check reservations, receipts and change. Leave extra time for driving and getting ready for work.  During the retrograde we tend to misplace our keys, lose a shoe, and break a zipper, and of course electronics mysteriously go haywire. It’s not some gremlin that shows up and plays havoc with us, it’s just user error, we are not thinking clearly.

The nature of Mercury retrograde is to give us time to stop and breathe. Finish up projects that need completion. Reflect on where we’re headed, maybe rethink a decision. Of course our western thinking is rooted in doing, doing, doing all the time so we keep trying to swim against the current. If possible take some time during this period to reflect, allow a higher energy to help you see a clearer vision about your life. Slow down and be present wherever you are and get the most out of these three weeks. And of course remember, this too shall pass!

Year of the Dragon

January 2012

January 23, 2012 is Chinese New Year and begins the Year of the Dragon. I’ve also seen a few sites listing February 4, 2012 as the beginning of the Chinese New Year, however I’ve always considered the New Moon in Aquarius in the Western calendar as the event that correlates with Chinese New Year because it is the second New Moon after the Winter Solstice, and that is January 23 this year.

In Chinese Astrology twelve animal signs represent the complete zodiac, but what many people don’t realize is that there are five elements to each sign: Fire, Water, Earth, Metal and Wood.  When someone casts a birth horoscope in Chinese Astrology they consider an animal and element for the day, considering the year and time separately. Someone can be Year of the Monkey but hour of the Snake and day of the Rat, and each one can be a different element.

Similar to Western Astrology’s Jupiter Cycle, each animal sign in Chinese Astrology repeats every twelve years, the element changes each time and follows cycles. This Year the element is Water.  

What’s really interesting is that the Dragon is the only mythological creature of the twelve and it is considered to be the most powerful of all the animal symbols. This year also changes a sixty year pattern and is expected to bring much needed change to the world.

The Year of the Water Dragon is predicted to make wonderful change and bring about prosperity and abundance after many years of destructive cycles.  For most this will be a much welcomed cycle and it may create some powerful changes in the world.

Whatever change it brings I’m looking forward to the movement and shifts in the world. Stay positive and get moving in your life personally and see what kind of magical things you might create! Happy 2012!

 

 

A Year of Change

January 2012

 

We’ve all heard so much about the Mayan Calendar, 2012 and the predictions about the world ending. Most astrologers agree it’s really that the world as we’ve known it is ending and a new world is beginning. What I find so fascinating is that many other forms of astrology also suggest that 2012 is the beginning of new cycles that bring very good changes to the world.

Chinese Astrology says this year, Year of the Black (water) Dragon is a very auspicious year that begins a new sixty year cycle of positive, productive energy for the world and ends a sixty cycle of destruction.

My favorite is actually from Hindu astrology that says we are leaving Kali Yuga, one of the four stages of development that Hindu scripture says the world goes through and 2012 is the beginning of Satya Yuga referred to as the Golden Age that will last 10,000 years.  Isn’t it fascinating that two ancient cultures that had no connection or any way of knowing about the other, have predicted that 2012 is the beginning of a new world.  

Both Chinese Astrology and Hindu Astrology cautions that the world will go through many challenges as we enter into these new cycles. I feel we’ve already begin to deconstruct on some level old ways of thinking and behaving and who isn’t seeking the kinds of changes that will heal the issues we are so aware of now.

I’m looking forward to participating in this new era.  We are all being offered an opportunity to change personally. I’ve seen how the sessions I’ve done for over twenty five years are attracting a very new group of people.  A wonderful awakening is happening. People are opening up to ideas and desires they would not have considered before now. I think the phrase, “I never thought I would be doing this” is something I am hearing more and more.  

My advice to anyone who wonders how to make the best of this new paradigm is simply focus on your own life.   Know that what you do matters and even little changes can affect the world in many positive ways. Ask yourself what you would be doing if you could do anything you wanted, do you love what you do? It’s time we become more authentic in our daily lives. How much energy do we lose when are doing something because we think we should or we have to?

If you do one thing for 2012 make sure it is something that makes you happy! Your happiness will be the best change you could offer the world!

Lunar Eclipse

December 10, 2011

The Lunar Eclipse starts on December 10th, 2011 6:36 a.m. PST and 9:36 a.m. EST

This is the last Lunar Eclipse of the year! We conclude this year’s Eclipses with a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Gemini, 18°Gemini for those of you counting.

A Solar Eclipse occurs during a New Moon when the Moon blocks the Sun from the Earth. A Lunar Eclipse occurs when the Moon passes behind the Earth and the Earth blocks the Suns light to the Moon. Remember, a Full Moon is when the Moon is exactly opposite the Sun, the degree of the Sun sign is exactly opposite the degree of the Moon sign, and the light is focused on the Moon.  A New Moon occurs when the Moon is exactly next to the Sun, the same degree of the Sun Sign, which makes the Moon dark because there is no light shining on it. A Lunar Eclipse can only occur during a Full Moon and a Solar eclipse can only occur on a New Moon.

The Sun provides a never-ending flow of energy to the Earth. This energy is comprised of X-ray, Gamma, Ultraviolet, Infrared, and Microwave to name a few. When we describe the word “energy” most of us understand that there are also spiritual terms for this such as Chi, Prana, and Life Force that are quite widely accepted as one possible definition. The energy the Sun provides is life force; I don’t really think we are talking about two different things if we were to really understand it. We cannot exist without the Sun and these energies are what support life. 

When an Eclipse occurs those energies are blocked in some way. Consider how a computer is interrupted when downloading new programs, when we have Eclipses, the Universe is stopping the flow of energy momentarily to allow something important to be transferred or downloaded into our consciousness. 

Take into account the planetary bodies involved in an Eclipse: the Sun - the Universe or God, the Earth - our consciousness, and the Moon – our subconscious, which all work together to provide change and shift in the consciousness of humanity. In order for humanity as a whole to change we must change personally.

The signs involved are interesting as well. Gemini represents the mental body and communication, the way we think and speak. Changing how we think and the words we use can change the world.

Take time to focus on the energies being downloaded to your conscious mind. By sitting quietly, meditating or just being present during the Eclipse you are allowing the flow of the Universe to bless you!

What Does My Chart Say?

December 2011

As an astrologer I am often asked questions as though the chart has answers that are written in stone. Someone will ask, “Does my chart say I am going to be rich?” or, “Does my chart say when I am going to meet someone?” The answer is always no!

Your chart is like a road map. There are many roads that lead to Rome. The most important idea to me is free will. The birth chart gives many ideas and many directions towards a goal the soul has for the lifetime. Looking at the goal is one idea that can work itself out many ways. For instance, someone’s Mid-Heaven, the area at the very top of the chart that depicts the outcome of the life, the best career choice and primarily what the soul wants the humanness to experience in this lifetime, could be in the sign of Sagittarius. Sagittarius is the sign of the teacher, the shaman, the seeker of truth. Someone with a Sagittarius Mid-heaven is a natural teacher. They may choose teaching as a career path; they may be someone who loves to teach others what they have learned by sharing their talents with others.  A hair stylist who has a Sagittarius Mid-heaven might teach you everything they know about hair whenever you’re in their chair.

I can say to someone, “Your Sagittarius Mid-heaven leads you to share wisdom with others in some way as the accomplishment of this lifetime.” The way we choose to do that can take place many different ways.

The twelve houses of the chart represent twelve areas of life beginning with the Self in the first and goes around to the Mystical Self in the twelfth. We start with Self and end with Self. I love the Zen philosophy, “Imagine that no one else exists in the Universe but you; now see everything and everyone you encounter as a part of the Self reflecting something back to you in some way.”

I have often used this idea in my work personally as well as with clients. The chart is all about you, you are the creator of the chart you choose and you know exactly why you set it up the way you did! Here lies your wisdom, your Self trying to reveal itself to you.

Astrological charts can provide cycles so that timing is something that helps us when we learn to read astrological charts. Astrologers look at all sorts of ways to try to give you an idea about some area of your life that has become activated. We may look at a transit, a progression, a solar return just to name a few, and see what kind of activation is happening. A Saturn transit brings about a lesson and a reconstruction that you need in this area.  Jupiter will bring about expansion in this area. Neither predicts if you are going to have a positive reaction or a negative one, that’s up to your free will! You choose whether you are going be empowered or be a victim.

An astrologer who has learned their craft well will know how to bring you the information without affecting your free will. They will provide all the information they can and leave the decision up to you.  It’s easy to look back with hindsight and say, “Oh there was a Neptune transit over your Mars when you had that car accident!” But to be able to say, “There is a Neptune transit going over your Mars, stay grounded, especially when operating any kind of equipment, and make sure to connect with your spiritual side everyday!” Well a car is “equipment” and being in a car accident may cause you to remember to pray and be grateful.

Astrology is one of the many ways the Universe has provided a guide for us as humans. I like to think of the birth chart as the instruction manual you came in with. It’s a guide but it cannot make decisions for you or predict how you will choose to experience events in your life. You get to choose just how you would like life to happen.

Mercury Retrograde is back!!!!

November 23, 2011

That wonderful planet of communication and ordinary thinking is going retrograde again on November 23rd, 2011 at 11:21 p.m. PST and on the 24th at 2:21 a.m. EST.  It goes direct again on December 13th.

This is a powerful retrograde for several reasons. It takes place in Sagittarius and will be accompanied by the Sun for most of its retrograde period which will energize it’s actions, and also a New Moon Solar Eclipse in Sagittarius* will also take place during this retrograde. Think about Sagittarius. The truth and wisdom seeker, the fire of the soul says Isabel Hickey. Sagittarius energy activates the ancient wisdom from our Soul. In the form of a New Moon Eclipse, it opens us to new applied uses of ancient wisdom in the present.  It also increases our intuitive abilities. EVERYONE will be more intuitive!

When Mercury goes retrograde we find we are not able to think as clearly as we normally do. Since Mercury rules our thinking, during the retrograde our mind is not all that focused on the present, it wanders. That is, unless you are born with Mercury Retrograde.  Then it’s your high time. At least two thirds of us we are not Mercury Retrograde and everyone is affected by it. I like to remind my Mercury Retrograde people, even though this is your high cycle remember you are affected by those who will be doing things like driving their cars the wrong way on a one way street!

During this cycle: get grounded, pay attention, double check reservations, receipts and change. Leave extra time for driving and getting ready for work.  During the retrograde we tend to misplace our keys, lose a shoe, and break a zipper, and of course electronics mysteriously go haywire. It’s not some gremlin that shows up and plays havoc with us, it’s just user error, we are not thinking clearly.

The nature of Mercury Retrograde is to give us time to stop and breathe. Finish up projects that need completion. Reflect on where we’re headed, maybe rethink a decision. Of course our western thinking is rooted in doing so much that we keep trying to swim against the current. If possible, take some time during this period to reflect, allow a higher energy to help you see a clearer vision about your life. Slow down and be present wherever you are and get the most out of these three weeks.

*See November Musings for more information on the New Moon Solar Eclipse

The New Moon Eclipse

November 2011

The New Moon Solar Eclipse occurs on November 24th at 10:10 p.m. PST and Nov 25th 1:01 a.m. EST.

New Moon phases are active cycles where the light grows in the sky each night.  A Solar Eclipse occurs during a New Moon when the Moon blocks the Sun from the Earth, we usually have about two total eclipses and several partial eclipses each year.

If we are to understand astrologically what eclipses are we simply have to understand light. The energy of both the Sun and Moon provide light.  The Sun’s light is direct and its energy is more about what we experience outwardly and actively or during day light, the Moon’s  is indirect and about the unconscious or light within us, the night.

Eclipses provide a window of energy that intensifies and charges the energy already flowing through each of us and its affect can last up to six months. 

This Solar Eclipse, although only partial, will allow what has been activated to find a way to come to light in our daily lives. It may not be as spectacular as it sounds, we must remember that energy transcends from the energetic realms to the earthly realm subtly. In our earthly world we have to experience these changes slowly and subtly. I equate it to your hair growing, you don’t really notice it but it does grow and over time it can grow quite a bit.

I always recommend taking time to meditate sometime during the day of the eclipse.  Becoming quiet and still allows us to be more aware of the energy and the subtle shift going on.  Perhaps you’ll experience where this is happening for you personally.

The exact degree of the Solar Eclipse is 2° of Sagittarius. Check to see where this takes place in your natal chart and you’ll have a better idea of how this energy is going to affect you.

Sagittarius is the truth seeker and also the keeper of the shamanic traditions. This is such a wonderful time to be part of some of the most significant shifts happening for humanity. With the Mayan Calendar reminding us that we are experiencing a paradigm shift in the present moment, this Solar Eclipse is very much a part of that shift. It is bringing forward Shamanic Wisdom we have not yet experienced in the present moment. It will awaken some very powerful thoughts and feelings in everyone. It will allow us to open our energy and raise our vibration to a higher level. That new level holds many treasures for us. It may seem that the world is in one of the most chaotic times that most of us can remember. It is simply the old energy breaking apart because a higher vibration is emerging.

Many astrologers like Philip Sedgwick (www.philipsedgwick.com) and Cayelin Castell (www.cayelincastell.com), have a lot to offer about Galactic Center, a gateway of our Milky Way.  This Solar Eclipse takes place very close to Galactic Center, possibly inviting in a powerful spiritual wave that is going to have a very permanent effect.

Plan to meditate, intend and commit to what is most important in your life. Healing will excel on so many energetic levels including the physical. Our world will be swept up in an Indigo wave that will surely offer a new consciousness.

Types of Astrology

October 2011

How many types of astrology are there? According to some websites, like Wikipedia, there are over 80 types of astrology in use today. I would have guessed more like 200, but I’m including the many ways we use astrology in many of the types of astrology. In traditional astrology alone we use elective astrology, which looks  at different charts to see which one would be the best date, time and place to elect to do something like start a business or get married. There’s horary astrology which uses the date, time and place of a question to find answers like, “When will I get married?”, There are so many different ways to do a chart; you can use a Whole Sign house system or a Placidus, there’s Porphyry, Regiomontanus, Equal, Solar and the list goes on and on.

There are different ways to see astrology.  Geocentric, which is from the earth’s perspective, is one; Heliocentric, with the Sun at the center is another. Once you get into astrology, you have to explore the many forms of astrology that exist so you can find the one that best suits you. I like to use the Western traditional form of Placidus houses where each house is calculated according to the birth information, but I practice Evolutionary and Western Karmic Astrology. Yet one of my closest friends, Cayelin Castell, a wonderful Shamanic Astrologer (check her out at www.cayelincastell.com) uses the Whole house system, where each house begins at 0 degrees of the sign on each house. I love how her interpretation always works so well, but just in a different way than my Placidus house system. Both seem to provide a valid perspective and give a different way of looking at the chart.

Consider how so many different cultures have their own form of astrology; Vedic is one of the oldest forms of astrology dating back to 5th century India in the Hindu tradition, it’s also called Jyotish from the Sanskrit word Jyotis which means light, heavenly body. Then there’s Kabalistic Astrology, which is my most recent favorite. I started to study the Kabbalah this year and discovered another beautiful ancient tradition in astrology. What I love is that this tradition, that is thousands of years old, fits so perfectly with how I experience the energy of the twelve signs, it works as well today as it did a thousand years ago. The list does go on and on: Mayan, Chinese, Korean, Shamanic, and Celtic. I suppose each culture understood the stars were placed in the sky so that no matter we are on the planet, the Universe could speak to us and guide us. That is what all these different forms and styles have in common. We use them to help us see something about life that we need some guidance with, we seek to understand beyond our consciousness a bigger picture about our self and others.

The Harvest Moon

September 2011

The Full Moon in September is called the Harvest Moon. This because from an astronomical perspective we’re close to the Autumnal Equinox and the position of the Earth and Sun being almost equal makes the Moon appear much larger and brighter than normal and the full moon will last for several days. In ancient times this gave farmers a few extra days to harvest crops later into the night. Also the Harvest Moon is a Pisces Moon since the Full Moon is always opposite the Sun sign of Virgo in September. A Pisces Moon is one of the most watery, beautiful, mystical Moons.

This year the Harvest Moon takes place on September 10, 11, and 12 when the Moon becomes full at 2:27 am PST and 5:27 am EST on the 12th.

People who plant by astrology also consider the Full Moon the best moon to harvest plants rich in moisture like grapes, strawberries, and tomatoes, because research shows that people and plants tend to hold the most moisture closest to the full moon.  This may also be why research has shown people tend to hemorrhage when bleeding during a full moon.

Most astrological planting is done by the moon; the best time to plant is during the New Moon phase.  When the light grows it encourages growth in everything in the outside world.  Planting vegetables during a Cancer moon is suggested as Cancer is the sign of nourishment and is considered one of the most fertile moons because it’s a water moon. A Taurus Moon is an earth moon but is wonderful for flowers because of its relationship with Venus and also beautiful smells .  A Scorpio Moon, another water moon, is good for crops that grow underground like potatoes and carrots. I almost always plant some Sunflower seeds on a Leo moon, not usually known as a good planting moon, but I feel it is the Moon Sign for a Sunflower since Leo is ruled by the Sun. This year I had one of my Sunflowers grow to ten feet!

The two days leading up to the Full Moon, September 10th and 11th are also very good planting days as the Moon will be in the water sign of Pisces and as the Moon comes into Fullness the earth is at its most moist. Once we reach September 12th the Moon has reached fullness and planting is not recommended.

If you’d like to follow the Moon for suggestions check out my Monthly Moon Phases every two weeks.   I keep you up to date on what each Daily Moon Sign is good for and sometimes what it’s not so good for!

Virgo and the Kabbalah

September 2011

The month of September, 2011 and the sign of Virgo are known as Elul in the astrological teachings according to the Kabbalah.  I go to http://www.kabbalah.com/ and read the articles and twelve signs according to the Kabbalah.  The Kabbalah is ancient Hebrew wisdom that traces itself back 3,800 years. It’s more about the esoteric teachings of Judaism and includes Astrology, Numerology, Angels, Reincarnation and much more. I really resonate with the Kabbalah Astrology.

The month of Elul, means the month of repentance because it leads into Libra which is about Judgment. Elul is also considered the month where the Gates of Heaven are open to us. This means we have a gift from Source in the month of September where we are able to access more help from Spirit.

I’ve always argued that Virgo is not about perfection but about purity. Virgo is an earth sign and I feel Virgo is more like sand. It’s mutable so it moves easily and it’s also arid and dry. Virgo, like sand, is considered a time to purify. Did you know that one of the best ways to purify water is to run it through a sand filter? The small microscopic jagged edges of the grains of salt will catch even the smallest impurity in the water.

This month take time to purify your life. Clearing out clutter, letting go of old and outdated clothes and any energy that no longer supports who you are makes room for the new energy to enter our lives. And the things we give away blesses someone else life as something new.

It’s a wonderful month to have a garage sale or even try a circulation day where everyone simply exchanges things and no money changes hands.

Consider something else Kabbalah Astrology talks about: no matter how much negativity we tend to accumulate, the Soul is always pure and positive. Virgo is a time to purge out the impurities, release negative things in our life and embrace our true positive self in the purest light.

Mercury Retrograde

August 2011

The planet of communication and intellect will be going retrograde on August 2, 2011 8:50 p.m. PST and 11:50 p.m. EST until August 26th when it turns direct at 3:03 p.m. PST and 6:03 p.m. EST.

When Mercury goes retrograde we find we are not able to think as clearly as we normally do. Since Mercury rules our thinking, during the retrograde our mind is not all that focused on the present; it wanders. That is unless you are born with Mercury retrograde, then it’s your high time. At least 2/3rds of us are not Mercury retrograde and everyone is affected by it. I like to remind my Mercury retrograde people, even though this is your high cycle remember you are affected by those who will be doing things like driving their cars the wrong way on a one way street!

During this cycle: get grounded, pay attention, double check reservations, receipts and change. Leave extra time for driving and getting ready for work.  During the retrograde we tend to misplace our keys, lose a shoe, and break a zipper, and of course electronics mysteriously go haywire. It’s not some gremlin that shows up and plays havoc with us, it’s just user error, we are not thinking clearly.

The nature of Mercury Retrograde is to give us time to stop and breathe. Finish up projects that need completion. Reflect on where we’re headed, maybe rethink a decision. Of course our western thinking is rooted in doing so much that we keep trying to swim against the current. If possible take some time during this period to reflect, allow a higher energy to help you see a clearer vision about your life. Slow down and be present wherever you are and get the most out of these three weeks.

What Kind of Chart Do You Need?

August 2011

It often confuses people as to how Astrologers answer questions like, “When will I marry?” or “What caused that earthquake?” These two questions would require very different charts. “When will I marry?” would be done as a horary chart.  The word horary comes from the Latin for “of the hour” meaning a chart that is done when the moment the question is asked. For many decades it was popular in Europe for Astrologers to stand on street corners with chalk boards and do horary charts for people as the came up to them and asked a question.  It could be, “Will I win money?” or “Where is my lost dog?”  Yes, horary astrology can also determine location and direction.  I once took a workshop with Gilbert Navaro, one of the best horary Astrologers in the country.  Many years back there had been a school bus of children abducted and held for ransom. He heard it on the news and immediately did a chart for that moment. He determined the exact location the bus was hidden in.  It had been driven into a mountain cave area; he called police and helped them find the bus!

With a question like, “What caused that earthquake?” we look at the event chart itself.  Using the date, place and time of the earthquake we determine the position of the planets at that time. With the recent earthquake in Japan, I did the event chart and compared it to the chart of Japan and saw that Neptune and Uranus both were very active in the way they affected the chart of Japan. These two planets passed over significant positions in the chart as well as a few other factors. Uranus is the planet of earthquakes but Neptune is the planet of tsunamis!

There’s another kind of chart astrologers use when asked a question like, “When should I marry?” or “What is a good date to start my business?” This is called an electional chart and it allows us to review the best possible planetary configuration for the subject matter. With dates for marriage I always check the couple’s chart to make sure the marriage date will support their nature. With business I like to know what the business is about. If it’s a beauty salon I would want to have a heavy influence of Libra, which rules beauty and Leo, which rules creativity and glamour. If it were a restaurant I would look at a Cancer influences as Cancer rules food and nurturing others.

There are many kinds of charts we can do in Western Astrology.  The three I’ve mentioned are the most commonly used ideas.  Astrology can be very complicated but once you learn to work with the basics: Signs, Planets and Houses, all these charts and ideas come together easily. My favorite pastime is teaching astrology to people who have little to no background in the subject and watch the light bulb come on!

I’ve been asked by several of you out there if I ever plan to do an online school or course. The answer is “YES!” I do plan to start something online in the New Year. Right now I have a fabulous ongoing group here in Tucson that is very close to my heart, I’ve seen how I can bring it out to the world by utilizing an online idea, so it’s coming, I promise!

In the meantime check out Donna Cunningham’s Sky Writer  at moonmave@spiritone.com; you can sign up for emails sent directly and all her articles are very easy to understand even if you are a beginner. You can even put in subject matter in the search like Sun in Twelfth House and see if there’s an article written about it. 

Pets and Astrology

July 2011

Pet owners love their pets and often want to understand them better. Just like people, pets have natal birth charts. If you’re lucky enough to know your pet’s birthday you would be able to know what they like and dislike; how they get along with each other and their human family.

Knowing their Sun sign can provide a great deal of information to understand your pet.

If they are a Fire Sun sign then they are going to need more attention than most other pets. Fire needs fuel and tending to, they would also need to have the balance of other elements around them to help them calm down, like Earth. Fire signs can be very active and fragile, too much of anything can make them run out of energy suddenly, so keep a balance with Fire signs pets. Fire also makes them a bit more “hot” which means they may be more dominant, they would do well with Air sign pets and people but may find water to be challenging to them. These would most likely be your “fussy” pet.

Earth Sun sign pets will be slower and less active, they will have a tendency to get overweight and need to be encouraged to be active. They may be more possessive of their toys and certain areas of the home or property.  Earth sign pets would get along with others and may act more human than most. They would have a hard time with you not sharing your most comfortable places. For instance an Earth sign dog or cat would expect to sleep on a bed, after all isn’t that where everyone sleeps? Why would they be excluded? And no matter how often you said, “Off!” to them, Earth signs are tenacious.

Air Sun sign pets show an aptitude of intelligence, they might even try to speak your language. They will be curious and need to be watched so they don’t get themselves into trouble because of it. Air needs to move and flow, so these pets will be more restless and want to play.  Providing toys and other pets to play with is important, Air sign pets are social and need to be entertained, their intelligence keeps them interested in anything and anyone new. Air sign pets can present a depression if they get bored so change out toys once in a while and bring them to places where they can socialize and meet new people.

Water Sun sign pets are very intuitive and sensitive. They might be very choosey over whom they like, and if they avoid someone or another pet trust their decision and do not push them, water signs can have very powerful emotional reactions. They may have an ability to read your thoughts or the pictures your thoughts provide, you can simply send them a picture of what you want to tell them or ask them and they will respond. This is important to remember if you’re thinking negatively about someone or another pet! They can be very fussy eaters because they have to feel like eating and because they are more emotional than other signs, they may develop digestive issues.

Here is a list of Sun signs*, their elements and their approximate dates.

Aries-Fire-March 21st to April 20th....................Libra-Air-Sept 21st to Oct 20th
Taurus-Earth-April 21st to May 20th.............Scorpio-Water-Oct 21st to Nov 20th
Gemini-Air-May 21st to June 20th..............Sagittarius-Fire-Nov 21st to Dec 20th
Cancer-Water-June 21st to July 20th...........Capricorn-Earth-Dec 21st to Jan 20th
Leo-Fire-July 21st to Aug 20th......................Aquarius-Air-Jan 21st to Feb 20th
Virgo-Earth-Aug 21st to Sept 20th.................Pisces-Water-Feb 21st to Mar 20th

*check individual Sun signs on Signs of the Zodiac on the home page for more detailed information on your Pets sign!

Solar Eclipse and Grand Cardinal Cross

July 2011

The New Moon in Cancer with a Solar Eclipse is joined by one of the most powerful and foretelling configurations of 2011. Eclipses create movement and change because they allow an energy to move into our world that will enhance any changes in motion, and create motion where there is stagnation. This one; however, is really extraordinary and every astrologer I know is considering the possibilities being ushered in the early morning hours of July 1st.

New Moon phases are active cycles where the light grows in the sky each night.  Joining the Solar Eclipse are several other planets, aligned with one another forming a Grand Cardinal Cross in the sky as well as in our natal charts. Somewhere in your life four major points of energy are going to activate.  For those who have planets in early degrees of the four signs it will be even more significant to create change and movement more directly.

A Grand Cross is where four points form a complete cross with the energies of squares and oppositions, two of the most powerful relationship aspects planets can form. It allows the four or more planets involved to work together.  Tension is often created, but ultimately it releases energy to motivate and take action. The Cardinal cross promotes action for change. In Fixed signs the cross provides a strength to endure and accomplish seemingly difficult challenges and a Mutable cross discovers support and help from the world. All crosses provide significant accomplishments. Crisis is often associated with Grand Crosses, but only to provide us with momentum and needed change that eventually lead us to strengths and understandings we would otherwise not be able to accomplish.

The five planetary bodies involved are all very powerful and the four cardinal signs in each element combine to complete a dynamic picture about what is to come.

Imagine the five planetary bodies and the signs they are in as superpowers in the world today. The Sun and the Moon are holding the summit, they are the most powerful in that have joined forces to increase their power.  In the sign of Cancer they represent the past and the concerns for protection and security. The Summit is calling into action and cooperation the other super powers to contribute their best assets to help release old patterns and rewrite the laws man has believed personally, and as a planet, to be real and necessary to have security. Cancer, after all, is about protection and security; however, this group has realized that it’s imperative to let go of anything based in fear; put the past behind. Saturn in Libra asks that we create a new balance and harmony with one another.  Uranus in Aries is demanding change and wants to break new ground; it embraces technology and innovation for the good and no longer wants to use it as a weapon. Finally, Pluto in Capricorn enters the picture with possibly the most significant contribution, a plan for absolute transformation of consciousness where we realize how everything we do has a serious effect on everyone on the planet and we must begin to act with accountability, transparency and honesty. Those who claim to be in it for the good of others, like politicians, doctors, lawyers, educators, etc… will be held accountable for the oath taken. We will all be held accountable for our own commitments and contributions.

The Grand Cross is truly a great sign in the sky that change is upon us and the days ahead will be fruitful and productive as long as we let go of resistance.

Summer Solstice

June 2011

On June 21st at 10:17 a.m. PST and 1:17 p.m. EST the Sun will enter into the sign of Cancer. This is Summer Solstice. The word Solstice is from Latin; Sol meaning Sun and Sistere meaning to stand still. It refers to a point where the amount of light begins to change. The Summer Solstice in the Northern hemisphere is the day we have the most light and then it begins to lessen each day. Winter Solstice is the day we have the least light but the light then begins to return.  In the Southern Hemisphere it’s exactly the opposite; they will be experiencing Winter Solstice on June 21st.

The Solstices are two points on the Cardinal Cross, the other two are the Equinoxes; Vernal in the Spring when the Sun enters Aries and Autumnal in September when the Sun enters Libra. These four points are the season markers for the Natural Zodiac that begins with Aries.

Almost every culture has a celebration and tradition about one of the Cardinal points; Easter in the Spring, Midsummer with the Summer Solstice, Christmas with Winter Solstice, Sukkoth in the Autumn.

I think the most important aspect to consider as a metaphor with Summer Solstice is light. Light is the common denominator with all the Cardinal Cross points because whether a Solstice or Equinox, it’s the light that is evaluated for noting the day of each point. Light is about wisdom, enlightenment. Summer Solstice takes place as the Sun enters Cancer, the sign that rules our subconscious. Summer Solstice offers us a moment where the access to our subconscious is open and available, the light illuminates the path.

Perhaps it’s just the idea that once in a while we stop and take time to reflect and reconsider where and why we’re heading in a direction in life. Four times a year the Universe suggests we follow nature’s lead and take a moment to celebrate what’s important, appreciate what is good and nurtures us without any effort on our part, the Sun. Without it the planet and all of us would perish, because of its constant energy life continues on planet Earth. The ancients regarded the Sun as a God, maybe they knew something we’ve forgotten.  The three upcoming Eclipses arrange around Summer Solstice, change is in the air and opportunities to live better and more consciously are certainly in the plan.

Summer Solstice is the perfect day to stop and consider what in your life is keeping you from your good. Have you been asking for change and wondering why it hasn’t taken place? Why you want to change negative behavior but something seems to impede its transformation? Consider your subconscious is now ready to reveal its secret, the light is shining on the answer and the shadows disappear. What felt like an enormous undertaking, now in the light of truth, is a very small part of you ready to transform. A lie you once told yourself is ready to become a truth.  You do have something to celebrate!

Happy Summer Solstice!

Eclipses, Eclipses, Eclipses!

June 2011

For the next month we will be experiencing Eclipses on each of the Moon cycles. We will have a New Moon Solar Eclipse on June 1st, 2011, followed by a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse on June 15th and another New Moon Solar Eclipse on July 1st.

A Solar Eclipse occurs during a New Moon when the Moon blocks the Sun from the Earth. A Lunar Eclipse occurs when the Moon passes behind the Earth and the Earth blocks the Suns light to the Moon. Remember, a Full Moon is when the Moon is exactly opposite the Sun, the degree of the Sun sign is exactly opposite the degree of the Moon sign, and the light is focused on the Moon.  A New Moon occurs when the Moon is exactly next to the Sun, the same degree of the Sun Sign, which makes the Moon dark because there is no light shining on the side of it visible from Earth. A Lunar Eclipse can only occur during a Full Moon and a Solar Eclipse can only occur on a New Moon.

The Sun provides a never-ending flow of energy to the Earth. This energy is comprised of X-ray, Gamma, Ultraviolet, Infrared, and Microwave to name a few. When we describe the word “energy” most of us understand that there are also spiritual terms such as Chi, Prana and Life Force that are quite widely accepted as one possible definition. The energy the Sun provides is life force; I don’t really think we are talking about two different things if we were to really understand it. We cannot exist without the Sun and these energies are what support life.  

When an Eclipse occurs those energies are blocked in some way. Consider how a computer is interrupted when downloading new programs; when we have Eclipses, the Universe is stopping the flow of energy momentarily to allow something important to be transferred or downloaded into our consciousness.  Take into account the planetary bodies involved in an Eclipse: the Sun - the Universe or God the Earth - our consciousness, and the Moon – our subconscious, which all work together to provide change and shift in the consciousness of humanity. In order for humanity as a whole to change we must change personally.

The signs involved are interesting as well: Gemini represents the mental body and communication, the way we think and speak. Changing how we think and the words we use can change the world. The next sign is Cancer, which represents the emotional body which includes the subconscious, what fears are being harbored in your subconscious?  Perhaps a memory you didn’t realize is affecting the way you feel about life? Then finally we have Sagittarius which represents higher wisdom, the shamanic teachings, truth.  Once we embrace these we are elevated and freed of our own limiting ideas.

So when we experience an Eclipse something is happening in a powerful way, but don’t expect too much drama instantly. Most astrologers agree that the effects of an Eclipse’s energy can last up to 6 months, which means the information is available and flowing into our consciousness slowly and consistently for many months. During that time many events can be set off that can be attributed to the Eclipse, but I think much more is happening in the unseen realm of the subconscious mind. So I like to focus on the individual rather than try to predict earthquakes and assassinations.

Each Eclipse occurs in a specific sign and degree, consider where that occurs on your natal birth chart and perhaps a planet as well, and you’ll have a good idea as to what the Eclipse energy is about for you. The first Eclipse is 11 degrees Gemini, the second is 24 degrees Sagittarius and third is 9 degrees Cancer.   Check the Moon Phase page every two weeks for the exact time and date these occur.

It’s always a good idea to spend some time in meditation during an Eclipse since the subconscious is a key player. With the intention to be given a message or symbol as to what the Eclipse is about, try a journey into your own inner realms, perhaps asking one of your guides to help you.  Sit quietly and do some deep breathing to clear the mind. See a box; it can look any way you want.  The box holds the message or symbol. The box can be handed to you or float into your hands from space, as it gently lands in your hands let it open slowly and look inside. If you find it opens and nothing is inside consider you are not ready to know this information, not that there is nothing for you!

Some people may want to do a ceremony and set an intention for the energy being provided by the Eclipse, which I would recommend doing as the Eclipse energy is actually happening. Consider starting the ceremony a half hour before the time the Eclipse occurs and finishing a half hour after.  You can also do your meditation during this time as well.

Whatever the energy of the Eclipse means for you, know that movement and change are inevitable and in the bigger picture embracing new ideas and choosing to change something in your life to a more positive echelon is always a good idea. With the support of the Eclipses catch the wave of energy offered and remember to be grateful that such a gift is so generously presented.

Ceres - The Goddess of the Harvest, Fertility, and Nurturing.  The Great Mother.

May 2011

Ceres is now included in planetary ephemeris’! While I was visiting with my friend and favorite astrologer Cayelin Castell recently, she showed me the new revised ephemeris for the 21st Century from Michelson Press, which now includes Ceres as a dwarf planet and not just an asteroid. An ephemeris is a book that charts planetary movement through the signs.   Essentially it tells us what planet is in what sign on any given date.

Ceres is the Roman Goddess of agriculture or food and motherhood. In Greek mythology she is known as Demeter which means “Earth Mother”, who is the mother of Persephone.  The book Asteroid Goddesses by Demetra George, which to most astrologers is the quintessential book on interpreting asteroids in one’s chart, says Ceres is the Universal Mother, our own experience of being mothered and loved and also how we mother our self.  In the birth chart it shows how we give and receive nurturance, how we develop feelings of self worth and how we experience attachment and the lessons we must learn about loss and letting go. In ancient times she was the Goddess of fertility, the crops and the harvest.  She really represented Mother Nature and how she sustains us or abandons us. It’s also the root word for cereal because of the connection to wheat and grain and the festival held in mid-April named for her, Cerealia.

Many astrologers feel Ceres plays a significant role in the chart of disasters.  Consider the idea that a natural disaster feels as though we have made Mother Nature release her fury.  Ceres certainly seems prominent in the chart of the recent earthquake in Japan where it was conjunct, or right next to, Neptune in the earthquake chart. Neptune represents the oceans and water. The tsunami created by the earthquake was actually more damaging then the earthquake that set it off, as well as the sea water needed to cool the nuclear plant reactors, that is being poured back into the sea!

Ceres is also conjunct the Sun in the chart of Japan. In the chart of the Pompeii volcanic eruption, Ceres is conjunct Venus. Pompeii was a vacation spot for the rich at the time; it was considered by many as a place where decadence and overindulgence were a way of life for those who lived there. Venus would be the planet encouraging overindulgence in pleasure!

O.K., so why is Ceres so important? I think it helps us in our personal birth chart to see where we need to understand our own issue with nurturing ourselves and what we hold onto with fear; it’s actually similar to the sign of Cancer.  So if someone had Ceres  in Libra in the second house, they may value relationships more than themselves, needing  a relationship to feel self worth and value, and they might  hold on to bad relationships until it creates a disaster in their life. This might be someone who literally goes bankrupt trying to please someone else.

I always consider that when a planet, even a dwarf planet, is found, charted or changed, it means something in us as a collective has changed. With Ceres now considered a dwarf planet and included in a full ephemeris, it means we are all beginning to understand how to nurture ourselves better and also to let go knowing there is nothing to fear.  Instead of the idea of giving being better than receiving, we are learning it is a circle; both giving and receiving is a necessary part of keeping the flow of prosperity going. You just have to understand what side of the circle you’re on! If you’re afraid to let go of something because you don’t believe something or someone better is waiting to fill that space, then you are blocking energy and not allowing the flow of the Universe. If you want to know where Ceres is in your chart you can go to http://www.librarising.com/astrology/tables/ceres.html 

My suggestion with any interpretation is stay on the side of positive; do not look for what disaster Ceres foretells in your chart.  Instead consider what you can learn about nurturing yourself. If you give to yourself you will have more to give the world.

This is what I’ve always loved about astrology, there is always something new to learn.  Ceres is now going to be a new teacher for us; we should take our time getting to know her. Instead of rushing in to interpret her in your chart, sit back and observe how she is working in your life. Everyone is unique and experiences these energies in a myriad of ways. Take your time, Ceres has been quietly watching over us like a patient Mother for millennia; she now reveals herself to us because she knows we’re ready to embrace the unconditional love she offers. 

Many Happy Returns

May 2011

Did you know the phrase “Many Happy Returns” as a birthday compliment comes from astrology? Someone once said to me they thought it was a reference to returning birthday gifts! It’s a reference to your annual solar return when the Sun returns to the exact degrees it was at during your birth.  Some years it can fall right on your birthday and other years it can be the day before or the day after that it arrives at the exact degrees of your Sun.

Astrologers can do something called a Solar return chart. It’s a chart calculated for the moment of the solar return and looks at where all the other planets are at that moment, including what the Ascendant is on that day and time as well. It shows the opportunities that lie ahead for the year. Astrologers can also do return charts on just about all the inner planets like Mercury, Venus and Mars as well as the Moon.

We experience other types of returns as well.   These are specific cycles of planets and occur on a time line that references when that planet returns to the exact day and degree it was on the day you were born. The most popular one to look at is our Saturn return. It takes Saturn close to thirty years to return to the original place in the birth chart. It has significance because Saturn is the karmic teacher and timekeeper of the Soul. It gives us important karmic lessons the Soul wants us to learn and makes sure we’re on time with learning them. I like to think of Saturn as the project manager for the Soul! Most of us experience two Saturn returns; the first one around age 29 and our second Saturn return around age 59. The first return usually brings about a significant event that sets in motion our lessons for the next thirty years. At the second return Saturn is checking to see that we’ve acquired a greater consciousness from those lessons. If we have, then Saturn quietly graduates us from our karma and allows us to move into new experiences; if it sees we have not been good students and have failed at some of those lessons, it brings those lessons to our attention more powerfully and makes sure we pay attention.

Recently I had my annual reading with my friend and favorite astrologer Cayelin Castell (http://cayelincastell.com) who practices Shamanic Astrology. It’s a beautiful esoteric astrology that uses one of the most ancient forms of astrology. She pointed out that I am in the middle of my Venus return cycle. Venus returns to its original place in your birth chart every eight years; this is different than a Venus return chart that can be calculated each year, just like a Solar return. This return is about a cycle of Venus when it returns on the exact day of your birth, this occurs every eight years and heralds a time of being able to connect more deeply with your true desires and manifest them.  Venus is all about desire. 

We have returns with all our planets depending on their orbit; for instance Jupiter returns every twelve years to its original place in your chart.

Returns are fascinating because you can often pinpoint certain events in your life. Venus return years are 8, 16, 24 and so on, Jupiter is 12, 24, 36. Notice at age 24 you get both the Venus and Jupiter return in the same year. Can you think of something that may have occurred when you were 24?  And if you aren’t 24 yet you can look forward to a time that will bring significant opportunities your way!

Watching the planets as they dance their way around your chart is a great way to see opportunities and get ready for them. Astrology is about making choices not about predictions. Somewhere along the way people began to expect Astrologers to predict their future. We have free will; we get to choose what path we want to take to arrive at different objectives set forth by our Soul, that’s our destiny.

Many Happy returns!

Every Sign Has Its Quirks!

April 2011

Over the years I’ve come to notice little things about the twelve signs; little quirky characteristics that each sign seems to uniquely bear. I thought it would be interesting to list them.

ARIES - They always have a weapon. My husband never leaves the house without his pen; it’s like his little sword. They might carry some sharp object and not realize it’s their weapon, but they always have one. Hats, Aries seem to love hats and sunglasses that are often not on their face but sitting on their head; they need their ram horns! Gym clothes are never far for most, or at least their running shoes. They tend to run the gamut of shaved heads to really thick hair. On their cell phone: speed dial of course!

TAURUS - They like to have a talisman of worth on them. An object of worth is usually something sentimental. A marble they found on the beach or a locket with a picture. Somewhere on their being will be a talisman of worth to them. They love anything that smells good and they usually smell really good.  They especially like moisturizer because it also makes their skin soft.   Cologne, air fresheners, and fabric spray will be plentiful in their homes as well as plants. On their cell phone:  charms and little cute phone tags and voice activation (they’re a bit too lazy to dial).

GEMINI - Keys, they love to jiggle them and remind themselves they can get up and go at a minute’s notice. Of course the era of the cell phone is right up their proverbial alley; they can now talk all the time!  They smile the most of the twelve signs as if they are hearing a joke coming on and they probably are. Gemini’s seem to wear clothes that are more youthful and they tend to have an unusual gait to their step, a little dance they do. On their cell phone: them, all the time, talking, sometimes to two people - back and forth, they invented the conference call.

CANCER - They will almost always have a shell. Whether it is a jacket or vest, sometimes a sweater, they love to have the upper body covered with an extra layer of clothing. As with most water signs, they have hair they don’t know what to do with and it’s almost always a bit wiry - fish, crabs and scorpions do not have hair! They also tend to carry food: mints, candy, gum, usually to give out to others! I’m not going to talk about their cars; it would take up an entire page. On their cell phone: pictures and videos of their pets, kids, plants, yes they love their plants too.

LEO - Hair, Leo’s seem to have cornered the market on hair and most have a mane. Many seem to have the Sun on their face too; the area around the bridge of their nose and cheeks seems to be lighter. They love to show off their kingdom and all Leo’s have a kingdom: grandchildren, spouses, friends, pets. They lie in wait for the unsuspecting to say, “So how is your granddaughter” and then they pounce!  Out come the photos.  And they love to wear photos; you know those people who have tee-shirts with the family reunion photo on it?  They’re probably a Leo! Don’t get me started on their vanity plates. On their cell phone: besides the pictures mentioned, a really annoying ringtone.

VIRGO - They invented hand cleaning gel and tissues. They carry vitamins, herbal tea bags, lip balm, emery boards.  They are very prepared to not be sick or have to eat something they feel is unhealthy. Do not look in their medicine cabinet. Some even have little kits for sewing or those kits for repairing glasses on them; they will not be able to tolerate anything being broken. They like muted colors and natural fabrics, most tend to have neat, clean hair: no dye, fancy cuts or hair products. On their cell phone: mind challenging games, list of information like password codes, dates of appointments, their printer ink number, it could go on and on.

LIBRA - Watch how they walk, they all seem to have the grace of a ballet dancer and when they sit they seem to pose. I’ve noticed most have long thin legs no matter the shape of the rest of their body. Libra’s do not get overweight unless something else in the chart causes a weight challenge.  They all seem to have beautiful hair that naturally falls into place and they have naturally manicured nails as well. They often have makeup, a brush or comb, something to clean their teeth mid-day on them. On their cell phone: a virtual Zen garden to relax them and a beautiful ring tone.

SCORPIO - Oh! Those eyes! Scorpio’s have the most amazing eyes. They seem to look right through you and they do! They like to have something to cool them: blue colored clothes, sun glasses, diamonds (we call them “ice”.) They often carry a book or magazine to have privacy when out in public. Scorpio’s like to sit in private corners and everyone will notice and want to talk to them.  On their cell phone: they most likely have a phone they can read multiple books on, no ring tone, just vibrate. You probably will not see them on their phone in public often; they prefer to be private about their calls and wish the rest of would too!

SAGITTARIUS - If a Sag works in an office they’re the one with a bow tie instead of a tie.  They love anything that gets them outside, so if they work indoors then they will bring sneakers to put on to go for a walk during lunch or a poncho if it rains. They often have some sort of gear on hand; a back pack so they can go anywhere at a moment’s notice.  They always seem to have a journal to write some poetry or philosophical thoughts for the day.  On their cell phone: a GPS and camera to take pictures of sunsets, buildings, someone’s shoes.

CAPRICORN - Many wear glasses when they’re young and get Lasik surgery or contacts later in life.  Their clothes tend to be business colors: blue, brown and grey. They often carry all their financial stuff: money, credit cards, checkbook, not because they love money but because they feel  being powerful is important and finances give us power, all usually in a planner that they are lost without. They are often reading a newspaper somewhere in the day. They love to be up on the news and politics. On their cell phone: business contacts, their office, a calculator with a special tip function, a CNN app.

AQUARIUS - They all seem to have static in their hair! Some even have hair that is so electric it goes all kinds of ways.  Most love any new technology. I think they invented laptops. Many love tee-shirts that help a group: save the whales, save Bob’s diner, or “How Am I Supposed to Think Outside of the Box if They Won’t Let Me Out of It!” Their clothes can be eclectic and rarely formal; we’ll leave it at that. On their cell phones: every app available, lots of music, videos and something to record with, and somehow, they can access their computer files.

PISCES - All water signs seem to have hair that doesn’t go the way others do, but the Mermaids and Mermen seem to have waves or unusual colors to their hair like water flowing through it. They love footwear and love anything shiny on them as well as their clothes; it reminds them of iridescent scales and shells. Some will have more shoes than clothes. I’ve know Pisces that told me, “I always wear black so I don’t have to deal with what matches.” Many wear glasses or contacts. On their cell phones: lots of photos, a camera for sure and ring tones of favorite songs.

Mercury Retrograde

March 2011

The planet of communication and intellect will be going into its first retrograde of the year on March 30th, 2011 at 1:48 p.m. PST and 4:48 p.m. EST and goes direct again on April 23 at 3:04 a.m. PST and 6:03 a.m. EST

This particular retrograde will be intensified by combining with Mars, Jupiter and Uranus especially at the beginning of April. April 2nd and 3rd the Moon will enter into the sign of Aries and will also be going into the New Moon phase. On those two days in particular extreme caution is advised when driving; watch your temper and be patient. The intense fire of Aries will be initiating wonderful energies of inspiration, new ideas and motivation on these days. If we are unconscious of our state of mind; however, we might feel the awakening energy through something unexpected.

When Mercury goes retrograde we find we are not able to think as clearly as we normally do. Since Mercury rules our thinking, during the retrograde our mind is not all that focused on the present; it wanders. That is, unless you are born with Mercury retrograde, then it’s your high time. At least 2/3rds of us are not Mercury retrograde and everyone is affected by it. I like to remind my Mercury retrograde people, even though this is your high cycle remember you are affected by those who will be doing things like driving their cars the wrong way on a one-way street!

During this cycle: get grounded, pay attention, double check reservations, receipts and change. Leave extra time for driving and getting ready for work.  During the retrograde we tend to misplace our keys, lose a shoe, and break a zipper, and of course electronics mysteriously go haywire. It’s not some gremlin that shows up and plays havoc with us, it’s just user error, we are not thinking clearly.

The nature of Mercury retrograde is to give us time to stop and breathe. Finish up projects that need completion. Reflect on where we’re headed, maybe re-think a decision. Of course, our western thinking is rooted in doing so much that we keep trying to swim against the current. If possible, take some time during this period to reflect; allow a higher energy to help you see a clearer vision about your life. Slow down and be present wherever you are and get the most out of these three weeks.

The Vernal Equinox March 20th 4:21 p.m. PST and 7:21 p.m. EST

March 2011

Every March 20th to the 21st, when the Sun enters 0° Aries and passes directly over the Earth’s equator, the Vernal Equinox marks the beginning of spring. This occurs again in September when the Sun enters 0° Libra, we call that the Autumnal Equinox.  These are two of the four Cardinal points of the seasons on the Earth. The other two are Winter Solstice, December 20th to the 21st, when the Sun enters Capricorn and Summer Solstice and June 20th to the 21st, when the Sun enters Cancer.  All are measurements of light. The Equinoxes are the two times of the year when the Earth experiences balanced or equal light and darkness. The Winter Solstice is the day the Earth reaches the most hours of darkness and on the Summer Solstice, it has the most light.
We use these dates to mark the seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. In Astrology, constellations and zodiac signs are not the same. Most would agree that Zodiac signs are named after astronomical constellations and refer to seasons on the Earth.  The Zodiac belt is a measured area along the ecliptic which is a projection or visual line of the Earth’s orbit. The four seasonal points of the Cardinal Cross; the two Equinoxes and the two Solstices, are the measured points on the ecliptic or ecliptic plane and celestial plane. The two equinoxes are actually points where the Zodiac belt and Celestial Equator cross paths.

Many ancient civilizations held celebrations during these periods. And most of these civilizations also used some form of astrology as well.

 

Uranus in Aries

March 2011

On March 11, 2011 at 4:52 p.m. PST and 7:52 p.m. EST, Uranus, the great awakener will enter into the sign of Aries for the first time in 84 years. Not since 1927 have we on planet Earth experienced the fire of pioneering, enthusiastic Aries igniting Uranus.

Uranus is the energy of change.  It provides divine consciousness to the earthly or human consciousness through powerful waves of energy that can be disruptive at times, like an earthquake. But its focus is to awaken us and get us to move forward and change for the better.

If we are resisting change and trying to hold on to old ways, it’s our resistance that causes the disruption in our life. If we begin to embrace change, look for ways to do something with a different perspective, the wave of energy of Uranus in Aries will give us inspiration, enthusiasm and passion to accomplish it.

We will have so many opportunities during its almost 8 year journey; many new innovations in technology, medicine, education and just about any area of humanity will benefit, it’s up to us as to how easily or how chaotic it happens. We may see many “new” forms develop like a new political party, or a new type of energy source that we hadn’t thought of before.

What’s most important is paying attention to your personal changes.  All of us have something that we know we must change to be able to move forward in life.  Uranus will be happy to provide a clue or two if you think you really don’t know what that is, just look for the sparks beginning somewhere in your life. That will be the heavens blowing the divine sparks into some part of you that has been desiring a fire to be lit.

The Year of the Rabbitt, Chinese New Year 2011

February 2011

February 3, 2011 begins the year of the Metal Rabbit, year 4708 in the Chinese calendar. This always occurs on the second New Moon after the Winter Solstice. The rabbit is said to represent longevity and has associations with the Moon. In China, when you gaze at the moon you see a Moon Hare standing near a rock under the Cassia tree holding the Elixir of Immortality in  his hands.

Many of us in the West have started to celebrate Chinese New Year. I did some research as to what are the meanings behind some of the traditional beliefs to ring in the New Year. Here are some ideas that go along with the symbolism and beliefs of the Chinese New Year.

A day or so before the New Year, make a clean sweep of your home, this symbolizes letting go of the past, getting rid of last year’s troubles or dirt. However, do not sweep or clean on New Year’s Day; it is thought to sweep away your good fortune and prosperity for the New Year.

Also, do not wash your hair on New Years’ Day because it will also wash away the good fortune for the New Year!

Put out some oranges or tangerines on New Years’ day for everyone to eat as it symbolizes good health and vitality.

Have fresh flowers, possibly red, with pleasant scents out on New Years’ Day as they represent prosperity.

Wear red for luck and gold for happiness and prosperity on New Years’ Day.

Plan a celebration dinner for New Years Day.   Make sure to eat something sweet and rich so that you have a sweet, rich New Year.

Jupiter in Aries

January 2011

On January 22, 2011 the planet Jupiter, the great expander, entered into the sign of Aries where it will remain until June 4, 2011. Typical of Aries, it will be a quick and impatient transit.  It entered into Aries in June of 2010 and stayed until mid-August, so by this June it will have visited Aries for two brief stays totaling approximately eight and half months. Jupiter usually stays in each sign a full twelve months and sometimes slightly longer if it retrogrades. So I thought it was somewhat interesting for it to behave in Aries like an Aries!

Brief as it may be, it is a powerful transit because of the fire element of Aries as well as the upcoming conjoining of Uranus entering into Aries in mid-March, which will be like adding rocket fuel to a race car! The last time Uranus entered into Aries was 1927, and coincidently Jupiter was also in Aries that year as well.  

We can expect sudden changes in the world and our personal lives in the months ahead. All will bring about needed change to usher us into the new era of Uranus in Aries. Innovation, brilliant ideas, (yes you will find yourself saying “Why didn’t I think of that before?!”) and of course some upheaval. Aries is not known for being graceful or treading lightly!

Check your personal birth chart and see what house you have the sign of Aries in; this will be the area of your life most affected by these transits. If you have actual planets in Aries, you can expect significant changes in your life! Put on your seat belt, it’s going to be a wild ride.

The Solar Eclipse

January 2011

A Solar Eclipse occurs during a New Moon when the Moon blocks the Sun from the Earth; we usually have about two total eclipses and several partial eclipses each year.  This one on January 4th, 2011 is a partial eclipse, adding to the energy of the Lunar Eclipse we experienced on December 21st on Winter Solstice. If we are to understand astrologically what eclipses are we simply have to understand light. The energy of both the Sun and Moon provide light.  The Sun is direct and its energy is more about what we experience outwardly and actively or during day light, the Moon is about the unconscious or light within us, the night.

Eclipses provide a window of energy that intensifies and charges the energy already flowing through each of us and its effect can last up to 6 months.  As I wrote about last month, the Lunar Eclipse stimulated wisdom in our DNA, ancient knowledge we are now ready to use. The Solar Eclipse, although only partial, will allow that which has been activated to find a way to come to light in our daily lives. It may not be as spectacular as it sounds, we must remember that energy transcends from the energetic realms to the earthly realm subtly. In our earthly world we have to experience these changes slowly and subtly, I equate it to your hair growing, you don’t really notice it but it does grow and over time it can grow quite a bit.   I always recommend taking time to meditate sometime during the day of the eclipse.  Becoming quiet and still allows us be more aware of the energy and the subtle shift going on; perhaps you’ll experience where this is happening for you personally.

If you know your natal chart, consider where you have Capricorn, this will be the area of your life you will likely experience the energetic shift brought about by the eclipse. If you also have planets in Capricorn the effect will be even greater.

New Year's Day - Resolution or Affirmation?

January 2011

In astrology we consider Aries as the beginning of the Zodiac. In many earth based cultures that followed nature, the Vernal Equinox, the day the Sun enters Aries, was considered the beginning of the year.  Spring was when the grass began to come back, the flowers reemerged from the ground and everyone felt a renewed sense of energy after a long cold winter.  Of course there are many other calendars used by different cultures and religions, but almost everyone acknowledges January 1st as the beginning of the New Year.

January 1st as New Year’s Day was established by Julius Caesar in 46 BC, and most of us do use the Julian calendar of 365 days to a year. The month of January was named after Janus, the god of gates, doors and beginnings. So, for most of the western civilization, the old is behind us, and we get a chance to begin again.

When you consider past New Year’s resolutions, have any of them come to manifestation?  I think we need to consider the nature of the beast. It seems as soon as we say, “This year I will...” something inside us rebels and says, “NO! I won’t and you can’t make me!” Maybe it’s because what we think we have to try to resolve about ourselves is what we consider wrong or broken about ourselves, or what we need to fix about our life. If we continue to consider something about ourselves as broken, our subconscious will work hard to keep it broken.

Instead of a New Year’s resolution, try a New Year’s affirmation. For 2011 write an affirmation about the year that describes what you want to accomplish.  Affirmations are a way to reprogram the subconscious; if you tell it you already have it the subconscious believes it to be true.

Instead of starting your New Year’s affirmation for 2011 on January 1st, this year consider January 4th, the day of the New Moon in Capricorn to be your starting point. You can use January 1st as the day to begin to write your affirmation. Check out Moon Phases for the details about this New Moon and what it’s offering us.
Many blessings for the coming year!

Winter Solstice

December 2010

 

The longest night of the year, Winter Solstice occurs on December 21, 2010 at 6:38 p.m. EST, 4:38 p.m. PST.  It occurs because the Earth’s axial tilt is the farthest away from the Sun every year around the 21st or 22nd of December.  Imagine yourself leaning away from something as far as you could without falling over. While Winter Solstice occurs in December every year, that is only in the Northern Hemisphere.   In the Southern Hemisphere it takes place around June 21st, when the Northern hemisphere is experiencing the Summer Solstice.

Many ancient traditions held rituals and ceremonies on Winter Solstice. I suppose if you had endured a long cold winter, you would have something to celebrate since the light begins to slowly return at this point.  Winter Solstice is the reason for Christmas! Two thousand years ago Pagan Romans celebrated the Winter Solstice; when Julius Caesar instituted a new calendar the Solstice festival fell on December 25, even today we use the Julian calendar.  Around 300 AD the Romans had legalized Christianity and began a campaign to convert Pagans to Christianity; this also included the Druids in Western and Eastern Europe. The Romans began to create a Christian holy day to oppose the Pagan or Druid (they are different) holy day, if you didn’t show up at their “Mass” on that day, they knew you must be at Pagan ceremony and you would be punished.

Winter Solstice is actually part of the Cardinal Cross, the four points of significant seasonal changes on the earth, all measuring light. Winter Solstice takes place at 0 degrees Capricorn, next is the Vernal Equinox at 0 degrees Aries, Summer Solstice at 0 degrees Cancer and finally the Autumnal Equinox at 0 degrees Libra.  Both Solstices mark the increase or decrease in the amount of light we have on a daily basis; the Equinoxes are the two opposite points of the year when we have equal amounts of light and darkness on the earth.

Whatever your belief or practice, enjoy the day the Sun begins to return the light to the Northern Hemisphere, and to all of you in the Southern Hemisphere, we’ll be happy to return it in June!

November 2010

November is election month and I thought I would bring to light something important in the chart of the United States of America.  We are in our 8th Saturn return.  The Saturn return is when Saturn, the planet of karmic lessons and the keeper of time for the soul, returns to the place in a chart that it was at the moment of birth, which occurs approximately every 29 years. 

The chart of the United States of America has Saturn in Libra.  In a person’s chart Saturn will usually return twice; once around age 29 and the second return around age 58.  Saturn checks on our progress in life.  It asks, “Have you learned your lessons?”  It then decides your fate based on that question.  In the chart of a country or business Saturn returns can happen over and over and provide us with a two and half year cycle to change direction and move our consciousness based on what we have learned as a country in the past 29 years.  It also sets in motion the new lessons we will be learning for the next 29 years.

This Saturn return for the United States began on October 29, 2009, the 80th anniversary of the stock market crash that created the great depression.  Wouldn’t you agree that we came pretty close to another depression in 2009?  Keep your thoughts positive, support what you believe in and  know that Divine Order is always at work!

October 2010

October is Libra’s month and Libra is about relationships and love.  I’ve always felt Valentine’s Day should be October 14th, not February 14th!  Aquarius is about friendship.

One of the most frequently asked questions I get is about relationships, “How do I know if this person is a good match for me?”  Well your first clue is that you’re interested in them.  When astrologers compare the charts of two people to see what are the strongest points and what are the challenges to be overcome there are two methods most commonly used:  Synastry, chart comparison of the two individual charts, and a Composite chart.  A composite chart creates one chart out of the two individual charts.  It’s a bit complicated.

I like using Synastry and finding the connections.  The first place I look is the individual Moon signs.  After all, love relationships are all about how we feel about each other and how we feel is expressed through our Moon sign.  If the Moon signs are compatible there’s a good foundation for the relationship.  Next, I look at the Descendant (it’s opposite the Ascendant) to see what they are each looking for in a relationship, the sign of the Descendant denotes the others in your life.

The next place to look is the woman’s Venus and the man’s Mars if you are heterosexual.  Homosexual couples, if it’s two women, I look at their Venuses, two men, I look at their Mars.  Why?  Because these are the planets that distinguish our sexual nature, how we express sexual desire.  Women express it through Venus and Men express through Mars.

How about Sun signs?  The Sun is our fuel, it is what we are developing into, it’s the evolving self.  Two Sun signs that are compatible by element are great together.  If the element is not as compatible the couple can use it to their advantage by having it keep their individuality strong.  Let the winds of heaven dance between them.

I often see Sun sign polarity in relationships:  Libra’s with Aries, Leo’s with Aquarius’s.  This creates a wonderful magnetic effect that helps them grow as individuals because the other sign holds the key to their evolvement.  Aries needs to learn patience, Libra needs to understand motivation.  Of course my one exception is Scorpio; I strongly feel that Scorpio’s should try to find other Scorpio’s for the best compatibility because of their ultra sensitive nature and their need for an intuitive partner.

But there is actually more to the puzzle than meets the eye!  Too much compatibility can make for a rather boring relationship that can lose much of its steam quickly if there isn’t some friction to keep the fire going.  Please don’t fall for the, “Fire can only get along with Air” platitude, add the right amount of water to fire and you get steam!  Too much water added to Earth and you’re flooded.

I love looking for the karmic connection in relationships.  Is this a past life relationship that has returned to complete some idea?  Maybe you were forbidden to be together so in this life you get have it all.  Now I don’t mean to make it sound so simple; past life situations are unique to the individuals and can be quite complicated.

I’ve found in many divorces that the past life connections were often about having to stay in the relationship without choice, the divorce is the karmic conclusion.  This time you get to choose to leave!  Now isn’t that successful? There are no failed marriages.  Some marriages are meant to last the lifetime, while others might be designed to last only as long as needed to accomplish something.

In business, friendship, and parent and child relationships, chart comparison is similar except you look at the way they relate appropriate for those relationships. 

Also keep in mind that marriage is no different than a business contract, it’s a signed document that is legally binding.  Love is a whole different story.  I have told couples, “You have a great relationship, don’t mess it up by getting married now!”  Marriage charts change the relationship.  If you really feel strongly about getting married have an astrologer check for a date that supports what you want the relationship to change into.  If you really want children and that picket fence, pick a strong Cancer or Leo energy in the chart.  If you want someone to go off to an adventure with, maybe travel, look for Sagittarius in the Moon or Ascendant of the chart.  There are very creative ways to use astrology but we have to keep in mind it’s a guide, ultimately it is our intentions that predict the outcome!  

September 2010

Have you ever heard someone say “I’m an Aries/Taurus, I was born on a cusp?” You cannot be two signs, you will be an Aries or a Taurus based on your date, time, and place of birth.

As I mentioned last month, the Sun can change from one sign to another within a five day period.  These are not the dates you see in the newspaper,  which are usually given as the 20th or 21st as the day a sign begins.  It’s very misleading I know, and so are the horoscopes that most of those newspapers offer!

Here’s why: most of the horoscopes in newspapers and magazines use a chart that puts the Sun at the Ascendant or first house, generalizing that most of us are the same Ascendant sign as our Sun sign.  It would be impossible to write horoscopes for all twelve possibilities for all twelve Sun signs.  That would be 144 Horoscopes for every edition!  Oh, and to actually list the date the Sun entered a sign, month after month, year after year?  You do the math!

You might actually have the Sun in the 10th house or 4th house depending on the time you’re born.  So when the horoscope says something like, “with Venus entering into your 5th house of creativity this month you’ll find yourself bursting with creative energy”, you may not even have Venus moving through the 5th house.

If you want to have a better idea of what horoscope actually applies to you, read the horoscope for the Sign of your Ascendant; you can easily attain this information by getting your chart done online from a reputable site like www.alabe.com.  If you’re a Libra Ascendant you would read the horoscope for Libra as well as your actual Sun sign.  See which one is more accurate.  I’m betting on the Ascendant!

A little bit of Astrological History of Horoscopes:

The first newspaper horoscope was written for the birth of Princess Margaret, sister to Queen Elizabeth, on August 24th 1930.  It appeared in the British Sunday Express and quickly raised the sales of the paper. Royal astrologer R.H. Naylor, who wrote the column, was then asked to write a series.  I have heard several variations on this story; however, this one is quite verifiable.

Planets Moving Forward and Back????

This month Mercury will move from retrograde motion to direct motion on the 12th.  Planets do not actually move backwards!  It has to do with the position of the Earth on its orbit, which is somewhat oval.  To make it simple consider it an optical illusion that from our perspective on Earth, Mercury appears to be moving backward.

 

August 2010

Did you know that the Sun can change signs anywhere from the 19th to the 23rd of any month? Most news paper horoscopes give an approximate date of the 20th or 21st of each month for a sign to begin and end. In actuality, if someone is born during the five day period where the Sun changes signs, they should have their chart done to see what Sun sign they are, having their time of birth may be an important factor. If someone was born on July 19th at 10:00 am and the Sun went into Leo that day but not until 3:00 pm, they would be a Cancer not a Leo.

There is a famous story that circulates every couple of years about Mars coming so close to the Earth that it will appear as big as the Moon. It’s an urban legend and impossible!

Have you ever heard the saying “Many Happy Returns” for someone’s birthday wishes? Its’ actually a reference to your Solar return, where the Sun returns to the exact place it was in when you were born! It has nothing to do with returning birthday gifts, as one student once told me she thought it meant.

Pluto is still a planet!

Right now we are experiencing a great deal of Solar energy activity coming to the earth.  According to heliocentric astrologer Philip Sedgwick this is causing us to feel very restless and impatient and yet you can’t really figure out what you want to do. Philip suggests we get outside, ground our energy with the earth and maybe even hug a tree! You’ll feel better. It also effects technology like cell phones and cable TV transmission.  Check out PhilipSedgwick.com and sign up for The Galatic Times for more info!