Chinese New Year of the Fire Monkey

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Hi Everyone,

Welcome New Year of the Fire Monkey!

The second New Moon after the solstice 2016 marks Chinese New Year of the Fire Monkey and oh boy, what a chang-a-roony. 

NEW MOON IN 19 AQUARIUS Feb 8/9
LA – Monday 6:39am
NY – Monday 9:39am
LON – Monday 2:39pm
SYD – Tuesday 1:39am

This is the year of the Cheeky Monkey. A blockbuster shift, moving from two years of Wood element (Green Horse and Green Sheep) to Red Fire Monkey.

Contemplative becomes assertive.

Reflective become proactive.

Stuck becomes rockets launching, fire works and who cares about the slippery slope!

Think of it a bit like moving back to Aries after two years of Taurus, back to Leo after Virgo, back to Sagittarius after Capricorn. From Earth to Fire means we’ve tilled the soil, planted the seed and now make room because HEY-O they are going to grow!

Monkey years have an abundance of energy, enthusiasm and spark. In FIRE, all the MORE dynamic.

This sign shares some of the intellectual and quick-silver qualities of western astrology’s sign of Virgo including a love of friends, witty dialog and analytical capabilities. It’s mutable, and again, with added fire, think Sagittarius enthusiasm.

Monkeys years are about lofty challenges and high sighted goals–we actually thrive when they have something way out there to reach for. With a hefty dose of curiosity, Monkey years bring a deal of information so we can turn what we learn into wonderful stories we can share with others.

Our monkey year is all about communicate–be it through phone, internet or face to face. The main thing is we all feel connected. Social, sensitive and full of life, Monkey years can turn trouble into fun, gloom into a sunny day, low returns and results into high octane YES!

Happy New Moon and Chinese New Year of the Snake! Set sky high intentions! Let us know how it’s all going in the comments!

AriesARIES: Chinese New Year of the Monkey is a social time with plenty of goals and fuel for the fire. Friends mean the world to you and come through with great support and insight. Seek success with confidence, but note the difference between a goal and an agenda. You don’t make it happen. You let it . . .

TaurusTAURUS: 2016 is all about your career, mission and connection to others. You’ll want to be productive on a practical level as well as show the world a whole new, playful, carefree side. Think of it as a time to get yourself ‘correct.’ That means recognize your worthiness, see your perfection, love yourself unconditionally.

GeminiGEMINI: Monkey year is an adventure for those born under the sign of the twins. Think expansion, excitement, travel via mind, body, spirit, and a whole lot of dreams come true. Your best approach? Use the power of the ‘pre-thanks.’ The strength of your words, written and spoken, blossoms before your eyes!

CancerCANCER: The year of the Monkey invites you to be an energy connoisseur, to pay attention to the play of power between you and others, friends, associates and love interests alike. That means you tune into what you are flowing, without judgement, so you can line up with what you want. Think awareness and fun!

LeoLEO: Single, mated, looking, hiding, complicated or no strings, 2016 is about getting your love life really happening. This opportunity is pure gold, so put some energy into activating the dream come true relationship you always wished for but never quite manifested. Clean house, inner and outer. Company’s coming!

VirgoVIRGO: Whether you want to drop a few extra pounds, gain muscle-lose fat, get into your best shape ever, heal an ongoing issues or boost your magical manifesting skills, the year of the Monkey supports it big time! This is how it works. Get your vibration, AKA your thoughts, there first. Drop judgment!

LibraLIBRA: Year of the Monkey holds a special place in the heart of Libra, one that will bring forth a pot of gold you had no idea was waiting. Probably didn’t see this rainbow coming! But here it is, abundance city! All you have to do is activate ‘Life is Good,’ and you’re following the creative magic. Holy wow!

ScorpioSCORPIO: You have a lighthearted connection with the year of the Monkey and to honor it, think about the one thing you really want but are too (afraid, busy, denying, ignoring, projecting on to others) to create. This is you chance to awaken true desires and make them so, by putting your focus there. You go for what you want. Period!

SagittariusSAGITTARIUS: All forms of communication lighten up in the year of the Monkey, amplifying everything from dissertation skills to writing, speaking and publishing. It’s ‘spread the word time’, and all you have to do is feel worthy. Boost self-esteem and positive self-talk for major 2016 joy, happiness and success!

CapricornCAPRICORN:  Monkey years can amp up your goals and hone your focus, making 2016 a fast track to abundance. How to fuel the engine? Re-think your relationship to FUN. Seriously! The motto is, as long as you’re having a good time, there’s no such thing as wasting time! Play. Delight. Take up a hobby. Muse. Cruise.

AquariusAQUARIUS: The New Moon in Aquarius heralds the year of the Monkey with personal significance for Water-bearers. This is a powerhouse year, one in which you get to decide how things go. It’s all about your perspective so start fresh, drop judgements and open you mind. Motto: There is no spoon. Now go after what you want.

piscesPISCES: The year of the Monkey can be just the fun and fulfillment you’ve been hanging out for. Are you ready? With the New Moon in your solar 12th house, it’s all about ‘the dream’. Feel free to muse your way through the year because the power of transformation lies in you ability to relax and chill out! Allow, allow, allow!

Happy Chinese New Year xxxKim!

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Align with the Stars January 2016

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Jeannette Maw and I will be talking about the January-February 2016 Astro weather including Mercury Retrograde and the Mercury-Venus-Eros-Mars-Saturn line up in the morning sky. Exciting events!

Our monthly “Align with the Stars” calls are a chance for everyone to learn how to put Astro-LOA to practice. All welcome to the live gathering. Come check out our community!

Feel free to listen and/or join in, ask questions or simply stream online.

If you want to use you chart as an example, have a link to it ready either from the Gallery or your own upload link. To put your chart up in the gallery just follow this simple tutorial.

Call Date and Time

January 19/20 Tuesday/Wednesday

LA – Tuesday – 2pm
NY – Tuesday – 5pm
Lon- Tuesday – 10pm
Syd- Wednesday – 9am

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Empowering New Moon

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NEW MOON IN CAPRICORN TIMES
LA – Saturday – 5:30 pm
NY – Saturday – 8:30 pm
LONDON – Sunday 1:30 am
SYDNEY – Sunday -12:30 pm

Astro-LOA Flash: It’s the last day of the dark moon before all is renewed, the perfect time to relax, find ease and focus on what you want for this moment. As you do, you open pathways to the future.

The first New Moon after the Solstice sets the tone for the entire year.

Remember you get to decide how your respond to everything that comes your way. Be it old family dynamics, new romantic interest, brilliant creative dream or a job/living situ that has to change, you set the stage by how you think of it.

With Mars just into powerhouse Scorpio, Mercury Rx in Capricorn, Jupiter on the North Node trine the new moon, and Venus just over Saturn in Sagittarius, energy is all fired up! Use New Moon to fuel your self-respect and ‘bigger perspective’. Appreciate every little thing, and everyone in your life. Relationships are your teachers right now. As Richard Idemon said:

Relationships are the mirrors held up to us by the gods.

Let’s gaze into those mirrors with reverence and respect.

NOTE: The New Moon in Capricorn is likely to be in the same natal house as transiting Mercury Rx. (that’s the area of life you are focused on right now). If you have one thought or feeling that isn’t serving you, use clear intentions to spot, sooth and release. Letting go of resistance is like lancing a wound. Relief, relief, relief!

As with all new moons, the setting clear intentions part is empowering. Jeannette Maw says that life follows our thoughts, so when we don’t get specific and deliberate with those thoughts, who knows where we’ll end up!

The power is in training our attention toward what we want, which we can do by setting the intention for it in advance.

Where are you training your attention today?

Sign by sign tips to help you gain full support from this dynamic New Moon.

AriesARIES: This New Moon spotlights your core values but it’s not enough to simply know what they are. You want to express them out into the world. Ask what it is you represent and be that every time you step outside your door. Career Action time!

TaurusTAURUS: As your world gets bigger the possibilities for expansion augment as well. The focus for you is on new horizons and going places you have never been before. Travel, meditate, learn, teach, wander in the woods. Expand awareness time!

GeminiGEMINI: The New Moon activates your house of ‘other ppl’s money’ and the desire to transformation everything. You are letting go of old ways of thinking about yourself and embracing the new. Remind yourself of that! One door closes, a new one opens time!

CancerCANCER: The New Moon rises in your 7th house of relationships and the the intentions you set now will pave the way for your future. Hint: Begin with yourself. That’s the partnership that counts! Be there for yourself, and shower your life with LOVE time!

LeoLEO: Everything you do in your day to day routine counts! This is where the New Moon works for you and the key to manifesting the life of your dreams begins here, with soap and water and the kitchen sink. Appreciate every little thing, task and being in your life time!

VirgoVIRGO: The New Moon in your 5th house of play, recreation and creative self-expression has only one thing to say. Go have fun! Just do it. Your homework is to have the flipping time of your life. It’s go about the business of enjoying being alive time!

LibraLIBRA: This New Moon is in your house of secret feelings and it’s going to awaken all kinds of magic. Eyes open. Be ready! Any thing and everything you do to improve the home right now improves you too! It’s secrets, synchonicities and sweet dreams time!

ScorpioSCORPIO: For you, the New Moon rises in your 3rd house of ‘mind’ and it is your thoughts and how you direct them that are poised for change, challenge and focus. This is your power center. Use it! It’s say it as you want it to be, in this red hot moment time!

SagittariusSAGITTARIUS: The New Moon in Capricorn can make it easy to be distracted with pragmatic concerns. This isn’t ‘bad’ though if you look deeper at your ‘resources’ you’ll see your true wealth is your untapped talents. Use them! It’s revel in your talents and gifts, no matter what time!

CapricornCAPRICORN: This is your personal New Moon so take a moment to reflect on how your life is progressing. What goals are you setting? What have you obtained? Care to raise your sights? It’s ‘the sky’s the limit’ and I’m blasting through the glass ceiling time!

AquariusAQUARIUS: The New Moon rises out of the land of dreams and the sea the unconscious mind. It’s about letting go and allowing everything, as opposed to trying to ‘make it happen’. It’s release the notions of ‘push’ and go where the breeze takes you time . . .

piscesPISCES: The Capricorn Moon lights up your house of friends and like-minded others. Explore opening to new friendships in your life and also allowing some connections, once close and sympathetic, to drifting away if they will. It’s ‘be grateful for the ebb and flow of life time!

Have a wonderful NEW MOON!

Big love and happy New Year 2016 Everyone!

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Mercury Rx in Capricorn

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Mercury, planet of connection, commerce and communications, turns retrograde tomorrow at 1 degree of Aquarius, taking an apparent backward motion through the sky. Heyo! This is going to be amazing!

First of all, Mercury is exalted in Aquarius, so the messenger of the gods is especially keen to deliver just the guidance you need. He’s also exactly square Mars in Scorpion when he turns around. That heats up the urge to make a point.

Following the turn around, most of the 20 days of Rx will be in the sign of Capricorn – think goals, accomplishments and manifesting desires, from the ground up.

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Mercury Rx @ 1 Aquarius – January 5/6 2016
LA     Tuesday  5:00 am
NY     Tuesday  8:00 am
LON  Tuesday  1:00  pm
SYD  Wednesday 00:00 am

Mercury Direct @ 14 Capricorn January 25/26 2016
LA    Monday  1:44  pm
NY    Monday  4:44  pm
LON Monday  9:44  pm
SYD Tuesday  8:44 am

With Mercury Rx in Capricorn, you want to rethink, reconsider, review, reevaluate your goals in the house where Mercury is transiting Rx (that’s the house(s) that contain 14 Capricorn to 1 Aquarius. (If you aren’t sure how to find that area of your chart, put your hand up. There’s plenty of us here who can help.) The idea is to put a laser focus in this area of your chart/life so you can realign with what you really want.

Capricorn is all about authenticity. Mercury Rx here could offer insights into being who YOU are, not who others expect you to be.

Ask, what am I accomplishing here in this area of life. The most primary way you can improve your life at this time is to re-frame your identity, being who you are from head to toe, right here in this red hot moment.

Mercury Rx has a bad rep for ‘causing’ broken communication, fouled up transport, missed messages, crossed wires, and every kind of snafu imaginable. What’s really going on is the trickster Mercury is asking us to slow down and put focus on a particular area of life. If you don’t do it voluntarily, Mercury Rx is happy to lend a helping hand.

Tips for your re-frame and reflection below:

AriesARIES: Mercury in the 10th house – Career, mission or profession can feel like a dream time journey, with the auto focus weaving in and out. For the next three weeks you let go of trying to micromanage your future, or trying to ‘make things happen.’ Give your neurons time off so the universe can open new doors to infinite possibilities. Relax and reflect on your true mission in life. Can you name it?

TaurusTAURUS: Mercury in the 9th house -Travel or study plans turn into the trickster’s playground for the next three weeks. Deep breaths. Remember, it’s not about forging ahead right now, but finding peace and serenity in the midst of contrast. Take time out to reconsider your world view. Is it what you think, or what you are expected to think?

GeminiGEMINI:  Mercury in the 8th house – Mercury Rx in your house of shared resources has you reconsidering any joint financial arrangements, both income and debt. As you sift through possibilities, you’ll discover creative ways to organize and restructure the boundaries to your liking. You decide, but not yet. Let it marinate for a while. Go have fun, with others!

CancerCANCER: Mercury in the 7th house – Communication with partners, practical or intimate, goes a bit zany, muddled and/or blurred! It’s not the best time to come to any conclusions as misunderstands are everywhere. Use your gut feelings to make choices that can’t be delayed, and ask what you believe about partnerships/creative collaborations. Rethink all relationships, without judgement or need.

LeoLEO: Mercury in the 6th house – Mercury Rx through your 6th house of well-being says reconsider your lifestyle and daily rituals and habits. Is this really what you want, or are you there because of circumstances ‘beyond your control?’ (ha!) Take stock of your nutrition, exercise, healthy care, comfort zone and routine, job . . . Start with what you believe about your body and add in more Self-Love.

VirgoVIRGO: Mercury in the 5th house – This is a time to go into cruise control on the creative realm and practice the art of allowing. Think play, recreation, romance and relaxation. Consider where you can expand your beliefs and live more in the ‘now’. The goal is to drop judgment, tolerations and shoulds so you can experience life in the red hot moment. And it will be red hot, when you allow it!

LibraLIBRA: Mercury in the 4th house – Thoughts lean towards the home life, family and symbiotic connections. Give yourself enough ‘me’ time to appreciate recent inner growth and development. Ask what family means to you. Home sweet home? Is there anything you believe that could be limiting your experience of others? Listen. Love. Reflect!

ScorpioSCORPIO: Mercury in the 3rd house – The Mercury Rx puts the Trickster in control of your tongue, (which might be amazing or incredibly embarrassing). Still, you might say one thing while they hear another. Emails, sans body language, get misconstrued. Don’t even think about sending text msg without punctuation. This is excellent for revising manuscripts, biz plans or creative projects. But, when it comes to transport, check your tires.

SagittariusSAGITTARIUS: Mercury in the 2nd house – Use this Mercury Rx to get in touch with what really gives you a sense of peace and happiness, then let go of the outmoded core values and actions that aren’t taking you there. Awareness is the first step. It will lead to skill and talent development that is more authentic than you ever though possible. Expect and support a clean, fresh $$ Vibe.

CapricornCAPRICORN: Mercury in the 1st house Mercury Rx meanders through your home, work, Self and relationship life. Everything! Best reflect on what you believe about what you do, where you do it, whom you do it with. How? Set an intention to notice the things you like about your life and smile. Exhale and limitations are going, going, gone.

AquariusAQUARIUS: Mercury in the 12th house – With Mercury Rx in your solar 12th house, it’s time to go ‘in’ and listen to your dreams. Not daydream fantasies of achievement, goals, challenges and actions, but really sink deep into the depths of your soul. What messages are welling up from there? Watch for synchronicity. Tune into feelings, receive and immerse, then ask, ‘How can I serve?’

piscesPISCES: Mercury in the 11th house – Mercury Rx in your 11th house of friends and groups can turn the usual gatherings/community into a mix of emoticons, all rolling about in different directions. The question is how do you feel? Allow for a new view when it comes to social connections, and find ways to relax amid the tension. Treasures emerge when you aren’t even digging for them.

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We’re laying out the basics of how deliberate creators can leverage the planetary energies for a rock star 2016. Our next open call is January 19th. All are welcome!

Enter the Unexpected

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Hi Everyone,

ASTRO-LOA FLASH: If you’re pouring over the ephemeris, or even glancing casually at it, you’ll notice that Dec 25 is the day Uranus changes direction. (Of course, not really. It just looks that way* from earth, but the move from 16 Aries * retrograde to direct often has a synchronicity with CHANGE, so eyes wide open, everyone!

Uranus entered the Retrograde zone late March, 2015 and went Rx July 26, 2015.

We can begin our exploration of what might be up for change by asking if anything shifted at those times. Was something promised but put on hold? Was there a definite YES or No, but seemingly not further results? Or was it a ‘liminal’ zone, a lost in the woods feeling? A ‘rug out from under the feet’ experience? Think back and identify the STORY you were telling around those times.

Flash forward to now. It’s the archetypal trickster time! That means, your world can turn upside down. (in a good way, you know, like much needed, creative change.)

Get ready to tell a NEW story*. Actually START telling the new story because the logjam is about to break free.

Ideas? Comments? Stories?  I’d love the hear them here.

Feel free to post our Uranus Direct revelations here.

xxKimmy

NOTES:

*Retrograde Tutorial

* 16 Aries is the LEO decan. Think Mars-action and Sun – creative fire.

* Story Crafting in Manifesting by Jeannette Maw

Feng Shui Your Mind for 2016

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From my monthly post at the Supernatrual Underground.

Hi Everyone,

Happy Holiday Season. There are so many ways to spend this time of year and most include a sense of celebration, reminders of joy and appreciation, family, clan, food and friends.

In this spirit, I wanted to share with you some ideas on how to release 2015 with gratitude and prepare for a fabulous New Year 2016.

As with all Magic, it begins in the mind . . .

I love that we are drawn to the supernatural genre, immersed in magic, wonder and the ‘impossible’. I think that puts speculative fiction readers ahead of the game when it comes to creating personal rituals to change our lives.

We’ve already been there in the pages. It’s not a huge leap to go there, in our minds, in our everyday reality.

Here are five great tips to de-cluttering our mental feng shui, opening doors of infinite possibilities when it comes to love, relationships, finances, work, career, creativity, artistry, home, family, prosperity.

Let’s all start 2016 with clear minds and open hearts.

1) The Only Love Spell That Works

Most of our relationship, or lack of relationship, issues rise from
an absence of self-love. As Jeannette Maw says, “The universe can only
be as good to you as you are to yourself,” and face it, we aren’t always
that self supportive.

Think about your self talk when you look in the
mirror. Are you your own best cheering squad, or do you list the faults
and things that need to be ‘fixed’? What about at work? In your
creativity? Your daily routine? When you lay awake at night, are you
thinking of the things that went right or ‘wrong’? Most of us are in the
habit of self judgment, criticism and denigration. Just imagine what
signal that sends to the universe? It’s a spell that conjures more of what we don’t want.

But there is a way to turn it around, a love spell that changes
everything, from the inside out. There are a lot of them out there,
spells that boost self-love, but here are two I found life changing:

Mirror Mirror on the Wall:

2) 1% Improvements

No British cyclist had ever won the Tour de France, but as the new
General Manager and Performance Director for Team Sky (Great Britain’s
professional cycling team), Dave Brailsford was asked to change that.

His approach was simple.

Brailsford believed in a concept that he referred to as the
“aggregation of marginal gains.” He explained it as “the 1 percent
margin for improvement in everything you do.” His belief was that if you
improved every area related to cycling by just 1 percent, then those
small gains would add up to remarkable improvement. AND IT DID! Read how to alter your daily life by 1% and watch things expand towards success!

3) Core Value check in

How can knowing your core values make your life better? It can’t, but knowing AND honoring them can!

A core value is simply what matters most to you in life; it’s what makes you who you are. As in, without it, you just wouldn’t be you. For some that might be humor or generosity. Learning or spirituality. Creativity or connection. The list goes on.

So how does one live their values?

It starts with identifying them. There are a couple ways to do that. Read more here.

4) Toleration Let Go

Many know the importance of managing their feelings and focusing on the positive.  But sometimes we mange so well, we put up with things that actually are energy drainers. One of the most powerful ways to clear this error is to identify and eliminate the daily tolerations
of life.

Some examples could include the car tags are expired, the desk plant
is withering, the family dog is overdue for a dental, your shoes don’t
fit right, neighbor noise keeps you up at night, your mother-in-law
drives you nuts, you work too much overtime, you don’t eat a decent
lunch, a bulb is burned out in the ceiling light, your credit card is
maxed out, etc.

Your job is to identify and eliminate the things that are draining your joy from life.  Here’s how to get started:



5) Astrology and Relief

How do we know if there is too much stress in our lives? Check in with emotional guidance!
Feel good = stress-free. Feel bad = stressful.  The idea is to bring
awareness to the situation so we can let go of what’s not supporting us.
Indicators of stress include:

• Fatigue, yawning, dozing, spacing out, depression

• Aches and pains and symptoms in the body

• Nervous tension, anxiety or apprehension

• Insomnia and sleep disturbances

• Lack of enthusiasm for life

The signs of the zodiac can alert us to authentic needs and modes of stress reduction. We each have all twelve signs in our charts,
although some will be emphasized more than others. Looking at the natal
signs of the Sun, Moon, Ascendant and Ascendant ruler(s) offers a good
starting point. Go here to get started!

That’s it, everyone. Five quick steps to Feng Shui the mind.

Let me know how you go, or if you have any favourites to add in the comments.

Happy Holiday, and Happy New Year wonderful readers and writers.

xxxKimmy

Kim Falconer is a Supernatural Underground author writing paranormal romance, urban fantasy, YA and epic science fantasy novels.

You can find out more about Kim at the 11th House Blog, and on FaceBook and Twitter.

She posts at the Supernatural Underground on the 16th of every month and runs Save the Day Writer’s Community on Facebook.

New Moon in Sagittarius 2015

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Hi Everyone!

Welcome to the New Moon in Sagittarius, bringing in the spirit of adventure and excitement. This is the perfect time to set new intentions that take you places you have never been before. Fresh horizons!

NEW MOON @19 SAGITTARIUS
L.A. – Friday 2:29 am
NEW YORK – Friday 5:29 am
LONDON – Friday 10: 29 am
SYDNEY – Friday 9:29 pm

The New Moon always represents new beginnings, fresh starts. Look to where 19 degrees of Sagittarius is in your natal chart and set strong intentions there for the rest of the month. This is where you amp up self support and enthusiasm and let go of what isn’t working.

Yes, this is the house that Saturn is in right now, or about to be, so there is an undertone of serious housecleaning. Use this to your advantage. Accept that what is going on in this area of life really is important to you and brainstorm ways to experience it to the max.

Making as little as a 1% improvement can change everything!

If you need support here, start with What Obstacles?, Zen and the Zodiac and The Astrology of Relief. And finally, If you have Sagittarius/Gemini intercepted in your natal chart, there is all the more focus on that ‘hidden’ sign. Revel. Release. Rejoice!

Happy New Moon!

AriesARIES – This new moon is optimal energy for going beyond the familiar boundaries of life. Visit a place you’ve never been. Taste a new food. Think new thoughts. We cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.~Andre Gide

TaurusTAURUS – There is no point in ‘conserving energy’ or going into miser mode. Qi is not a commodity you can ever run out of. Give until your heart’s content. Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.~Buddha

GeminiGEMINI– It could feel like you ‘need’ to make a relationship decision but really you have to get in touch with what feels best to you. Want a quick way to make a choice? Write down everything you can think of that is GOOD about each option & then see how you feel… ~Andrea Sholer

CancerCANCERThis new moon could be a bit of a forest/trees situation. You are looking at the fine details when the real beauty is in perspective. Relationships and workmates will particularly benefit from you stepping back. You are seeing that which you are intending. ~Abraham Hicks

LeoLEO Any romantic/creative hiatus will ease, putting you on the path to the creative connections of your dreams. The best resource to tap into, and trust, your inner guidance (not the collective opinion). Everything you see on earth is made from one original substance, out of which all things proceed.~Wallace. D. Wattles

VirgoVIRGO – If you’re waiting for the right furniture, the right lawn, the right address, the right partner, the right pet, the right job before you get happy, the boat has sailed. Find your excitement, now. Happiness depends more on the inward disposition of mind than on outward circumstances. ~Benjamin Franklin

. LibraLIBRA – Bright ideas seem far-fetched when you brainstorm them with others, but keep at it. What you conceive of today will blossom brilliantly tomorrow! If we all worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true were really true, there would be little hope of advance. ~Orville Wright

ScorpioSCORPIO – If you’ve hit a rough patch when it comes to money, job or career, use this time to reassess the charge. Can you find a better thought? No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit. ~Helen Keller.

SagittariusSAGITTARIUS-This is your new moon, and your solar return, the most powerful time of the year. The intentions you set now must reflect your heart’s desire. In this way, you pave the future.  You are your deepest, driving desires. As is your desire, so is your will. As is your will, so is your deed. As is your deed, so is your destiny.  ~Upanishad

CapricornCAPRICORN – Time to loosen your grip on ‘reality’ so you can open your mind to the next creative step. Get to the place where you can dream and believe. That’s where it all begins. Then, do the impossible. We have been taught to believe that negative equals realistic and positive equals unrealistic. ~Susan Jeffers

AquariusAQUARIUS – Relax. You have no idea what you’re missing while you put effort into piecing the world together. More will happen in a moment of peace than years of forced action. The state of least excitation of consciousness is the field of all possibilities. ~ Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

piscesPISCES – Self inventory is instructional as long as you use it holistically. If you see a habit to change, do so, but appreciate what it was that lead you to noticing, or developing it, in the first place. A person of genius makes no mistakes. Their errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery. ~James Joyce

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Happy New Moon, Everyone!

xxxKimmy

When Parallel Worlds Collide . . .

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A wie armageddon. by danirolli

This is a RE-blog from From my November post on the Supernatural Underground.

High concept: it can lead to a breakout novel or film.

Given that, it’s not hard to guess why writers want a clear concept at the core of their work, but pinning down exactly what that means can be challenging.

I’ve heard a lot of mini, fractured definitions, but every writer, and reader, knows what high concept is when they see it.

It a nutshell, it makes the story sing.

Still, that’s not a Webster definition.

According to Jeff Lyons, author of Anatomy of a Premise Line, high concept has:

  • entertainment value
  • originality
  • uniqueness
  • visual appeal
  • emotional depth
  • asks “what if”
Anatomy of a Premise Line:
High
level of entertainment value
High degree of originality
High level of uniqueness (different than original)
Highly visual
Possesses a clear emotional focus (root emotion)
Targets a broad, general audience, or a large niche market
Sparks a “what if” question – See more at:
http://www.scriptmag.com/features/story-talk-high-concept-yes-it-actually-means-something#sthash.LgUbQPEg.dpuf

You don’t have to slap your reader in the face with your concept – that’s best avoided – but the writer needs to know what it is, to stay on track. My favorite support for this is with the tagline – the short-short sentence or catchphrase that resonates with the story’s core values.

Condensing a novel or film to a tagline that reflects the richness of concept can be painstakingly difficult, but incredibly rewarding. Here are a few examples, some of which I am sure you will recognize.

When Parallel Worlds Collide . . . 

Journey by Night by Kim Falconer (the third book in my QE Series)

The last man on earth is not alone . . . 

I am Legend by Richard Matheson

Fifty million people watched, but no one saw a thing . . .
  
The Quiz Show based on Richard N. Goodwin’s memoir

In space, no one can hear you scream . . .

Alien by Alan Dean Foster 

Winter is coming . . .

Game of Thrones by George R R Martin

Your Mind is the scene of the crime . . .

Inception written, produced, and directed by Christopher Nolan

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away . . .

Star Wars (1977)

An adventure 65 million years in the making . . . 

Jurassic Park  by Michael Crichton

Everybody Loves Ernest… But Nobody’s Quite Sure Who He Really Is.  

The Importance of Being Ernest by Oscar Wilde (2002 film)

She has the power . . .

Lucy (2014)

One last chance for peace . . .

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes  (2014)

You can see that the tagline doesn’t include the full heart, essence, premise, design or images of the story, but if it has the same vibration, it will inspire readers to pick up the book (and writers to keep writing them). Once in the pages, or theater, the concept works invisibly behind the text and images to sweep the audience away.

What are some of your favorite film or novel concepts? Do the taglines reflect them?

I’d love to know what you’re working on now. Do you start with a tagline in mind? A core concept to keep you on track?

Feel free to share in the comments.

Mutual Reception Shenanigans

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MustualReceptionHi Everyone,

You may have noticed that Mercury (in Scorpio) is in mutual reception to Mars (in Virgo). In other words, they are in each others natural signs.

Mutual reception occurs when two planets are transiting each others ruling signs at the same time. It applies to natal charts and particularly to horary questions.

When planets are in mutual reception, they have more affinity with each other. A kind of knowing and support. They are ready to facilitate, right off the bat.

I’m thinking that is why my book (Mercury) is suddenly available (Mars) in a country where I haven’t actually sold the rights  – not that I don’t want too!

Path of the Stray: Quantum Encryption Bk 1

POTS_fb On Sale: $1.99

I also think some interesting law of attraction is at work . . . I mean, if you “act as if” your books are available worldwide, then they become available, even if in legally questionable ways! :) Maybe?

Meanwhile, please feel free to take advantage. Book 1 in quantum encryption is on sale for $1.99 direct from HarperCollins US. 

I’ll have to ring them on their Monday to sort this out, but I wanted to make sure you guys had a chance to grab it for cheap while it’s up there.

If you ever get stuck for any books in the series, let me know. I want no readers left hanging!

Thanks everyone!

And, if you have a mutual reception in your chart, I’d love to hear about it.

xxxKim

The Shadow’s Allure

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Hi Everyone,

I thought a little honoring of the Shadow would be fitting for our Samhain Celebration, not to mention Sun and Mercury traveling the Via Combusta.

Posted October 16th on the Supernatural Underground

Fear is a state of mind.

It creates a simple chain of events: (1) a stimuli, (2) a chemical release in the brain, (3) a body response including rapid heart-rate, shallow breathing, sinking stomach, sweaty palms. It’s basic fight or flight instinct 101.

Research also shows that we come into the world knowing how to be afraid,
because our brains have evolved to deal with nature, and nature is full of threats. Think large predators, poisonous plants, snakes, spiders, ticks, tar pits, rip tides, hungry neighbors, flash floods, supernatural forces . . .  .

While many of us no longer fear saber tooth tigers and tar pits, the fear of the supernatural never abates. That’s because, far from “super”natural, it represent a part of us, deep and repressed, waiting in the darkness. What’s it waiting for? Basically, a chance to seep up through the floorboards and grab us by the throat.

The Scream by Edvard Munch

Jung defines this kind of fear as an element of our shadow—a part of our unconscious that is hidden from us, but ours none the less.

The shadow can be terrifying to experience whether it is triggered by a real life bang on the door or immersion in fiction that “makes the heart beat faster.” This is because our brains can’t tell the difference between real and make believe.

But if fear, and the shadow beneath it, are so horrible, why are we drawn to experience it in art, film and literature? What’s the big allure?

Simply answered, this fear awakens a part of our un-lived Self.

Jungian psychologists would say these experiences of the Shadow evoke powerful emotional reactions because they contain disowned material of our psyche, ie, part of our soul. Getting to know the shadow is an opportunity for wholeness, meaning we become more balanced, more whole, more complete.

This is the enchantment that draws us into the darkness.

Working with the shadow is immensely rewarding and liberating. By no longer having to hold down and repress your shadow aspects (which consumes a lot of energy), you free up your life force and vitality, become much more present-moment centred and are better able to live life consciously, authentically and purposefully. – Dr Mark Atkinson

It’s not a carefree road, this meeting the shadow. It’s also why all heroic journeys, including our own, require a trip to the underworld. Dante wasn’t kidding when he tacked that shingle on the door to Hell. All abandon hope ye who enter here. This state appears to be prerequisite for Horror’s success.

No matter how disturbing, the experience of a terrifying book, film or work of art, can set the stage for our own expansion. All it requires is for us to face our inner demons, integrate the shadow and come out the other end alive.

Easier said than done, I know!

What are some of your favorite scary stories? Do you remember the first one that nearly frightened you to death?

Mine was Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (I was five.) followed by a close second with The Wizard of Oz, mainly the monkeys. (OMG that’s why primates still make me squirm!)

Let’s share some fears here and let the Shadow live.

Happy Samhain, everyone!

xxxKim

Kim Falconer is a Supernatural Underground author writing paranormal romance, urban fantasy, YA and epic science fantasy novels.

You can find out more about Kim at the 11th House Blog (here!), and on FaceBook and Twitter.

She posts here at the Supernatural Underground on the 16th of every month and runs Save the Day Writer’s Community on Facebook.

13 Book Samhain Giveaway

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Click HERE to ENTER the Giveaway

For our Frightfully Delightful All Hallows Giveaway at the Supernatural Underground, three (3) lucky readers will receive a total of 13 books apiece! That’s right, this year, “13” could be your lucky number! ;)

Click on the LINK to find a Rafflecopter entry for this wickedly good book giveaway. You enter by leaving us a blog comment that answers one simple question regarding the evening of October 31st, and you can get extra entries by following us on Twitter, or visiting our Facebook page (up to 3 entries per person). That’s it!

Here’s a list of the books that three lucky winners will receive: 

THE HEIR OF NIGHT and GATHERING OF THE LOST by Helen Lowe

PATH OF THE STRAY, ROAD TO THE SOUL and JOURNEY BY NIGHT (ebook bundle) by Kim Falconer

DEAD GIRLS ARE EASY and DEVIL WITHOUT A CAUSE by Terri Garey

DIARY OF AN URBAN PANTHER, CLAWS AND EFFECT and NINE LIVES OF AN URBAN PANTHER (ebook bundle) by Amanda Arista

FEAST by Merrie Destefano

COLD IRON by Stina Leicht

MISERERE by Teresa Frohock

So go ahead, get to entering… contest closes on October 31st!

xxxKimmy

Lively Libra New Moon

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NEW MOON OCT 12/13th
@19 LIBRA 20

LA – Monday – 5:06 pm
NY – Monday – – 8:06 pm
LON– Tuesday – 1:06 am
SYD– Tuesday – 11:06 am

The Libra New Moon is ruled by planet VENUS, goddess of love, art and socially significant unions. Where you have Libra in your chart is where you want to develop aesthetics, harmony, refinement, relationship, affection, attraction, cooperation and live out those authentic core values. Sound elegant and gracious?

It is, except for the Uranus – tip the apple cart – opposition. There is a willful, rebellious, audacious component to this lunar event. It might express in some uncharacteristic ways such as acting out repressed feeling at the most inopportune times. It’s a moon that wants to share. You, and others, might be wildly surprised by what’s on your mind.

The hitch her is that Libra wants to please the company but while she’s saying yes and and obliging, Uranus in opposition is plotting a take over – French revolution style.

Expect relationship longings to awaken, along with your most creative Muse, and a singularly, delightfully demonic trickster. Fun combination!

Check the scopes for sign by sign hints.

Aries ARIES: You will know the shape of your relationships by the health of your body this new moon. It’s pretty simple. Healthy and strong = relationships are solid. Chronic or sudden dis-ease = check your relationships, honestly. What you repress goes straight to the chakras. Purge.

Taurus TAURUS: Bulls need to take their minds off of the health and well being plan and put so heart and soul into a creative project or desire. The goal is to forget all about your goals and find what feels good. Dreams, etheric as they are, can be excellent guides right now. Journal.

GeminiGEMINI: With ruling Mercury direct and on the North Lunar Node, the path opens onto a crossroads. All you need to do is tune in to your higher guidance and say YES to the direction that excites you the most. It’s not advance calculus. Just point your nose toward whatever makes your heart beat the fastest.

CancerCANCER: Home, family and hearth are in flux right now. You might be moving house (the 2nd most stressful thing you can possibly do) or maybe wishing someone else would. Any cantankerous edge is your ally thought. Take it as a signal for what wants changing. Focus, then act. !

LeoLEO: Your New Moon is in the house of communications where you will find yourself more honest, clear and possibly abrasive than you’ve been in a long time. What starts out as a compliment or genuine praise twists mid-air to critically land on the unsuspecting. Better out than in.

VirgoVIRGO: This is your power year with Jupiter in Virgo, currently flanked by Mars and Venus. It’s a sexy, charming and very clever vibe, on that’s going to see offers come floating over your desk. I won’t even mention Tinder. Basically, you’ve got the power. Consider developing a latent talent or resource.

LibraLIBRA: A once a year personal New Moon and there is much to celebrate (especially if your birthday falls within 5 days of this NM). The feeling is freedom AND connection, love AND autonomy, fun AND focus. You’ll want to give a does of energy to both sides of the fence. Piece of cake.

Scorpio SCORPIO: This time of year brings your ‘shadow’ New Moon. You’ll want to have some quality alone time, tuning into the inner currents of life. If you have a sudden physical complaint, consider (as well as appropriate health care) the emotions attached. Now, *exercise* the demon. (stet).

Sagittarius SAGITTARIUS: With Saturn newly into your sign and this moon in the house of goals for the future, you take a serious look at what you’re creating. Instead of thinking forward a year or so, take a bigger leap. What would you like your life to be in five years. Plan for that.

Capricorn CAPRICORN: Career concerns are in your face with this new moon. They appear sweet and helpful, but you suspect the iron fist inside the velvet glove. Torn between compliance and revolt, think first which part of yourself YOU want to win. Is there a way to have both?

Aquarius AQUARIUS: Expect invitations to travel, speak, teach, lead, play, compete. It’s a fun old time with the new moon in the 9th house of exploration and adventure. Just know that you carry with you that Uranian edge. Feel free to be radical, shocking even. This is no time for norm.

piscesPISCES: Your emotions are lit up like a Roman candle, hot, creative, dramatic. It’s great if you are being true to yourself, being who you are authentically. But, if you play down your needs so to appease others or keep up appearances, expect change of the volcanic kind.

Happy New Moon, everyone! xxxKim

Kim Falconer is an author writing urban fantasy, YA fantasy and epic science fantasy novels.

You can find out more about Kim at the 11th House Blog, and on FaceBook and Twitter.

She also posts at the Supernatural Underground on the 16th of every month and runs Save the Day, a tips and tutorials writerly community.

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