February 19, 2018 § 2 Comments

DOG YEAR CHARM   bunny charm

What is the best charm for 2018 Dog year? A Rabbit charm!

Dog is most compatible with Dog’s harmony trine of Dog, Tiger & Horse. Rabbit is the one other animal sign who is Dog’s ally outside the harmony trine. So your lucky charm is the animals sign who is the ally not in your harmony trine. Charms can be worn as jewelry, attached to a handbag, worn in your pocket, or placed in your clothing or wallet. You can find a Rabbit charm in the Chinatown in your city, or look online.

Note that a Rabbit charm is not recommended if you were born in Phoenix (Rooster) year because Rabbit is your opposite. And if you have Dragon charms or decorations, especially in your home, put them away this Dog year because Dog is opposite Dragon.


Rat’s ally is Ox so your charm is OX. Your harmony trine is Rat, Dragon, and Monkey.
The charm for Rat year is Ox, but not if you are a Sheep (Goat, Ram) because Ox is your opposite.

Ox’s ally is Rat so your charm is RAT. Your harmony trine is Ox, Snake, and Phoenix (Rooster).
The charm for Ox year is Rat, but not if you are a Horse because Rat is your opposite.

Tiger’s ally is Pig so your charm is PIG. Your harmony trine is Tiger, Horse, and Dog.
The charm for Tiger year is Pig, but not if you are a Snake because Pig is your opposite.

Rabbit’s ally is Dog so your charm is DOG. Your harmony trine is Rabbit, Sheep, and Pig.
The charm for Rabbit year is Dog, but not if you are a Dragon because Dog is your opposite.

Dragon’s ally is Phoenix (Rooster) so your charm is PHOENIX. Your harmony trine is Rat, Dragon, and Monkey.
The charm for Dragon year is Phoenix, but not if you are a Rabbit because Phoenix is your opposite.

Snake’s ally is Monkey so your charm is MONKEY. Your harmony trine is Rat, Dragon, and Monkey.
The charm for Snake year is Monkey, but not if you are a Tiger because Monkey is your opposite.

Horse’s ally is Sheep (Goat, Ram) so your charm is SHEEP. Your harmony trine is Tiger, Horse, and Dog.
The charm for Horse year is Sheep, but not if you are an Ox because Sheep is your opposite.

Sheep’s ally is Horse so your charm is HORSE. Your harmony trine is Rabbit, Sheep, and Pig.
The charm for Sheep year is Horse, but not if you are a Rat because Horse is your opposite.

Monkey’s ally is Snake so your charm is SNAKE. Your harmony trine is Rat, Dragon, and Monkey.
The charm for Monkey year is Snake, but not if you are a Pig because Snake is your opposite.

Phoenix’s ally is Dragon so your charm is DRAGON — but no Dragon in this Dog year! Your harmony trine is Ox, Snake, and Phoenix (Rooster). The charm for Phoenix year is Dragon, but not if you are a Dog because Dragon is your opposite.

Dog’s ally is Rabbit so your charm is RABBIT. Your harmony trine is Tiger, Horse, and Dog.
The charm for Dog year is Rabbit, but not if you are a Phoenix (Rooster) because Rabbit is your opposite.

Pig’s ally is Tiger so your charm is TIGER. Your harmony trine is Rabbit, Sheep, and Pig.
The charm for Pig year is Tiger, but not if you are a Monkey because Tiger is your opposite.

Know that you can have luck this year in Dog without wearing or carrying any charms. A tidy work station can advance your career as much as the finest jade Rabbit charm on your desk. A clean bedroom can strengthen your relationship as much as carrying a Rabbit charm in your handbag.

So to enhance your luck, keep your home and workplace clean and tidy. Then it will be easier to stay balanced and not become overwhelmed, especially at work. Contact me for your feng shui consultation for Dog year.

For more information and details about animal compatibility, see pages 36 through 43 of my book Taoist Astrology.

Wishing you good luck in Dog year,




2017 Tail of Metal DOG Month

November 15, 2017 § Leave a comment

Now are the last few days of this Metal DOG month, a powerful time for truth telling & fighting for the underdog. Stay strong! From my book TAOIST ASTROLOGY where I call the Metal Dog the white Dog, white being the color of Metal for yang astrology signs:
Metal characteristics — righteousness, independence, strong will, intensity, uprightness, determination, and the ability to focus — are natural Dog traits. This is why the white Dog is one of the most powerful animals of the Taoist zodiac.
Metal is also Dog’s earthly branch (see page 21). White Dog has a double dose of of righteousness and will. In Tibetan astrology, white Dog is referred to as the IRON DOG due to such strong Metal qualities. White Dog can become a zealot, a human pit bull who refuses to loosen his grip.
White Dog is often feared because this iron strength can be applied to either altruistic or destructive pursuits, depending on his disposition and karmic path. White Dog is true to personal morals and convictions, and does not want to be questioned or corrected. This life is one of extremes, with events in either black or white.

Lift Your Spirit!

September 25, 2016 § Leave a comment

good dogOne of my tarot students had a sudden accident and hurt her back when she tripped over her dog (a lovely lab) who always follows her around. This Fire Monkey year is the time of accidents and injuries, not lingering illness like in Snake or Rabbit years. Plus her accident occurred during the recent Mercury retrograde.

She selected 3 tarot cards, one each for Body, Mind, and Spirit. Body and Mind were good cards for her, but not Spirit. (This tarot spread for health is on page 164 of Introduction To Tarot.)

So her spirit was waning, she was becoming discouraged, and she asked if I have any recommendations to lift her spirits. Options for her to feel better are:

1. Watch comedies and stand-up comedian specials on netflix, or whatever you have to get streaming media. Avoid getting too involved with other media such as heavy dramas, too much news, or other negative influences.

2. Eat what you want! When you get better you can exercise or eat less caloric foods. But for now, enjoy a few treats.

3. Read inspirational books and magazines. I just finished reading The Baron in the Trees by Italo Calvino. You will probably enjoy that.

4. Feng Shui! Make sure your bedroom or recovery room is nice, no piles of clutter, have fresh flowers nearby, fresh sheets on the bed, and get comfy. Maybe hire a housekeeper to spruce up the place.

5. Encourage visitors. If you have friends or family who live nearby, invite them over. They can watch a comedy with you, eat good food that you just ordered, you loan them your copy of The Baron in the Trees when you are done reading it, and they visit you in your nice flower-scented room.

6. Most of the pain will be managed with drugs, so stay with and follow what the doctors recommend as you wean off the medicines. That’s also why you feel lousy, and the drugs can make you constipated. You’ll feel better when most of the drugs are out of your system. So eat prunes or drink Smooth Move tea to keep bowels regular. That strongly influences mood.

7. And your doggie! Snuggle up and take comfort from your companion animal. You’ve taken good care of your dog, so now your dog can return the favor and be extra attentive to you during your healing.

Try any of the above tips when you feel like your spirits can use a lift, or if you have a challenging card in the Spirit position of your tarot spread.

Good luck,


2016 Monkey Year Lucky Charms

March 13, 2016 § 1 Comment


So far this Fire Monkey year is a wild ride! And there’s much more to come as energy becomes stronger during the heat of summer, only to intensify in autumn. So stay strong on your path, and continue to be brave in this Monkey year.

Because Fire Monkey year energy is so extreme, I’ve received many emails from people all over the world asking me about lucky charms for Monkey year.

monkey rat & dragonA popular charm is Monkey with Monkey’s best friends Rat and Dragon. Monkey, Rat, and Dragon together make a harmony trine of animals.

Monkey correlates to Leo, Rat to Sagittarius, and Dragon to Aries just like a Fire trine in western astrology.

Another harmony trine grouping is Tiger, Horse, and Dog who correlate to the western Air signs Aquarius, Gemini, and Libra.

The harmony trine grouping of Ox, Snake, and Phoenix (Rooster) correlate to Earth signs Capricorn, Taurus, and Virgo.

The harmony trine grouping of Rabbit, Sheep, and Pig correlate to Water signs Pisces, Cancer, and Scorpio.

braceletCharms can be attached to a handbag, worn in your pocket, or placed in your clothing. Harmony trine groupings are often worn as jewelry such as this Monkey, Rat, and Dragon bracelet.


Another type of charm is to wear the animal sign who is Monkey’s one close ally outside the harmony trine. Monkey’s ally is Snake.

Snake is the most compatible sign for Monkey, even stronger than buddies Rat and Dragon. Therefore the Snake ally harmony charm is the luckiest sign for the Monkey.

Taoist Astrology by Susan LevittRat’s ally is Ox.
Ox’s ally is Rat.
Tiger’s ally is Pig.
Rabbit’s ally is Dog.
Dragon’s ally is Phoenix.
Snake’s ally is Monkey.
Horse’s ally is Sheep.
Sheep’s ally is Horse.
Monkey’s ally is Snake.
Phoenix’s ally is Dragon.
Dog’s ally is Rabbit.
Pig’s ally is Tiger.

For more information and details about relationship allies, see pages 40 and 41 of my book TAOIST ASTROLOGY. Click here to order your copy.

But if you are born in the year, month, day or hour of the Pig, then Snake is not fortunate for you because Snake is opposite Pig. Oppositions are Rat with Horse, Ox with Sheep, Tiger with Monkey, Rabbit with Phoenix, Dragon with Dog, and Snake with Pig.

Snake CharmAnd do you really want to wear a Snake? If you love Snakes, or if Snake is a favored animal, and you do not have Pig in your chart, then a Snake charm is fine for you.

Personally, I do not want to carry a Snake charm. I did purchase a gold Monkey charm for my charm bracelet because I like Monkeys, but I prefer to not wear anything with Snakes. Plus I was born on the day of the Pig (I’m a good cook; Pigs are gourmands) so a Snake charm is not in my best interest.

Know that you can have luck this year without wearing or carrying any charms. A tidy work station can advance your career faster than the finest jade Snake charm on your desk. A clean bedroom can strengthen your relationship more than carrying a gold Snake charm in your purse.

So to enhance your luck, keep your home and workplace clean and very tidy. Then during chaotic times in this Monkey year, it will be easier to stay balanced and not become overwhelmed. If you want to add a charm, then chose carefully the most fortunate charm for you.

Wishing you good luck in Monkey year,



January 16, 2016 § 1 Comment


ARIES – You’re a cardinal, active Fire sign, and this is a Fire Monkey year, so time to put your plans into action. You can cover much ground. Fine to keep changing course until you find the lane that’s just right for you. Aries the Ram correlates to the magnificent Dragon of Taoist astrology.

TAURUS – The Bull and the Monkey are two very different animals, so avoid chaos by staying true to yourself; cultivate your love of art and beauty. Monkey year energy can take you in new directions. Taurus the bull correlates to the wise and beautiful Snake of Taoist astrology.

GEMINI – Your mercurial ways and quit wit can take you far in Monkey year. Time to expand your circle, and to put your innovative ideas into action. Travel is fortunate for you this year. Gemini the twins correlate to the popular, fun-loving Horse of Taoist astrology.

CANCER – Fire Monkey energy might be too yang for a gentle soul like you. Enjoy the party but schedule time to recover before your next adventure. During a Monkey year you won’t be bored! Cancer the crab correlates to the kind, artistic Sheep (Goat, Ram) of Taoist astrology.

LEO – Monkey correlates to the Western sign Leo so this is your year! You’re a Fire sign, and this is a Fire year, so take action. Roar your way to success! Be the leader and people will follow. Leo the Lion/ess can bring out the best traits of the ingenious, brilliant Monkey of Taoist astrology.

VIRGO – You carefully plan before acting, unlike Monkey who takes risks without analyzing any data. Take a tip from fun Monkey and cut loose. Explore in 2016. Save your serious plans for 2017 Phoenix (Rooster) year, your lucky year. Virgo the Virgin correlates to the impeccable Phoenix (Rooster) of Taoist astrology.

LIBRA –  Strive to stay balanced and not indulge in Monkey mind overthinking.Stay balanced in your relationships because Monkey treats relationships like a game.  You start a new 12-year life cycle in Earth Dog year 2018 when your patience will be rewarded. Libra the Scale correlates to the loyal Dog of Taoist astrology.

SCORPIO – Monkey is entertaining, creative, and fun. So lighten up and be less intense this year! Take a far away trip for a needed change of scenery. You’ll find new discoveries under the influence of trickster Monkey. Scorpio the Scorpion, Serpent, Eagle, or Phoenix correlates to the sensual Pig (Boar)of Taoist astrology.

SAGITTARIUS –  You’re a mutable Fire sign, and this is a Fire year, so timing works in your favor. Success comes easily so get going and stay active all year. You can rest late winter for your birthday. Sagittarius the archer correlates to the clever Rat of Taoist astrology.

CAPRICORN – Fire Monkey energy is very different from your solid, earthy methods. So be the voice of reason this year and win the admiration of family and colleagues. 2017 is luckier for you to make big changes so stay steady now. Capricorn the Goat correlates to the patient, diligent Ox of Taoist astrology.

AQUARIUS – Monkey energy is lively and innovative, two qualities appreciated by Aquarius. Time to express yourself and seek more freedom. Luck is with you to take the first steps to your achieving your goals. You’ll find out fast what does or does not work. Aquarius the Water Bearer correlates to the daring, impulsive Tiger of Taoist astrology.

PISCES – It’s easy to get swept up in Fire Monkey’s fast, exciting energy. But you are sensitive so take breaks throughout Monkey year to restore your health. Follow your intuition when faced with too many choices. Pisces the Fishes correlates to the gentle, diplomatic Rabbit (Hare, Cat) of Taoist astrology.

Wishing you a happy and lucky year of the Fire Monkey,

Susan Levitt

San Francisco, CA


July 28 – Aug 3, 2014 The WEEK in CHINESE ASTROLOGY

July 24, 2014 § Leave a comment

chinese_zodiac_wheel_necklace-r156d32f74d804e9196fe716301029978_fkok9_8byvr_512Highlights this week are lucky Rat Monday, intense Dragon Friday, and active double Horse Sunday,

Mon July 28 is Metal RAT (white Rat) day. Fortunately, Venus and Mars trine Neptune for compassionate action and spiritual love. People get along well, and group activities are favorable. Sun conjuncts Jupiter bringing a positive outlook and new understanding. Rat day luck strong for Rat, Ox, Dragon, and Monkey. Rat hours 11 pm – 1 am.

Tues July 29 is Metal OX day. Moon opposite Neptune is emotionally sensitive — or just strange moods and odd feelings. Moon trines Pluto so feelings are more intense. Sun, Mercury, and Jupiter in a pack are excellent to talk, network, exchange ideas. So persevere and stay strong, even if emotions are changeable. Ox day luck strong for Ox, Rat, Snake, and Phoenix (Rooster). Ox hours 1 am – 3 am.

Wed July 30 is Water TIGER (black Tiger) day. Moon sextiles Venus and Saturn for romance, healing in love, and improvement in your relationships. Moon trines Pluto for depth of feelings. But Venus is opposite Pluto, and Venus square Uranus, so relationships can be unpredictable. Fortunately Venus trines Saturn bringing needed stability. Tiger day luck strong for Tiger, Dog, Horse, and Pig. Tiger hours 3 am – 5 am.

Thurs July 31 is Water RABBIT day. Moon sextiles Mercury and Jupiter for nice social times, good feeling, and lovely group activities. But Venus square Uranus, and Venus opposite Pluto, continues so relationships can be testy or unpredictable — especially during a Monkey month. Water Rabbit kindness, sensitivity, and diplomacy helps! Rabbit day luck strong for Rabbit, Sheep, Dog, and Pig. Rabbit hours 5 – 7 am.

Fri Aug 1 is Wood DRAGON (green Dragon) day. Moon squares Venus and Pluto, and is opposite Uranus, making a problematic big square! Relationships are tested, and partners can be unpredictable. Sun, Mercury, and Jupiter in a pack square Mars so people like to argue and are driven by ego. Take the high road and be royal like the Dragon! Do not engage in conflict, and avoid being the mediator in other people’s disputes. Dragon day luck strong for Dragon, Rat, Snake, and Monkey. Dragon hours 7 – 9 am.

Sat Aug 2 is Wood SNAKE day. Sun, Mercury, and Jupiter conjunction continues to square Mars. Lots of mental activity, people can be argumentative, and plans are too big. Fortunately Mars trines Neptune for the spiritual searching that Snake enjoys. Snake day luck strong for Snake, Ox, Dragon, and Phoenix (Rooster). Snake hours 9 -11 am.

Sun Aug 3 is DOUBLE HORSE day: Fire Horse day in this Wood Horse year! Now is a waxing half Moon, a time for balance. And balanced is needed! Moon conjunct Mars can be combative and argumentative. Plus this Moon and Mars conjunction squares Sun, Mercury, and Jupiter. Anticipate exaggeration and tall tales. Venus squares Uranus for unexpected relationship troubles. Yet Venus trine Saturn, and Mars trine Neptune, helps for relationship stability and for a spiritual approach to problem solving. Double Horse day luck strong for Horse, Tiger, Sheep, and Dog. Horse hours 11 am – 1 pm.

Good luck and have a great week,


Year of the Horse 2014

January 24, 2014 § Leave a comment

A HORSEPlease join me for my annual Chinese New Year talk! Friday evening January 24, 2014 at 7:30 pm. East West Books, 324 Castro Street in Mountain View CA

Thursday January 30 at 1:38 pm PST is a new Moon that begins the year of the Horse. Note that the hour will vary in different locations around the world, and some calendars list January 31 as Chinese New Year.

Chinese New Year is a spring festival that occurs on the second new Moon after Winter Solstice. This new Moon begins both Horse year and Tiger month. Tiger brings powerful energy that gets Horse year started with a bang! Horse and Tiger are best friends, along with Dog, so right away Horse energy is in synch. Even retrograde planets won’t slow down the lively energy of Horse and Tiger.

On Chinese New Year, the Sun and Moon are in always in Aquarius. In 2014 the Sun and Moon in Aquarius sextile Uranus in Aries for something new and different. Time to take risks, explore new pathways, and open doors. Horse year is superb for travel so plan that far-flung adventure!

Venus, Jupiter, Uranus, and Pluto are in a square that could cause chaos or confusion. But strong Horse thrives on chaos and action. Problems? Under the influence of the Horse, just keep moving forward and create change. Now in Horse year is the time to act!

Call me at 415.642.8019 in San Francisco or email susan@susanlevitt.com for your tarot and astrology readings in Horse year.


Click here to look up your Chinese zodiac sign.

RAT: 1900, 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020

Horse and Rat are opposites, but don’t let that stop you from having great times! 2014 is a Wood year so you Rat will like the action, growth, and opportunities of go-getter Wood. While others follow rash impulses, you can develop your well-designed plans. Your keen observation skills are rewarded.

Rat in Love: Dragon, Monkey, and another Rat are your best. Your secret sweetheart is Ox. Horse is your opposite.

OX: 1901, 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021

Horse year brings chances to pick up speed and get going. Break out of your conservative shell, try new things, and really experiment. Follow up on all new opportunities. This your year for a lifetime adventure. The more unique the better. Travel is highlighted for you so start packing!

Ox in Love: Snake, Phoenix (Rooster), and another Ox are your best. Your secret sweetheart is Rat. Sheep is your opposite.

TIGER: 1902, 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022

You Tiger have a great year when you are physically fit, win the heart of the one you love, and have success at work — even a new career! Don’t miss out on anything this year. Get out there and roar! Luck is exceptionally strong for the 1974 Wood Tiger and 1962 Water Tiger.

Tiger in Love: Horse, Dog, and another Tiger are your best. Your secret sweetheart is Pig. Monkey is your opposite.

RABBIT: 1903, 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023

Horse can be lovely, and you Rabbit are very lovely. Both are real charmers who appreciate the fine things in life. So this Horse year is very good for you to open new doors. Say yes to everything! No more shy or reticent Rabbit. Foreign travel brings inspiration to your artistic heart.

Rabbit in Love: Sheep, Pig and another Rabbit are your best. Your secret sweetheart is Dog. Phoenix (Rooster) is your opposite.

DRAGON: 1904, 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024

You Dragon respect Horse. You are both strong, powerful, and won’t easily back down. So enjoy the fast action of Horse year when things are out in the open, opportunities come and go fast, and Dragon has interesting opportunities on the international scene. Don’t be a loner out of spite; join the Horse herd this year where you can emerge the leader!

Dragon in Love: Rat, Monkey, and another Dragon are your best. Your secret sweetheart is Phoenix (Rooster). Dog is your opposite.

SNAKE: 1905, 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025

Your Snake year 2013 is over, but your good fortune continues into Horse year. The strength and speed of Horse help push you forward. After much contemplation in Snake year, you can now put your ideas into action. No one can stop you so think big and succeed! Everyone’s listening to what you wise Snake have to say.

Snake in Love: Ox, Phoenix (Rooster), and another Snake are your best. Your secret sweetheart is Monkey. Pig is your opposite.

HORSE: 1906, 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026

Off you go with a lucky gallop! Independent, non-conformist Horse is an inspiration to many this year. Whatever you touch can turn to gold. Doors open from following your spot-on Horse instincts. You are fortunate in love, family, business — all areas of life. Plus travel is highlighted for you to see the world. Summer is exceptionally lucky.

Horse in Love: Tiger, Dog, and another Horse are your best. Your secret sweetheart is Sheep. Rat is your opposite.

SHEEP: 1907, 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027

Finally, greatness! Horse is your strong allie so together you can make sweet music — and have a lot of fun in the process. Let loose, run free, be the Sheep bohemian who you really are. Now is your year for art, beauty, and creativity. Travel, explore, and take risks to bring it all home next year Sheep 2015 another very lucky year for you.

Sheep in Love: Rabbit, Pig and another Sheep are your best. Your secret sweetheart is Horse. Ox is your opposite.

MONKEY:1908, 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028

Time to entertain, be extravagant, and live it up! After serious Snake year 2013 you Monkey have some catching up to do for more fun, creativity, and bringing the sparkling energy that only Monkey can provide. Both you and Horse are lively, strong astrology signs so Horse energy suits you just fine. There’s enough action to keep you busy. And like your buddy the Horse, you’ll do as you please this year.

Monkey in Love: Rat, Dragon, and another Monkey are your best. Your secret sweetheart is Snake. Tiger is your opposite.

PHOENIX (Rooster): 1909, 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029

Rooster, Chicken, Cock, Hen? I call you Phoenix, offering lifetime opportunities to be reborn and transformed. And this a great year for a rebirth because you and Horse are very compatible. You’re both sexy, love life, and actively seek new adventures. Now is a very fortunate year to find love if single, for love to deepen if partnered, and for many romantic getaways. So let the fireworks begin!

Phoenix in Love: Ox, Snake, and another Phoenix are your best. Your secret sweetheart is Dragon. Rabbit is your opposite.

DOG: 1910, 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030

Every dog has their day, but for you all days are lucky in this Horse year! Horse is your best friend in the Chinese zodiac so things just work out in your favor. All the Dog values are championed this year: truth telling, swift justice, and fair but quick resolution to problems. Now is your time to shine in the sun and succeed in all your endeavors.

Dog in Love: Horse, Tiger, and another Dog are your best. Your secret sweetheart is Rabbit. Dragon is your opposite.

PIG: 1911, 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031

You and Horse make great comrades. You both possess creative minds, love good food, and are an innovative modern-day Renaissance man or woman. Anticipate a very lucky Horse year for you Pig — especially now that your nemesis Snake year is over. And next year Sheep 2015 is even better!

Pig in Love: Rabbit, Sheep, and another Pig are your best. Your secret sweetheart is Tiger. Snake is your opposite.

Happy New Moon and New Year,


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