Aries New Moon Rev Up

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Christian Schloe - Austrian Surrealist Digital painter

Christian Schloe – Austrian Surrealist Digital painter

April 18/19 is the New Moon in Aries!

Until then, chill with dark moon. You know the drill! Self-nourish, quiet reflection, release anxiety through mediation, dance, yoga, the sea, nature, gardening, martial arts, animal familiars and note down intentions to state aloud on the new moon.

Aries is all about taking action and pushing forward. Where do you want to advance with your life? Rev up your excitement? Check out the house with 28 degrees of Aries and light a fire there! *reference for all 12 houses below*

This New Moon forms no major aspects to any other planets; the emphasis is very much on bringing your yin and yang, your anima and animus, into alignment and moving into a NEW phase of your life. The minor, 40 degree novile aspect to Venus adds charm, curiosity and grace to whatever you focus on.

Note also, this Sagittarius decanate of Aries – robust, independent, feisty and commanding. A basic ‘don’t fence me in’ attitude applies! Ask where you want to EXPAND your life!

NEW MOON @ 28 ARIES TIMES
LA – Saturday – 11:57 am
NY – Saturday – 2:57 pm
LON – Saturday – 7:57 pm
SYD – Sunday– 4:57 am

Remember, the New Moon in Aries is a blast of fresh energy and enthusiasm, giving  a kick start for the rest of the year ahead. It’s a time to honor the core words I am . . . (you fill in the blank. I am what?) Where Aries is in your chart, you be the boss, take the road only you can travel, and make a difference!

AriesARIES: The New Moon and Uranus in Aries in your solar first house boosts drive, enthusiasm and desire for adventure. You’re going to want to make the first move, and the second and third. Be sure you know where to point your energy, because once out the gate, there’s no turning back.

TaurusTAURUS: The Aries New Moon is a dreamers’ moon for you, giving you time to plant seeds of intention, take your time in setting them with clarity and enjoying their slow and steady growth. Let others run around like wild children. You have a plan, an inspiration, and you stick to it!

GeminiGEMINI: An old friendship resurfaces with an offer or idea that might having you changing course. This is an exciting time where you are charmed with success, especially in group endeavors or working with like-minded others. You definitely want to schedule in more social time, online and face to face!

CancerCANCER: Just when you were hoping for a little quiet down time, the career and media attention blasts you into the public eye. This will move your professional desires forward at top speed, but do be mindful of your own pace, and need for a sanctuary. Find a balance as you set intentions for high level success!

LeoLEO: There’s a course of study, a degree or travel (mind, body or spirit) that has your attention. You can get the grant, loan or other support to move forward with this dream, as long as it is original, and lights you up sky high. No matter how many contingencies are in place, remember, be the boss. Take charge!

VirgoVIRGO: This is the perfect New Moon to set intentions around joint finances in a business partnership or intimate. Without guidelines, it could get crazy out of hand. So stake your claim now, and not just for the $$$ but for the time, energy and creative input you contribute. Find clarity in all your connections!

LibraLIBRA: Whatever is going on in your personal, socially significant one-to-one relationships, NOW is when you set intentions for what you want. No more dilly dally. To live the connections most fulfilling, you declare your desires. This is also the time to sort animosities, open enemies or conflicts. Go to it!

ScorpioSCORPIO: Intentions around health, fitness and body awareness are transformational with this New Moon. It’s the perfect time to initiate a new exercise routine, adjust nutrition, drop non-nourishing habits and create fresh rituals that support the life you want to live. Play with this!

SagittariusSAGITTARIUS: With your ruler Jupiter trine Uranus, and linked to the New Moon by sign, you’ll want a super-size rocket for this fuel! Focus on your desires for romance, art, creativity, play and the joys of the heart be they books you write, pictures you paint or children you raise. Find enthusiasm, and fun!

CapricornCAPRICORN: Your question this month is, are you happy with your home? The house itself, the location, the occupants are important, but on a deeper level, think about your sense of roots, connection, sanctuary and tribe. This is where you set intentions for what you really want! Make them true.

AquariusAQUARIUS: Ideas for the future roll in at a rapid pace, sparking vivid conversations, proposals and projects. Write everything down! Not all will make it to the drawing board immediately, but they might be perfect for brainstorming a little further down the track. Be ready to speak, pitch, debate and rave!

piscesPISCES: Whatever is happening in your financial world, you will want to tune into your highest excitement and launch from there. That means find your deepest core values and make certain they are expressing in all your money making projects. Above all else, to success, your heart must be in it!

Have a wonderful ARIES NEW MOON Everyone!GoodVibeAstroD52cR06bP01ZL-Hoover6b_mdm

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* Reference for the houses:

The meanings of the houses are deep and rich with metaphorical and literal content but here is a quick list of key words to get you started.

1st house – Appearance, personality traits, outlook on life
2nd house – $$$, resources, talents, peace of mind
3rd house – Teaching, learning, writing, talking, connecting
4th house – Home, family, ancestors, emotional ground
5th house – Creative expression, offspring (books/kids etc), romance
6th house – Health, pets, daily routine, employment, magic
7th house – Socially significant relationships, contracts
8th house – Sex, death, taxes, shared resources, trust
9th house – New horizons, travel, beliefs, WWW
10th house – Career, mission, profession, public relations
11th house – Friends, goals for the future, groups
12th house – Unconscious, dreams, giving and receiving, meditative states

Cracking the Sidekick

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Screen Shot 2015-04-13 at 12.13.20 pmIn a fictional world, sidekicks exist for one reason, and one reason only. It’s the same reason any character exist – to tell the story. But the sidekick, like an appetizer, isn’t the main. The don’t carry the ball often, but their place in the story can add much to the narrative, dialog, world building, tone and register. In this post I want to explore the qualities of a ‘good’ sidekick, what traits they have, their roles in the storytelling and ideas of how to write them.

What Sidekicks Are Good For

Back story:

A well written, three dimensional sidekick can help with back story, allowing the reader to see and hear about things that came before page one without wading through heavy exposition. We see this in Star Wars with the sidekick Chewbacca, where his adventures in the past with Han Solo help shape our understanding of the man. Also in the sidekicks C-3PO and R2-D2. We learn much about the world through their cometary.

World Building:

The sidekick can represent a culture or social group as Gimli and Legolas do in Lord of the Rings. Gollum, a ‘minor’ character, but with a major goal, provides a talking point for the long and complex history of the ring. What life was like in the past, the roots of the hobbits as a people. He is kind of an ‘anti-skidekick’ to the anti-hero Frodo.

Contrast:

The sidekick can have different values, ethics, goals and motivations, making for a contrast to the main protagonist. Damon Salvatore in The Vampire Diaries, for example, hasn’t much of a moral compass. At all. His buddy Alaric Saltzman, however, does, and watching that friendship grow is a measure of the main character’s arc and emotional evolution.

Humor and wit:

The protagonist has to be pretty serious at times, playing it ‘straight’ as they work out how to fight the baddy, retrieve the lost treasure and save the day. The sidekick, however, is free to use wit and humor at times when the hero cannot. We see this in Buffy the Vampire Slayer with Xander (one of Buffy’s many sidekicks) where she can be in deep emotional angst and he can pop the one liner that lightens the moment without throwing away her feelings.

Throw-aways:

Similar to wit and humor, there are times when a scene is too intense, deep or meaningful and the sidekick can be just the one to lighten it all with a ‘throw-away’ line. Clive and Ravi do this on iZombie when Liv is too deep into the fact that she is dead, turned into a zombie and has to eat brains to survive. It can turn a scene around in a flash.

Freedom of Speech:

The sidekick can say things the hero might be thinking, or wish they could say, but can’t. In the Quantum Enchantment Series, Rosette has a sentient familiar, a temple cat who links with her telepathically. She might be having a conversation with a mentor or rival while her familiar does a running commentary on the whole thing, adding a new element to the scene.

Sympathy:

The hero may also relate to the sidekick in ways they can’t to others, allowing the reader to gain more compassion or understanding. This works especially well for main characters that are not fully sympathetic. Eric Northman’s compassion for his progeny, Pam, is an example from True Blood, or Charlain Harrie’s Southern Vampire Mysteries.

Screen Shot 2015-04-13 at 12.35.52 pmWriting the Sidekick

The first question to answer when developing a sidekick in the story is why are they there? They have to move the plot forward, be part of the part of the story. They also have to have their own GMC – goals, motivations and conflicts, internal and external. In a shorter work, these won’t be explored to a great depth, but with novel length stories and series, there is room for these subplots to be woven.

In Lord of the Rings, Gollum is a shadow figure of Frodo, representing his darker obsessions, passions, and also his instinctual side. He knows natures ways, leads them into dark places, with darker designs. Gollum’s inner goals, in the end, aren’t any different than Frodo’s, but he still has his own history, motivations, conflicts, and outer challenges.

Further questions to ask when developing a sidekick:

  • How do they move the plot forward?
  • What do they contribute?
  • Do they have heart or at least evoke an emotional response?
  • Are their stakes genuine?
  • Is their dialog strong and juicy?
  • Are they redundant in any way?

When getting the story down, the writer isn’t usually thinking of all these things. I know I’m not! Still, it’s a useful checklist for subsequent edits.

How about you all? Who are some of your favorite sidekicks?

Writers, how to you approach these types of Characters?

Thoughts and ideas welcome here!

xxxKim

Anna Dressed in Blood

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5 Stars!

Carrying on with my lunar eclipse reading, this is another recent favorite, though it was published in 2011. I was turned onto this book by my awesome Escape Club YA Bookclub. Book two is on their 2015 list and I’m playing catch up!

Anna Dressed In Blood is written by Kendare Blake, an American author living in Washington state. She says she “writes dark” and this YA paranormal/horror is no exception. It can be read as a stand alone, but, gratefully, there is a sequel, Girl of Nightmares.

Published by Tor Teen (12 – 18), the premise is simple. Lone ghost hunter boy meets psychotic dead girl and sparks fly. It’s a classic Romeo and Juliet, dagger and all, but the tone, voice and tempo of the story is so engaging, you don’t think cliché all. Not once. The characters are true to life and they propel the story along with their humor, wit and fear. No jolting out of this narrative. It’s tight, authentic and compelling.

Blake has the ability to take a classic star crossed lovers story and turn it into something completely fresh. It’s done with sensitivity and the skill to write characters who grow and develop (forwards and back), allowing for a range of conflicting emotions, morals and drives. In other words, they ring true. The supernatural being, Anna, feels remarkably believable, at once repulsive and sympathetic, a true anti-hero/dark hero. Told in the third person from the POV of Cas, a 17 year old high school junior/ghost hunter, the language is at times raw, the imagery gory and the emotions elating to heartbreaking.

I was particularly impressed with Tor Teen’s editing and liberal ruling on the tone of the story. There was no watering down, censoring of profanity (well, I didn’t see the submitted draft so maybe . . .). The point is, Anna Dressed in Blood treats their readers as the savvy people they are. Well done.

Needless to say, I’m reading book 2 as we speak.

Happy Eclipse!

A Town Called Dust

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A Town Called Dust by Justin Woolley

  4.5 Stars

With Saturday’s lunar eclipse ready to strike a match on the sheer side of the Uranus – Pluto square, I’m thinking the best thing to do is relax and catch up on the *TBR list. It’s actually doing wonders for my serotonin levels; I highly recommend it. While in the process, with my two-birds-one-stone Mars in Capricorn, I’ll review some of the more enjoyable reads as I go along, starting with A Town Called Dust.

I actually won a Kindle version of Dust over at the wonderful Escape Club YA Bookclub – their first giveaway since moving to Goodreads.

This book is written by Justin Woolley, a graphic novelist venturing forth with A Town Called Dust as his debut novel. Nicely done. The story is rich with complex politics and religious structures, but the heart of it centers around two youths. One is a boy named Squid, a timid, maltreated orphan who’s taken in by his aunt and uncle. They have a remote dirt farm (they literally farm dirt!) near the post apocalyptic outback town called Dust. The other half of this heart belongs to Lynn, a girl raised in the comparative comforts and privilege of Alice, the capital of the known world (that we’ve seen so far).

The genre is Speculative Fiction, the sub-category YA Dystopia, the big bad, zombie-like ghouls. These ‘night of the living dead’ creatures lumber around in hordes and the only thing keeping them from devouring the remainder of the human population is the ‘ghoul proof fence’ that runs forever through the territory, and the Diggers, men (only men) trained to keep the threat back should a breach occur. Which it does. At the start of the story, ghouls break through in plague proportions. The narrative hits the ground running from there, and barely pauses to catch its breath.

It’s a page turning, but that’s not all I love about this book. The world building is strong, the mythology intriguing. Woolley very subtly brings up issues of gender, race, privilege, education and religion without distracting the eye from the story itself. It’s not just Rabbit Proof Fence meets World War Z, though there are actually elements of both, and they work. A Town Called Dust has an emotive core, fueled by our heroes Squid and Lynn, whose responses remain consistently believable, as do their growth arcs.

On critique, two things. One is *POV changes, a hallmark in Fantasy that can be a bit jolting. I know I’m forever looking for ways to make these feel seamless so I acutely watch how others do it. There were times I didn’t want to leave the POV I was in; other times the shift felt absolutely natural. Two, a story world where the ultimate threat is a horde of mindless-flesh-eating-machines posses its own problems. Unless you go the way of Isaac Marion, there’s not a lot of room for a growth arc, change or surprise. Because I like my baddies with a touch of good, and my goodies with a touch of bad, it will be interesting to see if the human antagonists become more complex and unpredictable as the series unfolds. Woolley gives us a taste of this in a minor character we meet along the way, and it’s brilliant.

Published by Momentum of Pan Macmillan Australia, this is a fabulous debut novel. I will definitely be reading Woolley’s next installment in the series!

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March Roundtable – Eclipse

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Consulting the Oracle by John Waterhouse

* This call recording is up on the GVA main page if you want to have a listen! *

Jeannette and I will be talking about the current astro, season of the Eclipses and all,  and how you can use it to leverage it to boost your manifesting plan up to a new level. We’ll also be tabling your Astrology and Law of Attraction questions. That’s tomorrow over at GVA.

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

If you want to use your chart as an example, please have a link to it ready either from the Gallery or your own upload. Tutorials HERE.

Call date/time

MARCH 17/18

LA – Tues March 17 – 2 pm
NY – Tues March 17 – 5 pm
LON – Tues March 17 – 9 pm *
SYD – Wed March 18 – 8 am *

See you then!

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GoodVibeAstroD52cR06bP01ZL-Hoover6b_smlLet’s have a look at where this mega month of transits – including the Uranus – Pluto square and the Pisces Eclipse –  is activating your chart!

xKim

Genre and the Zodiac

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RE-Bloged from the Supernatural Underground.

What kind of reading personality are you?

Most of us have a preference for certain kinds of books that fall into multiple genres. We also have a style of reading – eclectic, focused, serial, exacting, flitting, browsing. Whatever our approach, it changes over time, representing healthy evolution.

Can these preferences be related to the zodiac?

Test it for yourself and see!

AriesARIES: An independent reader. You like to browse for something that spontaneously lights your fire. Who cares what the critics think? This is all about your desires. No need to hold the thrills, chills and spills. Adventure and conflict a must. Action, SF, Romantic Thriller, War, Page Turners.

TaurusTAURUS: A slower pace isn’t an issue, as long as there is sensuality and pleasure. Woven into the pages is a true alpha hero and a powerful, high libido female. HEA is probably a must. Finds delight in Romance, Erotica, Memoir, Historical Fiction, Alternate History Fantasy.

GeminiGEMINI: Must capture interest in the first sentence. No slow starts. Must also be intelligent. sharp and fresh. Bestsellers are excellent for conversations/social gatherings. Loves a good “whodunnit”, Medical or SF Romance, Urban Fantasy, Crime-procedural, Self-Help, Literary Fiction.

CancerCANCER: Loves tales of the past, historical, classical, haute sensibilities – Jane Austin! But not afraid of the darker side of fiction. Must engage the emotions. Will tolerate almost anything as long as there is a non-contrived HEA. Cook Books, Vampire, Mystery, Paranormal. Of course Romance!

Read the full zodiac over at the Supernatural Underground!

Enjoy!

Renaissance Eclipse

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Astro-LOA Flash: Today is the final, exact, Uranus-Pluto square, though this energy doesn’t just go poof tomorrow. To learn more about this contact that’s been around for years now, listen to the January Call on the Free Astro-LOA page at GoodVibeAstrology.com. We’ll be discussing the final contact live on Tue/Wed – on Talkshoe – Free Call for March. But the Ur/Pl square isn’t all that’s happening!

There is also the upcoming solar (new moon) eclipse at the tail end of the zodiac – 29° Pisces 27′. It’s not only conjunct the fixed star Scheat in the constellation of Pegasus, the degree itself is noted as one of ‘expiation.’ Think: endings that release resistance, creating fresh openings to jump back into life in a new way.

If there ever was a let go eclipse, this one is it. You release everything and experience your own, personal renaissance.

Eclipse/New Moon Times for March 20th – 29° Pisces 27′

LA – Friday – 1:37 am
NY – Friday – 4:37 am
LON – Friday – 8:37 am
SYD – Friday – 7:37 pm

Aspects to the Eclipse (the Sun-Moon-Node conjunction) include:

Sesquiquadrate Jupiter – expanded vision
Trine Saturn – focus and grounding
Parallel Chiron – audacity to attempt
Quintile Pluto – transforming ideals
Trine Juno – empowered relatioships
Sextile Ceres – connection to vitality and self-worth
Semi-sextile Vesta – strength to follow your dreams

Eclipses can be activated 30 days before or 30 days after the event. 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 there, and pre-pave your heart’s desires.

Here are some tips, sign by sign.

AriesARIES: The focus of this eclipse is on the inner world of dreams, spiritual connection and synchronicity. You want to bring awareness here. Initiate projects that hold true value to you, not just opportunities for commerce or survival. Instead of building a big fire and standing back, build a small fire and step close.

TaurusTAURUS: Whatever you’ve been brewing in the realm of groups and new associations, move forward now with gentle warmth and confidence. You’re friends are poised to support and nurture you from all sides! If it’s authentic, it will sing. If you need extra funds or ideas, there is a particular other who’s hanging out to be asked.

GeminiGEMINI: This is all about you and your career. It’s set to expand in ways you hadn’t dreamed possible so release resistance to success, now. This is your chance to experience 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.

CancerCANCER: Whatever long distance trip, arrangement or relationship you have going in your life, set clear and precise intentions for what you REALLY want. The theme of the month is expansion and new horizons. This can be literal or metaphorical. The important thing to note is that your world is about to get bigger! Get used to it!

LeoLEO: This is a time to keep a secret and contain a project all while meeting someone eye to eye. 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. Changes will have lasting effects! For now, tell no one.

VirgoVIRGO: Pisces new moon Eclipse is in your relationship sector give you a guardian angel when it comes to business or romantic commitments. 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. Be grounded with desires, and they manifest.

LibraLIBRA: The new moon eclipse in your house of health is perfect for setting intentions about the strength of the 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. Tune in and wield your magic! You have the tenacity now to make it work.

ScorpioSCORPIO: Creativity, romance and wide-eyed enthusiasm well up from your heart making this an eclipse to remember. Put your attention on what makes your feel special, artistic, open and sharing. Identify the ingredient that it takes to ‘make’ your day. There is more where than came from. You just have to realize it, and utilize it. Get out your pens, paints and brushes!

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. Optimism abounds, so expand your vision. It’s doable!

CapricornCAPRICORN: What is it you want to teach, learn, study or research? Something powerful is stirring along with the opportunity to get involved. 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. Write, record, post, proclaim. Express!

AquariusAQUARIUS: It’s not always easy to change horses in the middle of the stream but if there is a sudden desire for a course correction, do not hesitate. This new moon eclipse boosts your ability to sense true values and change up where need be. The true secret to a happy life is living authentically. Check in, listen and know. You job is to be you.

piscesPISCES: The new moon 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 meaning and purpose 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 for the upcoming year! Happy solar return!

Have a wonderful Eclipse everyone! xKim

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Everyone is welcome to join us as we discuss the Astro-LOA weather, including the final EXACT of Uranus square Pluto this month!

Call date/time

MARCH 17/18

LA – Tues March 17 – 2 pm
NY – Tues March 17 – 5 pm
LON – Tues March 17 – 9 pm
SYD – Wed March 18 – 8 am

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Ritual Full Moon

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Herbarium by Yelena Bryksenkova

Herbarium by Yelena Bryksenkova

Astro-LOA Flash: Full Moon in Virgo brings Earth and stabilization to an intense month of energy. If you’ve been feeling chaotic and on the edge, now is the time to bring more ritual into your daily routine, while adding heart, and creative play. You want to appreciate what is working, allow for compassion and reverence for all life, have eyes for the gifts!

Performing ritual is in our blood. It’s archetypal, meaning it’s a connecting principle found in all cultures, in all places and all times. Recent studies have shown even simple rituals can be extremely effective in promoting a greater sense of well being. What rituals are you practicing? Are they supportive or . . .?

FULL MOON @14 VIRGO March 5/6
LA – Thursday – 10:06 am
NY – Thursday – 1:06 pm
LON – Thursday – 6:06 pm
SYD – Friday – 5:06 am

Virgo stand(s) for instrumentation, implementation and technical competence. –  Dennis Elwell.

It is about skill development, and the rituals in life that are constantly creating and re-creating our experience of reality. This full moon is in the Capricorn Decan, adding more grounding, and healthy ambition. Ruling Saturn is well placed with a trine to Mars in Aries. If you are ready to move forward with a long dreamed of project, now’s the time to giddy up!

With the Neptune-sun conjunction in Pisces, thinkritual magic, illumination, initiation and awareness! You recognize habits that no longer serve you and start creating ones that make life better.

Read your ‘solar houses’ below (sun sign), and the house where you find 14 degrees Virgo (Ascendant sign).

AriesARIES/6th house: The Full Moon in your house of health is the perfect time to let go of unsupported 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? Connection?

TaurusTAURUS/ 5th house: The creative and playful sphere of the heart is awakened at this Full Moon. 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 Full Moon shines on 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 connection socially around familiar haunts then start putting more conscious awareness on your thoughts. Remember, they do become things!

LeoLEO/ 2nd house: Full Moon 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!

VirgoVIRGO/first house: This is your ‘birthday’ Full Moon and ideal for fueling 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 Full Moon 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 Full Moon in the house of friends is a wonderful opportunity to bring healthy habits of connection into being. Your powers of discernment and leadership 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!

SagittariusSAGITTARIUS/ 10th house: Attention to detail and a feeling of new awareness lights up your career sector. This is where you put strong healthy 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 arrive, create the perfect combination 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!

AquariusAQUARIUS/ 8th house: The Virgo Full Moon is a chalice of overflowing opportunity where you create new habits around shared resources. This means anything from finances, borrowed or loaned, 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!

Have a wonderful Full Moon everyone! xKim

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Chinese New Year of the Green Sheep

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Chinese New Year of the Sheep 2015


Chinese New Year falls on the NEW MOON @29 Aquarius
L.A. – Wednesday – 3:47 pm
NEW YORK – Wednesday – 6:47 pm
LONDON – Wednesday – 11:47 pm
SYDNEY – Thursday – 10:47 am

February 18/19th is Chinese New Year, the first new moon after the Solstice where the Chinese animal sign changes from Horse to the Sheep. Think “mare to ewe’ as all the Chinese animals are female. This is not the fiery ram of Aries in the Western Zodiac.

As the year of the Green Sheep begins, we enter a slower paced, more relaxed and introspective year. It’s a reflective, sensitive energy that brings plenty of opportunity to tune into feelings and leverage them for our own growth and awareness.

Below are the Astro-LOA sign by sign tips. Remember, if you are a Capricorn or Aquarius by the Western Zodiac, check your sign as Chinese New Year begins at a different time each year.

 

Rat: 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008

The Year of the Sheep is a subtle relief for Rat after the hustle and bustle of 2014 Horse, but you have to dial back a bit to enjoy it. This is the perfect time to re-think ideas, goals and desires for the future and launch them with a renewed and steady enthusiasm. And know, you have what it takes to Knock Their Socks Off as you pitch new projects or apply for a new job. This is a year to discover what you really want when if comes to relationship as well. Prepare to be surprised.

Ox: 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009

The year of the Sheep can bring contrast, challenging you to rise to the occasion and expand your awareness. The key is in knowing Life Is Good, no matter what is happening in the outer environment. This is your training ground, and when you’re asked to “give ’em 20″ you’ll find yourself fitter and stronger than you first imagined. Confidence is up, because of this, you’re more empowered, vital and alluring. Travel or moving house brings spectacular results!

Tiger: 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010

In the year of the Sheep, Tiger can feel like there are too many choices that must be made, yesterday. Remember, sheep says relax and find some peace and ease. No need to chase your tail. If you don’t know what to do, trust there will be plenty of time to gain clarity. Romance shines a light as the year warms up so think about activating a Feeling Sexy vibration, of you’ve been to busy with other things. Look after the body with plenty of exercise too!

Rabbit: 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011

In the year of the Sheep, Rabbit will enjoy a more steady pace compared to the whirl of last year. You’ll also be in line for high success, so think about activating an “it’s Happening!” vibration. You don’t want your own reticence to hold you back. This is also a wonderful time for romance with a view to long-term partnership so reflect a bit on what your idea partnership looks like. You’re extra alluring now, and that amps your ability to attract money and finances as well. Awesome!

Dragon: 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012

In the year of the Sheep, Dragon has a burst of creative inspiration. It just pours out. The only hitch might be if you aren’t sure of your path, your purpose in life. If you’re shaky there, not to worry. This is a year for clarity and successful forward motion, though you don’t want to ‘push’ or try and make it happen. You want to relax. The greatest benefits are holidays, meditation, exercise and fitness and a good health regime. Activate the vibe of ‘Dream Vacation‘ for best results.

Snake: 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013

The year of the Sheep can mean snake is on the move. That’s home, business or relationships, you decide. The key is to be flexible, holding ideas lightly – basically Lightening Up. There could be resistance to the changes, great or small, and we know where that leads – to more of what is undesired. So relax, embrace and allow. This can be your Year of the Manfester, a time when thoughts become things at the speed of light. Are you ready to receive?

Horse: 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014

In the year of the Sheep, Horse finds her feet. Whatever hopes you had last year that have yet to materialize, they are rolling in steady now. 2015 is supportive right across the board – Self, relationship, creativity, career, family, health, finances. Basically, the good times really do roll in. You want to pre-pave for that because the freer your vibe, the more expansive the results. Single horses might want to activate New Love Interest. Committed, Get What You Want.

Sheep: 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015

Year of the Sheep brings some interesting contrast if you aren’t setting authentic goals and loving your life right here and now. Think of it as a year of self-discovery, and you might be somewhat surprised! First up, don’t be discouraged if Reality Disagrees with What You Want. It’s a temporary state of affairs. Any feelings of jealousy or competitiveness are only signs of something that is very important to you. Take the information and relax. Allow. Grass roots = Activate Health!

Monkey: 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016

The year of the Sheep holds as much promise for Monkey as you could ever want, but the kick off is a little shaky. Don’t let that stop you! Pre-pave your desired results by troubleshooting your efforts and un-kinking your vibe. It’s all about relaxing, allowing and floating downstream with peace and ease. If you are going at it tooth and nail, take a beat to re-think. The first few months of the year could lack momentum and clarity. That’s okay as it picks up. Make Peace with the Unknown.

Rooster: 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017

The year of the Sheep is going to be fabulous for Rooster, especially in career and creative projects. You’ll want to pitch new ideas and projects with your whole heart, Activating Thriving Business and Filled Up/Sold Out. Business partnership are solid and lead to financial success. For personal relationships, you’ll want to have a clear idea of what you really want. It might be different than you imagined. Health increases with more attention of nutrition.

Dog: 1910, 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006

The year of the Sheep brings Dog a new career vibe full of enthusiasm, opportunity a creative advancement. The only hitch is the actual financial backing might be a little slower to arrive than hoped. You can help this along by Activating Money in the Bank. But not all your energy needs to be focused on work. Dog benefits by getting out and playing, afirming that Life is Good. Make sure plenty of exercise and good nutrition is part of the daily routine. You thrive out in nature!

Pig: 1911, 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007

The year of the Sheep brings dazzling romance to the single Pigs and a renewed delight to committed ones. All across the board, think Great Relationships. Career and finances are also looking up. The only area that might be neglected, because you’re so busy swooning in romantic bliss and raking in the money from your fabulous career, is your health. Be sure to Activate a Healthy Body, and enjoy good strong exercise and nutrition (as prescribe by your health care practitioner).

Happy Chinese New Year, of the Green Sheep, everyone.

Make it your best yet!

xxxKim

5 Reasons to Reread Your Favorite Novels

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Old stories are like old friends . . . You have to visit them from time to time. -Tyrion Lannister

Re-blogged from my mid-month post over at the Supernatural Underground.

Life is short; the TBR list long. So why am I encouraging you to reread your favorite novels?

Tyrion Lannister, in  A Storm of Swords, says “Old stories are like old friends . . . You have to visit them from time to time,” and social psychologists are starting to agree.

Rereading books allows us to immerse in a familiar story world, which benefits our emotional, physical and mental health more than reading new material, or not reading at all. Here’s why:

1) Rereading stories we love is guaranteed entertainment. We escape, engaging in the story and letting go of our ‘real life’ worries and concerns. It’s a holiday anyone can afford, a real stress buster, and we all know, stress is at the root of most physical complaints.

2) Rereading favorite books (or watching favorite films and TV shows) gives us comfort. They nourish us on a deep level by taking us to a remembered happiness. Once there, we can experience  those pleasures all over again, reinforcing the ‘happy brain messengers’ in our biochemistry so vital to our emotional, and subsequently physical, well being.

3) Beloved old books are like our True North. They helps us make sense of ourselves by contrasting how we are now to how we were when we first visited the pages. They can help us put change into perspective and understand personal growth and evolution.

4) Familiar stories aren’t like old friends. They are old friends. We make connections to fictional characters in the same ways to do ‘real’ people. Psychologists call it parasocial interactions, describing them as one-sided, but the fact is, these relationships offer us all the mental and emotional benefits of camaraderie, community and a sense of belonging, essential states for our health and well being.

5) Rereading favorite books can boost our energy levels, fueling the tanks as much, or more, than a good night’s sleep, or a healthy meal. Jaye Derrick, PhD, explains it like this:

People have a limited pool of mental resources such as drive, willpower and self control. The more we work at a task, the more we deplete our stores, until we refuel with rest and nutrition. But revisiting a much loved story worlds can fill our tanks, and fast.

What’s in play is the idea of social surrogacy where fictional characters become valuable friends. We form relationships to them that have a restorative effect, sometimes more so than our ‘real life’ companions who may make their own demands on us, or respond, at times, in unreliable and/or disturbing, draining, ways.

The operant word in this is “favorite”. Rereading or re-watching any old story won’t have the same benefits, nor will reading the next installment of a series for the first time. It is the familiar reconnection with what happens that really switches on our bio-chemistry, helping to balance our health, relax the nervous systems and contribute to a state of happiness and well being.

Of course, as authors, we return to our own story worlds repeatedly, often with a ticking clock. There are dozens of rereads while writing a manuscript, then multiple edits once it’s complete. Then we read the 4th, 3rd, 2nd and final proof pages and finally, re reread previous books in a series before writing the next, and the next and the next.

Aside from my own works and collaborations, I  have a few old favorites that have lit me up for decades – Lord of the Rings, Dragon Riders of Pern, Dead to the World, The Silver Metal Lover . . . Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Interview with a Vampire, The Rosie Project . . .Okay. It’s a long list!

How about you? I’d love to hear the story worlds you return to and why. Please feel free to comment, sharing with us all your best friends!

Psyche & Eros – Playing with Passion

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Astro-LOA Flash – Psyche and Eros conjunct @21 Pisces within ear shot of Venus and Mars conjunct!

Internally, we may feel ready to meet a more profound level of relating, to ourselves and to others. This can manifest as a projection of that readiness onto others. ie, it can manifest in red hot love.

Psyche longs for a sense of completion through the unity of all life. This is were we are telepathic, intuitive and forever linked with everything, everywhere, all the time.

Psyche binds us to the collective unconscious where we dip into the pool of creativity, taste the essence of spiritual awareness and bond with others of our tribe. When she approaches Eros, the bonding is of such a magnitude that we recognize, often for the first time, our infinite capacity to love.

It can be that profound.

This transit may correspond to sudden and super hot love unions, the meeting of a soul mate (our Self as others), the initiation of a creative project or the birth of a child. However it comes, it always takes our breath away. Phew!

This post might seem timely, but it’s just a fluke that it coincides with the celebration of St. Valentine’s Day.

The conjunctions have little to do with Saints, chocolate or paper card consumption perpetuated for commercial gain.

Actually, there could be a link to chocolate, so scratch that, but this isn’t about Valentine’s Day, it’s about experiencing and expression passion a la Eros, Venus, Psyche and Mars.

Have you read the myth of Psyche and Eros? Talk about an exposé on desire.

In pursuing (Eros), we pursue our greatest desire. Yet, after all, we live in ignorance of how it will approach. We can only listen, and pray, for the sounds of Eros’ soft, quivering wings. -Harriot Eisman (1995) The Other Loveliness, PARABOLA, The Magazine of Myth and Tradition, Vol. XX, No. 4.

Passion and desire here mean heart (oh gosh, another V day connection) and if you are laboring after a cause – relationship, job, career, education, creative pitch, you-name-it, and your heart isn’t there, this upcoming transit is going to slam on the breaks, whiplash and all. It’s a ‘get real’ shake up you will not soon forget.

But is it a time to fall in love? Let’s think about that. Richart Roberts has an interesting take, and it isn’t new. Basically, we fall in love with ourselves.

When we fall in love, we shoot out an arrow of psychic energy from the quiver of our unconscious. When this energy finds a person worthy of our projection (“worthy of our love”) then the energy flies back to us like one of Eros’ arrows and we are zapped. But it is not the quality of the other person who has made us fall in love, but the quantity of psychic energy projected by ourselves. Richard Roberts

If this is true, then let’s use this time to put awareness on our heart’s desires and see where they are driving us, where they have changed and where we are willing and open, ready to expand our consciousness and embrace empowered passion.

Think of the conjunction as potent and yes, but the big headline is authentic – authentic desires that resonate with core values, drives, connections, relationships . . . It’s a crazy level passion, and you may get a shock to discover what you thought was lighting you up is no longer, but something new has taken its place.

Where you find this conjunction in your chart is where you tune in to what you want to experience. You get current! If it’s in your 7th house then discover the core of your committed partnership drives. If it’s in your 2nd, what talents and resources do you want to develop? In your 9th, check your beliefs, and any plans to travel, or pursue a higher degree. Yes, you can fall head over heels in this area of life, triggered by the experience of your own psychic energy mirrored back to you.

Venus, Mars, Eros (1898DQ), Psyche

Venus, Mars, Eros (1898DQ), Psyche

What to do?

Enjoy the hell out of it!

Check the degrees of Pisces and Aries involved, and where they fall in your chart. Leveraging this energy begins with knowing a) where we are at now and b) where we would like to be. Once we know this, we can c) close the gap and experience the passion of the heart without reserve, or resistance.

“The Gap is the space between where you are now and where you want to be. If you know what you want but don’t have it yet, you’re in the gap. Getting what you want is just a matter of closing that gap – which means aligning vibrationally with what you want.” -Jeannette Maw. Read more from Jeannette here!

I give everything a 10 degree orb, at least, so this connection is on for months. Note: Mars/Venus is exact on the Zero Degree Aries Point. Also, the 14th of Feb has the sun conjunct Psyche exact, so tune in, ask higher guidance what you really feel in your heart and open to the answer. It will come in remarkable, spectacular ways.

I’d love to hear where this is happening for you and what you experience!

Happy Eros and Psyche conjunction. Live it up!

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Full Moon and the Creative Heart

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The Full Moon in Leo is a vibe lifter this month, linking to expansive and free-spirited Jupiter, willful, autonomous Uranus, and trickster Mercury Rx.

It puts the SELF in creative self-expression. Big time.

Reflect on your creative goals, dropping all expectations from others, and from the part of you that cares about what others think.

This is your time. Your vision. Your heart. Embrace it.

And make it your own.

I view creativity as a sacred tool . . . (we) have a soul that needs to express creatively, be it through art, music, dance, gardening, cooking, poetry etc. because we know intuitively that it’s healing, transformative, and empowering.  – Wendy Cook

Parapraxis, of course, is in the air with Mercury Rx, so laugh and learn from the silly ‘mistakes’ that pop like popcorn. The world’s a stage . . .

The nobility in the Leo full moon shines bright and where it falls in your chart is where you can boost feelings of individuality, confidence and distinction al la the proverbial creative pen. Have fun with it. Be playful. Let the lion roar!

Sign by sign hints below. What’s happening for you on this full moon? Comments always welcome.

FULL MOON at 14 LEO Feb 3-4
L.A. – Tuesday – 3:09 pm
NEW YORK – Tuesday – 6:09 pm
LONDON – Tuesday – 11:09 pm
SYDNEY – Wednesday – 10:09 am

AriesARIES: Romantic encounters and affairs of the heart hold your focus. There is a feeling of closure on one level and new intentions on another. You really want to know how you feel but the energy is so restless it doesn’t seem to light on any one theme for long. That’s okay. You can go with multiple directions!

TaurusTAURUS: This full moon, the party comes to you! Set yourself up in your own space and allow others to grace your presence. There is much to talk about and even animated debates can be fun. Let go of any old notions about home and family that are holding you back. Ask where it is you want to live.

GeminiGEMINI: Whatever written or spoken project you have on the back burner, bring it to the front! This is a time to get noticed for your creative genius and mental acumen. No more feeling lost in the crowd. Speak your mind, no matter how frank, and things start to go your way like you imagined only in your dreams!

CancerCANCER: The light shines on your financial sector and discussions around resources, joint projects and your ‘earning power’ come up. You feel enthused! There is a fresh new set of goals, intentions and opportunities rising like a genie from a bottle. Three wishes? Try three thousand. Sky’s the limit!

LeoLEO: This is a time to bask in the light of creation, to feel gratitude for everything that is light and bright and beautiful in your life, for ever person who touches your heart. It’s also a time to appreciate the contrast, the situations that have made you pause, question, struggle. Bless everything; Exclude nothing!

VirgoVIRGO: Your Leo full moon asks for introspection – day dreams, facilitation and meanderings. There is no need to be on the ball. Actually, make an intention to drop the ball, for a time, and relax, bliss out, rest. As you slack off the tension in your life, a world of health, healing and revitalization rushes in!

LibraLIBRA: The light of the Leo moon shies on your friendships, your associations and the like-minded others who enrich you life. Socialize! Get out and about with those you adore and don’t think too much about pressing responsibilities. Mercury Rx in fellow AIR sign is a reprieve, a promise of improvements on the way! Trust!

ScorpioSCORPIO: Potent career energy turns your head and you may have multiple offers to consider. They all have merit! To choose the most authentic, ask which path expresses your true self the most. This is the key to a happy and fulfilling life. Knowing your core values and living them. Reflect there now!

SagittariusSAGITTARIUS: Travel and adventure are never far from your mind, metaphorically or literally, but this full moon awakens a keen desire to expand your horizons in a new-for-you way. For this to happen fast, you might want to let go of a singular limiting belief that’s holding up the show. Find it. Drop it. Move on!

CapricornCAPRICORN: Shared resources and deep probing ideas hold your attention as you work to build an ongoing project towards completion. Full moon in Leo says step back! View this puppy from a larger, wider perspective. Until March 3rd, we’re in the Mercury Rx zone. There could be delays but never denial!

AquariusAQUARIUS: This full moon points to your personal one-to-one relationships. It will be interesting to see how they flourish and/or hold up. Most likely there will be searing honesty and that in itself can be cleansing, uplifting. Trust that any disruption leads to creative change. Think connection AND independence. You can have both!

piscesPISCES: The full moon in your work sector means acknowledgement in your day to day routine, craft or artistry. You will be noticed! Be sure and allow this attention by being open and generous of heart. Connect. Engage. Trust. Appreciate the creative energy coming your way and put it to good use! Revel!

Have a wonderful FULL MOON !

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