NaBloPoMo ~Blogging Inspiration and Astrology

I just signed up for NaBloPoMo–National Bog Posting Month. The beauty of this is that unlike NaNoWriMo–National Novel Writing Month; each year tens of thousands of us attempt to write 50,000 words of a new novel between November 1st through the 30th (I signed up three years and succeeded twice)–NaBloPoMo starts whenever you do with the goal of posting to one’s blog every day for a month.

I can’t even begin to count the levels on which this appeals to me. As a lover of words and writing, any excuse to write is a good one. Secondly, there are so many things that I’m drawn to write about–all these amazing changes taking place in the world, reflected by the ever-changing cycles that create the language of the sky. This looks like a great inspiration for getting more of this in writing to share with clients, friends and readers, everywhere.

Mercury, The Messenger, is in Cancer with the Sun, opening us to ideas about taking better care of ourselves and those we love. The Moon just entered the sensual Goddess Venus’s sign, Taurus, setting the mood for taking your time, stopping to smell the wildflowers, enjoying nature and appreciating what there is to love in your world. Venus and Mars are both in Gemini at the moment, the sign of writing, communication, expression of all kinds, networking, short bursts of activity and me, actually. This is a great time for sharing what you are passionate about, what you are doing and what you are creating in your life, today. Go forth and communicate!

Who else is ready to take up this blogging challenge with me?

Every Day Is A Good Day For Something

Branches in the Sun~Resized
For some mysterious reason some days are easy and others, well, don’t you wish you’d just stayed in bed? I think many people read their horoscope in the newspaper hoping it will tell them this is a good day for them. The good news is, every day can be a good day for you.

Today, for example, Mercury has caught up with the Sun and the Moon is in Aries. This is an especially good day for self-care, self-reflection and speaking from the heart about our feelings. These are a few elements of the energetic atmosphere of today. Whether you use this information or disregard it is up to you.

The astrological weather, like life, is multi-faceted and constantly changing. One cycle overlays the next, compounding and complicating the effects of both. And there are never just two occurring. The planetary cycles are archetypal reflections of our lives–filled with periods of growth and change, building and tearing down, and finally relinquishing something we realize belongs to our history not our future. Despite the complexities, humans are graced with the capacity for focusing on on one thing at a time. We can tune in or tune out at will.

In this ‘information age’ when the internet and media crank out ‘news’ every day, all the time, it is easy to become overwhelmed and lose track of what really matters. I say, keep it simple. Some things are naturally more important to us than others. Individuality means the important things are different for everyone.

Astrology offers a simple way of understanding where you can benefit most from focusing your overall energy and attention and where to focus today to work in harmony with the greater universal cycles of evolution and potential that are in play in your life now. The more you understand your strengths and gifts and even your challenges the easier it is to move away from the stuff that isn’t about you and just wastes your precious time.

Everything really is relative. If you have planned a family reunion picnic in the park and have been up til all hours cooking and preparing, waking in the morning to a thunder storm might feel like a nightmare. On the other hand, if you are someone who has a garden that is badly in need of water, that same storm is an answer to your prayers. Maybe you are planning the reunion AND have a dry garden. Sometimes it isn’t so much the ”storms’ that occur but the timing.

Every day is good for something. Remaining as fluid and flexible as possible helps us to roll with the times when things feel difficult. On those days, I find it helps to remind myself that tomorrow is another day. Doing what you can to simplify your life, releasing the things that are no longer working, is the easiest way I know to create more good days. When we are focused on the things that are most important to us, it is easier to make the best of our time and enjoy the relationships that matter most. The present is a gift. This holy moment will never be again. It is up to you what you do with it and with whom you will share it.

May you find your way that ‘just right’ place of balance within, that allows you to beautifully shine your personal brand of goodness and grace into the world.

Cancer New Moon ~June 22, 2009


Yesterday was the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, in the Northern Hemisphere. The sun is high, the sky is blue and the energetic mood has shifted as the Sun moved from the busy-busy butterfly Gemini days to the considerably calmer, more laid back feel of Cancer time. Cancer is a lazy river of a sign, moving at its own pace, home to of all manner of creature and plant life, drifting through the land offering solace to the parched earth and overheated humans looking for respite. Cancer is the sign of nurturing, nourishment, security, serenity and feelings. Laughter and tears are commonplace in the life of one born under the sign of Cancer.

As the Moon joins the Sun to enter its New phase at the beginning Cancer, it is time to sow some new seeds for the things we would like to see develop over the weeks and months to come. This is the New Moon of humor and humanness. Let your hair down. Take a moment to reflect on where you’ve been that has brought you to this place and time. Set aside some time to be in nature, ideally, by a pond, river or lake and refresh your spirit with the life-giving energy of water.

Though my natal Sun is in Gemini, I have plenty of Cancer planets in my astrology chart and am surrounded by people who were born with the Sun in Cancer, both of my mother’s sisters, my man, one of my closest girlfriends, her husband, my other friend’s husband, even my beloved kitty, Winston, is a Cancer Sun sign. Each of them is completely different from the others; there is no such thing as a typical Cancer. When my  girlfriends and I realized that all of our men were born within a week of one another we had to laugh at yet another thing we have in common. Cancer is one of the least comfortable placements for a man’s Sun, and yet these were the men that we had all chosen as our mates. We were all drawn to their inner strength, kindness, their sensitivity, their quick wit and their ability to make us feel safe in their arms. There is much to be said for a man who is connected to his feelings. And because each of us have some Cancer in our own charts, we understand that sometimes you really can’t say why you feel so strongly about something or that although it makes no sense to your mind, you know something to be true.

Cancer is the sign of the family, the nurturing parent and of caring for others. Many born under this sign are healers and have a natural ability to understand the needs of others, whether emotional or physical. Cancer is ruled by the Moon, which changes signs every two and a half days and covers the entire zodiac every month. This is one of the reasons our Cancerian friends can be what we may think of as moody–in fact, they are simply relating to all the different points of view and emotional states, month in and month out. If you or someone you love is a Cancer Sun sign, keep in mind that whatever it is that you are feeling or dealing with at the moment will look and feel very different in a day or two. Patience is one of the best tools in a Cancer native’s kit.

I feel emotions have gotten a bad rap in our society. We have been encouraged to be logical and sensible and by all means, rational. Joy is not rational. And yet, those moments of joy are what make life worth living. Even our sorrow is evidence of how deeply we can feel and how much something or someone has meant to us–how alive we really are. When you stop to consider it, a life without emotions would be like a world without water, dry and lifeless and devoid of any possibility of joy.

Open your heart to the potentials your emotions offer. Emotions can help keep you on track in your life. You were born with an Emotional Guidance System. If you learn to honor and work with how you are feeling in any given moment, it will serve you in moving in the direction of your dreams and make it painfully obvious when you are off track. Emotions are fundamental to consciously working with the Law of Attraction.

Despite what may be going on in the world, summer only comes once a year. Many of us wait all year for summer to arrive. I invite you to enjoy these early summer days and celebrate the wondrous blessings they have to offer.