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Horoscope for the Week of August 24, 2015

BeyonceCareful actions get you to where you want to go now that the Sun has moved into steady Virgo. Anything you do to get yourself well positioned will eventually lead to success. Unless that position is prone... and even then.

(Beyonce has Sun in Virgo)

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ARIES   (MARCH 21 - APRIL 20)
Secret enemies at work make themselves known so you can handle and control the situation once and for all. Good. Ambitious Aries work too long and too hard for some interloper to come in, wrest control and take all the credit. Not only do you have a guardian angel, you have an intuition that leads you to where you need to be. The very top of the company!

TAURUS   (APRIL 21 - MAY 21)
Not only does your social calendar fill up, you manage to find several ways to dissipate your energies in a range of pastimes and games. Taureans can also expect a wild romance that gnaws at the sensibilities of certain friends. Whew - what a range of shenanigans! Enjoy every moment. There will be plenty of time to relax and recharge in a couple of weeks.

GEMINI   (MAY 22 - JUNE 21)
Geminis have remarkable staying power and energy reserves now. Not only can you see the lay of the land, you are able to solidify your base of operations. Make substantive additions to a major personal project and take it to the next step. Clear away long standing family disagreements that hamper your progress. Pretend to agree if you have to.  Do what you need to do.

CANCER   (JUNE 22 - JULY 23)
If you are given a chance to explore a new part of town, do so. Cancers may prefer to sit in their shell but that feeling should be overcome. Not only will it expose you to interesting and impactful people, it also offers opportunities to expand your set of friends and neighbors. If you simply cannot get off the couch, fish the internet and see who you can catch.

LEO   (JULY 24 - AUGUST 23)
Influential, monied folks begin to notice your worth. Well it’s about time! Leos have been trying to get the attention of the few and powerful but to no avail. Now not only can you impress, you also profit. Refrain from your tendency to grab all of he attention. For now let the big movers and shakers move and shake some extra bucks in your direction.

VIRGO   (AUGUST 24 - SEPTEMBER 23)
All eyes continue to be upon you, Virgo. Can you remain confident and calm while you remain in the center of the circus? Capture a zen-like moment this week and don’t let the dazzle, frazzle. Things come softly down and back to earth soon enough. Then you can continue forward in any personal plans and manage expectations - yours and theirs.

LIBRA   (SEPTEMBER 24 - OCTOBER 23)
It will be no surprise to you to discover that things are not as they first appeared. Libras develop a strong sixth sense and will see that there was a lot going on below the surface. Work with what you now know to be true. Turn the situation around. Not only will you finally benefit from your efforts, you will be in a prime position to decide what happens next.

SCORPIO   (OCTOBER 24 - NOVEMBER 22)
Independent Scorpios may get their self-interests entangled in someone else's business. Romantic possibilities can divert your attentions from any tasks at hand and offer a pleasant interlude and temporary diversion. The best place to meet and greet are among groups of friends of friends or with new organizations. Here is the chance to get involved ... very involved.

SAGITTARIUS   (NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 22)
Sagittarians can reach the pinnacle of their careers over the span of the next few weeks. But will it come at the expense of your home and family life? How much time do you need to pour into professional pursuits? It would be a shame to finally reach the corner office while you also turn a corner with a certain someone. Or maybe money will buy love.....??

CAPRICORN   (DECEMBER 23 - JANUARY 20)
Anything you think or say can have global impact. So the secret to your success will be to carefully choose the what, when, where, how and why of your personal mission and take the first giant step this week. Capricorns may feel tempted to lie back and wait for the world to come to them. Change your inclination and move forward before someone steps on you.

AQUARIUS   (JANUARY 21 - FEBRUARY 19)
Aquarians find that the demands of lovers can get them into a financial bind. This may not be a bad thing if you can afford the extra expense. But for those with tight wallets, try to refrain from using money to control relationships. Yes, it is easier than rocking the love boat but sometimes things need to capsize in order to see what is going on underneath.

PISCES   (FEBRUARY 20 - MARCH 20)
Partners want more attention. In fact they want to have their way when and where they want it, which seems to be all the time. Sigh. Smart Pisces will have to discover incentives to keep relationships on a happy and mutually benefitting course. For those who are seeking new connection, find a party circuit that you can plug into and maybe become overloaded.



Lucky Numbers for the Week of August 21, 2015

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 August 21-27, 2015:

2, 3, 4, 22, 30, 32, 56, 59,

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


LoveScope for the Week of August 19, 2015

LovescopesAs luck would have it, expect your luck to change this week. Maybe you will finally catch the eye of a certain person... or get that raise... or just enjoy the mellowness of just being you. Take your pick.

ARIES   (MARCH 21 - APRIL 20)
All that hard work on your health, diet and exercise will begin to pay off in dividends this week. Aries have more energy and pep and also look pretty good in shorts. Don’t slack. If you continue, it will continue. By the fall you will be a heartbreaker.

TAURUS   (APRIL 21 - MAY 21)
You are in top artistic form, Taurus. That means that you should apply your inspiration, perspiration and ideation to whatever gives you joy. You are ready to create your personal masterpiece. Are we talking love or work? It really doesn’t matter.

GEMINI   (MAY 22 - JUNE 21)
You might be spending more time with your relatives than you expect this week, Gemini. This can be great if you have a good relationship but could be stressful if there are issues. This is the time to mend fences and build bridges. Grab your tool kit.

CANCER   (JUNE 22 - JULY 23)
Concentrate on local issues this week. Hang around your favorite neighborhood haunt and see who breezes in. Or join a local group with a project and a can-do attitude. Get involved and change things, Cancer. Maybe just your corner of it.

LEO   (JULY 24 - AUGUST 23)
You may have a realization that what you think is very important and valuable is not really all that much in the scheme of things. So stop beating yourself up for things that are not worth it, Leo. Life is too short and you are too good a person.

VIRGO   (AUGUST 24 - SEPTEMBER 23)
You have been sitting on a lot of great ideas. Now is the time to try a few of them out. Move and shake,Virgo. Get in front of influential people and see who can help you make your dreams come true. You never know who your benefactor will be.

LIBRA   (SEPTEMBER 24 - OCTOBER 23)
There are forces working in the background on your behalf, Libra. Unbeknown to you, even your hidden enemies are disarmed and rendered harmless. So take a calculated risk on something that you have held off on doing. You never know!

SCORPIO   (OCTOBER 24 - NOVEMBER 22)
Friends and acquaintances are there for you when you need them. And you need them now. Get out of your funk, Scorpio and enjoy life a little bit more. Move into the group groove and see who is who and what is what. When? Now.

SAGITTARIUS   (NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 22)
If you want to make a name for yourself, this is the time to do so. Broadcast your personal message and see how far and how high you can go. The sky is the limit, Sagittarius. Aim as high as you can. Once you take over and rule, be benevolent.

CAPRICORN   (DECEMBER 23 - JANUARY 20)
Travel adventure is highlighted so be ready to explore every global nook and cranny. Capricorns seek love, adventure and mischief in unlikely places. Don’t be surprised if you find an exotic stranger who takes a shine to you. Oh rubadub!

AQUARIUS   (JANUARY 21 - FEBRUARY 19)
Hold tight to your heart and keep your eye on important personal matters now. Everything is in play from inheritances to passionate intrigue. Should you manage these things successfully you will be unbeatable. The world will shake, Aquarius!

PISCES   (FEBRUARY 20 - MARCH 20)
Get greater balance and happiness from your relationships now, Pisces. This can be for both romantic and business partnerships. Be sure that each is giving you everything that you need and deserve. And be sure that you do the same for them.

Never miss your horoscope again -- free sign up here. Here is my favorite book on astrology and a "must" for anyone interested in learning more: Secrets from a Stargazer's Notebook: Making Astrology Work for You and here's a guide to the best books available this month. This column is (c) 2014 THE STARRY EYE, LLC., All Rights Reserved. For Entertainment Purposes Only. Madam Lichtenstein is the author of the best selling astrology book “HerScopes ” now in its 8th printing and available as an eBook


Urban Astrologer Gives Tours of NYC Based on Your Zodiac Sign

Nicole Levy of DNAinfo writes about Urban Astrologer Bess Matassa who gies walking tours based on your astrological birthchart. Brilliant!

Bess MatassaThere are about a million walking tours you can take in New York City. But there's only one (that we know of) that's tailored to your astrological birth chart.

That's the premise of the expedition around the city that Bess Matassa will plot out just for you. The astrologer and urban cultural geographer plans expeditions that take her clients to sites that embody qualities expressed in and absent from their charts, which document the position of the sun, the moon and the planets at the time of and in relation to the place of their birth.

Astrologists believe that a person's birth chart reveals a good deal about his or her personality. 

"I’ve taken people to sites not only that I think symbolize parts of their chart, but also that can bring them into that sort of equilibrium with things that aren’t in their chart necessarily," said Matassa, who sees healing potential in her work and charges $150 per tour.

"I recently took a guy to Roosevelt Island, who was very fiery, very airy, and we talked a lot about the more hidden watery components in his chart."

The walking tours reveal as much about their guide as their patrons. 

Matassa, 34, who has a master's degree in cultural geography and a doctorate in American Studies, gravitated toward astrology as a little girl. 

"I was just fascinated by this language of thinking about the self," one that predated psychology by thousands of years, she said.

The urban astrologer has been interested in physical places as a reflection of human experience since she took an undergraduate class on cultural geography. When she began using astrology as a therapeutic means of bringing people "into balance," she said it seemed intuitive "to use a landscape both as metaphor for people’s charts ... but also as kind of an interactive, active kind of point of intersection between interior landscapes and exterior landscapes." 

And Matassa has always been herself an urban wanderer: she's walked the longest street in each borough, and she co-founded a group of artists and perambulators called The Walk Exchange

She makes her living, for now, doing administrative work at a yoga studio and adjuncting at Pace University and John Jay College, but she hopes to make the management of her 2-year-old business, Street Signs Urban Astrology, a full-time job. 

We asked the Bay Ridge resident to craft tours for each of the 12 sun signs; they're not as personalized as the ones she offers, but then again, they're also free. 

We present them below, in her words.

Aries (March 21 - April 19): Go big and bold as you set out to circumnavigate Manhattan’s entire perimeter, or travel Broadway from Yonkers to the Battery. If that proves too much for your little lamb chops, reactivate your sense of innocent courage by walking on subway grates or riding the ferry to Ellis Island and back as you imagine glimpsing our fair city as if for the very first time.

Taurus (April 20 - May 20): Savor the grounded sensuality of the Bronx’s Arthur Avenue Retail Market and the olfactory abundance of the New York Botanical Garden. Discover the restorative properties of luxurious physical comfort by booking a suite at the Plaza Hotel, or maybe just by sampling the wares at Bergdorf’s fragrance counter.

Gemini (May 21 - June 20): Experiment with fast-paced local voyaging and unexpected collisions at Grand Central Terminal. Choose a train line at random and revel in the journey rather than the destination. Celebrate the Gemini marketplace of language and wares in Chinatown, and finish off your day with a walk over the Manhattan Bridge that speaks to your sign’s capacity to connect seemingly disparate landscapes, concepts and people.

Manhattan Bridge

On the Manhattan Bridge (Flickr/gigi_nyc)

Cancer (June 21 - July 22): Explore your attraction to fantastical pasts at Williamsburg’s City Reliquary or tap into your fierce sentimentalism while rifling through the wares at Brooklyn Flea. Connect to the loonier side of your nature and your capacity for wildly creative generation at Coney Island’s Sideshows by the Seashore.

Leo (July 23 - Aug. 22): Rediscover your sense of the playful present at Pier 40’s Trapeze School, and make sure to pick up some Mister Softee with sprinkles post circus-ing as you wander in the sun. End your journey by sharing your generous heart in Union Square with some “Free Hugs.”

Virgo (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22): Connect to your subtle healing capacities and soothe frayed nerves at College Point’s Spa Castle, or celebrate everyday alchemy at the Walter De Maria Earth Room. Honor your body with a trip to a local farmer’s market, and tap into your sign’s ability to quietly transform the mundane into pure magic as you prepare a feast for friends.

Libra (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22): Seek out some harmonious order amidst all this urban madness by visiting the Beaux-Arts elegance of the New York Public Library’s map room. Weave along the Brooklyn-Queens border on your way to Ridgewood’s Arbitration Rock as you access your sign’s desire to see both sides of any issue. Find your ultimate equilibrium at the city’s geographic center on Stockholm Street between Wyckoff and St. Nicholas.  

Scorpio (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21): Activate powerful energies of decay and regeneration as you saunter along the High Line’s industrial greenway, and then descend into the underworld as you search for the abandoned City Hall subway station. Ponder what endures beyond physical death in Woodlawn’s sprawling cemetery or wander the mysteries of the Met’s Egyptian wing.  

Egyptian Wing

Inside the Egyptian Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Flickr/Wally Gobetz)

Sagittarius (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21): Sample intercultural snacks along the 7 train’s route through Queens and head to Planeview Park for prime LaGuardia aircraft viewing as you plan real and imaginary getaways. Ride your spiritual seeker’s gypsy ponies from the Claremont Riding Academy all the way to the Cloisters, and recapture your untamed wildness in the woods of Inwood Hill Park.

Capricorn (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19): Ponder your sign’s resourceful builder archetype at the Skyscraper Museum or along Long Island City’s construction-laden waterfront. Wander through the labyrinthine streets of Lower Manhattan and along Wall Street as you consider the deeply joyful potentials of material pragmatism and “value” in all its incarnations.

Aquarius (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18): Reinvigorate your urban perspective and activate your sign’s far-reaching futuristic vision with a ride on the Roosevelt Island tram. As you come back down to earth, tap into utopian possibilities at Four Freedoms Park or connect to histories of radicalism in the East Village.

Pisces (Feb. 19 - March 20): Surrender to the infinitely magical complexity of this urban landscape with a trip to the Queens Panorama or practice losing the boundaries between self and others by standing motionless in the center of Times Square. After that exercise in delirious chaos, dream your mystical dreams anew by retreating to Staten Island’s Our Lady of Mount Carmel Grotto.

 


Horoscope for the Week of August 17, 2015

Julia robertsOur worlds shift and re-solidify this week as lucky and expansive Jupiter moves into sturdy Virgo. Set your sights on success as you check your rear view mirror and step on the accelerator. You can find the shortcut instead of a detour.

(Julia Roberts has Jupiter in Virgo)

Never miss your horoscope again -- free sign up here. Here is my favorite book on astrology and a "must" for anyone interested in learning more: Secrets from a Stargazer's Notebook: Making Astrology Work for You and here's a guide to the best books available this month. This column is (c) 2015 THE STARRY EYE, LLC., All Rights Reserved. For Entertainment Purposes Only. Madam Lichtenstein is the author of the best selling astrology book “HerScopes ” now in its 8th printing and available as an eBook.


ARIES   (MARCH 21 - APRIL 20)
Find new ways to expand your energy, stamina and optimism now. Aries can jump into a healthier lifestyle with both feet. Do it sooner than later to see some magnificent results with relatively little exertion. And yet this expansion can take place on many levels so if you aspire to kick back and grab the “good life” you may experience a waistline expansion instead.

TAURUS   (APRIL 21 - MAY 21)
Capitalize on your surge of luck for the next couple of years.  This fortuitous era will not only inspire you to create your own personal masterpiece, it helps you tap into your innate creativity and productivity. Taureans gain recognition and acclaim and can parlay their gains into substantial nest egg ... or squander it all with a grand flourish!. Gee I wonder what you will do?

GEMINI   (MAY 22 - JUNE 21)
The next couple of years can see a transformation in your relationship to your family or an upgrade in your current living situation. Geminis will face a number of important decisions that encourage them to change their personal landscape. And why not? Plant a few new seeds, tend to your own garden and see what or who will sprout.

CANCER   (JUNE 22 - JULY 23)
Not everything needs to end in an argument or an “oopsie” moment. In fact, Cancers will not only be able to sway others to their own unique way of thinking, they will gain followers and fanatical adherents. Don’t rest on your laurels, though. Move mountains and change borders while you aspire to be the ruler. Have a great idea? See how far you can take it now.

LEO   (JULY 24 - AUGUST 23)
Leos might feel like they live in a state of fiscal bliss as they cash in on their fiscal acumen. Not only will you feel flush, you really can be. Longstanding sticky financial issues start to resolve. Your flow of money can be lassoed, hogtied and branded with a combination of good research, sound advice and good luck. Save it for a rainy day. Oh, do I feel a drop...?

VIRGO   (AUGUST 24 - SEPTEMBER 23)
You can raise your public profile and catapult yourself into the numero uno place in various high level circles. Virgos would do well to work on their professional connections and expand their audience base. You become a social heavy weight. But refrain from totally over indulging. Personal expansion weight can occur on more than just a social level, my friend.

LIBRA   (SEPTEMBER 24 - OCTOBER 23)
Just when you thought that everyone was out to get you, you  realize that you have friends and supporters lurking in the background to help out when you need it. The burden is lifted. Let your imagination soar and use the next couple of years to expand your influence to those less fortunate and in need. Your karmic stock will hit new highs, Libra. Then sell, sell, sell!

SCORPIO   (OCTOBER 24 - NOVEMBER 22)
Don’t expect to make your success wholly on your own. You find that pals are pivotal in your grand scheme. Get your big break by reaching out to new groups and being friendlier. Turn on the charm and see how far you can slide on your own oil. A kind word here, a helpful hand there will get you a leg up or even a leg over. Scorpios have all the luck!

SAGITTARIUS   (NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 22)
Despite your long and hard working efforts, your professional path may appear to be blocked or stagnant. It is not, Sagittarius. This is no time to worry about clipping coupons in your retirement. That barrier wall is now breached and the accolades (and the resulting rewards) can flow freely. The cosmos says take a chance. But I say take two.

CAPRICORN   (DECEMBER 23 - JANUARY 20)
Capricorns find their pot of gold farther afield than the nearest street corner. Don’t be lazy. While it will seem easier to lie back, hang out and wait for the big delivery, you should gather your energies and venture forth to seek your fortune in the international arena, Expansion is the keyword and moxie is the currency. So manifest your own destiny.

AQUARIUS   (JANUARY 21 - FEBRUARY 19)
If your eyes become too big for your stomach (and other nether regions), don’t question why. Suddenly Aquarians become the flavor of the month whose presence is demanded and adored by a range of important and semi-important folks. Enjoy the publicity feast before it reverts back to the usual famine. And don’t forget to ask for a doggie bag to tide you over.

PISCES   (FEBRUARY 20 - MARCH 20)
Pisces should not seek their solitude now. In fact, you couldn’t be alone if you tried. All types of people want some sort of relationship with you whether for business or for pleasure. Maybe you can combine them and have it both ways. If so, assume the position! Fish swimming in new pools might actually paddle near their soulmate. Watch were you flap your fins.