About Simone Butler

Simone Butler has been a professional astrologer for 30 years. In addition to a worldwide consulting practice on astrology and Astro Feng Shui, Simone offers New Moon collage classes, and writes for The Mountain Astrologer. She also wrote for and edited the Starscroll for many years. Simone’s book Astro Feng Shui: Making Magic in Your Home and Life fuses Western astrology and Western feng shui into one unique, transformative system. Sign up to receive her entertaining, informative bi-monthly blogs and learn about her monthly rituals and tips.

Leo New Moon: Smile!

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In the 1970s, random guys on the street would always exhort me to “Smile!” I perceived this as a come-on, and enjoyed it about as much as those obnoxious “happy face” stickers that were everywhere then.

But times have changed. People are more guarded now – nobody expects us to smile on the street. So when I read about six-year-old Jaden Hayes, who’s trying to change all that, my curiosity was piqued.

Jaden lost his dad when he was four and his mom last month. But he wasn’t content to sit around and nurse his heartbreak. A few weeks ago he told his aunt, and now guardian, Barbara DiCola, that he was sick and tired of seeing everyone sad all the time. Jaden asked her to buy a bunch of little toys and bring him to downtown Savannah, Georgia near where they live.

“I’m trying to make people smile,” he explained.

Jaden approaches folks who look sad and gives them a toy. He has never failed to elicit a smile – and often a hug as well. In fact, he’s made over 500 people smile already, with a goal of reaching 33,000.

Jaden’s aunt says the reactions have done wonders for him. “It’s like sheer joy came out of this child,” said Barbara. “And the more people that he made smile, the more this light shone.”

So there you have it – a perfect expression of the upcoming Leo New Moon (shining self-expression) conjunct Venus (loving kindness). Because Venus has been retrograde (July 25 – Sept. 6), many of us have been reviewing the past – perhaps feeling nostalgic for people we’ve lost or times gone by. A lot of us (myself included) have also been doing intense but effective work on excavating and transforming old pain – and wondering how much longer it will take! (Hint: Probably till Venus turns direct and Saturn finally leaves Scorpio in Sept.)

Now, at this New Moon (Friday, August 14, 7:53 a.m. PDT), we’re asked to take a time-out from being so serious and celebrate the power of love.The New Moon’s trine to open-minded Uranus urges us to think outside the box, as we ponder what we can give others to make them smile. For example, I brought my Starcaster oracle to a barbecue last weekend and gave mini-readings, to everyone’s delight. Then, I included some out-of-town friends-of-a-friend in our monthly New Moon collaging. It doesn’t take much to touch peoples’ hearts and make their day.

If you need help feeling more joyful, do the Leo New Moon ritual from my book, Astro Feng Shui: Making Magic in Your Home and Life. There’s also a short video at the bottom of the page showing how I helped one person transform her Creativity and Children gua to bring more joy into her life.

Have a great New Moon, and remember to smile!

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Ask Luna-August 14, 2015

Dearest Luna, I have felt for many years that I needed to use my creative talents & embark on a career that could possibly involve communication with a very wide audience. Unfortunately – as a teenager & young adult – I allowed those I trusted around me to convince me that I was not pretty enough – talented enough – skinny enough etc. to become a part of the Arts. I know now that they had their own issues & were projecting unhealthy& caustic thoughts towards me. I believed them & now feel that I may have missed the boat. Is it too late for me to become the person I have always dreamed of being? How can I rid myself of all the negative thoughts I still have about myself? How do I love myself? How do I become my authentic self? Thanking you in advance for your time & kind consideration, Paris

Dear Paris, You do indeed have an enormously creative chart, just bursting with talent! And no, it is absolutely not too late to harness these talents and bring them to the world. You were born with Venus conjunct the Sun in Gemini, sextile to Mars in Leo. This is a dynamite combo for writing, theatrical work, or just about anything artistic.

Luckily, the Aug. 14 Leo New Moon triggers this creative combination – offering you a new beginning. Make an altar in the Creativity and Children sector of your home (as you walk in the front door, it’s the middle of the south wall). Place original artwork done by yourself or others, and other playful, colorful items on it. Light a candle at the New Moon and commit to honoring your creativity. Then see what inner promptings and fateful events may occur over the following two weeks.

Pick up a copy of Julia Cameron’s book The Vein of Gold, and do the exercises she suggests. You might also want to try EFT (google Emotional Freedom Technique to find many helpful videos) which will help you release old fears and blocks. And, get a doll that resembles you at an early age. Talk to her, cry with her, ask her what she needs. Do this every day and you will truly begin to heal the past. Best of luck to you! Luna’s agent, Simone Butler

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Reclaim Your Inner Queen

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Your happiness is the spark that will ignite global change.” –Ross Arntson

Rarely do the stars align in such a way that it makes my jaw drop. But we’re entering such a period now, in which one potent point of the zodiac will be activated so strongly and repeatedly that an important message is obviously trying to get through. This message seems to be about shifting from the head to the heart, and doing whatever we can to save this planet before it is too late.

It really looks like we are on shaky ground at this point in our history, a “sixth massive extinction” not seen since the time of the dinosaurs. This warning comes not only from science, but also from non-physical intelligence like the Hathors, channeled by Tom Kenyon, who have an ingenious plan for awakening by partnering with angelic forces in specific, targeted ways.

So it’s not surprising that the heavens reveal a uniquely fascinating window of time over the next few months. First, a little context. Around 26,000 years ago, women ruled the world. The role of the man in procreation was not yet known, so a woman’s ability to give birth made her all-powerful – the Goddess incarnate. At that time, the fixed star Regulus was transiting the sign of Virgo – the ‘virgin’ goddess Queen who is whole unto herself. As the only fixed star on the ecliptic, Regulus profoundly influences what happens on earth.

Around the time of Christ, Regulus shifted into Leo, a masculine sign, and became known as the “Little King.” But in 2011, Regulus re-entered Virgo – once again bringing feminine energy into prominence (for the next two thousand years). This is why we’ve been seeing women rising to power in the world, and claiming power at home and in relationships. We still have a long way to go before all our hearts are awakened (the goal of the feminine), but many of us are beginning to feel this happen.

Over the next few months, there will be FIVE activations of Regulus at zero Virgo – jolting and juicing us to accept and honor our feelings and love more authentically – and to take action on healing our beleaguered Earth. First, and most profound, is the July 25 retrograde station at zero Virgo of Venus, planet of love and the feminine. Anytime a planet stations, it exerts tremendous influence. Here, Venus is calling us to reclaim our inner Queen – the most confident, regal part of us. Venus in backward mode (through Sept. 6) is a time of honoring the feminine, remembering our worth and loving ourselves and others more deeply. It can also bring former lovers and desires back into our lives. Venus spends most of her retrograde in Leo the King, but begins and ends her sojourn in Virgo the Queen. So Venus is reweaving the ecstatic bonds between the divine masculine and feminine, within and without.

Regulus at zero Virgo will then be triggered in rapid succession by Mercury on August 7, Jupiter on August 12, Mars on Sept. 26,  then again by Venus October 8. If you have planets or angles around zero Virgo, get ready for the ride of a lifetime! Even if you don’t, whatever house that degree falls in for you is being saturated with the energy of love and healing – so open yourself to it. Be alert on or near these activation dates for an influx of energy and guidance.

Ushering in this potent period is the Cancer New Moon (July 15, 6:24 pm PDT). Cancer is, of course, the sign of the Mother. As the Sun and Moon unite in this emotionally sensitive sign, Mercury and Mars also join in Cancer, exactly opposing Pluto. Something important wants to be birthed, spoken aloud and claimed at this New Moon. Pluto and Mars were also featured at the July 1 Full Moon – and many of us are still reeling from what transpired around then, which caused our hearts to crack open (whether through loss, joy, or both). As this New Moon approaches, remember that to feel intensely is not a sign of weakness – it’s what makes us human. We’re taking the first tentative steps toward a deeper kind of love and devotion to self, others, and our Earth Mother.

This is a good time to contact your ancestors for guidance. Check out this Cancer New Moon ritual from my book, Astro Feng Shui: Making Magic in Your Home and Life. You’ll also find a short video that shows how I helped one person transform her Family gua for greater closeness with relatives.

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Ask Luna-July 1, 2015

Dear Luna, I struggle to feel connected to the everyday mechanics of life and want to return to a time when my spiritual insights helped me provide focus and structure to my life, which I now lack. How can I reconnect and move forward more consistently with My Life Purpose with focus, sustained commitment and self-efficacy? As I’m looking at this website I’m remembering how important my connection is to the moon, beauty and the universe. I want to live my life fully and with appreciation. Thank you for your response and comments, Sandy

Dear Sandy, I can see where being connected the to the ‘everyday mechanics of life’ might be a struggle for you, since your chart is made up almost entirely of air signs – five planets in Aquarius, two in Libra and your Ascendant in Gemini. The life of the mind and spirit is comfortable for you; you are a true visionary. But you lack earth, which means you must spend regular, daily time in nature – preferably with your bare feet on the earth. Also, having a regular exercise routine and otherwise paying lots of good, loving attention to your body is key to keeping you on the planet and feeling fulfilled. Two years ago your Sun progressed into Taurus, the earth sign which rules nature, so you’re now in a good position to get  more into your body. Working in the garden is especially healing for you.

With Saturn activating your sixth house through the end of the year, it’s also important that you commit to a form of service, a way of giving back to your community. You are a born teacher and have lots of brilliant and progressive ideas to share; whether you start a blog, tutor kids or however you choose to share this wisdom, now is the time. You’re a Sacred Elder with much to give. Writing in a journal on a daily basis will help give form to your vision. Once you’re clear, make a weekly to-do list that takes you closer to your goal in small steps. Brainstorm with a friend who knows you well if you need inspiration. Many blessings to you, Luna’s emissary, Simone Butler

 

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Gemini New Moon: Speak Your Truth

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There aren’t many goddesses who embody the warrior spirit of Mars – but I experienced one last week at Volcano National Park on the Big Island of Hawaii. When the Polynesian people migrated to Hawaii a thousand years ago, they brought with them the legend of an all-powerful goddess with a fiery temper. Although her apparition has been seen throughout the world in volcanic eruptions, Pele-honua-mea is said to live at the summit of Kilauea. The flame of Madame Pele burns eternally in a crater atop one of the most active volcanoes in the world.

We drove the windy road to Kilauea on an overcast, drizzly day – which accentuated the stark grey beauty of the volcanic landscape and its lush green foliage. Overlooking the volcano in the distance, we could see a plume of steam arising from the crater – potent proof of the molten lava within. When my friend went on ahead to the museum, I lingered for a moment to ask Pele to bless me with some of her fiery spirit.

I’d forgotten all about the prayer until a few days later, when I was falsely accused of creating a problem. After trying and failing to defend myself, I seethed in silence for a few minutes. Then I felt an unfamiliar yet undeniable power rise within – erupting in a strong declaration of my feelings.  Suddenly, I commanded respect. Pele had spoken through me.

Mars closely conjoins the upcoming Gemini New Moon (Tuesday June 16, 7:05 a.m. PDT). The warrior god-goddess seeks an outlet now through Gemini channels – like the power of words. Although anger can be destructive, it is also a potent tool. As long as it isn’t expressed in destructive ways, anger is an important way to know ourselves – and for others to know us.

Now that Mercury is out of retrograde, we can harness the energetic fire of Pele to refresh our spirits and forge ahead. Be aware, however, that even though the New Moon is Tuesday morning, the Moon goes void soon after. So make Monday the 15th your power day – and be sure to jot down any brilliant ideas that come your way between now and then. Ask Pele to light your inner spark – and watch the magic unfold!

If you need help speaking your truth, check out this Gemini New Moon ritual from my book, Astro Feng Shui: Making Magic in Your Home and Life. And be sure to light a blue candle in your Knowledge gua (to the left of the front door as you enter) the night before the New Moon and speak your intentions for the month ahead.

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Ask Luna–May 18, 2015

Dear Luna, I have been single for the last five years. After my marriage broke I fully dedicated myself to my children and  my studies. Now I have more time to think about a new inspiration, a new love. Can you tell me where and when are the opportunities for me to find a new partner? Silvana

Dear Silvana,  There is a kind of awakening happening for you over the next few years, as Uranus crosses your Ascendant and Sun. It’s like you’re coming alive again, by focusing on you and what makes you happy. This is a very exciting but also impulsive time, so take care with jumping into a relationship too soon or otherwise taking huge risks that come from an ungrounded place.

That said, you can have a great deal of fun – especially once Jupiter enters your fifth house of playfulness and romance in July for a year. I would advise signing up for classes or doing activities that stimulate your inner fire – especially dancing, making art, doing athletics or playing games. You’re likely to find playmates in those arenas.

With Chiron triggering your Venus through the end of this year, though, I’m wondering if you have fully healed the wounds from your marriage falling apart. It sounds like you’ve been focusing on other things, so if you haven’t allowed yourself to grieve, forgive – or to explore your role in what happened – then it’s super-important that you do that now. Even though you do have a lucky Jupiter aspect for love in July, Venus will be retrograde all summer so be careful not to get drawn back into old patterns from the past (especially feeling sorry for someone and wanting to help him).

Saturn crossing your Moon– Neptune-Jupiter conjunction in Sagittarius this year  won’t let you get away with much. In other words, making a mad, impulsive leap into a sexual relationship will likely backfire. So I’d recommend having lots of fun and developing friendships with men this year rather than trying to nail anything down into a commitment. You may in fact need several years of exploring and developing the ‘new you’ before you’re ready to settle down with someone again. Let the process unfold naturally and you’ll be fine.

Many blessings to you, Luna’s emissary, Simone Butler

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Taurus New Moon: Inner Wealth

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Last year I drove out to Tucson to speak to the local astrologer’s guild. On the day of the talk, I was feeling out of sorts. Pulled by something I couldn’t name, I arrived early to the facility and began walking around the property. To my astonishment, I came upon a labyrinth made of rocks. No one was around. With a prayer of gratitude, I began slowly walking the twists and turns that led to the center. With each step, cares fell away. By the time I’d completed the circuit, I felt renewed – and shortly after, delivered a particularly inspired talk.

It turns out I’d tapped into primal goddess energy. The word labyrinth is derived from the Minoan labrys – meaning double-edged axe. The classical labyrinth shape is similar to a double-axe, or symbol of royal power. Yet way before the Greeks used this design for the labyrinth at the palace of Knossos in Crete, similar ones had been created nearby – usually accompanied by goddess statues. In matriarchal times, the same shape symbolized the power of creation, or the womb. It was the ultimate symbol of wealth and power. Even as late as the 3rd century BC, coins from Knossos were still struck with this symbol.

Over the years I’ve walked many labyrinths, and always felt a sense of calm and strength by the time I was done. So I decided to create a small one in my own backyard to mark the upcoming Taurus New Moon (May 17, 9:13 p.m. PDT). I’ve invited a few close friends to help me construct the labyrinth out of river rocks unearthed during my renovation a few years back. Once it’s complete, we’ll invoke for greater abundance and creative power as we walk the labyrinth at the Wealth New Moon.

The connection with Spirit is strong at this New Moon, because Venus (the ruler of Taurus) is trine mystical Neptune. I chose to build a labyrinth at this time for another reason as well: Mercury turns retrograde the following day (May 18) in its own sign of Gemini, which rules the mind. Although a labyrinth is not the same as a maze (in which you can get lost or hit dead ends), there is something about walking the labyrinthine path that causes you to lose track of direction and the outside world. And that is what retrograde Mercury is about – it’s a time to go deep within, rediscover our lost parts, and get re-centered after what’s been a tumultuous year for most of us.

During Mercury’s three-week retrograde, resist the impulse to jump into new things or you’ll probably regret it. Instead, sift through all those notes you’ve been taking (especially if, like me, you’ve been listening to endless webinars and telesummits!) and separate the wheat from the chaff. True wealth is to be found by connecting with the Earth at this Taurus New Moon. Get out of your mind and into your body. Walk a labyrinth (or build one!). Get a massage. If you need to launch a website, business project or series of classes, postpone it till June 15. Meanwhile, quiet your mind and let Spirit guide you so that by the time you act, you’ll be aligned on all levels.

If you need inspiration on growing your wealth, check out this Taurus New Moon ritual from my book, Astro Feng Shui: Making Magic in Your Home and Life. You’ll also find a fun little video on that page showing how I helped one woman increase her prosperity by switching things up in her bathroom.

RETROGRADE SPECIAL! If you’ve had a consultation with me before (even just a Snapshot), I’m offering you a special deal on a Power Consultation through the end of May. Regularly $195, this 75-minute recorded phone reading (which includes both the natal chart and cycles) is only $165 for the next two weeks. EXISTING CLIENTS ONLY. Just email me at simone@astroalchemy.com and we’ll get you on the schedule!

Painting by Claudia Fernety. See more of Claudia’s work at her website.

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Aries New Moon: Open the Red Door

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The brave-hearted Aries New Moon is nigh! Bold energies are afoot to help you fling open the door to your future and courageously walk through it. This means taking steps toward where you want to be, especially with your career  (Aries = the Career and Life Path gua in Astro Feng Shui).

The best way to start is at your own front door. No matter where it’s located or whether or not you use it, your front door is the all-important “mouth of chi” by which good energy flows to you. Go out and eyeball it right now. Peeling paint? Cobwebs? Porch light out? Kids’ toys strewn around?  If so, this state of affairs is a direct reflection of where you’re at with your career – time to get to work!

Between now and Saturday’s Aries New Moon (April 18, 11:57 a.m. PDT), take time to clean and enhance your front door area. Then, do a ritual at the New Moon to invite fresh new energy in. This could be as simple as lighting a red candle inside the doorway and speaking your intentions. The Sun and Moon join as Mars (Aries’ ruling planet) in determined Taurus squares Jupiter, recently direct in enthusiastic Leo. Abundant energy is available, just waiting to be harnessed.

If you’re feeling brave, paint your front door red! This classic feng shui cure is said to work best if your house faces south; it’s contraindicated if the house faces north. But let your intuition be your guide to what feels right for you. Any dark, rich color such as mahogany or forest green would be a great enhancement for the Career gua.

Since Aries corresponds to the Ascendant (personal self), it may also be time to update your image or embark on an exercise or weight loss campaign. The Aries New Moon is ideal for this. Don’t put it off much longer, though, as Mercury slows down and turns retrograde next month, which isn’t as favorable for new beginnings.

Need to pump up your energy? Try this Aries New Moon ritual from my book, Astro Feng Shui: Making Magic in Your Home and Life. If you’d like some expert help with getting unstuck in your career, contact me for a Snapshot reading ($95) and we’ll launch you on the road to success!

Meanwhile, here are ten tips to help with your front door makeover:

1. If your front door looks shabby, wash it down and/or apply a fresh coat of paint. If red isn’t for you, you can still spark things up by tying a red ribbon around the door handle.

2. Create a clear path to the front door. Keep your entrance free from obstructions such as overgrown plants or trees. Remove any grime, cobwebs or bird droppings that may have built up on or around the door.

3. Add a fountain – water features are wonderful chi-movers for your career.

4. Place a symbol of your chosen career just inside the door, to magnetize clients or job opportunities.

5. Don’t block the interior entryway with coats, shoes, etc. If you prefer people take their shoes off upon arrival, have a shoe rack to put them in.

6. Use your front door. Many people come and go from a garage or side door that leads to where you park your car. But the front door should be used as the main entry point as much as possible, to keep the chi flowing properly.

7. Make sure that your front door opens easily. If it’s hard to open the front door or gate, you may feel stuck in your career. Also, fix any sticky locks or hinges.

8. Ensure that your front door is accessible. If it’s off to the side, mark the space around or leading up to it with garden statues, lights and flowers. Then, add matching plants on each side of the door, and a nice, substantial welcome mat.

9. It’s important that your doorbell and mail box are in working order. They represent your ability to connect with the outside world.

10. Add wealth enhancements to your door, like an exterior bagua mirror, a bunch of chili peppers, brass door knocker, wind-chime or an old-fashioned key.

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Ask Luna-April 4, 2015

Dear Luna,
Will I find my way to a healthy relationship with a man?
Thanks, Elizabeth

Dear Elizabeth, Creating a happy, healthy relationship is largely a matter of using your imagination – something you have in abundance with the Sun conjunct Neptune in relationship-oriented Libra. I’m not talking about a fairy tale fantasy with no roots in the physical world, but one in which you share a deep, spiritual union while also doing the work required to make your dreams come true. That work starts with opening your heart and healing any trust issues from the past around men (which could be an issue for you, with Jupiter, Mars, Moon and Venus all in Scorpio), so you can imagine and create the future you desire. There are some simple but vital steps you can take to clear the past and magnetize the relationship that’s right for you. Check out Arielle Ford’s wonderful book The Soulmate Secret to learn more.

With transiting Uranus opposing your Mercury and Pluto squaring it this year, you’re in the perfect cycle for releasing the past and stepping into the future. Mercury is the ruler of your 7th house of partnership, with Gemini on that point. You’re attracted to cultured, literate, perhaps foreign men (Mercury and Sun in the 9th house). Are you living somewhere that attracts such men? If not, Uranus approaching your 4th house cusp says, Go to them! Move to a foreign country, or at least take a trip. Brush up on your French or Spanish and embark on an adventure – it’s never too late to find love! Love, Luna and Simone

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Pisces New Moon: Jewel in the Heart

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End-of-life researcher Stephen Levine writes of a woman who was dying in terrible pain and bitterness. Suddenly, when she couldn’t bear the suffering any longer, the woman had a breakthrough: She began to experience the agony of a starving mother in Ethiopia, a runaway teenager dying of an overdose, a man crushed by a landslide. In great awe, she told Levine that she understood it wasn’t her pain, it was the pain of all beings. It wasn’t just her life, it was life itself. And this knowledge set her free.

The peace-inducing experience of unity consciousness doesn’t have to be triggered by extreme pain. One way to cultivate it is the simple but powerful Buddhist breathing technique known as tonglen. In her book When Things Fall Apart, Pema Chodron describes tonglen as a way to transform the pain of the world by letting it touch your heart with compassion. You simply breathe in suffering with the wish that everyone could be free of pain. Then you breathe out happiness with the wish that everyone could feel joy. Rather than trying to protect yourself from pain (yours or others’) you embrace it and gain relief.

When you don’t close off and you let your heart break, says Chodron, you discover your kinship with all beings and gain access to your intrinsic “noble heart,” no matter how far you may have strayed from it.

“Just as a jewel that has been buried in the earth for a million years is not discolored or harmed,” she explains, “in the same way your noble heart can be brought out into the light at any time, and it will glow as brilliantly as if nothing had ever happened.”

Next Friday’s solar eclipse in Pisces, the last sign of the zodiac, falls right on the heels of the final Uranus-Pluto square– and within hours of the energy-recalibrating Equinox. A lot of old karma is coming to a head, to be released and transformed once and for all. The paradigm-shifting Uranus-Pluto square, which has been stirring up change – and trouble – since June of 2012, may now be officially complete, but its reverberations will be felt for years as we re-envision and rework those aspects of our lives and the world which are crying out for change.

Pisces unifies all dualities – pain and pleasure, life and death. This mystical water sign helps us retrieve what’s been buried in the subconscious and bring it into the light of awareness. Since this New Moon/total solar eclipse (March 20, 2:36 a.m. PDT) is at the super-charged 29th degree of Pisces, it offers deep insight and healing to those who are receptive. I highly recommend doing a meditation on the evening of the 19th to harness the cosmic energies of the eclipse. Doing some tonglen breathing to process and release old pain – personal and collective – is a great way to tap into unity consciousness at this auspicious time. Then, when the Sun charges into fiery Aries at 3:45 p.m. on March 20 to kick off the astrological New Year, you’ll be recharged and ready for action.

Another way to tap into Piscean energies is by water-gazing, an ancient technique for receiving inspiring messages or visualizing what you’d like to create. For help with this process, check out the Pisces New Moon ritual from my book, Astro Feng Shui: Making Magic in Your Home and Life.

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