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May Astrological Forecast - Back to Basics

May Astrological Forecast - Back to Basics

April showers (or retrogrades), bring May flowers… RIGHT!?!?! May is rarely a quiet month. Gardeners and outdoor workers go into overdrive; weddings and graduations multiply like rabbits, endings leading to new beginnings abound. In recognition of this, the cosmos is accordingly calm this May, acknowledging that our plates are FULL. There is more than enough keeping us occupied without excess planetary tricks. BUT… there is still a lot going on…

What is Mercury Retrograde?

What is Mercury Retrograde?

Our need to slow down and rest a bit is similar to a planet’s retrograde passage. Just around the corner in early March, Mercury will turn retrograde for the first time this year. In fact, every calendar year, Mercury turns retrograde two to three times, for weeks each cycle.  Some of us are aware of when this will occur and actually prepare for it as much as possible; others caught up in the midst of this activity wonder why their calls aren’t being returned, their tech devices are going haywire, their packages are delayed. Here’s the deal: except for the Sun and Moon, all planets turn retrograde. Why…. and what do you need to know about it?

The Missing Element

The Missing Element

You may know your astrology sign but do you know its element? No worries.  Most people don’t. We are so much more than our Sun sign. Each of us is a composite of ALL the planets at the moment of our birth. And each of these planets, like our Sun, is in a particular sign which is influenced by a particular element. The missing element in our astrological chart is one of the biggest clues to our behavior. Knowing this is equally important as understanding a dominance of planets in a particular element.

Mercury Sign: Well What Do You Think of That?

Mercury Sign: Well What Do You Think of That?

Many of us know our astrological Sun signs. But have you ever wondered what makes one, say for example Leo, so completely different from another Leo that you think they’re totally opposite Sun signs? Not all Leos are created alike, for good reason. Each of us is a composite of every planet in the galaxy. From the Sun all the way out to Pluto, each planet plays a role in our lives. MERCURY IS THE MESSENGER. This little planet close to the Sun rules our mind, our thoughts, communication, how we think and speak. Where this little planet was located at the time of your birth can give you powerful insight into how we each absorb, process and shares information…

What are the 12 Astrological Houses?

What are the 12 Astrological Houses?

Your astrological chart is your blueprint for this lifetime: Why You are YOU. Three primary functions make up each chart. These are the planets, signs, and houses. Most people are familiar with their Sun sign; some might even know what planet rules their sign. But unless someone has had their astrology chart read, they usually don’t know the house location of their Sun or any of their other planets. While the houses are often a less understood function of astrology, they are integral to knowing who you are; and so, they are of equal importance to signs and planets.

Rising Sign (Ascendant): Our Perception of Everything

Rising Sign (Ascendant): Our Perception of Everything

What exactly is a Rising Sign (also known as the Ascendant) and why would it garner so much attention as to be mentioned in the same phrase as a Sun sign?  And, what significance does it have on your life? Because it is the literal starting point of our entire chart.  It is the eastern-most point on our chart at the moment of our birth.  Thus the Rising Sign determines where every single planet falls in our chart…

What's my Moon Sign... and what does it say about me?

What's my Moon Sign... and what does it say about me?

What’s my moon sign and what does it say about me? Many of us are familiar with our Sun sign. We will occasionally read our horoscope in newspapers, magazines or online. However, there is much more to our own personal horoscope. Each planet, from the Moon to Pluto, is in a particular sign and house at the moment of our birth. Together, these comprise our astrological chart. The Moon is our emotional interior, our feelings, how we interpret and digest stimulus on the deepest level.  Only when we are very, very at ease, do we show our Moon and relate to others with it.