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Friday, June 15, 2018

Neptune Retrograde with a Grand Water Trine



The retrograde party of Jupiter in Scorpio and Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn is about to welcome a new guest: Neptune in Pisces stations retrograde in 16 degrees of Pisces on June 18, 2018.  Neptune will remain retrograde until November 24, 2018 when it stations direct in 13 degrees of Pisces.

When Neptune is retrograde, our fears and anxieties tend to get internalized because our illusions, dreams and false realities that we have been avoiding are dissolved.  It is definitely a time of illusions getting busted.  It is an ideal (no pun intended) time to reevaluate life’s unpleasant unrealities as issues like fake news, drug use and abuse and privacy come under scrutiny.  The truth of reality can be quite painful if we have been in denial about the truth or if we have been pursuing extreme forms of escapism like drugs, alcohol, or gambling.  Yes, finances are another area of life that we will need to come to terms with when Neptune is retrograde. 

Neptune retrograde has a way of revealing the source of the pain that we have been trying to escape and it can manifest in the form of a new relationship or critical events in our lives.  Feelings of paranoia, self-pity, victimization and social anxiety can also rear their ugly heads during the transit of Neptune retrograde.

But all is not gloom and doom when the foggy, somewhat nebulous transit of Neptune dissolves our illusions.  Neptune stations retrograde under the auspices of a beneficial Grand Water Trine involving Jupiter in Scorpio and Mercury in Cancer.  Mercury in Cancer has been pretty busy since it entered the sensitive water sign on June 12, 2018, inspiring me to tweet:
Mercury in 14 degrees of Cancer will be forming an exact trine with Neptune in 14 degrees of Pisces on June 19th, which will help us to focus on spiritual self-development as we seek out the truth.  Mercury in Cancer is also trining Jupiter in Scorpio on that day, which has the potential to bring good news, a sense of optimism and favors planning and legal matters. Jupiter trining Neptune can bring hope, generosity and a sense of community spirit.  It can also bring enlightenment through dreams or meditation. On June 20, 2018, we will be experiencing the effects of Mercury in Cancer trining Neptune in Pisces, which will enhance communications and make us even more sensitive. This trine also stimulates creativity and spirituality and lends a softer, more empathetic tone to communications.  Trust me on this one, as I have a natal Neptune Mercury conjunction, so pay attention to your dreams and intuition at this time because positive aspects between Neptune and Mercury strengthen our psychic abilities.

The overall effect of this grand water trine involving Neptune in Pisces, Mercury in Cancer and Jupiter in Scorpio is to foster talent and creative potential.  I feel that I am especially blessed by this aspect because Neptune is currently transiting my 5th house of creativity until April 2019.  It is also trining my Scorpio sun and Cancer midheaven, so I fully plan on reaping the benefits of my own personal grand water trine.

I know that I mentioned last week that Mars in Aquarius is starting to slow down as it prepares for its retrograde on June 26, 2018 in 9 degrees of Aquarius.  Mars retrograde can be a frustrating transit and if you would like to get an edge for planning on how to deal with it, I urge you to take advantage of my Mars Retrograde Special reading, which is featured on my Twitter page:

If you are curious as to how all of the planetary changes, including eclipses, Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn retrograde, Jupiter in Scorpio, Chiron in Aries and Uranus in Taurus will be affecting you in 2018, please consider getting an astrological reading.  A transit reading might be just what you need right now to make the most of Jupiter in Scorpio.  Jupiter transits are all about taking advantage of opportunities and if you snooze you lose with Jupiter.  You have to be aware and strike while the iron is hot. 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. 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 3, 2017 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:


I have also revised my package deals and I am now offering two options for package deals: Silver 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, June 8, 2018

Mercury and Venus Change Signs and a Super New Moon in Gemini




Mercury is about to depart its home sign of Gemini on June 12, 2018 to enter the sensitive water sign of Cancer until June 29, 2018.  Mercury in Cancer means that communications will be driven by emotion and not logic, which is a major change from its transit in Gemini.  On June 5, 2018, Mercury and the sun were conjunct in 14 degrees of Gemini, inspiring me to tweet:
When Mercury is in Cancer, information will be processed and expressed on a more instinctive level.  We will definitely be listening and paying attention to our intuition.  We may find ourselves listening with our heart as well as our ears as we feel more comfortable expressing our vulnerabilities.  Mercury in Cancer is an opportunity to get closer to others and share feelings that are more personal than usual. But the down side of Mercury in Cancer is that it will be much more challenging to be objective.

On June 13, 2018, Venus departs the sign of Cancer to enter the fire sign of Leo until July 9, 2018.  We also have a Super New Moon in 22 degrees of Gemini on that day. Venus enters Leo about two hours after the new moon and it will be a big change emotionally from Venus in Cancer.  Venus in Leo has a tendency to remind us that life can be fun, dramatic, and playful as we feel more self-indulgent.  It is a fabulous time for socializing and parties, so make sure you get out there if you are single and looking for someone special.  Venus in Leo is a time to put yourself first, to soak up the admiration of others and to literally shine.  Pride and passion are strong features of Venus in Leo, as is extravagance because Venus in Leo is all about being generous and loving with others.  It also has a tendency to stoke the fires of creativity and re-energize relationships with others.  Leo is a fire sign and is imbued with lots of spontaneous, loving energy and is also a time to focus on getting personal needs met.

The Super New Moon in 22 degrees of Gemini happens at 3:34 p.m. on June 13, 2018.  It is called a Supermoon because it is closer to the earth than other moons and this could manifest in higher tides and have a powerful effect on our consciousness.  Mercury in Cancer is forming a supportive sextile with Uranus in Taurus, which is a positive welcoming influence for new ideas, perspectives and original thinking.  Be receptive to whatever comes through to you during this new moon and set your new intentions carefully, as this is an especially potent new moon.  Personally, this new moon falls in my 9th house and is sextiling my Pluto in Leo and trining my Neptune in Libra, which I am hoping will be spiritually empowering.

The Super New Moon in Gemini also features a T-square between Mercury in 2 degrees of Cancer and Chiron in 2 degrees of Aries with Mercury opposing Saturn in 6 degrees of Capricorn.  T-squares are annoying, but they do have the power to energize us into making necessary changes and preventing us from becoming complacent. Saturn opposing Mercury can trigger themes of being judged or acting judgmentally (Saturn loves to judge) or feeling victimized.  This can result in wounding words, but we have the choice to use our words constructively to heal.  With this kind of energy, it is best to take the high road if possible.

I believe that Mars in Aquarius will be playing a big role in this new moon as well.  Just in case you were not aware that Mars is slowing down for its retrograde phase to begin on June 26, 2018 through August 27, 2018, I am stating it again here.  Mars will have an extended stay in the sign of Aquarius this year due to its retrograde.  It entered Aquarius on May 16, 2018, stations retrograde in 9 degrees of Aquarius on June 26th and doesn’t leave the sign of Aquarius permanently until November 15, 2018.  I will be covering this important transit in more depth later.  Aside from the fact that my natal Mars is in Aquarius (you could say that I have a vested interest in this transit), Mars in Aquarius has been conjunct the south node of the moon in Aquarius in early June 2018.  It will be exact on June 10, 2018 in 7 degrees of Aquarius and Mars will only be 2 degrees away from the south node on June 13, 2018.  When Mars is conjunct the south node of the moon, our desires from the past can resurface and we can find ourselves connecting to past trauma or separation.  Since the south node represents our path of least resistance, we could be dealing with our anger being easily triggered and resorting to habitual assertive reactions.  I believe that this influence of Mars conjunct the south node ties in with the healing theme of the new moon’s T-square.  Many of us may find ourselves in a place where we need to work through our emotional pain to heal during this Super New Moon in Gemini.

If you are curious as to how all of the planetary changes, including eclipses, Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn retrograde, Jupiter in Scorpio, Chiron in Aries and Uranus in Taurus will be affecting you in 2018, please consider getting an astrological reading.  A transit reading might be just what you need right now to make the most of Jupiter in Scorpio.  Jupiter transits are all about taking advantage of opportunities and if you snooze you lose with Jupiter.  You have to be aware and strike while the iron is hot. 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. 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 3, 2017 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:


I have also revised my package deals and I am now offering two options for package deals: Silver 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, June 1, 2018

The Sun and Mercury Hook Up in Gemini and Venus and Pluto Face Off



We are coming off a pretty potent full moon earlier in the week which I tweeted about on May 29, 2018:
But on June 5, 2018, we have two aspects that are incredibly powerful and pretty much set the tone for the day, despite the fact that they both occur after 10:00 p.m.  The sun and Mercury are conjunct in 14 degrees of Gemini at 10:02 p.m. and Venus in 20 degrees of Cancer opposes retrograde Pluto in 20 degrees of Capricorn.  Trust me on this one, these aspects are bound to affect relationships.

When the sun is conjunct Mercury in its home sign of Gemini, communications are heavily emphasized and it is a theme du jour.  It will be a busy time mentally as many of us will literally be living in our minds.  It is very creative energy and can be a time of impressive mental achievement.  But it also holds the potential for extremely effective communication when we have the power to influence people with our speech and written words.  In short, it can be an opportune time for making plans and business deals.  This aspect can impact both personal and business relationships.  I am especially under the influence of this aspect as it exactly conjuncts my Gemini moon in the 8th house.  I certainly hope that it has beneficial effects on communication in both my personal and professional relationships.  It will be very interesting to see how it plays out with my business and if I see an increase in my astrology and psychic readings.  With both the sun and Mercury conjunct my moon in the 8th house, I should be at the top of my intuitive game.

At 10:25 p.m. Venus in 20 degrees of Cancer forms a challenging opposition to retrograde Pluto in 20 degrees of Capricorn.  This is literally a tug of war between opposing forces.  This aspect will place intense pressure on relationships as powerful emotions that have may have been dormant for a while resurface.  Obsession and compulsion are words that come to mind with a challenging Venus Pluto aspect.  Once again, I am no stranger to this kind of energy as I have a Venus Pluto square in my natal chart with Venus retrograde. This energy represents transformation through relationships.

Don’t be surprised if seemingly out of nowhere, you or your partner exhibit feelings of suspicion, paranoia, jealousy or possessiveness.  There could also be a lot of drama going down featuring manipulation, control issues and power plays. If you are unattached, this aspect could manifest in obsessive and compulsive attractions.  Power imbalances and domination will be in the spotlight.  While Venus represents our love relationships, finances and values, Pluto represents power and transformation.   The caveat with Pluto is that in order for transformation to occur, there usually needs to be some level of destruction for the rebirth to occur.  And as I am fond of saying from personal experience, “Rebirth ain’t pretty.”  This is very Scorpionic energy, if I do say so myself.  Venus will be transiting my 10th opposing Pluto in my 4th house, so I have no doubt that this aspect will not go unnoticed in my life either.

I don’t know about anyone else, but Venus in Cancer has been inspiring me to reflect a great deal on the past and history in general. It tends to have a very nostalgic influence. When I started writing this blog about the aspects on June 5th, I realized that June 5th is the 50th anniversary of the shooting of Senator Robert F. Kennedy in 1968.  He died on June 6, 1968.  I realize that many of my readers were not alive on that day and I am certainly dating myself when I say that I remember that time well.  I looked at an ephemeris to see if these aspects occurred back then, and they didn’t.  But one thing was the same-Chiron was in 2 degrees of Aries back in early June of 1968, just like it will be on June 5, 2018.  What can I say but the times are still changing?  In many ways, this time reminds me of the changes that occurred in the 1960’s when I was growing up.  From 2012 through 2015, we experienced seven exact squares between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn.  Uranus and Pluto were both in Virgo from 1963 through 1968 and the peak of their conjunction occurred between 1965-1966.  We are still under the influence of a revolutionary period in our history which may very well culminate in the Saturn Pluto conjunction in 22 degrees of Capricorn on January 12, 2020.  Of course, it is no coincidence that we will be gearing up for another presidential election in the United States in 2020.  Pardon the musings and chalk them up to Venus in Cancer.

If you are curious as to how all of the planetary changes, including eclipses, Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn retrograde, Jupiter in Scorpio, Chiron in Aries and Uranus in Taurus will be affecting you in 2018, please consider getting an astrological reading.  A transit reading might be just what you need right now to make the most of Jupiter in Scorpio.  Jupiter transits are all about taking advantage of opportunities and if you snooze you lose with Jupiter.  You have to be aware and strike while the iron is hot. 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. 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 3, 2017 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:


I have also revised my package deals and I am now offering two options for package deals: Silver 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.