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This site will bring you some interesting and timely posts about what is going on in the Heavens — I love studying astrology, and I enjoy passing on the information I have gleaned from the moving planets in aspect to the sun and moon and each other.  Even if you feel this kind of post isn’t for you — if you give it a try, you might find it amusing, informative, downright accurate, or just a good way to pass a couple of lazy minutes on your computer. 

I have found over the years that much of what goes on in the ether does affect the happenings here on planet Earth — much depends on the sign you were born under and what aspects are in your own personal natal chart.  You can get your natal chart free from many sites on the internet — and learning where your sun and moon are located, along with the sign that was rising at the time of your birth will give you a heads up as to what cycle you are now going through. 

There are many cycles that the planets bring to us, Saturn, for instance (I call it the “learning” planet — has a cycle of approximately 28 to 30 years) — by the time we are 30 we have experienced the planets influence in each house of our natal chart.  It’s no wonder that the Hippies of the 60’s quipped “Don’t trust anyone over 30″ — we are changed because of our having been through the many and varied, sometimes difficult lessons of Saturn throughout our charts.

Also there is a magnificent opposition from the planet Uranus at age 42 (give or take a year) that challenges us — can we say “mid-life crisis”?  This year is often fraught with changes that we might be less that anxious to have happen.  Yet the planet Uranus doesn’t bring a change unless it is going to build us a newer and stronger foundation.  It is part of the building blocks of our journey throughout this lifetimes path. 

We can accept and grow with the help of the Universal forces, or we can challenge the energies and find ourselves at odds with our true and natural path.  In astrology there is a saying “As above — so below” … this doesn’t mean we have no free will — it only shows us that by following the natural harmony of the galaxy, we can flourish and meet all of our expectations — or we can rale against the forces and be held accountable in many formidable ways.  The stars may impel, but they do not compel any actions or beliefs. 

The world is our oyster, there is so much for the taking, so much beauty, knowledge, fun and happiness to be garnered from our lifetime here, if we but choose to be aware and partake of its bounty.

I hope you will join me in opening up the mysteries and secrets of the Universe as we all travel on this tiny blue planet called Earth — it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to get it right, we have the choice, the right, and the means to become our best selves, and to find our place in the Universe.  Lets all gear up and promise ourselves we will choose to become the ultimate human being we are meant to be — awesomeness is an option — let it be you!

Welcome fellow searchers for the truth — it is out there…

 

New Moon Reminder — August 25, 2014

Tomorrow is the day to write out your affirmations and wishes with the influence of the New Moon in Virgo at 2 degrees of the sign! We all have the sign Virgo in our charts and it behooves us to find out where it lives so we can best use this energy for our betterment. The sign Virgo allows us to perfect any area with its need for accuracy and its ability for finding better ways in which to attend to any problem. Draw the New Moon energy while it is in Virgo to dig deep into any difficulty or issue you may want to solve or change. With Virgo’s perspicacity you will be able to open all of the hidden and confusing areas that now befuddle you.

Virgo loves to create order and neatness, it enjoys solving puzzles that others cannot fathom, and it is that part of our chart that keeps us creating a safe and secure place where we can find our own personal well-being. Where Virgo lives we will be aware of our health, our vitality and our physical persona. Here we can bring our best game to keep us safe and well and in-touch with our inner being. Use the forces of our Galaxial surroundings to improve your time here on Earth.

Since the New Moon crests at 9:13 AM EST — all day will be advantageous to write out your affirmations and wishes. Take the time to believe in yourself and the importance of your being here, now, at this time and in this place. Be outrageous, bold and single-minded in your quests — allow yourself to stretch your imagination to push the envelope of possibilities as far as imaginable. Dream big dreams and don’t hold anything back! You deserve to be here, to be happy, to have love, and to reach your goals.

The quality of your life is in your own hands — bring your A-game to the fore and reach for the stars! You are a karmic child of the Universe — you are a unique miracle of Nature — allow yourself the blessings of wonder, awe, respect and hope. Amaze yourself — soar into the infinite heights of your bliss!

New Moon in Virgo — August 25, 2014

The Virgo New Moon crests at 2 degrees of the sign at 9:13 AM EST (add one hour for DST). As the Summer months wane, our Virgo New Moon spurs us on to awaken from our vacation-like stupor and urges us to begin to prepare for our busy autumn season ahead. Children are trying to get the last few weeks of school-free fun packed to the full with outside activities and waterside sport, and parents are beginning to think about the returning students and their needs. New shiny shoes, warm sweaters for the cooler mornings at the bus stops, backpacks filled with new pencils, crayons and notebooks — (OK, I’m a little out of date, let’s add iPads, calculators, tablets and phones). Alas — I long for the simpler times when the most advanced technology was a ball-point pen! Yes — I remember inkwells on our desks!

College-aged students are carefully packing up bedding, TV’s, microwaves and charging all of their technological “necessities”. Such a different scene from just a few years ago. Still — exciting times ahead — new adventures — friends — schedules and opportunities.

Our precise and practical Virgo New Moon will help to create just the right atmosphere for getting all of our ducks in a row. Virgo is above all pragmatic, and a stickler for not forgetting any necessary detail. List making is NOT optional — ticking off each item is thrilling for our Virgo friends as they complete their chores to their very high standards of perfection.

Their mantra might just be “If you’re going to do something, do it right the first time” — sigh! Many of us just cannot live up to the heights of Virgo’s ideals. Still we all need that impetus to get us going and to make sure we don’t forget anything really necessary. Our Virgo components will insure that all of the details are completed in ample time.

But let’s not forget this is a fun time of growth and expansion, and Jupiter in Leo is beaming its golden rays down upon us bringing big ideas, confidence, and a sense of beginning a new quest. A new journey beckons us with expanding our minds, our psyches, and our possibilities for growth. We look forward with anticipation and a bit of angst at starting anew — our schools filled with eager students, new classes, new and old friends, teachers, professors and schedules. We breathe in the scent of newly polished and varnished floors, freshly painted walls, and clean and empty desks — ours to do with as we will. Heady with the excitement of these moments we immerse ourselves into the fray of crisp new clothes, newly sharpened pencils, iPad. tablets, but especially that thrill of a new beginning, a new chance, a new day, month, year of learning, growing, and finding your tempo in the larger scheme of life.

While still in the midst of our last Summery month here in New England, there is optimism, vitality and a sense that time is on our side. As the lazy days of sunshine and warmth are waning, we seem to appreciate more the short time we have for our outdoor activities before the chilly autumn, and eventually the frigid cold of winter. These special days of sunshine and clear blue skies beckon us to enjoy each and every moment we have before the winds of change sweep in, and we must start our preparations for the long colder months ahead.

The New Moon in the sign Virgo is just perfect for us now — allowing us to tap into the precise and efficient aura that are all things Virgoan. Time to clear out the closets, clean up the summertime detritus and attend to the tasks at hand — especially as we near the end of this month. Mars our Planet of energy and passion connects with Saturn in Scorpio on the 25th and will tend to enhance the already frenetic energy of the New Moon — try to use this combination to clear up any issues that have been long-standing and use your words carefully to say exactly what you mean. Sincerity will go a long way in easing any angst about those difficult conversations. Be aware of the feelings of those around you and try to put yourself in their place. I am never averse to a big hug that brings warmth, heartfelt love, and kindness along with it. Chiron the healer in the sign Pisces will be within close trine aspect to Mars and Saturn on the 25th adding another layer of caring and the ability to heal.

Since our New Moon is in the sign Virgo — our affirmations, wishes and desires will be better served if in line with all of those things that Virgo so enhances. We might find this a good time to revamp our diets and health routines — after a long summer of barbeques and burgers — it is probably time to wean ourselves away from these tasty treats and start adding those fresh veggies from our gardens or our local produce purveyors. Find a new way to spice up your exercise routine — take a brisk walk at lunchtime, wake up a half-hour early to get a short workout in to jumpstart your day, be aware of your posture and your daily activity levels. Virgo also is a sign of service to others — perhaps you can find an outlet in volunteering or mentoring that will bring you satisfaction. Of course, anything is on the table when wishing on the New Moon — especially since the Moon is in Virgo — be as precise as you can in writing out your affirmations, name names, write out end dates, add any detail that will augment your plea. Be bold and daring in expanding your ideas and keep positive thoughts while writing your list. Breathe == meditate — feel — taste — see — yourself receiving your dreams come true! Believe in your innate power to change your life and the lives of your loved ones for the better — it is in your hands, your heart, and your spirit to influence your life throughout this journey here on Earth. Begin now — with the energy of the Virgo New Moon helping you to manifest the changes you want to make. Simply put — the Force is with you — in you — and awaiting your call.

The best times to write out your affirmations is all day on the 25th and the 24 hours that follow — this is the optimal time — but the energy persists for the next few days. Give yourself the gift of hope, wonder, and revelation — be!

Slo-Mo World — Staying in the Now — Jone Victoria — November 23, 2008

Discovering the ability to stay in the now, the practice of total awareness, gives you a one-way ticket to the Slo-Mo World.

Years ago my karate instructor used to say in class, “Focus, stay in the moment.” I would furtively glance at the clock and think, “Class for twenty more minutes, then off to Eldio’s for pizza and beer.” As I picked myself up off the mat, after he kicked my legs out from under me, it was obvious I was Not in the moment.

Staying in the now is work. It means being mindful of what is going on in your life at that moment. As I type these words, I’m not allowing my mind to drift and think about the bedroom I need to clean or the smell of brownies, warm from the oven, calling my name. Oops! The now is now gone. That was quick.

When you eat a meal, focus on the food you’re consuming, think about who grew the food and mindfully chew each bite. Silently bless the farmer’s efforts so you can enrich your body. If you use paper napkins, think of the trees that were sacrificed as you wipe your mouth from the food stuck on your lips that was grown by the farmers. You can see how this practice could become a meditative version of There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly.

My initial reaction to staying in the now was akin to psycho-babble. Then I did it.

If you feel like you’re being pulled in too may directions and not being productive try staying in the now. I challenge you to try it for one day, heck — make it one hour — and let me know your results. Extraneous thoughts will be a thing of the past. Quiet your mind and enjoy your renewed status as a resident of Slo-Mo World, where the only thing that matters is the current moment.

Residency Application for Slo-Mo World:

Everything you do is mindful.

If you are eating, eat.

If you are reading, read.

If you are talking, talk.

If you are listening, listen — don’t talk or think about what you are going to say next.

Be mindful of what you see, hear, touch, and taste.

Although Jone became a learned teacher and mentor to so many, she also had to learn the basics of enhancing one’s abilities in the moment. All of us can employ this method to begin to truly live our lives optimally. Using Jone’s method to get in touch with your inner and outer being is so important to enhancing every minute of your day. It becomes rote after a while and you don’t even notice that you are practicing this way of life — you are aware and into every emotion, touch, taste, sensation — and you are alive and living your life to the fullest each and every moment. Immerse yourself in the Slo-Mo World and find your bliss!

Full Moon in Aquarius — August 10, 2014

Our Aquarius Full Moon this month is at 18 degrees of the sign and crests at 1:09 PM EST (add one hour for DST). This opposition is always a mighty one as the Sun in Leo is not prone to any naysayers. The Leo Sun is bolstered by Mercury, Jupiter, and on the 12th Venus riding along in the sky in the sign Leo. Our Aquarius Moon will try to stir up some controversy — but if we are aware of these tactics, we can avoid embroiling ourselves in the fray. Aquarius loves the unique, quirky, outside-the-box activities that arouse high emotions and bring a breath of fresh air into the realm. However, this isn’t for everyone! We all enjoy that frisson of energy that makes us take notice that something special is in the air — but not all of us want to face changes in our lives. There are those who actually try to avoid any change or new direction at all costs.

Aquarius is a fixed-air sign — but somehow seems to have a duality that borders on the mutable signs ability to switch course at a moments notice — although — anything learned at a young age — work ethics, truth telling, caring, being loyal — all will be entrenched in their persona. So although not as flexible as the mutable signs, we do have a stimulating character that is willing to take a chance on their own intelligence, learned lessons, and wisdom from within. They have a natural instinct about what is right for themselves — and are not willing to compromise a whole lot. Loyal, caring, dutiful, hard-working and loving, our Aquarian friends, family or acquaintances bring a unpredictable and perhaps unusual outlook for us to ponder. They bring a joyous love of life, a sense of adventure, and a need to accept the curious or eccentric. They are as awesome as they think they are — perhaps bringing some of their opposite sign Leo’s ego along for their ride here on Planet Earth.

This Full Moon period will enhance our need for expressing ourselves and creating our own unique realm — we will want to employ all of our abilities into making our life more exciting and rewarding. Offering our help to others in need or volunteering for some charitable campaign will appeal to us now. Use this time frame in a positive manner and you will find a satisfying fulfillment. Also allowing your creative juices to flow — bringing out your innate artistry and skills will find a fertile field that will nourish your creativity.

On the down side of our Aquarian Full Moon — there could be some previous unseen prejudices that come to light — creating a rift between friends and partners. Take the time to monitor your words and only then, if you can speak calmly and without hurting someone’s feelings say your piece. But be aware your ideas may not be popular among your peers. The unexpected can always occur during a Full Moon period, so our usual caveats are in place, drive defensively, avoid conflict or those who seem to be looking for trouble, and stay away from places that cater to volatile or over-the-top behavior.

Learn to savor the various transits throughout the month — find your own rhythm within the Universal harmony and flow of life here on Earth. As you ascend to a new understanding of your own need for balance, attention, approval and love, remember to give forth the same empathy that you yourself expect. Become one with the ethereal synchrony of the Planets and you will find your own place in the karmic scheme of things.

Allow yourself the ability of being present every moment of your day — inhale the precious essence of your own life! To live long is an exquisite gift — to live well is a joy of priceless measure! Peace!

Prana — You’re Only a Breath Away — Jone Victoriea — November 5, 2008

Prana, the lifeforce that surrounds and connects every living thing on our planet. Want to see it? Oh yes, it can be seen. This stuff isn’t meant for a select few Yogis. Practice is the difference that separates the psychically adept from a beginner.

First, it’s all about the breathing. There is a simple order of breathing that not only slows down the astral chatter in your brain. It allows you to enter into an alpha state of mind. A state of mind known as “awareness”. Awareness takes on many forms. It can be what your gut is telling you about a situation. It can help you “see” and “feel” without using your hands and eyes. Think of Luke Skywalker, as Yoda taught him how to use the force. Awareness personified.

Let’s review what a proper inhale should feel like to your body. Take any book that weighs about 3 pounds and lie down on the floor. Rest the book on your diaphragm and place your arms by your side. Inhale through your nose. The book should rise on your diaphragm. Slowly exhale, the book should now descend and be resting on your diaphragm. Once you have the diaphragmatic breathing down you can do the next step lying or sitting. As a side note: keep your legs uncrossed and your arms by your side if you are lying down, or hands lightly resting on your thighs if sitting. This is the secret — inhale for the count of four. Exhale for the count of eight.

I’ll be posting numerous exercises on my site. The psychic breath pattern of 4:8 is just the first step to cascading levels of development. I’m old school, and it’s all about the basics. So go practice!

Jone was a consummate teacher — bringing wisdom and practical steps to raising one’s psychic abilities. She (as do I) felt that everyone has this sixth sense — it just has to be energized with some mental and physical input to be stimulated and revealed. I use this breathing method daily and although not gifted with Jone’s psychic abilities — I have become more aware, in-tune and sensitive to my surroundings and more conscious of other’s aural output. It has helped me to be more empathetic and open to all of our human foibles and strengths. Anyone can employ this technique to improve their chaotic thoughts, become more sensitive, and be able to connect to others in a non-verbal manner. It is worth the effort — good luck in your journey.

August’s Planetary Activity

August will prove to be an action-driven month with Jupiter in Leo creatively carving out his new realm with a monstrous roar and a lash of his Leonine tail. The Sun (until the 22nd), Mercury (until the 15th), and Venus on the 12th (through the end of the month) will all be riding along with Jupiter to help spur him on his way into the royal sign of Leo! Our heads will be spinning with the fiery burst of energy being expelled that will be stimulating our psyches, and bringing a flash of new ideas and thoughts about our next moves in business and familial situations.

We will want to connect to those we love with a heartfelt and genuine need. We may feel it necessary for some carefree time to just be with our families — parents, partners and children. A long planned-for vacation or just a picnic in the park will all fill the bill, if we take the time to be in the moment. Allow yourself to be immersed in the dynamics of your family — feel the love, the connections and the unbreakable union of your clan. We are all here with our loved ones wrapped in a karmic bond in order to enhance and ensure our humanity and our evolutionary growth. Embrace your karmic ties and know that your purpose here is to entwine your consciousness to theirs and be joined as one within our Universal synchrony.

The Full Moon on the 10th is in the sign Aquarius at 18 degrees — this as always, is often a time of stress and perhaps drama. In Aquarius our minds are a little off-kilter in opposition to the Powerful Leo Sun and Mercury — we may speak without thinking, or with Jupiter within the realm, we might bite off more than we can chew when engaging in conflict with others. A calm mind will go a long way in diffusing any angst. It is a time to “Just let it go” — no matter the issue — this is not a time for confrontation. Walk away from those who may be out of control — and give wide berth to any dangerous situation. Drive defensively, and without rancor or rage, just allow yourself to go with the flow. Breathe in the aura of sensibility and sanity — don’t give in to any annoyance and all will go smoothly.

The New Moon on the 25th in the sign Virgo at 2 degrees will prove to be an interesting day — there are two dynamic planetary meetings with Saturn in Scorpio — first Mercury in Virgo will sextile Saturn, making our words important and if promises are made they must be kept. Next, Mars will be conjunct Saturn bringing a stalemate of sorts for a while. If you have any important work to be done, or contracts to be signed during this time span, be sure of all the details and do not give in to anyone rushing your agenda. Stand firm and you will overcome any opposition. The Virgo New Moon gives us the chance to renew our affirmations and wishes once again with the influence of Virgo’s need for discernment and accuracy.

The Water-sign trine of Neptune in Pisces and Mars in Scorpio will bring us an abundance of emotional moments during the first week of the month, and especially on the 7th of the month when they meet. Try to prepare yourself for truly connecting in a spiritual or perhaps karmic manner with those you meet along the way — feelings will be heightened and you might not know where your knowledge is coming from during this time span. Allow yourself to sense the atmosphere around you and around those you are near. Send loving thoughts outwardly, and try to evoke only noble and ethical thoughts. Draw positive vibrations into your heart and spirit, and sense the love that surrounds you. Also, this aspect may enhance your dream states — bringing answers and perhaps awareness to you. Be open-minded about your feelings, your ideas, and use your innate intelligence. Thoughts have weight and significance, and can be felt through all of your senses. Open your heart and mind to new opportunities, experiences and visions.

When the Sun enters the sign Virgo late on the 22nd — our focus will become more attuned to the practical and mundane. Our minds will be on the busy autumn activities that are usual at this time. We will be gearing up for the return to school or college — the summer’s indolent mentality will abate and we will ready ourselves for the season’s changes and challenges. We all must go with the flow of our own schedules, our own agendas, and our own lifetime itinerary, still being aware of the cosmic emanations that are always guiding our steps.

As this end-of-summer month wanes, we must be sure that our house is in order — our relationships are on track, and our goals are in line with those of our loved ones. We do not traverse this Earth alone, we are intimately entwined with our families, friends and acquaintances, who indeed foster and mentor our evolution as we do theirs. Peace and Love!

New Moon Reminder — July 26, 2014

How best can we use the abundant energy of our Leo New Moon — indeed, we must look to the persona of the sign to inspire our most ardent wishes. Leo — a fixed-fire sign that rules ego, royalty, pride, love, showmanship, ardent feelings, offspring, family, speculation, control, generosity and élan. We can tap into any or all of these and more interests of our Leo brethren.

On July 26th at 5:43 PM EST the New Moon power in the sign Leo explodes into our realm with the help of mighty Jupiter in Leo — it is our time to write out our affirmations, wishes, desires and needs, in order to have them expelled into the ether, to join with the galaxial mists and then become a tangible factor that can influence our life here on Earth. Thoughts have substance and meaning, they become a basis for drawing toward us a positive flow of energy that can become our reality. We can tap into this enormous power of our Universe to help ourselves and our loved ones have a better chance of having the good life we deserve as part of our humanity. We are not just chaff to be thrown by the winds to settle in a cloud of dust and debris. We have a specific journey to complete in this lifetime, and we can make it a positive and useful passage with some purposeful forethought.

Sit in a peaceful place — meditate or just try to quiet your racing thoughts — breathe deeply and slowly until your body is at one with your spirit and only then allow your mindfulness to think about what you truly need or want at this point in time. Dig deep into the recesses of your inner being and truly find those quests that will enhance yours and your loved ones existence now in this time and place. Only then — put pen to paper and write from your soul those affirmations that will bring the most satisfaction and bliss.

We can use Leo’s bold persona and wish for material goods, social advancement, occupational honors — all within Leo’s purview. Or you can tap into Leo’s familial depths and bring more closeness, love and togetherness with your loved ones and all of your acquaintances. You can ask that your ultimate soul-mate come into your life — and that you will recognize the depth and connectedness with this person. You can wish for anything at all under Leo’s positive vibration — especially as Jupiter is also riding alongside the Moon and expanding the power and energy within.

Bring all of the wonder, goodness and joy of life into your own realm — become the star of your own life and reign supreme with loving kindness. Live your life to the fullest — make each day your own! Be the embodiment of Love — be!