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    The Colors of India

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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    Astrology During Pisces

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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    The Chinese New Year 2018 Earth Dog

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

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

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

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


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    Once in a Very Blue Moon

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

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

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

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

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

    Happy Blue Moons!


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    What's Up for Your Sign During Aquarius?

    Aquarius

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

    Pisces

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

    Aries

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

    Taurus

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

    Gemini

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

    Cancer

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

    Leo

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

    Virgo

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

    Libra

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

    Scorpio

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

    Sagittarius

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

    Capricorn

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



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