• My Lectures at UAC 2018

    During the last week in May, thousands of astrologers will be gathering at the Downtown Marriot in Chicago for an important astrological conference. UAC 2018, or United Astrology Conference, will be attracting astrologers from over 50 countries. There will be 170 speakers, chosen from the top astrologers in the world, to give over 300 lectures on their specialties. The very first UAC was in San Diego in 1986 and is one of the favorite conferences amongst professional astrologers. Here is the link for the conference for your interest: www.uacastrology.com.

    These serious conferences draw not only professional astrologers, but also student astrologers as well as mathematicians, software geeks, psychologists, financial analysts as well as healers of all sorts. Oh yes, it’s a fascinating mix of brilliant minds. Even though there will be many languages there . . . we will all be speaking the ancient language of astrology. You will hear astrology spoken in elevators, at breakfast, in hallways, at the pool, as well at lectures. But the most astrology is done late at night in many hotel rooms as astrologers talk to each other until the wee hours of the morning. That is my favorite part --- hanging with my buddy astrologers.

    Since astrology can be combined with so many other techniques, there are 15 different tracks, or styles of astrology, at UAC. Here are the tracks:

    1. Business Consulting and the Business of Astrology
    2. Cycles of Personal Development
    3. Electives and Astrological Specialties
    4. Financial Astrology and Economics
    5. Forecasting/Predictive Techniques
    6. Fundamentals of Astrology
    7. Health and Wellness
    8. History and Research
    9. Mythological and Archetypal
    10.  Natal Chart Delineation
    11.  Philosophical/Spiritual/Esoteric
    12.  Political and Mundane
    13.  Relationships
    14.  Traditional Astrology
    15.  Vedic Astrology

    I know many of you would love to be there, at least in spirit, so here are my lectures so you can feel more connected. The topics they chose out of my list of lectures were: The Basics of Astro*Carto*Graphy and How to Write a Monthly Sun Sign Column.

    Since my background is in astronomy, I specialize in Astro*Carto*Graphy. Last week I had eight charts and four of them were AstroMaps. People seem to be very interested now in finding out where they want to travel. Since I’m also a citizen of the world, this is one of my favorite astrological techniques. The geek in me loves maps of all kinds, so this works perfectly for me. People want their AstroMaps done so they can know: where to move, where to take holidays, where to find love or art or unusual experiences. Many now are having their entire families done so they can choose a good holiday that will work for everyone. This lecture is in the track of Electives and Astrological Specialties.

    My other lecture is How to Write a Monthly Sun Sign Column. For the last 8 years I’ve been writing a monthly column, “What’s Your Sign”, for the world-famous designer, Tory Burch. We happen to share the same birthday of June 17, so we have a special connection. And yes, she and I are both quintessential Geminis! This lecture will be fun because we’ll be actually writing a Sun Sign column during my talk, so it will be totally hands-on! This lecture is in the track of Business Consulting and the Business of Astrology.

    Of course, there will be evenings of entertainment, a dance party cruise on the river and a Gala awards ceremony where we will acknowledge the best in our profession. Everyone will be in their finest attire and ready to celebrate a successful conference. I will write an article for my Cancer newsletter on how UAC inspired me. Off now to pack some nice clothes for my trip!


  • Astrology During Gemini

    The Sun enters the sign of Gemini on May 20th at 7:16 p.m., Mountain Time. Gemini is an air sign and is associated with the planet of communication, Mercury. Gemini is the student/teacher of the Zodiac and loves to share knowledge with the world. Typical Gemini occupations are authors, teachers, public speakers and entrepreneurs.

    We don’t have any Eclipses and Mercury retrograde isn’t happening until July. But we do have a lot of ingresses, or planets changing signs this month. The big one is Uranus leaving Aries and entering Taurus that happened on May 16th. Uranus will be in the new sign of Taurus until 2026, so this is an important phase that we’ve just entered. This is such a big event that I wrote an entire article about it for the Taurus Newsletter. If you missed it, here is the link: http://susiecox.com/blog/uranus-in-taurus-barcelona-is-beckoning

    Venus will enter the sign of Cancer and will be there until it goes into Leo on June 14th. This is the time to give hugs to your loved ones. Tell them how much you appreciate them and show it. This would be a great time to have a mini-family reunion. Make sure to have lots of comfort food there for everyone.

    The mental planet Mercury will go into its sign of Gemini on May 30th. If anyone has writing projects to complete, this is the best time. Bring out what you have started and just finish it. You will be in the mood!

    As far as the visible planets go this month, we are in for a treat. Venus is now the “Evening Star” and can be seen shining brightly above the western horizon. Jupiter has now moved from the morning sky and is now visible in the evening sky, rising in the east right after sunset. For the early risers, Mars and Saturn are in the western sky right before sunrise. Quite soon they will both be moving into the evening sky. Soon we will have several planets in the evening sky for your viewing pleasure.

    One more exciting thing is happening with the visible planets. Mars will be getting close to the Earth and will therefore become very bright red. If you remember, Mars was bright red in 2003. Well this year, it will be just as bright and some think may even be brighter. It will be 1.8 times brighter than Jupiter at its peak! When will that occur – July 2018. For the next couple of months, Mars will be getting brighter. I’ll be keeping everyone posted on when is the best time to watch bright Mars!

    I’ll see everyone next for Cancer and the Summer Solstice!


  • What's Up for Your Sign During Gemini?

    Gemini

    Happy Birthday, bright Gemini! Mercury, who is your planets, will be in your sign of Gemini until June 12th. You are already talkative and will feel even more in the mood for communication. This is the time to do writing.

    Cancer

    The planet of love, Venus, will be in your sign from May 20th through June 13th. Venus is all about pampering and this is your time to give to yourself. Also, this is a perfect combination for an impromptu reunion. People will feel cozy and will want to talk about sweet memories. Have old photo albums handy.

    Leo

    Your power date for this month is the weekend of June 16th. The Moon will be joining Venus and they will both be in your sign of Leo. This is the time for you to have a big, fancy Leo party. Make is memorable!

    Virgo

    You will feel more creative than usual the last week in May. Pull out that project that has been on the back burner for a while. Choose one easy enough that can be finished in a few days.

    Libra

    The best social time for you this month will be May 24th through 26th. Invite an unusual mix of people who might not know each other yet. Choose an exciting variety of friends and just wait for the stimulating conversations.

    Scorpio

    The last weekend in May is your power time this month. Love is in the air for you and you will be very aware of all the love coming your way. Put yourself in a position to receive all the love and abundance you can.

    Sagittarius

    The Full Moon will be in your sign of Sagittarius on May 29th this month. Celebrate your fabulous life. What are you proud of? Show the world your best and now is your time to shine – just like the Full Moon!

    Capricorn

    Memorial weekend is your social time this month, Capricorn. Venus is opposite to your Sun now and usually brings friendships, love and companionship. It’s ok for you to come out of your cave for this holiday and play for a bit.

    Aquarius

    Mars is in your sign of Aquarius now and will remain there until November 16th. Mars will be turning retrograde in Aquarius to move things around in your life. If you are feeling more energy, use this new phase to changes outdated patterns for yourself.

    Pisces

    Venus and Jupiter, both considered beneficial, are aligning with your Pisces Sun now. This will bring some positive opportunities to you in early June and they will be with you for a while. Plan on doing things that are fun!

    Aries

    You will feel like communicating more in early June. Contact your friends, get caught up with emails and go to parties. If you have any writing projects or speaking engagements, now is your time.

    Taurus

    The slow-moving planet, Uranus, has entered your sign of Taurus. Often Uranus brings sudden change to your life. Are you ready to release the old and start fresh? Hey, it’s probably already started, so just embrace it.


  • Uranus in Taurus: Barcelona is Beckoning

    The world is in for a change! The slow-moving planet Uranus is getting ready to enter the earth sign of Taurus, which is a fairly rare event. Uranus will enter Taurus on May 16, 2018 and will remain there until April 27, 2026. So humanity is starting a new phase and it will be felt by us all.

    Not only does Uranus connect with us universally, it also triggers off personal change, as seen by where it is transiting through your birth chart. This planet of change and surprises is moving into my 4th house, or the section of the chart that talks about home. I was born in Tucson and have always lived here. Uranus is great at making bold announcements, so here is mine: I’ve always had a love for Barcelona, Spain --- so what am I waiting for? As Uranus enters my 4th house, I’ll be flying to Barcelona for the summer. After a retrograde, Uranus will enter my 4th house for quite a while on April 2019. So this summer, thanks to Uranus, will be a scouting trip for me to see if I want to move completely. Excitement is in the air!

    If this ingress (when a planet enters a new sign) is making such a profound difference in my stable life, what is it doing to the world? First, let’s get to know the planet Uranus better. This planet has an orbit of 84 years and is therefore in a sign for approximately seven or eight years. Uranus is the rebel and it is his duty to bring change to the world. Not just any old change – sudden, shocking change. Independent Aquarius is the sign associated with wild Uranus, for another example of the Uranian personality.

    Uranus is the genius of the Zodiac and is associated with inventions and new technologies. Uranus moves society forward by breaking down old paradigms. Any oppression is targeted by Uranus and will not be tolerated. This is collective consciousness on a global scale for the purpose of dismantling the old to rebuild it better. Anything antiquated will be upgraded. The internet is a perfect Aquarian concept with people connecting with each other all over the world, yet remaining separate. Social media is totally Uranus. Radical change, verging on chaos is necessary to have a resurrection. Expect the unexpected! Lightening is the weather connected with Uranus. The ideal of Uranus is for each and every person to have a voice – and use it personally and collectively.

    Now let’s look at the sign of Taurus. This earth sign is associated with money, luxury, beauty, food, the environment and resources in general. Venus is the planet connected with sensual Taurus. I named Taurus the Banker of the Zodiac. Security, stability and the earth are all important parts of this steady and stubborn sign. Taurus is also a fixed sign and doesn’t enjoy change very much. Boy, is Taurus in for a big surprise!

    Astrology is cyclic, so when was Uranus in Taurus last time? Uranus entered Taurus in June 1934 and remained there until May 1942. That was of course WWII and lots of financial changes. Franklin Roosevelt enacted the Banking Act as well as the Social Security Act during those years. It’s also interesting to note that the board game, Monopoly, was created in 1935.

    So what are the likely trends during this time Uranus will be in Taurus?

    • Virtual currencies, like Bitcoin, will become more common.
    • Demonstrations for financial equality, human rights, oppressive regimes, the environment and independence.
    • Financial institutions will change.
    • Marches for global causes.
    • Technological advances merge with the body -- cyborg style.
    • Imbedded chips.
    • New ways of growing food.
    • Computerized art.
    • New traditions.
    • Interest in alternative medicine.
    • Revolution.

     

    One thing to remember is that change is inevitable and needs to be embraced, even shocking change. Somehow Astrology is big enough to understand the cycles and show us that this is part of our universal growth spurt. We are heading to the Aquarian Age and this will get us much closer. So, where are you moving or what are you doing to honor this change? I’m checking out Barcelona….por que no?


  • What's Up for Your Sign During Taurus?

    Taurus

    Hapy Birthday, sweet Taurus! Venus is your loving planet and will be in Taurus until April 24th. Make sure to pamper yourself for this birthday. Maybe a spa day will be one of your presents. Remember, being a Taurus means that luxury is yours.

    Gemini

    Venus, the planet of beauty and love, will be in your sign of Gemini from April 25th until May 20th. This is your time for fun. Do you have a trip planned? Maybe look at your wardrobe in preparation.

    Cancer

    The third week in April is the best time for you to get together with family and friends. A sort of house-raising party with everyone taking part in a group project is in the works. Maybe a community garden is calling you.

    Leo

    Towards the end of the month will be situations where you will be the center of attention and people will want to hear what you say. Is a Leo presentation planned? It doesn’t have to be formal – you just need an audience.

    Virgo

    The end of April is your time. Since there are several planets in earth signs now that are supporting your Virgo Sun, you can shine now. Make a long Virgo To-Do List and see how fast it will disappear.

    Libra

    The end of April will be a very social time for you. If you want to meet new people and experience new things, now is your time. You will find yourself in stimulating group discussions.

    Scorpio

    The Full Moon this month will be in your sign of Scorpio and will occur on Sunday April 29th. You enjoy going inside and exploring your deepest desires. This weekend is one of those times. Unplug from the world and enter your private world.

    Sagittarius

    The beginning of May will bring creativity to you that you haven’t experiences in a long time. Do you want to paint that wall in your house another color? Maybe get a streak in your hair? Now is the time to get a little wild. You know you want to.

    Capricorn

    There are several planets in Capricorn now, giving you some extra power. Mars will be there until May 15th to add some speed to the process. Define who you are and create that to happen. Now is your time, Capricorn!

    Aquarius

    Mars will enter Aquarius on May 16th and will be there all the way until November 16th. This is an extra-long time in your sign because Mars will be doing a retrograde. Be prepared to release objects or patterns that need to go.

    Pisces

    Mid-May is your power time, sweet Pisces. Your creativity will be at a high at that time. Give it a push and you will see a new genre or style emerging. This one is successful enough that it’s worth marketing.

    Aries

    Talkative Mercury is in Aries until May 14th. This is your time to organize your files and emails and to do any writing that needs done. In addition, you will feel social during these times. Reach out to your friends and have fun!


  • Astrology During Taurus

    The Sun enters the sign of Taurus on April 19th at 8:14 p.m., Mountain Time. Taurus is an earth sign and is associated with the loving planet, Venus. Taurus is the banker of the Zodiac and somehow always attracts luxury. I call it the sign of creature comforts. My sister is a Taurus and has the best clothes, and guess what . . . she gets them mostly as a deal. Yes, she goes to the most expensive shops and gets amazing finds on the sale rack!  She’s a good Taurus!

    We are fully in spring and Taurus brings a sensuality to the season. Spring fever is in total control now. Make sure you take some time to go out in nature to enjoy this precious time of the year. At least here in Tucson, this is the time for hikes before it gets real hot, which will happen soon.

    There are no Eclipses this month and Mercury has just turned direct after it’s rough retrograde in feisty Aries. I noticed many people feeling frustrated or aggitated, over not much reason. Aries will do that.

    The big thing happening this month is that the very slow-moving planet, Uranus, is entering a new sign. The ingress, or change to a new sign, occurs on May 15th. Uranus has an orbit of 84 years so it is therefore in a sign for approximately 9 years. So Uranus will be in Taurus from May 2018 until April 2026, when he enters Gemini. Uranus is officially a slow guy, but don’t let his speed fool you . . . he carries quite a punch. Uranus is associated with the sign of Aquarius and I’ve named this planet, the Rebel. Uranus promotes sudden change. This time, Uranus is entering the earth sign of Taurus, which will shake things up a bit. This is such an important phase that I’m writing an entire article about it for this newsletter.

    We have a couple of other ingresses this month. Creative Venus will be entering the sign of Gemini on April 24th until May 20th. If you have some art projects, especially with some writing involved . . . now is your time. Maybe organize your office and files. Taking a short trip to a spa to get some pampering. Connect with loved ones that you haven’t talked to for a while. Be kind to yourself. Let your creativity flow!

    About the visible planets, we’re in for a treat this month. In the predawn sky now, you can see Jupiter, Saturn, Mars and dim Mercury. Mars and Saturn are very closes to each other now. They are all along the Ecliptic, or the Great Highway in the sky for the planets. Once you find that arch, you can’t miss them. After sunset, Venus is the “Evening Star” now. You can see her shining brightly in the western sky.

    Have a fun spring and I’ll see you in Gemini!


  • UAC 2018: An Astrology Conference

    Astrologers from about 50 countries will be gathering together late May at the Downtown Marriot in Chicago for UAC 2018 or the United Astrology Conference. These serious conferences occur every few years and are very much anticipated by many astrologers. The first UAC happened in San Diego in 1986 and this will be the ninth conferences since then. I’ve had the pleasure of being a speaker at all of the UACs and am speaking again for this one. There will be 186 well-known astrologers from many parts of the world speaking there. www.uacastrology.com

    Since only professional astrologers or dedicated students of this ancient art attend these conferences, I thought it would be good to let everyone know what happens there. Astrology is such an intriguing subject that it attracts everyone from astrologers, mathematicians, statisticians, software geeks, counsellors, psychologists, financial analysts, healers, artists to full-fledged, crystal-carrying hippies. But one thing is true with all the attendants – they really love astrology.

    Even though the actual conference lasts five days, it opens with a pre-conference and ends with a post-conference. These are half-day workshops presented by popular astrologers. But even before the pre-conference, there are three full days of Consulting Skills Training for new astrologers to learn more about how to work with clients.

    The grand opening ceremony starts the official conference with an ice cream social to follow. Of course, I’ll be seeing many, many of my astrology buddies from all the conference I’ve spoken at over the last four decades. We’re like this huge, slightly dysfunctional family. But, since we only see each other on occasion, we mostly get along.  I do admit there are some intellectual rifts that certain astrologers seem to attract, but we mostly like and respect each other. I’ll also be meeting several of my astrology students there and some for the first time. It will be so wonderful to put a face to a familiar voice. Of course I’ll be making some new friends with astrologers I’ll be just meeting there, too.

    UAC has a big book store, where you can buy astrology books, many of which were written by the speakers. There will also be a fun Trade Show, where you can buy astrological goodies that can only be found at conferences. Do you want the newest software? How about a crystal necklace with all your planets in their order around your neck? What about a silk robe, befitting of an astrologer? Yep. All there and much more.

    One fascinating thing about astrology is that it can be used with many diverse subjects. UAC divides the different styles up into 15 unique tracks, so you can attend the lectures that speak to your style. There is a lecture in all these tracks happening in different rooms at the same time, so you can choose which one you want to attend. There are four different lecture times during the day. So that’s 60 lectures per day! Of course, they are all professionally recorded so the attendees can buy them and listen to the lectures again in either CD or mp3 formats.

    Here are the tracks:

    1. Business Consulting and the Business of Astrology
    2. Cycles of Personal Development
    3. Electives and Astrological Specialties
    4. Financial Astrology and Economics
    5. Forecasting/Predictive Techniques
    6. Fundamentals of Astrology
    7. Health and Wellness
    8. History and Research
    9. Mythological and Archetypal
    10.  Natal Chart Delineation
    11.  Philosophical/Spiritual/Esoteric
    12.  Political and Mundane
    13.  Relationships
    14.  Traditional Astrology
    15.  Vedic Astrology

    Most of you are used to me interpreting birth charts, transits, comparisons and Astro*Carto*Graphy. But believe me, there are astrologers who are experts in mostly medical astrology or financial astrology. Since astrology is a symbolic language, it can easily be used in all these various traditions.

    What am I speaking about? Here are my two lectures:

    • The Basics of Astro*Carto*Graphy.
    • How to Write a Monthly Sun Sign Column

    My background in astronomy combined with so many of my clients being spread out around the world, Astro*Carto*Graphy was a natural for me. About one third of my clients want their Maps done, so I have lots of practice with that technique. Being a citizen of the world myself, I adore looking at maps of all kinds. This lecture is in the category of Astrological Specialties.

    How to write a Sun Sign column comes easily to me since I’ve been writing for the famous designer, Tory Burch, since 2010.  She publishes my column, “What’s Your Sign” on her blog each month. I’ll be actually writing a Sun sign column with the attendees of my lecture – so they’re in for a real treat. Why not be hands-on! This lecture is in the category of the Business of Astrology.

    In addition to the many lectures planned, there are evenings of entertainment from a silent auction, a jazz evening to a party dance cruise. Remember that UAC is in Chicago and we’ll be taking an evening cruise one evening. I admit that most of my entertainment will be getting together with my astrologer buddies late at night, in our hotel rooms, with talking astrology until the wee hours. Even though astrologers are mental, it might be a few more years until we’ll all be together again, so parties are a must.

    The conference ends with a gala evening with the Marion D. March Regulus Awards Banquet. Everyone dresses up, eats a delicious meal and takes lots of pictures. There are several awards given out to outstanding astrologers in their individual fields. For me, this is one of the highlights of the conference. I always love a good reason to dress up.

    Not only will I return from this UAC with more astrological knowledge, but I’ll also have a warm feeling inside knowing I’ve seen my esteemed colleagues one more time. That’s why our tag line is . . . See you at UAC!


  • Astrology During Aries

    The Sun enters the sign of Aries on March 20th at 10:19 a.m., Mountain Time. Aries is a fire sign and is associated with the warrior of the Zodiac, Mars.  Aries is the pioneer of all the signs and starts the Astrological New Year. This fire sign likes to drive fast, talks loudly and be the first in line. Coffee is the drug of choice for the speedy Aries. Of course, bright red it their color.

    Welcome to the Spring Equinox! Each year the beginning of Aries marks the new season of spring. Like Stonehenge, people all over the world are celebrating the Equinox. The year is divided into quarters for the four different seasons. Aries and Libra are the two Equinoxes and start the spring and fall seasons. Equinox means equal nights and is when the length of the days and nights are equal. Cancer and Capricorn are the two Solstices and start the summer and winter seasons. On the Summer Solstice, the days are the longest. On the Winter Solstice, the days are the shortest. This is of course only for the Northern Hemisphere, since the seasons are opposite in the Southern Hemisphere.

    We start the spring off with Mercury turning retrograde from March 22nd through April 15th.  This Mercury Retrogrades lands in Aries, which is the sign of new beginnings. This is the perfect time for a spring housecleaning and getting rid of what you are no longer using. This will also be good for changing deep patterns in your life. What do you want to release? Aries will let it go and Fast! Interestingly enough, Mercury turns direct on April 15th, which is also the New Moon in Aries. That timing will help move forward any sudden changes that you want to create.

    This year has two Blue Moons, which is pretty rare. A Blue Moon is the second Full Moon in a month. There was a Full Moon on January 1st and a Blue Moon on January 31st. February didn’t even have one Full Moon. That leaves March with two Full Moons. So March 1st is a Full Moon and March 31st is the second Blue Moon of the year. It will also be the last Blue Moon of 2018. Even though this is just a synchronization of the calendar and the lunar cycle, it’s still important. What do two Blue Moons mean? I think it’s a gift to humanity to help uplift the world right now.

    Mars has now entered the sign of Capricorn and will join both Saturn and Pluto. Mars joins Saturn on April 2nd and will join Pluto on April 26th. Capricorn is the sign of government, rules and regulations and corporations. Mars is always a trigger to release the bigger group of planets. So we can all watch these dates for peaks in that area, but the entire month of April is charged. If you have important projects you are working on, these are push dates to focus on them.

    Regarding the planets, we can see all the visible planets now. Venus is now the “Evening Star” and can be seen after sunset. She will be up in the evening sky until October, so we can see her for a while now. I love Venus seeing her after sunset. Mercury has been traveling with Venus and can both be seen low along the western horizon right after the Sun sets. Mercury is much not as bright as Venus and you might need binoculars to help see him more easily. Once Mercury retrogrades on March 23rd, it will disappear into the glow of the Sun and can’t be seen. Try to see Venus and Mercury together for a real treat!

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


  • What's Up for Your Sign during Aries?

    Aries

    Happy Birthday, Aries! This will be a thrilling birthday month for you since both beautiful Venus and mental Mercury are in Aries now. You will want some extra pampering with Venus and Mercury will give you a strong conviction. So shine brightly this birthday month, dear Aries!

    Taurus

    Venus is your planet and will be in Taurus on March 31st, which is also a Full Moon. Treat yourself with a massage or a spa day. Hey, maybe it’s time to look at upgrading or switching around your art. Venus loves beauty.

    Gemini

    Your finances are in focus now, dear Gemini. Look at your portfolio or bank account and make some changes. Money will be coming in from several different sources now, Gemini. So feel grateful and think Big!

    Cancer

    The weekend of March 24th is the perfect time to invite close friends over for a gathering. Have the intention to make the world a better place through your actions. You will be stronger together than by yourself.

    Leo

    The last of March you will be feeling your power more than you have in a long time . . . maybe ever. Your light will be shining brightly for you and others to see. You will be a good model for the world.

    Virgo

    The end of March and the beginning of April will bring a sense of determination. Prepare now for that push time. That will be the time some large project will be completed. You won’t be – others will be there to help you.

    Libra

    The Full Moon will be in Libra this month on March 31st. Since there was a Full Moon on March 1st, the second one in the same calendar month is called a Blue Moon. This is a gift, because it’s so rare. Expect gifts from unexpected places this month.

    Scorpio

    The planet of money and abundance is in your sign of Scorpio now and will be there until November 2018. Look at the big picture with your finances. What can you do now that will enhance your assets? Success will come easily now.

    Sagittarius

    Your Sagittarius power date for this month is the first week in April when your enthusiasm will inspire others. This is the perfect time for a group work project. You will be the unspoken hero.

    Capricorn

    Everyone is talking about Capricorn now since three heavy hitters, Pluto, Saturn and Mars are there now. Mars will be there until mid-May and will give you a push to be more assertive. You will feel tough.

    Aquarius

    Defining relationships will be your theme this month, dear Aquarius. Is this person a friend or maybe more? What kind of a relationship do I want to have – if any. You have to listen to your inner voice to figure this one out.

    Pisces

    You are already creative, but it will be taken to new heights during mid to late April. Plan to take lots of time to allow your imagination to take over. Relax, meditate and create. Look for something new.


  • 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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