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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…

 

April’s Planetary Activity

We always hear that April showers bring May flowers — and we are hoping after our excessively snowy winter that this particular old adage is true. Having shoveled snow, scraped icy windshields, and slogged through slush for several weeks — I think most of us are ready for some milder and warmer Spring weather. That said, April appears to begin with two of the personal Planets having changed signs, i.e., Mercury entering Aries on March 30th, and Mars entering Taurus on March 31st — the tenor of our daily lives will be somewhat off-kilter as these two Planets start to feel at home in their new signs. Especially with Mercury, the pace of our activities will speed up as the energy of Aries prods Mercury to an ever faster pace. Mars will have issues with being in Taurus after his stint in Aries and will take a few days to adapt to his new slower schedule. I already feel the tipsy-turvy vibrations in frustrating little ways. It  seems nothing is easy right now — a simple phone call becomes three — a quick-fix just doesn’t work, and when did I become so clumsy? Dropping, spilling and generally making more work for myself by not taking the time and patience to do things right the first time!

As usual, things will become more even-handed, and as the Planets settle into their new routines, so our daily tasks work out a just little better. Of course, April 1st is called “April Fool’s Day” — a day of good-natured pranks, a few office gags, and if the kids can put one over on their parents — so much the better! All in good fun — and enjoyed by all. Having a sense of humor during our stay here on Planet Earth is a bonus that helps to keep everything in perspective! Make sure your “funny-bone” is in good working order and be able to laugh out loud when it is tickled.

Our Full Moon Lunar Eclipse this month will crest on the 4th at 7:06 AM EST (add one hour for DST) in the sign Libra at 14 degrees. Opposing Uranus later in the morning, and squaring Pluto there will be upsets and disorganization. Thinking ahead and preparing for those contingencies you can foresee will help in getting you through this fractious time-span. The morning commute might become an issue, listen to the local news to get updates about alternate routes. As usual, use common sense, and don’t get riled up over petty issues — and stay calm while driving and don’t engage anyone who seems out of control.  You may already have been feeling the power of this coming lunation for several days, anxiety is rife and a calm mind a godsend. With the Full Moon in the sign Libra, we will need to find a balance between our needs and desires and the needs of others. Allow yourself the gift of time to truly understand all of the ramifications of any action you may be taking.  Some help arrives on the 8th with Jupiter in Leo turning direct after its lengthy retrograde — more positive emanations will ensue, and any delayed plans can be put back on the schedule. Venus will enter Gemini on the 11th bringing us a lighthearted gaiety and a renewed sense of hope. Venus in Gemini bubbles over with enthusiasm and optimism.

Mercury is moving quickly now and will enter Taurus on the 14th catching up with Mars on the 22nd at 16 degrees of the sign. As my mother would say it’s a good time to “hold your tongue” — try to moderate your anger response if piqued by some thoughtless persons retort. Be mindful of your surroundings and if some kind of scuffle seems to be brewing — just walk away! Pause and reflect before hitting “send” for an email. There also may be some angst with the tax deadline on the 15th! Finances may be in flux and you might find you need to find another source of income. Saturn is in Retrograde mode in Sagittarius returning to the early cusp degrees of Sagittarius — all those Mutable sign folks born near the cusps will be revisited by Saturn in order to review or re-do some lesson it wishes to impart. Depending on house position and any other planetary influences this might be an onerous task that you thought was already finished. Saturn is a tough taskmaster, but is always trying to improve your life — and the rewards for following Saturn’s guidelines are great.

Another mighty force in the form of tiny Pluto will be influencing our decisions as it turns Retrograde in Capricorn on the 16th — allowing us to reflect upon our recent strides and follies. We are being prodded to really look into our deepest and most fragile needs to see what we must do to keep moving forward on our journey here on Earth. There is  planetary synergy that will give us the tools to help ourselves if we can tap into the Universal rhythms. It behooves us to learn to use the messages of the stars to help us grow and evolve into the highest of human beings. Pluto wants us to plumb the depths of those areas of our life that we don’t like to talk about — but sometimes allowing the light to shine on these profound issues brings a new insight that can help us correct or indeed eliminate any negative areas that are holding us back.

The New Moon will crest on the 18th at 1:57 PM EST at 28 degrees of Aries — I feel the New Moon in Aries signifies the start of new possibilities and opportunities. As Aries is the first sign of the Zodiac, there is a lot of vitality and a zest for life when the New Moon energy is in this dynamic sign. We can tap into this positive and vibrant spirit to enhance our daily life and to help our loved ones on their pathway throughout this lifetime. Prepare your wish list ahead of time, and revisit it as your needs and desires might change throughout the month. Use meditation and dig into your inner spirit so that you “know” the best way to proceed with your New Moon affirmations.

On the 20th the Sun enters Taurus helping us to organize our lives, and giving us the doggedness to make solid  plans for our future. On the 28th there is a beautiful sextile between the Sun and Neptune that can bring us a unique spiritual experience, allow our inner beauty to shine, and bring us to the awareness that we are our brother’s keepers. We are hoping that a true Spring will have arrived by the end of the month and we can once again enjoy the outdoors with elan. The  Easter holiday and Passover are in concert this year — so we send good wishes to all as they celebrate their holy seasons. Peace!

 

 

 

Mars Enters Taurus — March 31, 2015

Passionate and action driven Mars enters ponderous and patient Taurus on March 31st at 11:27 AM EST (add one hour for DST), staying until entering flirtatious Gemini on May 11th 2015. This doesn’t seem like a match made in Heaven, yet they have a lot in common. Mars feels deeply about love, desire and affection — so does Taurus! Mars needs to feel needed and is always in a hurry to get things started and finished. Taurus — not so much — our Taurus persona likes to be needed, but doesn’t like it if things are moving too fast. Mars believes in love at first sight, but doesn’t always realize that “knowing” someone might be the best way to go. Taurus is slow in deciding on that perfect someone, and is usually in it for the long haul. Still — both are deeply emotional, committed to their goals, want what is best for their loved ones, and often feel they are misunderstood.

Together this combination of Mars in the sign Taurus is forceful and bring each other some things each of them truly need. Mars revs up Taurus usual plodding pace and piques his desire for love and companionship. Taurus gives Mars the time to really be sure that he/she is the one! Working in concert theirs might look like a  dance macabre, but they can be in rhythm with a little work from both sides.  It might seem like indomitable Mars has all the power on his side of the realm — but our Taurus folks know how to work with those who are a little bit fast off of the mark. Taurus will rein in some of Mars eagerness and precipitous manner of leaping before looking. Slowing Mars pace a bit gives more time to really get to know that special someone, and will offset some of Mars over-the-top bravado!

Mars feels a little underwhelmed by the staid Taurus persona, wanting to leap into the fray! Taurus will inevitably keep Mars from being too impulsive and finding he’s chosen the wrong path. Their strength together is a blending of Mind over Matter.  Taurus has the willpower to stay on course and to delve deeply into whatever road he wishes to take. No unthinking fool, but a wary and thoughtful planner who will eventually find the right route to his ultimate goal (whether in love, business or his place in society). Mars will bluster against this more thoughtful manner of reaching his immediate goals, but with Taurus holding the reins, Mars eventually sees the beauty and sense of biding his time. Still there will be frustration with any impediment that slows him down, and he will push to free himself from the mundane ways of Taurus. Once they both come to grips with their inevitable connection for this brief spell, they can work together to enhance each one’s best qualities. Noble, brave, solid and earthy, but with a fiery inner core — they will manage to bring the best abilities from each side. Love of family, eager to please, wanting to belong, and being able to use the merits of Fire and Earth to bring them to their respective goals.

No shrinking violets here — they have their opinions, their beliefs, and they are not willing to give up on anything that moves them emotionally. Fixed, opinionated and somewhat dogmatic in their ways, our Mars in Taurus folks can be tricky to handle. It is their deep and passionate need to be loved, to be of service, and to have their loved ones at hand, that will tip the scales of societies standards. Ever willing to stand their ground, but also able to see the wisdom and beauty of common sense! Our Mars in Taurus folks have qualities we all admire and they are willing to go the distance in love, and in any area that is close to their heart.

After a brief skirmish with Saturn on the 6th which may cause delays or frustrations, Mars meets up with Neptune on the 12th which can bring new solutions to a problem or an enlightenment that will enhance your current project. However, on the 17th a clash with Jupiter might find you jumping into the fray without a thoughtful plan. Take a few days to allow this transit to fade, and perhaps give yourself a chance to reconsider your actions. Possibly on the 21st when Mars is in good aspect to Pluto you might find your ideas moving forward with speed and practicality. On the 22nd Mars connects with Mercury and fixates your mind on accomplishing your goals — the caveat here is not to let your enthusiasm overwhelm your common sense. Strive for balance and honesty. The 24th brings some unexpected help in imagination and intuition — just don’t go off on a tangent with your zealousness.

Mars in Taurus Love Style — if your loved one has this dynamic duo in their chart, you have your work cut out for you! Mars brings an intensity to Taurus that is sometimes overwhelming and often seems extreme. Taurus tries to assuage the passions of Mars with his practical and pragmatic outlook on life, but these two often struggle for the Alpha position within a relationship. Mars has the indomitable energy of its fiery nature, coming in with monumental feelings of love and even worship for the one they have chosen. Used to getting his way, Mars will not even notice if there is some hesitancy on the part of his intended — indeed just saying “not interested” is more likely to spur him on with his immediate goal of getting your attention!  Combined with Taurus, there is a doggedness to his intensity that seems incredibly resolute. Taurus will be the arbiter in the long run — finding that trying to engulf someone with his emotions just isn’t the way to a healthy and happy relationship.

Taurus will rein in Mars libido with the power of the Bull that is his symbol — commanding and mighty, our Taurus brethren can wield a mighty blow to Mars hotheadedness. When the two are working together they are a force of epic proportion — Mars energy and passion connected to Taurus deep-seated love and sense of duty will bring them to a equitable place of togetherness. Cardinal Mars and Fixed Taurus have a deep-seated sense of morality and honor when in combination. Think of the honored war hero, or the charitable philanthropist, or maybe just the local vet who’s practice is open to all whether they can pay or not. There is an inner aspect of these two that brings out the best in both — their love of family, their passionate desire to reach their goals, their sense of fairness, justice and equality. These are the traits that help the Mars in Taurus persona rise to the top of their game.

Challenging, interesting, and goal-oriented — our Mars/Taurus folks are always amazing us with their depth of feeling, their ability to reach their goals, and in the amount of love they have for their loved ones and indeed all of mankind. Salt of the earth, upright citizen, a moral compass, and a pillar of the community — all describe our Mars in Taurus persona. Lucky are those who have someone with this combination in their lives — someone to count on through all the vicissitudes of life — a forever love!

 

 

 

New Moon Reminder — March 20, 2015 — Solar Eclipse — Vernal Equinox

What is in the stars when you have a triple header? Well — since it is a New Moon in Pisces at 29 degrees — also bringing a Solar Eclipse at 4:37 AM EST (add one hour for DST) — and the Vernal Equinox together on the same day — the sky’s the limit! Only you have the right answer for yourself — writing out a few affirmations, wishes or desires — will have your entreaties flowing into the ether — there to become part of the Universal whole. I believe that our thoughts and wishes are tangible, they are physical entities in their own right, that can become one with the real world to be sowed as seeds upon the soil of Universal consciousness  to manifest in our own reality.

The process is simple — take a few quiet moments to really think about what would make your life and the lives of your loved ones better. Meditate for a few minutes and dig into the deepest recesses of your psyche to reach your truest reality. I believe hand-written requests or affirmations are the best way to proceed (although in our busy lives the computer is efficient) — but however you choose to do them — write out your desires, wishes and affirmations in as much detail as possible! Leave no stone unturned in your appeal and think calmly about what you are writing.  Feel the energy of the New Moon enter your body as you send your requests into the ether, and sense the tingle right through your spine as you immerse yourself into the aura of the rightness and timing of your affirmations. The New Moon crests at 4:37 AM EST — so all day on the 20th will be the most potent to write out your requests, but the following 48 hours will still be reeling with this amazing energy.

The Universe gives us special moments in time that are meant to help us on our journey here on Earth — we can help ourselves and our loved ones to move in a positive direction with a few well chosen words. We are not just flotsam and jetsam floating on a raging eddy — we can chart our course within a few fixed parameters. As the Wise Men followed a star — so we also can follow our stars and find our own miracle!

Work your own magic — and reap the rewards of a truer, more complete, well-lived and loved life — Peace!

 

Venus Enters Taurus — March 17, 2015

Just what we’ve been waiting for — lovely Venus moves from Fiery Aries into Earthy Taurus on the 17th of the month at 5:15 AM EST (add one hour for DST). Venus is in her most exquisite element in Taurus — sensual, loving, tactile, physically demonstrative, and profoundly erotic. Lady Venus immerses herself in her most earthy and corporeal nature. She feels and senses the atmosphere around her physically and emotionally. Of course, in Taurus our Lady Venus needs to be surrounded with luxury, extravagance and love. She is awakened by the lightest of touches, the softest whisper of a loving word — and relishes all manner of human interaction and connection. Our Taurus Venus is also loyal, dependable, on time and organized. That doesn’t mean she doesn’t know how to make an elegant entrance fashionably late!

Above all she is aware of her charms and her charisma in Taurus — she is a dynamo in the boardroom and the bedroom — she creates beauty wherever she may be. Her surroundings (however humble) will be tastefully decorated and her wardrobe a Fashionista’s dream. Never underestimate our Venus in Taurus — she has an agenda and she will move Heaven and Earth to attain her goals. Never crass, inane or tactless, our Lady Venus in Taurus has a diplomatic air and the bargaining ability of a used-car salesman. A bright and beautiful bombshell, Venus in Taurus commands attention wherever she goes.

This month our Lady Venus has a brief skirmish with Saturn on the 21st in the morning — perhaps some of us will awake in an ornery mood — not ready for the day to begin. However, on the 24th she relishes her meeting with Neptune in the wee hours after midnight and her heart is warmed with the influx of intuitive feelings of love and romance. In good aspect to Pluto on the 30th, Lady Venus emotions intensify and she wants only the best for her loved ones and indeed for mankind. Later in the day she connects with Uranus for some unexpected fun and a spontaneous outpouring of joyous celebration. As always she shares her immense capacity for love and kindness with all she encounters along her path. On April 11th our Lady Venus moves into capricious and flirtatious Airy Gemini where she will pique our inner child and allow us to feel that sense of awe and amazement at the glorious world we inhabit. Enjoy Venus transits throughout the Zodiac, where she will bring her own loving persona and will shine like a beacon of light and love. Move to her earthy and torrid pace while she is in Taurus and find your sweetest persona.

Hint — find your love while doing your taxes, in a stylish boutique, looking for an extravagant gift, taking a cooking lesson, while arranging a bridal shower, being a bride’s maid, attending a school reunion, buying flowers, seeing a drama, dining in an elegant restaurant, having your hair done, in your local chocolate shop, or hobnobbing at the country club.

New Moon — Solar Eclipse — Spring Equinox — March 20, 2015

I’ve decided to publish this post earlier than usual — it is such a powerful surge of positive energy with the Solar Eclipse lingering for several weeks if not months in some instances. The New Moon is in Pisces at the karmic 29th degree — and the Vernal Equinox also occurs with the Sun moving into the dynamic Cardinal sign Aries later in the day. All strong in their own right, together they are a magnificent force to be reckoned with. It might behoove everyone to really think about what it is they want to have manifest in their lives in the future — take notes, dream dreams, and find what you really want to affirm! Plan your New Moon list with thoughtfulness and a bit of awe and wonder at the majesty  of this Earth, Galaxy and Universe we inhabit. Draw toward yourself the joy, happiness, kindness and love you know you deserve. Blessings!

This month we have a “triple treat” — on the 20th the New Moon and Solar Eclipse in Pisces crests at 29 degrees at 4:37 AM EST ( remember to add one hour for DST), and the Sun enters Aries at 5:46 PM EST bringing our Spring Equinox into full bloom! That is a lot of energy being expelled all on the same day, and we can celebrate the end of the Winter Season with elan, grace and gratefulness. We can feel the rampant urge to create and we can tap into our psyches and imagination to wrest out those magnificent ideas we may have allowed to dissipate into the mists of time. Now there is a renewed power in the ether to stimulate and inspire us to dust off any old concepts and view them in a new light.

We must tap into the highest planes of love, spirit and the essence of our soul’s existence. We are here on a journey to evolve to a higher level of being — a being of light, energy, spirit and divine otherworldly transcendence! This is when we truly shine and become the entity of hope and truth that will bring us to total and final fulfillment on our karmic journey here on Earth. Breathe in the mighty forces of your ancestors and the infinite capabilities of eternal life. Begin your realization of forever and eventually arise into the ether as a completely evolved being of light and love. Use the power of the mighty Equinox along with the New Moon Solar Eclipse in mystical Pisces and make that personal evolutionary step toward infinity.

Just the idea that our days are getting longer and the sunlight is getting stronger is enough to make us feel powerful and transformed! Still we don’t want to go off on a tangent of unworkable deeds or impossible goals — rather we should take this infusion of the Galaxy’s energy to empower us to really look at what it is we want to do with our lives from this point on! The New Moon in Pisces at the karmic 29th degree is encouraging us to look deep within, and awaken our most humanitarian and spiritual ideas. If we choose to rise to our highest power, we will begin to feel the Universal ethos of brotherhood and the best of humankind. I feel there can be a fresh approach to our dreams, one that takes into account all of our loved ones and also their hopes and wishes for a brighter future.

On a more mundane plane — we all face difficulties, traumas, and life altering issues throughout our lives — still much of the time the human spirit will rise above the pain and disappointment to become a stronger and more malleable person. We learn to bend and not break through all of the storms of life. We are honed by our trials and we strengthen our resolve every day to keep moving forward. I am always amazed by those in extraordinary situations who can rally and look forward to overcoming any and all disasters that befall them. Humankind Rocks!

Saturn in Sagittarius will turn Retrograde on the 14th moving backwards entering the latter degrees of Scorpio until August 2nd when it turns direct and will re-enter Sagittarius on September 17th. Whilst in Rx mode, we may see a slow down in our own daily activities, and some plans may have to be recalculated in order to bring them to fruition. Work with the Planets movements, and you may be able to moderate any negative issues by being more aware and heading off any problems that might arise. Mercury moves into Pisces on the 12th meeting up with Neptune, this will pique our intuition and our ability to sense what others are really saying! Be open to subliminal messages that will help you to traverse these rocky times. Venus entering Taurus will bring us her most sensitive self, we will be more inclined to want to be pampered and petted — and we will be more attuned to our loved ones needs and desires. Both Mercury and Venus are moving quickly from sign to sign now, so we must be attuned to the vibrations they bring into our lives. These are the “personal” Planets and have a lot to do with our everyday relations with friends and family. Allow yourself to feel each subtle pulsation emanating from these significant Planets as they move throughout the Zodiac.

Now to our motivation to write out our affirmations and wishes with the power of the New Moon in Pisces — there are so many ways that we can use Neptune and Pisces for our innermost desires. Do we need to be more sensitive to others? Want to use our intuition in a more practical way? Are we merely allowing life to pass us by while we yearn to put our talents to work, but procrastinate time after time? Is there a negative person in your life who is holding you back? Are you intimidated by a bullying boss? — all of these and many other issues can be confronted by writing out specific requests. Want more beauty and peace in your life, want to help a friend who has some bad habits, need to release guilt, anger or frustration? The power of the New Moon in Pisces combined with the Solar Eclipse and the Vernal Equinox will give you that boost of energy to infuse your affirmations with a surfeit of positive vitality that will put your thoughts into the ether to begin to ripen and come to fruition. Use the goodwill streaming from the Universe and make it your own.

The New Moon in Pisces crests on the 20th at 4:37 AM EST (add one hour for DST) — write out your wishes with all the detail and specifics you feel necessary and also send these affirmations out into the Galaxial mists with proactive mental acuity. You may write out your list throughout the day for the biggest impact. Give yourself the gift of working with the Universal flow and find that everything seems a little less tiresome and dreary — you will feel the gentle warmth of loving kindness come into your realm. Positive thought can bring positive actions and results if sent out with love — it is the old axiom — you get what you give! And truly — good thoughts and deeds return ten-fold. Draw all good and kind feelings towards yourself — draw only those who have your best interests at heart.

I remember a quote I had on my refrigerator for many years — a pithy, tongue-in-cheek saying — “Life is a test – it is only a test – if it were your real life — you would have been given better instructions!” I still smile as I recall that little note bringing me to the realization that we all have to traverse our lives with its ups and downs — but we all can manage a bit better if we use a little humor. Peace!

 

 

March’s Planetary Activity — Spring Equinox — Solar Eclipse

March bodes well for bringing the end of the winter season to a close, still there are a few weeks to go before the Sun enters Aries, ushering in our Spring Equinox on the 20th at 5:46 PM EST.The Spring Equinox always seems to bring a freshening of the atmosphere that cleanses our psyches. Perhaps this is more noticeable here in New England where the winters can be severe, difficult and depressing day after day. A constant venue of snow storms, difficult driving conditions, gloomy days, and the cold winter Sun that brings little warmth. Earlier on the 20th the New Moon in Pisces arrives at 29 degrees  blossoming as a Solar Eclipse at 4:37 AM  EST. This New Moon degree is at a “world” point and carries some serious messages for those in charge. This near zero degree Full Moon touches on a sensitive Universal point that will bring public issues to the fore. There may be a need for crisis management for those in power, and perhaps some unwelcome changes will be on the agenda for many world leaders. It’s a wake up call for doing the right thing before devastating news becomes public. On a personal level, it is the opportunity to begin a new chapter in your overall spiritual health and your ability to connect with loved ones and friends on  a deeper level. Tune into the karmic and mystical vibes of this Pisces New Moon, and cleanse yourself of any angst, unhappiness or anger. Feel the intense emotional depths of your inner light, and allow yourself to become one with your spirit guides. Tap into the magnificent aura of you!

On the 5th of the month the Full Moon in Virgo crests at 1:06 PM EST, at 14 degrees, and brings with it all the intensity of a tidal wave of emotional angst! Virgo is a sign that likes precision, order and analysis — with the friction of our current planetary lineup, Virgo’s usual calm and ordered Universe is in for a major shakeup! If you have a Planet at or near 14 degrees of Virgo, it is a time span to be especially wary and keep an eye out for any disproportionate moodiness or anger issues. Keep a cool head whilst there is agitation and angst roiling around. Use Virgo’s common-sense approach to any situation and reap the satisfying rewards of being able to traverse the vicissitudes of life with ease.   On the plus side Jupiter in Leo is in good aspect to Uranus in Aries, so some of the exasperating vibes may be modulated a bit. These two dynamos can bring inspiration and creativity — so dust off those old plans, paintings, ideas, and projects in order to refurbish your concepts and make them happen. You may be inspired with renewed vigor and fresh ideas so that even you are amazed!

Mars our Planet of passion, energy and ire, conjuncts Uranus (Planet of the unexpected) on the 11th at 15 degrees of Aries which also squares Pluto (Planet of karma and intensity) in Capricorn! Boom! Lots of energy and power schussing through the atmosphere to keep all of us on our toes! It will be best to avoid any lunacy and/or unwise situations if possible — be alert to controversial activity that is spiraling out of control. Also avoid any dangerous activity and/or medical procedures on or around this date — be hyper-aware of things becoming totally unraveled. Mercury enters Pisces on the 12th and is under pressure as it meets up with Neptune — be aware that all may not be as it appears and monitor your communications so you won’t regret any outbursts at a later date (think before you hit send). Think before you speak, and be wary of any legal issues that may pop up unexpectedly that put you in an awkward position. We all must remember that there are consequences not only of our actions, but of our words.

As the Solar Eclipse and Spring Equinox arrive on the 20th, it is wise to recall that projects begun before these events usually don’t work out as expected. If you can — plan to implement any new ideas or ventures after the Eclipse has passed. Mercury will enter Aries on the 30th, and then  Mars will be going from Aries to Taurus on the 31st. Communications may pick up in intensity, and it might be difficult to change folks fixed ideas of what is right and wrong. A busy and intense month of unpredictable happenings worldwide, bringing  a need for wiser heads to rule.

On a more local level, we must be aware of our surroundings and be prepared to act when unexpected things occur. Planning ahead is always a good idea, however, we also must be flexible to any new information or situations that come along. Use your intuition, your inner knowing, and your ability to “see” what lies ahead. If we can instinctively plan our pathway throughout this life, with the ability and acuity to bend instead of break with unexpected changes, we will be able to reach out goals with aplomb and grace. The Universe is always giving us a heads-up as to what is going on in the World, the stars impel they do not compel — work with the energy and power at your disposal and make your way through this lifetime with precision and focus.

Break through your Winter blues to the magnificence of the Spring Equinox — refresh, renew, re-establish your true pathway, and work with the wonder of the Galaxial momentum and vitality to maximize your potential. Peace!

 

Infuse Your Food With Love — Jone Victoria — April 11, 2009

There are a multitude of outlets to practice your energy and healing work. One of them is in the kitchen. An important principle of preparing and cooking food is to infuse it with love. I learned this concept years ago when enrolled in workshops at the Michio Kushi Institute, then located in Brookline, to study Macrobiotics.

Being mindful when preparing food is not a psychobabble concept. It’s essential to understand that our thoughts are actually tiny electrical impulses. Therefore our thoughts can magnify and be impinged on others.

Whenever I prepare food, I make a conscious effort to be aware of my state of mind. Anger, sadness, envy, resentment or despondency can translate into the food you are preparing and serving. The puffy white gluten boy who said, “Nothin’ says lovin’, like something from the oven”, touched on a cardinal truth.

Your skill level as a cook is inconsequential. It is the intent of the preparation that gives the food an infusion of love. Select the finest of ingredients from the local grocer, then lovingly prepare them. If you’re slicing carrots, do so in an unhurried way and with a peaceful mind. Be in the moment of preparation and cooking your food. Think on how the food you prepare will sustain the physical body and feed the soul.

Jone was particular about how fresh and pure the food she prepared was for her family and friends, and she was conscious of how they would feel while enjoying the repast. She was an awesome cook, and I remember especially how she would bake her Sabbat cakes for us being concerned about using a Venus (love) hour to begin her task. As always — they were not only delicious, but when tucked under one’s pillow to dream about a future love — they were fun and entertaining also. She was a vegetarian long before it was trendy — and realized that she and her daughter had issues with gluten that she addressed with research and a whole new way of preparing meals. An innovator and visionary — she is missed every day!