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New Moon Gatherings in Okotoks, AB

Every New Moon I’ve facilitated (since 2011) a Gathering of seekers (women and men) who feel called to learn to connect with themselves emotionally and intuitively while also opening up to receive INsights, intuitive pulls and listen to their feelings.

cropped-gibbous2bmoon2bw2bjupiter2.jpgA New Moon begins when the Moon & Sun sit together at the same Zodiac position in the sky (today it was just after noon MDT) initiating a NEW cycle of conscious awareness, emotionally, for all. Each New Moon Gathering focuses on the Zodiac sign’s position in your birth chart, the themes around that sign AND the House of Life Experience that is activated in your chart. Together, you will find ways to navigate that Emotional Body of yours, feel those feels and intuitive INsights Within, and evolve into a more Mature Spiritual connection Within.

In Okotoks, I hold my monthly New Moon Gatherings on a Tuesday (7:00 – 8:30 pm) and a Thursday (5:00 pm MDT for 1.5 hours). I require your birth data: time, place and date of birth – to create your birth chart from which we work with.

Each Gathering member receives key handouts that help with the learning curve of the Moon’s phases and why we can be so emotional around the New and Full Moons. Cost is $25 per person per month.

bea56-okotoks2bmoon2bglobe2If you’re unable to attend in person, ask for the written version ($30) that I email to your inbox. Don’t miss out on the key information that helps you navigate the emotional waters of Life Experiences every Moon cycle!

Contact Laurie Rae now: myhouseofastrology ‘at’ or call/text: 587-437-3520 here in Okotoks, AB Canada for more information and reserve your spot for this INsightful Gathering!

I look forward to facilitating this wondrous evening of Inner Awareness for all of you!


Posted by: Laurie Rae Rezanoff – Astrologer | Teacher | Writer | Speaker | Facilitator

Photo Credits: Laurie Rae Rezanoff

New Moon in Aquarius – January 20th

Aquarius glyphToday the Sun and Moon are in the same place in the sky, starting a whole new, New Moon cycle, at 00 degrees Aquarius 09 minutes. This occurred at 6:14 a.m. MST. We have had three New Moons in a row now (including this one) whereby the Sun and Moon stood at 00 degrees – meaning we are starting a BRAND NEW cycle of…whatever the theme is sign-wise (and of course, where that sign resides in your birth chart). The Full Moon to next New Moon waning phase brings in a dying aspect – some part of our inner self will die each month – and allow this to occur as much as possible. Not literally people – figuratively…all part of the cycle of Soul growth monthly, yearly and so on.

This is why I started my monthly New Moon Gatherings back in 2011 – to “see” in our respective birth charts WHERE the monthly New Moons activate current themes of Soul growth in our lives. Very cool! (For those of you who aren’t able to join us in person, I offer the New Moon Report for $30 CAD which I will email you. I do require your birth data: time, place and date of birth, in order to create your Astrological birth chart. Then the fun continues on from there!)

Moon Phases pictoral

Moon Phases pictoral

Returning to our current New Moon in Aquarius: what is a New Moon cycle? The Moon’s orbit around the Earth is approximately 28-29 days, and within that orbit the Sun and Moon are either together (New Moon phase) squaring one another (First QTR and Last QTR phases) or in opposition to one another (Full Moon phase). I add the four cross-quarter Moon phases (Crescent, Gibbous, Disseminating and Balsamic) that lie in between the popular four phases mentioned above. It is interesting, as the months move by, how on track we “see” ourselves coping with current challenges due to the themes that come up from the astrological sign the Moon/Sun dances within each month – very cool! And you thought you weren’t navigating your life according to your soul’s plan? Think again…

The Moon’s role is to show us how well we 1) feel our feelings, 2) are aware of those feelings, 3) honour these feelings AND most importantly, 4) listen to / honour our Intuition – the inner guidance system of our Higher Self/guides, angels et al. This is where our insights come from – as long as we allow ourselves to RECEIVE – this is key folks! Wanting and asking over and over again is one thing; are you ALLOWING yourself to RECEIVE the messages / signs too? Ego can block this as readily as it blocks positive thinking and all the rest. Think about it…

The Sun’s monthly dance with the Moon brings in our Soul’s intention – and by the Full Moon phase the Moon reflects the Sun’s unconscious intentions, brings ILLLUMINATION – those key AHA! moments that help us to “see” what we’ve truly been working on deep within ourselves all along. My friend Diana and I have already had our AHA! moments from the Mercury Rx (Retrograde) blog I posted earlier today! It comes when we are open to it…remember this…

Now, Aquarius, the Water-Bearer – is actually an AIR sign – yes you heard it right. Huh? Air means communication, and how we relate, in this case, with our community (Aquarius). The Ancients thought the Gods poured down those key insights/intuitive hits/bright innovative ideas to we lowly folks via the Milky Way – insights that came from our Future Self. Actually the “water” pouring down upon us represented the electrical ability to FEEL those intuitive hits (working with the chakras, energy centres within the body, helps here), manage the feelings behind them (heartfully or not) in order to then take ACTION upon them. Aquarius rules technology (so this current Mercury Rx timing through Aquarius is going to be one humdinger with computers, cellphones, cars and all manner of communication devices) and its energy is ELECTRIC, which is why Aquarius rules the electrical system of the physical body – central nervous system – also the shins/calves and ankles (watch out for missteps via spraining ankles or knocking shins if you aren’t in TUNE with Future Self forward-movement). Aquarius brings change that can shake up our world! Be careful what you ask for…

Waterfall @ Beach Estates Park, 2011

Waterfall @ Beach Estates Park, 2011

Aquarius themes are as follows:

  • INDIVIDUATION: how to BE my own true individual AND still manage to BE in community – help others in my world, allow their assistance too (note the receiving here?) and yet honouring ME and what I need to do for the world, without the Ego part. Interesting challenge, isn’t it?
  • HUMANITARIANISM: another “for the good of all” aspect to chew on. What do you bring to community? How do you give back? We don’t all have to adopt babies from Africa nor join the UN nor do good as Doctors Without Borders – what can you DO right here at the community level in your home town? BEing human and treating others, all walks of life, as human BEings too. What’s the Golden Rule? “Do Unto Others As You Would Have Them Do Unto You” or words to that effect. Heartfully, not from the Ego’s power/control frame of reference.
  • INNOVATION: those bright ideas, inventions, timely great creations (Leo is the opposite sign to Aquarius – hence the creativity aspect) that help ALL of humanity “for the GOOD of All”. Think about it: where do those bright ideas come from? Your Future Self – embrace this part of you, introduce each other, have a chat. Sit a while, ruminate, imagine a better world…and again, we must ALLOW these bright ideas to BE Received…then take action.
  • MAVERICKS: this can be a tricky theme to deal with. Most people in the world fear the mavericks within and amongst them – those rebels that seem to make waves just by showing up! “Why can’t you just “go along” with everyone?” “Why do you insist on “rocking the boat”?” etc etc etc…sound familiar? Huge fear of going against the grain – we’ll get into some kind of trouble if…. Wherever you have Aquarius in your chart, this is where your Soul self insists on bringing through Future Self ideas, insights and intuition to help SOLVE current issues in a new (futuristic) way. Who knew computers would totally revolutionize our world? Interestingly, when Uranus, ruler of Aquarius, came into Aquarius way back in January 1996, guess what was launched? The Internet. Back in the 1960’s Uranus was in the sign of Virgo: all about processes and being of better service to all. The beginnings of what we know now as PCs/smart phones etc actually began during the Second World War with the invention of the code-breaking machines (Uranus was in the sign of Gemini – how can we find/gather data, disseminate it and share it and keep it secret all at the same time?). We see the path of Uranus/Aquarius INNOVATIONS through the generations, each previous innovation feeding the next new “bright idea”. What are YOUR bright ideas this month?
  • HEALTH: to repeat – Aquarius rules our central nervous system, shins/calves and ankles, circulation, cramps and spasms, varicose veins. For those of us with Aquarius on the cusp of the 6th House and/or within the 6th House – our body talks to us through these areas if we aren’t looking after ourselves! This is why I need to watch how much coffee I drink, especially this time of year. It affects my nervous system and burns me out quicker than working long hours will.
  • DISASSOCIATION: this is where we have somehow, electrically (via our “circuits”) become separated from ourselves (usually through some sort of trauma) – disassociated – and therefore not WHOLE or BALANCED as we could be. Due to the trauma in my life, my mind (I have Mercury in Aquarius too!) believes it can keep on ticking like that Energizer Bunny and not look after the needs of my physical body – NOT! So this time of year I go through a reset to bring more balance into my life, and I do so via alternative health means (Futuristic). See how Aquarius works in our lives? What House is Aquarius in within your birth chart/Life? This is where you may also BE disconnected somehow.

To recap: Today’s New Moon cycle not only begins a NEW cycle of connecting to your emotions/intuition and how you do so. It also heralds a BRAND NEW WAY of doing so! Mercury Rx brings in “information I didn’t know I needed to know” to help us out this month too! Yay! Look for the information – it will find you if you are WILLING to receive it. What are your intentions for your life this month? Use today’s New Moon energy to put it out there to your Higher Self, Inner Child, and True Inner Self. Have a meeting and see what comes up.

Twirling Leaf in Mid Air, Beach Estates Park, 2011

Twirling Leaf in Mid Air, Beach Estates Park, 2011

We bring to the table this month ways and means of INNOVATION, CHANGE, BEing a REBEL (with a cause) to HELP all of humankind – not hinder. Where’s the Maverick in you? Do you hide away in fear or do you embrace this part of you? Not only is Mercury going Rx ramping up the octaves of mindful AWARENESS to how we have disconnected from some part of self along our journey; so too does this New Moon cycle. By the Full Moon, when the Sun and Moon sit opposite one another, I trust YOU will “see” your true individual self, marry it with your Future Self, bring in your Inner Child to play along (Leo opposite to Aquarius) and see what you have created this month!

Think of it this way: we are being shown, this month and New Moon cycle, a TASTE of the “pot of gold” gifts this New Age of Aquarius is all about! We are learning to COMBINE the gifts of Aquarius AND Leo (polar opposites) to create an “AND” world of  heartfelt (Leo) innovative change (Aquarius), creativity, having fun and play like the innocent child who KNOWS that ALL is possible (again, all Leo)! We can create a new Garden of Eden, somehow, within these next 2150 years or so. What do you intend to create in your life, at this moment, at the beginning of this new age, within this New Moon?


Written by: (Laurie) Rae Rezanoff, Intuitive Spiritual Astrologer, Teacher, Facilitator

Photos taken by (Laurie) Rae Rezanoff; all other pictures from Google Images

Open-Heart Surgery – Jupiter in Leo

JupiterThe planet Jupiter entered the zodiac sign of Leo as of July 17, 2014 and will be there until August 11, 2015. Jupiter’s path around the zodiac takes about 12 years to complete. The last time Jupiter made the journey through Leo was August 2, 2002 until August 27, 2003. Think back in time to where you were, who was in your life, and what was happening, heartfully, then?

Before I share what I underwent back then (and now) let’s discuss what Jupiter the planet and the sign of Leo mean to humankind. Jupiter is the largest planet of our solar system, hence astrologically brings expansion, the need to explore outside our usual boundaries, and the energy of Jupiter AMPLIFIES the sign it traverses. Makes it bigger, in your face so you’ll notice, eh?

Zodiac Sign of Leo

Zodiac Sign of Leo

The zodiac sign of Leo (ruled by the Sun) brings us creativity, our inner child’s need for fun and play, where we find romance (Leo rules our HEART, upper back and spine in the physical body). Leo can also be about DRAMA – look at me! See me! Roaring like a lion. A wee bit of arrogance, anger, Ego issues and over-playing the drama can enter the picture if we need to see/hear it for our own Soul growth. Leo is also about leadership: working as a leader within a team, being a team-player and leading by example. What example are our world leaders making these days? Our previous Alberta Premier showed us all how ineffective it is to lead via the Ego’s need to be arrogant and self-serving. An over-spending spree of public provincial money ended in her resignation August 6, 2014. Interesting timing…

Now we bring in Jupiter – remember the expansion bit? Hence my calling this transit “open-heart surgery” – Jupiter is assisting all of us to open our hearts (Leo) wider and deeper – with compassion and unconditional love – if we are willing. If we are not willing, then the Ego brings in resistance (anyone been pulling back muscles or having similar back issues since July? or how about heart issues? the extreme would be creating a heart attack for yourself).

As Jupiter moves through Leo, it begins in a Direct way – focused on covering new ground, to bring in people and/or circumstances to us from outside ourselves to “see” how open our heart truly is. Then Jupiter decides to bring its energy deeply within each of us by turning Retrograde (Rx) which happened just before Christmas – December 8th. Did any of you notice how the jovial uplifted feelings we’ve been riding with since July seemed to be turned off in December? The closer we came to Christmas the darker it seemed – as if someone had turned out the lights! Of course we had the longest night of the year occur December 21st, Winter Solstice, and this isn’t what I am talking about. The inner light of optimism and seeking our higher truths seemed darker somehow.

Jupiter continues to be Rx until April 8, 2015 when it turns Direct once more. Bottom line, what does this mean? The initial Direct energy since July 2014 brought us closer heartfully to “see” just how open all of us are with one another, unconditionally., especially with Self. As I have already mentioned, the Ego resistance can bring about breakups, stand offs and downright battles (Syria and ISIS and all that war-mongering comes to mind too).

Heart Tree in Beach Estates Park Dec 2012

Heart Tree in Beach Estates Park Dec 2012

What astrologers do understand is this: “As Within, So Without” – meaning as we struggle deep within ourselves to love self and our significant others/family/friends, we can see in the world around us a direct reflection of that struggle playing out. Jupiter brings us a gift of choice: do we love ourselves through this process (and we each have our own respective and unique process of Soul growth to undergo) or do we have a temper-tantrum because “I want what I want and I want it ALL and NOW and MY way!”?

The choice is (and the “pot of gold”): recognizing what IS working heartfully, in our lives, and what isn’t. Then the next step is choosing: do I want to spend time to work this out with myself/others or do I want to walk away? OR (and this is what is playing out in Syria et al) dramatically fighting to the death – literally – to get what I want! Am I walking THROUGH the process, or running from it? Or even hiding from it? Or forcing others to DO MY WILL!?

Jupiter rules the 9th House of the zodiac wheel, and brings in our search of higher truths through the cultural philosophies we know of and the ones we learn about through higher education, travelling the world and interacting with one another on the global scale. “Why am I here? What am I meant to be accomplishing this lifetime? Who am I? Where am I going?” These are the heartfelt issues and feelings we are all undergoing. If it doesn’t FEEL right in the heart, why am I doing this?

Currently we are all in the Rx phase whereby we each look back to what we experienced 12/13 years ago AND since July of 2014. Any reminders of unfinished business, heartfully? What is still operating in your life that impedes your truest creativity, romantic needs, leadership roles, balancing your life with fun and play? This Rx period gives us all time to reflect on what is heartfully working for us and what isn’t. We will have the chance to make changes by April (if we haven’t already done so) when Jupiter turns Direct once more.

Balloons & Orbs, West Bank of Luxor, Egypt 2011

Balloons & Orbs, West Bank of Luxor, Egypt 2011

Jupiter also brings in FAITH – what do you believe to be true? No coincidence that a lot of the extremism out in the world has to do with Faith/religious beliefs – all escalating this summer/fall. Do you believe in Faith? What does this mean to you? Do you believe the sky is falling due to war, the downward spiral of oil prices affecting the markets, and the domino effects spiralling out from there? Or do you have Faith that the more we open our hearts to love self and all others (no matter their religious beliefs, colour, culture) that all will be rebalanced and right in the world? No this isn’t a magic wand moment – ’tis the belief that actions speak louder than words. Leo is Fire – inspired creative action from our inner spirit (in-spiration) heartfully lead through love. Basic. Simple. Effortless, really. Truly.

With Leo (and any planet that travels through this sign) we will know how we are operating: if we are coming from our inner deepest heart of hearts, we are coming from Love and our spirit/soul self. If we are coming from arrogance, logical will and dramatic effects, we are coming from Ego needs. It is your choice, at any given moment, no matter who or what is mirroring back to you – do I use my heart in this issue/matter/moment or will my fearful/angry/hurt Ego come forth instead to deal with it/you/me? Free will is our Divine Right, always and in all ways.

Think back 12/13 years ago – heartfully, where were you at? What did you experience in 2002/03? Post-9/11 times interestingly enough. For me: I started dating a man who I thought was Mr. Right (finally!) and found out he was not. I also took most of 2002 off to delve heartfully into Astrology (I had two years of study under my belt by this time) and had the courage to expand myself (Jupiter) into reading charts – I did my first reading in August 2002! I haven’t looked back since – I created by first business, StarSeeker Connection – and 12.5 years later I have international, national and local clients; I teach four (almost five!) levels of Astrology classes; and facilitate monthly New Moon Gatherings. And continue to expand my knowledge base and study new areas of Astrology (currently delving into the Fixed Stars and more astronomy!!!) all very Jupiterian considering that 9th House is all about higher learning!

Sphinx Temple, Giza, Egypt 2011

Sphinx Temple, Giza, Egypt 2011

And then there was the moment, exactly a week before Christmas in 2002, when I experienced the freaky yet necessary process of deeply-buried memories (I happen to have the full 30 degrees of Leo imbedded in my 12th House of the “hidden self”) rising to the surface of having been sexually abused when I was five and six by the father of one of my best playmates in the neighbourhood we lived in at that time. For the past 12.5 years I have been learning to deal with all of the triggers, self-love issues and allowing men back into my life. Talk about heart-opening issues! All in Divine True Timing folks! Which is why I love Astrology – it shows how ON TIME we truly are – even with our respective inner battles/wars that are out-picturing in the world.

And this time round, what have I been experiencing so far? The loss of a parent and celebrating his life on his birthday in August, doing the Leo thing of having fun and playing that day – with close friends and extended family – we danced outside with our bubble wands waving them around laughing and crying and having fun! Dad would have loved it all! Sharing time with our loved ones – and heartfully staying HERE and in the NOW, walking through the grief and loss, and remembering to LOVE one another, no matter what. And most importantly: to Love Self. How’s your “open-heart surgery” doing?


NB: Orbs and Heart-Tree photos taken by (Laurie) Rae Rezanoff

What Do Rainbows Have to do with Astrology?

Wish Upon Your Rainbow

Wish Upon Your Rainbow

When I was a child, during the summer thunderstorm season, I could hardly wait to run outside into the rain. More importantly, I could hardly wait for the Rainbows to show up AFTER the storm! No matter what time of the day it was (more often than not it was just minutes to sitting down for supper) I would run out to the swing set (still dripping wet with rain) to start swinging and singing to the Rainbow, along with the birds. All of us were thrilled to sing to the beauty, wonder and joy of just seeing that Rainbow!

Decades later I still thrill to see a Rainbow. A few years ago I was living on Vancouver Island, in Nanaimo and on Boxing Day I looked out my dining room window and saw a Rainbow! I was awestruck! This was Boxing Day – in Alberta it would normally be -10 Celcius with snow and no Rainbows to be found. And here I was seeing a Rainbow! As I watched it I wondered which end held the pot of gold? Was it to the left or the right? I started grinning, thinking to myself that I would pick one end of it, fix the position in my mind’s eye, then go for a walk to towards it. I allowed my intuition to guide my choice and I picked the left end.

Since I had been in Nanaimo less than a month, there was much to explore, and searching for this “pot of gold” seemed to be adventurous and thrilling and fit in with my aim to know more about the area I now lived in. I dressed for the rain (yay! no snow!) and headed in the direction of my “pot of gold”.

As I walked I took note of all the flora and foliage around me – some of which I could identify – along the way. The robins were out (!!!) looking for worms and twittering their sweet songs. It took me back to those childhood days of singing with the birds to the Rainbows.

I kept looking for that “pot of gold” as I walked on, wondering what gift the Universe was sending me this time. I love the magic of discovering the Unknown gifts the Universe brings forward – as long as I am looking heartfully! As long as I follow my intuition. I kept smiling as I walked – I knew no one in Nanaimo, had never visited it before moving here, and now I was on my first adventure! Cool – and all this started because of a Rainbow.

Heart Tree in Beach Estates Park Dec 2012

Heart Tree in Beach Estates Park Dec 2012

My “pot of gold”? Beach Estates Park – a wonderland (as the following seasons were to show me) of cedars, ferns, deciduous trees (aka Fall colours to see next year!) a waterfall and a stream – all connected by stairs and paths and bridges in a steady downward meandering path to – the ocean! Not far from the ferry terminal.

I loved the whole journey – I felt I was deep within a jungle it was so quiet. It was wonderfully GREEN (it had been -30 with deep snow back in Calgary less than a month ago) and vibrant and a wonderful feast for my eyes! When I came out to the rocky beach (not much sand on the east side of Vancouver Island) I saw the opening of the Bay far ahead with a few ships moving across the horizon. And shells! I love love love beach-combing!

This Boxing Day Rainbow welcomed me warmly to the natural side of Vancouver Island. In the months and years to come I would invite friends to walk through the park with me during new seasons, with my new digital camera in tow. Ask me how many pictures I have just from that park?

Waterfall in Beach Estates Park Dec 2012

Waterfall in Beach Estates Park Dec 2012

As an Intuitive Spiritual Astrologer of over 14 years, I find there is a magical connection to our natural world, our solar system and beyond. It never ceases to amaze me how the TIMING of our solar (Sun) cycles, lunar (Moon) cycles, and planetary cycles continue to show just how ON TIME we truly are – despite the Ego’s otherwise cranky response to say otherwise!

I use Astrology (and now Numerology also!) to show myself and my clients, students and New Moon Gathering members how to listen to, and take action from, our intuition. Time after time, reading after reading, people who think they DO NOT listen to themselves, nor take action towards their Soul’s Purpose, step by baby step – they each learn that YES! I do listen to myself! I didn’t know that about myself before – and I show them how well they already have been traveling their Soul’s Purpose path via their previous, current and future planetary, solar and lunar cycles.

Some misunderstand Astrology, thinking it is a fortune-telling con game. NOT. In the 1600’s science split off from its spiritual roots, Astrology, and became totally left-brain logic, show me the facts and evidence of existence on this planet called Earth. All of us, on some level, have been seeking a way to return, spiritually, to ourselves ever since. Interestingly, Astrology went deep underground for close to 300 years, until the discovery of the planet Neptune September 23/24, 1846, ruler of Pisces and the 12th House within our birth charts – the connection to our Spiritual and Divine BEingness. And now, for the first time in 165/6 years since its discovery, Neptune is once again travelling through Pisces, bringing us all closer to our Spiritual selves since February 4, 2012. Just saying…see the magic…

Ivy Covered Trees in Beach Estates Park Dec 2012

Ivy Covered Trees in Beach Estates Park Dec 2012

Yes we are human BEings, with a mind, heart and physical body. We are ALSO eternal BEings of Light and Love experiencing many lifetimes of Soul evolution BACK towards our true Spiritual Selves. THIS is what Astrology brings to me, my clients, students and New Moon Gathering members – a continual confirmation that the MAGIC of looking for that “pot of gold” of mystery is really all about folding back the mystery of ME, and YOU. WE are the magic and the mystery – Believe in it…

Wish Upon A Star and Wish Upon YOUR Rainbow’s “pot of gold” – with heartfelt intention, listen to your intuition for your next steps forward this lifetime – no matter how your outside life seems to look at this very moment. Every Rainbow is MAGIC and you ARE the Rainbow, and the rain, and the natural world around you. You am I and I am You. We are all connected. The Ancients knew this 5,000 years ago as they charted the skies and began noting the details via hieroglyphs, cuneiforms, then writing over the centuries of centuries ever since.

Astrology helps you to SEE you more clearly, the whys and wherefores of what you agreed to learn about for your Soul’s growth and evolution this lifetime AND brings to light that which is still unresolved from PAST lives! Very cool actually.

This is why Rainbows and Astrology exists, now. To bring ALL of us closer to our true inner selves, the key to understanding our inner mysteries, and how we all relate to one another along the way. Blessed BE!

Footnote: all pictures taken in Beach Estates Park by (Laurie) Rae Rezanoff

Rainbow picture from Google Images

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