Sunday, 22 January 2017

The Dark of the Moon - January 23 - 26

About 3.5 days before the New Moon we enter into a phase called The Dark of the Moon. This is the last phase of the lunar cycle - also called the Balsamic phase. This is when the Moon is seen as a small sliver in the sky and when her strength and ebb are at its lowest.  It's also sometimes called the Old Moon.

The energy and strength of all living things correlates to this low ebb, as this is a time of retreat, pulling in, rest, meditation and regaining our strength for the upcoming new lunar cycle commencing with the New Moon in just a few days. There is no light or energy from the moon now, so nothing can take root and grow. You'll notice that the earth is quieter, and there are fewer sirens blaring and just less activity in general. Everything is in quiet mode, or is trying to be. The unconscious mind is dominant, and so we need rest and allow it to process what it needs to process and let go of.  Avoid starting new projects now - at least not important ones. As an example, Brad Pitt and Angelina were together 10 years before they decided to get married, and guess what, they decided to get married on a Balsamic moon phase - the dark of the moon. It's the absolute worst time to start a marriage as there is no energy for growth.  And that marriage only lasted 2 years.

We feel more introverted and our libidos are at their lowest. Human physiology and emotions are cyclic and are symbolized by the cycles of the Moon.  People think they need to be on the go all the time, but that is just working against yourself. Follow your natural inclination to take a break. Get a massage, don't take on any overtime, take a long hot bath and allow yourself to rest. Our dreams are more vivid during this time as our unconscious minds are busy.  If we allow ourselves to hunker down during this rest time, we emerge fresh and renewed at the New Moon, when something new bubbles up to the surface as a result of the processing we did at the Dark time.

The female menstrual cycle correlates with the Dark of the Moon - or, at least it used to before the invention of artificial lighting and when there were no electromagnetic fields interrupting our cycles. In Native American cultures it was called a woman's Moon time, and women would gather in huts and bleed into the earth. It was considered a very sacred time where women were honoured and not allowed to do any work. The menstrual cycle was, and is, a cleansing and purification of the body and the psyche, preparing for a new cycle of fertility beginning with the New Moon, and culminating with ovulation at the Full Moon.

So, for the next few days, don't push the river.  This is not the time to plan a party, or any kind of event where you want exuberance. Plan a party closer to a Full Moon, when everyone's energy is at a high. Do your best to honour your body and your psyche's need for rest and contemplation, and then see what new idea bubbles up shortly after the New Moon on the 27th.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Magical Messages from the Fairies Oracle Cards

I've only used regular Tarot cards for all of my life - the famous Waite Ryder cards and most notably the astrologically based ones by Liz Greene called The Mythic Tarot. They're excellent cards, but the Tarot in general can be quite depressing really. So I decided last year to buy myself more positive cards!

I'm quite drawn to the fairies, so bought The Magical Messages from the Fairies Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue.  I absolutely love them!  Just so you know, I have absolutely no affiliation with Doreen Virtue or Hay House and receive no compensation for reviewing these cards. I just love them and want to share the joy!

Doreen Virtue talked about how she used to use regular Tarot cards but she always took the scary or negative cards out of the deck, and just did readings with the more positive cards, and it always worked out perfectly.

This deck has 44 cards and is delightful, and yet extremely insightful and accurate. I use it almost everyday to gain insight into a specific situation, or simply to see what messages the Fairies have for me that day. They were published in 2008 and are my favourite of the 4 decks of hers that I have. The little booklet that comes with it says that because Fairies are so close to the earth, they offer practical guidance in all areas of life, and know how to work with the Earth's energies in safe, loving and magical ways.

Be sure to clear your cards before you use them, and she describes how to do that.  You can just knock on the cards 3 times, or simply hold your hand over the deck and visualize white light flowing through them and clearing them. I think the artwork is quite beautiful, and I always feel uplifted by the cards and their messages.

Here are a few samples of what the cards inside look like:

As you can see they're gorgeous cards and can be quite accurate.  To purchase them you can go to Doreen's website here .  It's good to buy them from her because all the proceeds go to helping to fund her animal sanctuary. They do a lot of animal rescue work.  I see they are on for half price right now. How serendipitous! I didn't know that. I don't know how long the sale is for though,

My 2nd favourite deck of Doreen's is the Magical Unicorns Oracle Cards

The artwork on these cards is absolutely stunning!  It's like a little storybook page on each card. Published in 2005, there are 44 cards and are just as positive, uplifting, insightful and accurate as the Fairy Cards. I typically use these most days as well. As written in the little booklet, the Unicorns are angelic helpers who want to assist us in living happier and healthier lives. By working with these cards, our lives can become more magical. This is true I found, as they really do affect how I think.

Here are a few samples of the cards:

Again, you can purchase these cards through Doreen's website here .  They're on for half price right now too.

Happy Oracle Card reading!!!

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Numerology for 2017

                                                       A trail going through Stanley Park - near Beaver Lake.  From

2017 adds up to the number 1.  To find the year number you just add all the numbers up, and keep reducing until you get a single digit.

 2+0+1+7 = 10
1+0 = 1

So, 2017 is the universal number 1 - the year of new beginnings on a universal level, meaning it affects everyone.  Finally!  2016 was a brutal year for so many people - myself included- and that is partially because it was a communal 9 year, a year of endings. One aspect of our life ended in order to make room for another.

For me personally it was very much so, as my Mom passed away and I sold my childhood home. I was still missing my Dad from when he passed in 2013, so this 2016 was the end of an era for me. Now its onward and upward into a new life with new friends, a stronger body, a new relationship, a new place to live and some animals too.

A one year is the beginning of a brand new 9 year cycle.  You probably already know what the new changes are, at least in a general sense, but you can feel the shift for sure. There's a sense of optimism and adventure, and hope too. It's a year to set intentions and to take practical steps for what you want for your longer term future. Change is already happening anyway, thanks to the events of 2016, the 9 year of endings, so you're already on the path.

This 1 year  is the general number for the year for everyone, but each person will also have their own Personal Number for the year 2017, and this will be calculated by their birthdate.

An amazing healer and biokinesiologist friend I have gave me a wonderful visualization for not just the New Year, but for any time. Give yourself a colour, any colour you like. Let's say its pink. Then you visualize that pink colour going out on your path in front of you for the next year. And on the path you see love, and peace, and joy, and abundance and prosperity and calm and passion and all the things that you want in your life for the coming year. What she has found in her professional practice, is that people who do that end up with amazing eyesight! She found that people who are afraid of what the future holds can only look a few months ahead, and their eyes are not as healthy as a result. It's like they are afraid to 'look' too far down the road. This exercise makes them feel great about their future, which in turns makes them happy to look that far ahead, which in turn enhances their eyesight.  I've been doing it myself, and it makes me feel so much calmer about the future, and now I know its helping my eyesight too.

Your Personal Year Number

It's easy to find your Personal Year Number.  You take the day and the month you were born, and add it to the number of the current year - in this case its 1.  So, for example if you were born on June 9th,

   6  (birth month)
+ 9  (birth day)
+ 1  (current year)
 = 16

You would reduce that 16 to a single digit, so 1 + 6 = 7
This person is in a 7 Personal Year.

Another example:  If you were born on November 27, you would take 11 (the 11th month), and add it to 27, and then add that to the year number of 1.

   11  (birth month)
+ 27 (birth day)
+ 1  (current year)
= 39

Then reduce it to a single digit, so 3 + 9 = 12.  Then reduce it again 1 + 2 = 3
This person is in a 3 Personal Year.

If you get the number 11 or 22, these are considered to be Master Numbers, and these years are considered special.

Personal Year 1 -  the year of new beginnings!  This is the start of a whole new cycle, and you'll be laying the groundwork for the next 9 years ahead. It's an excellent time to get involved in a new love relationship, or to experience a renewal of your current one.  Some may take a second honeymoon. It's a year of major changes, job improvements and independence. Travel can provide a way to enjoy life in a new way.

Personal Year 2 - the year of companionship, harmony and teamwork.  The number 2 relates to the Moon, and so is a year of more patience, tact, cooperation and understanding.  It's a more gentle and artistic year. The Moon is also changeable, so there may be a change of residence under this yearly number, or even a change in your workplace. This is the year when people tend to form relationships of all kinds, including friendships and love relationships. They don't want to go it alone. You're going to feel more nurturing and emotional under this influence.  There may be trips across the water.

Personal Year 3 - the year of communications, expansion, mental energy and short journeys. You're busy this year, and you may be doing more writing or talking, or using more of your creative skills.  This is the year for having more fun in your love relationships - for flirting and for socializing.  You could become quite the social butterfly, or at least lean more that way than usual.  This isn't really the year to make serious commitments in your love life. Trips tend to be on the shorter side, or you may take a lot of road trips or weekend getaways.

Personal Year 4 - the year of security and of laying down foundations.  This is another Saturn year, so getting ahead professionally is important to you, except this is a more of a 'roll up your sleeves and get to work' kind of year. You're laying the groundwork for your future and getting organized. You're likely taking on extra responsibilities this year, whether at work or with aging parents or perhaps signing a mortgage etc.. Love relationships may begin with someone older or with someone who has authority or power. Travel tends to be more work related.

Personal Year 5 - the year of change, travel and expansion. You're looking for more freedom and fun this year.  It's actually an amazing year for love and romance and you'll likely have plenty of opportunity that way if you're single and looking. If you're already involved you're going to want to do more travel with your partner or experience new things together.  In some cases people will break up under this influence if things aren't going well. It's a great cycle for making changes in your job and for pursuing your ideas.

Personal Year 6 - a year focused on love, family and domestic happenings. This is a Venus year, so is concerned with developing or keeping harmony within the home and within your personal relationships.  This is one of the best cycles for marriage and commitment, as well as for pregnancy, birth, buying a home or anything that denotes settling down. It's also a very social year, and a year for beautifying your environment. Advancement comes through social contacts.

Personal Year 7 - a more spiritual year, focused on inner growth and personal well-being. You may want more quiet or private time this year, or at least more time to yourself.  It's a good time to identify and eliminate any self defeating behaviours.  This cycle isn't really about relationships per say, but more about figuring out how you feel about relationships - which again requires more time for introspection. This is the year to take care of body, mind and spirit.

Personal Year 8 - as stated above, this is a year for achievement, power, abundance, prosperity and for manifesting.  You could make big moves this year and achieve recognition for what you do.  It's a powerful year professionally, but also in whatever area you choose to focus on.  As a Saturn year, this could be a 'reap what you sow' kind of year as well. A debt or obligation from the past that was never dealt with could reappear, or people from that past could get in touch. Love relationships tend to either move forward with commitment, or end because you don't see a future with someone.  This is not a 'coasting' kind of year.

Personal Year 9 - the last year in the cycle, this is the year for completions and endings. This could be very positive completions, in that you finally fulfill that long awaited dream or goal.  In some cases you may finally let go of a person, habit, circumstance or thing that is no longer needed in your life.  Because this is a highly spiritual number, you may be attracted to people who have qualities you admire in a spiritual or higher sense. You may decide to pursue your career in a new way, such as teaching it instead of practicing it.

Personal Year 11 - this year still has the vibration of the 2 (1 +1), but its special because its a master number.  There is a deeper spiritual awareness with this yearly number, and you may have your own special 'ah ha' moment this year. You're more compassionate, more idealistic, more altruistic and more of a humanitarian.  There is also an element of recognition with this number as well so you may become known for your good works. In love relationships you feel attracted to those who also embody those same traits of compassion etc.

Personal Year 22 -  this year still has the vibration of the 4 (2 +2), but its special because its a master number.  This is an extraordinary year when you may do extraordinary things. It's more of a detached year when you are focused on humanity as a whole as opposed to one on one love relationships, unless you find someone who shares these same goals.  You have lofty goals and plans, probably involving helping others, and you can achieve these goals and plans. There will be major accomplishments this year.

Your Personal Month Number

Yes, you can also find your own Personal Month number, and even your Personal Day number!  To find your Personal Month number, start with your Personal Year Number, and then add a number for each month starting with January until you reach the month you want to know about.

For example, lets say its your Personal Year number of 3.   And this is January, the first month, so you add a 1 to the 3, and you get 4.  So January is a 4 month for this person.   And then Feb will be a 5 month, and March will be a 6 month, and so on.

Another example.  Let's say your Personal Year number is an 8.   And you want to know what April will bring.  So, start with the 8 and then add one number for each month.  January will be a 9 month, Feb will be a 1 month (because we start at 1 again after 9), March will be a 2 month, and then April will be a 3 month.

You can apply the same meanings for the Personal month numbers as for the Personal year number - just realize that the influence is a bit weaker because its only 4 weeks instead of a year.

If you really want to go deep, you can get your Personal Day number too.  Just take your personal month number....say its a 3, and then add the day to it.  So, if January is your personal month of 3, and today is the 9th, then add 3 + 9, = 12. Reduce again to 3.  This is your 3 day, and you can expect a 3 vibration to the day with 3 happenings and events.

If you want to know more about your personal numerology, I highly recommend Lloyd Strayhorn's 'Numbers and You.'  I've had this book for years and I refer to it quite a bit. Excellent information on a variety of subjects using Numerology. A lot of the above information is from this book, 

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Yule - Winter Solstice -Dec 21, 2016

The Winter Solstice on Dec 21st, 2016 also called Yule, marks the time when the light starts to return as the days start to grow longer,  The Sun is at its lowest declination in the sky on this day.  It seemingly hovers there for a few days and then slowly increases in declination as it starts to rise in the sky again.  This is also said to be symbolized in the story of the resurrection of Jesus, as he (the Son/Sun) died for 3 days, and then was 'born again' on Christmas Day.

                                                                                                                                                             Here we go-a-wassailing

The Solstice Night was anticipated with much joy in Pagan times and they celebrated symbolic rituals to ensure the coming year was bountiful. There were bonfires and plenty of 'wassailing'.  Wassailing was a drinking ritual intended to ensure a good cider apple harvest the following year.  Eventually the drink itself became known as 'wassail.'  Wassail soaked pieces of bread or cake were buried in the trees roots or hung in its branches to feed the tree spirits and to ensure a good harvest.  Gifts of clove spiked apples and oranges were common, as apples and oranges represented the Sun.  They used evergreen boughs to represent immortality as evergreens did not die, and represented the eternal life of the Divine. In centuries past, wassailers went from door to door, singing and drinking to the health of their neighbours. Eventually, this evolved into the idea of Christmas caroling, which become popular during the Victorian era, and even now.

The Wassail Song (traditional English)

Here we come a-wassailing
among the leaves so green.
Here we come a-wand'ring
so fair to be seen.
Love and joy come to you,
and to all your wassail, too,
may the gods bless you, and send you
a Happy New Year,
the gods send you a Happy New Year.
Good master and good mistress,
as you sit beside the fire,
pray think of us poor children
who wander through the mire.
Love and joy come to you,
and to all your wassail, too,
may the gods bless you, and send you
a Happy New Year,
the gods send you a Happy New Year.
Bring us out a table fine
and spread it out with cloth;
Bring us out a farmer's cheese,
and some of your Christmas loaf.
Love and joy come to you,
and to all your wassail, too,
may the gods bless you, and send you
a Happy New Year,
the gods send you a Happy New Year

Here's a wonderful rendition of the Wassail song, except the words are different than above.


                                                                                                                                                   Bringing in the Yule Log

Holly sprigs were kept inside the doorway all year long as an invitation for good fortune to visit.  The ceremonial Yule log was a very big deal. It was decorated with greenery, doused with cider and lit from a piece of an old log from the previous year.  The burning of the log represented the return of the light, or the newborn Sun. It was to burn all night and then smolder for 12 days before being put out.

Many of these traditions were carried down from the Vikings.  The Yule log was one of them where they actually carved runes on the log and asked the Gods to protect them from misfortune.  Even the Christmas tree goes back to pre-Christian times. The Vikings decorated evergreen trees with pieces of clothing, food or small statues or runes, and it was to entice the tree spirits to come back in the spring. Their Midwinter feast lasted 12 days, which is where we get the twelve days of Christmas. The Vikings also used to get someone to dress up as Old Man Winter, who was welcomed into the homes to join in festivities. He wore a hooded fur coat, and sometimes rode a big white horse.  When the Vikings conquered Britain, he then became known as the English Father Christmas. To read more about this, go here

One yummy way to incorporate a ritual for abundance in the coming month and year is to do what people have been doing for centuries - bake a delicious Yule Log Cake.

The yule log has been imbued with positive energy for centuries - abundance and light and fertility and hope for the future.  We can tap into those energies when we use Yule log symbolism in our own lives. It's all about intention, right?  Just set your intentions for what this yule log cake signifies for you, decorate it with what has meaning for your intentions, and then eat it!!  Along with some delicious wassail of course.

Here is a recipe for traditional Wassail : Many modern day wassail recipes leave out the ale.

Traditional Wassail Recipe

from here

  • 3 12oz bottles of ale
  • 1 bottle of red wine 
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 10 whole allspice berries
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • a thin slice of fresh ginger
  • 1/2 t freshly grated nutmeg
  • two or three apples, cored and chopped
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
Chop enough apples to fill the bottom of an 8x8 pan.  Sprinkle with the brown sugar, pour the half-cup of water in the dish,  and bake at 350 for around 45 minutes.  You want those apples nicely roasted, so they release their juices and create these amazing caramel apple flavors.  Don't skip this step--it adds such amazing flavor and complexity to the finished wassail. While the apples are roasting, pour beer in a large saucepan on the stove. Add a bottle of red wine. Heat over a very low flame while the apples are roasting.
When the apples have finished roasting, pour the chunks of apple and all those delicious juices into the spiced wine mixture. Keep warm in a crock pot or on the stove.

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle


Apparently Prince Harry has a new girlfriend, and she is American actress Meghan Markle. Is this a for ever kind of thing, or just a for now kind of thing?

Meghan was born on Aug 4, 1981, and Harry on Sept 15, 1984.  Meghan is  Leo, with a Moon in Libra.  Actually she is more Libra than she is Leo as she has 4 planets in Libra.  Harry is a Virgo Sun, with a Moon in Taurus and a Capricorn rising,  He's a triple earth person, so quite a hands on kind of guy.  Just as most of the other royals, he has prominent Capricorn in his chart, the sign of duty and responsibility.

These two have a few good aspects between their charts. Harry's love planet Venus is in Libra, and so he likes all that Libra in Meghan.  Venus in a man's chart symbolizes their ideal woman, and here Harry is typically drawn to beautiful woman, since Libra is the sign that rules beauty and esthetics. His Venus conjuncts her Pluto, which is an aspect of passion! Very nice. His Venus also squares her Mars in Cancer, which is more combative, but at least its an aspect. 
Meghan's Venus falls in Virgo, so she activates his Sun and Mercury in Virgo and they have a love bond there. 

We often are drawn to people who have what we lack elementally, and Prince Harry has no air in his chart! Well, he has Chiron in Gemini, so one planet in air. Otherwise he is all earth, fire and water. Lacking this air element, how interesting that he is drawn to Meghan who has a lot of air - all that Libra. People without air sometimes lack perspective and can get obsessed with their own thoughts, and so Meghan can help to give him that perspective and help to lighten him up!  
Prince Harry has a singleton in air, Chiron, the wounded healer. Singletons wield a lot of power in our lives, and we identify with what they represent. Here, Harry has a deep wound that even the public knows about - the tragic loss of his mother at a young age. His Chiron is opposed by sudden and separative Uranus, symbolizing the sudden shock of her death and his separation from her.  He has deeply felt her loss, and even the public has kept that story alive for him all through his life. His mother was one, if not the, most famous and beloved women in the world. We all mourned right along with him, but this is a wound that will be with him throughout his life. Often we pick partners as way to heal that wound.  

Enter Meghan.  She just happens to have her Moon, the mothering and nurturing planet, trine his Chiron.  And Harry's Moon exactly conjuncts her Chiron.  They have double Moon Chiron aspects. They are healing something in each other, something to do with mothering, or nurturing/being nurtured. They have an intuitive understanding of each other's emotional needs.  

It's interesting, as all her Libran planets fall at the very top of Harry's chart in his sector of reputation and public standing. He likely can see her standing by his side in the public eye and perhaps working with him in a partnership, much like Will and Kate. Her Saturn falls in his 10th house - her planet of duty and work and responsibility here means she lights up this part of his life.

Now the downside is usually Uranus.  Here we have her Uranus opposing his Moon. Hard Uranus aspects usually speak to lots of excitement, a rollercoaster kind of relationship, usually lots of breaks, and then an abrupt ending. Unless the couple can find a way to channel all that Uranus with other ways, but typically its hard to have a long term relationship with harsh Uranus aspects.  Then, his Uranus squares her Venus. Brutal! That is usually very exciting at the beginning, but that aspect usually wears thin at some point.

We can already see Uranus at work in their relationship as they live on different continents, and have that excitement of a long distance relationship, with many large breaks between seeing each other and dodging the paparazzi.  All very Uranian! Venus square Uranus means one of them usually starts to feel a little too hemmed in, or the other person is expecting too much from them, or there's something that makes one of them feel scared and then they run. Uranus very often represents fear. Fear of commitment, of being tied down, of losing freedom. Harry himself has strong Uranus aspects, with Uranus oppose Chiron, Uranus conjunct Mars and Uranus square Mercury. Uranus conjunct Mars makes Harry a bit of a daredevil, and he loves fun and adventure and loves to take risks.  As a Uranian kind of person, he may be drawn into a Uranian kind of relationship - one that is exciting, one that upsets the status quo, one that raises eyebrows, and one that provides him with excitement.  As I've said before, this exciting kind of relationship may not stand the test of time.  Plus, in their composite chart (their 2 charts put together to show their relationship chart), they have an exact Sun square Uranus!  Good grief. 

Meghan is a very Marsy kind if person.   Her Mars at 12 Cancer squares her Moon, her Jupiter and her Saturn. This makes her quite Aries in temperament, and quite active and adventurous and impatient too.  Her Mars also happens to exactly conjunct Harry's Descendant at 12 Cancer. The Dsc is the relationship point. Me vs you. This is very acivating for Harry. She activates him and he sees and feels her Mars quite strongly.  However, in this position, this can make for strong battles of will. Mars oppose your Asc can mean you're meeting with a warrior, and with someone who will fight you and oppose what you want. It can be frustrating and intense.  Not good for a happy or harmonious relationship.  It does add to the unstable 'excitement' factor though, which is why I do not think they will last long term.

Her Neptune exactly squares his Sun.  He 'solarizes' her, so he helps to put her in the spotlight, and she Neptunizes him, which makes him a little more romantic and glamorous. It's a square though, and Sun Neptune can be about illusion as well as glamour - about not seeing the other person as they are. There could be a pedestal placing kind of thing going on. And his Saturn exactly squares her Sun. That's not the best, as the Sun person, her, could start to feel like he is becoming too authoritarian or parental. That Saturn could also represent what she would be marrying into, which is the royal family and 'the establishment', and that comes with a whole lot of duties and obligations, which she may find troublesome as that Saturn is squaring her Sun - her identity.  Still, Saturn aspects are needed for longevity, and it may give them a bit more staying power, but its not the best as a square to the Sun.

I can see why they are drawn together, but with that double whammy Uranus I don't think its a long term kind of thing unless it stays long distance. As long as they can channel that Uranus through doing unusual or exciting things together, or always having distance, it could work.  However, she is a fire sun and an air moon, and he is an earth sun and an earth moon - quite different temperaments really.

Also, we can check progressions, as when our progressed sun or moon enter a particular sign, we tend to draw more people of that sign in to our lives.  Meghan's progressed Moon is now in Capricorn, and her progressed Sun is in Virgo, so of course she is drawn to a Virgo Sun, Capricorn rising man.  These progressions are temporary though, and things may change when her moon progresses into Aquarius.

Prince Harry's progressed Sun is in Libra, so he is drawn to a woman with a lot of Libra - Meghan. His prog Sun will move into Scorpio in 6 years though. It also shows that he may have marriage on his mind now as Libra is the sign of romance and marriage, plus his progressed Moon is in his 7th house of committed relationships.

If they do get engaged, I think things will change for them when they start to spend every day together, or when things become mundane and boring.  Uranus does not like mundane and boring, and then the Uranus will have to find another way to be expressed between them.  Maybe if they go on lots of trips together, or if he goes away to work a lot, or do exciting and different things, it could work. Otherwise, Uranus comes out as drama and separation.  I guess we'll see what happens. I doubt it will last long term, but who knows.  They sure are a cute couple though.

Sunday, 23 October 2016

This is soooooo funny - you will laugh till you cry (I did)

Laughter really is the best medicine!  Don't you love it when you laugh until your belly hurts? They say that laughter balances the body's hormones, and it can literally heal illness. It for sure lifts our vibrations, which is what we want to attract good things into our lives.

I found this video and it makes me laugh so hard every time I watch it.  It's short, Have a look.

Banana Muffina

And here's another one that's mighty funny -  a baby laughing hysterically.  Pretty hilarious

hysterical laughing

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Brad and Angelina divorce - the astrology

Brad Pitt and Angeline Jolie - the heat between them was impossible to ignore!  They have chemistry on and off the screen, and their charts show it.  In fact, their charts are full of hard aspects, showing that they have excitement and passion between them, but also lots of challenges.

Angie's Uranus squares Brad's Venus and Moon, so he found her very exciting!  Her Pluto squares his Mars, making for very combustible energy. His Pluto and Uranus inconjunct her Mars (double whammy Mars Pluto here), and square her Sun, making for excitement, but also for a very strong battle of wills.   Her Venus opposes his Venus, and her Mars squares his Mars, and her Sun opposes his Sun.  Yikes... this is an intense combination, (a challenging combination), which is fabulous for chemistry too, but they absolutely need a way to channel all that excitement and volatility.  Acting in movies is a rather good way to channel all that drama and need for change, and the constant traveling helps too.  Her Sun falls on his Descendant (committed relationship angle), and his Moon and Venus fall on hers, which is a very strong reason why they got together in the first place. 

We are currently in eclipse season, and we just had a potent Lunar Eclipse last Friday on the 16th at 25 Pisces, as well as a big Solar Eclipse on Sept 1 at 10 Virgo. Eclipses always bring about endings and beginnings in some way, large or small, and this is the time we often hear of big life changes. This solar eclipse really hit their charts hard, which is why Angie probably decided to file for divorce. The eclipse squared her Sun and Neptune. The eclipse in Pisces is also conjunct Neptune, and this energy tends to dissolve things as well as bring things to light.  It brought to light something in their relationship which Angie could not tolerate and so decided to end it.

TMZ reported it had to do with Brad's lifestyle choices and also the way he parented the kids.  

Angie's progressed Venus is at 4 Cancer, so her love planet got eclipsed this month. Something happened to make her think, okay, that's it. 

That solar eclipse hit Brad in his 4th house of home and family, and exactly hit his Pluto Uranus as well as his Chiron in the 4th.  It also squared his Ascendant.

Angelina also has an exact progressed Sun and Saturn conjunction right now, which means she's facing the cold hard truth of reality. If something isn't working, you're forced to face it and deal with it when Sun and Saturn come together.

Oddly enough, Brad also has his progressed Sun conjuncting his natal Saturn, so he's having the same restrictive, reality check right now. 

It's surprising for many of us, as well as quite sad, there are 6 kids involved in this. They had 12 years together though, which is actually pretty good in Hollywood years. That's probably like 30 in normal human years.  

When 2 people marry, the chart for their relationship and their married life starts the moment they say I Do.  Brad and Angelina were together for 10 years before they got married, and then they got married and it ends after 2 years?  Many astrologers say its because the marriage chart was not as good as the relationship chart.  The relationship chart is born the moment 2 people have sex, according to the Magi, although some say its the moment you first meet someone.  Either way, their relationship chart was obviously better than their marriage chart.  I don't know when they met, but their marriage chart was for Aug 23, 2013 in France.  They have a close Mars Saturn conjunction in that chart, which is quite brutal.  Anger and control and frustration issues.  There is also the Sun oppose Neptune, which could point to the alleged substance abuse issues rumoured to be part of the divorce scenario. 

PLUS, they were married at the dark of the moon.  That time just before the moon is new, when the lunar energy is at its lowest.  This is the absolute worst time to start something new, as there is no celestial oomph to carry things through.  As I progress their marriage chart, the moon has just now progressed to the sun, which signals the end of the cycle. 

If you've got a great relationship already, getting married can bring a whole new energy into the mix depending on the date you get hitched.

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Love What Matters

I know I'm getting off track from astrology here, but this video is so cute and heartwarming. I cry every time I watch it!

Military kids reunited - I miss you!

And then, if you want a really good laugh, check out this video. Someone removed all the music from Dancing in the Street video and interspersed his own sound effects. Its just hilarious!

Couldn't stop laughing

Friday, 2 September 2016

New Study proves link between Moon Phases and Earthquakes

This isn't news for any astrologer.  As above, so below. The Moon affects the tides, it affects the human body (we're just big bags of water really), and now scientists can prove how the Moon and its phases affect the actual ground we stand on.

HOLLISTER (CBS SF) — A new study that says there may be a link between earthquakes and the moon and sun could change the way scientists study tectonic plates.
Like most of California, Hollister is on shaky ground. And with a swarm of numerous small earthquakes over the last few days.The ground is shakier than normal.
“The internet said there were 18, but I only felt four,” said Hollister resident Rori Nelson. “They were short of rolling quakes, like someone was nudging you.”
But scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey say there is much more going on below the surface than just the earthquakes you can feel.  
A new study says much smaller quakes are happening deep down below the earth’s crust almost on a regular schedule that are tied to the phases of the moon.
Just as the moon’s gravitational pull affects the ocean tides, scientists say they now have hard data to show how it has the same effect on hard ground.  Continue here

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Solar Eclipse in Virgo Sept 1, 2016

I'm still working on feeling better, which is slowly happening I'm happy to say, but in the meantime I'm linking to a wonderful post by a wonderful Canadian astrologer Nadia Gilchrist.over at Ruby Slipper Astrology.  She has a fantastic take on the New Moon Solar Eclipse coming on September 1st.

"It won't be a triumphant eclipse. There will be some humbling. This is Virgo, after all. You may have to give something up. But, if you've held fast in the face of dissolving evidence, insisting that your faith was aligned with the right thing, this eclipse might prove you correct. Not with a blast of trumpets, but with a quiet *click* as the confirmation arrives. But this will only happen if you've been tuned into the real deal. If you've been trying to prop up a fantasy...get ready to say goodbye.  Continue reading here

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Johnny Depp - is he really that volatile?

We just heard the news that Amber Heard is suing Johnny Depp for divorce, and said he has been abusing her for 4 years!

Johnny Depp is certainly a classic introvert, as you can see on talk shows. Very soft spoken and doesn't say too much.  He seems uncomfortable talking about himself. He comes alive when acting though, or taking on the persona of other people. He's certainly a very gifted actor.  But what about these allegations of physical abuse?

We'd have to check his astrological chart to see if he has this kind of signature. We'd look for harsh aspects between Mars, Uranus and Pluto for sure.

Johnny Depp was born on June 9, 1963 and he is a Leo Rising.

Johnny has a triple of conjunction of Mars, Uranus and Pluto in Virgo!  Yep, that can symbolize volatility if its not channeled properly. Mars is the planet of anger and assertion, and when it conjoins volcanic Pluto it can indicate someone with intense rage issues.  Mars also conjoins unpredictable Uranus, which adds another level of fear and instability to the mix.

This is incredibly intense energy to have to deal with and to channel. It can provide one with an enormous wellspring of physical energy on a positive level, or it can take you down on other levels.

Mars Pluto indicates someone with a very high sex drive and intense desires, as Pluto can be rather compulsive at times, which could account for his substance abuse issues.  Mars Uranus likes to take risks and may not be the best when it comes to discipline.  It also shows great courage too.

This is the main configuration in his chart and shows as his main challenge and lesson in this lifetime. Its all about channelling this intensity in some kind of positive way, because if you don't it will take you down. There is no way around it.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Could Donald Trump actually become President? - the astrology of The Donald

When it comes to tracking big life changes, I like to look at the Progressed Lunar Phases of a chart. Just like we have a New Moon, a First Quarter, a Full Moon a Third Quarter and a Balsamic lunar phase over our heads in the sky every month, we also have our own Personal Progressed Lunar phases, from New Moons through Full Moons and back to New again. 

The entire progressed lunar cycle takes about 30 years, so every 30 years we have a brand new beginning in our life when we come into our Progressed New Moon phase. It can get kind of technical, so I'll just say that it depends on what phase of the Moon you were born under, and then we progress the Moon through time to the age you are at now, and then see what angle it is to the Sun.

So where is Donald Trump in his progressed lunar phases?  Is he at the beginning of a new phase or at the end?

In April of 2016, Donald Trump enters his Balsamic Phase.  This is the very end of his 30 year progressed lunar phase cycle, and the Balsamic phase itself lasts about 3.5 years. Something is coming to an end for him this year and next, and he's letting certain things go in order to move into a brand new 30 year cycle which starts in Sept of 2019!

If the Donald were to become President of the US, he would be in a progressed balsamic phase when he took oath of office in Jan of 2017.  Balsamic phases are about letting go to make room for the new, which is exactly what he is doing.  Balsamic phases are times of transition. Some people already know what their 'new moon' cycle is going to be about in the Balsamic phase, and they are preparing for it. It's a bridge from an old way of life, an old cycle, to a new way of life and a new cycle. Donald will enter his New Moon phase, which is a whole new 30 year cycle, in 2019, which is when he would be in office if he won.  It actually does make sense.  Usually the Balsamic phase is about letting go, but in a sense he is letting go of an old persona of a businessman, and now becoming a politician and a leader.  It is quite a shift,which is exactly what one would expect when one shifts from balsamic phase to new moon phase.  There is always a huge shift in focus. Now, in a perfect world I would think that he would already be in a New Moon phase when he took office if he won, but astrology doesn't always work so perfectly.  Still, it does show that if he won he would be taking office 18 months before his actual New Moon phase kicked in.  Which is pretty darn close.

It looks like he could indeed become President based on the progressed lunar cycle.

So, lets look at his actual progressed lunar cycle chart. His progressed New Moon chart has Saturn and Pluto conjunct his MC.  This is a chart of a very powerful man wielding a lot of authority.  Which is another indication that it could indeed be a possibility.

From what I've been reading, a lot of Bernie Sander's supports are vowing to not vote if Bernie is not elected as the Democatic nominee.  Which means a lot of Democrats would not be voting, which creates a perfect storm for someone like Donald Trump to win - simply because not enough people are out voting.

What happens to his chart on voting day, Nov 8, 2016 ?  His progressed Uranus opposes his natal Moon almost exactly. Uranus is sudden happenings, shock and sometimes separation. I think even Donald Trump would be shocked if he won!  Plus it also can mean a change of home base, and he would be moving to the White House if he won.  We would also need to see transiting Saturn hitting his chart in a significant way if he were to win, as Saturn is about authority and work, and yep, Saturn is coming up to conjunct his Moon and oppose his Sun.  In fact, Saturn will be on his Moon and opposing his Sun on January 20th of 2017 when the new President is sworn on.

I'd say that there is indeed a very good chance that he could win, astrologically speaking.  I still count on the hearts and minds of the American people to focus on love instead of hate, and for all the people to come out and vote, which will make a huge difference in the outcome. Still, Donald Trump does have the guts to come and speak the truth about a lot of issues that have been whitewashed for so long. Hillary is not a very nice person, from what I've read about her. Check out this post Hillary

Lada Ray also calls for the Republicans to win. She is an amazing geopolitical analyst but with a metaphysical bent. She tends to be right on most things that she talks about.  Here's the link to her site
Lada Ray

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Gardening by the Moon

It's that time of year again - time to start thinking about planting our gardens. Planting according to the cycles of the Moon helps to ensure our flowers are full and gorgeous and our gardens are healthy and abundant.

The energy for growth begins with the New Moon, increases as we go through the Crescent and First Quarter Moon, and then peaks at the Full Moon.   The actual day of the New Moon is still dark - there is no light yet, so its best to wait a couple of days before you start planting.

The basic rule of thumb is - start planting crops, flowers and vegetables that bear fruit above the ground a few days after the New Moon and right up until the Full Moon to get the healthiest vegetables, the biggest and most colourful flowers and the juiciest fruit. The days from the Full Moon to the next New Moon - when the Moon is decreasing in light- is best to plant bulbs or vegetables that bear fruit under the ground.   It's also best to do weeding when the Moon is decreasing in light. It's also a great time to mow the lawn so it grows more slowly - not to mention your own hair if you like to go long times between haircuts!

For a little extra growing oomph, try to plant under the most fertile signs of the Moon, which are Taurus and Cancer, and then also the other water signs and earth signs (Virgo not as much).

The planting season typically starts with the New Moon in fertile Taurus which falls on Friday May 5th this year,, and the two weeks following it are the best time to plant. 

So, from May 5th through to the days just past the Full moon on May 21st are the most fertile planting days of the season.

As I said before, you don't want to plant right on a New Moon, as there is still not enough light yet. You need to wait at least a couple of days to get the most growing oomph.  I would start on May 9th and 10th when the Moon is in fertile Cancer, and there is more light and growing energy from the Moon. 

Water signs and earth signs are the most fertile signs of the moon, Air signs such as Libra are not the most fertile signs, but it is the sign that rules beauty!  It can be a good time to plant flowers when you want big gorgeous blossoms, or for plants that you want to be extraordinarily beautiful. The Moon is in Libra on May 16th and 17th.

You've got right from May 5th through to May 21st to plant, when the Moon's light comes to its peak at the Full Moon.  The few days surrounding the Full Moon are okay too,  but once it starts to wane and lose its light after it peaks at the Full Moon, then there's no more energy for the plants to bear juicy fruit or grow big flowers or be hearty and strong.  May 22nd and 23rd are fine too as the Moon is still in its Full Moon phase.

Some astrologers say that the few days just before the Full Moon are the best, since this is when the Moon has its most light, and this is when there is more groundwater available for the plants to use and to grow.   I've done it, and the plants do very well, but I also like to plant on the most fertile days as well when the Moon is in an earth sign or a water sign.  May 19th and 20th are both good as they surround the Full Moon and are in the fertile water sign of Scorpio.

Here are pics of flowers I planted last spring on my balcony, about a week after the New Moon in Taurus.

Happy Planting!