Full Moon Eclipse on Winter Solstice

A light shines bright on the year's longest night

What does the night symbolize to you? Quietness... totality... darkness... cold... our inner world... and traditionally, our fears. It's the longest night of the year tonight - the Winter Solstice. Tomorrow when the sun rises it will be the start of a new solar year, because the days will grow longer from this point. Tomorrow morning we are all reborn.

But this Solstice is different because it contains a bright light - one that hasn't been seen in over 300 years! A full moon eclipse - meaning the earth will pass between the Moon and the Sun. There is huge tension in this event. How would you feel walking between two opposites generating huge culmination between them? There's a lot of energy in the air tonight. Be an observer of what happens in your life tonight. Try to remember your dreams.

A light shining in the darkness is such an ancient image. We all have the chance for some deep, personal revelations tonight. Ideas can pop up that will deepen and broaden our lives. Stop and take a look around - what's going on in your life right now? The answers will be there.

Wish I could get the video from the movie.. but you get the idea


5 Things You Won't Believe Aren't In the Bible

oh dear.... this article by Bjorn Karhunen, Jacopo della Quercia is one of the funniest articles I've read in a long time. These guys read through the Bible (I hope) to find out once and for all if our religious archetypes can be found in the pages. Do angels have wings? Did the Devil always have horns? The result is their well written take on the subject ~


November 2010 horoscopes ~ Scorpio Sagittarius

This picture is "The Magician" by Emmanuel Polanco. He's an extraordinary French illustrator who's designed and created his own tarot cards and other unique pieces of art! I've included more of them below, I think they are really amazing.

The astrology for the rest of 2010 is also quite significant! Most of the inner planets have been hovering in Scorpio or nearby for the past several weeks. We're currently in a Venus retrograde, causing us to rewind and reevaluate our relationships and creative projects.

But THIS THURSDAY both Venus and Jupiter (Love and Fortune) will turn Direct at practically the same time giving a HUGE positive boost to the upcoming week. Watch retail sales go through the roof!

Over the next few weeks we will turn our attention to Sagittarius and a Full Moon eclipse in Gemini... just as Mercury turns Retrograde.

So hang onto your hats! Be prepared for the Year of the Tiger to go out with a bang! That's how the tiger does things.

Aries:  The Ram
You must feel pretty good these days! Your ruler, Mars, jumped into Sagittarius last week giving you a tremendous rush of optimism and energy. You can make a lot of things happen now so take action. The Sun will be joining Mars in a week giving even more resolve to your endeavors. Think about your life perspective, and what corner of your life needs your attention the most. 

Taurus:   The Bull
All of the inner planets have been traveling through Scorpio the last few weeks, which shines a giant spotlight on your house of Love and Partnerships. Your ruler, Venus, has been traveling backwards, forcing you to reexamine the past. Hopefully there’s some new clarity on which relationships work and don’t work in your life. The fantastic big news is that Venus will be turning Direct this Thursday, giving you a huge positive influx of energy! All of this in time for a Full Moon in Taurus this Sunday. Expect things to reach a high point or completion over the weekend.

Gemini:  The Twins

Mercury, your ruler, is currently moving through your House of Relationships, allowing for lightning fast communications in the important areas of your life. Now is the time for you to set your course for the rest of the year. What would you like to see happen in the next couple of months? I bring this up because Mercury will go Retrograde Dec. 10, so you want everything in place by then! Also, this Thursday Nov. 18, Jupiter (Good Fortune) will be turning Direct in your Career House! It's a great time to ask for a raise or take a risk.

Cancer:  The Crab

The Sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars have all been crossing the deep ocean of Scorpio the last few weeks. For you this means tremendous focus on Love and Creativity. Venus has been going Retrograde (backwards), bringing up issues from the past to be healed. For the next few weeks the focus is shifting to your work life and habits, but first enjoy the coming weekend! The Full Moon on Sunday will be lighting up your House of Friendships, so It will be a great time to be sociable.

Leo:  The Lion

You've seen some tough days lately with your ruler, the Sun, in Scorpio; with the Sun's entrance into Sagittarius Monday (11/22) you will really begin to enjoy yourself again. Romance and Creativity will be highlighted for the next few weeks. This Thursday, Venus goes Direct in your House of Communications, giving you great clarity with negotiations, writing and ideas! Meanwhile the Full Moon on Sunday sheds a positive light on your career.

Virgo:  The Virgin

This Thursday the planet Jupiter (Fortune) will be turning Direct in your House of Partnerships! It will send a boost of positive energy to your important relationships, just as the Full Moon illuminates your Perspective on Sunday. The Sun's entrance into Sagittarius next week heralds a month long focus on your foundations - namely your Home and Security.

Libra:  The Scales

You are going to have a great week since your ruler, Venus, will be turning Direct in Libra on Thursday! It's an out flowing of very fortunate energy so enjoy it! On the same day Jupiter (Luck) will be turning Direct in your House of Work! Watch for fortunate events around the workplace and your daily habits.

Scorpio:  The Scorpion
Everything is so great in your corner of the sky, I don't even know where to start! The inner planets have been hanging out in your sign for several weeks bringing insight, super human powers and lots of attention. You've had the drive and discipline to really get things accomplished, which makes for a fabulous birthday! And there's more - Jupiter, planet of Luck is turning Direct in your House of Love this Thursday, and Venus (Love) is going Direct a few hours later! It's a very rare and amazing positive boost, culminating with the Full Moon in your House of Partnerships on Sunday. 

Sagittarius:  The Archer
Your life has picked up the pace since Mercury entered your sign last week! The messenger planet is delivering a strong dose of vitality to all your ambitions. This Thursday there’s more good news! Your ruler, Jupiter (Good Fortune and Luck) is going Direct in Pisces, which basically sends a wave of fortunate energy to your House of Home, Security and Family! Then Monday, Nov. 22, the Sun will be moving into your sign heralding the start of your birthday season! It’s going to be a great one.


Capricorn:  The Sea Goat
Your social life has kicked into high gear the last few weeks with the Scorpio sun traveling through your House of Friendships. Things might take a more romantic turn with the Full Moon in Taurus this Sunday. The full moon will shine in your House of Romance and Creativity, so it’s a great weekend for self-expression! Meanwhile, your ruler Saturn continues his slow and careful journey through your House of Career, creating deep opportunities for you to grow, mature and prosper.


Aquarius:  The Water Bearer
There’s been a huge focus on your career sector the past few weeks with the Scorpio Sun traveling through your 10th House. On top of that, Venus, the planet of beauty and attraction has been going backwards in Scorpio, asking you to rewind some of your ambitions, business partnerships or negotiations. There will be relief this Thursday when Jupiter, giver of Luck and Fortune turns Direct in your money house!


Pisces:  The Fish
This week will have many wonderful and unexpected surprises for you. In fact it’s one of the best weeks of 2010! Jupiter, the planet of luck and fortune will be turning Direct in Pisces on Thursday, sending many opportunities your way. This won’t happen again for 12 years so make the most of it! Meanwhile the Sun has been traveling through your House of Perspective the last few weeks, giving you revelations. With the Sun’s entrance into Sagittarius this Sunday, the focus will shift to your career for the coming month.

The Fool

The Emperor

The Wheel of Fortune

The Hanged Man

The Star

The Moon

The Sun


Halloween funnies

PhotobucketAs we all prepare for the upcoming Halloween season, please take a few minutes to read some simple rules to help keep everyone safe. These rules were forwarded from a friend, so I’m not sure who deserves the credit for this….

1. Don’t assume the telephone calls are coming from another house.
2. When it appears that you have killed the monster, NEVER check to see if it’s really dead.
3. Never read a book of demon summoning aloud, even as a joke.
4. Don’t go into the basement to check the power when the lights go out!
5. If your children speak to you in Latin or any other language which they should not know, shoot them immediately. It will save you a lot of grief in the long run. However, it will probably take several rounds to kill them, so be prepared. This also applies to kids who speak with somebody else’s voice.
6. When you have the benefit of numbers, NEVER split up and go it alone.
7. As a general rule, don’t solve puzzles that open a portal to Hell.
8. Never stand in, on, or above a grave, tomb, or crypt. This would apply to any other house of the dead as well.
9. If you’re searching for something which caused a loud noise and find out that it’s just the cat, don’t stand there sighing with relief, GET OUT!
10. If appliances start operating by themselves, don’t check for short circuits; JUST GET OUT!
11. Do not take ANYTHING from the dead.
12. If you find a town which looks deserted, there’s probably a good reason for it. Don’t stop and look around.
13. Don’t fool with recombinant DNA technology unless you’re sure you
know what you’re doing.

14. If you’re running from the monster, expect to trip or fall down at least twice, more if you are of the female persuasion. Also note that, despite the fact that you are running and the monster is merely ambling along, it’s still moving fast enough to catch up with you.
15. If your companions suddenly begin to exhibit uncharacteristic behavior such as hissing, fascination for blood, glowing eyes, increasing hairiness, and so on, kill them immediately.
16. Stay away from certain geographical locations, some of which are listed here: Amityville, Elm Street, Transylvania, Nilbog (you’re in trouble if you recognize this one), the Bermuda Triangle, or any small town in Maine.
17. If your car runs out of gas at night on a lonely road, do not go to the nearby deserted-looking house to phone for help. If you think that it is strange because you thought you had 3/4 of a tank, shoot yourself instead. You are going to die anyway, and will most likely be eaten.
18. Beware of strangers bearing strange tools. For example: chainsaws, staple guns, hedge trimmers, electric carving knives, combines, lawnmowers, butane torches, soldering irons, band saws, or any devices made from deceased companions.
19. If you find that your house is built upon a cemetery, now is the time to move in with the in-laws. This also applies to houses that had previous inhabitants who went mad or committed suicide or died in some horrible fashion.

If you follow these rules, you should have a SAFE Halloween experience.



Horoscopes for the Full Moon, Virgo and the Mercury retrograde

My new favorite picture! This is the archangel of the Air element - RAPHAEL
(painted by Howard David Johnson).

I've been thinking about the Air element a lot lately...

First there's the heat in San Francisco the past couple of days. It's because the winds have changed direction. They are blowing East to West for the first time in several weeks. It's significant when winds change direction. It means magic is in the air and transformation is imminent.

The Sun just followed Mercury (Lord of the Winds) into the sign of Virgo - the only earth sign in the zodiac that's ruled by Air. This is notable because AIR is about ideas while the EARTH element is Manifestation. They work well together. Virgo helps us take practical steps towards achieving our dreams.

Today (Tuesday) is also a Full Moon in Pisces - the sign of the dreamer, artist, musician, humanitarian and mystic. It's perhaps the most spiritual of the signs and brings us closer to the God of our understanding.

With Lammas behind us and Mabon ahead, we are in the harvest season. Mercury is our guide, asking us to slow down and pay attention to what we are harvesting.

The horoscopes below reflect the Full Moon and the recent Mercury retrograde. 

Aries:  The Ram
Tonight's Full Moon lands squarely in your 12th House of Your Blind Spot. It's also the arena of Dreams and Spirituality. Try to remember your dreams this week - they will send you insightful messages from your unconscious. Mercury’s retrograde lands in your House of Work and Health, so prepare for some short circuits around the workplace. Stay focused on your goals and it will all sort itself out. One of your greatest gifts is your originality, and now is the time to let your light shine.

Taurus:   The Bull
The Full Moon in Pisces today shines a light on your 11th House of Friendships! Get out and be sociable this week. Hang out with your tribe. On the other side of your chart Mercury’s retrograde has landed in your 5th House of Relationships. Keep open communications with your partner. You might notice some of the past returning too...

Gemini:  The Twins
The Full Moon today brings light and focus to Career issues. Put aside analysis and pay attention to the wise voice inside you that "knows" the answer. Listen to your heart, this is the key to any events occurring this week. Meanwhile the Mercury Retrograde (until mid-Sept.) will be running through your home life. Listen carefully to other points of view and convey your own thoughts honestly - you want to aim for balance in your dealings with people.

Cancer:  The Crab
The Full Moon in Pisces today may send you off on a journey, or have you wistfully daydreaming about where you'd like to go. Today is also a great day to ruminate on your life perspective, and update where necessary. The big thing to watch out for though is the Mercury retrograde in Virgo in the Communications sector of your chart! Try to be as clear as possible in your communication because misunderstandings are possible. Get everything in writing!

Leo:  The Lion
Today is the day to put some attention on your business partnerships. How do you envision them moving forward? Who would you like to be working with and under what conditions? Meanwhile your Financial House will be going through some reorganization the next few weeks. Get all your paperwork in order so the retrograde won't hand you any unexpected surprises.

Virgo: The Virgin
The Full Moon in Pisces today puts a laser beam on your relationships. Strive for balance - remember your needs are important too. The Mercury retrograde will have a big affect on you since Mercury is your ruler and he's going backwards through your sign! Over the next few weeks you will go through a rebirth concerning your appearance, how you interact with others and your overall approach to life

Libra:   The Scales
This week the Moon puts the focus on Work and Health issues that need attention. On the other side of your chart Mercury will be moving backwards through your House of Self Undoing until mid-September. You could Undo your Undoing! Cool. With Saturn in residence in your sign, everything is geared towards you facing reality and maturing nowadays... focus on the footwork, the universe will guide you through the rest.

Scorpio:   The Scorpion
Ooooh La La! Watch for sudden events regarding Love and Romance this week! Just try not to lose your discernment while you're having all that fun. Mercury’s retrograde in Virgo has you clarifying your relationships with friends and coworkers over the next few weeks. I encourage you to strive for fairness, justice and balance.

Sagittarius:  The Archer
This Full Moon is illuminating situations regarding your Home. Try to be diplomatic regarding the issues you're dealing with - you will make better progress. For the next few weeks Mercury’s retrograde has you reworking your career path. Try to hold off making critical decisions or signing anything until September 15th.

Capricorn:  The Sea Goat
The Full Moon in Pisces highlights your communications with others for the next few days. You will do well to first get clarity on what you want - then you can speak your truth most accurately. Mercury’s retrograde has you rethinking your perspectives about your life, both in the present and where you're headed.

Aquarius:  The Water Bearer
Tonight the Full Moon is lighting up your financial sector. It's a good week to get your records in order especially since Mercury is dancing backwards through your House of Banks, Credit and Shared Resources. You will experience a strong financial rebirth in the middle of September from the reassessment and negotiations you do today.

Pisces:  The Fish
The Full Moon is shining down on you tonight, bringing good feelings, luck, and oneness with the universe. Pay close attention to your dreams this week. They will bring information from the aethers that will illuminate your path. Meanwhile Mercury's retrograde in Virgo gives you the chance to reassess and rework your important relationships.


La Roux performs Bulletproof - The View

It's happened again! The rare occurrence of finding a new band I really like!! This girl is like a 1980's female David Bowie.

Check them out!


Dead Weather on Letterman

I found some relief from our fogged-out dead summer with this clip of Dead Weather last night....

(clever play on words dontcha think?)


August 1 ~ First Harvest of the year ~ Happy Lammas Day!

Today is the first of three harvest festivals of the year. It's Lammas or "loaf" day, and it's the first wheat harvest. Whatever "seed" you planted last March is coming to fruition now.

I love this time of year! I'm glad to be in this century though, so I don't have to go out into the fields and harvest wheat...


The Astrology of 2010 July / August Grand Cross!

There's a HUGE event coming on Friday... if you have a minute listen to what this English astrologer says it's very interesting.


The Lion - Summer horoscopes 2010

Yay it's SUMMER and time for Leo the Lion!

Well... that's IF you're outside of San Francisco. Our summer doesn't come for a couple of months and it's been FREEZING here!

In the world of astrology this is already an eventful season. The Sun is in Leo  and the Moon full in Aquarius yesterday. We had two eclipses last month alongside a Grand Cross; and there's the entrance of Uranus into Aries and Saturn into Libra! The planet Uranus (sudden events, originality and revolution) has been in Pisces for the last 7 years. The shift from dreamy, imaginative Pisces to the fiery, spontaneous sign of Aries is a MAJOR shift in our lives and culture. Jupiter (good fortune, expansion) followed Uranus into Aries last month assuring a smooth passage for us all.

Meanwhile Saturn (maturity, time, dedication) has been in Virgo for the past 2 years, and as of last Wednesday has entered Libra. There's a new seriousness to relationships. Commitment and reliability are on everyone's radar for the next 2 years. There are HUGE forces at play here that will affect all of us, and these giant shifts are ushering us towards the grandest event of all - the line up of all the planets in December 2012!

The horoscopes below take the Sun into account, as well as the ruler of your sign and these huge Summer 2010 alignments. Be sure to read your Sun sign AND Rising sign! If you don't know your rising sign you can figure it out here.

Aries:  The Ram

     The sun is in Leo, putting focus on your Relationship and Creative Life. Mercury is already there, highlighting communications with your partner. Your ruler, Mars, is currently in Virgo which is challenging for Aries. You want to charge ahead and be spontaneous, but Mars in Virgo has you double checking the details on Everything!! Soon Mars will be moving out of your Virgo/Work/Health area (on July 29th) and into your house of Partnership. It's a hot sexy Summer for you Aries!
     As for the Revolution on your doorstep... Uranus (sudden, transformative and shocking events) is retrograding through your sign for the next month causing you to retool some of your wild ideas. It's a great time to clarify your vision and the practical steps to manifesting it.

Taurus:  The Bull

     You will have lots of "me" time around your house over the next month (Sun in Leo), along with some pleasant experiences with Love and Creativity (Venus in your 5th House). You could combine the whole thing and get creative with your lover in your house. Other than the obvious, how about painting the place? Or getting new curtains, or making some romantic dinners? This month is about practicing expressing yourself in a safe place.
     As for the Grand Cross and the action with Aries - this is all happening in your 12th House (Karma, Self Undoing and Things that are Hidden). It's a great placement because Uranus shakes things up and brings them into the light to be healed. The invisible limits you've placed on yourself will finally be burned away.

Gemini:  The Twins

     My darling Geminis! The Sun will be shining in your House of Learning and Communication this month. These are two things Gemini's excel at, so you are in your element. Mercury, your ruler, is currently gliding through this House preparing the way for the Sun. Time to clear the air and set boundaries with people! Mars in Virgo creates an opportunity to do some psychological healing on yourself - to clear the weeds from the ground of your being.
     The Uranian shift into Aries highlights your social life for the next several years! You will be hanging around the fringes of society with very original and empowered people. Saturn in Libra brings a new seriousness to your love relationships and creative projects. The people you partner with need to "get real" or you will seek out something else.

Cancer:  The Crab

     I hope you had a Great birthday!! The Sun has left your sign for Leo, and the focus shifts to your financial world. Ask yourself, what do you value most? What would you like to increase in your life? What would make you feel more secure? With Mercury leading the way, communications with important relationships are already getting attention.
     The shift of Uranus into Aries will affect your life more visibly then others, because it falls in your 10th House of Career and Ambition. Odd and unique career opportunities will be coming at you from far left field for the next several years! Saturn in Libra brings a serious focus to the people in your living situation and family (particularly mom). How these relationships affect you psychologically will bring deep opportunities to heal yourself.

Leo:  The Lion

     It's birthday season! The Sun has entered Leo and the spotlight is on YOU! Which is the way it should be. You are experiencing the rebirth of your identity for the next solar year. Who are you now? How have you grown over the past year? It's time to set goals for where you'd like to be this time next year. Meanwhile Mars is careening through Virgo, inspiring you to reassess your financial life. As of July 29 the energy will be moving into your communications with others.
     The movement of Uranus into Aries brings sudden changes to your 9th House of Mind Expansion. You will take wild adventures to faraway places, or college courses with unique subject matter. Meanwhile Saturn brings maturity to how you communicate with important relationships and neighborhood pals:)

Virgo:  The Virgin

     Mars has been visiting your sign for the past several weeks and I bet you've gotten A LOT accomplished! Good for you. Mars will be joining Saturn in Libra on July 29th giving new energy and focus to your financial life. The Leo Sun will illuminate and guide you down the back roads of your hidden potentials, preparing you for your birthday in late August/September. Pay attention to the fertile ground of visions and ideas that float through your mind. They will lead you in the best direction for the year ahead.
     One thing to notice is Mercury's entrance into your sign tomorrow - Tuesday, July 27th. It's going to feel GREAT! Capitalize on this energy but keep in mind that Mercury is also going RETROGRADE in Virgo on August 20th. Your plans might be delayed or held up in some way temporarily, but will come to fruition if you're patient.

Libra:  The Scales

     If times have been a little rough lately don't despair; Saturn entered your sign last Wednesday bringing issues of reality, maturity and inhibitions. It's a contracting and sobering influence, which will be with you for the next two years. It will completely alter the structure of your life for the better. You will come out the other side a much stronger and focused person.
     There's a slew of other planets affecting you as well. Mars is entering Libra this week on Thursday, bringing force to your changing issues of identity. Venus (Love) will be there soon followed by Mercury (The Mind) and the Sun (Personality) around your birthday. What's working in your life and what would you like to change? Where are you out of balance? Meanwhile Uranus (the unusual) and Jupiter (Fortune) are highlighting your relationships, bringing oddballs and gurus into your life.

Scorpio:  The Scorpion

     You are experiencing a huge wake up call these days. All the action is in your 12th House of spiritual strength, isolation, addiction, artistry, universal connection and the soul. It's the place you retreat to for healing and to feel safe and secure. The inner planets will be visiting you there over the next couple of months to assist you in clearing cobwebs and brightening up the place. Mars is first... it's your ruler and is entering Libra (your 12th House) Thursday, July 29th. Then Venus, Mercury and the Sun!
     On the other side of your chart Uranus and Jupiter are shaking things up and sending blessings to your Work/Health/Pets arena. They will be retrograding back into your 5th House of Romance however in early August/September, so be prepared to rewind some of what happened in your love life last New Year. Your head will be clear though, so you'll be ready for it.

Sagittarius:  The Archer

     Had some romance lately? Uranus (sudden events) and Jupiter (good fortune) are hosting a really fun party in your House of Romance right now. Jupiter will move on eventually, but Uranus will be there for the next seven years - bringing unusual and revolutionary people into your love life and creative work! Uranus and Jupiter will take a brief break starting in August, but will reenter your House of Love early next year. So 2011 should be great for you. It's a powerful omen for finding true love. Jupiter is also your ruler, so wherever he travels holds a lot of significance in your life.
     The other big event is Saturn's entrance into Libra, your House of Friendships. For the next couple of years your closest relationships will undergo some reality testing. You will learn who you can truly count on. This energy also applies to people you know in your community and work life.

Capricorn:  The Goat

     Saturn, your ruler has just entered Libra - your House of Career. It's the most public area of your chart and will undergo a huge structural change over the next two years. Issues with authority often surface with this transit. What's the reality of your ambitions? Do they still suit you? Do you need to make a change or get more training? Saturn isn't big on changes, but DOES support your climb up the steep mountain to reach your goal. Think about what that goal is and shift it if necessary.
     Uranus and Jupiter have been traveling through the Home area of your chart, allowing positive and sudden changes in your living situation. Uranus will be here for the next seven years bringing all sorts of odd characters into your home and community. Just be open to it and learn from them, but set boundaries if needed. Remember you have Pluto in your sign right now, and that's a VERY powerful ally.

Aquarius:  The Water Bearer

     There was Full Moon last night in Aquarius - it's the brightest moon of the year! The Full Moon in your sign shines the spotlight directly on you and your relationships. Since Aquarius and Leo are fixed signs, I hope you didn't encounter any stubbornness with people in your life. With "fixed" signs people often hold tightly to what they want or believe and will not budge. This was also influenced by a stand off this morning between two heavyweights - Saturn and Uranus. This opposition affected your Communications (3rd house) and Beliefs (9th house). It's best to be diplomatic for the next couple of days until these influences pass over.
     Your ruler, Uranus, has gone through an extraordinary transition last month - leaving Pisces for Aries. This shift will light a fire under you, and bring a huge amount of confidence, optimism and ambition to your usually peaceful and humanitarian perspectives. On the other side of the sky, Saturn will throw a sobering influence over your relationships involving Self Discovery and Travel.

Pisces:  The Fishes

     Big changes are on the horizon for Pisces. What I'm trying to say...gently... is that Uranus (sudden events, highs and lows, erratic changes, instability) has entered your house of Money. It's gonna be okay though. It's also the planet of original ideas, invention and risk taking. Try to focus on maximizing your gains and minimizing the thrill seeking, and you should be fine. Keep those Piscean flipper feet on the ground as much as you can.
     Some good news is that Venus is dancing through your house of Partnerships, so I'm sure you're enjoying quality time with your partner. Or if not attached, you've been getting a lot of attention from the right people! Saturn has moved into your 8th house for the next two years, so keep a good eye on your relationships involving other people's money, shared resources and SEX.


May/June Horoscopes!! Sun in Gemini

Mercury turned Direct last week, just in time for the sun's move into Gemini this Thursday, May 20th. It's a great time to get social and put your plans into action! Mercury is moving slowly through Taurus right now, so take a practical look at the ideas you have, and build a solid foundation for them. The horoscopes below take the sun into account, as well as the ruler of your sign and the huge alignments coming this summer!

Aries:  The Ram

      First, your ambitions: your ruler, Mars, is still in Leo until June 6th! Get clear on what's most important to you and your heart, and then spend the next two weeks pouring your energy into these projects! With Mercury and the Sun's influence it's a great time to solidify agreements too.
     On the Love front you need to be sweet to your partner because Venus is going into Cancer. This means SENSITIVE... which is not your strongest point. Lots of money and exciting sudden changes coming in June!

Taurus:  The Bull

      This year's birthday transformed you. Hopefully you've come out the other side filled with vigor and ready to charge ahead. Mercury turned around in Taurus last week and is slowly gaining momentum. You can finally move forward with your plans and even make some new ones!
     Regarding Love, Saturn is turning Direct in Virgo (your house of Love) on May 31st. Since January there's been a deeper understanding of you and your relationship. Now you'll move forward with your partner in a deeper and more mature way. Your ruler, Venus, is going into Cancer - placing the emphasis on communicating.

Gemini:  The Twins

      It's birthday season! The Sun enters Gemini this Thursday, May 20th putting the spotlight on YOU! Your ruler Mercury is now going Direct - ready to send some wonderful presents your way. Mercury is still plodding through Taurus, but will pick up speed and enter your sign on June 10th. Be gentle with yourself as you practice manifesting the deep growth you've had over the past few weeks.
     Venus is entering Cancer this week (your House of Finances) which is very fortunate! Venus attracts, and here it attracts MONEY... also what you value and your security. In June there will be a big focus on friendships, and this summer your social life will set off fireworks.

Cancer:  The Crab

      Venus, planet of Love and Beauty will be entering your sign this week! It will give you an unearthly glow and people will be drawn to you. I know you are the zodiac's homebody, but the next month is your time to stand out and be noticed! Leave your crab shell at home and get out and meet people. With Mercury still trudging through Taurus, there's lots of restructuring going on in your house of Friendships.
      This is also the time of contemplation before your birthday season. The Gemini Sun will illuminate and guide you down the back roads of your hidden potentials, preparing you for solar rebirth in late June. Pay attention to the fertile ground of visions and ideas that float through your mind. They will lead you in the best direction for the year ahead.

Leo:  The Lion

      All the drive and fire you've been feeling on a personal level the last few months is about to shift. On June 6th Mars leaves Leo for Virgo, and sets off a purge and reorganization of your financial world. This is a good thing because Saturn has been marching backwards thru your financial house for several weeks causing all sorts of challenges and instability. Mars is a powerful driving force that will get things going in the right direction. And with the Virgo influence, the details won't get overlooked.
     The Sun is your ruler though and it's going into Gemini, your house of Friendships. The Sun rules this house and so you should feel very at home, especially with the people around you. Unexpected Fortune also applies to this house, as well as aspirations, hopes and wishes! Who do you want to surround yourself with? What tribe would you like to join? What fortunes and friendships are you open to receiving?

Virgo:  The Virgin

      You're going to be BUSY the next month! busy busy busy! Since April 8th you've been reliving the past with Saturn backing up into your sign. Now Mars is about to enter Virgo giving tons of energy to your practical plans. Mars doesn't like to get wrapped up in your details, so if you can let go of your pickiness and paint with broad stokes, you might get more done.The keyword for you is ACTION. Be like Nike and "just do it"!
       On the other side of your chart we have the Sun and Mercury entering your house of Career and Public Acclaim. You can make tremendous progress in your career over the next month. Don't be afraid to become visible, to stand out above the rest. It's a great time to set realistic goals and make them happen! Also, stay in touch with your friends. They can be a great source of warmth for you at this time.

Libra:  The Scales

      Of all the signs in the zodiac, yours will be experiencing the greatest attention from the cosmos in the upcoming months. I don't even know where to begin. You have Saturn (maturity) and Mars (force) doing a strange dance in your 12th house. The 12th is the house of spirituality, strength, humanity... but also psychological issues and secrets. It's where we hide out (or experience solitude). With Mars and Saturn here, you will experience an excavation that will impact your self esteem for the better. It will be a slow gradual shift, very subtle, but it will occur.
      In the midst of this transformation you will focus on your relationships - especially partnerships of all kinds. The people around you will become mirrors, creating a catalyst for the deeper transformations occurring in your 12th house. The way you experience the world and the people in it, is about to go through a revolutionary change.
Revolutionary and fortunate.

Scorpio:  The Scorpion

     Since last Fall, your ruler Mars has been sending tons of energy and support to your Career house. What does your worklife look like now after Mars has blazed a golden path through it? I bet you've experienced great progress, increase and accomplishment. On June 7th Mars will enter the sign of Virgo, shifting your focus to your Friends. Saturn has been hanging out there already, perhaps causing distance between you and those you love. Time to reconnect.
     Meanwhile Jupiter (Good fortune) is about to leave Pisces (Romance) for Aries (Work and Health). With all the drive you've had on career and love the past few months, now's the time to pay some attention to yourself, your social circle, and getting your house in order.

Sagittarius:  The Archer

      "Here comes the Sun" - straight into your House of Partnerships, while Jupiter, your ruler is setting his sights on Aries (House of Love). And so begins the sizzling hot summer for you Sagittarians. If you aren't matched up with anyone yet - don't be nervous about taking the initiative. Just go for it! If you're in a relationship, try to get creative and fun in the Romance department. It will go far with your mate.
      Career-wise Saturn is going backwards through your Career house just as Mars is walking through the door. Saturn will ask you to be careful and be sure of where you will land before taking any action regarding work. Mars is definitely on your side and will help you move forward with your ambitions.

Capricorn:  The Goat

      Mercury's retrograde through Taurus kept you back tracking through your relationship the last few weeks. Perhaps some ghosts from the past have reemerged, or you needed time for reflection on what's working and what does not fit. Now things are moving forward, hopefully with some new revelations under your belt. Communications will steadily improve so trust your path.
     Love and relationships continue to be the focus as Venus moves into Cancer (House of Partnership) this week! With Pluto the Volcano walking with you in Capricorn, you will make a huge impression in your social circles. However, try to keep your communications on the lighter side:) Pluto wants to deliver the brutal truth! Be aware of this or you might devastate the landscapes you're traveling through.

Aquarius:  The Water Bearer

      So how's your house? The latest Mercury retrograde hit you right where you live... literally. All the reassessing and restructuring is over now... you can hold hands with Mercury as he moves towards Gemini - your House of Love! Of course the Sun will be there this Thursday, so relationships are now in the spotlight.
     And there's a twist! Venus, planet of Love is moving into Cancer (your house of work and health). Hmmmm. Anyone at work strike your fancy? Proceed with caution 'cause it's a temporary thing. BUT it could be a great time to ask for that raise. All this before your ruler, Uranus, ignites your communications sector. Let the good times roll!

Pisces:  The Fishes

      The focus for you is YOU... basically. Jupiter (Good Luck and Fortune) is sending tremendous opportunity to you until June 6th so if there's anything you want... GO FOR IT!! What's on you "To Do" list? What would you really like to manifest for yourself right now? This happens once every 12 years. Focus on what you want to expand in yourself and your immediate environment (job, community, relationships). Changes have occurred in your life over the past few months that will lead you in the right direction; even if it hasn't felt like it.
      And Love is on your side: Venus, planet of Love and Beauty is entering Cancer (your house of romantic love and creativity) this Thursday, May 20th. Time to get out and strut your stuff. Get out and socialize as much as you can - it's a great time to meet new people!


Witches at the World Statues Festival in Arnhem (Netherlands)

Kinda cool lookin' huh? Wish I could've been there to see this festival in the Netherlands!!

Particularly this live display of witches... a little creepier than I envision myself to be, but profoundly creative and representational nonetheless...

These folks are channeling something from the past, that much is certain.

Funny old-fashioned description of a Witch (for the record, I don't have any warts or claws):

A witch is a person, often a woman, who practices witchcraft. A man that practices witchcraft is often called a warlock. The stereotypical witches are commonly portrayed as wicked old women who have wrinkled skin and pointy hats. They wear clothes that are black or purple. They also have warts on their noses and sometimes long claw-like fingernails. Witches have often been seen outside accepted cultures and faith. People often made them feel unwanted in their societies.

more pictures can be found here: World Statues Festival or here Main Site


April/May horoscopes: Sun in Taurus

We had a New Moon in Aries last Wednesday, but we are sitting on the cusp of Taurus. The Sun is moving into Taurus this week starting the Bovine Birthday season. The horoscopes below take the sun into account, as well as Mercury's retrograde in Taurus last Saturday night (April 17th..)

Aries:  The Ram

      Your solar return (birthday) is over for another year Aries! The skies are on your side with your ruler, Mars, in another fire sign - Leo! Lots of energy available for you to charge forth into new ideas and projects. But with the Sun's entrance into Taurus, it's time to get down to brass tacks... especially tacking money to your wall.
      Focus on getting organized with plans already set in motion. It's not the time to be risky or too spontaneous. Mercury is going retrograde through your house of finances until the middle of May, so it's the perfect time to solidify the foundations of all your wonderful ideas.

Taurus:  The Bull

      As the Sun enters your sign you will shine as Venus's Special Birthday Child! But with Mercury's Retrograde in Taurus there might be some delays in your plans. You'll be reassessing all the important areas of your life this month and going through a major rebirth. You will be reconsidering who you are in the world and wanting to make changes to your path. Do the contemplation this month, but wait until late May to make changes.
     You also have two planetary heavy weights making trines with your sun, promising transformative growth. Saturn is going backwards in Virgo, asking you to review your romantic life and the ways in which you are creative. Deep cathartic change will beam to your Sun from Pluto in Capricorn. You might look and feel completely different when the Sun leaves your sign May 20th.

Gemini:  The Twins

      From now until June is preparation time for your birthday. The Taurean Sun will send bright light to the dusty corridors of your mind, bringing fresh air to perspectives you've outgrown. We all know how sociable you are, but give yourself some moments of solitude in the upcoming weeks. Long walks on hillsides contemplating your life and direction will recharge your batteries.
     Your ruling planet, Mercury, is performing a "turn-around-dance" in earthy Taurus until the middle of May. So while the Sun is lighting things up, Mercury will be changing the maps of your life and messing up your kitchen. Off to the hillsides with you! A pasture full of wild flowers and butterflies would also do the trick. You need this time to the set the stage for the amazing networking opportunities coming your way this Summer!

Cancer:  The Crab

      You will have a fairly easy time over the next month. The Taurus action will be affecting your 11th House of Friendships and community. Lots of possibilities for socializing and career will be popping up all over the place, but forming concrete plans with people might be delayed until mid May. Just be patient and practice letting go and enjoying yourself in Taurus's earthy playfield.
      If ideas seem hard to get off the ground don't fret - your time is right around the corner. This summer will throw huge sparks of excitement into your career, and the contacts you made in April/ May will produce glorious fruit.

Leo:  The Lion

      The Lion is one of the most ambitious signs of the zodiac, and over the next two months opportunities will abound in your professional life. Plus you have Mars, planet of Action and Drive in your sign of Leo! You're chomping at the bit to unleash your glorious ideas on the world. That's the good news. The challenge will be that pesky Mercury going retrograde all over your grand designs of world domination. It's an opportunity to practice patience (Taurus is good at that and can show you how)...
      The Mercury-born delays are temporary, and this Summer you will shine brighter than ever. Jupiter (good fortune) and Uranus (sudden surprises) will both move into Aries giving you gifts of revelations, understanding and Buddha wisdom.

Virgo:  The Virgin

      I know that 2008 and 2009 were humdingers for you. Saturn was sitting in Virgo for the first time in 30 years, refusing to budge until you faced reality. Then last October Saturn left to visit the lands of Libra, and to share his cold facts with a new audience. You thought you were free and clear. Well you almost are, but Saturn just backed up into Virgo again this week. It's a temporary visit, just long enough to test you on the lessons learned.
       And on the other side of your life, the Sun and Mercury will be running in circles around your world perspective. It's a great time to do some journaling and meditation because the revelations about your life will come thick and fast! A transformative couple of months directly ahead.

Libra:  The Scales

      A huge growth period began around your birthday last year when the heavy planet Saturn entered Libra. There's no escaping Saturn. It's time to get serious, grow up, look at who you are and shift the structures of your life. Saturn is the planet of reality, rules, maturity and karma - 'as we sow, so shall we reap'. This week Saturn temporarily moved back into Virgo to give you a breather, but he will be back in late July for a two year stay.
      In the meantime, Mercury’s retrograde in Taurus (which started Saturday night) will put your focus on work situations and the evaluation of agreements with others. But it's early June that packs a wallop with Uranus (shocking, eccentric changes) and Jupiter (good luck) moving into your Relationships. It could bring strange developments in your relationship, mostly for the better.

Scorpio:  The Scorpion

        When the Sun goes into Taurus, like it's doing now, the spotlight shines on Scorpio's relationships. The focus becomes the "other" - our romantic relationships and friendships as well. Jupiter (planet of good fortune) is also moving through Pisces, our house of romance and creativity, so love is in the air! Now is the time to solidify an existing relationship, or to get out and socialize more.
       The only fuzzy corner of this scenario is Mercury’s retrograde in Taurus which started Saturday. This placement can bring the return of old flames, and an airing of the truth in all areas. Careful not to fall into over-analyzing relationships and the future.

Sagittarius:  The Archer

      Mars in Leo is shooting off sparks into your House of Philosophy, creating fresh insights into your life and goals. Now we have Mercury rewinding in your House of Daily Routine and Work. It's a great time to figure out how your energy can best be focused and then setting a new schedule to make it happen. Sagittarians love to set goals - now is the time to do some research and groundwork before letting the arrows fly this summer.
      And by the way, it's going to be a VERY romantic summer for you...

Capricorn:  The Goat

      You have a new friend by your side for the next 10 or 15 years, and that friend is the planet Pluto. The last time Pluto entered Capricorn it was the birth of our nation, so this is a revolutionary time indeed! You will go through a deep change regarding how you envision yourself, as well as developing sudden psychic talents.
      Mercury’s retrograde through Taurus (starting last Saturday night) will inspire you to reassess your romantic life to see if any changes need to be made. The truth will be coming out all over the place (which is a good thing).

Aquarius:  The Water Bearer

      Fairly calm seas ahead for you... until this summer that is. Your ruler, Uranus, is about to enter Aries - a very forceful, assertive and spontaneous sign. This is a Big Deal, since the planet has been in Pisces for the last 10 years. Your highly attuned Aquarian synapses will be shooting off new inventions and unorthodox ideas with lightning speed.
     The current Mercury retrograde is a great time for you to take a practical look at your living arrangements, take stock and implement changes where necessary. This will be going on through May.

Pisces:  The Fishes

      Well the heavens have a special gift for you right now - another Saturn-Uranus opposition. This will best be utilized by identifying any old modes of thinking and behaviors regarding relationships, and then trying something new and revolutionary. Make the most of it!
      Mercury did an 'about face' in Taurus Saturday night, and will be retrograde through much of May. It will be a time for you to think about your communication patterns with others, and reflecting on how you'd like to update yourself and your relationships.


Vernal Equinox: Plant the Seed

The Spring Equinox marks more than the revolutions of the Earth and the Sun, it's a time that we can use to set goals and map a course for the rest of the year.

It's a highly energetic and magical time of year! I've been watching the world bursting into bloom for the past week. The air is thick with pollen. I have crows battling for mates in my backyard during the day and raccoons doing god-knows-what in my backyard at night. There were some unearthly sounds back there at 4am last night:)

Equinox = equal day and equal night.

The light is growing and the days are getting longer, but the vernal equinox is about balance. This is the time of year when our ancestors would plant the crops that would grow and ripen in the summer sun. The harvest would come in the Fall. This cycle is an ancient one, and reflects how we first came to survive on this planet and live in harmony with the Earth.

And the cool thing is, you can grow MORE than vegetables!

If you want to increase something this year, plant the seed for it today, Saturday March 20th! For me, "planting the seed" usually means taking some type of seed - I use wheat seeds from my family's farm in Canada - and planting it in the ground near my house. As you plant the seed say to yourself "I plant this seed so that I may grow ____________ this year in my life. I pray for an abundant harvest this Fall".

You can say anything as long as it comes from your heart:)

And you can plant ANYTHING! You can plant more than one thing too, but simple is always better.
I planted self esteem two years in a row and it worked miraculously.

You can plant:
advancement at work
a creative project
good health for your family and friends
Sex or a relationship
a wider social circle
peace of mind

Pretty much anything you need to increase in your life right now. Whatever you plant will grow this summer, and you will "harvest" it this Fall. Don't worry I'll remind you about that too.

I think it's a good idea to write it down somewhere, like in a journal or something..... maybe share it with a few close friends... but other than that don't talk about it too much. It's a gift for YOU.

So what are you going to plant??

Horoscopes coming Monday!!


Expect the Good!! Eric Butterworth

EXPECT THE GOOD! You will find that your positive approach to life, your optimism, your conscious awareness of good will lead you into a higher level of vibration, and you will tend to draw from people and circumstances and things, the very best. It is a fundamental Law…and it is one certainly worth working with.

- Eric Butterworth


Week of March 8th, 2010: Dark of the Moon

Well this week is your last shot at releasing stuff you've outgrown from 2009.
This week is the Dark of the Moon with a Pisces Sun.
Pisces is the last sign of the zodiac and represents culmination, completion, sacrifice, music and art. It's the sign of the humanitarian, the fishes, and is often chosen to represent Christ at the crucifixion.

But we ain't gonna be that heavy:)

Just tie up loose ends this week and let go of everything you don't want to carry forward with you in 2010!
Next week = New Moon in Aries and the coming of Spring.

Horoscopes coming next week folks!


Chinese New Year horoscopes: Year of the Tiger 2010

Year of the Tiger

The Chinese believe the tiger personality is dramatic, colorful, and extreme - and this year will be no different. I expect a great deal of excitement in the air, volatility in the financial markets, and saber rattling between opposing nations. The Tiger is also a humanitarian, so I hope for progress for the welfare of the common man.

Here's your horoscope for 2010!

1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996
This year should go smoothly for you, but avoid taking a lot of risks, especially with money. The Tiger is a wild animal, and the Rat is a homebody and loves the domesticated life. There may be some misunderstandings in relationships to sort out, but nothing you can't handle. Focus on your artistic creativity this year!

1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997
Patience is the keyword for the Ox this year. The best plan is to get clear on what you want to accomplish so if there's delays or obstacles you'll be able to make the correct choices. Don't be discouraged by setbacks, just put steady effort into all your endeavors and you will succeed in the end.

1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998
You shine this year! Everyone will want to be you. Everything falls into place and you feel completely at home everywhere you go! A great year to experiment and try new things - but AGAIN - no risk taking! The energy of this year is unstable so don't stretch out to o far with all the opportunities coming your way. Good year for personal relationships and romance!

1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999
Some drama this year, particularly in the area of relationships. Double check the fine print before making any commitments. It will be an eventful year with mixed progress, but no insurmountable difficulties. A good year to study philosophy:) Next year, 2011, will be the year of the Rabbit, so 2010 is perfect for laying the foundations for the opportunities about to flow your way!

1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000
You and the Tiger are kindred souls, so you will ride through the fireworks and spectacles of the Tiger year better than most. Be peaceful in your relationships with others, stay on the well worn path and you will do well. Keep risks to a minimum and check the details before entering into agreements.

1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001
This year will be fast paced and packed with excitement, so be aware of your stress levels. The Snake should try to maintain his calm center and not get drawn into controversy. Occasional detours into meditation and reading will truly benefit your soul in 2010. You will feel recharged and freshly motivated to pursue your many ambitions.

1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002
The Horse and the Tiger are in complete harmony with each other so this will be a fantastic year! You will be in your element, and your superior instincts will guide you smoothly from one adventure to the next. This is a great year for starting a business, getting married or having a child. You are highly favored so make the most of it!

1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003
Moderate success is in store for the Sheep in 2010. There are many possibilities to increase your finances this year, and to gain acknowledgment from your peers. Don't be discouraged by setbacks. Try to maintain a sportsman like attitude and enjoy the challenges that come up because you will win in the end.

1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004
You will be fine this year if you promise to behave yourself. The Tiger does not like to be teased, and of course, Monkeys excel at teasing. Remember this year the Tiger is the boss. Monkeys can climb much higher in the trees than the big cat. Do not do this. Keep your focus on projects already started and all will go well.

1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005
The Rooster is a cautious character with a strong conservative streak. Don't let the fast pace of the Tiger year make you sloppy! Take your time and do your usual homework and your projects will move forward. There may be some worries in relationships, but they can be easily washed away with a dose of the Tiger's sentimentality.

1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006
The doors of opportunity are opened wide to you this year because YOU are the tiger's best friend! Dogs and Tigers were cut from the same cloth, and share a realistic and humanistic view of the world. Start a new business, buy a house, go back to school, find real love - it all waits for you in 2010!

1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007
Be careful with your over-trusting nature in 2010. A Tiger year is full of surprises, false starts and inflated ideas, and it's easy for the Boar to get swept up in the excitement with high hopes. It's fine to have a positive outlook, but keep your feet and expectations rooted to the earth. It's a GREAT year for romance!


Amanpour story on Yemeni girl - AMAZING video

You gotta check this out. This is the coolest, bravest 13 year old girl I've ever seen. She's so beautiful and strong, I wonder if she'll be Yemen's first female leader when she grows up!



Harold and Maude... Maude says..

Maude says, "A lot of people enjoy being dead. But they are not dead, really. They're just backing away from life. *Reach* out. Take a *chance*. Get *hurt* even. But play as well as you can. Go team, go! 




Give me an L. Give me an I. Give me a V. Give me an E. L-I-V-E. LIVE! Otherwise, you got nothin' to talk about in the locker room." (Harold and Maude, 1971)