2017 Pisces Eclipse begins Rabbit Month

February 22, 2017 § 2 Comments

NEW MOON IN PISCES

February 26 2017 is new Moon solar eclipse in Pisces. Water sign Pisces is artistic, sensitive, and highly intuitive. An eclipse is an absence of light when the shadow is seen, so deep feelings and emotions can rise to the surface to be transformed.

The new Moon conjuncts the Sun, Mercury, and Neptune in Pisces for integration of feelings. Moods are stronger than the rational mind, disposition can change quickly, and it’s easy to be overwhelmed by small matters. Therefore, this lunar month is ideal for meditation, contemplation, and to focus on self care and your domestic life. Artistic endeavors are favored, and imagination is powerful.

WATER RABBIT MONTH

This new Moon eclipse begins the month of the Water Rabbit. Water is the most yin element, and adds softness to gentle Rabbit. Water Rabbit is a deep feeling and empathetic soul who dislikes conflict and competition.

Rabbit is opposite Phoenix (Rooster) in Taoist astrology. During Water Rabbit month in this Fire Phoenix year, take care and proceed with caution. A good use of Rabbit energy is to create beauty and harmony in your home. Contact me for your feng shui consultation.

MARS CONJUNCT URANUS

Mars, the red planet of war and courage, is in fiery Aries. Mars is conjunct Uranus, the planet of rebellion and change. This can bring rash behavior, anger, or sudden upsets. People want freedom, refuse limitations, and rebel against authority.

A solution is to put energy into a project or cause greater than yourself, and that serves the collective good. Saturn in Sagittarius trines both Mars and Uranus bringing stability, and a balance of old structures with new opportunities.

PLUTO SQUARES

Mars, Jupiter, and Uranus square Pluto in Capricorn. Pluto squares can bring power struggles and disagreements. Ambition is aroused, and there is a strong desire for power and domination. So cultivate the way of peaceful Pisces
and gentle Rabbit during this lunar month. Luck is strongest for Water signs Pisces, Cancer, and Scorpio and those born in Rabbit, Sheep, and Pig years.

Happy new Moon,

Susan

2017 Lucky Charms

February 18, 2017 § 3 Comments

aventurine-rooster-ox-snake-zodiac-allies-hanging1-500x500We are three weeks into Fire Phoenix (Rooster) year, and I’ve received questions about lucky charms so I decided to share the info in this post.

A popular charm is a Rooster (or Bird) with best friends Snake and Ox. These three signs together make a yin harmony trine of animals.

Charms can be worn as jewelry, attached to a handbag, worn in your pocket, or placed in your clothing or wallet.

HARMONY TRINES

Phoenix correlates to Virgo, Snake to Taurus, and Ox to Capricorn just like an Earth trine in western astrology.

The yin harmony trine grouping of Rabbit, Sheep, and Pig correlate to Water signs Pisces, Cancer, and Scorpio.

The yang harmony trine grouping of Tiger, Horse, and Dog correlate to Air signs Aquarius, Gemini, and Libra.

The yang harmony trine grouping of Monkey, Rat, and Dragon correlate to Fire signs Leo, Sagittarius, and Aries.

For more information and details about relationship compatibility, see pages 36 through 43 of my book Taoist Astrology.

dragon-charmYOUR ALLY

Another type of charm is to wear the animal sign who is Phoenix’s one close ally outside the harmony trine. Phoenix’s ally is Dragon. Phoenix and Dragon together are a symbol of marriage and harmony in relationship. Dragon is very compatible with Phoenix, just like Phoenix’s buddies Snake and Ox. Therefore the Dragon ally harmony charm is the very fortunate this year.

Rat’s ally is Ox.
Ox’s ally is Rat.
Tiger’s ally is Pig.
Rabbit’s ally is Dog.
Dragon’s ally is Phoenix.
Snake’s ally is Monkey.
Horse’s ally is Sheep.
Sheep’s ally is Horse.
Monkey’s ally is Snake.
Phoenix’s ally is Dragon.
Dog’s ally is Rabbit.
Pig’s ally is Tiger.

But if you are born in the year, month, day or hour of the Dog (especially year), then Dragon is not fortunate for you because Dragon is opposite Dog. Oppositions are Rat with Horse, Ox with Sheep, Tiger with Monkey, Rabbit with Phoenix, Dragon with Dog, and Snake with Pig.

strong-dragonA Dragon charm is lucky for you if you love Dragons, were born in Dragon year, month, day, or hour, or if Dragon is a favored animal. And if you do not have Dog in your chart because Dragon is opposite Dog.

Personally, I won’t carry a Dragon charm this year because Dragon is so very powerful a sign. As a Sheep with Rabbit month and Pig day, this is a bit too strong for my gentle energy. And my best friend is my sister who was born in Dog year so I do not want to have a Dragon around her.

Note that the Chinese Dragon is very dynamic and magical, and is a symbol of the Emperor — nothing like the evil Dragon in western interpretations such as St. George slaying the Dragon. So use a Chinese Dragon, not a western one.

dragon-phoenixKnow that you can have luck this year without wearing or carrying any charms. A tidy work station can advance your career as much as the finest jade Dragon charm on your desk. A clean bedroom can strengthen your relationship as much as carrying a Phoenix and Dragon charm in your handbag.

So to enhance your luck, keep your home and workplace clean and very tidy. Then during stressful times in this Fire Phoenix year, it will be easier to stay balanced and not become overwhelmed. If you want to add a charm, then chose carefully the most fortunate charm for you.

Wishing you good luck and rebirth in this Fire Phoenix year,

Susan

2017 Lunar Eclipse in Leo

February 8, 2017 § Leave a comment

 

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FULL MOON ECLIPSE

The full Moon on February 10, 2017 is a lunar eclipse in Fire sign Leo. An eclipse is an absence of light when the shadow is seen, so this full Moon eclipse concerns Leo issues of creativity, courage, and self expression. Five planets are in Fire signs, and it’s still the month of the Tiger for the next two weeks, so pouncing on opportunities and taking action is fortunate.

The full Moon trines Saturn in Sagittarius and Uranus in Aries, creating a lucky grand Fire trine. People are more realistic about goals than in 2016 Fire Monkey year, and you can build on your current foundation to create something new. Mercury is not retrograde until April 9 so this springtime is ideal for creativity and action.

Romance is favored as Venus conjunct Mars in Aries brings love, passion, and a spark of romance. Plus it’s a good time to smooth out relationship issues as the full Moon wanes.

Many sextiles between Air and Fire signs bring harmony: Mercury exalted in Aquarius sextiles Venus to more easily communication emotions, and inspires writing and poetry. Jupiter in Libra sextiles the full Moon and Saturn for warm feelings, maturity, and depth of awareness. The Sun in Aquarius sextiles Saturn and Uranus to organize your thoughts, expand your perception, and be open to new learning.

Jupiter is opposite Uranus and squares Pluto in Capricorn in a cardinal T-square. Ambitions are aroused in this Fire Phoenix (Rooster) year, but discipline may be required to follow rules or work within limits.

Contact me at susan@susanlevitt.com for your tarot, astrology, or feng shui consultation for 2017.

Happy full Moon,

Susan

2017 Fire Phoenix (Rooster) Feng Shui Tips

February 7, 2017 § Leave a comment

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Please join me this coming Saturday Feb 11 2017 for my Chinese New Year lecture at East West Books in Mt. View CA!

2017 Fire Phoenix year is time for transformation.  Read about the personality traits of the Phoenix. Phoenix correlates to the Western sign Virgo, the sign of health, healing, rebirth, and dedicated work that brings rewards.

Chinese Medicine

ceramic-phoenixAll eight limbs of Chinese medicine work together to create good health: feng shui, astrology, herbology, exercise (tai chi, chi kung), meditation, diet, massage and acupuncture, and moxibustion. (Moxibustion uses heat to stimulate points in the body, similar to how acupuncture needles stimulate points.)

Feng shui is the limb of Chinese medicine whereby health is restored and maintained in a calm, peaceful environment. Phoenix year is ideal for restoration of your health.

Tidy Phoenix

Tidy up before you leave your home and office. Then a peaceful home awaits you as you enter into a clean, not chaotic, environment. Especially at your place of work, it is not favorable to leave a mess over the weekend. Stop mess before it builds up to create good luck in Fire Phoenix year.

Fire Phoenix is an active go-getter. Home is important to Phoenix to provide a secure, safe place when they come home, especially for Phoenix children. Some activities might be out of your control in a Phoenix year, but you can control how you maintain and keep clean your living space.

Luck Enters

classic-phoenix-birdWhere to start to bring in luck in Phoenix year? Start at your front door. Clean your entry to welcome all the good luck that will come into your home and place of business in the new year. Wash, sweep, or vacuum the front steps, porch, entry hall, lobby –whatever the entry is where you live. Make this area clean, well lit, and inviting. Check the entry’s lighting fixtures, make sure the doorbell works, and touch up scuff marks with a fresh coat of paint, or add a new rug.

Ba-Gua Map

One style of feng shui is to overlay a map of eight tri-grams, called ba-gua in Chinese.

baguafawnchangfengshui1Ba-gua focus to create abundance for Fire Phoenix year is to emphasize the Wealth and Prosperity corner. This is located in the far left-hand corner from the entry. The more money that Phoenix receives for their hard work, the more inspired they are to accomplish and create. Acquiring, spending, and investing money offers Phoenix a sense of security and power. Once Phoenix feels secure about finances, they can make a powerful contribution to humanity as healers and helpers.

Because Fire Phoenix’s strong personality can clash with others who do not want to hear the truth, also embellish the Partnership and Relationship corner, located at the far right-hand corner from the entry. This can ease the path to harmonious interactions, especially with co-workers. Fire Phoenix energy can, at times, bring out the type A personality in even the most laid back person.

When using the ba-gua map, be sure that all areas are clean with no clutter! Don’t get stuck in life by living with too much stuff. Avoid all clutter in Phoenix year, or you could experience poor health.

Enhance Your Living Room

lovely-phoenixEvery room of your home or office has a Wealth corner to focus on in Phoenix year. But the most important room this year is your living room because that is the room of the element Fire, and 2017 is the year of the Fire Phoenix. Fix your living room, a major yang room.

Start by standing at the entry of your living room. Then observe what is in your Wealth and Prosperity corner. Really look at your living room to make it the living room that you want. Then focus on the Partnership and Relationship corner.

Flying Stars

In a feng shui system of flying stars, every year the stars change location. I know this system but do not use it. For those who do, the direction South is supposed to be bad, and the Southwest is also unfortunate and a place for robbery. See why I don’t use this system? It’s too fatalistic. If you have concerns about a direction being unlucky, then be sure that area is clean, made conscious, and nicely decorated!

East is good, avoid the West. But no need to avoid half of a room. Just make the entire room balanced. The Southeast is good, and I’ve seen recommendations online to add a SE fountain. But I do not recommend any fountains where the climate is cold, snowy, damp, prone to flooding, foggy, or close to a body of water.

Phoenix is Thrifty

Phoenix year is time to manage your finances. Phoenix, like Phoenix’s buddies Ox and Snake, are good with money. But Phoenix can be a dandy, and pays attention to the details of clothing. Looks matters to Phoenix so groom well and perhaps purchase one or two items for an upgrade this year. Travel is fortunate this year, but find the best bargain.

First Thing Seen

What is the first thing seen when you enter your home? Your eye goes somewhere, so direct the eye by organizing each room so that the first thing seen sets a pleasant tone. This makes the room inviting to enter. Make sure that the first thing seen in each room is clean and inspiring. You do not want to see a pile of paperwork or any type of mess. Stay tidy, especially in a Fire year that brings lots of activity.

Pay Off Debt

It is most fortunate to start the New Year with no debt. (A mortgage or a school loan are not in this category.) If you have personal debt on New Year, think ahead by budgeting and planning. Organize your finances to get out of debt this year. Watch out for overspending, especially in autumn.

 Paint One Room

The energy of any environment can be transformed completely by adding a coat of paint. If each room of your home has white or ivory walls, all that white is too much of the element Metal which can lead to arguing and bickering. Be sure to paint at least one room with color.

The painted room can be a small room such as a bathroom. Good colors for a small room are light blue for a bathroom or light green for a bedroom. Be sure the blue or green are restful and not too bright. Yellow is good in the kitchen, or gold in the dining room.

Which room to paint? Paint the room that looks the most rundown and is in the most need of sprucing up.

5 elements brightPaint Colors

Paint colors correlate to the five Taoist elements of Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood:

FIRE/HEART/LIVING ROOM – In Chinese medicine, the element fire is represented by the heart. The living room is the heart of the home. Your living room is best in bright and lively Fire colors red, purple, and all shades of red or with bright accents to stimulate conversation and activity.

EARTH/STOMACH/DINING ROOM – In Chinese medicine, the element earth is the stomach. The dining room is where we eat and digest food. The dining room is best in earthen tones of gold, terra cotta, or other soft yin colors. Red paint in a dining area is too stimulating and people eat too fast.

METAL/LUNGS/BEDROOM – In Chinese medicine, the element metal is the lungs. The bedroom is where we sleep and breathe deeply while resting. Best bedroom colors are white, cream, and soft pastels. Avoid bright big prints on bedding and drapery, especially in a child’s room, because it’s too yang and not restful.

WATER/KIDNEYS/BATHROOM – In Chinese medicine, the element water is the kidneys, and therefore correlates to the bathroom. Paint this room in a soft, quiet, and calm color for peaceful elimination of waste and for soothing bathing or showering. Light blue is fine.

WOOD/LIVER/KITCHEN – In Chinese medicine, the element wood is the liver. Wood is used in a kitchen to feed the cooking fire. The kitchen must be kept very clean because this is where food is prepared, so white walls are best. But green accents or a plant are recommended to introduce the Wood element into this Wood room.

Flowers and Plants

feng_shui430x300Add beautiful flowers to welcome the New Year! It’s fortunate to add plants, flowers, and healthy bamboo to your home and workplace to increase abundance. Fresh flowers bring fresh aroma that clears the air for New Year, especially if your home feels dark, over heated, or musty.

The energy of a room is brightened by the addition of flowers and plants. And plants offer fresh oxygen to improve health. So be sure to add fresh cut flowers or a healthy plant to your home for New Year.

Plants

For both home and office, add green house plants with round leaves such as a lily (peace plant), jade, pothos, Chinese evergreen, or orchids with round leaves. If you do not have a green thumb, bring in fresh flowers on Monday to the office, or add silk flowers in lively colors.

Lucky Flowers

Lucky flowers are orchids, peonies, and lilies. Chrysanthemums have a scent that not everyone likes, so pay attention to scent. Roses are fine in a home or office, but remove them if there’s arguing (influence of the rose’s thorns.) Avoid thorny plants like a cactus, indoors or outdoors. Instead, grow lush plants that have soft round leaves like a jade plant or philodendron.

Stay Evergreen

Outdoors, it is more fortunate to have plants that stay ever green and do not ever lose their leaves. Bamboo is especially lucky in feng shui because as it grows, the new growth is stronger and longer. Bamboo sways gently in the wind, meaning that it is easily adaptable to change. But be sure your bamboo does not dry out and become yellowed. If you have bamboo, keep it watered and transfer it to a larger container when it outgrows the original container.

Healthy Plants Only

Be sure that your plants stay healthy throughout the year. If not, recycle the withered plant and replace it with a fresh, healthy one. A bouquet of fresh flowers is excellent to add beauty, fragrance, and luck, but be sure to recycle the flowers when they lose energy and begin to wilt. No dead or dried flowers, and no potpourri.

Silk Flowers

Silk flowers are superb in feng shui because they are a wonderful way to add color and life to your environment. If you bring home a lovely orchid, after the flower wilts, cut away the dead stalk and insert a good-quality silk orchid into your container. Then your orchid appears to be always in bloom — instead of a dead stalk tied to a stake.

Avoid the Money Plant

Perhaps you’ve seen what is referred to as a “money plant.” This potted plant usually is decorated with gold or red charms. But this type of plant tends to get leggy as it grows, with long stringy branches weighed down by the charms. So this money plant is not a good choice. A lush round jade plant is better choice than the so-called money plant.

Fish Tank or Fountain

If you do add a fish tank or fountain, be sure you can commit to the work involved in maintaining a tank. These are living creatures! A fountain requires maintenance too. A fountain in this Fire year is not particularly fortunate because Water extinguishes Fire, although adding Water can help calm Fire energy if it gets too argumentative in Fire Phoenix year.

Contact Susan Levitt  to schedule your own feng shui consultation or astrology forecast.
Wishing you good luck in Fire Phoenix year!

New Moon begins Year of the Phoenix (Rooster)

January 25, 2017 § 2 Comments

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FIRE PHOENIX YEAR 2017

Happy Chinese New Year! January 27 2017 is a new Moon in Aquarius at 4:07 pm PST that begins the year of the Phoenix (Rooster). Some translations refer to 2017 as Rooster year or Chicken year, but I use the translation Phoenix because it brings opportunities for rebirth and transformation.

Phoenix year is fortunate for all Phoenixes, and for Phoenix’s most compatible signs Ox, Snake, and Dragon. Phoenix energy can, at times, be challenging for Rabbit. Phoenix correlates to the Western sign Virgo.

Feng shui tips for Fire Phoenix year!

Please join me for my Year of the Fire Phoenix talk!
Saturday February 11 2017 from 1 – 2:30 pm at East West Books, 324 Castro Street in Mountain View CA. To purchase tickets, click here or call East West Books at 650-988-9800 or 800.909.6161.

The Way of the Phoenix
phoenix-platePhoenix is a brilliant, inspirational, and fearless visionary. The element Fire is perfect for Phoenix because Fire brings strength, passion, bravery, and leadership. So now is the year to break free, claim your destiny, and overcome obstacles. You can heal past actions, even past lives, with your new awareness.

Success in Phoenix Year
Three tips for success are:

brave-phoenixFirst, pay attention to your health. This is the year to exercise, get in shape, and eat well. If you are exhausted after Fire Monkey 2016, then 2017 is especially your year to focus on health, healing, and restoration.

Bad back for years, not seen a dentist, or any type of delay in dealing with your health? This is the year to finally address health issues, and not let health challenges drag on. Same with your home. Time to clean out the old and unused, and live more efficiently in this Fire bird year.

Second is to organize your finances. Deal with any debt, plan, budget, and be aware of your spending. Those born in Phoenix year are naturally very good at accounting, can find a bargain, and appreciate thrift as do Phoenix’s best friends Ox and Snake.

Third is to work hard with focus. 2017 is the year to apply yourself in your career. Be persistent, yet flexible. This is not the time to goof off or take your job for granted. Phoenix year is work before play, so get organized and contribute on the job. For some, it may feel like beak to the grindstone with superiors criticizing or micromanaging. But stay strong and do the work! Excuses will not be tolerated in a no-nonsense Phoenix year.

Phoenix Character

ceramic-phoenixThose born in Phoenix years (1909, 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017) are sharp people who are blessed with keen judgement and quick wit. A clear thinker who benefits from higher knowledge, Phoenix can be an outstanding scholar. Phoenix is naturally curious and enjoys intellectual exchange. Phoenix is popular, outspoken, and well liked so often has a flock of admirers.

Phoenix is very resourceful and can be thrown into any situation and on a moment’s notice and emerge a winner. Others seek Phoenix’s advice because Phoenix perceptions are unique, and Phoenix is a creative problem solver.

In matters of romance, Phoenix is serious and loyal. Phoenix is naturally honest, with a frank style of communication that does not sugar coat the truth. But Phoenix might be a teller of tall tales or embellish a story to make a point.

Loving and bonded in relationships but independent at work, it’s usually best that a Phoenix run their own business. If mystically inclined, Phoenix can develop prophetic abilities to become like the rare Phoenix, the mythical bird that symbolizes transformation, beauty, and grace. Phoenix can magically arise from the ashes to create a new life. So do not allow critical thinking or procrastination stop you.
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Fire Phoenix
Of the five Taoist elements Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood, this is the year of the Fire Phoenix. Red means go!

Fire brings passion, creativity, and joy. Fire types are strong, dynamic, and can overcome illness and obstacles. Just be aware that Fire can be very enthusiastic (like Wood) so do not take on more responsibilities than you can handle, especially in autumn.

Lucky Hours
In Phoenix year, activities are more successful when undertaken during hours that are favorable for Phoenix: Phoenix, Ox, Snake, and Dragon hours.

Phoenix hours are 5 – 7 pm
Ox hours are 1 – 3 am
Snake hours are 9 – 11 am
Dragon hours are 7 – 9 am

Chinese New Year Date
Chinese New Year is a spring festival that begins on the second new Moon after Winter Solstice. But in the Solar Terms Chinese agricultural calendar, the Chinese New Year begins on February 4 or 5. This Li Chun date, based on Solar Terms (15 degrees along the ecliptic) is close to February 2nd, a date that marks the point between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox.

YOUR FORTUNE IN FIRE PHOENIX YEAR

RAT – A festive and fun year, and a continuation of good fortune from the previous Fire Monkey year. Both Rat and Phoenix are smart, sharp, and quick-witted. Under the protective wings of the Phoenix, you can accomplish much this year, and receive warm support from others. But Phoenix’s influence requires hard work. It’s work before play, so time to be diligent. Plan carefully, and bit by bit attain your goals with a successful harvest in autumn. Looking for love in Phoenix year? Rat is most compatible with another Rat, Dragon, or Monkey. Ox is also compatible. Horse is least compatible.

OX – Finally, good times for you because Phoenix is most compatible with Ox (and Snake). You and Phoenix can be no-nonsense realists who will appreciate the Phoenix year influence of accountability and responsibility. Family life is harmonious, and you are recognized for your contributions. Work is rewarding, especially in autumn. Looking for love in Phoenix year? Ox is most compatible with another Ox, Phoenix, or Snake. Rat is also compatible. Sheep is least compatible.

TIGER – Phoenix and Tiger are very different so anticipate some misunderstandings. But friends, family, and colleagues offer their support so Tiger is still well loved! If you experience minor disappointments or some unhappiness, take your time and don’t be hard on yourself. This Fire Phoenix year is an excellent time to get organized for your new fortunate life cycle in 2018 Earth Dog year. Looking for love in Phoenix year? Tiger is most compatible with another Tiger, Horse, or Dog. Pig is also compatible. Monkey is least compatible.

RABBIT – Stay your good, kind, and artistic Rabbit self! Phoenix is your opposite so prepare for criticism or conflict of interest. The martial tones of the Phoenix could irritate your fine aesthetics. Money strains can bring debt so watch your spending. If hard work causes frustration, do the best you can instead of confronting authority figures. Next year Earth Dog 2018 is a lucky year for you when the truth is championed and you find success. Good feng shui of your home and office is a must for sensitive Rabbit to take care during this Phoenix year. Looking for love in Phoenix year? Rabbit is most compatible with another Rabbit, Sheep, or Pig. Dog is also compatible. Phoenix is least compatible.

DRAGON – Dragon and Phoenix are a symbol of harmonious marriage so relationships are highlighted this year. Anticipate good fortune and prosperity, happiness, positive news, promotion, and business opportunities. New friends and contacts bring important connections. Dragon is king this year, and you can achieve your goals. Looking for love in Phoenix year? Dragon is most compatible with another Dragon, a Rat, or Monkey. Phoenix (Rooster) is also compatible. Dog is least compatible.

SNAKE – Phoenix is one of the best companions for Snake because you and Phoenix share a harmony trine with Ox. Snake is celebrated and enjoys popularity. Recognition, promotion, and bonuses are foreseen. The work you do behind the scenes now comes to light, and can be rewarded. Stay steady at work, and be thrifty. Follow your instincts to know when it’s best to lay low. Luck is with you all year, especially in late summer. Looking for love in Phoenix year? Snake is most compatible with another Snake, Ox, or Phoenix (Rooster). Monkey is also compatible. Pig is least compatible.

HORSE – A harmonious year that brings good fortune and good news. Phoenix and Horse are both sexy signs who enjoy good times, so you and Phoenix are on the same page. Home life is secure, and problems are not overwhelming. Plus business is good. But Horse might be required to work harder, and slow down development. Just don’t let affairs get out of hand, especially in autumn. Looking for love in Phoenix year? Horse is most compatible with another Horse, Dog, or Tiger. Sheep is also compatible. The Rat is least compatible.

SHEEP – Let the rest of the world compete for success this year. Instead, tend to your health, back down from arguments, and treat this year as if you’re at a spaaa. Could be some trying times for us Sheep because Phoenix’s influence demands hard work, and responsible accounting for how time and money are spent. And we do not respond well to criticism. It’s best to comply, curb spending (Sheep eat paper), and maintain firm boundaries. Looking for love in Phoenix year? Sheep is most compatible with another Sheep, Pig, or Rabbit. Horse is also compatible. Ox is least compatible.

MONKEY – After the exciting Fire Monkey year 2016, build on your Monkey year success by following up and completing projects. But under Phoenix’s influence, Monkey must work steadily and pay attention to details, and that’s not of interest to any Monkey. Overextending yourself could lead to health problems. So maintain a conservative outlook, and be in observation mode. You’ll learn a lot about human nature this year. Looking for love in Phoenix year? Monkey is most compatible with another Monkey, Rat, or Dragon. Snake is also compatible. Tiger is least compatible.

PHOENIX (Rooster) – Rooster, Chicken, Cock, Hen? I call you Phoenix, offering a lifetime of opportunities to be reborn and transformed. You benefit from the influence of your own year, and start a new life cycle. You’ll have to work hard, but affairs are under control, order reigns, and you rise in glory. Looking for love in Phoenix year? Phoenix is most compatible with another Phoenix (if they don’t peck each other), Ox, or Snake. Dragon is also compatible. Rabbit is least compatible.

DOG – Phoenix year emphasis on material success and achievement run counter to Dog’s values. So stay true to your convictions. This is a good year for education, and you can find advancement through new learning or specialized training. You’ll start a fortunate 12-year cycle in Earth Dog year 2018 so allow some friendships or circumstances to end this year. What is not to be part of your new Dog year cycle can naturally fall by the wayside, especially in autumn. Looking for love in Phoenix year? Dog is most compatible with another Dog, Tiger, or Horse. Rabbit is also compatible. Dragon is least compatible.

PIG – Don’t allow people to take advantage of your Pig heart of gold, and mistake your kindness for weakness. Be sympathetic but not overly involved in the affairs of others, and avoid taking sides in any battles around you. Business rewards and financial prosperity result from hard work if you decide to apply yourself. Plan a big vacation this year. Winter is your luckiest season. Looking for love in Phoenix year? Pig is most compatible with another Pig, Sheep, or Rabbit. Tiger is also compatible. Snake is least compatible.

Contact me to schedule your tarot, astrology, or feng shui consultation for Chinese New Year.

Happy new Moon,

Susan

2017 Cancer Full Moon

January 9, 2017 § 4 Comments

FULL MOON in CANCER

January 12 2017 is a full Moon in Cancer. Water sign Cancer is the mother figure and nurturer of the zodiac. So use the coming two weeks as the Moon wanes to take care of yourself, especially by eating healthy food. Plus Cancer rules the fourth house of family, home, and roots making the next two weeks ideal to clean your home and prepare for Chinese New Year that starts on the new Moon on January 27.

People could feel frustrated by the configuration of a grand cardinal cross of the full Moon in cardinal Water sign Cancer opposite Sun and Pluto in cardinal Earth sign Capricorn, and squaring Jupiter in cardinal Air sign Libra, and squaring Uranus in cardinal Fire sign Aries. Cardinal signs are active and goal oriented. Under the influence of this grand cross, there could be delays, or a sense of being in the doldrums with nothing new, and it’s more of a challenge to get things done. Mars in Pisces squares Saturn in Sagittarius making it necessary to be thorough and cautious.

Fortunately, Venus, Mars, and Neptune are conjunct in Pisces for increased empathy and sensitivity. Venus conjunct Mars is especially good for enjoying social times, appreciation of art and beauty, increase of sex drive and passion, and involvement in creative work.

MY CHINESE NEW YEAR TALK

Please join me on Saturday February 11 2017 for my annual Chinese New Year talk about The Year of the Fire Phoenix (Rooster) from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm at East West Books, 324 Castro Street in Mountain View CA. To reserve tickets, please call East West Books at 650-988-9800 or 800.909.6161. This event sells out every year so advance tickets are recommended. Contact me to schedule your personal 2017 Phoenix Year forecast.

Full Moon luck is strongest for Water signs Cancer, Pisces, and Scorpio and those born in Sheep, Rabbit, Pig, and Horse years.

Happy full Moon,

Susan

2017 Mercury Retrogrades

December 30, 2016 § Leave a comment

2017 MERCURY RETROGRADES


Happy New Year! 
Mark your calendars!
Communication planet Mercury is retrograde for three weeks.

Traditionally in astrology, Mercury retrograde is a time of miscommunication, technology problems, and items lost or misplaced. But Mercury retrogrades during 2017 Fire Phoenix (Rooster) year can be opportune times to focus on detailed tasks, and catch up on financial matters.

December 19 2016 – January 8 2017 in Earth sign Capricorn. Time to review and organize finances, focus on earthly matters, and gather together whatever feels scattered as we complete this Fire Monkey year. We still feel the Mercury retrograde influence until the new Moon on January 27 that begins a new lunar cycle, and is Chinese New Year of the Phoenix (Rooster).

April 9 – May 3 in Earth sign Taurus. Good to follow up, get grounded, and complete tasks. Be thorough and take your time. Venus is retrograde in Pisces this month, making a harmonious sextile to Taurus who loves art and beauty. So time to enjoy the finer things of life. We still feel the Mercury retrograde influence until the new Moon on May 25 that begins a new lunar cycle.

August 12 – September 5 in Earth sign Virgo. Excellent for detailed analysis and review. Mercury is comfortable in its rulership sign Virgo. Plus Phoenix correlates to the western sign Virgo, so 2017 Phoenix year energy works well with Virgo’s cerebral approach. We still feel the Mercury retrograde influence until the new Moon on September 19 that begins a new lunar cycle.

December 2 – 22 in Fire sign Sagittarius. Time to separate truth from fiction. Use caution to not speak so directly that conflict is created and viewpoints are polarized. We still feel the Mercury retrograde influence until the new Moon on January 16 2018 that begins a new lunar cycle.

Contact me for your tarot card reading, or 2017 forecast with both your Western planetary transits and your Chinese Four Pillars BaZi charts! Please join me February 11 for my 2017 Year of the Fire Phoenix talk at East West Books in Mountain View CA.

Wishing you a joyous New Year,

Susan