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Back From a Magical Mystery Tour


I am just back from an inspiring trip to Chicago, part of the time spent “off the grid” at a cabin in the woods in northern Indiana—with a wood burning stove, a comfy bed and deer coming to graze in the evening. Oh, did you know that when you sign your initials on a rental car agreement you are saying you will not go off road? Well the car I rented, a red Impala, got stuck in the mud back in the woods between two hills. With much spinning and lurching and rocking it was still impossible to move. I think some of us now feel just like this—spinning our wheels without much feeling of control. I left the car parked there for two days, waiting for the rains to stop. When the path was finally dry I drove it out, dried mud thick in the undercarriage and definitely worse for wear. Sometimes, when we try so hard and get precisely nowhere, wisdom says to just wait, let the conditions change and then we can gain traction and move forward.

At my Cosmic Trends presentation at Allyu spa, nearly two-thirds of those attending had experienced “one door of their life closing and another one opening” over the last few months. Between January 23, 2011 and August 30, 2011, we all have had, and will continue to have, the opportunity to end situations or relationships with people who make our lives more difficult. (You can read more about this collective planetary influence in my previous post about Saturn opposite Jupiter and receive my recommendations on how to make best use of these remarkably dynamic times.)

A day later at another speaking engagement, “Small Wonders,“ at the Dailey Method, I got to talk to moms about their newborns and toddlers. The children ranged in age from 5 years down to two weeks old. Two of the babies, one born February 5 and one on February 27, have birth charts with five or six planets in Aquarius! In fact all children born since the winter solstice (December 21, 2010) have a pile up of planets in their birth charts—from Capricorn to Aquarius to Pisces to Aries—and now to Taurus and Gemini. It is worth another blog post to share insights about the special beings coming into the world now and what their evolutionary spiritual purpose might be. Be on the lookout for it.

The best experience of my trip? Starting a new project in partnership with one of my clients, Sandy Rueve, a millefiore-style clay bead maker and owner of “She Beads” in Chicago. Together we introduced Personal Intention Beads, at Sandy’s store on Chicago’s North Shore, with an event that drew 40 guests, to whom we gave a short presentation on our new collaboration. (See Sandy’s brief “Intention Beads” video on YouTube.) Sandy makes many stunning bracelets, but a Personal Intention Bracelet is even more special—a hand rolled, one-of-a-kind, multicolored clay bracelet created by Sandy at the precise time that corresponds specifically to our client’s personal intention. In essence we are creating a talisman with and for the client.  A talisman is an object “empowered and made sacred.” They are ancient and were especially resurgent during the Italian Renaissance as a tool to “change consciousness at will.” They are magical.

My role is to have a short phone session with our mutual client (with their birth chart in front of me) to help them define a unique intention. With their clear and potent statement of intent and their birth chart as my guide, I find the most auspicious time for Sandy to make the bracelet. The resulting “electional chart,” in astrology terms, depicts all the forces operating when initiating a particular action. Sandy picks up from here and makes the bracelet at the appointed time.

The stories from our first Intention Bead clients have been so much fun. The first woman’s intention was to become “more creative and inspired.” She picked up her bracelet, went to off to see her beautician, and in the course of a conversation was spontaneously told, “Oh, you are so creative and inspiring!” She left there for a church function, where she made centerpieces for the tables. The first two guests to arrive took one look at the displays and exclaimed, “Wow, you are really creative!” As you can see, magic works!

I set my own intention today, on the Solar Eclipse (New Moon in Gemini). Sandy is making my own Personal Intention Bracelet on my birthday in June. I have made talismans myself in the past and even taught others how to make them, but never with a sacred object as beautiful as these are. It will be such a pleasure to wear. If you are interested, post a comment to me and I will tell you more about them. Or go to and select “Intention Beads” on the menu. Welcome magic and beauty into your life.—Barbara.


Jumping off the Seesaw of Jupiter and Saturn


By Barbara Schermer

“ARGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH (Think primal scream.) ARGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. There. Whew. Better now.” That’s a post from my friend Megan I just read on FaceBook.

Megan sums up what life feels like now for many of us. Overloaded, overwhelmed and exhausted, we feel like life is just too hard!  Over the last 8– 12 weeks, one particular cosmic signature has been intense—the planet Saturn (now seen in the evening sky) in the astrological sign of Libra is literally opposite the planet Jupiter in Aries (no longer visible as it is too close to the bright sun.)

Many are at a “karmic pivot-point” in their lives, making important—even crucial—life decisions and choices. Saturn, on the one hand lets us know we can no longer support old repressive patterns, habitual behaviors, and dysfunctional attitudes within ourselves, in our intimate relationships and families, or in the larger world. We’re Fed Up, just like Megan.

Ask yourself, “What is demanding change in my life? What relationships do I need to leave?” Difficult relationships or situations that you end now (or are ended for you) will likely be out of your life permanently. The End. Goodbye and good riddance. This is what Saturn in Libra promises: that we must intentionally close the door on what no longer serves us.

Jupiter, On the other hand, is helping us now to sense that a new door is opening, leading to heightened perspectives, new options and possibilities. Do you feel a renewed spirit and a new life phase is beginning? Keep watch—it may be coming soon.

This process began on January 23, 2011, was at its peak of intense activation the last two weeks of March (exact on March 24), and all of April, and it continues through August 24, 2011. This is when the energy of the planet Saturn finally passes the critical opposition point to Jupiter and begins to dissipate.

Here are some true-life examples of what others are experiencing:

One client left her 60-hour a week marketing job in which she was worked to the bone (60 hour work weeks) and was totally unappreciated. Her job was to ready this corporation to go public. At first she felt lost and frightened for her future (Saturn). It turned out this was a lucky break (Jupiter), as that company is currently being investigated for fraud by the US government. So what may have first appeared to be a setback may indeed prove to be a godsend.

In another example, my friend, hearing that her dad was diagnosed with advanced cancer, gathered her whole family (including 11 great grandchildren!) from all points of the compass to see him, probably for the last time. He was at the family gathering for all of 12 hours when he was called back to New York by a “family emergency,” which turned out to be a power play by another family member. Anger and disappointment reigned (Saturn) over the weekend. But also over that time, the at-first shaken adults realized that they had at last convened with the younger generation of their family—some were meeting for the first time—and that the roughhousing and tomfoolery together on the beach was joyful (Jupiter) and worth the bad beginning.

And for myself—my kind and devoted mom passed away on Palm Sunday. The last 8 weeks of my life and hers had been like an emotional see saw with her health oscillating from improvement to decline. A “successful surgery” yielded to a rapid decline; her vital systems slowly began shutting down. Despair. Hope. Death. Relief. Saturn opposite Jupiter. Real life.

So what is the prescription for dealing with the stress these dueling planetary giants now bring? How do you find balance in the currently intense and wacky world, both within and without?

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Business Astrology 101—Part 2


By Barbara Schermer

Principle #2: Using New Moons

Clearly there are auspicious times and perfectly horrible times to start your business. Learning to recognize the two phases of the Moon’s monthly cycle, will give you an advantage when it comes to beginning any new business initiative—a successful launch, marketing campaign or new product introduction as examples.

Simply watch the moon. Approximately every 28 days, the moon moves through two phases—for two weeks it appears to be waxing (growing), then for two weeks it appears to be waning (shrinking). If you pay attention you will find the moon is a reliable indicator of either the growth or the difficulties you encounter in the developments of your professional life or in the life of your company. While the moon is waxing, it is a time of activation, while waning it is a time of retraction.

It will prove best to start your business, or any initiative you need to make to advance your business, just after any New Moon. Imagine as you watch the moon grow, you can see your business grow as well. As the moon wanes take stock of your progress, make adjustments, rest up to take up initiatives again with the next new moon.

The evidence? We know that the moon influences the tides of all of the water on earth. We ourselves are composed of water—85% of our brain, 80% of our blood and 70% of our muscle is water. (Link: Water moves in a wave action. The rhythm of the tides in the oceans is exactly like your breathing. Tide in. Tide out. Breathe in. Breathe out. Your business has a similar cycle whether you recognize it or not.

Successful gardeners and farmers have learned that crops (plants and trees) respond to moon phases. Planetary planting guides first appeared in 1457 in Germany. In the US Benjamin Franklin wrote Poor Richard’s Almanac from 1732-1758 under the pseudonym Richard Saunders. Yes, Benjamin Franklin was an astrologer!

Here is what Ben Franklin learned, and you can too.

Below are the New Moons for 2011 and the best times to launch initiatives:

    •    ·      January 4 (in the sign of Capricorn)
    •    ·      February 3 (in the sign of Aquarius)
    •    ·      March 4 (in the sign of Pisces)
    •    ·      April 3 (in the sign of Aries)
    •    ·      May 3 (in the sign of Taurus)
    •    ·      June 1 (in the sign of Gemini)
    •    ·      July 1 (in the sign of Cancer)
    •    ·      July 30 (in the sign of Leo)
    •    ·      August 29 (in the sign of Virgo)
    •    ·      September 27 (in the sign of Libra)
    •    ·      October 26 (in the sign of Scorpio)
    •    ·      November 25 (in the sign of Sagittarius)
    •    ·      December 24 (in the sign of Capricorn)

Pay attention to these times! Within a few months of observing you will find that your efforts pay off more easily, that you experience less obstacles in your forward momentum and therefore you will learn to use the moon cycles to help you with your strategic planning. Let me know what you discover. In further blog entries I will provide case studies and stories from my current business clients and the kinds of successes they have experienced using the New Moon principle.

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Becoming Mommie: Fertility Astrology 101—Part 2


Guideline #2: If your Sun Sign is a water sign...

or you have three or more planets in water signs in your birth chart, the above dates are especially propitious for you.

The principle applies to those of you born when the Sun is in Pisces (February 19-March 20), Sun in Cancer (June 21-July 22), and Sun in Scorpio (October 24-November 22). If you know your birth chart (where the 10 planets and your rising sign are) and you have three or more planets in Cancer, Scorpio or Pisces, know that these are especially potent fertility “windows” for you to get pregnant.

Guideline #3: Use the most auspicious day of the month.

I am a Kriya yogini, in a branch of the Kriya Yoga lineage (Yogagnanda’s tradition) that uses astrology as a spiritual tool. Within Kriya Yoga it is known that the most auspicious day of any month is the fifth day after each new moon. This day represents the time of the month when the moon is growing and most robust, ideally the time to “plant a seed.” Also remember that the moon rules conception, fertility, the womb, mothers, babies, and families and their dynamics. For the next three water moon cycles that day would be:

  • ·      July 6, 2011
  • ·      October 31, 2011
  • ·      February 26, 2012

If you are ovulating within three days of those dates, again head for the bedroom. A note here: some men can feel pressure to perform. Don’t force. Rather, invite or even seduce.

Guideline #4: Avoid important decisions or tests during Mercury retrograde times.

The planet, Mercury, rules your mind and your ability to perceive and understand. Mercury goes “retrograde” three times per year for three weeks each time. Try to avoid making any important decisions concerning your fertility efforts at these times. For instance you might end up second-guessing yourself or over time become doubtful of your chosen course of action. Also try to not undergo any critical tests during these times, as sometimes the results can be ambiguous or misinterpreted. You might have to take the tests again.


Mercury retrogrades for 2011 are

  • ·      March 31–April 23, 2011
  • ·      August 3–27, 2011
  • ·      November 24–December 14, 2011

Try this experiment. Write down these dates on a calendar you frequently see, and notice these times. Use these periods for romance, and let me know the results.

These timing techniques are all many couples have needed. If you want a fertility consultation specific to your own chart, with a detailed approach to any particular obstacles you might face, we can do that too. This consultation is via phone (I pay for the call) and is recorded as an MP3 file. I cannot promise a baby as the outcome, but I can promise you pinpoint accurate times in which you are most likely be successful. And, who knows, nine months later we might be doing a session to help you get to know your newborn!

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Don't miss Becoming Mommie: Stories of Conception, Birth, and Babies, too.


Business Astrology 101—Part 1

Know Your Auspicious Times

By Barbara Schermer

Apply these simple principles yourself. Consult your astrologer for more complex strategies.

Principle #1: Mercury Retrograde.

Starting your own business? Astrology can make the critical difference between one that starts off with momentum and one that limps along. There are clearly auspicious astrological times and difficult challenging ones. Knowing when to begin gives you your best chance of success.

For instance, you need to know about Mercury retrograde periods. Three times a year for a period of three weeks the planet Mercury appears to be moving backwards against the backdrop of the zodiac. In 2011 these times are: March 30–April 23, August 2–August 26 and November 24–December 13.
Especially notice two of these time periods in 2011. March is spring in the Northern Hemisphere and traditionally the time of new beginnings and fresh starts. If you plan to open your business or launch new initiatives in March, do so before March 30.

Also notice that, in August, Mercury is retrograde most of month. This is problematic. August is vacation month in most of the world. Few want to think about business or are even in the office. Rather, people are thinking of the beach, the cottage and the family vacation. So making sales calls, lining up important meetings, or getting matters settled does not happen easily. It is in September that the psychological change takes place – the season changes, kids go back to school, and the routines of "getting down to business" happen. Do not begin critical business initiatives this August.

Succinctly, Mercury is associated with communications (marketing, branding and PR), negotiations, contracts, trading, commerce, products and sales. When Mercury is retrograde there is a much higher chance of wasted efforts, misinterpretations, and very slow forward progress.

For example, in my hometown of Chicago, I notice "Grand Opening" announcements (signs or print advertising) especially for restaurants. Then I pay attention to how long they last. More restaurants that open Under Mercury retrograde, closed within a year. Those that survived likely had capital reserves that allowed them to hold out.

Mercury Retrograde is the first astrological cycle I teach to my business clients. When they pay attention, most learn to see this pattern operating in their lives within two Mercury retrograde cycles. Here are some common examples — marketing campaigns launched then are a waste of money—embarrassing typos in print materials occur, or meetings with the decision-maker are delayed or canceled, or they just say, “No.” Why doom yourself to more hard work or disappointment than necessary.

For more, see my Mercury Retrograde article. There you will find all of the Mercury retrograde periods through 2015. Mark them on your calendar to keep you aware. This is the first astrological principle you should know for giving you the best chance to launch a successful business.

Also, look here for a truly funny Mercury Retrograde story: Read about my friend Pat’s dinner party in Greece, and its hilarious outcome.

Part 2 of Business Astrology 101 will be posted soon. Or read the complete article now.