Monthly Astrological Predictions

January 2019 Horoscopes

Important Dates:  New Year’s Day, January 1; Solar Eclipse, January 5; and Martin Luther King Day, January 21.

New Year Energy

It’s a New Year, ready for new opportunities, new adventures, new beginnings, new jobs, new relationships, new goals, dreams and aspirations.  Have you really thought about what you would like to change in your life during this new year?  Will you take that trip you have always dreamed about?  Will you finally try to start a home-based business and get rid of your fear of leaving corporate?  Are you ready to look for love and not be afraid of getting hurt?

Life is about experiences and lessons.  How can you learn the lessons you are supposed to if you stay in your little safe corner always living the same day over and never taking a chance or making a change?  Be spontaneous.  Meet new people!  Join clubs that interest you and get to know more people with like mind and interests. Expand your horizons.  Learn more about a philosophy, religion or metaphysics.  Expand your mind.  Read that book you’ve always wanted to (I’m finally reading Pride and Prejudice after seeing all the movie productions of it and it’s fun to see what the original story was.)  Deal with issues you’ve ignored that may be haunting you or keeping you from moving forward.  Go after that new job or career.  Be a positive force in the universe and more positive opportunities and dreams will be attracted to you and become a reality.  Be strong even if life has thrown you some curves.  We can all be what we want to be and do what we want to do – the issue is that we need to believe in ourselves and have confidence in our choices.  Start the new year with confidence and purpose.  Have the year you deserve.  Make it a reality!

Every January, I like to remind my horoscope readers that I have adjusted the dates for each sign to reflex the actual 2019 sun signs dates. You will always remain the same sign in which you were born.

MOON PHASE            DATE DEGREE & SIGN          TIME
New Moon              05 15 Capricorn 25      08:28 PM
First Quarter              14 23 Aries 48      01:45 AM
Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse/Supermoon*              21 00 Leo 52      00:16 AM
Last Quarter              27 07 Scorpio 38      04:10 PM

 

Planets in the morning sky Venus
Planets in the night sky Mars
Retrogrades Uranus goes direct on the 6th.
The sun will go into Aquarius on January 20th.

 *Supermoon is the phenomenon whereby the moon appears particularly large in the sky because of its closest approach to the earth (the perigee) with a full (or new) moon.

ARIES – March 21 – April 20

Many unexpected changes and new beginnings are coming your way.  Old ways of doing things are now a thing of the past.  You are looking for a new direction or doing things differently.  A change in personal style or a makeover may be in store for you as you seem to be disappointed in the status quo.  New good luck and opportunities come into your life; however, if you don’t grab them, they will disappear and will never return again.  Be sure to look over the opportunity even if you are not sure that you want it.  Opportunities will be presented to you for your best interest so it would be good if you at least look into it before making your decision.   You may have new ideas on how to work smarter and not harder, so this is the time to put your ideas into action so you have more time to spend with family or on your own interests.  Home life may be a bit confusing, but once you decide to finish projects, have the family to pitch in to help and follow a plan, your home turn into the comfortable place you’ve always wanted.

TAURUS – April 21 – May 21

You are trying to get many projects done, but seem to be getting a bit frustrated that there just isn’t enough time to complete everything.  Partnerships can be a bit strained, but with patience and persistence, you can change anything that you are not happy with within the relationship.  It is imperative that both of you communicate with each other and discuss what is on your mind.  Your career is going in a very good direction.  There are many possibilities for a promotion or change of job for more money, if you are looking for something new.  It also seems as if this is a time where you are playing the role of everyone’s mother by giving advice, opinions, making decisions for others and generally just by being there as a shoulder to cry on.  This is a compassionate thing to do; however, your energy seems to be going to others while your energy field is being drained more and more as the days go by.  So, be careful not to let your immune system be compromised.  You must rest, take care of yourself and let others take care of their own lives for awhile.

GEMINI – May 22 – June 21

Money still continues to be a worry, but with determination and persistence, you will be able to pay your bills and get those special projects around the house done in a timely manner.  You may have to put some of the more expensive projects on hold for now, but not for long.  Depression or sadness may take hold of you from time to time as you review your last year and realize that you hadn’t accomplished all that you wanted to.  Giving more attention to your needs would be a big help in attaining your goals.  Your energy is scattered all over the place, so start prioritizing your life.  You may be wondering where you will be a year from now.  Creative budgeting and common sense get you through the month just fine. 

CANCER – June 22 – July 23

Family and home are very important.  Life may be blown out of proportion so just go with the flow on many things.  Don’t get too upset before you know the outcome of certain situations.  Many things will take you by surprise, but don’t worry, they will be good surprises!  A conflict in home life will keep you overwhelmed and stressed, so ask for help, put things on the back burner and just do what absolutely has to get done at the moment so you can handle any issue that needs to be taken care of.  You are thinking about so many different areas of your life that you would like to enhance or change, but Cancerians are not the easiest sign to accept change.  You need to figure out exactly what it is you want out of your job, your family, your career and your life in general before those things can be given to you.

LEO – July 24 – August 23
Children will be your main focus now, so be sure to prepare interesting and creative projects for them to learn from as well as gain a brand-new skill.  Romantic love takes a giant leap forward and you are really ready for this after the last year you have had.  Be open to new relationships and just know that someone special is coming your way.  If married or involved, your relationship seems to be going in a much better direction once there is a bit of compromise or mutual understanding about your future together.  Friendships can be confusing and you may even find out that one of your trusted friends have betrayed you in some way.  It is up to you whether or not to forgive your friend, but be sure this was not just a misunderstanding or mistake.

VIRGO – August 24 – September 23
Health, diet and exercise are being activated now; however, health concerns may be real.  If you are not feeling well or are worried about something that just doesn’t feel right in your body, a quick trip to the doctor will help you decide on your next course of action.  Rest is very important for you now since it doesn’t look as if you ever quit.  You keep doing more and more and your leisure time seems to be less frequent, if you have any at all.  Metaphysics or esoteric teachings may be of interest.  A class or two may be in your future to learn a particular modality or a new topic in general.  You want to learn something new and seem to be moving into the spiritual realm.  Many changes are coming for you and if they are planned, they will be wonderful.  If you let the universe run your life then you are never really prepared for what will manifest for you.  Finish other projects before starting new ones. 

LIBRA – September 24 – October 23

Personal and business relationships (as well as situations dealing with the law or court in some way) are the main focus now.  Your activities keep you busy, and if you look into your health issues just a little bit more, you will do well.  You go back and forth on many decisions which really need to be made.  Always listen to the first thought that comes into your mind about a particular issue and just accept that as a Divine answer to your question.  Not deciding is not a decision.  Seeing both sides to a situation is amazing but not if it keeps you confused and overwhelmed.  Your procrastination is at an all time high and if you keep procrastinating, you will attract more negative energy to you and who needs that?

SCORPIO – October 24 – November 22
Emotions can be very tricky this month, especially if it includes your partner.  You may seem overly jealous or possessive but a logical talk with your partner will put your mind to rest.  You are overthinking.  Keeping life in perspective has never been hard for you to do; however, you may feel as if too many things are just not going as planned.  You are getting more comfortable with your life, especially if you’ve recently made a major move in your career or home.  Finishing those long-forgotten projects or things that have bothered you (because you haven’t had the time to complete them) will help you feel a sense of stability and security.  You need to organize your life, get rid of things that mean nothing to you and only keep those things that are essential to your well being and happiness.  Decluttering or organizing your life and home will also bring in good luck and more positive opportunities that will be in your best interest.

SAGITTARIUS – November 23 – December 22

Creativity, long distance travel and education are activated now.  You are interested in so many areas of life and what you can and can’t do.  Don’t limit yourself in any way.  Get out there and make a difference in your life and the life of others.  Money issues need to be clarified and dealt with so that you will no longer worry about your financial future.  Update financial records, wills, and tax records so that everything will be at hand if needed.  Spirituality, artistic ability and metaphysics become important now as you want to learn everything that you can about the subjects you have an interest in.  This is a great time to paint, start a new project, read and think about what it is you want to accomplish in the near future.

CAPRICORN – December 23 – January 20
There will be a lot of activity at work so be prepared to work hard and get a little bit more organized.  You may also start thinking of getting the next certification for your business so you can proceed to bigger and better things.  There is so much going on within your head.  Your energy levels are strong and yet you just seem to be standing still.  Don’t over think your decisions.  Once you’ve made them stick with them or just fix the error you’ve made and move on!  Change is on the horizon as well as thinking about so many different areas of life that you wish could be changed or that never happened.  Some reciprocal energy is required now for your good mental and physical health.

AQUARIUS – January 21 – February 18

Friends are the highlight of the month.  Some members of the opposite sex may want to be more than friends, but you are very specific when it comes to choosing a romantic partner.  Friends may want to set you up on a blind date.  Go, it’s just a date and you may meet the woman/man of your dreams.  Make sure you are living in reality before you make any important changes.  Resting, reading or exercising will help you get back into great physical shape or state of mind.  Relieve stress and make some alone time for yourself and then Magic will mysteriously appear all around you, if you look for it.  Nature is helping you connect with those who have passed on and you feel it.  It’s an amazing time for you to meet a new partner and you may even get serious with one or two.

PISCES – February 19 – March 20

Mysterious and unusual circumstances follow you no matter where you go.  What else is new?  Many secrets seem to be around you now, but they are not too important anyway, so you should not be concerned.  Just ignore the negative energy and you will be just fine.  A few hospital tests or visiting someone in the hospital may be at hand.  Uncovering your passion for reading, learning, creativity and artist pursuits will help calm you down and clarify the things that have been bothering you.  Spirituality is always a fine way of getting back to the things you believe in. Teaching or taking a class or two will help you attain the confidence you need to move forward in a very positive way.  The year is like a rose starting to blossom a little each day.

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 Rev. Vikki Anderson has been a metaphysical teacher, writer and lecturer for over 46 years.  She may be contacted at 570-215-4223 for a telephone or in-person tarot, astrology or Feng Shui consultation.  www.vikkianderson.net  and www.fengs

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December 2018 Horoscopes

Important dates:  December 7th, Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day; the 21st, The Winter Solstice/Sun enters Capricorn; the 25th, Christmas; and the 26th, Kwanzaa.

WINTER HOLIDAY TIPS

Have holiday lights on if it is appropriate to your holiday. Nothing brings guests better than a light display during the holidays. Put lights on timers so that you don’t have to be home to have your lights come on. This also lets others think you are home when you may be off holiday shopping or visiting family, friends or neighbors. (As an aside, I also have motion lights on my house to cover the whole yard, driveway and front walkway for the same reason).

If you are a baker, bake all the great cookies and breads you usually do for the holidays. Nothing invites family, friends and neighbors in general to come into your home more than freshly baked items with those wonderful aromas filling your home and seeping through your doors or windows. Do you need to bake so many cookies? How many can we eat? After the holidays, I get to throw a good deal of them out to my squirrels which live on my property and they say thank you.

Have all of your shopping and wrapping done early. You can buy presents all year long and wait until after Thanksgiving for larger items or items that you want to make sure you can return.

Decorate the house at different times. You can put up the tree one night and then put up window and yard decorations over the next few days. Be sure the children are home, so that they can assist in making your home look beautiful for the holidays. Even though I’m sure they’ll complain at having to work and do something as lame as put up Christmas or holiday decorations, it will be good to show the children that these holidays are for families and families work together.

Write holiday cards when you have a few spare minutes throughout the fall. Many people put names and addresses on computer labels and I must admit I did that for many years. I have learned that they are very impersonal and it’s just like you are saying that you wanted to get that chore out of the way as quickly as possible and had no regard for the person it was being sent to. I hand write all my envelopes and messages inside each card rather than writing a longer typed Christmas-gram. It’s more personal and it’s very rare, so your card will stand out. I have received many comments on my original notes and how refreshing they were.

When getting ready to have a holiday party at your home, here are some tips: clean the house one day, set up the tables and cooking/serving dishes and glasses you will need another day (pop them in the dishwasher if they haven’t been used since the last big holiday), do the food shopping and preparing what you can ahead of time and on the day of the party, you can relax, get ready in a stress-free environment and have fun! Clean up can be done tomorrow or after your guests have gone. Some people actually pitch in and clean up as they go. If this is all right with you, by all means, accept the help. You’ve worked hard!

Or throw a load of dishes and glasses in the dishwasher, go to bed and rest so you can face the mess ahead of you in the light of day with a strong cup of coffee or tea in your hand!

Do simple things to help your party run smoother. Prepare the coffee ahead of time so that when it is time for your guests to have coffee (or tea), all you have to do is plug the pot in.

Put your milk pitcher in the refrigerator filled with cold water so it will be kept colder for a longer period of time after serving.

Make sure your table linens are clean. Check them at least a week before your party and clean what needs to be washed or sent to the dry cleaners.

Have holiday music playing in the background but be sure it is calming music and not blaring to disturb your guests. The idea is to let everyone enjoy themselves which includes chatting to one another to catch up on their lives with soft music playing in the background so you can hear one another.

Be careful about mistletoe. Many guests are shy so if they do not kiss the person they find under it, you may kid them about it once, but then let it go.

If this is a pot luck dinner, prepare a menu so you can tell everyone what they could bring to your home. If it’s not a pot luck dinner but others ask what they may bring, you can always suggest gourmet dips, crackers, breads, wine, sparkling apple cider, eggnog, a bottle of liquor or any dessert a dessert of their choice. Tell them how many guests you are expecting.

You do not need to put out every holiday decoration you have. As the children leave the nest, you can put up a modest yet tasteful display of decorations. The holidays are for us to relax and enjoy the season, not stress over all the decorations, where to move the furniture until after the holidays and rush out to buy the biggest live Christmas tree you can find. I find live trees dangerous, messy (I found pine needles the next July stuck in my rug and eventually my feet!). They need constant water and they seem to dry up quickly. Be careful.

Is an artificial tree out of the question? There are so many kinds of artificial trees that are pre-lit (a gift from Heaven) and in so many shapes and sizes, do we really have to spend a lot of money year after year and have yet another beautiful part of nature being cut down, destroyed and then burned when they are not sold? An artificial tree can be purchased after the holidays for very reasonable prices and they look good for at least ten years if cared for properly.

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MOON PHASE DATE DEGREE & SIGN TIME
New Moon 07 15 Sag 07 02:20 AM
First Quarter 15 23 Pisces 27 06:49 AM
Full Moon 22 00 Cancer 49 12:49 PM
Last Quarter 29 07 Libra 36 04:34 AM

 

Planets in the morning sky Mercury from the 3rd, Venus, and Jupiter from the 9th.  Do not confuse Jupiter with Mercury latter half of the month.  Jupiter is brighter.
Planets in the night sky Mars and Saturn until the 16th.
Retrogrades Mercury goes direct on the 7th; Uranus all month.
The sun will go into Capricorn on the 21st.

  

ARIES – March 20 – April 18

Unexpected expenditures can eat up your finances quickly.  Be sure to try to buy what you need and not what you want.  Do not be too generous during the holidays this year as you usually are. Spending money for the holidays is just the beginning.  You will have fun, enjoy holiday celebrations and won’t think twice about spending more than planned on a gift for a loved one.  Your generosity of spirit is magnetic and extends to your friends who will expect an extra special gift.  You may over spend on those you love.  Career opportunities are plentiful and you are probably considering changing jobs or parts of your job that will bring you more attention, more income or where you will use your intellect.  Things are getting boring. Your attention is not on work at this time, but in planning all the wonderful shopping, parties, travel and fun you hope to have during this month.  Your practical side comes into play where you realize you need more rest and must limit your help to others who are always taking advantage of your kind nature.  All in all, you are on the go, having fun, and connecting with friends and family who love your company.

TAURUS – April 18 – May 19

Communication is important now.  Are you writing a book or being more creative during this time? If not, this will bring you much peace and happiness, so give it a try.  Holiday travel seems important; however, make sure your travel plans are solid before venturing to your holiday destinations.  Family conflicts may arise and seem unimportant to you, but the issues are important to others.  Be tactful with your partner since much energy seems to want to make you “right” or in control of every situation.  If you keep a cool head and compromise where appropriate, things should run quite smoothly. Don’t get into a battle of wits with your family and friends since this is the season of forgiveness and peace of mind, body and spirit.  Change is good even though you may not feel it at the present time.  If you find yourself in unexpected circumstances, just know that you are being guided on a different path.  You may not wish to travel on this path; however, it would be in your best interest to at least look at the wonderful changes around you and the opportunities it will bring for future happiness, prosperity and good health.

GEMINI – May 20 – June 20

Home life tends to get somewhat stressful as you try to plan the perfect holiday party.  This is a time for communication with family and let them know what you expect from them from the holidays and what you expect them to do to help you arrange a beautiful family gathering.  Balance issues between your work load in your career and the responsibilities of your family weigh you down.  Why can’t you delegate?  Is it up to you to handle everything?  Miscommunication is prevalent this month so be clear about your intent or what you are asking others to do for you.  Repeat things so that you are on the same page as well.  Are you working too much so that you are not avail Compromise is needed to avoid arguments with your partner or loved ones since you just don’t have much time to think things through properly and make an informed decision.  You also get annoyed when people question where your time is spent and that you may be able to organize your life better.  You do more than most of the other signs and you would like to be acknowledged for that, but just be happy that you are able to run your life the way you want to or else, you just pick up and find happiness elsewhere.   

CANCER – June 21 – July 21

Love life and family seems to bring you much happiness and joy, even though you are handling too much of the responsibility. Be open to new relationships or trying to make your current ones better. New beginnings in the home, perhaps redecorating or some much needed repair projects, help you focus on your goals for the future.  You may be starting over or feel as if you need the changes that are being thrust upon you.  Make buying presents a special family occasion.  Even though you may feel that change is unsettling, it will be a positive experience, so give it a chance.  A good time to take care of any health issues so they won’t get worse.  Differences of traditions and philosophies of life will be tested and you may be persuaded to look at things from different perspectives.  Even though you may want to stay home this holiday season, be a bit flexible if your partner wants to travel to visit family.  Staying home means you have to cook and entertain; however, it also makes you feel comfortable to be in your own home to do whatever you want to.  Using your intellect to make decisions rather than emotional ones will help you choose the better option. 

LEO – July 22 – August 22

Partnerships may not be as stable as you would like.  Take time to find out what is bothering your personal/business partner.  It will be worth it in the end. It is important for you to entertain your family and friends, but be mindful of your health.  Take enough time for yourself and let others give you a hand in the kitchen or with the preparations.  This is a good time to rejuvenate, relax and do whatever you feel is important for yourself and your happiness.  It is a time to help others get more organized and as usual, you help others with their challenges and issues and are always going the extra mile.  This is also a time where you will take on the responsibility of a family issue.  Do the best you can to help those family members compromise; however, don’t beat yourself up if it does not go the way you feel it should.  You have done your best and sometimes things just have to work themselves out.    Arguing is probable if you let yourself get caught up in the politics of an issue.  Be aware of the explosive energy surrounding you and do your best to diffuse all negative situations.  

VIRGO – August 23 – September 21

Unusual circumstances may make you realize that things may not be as you originally thought.  Double check what people say to you and get everything in writing.  This is not a great time to trust acquaintances. Holidays are always stressful, so if you are more relaxed and plan well in advance, your holidays will run quite smoothly.  Getting your list and checking it twice is a great way for a Virgo to start their holiday shopping.  Know what you want to spend and then comparison shop so you get the best price for the item, as if you wouldn’t do that anyway! Try not to take life so seriously now as it is supposed to be fun.  If there are any issues that you do not agree with, let them go for now and deal with them after the holidays.  Situations with personal and business partnerships may be confusing and upsetting at times, so be prepared to stand your ground and give your frank opinion in a tactful manner.  Career may be changing in many ways and it would be helpful for you to know in which direction you would like to proceed.  Do you want your own home-based business?  If so, go for it now as the energy around you is positive and open to so many wonderful possibilities to accomplish your future goals and dreams.  

LIBRA – September 22 – October 22

Spending money for beautiful things is a constant in your life; however, it may be time to ask your partner if he or she agrees with your gift choices.  Ask for his or her opinions of gifts for the family and your closest friends.  Consulting a partner on financial choices or where you spend the family riches will allow you to spend more freely.  Much good energy is around you so plan what steps you would like to take to accomplish some dreams and goals.  Your personality shifts to being more self-confident with less issues regarding insecurities and anxieties.  This is the time for you to accomplish what needs to be done.  Career, travel and spiritual pursuits all seem to become important at the same time so be prepared to be scattered and yet, you will be having the time of your life exploring all the possibilities around you.    

SCORPIO – October 23 – November 21

You are interested in getting a makeover or buying new clothes that may be a new fashion style.  You are updating your look and it does make others notice you a bit more. Traveling may be tricky so it would be best for you to double check your plans as it seems that there may be a minor glitch that hinders you in some your way. This does not mean that you should not travel, but it seems to be a time where extra planning and alternative plans will keep everyone calm and in control of their holidays!  Running around at the last minute to get your shopping done can be exhausting task, so use the web to order some on line gifts, if you feel that’s appropriate.  You just need some down time, relaxation time, and family time for your own enjoyment and well-being.  You would like to plan things in advance and that’s a wonderful idea, but be flexible enough to know that all plans do not turn out exactly as we hope.  Unexpected outcomes many times are better than our original plans.  Go with the flow.  Have a wonderful time.  

SAGITTARIUS – November 22 – December 20

You want to learn a lot of things – you enjoy knowledge.  Classes, lectures or seminars may be popping up over the next few months that would be beneficial to you in some way.  There may also be some training classes that you need to take for your job. Get up and go to holiday parties, friends’ get-togethers or that holiday getaway with a loved one even though he or she may not want to leave home.  Try to be a little more sensitive with a loved one’s feelings as it seems you may be somewhat tactless or thoughtless to his or her needs.  This may be because you are so caught up in the whirlwind around you, or the holiday season, that you don’t have time for petty nonsense.  You may be on different wavelengths so try to find common ground.  Home life may be a bit too hectic for your taste and you may try to go out or not deal with specific issues.  They will not go away, so deal with them directly.  A good outcome will result from any effort you put into making positive changes in work, formal education, long distance travel and finances, so start thinking about which areas of life you would like to change and start making a few small changes throughout the season. 

CAPRICORN – December 21 – January 18

Networking becomes effortless as you meet many more people through new clubs, memberships and organizations. New friends and associations help propel your career through this holiday season.  Be careful not to let your personal and business lives conflict with each other as it won’t be worth the time and trouble.  Deal with each area of life separately and complete any unfinished projects or endeavors.  Being organized for the upcoming year will help you get a jump on your goals.  Lists will help you with this organization and will help you focus on your priority issues.  Go out and have some fun.  You can’t be all business or too serious now since this is the time to be happy and jolly!  Accept holiday party invitations and do some of the entertaining yourself.  You will feel very relaxed and others will appreciate your thoughtfulness. 

AQUARIUS – January 19 – February 17

Many changes that you needed in your life for a while are now starting to occur. Be certain about your goals and go after them. Your creative and artistic abilities are amplified during this festive season so don’t be afraid to show off your abilities to family and friends.  Spirituality is more important as you unfold the meaning of your traditional beliefs.  This is a good time to think about what you want to do in the future, perhaps in a creative field or perhaps to take creative classes you never had the time to take in the past.  What a wonderful time for you to look into new cultures and traditions. You may wish to kick back and unwind during the holidays and not have the traditional holiday meals or parties with your family.  You may wish to keep a day for yourself where you could organize your home, entertain other family members or friends or just relax and watch the blinking lights on the Christmas tree or other holiday decorations.  Energy abounds and you wish to accomplish so much.  You can do anything you need to do at this time, but limit yourself to a few tasks per day so you can re-energize and continue on the fast track that you have been living on for the last year.

PISCES – February 18 – March 19

You have lots to do, but you may feel as if you would rather just watch TV, read or do things around the house.  You may be procrastinating a bit around the holidays.  Do one thing each day, so that when the holidays are here, you will be ready to celebrate!  Loved ones would be adaptable enough when unexpected circumstances change your plans at the last minute.  These changes may be better than your original plans.  If circumstances seem confusing or dramatic, this is the best time to take that energy and turn it into a positive result.  Things go very well, then fall apart, so it’s best that you just deal with situations as they happen rather than projecting the best or worst scenario for them. The negativity around you is disappearing and you need to reinforce the positive energy that you know is protecting and guiding you to do the right thing.  Love issues may be a tender spot, so understand what the issue is and then do something to resolve it.  Using your mental agility will help you to optimistically deal with any concerns that come your way.  Career issues may be pushed to the foreground and some very important decisions about your future will need to be made.  Be sure you have all the facts before jumping to conclusions that may be incorrect.  Now is the time to make appropriate adjustments to goals.

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Vikki Anderson has been teaching metaphysical philosophies for over 46 years and does private and group consultations, as well as lectures and workshops for corporate events and private parties in astrology, tarot and Feng Shui. For appointments or more information, please visit www.vikkianderson.net and www.fengshuimoon.com.

November 2018 Horoscopes

Important dates: November 1, All Saints’ Day; and the 22nd, Thanksgiving.

Autumn Energies

Autumn is a time of the year which represents balance and enlightenment.  It gives us the power to look back over the spring and summer to see if we had fulfilled our goals, dreams, aspirations and desires.  It makes us realize that procrastination is a negative force in the universe, a blocking of life force energy, (chi), that will not allow us to go happily in to our futures.  We need to be persistent in our goals and must create, journey and explore our universe to find our true happiness and discover what boundless accomplishments we could bestow upon the world. It is a selfless time to contemplate, meditate and dream of your futures. It gives us that much needed pause to slow down and start prioritizing our lives so that we can make it the best we can with the most positive results for all involved.

The Autumnal Equinox is also about celebrating what you have accomplished and reveling in those positive accomplishments.  It is a magnificent time to think of others and realize how lucky we truly are to have journeyed far into ourselves with understanding, truth and compassion.  This makes us realize that any charitable gesture or action can make a difference in someone’s life no matter how small and the feeling of sharing, giving, exchanging and bartering your gifts with others will always make you feel blessed and humble as you help your fellow human beings in this third dimensional plane.

When the leaves start to fall, it is as though the universe has given in to the rationalization that all things must eventually die and be reborn in due course. It is the never-ending cycle or circle of life that we have become accustomed to.  It is life as we know it. This is our second chance to make things right, to find that balance within us and to live life the way we had always intended…with peace, love, harmony, joy, good health and an abundance in all things.  Happy Autumn to all!

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MOON PHASE DATE DEGREE & SIGN TIME
New Moon 07 15 Scorpio 11 11:02 AM
First Quarter 15 23 Aquarius 11 09:54 AM
Full Moon 23 00 Gemini 52 00:39 AM
Last Quarter 29 07 Virgo 43 07:19 PM

 

Planets in the morning sky Venus
Planets in the night sky Mercury thru the 21st, Mars, Jupiter thru the 13th, and Saturn.  Do not confuse Mercury and Jupiter early month.  Jupiter is brighter.
Retrogrades Mercury Rx on the 17th, Venus goes direct on the 16th, Uranus all month and Neptune goes direct on the 25th.
The sun will go into Sagittarius on the 22nd, Thanksgiving Day!!

 

ARIES – March 20 – April 18

Family discussions about the holidays and other matters keep you on your toes.  You thought a lot of this craziness was behind you; however, you have a little bit more to go.  Deal with issues as they happen and don’t respond as you always do.  The calmer you remain, the calmer the situation will be.  This is a great time to get things settled with siblings and family members in general.  If having the holidays at your home, be prepared ahead of time and don’t let others tell you what you should have or who you should invite.  It is time to set some boundaries. Emotions on everyone’s side seem to be blown out of proportion. Finances may be too confusing now to make a final decision on what needs to be done, but start the process going.  You are thinking in the right direction. Make the month work. 

TAURUS – April 18 – May 19

Family life seems to improve.  You are getting your way about holiday plans and are deciding whether or not to have the Thanksgiving dinner at your home.  If not practical, you may be deciding what you need to make for the occasion and take it to another family members’ home.  For a holiday season, you tend to be a bit under the weather or somewhat depressed.  Maybe it’s the holidays, but it seems as if you need to get things decided in your life and you may even have to move on with or dismiss plans that you have already made.  Career gets crazy and you feel as if you are overburdened with stress and continuous questions from people who could not possibly know what you are going through.  Keep a level head and be your same logical self and things will fall into place in no time at all.

GEMINI – May 20 – June 20

Your creativity and artistic abilities are proven over and over again.  You get into so many different areas of expertise that you sometimes even amaze yourself.  Asking what you could make or bring to a family gathering will be very much appreciated, but if you are too busy, stopping at a gourmet bakery or fruit shop will keep you in good graces.  Love issues may be stirring and you may have to make some difficult decisions about your romantic future.  Deciding on plans to either go for further education, classes and training or perhaps wanting to save for a wonderful vacation next year may keep off balance. Being too sensitive now will not help you decide what you need to do to be happy.  Handle your concerns with intellect and logic and you will make perfect decisions. 

CANCER – June 21 – July 21

Partnerships are going well.  Different viewpoints need to be considered and a compromise that will benefit both of you would be best. Even though you may be invited out or having a special get together at your home for the holidays, make sure you have plenty of alone time to spend with the one you love.  You may need some special time together to get over any disagreements or things that have not been settled. Career is going well and there may even be some interesting changes that you will be quite surprised with.  This is a good time to stand up for yourself and let others know that you now have boundaries which they may not cross.  The days of you being the giver seem to be coming to an end.  You may now have to learn your lesson of receiving from others.

LEO – July 22 – August 22

Try to get things done in a timely manner.  People are depending upon you.  Money issues can be dealt with properly and easily if you just realize that some habits may have to change.  You can be the most delightful host/hostess when you want to be, so put on that smile, make the best dinner you could possibly make and if there are any negative people at your gathering, ignore them for the sake of the holiday.   There’s always one to bring everyone else down, but it is not going to happen to you this year.  You are prepared, you feel energized and ready for anything.  Keep the peace within the family and especially keep an eye on your partner.  (S)he may feel neglected so make an extra effort to make him/her feel special and loved.  Compliment him/her on everything they have done to contribute to a great holiday. 

VIRGO – August 23 – September 21

Many new positive changes will affect you and your partner. Money issues may really start to annoy the both of you.  Money is being spent on things that both of you have not agreed on.  Some compromise and good conversation are all that is needed to deflate the possible explosion of emotion.  If money is tight during the holidays, you can always ask family and friends to bring a side dish or dessert (as well as their favorite drink) to your holiday dinner.  Many people do this, so join the club so you do not have to get stressed out.  This is a great time to make your ideas and plans known on the job.  Your creativity and innovative ideas will help get you that promotion or more responsibility for more money that you’ve been dreaming of.  Finally, you may be able to get an assistant or temp help to move things forward in a positive manner on the job or in your home.  You need to rest and take care of yourself. 

LIBRA – September 22 – October 22

You seem to be very sensitive now and may cry at the drop of a hat.  You need to gain your composure and handle the responsibilities and obligations you were meant to.  The holidays should actually make you feel more confident about your life; getting into the spirit with decorations and gift giving will be an absolute joy for you.  Many emotions seem to be blown out of proportion and it’s almost as if you just don’t know what you want.  Partnerships confuse you and you just need to be more self-confident and gather up your inner strength and courage to make important decisions.  Do not procrastinate too long on important decisions because some of the opportunities will pass you by.  Traveling for the holidays is a possibility if you can find the money and decide on where you would like to go.  Visiting family and/or friends is always a safe bet around the holidays.  It will be a more reasonable alternative to higher priced vacations and you should be with people who love you. 

SCORPIO – October 23 – November 21

There is much intense energy going on in your life especially in career.  Good opportunities are on their way and there may even be a raise or promotion in the near future.  If having any festivities at your home, be sure to do a little each day so that you are not overwhelmed at home.  You need to clean the house one day, prepare food on the next day and then cook everything on the third.  You will be so organized that you will amaze others with your organizational skills.  In this way, you may also join your guests because everything will be ready ahead of time.  New opportunities abound.  There seems to be an abundance of good luck and interesting decisions that will lead you into new beginnings and new ventures.  Be open to change.  Take appropriate risks and be optimistic about your future.  Everything is waiting there for you, so just grab those opportunities and get on the right path quickly.

SAGITTARIUS – November 22 – December 20

It would be a good idea to invite friends to your home for the holidays.  Even if you are fortunate enough to have family and friends around you, not everyone does, so count your blessings. Friendships will be very important now, so be prepared to know who is or is not your friend.  When new people come into your life that seem as if they want to be your new best friend, be very careful about telling them many secrets.  Deception, secrets and talking behind your back (gossip from jealousy or envy) is very probable.  Stand up for yourself and don’t pretend you don’t know it exists.  If you don’t stand up for yourself, it just gets worse.  Finances need a tweak here and there.  Saving more can help you long term.  Just buy what you need and not what you want at this time.  Many are escaping to the south for the winter, so if this is you – have a great time and don’t forget your sunscreen. 

CAPRICORN – December 21 – January 18

There seems to be a total change in the way you perceive things; you also want to change what you are not happy with.  Your personal style, wardrobe and perhaps even holiday decorations or traditions are all equally on the chopping block.  When you say it has to go, then it has to go!  You would like new excitement and adventure.  Caps want to looker younger, thinner, and healthier and so you start many new regiments of a healthier you from exercising to eating better.  You are also trying to be calmer and may even want to study meditation or learn how to contact your angels for whatever blessings you need in your life.  Be very careful not to make everything change at once, which will be your inclination.  Slow changes are best so you and everyone around you can acclimate to them.  As far as the holidays, it depends on what you want to do now.  It seems like a small intimate dinner for Thanksgiving is on the agenda.  You are getting tired of too many people around you, especially those who are always needy and asking you for favors.  

AQUARIUS – January 19 – February 17

You are so good with money and you are doing even more in budgeting what you have and trying to get the most of your funds.  The holidays are going to be a bit more frugal this year (as with most people), but you are going to shop at sales, auctions, flea markets and thrift stores and will do very well.  If having the Thanksgiving holiday at your home, be decisive and ask others to bring the things you will need to make your generosity go a little bit further.  A bottle of liquor or appetizers are always a nice way for others to participate in the holiday.  Aquarians also have many decisions to make about home life and partners in their lives, such as, “Do I need a partner now?” and “Are the partners I’m with (or dating) right for me?  Will they make my life complete?”  Questions about changing your job may arise as well since you may not be too happy at your current position.  Do you want to start your own home-based business?  Many decisions need to be made so you can move forward without any interruption in your routine.  You need to leave the stress behind.

PISCES – February 18 – March 19

Your finances seem to be going in a much better direction if you don’t do something ridiculous like gamble or play the lottery.  Keep extra funds in a bank so you can save to have whatever it is you need.  This is not the time to buy anything that you want now and you can get those items by just putting them on your Christmas list.  If Thanksgiving is at your home, why not make it fun by having an early afternoon buffet lunch and then having finger foods later in the day with coffee and desserts.  This type of set up will keep the pressure off of you and will allow others to mingle and chat with one another.  You may want to learn many different religions or metaphysical subjects or just may want to take new classes that will help you on a spiritual level.  Important papers should be looked over and changed if needed.  Be prepared for anything that may come your way.  Be organized, in control and try to get more grounded and your month will be wonderful!

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Vikki Anderson has been a metaphysical teacher and writer for over 46 years.  Please call 570-215-4223 to arrange a confidential tarot, astrology or Feng Shui consultation. Payment can be made at PayPal on her sites. www.vikkianderson.net and www.fengshuimoon.com.

Autumn is a time of the year which represents balance and enlightenment. It gives us the power to look back over the spring and summer to see if we had fulfilled our goals, dreams, aspirations and desires. It makes us realize that procrastination is a negative force in the universe, a blocking of life force energy, (chi), that will not allow us to go happily in to our futures. We need to be persistent in our goals and must create, journey and explore our universe to find our true happiness and discover what boundless accomplishments we could bestow upon the world. It is a selfless time to contemplate, meditate and dream of your futures. It gives us that much needed pause to slow down and start prioritizing our lives so that we can make it the best we can with the most positive results for all involved.

The Autumnal Equinox is also about celebrating what you have accomplished and reveling in those positive accomplishments. It is a magnificent time to think of others and realize how lucky we truly are to have journeyed far into ourselves with understanding, truth and compassion. This makes us realize that any charitable gesture or action can make a difference in someone’s life no matter how small and the feeling of sharing, giving, exchanging and bartering your gifts with others will always make you feel blessed and humble as you help your fellow human beings in this third dimensional plane.When the leaves start to fall, it is as though the universe has given in to the rationalization that all things must eventually die and be reborn in due course. It is the never-ending cycle or circle of life that we have become accustomed to. It is life as we know it. This is our second chance to make things right, to find that balance within us and to live life the way we had always intended…with peace, love, harmony, joy, good health and an abundance in all things. Happy Autumn to all!

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October 2018 Horoscopes

Important dates: the 8th, Columbus Day and the Draconids Meteor Showers; 23rd, Sun enters Scorpio, 24th, United Nations Day; and the 30th, Halloween or Samhain.

Autumn and Feng Shui

Autumn is a wonderful time to clean out your house of all the things you no longer need, want or like. Many garage or yard sales are going on in local neighborhoods and you can make some extra cash by getting rid of your “treasures.” You never know what people are looking for and you may just have that odd piece of furniture, kitchen accessory/appliance or accent piece they have been looking for. This is also a great time to make room in your home, garage, basement and attic for the upcoming holidays. Remember, with the weather getting cooler and eventually colder with snow, your family needs room to relax, read a book or magazine, write out the bills, enjoy each other, watch TV or play video games, and do homework. They need a comfortable and organized living space.

With the new energy of the season, it is important to clear out the summer energy and have a more relaxed and calming environment. Many people rearrange furniture, change bed linens to glorious fall colors and change curtains in every room. Any alterations bring a change of energy with them so be sure that you feel comfortable, happy, relaxed and stress free after you redecorate or update your room’s look. If you are tired of the same old curtains or comforters, change them. If the same worn out throw pillows are a site for sore eyes, perhaps going to flea markets, garage sales or local stores who are having sales would be a good alternative. It will make you feel re-energized as you bring in new energy of the item and the color into your home.

  • Be sure to have your wooden deck or porch power washed and water sealed before the heavy snow of winter. Snow can easily erode wooden decks. Be prepared to have a new, fresh-looking deck in the spring. It looks new.
  • Check and double check all outdoor sensor lights. Make sure they are where you want them for the winter keeping in mind that you may have to shovel a driveway or walkway and pile the snow high on the lights. They may even be broken when shoveling as you can’t always see them in the high snow drifts. Make sure you place them where your guests and family members can see the driveway and walkway clearly in the dead of winter.
  • Put all outdoor furniture away in the garage or basement. If this is not an option, be sure to buy covers or tarps and wrap up all the tables, chairs, BBQ and other equipment if they are going to be exposed to the upcoming harsh weather.
  • Start raking the fallen leaves a little every weekend. If you are lucky to be home (retired, work from home, etc.), you can rake the leaves or use your mower with the leaf attachment any time you wish. Do this at least once a week so you don’t get behind on this boring task.
  • Get all the fall/winter curtains, bedspreads, blankets and afghans dry cleaned or washed so that they will be ready when the cold winter nights are upon us. With everything fresh and clean, you are free to change the linens and curtains whenever you are ready.
  • Steam clean wall-to-wall carpeting so that as the crazy holidays approach, this is one less thing you have to do. (Some people actually steam clean their rugs after the holidays so that it stays fresh and clean right through spring! That’s a thought!).
  • Give your home a good “fall” cleaning and get rid of items you no longer need, like or want. Declutter. Organize.
  • Have a garage sale and make some money with all of the “treasures” you no longer need, like or want. OR bring your items to a charity and get a tax write off.
  • Check all of your Christmas (or holiday) supplies and decorations. This could be Christmas tags, wrapping paper, tape, money holder cards, tins for your cookies, tissue paper for your gifts, gift bags, etc. All decorations and Christmas lights should be looked at and be sure they are in good condition. Check your Christmas lights so that you won’t be disappointed after stringing them on the tree and finding out many lights no longer work.
  • Get everyone’s holiday list and find out when and where major holiday sales will take place. You will have your holiday shopping done in no time and you’ll save money too.
  • Don’t go out on Black Friday. The stress level of that day is not worth it. By now, you will have had purchased many of your presents. If you still have shopping to do, try to order on line and have it delivered to your door. No fuss or waste of time, energy and gasoline.
  • Talk to the family and find out who will be hosting which holidays so there is no confusion.
  • Organize lists for food shopping, guest lists, invitations, and/or phone calls. Delegate responsibility so that everyone has a chance to help with the holiday festivities.
  • Be sure to bring all of your potted plants indoors. This can be in the basement or garage or in a sunny window. Read about what your particular plant needs and try to accommodate that plant. Many plants can be ready for the spring time and bloom again. Saving money by not having to buy other plants to replace them is a good thing.
  • This is a lovely time to clean out and organize the attic as well. The temperature is still moderate or slightly chilly, but pleasant to work in. Keep or toss Christmas decorations while decluttering your attic. (Your attic represents “the future” in Feng Shui, so be sure it is organized with limited amounts of junk or unnecessary clutter. You wouldn’t want your future filled with junk or unnecessary things, would you?). Items that should be in your attic are holiday decorations, luggage, seasonal clothing and bedding/curtains. Always box other items that you truly feel you need to store. A better place for a lot of items is in your basement since the basement is “your past” so anything in the basement cannot hurt you in the future. Be aware of flooding. I personally put wedding albums in my basement and when Super Storm Sandi hit, the Rubbermaid bins floated, rolled over on its side and opened. I lost a lot of stuff; however, I realized I was supposed to let go of the past and it didn’t bother me. Be careful how you store things in the basement.

In regards to color, bold color brings in more vibrant and dynamic energy. The pastels bring in the energy in a softer, more harmonious plane. Remember that these colors also work if you are wearing them as clothing or accessories.

The bold color brings in more vibrant and dynamic energy and you could change your environment or space around quickly. The pastel color brings in the positive energy in a softer, more compromising and yet harmonious level but it is very soft energy which means it will take a concerted effort to move towards your goal of changing your surroundings. Remember that these colors also work if you are wearing them as clothing or accessories. If a particular color touches your skin, they are absorbed into your auric or energetic field for the day and you would be surrounded by that color and influence for the entire day. Be careful of the color of clothing you purchase and wear.

The easiest way to get colors into a particular gua (or area) is by placing art work into that area. Flowers, gardens, an outdoor café lined with colorful umbrellas, a meadow scene with lots of wildflowers all can bring many colors into a particular space. The ultimate idea is to bring all colors into every part of your house, apartment, condo, townhouse or room. It does not have to be so blatant that everyone knows that this is the black or red area, but be discreet by putting pillowcases, linens, curtains, sheets, tablecloths, napkins, dinnerware, etc. with a hint of these needed colors.

Color References

Black
Most teens wear black and now we know why they act the way they do! Black represents depression, upset, negativity, sadness, restrictions, limitations, obstacles, concerns, issues and feeling out of place or without a connection, despair, misery, hopelessness, dejection and melancholy. If you must wear this color or decorate your home with this color, you need to accent it with positive strong colors to balance this negative energy.

Blue
This soothing color helps you express emotions, empathy, sympathy, compassion and sensitivity. This is a nice calming color for an adult or child’s bedroom or any area of the home where you would like to bring tranquility. Blue also means clear sailing, harmony, peace and going into the right direction.

Gray
This color is not recommended for rooms (but may be used for a neutral rug or window treatments). Gray represents fears, doubts, worries, anxieties, being over whelmed, stressed, confused, lost, procrastinating tendencies and indecisiveness. You feel as if you are on a foggy road and cannot read the signs which would guide you to your destination, so you just keep on going and going until someone saves you or helps you find your path.

Green
This is a beautiful, peaceful and calm color. This color brings in prosperity and abundance, financial security, fertility and growth. It gets projects “growing” in the right direction; it is a nurturing and supportive color.

Pink
This refreshing and uplifting color brings harmony, peace, joy, self-confidence, love, happiness, self-esteem, relationships, partnerships, friendship, prosperity and everything that will make you happy.

Purple
This is the most spiritual color which has the highest vibrational rate. Purple brings in esoteric interest and study, philosophy and honors all cultural, spiritual and religious traditions. Metaphysical or spiritual knowledge is brought through this color for you to use or to pass along to others who could use the knowledge and insight from Above. Many psychics surround themselves with this color or see this color when they are meditating.

Red
What an assertive, dynamic, passionate and energetic color. Red usually motivates people who are procrastinators and helps them bring their never-ending list of things to do to an end. This color brings vibrant energy, makes one self-motivated, active and lively. It gives them much motivation and drive to accomplish whatever they feel is important in their lives. Too much red can cause temper tantrums and anger. This is not a color that is recommended for a young child’s room. I do not recommend this color if you are looking for a restful or peaceful environment.

Tan/Browns
This section includes beige, mauve, orange, and khaki as well. This is a very grounded, focused, stable and organized color. Tan, etc., brings a good foundation and is very secure. It helps you stay connected to Mother Earth, keeps your feet on the ground and makes one very persistent. It also helps you prioritize your life in a very analytical way so that you can accomplish your dreams and ambitions in a positive manner.

White
White is the sucker color. It brings energy of being too good, caring, loving, kind, generous, honest, trust worthy and doing everything for others and in return, no one does anything for you. Eventually, you will become a doormat or have no life of your own since you are too busy helping others. Set some boundaries and limitations and stick with them. Stop falling for sad stories. Stop lending money which you will never see returned. I tell my students never to wear white underclothes as your foundation for the day is to be a sucker and have everyone take advantage of you! Wear more beige! You will become more grounded, centered, focused and stronger; no one will ever take advantage of you ever again!

Yellow
The powerful and alive color of the sun stimulates the mind. It activates intelligence, logic, analytical and methodical thoughts and is a great color for a library, place where children study and where common sense is required.

MOON PHASE DATE DEGREE & SIGN TIME
New Moon 08 15 Libra 48 11:47 PM
First Quarter 16 23 Capricorn 19 02:02 PM
Full Moon 24 01 Taurus 13 12:45 PM
Last Quarter 31 08 Leo 12 12:40 PM

 

Planets in the morning sky None
Planets in the night sky Mercury from the 4th; Venus thru the 22nd; Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.  Do not confuse Jupiter with Mercury late month.  Jupiter is brighter.
Retrogrades Venus from the 6th; Uranus and Neptune all month.
The sun will go into Scorpio on the 23rd.

 

ARIES – March 20 – April 18

So many things seem to be changing in your life and with these changes come new beginnings.  Do not be afraid to let your life proceed in a new direction.  All changes lead to new paths and more positive opportunities.  Love life may be more exciting; love is rekindled or you may find a new love that suits your moods and intellectual level better than ever before.  Home life is very important now so you may be thinking of moving, beautifying your home or finishing up projects that have been left on the back burner for too long.  Creativity is a Godsend now since it helps you relax and get away from many of your responsibilities and scattered energy that you must expend continuously just to get through each and every day. Let the children choose which costumes they would like to wear this Halloween. 

TAURUS – April 18 – May 19

Many personal changes come to you. You may be “growing up” in some way as you seem to be taking on new responsibilities, ones that you handle with ease and great skill.  There is no surprise from others that you can handle whatever you put your mind to and you do it so well.  You may be more serious than usual, but you are handling all obligations well. Children are very important in your life now so do what you feel is necessary to help them along with their education, after school activities and their social lives.  Your sincere ingenuity is amazing and many are amazed that you come through situations and circumstances with flying colors.  You are determined to do whatever it takes to accomplish your goals right now.  Taureans are in better spirits and thinking long term now. If you must, make your children’s costumes for Halloween, but many stores have lovely costumes as well if you are in a pinch for time. 

GEMINI – May 20 – June 20

Many things will be blown out of proportion and it’s up to you to set things straight.  The truth goes a long way in paving a peaceful path towards a happy future. Make sure you know what or who you want in your future so you can plan your life accordingly.  If you settle for second best, you will be really upset with yourself in the future.  Basically, it’s a time to plan things for couples, whether with your significant other, lover or children, siblings, or other family members or close friends. You want to accomplish so much now but also need to do for yourself as well.  When was the last time you had a moment to yourself?  Try to think of all the projects that have been pushed aside so you can do things for others.  Maybe it’s time to make yourself first so that you will feel a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment.  Try to pinpoint only one or two Halloween costumes for the kids (or yourself) before you will never be able to decide what to be and the day will come and go just as quickly as your thoughts about it. 

CANCER – June 21 – July 21

There seems to be changes coming into your life, but you are not sure how to handle them.  You want positive change but may not be ready for all the good things which are coming your way.  A good way to look at it is just to go with the flow and all good things will come to you. You always help others and may not find it easy to accept help from others but this is a time to collect your karma chips for all of the good deeds you have done for others.  Let others help you.  Career may be in a state of flux; however, things will work out for the best once you accept the fact that life has its ups and downs and that things usually happen for a good reason.  Cancerians may be a bit fussy over choosing a costume for Halloween so let your children have a say in what they want to wear.  

LEO – July 22 – August 22

You want to get from underneath money issues and will try to start saving for things you really need instead of charging purchases.  You may wish to go to school, get additional training or work towards other certifications or degrees for the good of your career future.  Travel is always on your mind, but other things must come first.  Pay attention to your family’s needs; they want your time and energy in their lives.  They would rather have a few more hours a day of having you with them than having you work extra long hours for the money.  Spend time with your family on weekend outings while the weather is still good enough to venture out into the open spaces.  Leos are very generous people and are trying so hard to balance their lives and help others at the same time.  It is time that you balance your time and energy so that you are not only are there for your family, friends and/or significant others, but also for yourself.  Give the gift of time to yourself.  If you are going to go out on Halloween, do something totally unexpected.  Choose a costume that is totally opposite from what you would normally choose and surprise your friends and family.  Have fun. 

VIRGO – August 23 – September 21

Don’t take everything so personally and talk things over with those you love so that there are no major miscommunications or disagreements. Health continues to be good and romantic relationships may take a turn in an unexpected direction.  Trying to regroup and get your life in order is an important task.  You want to get into different philosophies or religion in life now and are taking classes and reading more than usual.  You want to be different and stand up to your mutable characteristics.  Virgoans want to know everything, so keep learning and using that knowledge for everyone’s best interest.  Romance gets better and better each day and you find your niche in creative and home projects and are very happy about your results in general.  Remember, perfection belongs only to God.  Do not be too hard on your children or yourself about any costume you may make or wear on Halloween. 

LIBRA – September 22 – October 22

It seems as if you will make many decisions and do many things that you have been procrastinating on in the recent past.  You are getting stronger and more confident about many things – good for you.  You are ready to start a new beginning in life and will do whatever is necessary to make it the best decision you could possibly make.  Be sure you are not too giving, caring, loving, kind, generous and honest when it comes to others.  Not everyone is as kind-hearted as you and you may be hurt if you trust others based upon your own beliefs.  Get things in writing to protect yourself and there should be no verbal agreements.  Love life is grand.  It’s almost as if you are in love with love again after a few compromises, but not to worry.  Your compromises will help solidify your future into one that you will be proud of.  

SCORPIO – October 23 – November 21

Many thoughts are coming into your head now.  You want to be more spiritual or learn more about metaphysics or philosophies.  Now is a time for self cultivation and self study so treasure each free moment you have and set up the books you want to read ahead of time so that you can figure out how much time you may need daily to get your reading goal finished.  Also, e-books, CDs and DVDs should be caught up with as well.  Get your never ending list of things to do started so that in a few short weeks, you will have made a bigger dent in them than you thought possible. Be consistent, persistent and passionate about what you want to do this month so that you will make that vision happen.  If you are going out for Halloween or taking the kids house to house, be sure you are truly happy with your costume choice. 

SAGITTARIUS – November 22 – December 20

Your own projects are not getting done and it is taking a toll on your mental health and you are exhausted! Procrastination is the worst energy field to have around you and it keeps you in the exact spot as you are now! Stop taking on more tasks for others when they rarely help you with anything.  It’s time for the old excuses, “I’d love to help you, but…(I am on my way out; I am not feeling well; I will call you when I have time, etc.) and in this way, you will have time to do what you need to accomplish.  Once you feel as if things are going in a more organized and controlled way, you will feel great.  Good luck is also coming in to help you with anything you need to be very clear about what you need from the universe.  You can get what you want at another time.  We know you will wear something totally outlandish for Halloween, but no matter what it is, have an outstanding time and lots of fun. 

CAPRICORN – December 21 – January 18

Caps are becoming more tolerant and are open to different perspectives now – how refreshing!  You are becoming much more mature on many levels.  It seems as if you want your life to change in many ways and you are willing to do whatever needs to be done to get to the next level or the next project.  Even though you are feeling as if you need a break and perhaps some relaxation, you are still working as hard as ever (does workaholic sound familiar?) to accomplish all of your tasks at work and home.  You are running on empty to quote a song, but when the dust settles, you will be in a much better state of mind and your physical health will improve tremendously. Your thinking becomes crystal clear and you know what you want to do for the rest of your life (or have a pretty good idea).  

AQUARIUS – January 19 – February 17

If you budget and use your money wisely, everything that you need will be available for you. You are also making financial plans for the future.  How can you afford this or that or how can you save more, etc. Family is only trying to help with suggestions and opinions, so hear them out and give them the benefit of the doubt.  Try new things with a creative flair.  You are ready to spread those artistic (or creative) wings and fly.  If work related issues are causing you stress and making you feel unappreciated, then it may be time to look into other alternatives.  You need a supportive environment at work and home, so if you are not getting it, do whatever you need to do to have a more stress free life.  Your health is important – so protect it. If you need an annual physical, make sure you get it while you are thinking of it.  

PISCES – February 18 – March 19

Family is a wonderful thing even though you may not agree with them from time to time, but they are always there for you and you should be there for them as well. Even if unusual circumstances surround family issues, you have to love them; they mean well. Try not to be too sensitive or emotional now because you have so much to look forward to.  Many things are behind the scenes especially with family, so don’t push the issue if someone does not want to tell you the whole truth.  This is not the time to know whatever it is anyway.  Dealing with life in a much more positive and productive way will bring you many of the opportunities you crave.  Be open for change and push for your ideals and dreams forward as well.  You do not have to give in to everyone all of the time; make your opinions known and let friends and family know which compromises you are willing to make.  You are in control of your own life, so don’t let others talk you into anything you are not comfortable with at this time.

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Important dates: the 8th, Columbus Day and the Draconids Meteor Showers; 23rd, Sun enters Scorpio, 24th, United Nations Day; and the 30th, Halloween or Samhain.

Autumn and Feng Shui

Autumn is a wonderful time to clean out your house of all the things you no longer need, want or like. Many garage or yard sales are going on in local neighborhoods and you can make some extra cash by getting rid of your “treasures.” You never know what people are looking for and you may just have that odd piece of furniture, kitchen accessory/appliance or accent piece they have been looking for. This is also a great time to make room in your home, garage, basement and attic for the upcoming holidays. Remember, with the weather getting cooler and eventually colder with snow, your family needs room to relax, read a book or magazine, write out the bills, enjoy each other, watch TV or play video games, and do homework. They need a comfortable and organized living space.

With the new energy of the season, it is important to clear out the summer energy and have a more relaxed and calming environment. Many people rearrange furniture, change bed linens to glorious fall colors and change curtains in every room. Any alterations bring a change of energy with them so be sure that you feel comfortable, happy, relaxed and stress free after you redecorate or update your room’s look. If you are tired of the same old curtains or comforters, change them. If the same worn out throw pillows are a site for sore eyes, perhaps going to flea markets, garage sales or local stores who are having sales would be a good alternative. It will make you feel re-energized as you bring in new energy of the item and the color into your home.

  • Be sure to have your wooden deck or porch power washed and water sealed before the heavy snow of winter. Snow can easily erode wooden decks. Be prepared to have a new, fresh-looking deck in the spring. It looks new.
  • Check and double check all outdoor sensor lights. Make sure they are where you want them for the winter keeping in mind that you may have to shovel a driveway or walkway and pile the snow high on the lights. They may even be broken when shoveling as you can’t always see them in the high snow drifts. Make sure you place them where your guests and family members can see the driveway and walkway clearly in the dead of winter.
  • Put all outdoor furniture away in the garage or basement. If this is not an option, be sure to buy covers or tarps and wrap up all the tables, chairs, BBQ and other equipment if they are going to be exposed to the upcoming harsh weather.
  • Start raking the fallen leaves a little every weekend. If you are lucky to be home (retired, work from home, etc.), you can rake the leaves or use your mower with the leaf attachment any time you wish. Do this at least once a week so you don’t get behind on this boring task.
  • Get all the fall/winter curtains, bedspreads, blankets and afghans dry cleaned or washed so that they will be ready when the cold winter nights are upon us. With everything fresh and clean, you are free to change the linens and curtains whenever you are ready.
  • Steam clean wall-to-wall carpeting so that as the crazy holidays approach, this is one less thing you have to do. (Some people actually steam clean their rugs after the holidays so that it stays fresh and clean right through spring! That’s a thought!).
  • Give your home a good “fall” cleaning and get rid of items you no longer need, like or want. Declutter. Organize.
  • Have a garage sale and make some money with all of the “treasures” you no longer need, like or want. OR bring your items to a charity and get a tax write off.
  • Check all of your Christmas (or holiday) supplies and decorations. This could be Christmas tags, wrapping paper, tape, money holder cards, tins for your cookies, tissue paper for your gifts, gift bags, etc. All decorations and Christmas lights should be looked at and be sure they are in good condition. Check your Christmas lights so that you won’t be disappointed after stringing them on the tree and finding out many lights no longer work.
  • Get everyone’s holiday list and find out when and where major holiday sales will take place. You will have your holiday shopping done in no time and you’ll save money too.
  • Don’t go out on Black Friday. The stress level of that day is not worth it. By now, you will have had purchased many of your presents. If you still have shopping to do, try to order on line and have it delivered to your door. No fuss or waste of time, energy and gasoline.
  • Talk to the family and find out who will be hosting which holidays so there is no confusion.
  • Organize lists for food shopping, guest lists, invitations, and/or phone calls. Delegate responsibility so that everyone has a chance to help with the holiday festivities.
  • Be sure to bring all of your potted plants indoors. This can be in the basement or garage or in a sunny window. Read about what your particular plant needs and try to accommodate that plant. Many plants can be ready for the spring time and bloom again. Saving money by not having to buy other plants to replace them is a good thing.
  • This is a lovely time to clean out and organize the attic as well. The temperature is still moderate or slightly chilly, but pleasant to work in. Keep or toss Christmas decorations while decluttering your attic. (Your attic represents “the future” in Feng Shui, so be sure it is organized with limited amounts of junk or unnecessary clutter. You wouldn’t want your future filled with junk or unnecessary things, would you?). Items that should be in your attic are holiday decorations, luggage, seasonal clothing and bedding/curtains. Always box other items that you truly feel you need to store. A better place for a lot of items is in your basement since the basement is “your past” so anything in the basement cannot hurt you in the future. Be aware of flooding. I personally put wedding albums in my basement and when Super Storm Sandi hit, the Rubbermaid bins floated, rolled over on its side and opened. I lost a lot of stuff; however, I realized I was supposed to let go of the past and it didn’t bother me. Be careful how you store things in the basement.

In regards to color, bold color brings in more vibrant and dynamic energy. The pastels bring in the energy in a softer, more harmonious plane. Remember that these colors also work if you are wearing them as clothing or accessories.

The bold color brings in more vibrant and dynamic energy and you could change your environment or space around quickly. The pastel color brings in the positive energy in a softer, more compromising and yet harmonious level but it is very soft energy which means it will take a concerted effort to move towards your goal of changing your surroundings. Remember that these colors also work if you are wearing them as clothing or accessories. If a particular color touches your skin, they are absorbed into your auric or energetic field for the day and you would be surrounded by that color and influence for the entire day. Be careful of the color of clothing you purchase and wear.

The easiest way to get colors into a particular gua (or area) is by placing art work into that area. Flowers, gardens, an outdoor café lined with colorful umbrellas, a meadow scene with lots of wildflowers all can bring many colors into a particular space. The ultimate idea is to bring all colors into every part of your house, apartment, condo, townhouse or room. It does not have to be so blatant that everyone knows that this is the black or red area, but be discreet by putting pillowcases, linens, curtains, sheets, tablecloths, napkins, dinnerware, etc. with a hint of these needed colors.

Color References

Black
Most teens wear black and now we know why they act the way they do! Black represents depression, upset, negativity, sadness, restrictions, limitations, obstacles, concerns, issues and feeling out of place or without a connection, despair, misery, hopelessness, dejection and melancholy. If you must wear this color or decorate your home with this color, you need to accent it with positive strong colors to balance this negative energy.

Blue
This soothing color helps you express emotions, empathy, sympathy, compassion and sensitivity. This is a nice calming color for an adult or child’s bedroom or any area of the home where you would like to bring tranquility. Blue also means clear sailing, harmony, peace and going into the right direction.

Gray
This color is not recommended for rooms (but may be used for a neutral rug or window treatments). Gray represents fears, doubts, worries, anxieties, being over whelmed, stressed, confused, lost, procrastinating tendencies and indecisiveness. You feel as if you are on a foggy road and cannot read the signs which would guide you to your destination, so you just keep on going and going until someone saves you or helps you find your path.

Green
This is a beautiful, peaceful and calm color. This color brings in prosperity and abundance, financial security, fertility and growth. It gets projects “growing” in the right direction; it is a nurturing and supportive color.

Pink
This refreshing and uplifting color brings harmony, peace, joy, self-confidence, love, happiness, self-esteem, relationships, partnerships, friendship, prosperity and everything that will make you happy.

Purple
This is the most spiritual color which has the highest vibrational rate. Purple brings in esoteric interest and study, philosophy and honors all cultural, spiritual and religious traditions. Metaphysical or spiritual knowledge is brought through this color for you to use or to pass along to others who could use the knowledge and insight from Above. Many psychics surround themselves with this color or see this color when they are meditating.

Red
What an assertive, dynamic, passionate and energetic color. Red usually motivates people who are procrastinators and helps them bring their never-ending list of things to do to an end. This color brings vibrant energy, makes one self-motivated, active and lively. It gives them much motivation and drive to accomplish whatever they feel is important in their lives. Too much red can cause temper tantrums and anger. This is not a color that is recommended for a young child’s room. I do not recommend this color if you are looking for a restful or peaceful environment.

Tan/Browns
This section includes beige, mauve, orange, and khaki as well. This is a very grounded, focused, stable and organized color. Tan, etc., brings a good foundation and is very secure. It helps you stay connected to Mother Earth, keeps your feet on the ground and makes one very persistent. It also helps you prioritize your life in a very analytical way so that you can accomplish your dreams and ambitions in a positive manner.

White
White is the sucker color. It brings energy of being too good, caring, loving, kind, generous, honest, trust worthy and doing everything for others and in return, no one does anything for you. Eventually, you will become a doormat or have no life of your own since you are too busy helping others. Set some boundaries and limitations and stick with them. Stop falling for sad stories. Stop lending money which you will never see returned. I tell my students never to wear white underclothes as your foundation for the day is to be a sucker and have everyone take advantage of you! Wear more beige! You will become more grounded, centered, focused and stronger; no one will ever take advantage of you ever again!

Yellow
The powerful and alive color of the sun stimulates the mind. It activates intelligence, logic, analytical and methodical thoughts and is a great color for a library, place where children study and where common sense is required.

MOON PHASE DATE DEGREE & SIGN TIME
New Moon 08 15 Libra 48 11:47 PM
First Quarter 16 23 Capricorn 19 02:02 PM
Full Moon 24 01 Taurus 13 12:45 PM
Last Quarter 31 08 Leo 12 12:40 PM

 

Planets in the morning sky None
Planets in the night sky Mercury from the 4th; Venus thru the 22nd; Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.  Do not confuse Jupiter with Mercury late month.  Jupiter is brighter.
Retrogrades Venus from the 6th; Uranus and Neptune all month.
The sun will go into Scorpio on the 23rd.

 

ARIES – March 20 – April 18

So many things seem to be changing in your life and with these changes come new beginnings.  Do not be afraid to let your life proceed in a new direction.  All changes lead to new paths and more positive opportunities.  Love life may be more exciting; love is rekindled or you may find a new love that suits your moods and intellectual level better than ever before.  Home life is very important now so you may be thinking of moving, beautifying your home or finishing up projects that have been left on the back burner for too long.  Creativity is a Godsend now since it helps you relax and get away from many of your responsibilities and scattered energy that you must expend continuously just to get through each and every day. Let the children choose which costumes they would like to wear this Halloween. 

TAURUS – April 18 – May 19

Many personal changes come to you. You may be “growing up” in some way as you seem to be taking on new responsibilities, ones that you handle with ease and great skill.  There is no surprise from others that you can handle whatever you put your mind to and you do it so well.  You may be more serious than usual, but you are handling all obligations well. Children are very important in your life now so do what you feel is necessary to help them along with their education, after school activities and their social lives.  Your sincere ingenuity is amazing and many are amazed that you come through situations and circumstances with flying colors.  You are determined to do whatever it takes to accomplish your goals right now.  Taureans are in better spirits and thinking long term now. If you must, make your children’s costumes for Halloween, but many stores have lovely costumes as well if you are in a pinch for time. 

GEMINI – May 20 – June 20

Many things will be blown out of proportion and it’s up to you to set things straight.  The truth goes a long way in paving a peaceful path towards a happy future. Make sure you know what or who you want in your future so you can plan your life accordingly.  If you settle for second best, you will be really upset with yourself in the future.  Basically, it’s a time to plan things for couples, whether with your significant other, lover or children, siblings, or other family members or close friends. You want to accomplish so much now but also need to do for yourself as well.  When was the last time you had a moment to yourself?  Try to think of all the projects that have been pushed aside so you can do things for others.  Maybe it’s time to make yourself first so that you will feel a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment.  Try to pinpoint only one or two Halloween costumes for the kids (or yourself) before you will never be able to decide what to be and the day will come and go just as quickly as your thoughts about it. 

CANCER – June 21 – July 21

There seems to be changes coming into your life, but you are not sure how to handle them.  You want positive change but may not be ready for all the good things which are coming your way.  A good way to look at it is just to go with the flow and all good things will come to you. You always help others and may not find it easy to accept help from others but this is a time to collect your karma chips for all of the good deeds you have done for others.  Let others help you.  Career may be in a state of flux; however, things will work out for the best once you accept the fact that life has its ups and downs and that things usually happen for a good reason.  Cancerians may be a bit fussy over choosing a costume for Halloween so let your children have a say in what they want to wear.  

LEO – July 22 – August 22

You want to get from underneath money issues and will try to start saving for things you really need instead of charging purchases.  You may wish to go to school, get additional training or work towards other certifications or degrees for the good of your career future.  Travel is always on your mind, but other things must come first.  Pay attention to your family’s needs; they want your time and energy in their lives.  They would rather have a few more hours a day of having you with them than having you work extra long hours for the money.  Spend time with your family on weekend outings while the weather is still good enough to venture out into the open spaces.  Leos are very generous people and are trying so hard to balance their lives and help others at the same time.  It is time that you balance your time and energy so that you are not only are there for your family, friends and/or significant others, but also for yourself.  Give the gift of time to yourself.  If you are going to go out on Halloween, do something totally unexpected.  Choose a costume that is totally opposite from what you would normally choose and surprise your friends and family.  Have fun. 

VIRGO – August 23 – September 21

Don’t take everything so personally and talk things over with those you love so that there are no major miscommunications or disagreements. Health continues to be good and romantic relationships may take a turn in an unexpected direction.  Trying to regroup and get your life in order is an important task.  You want to get into different philosophies or religion in life now and are taking classes and reading more than usual.  You want to be different and stand up to your mutable characteristics.  Virgoans want to know everything, so keep learning and using that knowledge for everyone’s best interest.  Romance gets better and better each day and you find your niche in creative and home projects and are very happy about your results in general.  Remember, perfection belongs only to God.  Do not be too hard on your children or yourself about any costume you may make or wear on Halloween. 

LIBRA – September 22 – October 22

It seems as if you will make many decisions and do many things that you have been procrastinating on in the recent past.  You are getting stronger and more confident about many things – good for you.  You are ready to start a new beginning in life and will do whatever is necessary to make it the best decision you could possibly make.  Be sure you are not too giving, caring, loving, kind, generous and honest when it comes to others.  Not everyone is as kind-hearted as you and you may be hurt if you trust others based upon your own beliefs.  Get things in writing to protect yourself and there should be no verbal agreements.  Love life is grand.  It’s almost as if you are in love with love again after a few compromises, but not to worry.  Your compromises will help solidify your future into one that you will be proud of.  

SCORPIO – October 23 – November 21

Many thoughts are coming into your head now.  You want to be more spiritual or learn more about metaphysics or philosophies.  Now is a time for self cultivation and self study so treasure each free moment you have and set up the books you want to read ahead of time so that you can figure out how much time you may need daily to get your reading goal finished.  Also, e-books, CDs and DVDs should be caught up with as well.  Get your never ending list of things to do started so that in a few short weeks, you will have made a bigger dent in them than you thought possible. Be consistent, persistent and passionate about what you want to do this month so that you will make that vision happen.  If you are going out for Halloween or taking the kids house to house, be sure you are truly happy with your costume choice. 

SAGITTARIUS – November 22 – December 20

Your own projects are not getting done and it is taking a toll on your mental health and you are exhausted! Procrastination is the worst energy field to have around you and it keeps you in the exact spot as you are now! Stop taking on more tasks for others when they rarely help you with anything.  It’s time for the old excuses, “I’d love to help you, but…(I am on my way out; I am not feeling well; I will call you when I have time, etc.) and in this way, you will have time to do what you need to accomplish.  Once you feel as if things are going in a more organized and controlled way, you will feel great.  Good luck is also coming in to help you with anything you need to be very clear about what you need from the universe.  You can get what you want at another time.  We know you will wear something totally outlandish for Halloween, but no matter what it is, have an outstanding time and lots of fun. 

CAPRICORN – December 21 – January 18

Caps are becoming more tolerant and are open to different perspectives now – how refreshing!  You are becoming much more mature on many levels.  It seems as if you want your life to change in many ways and you are willing to do whatever needs to be done to get to the next level or the next project.  Even though you are feeling as if you need a break and perhaps some relaxation, you are still working as hard as ever (does workaholic sound familiar?) to accomplish all of your tasks at work and home.  You are running on empty to quote a song, but when the dust settles, you will be in a much better state of mind and your physical health will improve tremendously. Your thinking becomes crystal clear and you know what you want to do for the rest of your life (or have a pretty good idea).  

AQUARIUS – January 19 – February 17

If you budget and use your money wisely, everything that you need will be available for you. You are also making financial plans for the future.  How can you afford this or that or how can you save more, etc. Family is only trying to help with suggestions and opinions, so hear them out and give them the benefit of the doubt.  Try new things with a creative flair.  You are ready to spread those artistic (or creative) wings and fly.  If work related issues are causing you stress and making you feel unappreciated, then it may be time to look into other alternatives.  You need a supportive environment at work and home, so if you are not getting it, do whatever you need to do to have a more stress free life.  Your health is important – so protect it. If you need an annual physical, make sure you get it while you are thinking of it.  

PISCES – February 18 – March 19

Family is a wonderful thing even though you may not agree with them from time to time, but they are always there for you and you should be there for them as well. Even if unusual circumstances surround family issues, you have to love them; they mean well. Try not to be too sensitive or emotional now because you have so much to look forward to.  Many things are behind the scenes especially with family, so don’t push the issue if someone does not want to tell you the whole truth.  This is not the time to know whatever it is anyway.  Dealing with life in a much more positive and productive way will bring you many of the opportunities you crave.  Be open for change and push for your ideals and dreams forward as well.  You do not have to give in to everyone all of the time; make your opinions known and let friends and family know which compromises you are willing to make.  You are in control of your own life, so don’t let others talk you into anything you are not comfortable with at this time.

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Important Dates:  September 3, Labor Day; 9th, Grandparents’ Day; 10th, Rosh Hashanah begins; the 21st, the International Day of Peace and the 24th, Sukkoth begins.

Save Our Planet and Put Money in Your Pocket

I have been trying for some time to help the planet in my own way, and I will share some of the things you can do to help our planet.  Some suggestions are:

Don’t run the tap water while you are brushing your teeth and doing the dishes.

Turn off the TV or lights when you go into another room for any length of time.  As my father used to say to my mother when we were young, “What is this, a light house?”  Save energy when possible.

Set air conditioning at 73-74 degrees if it is a programmable unit, otherwise you can always just turn it to medium.

Keep heat at 68 degrees or lower in the winter.  A sweater goes a long way to keeping one warm.

Clean out your freezer and refrigerator.  Eat leftovers or at least know what you have so that you don’t duplicate your purchase and may have to throw away more food.

Use cloth napkins on your table and let your family use their napkin all day before tossing them into the wash.  You are doing laundry anyway, so just toss them into the washing machine when needed.  Don’t do the laundry unless you have a full load of clothes.

Plant trees around your yard for the natural way to cool down your home during the hot summer months.

If you are having a BBQ or party in your home, think of using your regular dishes and silverware which can be washed and reused.  Most of us have several sets of dishes so it can be fun to mix and match dinnerware.  The dishwasher is an efficient way of cleaning your dishes afterwards and again, you’ve saved the planet. Buy biodegradable plates and utensils instead of disposable ones for any BBQ or event if you must use them.

When having a picnic, BBQ or get together, ask your guests to bring a bottle of wine, side dish or dessert to offset the cost of the party.  You will also have time to enjoy your guests because you don’t have to worry about the dessert and coffee coming out at the right time, etc.

You can buy used furniture at auctions, the Salvation Army, a garage sale or off of the web.  Much furniture is in very good condition and is a fraction of the cost and it keeps you from buying new.

Buy two-year old cars.  New cars lose 20% of their value just driving off of the lot.  You can get a good car for less money and a new car did not have to be produced just for you.

Use reusable containers instead of aluminum foil or plastic wrap.

If you are buying new appliances, get the efficient energy savings rated ones.

Have your home checked for window, door or attic leaks.  If your home is not air tight, you are throwing your heating and air conditioning dollars away every hour of the day and night.

Get low flow shower heads and/or chlorine filters for your shower head.  Apparently, we are absorbing 100 times of chlorine into our skin in an average 10-minute shower just as if we were drinking 100 glasses of tap water.  That’s pretty unsettling.

Use old maps as wrapping paper. (I was recently at a baby shower and the person having the shower asked that no presents be wrapped to save on paper.  A card was attached to each gift!)  Reuse gift bags and save wrapping paper from another gift, if possible.  Use recycled paper for your gifts.  Gift cards are a handy gift so that your gift recipient can get exactly what (s)he needs and there’s no wrapping!

Refill plastic water bottles with filtered water, iced or green tea, Crystal Light or anything else you like to drink.  You can reuse these bottles many times before throwing them in the recycle bin.

Print on the back side of used paper if you can or use the paper for scrap.  Save a tree and save money by not having to buy as much new paper for your home printer.

Bring a ceramic mug into work (probably the cost of one purchased coffee) with you so you don’t have to use paper or Styrofoam cups.  Encourage other employees to do the same.  Stop using plastic straws with beverages.

Instead of buying $4 lattes, bring your own travel mug to work with homebrewed coffee or tea.  You are saving money and the use of paper cups.

The Kindle has saved many trees from being torn down or you can borrow books from a library.

Magazines can be passed around to friends.  The impact on trees would be extraordinary and you will save some money in the meantime.  I also leave them at doctors’ offices so others can read them too.

Support local farmers in season!  It may be a little more expensive, but you can trust your veggies and fruits aren’t GMOs and are fresh.

Use reusable shopping bags instead of paper or plastic.  Many have them in their car trunks but never get them into the stores. Store them in the back seat so you will easily see them for any shopping visits.

Plan a circular route to all of the places you need to go so that you don’t waste gasoline (prices are ridiculous) or time.

Use a compost pile in your yard rather than throwing out food into the garbage which gets piled into dump sites.  You will have helped the planet and will be starting to have some pretty good soil for your own plants and trees.  Up here in the Poconos, the groups of deer who visit the property have a good variety of fruits and veggies, as well as their outer skins, that they love to eat.  They just about eat anything.

Sell stuff you don’t want on eBay, Craigslist or have a garage sale.  You will be getting a few dollars for your unwanted stuff and may be helping someone else get a perfectly good used item that (s)he would have otherwise had to purchase new.

Buy reusable or recycled products.

Buy bulk items which reduce wasteful packaging.

Reuse boxes or cartons to ship your own items.

Car pool to work, a party or an event to save on gasoline.  Public transportation is also a great way of getting home safety if you have had too much to drink at a party.

Bring in a lunch from home to save you money.  Even if you only spend $5 a day on lunch and $3 a day on coffee, that’s $8 a day, $40 per week, $160 per month or $1820 a year (probably the price of a great vacation!).

If you have leftovers you won’t eat this week, freeze them for another time so you may use them when you don’t have time to cook because of an appointment or event.

Visit local state parks which are usually free and close to home.

Take walks with your loved ones or walk a pet for exercise and entertainment.

Use windshield wiper fluid to clean indoor windows and mirrors.  This is a big savings over Windex and being this was formulated for outdoor use, it gets rid of dirt and grime easily.

Use newspapers to clean the windows and mirrors.  They clean better and you are not wasting paper towels.  Or buy the KAYWOS cloth available at www.kaywos.com.  You just wet it, clean a mirror, window, car windows, the car, a glass table, etc., and you do not have to dry it.  Then rinse and dry for the next use.  No harmful chemicals will be used in your home.

Buy recycled paper products such as bath tissue and paper towels, if possible.

Less than 20% of all plastic bottles are recycled.  Many are thrown into the ocean and can last for several hundred years before breaking down harming marine life.  That should make us rethink the use of plastic in our lifetimes.

Set up a paperless bill paying system with your bank or your creditor’s website.  You don’t have to pay postage, use an envelope and waste time writing a check!

I hope you can use some of these helpful hints to save our planet and keep some money in your pocket at the same time!

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MOON PHASE DATE DEGREE, SIGN & MINUTES TIME
Last Quarter 02 10 Gemini 34 10:37 PM
New Moon 09 17 Virgo 00 02:01 PM
First Quarter 16 24 Sagittarius 02 07:15 PM
Full Moon

Harvest Moon

24 02 Aries 00 10:52 PM
Planets in the morning sky Mercury thru the 11th.
Planets in the night sky Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.
Retrogrades Uranus, Neptune, Pluto all month and Saturn goes Direct on the 6th.
The sun will go into Libra on September 22, the Autumnal Equinox.

 

ARIES – March 20 – April 18

Good luck seems to finally be following you around so get out and do what you want to be doing instead of only always handling your responsibilities.  You need to flourish and grow.  You should try to work on your own self cultivation and interests.  Do you have time for yourself?  When was the last time you tried your hand at one of your hobbies?  Are you stressed and unfulfilled?  Handle one or two major responsibilities each day but leave time for you to learn, be nurtured and accumulate knowledge.  What a great time to have some fun and let go of your overpowering responsibilities and obligations.  Romantic relationships are fun and you should try to get away to interesting and secluded destinations for a mini vacation.  Try to lighten up and chill a little.  Your hectic life style is not healthy. Be resourceful with your money as you seem to want to spend it like it’s going out of style.  Buy new clothes to replace outdated fashions, but you may not need as much as you think you do.  Feeling carefree and as if life is finally giving you the small break deserve to get your life back on track, makes you feel refreshed, relaxed and ready for more challenges. 

TAURUS – April 18 – May 19

Partnership issues and relationships are of key importance now.  New beginnings, good communication and new adventures seem to be before you, so nurture the energy while it is here.  You are endeavoring to go into so many wonderful directions and receive splendid opportunities to help push you to a bright future.  You are strong (and yet a bit insecure) about taking these big steps, but you can do it.  Life is interesting, especially with your romantic partner.  Many new wonderful opportunities are being presented to you regarding business and personal partnerships; however, there is much going on to confuse the situation as well.  You need to decide what you need from a relationship and then choose whether or not your current partner helps you meet those goals.  Some challenges appear in school or your career. Perhaps thinking of changing your viewpoint on issues would help you understand things that have eluded you. Be positive about changes in your life and go with the flow since change is inevitable and it might as well be in your best interest. 

GEMINI – May 20 – June 20

Dealing with many issues regarding business and personal partnerships can be confusing and exhausting.  Miscommunication and a loss of wonderful opportunities are possible if you don’t get on the right track. There is just too much to do, but because you are overwhelmed and not as organized as you normally are, many opportunities will pass you by.  You wish you had more time to do the mundane tasks in life like clean the house, pay the bills, do the grocery shopping, etc. and yet you are glad that your creative juices are flowing and that you are handling your artistic and spiritual sides.  Getting your important papers in order seems to be on your mind, so just do it and get on with your life.  Organization, prioritizing and securing your life seems to help you understand what you need to positively proceed in to your future.  Hard work, study, social events and volunteer work help you network and get your name out there a lot quicker than staying home and doing accomplishing little around the house or with home projects.  Things have been crazy lately, but they will calm down soon.  Handle the many little jobs you need to get done so you can clear your mind of the clutter. You should take a new class in jewelry making, painting, poetry, writing, etc., to get those creative juices flowing again.  

CANCER – June 21 – July 21

Finances are your main concern, yet again.  Things are going in a positive direction for you, but you need to make some hard decisions about your money and possessions.  How important are they to you?  Is your family more important?  You may find out that money and possessions aren’t the only things you need in this lifetime.  Moon children are trying to make a very secure future for their loved ones, but they do get sidetracked easily so keep on your path and go to the future and find wonderful rewards. Long distance travel, higher education (including training classes, lectures, seminars, workshops, etc.) will benefit you on your job or in getting a better job.  Focus on the many great opportunities that are around you so you can grab them and make them a reality. Dealing with financial issues would also help you to focus on your future goals.  Changes in home life seem positive, so don’t be afraid to go with the flow now as you are in control of your destiny (even if you don’t believe it!).  Compromise should be your family’s mantra this month.  Be smart and let others do the talking.  Your job is to listen and acknowledge others.

LEO – July 22 – August 22

This is a great time to make a plan of action about your direction in life.  Taking control of your situations would help you move in that direction.  Even when situations do not go your way, your determination and persistence make anything possible.  Travel, higher education and your philosophies of life will aide you to get to your desired goal.  Stop thinking on such a grand scale and take care of the small stuff first so that the larger stuff can take care of itself. Learning how to react in all situations helps you feel more confident and as if you can take on the world.  Your tolerance levels are improving and you realize that not everyone can be exactly like you or have your unbelievably high standards. Start celebrating the differences around you rather than relying on consistency.  Romance is also in the air.  If already attached, it seems that you will most likely have a change of heart and want to change things about the relationship or change the relationship itself! If not attached, you will finally want to commit to the one you love. Try to show the ones you love how much you really care about them by showing them affection and attention.  

VIRGO – August 23 – September 21

Career issues seem to be moving in a different direction and they seem very positive!  You feel more in control of your life and its direction as you start to see the accomplishments and kudos that others are giving you for your contributions.  Even though you may be somewhat pessimistic about some areas of life, your spirit will lift as things you’ve wanted start coming to you.  Career seems to be the most important issue around you this month.  You use your intellect and logic to get to your goals, but you may also find yourself expressing yourself much too much. You may be totally misunderstood now so choose your words carefully. Expansion and promotions are on the horizon and if you play the game.  It will be much easier for your company to finally recognize what you do for them.  If self-employed, this is an excellent time to expand and try new markets as success is in the air. Scattered energy, intellectual abilities, a zest for life and work push you to so many positive avenues.  Be open to opportunities so that when opportunity knocks, you can open the door. 

LIBRA – September 22 – October 22

Friendships may change or will be strained by an event or situation that you are not comfortable with.  Talk things out or you may lose someone close to you or someone whom you depend upon.  You may also be handling many situations for others as well, so get your life in order before helping those you love.  You want action, change and to keep going in a positive direction so join groups, travel, have fun and meet new people.  You shine this month, so be prepared for adventure.  Networking is an important tool to help you accomplish your goals.  More friends come into your life and you seem to make very important partnerships with them.  Joining associations and volunteer organizations will help you achieve some of your goals.  Start visualizing which hopes, dreams and wishes you would like to manifest and start promoting them as a positive thought each day.  Don’t handle too many obligations and responsibilities as you usually do.  Balance is the key to a happier life. This is a great time to let others pay you back for all the kindnesses you have given them throughout the years.  Smile and just say thank you to those who wish to help and you will be surprised at how easy it will be to accomplish everything. 

SCORPIO – October 23 – November 21

It seems as if many situations are unfolding and you are trying to sort through them all.  Prioritize your list so that you deal with only the most important issues now.  You can always do the small stuff later.  Changing your appearance, going for a makeover, taking a class to learn something new and deciding what you truly want out of life is before you.  Choose wisely. Much good luck and positive energy seems to favor you, so do the impossible.  You want to accomplish so much, but your scattered energy and varied obligations keep you from fulfilling your dreams.  Creativity and illusion play an important role in relationships, so see reality for what it is.  Partnerships need to be re-examined and steps taken to fix all the issues that are making you annoyed.  Be patient and tolerant now as others are trying to live up to your expectations; however, sometimes you expect too much from others.  They will appreciate the kind words.  Accept help from others.  Focus on your future results so that you attract the energy that you need to accomplish your goals. 

SAGITTARIUS – November 22 – December 20

This is an opportune time to budget for the things you truly need.  Your wants can come at another time.  You get obsessive about saving for a particular project or item and you will do all you can to make it happen in a relatively short period of time.  Traveling, running around like a chicken without your head and spending money seem to be your issues for this month.  Being the soft-hearted person that you are, you want to help others but this may be the time to concentrate on your partner and yourself.  Sensitivity is high and change is in the air.  Career or company differences may force you to leave your current position for a new and better one where you will be praised for your opinions, hard work and intellect.  After dealing with so many recent changes and challenges, it will be nice to be able to sit back and relax.  Love life is blooming; however, it just doesn’t seem that your partner and you get too much time together due to varied obligations and responsibilities.  Spend quality time together, if possible. 

CAPRICORN – December 21 – January 18

Family issues seem to be your main concern.  Deal with the outstanding problems and do whatever you can to make peace easily.  Things will settle down and you will feel as if you’ve accomplished much.  Sibling issues may arise again; however, if you do not have siblings, then it may be issues with those you feel are as close to you as a sibling would be. Family related issues need to be dealt with quickly so that everyone can be at ease with each other, friendly and peaceful.  Short distance travel is activated, so go for that long weekend trip and take a friend or family member.  A lovely drive to the shore or up to the mountains will rejuvenate you!  You really need some quiet time for contemplation or meditation since you have had too many issues on your mind; you also need a good night’s rest.  If additional training or schooling is required (for a new career or self-employment position), this is a great time to start looking into courses for your advancement.  Whatever you do to enhance your career is very positive. 

AQUARIUS – January 19 – February 17

It is time to chill and get some relaxation and enjoyment out of life.  You are handling so much lately that you barely have time to sit down to watch TV or read the paper.  Your obligations are many, your responsibilities take up your leisure, but with you handling so much, you will be surprised at how quickly things will finally fall into place.  There are many unusual circumstances around your family and close friends that you may want to handle.  Creativity is enhanced now, so don’t let it pass you by.  Take an adult education course in something creative or that would help you use your imagination and innovative abilities.  Journaling your thoughts or a dream journal are fun hobbies.  Your mind is so preoccupied with so many things to do that you don’t seem to be setting any time aside for yourself.  Taking care of others is a wonderful gift to them; however, it would be a special gift to yourself if you thought of how to make your life a little less frantic and overwhelming by concentrating on your needs.  Handling family issues is overpowering, but you seem to have the coolest head in the family and your stability is very much appreciated.

PISCES – February 18 – March 19

There may be changes in romantic relationships or you are looking for love in all the wrong places!  Be open to having friends or family set up blind dates as they only have your best interest at heart.  Be open to meeting those who you may feel do not meet your criteria as you may be surprised.  So many things seem to overwhelm you now, but you are going into better times with fantastic opportunities just ahead of you.  School or training is fun but should be used to help move you forward and not just as an escape.  Moving from your current residence, or if that is not an option, redecorating your home to make it seem totally different will make you feel as if you have accomplished the impossible – making your home feel the way it should, safe and secure, beautiful and new.  Things may be intense from time to time, but once you make your mind up to go into a certain direction, you will be free to just go and accomplish everything that is important to you.

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