• 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?


    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!


    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.


    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!


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.

  • 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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