Astrology for October 16-23, 2016


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Last night the Moon was lovely. Tonight is will be full. When it is close to Earth like it is now and will be in November and December, it is a sight to behold when it first peaks over the horizon. I almost expect to see a witch flying across in front or it as a wolf howls eerily in the distance. I have posted a link below that contains some great pictures of the Moon taken last night. This Moon will shine light on what you need to look at so you can be clear. This will be a wonderful assist as we raise our vibrations and move closer and closer to evolution.

I think we are all feeling a shift in energy these days. Politics aside, there seems to be an underlying feeling of foreboding the hovers around like wisps of smoke floating through the air. Many empathic types have found is necessary to withdraw or at least limit their exposure to social media and most forms of news media. I am one of those people. But I don’t have my head totally in the sand yet. I did get a good laugh this morning when I saw a photo of a horse trailer with the words “Caution floor covered with political promises”. The poster was reminding us that the election will soon be over.

Besides an unprecedented, stormy political season, the weather has been quite stormy too. Hurricane Matthew brought many inches of rain that wreaked havoc on the eastern part of North Carolina. A week later we are seeing rivers cresting inches above previous record levels and whole towns are under water. Flood damages are approaching 2 billion dollars. Now this weekend storms are raging in the Northwest and Western states. Tornadoes, rain, and wind gusts of 50-100 miles per hour have done a lot of damage and it is not over yet for the west coast.

Astrologically this week Venus is moving into Sagittarius. Sagittarius is a fire sign so this transit will have its fair share of sparks, even flames but without commitment. The focus will less about a single relationship and more of a collective one thanks to the universality of Sagittarius. Venus will be for the next few weeks, more interested in the higher meaning of things that in the in depth view of things she had while transiting Scorpio.

Mars will be conjunct Pluto in Capricorn, at 14 degrees Tuesday. This is action with a purpose, thanks to Capricorn’s energy. Capricorn is a builder, a loyal and traditional sign. Pluto could take this action to greater depths as he destroys what needs to be destroyed so Mars and Capricorn can work around the clock by the light of the Moon to rebuild. I also expect more secrets to come to light this week with this energy.

Mars energy will prevail and override Pluto’s this time. This is only because the energy of Mars is so compatible with Capricorn’s. We should take note that projects that we begin this week will take a lot of effort and work. This conjunction contains a lot of potential for violence. Steer clear of the workplace bully this week. This is energy that will ignite the bully in us. Look out!

The next big thing this week will come on Saturday when the Sun moves into Scorpio. Scorpio wants what he wants and he wants to get to the root of things. The Sun is self, ego, me, me, me. Nothing about this energy is satisfied with the superficial. It is serious and strong-willed.

Sun in Scorpio is also passionate and Scorpio being a water sign, there is an element of emotion that can sometimes be intense. Scorpio loves an intense situation and uses this energy to transform us to new levels. In this way he brings growth and evolution. Not a bad thing at all.

The flip side to the Sun and the Scorpion is jealousy and malevolence. Some folks will be quite manipulative under this energy. Combine this with the bully energy mentioned before and we have a very interesting mix don’t we? With all the back stabbing, accusations, and behaviors unbefitting respectful folks, this week is sure to be an interesting one indeed.

Just three more weeks folks and the elections will be history. These last three weeks are sure to be ones for the history books and maybe ones we will want to forget. Nothing is written in stone and nothing is outside the realm of possibility. This is a big Universe and it is full of surprises.

Enjoy the ride!

October Full Moon and Other Aspects


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The Full Moon of October is called the Hunter Moon. It will take place on Sunday, October 16th, 2016.

The Full Moon is the Moon’s energetic peak and shines light on our dreams. It represents completion and encourages us to finish all the things we began at the last New Moon.

You may have read this  Full Moon coming will be a Super Moon, but this is not entirely true. It will indeed be close to the earth and appear quite large but the next Super Moon is actually in November.  I’m sure there will be energy around the November Moon we will need to talk about too. I am kind of glad that the election will be a full eight or nine days after the election. You should have a better understanding why I say this, by the end of this post

As you probably know, the Moon represents emotional energy. The Full Moon can cause chaos with our emotions and also bring with it the energy of the sign is transiting through at the time. This is because all Full Moons oppose the Sun/self/ego. They also bring in the energy of the sign the Moon is transiting. Little wonder that hospital emergency rooms and police stations are busier during a full moon that at other times of the month.

This cycle, the Moon is in Aries and is conjunct Uranus, the planet of rebellion, freedom, quick change, and weather. Topics around freedom will and change will no doubt be in the news this weekend and early next week, and prehaps even longer.

I want to also point out the Pluto/Mars conjunction. These two are not quite square the Uranus/ Moon conjunction but close enough for “governement work” as the saying goes and need to be mentioned. Both of these conjunctions represent some interesting energy all by themselves.

Pluto is the planet represents many things, among them power and powerful people, bullies, sex, and loves to look deep into any issue or closet. I will talk about Pluto more in a bit but for now, it is prudent to mention Pluto being inclined to have accidents, be angry, or have psychological episodes. Mars is all about action and getting things done. While this can be a volitile combo, it can also move us to very positive change in a evolutionary sort of way.

These two planets are transiting the second house of money and can bring up things around money, but this can also deal with sex, as if we have not seen enough about sex in the news lately. Might be time to pull the covers over our heads or at least our children’s heads until this transit it over? While you are hidng, think back to last week when Pluto was square the Sun/self/ego. Now does this make a bit more sense?

Ah! I thought so.

Now look at the Moon nearly square Mars. Moon represents women, Mars, is about our anger. While I had rather say something like sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll, I am afraid this combo could bring up issues around angry women. Probably angry women who have been victims of man’s impropriety. Unfortunately, I think if we were honest, this might include the majority of women in the world.

As I am thinking about these aspects, I am also thinking about this being the year of the fire monkey. This monkey is a trickster and you can never predict what he may do. I think we can expect the same from the coming week or so. Hold on to your hat!

I feel a bit like I am going in circles here but I want to conlcude with the following and look at how this could assist our development and evolution.

If you have been following this blog for the past four years of its existence, then you have read about this planet and that planet, this aspect or that aspect has been pushing us to let go of the old, what no longer serves, inside or out, and allow new energy, things, or relationships to flow in. The Full Moon this Sunday is no different. This Moon will be transiting Aries and bringing with it, lots of fiery Aries energy.

The theme of this year has, once again, been to clear out the old. However this year has been more focused on us personally.  Many  have felt the push to look deep into our past, face our wounds, and heal them so we can move on live the lives we came here to live.  This theme will continue through the end of this year but at the same time we are slowly moving into a phase of bringing in new Does this remind any of you of Pluto’s energy of death, destruction and rebirth? I hope so, but we are talking Moon energy right now.

The retrograde planets this year and the eclipses  in the spring and the fall all worked together to bring the old stuff to the surface so we could deal with it, transmute it and let it go. Of course not everyone on the planet is so willing to do this work but the more open minded and thinking person has probably noticed a definite shift in their point of view as this year has progressed.

The coming fiery Full Moon in Aries could feel a bit impatient and push us to take action on these new thoughts.  Aries like to take the lead and be the warrior. This Full Moon will assist you in taking a firm stand now and allow the rest to fall or come to an end.   Don’t be shy and don’t fall back into the old rut you just climbed out of. Some would call this a rebirth or sorts but I relate more to a shift in consciousness or view point.

All of us would do well to ponder these sorts of things over the next few days and the Moon approaches its peak. Because it will be close to the Earth, the energy will me amplified so take advantage of this if you feel drawn to.  This energy can go a long way to propel some of us forward. For those of us that don’t get this, remember, …………….what we resist persists.


Happy Full Moon and I hope you will join me Sunday for the regular weekly post. 

Astrology for October 9-15, 2016



I hope everyone is above water today and will remain safe and sound for the remainder of hurricane season. There is no way to describe the devastation in Haiti, a county that has yet to recover from the earthquakes of 2010. My thoughts are with those struggling to recover after the hurricane Matthew’s visit the past few days.

This week the Sun is in its third week transiting the sign of Libra. How many ways are you seeing balance in your life and relationships? I am sure some would not call what is happening to them anything close to balance because whatever is going on is upsetting in some way. This could be an upset in any area of life such as physical, mental, health, or financial. It is hard to see the balance brought on my hurricane Matthew when he traveled up the east coast of the southern United States last week, but we need to keep in mind that sometimes destruction or letting go is the only way to achieve balance. If this is not something you understand,   that is OK too. Don’t concern yourself with it, just move on to the next paragraph.

The Sun in Libra is about meeting others half way. Harmony, compromise and negotiating are qualities we find in Libra. This an artful sign and symbolizes conflict resolutions and peacemaking.  There is a process in all this and that process can take a very long time.  Libra wants us to look at all sides of an issue or problem and she takes her time doing it too.  Libra doesn’t wants to be the last one to cause a problem with anyone so she is tactful, patient and tolerant.

Conversely, Libra’s shadow side can be pretty ugly. She can be selfish as heck, hard pressed to make any decision or move forward.  The shadow side of Libra can also be very shallow and passive aggressive.  Not exactly characteristics I want to deal with but they are part of life and are indeed characteristics we all possess and display from time to time.  I am sure you are probably noticing these characteristics played out in the national news lately in some form or another.

Mercury is also in Libra this month. His transit only lasts about three weeks but in that three weeks his influence is friendly and tactful. All of the characteristics I mentioned above when talking about the Sun in Libra, also apply to Mercury in Libra. One difference is that we might attempt to go further to accommodate other’s opinions than we usually might under another influence. Mercury’s biggest desire now is to be fair. Stirring the pot now might cause us to end up being seen as the bad guy and that is not how we want to show up.

Venus is transiting Scorpio and passionate relationships are in the spotlight.  Venus is not interested in anything superficial or shallow. We can leave that all for Libra’s shadow side.

Venus in Scorpio is pretty emotional however. Scorpio is passionate and sensual. Venus is all about love and beauty. These two go together pretty well but fear of being helpless and defenseless can also be fairly strong during this transit. Scorpio is often impatient and wants everything his way or asks you to hit the highway. This can put our Libran influenced relationships on somewhat of a wild ride.

Monday  Mercury is semi square Venus. This affects communications in our social and romantic lives. But, we tend to make very attempt to communicate and use our good manners. You might notice some mental wanderings early in the week, along with a some lack of focus and concentration.

Tuesday Mercury conjuncts Jupiter. This meeting is good for travel, feeling positive and upbeat, and being able to see things through a wide angle lens. If you are looking for a job or submitting a grant, this energy could be a positive influence.

This same day, Venus is trine Chiron. Take advantage of this aspect if you have personal relationships you wish to heal. Many, if not most of us have these types of relationships in our lives but some of us prefer to let some of them go instead of healing them. I feel that letting them go, can be a healing move. It is important to  examines these situations carefully.

Also on Tuesday, Mars is sextile Neptune. This energy will strengthen our intuition. Activities that involve water, dancing, being creative, or some form of entertainment will also benefit from this energy.  If there is anger in your life this energy will help us let go of it. Something we all need to do if we want to raise our vibrations and evolve into the higher dimensions.

Wednesday Venus aspects Uranus, the planet of quick change and independence. Watch your spending. The big question today might be about our need for freedom in our relationships. Venus could make us feel like we need more excitement but overall but try ride this wave and not sabotage a relationship.

Thursday Mercury squares Mars. Slow down today and take lots of deep breaths if you need to. This energy can cause us to make decisions without thinking things through. We can also notice a tendency toward impatience and being somewhat argumentative. If you have any meetings scheduled today, you will want to be aware of these aspects to avoid disagreements. Various forms of controversy will be the norm of this day.

The week ends with an opposition between the Sun and Uranus on Saturday. The is our center, our self in conflict  with our need for freedom. Conforming is definitely part of the agenda of this aspect. We want change and can come across as being unstable. But this is Uranus isn’t it? He loves to push us to explore new experiences and new ways of doing things. He does not like to be bored but can lead us to making decisions faster than we should for the best outcome. You would be well advised to postpone big decisions for a few days.


Lastly, Saturday holds a square aspect between Mercury and Pluto. Communications in conflict deep thoughts and emotions. This is what suspicions are made of.  Try not to push your thoughts and ideas on others. While this is seldom a good idea, under this influence, the tendency is strong and can lead to make a big to do about nothing.

Going deep into thought or compulsive with our thoughts is probable next weekend. If we plan ahead and really use this energy, we could find it to be very productive on a spiritual level as well as assisting us to have really good, deep conversations. This is really exciting to me.

This covers this week. I hope it helps you navigate your week. If you happen to live in an area affected by hurricane Matthew, my thoughts will be with you in the coming days and weeks are you work to recover and rebuild.

We’ve got a Full Moon coming next Sunday. I will try to post a little about it before Sunday comes so you will be ready for that.

Peace to all!



Astrology for Oct. 2- 8, 2016


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Happy Rosh Hashanah!

May the New Year bring all my friends who celebrate these High Holy Days, blessings of peace, contentment, good health, happiness, and prosperity.

This week looks like another high energy one, in a good way. But, besides a hurricane trying to decide how it will navigate its way up the Atlantic coast of the US, there are also a couple of cosmic aspects to pay close attention too.

The first one comes into perfection on Wednesday, October 5, when Mars and Jupiter square off. This could give us a peek at things in our future. All I can think of now is how nothing is written in stone and Jupiter is in Libra and helping to expand the balance Libra brings, to the forefront (or the lack of), in our relationships. Sometimes things can get a bit warped and out of focus. Go slow and take deep breaths when you feel yourself beginning to tense up.

mars-in-capricornMars is now in Capricorn but for many, it is good to be back into motion again with this solid shift of sign, direction, and energy. Those who have Mars well represented in their charts will perhaps be more aware of this shift than others are.

Mars is the planet of action. He is the one that pushes us to get things done. He is the youthful part of us that is full of desire and where our survival instincts live. He represenst man, at his most rudimentary and primal.

Mars energy when transiting Capricorn he is more relentless and intentional. Mars’ desire is to maintain tradition and standards as they are. Under this sign, he is forced to grow up a bit and consider the consequences of any actions he might take. Capricorn is loyal, reliable, and easy going. But when you make Capricorn mad…..look out! The shadow side of Mars in Capricorn is being stubborn and stiff.

Jupiter is expanding all these energies during this transit and Jupiter is in Libra along with the Sun. The current square aspect with Jupiter and Mars is going to deal with equality for all. Equality not just as far as human rights are concerned but also in relationships and partnerships. I’m guessing that before Mars leave Capricorn in a few weeks will be seeing more and more about laws that promote or restrict with equality in some fashion. Remember, Jupiter is expanding things, right and wrong, good and bad.

You will want to be sure you don’t overextend yourself this week. This expansive energy can cause us to promise more than we can actually do and stretch our resources too far. Ouch! Now that you know what to look out for, I am sure you will have no problems this week. Well……one can hope, can’t one?

Venus is close to half way through her transit of Scorpio. This puts the focus on our passionate relationships. We want to get down with the other person. Superficial encounters do not cut it now. We want to break the rules, get intense, and create moments in our relationships we will never forget. The shadow side is that our desire for deep relationships can take over rational thought. Fear sets in and we tend to give way to things we perceive as being stronger. Scorpio does have a rather all or nothing energy. Don’t lose sight of your own strengths and power.

All this energy is moving us toward a shift in consciousness. We will either learn to traverse it and grow into what we are meant to be or go down in flames as the old gives way to the new. Our news media stories today, contain lots of news about the struggles for equality around the world. I just wonder what this particular square energy aspect will bring out this week. It could be interesting to see, couldn’t it?

Mercury has been direct since Sept. 22nd. He was out of storm about four days later. However, Mercury is still in his shadow. This means he has not yet reached the degree he first went retrograde. This also means he is not completely back to his old self yet either. This Thursday Mercury will transit back over the degr3ee he first went retrograde and after that communications, travel and technology should get back to normal.

The next big aspect of the week involves the Sun. But first, let’s talk another Sun aspect that takes place on Tuesday. This is when the Sun will be sextile Saturn.

You might notice feeling more grounded. This energy can help us get done what we need to get done and we could find it easier to stick with our plans and complete those projects. Always glad to have the planets on my side when I have a project to finish.

The big Sun aspect I want to talk about happens on Friday. This is when Pluto forms a square aspect to the Sun. Squares are always difficult and when it involves the Sun and our ego, and Pluto the planet of destruction, you can bet your ships booty that things will be interesting. I could make a political comment in relationship to this aspect too but I am really trying to stick to astrology and let the pundits deal with the politics.

Some of us will notice  a distinct lack of impatience with rules and regulations. This might play out as an abuse of power or a certain level of compulsiveness. We just want to get to the root of matters. If we are too insistent, we will miss what we are hoping to find down there at the root.

One possible gem of this aspect is that we discover our own power. But if we don’t stop stirring up the dirt in one spot or take to manipulating folks into doing our bidding, discovering our power could be our reward.

Be aware that we can be compulsive under this energy. You might also be called to a situation where you need to trust someone or something you a not so willing to whatever reason.

I wish you all the best this week has to offer. Fall has arrived and it is nice to get outside again without feeling like you are in a sauna or an oven baking.

Remember not to take things personally and to let go of what is not yours.


Astrology News Service

2016 Election to Further Test Astrological Theory

Traditional astrologer doesn’t deliver the best of news for Republican challenger

Written by: Edward Snow

An astrological predictive method that dates back four millennia to the ancient Sumerians will once again be tested as votes from the 58th quadrennial U.S. Presidential election come rolling in on November 8 – from sea to shining sea.

In an article for the October/November 2016 issue of Mountain Astrologer Magazine Los Angeles astrologer Nina Gryphon presents her thoughts on how one of the most contentious elections in modern American history will play out. She doesn’t deliver the best of news for Republicans, but it could have been worse.

Democrats will retain the White House in 2016. But 2020 will be the year for Republicans to recapture the mansion, she predicts.

In her article Gryphon describes her research with Aries Ingress charts. Simply, this is a birth chart or horoscope created for the exact time the Sun enters the astrological sign of Aries. It can be prepared for any location on earth, including Washington, D.C.

Among other things Ancient astrologers used the Aries Ingress chart to predict wars and other seemingly fortuitous things, such as the fortunes of kings and their rivals (those in power vs. those who wanted to be). Gryphon reasoned that a similar situation might set up when titans from the major political parties duke it out in congressionally mandated elections every four years.

Actually, the predictive system she uses focuses on the political parties, not the candidates themselves. An Aries Ingress chart prepared for the capital city during an election year predicts whether the incumbent party will be turned out or not.

“The ancients thought of the Spring Equinox – when the Sun arrived at zero degrees of Aries – as the yearly anniversary of the creation of the Universe, the first moment of its existence. The Persians still celebrate this day as Nowruz, the New Year.

Respectable Pedigree

“So it’s a theory with a respectable pedigree that is worthy of examination,” she believes.

Gryphon works as an attorney for high tech companies and pursues a dual career path that combines law with her work as a traditional astrological teacher, consultant, financial astrologer and researcher.

Modern computer systems enable astrologers to create a sky map that exactly mirrors what planetary patterns in the heavens looked or will look like at various times and places, past and future.   Gryphon says her prediction for the 2016 U.S. election provides another data point for a research study that has tested the Aries Ingress for Washington D.C. in every U.S. election since 1880.

It took awhile for Gryphon to understand all the rules and subtleties that apply to the concept. But she says her research with Aries Ingress charts shows they have accurately predicted winners of U.S. elections about 95 percent of the time. The statistically small number of misses she blames on “operator error.”

If she’s right about this year’s projection the Never Trump faction in both parties can breathe a sigh of relief. The likelihood Democrats will prevail in 2016 is clearly indicated, she points out.

Profound Implications

“The idea that we can cast a horoscope for an election year, no matter how distant, which determines whether the White House changes hands, is very powerful. It also raises interesting questions about free will,” Gryphon said.

“If the Aries Ingress prediction method is correct, changes in control of the White House have already been set and the predicted changes are merely working themselves out, like a wind-up clock mechanism. This can be a difficult conclusion to accept.”

Gryphon says post-Enlightenment era astrologers believe in the possibility of effecting change, and transforming the potentials of a situation.

“One possibility is that, since the Aries Ingress shows the party that takes the White House in a given year but not the specific individual who rises to become that party’s nominee, there is substantial room for play. The party determines the nominee, but the nominee, especially if he or she wins the presidency, in turn shapes the priorities of the party,” she said.

Gryphon is one of 12 professional astrologers who will be describing the nuances of astrological forecasting at the 2016 ISAR Symposium scheduled October 13 -16 in Costa Mesa, Calif.   She will participate on a Presidential election panel with five other American astrologers in the symposium’s closing session. Six international astrologers will be on stage in a similar election panel earlier in the event.

In these sessions astrologers will make projections and describe the techniques they used to arrive at them, she said.


Astrology for September 25-October 1, 2016


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I don’t want to start off in a negative way but I for one am ready for a different kind of week this week. Charlotte, NC is about 90 miles down the road from me. It’s interesting when things that have happened repeatedly across the country suddenly happen in your area and you often take on a new perspective. Be it good or be it bad, my wish is for peace and love to all.

Astrologically this week begins with a sweet Sun-Jupiter conjunction. This is a once a year combination of good fortune and power. Jupiter’s transit of Libra is close to it’s end but we still a bit more than two weeks of this influence left.

Jupiter’s energy expands things. While transiting Libra, he works on expanding our understanding of partnerships and diplomacy. He encourages us to find ways to compromise, equity, concordance, and harmonious negotiations.

Libra is an air sign. Jupiter’s transit through Libra expands our desire to learn and be adventurous thinkers. This open-mindedness detaches us from our values to some extent, enabling us to better view various sides to issues of the day or what is going on in our own lives.

Libra is all about balance. She doesn’t like conflict and disagreements. She wants us to find ways to get along and work as a team with others. Libra encourages counseling, fairness, honor, trust, good ethics, and cooperation in not only our social lives but also in our legal dealings.

I aspire to practice these qualities every day of the year but of course, this is easier said than done. Manifesting is easiest when are open-minded and compromising. We just need to be sure that we don’t allow ourselves to be run over by our compromises. No one wants to intentionally be a doormat, do they? Instead, be as gracious as possible in all your interactions. Some areas where this energy proves to be most useful is the arts, architecture, politics, mediating, and the law.

Monday is also the day Pluto turns direct after and five-month retrograde. Pluto is lord of the under word and loves to destroy in order to rebuild. Now that he is turning direct, we can expect hidden things and secrets to surface. Interesting how this shift in direction is just in time for our first presidential candidate debate.

Tuesday Mars leaves Sagittarius and moves into Capricorn. This is a good transit for Mars. His aggressive, youthful energy is harmonious with the energy of Capricorn’s sometimes pushy, hard working goat. For those that are willing, their hard work over the next six weeks will most likely bring big rewards. For Capricorn’s, and those that have Mars in Capricorn, this might come a bit easier than for the rest of us.

Thursday, Venus is semisquare Chiron. This can lead us to examine how our relationships are different than how they are alike. This aspect is almost looking for trouble with a relationship. This is not the best time to attempt to learn from someone else.

Friday brings the New Moon in Libra. This is a great time to commit to our goals that express the characteristics of this sign. Any way that you can commit to finding balance and harmony in your life will be a good thing to consider over the next week or two. This includes compromise and mediation.

Saturday holds two aspects for us. First is Venus trine Neptune. This aspect will lead our focus toward beauty, art, and of course imagination. Neptune characteristics blend well with Venus’s and create an air of magic to our romantic and social lives. We feel more open, kind, and compassionate toward others with this energy about. This all sounds pretty good to me. I will be looking forward to the weekend for sure.

Also on Saturday, Mercury will oppose Chiron. This can lead to some misinterpreted communications if we take things personally. Intentions can be hard to read. If you find yourself in this situation, take a deep breath and realize, this is not yours. Do your best not to doubt your own awareness and understanding.

I am going the end here. I am hungry and it is getting late in the day. Amelia and I spent the afternoon doing a book signing. It was a lot of fun and I am looking forward to the ones scheduled for the next two Saturdays.

Until next time, make this a great week!

Astrology for September 18-24, 2016


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Friday night’s Harvest Moon was beautiful. I heard some folks were wondering if it was a Supermoon. The Moon was close yet full perigee for this month will take place on Monday, September 18. For those that are interested, the next actual Supermoon will be the Full Moon of November 14, 2016.

I have been loving the lower temperatures this week. It is still warm in the afternoons but mornings a nice and cool and it cools down faster in the evenings. I have sure enjoyed some porch time this week.

Last week was also on the difficult side for many or us. The coming week is going to be an unusual one too. Parts could even be intense. Remember, you don’t have to allow any of this to get to you. Focus on what is possible not what is happening to upset you. Each upset is actually a lesson we need to learn, so be grateful for the upsets as well as the easy moments.

The news everyone has been waiting for, come Thursday. Mercury will turn direct!  mercury-goes-direct-day

The planet of communications will still be moving slow for a few more days. This time, the storm period is quite short and he should be back to full speed by September 26th. One week from now, communications and Travel schedules should be back to normal.

We will have one more Mercury retrograde this year. It will fall during the winter holidays. Oh, Joy! Just in time for those big family gatherings. At least now you know and can prepare to be on your best communications behavior at that holiday dinner table.

While I am on this subject, I had a travel disruption experience last week, or to be more exact, a friend did. I was only involved as her car park and airport taxi. A friend was scheduled to fly back to Alaska for some work related training. She has taken a year’s sabbatical from her job there to work a family matter here in North Carolina. Last week she messaged me saying the trip was canceled. So typical of Mercury retrograde!

Mercury does something pretty interesting this week when he trines Pluto twice. Tuesday, while he is still retrograde, he trines Pluto for the first time. On Friday, he does it again, only this time, he is direct. This double trine is rare and does two things for us. First, it gives a boost to our intelligence, and secondly it adds a burst of power to our thought processes. I am all in for both of these, how about you?

imagesMore changes are in store this week as the Sun moves into Libra Thursday. Libra energy is feminine and concerns herself with balance and relationships as a mirror of self-awareness. The past month’s energy has been about redoing, details, and health. The focus now it is on balance. We will find that balance through art and relationships. I find it no coincidence that this is also the beginning of the festival season where these two things go hand in hand.

Thursday is also the Fall Equinox, one of two days a year when there are equal amounts of light and dark. The Sun is directly over the equator. If you are up early enough you will notice the Sun rising closest to due East as it can rise. It will also set due west or as close to that as your latitude allows.

This time of year reminds us that there is not much time left in 2016. Look at the goals you set last January for this year. Do you need to get busy completing them? Or, are you on target? Good for you if you are on schedule.

Venus has been bringing Libra energy to us these past few weeks. This is one of two houses ruled by Venus. On Friday she leaves Libra for Scorpio. This is a sign that brings out her shadow side. This can be very intense territory for the planet of love and beauty. Not to mention this being quite an emotional transit.

Personally, I love Scorpio for what he brings to the surface for usdownload-4 to examine. With the Sun in Libra’s mirror effect, this makes the next few weeks a great time for self-examination. This is something I have really been feeling a push toward more so than in the past few months. I have been making plans to spend some time devoted just to me, myself, and I. Maybe you could plan some time alone in your thoughts too?

You don’t need to get fancy with any of this. However going on a nice hike alone or sitting by some moving water would be nice. You can accomplish just as much by being alone at home. Being outside in your garden if that is something you enjoy, or just taking some extra time with your cup of coffee or tea in the morning or afternoons on the porch or deck is just fine.

I highly recommend any music you listen to be of a classical or ambient variety rather than rock or whatever popular genre you usually listen to. Ambient and classical as more conducive to creative brain function and deep thought than other types. That is the purpose of taking this time-out after all.

Another aspect of Venus in Scorpio is jealousy and resentment. Oh, My! During this transit, it will be nearly impossible to talk about any issues concerning your love life or finances. The Air signs of Aquarius, Gemini, and Libra will have the most difficulty with this. Air signs insist on verbal communications. That is so me!

Scorpio is a water sign and water signs, Pisces, Cancer, and Scorpio are all really emotional and don’t like to talk. Therefore, the best way to navigate this transit is by finding the current and going with the flow. This really applies to me since I have a Scorpio ascendant. I have learned to talk however but there is still a somewhat non-verbal streak in me as I am sure some of my friends will tell you. Learning about this aspect of me is one way learning about astrology has been beneficial for me. I still have lots to learn but I so understand myself far better than I did before I dove into this science.

I hope this info helps you navigate your week better. Before I go, I want to tell you something I have not talked about much if at all in this blog.

On August 30, I published my first book. It is a cookbook and has nothing to do with astrology. The recipes are not mine. They are the recipes of my dear friend Amelia Leung, owner of the long close Hong Kong House in Greensboro, NC.

Amelia created such a wonderful, welcoming, home-like feel to her restaurant, that lingers in the hearts and minds of her customers 17 yrs after closing its doors. Many have waited for her recipes to be available.

Family comes first with Amelia and food is love. Getting this book finished, took six years of starts and stops but the wait and patience it took have proven to be worth it all. I am well pleased with the final product and pleased to produce this book for Amelia as her legacy to everyone. If you are in the least bit interested, here is the link to the book. I hope you will buy it directly from Amazon. Wishing you all a great week ahead and happy Fall Equinox.


Astrology for September 11-17. 2016


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I know it is too late for you to get here this year but the National Folk Festival is in my town again for the second of a three-year stint. I can not tell you what a wonderful event this is. There are nine stages spread out in downtown Greensboro and all the music is FREE! Most downtown businesses and restaurants are also open and there are food trucks galore. Something for everyone to be sure.

Getting to and from the festival is a piece of cake. City busses are free and there is a great shuttle system that runs all weekend from two large, volunteer manned parking lots on opposite sides of downtown. For those that need a little help getting around, there are golf carts to help you. SO if you like all kinds of music, this is an event you will enjoy. Make your plans to come next year and if you live in the area, please consider volunteering.

This week in astrology, the Sun and Mercury come together at 7:41pm on Monday, September 12. This is an inferior conjunction which means Mercury will be passing between the Earth and the Sun. Mercury is also retrograding back into Virgo. Any bits or details around the job that need to be cleaned up would be best taken care of early this week.

We are also closing in on the end of the year and many are thinking about healthcare issues. In my state the only company left selling healthcare insurance is Blue Cross Blue Sheild. This is going to leave many folks in a healthcare crunch. Again, This week is a good time to begin looking at our health care plans and preparing for adjustments.

This conjunction is un-retro like and will assist our wants and our minds to be in agreement. Communications could be quite clear and open. Of course, this could be a problem for some, especially those who are rather single-minded and stuck in a particular pattern of thought and belief and of a less flexible mindset.

images (1)Mercury retrograde,  in general is known for causing problems with communications. I keep thinking about a conversation I had on Friday with some folks that are moving into our office building. In their minds, the conversation was about their clients. I was actually talking about something completely different. Whether or not this was Mercury retrograde sort of thing or not, I can’t be sure but it sure seems like it to me. The trick is to not allow any glitch in communications to get your knickers in a twist. Things have a way of working themselves out given time. This point  made clear to me on another front this week. Humans can be so impatient, can’t we?

Speaking of impatience, Monday, also brings us a difficult square aspect between Mercury and Mars. Try not to make decisions without thinking things through well. This is not a great time for meetings, new projects, or proposing new business ideas.

There might be a lot of us that feel like we cant say anything without putting our foot in our mouth. Mercury is all about communications and this square aspect is probably going to make some us wish we had no opened our mouths, written that letter, sent that text, or made that phone call.

On the flip side, you will want to be aware that the other guy or gal is facing the same energy and influences you are. Be flexible. Give others the benefit of the doubt. It might also be wise to end communications early this week if we see conflicts arise and wait for another time when these potentially harmful influences are not so strong.

This could be a week of controversy. One of those where you wish you never got out of bed. Then again, it could be just what the doctor ordered. I mean, you might need this energy to help you deal with some difficult things you may have been putting off. What ever happens, I hope you will try to be kind to others.

The Sun squares Mars on Tuesday. You knew that was coming, sun-square-marsdidn’t you? If you are feeling restless today or early in the week, this aspect could be the source. Some of us will feel like we just have to do something even if we have no clear intent. We are given to impulse so be aware. We all know how impulsive flashes can lead to trouble, even disaster.

The energy of this aspect is also more defensive than most and competition can be a factor. Our ability to cooperate is weak and our negotiation skills could seem off the mark. You will want to be cautious in all your activities today through about Tuesday; maybe beyond. This aspect has a high likelihood of injury and accidents. I want all my readers to be safe healthy. The good news is, that if we are able to hone in on this energy, we can get lots done.

Thursday the Sun is opposite Chiron and Mars is square Chiron. The opposition drives us to develop via experiences and learn from others. A lack confidence or fear of not fitting in could hold many of us back. Don’t give into this. Have faith in your thoughts and decisions even when they don’t mesh the ideas of the other guy.

Mars square Chiron can cause difficulty when we want to share our wants and our frustrations. Resentments and frustrations rise to the top like cream. Some of us will go into real defense mode. Look out! Things can get touchy for those whose charts are hit by this aspect.

path-760Friday brings us the Full Moon and a lunar eclipse. The eclipse will not be seen in the US but if you are in some parts of Asia, Africa, Europe, or South America you can see it. If your birthday is is on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday, this eclipse could mean that there will be an event of great importance in your life sometime in the next twelve months.

This could be an intense week for many of us, whether we have a birthday this week or not. As I mentioned, Mars will square the Sun, but that means he will also square the moon. This will be smack dab in the middle and possibly obstruct any good vibes the Pisces Full Moon might bring. From what I am reading, this might be a week we see hostile events take place around the globe. This means both in our own country as well as others.

The best news of the week comes on Saturday when there is a fire trine between Mars and Uranus. This could be just the energy we need to push us to take a risk. This is full of creative, original, expressive energy that helps us focus on what is possible. I just love this one!

I want to leave you all with this link below. It is a neat interactive of the Earth taken from over 100,000 feet above. It is a fun diversion for a few minutes. Enjoy!

Astrology for September 4-10, 2016


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Hope you made it through last week with no major problems. There was a lot going on in the cosmos and all of it is going to help us evolve and become the enlightened beings we are meant to become.

For me, the week was full of new experiences and realizations. I learned that I can let go and not be attached to things. I learned some things simply are not as important as we think they are. Things might be important to some folks but I am choosing a more simple path.

The past week, the energy has been intense. If you read last week’s post you know some of what I am speaking of. If you are on the path of awakening, you have been feeling the energy in some way. The eclipse energy is bringing in a new wave of energy and bringing things to the surface to be transmuted into light. This applies not only to the individual but also the collective.

Cluster_and_Image_during_aurora_observationThere is more too. Over this weekend we are feeling the effects of a geomagnetic storm that took place last Friday. This energy can cause us to feel quite tired, cause breathing issues, sleeplessness, increased paranormal events, and greater intuition. Some people could notice some vertigo, ringing ears, and differences in appetite. A few folks might notice some time lapses or timeline shifts but this is far less common than the other effects.

Some of us will no doubt have experiences that lead us to a fearful place. If you give into the fear, your future such experiences could be limited and thus, limit your personal evolution. Avoiding fear mode is difficult for humans in general. Contrived or not, when our world is so full of fearful info, there is little wonder that people have a hard time living without fear.

During these times, it is important to drink more water. I don’t think folks drink enough in general anyway and just had a conversation with a friend in Delaware about this yesterday.

For those with sleeping issues, having a glass of milk or source of calcium and potassium an hour before bed is a good idea. I make sure I get at least 300mg of magnesium a day and try to take more like 1 gram or 1,000mg a day or more. I will say that this amount is something one must work up to. Otherwise,  you will want to be sure you are close to a bathroom all day. Breaking down 1,000 mg over 3 daily doses works well, however, and I sleep well at night.

My last suggestion to alleviate energy symptoms and improve HairCarenSPAsleep is to soak in a hot bath of Epsom salts and sea salt. This not only helps detoxify the body but also relaxes it. Feel free to add vinegar to balance the skin’s pH or essential oils to add fragrance and enhance relaxation.

Last week I shared a link that explained some of the effects of the energy shift that began about August 1, 2016. If you did not read is, please consult last week’s post for the link.

This Mercury retrograde period has a different energy to it than most of them. This time, there is an aspect that is helping us to move ahead. This does not mean that we should not use caution with our communications or travels, it just means there is an aspect that is beneficial.

Mercury is in Virgo. Virgo is known for health and healing but did you know that Mercury can be healing also? This could be a powerful combination for some of you.

This is retrograde is also a good for being of service and philanthropy. A few could see good fortune in the stock market while overall, the market is on edge.

This retrograde is in close proximity to Jupiter and Venus. This could mean good luck in the love department for some of us. It all depends on your natal chart and how your planets are triggered here. But with Jupiter, the great benefic and Venus, the planet of love so close by, sparks are going to fly for some folks.

Now speaking of Venus and Jupiter…..Venus has already transitioned to balancing Libra. Jupiter follows her this week, when on Friday he enters Libra. This transit might lend a hand to some of our current collective issues that deal with being fair and accepting of differences. Jupiter will transit Libra over the next year or so. If you were born under Libra or have a Libra Moon or ascendant, you will perhaps be most affected by this transit.

Other aspects this week include a productive trine between the Sun and Pluto. This could provide us with some good energy to positively negotiate details of a plan or a relationship. This energy might assist us in learning the truth behind some things we might have wondered about. This could also increase our ability to focus and concentrate on whatever it is that we might need to do. In spite of Mercury retrograde, this is actually good energy to begin a project or small business.

Saturday there is an opposition between Mercury and Chiron. This aspect can cause misunderstanding and miscommunications. I would say that this will most likely be accentuated by the retrograde energy too. Do your best not to give into the fear and take things personally. Reading the intention of others will be difficult.

Saturday also brings us a square aspect between Saturn and Neptune. Disillusionment is perhaps the most likely thing most of us will notice. Some of us could wonder if we really have what it takes to make our dreams come true. Will we actually be able to follow through with our thoughts and ideas? Or will we avoid things altogether?

Perhaps the best outcome of this aspect is a reevaluation of our worldly goals and our more spiritual desires for our life. There could be some blocks when it comes to financial plans. And a few will feel completely uninspired. Some will be forced to face addictions, over spending, or lifestyle and behavior choices that hold us back.

It will be important for all of us whether we are on a spiritual path or not,  to accept that sacrifices must be made. It will become more and more important to give up addictions and tighten the purse strings, not just now but as time goes on. 

And don’t forget that hot bath. Detoxing is a good thing.

As I said in the beginning, drink lots of water. You should be doing waterthis anyway but you might need it more next weekend. Don’t forget to eat cleanly too. This means fresh, unprocessed foods. Reduce or eliminate caffeine and alcohol. Take in some sunshine each day and laugh as much as possible.

I wish each of you a great week ahead.

Astrology for August 28-September 3, 2016


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Another interesting week  is past us now. It was a cooler week and sunny here in central North Carolina but other places had storms and were leveled by earthquakes. Syria and Turkey, of course remain hot spots of conflict. 

I wonder how many of you have had ringing in your ears lately? Or have felt more tired than usual? Perhaps you have had muscle aches and joint pain, easily tearful, or felt more emotional than usual? The Full Moon and eclipse last week brought with it an energy shift. I’ve read this was a big and important one. September will bring another energy wave our way. Hang on!

Personally, I have noticed my ears ringing for a few seconds to a few minute.  I have felt tired and needed more sleep. The whole summer has been wrought with muscle aches and pains.

The other day the bottom of my foot began to hurt like there was stone bruise. I was fine when I got out of the car but halfway to the front porch,  I felt this pain. I didn’t step on anything or twist anything, it just suddenly began to hurt. Strange, Really strange. 

One person I know had three migraines last week. She told me this was very unusual for her. Another said she was also feeling the need for more sleep and thought it might be just something going on with her. She was relieved when I mentioned the energy shift. 

I found a good article on this shift. You can read it here.

This week, don’t be surprised if you feel pulled in different directions or even somewhat confused. Some of the planets are going in opposite directions and taking us with them.

Monday Venus moves into Libra. This is should be good. Our relationships could be more smooth and diplomatic. This is a good transit for the arts, and the legal system as well. Wonder if the politicians will take notice of this energy and change their tune? 

Mercury turns retrograde Tuesday. I think we all know 4045164203_9e5c653280what this means. Time to relax, redo, review, renew, recreate, re-evaluate, and so on. I hope you have all your technology backed up, contracts and legal documents are signed. If not, please be sure to look over them three or more times and it would not hurt to have another set or two of eyes to look at them too.

There is a New Moon and Solar eclipse coming Thursday. contradicts the retrograde because a New Moon is a time of new beginnings. Talk about being pulled in two directions? Take a deep breath and look before you leap.

The good news is, those if us in the northern hemisphere will not be as affected and the folks in the southern half. Normally this eclipse would only make things more intense. For some of us this will be good and for some, it might not. It all depends on if your chart is triggered or not. Those with a birthday on Sept. 1-3 could feel it more than the rest of us northern hemisphere folks. Those with planets in Pisces and Virgo or those with Neptune in aspect to Virgo might also feel it more. You can expect the next 12 months to hold an important event for you.

Who will be affected by the eclipse? It will be visible over Africa, Madagascar, and Antarctica. That is nowhere near me and there is not much that it comes close to in my chart so I might not feel it as much as others could. 

saturn-square-neptuneFriday, the Sun, Saturn and Neptune form a right angle. Mars is close enough to Saturn to make that two right angles. When I read about this configuration, the word “scandals” came up. I’m thinking we have seen a lot of them already but, I also feel like have not seen the worst of them yet.

All of these planets are strong in their own right. Neptune however, is ruling this roost. ?He is retrograde yet in his home sign. This makes him stronger than the rest.

This right angle configuration will also bring slow downs, cause delays, and mix-ups, both individually and collectively. Sounds a bit like Mercury retrograde, doesn’t it?

Saturn square Neptune shows the struggle between what is real and what is imagined. I feel like this well represents many of our current situations. For me,  it is important to keep and open mind and attached to no particular view point. Of course, this is nearly humanly impossible but I think this may be exactly what all the great spiritual leaders and teachers of the world have tried to teach. Or at least it is one aspect of their teachings.

I said last week I felt like September will be a hot button month too. This is just another gut feeling. Sometimes my gut is right and sometimes it isn’t. I never know. Over the years I have learned that my gut is pretty good when it come to knowing if someone can be trusted. I still am occasionally blonde blind sighted. Time is a great teacher.

I want to go back a bit now and talk about Virgo. If you have a Virgo or Pisces Sun, ascendant or Moon, or if you have planets aspecting Virgo you will want to take note.

The eclipse could cause us to discover flaws in some of the crucial systems in our world. This could be as simple as our day to day routine or as complicated as the tools and methods we use in our work. Virgo is detail-oriented and able to clearly see potential problems.

Virgo (and Mercury) will tell us to review and redo these things. Good ole Mercury is all about change and so is Virgo,  in a way. She will push you to re-work the parts of our lives that are begging for a new beginning. The New Moon also supports this shift.

Virgo is also about health and awareness of the body. It is time to pay attention to details, access every available resource, and aim for perfection. She doesn’t want us to get too bogged down in this however. She is not about stress at all. So don’t push yourself to the point where you feel guilty about anything. That is not the sort of change the Universe is pushing us toward with these planets and all these energy shifts.

Ithe Universe wants us to love and accept ourselves too. This is the only way will ever be able to love and accept others too.  I mean …….we all want peace don’t we? So be compassionate and find a balance with yourself. Let the opposite energy of Pisces help you to chill out and not be so critical.

The fact that both Virgo and Pisces are square Saturn and planet-square-380x235Mars in Sagittarius, means we could face some delusions. Adjustments to our dreams and our realities is at hand as we examine what is significant. Many times we think we know what is real when we don’t. For some, the veil has lifted. For others, it has not. The Universe is giving everyone the opportunity to see the truth. Open yourself up to the possibility and allow new thoughts and ideas to take form.

The cosmos is had given us a grand show this past month. The meteor shower was fantastic although it was cloudy here on the peak night.

Last night and tonight and tomorrow night you might look to the western horizon at sunset. There you will find Mars low in the sky with Venus and Jupiter close together just above and to the right a bit. Stargazing is a favorite pastime for me, especially in the winter when the Milkyway is over head.

I wish everyone a wonderful week ahead. There is a lot of Virgo energy with a stellium of five planets transiting her this week. I plan to take advantage of this time and soak in a hot tub of detoxing Himalayan salt and Epsom salts while sipping on some hot spiced Rooibos or herb tea. Wine will work too if that is what you prefer.

Till next time! Peace and love to all.

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