January 9, 2021 § Leave a comment
Sunday January 17 at 2 pm PST join me on Zoom for my 2021 Year of the Metal Ox lecture for Chinese New Year. Tickets are at https://www.eastwestbooks.org/events/ox-year-17jan21. Come with your questions for Ox year about the fortunes for all 12 zodiac signs, and take away New Year feng shui tips.
January 12 2021 at 9:00 pm PST is a new Moon in Capricorn. Earth sign Capricorn rules the 10th house of career and finance, making this a good time to get centered with practical matters. The new Moon, Sun, Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto are all together in a planetary stellium. A stellium is a grouping of planets, and this one is in Capricorn and Aquarius bringing focus, innovation, and creative solutions.
Energy is high during this new Moon as Mars conjuncts Uranus in Taurus until February 2. Rash behavior, desire for freedom, and to assert one’s individuality can be done in a constructive way. So this lunar cycle is an auspicious time to innovate and begin a new project that will take much energy.
This new Moon begins Earth Ox lunar month, the kind and empathetic gold Ox. Extreme good fortune blesses the gold Ox. An Ox month is fortunate during a Rat year because Ox and Rat are strong allies. Ox energy brings stability and structure. Ox may be slow but is determined, and what is built will last.
This gold Ox lunar month is excellent for career prospects, and to organize and regroup. Prepare for the next new Moon on February 11 that begins Metal Ox year 2021.
Practical application of sound principles is for everyone this lunar month, and is most empowering for Earth signs Capricorn, Taurus, and Virgo and those born in Rat, Rabbit, Snake, and Phoenix (Rooster) years. Contact me for your astrology forecast for 2021 Ox year, the time to build. Hope to see you at my 2021 Year of the Metal Ox lecture!
Happy new Moon,
Tarot – Astrology – Feng Shui
January 1, 2021 § 1 Comment
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Mark your calendar for the Mercury retrograde dates in 2021.
Communication planet Mercury is retrograde for 3 weeks 3 times a year.
In 2021, all 3 Mercury retrogrades are in Air signs.
Jan 30 – Feb 20
Mercury retrograde in Aquarius to complete projects and follow up on communication.
May 29 – June 22 Mercury retrograde in Gemini is a time to slow down, stay steady, and not become overwhelmed.
Sept 27 – Oct 18Mercury retrograde in Libra for focus on clear communication in relationships of all kinds, especially intimate partnerships.
2021 YEAR OF THE METAL OX TALK
Please join me for my annual Chinese New Year talk at East West Books.
This year it will be on Zoom.
Sunday January 17, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
The link to register:
Ox year is time for honesty, discipline, and integrity of character. Like the Ox plowing the field, success is attained through diligent work and conscientious effort. Come with your questions for Ox year, learn the fortune for all 12 Chinese zodiac signs, and know your best feng shui focus for the Metal Ox year 2021.
Ox year info: https://susanlevitt.com/astrology/metaloxyear2021.
Wishing you a happy New Year,
Tarot – Astrology – Feng Shui
March 19, 2020 § 1 Comment
The first tip is to stay tidy while in an enclosed space!
The second tip is to not become discouraged by delays in life plans.
Do a small bit every day towards your goal, and reward comes at harvest time in this Rat year 2020. Autumn Equinox is September 22. Winter is the most fortunate season in a Rat year.
During quarantine, create good luck and maintain good health by doing feng shui in small digestible bites, like a mouse. Then you won’t become overwhelmed or caught up in a rat race. Rat year info.
Accept that things will take time. Save sweeping change or drastic measures for Water Tiger 2022. Then you can follow your feelings in springtime. But for now, Rat is a planner, and this spring of Rat year is ideal to focus on feng shui to clear the path for new opportunities.
Feng shui is part of Chinese medicine whereby health can be restored and maintained in a balanced and peaceful environment. Chinese medical theory is explained in my book Taoist Feng Shui that you can read while in quarantine.
2020 and 2021 are Metal years. In feng shui, the element Metal is represented by the clean, pristine environment that shines like real metal. Regardless of the lucky element in your birth chart, everyone benefits by developing the element Metal for the next two years.
If there ever was a time to reduce and remove clutter, it’s now while you are stuck indoors! Rat year is an excellent time to organize and clean up, especially your financial records. There’s always a focus on money in a Rat year, and change in the stock market.
The element Metal correlates to the bedroom. (5 Elements info below.) Metal is a yin element, and the bedroom is a yin room for rest and sleep. 2020 and 2021 are the years to make your bedroom a healing (and tidy) sanctuary. Since you are home and have time, then transform your living room.
Rats are nocturnal animals. The hours of the Rat are 11 pm – 1 am. Those born during Rat year or hour can have a predisposition for insomnia. The Rat mind is always working and thinking, creating and planning. So 2020 is the year to create peaceful bedrooms for you and your family.
This summer when the COVID-19 is under control, boost energy and start a new cycle by painting your home.
What color exterior paint? Walk around the block and look at the colors of the neighboring buildings. Paint the color that looks the best with the others, and therefore improves everyone’s property.
The energy of any room can be transformed by adding a coat of fresh paint. If all rooms of your home have white or ivory walls, all white is too much of the element Metal that can lead to arguing.
So paint one room with color, or trim a room with color. Don’t know which room to paint? Paint the room most in need of being refreshed.
Remember, do the work in small, digestible bites in this Rat year. It’s easier with a group because Rat loves the pack. Start with one room, and by the end of summer, the whole house is done.
Each room of your home correlates to the five Taoist elements of Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood:
FIRE/HEART/LIVING ROOM – In Chinese medicine, the element Fire is represented by the heart. The living room is the heart of the home. Your living room is best with accents of the bright and lively Fire colors red, purple, orange, and all shades of red. Bright accents stimulate conversation and activity. Strong FIRE brings passion, energy, and creativity.
EARTH/STOMACH/DINING ROOM – In Chinese medicine, the element earth is the stomach. The dining room is where we eat and digest food. The dining room is best in earthen tones of gold, terra cotta, or other soft yin colors. Red walls (Fire) in a dining area are too stimulating and people eat too fast. Strong EARTH brings stability, balance, and patience.
METAL/LUNGS/BEDROOM – In Chinese medicine, the element metal is the lungs. The bedroom is where we sleep and breathe deeply while resting. Best bedroom colors are white, cream, and soft pastels. Avoid bright big prints on bedding and drapery, especially in children’s bedrooms. Colorful prints are too yang and not restful. Strong METAL brings logic, clarity, and intelligence.
WATER/KIDNEYS/BATHROOM – In Chinese medicine, the element water is the kidneys. In the bathroom, paint this room in a soft, quiet, and calm color for peaceful elimination of waste and for soothing bathing or showering. Light blue is fine. Strong WATER brings wisdom, peace, and serenity.
WOOD/LIVER/KITCHEN – In Chinese medicine, the element wood is the liver. Wood is used in a kitchen to feed the cooking fire. The kitchen must be kept very clean because this is where food is prepared, so white walls are best. But green accents or a plant are recommended to introduce the Wood element into this Wood room. Strong WOOD brings enthusiasm, spirituality, and growth.
Then start at your front door. Clean your entry to welcome all the good luck that will come into your home and place of business. Wash, sweep, or vacuum the front steps, porch, entry hall, lobby — whatever the entry is where you live.
Make this area clean, well lit, and inviting. Check the entry’s lighting fixtures, make sure the doorbell works, and paint touch-ups on scuff marks. Add an welcome mat if needed. Or replace an old one if it’s worn out its welcome.
For a business, make sure that your entry is clean and inviting, and that there is good signage with clear address numbers. A business must be easy to find, and attractive to enter. One third of business success is good feng shui at the entrance.
In this Metal year, stop clutter before it builds by maintaining the habit of tidying up before you leave your home or office. Then a peaceful environment awaits you when you return. Especially at your place of work, it’s not favorable to leave a mess over the weekend. Same for quarantine at home. Clean up your work space at the end of your work day.
1ST THING SEEN
What is the first thing seen when you enter your home? And when you enter each room? Your eye goes somewhere, so direct the eye by organizing each room so that the first thing seen sets a pleasant tone to make the room inviting to enter.
Make sure that the first thing seen in each room is clean and inspiring. You do not want to see a pile of paperwork or any type of clutter. Stay tidy, especially during this element Metal year, the time for a clean, pristine environment.
A popular style of feng shui is to overlay a map of eight tri-grams, or ba-gua in Chinese. For those who apply this method, focus on the Wealth corner in Rat year to create an abundance of money.
The wealth corner is located in the far left-hand corner from the entry. Every room of your home and office has a Wealth corner to embellish during this Rat year.
Also of importance is the Fame or Reputation are right next to the Wealth corner, on the middle wall farthest from the entry door. You want to maintain the good favor of others, and avoid gossip in a Rat year.
Healthy plants in your home and workplace increase abundance. And plants offer fresh oxygen. I have many large Chinese evergreen indoor plants, and I can smell the oxygen they give off. If you have plants, you have time to focus on them now that you are in quarantine. If you don’t have plants, research a plant to add to your home after the quarantine. I recommend the Chinese evergreen. And they make a lovely lily (see pic).
Indoors or out, it’s best to have plants that stay evergreen all year, and that do not lose their leaves in any season.
For flower lovers, lucky flowers are orchids, peonies, and lilies. Roses are fine in a home or office, but remove them if there’s arguing. Avoid thorny plants like cacti. Don’t have a green thumb? Try silk flowers. I keep orchids, indoors and out, because their flower lasts so long.
Remember, take small bites in a Rat year. And be consistent. If removing clutter, start with one drawer. Then the next one. Want a big life change? Start making plans now, and pursue them in small nibbles. But keep nibbling. Keep in mind that results arrive in autumn.
More info in my feng shui articles:
Read TAOIST FENG SHUI to learn feng shui structure and history.
Use TEEN FENG SHUI as your personal workbook to learn feng shui, and then help others.
March 6, 2020 § 1 Comment
March 9 2020 10:48 am PDT is a full Moon in Virgo. Earth sign Virgo rules the 6th house of health and service. Time to focus on work, nutrition, and practical matters.
The full Moon trines Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto all in Earth sign Capricorn. These trines create an easier flow of energy for activities, everything from taxes to sharing abundant springtime meals. For sky watchers, this is a super moon so will appear larger than usual in the night sky.
Energy is strong during the peak of this Earth Rabbit month to discern what is worth nurturing this spring, then what to cultivate throughout the year. Contact me for your tarot card reading for greater insights.
Diplomatic Rabbit’s finer points are strengthened by Venus conjunct Uranus in Taurus. People are open to enjoying sensual and earthy Taurean pleasures. Rifts in relationships can be smoothed out.
The Sun conjuncts Neptune in Pisces. Communication can be misinterpreted, but also telepathic! Mercury retrograde ends on this full Moon, although we can still feel the retrograde influence until the new Moon on March 24.
Luck is strongest for Earth signs Virgo, Capricorn, and Taurus and those born in Rabbit, Ox, and Snake years.
Happy full Moon,
Antique Japanese Rabbits pic.
November 8, 2019 § Leave a comment
November 12 2019 is a full Moon in Taurus. The Moon is exalted in Earth sign Taurus. Taurus rules the 2nd house of finances, material possessions, and security. This full Moon, and as the lunar cycle wanes, is time to focus on staying grounded and centered during change.
There’s also focus on art, love, and beauty because Taurus is ruled by Venus. This full Moon marks the peak of sensual Pig month in this Pig year. Double Pig energy is happy to enjoy the beauty and bounty of Mother Earth under the light of this full Taurean Moon.
The full Moon is opposite the Sun and retrograde Mercury both in Water sign Scorpio. People can be nostalgic or sentimental during Mercury retrograde, especially in a Water sign. Conflicting opinions, even memories, are due to fixed viewpoints. Mercury is retrograde until November 20. But we can still feel the retrograde influence until the new Moon on November 26.
Happy full Moon,
Tarot – Astrology – Feng Shui
June 28, 2019 § Leave a comment
METAL SHEEP MONTH July 2 -30 2019
July 2 2019 is a new Moon eclipse in Cancer. Water sign Cancer rules the 4th house of family, home, and the importance of nurturing self and others. This new Moon begins the month of the Metal Sheep that’s naturally fortunate in a Pig year.
Sheep is a gentle and artistic soul. The element Metal represents the clean, pristine environment in feng shui. Time to pare down, give away, and refine during Sheep month.
There are two eclipses in July: this new Moon solar eclipse, and on July 11 a full Moon lunar eclipse. Eclipses can bring insights and emotional energy. Contact me for your tarot, astrology, or feng shui consultation during eclipse month.
MERCURY RETROGRADE July 7 – 31
Mercury is retrograde for three weeks, three times a year. During this Sheep month, Mercury is retrograde in Fire sign Leo and Water sign Cancer.
July 7 – 18 Mercury is retrograde in Leo is when communication is direct. Just slow down if people become too demanding. Mercury conjuncts Mars, newly in Leo, that can bring disputes or reckless reactions but is softened by the influence of peacemaker Sheep.
July 19 – 31 Mercury is retrograde in Cancer when emotions come to the surface to communicate about home and family. Luck is strongest for Water signs Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces and those born in Sheep, Horse, Pig, and Rabbit years.
Happy new Moon,
February 12, 2019 § 3 Comments
What is the best charm for 2019 Pig year? A TIGER charm! You want the full body charm, not just a Tiger head. But no Tiger charm if you were born in Monkey year because Monkey is opposite Tiger.
Pig is most compatible with Pig’s harmony trine of artistic and sensitive like-minded souls Pig, Rabbit, and Sheep. Tiger is the one other animal sign who is Pig’s ally outside Pig’s harmony trine.
Each year, the lucky charm is the animal sign who is the ally, but not in the 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 Tiger charm in the Chinatown in your city, or look online. Tiger is superb for protection. But if you find that Tiger energy makes you too argumentative, or brings a short temper, then remove the Tiger charm.
Remember that a Tiger charm is not recommended if you were born in Monkey year because Tiger is Monkey’s opposite. And if you have Snake charms or decorations, especially in your home, put them away this Pig year because Snake is opposite Pig.
Know that you can have luck in this Pig year without wearing or carrying any charms. A clean bedroom can strengthen your relationship as much as carrying a Tiger charm in your handbag. A tidy work station can advance your career as much as the finest Tiger charm on your desk. (Your Tiger should face the entry. Anything with a face should face the entry.)
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 Pig Year.
YOUR ALLY is YOUR CHARM
For more information and details about animal compatibility, see pages 36 through 43 of my book TAOIST ASTROLOGY.
RAT – Rat’s ally is Ox so your charm is OX. Your harmony trine is Rat, Dragon, and Monkey.
The charm for 2020 Rat year is Ox, but not if you are a Sheep because Ox is your opposite.
OX – Ox’s ally is Rat so your charm is RAT. Your harmony trine is Ox, Snake, and Phoenix (Rooster).
The charm for 2021 Ox year is Rat, but not if you are a Horse because Rat is your opposite.
TIGER – Tiger’s ally is Pig so your charm is PIG. Your harmony trine is Tiger, Horse, and Dog.
The charm for 2022 Tiger year is Pig, but not if you are a Snake because Pig is your opposite.
RABBIT – Rabbit’s ally is Dog so your charm is DOG. Your harmony trine is Rabbit, Sheep, and Pig.
The charm for 2023 Rabbit year is Dog, but not if you are a Dragon because Dog is your opposite.
DRAGON – Dragon’s ally is Phoenix (Rooster) so your charm is PHOENIX. Your harmony trine is Rat, Dragon, and Monkey.
The charm for 2024 Dragon year is Phoenix, but not if you are a Rabbit because Phoenix is your opposite.
SNAKE – Snake’s ally is Monkey so your charm is MONKEY. Your harmony trine is Rat, Dragon, and Monkey.
The charm for 2025 Snake year is Monkey, but not if you are a Tiger because Monkey is your opposite.
HORSE Horse’s ally is Sheep (Goat, Ram) so your charm is SHEEP. Your harmony trine is Tiger, Horse, and Dog.
The charm for 2026 Horse year is Sheep, but not if you are an Ox because Sheep is your opposite.
SHEEP – Sheep’s ally is Horse so your charm is HORSE. Your harmony trine is Rabbit, Sheep, and Pig.
The charm for 2027 Sheep year is Horse, but not if you are a Rat because Horse is your opposite.
MONKEY – Monkey’s ally is Snake so your charm is SNAKE. Your harmony trine is Rat, Dragon, and Monkey.
The charm for 2028 Monkey year is Snake, but not if you are a Pig because Snake is your opposite.
PHOENIX (Rooster) – 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 2029 Phoenix year is Dragon, but not if you are a Dog because Dragon is your opposite.
DOG – Dog’s ally is Rabbit so your charm is RABBIT. Your harmony trine is Tiger, Horse, and Dog.
The charm for 2030 Dog year is Rabbit, but not if you are a Phoenix (Rooster) because Rabbit is your opposite.
PIG – Pig’s ally is Tiger so your charm is TIGER. Your harmony trine is Rabbit, Sheep, and Pig.
The charm for 2019 (and 2031) Pig year is Tiger, but not if you are a Monkey because Tiger is your opposite.
Wishing you good luck in Pig year,
September 6, 2018 § 1 Comment
VIRGO NEW MOON
Sept 9 2018 is a new Moon in Earth sign Virgo. Virgo rules the sixth house of health, healing, work, and service. This lunar month is time for attention to health, the health of your home, and is time to take action! This month is fortunate to launch plans, especially career plans, and to pursue opportunities. The new Moon, Sun, and Mercury are all in Virgo for clear communication. But under the influence of Virgo, details are important, as is follow through.
PHOENIX MONTH Sept 9 – Oct 7
This new Moon begins the lunar month of the Metal Phoenix (Rooster). Phoenix, like Virgo, takes pride in a job well done, and can be superb at planning and organizing. Know that Phoenix speaks frankly, making this lunar month the time for direct speech. This is the month of the Metal Phoenix. The element Metal can help make clean decisions.
In feng shui, Metal is the clean, white, and pure environment. It might time for an autumn cleaning this year to get organized before winter. This is also a good month to recover your health if not feeling balanced after Monkey month in August. Contact me for your tarot, astrology, or feng shui consultation.
NEW MOON and SUN
The Virgo new Moon and Sun sextile Jupiter in Scorpio. Jupiter brings luck for success, and a period of growth and optimism. These aspects are good for group activities, especially positive interactions with women, and are favorable for financial transactions.
The new Moon and Sun trine Pluto in Capricorn. Emotions seem more powerful, and sensitivity is stronger. People can speak about deep feelings, with a sense of surviving challenges of the past. Plus these Pluto trines can bring increased vigor to overcome illness, or to start preventative healthcare practices.
The new Moon and Sun are opposite Neptune in Pisces. If people experience strange moods, they could be sensitive emotionally but not sure if what they feel is accurate. Should this occur, avoid risky or speculative ventures with others. Stay conscious of your surroundings, and take care when sensitive to outside influences.
GRAND EARTH TRINE
Keeping life grounded is a fortunate grand Earth trine of Mercury in Virgo, Saturn in Capricorn, and Uranus in Taurus. There’s serious thinking about important concerns, with wide scope and an eye for details. The hard work and discipline of Saturn can blend well with the originality and innovation of Uranus. Imagination is stimulated, making this a fortune month for travel, encounters with new people, and to learn from those who are more experienced.
Venus, newly in Scorpio, squares Mars. People can become critical about relationships, or overthink simple things during this Virgo month.
But lucky connections and opportunities are for all, especially Earth signs Virgo, Capricorn, and Taurus and those born in Phoenix, Ox, Dragon, and Snake years.
Happy new Moon,
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April 26, 2018 § Leave a comment
FULL MOON in SCORPIO
April 29 2018 is a full Moon in Water sign Scorpio. This full Moon is very fortunate because it conjuncts Jupiter! People feel generous, with increased empathy and compassion. Adding to the general good fortune is this full Moon and Jupiter trine Neptune in Pisces. Intuition and imagination are stimulated for all types of creative and artistic endeavors.
There’s interest in psychic and spiritual ideals, plus sympathy for the underdog that’s in sync with the values of this Dog year. People may feel more sensitive to their environment and the feng shui of their surroundings. Contact me for your tarot, astrology, or feng shui consultation.
To keep life grounded and balanced, the Sun is in Earth sign Taurus. And Mars, Saturn, and Pluto are all in Earth sign Capricorn. Mars conjunct Pluto brings ambition, yet success is achieved through working for the common goal.
PEAK of DRAGON MONTH
There’s a more spiritual focus than material, even with four planets in Earth signs, due to the influence of the Fire Dragon month. Fire Dragon is one of the strongest lunar animal signs who can inspire bravery and the will to take action.
Luck is with you as Dragon’s lunar cycle wanes during the next two weeks. Spiritual insights and emotional transformation are strongest for Water signs Scorpio, Pisces, and Cancer and those born in Pig, Rabbit, Sheep, Dragon, and Tiger years.
Happy full Moon,