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Friday, March 17, 2017

Make Way for the Ram as Aries Season Kicks into High Gear


Are you feeling cranky lately? If so, there is a perfectly cogent explanation.  We are heading into Aries season.  The Sun enters Aries on March 20, 2017, but Venus is already in Aries and Mercury entered Aries on March 13, 2017, inspiring me to tweet:

I don’t know about you, but I felt that Mercury in Aries energy immediately.  Maybe because Mercury’s entrance into Aries inconjuncted my natal Mercury in Scorpio and I became quite testy and cranky.  Let’s face it, both Aries and Scorpio are ruled by Mars, so communication can get downright cantankerous and hot-tempered.  The least little thing set me off that day and continues to.  And Venus in Aries, a sign of its detriment, is also known for being somewhat disagreeable. For me, maybe it’s just a case of little too much fire energy mixing with my Scorpio energy.  It reared its ugly head on March 16th too when the Scorpio moon inconjuncted Venus in Aries.  On that day I tweeted:
On March 18, 2017, Mercury will conjunct Venus in Aries.  This too can be a somewhat edgy vibe as it gives us pause to review old relationships and friends in a positive light. Venus is still retrograde, so that theme of review is still up for grabs. Mercury in Aries does give us the courage to speak up and express what is on our mind.  But Mercury and Venus conjunct still has the power to conjure up some good manners.  I am planning a birthday celebratory luncheon with a friend and plan to have a good time and behave myself.
The Sun enters the sign of Aries on March 20, 2017 at 6:29 a.m. and is also known as the Spring Equinox or the first day of Spring.  For many of us on the east coast of the United States, that may not provide much comfort given the recent nor’easter storm we just experienced this past week.

But before everyone thinks that I hate the sign of Aries, let me set the record straight.  Aries is the first sign of the zodiac and it is only fitting that it be associated with the season of spring.  The symbol for Aries is the ram, and it has many positive qualities.  Aries is active, direct, courageous, aggressive, energetic and quite innovative, given that it is a cardinal sign.  Cardinal signs are movers and shakers, no doubt about it.  Aries is the perfect sign to initiate new projects and is a born entrepreneur.  If you want a fresh start, count on an Aries to give it to you because blazing new trails is in their astrological DNA.  Aries is the cardinal sign ruled by Mars, so it goes with the territory that it can at times be impulsive, impatient and possess a sharp temper and quick fuse.   One really positive thing about that sharp temper is that it does not have a tendency to hold grudges.  An Aries temper may blow hot, but it blows over quickly.  It is definitely not in the same league as Scorpio, whose temper simmers, stuffs their feelings and holds grudges big-time.  So on many levels, I am very grateful for that Aries energy emerging and literally giving us a breath of fresh air. 

And don’t forget that Venus is still retrograde in Aries.  It remains in Aries until April 4. 2017 when it slides back into its sign of exaltation, Pisces. But Venus re-enters Aries on April 29, 2017 in direct motion until June 6, 2017.  So Venus has an extended tour in the sign of Aries this year.  It started in my 5th house and will enter my 6th house on May 23, 2017.  If you are curious as to how this Venus retrograde transit is impacting you, please consider purchasing my Venus Retrograde special for only $25.  Just email met at lindasim54@gmail.com to request it.


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 and house placement as part of my coaching program.  After all, The New Year, especially a Universal Year 1, 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 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 and 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 eclipses of 2017. We recently experienced the February eclipses, but the August eclipses promise to be heavy hitters.  You can learn more about my menu of astrological services, including 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.

The north node in Virgo has an underlying theme of service to others.  In that spirit of pursuing my path as a healer, I am still channeling that Virgo north node energy by offering my Reiki services.  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:


I have recently joined the International Center for Reiki Training Membership Association.

Please feel free to learn more about this wonderful organization at:

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 also began seeing clients on Sunday afternoons in Coolidge Corner, Brookline for Reiki treatments on February 5, 2017.  I actually signed the paperwork on the office sublet on January 27th, the day of the new moon in Aquarius, and when I opened for business on February 5th, Venus was in Aries in my 6th house.  Talk about working that entrepreneurial spirit!   You can learn more about my expanded practice, including the hours and address at:


I have also 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 at:






Friday, March 10, 2017

A Whole Lotta Earth Energy as Mars Enters Taurus and a Full Moon in Virgo



The planetary ambience is taking on a whole new dimension these days as the element of earth joins the fire and water party.  We still have the sun, Mercury, Chiron and Neptune in Pisces, but the sun and Mercury will be leaving Pisces soon. Saturn is still in Sagittarius and Uranus remains in Aries, but Mars has officially left the sign of Aries.  It entered the earth sign of Taurus on March 9th, inspiring me to tweet:
Mars is not comfortable in Taurus because the slow, plodding, stubborn traits that describe Taurus are not a good fit for the action oriented planet of Mars.  Mars is much more comfortable in Aries and Scorpio, but perhaps on some level we should be grateful that Mars has left the impetuous, impulsive sign of Aries because it certainly stirred up a great deal of restless cardinal energy since it entered Aries on January 28th.  Mars in Taurus is much more cautious and measured.  It is literally in the game for the long haul but its slow and steady approach can still generate much anger and frustration nonetheless because it values the end result more than the process.  But what else can you expect from Taurus, which is ruled by Venus?  This also means that while Mars is transiting the sign of Taurus until April 20, 2017 that we may find ourselves more attracted to material goods and the finer things in life. 

On March 12, 2017 we have an extremely intense full moon in 22 degrees of Virgo.  This particular full moon involves two signs, the sun in Pisces and moon in Virgo, hat contain themes of service to others.  Our dreams and sense of spirituality (Pisces) are colliding with the practicality of the Virgo moon. If we are to make optimal use of this full moon energy, we need to work that Pisces sun to reflect on our dreams while paying attention to the details that Virgo is so renowned for.  A major theme of this full moon in Virgo is to achieve a sense of balance and get it right so that we can indeed manifest our dreams.

Ironically, Mars in Taurus will be helping us during this full moon because it will be trining the north node in Virgo and sextiling the south node in Pisces.  It is a stabilizing force with that Virgo moon and its easy, flowing aspects to the nodes of the moon supports us on our spiritual path to move forward and release what is no longer serving us. It is a boost of energy that kicks that karmic baggage to the curb.

There is more earth energy involved in this Virgo full moon.  It also forms a beautiful trine aspect to Pluto in Capricorn.  The trine to Pluto in Capricorn facilitates deep transformation by granting us access to deep reserves of power and strength that we may not have known we possessed. 

We also have some cardinal energy adding to the mix during the full moon.  The ongoing opposition between Jupiter in Libra and Uranus in Aries increases our desire for excitement and personal freedom.   So this will not be a dull full moon!

The Pisces planets also feature prominently in this full moon.  Besides the sun, Chiron and Mercury in Pisces get in on the act.  Chiron in 24 degrees of Pisces conjuncts the sun and opposes the moon in Virgo, reminding us not to let our emotions and old wounds get the best of us.  But Mercury in Pisces squaring off with Saturn in Sagittarius is also a key player in this full moon.  This aspect will definitely pose major challenges to communications and provide a big time reality check.  It can be a somewhat frustrating time, especially if we feel like we are running into brick walls, but the key to surviving and prospering as a result of this aspect is to give up our resistance.  Don’t ever forget that Pisces is all about surrender. We may not be able to control what is happening in the world these days, but we can adopt a policy of surrendering to it and trusting that we do have a choice and free will in terms of how we respond to certain situations.  Do we act out of fear and anxiety or do we respond with the courage to move forward?

This full moon in Virgo is falling in my 12th house and I am certainly hoping that I can have the courage to embrace the high spiritual road.   The moon will be sextiling my sun and retrograde Venus in Scorpio while the Pisces sun trines them.  But Mercury and Chiron in Pisces are also trining not only my sun and Venus in Scorpio, but also my Cancer midheaven and retrograde Uranus in Cancer. A highly emotional grand water trine.  It is still up for grabs as to how this will play out for me.  I have been known to have meltdowns on previous Virgo full moons, so I am trying to be mindful of the potential havoc it can wreak.  The 12th house can be an astrological wild card, so to speak.

The full moon in 22 degrees of Virgo will be forming an exact T- square to President Donald Trump’s sun in 22 degrees of Gemini.  With both the moon and sun squaring his natal sun, this could manifest in even more outrageous behavior and adopting the victim/martyr role on an even more elevated level.  The blame game could rise to unprecedented heights this coming weekend.

Mercury leaves the sign of Pisces and enters Aries on March 13, 2017.  The gloves will be off and communication takes on a more urgent, immediate gratification vibe.  No more sugar coating like with Mercury in Pisces.  Communication will be swift and direct.  And the next Mercury retrograde will feature Mercury in Aries for a portion of its duration.  Mercury will enter Taurus on April 1st, but will station retrograde in 4 degrees of Taurus on April 9th and re-enter Aries on April 29th during the Mercury retrograde transit.  Mercury will station direct in 24 degrees of Aries on May 3, 3017 and re-enter Taurus on May 16, 2017

If you are wondering how this full moon or the Venus Retrograde transit will be affecting you, please consider getting an astrological reading with me.  I am currently offering a Venus Retrograde special for only $25.  Just email me at lindasim54@gmail.com and request the Venus Retrograde special.

Don’t forget to turn the clocks ahead this weekend as Daylight Savings Time begins on Sunday, March 12, 2017!


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 and house placement as part of my coaching program.  After all, The New Year, especially a Universal Year 1, 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 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 and 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 eclipses of 2017. We recently experienced the February eclipses, but the August eclipses promise to be heavy hitters.  You can learn more about my menu of astrological services, including 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.

The north node in Virgo has an underlying theme of service to others.  In that spirit of pursuing my path as a healer, I am still channeling that Virgo north node energy by offering my Reiki services.  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:


I have recently joined the International Center for Reiki Training Membership Association.

Please feel free to learn more about this wonderful organization at:

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 also began seeing clients on Sunday afternoons in Coolidge Corner, Brookline for Reiki treatments on February 5, 2017.  I actually signed the paperwork on the office sublet on January 27th, the day of the new moon in Aquarius, and when I opened for business on February 5th, Venus was in Aries in my 6th house.  Talk about working that entrepreneurial spirit!   You can learn more about my expanded practice, including the hours and address at:


I have also 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 at:








Friday, March 3, 2017

Venus Retrogrades for a Relationship Reset


Prepare for a reset period in your relationships, values and finances because Venus will be stationing retrograde in 13 degrees of Aries on March 4, 2017 through April 15, 2017 when it stations direct in 27 degrees of Pisces.  Some of you may already be experiencing this reevaluation period because Venus entered the retrograde shadow period on January 30, 2017. Venus clears its retrograde shadow period on May 19th in 13 degrees of Aries.

Venus doesn’t retrograde very often; it only happens about every 18 months.  The last time it happened was from late July through early September of 2015 in the signs of Virgo and Leo.  Venus retrograde doesn’t wreak the havoc that the notorious Mercury retrograde inflicts because that one occurs four times a year.  And because of its rare occurrence, less people are born with Venus retrograde; approximately 1 in 10 people have it in their natal chart.  I am in that category, so this is a very personal topic for me.

What can you expect when Venus is retrograde?  For starters, don’t be surprised if old lovers turn up seemingly out of the woodwork.  I always advise my clients not to get married during a Venus retrograde because this particular transit has a way of making you reevaluate your relationships, in addition to your finances and values, which also come under the jurisdiction of Venus.  Venus retrograde will force you to reevaluate your relationships and priorities to determine what makes you happy.  What makes you happy during a Venus retrograde may not be the case when Venus stations direct.  In January I watched a fascinating webinar with Michael Lutin on Pluto and Chiron and he dispensed some sage advice on the upcoming Venus retrograde.  He recommended writing down your feelings on love now and sealing it in an envelope to be opened on April 20, 2017.  Why April 20th and not April 15th, when Venus stations direct?  Because retrograde Saturn in Sagittarius will be squaring Venus in Pisces on that day and there is no way of avoiding reality when Saturn is involved.

Venus is not a happy camper in Aries due to it being in one of its signs of detriment.  The other sign where Venus is in detriment is Scorpio, which I also have.  And Venus in Virgo is in fall, which was the scene of the last Venus retrograde in 2015.  Venus in Aries is very me focused, which doesn’t bode well for relationships. But having Venus retrograde in Aries may increase our awareness of any imbalances in relationships, such as one person is doing too much giving. The most constructive action that you can take during the Venus retrograde in Aries period (until April 2nd) is to appreciate yourself and avoid becoming too narcissistic.  And watch out for anger to erupt too because Aries has no problem expressing anger. When Venus enters Pisces on April 2, 2017, it will be in its place of exaltation.  Venus in Pisces is a more selfless placement and compassion just seems to flow naturally.

I also caution my clients to be careful about embarking on new relationships when Venus is retrograde.  Relationships begun under the auspices of a Venus retrograde may be based more on physical attraction rather than true compatibility. .This could definitely be the case during this particular Venus retrograde because it begins in Aries, the ruler of Mars. Try to be realistic about meeting your soulmate under this transit; the likelihood is just not that strong.  You don’t want to wake up on April 20th when Venus in Pisces is direct and squaring Saturn in Sagittarius moaning, “What was I thinking and who is this person next to me?”

Venus also rules finances and values, so they are also subject to the process of reevaluation and reset.  If you get involved with someone during the Venus retrograde and they don’t share your values, conflicts could emerge when Venus is direct.  I also advise my clients not to purchase any luxury items during a Venus retrograde because you may find your tastes totally changed by the time Venus is direct.  If you must indulge, be sure there is a generous return policy. The only exception to this rule is if you buy something that is used because it tends to represents a valued item that belonged to someone else.  It is well documented that many people find great bargains at estate sales, yard sales and flea markets during Venus retrograde. So there is a way of shopping without suffering buyer’s remorse.  And since Venus also rules beauty, it’s not a great time for a huge change in one’s appearance.  Don’t get your hair cut too short or you may crying about it in April when Venus is direct.  And postpone any cosmetic surgery if you can.  That new nose or face may not suit you in April or May.

The Venus retrograde transit will be happening in my 6th house, so I am anticipating a reevaluation and reset of my daily routine, health and work.  I do have several doctor’s appointments scheduled during March and while I hope these checkups deliver good news, I know that if any problems are found, I am responsible for initiating a reset to get back on track if necessary.

If you are curious as to how this extended Venus retrograde in Aries and Pisces period will affect you, please consider getting an astrological reading with me.  A little insight is always a powerful tool.  Just ask for the Venus Retrograde Special, which will be $25 through the month of April 2017.  Contact me directly at lindasim54@gmail.com.

Mars in Aries has been pretty busy recently too. Mars in Aries has been causing a great deal of turmoil since the February eclipses.  On February 27, 2017 Mars in Aries opposed Jupiter in Libra, prompting me to tweet:

But Mars in Aries will be delivering some positive vibes on March 5, 2017 when it trines Saturn in Sagittarius in 26 degrees of their respective signs.  This aspect will sharpen our focus and reward us for our hard work and following the rules.  I love it when we get an aspect with themes of productivity and reaping rewards.  This aspect also forms a grand fire trine with my Pluto in Leo, so I am looking forward to it.  I wish all of my readers a productive, rewarding day.

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 and house placement as part of my coaching program.  After all, The New Year, especially a Universal Year 1, 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 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 and 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 eclipses of 2017. We recently experience the February eclipses, but the August eclipses promise to be heavy hitters.  You can learn more about my menu of astrological services, including 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.

The north node in Virgo has an underlying theme of service to others.  In that spirit of pursuing my path as a healer, I am still channeling that Virgo north node energy by offering my Reiki services.  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:


I have recently joined the International Center for Reiki Training Membership Association.

Please feel free to learn more about this wonderful organization at:

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 also began seeing clients on Sunday afternoons in Coolidge Corner, Brookline for Reiki treatments on February 5, 2017.  I actually signed the paperwork on the office sublet on January 27th, the day of the new moon in Aquarius, and when I opened for business on February 5th, Venus was in Aries in my 6th house.  Talk about working that entrepreneurial spirit!   You can learn more about my expanded practice, including the hours and address at:


I have also 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 at: