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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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    What's Up for Your Sign During Sagittarius?

    Sagittarius

    Happy Birthday, Sag! This mon18th is very important for you since Mercury will be retrograding in your sign. From December 3rd – 22nd, Mercury will be going backwards. This is your time to change anything in your lifestyle. Think rebirth.

    Capricorn

    All Capricorns are in for a new phase now. The serious planet Saturn is entering your sign on December 19th and will remain there until December 2020. You will want to focus and be accomplished. This is just the beginning.

    Aquarius

    The Moon will be in Aquarius for Thanksgiving. Make new traditions this year. Change things up a little. Try to slip in a new recipe for those sweet potatoes.

    Pisces

    The few days after Thanksgiving are your power times this month. The Moon is in Pisces with Neptune, which is perfect for a holiday. Take some time off to just rest. Relaxing close to water would be even better.

    Aries

    Late November, especially November 29th, will be a surprising time for you.  Don’t be shocked if you have some unusual and sudden events happen. Be flexible and just go with the flow.

    Taurus

    Early December is your most powerful time this next month. Finish your holiday shopping and preparations early this year. You might be spending more money than usual, but that’s ok. You’re a Taurus and deserve it.

    Gemini

    Your power date this month is the first week in December. With the Moon in your sign of Gemini, you will be in the mood to see friends and be social. Make sure to go out, especially to holiday parties and have fun. Laugh and give lots of hugs!

    Cancer

    Your sign of Cancer is one of the best for enjoying family and friends over the holidays. Your planets are in a good line up for a sweet and cozy holiday season. Make comfort food and tell people how much you care about them.

    Leo

    You will shine extra brightly from December 6th – 8th. Put on your finest clothes and go to a fancy party or theatre on those days or that weekend. Wear something that will stand out and let everyone know you are a Leo!

    Virgo

    Mid December could bring a challenge for you. Everyone will want you to join them for holiday cheer, but you won’t be in the mood. Let them know what works for you and don’t get talked into things you don’t want to do.

    Libra

    You are usually there for others but this holiday season you will need to take some time for yourself, especially around December 11th – 12th. Use those dates to recharge your batteries before the busy holidays.

    Scorpio

    Mars will be entering your sign of Scorpio on December 9th and will join Jupiter, who is already in Scorpio. You will feel extra energy throughout this holiday season. Hey, you might even have the travel bug and will want to take a short trip during the holidays.


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    Astrology During Sagittarius

    The Sun enters the sign of Sagittarius on November 21st at 8:06 p.m., Mountain Time. Sagittarius is a fire sign and is associated with the big guy, Jupiter. Sag is the only sign that has a nickname, which makes sense because of the sense of humor of this sign. I call Sag the Stand Up Comedian. This sign loves to travel and explore higher realms of consciousness. A Sagittarius is typically well-educated and also quite opinionated. It is a fire sign and you can tell by the strong beliefs of this sign.

    We’ll experience the last Mercury retrograde of the year from December 3rd – 22nd. Not only is the Sun in Sagittarius, but Mercury will also retrograde in Sagittarius too. Mercury retrograde is the best time to reorganize and regroup your life. Go through your things and do a slight Winter Housecleaning. Also, if you can, do all your holiday shopping early. Everything gets a bit wild during Mercury retrograde. It will feel good to have everything finished early this year.

    Thanksgiving will be on November 23rd this year and the Moon will be in Aquarius for this holiday. Aquarius likes new things, so see if you can update some of your usual traditions and make them more current. Try some new recipes, without throwing out people’s favorite. Maybe do new table decorations to spruce things up a bit.

    The big astrological event happening this month is the planet Saturn moving into the sign of Capricorn on December 19th. Saturn has an orbit of 29 years and therefore stays in each sign for about 2 ½ years. So Saturn is only in Capricorn once every 29 years and now is the time. This will be pretty powerful for Saturn because Capricorn is the sign associated with that planet. They have the same personality, so it’s almost like having two Saturns. The slowest planet of all, Pluto, is also in the sign of Capricorn now. Saturn will be moving closer and will join Pluto in 2020, which is an important pairing of planets. In fact, it’s so important, that I’m writing an entire article on it for this newsletter.

    As far as for the visible planets, we’re in for a treat this month. The evening sky planetary viewing isn’t very exciting now. The only planet visible in the evening is dim Saturn, which isn’t very easy to spot. But the morning sky is sizzling with planets! Brilliant Venus and reddish Mars have been in the eastern predawn sky for a while. Now, drum roll please, Jupiter is joining them both. Jupiter is almost as bright as Venus, so we have a spectacular lineup of planets just before sunrise each morning. Go out about 45 minutes before the sunrise and look east. You can’t miss them. Then go back and go to bed. Sometimes I dream about the planets after seeing them in the early morning. Seeing the planets always connect me more closely with the universe, always.

    Have fabulous Holidays! See you in Capricorn or the Winter Solstice!


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    What's Up for Your Sign During Scorpio?

    Scorpio

    Happy Birthday, Scorpio! This birthday will mark the beginning of a record year for you. Since Jupiter, the Santa Claus of the Zodiac, just entered your sign, this is your year to get what you want. Live your dreams!

    Sagittarius

    Many of the planets are forming a beautiful triangle in fire signs this month. You, Sag, are a fire sign and will benefit from the positive connection with the big picture. Wrap up the old now so it will be easier to start fresh.

    Capricorn

    Venus is in a positive angle with your Capricorn Sun this month and will bring a bit of softness to your usual pragmatic self. Trust your intuition and listen to your heart. Can you be more vulnerable? Now is the time.

    Aquarius

    Venus, the planet of love and Mars, the action guy are both in a positive alignment with your Aquarius Sun this entire month. Your social and friendly side will be so visible that you could easily meet new friends. Maybe even romance>

    Pisces

    Late October and early November are times of opportunity for you, Pisces. The planet Jupiter is in a positive angle with your Pisces Sun and will likely bring abundance. Be open and expect blessings.

    Aries

    Both Venus, the planet of love and Mars, the planet of passion, are in your opposite sign of Libra. They will shine on you this entire month. If you are in the mood for a romance, this is the perfect time to attract love.

    Taurus

    This month the Full Moon will be in Taurus and it will happen on November 3rd. This would be a great time to pamper yourself with a spa day or a short trip. If you need some indulgence, this is the weekend.

    Gemini

    The pairing of planets now are Venus and Mars. They are both in a positive alignment with your Gemini Sun this month. Opportunities will come your way from out of seemingly nowhere. Keep your vibration high and you will find a new direction.

    Cancer

    You are a water sign, dear Cancer. Right now, there are a lot of other planets also in water signs that are supporting your Sun. You will be receiving emotional support from many people. You will also be drawn to reach out and send lots of love.

    Leo

    This is a very powerful month for you, Leo! Surprise events will occur that demand you take a leadership role and you will be successful. This will be cleaning up an old situation that needed to be resolved.

    Virgo

    As a Virgo, you usually plan and analyze everything you do to make sure it’s as perfect as you can make it. This month you will likely lean towards sensing your feelings. Hey, you might even trust your intuition.

    Libra

    Venus, the planet of beauty, will be in your sign of Libra until November 7th. This is your time to give yourself a lavish treat. Indulge yourself with guiltless pleasure. You are a Libra . . . you love to pamper yourself.


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    Astrology During Scorpio

    The Sun enters the sign of Scorpio on October 22nd at 10:28 p.m., Mountain Time. Scorpio is a water sign and is associated with the planet of intensity, Pluto. Scorpio is the most misunderstood sign of the Zodiac and yes, Scorpios do have something to do with that, because they like their privacy. Many are fairly quiet and are not the best communicators. They like mysteries, puzzles and secrets. It’s not surprising that Scorpio is associated with private investigators as well as spies. Don’t try to pry out any information, because you won’t succeed and just make your Scorpio quieter.

    This is quite a calm month, astrologically. The Great American Eclipse is done and we won’t have another Eclipse until February 2018. It is interesting to note that there will be three Solar Eclipses that year and all of them are Partial Eclipses. So no big travel or parties for Solar Eclipses for a while. We will have two Total Lunar Eclipses; one in January and one in July of 2018. We won’t have a Mercury Retrograde until December 2017. I am welcoming a bit of calm after all the recent excitement and turmoil in the world.

    The biggest astrology now is about Jupiter. On October 10th, Jupiter entered the sign of Scorpio and will remain there until November 8, 2018. Since Jupiter has a 12-year orbit, it spends approximately one year transiting through one sign. So, this is our Jupiter in Scorpio year. Jupiter represents abundance and Scorpio is all about high finance. This is the time for us all to look at our finances and get as educated and empowered as we can during this year. This could be your year to start a new business or revamp your current one. Any of those who are interested in philanthropy or working with a charity . . . this is your year.

    Looking at the visible planets this month, the viewing has switched from the evening sky to the predawn sky. Mars, Venus and now Jupiter, are all in the sky just before sunrise. Jupiter’s first rising in the evening sky will be November 9th. For an early-morning treat, we’ll see Jupiter getting very close to Venus in mid-November. The Moon will join Mars, Venus and Jupiter from November 14th – 16th. Yes, it will be worth setting an alarm for this grouping.

    Enjoy your autumn and I’ll see you again in Sagittarius!


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    Jupiter: A Year of Intrigue

    Once every twelve years, the big guy Jupiter moves through the intense sign of Scorpio, and that cycle is upon us again. Jupiter will enter Scorpio on October 11th and will remain there until November 9, 2018. Both Jupiter and Scorpio have big personalities and are prone to excess and extremism, so it’s going to be a wild ride. This dynamic duo deserves an article focusing on what they will likely bring to the world. Every combination has a positive as well as a challenging side, so let’s look at both.

    To start, what is Jupiter all about? This is the largest planet of the Zodiac and orbits between red Mars and the ringed-planet of Saturn. Jupiter is associated with the fun-loving sign of Sagittarius. Jupiter typically brings good fortune, achievement and success. Money is easily attracted to Jupiter, who has been lovingly nicknamed, the Santa Claus of the Zodiac. Generosity relates to this planet and he is often involved with philanthropy.

    Expansion is another strong theme for this eager planet. The expansion can be around money, but it also encompasses other styles of growth. Searching for the meaning in life is a quest of this adventurous planet. One of Jupiter’s main interests is the love of travel and international experiences. It also has a keen desire of philosophy and higher learning in general. Religious beliefs are also part of Jupiter.

    Hey, does the big guy sounds like your favorite rich uncle? If you remember your uncle, Thanksgiving dinners were always a bit out of control with him there. Remember how he got drunk and caused quite a raucous? Well, Jupiter has that side to him too. The challenging side of this big planet is a bit hard to take. Jupiter can also exhibit: excess, arrogance, big egos, exaggeration, breach of ethics or morals, and “wanting to own everything”. Now let’s add on Scorpio to the mix.

    What are the basics of this sign? Scorpio is a water sign and the most intense of them all. The water of the sign of Cancer is like a babbling brook and Pisces is the mist or fog. Scorpio is the water at the bottom of the ocean where there is no light, with strange creatures that can only see in the dark. If water represents emotions, it runs extremely deep with this sign. Scorpio is also what they call a Fixed sign, which is resistant to change. Oh yes, Scorpio is also associated with the god of the underworld, Pluto. Scorpio is the only sign to have more than one animal. The scorpion comes out with the jealous and revengeful side. A higher version of Scorpio is the serpent. Luckily, the highest and masterful essence of Scorpio is the eagle or the Phoenix bird.

    Scorpio is the most misunderstood of all the signs of the Zodiac. Why? Because they are terrible communicators. Their thoughts are so deep that they don’t think anyone will get them, so they don’t even try and therefore stay quiet most of the time. Scorpio rules sex, death and taxes. I know, all the fun stuff goes to Scorpio. A positive style of Scorpio is the strategist, the General, private investigator, research and transformation. Their planet Pluto has a death and rebirth pattern. Deep issues can be released through the passion of this sign. Consequently, Psychotherapy and plastic surgery are results of this need for makeovers and renovation.

    That was the positive side of Scorpio? Even their positive isn’t cheery. Now let’s look at the challenging side of this provocative sign. Secrets, spies and intrigue belongs to Scorpio. Dramatically emotional, Scorpio’s personality is often moody, private, and brooding.  Jealousy, obsession and revenge are Scorpio traits. Hey, you just can’t sugar coat this sign, no matter how hard you try.

    Remember Jupiter. . .  now let’s see how he’ll behave in Scorpio. As you can tell, both Jupiter and Scorpio have powerful and big personalities. Jupiter will exaggerate the traits of Scorpio. Neither of them really understand moderation, so that will be a trick for this coming year for all of us. It’s important to realize that this isn’t some outside energy, person or rule that will control the you. This personality will be in us all, just a little. These are some likely themes for this next Jupiter in Scorpio phase:

    • Define your mission and embrace it with gusto. This powerful energy could help you accomplish your deepest desires.
    • Focus on your business and finances. Are you ready to expand? If so, do it with a good plan and not out of impulse.
    • Curb your overindulgence and encourage moderation.
    • If Jupiter is excess and Scorpio is a water sign, we will see issues with water. I’m writing this after Hurricane Harvey devastated Texas. It was hard to watch and there could be more problems with excess water.
    • Greed or charity. Both qualities will be prominent this year.
    • Sex and reproductive matters.
    • New International business agreements and partnerships.

    This phase of grand Jupiter passing through the passionate sign of Scorpio will be powerful and maybe not so easy. It absolutely calls to each of us to become our optimum self. The highest image of this is a masterful and generous energy that empowers us all to become the very best version of ourselves. Personal growth is inevitable and will be profound. And, yes it will happen, even if you’re not going to seminar to develop your higher self. 


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    Daylight Savings Time Fall 2017

    It’s the time of the year again to deal with Daylight Savings Time. Twice a year the country, and much of the world, moves their clocks forward one hour in the spring and back one hour in the fall. So on November 5th, almost everyone will move their clocks back one hour. All of the US will do that except the two states that don’t observe Daylight Savings time (DST), which are Arizona and Hawaii.

    Since I live in Arizona and have international clients, it is very important to me. I call the two changes in the year my Transitions Weeks. During the summer, AZ is three hours earlier than the east coast. During the winter, AZ is only 2 hours from the east coast. So I need to think a couple of weeks in advance when I’m scheduling my clients. Is this appointment after November 5th or before it? Otherwise I’ll be one hour off in my schedule.

    Tricky concept . . . Time. Daylight Savings Time is even trickier because it involved time and space. It is the place where space and time meet. There are 24 time zones in the world and they all have cryptic abbreviations, like CEDT or Central European Daylight Time. So it’s quite confusing, actually. The time zones start in Greenwich England, which is called GMT or Greenwich Mean Time. The time zones start there because that location is at 0 degrees longitude.

    If you live in the US, there are only four main time zones to be familiar with to feel comfortable with DST. Those time zones are: Eastern Time (ET), Central Time (CT), Mountain Time (MT) and Pacific Time (PT). When it’s Daylight Standard Time (DST), during the winter, the abbreviations are: EST, CST, MST and PST. They would be called: Eastern Standard Time, Central Standard Time, Mountain Standard Time or Pacific Standard Time.

    When it is during Daylight Savings Time (DT) in the summer, the abbreviations are: EDT, CDT, MDT or PDT. They would be called: Eastern Daylight Time, Central Daylight Time, Mountain Daylight Time or Pacific Daylight Time. The whole concept is easier when you are familiar with the abbreviations.

    So now when you move your clocks back one hour on November 5th, you will feel more connected. It is a collective experience -- except for me. 



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