December 27, 2012 § Leave a comment



Friday December 28 is a full Moon in the sensitive Water sign Cancer. Time to cozy up, nestle in, and nurture self and others. You might feel more empathetic, and remember insightful dreams.

Follow your intuition but go slowly; Cancer the Crab moves sideways, not on a direct path. Carve out some time to be alone to reconnect with your emotions. Also carve out some time to share with loved ones.

Gentleness and peace in your interactions is for everyone, and feels most profound for the Water signs Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces and those born in Sheep, Pig, and Hare years.

Happy holidays and happy full Moon!


Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2012 § Leave a comment


Christmas day will be magical this year. On December 25 the Moon blends with Jupiter, the largest and most fortunate planet, the “Santa Claus” of the zodiac. Jupiter is the good father archetype and the giver of gifts. Transits of Jupiter bring opportunities whereby doors can open. Moon plus Jupiter enhances generosity, brings easy kindness and nurturing support, and a feeling that everything is alright. 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. And it’s the day of the fun-loving Monkey, adding to the merriment! Happy holidays!


December 20, 2012 § Leave a comment


Friday December 21 is Winter Solstice, the longest night in the northern hemisphere. After this dark night, sunlight increases as the solar year begins again, making Winter Solstice a time for new beginnings.

And the world does not end! The Mayan Long Count calendar completes, but then starts a new astrological cycle based on the number two for cooperation and working collectively. On a global level, a challenge is to balance the polarity between stuffed or starved, the haves-too-much or the haves-not-enough.

Click here
to enjoy this video made by the Mayan Indians.

Happy Winter Solstice!

Sagittarius New Moon Begins Water Rat Month

December 11, 2012 § Leave a comment

Rat gets the cheese in Rat month!

Rat gets the cheese in Rat month!


Thursday December 13 is a new Moon in the exciting Fire sign
Sagittarius. Sun, Moon, and Mercury are all in Sagittarius bringing a
more positive outlook and playfulness to your interactions. Mercury
in Sagittarius is very helpful for communications after Mercury’s
intense retrograde journey in Scorpio. Now is the time for new
thoughts and perceptions, to see the truth, and gain clarity for
long-range plans.


This new Moon begins the month of the Water Rat. In Chinese
astrology, Rat is smart, sharp, and clever. The element Water makes
the Rat more sensitive and caring. Water symbolizes money so finances
should be examined. And be social this holiday season! Rat loves the
pack. Opportunities are strongest for the Fire signs Sagittarius,
Aries, and Leo and those born in Rat, Dragon, and Monkey years,
especially the Water Rat born in 1972.


There are two more months of this Water Dragon year. Water Snake year
begins on the new Moon on February 9, 2013 at 11:20 pm PST. Please
join me for my Year of the Water Snake 2013 talks:

January 18 – Friday afternoon at 1:00 pm
JCCSF Jewish Community Center of San Francisco
3200 California Street, San Francisco CA
admission free

January 26 – Saturday evening at 7:30 pm
East West Bookshop
324 Castro Street, Mountain View CA
$10 in advance or $12 at the door

Happy new Moon,



December 3, 2012 § 1 Comment

Rudy & me at Chrissy Field, San Francisco, Nov. 2012.

Rudy & me at Chrissy Field, San Francisco, Nov. 2012.

Maybe you’ve seen or heard of the free flying macaws at Dolores Park. I came across them when a crowd gathered under a massive magnolia tree on the corner of 20th and Church, next to the Muni “J” tracks. Sun bathers, tourists, picnickers – everyone was looking up, astounded by a vibrant scarlet macaw perched on the lowest branch of the tree.

I assumed that the bird was someone’s pet that got loose and flew away when its clipped wings grew out. So I pulled my house keys out of my pocket and shook them to get the bird’s attention. Us spectators could catch the bird, then Google, Facebook, and tweet our find, and voilà – bird reunited with it’s human.

Then I noticed a man walking towards me with an even larger macaw perched on his shoulder. I stared at that big macaw; neon red, striped feathered cheeks, and as my eyes traveled down its gleaming crimson feathered body, I saw that its wings were not clipped. The flight feathers were intact.

“That’s my bird. She’ll fly down soon,” the man told me.

“I thought it was a wing grow out,” I explained, and stopped rattling my key chain.

“You must know about birds,” he said. And I do know a lot about birds. From a childhood parakeet to a lovebird companion in my adulthood, I am a bird lover in the same way that others are cat people or dog people. When my darling lovebird Jamilla died of old age, I decided to not get another bird because birds should fly free. Down with cages of any kind! I became a fan of Mark Bittner and “The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill.” And now here, in the park two blocks from my home, were gorgeous and free macaws!

Suddenly the scarlet macaw glided from the tree branch and made a grand circle over the Dolores Park Playground. A swarm of children ran up the hill, wanting to get close to the parrots. Is it real? Will it bite me? Is it a kite? The man was very kind to all the children and answered their endless questions.

“You’re great with kids,” I told him.

“I teach sixth grade math.”

And so my conversation began with the very interesting Chan the Birdman. The macaws don’t fly away because Chan trained them in free flight. Basically, the birds are rewarded with food. Training is repetitive and highly Pavlovian. It’s the art of falconry with macaws instead of falcons. And nicely vegan with walnuts instead of raw liver.

It got a little freaky when the dominoes of coincidences began to fall. Chan’s family is third-generation Chinese herbalists, and I do Chinese medicine. He is Chinese Vietnamese, and my business partner Dave Hajdu (at OnlineChineseAstrology.com) is in Saigon where Chan was born. We both know Chinese astrology, we both cook, and we both adore parrots. Chan is gay, I’m an old-school fag hag. I asked Chan if I could be his “assistant” with the birds. It sounds better than “hag.”

So you might run into us at Dolores Park, or at Chrissy Field riding bikes while the macaws fly after us, or out at Fort Funston where the birds make a giant loop over the ocean — so far that for a few precious seconds they disappear from sight! The big mellow fellow, Rudy, is a green wing macaw (ara chloropterus). Rudy was named Ruby but a DNA blood test proved that she was a he. Bella is the smaller female scarlet macaw (ara macao). She is delicate and harder to train because of her species. Rudy is three years old, Bella is still a baby at age two, and macaws can live for over fifty years. Macaws are indigenous to South America but both were born in captivity here in California.

Yes they talk, and no the hawks cannot get them. Rudy’s beak can easily crack a hawk’s skull like a walnut, and I’ve seen hawks fly away in terror if they are anywhere near Rudy and Bella. If you see us say hi. Bring an almond.

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