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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…

 

Blue Moon — Full Moon in Aquarius — July 31, 2015

Our second Full Moon (Blue Moon) of the month is in the sign Aquarius at 7 degrees, and crests at 5:44 AM EST (add one hour for DST) on the 31st. Having a Blue Moon in one month is relatively rare and we won’t see another until January 31, 2018, that will be followed by another on March 31, 2018.  Since this Full Moon is in the sign Aquarius, we may find some quirky or unexpected happenings that will come out of the “blue”! Ruled by Uranus, Aquarius has that quality of unpredictability and surprise that can pique, fluster, amuse or befuddle us. If you were born near the 7th degree of Aquarius or Leo, you may find this Full Moon a bit more of an issue — and since the aspect builds up many hours before it crests — the night of the 3oth may be more tense than the actual day of the Full Moon.

As with any Full Moon, the caveat is to be aware of your surroundings, avoid anyone who is out-of-control, drive defensively and keep as calm as possible if anything goes awry. The Aquarius/Leo opposition can hold a variety of happenings — ego’s may be bruised, you may find yourself in unusual circumstances, someone may take offense at a comment, plans can get cancelled or forgotten, and there may be controversy over one’s beliefs, politics or principles. Make sure you don’t get caught in a vortex of discord over a minor difference of opinion. Better to walk away from volatile confrontations and take the high road and ignore anyone who seems to be looking for a fight.

We go through at least one Full Moon each month and most of us are unaware of any disturbance, but we all can be prepared for the times when things don’t go as planned. Try to be flexible if any undo circumstances arise — and look for the best solution. Be safe, be wise, look to a tribal elder for the wisdom of the ages. Peace!

 

Venus Enters Virgo — July 18th 2015 — Retrogrades Back into Leo — August 1st

Lady Venus enters Virgo on July 18th at 5:39 PM EST (add one hour for DST), and we will find that she has quite a different experience in Virgo than she did in Fiery Leo! Virgo is a Mutable Earth sign that will dampen Venus’ joie de vivre a bit, and may bring her down to earth with a reality check. However, Venus in Virgo turns Retrograde on July 24th bringing a slowdown to those plans we may have made to refresh our wardrobe or home decor. Venus remains in Virgo until the end of the month and then returns to late Leo on August 1st, moving Rx through to 14 degrees of Leo at the end of the month, and finally turning direct also at 14 degrees of Leo on September 6th, not returning to Virgo until October 8th, where she will remain until entering Libra on November 8th. Whew — so we can look back at the Venus in Leo Post (June 5th) to review Venus in Leo’s style with the caveat, that in Retrograde mode, we don’t get the most positive vibes from the Planet. We will have to modify any lavish ideas and perhaps move on with a more moderate plan as we move forward. You may get a chance to re-do or go over something that went amiss, and be able to correct or improve the outcome.

Venus has so much love and caring within her realm that she will in time soften Virgo’s stuffy, staid and mundane view of life, and will bring into play true  love and the sheer joy of living! With Venus ensconced in Virgo, we may find that our eyes are opened to the reality of our loved one, no longer will we be enchanted by their every move. We will perceive our beloved in a new light of reality and truth. With our eyes opened, we can be sure of “seeing” the genuine article — no warm fuzzy aura of enchantment — but a true picture of their pros and cons! After all — we are all just humans and we will all have our strong points and our weak ones. It’s up to you to determine the value of each trait for yourself and decide how compatible and harmonious your relationship can become.

Our Lady Venus in Virgo will bring us some new ideas about our “style” — with exceedingly good taste in decor and fashion, our Venus in Virgo will prompt us to evaluate our present lifestyle. If found wanting, she will encourage us to refresh our wardrobe and/or home. No glitz or glam for this practical Lady, only the most discriminating of fashion will be brought to the fore. Current fads or momentary fashion statements won’t be in her purview — she will look for long-term value that will stand the test of time. Almost always the picture of perfection, our Lady Venus in Virgo presents herself with confidence and elan. Her home is her pride and joy and will reflect all of her highest standards in sedate luxury and comfort. Her colors will be pastel hues of every shade of blue, and there will be nothing out of place! Neat, orderly, and no-nonsense — the Lady of the House will reign supreme in pristine, pleasant and immaculate surroundings.

Lady Venus in Virgo is also concerned about living a healthy life — conscious of proper nutrition, a well-balanced exercise program and generally being aware of what it takes to be and remain in good health. Often drawn to the healing arts, we will find many of our Venus in Virgo brethren in medicine and holistic endeavors. Perhaps a bit overly concerned with living a “germ-free” life, our Venus in Virgo folks might be a tad phobic about anyone around them sneezing or coughing. With her trusty bottle of antiseptic and antibiotic wet-wipes — her home, desk and any living area will be pure and clean. Living her life as unadulterated as possible, our Lady Venus is the epitome of a wholesome, healthy and natural beauty who knows the value of Nature’s true path. Particular and fussy at times about how clean and fresh food really is, and finding the best of produce at farmer’s markets or at stores that proclaim their foodstuffs are all natural and organic, our Lady Venus wants only the best and purest for herself and her loved ones.

Having Venus spending so much time in Leo in Rx mode, and then returning to Virgo for the rest of her stay, will impact those houses of the Zodiac in your chart that hold Leo and Virgo. Look to your chart to see where Lady Venus will be concentrating her loving and caring persona, and use this time to connect with family, friends and others who are important in your life. If there is some disconnect between you and your loved ones, perhaps this is the time to reach out and mollify any differences you might have with them. Prepare to enjoy this sojourn of Lady Venus in both Virgo and Leo as she sashays her comely self between the two entities. Full of fiery passion in Leo, and fastidious and particular in Virgo — we can experience so much of what Venus has to offer as she is decidedly tossed about in the turbulent sea of Galaxial dynamics. Learn the many ways that Venus can influence our lives with her often flirtatious and coquettish air. Winsome, loving, full of curiosity and inquisitiveness, she plays with the signs as a kitten with a ball of yarn, finding new ways in which to promote her own agenda. Ever our beacon of loving kindness, our Lady Venus can blend within a sign or will boldly make it her own with a fiercely bold guise. Bring all of your intuition, perception and instincts to the fore, in order to get the most out of Venus as she transits not only Leo and Virgo, but throughout all the signs of the Zodiac. Believe in Love!

Hint — find your Venus in Virgo love at the library, at an upscale mall, in a fine dining establishment, flying first class, in the emergency room, at a Whole Foods store, a Farmer’s market, attending a class for clean living or improving health, at the gym, volunteering at an animal shelter, at a rally for human rights, on the golf course, jogging, bringing donations to any charity, helping out at a soup kitchen, at a fashion show, buying top-quality running shoes, at a local playhouse, and having tea at a specialty shoppe!

 

 

 

 

 

New Moon Reminder — July 15th — Moon in Cancer

Today’s the day to get your pen and paper ready to write out your wishes with the energy of the New Moon in Cancer that crests at 8:25 PM EST (add one hour for DST). The best time to write out your affirmations, wishes and desires will be after the New Moon crests — and for the following several hours. Use today to prepare yourself to meditate and think about what changes would make a positive difference in your life and the lives of your loved ones. Anything and everything is on the table — be proactive in planning out just what you want to manifest into your life.

It’s a simple procedure — sit in a quiet place, close your eyes for a few moments to clear all negativity from your mind — and feel the vital surge of energy from your mind flowing down into your hand with that elusive essence of spiritual guidance. Let your mind listen to your heart and find those gifts of momentary insight that comes from a deep well of ancient knowledge.

Even if some thoughts don’t make a lot of sense right now, write out whatever ideas are passing through your mind. Don’t leave anything out of the realm of possibility — there are magical, spiritual, and transcendent elements at work while you are allowing yourself to become attuned to a higher reality.

Breathe in the optimistic opportunities of the New Moon power — allow yourself to believe that what we see and hear and touch here on Earth isn’t all that there is in the Universe. Open your heart and mind to the magnificent beauty and bounty that is available to all of us in our pathway throughout our lives. Be confident that there is a plan for you to evolve ever higher, to become your best self, and to enjoy all of the comforts and benefits available to our species here on Earth. There is magic in the ether and when your affirmations and wishes move within the harmony of the Universe, you will find your bliss.

 

Peace!

 

New Moon in Cancer — July 15, 2015

Our New Moon this month crests on July 15th at 8:25 PM EST (add one hour for DST), at 23 degrees of the sign Cancer. This New Moon energy gives us the opportunity to write out our affirmations, wishes and dreams for ourselves as well as for our loved ones. For those whose birthdays are near the New Moon date it is a new lunar cycle for you. The New Moon in its own sign has an ancient power that can reach deep into our psyches. We can feel our emotions roiling underneath our outer armor. Just like Cancer’s sign, the Crab — our outer shell often keeps our true feelings deep inside a protective layer where we know we won’t get hurt by sharing them. Still the New Moon in Cancer may allow us to tap into our deep emotional abyss to bring to light those things that we yearn for and haven’t yet been able to reach. Allow yourself to be more open, honest and vulnerable, and you may be surprised to learn that you will find a sympathetic and understanding listener.

Our Moon sign has reign over domesticity, our Mothers or those who take the place of our Mothers. As the Moon has rulership over our emotions, there might be some issues that are fraught with sentiment that we will encounter during the different phases of the Moon. I sometimes feel on “high alert” when the New Moon or Full Moon nears in certain signs, as I expect some topic to be raised that will bring out an emotional response. It can be one of overwhelming love and caring, or one of conflict and pain. If your natal Moon is in good aspect to your Sun, Venus or Mercury — you may have an easier time of controlling your emotional reactions and won’t have the angst of always feeling under stress. There are so many possible combinations that it is difficult to pin down any particular way in which you might react when your own Moon is in the spotlight. It is good to know in which sign your natal Moon appears — finding how it influences your Sun sign, will help you to understand your “inner-core” emotional profile.

Jupiter in Leo is rapidly moving towards its meeting with Virgo next month, if we have any lavish plans, or any ideas for a big vacation — it would be well to complete your agenda before Jupiter enters Virgo. Jupiter in Virgo although still exacting about quality and getting more bang for the buck, is much less likely to go along with any over-the-top ideas that will break the budget. More conservative and less extravagant than Jupiter in Leo, you will find roadblocks to any grandiose scheme. Of course, a well-planned and needed overhaul of your decor or wardrobe will probably be acceptable to our Jupiter in Virgo — but good taste, quality and value must be at the core. As always, Jupiter will bring inclusion and acceptance to us, a bigger is better philosophy,  and will bring positive feelings galore, we can feel good about ourselves and our pathway here on Earth.

The Sun in Cancer until the 22nd when it moves forward into Leo will keep us family oriented and willing to share our caring with others. Both the sign Cancer and Leo have a deep love of family, children and their ancestry. Both feel the pull of family values and care about those traditions of our ancestors. We can bond with one another on a deeper level and become aware that all humanity has a similar history — our closest support comes from our family unit and the clan, tribe, community that we relate to with love.Open your psyche to hear the heartbeat of your most ancient kinfolk, know that your family lineage is as ancient as the stars, and you are the culmination of Nature’s evolutionary march forward in trying to perfect our species.

As time marches on later in the month, we will be experiencing the second Full Moon (Blue Moon) on the 31st in the sign Aquarius, stimulating our creative side and bringing a quirky need for the newest and best of today’s technological devices. On the other side of the coin, there will be those who will delve into the ancient arts in order to become more attuned to the rhythms of the Earth and the natural order of life. A deep-seated need will be piqued as we begin to understand that to evolve ever higher, we must use the gifts of the Earth in a more conservative manner, in order not to pillage the last vestiges of  our natural heritage. We are finite — the Earth will go on and heal. How much better if we are to continue to grow and prosper as allies, rather than as adversaries.

Now to our affirmations and wishes on this New Moon in Cancer — we can use this powerful time to put our thoughts and dreams into the ether by writing out our deepest desires. Since the sign Cancer is paramount, any family issues can be addressed, also if you are having difficulty in changing any negative habits, now might be an auspicious time to ask for some positive input and people who will be of help to you. Need to have a conversation with a friend or cohort, allow yourself to speak from the heart and be amazed at how well your message is received. Just want more positive energy to enter your realm, meditate and “see” yourself surrounded by the ancient power of your ancestors and their innate knowledge. Bring beauty and love into your life with the purest of caring friends and family members who will embrace your true self.

The New Moon crests on July 15th at 8:25 PM EST (add one hour for DST), so all evening and the next day will be apropos to write out your affirmations and desires. Think deeply about what will bring the most positive changes or benefits into your life and the lives of your loved ones — and be as specific as possible in your wishes. Your ideas, wishes and dreams will move with the flow of the New Moon’s energy into the ether to take hold and begin to manifest into your realm.  Bring the beauty and majesty of Universal harmony into your life — prepare to be amazed at the wonder and power of the Cosmos.  Rock on mighty little Pluto — King of the Kuiper Belt!

Peace!

 

 

 

 

Not Really Like Your Sun Sign? The Decanates May Explain Why! Part One — (Reprint July 2, 2015)

I have heard many folks mention that the usual explanation of their Sun Signs doesn’t fit them. There are a multitude of reasons why this may occur. If your Sun is aligned, conjunct, or opposite a major Planet, it will have some influence in the way your Sun is expressed. Also — the Moon’s position will modify your emotional responses despite your Sun — and if you are a water sign with a fire sign ascendant your self-expression may fizzle in a steamy vapor. So many possibilities that can shape our outlook and modify our Natal Sun — to be one-dimensional is not our karma. Only a complete reading of your natal chart can give you all the answers — but this one simple example might help to explain your disconnect with what is considered usual for your Sun’s profile — these are the Decanates — a subtle but interesting slant on each ten degrees of the thirty degrees in each sign.

Every ten degrees of a sign is influenced by the next like element (i.e., Fire, Water, Earth or Air) of that sign — for instance: Aries — Those born within the first ten degrees will be a double Aries — and will epitomize the most common traits of that sign — courageous, bold, acts before thinking, passionate, and very much the Alpha Fire Sign! Those born within the next ten degrees will be more influenced by the second of the Fire signs Leo, still bold and commands attention, a bit more ego but with a prideful nature that needs coddling, being criticized is anathema to them, they are generous, loving, and regal. These Aries will feel some entitlement to enjoy the good life. Our next group, born within the last ten degrees will be of a more easy-going nature being influenced by Sagittarius — still energetic, playful, doesn’t take themselves too seriously, inclined towards athleticism, less intense, and almost always smiling! One might say these all cannot be Aries personas — yet they absolutely are all of the same ilk. They will share more or less of the Aries similarities — but so much is modified by the natal chart — and the Moon’s influence, and other Planetary positions. Still — just knowing that each 10 degrees of the sign have a definite Fire, Water, Earth or Air profile will tell us a lot about their differing natures.

So it goes with the Earth sign Taurus — the first ten degrees of Taurus are a double Taurus — staid, steady, salt-of-the-Earth personas, very determined and perhaps bossy, hard to change their opinions, needs routine and predictable schedules to be truly happy. They enjoy the good things in life and their home will be their castle. The next 10 degrees will be influenced by Virgo — what a difference a day makes! Here we have the predictable Taurus who has a persnickety persona, and is the most resolute and dogged in their positions, also fussy and a bit critical. Almost always believes they are right (and they often are) — these folks are ultra-determined (perhaps stubborn) but with panache. They have a subtle sex-appeal, and their mantra might be “a place for everything and everything in its place”. Those born in the following 10 degrees are the Taurus/Capricorn blend — these two can work in concert, both being goal-oriented and willing to work hard to get to their objective. Still the Capricorn influence has less need for the good life, that the lethargic double Taurus embodies, with Capricorn there is more motivation and practicality indeed. Truly strong-willed and keeping their eye on the prize, our Taurus/Capricorn blend will succeed — no matter the difficulties faced — they will persevere, and be stronger and smarter for the problems they encounter, they will endure.

Our Air sign Gemini individuals are supremely adaptable, so it follows that our double Gemini of the first ten degrees will not only be easily led, but often led astray! Difficult to focus because of their ever busy minds, they are simply wide open to all that is happening around them, and cannot focus on just one thing. These Gemini must be trained early on to learn to calm their minds and concentrate on the job at hand. On the positive side, their imaginations are rife with all that is new and forward thinking, they are amazingly artistic and clever. These traits must, however, be reined in to be of use in the real world. Focus is the job to be undertaken here, and all of the innovative and unique thinking will then be able to be channeled into positive and substantial ventures. The next 10 degrees will find our Gemini paired with Libra — this can be an amazing combination of artistry, beauty, and innovation. Still, our Gemini must learn balance and scheduling. They will be happier if they can keep some kind of daily timetable to help them stay on course, and they need to have their own space to store all of their things. Just a few simple changes will have them more focused and aware. Our last 10 degrees of the sign meet up with Aquarius — with these Gemini we will find a quirky sense of humor, and an openness to experiences of all kinds. A bit more “fixed” in their ways than the others — they will be happiest when their creativity is allowed to be developed in the early years. These folks are a tad wary of letting just anyone into their realm — but are willing to get to know people in depth. Clever, innovative and personable, they will amaze all who know them, and given free-rein will explore all facets of what life is truly all about.

Now our Water sign Cancer folks follow this same scheme — the first 10 degrees are a double Cancer — embodying those traits we always hear about — sensitive, caring, empathetic — a bit needy, a homebody, and almost always concerned with their families. These are vulnerable individuals who must learn to use their hard outer shell to blunt any hurtful or negative actions on the part of others. They might hold resentment too long, and must learn to let go of these distressing feelings in order to move ahead. The second 10 degrees will be influenced by the sign Scorpio — a much more intense and potent combination indeed. These Cancer folks are not to be trifled with, they have a strong sense of self, and will not endure any criticism without answering in kind. Perhaps having unusual or pensive eyes, they seek the truth, and will dig out any deceit in others. Deep thinkers, and avid about their kin, they will sacrifice to make sure their family is always well-cared for. Next are our Cancer/Pisces fellows, combining sensitivity with a bit of psychic ability — perhaps not even realized, but these are intuitive people who “see” into the depths of others. Artistic, often musical, caring and less concerned with what others think, because they are sure of their place in the Universe, and realize the fragility of life. A bit more dreamy and ethereal — they will embrace their loved ones with ardor, acceptance, and approval.

Our Fiery Leo brethren for the first 10 degrees is a double Leo, here we have the truly “royal” leaders of the community, certainly the true “King” of the jungle! Noticed when they enter a room, commanding in their sense of self, a force to be reckoned with indeed. Still, deep down a sensitivity that is easily bruised, and needing a constant flow of approval from without. Although you will never see that element from the outside. Loving, giving, and full of a showy confidence — they will be heard — and not ignored. Often overstepping the boundaries of we ordinary folks, they often do rule. The second decanate brings the Leo/Sagittarius blend, now our Leo is less the royal and more the playboy (or girl) — wanting to enjoy every minute of their life, they seek adventure, and will embellish their ability in the brain and brawn department. However, their jolly nature and winning smile will win over many admirers — and they are usually surrounded by a bevy of friends. The third in this series, matches Leo with Aries — can we say incendiary? This is a dynamic duo full of Fiery energy and eagerness to live life to the fullest. Their persona is overwhelming to some, and often a little beyond-the-pale to others. Quick witted, ardent, bright and spontaneous, sometimes unthinking in criticism, and always up for the latest and greatest of challenges. Our Leo/Aries folks are the movers and shakers of society, and they relish their celebrity and renown.

Earthy Virgo is the next in line, and a double Virgo is sure to impress — organized, unruffled, and often a teacher or mentor. They dislike the unruly, the disorganized and those who just don’t “get” it. They are often quite opinionated and are willing to stand by their beliefs. Perhaps the least flexible of the Mutable signs, our early Virgo individuals are fussy, critical, and brutally honest. However, they are often right on the money in their outlook. (And be sure to be on time if you have a meeting with them) The next 10 degrees finds Virgo teaming up with Capricorn — this is a compatible combination, both striving for perfection in their own way. Practical, honest, and down to Earth, this team will persevere through thick and thin. Perhaps a bit old-fashioned, enjoying the politeness of the past, and honoring the virtues of the golden rule. These folks will be careful, plan ahead, and will ultimately reach all of their lofty goals. The last decanate brings us a Virgo/Taurus blend — a talkative combo that will stick to their plans no matter what goes on in their life. A bit bombastic in speech at times, and determined to be heard on whatever subject they feel comfortable in expounding upon. A tendency to be bullish and more likely than the other Virgo melds to gain weight. These are sturdy and wholesome folks who enjoy convincing others that their way is the best way to go — and enjoy holding court at the dinner table. This group truly enjoys the sweet things in life, and will go to great lengths to bring them into their realm.

We will end with these first six signs of the Zodiac — and will shortly post the second half. These are just thumbnail sketches of the many variables that can influence your Sun sign. The complexities of a chart are almost limitless. This article explains one way you may feel a disconnect between the usual “traits” of the Sun on its own. We humans are multi-faceted, and there just isn’t one complete way to explain the various distinctions between those born under the same Sun sign. Even twins born on the same day can have subtle shadings within the time-span in which they arrived. This is only one tool in a huge coffer of possibilities. Enjoy with a grain of salt!

Freedom From Negative Energy — Jone Victoria — July 4th 2009

In light of July 4th, I was thinking of what post would make sense. Then I looked around my room. Clutter — books piled high on the floor. Clean laundry to be put away. Winter clothes folded and placed in bins stacked one upon the other. Clutter is a definite symptom of my ongoing insomnia; and why can’t I make a more concerted effort to get my act together?
Negative energy seeks dark and unorganized spaces within your home. It can keep the light from coming in to your sacred space. There’s truth to the saying Cleanliness is next to Godliness. If Godliness is, in essence, the Light of Being then cleanliness maintains the Light in one’s life.
If there is excessive clutter in drawers, closets, on top of your home gym, washing machine, garage, under the bed, dishes in the sink, etc, it needs to go. Negative energy will make you feel confused, out of sorts, and depressed — GET RID OF IT! Clutter sucks you in — it makes you apathetic, unmotivated — it’s not unlike smoking pot. You just stare at the clutter and don’t really see it. You brush it aside to get an outfit to wear in the morning, or wash one bowl and spoon because you need to make a meal.
Break free! Celebrate your FREEDOM from clutter.
My Clutter ‘Tis of Thee — Sweet Light of Liberty — Of thee I Sing.
Jone always seemed to have a sense of humor when faced with any situation, whether dire or just annoying. She was able to address most situations with common sense, a flair for the absurd, and an abundance of “just get to it or through it-ness”! This post was apropos to me as I was “rearranging” my clutter before our Fourth of July barbeque this year. What amazed me, was that just a couple of weeks ago, celebrating Father’s Day — I had done this same task! How did it all become so topsy/turvy once again. I could see the smile on Jone’s face as she saw me typing this post — probably chuckling too! Granted, with the pool open and all of the beach towels stacked up, and the extra necessities for summer living about, I felt as if there were some excuse for the “clutter” — however that didn’t cover the half of the sofa filled with books, photo albums, newspaper ads, and yes on and on! NO — I don’t always see the clutter — so humbly taken to task from the great beyond — I am sending myself a message to get more organized, more orderly, and more aware. Sigh — let’s hope it works this time. Alas!
Happy Fourth of July to All

July’s Planetary Activity

July will prove to be a very active month with two Full Moons shaking up the status quo. Our first Full Moon is on the 1st in the sign Capricorn at 9 degrees, cresting at 9:19 PM EST (add one hour for DST). This Earthy Cardinal sign can be quite fervent in its more zealous capacity, people might “dig in their heels” about their current protests with the government, how their jobs are being impacted, or how their lifestyle is slowly being eroded because of the economy. Capricorns can often be stoic and self-contained, but when goaded beyond their ability to ignore certain stressors of life, their reaction can be stunning to those who thought they knew them. Indignant would be the mildest of terms I’d use to describe their ire when they feel they have been taken advantage of by any of the workings of officialdom. It behooves all of us to rein in any over-the-top reactions to any local or national news, before we have all of the facts. Actually there is some help in the form of a pleasant conjunction of Venus and Jupiter in Leo! Our outlook can be boosted by this charming duo so that we might be happy to enjoy the upcoming holiday and look forward to the rest of our Summer warmth. The Cancerian Sun trines Neptune in Pisces allowing us to tap into our artistic side and we might be able to use our intuition to create a masterpiece. We can also use this combination to reach a soul level that will stir us to look for that silver lining no matter our current issues. Allowing the Sun to shine within the watery abyss of Neptune allows a spiritual light to brighten the deepest yearnings of our nature. Still the aura of the Capricorn Full Moon will bring us back to Earth when the monthly bills are counted and have to be paid.

In the middle of the month, Venus in Leo and Mars in Cancer both engage in a tussle with Saturn in Scorpio, making our relationships a bit more difficult to handle. We might find we have to work longer hours, or a business trip might make us miss some family occasions, bringing stress into our realm. Keep an open mind when plans go a bit awry, and try to find some common ground for cooperation. The 15th brings a plethora of challenges with Mars in Cancer opposing Pluto in Capricorn, all while the Moon is in sensitive Cancer. Don’t let feelings get out of control, as my Mother would say “Bite your tongue” if you are about to spurt out offensive or hurtful rhetoric towards a loved one, supervisor, or anyone else. There is no ability to take back hateful words, so choose your speech and tone carefully and remember, what isn’t said cannot come back to haunt you.

You might find it’s time to resolve any lingering family issues, work stressors, and personal habits that are holding you back. We cannot move forward on our true pathway here on Earth without cleaning out the cobwebs of our angst and anger. What really is going on in your life that makes you unhappy — and ask yourself “Do I have the ability to change this situation?” If the answer is yes, then you must begin to enable yourself to make those changes — these are the easy steps in life when we realize we do have the power to impact our own life with positive results. Start today with those things that will make you happy, get you out of your rut, and turn around your negative outlook. You can begin with “baby steps” — give yourself small goals — and when those are completed, go on to the next level. Don’t sweat any lapses — just dust yourself off — and begin anew. NOW — what about those situations in which you have no control and no power to change what you believe is wrong. This is all about acceptance, being realistic, and perhaps finding a new pathway. Hate your boss, job, home situation, the government, people, how the world is going to the dogs? These feelings have a basis in some deep-seated area of your psyche that has to be reached with a common-sense approach, and a true sense of self. You are not going to be able to change the world, your boss, or the government’s actions — but you can alter your perception of where you fit into the equation.

NO — this isn’t an easy fix — but given your circumstances you can find a way to come to grips with your life as it stands. If you truly hate going into work each day it takes a bit of your soul away and you become a shadow of yourself. You may have to decide to look elsewhere for employment — if this isn’t possible — you must find a way to make it as palatable as possible. HOW? Find all the positives you can in what you do — ask for help — inquire if there isn’t a way to do things better, work smarter — you know yourself better than anyone — use your intelligence and know-how and tweak what it is you do to become more in line with what you want. Life gives us challenges at every level and age — it is up to us to find the positive road and learn to avoid the speed bumps as much as possible. I have no magic bullet that will solve everyone’s issues — but I do know from experience that the phrase “This too shall pass” is inevitable. Things change, life alters, we grow, we learn, we can flourish if we use all of the instincts, intuition and resolve we are born with. Get some control in just one area of your life and you will feel more confident — find your strengths and bring about those changes that you can alter. Being out of control allows us to spiral down — knowing you can be in control of some areas of your life will boost your self-reliance and self-assurance.

With Uranus turning Rx on the 26th at 20 degrees of Aries, we might find there is a feeling of relief that some pressure seems to be off — things have slowed down and we have some breathing room. It might just be we are on vacation and can let all of our anxieties go for the moment, but it could also be that breakthrough we know we achieved because we changed some facet of ourselves, our environment or our outlook. Venus also begins Rx on the 25th returning to late Leo on the 31st and can bring a renewed feeling of needing to be pampered — Venus will be Rx until September 6th when she moves forward at 14 degrees of Leo until reentering Virgo on October 8th. This long stretch in the sign Leo will allow us to recapture any elements of love we have been ignoring or just not feeling. It can help to reconnect us to those who love us unconditionally, and help us realize that we are needed and appreciated by those closest to us. We can channel our inner Diva to enhance our outlook, and we can tap into our artistic side to bring us out of our mundane ways — think about creating changes in your appearance, in your home and in your viewpoint.

It is time we all tuned in to our inner core, our psyches, and our intuitive selves to find those pathways that will bring us the most satisfaction throughout this lifetime here on Planet Earth. We are meant to be happy, productive and selfless human beings that will evolve ever higher on this Earth Plane. Life can throw us curve balls, and can keep us from realizing our true potential, but only if we let the material world get in our way. We are beings of light and energy that can overcome all impediments by not allowing the meaningless elements of life get us down. It is a struggle to maintain that positive outlook all the time — but when we feel ourselves slipping into despair — it behooves us to  recognize our own difficulties and begin to address them in a steadfast and proper manner in order to bring ourselves back to stasis! We can regain our equilibrium and begin to work towards fulfilling our true destiny.

Use the energy of the New Moon in Cancer on the 15th to propel your new agenda and remember to write out your affirmations to help re-order your life or bring in more positive personal power. Emotional, nurturing and family oriented — this month is all about connecting with loved ones and finding new ways to interact within our social fields. All of this hyper-activity is taking us into the second Full Moon of the month (Blue Moon) in the sign Aquarius which crests at 7 degrees of the sign, at 5:44 AM EST. The vitality of an Aquarian Moon is quirky, innovative, imaginative, off-the-wall, and often extremely exciting! It can be a roller-coaster of a time with the Uranian power surging forth in an unrestrained heart-stopping rush! Prepare to be breathless and swept off your feet with the excitement and eccentricities of this Planet of the unexpected that can get you out of your comfort zone. Enjoy the ride!

Peace