Astrological Party Planning in Dragon Year

April 22, 2012 § Leave a comment

Garden Party in Dragon Year

Garden Party in Dragon Year

Spring is here! And spring is the power time of Dragon year. Dragon loves many things, but Dragon especially loves all kinds of parties and celebrations. In this Dragon year, bigger is better. Nothing is too extravagant or over the top for the mighty Dragon.

But no need to break the bank for a Dragon dream. Instead, try an astrological pot-luck. It provides something for everyone, and creates a communal spirit that Dragon enjoys, along with Dragon’s best friends Rat and Monkey.

An astrological pot luck is based on your Western sign’s element:

Element WATER signs PISCES, CANCER & SCORPIO bring beverages.

Element EARTH signs VIRGO, CAPRICORN & TAURUS bring desserts.

Element FIRE signs SAGITTARIUS, ARIES & LEO bring main dishes.

Element AIR signs GEMINI, LIBRA & AQUARIUS bring side dishes.

If your event is large enough, refine the details:
For Water signs: PISCES brings sparkling water, Champagne, white wines or light beer. CANCER brings juices, red wine & dark ales. SCORPIO brings the hard stuff, or coffee and teas.

For Earth signs: VIRGO brings healthy fruit & fruit pies. CAPRICORN brings cakes & cookies. TAURUS brings chocolate!

For Fire signs: SAGITTARIUS brings what cooks fast like shrimp or tofu. ARIES brings heartier fare like fowl or grain dishes. LEO brings meat or vegan meat substitutes.

For Air signs: GEMINI brings salads & veggies. LIBRA brings chips, dips & appetizers. AQUARIUS brings noodles, pasta, rice, or bread.

This spring and summer, get out and socialize. Next year Serpent 2013 will be the time for reflective contemplation. But now is the time to enjoy and celebrate. Dragon doesn’t need a reason to party — life is the reason!

TAURUS NEW MOON STARTS WOOD SERPENT MONTH

April 19, 2012 § Leave a comment

April 21 is a new Moon in the stable Earth sign Taurus. Moon, Sun, and Jupiter are all in Taurus so use the energy of this steady Taurean Moon to get grounded and catch up. This new Moon make a harmonious grand Earth trine with Mars in analytical Virgo and Pluto in realistic Capricorn. Mars brings increased courage, vigor, and optimism. Pluto’s influence brings depth of perception, gain in wisdom, and more resourcefulness.

This new Moon also starts the month of the Wood Serpent. Take time when needed for introspection and reflection, but the element Wood is about growth, excitement, and accomplishment. And spring is the power season of this Dragon year, so now is not the time for procrastination or delays. In this Serpent month, shed the skin of what holds you back. Springtime is for renewal, so start shedding, release, and embrace your new life cycle. This Taurus new Moon is strongest for the Earth signs Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn and those born in Serpent, Phoenix, and Ox years.

FENG SHUI in CHILDHOOD

April 16, 2012 § Leave a comment

Antiques hold energy of previous owners.

Antiques hold energy of previous owners.

While reading the memoir by British aristocrat Ivana Lowell “Why Not Say What Happened” I noticed many circumstances of bad feng shui in her life. Even though she was very wealthy and lived in stately manors, here is a description of an early childhood home in Mayfair, England:

“My mother’s idea of decorating was to place as many rickety antiques as could fit into a room onto a comparable number of worn antique rugs. The place was always untidy and unruly. If a television set in our living room broke, the replacement would simply be put on top. I have a photo of me as a small child perched on an old broken sofa next to several defunct TV sets and other pieces of unidentifiable furniture. I look confused and out of place, as though I had just been dumped and left in some builder’s scrap yard. It is only when I look closely at the picture that I can tell that I am, in fact, in our drawing room.”

This sounds gruesome due to clutter, neglect, and bad feng shui! About antiques; be cautious with antiques. They can carry energy of the previous owners, and that is not always good. Don’t live with an antique if it does not feel right, or is rickety and not strong enough to be used. And notice exactly what the antique is. For example, an antique gun is unlucky just because it is a gun!

Don’t end up with piles of unused furniture, or piles of computer equipment and other gadgets. This stuff takes up way too much space to allow it to just keep piling up. You don’t want that “left in some builder’s scrap yard” feeling in any room of your home.

Children are sensitive and know what’s going on. They know when a room is a cluttered mess. I’ve seen infants start to cry when they are carried into a room that is chaotic. So for the sake of your kids and to keep family peace, tidy up and don’t let clutter pile up.

If you don’t have kids, or you don’t share your home with anyone, still be aware of the environment that you create. Ivana Lowell describes the studio of her musician father (who turns out to not be her father):

“(His) apartment was only slightly more normal. It was dark and smelled of halva and cologne. His piano was a studio at the end of dark, long, and narrow corridor. When we visited, he would often lock himself in the room and try to compose his music. All we would hear was the sound of the metronome ticking in an otherwise painfully silent room.”

Of course this does not end well. Air out the place, add some lights, paint the walls, and add bright color and patterns. Play music to break the monotony of the metronome.

Bad feng shui continues in another childhood home:

“My bedroom was at the very back of the house, and the easiest route there was by means of the narrow staircase at the end of one wing. I hated going to bed. I was convinced that the house was haunted (I still am), and my room was cold, damp, and lonely. Every night I felt as though I was being exiled into some unfriendly and isolated world… One night I experimented to see what would happen if I screamed at the top of my lungs. After ten minutes of yelling, I realized that no one could hear me.”

This led to, “I think I was about six years old when Mike began to visit me in my bedroom.” The author decribes her childhood molestation by Mike, a handyman who worked on her family’s estate.

The author’s life challenges continue, all in horrible feng shui environments in castles and estates of the wealthiest and most privileged people in the world.

Some things in life we can do something about, and some things in life we cannot change. But we can all make the conscious choice to live with good feng shui by cleaning up messes and being aware of what we chose to live with. Good feng shui closes the door to chaos and violence, and opens the door to peace, harmony, and success.

ANOTHER TRIPLE DRAGON

April 11, 2012 § 2 Comments

Friday the 13th is a very fortunate day that brings opportunities for
inspiration, action, and change. Like April 1, April 13 is a
powerful triple Dragon day when luck is increased threefold: a
Dragon day, in Dragon month, during Dragon year 2012.

Luck is even stronger than on April 1 because Mercury is no longer
retrograde since April 4 for clear communications. And the fiery red
planet Mars is no longer retrograde as of April 13 for successful
action.

Ride the wave of energy during this Dragon year peak because there
won’t be another Dragon day like this for twelve years. Luck for
innovation, success, good fortune, and new doors opening is for all,
especially those born in Dragon, Rat, and Monkey years.

Happy Dragons,

Susan

LIBRA RELATIONSHIPS FULL MOON

April 5, 2012 § Leave a comment

LIBRA FULL MOON & VENUS in GEMINI

LIBRA FULL MOON & VENUS in GEMINI

Friday April 6 is a full Moon in the relationship sign Libra. Focus is on partnership, family, and friends. Love planet Venus is in the fun and flirty Air sign Gemini since April 3 so spread the love and lighten up. This full Moon of Dragon month in Dragon year is a good time for grand romantic gestures or artistic extravagance — all in the spirit of the magnanimous Dragon.

In all relationships, communications can improve because Mercury is no longer retrograde as of April 4. But Mercury is still in the Water sign Pisces so care and kindness go far. Maintain a peaceful and compromising Libran attitude. Save your strong comments for when Mercury enters Fire sign Aries on April 16.

This full Moon is perigee (orbit point closest to Earth) with solar flares, geomagnetic storms, a super nova, and more bizarre weather. This to be expected in a Water Dragon year, and spring is Dragon’s power time.

Relationship harmony is for everyone during this big grandiose full Moon. Feel free to call me at  415.642.8019 or send and email to susan@susanlevitt.com if a tarot or astrology session would be insightful about your relationship dynamics. And this weekend, tidy up the relationship areas of your home, the far right-hand corner from the entrance to each room. (There are more for feng shui tips for Water Dragon year 2012 on this blog.) 

The Libran full Moon brings peace and harmony, and is most influential for the Air signs Libra, Aquarius, and Gemini and those born in Dog, Tiger, and Horse years.

Happy full Moon!

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