Nov 24 – 30, 2104 THE WEEK IN CHINESE ASTROLOGY

November 20, 2014 § Leave a comment

Taoist Astrology by Susan LevittHighlights this week are double Pig Monday, a lovely Thanksgiving, and philosophical Snake Sunday!

Mon Nov 24 is DOUBLE PIG day; Earth PIG day in Wood Pig month. Moon sextiles Neptune to follow feelings and inspiration. Sun, Mercury, Venus, and Saturn are in a big conjunction to communicate, enjoy life, yet still be serious and practical. Appreciate kindness, and a good meal, on double Pig day. Pig day luck strong for Pig, Tiger, Rabbit, and Sheep. Pig hours 9 – 11 pm.

Tues Nov 25 is Metal RAT day. Moon conjuncts Mars and Pluto so easy for arguments and battles. Use Rat intelligence and wit instead of force. The Sun, Mercury, Venus, and Saturn conjunction continues to be aware of the importance of relationships plus the power of communication. Rat day luck strong for Rat, Ox, Dragon, and Monkey. Rat hours 11 pm – 1 am.

Wed Nov 26 is Metal OX day. Moon sextiles Mercury and Saturn for solid plans and practical endeavors, all ideal for an Ox. But Moon conjuncts Mars so could feel irritated by little things. Just keep your temper in check. Ox day luck strong for Ox, Rat, Snake, and Phoenix (Rooster). Ox hours 1 am – 3 am.

Thurs Nov 27 is Water TIGER (black Tiger) day. Tiger day in Horse year is fortunate because Tiger and Horse are best friends, along with Dog. The Moon is in a fortunate sextile to Venus and Uranus, plus the Sun trines Venus and Uranus for pleasant times, enjoying the company of others, and something different to break your routine. Tiger loves freedom. Tiger day luck strong for Tiger, Dog, Horse, and Pig. Tiger hours 3 am – 5 am.

Fri Nov 28 is Water RABBIT day. Rabbit day is fortunate in Pig month because Rabbit and Pig are best friends, along with Sheep. Moon conjuncts Neptune for increased sensitivity and empathy that’s sensitive Water Rabbit’s specialty. But Moon squares Mercury and Saturn so could be challenging to communicate your feelings, or could feel isolated. If so, feng shui improvements can help! Clear all clutter and add fresh flowers. Rabbit day luck strong for Rabbit, Sheep, Dog, and Pig. Rabbit hours 5 – 7 am.

Sat Nov 29 is Wood DRAGON (green Dragon) day. Now is a waxing half Moon, the first quarter Moon, and half Moons are time for balance. Sun and Venus trine Uranus for excitement and to enjoy group activities, plus there’s luck in trying new things. Keep a positive attitude to help balance many squares today, especially squares to the Sun when ego is involved. Dragon day luck strong for Dragon, Rat, Snake, and Monkey. Dragon hours 7 – 9 am.

Sun Nov 30 is Wood SNAKE day. Mercury squares Neptune for intellectual pondering that’s loved by philosophical Snake. Lots of lucky trines today, including a grand trine of Venus, Jupiter, and Uranus help balance Mercury conjunct Saturn seriousness. A day to enjoy art, beauty, and creativity; Snake is the connoisseur of the Chinese zodiac. Snake day luck strong for Snake, Ox, Dragon, and Phoenix (Rooster). Snake hours 9 -11 am.

Good luck and have a great week,

Susan Levitt

November 17 – 23, 2014 CHINESE ASTROLOGY WEEK

November 12, 2014 § Leave a comment

Taoist Astrology by Susan LevittHighlights this week are double Wood Horse Wednesday, and a new Moon on November 22 at 4:32 am PT that begins festive Wood Pig month!

Mon Nov 17 is Water DRAGON (black Dragon) day. Moon sextiles the conjunction of Sun, Venus, and Saturn to relate better with others and view events realistically. Mars conjunct Pluto helps to focus energy and pursue goals. Plus Mercury sextiles Mars and Pluto for increased mental activity. But the Mars and Pluto conjunction squares Uranus that can be volatile and bring angry outburst, especially on an emotionally powerful Water Dragon day. Dragon day luck strong for Dragon, Rat, Snake, and Monkey. Dragon hours 7 – 9 am.

Tues Nov 18 is Water SNAKE day with a tense T-square of Moon square Mars conjunct Pluto, and Moon opposite Uranus. People can be irritable, harsh with each other, and fight for power. Avoid clashes and disputes today because Snake is a bad loser. Fortunately Sun conjunct Venus and Saturn continues bringing progress in relationships and increased creativity. Yet serious and practical under the influence of Saturn. Snake day luck strong for Snake, Ox, Dragon, and Phoenix (Rooster). Snake hours 9 -11 am.

Wed Nov 19 is double Wood HORSE: Wood Horse day in this Wood Horse year. People want action, adventure, and growth. Jupiter squares Sun, Mercury, and Saturn that are all good squares under the influence of expansive Jupiter. But not a day for any type of discipline. Anticipate exaggeration or tall tales, and people are impatient with routine. Plus Moon squares Mars for irritability and a short temper so it’s best to practice some restraint when needed. Double Horse day luck strong for Horse, Tiger, Sheep, and Dog. Horse hours 11 am – 1 pm.

Thurs Nov 20 is Wood SHEEP day. Wood Sheep days are very fortunate in this Wood Horse year. Moon trines Neptune to be in touch with your emotions and increase your creativity. Fortunately Mars is no longer conjunct Pluto to lighten up and enjoy life on a peaceful Sheep day. But Sun and Venus square Neptune so could feel discouraged, need some rest, and now is not the time for decision making. Mercury joins the conjunction of Sun and Saturn so better to be cautious and think before acting. Sheep day luck strong for Sheep, Rabbit, Horse, and Pig. Sheep hours 1 – 3 pm.

Fri Nov 21 is Fire Monkey (red Monkey) day. Sun, Moon, Mercury, and Saturn are all conjunct with lots of mental activity now that Mercury joined the big planetary conjunction. Good for fun, entertainment, and travel on a lively Fire Monkey day. Just avoid the Monkey mind pattern of grab a banana, peel it, take a bite, drop it. Then jump to the next branch, grab a banana, peel it, take a bite, drop it — on and on in a useless cycle. Energy winds down to the new Moon tomorrow. Monkey day luck strong for Monkey, Rat, Dragon, and Snake. Monkey hours 3 – 5 pm.

Sat Nov 22 is Fire PHOENIX (Rooster) day and a new Moon at 4:32 am PT that begins Wood Pig month. Energy lightens up with arrival of fun, festive Fire Pig after two serious Dog months. The new Moon conjuncts Sun, Venus, and Saturn for focus on relationships. Mercury conjuncts Sun and Saturn for self expression, yet pensive and thoughtful. But Neptune squares the new Moon, Sun, and Venus perhaps bringing confusion or strange moods. So lighten up and join Pig’s world view that life is a banquet! Wood Pig month lucky for Pig, Rabbit, Tiger, and Sheep.

Sun Nov 23 is Earth DOG day. Dog days are fortunate in Horse year because Dog and Horse, along with Tiger, create a relationship harmony trine. Moon trines Jupiter and Uranus in a very lucky grand trine today! Events flow smoothly, there is a sense of warmth and caring, and chance occurrences can open new doors. Plus Venus trines Uranus for heightened feelings in love and romance; you can break your routine for new experiences. But Sun conjunct Venus squares Neptune so perhaps not very realistic or practical. Dog day luck strong for Dog, Rabbit, Tiger, and Horse. Dog hours 7 – 9 pm.

Good luck and have a great week,

Susan Levitt

How to Write a Book Author Interview

November 11, 2014 § Leave a comment

book-write-a-book-smMy friend Andreas Ramos wrote a book entitled HOW TO WRITE A BOOK. He interviewed a handful of authors, each of us with the same questions. Here’s my interview:

The Author Speaks: Susan Levitt

Susan Levitt is the author of five books published in eight languages including the best sellers Taoist Astrology (Destiny Books, 1997) and The Complete Tarot Kit (U.S. Games Systems Inc., 2012). Susan is a professional astrologer, tarot reader, and feng shui consultant in the San Francisco Bay Area. She’s been featured on CNN, was voted Best Astrologer by SF Weekly in San Francisco, and was interviewed on the television program Chicagoing. She holds a B.F.A. from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Why Do You Write?

I write because I have ideas and I have a lot to say! I have a strong point of view. I write about what interests me. Writing has always been my path. I could read when I was three. My older sister learned to read at five, I watched over her shoulder and picked it up immediately. My childhood existed in Victorian England and feudal Russia. I loved Lewis Carroll, Dickens, and Tolstoy. I became very interested in languages, applied myself at school, and skipped three grades. I supported myself as an English tutor and writer of college papers during two undergrad degrees and grad school. I kept learning how to write better by reading great authors.

How Has Writing Affected Your Life and Career?

I started studying astrology when I was eleven. When I was 17, I had my first tarot card reading. I developed an interest in metaphysics and started writing about it. Writing has affected my career by giving me professional credibility. “She wrote 5 books!” seems to put people at ease about my credentials.

Do You Prefer Self Publishing or Traditional?

Traditional. Let them do the distribution! But self publishing can work too, especially for books on a specialized topic. Just be aware about self-publishing operations are actually vanity presses. Yes, you have a book, but they’ll publish anything if you pay them.

How Did You Find and Choose Your Publisher?

I wrote reviews of spiritual books that I liked. A publisher of spiritual books, Inner Traditions, sent me their catalog because I was on their radar from reviewing a couple of their titles. I liked their list so I sent them some notes that I had about Chinese astrology. I’d been working on the notes thinking the material could be used in Chinese medicine schools in the west. And I had some Chinese astrology notes that I gave to clients who came to me for astrology readings. I sent my notes to Inner Traditions on Monday, and in the mail on Friday was a book contract. I added more text and they they published my first book Taoist Astrology, which was the first Four Pillars book in English. Taoist Astrology was so successful they asked me to write Taoist Feng Shui and Teen Feng Shui. Inner Traditions attends the yearly Foreign Rights book fest in Hamburg, Germany. They sold the foreign rights to all three of my books that are now published in eight languages.

Something similar happened when I was published by U.S. Games Systems, Inc. I was teaching tarot classes and made copies of info to hand out to students. I was hassled at a Kinko’s about intellectual copyright when copying tarot cards. So I sent my class notes to the publishing house that owns almost all tarot imagery and tarot decks. I just wanted to find out how I could copy the cards, but they sent me a book contract. Together we designed The Complete Tarot Kit. It was an international best seller. My tarot book Introduction To Tarot that was part of the kit was published separately a year later.

Did You Start with Traditional or Self-Publishing?

I’m grateful my five books were with reputable publishers who are respected in their fields. But today I self publish my writings in social media and blogs.

What’s Your Experience with Self Publishing?

So far with self publishing, it’s all been good. For material that I publish online, I’m glad it’s still free to post. I like the convenience of going to my web site and changing text at any time. I also appreciate that I receive monthly payments from internet astrology sites where I provide articles, such as OnlineChineseAstrology.com and Astrology.com. I email my text and they post it.

What’s Your Experience with Traditional Publishing?

I really didn’t have bad experiences with traditional publishers. But I they were slow, and not early adopters of new technology. Some publishers still take orders by fax.

Do You Have an Agent?

I don’t need an agent, and the handful of agents that I’ve met didn’t seem insightful or well read. If publishers want to publish my books, they deal with me directly.

Did a Lawyer Review Your Contract?

I read my contract thoroughly and didn’t require legal counsel.

What’s the Best Way to Promote Your Book?

The publishing houses did that for me. But a very old-fashioned marketing tool, word of mouth, really worked. My books have a cult following.

What Would You Have Done Differently?

Nothing.

FULL MOON CONJUNCTIONS

November 4, 2014 § Leave a comment

full moonlightFULL MOON IN TAURUS

November 6, 2014 at 2:23 pm PT is a full Moon in Earth sign Taurus. Time to focus on earthly concerns: your money and financial security, career and the work you do, your health, and the food you eat. Plus Taurus is ruled by Venus, the planet of love, art, beauty, creation, and relationships. So enjoy, relax, and appreciate all that you have.

SUN CONJUNCTS VENUS

Adding to the good fortune is Sun in Scorpio conjuncts Venus in Scorpio for depth of feelings and self expression in relationships. Emotional intimacy is important, and in this Dog month truthful communication creates closer bonds. Jupiter in Leo squares Sun, full Moon, and Venus (but are good Jupiter squares) for expansion of awareness.

MARS CONJUNCTS PLUTO

The lovely and inspiring Sun conjunct Venus balances a very different conjunction: intense Mars conjuncts Pluto. This can bring new ambition and strength of character, but also aggression or disruption. So use Mars energy to take action and forward your goals instead of arguments or holding power over others. Luckily, the full Moon trines Mars and Pluto in Earth sign Capricorn for courage and the ability to focus and get the job done.

SATURN JOINS THE PACK

November 8 – 18 Saturn in Scorpio joins Sun and Venus in Scorpio for progress in relationships. People are more serious and no-nonsense under the influence of Saturn. Creativity is enhanced on November 10 when the Moon in Cancer, Mercury in Scorpio, and Neptune in Pisces create a very fortunate grand Water trine that brings kindness, sensitivity, and better flow of energy. Communication planet Mercury trines Neptune November 7 – 15 for increased sensitivity to others. And on November 15 Neptune goes direct, is no longer retrograde, so easier to follow your intuition.

Energy will lighten up considerably on the new Moon on November 22. Then Sun, Moon, and Venus will be in lively Sagittarius at the start of gleeful Wood Pig month. Info on Sagittarius and Pig in the next lunar update!

Happy full Moon,

Susan

NOVEMBER 10 – 16, 2014 CHINESE ASTROLOGY WEEK

November 4, 2014 § Leave a comment

Taoist Astrology by Susan LevittHighlights this week are a fortunate grand trine on Monday; honest double Dog Tuesday; and the Sun, Venus, and Saturn conjunction continues all week.

Mon Nov 10 is Wood PHOENIX (Rooster) day. Moon, Mercury, and Neptune create a very fortunate grand trine today. Can communicate feelings and insights, plus good for planning and seeing the big picture. Sun conjuncts Venus and Saturn all week bringing progress in relationships and increased creativity. Yet serious and no-nonsense with the influence of Saturn. Mars conjunct Pluto continues that could be disruptive. Instead, use Mars energy for action and ambition. Phoenix day luck strong for Phoenix, Ox, Dragon, and Snake. Phoenix hours 5 – 7 pm.

Tues Nov 11 is double DOG: Fire DOG day in Wood DOG month. Dog days are very fortunate in this Dog month and Horse year. Moon trines Sun and Venus for a pleasant day and harmony in relationships. But Moon squares Uranus, and is opposite the conjunction of Mars and Pluto. Easy to race to wrong conclusion, or understand events in extremes of black or white. And Fire Dog can be very passionate about a cause. Double Dog day luck strong for Dog, Rabbit, Tiger, and Horse. Dog hours 7 – 9 pm.

Wed Nov 12 is Fire PIG day. Moon trines the Venus and Saturn conjunction for love of life, warm feelings, and a mid-week celebration! Strive for a touch of romance tonight. Uranus continues to square the Mars and Pluto conjunction so be the peacemaker not the agitator under the influence of gentle Pig. Allow everyone to win. Pig day luck strong for Pig, Tiger, Rabbit, and Sheep. Pig hours 9 – 11 pm.

Thurs Nov 13 is Earth RAT day. Moon trines Uranus to change your routine and find new ways of expression. An excellent day for problem solving and creating solutions. Jupiter squares the Sun, Venus, and Saturn conjunction. But these are lucky squares due to the influence of Jupiter so good to expand your circle and network. Mercury trines Neptune bringing sensitivity to your surroundings that’s good for feng shui adjustments. Rat day luck strong for Rat, Ox, Dragon, and Monkey. Rat hours 11 pm – 1 am.

Fri Nov 14 is Earth OX day. Now is the last quarter Moon, the waning half Moon, a time for balance. Moon conjuncts Jupiter for generosity and caring for others. It’s easier to stay grounded and not be
swept away by confusion, especially on this solid Earth Ox day. The Moon and Jupiter conjunction squares the big Sun, Venus, and Saturn conjunction. But these are fortunate squares due to the influence of Jupiter. There can be healing in relationships. Ox day luck strong for Ox, Rat, Snake, and Phoenix (Rooster). Ox hours 1 am – 3 am.

Sat Nov 15 is Metal TIGER (white Tiger) day. Tiger day in Dog month and Horse year is fortunate because Tiger, Dog, and Horse create a relationship harmony trine. Neptune goes direct, is no longer retrograde, so easier to follow your intuition and listen to messages in dreams. Mercury trines Neptune for increased sensitivity, and are able to understand subtle communication. But the Moon is opposite Neptune that can bring strange moods so keep your temper in check on a Tiger day. Tiger day luck strong for Tiger, Dog, Horse, and Pig. Tiger hours 3 am – 5 am.

Sun Nov 16 is Metal RABBIT (white Rabbit) day. Moon trines Mars and Pluto for more courage and power in your activities. People are more confidence and less insecure. This is very helpful for gentle Rabbit. Mercury sextiles Pluto to solve difficult challenges and see the depth of issues. Also good for research and fact finding. Rabbit day luck strong for Rabbit, Sheep, Dog, and Pig. Rabbit hours 5 – 7 am.

Good luck and have a great week,

Susan Levitt

November 3 – 9, 2014 The Week in Chinese Astrology

October 29, 2014 § Leave a comment

S.F. Full MoonHighlights this week are a full Moon at 2:23 pm PT on Thursday, and make time for festivities on fun Monkey Sunday! Sun conjuncts Venus for creativity and self expression in relationships. Mars conjuncts Pluto that brings ambition and strength, but also aggression or disruption

Mon Nov 3 is Earth TIGER (yellow Tiger) day. Sun conjuncts Venus for love, art, and beauty! There is more focus on creativity and self expression in relationships. This balances the intense Mars conjunct Pluto that can be argumentative or violent. Sun trines Neptune bringing idealism and spiritual understanding. Moon trines Saturn to stay emotionally balanced, and adds a more serious and mature tone to Tiger’s vivacious energy. Tiger day luck strong for Tiger, Dog, Horse, and Pig. Tiger hours 3 am – 5 am

Tues Nov 4 is Earth RABBIT (gold Rabbit) day. Moon conjuncts Uranus that can bring sudden opportunities , or perhaps just rash actions. Sun conjunct Venus continues for art and beauty that Rabbit appreciates. But Mars conjunct Pluto can feel threatening to kind Rabbit’s refined sensibilities so not a day when might makes right. Rabbit day luck strong for Rabbit, Sheep, Dog, and Pig. Rabbit hours 5 – 7 am.

Wed Nov 5 is Metal DRAGON (white Dragon) day. Moon trines Jupiter bringing a pleasant sense of well being and warm, friendly feelings. Nice day for a mid-week break or party. Venus conjunct Saturn so relationships are viewed in a practical manner. But Uranus squares the Mars and Pluto conjunction so be careful of accidents especially when driving. Emotional energy builds to the full Moon tomorrow. Dragon day luck strong for Dragon, Rat, Snake, and Monkey. Dragon hours 7 – 9 am.

Thurs Nov 6 is Metal SNAKE (white Snake) day and a full Moon at 2:23 pm PT. The full Moon is opposite the Sun and Venus conjunction for social times, romance, and enjoyment. Sun, Moon, and Venus square Jupiter, but are good squares due to the influence of Jupiter, for expansion of awareness. Fortunately the full Moon trines the Mars and Pluto conjunction for courage, power, and strength. Sun conjunct Venus, Venus conjunct Saturn, and Mars conjunct Pluto all continue for intensity and focus on goals that Snake appreciates. Snake day luck strong for Snake, Ox, Dragon, and Phoenix (Rooster). Snake hours 9 -11 am.

Fri Nov 7 is DOUBLE HORSE day: Water Horse day in this Wood Horse year! Time for action and adventure. Sun conjuncts Venus and Saturn for self expression, yet practical and realistic. The Moon is opposite Venus and Saturn for social times that Horse enjoys. Mercury trines Neptune to follow instincts and hunches, a natural ability of Horse and Horse’s best friend Dog. Double Horse day luck strong for Horse, Tiger, Sheep, and Dog.

Sat Nov 8 is Water SHEEP day. Many squares today, including Moon square Neptune, so could feel confused or not quiet in touch with the rest of the world. Excellent for daydreams and creativity, but not for practical matters or realistic problem solving. Sun conjunct Venus and Saturn continues for sociability and enjoying the company of others. Sensitive Waters Sheep day good for home improvement and decorating. Sheep day luck strong for Sheep, Rabbit, Horse, and Pig. Sheep hours 1 – 3 pm.

Sun Nov 9 is a Wood MONKEY day. Moon sextiles Jupiter to be with friends and family. Throw a party as Sun and Venus square Jupiter, a lucky square for sociability and networking. Mercury trines Neptune for creative imagination and inspired ideas. Sun conjunct Venus and Saturn continues for relationship luck. Just don’t let the Mars conjunct Pluto get out of hand with aggressive actions or fighting. Monkey day luck strong for Monkey, Rat, Dragon, and Snake. Monkey hours 3 – 5 pm.

Good luck and have a great week,

Susan

THE WEEK IN CHINESE ASTROLOGY October 27 – November 2, 2014

October 22, 2014 § Leave a comment

Taoist Astrology by Susan LevittHighlights this week are Sun conjunct Venus for love, double Wood Dog Thursday, and Friday is the mid-point between Autumn Equinox and Winter Solstice!

Mon Oct 27 is Metal SHEEP day. Sun conjuncts Venus all week for love, art, and beauty! Today Sun and Venus trine Neptune that’s very pleasant, and superb for creative inspiration — especially on artistic Sheep day. Moon trines Jupiter and Uranus to enjoy the company of others, and for something different. But not very good for accomplishments so better to take it easy. Sheep day luck strong for Sheep, Rabbit, Horse, and Pig. Sheep hours 1 – 3 pm.

Tues Oct 28 is Water MONKEY day. Moon conjuncts Mars and Pluto that can be intense emotionally. Good for deep analysis, but can be overwhelming. Easy to lose your temper or find fault in your work. Monkey energy can be chaotic so strive to stay centered. Fortunately Neptune has two trines and two sextiles so instincts and hunches are correct. Monkey day luck strong for Monkey, Rat, Dragon, and Snake. Monkey hours 3 – 5 pm.

Wed Oct 29 is Water PHOENIX (Rooster) day. Moon squares Mercury and Uranus so easy for miscommunication or misunderstanding. It’s best to review, revise, and organize instead of arguing your point of view. Fortunately Sun conjunct Venus continues to smooth over relationship difficulties. Phoenix day luck strong for Phoenix, Ox, Dragon, and Snake. Phoenix hours 5 – 7 pm.

Thurs Oct 30 is DOUBLE WOOD DOG: Wood DOG day in Wood DOG month. Wood Dog is fortunate in Wood Horse year because Dog and Horse are best friends. Wood represents growth and expansion so luck is with you for accomplishments and new endeavors. Keep in mind that under the influence of no-nonsense Dog, honesty and integrity are most important. Now is the first quarter Moon (waxing Half Moon) so a day for balance. Dog day luck strong for Dog, Rabbit, Tiger, and Horse. Dog hours 7 – 9 pm.

Fri Oct 31 is Wood PIG day.Today marks the mid-point between Autumn Equinox and Winter Solstice. Sun continues to conjunct Venus, and Moon opposes Jupiter, so ideal for a party! And Pig loves fun festivities. But Mars conjuncts Pluto that can be disruptive so stay safe and drive carefully. Pig day luck strong for Pig, Tiger, Rabbit, and Sheep. Pig hours 9 – 11 pm.

Sat Nov 1 is Fire RAT day. Moon conjuncts Neptune, and Sun trines Neptune, for increased empathy and sensitivity. There is more compassion and concern for the welfare of others. Can use Rat day ingenuity to problem solve for the group. But note that Moon squares Saturn so more serious; perhaps some quiet time is helpful. Rat day luck strong for Rat, Ox, Dragon, and Monkey. Rat hours 11 pm – 1 am.

Sun Nov 2 is Fire OX day. Moon trines Sun and Venus for a lovely day! Many fortunate sextiles, including Mercury sextile Jupiter, for good communication and planning. Can see the big picture, and Ox practicality helps. Sun and Venus conjunction continues making this ideal for a party and socializing. Ox day luck strong for Ox, Rat, Snake, and Phoenix (Rooster). Ox hours 1 am – 3 am.

Contact me at 415.642.8019 or email susan@susanlevitt.com to schedule your tarot, astrology, or feng shui consultation for autumn.

Good luck and have a great week,

Susan Levitt

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