Taurus New Moon Rising 5/6/16

Astro New Moon CrescentAll things Taurus! The Sun has been in this sensual, security minded, 2nd sign of the Zodiac since 4/19 and on Friday May 6, 2016 the New Moon will join it. With both luminaries in Venus ruled, earthy Taurus, its influences in areas of romance, beauty, creativity and money are intensified. Could it be time for a new love, a new style, a new budget?  Why not?

New Moons support fresh beginnings and Taurus urges us to think about how to build and maintain a comfortable, secure life. With this sign’s legendary determination, you can manage your cash and still be good to yourself and loved ones. Create new ways to do it.

*Taurus New Moon 5/6/16:   EDT 3:29 PM –  PDT 12:29 PM

 

 

Crazed & Confused? It’s Just Mercury Retrograde, Again – Until 5/22/16

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Yes, we will experience Mercury Retrograde, the 2nd of 4 occurrences in 2016, beginning Thursday, April 28 in Earth sign Taurus. No need to go “cray – cray” just because the communication planet reverses motion. Mercury is concerned with information, travel, education, technical gadgets and small appliances – things that help our lives go. We can overcome, we can handle, we can deal – as long as we pay attention to details and “back up” our stuff. This planet’s often confusion generating backward sky motion continues until 5/22/16, when it stops motion and goes Direct.

Tech toys, plans, budgets, especially since Mercury is transiting the security minded (financial and physical), 2nd sign of the Zodiac, should all be looked over, confirmed, checked twice. Prepare for any missteps or snafus that lurk out there. Take this time to reconnect, rethink, reassess, revisit, review, rewrite, refresh. If something does go downhill, at least you’ll be prepared to shore up the landslide and hopefully prevent total disaster.

Things will gradually become clearer as Mercury picks up forward speed. You’ll be able to go ahead with anything you may have discovered during the pause and refresh time out. Clarify career and money goals. Network and share your workplace goals with those you trust. If you can, wait a few days after Mercury goes Direct before firming up new business and signing contracts or agreements.

Of course, life goes on, there are chores and plans that must be dealt with regardless of what Mercury is doing. Retrograde chaos is not inevitable. We can mitigate potential misunderstandings by paying attention to the “small stuff”.

FYI: Mercury just “appears” to go backwards. Planets only move forward, 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.

*Mercury Retrograde: 4/28/16 * 1:20 PM EDT / 10:20 AM PDT

Passion, Intensity, Focus – 2016’s Scorpio Full Moon!

Astro Full Moon 6Whether 4/21 on the West Coast or 4/22 on the East Coast, we will experience a Full Moon in powerful, sensual, emotional Water sign Scorpio. The 8th sign of the zodiac is ruled by transformational planet Pluto, (traditional ruler is warrior planet Mars). Heightened sensitivity may result in raw, deep feelings during this lunar transit – be aware of possible over reaction. A Full Moon is a good time to figure out what to keep and what to throw away (discard whatever is no longer meaningful, useful, and / or beneficial.) Gauge what has been accomplished since the New Moon and move on to finalize and complete tasks in the next few weeks.

Scorpio also pushes us to focus on 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: April 21, 10:24PM PDT / April 22, 1:24AM EDT

 

 

Sun To Tasteful, Tenacious Taurus – 4/19/16

astrology_chartwheel 2On Tuesday April 19, 2016, the Sun moves into stubborn and determined Taurus. It has the Bull as its Astrology symbol, however, since it is ruled by the lovely, romantic planet Venus, this sign has several other dimensions. It can be stuck and resistant to change, but also, a sensual lover of beauty, good food and luxury. While appreciating all the comforts, the second sign of the Zodiac also wants us to be financially secure at all times.

For the next few weeks, regardless of Sun sign, we can all tap into those Taurean traits of strength and endurance so that we solidify and complete the projects started during the high energy of the Aries Sun. Watch out for a tendency to be overcautious – don’t miss an opportunity out of fear. Security is attractive, especially in this financial climate, but, sometimes we have to take a second look to see the advantage.

Taurus luxe will be sweetened by visiting Venus , 4/30 – 5/24 and financial situations can be muddled by a Mercury transit, which began on 4/6, going Retrograde, 4/28 – 5/23 (clever, Mercury remains in Taurus until 6/23/16). If you must negotiate and sign contracts, read everything twice. Don’t rush.

With a Taurus Sun, loved ones are treated to poetry, music and gourmet meals, while getting a lecture on the advantages of saving money – nice mix.

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

* Sun into Taurus, Tuesday 4/19/16 – 11:30 AM Eastern / 8:30 AM Pacific

**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.

 

 

If I’m On The “Cusp”, What’s My Zodiac Sign?

Astro Sun Sign WheelThere 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

Day To Day Mood Changes? – Blame The Moon!

Astro Full Moon  BrightFrom super sensitive, delicate feelings one day to a “You want a piece a me?” attitude the next, its the Lunar orb’s fault.  The Moon affects our subconscious (the Sun = conscious) and as it  moves thru the 12 signs of the Zodiac, about 2 ½ days in each sign, our moods and feelings can change according to the charaAstro signs with Glyphcteristics of each sign. It can make us susceptible to the emotions, undercurrents, vibrations that surround us and influence how we act / react during a day. (Whenever I write something like this, I hope no one gets visions of those Full Moon = Werewolf movies)

Not everyone is affected by Moon transits all the time, or in the same way. Sometimes the mood won’t be picked up on. There are always additional planet activity in a chart creating other energy. Often, there is so much going on in a life, time isn’t taken to notice that because the Moon is in Gemini people get way too chatty, or if the Moon is in Capricorn, too many want to take charge of a work project and boss everyone around. If you don’t “feel” the difference, don’t worry about it – your subconscious is still doing something 🙂

The Moon in Zodiac Signs:

Aries: Volatile, can be quick to confront, high energy

Taurus: Solid, sensual, stubborn, money focus

Gemini: Master of multi-task, communication, clever

Cancer: Nurturer, emotional, family concerns (ruled by the Moon)

Leo: Fun with melodrama, creative, generous

Virgo: Health, work, details, responsible

Libra: Social, good time to re decorate (home or self), relationships rule

Scorpio: Passion, sensitivity, intense and focused

Sagittarius:  Philosophical, looking for adventure, laughter, bigger is better

Capricorn: Authority, organization, in charge

Aquarius: Group focused, innovative, rebellious, independent

Pisces: Intuitive, impressionable, imaginative, unclear


“Precious“ * The Famous African Lady Detective

“Precious Ramotswe“ is Botswana‘s only female private investigator – the main character of the HBO series, now on DVD.

Lady Detective DVD“Precious” is played by Grammy winner Jill Scott. Tony Award winner Anika Noni Rose and Idris Elba from “The Wire” are also part of the great cast. As in the books, our bush tea drinking, lady sleuth tracks down wayward husbands, missing children and solves village mysteries all the while keeping to the traditions of her culture and maintaining the standards of both Queen Elizabeth and Nelson Mandela (she admires both).

There are 3 DVDs in the set and I enjoyed them all. “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency“ has charm and heart. Great fun.

Directed by the late Anthony Minghella, “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency “, was produced for the BBC in 2008 and then shown in the U.S. in 2009.  It is based on the popular book series by Alexander McCall Smith.

BTW: I noticed a few years back that Ms Ramotswe and the author’s name were listed week after week on the San Francisco/Bay area California paperback bestseller list. I discovered that the Botswana detective has a worldwide cult following.

Books in the series:
* 1998 .The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency
* 2000 .Tears Of The Giraffe
* 2001 .Morality for Beautiful Girls
* 2002 .The Kalahari Typing School for Men
* 2004 .The Full Cupboard of Life
* 2004 .In the Company of Cheerful Ladies
* 2006 .Blue Shoes and Happiness
* 2007 .The Good Husband of Zebra Drive


Barbra!

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A few years ago, Ms Streisand was all over PBS with her show “Barbra Streisand: One Night Only At the Village Vanguard”.  She can still touch people with her voice and it was fun to listen and watch her wrap her tiny audience (the NYC club only seats about 150) around her finger – or vocal chords in this case.  Barbra is still amazing.

I wanted to hear her, so I dug out one of the diva’s old records “The Broadway Album” (yes, “album” – like I said “old”, but now on CD) and again was in awe of her renditions of some great songs from past musicals. I have a weakness for Broadway show tunes, especially those songs from Sondheim, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Gershwin – music from Porgy & Bess, Carousel, West Side Story, The King & I, etc. These songs appeals to me because they always have a story to tell, an emotion to crystallize, a longing to express.

Over the years, these poems set to music have become “standards” – they haven’t gone away, they are being sung someplace, somewhere every day. Whether in person or on CD, Ms Streisand’s versions are beautiful, soaring, romantic, funny, perfect.

Barbra Streisand – a treasure!

 

 

 

Lively Libra Full Moon & Lunar Eclipse 3/23/16

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A Full Moon (& Lunar Eclipse) will be in classy, social Libra on Wednesday March 23, 2016. This Air sign is ruled by the lovely Venus and urges us to beautify ourselves, our surroundings and our relationships. Hopefully, the resulting loveliness will make us more inclined to cooperate with partners, seek balance in negotiations, and keep calm in deliberations. It may help us tune out/tone down any negative, angry voices (out there or in our heads) – charm and beauty are always good antidotes.

A ”Full” Moon, Lunar Eclipse phase packs power. It’s a good time to gather results or confront the useless – clean up old projects, get rid of outmoded thought patterns and attitudes in order to clear the way for the “New” Moon on 4/7/16.

*Full Moon in Libra: March 23, 2016 –  8:01 AM EDT / 5:01 AM  PDT

 

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Spring Has Sprung – Sun Into Aries!

Not only can we celebrate the Vernal Equinox, but we also get to herald the Sun’s transit into Aries, the first sign of the Zodiac, on Saturday 3/19/16 PDT and Sunday 3/20/16 EDT. This fire sign 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 will work. Risk vs reckless – don’t be careless.

Adding potential snap and crackle to interactions, clever, communication planet Mercury transits Aries from 3/21 until 4/06/16. Writing, speaking, tweeting may have more quickness, bite and sarcasm then usual. No need to hurt anyone’s feelings. No one has to go down in relationship flames.

As always, those most affected have the Sun. Moon  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: 9:31 PM PDT 3/19 –  12:31 AM EDT 3/20

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

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