Winter Solstice sunrise over Stonehenge is good Omen for 2012

Good news! There was a beautiful sunrise at Stonehenge last week! This is significant, since the ancient ruin was originally built around the light of the rising Sun at the Winter Solstice - specifically the morning following the longest night of the year.

Read about it here

Photo by Marc Bower-Briggs


Greek Philosopher Epictetus - quote

First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.

This is my favorite philosopher of all time! I believe he really had a grasp on how to be a true human being. Read about Epictetus here...



Seven Things for the Altar on the Day of the Dead

Happy Dia De Los Muertos!

I had the most interesting conversation with a lady in the Mission today. I didn't know this, but there are seven items that need to be present on an altar for the ancestors on the Day of the Dead.

1. Water
2. Candle
3. Sugar
4. Something to eat
5. Salt
6. Incense
7. Flowers (Marigolds)

Isn't that beautiful??? It's all for the dead to feel welcomed and Honored. The marigolds are welcoming and draw them to your space, and also represent the briefness of life. They can enjoy the essence of any food you leave for them and use the salt to spice it up.

It's to honor them, to let them know we are thinking of them, and to thank them for their presence in our lives.

The altars in Mexico, and here in San Francisco, can be HUGE. They can include toys, wine, specific foods and music instruments that the Beloved enjoyed the most.

What I like about it, is that it celebrates death as a joyous part of life. These are displays of love that let the deceased know they will never be forgotten.


Women in middle age - "Midlife Crisis? Bring it On!"

Love this article I found about reinventing yourself or pursuing your dreams in midlife!

"It is both a stable truth and an unsettling one that our lives loop and twist from age to age. The baby toddles into childhood, the child erupts into a teen, then a woman, who by the time she has passed 40 is long overdue to shed her skin again. That shedding can be traumatic, treacherous, born of sorrow or stress; but to hear the prophets of personal reinvention tell it, it may also be an unexpected gift. With that endearing sense of discovery that baby boomers bring to the most enduring experiences — like growing up or finding God or burning out — women are confronting the obstacles of middle age and figuring out how to turn them into opportunities. Thanks to higher incomes, better education and long experience at juggling multiple roles, women may actually discover that there has never been a better time to have a midlife crisis than now."


Autumnal Equinox ~ Mabon

The Autumnal Equinox is much more than the first day of Fall. It marks an astronomical transition point between Summer and Winter - for now we have equal day and equal night.

Today is referred to as the festival of Mabon. This is the second harvest festival of the year, the first being Lammas (August 1st) and the third being Halloween (October 31st). The seeds we have planted in the Spring are now coming to fruition.

What have you been working on this year? What is coming to fruition in your life right now? This is a really beautiful time of year - one of my favorites. It's harvest season, where we see the result of our labors. We reap what we have sown. It's the time to take stock of where you are in your life right now - what you've brought forth and what you still want to manifest.

Today we feel the turn of the wheel of the year. Standing in the middle of equal daylight to equal nighttime, we also look at BALANCE. Are we out of balance in our lives? Are we taking care of ourselves? Are we working hard but making time for our dreams and having fun too?

Mabon also relates to mid life; to our 40's and 50's when we have accomplished some things, but also might harbor regrets. The Equinox is a time to give yourself credit for all the wonderful things you've created and the positive difference you've made in the world. Honor your courage! And how much smarter you are now than when you were young.

The Fall Equinox is the time when the Goddess manifests in Her Bountiful Mother aspects. The God emerges as the Corn King and Harvest Lord. Colors are Orange, Dark Red, Yellow, Indigo, and Brown.

Select the best of each vegetable, herb, fruit, nut, and other food you have harvested or purchased and give it back to Mother Earth with prayers of thanksgiving. Hang dried ears of corn around your home in appreciation of the harvest season. Cast a circle, offering thanks as you face each direction -- for home, finances, and physical health (North); for gifts of knowledge (East); for accomplishments in career and hobbies (South); for relationships (West); and for spiritual insights and messages (Center).

This holiday was pivotal in ancient times, since a good final harvest was crucial to surviving the winter months ahead.  Relationships are reassessed so we can decide who is best to take into the harsh winter with us. If someone is draining your energy, now might be the time to let go.

This is also the time to welcome the season of the Crone.  Persephone goes to the Underworld to learn the secrets of the Crone (or in some stories she is kidnapped by Hades), and the earth is bare as Her mother, Demeter, mourns Her loss.

(Photo of The Glastonbury Tor in the Valley of Avalon in Glastonbury England from the Llewellyn's Witches' Calendar year 2000)


Eisenhower's excellent quote on social security

I didn't know right wing people were ever this cool - 

"Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes that you can do these things. Among them are a few Texas oil millionaires, and an occasional politician or businessman from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid."..President Eisenhower 1954.


The Harvest Fields of Virgo ~ Horoscopes

We made it to September! The crazy month of August is at an end. Lots of turmoil in planetary configurations the last few weeks... and we've seen it manifest here on Earth. The planets made several tension-producing Grand Crosses in the sky... plus the Mercury Retrograde which lasted most of the month.

Meanwhile transformative events sprang up from every corner of the globe. The violence in Syria, riots and fires in London, the dip of the US credit rating and the resulting upheaval in global stock markets. The final Grand Cross occured the last week of August and spawned the fall of Gaddafi's regime, a rare east coast earthquake and a hurricane!!

You'll be happy to know the month of September will be much quieter.

The New Moon in Virgo occurred last Sunday night at 8:04pm Pacific time. Venus leads the Sun, Mercury and Mars through their yearly journey through Virgo, enhanced by Mercury's Direct motion.

Virgo is the only earth sign in the zodiac that's ruled by Air. This is significant because AIR is about ideas while the EARTH element is Manifestation. Virgo helps us take practical steps towards achieving our dreams.

The Sun's movement into Virgo means we have officially entered the harvest season. Burn gold and green candles for wealth. Venus is our guide, asking us to slow down and pay attention to what we are harvesting - especially in the area of relationships.

The horoscopes below reflect the focus for the next month and Mercury's Direct station. Read your Sun sign, but I find looking at my Rising sign or Ascendant to give me the most accurate read for the month!

Aries:  The Ram
The Sun and Venus are traveling through your House of Work and Health for the next few weeks. You will shine at work and it's a great time to negotiate with your boss. Try not to get swept up in other people's objectives and stay focused on your goals. Mercury has turned Direct in your House of Romance and Creativity! If you and your sweetie have had communication issues the last few weeks, they are about to be smoothed out.

Taurus:   The Bull
This is a great time of year for you! Venus and the Sun are traveling through your House of Romance! It's the most important part of life for Taureans. Your creativity is being activated the next few weeks too so write some poems for your sweetheart. Mercury is now traveling Direct through your Home, giving you the energy to redecorate the places you feel most secure.

Gemini:  The Twins
The strong current of fortunate opportunity is running through your home life for the next few weeks. You can attract the people and resources you need to make yourself feel more secure... not just your Home but your state of mind too. It's a very powerful time for Gemini people. August was challenging with your ruler moving backwards, but Mercury is now foraging a Direct path through your House of Communication. Expect harmonious negotiations with people.

Cancer:  The Crab
Good fortune will be coming to you through Communications over the next several weeks. This means person to person, but also through the computer! It's a great time to start an online business or other project. Reflect on your current path. With the Sun and Venus here, the conditions are ripe for you to achieve a new level of fulfillment. Meanwhile, Mercury is dancing through your Money House - tossing financial opportunities in your direction!

Leo:  The Lion
You are a VERY lucky lion. Two extremely fortunate planets - the Sun and Venus - are moving through your Money House the next few weeks. This sends great financial windfalls in your direction! September will be a great month, and you will finally get some traction with money issues. Not only that but Mercury just turned Direct in your sign giving you extra negotiating ability!

Virgo: The Virgin
Happy Birthday! What a Fantastic time this is for you! Your ruler Mercury has just turned forward, setting your life in the right direction. Over the next few weeks you will go through your solar rebirth. It will touch on your appearance, how you interact with others and your overall approach to life. What would you like to see happen in your life over the next year?

Libra:   The Scales
You have some fortunate planets moving through your House of Self Undoing. This brings the opportunity to undo your self sabotaging behaviors, which I think is the best gift of all. With Saturn in residence in your sign, it's definitely time to get serious about your goals in life. Prepare to have some obstacles cleared from your path.

Scorpio:   The Scorpion
Good Fortune and Romance come through your social circle this month! Spend some time with friends and have some fun! This applies to contacts you make over the internet too. Meanwhile Mercury is moving forward through your Career House sending all sorts of great opportunities your way! Busy month ahead.

Sagittarius:  The Archer
CAREER. PROMOTION. MONEY!! These are your buzzwords for the next month! The benefics (fortunate) planets, the Sun and Venus, are dancing in your House of Career giving you INCREDIBLE opportunities and luck! This part of your chart also rules the public face you show to the world, so it can mean a rise in status too! Mercury is moving forward in your House of Other People's Money, so it's a fabulous time to negotiate agreements. You can't lose.

Capricorn:  The Sea Goat
The Sun and Venus are moving through your House of Perspective and Travel over the next few weeks! You will gain new insights about your life, both in the present and where you're headed. Pay close attention to any revelations you have in September! Higher education is also enhanced so if you're heading to school you will have a blast - socially and in the classroom.

Aquarius:  The Water Bearer
The focus for September will be Banks, Credit and Shared Resources. The Sun and Venus are extremely beneficial influences in this area for you, so if you need a loan now's the time to apply! If you're in the market for a new house, you will find the perfect one. Financial arrangements line up in your favor for the next month so make the most of it.

Pisces:  The Fish
Virgo is beaming some glorious good fortune your way for the next few weeks! It's a special time because Virgo is your polar opposite, meaning partnerships are highlighted. With Venus and the Sun traveling through Virgo, you have strong positive force on your side. This is the month to find that special someone, or to deepen the bonds you already have with a partner. Business relationships will also be harmonious, and you can attract resources and prosperity!


Midsummer Horoscopes ~ LEO

So here we are.

At 11:30 am PST, Saturday July 30th, the Moon and Sun converged into a New Moon in the fire sign of Leo ~ giving us a new cycle of growth over the next 30 days. Leo is a sign concerned with POWER. It's a fixed sign, which means it can stubbornly refuse to budge from it's position. Also, Leo seeks the limelight - it's the sign most associated with theater. I saw it playing out in Washington all last week.
It's interesting that this debt ceiling debate is happening now. Leo is the sign of the wise and gentle ruler who leads with his or her heart. The leader who puts the concerns of the people above all else. But instead our country is being held hostage by power plays and greed.

I was happy to hear about the religious leaders that gathered on Capitol Hill to pray on Friday! They were arrested of course. They gathered to protest cuts to programs that would help the poor:

From the NY Times:  "Religious and civic leaders from around the country were arrested in the U.S. Capitol today in an act of civil disobedience to protest drastic cuts contained in a Republican bill now before the House. The leaders first met with Congresswoman Chellie Pingree before Pingree escorted them to the Capitol Rotunda, where they were arrested while praying.
After the arrest, Pingree spoke on the House floor, saying that the religious and civic leaders who had been arrested were speaking for working class families.
"They were praying for the millions of Americans who don't have high priced lobbyists to protect them," Pingree said.  "They were praying for the families who find it harder and harder to afford basics like groceries and heat and gas for their cars--not the millionaires and big oil companies whose tax breaks are protected in this bill."

Anyhow, enough politics and onto the New Moon! The next two weeks will be a great time to let your light shine and be creative. Some of your plans might be delayed though due to the Mercury Retrograde beginning Tuesday. The Mercury Retrograde lasts from August 2nd through August 26th.

I will look at the Sun's position and where the coming Mercury Retrograde will be traveling in your chart. Your Sun sign is important, but be sure and read the horoscope for your Rising sign too! If you don't know your rising sign (also called the ascendant), you can figure it out on the Free Horoscopes link at astro.com.

Aries:  The Ram 
The New Moon shines in your House of Romance! It's twice as lucky for love since Venus is there too. Opportunities come through socializing. If you're unattached you might find a new love this week. Personal insights come through your romantic relationships OR creative endeavors! The Mercury Retrograde might bring old lovers back into your life, but it's usually to clear the air and get some resolution. 

Taurus:   The Bull
You will receive insight and positive direction regarding your home life over the next few weeks. The Sun and Venus (a fabulous duo) are joining you in the places where you spend most of your time. Look for fortunate circumstances and harmonious social opportunities occurring in your home life and community. The only smudge on your plans is the Mercury Retrograde in the same area. The luck still exists it just might need some negotiation or coaxing.

Gemini:  The Twins 
It's all about communication and learning for you this month. Your self expression will be in full bloom over the next several weeks. People will be receptive to your ideas, but remember to listen to others as well. Mercury (your ruler) is going Retrograde in the same spot, giving your path some twists and turns. Follow truth and reality and you'll be fine. Be honest, clear and truthful in negotiations with people this month. 

Cancer:  The Crab 
We're going to call you Lucky for the next few weeks! The Sun and Venus are traveling through your Money House bringing all kinds of opportunities your way! With Mars in Cancer you'll have the energy to pursue them. You will end this month on a financial high note. Mercury Retrograde is occurring this month in the same area, so keep negotiations very clear - double check the fine print.

Leo:  The Lion 
How are you feeling this weekend? Are you having a personal revolution? The New Moon is shining on YOU like a spotlight! This is your time to shine in the spotlight, so make the most of it. Perhaps some insights are coming up about identity. You're the birthday kid so make some wishes. Whatever you want CAN HAPPEN, so try to set a positive tone for the next year.

Virgo:  The Virgin 
The Sun is traveling through your House of Self Undoing for the next few weeks. This could bring revelations on how you've REALLY outgrown some of your habits. Are you ready to make some deep changes? It's high time to let go of things that no longer serve you, so you can experience a rebirth when your birthday comes around next month. Also, your ruler Mercury is going Retrograde starting August 2nd so give yourself some time for reflection and contemplation. 

Libra:  The Scales 
The New Moon in Leo is lighting up your House of Friendships. This placement brings fortunate opportunities through your social circle and community. Mercury Retrograde is there too, so be clear in your communications ~ misunderstandings are likely. Focus this month on being in reality and speaking your truth to people close to you.  

Scorpio:  The Scorpion 
Did you get some GREAT news on Friday regarding your Career? There's a lot of activity going on in that corner of the sky right now. The New Moon has landed in your Career House, and the Sun and Venus will be traveling through there until the end of August. This is a lucky placement which draws opportunity and good fortune your way. Mercury Retrograde is in the same place though, so double check the fine print.

Sagittarius:  The Archer 
It's time for your Summer vacation! The Sun and Venus are traveling through your House of Travel and Perspective for the next few weeks. This is what Sagittarians do all the time anyway, so it will be a great month. Some deep insights regarding your inner self are showing up. It's a great time to set some personal goals! Travel, philosophy and education are also highlighted. 

Capricorn:  The Sea Goat 
The New Moon in Leo lights up your House of Other People's Money. New information brings positive movement regarding debts, loans or real estate. You also have Mars (Big Energy) traveling through your House of Partnership. If difficulties come up in a relationship, wait until you've both calmed down to work it out. Mars can bring storms of emotion, but also the willingness to work out problems. 

Aquarius:  The Water Bearer 
The month of August is a very romantic month for Aquarians. The New Moon has landed in your House of Partnerships, and the Sun and Venus will travel through there for the next few weeks. It's an auspicious time to meet someone special, or deepen an already established relationship. With the Mercury Retrograde be sure and lock up any business negotiations since August might be unpredictable. 

Pisces:  The Fish  
The New Moon lights up your House of Work and Health, offering some insight into how you meet expenses each month. Good fortune will appear in your financial life. Also, pay attention to your habits. Get enough sleep, good food and exercise. Back to the basics! With Mercury Retrograde here, make sure communications are clear and well thought out in the work place.


Eclipse views turn moon into a star

 Check out these beautiful shots of the eclipse from around the world!

Eclipse views turn moon into a star

Full Moon AND Eclipse in Sagittarius ~ horoscopes

June is the month of eclipses. There are three of them which is unusual, and it's a major turning point for all of us! June 1st was a Solar eclipse, and now we have a Full Moon Eclipse in Sagittarius.
So what does it mean you ask??

Well, a Full Moon is a culmination. It's the full blossoming of events that have arisen over the past two weeks. But what if there is an eclipse at one of these points in time? Or three in a row for pete's sake????

When the World falls under the influence of an eclipse, things are out of the ordinary. It's an uncommon time, and we have rare and insightful experiences. It's like walking around your darkened bedroom with a black light - things show up differently, and we see things in a way we don't normally see them. Some things are brighter and easier to see and some things fall into shadow.

Quite simply, I feel it is a time when we touch the foundations of why we are here on this planet. Each of us gains some new insight or information into the life we are currently leading. This information can come through anything - our family, friends, a situation at work, or a bolt of lightning straight from the heavens into our consciousness. When it's an eclipse, I always pay close attention to what happens that day, because there will be something synchronistic about it.

The Sun has been in Gemini for the past couple of weeks - a time of getting out and talking to people. If you stay inside I bet you'll be organizing your house. Our brains have shifted into high gear for this month. With the Full Moon in Sagittarius, setting goals is highlighted. It's the time to figure out the best course of action for complicated relationships.

Check out the horoscopes below for your Sun sign AND your Rising sign. You can figure out your Rising sign (or Ascendant) here!

Aries:  The Ram 
The Full Moon is lighting up your House of Perspective. Some deep insights regarding your inner self are showing up. It's a great time to set some personal goals! Travel, philosophy and education are also highlighted.

Taurus:   The Bull
Do you owe anyone money? The Sagittarian Moon lights up your House of Other People's Money. New information comes bringing positive movement with debts, loans or real estate.

Gemini:  The Twins 
The Full Moon shines in your House of Partnerships! Deep insights comes to the inner workings of your important relationships. Set some goals for what you can and can't expect from people, and then practice acceptance.

Cancer:  The Crab 
The Full Moon lights up your House of Work and Health, offering some insight into how you meet expenses every month. Watch for a stroke of luck in this arena! In the meantime, get enough sleep, good food and exercise. Back to the basics!

Leo:  The Lion 
The Full Moon shines in your House of Romance! This is very lucky, so I recommend you get out and socialize. if you're unattached you might find a new love this week. Personal insights come through your romantic relationships OR creative endeavors!

Virgo:  The Virgin 
The Lunar Eclipse shines in your Home and places where you spend most of your time. Some insight could come about a new neighborhood you want to move to. The Fourth House also symbolizes the foundation of your being, so some deep personal revelations could appear this week.

Libra:  The Scales 
The Full Moon sends a ray of light to your House of Communication. You'll hear some marvelous information about yourself. Be honest, clear and truthful in negotiations with people this week. This week is about speaking your truth.

Scorpio:  The Scorpion 
The Lunar Eclipse is illuminating your House of Money. Insights about yourself come from things you value. The spotlight is on money and resources so make some time for these in whatever form they take.

Sagittarius:  The Archer 
You are the Moon's special child this week! Go bask in the unearthly light shining in your corner of the sky. Insights will come regarding your appearance and identity. Take stock of your life and take risks because luck is on your side this week!

Capricorn:  The Sea Goat 
The Full Moon shines in your House of Self Undoing. What are some of your negative habits that no longer serve you? What do you need to let go of? This is a hugely positive placement because the eclipse is lighting up your Blind Spot, giving you a unique chance to see things you don't always see.

Aquarius:  The Water Bearer 
The Full Moon in Sagittarius is lighting up your House of Friendships. Personal insights come through your companions. Or Facebook. Stay away from gossip and social intrigue.

Pisces:  The Fish 
The Full Moon Eclipse is shining in your House of Career. Expect a windfall, or some insights into moving forward in your profession. It's a great week to meet with the boss, get a raise, or even research a new career!


Full Moon in Scorpio horoscopes

During the Full Moon in Scorpio, it's a time to connect with others on a deep level, especially sexually. Any acts of healing and ritual are highlighted, as well as occult pursuits. Just stay away from social drama and bad neighborhoods. People can rise from the dead during this transit, so you might hear from people you haven't heard from in a loooooong time.

"Journey Along the Edge of the Earth" by Vladimir Kush is a great symbolic representation of the full Moon in Scorpio.

Kush says of his painting: "This picture is divided quite naturally into three parts representing three elements: Heaven, Sea, and Subterranean World. Here the whole front of the picture is taken up by the image of the subterranean world, where a giant egg-shaped rock fragment hangs between sharp jags of the cliffs. In the background of the picture we see a cloud in the shape of a bird flying away. This creates connection between the front and the background giving rise to associations with Polynesian myths of the Creation of the Earth from the Egg laid into the Ocean by the giant bird. Sails in the sea and hovering birds are symbols of wind, breath, and human soul. Being arranged in the nearly vertical direction, they produce the feeling of the cosmic infinity of the world around."

Scorpio is a water sign which rules mystery, the occult, research, sex, death, and psychology. The lowest form of Scorpio is the Gray Lizard which lives in the ocean depths and is focused on fulfilling it's own needs. The second form is the Scorpion which can be distrustful and vengeful towards others. The third manifestation is the Bald Eagle which soars high above the Earth, sees the larger view of things, heals others with it's worldly perspective and becomes one with God.

This painting to me symbolizes the Eagle. It's the mystery of personal evolution (rising to the heights), psychology (the subterranean world with the promise of rebirth with the Egg) and the edge of the World (the ocean and the ship, where the world ends and the spirit world begins).

So today is the Full Moon in Scorpio. Later this week we have Mercury and Venus joining Mars in Taurus - making way for the big shift of Jupiter (Good Fortune) into Taurus on June 5th. I explore all of this in the horoscopes below. If you know your rising sign, be sure and read that too!                                                                                   

Aries:  The Ram
The Scorpio Moon lights up your House of Other People's Money. You might find yourself facing fears this week regarding debts, loans or real estate. It's best if you just face the fears dead on and open the envelope or make the call. The Monster in the closet isn't really out to get you, he just wants to work out an agreement.

A positive improvement on this theme comes as the major planets enter Taurus (your Money House) this week! Good Fortune is definitely in the cards for you over the next several months. Try to resist your spending tendencies and budget and save instead.

Taurus:   The Bull
The Scorpio Moon shines in your House of Partnerships. Issues around relationships and business agreements might arise, but either way just try to have some sex. This Full Moon is good for that. The main goal is to achieve harmony between yourself and the important relationships in your life. Avoid complicated social situations - that goes for everybody!
And then there's the next several months with Jupiter in Taurus!! Prepare for the positive money flow to fill your bank accounts, pockets, and then spill out onto the street. Yes it's gonna be THAT good! Be careful about eating too much though, Jupiter in your sign can also bring weight gain.

Gemini:  The Twins
The Scorpio Moon lights up your House of Work and Health. Don't overwork this week. Get enough sleep, good food and exercise. Back to the basics! If people around you are freaking out just let them and keep your focus on what's in front of you.
The big news starts later this week as the major planets enter your House of Self Undoing. What are some of your negative habits that no longer serve you? Jupiter entering Taurus on June 5th will help you make HUGE positive changes in the hidden corners of your psyche.

Cancer:  The Crab
The Scorpio Moon shines in your House of Romance. You will have the most fun of all the signs! Hopefully you will spend some quality time with your true love instead of answering a bunch of calls from past relationships. Remember, the dead can rise from the grave with this moon. 
The main energy in the skies is heading into Taurus, your House of Friends. There's huge growth opportunities and wealth to be found in your community and close relationships. Accept some invitations, be open minded, and let yourself receive the positive influence of the people around you.

Leo:  The Lion
The Scorpio Moon shines in your Home and places where you spend most of your time. The 4th House also symbolizes the foundation of your being, so some revelations might be coming to you today. Work on stabilizing your house and habits because huge opportunities are about to sweep in!
The main energy in the skies is heading into Taurus, your House of Career. Jupiter, planet of Good Fortune and Opportunity, is moving into Taurus June 5th! Your career is about to receive a HUGE boost. Lots of work, money and promotions are expected over the next few months so prepare yourself!! This happens only once every 12 years. What was going on in your life 12 years ago?

Virgo:  The Virgin
The Scorpio Moon sends a ray of light to your House of Communication. Be honest, clear and truthful in negotiations with people this week. If you have to write your ideas out to make sure your voice is heard, then do so. You need to be clearly understood! This week is about speaking your truth.
The major planets are all moving into Taurus this week. This will affect your World Perspective! Opportunities for travel and education will be arising over the next few months. We are moving into the Summer of your Enlightment.

Libra:  The Scales

The Scorpio Moon is illuminating your House of Money! Good for you! It's going to be a busy week. The spotlight is on money, resources and things you value, so make some time for these in whatever form they take.
The next several weeks are going to feel fantastic as the weight of the skies moves into Taurus. You are ruled by Venus, and the planets in Taurus make you feel at home. Negotiations are highlighted, as well as positive opportunities involving debts, loans and real estate.

Scorpio:  The Scorpion

The Scorpio Moon is shining down on YOU! Go bask in the unearthly light shining in your corner of the sky. Throw some tarot cards and light a candle or two! Let your witchy nature out for full expression. I know I will. It's a great few days to play with your appearance, dye your hair, buy new clothes and look at how you operate in the world.
But the main focus coming up for you is relationships. What was going on in your life 12 years ago? As Jupiter (Good Luck) enters Taurus it's about to swing around again. Partnerships will become more harmonious and some of us might find true love.

Sagittarius:  The Archer

The Scorpio Moon is illuminating your House of Self Undoing. This means prophetic dreams and huge revelations about how you operate in your life. What are some of your negative habits that no longer serve you? One way to deal with this transit is to be of service to others; so offer some support to a friend this week.
The weight of the skies is moving into your House of Work, Health and habits. Perhaps it's time to join a gym or get serious about your diet. You will receive huge opportunities at work over the next few months, so expect to shine. Promotions, raises or even a beneficial change in your career path are possible this summer!

Capricorn:  The Sea Goat
Tonight is social night for Capricorns! The Scorpio Moon is lighting up your House of Friendships, so go have a deep bonding experience with your comrades. Stay away from gossip and social intrigue.
The planet Jupiter (Good Luck) is about to enter Taurus on June 5th, which is your House of Romance! If you're in a relationship it's likely to become more committed; if you're looking for a partner it's a GREAT time to do so. Also expression through a creative endeavor will bring financial gain!

Aquarius:  The Water Bearer
The Scorpio Moon is shining down on your House of Career. Positive shifts in your job are available to you. It's a great week to meet with the boss, get a raise, or even research a new career if you're interested. Just try to stay away from office politics and gossip.
The planet Jupiter (Good Luck) is going into Taurus on June 5th, bringing riches to your Home life. This includes any place you feel most safe and at peace. A move to MUCH better surroundings is possible for you. Opportunities will come to redecorate your home, entertain others, or achieve greater stability.

Pisces:  The Fish
The Scorpio Moon is lighting up your House of Perspective, which makes most Pisceans very happy. This week brings revelations to your understanding of yourself. Pay close attention to your dreams and what your subconscious is trying to tell you. This house also rules travel and philosophy so those things are highlighted as well. 
The planet Jupiter (Good Luck) is about to enter Taurus on June 5th, which is your House of Communication. This placement brings riches through connecting with our immediate environment, and through the mundane side of our lives. Keep your eyes open when you're going to the grocery store, you might find a sack of money in the parking lot. If you've always wanted to learn a new language it's the perfect time.


Mindfulness meditation improves connections in the brain

Science and medicine are slowly catching up with the wisdom of  ancient religions and spiritual practices. It was announced at Harvard today that meditation makes the "compassion" center of the brain grow, while at the same time minimizing the area related to stress. It's as simple as finding a comfy chair, closing your eyes, and focusing on your breath.

Check out this article:  Mindfulness meditation improves connections in the brain

and the great video below...


Beltane ~ May 1st, 2011 ~ Flowers & Firepower

What a weekend. We started off with the Royal Wedding, today is BELTANE (one of the oldest, wildest, and most pagan of holidays), and then tonight we find out about the death of Osama Bin Laden. What a crazy turn of events.. and in just three days!

First, the wedding... my observation is that women seemed interested while the men wanted nothing to do with it. Not surprising:)

I see it as significant.

 It's the high point of Spring ~ flowers are blooming, most of us sneezing, birds raising their young... May 1st is when Celtic tradition states that the fairies return from the underground.

Beltane is the uniting of the May Queen with her consort the Green Man (who is about to become the King of Summer on June 21st). It's a festival of love, dedication, and purification ~ often symbolized by jumping a fire. Friday, also, is ruled by Venus and is traditionally the day of love. Is it a coincidence that Prince William and his bride chose Friday for their wedding? hhmmm I wonder...

As for the astrology of the event, William was born on June 21st which is the Summer Solstice. It's the time of greatest light of the year, days are longest and crops are reaching their peak. I find these facts to be more than coincidence. They point to a reconnection of the present with ancestral times. He's in line for the throne of England, and he truly is the pagan King of Summer. Also, Catherine is a Capricorn and William is a Cancerian which are polar opposites (sit directly opposite each other in the zodiac). They are a power couple, and they absolutely bring balance to each others' lives. According to Chinese Astrology, Catherine is a Metal Rooster and William a Water Dog ~ a fairly good match. I hope Catherine will not express the Rooster tendency of being critical and overly opinionated. Roosters DO love the spotlight, and the Dog (William) is loyal and will be protective of his family.

I do have a couple of concerns. For one thing, the Moon was Void-of-Course in Pisces all day Friday, which is not the best time to take vows. Energy is unstable during a void-of-course moon and anything can happen! When the moon shifts from Pisces to Aries, the atmosphere takes on a feeling of rebirth. I certainly felt that during the ceremony.

Also, if you check out the chart of the wedding below it shows some huge extremes. The majority of planets, including the Sun, are in the 10th House of Public Acclaim. This marriage will remain in the public eye, and the work they do together will be the important, uniting factor in their relationship. The 10th House and MC (Midheaven) are also in Aries which shows this couple will be pioneering, and will walk through life in their own individual way. They will set a great example for others. All of the major planets are in opposition with Saturn, the taskmaster. Saturn, the single planet opposing all of this, brings a sober and realistic view of the world and asks us to be disciplined and hard working. This marriage is heavily grounded in responsibility and organization, and might bring limits to the different aspects of their lives.

Further below I posted the chart of the death of Bin Laden down below. The same opposition with Saturn and the other planets is here, but in this chart the grouping of planets opposing Saturn are in the Eighth House ~ the House of death. Yikes. Read this page to learn more about the Eighth house...


Happy Full Moon in Leo today!!

Every man and every woman is a star... (Aleister Crowley).

This is particularly true today. There is only one Full Moon in Leo every year and it will shine tonight.
Good feelings abound today! The hallmarks of the Full Moon in Leo are warm-heartedness, shining in the public eye, closeness with friends, and practicing one's Art.

I can always FEEL this day... especially the warmth of it. 

Have a great day everybody!


Valentine's Day 2011

Here's a quick look at the 5th House (Love and Romance) and 7th House (Partnerships and Marriage) of each of the signs below. Take a look at what's coming up for you and Happy Valentine's Day!
Aries:  The Ram
Valentine's Day is just the beginning of a fantastic week for you!! We're moving towards a Full Moon in Leo in your Romance House this Friday night! Something is coming to fruition in your life. Meanwhile Saturn continues the focus on maturity and commitment in your Partnership House. A great time to find your match!

Taurus:   The Bull
Truth is there aren't any planets transiting your Romance and Partnership Houses right now. All the energy in the skies is focused on your Life Perspective and Career! But fear not ~ the Moon is in Cancer so Valentine's Day is all about Communication for you - and being cozy at home.

Gemini:  The Twins
Don't let Saturn (Seriousness) trudging around your Romance House spoil your party! Focus on being exotic instead. Go to an ethnic restaurant or foreign film... or call your boyfriend or girlfriend in Europe. Finances are also highlighted tonight so be luxurious!

Cancer:  The Crab
The Moon is in Cancer tonight for Valentine's Day so it's your night! The Moon is your ruler too, so you will be in the right place at the right time. Venus and Pluto are moving through your House of Partnerships right now, which is a combustible combination. Relationships are transformative and passionate with an all-or-nothing quality.

Leo:  The Lion
It's the start of a great week capped off by a Full Moon in Leo on Friday night! Something is coming to fruition in your life right now. You have the Sun, Mercury, Mars and Neptune hanging out in your 7th House of Partnerships for the next week or so. It's a terrific opportunity to make yourself understood in deeper ways so practice expressing yourself clearly and with honesty.

Virgo:  The Virgin
Your Valentine's Day should be sizzling hot with Pluto and Venus dancing through your 5th House of Romance. Pluto is an extreme planet so watch for emotional swings today. It's so lucky to have Venus there since she is the planet of love! Good times with friends is also highlighted.

Libra:  The Scales
Lots of action in your House of Romance today! The bright light of the Sun is there along with Mercury (Communication), Mars (Drive/Passion) and Neptune (Idealism). Do something grounding like a walk through the park or a massage. There's a lucky Moon beam landing in your Career House today too!

Scorpio:  The Scorpion
With the Moon shining down on your 9th House of Perspective it's a great day to contemplate the nature of love. All the action is happening in your Houses of Communication and Environment right now, so read poems to each other and have a quiet dinner at home!

Sagittarius:  The Archer
Keep an eye on your pocketbook tonight. You have Pluto (Planet of Extremes) sitting in your House of Finances. Other than money, the key areas for you are Communication and Transformation. Go out and have fun tonight, these deep philosophical questions can wait until Tuesday.

Capricorn:  The Sea Goat
 Going through some ups and downs lately? You have Pluto in your sign, but Venus is there too softening the edges. Dress up in your finest clothes today and brush off your manners. Venus melts when you're cleaned up and wearing your best:) The Moon is shining in your House of Partnerships tonight, so you will have a great evening. If you want to get serious go for it!

Aquarius:  The Water Bearer
Many of the planetary heavyweights are hanging out in Aquarius right now because you are the Birthday kid!
The bright light of the Sun is there along with Mercury (Communication), Mars (Drive/Passion) and Neptune (Idealism). This means you can wear your frumpiest sweater and still turn heads.The Moon is shining a beam to your House of Habits tonight so go to your favorite places!

Pisces:  The Fish
The romantic Moon will be shining brightly in your House of Romance tonight! You are the only sign experiencing this huge ray of luck so make the most of it. Lots of energy focused in your House of Friendships these days so get out in your social circle tonight. Something magical will happen!


2011: Year of the Metal Rabbit horoscopes

 Metal Bunny Wabbit!!

I'm so excited I get to say that for a whole year!!!

This picture is the Peter Rabbit statue at Stern Grove. Thankfully, this year will be laid back and relaxed with plenty of time for self reflection and taking care of the homestead. We can all use some peace and quiet after the drama of the Tiger last year.

The Rabbit has excellent taste and is intellectual yet peaceful. He despises rudeness and bad manners, so proceed with tact and diplomacy.

Since wild rabbits have tremendous agility and speed, be well prepared for any negotiations you enter into this year. Rabbits spend a lot of time creating secure burrows for their huge families, so the home arena is also very important. This brings up the issue of Feng Shui.

Keep your house as clean as possible and throw out anything broken or neglected - anything resembling clutter!! Try to keep the East and South sides of your house as quiet as possible with NO renovation. Prosperity and Love can be found in the North East and South West, so spend a lot of time in those areas.

If you'd like a more in-depth and personal Feng Shui reading, I give fantastic consultations for only $75.00! Believe me, Feng Shui works. It's an ancient practice used throughout Asia for thousands of years. I've been applying it to my own life for several years now with fantastic results.

Here are my Chinese Animal horoscopes for 2011:

1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996
You and the Rabbit are both domestic homebody's and FANTASTIC with money, so things go naturally well this year. However, you aren't afraid of of a fight while the Rabbit avoids conflict at all costs. Try to keep a low profile this year and be thoughtful in your relationships. The Rabbit will appreciate your strategic nature, so give your great life coaching support to any needy friends.

1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997
You are known for your patience and strong work ethic which will serve you well this year. The peace and quiet will be lovely, and there will have more time to focus on your health and peace of mind. Bring a friend with you to any negotiations! The Rabbit can have you signing away your life savings before you know it.

1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998
Be sure and stock pile money this year 'cause next year you're going to be burning though it. Not in a bad way, but you'll want to spend a lot. Trust me. I hope you had a fantastic Year of the Tiger in 2010! The Year of the Rabbit will give you time to focus on your business life and attract new opportunities. The main thing for you (as always) is to be patient and let things ripen at their own pace. Focus on perfecting your health and lifestyle.

1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999
You shine this year! This will be the time to get out, socialize and have fun. A great year to be creative and meet new, interesting friends. Spend some time carving out your career path since your cunning business sense is at an all time high. Where would you like to go and with whom? Leave the strategic thinking OUT of your love life though - instead try to be upfront and real.

1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000
The peace and quiet this year could be deafening for you. Dragons are a noisy bunch.  Next year, 2012, will be the Year of the Dragon so use this year to prepare. Start by envisioning how you'd like to manage all the opportunities that will be coming your way in 2012. This year do your homework, get in shape and practice practice practice. If you do this then next year you will be formidable! Check the details before entering into agreements.

1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001
A marvelous year is in store for the Snake! You share a lot in common with the Rabbit - quality in one's surroundings, order in one's daily life and beauty in one's home. Your Zen qualities will gain full expression this year. Self improvement emotionally, physically and spiritually are all highlighted! Your financial life will become more stable as your business life continues at a productive pace.

1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002
The Horse can be a frustrated with the Rabbit because he is so cautious and thoughtful. Horses like to plunge ahead. The one thing you have that the Rabbit likes is instinct! Be sure and use your instincts carefully this year before galloping off in all directions. Try to slow down a little and focus on your health and improving your lifestyle. You need a solid foundation for all that energy:)

1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003
The Sheep and the Rabbit are in complete harmony with each other so you will have a fantastic year! You are in your element since gentleness, peace and security take precedence over ambition. This is one of the best years for the Sheep to start a business, find a relationship or have a child. You are highly favored so make the most of it! A fantastic year to express your phenomenal creativity as well.

1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004
Thank goodness the Tiger year is over! It's the hardest year for Monkey people, and it's behind you now! The Rabbit year is a great time to take a breather, find your feet and take stock of your life. The Monkey and the Rabbit are both very strategic signs, so formulate a plan and set a fresh direction for yourself. Give extra attention to your relationship this year too.

1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005
The Rooster is a spunky character with a strong conservative streak. The Rabbit is delicate and intuitive with expensive taste. The two of you might be at odds this year! Take your time, do your usual homework and your projects will move forward. There may be some worries in relationships, but they can be solved with honesty and thoughtfulness. The Rabbit is extremely refined so keep your flamboyant nature under wraps.

1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006
Your home life will be vibrant this year. The Dog and the Rabbit deeply value a well maintained sanctuary, so this is the time to make improvements around the house. Also, get out and have some fun! Your social life will be very stimulating this year, and you will find many new like-minded friends. Romance is also highlighted.

1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007
The conditions are SO favorable for you this year! The Boar and the Rabbit share sentimentality and tenderness, so you will feel at home wherever you go. Romance and warm friendships are plentiful, and you can make great strides in the business world. Whatever you want to accomplish, this is the year to do it! It's a favorable time for you to make some huge piles of money too.