You never know who may be watching your back. At the height of the Depression, Martin Klapper’s family was forced to go on welfare. Christmas looked bleak. A few days before the holiday, ten-year-old Martin looked out a kitchen window to see his father sitting on the stoop, head in
We all know the importance of physical fitness. But how much attention do you pay to your mental fitness? In a recent issue of Science of Mind magazine, Mitch Horowitz mentions a passage from a 1931 book called Body, Mind and Spirit. In it, a prominent (but unnamed) scientist describes
GUEST POST by April Elliott Kent I’m feeling anxious about Thanksgiving. It’s my favorite holiday, but for some reason the always-simmering but (usually) contained political hostilities within my family have flared up, and this can make family gatherings mighty uncomfortable.I don’t know exactly what has triggered the rage that’s spilling
Sex, money and power are Scorpio’s domain. The upcoming Scorpio New Moon (Wed. Nov. 11, 9:47 a.m. PST) puts that power at our fingertips. Benefic Jupiter in earthy Virgo sextiles the Sun and Moon as they join, which helps us see – and magnetize – the good fortune all around us. Mercury in Scorpio conjuncts the New Moon, lending insight and awareness, while Chiron trines it, helping us heal old wounds that stand in the way of wealth and well-being.
Protection is an important theme for the Taurus Full Moon (Tuesday, Oct. 27, 5:05 a.m. PDT). A sign that prizes the things it loves, Taurus is strongly Earth-connected. This the third Super Moon in a row, and a powerful time of magic and manifestation as the Moon in grounded Taurus opposes the Sun in mystical Scorpio. Consider: Are you supporting yourself adequately? Are you setting firm boundaries where needed? Ask a favorite tree for guidance. You may be amazed by what you hear!
There’s a beautiful trine from Jupiter in Virgo to Pluto in Capricorn this month, culminating with Venus and Mars uniting in earthy Virgo at month’s end. The stage is set for manifestation! Ready for your soulmate? It could happen. Launching a new aspect of your business into the world? You couldn’t find a better time.
The period from March 1967 to Oct. 1968 was the last time we experienced four Blood Moons (total lunar eclipses) in a row. These eclipses took place in Libra, sign of peace and love, and Aries, sign of fiery independence. Now history is repeating itself, with four Blood Moons in Aries-Libra once again. The first was in April 2014, and the last is happening this weekend (Sunday Sept. 27, 12:29 p.m. PDT).
Shortly after being crowned Mrs. Universe, Ashley Callingbull is already stirring up trouble – and winning admirers. She’s calling for political change in her native Canada by thrusting the issue of missing and murdered indigenous women into the spotlight. Callingbull, 25, of the Cree Nation, recently made history when she
Yesterday I got a message from a client, asking if the world is really going to end in September. Apparently there have been reports of impending doom, from an asteroid hitting the earth (disproved by NASA) to the culmination of a series of Blood Moons predicted in the Bible to
Now, at this New Moon (Friday, August 14, 7:53 a.m. PDT), we’re asked to take a time-out from being so serious and celebrate the power of love. The New Moon’s trine to open-minded Uranus urges us to think outside the box, as we ponder what we can give others to make them smile. For example, I brought my Starcaster oracle to a barbecue last weekend and gave mini-readings, to everyone’s delight. Then, I included some out-of-town friends-of-a-friend in our monthly New Moon collaging. It doesn’t take much to touch peoples’ hearts and make their day.
There’s much hoopla about this being a “Blue Moon,” but to most astrologers that’s just a quaint notion. Much like New Year’s Day, a Blue Moon (signifying a second Full Moon in the same month) is, although somewhat rare, purely a Gregorian calendar phenomenon that gains its power by our collective focus. Still, we need all the magic we can get in this overly rational world. So here’s your chance to make merry with friends (Aquarius) and celebrate your uniqueness (Leo) at this Blue Moon – whose energy extends throughout the weekend.
Ushering in this potent period is the Cancer New Moon (July 15, 6:24 pm PDT). Cancer is, of course, the sign of the Mother. As the Sun and Moon join in this emotionally sensitive sign, Mercury and Mars also join in Cancer, exactly opposing Pluto. Something important wants to be birthed, spoken aloud and claimed at this New Moon. Pluto and Mars were also featured at the July 1 Full Moon – and many of us are still reeling from what transpired around that time, which caused our hearts to crack open (whether through loss, joy, or both). As this New Moon approaches, remember that to feel intensely is not a sign of weakness – it’s what makes us truly human. We’re taking the first tentative steps toward a deeper kind of love and devotion to self and others, as well as our Earth Mother.
There’s no doubt that this is a potentially divisive and incendiary Full Moon (Wed. July 1, 7:20 p.m. PDT). The Moon in strict Capricorn joins volcanic Pluto as it opposes the Sun and militant Mars in patriotic, emotional Cancer. Cancer and Capricorn represent mother and father in the horoscope; they hold sway over birth and family, so this Full Moon is bound to inflame deep-seated emotional issues.
Mars closely conjoins the upcoming Gemini New Moon (Tuesday June 16, 7:05 a.m. PDT). The warrior god-goddess seeks an outlet now through Gemini channels – like the power of words. Although anger can be destructive, it is also a potent tool. As long as it isn’t expressed in destructive ways, anger is an important way to know ourselves – and for others to know us.
Next Tuesday’s Full Moon (June 2, 9:19 am PDT) pits the Sun in heady Gemini against the Moon in footloose Sagittarius – as both square glamorous Neptune. Particularly if you have either of these signs prominent in your chart, get set for a wobbly but revelatory Full Moon. It’s a good time for journaling and art-making, rest and reflection, merging and converging. Mercury in retrograde (through June 11) can help us cut through the hype by remembering who we are and what’s most important, even as it tends to scramble lines of communication.