yellow flowerin my throat there is a flower with long yellow petals

so tightly closed it can only open with your breath

won’t you put your lips to mine and breathe that flower open?

she wants to whisper words soft and warm into your ears

but she needs your help and she wants so much to unfold

she is asking you to wet her sepals with your tongue

and let your words drip all the way down to her ground

so she can grow to you

don’t hold her so tightly that you break her stem

or she will die to you, please

stroke her leaves only with the tips of your fingers and be careful not to crush them

she wants to be seen and admired and  surrounded by your love so she can breathe unchallenged by life’s emergencies

she knows she is not the only flower in the garden but for her sake you pretend she is so

because in her moon is your sun

and in every dewdrop that forms on her is a reflection of the seer who notices that she is alive

Monica Miller 2015




“Froze” by Steve Myrick Martha’s Vineyard

March is the changeover month between a long frozen Winter and the promise of Spring. This major energy switch of the Vernal Equinox is on March 20 this year and has the added power of a total Solar Eclipse happening on the same day. The eclipse will not be visible from the USA but we will feel it. It occurs at 29 degrees of Pisces, the last degree of the zodiac. It portends closure of what needs to end. Get ready to let go of what seems to be taken away from you.

Uranus and Pluto continue to move along in a tense relationship and the world will continue to feel the tension this causes. They have been confronting each other since June of 2012. Think back and see how they have affected the area of your chart that holds the mid-teen degrees of Aries and Capricorn.

Saturn turns retrograde for the first time since he entered Sagittarius. He gives you time to rework your ideas and solve the new challenges that he’s given you so far in 2015.

March 1 – Moon VC Cancer, enters Leo 6:34 pm. Today is a lazy, stay at home day. The kind where you have the time to do the fun things, like inventing new recipes, and also the necessary things, like checking the due dates on the food in your pantry and refrigerator.  Choose some food items that you bought on a whim and are still good but you don’t want and put them in a bag to give to the the food bank.

March 2 – Moon in Leo. It’s a happy, active day. Everything you do can be made exciting and fun. It will easy to work hard and enjoy the creativity you discover in yourself. Forget about feeling shy and let the fire energy of the day help you show the world what you can do. Promote yourself and your work and your business. Send in applications and writing proposals. Do tomorrow’s work today.

March 3 – Moon VC Leo. The whole day is under a void of course moon yet there’s creative energy as Jupiter and Uranus operate in sync to offer you encouragement to do something new. Focus on your own projects, the ones that bear the stamp of your original thoughts. Let your imagination free. Find time for pleasure.

March 4 – Moon in Virgo. Now you can fill in the details and specifics of your work. You can catch up on things that are still dangling from last month’s weather disruptions. Pay attention to the brief encounters you have that touch your heart. Listen to what those people say to you, as it is important. You will feel passionate about what you want, so take time to see how that impacts on the dynamics of your relationship.

March 5 – Moon in Virgo, VC 1:36 pm. You need to do two days work this morning. Today’s full moon highlights the symbolism of the Pisces-Virgo axis –helping others while having a kind heart full of compassion. It signals a need to blend the physical and spiritual worlds. It is time to bring something to an end, just as winter is ending soon, and get ready to move forward and not look back.

March 6 – Moon VC Virgo, enters Libra 7:52 pm. Do the best you can today. Tie up the loose ends in every facet of your life. You’ll see flaws and mistakes at every turn but don’t try to multitask or you’ll just make it worse. Take one task and plod along. You may want to save some important phone calls and emails to do tomorrow.

March 7 – Moon in Libra. Chiron meets the Sun and gives you this special day of healing. You can solve any lingering problems that you have on the physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual level. Since the moon is in Libra, the sign of partnerships, it’s a good idea to ask someone to help you. You want to be among people this weekend and enjoy social events while you find cures for your old wounds.

March 8 – Moon in Libra, VC 9:24 pm. TURN YOUR CLOCKS AHEAD ONE HOUR. Enjoy the comfort of old friends and go out to art galleries, museums, or a concert of live music. Work on rebalancing your relationships by talking about ongoing problems. You’ll be able to talk and negotiate good compromises. Have a pleasant day.

March 9 – Moon VC Libra, enters Scorpio 9:10 am. Let your feeling nature show you the way to handle the day. Both the Sun and Moon are in emotional, intuitive water signs causing you to be sensitive to the echoes around you. Listen to your inner sense when it urges you to take precautions. Do what you need to do to improve the security of your home, your money, and your emotional well-being.

March 10 – Moon in Scorpio. Mars and Jupiter laugh together and dare you to step beyond your usual boundaries. They offer energy to create and they want you to try your luck and take a risk if it feels right. Listen to your inner voice if it tells you no from a place of logic, not from fear. There’s tension between being outgoing and wanting to shine and a part of you who just wants to crawl into a hole and be left alone.

March 11 – Moon in Scorpio, VC from 3:46 pm until 7:30 pm when it enters Sagittarius. Mars is wearing his soldier uniform and sets out to challenge the established ways. He wants you to be innovative and do your own thing. It’s a push come to shove day when you have to stand up for yourself. Be careful when driving, using fire, power tools, explosives, or anything sharp.

March 12 – Moon in Sagittarius. It’s a good day to do damage control from yesterday and to move ahead in all ways. It will be hard to focus on one thing, as you’ll be influenced by new ideas and want to check them out. Mercury enters Pisces, which brings an end to any issues that are still lingering from when he was retrograde last month. Get out and get involved in some kind of sport.

March 13 – Moon in Sagittarius, VC 7:11 pm. If you have anything you want to be published and feel it is ready, today is a good day submit it, as well as sending in other kinds of work. Saturn is standing still and you’ll feel him telling you have to be serious about your projects. He wants you to take the ideas out of your mind and turn them into some sort of solid form. Have a fun evening and make sure you eat, watch, and do something different.

March 14 – Moon in Capricorn.. Saturn turns retrograde at 11:02 am. It’s a serious day when you can’t fudge it anymore. It’s time to reconsider your career goals and see if you are traveling in the right direction. You may have to edit and rewrite your work. It’s time to be realistic and separate facts from dreams. Spend time with your elderly friends and treat them to a meal while you listen to their wisdom.

March 15 – Moon in Capricorn. It’s a day to work hard on what ever you chose to do. You’ll be able to organize things and get rid of clutter, both around the house and in your mind. You’ll find it easy to make plan and schedules for the next week, the month, and for the rest of the year. It will feel good to get so much done.

March 16 –Moon in Aquarius. You’ll do a lot of thinking today. You can edit your written work and achieve good results. Today is the last hit of the ongoing tension between Uranus and Pluto. Think back to the transformation in your life since June of 2012 and how the process has unfolded. Have you accomplished your dreams and wishes and how have they changed.

March 17 – Moon in Aquarius, VC 2:18 pm. Your mind is clear and sharp and you want to take advantage of this mental energy and get your deals, talks, and writing done this morning. It’s getting close to the eclipse on Friday when you won’t feel as mentally sharp. Venus moves into Taurus today, a sign where she will help you express your sensuous and sensual side.

March 18 – Moon in Pisces. Bathe in the Pisces energy and let yourself receive inspiration. Your right brain is charged and you’ll say and do what you feel, not what you think. It will be hard to separate true inspiration from illusions. Spend time helping someone who can use your assistance. Open your heart and your checkbook and give to a charity that helps those in need.

March 19 – Moon in Pisces. Don’t try to do much today as your actions will be influenced by tomorrow’s eclipse. Devote the day to healing and helping. We are at the end of the zodiacal year, which is a proper time to bring things to an end. It is a time to surrender what holds you back. Tonight is a very special dark of the moon.

March 20 – The Solar Eclipse occurs at 5:36 am at 29 degrees of Pisces. The Moon goes VC and enters Aries at 6:28 am. The Sun enters Aries at 6:45 pm. It’s a day of transition.   Honor the energy of the day with a meditation on the waters of the oceans and how they connect all on our planet. Bring the earthly and spiritual parts of your life into balance.

March 21 – Moon in Aries, VC 6:51 pm. Make some new years resolutions to celebrate the new zodiacal year. Let yesterday’s eclipse wipe out old attitudes and emotional defenses and start fresh today to become the you that you want to be. Today is a day for beginnings. You’ll have plenty of energy all day to do what you want to do.

March 22 – Moon in Taurus. It’s a day to please your senses. There’s a feminine aura and a soft feeling. Pamper your body by taking a hot tub or sauna, buying clothes that feel good, and getting a massage or facial. Experiment with new kinds of gourmet food. Start seedlings and take advantage of the fertile energy of the day.

March 23 – Moon in Taurus, VC 10:24 am. You have a short time this morning to set up things in place so it’s easy to follow through for the rest of the day. You’ll have enough common sense to see what is practical and what isn’t. Work at a slow and steady pace. Keep the image of planting seeds in your mind to help you to grow something new in your life.

March 24 – Moon VC Taurus, enters Gemini 9:22 am. Celebrate your spirit of romance and fantasy whenever you get the chance. Act with loving-kindness. Mercury meets Chiron and they give you ideas on how to heal your sore spots. They show you the right words to say to make things better. Stay busy and as focused as you can be.

March 25 – Moon in Gemini. Your mind is ablaze with ideas that need to be written down or recorded. The Sun and Saturn play together with fiery energy and ask you to step up to center stage and show your stuff. You’ll do well if you are giving a speech, teaching, or putting your writing where people can read it. You need to do tomorrow’s work today, especially that which concerns communicating with people.

March 26 – Moon in Gemini, VC from 8:35 am until 3:45 pm when it enters Cancer. You know how to handle VC moon days by now. Don’t start anything where you want the outcome to be as planned. Do the things that you want to fall through the cracks and not be noticed. Sort through your inbox and piles of papers on the desk and answer them or trash them. Cook your comfort foods tonight.

March 27 – Moon in Cancer. Today is a day for taking action. You can face conflict head on and be able to sense the right move to make. The evening will be intense with unresolved family issues rising up again. Use love and generosity of spirit as tools in any discussions. It’s a fertile moon if you want to start seedlings.

March 28 – Moon in Cancer. You’ll feel the conflict between the responsibilities of home and family and a desire for getting out on your own today. Try to do some of both. Add houseplant care to your list of today’s chores. It’s a fertile moon and good for transplanting and moving plants to a bigger container. Cook and bring a meal to anyone who could use a home cooked meal.

March 29 – Moon in Leo. Get outside and jump and play. Take the kids and do something special with them. Enjoy the fiery energy of the day that will lead you to adventure and excitement. Have an impromptu potluck party and play charades and other games. It’s a take–charge-of-your-life day, so do something bold. Then take care of tomorrow’s important work.

March 30 – Moon in Leo, VC 9:57 am. Start early and get the major stuff done. Then explore and experiment with things you want to try out but don’t care how they turn out. It’s a day for doing without being attached to the results. Let your romantic side out to play and act as if it’s Valentines Day again. Mercury moves into Aries to bring your mind to new places and focus your thoughts.

March 31 – Moon VC Leo, enters Virgo 2:12 pm. You can catch up and revise your work of the past few days when the moon changes signs this afternoon. Mars enters Taurus around the same time and he will help you plod along and get things finished. He will help you be more practical. You’ll lose your edge but will act with more common sense


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Frederick Howard Michael – Titania

“…With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine: There sleeps Titania sometime of the night, Lull’d in these flowers with dances and delight….” William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Come my Oberon, come my love

my heart opens as a glorious rose and I offer my sweet musk self to you

through parting wisp I reach, no words

in breath consumed, I am perfume

and in the petite mort when we awake we will float through this midsummer night’s dream 

carried by my fairies on gossamer wings

the love I have for you is a river that runs through everything

it connects with the stars in your eyes and bends the light from heaven to earth 

and into my mossy bower

distilling the botanical bouquet

of a girl with flowers

the silken road of time is no enemy of ours my love,

for fate has written our story and the stage awaits our arrival 

we have yet to happen and yet have already happened,

our parts laid out

our throats opened in speech and song

costume score and script designed and written by angelic forces

the joyousness of our union celebrated by the seraphim


our passage is long and I am the maiden, the mother and the crone for you

as you are my wild green man in all his guises 

you are my King, my Oberon, 

and I am your Queen

your Reine Des Fleurs

copyright Monica Miller2015

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In perfumery, the Queen of Flowers is of course, the glorious rose.  And it is this heart that beats at the center of La Reine des Fleurs, accented by youthful peach, and given a mysteriously, luscious balsamic-vanilla drydown.   This rose perfume is as velvety as the petals themselves.

About This Product

Commissioned by Denver Art Museum for their “Untitled #63: au naturel” event in conjunction with their Passport to Paris exhibit, La Reine des Fleurs was inspired by French artist Eugene Carriere’s late 19th Century painting “Young Girl with Flowers”.  The imagine (which can be viewed at dshnotebook) is both dramatic and innocent, sophisticated and youthful.  It evokes a kind of interplay of childish things and a lush elegance.  It is this sense of beauty in two worlds that is expressed in La Reine des Fleurs.

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Mercury is in retrograde motion during the first half of February. Stay flexible and be ready to reschedule meetings and change plans. It’s a good time to rethink and let go of some of the opinions where you cling too tightly. The month just flows along after February 11 when Mercury turns direct at 1 degree of Aquarius.

1 – Moon in Cancer, VC 8:37 am. It’s a day to lounge around the house in your pj’s and just give yourself a day to chill. It’s like staying home from school when you were a kid and had a cold. Venus meets up with Neptune to help you create a make believe day. It’s a time to be in your own fairy tale or other adventurous scenarios.

2 – Moon VC Cancer, enters Leo 12:41 pm. Do something to celebrate this mid winter holiday of Candlemas, also know as Groundhog’s Day. Be sure to see the movie, or at least think about its profound message.. Uranus and the Sun encourage you to keep on with the fantasies from yesterday. It’s a day to be weird and have fun.

3 – Moon in Leo. Today’s full moon spreads unconditional love all over the planet. Open your heart and forgive and make peace. Choose the path of kindness, not ego, when you come to a crossroad. Pay extra attention to the children in your life. Shower them with praise and encouragement. You need to do tomorrow’s important work today.

4 – Moon VC Leo. It’s a day to play. Take a personal day off from work if you can. Let your guardian angel or spirit guides lead you through the day. Be generous and share what you have. Get together with the people you love and have a little party.

5 – Moon in Virgo. Now you can focus on work and catch up with the things you’ve put aside. You need to be extra careful and double check all that you send, write, and post. You’ll be in clean up mode and can easily tackle some dresser drawers or a closet or two. Finish up your filing and put aside the information you need for taxes. Get the boring stuff done today.

6 – Moon in Virgo, VC 5:09 pm. The Sun and Jupiter meet and they bring you luck. Broaden your horizons and think about trips, courses, and meeting new people. You will be tempted to take some risks, just don’t bet on anything where the loss would hurt. It’s a day when you can manifest what you really want but it will take effort.

7 – Moon VC Virgo, enters Libra 1:44 pm. Do your chores, errands, and cleaning in the morning. You can socialize and enjoy the day in a lazy way later on. Go out with a friend and look for bargains on art, jewelry, and home decorations. Visit someone you haven’t seen in a long time. Catch up on your social media posts. Have an old fashioned date tonight with your loved one.

8– Moon in Libra. It’s a day to follow your passions. Go full steam into your creative projects. Redecorate the house or just move the pictures around so you see them from a different angle. Attend a concert or go to an art museum. Get out and be with the people you like. Be sure to get tomorrow’s communications done today.

9 – Moon VC Libra. It’s a full VC day at the end of Mercury’s retrograde period, so don’t even try to get anything of importance done. Postpone and reschedule. Let your mind fill with ideas and plans for the rest of the year. Write them down so you can use them later on. Catch up on replying to emails and write your thank you notes.

10 –Moon in Scorpio. Even though you are impatient and want to get moving, you have to wait one more day. Mercury is standing still and getting ready to change into forward motion. You can feel the new energy but you can’t make use of it yet. Today is a good day to finish up old projects and tidy up loose ends, both material and emotional ones.

11 – Moon in Scorpio. Mercury goes direct at 9:57 am. Today is a day of transition and so it may be best to wait a while before initiating your new ventures. Try to blend what your gut tells you is true with what your mind perceives. Try to be flexible and let go of some cherished but faulty opinions. Avoid power struggles.

12 – Moon VC Scorpio, enters Sagittarius 11:46 am. Do the routine stuff in the morning and start your new projects once the moon changes signs. You may have to cut back on some part of your innovative designs and be more realistic about what you can accomplish. But, you can finally, after waiting all these weeks, advance your piece on the playing board.

13 – Moon in Sagittarius. Override your concern about the superstition concerning Friday the 13 and try your luck. The Moon and Jupiter tell you to think big and go for it. This is a good weekend to get out and enjoy winter sports. Take off to go where you can. Break your routine and eat an ethnic dinner and see a video from a foreign country in a language you don’t know.

14 – Moon in Sagittarius, VC from 10:15 am until 5:24 pm when it enters Capricorn. Have fun on Valentine’s Day in an outdoor setting. Try an activity you’ve never done. Take a class or workshop to learn something totally different from what you know. Play with those you love and show your affection through your actions, not with gifts.

15 – Moon in Capricorn. You’ll feel serious about your career and your future. Set new goals and make a plan for how to achieve them. You will want to start today and get down to work. Don’t be concerned if others seem cold and distant, they are just focused on their work as you are. Try not to be impatient with anyone who distracts you.

16 – Moon in Capricorn, VC from 3:17 pm until 7:13 pm when it enters Aquarius. Even though it’s a holiday for some, you want to continue on with working towards your new goal. You can figure out how and when to move forward. Spend the afternoon going over your plans and doing whatever damage control you need to do from any Mercury retrograde mistakes that surface.

17 – Moon in Aquarius. Take advantage of this Aquarius energy, which opens your mind and shoots you into the future. You’ll be objective in your thoughts and able to put your ego aside. Decide what you want to do to help your community and how much you want to get involved in politics. Embrace anything unexpected that happens. Tonight is the dark of the moon.

18 – Moon in Aquarius, VC from 6:47 pm to 6:48 pm when it enters Pisces. The Sun enters Pisces at 6:50 pm.Today is the last day of Aquarius with the new Moon occurring in the last degree of that sign.  This gives you special emphasis on the power of thought.  It is auspicious to meditate in a group and to pray for peace.

19 – Moon in Pisces, VC 6:01 pm. Today is the Chinese New Year and Tibetan LOSAR. Celebrate by bringing something new into your life. Mars enters Aries where he is strong and active. He gives you the energy for moving ahead and pushing by obstacles that stand in your way. Get tomorrow’s work done today.

20 – Moon VC Pisces, enters Aries 6:13 pm. Venus follows Mars into Aries. They team up to bring you days when you need to put your desires first. People will be taking lots of selfies. Float through the day and finish up the week as best you can. By tonight you will be feeling impatient and ready to jump into fresh territory and will want to stay up late into the night working on your new inventions.

21 – Moon in Aries, VC 7:36 pm. It’s a high-energy day so make use of it. You can rest tomorrow. Face your fears, put them aside, and keep going. Don’t let anyone stand in your way or try to derail your actions. Protect your head and slow down when you need to be cautious, like on the highway.

22– Moon VC Aries, enters Taurus 7:28 pm. Do what pleases you. Let others do what they want. It’s best to act alone today and move at your own pace since it will be hard to stay in sync with a partner or a group. It’s one of those days when it’s okay to be selfish. Act out a dream or fantasy. Do your favorite kind of escapism.

23 – Moon in Taurus, VC 9:57 pm. you’ll come down to earth with a bang. Today is the first time Saturn has challenged the Sun in his new sign. Think of it as a final exam with essays instead of true or false questions. You will see the bottom line of what’s happening in your life and shed all illusions, especially about love and money. Work hard and please Saturn and get tomorrow’s work done too.

 24 – Moon VC Taurus. Venus softens Saturn a bit and shows you a way out of your situation. She helps you feel more stable but Saturn keeps her enthusiasm in line. Take care of things in the material world that you’ve been too busy for. Go through you closets and give away the clothes you don’t wear and the items you don’t use.

25 – Moon in Gemini. Try to keep a goal in mind as you multitask your way through the day. Keep to short tasks that involve communicating with people. You can accomplish a lot in a short time, and you have to do tomorrow’s work too. The Sun meets up with Neptune tonight for their annual date and they make you want to help others.

26 – Moon VC Gemini. It’s frustrating to have your mind so active and yet know that you must use care with what you write, say, and sign. There have been a lot of VC days this month so you are used to the energy and know how to handle it. Go through those piles of papers and magazines and read them or recycle them or give them to the library.

27 – Moon VC Gemini, enters Cancer 7:50 am. Things calm done and you can relax a bit. Your antennae are out and you can feel what’s safe to do and when you’re pushing it. You’ll want to stay by the people you trust. It will feel good to help – bring food to a shut in, do some shopping for someone, shovel a walk. It’s a night for nesting at home.

28 – Moon in Cancer, VC 12:53 pm. Walk around the house and see what you need to do to keep it safe and secure. Stock up on the winter necessities you may have used up. Have a heart to heart talk with a family member over something that has been bothering you. Host a potluck dinner party and get creative with your cooking.