Important Dates: Solar Eclipse on August 11, and Women’s Equality Day on the 26th.
Book Cases in Feng Shui
Many of us have large bookcases filled with hard and soft cover books that we have read many years ago or with the ones we hope to read in the future. Have you thought about donating your “read” books to your local library or your children’s school’s library? Once you have read a book (and sometimes you may read it twice, it becomes a dust collector and another bit of clutter.
Once your “must have” or “must keep” books are in your book case, try a little variety. Lay some down horizontally and others in the vertical position. This will balance the yin/yang energy in the room. Horizontal books bring in quiet and laid-back energies (yin), while vertical books bring in active and energetic energies (yang). Keep many of your children’s books in the horizontal position in their room or the energy may be too scattered to allow your child a good night’s sleep. You may also wish to put various colored book covers on your cherished items — these colors should be appropriate to the area of the gua in which the book case(s) are located.
If your book case is filled with old magazines, donate them to a nursing home or doctor’s office OR give them to friends who may not be able to afford a subscription to the magazines you currently order. An easy way of de-cluttering is to throw them out as soon as you’ve read them or just cut out the articles of interest and put them in a folder so you can read them in a doctor’s office or while waiting for your car to be serviced, etc.
Nowadays many of us have a Kindle so the need for piles of books is no longer a necessity when you may carry many thousands of books in your hand.
This is just another example of decluttering your home a step at a time to find the positive opportunities and voluntary simplicity that we all long to have in our lives. Happy Feng Shui.
|DATE||DEGREE, SIGN & MINUTES||TIME|
|Last Quarter||04||12 Taurus 19||02:18 PM|
|New Moon & Solar Eclipse||11||18 Leo 42||05:58 AM|
|First Quarter||18||25 Scorpio 20||03:48 AM|
|Full Moon||26||03 Pisces 12||07:56 AM|
|Planets in the morning sky||Mercury from the 17th.|
|Planets in the night sky||Mercury through the 1st, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.|
|Retrogrades||Mercury goes direct on the 19th, Mars goes direct on the 28th, Saturn, Neptune and Pluto all month, and Uranus goes Rx on the 8th.|
|The sun will go into Virgo on August 23.|
ARIES – March 20 – April 18
Dealing with romantic partner issues seems like an excellent way to clear the path for a positive future together. Handling limitations, responsibilities and obligations work in your best interest since you are using your intelligence (and not emotions) to talk things through and compromise in many areas. Your friends will back you up with any decision you make. Be ready to be on the go as this seems to be a time where you are ready to leave the hum-drum past behind and are ready for new adventures and lots of fun. It would be nice to invite friends and family members to join you so you can get to know them better. You have carefully stayed away from those who could help you in so many ways, and it seems like time to accept their helpful hints and suggestions to get you back on the right track.
TAURUS – April 18 – May 19
You seem to be dealing with so many financial decisions. Should you spend or should you save? Should you move or stay where you are? Do you really want to take that risk? There seems to be so many unexpected expenditures in the near future that it would seem wise to hold off on unnecessary spending. Save, put money away for a rainy day and figure out your next move. Arguments, disagreements and difficult decisions make you a bit angry and confused over issues with your romantic partner. Friends and family would love to help, but you seem to be too secretive now and are not sharing your feelings easily as you don’t trust too many people in your life with your emotions. Getting others involved in your confusion will not help you make the much- needed decisions for the best of all involved. You need to talk to someone about your concerns, perhaps even a professional to get an unbiased look at your situation and options.
GEMINI – May 20 – June 20
Travel is indicated if you are willing and financially able; if not, you can have smaller day trips to local parks or events that are free or very reasonable. You need to organize the rest of the year and figure out in which direction you should go. Expanding your business is always a good idea. There seems to be a contradiction of purpose which forces you to swing back and forth from the work you are trying to pursue to your personal growth; you are not exactly sure how to balance these energies. My advice is to give “your all” at work and in your personal life. Yes, we do get tired, but if you schedule theater, movies, dinners, lectures, or special event, etc., to fit into your busy life with your closest friends and family, (or a specific date night with your romantic partner), you will start to mellow out and things will become much easier for you to handle. You will look forward to this relaxing time. Be a little more tolerant of your significant other or business partners. You seem to be uptight or annoyed about many things and you wouldn’t want to take out your frustration on those closest to you.
CANCER – June 21 – July 21
Your personal magnetism attracts many special people into your life which may be long term relationships of both friends and partners. Relationships improve, however, be careful not to spend too much time at work and spend quality time with those important to you. You seem to have things under control now and are planning your future with optimism and hopefulness. Your finances seem to continue to be prosperous as you may get involved in other business ventures (including part time or a home-based business) and you seem to be on the right track. Everything you touch now turns to gold, so go for it! You are being blessed to expand and grow in many positive directions. Even though you may start to tackle things that seem unorthodox or unconventional, be persistent and get through the tasks without hesitation. Procrastination will make things worse! Many new opportunities will be given to you so if you know what you want, it will be easier to grab the opportunity once it is presented to you.
LEO – July 22 – August 22
You may be thinking in an exceptionally creative or innovative mode now and may be bringing that energy to your romantic life, so just enjoy. There is so much positive energy around you to help you get out, explore, move on, have fun and be in the moment, especially if there are summer time activities around you that you wish to participate in. Don’t over think things now as everything will work out for the best in a very short period of time. Long distance travel seems favored, so why not take a long-needed vacation. Even though there may be some delays or paper related mix-ups, it does seem to bring you the fun and relaxation you need. It is important for you to get out of the house to have fun with your friends and to mingle with those who are in your business, charities and peer associations or groups. You have much energy around you, but you seem to need a cosmic kick in the pants to get moving in the right direction.
VIRGO – August 23 – September 21
Don’t make snap decisions, but once you’ve decided on a course of action, stay with your plan. Changes in work also seem to be imminent. Have you decided which road or path you will take? This seems like a good time to talk things over at work and home with those important to you so that you are clearly understood. Your messages just do not seem to be getting through properly. Money may be of concern now, however, you seem to be blessed and will be able to do well once you set your mind on your goals and objectives. You seem very sensitive and are confused about your romantic relationship. You may want to try to have a meaningful communication with your romantic significant to deal with issues you may have. Home life may seem somewhat unstable, so do whatever you can to make it secure again. If changes are inevitable, at least you can calmly discuss things and decide what is in both of your best interest before reacting to circumstances around you without a plan.
LIBRA – September 22 – October 22
Much activity seems to push you into many directions that you never thought possible. If you truly do not want to help others at this time, why are you doing it? This seems to be a good time for you to take care of yourself, your family and your desires and not think about anyone else who wants you to change. Be wary of deception in a relationship and make sure you can verify whatever he or she is telling you, so that you won’t be hurt in the future. You are just too trusting of everyone, but you must remember that not everyone is as honest and truthful as you, so you would be best not to take everyone at their word without question. Foreign travel, higher education or lectures and classes seem to help you grow in so many ways. You are a sponge for information now so should use the energy around you to make the most of it. Thinking in a confused, depressed or anxious manner will not get you the results you want or need, so use your intelligence and logic to deal with those who play on your emotions or want you to do things his or her way. Be strong and stand up for yourself.
SCORPIO – October 23 – November 21
There seems to be more money coming in to your future; however, you may have to decide what to do with it, whom to repay, or how to invest it to make it grow properly. This is a time to chill as you have been handling much too many responsibilities lately and would just like everyone to leave you alone; however, that is not going to happen. Why not go to a movie or sporting event with your significant other or close friend? Make time for yourself as this will be the only thing that will help you attain your optimistic attitude once again. Responsibilities seem to play an important role with close friends and family members. Talk things over, discuss alternatives and then make your decisions about your next step. Your helping attitude is a wonderful gift to others, but now it would be good for you to give the gift of fun, relaxation, and happiness to yourself.
SAGITTARIUS – November 22 – December 20
Major changes seem to be on the horizon for you in your personal, business, partnership and career areas, all pivotal areas of life. It would be extremely important to mend fences or let things go and move on; finally, do whatever it is you feel you’ve always wanted to do. This is risky; however, it seems as if you want a total change of your surroundings and people in your life. Some areas of change could be your job, moving from your comfortable home to a new location, seeking new partners (or if not married, finally find a marriage partner) and changing your appearance in some fashion. Friends will help you through the rough spots and be available to chat with you about your concerns; they are ready to help you, so allow them to assist you as you have helped them so many times in the past. This would be a great time to use your tactfulness as you may be tempted to say exactly what you mean and then you’ll be in trouble, AGAIN.
CAPRICORN – December 21 – January 18
Work should be kept at the office (or wherever you are employed) and when you come home, that time belongs to your significant other and family. More quality time seems necessary with those you love. They will appreciate your effort and try to be more understanding when you once again become the workaholic they are so used to having in their lives. Getting ahead is important to you, but if you delegate some of your work, you will find the time you need to make everyone happy. Don’t be too tight with your money as you will have it when you need it and you may deprive someone close to you of a simple pleasure that a small amount of money could bring them. Have fun and lighten up! I know you have tons of hard work ahead of you, but if you bring more balance in to your home life and career, things seem to go in a much stronger direction.
AQUARIUS – January 19 – February 17
Thinking in new creative ways help you have a flair for redecorating your home or landscaping your property. You want to surround yourself with peaceful and beautiful things and flowers seem to be the answer for now. Why not try a small water fountain in your home, or if you can afford it, in your yard where you can relax and/or meditate to the peaceful sounds of the gently flowing water. You need to reconnect to spirit or get back to a place where you feel unstressed and comfortable with your life the way it is. Romantic complications or confusion still worry you. You are trying to find a happy medium between balancing your life with work and family. You also seem to want to do things on your own; however, there just isn’t enough time. Make time for yourself. Your energy level is drained and you seem to be handling all of the worries, doubts, fears and concerns of not only yourself, but of everyone else who can grab a minute of your time. You need some down time away from everyone else’s problems; you need time to unwind and take care of your own life and the issues that are on your mind.
PISCES – February 18 – March 19
Relationships do not seem to make any sense and you feel as if something has to change. Your actions and deeds do not reflect what you really feel inside your heart and you seem to struggle to understand what it is that you want out of life. It’s fun to be with family and friends at times, but you must try to figure out what would make you really happy. Finances seem to be one area of life that will be improving so keep saving for that special purchase as your money grows. A change in career or direction seems likely as if work is not what it used to be. Don’t make rash decisions as if you do not weigh the consequences of your decisions, you may be disappointed in the results. Emotions seem fragile at this time, so try to deal with issues on a more analytical level so that you won’t be easily hurt.
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