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photograph by Gino Mazzafarro, Martha’s Vineyard

Hang on for a wild ride this month. Venus ends her retrograde period on September 6. You’ll be able to look back over the summer and draw some conclusions about what she was teaching you.

There are two eclipses in September. A Solar eclipse on September 13 occurs at 20 degrees of Virgo. The lunar eclipse is on September 27 at 4 degrees of Aries. If you have a Sun, Moon, or Ascendant at those degrees you can expect a big change in your life. The area of the chart near those degrees will be unsettled.

Mercury starts his retrograde period on September 17. He will be retrograde until October 9, moving backwards from 15-0 degrees of Libra. This is his last retrograde time in 2015. He will ask you to review and revise all your relationships and how you act when involved with another person.

Saturn leaves Scorpio and reenters Sagittarius also on September 17. He remains in Sagittarius challenging us with new lessons until end of December 2017. He gave us hints to what he is asking of you when he popped into Sagittarius from January to June. Now he moves on with determination to get you to do it the right way.

The Autumnal Equinox occurs on September 23 this year.


September 1 – Moon in Aries, VC 12:37 pm. It’s an exciting, high-energy day. You will be creative in all that you do so choose to actions that benefit from your ingenuity. You can do anything you set your mind to. You have the courage to handle hard tasks and say uncomfortable things. Start your tasks in the morning. Be sure to exercise in the afternoon and challenge your personal best.

 September 2 – Moon in Taurus. You’ll be fortunate in all that you touch. Shop for food to preserve for the winter. Tend to your garden and put in Fall shrubs. Look for bargains in the end of season sales, especially on clothes, jewelry, and art. Go through your possessions to see what to get rid of so you can redecorate your home and office. It’s a good night to hear some live music.

 September 3 – Moon in Taurus. Reevaluate your financial situation and see what changes you want to make next week when Venus goes direct. Grab a bit of summer laziness and enjoy lying around or strolling outdoors. Let your sensuous side lead the way and pamper your senses with the tastes and smells you love the most. Buy some sexy underwear.

 September 4 – Moon in Gemini. You’ll be moving a lot faster now and can catch up on emails and texts that you’ve read but not answered. Keep to the short tasks and do as many as you can, often many at the same time. It’s a good day to shop for school supplies. Update the software on your phone, tablet, and computer. Get together with friends tonight and play word games.

 September 5- Moon in Gemini, VC 7:04 pm. Take some short trips this holiday weekend. Visit siblings and cousins and the friends who make you feel good. Stay out of the garden unless you want to weed or harvest. Save any planting for tomorrow. You can make some fundamental changes in your attitudes and worldview, so do some serious thinking.

 September 6 – Moon VC Gemini, enters Cancer 1:40 pm. Venus stops and turns into direct motion early this morning. Look back on the past seven weeks and see what has changed, what people came back to you, either in real time or in your mind or in your dreams. Do you still want what you wanted in July? Spend the afternoon and evening with family.

 September 7 – Moon in Cancer. Rest in the comfort of home and family. Use today as a transition between the busyness of summer and the back to school/work feeling that lies ahead. Check your smoke alarm batteries and think about keeping your home secure. Decide what new items you want to buy for the house and what repairs are needed so that you can make the phone calls tomorrow to make it happen.

 September 8 – Moon in Cancer, VC from 9:28 pm until 10:36 pm when it enters Leo. It’s a day to embrace the new and use those odd ideas that have been settling down in your mind. Leave your fears behind and vow to yourself that they won’t hold you back from the excitement of growth. Do some canning, preserving, and freezing of the fresh produce you buy to stock up for the winter.

 September 9 – Moon in Leo. Take the lessons that Venus taught you during her retrograde period and apply them to your life. It may be appropriate to let go of people and things. You may have to negotiate new contracts and make adjustments to the patterns in your relationships. If you do it with love it will turn out all right.

 September 10 – Moon in Leo. Remember that Mercury goes retrograde a week from today so do what you need to do before it happens. Help the kids get accustomed to going back to school and give them a special treat this afternoon to encourage them to do good work. Shop for presents you need to buy and get yourself something nice.

 September 11 – Moon in Leo, VC from 9 am until 9:56 am when it enters Virgo. Today is a very good day to work, so don’t waste it by procrastinating. Your mind is clear and sharp and you will speak well. It’s a good day to try for the new job you want or to hire the right employee. Make your orders and buy communication equipment today. Get the car serviced and make your doctor appointments.

 September 12 – Moon in Virgo. This is the weekend to do a major clean-up and put away the summer stuff. Tidy up the yard and garden, but don’t plant. Recycle all those bottles and piles of cardboard and magazines. It’s a day to fix, fix and fix. You can figure out how to heal some old wounds and help others. It’s the dark of the moon before an eclipse, do a special healing ritual.

 September 13 – Moon in Virgo. The new moon is eclipsed which makes the energy of the day unstable. On the day of a solar eclipse the past obscures the present and there is an opportunity to get rid of the broken pieces of your past. It is an auspicious day for all types of spiritual pursuits. It is a day when meditation and prayers have a great effect. Visualize yourself as whole and in good health before you fall asleep tonight.

 September 14 – Moon in Libra. You will still feel the shakiness that follows an eclipse. Prepare for the coming Mercury retrograde and put things in order. Buy any big-ticket items that you want to have right away. Sign contracts after you review them one more time. Make decisions about handling your investments and assets.

 September 15 – Moon in Libra. It’s a good day to find a balance in your life, your relationship, and your business. This is the last change to negotiate with a clear mind for the next three weeks. Take time to socialize with friends and co-workers. Strengthen a bond of friendship among those you see everyday. Help those who are at odds to make peace.

 September 16 – Moon VC Libra, enters Scorpio 11:43 am. Besides being the last day before Mercury turns retrograde, it is the last day when Saturn is in Scorpio. You have today to let go of dark thoughts and come to terms with what is. You must let go of what is over and done with. Take care of what is valuable to you, both on the physical and emotional plane.

 September 17 – Moon in Scorpio. Mercury turns retrograde at 2:10 pm. He stands still all day and tells you to stay quiet and listen, not act. Saturn enters Sagittarius where he will be for the next two and a half years. Jupiter and Neptune connect and urge you to focus on helping those in need and to vow to do more service work. Today is the kind of day when you need to ride the waters of the day and not try to direct your journey.

 September 18 – Moon in Scorpio, VC 3:49. You can still feel the change in the energy and see that the currents are still merging. Wait until next week to do any important work. Finish up what must be done and start your weekend early. Get any planting you want to do done today as the weekend has a barren moon. It’s a good night to catch up on your sleep.

 September 19 – Moon in Sagittarius. Get out of the house and roam around this weekend. Leave your worries, chores, obligations, and responsibilities for Monday. The next two days are for having new experiences and going somewhere you’ve never been. Find a workshop to take to study something new that will challenge you.

 September 20 – Moon in Sagittarius. You’ll have too much energy to just sit around so call a friend or two and go have an adventure. There must be something that you wanted to do this summer but never got around to doing it. This is the weekend for making those dreams come true. Be brave and bold and have a good time.

 September 21 – Moon VC Sagittarius, enters Capricorn 8:33 am. You’ll come down to earth and want to get back to business. There is great energy for working long hours filled with concentration and focus. Review the numbers from summer sales and think back on how you felt about your work and then see what you can do to revise your schedule.

 September 22 – Moon in Capricorn, VC 7:13 pm. Today is the last day of Virgo and the last day of Summer. Take advantage of the emphasis on earth energy by working as much as you can. You won’t feel this ambitious for a while. Use this day to reorganize, discard, reduce and combine the things that seem excessive. Do something out of the ordinary and exciting tonight.

 September 23 – Moon VC Capricorn, enters Aquarius 1:51 pm. The Sun enters Libra at 4:21 am. Today is the Autumnal Equinox, a day to make balance in all aspects of your life. You can stabilize your foundation and clear up the dangling loose ends. Think back on this past summer and see what you learned about yourself and what makes you happy.

 September 24 – Moon in Aquarius. You’ll be thinking a lot and your mind will tend towards seeing the big picture. Mars ends his time in Leo and enters Virgo tonight. Let your creativity flow today. You will feel the challenge to speak the truth and correct what others say if they are wrong. You will hear some things you don’t want to know.

 September 25 – Moon VC Aquarius, enters Pisces 3:44 am. Pluto moves into direct motion today. This is always a big energy switch that can bring about a major event. It’s best to slow down and do as little as possible since the energy is so unstable with the lunar eclipse two days away. Whatever you let go of will stay gone. Consider which of your visions can be made real.

 September 26 – Moon in Pisces, VC 12:32 pm. Don’t even try to think straight or attempt anything that needs linear thinking. Today is sandwiched between yesterday when Pluto changed direction and tomorrow’s lunar eclipse. You need to float, literally and figuratively, and drift down the currents of the day. Just relax and let your worries take a day off. This is a special time when you can get rid of unhappy memories.

 September 27 – Moon VC Pisces, enters Aries 3:29 pm. Tonight’s full moon is the harvest moon and is eclipsed. It gives you an opportunity to wipe out something in your life that still bothers you and to start fresh. It inspires you fight the negativity in your mind and soul and to move towards light and love. It is an auspicious day for meditation and all spiritual practices.

 September 28 – Moon in Aries. Take a deep breath and try to pull your life together, as it may feel fragmented by now. Be aware that Mercury is retrograde for another two weeks. Put yourself first and know that it’s okay to be a bit selfish today. You don’t want to be distracted or slowed down by anyone once you get going on what you’re doing.

 September 29 – Moon VC Aries, enters Taurus 2:57 pm. Wait until the afternoon when earth energy takes over to get anything of importance done. Continue on with yesterday’s projects but don’t start any new ones. Life will start to calm down now that we are past the eclipses. Start to enjoy the Fall.

 September 30 – Moon in Taurus. Today is the middle of this retrograde Mercury phase. It is a day when your mind will be flooded with ideas, mostly practical ones. Write them down so you can act on them when Mercury is moving forward again. Do tomorrow’s work today. Shop for produce that you can cook up and freeze. Forget the diet tonight and indulge.


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Venus is in retrograde motion all month. She is dancing back through Leo and giving you experiences in love, both in current time and in retrospect. Pay attention to the people you meet as each encounter has significance. Hold off on buying high priced and luxury items since your taste may change once Venus goes direct in September. Venus wants you to have fun and enjoy the summer days of August.

Saturn stops and turns into direct motion on August 3. He travels through the last two degrees of Scorpio and brings closure to the major issues of the last two and a half years.

Jupiter enters Virgo on August 11. He brings his gifts and goodies to all Virgos and to those who have personal planets in Virgo. He ushers in a year that is good for work, solving health problems, helping others, and getting your life in order. Think back to 2003 to get a sense the opportunities that he brings when he is in the sign of Virgo.

August 1 – Moon in Aquarius, VC from 6:02 pm until 6:36 pm when it enters Pisces. Today is Lammas, the ancient holiday of the first harvest. Eat something from your garden or food that’s grown locally. It’s not a day for planting. Saturn is standing still getting ready to end his retrograde period. He’s strong and powerful and wants you to face your problems, not ignore them.

August 2 – Moon in Pisces. Saturn turns direct while you are sleeping. Remember the images in your dreams, as they are messages sent by your unconscious. Pay attention to your daydreams when your mind wanders throughout the day. Keep your mind open to receive cosmic knowledge. You can plant today.

August 3 – Moon in Pisces, VC from 4:35 pm until 7:24 pm when it enters Aries. It’s a day to help others. Use you intuition to see who is in need of some caring either by actions or words. Do extra acts of kindness. You’ll feel a conflict between wanting to go and grow and a need to hold back. It’s a good day to look at where you are being too self-protective.

August 4 – Moon in Aries. Venus and Jupiter meet for the second time this summer and give you another chance at trying your luck at love and money. Reevaluate what it is that you really want and try again to obtain it. Take advantage of this energy, as it is a special day. Take a risk, go out to the edge, and leave the safety of what you know.

August 5-Moon in Aries, VC from 7:29 pm until 9:29 pm when it enters Taurus. You’ll feel a charge from the fire energy today and will need to be in motion. Make sure to do some special summer activity. Saturn comes to challenge Venus and pares down some of yesterday’s enthusiasm and excess. He shows you the bottom line of your love and money situation and tells you what is possible to achieve with effort and hard work.

August 6 – Moon in Taurus. Saturn is still busy today showing you the cold hard truth. He urges you to apply for jobs and grants if you are qualified to do so. Venus helps you reboot and reboost your thoughts. It’s a good day to work as your mind is clear and you will be matter of fact when you speak. Relax with gardening work.

August 7 – Moon in Taurus. Mercury meets up with Jupiter and then moves on into Virgo, his native sign. Bring your verbal projects to a dramatic conclusion and be sure to show your work to those who need to see it. Take time to appreciate the beauty of the summer season. Indulge in sweet treats and put aside your diet for a day. Do the weekend planting.

August 8 – Moon in Gemini. You’ll be fired up to stay in action all day and feel too energetic to just sit on the beach or by the pool. It’s a good time to mow the lawn and weed the garden. Mars enters Leo tonight bringing more creative energy and a sense of drama to your life. This is good energy for playing with children and also with your inner child.

August 9 – Moon in Gemini. Make a list of all the short things you need (and want) to do and see how many you can get done today. The energy is lively and you want to be in motion as much as you can be. It’s a day to have fun with friends and siblings. Catch up on phone calls, emails, and texts. You can write what you want as the words come quickly and easily.

August 10 – Moon in Gemini, VC from 7:45 am until 8:08 am when it enters Cancer. Today is the last day, for the next 11 years, when Jupiter is in the sign of Leo. All Leos want to take advantage of this last chance to act while luck is sitting on their shoulder. Don’t put off doing anything that starts a new cycle of activity and growth. You can plant today.

August 11 – Moon in Cancer. Jupiter enters Virgo at 7:13 am. It is time bring your dreams back to earth and aim for what is practical and possible. Make home and family be the priority for the day. Think about finding space in the house for a home office or studio. Gather the family for a good meal.

August 12 – Moon in Cancer, VC 1:44 pm until 4:52 when it enters Leo. As Summer rushes towards its end, so try to spend more time by the water. Today is a good day to get wet. If you can’t be by running water, mediate on it and feel the energy of its rhythms. Use your imagination to turn your daydreams into art.

August 13 – Moon in Leo. Today is the dark of the moon which is great for seeing the Perseids tonight but not so good for starting projects. Take some time to just have fun. It’s a good day to procrastinate and enjoy some time to play. Break out of your shell and take a risk. Try something new and daring that you have been hesitant to do.

August 14 – Moon in Leo. Today’s new moon is the epitome of the Summer season. It is a day to be a child again and live in the moment. Play with children and learn from them. Embrace joy and always choose love over fear. You’ll find love all around you if you are open to it. Relive an old romance in your mind to see what made you happy and what didn’t work for you.

August 15 – Moon in Virgo. The Sun and Venus meet and bestow lovingkindness and grace. They help you to make a new connection with someone or rekindle and deepen the ones you have. You’ll get insight on how to fill any emptiness that you feel inside you. Do something that gives you pleasure. Buy yourself a gift.

August 16 – Moon in Virgo. This is a good day to fix things. Look around the house, vehicles, and electronic equipment and see what needs repair or what you can give away if it is not being used. You have the gift of analysis to see what needs to be repaired in your relationships. See what you must do to take better care of yourself.

August 17 – Moon in Virgo, VC from 1:16 pm until 4:23 pm when it enters Libra. Try your luck at bringing something new to your work. Ask for a raise. Buy new office equipment. Clear the clutter out of your life. Work hard today so you can have time to enjoy the summer social scene.

August 18 – Moon in Libra. You can expect Venus retrograde to bring old friends, exes, and lovers back into your life. If the actual people don’t appear, then someone will be in the forefront of your mind. You’ll feel sentimental about loved ones who have passed away. Get out and enjoy the company of people tonight.

August 19 – Moon in Libra. A person you meet today can be more than a brief encounter and can turn our to be an important person in your life from now on. It’s a good day to adopt a pet. It’s a good day to buy art to redecorate your walls. Do something that thrills you and that also brings you joy. Plant flowers or buy some annuals to liven up the yard.

August 20 – Moon in Scorpio. You’ll feel less like accommodating others and want to take care of your own wants and needs. You’ll see everything from a very personal perspective. You can get a lot done as you will stubbornly stick to what you think must be done. Relax by the water and feel its power.

August 21 – Moon in Scorpio. Today is a serious day when you have the opportunity to fix all the places where you have been stuck. Look at the patterns and habits you have and break through your walls to set yourself free. You’ll see what’s real and what has been caused by your illusions. The inner work you do today will have great benefit later on.

August 22 – Moon in Scorpio, VC from 3:31 pm until 4:41 pm when it enters Sagittarius. You’ll feel a residual heaviness from yesterday. You will still be dealing with obligations and responsibilities and all the things you’ve avoided. It is the last day of Leo and you want to make one last fling at summer fun.

August 23 – Moon in Sagittarius. The Sun enters Virgo at 6:38 am. You’ll feel a conflict between the Virgo desire to work and fix and the Sagittarius moon’s need to roam and adventure. You’ll have a double vision of seeing details as well as the big picture. Be as active as you can on this confusing day. Don’t try to get anything done that you want to last.

August 24 – Moon in Sagittarius, VC 6:04 pm. Open your mind and put your knowledge to work. Use the wisdom that comes from your studies to help you make your decisions. Think about what you still want to learn and look to see where you can take a course or a workshop to learn it. Get outdoors and do the activities that bring pleasure.

August 25 – Moon in Capricorn. It’s an earthy day when you can focus on what’s in front of you. Set your goals for the next few months. Revise your daily schedules. Get your ducks in a row to use the old cliché. Be proactive and look for opportunities that you can use to advance your career. Catch up on all the work that hasn’t gotten done.

August 26 – Moon in Capricorn. The Sun and Jupiter have their annual meeting, and this year it’s in Virgo. They offer opportunities and luck in work and health, and in the area of your chart where Virgo is placed. Today is not a day to be lazy but to work hard and take a giant step forward. Remember, you can make it happen.

August 27 – Moon in Aquarius. Mercury enters Libra and gives you the words to smooth things over with the ability to see how to make compromises that are win-win ones. You can present your position in a manner that’s both useful and tactful. It’s a day to think things out before you act on them.

August 28 – Moon in Aquarius. Be sure to write down the ideas that come into your head. Get involved in a group project that helps the community or a favorite cause. You’ll think and function best when working with others. Do something crazy and zany and way outside your comfort zone tonight.

August 29 – Moon in Pisces. This is the most mystical full moon of the year. Feel the magic all around you. Talk to your spirit guides and guardian angels. Throw away your schedule and follow where the day leads you. Celebrate the end of Summer in a watery way. Go outside tonight where you can see the reflection of the moon on water.

August 30 – Moon in Pisces. Continue letting your right brain make decisions as to what you do and where you go. Leave the “shoulds” and “ought tos” for tomorrow. Let the magic of Pisces surround you one more day. Hang out by water, plant for a late fall crop, and look for flower fairies in the garden with your favorite young person.

August 31 – Moon in Aries. You’ll wake up full of energy and ready to go. You can make up for all the things that didn’t get done over the past few days. Work alone as you’ll want to move fast and be too impatient to wait for anyone. The Sun and Neptune interact tonight bringing you dreams and visions. You’ll get benefit from meditating and chanting.





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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