Healing Readings for Heart & Soul

Upbeat Times August 2015website

Celebrating 4 years of writing for Sonoma County’s Upbeat Times!

Here are the horoscopes as seen on page 31 of the current issue:

Aries (March 20th – April 20th)

This month you’re likely to be on fire, fired up, or feeling quite high. While things are mostly going well, family members might push your buttons in some way, and it could be tricky to not blow your top. If you’re not falling in love or somehow seeking elevation from mundane or cumbersome circumstances you should reassess the importance of what you’re doing. Reach deep inside for the realness and rawness that sets you on course with dynamic experiences that make your heart sing.

Taurus (April 20th – May 21st)

A stabilization of finances and long term or large scale projects is occurring for you now. Although it might seem as though there is a lot of pressure on you to perform or produce certain results, your energy is high and you will probably exceed the expectations of others as well as yourself. You can also expect a few happy upgrades to your home life or family circle this month, as there will be a lot of stirring and blossoming in these areas. You’re the life of the party!

Gemini (May 21st – June 21st)

This month certain rare opportunities will present themselves that you won’t want to miss. At the same time you are challenged to remain in your integrity, take care of your health, and not just take whatever sounds good. You are quite motivated toward making adjustments now that you would normally resist, especially around home life. It is actually more inspiration that finds you ready to leave a rut, drop a habit, or exit comfort zone that no longer fits who you are becoming.

Cancer (June 21st – July 22nd)          

Things are looking good in the financial department for you Cancer! Your popularity is expanding which might also bringing in more cash flow as well. It might be tempting to spend big. Later month you could be teaching, speaking, or just sharing more of yourself with the world in general without being covered in your protective shell. You could be deeply considering a spiritual journey of some sort, whether this takes the form of inner or outer travels.

Leo (July 22st – August 23rd)

This is a very magical month for you, not only due to your annual solar return but there is a strong and clustered planetary focus in your sign. Things might not all come easily but they will show their worth, as your own work and efforts will be appreciated by others. The powerful energy available to you now enables you to break down barriers and overcome obstacles that could have or would have otherwise taken years. Shine bright and show your best qualities to the world.

Virgo (August 23rd – September 23 rd)

Opportunities are appearing in your life to make some very large changes that may seem daunting but would ultimately be for the better. It is time to make decisions based on what you truly need and want rather than what you think is proper or how you feel obligated to act on others’ behalf. There could be a relationship on the brink of ending or at least a pattern of relating to that person that must shift. Speak clearly but without hostility. The “ball” is in your court.

Libra (September 23rd – October 23rd)

A lot of your recent ideas, dreams and visions may seem too delicate yet to share with others and you would be wise to save a few of them for autumn. Some of your long held wishes are beginning to come true. You may be surrounded with friends and may find it the perfect month to attend business lectures, workshops, or to organize gatherings with like-minded others. This is a key time for either the making or breaking of joint investments, depending on the matching up of values.

Scorpio (October 23rd – November 22nd)

It might seem that you’re suddenly on the spot, expected to perform a certain way because people are depending on you, looking up to you, and admiring you in ways that are possibly more intimidating than flattering. You are rising to new heights in your career or social circles! The spotlight comes with its own set of responsibilities but you are well equipped to handle what life brings your way. Is it time to delegate some of this responsibility to someone else,  or hire a secretary?

Sagittarius (November 22nd – December 21st)

Not only will you find extra room to breathe but a probable break from confinements within work or living spaces of the indoors. The great outdoors beckons you to take a leap into the unknown with total faith that you will find safe landing. If you have been absorbed in the toils and troubles of necessity, you can anticipate a reunion with the loves in your life – and a return back home to yourself. Late August and early September brings success and recognition of your achievements.

Capricorn (December 22nd – January 19th)

Your love life may be intense or complicated this month but that should not stop you from pursuing meaningful ventures and deepening the commitments you have in work and business. If anything your work will help you to keep your mind and self out of trouble by giving you something positive to focus and let other areas sort themselves out. It would be a great month for thrift shopping, antique hunting, and selling used items. Remember the moderation in all things.

Aquarius (January 20th – February 18th)

A relationship is sizzling hot and has you dancing, daydreaming, and maybe at some point considering deeper a bond of commitment to officiate your love. On the other hand this bursting energy of hotness could manifest in the way of business partnerships and endeavors taking shape that you’ve waited for or tried pushing into motion for a couple of years. Now everything you need to succeed or move forward is here, and the monetary flow is increasing.

Pisces (February 19th – March 20th

You might be considering a relocation, a refurnishing or a total makeover for your personal rejuvenation and beautification. In some ways you seem unsettled and unsure, while in others you are freer than ever. It is the time to seek out and experience new or unusual forms of healing, particularly those that incorporate sound and light. A love relationship could develop with someone you work with or even for. Then again, you might just decide to hit the road.


“You cannot stand fully in the truth of your being as long as you continue to demand acceptance, approval and validation from people outside of yourself. Be willing to piss people off if it means standing up for the truth of who you are.” 

– Iyanala Vanzant

This weekend is strongly influenced by the shadow side of Venus, moving retrograde, unseen and combust the Leo Sun. The third phase of Leo is ruled by Mars, indicating a high degree of will power, with the drive to confront and outshine all that stands in the way of authenticity. The catchy phrase “follow your heart” takes on a whole new meaning at this point. It broadens in its scope to include saying NO to other people, things and die-hard habits that drain our time and energy. It means putting an end to egoic people-pleasing and pointless pursuits that don’t do a thing to enhance the joy in life. A reorientation in our closest relationships, including the one we have to ourselves does away with what no longer holds truth for us and brings us in touch with the deepest desires in our souls.

Meanwhile Jupiter’s recent entrance into Virgo on the 11th turns our energy toward self-improvement and cleaning up after a year-long “party” in Leo. We would do well to make the best of the next eight days of the Sun’s transit in this creative fire sign as we can. Some of us are willing and ready to surrender to the inner life,  but others fight against it with all sorts of methods to avoid facing their shadows. Clearing house physically and mentally is not always easy work, but it is well worth the effort. Even one small step a day, or a series of them will  begin to remove even the biggest blocks, making them less formidable, as the road opens and our options in life expand.

Major goddess asteroid Ceres in Capricorn forms an earth trine with the Black Moon Lilith in Virgo as both are sextile to Saturn in Scorpio now. This serves to help strengthen the bonds that are nurturing and supportive in our lives and challenges us to let go of those that are not. It is the perfect time to de-cord, disconnect, and walk away from situations that do not honor who we truly are. Finding wholesome ways to physically feed ourselves and rejuvenate the piece of Earth that we inhabit are equally important.

Mercury in Virgo is easing out of an opposition with Neptune in Pisces while forming a trine with Pluto in Capricorn. This combined with Mars and the New Moon conjunct Retrograde Venus in Leo bring up some rather disconcerting emotions related to what we see versus what we get, what people say versus what they do, what we know versus how we actually allow ourselves to be.

There are times, such as those we are in now that it can be tricky to discern whether to act on something untoward seen or to remain a silent witness. I like using a method of Ho’oponopono, a Hawaiian practice which assumes an inner responsibility for all ugliness and distress that is witnessed and transmuting it with love. I have also learned (the hard way) that is quite proper at times to allow other people to fall flat on their faces in order to figure something out by themselves. I used to try so hard to be polite about it, but the most challenging moments were when people who were acting in a condescending  manner had no clue that I could see right through them, as though their hidden motivations were as visible if not more so than seen through an x-ray.

“I am thankful for all of those who said NO to me. It’s because of them I’m doing it myself.” – Albert Einstein

Let’s remember to check in with ourselves over the next few days and ask if it’s some lofty idea of compassion or a deeply embedded fear that holds us back in life. There is often a fine line between being “nice” and being authentic.

I give great thanks to all of you who keep it real.

New Moon in Leo 8-14-15

Lion-cubs-image-lion-cubs-36139610-1920-1200Love is the flavor of the week and of the New Moon 21 degrees of Leo on August 14th. Whether falling in or out of love, there is an expansiveness of heart and soul that moves us to the next level. And whether a love affair with another or a love affair with life, there is so much passion and energy behind each action and sensation that everything may seem brighter, more inspiring, and more worthwhile than ever before.

The New Moon is conjunct Venus as well as Eros, the asteroid named after Venus Aphrodite’s son. This fiery stellium signals an exaltation of all forms of love, affection, and sensuality and it heightens them to the nth degree. Just to make sure we got the drift, Jupiter paired up with Cupido – another of the 4 great Love Asteroids during his entrance into Virgo on the 11th.

This is the peak phase of Venus’s Retrograde through Leo, bringing many happy returns in love, creativity, money, and all the good stuff that makes the world go around. Certain things we thought were lost are now showing up in better condition than we left them. Other things we gave up on as pointless are now proving to have been either great learning experiences or things of value in ways he hadn’t previously considered.

Mercury in Virgo opposite of Neptune in Pisces leading up to this New Moon might be making it hard to see the forest for the ocean, the trees for the seaweed. There’s a lot going on and at times like these it can get tricky to tell the difference between what’s coming and going, what’s wrong or right, who’s for or against us. A few moments turned inward can help bring clarity. Remember to breathe!

Asteroid Vesta approaching Uranus in Aries and squaring Pluto in Capricorn indicates a great deal of conflict or fear around internal power and outward aggression, and particularly sexual power that must somehow be expressed, released or transformed so that harmful implosions or explosions do not occur. Plutonian power can destroy or heal from the inside out. If we’re consciously tuned into the currently heightened Venusian frequencies of love, we are driven not by lust and self-concern but by altruism and appreciation, automatically infusing powerful acts with love.

The New Moon forms a trine with Uranus so a few surprises are inevitable throughout the weekend…

“Show me your original face before you were born.” – Zen Koan

The Full Moon at 7 degrees Aquarius on July 31st 2015 is a Blue Moon, which means it is the second Full Moon to fall within a month, seeming to double the effects of its powerful influences. All Full Moons heighten emotions, creativity and intuition in various degrees of intensity, and this one is brimming with possibility. Aquarian energy is airy, intellectual and humanitarian in nature. The inherent defiance of this sign tramples over all sorts of lines, rules, and constructs not easily crossed by most – right now, it and We will not be censored.

The Aquarian Blue Moon is revealing both the positive and negative motivations of ourselves and others and demands confrontation with both the ugly and beautiful aspects of life and humanity that have long been buried or stifled. If we can embrace our own shadows rather than trying to disown certain aspects of ourselves we don’t like or feel ashamed of, we can use darkness as fuel to heal and expand in consciousness and love. The Moon’s opposition to Mercury in Leo prompts us to clarify out intentions and express ourselves accordingly.

I looked up at the Moon’s increasing glow last night, suddenly filled with a wonder and awe I’ve not felt in awhile. In a flash, its message became clear. It was like going back to the future, having access to the library of the infinite, being perfectly still within chaos and motion as in a sense of spinning very quickly such as that in the dance of the Whirling Dervish. It was a moment akin to the mystic state of Ain Soph, a Kabbalistic phrase used to describe that which is without limit…

The Full Moon just precedes Retrograde Venus’s reentry into the sign of Leo.  As though living through a Salvador Dali painting or a strange dream this transition may seem like sliding from a river raft into a vast although not barren desert, a “Burning Man” of a sort. Basically anything could happen, and while that is always true, it is especially noticeable now.  With past, present, and future all one things can be created, destroyed, done or undone, are as real or unreal as we are willing to allow. Reality and our perception of it is being put to the test.

Not sure where this image came from but for me it symbolically describes some of the energy of this Full Moon


“If you can honor your emotions as the life giving water element they are, they will behave exactly as water does. They’ll flow and change, shift their states, react and respond appropriately, and create the perfect ecosystem in which you can flourish.” – Karla McLaren, The Language of Emotions


The New Moon at 23 degrees of Cancer on July 15th represents a release and renewal in the realm of emotions. It is revealing to us our inner landscape of feelings, whether they have been repressed or expressed, with joy, sadness, or a mask of indifference. We can run and hide from emotional truth but it will always find us.giphy (1)

LaVérité (The Truth) by Jules Joseph Lefebvre

LaVérité (The Truth) by Jules Joseph Lefebvre

Mars and Mercury conjunct the New Moon and in exact opposition to Pluto exposes both inner and outer conflict, reflected in massive global upheavals and a widespread deconstruction of long held relationships and beliefs. Something that one has identified with all their life is not necessarily in alignment with who they are. Sometimes what millions have accepted as gospel is nothing more than a crutch and a mirage.

When we reach a certain limit – hit a certain wall that will allow us to go no further, we must be willing to plummet the depths of our souls for direction and meaning or lack of direction and meaning as the case may seem to be. The prospect of emptiness is can be terrifying, but it is ultimately liberating. We are on a vast and mysterious journey, occupying finite bodies in an infinitely stretching space. We are as much creators in life as we have ourselves been created. Perhaps we need to find the humor in all of this, to rekindle the magic of childlike wonder, and to scrap whatever we think we know about what really matters in the grand scheme of things. We are encouraged to laugh, cry, scream, sigh, and to paint, dance, sing, strum or drum our fears, betrayals, victories, inspirations and longings.

The New Moon is conjunct the asteroid Eros, named after the god of erotic love. When this asteroid becomes prominent it highlights some aspect of eroticism, with the sign and planets involved (always somewhere between Venus and Mars) representing the areas being heightened in relation to this. Eros in Cancer seeks emotional renewal through erotic or sexual exchange. The psychic aspect of intimacy becomes almost more important than the physical. Empathic, telepathic and intuitive faculties with regard to loved ones may be so powerful now they are impossible to dismiss.

Cancer by Josephine Wall

Cancer by Josephine Wall

It is believed that many of us have a subconscious yearning to return to the security of the womb, the source, or the mystic place in the universe that we call Home. Cancer as the Cosmic Mother envelopes us in her warm watery embrace, and reminds us that wherever we are, we are already one with her, that we can unpack our heavy bags or lie down for a rest when need to. Anything we can imagine or see in our mind’s eye we can actualize in our outer life.

The strong influence from Pluto we have had since July 1st indicates we are in the midst of a profound transformation of body, mind, and spirit. It’s opposition now to the New Moon in Cancer means we are challenged to let go of what doesn’t serve us, doesn’t truly reflect us, doesn’t inspire us, and doesn’t do us justice. We are invited into the great Unknown, to be and do with wild abandon what has long been forbidden.

“In Beauty may I walk.
All day long may I walk.
Through the returning seasons may I walk.
On the trail marked with pollen may I walk.
With grasshoppers about my feet may I walk.
With dew about my feet may I walk.
With Beauty may I walk.
With Beauty before me, may I walk.
With Beauty behind me, may I walk.
With Beauty above me, may I walk.
With Beauty below me, may I walk.
With Beauty all around me, may I walk.
In old age wandering on a trail of Beauty,
lively, may I walk.
In old age wandering on a trail of Beauty,
living again, may I walk.
It is finished in Beauty.
It is finished in Beauty.”

– Navaho Blessing Way Ceremony

Venus and Isis in Leo

Venus is conjunct the asteroid Isis at 24 degrees of Leo today (July 6th) with Jupiter close behind at 22 degrees. The energy of this combination has been present since the beginning of the month, lingering throughout, and with this I see a powerful resurgence of divine feminine energy. Venus the planet of love, beauty, and prosperity is a particularly prominent influence now as she entered a pre-shadow phase on June 21st, enters Virgo on July 18th, goes Retrograde on July 24th, reenters Leo on the Full Moon of the 31st, and then stations direct in this sign on September 6th. Her post-shadow phase will end by October 8th as she reenters the sign of Virgo.

The super stellium Jupiter/Venus/Isis started off late June, early July in a grand trine with Uranus in Aries and Ixion in Sagittarius. Venus and Isis are sextile Mercury in Gemini today while the Sun in emotional Cancer is opposite Pluto in stern Capricorn, which has been amplifying power struggles, heightening projections and internalizations of opposing forces. For about a week’s time many people have been going off on tirades while others are simply being more vocal about their beliefs, whether in self-defense or in the act of breaking free from tyranny. There are many profound awakenings occurring, and some of them might seem quite “rude”. However, it is a time when corrective measures can also be more easily taken, both verbally and otherwise.

Isis and Osiris by Susan Boulet

Isis and Osiris by Susan Seddon Boulet

Venus is typically happy in the sunny sign of Leo, where she is often able to express the full gamut of her love and creativity. When she turns Retrograde later this month and throughout August these qualities may turn inward for many, taking the form of renewed passion for familiar projects, interests, and possibly loves from the past. In a similar way, the asteroid Isis represents areas that we may seek to reconnect, restore, reconcile and reunite lost parts of ourselves and others close to us. In the Egyptian myth, after Osiris was torn to pieces by his brother Set, Isis frantically searched the world for all of his parts and eventually put him back together and brought him to life. Venus and Isis together represent the coming together of feminine forces, as well as the retrieval of “lost” fragments of one’s soul. Traced back to their original sources, Venus and Isis may even be one and the same. In Leo they beckon us, both male and female to tune into the Solar aspect of consciousness, and to assert ourselves with dignity and grace.

The intense focus of female energy embodied in a fiery masculine sign is significant for both men and women. In this instance, with Isis present the feminine counterpart helps support or heal the male in some way. On an internal level, the right and left hemispheres of the brain may either come into greater harmony or discord, while the circadian rhythms seek their balance.

In a symbolic sense, Isis is akin to a female Jesus, although she arrived far before his time. As the mother of the sun god Horus she was one of the first mother figures venerated as an incarnation of divinity. Every aspect of Isis is steeped in mystery and magic. The two syllables of her name fascinate us on so many levels, because she IS an inherent part of us. In the dictionary we read that the word genesis simply means the beginning of something, but it is translated by certain scholars as the “Genes of Isis”.  This is said to be where the Book of Genesis took its title.

In my natal chart the asteroids Isis and Osiris are both conjunct my Sun, but I never knew how to interpret this until I gained a deeper understanding of the rich history of them both. In August 2015 these two asteroids will be almost but not quite in conjunction in the sign of Virgo. Jupiter, Venus and asteroid Isis in Leo are currently positioned at the cusp of the 9th house of the US chart, as if the Bible-thumping hasn’t already begun…

Overall, the pairing of Isis and Venus now might be helping us to bring and piece together the things we wish to heal and manifest. This is a great time for solving puzzles or making witch ladders, vision boards, and other magical or artistic renderings of the heart.

Isis Bless!

Grandmother Spider

Grandmother Spider by Susan Boulet

Grandmother Spider by Susan Boulet

The Full Moon in Capricorn July 1st 2015 calls us into deeper alignment with the Earth and all her rhythms, cycles, and ancient wisdom. This is a day for the making of dream catchers, the whispering of prayers, the telling of old tales, and honoring of ancestors. We are reminded of the way that gravity and terra firma supports us – can just as easily take away from us as sustain us.

Spider Woman by Susan Seddon Boulet, 1986

Spider Woman by Susan Seddon Boulet, 1986

Earth and native magic are still alive in the world yet today we must work harder than before to connect with them, as we must also simplify and humble ourselves before the spirits and creatures of nature who have experienced as deep a betrayal at our hands as we have at the hands of our  supposed “caretakers”. I think of Grandmother Spider during this moon, who in Cherokee, Choctaw and other traditions was known as the Weaver of the Web of Life. She brought people the sun and fire, taught them pottery, weaving and ceremonial blessings. Her spider’s web represented language, connectivity, creativity, infinity, and the moving patterns that we call time.

P1020602We have so much to learn from the life around us if we would but stop and observe rather than immediately set to destroy whatever scares us or seems to stand in our way. This spider stopped me in my tracks recently, reminding me of the mysteries of creation and what kinds of things can be cultivated in the darkness whether for negative or positive ends. All of us weave webs with our thoughts, words, and actions that trap, enchant, or illuminate in some way. Let’s choose wisely.


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