June 29, 2012 § Leave a comment

Fireworks on the 4th of July!


July 3 2012 is a full Moon in the Earth sign Capricorn, time to enjoy, celebrate, and share Earth’s abundance. Energy is high during this peak-of-summer Fire Horse month, and perfect for fireworks. If you’re moving right along at a fast clip, then put some sweat equity into your Dragon-year dreams. Organize and build to manifest your ideal. But if you’re running on empty so far in this Dragon year, use this full Moon cycle as your time for stability and healing. Practical, realistic Capricorn rules the 10th house of career, so be sure to manage your accomplishments at work.


This full Capricorn Moon blends with transformation planet Pluto to shine light on the realities of a situation. Any idea or obsession that is not realistic can fall by the wayside now. Moon with Pluto also brings strong emotions and insights, and is a favorable time for self analysis and depth of understanding. This full Moon brings transformational opportunities, especially for the Earth signs Capricorn, Taurus, and Virgo and those born in Ox, Serpent, and Phoenix (Rooster) years.


Also on July 3, the fiery red planet of passion and courage Mars enters the peaceful relationship sign Libra until August 23. People are less aggressive but more talkative. It’s easier to work cooperatively and listen to other points of view. Organize your affairs because…


From July 14 to August 7, communication planet Mercury will be retrograde in the regal Fire sign Leo. It’s easy to be self focused, and not so easy to be objective. Know that you can always call me at 415.642.8019 or reply to this email for a tarot or astrology reading. I’m happy to schedule your reading and look forward to speaking with you.

Happy full Moon,



TAROT One-Card Wonder

June 29, 2012 § Leave a comment

Everyone wants THE LOVERS, especially for relationships!

Everyone wants THE LOVERS, especially for relationships!

I received an email from a tarot student who was driving herself crazy by pulling cards about a relationship. In her own words, “I have pulled too many cards and I’m in a bad place now.” This is not so unusual. People tend to keep selecting cards until they get the card that they really want. I joke that when it comes to relationships, don’t just keep picking until you get THE LOVERS!

So what to do? I recommended a tarot diet about this relationship by limiting the tarot to one card a day for 30 days. Then that one card will have more force because it’s the only one. I select one tarot card every morning and post it on twitter @ #tarot_tweet. And I stop and contemplate my daily card, not just pick and pick until I get THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE.

INTRODUCTION TO TAROT, my book in The Complete Tarot Kit.

In my book INTRODUCTION TO TAROT I describe the One-Card Spread on pages 180 and 181: There is beauty and simplicity in the minimal one-card spread. Shuffle, cut, lay out the cards in a half-moon shape, ask your questions, and then select just one card. One picture can tell a thousand stories. Only one image is required to illuminate your path.

This one-card spread can be used without the shuffling and cutting preparation. This makes it very convenient for shopping and travel. Shuffle a deck and place it in carrying pouch. When shopping, keep the pouch in your handbag or briefcase. If doubting whether or not to purchase an item, select just one card from the pouch. The answer will be clear. Purchase THE EMPRESS item. Leave the TWO OF SWORDS item.

Tarot decks are published in many sizes. I recommend the tiny Waite-Rider deck to use as a portable deck. Shuffle and place the deck in a small pouch to carry with you. You never know when someone else might want a tarot reading or when you’ll appreciate a quick sneak peek at tarot card. The imagery from a single card may provide the insight you need.

The following is an account of a one-card spread with a very happy ending:
I answered the phone only to hear a stricken tarot client calling from Los Angeles, “Susan, I’m so sorry to bother you at night but tomorrow is the Emmys and I can’t sleep. I need to know if I’ll win.” I pulled THE STAR card. “You are a Star, I told her. “Win or lose, you still win.” The next evening she won her first Emmy. In this instance, one card was all that was required.

The STAR card for an Emmy win.

The STAR card for an Emmy win.


June 18, 2012 § Leave a comment

Happy Summer Solstice!

Happy Summer Solstice!


Tuesday June 19 is a new Moon in the lively, mercurial Air sign Gemini. Sun, Moon, and Venus are all in Gemini, making this an ideal time for lively social gatherings and creative adventures. Short travels and trips are fortunate during this lunar cycle, especially before Mercury goes retrograde from July 14 – August 7. Good to network, make connections, and share ideas with close friends and family members. Under Gemini’s influence, everyone wants to chat and everyone has lots to say.

It’s easy to be inspired by Gemini’s fast energy, but equally as easy to become overwhelmed during this lunar cycle. Know that you can call me at 415.642.8019 or send an email for tarot and astrology guidance. If the pace of life seems intense this Dragon year summer, hold onto your saddle because…


This new Moon starts the month of the Fire Horse. Fire qualities are expressiveness, leadership, and willpower. Horse qualities are strength, independence, and love of adventure. So events occur more quickly during this Fire Horse month. Lucky breaks can lead to fast success – or quick chaos. 


June 20 is Summer Solstice, the longest day and the beginning of summer. The powers of nature are at their peak. Tonight, bathe with midsummer herbs of lavender, chamomile, and vervain. Feast on fresh fruits and give thanks for the abundance of Mother Earth in her fullness. Let the fiery Sun burn away all that is unwanted, all that is no longer useful. Time to really take care of yourself so you can then take care of others. Don’t get burnt out during this Fire Horse month. Luck is strongest for the Air signs Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius and those born in Horse, Dog, and Tiger years.

Happy new Moon,


Interior Design and Feng Shui

June 16, 2012 § Leave a comment

Lucky Bamboo for Dragon Year

Lucky Bamboo for Dragon Year

My feng shui friend Janet was born in 1952, the year of the Water Dragon. This year 2012 is also a Water Dragon year, which occurs every 60 yeas. To commemorate the event, Janet purchased a bamboo plant in a Dragon container. She sent me an email from Austin with the above photo, asking if it’s auspicious to place this bamboo in her entrance. I told her it can be fortunate, and best if the Dragon faces the door.

Items not related by design.

The bamboo plant is healthy, but the container is not very attractive.  This ceramic Dragon looks like a goofy cartoon character, not the powerful and regal Chinese Dragon. And see how the entry is just not inviting?  That’s because the items in the entry don’t blend well together. The Dragon container is too decorative and heavy for the glass table, and the table should be outdoors. The silk flowers in the orange basket are not well arranged. It’s best to just remove the basket. The antique chair looks uncomfortable to sit in, and is missing a few pieces. Of course, Janet never uses the phone book propped up in the corner.

Janet understood how her disparate items are not unified in theme or design. She saw the new direction she could take, and started making changes. I also recommended that Janet add a window treatment to add warmth. A fabric curtain in a light gold or vanilla shade would work with the floor. The curtain should come to the floor, not stop at the window, for better luck and a sense of abundance.

Last week I heard that Truman Capote’s first novel Summer Crossing was being made into a movie, so I read it. In one scene, the heroine of Summer Crossing, an earlier incarnation of Holly Golightly from Breakfast At Tiffany’s, visits the family home of her unsuitable suitor:

“Mrs. Manzers’ furniture had this look of anonymous adequacy: chairs enough, plenty of lamps, a few too many objects. It was, however, only the objects that reflected a theme: two Buddhas, splitting their sides, supported a library of three volumes; an Indian maiden, made of pink wax, carried on a dreamy smiling ceaseless flirtation with Mickey Mouse, whose doll-sized self grinned atop the radio; and, like comic angels, a bevy of cloth clowns gazed down from the tall heights of a shelf.”  More interior design with disparate items that make little sense together.

This summer, take a new look at the items that you’ve placed in your surroundings. You probably don’t have a pink wax Indian maiden, but what exactly do you have? And why? Spend some time looking, move things around, edit down if too many small things, and reduce clutter so your material items better blend to create a peaceful flow of energy. We can all learn from Janet’s entry. Good luck!


June 1, 2012 § Leave a comment

Venus shines brighly in the night sky.

Venus shines brighly in the night sky.


Monday June 4 is a full Moon eclipse in the philosophical and adventurous Fire sign Sagittarius. Sagittarius is a truth seeker who follows instincts, sees the big picture, and goes straight to the point. An eclipse is an absence of light when the shadow is seen, so on this full Moon eclipse, truth that was hidden can now be revealed. Time to be bold and speak what’s in your heart and mind.

Also on this full Moon, the planet of inspirations and dreams Neptune goes retrograde until November 10. Neptune will be retrograde in the Water sign Pisces, which is a natural fit for Neptune. This retrograde cycle can bring more opportunities for imaginative dreams, insightful illumination, and emotional regeneration. Or Neptune retrograde could be your time for a Dragon-year dreams reality check.

Both Venus and Mars square this full Moon, which could cause tension in relationships. So under Sagittarius’ influence, quickly move through relationship issues. Now is not the time to process or reflect, which could just lead to more arguments. Instead, expand your horizons, take a short trip, create an adventure, even go pick strawberries. Love planet Venus is still retrograde in Gemini until June 28 so tread lightly with your sweetheart. Speaking of Venus…


Tuesday June 5 starts a transit of Venus whereby Venus will pass directly between the Sun and Earth. This alignment is rare, coming in pairs that are eight years apart but separated by over a century. The most recent transit of Venus was in 2004, but the next one won’t occur until 2117.

Love planet Venus represents the feminine loving, nurturing, and creative principal of life. Venus crossing the Sun (from Earth’s perspective) brings together the creative forces of love planet Venus with the strong vital life force that is the Sun. This astronomical event is all about love, from universal consciousness love to intimate personal partnership love.

Venus will shift from evening star to morning star as She passes directly in front of the Sun. In ancient world cultures, Venus’ transformation from evening star to morning star was symbolic of death and rebirth, rebirth when Venus again rose in the morning.

Happy full Moon,


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