Almond Tree Personality & Transit- August 14-23 & February 9-18

The almond tree is a tree of optimism. If you are born under the influence of this tree you can adapt to all situations and become a very good manager. Your self confidence is contagious, your charisma takes you into many love relationships and good business deals. You love, love and falling in love is a part of your life rhythm. Open, giving, and friendly you enjoy art, music, and sports. You appreciate money as a tool for your entertainment. You are a self centred perfectionist which can also be your major weakness.

This transit you might find yourself very busy like the bees responsible for pollinating the Almond Tree. Your immune system could come under attack. Your might also find yourself to be fertile both reproductively and spiritually- birthing new ideas. Almonds were traditionally used as fertility charms to mimic the seed of man. Almond Tree transits can also see you come into some money and a potential new relationship. Almonds signify long lasting love so expect to find a true love- although this does not necessarily mean it will be a person, for instance you might discover a passion. Almond Tree transits are also excellent times for breaking addictions and starting a new health regime. You might also find yourself interested in exotic places or sand since Almond Trees are native to North Africa, Middle East, & the Indian Subcontinent.

Ruling Planet- Mercury

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50 Spiritual Questions Tag- Part Two

These are 50 spiritual questions that will free your mind. In this post I answer the last 25. You can find all of the questions here: http://www.marcandangel.com/2009/07/13/50-questions-that-will-free-your-mind

26. Would you rather lose all of your old memories, or never be able to make new ones?

Neither. 

27. Is is possible to know the truth without challenging it first?

Nope.

28. Has your greatest fear ever come true?

No. 

29. Do you remember that time 5 years ago when you were extremely upset?  Does it really matter now?

Yes, because it brought me to where I am today.

30. What is your happiest childhood memory?  What makes it so special?

Going for nature walks with my family. We were together and its simplicity brought us so much happiness and therapy.

31. At what time in your recent past have you felt most passionate and alive?

When I started wearing my Amber, and caught a glimpse of my career potential.

32. If not now, then when?

Next incarnation.

33. If you haven’t achieved it yet, what do you have to lose?

The known. 

34. Have you ever been with someone, said nothing, and walked away feeling like you just had the best conversation ever?

Nope. 

35. Why do religions that support love cause so many wars?

Because they are distortions of spiritual truths whose only purpose is to control, steal, and make zillions. 

36. Is it possible to know, without a doubt, what is good and what is evil?

Yes……it’s called your intuition. 

37. If you just won a million dollars, would you quit your job?

Yes. 

38. Would you rather have less work to do, or more work you actually enjoy doing?

More work I actually enjoy doing. 

39. Do you feel like you’ve lived this day a hundred times before?

In some ways yes. 

40. When was the last time you marched into the dark with only the soft glow of an idea you strongly believed in?

Last Week.

41. If you knew that everyone you know was going to die tomorrow, who would you visit today?

Some acquaintances I haven’t seen in a while, but I would want to spend the whole day with my immediate family. 

42. Would you be willing to reduce your life expectancy by 10 years to become extremely attractive or famous?

Never. 

43. What is the difference between being alive and truly living?

Being alive is a biological process, living is biology with purpose. 

44. When is it time to stop calculating risk and rewards, and just go ahead and do what you know is right?

When your heart tells you so!

45. If we learn from our mistakes, why are we always so afraid to make a mistake?

Ego. 

46. What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you?

Be myself completely. 

47. When was the last time you noticed the sound of your own breathing?

Last night. 

48. What do you love?  Have any of your recent actions openly expressed this love?

My brother, kindness, selflessness. Yes. 

49. In 5 years from now, will you remember what you did yesterday?  What about the day before that?  Or the day before that?

Yes. 

50. Decisions are being made right now.  The question is:  Are you making them for yourself, or are you letting others make them for you?

Both.

July 2017 Potpourri- The Escapism Blend

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  1. a mixture and or collection of miscellaneous and diverse items.

Theme: Escapism

Book: The Sacred Power of Your Name by Ted Andrews

Song: Realiti by Grimes

Crystals: Mookite a.k.a Australian Jasper, Blue Lace Agate

Film: Doctor Strange

Fashion: Culotte Jumpsuit

Biggest Lesson Learned: Gratitude

Biggest Regret: Real Estate

Proudest Moment: Surrendering

Goal for August: Bravery

 

 

 

 

 

Fall 2017 Fashion for each Zodiac Sign

*All descriptions of the collections taken from VogueRunway.com

The Names of the Collections are my own.

 

Aries- Alexander McQueen- Warrior Witch

This season, she took her team to Cornwall, the southernmost county of the United Kingdom. It’s a landscape which inspired the sculptor Barbara Hepworth, and has ancient stone circles, medieval churches and—if you look hard enough—a surviving subculture of paganism and healing witchcraft.

Discovering a Cloutie tree, on which people tie rags and ribbons as wishes and mementoes, triggered the beginning of the collection. Back in London, where Burton works in seclusion with the couture-level team which made Kate Middleton’s wedding dress, imagination took flight. Evolving ideas with the incredible hand-embroidery and textiles teams, they wove ideas from the memento ribbons into tweeds, and thought about self-determining women, women who sewed messages into samplers centuries ago.

The result was a show which staggered the audience with its dense imagery—dresses beaded with silvery trees; white lace figured with kissing doves, medieval tapestries of flora and fauna, trailing threads, witchy symbols of stars and suns traced in jet. Still, the thing which really made it was the believable youthfulness: long, tendrilly “undone” hair by Guido Palau, and flat studded bootees or McQueen trainers.

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Taurus- Miu Miu- Mad Bull

Bringing down the curtain on Fall 2017 (the fashion shows have been running through the weirdest, most conflict-ridden political four weeks since the late 1960s), Miuccia Prada knew exactly what advice to offer the Miu Miu girls of the world: “It’s about the madness of glamour, in front of an uncertain future,” she said, and then added, “and I am getting really interested in so many kinds of beauty.” In other words? Face it down, glam it out, and represent!

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Gemini- Giambattista Valli- Cafe Society

There’s no denying the beauty of Paris, even in the pouring rain—and there’s been plenty of miserable weather to go around these past few days. Giambattista Valli appreciates the melancholic allure of the city, and more importantly, the women who inhabit it. His latest collection was, in essence, a love letter to French girl style of the most romantic and soigné kind. La petite robe noire, or the little black dress in English, has been a linchpin of a Parisian wardrobe for more than half a century, and it’s one that’s close to Valli’s heart. He reimagined that look with his trademark, ultra-feminine flair and most of the dresses came with buoyant, peplum ruffles that either swished at the knee or swept the floor.

*The French cafe society vibe is perfect for intellectual Gemini.

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Cancer- Elisabetta Franchi- Femme Selene

The collection was a hyper-feminine ode to throwback glamour. There were high-waisted, Hepburn-esque pants and embroidered blouses; a pajama/smoking jacket jumpsuit with a fur collar; embroidered tie-neck blouses with tight pencil skirts under glammed-up furs; lots of Chinoiserie references, as well as campy hats, leather opera gloves and fur stoles that looked like opera gloves. Styled to the nines, the look came across as costumey, but judging from Franchi’s front row, there’s clearly a market for her over-the-top drama.

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Leo- Alberta Ferretti- Leolines

On the first day of Milan Fashion Week, Alberta Ferretti took us on a side trip to Venice, complete with Grand Canal–print chiffon dresses, gondolier stripes on everything from sweaters to an astrakhan jacket, velvets embroidered with the Piazza San Marco’s famous lion, and hooded capes and masks out of Carnival via Eyes Wide ShutThe Young Pope’s saturno hats got a nod, too.

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Virgo-  Red Valentino- Purity

Amish country is home to, well, the Amish, who generally reject alcohol, driving vehicles with motors, even cell phones. “There’s something that fascinates me about the Amish community,” said Piccioli is who he is, a dressmaker, and so in the end, this collection didn’t differ as much from the last as its origin story suggested it might. Red Valentino has all the hallmarks of its big-sister line—the embroideries, the floral prints, the demure, covered-up silhouettes—only at a nicer price. This time, scrolling black embroidery looked like it could’ve been lifted from the hex signs painted on barns; other dresses were stitched with hand and eye motifs, symbolizing charity and protection. Quilting techniques associated with the Amish culture were reproduced on a tweed A-line skirt a little on the rigid side, and wool sweaters were designed to look homespun. The brand codes and Amish codes came together best on smock-shouldered, ribbon-belted silk dresses with delicate floral prints that looked painted on.

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Libra- Alice & Olivia- I’m Your Venus

Last year on her birthday, Stacey Bendet received a very special gift. Salman Rushdie gave her a miniature copy of his novel The Enchantress of Florence and, in turn, inspired her to create a Fall collection filled with nods to Indian emperors and the Italian Renaissance. The story is about a woman forging her own way in a man’s world, a theme that’s been underscored at nearly every show this week. Bendet, however put her own peppy, funky spin on the topic, showing cute and colorful wares that would befit a modern-day maharani or Botticelli chick. She also offered up a slogan tee with the phrase Be the change you want to see in the world.

Bendet made it clear that this wasn’t about forcing a political conversation. “It’s about taking everything you’re seeing and hearing and interpreting it as your own,” the designer said. That’s precisely what she did with Rushdie’s vibrant tale, turning her covetable party dresses and evening gowns into glittering versions of the author’s Akbar empire. Bendet created a special print based on the artwork mentioned in Rushdie’s novel and borrowed from Botticelli’s Primavera painting. Aside from the literal artistic references to The Enchantress of Florence, the rest of the collection linked back to the narrative only in the colors and embellishment of the separates. To wit, camo print pants expressed the battles that took place in the book, while bright pinks washed over suits and silver sequined miniskirts alluded to the richness of India’s royal palaces and lush landscapes.

See the complete Alice + Olivia Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear collection.

Scorpio- Reem Acra- Gothic Gorgeous

With this collection, she says she closed her eyes and asked herself, “Who am I?” The answer: a strong, modern, global nomad, with a lashing of Edwardiana for good measure. No stranger to embroidery, the designer offered up lavish “tattoo” tops with heart, eye, and Fatima hand motifs. Asymmetrical peplums, a bronze bomber, and a black sweatshirt embroidered with hearts made a case for fusing evening and day. A transparent black bodice sewn with green crystals evoked the Pre-Fall gown Jennifer Lopez wore to the People’s Choice Awards in January, but with a lighter touch.

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Sagittarius- Elie Saab-  Purple Reign

“dark, romantic stuff,”  is what Mr. Saab calls it.

The collection was inspired by Giselle and did indeed contain many looks highly suitable for dancing and entrancing errant males to their doubtlessly richly deserved demise. Layers of tulle and ruffle were heaped to whirl dervish-ly around their wearers as they walked. Marabou danced down necklines. Lily-etched lace bled into lily-embroidered velvets. A one-armed opera cloak swooshed above a lily-print chiffon skirt with velvet detail on the bodice. Full tulle skirts patterned with polka dots were worn below bikers etched in gold-studded lily silhouettes. There were some non-dresses here, including a fitted black pant-and-jacket, whose outlines were traced by stitches of thick silk ribbon, but they were asides rather than points of focus.

Purple is ruled by Sag……perfect don’t cha think?

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Capricorn-  Antonio Marras- Practical ‘N’ Pretty

The clothes for men and women shared the same fabrications, prints, and brocades. Both men and women wore new-condition vintage tailored herringbone and tweed jackets that Marras said he had sourced from Prato and then Marras-ized by cutting them up and rebuilding them again with extra panels of fabric and added bolsters of embroidery. There was a little bit of contemporary streetwear—parkas and tracksuits—and some wonderfully ruched yet angular velvet dresses in yellow and teal (in which one could imagine Katharine Hepburn leaning on a piano and singing bewitchingly). Out on the runway, the looks unfolded as usual—until a couple started dramatically throwing each other this way and that. Throughout the show, performers from Milan’s Teatro della Danza exercised anguished and passionate articulations of human emotion and desire. One dancer was not a professional, gallerist Pasquale Leccese, who (along with critic Cristina Morozzi) was one of the more mature members of this inspiring ensemble. At the finale, the cast, designer, and the designer’s dog, Pierivo, raced around the runway—great, joyful stuff.

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Aquarius- Chanel- Space Gang

Lagerfeld is never one for gloom and despondency, and he resolutely hates looking back. Logical, then, to go forward—to the Chanel universe and beyond! The starship Chanel crew will be wearing glittery lunar boots with co-respondent black tips, tweed tunics with standaway collars, Bermuda shorts, “insulated” silver leather suits, and metallic padded space stoles. When the craft navigates to the dark side of the moon (perhaps), eveningwear will consist of black-and-white chiffon “space person” prints and garments embroidered in constellations of Chanel pearls. Satellite bags will be carried.

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Pisces- Dior- Blue Skies

Chirui’s deeper overarching theme was a meditation on the color blue. She’d started in the Dior archive with a navy belted skirt suit from 1951 and gone from there. A version of it appeared in silk taffeta with a hooded top, surprisingly contemporary-looking in translation. Blue in all its nuances formed a link between her thoughts about World War II women’s uniforms, factory-worker utilitywear, the blue paintings of Picasso and Chagall, jazz blues and the spiritual meanings humanity finds in contemplating the universe. It allowed her to explore the feminine nature of Dior with a continuation of the pretty tulle bustier dresses and astrology-embroideries she’d begun with her haute couture collection, adding midnight blue velvet minidresses to the constellation of the house eveningwear.

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A Magic Carpet Ride

As someone with a lot of Pisces in my Astrology make-up, I’ve heard all too often that Pisces just want to escape and are living in an illusory day-dreaming state. While I do relate to these tendencies, there is a certain beauty that is also present with escapism.

Rising Above

Being disconnected from reality doesn’t imply being disconnected from life or source. Disconnection can simply mean detaching from the present holographic reality. Detaching is a code word for transcendence. Sure, disconnection can lead to irresponsibility and numbness, but why do we assume that leaving implies swimming downward as opposed to upward…….hence the Pisces glyph? Disconnecting from reality is merely rising above the static here and now to take a gander from a different perspective, high up in the rose quartz coloured diamond sky.. A heightened level of awareness allows you the opportunity to have a broad view of what’s going on down below.

Siren State

Rather than work against your energies and soul imprint, work with and immerse yourself in your dominant element. If that’s Water, then live your life from a place of non-attachment. Accept what is happening to you knowing that you can rise up into the clouds to gain perspective. If Earth is your element, live your life from a place of grit. Don’t be afraid to get down and dirty.  Bury yourself deep into what’s handed to you, knowing that you will always be able to dig yourself out of the soils of toil. If Air is your dominant element than buckle down and study what comes your way, because you have the ability to solve any problem. If Fire is your dominant element know that fire is the energy of rebirth. You will always rise up from the ashes.

When Pisces is your dominant sign and Water is your dominant element, remember that you can always come up for air (perspective) when you find yourself being carried away the current.

A Whole New World

The Sabian Symbol for my 1 Degree Cancer Ascendant is

A PERSON ON A MAGIC CARPET OBSERVES VAST VISTAS BELOW

As the beautiful song from ‘Aladdin’ says- a whole new world awaits those willing to escape it every once in a while. What was once old, becomes new again.

I can show you the world
Shining, shimmering splendid
Tell me, princess, now when did
You last let your heart decide!
I can open your eyes
Take you wonder by wonder
Over sideways and under
On a magic carpet ride
A whole new world
A new fantastic point of view
No one to tell us no
Or where to go
Or say we’re only dreaming
A whole new world
A dazzling place I never knew
But when I’m way up here
It’s crystal clear
That now I’m in a whole new world with you
Now I’m in a whole new world with you
Unbelievable sights
Indescribable feeling
Soaring, tumbling, freewheeling
Through an endless diamond sky
A whole new world
(Don’t you dare close your eyes)
A hundred thousand things to see
(Hold your breath it gets better)
I’m like a shooting star
I’ve come so far
I can’t go back to where I used to be
A whole new world
(Every turn a surprise)
With new horizons to pursue
(Every moment, red-letter)
I’ll chase them anywhere
There’s time to spare
Let me share this whole new world with you
A whole new world
(A whole new world)
That’s where we’ll be
(That’s where we’ll be)
A thrilling chase
A wondrous place
For you and me

 

Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius- August 7, 2017: The Invention of You

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

This is the story of an orphaned boy who lives in a Paris train station repairing the clocks. All he has is an Automaton his father left him before he perished in a fire. Hugo believes the Automaton (Aquarius) contains a message from his father but is missing a heart shaped key in order to unlock the message. Hugo is reclusive (Aquarius) and has no friends, but one day a chance meeting with a girl at the train station who happens to be wearing a heart (Leo) shaped key necklace sets them off on adventure to unlock the Automaton (Aquarius). Once the Automaton (Aquarius) is unlocked, it reveals an image of a scene from a film called ‘A Trip to the Moon’ (Eclipse). I won’t spoil the rest of the story, but I feel it is the perfect representation of this Aquarius Lunar Eclipse. Connecting to with others might very well be the key to the answers you seek. Bringing 3 unconnected parts of yourself together Unconscious (Moon) Practical (Earth) Higher Self (Sun) to create a master version of yourself is the greatest invention of all time. 

 

Things are coming to a tail end (South Node) so to speak from the February eclipses. Eclipses are times of dramatic completions, and are vortices of manifestation.

A Lunar Eclipse occurs when the Earth passes between the Moon and Sun casting an earthly shadow on the Moon. The Moon represents our emotions, subversive nature, our unconscious, our happiness, and our incarnation imprint. When the Earth’s shadow eclipses the Moon- what we feel becomes grounded into practical reality. We take all of those elusive Moony qualities and turn them into the brick and mortar of our life.

The Full Moon Eclipse is occurring in Aquarius which rules the 11th house. The 11th house is connected to our peers, social groups, hopes, wishes, and our tribe. We will all be faced with the truth of whether we are sacrificing our identity to fit in, or are we soooo different that we are losing out on opportunities to connect? Aquarius rules all that is different, innovative, unique, inventive, surprises, and thoughtful. The negative expressions are detachment and irresponsibility. A key lesson to learn from the Eclipse is let go (South Node) of that which is inhibiting your progress (Aquarius) and to embrace that which will allow you to be YOU. The Lunar Eclipse is going to show you the full potential of your interactions with others- regardless of where this Eclipse is happening in your natal chart. 

Aspects:

Jupiter in Libra which is all about meaningful connections will be trine this Eclipse suggesting that there is a need to widen your social interactions.

Mars in Leo Conjunct Sun in Leo- need to stand out. Remember- when you are yourself, everyone notices you!

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*Featured Image is from the 1902 film by Georges Méliès, ‘A Trip to the Moon.’

Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore- REVIEW

This quirky books tell the story of one soul- Milo and his nearly 10 000 incarnations. Each chapter tells the story of a different incarnation and the strange experiences and characters he encounters- everything from being eaten alive by a shark, to travelling the cosmos. Milo is in love with Death herself- Suzie, who he meets after he dies and the short stints he spends with her before moving on to his next life. He encounters her in each of his incarnations, although he does not remember her. They are madly in love with each other, but it is their complicated relationship of her being Death and him almost finishing his incarnational cycle that they devise a plan in order for them to be together. The plan is for Milo to achieve Perfection- meaning he can surpass becoming part of the Oneness of the universe and can therefore be with his true love. We accompany Milo during his different soul experiences, sometimes laughing, sometimes relishing in the simple beauty of life, and sometimes grieving alongside him. As someone who has always been fascinated with the concept of reincarnation, I thought this book while appearing to be yet another mystical fiction read, turned out to be a much deeper metaphysical exploration of the human experience. Appreciating the fragility of life while living up to your soul’s contract is a delicate balance we are all hoping to achieve.

It is easy when reading this book to jump to conclusions and cringe when we see Milo making a mistake and smiling when he’s done good……if only life were that easy. In the beginning of the book Milo does not want to stop reincarnating as he tells Death and some other elusive cosmic characters that “who doesn’t want to live?” What becomes apparent, is that Milo truly wasn’t living, he didn’t treasure every single moment of his lives because somewhere deep down inside he knew he would be back for another turn again. I believe the whole concept of reincarnation comes with a massive responsibility- we all like the idea of being recycled when we die, but somehow, that can become a cop out and excuse for not living a full life. Perfection- the state Milo is so desperately trying to achieve is not something we strive for, it’s something we must become.