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Friday, September 15, 2017

The Virgo Posse Expands As Venus Enters Virgo and New Moon in Virgo



Venus is joining the posse of planets in Virgo which includes the sun, Mars, and Mercury on September 19th.  As an added bonus, Mercury is finally out of its retrograde shadow on that day as well.

But before Venus enters Virgo, Venus in Leo conjuncts the north node in Leo on September 15, 2017.  This is a truly delightful aspect for creative purposes and working on improving relationships.  A north node in Leo is helping all of us get more in touch with our creativity and ability to love, so this is a very sweet combination as it guides us on our collective destiny.

I sense also that many of us are still reeling from the effects of last week’s full moon in Pisces and the recent hurricane Irma in Florida.  Somehow I believe that the combination of the August eclipses and that full moon in Pisces, the sign ruled by Neptune, are partially responsible for all of this water damage.  But Pisces also rules compassion and healing, and that energy is particularly potent these days with both Chiron and Neptune in Pisces.  The moon moved into its home sign of Cancer on September 13th and coming on the heels of Hurricane Irma and the anniversary of 9/11, I have certainly felt that intensely emotional water energy.  On September 14th, I tweeted:




.As an empath and healer, I have been inundated with the depth of emotions that I am experiencing in response to recent events in the world.  As a healer, I just want to make things better.  It is truly encouraging to see that others are feeling this compassionate vibe.  On September 14th I also retweeted a tweet that represented the good stories coming as a result of Irma:
Initially, I believed that my nostalgia and reflective mood were due to the sun transiting my 12th house, but I think that the recent full moon in Pisces on September 6th is an even bigger player and contributing factor in this drama.

Venus in Virgo will be vastly different from Venus in Leo.  Venus in Leo was all about fun, romance, flirting and generosity to the point of extravagance.  Venus in Virgo is considered to be in its sign of fall because it is exalted in Pisces, but Venus in Virgo has its merits.  Venus in Virgo is in an earth sign, so love will be expressed through practical means and gestures: handling detailed work, doing errands and just plain being there.  It is not flashy or dramatic.  Virgo has a strong theme of service to others and rendering service to others is one of the ways Venus in Virgo expresses love.  The only downside with Venus in Virgo that we need to be mindful of is a tendency to be too critical of or picky with our partners.  Venus will leave Virgo on October 14, 2017 and enter Libra then.  Venus rules Libra and Taurus, so it will be a lot more comfortable and social there.  But this year in particular, let’s use the Venus in Virgo energy to render service to others.

The new moon in 27 degrees of Virgo occurs at 1:30 a. m. on the east coast of the United States. New moons are a time of new beginnings and setting new intentions.  This new moon falls in my 12th house, but wherever 27 degrees of Virgo falls in your chart is the area of life where you will want to set new intentions.  This new moon has a lot of positive aspects surrounding it.  We are still in the throes of a Grand Fire Trine involving the north node in 23 degrees of Leo, Saturn in 21 degrees of Sagittarius and Uranus in 27 degrees of Aries.  Grand trines represent the most positive qualities of the element involved and a grand trine in fire is forward looking, inspiring and creative.

There is also a great deal of mutable energy involved in this new moon.  We have the posse of planets in Virgo, but we also have Neptune and Chiron in Pisces, which are also activated during this new moon.  Mutable signs are renowned for their flexibility and adaptability, their literal ability to go with the flow.  Neptune in Pisces will be opposing Mercury in Virgo during this new moon, which will fuel our creativity and imagination. The new moon in 27 degrees of Virgo will also be in direct opposition to Chiron in 27 degrees of Pisces, which can help heal old wounds.  The trick with the opposition to Chiron is to surrender and accept those wounds.  If we do this, we are actually withdrawing the energy required for maintaining them in our lives and not feeding them.  Both personally and professionally the theme of surrender has emerged for me this past week. My clients are feeling it and so am I.  Sometimes we just need to surrender the need to control the outcome and let go of the past as much as possible.  The third mutable sign of Sagittarius features prominently too because Saturn in 21 degrees of Sagittarius forms a T-square with the moon and Chiron.  A new moon in Virgo is also a good time for establishing a new health regime, especially if it falls in your 6th house. Don’t be afraid to try natural remedies for healing or complementary methods of healing, like acupuncture or Reiki.
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If you are curious as to how all of these planetary aspects are affecting you, please consider getting an astrological reading.  The Services Offered page of my site describes the menu of services that I offer. There is something for everyone.
My site also offers the opportunity to provide a donation in the amount of your choice to demonstrate your support for my blog and daily astrological insights on Twitter at:


A contribution in any amount is deeply appreciated as gratitude is a daily part of my spiritual practice.

Recently I undertook an intensive life purpose coaching training program and became certified as a Life Purpose Coach.  It was an intense, eye-opening experience that changed my life as it caused me to reflect on the story of my life.  But I left it with feelings of hope and light for the future that I want to share with others.  To that end, I am now offering Life Purpose Coaching to my menu of services.  You can read more about it at:


As an astrologer, I have decided to include an interpretation of the north node by sign. Especially with 2017 being a Universal Year 1, this is a marvelous time to navigate a new direction in your life that will fulfill you and your soul’s purpose. If you are feeling stuck and need some help in getting from Point A to Point B in your quest for making positive changes in your life, please email me at lindasim54@gmail.com to schedule a complementary telephone consultation to discover if you are a good fit for this program.  I look forward to hearing from you.

If you are in the Boston area, please consider getting a Reiki treatment at Acupuncture for Everyone in Copley Square to destress, revitalize and remove blockages to healing.  It’s a perfect way to start your weekend off and can also be described as a spa for the soul to boot!   Reiki is the most profound treatment for stress relief because it concentrates on CALMING your body.

For more information on my Reiki services, please see this page on my site:


For my clients who can’t fit Friday into their schedule for a treatment or have difficulty traveling, I have also recently begun doing distance Reiki sessions for them.  I have a conversation with them about what they hope to achieve from a session, we set up a time for the session to take place when they will be in a state to receive healing energy and I follow up with a telephone conversation to discuss their experience and my perception of their blockages.  I have also incorporated a new technique with my distance Reiki treatments since I don’t always have a photo of my client.  I use a teddy bear so that I can scan and focus the healing energy where it is needed. If this appeals to you, please feel free to contact me by email at lindasim54@gmail.com or call me at 617-304-2205.  I am also offering Reiki treatments in the Coolidge Corner section of Brookline on Sunday afternoons.

But the big news is that I have created and launched a new website devoted exclusively to my Reiki practice. Please feel free to check it out at:


I was also featured in the July 3rd edition of Boston Voyager, an online publication that runs a section called Inspiring Stories about local entrepreneurs on its home page.  The Scorpio moon was trining the Cancer sun and Neptune in Pisces on that day, so my story certainly debuted under fitting aspects.  Please feel free to check it out:


Additionally, I launched an endeavor that will deliver my services to you at an affordable cost in the form of package deals.  I am offering four options: Silver, Gold, Platinum and a Tarot special for my tarot clients. Please check it out at:


Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter for my daily astrological insights






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Friday, September 8, 2017

Mercury Moves into Virgo as Saturn and Pluto Get Busy Stirring the Astrological Pot


Mercury, which is FINALLY DIRECT (drumroll, please) is moving back into the sign of Virgo on September 9, 2017 and it stays in Virgo until September 29, 2017.  And on September 19, 2017, when it hits 11 degrees of Virgo, the degree of Mercury’s retrograde station on August 12th, we finally clear the Mercury Retrograde shadow.  But I think that many of us are feeling relief already.


Mercury is joining the sun and Mars in Virgo, which entered Virgo on September 5, 2017, inspiring me to tweet:
Venus will join them on September 19th, which is ironically the day Mercury clears its retrograde shadow.

Think back to what was going on in your life in late July and early August when Mercury was last in Virgo.  Anything that was unresolved can now be worked through as we all have the opportunity for a do-over.  Mercury is very comfortable in its home sign of Virgo (its other home sign is Gemini) and it can feel free to do its thing, which includes analyzing, problem solving, focusing on the details and being precise in speech, thought and process. Our minds are sharper and we are able to communicate with others more effectively. Mercury in Virgo is also very practical, due in no small part to its earth sign placement. It may not be as much fun as Mercury in Leo, but at least it is productive.  And it’s lacking the drama of Mercury in Leo.  It’s not a bad time to be of service to others, which is also Virgo’s domain.  Don’t be afraid to speak out or send out an email or even write a letter about a cause that is dear to your heart.

But with Mercury in Virgo we do need to be mindful of the tendency to be too critical of others or become too picky.  The other potential downfall with Mercury in Virgo is the tendency to block off our creativity because we are so focused and precise. The most productive way to channel that Mercury in Virgo energy is to learn something new by taking a class or reading a book or seeing a movie that sparks your creativity.
Pluto in Capricorn is finishing up its retrograde stint that began on April 20, 2017.  It will station direct on September 29, 2017 in 16 degrees of Capricorn, but it is still pretty busy these days.  On September 8, 2017, Mars in 1 degree of Virgo forms a challenging aspect called a semi-square with Pluto in 16 degrees of Capricorn.  Most of us are very familiar with the blocked energy associated with a square aspect, which occurs when two planets are 90 degrees apart.  Well, a semi-square is exactly what it sounds like: two planets 45 degrees apart.  It also represents deeply blocked energy, but while the square aspect tends to occur on an internal level, a semi-square can manifest as external events.  When Mars and Pluto collide in this kind of aspect, some ugly confrontations are possible.

Mark your calendars for September 9, 2017 because Pluto is the recipient of two other major aspects.  Venus in 16 degrees of Leo forms a challenging, irritating, annoying inconjunct with Pluto in 16 degrees of Capricorn.  The theme with this aspect is that adjustments are necessary on both sides, especially if there is a great deal of mistrust in order to reach common goals.  Sounds a lot like the current American political climate, n’est pas?  But the most optimistic aspect that occurs on September 9th occurs when the sun in 16 degrees of Virgo trines Pluto in 16 degrees of Capricorn.  This is a very supportive aspect that can strengthen our sense of purpose and help us accomplish our goals.  So work it for all its worth.

Saturn in Sagittarius gets busy on September 12th and 13th.  On September 12th Venus in 20 degrees of Leo trines Saturn in 21 degrees of Sagittarius and this is a very favorable aspect for making a dramatic commitment.  On September 13th, the sun in 20 degrees of Virgo squares off with Saturn in 21 degrees of Sagittarius and this is one is not so much fun.  It can feel frustrating and present obstacles but it does help ground us.  And at least Saturn is direct these days, so its challenging aspects move on more quickly.

If you are curious as to how the recent full moon and other planetary aspects are affecting you, please consider getting an astrological reading.  The Services Offered page of my site describes the menu of services that I offer. There is something for everyone.
My site also offers the opportunity to provide a donation in the amount of your choice to demonstrate your support for my blog and daily astrological insights on Twitter at:


A contribution in any amount is deeply appreciated as gratitude is a daily part of my spiritual practice.

Recently I undertook an intensive life purpose coaching training program and became certified as a Life Purpose Coach.  It was an intense, eye-opening experience that changed my life as it caused me to reflect on the story of my life.  But I left it with feelings of hope and light for the future that I want to share with others.  To that end, I am now offering Life Purpose Coaching to my menu of services.  You can read more about it at:


As an astrologer, I have decided to include an interpretation of the north node by sign. Especially with 2017 being a Universal Year 1, this is a marvelous time to navigate a new direction in your life that will fulfill you and your soul’s purpose. If you are feeling stuck and need some help in getting from Point A to Point B in your quest for making positive changes in your life, please email me at lindasim54@gmail.com to schedule a complementary telephone consultation to discover if you are a good fit for this program.  I look forward to hearing from you.

If you are in the Boston area, please consider getting a Reiki treatment at Acupuncture for Everyone in Copley Square to destress, revitalize and remove blockages to healing.  It’s a perfect way to start your weekend off and can also be described as a spa for the soul to boot!   Reiki is the most profound treatment for stress relief because it concentrates on CALMING your body.

For more information on my Reiki services, please see this page on my site:


For my clients who can’t fit Friday into their schedule for a treatment or have difficulty traveling, I have also recently begun doing distance Reiki sessions for them.  I have a conversation with them about what they hope to achieve from a session, we set up a time for the session to take place when they will be in a state to receive healing energy and I follow up with a telephone conversation to discuss their experience and my perception of their blockages.  I have also incorporated a new technique with my distance Reiki treatments since I don’t always have a photo of my client.  I use a teddy bear so that I can scan and focus the healing energy where it is needed. If this appeals to you, please feel free to contact me by email at lindasim54@gmail.com or call me at 617-304-2205.  I am also offering Reiki treatments in the Coolidge Corner section of Brookline on Sunday afternoons.

But the big news is that I have created and launched a new website devoted exclusively to my Reiki practice. Please feel free to check it out at:


I was also featured in the July 3rd edition of Boston Voyager, an online publication that runs a section called Inspiring Stories about local entrepreneurs on its home page.  The Scorpio moon was trining the Cancer sun and Neptune in Pisces on that day, so my story certainly debuted under fitting aspects.  Please feel free to check it out:


Additionally, I launched an endeavor that will deliver my services to you at an affordable cost in the form of package deals.  I am offering four options: Silver, Gold, Platinum and a Tarot special for my tarot clients. Please check it out at:


Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter for my daily astrological insights





Friday, September 1, 2017

Mercury Stations Direct in Leo, Mars Enters Virgo and a Full Moon in Pisces




It may be September, but the effects of the August eclipses are still with us. Retrograde Mercury in Virgo slipped back into Leo on August 31st, inspiring me to tweet:

Mercury is on the move, and we are all waiting with baited breath for it to station direct in 28 degrees of Leo on September 5, 2017 at 7:29 a.m. Of course, we know that Mercury retrograde is not out of its shadow until September 19th, but we should start feeling some relief and the ability to move forward somewhat when Mercury stations direct.  The communications bottleneck should start lifting.

Mercury and Mars in Leo have one last tango together before Mars moves into Virgo on September 5th at 5:35 a.m. They are conjunct in Leo.  This aspect is rekindling the energy of the August 21, 2017 solar eclipse that will remain very active for at least the first ten days of September.  Mars and Mercury are also conjunct the north node in 23 degrees of Leo on September 5th, which intensifies the inspiration to move forward on our collective destiny.  We have a Grand Fire Trine on September 5th which involves Saturn in 21 degrees of Sagittarius, retrograde Uranus in 28 degrees of Aries, Mercury in 28 degrees of Leo and the north node in 23 degrees of Leo.  Inspiration. Impulsiveness and creativity should be flowing freely with this configuration.

What can we expect when Mars enters the earth sign of Virgo?  Mars in Virgo has a passion for details and possesses an abundance of workhorse energy.  It’s a big change from Mars in Leo, which had a passion for drama, romance and creativity. Mars in Virgo is practical and efficient.  It has a very precise quality and is performance oriented.  The focus will shift to health, exercise and work, which are Virgo themes.  In a way, Mars in Virgo symbolizes the nature of the back to school mentality associated with the month of September.

On the following day, September 6, 2017, we have a full moon in 13 degrees of Pisces.  A full moon in Pisces has a dreamy, romantic, mystical, ethereal, deja vu quality and themes of unconditional love, compassion and emotional sensitivity.  The Pisces energy will be extremely strong because it also conjuncts Neptune in 12 degrees of Pisces. Neptune rules Pisces, so we may literally feel like floating away.  Engaging in some meditation, creativity and enjoying music and the arts are a fine way to cultivate the energy of this full moon. The flip side of Neptune is that secrets and a smoke and mirror effect are often associated with this planet.  I wouldn’t rule out the possibility of some scandals and secrets being revealed on that day.  There may also be some sense of closure involved in a major situation.

We have another grand trine on September 6, 2017.  This one is in earth signs, so it may help us avoid that escapist desire by grounding us.   It features the sun in 13 degrees of Virgo, Pluto in 16 degrees of Capricorn and Pallas Athena, the asteroid associated with justice in 14 degrees of Taurus.  A Grand Trine in Earth is very favorable for success, especially if any of the players fall in your money houses in your chart, which are the 2nd, 6th and 10th.  I’m not seeing a financial bonanza in my chart with the sun in my 11th house, Pluto in my 3rd and Pallas in my 7th, but I am not crawling under a rock that day, either.

If you are curious as to how this full moon and other planetary aspects are affecting you, please consider getting an astrological reading.  The Services Offered page of my site describes the menu of services that I offer. There is something for everyone.

My site also offers the opportunity to provide a donation in the amount of your choice to demonstrate your support for my blog and daily astrological insights on Twitter at:


A contribution in any amount is deeply appreciated as gratitude is a daily part of my spiritual practice.

Recently I undertook an intensive life purpose coaching training program and became certified as a Life Purpose Coach.  It was an intense, eye-opening experience that changed my life as it caused me to reflect on the story of my life.  But I left it with feelings of hope and light for the future that I want to share with others.  To that end, I am now offering Life Purpose Coaching to my menu of services.  You can read more about it at:


As an astrologer, I have decided to include an interpretation of the north node by sign. Especially with 2017 being a Universal Year 1, this is a marvelous time to navigate a new direction in your life that will fulfill you and your soul’s purpose. If you are feeling stuck and need some help in getting from Point A to Point B in your quest for making positive changes in your life, please email me at lindasim54@gmail.com to schedule a complementary telephone consultation to discover if you are a good fit for this program.  I look forward to hearing from you.

If you are in the Boston area, please consider getting a Reiki treatment at Acupuncture for Everyone in Copley Square to destress, revitalize and remove blockages to healing.  It’s a perfect way to start your weekend off and can also be described as a spa for the soul to boot!   Reiki is the most profound treatment for stress relief because it concentrates on CALMING your body.

For more information on my Reiki services, please see this page on my site:


For my clients who can’t fit Friday into their schedule for a treatment or have difficulty traveling, I have also recently begun doing distance Reiki sessions for them.  I have a conversation with them about what they hope to achieve from a session, we set up a time for the session to take place when they will be in a state to receive healing energy and I follow up with a telephone conversation to discuss their experience and my perception of their blockages.  I have also incorporated a new technique with my distance Reiki treatments since I don’t always have a photo of my client.  I use a teddy bear so that I can scan and focus the healing energy where it is needed. If this appeals to you, please feel free to contact me by email at lindasim54@gmail.com or call me at 617-304-2205.  I am also offering Reiki treatments in the Coolidge Corner section of Brookline on Sunday afternoons.

But the big news is that I have created and launched a new website devoted exclusively to my Reiki practice. Please feel free to check it out at:


I was also featured in the July 3rd edition of Boston Voyager, an online publication that runs a section called Inspiring Stories about local entrepreneurs on its home page.  The Scorpio moon was trining the Cancer sun and Neptune in Pisces on that day, so my story certainly debuted under fitting aspects.  Please feel free to check it out:


Additionally, I launched an endeavor that will deliver my services to you at an affordable cost in the form of package deals.  I am offering four options: Silver, Gold, Platinum and a Tarot special for my tarot clients. Please check it out at:


Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter for my daily astrological insights


Happy Labor Day, everyone!




Friday, August 25, 2017

Saturn Stations Direct and Venus Moves into Leo



Well, the August eclipses are over but there is still plenty of astrological action going on. Saturn in Sagittarius played a major role in the Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017, inspiring me to tweet:
Saturn has been retrograde in Sagittarius since April 5, 2017, but on August 25, 2017, it will station direct in 21 degrees of Sagittarius to complete its transit of Sagittarius. Then Saturn enters its home sign of Capricorn on December 19, 2017.  Have you been feeling frustrated, anxious, restricted, limited and fearful for the past 4 ½ months? Blame it on Saturn Retrograde!  That is about to change because Saturn direct is giving us a green light to move forward.  Now we can actually deal with the fears and doubts that have been holding us back. How cool is that?  We may even wind up with a whole new perspective on any additional responsibilities we have had to assume in the past few months. Clearly, this will be a day of rejoicing and a cause for celebration. 


The moon is in Libra on August 25th and it forms some very favorable aspects. For starters, it conjuncts Jupiter, which is bound to put us in a social, fun loving mood to start the weekend.  It also sextiles Mars in Leo and, TA-DA, it also sextiles Saturn in Sagittarius about 4 hours after Saturn stations direct. Hallelujah! Let’s get moving forward. If the recent eclipses didn’t shake you out of any ruts, complacency, or just feeling plain stuck, this astrological combo should get you moving.  I love it when Saturn plays nice with Mars and Jupiter. And this is due in large part to that peace and harmony loving Libra moon. Jupiter in Libra sextiling Saturn in Sagittarius should be a very favorable influence for hope and faith to align. It encourages manifesting an ideal and bringing more harmony and balance into our lives.

Venus gets in the act on the following day, August 26th, when it moves into Leo. We will all notice the shift in love, values and finances when Venus transits the fun loving fire sign until September 19th.  Venus in Leo brings more drama to love and finances for starters.  Venus in Leo brings fun, indulgence and demands.  It also enhances creativity and childlike enthusiasm but it does have a flip side of temper tantrums.  Competitiveness and excessive pride can also play out while Venus is transiting Leo.  Venus in Leo will draw attention to where you shine. For me, it starts in my 10th house of career before moving into my 11th house of friends, group associations and aspirations.

Venus transiting Leo is definitely an attention craving time as we seek adoration and admiration. It is a time of taking pride in love and can be very romantic. Leo is renowned for its generosity and excess, so some may wind up buying extravagant gifts for their loved ones during its transit. If you are curious as to where you need to shine, please consider getting an astrological reading.

My site also offers the opportunity to provide a donation in the amount of your choice to demonstrate your support for my blog and daily astrological insights on Twitter at:


A contribution in any amount is deeply appreciated as gratitude is a daily part of my spiritual practice.

Recently I undertook an intensive life purpose coaching training program and became certified as a Life Purpose Coach.  It was an intense, eye-opening experience that changed my life as it caused me to reflect on the story of my life.  But I left it with feelings of hope and light for the future that I want to share with others.  To that end, I am now offering Life Purpose Coaching to my menu of services.  You can read more about it at:

As an astrologer, I have decided to include an interpretation of the north node by sign. Especially with 2017 being a Universal Year 1, this is a marvelous time to navigate a new direction in your life that will fulfill you and your soul’s purpose. If you are feeling stuck and need some help in getting from Point A to Point B in your quest for making positive changes in your life, please email me at lindasim54@gmail.com to schedule a complementary telephone consultation to discover if you are a good fit for this program.  I look forward to hearing from you.

If you are in the Boston area, please consider getting a Reiki treatment at Acupuncture for Everyone in Copley Square to destress, revitalize and remove blockages to healing.  It’s a perfect way to start your weekend off and can also be described as a spa for the soul to boot!   Reiki is the most profound treatment for stress relief because it concentrates on CALMING your body.

For more information on my Reiki services, please see this page on my site:


For my clients who can’t fit Friday into their schedule for a treatment or have difficulty traveling, I have also recently begun doing distance Reiki sessions for them.  I have a conversation with them about what they hope to achieve from a session, we set up a time for the session to take place when they will be in a state to receive healing energy and I follow up with a telephone conversation to discuss their experience and my perception of their blockages.  I have also incorporated a new technique with my distance Reiki treatments since I don’t always have a photo of my client.  I use a teddy bear so that I can scan and focus the healing energy where it is needed. If this appeals to you, please feel free to contact me by email at lindasim54@gmail.com or call me at 617-304-2205.  I am also offering Reiki treatments in the Coolidge Corner section of Brookline on Sunday afternoons.

But the big news is that I have created and launched a new website devoted exclusively to my Reiki practice. Please feel free to check it out at:


I was also featured in the July 3rd edition of Boston Voyager, an online publication that runs a section called Inspiring Stories about local entrepreneurs on its home page.  The Scorpio moon was trining the Cancer sun and Neptune in Pisces on that day, so my story certainly debuted under fitting aspects.  Please feel free to check it out:


Additionally, I launched an endeavor that will deliver my services to you at an affordable cost in the form of package deals.  I am offering four options: Silver, Gold, Platinum and a Tarot special for my tarot clients. Please check it out at:


I am extending my Eclipse Special reading until August 31, 2017. . It’s not too late to get your personalized eclipse reading!  You can still obtain some insight on how these game changers are impacting your life by purchasing this reading at:


Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter for my daily astrological insights





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Friday, August 18, 2017

The Great American Solar Eclipse in Leo



Three days and counting until the BIG DAY is here!  That’s right folks, the much awaited solar eclipse in 29 degrees of Leo (rounded up from 28 degrees and 53 seconds)  will occur at 2:30 p.m. on the east coast of the United States.  Those of us on the east coast won’t be able to view it, but all of us will feel its effects, if we haven’t started to already.

It is being called the Great American Eclipse because its shadow, the shadow of the moon, crosses the United States from the northwest to the southeast and touches no other nation. It has been ninety nine years since the last total solar eclipse followed this trajectory.  That one occurred on June 8, 1918 in 17 degrees of Gemini. The world was undergoing massive changes back then too—World War I was ending and the Russian Communist Party was formed after the overthrow of the Czar,

I believe that this eclipse is important because it is propelling us forward on a collective destiny and that there are great lessons to be learned from our history, especially if we don’t care to repeat past mistakes.  The events of the past week, including the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia and President Trump’s bizarre reaction to that rally in his press conference on August 15th, bear that out, On August 15, 2017, I tweeted:
I am no stranger to the intensity of challenging Venus Pluto aspects, being the proud owner of a retrograde Venus in Scorpio square Pluto in Leo aspect.  The opposition of Venus to Pluto triggers the same issues of power struggles, obsession and compulsive behavior

There is also the fact that the last solar eclipse in 29 degrees of Leo occurred on August 22, 1998 and precipitated the impeachment proceedings of President Bill Clinton which began in December 1998.  Don’t forget that the effects of a solar eclipse can be felt for up to one year after the actual date of the eclipse.

But now on to the astrology of the day. One of the major reasons this eclipse is so important to our future is the degree of the eclipse.  Twenty nine degrees of any sign is known as the “critical” degree because there is a sense of urgency in getting the lessons of that sign right.  It can literally be likened to the expression “last call” and this country is certainly in a time of crisis now.  When a planet is in 29 degrees of Leo (and we have both the sun and moon here), we have the full gamut of Leo themes playing out: courage, leadership, creativity, generosity, childlike joy or tyranny, arrogance, pride, self-centeredness, childish tantrums and melodrama. If we want to get it right with this Leo solar eclipse, the message is to let go of the ego and arrogance and live from the heart.  Is it a coincidence that this eclipse conjuncts President Trump’s Mars and Leo ascendant while squaring his Taurus midheaven? 

I also want to emphasize that we have a beautiful Grand Fire Trine in place on the day of the solar eclipse which can be very beneficial. Both the sun and moon in Leo are trining Saturn in 21 degrees of Sagittarius and Uranus in 28 degrees of Aries.  The trine to Uranus can deliver a jolt of inspiration, a sudden event or shock.  But Saturn’s presence can help stabilize and lay a foundation for the changes coming down the pike. Mars and the north node of the moon are also in Leo, adding to the mix and both are sextiling Jupiter in Libra, which is providing lots of enthusiasm and drive for the changes that we seek to implement. A solar eclipse conjunct the north node is indisputably propelling us forward on our collective destiny and Jupiter may well be providing us with opportunities.  Anyone who has planets between 21 and 28 degrees of the fire signs of Aries, Leo and Sagittarius will really feel this energy strongly.

Another complicating feature of this eclipse is Venus in Cancer, which is no astrological lightweight these days.  Just look at what happened a few days ago when it opposed Pluto in Capricorn.  Venus in 23 degrees of Cancer is squaring Jupiter in 20 degrees of Libra and Uranus in 28 degrees of Aries.  This configuration is all about relationship testing, issues of commitment and freedom.  Don’t forget that Jupiter in Libra is challenging Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn on issues of fairness in government.  Jupiter in Libra is imploring us to ensure that inequality in government does not continue. And a solar eclipse in Leo pertains to our leaders, so this is absolutely challenging our concepts of leadership in this country.

Cardinal energy is definitely highlighted during this solar eclipse, courtesy of a Grand Cardinal Cross involving Uranus and Eris in 28 degrees of Aries opposing Jupiter in 20 degrees of Libra and squaring Venus and Ceres in Cancer, which are also opposing Pluto in Capricorn.  The bottom line with this lineup is that we want change NOW.  Cardinal energy is known for its initiating quality and is very much the self-starter.
Retrograde Mercury in Virgo is not standing idly by during this eclipse, either.  It is forming an opposition to retrograde Neptune in Pisces.  With these two mutable planets retrograde during a solar eclipse, beware of “fake news” and don’t take everything you hear at face value.  If you are facing any major decisions in your life, try to put them on hold for a while because revisions may be necessary.

The solar eclipse in 29 degrees of Leo on August 21, 2017 may be triggering some issues or bringing some unfinished business from the lunar eclipse on February 10, 2017 up for review.  For me, that eclipse was conjunct my Pluto in Leo in my 11th house and this eclipse will also conjunct my Pluto.  That will be the case for many of my generation.  But when I think back to February 2017, I remember that was when I began practicing Reiki in a second office.  It may be time for me to take my practice to a new level.  I think it’s a wise move for all of us to reflect upon what was happening to us back in February because wherever this eclipse hits your chart, it will represent a fresh start and a reset for that area of your life.

If you are curious as to how these astrological changes are impacting you or seeking more spiritual insight into your life, please consider getting an astrological reading. An astrological reading can provide valuable insight and tools.  If you are not quite ready for a full blown natal interpretation or a solar return forecast, I also offer a basic astrological reading that will offer insight into your astrological DNA and the major themes in your life by delving into any pressing issues, one question astrological readings and composite couple readings that offer insight into the purpose of a relationship. And I offer shorter transit readings for three and six months. If you purchase a three or six month transit reading, I will .even take a peek at the August 2017 eclipses. The August eclipses promise to be heavy hitters because they will occur in the signs of nodes, Leo and Aquarius.   

My site also offers the opportunity to provide a donation in the amount of your choice to demonstrate your support for my blog and daily astrological insights on Twitter at:


A contribution in any amount is deeply appreciated as gratitude is a daily part of my spiritual practice.

Recently I undertook an intensive life purpose coaching training program and became certified as a Life Purpose Coach.  It was an intense, eye-opening experience that changed my life as it caused me to reflect on the story of my life.  But I left it with feelings of hope and light for the future that I want to share with others.  To that end, I am now offering Life Purpose Coaching to my menu of services.  You can read more about it at:


As an astrologer, I have decided to include an interpretation of the north node by sign. Especially with 2017 being a Universal Year 1, this is a marvelous time to navigate a new direction in your life that will fulfill you and your soul’s purpose. If you are feeling stuck and need some help in getting from Point A to Point B in your quest for making positive changes in your life, please email me at lindasim54@gmail.com to schedule a complementary telephone consultation to discover if you are a good fit for this program.  I look forward to hearing from you.

If you are in the Boston area, please consider getting a Reiki treatment at Acupuncture for Everyone in Copley Square to destress, revitalize and remove blockages to healing.  It’s a perfect way to start your weekend off and can also be described as a spa for the soul to boot!   Reiki is the most profound treatment for stress relief because it concentrates on CALMING your body.

For more information on my Reiki services, please see this page on my site:


For my clients who can’t fit Friday into their schedule for a treatment or have difficulty traveling, I have also recently begun doing distance Reiki sessions for them.  I have a conversation with them about what they hope to achieve from a session, we set up a time for the session to take place when they will be in a state to receive healing energy and I follow up with a telephone conversation to discuss their experience and my perception of their blockages.  I have also incorporated a new technique with my distance Reiki treatments since I don’t always have a photo of my client.  I use a teddy bear so that I can scan and focus the healing energy where it is needed. If this appeals to you, please feel free to contact me by email at lindasim54@gmail.com or call me at 617-304-2205.  I am also offering Reiki treatments in the Coolidge Corner section of Brookline on Sunday afternoons.

But the big news is that I have created and launched a new website devoted exclusively to my Reiki practice. Please feel free to check it out at:


I was also featured in the July 3rd edition of Boston Voyager, an online publication that runs a section called Inspiring Stories about local entrepreneurs on its home page.  The Scorpio moon was trining the Cancer sun and Neptune in Pisces on that day, so my story certainly debuted under fitting aspects.  Please feel free to check it out:


Additionally, I launched an endeavor that will deliver my services to you at an affordable cost in the form of package deals.  I am offering four options: Silver, Gold, Platinum and a Tarot special for my tarot clients. Please check it out at:


The August eclipses are here and I am offering an Eclipse Special reading to give you a personalized interpretation of how both the lunar and solar eclipse will affect you. It’s not too late to get your personalized eclipse reading!  You can get a heads up on these game changers by purchasing this reading at:


Enjoy the eclipse and embrace the changes that it brings to your life.

Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter for my daily astrological insights






Friday, August 11, 2017

Mercury Retrogrades in Between Eclipses


Change is coming our way, as the recent lunar eclipse in Aquarius on August 7th demonstrated. It literally could have manifested as a two-edged sword for many people, inspiring me to tweet on that day:


I don’t know about you, but I am definitely trying to embrace the concept of change being productive and good, and working on eliminating the fairly common fear of change that most of us harbor. So on the following day I tweeted:
It could be that the eclipse in my 4th house forced me to reexamine some old beliefs that were no longer serving me and is helping me to welcome change because when you are in the thick of eclipse season, you simply can’t avoid it.  Yes, it was conjunct my Mars, but I am proud to report that I didn’t explode at anyone, no one close to me died, and there was no visible damage in my home.

But the week between eclipses is always an awkward time as we tend to feel like we are teetering on the edge waiting for the next shoe to drop.  A lunar eclipse tends to be more emotional on a personal level with some sense of closure while a solar eclipse takes it to a more public level with the sense that sweeping changes and new beginnings are possible.

And adding to the cliff-hanging vibe of the week between eclipses, we have Mercury stationing retrograde in 11 degrees of Virgo on August 12, 2017.  It will station direct on September 5, 2017 in 28 degrees of Leo, which is the exact degree of the upcoming solar eclipse on August 21, 2017. Somehow I don’t think this is an astrological coincidence; it simply seems to reinforce the theme that this American Eclipse, as it is being called, will bring major changes and a very active news cycle.  But for those of us who believe in the concept of Mercury Retrograde’s shadow, we began to feel the effects on July 25th and we won’t be entirely free from its grasp until September 20, 2017.  That is the day when Mercury clears the shadow of its retrograde station in 11 degrees of Virgo.

When Mercury stations retrograde, it will be opposing retrograde Neptune in 13 degrees of Pisces. It is common knowledge and a good rule of thumb to follow that one should avoid making important decisions and plans, purchasing electronic devices or cars, signing contracts or accepting a new job while Mercury is retrograde. When retrograde Mercury is opposing retrograde Neptune and they are both in mutable signs, the potential for distrust, fear, deception and suspicion in relationships is amplified.  It can be difficult to discern what is real and what is a literal smokescreen of deception with this aspect. But Mercury in Virgo, one of its home signs, does make it easier to review and analyze during this particular Mercury retrograde if that is any comfort.

Venus in Cancer is actually making some pretty interesting aspects these days which will definitely make this Mercury Retrograde quite memorable.  On August 12th before Mercury stations retrograde, it forms a trine with Neptune in Pisces.  This can provide some much needed compassion and empathy if we are mindful not to over idealize our partners.  On August 15, 2017, Venus in Cancer forms an opposition to Pluto in Capricorn, which can feature an inability to compromise, taking a heavy toll on relationships, finances and values.  And on August 17, 2017, Venus in 19 degrees of Cancer will square Jupiter in 19 degrees of Libra.  Even though this is a square aspect, we may be able to enjoy it because Jupiter will inflate our sense of optimism.  We could really wind up partying a bit too much.  Venus will be entering my 10th house that day conjunct my midheaven, so I am looking forward to it.

If you are curious as to how these astrological changes are impacting you or seeking more spiritual insight into your life, please consider getting an astrological reading. An astrological reading can provide valuable insight and tools.  If you are not quite ready for a full blown natal interpretation or a solar return forecast, I also offer a basic astrological reading that will offer insight into your astrological DNA and the major themes in your life by delving into any pressing issues, one question astrological readings and composite couple readings that offer insight into the purpose of a relationship. And I offer shorter transit readings for three and six months. If you purchase a three or six month transit reading, I will .even take a peek at the August 2017 eclipses. The August eclipses promise to be heavy hitters because they will occur in the signs of nodes, Leo and Aquarius.   

My site also offers the opportunity to provide a donation in the amount of your choice to demonstrate your support for my blog and daily astrological insights on Twitter at:


A contribution in any amount is deeply appreciated as gratitude is a daily part of my spiritual practice.

Recently I undertook an intensive life purpose coaching training program and became certified as a Life Purpose Coach.  It was an intense, eye-opening experience that changed my life as it caused me to reflect on the story of my life.  But I left it with feelings of hope and light for the future that I want to share with others.  To that end, I am now offering Life Purpose Coaching to my menu of services.  You can read more about it at:


As an astrologer, I have decided to include an interpretation of the north node by sign. Especially with 2017 being a Universal Year 1, this is a marvelous time to navigate a new direction in your life that will fulfill you and your soul’s purpose. If you are feeling stuck and need some help in getting from Point A to Point B in your quest for making positive changes in your life, please email me at lindasim54@gmail.com to schedule a complementary telephone consultation to discover if you are a good fit for this program.  I look forward to hearing from you.

If you are in the Boston area, please consider getting a Reiki treatment at Acupuncture for Everyone in Copley Square to destress, revitalize and remove blockages to healing.  It’s a perfect way to start your weekend off and can also be described as a spa for the soul to boot!   Reiki is the most profound treatment for stress relief because it concentrates on CALMING your body.

For more information on my Reiki services, please see this page on my site:


For my clients who can’t fit Friday into their schedule for a treatment or have difficulty traveling, I have also recently begun doing distance Reiki sessions for them.  I have a conversation with them about what they hope to achieve from a session, we set up a time for the session to take place when they will be in a state to receive healing energy and I follow up with a telephone conversation to discuss their experience and my perception of their blockages.  I have also incorporated a new technique with my distance Reiki treatments since I don’t always have a photo of my client.  I use a teddy bear so that I can scan and focus the healing energy where it is needed. If this appeals to you, please feel free to contact me by email at lindasim54@gmail.com or call me at 617-304-2205.  I am also offering Reiki treatments in the Coolidge Corner section of Brookline on Sunday afternoons.

But the big news is that I have created and launched a new website devoted exclusively to my Reiki practice. Please feel free to check it out at:


I was also featured in the July 3rd edition of Boston Voyager, an online publication that runs a section called Inspiring Stories about local entrepreneurs on its home page.  The Scorpio moon was trining the Cancer sun and Neptune in Pisces on that day, so my story certainly debuted under fitting aspects.  Please feel free to check it out:


Additionally, I launched an endeavor that will deliver my services to you at an affordable cost in the form of package deals.  I am offering four options: Silver, Gold, Platinum and a Tarot special for my tarot clients. Please check it out at:

  
The August eclipses are here t and I am offering an Eclipse Special reading to give you a personalized interpretation of how both the lunar and solar eclipse will affect you. It’s not too late to get your personalized eclipse reading!  You can get a heads up on these game changers by purchasing this reading at:


Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter for my daily astrological insights