moon phases 1The Moon has four phases: new, waxing, full and waning.  Then add the moon’s position through the zodiac signs. It takes about 28 days for the moon to orbit around the earth. The new moon is when the moon passes directly between the sun and the earth and it is totally dark. During the day it is very close to the sun. On your calendar it shows as a black disc. This is a good time to fast for the day since it is the highest capacity of the body for detoxification. This can help the body avoid sickness. The side of the moon facing the sun appears a few hours after the new moon and this begins the waxing moon period. Within 2 weeks the moon passes through first and second quarters. For these two weeks, build up and strengthen your body because it will be extremely effective at this time. Full moon appears when the moon is half-way toward its journey around the earth. The calendar shows it as a white disc. At full moon, expect more profuse bleeding (one reason why surgery is not recommended at full moon, the day before or day after). Childbirth labor seems to frequently begin at this time. Third and fourth quarter moons begin the two week period of waning moon. Surgery seems to be more successful during waning moon and even if you eat more than usual, it seems you don’t put weight on as quickly as during waxing moon.

oreo demo moon phasesTwo to three days are spent in each of the zodiac signs during the moon’s 28 day orbit and this exerts specific influences on different areas of the body.  There is a basic principle called ‘the art of good timing’ and it is a little mysterious in the way it works, but the moment of coming into contact is the decisive moment. An action pursued with your hands or your thoughts, either positive or negative will always be visible eventually in the material world. Forces are exerted by the phases of the moon and by the position of the moon in the zodiac at specific moments in time.

moon on your birthIf you have the option to schedule surgery, just look for a waning moon and avoid the zodiac sign that governs that particular part of the body. Following is a guide for your use:

ARIES  rules head, eyes, nose, brain, sense organs
TAURUS rules throat, neck, ears, tonsils, blood circulation
GEMINI rules shoulders, lungs, arms, hands, glandular system
CANCER rules chest area, stomach, nervous system
LEO rules heart, back, arteries, sense organs
VIRGO rules digestive organs, nerves, blood circulation
LIBRA rules hips, kidneys, bladder, glandular system
SCORPIO rules sexual and reproductive organs, nose, nervous system
SAGITTARIUS rules thighs, hips, veins, sense organs
CAPRICORN rules knees, bones, joints, skin, blood circulation
AQUARIUS rules lower legs, calves, top of feet, veins, glandular system
PISCES rules feet, toes, nervous system

moon ocean waningThe waning moon detoxifies, washes out, sweats out, breathes out, dries, consolidates, pushes to action and to expending energy. The closer to new moon, the more effective the energy.   Healing is quicker, scarring is seen less often, wounds have less bleeding.

At the new moon, start new projects, release bad habits such as smoking and drinking alcohol and see the strong withdrawal symptoms kept within bounds physically and mentally. Have your new beginning on a new moon day for your best success.

The waxing moon supplies, plans, absorbs, builds up, breathes in, stores energy, gathers strength, prompts to rest and recovery.  Water retention is more common and diuretics even have  difficulty working. Wasp stings, food poisoning, etc. have a stronger effect on the body.

right hand waxing moonFull moon is the time to fast because the body absorbs substances so well, including chemical additives. Water accumulates in tissues and there is swelling; and connective tissue becomes weak. Healing takes longer and inoculations should not be planned at this time, or three days before or after.   Postpone strenuous work until the moon is waning if possible. If we could all harmonize our daily activities with the rhythms of the moon, our minds and bodies would feel a lot better. It takes a long time to feel the effects of ignoring natural rhythms in life and living in tune with these rhythms will also be slow to show positive effects. The Farmers Almanac is all about timing of activities by the moon.

Pay more attention to the moon phases, experimenting and observing for yourself. You’ll wonder how you managed so long without the knowledge and why you never noticed before. There is much more to be said about living in harmony with nature.

superstitions                                                                The Superstition Mountains – Arizona



I like what Derek and Julia Parker have to say in one of my favorite books,  The Compleat Astrologer.

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Astrology has always served to enlarge our understanding.  Changes have been made in recent years that promise to have a major effect on the progress of astrology; the new directions it can be expected to take, and the attitudes people are likely to adopt towards it.

These changes are mysterious and illuminating. Progressive astrologers, attempting to relate astrology to a science-oriented society are working with hardheaded scientists.  Looking at other points of view, common ground has been discovered in the field of biological rhythms and cycles, enough to show that astrologers and scientists are becoming very compatible.

The age of Aquarius holds a new fascination for the younger generation in search of meaning, although astrology is for people of all ages and generations. It knows no cultural or age differences.  Astrological truths are for all of us and hold us all together as a human family.

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But is astrology true?  You must discover this for yourself.  No one can be persuaded simply by being told about it.  You have to choose to learn more about it.  To understand the influence of the heavenly bodies on mankind, we must understand the science behind astrology and the techniques of its art.  Astrologers honor and respect the truths of past masters.  We want to cast a deeper, clearer light on human life.

A star was the ancient Sumerian symbol for divinity. The stars provided a very impressive background to the interaction of other celestial bodies. Today we are naturally aware that the sun and moon exert a strong physical influence on our lives.  Back then, the Sun kept people warm and faded in the winter; day alternated with night, the sea rose and fell with the tides. These were mysterious processes of growth and decay, and the ebb and flow of the natural order helped provide a physical explanation of the universe.
From the viewpoint of earth, the stars turn around us in the pattern that is virtually unchanging from one year to the next.   The shifts that constantly occur were so slight that they were hardly noticed by the earliest observers.  The seven major bodies were noticed because of their rapid movement against the starry background of sky.  Early observers noticed the Sun, Moon, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn.  In  Babylonian times there are stories written about  the planets, sun and moon representing gods with the power to direct or intervene in life, each one being allocated power over an area of human experience.

 from Mars seeing Earth and Jupitr   The view from Mars of Earth and Jupiter

For example, Mercury was seen as a quick, cunning and wise god. Mars was the ruler of violence and war; Jupiter was a benevolent king-like ruler of men; Saturn was seen as a distant cooling sun in exile; quick-tempered and cruel.  Gradually, as these associations gained in authority, they were joined together to form the basis of astrological lore.

To add a little humor, today I saw this written:  God made the planet Saturn and he liked it, so he put a ring on it!!! saturn rings


From Misery to Joy – A Story of Real Life

With the tragic passing of Robin Williams, there has been so much discussion lately about depression and suicide.  We will all miss him terribly.  His passing has really raised awareness about this insidious and horrible disease.  I can personally attest to how horrid it is, having suffered from chronic depression and acute anxiety over a two and a half year period.  It seemed to have been kicked off by the death of my grandchild following on the heels of 4 consecutive hospitalizations for me and having several stents put into my heart arteries.  It began a spiraling down very deep into darkness and misery.  I never used to understand how someone could take their life, but I can now, after experiencing that hopelessness that overtakes you and robs every ounce of joy from you.  I am healthy now thank God, but I remember all too well what I went through over two years ago.  I understand the suffering and I have deep compassion for those going through it.  I was always an optimist and a happy person.  I know some have chronic depression that they fight all their life, but I did not.  Nobody would have ever expected that to happen to me, but it did.  It can overtake anyone at any time.  Thanks to a good doctor, the right medication finally, and the loving support of my husband and family, I was pulled up and out of that dark hole.  I was one of the lucky ones! 

I also know that the disease called clinical depression is unlike the normal depression that we as humans go through  sometimes.  Clinical depression I learned is the most hopeless disease of all, robbing one of all hope.  You cannot believe you will ever be well again.  It causes you to lose your appetite and affects every organ in your body eventually.  We now know there is a direct link between brain mood and the physical body.  Those chronic horrible thoughts that are really uncontrollable, wreak havoc on your body organs and for me each one of them began to malfunction in some way.  It affected everything.  Even my teeth hurt and felt too weak to chew food.  Nothing worked right.  The misery was both mental and physical.  I saw several specialists about problems with my body.  A constantly recurring infection caused me to be on an antibiotic for over a year.   Every ounce of energy was drained away leaving me so depleted that the slightest effort to accomplish something put me on the couch exhausted.  I spent most of the day on the couch.  It took extreme effort to get out of bed in the morning and find anything to wear.  Taking a shower was so much work that it often took until mid afternoon to finally get it done, if it got done.  I could not make the smallest decision.  The depressing thoughts consumed me and I read self-help books and inspirational books  and yet I could not absorb any of it.  My grown kids, sisters and a few friends tried to encourage me from afar, but my constant response became “I can’t” . I prayed to God to release me from what almost felt like a dark entity had moved into my body and taken over and wanted to do me in.  If that was so, that entity did not know anything that I had learned in my life.  After thirty five years of studying Astrology, I forgot it all and everything else I ever knew.   The dark thoughts were all consuming and allowed nothing else in. 

I lost my appetite, and thus so much weight that my clothes practically fell off me.  I lost my friends because I didn’t want to see anyone or be social, it was too hard and I looked terrible too.  I couldn’t carry on a decent conversation with anyone  because my mind couldn’t think of a thing to say.  I couldn’t cook because I couldn’t remember how I had made meals all those years and I was too drained to even try.  I couldn’t drive the car because my mind could not take the stimulus nor remember how to do so many things at one time, such as using the manual shift, checking traffic around me and remembering where the place was that I wanted to go and how to get there.  I was terrified of having an accident, so I only drove short distances with my husband in the car.  He encouraged me to drive the car and so I tried when I could, which wasn’t often.   He pushed me to get dressed and got me out the door when he could, even just to the supermarket.  I didn’t want to go anywhere.

After I was into this for over a year, I finally begged for help, knowing it was getting worse every day.  We tried several doctors, before finally finding someone who would not only dispense pills, but listen.  I did finally take  pills, but I didn’t want to because I was afraid I would become addicted to them; especially the anti anxiety pills that worked quickly but one needs a larger and larger dose for the same effect. I could get as relaxed as possible and the anxiety still grabbed my chest.  The antidepressants take a long time to work and several of them prescribed for me did not work on me at all.  It was a long and slow process and the combination of the right doctor, the right pills, the support of my husband and the plane ride east to see family and my newest grandchild all worked together to help me heal. 

I must say that I don’t know how anyone gets through it alone.  I had my husband whose support and love and care kept me going day after day.  He took on all the cooking, cleaning, laundry and everything else that had to be done.  He tried helping me in every way he knew.  We went nowhere and saw nobody and I felt really bad for him, but I was unable to do anything about the situation.  God bless him and the others for hanging in there for me for so long.

I am healthy in mind, body and spirit now.  My gratitude is overwhelming.  I learned a lot through that experience and I am still processing it.   I knew I wanted to write about it when the time was right, hopefully to help someone else who is in the throes of it right now.  Despite feeling hopeless, it is possible to get well.  I did and I have never been happier.   Life is good now and I am back to being my positive, optimistic self and enjoying every single day.  I don’t miss an opportunity to have fun, to be kind to others,  and hopefully you will too!  Please don’t give up on yourself!

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perfect red roseThis poem is poignant and so special. It was shared by my dear friend Sharon Warren and touches my heart. It was written by Nobel Prize winner Derek Walcott, Collected Poems, 1948-1984.

Love After Love

The time will come
when, with elation
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror
and each will smile at the other’s welcome,
and say, sit here. Eat.

You will love again the stranger who was your-self.
Give wine, give bread, give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you
all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.

Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,
the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.


Now it’s time for Leo  ( July 23 – August 22 )  

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Leo is ruled by the life-giving force of the Sun and of course Leo is a fire sign!  Leo is also a ‘fixed’ sign (deliberate and very difficult to get them to change their minds). Leos usually dislike being bogged down in small details (unless they have Virgo in their chart) and they love to do things in a big, dramatic way. They are sincere, affectionate, and enjoy bringing happiness into their loved one’s lives.They are natural leaders and enjoy organizing things and being in charge.  They are very appreciative of any affection given  to them, and they generously return it.  Leos have many friends who admire their  warm personalities, their independence, their determined and ambitious natures.They have a strong, forceful personality.  They may be quick to anger yet they are equally quick to forgive.  Most Leos, especially in their earlier years, have a beautiful head of hair just like the Lions mane.

lion pic 2Leo loves drama and if there is none going on, don’t put it past them to create some!  They also love children and can work well with them. Their active minds, generosity, sincerity and candid natures are a big help up the ladder of success. They are often chosen for jobs with authority since they carry it so well.  They prefer living on a grand scale to trying to make ends meet, due to their inherent ability to want to enjoy the best of this world.  So, limited finances really upset them. In the last few years many Leos have had the capability for success but not the opportunities and know the frustration of not being able to take leadership in a good  career.

Leo is known for longevity and resilience and the ability to recover from illness quickly. There is strength of mind and body and they can be an inspiration to others.  Praise and appreciation are necessary for them, but they are prepared to earn it!

They can endure anything for a long time, whether it’s a job, a personal relationship, or a project, but they can say goodbye dramatically if they must, and nothing will tempt them back.  They like to feel a sense of freedom and believe that their freedom and that of others is something worth fighting for.

Favorable climate: warm or tropical for sun-loving Leo

Preferred sports: golf, horseback riding, tennis

Flowers: long stemmed  roses, Gladioli, and Goldenrod, as well as any other tall, dignified flowers

Perfumes and fragrances: red sandalwood, Cassia, frankincense, clove, camphor

Best Day of the week:  Sunday, being the day of the sun

Favorable metals: Gold

Precious stones: Cats Eye, Sardonix,  Ruby, diamond

Favorable colors: All golden and orange shades through the full range of yellows, as well as warm golden beige.

Musical keynote: They vibrate to “D”

Their best number:  the planetary number of the sun is one

Necessary herbs: Sage, thyme, rosemary, celery seed, cinnamon, saffron, cloves

Favorable trees and plants, grapefruit, orange, palm, ash, bay, olive, walnut, almond

Alcoholic Beverages:  Cider or Champagne, Kirsch, Chartreuse, Marsals

How to deal with a Leo: they expect to be approached with dignity and respect. Get to the point in conversation because they are quick and hate repetition.  Listen to their opinions and be sure to praise them when they deserve it and you will earn their respect. Always invite them to your party; they love parties!

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It is the Summer Solstice and the beginning of the sign of Cancer, or as I prefer to say, the Moonchild!  This period runs from the 21st or 22nd of June to the 21st or 22nd of July.  These dates are changeable depending on the year of birth.    Cancer is a feminine water sign ruled by the moon.  This is the first of the three water signs. The moon affects Cancerians by causing them to be moody, emotional, sensitive, romantic, sentimental and they cry easily.  This is the earth mother of the zodiac, who will nurture and feed anyone who walks in her door.

Moon children are drawn to all types of people and absorb the energy of all the people they meet.  They can be easily drained with their sympathetic ear as they listen to others’ troubles.  Moon children tend to take on others’ problems and offer a lot of sympathy.  They are very sensitive to everything going on with their own family.  They enjoy their home and make it very comfortable and attractive.   They have a constant need for change, which can confuse others and are not very easy to understand.  People tend to come and go in their lives.   However, with those little crab claws (their symbol) they do hang on to certain friends and partners as long as possible.

Picture of Cancer the crab

Moon children have strong intuition and should always pay attention to their hunches. Most of them  have  a very retentive memory recalling even small events from the past in great detail.    They are very idealistic and always do the best job they can. But they will move on and usually by the third year of a job or project, they are ready for a change. Moon children enjoy all kinds of ceremonies and rituals.  They are shrewd in business and in life.  They have the ability to be child-like, and that is not childish!  They use this to their advantage, completing projects that more experienced people could not do.   They are very generous in big ways, but not as much with the little things.  Their personal things mean a lot to them and they are very possessive of them.  If they loan something out and it is not taken care of, or returned, this can upset them very much.

The Cancerian imagination can bring them success in artistic work, writing, or anything creative.    However, when things are not going well, they become easily upset, imagining that others have upset them on purpose. Then they get into a low mood and withdraw.   They are more inclined to cry than to resort to their temper in order to release their frustrations.   Like their symbol the crab, they do not move directly forward in life but tend to move erratically sideways before eventually attaining their goal.  As a Cardinal sign, they are able to accept leadership and the control of most situations if called for, although they do not usually directly seek leadership.   They rely on their charms to get their way and can adapt, even if temporarily, to any of the other signs.  Friendships can always be renewed with very little animosity on the part of either person.

Favorable climate:   They can thrive in almost any climate, but they may not feel quite as well in a very dry desert- like climate as they do near the water.   Being outgoing,  they thrive best in populated cities,  the seashore, and lake communities.

Favorable sports:  swimming, sailing, dance, tennis, racquetball, ping pong.

Favored flowers:  Water lilies, larkspur, jasmine, nocturnal flowers, roses

Perfumes and scents: Light florals, cinnamon, Bay leaves, camphor, cedar, sandalwood, poppy

Best day of the week: Monday the day associated with the moon

Favorable metals:  silver, aluminum

Favorite precious stones:  Pearls, crystals, diamonds, emeralds, opals, onyx

Favorable colors:  Spring shades of green,  iridescent hues, pink, silver

Musical keynote:  They vibrate best to “B”

Best number:  Two

Necessary Herbs:  Peppermint, chamomile, basil, garlic, slippery elm, balm

Favorable trees and plants:  Crabapple, sugarcane, mango, banana, all trees with sap

Wines and Liquors:   sparkling champagne and white wine, mint liquors

It has been said that the luckiest dads have a Cancerian daughter who will always be there for them no matter what!   Since this is my sign, I especially enjoyed writing this post.

Jupiter is Direct Again

JUPITER is the biggest planet in our solar system and is 318 times bigger than earth.  It is the fastest spinning planet in our solar system.  It has 63 moons.   That little red dot inside of Jupiter is  a storm and it’s big enough for two earths to fit inside of it!

Today, Thursday March 6, Jupiter  stopped moving backwards ( it’s not stopping, but it appears to stop and then move forward).


Jupiter is one of the most well known planets in our history and was the planet that helped us understand that the planets are moving around the Sun (and not the Earth).

Jupiter is now in Cancer and is helping bring our attention to what makes us feel secure. It is putting attention to the idea of security, creativity, learning and children. We will now get huge Jupiter  support in moving forward  in the direction of everything related to the sign of Cancer ( home, family, security).

If you have things going on in your home you may find that the next six months brings relief and completion. If the sign of Cancer happens to be in your 3rd house you may find that things go much better with your siblings or perhaps you start writing that book or blog you’ve been putting off or you get to visit a place you’ve been yearning to get to.  Check to see which house is ruled by Cancer in your chart.

Leo’s – be advised that Jupiter is happily on the move and won’t stop until it reaches your sign this spring.   It’s time to accept your fate and listen to your heart. You can nurture yourself and find your dreams and that big, enormous planet is reminding you that you can have your desires because there is gigantic support behind you.

We all love hosting Jupiter in our Sun sign or crossing over our Ascendant.  It is the planet bringing benefits and opportunity and also weight gain; oh well, it’s a small price to pay!!



We are living in wonderland, but we rarely notice it. The easiest spiritually awaken is to look at the world around us with new eyes… to see things as if for the first time and the last time!

Usually we become so entangled in the story we tell ourselves about life that we don’t notice the deep mystery of existence. We live as if we know what is going on, when actually life is an enormous enigma. For spiritual awakening we need to step into the mystery. A simple way to do this is to focus on the present moment.  When we do, our state of consciousness spontaneously changes because we come out of the story and into the mystery. The story exists in time, so when we bring our attention into the present moment there is no story about the past and the future. This can be a great relief. In the here and now, we don’t understand life with words; we experience the mystery of the moment.

Spiritual awakening is intensely pleasurable, because we truly appreciate all we see and hear and touch in this world of wonders. When we are superficially awake, we feel the enjoyment available to us only partially. When we are deeply awake; however, we find ourselves really savoring the pleasures of life. The body wakes up to how sweet it is to be alive.

Appreciate colors and sounds and feelings. They become rich and vibrant. The world starts to sparkle. There is an experience of profound gratitude that arises when we  see how glorious life really is!Image

This was written by a Philosopher and Author by the name of Tim Freke

I thought it worthy of sharing!

Edgar Cayce on Astrology

Back in the early to mid 1980’s I discovered Edgar Cayce and the ARE, which is the Association for Research and Enlightment.  Where I grew up in New Jersey, there were very few metaphysical book stores, so I ordered my books on Astrology and other Metaphysical subjects from the ARE book store.    I always wanted to visit the ARE center in Virginia Beach, but I never had the chance.

As a long-time Astrology student, I devoured every book I could find on this subject.  Today I have a pretty extensive collection of Astrology material and several of these books are used in my work as a Professional Astrologer.  What did Edgar Cayce have to say about Astrology? His definition:

“that position in space about our own earth that is under the control of the forces that are within the sphere of that control, and all other spheres without that control.  That is Astrology, the study of those conditions.  In the beginning, our own plane, the Earth, was set in motion.  The planning of other planets began the ruling of the destiny of all matters as created, just as the division of waters was ruled and is ruled by the Moon in its path about the earth, just so as the higher creation as it begun is ruled by the action in conjunction with the planets about the earth.  The strongest force used in the destiny of man is the Sun first, then the closer planets to the earth, or those tht are coming to ascension at the time of the birth of the individual.  But let it be understood here, no action of any planet or the phases of the Sun, the Moon or any of the heavenly bodies surpass the rule of man’s will power, the power given by the Creator of man in the beginning, when he became a living soul with the power of choosing for himself.  The inclinations of man are ruled by the planets under which he is born, for the destiny of man lies within the sphere or scope of the planets.”   He goes on and adds, “We see there is the influence of the planets upon an individual, for all must come under that influence, though one may pass from one plane to another without going through all stages of the condition, for only upon the earth plane at present do we find man is flesh and blood, but upon others, do we find those of his own making in the preparation of his own development…… many of the forces of each planet is felt more through the experience, by the entity’s sojourn upon the planets than by the life that is led other than by will, for will is the factor in the mind of man that must be exercised.:  Cayce also said many, many thousands of years ago, Astrology was used by the people, per the records of Job, who lived before Moses.

A little bit of information about this very special man taken from the book “Edgar Cayce – The Sleeping Prophet” by Jess Stearn – Edgar would lay down on his couch.  He would close his eyes and then start to talk in his sleep.  He would be in a trance state and unaware of what he was saying.  He tuned in to subconscious information, apparently the product of a Universal Mind which had been available to him since he was young.


He would accurately diagnose sick people who came to him in person, or just wrote to him for help, and consequently cure them.  But he also would get predictions of future earth events, as well as information about previous events.  His wife wrote down what he said and later his secretary Gladys took over.  He could apparently travel in time and space.  He spoke of a belief in reincarnation, with its concept of many lives for the same soul spirit.  Edgar Cayce, somehow was able to look inside of everything that fell into the realm of his unconscious – –  the human body and soul, the earth, the Universe itself.   Edgar Cayce was an uneducated man, never having gone beyond the sixth grade in Hopkinsville, Kentucky where he grew up.

Many years have passed since his death in 1945 and the collection of documents on his various readings for people are on file in the library at the Association for Research and Enlightenment in Virginia Beach.   While he was alive, he was scorned by the medical profession, but today many inquiring minds in the medical profession are looking at and using his diagnoses and remedies.  One medical authority stated that medically, he was 100 years ahead of his time.   Many today are being successfully treated using  his readings.

Through the years, I left Edgar Cayce behind and moved forward into other metaphysical pursuits.  Recently a friend told me about an Edgar Cayce Study Group and I joined.  I learned that these Cayce study groups are happening around the world.   I have been guided back into my old books, which I once relied upon for good health, using the Cayce remedies.  I did move away from it all, but destiny has brought Cayce back into my life again twenty five years later.  I feel the urge to write more about Edgar Cayce in future blogs and I know I am to share more about this amazing man.