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    The Colors of India

    As I sit down to write this article on my experiences in India, the sweet smell of incense and a whirl of colors are going through my mind. It truly was a grand experience to speak at the 41st annual conference hosted by the Indian Institute of Oriental Heritage. My fellow colleagues and I were given awards of excellence in a very regal and ceremonial fashion, Indian style.

    The colleagues I connected with were the very knowledgeable Sasha Yungju Lee, who practices Chinese Astrology and Chinese Feng Shui. She’s Korean and puts her cultural style into her interpretations. She and I were the only women to receive awards, among many men. It was an honor to be with her and we became fast friends through our travels.

    My other esteemed colleague was Dr. T. Selva from Malaysia, who practices Indian Feng Shui, which is called Vasthu Sastra. He speaks all over the world sharing his unique perspective on his craft. He was a gracious guide to both me and Sasha, since he knows India quite well.

    The conference was held in New Delhi, which is like the New York City of India. So I decided to go to Goa first, which is like the Hawaii of India. Goa is on the ocean just south of Mumbai and was the perfect place to get to know an old-fashioned part of India before I was thrown into the big city. This is where I discovered the colors of India. I realize that it all starts with the spices. The powerful golden rod is from turmeric. The brilliant red is from chili peppers. The bright green is from cilantro. Of course spices and food are the basics of Ayer Vedic healing. Those intense colors are the dyes for their bright and stunning colors in their fabrics. For any of those of you who know me personally, I have a very definite color palette. Oh my, India has all my colors. I would wear a bright saree with lots of bangle bracelets every day if I could. Somehow, it won’t work here in Tucson. Darn!

    What did I do in Goa? I walked on the beach, ate lots of fresh seafood, danced to rhythmic techno Indian fusion music and talked to people from all over the world. Most people were from Europe and not many Americans. I went to a spice plantation and saw spices growing on trees, like, cardamom, cinnamon, peppercorns and cloves. It was so wild to pick a clove off the tree. I also got a very intense Ayervedic massage, that was not like any massage I’ve ever had before.

    Goa felt like a big farm to me where the animals rule. I rented a bamboo tree house at the cozy Michele’s Garden little hotel. Michele was the best and I would stay there again without a doubt. It was like living in Paradise! One morning, from my balcony, I saw a peacock in a tree, in my backyard. You don’t see that every day. Here are the animals I saw in Goa: Water Buffalos, Cows (lots of cows), Bulls, Dogs (lots of skinny dogs), Goats, Squirrels, Roosters, Chickens and Peacocks. Yes, I drank fresh milk each day from cows and Water Buffalos for my tea. It was the creamiest, best milk ever. My stay there was so fabulous that I cried when I left Goa.

    Balancing the nature of Goa with the intense population and smog of New Delhi, was the best way to see India. Someone asked me what India smelled like. I have to say that it was the sweet smell of incense, which was burning everywhere next to a statue of Ganesh. So I’m left with the bright colors, the smell of spices and incense and the feeling of an ancient culture trying to merge with the new world. My hopes are that the sweet smell of incense and the brilliant colors of spices will win.


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    Astrology During Pisces

    The Sun enters the sign of Pisces on February 18th at 10:19 a.m., Mountain Time. Pisces is a water sign and is associated with the mystic of the Zodiac, nebulous Neptune.  Pisces is the Dreamer of all the signs of the Zodiac and usually lives in a bubble. The rest of the world doesn’t exist much of the time for this creative sign. Pisces is the guru or the druggie. This is the sign that needs to be in an altered state of consciousness, whether it’s through meditation, yoga, music or a glass of wine.

    If you remember, we just had a Super Blue Moon Eclipse on January 31st. A Blue Moon is the second Full Moon in a calendar month. We had a Blue Moon in January and we will have one in March as well, but with no Eclipse this time. The first Full Moon this month will be on March 1st and is in the sign of Virgo. Then the second Full Moon or the Blue Moon will happen on March 31st and is in the sign of Libra. February squeezed by with having no Full Moon at all. Once in a Very Blue Moon, as the song says, is a rare and special thing. I consider these two Blue Moons gifts to humanity.

    There is a party of planets in Pisces now, but some of those planets will be moving into Aries, which will make us all more ready to initiate projects. Usually the laid-back Pisces likes to dream and not act as much as Aries. The combination is creative as well as forward moving. Mercury enters Aries on March 5th and Venus enters Aries on March 6th. So the Aries energy should kick in around then. Save any projects that need effort for after that time. If you want to do some writing, this is your time!

    Daylight Savings Time is upon us again and will begin on March 11th. Much of the world and most of the US observes this twice a year event and will move their clocks forward one hour. Of course, in the autumn, the clocks are moved back one hour.  Arizona and Hawaii don’t observe this time-bending ritual, which always makes it tricky for me during these two transition weeks. Even though I try, I usually am an hour off with at least one client. Not my favorite time of the year, I admit.

    There is a group of planets forming in Capricorn now, which is so important that I’ve been writing about it. The sign of Capricorn is about rules and regulations, government, corporations and the elite. Power hungry Pluto has been in Capricorn since 2008 and Saturn entered Capricorn on December 2017. Now feisty little Mars is joining them both. Mars enters Capricorn on March 17th and remains there until May 16th. Mars could easily bring heat to already hot situations, often triggering off events. Mars joins Saturn on April 1st and then joins Pluto on April 26th. So this will be a good moth to watch these important dates.

    Looking at the visible planets this month, we still have most of our planets in the morning predawn sky. If you get up about ½ hour before sunrise, you will see Jupiter, Mars and Saturn along the Ecliptic. But finally the late sleepers will have a treat. Venus has emerged as the “Evening Star” now and can be seen low in the western horizon after sunset. I always love her in the evening sky.

    Have a fabulous month and I’ll see you in Aries!


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    The Chinese New Year 2018 Earth Dog

    The Chinese New Year starts at a different date each year. The beginning is at sunset on the second New Moon after the Winter Solstice. All this is based on when it happens in China. Like Western Astrology, the Chinese Zodiac has 12 signs, or animals. This year the animal is the stable Earth Dog. This year will be quite a contrast to the volatile Fire Rooster of 2017 that is just ending. For a reminder about the out-of-control Rooster, here is an abbreviated excerpt from my last year’s Preview for 2017 from The Handbook of Chinese Horoscopes (1979) by Theodora Lau. “The personality of the Fire Rooster is arrogant, overly confident, and prone to large, ambitious and unrealistic plans . . . argumentative and shines when he’s the center of attention.”

    The Earth Dog will be so completely different that the style of things should change to reflect the new Chinese sign. As contrast, this will come as a soothing time, although it will have the possibility of conservative thought and actions. So what is the Dog about? The Chinese Dog is loyal, steady, stubborn, fair, effective and passionate. His ideals and morals are not only above reproach, but direct the Dog’s focus. He has very strong beliefs, which are very difficult to change.  He is the open-minded sentry who is guarding the interest of the public at large by preserving social goals. The Dog is intelligent, honest, straightforward and has a sense of equality and fair play. Libra is the Western correlation to the Dog. Money is not the motivating factor of this sign. This animal likes to meet people half way and is good at listening and offering reason.  This doesn’t mean that the Dog can’t snarl and have a sharp tongue, since they are quite outspoken and highly opinionated. The Dog’s leadership is unemotional. This animal is an introvert and pessimist who doesn’t enjoy the public eye.

    Now let’s overlay the element of Earth on the Dog. The Earth element brings a sense of calm to the already steady Dog. This will bring efficient and constructive thinking; moving ahead slowly with purpose; careful use of money; kind hearted spirit and practical vs sentimental. The Earth Dog is quiet and will not abuse powers given to him and will be good at delegating with a keen sense of the skills of the people.

    The pendulum always swings and this is quite a large change from the Fire Rooster of 2017. Life unfolds exactly as it should, so this will be fun to watch.


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    Once in a Very Blue Moon

    So what is a Blue Moon? When there are two Full Moons in one month, the second one is called a Blue Moon. As the lyrics read from that classic song, “Just once in a very blue moon, and I feel one comin’ on soon”. Yes, one is comin’ soon . . .  on January 31st.

    Remember that 2018 started with a Super Moon on January 1st. A Super Moon is when the Full Moon is closer to the Earth and appears a bit larger. It is actually 14% larger than the smallest Moon, which is quite significant and noticeable with the naked eye.  But there’s more!

    Not only is this a Super Moon and a Blue Moon – it’s also an Eclipse. So I would call its official title a Super Blue Moon Eclipse! That doesn’t happen too often. This Eclipse falls in the sign of Leo, which will make it important for that fire sign.  An Eclipse is the best time to release old patterns in your life and we will all feel it, even if we’re not Leo.

    The year of 2018 is an unusual year relating to Blue Moons. January will have two Full Moons with the last one being the Eclipsed Blue Moon. February doesn’t have even one Full Moon, but March will have two Full Moons with the last one being the second Blue Moon of the year. But it won’t be an Eclipse, like in the Blue Moon in January. Most years will only have one Blue Moon in a year. There are 12 months and 13 Lunations, creating one Blue Moon per year. But since 2018 started with a Full Moon, it snuck in an extra Blue Moon.

    What does this all mean astrologically? It is a gift to us to have 2 Blue Moons in one year. Anything rare is a gift. Early in 2018 will be the time for us all to see our lives in a totally new way. What are we waiting for? Now is the time for change. This can be a release of outer possessions or obvious life situations and routines that need to be changed. It can also be letting go of inner patterns, including outdated emotions and beliefs. Let’s all take this challenge to help us become our most optimum selves so we contribute our gifts more fully to the world. If we all do that, the world will be even a better home for us all.

    Happy Blue Moons!


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    What's Up for Your Sign During Aquarius?

    Aquarius

    Happy Birthday, Aquarius! This just has to be a good month for you because loving Venus is in Aquarius from January 19th - February 11th. Have a birthday where you get some pampering. Maybe a quick spa vacation is in store.

    Pisces

    During mid-January you will feel even more Pisces than usual. Get massages, do art, read and stay cozy. Let yourself float in your special dreamland. Guilt-free indulgences are called for.

    Aries

    From January 21st – 24th you will feel more brilliant than normal. New, amazing ideas will flow out of you so easily that it will wow everyone, including you. Make sure to document them so they will actually happen.

    Taurus

    The last few days of January will be your best time to review your finances. Switch things up a bit with the intention to make things easier to understand.

    Gemini

    Your best time this month is the last week in January. Several planets that are in air signs are in a positive alignment with your Gemini Sun. You will be social and will connect easily with new friends with common interests.

    Cancer

    The end of January might bring some family turmoil. And guess what, you will be the voice of logic that will calm everyone down. Actually, things will be better as a result. You’ll be the hero or heroine.

    Leo

    The Full Moon is in Leo on January 31st. Since it’s the second Full Moon this month, it’s called a Blue Moon. Also, it’s an Eclipse. So its title is a Super Blue Moon Eclipse. All this is in Leo to help you do a transformation.

    Virgo

    You will feel the most Virgo the first week in February. Be sure to schedule important meetings during that time and you will get so much completed. Yes, make a long Virgo To-Do-List.

    Libra

    Your most important dates this month are February 3rd – 5th. Your diplomatic charm will allow some opposite opinions to be expressed with no excess drama. You might even make new friends through the experience.

    Scorpio

    Mars has left your sign of Scorpio, but Jupiter is still there. The Moon will join Jupiter from February 2nd – 4th and will be the best time for strategic planning. Take some time so you can make some serious financial decisions.

    Sagittarius

    Mars will be in your sign of Sag from January 26th through March 16th. You will feel extra energized. That might be a great time for some travel. Your Sagittarius spirit is always up for a road trip.

    Capricorn

    Your sign is the focus of attention and will be for a few years because of the number of planets who will be there. Pluto and Saturn are already there. The Moon will join them from February 10th – 14th, which is a great time for you to write a 3-year plan for a new life direction. 


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    Astrology During Aquarius

    The Sun enters the sign of Aquarius on January 19th at 8:11 p.m., Mountain Time. Aquarius is an air sign and is associated with the wild child of the Zodiac, Uranus.  Aquarius is the free spirit of all the astrology signs. This sign is the perfect entrepreneur because of the need to be independent. This sign doesn’t take direction very well. Aquarians are often involved with the high tech industry, inventions and intellectual properties that that help the world. They are the humanitarians who want to save the whales and are willing to march for a cause.

    We have a couple of Eclipses this month and at least one of them is quite interesting. The year of 2018 opened on January 1st with a Super Moon, which is such a great way to begin the year. On January 31st will be another Full Moon, but this one is also a Lunar Eclipse. But there’s more. The second Full Moon during a month is called a Blue Moon. So this one is called a Blue Super Moon Eclipse in Leo! Once again, what an unusual way to start the year! In addition to the Blue Super Moon Eclipse, we will also have a Solar Eclipse on February 15th in Aquarius. All the Solar Eclipses this year are partial Eclipses, so nothing very exciting with Eclipses this year.

    Valentine’s Day this year will be one day before the Solar Eclipse. So the Moon will be in Aquarius for this holiday. This sign is perfect for having an unusual Valentine’s Day. Break old traditions and try something fun and different for your loved ones.

    There are several planets changing signs this month, which will stir up the energy a bit, especially for the signs involved.

    • Mars will enter Sagittarius on January 26th to bring even more dynamic actions. Travel is highlighted now.
    • Mercury enters Aquarius on January 31st, the same day as the Blue Super Moon to add some quirkiness to the Full Moon.
    • Venus enters Pisces on February 10th. That is a loving combination that would be great for healing massages or facials. Spa pampering.

    Regarding the visible planets, we’re in for a treat this month. But the catch is that we’ll have to get up before sunrise to see them. If you get up about ½ hour before sunrise, you can see Mercury, Saturn, Mars and Jupiter in a sweet arch across the sky. Mercury will be fleeting and will disappear into the glow of the Sun by January 31st, but the rest will be there all month. This is a rare alignment of planets and it will be worth it to get up early to spot them.

    Have a fabulous month and I’ll see you in Pisces! 


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    What's Up for Your Sign During Capricorn?

    Capricorn

    Happy Birthday, Capricorn! Saturn is in your sign of Capricorn now, which will make this birthday month even more powerful for you. This is the year to remake yourself. Create the life of your dreams this year. You can do it!

    Aquarius

    Venus will be in your sign of Aquarius from January 17th – February 11th. Venus relates to love and beauty, so plan for a spa vacation or at least a massage, during that time. You are attracting luxury now.

    Pisces

    The Moon will be in Pisces on Christmas Day and will bring a warm holiday for you. Be open with your emotions, give lots of hugs and tell people how much you love them.

    Aries

    The very end of this year will be your power time this month. You will feel energized and will want your Aries energy to be free and have fun. Plan to do something different for this holiday season. Yes, you can get a little wild!

    Taurus

    The week between Christmas and New Year’s Day is your time this month. There is a party of planets in Capricorn now that are harmonizing with your Taurus Sun. With all those planets in earth signs, you might want to spend some time in nature during that week.

    Gemini

    The Moon will be in Gemini for New Year’s Eve this year! Be with friends who want to talk and have fun. Light-hearted entertainment, laughing and dancing would be great.

    Cancer

    The Moon will be in your sign of homey Cancer on New Year’s Day. You will be in the mood to stay home with family and friends. Comfort food, staying warm and being cozy will be your perfect day.

    Leo

    Early January is your power time this next month. You will be starting the New Year off with a strong beginning. Let people know you are in charge. This is the time to start a new project to ensure success!

    Virgo

    Your year will start off in a great way if you focus January 4th – 6th. Do an agenda for the year of 2018. Plan the timing for your holidays, your new projects and relax time, too. Let your Virgo organize your year ahead of time.

    Libra

    You are almost always the friendly Libra, but you will need some privacy from January 7th – 9th. Have definitely boundaries during that time. Now is your time and find your strong voice to tell everyone what you want.

    Scorpio

    Mars and Jupiter are both in your sign of Scorpio now. This entire month is good for looking at your finances and organizing your year for business. On January 8th and 9th, the Moon will join both Mars and Jupiter in the predawn sky. Worth getting up to see them!

    Sagittarius

    Mercury will be retrograding in Sagittarius and won’t turn direct until December 22nd.  Now and these last few weeks were great times to rethink your belief systems. Let go of old patterns and you will feel free!


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    Astrological Preview for 2018

    Another year is behind us and we are now entering the new year of 2018. So it’s time to look at what is happening in the future. Print this article and use it as a reference for the important dates ahead. It’s always nice to know when special celestial events are going to occur.

    This will be quite an exciting year and here are some highlights for 2018. Along with the usual Mercury retrogrades, Venus and Mars will also being doing their retrograde cycles during this year. That will bring some needed changes between the feminine and the masculine. We are already seeing a new dynamic since Jupiter entered Scorpio on October 11, 2017.  Henry Weinstein started an avalanche of sexual harassment on October 10th. This scandal is deep to reach the likes of Matt Lauer, Garrison Keillor and Al Franken. Having both Venus and Mars retrograding in the same year as Jupiter in sexy Scorpio, a new paradigm shift is bound to happen around men and women – and sex.

    Another trend happening this year is Capricorn . . . lots of Capricorn. There is a huge party of planets gathering in Capricorn in 2020 and it’s starting to form now. Pluto is already in Capricorn, that serious sign of business, corporations, government and regulations. Saturn entered Capricorn December 21, 2017. Jupiter will get there in December 2019 to almost complete the grouping. This Capricorn party has many social and political implications that I wrote an entire article on them. Click, Saturn in Capricorn: Time for New Rules. We’ll see this Capricorn phase building in 2018.

    In Chinese Astrology, last year was the infamous Fire Rooster that changes on February 16th to the stable Earth Dog. That change will switch up the energy tremendously.

    After the huge Great American Eclipse that occurred last August 21st, we only have partial Solar Eclipses this year. Eclipses are all about the alignment between the Sun, Moon and Earth and it goes in definite cycles. But the both the Lunar Eclipses are total this year.

     

    Here are the most important celestial events happening in 2018.

    Mercury Retrogrades      March 23rd – April 15th

                                                    July 26th – August 19th

                                                    November 17th – December 6th

    It’s always good to know when Mercury turns retrograde during the year. Of course, these are the best times for spring, summer or fall house cleanings. Go through your closets and dark areas you usually avoid. You might be surprised what you have hidden away. Release any old stuff, emotional patterns and outdated habits you want to let go of. It will be easier during these dates than other times.

    Mars Retrograde              June 26th – August 27th

    Mars only turns retrograde approximately every 2 years, so it doesn’t happen very often. All retrogrades are times to rethink, regroup and release whatever is completed. Sometimes it relates to things, like going through your closet for unused clothes. Other times it relates to releasing old patterns in your life. It will always be slightly different, but will have the theme of letting go. The sign the planet is retrograding in also has an effect. In this Mars retrograde, the backwards motion will start in rebellious Aquarius and ends up in serious Capricorn. Mars will enter Capricorn on March 18th and will have joined both Saturn and Pluto by the end of the month, strengthening the hold Capricorn has on us all. March could be a volatile month in the Capricorn area of business and government. Then the Mars retrograde will clean out some unnecessary dead wood during the summer. The spring and summer of 2018 will be quite hot in many different ways. One little note: Both Mars and Mercury are doing a retrograde at the same time. A time for brilliant ideas or tempers could flare.

    Venus Retrograde                        October 5th – November 16th

    Venus is the planet of the feminine, beauty, art, music and yes, love. Venus does a retrograde cycle only once approximately every 1 ½ years, so it doesn’t happen often. All retrogrades are a time to rethink patterns and a Venus retrograde is the time to change patterns relating to her domain. This will be a hybrid retrograde since it will start out in Scorpio and end up in Libra. We’re seeing a theme here, folks. Scorpio is about secrets, intrigue and yes, sex. Libra is all about relationships. With both Mars and Venus doing a retrograde, how men and women see each other will change drastically this year. We all have to be authentic and real about how we feel. No faking it with Venus retrograding in Scorpio. This can be sexy and powerful if the participants are totally engaged and committed. Or it can be terribly disruptive on the deepest level. I can say that this year will be shocking to us all.

    Uranus enters Taurus      May 16, 2018 – April 27, 2026

    The slow planet Uranus has an orbit of 84 years and is therefore in a sign for about 8 years. When this dynamic rebel of a planet, Uranus, changes signs, everyone notices. It starts a new phase that will be with us for a while. Uranus is the planet of sudden change. The sign of Taurus is an earth sign that relates to money, the environment, business and yes, love. (Venus is the ruling planet of Taurus). If we look at the theme of the year, it seems there are several pointers to men, women and love. Uranus entering Taurus is part of that theme. This could also talk about changes with the weather patterns and the environment, especially land masses.

     

    Eclipses of the Sun                       Partial            February 15th

                                                     Partial            July 13th

                                                     Partial            August 11th

    Eclipses of the Moon           Total               January 31st

                                                    Total               July 27th

    Every year there are two Eclipse seasons that are six month apart. Within both season there will be a Solar and Lunar Eclipse that are two weeks apart. A Solar Eclipse occurs on the New Moon and a Lunar Eclipse occurs on the Full Moon. Last year we had the Great American Eclipse on August 21st. It was such a long, exact Eclipse, that we only have partial Solar Eclipses this year. But we have three partial Eclipses instead of the usual two Solar Eclipses. So no Solar Eclipse parties this year. But we will have two Total Lunar Eclipses. The first one, on January 31st, will be visible on the western part of the US, but the one in July will only be visible in Europe and the Middle East. Last year was our Eclipse year.

     

    Chinese Year of the Earth Dog             January 16th

    The Chinese New Year starts at a different date each year. The beginning is at sunset on the second New Moon after the Winter Solstice. All this is based on when it happens in China. Like Western Astrology, the Chinese Zodiac has 12 signs, or animals. This year the animal is the stable Earth Dog. This year will be quite a contrast to the volatile Fire Rooster of 2017 that is just ending. For a reminder about the out-of-control Rooster, here is an abbreviated excerpt from my last year’s Preview for 2017 from The Handbook of Chinese Horoscopes (1979) by Theodora Lau. “The personality of the Fire Rooster is arrogant, overly confident, and prone to large, ambitious and unrealistic plans . . . argumentative and shines when he’s the center of attention.”

    The Earth Dog will be so completely different that the style of things should change to reflect the new Chinese sign. As contrast, this will come as a soothing time, although it will have the possibility of conservative thought and actions. So what is the Dog about? The Chinese Dog is loyal, steady, stubborn, fair, effective and passionate. His ideals and morals are not only above reproach, but direct the Dog’s focus. He has very strong beliefs, which are very difficult to change.  He is the open-minded sentry who is guarding the interest of the public at large by preserving social goals. The Dog is intelligent, honest, straightforward and has a sense of equality and fair play. Libra is the Western correlation to the Dog. Money is not the motivating factor of this sign. This animal likes to meet people half way and is good at listening and offering reason.  This doesn’t mean that the Dog can’t snarl and have a sharp tongue, since they are quite outspoken and highly opinionated. The Dog’s leadership is unemotional. This animal is an introvert and pessimist who doesn’t enjoy the public eye.

    Now let’s overlay the element of Earth on the Dog. The Earth element brings a sense of calm to the already steady Dog. This will bring efficient and constructive thinking; moving ahead slowly with purpose; careful use of money; kind hearted spirit and practical vs sentimental. The Earth Dog is quiet and will not abuse powers given to him and will be good at delegating with a keen sense of the skills of the people.

    The pendulum always swings and this is quite a large change from the Fire Rooster of 2017. Life unfolds exactly as it should, so this will be fun to watch.

     

    Visible Planets

    We don’t have a cool Eclipse like last year, in fact, all the Solar Eclipses are only partial and won’t bring any buzz at all. But we have a year of dazzling displays of planets and easy to see. Recently, most of the planets were only visible in the predawn sky. I very much prefer watching the planets in the evening sky after sunset than before sunrise. So this is the year for us late-sleepers. From August through October we’ll be able to see Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Mars along the Ecliptic after sunset. Of course, once a month the Moon travels past them all for a regular treat.

    In addition to the evening display, we also have a pretty sweet predawn alignment. The Moon will move past both Mars and Saturn and will all be seen in the eastern sky about ½ hour before sunrise. The magic dates for this event are April 6th – 8th.

    • Venus will be seen as the “evening star” right after the sunset in the western sky from February 20th – October 22nd. She will be in the eastern sky right before sunrise from November 1st – December 31st.
    • Mars can be seen in the morning sky from January 1st – July 27th.  Mars can then be seen in the evening sky from July 27th – December 31st.
    • Jupiter can be seen in the morning sky from January 1st – May 9th and then again from December 9th – 31st. Jupiter can be seen in the evening sky from May 9th – November 13th.
    • Saturn can be seen in the morning sky from January 8th – June 27th. Saturn can be seen in the evening sky from June 27th – December 16th.

     

    Data for 2018

    Mercury Retrogrades                      March 23rd – April 15th

                                                                July 26th – August 19th

                                                                November 17th – December 6th

    Mars Retrograde                              June 26th – August 27th

    Venus Retrograde                            October 5th – November 16th

    Chinese Year of Earth Dog              January 16th

    Eclipses                      Total Eclipse of the Moon 12 Leo                      January 31st

                                        Partial Eclipse of the Sun 27 Aquarius              February 15th

                                        Partial Eclipse of the Sun 20 Cancer                 July 13th

    Equinoxes and

    Solstices                   Spring Equinox                                                        March 21st

                                        Summer Solstice                                                     June 22nd

                                        Fall Equinox                                                             September 23rd

                                        Winter Solstice                                                        December 22nd

    Full Moons              Capricorn Sun/Cancer Moon                                  January 1st

                                        Aquarius Sun/Leo Moon  Eclipse                         January 31st

                                        Pisces Sun/Virgo Moon                                         March 1st

                                        Aries Sun/Libra Moon                                           March 31st

                                        Taurus Sun/Scorpio Moon                                  April 29th

                                        Gemini Sun/Sagittarius Moon                            May 29th

                                        Cancer Sun/Capricorn Moon                              June 27th

                                        Leo Sun/Aquarius Moon Eclipse                        July 27th

                                        Virgo Sun/Pisces Moon                                        August 26th

                                        Libra Sun/Aries Moon                                          September 24th

                                        Scorpio Sun/Taurus Moon                                  October 24th

                                        Sagittarius Sun/Gemini Moon                            November 22nd

                                        Capricorn Sun/Cancer Moon                              December 22nd

                           

                                       

     

     


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    Astrology During Capricorn

    The Sun enters the sign of Capricorn on December 21st at 9:30 a.m., Mountain Time. Capricorn is an earth sign and is associated with the disciplinarian of the Zodiac, Saturn.  Capricorn is the executive of all the signs. If you want to get something accomplished, give it to a driven Capricorn. Attention to details, timelines and setting agendas all comes naturally to the organized Capricorn. It’s not surprising that obvious Cap careers are lawyers, CEOs and ambitious entrepreneurs. 

    The year of 2018 starts off with the Full Moon in Cancer happening on January 1st. It’s not just an ordinary one, but it’s a Super Moon too. This year is starting out with a lot of energy, right on the first day. The sign of Cancer is perfect for a homey day with comfort food, friends and family. Cozy is the word of the day.

    Welcome to the Winter Solstice! When the Sun enters the sign of Capricorn each year, it also marks the beginning of a new season. Astronomically, the Winter Solstice is when the Sun, along the Ecliptic, is the greatest distance north of the equator. Remember the tropic of Cancer and Capricorn on the world globe? The Sun is now at the tropic of Capricorn. Bring out your childhood globe and take a look?

    What does the Winter Solstice mean astrologically? It is the time of the year that the light comes back. The Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year and the longest night (in the northern hemisphere). After that date, December 21st, the days will get longer until the peak of light on the Summer Solstice. There are celebrations happening all over the world honoring the return of the light. I think the Equinox and Solstice are great times to set intentions for the next season. These are ripe times for a sweet ritual. Light a candle and say a prayer.

    This Capricorn time is quite strong now because Saturn just entered its own sign of Capricorn a few days ago on December 19th. It’s so important that I wrote an entire article about not only Saturn, but a big party of planets lining up in Capricorn in 2020. I’m leaving that article again this month, because it’s that important of a phase we are entering. This is a time of serious focus on what is important. No one will feel blasé or indifferent. Passion and intensity are better adjectives for this time. What do you want to focus on to accomplish?

    Mercury has been retrograde since December 3rd and is turning into direct motion on December 22nd. Whatever sign Mercury turns backward in is the area of life to release. The three retrogrades are the times of the year of letting go. This time Mercury went backwards in the sign of Sagittarius. This fire sign is a high-level thinker and ponders philosophy and the higher mind. Sag is the sign of beliefs. This is a perfect set up for a paradigm shift. What shift would you like to occur in your beliefs? Now is the time to think about that.

    On New Year’s Eve the Moon will be in the sign of Gemini. This year take some time to have good conversations with your best friends and family. Engage in talks, stories and memories with others. Have fun and have a child-like wonder for life. For a strong contrast, the Moon enters the homey sign of Cancer right after the midnight festivities. Make January 1st a cozy day with the luscious smell of comfort food in the air. Watch the parade and games and stay in your jammies.

    There is an unusual grouping of planets in mid-January. There will be five planets in the sign of Capricorn from January 14th – 16th. This will be a major New Moon in Capricorn with all the other planets involved. We will have the Sun, Venus, Pluto, Mercury, Saturn and the Moon all in one sign of Capricorn. That’s pretty rare, folks. We will all feel like doing business and being serious, no matter what we’re focusing on. Make plans for business meetings on those business days.

    For the visible planets, we’re in for a treat this next month, but for you early risers only. There aren’t any visible planets in the evening sky now to speak of. The Capricorn party of planets is happening in the predawn sky and is quite a show. In the first week of January, we will see Mars and Jupiter join exactly. We can also see Mercury and Saturn in the predawn sky too.  You will need a clear sky and maybe binoculars will help with the dim Mercury and Saturn. This is a pretty rare lineup, so it will be worth getting up early.

    Have a wonderful holiday season and see you next year! Wow, is it 2018 already?


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    Saturn in Capricorn: Time for New Rules

    The slow-moving, serious planet Saturn is entering the sign of Capricorn on December 21st. Each planet is associated with a sign and these two are a team. Since Saturn is the planet who is connected with Capricorn, it’s now twice as strong. It’s almost like having two Saturns, which is heavy energy even for me, Ms. Positivity. There’s more to this Capricorn story, which will take a couple of years to become exact and be seen in the world, as I will explain.

    Saturn has an orbit of about 30 years and is therefore in a sign for approximately 2 ½ years. The last time Saturn was in its own sign of Capricorn was from February 1988 through February 1991. Saturn is the planet connected with government, maintaining the status quo, business, big corporations, laws and regulations. The planets need a taskmaster and Saturn is their guy. Someone has to do the dirty work.

    Capricorn has a similar personality as Saturn and is quite on the stiff and conservative side. Think lawyers, CEOs and legislators. So when Saturn and Capricorn combine, it brings a time when everyone is dealing with a big restructuring in society. This happens every 30 years or so to hopefully get things straightened out. But this time is different from all the other transits of Saturn in Capricorn.

    We will all be hearing about this big astrological event that is slowly building up to a peak in the year of 2020. Astrologers have been studying this event for a while and now that Saturn is in Capricorn, I thought it was time to start writing about it. (I’m including the peak chart when the planets are closest with this article. For more clarity, I’ve taken out all the planets not involved.)

    What is the big event? A party of planets in Capricorn! Not just any old party, but an important one. This is a very rare situation with these powerful planets all in the business sign of Capricorn. Pluto entered Capricorn in 2008 and heralded a phase of the powerful elite. The controversial Supreme Court decision on Citizens United, in 2009, is a fine example of Pluto in Capricorn.

    Saturn will enter Capricorn on December 21st, 2017. Jupiter will enter Capricorn on December 2nd, 2019. Mars enters Capricorn on February 16th, 2020. So that’s a total of four planets: Pluto, Saturn, Jupiter and Mars all in Capricorn. But there’s more . . .

    We don’t really need anything else with that Capricorn party, but we’ve got one more player -- the South Node. I don’t talk about the Nodes much, except in personal astrology readings, but now is the time to talk about them. What is a Node, astronomically?  A Node in an intersecting point and the Moon’s Nodes are two opposing points in space that form a plane in space. These points in space are where the orbit of the Moon intersects with the path of the Sun or the Ecliptic. The point where the Moon’s orbit crosses the Ecliptic into the northern latitude is called the North Node. The point where the Moon’s orbit crosses into the southern latitude is called the South Node.

    The Moon’s Nodes are famous because when one of the Nodes joins the Sun and Moon, there is an Eclipse. That’s what they are physically. Metaphysically they describe our past life themes. The North Node represents our destiny that we’re ready to accomplish and is the more positive of the two. The South Node describes our unfinished business that needs to be released. The South Node is also related to obsessions and addictions. The South Node is the most difficult part of any chart, because it really has the tough job of helping release deep patterns that don’t want to be released.

    Astrology combines all the personalities of the planets into one meaning. That is the art of interpretation and is the most difficult part of astrology. What really does this all mean? This is quite the powerful combination of planets. Let’s get to know them personally before we put them all together. Each planet has a job or duty as part of the planetary team. Each planet has a purpose. Venus is here to bring love to the world. Mars is here to bring action. Again, this current party is between Pluto, Saturn, Jupiter, Mars and the South Node.

    Pluto is the planet of ultimate power and likes, no, demands to be in control. In Capricorn, Pluto can be ruthless, since Capricorn is not a warm, cozy sign, but a sign that makes deliberate choices, mostly for status and financial gains. Money is like air for the sign of Capricorn. They eat and breathe money.

    Saturn, since it’s the planet ruling Capricorn, has a need to restructure and make more rules. Of course, because of the rulership, Saturn is more intense in Capricorn. Then there’s big ole Jupiter, who stirs things up by making issues larger and more involved. Even though Jupiter is seen as a positive planet, he is great at agitating situations that lead to scandals.

    Mars, luckily, is a fast planet and will only be with the Capricorn party for a couple of volatile months from February until May 2020. Even though Mars moves quickly, he deals quite a punch. Mars typically acts as a trigger and pushes everyone into action or anger. He is often the catalyst that releases a much larger situation. Topping off this Capricorn party is the eager little troublemaker, the South Node. His hard and exciting job is to find out what isn’t working and get rid of it.

    Now let’s put all that info together to see what we’re can expect from now through 2020. It seems that this will be the peak of the corporate world wanting to be in charge. Big business, big pharm and big government will be big brother. We can already see the trend, but it will get more pronounced. It just has to get larger with all that Capricorn energy. But let’s not forget about the hero of the group . . . the illusive South Node. A tipping point will occur because of the sheer weight of all the Capricorn rules and regulations. The South Node will somehow miraculously do his job of releasing the old style of unnecessary and outdated rules that burden society.

    If Saturn makes the rules . . . the South Node breaks the rules!

    We will soon see lots of astrologers writing about this important phase coming up in 2020 and very little of it will be positive. But there is one very important thing to remember with this Capricorn phase. What is the sign that follows Capricorn? Aquarius . . . the Rebel! This Capricorn style will change into Aquarius and we are witnessing that transition now. One thing for sure is that we are all here living in one of the most exciting times in history. This transition will be a wild ride of extremes -- starting now.



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