November 26, 2012 § Leave a comment
FULL MOON ECLIPSE in GEMINI
Wednesday November 28 is a lunar eclipse in the Air sign Gemini. A
lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth is between the Moon and the Sun.
The Earth blocks the Sun’s light to the Moon so that the Moon is
temporarily covered in darkness. Fortunately, this full Moon eclipse
blends with the big planet Jupiter, also in in Gemini, for
generosity, innovative ideas, and sharing of information. It’s easier
to make change now and to realign your priorities. And Gemini is
ruled by communication planet Mercury, making this an ideal time to
speak up, clear the air, and let go of issues from the past. Luck is
strongest for the Air signs Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius and if you
have many Air signs in your birth chart.
But note that this Gemini Moon squares Neptune in Pisces.
Moon/Neptune transits do increase your sensitivity to your
environment, but it’s not always easy to clearly interpret what you
see, especially when clouded by an eclipse. If you dream big during
this eclipse, your inspirations might not be very realistic. Under
Gemini’s mercurial influence, try not to exaggerate and be careful
with legal contracts. It’s better to be indecisiveness than to act on
vague plans and promises. What is put into action during an eclipse
comes to fruition in six months. If you want to focus on how this
eclipse influences your personal astrology chart, call me at
415.642.8019 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your astrology
transits. It’s best to come in early for your 2013 transits to avoid
my New Year rush.
Happy full Moon,
November 25, 2012 § Leave a comment
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.
When decorating your home and workplace, put your heart into your decorating. Create beauty with living things. Instead of so much 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 gold is especially fortunate in this Dragon year.
Feng shui engages all our senses, and than includes sound. So play happy music! Instead of the background noise of your TV or some other device, set the holiday mood with joyous and healing music.
Astrologically speaking, Christmas day will be magical. On December 25 the Moon blends with Jupiter. Jupiter is the largest planet and the most fortunate planet in astrology. Jupiter is the “Santa Claus” of the zodiac, the good father archetype and the bestower of gifts.
Transits of Jupiter bring opportunities whereby doors open, so perfect that there’s a major Jupiter aspect on Christmas! Moon conjunct Jupiter enhances generosity, brings an easy flow of kindness and nurturing support, and a feeling that everything is alright. In Western astrology Moon and Jupiter will both be in Gemini on Christmas. The mercurial Air sign Gemini makes travel easier, conversations flow, and everyone can lighten up and have fun. In Vedic astrology, Moon conjunct Jupiter will be in the sensuous Earth sign Taurus, which is even better. The Moon is exalted in Taurus, the best sign for the Moon, with deep appreciation of the fundamental beauty of life.
November 18, 2012 § Leave a comment
Thanksgiving, a time for thanks and giving, occurs during the month of the Pig — perfect for Pig, the gourmand of the Chinese zodiac. Ever notice how people “pig out” on the abundant Thanksgiving feast? All the character traits of a Pig are ideal for this holiday; natural kindness, a good heart, desire for everyone to win, and happy to be the peacemaker. But Pig can be naive at times. This innocence is endearing to Pig’s best friends diplomatic Hare and artistic Sheep, and to Pig’s soul mate the mighty Tiger. But such pure-hearted innocence is not always lucky for the Pig!
Your Chinese Four Pillars astrology chart is based on the animal sign and element of your birth year, month, day, and hour. You have Pig in your Four Pillars chart if you were born in the year of the Pig, during Pig month that occurs in November in the western calendar, on Pig day, or during Pig hours that are 9 PM – 11 PM. More info about your Four Pillars Chart is at http://susanlevitt.com/astro-consult.html#
I was born on a Wood Pig day, so have Pig in my Four Pillars chart. When people ask, “What is the one thing people don’t know about you?” it’s that I am a slow foods chef. I shop at the farmer’s markets and cook everything from scratch. And I entertain with food. That’s an expression of the Pig in me. And I do have that Pig naivete, at times, of idealistically seeing the best in others, not their feet of clay.
The wisdom of the ancient Chinese Taoist philosopher Lau Tzu (6th century BC) is contained in a slim book of 81 short chapters know as the Tao te Ching. Tao could be translated as “the way”and ching means “book” in Chinese, making the Tao te Ching a book of the Tao. And Tao is the way of all nature. The 49th chapter of the Tao te Ching reminds me of the positive qualities of the Pig:
The Master has no mind of her own.
She works with the mind of the people.
She is good to people who are good.
She is also good to people who aren’t good.
This is true goodness.
She trusts people who are trustworthy.
She also trusts people who are untrustworthy.
This is true trust.
The Master’s mind is like space.
People don’t understand her.
They look to her and wait.
She treats them like her own children.
Thank you to Stephen Mitchell for this generous translation.
And happy Thanksgiving in this Pig month!