July 2011 – Wood Sheep Month

June 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

The new Moon eclipse on July 1 (1:38 AM PDT) begins the month of the wood SHEEP. Sheep are creative, spiritual, and artistic souls who cherish beauty and value the finer things in life. The element Wood symbolizes growth, like plants in springtime. During this lunar cycle, explore your creativity. Immerse yourself in art, beauty, and nature — especially with family and friends; Sheep likes the flock and are not solitary creatures. Sheep tend to be introverted because of their spiritual and contemplative nature, but do not be a Hermit this month.

Some translations refer to Sheep as Ram or Goat. This can be misleading. Ram is a yang symbol of masculinity, whereas Sheep is essentially yin. Ram could be confused with the Western sign of Aries the Ram, but we Sheep have little of Aries’ fiery combativeness. (Instead, Aries correlates to mighty Dragon.) Goat may evoke the Western sign of Capricorn the Goat, but Sheep rarely possesses the drive and ambition to ascend to the mountaintop like Capricorn, which correlates to Ox. Sheep correlates to the Western sign Cancer, the sign of the mother and nurturer. In rare instances, Sheep is referred to as Deer because of Sheep’s gentle nature.

Due to the partial solar eclipse when Sheep month began, some issues may be hidden, not clear, or obscured. So if a situation arises that could become combative, take the high road and be diplomatic. Avoid shouting or any dramatic overtures because that will not work. This is a Sheep month in a Hare year, and both Sheep and Hare love peace. Under their gentle and kind influence, life can be more beautiful and fulfilling, especially for those born in Sheep, Pig, and Hare years.



June 29, 2011 § Leave a comment


Friday July 1 is a partial solar eclipse at 1:38 AM PDT. This eclipse is the last of three summer eclipses on June 1, June 15, and now July 1. An eclipse is an absence of light when the “shadow” is seen, meaning that hidden information or unconscious behavior can be exposed. Eclipses can be opportunities to understand what forwards your growth, or what just needs to be released. Gently let go with kindness, generosity, and compassion because this new Moon eclipse is in the caring, adaptive, and deeply sensitive Water sign CANCER, the sign of the mother, nurturer, and healer.

In astrology, CANCER represents the fourth house, the house of family, motherhood, and home. This lunar cycle is time to focus on family ties and on those you love. This summer of gentle Hare year 2011 is the perfect season to enjoy family and friends, share summer foods, and appreciate art and creativity. Under CANCER’s homey influence, it’s also time to balance your personal environment. Life can be more harmonious for everyone, especially the Water signs CANCER, SCORPIO, and PISCES.

Happy new Moon!

Summer Solstice

June 20, 2011 § Leave a comment

SUMMER SOLSTICE: The Sun is a Woman

Tuesday June 21 at 10:16 AM PDT is Summer Solstice, the longest day in the northern hemisphere. The Sun enters CANCER and marks the beginning of summer. The powers of nature are at their peak. Let the fiery Sun burn away all that is unwanted, all that is no longer useful. Feast on fresh fruits and give thanks for the abundance of Mother Earth in her fullness.

Tonight, bathe with midsummer herbs of lavender, chamomile, and mint. Write down your midsummer night’s dream; it may hold symbolic clues or answers. If you wish, light a white or red candle to celebrate the light of the Sun. Bring a bouquet of fresh summer flowers into your home to add brightness. Happy summer, my favorite season!

In astrology, the Sun is considered masculine, and the Moon is considered feminine. Sun as man is symbolized by ancient Sun gods such as Ra in Egypt and Apollo in Greece. But there are many female Sun goddesses of antiquity: Bast, Sekmet, and Hathor (Egypt), Brigid and Etain (Ireland), Bila (Australia), Shamshu and Shapash (Arabia), Aditi (India), and Sul (English, worshiped at Silbury Hill).

Sun Goddesses whose emergence from a dark cave is part of their mystery are Omikami Amaterasu (Japan) and Paivatar (Finland). Sun goddesses who triumphed over adversity are Bila (Australia), Hae-Sun (Korea), Olwen (Wales), and Tach-I (Louisianan Tunica). Sun Goddesses who travel across the sky are Xatel-Ekwa (Hungary), Wuriupranili and Walo (Australia), Sunna (Scandinavia and Germany) and Saule (Lithuania and Latvia).


June 16, 2011 § Leave a comment


Wednesday June 15 is a full Moon in the truth seeking, freedom loving, trail blazing Fire sign Sagittarius. This full Moon is a lunar eclipse, the second in a series of eclipses on June 1, June 15, and July 1. Eclipses are an absence of light when the “shadow” is seen. Opportunities are good to release unnecessary entanglements that do not forward growth. Let go of half truths, especially in relationships. Put an end to repeating irritations or old habits. The more you release, the clearer your path becomes. Please feel free to call me at 415.642.8019 or send an email if you seek more clarity during this cycle of eclipses.

This full Moon marks the middle of the month of the Wood Horse so this can be a fortunate time to swiftly resolve difficulties, move forward, and be of service to others. Now more than ever, speaking the truth is most important. Sagittarius’ inspirational energy and love of travel, adventure, and excitement is for all, and is strongest for the Fire signs Sagittarius, Aries, and Leo and those born in Rat, Dragon, and Monkey years.


June 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

In Western astrology, June is the month of GEMINI the Twins. In Chinese astrology, June the month of the HORSE. Horse is fun, adventurous, independent, dynamic, strong, and free spirited. So in the spirit of the Horse, June is time to lighten up, be social, and have some fun! Cast a few cares to the wind and try new adventures. Horse loves the herd so attend outdoor events, fairs, and festivals. Short trips and local journeys are a wonderful way to release some of this Horsey energy and excitement. Luck for new discoveries and inspiration is for all, especially the Air signs Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius and those born in Horse, Dog, and Tiger years.

There are five Chinese elements: fire, earth, metal, water, and wood. This June is the month of the WOOD Horse. The element Wood is symbolic of growth in springtime, like fresh shoots seeking fast growth and development. Horse’s earthly branch (core essence) is Fire. Wood nurtures Fire, helps Fire to grow, so you can cover much ground, swiftly develop projects, and have quick success. It’s easier to follow your gut instincts, just like a real Horse. But if events are slowed due to the eclipses on June 1, June 15, and July 1 some patience may be required. Gemini and Horse have many sparkling, inspired, witty, wonderful, and creative virtues — but patience is not one of them!

I’ll be blogging about the animal months and their elements in this Metal Hare year 2011:
February – metal Tiger
March – metal Hare
April – water Dragon
May – water Serpent
June – wood Horse
July – wood Sheep
August – fire Monkey
September – fire Phoenix
October – earth Dog
November – earth Pig
December – metal Rat
January – metal Ox

Surgery Dates, Conception, and other Lunar tips

June 5, 2011 § 126 Comments

I receive many emails about selecting surgery dates, so here is some general info:

NEW MOON: The WAXING Moon occurs during the two weeks starting at the new Moon that builds up to the full Moon. This waxing Moon is the time for surgery to ADD (not remove) something to your body, like a new hip, heart valve, or a breast implant for a cancer survivor. So schedule operations to add on the new Moon or during the next nine days after the new Moon.

FULL MOON: Avoid scheduling surgeries or operations of any kind on or close to a FULL Moon. Bruising and swelling is much greater on a full Moon. Like sap rising in a tree or the powerful ocean tides, fluids rise on the full Moon. Avoid surgery three days before or three days after the full Moon because of the full Moon’s strong influence.

DARK MOON: The WANING Moon occurs during the two weeks after the full Moon, as the Moon wanes down. This is the time for surgery to REMOVE something from your body, such as a cyst or tumor. So schedule operations to remove starting three days after the full Moon, or during the last week and a half as the Moon wanes down.

More MOONY medical info:

MENSTRUATION: Egg in the light. Bleed in the dark.
Ovulate on the full Moon. Figure out when you menstruate and get your body in sync to produce your egg when the Moon is full.
Menstruate on the dark Moon, preferably on the balsamic Moon, the last day or two of the lunar cycle. This is the quiet time to rest, release your blood, and honor your body. Then you’ll know when you’ll be menstruating so you can plan quiet restful time for your menses during the last days of the lunar cycle. Plan travel and other events, such as athletic meet, on or near the full Moon.

CONCEPTION: Girl or Boy?
A child conceived while the Moon is in a water or earth sign will be female. Water signs are Pisces, Cancer, and Scorpio. Earth signs are Virgo, Capricorn, and Taurus.
A child conceived while the Moon is in a fire or air sign will be male. Fire signs are Sagittarius, Aries, and Leo. Air signs are Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius.
Every day I tweet the Moon signs on my twitter account, so just follow at astrologytweet.

ENTERTAIN, WED, CELEBRATE all under the light of the Moon:
Celebrations are best on the full Moon, or as close to the full Moon as possible. Having an art opening or party? The best attendance will be on a full Moon. An event held on a dark Moon at the end of the lunar cycle will attract only a few people.

Face to Face with Channel 4 British Comic Brian Badonde

June 3, 2011 § 4 Comments

Channel 4, a British television production company, called me yesterday afternoon and asked if I would do a tarot card reading for Brian, one of the men in their entourage. They’d just finished shooting in the wine country and wanted to squeeze in a tarot card reading in San Francisco.

I told them that Brian should prepare three questions for the cards, that there is no such thing as a silly or stupid question if it is a sincere concern, and perhaps Brian would prefer privacy for his tarot reading.

But there was no privacy; Brian arrived with three large cameras and ten people. Turns out Brian Badonde is a popular comic in England whose shtick is to be obviously out, gayly proud, and a bit of a tranny. He is a character comic like Mr. Bean or PeeWee Herman. Brian invented his own speech pattern based on burette (not tourette) syndrome whereby he sputters and makes up words.

My living room is good for filming because it is small enough to light well, has good feng shui so it just feels right, and there is no clutter. Brian does know his art, so he asked that we close the red window curtains to make a solid backdrop for him, and not have him sit where my clients usually sit in front of a bookcase. So with a few changes and minimal hassle, we were ready to shoot.

Monty Python aside, my idea of funny is Groucho — not British humour. But Brian stayed absolutely in character the entire time, asking the classic tarot questions of when will I find love, will I always be successful, and for camp value he asked me if he would die young, although for both of us that ship sailed decades ago.

Brian is an Aquarius and a Dragon, and I could see the Aquarius in his off-beat individuality and the Dragon in his power and focus. For his love question, I read his palms for marriage lines and a big love is on the way, probably in Dragon year 2012. Brian responded, “What? I have to wait that long!” He’d recently split with his boy toy Sinbad (Sin Bad) who showed up in the cards as a little Three of Wands. I rolled along with the jokes as if this were all in jest, but still the cards came through with real information.

Brian actually had very good cards and very good fortune. A prominent tarot card for him was the very lucky Knight of Cups. In his grandiose burette accent, Brian read aloud from my book Introduction to Tarot, “The Knight of Cups is a very special Knight because he is the Knight of the grail legend. The story of the grail is an allegory of seeking truth, beauty, purpose, and salvation in life.” Then he turned to me and flatly deadpanned, “What the hell does that mean?”

I didn’t miss a beat. I said, “That’s why there’s a divinatory meaning.” I pointed on the page to where there’s a brief meaning about the card tacked on at the end of each card’s description. So Brian read aloud for the Knight of Cups “If you are stuck or stagnant, he will bring good luck, inspiration, advancement, new opportunities and friends, and emotional fulfillment. He is a spiritual Wheel of Fortune.”

This seemed to be working, even with Brian in full character, so I laid out more cards. Brian ended up with three Queens, which I found appropriate. For his last question, with tongue firmly in cheek, Brian asked if he would ever have children, which was the Death card. This is only time in my life that the Death card was funny.

One thing that might not have worked for Brian is that he didn’t get much of a response from me when he said or did something dramatically campy or over the top. I’m so used to gay culture that his shock the squares, or as the French would say épater le bourgeois, was lost on me.

But I’m so impressed and appreciative that Brian Badonde is out there like a true Dragon leader, shocking those who need to be shocked, representing for gay rights in such a positive, zany, and brave way. He’s breaking down cultural barriers through his humor and art. Or as Brian would way, through his bumour and bart.

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