Aquarius Sun 1/19/17 – Freedom, Revolution, Surprise!

The Sun entered unpredictable, freedom loving Aquarius on Thursday January 19, 2017. Other people and their causes are a natural concern for the 11th sign of the Zodiac. There may be urges to join a rally, organize a march and / or form a protest for any issues deemed important by friends, neighborhood groups, etc. Note the strong desire to contribute to the universe in some way. Regardless of your birthday, we can all tap into those vibrations as the Sun intensifies this Air sign’s influences. (It is about “We/Us” rather than “I/Me.)

On 2/7 Mercury will add its cleverness, communication and networking expertise when transiting inventive Aquarius until 2/26/17. Temper any tendencies towards sarcasm and sharpness. (Sugar better than vinegar) Be clear in speech and written word when rallying your comrades.

Don’t be surprised. Aquarius is ruled by Uranus, the planet of sudden changes and unexpected events. Taking risks, being on the edge, or ledge – sounds intense, but it can be done with humor. If you’re going to spend time enrolling people into saving the world, you might as well have fun doing it.

*Sun into Aquarius: January 19, 2017 = 4:24 PM EST / 1:24 PM PST

*Gemstone: Blue Tiger’s Eye *Power color: Ultramarine blue * Body Part: Ankles

BTW: don’t get confused – even though the Astrology symbol is the “Water Bearer”, Aquarius is an Air sign!

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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Sun Signs & The Body Parts They Rule

Astro Body Parts 2Our Zodiac Sun Signs have their colors, their birth stones and their personality traits. According to traditional Astrology, they also have jurisdiction over particular parts of our anatomy:

Aries:  Head / Face (“Head strong”)

Taurus:  Neck (A sore throat can really be a problem for a truth talking Bull)

Gemini:   Hands, arms (“Twins” people talk with their hands a lot)

Cancer:  Breasts (Of course the nurturer)

Leo:  Heart (…of a lion!)

Virgo:  Bowels (Cleansing the system for good health)

Libra:  Kidneys (Balancing the body fluids)

Scorpio:  Reproductive system (No more needs to be said)

Sagittarius:  Hips, liver (Sag’s symbol is always a centaur with a wine pouch?)

Capricorn:  Skeletal structure (bones, bones, bones…)

Aquarius: Legs (Support for all those spontaneous moves)

Pisces:  Feet (Pedicures are a good thing)

The ancients thought that those parts of the body ruled by your Sun Sign were particularly sensitive and vulnerable.  Perhaps. But I do think we need to take care of them regardless and listen when they speak and tell us something is out of whack.

Treat our parts well, and they will be kind to us in return.

 

 

 

1st Full Moon of 2017: Caring Cancer!

Thursday, January 12, 2017, is the first Full Moon of the year. A “Full” phase (Sun and Moon gloriously opposite each other) is good for the finalization of projects, clearing up messes, etc. Completing old business while the Moon is in Cancer, a family and home focused sign, may involve where you live – is it time to tie up any loose ends of DIY projects that just keep hanging on, and on? Gather and give away anything no longer useful or positive in your space; whether it be things, feelings or conversations. Make your environment as safe and secure as possible.

BTW: Other Cancer traits are also highlighted – taking care of people, feelings and emotions are on the surface (don’t let moods can run you).

*Full Moon January 12, 2017 – 6:34 AM EST /3:34 AM PST

 

 

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. 

 

Happy New Year!

I am happy and grateful, while eating chocolate ice cream, to be able to wish the best of everything to everyone. Stay safe, stay grounded.

Peace & Joy, Love & Health for 2017 !!!!

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Together * Winter Solstice & Capricorn Sun – 12/21/16!

On Wednesday December 21, 2016, Winter arrived in the Northern Hemisphere, some places more dramatically than others, but it’s the Winter Solstice nevertheless and always in tandem is the Capricorn Sun. Ambitious, efficient, grounded, practical and patient, this Earth sign is ruled by serious planet Saturn.

There’s no need to have a letdown after the very different upbeat holiday revelry most of us have been experiencing under the Sagittarius Sun. The 10th sign of the Zodiac can keep us busy networking, tuning up career moves, and organizing whatever needs to be shaped up. Make something happen. Just don’t get so bogged down in responsibilities and being “in charge” that you become rigid and cautious.  Fun can still be had!

Regardless of your birth date, we can still feel Capricorn’s influence as we reach for an upgrade in status, get a thrill directing traffic and telling people what to do and where to go. Being the “top dog” is not a burden. Being in charge is welcome – fun for the boss, but maybe not so much for the employee? Remember to be careful with how you treat others, you can be authoritative with honey, rather than vinegar.

Capricorn Sun = December 21, 2016…5:45 AM EST / 2:45 AM PST

*Gemstone: Obsidian, Onyx *Power color: Black, Gray * Body Part: Bones

FYI:  “The Winter Solstice occurs exactly when the Earth’s axial tilt is farthest away from the sun at its maximum of 23° 26′ (Shortest day / Longest night)

Peace & Joy To You & Yours!

 Season’s Greetings !

Happy Kwanzaa

Happy Hanukkah

Merry Christmas

 

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On 12/19/16, Final Mercury Retrograde Of The Year – Yay!

Of course there will more in 2017, April 9th is next, but for now… The 4th Mercury Retrograde for 2016 will be in an Earth sign again – Capricorn 10th sign of the Zodiac. The Communication planet has been slowing down for the last few days, you may have noticed some snafu like occurrences lately, but it stands still on December 19, 2016 – be ready for it. Pay particular attention to what concerns ambitious Capricorn. Business, status, career and authority are at the forefront. Verify, double check and / or confirm negotiations, contracts, appointments, etc. be clear in your interactions to avoid confusion.

Mercury is concerned with all types of information, but also travel, education, tech stuff and small appliances. It’s often confusion generating backward sky motion starts in reliable, conventional, efficient Capricorn and moves back into upbeat, energetic Fire sign Sagittarius on 1/5/17. Then goes Direct on 1/8/17, reaching Capricorn again on 1/13/17.

As always, my urging is to “pawz and refwesh”, (as Elmer Fudd would say): 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.

Of course, life goes on, there are chores and plans regardless of what Mercury is doing. Retrograde chaos is not inevitable. We can mitigate potential misunderstandings by handling the details.

*Mercury Retrograde: 12/19/16  –  5:55 AM EST / 2:55 AM PST

BTW: Mercury just “appears” to go backwards. However, due to the earth’s changing speed as it orbits around the Sun, the positions are such that it looks like a reverse motion from earth.

A Gemini Full Moon – Communication Opportunities!

On Tuesday December 13, 2016 the Sun is in Sagittarius, which means that this month’s Full Moon, is in the opposite sign – Gemini. While the Moon is in the Mercury ruled 3rd sign of the Zodiac, communication is key. Speaking / writing can tend towards the witty and the clever, but with “Full” energy, our interactions can also be purposeful, powerful and precise. I love this quote from Deepak Chopra:

“Language creates reality. Words are magical power. Speak always to create joy”

(Let us all do that!)

As always with a “Full” phase, finish and complete any old projects hanging around. Clear out any debris to make room for what’s next.

* Gemini Full Moon: 12/13/16 – 7:05 PM EST / 4:05 PM PST