Mercury and Jupiter – Enjoy Your Rest!

M&M Attention PleaseMercury is going Retrograde again as it does four times a year!  (from 1/5 through 1/25 when it goes Direct).  Mercury rules our thoughts and speech.

A reminder:   Always read important documents  over carefully and don’t sign contracts or make new commitments if at all possible. If you must, just be sure to get a second opinion and pay extra attention to details. Negotiations can go okay if you very aware of what is being said, but try and wait before making final decisions.  You could forget some of the important details and misunderstandings can easily occur.

Retrograde planets can certainly have a positive side.  We get another chance to back up and redo things and they can wind up even better than before! You could figure out what hasn’t been working very well and implement some new changes. This is a great time to reorganize your life. Friends from the past and even former clients often pop up unexpectedly! This can be a very positive experience for both of you.

So, remember to read things over very well, especially if you don’t completely understand something.  Ask questions and also remember to use spell check.  Be especially aware of texting the wrong words if you don’t take the time to read what you said before hitting that send button.  Don’t buy electronic equipment, wait a few weeks; often it has to be returned for some reason anyway.  PC Exploding

This week also sees Jupiter taking a rest (going retrograde) all the way into May, (more like a slow down for Mr Jupiter) from giving  out opportunities, growth, expansion and luck.  (from 1/7 through 5/9 when he goes Direct).

To the Virgos, with Jupiter now  in Virgo, worry not, he will be back to either continue what he started or finally get to you.  It all depends if the degrees are early or later in your chart.  If you are a Virgo or have Virgo Rising in your chart, think back to twelve years ago, as to what was happening in your life, and you will get some idea of might be happening for you.  Wherever you have Virgo in your chart, in whatever planet or house, something there will enlarge or expand as Jupiter connects at or near those degrees.    virgo cute

And, lucky me with Virgo as my Rising Sign (also called the Ascendant). I have been having a pretty good year so far and I am expecting things to pick up in May when Jupiter moves forward again.  Jupiter completes his one year journey in Virgo on 9/10/16 and will then enter the sign of Libra for one year!



All Planets Will Go Direct/Forward

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Beginning December 25th, 2015 with Uranus stationing direct, all of the major planets in our solar system will be moving direct/forward. This continues until January 6th, 2016. 

It’s uniquely a time where the earth’s perspective becomes like the Sun, where the vibration of the solar system can provide an extraordinary kind of cosmic assistance to any endeavor created to benefit human life on earth and where the whole planet can be energized by cosmic fuel rather than fossil fuels.

We might expect new discoveries with Uranus kicking this off including science, astronomy, astrology, technology, national social systems,  and also the potential for instant and massive deep genuine  global peace and harmony. This could also bring a sudden, shocking communication leak that leads to massive, positive changes on our Earth.

Be mindful at every moment of the possibility of an awesome breakthrough toward world harmony and peaceful tolerance among all cultures on Earth. There could even be a moment of  acceptable alien communications.  Who will be contacted is also part of the unknown mystery.

Manifestations can be quickened during this time. Coming together in groups to do such things is also a great way to use this beautiful and empowering astrological energy.  Share this in the coming days leading up to this rare cycle that begins on December 25th, 2015 so we can reach as many people as possible to consciously co-create a beautiful new world during this 11 day cycle.

This certainly sounds good to me!             open box stars

Thank you to Astrologer Stephanie Forest and Lance Schuttler for sharing this information.


When to have Surgery

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This applies to ELECTIVE SURGERY ONLY!.  Sometimes we don’t have a choice and we must have surgery right away. but if you have the option to select the day,why not pick the most advantageous day.  The Astrological medical rules go all the way back to  Ptolemy and are also from reports published in medical literature by some doctors who do not happen to be Astrologers.

The most important thing to know is what sign the moon is in, as well as its position when it transits a person’s natal chart.  If possible do not schedule surgery on the day before, the day of, or the day after a full moon.  There is increased danger of hemorrhaging at this time of the month.

Also,don’t have surgery when the moon is moving through a sign ruling a vital organ; for example, when the  moon is in Leo which rules the heart  or when the moon is in the sign ruling the part of the body requiring surgery. For example, when it’s a Taurus moon avoid having a tonsillectomy,  Taurus rules the throat and the neck.

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The vitality of the body is decreased when the moon is near the person’s Ascendant and also when transiting Mars is opposing the person’s own moon sign.  Avoid it when Mars is close to 17 degrees of the person’s sun sign.  These placements can also prolong recuperation.

The above are the most important.  But if you want to look further to assure yourself that you did not leave anything to chance, you can also check the Sun’s position.  Just as with the the transiting moon, the sun should not be in the sign ruling the part of the body requiring surgery.  Ptolemy says that surgery on the chest  for example should not be done when the sun or moon are in Gemini nor breast surgery with the sun or moon in the sign of Cancer, which also rules the stomach.   Since the Sun gives us vitality, surgery at those times would drain our vitality.

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When Mars is retrograde which is not too often, avoid that time because the surgery could need to be repeated later or further surgery needed to correct a problem resulting from the first surgery.

There are other placements that could be checked, but for most of us, having our natal chart and an Ephemeris to check the daily planet movements, this is probably enough to know.  If anyone is interested in knowing other things to check, please leave me a comment and I can write another Blog on this subject.

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Tonight Venus And Jupiter Will Seem To Merge And Form A “Double Star”

jupiter venus great picSome are saying that for the first time in over two thousand years, the star of Bethlehem will reappear in the western sky, tonight, June 30th.  This is of both historical and religious significance, the last time this particular celestial configuration was seen, the first coming of Christ was recorded in the New Testaments of the Holy Bible, between the years 3 and 2 B.C.

Venus is the planet named after the Goddess of love, and Jupiter is named after the God of Thunder.  On Earth, they will appear so close together that they will look like a dramatic “double star.”   These two planets have been gradually approaching each other for the last few weeks, creeping toward their closest point: 1/3° apart. That’s close enough to be able to see them while covering them with the tip of your pinky finger.  Actually they are about 416 million miles apart in space.

The planets will also look like they are the same size, but Jupiter is the largest planet in our solar system and Venus is smaller than our Earth.   Because of their relative distances, they appear to be of a similar size when viewed from Earth.

This converging of two planets is known as a conjunction. A conjunction between Jupiter and Venus is not unusual; they were last seen close together in the sky in August of 2014, but this is an extremely close conjunction like the one believed to be the bright double star the Wise Men followed in Bethlehem .

Look West to Northwest tonight right after dark and you will see them with the naked eye.   The Moon, Mars, Mercury and Saturn can also be easily seen tonight.  If you use binoculars or a telescope, you can actually see Jupiter’s four large moon.

Note: The above picture was taken this evening of Jupiter and Venus together from the App called “Skyview” !

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Born on a Cusp

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Being born on the cusp between two zodiac signs often brings confusion about which sign you are.   If you have your chart done by an Astrologer with your exact time of birth, your true sign should be confirmed.  However, often the recorded times are not exact!  The Sun has a diameter of about half a degree so the Sun can actually straddle a cusp.  What is a cusp?  It is the imaginary line where one zodiac sign ends and the next sign begins.  You may actually share the qualities and vulnerabilities of both signs.  Life can be strange because you never know which sign you will be when you get up in the morning.

A major problem is that the signs next to each other are very different.  One will be more magnetic or passive and the other will be more electric or more active.   Statistically, it seems that about one in five people are Cuspers and many don’t even know it!   The cusp can extend a day or two both ways because the planetary energies don’t just stop dead when they hit that imaginary line, they slowly change. With the energy of two signs, you may just change back and forth on any given day, expressing one nature and then another nature.  This can cause others to never be sure who you are and even you may not be sure who you really are.   The good side is that you have more than one perspective and can see problems from a lot of different angles.  There is a blending of qualities in your personality.  Life is definitely never boring!

Some months change signs on the 19th or 23rd of the month, but the majority change on the 21st day.    In different years, the constellations changed signs at different times, so for instance, you could actually find that you are a Pisces by your time of birth and yet your friend sharing the same birthday may actually be an Aries or the previous sign,Aquarius, because he or she was born in a different year.

One example is a Pisces/Aries cusp birth:  Pisces traditionally runs from February 19 through March 20th.  This Cusper is one of the most complicated and confusing ones.  The Pisces nature is peace-loving, imaginative, quieter, softer, accepting, compassionate and more inwardly focused and more on the feminine side.  In contrast, the Aries nature is active, assertive, outward focused, temperamental, daring, confrontational and more on the masculine side.  So if you were born on this cusp, you would tend to be a camouflaged or hidden warrior. Others would certainly be surprised to see you change like that!

If you find that you are a cusp birth, read both signs and see how you can blend them, using the best parts of each to be your true, authentic self!

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Jupiter is Retrograde

Oh Jupiter, do you have to go retrograde again?

We always look forward to your visit to our Sun sign and Rising Sign with all the opportunities you bring.  Well, we can look forward to having you go direct again on April 9th! Meanwhile, Jupiter is taking a little vacation and letting us all think about the benefits we have received so far.

More goodies to come in April, especially for the Leos and Leo Rising Sign people.

Whichever House Jupiter transits in your horoscope wheel, you will get some kind of benefit!

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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



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Aquarius the water-bearer – This is an air sign and not a water sign as many seem to think.  He is actually pouring out ideas, but many artists depict this as flowing water.

Aquarians are the humanitarians of the zodiac. They are independent, friendly, original, inventive, reforming, faithful, loyal, idealistic, and very intelligent.   They are also unpredictable, eccentric, rebellious, contrary, unconventional, and very fixed in their opinions.  They are sympathetic, yet a bit distant needing to remain personally detached. They make great sacrifices for their personal independence. These are also the ones who like to be involved in “causes:. They will always be an original and somewhat unconventional, and usually don’t care what others think of them.

They can be modern in outlook, yet stubborn and fixed in their opinions and  are not easy to persuade that they might be wrong. The Aquarian has an aloof manner that is fascinating and dynamic.  They are intelligent and rational and may be broad-minded or perhaps just indifferent. They have a scientific mind and approach problems analytically.   Never allow an Aquarian to feel  trapped. They must retain a degree of independence or they become very restless.  Many Aquarians enjoy living alone,  so they are able to feel totally free.  However, a good Aquarian marriage is extremely stable and you can expect loyalty and faithfulness. Image

A dull routine will bore an Aquarian.  They are quite inventive and bring a fresh approach to every task they undertake. In their spare time they enjoy learning to fly or even organizing archaeological digs. The computer was invented for them or maybe by them. Sports such as fencing, golf, and tennis are usually enjoyed and walking is great for them.  Excellent careers include – writer, philosopher, astrologer, astronomer, archaeologist, aviator, scientist, radiographer, inventor, electronics, politics, United Nations  and Air Force careers.   Aquarius has rule over the circulation and they and those with Aquarius strong in their charts such as an Aquarius rising sign frequently suffer from varicose veins and hardening of the arteries.   This sign also rules the shins and the ankles and fractures are common.  Cold-weather is very hard on them!

How to deal with an Aquarian:  Be direct and approach issues from a practical point of view.  Understand most of them  react through intelligence rather than emotion or instinct (unless they have water signs in their chart)!  Never bore an Aquarian, keep them interested and never cause them to feel tied down!

Saturday is their best day.

Favorable metals: stainless steel, aluminum, silver.

Favorable stones: garnet, amber

Favorable colors: electric blue, iridescent and silvery colors

Musical keynote: they vibrate best to “F”

Best number: eight, associated with inspiration.

Favorable flowers, trees and shrubs: violets, daffodils and other spring bulbs.  pine, beech, cypress, willow, date, apple, grape, pear, plum, banana.

Necessary herbs:  chamomile, basil, garlic, nettles, valerian, sage, sassafras, wintergreen, rosemary, parsley, mint, hyssop, gentian root, dill, coriander, chickweed and balm.

How to use Astrology in your Life

horoscope wheel      We can use Astrology in almost any area of human experience.  But no astrological forecast will always be right or predict inevitable future events!    We always have to allow for free will with  the expected planetary activity.   Think about weather forecasting and even conventional medicine where doctors ‘practice’ medicine.  On occasion, they are wrong!  But most of the time, they are pretty good at predicting weather and diagnosing illness.

Who am I? – By using Astrology, we can know ourselves better.  Most of us are very curious about ourselves.   Astrology tells the truth when a natal chart is cast correctly, checking where each planet was placed at the moment and location of our birth.  These planetary connections actually do have a major influence on our personality.   Don’t you want to know yourself better and figure out what makes you tick and  all the others in your life too?

child picture       Children– An astrological report done for a new born baby is not just of sentimental interest to the new parents, but can be of practical help from birth through the teen years into adulthood.    It will show the relationship developing between parents and their child.   You can see how to discipline each type of child in the family.  They are all so different!  You can see your child’s physical vulnerabilities and how you can protect their health.   You can see what type of toys each child will prefer and  the kinds of games each will enjoy.   You can actually see which career path may be fulfilling  and help start your child in the right direction.  Find out hobbies and  sports that will fit your child best for success and enjoyment.   Do you have twins or know someone who does?  How are they alike and in what ways are they different  They were  born with the same birth chart, probably within minutes of each other.  The chart is known as their life map.

 Egypt Famer Woman    Career Choices – Even after many years in one line of work, people often feel a sudden need for change.  This might just be a passing fancy, better pursued as a spare time interest, or maybe a complete change of career direction is indicated.   Maybe one part of your life can be spent on one type of career which fits your Sun sign and then later on you can fulfill your Rising sign and find meaningful work that is suitable for that part of you.  

Contracts – When is the best time to sign contracts?   When is the best time for buying, selling, or starting new projects for the best outcome?

 love pic         Love and Marriage –  Who are you most compatible with for love or business partnerships?   For some, it’s a  strain  trying to live together, and yet others are very well suited for each other and live in relative harmony.  Some relationships may be based only on physical attraction and in these relationships, it’s best to let some time pass before considering spending a lifetime together.  It’s better to be alone than to be with the wrong partner.  Comparing birth charts of lovers is very helpful in the early stages of a relationship. 

Astrology can be a valuable shortcut by instantly revealing personality traits that could take a long time to emerge. A good astrologer can find the best dates for you to marry, and can also counsel couples based on their planetary connections.    However, don’t expect an astrologer to  make decisions for you, they will advise based on your chart and transits, but ultimately all decisions are up to you!

business pic       Business advice – There are Financial Astrologers who specialize in business and will give financial advice.  They can also give guidance on timing for negotiations and advise on profitability.  They can tell you when heavy spending periods can be expected and when to wait patiently and then when to move forward with plans.

   small-doctor-8752921          Health  – Astrologers can tell when and how your health is likely to suffer.  Your chart shows when you will be under emotional or physical stress and also indicates the most vulnerable areas of the body.  There is good information about proper nutrition choices for your body type.  (See my post on foods).

 Image      Weather – Some astrological forecasters have great accuracy and others are still experimenting with weather predictions,  There are some good predictions made and these can guide us in advance.                             

 travel pic     Travel –  Astrologers can advise the best time to plan a trip and warn when delays are likely to occur.  For example, expect delays when Mercury is retrograde.   Find out when those pesky Mercury retrograde periods are so you can work around them.  Never buy mechanical or electronic equipment during a Mercury retrograde period.  You can purchase if you choose, but the chances are that you will need to return your item. 

Home – You can find out the  best place for you to live .  Some locations are better for finding love; some are better for finding fulfilling work.    There is a branch of Astrology called  Locational astrology.  Not sure  where to move to, consult a Locational Astrologer.
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Other –  Are you having friends over for dinner,? Why not serve them the kinds of food they will probably like.  You can  do this if you know their Sun sign or Rising sign.   Gifts can be purchased with confidence, knowing they will be enjoyed and appreciated because you took the time to find out this information about them. 

                                 3 smiling ladies                                                       Violets in white ceramic planter with wording  $40

How about the best type of pet for you or your child? 


Astrology has its fun side, but it definitely is a serious subject and having your chart drawn up and explained is helpful in making your life work better.   There is still much research going on.    There are so many layers to Astrology and if you study it, you will never be bored again!!

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