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Summertime and the “Livin’ is Easy” * Cancer Sun!

The Sun moving into 4th sign of the Zodiac Cancer, on 6/20 PDT and 6/21 EDT,  also means the arrival of the Northern Hemisphere’s Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year. The sensitive, emotional, Moon ruled Water sign may evoke moodiness, but regardless, friends and family will always be an important focus. Your own personal Sun 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 indulge hoping that extra scoop of hot fudge or butterscotch on the banana split will make things better. Change the scenery and change the mood. Know what is best for you – with both food and people.

Mars will be visiting Cancer from 6/5 to 7/21/17. Needless to say, the aggressive, straight ahead “Warrior” planet, is not comfortable in non confrontational, side stepping Cancer, but the nurturing impulse could get fierce! Watch grouchiness. If questioned or asked to explain, don’t assume that it’s an attack – people may just want to know more.

Communication planet Mercury transits Cancer from 6/21 until 7/05/17 – 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.

As Cancer’s protective and sympathetic “homey” energy reigns, use it – enjoy the love along with the frozen yogurt. Whatever you do, make your Summer as great as you can!

Sun in 1st degree of Cancer = 2017 Summer Solstice:

June 20, 2017, Tues. – 9:24 PM PDT / June 21, Weds. 12.24 AM EDT

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

Hey! The year is already half over – what are you going to do during the rest of 2017? Still plenty of time to create some great stuff!

Gemstones & Colors By Astrology Sign!

astro-zodiac-gems-3Just about everyone knows their Astrology Sun Sign based upon their date of birth. But there are also certain gemstones and colors that express each sign. (The gems listed next to the Sun Signs below may differ from the traditional “Birth Month” stone that you’re used to.)

*Aries (March 21-April 19) = Gemstone: Garnet /Power color: Red, fiery colors

*Taurus (April 20-May 21) = Gemstone: Rose Quartz / Power color: Soft rose-pink

*Gemini (May 22-June 20) = Gemstone: Agate / Power color: Yellow

*Cancer (June 21-July 22) = Gemstone: Emerald /Power color: Moon colors – silver, pale gray

*Leo (July 23- Aug 22) = Gemstone:Tiger’s Eye / Power color: Sun colors – Gold, orange

*Virgo (Aug 23-Sept 22) = Gemstone: Carnelian/ Power color: Deep green

*Libra (Sept 23-Oct 22) =  Gemstone: Opal, Agate / Power color: Blues and violets

*Scorpio (Oct 23-Nov 21) = Gemstone: Topaz / Power color: Deep, dark shades of red

*Sagittarius (Nov 22-Dec 21) = Gemstone: Citrine, Sodalite / Power color: Lilac, Mauve

*Capricorn (Dec 22-Jan 19) = Gemstone:  Obsidian, Onyx/ Power color: Black, grays

*Aquarius (Jan 20-Feb 18) = Gemstone: Blue Tiger’s Eye / Power color: Ultramarine blue

*Pisces (Feb 19-March 20) = Gemstone: Amethyst / Power color: Purple

Yes, this can all just be a great excuse to buy a lovely rock for the jewelry collection and add some colorful finery to your wardrobe – but, it can also be used as a way to have fun while fully expressing your power. Let yourself glow!

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Gemini Sun 5/20/17 – Let The Multi Tasking Begin!

The Sun shines in versatile, curious, Air sign Gemini on Saturday, May 20, 2017 and it will give us the urge to chat up all who pass our way. Mercury, the communication planet, rules the 3rd sign of the Zodiac and regardless of whether you tweet, Facebook, mobile or have an old fashioned face-to-face, it wants us to interact in order to add variety to life and just generally perk things up. Gemini has the “twins” as its Astrology symbol (think Castor/Pollux) and we will want to  double the fun regardless of our actual birth sign – needing to be in 2 places at once, doing 2 things at the same time. Duality rules.

Transiting planets add spice to the Gemini Sun. Aggressive, warrior Mars (4/21 – 6/5) and quick, clever information maven Mercury (6/7 – 6/21).  Learn something new, meet and greet, read and write, chat too much/gossip too much. Hit the pause button occasionally. Collect your thoughts, watch what you say (Gemini verbal cleverness is legendary, just don’t be verbally careless), re focus, complete tasks that need to be finished, then go on to the next.

Gemini Sun:  May 20, 2017 – 4:31 PM EDT / 1:31 PM PDT

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

(Deepak Chopra said: “Language creates reality. Words are magical power. Speak always to create joy”. Perfect for a Gemini Sun Transit.)

 

 

Who Should, Could, Would You Love? Like?

Astro Glyphs 2Okay, we’re about half way thru 2017. No pressure 🙂 but, are you still looking for that special someone? (Friend, lover, business partner?) That once over used social intro – “Hey, what’s your sign?” – is a valid question when looking for relationships. Zodiac signs are grouped from Aries to Pisces – all 12 have a “partner”. Does it mean that the sign opposite yours has to be your “soul mate” – no, but, there may be undeniable energy and/or attraction. Worth a look.

Sun Signs are listed below with their direct opposites. Either you will find spending time with a person from the other sign tangy and energizing or there may be a need for tender attention and compromise. However, consider them the other side of your Astrology coin, the other half of your puzzle:

Aries: March 21-April 19 (Energetic, Impulsive)  and

Libra: Sept 23-Oct 22 (Charming, Social)

Taurus: April 20-May 21 (Solid, Responsible, Patient)  and

Scorpio: Oct 23-Nov 21 (Intense, Deep Connections)

Gemini: May 22-June 20 (Changeable, Communicator, Versatile)  and

Sagittarius Nov 22-Dec 21 (Adventurous, Enthusiastic, Optimistic)

Cancer: June 21-July 22 (Family Oriented, Emotional)  and

Capricorn: Dec 22-Jan 19 (Authority Figure, Disciplined, Traditional)

Leo: July 23- Aug 22 (Pride, Fun Loving, Generous)  and

Aquarius: Jan 20-Feb 18 (Unpredictable, Freedom loving)

Virgo: Aug 23-Sept 22 (Its All in the Details, Service)  and

Pisces: Feb 19-March 20: (Dreamer, Sensitive)

 

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Scorpio Full Moon – Go Passionate, Go Deep!

Life is always a bit more intense when the Moon is in Scorpio and when this luminary is at its “Full” phase in this emotional Water sign, power and passion can go off the charts. The Scorpio Full Moon arrives on Wednesday, May 10, 2017. All that energy can be distilled into a cauldron of “feelings”. Tuck in all exposed nerves. Don’t take everything personally. Be gentle as you rock someone’s world – intentionally or not.

A Full Moon is a good time to gauge what needs to be finalized and completed in the next few weeks. Use Scorpio’s focus and determination to figure out what to keep and what to throw away (meaning – discard whatever is no longer useful.) Letting go is not necessarily giving up.

Scorpio also pushes us to pay attention to any money matters that may involve others. Are there any financial issues that need to be cleared or settled– taxes, business ventures? Does anyone owe you anything? Time to collect?

*Scorpio Full Moon: May 10, 2017 – 5:42 PM EDT / 2:42 PM PDT

Scorpio Moon illuminated opposite Taurus Sun. Beautiful !

 

 

 

Libra Moon & Cinco de Mayo Weekend!

This weekend is a great excuse to enjoy Cinco de Mayo celebrations with your beverage of choice (I love Margaritas). On Friday May 5, even though the Moon is in stable, grounded Virgo, a good time can still be had if so inclined (in a responsible way of course :lol:) . Saturday and Sunday belongs to relationship focused Libra.

The Moon will charm and class us up while in the lovely and amiable 7th sign of the Zodiac. This social butterfly Air sign, ruled by elegant, romantic, beautifying Venus, seeks balance, harmony and cooperation while urging us to express our artistic talent, share ourselves with people and just generally expect and accept good times.

Have a spirited weekend!

Think brunch, cocktails…

BTW: “Cinco de Mayo—or the fifth of May—is a holiday that celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867)”. (Per Wkipedia)

In certain parts of the country, like California where I live, Cinco de Mayo, is a great reason (or excuse) for a gathering.

 

 

Astrology Signs: Their Traits, Elements & Types

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We are NOT one dimensional – we have Astrological layers! There are 12 signs of the Zodiac. In addition to the characteristics that are assigned to a Sun sign, each will also have traits of one of 4 Elements – Air, Fire, Water, Earth and exhibit the behaviors of one of 3 personality types (modes) – Cardinal, Fixed, Mutable.

The attributes that are associated with these Elements and Modes add depth to the personality of our Sun sign.


Elements: (Triplicities)

Air: Analytical, social, cerebral – Gemini, Libra, Aquarius

Water: Emotion, sensitive, artistic – Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces

Fire: Enthusiasm, energy, volatile – Aries, Leo, Sagittarius

Earth: Dependable, practical, hardworking – Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn

Modes or Type: (Quadruplicities)

Cardinal: Initiators, leaders – Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn (Notice that they follow the Equinox/Solstice seasonal changes in North America)

Fixed: Focused, stubborn – Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius

Mutable: Flexible, changeable – Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces

Sun Signs:

AriesMarch 21- April 19 * Cardinal / Fire

TaurusApril 20-May 20 * Fixed / Earth

Gemini:   May 20-June 20 * Mutable/Air

CancerJune 21-July 22 * Cardinal / Water

LeoJuly 23- Aug 22 * Fixed / Fire

VirgoAug 23-Sept 22 * Mutable / Earth

LibraSept 23-Oct 22 * Cardinal / Air

ScorpioOct 23-Nov 21 * Fixed/ Water

SagittariusNov 22-Dec 21 * Mutable / Fire

CapricornDec 22-Jan 19 * Cardinal / Earth

Aquarius: Jan 20-Feb 18 * Fixed/ Air 

Pisces: Feb 19-March 20 * Mutable / Water 

Sun signs along with their Elements and Modes can contribute to how we operate, how we respond and often how we get along with one another.

Air signs are usually most compatible with Fire and Earth are most compatible with Water. But, as always – it’s all good.

 

Talented & Terrific Taurus Sun – 4/19/17

The Sun moves into sensual, steady, strong, security focused Taurus on Wednesday April 19, 2017. The second sign of the Zodiac has the Bull as its symbol. Perfect! But,it is ruled by the lovely, romantic planet Venus, giving Earth sign Taurus several other dimensions. It can be practical and dependable, but it’s also a lover of beauty, good food and luxury. Loved ones are treated to poetry, music and gourmet restaurants, while getting a lecture on avoiding financial pot holes – nice mix.

The “Bull” is Taurus’ symbol for a reason – stubborn, unwavering in beliefs, holding on after others have dropped the tug rope, etc. (Just remember to “let go” when obstinacy is no longer useful). Don’t miss an opportunity due to an  unwillingness to move and / or shift. Widen vision? Take a chance? Make another step?

Taurus:  *Gemstone: Rose Quartz * Power color: Soft rose-pink* Body Part: Neck

* Sun into Taurus, Wednesday 4/19/17 – 5:27 PM EDT / 2:27 PM PDT

**As always, those most affected have the Sun and/or Rising sign in Taurus, but the rest of us will still feel the stable influences somewhere in our lives depending upon where the Earth sign appears in the birth chart.

 

 

Mercury Retrograde 4/9 in Taurus – $$$, Security

The Communication planet has been slowing down for the last few days, you may have noticed some snafu like occurrences lately. It stops and reverses direction on April 9, 2017 until May 3, 2017 when it will go forward again. The planet will retrograde in steady, pleasure loving Earth sign Taurus, the 2nd sign of the Zodiac (security, finances and business). Prepare for it. Living through a Mercury Retrograde isn’t automatically “a DISASTER!”.  

The dicy bits often happen when we need to negotiate deals, sign contacts, repair gadgets, finalize details, etc. Mercury is concerned with information, travel, education, technical gadgets and small appliances – things that help our lives go.

A backwards Mercury often means that things have to be repeated. Whatever you thought was “done” isn’t. Therefore, this is a great time to rethink, reassess, revisit, review, rewrite, etc. It is best not to sign anything for a few weeks until after the planet is in direct motion, however if you must commit, be attentive, be mindful – details, details, details. Verify, double check and confirm. Be clear in your interactions to avoid confusion.

We will get over  😉 The next Mercury Retrograde is on August 12, 2017 in Virgo, another Earth sign.

 

 

 

1st Day Of Spring – Sun Into Aries 3/20/17!

On Monday March 20, 2017, not only do we get to welcome the youthfulness of Spring, we also get to celebrate the Sun’s transit into Aries, the first sign of the Zodiac.

Fire sign Aries is active, aggressive and adventurous. In the past 12 months, the Sun has transited all 12 Zodiac signs and at 1 degree of Aries, the cycle starts anew and so can we. We should keep our eyes open for opportunities on the horizon.

Ruled by the warrior planet Mars, the influences of Aries’ high energy can be used to springboard ideas and projects that have been percolating all winter. However, with unpredictable, non conformist planet Uranus visiting until 2019, recklessness, with the often resulting scattered energies can result in waste – time, energy, money. Pay attention to those urges to just “act” (act out or act up). Action with purpose and focus, rather than just because we’re bored. Risk vs reckless – don’t be careless.

Adding potential snap and crackle to interactions is clever, Communication planet Mercury visiting Aries until 4/01/17. Writing, speaking, tweeting may have more quickness, bite and sarcasm then usual. No need to hurt anyone’s feelings. No one needs to go down in relationship flames.

As always, those most affected have the Sun and/or Rising sign in Aries, but the rest of us will still feel the feisty vibes somewhere in our lives depending upon where the Fire sign appears in our chart.

Aries Sun* Spring Equinox –  3/20/17  6:29 AM EDT / 3:29 AM PDT

*Gemstone: Garnet * Power Color: Fiery Red * Body Part: Head / Face

FYI – In celebration of the ancient art of Astrology, March 20th is designated as “International Astrology Day”. Cake & Champagne for all!