Soul Speak Cards

The collage art I use for each New Moon blog is chosen from my Soul Speak Oracle Cards.
This is a 44 card divination deck and booklet that can be purchased via my website. (see link in right column).

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

New Moon in Libra

  1. On Friday, the 30th of September we'll find the New Moon, at 8:11 PM in EDT. The Sun, and thus our Sun/Moon conjunction, is in the sign, Libra. So the main focus of the energy will be on all things relational, especially close people, and how we manage this dance.  
Libra is an Air sign ruled by Venus. The Libra types (an important influence of Libra in their natal charts) love to keep everything running smoothly when it comes to relationships. They will usually dress well, and they like their homes to reflect their love of harmony, beauty and order. Behind their cool appearance there is a mental tendency (thanks to the Air influence) that keeps their own interests and intentions in mind. They have a keen sense of aesthetics and also can turn on the charm when called for. There is often a penchant for mannerly behavior.

So for the time that the Sun stays under the influence of Libra we will all have lots of opportunities to feel the human longing for relationship and social interactions. We can experience new ways to achieve balancing things in our lives in general. Perhaps we can see and express things in a different way. Some of us might be sparked by the Venus side of Libra into some new level of creativity. 

So on the New Moon I suggest taking this leaning toward positive relationships and make intentions that will benefit our success in these realms.

For those of you who have been fussing about Mercury being retrograde you can relax. Mercury is going forward now, but at a slow pace. Still it's heading in the right direction. There will be a gradual speeding up and all things Mercury will normalize, things can move forward.

Under the influence of Libra we are more open to meeting others half way. It will be easier to see our partners as teammates and to appreciate their contribution to your life.

The art I've chosen for this blog today paints a pretty sweet picture of partnership. It is full of symbols of vitality and beauty. The hands speak for all the things we do to keep things running in an orderly and balanced way. 

Oh, I forgot to mention the planet, Venus, is now in the sign Scorpio. That could make things more interesting in the world of relationships. Could be some intensity you didn't see coming.

I'm missing the companionship of friends here. And you know who you are! Yes, I miss you.Thankfully Katrina and family are settling in here now and we can share an extended family life. 

Love to all,


Sunday, August 28, 2016

Kate's Blog - New Moon in Virgo - September 1st

The Sun has progressed from the playful summer energies of Leo to Virgo's "back to school" days. By Thursday, Sept. 1st we'll be experiencing Virgo's New Moon. This month it's combined with a Solar Eclipse (5:03 am EST) and by the 16th there will be a Lunar Eclipse with the Full Moon in Pisces. These two eclipses in the same month open a powerful door, along with the New Moon, one that will encourage and help us to leave behind things that we've been wanting to.

This could be a relationship, an addictive habit, a negative mindset, a fear or a stuck feeling. You'll know what. This New Moon time (allow for a day on either side of the exact one) the energy slows down, offering a time to be more introspective and take a look at ourselves, to be more honest and open, noticing the things we'd like to change or improve. New Moons offer the most supported and powerful energy for setting intentions.

Each month I create this blog to highlight the energies of the ruling sign with the confidence that this helps us see ourselves from within the flow of present time. You could call it a kind of "be here now" approach. Over the complete 12 months of the year we will have looked at ourselves from 12 very different angles.

The art for this Virgo New Moon mirrors the Virgo quality of wanting to help others. The woman in black I associate with female healers, those intimate with the natural world. Witches and Shamans come to mind. She is an archetype of "the Virgin," she who chooses to be single. She is dedicated to the task of being her own best self, practicing self-love,and demanding her freedom to think and act as an individual. She/he may understand they are called to be an example, an inspiration for others and they focus energy on their spiritual purification.

The owl on her shoulder symbolizes her intimate love of the natural world and her trust in the transfer of higher intelligence through the natural world. Birds, in particular, are seen as messengers between the lower and upper worlds from ancient times to this day.

Virgo is an Earth sign but is ruled by the planet Mercury, associated with the mind and communication of all types. There is a love of order and knowledge. Virgo is an analytical thinker and this can often seem like "critical" from the outside. There are situations where the Virgo point of view can seem to lack empathy.

Another way to see Virgo energy is to study the meaning of the 6th House. It rules the workplace, getting along with co-workers, health, personal self-improvement and helping others. It's here in the 6th that psychology reminds us that our emotional lives strongly affect our health and ability to thrive,

And yet another way to interpret Virgo energy would be through ecology. Many of us are feeling the call to heal and nurture ourselves through better food choices, or buying food directly from growers via farm markets. We are educating ourselves (thank you internet) about the healing use of herbs and super foods while actively boycotting GMO foods or foods we know are traditionally grown with an abundance of pesticides.

I hope some of these Virgo stories can bring to mind ways to look at our own behavior and find something that rings a bell, calls for a deeper look or some "walk your talk" action.

Coming up soon the beneficent planet Jupiter will go from Virgo into Libra, the sign most associated with partnering. For those of you looking in that direction you'll have a year to take advantage of this transit.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

New Moon in Leo on August 2

And now for the celebration of August, a time of summer's peak warmth and the harvest of many of our favorite delicious foods, the sweet and juicy tomatoes, peaches, melons, corn on the cob. It becomes a traditional time for feasting together, playing together and sharing in the outdoors.

It's now that the Sun, ruler of Leo, steps in and takes center stage (from July 22nd until August 22nd. Think of the Sun's energy as everything that's right in our world, He/she's self-assured, generous, 
playful, outgoing and not afraid of being expressive, and they do love being in love.

We can't all be born under the sign of the Sun but it's lucky to have one as a family member or best friend. They are very loyal once they have made a commitment. They like to focus on the bright side of life whenever possible,  but can sink into deep emotional drama when things don't play out their way.

We can only imagine that in ancient times the Sun was IT when it came to a God-like symbol, something to look up to, to see as the ultimate giver of life as humans experienced it then. I think each of us can translate that impressive and essential energy to our own beliefs and experiences of what I'll call the Divine. 

What I'm seeing for a description of this Leo New Moon's energy is a way to integrate the Divine/God aspect of life with ourselves as physical humans and as we find identity in ego personality. How do we trust and remember we are all of that and always that. 

The way I experience this interconnectedness, self with the Divine, is through trust that I am always guided.I feel it as a "gut feeling."I'm sure everyone has their own way of connecting. I suppose I feel depressed or frightened when I can't seem to find that guidance. I's then I feel I'm alone.

This willingness to trust the Divine in ourselves stands out as the most positive gift from Leo energy now. If we see where and when we don't then we might discover who/what it is we are trusting. And how far away from our own deep heart and soul are these "who/whats"? 

Are we letting our egos have too much control? or are we giving too much concern to what people think of us? Do we compare ourselves to others? are we judging ourselves without loving compassion? There are so many ways we can fail to trust our oneness with the Divine, our own pure goodness, our authentic selves.

Let this beautiful New Moon in August spread love, joy and trust in life and in ourselves

Yes, I'm settling in here in Florida, learning how to navigate around in my car. Am missing my family still in NH packing and preparing to join me here in the Sunshine State mid August. There's not a box anywhere to be found in my apartment and I'm proud of that.

with Love,


Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Life should smooth out now that the Sun is in Taurus. This sign is ruled by Venus, for one thing. Her feminine and aesthetic energy slows us down and takes us on a tour of our our home environments, our sense of safety and security and the pleasure we feel (or not?) when we are "at home."

I'll talk about Taurus from different angles and share a look at the chart for this New Moon so that you can more easily envision it when you pause to reflect on your intentions for this upcoming May New Moon. Aligning your intentions with this dominant energy should make them more powerful.

This collage image I chose for this month is named the "Creative One." She is part of the four Astroid Goddesses, each an archetype of the feminine. She speaks for Pallas Athene, daughter of the father God, Zeus. She represents the independent, creative type of woman.

One of the things that comes with Taurus is the Fixed Mode (others: Cardinal and Mutable). By definition this suggests determination, stubbornness and the ability to manifest things by using will power combined with desire. Getting things done Taurus style may look slow but can be more mindful and enjoyable.

Then there's the Earth element that comes with Taurus. This brings to the table the world of nature and natural beauty. When we think of the Earth element we think of solid, grounded things and energies, the opposite of Air. Thus Earth brings us to the body and its sensory side. This opens the discussion to all the ways we involve our bodies in our drive to feel good. Eating, for instance is a grounding thing but also an area where some of us get carried away. Just exposing ourselves to nature with a walk or a hike or a visit to the garden can be balancing and calming.

Our relationship to money is a Taurus topic and not to be overlooked on this New Moon. Taurus likes to feel secure and wants to feel pleased with her situation in life. A Taurus type person will spend hours making the home and yard both beautiful and functional and they can even enjoy themselves while they're at it. They are "earthy" types and get a lot of pleasure from an environment that involves a good degree of connection with nature.

A metaphor for this time is the rooting stage of a new plant. The seeds were planted last month when the Sun was in Aires, begging and pushing for the start of new life. Now the seed has broken it's shell and is beginning to sprout roots which are slowly, in darkness, seeking the depth that will offer them a reliant access to moisture, critical to their ongoing survival and ability to flourish. Not a showy process, but rather quiet, practical and slow. This is Taurus.

A few observation of the New Moon chart: Mercury is retrograde until May 22,  Saturn is also retrograde so it's sitting at 15 degrees Sagittarius, same as last month. There's a Fire Triangle in the chart that connects the New Moon to Jupiter and Pluto by way of trines. This seems very positive so I would shoot for the moon when it comes to making intentions on the 6th.

I want to make a quick report on my trip to the West that I mentioned last month. It all went well and I enjoyed my reunion with friends and with Taos itself while there. I spent the most time in Taos, but I devoted one day studying the housing situation in Santa Fe. I've put myself on several waiting lists for Section 8 housing, one in Santa Fe and several in Taos.

I also spent a couple of days in Sedona but didn't respond well to all the hubbub I felt there. The weather was indeed warm, which I enjoyed.

 The trip helped me gain perspective about how much I enjoy living near my daughter and Charlotte (turns 5 in July). There is some talk about all of us moving to Florida and that would be interesting to check out. I have a sister rooted there who I am close to so that and the weather adds to the appeal if my daughter follows up on her inspiration.

These thoughts and options are taking me to big limbo feeling of late. I will be as curious as anyone as to the outcome of all this fuss about moving this year. Wish me good fortune.

Big love,


Saturday, April 2, 2016

Aries New Moon, April 7th

With the Sun and Moon conjunct at 18 degrees Aries we have a lively New Moon on April 7th that will encourage all kinds of forward moving impulses and desires. 

Winter's inward focus helped us know ourselves more deeply. There's been time to absorb our private moments of truth, to come to terms with our strengths and weaknesses. 

But now we will be wanting to make some moves, take our desires seriously with intention to act according to our values, to walk our talk. If you've been thinking about it and wondering if you could or you should and what effect that might have on them, well, this is the time to give yourself the "go ahead."

 We can use this New Moon as a motor helping us to go where our inspirations and feelings can take us. We have the wind at our backs now. We feel brave. What do you really, really want to make happen?

The ruler of Aries is Mars, the planet that represents the masculine, the direct, the impulsive reach for a need or a desire. You could say this makes for the energy that produces outcome. Here is a place and a time to get things started. The Sun went into Aries on the 20th of March, marking the beginning of Spring. It will still be in Aries until April 19th. So if you have already been feeling this urge forward that helps explain it.  

Venus is also in Aries for now and that can make us more demonstrative around loved ones, more proactive, perhaps protective, or maybe more flirty or playful.

I'm taking a two week vacation from my home here in New Hampshire. I've been saying that I'm not finding myself loving it here. The winters are hard, even when it's mild like this year. So this spring I'm going to break out and visit some places in Arizona and New Mexico where I feel I'd rather be living. So it's a kind of working vacation since there's a mission in mind while I enjoy my return to the West,where it seems I have left my heart.

I'm mentioning these plans so everyone who would like to meet up can speak up. When it comes to friends I'm mostly thinking of Taos, of course. But I'm going to try to open my heart to other possible places to live, such as Sedona, AZ, and even Santa Fe.

I'll be bringing a Section 8 Transportable Voucher with hopes of finding a home that will accept it.

I leave this Monday, the 4th, and will start my journey in Sedona. Will be showing up in Taos around the 9th or 10th and have a flight home on the 19th.

And yes, I planned this trip to happen in the Aries Sun time period. All good wishes are welcome.

Kate (208-309-3083)

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Pisces New Moon Blog - Tuesday, March 8

This Pisces New Moon sets off a series of astrological events that will take us through March. And it leads the parade with punch because it also is timed to include a Solar Eclipse. I'm not sure where that can be seen. You'll have to look it up. But from an astrology viewpoint eclipses are big events. If you haven't thought much about it I'll mention that New Moons and Eclipses go together because they both mark an exact meeting of the Sun and the Moon. Not every New Moon is also an eclipse of course.

But eclipses can make sure some big change will occur. The energy is a lot like the planet, Uranus. There will be a wake-up call, a surprise, a shake-up. The energy is demanding change by way of a step up to some higher level. This might be experienced as new insight, a new big picture,  or a higher vibrational field. It may seem like things are moving "fast forward". And when it comes to change under this influence there will be no going back.

What I try to do with this monthly blog is help others to visualize the energy field of the place where the New Moon falls (in this case: 18 degrees Pisces. According to my belief each New Moon offers a period of several days where setting intentions for ourselves will be the most fruitful. This happens once each month. It is considered THE dark time and overall there is less energy available so it's a good time to make time to consciously slow down and reflect on how our lives are going for us. If something is troubling us or not working out as planned we can use the practice of setting intentions to steer ourselves into a more positive direction. 

So now lets look at the energy of Pisces and see how its ruler, Neptune, can inform or expand our vision of reality. Neptune rules the unconscious mind, the inner self, the higher self. It's highly sensitive to environment and other people's energy. Pisces people are the psychic sponge type. Neptune rules any attempt to avoid every day consensus reality, like addictions large and small, including, of course, substance abuse. People highly influenced by Neptune have trouble getting excited about the material world. They are more attracted to music, art, poetry, mysticism, devotion and spiritual wisdom. 

Pisces is a water sign, like Cancer and Scorpio. In astrology water means emotions and usually the ability to feel those of others as well as our own. This can expand into compassion and empathy, our potential to feel the truth that we are "all one." Did I forget magic, intuition, love of natural beauty?

One way we can get the most from this information about Pisces is to note where 18 degrees Pisces falls on your natal chart. In my case it falls in my 1st House. Since I'm a Pisces Sun person this is going to light up that Pisces Sun and its powerful placement just below the Ascendent. When a person's natal Sun lands in the 1st House there is an added influence of Mars, a masculine energy. So there is always a contradiction in me, from "see me" to don't see me." I do have a direct style of speaking and going after what I want. These are not typical Pisces traits. I'm sure I have others as confused as I am most of the time. Honestly there's no knowing how this Eclipse/New Moon opportunity will affect me. I'm just going to tell the Universe what I desire and trust I can sustain my personal belief that I deserve it.

Looking at my wall calendar I've marked March 20 for the Spring Equinox, when the Sun goes into Aries. This marks the beginning of the yearly cycle of 12 planets of which Aries is #1, kind of a reset button. From the viewpoint of astrology this is THE"new year." This is also a good time to visualize this new beginning and set intentions since Aries really knows best how to get things going in a new direction. Then on the 27th comes Easter, always on a Sunday. It's a sweet holiday if you have youngsters to decorate eggs with. My granddaughter, Charlotte, is 4 years old and will be the perfect age for all that comes with that tradition. 

While we take time sorting out our new intentions it might be a good idea to remember our guides and/or angels. They work 24/7 to support us and they've got to appreciate a "thank you."
I see this New Moon having wings to move us further/higher along toward a trust in life, an embrace of its mystery.

Until next time,


Friday, February 5, 2016

New Moon in Aquarius - February 8

First, please accept  my apology for the absence of a New Moon blog last month. There's no dramatic story to justify the lapse, I just forgot. 

For this New Moon in Aquarius we'll take a look at the energies of the sign and see how they can lead us to creating our strongest intentions. Let's start with a look into the history and properties of the planet that rules Aquarius, Uranus.

In Greek mythology Saturn robbed his father, Uranus, of the domination of the world. Uranus was then given the rulership of the heavens. In many traditional American Indian beliefs the Sun is seen as a hole in the sky behind which is the real Sun. They were talking about Uranus. Thus there is no planet more powerful than Uranus (even the Sun). One thing we know about the effects of Uranus on our chart, and in Uranian transits, is that you can expect the unexpected. Uranus never leaves you where it found you. It never takes anything from you without giving you something better in its place. It frees you from the ruts in order to bring new growth, expansion and new experiences. 

Where we know Saturn to be the lawmaker, Uranus is the lawbreaker, in the sense of not conforming merely because he is expected to do so. If you have a strong presence of Aquarius in your chart you will be an individualist, one who trusts their inner authority, not that of the outer world of appearance. You will value spirit over form. 

I've often mentioned how Saturn's cycle around the zodiac is something to watch. It usually takes about 2 1/2 years to move through one of our chart's houses. It's always good to know which house is being affected because you may be experiencing challenges in the realm of that particular House.  Right now Saturn is at 14 degrees Sagittarius. 

You can also track the movement of Uranus through your Houses and expect the unexpected in whatever is the realm of the affected House.

Using my chart as an example, At 14 degrees Aries I now have Saturn moving into my 10th House which rules career, one's place and individual purpose in society. I may be called to work with more determination and structure in my dual careers as an artist and an astrologer. On the other hand if I have worked well and with correct intention for some time I may begin to feel respect and interest in my work and a fresh sense of achievement.

So when we talk about the Age of Aquarius what it brings to light is Uranus' power to make change. Uranus has been in the sign Aries since 2011 and that marked the beginning of an energetic shift. Things were stepped up. Today Uranus is located at 17 degrees Aries and it is square Pluto (itself a very powerful energy), a square I've talked about for some time now. A lot of disrupting and disturbing things have happened on our planet so far in this New Age. Sometimes you can only hope people learn from mistakes? On the other hand I do see positive insights and changes. I was born with my Moon exactly conjunct Uranus so I have always felt it was "meant-to-be" that I was born in these times.

People similar to me, with a strong Uranian influence are generally strong-willed individuals who feel they are receiving guidance from a higher realm of intelligence. They are more interested in the present and future than the past. They tend to be philosophical about life's ups and down and look for company with others who are like them or appreciate them. They are not particularly sentimental or romantic and value their independence.

Looking at the art I picked for this blog I see a woman of strength and purpose sitting alone with a star over her head. The star symbolizes her self esteem and  her trust in life's inherent goodness. 

So with all this talk of Uranus I hope you can be inspired to bring  up some of your topics those that are related to your own issues and use the timing of this month's New Moon to strengthen your resolve to welcome the power of change and growth into your agenda.