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July 22, 2018 – No Lemonade from these Lemons 07/15/2018

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I’m always looking to make lemonade from lemons but sometimes there’s just no sugar around and we have to accept that lemons will be lemons.

July 22nd is just one of those days. The Sun enters its rulership, Leo. so, it’s truly feeling its strength – flexing powerful muscles. The Moon enters Sagittarius early in the day and gives new meaning to ‘carelessness’ and ‘tactlessness’. Mars is still retrograde which is like watching a racing car going backward at 100 mph. And, Mercury is only three days away from its retrograde and already toying with one’s sanity.

July 22nd is going to be a heck of a day. Whether it’s egos, fires, lies & deceit, unsafe speeds, computer glitches, car problems or missing papers, we’re in for a ride of a day.

Stay calm. Breathe deeply. Start the day with a centering meditation. There’s no sugar for these lemons, so make mild ‘lemon water’. Power down your own batteries and let the day pass. July 23rd is another day.

Saturn, Pluto and Anger 04/18/2018

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This is the first time in my life that both the winners and the losers in an election are angry. And, a full year, later everyone is still furious. Families and/or friends are still not speaking. Holidays are fractured events, coffee klatches abandoned.

Pluto, the destroyer, has done its job. No one likes it — no one. But the reality is that this country is flawed and needs to rebuild. In the past, however, we have shored up the crumbling facade and kept living in a structure that needed to be gutted and rebuilt. So, Pluto has taken things in hand. Pluto represents the total ‘gut job’ that reveals the “termites, rotted beams, substandard wiring, corroded plumbing, and unsupported outer shell” we’ve been ignoring. But all is not lost. And, the country is only a reflection of individual turmoils.

Saturn is making its 28-year trek through the zodiac and is headed towards Pluto, soon – very soon. Saturn, while in its ruling sign of Capricorn, is in a strong position. We can take the time to look at the real problems inside and outside ourselves. We can start to rebuild, solidly, in our lives, or we can try to skate by with quick fixes. Just be warned, Pluto is ready to annihilate shoddy work so do it right. The way to put out the fires of anger is to demolish the old structure and start again.

Maybe you can help heal relationships with lost family and friends. Or, maybe you must start anew. If you use the warnings of Pluto to avoid fooling yourself, and the strength of Saturn to create a strong, new foundation, the anger will fade and you will be making room for the new positive energy you want in your life. This is not about changing others to meet your needs; it is about changing yourself to meet your needs. Just be patient with, and kind to with yourself along the way.

Moon Moods for Nov 16-22 11/16/2015

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Moon Moods for Nov 16-22

The Moon entered Capricorn on Saturday @ 7:21 PM ET/4:21 PM PT
A Capricorn Moon is a good way to start the week. Time to handle responsibilities at work. There may be many unexpected duties, but nothing you can’t handle if you are flexible and open. Be ready to change direction. It’s not time to be stubborn; it’s time to listen, evaluate and act. Just because the idea didn’t come from you does not mean you are not being a leader.
The Capricorn Moon enters a void period @ 3:52 PM ET/12:52 PM PT. The plans you’ve put in place can be completed before the day is over. Use the void to finish up.
The Moon enters Aquarius @ 11:24 PM PT.

Tuesday & Wednesday
The Moon enters Aquarius on Tuesday @ 2:24 AM ET. So we all awaken to sparkling Aquarius energy. On Tuesday most problems have easy solutions. Take advantage of the easier flow. Share ideas. Be confident when you offer ideas. No need to push, just plant the seed. The energy is strong but not pushy so you may have a tendency to see solutions and put them off, or, worse, ignore them as too easy. Don’t waste your Tuesday energy. Wednesday, on the other hand, is a little more challenging. You might pick the wrong words and end up in a tiff you did not expect. That’s why it’s important to handle as many tricky/sticky issues as possible on Tuesday.
The Aquarius Moon enters its void period on Thursday @ 3:19 AM ET/12:19 AM PT. Most of us will sleep through this one. So, pleasant dreams.

Thursday & Friday
The Moon enters Pisces on Thursday @ 7:21 AM ET/4:21 AM PT. Most of Thursday may seem like you’re working in a fog or without the support, supervision or tools you need. As the day develops that ‘feeling’ will get stronger. Take time to plan on paper. You don’t want to forget any details or assignments. Write it down. When the day is over you may want a drink of whatever beverage you like to calm your nerves – wine, vodka, milk or water. Be extremely prudent. Meditation and sleep will probably be a better option. Friday is less irritating but equally taxing as you may end the week with more leftover work than you prefer. Remember, it’s just another passing cycle.
The Pisces Moon enters its void period on Saturday @ 8:22 AM ET/5:22 AM PT. This is a short period – only 2 hours. Delay starting your day’s work. Take a little extra time over your morning coffee or reading the newspaper, or meditating. Get your head in the right place for an interesting Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday & Sunday
The Moon enters Aries on Saturday @ 10:12 AM ET/7:21 AM PT. First, Aries definitely ignites the day. We are at a very busy season. Be careful at the wheel. Take time when you make purchases. Avoid rushing or being hasty. Everything and everybody is on the move and moving fast. Although Saturday is the easier day of the two, this is not an easy weekend. The push to move, do, finish is going full speed. Although you can probably get cooperation, you may not have the patience you need to do the diplomatic thing. Whether you are the customer or the clerk, it will be easy to turn a simple request into a tug of war without knowing how you got there. Sunday can be a tug of war because compromise is not in the air. If you let negativity take hold before the void, you will ruin your weekend. Despite the impetuosity of an Aries Moon, it can also bring out your charmingly impish side. Think positive; think twice.
The Aries Moon enters its void period on Sunday @ 2:19 PM ET/11:19 AM ET. Decompress and let the day die away. Leave stress behind.

Moon Moods for Nov 2 – 8 11/01/2015

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Moon Moods
Nov 2-9

Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday
Moon void in Cancer @ 2:07am ET/Sunday @ 11:07pm PT
The day starts with emotional Cancer coloring the way you think about things. Before you leave that energy behind, review your weekend’s thoughts and activities. Plan your Monday knowing you will make changes. But it’s always a good idea to incorporate that ‘caring’ energy into your original thoughts.
The Cancer void period ends and the Moon enters Leo on Monday @ ET/7:47am PT.
It’s important to use today’s time carefully and wisely as there is a long void during the Leo Moon. Take out your plans, set out your action steps to make your plans work, especially anything dealing with contracts, lectures, meetings and internet or telephone communication. Tackle the hard things. As Monday fades into Tuesday, you’ll find the going is easier. Remember that Leo is a strong and, sometimes, overpowering energy. Don’t use this time to push others around. Use your best diplomatic skills to convince others that your ideas are the more productive. Emphasize what can be accomplished.
The Leo void begins on Tuesday at 7:23am ET/4:23am PT.
It’s void all day. You have the energy to do anything you put into motion before the void. Even big jobs are doable. There will be enough time. That is the plus side of void energy…you get to finish what you started, no matter how big the job. The minus is that you might be tempted to laziness.

Wednesday, Thursday & Friday
The Leo void period ends and the Moon enters Virgo on Wednesday @ 9:22pm ET/6:22pm PT.
After such a long void period it may be a challenge to tackle all the details coming at you Thursday and Friday. You’ll find more challenges on Thursday. “Was your plan more productive?” “Did you see things clearly?” Take a deep breath. You can choose to treat the stress as a reason to be argumentative. You can doubt your ability. BUT, it’s really an opportunity to show how well you planned and how willing you are to make needed adjustments. Stay calm on Thursday and slide through Friday. Take some time to exhale on Friday. You did it!
The Virgo void begins on Saturday @ 7:47am ET/4:47am PT.
It lasts only a few hours and you may actually sleep through it. If you have an early schedule for Saturday, make sure you set your alarm clock. Otherwise, enjoy the extra sleep.

Saturday and Sunday
The Virgo void ends and the Moon enters Libra on Saturday @ 10:14am ET/7:14am PT.
Do you clean the house, wash the car, perform yard work on Saturdays? If so, get on it. Don’t stress it, just do it. Be prepared to deal with missing items…detergent? tools? Be flexible and good humored. A good attitude will make things right. Sunday, on the other hand, may actually be a little more stressful. Perhaps someone who has power over you will flex his/her muscles. Perhaps you planned well and your plans go awry in an unexpected way. The strongest energy Libra brings to the table is diplomacy and strength. Draw on these talents to get you through. All Moon cycles…easy and stressful…are just cycles. They come and go. This one ends Monday evening. Bring all your brilliance, ingenuity and wisdom to this one. It is what the Libra Moon is all about.

Moon Moods for October 26 – Nov 1 10/26/2015

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Full Moon in Taurus
Oct 27 8:06 AM ET/5:06 AM PT

This is a very earth-bound Full Moon. Keep your thoughts and actions as concrete and practical as you can. Despite the Moon’s strong influence on how one ‘feels’, there is mutiny in the air. Five (5) planets are in very flexible signs. These planets, which include playful Jupiter and impish Mars, may inspire you to engage in impractical actions. It will seem like fun while you’re doing it. Do not let these guys fool you. However, do let go a little and enjoy. They are urging you to live, not just exist.

Moon enters Aries
Oct 25 @ 2:22 AM ET/Oct 24 @ 11:22 PM PT
Moon enters void @ 8:26 AM ET/5:26 AM PT
Despite the intense Aries energy, the day does not move as quickly as you might like while it hangs out in the void. Use this time to gather information and organize your schedule. It’s best to put off new projects today but remember to generate your schedule for the week. Examine your to-do list carefully and watch for quirky items that might prove more difficult to handle In general it’s a decent week but you can step it up by employing some Aries’ drive. If you have any difficult meetings, take time to double-check your facts. Your thinking might not be clear. Double check times, places and/or directions.
Moon enters Taurus at 11:08 PM PT, Monday

Tuesday & Wednesday
Moon enters Taurus @ 2:07 AM ET
The Full Moon starts the day. This is a double duty day. First, your dealings with the opposite sex might seem difficult. Breathe and keep your wits about you. Second, the Full Moon helps make every thing clear and more open. You can’t hide much and not much can be hidden from you.
For those who write, design or are managers/owners your interactions, projects and tasks will move along smoothly. Do all you can and enjoy any cooperation you receive. It’s natural to want to be helpful right now.
Void in Taurus, Oct 28 @ 11:20 AM ET/8:20 AM PT
Remember that void periods are excellent for finishing the old. Put the finishing touches on whatever needs doing and get to bed early. You’ll want to be at your best Thursday and Friday.
Moon enters Gemini @ 11:24 PM PT, Wednesday

Thursday & Friday
Moon enters Gemini @ 2:24 AM ET
Prepare for two days of changing winds. Your job is to go with the flow. Be flexible in thoughts and deeds. Stand up for what you believe but that does not mean you have to beat the other person into submission. Make sure your needs are included on some level and then be gracious. The atmosphere can be as pleasant or as toxic as you allow.
Void in Gemini, Oct 30 @ 10:51 PM ET/7:51 PM PT
With such a late void period, it’s best to just end your day, get some sleep and be ready for Saturday’s adventures.

Saturday & Sunday
Moon enters Cancer @ 5:09 AM ET/2:09 AM    PT
This promises to be a pleasant weekend. It’s not just the Halloween festivities, but your reactions. This is a time of simple joys. If you’re not in the habit of wearing costumes, think about doing it this year. Just let your hair down and have a good time. If Halloween is not your thing, then take in a movie, visit a favorite museum or park. Look up a new age store and join them for a meditation hour. Do whatever makes you feel free in body, mind and spirit.

Moon Moods for the Week of September 21 – 27 09/20/2015

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Autumnal Equinox
September 23 @ 4:20 am ET/1:20 am PT

Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse
September 27 @ 10:51 pm ET/7:51 pm PT

Mercury is Retrograde

Moon Moods for the Week of
September 21 – 27

Moon Enters Sagittarius on Sep 18  @ 11:32 pm ET/8:32 pm PT
Moon is Void in Sagittarius from Sep 21  @ 5 am ET/2 am PT to Sep 21  @ 8:33 am ET/5:33 am PT
Although there are some trying aspects to the during the period leading up to the void, it all ends in the wee hours of the morning. You might have a restless sleep but that is the most you can expect. For those who work the graveyard shift, it will be important to be patient and tolerant after midnight.

Moon Enters Capricorn on Sep 21  @ 8:33 am ET/5:33 am PT
Monday and Tuesday present their challenges and some rewards. Monday is easier. People are distracted and not as demanding. However, Tuesday will be just the opposite. Be extremely careful with how you express yourself. You are working with Mercury retrograde which may inhibit communication. Pair that with a few power plays and the day becomes frustrating. Try to end your day on a good note. If you’re caution, you can ‘fix’ things on Wednesday.
Moon is Void in Capricorn from Sep 23  @ 4:20 am ET/1:20 am PT to Sep 23  @ 1:51 pm ET/10:51 am PT
The first part of Wednesday is spent in void energy. Take this time to finish projects, learn a new skill. You have a few hours; use them wisely.

Moon Enters Aquarius on Sep 23  @ 1:51 pm ET/10:51 am PT
Despite the Moon’s erratic energy, this is an easier time. Other than being careful with your money, you shouldn’t run into any road blocks. Just be flexible with your reactions. Remember that others have the responsibility and may need your cooperation when you feel like being stubborn. Bring your smile and yield a little. It will go a long way toward making your life a lot easier in the long run.
Moon is Void in Aquarius from Sep 25  @ 12:01 am ET/Sep 24  9:01 pm PT to Sep 25  @ 3:43:31 pm ET/12:43 pm PT
This long void usually means you can finish up whatever you started but it’s not the best for starting new projects. If you don’t work weekends, use Friday to put things in place for Monday if a new project is on the horizon. Make sure you finish old projects. Clean up, clear up.

Moon Enters Pisces on Sep 25  @ 3:43:31 pm ET/12:43 pm PT
Friday evening, Saturday and part of Sunday are probably a lot more difficult than you would like. Arguments or spats, especially over domestic matters, can simply boil over. Perhaps too much is expected. You can be too optimistic and overcommit your resources. The emotional pot may boil over if you are not careful.
Moon Void in Pisces from Sep 26  @ 7:38 am ET/4:38 am PT to Sep 27  @ 3:28 pm ET/12:28 pm PT
From Saturday morning to Sunday afternoon, the lethargy of a void Moon will negatively affect you. Remember that it’s about how you feel whenever the Moon is in Pisces. Stop and consider…are you overreacting? Is there really a problem? If backing away means you leave unfinished tasks for later, then do so. Your energy and judgement will improve when the Moon changes signs.

Moon Enters Aries on Sep 27  @ 3:28 pm ET/12:28 pm PT
There are so many influences once Aries enters the picture. First, your energy level will increase. Don’t try to do everything, but choose what is important and you will have the energy to do whatever you want. The full Moon and Lunar eclipse occur tonight. It’s a time of clarity. If you are ready to forge ahead, you will see the truth of what is truly needed. You can see solutions. You can discriminate between creating your reality and indulging in pipe dreams.

Moon Moods – Sep 14-20 09/13/2015

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This Week the Moon spends time in Libra, Scorpio and Sagittarius

Mercury Retrogrades on Thursday, September 17th at 2:09 PM ET/11:09 AM PT.

You may still be trying to sift out the Venus retrograde. So, if you are having difficulty with Mercury ruled transactions or activities over the past week or so, then you may find this period a challenge. If not, then use the next few weeks to handle activities that respond well to the retrograde…re-do, repair, review, re-apply, rebuild, reassemble, etc. I’m sure you “get” it by now. It’s do-over time. The Mercury retrograde ends October 9th.

The Moon is in Libra from Sep 13 @ 10:40PM ET/7:40PM PT to Sep 16 @ 11:42AM ET/8:42AM PT
Monday starts in a New Moon period. It’s a perfect time to set goals and start fresh. Remember that Libra is the sign of the diplomat. That does not mean anyone is wishy-washy. A good diplomat achieves goals without rubbing others the wrong way. Listen and really consider the others’ ideas. Look for a way to get what you want without stepping on toes. The only downfall during this period is the Libra weakness for trying to control everything. Try for flexibility.
The Moon is void in Libra Sep 16 @ 12:21 AM ET/Sep 15 @ 9:21 PM PT to Sep 16 @ 11:42a ET/8:42a PT
Make sure you set your alarm Tuesday night. It will be easy to oversleep. You probably have things to do Wednesday morning and being late is more disruptive than usual.

The Moon is in Scorpio from Sep 16 @ 11:42 AM ET/8:42 AM PT to Sep 18 @ 11:31 PM ET/8:31 PM PT
When the Moon changes signs you’ll add an element of pure emotion to your drive. Perhaps you’ll accomplish more. Just remember to keep a cool head. The Scorpio Moon pairs with the beginning of the Mercury retrograde. This can be very frustrating. Tempers flare. Why? Accommodation and patience is at an end. Please think twice before you speak. Gather your thoughts. Remember who is truly in charge…who holds the cards and what will really produce the results you need? Egos aren’t usually the problem; tempers are.
The Moon is void in Scorpio Sep 18 @ 3:48 PM ET/12:48 PM PT to Sep 18 @ 11:31 PM ET/8:31 PM PT
The energy you take into the void period will follow you until the Moon changes sign. Will you experience negative – arguments, or positive – productive action?

The Moon is in Sagittarius from Sep 18 @ 11:31 PM ET/8:31 PM PT to Sep 21 @ 8:32 AM ET/5:32 AM PT
Even though it’s Friday, you need to apply yourself to the tasks at hand. On Saturday it will be more challenging to handle anything concrete so what you do not do today, you may not do at all. Your brain feels clogged. If you can make Saturday a ‘do-nothing’ day, you will be less stressed. Get outside if the weather permits. Walk, run, bike, hike, play golf. Try for fresh air and as much sunshine as possible. Life finally eases up on Sunday. However, you may be tempted to overspend or behave recklessly. Enjoy life but be sensible.
The Moon is void in Sagittarius  Sep 21 @ 4:59 AM ET/1:59 AM PT to Sep 21 @ 8:32 AM  ET/5:32 AM PT
Pleasant Dreams.

Venus Retrograde 07/19/2015

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Venus Retrograde – July 25th to September 6th

A Venus retrograde period is a double edged sword. Venus is one of the truly benefic planets in ones horoscope. Yet, when a planet is retrograde, some of its energy is held back. So, how can that help you?

First, Venus retrogrades tend to affect our health benefits plans. So, if you have been struggling with payments from the insurance company, this is the time to revisit your calls. Remember, be pleasant as Venus functions best when we employ our better side. If you have problems with getting clear answers about coverage, calls made during this period will be more productive.

Second, Venus retrogrades also affect pricing. If you are not careful, you will overpay for an item. So, take time to make sure you have checked out the competition. If you are buying real estate, you can find a deal if you do not let your love of the property cloud your bid. If you are selling real estate, this is also a good time. Make things look pretty and you can dazzle the buyer into giving the price you desire, rather than insisting on a low price.

Finally, you may feel the urge to make purchases of items of beauty. Although you can end up with a pretty bauble at a good price, it usually ends up differently.  Knickknacks are truly impulse items and you have less need and less resistance. Do all you can to resist, or at least get a second opinion from someone who is not vested in the purchase before you plunk down your cash

Enjoy this cycle. It will be as pleasant as you allow it to be.

Venus Retrograde 01/06/2014

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We’ve been experiencing a Venus Retrograde since December.

The Venus Retrograde ends
Jan 31st 3:48 pm ET/12:48 pm PT

When Venus retrogrades, you feel the affects in two important aspects of your life – love and money.
It’s not about the passion,  but the purity of your feelings.
It’s not about the money you squirrel away, but the money you spend or withhold in the name of “security.”
Take a look at those you love and how you treat them. Examine your budget and the activities that affect your feelings of financial security – savings, retirement plans, health and life insurance.
It’s not about being a miser or a spendthrift. It’s about what you think is necessary to make you feel happy inside. That is, what must you do about the people and external world around you to feel truly joyful and content.

When the retrograde ends, you may not be able to retrieve that insight for quite a while so use this period to examine these areas. Take all actions from a perspective of love and caring. These will not steer you wrong.

Hint: It’s not about quantity; it’s about quality.