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Venus turns retrograde on July 25. She does so every two years and has a pattern of repeating the sign placement every eight years. Look back to 2007, 1999, 1991 and other eight year intervals to get a sense of what will come up for you. Venus will move from 0 degrees of Virgo to 14 degrees of Leo. The section of your chart that holds those degrees the area of life most effected. Since Venus rules both love and money you need to do some rethinking and reevaluating on those matters. You can renegotiate a mortgage or loan but will want to wait before you spend money on expensive items. See what steps you can take so that you can save more money. It is a good time to rebalance your relationship. Often you meet someone who feels “fated” and many long-term partnerships start while Venus is retrograde. Renew and revise your artistic and creative work. Keep your heart open, love unconditionally, and have fun.

July 1 – Moon in Capricorn. Make your schedule for the Summer season. Today’s full Moon gives you the patience to get everything in order. The Sun and Neptune open your perceptions so you can see and know more about things that are usually veiled. Venus and Jupiter give you luck in money and love. There is a bountiful aura to the day that makes you want to smile at everyone you see.

July 2 – Moon in Capricorn. Focus on work and accomplish as much as you can before the holiday weekend. Take charge and you will make good decisions. Be the leader, not the follower today. Words flow out of your mouth and hands so that you can express yourself quite well. Take care of what comes up suddenly – don’t put it off.

July 3 – Moon VC Capricorn, enters Aquarius 8:21 am. It’s a good day to write applications, proposals, and send in manuscripts. Your mind is active and you will be heard when you communicate your thoughts and theories. Think back to when Mercury was retrograde last month and try to remember the things you wanted to do but waited to initiate.

July 4 – Moon in Aquarius. Stay out of the garden unless you are weeding. Enjoy the holiday as you think of the ideology behind the founding of this nation. Gather with a group to celebrate our freedoms. Today mirrors the USA chart and you can feel the underlying pulse of the country and it’s inclusiveness of different ethnic immigrants.

July 5 – Moon in Aquarius, VC from 8:31 am until 10:23 am when it enters Pisces. You can plant this afternoon. It’s a day to relax by or in or on water. Let your dreams lead the way as you go through the day. Check in on elderly or ill neighbors and see what you can do to make their day happier. Meditate under the moonlight.

July 6 – Moon in Pisces. The Sun stands opposite Pluto and you find that you have to stand up to someone who is trying to get his/her way and exert power over you. The best way to handle it is to imitate water eroding away a seaside cliff with a slow steady pressure.  A lot of stuff that was put aside and forgotten about comes forward to be dealt with. Celebrate H. H. the Dalai Lama’s birthday by doing an act of kindness.

July 7 – Moon in Pisces, VC from 10:36 am until 12:37 when it enters Aries. Plant in the morning and weed in the afternoon. You can create your own fireworks today by sparking excitement in the family scene. If you feel your anger rising, it’s best to go take a walk by yourself. Do your own thing this afternoon and evening,

July 8 – Moon in Aries. There’s a sizzling energy to the day, as the fire Moon heats up the watery Sun. You can put yourself forward in a way you haven’t felt like doing for a long time. Mercury enters Cancer and puts on his apron to help you soothe and nurture as you speak your truth. The evening is for appreciating or creating art.

July 9 – Moon in Aries, VC from 9:47 am to 3:49 pm when it enters Taurus. Finish up your own projects today. You want to take advantage of this window to focus on what motivates you. The tempo slows down in the afternoon and your thoughts turn to food and other sensual pleasures. Try out that new restaurant tonight.

July 10 – Moon in Taurus. Buy new art to look at while you work or to dress up your home. Replace the old pictures that no longer stimulate you. Today has a fertile moon for planting. Put in berry bushes and flowering shrubbery. Treat your body to some pampering and splurge on something extra. Eat dessert tonight.

July 11 – Moon in Taurus, VC 5:52 pm to 8:16 pm when it enters Gemini. It’s a perfect Summer Saturday. Let nature dictate your day – garden, swim, walk in the woods, and nap in the hammock. Take your time finding local fresh food to cook for dinner. It’s a day to rest up from the frenzy of your life. Think about what you need to do to make what you own more secure.

July 12  – Moon in Gemini. There’s electricity in the air and it makes it hard to stay still. The Sun and Uranus create tension to move you along to a new level of life. Be open to unexpected occurrences as they are important. Be cautious and pay attention when you are around anything explosive or flammable, sharp or electrical.

July 13 – Moon in Gemini. Things are still jumpy and it’s hard to focus. Stick to short tasks, as you will tend to drift off in your mind when things get tedious. Write down your brilliant ideas. It’s a good day for healing both emotional and physical ills. Try using water therapies or at least take a swim or a bath, but do immerse yourself in water.

July 14 – Moon in Cancer. Today is a serious day when old issues reappear. Saturn and Venus insist that you look at the bottom line of your finances and also of your love life. Let go of jealousy and possessiveness and replace them with unconditional love. Examine why you feel insecure. Tonight is the dark of the moon.

July 15 – Moon in Cancer. This is a very fertile day and is the best day to plant for the next few days. This new moon wants to promote expansion of all kinds and asks you to meditate on the growth of a seed from its beginnings underground to its bloom as a perfect flower or vegetable.  You are very sensitive and can trust your feelings and enhanced psychic ability.  Avoid confrontations, as you could come up against someone’s ouchy places and make them react in an unpleasant way.

July 16 – Moon in Cancer, VC from 7:24 am until 10:15 am when it enters Leo. Mercury and Mars meet to stimulate your imaginative mind to great heights. You’ll do much talking and can get a lot of writing done. Start new creative works. If you have seeds or plants to put in the ground, do it early this morning.

July 17 – Moon in Leo. Enjoy the Summer. Do all the things you can only do in this season. It’s a calm happy day when you and everyone else will be in a good mood. This energy will help you at work and dealing with friends and family. It’s a good night for romance so if you are looking for a partner get out and go to a place where you can meet one.

July 18 – Moon in Leo, VC from 5:41 pm until 8:47 pm when it enters Virgo. It’s a great day to play so leave the chores to tomorrow.  Jupiter offers opportunities for love and fun and all good things. You’ll have fun with the kids wherever you go. Venus enters Virgo for a short stay so take advantage of her gift of practicality. You can receive some brilliant ideas tonight if you open your mind to the unusual.

July 19 – Moon in Virgo. This is the day to get the household errands done. Take stock of what you have and what you need to go buy or order online. It’s a good day to catch up on your work and to reduce those piles of papers and magazines. Weed the garden but don’t plant. Eat healthy food today and leave the sweets for another day.

July 20 – Moon in Virgo. Start the workweek by getting organized. Clean up your workspace and then go finish the things that you haven’t wanted to do. Make a schedule of things that need to get done and when to do them. Make appointments for your health care and those of your pets. Finish up writing projects.

July 21 – Moon VC Virgo, enters Libra 9:21 am. There’s emotional stability to the day when you’ll know if the things you’re doing are on solid ground. Have a good conversation with your partner to see how he/she feels about issues that concern you. We are at the end of Cancer so us this energy to focus on family concerns.

July 22 – Moon in Libra. The Sun enters Leo at 11:31 pm. Today is the last chance in a while when you can speak your emotional truth and have the intuition to find the right words to do so. It’s also a good day to organize the repair and maintenance for your home. Plant flowers for a second harvest. Visit the art galleries.

July 23 – Moon in Libra, VC from 2:12 pm until 10:07 pm when it enters Scorpio. Get the important work done in the morning. Mercury enters Leo and meets the Sun. This is a time when ideas flood into your head. It is a good time to start new projects especially those that use your creativity. You’ll have the confidence to show the world what you can do.

July 24 – Moon in Scorpio. You’ll feel a conflict between holding to what you love and giving it away. Venus is standing still getting ready to start her retrograde phase. Take care of money matters today while she is still in direct motion. It’s a very fertile day for gardening and planting.  You can have a passionate night.

July 25 – Moon in Scorpio. Venus turns retrograde at 5:29 am at 0 degrees of Virgo. It’s time to let go of linear thinking and go into a feeling mode to solve problems. Mars and Uranus are challenging each other and we feel their tension. There will be explosions and eruptions, both literal and figurative. Be cautious when using anything flammable.

July 26 – Moon VC Scorpio, enters Sagittarius 8:24 am. Uranus turns retrograde this morning – expect to meet a fire breathing dragon or something very out of the ordinary. It’s a day to do something that is way beyond your comfort level. Your energy and example will be healing to others. Be sure to check the batteries in your fire alarms.

July 27 – Moon in Sagittarius. You can overcome many of your problems as the fiery energy of the day propels you to strut your stuff and sell your work. This is the day to ask for a raise or promotion and to apply for that job/grant/position you’ve been dreaming about. It’s a day to have an adventure in a place you’ve never been to.

July 28 – Moon in Sagittarius, VC from 9:37 am to 2:47 am when it enters Capricorn. Have as much fun as you can in the first part of the day. Do some daring Summer sports. Contact business colleagues in other countries. You’ll come down to earth in the afternoon with a “the party’s over” feeling and start to focus on what’s in front of you.

July 29 – Moon in Capricorn. It’s time to look over the bottom line of the Summer’s work results and then reschedule and regroup. You’ll get a cold clear look at what is working and what is not. Today is the day to make the cuts and changes that lead to greater efficiency. Act from a practical point of view, not an emotional one. Work long hours to make use of this professional energy.

July 30 – Moon in Capricorn, VC from 2:50 pm until 5:40 pm when it enters Aquarius. Continue on with your work, with reorganizing, and with clearing the clutter around you. Try to end the month with a clear slate. Attend or work for a fundraiser that helps a community group.

July 31 – Moon in Aquarius. Venus backs into Leo where she will spend the rest of her retrograde travel. She will test you to see how open your heart is. Today’s full moon is a time to detach from your ego and see yourself as one of the many souls on earth. Meditate in a group. Saturn is slowing down and exerting pressure on your emotional wellbeing.


which way scarecrow

today I met a man who photographed signs

I didn’t think much of it at first

we are all taken up by various pursuits

small obsessions

but then I thought

what is a sign? A symbol of direction

of goal, of pursuit itself

knowing how much my curious brain loves a magical symbol

the more esoteric the better

it led me to believe that sign hunting was not so uninteresting after all

and not so dissimilar to my own passion for the meaning behind the sign

I came to understand that symbols are drawings of actual experiences hard to explain by other means

unless you have had them (the experiences)

I love that

and so why not?

make a catalog of signs

a kabbalah stairway to Heaven in real time

and why not catalog a treasure hunt of scent at the same time?

starting with the scent of burning leaves

burning leaves

The Scent Of Buring Leaves by Christopher Brosius Perfumer, Brooklyn NY, CBIHP 

burning leaves perfume


Nepal Heart Beat 2

Photos Heart Beat Nepal

May is an earthy month with Venus ruled Taurus in charge for the first there weeks. Enjoy the beauty of Mother Nature.

Mercury turns retrograde on May 18 at 13 degrees of Gemini. When Mercury is retrograde in a sign he rules (Gemini and Virgo) the effects are magnified. It’s going to be a rough ride if you don’t get your car, phone, computer or any other communication or transportation device fixed before Mercury turns retrograde. The underlying theme is “What is the meaning of the connections in my life?”

The area of your chart that contains 5 – 13 degrees of Gemini is where you will feel the need for examination and review.

 Nepal Heart Beat

Even though it will soon leave the top of the news stories, the devastation in Nepal will continue for a long time. Be generous and contribute as much as you can to reputable aid organizations to relieve the suffering and help with the rebuilding.


May 1 – Moon in Libra. Venus rules the day and Jupiter is smiling. Open your heart and your eyes to let beauty enter. It’s a good day to start any business related to art, clothing, jewelry, flowers, or decorating. It’s also a day when you can find a way to make a peaceful and fair settlement of any longstanding grievances. Plant flowers and flowering bushes.

May 2 – Moon in Libra, VC 10:03 am. Get out early to do your shopping and then enjoy this lovely day. Visit an arboretum or botanical garden to appreciate the beauty of plants. Take a walk and delight in nature at her best. Buy some art or photographs to liven up your walls. Do something special with your partner to show your love and admiration.

May 3 – Moon in Scorpio. Today’s full moon helps you experience the spirituality in Nature. Find a place outside where you can just sit for a while and quiet your mind. If you can’t get out, examine a flower and see it’s essence in great detail. Saturn and Mercury meet to help you focus your words. They will assist you with any editing you need to do.

May 4 – Moon in Scorpio. It’s a fertile day for planting seeds and ideas. Choose a project and put your all into doing it. Luck comes in proportion to the effort you put in. You may not be able to move as fast as you’d like but don’t get discouraged. It’s a day to choose quality over quantity. It’s a good day to plant berry bushes and corn.

May 5 – Moon in Sagittarius. You can be confident about selling your work, your art, and your ideas. Look for a new job if your old one is not right for you. Send in applications to places where you want to study. Make travel plans to go to far away places where you’ve never been. Get some exercise by mowing and weeding and getting the soil ready for planting.

May 6 – Moon in Sagittarius. The Sun and Pluto have a pleasant meeting and they want to take you on a ride into the future if you will let them. Don’t be afraid to let go of what you no longer need. It’s an earthy day when you can achieve some solid achievements and move closer toward your goals. It’s a day to have practical dreams.

May 7 – Moon in Sagittarius, VC 1:51 pm until 2:16 pm when it enters Capricorn. Venus finishes up her trip through Gemini and moves in to Cancer tonight. Buy books, download some onto your e-book reader, make phone calls, text and email friends. When Venus changes signs you won’t feel as outgoing. You’ll want to work late into the night and make decisions as to what to do during Mercury’s retrograde period.

May 8 – Moon in Capricorn. This is one of the best days for working and getting things done that you’ll have all month. If you have a firm foundation then you will want to take that next step up your career ladder. Set up a schedule for the next few weeks and for the summer’s workload. It will feel good to come home tonight.

May 9 – Moon in Capricorn, VC 4:35 pm until 7:22 pm when it enters Aquarius. Do your weekend planting today. Plant ornamental shrubs and trees. This is a good moon for pruning and grafting, and you can use that as a metaphor for other things you need to do. Put off resting until tomorrow and work hard today. Your imagination sends you to interesting places.

May 10 – Moon in Aquarius. This is rather cold energy for such a sentimental day. It urges you to give Mom the latest in computer and communication technology, or a lesson in how to use it.  Upgrade your software and think about what you want for your next phone, tablet, or computer. Get a jump on doing tomorrow’s important work.

May 11 – Moon VC Aquarius. The best thing you can do today is to think. Mercury turns retrograde in a week so decide today what you must get done before then and what projects you want to finish up during his retrograde travels. It’s a good day for doing inner work and healing an old emotional wound. Mars enters Gemini to let you do many things and explore matters of the mind.

May 12 – Moon in Pisces. Even though it may be hard to focus, you want to apply yourself to the tasks that need to get done. You will be distracted by the beauty around you and will have to resist a tendency to drift off into reveries. It’s a fertile day so do some planting in your free time and let it relax you. Listen to the plants as they tell you where they want to be.

May 13 – Moon in Pisces, VC 12:55 pm. Start early so you can get a lot done before the Moon goes void. Let your intuition choose your priorities. Meditate to get answers to a problem that is bothering you. Spend time by water. Go out this afternoon and do an act of kindness. Give your energy, love, and money to someone who needs them.

May 14 – Moon in Aries. Charge through the day like a horse running a race. Today is the last workday when you can beat Mercury as he prepares to turn retrograde. Meet any obstacles head on and push though them. You don’t want to wait for anyone to catch up to you, as you really have to get a lot done today since tomorrow is a void-of-course Moon day.

May 15 – Moon in Aries, VC 8:03 am. Mars opposes Saturn to make you slow down and reconsider the direction you’re heading. Stop and ponder over everything you are doing. You will have to choose one course of action and follow one path instead of meandering through the woods. You’ll do best finishing up the work you care about most.

May 16 – Moon in Taurus. It will be a lovely weekend to garden and spend as much time outdoors as you can. The energy is weak with the waning moon so save your seeds for later in the week but concentrate on getting the soil ready. Clear, cultivate, and cut wood. There’s a romantic aura in the air making it a good day for showing your loved one how much you appreciate him/her.

May 17 – Moon in Taurus. It’s the perfect lazy Sunday. Slow down and make this a day to rest. Meet friends for brunch. Splurge on your favorite foods and forget your diet for a day. It is the last day when Mercury is facing forward so take care of important paperwork and phone calls. It’s the dark of the moon tonight  – do a fertility ritual in the moonlight.

May 18 – Moon in Gemini. Mercury turns retrograde at 9:50 pm. He is standing still all day and is unable to deliver your messages. You’ll feel like you are in stop and go traffic and can only get short tasks accomplished. Today’s new Moon happens in Taurus in the early hours of the morning. He sets up a month when you want to appreciate and enjoy Nature.

May 19 – Moon in Gemini, VC 1:57 pm. Start getting used to double-checking all you write and type. Reread your emails and texts before you hit the send button. Today is prime for making those kinds of mistakes, especially in the afternoon. You’ll be moving fast and having a hard time settling in on doing one thing. Don’t believe everything you hear.

May 20 – Moon VC Gemini, enters Cancer 9:56 am. Today and tomorrow are exceptionally fertile days for planting. Today is a bit better as it’s the last day of earthy Taurus. Take advantage of Taurus practicality and sense of value to shop for things for the yard and house, for clothes and art, food and kitchen utensils. You can find bargains today in thrift stores and tag sales.

May 21 – Moon in Cancer, VC 8:36 pm. The Sun enters Gemini 4:45 am. This is a big transition from earthy energies to mental ones. It makes the energy of the day unstable. Venus stands opposite Pluto and they help you to realize what is real and what is motivated by anxious feelings. You want to examine your relationship and take a good look at your financial situation. Keep planting.

May 22 – Moon VC Cancer, enters Leo 5:42 pm. Finish planting today as the weekend has a barren moon. The Sun stands opposite Saturn, the first time since Saturn is in Sagittarius, and you get a cold hard look at the bottom lines in your life. It’s the prefect day to downsize. Clear out things that have been sitting around and have become clutter.

May 23 – Moon in Leo. It’s a weekend to have fun and party, but not plant. Do your errands today, as it’s a bit better for doing chores. You will feel generous and want to buy presents for friends and family. Keep your purchases to the less expensive items like outdoor toys for the kids. Get out in to the sunshine if it’s there. Smile and be happy.

May 24 – Moon VC Leo. This is the day to lie around like a lazy lion. Put in some serious time in the hammock. Have an all day picnic party. Let your obligations slide until tomorrow. Allow yourself to have a true vacation day. Remember those who have done brave deeds and be thankful for your blessings.

May 25 – Moon in Virgo. Your mind has left party mode and you’ll be thinking of what needs to be done. Venus and Uranus give you insights about how to balance the needs of family vs. your desire for independence. They want to introduce you to someone who can act as a catalyst for change. It will be useful to have conversations with friends so you can toss around ideas and play with your imagination.

May 26 – Moon in Virgo. Today is the day to get re-organized. Go back over what doesn’t work well and retrofit. Get rid of what you’re not using and recycle. Listen to your intuition about what to keep and what to dump. Re-organize your files, your closets, and your schedule. Do tomorrow’s work today but don’t start anything new.

May 27 – Moon VC Virgo, enters Libra 5:42 pm. A VC moon in Mercury’s sign during Mercury retrograde makes for a day where you have to let things unfold instead of makings things happen. Your mind is buzzing with ideas that you can’t act on but should write down for future use. There’s a tendency to gossip so watch your words as they flow out of your mouth. Calm down and go to a place beyond words to access healing energy.

May 28 – Moon in Libra. It’s a day for thinking and planning, contemplating and envisioning. Redecorate your home and office to change the energy around. Move pictures onto different walls. Put things in closets and take things out of storage. You can plant flowers and flowering bushes as well as vegetables where you eat the flowers such as cauliflower and broccoli.

May 29 – Moon in Libra, VC 4:20 pm. Write down last nights dreams so you can find the messages hidden within them. Have a brainstorming meeting or work in a team. Take a friend to lunch. Keep planting flowers and plan your weekend’s gardening. Relax tonight with a romantic or silly movie.

May 30 – Moon in Scorpio. This is the weekend to plant – the Moon is in a fertile sign and increasing in light. It is especially good for growing plants whose seeds are outside, like strawberries, and leafy vegetables. The Sun and Mercury meet telling us that this retrograde period is hallway over. Catch up on your journal entries.

May 31 – Moon in Scorpio. Keep planting and transplanting. Don’t put it off for next weekend as that one has a barren moon. The Sun and Neptune are in a dance and will get you dizzy as they whirl. It is easy to be misunderstood, as each person will latch on to a different meaning of a word or phrase. Find time to meditate

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we came together searching peace of mind

a piece of your heart an a piece of mine

I had my dreams and you had thine

we thought our lives could intertwine

But Baby you said never mind

it will have to be some other time

you have your storm an I have mine

but I wish I could hold you while you cry


I’d love to see you in the open field

all the magic places we’d said we’d go

seeking flowers in the hidden ruins

making potions from their tender yields 

I wish I could hold you while you cry


your skin burns so much I can’t come near

it seemed so right but there’s so much fear

I don’t know if we’ll ever bear

the weight of grief enough to form a scar

I wish I could hold you while you cry


you know I want to hold you close

and have your arms around me too

It seemed so right will it come to pass

I wish I could hold you while you cry


I’ll sing you songs and pray you heal

all the wounds that have hurt you so

I don’t know if I’ll ever be the one 

I wish I could hold you while you cry