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Horoscope for the Week of May 1, 2017

BeyonceFour retrograde planets upset our careful little world now. Our thoughts may be muddled and our opinions may unleash large unintended consequences. But what the heck? Say it as you see it and shake your foundation. Maybe it will dance?

(Beyonce has Jupiter in Libras)

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ARIES (MARCH 21 - APRIL 20)
If you have been grumbling about the path that your career is taking and bosses who make life more difficult, expect a bit of push now. Aries yearn for success and are tired of waiting for the crumbs. Maybe its time to take your recipe and bake your own plans? If so, try to graciously extricate yourself from any tough situation. Don’t burn the entire meal.

TAURUS (APRIL 21 - MAY 21)
Travel will have detours and landscape changing surprises. So be prepared for anything and everything, Taurus. If you have been bored by the hohum of your life, see how fast things can upend to something much more exciting. Will you find yourself on a pirate ship bound for the high seas or part of a reclusive cult bent on traveling to outer space? Let’s be surprised.

GEMINI (MAY 22 - JUNE 21)
Geminis may think that they have all the right love moves but just wait. You best moves may miss the mark or have an unintended impact on a lover. Try to be open and sensitive as you navigate the mine field of your amorous affairs. When in doubt, let others take action first. If you are both waiting, at least wait together in a champagne bath.

CANCER (JUNE 22 - JULY 23)
Relationships can go from fizzy to fizzle if you let deeply buried grievances take you into heartburn territory. Try to remain cool, calm and cuddly no matter how stressed you may be. But if you feel compelled to say something critical, practice your spiel in the mirror first. You want your message to be accepted. Even better, wait until the summer, Cancer.

LEO (JULY 24 - AUGUST 23)
Day to day tasks can either be a mindless escape or an overwhelming burden. Try to organize any project and enlist a few helping hands to ease your load. Leos who can liven up any mundane task with a festive collection of people, food and drink will accomplish more that those who don’t. So try to mix your business with a little more pleasure now.

VIRGO (AUGUST 24 - SEPTEMBER 23)
Virgos can go overboard in their pursuit of pleasurable times. (Maybe that is the idea?) Any party you plan can whip up to a frenzy festival. Any artistic project you undertake may become an international monster. Are you ready to tangle with the beast? If so, pace yourself before you make merry and try to control events as they unfold. Uh oh. Too late!

LIBRA (SEPTEMBER 24 - OCTOBER 23)
Any home project that seems simple at first might not turn out to be very simple after all. But don’t panic, Libra. You can wrangle any out-of-control home improvement by taking your time and surveying the plan carefully. A few helping hands couldn’t hurt either. Especially if they apply the right pressure in the right places. Ahem.

SCORPIO (OCTOBER 24 - NOVEMBER 22)
Whatever you have to say now, Scorpio, let the thought swirl in your head before you release them. Not only will you sound far wiser this way, you will avoid any miscommunications or gaffes. In fact, give yourself a total rest from anything that requires concentration and diplomacy. Escape if you can. And if you can’t, try to be the strong silent type.

SAGITTARIUS (NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 22)
Money may have a way of slipping out of your fingers and trickling down the drain now. You have an eye for extravagance and a yearning for glamor but try to rein in your budget, if you can. Sagittarians may make some financial missteps now because they are not thinking clearly and are anxious for results. Ah, but what type of results?

CAPRICORN (DECEMBER 23 - JANUARY 20)
As you step up into the public eye, you may find that all is not what it appears to be. The public stage can swivel around and open up a trap door if you are not careful. Capricorns always prefer to have things strong, steady and predictable. That may not be the case now. So be very flexible and keep your sense of humor. You DO have a sense of humor, don’t you??

AQUARIUS (JANUARY 21 - FEBRUARY 19)
Aquarians think they have a bit of extra ESP now. This may be true. But, before you polish up your crystal ball, ask yourself how accurate has your intuition been? Try to parse all of the little voices whispering in your head. You are getting many conflicting signals and premonitions. Some are serious and some are just for mischief and mirth. Uh but which is which?.

PISCES (FEBRUARY 20 - MARCH 20)
Friends may lead you into reckless, but fun, action. Everyone wants to have a good time! Your choices of diversions and parties are limitless now. But before you bungee jump off a skyscraper for just the sheer thrill of it all, take a look around and assess your risks. Pisces love to go with the convivial flow. Can you really stop before you circle the drain?

 

 


Lucky Numbers for the Week of April 28, 2017

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 April 28-May 4, 2017:

9, 12, 17, 21, 28, 47, 60, 74

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


Astrological Gift Guide

Zodiac signsFinding the perfect gift is sometimes tough. Now, with this handy guide, you can choose the right gift for the right astrological sign.

 

ARIES   (MARCH 21 - APRIL 20)

Rams love flash and show and love to demonstrate their prowess and strength. Startle your Ram with a  bright and shiny gift (preferably in shades of red) that makes them feel numero uno.

Suggestions: jewelry, electronics, books on warfare and adventure, name a star after them, building materials

 

TAURUS   (APRIL 21 - MAY 21)

Bulls love structure, the earth, form and substance. And they also know how to really enjoy life with the best in food, wine and surroundings. Items that are soft, expensive and relaxing will thrill them.

Suggestions: anything edible or drinkable, large pillows, clay objects, a planting kit, something for the kitchen, case of wine.

 

GEMINI   (MAY 22 - JUNE 21)

Geminis love to socialize. They are very friendly and flirtative and just loooove to talk. So give them gifts that make them feel like they are in the “know” and surrounded by good company.

Suggestions: Books, Music, Gossip magazines,  champagne, scarves, phones, small electronics, party items, tell-all biographies.

 

CANCER   (JUNE 22 - JULY 23)

Cancers are homebodies who love family, children, genealogy and collectibles. Find something special for them that makes them feel secure and content.

Suggestions: A personalized article of clothing or jewelry, books on genealogy, small collectibles, cozy home items,

 

LEO   (JULY 24 - AUGUST 23)

Leos are theatrical show-offs who are generous and creative. They love to be the center of attention and are great fun to be around. Can you find them an extravagant over-the-top gift? Try!

Suggestions: books on the theater or arts, scripts, movie paraphernalia, expensive specialty foods, flashy clothes, tickets to a big event.

 

VIRGO   (AUGUST 24 - SEPTEMBER 23)

Virgos are practical but also are known to enjoy a few luxuries like good food. Time pieces and time savings devices are very much appreciated as are books on practical subjects or biographies.

Suggestions: Self help books, watches, puzzles and games, practical clothes and jewelry, time saving devices, storage items.

 

LIBRA   (SEPTEMBER 24 - OCTOBER 23)

Libras love harmony, balance and beauty. They are gracious and sociable as well. They appreciate beauty and are attractive to others. Any artistic gift or something that helps them reduce stress would be greatly appreciated.

Suggestions: Art books, cosmetics and perfumes, accessories, champagne, a pin-up calendar, Books on celebrities or models, aromatherapy products, visits to spas.

 

SCORPIO   (OCTOBER 24 - NOVEMBER 22)

Scorpios love mystery, secrets and crime solving. They are also strategic and ambitious and appreciate gifts that help give them insight into themselves and others. But their top trait is sexiness so think intimate and seductive too.

Suggestions: Books on strategy and success, mystery and sex, sexy clothing, love potions, good jewelry, leather goods.

 

SAGITTARIUS   (NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 22)

Sagittarians are intrepid travelers and love to meet new and interesting people. They are curious and love to have fun. They are also very interested in animals, especially horses, and gambling.

Suggestions: Travel guides and travel items, objects from other countries, exotic spices, gambling items, photography, religious and philosophy books.

 

CAPRICORN   (DECEMBER 23 - JANUARY 20)

Capricorns are practical, conservative, professional and ambitious. They work very hard and need something that will help them feel confident and relaxed. They love status items so shower them with the very best to make them happy and fulfilled.

Suggestions: Gold jewelry, Books on getting ahead or making money, classic shoes and clothing, upscale magazines and specialty items.

 

AQUARIUS   (JANUARY 21 - FEBRUARY 19)

Aquarians are humanitarians who fight for the rights of others. They are also fascinated by gadgets and new technology – anything on the cutting edge. They are attracted to the unorthodox so choose your gifts for them accordingly.

Suggestions: Masks, books on the political process and conversations, electronics – computers, ipods, smartphones etc, posters, t-shirts, anything unusual.

 

PISCES   (FEBRUARY 20 - MARCH 20)

Pisces are spiritual, psychic and hopeless romantics. They are very intuitive and creative. Not only do they feel deeply, they can easily become stressed. Find calming things that help them maintain their balance.

Suggestions: Books on esp, predictions and religion, new age items, flowers, fountains, small statues, aromatherapy oils, candles, crystals.


Finding Presence

The dawn of a new solstice is the perfect time to review and resolve. Can we reduce stress in ourlives? Can we better face challenges so they don't eat away at us?

PSFK is a think tank that offers insights into all aspects of life. Back in 2015 they invited Sasha Lewis, the founder of Flavorpill to talk about The ROI of Finding Presence. This message is as timely today as it was back then.

 

Mindfulness and Presence Should Be at the Core of Work and Play [PSFK 2015] from PSFK on Vimeo.

In his talk, Lewis asks the audience to think about what being more present looks like in their every day, whether that outlet be meditation, yoga, running or spin class. Whatever it looks like, we need to make the conscious decision to step away from the screen and slow down. As the founder of a major media company, Lewis encourages his employees to exercise these habits with daily digital detoxes.

At Flavorpill, teams participate in group meditations or exercise mid-afternoon: “We basically get out of our heads and away from our screens—and get into our bodies. We’re immediately struck by how much energy we have, or how calmed or focused we are following that.”

Mindful business practices stem beyond the media industry, as seen in the instance of sports teams, hollywood celebrities and global CEOs who meditate. Lewis highlights the uptake of tech-related meditation apps and mindful gatherings that demonstrate people “seeking out experiences where mindfulness and presence are at the core.”

Do you want to slow down and find presence in your daily life? Find practices where mindfulness and presence are at the core that fit your lifestyle and inspire you through a modality of exciting experiences.

 

 

 


Horoscope for the Week of April 24, 2017

AdeleThe spring is starting to wind up and there is plenty to do to prepare for summer. Thankfully the Sun enters practical Taurus to help out. Focus on areas of your life where you need a bit of power and a pinch of oomph. It is time to get the party started.

(Adele has Sun in Taurus)

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ARIES (MARCH 21 - APRIL 20)
If you have been a careful and thrifty Aries, this week will bring you a financial reward. If you have been a careless spendthrift who has squandered your wad on wasteful pastimes and undeserving party hounds, this week will teach you a stern fiscal lesson. Maybe that lesson is to live for today and let tomorrow take care of itself....? Oh keep dreaming!!

TAURUS (APRIL 21 - MAY 21)
You are thrust into the center of any major social activity now. Are you ready for your close-up? Taureans are poised to make some important new contacts. First impressions are lasting impressions now. That means you should spruce up your appearance and dust off your wardrobe so you can impress. When in doubt, avoid wearing cellophane suits.

GEMINI (MAY 22 - JUNE 21)
Expect to have a mellow yellow time. Seek enlightenment, seek spirituality and seek ways to unburden yourself of secrets and other psychological baggage that is holding you back. Geminis find opportunities to lie back and contemplate their navels. Even better, try to find opportunities to lie back and contemplate someone else’s navel.

CANCER (JUNE 22 - JULY 23)
Friends will play an important role in your day to day activities. Cancers find themselves involved in new social groups, grand movements or large influential organizations. Capture the group dynamic and make it work for you. Try to grab the reins of power and ride to the top of the heap. The real question will be, what type of heap?

LEO (JULY 24 - AUGUST 23)
Whether you are fully employed or not, this week will open up some amazing (and possibly very lucrative) employment opportunities for you. Leos have been known to lie back, laze away and just delegate but don’t fall into that trap. Putting in a little effort now will have great pay off later through the summer. “How little is little?” you say.

VIRGO (AUGUST 24 - SEPTEMBER 23)
Virgos are in the mood for a fun filled jaunt. Get out of town! Not only will travel refresh you, you will also learn a few new tricks that you put to good use through out the next few weeks. For those who just can’t escape, try to explore new parts of town or some product, food or company that will give you an exotic charge. How exotic is up to you...

LIBRA (SEPTEMBER 24 - OCTOBER 23)
There is something in the air that makes all Libras especially alluring and sensual. You attract anyone you set your sights to attract. Why ask why? Whatever it is, maximize your sexual spark to the hilt. Make yourself available and see how much love you can create. Too too soon this urge passes and you will be back to phoning it in and dreaming about it.

SCORPIO (OCTOBER 24 - NOVEMBER 22)
This is the time to review what you are seeking in a long term relationship. Scorpios who are currently involved may need to ask themselves if their needs are being met and if they are energized and complete. If so, find ways to make the bond stronger. If not, speak up! For those who are angling for a catch, try fishing in new watering holes and try new bait.

SAGITTARIUS (NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 22)
Sagittarians are ready to roll up their sleeves and focus on their job. Not a moment too soon! Suspicious bosses were starting to sniff around your desk, looking for any excuse to take action and cut back. Don’t panic. Hand them a kleenex and show them how you can tackle anything they throw at you. By the end of the summer you will throw it back at ‘em.

CAPRICORN (DECEMBER 23 - JANUARY 20)
If you are interested in trying something new and exciting, this is the week to experiment. Capricorns emerge as artistic geniuses and create something amazing and inspirational. Or, if the mood strikes you, plan and toss a fabulous party that will have them talking for weeks. Hurry before your muse wanders off to find other amusements.

AQUARIUS (JANUARY 21 - FEBRUARY 19)
This is a good week to share your insights with worthy listeners. Knowledgeable Aquarians can expound on a variety of topics and find an outlet that gives them gravidas and power. You will be shocked when a simple, quiet idea finds and inflames an enormous global audience. Will you use your newly acquired influence for good or evil? Let’s just see...

PISCES (FEBRUARY 20 - MARCH 20)
Attend to home based projects while you are focused and full of energy now. Pisces have let their domestic surroundings stagnate and now you need to buff, scrub or even move some pieces of furniture around. Make your home into a shining castle. Certain bossy family members may make their presence known. Better consider adding a moat and alligators.