Hold Off On Shopping

A sense of sadness, heaviness or responsibility may have kicked in last night as ARIES MOON OPPOSED SATURN.

Perhaps our dreams were filled with more loneliness and longing than we would have expected given the sweetness of our day. Perhaps the VENUS TRINE MARS of yesterday had us hoping for more than what we were left with by bedtime.

But here we are onto another day, and with it the MOON ENTERS slow and steady TAURUS at 10:35AM EDT.  This Moon offers us a very different mood and a very different environment for our hearts than what we have experienced in the past few days!

Our reactions have slowed down, we are more interested in comfort and in creating stability and consistency. We want safety and things to stay the same.  Exploration and taking risks will wait for anther day.  Today our hearts are more predictable and dependable.

Shortly after entering Taurus the MOON JOINS UP WITH JUPITER, enlarging our capacity for patience (which we have been very short on for several days).  Jupiter also enlarges the materialistic bent of Taurus, bringing this part of our nature to the forefront.  It is probably a good idea to hold off on the shopping today.

The idea that material goods can sooth and comfort us is probably strong this afternoon, leave the credit cards at home.  Remember that  security is not ensured by money or possessions.  Yes, the holidays are upon us but, please wait until Mercury turns direct (December 13th) before we consider spending. Today is not the day to Shop!

Optimistic Ideas, Temporarily Blocked

With the MOON IN PISCES until 9:51PM EDT last night, we likely spent yesterday in a bit of a fog, unable to focus or really keep our minds on whatever we were trying to accomplish.  Or perhaps we used the energy well, in some sort of mystical, compassionate or spiritual endeavor, making music or playing in fantasy! If our day was based in more grounded pursuits than these, it may have been a struggle.

Last night at 9:51PM the MOON left those idealistic and sensitive waters of PISCES for impulsive, dynamic ARIES where she will spend the next few days.

Whatever sign the MOON is in creates the general emotional mood, or environment of the day.

With THE MOON IN ARIES, our interactions with others can heat up quickly, we may be short-tempered or impatient, we are also more energetic, independent and courageous than at other times. During an ARIES MOON it would be best not to assume that those around will be passive or willing to be pushed around, or to take the short end of the stick!  During these times we may be surprised by an aggressive or combative streak we didn’t know we, or someone else had.

With the SUN CONJUNCT MERCURY (still retrograde) IN SAGITTARIUS  today there is a strong focus on communication and the sharing of information. Our thoughts are on hopeful and optimistic solutions to our current situations.  We are also functioning under a FIRST QUARTER MOON indicating the need to take the first steps in a project whose seed was planted at the NEW MOON (November 25th).

Adding to the communication issues of the day MERCURY SQUARE MARS (VIRGO).  Our optimistic ideas and expansive thinking may have gotten ahead of our energy, determination or ability to act on those thoughts. We see where we want to go but are not yet ready to, able to, or are somehow blocked from take the steps that are necessary to put these ideas into action. This may result in frustration and a possible sence of self defeat.

It is important that we honor the process of our thinking right now and pace ourselves in action. I know how hard that can be with the ARIES energy breathing down our neck! … But slow down, do some research. For now it is important to build on our ability to exercise patience.

Take what steps are necessary to ensure that our frustration does not cause a breakdown in communications with others.  We will need others (the entire community) to be part of this project when the time is right.

December 1st – Welcome The Cold!

December is here! Amazing! We have had the mildest Autumn in memory. It has been wonderful, but all that is about to change. Last night at this time it was 60 degrees, tonight it is 40 and headed lower! Within the week we will likely see snow.  Being that I chose to live in Vermont, I will do my best to welcome it along with the skiers, who will be delighted!

Enough about the physical weather!  Today we welcome a bit of astrological cold as well. Perhaps we will perceive it as heat! Or that icy cold that deeply burns!

Sounds like PLUTO to me!  Indeed, today is VENUS’ annual conjunction with PLUTO, now in CAPRICORN.

Let’s ask ourselves: what about money?  What transformational energies are we experiencing regarding our relationship to money and resources?   Are we cleaning out our closets of ‘stuff’?  Are we finally beginning to look at our bank account more realistically?   There is a tight connection between our closest relationships and money that is not often explored.  How we chose our relationships and who we choose to be in relationship with are huge determining factors in the health, or lack of it, of our financial situation, and the other way around as well. Our health or lack of it in finances, determine who and how we are in relationship.

Now is an important time to take a brutally clear and honest look at how our finances and our relationships are linked.  Do our partners understand our relationship to money? Do we understand theirs?  Do we use our partner(s) as an excuse for our own inability to develop a healthy relationship to our resources?  How do we combine our resources within our most intimate relationship(s)? or do we keep them totally separate? Where is the connection between money and intimacy?

It is time to open our eyes to how we deal with money in our personal lives, in our relationships, in our businesses and in our larger understanding of our culture and the world.  It is easy to be unconscious regarding our relationship to money.  It is easier for most people to talk about sex than to talk about money. There is so much guilt, shame, envy, jealousy and resentment involved!  No wonder it is a taboo subject!

SATURN first moved into LIBRA about two years ago and we have been working on issues of Relationship fairly diligently since that time. Now we are asked to look at this aspect of relationship.  What would a full overhaul/transformation of finances look like in your life?  What would change in your day to day routines? What would change in your relationship?  In our culture?  In the world?

Take advantage of this connection between VENUS AND PLUTO to really take a look at this powerful issue.

Today, with the MOON IN PISCES we have the opportunity to see this issue on a deeply spiritual level as well, it is not just my money or just my relationship. This is a global issue with deep consequences.  Begin with ourselves but keep our eyes on the larger picture of humanity.  How can we work with the intangibility of money? How can we understand what is so surreal and elusive to our comprehension?  Begin with ourselves. Open our eyes, our minds and our hearts.

First find compassion for where we are and then discover the ways to get out of debt,

transform our relationship to each other and to our resources!

A deep exploration of this issue will change your life!

Check out these two amazing websites/ books!

Your Money or Your Life: 9 Steps to Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence: Revised and Updated for the 21st Century

By: Vicki Robin, Joe Dominguez, Monique Tilford

Sacred Economics: Money, Gift and Society in the Age of Transition

By: Charles Eisenstein

Mercury Retrograde & Changing Plans

No matter how much I look forward to Mercury retrograde (and I really do enjoy the times of Mercury retrograde!)  it always does manage to catch me off-guard in one manner or another!

This time it was regarding my 4th Moon-Time workshop which I had scheduled for December 18th!  I knew when I put it on my calendar that it might be difficult to fill a workshop on that weekend as everyone will be in major pre-holiday intensity with much too much to do!

I have been determined to be consistent with these workshops, presenting one each month.

Alas, I guess I should not have been surprised when I was told I was needed on the schedule at the Flynntix Box Office, where I currently have my day job.

So, the next Moon-Time Workshop will be on January 15!

Sign up early on the Facebook Event Page!

Moon-Time IV, Our Moon in Relationship

In this workshop we will examine the MOON in Relationship. We will explore how the needs of our MOON engage with the needs of a partner’s MOON. A perfect subject of exploration during this time of Saturn moving through Libra!
Understanding our emotional needs, and the needs of our partner, expressed through the symbol of the MOON, is a powerful key to a healthier, more joyful connection with those we love.

Between now and then, I am going to take a bit of a break for myself and enjoy the down time of this Mercury retrograde.  It really isn’t down time, just time with a different use!  Now is the time to turn back and attend to all that has been left undone over the past few months.  All the projects and issues that we still need to attend to.  If your life is anything like mine, there are piles of papers that need to be filed, tons of communications that are waiting for attention, loose ends to tie up in nearly every direction I look!  That is where to focus our attention now!  Don’t start anything new.  Spend the next few weeks clearing the decks so that you will be ready to move forward once Mercury turns direct on December 13th.

If we simply follow this guide it is amazing how productive this time can be.  Imagine how great it will feel if you can get those decks clear and begin fresh, ready to move forward in the middle of December!

On another note!

Who, in your life, could use the truly unique gift of self awareness and personal growth at this holiday season?

A gift certificate for an astrology consultation is a gift that they will not forget for a very long time!

Reference this blog post when you purchase a gift certificate (for a new client) and I will give you a substantial 25% discount.

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Please pass this information on to any friends who may be interested, or to your loved ones as a subtle hint for your own gift!  🙂
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An Astrological Consultation will help you, or your loved one, to:
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During this Holiday Season, give a gift of self understanding to someone you love!

Now, on to enjoying Mercury Retrograde!

Money & Relationship

It never fails to intrigue me, how the energies in our lives and in the universe continue to ebb and flow, always changing. Just when we begin to adjust to one form something new comes along and the entire picture takes on a different dimension, a new perspective. The new perspective requires new responses and we move along, always new, always changing.

We have had much Sagittarius energy for the past few weeks, culminating yesterday with Sun, Moon, North Node, Mercury and Venus all in Sagittarius. Our energy has expanded, our opinions have formed, our eyes have been turned toward freedom, independence and growing wisdom. We have felt a drive toward new experience, new ideas and new ways of thinking. We have seen the possibility of a new future for ourselves and for our culture. Perhaps our opinions have been expressed with some rashness and lack of tactfullness as we have insisted that we be understood and respected.

Today the pendulum swings, we sense a need for caution as we move forward. We begin to see the need for discipline and mature action. It is now time for solid reality to take center stage, to make sure we do not go too far astray as we seek freedom. Now we begin to understand that in order to attain the world we know is possible, we must be willing to put our shoulder to the wheel and do the hard work necessary.  We must set our vision and focus our attention. There is much to understand as we approach the new world that is being created during this time of vast transformation.

VENUS AND THE MOON ENTER CAPRICORN today.  The Moon will only rest here a few days as she moves ever forward throughout the zodiac. VENUS will stay for a bit longer, entering at 8:08am and staying until December 20th.  During this time we feel our values shifting into more serious concerns.  We understand that there is much that can only be accomplished with stability and hard work.  With VENUS IN CAPRICORN the issues of relationship and money come together in a manner that is important to pay attention to.  We need to develop an understanding of the connection between relationship and money.  We need to understand how our relationship and our finances work together.

With Pluto in Capricorn this area of money and finances is currently undergoing massive transformation throughout the world.  As Venus approaches Pluto it is a great opportunity for us to really take a deep look at our relationship to money, how we relate to others around money and how money affects our relationships.

Please, please read this book. It explores, on a social, political, and personal level, the transition in money and economy that is upon us today. The full text is being made available on this website, one chapter at a time.

Sacred Economics:

Money, Gift, and Society in the Age of Transition

by Charles Eisenstein

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~ Laurie