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Sunday, August 21 2016

Astrology trends for the week of August 22

Early Monday morning brings Mercury and Jupiter into conjunction in Virgo. Your ability to communicate clearly is greatly enhanced by this aspect. With Jupiter in Virgo involved, you will know just what to say to create the best result. Shortly after noon, the Sun joins Mercury and Jupiter in Virgo. While the Sun is in Virgo, we are more analytical, serious, thoughtful, and industrious. We are more keenly aware of our ideals during this time, but our approach to reaching them is very practical. Virgo is the Handmaiden of the Zodiac. So, during this month, being of service becomes a primary focus. Unfortunately, Virgo is also obsessed with details and methodology. We are extremely good, now, at troubleshooting, but, at times, our attempts to be helpful look more like hypercritical fault-finding. It is probably best to keep your critical eye focused on your own health, schedule, and work life. If you must help others, do your best to not make it seem like they were doing something wrong, forcing you to come and save the day. No one likes that sort of busybody.

Also today, Mercury enters its Storm period, in front of going Retrograde on August 30th. This is the time to focus your attention on the projects you have already begun, as well as taking care of those things you’ve been putting off in the areas that Mercury oversees: If the check engine light is on, it’s time to get that taken care of. Get those important communications out. If you take care of these things in the areas of travel, communication, and technology before the start of Mercury’s Retrograde period, you are likely to encounter fewer serious headaches during those three weeks. Monday closes with an earthy trine of the Sun in Virgo and the Taurus Moon. This will be exactly the influence that will help you make those adjustments you need to in order to make the Retrograde period more pleasant.

Another trine featuring the Taurus Moon occurs Tuesday evening. This time the Moon trines Pluto in Capricorn. This aspect heightens your ability to roll with the punches, making the best of the circumstances that face you. Changes are coming, but you will face them with steady ease, gently steering other people, as well as the situation, toward your own good fortune.

Mars and Saturn pair up in Sagittarius on Wednesday morning. These planets pair up twice a year, and this aspect should always serve as a flashing warning sign that turbulence lies ahead. For the next two or three weeks, expect delays and obstacles. As Mars spurs you forward, Saturn holds you back. Frustrations and annoyances are a given. These may turn into violent clashes, at least metaphorically, if not actual physical confrontations, if you aren’t careful. During this time, do your best to employ your patience and understanding, with both your fellow humans as well as with yourself.

Thursday morning sees Venus in Virgo quincunx to Uranus in Aries. This aspect cautions you to proceed carefully when it comes to matters of the heart. Rash actions or hasty romantic entanglements are likely to cause you a great deal of trouble. Unexpected circumstances arise when Uranus is in play, and, with this aspect, they are likely to cause you regrettable losses. Now is not the time to take risks with your heart, your health, or your money.

Mars in Sagittarius squares off with Neptune in Pisces, on Friday morning, sapping your energy levels and blurring your mental focus. Today would be a good one to catch up on rest, meditate, and avoid involvement with anything tricky or stressful, if at all possible.

Venus and Jupiter pair up for their annual meeting, this year in Virgo, on Saturday evening. While Virgo is not the strongest place for Venus, this aspect still brings us good friends and good fortune. Even with the Mars/Saturn brawl and the impending Mercury Retrograde, this aspect is a bright spot serving as a reminder to keep your chin up and your eyes on the stars, as the future promises to be brighter than the present feels.

The week closes with another reminder to try to keep a calm demeanor in the face of stressful circumstances. The Cancer Moon and Uranus in Aries square off on Sunday evening. This aspect warns that, while you may be impatient to act, rushing in with blinders on is likely to make trouble. A strategic and steady approach will bring about the results you desire.

I hope this helps you have a great week!

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Saturday, August 20 2016

Stone meditation: Ametrine

What is it?

Ametrine is a type of quartz that displays the colors of both amethyst and citrine. The difference in color between the two minerals is due to differences in iron oxidation. Amethyst forms at a lower temperature than citrine, causing the iron in it to oxidize at a lower rate. Ametrine forms, as opposed to either citrine or amethyst, when an iron-containing quartz forms, but there is a temperature gradation across the crystal during its formation. Ametrine is most often cut for use in jewelry or beads. Ametrine occurs infrequently, with the only commercially viable mining found in Bolivia, though small finds have been reported elsewhere.

What can it do for you?

Ametrine has a powerful emotional effect on the user, aiding the release of depression and negative energies. It instills a sense of peace and tranquility in its bearer. This is a stone that unites the masculine and feminine, and can help bring a sense of balance to one’s life. Ametrine stimulates the intellect, and facilitates productive communication. As it unites the energies of both amethyst and citrine, it is said to combine the energies of each stone. Therefore, it can be a powerful tool for increasing wealth and abundance, helping its user to seize the opportunities to prosper that the Universe presents them with. Ametrine can strengthen psychic abilities and spirituality, while helping one stay well-grounded in worldly reality.

What can it teach us?

Ametrine teaches us the value of balance. This two-toned gemstone could easily have ended up as either an amethyst or a citrine (or smoky quartz, or even clear quartz), had the conditions during its formation been different in just the smallest way. It took a balance of quartz and iron in solution, under the right pressure, with just the right gradation of temperature for ametrine to be the end result. And this balance of conditions has not happened in many places in the world. Putting ourselves into balance takes a similar set of difficult-to-come-by conditions, ones that we can take years to create. But, when we do find that balance, between our masculine and feminine sides, between our intellect and our emotions, between reaching for the heavens while keeping our feet on the ground, the results can be as beautiful and intriguing as this rare mineral.

Monday, August 15 2016

Astrology trends for the week of August 15

When the Capricorn Moon trines Mercury in Virgo on Monday afternoon, you will find yourself primed to organize your troops and supporters to move your plans forward. Instead of a flashy PowerPoint with mood lighting and motivational music, your great way with words will best be put to use laying out your strategy in simple and straightforward terms, outlining each step and its objectives. Understanding the goal and the steps to achieving it are exactly what will help your team, as well as yourself, achieve the results you are seeking.

Another trine of the Sun in Leo and Uranus in Aries on Tuesday will give you the energy and ambition to see those strategies through. With Uranus in the mix, expect some unexpected issues to arise, but this trine will give you the inspiration and adaptability to turn what could be seen as obstacles into advantages.

A third trine, this time of Venus in Virgo and Pluto in Capricorn, occurs on Wednesday. This trine promises good things coming your way. While Virgo moves Venus’s focus from love to work, your charming ways will allow you to sway just about everyone to your favor, today. You may even find that the enforcers of the rules are willing to cut a bit of red tape to help smooth your way. Just remember your “pleases” and “thank yous.”

Early Thursday morning brings the Aquarius Moon sextile to Uranus in Aries. This is your call to be true to your ideals and to find like-minded people willing to work with you toward your vision of a brighter future. This is an aspect that promises that, if you are willing to put in the hard work, you can bring about the change you are envisioning. Later in the morning, we see the Full Moon in Aquarius. As with all Full Moons, this marks the point when your projects for this Moon Cycle are coming to fruition, but, with Aquarius in play, you may find that, with most of the work of these projects done, you are ready, or at least open, to turning your attentions in a new direction. Keep your eyes peeled for where the Universe is opening new vistas to you.

Mercury in Virgo is quincunx to Uranus in Aries on Thursday afternoon. This aspect is likely to see you conflicted between sticking to your duties and getting all your assigned tasks done, and taking risks and striking out on your own like you’ve always dreamed of doing. These conflicting desires are likely to make you a Grumpy Gus. Try to not take out your discomfort at your confused desires and motivations on those around you, or allow it to cause you to act our impulsively, or you may find yourself in an even more uncomfortable position.

You may find that Saturday is best spent with your credit cards on ice and avoiding situations where a long term commitment is asked of you. The Pisces Moon moves into opposition of Jupiter in Virgo on Saturday morning. Your thinking is less than solid under this influence, your financial judgment is terrible, and good luck isn’t likely to be found, making today a better day to meditate, nap, or even indulge in some form of creative expression.

The week closes with another positive and energetic trine on Sunday morning, this time between the Aries Moon and Mars in Sagittarius. This trine should give you plenty of energy and initiative. While you could use this burst of enthusiasm to tackle those lingering home repair projects, Sagittarius is pulling you more to explore your adventurous side. I recommend embracing this opportunity to take a chance and do something you’ve always dreamed of doing, but always thought yourself too scared, conservative, or inhibited to try. Who knows? You might find that you have an inner reserve of bravery that you never knew was there.

I hope this helps you have a great week!

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Saturday, August 13 2016

Stone meditation: Aventurine

What is it?

Aventurine is a form of transparent to translucent quartz. Its green variety is often mistaken for jade, but inclusions of mica give it a slight glittery effect missing in jade or other quartzes. The word aventurine derives from the Italian a ventura, meaning “to (or from) fortune," possibly a reference to the stone’s perceived commercial value or the fact that its green variety is believed to draw good fortune to its bearer. The most common form of aventurine is green, but it also comes in other colors, such as orange, red, blue, and yellow. Aventurine is commonly found in India, Pakistan, Chile, Spain, and Russia. Aventurine has long been used for carving, as beads, and en cabochon.

What can it do for you?

Aventurine is a stone that brings wealth and abundance to those who work with it. This is a stone of good luck, good fortune, and beneficial opportunity. The green version is a strong healer of the physical body. It is also used to draw money, and is often placed in a cash register of a business to increase sales. Red aventurine brings vitality to its bearer, and it stimulates the mental faculties, especially aiding in making sound judgments. Blue aventurine helps to heal the emotions and mind, creating a calm, confident, and independent self-awareness. It also aids us in communicating with others. Peach aventurine is also calming, and it greatly stimulates creativity. Yellow aventurine increases one’s understanding of their personal power, and can reduce indecisiveness and insecurity.

What can it teach us?

Aventurine teaches us to let our differences shine. Mica, or other similar inclusions, are what distinguishes aventurine from other quartzes. In fact, green aventurine gets its green color from the fuchsite (mica) in it. Without these inclusions, aventurine would be just another quartz. With these inclusions, aventurine sparkles, shines, and dazzles in its array of colors. We are similar: The things that makes us distinct individuals are dazzling in their vast differences. Instead of trying to whitewash us all into cookie-cutter sameness, these differences should be embraced and celebrated as the beauty and variety of human expression.

Monday, August 8 2016

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Stone meditation: Calcite

What is it?

Calcite is one of the most common minerals on the planet, and can be found throughout the world. Calcite is so ubiquitous, in fact, that during the Ordovician and Jurassic periods, it was the predominant carbonate mineral in the planet’s ocean water, causing geologists to call them “calcite seas.” Many crustaceans evolved to have shells made of calcite because the mineral is so easily found. Many cave features are formed by calcite precipitating out of water as it drips into the cave. While its crystal habit is officially noted as trigonal, calcite crystals actually form in many different forms. Calcite comes in basically every color, as well as clear. Some calcite crystals refract light, doubling the image of things behind them. Clear calcite has been used for optic lenses, especially in high-precision sighting instruments. Marble and limestone are both forms of calcite, and are commonly used for construction and for carving. Calcite can be used as an acid neutralizer, and it is often added as a supplement to animal feed. Ground calcite has been used as a mild abrasive. It is also a repository of carbon dioxide. Throughout the planet’s history, the formation and destruction of calcite has raised and lowered this greenhouse gas, having a measurable effect on the planet’s climate.

What can it do for you?

Calcite is used to both amplify and cleanse energy. It helps us to find our calm center and to release negative energy. Calcite helps to connect the intellect to the emotions, to help us take a head-and-heart approach to situations. Red calcite is used to detoxify the body and amplify physical energy. It helps us to let go of fear, as well as to find our inner strength, ultimately aiding our problem solving abilities. Blue calcite is used to amplify psychic abilities and promote astral travel. It can sooth frayed nerves, and aids calm communication, increasing the exchange of ideas. Green calcite is an especially healing version of the mineral, and it can be used to increase fertility. It helps us to release bad habits, and increases our compassion for others. It also draws prosperity to the bearer. Optical calcite (also known as Iceland spar), is good for strengthening our ability to “see” the truth, as well as to know when we are being misled.

What can it teach us?

Calcite teaches us that we don’t have to stand out in the crowd to be important. It is an amazingly common mineral. It is found everywhere. We likely pass by calcite structures many times in our day without ever realizing the mineral is there. But, if we didn’t have limestone for our concrete mixtures, if we no longer had marble with which to build and sculpt, we would definitely notice the lack of calcite. There are similarly a thousand small acts that you perform throughout your day that go unnoticed, but the world would be a diminished place without you to do these things. Perhaps it is the friendly smile you give the taken-for-granted night watchman at work. Or, perhaps you are the unseen person who cleans others’ work spaces. It could even just be the cup of coffee you prepare for your partner as they struggle to face yet another difficult day. None of these acts will gain you celebrity, but each makes the world a better place.

Monday, August 1 2016

Astrology trends for the week of August 8

The week does not get off on a promising note, as the Libra Moon moves in opposition to Uranus in Aries. This aspect suggests that your ambitions are going to run head-on into your need to maintain partnerships. It may be time to take a step back and reconsider your current plans, if they run counter to the objectives of your most important partners. Burning bridges to satisfy your own ego isn’t going to get you very far. Compromise may be called for, instead of pushing hard to get it all your own way. If a satisfactory agreement can’t be reached, it may be time to reconsider how productive these relationships truly are for you.

Things look a little brighter, or at least more interesting, on Tuesday, with a late night trine of the Scorpio Moon and Neptune in Pisces. This trine is a powerful push to dig in to your own psyche. Important and meaningful dreams are likely to occur tonight. I recommend keeping a voice recorder or a notebook on your nightstand, ready to receive any insights revealed during your slumbers. Make note of them even if they don't make sense, as understanding may come at a later time. Sweet dreams!

Another trine occurs on Wednesday evening, this time between Mercury in Virgo and Pluto in Capricorn. As previously mentioned, when Mercury is in Capricorn, we tend to collect information, filing away bits of seemingly trivial news and the odd fact until it comes time to put these pieces of knowledge to good use. Today is likely to be one of those times, and the results will be dramatic for your long term prospects. The old adage says “Knowledge is power,” and you are now ready to prove that to be true.

The Moon and Mars move into conjunction in Sagittarius on Thursday evening. Your courage, energy, and vitality will all be fully charged under this aspect. You will feel yourself ready to take on the world. Be careful: That’s a lot of firepower, and your eagerness to take on new challenges may see you running roughshod over loved ones, or possibly getting yourself in over your head. Sure, make use of this burst of dash and daring, but still try to keep your sense of reality intact.

On Friday evening, the Virgo Moon moves into opposition of Chiron in Pisces. If you’ve been spreading yourself thin or, perhaps, feeling a bit overused and underappreciated, expect things to come to a head under this aspect, especially as a ''Retrograde'' Chiron will force the issue. It may be that it is time for you to be your own advocate, and insist that others properly appreciate the work you have put in for their benefit. Or, it may be time that you learn to say what can sometimes be the most difficult word in the English language: “No.” It is okay to not be the person everyone can rely on, sometimes. And you certainly don’t have to complete everything to perfection, ahead of schedule and under budget. This aspect is all about you learning to let some things go. And if you don’t, expect some physical or mental health issues to crop up. You simply cannot be all things to all people, including yourself.

Around dawn on Saturday, Saturn finally goes Direct after a 5-month Retrograde period. You should now find fewer obstacles taking you away from the work you need to get done. Hopefully, you’ve spent the past 5 months tweaking your approach to work, and are now ready to put yourself back fully in charge of your own success. Also this morning, we see a fire trine of the Sun in Leo and the Sagittarius Moon. This is an aspect full of energy and ambition, optimism and courage. This is exactly the call to action we need to get out there and get things done.

But, proceed with a bit of caution, as Sunday morning also brings us a square between Venus in Virgo and Saturn in Sagittarius. This square may see your emotional life running afoul of your productive life. On Sunday morning, Venus opposes Neptune in Pisces, an aspect that increases the likelihood of being victimized by your romantic partner. These aspects, to me, represent a little-discussed form of domestic abuse: financial abuse. Your loved one puts pressure on you to help them out of a financial jam, leaving you unable to pay your own bills; or he or she may be pressuring you to stay home from work to spend time with them, or abandon your studies to support their dreams, making it difficult for you to support yourself in the long run. Financial abuse leaves you broke, with bad credit, and a poor work history, all perpetrated in the name of love. The nature of Virgo is to make us want to (over)extend ourselves to be helpful, and we may feel that we need to prove ourselves to be of service to our partner in order for them to love us, and this aspect leaves you hugely vulnerable to being taken advantage of. Please, keep your eyes peeled for signs of this form of abuse, especially this weekend. Financial abuse can be as ruinous as emotional and physical abuse, and often come with these other two. Perhaps these aspects will be enough to help those who see themselves in the description I just gave to find the help they need to get themselves out. There are organizations out there that can help you get out and relearn how to stand on your own.

I hope this helps you have a great week!

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Reader Spotlight: Sheba

Sheba knew she was psychic at a very young age. “I was intuitive as a young child, and would give my psychic impressions to people without the use of cards or other tools.” When seeking advice from other psychics over the years, she was repeatedly given the message that cards were the tool intended for her, and that it was time to really start using her gifts. “I have always been fascinated and drawn to the Rider-Waite Tarot deck. These cards have always inspired me, and they seemed to speak to me when I first started receiving tarot card readings from other readers. These readers would always tell me that I was psychic and intuitive myself, which I knew, but I didn't start using cards myself until later in life.”

Sheba then took up the call and began delving more into her gifts, and, in particular, studying the tarot. “I started using cards later in life, in my thirties, after studying with several teachers. Rosemary Kaminski and Rich Milostan were my two biggest influences. Every time I had a reading from them, they would tell me I must use tarot cards and use my gifts, as it was in me, and couldn't and wouldn't be denied. As I started to experience my own life transitions, I was drawn to use other cards to further enhance my readings.”

Now, Sheba uses multiple decks to help her gain insight into the particular issues her clients face. Each deck lends itself to a different aspect of her clients’ lives: The Intuitive Tarot gives the basics; major life transitions, shifts, and transformations are explored through the Butterfly Oracle; issues with relationships are revealed with the Tarot for the Heart; and finally, Sheba seeks to give her clients power in their own lives through Empowerment cards.

Offering readings is Sheba's way of being of service and showing her love for her fellow humans. “I’d just like people to know that I love them! I've always felt such an amazing universal love for people, and have always wanted to encourage people to live life to its fullest potential. The gifts that I have are not for me, but for other people, and when I do readings, people draw out of me what they need at the time.”

Of working with Michigan Psychic Fair, Sheba felt a true welcoming upon joining the group. “From the minute I walked into the door at my first fair, the atmosphere was very warm and inviting! All the readers were very welcoming and kind to me and made me feel like I had been a part of their environment for years. I don't think I've ever felt this kind of 'homecoming,' especially on a first time basis. Everyone is very relaxed, professional and encouraging.”

For more information on Sheba, or to schedule a private session, please contact her directly at tarotbysheba@yahoo.com or 313-334-2741. For more information on Michigan Psychic Fair events and a complete schedule, please see our website at MichiganPsychicFair.org. Please email us to confirm specific dates in which Sheba will be participating.

Stone meditation: Garnet

What is it?

The term garnet describes not just a specific stone but a category of minerals which share many qualities, such as crystal form and magnetism, but vary chemically. The word garnet is likely derived from the Latin pomum granatum, or pomegranate seed. Most people think of a dark red stone when they hear the word, but, in fact, garnets come in a wide range of colors, from reds, purples, and pinks, to browns, yellows, and oranges, greens, and even black, blue, and colorless. The crystal habit of garnets is usually dodecahedral, but when they are put under extreme pressure, they fracture into pebbles with very sharp edges. While garnets have been used for millennia as a gemstone in jewelry, they also have a long history of industrial use, especially as an abrasive (due to the sharp edges of those broken crystals) and as a filter in the water filtration process.

What can it do for you?

Garnet, particularly the red variety, is said to draw love and enhance sexuality. It is a stone that stokes the fires of vitality and creativity and can help us reignite our passions, both physical and mental. It is also a protective and grounding stone, especially the brown and orange varieties.

What can it teach us?

Garnets can teach us to be wary of labels. Most of us are sure we know what is meant by the term garnet: a deep red gemstone used in jewelry. That definition is very limited, as red is only one of the many colors a garnet can be. And, yes, it is lovely in jewelry, but it also was one of the first industrially used abrasives. "Red jewelry gemstone" is an extremely limited definition, and we need to open ourselves to a broader view of this collection of minerals. So, too, we should be careful of placing limiting definitions on people, ourselves included. When we label people as a member of a group we think we understand, we begin to close ourselves off from understanding them as unique individuals. Yes, it is useful as a physical descriptor to know someone is Asian or African-American, but to then think we know who that person is, or what their values are, erases the idea of them as a human being, with a past and present unique unto them. When we label ourselves as “mother” or “lawyer,” we, too, need to be careful not to limit ourselves by those definitions. We can be mothers and radical vegans, or lawyers who like world travel, or any combination that makes us unique, and our stories unlike anyone else's.

Tuesday, July 26 2016

Astrology trends for the week of August 1

The week opens with an aspect that's sure to help you get things done: Monday afternoon the Sun in Leo trines Saturn in Sagittarius, stirring your ambitions and your ability to persevere. Success can be gained under this aspect, and it will all be down to your own effort. The courage and ego of the Lion won’t let you let yourself fail, so get to it!

Tuesday afternoon, Mars leaves the brooding intensity of Scorpio for the dashing and daring energy of Sagittarius. You will find yourself feeling more independent, courageous, and enthusiastic, but also very easily distracted. When Mars is in Sagittarius, it can feel like we've all had a bit too much caffeine: We hurl ourselves into new projects with great enthusiasm, and, for a while, we give it our full attention and greatest effort. But, as soon as the novelty of the project wanes, we are ready to hurl ourselves into the next project. Our attitude toward physical relationships is similar. Adventurous experimentation is very appealing now, but emotional commitment is not. If all of this seems a bit like déjà vu, it is because Mars was briefly in Sagittarius last March, before it returned to Scorpio during its Retrograde period. What this means is that now is a good time to turn your attentions back toward any project you set aside over the past four months. Tuesday afternoon also brings us the New Moon in Leo, giving us a shot of energy, courage, and bravado. This is the best starting point for this Moon Cycle’s projects. Leo’s energy will help ensure success in projects that are likely to put you in front of an audience or gain you public attention.

The Sun in Leo is quincunx to Neptune in Pisces on Wednesday morning. Consider this a warning to stay on your toes. Letting your guard down today is likely to mean you will fall prey to treachery or deception. This may be doubly true if you allow yourself to give in to your more emotional side. Today's decisions should be made with your intellect instead of your emotions.

The Moon and Venus move into conjunction in Leo just after midnight on Thursday morning. This is an aspect that could bring you the accolades you’ve been seeking, especially if your work appeals to public tastes. Unfortunately, with all that Leo fire, it will be entirely too easy to bring unneeded melodrama into your life, as well. Try to keep your ego and vanity in check, and avoid any unnecessary confrontations.

Venus’s energy undergoes a striking change around midday on Friday, when the planet leaves Leo and enters Virgo. While Venus is within Virgo’s influence, we all take a much more cautious approach to matters of the heart. Fear of falling for the wrong person is an underlying theme. We are more likely to be hypercritical of potential mates, focusing on minor flaws instead of evaluating the entire person. This is generally an attempt to keep from committing emotionally to another. In fact, while Venus is in Virgo, we would much rather be of service to our fellow earthlings than to fall in love with one of them. Virgo does have a positive effect on our business sense, so this is a good month for our finances. Overall, the focus is on work and being helpful, not romance.

A pair of squares on Saturday will make for a difficult day. First, Mercury in Virgo squares Saturn in Sagittarius, then Venus in Virgo squares Mars in Sagittarius. These aspects will make us both oversensitive and hypercritical. You are likely to feel like what you’ve been doing isn't good enough, but rushing to change your life all at once will undoubtedly create discomfort and run into barriers. Better you should be more realistic about any dissatisfaction with your lot in life: Make a precise inventory of where the problems are, and what you would like to see changed or improved. Then, create some realistic, detailed, and long-term plans to work towards making these changes. Charging ahead like a bull in a china shop doesn’t get you out of the place you are trapped in, but it does see a lot of plates broken.

Sunday morning sees the Sun in Leo quincunx to Pluto in Capricorn. Allowing ego, self-confidence, and an iron will to take the lead today will likely get you in trouble. Self-interest may be taken for selfishness or a lack of concern for your fellow humans. You will need to work hard to keep vanity in check and make it clear that you are working for the good of your community (or at least your team), or there will be unpleasant consequences. Shortly after noon, Mercury in Virgo moves into opposition to Neptune in Pisces. This is an aspect that can bring out your scheming and deceptive side. Combined with this morning’s warning, it is very important that you keep yourself to the straight and narrow. Ruthlessness, or even the perception of it, on your part will have dire consequences.

I hope this helps you have a great week!

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Sunday, July 24 2016

Astrology trends for the week of July 25

Monday night brings us an upbeat trine of the Aries Moon and Mercury in Leo. Today, you will find that your outgoing personality and silver-tongued way with words will likely be able to open a few doors for you. This is your chance to gently steer attention in the direction of your ambitions, either making others aware of how you are just the person for the work they need done, or making them suddenly realize that this is a project that needs to be done, at all, and that you are the one to lead the troops. This is not a situation you need to force. Let your eloquence and your ability to manage people do the work of getting everyone enthusiastic about your goals.

Early on Tuesday morning, this same Aries Moon moves into conjunction with Uranus, furthering the idea of moving forward with your plans. This aspect is all about thinking outside the box and striking out on a new path. Success is there for the taking, but it must be reached through originality, both in terms of the goal and the way in which you reach it.

This idea is reinforced by a trine of Mercury in Leo and Uranus in Aries on Wednesday morning. Again, original thinking and independent actions are the means through which you can reach success. You will also find that you have a strong ability to read others. This will be helpful if you find any opposition to your plans. You will know just what to say to make allies for your cause.

All the good energy that has been working your way this week hits a hiccup on Thursday in the form of the Taurus Moon opposing Mars in Scorpio. Hooves are apt to dig in and horns come out in the face of any opposition, perceived or real. Your fits of passion are less likely to clear the way for your desires than they are to stir even more opposition against you. This aspect puts us all in a touchy, argumentative mood. Choose your words and actions very carefully, lest you regret the results they bring about in the long run.

Late in the afternoon on Friday, Mercury in Leo squares off against Mars in Scorpio. This is another aspect under which harsh words or rash actions are likely to create more opposition for your projects. While you want to put yourself front and center under the influence of Leo, it may be better for your long term goals if you spend today blending in with the wallpaper, instead. Being noticed today is likely to mean “being noticed doing something you shouldn’t.”

Early Friday evening, Uranus goes Retrograde, not going Direct again until December 29th. When Uranus is Retrograde, we tend to see less change in our lives, sometimes even feeling like we are stuck in a rut. Creativity, surprise, and opportunity are now hard to come by. This is also a time when the past tends to repeat itself: You may find yourself having to repeat tasks you thought you were done with, or you may find that issues from your past resurface. The good news is that this gives you the chance for a “Do-Over,” if you’ve felt you needed one. Also, you should plan to spend some time contemplating any changes you’ve made in the past year or so, to be sure they are working for you, and make adjustments if they are not. Once you have freed yourself from lingering burdens from the past, you will be ready to embrace change and opportunity when Uranus goes Direct at year’s end.

The drama we’ve seen in our lives since the beginning of the month begins to ratchet down, as, on Saturday afternoon, Mercury leaves Leo for the more analytical influence of Virgo. Communications and thought processes now become more detailed and based in fact. Under Virgo’s influence, we tend to be more emotionally detached than we were under drama-seeking Leo. We tend to have the desire to collect facts so that we can then analyze all facets of a situation before acting. While this can be good in that we are less likely to act rashly, it also can mean that, once we form an opinion, we treat that opinion as truth and expect the rest of the world to conform to it. And we can be very intolerant of others who do not share our opinion. Virgo is the handmaiden of the zodiac, and with her influence, we tend to take a great deal of extra work upon ourselves, in an effort to be helpful. We must now beware of wearing ourselves down with this extra work, as the result will likely be nervousness and anxiety, or a tendency to be hypercritical.

Sunday afternoon brings a trine of the Cancer Moon and Neptune in Pisces. This aspect tends to stir our creativity and imagination, and with Cancer’s influence, today may be a good one in which to plan some redecorating or other creative work that will help your home become a beautiful sanctuary from the stresses of the world. If getting paint in your hair just isn’t your thing, spend the day in spiritual pursuits or meditating to prepare yourself for the busy week ahead.

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Saturday, July 23 2016

Stone meditation: Tektite

What is it?

The word tektite comes from the Greek word for molten, tektos. They are commonly thought to be non-terrestrial rocks left by meteoric impacts on the earth, but the true story is a bit more complicated than that. Tektites are actually formed when a meteor hits Earth with enough mass and force to eject a massive amount of crustal and sedimentary materials from the earth’s surface. Superheated by the impact, this silica-rich material melts and then solidifies as it falls back to earth, creating a glass-like material. There are four known tektite debris fields, three of which are closely associated with a specific impact crater. Tektites found in North America (both in Texas and Georgia) are associated by mineral content and age with the Chesapeake Bay meteoric impact crater. The other three fields are in Central Europe (with the impact crater found in Germany), the Ivory Coast (with the crater in Ghana), and Australasia (the field covers Australia, the Philippines, and South East Asia, but the impact crater has not yet been identified). The youngest of these tektites, from Austalasia, are about 1 million years old, and the oldest, from the North American field, are about 34 million. The color of tektites is most often black or dark brown, with some tan or even colorless (though these are generally microtektites less than one millimeter in size). Tektites found in Georgia and the Czech Republic (moldavite) are green.

What can it do for you?

Tektites are high energy stones, and can aid us in raising the energy levels of both the body and the mind. Tektites can increase the speed with which the body recovers from illness or injury. They can also be used to open the lower chakras ad help energy to flow freely through the kundalini. These stones increase mental capacity, and are therefore very useful in the accumulation and retention of knowledge. Tektites can increase intuition and psychic abilities. They also can aid one in astral projection and lucid dreaming. Tektites are gently protective, and can help diminish bad dreams and night terrors.

What can it teach us?

Tektites teach us of our inherent strength, and that we can, indeed, make it through great disasters. Yes, we may be altered, as the surface materials of Earth are transformed through the violence and heat of a meteoric impact, but we are strong enough to come out on the other side. And, after our trial by fire, we are likely to find we come out transformed into something more beautiful than we previously were.

Monday, July 18 2016

Stone meditation: Astrophyllite

What is it?

Astrophyllite is a very rare mineral that forms as soft and delicate collections of radiating bladed crystals. Its name comes from the Greek words for star (astron) and leaf (phyllon). The crystals have a mild metallic sheen to their appearance and are generally brown to light golden in color. As the mineral is so fragile, it is generally left within the surrounding felsic rock. Cut and polished, it gives the appearance of fireworks against a night sky. Other than en cabochon, astrophyllite is rarely used for jewelry, and the mineral has no other industrial application. Garnets and micas often occur with it. has been found in Quebec, Colorado, Greenland, Norway, and Russia.

What can it do for you?

Astrophyllite helps us to release negative thoughts and patterns, giving us the ability to forgive and accept ourselves on a deeply personal level. It is a stone that helps us to find our soul’s purpose in this life, allowing us to pursue a path to our highest potential. It can spur us to great spiritual growth. Astrophyllite aids us in astral projection, helping us to be momentarily free of our physical bodies, even while strengthening our spirit’s connection to the physical body. This is a stone that can open channels of communication, especially with spirit beings. Astrophyllite is gently grounding and protective, and helps its bearer find a calm state of mind.

What can it teach us?

Astrophyllite teaches us that it is okay to be weak at times. Like the fragile astrophyllite blades, if left unprotected we can be hurt or even crushed. With the support of others, we are strong. When you feel weak in the face of troubles, find your “rocks,” those people in your community who will raise you up. You don’t have to face your troubles alone. Sometimes, the mightiest act is to reach out for a helping, supportive hand.

Reader Spotlight: Ron

From an early age, Ron knew he wanted to help people. In high school, he decided he wanted to be a counselor. He studied psychology in his efforts to be of service, but found that this wasn’t the way he could be of most help to others. “I have always been psychic, and I had pursued it as kind of a hobby. However, several years ago the spirits started to push me into taking it more seriously. So I started taking classes. Now I find that I really like serving people with my psychic gifts. I feel that now I am better able to serve as a counselor by combining my psychic gifts with what I have learned from psychology.”

Ron investigated many ways of using his psychic gifts, taking classes from a variety of teachers. “The last few years I have been studying in Ferndale under Terry Ryan,” a Spiritualist minister from the renowned Camp Chesterfield. As part of this Spiritualist training, Ron began using his gifts as a medium to give messages to members of the group. From there, he has expanded to offering his gifts to a wider clientele.

Primarily, Ron works as a medium, “bringing in messages from not only deceased loved ones but also the larger spirit world, including angels, ascended masters, guides, and more, depending what spirits want to communicate with the client and vice versa. However, I often look into the client's present and future life, usually at his or her request.” Ron describes doing this work as “an adventure,” for both his clients and himself. He never knows ahead of time what the spirit world will wish to communicate, or who will come across.

An important part of Ron’s work is that he wants his clients to always remember, no matter what the message they receive from Spirit conveys, they are in charge of their own lives. “I strive to give my clients messages from the spirit world with as minimal interpretation on my part as necessary to get the message across to the client. I can never have as much understanding about a situation as the client does, so I feel it is best that the client uses the information from Spirit to make his or her own decisions.” Free will is always an important part of the story: “Spirits may have a broader view than we do, and may see better where the path you are on is leading. However, free will means that the future is not written in stone. The message may be intended to give you an opportunity to avoid potential problems or embrace desired opportunities.”

Ron has enjoyed the environment and people he has met through Michigan Psychic Fair, and looks forward to offering his gifts to many more through these events.

Contact us at Michigan Psychic Fair for a current schedule or more information about the fairs, and to inquire about Ron's appearances. For more information about Ron, or to schedule a private or group session, contact him at 248-377-9909.

Sunday, July 17 2016

Astrology trends for the week of July 18

On Monday evening, Pluto and the Moon move into conjunction in Capricorn. This pairing warns that emotions that have been kept bottled up for the sake of business are likely to boil over today, especially as you are faced with unexpected changes to the established plan. Do your best to keep a handle on the emotional outbreaks. I’m not saying don’t express yourself- do it in a constructive way. Impulsively and aggressively acting out will cost you, and the price will be steep.

Early on Tuesday morning, Mercury in Leo trines Saturn in Sagittarius, making today a great day to address your team to motivate them to tackle the tasks in front of them. Your enthusiasm for the project will be catching, and you’ll know just what to say to get them as eager as you are to get the job done right. Midday brings a warning similar to Monday’s, when the Moon in Capricorn squares Uranus in Aries. Keep your temperamental side under tight control, as Uranus is likely to bring unexpected changes of direction and focus for you. If you give in to anxiety or changeable moods, these alterations to your plans are going to make it very difficult to get the work you need done. Later, Mercury in Leo is quincunx Neptune in Pisces, further making it difficult to concentrate. Be careful of trying to fool others into thinking you are on top of your game, too: Any deception today could have negative consequences for you. Better to admit that your focus is lacking than to have them think that your less-than-razor-sharp attention to detail is the best you have to offer. Luckily, Tuesday also brings us the Full Moon in Capricorn, which should have a steadying influence on us during this roller coaster of a day, as well as in the days ahead.

Your sparkling personality will win the day on Wednesday, when Venus in Leo trines Saturn in Sagittarius. Today, your eloquence and your engaging way with people will enable you to build the business relationships that will bring you the success you seek. Don’t expect these to be relationships that shower you with gifts and depart. These are the people who will stand by you as you work toward realizing your long term goals.

Venus brings difficulties on Thursday, when it is quincunx to Neptune in Pisces. This aspect is likely to put your head in the clouds, leaving you vulnerable to schemers. These people are most likely to win their way into your confidence through flattery or through your own sense of generosity. So, do your best to keep on your toes, especially with anyone who tries to butter you up.

When Mercury in Leo is quincunx to Pluto in Capricorn on Friday morning, it will require your flexibility of mind, as well as sound reasoning, as you work though changing circumstances. The challenge will be patience, as rushing into taking action at the first sign of trouble will likely make things worse than doing nothing at all. Wait until you’ve received all the new information today offers before making your plan of action. Also Friday, the Sun enters its home territory of Leo for the next month. Creativity and energy are on the increase under this sign. Even those who tend to hide in the shadows are likely to seek some time in the spotlight. During this time, you will feel the courage to be more outspoken, more passionate, and more enthusiastic, as well as to seek the affection you crave. Just be careful of courting too much drama in your life, and do your best to control the fiery fits of temper that tend to flare under Leo’s watch.

Saturday afternoon sees the Pisces Moon move into opposition of Jupiter in Virgo. This is an aspect that begs you to play it safe and avoid risky ventures, as judgment is questionable under this influence. Luckily, the Pisces Moon will leave you more in the mood to indulge in a good nap, to meditate, or even enjoy getting to the bottom of a bottle of wine, than to try to build your financial empire in one afternoon. This is a great afternoon to take the Moon up on her escapist suggestions.

Venus in Leo is quincunx to Pluto in Capricorn on Sunday night. As with several days this week, now is another in which to resist any fits of passion that might be brewing in your heart. Letting your emotions run wild, especially the darker feelings of jealousy and possessiveness, will result in long term damage to your most important relationships. If you must indulge any portion of Leo’s fiery nature today, let it be the affectionate and generous side, rather than the melodramatic, demanding, and attention-seeking side. The dramatic nature of the Lion is hard to resist, but you cannot afford any melodrama today. I hope this helps you have a great week!

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Monday, July 11 2016

Stone meditation: Fluorite

What is it?

Fluorite is known as the most colorful stone in the mineralogical world. Colorless in its purest form, it gains its reputation from the inclusion of mineral impurities. With these, it can come in any color in the spectrum, though purple, green, yellow, and blue are the most commonly occurring colors. Fluorite forms in cubic and octahedral habits. Its perfect cleavage creates some spectacular fragments. Fluorite often contains impurities that cause it to fluoresce under black light, so much so, in fact, that the stone has lent its name to the process. In addition to lapidary use, this mineral has several industrial uses. It is a primary source of fluoride. It is used as flux to reduce the melting temperature of iron ore in the production of steel. A purer grade is used heavily in optics, especially for telescopes, microscopes, and camera lenses.

What can it do for you?

Fluorite is used to increase and focus psychic and intuitive abilities. It helps to strengthen mental powers by helping us clear out the clutter that fills our minds and can inhibit clear thinking. Fluorite aids learning and information retention by helping the mind focus on the subject matter at hand, instead of jumping from random thought to random thought. It helps to ground and balance spiritual energies and can, therefore, be protective while doing spiritual work. The different colors of fluorite also contribute specific energies: Green fluorite aids in healing, especially healing in which a disordered psyche may be contributing to the illness. Clear fluorite is good for purification and banishing chaos. Purple fluorite helps us contact the spirit realm, aids in opening the third eye, and enhances common sense. Pink and lavender fluorite increase goodwill towards others, as well as aid us in expressing emotions that may have been repressed. Yellow fluorite helps us understand the practical implications of our intuitions, and brings a positive energy to all spiritual endeavors. Blue fluorite can aid spiritual awakenings and brings balance to our emotions.

What can it teach us?

Fluorite teaches us that beauty is in the imperfections. The gorgeous colors that give fluorite its aesthetic appeal come from the mineral impurities trapped within the stone. We've been told that science has decided that physical beauty is all about the symmetry of features, i.e., the more symmetrical a person’s face, the more beautiful they are. Yet, if a composite is made of half a face and its mirrored image, making the face perfectly symmetrical, most people find the result less attractive- bland, definitely, possibly even odd. Thus, beauty, even judged in strictly surface-level traits, requires some imperfections, some irregularity. And, if we dig beneath the surface, that couldn’t be more true: How unattractive would be a person who is always happy, never ruffled, never passionate to the point of tears, never needing to challenge oneself, or reach for new heights? No, it is our less-than-perfectness that gives us interest, that gives us our very human-ness, really. And that is where our individual beauty lies: Handling difficulties with grace, overcoming personal shortcomings, learning from our mistake, caring so deeply one is willing to take a risk or be seen as a fool, these things reveal that we are each far from perfect, but they also reveal the true beauty of our souls.

Friday, July 8 2016

Astrology trends for the week of July 11

I know you are chomping at the bit to get this week off to a great start, but an early Monday morning square of Mercury in Cancer and Uranus in Aries says maybe you should try to cool your jets a bit. Rushing into action under this aspect is likely to result in some wasted energy, as an unanticipated hiccup may change the scope of your project. Do your best to get input from your team, instead of assuming you know better, before you act.

Very early on Tuesday morning, Venus leaves the sensitive and quiet realm of Cancer for the dramatic and flamboyant stage of Leo. Under this influence, we are at our most charming and social. Of course, “social” now means we want an audience who is willing to appreciate our bad-assed selves. That’s not to say we are unwilling to be generous in appreciating other bad-asses back. We can also be quite generous in our affections. We'll just demand devotion and lots of attention in return. Leo can bring out our more self-indulgent and pleasure-seeking sides, but we are also more willing to make sacrifices for our loved ones, as well. If you can manage to keep your inner Drama Queen in check, the next month can be plenty of fun.

The drama continues to build on Wednesday night, as Mercury, too, moves into Leo. You will find your flair for eloquence heightened under this influence, and your ability to manage people at an all-time high. Your enthusiasm for your projects, passions, pastimes, and ideals will be infectious, getting everyone, yourself including, completely caught up in what you are working on. But we are also more likely, over these three weeks, to be boastful and arrogant, and display a fiery temper when we feel things aren’t going our way. Luckily, those fires tend to cool quickly, and our good humor is readily at hand to soothe the feelings of others we may have scorched. Again, while “drama” may be the catch-word of Leo, we can do our best to resist turning that into “melodrama.”

On Thursday, Mars in Scorpio is quincunx to Uranus in Aries. This aspect challenges us to find the fine line between self-confidence and being overly forceful. This aspect tends to make us want to throw off all bonds of restraint and conventionality, but this is not the time to go your own way solely for the sake of proving you can. If you give in to this urge, things will not turn out as you intend. Instead, use your quick and original mind to use the best method for getting things done, even if it is the boringly tried-and-true. Use that creativity and inventiveness when, and only when, it is actually called for. Don’t worry: You will be appreciated for getting the work done, not for the daring and new way you did it. In other words- today, it is the results that count.

When the Sagittarius Moon trines Venus in Leo on Friday afternoon, be ready to step into the spotlight: Your engaging manners and charming personality will guarantee you success today, whether it is in a business context or on the social scene. This is not the time to ratchet up the drama or try too hard to impress. Just let your natural eloquence and wisdom take center stage, and you will do just fine.

Saturday gets off to a rocky start, when the Sun in Cancer squares Uranus in Aries. Expect something to come up that will rattle you emotionally. This “something” likely relates to a bold or risky maneuver you’ve recently taken without thinking through all the possible outcomes. However, there is a silver lining to the day, as the same Sun trines Mars in Scorpio on Saturday night. This aspect will leave you with the courage, creativity, and strength of purpose to work the situation through to, ultimately, a better result than you were expecting even before today’s shake up. The real trick to making today work for you is to keep your emotions in check, especially your anger and fear and your desire hide under the covers and cry until it all blows over, while you work out the kinks and set things right.

Sunday morning sees the Sagittarius Moon trine to Uranus in Aries. After yesterday’s emotional storms, this is just the fresh wind we need: The future is full of potential and we are just in the right frame of mind to embrace it. Expect new opportunity to come your way. It may require you to act with spontaneity to take full advantage of this opportunity, so be ready to act when the chance comes.

I hope this helps you have a great week!

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Monday, July 4 2016

Stone meditation: Aura quartz

What is it?

Aura quartz crystals start their lives as simple quartz. When they are exposed to the vapor of precious metals so that the metals cover the exterior of the crystal, they take on an iridescent sheen. This can be done in a vacuum under high heat or at a neutral temperature via electrostatic charge. Metals commonly used include silver, gold, titanium, bismuth, platinum, copper, and niobium. The combination of metals determines the color produced. Nickel, for instance, gives the crystals a green hue, and platinum creates an opalescent effect.

What can it do for you?

Aura crystals combine the energy of the crystal with the metals bonded to it. Thus, they offer powerful healing energy to all levels of our being: physical, emotional, and spiritual. They help us to release negative emotions, aiding us in achieving joy and happiness. These crystals can also act as a conduit to connect with Spirit, guides, and angels. They even help us connect with others on this plane. Aura crystals can imbue us with a sense of tranquility and wellbeing, as well as self-confidence and courage in the face of difficulties The colors that the different metals create also lend their own vibrations to the stone. Green aura crystals, for example, will be more strongly helpful with physical healing, purple will be more in tune with spiritual matters.

What can it teach us?

Aura crystals teach us that there is power when we combine forces. Metaphysical practitioners often avoid working with stones that have been enhanced by humans but many find aura crystals to be an exception to this rule. For them, combining a crystal with precious metals makes a more powerful tool than any of them would be alone. Like these stones, when we combine our skills with those of another, we can become a more intense power to be reckoned with than if we were to work alone, even if we each worked on the problem at the same time but independently.

Friday, July 1 2016

Astrology trends for the week of July 4

The New Moon on Monday morning marks the best starting point for this month’s projects. The Moon in Cancer means that your best bet is to concentrate on plans that pertain to home, family, and domestic concerns. Late in the evening, Mercury in Cancer is quincunx to Saturn in Sagittarius. This aspect will challenge you to find the balance between being swayed from the work you need to do by the pressures of others, and becoming a nose-to-the-grindstone disciplinarian. It’s okay to take the occasional break, but the work has to get done, too. But isolating yourself by being too rigid, too business-oriented, will also mean you have no support network for when your projects need a helping hand. A few minutes “wasted” being human with coworkers will actually be beneficial to your productivity in the long run.

Mercury finds itself in a better aspect on Tuesday morning when it trines Neptune in Pisces. Instead of feeling like a distraction from the task at hand, your coworkers will be the source of new ideas and methods that will inspire your own creativity and imagination. A creative approach to your work will help move your projects along nicely.

Shortly before “quitting time” on Wednesday, Venus in Cancer trines Mars in Scorpio. This is an aspect that will definitely stir your passions. Scorpio playing a key role gives a darkly sexy feeling to this evening. Tonight would be an excellent time to indulge in the game of seduction with the one you’ve been longing for. Just before midnight, the Sun and Mercury move into conjunction in Cancer. As this is a “superior” conjunction (meaning that the Sun is closer to us than Mercury), this pairing offers us the chance to get some perspective on our life, especially the parts of it that relate to our feelings of emotional and domestic security, as well as those things that cause us to feel irrationally fearful.

Thursday sees Pluto in Capricorn opposing both the Sun and Mercury in Cancer, setting up the day to feel like a painful power struggle. Be careful that you don’t let an emotional response to suggestions or constructive criticism get you in trouble with your superiors. And remember, everyone else will be feeling the effects of this prickly aspect, as well. Their emotional response is best met with calm courtesy, today. There is no need for you to fan the flames of this war for power further, as the consequences of doing so may be catastrophic for your continuing financial security. A late night square of Venus in Cancer and Uranus in Aries encourages the same careful approach to your love life. Hasty actions are likely to result in broken hearts. Starting a sexual relationship now, is likely to have unintended and unpleasant consequences.

Venus is better situated on Friday morning when it trines Chiron in Pisces. This aspect encourages feelings of safety and security in romantic relationships. Now may be your best moment to express how you feel about your chosen partner, enabling you both to solidify your standing, perhaps even going to the next step of commitment. A bit later in the morning, Mercury in Cancer is sextile to Jupiter in Virgo. This aspect highlights your common sense, as well as your intuitive ability to read and tailor your message to be best received by your audience. If Thursday left you feeling like you had swallowed your arguments in support of your projects, today is your chance to present these ideas to your team in a way that is most likely to get them on board.

Saturday morning brings the Virgo Moon into conjunction with Jupiter. If you’ve been feeling the need to take on new challenges, now is the time. Your discriminating and detail-oriented mind will find the best way to employ your energies to bring about a brighter, or at least more interesting, future.

The Sun and Jupiter are sextile early on Sunday morning. This is an aspect that can bring you good luck, good fortune, and good judgment, but it will also require you to keep an even keel, emotionally, and use good judgment. The week comes to a close on Sunday night with Mercury in Cancer trine to Mars in Scorpio. This will activate your mind and leave you enthusiastic to embrace the week about to begin.

I hope this helps you have a great week!

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Sunday, June 26 2016

Astrology trends for the week of June 27

This week opens with Chiron going Retrograde, shortly after 7am on Monday. This planetoid represents a shamanic healer, one who brings us life lessons and forces us to face our inner emotional turmoil in order to heal and move forward. When Retrograde, these energies are not negated, but instead intensified, like a powerful call to action. If you’ve been ignoring your emotional health, expect Chiron to force you to deal with it, by dragging those festering emotional wounds to the surface. From now until Chiron goes Direct on November 1st, you will be unable to avoid examining your emotional health.

Later in the morning, Venus in Cancer trines Neptune in Pisces. This is an aspect that will stir your creative fires, pushing you toward artistic expression. As this aspect often leaves us needing someone to provide direction for these creative urges, I would like to encourage you to direct your artistic work towards expressing some of those things you have felt too vulnerable to state openly. Our Retrograde teacher will surely reward such work with some important epiphanies.

Tuesday evening, the Aries Moon moves into conjunction with Uranus. This is an aspect that is likely to find you chafing under any restraints that have lately been placed upon you. Unfortunately, if you push too hard against these restrictions, you are likely to find some unexpected difficulties come up. For now, try to go with the flow. You can always go your own way at a later time when it will cause less turmoil. If you absolutely must break free of the limitations that constrain you, make sure you do so diplomatically, politely, and with grace, and be ready to spend some time soothing others’ ruffled feathers before you are really free of these obligations.

Early Wednesday, evening, Mercury enters Cancer. This is a time when our thoughts and words become much more emotionally driven. We are extremely sensitive to what others think of us, and we are more able to adapt outwardly ourselves to gain their approval, even while cling stubbornly to our own ideas. This can leave us in the awkward position on feeling one way, while acting another. While this can appear two-faced, it really is a defense mechanism, used to protect our heightened emotional sensitivities during this time. Now, we tend to process the world-at-large through our personal experience and feelings. Unfortunately, this is also a time in which our fears and phobias can come to the forefront (not that we’d let anyone else know that). Even while we are working so hard to hide and protect our own emotionally squishy centers, the good news is that we truly are more sensitive to those around us, and tend to be more adept at helping others to feel comforted and safe.

Later this evening, Mars ends its ten week Retrograde, finally going Direct. Energy levels will now begin to return to normal, and you will likely find it much easier to begin projects, as the feeling of personal inertia fades. Mars will remain in secretive and sensitive Scorpio until August, so your get-up-and-go will continue to be more subtle than at other times. Also, with the Sun and Mercury in Cancer, and Mars in Scorpio, there will be a great deal of sensitive, emotional energy in our lives. The downside is that we may feel very vulnerable. The upside is that our ability to read others, emotionally, is at an all-time high.

Venus in Cancer faces off against Pluto in Capricorn on Thursday night. This is an aspect under which the uglier side of our emotions can damage our relationships. Jealousy, obsession, and possessiveness can cause unendurable strain on both romances and friendships. Now is the time to tread lightly with those we care about, and do what we can to keep our green-eyed monsters in check.

Venus finds a better aspect on Friday afternoon when it is sextile to Jupiter in Virgo. This is a fortunate aspect for love, business success, and financial gain, but, here, you are required to put in the work to gain this good fortune: Show your partner you love them, put that strong business plan into action, never fear to work up a sweat as you strive for your financial goals, and the rewards will be there.

On Saturday morning, the Sun in Cancer is quincunx to Saturn in Sagittarius. Today’s challenge will be to put aside your fears of failure and your feelings of inadequacy, so that you are not thrown off your game at the first sign of difficulty. Instead, you must focus your energies to work your way through obstacles, enabling you to see your dreams through to fruition. Success can be gained, but it takes a long and concerted effort, one that cannot be thwarted even when the going gets tricky.

Sunday gives you another chance at creative self-expression, as the Sun in Cancer trines Neptune in Pisces. Once again, this artistic drive can help give voice to your feelings, even when you don’t feel secure enough to say those things that need to be said in a direct way. If you got your artistic needs met on Monday, I would recommend reconnecting with family (the one you chose or the one you were born into) by spending some time in the sun by the water. A beach- or dockside picnic may be just the thing to leave you feeling loved and secure in your family ties.

I hope this helps you have a great week!

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