On Death & Love with Venus & Scorpio

Venus in Scorpio

December 4th – December 30th

“The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.”
― Mark Twain

Picture this, you’re about to be reunited with a long lost love after a lengthy period of being apart. Over the years you’ve gone over all the things you never had the courage to say, and still find yourself struggling to say now. The fear of your deeper feelings not being returned kept you in silence. 


You’re about to cross the street now, you can see your love sitting down waiting for you to arrive, you step out into the street in a daze and your whole life flashes before your eyes as a car screeches and swerves around you. Death is extending out his hand out to greet you and for those few seconds the intense image of all that you’ve ever wanted for yourself in this lifetime becomes abundantly clear. Time stops, Death hurtling towards you seems to strip away all the reasoning, the logic, and the whys that say you cannot be true to your desires. Death makes everything so uncomplicated.


You blink and somehow Death rides away in the car waving “goodbye for now” choosing to give you another day on this green earth. However a part of you has left in that car, you watch as it rides away leaving behind someone more committed to living each moment as if it’s their last. You walk across to meet this person you love, ready to bare your soul for better or for worst. There is nothing to lose but fear.


Welcome to the world of Venus in Scorpio.


Your tasks while Venus is in Scorpio is live and love as if you’re going to die, because you are.

Venus in astrology represents what we desire, who we desire to be and how we want to express love.

The end game for Venus in Scorpio is to live with the kind of intensity that leaves nothing to chance behind walls of fear. Venus in this sign wants to live every moment as if it’s her very last.

Here, Venus operates from a place of feeling rather than reason.

What do you really feel? If you knew without a doubt that tomorrow would be your last day, what would you do? While Venus runs through this sign, find the middle ground between feelings and action, allow the intensity of your feelings to push you to act.


Why So Intense?

When living from a place of raw emotional clarity, life takes on a level of intensity most people may not understand. Time is limited, Death and danger is always waiting around the next corner, not as a harbingers of doom, but of urgency. If you’re going to live, love, lust and die, do it well. Don’t dilly dally. Commit to an action and follow through with passion. Everything else is insignificant. With every experience more awareness arrives to fine tune the desire Venus is seeking. With every fear & challenge that’s overcome Venus feels freer in her ability to love.

She isn’t here to be superficial or particularly light hearted. The truth is when Venus in Scorpio learns to let down the walls of mystery she’s put up out of fear of rejection, she wins.

Venus in Scorpio wants to know that she will loved and accepted for all that she is, even in her darkest moments.


How to handle betrayal?

One thing Venus in Scorpio must understand is that she cannot control anyone else but herself. No amount of pressure, manipulation or seduction can bend anyone to her will and even if they do bend, it doesn’t guarantee their love & devotion to her. Such behavior from her will likely push them farther away.

When faced with betrayal, Venus in Scorpio must tap into what she feels as opposed to trying to figure out how the other person will act in response to her.

There’s a part of her that falsely believes that she’s too much, too intense, unlovable, unwanted and undesired. If she remains unconscious of these underlying beliefs she’ll go about creating self fulfilling prophecies that confirm her fears & keeps her away from what it is that she really truly wants; love, trust and deep soul connections with others.


Magic in the Meltdown

Venus in Scorpio must embrace the need to meltdown as a way of regenerating. Like the phoenix that bursts into flames only to be reborn anew, emotional  meltdowns open up opportunities for her to purge dead energy that no longer her serves her. Scorpio is belongs to the water element, an element that tends to absorb external energy easily. Scorpio also a fixed sign that doesn’t move or flow but instead runs deep. Purging out skeletons from the deep only makes for a lighter journey. While Venus is in this Mars ruled sign she’s better served by getting physical. This may be through rigorous exercise like dance, martial arts or good old fashioned sex. Where there is blood, sweat and tears, there is release & healing.
Do you or someone you know have Venus in Scorpio in their chart? Dive into the comment section to talk about your experience of her!

3 Questions I Get The Most As An Acupuncturist

When I’m not talking, tweeting or reading about astrology I spend my days sticking needles into people for a living.

Did I scare you?

It’s okay if I did. The responses I get from people when I tell them I’m an acupuncturist range anywhere from “I’d never do that, I hate needles!!” to “Oooh, what made you get into acupuncture? my (family member, friend, co-worker) swears by it.”

You can read about my acupuncture story here on my website, but for this blog post I want answer the top 3 questions I get about acupuncture & Chinese medicine

Do The Needles Hurt?

Yes, they’re absolutely excruciating! Just kidding! Generally speaking receiving acupuncture needles is a painless experience.

Yes, there are the rare occasions that a needle does feel uncomfortable but normally that’s because the needle hasn’t passed through the superficial layers of the skin where pain is mostly felt. The rarer occasion is when a needle is accidently inserted into a hair follicle. (ouch!)
But aside from that once you get past the skin, sensation is low.
People look surprised when I tell them that the needle has been inserted, they don’t even feel it going in.acupunctureneedle

Sometimes Qi being strongly moved can be mistakened for pain only because it’s an unfamiliar sensation. When we grasp Qi otherwise known as De Qi it can feel dull achey, slightly tingly, or like heavy pressure deep within the body at the site of the needle or at other locations.
One thing I always tell my patients is that needle sensation should never feel sharp or stabbing. A pinch or prick that fades away within a few minutes is fine, but if the feeling is unbearable just tell your acupuncturist to remove the needle.
Acupuncture needles are nothing like needles used in western medicine, they’re nowhere near as thick and they’re not hollow. This image from my alma mater gives you an idea of how acupuncture needles compare to other commonly used needles.

Acupuncture Is Good For Pain, Right?

Yes, acupuncture is great for pain, especially when we know what’s creating the pain in the body. However pain is not the only thing acupuncture and Chinese Medicine treats, not by a long shot. Remember that this is a comprehensive medicine that pre-dates Western Medicine by a good 2,000 years.
Just about anything that you would see your primary care physician for you can treat with Chinese Medicine.
Headaches, skin conditions, sleep disorders like insomnia, mental disorders, depression, fatigue, menstrual issues (including PMS, irregular cycles, fibroids & infertility), gastrointestinal disorders, bowel disorders, musculo-skeletal pain, sensory issues, vertigo and much more. Not to mention we have an entire materia medica for herbal formulas to work in conjunction with acupuncture treatments to support the healing process. Acupuncture is pretty dope. Trust.

How Acupuncture Does It Work? What Do The needles Do Exactly?
Explaining how acupuncture works is complex and yet simple at the same time. Without going into all the vocabulary let’s just say that your body is a unique ecosystem just like nature herself. The entire body works as a whole to maintain harmonic balance or good health.

The body is crisscrossed by system of energetic highways we call meridians. On these meridians are acupuncture points, you can think of them of energy pools that all have different functions. When we insert needles into these points, we direct the body’s energy or Qi to do whatever is needed to heal through creating balance. So if the body is too hot from fever we hit points to reduce the heat. If there’s chronic fatigue we needle points to increase energy while supporting organs that may need assistance. If there’s pain we find out what the source is and create a point plan to lessen or eliminate the pain.

Think of the needles as direct Qi conduits, they go directly to the energy to move it around. You can achieve the same effect with pressure also known as acupressure, but it would take much longer to achieve the same results a needle insertion.

Here’s one of my favorite videos that explains how acupuncture works. Take a look and tell me what you think.

Have you had acupuncture before? How did you like it? Leave a comment so we can discuss!


If you’re in the New York City Area you can catch me for an acupuncture session over at Olo Acupuncture in Manhattan!

5 Jupiter In Virgo Gift Ideas

Happy Holidays!


As we enter the last weeks of the year we officially feel the warmth of abundant Sagittarius Season. The term eat, drink & be merry seems to match the energy of Sagittarius who only wishes to expand & bring good cheer wherever he goes.


This makes sense of course since Sagittarius’ patron planet is Jupiter also know as Zeus, King of the Heavens, the largest planet in our solar system!  Jupiter in the skies shows us how to be optimistic, abundant, generous & confident. He’s the cosmic Santa Claus who rains down sweeping energy wherever he goes. Keep in mind that Jupiter does not discern between positive or negative, that’s not his immediate concern. His main goal is to amplify and enlarge whatever he touches.


This year however Jupiter finds himself in a sign that he generally can’t stand: Virgo. Virgo is the antithesis of all the things Jupiter represents. Where Jupiter wishes to expand and multiply, Virgo wishes to edit and simplify. Where Jupiter wants to feel optimistic, Virgo scans with practical cynicism. To say that this is an unnatural fit would be an understatement. Jupiter in Virgo will be guiding this holiday season with a steady practical hand. Virgo will rein in Jupiter’s need to go too big & too hard with a more measured, useful response to gift giving & celebrating. Here are some tips to make the best of Jupiter in Virgo while you shop & make plans to finish off 2015.


Keep Gift Giving Sensible

Extravagant gifts with little purpose won’t be favored this year. Jupiter in Virgo is more concerned with gifts that make sense. While you shop whether its for food or for gifts, keep in mind what would best serve.


Virgo loves to be of service, finding exactly what is needed in a particular moment. So maybe buy a little less for the big holiday meal because you know the leftovers tend of go to waste and you’re trying to cut back on extra calories to meet your new body goals (Virgo rules diets & health regimes). Buy a few more socks, sweaters & mittens because you know winter is going to be bitterly cold.

Maybe you’ve heard someone mentioning they needed new tires or an oil change, or a new set of dishes or pots and pans. Keep your senses attuned to what your loved ones say they need as opposed what they think they want.

* Want to be super efficient in your shopping? Simply ask loved ones to create their top 5 wishlist (Amazon comes to mind). This will take the guesswork out of the process while making sure their needs are met.

* Go a step further with practical gift cards that allow them to buy exactly what they need.


Keep It Clean

Virgo is the master analyst, she’s great at assessing what is needed versus what isn’t. Remember Virgo is the sign that marks the beginning of the harvest season. After a raucous summer she turns her mind toward what’s needed to get through the colder harsher months ahead.

Nothing screams winter like cold and flu season. It’s almost a guarantee that the sniffles will visit upon a household, so why not get ahead of it with some stocking stuffers to keep everyone’s immune system up to snuff. Virgo is also an adept healer who is concerned with keeping the body in glowing health.

Some great gifts could run along the lines of herbal teas & tinctures, humidifiers, air purifiers, essential oil sprays & natural hand sanitizers.

*Take it a step further by booking spa days, acupuncture sessions, massages or even gym memberships. Anything to keep the mind-body connection balanced as we enter the darker days of winter.


Get Organized

It may not sound exciting or glamorous, but another gift that would totally suit Jupiter In Virgo’s style is to offer to help loved ones get organized. Notebooks to jot down notes, premium apps and gadgets to keep information streamlined, gifting them a financial planner, or maybe a coach to help them hit a certain goal they’ve been dreaming about for some time. You could even offer to help them tackle that closet filled with clothes they never wear or that drawer that’s overflowing with old papers.

*Go super Virgo, by sending unneeded clothes, shoes, and books to the nearest thrift store, salvation army, or used bookstore so it can go on to be of use to someone else. A win-win for everyone!


Hand-make it with Love

Not interested in spending a great deal this holiday season? Why not go handmade? If you have a flair for creating things Jupiter in Virgo appreciates the effort & care that goes into thoughtfully creating a custom piece with someone in mind. Pure intention can really elevate a simple gift into a magical space.

*Not feeling tremendously crafty? That’s alright, there are tons of wonderfully talented artists & craftsman for you to choose from all over the country. Try getting into the #BlackOnBlackFriday #blackowned #buyblack hashtags on social media platforms to explore.


Go Gift-less

If there was ever a year to go giftless this would be it. Jupiter in Virgo will attune our spirits to the real meaning of service. True service can be an act of love. When we heighten our senses to pay attention our loved ones and communities we instinctively know how to show that we care by providing acts of service big or small.

When we selflessly give of ourselves,, energetically we receive back what has been given. Consider volunteering at local soup kitchens, shelters, orphanages and senior centers. Donate to your favorite charity, or offer to gift something special to those who are often forgotten during the holiday season.


May your holiday season be heartfelt and bright.


Full Moon In Gemini: Dreaming A Bit Bigger

Full Moon In Gemini


The Gemini Full Moon that arrives on the east coast at 5:44pm is a doozy. It’s supremely busy with several active T-Squares ( 3 or more planets fighting with each other) and is being ruled by Mercury who is currently tussling heavily with Saturn and Neptune with Jupiter soon to follow.


If you’re feeling a bit fried, tired or overwhelmed, please know that you’re not alone. When the sky is this active, mere mortals like ourselves tend to feel it on some level. If you’re a mutable darling like myself (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius or Pisces) you’re acutely sensitive to the heavens right now. Cardinal dears too (Aries, Cancer, Libra & Capricorn) are also a bit stressed with the current planetary activity. Take a deep breath and let’s discuss what this Full Moon is asking of us and how to best handle the challenge.


You Mustn’t Be Afraid To Dream A Little Bigger Darling’


With the Moon in Gemini hanging out in the 12th house of dreams & undoings, we find ourselves feeling a little frayed and scattered. There’s an overwhelming emotional desire  to see, know, and experience.. If there are any fears building up around engaging your curiosity now is a good time to start putting those fears to the side.


Curiosity is what leads to expansion and growth if we allow to flourish. Moon in Gemini is attuned to dreaming up brilliant ideas while she’s hidden away in the 12th house. There is much for her to learn about her repressed dreams & fantasies, allow her to drift a bit while she gathers useful intuitive information, she’s playing an important role in doing so.


On the other end of Gemini Moon’s scattered reverie are Sun, Mercury and Saturn all hard at work in Virgo’s natural house of dedicated routine. You can imagine that expansive Sagittarius energy is a bit irritated about having to report in for work each day, where’s the fun in that?

The trick is to commit our expansive viewpoints into a daily effort. The dream that you’re gathering with Moon in Gemini is being translated into an aspiration worth working on by Sagittarius in the 6th House.


When a dream is married to its work, a dream quickly becomes a reality


Neptune at the top of the chart is fueling the vision with his mystical fog. We don’t know where the path is leading just yet but it doesn’t matter. Keep plugging away at the dream everyday. People may think your it’s crazy  unrealistic and naive ideal, but that’s none of your business, keep moving anyway.


When working with T-Sqaures like this one, think of it as a table that’s missing a leg. There’s a lot of wobble happening, it needs another leg to create stability and structure. In this case the missing leg is Virgo, with Jupiter in tow to provide guidance.


Virgo’s answer to life is to work at it, analyze the situation and create a plan of action to steadily work towards. Between now and the New Moon in Sagittarius on December 11th, commit to an activity that brings your dream closer to tangible earthy reality. Break it down into actionable parts and soon, before your very eyes it begins to take form.

Make sure you make room for it in your life. Virgo loves a clean efficient space to work in. Clear out the clutter in your mind, in your home, or wherever it is that you’ll be creating. Siphon off the excess energy created by the mutable T-Square into daily routines that support efficient work & progress. Write down the clever ideas that emerge in dreamtime thanks to Moon in Gemini, connect to your aspirations and ideals from the Sagittarius Trio and steadily build the dream brick by brick with Jupiter in Virgo’s help. You’re creating a new foundation, make sure it’s solid.


Find Inspiration


The Cardinal T-Square is working on breaking up and breaking down stagnant relationships, associations, wishes and creative endeavours. Boldly pair with powerful, ambitious & serious people, be inspired by the artistic creativity that you see as well as by the risk taking revolutionaries. This Full Moon dares us to go on a journey, to push past fears and outdated ways of thinking and being.

It can be a lot to cope with, being reborn. To balance this T-Square use Cancerian sensitivity to protect yourself and  your burgeoning new identity and dream. Cancer’s hard outer shell will protect the still soft interior from the harsh world. Feel free to retreat while keeping your senses aware of your surroundings. Daydreams & visions will feed the soul while you continue the daily work.


Never fear brave soul, you have everything within you to create something magical. Have a Happy Full Moon!


3 Ways To Rock Mercury In Sagittarius

Welcome to Mercury in Sagittarius!


The messenger of the heavens is being shot like an arrow out of the the emotional yet keenly perceptive depths of Scorpio for the mountain tops of Sagittarius where he can see everything for miles around. Seeing the big picture is Mercury in Sagittarius’ domain. He likes to think big (what does it all mean? why am I here? what is my purpose?) and talk big (exaggerate & speak without all the facts ) but mostly he just wants to expand his worldview through experiencing what is unfamiliar to him. Sagittarius is the sign of the traveler, the eternal student & the wise philosopher, to Sagittarius the world & its people is where he learns about the mysteries of the Universe.

This year Mercury will be interacting heavily with some major planetary players. Here are some tips to make the best of his travels.


Think Seriously

Mercury conjuncts Saturn (Nov. 20th – Dec 2nd)

Exact on Nov.25th


Wherever we find Saturn we find the authority figure.He is the planet that asks us to grow up & become an authority figure for ourselves. However in order to become an authority, we must learn to master our fears or better yet, learn to work with discipline even in the face of being frightened. When Mercury in Sagittarius joins with Saturn we will be asked to master our belief systems, philosophies as well as our communication. How much of what we think and say is based in disciplined experience that moves past fearful preconceived notions versus what is rooted in fear based fanatical ideology?

This combination can swing toward deep thoughtfulness that produces insightful solutions or fear based fanaticism that is difficult to sway toward reason. Sagittarius can represent the “foreigner” from a distant land bringing with him his religion, language, food & customs., to some this may be a delightful or a dreaded visitor.

It’s not unusual that in current world affairs we are facing fears and putting up barriers toward people we deem to be ‘foreign’. Choose the higher essence of this combination by examining your own fearful thinking, where you feel frightened to speak up, where your philosophies need to be revised and how your insights can lead to helpful solutions.

Stay Woke

Mercury square Neptune (Nov. 20th – Dec. 3rd)

Exact on Nov.25th


When Neptune touches another planet he tends to throw a veil of fog over their natural function. Veils can be mystifying and alluring, pulling us to experience our world as romantic and whimsical  as we forget about the harsher less appealing aspects of what’s before us. The flip side of Neptune’s veil is complete distortion of the truth. With Neptune and Mercury facing off we’ll be challenged to not get lost in the reverie of whatever information is being disseminated to us. Under this influence be sure to double check, if not triple check everything. (As I write this, I locked myself out of my apartment after forgetting my keys on my dresser. Neptune is sitting on my natal Mercury.)  Forgetfulness, foggy headedness can be an issue under this aspect. Mercury under Neptune’s spell has a hard time filtering out all of the extra-sensory input which can either lead to confusion or a heightened awareness of one’s immediate environment.

Neptune’s touch can dissolve barriers making intuitive and telepathic exchanges more readily possible. On a global scale, information can be distorted and manipulated to fit a sensational narrative that can look a lot like propaganda

Rock this transit by going to the higher octave of Mercury-Neptune: use heightened imagination and perception creatively, music & creative writing is favored under this influence.Use your words to heal rather than misguide.


Stay Grounded

Mercury squares Jupiter (Nov. 27th – Dec 10th)

Exact on Dec. 4th

Who doesn’t love getting carried away with the excitement of ideas? Mercury in Sagittarius totally does, but while you’re out there envisioning the best possible outcome, expounding on your beliefs about world politics and the like, try to remain grounded in some of the details. Sagittarius’ ruling planet Jupiter is currently uncomfortable in earthy Virgo (Mercury’s natural home sign next to Gemini) who happens to really enjoy dotting his i’s and crossing his t’s.


Make sure to back up those big ideas with concrete plans or else it’s nothing but hot air. Mercury will come to square Jupiter which can lead to promising more than he can deliver, communicating carelessly & glibly to the wrong people and making mountains out of molehills.

Make the best use of this interaction by studying or analyzing your beliefs with Virgoan enthusiasm to see if they hold up under scrutiny. You can also put your abstract philosophies to work through charitable service, something both Sagittarius and Virgo can get behind.