I’m writing from Honolulu, Hawaii, where the sun is warm and the beaches, crowded. It’s not my top vacation choice, as it’s a little too commercial for my taste (I still can’t believe enough people buy t-shirts at Crazy T-Shirts to keep it in business), but I’m on a tropical island on my husband’s work trip, and not in the North East (sorry folks!) so I can’t complain. But wherever you go, there you are and this morning began with me ruminating on all of my “problems” with no clear answers in sight. Then I heard the voice of reason (or enlightenment) say, “Well then I guess there’s nothing left to do but to enjoy myself.” Which is a radical decision for this serious Sun-Saturn person.
During the Leo Full Moon two weeks ago, John and I took a spontaneous overnight trip to the city. We counted our Hilton Honors points, took the ferry into San Francisco, booked a room on Union square and behaved as tourists do. We live here– but it’s funny how a drive to work across the Golden Gate Bridge is so very different from a ferry ride to a stolen vacation. Magic permeated our overnight trip. He worked (what he loves to do in hotel rooms); while I experienced wicked good shopping karma. The French restaurant we went to for breakfast almost felt like we were in France. We’re travelers but this was the first time we’d ever been locally spontaneous, and it was so much fun & doable we vowed to do it at least once a year. Read more
At night we sometimes sleep with the curtains open, allowing the moonlight into our bedroom. Moon-bathing under her silvery mystical rays can be calming, healing, soothing. But sometimes the full moon’s energy has an opposite effect; instead of a soothing lullaby, she enlivens the night air with an electric feel, making it impossible to sleep. Last night was one of those nights of restless kids, cats, lovers. The kids stayed on the computer and in animated conversation well into the wee hours; our normally snuggle loving cat stubbornly refused to crawl into bed and stationed himself next to the window. With pupils dilated, Obi looked expectantly upward to the night sky because, who knows, anything could happen – a squirrel or bat or owl might fly through the window! – and he didn’t want to miss out on that surprise. Read more
Every new moon wipes the prior month’s slate clean and Sunday’s new moon at 2’42 Aquarius brings a breath of fresh air. On the heels of the sober, productive, inward plodding along season of Capricorn, the Sun enters Aquarius and the pace of life shifts as restless dissatisfaction with the way things are is the catalyst for the forward-thinking vision we now need. Aquarius is a mentally-oriented air sign, but it’s got associations with water (the water bearer) and just as water conducts electricity, this air sign is more intuitive & volatile than Gemini or Libra. Aquarians/Uranians are like lightning rods, attracting the lightning/disruption needed to bring us out of Capricorn stagnation.
“Take your life in your own hands and what happens? A terrible thing. No one to blame.” -Erica Jong, Venus in Aquarius
“The truth will set you free. But first it will piss you off.” -Gloria Steinem, Venus in Aquarius
“Sometimes you can’t see yourself clearly until you see yourself through the eyes of others.” – Ellen DeGeneres, Venus in Aquarius
If you were born when Venus was in the constellation of Aquarius, the Water Bearer…
Venus in Aquarius’ perceptions about love, art, beauty, body, and relationship are far from mainstream. This is the Venus sign who wants to build a separate wing on the house for her partner. Outrageous! What’s outrageous to you is not the same, to me; we are shaped by the cultural constructs of the time and place in which we live, and for Venus in Aquarius no matter whether taking off your Burka in France or leaving a stifling marriage in Utah, outrage is sacred. For you, standing up for your right to be happy, free and loved in the way you want to be loved, is a radical act of self-love. When this Venus sign dares to truthfully turn the tables on social expectations, she will likely shock people. This certainly makes for interesting relationships. It also makes this Venus sign one of the most invigorating, unusual people to hang with! Read more
I’m making a live television appearance on the Bay Area television station KRON 4 News, to be aired on Saturday morning, February 13 at 8:45 AM. So do tune in! That same evening I also have a book talk at East West Books in Mountain View, CA at 7:30 PM, to be followed by a Love Alchemy Workshop on Sunday, 2/14, (Valentine’s Day) from 1:00- 3:30 PM at that same location. For the workshop or book talk, call 800-909-6161 to reserve a spot.
Aquarius New Moon : Joining the Human Family
As I prepare for a smashing three event book tour this weekend, I am taking Saturday’s Aquarius New Moon message to heart. The most challenging thing in preparing for this weekend is my own insecurity, which is not just my own. Public opinion polls have told us that the fear of public speaking ranks right up there with death. My ego gets that. Along with attempting to channel the embodied grace of Kate Winslet, I’m also trying to find that balance of practical preparation (can I explain this in a one-liner? what material should I focus on? should I memorize this?) and simple self-trust. Since it’s smart to seek out wise folk who have done this before, I’ve asked various professionals & friends for advice on how one should prepare oneself for a first-time media appearance.
Here it is:
‘You have a way with words (apparently after having explained Mercury retrograde to him so well)…I am not worried about you at all.’ (my dentist of 10 years) Read more
I was recently informed by a sign in the mall that summer is almost over! I barely noticed it was here. I guess that sign was supposed to create buyer urgency, but it had the opposite effect, sending a wave of tiredness over me so I turned around and went home. In fact, the defining quality of my summer has been fatigue; I feel I cannot get enough sleep and when I am in bed for stretches of time my ears are getting sore from wearing earplugs (someone snores) so I’m waking up, changing ear plugs, harrumphing in irritation, or simply trying to calm down (lots of herbal teas with valerian) from the busy days so the body can drift into sleep. The pace of life, the speeded up quality of time during the three eclipses spanning the entire summer, is taking its toll on me. Even sitting down to write this is at the cost of productivity in other areas, like the ones I get paid to do, and I almost didn’t write. Yet the price of not sniggling time away to create, to write, to clean the house like a merry maid on speed so I can invite friends over for dinner – is much higher. As my energy risks being consumed by the essentials; I fear, correction, I know that I cannot survive on fumes, so I continue to take care of the artist child within. I sneak ‘evening pages’ (a twist on TAW ‘morning pages’ as I am not a morning person) into the last half hour before bed. I remember to take walks at lunch. I relish gym time because it’s MY time.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned this summer, yet again, its that nature abhors a vacuum. The minute there’s nothing going on (okay, unless you’re in a Saturn or Neptune transit), She fills it with something else. Read more