Monday, July 27, 2015

Olive Bites at Art Star Asbury Park July 2015

This past weekend's craft show has left me totally exhausted - maybe I really do need to be drinking all this wine! Ack!

I met so many wonderful people at this show. I had Kella and Chris's vintage camper "Lucy" - Suburban Camping Company with me and it brought so much joy to so many people (rent her here for parties, camping, overnight guests) plus people were very kind and excited about my work ... and the weather and city of Asbury Park (where my mother grew up) was looking especially amazing.

Back later this week with the upcoming forecast.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Astrology Forecast for Creatives | Week of July 20th | Welcome to the Jungle - it's LEO Season
welcome to the jungle - it's LEO season
Another action packed week as we enter Leo season!

First, Venus stations as she prepares to go retrograde next weekend.

She's still hanging out with Jupiter and if we look up at the night sky they are still the two brightest stars. They are in two different signs though since Saturday when Venus left Leo and moved on to early Virgo.

Venus is only in Virgo for the next week and a half. Then her retrograde, which begins Saturday and lasts about 6 weeks, takes her back into Leo. So we have this short window to work with her in Virgo and she will also hit these same degrees in the fall when whatever we are doing now comes back around in some way.

Venus in Virgo is about loving the details of something, enjoying the work, appreciating the craftsmanship and complexity of something or someone or some situation - yes, also, noticing the imperfections, Virgo can't miss those, and choosing not to dwell on them.

Venus in Virgo works for her money. She gets us clear on what we want. She gets her hands dirty (and then she scrubs them clean). Venus in Virgo can make love critical - she is stationing now and that's powerful. We can use this discrimination and ability to see things clearly with our work and make things more beautiful.

We could also use this energy to criticize the people we love. But let's not do that. Constructive criticism is never possible. It's still criticism. Nothing constructive there.

We can use Virgo (perception, attention to detail) to strengthen the work (Virgo) we love (Venus).

With other people, we might be able to do this, too, but only if we are very clever. Things could get bitchy and people could get hurt. With people, it's always best to work on ourselves and not others. We will then attract from others something different as they mirror the something different we project onto them. So we allow Venus (love) to soften Virgo (critical thinking, seeing what is wrong).

Hubs, a Virgo rising, bought a Hurricane Sandy wreckage boat. He's been working on it for almost 3 years. It finally went back into the water last week. It's docked about 15 minutes from our house in the river. We went out yesterday morning (river to ocean). It was my first time on the boat. As we were loading the things we brought with us I noticed George running a towel along the floor of the entire boat with his foot. We would carry a few things into the boat, I would head back to the truck, he would swab the deck and then join me at the truck. Three times he swabbed the deck.

This is the kind of thing that used to drive me nuts.

I might have said "for Pete's sake the boat is going to get a little dirty you know - we'll just hose it off" or I might have worried about his inability to just enjoy the fruits of his labor and relax.

But I thought about Venus in Virgo; about the attention to detail this man I loved had put into something he loves (and my own Virgo mid-heaven that zeroes in on this kind of stuff) and I said, "you certainly keep this boat clean". And not in a bitchy, 'meaning the opposite of what I say' kind of way, but purely from an openhearted space. He responded, "well, I spent a lot of days cleaning it ... and I forgot to bring a hose." We laughed. With Venus in Virgo we are reminded, in small ways and big ones, that we get what we pay attention to.

And now - it's LEO time! On Wednesday the Sun moves into Leo and Mercury follows on Thursday cozying up to the Sun. So we all move from homebody Cancer into "get me to a barbecue!" Leo.
Mercury joining with the Sun can mean an announcement or important conversation or communication that brings something to light or requires us to take some kind of action.

Uranus is also going retrograde next weekend - by next week about half the planets will be looking backward! Uranus retrograde in Aries will have us wanting our freedom. We will not want to be controlled (no one else will either). Cords will be cut with this one!

The big story this week which starts today is Jupiter in Leo squaring Saturn in Scorpio, and remember starting and ending dates with astrology are not so exact, we can feel things a few days before or after as these planets and energies connect or disengage. The dates are when energies are exact but on the surrounding dates the energies are often very close, too.

These BIG planets are preparing to change signs - Scorpio back into Sagittarius in September and Jupiter will exit Leo and move ahead into Virgo in August. This movement has these titans opposing each other and could create a battle of wills. 

Let's reason this through. Jupiter in Leo is about BIG thinking. Anything is possible with this energy. 

Saturn in Scorpio says "Yes, Jupiter, yes, Leo, anything is possible and that anything includes the stuff you do not want. Life isn't all mermaids and unicorns, fellas. Your BIG moves could land you on your ass." 

Squares are challenges so some space in our life will be feeling this friction between now and mid August

This could simply manifest as restlessness and we might waste this energy with indecision but since we have the knowledge of astrology at our disposal and know what this is we can choose to see this as a gift -
a gift that teaches there is no one "correct" way forward, no one way to live our life. There is no perfect plan to turn our life around that we are suddenly going to stumble across on our way to the post office.

We only have the now moment - the space we get to decide. What do we want to do today? Do we step forward or retreat? Do we speak up or shut up? Do we continue in the direction we are going, change direction or take the time to prepare for something else? 

It's up to us and there is no 'right' answer. If we stop thinking there is a right answer we can just do the thing we want to do! 

There is no 'one' move where we win the game and no 'one' move that will lose it.

We need to go with our heart this summer. 

This is an excellent time to question our default setting - if we normally sit on something and let things percolate let's take some kind of unbridled action. If we normally shoot first and ask questions later, it's time for the questions. 

The most impactful creative moves are timely ones.

We need to be operating in the present moment and not out of those old habits our body is craving. Venus wants to play. This Jupiter/Saturn square is reminding us that old stuff does not carry the promise it once did and yes, it may take some long looks and movements backward for us to finally get this. We can rise to meet the challenge (doing what we love) or surrender to the restlessness and fritter away this cycle with indecision.

Yes, choices close doors on various timelines of possibilities but so do non-choices. Doors are opening and closing all the time. If we miss one, there is always another one, but we can't see it staring at the closed door because it's somewhere else. After we finish looking backward this summer we will all be ready to move ahead in the fall. If we embrace this gift it invites the Creative to usher in crucial, wanted and needed change. xo all

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

New Moon in Cancer, Wednesday July 15th - Plus Up Close and Personal With PLUTO!

first ever photo of Pluto's surface
Today's first ever photos of the surface of Pluto (everything we've ever seen before have been artist renderings!) along with tomorrow's New Moon in Cancer which has a Mars/ Mercury conjunction and opposes a retrograde Pluto in Capricorn - must mean something!

Pluto rules Scorpio, the sign of things hidden and dark; secrets and shadows. Pluto rules transformation.

Quantum physics has proven the bizarre fact that observation affects reality so now we are all up close and personal with this bad boy planet of revolution, destruction, power and the hidden realms will Pluto's influence change? Will we?

Pluto was discovered (astrologers believe planets are discovered and named when we are 'ready' for the archetype they represent to be introduced into our collective awareness) by Clyde Tombaugh in 1930.

Clyde requested his ashes be inside any spacecraft bound for Pluto, so he's in there! Pluto brought us the rise of Hitler, World War II, nuclear power, the United States as a super power. There is all kinds of pain behind Plutonion violence. How we transform this pain is up to us.  

Compassion toward ourselves and others lays the groundwork for our miracle now.

Is something hidden about to be revealed? What are we all waking up to? Everything negative with Pluto comes from holding on and everything positive comes from letting go, not sure how any of this will factor in. The timing is quite interesting though

Because tomorrow's New Moon is a doozy.

Yesterday and today we are building toward it. First advice I would have for tomorrow is to hold our tongue. There are power struggles. With Mars and Pluto (both war planets) in opposition and Mercury (communication) thrown in the mix there is a good potential for an argument that will not end well. Just agree to disagree.

Don't fire off any emails in haste or anger. This energy is encouraging stuff to fall apart. If something ends today it's pretty much over. And think about that if you are the one ending it. We will have to deal with the consequences.

Now with all this going on we still have a New Moon in the nurturing mama bear sign of Cancer. It's an excellent time to begin a self-care regimen. This moon is all about family, security, our home and intimacy. With the Sun and Moon in Cancer we can all experience compassion and healing now. What is takes to get us there could be big.

Hang in there - we are all in this together and our new story is coming.

Lots is happening. First the New Moon then we're charging toward Jupiter square Saturn! It is a whole new ballgame for certain, especially for our businesses, our art and work we do with women.

Venus is about to go retrograde so if we have something in the cooker - we don't have much time to run full steam ahead but we have at least a week! The retrograde will be an excellent time for relooks and re-dos with our businesses, money and love.

Wednesday is a powerful energy to focus our intentions and make affirmations on Cancer stuff : mothers, motherhood, self-care, nurturing, home, family, real estate, home business, food, breast health, stomach and digestive health, gut health, security ...

AFFIRMATION TIPS: get into a positive frame of mind - always make affirmations from a  positive place (positive meaning both happy and certain) - write your affirmations down by hand, speak them out loud - then release your attention from them knowing that your intention is known. Know these things are already yours. Cancer is a water sign so this is a great day to be near and in water! xo all

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Astrology Forecast for Creatives | Week of July 13th | Potential for High DRAMA

I'm going to keep this short because I have a New Moon post on Wednesday that will cover this and much more.

On Wednesday, we have a New Moon in Cancer. This one comes with a little baggage

(or maybe enough baggage to keep the Beverly Hills Housewives in Paris for a month - yes, that much!).

The New Moon has a square to Uranus in Aries and an opposition to a retrograde Pluto in Capricorn. These are all big time change making planets and signs.

New Moons bring new beginnings. Since these are times in the dark we usually can't see what has taken root until sometime later and then we look back and go "oh yeah that thing started then" or "that changed then".

This Moon could be the exception.

These squares and oppositions will make whatever the "new" thing is that is happening quick and challenging or it could be birthed from some kind of challenge or opposition. 

It can also get us out of a stagnant or negative situation and into a whole new space pretty much overnight. This is decision week.

Lots of drama near Wednesday. I recommend having some wine and chocolate on hand. Try to keep your schedule light.

Mars and Pluto are war planets so we have some kind of war/dispute/confrontation in our Cancer house - where is Cancer in your chart? Verbal challenges and some kind of upheaval are both possible. The middle of the week is kind of a mess. We are all letting go of some big family of origin stuff with this. It has to go. In the big picture outer world there is the potential for some chaos.

Fortunately, this Moon is anchored by a grounding and compassionate trine to Saturn retrograde in Scorpio and Chiron Rx in Pisces.

More on this later in the week!

For now and Monday and Tuesday - the Moon is Balsamic so let's take it easy. It's Cancer season so time to nurture ourselves and those close to us. 

We'll be full steam ahead by the middle of August, but we have some stuff to wade through first. xo all