December 22 – 29, 2014 THE WEEK IN CHINESE ASTROLOGY

December 18, 2014 § Leave a comment

RED is lucky in feng shui.

RED is lucky in feng shui.

Highlights this week are a lucky Dragon Tuesday, a powerful double Horse Christmas on Thursday, and a fun Monkey Saturday that’s perfect for a party!

Mon Dec 22 is Fire RABBIT day. The days start to grow longer today after Winter Solstice that occurred last night. And the Moon starts to build after the new Moon yesterday that began Fire Rat month. Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Pluto are all conjunct; Pluto in the mix adds intensity, especially in relationships. Plus Uranus squares Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Pluto that can lead to conflicts and create tension. Domestic life can be upsetting, so take care. Rabbit’s natural diplomacy and kindness helps ease problems. Rabbit day luck strong for Rabbit, Sheep, Dog, and Pig. Rabbit hours 5 – 7 am.

Tues Dec 23 is Earth DRAGON day. Dragon day is fortunate in Rat month because Rat is very compatible with Dragon (and Monkey). Moon conjuncts Venus bringing pleasant feelings so nice to socialize and express Dragon’s natural generosity and benevolence. Pluto conjuncts Mercury and Venus for intensity in communications and in relationships, but Dragon likes powerful interactions. Saturn squares Neptune that’s good for Dragon dreams and lofty ideas, not practical matters or definite plans. Dragon day luck strong for Dragon, Rat, Snake, and Monkey. Dragon hours 7 – 9 am.

Wed Dec 24 is Earth SNAKE day. Mercury squares Uranus that can be very mentally stimulating, and bring new creative and inspirational ideas. But Moon conjuncts Mars that can lead to irritability or upset over trivial matters. Plus Mercury and Venus are still conjunct Pluto that adds intensity to communications and to partnership dynamics. So think and ponder like the wise Snake before speaking or making decisions. Strive for inner peace, and not lash out. Snake day luck strong for Snake, Ox, Dragon, and Phoenix (Rooster). Snake hours 9 -11 am.

Thurs Dec 25 is DOUBLE HORSE day: Metal Horse day in this Wood Horse year when freedom is key. Astrologically speaking, Christmas day will be powerful. Fortunately, the Sun sextiles Neptune for charitable feelings and the desire to help others. Transformation planet Pluto conjuncts the Sun, Mercury, and Venus so ideas and opinions can change when you converse with others. Be open to new ideas. You can accomplish your goals by releasing the past and eliminating old patterns. Relationships dynamics become intensified as emotions are deeply felt. Double Horse day luck strong for Horse, Tiger, Sheep, and Dog.

Fri Dec 26 is Metal SHEEP day. Sun sextile Neptune continues for charitable feelings and the desire to help others. Sun sextile Moon brings peace and emotional balance. But there are three major squares in the heavens that can bring conflict so slow down and take care. Plus Pluto still conjuncts Mercury and Venus, but intensity and focus is lighter under the influence of peaceful Sheep. Sheep day luck strong for Sheep, Rabbit, Horse, and Pig. Sheep hours 1 – 3 pm.

Sat Dec 27 is Water MONKEY day. Monkey day is fortunate in Rat month because Rat is very compatible with Monkey. Moon sextiles Venus for pleasant times. You can smooth over relationship problems, especially under the influence of charming Monkey. Nice to entertain at home and be with loved ones. Sun and Mercury square Uranus so be careful to avoid accidents. But good for inspirational ideas and inventions that creative Monkey finds entertaining. Monkey day luck strong for Monkey, Rat, Dragon, and Snake. Monkey hours 3 – 5 pm.

Sun Dec 28 is Water PHOENIX (Rooster) day. Now is the first quarter Moon, the waxing half Moon, that’s time for balance. So strive for balance as the Moon conjuncts Uranus to feel rash and impulsive. Moods can change quickly and unexpectedly. Plus Moon squares Pluto that can bring compulsive behavior leading to the wrong direction in life. Fortunately, Moon trines Saturn for emotional stability and a realistic outlook, not Phoenix flights of irrational fancy or the need to peck others. Phoenix day luck strong for Phoenix, Ox, Dragon, and Snake. Phoenix hours 5 – 7 pm.

Good luck and have a great week,

Susan Levitt

New Moon, Solstice, and Happy Holidays

December 16, 2014 § Leave a comment

Cosmic MoonNEW MOON IN CAPRICORN

December 21 is a new Moon in Capricorn is at 5:36 pm PT. The new Moon, Sun, Mercury, Venus, and Pluto are all in Earth sign Capricorn. Under the influence of no-nonsense Capricorn it’s best to be down to earth, realistic, practical. This planetary conjunction with Pluto brings a serious tone in relationships. Plus Mercury and Venus square Uranus so now is not the time for big change. Instead, build on the foundation you’ve already created.

FIRE RAT MONTH

This new Moon on Winter Solstice begins Fire Rat month. This can be problematic because cautious Rat is opposite Horse, and this is still active Horse year. But Fire Rat month brings the smarts, innovation, and know-how to plan your next steps.

SHEEP YEAR TALK

Wood Sheep year begins on the new Moon of February 18, 2015. Please join me for my annual Chinese New Year talk at East West Books in Mountain View, CA on Saturday January 31 at 1 pm. Purchase your $19 ticket in advance by calling the bookstore at 650.988.9800 because last year my talk sold out.

WINTER SOLSTICE

Also on December 21 is Winter Solstice, the longest night in the northern hemisphere, at 3:03 pm PT. As the Sun returns tomorrow, a new cycle begins. Now is superb for feng shui improvements. Click here for feng shui tips for the holidays.

CHRISTMAS

Christmas is on a double Horse day: Metal Horse day in this Wood Horse year when freedom is key. Astrologically speaking, Christmas day will be powerful. The Sun sextiles Neptune for charitable feelings and the desire to help others. Transformation planet Pluto still conjuncts the Sun, Mercury, and Venus. You can accomplish your goals by releasing the past and eliminating old patterns. Ideas and opinions can change when you converse with others, so be open to new ideas. And relationships dynamics become intensified as emotions are deeply felt, especially as the Moon enters sensitive Water sign Pisces.

NEW YEARS EVE

New Years Eve will be wonderful this year! The Moon will be in sensual Earth sign Taurus, the best sign for the Moon. This beauty-loving Taurean Moon trines Mercury and Pluto for breakthrough conversations and encounters. Plus the Moon squares Jupiter, but it’s a good square due to the influence of beneficial Jupiter, for strong feelings, enjoying the company of others, and to be in touch with your emotions.

Happy new Moon,

Susan

Feng Shui for the Holidays 2014

December 13, 2014 § Leave a comment

RED is lucky in feng shui.

RED is lucky in feng shui.

It’s holiday season and time to celebrate! “Deck the halls with boughs of holly,” goes the seasonal carol, and from a feng shui perspective that’s a great idea. Adding festive decorations to your home and work can bring luck and improve your feng shui. Bright holiday decorations help elevate your mood, and the festive color red helps temper any holiday blues or seasonal affective disorder in wintertime. Add the color red during the holidays. Red adds fire to our lives. Red spurs us into action, strengthens motivation, and inspires passion for life.

A Christmas tree brings life into your home. The tree’s shape is like a flame with energy moving upwards to the star on top. The tree is decorated with bright lights, and beautiful ornaments add even more vitality. A Christmas tree is lucky in all areas of your home, especially the fame area located in the center of the far wall when entering a room. Your Christmas tree is also very lucky in the wealth corner, the far left-hand corner from the entry. If you have a wall with a red back splash, your tree would look striking in front of the red, and be powerful in any location. If you celebrate Hanuka, the lighting of candles brings fire and is very fortunate. Decorating with the Hanuka colors blue, white, and silver are peaceful and healing. Kwanzaa candles are also fortunate, especially in the fame area. Just avoid placing candles in the wealth corner where you are symbolically burning money!

When decorating your home and workplace, put your heart into your decorating. Create beauty with living things. Instead of tinsel and plastic, this year try decorating with live plants. Like the Christmas tree, live plants bring fresh energy to your environment. The pointsettia is lovely red holiday plant, but only get a couple of them. This year try fresh flowers such as orchids, gardenias, roses, or your favorite flower. If you’re grouping together too much red, which can happen with many pointsettias, separate the red by add green, silver, gold, or a combination of these colors. The color red is especially fortunate in this Horse year.

Feng shui engages all our senses, and than includes sound. So play happy music! Instead of the background noise of your TV, set the holiday mood with joyous and healing music.

Christmas is on a DOUBLE HORSE day: Metal Horse day in this Wood Horse year! Freedom is key, and no one wants to be told what to do. Astrologically speaking, Christmas day will be powerful. On December 25 2014, transformation planet Pluto conjuncts the Sun, Mercury, and Venus. You can accomplish your goals by releasing the past and eliminating old patterns. Ideas and opinions can change when you converse with others, so be open to new ideas. People are serious, and do not want superficial communication today. And relationships dynamics becomes intensified as emotions are deeply felt, especially as the Moon enters sensitive Water sign Pisces.

New Years Eve will be wonderful this year! The Moon will be in sensual Earth sign Taurus, the best sign for the Moon. This beauty-loving Taurean Moon trines Mercury and Pluto for breakthrough conversations and encounters. Plus Moon squares Jupiter, but it is a good square due to the influence of beneficial Jupiter, for strong feelings, enjoying the company of others, and to be in touch with your emotions.

Happy holidays!

Susan Levitt

December 15 – 21, 2014 The Week in Chinese Astrology

December 10, 2014 § Leave a comment

LightFestivalHighlights this week are a festive double Pig Thursday, and a new Moon at 5:36 pm PT on Sunday that begins Fire Rat month on Winter Solstice — the longest night of the year!

Mon Dec 15 is Metal MONKEY (white Monkey) day. Many lunar aspects: Moon squares Venus, trines Mars, is opposite Uranus, and squares Pluto so emotions can be erratic, especially on a Monkey day. Fortunately Sun conjunct Mercury trines Jupiter for fresh ideas and inspiration. Uranus square Pluto brings out the rebel in Monkey so not a day to conform or follow the rules. Monkey day luck strong for Monkey, Rat, Dragon, and Snake. Monkey hours 3 – 5 pm.

Tues Dec 16 is Metal PHOENIX (Rooster) day. The Moon sextiles Jupiter to get along well with others, plus the Sun trines Jupiter to see the big picture and gain understanding. This is helpful because Venus conjunct Pluto can bring up problems of power dynamics in relationships. Venus squares Uranus so do not provoke a sudden fight. Phoenix day luck strong for Phoenix, Ox, Dragon, and Snake. Phoenix hours 5 – 7 pm.

Wed Dec 17 is Water DOG (black Dog) day. Dog days are lucky in Horse year because Dog and Horse are best friends. Moon sextiles Mercury and trines Neptune to be more intuitive, and able to communicate your feelings and insights. Stay true to your convictions and trust what you know is true. The ongoing Uranus square Pluto inspires people to fight for the underdog. Dog day luck strong for Dog, Rabbit, Tiger, and Horse. Dog hours 7 – 9 pm.

Thurs Dec 18 is a double Pig day: Water PIG day in Wood Pig month. Time for some fun and light-hearted activities on a double Pig day! The Moon sextiles Venus for enjoyment in life, pleasant times, and Piggy’s favorite a good meal. Moon square Mars, and Uranus square Pluto, could bring conflict. But Pig’s cheerful friendliness and natural geniality smooth out problems. Double Pig day luck strong for Pig, Tiger, Rabbit, and Sheep. Pig hours 9 – 11 pm.

Fri Dec 19 is Wood RAT day. Moon conjuncts Saturn so people are serious today, and might feel isolated or neglected. The ongoing Saturn square Neptune can be confusing so stay grounded and realistic. Good to use Rat organization skills to address practical matters. It’s best to tie up loose ends before the new Moon on Sunday. Rat day luck strong for Rat, Ox, Dragon, and Monkey. Rat hours 11 pm – 1 am.

Sat Dec 20 is Wood OX day. Neptune is squared by both Moon and Saturn so not a day for planning or serious discussions. But fine for seeing a film or going to a holiday party! Mercury, Venus, and Pluto all conjunct so relationships are important; loved ones might need some support and encouragement. Under Ox influence, stay steady and focused. Energy winds down to new Moon tomorrow. Ox day luck strong for Ox, Rat, Snake, and Phoenix (Rooster). Ox hours 1 am – 3 am.

Sun Dec 21 is Fire TIGER (red Tiger) day on a new Moon new that starts Fire Rat month! This can be problematic because cautious Rat is opposite Horse, and this is still active Horse year. Tonight is Winter Solstice, the longest night in the northern hemisphere. Chinese New Year begins on the second new Moon after Winter Solstice, so two more lunar months before Wood Sheep year 2015. Fortunately, this new Moon is in a lucky trine to Jupiter bringing warm feelings and concern for others. But the conjunction of Mercury, Venus, and Pluto continues for a serious tone in relationships. Plus Mercury and Venus square Uranus so easy to lose your temper or start a fight on Fire Tiger day. Instead, create calm and peace on Solstice night. An excellent time for feng shui improvements for a peaceful Solstice. Tiger day luck strong for Tiger, Dog, Horse, and Pig. Tiger hours 3 am – 5 am.

Good luck and have a great week,

Susan Levitt

Gemini Full Moon and Double Pig

December 3, 2014 § 3 Comments

Golden MercuryFULL MOON in GEMINI

December 6, 2014 at 4:27 am PT is a full Moon in the mercurial Air sign Gemini. Anticipate a fun and creative full Moon with lots of Fire trines! Venus in Sagittarius trines Jupiter in Leo to expand your circle, be social, and enjoy holiday festivities. This Gemini full Moon is in harmonious sextiles to both Jupiter and Uranus bringing good feelings, innovation, and enjoyment of group activities. And Sun and Mercury in Sagittarius trine Uranus in Aries (until December 15) for new experiences and ideas, to try something different, and to break from your routine. Plus this full Moon occurs on a double Pig day, a Metal PIG day in Wood Pig month, so definitely time to eat, drink, and be merry!

FORTUNATE TRINES

The following week is very fortunate with many harmonious trines in the heavens. On December 7 will be five trines, including Moon trine Neptune to follow your intuition and trust your feelings. And starting December 8 the Sun, Mercury, and Venus all in Sagittarius trine Jupiter. Excellent to network, communicate, and open new doors. Charm and kindness bring success. Lucky Jupiter trines continue until December 22.

Peaking on December 11 is a very fortunate grand Fire trine on karmic Fire Dragon day! Sun, Moon, and Uranus in a grand trine create an easy flow of energy that brings innovation and creativity. Plus on this day the Moon conjuncts expansive Jupiter to be in touch with your emotions, and express Dragon’s natural generosity and benevolence. Fire Dragon brings instant karma so be very aware today in all your interactions.

CONJUNCTIONS AND SQUARE

On December 10 love planet Venus enters serious Earth sign Capricorn. Venus conjuncts Pluto in Capricorn on December 13 bringing intensity to relationships. Then Mercury joins the Venus and Pluto conjunction on December 19 for a desire to get to the bottom of things and answer all questions. Complete honesty is necessary, not any superficiality.

On December 16 is the peak of a challenging retrograde of revolution planet Uranus in Aries square conservative Pluto in Capricorn. Uranus symbolizes freedom, radical change, and liberation. Pluto (especially in Earth sign Capricorn) represents the conservative power structure. Click here to read about it in my blog post.

The new Moon in Capricorn is on December 21, the same day as Winter Solstice this year. And on December 22 five planet will be in Capricorn, the subject of my next astrology update.

Happy full Moon,

Susan

Dec 1 – 7, 2014 The Week in Chinese Astrology

November 27, 2014 § 3 Comments

Full Moon in LibraHighlights this week are lively double Horse Monday, lucky Sheep Tuesday, and a festive full Moon on double Pig Saturday at 4:27 am PT!

Mon Dec 1 is double HORSE: Fire Horse day in this Wood Horse year. Moon conjuncts Uranus bringing the desire for freedom and independence. No one wants to be told what to do, especially on rebellious Fire Horse day. Moon trines Sun and Mercury for fast communication, and it’s easy to directly express your feelings. But Sun and Mercury square Neptune so not the time for serious decisions or clear plans. Double Horse day luck strong for Horse, Tiger, Sheep, and Dog. Horse hours 11 am – 1 pm.

Tues Dec 2 is Fire SHEEP day. Sheep days are fortunate in Pig month and Horse year. Moon trines Venus and Jupiter so relationship dynamics are favorable, and the Venus influence brings artistic feelings and creativity that Sheep adores. Today is good to make amends if there are any difficulties with others because Sheep is a peacemaker. Sun and Mercury trine Uranus continues for something different, a new adventure, and to break from routine. Sheep day luck strong for Sheep, Rabbit, Horse, and Pig. Sheep hours 1 – 3 pm.

Wed Nov 3 is Earth MONKEY day. Moon sextiles Neptune and trines Pluto bringing strong insights and increased sensitivity to your surroundings. An excellent day for feng shui adjustments and to add beauty and organize your environment.Sun conjunct Mercury trines Uranus continues, bringing the element of genius that is ideal for inspired Monkey. Monkey day luck strong for Monkey, Rat, Dragon, and Snake. Monkey hours 3 – 5 pm.

Thurs Nov 4 is Earth PHOENIX (Rooster) day. Moon opposite Saturn could bring challenges when relating to others. Fortunately, Venus trine Jupiter continues for harmony in relationships so no pecking or criticizing! Mars sextiles Saturn so a good day to get work done. Earth Phoenix is very practical. Energy builds to full Moon on Saturday. Phoenix day luck strong for Phoenix, Ox, Dragon, and Snake. Phoenix hours 5 – 7 pm.

Friday Dec 5 is Metal DOG (white Dog) day. Dog days are lucky in Horse year. Moon trines Mars for strength and courage of your convictions. Lots of lucky trines as Sun and Mercury trine Uranus, and Venus trines Jupiter, creating a lovely day to socialize, brainstorm ideas with others, and spend some fun time with friends and family. Serious Dog can lighten up in Pig month. Energy builds to full Moon tomorrow. Dog day luck strong for Dog, Rabbit, Tiger, and Horse. Dog hours 7 – 9 pm.

Saturday Dec 6 is a full Moon on double Pig day: Metal PIG day in Wood Pig month. Anticipate a fun and creative full Moon with lots of trines. Venus trine Jupiter continues to expand your circle, be social, and enjoy holiday festivities. Accept all invitations! Sun and Mercury trine Uranus for new experiences and ideas. Plus this full Moon is in harmonious sextile to Jupiter bringing good feelings and enjoyment of group activities. But full Moon is opposite Mercury and Saturn so do not get too serious or analytical. Instead, celebrate on a double Pig day. Double Pig day luck strong for Pig, Tiger, Rabbit, and Sheep. Pig hours 9 – 11 pm.

Sunday Dec 7 is Earth RAT day. Sun trines Jupiter, and Uranus that brings an easy and creative flow of energy. Good day to socialize as Moon is opposite Venus to network, make contacts, and reach out to others. Now is ideal for family reunions and gatherings of friends because social Rat loves the pack. Plus Moon trines Neptune to follow insights and trust your feelings. Answers can arrive in dreams. Rat day luck strong for Rat, Ox, Dragon, and Monkey. Rat hours 11 pm – 1 am.

Good luck and have a great week,

Susan Levitt

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

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