Following is an astrological perspective on the lengthier cycles we are working with and ideas on how to work with the shorter ones.

  • In 2020 and 2021 we will continue to be in a reassessment and reorganizing period which potentially allows us to plant seeds for new ways of structuring corporations, government, leadership, the economy and social programs.
  • Whenever there is a new cycle beginning, there is something ending. It is important when planting seeds for something new to remember that we are meant to build off what has come before. Keeping what works then reorganizing and restructuring what doesn’t allows for a smoother transition through periods of major change.
  • The new seeds we plant during 2020 and 2021 will not be immediately visible. We need to have a plan, be patient and make sure we use a step by step approach. A good analogy would be to think about the difference between planting a tree as opposed to a fast-growing plant. With a tree, we see growth over a lengthier period of time.
  • The key to working with a lengthier cycle is to break it down into bite-size pieces which allows us to know when to move forward, when to pause and check-in and when to stay still.

From an astrological perspective, there is never just one cycle occurring at any given time. We are always dealing with a combination of faster and slower moving cycles/energies.

Now through the end of June, we have a good cycle to work with that will help us see the relationship between our inner beliefs and values and the outer world. Taking the time to pause and look inward will help us with the following.

  • create better inner balance and harmony
  • determine whether that inner state of balance and harmony is reflected in the quality of our external relationships
  • determine what personal or collective goals engage our head and heart.


In order to work more consciously with the cycle, I would suggest that you start by doing a quick inner balance/health check. Are your mind, emotions, body and actions in sync and working in harmony. In other words, do you have a happy heart, a happy mind and a happy body? You could replace the word happy with peaceful, balanced, clear, calm, strong etc.

If you are someone who typically has a practice that allows for contemplation chances are you know when you are in or out of sync with yourself.

If you tend to sporadically or never do an inner check then use your relationships with others as a mirror. For example, how easy is it for you to hold clear space when dealing with others? Do you get thrown off balance?  Do you project your dissatisfaction or frustration on others? Meaning, if “they” would just behave in a different way you could be, happy, healthy, successful, etc?

Answering yes to the above may indicate a push/pull with your values/beliefs that end up manifesting as problematic, exhausting relationships. That relationship might be to people, money, vibrant health, etc. In other words, an external person or situation reflects an internal value/belief.

With so much going on in the world why is it important to take the time to create more integration between our mind, emotions and body?  Because that automatically creates better mental, emotional and physical health as well as the capacity to more easily and effortlessly imagine and create a more balanced and harmonious personal and collective future.





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New Moon in Taurus April 22, 2020

Living In Sync With The Monthly Solar/Lunar Cycles

Once a year the new moon (for the period of a month) will highlight a particular area of your life. When I refer to a month I’m referencing the lunar not calendar month.

Working consciously with the new moon helps you to be in harmony with nature and your own unique timing and flow.

DID YOU KNOW at the time of a new moon the sun and moon are conjunct meaning they are at the same degree in a particular sign. This is why new moon periods are considered ideal times for starting a project – imagine dynamic and magnetic energy fusing together.


The New Moon is on April 22, 2020, at 3°of Taurus (8:27 pm  MDT). The Full Moon is on May 7, 2020, at 17° of Scorpio (4:46 am MDT). 



  • The new moon is a good time to set intentions, look for resources and take actions that support growth in the area of your life the new moon falls in.
  • Continue to focus and build energy around your projects until the full moon after that re-evaluate and look at where you are with whatever you seeded at the new moon. You should have greater clarity at this point as to what is working or what isn’t. Look at what changes you need to make – after the full moon, the energy begins to wane becoming more reflective.

How to work with the cycles:

If you don’t know your ascendant read the description based on your Sun sign (the month you were born) please see Sun Sign dates at end of the article.

If you know your ascendant/rising sign read the description for the house the new moon falls in according to your ascendant. (to determine ascendant you need to know the time of day you were born).

Please remember this is not a complete picture of all the cycles taking place in your life. Have Fun!!!!! 

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Following is a list of where the Taurus new moon falls and a few ideas on how to work with it.

Aries Sun/Rising: Read keywords and suggestions for #2 

Taurus Sun/Rising: Read keywords and suggestions for #1

Gemini Sun/Rising: Read keywords and suggestions for #12  

Cancer Sun/Rising: Read keywords and suggestions for #11

Leo Sun/ Rising: Read keywords and suggestions for #10

Virgo Sun/Rising: Read keywords and suggestions for #9 

Libra Sun/Rising: Read keywords and suggestions for #8

Scorpio Sun/Rising: Read keywords and suggestions for #7

Sagittarius Sun/Rising: Read keywords and suggestions for #6

Capricorn Sun/Rising: Read keywords and suggestions for #5

Aquarius Sun/Rising: Read keywords and suggestions for #4

Pisces Sun/Rising: Read keywords and suggestions for #3

Read the following list for some of the basic house associations (areas of life). Once a year the sun and moon come together and activate a particular area of your chart. When the new moon falls in one of these areas it is a natural time to focus your attention on this part of your life and make minor, or if there are other cycles to support it, major changes.

#1 Keywords: outer mask, personality, disposition, appearance, physical body, health, beginnings.

Suggestions: During this month you will experience your birthday (sun sign) which is your natural new year. Happy Solar Return! Take time to question whether your appearance, physical health and the mask you wear in the world is congruent with how you internally see yourself. The new moon is a good time to start making changes that allow you to feel more comfortable in your own skin.

#2 Keywords: values, self-value and worth, possessions, financial affairs, earning ability, debts, talents/gifts.

Suggestions: During the new moon cycle look at how you are managing your material resources. What changes can you make that will help you feel nourished and secure? What talent do you possess that if developed will bring you satisfaction and possible material gain? What do you consider valuable – what does this reflect back about self-worth and values?

#3 Keywords: all forms of communication (talking, listening, and writing) and communication tools, learning and taking in new ideas, perception, neighborhood, siblings, means of transportation, short trips.

Suggestions: Now is the time to look at bringing in resources that further develop communication and encourage growth in your self-perception and your perception of the world. Take the time to quickly write down (don’t edit and over-analyze) how you see the world and you may find that earlier childhood perceptions color it. On a mundane level this is a good time to have fun and buzz around town, Take a look at what you are reading, watching, listening to and what type of conversations you participate in – how do these activities make you feel?

#4 Keywords: physical home, parents, ancestral lineage, psychological roots, private life, real estate and property.

Suggestions: There is a focus on family, which can be as simple as spending more time with them or on a deeper level exploring what qualities and beliefs you inherited from them. Ponder whether the private, at home you, is comfortable being seen in the world.

It is a good time to look at making changes in your home or making a move. Consider whether your home reflects who you are now. If you walked through and observed it through the eyes of a stranger what would it say about you?

#5 Keywords: creativity, romance, love, children, pregnancy, what you do for fun, hobbies, sports, speculation.

Suggestions: Look at what brings you joy and makes you feel open-hearted. Do you find time to play? What outlet do you have for creative expression? This is a good time to focus on children – spending time with them or depending on your age and other supportive cycles, procreation. If you’ve been involved with activities that make you feel passionate, alive and overflowing with love, share it – if you haven’t, find some.

#6 Keywords: work, health, healthcare routines, responsibility, service, pets, employees.

Suggestions: This is the time to look at how well you take care of yourself and what your energy level is like. Do you feel strong, radiant, and vibrant? If not consider making adjustments to self-care routines. Look at your attitude towards work and service. Do you love what you do and enjoy continuing to grow in either a job, volunteer position, etc? When we feel competent in some area of our life we often end up sharing our gift with others which is entirely different than resentfully doing something for others.

#7 Keywords: partnerships both business and romantic, marriage, divorce, partnership agreements, what may be weak and undeveloped in ourselves that we explore through a partner (consciously or unconsciously), dealing with the public.

Suggestions: This is the time to start, renew, or leave a partnership. Whether in a relationship or not, for a deeper understanding of this area of your life consider the following. When you are in a relationship, what is your level of commitment? Do you tend to project on your partner undeveloped or disowned parts of yourself? Do you understand the difference between dependence, independence and interdependence?

#8 Keywords: regeneration, transformation, surgery/health, death, sex, and financial/physical/psychological support you receive from others, insurances, inheritances, research, investigation.

Suggestions: When the new moon falls in this house you have an opportunity to look beneath the surface and explore the following – your beliefs regarding, death or any type of transformation –such as the ending of a job, relationship or entrenched values/patterns.

Your beliefs regarding sex, intimacy, and the understanding of sexual energy as a life force. Your beliefs regarding how much support you have in the world.

#9 Keywords: travel, education, religion, philosophy, ethics, natural laws, laws, visions, higher mind, foreigners, foreign dealings.

Suggestions: Whether for fun or to shake up your routine and limited beliefs there is an opportunity to explore and potentially expand your view of the world and personal ethics/philosophy through study, travel or just taking the time to experience different cultures.

#10 Keywords: profession, destiny, reputation (how the world sees you), status, fame, employer, government/authority, business activities.

Suggestions: Look at what role you play in your community (it will change at different periods of your life), for example, the role of parent, business mogul, baker, volunteer, outcast, actor. Question if it is a good fit. It can be easy to get locked into roles and positions that don’t fulfill who we are and our life purpose (yes we all have a purpose).

#11 Keywords: friends and our attitudes to them, clubs and social groups we align ourselves with, organizations, humanitarian interests, future directions and goals, circumstances beyond our control.

Suggestions: What goals and directions do you envision for your future? It is easier to accomplish goals when aligned with friends and/or groups that support and have similar dreams/visions for the future. That could be a recovery group, business organization, political party or a cooking club. If you have a goal, chances are someone else has a similar or at least compatible one –seek them out.

#12 Keywords: transcendence, spiritual and psychic experiences, escapism, karma, liberation, confinement, hospitals, institutions, hidden strengths and weaknesses.

Suggestions: When the new moon falls in this area of one’s life it is time to retreat and let go of the world and our place in it. Now is the time to dream, meditate, create and/or be in nature. Withdraw but don’t escape in unhealthy ways.

SUN SIGN DATES: Aries: March 19/ 20 – April 19, Taurus: April 19 – May 20, Gemini: May 20 – June 20, Cancer: June 20- July 22, Leo: July 22 – August 22, Virgo: August 22 – September 22, Libra: September 22- October 22, Scorpio: October 22- November 21, Sagittarius: November 21- December 21, Capricorn: December 21 – January 20, Aquarius: January 20, – February 18/19 Pisces: February 18/ 19 – March 19/ 20.

Calendar 2020



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