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Real astrology for real people, from astrologer and author April Elliott Kent & Jen Braun, co-host and producer. Come for the weekly planetary highlights, stay for the tortured metaphors and pie recipes. There's something for everyone, from total beginners to the astro-savvy! New each Monday.

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Real astrology for real people, from astrologer and author April Elliott Kent & Jen Braun, co-host and producer. Come for the weekly planetary highlights, stay for the tortured metaphors and pie recipes. There's something for everyone, from total beginners to the astro-savvy! New each Monday.

    028 | Eclipses and Nodes: Why be Mean when you can be True?

    028 | Eclipses and Nodes: Why be Mean when you can be True?

    April and Jen bring you the scoop on this week’s Venus/Mars showdown, its Sun/Mars showdown, and the first of three eclipses over what promises to be one heck of a 6-week eclipse season. Also: A mini-lesson on Mean vs. True Lunar Nodes. Plus: a celebration of two dazzling, Gemini-kissed individuals who help us bring you the BSA Podcast each week!

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    01:45 – April & Jen give a shout-out to their transcriptionist, Joel at Poised Consult, and to Emily at Gemini Moon Social Media (email: Geminimoonsocial (at) gmail (dot) com), who helps out with social media promotion. Both of our helpers have space in their schedules for more work!
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    04:22 – Venus is moving backwards in Gemini, and squares Mars in Pisces on June 2. There is tension between what we want and how we are going to get it. Venus is on the Sabian symbol “Two Dutch children talking;” are the people around you speaking your language? And Mars’s symbol, “An officer preparing to drill his men,” gives April an opportunity to mention Bob Ross. Again.
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    08:26 – The next day, Venus joins up with the Sun in Gemini in an inferior conjunction. Here's a beautiful video of what Venus dancing across the face of the Sun looks like. Wow! Look where 13 degrees Gemini is in your chart. How are you relating to others, and to yourself? A theme is likely playing out in your life related to this. The Sabian symbol is “A conversation by telepathy,” which speaks to conversations of the heart.
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    12:04 – ** Moonwatch**! It’s eclipse week! A Full Moon lunar eclipse happens at 15°34’ Sagittarius (June 5). This eclipse begins an 18.5-month journey of eclipses in Sagittarius and Gemini. This eclipse is the first of three that we have over the next six weeks. (Here is an eclipse path map.) The most recent eclipse in this series was June 4, 2012… what can you remember from that time, especially with regards to relationships? And hey, curious about what area of your life the eclipse is happening in? Here's how to find where the eclipse falls in your chart. Or, order your Followed by a Moonshadow eclipse report, which is based on your personal birth chart! Or, schedule a reading with April. And, you might like to review Episode 5, Unboxing Eclipses. So many options!
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    18:19 – The Sabian symbol for the eclipsed Moon is 16 Sagittarius, “Seagulls watching a ship.” The Sun is on 16 Gemini, “A woman suffragist orating.” Speaks to issues around getting what you need, and balancing that with speaking out, conversing, communicating.
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    22:08 – The Sun at 16°31’ Gemini makes its opening square to Mars in Pisces (June 6). This brings us back to September 2, 2019, as this chapter began. The Sun’s Sabian symbol points to thinking things through, and Mars is on a more impulsive symbol; together, they symbolize how we use our minds to deal with conflict and anger.
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    27:00 – The Lunar Nodes: Mean vs. True? April gives a mini-lesson. Because, learning.
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    30:39 – If you’d be so kind, please help the BSA podcast at no cost by subscribing, rating and reviewing. And if you find value in the podcast, please consider making a donation. We’re a small, independent podcast that depends on listener support. Thanks so much!

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    027 | The Amazing Disappearing Venus, & Cancer’s “Flavor of the Day”

    027 | The Amazing Disappearing Venus, & Cancer’s “Flavor of the Day”

    April and Jen track Mercury as he judges a beauty pageant, then enters absorbent, flavor-of-the-day Cancer. There’s a dynamic First Quarter Moon in Virgo on some provocative Sabian symbols. And Venus disappears into the underworld, prompting a discussion of Venus’s hide-and-seek cycle and her role in the June 5 lunar eclipse. Relationships much? Plus: Milwaukee frozen custard, milk in the fridge, birthdays, weddings, and somebody impersonates Tom Jones!

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    01:18 – April and Jen discuss why Memorial Day week is significant to them. Hint: Birthday cake and Jordan almonds are involved.
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    04:24 – Let’s start with Mercury diving into private, intuitive, warm, self-protective Cancer (May 28), since Cancer is a patriotic sign. If you’re interested, here is the Sibley chart for the signing of the Declaration of Independence in the USA. What’s New Pussycat?: Mercury will turn retrograde in Cancer on June 17!
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    09:41 – Cancer is ruled by the Moon. The Moon changes signs every 2.5 days. So when planets pass through Cancer, do they take on whatever “flavor of the day” the Moon is passing through? Find out about today’s Moon on the BSA home page. Or sign up for April's newsletter (free!) and you’ll get a complimentary “Working with the Moon” e-book every month, which tells you where the Moon is every day.
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    12:05 – Before Mercury leaves Gemini, though, he visits with the North Node of the Moon. The Sabian symbol for 30 Gemini is, “Bathing beauties.” What is society’s view of beauty? What is your view of beauty? Try looking below the surface, to see what is beautiful for you. And since Mercury is oftentimes a messenger, keep an eye out around May 27 to see if something comes into your life and gives you this message.
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    14:19 – Venus, currently an evening star, becomes invisible and goes into the underworld on May 28. Then she emerges on June 9/10 as a morning star. In the middle of this journey, on June 3, Venus joins up with the Sun. April gives a little lesson on the Venus star point in your birth chart. Watch the gorgeous dance of the Earth and Venus around the Sun. And do check out Dana Gerhardt’s Venus report and Arielle Guttman’s book. Plus, here’s an interesting article on Venus from Mary Plumb at The Mountain Astrologer.
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    20:40 – ** Moonwatch**! The First Quarter Moon (May 29) is at 9°11’ Virgo, so it’s time to get moving with the things you were thinking about at the New Moon last week… though with so many planets in mutable signs it’s hard to know what direction to go! The Moon sits on the Sabian symbol, “Two heads looking out and beyond the shadows” and into the future. And the Sun is on the symbol, “An airplane falling.” Or is it just landing? Hmmm…
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    26:02 – The summer eclipses arrive next week, with a South Node lunar eclipse! First, review Episode 5, Unboxing Eclipses. Then, order your one-of-a-kind Followed by a Moonshadow eclipse report, which is based on your personal birth chart! Finally, April is offering a FREE WEBINAR on eclipses on May 30 at 10 am Pacific time. Make sure that you’re on April's mailing list, because subscribers will get details about the webinar and the chance to get a copy of the recording, if you’re unable to attend the event live.
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    29:09 – And speaking of eclipses… Venus passes over 15 degrees Gemini on May 31, which is opposite the eclipse degree of 15 Sagittarius. This is part of an unfolding story arou

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    026 | Gemini New Moon and Six Months In!

    026 | Gemini New Moon and Six Months In!

    Stroll down memory lane with April and Jen as we celebrate the BSA Podcast’s 6-month half-birthday! It’s a busy week: the Sun joins the ongoing Gemini party and teams up with the Moon for a stabilizing, yet energizing new lunar cycle; Mercury translates for Venus as she makes her second of three aspects to nebulous Neptune; and Mars and Uranus team to up to offer new opportunities and unexpected gifts. Also, eclipse season will be upon us soon enough (June 5), and a little prep never hurt anyone! Plus: Christmas in springtime, deliciously dangerous potstickers, and composting gophers.

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    00:30 – Friends: April and Jen are officially half a year into our podcasting adventure! Celebrate with us! Who can forget April’s love for Bob Ross, The Repair Shop being name-dropped approximately 100 times, or Jen’s charming parents? Your intrepid co-hosts’ favorite episodes include frequent laughter, teachable moments, and delightful titles – and they are:
    Episode 5, Unboxing Eclipses (Winner, First Uncontrollable Laughing Fit)
    Episode 7, Saturn & Pluto Go to The Repair Shop (Winner, April’s Favorite Netflix Show Finally Makes It into a Title)
    Episode 8, Saturn and Pluto Need a Party (Winner, Jen’s Biggest Belly-Laugh)
    Episode 12, Mercury Retrograde: Where Are My Pants? (Winner, Best Title Ever)
    Episode 14, Retrograde Minds, Cazimi Hearts, Can’t Lose (Winner, Most Love for “Friday Night Lights”)
    Episode 21, Cardinal, Fixed, & Mutable: Signs a la Mod-alities (Winner, Loveliest Teachable Moment)
    Episode 22, Taurus New Moon and Venus Gone Wild (Winner, Sweetest Moment with Parental Cameo)
    And here’s the link to read Jen's essay, "Scorpio Full Moon: Life Lessons on Letting Go" – her personal journey with her injury.
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    07:18 – If you enjoy the podcast, April & Jen have a request: Please take one second and give the podcast a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts (or wherever you listen). Bonus points if you leave a positive review! It helps others find the show. Thanks!
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    08:28 – Welcome airy, adaptable, communicative Gemini season! The Sun strolls into the sign of the Twins on May 20 and joins Mercury, Venus, the North Node – and soon, the Moon as well.
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    10:47 – The Sun connects with Saturn in Aquarius on the May 22. The Sabian symbol for 2 Gemini is “Santa Claus Filling Stockings Furtively.” Good things coming our way? Learn how April views this symbol – it’s her descendant degree!
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    12:35 – Venus squares Neptune for the second time on May 20: an opportunity to take a fresh approach to how we relate to our closest peeps. (To revisit Venus’s first square, go to Episode 23, Talkin’ Taurus and the Void (Of Course!) Moon. To hear even more about Venus, listen to episodes 21 & 22 – see above for the link.)
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    15:11 – ** Moonwatch**! The New Moon (May 22) is at 2°04’ Gemini. It’s on one of Sabian symbol expert Lynda Hill’s favorites, “The Garden of the Tuileries,” referencing the fascinating Parisian garden and park. This is about beauty and leisure, or maybe literally getting a garden going. (Should the Kents persist with their home composting project, or simply move to Minneapolis, where their compost would be picked up at home?) The New Moon offers a nice combo of flow and conflict, with squares for character and grit, and trines to help us build something dear to our hearts.
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    23:30 – Mercury and Venus are united, and together they square Neptune in the New Moon chart.

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    025 | The Retrograde Parade!

    025 | The Retrograde Parade!

    This week in the Big Sky: Mercury dashes unsupervised into Gemini, and Mars winds up in Pisces quicksand; April and Jen examine a perfectly formed Aquarius Last Quarter Moon; and Venus and Jupiter square dance their way onto Team Retrograde! Also: learn who’s Best in Show…and, has it really been a dozen episodes since April last considered moving to Minneapolis?!
     

     
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    01:15 – Mercury dons his sparkly jester costume as he enters Gemini (May 11-28), the sign of his rulership. (And for more on rulerships, visit the episode with one of our favorite titles - Episode 14, Retrograde Minds, Cazimi Hearts, Can’t Lose.)
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    4:20 – Mercury joins Venus in the out-of-bounds club (May 16)! (Review Episode 22, Taurus New Moon & Venus Gone Wild to hear about out-of-bounds planets.)
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    06:35 – Mercury squares Mars on his way out of Taurus (May 11), gasses up his fast car, and speeds into the house of the Twins.
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    07:14 – Mars, the warrior planet, jumps in a meandering Pisces canoe (May 12 – June 27). With Pisces’s connection to infectious disease and viruses, Mars is definitely wearing his face mask while on deck!
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    12:01 – First Pluto, then Saturn… and now Venus turns retrograde at 22 degrees Gemini! REevaluate RElationships, REegotiate, REvisit, REdo... words that begin with the letters “RE” are favored during REtrograde times! And, it’s a perfect time for Jen to RE-lobby April to move to Minneapolis… the home of the Twins, no less! How perfect is that for Gemini season?
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    14:56 – The Sabian symbol where Venus turns retrograde is, “A barn dance.” This speaks of retracing your steps and an awareness of what it’s like to be in another person’s shoes. And hey, while Venus is moving backwards, standard astro-wisdom holds that you might want to avoid major decisions related to money, relationships, and your appearance. Just sayin’.
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    20:11 – ** Moonwatch**! The Last Quarter Moon is at 24°13’ Aquarius (May 14) on the Sabian symbol, “A butterfly with the right wing more perfectly formed.” This speaks of minor imperfections and imbalance… but that right wing is really exquisite. The Sun is on, “A large well-kept public park.” (This Sabian symbol was last seen when Pluto stationed to go retrograde – REvisit Episode 22, Taurus New Moon & Venus Gone Wild.) And put on your leisure suit while you’re at it – these are lovely, pretty, slow symbols, with open space for R&R.
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    24:57 – The retrograde parade marches on! Jupiter reverses direction this week as well (May 14 – Sept 12). When the outer planets turn around, we usually notice it a couple of days before and after. This is a good retrograde for self-awareness, inner growth, and self-guided studies.
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    29:10 – FYI: April’s book, Astrological Transits, is listed as unavailable on Amazon.com through July … but it’s not being revised! So if you can find a used copy, go for it! And if you can’t find one anywhere, contact April [April (at) bigskyastrology (dot) com] – she might have a few copies for sale. (It’s also available in Kindle format.)
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    31:02 – Podpals: Could you help April & Jen out – at no cost to you – by subscribing, rating & reviewing, and telling a friend about the podcast? Or, if you’d like to celebrate April & Jen’s silver podcasting episode-iversary, donate a little funding to help cover costs. Thanks! 😃

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    024 | Scorpio Full Moon & Lunar Nodes for Grasshoppers

    024 | Scorpio Full Moon & Lunar Nodes for Grasshoppers

    April and Jen approach the Full Moon week with beginner’s mind, as the Lunar Nodes shift into Gemini and Sagittarius for the next 18 months. Also: Saturn in Aquarius turning retrograde signals that it’s time to reassess commitments and do some foundational retrofitting; Mercury dons a rakish silk hat; the Sun points a finger; and a Scorpio Full Moon just made for deep-cleaning. Plus, googly eyes and gold stars!

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    01:59 – April and Jen would like to give our listeners a golden 5-star rating! (And listen to Episode 22, Taurus New Moon & Venus Gone Wild to hear Jen’s parents reminisce about 80s music and Jen’s tween years.) If you’d like to “see” some of Jen’s googly-eyed food art, visit the episode page at our website!
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    06:35 – Mercury is quietly superior as he joins up with the Sun at 15 Taurus in his muffler and rakish silk hat (May 4). (And to learn about April’s Murphy bed and new pathway fanciness, revisit Episode 5, Unboxing Eclipses.)
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    09:30 – Drumroll, please! The Lunar Nodes change signs (May 4): The North Node moves into Gemini, and the South Node moves into Sagittarius. Embrace the questioning path, the uncertainty; be curious and open-minded, and cultivate beginner’s mind. (Another reason to listen to Episode 5, Unboxing Eclipses: You can learn all about the Nodes of the Moon! Yay! And to review how mindfulness can help overcome stress, go to Episode 18, Aries New Moon and a Kerflooey World.) And order April's eclipse report here.
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    18:54 – ** Moonwatch**! The Full Moon is at 17°20’ Scorpio on May 7 on the Sabian symbol, “A woods rich in autumn coloring.” This speaks of a glow before the leaves drop their leaves. The Sun at 18° Taurus is, “A woman holding a bag out a window.” Time to clean house, literally and metaphorically.
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    24:35 – The Sun and Moon are square Mars in Aquarius at this Full Moon. Mars is the minion on the right.
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    25:56 – Saturn turns retrograde on May 10 on the Sabian symbol 2 Aquarius, “An unexpected thunderstorm.” Reassess commitments made and renegotiate if necessary. On July 1, Saturn re-enters Capricorn for a last hurrah. It’s like a house appraisal! Look to the Capricorn area of your chart to find out what needs shoring up. Or, schedule a reading with April, and she’ll tell you all about your chart!
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    31:32 – The Sun sextiles Neptune on May 10. The Sabian symbol for 21 Taurus is, “A finger pointing in an open book.” This is an opportunity to elevate ourselves. The answers may present themselves clearly… Will you take advantage of the opportunity that is presented? Or, maybe the answer is already close at hand … that book is open, after all, grasshopper. But remember: Much to learn, you still have.
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    023 | Talkin’ Taurus and the Void (Of Course!) Moon

    023 | Talkin’ Taurus and the Void (Of Course!) Moon

    Mercury reclaims the spotlight this week, as April and Jen herald his entrance into the laconic Taurus. The Sabian symbols for the Leo First Quarter Moon evoke fun, play, and optimism, and Venus begins her long, confusing dance with Neptune. And, just because we like you: a mini-lesson on the void-of-course Moon! Plus: hablamos español (más o menos); tree swings we’ve known and loved; and gettin’ toey.

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    00:47 – Join April & Jen for a little TV talk, brought to you this time by imaginary sponsors Netflix AND Hulu. Because… ¿Por qué no?
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    03:55 – Speedy Mercury in Aries gives way to the more sedate, measured pace of Taurus (April 27). Chance would be a fine thing, if people were to think a bit more before speaking. You might hear more money talk, too.
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    06:41 – Venus rules Taurus, and as we know from last week (Episode 22, Taurus New Moon & Venus Gone Wild), she is out-of-bounds and totally unsupervised!
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    08:42 – Mercury makes an opportunity aspect to the North Node in Cancer (April 27); let’s review how well we’ve learned to take care of one another over the past 18 months.
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    11:23 – Mercury squares Saturn (April 28). Time to intellectually incorporate what we learned last week. What is the story we’ll tell about this time?
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    13:03 – Want to see the things that trouble you in a whole new light? Want to change the stories you tell yourself? Try the book Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life. (BTW, April and Jen don’t make any $ from sales or clicks on this book… Mercury in Taurus would want to know that! 😉)
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    13:45 – Eureka! Mercury aligns with Uranus (April 30) at 6°52’ Taurus, and great insights are possible. Uranus is seen as the “higher octave” of Mercury. (See Episode 8, Saturn and Uranus Need a Party).
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    15:03 – ** Moonwatch**! The First Quarter Moon at 10°57’ Leo (April 30) encourages play! The Sabian symbol for the Moon is, “Children in a swing on a huge oak tree.” The Sun at 11° Taurus is, “A woman sprinkling flowers.” These are optimistic symbols that speak of enjoying the natural world and having some fun. (You remember fun, right?)
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    18:45 – Reminisce with April and Jen: Did you have a tree swing as a kid? Did you climb big trees?
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    20:03 – It’s here! Venus makes the first of three squares to Neptune (May 3). Has it been hard to know what to believe? Are you feeling toe-y? Interested in knowing even more? Revisit Episode 21, Cardinal, Fixed, & Mutable: Signs a la Mod-alities and Episode 22, Taurus New Moon & Venus Gone Wild. (The other two squares are on May 20 and July 27.)
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    21:16 – The Sabian symbol for Venus at 21 Gemini is, “A labor demonstration.” And Neptune’s is, “A little white lamb, a child and a Chinese servant.” Are you seeing relationships clearly? Are they equitable?
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    26:54 – A mini-lesson on the Moon’s day-to-day journey and the void-of-course (VOC) Moon. First stop: What’s up with the Moon today? When you woke up this morning, did you trip over dog toys, or was the coffee pot already set? (To hear more about day-to-day life and 6th house things, visit Episode 10, Neptune and the Zen of Groundhog Day.)
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    29:44 – Introducing… the VOC Moon! Examples included, at no extra charge!
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    34:25 – If you’d like to know the monthly VOC Moon times each month, sign up for April's newsletter, and you’ll get a “Working with the Moon” e-book each month, absolutely free! (We only charg

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