Urban Fantasy Interview and Giveaway

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Heyo 11th House Readers! This is a re-blog from the Sept 16th Sup post: CLICK HERE to win The Blood in the Beginning.

Over at Blood Rose Books, they are giving away copies of The Blood in the Beginning with my recent interview. I thought I would give you all the highlights, and the chance to grab an ebook (for Aussies) or physical book (for Aussies AND/or international peeps).

To enter, go to Blood Rose Books Interview with Kim Falconer.

Below are highlights of the interview (with my comments on the questions).

BRB: If there was one author you could co-write a novel with (they can be alive or dead) who would you choose and why?

KIM: They opened with this. Very challenging. I thought of 20, then 20 more … then thought of how to explain … I spent all day pondering it! You can see where I settled, after thinking of Homer to Jane Austen, all my Supernatural buddies, to several best friends …

BRB: …why did you decide to create the Mar?

KIM: More hours of contemplation. Did I create them? They already exist, right? They are mythological creatures appearing for thousands of years in all cultures, in all places, in all times. They well up from memory, for all of us … a loaded question, I thought!

BRB: …What about Astrology appeals to you?

KIM: For me, this question is like asking, ‘What is it about the English language that appeals to you? Here is my answer in full: My first six novels, the Quantum Enchantment and Quantum
Encryption series
, have themes of astrology and astronomy relevant to the plot. Some of the characters are expert stargazers and rely on the symbol system to solve mysteries and make critical choices. Being an astrologer for over 40+ years, my father an astrologer before me, means it’s part of the way I perceive the world. It naturally seeps into the writing, unless I make an effort to keep it out. I’m sure we’ll have more astro-relevance in the future. It would be
weird without it. (
But then, Weird Fiction could be fun!)



BRB: What do you think would be the hardest or most challenging genre to
write a novel in and why?


KIM: I liked this question, and had an answer immediately – narrative non-fiction  – a
novel-like story about real-life people and events. Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood is the classic example; Into the Wild is a more contemporary one. The research and ethical issues alone would be daunting for me, maybe even stifling, especially with a still-living subject. I have a lot of respect for authors who tackle this genre.


BRB: … how much research did you do in order to make the information in these parts of the book sound extremely real?
2387167-will_smithKIM: Another immediate answer. To quote Will Smith: “Sicking amounts of work.” But I loved every minute of it. One of my fav aspects of writing is discovering new things.

BRB: … what appeals to you of the darker side of our culture?

KIM: ‘I’m attracted to the dark side?’
 

BRB: Holy Crap is Ava an amazing character, she basically has the perfect balance of badassness, smarts but also self-aware (plus she lacks the whiny or smugness that many female characters have in this genre), what went in to her creation?
Was important to you to make sure she was balanced character? Do you train in
MMA to help Ava learn all her skills?


KIM: My answer in full, because what author doesn’t like chatting about their main characters? I’m syked you think Ava is amazing. A lot went into her creation.She evolved organically, but I think, for one, the environment has shaped her. She develops what it takes to survive the Big One, CHI-Tech, being raised in the system … survive and thrive. If she was whiny, I don’t think she would have made it through her teens, living under the radar, in the streets. Ava’s character grows from the unseen past that molded her to the current challenges she faces. It’s sink or swim. (LOL the pun).about_sword-2

I also wanted to balance Ava’s badassness with heart. She’s defensive, at times. Cautious. Brutal. But she will do anything for those she loves, as we find out.To help write ‘real’ characters, I give them astrological charts, a horoscope just like anyone born in the future might have, only I get to pick the day, month and year to fit. It ends up being a character reference guide. If I am not sure how she might respond to a certain situation, I refer to her chart and ask, “What would a Virgo with Pluto rising and Moon in Gemini do?” Gets me unstuck every time.

I’ve trained in martial arts and Iaido, (Japanese Sword) and I do pull on those experiences to choreograph fight scenes, but in this series, I collaborated with a Jujitsu and MMA fighter as well, to give that extra level of authenticity.

To see the full interview and put your name in the rafflecopter for a free paperback or ebook of The Blood in the Beginning, hop over to Blood Rose Books. Great reviews there too!

Kim Falconer’s latest release is out now – The Blood in the Beginning – and Ava Sykes Novel. Find this novel in a store near you.

You can also learn more about Kim at AvaSykes.com, the 11th House Blog, 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. All Welcome.

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New Moon Eclipse

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New Moon Eclipse @9 Virgo 21′
September 1, 2016
LA – Thursday – 2:04 am
NY – Thursday – 5:04 am
LON – Thursday – 10:04 am
SYD – Thursday – 7:04 pm

Welcome to the season of the Eclipses. For the next 24 hours, rest, relax, repose. Nothing has to be decided yet, especially with the new moon nigh.

The September Eclipse Season starts with the New Moon in Virgo on September 1, where new beginnings and adventure mixes with production oriented Saturn and action hero Mars. All the planets are operating against the backdrop of Mercury retrograde until the 22nd. Two steps forward, one back? Maybe, but you don’t want to stress about it.

The best strategy, and you do want a strategy, is to plan, brainstorm and negotiate, ready to launch and action your new inspirations late September or October. Meanwhile, it’s the perfect time to bring more ritual into the daily routine, amping up both ‘heart’ and ‘practicality’. Appreciate what is working and feel compassion and reverence for all life, beginning with your own.

Virgo is about skill development, and the rituals in life that are constantly creating and re-creating our experience of reality. Think – ritual magic, new beginnings, initiation and awareness. You start creating habits that make life better, for you.

Read your ‘solar houses’ below, and the house where you find 9 degrees Virgo.

 

AriesARIES/6th house:The New Moon Eclipse in your house of health is the perfect time to start supportive new habits in the realm of diet, exercise and daily ritual. Think of your body as your best friend. What do you feed her? How do you keep her fit and active? When do you let her rest? Play? Explore? Connect? Amp up the self-care.

TaurusTAURUS/ 5th house: The creative and playful sphere of the heart is awakened at this New Moon Eclipse. Ask what rituals do you have in place around your artistic expression? Is it haphazard, random or so strict there’s no room to breathe? Set into motion some healthy ways to connect to your inner child. Make them fun!

GeminiGEMINI/ 4th house: The New Moon Eclipse lights up your home, family and emotional security sector. What are you doing to feather your nest, metaphorically and literally? Ask how ritual can improve this area of life. Regular family dinners? Time with rels that could use your expertise? Renewed Feng Shui in the home? Go big!

CancerCANCER/ 3rd house: This is the perfect time to create new habits around self-talk, verbal communication and written or spoken expression, teaching and leaning. Notice how you connect socially around familiar haunts, and then start putting more conscious awareness on your thoughts. Remember, they turn into things!

LeoLEO/ 2nd house: New Moon Eclipse amps up your house of money, a representation of your inner core values and self-esteem. This is excellent for boosting feelings of self-worth and setting in place new habits of care, respect and generosity. Let go the critical and embrace the abundance of non-judgment. So freeing!

Virgo VIRGO/first house: This is your ‘birthday’ New Moon and ideal for starting any new project that has your ‘heart’s desire’ in it. Most likely opportunities are rolling in. You get to pick your favorite and lavish it with positive energy. The trick is to not become totally obsessed. Start a habit of balance in everything you do.

LibraLIBRA/ 12th house: The New Moon Eclipse in Virgo is your ‘Dream Moon’ as it activates your unconscious mind. Up comes all the buried treasures in the form of inspiration, epiphanies, synchronicities and head over heels love interests. Treat this like a preview of coming attractions. Nurture, respect, revel and enjoy!

ScorpioSCORPIO/ 11th house: The New Moon Eclipse in the house of friends is a wonderful opportunity to bring healthy habits of connection into being. Your powers of discernment are heightened, helping you know intuitively which birds of a feather you want to flock with. Remember, to have a friend, be a friend. Spend some time there!

Sagittarius SAGITTARIUS/ 10th house: Attention to detail and a feeling of new beginnings lights up your career sector. This is where you put new habits into place. If you’ve been overworking, pull back. If it’s been hard to focus, you practice new skills. As support and opportunities land, create the perfect balance of work and play.

CapricornCAPRICORN/ 9th house: This is your ‘Exploration Moon’ as a thirst for the unknown activates every cell in your body. What you thought was a closed door, a limitation or block, opens wide and you walk on through. The habit of open-mindedness can be developed now with very little effort. Easy breezy enlightenment time!

Aquarius AQUARIUS/ 8th house: The Virgo New Moon  Eclipse is a chalice of overflowing opportunity where you create new habits around shared resources. This means anything from finances, borrowed or loaned funds, creative projects and even intimate, erotic expression can take on new meaning in your life. Think Renaissance!

piscesPISCES/ 7th house: This is your ‘Relationship Moon’ where you can examine your personal one-to-ones and put into place more supportive, loving and caring habits. Old unconscious behaviors dissolve, replaced by mutual respect and reverence for life with another. Boundaries improve creating more room for unconditional love.

It takes 21 days to start a new habit. Let’s set fabulous intentions now!

Align with the Stars

Listen to the latest Align with the Stars recording where I talk with Jeannette Maw about Jupiter into Libra. Anyone who is keen to check out GoodVibeAstrolgy courses and forum, email me for a month’s free trial.

Have a wonderful, ritual filled, New Moon Eclipse!

xxxKim

You can find out more about me and my writing on Kim Falconer Author – Facebook, and at AvaSykes.com, here, at the 11th House Blog, Kim Falconer.com, Pinterest, and on FaceBook, Youtube and Twitter. I post over at the Supernatural Underground on the 16th of every month and most days on Save the Day Writer’s Community on Facebook. Also check out GoodVibeAstrology for all you Astro-LOA fans, and do check out my newest series AvaSykes.com!

Narrative Point Of View

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This is a re-blog of a guest post I did with Helen Lowe. I’m offering some practical thoughts on the topic of narrative POV.

POV is short for point of view, or literally, “the position from which something is perceived.” The primary options in literature are: 1st person: I am telling this story, 2nd person: You are telling this story, 3rd person: She is telling this story.

It seems simple, but any POV you choose comes with certain constraints. Like naming a character, making a choice involves commitment. For example, if your protagonist’s name is Sally, you can’t suddenly start calling her Adele, at least, not without good reason. The same thing goes for POV.

If you’re using the first person point of view – “I hear voices,” (present tense), or “I heard voices,” (past tense) – and suddenly move to another POV –“The officer wonders what the voices mean,” (present tense) or, “The officer wondered what the voices meant,” (past tense) – you’ll need a good reason, and skill, to pull it off. It’s not generally done, or done well, unless you’re Charles Dickens or perhaps Stephen King.

Any perspective is easy to stay in, once you commit. Think of it as the angle of the camera, and keep asking,“Can they see this? Can they know this?” Sticking to an established POV is a skill gained with practice; realising how the POV shapes the story can be illusive.

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Why does that matter? POV influences everything, from the world building to the characters, and even the hidden, or not so hidden, connection between reader and author. The choice of POV, often made unconsciously, without a second thought, carries more weight than most writers care to believe. At least, that’s how it was for me, until I saw the light.

When I wrote The Blood in the Beginning I started out with the same POV I’d always used, 3rd person limited, past tense, the she heard voices POV. Why? It was familiar. I knew how to do it, and it would allow for a wide scope of character perspectives, resulting in a larger scale story-world. It was a logical choice, because I didn’t know where the story was going yet. It gave me room to explore. I also chose it because the genre, Urban Fantasy, allows it.

MMA_PosterThat last point should probably be first. Genre fiction carries with it a level of reader expectation. Yes, you can break the rules, but no, you don’t really want to, unless you’re Gabriel García Márquez, or King, or Dickens, in which case you can do whatever you want. But publishers might be cautious about acquiring an epic fantasy written in the second person, or a smorgasbord of 1st and 3rd, so it pays to know your genre as you set out. There are exceptions to everything, like those 2nd person choose your own adventure books, but in general, I don’t recommend it.

With plenty of UF written in the 3rd person, like Stacia Kane’s Downside Ghost series, Magic Street by Orson Scott Card, Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, and Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments, I wasn’t exactly going out on a limb, doing the same. But … it didn’t work! Five chapters in and the story wasn’t developing the way I’d imagined. I struggled with why, and eventually it occurred to me.

The story didn’t need crazy amounts of scope that covered fifteen generations with thirty plus characters spanning every continent. The Blood in the Beginning tells the story of a lone gal in a tough town, a streetwise woman with strengths, fears, high hopes and the penchant of attracting supernatural trouble. I wanted the reader to be inside her head, feel what she felt, while it was happening. So, I started over, in the 1st person, and the story broke like a barracuda—fast, dangerous and hungry.

Is Ava Sykes reliable enough to tell her own story? In the end, I think she is, and I’m glad I took the risk. For the emerging and seasoned writers out there, I encourage you to experiment with POV and see how changing it allows your story to grow in new ways.

KimFalconer_sm copyI’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments, perhaps on your favorite POV to read and write, or on how many POVs I’ve used in this short article. I’d really like to know if anyone has read a novel in the 2nd person recently.

 

Align with the Stars August

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GVA Align with the Stars Call on TalkShoe

Jeannette Maw and I will be talking about the August – September 2016 Astro weather including Jupiter into Libra. 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

August 22/23 Tuesday/Wednesday

LA – Tuesday – 4pm
NY – Tuesday – 7pm
Lon- Wednesday – 12 am
Syd- Wednesday – 9am

See you there!

To stream online, visit Good Vibe Astrology on TalkShoe. GoodVibeAstroD52cR06bP01ZL-Hoover6b_smlOr dial in on Phone Number: (724) 444-7444 Call ID: 25859 Open to everyone (downloads available only to GVA Members). See you there!

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New Moon’s Sweet Brood

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Cheetah-Family1 (1)Astro-Flash: New Moon in Cancer on the 4th of July, trine to dreamy Neptune and opposite power-house Pluto, is going to bring out the Mother in us all. It could be literal, with intense conversations/revelations with your own mother or mothering figure, or it might be metaphorical. You don’t have to have a biological brood for this to apply. Think of offspring as animal, vegetable or mineral – a creative project, an idea or innovation will work just fine to stir up these gut level instincts.

Consider this a powerful lunation for the USA whose birthday is the 4th of July.

Hint: Be aware of your desire to control a situation and/or others involved.

Tip: Plant seeds that nurture you home and inner peace.

NEW MOON @12 CANCER
LA – Monday – 4:02
NY – Monday – 7:02
LON – Monday – 12:02
SYD – Monday – 21:02

AriesARIES: This new moon supports planned action, after contemplation. There are some questions to ask. Are you in the career of your dreams? Do you have the home life you desire? If not, why not? Take time out to discover what connections mean to you.

TaurusTAURUS: Your point of focus is towards an idea that has you all lit up. The issue is with execution, but you need to stop worrying about that. Allow your beliefs to guide you, throwing out what doesn’t fit and nurturing what does. Travel/change is amazing!

GeminiGEMINI: Don’t pretend that money doesn’t matter this month. You’re all about the flow of income streams. Opportunity to ‘make it big on your own’ never looked better, as long as you are living your heart, not somebody else’s. Amp the positive self-talk.

CancerCANCER: This is your personal New Moon, a time to assess your basic goals around the four pillars – self, others, career, home. Have these aspects of your life grown and changed with your personal evolution? If not, the time has come. Own your power and POV.

LeoLEO: Your dreams have never been so full of promise as they are now, nor as SLOW to leave the mark. To avert frustration, focus on the outcome you desire. Do what it takes to relax, allow and get out of the way of your next big thing. Cat naps bring epiphanies.

VirgoVIRGO: This New Moon asks that you reevaluate your goals for the future. It all begins in the present moment. Hung out there lately? Take some quiet time with a close friend/partner and script your desires. Have a 1, 3and 5 year plan. Make ’em BIG!

LibraLIBRA: This is a breakthrough, or break-up, time for your career/calling. Think social identity on the rise, if you are headed in the direction you really want to go. What you’re after now and what you perused a year ago are two different things. Get a move on.

ScorpioSCORPIO: This New Moon is going to take you places you’ve never been before. All you have to do is open your mind to fresh vistas, new perceptions and surprising landscapes. The fun thing is, you won’t be traveling along. Partnership is powerful now, if you want it.

SagittariusSAGITTARIUS: The New Moon in your solar 8th house intensifies experiences of intimacy, trust or lack of trust and risk. Don’t panic. This can be a revitalizing time where you discover new aspects of yourself. Previous experience not required. Go all in.

CapricornCAPRICORN: Relationships are going through major metamorphosis. Think of it as an opportunity for creative change that gets your connected life more in alignment with your authentic self. You’ve already done the hard work. Now you relax, open and enjoy.

AquariusAQUARIUS: Pesky health issues or daily routine snags, trips to the vet or dentist are about to resolve beautifully, all on their own. This means you don’t have to micro-manage a thing. Your only task is to keep making choices that ring true, for you. Change heals.

piscesPISCES: The three C’s – children, creativity and connection – influence your next lunar month. You are thinking a lot about clan, and how you nurture your own. Use this time to appreciate those in your life, no matter what the capacity. Companionship rocks!

Happy New Moon everyone!

xxKimmy

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Giveaway of the Day

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Hi Everyone,

While you wait for reflect before Mars turns direct on the 30th, why not be in it to win a copy of The Blood in the Beginning – An Ava Sykes Novel? Or just add her to your Goodreads list. We’re friends there, right? Let me know if not!

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The Blood in the Beginning by Kim Falconer

The Blood in the Beginning

by Kim Falconer

Giveaway ends July 05, 2016.

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Giddy Up With Mars Direct

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Warrior and Spirit by Rance Hood

Hi everyone! You may have caught my recent post on Facebook:

Astro-LOA Flash: Mars (action/drive) is at a standstill. It’s a time of patience, deep breaths and ‘not yet’ which can be freaking frustrating! (especially if you have a book release or project to launch, or date to make). Can you hold your horses? Just a little longer?

The post generated a stream of questions, most of them a version of, “HOW MUCH LONGER?’

If you’re asking that question right now, the answer is below, but first, please let me make this super clear:

If you don’t take the time to reconsider your actions and increase your self awareness WHILE MARS IS RX you miss a beautiful opportunity.

A gift from the universe. Take it and say thank you.

That doesn’t mean that you’ll not be able to tune into greater awareness and authenticity with your motivations at other times, but it’s EASIER to do now, especially in these last few days of Mars retrograde. Please take advantage of the energy that surrounds you now!

If you’re not sure what I mean by “take advantage of this energy now” you can listen to a talk I delivered at GoodVibeAstrolgy.com with Jeannette Maw on Mars Rx. Here is the PDF of the chat with links to chart examples if you really want to give this your all.

In a nutshell, you note what feels stuck. What habits, rituals, set points, beliefs and stories are you telling that are keeping you from moving forward? You don’t wallow in this. You observe and with the insights gained, you ready yourself to get a move on. Set clear intentions.

When?

The turn around date is June 29, 2016. 7pm Eastern (USA).

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Mars Rx from Cafe Astrology

Do you want to set your clock by this date? No, and here’s why.

The turn around point might be felt as RELIEF but you still need some time to rev your engine (Mars) and put your foot on the pedal. A logical point is when Mars is out of the RETROGRADE ZONE (the degree of the zodiac that he stopped on in the first place. (Of course Mars didn’t actually stop in the sky. Check this 5 minute tutorial to show you what’s really going on.

So what’s that ‘out of the shadow’ degree?

August 22, 2016.

Do you have to ‘wait’ that long.

No! But it may not be until late August that you really start to feel the results of your inspired actions and newly gained self awareness.

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Best Online Ephemeris!

There and even better key time that could pack a punch:

July 14th. Please pay attention to this day. Here’s why:

On the 19/20th of June, Mars was ‘iinconjunct’ or 150 degrees from Uranus (sudden events, innovations and actions) and it might have been the MOST stuck you have felt in a long while.

If you use this time between to do your inner work, bumping up self awareness and then boost your self esteem, enthusiasm and nous, on July 14/15 the flood gates open! You feel the wind on your face. The horse is ready to gallop.

Because that’s the day Mars returns to the inconjunct with Uranus only now he’s direct. All systems go. Look for some amazing insights at this time and run with them.

It’s happening!

And if you can’t quite believe it, ACTIVATE the vibration of ‘it’s happening’ to give yourself the best shot.

Make sense?

Now do the inner work and be ready to rock and roll!

I’ll see you in the comments if you have any questions or insights.

Bonus: For all my Aussie friends that want an ARC (advanced reader copy) of my latest Urban Fantasy, Harlequin is giving away 20 of them.

Jump in to win!

xxxKimmy

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June Round Table Call

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Jeannette and I will be tabling your Astrology and Law of Attraction questions tomorrow over at GVA. It’s a chance for everyone to learn how to put Astro-LOA to practice.

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

If you want to use you chart as an example, please have a link to it ready either from the Gallery or your own upload. We can only discuss charts we can see (we’re not that good!)

June 21/22 GVA Roundtable

LA – 3 pm
NY – 6 pm
LON – 11 pm
SYD – 8 am

To stream online, (or download after the call) visit Good Vibe Astrology on TalkShoe.

GoodVibeAstroD52cR06bP01ZL-Hoover6b_smlOr dial in on Phone Number: (724) 444-7444 Call ID: 25859

If you can’t make the call live, post your question here along with a link to your chart.

Open to everyone.

See you there!

xKim

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Let the Bodies do the Talking

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Shadows of the Past by Lubomir Bukov

Inspired for revision by my Voyager post in 2011.

There are a lot of things to keep in mind when writing fiction — world building, action, suspense, characterization. Another key component is dialog and I am always looking for ways to ‘show not tell’ when it comes to my characters’ conversations. It’s tricky because they are actually telling when they speak. One way to ease back on the exposition in dialog is to use body language along with the words. Here is an example of what I mean.

This is a short excerpt from The Blood in the Beginning, my soon to be released Urban Fantasy. It’s a conversation between Ava Sykes and her mentor Detective Rourke. First consider it with the tags/body language and actions removed. Do we really know what’s going on?

‘You look like hell, Ava.’

‘So do you …  tell me you haven’t lit up.’

‘Haven’t.’

‘Liar.’

We have an idea, but there’s no subtext. It has to be taken flat, at face value.

Here is the same conversation, with tags, body language and actions. The subtext and relationship becomes clearer.

Rourke paused for a moment before taking the single lounge chair opposite me. ‘You look like hell, Ava.’

I leaned in to focus on his face. ‘So do you.’ He smelled of cigarettes and exhaustion. ‘Tell me you haven’t lit up.’

‘Haven’t.’

I took a long, exaggerated sniff. ‘Liar.’

Now look at the same dialog with different body language. What’s the subtext showing you, without words?

Rourke sat in the single lounge chair opposite me and tried not to smile. ‘You look like hell, Ava.’

I scooted forward until our knees touched. ‘So do you.’ My nose twitched. ‘Tell me you haven’t lit up.’

‘Haven’t.’ His gaze didn’t waver.

I leaned in close to his neck and took a long, lingering sniff. ‘Liar,’ I whispered.

Suddenly we have a romantic moment! (which is NOT how they relate in the book).

There are plenty of actions that show readers what’s going on without having to literally spell it out: Rub the back of your neck and look down? Lying! Point a finger and shout? Threatening! Cross arms and take a step back? Defensive! Fiddling with small objects and avoiding eye contact? Nervous as hell!

But keep in mind not all body language is universal. For example holding hands or looping arms with a person of the same sex in public in our culture is likely to be interpreted as a gay/lesbian relationship. In Japan, it’s a common behavior between friends (two women or two men). I’m guessing that when books are translated for foreign publication, the body language has to be assessed for meaning as much as the words themselves.

How about you? Is there a particular kind of body language you spot a mile away and think, I know what’s really going on? Share it if you do.

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New Twin Moon

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With the New Moon in Gemini igniting the Mutable Cross, think mental and physical stimulation through the contrast of mind, body, spirit and desire. Meaning …

You want to expand, but do your feel worthy? You want to connect, but do you trust other people? You want to shine in your chosen calling, but do you really have it right?  This month is a puzzle only you can solve. And you will!

It’s perfectly natural, with this Grand Cross in the sky, to feel a little underwhelmed, a little meh. Don’t fight it. Sun/Moon square Jupiter, square Saturn, square Neptune, square Sun/Moon  …. aka the Mutable Grand Cross, will guide you into old, stagnant places that are ready to be released. Then, BLING! You’re on your way! Treat yourself to loads of kindness and self-care, and focus on something you know will light you up. Plenty of time later in the month to get the mojo working again.

New Moon @14 Gemini ’53
Saturday/Sunday June 4/5th

LA  – Sat –  8:00 pm
NY  – Sat – 11:00 pm
Lon – Sun – 4:00 am
SYD – Sun – 1:00 pm

Until then, it’s the dark moon Taurus, time to sound the retreat. Release any burning desire to MAKE things happen and rest, restore, rejuvenate. Give yourself some down time, foot off the throttle.  When the New Moon in Gemini rises, you’ll be all systems refreshed and ready to go. Set inspired new intentions then!

To amp this process up even more, look to where 15 degrees of Gemini is in your natal chart and immerse yourself in the environment of that house. Not sure how to find the transit? Here is a tutorial. If all efforts still have you scratching your head, ask for help in the comments. I, or another Astro savvy member of the 11th House will be happy to help.

Happy Dark Moon/New Moon, Everyone. I’d love to hear about the conversations, brainstorms and new intentions that brew for you this week.

AriesARIES/Moon in the 3rd house: Opportunities for travel could come up, but first they seem more laden with responsibilities than fun. Don’t be to quick to dismiss. If you’re feeling stressed, bored or restless, explore ways to make your world bigger. A course of study? Quality time with a sibling? Writing, speaking and learning are all favored this month. Set intentions there.

TaurusTAURUS/Moon in the 2nd house: Money, security and finances are on your mind, even more than usual this month. If you are equating personal freedom with dollars in the bank, try not to make that quite so literal. Freedom is a state of mind, not a fat bank statement. Ask any millionaire. Your core values are mutable right now. Tun in to where preferences have changed.

GeminiGEMINI/Moon in the 1st house: The restless urge to change inwardly may appear to be solved by changing outward circumstances like relationships, home, daily routine, career. But no… The outside situation is only a reflection of your inner state of being. For a new shop window, redress the display, not the foot traffic. There’s a lot of energy to fuel your next big desire. Set the intention now.

CancerCANCER/Moon in the 12th house: This is a bridge building time where communications with your higher guidance, that BIG you inside the YOU you, is potentially golden. There is one of two choices: Focus on how wrong things are going, or focus on how right things are going. The first choice leads to gloomsvile. The second to Yahoo-it’s-happening-ville.  You decide.

LeoLEO/Moon in the 11th house: Your social life is under the spotlight. Perhaps the initial feeling is, ‘This sucks …’ but don’t worry. Attention on what you want with friends, collaborations, joint projects and socially significant leadership all points you in the direction you want to go. Creativity begins this month in isolation then expands out to involve others in powerful ways. Don’t hold back.

VirgoVIRGO/Moon in the 10th house: Social identity, mission, profession gets a thorough makeover as the career takes a turn for the better (in the long run). Think more responsibility, more attention, more critical review, more pressure, and all for greater rewards. You may change career paths very suddenly, but if it feels good, you’ll be so glad you did. Set new intentions for a successful future.

LibraLIBRA/Moon in the 9th house: New horizons are going to bring fresh insights with opportunities for travel, adventure, higher edu, and the expansion of dreams and aspirations. You gain inner perspective by going off the beaten path, especially in the areas of academia, publishing, foreign connections, and spiritual awakenings. Don’t back down on what you believe is right for you.

ScorpioSCORPIO/Moon in the 8th house: Revelations and ah-ha moments arise when it comes to shared resources, hidden truths and co-creations. You are making big changes in this area of life, starting with how well you can let go of the past. Meaning REALLY let go. Intimacy and intensity will sling-shot you forward, and that requires taking emotional risks. Be willing to embrace the unknown.

SagittariusSAGITTARIUS/Moon in the 7th house: The New Moon in Gemini is all about re-visioning your relationships so they are an authentic match to the NOW you, not the you of five years ago, or the you they would like you to be. As you understand yourSELF and project that identity with awareness and integrity, your relationships will bloom or wither. Get to a place where you feel at peace, either way.

CapricornCAPRICORN/Moon in the 6th house: There are two major areas activate by this New Moon: your health and your daily routine/job. There could be physical changes, where an old complaint or diagnosis resolves, freeing you up to put your energy into project  you haven’t been able start. Or you might change jobs, tasks/routines. The key is to focus on what you want to experience in the mind-body-spirit, and allow!

AquariusAQUARIUS/Moon in the 5th house: This is the most romantic energy of the year for you–not the only chance to access a red hot date night or creative ideal, but it’s definitely one of them. The focus is on heartfelt joy and connection, be that through art, children, intimacy or playing with the inner child. What starts out as #bahhumbug transforms into YES! Yes! Yes! … oh yeah …

piscesPISCES/Moon in the 4th house: This is the perfect time to sort out any kinks between career goals/aspirations AND your home life/sanctuary. Remember, you can honor both by setting intentions for security AND abundance, comfort AND creative risk, sanctuary AND adventure. You decide, but make sure home and mission in life are both part of your journey, not some distant, vague destination.

Have a wonderful Gemini New Moon, all!

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xxxKimmy

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Screen Shot 2016-05-16 at 10.11.15 AMHi Everyone,

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.

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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:

NEW MOON @16 TAURUS 41
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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Join us for more discussion on our Align with the Stars call, open to all on May 17/18. We’re talking about the Astro-LOA of others. What do we see when we look at their charts. Meet you there!