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The Fixer! – Virgo Sun 8/22/16

astrology_chartwheel 2The Virgo Sun spreads its influence on Monday August 22, 2016 regardless of whether it’s your Astrological sign or not. We will all be a little more grounded, practical, efficient and responsible. This Earth sign (of health, hard work and service) also lets us know that it really is all about the details, details, details. Definitely pay attention, but stay away from the “paralysis analysis” state of being, it slows down any strides you wish to make in organizing projects, focusing on job advances (if that’s what you want), creating financial strategies, etc.  Also, think about plans for better diet and fitness. It won’t hurt.

Please note that being conscientious doesn’t necessarily mean “dull”. Quick witted planet ruler Mercury, has been transiting since 7/31 (thru 10/7 (including its Retrograde phase, 8/30 – 9/22/16) making us sharper and faster at work & play. Be aware that judgmental words, although clever, may be seen as “nitpicky” and cause bruised feelings. However, lovely Venus visits Virgo from 8/6 to 8/29/16 and may soften some of those critical, over analytical edges.

And, adding to the mix is Jupiter, planet of luck, opportunity and abundance. it will be transiting Virgo until 9/8/16. This may add a boost to the Earth sign’s love of productivity – we can accomplish a lot! Do Virgo things – be useful, bring calm & order, be a contribution.

*Gemstones: Carnelian, Blue Sapphire * Power color: Deep green * Body Part: Bowels (Cleansing the system for good health)

**Virgo Sun: August 22, 2016 – 12:39 PM EDT / 9:39 AM PDT

 

 

 

Full Moon in Avant-garde, Activist Aquarius, 8/18/16

Astro Full Moon 6A Full Moon on Thursday August 18, 2016 is in the revolutionary 11th sign of the Zodiac – independent, unconventional Aquarius. Its influence will be noticed.

Retrograde Uranus, this Air sign’s planet ruler, hates constrictions and thrives on the unusual, which can be exciting but precarious. Before jumping to the front lines, pause and reflect – is the issue real for you, or is the response automatic / knee jerk. You can still volunteer, organize, make a difference, do the “No Justice, No Peace” chant without falling off the edge.

And, a Full Moon phase is great for completing projects.

* Virgo Full Moon: August 18, 2016 – 5:26 AM EDT / 2:36 AM PDT

 

 

What’s My Sign????

Astro rainbow-horoscope-wheel-charThere may be some people that get confused about their Astrology birth sign because they were born on the Cusp of 2 Sun signs:

Aries: March 21-April 19

Taurus: April 20-May 21

Gemini: May 22-June 20

Cancer: June 21-July 22

Leo: July 23- Aug 22

Virgo: Aug 23-Sept 22

Libra: Sept 23-Oct 22

Scorpio: Oct 23-Nov 21

Sagittarius Nov 22-Dec 21

Capricorn: Dec 22-Jan 19

Aquarius: Jan 20-Feb 18

Pisces: Feb 19-March 20

 

I call them “Cusp Babies”. They get annoyed- not when I call them that, but because the start / end dates of a Sun Sign’s duration “calendar travels” from year to year.

Depending on location, year and month you were born in the world, the Astrological sign changeover can be anywhere from the 18th to the 23rd of the month.

Example: the Sun entered Aquarius on Friday January 20, 2012 (11:10 am EST/ 8:10 am PST). If a child was born earlier than 8:10 in the morning in Los Angeles on 1/20/12 – the Sun was in the previous sign of Capricorn. If born later – the baby has an Aquarius Sun (of course the clock varies by Time Zone, but you get the drift).

Regardless of when you were born, you have a Sun Sign. If you were born on a cusp day, you just need to have complete birth info – specific time/place/date- to really nail down your sign.

You’ve determined your Sun Sign, but what about the other sign that is so close its only separated by minutes/hours?  Depending on where planets show up and/or congregate in a chart, the individual will often have characteristics of sign # 2 as well. As in life, in astrology no one is one dimensional. (You can read information about both signs just to give yourself a rounded feeling)

The Sun Sign is the light reflecting the self.  How we behave when our backs are to the wall, pressed, fight or flight situations, etc. As complex people, we radiate several lights – perhaps just not all at the same time.

BTW: The Earth’s rotation actually determines the start dates of a sign – not the Sun. The dates can vary by as much as 2 days depending on when a leap year occurs.

As the world turns, the Sun appears to flow from one Zodiac sign to another. Since the Earth wobbles, it takes slightly more than 365 days — actually 365 + 1/4 days. Because of this, our calendars must be adjusted to compensate for this difference.\\

 

The Scorpio Sun arrives on Saturday October 23rd (8:35AM EDT/ 5:35AM PDT

Planets * Spark Plugs of the Astrology Chart!

Astro Planet ImagesI call them the “Big 10”. Yes, there are only 8 “planets” (I still keep Pluto on the list even though it was reclassified as a “dwarf” in 2006), but the 2 luminaries – Sun and Moon – are always included when discussing Astrology.

Planets are the spark plugs in an Astrology chart. They each have a job to do as they energize the many facets of an individual’s personality and life. In addition, a planet is said to have “rulership” of a particular sign (it will be at its happiest and most potent energy when transiting there – fully expressed).

The Planets are listed below along with their Zodiac sign rulerships and duties:

Sun * Leo: Life force, self expression

Moon * Cancer: Emotions, sub conscious, nurturing

Mercury * Gemini and Virgo: Communication (when Mercury goes retrograde, we need to watch what we say and write), transportation, education

Venus * Taurus and Libra: Love, beauty and how we view/value ourselves and money

Mars * Aries: Action, conflict, sexuality

Jupiter * Sagittarius: Expansion, recreation, philosophy

Saturn * Capricorn:  Discipline, boundaries, authority

Uranus * Aquarius: Change, the unconventional, extremes

Neptune * Pisces: Spirituality, dreams, illusion

Pluto * Scorpio: Unconscious, breaking down and rebuilding, secrets

The location of a planet in a birth chart – its House placement, its Astrology Sign – can influence how we act/respond in particular areas of our lives as they currently transit and move around our chart today. 

 

Love, Luxe, Laughter : Leo New Moon 8/2/16

Astro New Moon CrescentOn Tuesday, August 2, 2016, the Sun is in Leo (since 7/22) and the Moon will be too. The Lunar orb will be in its “New” phase, a great time to use the often dramatic, ambitious, enthusiastic vibrations natural to the 5th sign off the Zodiac to start a project, enroll a special someone in your life, do a sparkling presentation or dynamite audition. Also, solar driven joy and confidence bodes well for the opportunity to have fun with any melodrama that might ensue. (Drama doesn’t always have to be a hissy fit.)

This active, initiating New Moon energy lasts for approximately 10 days until the Full Moon on 8/18/16 (best to finalize, complete projects). As the Zodiac sign changes, a different part of your chart (life) will be impacted.

*Leo New Moon:  8/2/16 – 4:44PM EDT / 1:44PM PDT

 

 

Fun Is Where The Sun Is – Leo 7/22/16

astrology_chartwheel 2The Sun rules the 5th sign of the Zodiac and you can tell. With the influence of the “Sun King”, we all should feel strong, upbeat, magnanimous, a bit more dramatic and drawn to the spotlight regardless of our actual Astrology sign. Leo doesn’t get shyness. We are urged to seek attention, to be colorfully creative and just to be full of lion’s pride. When the Sun struts into this regal Fire sign, expect to have some fun for the duration of its stay.

Adding to the sparkle and shine experience of a Leo Sun is a Venus transit, 7/12 16 – 8/5/16. The planet of love’s visit brings even more warmth, beauty – love the “luxe”.

Relationship interactions may become livelier and snippier due to clever communication planet Mercury’s Leo transit, 7/13/16 until 7/29/16. Remember to share the conversation, let someone else get a word in – it’s not all about you.

Sun into Leo: July 22, 2016 * 5:30AM EDT / 2:30AM PDT

*Gemstone – Tiger’s Eye *Power colors- Gold, orange (Sun colors) * Body Part – Heart (…of a lion!)

**BTW: The date when the Sun transits into a sign can fluctuate year to year – from the 19th to the 23rd. If born on one of these days, you are considered a cusp baby – close to two signs- but regardless, there is only one Sun sign in an Astrology chart  (however, the individual will often exhibit a combo of characteristics from both signs).

(Next up –  Virgo Sun  8/22/16)

 

 

“I Wanna Be In Charge!”– Capricorn Full Moon 7/19/16

Astro Full Moon 6On Tuesday, July 19, 2016, the Sun is in Cancer, the Lunar orb is lit up and “Full” in its opposite sign of Capricorn. The Astrology sign that houses a Full Moon has its traits and characteristics heightened for a few weeks. The earthy, Saturn ruled, 10th sign of the Zodiac is about status, ambition, authority, duty. Capricorn leans towards long term goals, managing a career, creating success (whatever that means to you) and reaching for the top. Are your personal actions and business strategies producing results?

“I’m in charge” – take the time to figure out a path to do that successfully.  We can use Capricorn’s Full Moon energy to finalize and complete projects, activate plans that can move you closer to what you want.

*Capricorn Full Moon: 7/19/16 – 6:56PM EDT / 3:56PM PDT

 

 

2016 Harlem Book Fair!

Harlem Book Fair 2012On July 16, 2016 there will be spoken word events, a forum for Caribbean writers, over 200 exhibit booths, music, panel discussions and children’s activities at the Harlem Book Fair. It’s a great way to spend a Saturday in the city.

“The vision of the Harlem Book Fair is to partner with local
and national leadership organizations under the banner of literacy
awareness, affirming HBF as the nation’s largest African American
literary event celebrating family literacy, community empowerment,
and community cooperation. “

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18th Annual Harlem Book Fair

Saturday, July 16, 2016

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515 Lenox Avenue, West 135th Street,, NYC

Info:
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Happy Birthday Moon Children, 6/20/16

astrology_chartwheel 2The Sun takes our flip flops, lemonade and cones into Cancer, the Moon ruled 4th sign of the Zodiac, on Monday June 20, 2016. Along with the Cancer Sun, comes the Summer Solstice (in the Northern Hemisphere) – our longest day of the year. This sensitive Water sign may evoke moodiness, but regardless, friends and family (real or created), will always be an important focus. Your own personal Zodiac sign might be different, but, you can still take advantage of some of Cancer’s influences.

Don’t let your antennae wilt in the summer heat. Heightened awareness can provide useful information about people, places, things. Feel what you feel, pay attention to your instincts and if feeling a little blue, don’t over overindulge hoping that extra scoop of hot fudge will make things better. Change the scenery and the mood will probably change too eventually. Know what is best for you – with both food and people. As Cancer’s protective and sympathetic “homey” energy reigns, use it – enjoy the love along with the ice cream.

Communication planet Mercury transits Cancer from 6/30 until 7/14/16 – don’t be surprised if interactions are more emotionally revealing than usual. That can show up in what you write or speak, especially with family & friends.

*Sun in 1st degree of Cancer, June 20, 2016 – 6:34 PM EDT / 3:34 PM PDT

Gemstone – Emerald * Power colors- silver, pale gray (Moon colors) *Body Part – Breasts

**2nd Sagittarius Full Moon 6/20/16 – 7:02 AM EDT / 4:02 AM PDT (previous 5/21/16)

 

 

Happy Birthday Gemini!

astrology_chartwheel 2On Friday May 20, 2016, the Sun skipped into Gemini – the fun, flirty, flexible, flighty 3rd sign of the Zodiac and remains until June 20th (the 1st day of Summer). The natural versatility of this Air sign, with its willingness to change and adapt, keeps the wrinkles, both mental and physical, at bay. While under its influence, we will feel encouraged, regardless of birth sign, to teach, learn, meet and greet, read and write, chat too much / gossip too much. Do pay attention to personal interactions. Deepak Chopra said: “Language creates reality. Words are magical power. Speak always to create joy”. Perfect for a Gemini Sun Transit.

Planet ruler Mercury, communications, education, transportation, short journeys, is Retrograde until 5/23/16.  It will take a few days before it gains direct motion speed but once back to its usual quicksilver pace, we will notice that ideas, speech, pick up speed also. Projects are no longer bogged down, especially in financial areas, but continue to focus on details just in case.

This can be such a good time, but also exhausting. Rather than rush around feeling overwhelmed or scattered, hit the pause button occasionally, re focus, complete tasks that need to be finished, then go on to the next. Half done is half accomplished.

*Gemini Sun:  May 20, 2016 – 10:37 AM EDT / 7:37 AM PDT

*Gemstone: Pearl or Agate * Power Color: Yellow * Body Part: Hands