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Friday, May 27 2016

Stone meditation: Tigerseye

What is it?

Tigerseye is a metamorphic stone composed of asbestos fibers and quartz. It comes in a range of colors, from golden brown to red (dragonseye) and blue (hawkseye). Its most striking feature is its silky chatoyancy (cat’s eye effect). This is caused by the quartz crystals and asbestos fibers having a parallel growth in the stone. South Africa and Asia are the principal sources of tigerseye, but small amounts can be found in the US. It has long been treasured as a stone for jewelry and carving. Due to its asbestos content, tigerseye should only be cut or polished by experienced lapidarists.

What can it do for you?

Tigerseye is a protective and grounding stone. It increases the courage of its bearer. This stone is known for its ability to draw wealth and abundance to its user. It is also a stone that can can activate our third eye and help our intuitive vision. Golden tigerseye is known to help increase the personal power of its user, and aid them in using this power wisely. It also stimulates the intellect and memory, making it an especially useful stone for students. Hawkseye is protective of travelers and helps the bearer be aware of obstacles or dangers in their journey ahead. It also aids in calm communication, as well as ensures the integrity of the message being communicated. Dragonseye is protective, especially against bullying. It gives its wearer a sense of calm power, and helps them find their way skillfully through difficult or stressful situations.

What can it teach us?

Tigerseye teaches us that we need to organize some of the chaos in our lives in order to live to our full potential. Asbestos in a disorganized jumble looks like a mess of fibrous snow, the mess we associate with insulation and mesothelioma. Organized and captured in parallel bands with quartz, it turns into a beautiful and safe gemstone. Our lives are similar: When we let too much chaos overwhelm us, we can miss out on the beauty, or even find ourselves lost, not sure where to go next. If we spend some effort to tame some of our chaos, be it a good spring cleaning or a daily period of meditation, we can find our way to a more rewarding life.

Sunday, May 22 2016

Astrology trends for the week of May 23

Now that Mercury has gone Direct, we are ready to embrace the future, and a Monday morning trine of the Sagittarius Moon and Uranus in Aries reinforces this optimistic feeling. As Mercury gathers forward momentum between now and the end of the month during its Storm period, we can begin to lay the groundwork for new projects. This is an especially good time to surround ourselves with other inventive people for an anything-goes brainstorming session. Let these fellow creative people shake to life those brain cells that went dormant during the Retrograde, and get cracking on reinventing the world for the better. This aspect rewards entrepreneurial risk takers.

Early on Tuesday morning, Venus leaves the steady, plodding energy of Taurus for the flirty and social realm of Gemini. Over the next month, our focus will be more on romantic play than emotional commitment. Our attitude toward love will be lighthearted and fun, and the idea of being tied down to one person not very appealing. Romantic exploration will be the main goal. Be careful of spending too much money, as Gemini can cause us to spend freely, whether or not that money is actually in our bank accounts.

One of Venus’s first acts upon entering Gemini is to face off against Mars in Sagittarius, which it does Tuesday night. This is an especially difficult aspect for relationships. We are likely to feel argumentative, hypersensitive, and generally discontent with our love lives, even if there is nothing especially wrong. Gemini will tend to make us think there is likely something better, or at least more interesting, around every corner. This is not the time to give in to this grass-is-greener attitude. Wait a day or two, at the very least, until Mars eases its confrontational energy from our thoughts. Now is not the time for impulsive decisions, as you are extremely likely to regret them, when cooler heads prevail.

Those cooler heads do make a brief appearance on Wednesday, when the Capricorn Moon trines Mercury in Taurus. Common sense is the theme of this aspect, as Capricorn encourages us to take a sober, organized, and businesslike approach to things, while, with Taurus’s resistance to unnecessary change, we are much less likely to rush into anything without careful consideration and preparation. This can be a very productive time, and it is an especially good aspect under which to build upon those newly embraced ideas from Monday.

A square of Jupiter in Virgo and Saturn in Sagittarius on Thursday morning makes it likely that we will find some obstacles in our paths toward success. This aspect can cause us a crisis of confidence, or could make us feel like giving up on our dreams in the face of opposition. The challenge is to resist this temptation. Instead, view today as a Material Reality Check. Instead of giving up, this is the time to really figure out what it takes to achieve your goals. If others are calling your dreams Pie in the Sky, figure out what it will take to build a ladder tall enough to get your slice. Find creative solutions, based in concrete realities, to tackle each of the obstacles in your path, and plan your attack one step at a time.

Friday, Mars slides back into Scorpio again, where it will remain for the last four weeks of its Retrograde cycle. This is a time for hidden secrets to surface, and you may find some of these causing you intense emotional pain or discomfort. Ruthlessness, jealousy, anger, and resentments will be common, so watch your back. This is an especially good time, however, for your imagination and creative drive.

Saturday afternoon, the Aquarius Moon squares off against Mars in Scorpio. If you’ve been feeling bored or stuck in a rut, you'll likely hear a siren’s call to rebel against all and everything, just to experience something different. You may even pick a fight just for something to do. Giving in to your egotistical side or indulging your quick temper is guaranteed to cause regret, at the very least, and could even keep you from reaching our long-term goals. Keeping your cool and resisting the urge to act out is a much wiser course of action.

Sunday afternoon brings another square, this time between the Moon in Pisces and Saturn in Sagittarius. This is another day where unanticipated obstacles are likely to come into our paths. We are likely to feel like we’ve been working hard, and that it should be our time to reap the rewards, but things just keep not working out. This is likely to hurt our confidence, as well as cause anxiety and doubt. It’s okay to admit you’ve had disappointment, even to spend some time grieving a lost opportunity. But don’t get stuck there. There is an old saying, “It isn’t how many times you get knocked down, it’s how many times you get back up that counts.” Today, this should be your mantra. Spend a bit of time crying over your skinned knees, then start making plans for how to pick yourself off the ground and start moving forward again.

I hope this helps you have a great week!

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Tuesday, May 17 2016

Reader Spotlight: Karen

As a young child at the beginning of her journey as one who communicates with Spirit, Karen was labeled a dreamer: “I found it difficult to come back down to Earth every time my mind drifted off with the clouds (which was often). I used to lay on the grass and gaze, doing cloud readings - watching their ability to constantly change, making up stories about the beings I saw above as they moved through the skies and were transformed into my own personal cloud story.”

From that dreamy beginning, Karen spent years studying with a number of teachers and shamans to become the reader she is today. “I began my metaphysical journey by attending the Alhambra Institute, where I was guided by a great many teachers in astrology, channeling, crystal ball, meditation, reading playing cards, psychometry, runes, tarot, tea leaves, and other methods. I have continued to study with many gifted and talented people. I seem to have an unquenchable desire to learn as much as possible.” Karen discovered early on that she loved working with stones but could not find the right method to work with them. So, for over a decade, she mostly offered her skills in palmistry, numerology, and reading the tarot. “Throughout my journey, I have been mentored and guided by a strong inner voice that kept opening doors, and wouldn't stop pushing me until I started walking on the path being created for me.” With fifteen years’ experience as a reader under her belt, she finally came back to the stones.

“I now do Shamanic Stone Readings and chakra attunement with the Bowl. This is a technique that draws upon my knowledge of astrology, numerology, chakra energy, mudras, energetic healing, and, of course, the powerful stones. A group of stones are cast onto a board in the Bowl to explain the energy surrounding you now, and how you might be able to use it to enhance your life through seeing what opportunities are waiting to come in for you, and what is ready to leave. With every tool I have, the client is given an opportunity to let go of being stuck or being hurt, and is more clearly able to see the path of life's possibilities available and waiting. As the energy of the chakras connect, the stones assist to greatly enhance the energy flow, to find the perfect frequency or vibration level that is right for you at the moment. The Bowl creates a state of high vibration, and helps build a connection to see one's path in life more clearly.” This high energy combination generates a powerful experience for both the client and the reader. “I love being able to help people connect, watching them get the big ‘a-ha’ - that's what it's like - and instantly I know we are both hearing the same message.”

Healing, both emotional and physical, is an essential part of a session with Karen. “On my journey, I spent seven years working toward my Reiki Master certification. Along the way, I added Healing Touch, foot reflexology, medical intuition, and Sound Healing, which includes Holographic Sound Healing, tuning fork therapy, Tibetan and crystal bowls, and Toning. All of this introduced me to the chakras and the knowledge of methods to clear and assist in moving this great force of energy through the central channel of the body.”

The sum of her studies and practice, she feels, has put Karen exactly where she needs to be. “Each step of my journey has led to the next and every aspect has enhanced the other. The moment I am supposed to be learning something new, a great new friend comes into my life with an interest in teaching me, or learning right along with me. I simply have to trust in the Universe to guide me along the way and catch me when needed.”

That guiding Universe has led Karen to work with the Michigan Psychic Fair. “The Michigan Psychic Fairs provide a unique opportunity, one which I am very glad to have been introduced to. This is a wonderful adventure, connecting people who are destined to meet, learning from one another. Customers always enjoy being able to have an in-person reading, and I love the schedule of traveling and taking the fair to different locations. The energy at each venue is radiant and clear, with a fun atmosphere, allowing those who enter to feel comfortable and at ease. A place where you're sure to smile, let go of life's concerns, and find out something new about yourself you never noticed before. It truly has the feeling of a welcoming and loving home”.

For more information on Karen, please see her website. Contact us at Michigan Psychic Fair for a current schedule or more information about the fairs, and to inquire about Karen's appearances.

Monday, May 16 2016

Stone meditation: Rose quartz

What is it?

Rose quartz is the name given to the pink variety of quartz. Its color comes from exposure to a variety of mineral materials, including titanium, manganese, and iron. In Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, the rose quartz found there has been stained by the heavy presence of hematite. It is almost always found massive, and only very rarely as crystals.

What can it do for you?

The traditional use of rose quartz is to draw and enhance unconditional love. It is a stone the helps us to remember to love ourselves, as well as strengthens friendships and familial relationships, especially those families that we create for ourselves (as opposed to those we are just born into). It enhances our compassion and stirs our kinder selves. Rose quartz can be used to heal emotional wounds, and open the heart to receiving new love. It is also a stone that can strengthen our connection to the feminine aspect of the Divine.

What can it teach us?

Rose quartz can teach us that we are the sum of all of our experiences: Everything that we are exposed to affects us in some way, permanently changing us from what we were. As quartz is exposed to other minerals, it changes from a white or clear stone into the warm and lush colors of rose quartz. So, too, with us. Even those difficulties that we must carefully work through, things that we feel will scar us for life, make us stronger, more compassionate, more understanding of the suffering of others. In short, they make us the beautiful individuals that we are.

Reader Spotlight: KaTEE

For KaTEE Loch, being a psychic reader is being part of the family business: KaTEE is a third-generation psychic, having followed her mother, astrologer Linda Sopko, and grandfather in offering her abilities to the public. She was born with a veil, a sign that many believe indicates strong psychic abilities in the baby. KaTEE began as a professional reader in the 1970s, reading in shops in Detroit and Livonia. Later, she felt the call to be a healer, and focused her attentions toward being a medical assistant.

After an accident, KaTEE found herself confined to bed for many years. Spirit came to her, telling her that she would be healed, and that she needed to return to psychic work and heal others. “I have great empathy for people and love to aid them in getting on to a higher level.”

KaTEE offers a variety of options in her sessions, such as cards, numerology, and mediumship. She views her sessions, no matter which tool she uses, as an opportunity to connect with Spirit and heal, emotionally, spiritually, and physically. It is her belief that all of us have a meaningful destiny, and it is her privilege and honor to help her clients find, as well as reach, theirs.

KaTEE enjoys offering her gifts at Michigan Psychic Fair events, as the environment is friendly, welcoming, and spiritual. “I feel truly blessed to be a part of this gifted group of people.”

If you are interested in a session with KaTEE , you can see her at many Michigan Psychic Fair events. Contact us to see if she is participating at a specific date. For a private session or for more information, please contact KaTEE at 248-732-7490.

Sunday, May 15 2016

Astrology trends for the week of May 16

The week starts on a productive note, when the Sun in Taurus trines the Virgo Moon on Monday morning. This trine kickstarts your drive to get things done, with focus on making your home space more beautiful, or putting in service to help out loved ones. Mercury is still Retrograde, so this isn’t the time to take on any large projects, but today will be a great day for spring cleaning orother “homework.”

On Tuesday morning the Libra Moon is sextile to Saturn in Sagittarius. This is the day to make any needed adjustments to the emotional balance of your partnerships and relationships. With your diplomatic and patient side highlighted by this aspect, you can make sure that you are surrounded by the people who can, as well as are motivated to, help you reach your long term goals.

You will want to make sure that you take advantage of this window to tweak the dynamics of your relationships, because Wednesday will be much more of a challenge to them, when the Libra Moon squares Pluto in Capricorn. Those relationships that remain out of balance, today, are apt to change radically, and this transformation is likely to be a bit painful. Resentments built upon things left unsaid for the sake of cooperation are likely to erupt. Compromises that run counter to your true values are likely to fall apart. The silver lining is that walking away from relationships that require you to betray yourself is, often, in the long run, a healthy step, a step, in fact, that can open the way for more authentic and beneficial relationships to bloom.

Venus in Taurus is sextile to Chiron in Pisces on Thursday evening, allowing you to lick your wounds from relationships past, perhaps those that crumbled after Wednesday’s square. Chiron will help you find the perspective to process the lingering hurt feelings of an ended relationship, especially those that your logical side tells you that you should be “over.” Sometimes, admitting that the pain is still there can be the hardest thing to do, but there can be many lessons to learn when we admit that we are vulnerable, that we were affected, that we are still grieving the loss of an ended romance. Today is the day to allow yourself to process these emotions.

When the Sun moves into Gemini on Friday morning, expect a shift in energy. While the Sun is in Taurus, energy is slow and steady, even a bit sluggish. Once in Gemini, things feel a bit more busy, active, and versatile. This can be a very productive time for us, as long as we are able to work in our own way. Being locked into an unvarying routine can feel like torture under this influence. Our imagination will be stirred by Gemini’s energy, and our ability with words, especially the written word, will be enhanced. This is an affectionate and kindhearted time, and we will find ourselves easily influenced by the kindness of others, sometimes to our own detriment. Luckily, Gemini’s energy is inquiring and skeptical, so we can usually find our way to the truth of the matter, if we are willing to look.

Saturday evening brings us the Full Moon in Sagittarius. The Moon and Sun are in opposition, so expect this day to be full of conflict. This can bring about an inner struggle to find balance between two polarities; this month this struggle will be between your desire to do the work to steadily progress toward your long-held dreams, and your need for novel and diverse activities. Add to this the fact that the Moon and Mars move into conjunction about an hour later, setting them to gang up, energetically speaking, against the Sun, and things could get rough. When the Moon and Mars face off with the Sun, it is usually a very argumentative, antagonistic time, one in which a major blowup is almost guaranteed. This time, this energy is a bit tempered by the fact that Mars is currently Retrograde, turning this combative energy inward. Do your best to forgive yourself for your failings and foibles over the next couple of days.

Perhaps the best news of the week comes to us on Sunday morning, when Mercury goes Direct, though it remains in its Storm period until the 31st. Between now and the end of the month, as Mercury gathers forward momentum, the areas of our lives that Mercury oversees – communications, travel, commerce, thought processes, and technology, should slowly begin to return to normal

I hope this helps you have a great week!

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Monday, May 9 2016

Stone meditation: Apatite

What is it?

Apatite comes in many colors, but is most well-known in its lovely blue-green variety. Its name is derived from a Greek word meaning to deceive or to be misleading, as stones in the group are often it is often mistaken for other minerals. In fact, it is one of the primary components that make up tooth enamel and bones. It is an extremely useful stone. One form of apatite is a naturally occurring source of fluoride. This mineral can also be used as a source of phosphorous for agricultural and industrial uses. At one point, apatite was used in fluorescent tube lighting. Apatite can sometimes be found to contain significant amounts of rare earth elements, but, unlike other sources, it is not radioactive. Recently, apatite has even been proposed for use in a nuclear waste containment system. The blue and green varieties are often used for pigmentation. And, of course, this beautiful stone has been used as a gemstone in jewelry. Apatite can be found throughout the world and traces of it were found in rocks brought back from the moon.

What can it do for you?

Apatite strengthens many processes of the mind: It assists mental focus, stirs imagination and creativity, and increases our sense of personal power, helping us to achieve our goals. It can help us find the means and strategy to bring our ideas into being. It also can help us get motivated to tackle the work we have in front of us. Apatite can strengthen our ability to contact Spirit, as well as help us focus during meditation.

What can it teach us?

Apatite teaches us to look deeper before we judge. It is easy to dismiss it as just a pretty stone. It truly is lovely and one understands why it is popular in jewelry. If you look into it further, you find this mineral can do a large variety of useful things, some of which are vital to our own continuing health. This is true of people as well. Don’t assume that someone with a pretty face has an empty head. People are much more fascinating and complex beneath their surface appearance.

Sunday, May 8 2016

Astrology trends for the week of May 9

The best news of the week is that Jupiter goes Direct on Monday morning, making joy, luck, and good fortune easier to come by than they have been since the beginning of the year. Jupiter will be in Virgo through the summer- not the ideal situation to reap the planet's rewards, but you will be aware that it is beginning to free itself from some of the chains that have been binding its energy.

Also, at 11:12am today, Mercury crosses in front of the Sun. This fairly rare occurrence, called occultation, only happens about 13 times a century (the next one will be in 2019). This is an excellent time to reflect on what you value most in your life. Remember that our reasoning can be a bit faulty when Mercury and the Sun are in exact conjunction. So, today should be a thoughtful and meditative one, not one in which to make long term commitments.

On Tuesday afternoon, Venus in Taurus trines Jupiter in Virgo. This is a good aspect for both relationships and your bank account. With Virgo’s influence, you will best show your love by being of service to your loved one, not by showering them with extravagant gifts. This would be an excellent day to cross some items off the Honey Do list, or to surprise your partner by picking up a few extra chores. These simple gestures will be well appreciated today.

Wednesday is a trickier one for romance, with Venus quincunx to Saturn in Sagittarius. Taurus often spurs us into very affectionate and generous behavior toward our beloved, but this can easily cross the line into being smothering. If we want the relationship to last, we must relax, take things slow, and allow our partners to have the freedom to live their own lives. It may be cliché to say “If you love someone, set them free,” but, today, these words need to be taken to heart. Failing to do so, under this influence, will guarantee you will soon find yourself alone.

Mercury in Taurus trines Pluto in Capricorn on Thursday night. This influence turns our thoughts to deep matters, seeing important connections that hide under the surface. This may be an evening in which to reconsider your relationship with family or other authority figures, perhaps allowing you to redefine yourself in a way that encourages growth and new opportunities.

On Friday afternoon, Mercury pairs up with Venus in Taurus. This influence heightens your charm, allowing you to be the most dazzling jewel of any social gathering. Later in the evening, Venus trines Pluto in Capricorn, which may signal a positive change in your love life. You may find yourself interested in someone you never before considered as a potential mate. Now is definitely the time to give such a relationship a chance.

The Sun in Taurus is sextile to Chiron in Pisces on Saturday afternoon. Today is the day to put in the work to confront those things that we fear. Seek out the root of these fears and the role that they play in your life. If you are willing to put in this soul-searching work today, you are likely to find some important lessons, or reach a catharsis that frees you from these things that currently bind you.

The Moon and Jupiter are in conjunction in Virgo on Sunday morning, bringing out your protective side. You are likely to want to spend time working for the safety and physical or mental health of those you love. Vsit an elderly loved one today, help with household chores, or bring them a healthy meal. Giving generously of your time will be rewarding and appreciated.

I hope this helps you have a great week!

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Friday, May 6 2016

Reader Spotlight: Readings by Laura

Finding solutions to problems is exactly what a reading with Laura Moody is about. “I feel that if I am being shown something negative, there is a reason, and help must be presented to make this painful information beneficial.”

Having worked through some troubled times in her own life, Laura is happy to be able to offer help to those who are in need. As a sympathetic ear or a spiritual counselor, Laura works to set her clients on a beneficial path, helping them see their way through to better times. “I am positive and optimistic. I offer practical readings to help the client meet their goals. I do tarot readings which include mediumship and clairvoyance. I call them Life Path readings. They can cover all areas of one’s life.”

Laura began her own spiritual journey many years ago, and has studied with a variety of teachers, working in several different disciplines. “My first teacher was a gentleman in Royal Oak named John. He had psychic development classes once a week. We would do a variety of exercises each week, which included psychometry, meditation, and channeling. He passed away suddenly,” leaving Laura in search of new teachers. Ultimately, she studied tarot and channeling with two local practitioners, as well as participating in a weekly meditation group to further enhance her psychic abilities.

When it came time to offer her skills to the public, Laura found herself drawn to working with tarot cards, as this was the type of session she preferred when she felt the need to consult other psychics. Eventually, Laura further developed her readings to include psychic ability, clairvoyance, mediumship, and pet communication. She is also an accomplished teacher of tarot and other psychic modalities. (We at Michigan Psychic Fair are proud to offer some of her former students as readers at our events.)

Laura finds herself at home at Michigan Psychic Fair. “I love the professional environment and the opportunity to meet people and share my gift.”

For more information about Laura’s readings and classes, please see see her website. For a current schedule of Michigan Psychic Fair dates and locations, or to find out when Laura will be reading with us, please see our website.

Monday, May 2 2016

Stone meditation: Halite

What is it?

Halite, more commonly known as rock salt, forms when a body of water evaporates, causing the minerals in it to precipitate out, leaving a sedimentary deposit of those minerals. It is commonly found and has many uses, including keeping roads free from ice, and seasoning and preserving our foods. Salts such as halite are vitally important to many life functions in the human body.

What can it do for you?

Halite aids those seeking emotional stability, protects from negativity, and provides a gentle, grounding energy. Salt can be used to purify and detoxify physical items, as well. The use of halite candle holders or lamps helps to detoxify the environment, reducing odors and allergens, as well as casting a healing energy in the surrounding area.

What can it teach us?

Halite teaches us that, as our circumstances change, we need to change with them. We should be ready to put our skills and our resources to new uses when the need arises. We also should be mindful of releasing patterns, energies, and material things that no longer serve a useful or positive purpose in our lives. By clearing away that which no longer benefits us, we are open to new opportunity and gain.

Sunday, May 1 2016

Astrology trends for the week of May 2

If it's more difficult than usual to pull yourself out of bed Monday and set your mind on the work week ahead, blame the Pisces Moon moving into conjunction with Neptune. Today, you'll be much more in the mood to create, meditate, or just spend the morning lost in dreams. If you do have to venture out into the workaday world, be aware that your head is likely to be lost in the clouds and your decision-making skills will be hazy, at best. The good news is that you will be ready to think the best of the world today; the bad news is that you are likely to keep thinking that, even when you shouldn’t. Best to leave any task that requires critical thinking for another day.

Once the fog has cleared from Monday, Tuesday begins the trend that makes this a very good week for your finances, as well as launching projects (but bear in mind that planets are currently Retrograde so things may not always go to plan). Early Tuesday morning, the Sun in Taurus trines Jupiter in Virgo. Your steady and solid approach to work will dovetail beautifully with your ability to find the surest route to the biggest reward. This is an aspect that guarantees to reward hard work and optimism with success and financial gain.

Wednesday afternoon sees another trine, this time between the Aries Moon and Saturn in Sagittarius, that will help you on your path towards reaching your goals. Here, Saturn lends you the patience and determination to know you can handle the long journey to get where you want to be, while Aries will give you plenty of decisive energy to tackling any obstacles in your way head on. Aries energy can sometimes be very confrontational, but this aspect encourages you to work through subtlety and diplomacy to get what you need.

Shortly after midnight on Thursday, the Sun in Taurus is quincunx to Saturn in Sagittarius. Here, the challenge is to understand that obstacles will come up as you work toward your long term goals. The trick to dealing with them is to know that disappointments aren’t personal failings, they are a part of life. Get yourself organized, laying out the steps you need to take to overcome your issues, then patiently and steadily do that work yourself. Later in the morning, Venus in Taurus and Mars in Sagittarius are quincunx, as well. This aspect encourages you to be enterprising in an effort to meet your financial goals, but also reminds you to keep your interpersonal relationships in proper perspective while doing so. Here, allowing yourself to become consumed in a romance will definitely distract you from the work you need to do, and starting arguments with productive partners may cause material losses. Finding that work/life balance will be key to your long term ability to get to the finish line.

Friday brings us the New Moon in Taurus. As with all New Moons, now is the natural starting point for this Moon Cycle's projects, but you will need to keep in mind that Mercury is Retrograde through May 22, and projects begun now will face obstacles. Also, Taurus is not a sign that is overly fond of risk or change. Therefore, this New Moon it's better to focus on reigniting your passion for projects already begun. Ventures which involve territory with which you are already familiar, or surround things you already value, will be most successful and least problematic.

Saturday brings another happy trine, this time between the Sun in Taurus and Pluto in Capricorn. This trine makes it possible for a mental Spring Cleaning: Now is the time to let go of habits and patterns that have been holding you back from attaining your goals. With Pluto Retrograde, this is an especially good time to excise those things in our lives that no longer serve a purpose.

This Sunday, prepare yourself for the Mothers’ Day from Hell: the Gemini Moon, Neptune in Pisces, and Jupiter in Virgo set up to square off, with Saturn in Sagittarius in opposition, keeping you in the crosshairs of a very uncomfortable day. Long-hidden family secrets may rattle loose, upsetting someone’s sense of who they are or where they stood within the group. Miscommunication is almost guaranteed, stymieing any attempt to clear up the matter. Luckily, this unhappy set of aspects will only be an influence for one day. We can all hit the reset button come Monday.

I hope this helps you have a great week!

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Monday, April 25 2016

Stones for Mercury Retrograde

We've all heard that, when Mercury is Retrograde, we can expect a stressful time, with difficulties in communications, travel, and technology. And there are things we should and should not do to better weather this three-week period. We can do our best to slow down, taking time to rest and reflect, but we can’t stop living our lives entirely while Mercury is on its backward journey.

There are many stones that can help you better navigate the turbulent times of a Mercury Retrograde. Put together a crystal survival kit to carry with you, so that you can access the helpful energy of these stones when needed.

First, I recommend keeping some aventurine with you, to increase your overall good luck during this time.

Mercury oversees our mental processes, making its Retrograde a period when confused thoughts are likely. Fluorite organizes thoughts, aids mental clarity, and increases your intuition. Kyanite clears away the chaotic energy of this time, and aids you in reaching a fresh perspective. Blue lace agate can help you to de-stress and remain calm, while blue calcite reduces the impact of harsh or high stimulus energy, helping you overcome whatever Mercury throws at you.

As communications break down, citrine can help to increase the clarity of both your thoughts and your words. If you find that you must speak in public during a Mercury Retrograde, ametrine gives focus and assertiveness to your speech, enabling your message to get through to your audience. Amazonite can smooth the flow of communication. Howlite will help to reveal deceptions (including self-deception) that might lead you astray.

Amethyst can help to remove energy blockages, so that you can remain as productive as possible during what can be an exhausting time. Smokey quartz is an excellent stone to help you see and understand the obstacles that are in your path, and it can shield you from some of their negative influence. Hematite is also very protective, as well as being an excellent grounding stone, helping to keep you from getting caught up in the chaotic energies of this time.

Tigereye, especially blue tigereye, is an excellent stone to keep with you during a Mercury Retrograde. It is protective of travelers, and focuses the mind. This stone also aids memory, ensuring no important details slip through the cracks.

And, for those days when, no matter what we do, the disruptive energies of the Retrograde still get to us, selenite can help us release stress and anger, getting us back to an even keel.

As a final stone for your Retrograde survival kit, I would add a piece of rose quartz, to remind you to love yourself, even during those stressful times, as well as to help you remember that you have friends and loved ones who you can call on in your moments of need.

Stone meditation: Jet

What is it?

Jet is a mineraloid of organic matter: It is produced when wood decays in water under high pressure. Jet is similar in appearance and formation to coal. However, coal generally occurs when a large body of organic matter decomposes (thus forming seams underground), while jet is generally formed by single trees or limbs falling into water and decomposing. It has been used since the Neolithic era as a medium for carving, and has been used throughout history to create beautiful jewelry.

What can it do for you?

Jet has been used, as far back as the Roman Empire, for its ability to protect against negative energies. Many cultures have used it as an amulet against the Evil Eye and envy. In addition to its protective qualities, jet can help dispel grief. It also can relieve night terrors, especially in children. Jet can also banish feelings of self-doubt or other negative mental states, helping to instill a gently grounded sense of confidence in its bearer.

What can it teach us?

Jet teaches us that, when we are put under what may seem like unendurable pressure, when we come out the other side, a near-miraculous transformation is likely to have taken place. In jet, what started out as a discarded and dead limb, over time and under great pressure, is transformed into a beautiful gemstone. When we go through painful circumstances, we, ourselves, can be changed into something of more substance, of value, of beauty.

Sunday, April 24 2016

Astrology trends for the week of April 25

The Moon and Saturn move into conjunction in Sagittarius on Monday afternoon, making this a day when your mind will be happily focused on the work you need to get done, and you will feel your best when you know things have been done right. Watch out for being too much of a perfectionist. Once you know you’ve done the work to the best of your abilities, it’s time to let it go and call it done. And try to not to turn this fault-finding preoccupation on others. Tact and subtlety will bring better results than micromanaging.

Tuesday morning brings us an optimistic and exciting trine of the Sagittarius Moon and Uranus in Aries. This aspect will help you to bring the change you want to your life, through your own efforts. Don’t be afraid to try new things or new approaches to your work or life. You know the phrase, “Be the change you want to see in the world”? Well, this aspect is telling you it’s time to put that philosophy into practice.

The Sun in Taurus and the Capricorn Moon trine on Wednesday morning, further spurring your productivity. An organized and methodical approach will guarantee success under this aspect. This is a day in which you can find yourself making great progress toward your goals.

While the opening of the week has focused on productivity, Thursday marks a dramatic shift in energy, as Mercury goes Retrograde at 1:20pm. Over the next three weeks, expect difficulties in the areas that Mercury rules: communications, thought patterns, travel, and electronics. This is not a good time to begin any new projects (though you can safely continue work on those you have already begun). If you must start a new project now, expect many obstacles, and be ready for the project to turn out differently than you expected. This is a good time to rest, relax, recharge, research, and generally take a slower, more contemplative approach to things. With Mercury in Taurus during this Retrograde, this period is an especially good time to reevaluate how you approach matters of the heart and finances. Now is the time to rid yourself of patterns that no longer serve you well, so that you can start to move forward when Mercury goes Direct on May 22nd.

Friday evening sees Venus leave the fiery and volatile influence of Aries to enter the stabilizing influence of Taurus. Taurus is Venus’s “home” sign, so you are likely to find this a generally good time to work on your finances and love life. During Venus’s stay in Taurus, we are likely to feel affectionate and loving to those we care about, but we will tend to be more cautious about giving away our hearts. Taurus makes us fear pain, including the pain of heartache, and this fear may influence your willingness to expose yourself emotionally, or to give of yourself financially. In spite of this cautiousness about giving our hearts, we are not logical in our approach to romance, now. We fall in love under this influence strictly by feeling. Once we have committed ourselves to another, it can become all-consuming under Taurus’s influence. So be one guard against possessive, even smothering, behaviors. We are also likely to hear the siren’s call to indulge ourselves in the sensual luxuries of life: good food and drink, the arts, and beautiful settings.

The Aquarius Moon is quincunx to Jupiter in Virgo on Saturday morning. Your challenge today is to be realistic with yourself about, well, everything. Misplaced confidence will lead you into trouble- whether it be confidence in a slick salesman, or even overconfidence in your own abilities or preparedness. Pay attention to all of the details as well as the big picture and work through any issues methodically, keeping your own individual realities in mind. Misrepresenting, even to yourself, your motives will result in loss. Good judgment and sound reasoning will lead you successfully out of any difficulties, as long as you make sure you are dealing with the full, unadulterated truth.

Sunday morning, the Sun in Taurus is sextile to Neptune in Pisces. Today is a good one in which to turn your energies toward self-expression through artistic creation. This aspect will help you put your feelings, perhaps even painful ones, into your art, so that you feel your voice has been heard. If artistic skill isn’t in your toolkit, this aspect is also one in which seeking the advice and guidance of a spiritual practitioner may be especially beneficial in helping you reach resolution.

I hope this helps you have a great week!

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Tuesday, April 19 2016

Stone meditation: Zincite

What is it?

Zincite is a unique stone in that the stunningly beautiful crystals that are available for purchase are the product of smelting zinc ore for industrial use. Prior to the 1980s, smelter smokestacks were built to let air enter the stack where the zinc oxide vapor was being released. This caused the zinc to precipitate out of the vapor and form these glittering specimens. The color variation in the crystals comes from mineral impurities in the zinc ore (iron, for example, colors the zincite red). Zincite is a fairly rare mineral now, as the smelting process has been improved, and air no longer seeps into the vapor chamber.

What can it do for you?

Zincite is a very high energy stone which gives energy and alertness to its bearer. It can bring both a cooling or a warming sense to the user, helping to balance their body’s energy, as well as aid in healing. The fiery energy can stimulate creativity and productivity. Also, zincite can open one’s Third Eye, or help those seeking to astral travel to free the soul from the confines of the physical body, while also making sure it remains tethered to it.

What can it teach us?

Zincite can teach us that there is learning and beauty in all we do, even when the results were not what we expected. There is no such thing as an unfortunate accident: Every misstep may lead us to amazing new discoveries. Every unexpected occurrence can send us down a more rewarding path.

Sunday, April 17 2016

Astrology trends for the week of April 18

Early on Monday morning, Pluto, the planet that oversees major transformations in our lives, begins a five-month Retrograde period. Pluto helps to bring things to their endings, making way for new beginnings. While this planet is Retrograde, new beginnings can be harder to come by than usual, and issues you’ve thought you had put behind you may crop up again. With Pluto currently in Capricorn, this trend may be concentrated around your work ethics, your traditions, or your responsibilities. This will be an especially good time to ponder the things which are no longer useful in your life, allowing you to excise them, to be ready with a clean slate when Pluto goes Direct again in September.

The Sun moves from the fiery and tempestuous influence of Aries into the steady and solid environs of Taurus on Tuesday morning. Over the next month, we can expect to feel more self-reliant, determined, and stable. Patience is much easier to find now, as long as we feel things are heading in the direction we would like. If provoked, however, we will find that our horns come out and our hooves dig in, and we become an immovable object. Not to worry- our fuse is generally a long one while Taurus reigns. We’d much rather indulge in the sensualities and luxuries of life than put ourselves into a confrontation. Watch out for the tendency to be too unyielding, stubborn, or headstrong, as well as the possibility of being just so steady and persistent that you find yourself in a rut.

Tuesday afternoon sees Venus in Aries square off against Pluto in Capricorn. This will be a difficult time for relationships, particularly ones that are built upon little more than physical attractions or sexual compatibility. This is not a good influence under which to begin a new relationship, or take an existing one to a new intimacy, as it will likely result in trouble, possibly with your family or work life. Be especially careful of choosing a romantic partner solely to upset others’ expectations, as it could result in long lasting negative consequences for you.

The Libra Moon is sextile to Mars in Sagittarius on Wednesday morning, making this an excellent time to utilize the productive relationships in your life. Delegation is the key word for the day, but you need to make sure you set others to work with a subtle and tactful hand, not by force or fiat. Patience and diplomacy will see your team overcoming any problems: Let each member work on the tasks in which they have the most interest and strength, and success is guaranteed.

Try to approach Thursday with that same subtle and diplomatic hand. When the Libra Moon moves into opposition to Uranus in Aires, our impatience and restlessness can come to the surface. Your urge will be to tell others what they should be doing and how they should be doing it. We will find it difficult, today, to give way, to find space for compromise or cooperation. But to give in to these impulses can result in some unpleasant surprises, maybe even affecting our physical or mental health.

The Full Moon in Scorpio comes to us on Friday, which also happens to be Earth Day. As with all Full Moons, projects that you began at the beginning of this Moon Cycle should now be coming to fruition. The Scorpio Moon encourages us to dig, both figuratively and literally. I encourage you to plant a tree, or do some other dig-into-the-soil activity, today, to honor the life-sustaining planet upon which we all depend. This evening, Venus and Uranus move into conjunction in Aries, and you can expect some fiery explosions to rattle your world, in a good way. Emotion and sensuality will be ramped up, and creativity will be high. So, if you are willing to take the leap, this could be a very exciting couple of days. Just try to not be extravagant with your heart or you bank account.

Saturday gives us a trine of the Scorpio Moon and Chiron in Pisces, encouraging you to dig deep to find emotional healing. This could take the form of digging into your own psyche, to find the source of the baggage you’ve been carrying with you. This is an opportunity for self-realization, clearing up those mysteries in our souls, that, once resolved, can allow us to move forward. On a less positive note, Saturday also sees Mercury move into its Storm period, prior to going Retrograde on the 28th. Now is the time to clean up those lingering tasks you know you need to take care of, in the areas of travel, communications, and electronics, so they do not become major headaches during the Retrograde. As Mercury’s forward progress slows, over the next five days, so, too, should you. Now is not the time to begin any new projects; just concentrate on those already on your plate.

The Sagittarius Moon is quincunx to the Sun in Taurus on Sunday evening. Caution and self-regulation are virtues today. Sagittarius brings out a restless need to seek adventure, but acting without a plan of action may bring you trouble. Yes, you are apt to believe, under this influence, that the details will take care of themselves, but that just isn’t the case. And, if you operate under that belief, you are likely to find yourself suddenly realizing you’re walking on a tightrope a mile in the sky, without a net, where a moment’s loss of confidence, can bring you crashing to earth. Seek adventure if you must, today. But, do it, instead, with a well-laid plan, in which you have taken care of all of the details yourself, packing your own parachute for use in emergencies.

I hope this helps you have a great week!

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Monday, April 11 2016

Stone meditation: Hematite

What is it?

Hematite is a gunmetal grey iron silicate that is mined all over the world, including Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. A very useful stone, it is the primary source of iron for the steel industry, and it can be used to make red pigment for dyes and paints.

What can it do for you?

Metaphysically, hematite has several uses: It is one of the go-to stones for protection from negativity. It does not send the negative energy back to those who are sending it out, it simply keeps it from affecting the bearer. Hematite also has very strong grounding energy, helping its user to keep their feet on the ground and their mind on the tasks at hand. It is so powerfully grounding, I always advise new users, especially those with a tendency towards depression, to be mindful of the effect hematite has on their mood while using it. If, every time you pick up or wear hematite you find yourself feeling sad or depressed, or even just unusually low on energy, you should look for a different, less grounding stone that can provide the energies you were seeking.

What can it teach us?

Hematite can teach us that productivity has its place. Being useful, productive, and safe are all important assets to leading a fulfilling life. However, if we tether ourselves too much to the idea of keeping our noses to the grindstone, or of keeping ourselves safe at all costs, we will inevitably miss out on the true joys of life. Every now and then, it is important that we put down our heavy burdens, step out of our comfort zones, and LEAP just for the thrill of it!

Saturday, April 9 2016

Astrology trends for the week of April 11

Keep your eye on your bottom line when the Gemini Moon moves into opposition to Saturn in Sagittarius on Monday morning. You may feel tempted to assuage any feelings of self-consciousness or restlessness with some retail therapy, but now is not the time. Even if you think you have the money to spare, wasteful spending will get you into trouble, today. Save your funds for a rainy day, for those unexpected emergencies that are guaranteed to come up.

Tuesday starts on a better note, with Mercury in Taurus sextile to Neptune in Pisces in the early morning. If you’ve desired to start a creative project, today is the day to lay the foundation. A steady and practical solidness in your thinking today will help you prepare for the work ahead. A fiery mid-afternoon trine of Venus in Aries and Mars in Sagittarius will light a fire under you, especially when it comes to projects involving love, money, or the arts.

Expect some challenges, most likely on the home front, on Wednesday afternoon, when the Cancer Moon squares Uranus in Aries. This may be the flood you were saving your money for earlier this week. Be careful of reacting to these difficulties with over-the-top emotions, including being too needy or too dictatorial. Don’t worry: You can overcome obstacles with a calm approach, seeking help from family members or other loved ones, if needed.

Once the storm clouds have parted, Thursday should be a good day to turn your thoughts toward reaching your long term goals. An earthy trine occurs between Mercury in Taurus and Jupiter in Virgo. This calm, grounded energy will help you find balance after the topsy-turvy opening of this week. This is an aspect of good fortune, and your methodical approach to the work in front of you is likely to bring you success.

That well-grounded approach will be called for on Friday evening, when Mercury is quincunx to Saturn in Sagittarius. A disciplined, well-organized approach will serve you well, but you must watch out for being too rigid with those you work with: I know you are sure of your opinions, but others have a valid point of view, too. Being too critical of the work of others will result in them being resistant to your goals. When you feel your inner dictator rising up, pause, take a deep breath, and make sure you listen to the input you are being given. Then, proceed with a sense of diplomacy, tact, and caution. Pushing too hard or being too ambitious will see your plans facing insurmountable obstacles.

On Saturday evening, Venus in Aries is quincunx to Jupiter in Virgo. Appearances are going to be your biggest concern under this influence, but be sure to dig deeper than that: Deception is a real danger with this aspect. You are very likely to be dazzled by an attractive exterior, one that could hold hidden dangers. Look for any warning signs that things are not what they seem. The other possibility is that you feel like you need to spend money, time, or energy to present yourself as something other than what you are. Not only will this hurt your pocketbook, it will leave you vulnerable to a broken heart in the long run. Anyone who does not appreciate you for who you truly are, even on your worst hair days, isn’t worth having around.

An early morning trine of Mercury in Taurus and Pluto in Capricorn, on Sunday, encourages you to stay flexible as circumstances change around you. Taurus’s is not an energy that likes change, but, here, its earthy influence will help you know that you can still stand on your own two feet, even if you find you need to point them in a new direction. You are going to be clear-sighted enough, now, to be able to see several steps ahead on your journey toward your long term goals, and know if you need to change your route to avoid obstacles that will be difficult to climb over if taken head-on.

Slow and steady will be words to live by for the next two and a half months, as Mars goes Retrograde Sunday morning, not going Direct again until the end of June. Your energy levels will be lower during this time, and it will be much more difficult than usual to get things done. Impulsive or aggressive behavior may be dangerous, as things often don’t go as planned while Mars is Retrograde. This is a very bad time to take on important battles, as our warrior energy will be difficult to find. Adjust expectations for yourself, and others, to reflect these lower energy levels. This is a good time to reflect on our aggressive (or passive-aggressive) tendencies, as well as the manner in which we motivate ourselves to get things done. Think about what changes you can make in these areas, so that you can be ready to move forward when Mars goes Direct on June 29th.

I hope this helps you have a great week!

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Sunday, April 3 2016

Reader Spotlight: Laura

Laura Gentner describes herself as an Angel Card Reader and energetic healer, but when clients sit down with her, they get much more than those simple words imply. “The angels have a great sense of humor, and I find that they infuse readings with humor whenever possible! I primarily work with Archangel Michael and Archangel Raphael when I do readings, asking for the highest good of everyone involved and setting the intention that only God’s love and wisdom come through.” In addition to messages from the cards, Laura uses “clairsentience, clairvoyance, and claircognizance to get messages and guidance from the angels based on the cards that come up for a client.” Of her healing sessions, Laura describes, “I tune into a person’s energy and get information in two ways: First, the person’s angels and guides give me information about what is going on with them that needs some attention. Second, using my clairsentience, I physically feel what is going on with the person. After getting all that information and talking with the person, I assist them in releasing what no longer serves them so they can move forward. They simply sit in the chair and I guide them through the process. Afterwards, they will be able to do the releasing and healing on their own.” These healing sessions can be combined with an Angel Card reading or done alone, though Laura says they are a more powerful tool when done together: “I like doing energy healing with readings because the client gets messages and guidance plus some energetic work to help with what came through in the reading.”

Laura was inspired to start her reading and healing work after enrolling in an intuition class, where working with energy seemed to come naturally to her. “I was surprised when my instructor said I had done energy work before – something I don’t ever consciously remember doing- at least in this lifetime! But the more I learn how my abilities manifest, the more I remember feeling or experiencing similar things as a kid. I just didn’t realize it back then. During the class I received a message that my life purpose is healing. That class touched something in me and I found myself not only feeling better, but wanting to know and learn more. I then took classes to become a Spiritual Counselor, and started my own business. Every service that I offer I have done myself. I know how much energy work can help people shift and heal. It has had such a positive impact on me and my life and I feel great. I want to help others feel this great too.”

That intuition class was one of the first steps on Laura’s path to being the reader and healer she is today. After learning that she could channel energy, Laura was drawn to work with Angel Cards. “I taught myself Angel Cards based on the book that came with the first deck I bought. At first, I would pull cards and have to use the book to interpret the possible messages on the cards. At some point, though, I started getting messages and guidance, and didn’t need to look at the book anymore. This was initially was just for me, but then I wanted to try with other people. So I started doing readings for family and friends, and, as the messages started coming through, I realized how much I enjoyed doing them. I then got a message from Spirit that this is something I should do. Even though I had been doing readings for over two years, I believe in always continuing to learn. " Last year she took Doreen Virtue’s class and officially became a Certified Angel Card Reader.

“I find that I am drawn to something and as I’m learning about it I come across something else that resonates with me too. That’s how I started with Angel Cards. I can’t even remember why or what led me to buy my first deck! I really enjoyed learning more about them and practicing with family and friends. I think part of it is that I never know what cards are going to come up and I still get a kick out of how the angels get the messages and guidance across. It’s something I call Laughing In Amazement (LIA) - when Spirit does something so amazing or almost unbelievable that there are no words to describe it. When that happens I usually get goosebumps and just start laughing! And there are many LIA moments when I do angel card readings.

“As a Spiritual Counselor I also do a variety of energy work like chakra clearing, aura readings, past life, soul contracts and soul purpose. I am developing my ability as a medium and currently taking a channeling class. I also continue on my own spiritual journey, exploring my divine potential. And that feeds into my work as a Spiritual Counselor. One thing leads to another and another. And although energy work and angel card readings and mediumship and channeling may seem different, they all fit together like pieces of a puzzle - of knowing who you are as an energetic being and your connection to the divine, of releasing and healing past wounds and traumas, of living your divine potential and shining your light brightly out into the world. I’m so grateful that I can say I love what I do!”

Laura appreciates the unique experience that each Michigan Psychic Fair offers her as she progresses on her spiritual journey. “I love the opportunity to meet new people, and assist them in getting guidance and messages. Each fair, each person is a new experience. I also like meeting the other readers, and finding out how their abilities manifest.”

If you are interested in a session with Laura , you can see her at many Michigan Psychic Fair events. Contact us to see if she is participating at a specific date. For a private session or for more information on Laura, see her website.

Astrology trends for the week of April 4

Monday morning challenges you to keep your wits about you and your ego in check when the Sun in Aries is quincunx to Jupiter in Virgo. This is an aspect that can see you causing a loss if you don’t proceed with caution. Make sure you consider the advice being given to you. If you ultimately reject it, do it with good humor and grace: Hastily chosen words or ill temper will be sure to cause trouble. You will be able to create good fortune for yourself, but diplomacy, common sense, and a conservative, methodical approach will be key.

Tuesday will be a less tricky one for productive activity, with a fire trine of the Sun in Aries and Saturn in Sagittarius around midday. This trine will stoke your enthusiasm and creativity, helping you to launch projects. You will be the one to create your success, so be prepared to sweat to get to where you want to go. Luckily, though, this fiery energy will grant you the pep needed to put in the required work. A short while later, Venus moves from the gentle, generous energy of Pisces into the more aggressive, Me First energy of Aries. This is a time when we are much more forward in our approach to romance. We are now flirty, impulsive, confident, sensual, and very apt to fall in love at first sight. Passions are high, and we can be very demanding of our lovers, even to the point of seeming selfish. On the other hand, we are very capable, during this time, of giving unexpected gifts to those we care about. While our slightly self-centered approach to love during the next month can be challenging to our chosen lovers, this is an excellent time to learn to say no, if too much is being demanded of us in the name of love. If you have had the tendency to always be the one to give in a relationship, Aries’ influence will help you now. You'll learn to demand that your loved ones give to you your equal share.

On Tuesday evening, Mercury leaves Aries and enters the calmer and steadier realm of Taurus. While Mercury normally takes about three weeks to journey through a sign’s influence, its stay in Taurus, due to a Retrograde beginning later in the month, will be extended to nine weeks, ending in mid-June. So, settle in to the slower, more measured pace of life under Taurus: Communications will become more deliberate as our thinking becomes more practical, stable, and determined. Watch out for the tendency to become stubbornly attached to your own opinion, or the desire shut out the opinions of others. Now is the time to remind yourself that your opinions are not, in fact, the same as the truth, and repeating them louder and louder does not make them any more true. The good news is that our reasoning tends to be solid under this influence, and our approach to spending more conservative than usual. The next nine weeks could be very good ones for your finances.

The Sun in Aries squares off with Pluto in Capricorn on Wednesday afternoon. This can drag up conflicts you thought were well behind you, especially ones dealing with the authority figures in your life, as well as legal issues. This is the time to check your temper, even while standing up for what you believe. Be very cautious of someone who is willing to climb over others to get what they want, or one whose favor can be bought, even if that someone is you. Ruthless behavior, now, can cause long term problems and losses.

The New Moon in Aries comes to us on Thursday morning. As with all New Moons, this is the time to start your projects for this Moon Cycle. Aries' influence means this is the best energy of the year under which to begin projects. Even if an opening for your venture isn’t obvious, Aries can help you create that opportunity. If you’ve had a difficult project on the drawing board waiting for that extra oomph of energy to launch, today is the day to get cracking!

When the Taurus Moon and Mercury move into conjunction on Friday morning, be prepared for a blast of earthy energy, if “blast” is the right word: Today is a day when you are going to feel more than comfortable sitting peacefully and letting the world move soothingly around you, nothing jarring, nothing pressing to be done. You will be drawn to sensual pleasures, such as food, wine, and the arts, making today an excellent one to find a friend and wander through a museum, indulge in a sumptuous feast, or even just seek out the perfect spot to watch the sunset. Resist the urge to insist on having everything your own way, or you might spoil the indulgent and peaceful mood.

Another conjunction occurs on Saturday evening, this time between the Sun and Uranus in Aries. The annual meet-up of these two planets brings the promise of some surprising shake-ups in your life. Change is always stressful, but you can approach today as opportunity instead of catastrophe. Even if you have to give up some comfortable patterns that have developed in your life, what replaces them can be even more beneficial to you, if you are willing to think along original lines, be enterprising, and embrace innovation.

Sunday afternoon brings Mercury in Taurus quincunx to Mars in Sagittarius. Both Mercury and Mars are in excellent signs to support entrepreneurial activity. The challenge, under this aspect, is to keep the obstinacy and fiery temper that can come along with these signs in check. Too much fault-finding or belligerence and your project will face serious obstacles. A focused and business-like approach will be the way to make today pay for you.

I hope this helps you have a great week!

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