2017 Taurus New Moon begins Snake Month

April 22, 2017 § 1 Comment

New Moon in Taurus

April 26 2017 is a new Moon in Taurus. The Moon is exalted in Earth sign Taurus. Taurus is ruled by Venus, the planet named for the goddess of love, art, and beauty. Time to cultivate and create love and beauty this month! Find romance, or let romance find you. Taurus enjoys the finer things in life, so enjoy the bounty of springtime.

This lunar month is also an opportune time to bring down to Earth plans, goals, and to complete projects. Clear the way, or as much as you can clear, for the next new Moon that begins Fire Horse month.

The Taurean new Moon creates a harmonious sextile with Neptune in Pisces; sensitivity to surroundings is increased, people are more imaginative, and more intuitive to follow hunches. There’s a general sense of empathy to the moods of others, that leads to emotional understanding.

Mercury, still retrograde, conjuncts Uranus in Aries, bringing an element of genius to problem solving. People are open to new ideas and experiences, and communication is more interesting and exciting, But the mind can race, or get ahead of yourself. Fortunately, Mercury and Uranus trine Saturn for constructive change, letting go of old perceptions, and adds to the stability of the new Moon and Sun in solid Taurus.

Snake Month

This new Moon begins the month of the Wood Snake. Those born in Snake year or Snake day love art, culture, and all things beautiful.

Snake month is naturally fortunate in this Phoenix (Rooster) year because Snake, Phoenix, and Ox make a relationship compatibility trine. This months brings opportunities to smooth over old relationship difficulties, and shed skins of the past, especially after Mercury goes direct on May 3. This new Moon in sensual Taurus builds to a passionate full Moon in Scorpio on May 10.

Luck is strongest this month for those born in the year of the Snake, Phoenix, Ox, and Monkey and Earth signs Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn. Contact me for your Snake month tarot card reading for problem solving and decision making, astrology forecasts for auspicious dates, or a feng shui consultation for spring cleaning and transformation.

Happy new Moon,

Susan

Waxing or Waning Moon?

March 29, 2017 § Leave a comment

Tonight is a sliver of crescent Moon in Taurus as the lunar cycle begins. The Sun is in Aries, and it’s Wood Dragon month, so time to take action this spring as the Moon waxes to full.

How to tell if the Moon is waxing or waning? DOC.
The waxing Moon is shaped like the curve in the letter D.
The full Moon is the letter O.
The waning Moon is shaped like the letter C.

It’s that simple. Just remember DOC.

More lunar phase info.

2017 Aries New Moon begins Dragon Month

March 24, 2017 § Leave a comment

NEW MOON in ARIES

March 27 2017 is a new Moon in Aries the ram. Fire sign Aries is courageous, a brave leader, and an independent spirit. The new Moon, Sun, Mercury, Venus, and Uranus are all in Aries. So take action and move forward as this new Moon waxes to full on April 10 because on April 9, Mercury goes retrograde for three weeks until May 3. During Mercury retrograde it’s good to redo, restructure, and reorganize.

Fortunately, Mars sextiles Neptune and trines Pluto bringing activities that can benefit the common good, with focus on higher principles. Creative ambition is stimulated, and there’s an awareness of long-range objectives. People have a high energy level and drive for success, especially professional success, with renewed strength and confidence.

There is a stressful cardinal T-square between Jupiter, Uranus, and Pluto making it easy to spread your energy too thinly, become overwhelmed, or behave recklessly. Should this occur, the Mercury retrograde cycle is ideal to regroup.

WOOD  DRAGON  MONTH

This new Moon starts the month of the powerful Dragon. Of the five Taoist elements Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood this is the month of the Wood Dragon. The element Wood represents spring, the time of growth and movement like plants growing in springtime. Dragon’s earthly branch is Wood, giving Wood Dragon a double dose of Wood’s enthusiasm, drive, creativity, and idealism.

Luck is strongest during this lunar month for the Fire signs Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius and those born in Dragon, Monkey, Rat, and Phoenix (Rooster) years. Contact me for your tarot, astrology, or feng shui consultation in this Dragon month.

Happy new Moon,

Susan

2017 Pisces Eclipse begins Rabbit Month

February 22, 2017 § 2 Comments

NEW MOON IN PISCES

February 26 2017 is new Moon solar eclipse in Pisces. Water sign Pisces is artistic, sensitive, and highly intuitive. An eclipse is an absence of light when the shadow is seen, so deep feelings and emotions can rise to the surface to be transformed.

The new Moon conjuncts the Sun, Mercury, and Neptune in Pisces for integration of feelings. Moods are stronger than the rational mind, disposition can change quickly, and it’s easy to be overwhelmed by small matters. Therefore, this lunar month is ideal for meditation, contemplation, and to focus on self care and your domestic life. Artistic endeavors are favored, and imagination is powerful.

WATER RABBIT MONTH

This new Moon eclipse begins the month of the Water Rabbit. Water is the most yin element, and adds softness to gentle Rabbit. Water Rabbit is a deep feeling and empathetic soul who dislikes conflict and competition.

Rabbit is opposite Phoenix (Rooster) in Taoist astrology. During Water Rabbit month in this Fire Phoenix year, take care and proceed with caution. A good use of Rabbit energy is to create beauty and harmony in your home. Contact me for your feng shui consultation.

MARS CONJUNCT URANUS

Mars, the red planet of war and courage, is in fiery Aries. Mars is conjunct Uranus, the planet of rebellion and change. This can bring rash behavior, anger, or sudden upsets. People want freedom, refuse limitations, and rebel against authority.

A solution is to put energy into a project or cause greater than yourself, and that serves the collective good. Saturn in Sagittarius trines both Mars and Uranus bringing stability, and a balance of old structures with new opportunities.

PLUTO SQUARES

Mars, Jupiter, and Uranus square Pluto in Capricorn. Pluto squares can bring power struggles and disagreements. Ambition is aroused, and there is a strong desire for power and domination. So cultivate the way of peaceful Pisces
and gentle Rabbit during this lunar month. Luck is strongest for Water signs Pisces, Cancer, and Scorpio and those born in Rabbit, Sheep, and Pig years.

Happy new Moon,

Susan

New Moon begins Year of the Phoenix (Rooster)

January 25, 2017 § 2 Comments

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FIRE PHOENIX YEAR 2017

Happy Chinese New Year! January 27 2017 is a new Moon in Aquarius at 4:07 pm PST that begins the year of the Phoenix (Rooster). Some translations refer to 2017 as Rooster year or Chicken year, but I use the translation Phoenix because it brings opportunities for rebirth and transformation.

Phoenix year is fortunate for all Phoenixes, and for Phoenix’s most compatible signs Ox, Snake, and Dragon. Phoenix energy can, at times, be challenging for Rabbit. Phoenix correlates to the Western sign Virgo.

Feng shui tips for Fire Phoenix year!

Please join me for my Year of the Fire Phoenix talk!
Saturday February 11 2017 from 1 – 2:30 pm at East West Books, 324 Castro Street in Mountain View CA. To purchase tickets, click here or call East West Books at 650-988-9800 or 800.909.6161.

The Way of the Phoenix
phoenix-platePhoenix is a brilliant, inspirational, and fearless visionary. The element Fire is perfect for Phoenix because Fire brings strength, passion, bravery, and leadership. So now is the year to break free, claim your destiny, and overcome obstacles. You can heal past actions, even past lives, with your new awareness.

Success in Phoenix Year
Three tips for success are:

brave-phoenixFirst, pay attention to your health. This is the year to exercise, get in shape, and eat well. If you are exhausted after Fire Monkey 2016, then 2017 is especially your year to focus on health, healing, and restoration.

Bad back for years, not seen a dentist, or any type of delay in dealing with your health? This is the year to finally address health issues, and not let health challenges drag on. Same with your home. Time to clean out the old and unused, and live more efficiently in this Fire bird year.

Second is to organize your finances. Deal with any debt, plan, budget, and be aware of your spending. Those born in Phoenix year are naturally very good at accounting, can find a bargain, and appreciate thrift as do Phoenix’s best friends Ox and Snake.

Third is to work hard with focus. 2017 is the year to apply yourself in your career. Be persistent, yet flexible. This is not the time to goof off or take your job for granted. Phoenix year is work before play, so get organized and contribute on the job. For some, it may feel like beak to the grindstone with superiors criticizing or micromanaging. But stay strong and do the work! Excuses will not be tolerated in a no-nonsense Phoenix year.

Phoenix Character

ceramic-phoenixThose born in Phoenix years (1909, 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017) are sharp people who are blessed with keen judgement and quick wit. A clear thinker who benefits from higher knowledge, Phoenix can be an outstanding scholar. Phoenix is naturally curious and enjoys intellectual exchange. Phoenix is popular, outspoken, and well liked so often has a flock of admirers.

Phoenix is very resourceful and can be thrown into any situation and on a moment’s notice and emerge a winner. Others seek Phoenix’s advice because Phoenix perceptions are unique, and Phoenix is a creative problem solver.

In matters of romance, Phoenix is serious and loyal. Phoenix is naturally honest, with a frank style of communication that does not sugar coat the truth. But Phoenix might be a teller of tall tales or embellish a story to make a point.

Loving and bonded in relationships but independent at work, it’s usually best that a Phoenix run their own business. If mystically inclined, Phoenix can develop prophetic abilities to become like the rare Phoenix, the mythical bird that symbolizes transformation, beauty, and grace. Phoenix can magically arise from the ashes to create a new life. So do not allow critical thinking or procrastination stop you.
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Fire Phoenix
Of the five Taoist elements Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood, this is the year of the Fire Phoenix. Red means go!

Fire brings passion, creativity, and joy. Fire types are strong, dynamic, and can overcome illness and obstacles. Just be aware that Fire can be very enthusiastic (like Wood) so do not take on more responsibilities than you can handle, especially in autumn.

Lucky Hours
In Phoenix year, activities are more successful when undertaken during hours that are favorable for Phoenix: Phoenix, Ox, Snake, and Dragon hours.

Phoenix hours are 5 – 7 pm
Ox hours are 1 – 3 am
Snake hours are 9 – 11 am
Dragon hours are 7 – 9 am

Chinese New Year Date
Chinese New Year is a spring festival that begins on the second new Moon after Winter Solstice. But in the Solar Terms Chinese agricultural calendar, the Chinese New Year begins on February 4 or 5. This Li Chun date, based on Solar Terms (15 degrees along the ecliptic) is close to February 2nd, a date that marks the point between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox.

YOUR FORTUNE IN FIRE PHOENIX YEAR

RAT – A festive and fun year, and a continuation of good fortune from the previous Fire Monkey year. Both Rat and Phoenix are smart, sharp, and quick-witted. Under the protective wings of the Phoenix, you can accomplish much this year, and receive warm support from others. But Phoenix’s influence requires hard work. It’s work before play, so time to be diligent. Plan carefully, and bit by bit attain your goals with a successful harvest in autumn. Looking for love in Phoenix year? Rat is most compatible with another Rat, Dragon, or Monkey. Ox is also compatible. Horse is least compatible.

OX – Finally, good times for you because Phoenix is most compatible with Ox (and Snake). You and Phoenix can be no-nonsense realists who will appreciate the Phoenix year influence of accountability and responsibility. Family life is harmonious, and you are recognized for your contributions. Work is rewarding, especially in autumn. Looking for love in Phoenix year? Ox is most compatible with another Ox, Phoenix, or Snake. Rat is also compatible. Sheep is least compatible.

TIGER – Phoenix and Tiger are very different so anticipate some misunderstandings. But friends, family, and colleagues offer their support so Tiger is still well loved! If you experience minor disappointments or some unhappiness, take your time and don’t be hard on yourself. This Fire Phoenix year is an excellent time to get organized for your new fortunate life cycle in 2018 Earth Dog year. Looking for love in Phoenix year? Tiger is most compatible with another Tiger, Horse, or Dog. Pig is also compatible. Monkey is least compatible.

RABBIT – Stay your good, kind, and artistic Rabbit self! Phoenix is your opposite so prepare for criticism or conflict of interest. The martial tones of the Phoenix could irritate your fine aesthetics. Money strains can bring debt so watch your spending. If hard work causes frustration, do the best you can instead of confronting authority figures. Next year Earth Dog 2018 is a lucky year for you when the truth is championed and you find success. Good feng shui of your home and office is a must for sensitive Rabbit to take care during this Phoenix year. Looking for love in Phoenix year? Rabbit is most compatible with another Rabbit, Sheep, or Pig. Dog is also compatible. Phoenix is least compatible.

DRAGON – Dragon and Phoenix are a symbol of harmonious marriage so relationships are highlighted this year. Anticipate good fortune and prosperity, happiness, positive news, promotion, and business opportunities. New friends and contacts bring important connections. Dragon is king this year, and you can achieve your goals. Looking for love in Phoenix year? Dragon is most compatible with another Dragon, a Rat, or Monkey. Phoenix (Rooster) is also compatible. Dog is least compatible.

SNAKE – Phoenix is one of the best companions for Snake because you and Phoenix share a harmony trine with Ox. Snake is celebrated and enjoys popularity. Recognition, promotion, and bonuses are foreseen. The work you do behind the scenes now comes to light, and can be rewarded. Stay steady at work, and be thrifty. Follow your instincts to know when it’s best to lay low. Luck is with you all year, especially in late summer. Looking for love in Phoenix year? Snake is most compatible with another Snake, Ox, or Phoenix (Rooster). Monkey is also compatible. Pig is least compatible.

HORSE – A harmonious year that brings good fortune and good news. Phoenix and Horse are both sexy signs who enjoy good times, so you and Phoenix are on the same page. Home life is secure, and problems are not overwhelming. Plus business is good. But Horse might be required to work harder, and slow down development. Just don’t let affairs get out of hand, especially in autumn. Looking for love in Phoenix year? Horse is most compatible with another Horse, Dog, or Tiger. Sheep is also compatible. The Rat is least compatible.

SHEEP – Let the rest of the world compete for success this year. Instead, tend to your health, back down from arguments, and treat this year as if you’re at a spaaa. Could be some trying times for us Sheep because Phoenix’s influence demands hard work, and responsible accounting for how time and money are spent. And we do not respond well to criticism. It’s best to comply, curb spending (Sheep eat paper), and maintain firm boundaries. Looking for love in Phoenix year? Sheep is most compatible with another Sheep, Pig, or Rabbit. Horse is also compatible. Ox is least compatible.

MONKEY – After the exciting Fire Monkey year 2016, build on your Monkey year success by following up and completing projects. But under Phoenix’s influence, Monkey must work steadily and pay attention to details, and that’s not of interest to any Monkey. Overextending yourself could lead to health problems. So maintain a conservative outlook, and be in observation mode. You’ll learn a lot about human nature this year. Looking for love in Phoenix year? Monkey is most compatible with another Monkey, Rat, or Dragon. Snake is also compatible. Tiger is least compatible.

PHOENIX (Rooster) – Rooster, Chicken, Cock, Hen? I call you Phoenix, offering a lifetime of opportunities to be reborn and transformed. You benefit from the influence of your own year, and start a new life cycle. You’ll have to work hard, but affairs are under control, order reigns, and you rise in glory. Looking for love in Phoenix year? Phoenix is most compatible with another Phoenix (if they don’t peck each other), Ox, or Snake. Dragon is also compatible. Rabbit is least compatible.

DOG – Phoenix year emphasis on material success and achievement run counter to Dog’s values. So stay true to your convictions. This is a good year for education, and you can find advancement through new learning or specialized training. You’ll start a fortunate 12-year cycle in Earth Dog year 2018 so allow some friendships or circumstances to end this year. What is not to be part of your new Dog year cycle can naturally fall by the wayside, especially in autumn. Looking for love in Phoenix year? Dog is most compatible with another Dog, Tiger, or Horse. Rabbit is also compatible. Dragon is least compatible.

PIG – Don’t allow people to take advantage of your Pig heart of gold, and mistake your kindness for weakness. Be sympathetic but not overly involved in the affairs of others, and avoid taking sides in any battles around you. Business rewards and financial prosperity result from hard work if you decide to apply yourself. Plan a big vacation this year. Winter is your luckiest season. Looking for love in Phoenix year? Pig is most compatible with another Pig, Sheep, or Rabbit. Tiger is also compatible. Snake is least compatible.

Contact me to schedule your tarot, astrology, or feng shui consultation for Chinese New Year.

Happy new Moon,

Susan

2017 Mercury Retrogrades

December 30, 2016 § Leave a comment

2017 MERCURY RETROGRADES


Happy New Year! 
Mark your calendars!
Communication planet Mercury is retrograde for three weeks.

Traditionally in astrology, Mercury retrograde is a time of miscommunication, technology problems, and items lost or misplaced. But Mercury retrogrades during 2017 Fire Phoenix (Rooster) year can be opportune times to focus on detailed tasks, and catch up on financial matters.

December 19 2016 – January 8 2017 in Earth sign Capricorn. Time to review and organize finances, focus on earthly matters, and gather together whatever feels scattered as we complete this Fire Monkey year. We still feel the Mercury retrograde influence until the new Moon on January 27 that begins a new lunar cycle, and is Chinese New Year of the Phoenix (Rooster).

April 9 – May 3 in Earth sign Taurus. Good to follow up, get grounded, and complete tasks. Be thorough and take your time. Venus is retrograde in Pisces this month, making a harmonious sextile to Taurus who loves art and beauty. So time to enjoy the finer things of life. We still feel the Mercury retrograde influence until the new Moon on May 25 that begins a new lunar cycle.

August 12 – September 5 in Earth sign Virgo. Excellent for detailed analysis and review. Mercury is comfortable in its rulership sign Virgo. Plus Phoenix correlates to the western sign Virgo, so 2017 Phoenix year energy works well with Virgo’s cerebral approach. We still feel the Mercury retrograde influence until the new Moon on September 19 that begins a new lunar cycle.

December 2 – 22 in Fire sign Sagittarius. Time to separate truth from fiction. Use caution to not speak so directly that conflict is created and viewpoints are polarized. We still feel the Mercury retrograde influence until the new Moon on January 16 2018 that begins a new lunar cycle.

Contact me for your tarot card reading, or 2017 forecast with both your Western planetary transits and your Chinese Four Pillars BaZi charts! Please join me February 11 for my 2017 Year of the Fire Phoenix talk at East West Books in Mountain View CA.

Wishing you a joyous New Year,

Susan

2016 Sagittarius New Moon begins Rat Month

November 26, 2016 § Leave a comment

white-ratNovember 29 2016 is a new Moon in Sagittarius. Fire sign Sagittarius is quick, decisive, and can cover much ground. The new Moon, Sun, Mercury, and Saturn are all in Sagittarius making this month the time for action, activity, and travel — especially before Mercury goes retrograde on December 19.

Mars in Aquarius trines Jupiter in Libra, a lucky aspect for business success and decision making. The new Moon sextiles Mars and Jupiter to work well independently or with groups. Plus Mercury trines Uranus in Aries for new ideas, inspiration, and broad vision.

Mars and Jupiter sextile Saturn, bringing the ability for careful planning and diligence. These are traits of the Rat in Chinese astrology, and this new Moon begins the month of the Metal Rat. You can build on your current foundation. Rat month is fortunate in this Monkey year because Rat and Monkey are most compatible, along with Dragon. And financial transactions are favorable in a Metal month because Metal represents money.

Relationship dynamics intensify as Venus conjuncts Pluto in Capricorn.There could be power struggles with partners, or conflict about money and spending. The Venus and Pluto conjunction squares Jupiter and Uranus that can bring a tendency to over extend during these last two months of Fire Monkey year.

The Sun and new Moon conjunct Saturn to focus on details and responsibilities to fulfill your obligations. It’s good for organizing and to complete unfinished matters under the influence of cautious and clever Rat. The Sun and new Moon square Neptune in Pisces so if discouraged or overwhelmed, accomplish tasks in small bites. That is how Rat succeeds, by systematically nibbling away until the goal is attained.

Luck is strongest for Fire signs Sagittarius, Aries, and Leo and those born in Rat, Ox, Dragon, and Monkey years. Call me in San Francisco at 415.642.8019 or email susan@susanlevitt.com to schedule your tarot, astrology, or feng shui consultation.

Happy new Moon,

Susan

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