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photograph by Rebecca Gilbert, Native Earth Teaching Farm Martha’s Vineyard

The first weeks of April are unpredictable and unstable. The month begins with a lunar eclipse on April 4 at 14 degrees of Libra. This activates the Uranus-Pluto conflict and insists on action. The area in your chart that has Libra will feel a need for change. This volatility lasts for days as the Aries Sun contacts Pluto and then Uranus to maintain the tension. You will be forced to break free from at least one restriction in your life.

Jupiter ends his retrograde period and now begins his sweep through to the end of Leo. He brings all good things to the part of life indicated by where Leo sits in your chart. He wants you to shine.

The energy calms down once the Sun enters Taurus on April 20. It’s a time to enjoy Spring in all her beauty.

April 1 – Moon in Virgo. Start the new month by taking care of all the repairs that got put aside over the winter. Make appointments for your health care and check ups for your pets. Make a list and get everything done today since you’ll be spinning your wheel tomorrow. It’s a good day for therapy – both physical and emotional.

April 2 – Moon VC Virgo. It’s a down to earth day when you’ll want to wander around and take care of practical matters. Edit your writing or fine-tune your craft projects. Today is one of those days when Jupiter bestows his beneficence, so take time to live for the moment and be on the look out for good things that come to you. Accept them with gratitude.

April 3 – Moon in Libra. Relax since you can’t get much done on a day before an eclipse. The important issues will still be there next week.  It’s a good day and evening to socialize. It’s also a good day to get rid of the objects in your house that you don’t want to look at any more. Out with the old stuff to make room for the new.

April 4 – Moon in Libra, VC 1:56 am. The lunar eclipse happens this morning and since the Sun is up we won’t see it but it will affect the energy of the day. It’s best to throw away any plans you’ve made and be ready for change. You need to have some important one-on-one talks with the major players in your life. It’s an auspicious day for spiritual practice.

April 5 – Moon VC Libra, enters Scorpio 3:04 pm. The Sun and Pluto bring up underlying tensions. If you can’t let go of attitudes and old worn out patterns of behaving, you will have another round of conflict over the same old individual freedom vs. control stuff. You need to assert your identity while not causing damage. It’s a volatile day, so stay safe.

April 6 – Moon in Scorpio. The Sun and Uranus meet to continue the call for change. You can shoot into your future at warp speed if you have done a good job these past few days of letting go of what over and done with. Don’t let fear hold you back. You have a lot to say and it’s important to say it. Be careful if you are near anything flammable or explosive and keep your temper in check.

April 7 – Moon in Scorpio, VC 4:42 pm. Pick up the pieces and discard the useless remnants. Mercury comes along to challenge Pluto and give words to the insights and feelings you had on Sunday. You have another chance to change your mind. Fight any negative thoughts and emotions that arise to hold you back. Be innovative and inventive in your communications.

April 8 – Moon in Sagittarius. Jupiter ends his retrograde movement and turns direct today. He gives you a boost of enthusiasm and encouragement. Surprise those around you by saying what you think and speaking your mind. Jupiter wants you to travel, explore, study, and experience new things. He tells you to make plans to make those things happen.

April 9 – Moon in Sagittarius, VC 1:42 pm. It’s a fiery day when you can ride the energy that is abundant and positive. It’s a day when you’ll see the glass as more than half full and believe that all things are possible. Get outside and walk some new paths and try a different form of exercise. Make a new friend.

April 10 – Moon VC Sagittarius, VC 8:47 am. The Sun and Mercury meet to fire up your brain with original ideas. You’ll want to put try them out immediately. You can finish up the workweek by reorganizing your priorities and setting new goals. Do you have your taxes ready? Today’s moon can help you sit down and get it done.

April 11 – Moon in Capricorn. Today is far enough from last week’s eclipse so that what you accomplish will stay done. Take another step along your career path. Venus enters Gemini to give your mind more emphasis and let you reconnect with a love of reading and writing. Pick one thing that is giving you anxiety and work on bringing it to a resolution.

April 12 – Moon VC Capricorn, enters Aquarius 1:44 pm. You won’t feel like relaxing so use the morning to clean up, organize, and discard old stuff. There is sweet artistic energy that is good for working on a hobby or major opus. Treat yourself to some new art or photos to hang on your walls to change what you look at every day.

April 13 –Moon in Aquarius. Let the choices you make today be ones that move you into the future. You can think with objectivity and make good decisions. Find a way that you can get involved in work that helps the community. Don’t try to win an argument, as everyone feels stubborn under this moon.

April 14 – Moon in Aquarius, VC from 3:45 pm until 4:12 pm when it enters Pisces. Mercury moves into Taurus this evening and brings your thoughts down to earth. You’ll be thinking of ideas for gardening. Write that speech, finish up the applications, and outline proposals while your mind is sharp. You should relax tonight with some chanting or mediation.

April 15 – Moon in Pisces, VC 5:37 pm. If you’ve waited until the last minute to send in your tax returns, be sure to double check them. Venus, who represents money, stands opposite to Saturn, and they won’t let you get away with doing anything less than perfect. They show you where you have to cut back and make a budget. Do tomorrow’s work today.

April 16 – Moon VC Pisces, enters Aries 5 pm. Pluto is standing still getting ready to go retrograde late tonight. It is a day for deep contemplation on what is over and needs to be discarded. You need to see where you are clinging to what is no longer of use. Your intuition is strong today and will help you see this. Avoid power struggles tonight.

April 17 – Moon in Aries. You’ll still be vibrating from Pluto’s action last night. It’s also the dark of the moon so allow yourself to slack off a bit. Mars and Jupiter entice you to pay more attention to your sensual self. They want to add beauty to your life. Be a bit selfish and pay more attention to your own needs and desires.

April 18 – Moon in Aries, VC from 2:57 pm until 5:31 pm when it enters Taurus. Today’s new moon brings one last blast of fiery energy. It can help you transmute from being ego centered to an awareness of being a soul. This is one of the best new moons for starting fresh enterprises and putting plans into practical operation.

April 19 – Moon in Taurus, VC 7:06 pm. Today is the last day of Aries. The Moon is urging you to reduce speed and get ready for the sensuous slowness of Taurus with its appreciation of the beauty of nature. Venus and Neptune give you an added aesthetic sense to create and value artistic things. Do tomorrow’s important work today.

April 20 – Moon VC Taurus, enters Gemini 7:28 pm. The Sun enters Taurus 5:42 am. Get a head start on your planting under this fertile moon. Imagine your ideal garden and try to make it happen. You can’t accomplish much on this transition day so do the minimum and take time to get outside and enjoy the season.

April 21- Moon in Gemini. Since the day is sandwiched between two VC days, you have to do it all today. Words will flow out of your mouth and hands making this a great time to get all your communications sent. Once you get started you will do a good job and be able to finish the task. Call or email or text friends you haven’t seen in a while.

April 22 – Moon VC Gemini. Let today be get rid of clutter day. Go though all those piles of magazines, journals, letters, bills, and newspapers and recycle. Clean out your inbox. Organize your photos. Take inventory of your printer ink, paper, pens, and make a list for your next order or shopping trip.

April 23 – Moon in Cancer. The energy is perfect for starting seeds and transplanting seedlings. It’s also a good day to get your home improvement projects started. You can nurture and soothe people and help them with their worries and anxieties. Expand your home by adopting a pet. Do your food shopping today.

April 24 – Moon in Cancer, VC 1:04 pm. Do any planting you want to do today since the weekend has a barren moon. It’s good time for growing all kinds of things. Start the weekend early and take care of those who you need to take care of. Invite family to a home cooked dinner so you can discuss any family problems. Donate to the food bank.

April 25 – Moon VC Cancer, enters Leo 9:13 am. This is a weekend to have fun. You want to play and party. Take the family, loved one, or best friend for a surprise magical mystery tour. Find an amusement park, a beach, or some great hiking paths and have a good time. If you stay at home, invite friends over for an impromptu party to play games like charades.

April 26 – Moon in Leo. Continue having fun. You can catch up on your responsibilities tomorrow. Let yourself shine today by performing or showing your art or just being your loving self. Make sure to do something different, something that brings joy to you and your loved ones. Smile at everyone you see. Get a head start on tomorrow’s important work.

April 27 – Moon in Leo, VC from 10:12 am until 9:07 pm when it enters Virgo. Get up early to take advantage of the available workable energy. Once the Moon turns VC you’ll be in a holding pattern and will do best in reviewing and polishing up last week’s work.  Go back to old ideas and see which ones are viable.

April 28 – Moon in Virgo. Today and tomorrow are the days when you want to work, work, and work. You will get good results when you do. The Sun and Moon are both in earth signs and help you ground your visions and make your dreams a reality. You’ll see what is possible and be able to manifest those ideals into form.

April 29 – Moon in Virgo. You have a critical eye and can see the flaws that are all around you. It’s a good day to edit, organize, and aim for perfection. Do some studying and information gathering about your health issues. Start a new diet and do more exercise.

April 30 – Moon in Virgo, VC from 8:23 am until 10:03 am when it enters Libra. Once you take care of the details of the day you can spend the rest of the time doing things that make your environment beautiful. Get rid of any reminders of winter by putting flowers around inside the house or office. Rearrange your furniture to produce better feng shui.


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

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