February 21, 2016 § Leave a comment

earth woman
February 22 at 10:20 am PT is a full Moon in Virgo. Earth sign Virgo is practical, intelligent, and analytical. But this full Moon is opposite the Sun conjunct Neptune in Pisces. Your head tells you one thing while your heart says another. 

Fortunately, Mercury is conjunct Venus in Aquarius, the best sign for Mercury. There is increased interest in art and beauty, plus this planetary aspect is good for business transactions.

Luck planet Jupiter in Virgo trines Pluto in Capricorn that is very favorable to take bold steps and succeed. Actions can be idealistic and wide in scope.

But Jupiter squares Saturn in Sagittarius so there could be a question of whether to expand to a completely new area, or build on your current foundation. Questions? Call me at 415.642.8019 or email susan@susanlevitt.com for your tarot or astrology consultation.

Uranus in Aries trines Saturn so discipline and responsible behavior bring freedom. Hard work is balanced with innovation and originality. 

But Uranus squares Pluto, an ongoing theme for the past few years, concerning revolutionary ideas v.s. traditional structures, especially in politics. It’s easy to get swept up in this type of energetic extreme.


I’ve already experienced luck in Monkey year! U.S. Games Systems, Inc. is the publisher of hundreds of tarot decks and products. The first book that they put into a digital format is my INTRODUCTION TO TAROT. It’s now available as an e-book for kindle and on iTunes.

And I was interviewed by the Houston Chronicle about Fire Monkey Year. Click here to read the article.

Full Moon luck is strongest for the Earth signs Virgo, Capricorn, and Taurus and those born in Phoenix (Rooster), Ox, and Snake years.

Happy full Moon,



Interview about Monkey Year for Houston Chronicle

February 18, 2016 § Leave a comment

Lunar New Year promises a little monkey business!

Thing are about to get a little crazy with the arrival of the Red Fire Monkey

By Kyrie O’Connor February 5, 2016
Houston Chronicle

Nadya Shakoor paper sculpture / Mark Mulligan photo / Houston Chronicle

Nadya Shakoor paper sculpture / Mark Mulligan photo / Houston Chronicle

We are about to enter the year of the Red Fire Monkey. If that sounds to you like a year that calls for a helmet and elbow pads, you may be right.

Today marks the start of the Lunar New Year, or as it’s known in Vietnam, Tet. On Asian calendars, each Lunar New Year is associated with one of five elements, in this case fire, and one of 12 animals, in this case the monkey.

You say you want a revolution? Tumultuous 1968 was also a Fire Monkey year. So was 1776.

“In the Year of the Monkey, the status of events is changing quickly,” says Nan Hall Linke, almost certainly Houston’s only astrologer/therapist/landscape architect. “Watch the parade. Don’t be in it.”

The monkey is “smart, naughty, wily and vigilant” according to Allen Tsai, who runs the chinesefortunecalendar.com website, so the year will take on that character.

The year has yang, or masculine, energy, so it’s forceful, highly charged and resourceful, which of course has good aspects and bad.

Assuming you don’t want to attract the worst of the monkeyshines, what can you do to counteract the bad?

Susan Levitt advises starting with a tidy, organized home.

“In a monkey year, do your frantic cleaning up before you walk out the door,” says Levitt, who lives in San Francisco and has written five books about astrology. “You’ll come home to a clean, nice place.”

Levitt specializes in feng shui, the Chinese practice of finding harmony with one’s surroundings. “Organize your home so you’re not living in the crazy,” she says, because there will be crazy aplenty outside the door. “You don’t want to live in a place that looks like a bomb went off.”

The same goes for your car and workspace. Sadly, those can’t be messy either.

But don’t buy new furniture or change your house around dramatically, says Levitt, who writes at susanlevitt.com. Feathering the nest is a task for 2017, the Year of the Rooster. And watch your diet, she adds. During the Year of the Monkey caffeine, candy and power bars will be oh so tempting, but oh such a bad idea.

Linke takes the decluttering a step further to include our inner lives. She advises decluttering your mind; just because the world is nuts, we don’t have to be.

“Be detached, still and optimistic,” says Linke, who has found yoga and Buddhist practices useful in her own life. “Do not continue the ‘compulsive extroversion’ that is the monkey year’s dominant energy.

On the other hand, she says, a child born in this year will be fun, creative, a bit wild – a little monkey. “A kid born this year will be very interesting and not at all passive or submissive,” Linke says.

She also harks back to some of the old sayings from ’68 that will have new relevancy in the new year, such as “make love, not war” and “be here now.”

A sense of humor – a monkey’s forte – becomes a life skill in this type of year. Keep a sense of humor and laugh a lot,” Linke advises. “Don’t take it seriously. What else can you do?”

Both Levitt and Linke cite “Journey to the West,” a 16th-century Chinese literary classic, as a good text for 2016. It’s a fantastical story of a monkey who becomes a disciple to a monk journeying west to India to bring Buddhist teachings, called sutras, back to China. “It’s a journey from unevolved to evolved,” Levitt explains.

But Levitt also urges people who have dreams they’ve always dreamed of acting on – far-flung travel, guitar lessons – to do so this year.

“Yes, go for it,” she says. “If you’ve always wanted to do something, do it. You’ll find out by the end of the year if you’ve succeeded or failed.”

And remember: We live in a fire monkey kind of country.

“We have so much crazy nuttiness, and we don’t even think it’s unusual,” she says. “There’s a lot of energy in America.”

2016 Fire Monkey Year Advice

February 14, 2016 § 1 Comment

Monkey cutenessHappy New Year of the Monkey!

Info about Monkey year is at http://susanlevitt.com/astrology/monkey-year-2016.

And do the feng shui tips at http://susanlevitt.com/feng-shui/feng-shui-tips. Especially focus on the wealth corner!

Luck for western signs in Monkey year starts at the middle of the page at http://susanlevitt.com/astrology/western-astrology.

Monkey year is ideal for all kinds of adventures. Be courageous!

Good luck,


Fire Monkey New Moon

February 3, 2016 § Leave a comment

2016 Fire Monkey Year

February 8, 2016  at 6:39 am PST is a new Moon in Aquarius that begins the year of the Fire Monkey. Chinese New Year is the the second new Moon after Winter Solstice. Click here for personality traits of the Monkey. Click here for Fire Monkey feng shui tips.

Monkey cutenessThe year of the Monkey is ideal for a quantum leap in your life! Now is the time to shake things up, create change, and innovate a new path. Join Monkey’s enthusiast energy when risks are rewarded and anything can happen. Even the most ambitious plans can succeed. There will be more than enough action and opportunity to keep you busy. In Monkey year, it’s fine to just make it up as you go along. Just don’t be gullible and trust the wrong people, or wily Monkey will take all the peanuts and leave you only shells.

Those born in Monkey years (1908, 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016) are clever, sharp, mercurial, and entertaining. They are wonderful to be around because they are fun, creative, and bring the sparkling energy that only Monkey can provide. Monkeys embodies strong leadership potential and, like their best friend the Dragon, won’t allow anyone to tell her them to do. Uninhibited Monkeys rarely are embarrassed by anything, and are free to fearlessly express their creativity in all walks of life.

In addition to acute mental alertness, Monkey also possesses physical stamina. Monkey is good with her hands, has skills and dexterity with machines, naturally has technological talents, and can easily master new concepts. A superb generalist, Monkey can do anything! In relationships, a Monkey loves romance, and is very sensitive and generous. But she can be fickle, run hot or cold, and treat relationships like a game. But everyone loves the Monkey, and the birth rate skyrockets in Asia during a Monkey year.

Element FIRE HeartOf the five Taoist elements Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood, 2016 is the year of the red Fire Monkey. Red means go! Fire brings passion, creativity, and joy. Fire types are strong, dynamic, and can overcome illness and obstacles. Just be aware to not jump ahead of yourself this year, especially during the heat of summer.

And try to calm what is called Monkey mind in Buddhism: jump to a branch, grab a banana, peel it, take a bite, drop it. Then jump to the next branch, grab a banana, peel it, take a bite, and drop it in a useless tail-chasing cycle. As soon as you realize that a path is not fruitful, try a new one instead of staying stuck and trying to analyze the past.

Monkey King

To truly understand Monkey, I recommend the story of Monkey’s transformation as explained in the Chinese classic novel Journey To The West. My favorite translation is by Baptist missionary Timothy Richard and is titled The Monkey King’s Amazing Adventure: A Journey To The West in Search of Enlightenment.

Monkey year is very fortunate for all Monkeys, and for Monkey’s friends the Rat, Dragon, and Snake. Monkey energy can, at times, be problematic for the Tiger. Monkey correlates to the western sign Leo. Call me at 415.642.8019 or email susan@ susanlevitt.com to schedule your tarot card reading, astrology forecast, or feng shui consultation for Monkey year.

Lucky Hours

In Monkey year, activities are more successful when undertaken during hours that are favorable for the Monkey: the Rat, Dragon, Snake, and Monkey hours.

Rat hours are 11 pm – 1 am

Dragon hours are 7 – 9 am

Snake hours are 9 – 11 am

Monkey hours are 3 – 5 pm

Your Fortune in Fire Monkey Year

RAT – You and Monkey are best friends along with Dragon. Now life can be fun and exciting, full of Monkey-inspired treats and surprises. Monkey 2016 is excellent for you to get married or engaged, to launch new endeavors, or have a child. Periodically, take time to stop and regroup or rethink when needed, especially during the 2016 Mercury retrograde cycles April 28 – May 22, Aug 30 – Sept 21, and Dec 19 – Jan 8 2017. Looking for love in Monkey year? Rat is most compatible with another Rat, a Dragon, or Monkey. Ox is also compatible.

OX – Wily Monkey energy adds some liveliness to Ox’s routine, and Monkey year is a great time for you to experience a big change of scenery. But Monkey’s fast ways aren’t your style. Ox prefers slow, steady, and natural. But Ox respects Monkey, who takes risks, is a good leader, and knows how to succeed. Next year Phoenix (Rooster) 2017 is your lucky year. Looking for love in Monkey year? Ox is most compatible with another Ox, a Serpent, or Phoenix. Rat is also compatible. Sheep is least compatible.

TIGER – Monkey is your opposite. But you still benefit from the action and liveliness of Monkey year. Monkey can stretch the truth, so think before you pounce. Not all ideas are worth pursuing. Looking for love in Monkey year? Tiger is most compatible with another Tiger, Horse, or Dog. Pig is also compatible. Monkey is least compatible.

RABBIT – Monkey brings many opportunities that you will enjoy: travel, social events, fine dining, fairs, and festivals. Enjoy the Monkey fun, and express your creative side. Rest if you feel overwhelmed by too much activity. Feng shui of your home and office is a must for sensitive Rabbit to maintain balance during Monkey year. Looking for love in Monkey year? Rabbit is most compatible with another Rabbit, a Sheep, or a Pig. Dog is also compatible. Phoenix (Rooster) is least compatible.

DRAGON – Your lucky year! Say yes to everything! Monkey is your best friend (along with Rat) so you’ll like the vibrant and exciting energy of this Fire Monkey year. There are opportunities for success in business. Just avoid lawsuits or any type of legal entanglement. Looking for love in Monkey year? Dragon is most compatible with another Dragon, a Rat, or a Monkey. Phoenix (Rooster) is also compatible. Dog is least compatible.

SNAKE – You and Monkey are on the same wavelength. Luck is with you this year, especially during summer. And your good luck continues in Phoenix (Rooster) year 2017. But lay low when in doubt because 2016 yang Fire energy can, at times, be too stimulating for yin Snake, even the 1977 Fire Snake. Looking for love in Monkey year? Snake is most compatible with another Snake, an Ox, or Phoenix (Rooster). Monkey is also compatible. Pig is least compatible.

HORSE – Fire Monkey brings lots of active, yang energy that Horse thrives on and finds inspiring. A year for adventure, new journeys, and excitement. Just don’t let affairs get out of hand in summer. Looking for love in Monkey year? Horse is most compatible with another Horse, a Dog, or Tiger. Sheep is also compatible. The Rat is least compatible.

SHEEP – Success can continue from the previous Sheep year. But Monkey’s fast pace is not always to your liking. Extravagance is popular in a Monkey year, and people want luxuries. So be sure to avoid debt because “Sheep eat paper” meaning that Sheep can really spend. Travel is highlighted, especially in summer, but do it on your own terms. Looking for love in Monkey year? Sheep is most compatible with another Sheep, a Pig, or Rabbit. Horse is also compatible. Ox is least compatible.

MONKEY – Now is your year for action! All seasons are fortunate but luck is strongest in autumn. You benefit from the strong, fiery, yang energy of your own year. An excellent time to start new endeavors, succeed in business, and make big change happen. Seek new horizons through travel and adventure this year when risks are rewarded, and reticence loses out. Fire Monkey year is not a yin cycle when things come to you, but a yang cycle to go out and get! Looking for love in Monkey year? Monkey is most compatible with another Monkey, a Rat, or Dragon. Snake is also compatible. Tiger is least compatible.

PHOENIX (Rooster) – Roster, Chicken, Cock, Hen? I call you Phoenix, offering a lifetime of opportunities to be reborn and transformed. Monkey year is a time of excitement, adventure, and new experiences for you. It’s fine to take risks and discover new outcomes. Take a chance because you’ll discover very quickly what does work, or what’s not worth pursuing. You start a new life cycle in Fire Phoenix year 2017. Looking for love in Monkey year? Phoenix is most compatible with another Phoenix (if they don’t peck each other), an Ox, or Snake. Dragon is also compatible. Rabbit is least compatible. In Phoenix year 2017 you’ll start a new life cycle.

DOG – Monkey year brings yang energy to get things done, and Dog likes accomplishments. There’s much activity and personal involvement in this passionate Fire Monkey year. This new energy is inspiring to Dog, but it might encourage you to be overly enthusiastic or unrealistic. So stay vigilant and responsible, natural Dog traits, because projects might not develop as planned. A year to stay balanced and avoid extremes of temperament. You’ll start a new life cycle in Earth Dog year 2018. Looking for love in Monkey year? Dog is most compatible with another Dog, a Tiger, or a Horse. Rabbit is also compatible. Dragon is least compatible.

PIG – Monkey  year can inspire you to be the life of the party! So join the whirlwind activities in this exciting Fire Monkey year. Accept all social invitations, and travel is highlighted. Just keep a clear perspective and not get carried away. Don’t let people take advantage of your generosity, or mistake kindness for weakness. Looking for love in Monkey year? Pig is most compatible with another Pig, a Sheep, or Rabbit. Tiger is also compatible. Snake is least compatible.

Happy New Year of the Monkey,


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