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Ask Madam Lichtenstein - Should I Reunite with My Girlfriend?

Tarot reader 1Albuqueruqe, NM: I was born April 9, 1978 at 10:15 AM in Detroit, MI. I recently broke up with my girlfriend of 4 years. I am still pretty despondent about the whole thing, and I am wondering if I did the right thing? Thanks!

Charlene Lichtenstein: I would love to know your girlfriends birth info too but you have Sun in Aries, Moon and Venus in Taurus. You are pioneering and direct in general but emotionally and in love you are rock solid and loyal and not prone to abrupt action.

Possibly Cancer rising which places Capricorn on your 7th house of relationships. That means a couple of things to me - one is that you are not as confident as you should be in relationships. Maybe you feel that you don't measure up. 

It also means that you will meet someone older and more established.

Do not beat yourself up over this relationship. I will bet that as you proceed to apply the lessons that you learned during you last Saturn Return at age 30, you will build on your personal confidence and can meet someone just perfect for you! Patience!!

Horoscope for the Month of August 2014 and Week of July 28, 2014

Get ready for August which grabs us by the short hairs and gives us a tug. Leonardo dicaprioEnergetic Mars manages to angle and touch almost every planet through the month. Feistiness rules and knocks down all boundaries and barriers. Ouch and wow! Ah, where do I start...?

(Leonardo DiCaprio has Mars in Scorpio)

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You rule the love nest now, Aries. Not only do you emit more passion and sexiness that most mere mortals can handle, you are apt to overstep your bounds of propriety and get into madcap trouble. This is not a bad thing but is is a warning to expect some aftershocks from your manic, uncontrolled zesty zaps. Well, at least your love life won’t be dull!

TAURUS   (APRIL 21 - MAY 21)
Volatile relationships may erupt like a volcano. Even sedate relationships can hit a rocky road or pebbled path. Taureans who enjoy a bit of peace and quiet in the dog days of summer may not quite get what they want. But isn’t this all part of an exciting summer? See what shakes your timbers and go for it. Single Bulls find lush new pastures to graze.

GEMINI   (MAY 22 - JUNE 21)
While work is never on my list of favorite things to do in the summer, you seem to have ample energy and even enthusiasm for day to day chores and your job. So who am I to rain on your parade? Go for it, Gemini. Clear off your desk, move things off your desk and handle any co-worker who has been getting on your nerves. You can sun bathe in the fall.

CANCER   (JUNE 22 - JULY 23)
If you are ready to party hearty, it is time to release the balloons and start the festivities. This week not only brings you into some unique circles, it can also lead you to uncharted territories. How exciting! Your creativity knows no bounds so see how artistic you can be. One thing can lead to another, Cancer.  See who you can meet, greet and sweep off their dancing feet.

LEO   (JULY 24 - AUGUST 23)
Don’t be surprised if travel loses its allure for you now. Frankly, nothing feels as good as just puttering around the house and relaxing at home. And why not? You have crafted the perfect entertaining environment and you seem to have boundless energy to tackle any domestic chore. You can be lazy or industrious, Leo. Just don’t stray too far from home base.

Virgos can toot around the neighborhood and glad hand the neighbors. And guess what? You may find yourself involved with new community initiatives and chairing local committee councils. Power, such that it is, is yours for the taking. Or you can channel all this energy into hoisting a few cold ones at the local hot spot. Take that instead.

It is now the time for a financial review and re-investments. Careful planning can lead you to a cushy early retirement, if you can focus on the bottom line. So ask the right advice from knowledgeable advisers and channel your efforts into profitable endeavors. Or, if all else fails, find a well endowed benefactor and see how you can leverage those ample assets.

You have zip in your doodah and fizz in your fizzler now. You stand in the center of everyone’s attention, rubbing elbows with the powerbrokers, feeling full of enthusiasm and great ideas. All eyes are upon you Scorpio. So now what? Plan your social ascent carefully and deliberately. All is yours for the taking. How grabby will you be...?

There is a lot going on behind the scenes that can change the direction of your life. Folks are there to help you if you can discern friend from foe. And there is a lot that you can do on the sly that will guide others to do your bidding. Are you able to navigate these ever changing waters without getting totally lost, Sagittarius? I know you have the right paddle.

Friends and social groups figure prominently for you. This means that the efforts you place in interacting with friends and acquaintances will take you farther than you expect. You will not only be able to enter new and rarified inner cadres, you will also be able to attain higher status in these groups. Move and shake, Capricorn, while your stock rises.

Focus on your career and long term plans and be prepared to take another step up the corporate ladder sooner than later. Aquarians are at the top of their game which means that instead of lolling around a pool, you should be diving in to the corporate shark tank with your harpoon. Go for the big fish and prepare your grill for a power lunch. Yum.

If you have itchy feet, this is the time to scratch them with a jaunt to someplace exotic and exciting. Or, if you are prone to be prone, choose a languid destination where you can lounge and bake. Pisces without the time or the budget will not go without. Find a spot closer to home and see how you can relax, recharge and regenerate on the cheap. Public beach anyone?

Lucky Numbers for the Week of July 25, 2014

Lottery ads tell us you only need a dollar and a dream. But it is also helpful to have a list of lucky numbers to help spur the good fortune ... or fortunes. So with that in mind, here are some lucky numbers that can be used in any helpful way. I gazed into a pool of water, Nostradamus-like, and contemplated the cosmos. Then I mixed the tarot cards and allowed the spirits to guide me to the cards that represent the lucky numbers for this week. Nothing is guaranteed but who knows ....?

I choose eight numbers because 8 is the number of wealth.

Here are the lucky numbers for the week of July 25-31, 2014:

1, 7, 13, 14, 22, 37, 64, 73

There are many ways to delve into your own consciousness to find luck and intuition. Try reading Dream Power/Improve Your Luck (Super Strength Series) and see if your dreams give you any clues and premonitions. Here's a guide to the best books available this month

Using Aromatherapy to Repell Mosquitoes

Mosquito repel plantsMosquitoes love me and I can't figure out why. Whenever I am outside, it seems like I can be bitten anywhere by location, city or country, and anywhere on my body. Aside from constantly spraying myself with chemicals, is there an all natural way to create a mosquito repellant? There is.

According to an article in Alternet, aromatherapy mixtures can help repell mosquitoes and are safer to use than pesticides like DEET.

For those looking to avoid toxic chemicals like DEET or permethrin (a possibly carcinogenic insecticide frequently used to treat clothing and mosquito nets), plants might hold the key to repelling mosquitoes. One of the most often cited is lemon eucalyptus. In fact, a 2014 Australian study found that a mixture of 32 percent lemon eucalyptus oil provided more than 95 percent protection from mosquitoes for three hours, compared to a 40 percent DEET repellent that gave test subjects 100 percent protection for seven hours.

But lemon eucalyptus is not the only option. A 2013 study examined the ability of 20 different plant essential oils to repel malarial mosquitoes. Notably, rosemary, lemon, eucalyptus, neem, and pennyroyal each had no repellent effect. The three best were cinnamon, citronella, and thyme, which were repellent, irritating, and toxic to the mosquitoes. Additionally, they found that cumin, lemongrass, coleus, and thyme were irritants to the mosquitoes at all concentrations. Another 2013 study found that cinnamon repelled the Asian Tiger mosquito, and so did a plant called Herba Schizonapetae that is used in Chinese medicine. Yet another plant that proved effective in studies is Nepeta parnassicus, a species in the mint family related to catnip.

Unfortunately, plant based products evaporate quickly, which means they must be re-applied. But another study, published in 2001, tried the novel step of adding vanillin to the essential oils it tested on several species of mosquitoes. Vanillin, the primary component of vanilla (which is sometimes created synthetically and used as cheap vanilla flavor), extended the efficacy of the four plants tested (turmeric, kaffir lime, citronella and hairy basil). One commercial product that makes use of this finding is Dr. Mercola’s Bug Spray, which combines citronella, lemongrass, peppermint, and vanillin.

Or, if none of the above works, use Jewelweed after you get bitten. If you live in the eastern half of the United States, you are in luck, because this beautiful wildflower literally grows as a weed. Grab a few leaves, mush them up in your fingers until they are mucilaginous, and apply them to your bites. Voila! The itch is gone.

Find all of your mosquito repellent using aromatherapy here.


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