Taurus New Moon: Return To Your Senses

Two  girls  outdoor

My grandmother’s house had a certain smell. I’ve never identified it as say Chanel no. 5, which she had on her dressing table, yet it was just as much of a signature scent. A combination of Lily of the Valley, cedar and, likely, moth balls, every time I walked into her house this soothing scent was like baker’s vanilla to my soul, putting me at ease. When she died, I thought she would take this signature scent with her, but when I went back to help settle her house, which had been sitting there a year since she died, the painful final memories I had of her fighting her death with every ounce of life force she had left, which was not much by then, were erased by that glorious perfume, the same as I remembered. I loved her, and I loved her lingering smell for the physical, visceral way it brought her right back to me. [Read more...]

Venus, Out of Bounds

Impatient wife

This afternoon, while working in my home office, my dog, Magnus, who had been sitting quietly next to me, started barking like a wild man. I had heard a sound in the front yard, and frankly this isn’t unusual (we live amongst deer and other wild animals, and we always joke that he barks at ghosts) so I chose to ignore the barking. When he refused to be calmed, I got up, rounded the corner, and saw a woman in my living room about to ascend my staircase. [Read more...]

Scorpio Full Moon: Butterflies

Butterflies

The butterflies in your stomach before you go on stage. That feeling of anticipation right before you move cross-country, away from all you’ve known. The creative mania of those last days before you’re married. The day of your college SAT exam, nerves wracked and palms sweaty. The feeling in the pit of your gut as you wait for news that will ultimately change your life. [Read more...]

Aries New Moon: Me First

Fighting girl concept

The truism goes, you have to love your self before you can truly love another. Like most truisms that sound too simple to be true but have the gravity to change your life, this one hit home when I’d given the love I should’ve been giving to my self to another and wound up empty & unloved. I worked this one, mantra-like, throughout most of my twenties and thirties. [Read more...]

Libra Full Moon Eclipse: Force Majeure

Bride in the rain

In the Swedish movie Force Majeure, Ebba, Tomas and their children are vacationing in the Alps one morning when, while sitting at breakfast on the viewing deck, a controlled avalanche gets a little too close for comfort. Tomas reassures everyone that it is not heading for their breakfast table but Ebba is not so sure. Indeed the blustery mayhem closes in, and as Ebba grabs their two children she looks to her teammate for help. But Tomas, in a moment of instinctual self-preservation, has fled without them (though, as we later learn, he did have the presence of mind to remember to grab his iPhone). While the avalanche is a near miss, the crisis has deep repercussions for the marriage.

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Pisces New Moon: The School of Not Knowing

School of fish

What stimulates your connection to spiritual consciousness? How do you receive guidance? Mercury has often played the star role in the messages I receive, often while driving, walking, writing and sometimes involving books. When I’m working on a reading and feeling I’m missing a thread that would pull it all together, I will silently ask for guidance. I get in the car, and a show on NPR gives me the missing link. Or I’ll walk to my bookshelf, allow my intuition to guide me to the right book, where the page will neatly land on the exact message I need to hear. Often, when I’m on the phone with a client, in answer to what’s being said on the other line, one of us will hear sirens, howling dogs, or the chicken outside my window will start loudly cluck-clucking. Or the time when I decided to write a mission statement for my astrological practice and later, I received generous feedback on the reading I did prior, the feedback mirroring my intentional statement almost word for word. I connect synchronicity to Mercury, but also Pisces and it’s planet, Neptune, conduits of consciousness. [Read more...]

Virgo Full Moon: Good Enough

Good Enough

Most of us are born into lives with teachers (also known as parents) who are really good at imparting lessons we most need to learn. My mother was a Virgo with a tenth house Sun. With a placement like that you would’ve thought she’d be running an organization, or heading up a service non-profit. The tenth house is the house of “calling”, contribution on a large scale; tenth house planets have big ambitions… and planets here need a high level of development to step into such big shoes. [Read more...]

Jupiter-Venus: What have you done for me, lately?

herbert james draper woman making potpourri painting

As “lucky in love” (Venus trine Jupiter) and “out of the blue windfalls” (Jupiter trine Uranus) aspects alight the planetary skies right now, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement. Whereas astrology has no shortage of excruciating longer transit (read: outer planets) that last years, or next to forever, if I had one gripe to bring up to the Creator it’s that those lovely, expansive transits, usually belonging to Venus, Jupiter, are far too fleeting. But, like a holiday that arrives once a year, we must train our selves to look forward to them. As a health coaching client said to me recently, “half my pleasure (of eating treats) is the anticipation, the build up.”

I’m all for stretching our bandwidth for pleasure with anticipation. Wise lady. [Read more...]

Aquarius New Moon: The Rebel and The Victim

rebel animal

We have two New Moons in Aquarius this year, an oddity for this oddball sign. This New Moon falls at practically the very last millisecond before the Sun enters Pisces. These are two very different signs holding very different realms of experience. Yet each connect to the other, through two archetypes: the Victim and Rebel, two energy patterns I’ve been exploring in excruciating detail in my own life, thanks to hardball Uranus-Pluto transiting my Aries Moon. [Read more...]

This Is Love

dog magnus

The newest love of my life is named Magnus. Magnus is a dog – a puppy, to be precise.

This morning, far away from the cuddles and licks I’m greeted with every morning in my own bed, I am missing Magnus and our morning ritual. 1. Magnus, patiently waiting for me to rouse from sleep, then joyously, eagerly bouncing around the bed like a fox bouncing through deep fluffy snow 2. Followed by copious licks, cuddles and kisses 3. Then, Let’s eat breakfast, Mom! He ignores the puppy chow and awaits fresh, buttery scrambled eggs -divided by two. So I scroll through Facebook. Even the video of the cat caught in a mechanical spring, freed by a strong fireman who turned out to be more tender than tough didn’t do it. My next plan of attack was to cajole John back into bed. For a few minutes that worked. Magnus is still not here. [Read more...]