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July 17- July 23
Happy Birthday, Leo!

Leo, is this the sign we love to love, or love to hate? Or is it both? It seems to me this is one of those signs people always have strong feelings about. Sort of like celebrities, politicians, and movie stars; we have a tendency to elevate them to super-human status and put them on pedestals. But if there is one thing we seem to enjoy more than putting them up there, it’s probably knocking them off! We humans are a complex and entertaining species!

Ruled by the Sun, Leo tends to take on those characteristics of being the center of the universe. Leo is the proud, bold, roaring lion who is most comfortable in the center ring. This is the sign of radiance and creativity. When I think of Leo, I am reminded of the statement, ‘birds don’t sing for the applause’. For Leo, it can be a dilemma. There is a strong need for self-expression and a need for approval and recognition. How do we find that balance in our lives? How do we get to the point where we do what we do for the pleasure of it, without needing someone else’s ok or stamp of approval?

There is nothing quite so beautiful and impressive as a happy, content, confident, noble, and self assured lion. It’s like gazing on the perfect rose or sunset, ideal in its unique and unassuming ability to be just what it is. These lions are generous, kind, affectionate and social.

The needs, qualities, and characteristics of Leo resonate with all of us. Some of us truly do aspire to the Leo ability to lead and inspire. Others, we just want to be seen, heard, recognized and loved. There is usually nothing quiet and demure in the roar of Leo the Lion expressing pleasure and pride in himself. How loud do you want to roar?

This week we truly move into the season of Leo with a triple play. Mars, the planet of motivation and action leaves homey Cancer on Thursday looking to make a big splash in dramatic and self-expressive Leo. Mars warms to the energetic vibration of Leo with strength, vigor, will-power and the desire to be the biggest, brightest and most influential star in the galaxy. Watch for an upsurge of passion, inspiration, and physical energy.

We are excited and passionate when Mars is in Leo, aspiring to higher goals and manifestations. The shadow of Leo is pride or lack of humility. We can get so caught up in ourselves, we ignore our weaknesses and mistakes and can be oblivious to those around us. There is a fine balance to strike with Mars in Leo, recognizing our nobility and greatness while not denying the same in others.

On Saturday, the Sun’s entry into its home sign of Leo is a clear calling to follow our inner inspiration. It’s time to be playful, gregarious, and social and express ourselves in big and bold ways.

The love affair with Leo continues on Sunday with a New Moon. There is something fresh, charming, charismatic, and entertaining about a new Moon in sunny Leo. We are less likely to experience the shadow of Leo, bragging, entitlement or arrogance as the New Moon seems much too innocent to know anything about these attitudes or behavior. Think of a talented and / or precocious child full of life, wonder and awe who inspires joy and laughter in others. Of course someday they will be too old to get away with acting so naïve or self-centered, but for the time being, we are attracted to this joyful and self-confident energy.

With both the Sun and Moon sitting right next door to willful Mars, the energetic punch of this New Moon is taken up a notch. Dare to dream big. Think about what you would most want to be known and admired for. How do you make the world sparkle and sing? What do you love about yourself? What are your special gifts, talents, and abilities? What is your unique self-expression that the rest of us can’t do without?

Until next week, let go and wear loose clothes.

Magician Inspiration for the Week: Nelson Mandela born July 18, 1918. As we enter the season of Leo, the sign of leadership and inspiration, Mandela seems an obvious choice. However, note this civil rights hero and advocate for human rights was born with Sun, not in Leo, but in Cancer. However, he has plenty of Leo represented by Neptune, Saturn, and Mercury transiting through this dramatic and self-expressive sign.

 

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MONDAY
JULY 17
MOON in TAURUS

When it comes to making big or important purchases today, my best advice is give it a rest. Venus the planet of values, influencing our attitudes and behaviors around money, makes a jarring square with Neptune. Although we could make some very charitable and altruistic choices, chances are we might be a bit confused by the details or not clear in our intentions. Despite the fact we are under the influence of a money-savvy Taurus Moon we would be better off saving these decisions for another day.

Intentions might be admirable, or maybe not. If you are feeling pressured into making a decision around money or love, there could be an element of manipulation involved that muddies the water. This is a good time to think more consciously about how we use money, resources, our affections and our appetites. Do we control them, or do they control us? Do we use money, love, affection or the promise of security to try to influence or control others? Do they use these same elements to exert power over us?

Tonight Mars, the planet of action, squares Uranus. This is the definition of unpredictable! Actions may have consequences we don’t expect, good or bad. As above, resist the urge to be pressured into something that makes you uncomfortable or that feels too risky.

Do you remember the old Calgon commercial with the frantic woman treating herself to a relaxing bubble bath? ‘Calgon take me away!’ This is what we all need today. Let’s take a break from the rat race, plop a couple of juicy cucumber slices on our eyelids, and sit back for a good soak. Maybe a mud bath would be interesting. Even big problems shrink in size when we are willing to turn our attentions somewhere else, and preferably to some much needed downtime. During meditation, reflection, or an afternoon nap, answers may be revealed.

Daily Muse: Music is a lady that I still love because she gives me the air that I breathe. We need all sorts of nourishment. And music satisfies and nourishes the hunger within ourselves for connection and harmony. (Yusuf Islam, formerly Cat Stevens born July 21, 1948)

TUESDAY
JULY 18
MOON in TAURUS

Moon Void of Course 11:11 pm (PDT) – 12:31 am Wednesday morning

There is a time and place for keeping quiet and guarding our secrets, but maybe not today. Some sweet and tender planetary alignments whisper that we can forge alliances and find acceptance and forgiveness when we are willing to be vulnerable. Venus in Gemini has high expectations as she aligns with lucky Jupiter in the relationship sign of Libra; and Mars feels unusually kindhearted as he aligns with Chiron the wounded healer.

Sharing our worries, fears, and regrets with a discerning and supportive listener can do wonders for changing our perceptions and releasing emotional and psychological baggage. Don’t take this as permission to simply unload on someone else, and don’t let someone use you as a sounding board if you are feeling used or abused. Authentic self-expression builds bridges and cements friendly and loving relationships.

Daily Muse: The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them. (Ernest Hemingway born July 21, 1899)

Today on Simpletales I’m happy to welcome co-hosts, ‘Angel with an Edge’, Elizabeth Lindsey and Psychic Channel, Kay Dragon to take the controls. These are not your everyday psychics! This dynamic duo is provocative and entertaining. You can find them live today at 10 am Pacific – 1 Eastern on 12Radio.com.

 

WEDNESDAY
JULY 19
MOON in TAURUS/GEMINI

Moon enters Gemini 12:31 am (PDT)

There is a call to honesty and integrity today as the Moon enters talkative Gemini and Gemini’s ruling planet Mercury, aligns with Saturn. Tom foolery will not be allowed! It’s a good day for making plans and discussing ideas. Working collaboratively with others tends to be more successful than going it alone. We don’t know, what we don’t know! Believing that we are infallible or are the special designated ones with the key to the truth can get us into trouble. If you suspect someone is holding out on you or keeping secrets, you are probably right. Consider your intentions and motivations in all communications; don’t judge, just observe.

Daily Muse: There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self. (Ernest Hemingway born July 21, 1899)

THURSDAY
JULY 20
MOON in GEMINI

Moon Void of Course 10:40 pm (PDT) – 1:09 am Friday morning
Mars enters Leo 5:20 am (PDT)

We need to keep on our toes today as life requires a balancing act that would make even a professional tight rope walker cringe. But we can do it! In true Gemini fashion, the Moon is dancing with multiple partners keeping the emotional energy bouncing. Interspersed in these tempo changes, Venus also in Gemini is feeling controlled and manipulated by a stringent connection to Pluto. The Sun’s square to rebellious Uranus puts fuel on the fire of wanting to break all the rules and simply escape into a world of our own making. Both of these aspects can stress relationships of all kinds; however this energy is not particularly unusual or unfamiliar. Learning to live our lives in tandem with others is the name of the game on this planet!

Everyday responsibilities may feel overwhelming; to say that we need to multi-task to get everything done, is an understatement! The Sun’s positive and healing alignment with Chiron comes to our rescue reminding us it’s not our challenges that defeat us, it’s our attitudes.

And did I forget to mention? Mars, the planet of motivation and action leaves homey Cancer and is looking to make a big splash in dramatic and self-expressive Leo. This is the first of three Leo energy shifts this week; more to follow. Mars in Leo is energetic as if receiving its vitality and script directly from the Sun. In fact, the Sun is the planetary ruler of Leo from which we derive many of the Leo qualities. These include self-confidence, vigor, strength, will power and the desire to be the biggest, brightest and most influential star in the galaxy.

We are excited and passionate when Mars is in Leo, aspiring to higher goals and manifestations. The shadow of Leo is pride or lack of humility. We can get so caught up in ourselves, we ignore our weaknesses and mistakes and can be oblivious to those around us. There is a fine balance to strike with Mars in Leo, recognizing our nobility and greatness while not denying the same in others.

Daily Muse: There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. (Nelson Mandela born July 18, 1918)

 

FRIDAY
JULY 21
MOON in GEMINI/CANCER

Moon enters Cancer 1:09 am (PDT)

We may be a bit nostalgic today as the Moon slips into its home sign of Cancer in time to bid the Cancer solar cycle goodbye (The Sun starts a new cycle in Leo tomorrow.) We are also near the end of the lunar cycle with the New Moon in Leo on Sunday. Looking at the past or doing activities that link us with good memories and loved ones are popular today. Treasuring fond memories can be healing. Especially with the Moon linking to Neptune this evening, it’s a time to forgive and release especially regrets and negative feelings. Resist the temptation to re-write the past or idealize the ‘good old days.’ Being objective about the good and the bad and choosing to move forward is purifying, healing, and strengthening in a way denying our feelings never is.

Daily Muse: There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered. (Nelson Mandela born July 18, 1918)

SATURDAY
JULY 22
MOON in CANCER

Moon Void of Course 11:05 pm (PDT) – 1:34 am Sunday morning
Sun enters Leo 8:16 am (PDT)

A thundercloud appears on the horizon in very early morning in the form of the Moon’s opposition to transformational Pluto. If you awake with a sudden clarity about something you want to change in your life, listen! It could feel a bit daunting and with the Cancer Moon we may be hesitant to let go of what feels like a good thing even if we know ‘the party’s over’. Loving where we are and appreciating how we got here is a good thing. That doesn’t mean we can’t continue growing and evolving. We can learn to listen to these clear yet quiet urgings instead of waiting for a situation in which we feel we have no choice but to make a move.

The Sun’s entry into its home sign of Leo today is a clear calling to follow your inner inspiration. This is a playful, gregarious, and social sign that inspires self-expression in big and bold ways. There is usually nothing quiet and demure in the roar of Leo the Lion expressing pleasure and pride in himself.

It’s natural during this cycle we want to pay more attention to ourselves and promote our ideas, dreams and pet projects. This is the sign of leadership and the ability to influence and inspire others. Of course the best leaders are the ones who also know how to follow; and have a realistic and humble appreciation of their talents and abilities. There is nothing quite so beautiful and impressive as a happy, content, confident, noble, and self assured lion; and nothing quite so sad as the wanna be who is always looking for recognition and validation in the approval of others.

This is a solar cycle to learn how to find your inner light and learn to shine. Start today.

Daily Muse: Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door. (Emma Lazarus, born July 22, 1849)

SUNDAY
JULY 23
MOON in CANCER / LEO

Moon enters Leo 1:34 am (PDT)
New Moon 1 Leo 2:46 am (PDT)

The love affair with Leo continues with the Moon entering Leo early this morning and joining the Sun initiating a New Moon cycle. There is something fresh, charming, charismatic, and entertaining about a new Moon in sunny, self-expressive and dramatic Leo. We are less likely to experience the shadow of Leo, bragging, entitlement or arrogance as the New Moon seems much too innocent to know anything about these attitudes or behavior. Think of a talented and / or precocious child full of life, wonder and awe who inspires joy and laughter in others. Of course someday they will be too old to get away with acting so naïve or self-centered, but for the time being, we are attracted to this joyful and self-confident energy.

With both the Sun and Moon sitting right next door to willful Mars, the energetic punch of this New Moon is taken up a notch. Dare to dream big. Think about what you would most want to be known and admired for. How do you make the world sparkle and sing? What do you love about yourself? What are your special gifts, talents, and abilities? What is your unique self-expression that the rest of us can’t do without?

Daily Muse: If you want to sing out, sing out, and if you want to be free, be free, cause there's a million ways to be, you know that there are. (Yusuf Islam, formerly Cat Stevens born July 21, 1948)




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I’ve been thinking a lot about time. Actually, I always think a lot about time. It certainly is relative, and there’s a lot more to it than physics and equations. Time is the reality that we move through, that impacts us on a moment to moment basis, and gives us the ability to put our lives in perspective.

As one generation swells in numbers, as we Baby Boomers have done, we overwhelm the culture and exert our influence, for better or worse. Every generation considers its woes to be unique to them. The generation following the current swell may ridicule their elders, while they look back at those following them and view them with mistrust and a lack of understanding. Every generation has its issues. Perhaps this is why we can’t seem to shake off the mantle of victimization and a “poor us” attitude.

If you’ve ever taken a garden hose by one end and given it a good, hard shake, you’ve watched as the wave of energy moves from one end to the other. The same is true of jump ropes. Give one a yank and the sine wave will speed across it, and if it’s secured on the other side, will come back to you. It’s different with generations. They swell into a huge wave of movement across time, and then they begin to lose energy as their members leave this planet. This means that eventually the personal experiences of everyone born in a particular generation will no longer be first person. They will be historical records, without the living, tactile remembrances of a vibrant, colorful past.

These histories aren’t lost, however, since we tend to need to talk about what has come before us and how we got to where we are. I love talking about the past and telling stories of my youth and my growth. I was a history major in college, so it’s little surprise that I view everyone’s stories as future history. Perhaps there really is no objective past, as much as there is historic record, which is almost always subjective and written by those who weren’t there. I suppose there is no future either, only the endless possibilities of the present, soon to become stories told by those who live through the experiences.

I don’t know if anything I've said is right, but it’s how I think and it’s what I believe. The older I get, the less concerned I am with the slights and grievances of the past, even those that may have put me on pathways that led to difficult and challenging destinations. They also provided me with tales of wonder, some of them magical, reaffirming the mystery of life and the value of time as a commodity.

I know my time is limited, as is everyone’s, but that doesn’t bother me, nor does it keep me from thinking about coming adventures and taking on new ways of thought that are novel and have yet to come my way. It’s never too late to learn and never too late to embrace life.

I hope you love your life is much as I do mine. No matter how simple or complex your time may be, it belongs to you and you must claim it, or lose the opportunity to turn it into history. I’d like to think that all of us currently on the planet are energetically holding hands. As one person leaves, we have to let go. Although our hand may feel empty for a moment, we then take the tiny, newest members hand’s with joy and hope. What could be better?

Until next week, I wish you all peace and love.

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The energy of July is really heating up. Everything seems to be escalating quickly with just too much stimulation. Too much heat, too much emotion, too much, well everything. Let’s talk about strategies to bring down the intensity in our lives, whether it be physical, emotional or energy.

The feeling of intensity is powerful, inspiring and uniting in many ways, in the short term. Over time intensity leads to irritation, frustration, anger and explosive outbursts of emotional energy.  Summer always increases intensity for me. I notice that I am easily irritated, have road rage and in general want to hide in the basement when the sun becomes intense. This can be a time of great inspiration for some, but for me it is a time to practice my skills to lower intensity, de-escalate and communicate rationally. If you are feeling the intensity and need to dial it down, here are a few tips to help out.

-Slow down. When everything seems to be going too fast, be intentionally slow. Take time to respond to that irritating message, back off in traffic, and stay home when you planned to go out if you just can’t take anymore.

-Be prepared. If you get easily overwhelmed have a game plan in case you are out and can’t get to a place to slow things down. Carry ear buds and music on your phone that  brings you back to yourself, keep an essential oil in your bag that is grounding, like Cedar or Sandalwood.

-Speak up. If you are feeling overwhelmed, say something. Ask for a break, bow out. Learn to predict yourself, if you can feel an emotional blow coming, take a break to prevent it.

-Choose understanding. If things have become intense for you then the people around you are experiencing the same intensity. Recognize when someone has been caught up in the moment.

-Get creative. Use this powerful energy, channel it into something you love to do, go swimming, hike in the mountains, or clean out your closets. Burn off this excess energy in positive ways.

-Sleep. Get plenty of rest during this time, you body and mind need a break. Sleep is a great break from the intensity of the sun or the intensity of your life.

-Reach out. We all need support, tell someone if this is a hard time for you. Ask for support and understanding when you need some time to yourself.

Join me on Kindred Spirits on Monday, 7/17 at 10 am PST. We will talk about lowering intensity and I will share a new meditation.

Much love,

Kristi

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FAIRYTALES & MAGIC

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about Magic. On a recent trip home, I realized my very religious family had some very strong beliefs about me being a “psychic”. It’s not the work itself they didn’t like, but the word.

“Psychic” signified something to them- something unknown, an energy or power that competes with God. And, thankfully, I had the patience and open-mindedness to hear them out and not rush to my defenses. On the other hand, they talked about prophecy, clairvoyancy and of gifts given by Spirit.

I believe we were all gifted an intuition. A magical power among the realms of science, intellect and… well, Instagram! The day-to-day mechanics of our existence mean sitting at a computer, quantifying everything… and yet, we all have this amazing ability to know things before they happen. We all have a feeling, an emotion, that pertains to a certain situation and the more we work that muscle, the better we get. And if we can't explain the phenomenon with facts and figures, then what else, but MAGIC!?

I love intuition, or better yet, the little Magic we have in this world. And in this season, I truly encourage you to unleash YOUR MAGIC. Your spirituality, your relationship to the spirit realm, creativity and imagination.

I am a walking, living, testament to the Miracles that can happen in one's life if you just stay open. We have Spiritual Rights to happiness, success and magic! And unlike every affirmation that says, “I am worthy”... I dare to say, you don’t have to be! You don’t have to fight any resistance that says, “I don’t deserve this”.

The fact that you were born, given breath and a heartbeat, means you deserve JOY. LIFE. LOVE. And you don’t have to work so hard to get it.

So maybe you’re at a point in your life where things aren’t moving so quickly, or you really wish a circumstance could change. Well, let’s create a fairytale: Once upon a time… there was a Lovely little girl/ boy…

YOUR OWN STORY

Example: Once upon a time, there was a beautiful Unicorn amongst horses. And even though this Unicorn was magical, beautiful and powerful… all the other horses ostracized him for being different. He spent his whole life trying to fit in, to no avail.

One day…. The lonesome Unicorn wandered into the woods, where he came across a young man. But this was no ordinary man… he was a Prince! And he had injured himself. The Unicorn said, “Come, get on my back, and I’ll restore you to safety”. The Prince climbed up on the Unicorn and noticed glitter falling from the Unicorn’s hair. The glitter engulfed the Prince’s leg and whole body.

When the Unicorn returned to the Prince’s castle, the Prince jumped off the Unicorn and announced to everyone that the Magical Unicorn had saved and healed him. The Unicorn, unaware of his own gifts, was embarrassed and ran back into the woods.

The Prince chased after him, finally finding him by a stream. The Prince asked, “Why did you run away?” The Unicorn responded, “I don’t want to be different. I just wanted to help you.”

The Prince smiled, and said softly, “Don’t you understand? If you weren’t different… You would’ve never been able to save my life.”


Now, I know it’s just a story. But we are all living in our own stories and need a little magic put back into it! So maybe you’re the brave woman on a journey, who is enduring struggles. Maybe a Princess awaiting a true equal… a Prince that was made to be a King. This week, I encourage everyone to use not only your Intuition… but imagination (Latin word Imaginari meaning "to picture oneself.")!!!

Picture your story, your outcome, with meaning, positivity and purpose. Life should be WONDERFUL… Adventures, and beautiful. Sending you all MAGIC and nothing less!

Unconditional Love & Support,

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