Venusian Hoodoo

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There’s a spectacular alignment in the sky right now. It’s not visible to the naked eye, since the nodes are hypothetical points and Pluto is too far away to see, but it’s there, and like homeopathic remedies, the more distant/dilute, the more potent.

Think of this as a little antidote to the Mercury and Mars Rx that might be holding up the show, causing some kinks or frustrations.

Astro-LOA Flash: Venus, planet of love, connections, fine arts and core values, is trine the North Lunar Node, our pathway to expansion, which is trine Pluto, the inner transformation processes that lead to creative change, which is trine Venus. Think of it as a strange and wonderful loop of harmony, adventure and new found super power. All you have to do is tune in.

Tips for tuning in your dial to this frequency

Take a moment to appreciate what you love

Check your chart for where you find 19 degrees of Taurus and have some fun there.

Activate the vibration of your desire

Do something wonderful for yourself

Do something wonderful for someone else

Say YES!

Say NO!

Allow and relax into where you are right now

Be a freind

If you have planets between 10 and 29 of the EARTH signs, revel in them!

Practice gratitude

Enjoy

Love

Be

Let me know any other ideas that come up! This is an energy we don’t want to miss.

Ishtar New Moon

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Blushing with light, thy votary shroud
And on those wings that sparkling dance
Waft, oh waft me hence away!
Love, my soul is full of thee
Alive to all thy sumptuousness.
–Sappho

Taurus is the symbol of sensuality, values and possessions. It’s the money sign, the sex sign, the often gentle, peaceful, enduring sign of the earth! It can also rage with a passionate force unrivaled!

But, what is it about Taurus and possessions?

The possibility to own what one needs in order to further actualize oneself is symbolized by Taurus…ownership gives stability and substance to the Aries drive for action.-Dane Rudhyar

NOTES for Astro-geeks: With the New Moon trine abundant Jupiter in Virgo and transforming Pluto in Capricorn, you can bet that finances will enter into the picture. Also asteroid Ishtar is conjunct Neptune, opposite Jupiter, both square Mars Rx. Use the ’empty leg’ of the T-Square to channel this powerful energy. (Comments welcome)

Taurus represents the principal of EARTH—grounded, stable and tenacious. It is not a fast conductor of energy yet it is capable of solid grounding and tangible results. The natural seat of this sign is the SECOND HOUSE, ruling possessions, values, talents and resources.

But there’s more. In esoteric astrology there are four ‘serpent’ signs of transformation, will and power. Taurus is the first of them, the coiled up serpent energy that appears to be sleeping . . . until it awakens!

The Decan:

10 to 19 59’ Taurus: This decan combines Mercury’s power of discrimination and flexibility to the stick-to-it nature of the Bull. Sensuality is still strong, yet now it needs a more social, flirty and intellectual expression. The affinity for change and flexibility augments. Less likely to lounge around ‘chewing things over’ and more likely to take action.

Be ready for a potent month, starting with the New Moon May 6th:

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LOS ANGELES – Friday – 12:30
NEW YORK – Friday – 3:30
LONDON – Friday – 8:30
SYDNEY – Saturday – 5:30

Motivation for New Moon in Taurus:

Some have thousands of reasons why they cannot do what they want to, when all they need is one reason why they can. -Martha Graham, dancer.

AriesARIES: The new moon highlights your second house of core values and sense of ‘wealth’. What is it, inner and outer, that makes your feel secure? Your ruler Mars moving retrograde says, pause. Consider. Don’t rush. The only action you want to take is inspired.

TaurusTAURUS: This is your new moon, the one that lights up all four corners of your life, Self-expression, home, career and partnership. It’s the perfect time to set new intentions, putting energy into YOU and what you want to create. With your birthday energy, you can easily vision new possibilities. Do so!

GeminiGEMINI: Taurus is your natural house of dreams and immersion in the collective. It’s a time of synchronicity, meaning and serendipitous connections. You will be generating new enthusiasm for a breakout solar year ahead. Muse, meditate, commune with nature. Pre-pave a new way of living.

CancerCANCER: Time to indulge in connections, friendships and links with like minded others. This energy wants tangible results so remember the ancient motto – to have a friend, be a friend. It’s your turn to bask in the cradle of collective love. Find your tribe!

LeoLEO: A month of public appearances, spotlight attention and new developments when it comes to your career, mission or profession. The key question is, are you doing what you love? The answer will define the rest of the year! Be honest, and activate the vibration of fulfillment.

VirgoVIRGO: Time to get out of the house, away from the computer and out into the world. You are primed to taste, touch, hear and smell, see the sunrise, take in the sights and listen to every new sound. Travel, explore, expand. Point your feet in a new direction.

LibraLIBRA: Joint partnerships, especially where finances are concerned, get a revamp. With Mars Rx, it’s a perfect time to resolve and ongoing conflict or disagreement. It’s time to get practical and stop relying on outmoded models for your shared resources. Intend for them to match your desires, and they will.

ScorpioSCORPIO: One of your most amorous new moons, Taurus puts the spotlight on relationship, especially sex and intimacy. No matter what is, or is not, happening in your love life now, you take a moment to imagine it the way you want it to be. And so it begins . . .

SagittariusSAGITTARIUS: All the taken-for-granted things of the household, studio, office, your pets, plants and plans, include gym and dietary well-being, are ready for new energy and attention. You put your mind to the ‘little things’ to make sweeping changes, but don’t rush it. Mars Rx says take considered action.

CapricornCAPRICORN: A childlike creative impulse washes over you, infusing all you touch with smiles and laughter, fun and games. Don’t be shy! It’s natural for you to play right now. Set aside some time for carefree expenditure of energy, and maybe activate the vibration of a hot date!

AquariusAQUARIUS: This new moon is your cue to put attention inward, into the home, family and sense of emotional ground and stability. Evaluate, appreciate and make repairs where necessary. This sets the stage for fabulous results. De-clutter a drawer or closet. Trust the process.

piscesPISCES: The new moon in your communications sector has you pulling in the ethereal meanings and honing them down to practical expression. i.e. cut to the chase. Your words are powerful creators of your future. Say what you mean; mean what you say. Activate the vibration of It’s Happening!

Happy Taurus New Moon!

xxxKimmy

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Book Trailers 101

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The Blood in the beginning – An Ava Sykes Novel #booktrailer

Book trailers are relatively new on the marketing scene. They’ve been around since 2006, and present an interesting dichotomy of semiotics: Using audio/visual to promote the textual. The jury is still out on whether it can work.

You may have seen my latest trailer for the New Ava Sykes Novel – The Blood in the Beginning. Do you feel a sense of the story watching it? Yes/No? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Why book trailers?

The variables are many, including the inescapable fact that information is now transmitted in speedy, cinematic and downloadable bites. It’s almost like going back to the picture book mentality, that stage of reading where we relied on the visual to trigger understanding of the textual. Only this is so much more controversial.

puts it like this:

 A trailer, in a way, violates a book’s very construction.

But on the other hand, for a reader who doesn’t have time to “spend leisurely afternoons in bookstores or reading extensive book reviews,’ as Najafi puts it, a two minute book trailer can give them a feel for the author and their newest release.

Or can it? Again, I’d love to hear your take on this.

Running on low budgets and using cheap stock footage and sound tracks can create a result that could do the novel a disservice. Going first class and spending thousands on the clip can result in a trailer that gives away too much story or worse, amps the reader for something the book is not going to deliver.

Cathy Yardley‘s crit on book trailers include:

  • They don’t get a lot of views
  • Low return on investment
  • They can’t up your SEO

Hmmm. Not too inspiring, but there are some trailers that really rock it. I don’t know if they sell books, but as a medium on their own, they are rich in value. And it’s value that will encourage people to view and share. Catherine Ryan Howard puts it like this:

People aren’t using social media because they love being sold stuff. They’re using it … to find entertainment, information and connection.

If you want your book trailer to promo your book, or bring attention to a new series/author, it might pay to keep this in mind. Is it entertaining? Informative? Creating connections?

Book trailers that work for me:

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The Blood in the Beginning – An Ava Sykes Novel

I am fortunate to have Shawn Wilder at MonkeyMe Films as my beautiful Pisces sister AND a fan of Ava Sykes. She’s read multiple early copies and knows the story inside out. When it came time to play with trailer ideas, she had them, buy the truck load.

The combination of voice and text in the Miriam Black trailer is utterly engaging, but more like an audio book than a trailer, perhaps. What do you think?

 

 

With Harry Potter trailers, Scholatic’s budget probably wouldn’t have been an issue. And there were the films to pull from. It has a Disney feel. Probably why my inner child likes it so much.

 

There are many great book trailers out there, but in an article that pulls no punches: Aliza Weinberger explains why book trailers often make readers cringe:

Because most are terrible.

Ouch!

Is this true, do you think?

I’m not going to show any examples of trailers in that category, mainly because I have so much respect for authors who are out there writing books and promoting them in every way they can.

And, trailers, for better or worse, are art forms. What sparks me might get the brush from another, and vise versa. So . . . do no harm.:) I won’t start a rotten tomato contest here, but if you think we can LEARN something from one that doesn’t work (for you) please feel free to link to it in the comments.

I also want to see what you do love, and of course, what you think of Ava Sykes.

So what’s it to be? Book trailer or non?

Share your thoughts. There are emerging writers and published authors out there that want to hear them!

Thanks, and happy dark moon.

xxxKimmy

Cover Reveal, Mars Rx and Cats

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Hi Everyone!

I have three big reveals today. A new series, a celestial body turning Rx and Ra!

#1

Over at AvaSykes.com the cover and pre-order is up for the first in the Ava Sykes novels, The Blood in the Beginning. Coming out through Harlequin Books Australia, the launch is scheduled for July 1, 2016, but you can pre-order now to make sure you don’t miss out.

Knock down, kickass nightclub bouncer Ava Sykes takes us deep into a dystopian world and out the other side in this dark and gritty,high-action urban fantasy.

Undergraduate by day, bouncer by night, Ava Sykes is just trying to make her way in
New LA, a city recovering in the ‘Aftermath’ the time after an earthquake tore the country apart. Ava studies hard, trains at the local dojo, and teaches kids self-defence. Sure, she has a rare blood disorder and a stolen identity, but who doesn’t keep a few secrets these days?

Life is tough, but when Ava takes a job at the trendy new club, Poseidon, her financial worries seem to be over.Then the evil wakes up.After stumbling into the VIP area of the club, where humans are on the menu, Ava is attacked in the street, and finds herself in the hospital, trying to put the pieces together. The bizarre hallucinations
aren’t helping, and neither is Dr. Miguel Rossi, the man who claims to know more about her origins than she does.

Shocked at the discovery, Ava begins a search for her birth mother — and the truth
—  but with a copycat killer on her tail, the attractive and powerful Daniel Bane offering to protect her and a doctor bent on unravelling her mysterious ‘condition’, the facts are hard to pin down. Meanwhile, the ‘otherness’ in her blood makes her increasingly irresistible to all the wrong people.

Ava used to dream of knowing where she came from but faced with the truth, she’d give anything to forget.

Here’s what best selling fantasy author Traci Harding has to say:

Rich in atmosphere, intrigue and action, and a heroine who just will not quit. Long live Ava Sykes!

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And reveal number two?

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Ra & Kim

I want you to meet my newest muse, a demon cat from a Bengali dimension far beyond our familiar world. His name is Ra, and he means it!

#3

Mars Rx and a one month free trial at GVA

GoodVibeAstroD52cR06bP01ZL-Hoover6b_mdmI’ve been talking about Mars turning retrograde this month, what it means, where it falls in your chart, how to utilize this energy to your highest growth and expansion.

If you are keen to know more, email me with Free GVA Trial in the subject bar, and I’ll set you up with a one month free trial over at GoodVibeAstrology.com

Once in, you can listen to recordings and talks, participate in the forum,  ask questions, learn, study and share all things astro and law of attraciton.

Even if you’ve been a member in the past, this offer still stands. It’s the Mars Rx vibe!

Thanks everyone for helping me celebrate this exciting time!

xxxKimmy

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Happy Mars Rx!

Icarus Balancing Magic

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Tethered but Free by Crispin Korschen

Astro-LOA Flash: Asteroid 1566 Icarus conjuncts Venus and squares Mars (see ephemeris below) activating a cosmic dance between desire, love and adventure. It brings up a bit of a love-will-freedom-closeness contrast, which translates into A) relationship dramas or B) Self-discovery. Of course, it can be both!

Mars wants to take independent, willful, dynamic action. Venus wants to put her needs on the back burner to win love and connection. Icarus wants to inspire the heights of possibilities. Put the tree together and you have interesting times ahead.

Most likely you will find it impossible to put up with anything that irks.

This can manifest as a full realization of what you’ve been tolerating. (what holds you back) If you feel limited or restricted, watch the next week for a creative win/win. The impulse is to ‘fly free’ so let your spirit soar, while honoring your core values (Venus) and your desires (Mars). . Check decisions made in 2008. Where did they lead? Now YOU decide what to keep, what to toss, and what’s next!

The goal is to find the And/and, not Either/or. Love AND Will. Freedom AND Closeness. Tethered AND Free!

The Mythos: Icarus was Daedalus’s boy who, ignoring his father’s practical warning not to fly too close to the sun, lost his feathered wings, fell to the sea and drowned. Not a very successful outcome, though he did escape the prison tower they’d been stuck in. Some people associate Icarus with a kind of crash and burn mentality. Not me. I see it as freedom. Expansion. Liberation! What drowns is the old self, reabsorbed into the collective unconscious. What lives on is wiser, more inspired and ready for the next challenge.

True, this asteroid can represent some extreme measures, feelings and insights but mainly it represents an attempt to escape intolerable situations. It is the impulse to get out of limiting patterns or go for goals that others might say are impossible. Note: It doesn’t have to always end ‘badly’.

Icarus with Venus and Mars can be vivid inspiration. But trapped, he is like a wild bird caged. Ever had that feeling? It’s like an instinctual urge to run like hell when all they’ve said is, sign here, or pick you up at 7, or maybe I do . . .

Icarus with Mars especially is a chance to gain a deeper insight on the ‘flight’ side or our fight or flight response. Where do you feel like flying the coop? Is it fear, instinct or healthy self-awareness? Take a moment to think about it this week and eliminate a toleration or too. Why? Because tolerating something is not a virtue. It can be a heavy energy drain. (Read more about Granting Freedom from Tolerations.)

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Here’s what Jeannette Maw has to say about it:

Toleration: To tolerate something means to “allow the existence of, to permit or endure or put up with something.” This implies that the something (or someone) is less than ideal and tends to drain a person’s energy. Thus, a toleration is often a hindering influence to the vibration. More . . .

Leverage the Icarus/Venus/Mars energy and Toss out Tolerations now!

If any of you know where Icarus is in your natal chart, feel free to mention it here.

Mine’s exact on my descendant putting me in an Icarus return!  Wowza!

xxxKimmy

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Solar Eclipse in Pisces

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Jason deCaires Taylor ‘Atlas’

The solar Eclipse is a New Moon in Pisces this month, with Sun and Moon at 18 PI 55 and the South Lunar Node at 21 Pi 47. Eclipses are always a new or full moon, and conjunct the North or South Lunar Nodes. Think of it as a supercharged new moon.

Solar Eclipse in Pisces @18 Pisces 55′
LA – March 8- 5:55pm
NY – March 8 – 8:55pm
LON – March 9 – 1:55 am
SYD – March 9 – 12:55pm

Now, what do we ‘do’ with this bit of astronomical and astrological heads-up?

We align with the energy, leveraging it to gain the maximum momentum, rocketing us towards our next big adventure.

Pisces is the sign that says, let go, muse, create, care, connect, trust, merge, and explore the Field of infinite possibilities. By honoring this energy as you launch the business, raise the stakes, commit to the relationship, say yes to the degree, course, trip, blog, book, date or action, the opportunities for success magnify.

Pisces also says, use your imagination. What do you want your life to look like? See it now for the best results. As Jeannette Maw tells us, what we focus on, we get more of.

This eclipse is also super absorbent. You’ll be more likely to take on the energy of those around you. If you aren’t big on boundaries at the moment, watch where you put yourself! A beautiful sanctuary is ideal, in mind, body or spirit.

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Remember, eclipses can be activated 30 days before or 30 days after the event, plus or minus 3 days. Circle the calendar.

For astro students, the most enlightening place to look in your chart is the HOUSE that the eclipse is in. Turn your attention to that area of life, release resistance, and pre-pave your heart’s desires.

Below are sign by sign tips on where this is happening in your solar chart. Intentions set on the eclipse have super powers. Use them!

AriesARIES: The eclipse focus is on the inner world of dreams. Initiate projects that hold true value to you, not just passing fancies, commerce or survival linked. Chiron is activated, meaning you have your own, personal cheering section, encouraging you to move forward. Pick a direction. You’ll know soon enough if it isn’t the right-for-you path.

TaurusTAURUS: Whatever you’ve been brewing in the realm of friends, groups and new associations, move forward after the eclipse with quiet confidence. Your connections are ready to support and nurture you from all sides. If your goal is true, the project will sing, given enough time. No rush.

GeminiGEMINI: What is it with you and your career? It’s set to expand in ways you hadn’t dreamed possible. Now! This month. No kidding! This is your chance to be seen in the public eye for the creative genius you are. If trepidation comes up, ie any feelings of unworthiness at the 11th hour, relax. Deep breaths. Above all else, don’t be afraid to bloom. Your DNA demands it.

CancerCANCER: Whatever long distance trip, arrangement or relationship you have going in your life, set clear and precise intentions for the best results. The theme of the eclipse is expansion and new horizons. This can be literal or metaphorical. Both are of equal value. The important thing to note is that your world is about to get bigger in wonderful ways.

LeoLEO: This is a time to keep a secret and contain a project all while meeting someone eye to eye. Your spell is meant to brew in the darkness. A desire is going to go big very soon and right now you need to incubate like a smart mother hen. All this in the midst of intimacy and the need to connect with a deep and penetrating truth. Change will have lasting effects. Embrace.

VirgoVIRGO: Pisces solar eclipse is in your relationship sector giving you a guardian angel when it comes to business or romantic commitments. (Possibly a Tough Love Angel, but guardian none the less.) There is a magical feeling in the air and you can use this rosy glow to tell a new story when it comes to your love life. Suddenly you are seeing others in their true, spiritual light. Let the love light shine!

LibraLIBRA: The eclipse in your house of health and well being is perfect for setting intentions about the strength of your body, your power to express your will and the ways and means you accomplish what you want in life – from working for a living to deliberate creation. Feel the energy around you. Tun in and wield your magic. It’s never been stronger than this.

ScorpioSCORPIO: Creativity, romance and wide-eyed enthusiasm well up from your heart making the Pisces eclipse one to remember. Put your attention on what makes your feel special, artistic, open and sharing. Commit to it! Identify the ingredient that it takes to ‘make’ your day. There is more where than came from. Don’t be afraid to use it.

SagittariusSAGITTARIUS: Attention on your home, family and domestic affairs makes this new moon perfect for starting any repair or maintenance projects, but more than that, it’s a time to notice where you are expanding on an inner level. There is travel a foot. Doors open when you say ‘yes’ BEFORE the question is asked. Ease your grip on any preconceived ideas of how things ‘ought’ to be.

CapricornCAPRICORN: What is it you want to teach, learn, study or research? Something powerful is stirring along with the opportunity to get involved in a hands on way. It’s not only about reaching for personal goals. It’s about connecting to deeper spiritual links as well. Identify the direction you want to go and settle for nothing less. Communicate, at all cost.

AquariusAQUARIUS: It’s not always easy to change horses in the middle of the stream but if there is a sudden desire for course corrections, do not hesitate under the eclipse. This super charged new moon boosts your ability to sense true values and change up where it’s most useful. The true secret to a happy life is living authentically. Check in, listen and know. It’s what you do best.

piscesPISCES: The solar eclipse in Pisces is a special time of year where you can feel more connected, more tapped in, more alive! From there you have the ability to add richer meaning to your life. There might be a bit of a dreamy quality to how you see yourself, and choices seem to be more glamorous than practical. Let your heart be the guide. Set intentions from your core; let your qi energy flow. Happy Solar Return!

GoodVibeAstroD52cR06bP01ZL-Hoover6b_mdmHave a wonderful solar eclipse everyone! xxKim

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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 Monkey! 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

See you there!

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Empowering New Moon

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Red Passion by Rebecca Dautremer

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!

If you’re inteGoodVibeAstroD52cR06bP01ZL-Hoover6b_smlrested in some first class guidance in using astrology to improve your manifesting skills, join us at GoodVibeAstrology.com for a year of fabulous calls, talks, forum discussions, resources and support on your journey.

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!

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.

If you’re inteGoodVibeAstroD52cR06bP01ZL-Hoover6b_smlrested in some first class guidance in using astrology to improve your manifesting skills, join us at GoodVibeAstrology.com for a year of fabulous calls, talks, forum discussions, resources and support on your journey.

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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A Boy and an Elephant – by photographer/filmmaker Gregory Colber

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.

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