Planning your Vacation by Your Zodiac Sign

zodiac pictures all 12

Read your Sun Sign and Rising Sign for some clues as to what would make a great vacation for you!

ARIES:  The Mars energy always goes with you wherever you go.  However, a calm, quiet resort would certainly be a good contrast to your usual day.  You tend to pack in a lot of activity and excitement.  You may enjoy exploring the back roads and finding something new and different.  But instead of always looking for some excitement going on, you would really benefit from a complete change of scene.

TAURUS:  It’s usually a tropical island or a cruise for you, where someone else is planning the activities and serving the meals.   You want to sit and recharge and just release your tension. You often bring the family, but try to have one short period of time along without the kids.  Pass up the temptation to vacation with business friends.  Try to break the rut of always going to the same place every year.  Explore somewhere new every so often and try new places to eat.  See how great you feel!

GEMINI:  You dream about your vacations, imagining the ‘perfect’ trip.  You tend to make plans and then change them or add in another stop, because your ruler Mercury lends some changeability  to your nature.  However, this also affects others who are going with you.  You like taking tours, but it would be good to stay longer in a place so you can absorb what you are seeing more fully.   You like to read and also chat with those you meet. Rent a bike or motorscooter and see things along the way.  

CANCERIANS:   You really love to travel but usually like to keep some days to relax at home. You might take short trips, returning to sleep in your own comfy bed. Some take half the day just getting out the door and wonder why they don’t see as much as they had hoped.  Plan a start time and take time to choose where you would like to eat since you are a foodie.  You need to plan ahead and not get too emotional if things don’t always go as you’d like. Travel near water or somewhere romantic.  A cruise would be perfect!

LEO:  You love warmth, being a child of the Sun.  Also, you love  bright lights and sparkling people.  Discipline yourself to save the money to enjoy the comforts of a lovely, luxurious vacation.  You would love to rub shoulders with celebrities and lots of night life.   Getting a good suntan on a beautiful beach suits you.  Give thought to the clothes, jewelry and shoes that you will need, because you are inclined to over-pack.  Allow your family or co-travelers to have a say in where they would like to go.

VIRGO:   You tend to wait too long to accumulate the funds or the time to take a real vacation.  But when its time to go, you really might surprise your friends with the great trip you plan, like maybe a safari in Africa or an exotic flight to some tropical island. You will feel you are making up for lost time!  Take a lot of pictures and enjoy some extravagances.  A new side of you will emerge and then later you will enjoy reminiscing about your trip for many years.

LIBRA:  You have trouble deciding where to go and then might still change your mind, or sometimes circumstances cause you to cancel your plans.  If someone raves about a place they have visited, you are influenced to go and see if for yourself.  Do plan relaxation time and forget about those tours that cause you to rush.  Go where you can be waited on and pampered.  Your ruler Venus wants you to have all possible comforts, including fine food and interesting companionship.  Bring a lot of money, you’ll need it!

SCORPIO:  You need a vacation that provides beneficial changes to your usual routine with results that last all year.  You can fall in love with a special place and even have a holiday romance if thats your style.  You plan dramatic, intense vacations with many adventures.  Save unnecessary emotional upsets by realizing that vacation romances are usually just that.  Choose holiday companions with discretion.  Foreign countries attract you and music festivals and theater performances.  Music and drama are a great relief for your moody and secretive nature.  Your ruler Pluto seeks vacations that may have some danger involved somewhere on the trip but take care not to return all tired out.

SAGITTARIUS:  You love action-packed vacations and participating in or attending sports events.  The mountains and rugged outdoors attract you.  You require challenges and physical activity on your trip.  Try not to be impatient with family members or friends who need time to enjoy some relaxing time on a beach.  Take separate vacations occasionally.  Being so outgoing, you like good companionship and will meet people easily when you travel.

CAPRICORN:  You need to leave your work behind and don’t read email or answer work related calls while you are away unless you absolutely must.  You look so forward to escaping work but often bring projects along that need completing.  You need a relaxing vacation almost more than any other sign.   Something often holds you back from fully enjoying yourself and this is the Saturn-influence on your sign. You are practical and don’t always want to spend money on frivolity, which can impede full enjoyment for you.  But it’s money well-spent for you because you are such a hard worker, that you deserve a break.

AQUARIUS:  You are probably the most spontaneous traveler of the zodiac.  Uranus your ruler often erupts suddenly in your life and being a humanitarian, you may find yourself visiting or helping a sick friend or looking after a family member.  This frequently cuts your vacation time short for your own relaxation.  Sometimes you have to forego your original plans due to unexpected events.   As you age, you will spend more time relaxing at home, but its better to get away and unwind where there is peace and quiet and also meet interesting people who will provide an interesting discussion with you.

PISCES:  You like to plan fabulous vacations with romantic appeal and water nearby. You like new places and can enjoy yourself no matter where you go.  You don’t want to be cramped and so will choose spacious accommodations.   You like a mix of pleasant company and also lots of time for quiet introspection.  You are quite impressionable so choose your vacation spot wisely.  You always meet people and you know money spent on vacations can save money spent on doctors.  Vacations are so therapeutic for Pisces that they need to get away as often as possible.zodiac cartoons

Doesn’t this put you in the mood to plan a trip somewhere?  

Advertisements

If I Should Ever Miss The Snow

1545

Snow is gently falling on my blog, but there is no snow falling here in Phoenix Arizona!  I remember growing up in Northern New Jersey and all the snowfalls and ice storms that would close the schools.  We loved those days and would be outside sledding and making snowmen and just enjoying the day off from school.  But that changed once I was older and had to drive to work on snowy, icy roads.  If the snow would begin falling in the morning, I would watch it through the windows and worry all day about getting home later and how long it would take with all the traffic.

The final straw was the time I drove home from an event during the early afternoon in a snow storm.  The highway was very slippery and I went into a skid, then a spin, and then crossed the road several times hitting the guard rails on each side of the road.  When I finally came to a stop, I was amazed that I didn’t hit another car!  I continued driving with my knees shaking, heading uphill to my home.  As I turned onto the street right before mine, my wheels were spinning and would not make it up the incline. I had to back down and try several times hitting the accelerator and then making a swing left onto my street finally and into my driveway.  I was shaking all over, in disbelief that I was safely home.  My car was pretty dented from hitting those guardrails but I was not dented at all.  I truly believe my angels protected me that day!

I resolved that day to move to a warmer climate and be done with driving in snow forever.  The following summer I was able to take a trip to Arizona to visit my brother.  I spent a week here and fell in love with it, even in the heat!  The mountains totally surround the Phoenix valley and I had a feeling of protection. I made the decision that I must move here and went back home knowing that I would live here somehow.  

The following year after being divorced for several years, I happened to meet a gentleman at a dance who had gone to Arizona State University and now lived in New Jersey, but always had the desire to go back to the Phoenix area to live. As fate would have it, two years later we were married.  We bought a motor home and moved cross country together.  Our combined five kids visit us and we visit them and our grandchildren in New Jersey and Pennsylvania every year.  One of them drove our car west and moved to San Diego for a few years. He then moved to beautiful Sedona where he has lived happily now for over 20 years. He was happy to leave the cold weather behind too!

We have now lived in Arizona 31 years and the only time we see snow anymore is on television or on Christmas cards and here on my Blog page!  I had my fill of it and can go north to Flagstaff anytime if I should want to see it.

Merry Christmas!                  christmas-love-in-action-pic

Happy New Year!

Happy Holidays!

You Can Visit Mars

Elon Musk hopes SpaceX will send humans to Mars in 2024

I did not know this, did you?    Fascinating!!

Artist's concept of SpaceX's Red Dragon capsule on Mars. Credit: SpaceX
Artist’s concept of SpaceX’s Red Dragon capsule on Mars. Credit: SpaceX

SpaceX’s plan to send a Dragon capsule to Mars in 2018 will be the first in a sequence of unmanned commercial missions to the rust-colored world before the first voyage with humans as soon as 2024, SpaceX founder Elon Musk said Wednesday.

The company announced in April its intention to dispatch a next-generation Dragon spacecraft, an uncrewed derivative of the vehicle SpaceX is developing to send astronauts to the International Space Station, to Mars on an interplanetary test flight in 2018.

Speaking at Code Conference 2016, a tech industry conclave sponsored by Recode and Vox Media held this week near Los Angeles, Musk said SpaceX will send a mission to Mars every two years beginning in 2018, when the positions of the planets allow spacecraft to make a direct trip from Earth.

Known for announcing ambitious schedules, Musk acknowledged the timetable is ambitious and rife with uncertainties, but the plan is a stepping stone toward eventually sending large numbers of people to Mars, along with millions of pounds of support equipment.

“The basic game plan is we’re going to send a mission to Mars with every Mars opportunity from 2018 onwards,” Musk said Wednesday night. “They occur approximately every 26 months. We’re establishing cargo flights to Mars that people can count on for cargo.”

“That’s what’s necessary to create a self-sustaining, or a growing, city on Mars,” he said.

SpaceX has not revealed what the “Red Dragon” mission in 2018 will carry, but NASA has signed on to provide deep space navigation and communications support, along with a suite of sensors.

The launch opportunity to Mars in 2018 occurs in May, followed by another window in July and August of 2020.

“I think, if things go according to plan, we should be able to launch people probably in 2024, with arrival in 2025,” Musk said.

“When I cite a schedule, it’s actually a schedule I think is true,” Musk said in a response to a question at Code Conference. “It’s not some fake schedule I don’t think is true. I may be delusional. That is entirely possible, and maybe it’s happened from time to time, but it’s never some knowingly fake deadline ever.”

He did not specify whether the mission would land on Mars or just orbit the planet.

Travelers will not go to Mars aboard the upgraded “Crew Dragon” vehicle SpaceX intends to launch to the red planet in 2018. Its internal volume is roughly equivalent to an SUV, making for an uncomfortable ride, and it will not have the ability to return to Earth.

Musk plans to unveil his architecture for colonizing Mars, a prime mission of SpaceX when he established the company in 2002, in September at the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico.

“That’s the game plan — approximately 2024 to launch the first of the Mars colonial transport systems with people,” Musk said Wednesday.

SpaceX will have to develop a giant rocket, larger than the Saturn 5 moon rocket or the Space Launch System currently pursued by NASA, to make Musk’s objective a reality. The design of the new rocket, and the location of its factory and launch base, have not been announced.

The cost of Musk’s Mars dream is also unquantified, at least publicly, but he said SpaceX needs “a lot of money” for the project from revenues earned through lucrative contracts with NASA, the U.S. military, and commercial communications customers.

In parallel, NASA is working on its own Mars program, aiming to launch astronauts aboard the Space Launch System and Orion crew capsule on a mission to the vicinity of the red planet in the 2030s. The cost of that government-backed program is also unclear, and it still lacks technical and schedule detail.

NASA plans to launch a series of crewed flights to cis-lunar space, a region near the moon, beginning as soon as 2021 to test out deep space operations, life support systems, solar-electric thrusters, and habitats for the round-trip voyage to Mars.

The space agency’s plan for robotic Mars missions is more defined, with a stationary lander named InSight due for departure in May 2018 to detect quakes and study the planet’s deep interior.

A rover based on the Curiosity vehicle currently exploring Mars will follow with a launch in 2020, carrying with it a set of scientific instruments to help search for evidence of past life and hardware to demonstrate the ability to generate oxygen from the Martian atmosphere. That is key to future human expeditions, which will need to make their own breathable air, water and propellants.

The rover launching in 2020 will also collect rock specimens for retrieval by a later probe to return them to Earth.

In 2022, NASA tentatively plans to send an orbiter to Mars in the second phase of a program to robotically return samples from the surface of Mars to Earth. The craft could be powered by an efficient solar-electric propulsion system, allowing the orbiter to move more freely around Mars and test the ability to rendezvous with another object in Mars orbit.

A lander to actually pick up the rock samples could follow later in the 2020s.

The European Space Agency’s ExoMars rover is also scheduled for launch in 2020. It will burrow up to 2 meters, or 6 feet, into the Martian crust to gather core samples that have been shielded from ionizing radiation that scientists believe damage or destroy the organic signatures of past life at the surface.

China is developing its own rover to launch to Mars in 2020, and the United Arab Emirates is funding a planned Martian atmospheric research orbiter to lift off from Earth the same year

by Stephen Clark

LIFE IS LIKE A TRAIN

the train
Someone sent this to me and I had to pass it on:
At birth we boarded the train and met our parents, and we believe they will always travel on our side. However, at some station our parents will step down from the train, leaving us on this journey alone. As time goes by, other people will board the train, and they will be significant like our siblings, friends, children, and even the love of your life. Many will step down and leave a permanent vacuum. Others will go so unnoticed that we don’t realize they vacated their seats.
This train ride will be full of joy, sorrow, fantasy, expectations, hellos, goodbyes, and farewells. Success consists of having a good relationship with all passengers requiring that we give the best of ourselves.
The mystery to everyone is: We do not know at which station we ourselves will step down. So, we must live in the best way, love, forgive, and offer the best of who we are. It is important to do this because when the time comes for us to step down and leave our seat empty we should leave behind beautiful memories for those who will continue to travel on the train of life.
I wish you a joyful journey on the train of life. Reap success and give lots of love.
More importantly, thank God for the journey.

A TRIP OF A LIFETIME USING ASTROLOGY

My husband and I took a cross country road trip in early September and spent five weeks enjoying the country and our visit with  family in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.                                                10682674_10203078567034232_1131426557_o

As an Astrologer, I wanted to start this trip on an auspicious day for it to be as pleasurable as possible.  The moon was in the travel sign of Sagittarius and we needed to begin the trip before the moon went v/c (void-of-course) so we got on the road with less than ten minutes to spare.  v/c is the short period that occurs once a month between the moon making its last aspect to a planet before changing its sign and going into the next sign.  It is said that anything begun on a v/c period amounts to nothing, or the path is plagued with false starts and unexpected hassles!   No thanks!   On the return trip, we had to leave under a Mercury Retrograde, which I would have preferred to avoid.  But with the luxury to travel leisurely and not have to worry about time schedules, we actually had no problem.  It didn’t affect our communications with each other in the car and we had no important communications to tend to.  Air travel would be a whole different issue under a Mercury retrograde.  We also remembered to cover our car and ourselves with protective spiritual white light each day and I filled the car with travel angels.

Leaving Phoenix we drove through Sedona Arizona where we met with our son for lunch.  He is lucky enough to live in that scenic wonderland.  We drove through Flagstaff and then to Gallup, New Mexico where we stayed overnight.  On day two we drove  through Albuquerque New Mexico and headed to Santa Fe where we had dinner and  then spent the night in Las Vegas, New Mexico.  Yep, there are two towns called Las Vegas in two different states, who knew???

10647518_10202858808580408_1664031869_o

We drove through the cute town of Trinidad Colorado on our way to Colorado Springs, where we saw the beautiful red rocks in the Garden of the Gods one day and the Air Force Academy, with its spectacular all-faith chapel the next day.  That must be on the list of the most beautiful places to worship.  We spent an afternoon in Old Colorado City and bought candy there at the original Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.

20140906_134337

10677056_10202886329588416_1964195577_o

We made a stop in Limon Colorado the next day and were very impressed with the huge wind farms along the way, which stretch as far as the eye can see.  Then we headed to Hayes, Kansas, where we stopped to see the bison and spent the night.

Next stop was Abilene Kansas to see President Dwight Eisenhower’s home and Meditation Chapel.  Then on to Salina Kansas for lunch, followed by Independence, Missouri where we spent the next night.  In the morning, we headed toward Hannibal Missouri to see Mark Twain’s town and boyhood home.  We enjoyed walking down to the Mississippi River and seeing the huge paddle wheelers.

20140911_110144

A very special stop was Springfield Illinois and the Lincoln Museum, as well as the home where Abe and Mary Todd Lincoln raised their three sons.  If you have never seen this Museum, you will be impressed!  You can go through the furnished log cabin where he grew up and also the White House where each room depicts a scene from Lincoln’s Presidency and includes several short movies.   In Decatur we passed really nice large land farms, then on to Champagne to spend another night.

10667651_10202915072266965_1364202267_o

We drove to St. Clairesville Ohio where we met up with a friend for an excellent buffet dinner.  We enjoyed our stay with him in Washington, PA.  We arrived in Gouldsboro, PA beginning our family visit.  From there we spent time with family members in Stroudsburg and Effort, PA;  Andover, Sparta, Towaco and Newton, NJ   We enjoyed an afternoon in New Hope, PA and another visit to Pittston, PA.   The time spent with our children, grandchildren and other relatives was priceless!!

It was time to hit the road again and the return trip took us seven days.  First stop was Harrisburgh, PA, then Strasburg, and Harrisonburg Virginia.  We enjoyed several good meals on the road at dependable Cracker Barrel.  I need to check out Roanoke, Virginia; the town that once disappeared!   A stop in Staunton and then Bristol, Virginia at the border of Tennessee.  We picked up Rt. 40 in East Tennessee, stayed in Dandridge  and drove to Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge to enjoy the sights.  We drove through Nashville’s Music District and spent the night in Memphis.  No time for Elvis Presley Boulevard, but I had seen Graceland before.  Another night was spent in Conway Arkansas, with stops in Van Buren and Fort Smith Arkansas and then on to Little Rock and a visit to the Bill Clinton Museum, another must see!!  They have a full replica of the Oval Office with Bill Clinton’s desk and personal effects and also the full Cabinet Room.  There are records of his schedule for each day he was in office, it is amazing!

10676882_10203047385414711_2090494353_od

10722277_10203056091072347_962055153_o10720367_10203056070831841_280288745_o

Amarillo Texas was our next stop, then a stay in Yukon Oklahoma on Garth Brooks Drive.  Next was Tucumcari New Mexico, where we stayed overnight at the Historic Rt. 66 Motel.   Dinner and overnight in Gallup New Mexico, eating at Virgie’s Mexican Restaurant was unforgettable.  The place has been there 50 years and is a 5 star restaurant.  Entering Holbrook Arizona, we decided to make our last stop at the Petrified National Forest and Painted Desert.  The views there are unbelievable!

20141010_114156

After driving more than 6000 miles, we arrived home safely in Phoenix with memories to last a lifetime!  We have many side stories that just cannot be told here.   There are so many pictures and videos of our trip that I will be posting another blog of just photos!!