Blame the Leonids!!

With those bright spark Leonids visiting us all, we’ve been super busy, apologies from us and Leonid for the late delivery of November!

We shall all try harder! x


ARIES – The November 3 full moon lights up the money and material possessions in your life. Someone, or an unusual situation, could lead to an influx of cash or earning opportunity. It may take time, but it can start now. The moon-Mars conjunction on the fourteenth makes it easy to get what you want, if you know what that is. The new moon on November 18 suggests that nothing will be a problem for you during the next month. You have a clear view of a situation that may have been a bother for a while. Resources and helpful advice are at your fingertips. 
Standout days: 5, 10, 25
Challenging days: 1, 19

TAURUS – You’re totally conspicuous around the full moon on November 3, and in all the best ways. If you have wanted a boost for a special project, helping hands and brilliant ideas are on their way. You won’t even need to ask. Venus enters Scorpio on the seventh. Watch for love to get deep and for romance to get serious. A spectacular new love or romantic interest comes your way with the new moon on November 18. Or a current partnership may deepen and become rich beyond either of your wildest dreams. Be inundated with random acts of kindness and generosity.
Standout days: 13, 16, 21
Challenging days: 4, 26

GEMINI – Feel appreciated and cuddled around the full moon on November 3. Enjoy your personal space and private time. If feeling restless or still thinking of what else you should have or be doing, set all that aside and love your life here and now. Feel good about yourself with the new moon on the eighteenth. Feel good about your day job, and let your co-workers feel good about you, too. If there have been any doubts about anything, they will be resolved and disappear now. The Mercury-Saturn conjunction on November 27 can help you understand a piece of cryptic but valuable advice.
Standout days: 5, 17, 25
Challenging days: 1, 13

CANCER – The spotlight is on your social life during the November 3 full moon. Step into a bigger, perhaps faster social set. Don’t feel shy or awkward. Let others do the crazy stuff if they like. Dance to your own music, but dance. On the new moon on the eighteenth, pour your feelings into something creative. Paint, decorate, cook, play or write music, and soak yourself in all the things that you love best. Surround yourself with your best-loved company, too. The moon-Uranus conjunction on November 30 could reopen – or settle – an old argument. Be emotional but also reasonable, and heal an old wound.
Standout days: 7, 13, 21
Challenging days: 9, 19

LEO  – Career options and opportunities are blazing under the full moon on November 3. Feel secure and solid in your talents, skills, and experience. Friends or family may encourage you beyond your comfort level, but really, they’re right. Be brave if not bold. The new moon on the eighteenth makes home the best place to be. Spoil yourself and have a party if you like. Change something and make your environment luxurious and beautiful. Let friends and family visit and be jealous of your great space. The sun enters Sagittarius on November 21. If it wasn’t party time before, it is now.
Standout days: 3, 9, 29
Challenging days: 16, 28

VIRGO – If you’re feeling limited or constrained, the full moon on November 3 lets you break out and run free. You may not want to do anything extreme, but you have plenty of support and people cheering you on if you do. Mercury enters Sagittarius on the fifth, and it might be hard to concentrate on the important small stuff. Do your best. Stay near to home during the new moon on November 18. There will be a lot that you want to do with your friends. If siblings show up, let them figure out how to fit in with what’s going on.
Standout days: 9, 17, 28
Challenging days: 12, 24

LIBRA – On the full moon of November 3, resolve something that has been annoying or worrying you. It may not be important in the long run, but it could feel that way now. You have more than enough resources and lots of moral support. On the thirteenth, Venus conjoins Jupiter in Scorpio. Something or someone could touch or steal your heart. Money and material possessions are highlighted with the new moon on November 18. Pretty things look prettier and more desirable than usual. You might be tempted to go on a spending spree. Maybe leave your plastic at home and do some serious window-shopping.
Standout days: 7, 16, 28
Challenging days: 9, 26

SCORPIO – A rise in love and romance is highlighted by the full moon on November 3. Get sexy and sensual with someone who already worships the air you breathe. Don’t let any socializing get too extravagant because it might. The new moon on the eighteenth gives you the chance to do and say things that you would normally keep private. Be tactful, keep it nice, and people will understand and probably agree. You could alter your appearance now, too, with no negative criticism. On November 21, the Venus-Pluto sextile could smooth the rough edges on a relationship that shows promise of becoming valuable.
Standout days: 5, 12, 22
Challenging days: 19, 29

SAGITTARIUS – Health and happiness are spotlighted by the full moon on November 3. Take pleasure in taking care of yourself. You may also have a friend or a pet who needs a little extra pampering. Pamper away! On the thirteenth, the Venus-Jupiter conjunction shows you just how loved and cherished you really are. During the new moon on November 18, your private life and interior landscape may be much more interesting and richer than anything in the outside world. Indulge in deep thoughts, read a heavy book, get philosophical, and talk with your soul mate, real or yet to be manifested.
Standout days: 7, 16, 21
Challenging days: 4, 26

CAPRICORN – Around the November 3 full moon, get creative and spruce up your home, wardrobe, or anything else that you value and would like to give a fresh look. Get daring and have some wild and crazy fun with a lot of friends. The new moon on the eighteenth says to get ready for a fantastic social life in the coming weeks. Be popular and be treated extremely well. It’s OK to be pampered, so long as you appreciate it. On November 27, the Mercury-Saturn conjunction could slow down the pace and maybe change the direction of a developing relationship. 
Standout days: 11, 15, 20
Challenging days: 2, 13

AQUARIUS – Family or home life could tug at your heart with the full moon on November 3. There may be good news at work that makes time at home better and better. It’s so nice when home and work are not in fierce competition. The new moon on the eighteenth could open a door for your career or public presence that puts you on the fast track to success and popularity. Enjoy a burst of charm that brings someone or something to help you make the next big leap. On November 25, the Mercury-Uranus trine could reveal something powerful and useful that has long been concealed.
Standout days: 2, 11, 20
Challenging days: 4, 17

PISCES – Friends and neighbors are prominent, in all the best ways, during the full moon on November 3. Generosity from afar may be shared with you and your besties. It may not be party time, but it could be close. Break out of your shell with the new moon on the eighteenth. If you’ve been hunkered down with one specific job or project, you can now widen your range and have a fuller perspective without sacrificing your concentration. You will make success look easy. On November 26, the Moon-Neptune conjunction exposes hidden emotions and lets you talk openly about them.
Standout days: 13, 16, 22
Challenging days: 9, 19

Love beyond November!

The moon and the stars

 

Aries 20th March -19th April

Mars your ruling planet has been making you look at the way you are leading your life. Are you happy? Have things not gone quite as you would have planned? Are the people you are spending your time with your kind of people. The truth is something must change and while that may indicate some endings which are sad to release, it also gives you the freedom to take up on some very interesting twists and turns in fate later in the month. So, have no time for regrets, onwards and upwards.

Thought for the Month ‘A life half lived is a life half lost’

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Taurus April 19th April – 20th May

This month for many is a month of self-questioning; am I happy? Are you the right one for me? Inevitably these are questions asked when there is some dissatisfaction, Still, if we don’t ask them then we are just shutting up and putting up and is that living? No, it is not! Still when we take these questions to the right place our bosses our spouses and lovers even our children and friends. Further, we brave asking the tough questions directly then there is an opportunity for positive change especially now!

Thought for the Month ‘Strike while the iron is hot!

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Gemini May 20th- June 20th

It is often said the darkest hour is just before the dawn and it is true that we also often leave the worst till last. Well, as much as it may not appeal to you it is time to clear out the last of the serious stuff. Why because when you do you will feel a sense of relief which will lighten your spirit. Better still the end of the month brings in some exciting opportunities and some fascinating people and you want to be free to enjoy that to the full. Not least because it is taking you in an altogether better direction!

Thought for the Month ‘Clear the decks’

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Cancer June 20th – July 22nd

Relationships are on the front burner this month. It seems in some ways you are finding it difficult to reconcile the behaviour of another. Your values are different. Still, there must be compromise, is there compromise? If you know things are not right do not sit on the fence now. If it’s not working let it go. This is a time of opportunity but strides must be taken, bridges must be crossed and boundaries drawn. While this sounds final all that is good will bend, and all that is dead will break. It’s for the best.

Thought for the Month ‘Look where you want to go’

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Leo July 22nd – August 22nd

The first part of the month should be ideally focused on pressing practical matters. It is a busy time where the pace is fast and, the load heavy. While it seems as if this is a progressive trend the good news is later in the month romance and fun beckon you. This should be an exciting time that enjoys your full focus. So, deal with the mundane jobs early month and you can just relax and enjoy life’s pleasures. These have the possibility of leading you in an entirely different refreshing direction.

Thought for the Month ‘Luck is preparation meeting opportunity’

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Virgo August 22nd – September 22nd

For a while now you have been jogging along, doing what you are supposed to do. On the face of it keeping up your end of the bargain. But have you? Have you done what was asked of you or what you thought was needed? Even when we act in the very best faith we may have miss read a situation. Tensions around this now actually offer you a chance to sever some ties. Shake off some negative influences and please yourself. The time has come to move on in many ways.

Thought for the month ‘A change is as good as a rest’

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Libra September 22nd – October 23rd

Tensions are unavoidable as are certain disruptive individuals. Still, if you play fair in the games of love and war and cover all your bases. More importantly, anticipate the could be problems it is very likely that you will get ahead of the game. Better still despite the tensions, it seems what is happening for you now is opening better opportunities and times ahead. The secret now is to keep eyes on goals and keep battling through. This month efforts will be rewarded and make up for all the stress.

Thought for the Month ‘If at first you don’t succeed try and try again’

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Scorpio October 23rd – November 21st

While others may have plans to squash your dreams, why let them? This should be your motto for the month! The thing with somebody else’s anger, rage, hate, sadness or bitterness is just that; It is theirs and not yours! While it may seem unfair let it go, turn your back on it and just keep doing what you are doing. It seems the heavens have aligned some successes for you this month if you just keep the faith and carry on there are some very pleasant surprises indeed. The stuff dreams are made of!

Thought for the Month ‘Click your heels three times and say there’s no place like home’

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Sagittarius November 21st – December 21st

With Saturn in your sign, the tempo has been serious and finances have been a niggling matter for some time. Still this month maybe you should challenge certain individuals. Once you have you can see more clearly some of the underlying problems and do something about it. So, trust your instincts, follow your hunches and do not be afraid to act on them. What’s even better is that others will be glad you did too. This paves the way for better mutual understanding even if ties are broken.

Thought for the Month ‘Time to call a spade a spade’

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Capricorn December 22nd – January 20th

With a Full Moon in your sign on the 9th, we can expect to see some Capricorn action. While feelings run high it’s time to take a stand and make yourself heard. Better still talk your worries through with others as there will be as support around you and the resulting discussions could lead to some much overdue change. You have for some time now been restless with one or two areas of your life. What at first seems disruptive will soon result in a greater sense of harmony and balance, so go with it!

Thought for the Month ‘Trust the process’

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Aquarius January 20th – February 19th

An Eclipse in your sign on August 7th heralds in some exciting new beginnings. For that reason, don’t be surprised if July is about endings. Better still ponder that thought. What are you sick of? What must go? Who is boring? Where are you wasting your time? Then decide to make July a Feng Shui month. Clear the clutter and make way for the possibility. Change is just around that corner and the heavens are promising some very fine things indeed.

Thought for the Month ‘Change is the result of true learning’

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Pisces February 19th – March 20th

You have invested a great deal of time and energy in keeping certain situations a float. You have been disrespected, ignored, overruled and even lied to and it has taken a great amount of tolerance and lip biting. This month when things don’t go your way again. Just let go, while it may not be easy it is for the best. Better still when new opportunities present themselves you will be glad your freer to just move on with your life. Some people can’t be helped and like to assume the suffering role.

Thought for the Month ‘Some things are just best left’

~ Amanda Corrick

follow up … follow up … follow up …

 

‘How is business, Ben?’

Great Charlie, had a couple of enquiries last week which sounds just about right for business.

Fantastic – take a donut! What kind of work was that?

Well, nothing has happened just yet, I need to follow up.

Now I know many of you reading this would have been in this situation, and I don’t wish to sound churlish … but please follow up …

I shall when I get the chance Charlie, I’m rather busy just now …

Ben, put yourself in your referrers shoes, look at it this way … if the roles were reversed … say you asked someone to provide services or quote for provision. Would you take kindly waiting days for a response? How do you think this impacts the opinion other prospects may have of you?

Perhaps they’re thinking – or worse, talking: maybe Ben is too busy for more business? Perhaps he can’t handle our kind of enquiry … or worse – our business may not be suitable …

‘Maybe Ben is too busy for more business? Perhaps he can’t handle our kind of enquiry … or worse – our business may not be suitable …’

Ben, do it.

Think about it, you are working for referrals, on the lookout for leads that just may turn into business, it takes time. Then – as if by miracle, you are lucky enough to be handed an introduction to what sounds like ideal business, what is the first thing you do?

Follow up.

Ben, put the donut down and do it now … follow up the enquiry before the opportunity is lost, otherwise, all the time, energy and groundwork you have spent promoting your personal service have gone to waste.

Nothing undermines the relationship, the potency of a network forum more quickly than neglect.

Networking works, it’s simple, we pitch our interests, we develop the understanding, the relationships which lead to partnerships and trust and when the time is right we earn the opportunity for more business.

Follow up the business Ben, do it quickly and show your potential new client how you intend to fulfil their faith in you, how you intend to carry on.

It’s the reputation we are building Ben …

MAY. Amanda says … it’s in the stars

 

Aries 20th March -19th April

May is promising to be a month of opportunity for many but it is equally full of surprises. After Mercury’s about turn into direct motion on the 3rd, you can expect many obstacles to start clearing away. Better still you can also expect the things that you thought would cause you trouble, in fact, end up doing the exact opposite! This will be a month that by its close you could, in fact, find yourself in an even better and stronger position than you had anticipated in many respects. This is a month of positive change.

Thought for the Month ‘Expect the unexpected’

Taurus April 19th April – 20th May

In your mind, you have already left the past behind therefore you are ready for Mays promising opportunities. This is good as they will be forthcoming. Not only that with your new open-minded ‘let’s just see where life takes me’ attitude you will be well placed to savour all that is on offer. This will have a very positive impact on your life going forward. With Venus also direct now you will be ready to renew your affections or take a new romantic journey, start a new career or project and throw all your passion into it. Enjoy!

Thought for the Month ‘Luck is preparation meeting opportunity’

Gemini May 20th- June 20th

With your ruling planet Mercury’s recent retrograde motion, which changes on the 3rd everything has been in chaos! In fact, it is difficult to know where to start and what is more urgent. Thrown into the mix that everybody’s life is changing then it is little wonder you could do with a period of calm! While May cannot promise you this it can promise you some very pleasant and surprising opportunities. Most of which will unfold after the Gemini New Moon on the 25th and into June. In the meantime, stay open to everything!

Thought for the Month ‘You never know your luck till the ball stops rolling’

Cancer June 20th – July 22nd

Cancer’s being a fixed sign enjoy stability and certainty all of which have been in very short supply lately. Still, there is no denying that there have been some wonderful opportunities of late and some very real potential for future happiness. Therefore, to a degree maybe you should just relax and let this changing climate unfold with all its twists, turns and offers. It seems that the tides of change are slowly turning in your favour so try to weather the tensions of others and just trust the journey it promises to be good!

Thought for the Month ‘All in a day’s work’

Leo July 22nd – August 22nd

Recent stressful situations have forced you to lie low and stay distant from the drama. While that has been exhausting, it has the advantage that you are now free to consider your own opportunity. With both Venus and Mercury now direct it seems you will be able to pursue your objectives rather than those of others. While some opportunities may take you out of your comfort zone you are advised to give it a go! What unfolds because of some strange and auspicious twists of fate could be well worth any effort involved

Thought for the Month ‘As one door closes another opens’

Virgo August 22nd – September 22nd

This month as your ruling planet Mercury turns direct on the 3rd you will be eating humble pie. Something a fastidious, methodical Virgo never usually does! Mind you the good thing about Mercury retrograde is that it will highlight some facts that you had previously missed. This will make you change your whole approach to certain individuals and situations. It seems however that with times changing so quickly you may have to just take some chances. The good news is later you will be glad you did!

Thought for the month ‘There is no such thing as perfect’

Libra September 22nd – October 23rd

Life has been tricky for some time now and Mercury has not helped over the last couple of weeks. It feels impossible to complete anything satisfactorily. However, its direct turn on the 3rd. That and Venus recent about turn should now help to get the wheels of life oiled and moving again. Expect results toward the end of the month when a Gemini New Moon broadens your horizon’s. That is not just for now, but it opens doors that will change your life! This is a time you will look back on and recognise a turning point.

Thought for the Month ‘You have to speculate to accumulate’

Scorpio October 23rd – November 21st

A Full Moon in your sign promises tensions will build until the 10th when they reach a head! It’s fair to say with so many planets doing recent retrograde turns you have been going over things! Just when you think you have something sorted fate has thrown a spanner in the works. Still, while this has been testing perhaps retrospectively it will have been good and tested your commitment to certain projects and people. Remain open-minded especially as offers late month may offer yet another better perspective.

Thought for the Month ‘The game is not over until the ball stops’

Sagittarius November 21st – December 21st

With Saturn in your sign, there has been a lot of opportunities for self-improvement. While some of this has been stressful and very exhausting you have been achieving a lot and must be pleased with some of your advances. However, its seems some things and some people have been holding you back. With a New Moon, late month in your opposite house of partners the time has come to clear the decks of what and whom no longer works well with you. You need to move on and things cannot stay as they are!

Thought for the Month ‘It’s hard dragging a stubborn donkey uphill!’

Capricorn December 22nd – January 20th

May promises to be a month of opportunity for Capricorn. There are many changes in the pipeline for others and therefore you could be on the receiving end of some surprising offers! While at first, you will have some reservations, you would be wise to check everything out. Capricorn rarely shy away from a gamble and it seems that future lucky breaks require you to take a chance and do just that. It seems that better times are ahead and in a place and with people you may never have previously considered!

Thought for the Month ‘Never say never’

Aquarius January 20th – February 19th

May is promising to be a pivotal month for positive change. This may surprise you as all you can see is risk and people acting out of character. More importantly, you are a bit sick and tired of all the changes and feel the need for some stability. Still, even you can see that the current status quo is not sustainable. Even more, you have been saying so for some time! For now, just let things unfold, don’t be too quick to judge. The trends are all positive. Just for now trust others to take the lead. Later you will be glad you did!

Thought for the Month ‘There are many ways to peel an Orange’

Pisces February 19th – March 20th

Pisces are often a sign that allows the tides of life to ebb and flow over them. Still with so much now in a state of flux and with so many serious important decisions in the balance you feel uneasy. Others, emotions are familiar territory for you and you can see the dubiousness in one or two individual’s decisions now. Still, we cannot live others’ lives for them. More, we can never be sure whether what we think will suit someone will! Often fate plays a hand and unfolds a surprise! Therefore, let life unfold, it will anyway!

Thought for the Month ‘Live and let live’

~ Amanda Corrick

Time for coffee?

Breakfast was over, I had grabbed a coffee and was about to head toward the office when the ‘phone rang. Now the other hand was busy.

On the other end of the line was Tricia. Tricia had recently started a physiotherapy business and returned from holiday with what is recognised as a seasonal ‘gripe’ – although perhaps a little more of a reality check for those such at Tricia – a newbie to running her own business.

“Charlie, I’ve been away for two weeks, batteries recharged and ready to get back into ‘it.’

‘Good for you.’ I heard myself reply as I juggled the coffee and found a seat.

‘The trouble is, there is nothing happening – all my regular clients are away on holiday and I’m sure I’m not going to hit my targets for next month. I’m worried about my year-end totals.’

When I say that this reality check is something that many newbies find difficult to deal with, it happens to us all and it’s essential that we understand that business – like the people that run the business – its a seasonal thing and we need to make allowances for the roller-coaster of enquiry, order, invoice, payment and the impacted cash-flow.

‘Think about this Tricia. I began. Worry shows that you are aware of where your business should be although the emotion of ‘worry’ does not help you get ‘there.’

‘But it’s mid September – and just fourteen weeks until the end of the year …’ came the reply.

‘More likely just the 12 weeks Tricia.’ I suggested. Think about Christmas.

Stony silence from Tricia. She was listening and I wanted to help her.

Fifty two weeks of the year, take away your three weeks of holiday/vacation, another 10 days of public holiday, all topped by your best customer taking a much needed break … it means we need to really sit down and take a look at our business ‘seasons’ and budget accordingly.

‘Don’t worry about not making the end of year targets, there is nothing you can do to impact this just now. Stick to your original plan, keeping close to your clients and keep pitching the business.’

Take it month by month, week by week and prioritise your daily tasks. ‘Make it easy for you to finish the week on top every week – and start thinking about how you would like to finish the year.’

It’s great that Tricia is thinking for the future as next month we’d be talking about how she wishes to start the year in understanding that business is indeed seasonal, as we take time for a coffee and plan the reality check that is the ‘first year in business.’

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Take time for coffee

Breakfast was over, I had grabbed a coffee and was about to head toward the office when the ‘phone rang. Now the other hand was busy.

On the other end of the line was Tricia. Tricia had recently started a physiotherapy business and returned from holiday with what is recognised as a seasonal ‘gripe’ – although perhaps a little more of a reality check for those such at Tricia – a newbie to running her own business.

“Charlie, I’ve been away for two weeks, batteries recharged and ready to get back into ‘it.’

‘Good for you.’ I heard myself reply as I juggled the coffee and found a seat.

‘The trouble is, there is nothing happening – all my regular clients are away on holiday and I’m sure I’m not going to hit my targets for next month. I’m worried about my year-end totals.’

When I say that this reality check is something that many newbies find difficult to deal with, it happens to us all and it’s essential that we understand that business – like the people that run the business – its a seasonal thing and we need to make allowances for the roller-coaster of enquiry, order, invoice, payment and the impacted cash-flow.

‘Think about this Tricia. I began. Worry shows that you are aware of where your business should be although the emotion of ‘worry’ does not help you get ‘there.’

‘But it’s mid September – and just fourteen weeks until the end of the year …’ came the reply.

‘More likely just the 12 weeks Tricia.’ I suggested. Think about Christmas.

Stony silence from Tricia. She was listening and I wanted to help her.

Fifty two weeks of the year, take away your three weeks of holiday/vacation, another 10 days of public holiday, all topped by your best customer taking a much needed break … it means we need to really sit down and take a look at our business ‘seasons’ and budget accordingly.

‘Don’t worry about not making the end of year targets, there is nothing you can do to impact this just now. Stick to your original plan, keeping close to your clients and keep pitching the business.’

Take it month by month, week by week and prioritise your daily tasks. ‘Make it easy for you to finish the week on top every week – and start thinking about how you would like to finish the year.’

It’s great that Tricia is thinking for the future as next month we’d be talking about how she wishes to start the year in understanding that business is indeed seasonal, as we take time for a coffee and plan the reality check that is the ‘first year in business.’