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Sunday, September 25 2016

Astrology trends for the week of September 26

Early on Monday morning, the Sun and Jupiter meet up in Libra for a once-yearly waltz that ushers in a period of expansion and growth in all areas of your life. The best news about this aspect is that the Sun’s involvement indicates that your personal power is heightened, as well. So this period of opportunity is greatly under your own control. Also this morning, Pluto goes Direct after a five-month Retrograde period. This signals that you are much more easily able to put the past behind you. Clean slates and fresh starts should be more available for those ready to move forward with their lives.

Mars leaves adventurous Sagittarius early on Tuesday, to enter the powerful realm of Capricorn. Mars in Capricorn represents force and energy kept under control, much like a team of horses leading a carriage. Between now and November 8th, you will find it much more easily to channel your energy into projects that will serve you well. This is a time period in which hard work usually is well-rewarded. Mars in Capricorn does tend to encourage us to ignore the obstacles in our paths, which can be good for getting to where you wanted to be, but is bad if those obstacles are people or things you don’t want to damage. While you are busy working toward your goals, these 5 weeks, try to stay aware of those around you and not step on too many toes.

Change is the theme of this week, and a Wednesday trine of the Virgo Moon and Pluto in Capricorn will enable you to make the most of these alterations to your circumstances. With the details at your fingertips, you should be able to seize the opportunities to transform your life.

Thursday sees the Moon and Mercury moving into conjunction in Virgo. Your intelligence and your ability to manage the finer details of a situation should enable you to troubleshoot any pesky, stubborn problems in your life. This is a lot of Virgo energy, though, so be careful to not become too obsessive or hypercritical. There is indeed a difference between having a discerning, discriminating eye, and being a never-satisfied Debbie Downer.

The New Moon comes to us on Friday evening, signaling the best time to begin your projects for this Moon Cycle. With this New Moon in Libra, these projects will be likely to work out best if they focus on relationships and partnerships, or are intended to bring peace, justice, and harmony to your life. Remember that Libra tends to push us toward cooperation and compromise, which are good things, unless we are too willing to violate our own values in order to reach them. Stay true to yourself during this time, and you should find this to be period that brings your life into balance.

Venus in Scorpio is trine to Neptune in Pisces on Saturday afternoon. This is a powerful aspect and may represent the meeting of hearts on a deep and spiritual level (not to say it won’t be physical, as well). It may well feel like you’ve met a soulmate today, feelings will tend to be running so intensely. This intensity is not likely to be sustainable for long, but, while it is happening, enjoy the experience. Important spiritual lessons may be in the offering, and, if not, this is the stuff that poets, artists, and songwriters fill their works with. Even if you aren’t an artist, this is a love affair that will fuel your dreams for a long time to come. For those of us not on the prowl for a lover, today is a prime day to channel our energies into intense creative or spiritual work.

After such an intense Saturday, Sunday is going to leave you feeling like you have an emotional hangover. While you may feel the desire to seek out friends or a social gathering, keep in mind that your head is likely to be in the clouds. Finding a peaceful refuge, with or without a companion, from the harshness or the intensity of the real world, is likely to be your best course of action.

I hope this helps you have a great week!

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Monday, September 19 2016

Astrology trends for the week of September 19

Monday is a day for romance and passion, as Venus in Libra is sextile to Mars in Sagittarius. Now is the time to indulge in something new to keep those fires burning hot, but you will need to make sure all the trappings that charm and delight are in place. Nothing base or vulgar will do. Perhaps a little role playing might be just the thing: A dashing hero or the belle of the ball just might suit your fancy. Have fun and let your imagination run wild!

This week sets up an unusual celestial occurrence, with Mercury in Virgo and Pluto in Capricorn being trine twice, once with Mercury still Retrograde, as is the case on Tuesday, and again on Friday, after Mercury has gone Direct. One such trine of these of planets serves to increase your ability to size up the situation around you and react with intelligence and wit. These mirrored trines intensify the effect, but also allow you to approach it from slightly different perspectives. With Mercury still Retrograde, I would recommend taking stock of your situation on Tuesday; pay particular attention to to your work and your health. Try to see through to the deeper connections in these things as they relate to each other and to other areas of your life. Is your workload putting your health at risk? Are you ignoring health symptoms that may be distracting you from work or other areas of your life? Take note of the areas you think you need to change or adjust and spend some time exploring the ways you could go about making these alterations.

At 1:31Thursday morning, the thing you’ve been waiting for finally happens: Mercury goes Direct! It remains in Storm until the end of the month as it slowly regains forward momentum, but you should now begin to see that the things Mercury oversees (communication, technology, travel) are beginning to return to normal. Thursday also brings us the Fall Equinox, one of two days in the year in which the day and night are in perfect balance. This is an excellent opportunity to check into your own life to see where you may need to tap the scales a bit to bring yourself back into balance. Speaking of scales, with the Equinox, the Sun moves into Libra, the sign of the Scales. While the Sun remains in Libra, our focus tends to shift toward peace, harmony, justice, cooperation and compromise, and relationships. This is an influence which highlights our personal charms and sociability. Entertaining and spending time with friends is a priority now. However, this is when we are at our most likely to sell out our own values to keep the peace with others. The challenge for us all, this month, is to be true to ourselves, while still building cooperation and harmony in our community.

Early Friday morning is the second half of our pair of trines involving Mercury and Pluto. Today, Mercury has already gone Direct. So, taking action on the list areas that need adjustment is an appropriate activity. If you were unable to take stock on Tuesday, don’t worry: You are still under an influence that stirs your intellect and which will aid you in penetrating surface impressions to the truth. But, as Mercury has begun its forward movement, today is the time for you to begin your forward progression, as well. Late in the morning, Venus leaves its home territory of Libra to enter the stormy realm of Scorpio. For the next month, expect the intensity of your love life to be ratcheted up. Love becomes an all-consuming passion, and will be most easily expressed through sexual intimacy. And Scorpio definitely craves intimacy. For a relationship to be successful under Scorpio’s influence, it must be an intimacy of body and soul; anything less just won’t quite do. Unfortunately, this can mean that darker, stormier emotions come into play as well: Jealousy, obsession, and resentment can easily be aroused. We also tend to let our vindictive sides have vent if we feel rebuffed or rejected. While the next month may feel like the best time to indulge in a passionate and steamy affair, love of a subtler, more domestic kind can be more difficult to come by.

The Cancer Moon and Mercury in Virgo are sextile on Saturday morning. This is an excellent day to call for a house meeting in which to discuss important household issues. The mood of this aspect is down to earth and productive. While Cancer tends to be emotional, Virgo ensures that the discussion remains in the realm of fact, allowing people to vent their concerns without an argument ensuing. Everyone is likely to be at their most open to change under this aspect, so make sure you make the most of this opportunity.

The chance for rational discussion won’t last into Sunday, when the Leo Moon squares off against Venus in Scorpio. A lover’s quarrel has never been more likely, as emotions are running high, while egos and pride are very likely to get in the way of one partner being able to really hear the other. Irrational suspicions may give birth to jealousy and hurt feelings, and this is not the day in which anyone is likely to be in the mood to “let things go.” I recommend that, if things get heated, you give yourselves some breathing space. Trying to talk things through now is more likely to make matters worse than to be of any help.

I hope this helps you have a great week!

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Saturday, September 17 2016

Stone meditation: Smoky quartz

What is it?

Smoky quartz is a member of the quartz group which varies in color from pale translucent yellow-grey to dark brown, even almost black, nearly opaque stones. The smoky brown colors in this quartz comes from silicon ions that are released within the stone through natural irradiation. This stone has recently become a very popular gemstone for jewelry, but has a limited historical use. During the 12th century, the Chinese used flat discs of the stone as lenses for sunglasses. Smoky quartz can be found all over the world. In the U.S., it is commonly found in the Pike’s Peak region.

What can it do for you?

Smoky quartz is used for grounding and for protection from negativity. Psychics and healers will use the stone to aid them in sending any negative energies picked up during their work back into the earth. It can help us navigate tricky periods of our lives by revealing the obstacles that lie in our path. This is a stone that can improve mental focus and increase practical thinking. It is useful to carry with you during work, as it increases productive communication and cooperation.

What can it teach us?

Smoky quartz teaches us to be open to opportunity. This is a stone that went largely ignored for centuries. Only recently did people begin to appreciate the unique beauty of the stone and begin to use it in jewelry. You, too, are likely to have many skills and talents that are going unnoticed and unused. Keep your eyes open for the opportunities to shine using these currently unappreciated or dormant abilities.

Monday, September 12 2016

Astrology trends for the week of September 12

Monday evening brings the Sun into conjunction with Mercury in Virgo. Whenever the Sun and Mercury move into conjunction, it is time for us to consider issues from our past, especially those that represent a pattern or belief that we dogmatically hold to, even when it is no longer productive, or even detrimental. With this aspect in Virgo, it is time to take a look at issues in your health regimen and your working life. If adjustments, or a major house cleaning, need to be done, now is the time.

On Tuesday, the Virgo Sun squares Mars in Sagittarius. This aspect increases the likelihood of combativeness, aggression, even violence. Under this influence, our craving for power, even if it just to be in charge of our destiny, is heightened. When obstacles are encountered, tempers flare and impulsive behavior is very likely. Keep yourself on a tight leash this week, if you can, to avoid confrontations.

Early morning Wednesday brings us a trine of the Aquarius Moon and Venus in Libra, giving us a welcome respite from this week’s increasing tensions. Here, the mood is lighthearted and affectionate. Success can be yours, under this influence, as long as you let your social charms and engaging personality shine. With Libra’s focus on relationships and partnerships, this is a good day to smooth any ruffled feathers with coworkers and domestic partners. Keeping your allies happy and by your side is likely to be very important this week.

The Sun in Virgo and Uranus in Aries are quincunx Thursday evening. Uranus always promises the unexpected. The key to making today work for you is to meet these surprises with grace and good humor. Temper, erratic behavior, or a display of insecurity are likely to result in losses, or even a broken partnership. It’s okay to not be prepared for every unforeseen bump in the road, but make sure to quickly, smoothly, and with a positive attitude regroup and shift gears to make the best of the new situation.

Friday afternoon brings us the Full Moon in Pisces, as well as a Lunar eclipse visible in Asia, Africa, Europe, and parts of South America. We aren’t likely to feel much of the intensifying effects of this eclipse, but, if your birthday falls within one day on either side of today, this eclipse could indicate that a set of events occurs within the next twelve months that could significantly change the direction of your life. For the rest of us, this Pisces Full Moon would normally represent a resting period of peace and good will, but Mars has thrown a major monkey wrench into that positive energy, in the form of Tuesday’s square to the Sun and an afternoon square to the Moon. These two squares represent a powerful push of energy toward aggression, anger, hostility, and violence. Your own susceptibility to this universally foul mood is heightened with Pisces’ involvement. Still, the best advice I can give you for this week is to do your best to avoid confrontations, keep your own temper in check, and try to diffuse any conflict or hostility simmering in your environment. And, when all else fails, withdraw and walk away if needed.

Saturday morning bring us a fire trine of Mars in Sagittarius and Uranus in Aries. This trine increases your creativity, flexibility, and resourcefulness, helping you roll with the punches this week has delivered. You may find that now is the time to take the risk to try a new direction, especially if this week has shown you an ugly undercurrent that has always existed, but only now has been made visible, in your current situation. Under this aspect, original thinking and inventiveness are likely to be rewarded.

You should gauge your risk/return ratio carefully, though, as Sunday morning brings Venus into opposition of Uranus in Aries. Under this aspect, too much unconventional behavior may cause harm to your relationships and productive partnerships. Now is not the time to take risks in areas of the heart, as their will be undesirable consequences. If you do decide to make radical or risky changes to other areas, as encouraged by yesterday’s trine, make sure you have a heart-to-heart about it with those people who represent the important relationships in your life. Deciding to take a risk to potentially improve your life does not mean you have the right to put that risk into the lives of loved ones and coworkers without their knowledge and consent. Openness and honesty are the best way to protect those relationships, while making changes to your own situation.

I hope this helps you have a great week!

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Stone meditation: Onyx

What is it?

Like agates, onyx is a layered form of banded chalcedony with a cryptocrystalline structure. Like other quartzes, it is a fairly hard stone, rating a 7 in the Mohs scale. The main difference between agates and onyx are the structure of the banding: Agate’s bands are curved, while onyx’s banding is always parallel. The word onyx comes from the Greek word for fingernail, as the stone often occurs in a pale creamy yellow. While most people think of a black stone when they think of onyx, this stone comes in almost every color. Sardonyx is the name given to onyx that is red with bands of white. Generally, onyx always has banding of black and/or white. Because black onyx is so popular, many stones that are sold under this nameare onyx that has been treated to appear all black or are other materials altogether, like black jasper. Onyx has been used as a stone for jewelry and decorative carving since ancient times (Pliny the Elder even recorded methods of treating onyx to create the popular solid black color in his Naturalis Historia), and is referenced in the Bible multiple times. Onyx has been found on every continent except Antarctica.

What can it do for you?

Onyx has long been used for protection, especially when facing one’s adversaries. It instills its bearer with strength and vitality, as well as the courage to face conflict. It helps us to release negative energies and destructive patterns, and is therefore often used by those in recovery to aid them in resisting their addictive urges. Onyx is a grounding stone, and helps us to remain focused and determined during times of chaos and confusion. It has also been used to open and balance the chakras.

What can it teach us?

Onyx teaches us about endurance. This is a stone that has been used by cultures throughout the world and throughout history. Its hardness makes it easy to work into detailed carvings, and ensures these works endure. When difficulties face us, we need to be find our inner reserves of strength. These hardships may alter us, like a stone being worked by an artisan, but our strength and endurance will see us through these transformative processes.

Monday, September 5 2016

Astrology trends for the week of September 5

Other than the continuing effect of Mercury’s current Retrograde motion, the heavens are quiet on Monday. So, enjoy your Labor Day!

On Tuesday morning, the Virgo Moon trines Neptune in Pisces. This aspect is a powerful call to create artistically. However, with Virgo in play, your efforts will be more satisfying if they focus on useful items. This may be an excellent day to build a shelf system for organizing your knickknacks or books. Perhaps it is time to refinish that antique buffet, so that you can have more useful space in your dining room. Whatever projects you take on, let your creativity as well as your need for order be your guiding light.

Early Wednesday, the Sun in Virgo trines Pluto in Capricorn. This is the perfect opportunity to take a critical eye to the details of the part of your life that just seems to be a bit messy, or less streamlined, than it could be. Even if the current state of affairs is “the way things have always been done,” this trine gives you the chance to break from old methods and create a new way that better meets your current needs.

The Moon and Saturn move into conjunction on Thursday evening. This aspect is all about taking care of business. Your mood is likely to be sober, conservative, and focused on the work that must be done. With Sagittarius’s penchant for excess, though, Jack may not only become a dull boy, he may become an overly-critical, never-satisfied perfectionist. Try to avoid Jack’s example and remember that life isn’t really all work. Today offers a good time to be productive, but don’t forget that, eventually, you have to call a project, and the work day, done.

Jupiter enters Libra on Friday morning, and will remain in the sign of justice and balance for the next twelve months. Relationships and partnerships are emphasized under the social sign of Libra. Your ability to get your talents noticed by influential people is highlighted during this time. You may find that your success, luck, and fortune, over the next twelve months, often comes with the help of allies and other partners. Your social charms are also heightened, and your ability to entertain is likely, now, to win you important allies. Diversity is favored under the sign of the Scales, so do not be surprised if these new productive partnerships do not resemble those that you have previously found. Libra also favors legal matters, so you may find good fortune coming your way through the avenue of the law.

We see a difficult square on Saturday between Saturn in Sagittarius and Neptune in Pisces. Misinformation, or intentionally false information, is very likely to lead you astray, and financial hardship is a potential result. I would hold off on making any major commitments. Wait for a few days until you can double check all of the facts you are being presented with. Before you sign on any dotted lines, make sure you understand all of the details and that they all properly add up. Failing to do so could bring disappointment and difficulties.

Sunday opens with a square of Venus in Libra and Pluto in Capricorn. This will be a difficult day for relationships. Jealousy and possessiveness may result in the end of a romance. Conflict between lovers/partners is extremely likely now. Try to use Libra’s more subtle ability to tap the scales to help you reach emotional balance. Extreme moves will result in heartbreak and loneliness. Late in the evening, the Virgo Sun trines the Capricorn Moon. This is an harmonious aspect that can help you smooth any feathers that have been ruffled over the past two days. You may find yourself playing the role of arbitrator so that resolution can be reached, but the stars are promising that a happy ending can be had.

I hope this helps you have a great week!

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Sunday, September 4 2016

Stone meditation: Labradorite

What is it?

Labradorite is a member of the plagioclase feldspar group (other feldspars in the group include moonstone and amazonite). This mineral is often blue, grey, black, or clear, and often shows a dazzling display of iridescent blues, greens, oranges or yellows. This effect, so unique it is called “labradorescence," does not occur on the surface of the stone. Instead, light enters the stone, hits a twinning surface, and then is reflected back. Different twinning surfaces reflect different colors of light, giving the stone its iridescent appearance. Labradorite generally forms inside igneous rocks such as basalt and gabbro. It was first found in Labrador, Canada. Additional deposits of the mineral have been found in Finland and Russia, Madagascar, India, and the U.S. The stone displays perfect cleavage, and can easily fracture if struck. Therefore, labradorite is mostly used in jewelry, especially en cabochon. Anorthosite is a rock that contains a large amount of ;abradorite (generally called larvakite or labradorite granite) which can also be used architecturally and for interior design.

What can it do for you?

Labradorite helps to awaken our innate magical abilities. It strengthens our psychic and intuitive powers. This is a stone that can powerful stir creativity and imagination. It is a powerfully protective stone, working to keep negative energy from entering our auric field. Labradorite also helps us let go of negative emotions, especially guilt. It can give us the clarity of thought to communicate more efficiently, reach compromise and cooperation more easily, and to tackle problems from fresh view point. Helping to strengthen the connection between the spiritual and physical bodies, Labradorite is a stone that can help us on our journey forward.

What can it teach us?

Labradorite can teach us about the importance of the energy we put out and the energy we reflect. When we put a great deal of negative energy out into the world, we tend to find that this negativity is reflected back to us from those we interact with. When we greet the world with joy and love, we again find that this is the energy others give back to us. That said, we should be mindful of how we react to others’ energies. If someone is difficult with you, it does not usually help the situation if you mirror that attitude. If you can acknowledge the problem that may be making another unhappy, but not reflect the unhappiness itself, we are likely to find we, then, don’t internalize that negative emotion, and may even be able to assist in lifting up others, instead of contributing to their misery.

Friday, August 26 2016

Astrology trends for the week of August 29

This is a busy week, astrologically speaking, with some rough patches ahead. Buckle up, but definitely take advantage of one of the week’s bright spots when Mercury and Venus pair up in Virgo early on Monday morning. This is an aspect that increases your ability to charm people. With Venus still in Virgo, this is less likely to be about romance than about being a dazzling star socially, or even being able to sweet talk your boss into that raise you know you deserve. This is a short-lived window of opportunity, as Venus moves from Virgo into Libra Monday night. While Venus is here, the focus is on romance, as in you need to be romanced with finer things, such as champagne and roses, in order to give your heart. Fine manners and an elegant exterior also take on more importance during this time. It’s all superficial charm, now. The problem is that you may be missing someone with finer qualities who would be a better match in the long run, but who doesn’t make the perfect first impression. Try to make sure you are taking a deeper look at potential partners before rejecting or pursuing a relationship during the next four weeks. This is also a period in which you need to try to restrain your spending habits, as the tendency under this influence is to be extravagant with money.

Cue the dramatic music: Mercury goes Retrograde on Tuesday morning, not going Direct again until September 22nd. As with all Mercury Retrogrades, do not plan to begin any new projects until the planet goes Direct again. If you find you must begin something new, expect obstacles and delays, and for the project to possibly not turn out as planned. You can expect problems in the areas that Mercury oversees: communications, travel, and technology. Now is a good time to rest, research, reassess, regroup. With Mercury in Virgo, you also should take the time to examine your health and work habits, excising anything that is no longer serving your better good.

Early on Wednesday morning, the Leo Moon trines Uranus in Aries. This aspect would normally encourage you to go out and take some risks in dramatic style. With Mercury Retrograde, I encourage you to take a more conservative approach to this celestial call to action: this is an excellent time to consider what areas of your life are being lost in the shadows. Or think about whether or not you are feeling properly applauded and appreciated for the work you do. Instead of taking action now, start to make plans for how you will change these things when the opportunity arises. This aspect also encourages you to be open to change and to be ready to embrace the future. As the Retrograde offers some bumps and obstacles to your life over the next weeks, consider if these disruptions are pushing you in new directions. Spend some time contemplating if the Universe is trying to show you new avenues to explore.

Thursday morning brings us the New Moon in Virgo, as well as a solar eclipse. With Mercury currently Retrograde, I would advise against using this New Moon as an opportunity to start new projects, as they are not likely to go as planned. Instead, use this time to consider what changes you would like to enact in your life, especially in your work and health routines. Make note of new ideas that occur to you during this period, and do any research you may need to put your plans in motion once Mercury has gone Direct. While the eclipse will not affect most of us, as it is only visible in parts of mainland Africa, Madagascar, and Antarctica, those whose birthdays fall within one day on either side of it should pay special attention: This year could be one in which important changes take place which could have a dramatic impact on the future direction of your life.

Late Wednesday night brings us a reinforcing shot of the restraining energy brought in with the Retrograde, when the Sun in Virgo squares Saturn in Sagittarius. You are very likely to encounter new obstacles, delays, even a sense of limitation, under this aspect. This aspect tends to make us take these occurrences as personal failures. Overcoming that sense of inadequacy will be a challenge, but doing so will help put you back on the road to productivity. Try to remember that everything isn’t under your ultimate control; even the best laid plans incur problems. These things generally aren’t about a personal failing on your part. And, even if you are the cause of this particular situation, the real trick to overcoming troubles is to work through them one step at a time, calling in the resources you need to set things right, instead of focusing on guilt or blame.

The stress continues on Friday, as the Sun, Saturn, and Neptune set up in an ugly configuration that leaves you vulnerable to hidden dangers. This configuration starts with last night’s square of the Sun and Saturn, and continues with the Sun and Neptune in Pisces moving into opposition, followed by Saturn squaring Neptune, both occurring around midday. With these aspects in play, your mind will likely be unfocused; obstacles and delays, as discussed above, are likely; and paranoia, suspicions, or scandals are a possible result. This is a situation in which it will be very difficult to tell the difference between reality and your fears. You should probably wait a few days to act on any problems or suspicions that arise. If you can, this is a good day to avoid pressing decisions or conflicts, as your ability to handle them with grace is likely to be seriously compromised.

Things start to look up on Saturday afternoon, when the Libra Moon is sextile to Saturn in Sagittarius. Compromise and cooperation are likely to take a key role in restoring relationships to solid footing if you take a diplomatic, sober approach to any issues that have arisen recently This aspect promises to help you set things right through gentle action and subtlety, not through force.

A similar aspect occurs on Sunday morning, when the Libra Moon is now sextile to Mars in Sagittarius. Yesterday was about shoring up any relationships that may have been compromised through this difficult week. Today is about putting in the focused, hard work needed to set your projects back on a path toward success. Mars brings the energy you need to get things done. Sagittarius may cause you to be easily distracted, but it also may encourage you to explore new approaches to the problem. Just make sure you are able to return the focus to the problem at hand, eventually, instead of wasting the opportunity today brings just chasing butterflies. You can give yourself entirely over to play once you have taken care of business.

I hope this helps you have a great week!

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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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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.

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