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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Full Moon in Capricorn 7/9/17 (click for a 'simple twist of fate')

Full Moon in Capricorn on Sunday 7/9/17. Things will become intense with Pluto joining the Moon. Try to feel your feelings but keep your cool. Intensity is a good word for this moon. Personally I just started reading Macbeth, which is pretty intense. The best use will be turning within thru meditation. Get in touch with the Self who is always there watching. Find out who You are...beyond the mind, body, dreams, etc. Enjoy the moment. Focus on the NOW!

pretty in pink

Friday, June 23, 2017

New Moon in Cancer 6/23/17 (click for van morrison) (barbara )

 The new moon in Cancer on Friday will emphasize home, family and our spiritual home. This is a time of communication with family members which is what I did today. Mercury is close by in Cancer, joining the party and enhancing our ability to convey our thoughts. Cancer, ruled by the moon, is the sign of the mother. My mother, your mother, the earth mother...the song is for you. Click on the link.
Through meditation we can become hollow like the bamboo so we can commune with the Divine.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

New Moon in Gemini 5/25/17

The New Moon occurs today in early Gemini. This time highlights new beginnings especially involving our attitudes, beliefs, and relations with relatives and neighbors. Enjoy the freedom of the new moon and don't forget to make your wish! ♡♡♡

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Full Moon in Scorpio 5/10/17 (click)

Happy Full Moon! Well, i have finished my 'to do' list. Have you? The full Moon gives an energy boost physically and/or emotionally. No soap operas please. lol. Emotions are intense and focused. Try to use this energy to positive ends and in a constructive direction.
Mercury (mind, communications) and Uranus (sudden, unexpected events) are conjoined in Aries (fire of spirit). Energies abound ...good time to investigate new, unusual and exciting thoughts. Freedon is accented. Love and blessings to all. Link below for 'Moonlight Sonata'.


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Mercury Retrograde Example

Today I spent 30 minutes on NJ Consumer Affairs website trying to renew my license. It kept saying they have no record of me. Finally, I give up and called them. I am told that the website is down. Mercury retrograde ..I will try again on May 3rd when Mercury speeds up again!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Full Moon in Libra on 4/11/17 and Mercury & Venus Retrograde

The spring full moon in April will be action oriented. Aries Sun and Libra Moon will pull us out and about. Social get togethers are likely. The sense of self (aries) and the other (libra) will be emphasized. Mercury, the communicator, and Venus, the goddess of love are slowing down there may be some inner rethinking. Great time to write songs, poetry or paint. Meeting old friends may happen especially til May 4th when Mercury goes direct. Venus speeds up on 4/16. It should be exciting. Expect the unexpected with Uranus joining the Sun. Have fun and don't forget a full moon meditation. Who is meditating?    click to hear the Mavericks play 'Dance in the Moonlight'.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Ice storm

Ice pellets cover the trees this morning.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Full Moon in Virgo Sunday March 12th, 2017 ( click for song)

Time to tidy up the place! Virgo is either very neat or a complete mess. Aim for something in the middle. Good time to organize and get rid of things no longer needed.
Energy abounds on the full moon. Good time for a 'full moon meditation'.
The sun in Pisces loves to escape the world thru music, books, art, movies and creativity. Enjoy the energies.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse 2/10/17 (click for song)

The full moon is on Friday in the sign of Leo. It will be a good time to party with friends, sing or write a song! (mercury and venus combine, moon trine uranus and jupiter sextiles the moon.) Enjoy! Plans are fulfilled at this full moon time. Begin your plan at the new moon, work on it and see what happens at the full moon.
Might be a bit more snow than they plan for.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Favorite McDonalds Restaurant on Route 38 Westbound just before Church Rd Circle 5*****

delish filet of fish with hash browns
great manager Kathy does a good job
This McDonalds is clean, friendly, perfect food and nicely decorated! Staff is friendly and helpful, especially Tim.

Natalie Merchant Singing ee cummings poem

ingsRendition of ee cummings poem - 'maggie and millie, molly and may'.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Full Moon in Cancer 1/12/17 (click for song)

The full Moon in Cancer allows us emotional expression while in opposition to the sun in earthy hard working ambitious Capricorn. Good time to work on a home project since Cancer is the home. Cancer is also the spiritual home. This is where we will find what we have been seeking in all the wrong places. Check out Gagaji's video.

Friday, December 30, 2016

New Moon in Capricorn 12/29/16 (click for song)

New moon in Capricorn! Take time to take care of business. Review your business and think about changes. The best time to make those changes will be January 8th when Mercury goes direct. Enjoy the new moon energies as you reorganize!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Full Super moon in Gemini 12/13/16 ( click for song)

Today's full moon is in Gemini, the messenger. Maybe unexpected news may come your way since Uranus is sextile the moon. The past week my check engine light was on so I made a repair appointment for Thursday. Today the light went off and I canceled my appointment! An early Christmas present from the universe? Energy will be plentiful tonight so act mindfully. Planet Mars (energy) enters a positive aspect to the Moon tonight.
Mercury will be retrograde beginning Monday December 19th til January 8th. Try to finish shopping before this period. Things may not go as planned.
Happy holidays!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

New Moon in Sagittarius 11/28/16

There's no moon tonight! The new moon is in Sagittarius today. A new beginning with an optimistic outlook. Those born around now will have the new moon on their sun which will clear up some confusion (Neptune is moving on from the square to your sun). Luck will come your way! Enjoy the emotional freedom of the new moon.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Full Beaver Supermoon in Taurus 11/14/16 (click for Sonny Rollins and Rufus Harley, Masuo and Perla)

This full moon will be a super 'Supermoon'. Not since January 1948 and not til November 2034 will the moon appear this large. It will be on a path close to earth which is why it will be especially large. The full moon occurs Monday morning around 8am. It is in the sign of Taurus which will accentuate practical matters. Values, self worth and finances will be in the fore. Venus enters the other practical sign of Capricorn which can emphasize planning and visualization practises. The practical side of love will be investigated. Mercury will be entering Sagittarius on the 13th. Optimistic thinking will abound. Until the 20th Mercury and Mars will be in aspect which means think before speaking. Writing will flow freely. Energy abounds. Try not to waste this precious Moon energy. Enjoy the beauty of fall - the yellow (thought) + red (actions) = thoughtful actions. How about a 'Full Moon' meditation on Sunday night? Sit comfortably, Watch the thoughts come and go without investing energy in them.


Leonard Cohen's Last Interview (click for music)

Monday, October 31, 2016

New Moon in Scorpio 10/30/16 {click}

New moon in Scorpio will be a good time for new beginnings. Scorpio rules sex, regeneration, death, partner's money and partner's values. They say that this time of the year the veil between the living and the dead is the thinnest. If you need to say something to a loved one who has died you can make up a little ritual and write what's in your heart or say it out loud.
Some turkeys were on the way to whole foods today to get in line for the roast in November! Enjoy the New Moon!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Friday, October 14, 2016

Full 'Hunter's' Supermoon in Aries Sunday 10/16/16 (click for 'that's amore' song)

Full Moon in Aries on Saturday 10/16/16. Uranus joins the Aries Moon which means expect the unexpected. The trine from Saturn will provide some stability.
Thoughts will come like lightening with uranus involved. Keep a pencil and paper handy.

Time for the 'pizza pie moon. Enjoy!


Friday, September 30, 2016

New Moon in Libra Friday 9/30/16 (click for song)

The Sun and Moon are both in Libra the sign of partnership and 'the other'. If your birthday is around September 30th you can expect a year of new beginnings. Make your wishes now and let me know what the year brings you! Pluto is in direct motion which will give things a push. Mars, the warrior, is in Capricorn which will enable reason to take the upper hand. I cannot get this song out of my head so let's hear it! And how could I forget? Jupiter the king of the gods is passing through Libra this year. Luck, abundance and blessings. 
santana's 'samba pa ti'

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Full Moon in Pisces Friday 9/16/16 (click on title)

This is the 'Harvest Moon'

It is sung by Neil Young...what could be better? The full moon is in Pisces and occurs on Friday 9/22/16. Planet Mars will be in the mix so it should not be a boring week.Mercury goes direct on 9/22 which should straighten out communications. Pluto will go direct on 9/26 which will give some directness and decisiveness to the world picture and some personal events. Pluto clears up areas where we have gotten stuck. It is very deep within and often brings to light issues which need to be addressed. It is the planet of obsession. Try to manifest those qualities in ourselves that we admire in 'the other'.

Monday, August 29, 2016

New Moon in Virgo and Solar Eclipse on Thursday 9/1/16 {rumi read by coleman barks-click}

 The new moon is coming this week. Those born around the first of September may notice this more than others. Virgo is interested in the details. Be careful that you don't miss the forest by getting caught up in the trees. Take an overview of things and decide where you want to focus. The eclipse energizes those born around this time.


Mercury Retrograde 8/30/16- 9/22/16 (click for song)

Need I say more! Good time to do one of these things. Hold off on new projects til the 22nd. Good for writing, meditation, going within...Enjoy

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Full Moon in Aquarius on 8/18/16 (click! greatest freedom- Rumi's poem 'choose love')

The full moon in Aquarius promises a time of surprises, especially with Uranus in good aspect to the sun for a few days. Surprises, exciting new ideas, ah-ha moments. Aquarius rules freedom and intuition. What is freedom to you? Inner or outer freedom? Is there a fear there? Good time explore your feelings on this and enjoy! On the 17th of August there is a Venus/Pluto combo which will last a few days...good times and old friends. Good connections with others in areas of friendship, money, love, art and beauty. Those born at the end of Aquarius, Taurus, Scorpio and Leo will notice this moon more than others since there is also an eclipse happening. The eclipse adds energy the the points it contacts and manifests in three months or so. Have a great full moon!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

New Moon in Leo 8/2/16 (click for song ' what the world needs now...')

Tuesday 8/2 there will be a new moon in Leo. Good time to socialize, be creative and give love. Spending time with loved ones should be fun. Leo rules the 5th house of love giving. Let's fill our hearts with love and share it. What the world needs now is love...sweet love in

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Full Moon in Capricorn 7/19/16

The Capricorn  full moon of July is also called the 'buck moon'. It is the time the antlers begin to appear on the young bucks. The full moon also adds strength to our emotions. Concentrate on the positive. Focus on the achievements you've made this month. Cancer is the sign of family and the 'family of man'. It is a water sign liking closeness and sometimes imitates the crab and withdraws into its shell. The Capricorn moon is very ambitious. The sign is a sea-goat. The mountain goat climbing the hill of ambition. The fish tail swimming through the sea to its goal. Time of friendship and planning. Venus joins mercury and trines saturn in sag. Neptune squares saturn encouraging us make our inner vision something concrete...a song, a painting,or a poem? I remembered an e.e. cummings poem today:
                                            whatever we lose
                                             like a you or a me
                                             it's always ourselves
                                             we find at the sea

Monday, July 4, 2016

Red Tail Hawk

Saw my friend Mr. Red Tail Hawk on the top of a branch. Always on the lookout!

Saturday, July 2, 2016

NEW MOON in Cancer on July 4, 2016 (click for 'no moon tonight' by the 'Themes)

 Happy new moon everyone! The moon in Cancer is hiding but we can feel the love of country, home and family today as people gather together to celebrate. Cancer the crab is silent but it is definitely an action sign. Good day to make your wish list and perhaps do the prep work to get the ball rolling. Those of you doing the inner work, can use this energy to 'be here now'. Make each step a conscious one and align with that which never changes within us.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Strawberry Full Moon in Sagittarius Monday 6/20/16 (click for Moody Blues: the Voice)

The full moon in Sagittarius is a good day for the Sagittarians out there. Maybe you will receive a little gift...physical or spiritual. For Geminis try not to accomplish more than is possible. Fire and air signs will be in harmony this day. Be adaptable since we are dealing with mutable signs. This is also the first day of the summer solstice, which is the longest day of the year.
If you are in England you can join in the pagan  gathering at Stonehenge. Many people gather there to welcome the summer solstice. This year the solstice occurs at the full moon. It should be bigger than ever. It is the 'strawberry' full moon which marks the strawberry season. May you enjoy the longest day of light and may this symbolically enlighten us so we can find new ways to heal ourselves and each other rather than harm our brothers and sisters. Mars turns direct in motion on June 29th. This should clarify which action we need to take in order to move forward. Home, family (cancer) and boundaries, government (Capricorn) will be the focus as the sun moves into cancer on 6/20 and moon into Capricorn.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

New Moon in Gemini on Saturday, June 4th, 2016 (click)

The new moon in Gemini, the communicator, is joined by Venus, the goddess of love, beauty, art, friendship, money, sweets, relationship ,etc. It is also in aspect with Jupiter. Try not to go overboard with the above. Jupiter, the 'greater benefic' can be excessive but usually in a good way. Mercury, the God of communication, is below. Since the sun and moon are ruled by Mercury (sign of gemini) it will be a great time to communicate with (venus) love, poetry, song or just caring for each other and our world. Loving ourselves is the first step.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Full Moon in Sagittarius Saturday 5/21/16 (click for 'the fool on the hill')

The full moon in Sagittarius promises to be an interesting evening. Lots of people and ideas will be surrounding most of us. Some will enjoy everyday activities and trips and others a quiet philosophical day of reading and thinking. Mercury turns direct on Sunday. Sunday will be a good day to make plans and check how your new moon plans turned out. Are you your thoughts? Are you your mind? Or, are you the one who watches it all pass by? Hope your full moon daze are full of light and love.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Michael Talbot, Author of 'The Holographic Universe'.....Reality?!

Michael died at age 38 of cancer. His book is great. This interview is interesting...speaking of 'reality'...'Synchronicity and the Holographic Universe'

Friday, May 6, 2016

New Moon in Taurus on Friday 5/6/16 (click for song)

New moon and new beginnings in the sign of earth, Taurus. Friday is a day of good aspects to the moon. This moment in the sky there are five retrograde planets until Monday when Jupiter goes direct. Let's bring out the 're' words. Good time to redo, rethink, rearrange, reorganize and reevaluate, etc. You get it. By the end of the month only Mars, Saturn and Pluto are retrograde. Have a beautiful Mother's day and let's do something to help Mother earth - maybe recycle, plant a tree, or enjoy the beauty of the sun which we have missed! 

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Mercury Retrograde Thursday 4/28/16 til 5/22/16 (click title for song)

Well here it is again! Mercury retrograde is a good time to redo, renew, renovate, get it, don't you? So yesterday my car is squeaking over bumps and of course I have to fix it right away before merc goes retro. Right? It checked out with 'can't find anything wrong with it'. So tomorrow another place will check it out. Here we go. The washer is also squeaking - the belt perhaps. Do I replace it now? Shall I wait 3 weeks and get a new one then? Let you know the update.
This is a good time to go over plans, rethink things, etc. Wait for beginning new projects. Good time to 'go within'!
Mercury - note the wings on his hat!

Yesterday I ran the washer and the squeaking was gone. Then I put the car in the shop and it turned out the noise was my back seat squeaking because I didn't click it in properly. (I have a hatchback). So may all your problems be little ones like mine. 

Monday, April 18, 2016

Pink Full Moon Friday 4/22/16 in Scorpio (click for pink full moon song)
The full moon this month is called 'pink' because of the pink phlox that bloom at this time of the year. The full moon time is a fulfillment of projects begun at the new moon. Some of us find we have more energy than usual. Try to pace yourself and be aware that all your ideas don't have to be acted on immediately. I have found it is a good time to meditate and try to be Present in the Here and Now. The sun and moon are in fixed signs and that will add intensity to our focus. What are you passionate about? It's a good time to focus on those things. Happy full moon everyone!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Wednesday 3/23/16 Full Moon in Libra and Lunar Eclipse (click to hear 'there's a moon out tonight' by the roommates)

Aries is the sign of spring. The keyword is 'I am'. The moon is in the sign of Libra whose keyword is ' I balance' and it is the sign of relationships. Compromise is one of the important assets of a partnership. Balancing our needs and interests with our special person's is a moment to moment event. The lunar eclipse occurs in early Libra and affects women more than men. It will energize your Sun, planets or moon depending on their degree and sign. The area of your life affected is shown by the house position.  OnEaster Sunday there will be a void of course moon. It is very good for meditation, prayer, ordinary activities, having fun and creative projects. This Scorpio moon also compels us to take inventory of ourselves. Let's see how we are doing with our goals and projects. For me, the biggest project is myself! I am a work in progress and see all the goals I have achieved through the years and also areas that need attention. 'One day at a time'. Happy Easter - a time of resurrection with renewed faith and hope for us all! As the flowers return let us enjoy the message of the seasons. We all have our emotional spring, summers, falls and winters. ***

Photo taken at 2:30 am on a road in South Jersey by my friend.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

New Moon in Pisces 3/8/16 and Solar Eclipse (Click Title for Astrud Gilberto's 'Fly Me To the Moon')

The new moon occurs at 18 degrees of Pisces on Tuesday March 8th. It is also a Supermoon and a total Solar eclipse. The moon is called 'supermoon' because it is closest to earth at this time and will appear larger. If your birthday falls on the 8th of the month in March, June, September, or December you may expect some action. the Eclipse at this point will energize the area where it falls in your chart, eg. the eclipse falls in my 6th house of work, health and service. These areas will be highlighted for the next 3 months. Jupiter, the greater benefic,will be oppose this new moon. The problem with Jupiter could be excess. I will try to curb my 'kit kat' cravings. Optimism and idealism might be prevelent. Be sure to check the reality of the situation before acting. The keyword for Pisces is 'I believe'. It is important to double check your facts. Pisces is creative, 'the dreamer', empathetic, and escapist. Share your dream/creation with the world through painting, music, writing or some other creative act. This is a great time to spend time in meditation or self inquiry. Have a great eclipse! Don't forget to make your new moon wishes.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Full Moon in Virgo Monday 2/22/16 (click for 'when the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie')

 The full moon in Virgo will see me fussing over details. Cleaning out the closets- literally and figuratively. It's a good time to look within and find that which has always been there watching. The sun in Pisces says 'I believe' and it is the place we shove everything we don't want to look at- our emotional closet. The moon in Virgo says 'I serve'. Perhaps we could spare a few hours to help another.
The moon will be aspecting Venus which highlights friends, love, and relationships. Then the moon moves into an opposition with Neptune which rules Pisces, and reinforces the looking within and service theme. Are you feeling a little more emotional lately? Check the facts and make a list of possible solutions. We need to encourage and love ourselves. Enjoy the fullness of your life!

three grands

three grands
bela, angelica and gianna

maria and bela

maria and bela
ready for dancing class


this is gwen. she is a wonderful friend. she is also the best psychic.

private dancer x maple dancer orchid

private dancer x maple dancer orchid
in full bloom

dancing lady orchid

dancing lady orchid
a beauty

the school girls together again

the school girls together again
those were the days at american martyrs

grade school friends...american martyrs!?

grade school friends...american martyrs!?
lunch at the mariott and 'catch up' time

taking the 'A' train with dan (still on vacation)

taking the 'A' train with dan (still on vacation)
i think i'm allergic to subways...ah-choo!... says mary

cousin dan, the 'producer'...nice front yard! looks a little like de niro to me. what do you think

cousin dan, the 'producer'...nice front yard! looks a little like de niro to me. what do you think
central park west on vacation in nyc

books, poems

  • 'whatever we lose like a you or a me, it's always ourselves we find at the sea'
  • robert parker -all
  • sherman alexie- all
  • colin cotterill's dr. siri- 'coroner's lunch'
  • joyce carol oates -'blonde', 'black water'
  • all of walter mosley's work
  • 'the gangster we are all looking for' by thi diem thuy le
  • tropic of night by michael gruber
  • secret life of bees
  • a girl named zippy by haven kimmel
  • 'one thousand white women' by jim fergus
  • 'warped passages ' lisa randall
  • 'bold spirit' by helga estby- woman walks across america
  • pete hamill's 'downtown:my manhattan'
  • regina mcbride's 'the nature of water and air'
  • jiro adachi's 'island of bicycle dancers'
  • kien nguyen's 'le colonial',tapestries' and 'the unwanted'
  • 'kabul beauty school' by deborah rodriquez
  • banana yoshimoto's 'kitchen'
  • paul theroux
  • water for elephants
  • basho...'moonlight slanting thru the bamboo grove; a cuckoo crying.'
  • breakfast with buddha