Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Astrology Forecast for Creatives | Once in a BLUE MOON

Another crazy astrological week (and yes, I realize it's half over!).

This whole summer is going to be a wild ride. And if you are thinking, "no, not me, my life is moving along the straight, narrow and predictable road" ... well, talk to me in October and we'll see where you are then.

Let's start with Saturn, this is the BIG Daddy taskmaster of the zodiac and he was in the deep dark waters of Scorpio for two years, peeked his head into bright and bold Sagittarius last December and then retrograded back into Scorpio in June for a final plunge into the dark (whatever halted in your life in June is back).

He stations direct on Sunday and it will be full steam ahead like a freight train thru mid September when he moves back into Sagittarius. These next few weeks will wrap up some story from around October 2012 (think back to 1983-1984 if you are old enough you may see some similar themes then). Any remaining loose ends will be tied up. Late degree fixed signs (Aquarius, Taurus, Leo and Scorpio) will feel this final transit of Saturn through Scorpio the most.

As Saturn readies for his two and a half year journey through big-picture Sagittarius it will be important for all of us to stay focused on what is right in front of us and not get so overwhelmed with everything that needs to be done and how far things are now from where we want them to be that we fritter this precious Sagittarius time away. Dreaming big is OK, but acting with small, measured steps will get us where we need to go.

Every small step we take is one step closer to the world we came here to build. 

If you want to know what you should be doing right now, just do the thing that is right in front of you - that's the thing that will take you to the next thing.  

We truly will build the new world from who we are right now.

On Friday, we have a Full Moon in Aquarius. This one will illuminate a situation by providing the distance we need to see it clearly. Aquarius always offer a new and different perspective. He is the audience and we will be able to see the situation from an outside perspective even as we are inside it. Options are available with this Moon.

We have a  bold Leo Sun in-conjunct a retrograde Neptune in dreamy Pisces which might make whatever is highlighted by this Moon clash with our dreams. It might be like, "damn this isn't going to work right now". Because this is our second Full Moon of the month it is called a Blue Moon and we won't have another one for a couple years. Being in the far out sign of Aquarius (ruled by Uranus) really gives it the energy for something to hit us out of the blue! I hope for your sake and mine it's a winning lottery ticket.

Last weekend Venus turned retrograde. She is in Virgo for a couple more days and then she'll journey back through Leo. Her days in Virgo (through Friday) would be well spent going back over the details of something.

Back in Leo Venus will ask us to look at what we do to get attention and what we are giving our attention to. Are we being authentic? What do we really value? How are we spending our valuable time, love, money? This can also be about reconnecting with something or someone we love, or being loved for who we really are. We are all going to need to feel valued now and anything we are doing that doesn't value our time and resources will come up for re-evaluation.

At the same time Uranus also has turned retrograde. Saturn is still retrograde (but not for long!) and Pluto is retrograde. This is a whole lot of looking backward, tying up loose ends and second chances folks.

Uranus is the planet of chaos. Uranus retrograde (and he's just been squaring Mars) will introduce chaos into the picture. Let's look at it this way. Creation is chaos. The very thing that interferes with the orderly working of our well-ordered life, that change we fear, is often the necessary thing that gets us to our happiness; to our genius. Uranus is the guy who can loosen our grip on the way we think things must be. How he does this varies. I intend for my grip to be loosened with a nice relaxing hand massage and some distracting red wine (if this is your intention, too, please save me your corks!). 

We also have Jupiter about to exit Leo (after a year) for Virgo - have I mentioned that Regulus, the brightest star in the Leo constellation for the last 2000 years has moved out of Leo and into Virgo - this is masculine Leo, the royalty of the zodiac, ruled by the Sun literally morphing into feminine Virgo, the worker, healer, servant of the zodiac, ruled by Mercury. The power is moving to the people, folks. This train can't be stopped!

Jupiter in Virgo will move our story from ourselves to the other person - we take what we love to do and we figure out how to use it for the benefit of others. We also have the North Node moving from Libra (that whole finding our flock thing) into Virgo - the healer, servant, worker. Virgo is the first sign of the zodiac that takes other people into account. It's the space in our journey when we look at how what we do affects others. If we haven't found our flock by now, no worries, we don't have to go looking for them anymore. They'll show up. Or they already have.

Lots of new friends, new business collaborations and new groups that will align with our new ideas in the offing for everyone! We just have to get through the next few weeks. xo all

My solar system locket is on sale thru midnight Sunday August 2nd - $10 off!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Olive Bites at Art Star Asbury Park July 2015

This past weekend's craft show has left me totally exhausted - maybe I really do need to be drinking all this wine! Ack!

I met so many wonderful people at this show. I had Kella and Chris's vintage camper "Lucy" - Suburban Camping Company with me and it brought so much joy to so many people (rent her here for parties, camping, overnight guests) plus people were very kind and excited about my work ... and the weather and city of Asbury Park (where my mother grew up) was looking especially amazing.

Back later this week with the upcoming forecast.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Astrology Forecast for Creatives | Week of July 20th | Welcome to the Jungle - it's LEO Season
welcome to the jungle - it's LEO season
Another action packed week as we enter Leo season!

First, Venus stations as she prepares to go retrograde next weekend.

She's still hanging out with Jupiter and if we look up at the night sky they are still the two brightest stars. They are in two different signs though since Saturday when Venus left Leo and moved on to early Virgo.

Venus is only in Virgo for the next week and a half. Then her retrograde, which begins Saturday and lasts about 6 weeks, takes her back into Leo. So we have this short window to work with her in Virgo and she will also hit these same degrees in the fall when whatever we are doing now comes back around in some way.

Venus in Virgo is about loving the details of something, enjoying the work, appreciating the craftsmanship and complexity of something or someone or some situation - yes, also, noticing the imperfections, Virgo can't miss those, and choosing not to dwell on them.

Venus in Virgo works for her money. She gets us clear on what we want. She gets her hands dirty (and then she scrubs them clean). Venus in Virgo can make love critical - she is stationing now and that's powerful. We can use this discrimination and ability to see things clearly with our work and make things more beautiful.

We could also use this energy to criticize the people we love. But let's not do that. Constructive criticism is never possible. It's still criticism. Nothing constructive there.

We can use Virgo (perception, attention to detail) to strengthen the work (Virgo) we love (Venus).

With other people, we might be able to do this, too, but only if we are very clever. Things could get bitchy and people could get hurt. With people, it's always best to work on ourselves and not others. We will then attract from others something different as they mirror the something different we project onto them. So we allow Venus (love) to soften Virgo (critical thinking, seeing what is wrong).

Hubs, a Virgo rising, bought a Hurricane Sandy wreckage boat. He's been working on it for almost 3 years. It finally went back into the water last week. It's docked about 15 minutes from our house in the river. We went out yesterday morning (river to ocean). It was my first time on the boat. As we were loading the things we brought with us I noticed George running a towel along the floor of the entire boat with his foot. We would carry a few things into the boat, I would head back to the truck, he would swab the deck and then join me at the truck. Three times he swabbed the deck.

This is the kind of thing that used to drive me nuts.

I might have said "for Pete's sake the boat is going to get a little dirty you know - we'll just hose it off" or I might have worried about his inability to just enjoy the fruits of his labor and relax.

But I thought about Venus in Virgo; about the attention to detail this man I loved had put into something he loves (and my own Virgo mid-heaven that zeroes in on this kind of stuff) and I said, "you certainly keep this boat clean". And not in a bitchy, 'meaning the opposite of what I say' kind of way, but purely from an openhearted space. He responded, "well, I spent a lot of days cleaning it ... and I forgot to bring a hose." We laughed. With Venus in Virgo we are reminded, in small ways and big ones, that we get what we pay attention to.

And now - it's LEO time! On Wednesday the Sun moves into Leo and Mercury follows on Thursday cozying up to the Sun. So we all move from homebody Cancer into "get me to a barbecue!" Leo.
Mercury joining with the Sun can mean an announcement or important conversation or communication that brings something to light or requires us to take some kind of action.

Uranus is also going retrograde next weekend - by next week about half the planets will be looking backward! Uranus retrograde in Aries will have us wanting our freedom. We will not want to be controlled (no one else will either). Cords will be cut with this one!

The big story this week which starts today is Jupiter in Leo squaring Saturn in Scorpio, and remember starting and ending dates with astrology are not so exact, we can feel things a few days before or after as these planets and energies connect or disengage. The dates are when energies are exact but on the surrounding dates the energies are often very close, too.

These BIG planets are preparing to change signs - Scorpio back into Sagittarius in September and Jupiter will exit Leo and move ahead into Virgo in August. This movement has these titans opposing each other and could create a battle of wills. 

Let's reason this through. Jupiter in Leo is about BIG thinking. Anything is possible with this energy. 

Saturn in Scorpio says "Yes, Jupiter, yes, Leo, anything is possible and that anything includes the stuff you do not want. Life isn't all mermaids and unicorns, fellas. Your BIG moves could land you on your ass." 

Squares are challenges so some space in our life will be feeling this friction between now and mid August

This could simply manifest as restlessness and we might waste this energy with indecision but since we have the knowledge of astrology at our disposal and know what this is we can choose to see this as a gift -
a gift that teaches there is no one "correct" way forward, no one way to live our life. There is no perfect plan to turn our life around that we are suddenly going to stumble across on our way to the post office.

We only have the now moment - the space we get to decide. What do we want to do today? Do we step forward or retreat? Do we speak up or shut up? Do we continue in the direction we are going, change direction or take the time to prepare for something else? 

It's up to us and there is no 'right' answer. If we stop thinking there is a right answer we can just do the thing we want to do! 

There is no 'one' move where we win the game and no 'one' move that will lose it.

We need to go with our heart this summer. 

This is an excellent time to question our default setting - if we normally sit on something and let things percolate let's take some kind of unbridled action. If we normally shoot first and ask questions later, it's time for the questions. 

The most impactful creative moves are timely ones.

We need to be operating in the present moment and not out of those old habits our body is craving. Venus wants to play. This Jupiter/Saturn square is reminding us that old stuff does not carry the promise it once did and yes, it may take some long looks and movements backward for us to finally get this. We can rise to meet the challenge (doing what we love) or surrender to the restlessness and fritter away this cycle with indecision.

Yes, choices close doors on various timelines of possibilities but so do non-choices. Doors are opening and closing all the time. If we miss one, there is always another one, but we can't see it staring at the closed door because it's somewhere else. After we finish looking backward this summer we will all be ready to move ahead in the fall. If we embrace this gift it invites the Creative to usher in crucial, wanted and needed change. xo all

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

New Moon in Cancer, Wednesday July 15th - Plus Up Close and Personal With PLUTO!

first ever photo of Pluto's surface
Today's first ever photos of the surface of Pluto (everything we've ever seen before have been artist renderings!) along with tomorrow's New Moon in Cancer which has a Mars/ Mercury conjunction and opposes a retrograde Pluto in Capricorn - must mean something!

Pluto rules Scorpio, the sign of things hidden and dark; secrets and shadows. Pluto rules transformation.

Quantum physics has proven the bizarre fact that observation affects reality so now we are all up close and personal with this bad boy planet of revolution, destruction, power and the hidden realms will Pluto's influence change? Will we?

Pluto was discovered (astrologers believe planets are discovered and named when we are 'ready' for the archetype they represent to be introduced into our collective awareness) by Clyde Tombaugh in 1930.

Clyde requested his ashes be inside any spacecraft bound for Pluto, so he's in there! Pluto brought us the rise of Hitler, World War II, nuclear power, the United States as a super power. There is all kinds of pain behind Plutonion violence. How we transform this pain is up to us.  

Compassion toward ourselves and others lays the groundwork for our miracle now.

Is something hidden about to be revealed? What are we all waking up to? Everything negative with Pluto comes from holding on and everything positive comes from letting go, not sure how any of this will factor in. The timing is quite interesting though

Because tomorrow's New Moon is a doozy.

Yesterday and today we are building toward it. First advice I would have for tomorrow is to hold our tongue. There are power struggles. With Mars and Pluto (both war planets) in opposition and Mercury (communication) thrown in the mix there is a good potential for an argument that will not end well. Just agree to disagree.

Don't fire off any emails in haste or anger. This energy is encouraging stuff to fall apart. If something ends today it's pretty much over. And think about that if you are the one ending it. We will have to deal with the consequences.

Now with all this going on we still have a New Moon in the nurturing mama bear sign of Cancer. It's an excellent time to begin a self-care regimen. This moon is all about family, security, our home and intimacy. With the Sun and Moon in Cancer we can all experience compassion and healing now. What is takes to get us there could be big.

Hang in there - we are all in this together and our new story is coming.

Lots is happening. First the New Moon then we're charging toward Jupiter square Saturn! It is a whole new ballgame for certain, especially for our businesses, our art and work we do with women.

Venus is about to go retrograde so if we have something in the cooker - we don't have much time to run full steam ahead but we have at least a week! The retrograde will be an excellent time for relooks and re-dos with our businesses, money and love.

Wednesday is a powerful energy to focus our intentions and make affirmations on Cancer stuff : mothers, motherhood, self-care, nurturing, home, family, real estate, home business, food, breast health, stomach and digestive health, gut health, security ...

AFFIRMATION TIPS: get into a positive frame of mind - always make affirmations from a  positive place (positive meaning both happy and certain) - write your affirmations down by hand, speak them out loud - then release your attention from them knowing that your intention is known. Know these things are already yours. Cancer is a water sign so this is a great day to be near and in water! xo all