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!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

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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Thanks for your support!





Giddy Up With Mars Direct


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Warrior and Spirit by Rance Hood

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 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.


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

Mars Rx from Cafe Astrology

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.

Best Online Ephemeris!

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!







June Round Table Call


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Consulting the Oracle by John Waterhouse

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!





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.’



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.’


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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Venusian Hoodoo


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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




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

Ishtar New Moon


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

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:

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!


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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!

Book Trailers 101


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

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

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

Why book trailers?

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

puts it like this:

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

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

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

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

Cathy Yardley‘s crit on book trailers include:

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

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

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

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

Book trailers that work for me:

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The Blood in the Beginning – An Ava Sykes Novel

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

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



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


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

Because most are terrible.


Is this true, do you think?

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks, and happy dark moon.


Cover Reveal, Mars Rx and Cats


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Hi Everyone!

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


And reveal number two?


Ra & Kim

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


Mars Rx and a one month free trial at GVA

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

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

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

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

Thanks everyone for helping me celebrate this exciting time!


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Happy Mars Rx!

Icarus Balancing Magic


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Tethered but Free by Crispin Korschen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Solar Eclipse in Pisces


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Jason deCaires Taylor ‘Atlas’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GoodVibeAstroD52cR06bP01ZL-Hoover6b_mdmHave a wonderful solar eclipse everyone! xxKim

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Chinese New Year of the Fire Monkey


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Hi Everyone,

Welcome New Year of the Fire Monkey!

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

LA – Monday 6:39am
NY – Monday 9:39am
LON – Monday 2:39pm
SYD – Tuesday 1:39am

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

Contemplative becomes assertive.

Reflective become proactive.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy Chinese New Year xxxKim!

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