January 5 – 11, 2015 THE WEEK IN CHINESE ASTROLOGY

December 31, 2014 § Leave a comment

snake ringHighlights this week are a night out or a change of routine on Water Sheep Wednesday, and fun social times on both Fire Dog Saturday and Fire Pig Sunday!

Mon Jan 5 is Metal SNAKE (white Snake) day. Energy begins to wane after the full Moon peak last night. Time to slow down and create calm on this Snake day. Snake is deliberate and thoughtful. Mercury conjunct Venus, good for expressing your feelings, is grounded by sextiles to practical Saturn. Sun conjunct intense Pluto squares Uranus, bringing a new view to see the world. Can contemplate, then focus on goals. White Snake hits the target. Snake day luck strong for Snake, Ox, Dragon, and Phoenix (Rooster). Snake hours 9 -11 am.

Tues Jan 6 is DOUBLE HORSE day: Water Horse day in this Wood Horse year! Still six more weeks of Horse year until Wood Sheep year begins on the new Moon of February 18, 2015. Moon trines Saturn for emotional stability while taking action on this double Horse day. Follow through on your dreams, you can complete projects, and honor your ideals. Mars opposite Jupiter calls for a grand gesture, so easy to overspend or overextend. Try not to be domineering of others if they don’t allow you complete freedom. Double Horse day luck strong for Horse, Tiger, Sheep, and Dog.

Wed Jan 7 is Water SHEEP day. Moon conjunct Jupiter bringing generosity, good feelings, and needed emotional relief from unsteady Uranus squares. Water Sheep energy brings calm, peace, and healing. Moon trines Uranus for a change of scenery tonight. Good for social engagements or a night out. Plus sensitive Waters Sheep day is fortunate for home improvement, decorating, and feng shui adjustments. Sheep day luck strong for Sheep, Rabbit, Horse, and Pig. Sheep hours 1 – 3 pm.

Thurs Jan 8 is Wood MONKEY day. Monkey day is fortunate in this Rat month because Monkey, Rat, and Dragon are best friends. And some luck is needed today! The Moon is opposite Mars and Neptune, and squares Saturn in a big T-square. Easy to get irritated, are less tolerant of others, and little things could annoy you. Hold back the impulse to speak without thought. Analyzing the actions of others can lead to monkey-mind tail chasing. The ongoing Uranus square Pluto brings out the rebel in nonconformist Monkey. Monkey day luck strong for Monkey, Rat, Dragon, and Snake. Monkey hours 3 – 5 pm.

Fri Jan 9 is Wood PHOENIX (Rooster) day. The Moon trines Pluto for empathy and increased sensitivity. The Sun conjuncts Pluto bringing the desire to go deeper. But the Moon is opposite Neptune so not a day for serious decisions. Mars squares Saturn so slow down if there are obstacles in your path. Plus Mars conjunct Neptune can be disorienting. Take care of self and others. Phoenix day luck strong for Phoenix, Ox, Dragon, and Snake. Phoenix hours 5 – 7 pm.

Sat Jan 10 is Fire DOG (red Dog) day. Dog days are lucky in Horse year. This morning is the fortunate aspect of Sun trine Moon bringing inner peace, balance, and equilibrium to three major conjunctions: Mercury conjunct Venus continues for pleasant conversations and networking. Nice for a party or get together. Mars conjunct Neptune sets the tone whereby all facts have not surfaced. Do not accept things at face value. The intensity and focus of Sun conjunct Pluto is ideal for Dog to sniff out the truth. Dog day luck strong for Dog, Rabbit, Tiger, and Horse. Dog hours 7 – 9 pm.

Sun Jan 11 is Fire PIG day. Moon trines Mercury conjunct Venus to be in touch with your feelings, and able to easily communicate. There is more interest in art, love, beauty, and fine food. Moon sextiles Saturn for a calm sense of duty that is refreshing. Mercury conjunct Venus sextiles Uranus for something different, maybe a day trip out of town. Mars, Saturn, and Pluto squares are in the heavens, but not to worry on a Pig day. Pig day luck strong for Pig, Tiger, Rabbit, and Sheep. Pig hours 9 – 11 pm.

Good luck and have a great week,

Susan

MERCURY, FULL MOON, KEY TRANSITS

December 31, 2014 § Leave a comment

Happy New Year 2015MERCURY RETROGRADES 2015

For your travel plans in 2015, note that Mercury retrograde is not considered an auspicious time for travel. So make your travel arrangements with the following Mercury retrograde dates in mind. Communication planet Mercury is retrograde for three weeks three times a year.

January 21 – February 11 in Air sign Aquarius. Mercury is exalted in Aquarius. Good for think tanks, new ideas, and networking. Best to be methodical during this Ox month, the final month of Horse year.

May 18 – June 11 in Air sign Gemini. Mercury is comfortable in rulership sign Gemini. You can cover much ground. Events fly by during this Horse month (in Sheep year).

September 11 – October 9 in Air sign Libra. Relationships will be important under the influence of Libra. Honesty is key during this Dog month.

FULL MOON IN CANCER

Sunday January 4, 2015 is a full Moon in Cancer at 8:53 pm PT. Cancer is a nurturing Water sign that rules the fourth house of family, hearth, and home. The Full Moon trines Neptune in Pisces bringing increased intuition. Impressions and hunches are strong. And superb for all types of divination! Contact me by phone 415.642.8019 or email susan@susanlevitt.com to schedule your New Year astrology forecast and tarot card reading.

The prominent Uranus in Aries square Pluto in Capricorn is being played out on the world stage as a fight for radical change. Rebel Uranus leads the way, first marching in the streets for Occupy Wall Street, now protesting police brutality that Black Lives Matter. Pluto is represented by a plutocracy or government of wealthy men (especially in Earth sign Capricorn), who fight to support their status quo. This Cancerian full Moon makes a square to Uranus, plus the Moon is opposite the Sun and Pluto, to shine light on these issues to bring new awareness. The Sun continues to conjunct Pluto, adding intensity to relationships. Sun conjunct Pluto ends January 11.

Saturn squares Neptune to strive for a balance of material and spiritual life. Intention might not be clear, and people can become overly idealistic. So keep things simple, and stay flexible when making decisions. Fortunately, the ongoing Mercury conjunct Venus is good for expressing your feelings, and brings an appreciation of art, peace, and beauty. Mercury and Venus are both in Aquarius, the best sign for Mercury and an interesting one for Venus! Mercury conjunct Venus ideas and communication are grounded by sextiles to practical Saturn, newly in Sagittarius. Mercury conjunct Venus ends January 23.

MARS SQUARE AND CONJUNCTION

January 6 – 22 Mars squares Saturn. Aspects of Mars and Saturn can feel like driving with the brakes on! It’s best to proceed carefully during this transit. To succeed, be through even when projects take more time than anticipated. It’s easy to become impatient during the tail of Wood Horse year.

January 8 – 29 Mars conjuncts Neptune. Mars wants action, whereas dreamy Neptune does not. Avoid accepting things at face value until all the facts surface. Not the time for shortcuts or to try to leap over obstacles.

2015 SHEEP YEAR TALK

Please join me on Saturday January 31, 2015 at 1 pm for my YEAR OF THE WOOD SHEEP talk at East West Books in Mountain View, CA. Purchase your $19 ticket in advance by calling the bookstore at 650.988.9800 because last year my talk sold out. I look forward to seeing you there!

Happy full Moon,

Susan

Dec 29 2014 – Jan 4, 2015 THE WEEK IN CHINESE ASTROLOGY

December 24, 2014 § Leave a comment

The Year of the Water Dragon

Dragon

Highlights this week are double Fire Rat New Years Eve, and a powerful full Moon at 8:53 pm PT on white Dragon Sunday!

Mon Dec 29 is Wood DOG day. Dog days are lucky in Horse year because Dog and Horse are best friends. Moon sextiles Mars bringing strength and courage that’s idea on a Dog day. Moon conjuncts Uranus for freedom of expression. But Moon squares Sun and Mercury so avoid arguments. Sun and Mercury conjunct Pluto so communication is serious and no-nonsense like Dog. Saturn squares Neptune to stay realistic. The ongoing Saturn square Pluto brings out Dog’s humanist values, and desire to fight for the underdog. Dog day luck strong for Dog, Rabbit, Tiger, and Horse. Dog hours 7 – 9 pm.

Tues Dec 30 is Wood PIG day. Moon trines Sun for harmony and an easier flow in life. Moon sextiles Neptune bringing sensitivity to the moods of others, and in some instances brings psychic ability. Mercury conjunct Venus adds to the appreciation of art, music, beauty, and Pig’s favorite — good food! Sun conjunct Pluto intensity lightens under the influence of kind-hearted Pig. Pig day luck strong for Pig, Tiger, Rabbit, and Sheep. Pig hours 9 – 11 pm.

Wed Dec 31 is double Fire RAT: Fire Rat day in Fire Rat month. Social Rat loves the pack so time for a fun New Years Eve. The Moon trines Sun, Mercury and Pluto for breakthrough conversations and encounters. Plus Moon squares Jupiter, but is a good square due to the influence of beneficial Jupiter, for strong feelings, enjoying the company of others, and to be in touch with your emotions. Rat day luck strong for Rat, Ox, Dragon, and Monkey. Rat hours 11 pm – 1 am.

Thurs Jan 1 is Fire OX day. Moon trines Mercury and Venus for good self expression and pleasant feelings. OK to experiment with new ideas and concepts on New Years day. Note that Moon opposite Saturn brings a serious tone, but that’s just fine with responsible, reliable Ox. Ox day luck strong for Ox, Rat, Snake, and Phoenix (Rooster). Ox hours 1 am – 3 am.

Fri Jan 2 is Earth TIGER day. Tiger days are fortunate in Horse year. Moon sextiles Uranus bringing the restlessness and desire for excitement that Tiger craves. Sun continues to squares Uranus so no one wants to follow routine. Venus sextiles Saturn so relationships are important. Fine for a celebration tonight, or an out-of-town adventure. Energy builds to Full Moon on Sunday. Tiger day luck strong for Tiger, Dog, Horse, and Pig. Tiger hours 3 am – 5 am.

Sat Jan 3 is Earth RABBIT day, the lovely gold Rabbit. Moon trines Mars to stand your ground, and let no one take advantage of you. Mercury and Venus sextile Saturn to make changes in your environment that add beauty. Start the new year with good feng shui! Rabbit’s influence brings peace and harmony to Uranus squares that could cause conflict. Energy builds to full Moon tomorrow. Rabbit day luck strong for Rabbit, Sheep, Dog, and Pig. Rabbit hours 5 – 7 am.

Sun Jan 4 is Metal DRAGON (white Dragon) day and a full Moon at 8:53 pm PT. Full Moon trines Neptune so intuitions and hunches are accurate. But Sun, full Moon, and Uranus are in a big T-squares so tone down any dramatics or rebelliousness. Plus the full Moon is opposite a Sun and Pluto conjunction bringing intensity in relationships. Dragon brings instant karma so be very aware in all your interactions. Cultivate compassion, not draconian measures. Dragon day luck strong for Dragon, Rat, Snake, and Monkey. Dragon hours 7 – 9 am.

Good luck and have a great week,

Susan Levitt

December 22 – 29, 2014 THE WEEK IN CHINESE ASTROLOGY

December 18, 2014 § Leave a comment

RED is lucky in feng shui.

RED is lucky in feng shui.

Highlights this week are a lucky Dragon Tuesday, a powerful double Horse Christmas on Thursday, and a fun Monkey Saturday that’s perfect for a party!

Mon Dec 22 is Fire RABBIT day. The days start to grow longer today after Winter Solstice that occurred last night. And the Moon starts to build after the new Moon yesterday that began Fire Rat month. Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Pluto are all conjunct; Pluto in the mix adds intensity, especially in relationships. Plus Uranus squares Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Pluto that can lead to conflicts and create tension. Domestic life can be upsetting, so take care. Rabbit’s natural diplomacy and kindness helps ease problems. Rabbit day luck strong for Rabbit, Sheep, Dog, and Pig. Rabbit hours 5 – 7 am.

Tues Dec 23 is Earth DRAGON day. Dragon day is fortunate in Rat month because Rat is very compatible with Dragon (and Monkey). Moon conjuncts Venus bringing pleasant feelings so nice to socialize and express Dragon’s natural generosity and benevolence. Pluto conjuncts Mercury and Venus for intensity in communications and in relationships, but Dragon likes powerful interactions. Saturn squares Neptune that’s good for Dragon dreams and lofty ideas, not practical matters or definite plans. Dragon day luck strong for Dragon, Rat, Snake, and Monkey. Dragon hours 7 – 9 am.

Wed Dec 24 is Earth SNAKE day. Mercury squares Uranus that can be very mentally stimulating, and bring new creative and inspirational ideas. But Moon conjuncts Mars that can lead to irritability or upset over trivial matters. Plus Mercury and Venus are still conjunct Pluto that adds intensity to communications and to partnership dynamics. So think and ponder like the wise Snake before speaking or making decisions. Strive for inner peace, and not lash out. Snake day luck strong for Snake, Ox, Dragon, and Phoenix (Rooster). Snake hours 9 -11 am.

Thurs Dec 25 is DOUBLE HORSE day: Metal Horse day in this Wood Horse year when freedom is key. Astrologically speaking, Christmas day will be powerful. Fortunately, the Sun sextiles Neptune for charitable feelings and the desire to help others. Transformation planet Pluto conjuncts the Sun, Mercury, and Venus so ideas and opinions can change when you converse with others. Be open to new ideas. You can accomplish your goals by releasing the past and eliminating old patterns. Relationships dynamics become intensified as emotions are deeply felt. Double Horse day luck strong for Horse, Tiger, Sheep, and Dog.

Fri Dec 26 is Metal SHEEP day. Sun sextile Neptune continues for charitable feelings and the desire to help others. Sun sextile Moon brings peace and emotional balance. But there are three major squares in the heavens that can bring conflict so slow down and take care. Plus Pluto still conjuncts Mercury and Venus, but intensity and focus is lighter under the influence of peaceful Sheep. Sheep day luck strong for Sheep, Rabbit, Horse, and Pig. Sheep hours 1 – 3 pm.

Sat Dec 27 is Water MONKEY day. Monkey day is fortunate in Rat month because Rat is very compatible with Monkey. Moon sextiles Venus for pleasant times. You can smooth over relationship problems, especially under the influence of charming Monkey. Nice to entertain at home and be with loved ones. Sun and Mercury square Uranus so be careful to avoid accidents. But good for inspirational ideas and inventions that creative Monkey finds entertaining. Monkey day luck strong for Monkey, Rat, Dragon, and Snake. Monkey hours 3 – 5 pm.

Sun Dec 28 is Water PHOENIX (Rooster) day. Now is the first quarter Moon, the waxing half Moon, that’s time for balance. So strive for balance as the Moon conjuncts Uranus to feel rash and impulsive. Moods can change quickly and unexpectedly. Plus Moon squares Pluto that can bring compulsive behavior leading to the wrong direction in life. Fortunately, Moon trines Saturn for emotional stability and a realistic outlook, not Phoenix flights of irrational fancy or the need to peck others. Phoenix day luck strong for Phoenix, Ox, Dragon, and Snake. Phoenix hours 5 – 7 pm.

Good luck and have a great week,

Susan Levitt

New Moon, Solstice, and Happy Holidays

December 16, 2014 § Leave a comment

Cosmic MoonNEW MOON IN CAPRICORN

December 21 is a new Moon in Capricorn is at 5:36 pm PT. The new Moon, Sun, Mercury, Venus, and Pluto are all in Earth sign Capricorn. Under the influence of no-nonsense Capricorn it’s best to be down to earth, realistic, practical. This planetary conjunction with Pluto brings a serious tone in relationships. Plus Mercury and Venus square Uranus so now is not the time for big change. Instead, build on the foundation you’ve already created.

FIRE RAT MONTH

This new Moon on Winter Solstice begins Fire Rat month. This can be problematic because cautious Rat is opposite Horse, and this is still active Horse year. But Fire Rat month brings the smarts, innovation, and know-how to plan your next steps.

SHEEP YEAR TALK

Wood Sheep year begins on the new Moon of February 18, 2015. Please join me for my annual Chinese New Year talk at East West Books in Mountain View, CA on Saturday January 31 at 1 pm. Purchase your $19 ticket in advance by calling the bookstore at 650.988.9800 because last year my talk sold out.

WINTER SOLSTICE

Also on December 21 is Winter Solstice, the longest night in the northern hemisphere, at 3:03 pm PT. As the Sun returns tomorrow, a new cycle begins. Now is superb for feng shui improvements. Click here for feng shui tips for the holidays.

CHRISTMAS

Christmas is on a double Horse day: Metal Horse day in this Wood Horse year when freedom is key. Astrologically speaking, Christmas day will be powerful. The Sun sextiles Neptune for charitable feelings and the desire to help others. Transformation planet Pluto still conjuncts the Sun, Mercury, and Venus. You can accomplish your goals by releasing the past and eliminating old patterns. Ideas and opinions can change when you converse with others, so be open to new ideas. And relationships dynamics become intensified as emotions are deeply felt, especially as the Moon enters sensitive Water sign Pisces.

NEW YEARS EVE

New Years Eve will be wonderful this year! The Moon will be in sensual Earth sign Taurus, the best sign for the Moon. This beauty-loving Taurean Moon trines Mercury and Pluto for breakthrough conversations and encounters. Plus the Moon squares Jupiter, but it’s a good square due to the influence of beneficial Jupiter, for strong feelings, enjoying the company of others, and to be in touch with your emotions.

Happy new Moon,

Susan

Feng Shui for the Holidays 2014

December 13, 2014 § Leave a comment

RED is lucky in feng shui.

RED is lucky in feng shui.

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. Kwanzaa candles are also fortunate, especially in the fame area. Just avoid placing candles in the wealth corner where you are symbolically burning money!

When decorating your home and workplace, put your heart into your decorating. Create beauty with living things. Instead of 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 red is especially fortunate in this Horse year.

Feng shui engages all our senses, and than includes sound. So play happy music! Instead of the background noise of your TV, set the holiday mood with joyous and healing music.

Christmas is on a DOUBLE HORSE day: Metal Horse day in this Wood Horse year! Freedom is key, and no one wants to be told what to do. Astrologically speaking, Christmas day will be powerful. On December 25 2014, transformation planet Pluto conjuncts the Sun, Mercury, and Venus. You can accomplish your goals by releasing the past and eliminating old patterns. Ideas and opinions can change when you converse with others, so be open to new ideas. People are serious, and do not want superficial communication today. And relationships dynamics becomes intensified as emotions are deeply felt, especially as the Moon enters sensitive Water sign Pisces.

New Years Eve will be wonderful this year! The Moon will be in sensual Earth sign Taurus, the best sign for the Moon. This beauty-loving Taurean Moon trines Mercury and Pluto for breakthrough conversations and encounters. Plus Moon squares Jupiter, but it is a good square due to the influence of beneficial Jupiter, for strong feelings, enjoying the company of others, and to be in touch with your emotions.

Happy holidays!

Susan Levitt

December 15 – 21, 2014 The Week in Chinese Astrology

December 10, 2014 § Leave a comment

LightFestivalHighlights this week are a festive double Pig Thursday, and a new Moon at 5:36 pm PT on Sunday that begins Fire Rat month on Winter Solstice — the longest night of the year!

Mon Dec 15 is Metal MONKEY (white Monkey) day. Many lunar aspects: Moon squares Venus, trines Mars, is opposite Uranus, and squares Pluto so emotions can be erratic, especially on a Monkey day. Fortunately Sun conjunct Mercury trines Jupiter for fresh ideas and inspiration. Uranus square Pluto brings out the rebel in Monkey so not a day to conform or follow the rules. Monkey day luck strong for Monkey, Rat, Dragon, and Snake. Monkey hours 3 – 5 pm.

Tues Dec 16 is Metal PHOENIX (Rooster) day. The Moon sextiles Jupiter to get along well with others, plus the Sun trines Jupiter to see the big picture and gain understanding. This is helpful because Venus conjunct Pluto can bring up problems of power dynamics in relationships. Venus squares Uranus so do not provoke a sudden fight. Phoenix day luck strong for Phoenix, Ox, Dragon, and Snake. Phoenix hours 5 – 7 pm.

Wed Dec 17 is Water DOG (black Dog) day. Dog days are lucky in Horse year because Dog and Horse are best friends. Moon sextiles Mercury and trines Neptune to be more intuitive, and able to communicate your feelings and insights. Stay true to your convictions and trust what you know is true. The ongoing Uranus square Pluto inspires people to fight for the underdog. Dog day luck strong for Dog, Rabbit, Tiger, and Horse. Dog hours 7 – 9 pm.

Thurs Dec 18 is a double Pig day: Water PIG day in Wood Pig month. Time for some fun and light-hearted activities on a double Pig day! The Moon sextiles Venus for enjoyment in life, pleasant times, and Piggy’s favorite a good meal. Moon square Mars, and Uranus square Pluto, could bring conflict. But Pig’s cheerful friendliness and natural geniality smooth out problems. Double Pig day luck strong for Pig, Tiger, Rabbit, and Sheep. Pig hours 9 – 11 pm.

Fri Dec 19 is Wood RAT day. Moon conjuncts Saturn so people are serious today, and might feel isolated or neglected. The ongoing Saturn square Neptune can be confusing so stay grounded and realistic. Good to use Rat organization skills to address practical matters. It’s best to tie up loose ends before the new Moon on Sunday. Rat day luck strong for Rat, Ox, Dragon, and Monkey. Rat hours 11 pm – 1 am.

Sat Dec 20 is Wood OX day. Neptune is squared by both Moon and Saturn so not a day for planning or serious discussions. But fine for seeing a film or going to a holiday party! Mercury, Venus, and Pluto all conjunct so relationships are important; loved ones might need some support and encouragement. Under Ox influence, stay steady and focused. Energy winds down to new Moon tomorrow. Ox day luck strong for Ox, Rat, Snake, and Phoenix (Rooster). Ox hours 1 am – 3 am.

Sun Dec 21 is Fire TIGER (red Tiger) day on a new Moon new that starts Fire Rat month! This can be problematic because cautious Rat is opposite Horse, and this is still active Horse year. Tonight is Winter Solstice, the longest night in the northern hemisphere. Chinese New Year begins on the second new Moon after Winter Solstice, so two more lunar months before Wood Sheep year 2015. Fortunately, this new Moon is in a lucky trine to Jupiter bringing warm feelings and concern for others. But the conjunction of Mercury, Venus, and Pluto continues for a serious tone in relationships. Plus Mercury and Venus square Uranus so easy to lose your temper or start a fight on Fire Tiger day. Instead, create calm and peace on Solstice night. An excellent time for feng shui improvements for a peaceful Solstice. Tiger day luck strong for Tiger, Dog, Horse, and Pig. Tiger hours 3 am – 5 am.

Good luck and have a great week,

Susan Levitt

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