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June 2023: do you know how to find the best ways to choose your growth?

Stars + Strategy   

The stars either work with you or against you and it all depends on whether you know what they’re up to or not. This monthly forecast sets up you to take advantage of these powerful forces. Using the stars strategically helps you clear the pathway to your success and achieve your personal, professional and financial triumph.

Month 2023 Summar

June: Seeds Come to Fruition

Sun signs – Gemini & Cancer

Things out of alignment begin to fall away and what you’re left with are those things that support your future. You may have been holding too tightly to what actually isn’t yours. Let what’s falling away go out of your life and then you’ll find what’s truly yours. With the lighter load, what’s yours has the energy, space and resources to grow. Ease the fears that come up due to the unfamiliar sensations by knowing you are limitless. Believe in the feminine. There are no limits. The world is infinite as are you. It’s also time for women leaders. Heed the call. It’s time.

STAR DANCE

Big Star Events: (in chronological order)

  • June 1st – Jupiter conjunct North Node in Taurus @ 3°
  • June 11th – Pluto reenters Capricorn
  • June 17th – Saturn retrograde in Pisces
  • June 19th – Jupiter in Taurus sextile Saturn in Pisces @ 7°
  • June 21st – Solstice – Sun enters Cancer
  • June 23rd – Mercury out of bounds in Gemini/Cancer
  • June 30th – Neptune retrograde in Pisces

Week 1: May 29th – June 4th

Access the possibilities and opportunities that present themselves this week. Brilliance and ingenuity provide solutions to complex issues. Financial advancement is possible through relationships, creativity and originality. Leadership is sought after with integrity, authenticity and decisiveness.

Avoid insecurities and lassitude. If it seems easy and in the flow, it probably is, and this isn’t typical. Surrendering to your intuitive nudges and pursuing sweet satisfaction and pleasure seem like that’ll get you off track. That’s not the case this week.   

Tips: Lead the way and do it with aplomb. Seek joy, ease and pleasure. Get romantic and write tender love notes. Spend time on creative projects. When your heart is involved, review your strategy and recent decisions. Let your heart have a voice. 

Big Star Event: June 1st at 8:43 pm ET – Taurus Jupiter conjunct North Node @ 3° 

Jupiter touching the North Node brings success and ease to realizing the future. The North node is on its last breath in Taurus, where it’s been since January 18, 2022. The soul destiny of finding simple solutions to complex problems is coming to an end, creating the opportunity for innovative resolutions. 

Opposing the collective soul karma in Scorpio, Jupiter stretches the issues of sex, drugs and women’s rights. Complicating this is a power struggle at the top with the confrontation from Mars in Leo. Be mindful of what’s happening on the world stage.

The associations of Taurus are love, money, and the natural world. Results in climate, money and being kinder to each other present themselves. Personally, if you’d like ease, comfort, stability, abundance or outdoor explorations, this transit is for you.

Week 2: June 5th – 11th

Access style, charm and flair. Flirty fun social engagements are aplenty. Your influence increases tenfold this week, personally and professionally. Sales, negotiations, business dealings with fruitful research and successful investigation gain power and impact.  Creativity brings success.

Avoid over-indulgence and excessive bad habits. They impress themselves on you, making it difficult to stay on the path for your health. Intimate relationships are in the pressure cooker this week with jealous, manipulative behaviors triggering power plays and control issues.

Tips: Find time for fun. Take time away from work to get sassy and flirty. Go shopping, if it’s within your budget as the deals will be amazing. Do everything business – sell, hire, succeed and then relax with artsy or creative projects. 

Big Star Event: June 11th – Pluto reenters Capricorn @ 5:35 am ET

Yet, Pluto doesn’t spark immediate change like Uranus. It’s not a lightning bolt energy, it’s a ‘work-up-to’ energy like Saturn.  Think of Pluto dragging the past, traditional power structures for dissolution on the return into Capricorn. This is a backward energy, so what has come up, will be coming down. The months of June – January 2024 mark evidence coming to light about false foundations, untruths and forceful power grabs.

Personally, if you have Capricorn or 10th house stars, you’ll complete the shift, started in 2008, of the changing position in your life. The good news, this isn’t a hard-charging or challenging force. It’s a letting go and ease-filled transformation. The culmination of all of your hard work is here – finally.

Week 3: June 12th – 18th

Access the boost in power to get ahead at work. Problems resolve themselves, great advice appears to optimize your outreach approach, review your finances, and assess your PR and/or social media campaigns. Socializing is fun and connections are easy and affectionate.

Avoid holding too tightly and getting lost in the serious work ahead of you. Heaviness and pessimistic views about how to deal with complex problems seem overwhelming. Problems are big and the path through may be too much for you right now.  

Tips: Take each situation on its face and do things one at a time. Looking at the big picture doesn’t help. Be task-oriented and celebrate each accomplishment, even the small ones. Seek trusted advice from someone with authority. Work and play this week. Have fun. Be romantic.

Big Star Event: June 17th Saturn retrograde at 7° Pisces – November 4th at 0° Pisces

Saturn is on the edge of consciousness in Pisces, so when he stations retrograde, he’s asking you how to become the master of your world.

Think Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Saturn Rx wants you to review every area of your life, align with your strengths and own your priorities.

Do’s & don’ts for Saturn retrograde include sharpening your goals, understanding your limits and optimizing your processes and not overpromising, taking shortcuts or being too hard on yourself.

To remember how Saturn stationing retrograde in Pisces shows up for you, reflect back to May 1993 – April 1996. This harkens back to the Uranus conjunct Neptune and the start of a 171-year cycle and its corresponding evolution of the future.  Many glimpses of the future are available during this period.

Any forward momentum you’ve gained to this date pauses until Saturn gets back to 7° on February 5th, 2024.

Week 4: June 19th – 25th

Note the big star events with the deeper descriptions if you want more information. There are 3 this week.

Access generosity, faithful practices and the drive to succeed. Being purposeful, courageous and bold spirited gets a lift by the stars. Resources and security seeks balance between partners. Wisdom and abundance can be plucked from the ether as the feminine hits a peak.

Avoid confusion, lack of motivation and weakening energies, vitality and health. Disappointing news, complicated conversations and distorted perceptions rise to the surface. Insecurities and betrayals threaten to destabilize your footing.

Tips: Shift your point of view and you’ll find a way forward you missed before now. Seek solutions to financial matters. Let go of what’s not yours. Be discerning when meeting new people and making decisions. Take the initiative and success is yours.

Big Star Event: June 19th @ 11:52 am ET – Jupiter sextile Saturn @ 7°

This star angle stimulates the NEW ERA that initiated on the Solstice of December 2020. The New Way has been sought since the beginning. The merging of the divine feminine and masculine is the way forward. Signals of the new way of living and leading become evident. The heart remembers and the head yearns to recall. Diving deeply into your intuition through your imaginative spark brings belief and faith in the unfamiliar. 

The combination of Jupiter and Saturn calls for calculated risks to reap rewards. Saturn asks for concerted effort and with Jupiter, sound judgments pay off. Balanced negotiations create win-win scenarios.

Being realistic and idealistic at the same time seems to be too much. Think of it as seeking expansion in a realistic manner. Artistic and spiritual endeavors see a lift. The seeds planted at the end of 2020 come to fruition. Signs of life are being seen and recognized in the world.

Big Star Event: Solstice as Sun enters Cancer on June 21st @ 10:57 am ET

How can women be at home with themselves and each other? The new way of leading has its first exact planetary alignment within a few days of this solstice. Resources, ideas and inventions that help the feminine and all of her allegiances are boosted. New insights, perspectives and solutions are sparked for home, family and love. Food, nutrition, real estate and financial investments are in the spotlight. Past life healing makes a move into the mainstream.

It’s time for all women leaders to lead from the heart and from the well of wisdom.

Star Event: Mercury out of bounds from June 23rd – July 6th in Gemini/Cancer

When Mercury goes out of bounds, you have the opportunity for an explosion of innovative thoughts, excellent speaking faculties and talented performance abilities. Or, you can fall into exaggeration, obsessions and miscommunications.

When Mercury’s in Gemini, as he is until June 26th, your thoughts are out of control. The busyness is crazy-making. When Mercury’s in Cancer, your heart nudges your thoughts and vice versa. You’re either feeling completely in love and connected, or totally ungrounded and out of place.

Week 5: June 26th – July 2nd 

There’s so much star activity this week, it’s not easy to summarize in one or two sentences. The good news, it’s time to stand in the spotlight and shine your gifts. There’s something for everyone this week.

Access excellent communication, rewards, recognition and lasting success. Creative pathways open, connections benefit you and you can resolve family issues and business matters. It’s a great time for planning, strategy and growth.

Avoid continuing to tolerate people, actions or situations that don’t have your best interest at heart. Stop staying in the struggle. The energies support you letting things go by dealing with them head on. 

Tips: Schedule time to do lots of outreach. Take care of business administration and legal matters. Resolve outstanding issues. Buy or sell a home or business. Start new projects. Forgive yourself for past mistakes, learn from them and move on. Practice meditation to dive into your intuition. Lose yourself in creative activities.

June 26th – Leo Mars square Taurus Uranus @ 21°– break free from restrictions, constraints and seek freedom. Forgive yourself for past mistakes, learn from them and move on. Original and creative actions, movements and expression get a burst of energy.

Big Star Event: June 30th Neptune retrograde at 27° Pisces – Dec 6th at 24° Pisces

When Neptune stations retrograde, it’s a wake-up call. The rose-colored glasses come off and you see what’s in front of you clearly and harshly. You may want to retreat and the good news? A little retreat is warranted.

Here are benefits of Neptune’s magical retrograde stardust: dreamy recall, fond memories, heart-based creations, insights and intuitive whispers. Romance, sweetness and tenderness abound. Be sensitive to becoming overwhelmed, following blindly and gas-lighting.

Progress on creativity and intuitive practices take lots of turns until March 26th, 2024. Going with the flow without unrealistic expectations is the way to leverage this energy.


MOON MAGIC

The Moon phases help manifest things you want, celebrate things you have and get rid of things you no longer want. Here are the phases and what you should do:

  1. The New Moon is for setting your strategy.
  2. From the New to Full Moon, it’s the time to manifest, appreciate and create.
  3. The Full Moon is for taking stock in gratitude and refinement.
  4. From the Full to New Moon, it’s the time to celebrate, release and merge.

Full Moon: Find Comfort in the Future

Details: June 3rd – Sun in Gemini & Moon in Sagittarius @ 13° @ 11:43 pm ET

This Full Moon helps you find comfort and stability in the new way, even though the newness feels unfamiliar. Security and rootedness combine with feelings of hope and love, especially when you’re vulnerable and honest with yourself and others. There is a calming and peaceful energy in this opposition between the light and the dark, the mind and the heart and the body and the soul. 

New Moon: It’s Your Choice

Details: June 18th – Sun & Moon in Gemini 26° at 12:39 am ET

The New Moon in Gemini is a meeting of the minds and hearts with openness and curiosity, yet the confrontation with Neptune in Pisces works against the greater good with its confusion, deception and lethargic energies. It’s a choice as it always is. You have choice between creativity, intuitive knowing and stepping more deeply into faith or you can choose to act the victim, escaping into destructive habits and railing against the injustice in the world.

On the world stage, watch the media, art world and cryptocurrency policies. Politics are also busy, giving you a look beneath the surface at the power plays and hidden agendas.


MAGICAL TOOLS

The oracle cards bring insight into what’s coming for the month. They give your mind something to focus on and remember as you go through the days and weeks. You can ponder the card or go into the guidance in the book when you need more than mental reminders.

The power of animal and crystal energy are easy to employ to help you create the success and satisfaction you desire. Spirit animals are always willing to assist. Simply call on the animal to bring it into focus and ponder its meaning.

For crystals, grab the crystal and put it on your desk, purse or kitchen table. You want to align with your success and this month’s stone helps you do that. 

For flower essences, put 3 drops into water 3 times a day and feel the gentle support for your body and emotions. 

Oracle card: #34 Merge

Staying inactive and allowing, going with the flow and accepting what comes isn’t easy for many people. I love this card as it helps you lean into the resistance. It suggests the active way to melt into what’s best for you. Notice the image in the middle of the card. See how she’s leaning in and throwing her head back? This is what I love about merging. Say, “I’m open to dissolving the obstacles and I’m ready to take action to remove them.”  

Crystal: Lapis Lazuli

Seek respite in the stone of the month: Lapis Lazuli

This crystal leads the soul to immortality and opens the heart to love. It’s considered a royal stone that’s the key to spiritual enlightenment. Lapis links the mind with the heart and the body with the soul. Your higher soul is welcomed into your being, even as your mind is active.

Lapis is peaceful, while highlighting the power of the spoken word. Your truth becomes evident when you’re objective about what it means for you. Coming at your higher purpose with honesty may seem daunting, but lapis supports you.

This stone stimulates higher thinking, clarifies your path and brings objective awareness. You can see what’s in front of you and open yourself to getting around the obstacles.  I love lapis paired with emerald and sunstone. This trifecta is powerful, uplifting and peaceful.

Flower Essence: Oak

Oak helps release you from duty and obligation into the commitment of your soul. The wholeness of life isn’t the next hurdle, the wholeness of life is the yin of receiving, replenishing and pleasure along with the yang of achievement, success and reward.

With oak, you can stop pursuing relentless goals and embracing the struggle and instead find enjoyment and satisfaction in playful and relaxing ways. Goals aren’t the only pursuit; the journey is the sweetness of life. Imagine the mountain goat climbing the side of the mountain with a death grip, isolated and alone and singularly focused on getting to the top. If this is the constant activity for the mountain goat, that’s a sad existence. However, when the mountain goat reaches the top, he savors the plenty of vegetation and grazes under the warmth of the Sun, filling himself with the bounty along with other mountain goats. The joy and sweetness is a relief for the effort. Oak helps you find moments of solace, gives you permission for self-care and helps you understand the necessity of play.

Spirit Animal: Peacock

Peacock is filled with grace, perspective and good fortune. The peacock is showy, lucky and flashy, yet also wise, powerful and regal. With the peacock, you are protected at all times. Call on peacock when you require discernment, need a boost in self-esteem or want a guardian for any and all power plays.


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INTUITIVE TYPE FORECASTS

Following our success-making Do You Know, Like and Trust Yourself ™ methodology, tap into the energies of your Intuitive Success Type for the best results this month.

Wise Strategist – All of the energy movement may be too much for you as the stars are wild in the sky this month. The push forward is pulled back with the 2 big retrograde energies and as Pluto moves back into Capricorn. You love the revisiting of the past and the clarity that Neptune retrograde provides, however, the wild ride presented by the other stars isn’t to your liking. You benefit from reviewing your strategic goals and marking your progress against the targets you set at the beginning of the year. When you see how far you’ve come, you can enjoy the ride this month. Also, oak flower essence helps you get out of duty and responsibility and make commitment to what truly matters to you.

Intuitive Visionary – Hooray for June with its genius ideas, communication support and bottom-line boost. You love the Gemini effect and with Mercury out of bounds, you can ride this star energy. Staying focused on your long-term goals creates lasting success, while getting swept up in the busyness impedes your progress. Block and tackle on the administration side, even though this is boring to you. The details matter as much as the big picture, so either deal with them yourself or get someone to do it for you. Lapis lazuli was made for you this month. Reach for it when you don’t want to deal with the pesky and mundane.

Collaborative Explorer – Communication, outreach, connection – these are words that make your heart sing. Rely on your strengths and take advantage of the star push to create opportunities for sales and boost your income. The negotiation support is perfect for you to get what you desire. You sail until the 3rd week when everyone goes a bit wacky. It’s not your job to get everyone back on track. Keep your head down and focus on your goals – it’s only one week. It passes and the boost of star energy returns to help you fulfill your monthly targets. Peacock helps you, especially the 3rd week.

Ruling Warrior – You find the success, fortune and forward motion to your liking. You thrive when you’re able to ratchet up your wins, make deals, negotiate terms and sell, sell, sell. However, even with all of this movement this month, it’s not enough for you. Don’t be greedy. The stars are generous and being grateful lifts your success and income exponentially. Share your success with others by giving sage advice, offering to mentor others and taking the time to listen in helpful ways. Yes, it seems counter-intuitive, yet this is the new way of leading. Developing new leadership skills is super easy this month and it doesn’t detract from your success.

Creative Superstar – You’re the only Intuitive Success Type that doesn’t adore this month. The energies are up, down, forward and backward and you’re extra sensitive to the roller coaster ride. 2023 has been great for your creative exploits, but not so great in generating the income you desire. Remember, this year is about value and when you truly value your talents and gifts, the universe reflects it back to you. Be honest about your worth. You can’t fake it until you make it. You must internalize your value. June does bring fortune. Open your mind and heart to see how it shows up for you. Peacock supports you this month.

Loving Alchemist – Communicating with the mind and heart is right up your alley. It’s as if the stars were made especially for you this month. Money, power and wealth are at your door, knocking until you answer. The only way this month doesn’t boost your love, success and money is if you don’t show up for yourself. What opportunities are presenting themselves to you? Are you finding ways to say YES? With your intuitive knowing, you can discern which ones are right for you. If not, here’s a hint; going deep into the sophisticated layering is right for you, glossing over the surface is not. Lapis is the perfect crystal for you to see the truth about yourself and others.

Thank you for reading & sharing with family and friends.

As always, wishing you joy,

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Strategy Leadership

The Benefits of Integrating Astrological Insights in Your Business Strategy

Case for Astrology

Throughout history, astrology has been a useful tool for scientific methods, political strategy, business growth and the pursuit of fame. The earliest Popes used astrology either through other’s interpretations or their own.[1] Scientists such as Hippocrates[2], the Father of Medicine, believed astrology was invaluable to medicine, even teaching astrology to his medical students. He’s quoted as saying, “A physician without the knowledge of astrology has no right to call himself a physician.”

Galileo Galilei was both an astronomer and astrologer, drafting horoscopes[3] for nobility and students and Johannes Kepler, the calculator of planetary motion, was also the official astrologer for the Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II[4]. Carl Jung incorporated astrology with his psychological counselling work, calling it ‘synchronicity’ and is quoted as saying, “Your psyche is the breathing of the cosmos.”[5]

A famous astrologer, John Dee[6], counseled Queen Elizabeth I, Theodore Roosevelt hung his horoscope in the Oval Office, Franklin Delano Roosevelt quoted horoscopes and President Reagan used astrology when making decisions[7].

J.P. Morgan is the most recognized businessmen to use astrology, being quoted as saying, “Millionaires don’t use astrologers, billionaires do.” [8] Gloria Vanderbilt, heiress to a huge fortune and successful business woman in her own right, was a keen follower of astrology.[9] According to Fast Company, “astrology has officially infiltrated work culture.”[10]

The former U.S. Secretary of Treasury, Donald Reagan, once said “It’s common knowledge that a large percentage of Wall Street brokers use astrology.”[11]

Angelina Joile uses astrology daily and to make important decisions about movie roles and premiere dates. Cameron Diaz, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Madonna, Princess Diana have been avid fans of following astrology for their life and career choices. Beyonce even has a song titled, “Signs”.[12]  

According to a 2018 Pew Research poll, about 29% of American adults now believe in astrology. Likewise, the poll found that women are more likely to believe in astrology (37%) than men are (20%).[13]

Astrology in Business

Astrology is important for business because it creates certainty and calm amidst chaos. Astrology helps business leaders with decision making, setting strategy, creating plans and scheduling. It helps inform teams of direction and next steps, as well as gives insight into team strengths, communication abilities and effective skill building methods.

Astrology supports timing and course of action for marketing events, sales promotions and outreach, product launches, travel, staffing, communication and investing or divesting. Astrology increases self-awareness and empathic relations for business owners and their staffs. It’s useful for branding, positioning and informs business modeling for success.

Across the organization, astrology is a useful tool, creating results on the top and bottom lines.

Results based on Astrology in Business

Kim Woods, MBA Business Strategist and Master Astrologer, uses astrology in her own business as well as all of her clients. She and her team of Intuitive Leaders have consulted with over 350 business leaders in either 1:1 customized solutions or in small group programs.

For her own business, everything is based on astrology, from decisions regarding high-level multi-year strategy to timing during the day for reaching out to a prospect or associate. She uses the Sun and its power to leverage each monthly zodiac sign for coordinating launch cycles for seasonal programs and relies on the Moon for timing of the business growth and optimization phases. Kim’s organizational planning is dependent on her personal astrology as well as the worldly annual forecast. Each of her leadership team also consults their astrology when front-facing with the marketplace. Big star events are scheduled and communicated to her company’s audience to take advantage of the star energies for expansion or deepening, depending on their particular influences.

Astrology is effective as Kim’s company has grown an average of 378% over a three-year period, even during the pandemic.

For her clients, Kim begins every engagement with a ‘Big Reveal’ into the business owner’s birth chart by walking into their stars the minute they’re born and opening them to their full potential. She assesses their foundational personality characteristics aligning these with their life mission, bravery, mastery and soul destiny signatures. She compiles themes based on their evolutionary DNA, success factors and satisfying love, money and relationship expressions.

The client’s personal star roadmap constructs the foundation of their work together, continuing to relate to their business models, success blueprints, marketing and sales energies. The work doesn’t end with business, but involves partner relationships and family dynamics in order to achieve the client’s goals for creating ease and satisfaction as well as growth and abundance.  Additionally, she reviews team, client, prospect, vendor and collaboration opportunities for her clients as well as advises on buying and selling personal or business properties.

For corporations, Kim uses the astrological ‘birth’ chart of the business itself to further inform about the most successful direction for the business.

Kim also relays timing based on transit analysis to give her clients notice of positive growth-oriented periods for outreach, negotiations, promotions and sales versus the right timing for streamlining, optimizing and divesting.

Aligning business opportunities with the stars is something unbelievably valuable, it’s almost priceless. Kim has seen her clients grow an average of 51% across the board during the pandemic, even with brick and mortar businesses. She’s experienced her clients double their revenues, or gain 30% revenues while lowering effort by 40%. She’s seen triple digit jumps month-over-month when her clients align themselves with their astrological signature, as well as the astrology going on in the world.

Check out Kim’s stepping stone Rich and Powerful Leaders Academy with Kim to see how your astrological insights can be leveraged in business so you can gain a competitive edge in the market!


[1] “Leaders Who Followed the Stars”, Orlando Sentinel, by Sam Hodges, May 17, 1988.

[2] Astronomy, Astrology, Medicine, by Dorian Gieseler Greenbaum, July 7, 2014.

[3] Galileo’s Horoscopes, Swerdlow, N.M., Journal for the History of Astronomy, Vol 35, Part 2, No. 119, p. 135 -141, 2004.

[4] “400-Year-Old Horoscope Shows Kepler’s Sideline”, New York Times by Associated Press, March 9, 1999.

[5] “Carl Jung and Astrology in Psychoanalysis”, Exploring Your Mind, February 8, 2018.

[6] “Painting of John Dee, Astrologer to Queen Elizabeth I”, by Marissa Fessenden, Smithsonian Magazine, January 18, 2016.

[7] “White House Confirms Reagans Follow Astrology, Up to a Point”, New York Times, by Steven V. Roberts, May 4, 1988.

[8] “Can Planets Affect Your Portfolio?” Forbes, by Kenneth Rapozza, February 20, 2012.

[9] “The Surprising Ways Successful Business People and Presidents Used Astrology”, Numerologist, August 29, 2019.

[10] “From Tarot Readings to Gemini Memes…”, Fast Company by Pavithra Mohan, September 9, 2019.

[11] “Famous People and Their Astrologers who Guide Them”, St. James Chicago, December 15, 2017.

[12] 10 Celebs Who Believe in Astrology”, The Things by Anja Grcar, January 8, 2021.

[13] “‘New Age’ beliefs common among both religious and nonreligious Americans”, Pew Research Center, by Claire Gecewicz, October 1, 2018.

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Intuition Energy

My Foot in My Mouth: Leadership & Parenting

“All parents should be leaders and all leaders should be parents,” I say a few weeks ago to a group of managers who I am leading through a strategy session.

What?  Where did that come from?  Although not completely off-topic, it does not directly relate to the discussion at hand.  Uh oh. I’ve lost it.  Perhaps I am doing too many different things and I have lost my edge.  Crap.

So far I have managed to keep the two companies completely separate.  So far I have managed to keep my business clients separate from my Men in the Head ® initiative. So far I have not irrevocably let one interfere with the other.  So far, man, it must be the heat.

Crap. Crap. Crap.

Well, too bad for me, because I now have to speak to this subject as if I meant to bring it up.  I look around the room and notice many eyes on me waiting to see where I am going with this comment.  I take a deep breath gathering my thoughts…

“With leadership, you lead a group of people to a common goal with an eye on the long game, but managing the day-to-day details,” I pause, “How many of you are parents?” 

I look around the room and see that most of the people have raised their hands.  Oh, thank you God, perhaps I have dodged a bullet.

“With parenting, it’s the same thing, but with parenting you have more compassion while with leadership, you have more objectivity.  You actually need both for each role, so perhaps the better way to describe it is leadership and parenting share many of the same activities and you need to apply both objectivity and compassion in equal measure.”  Oh yeah, that’s what I meant to say.

Thankfully the meeting’s not derailed and we actually accomplish what we set out to do.  Phew.

However, on the ride home I start thinking about my comment and I realize while it’s not necessary to have one person be both a parent & a leader, there’s much to be said for looking at parenthood through the leadership lens.

According to Kouzes and Posner, there are 5 practices of good leadership:

1. Modeling the Way

As a leader, you need to be a good role model. As a parent, you are a role model with every look, thought, deed, act, and engagement.  Your children are observing and following everything you do – every single day.  They watch the way you drive, how you talk on the phone or to your neighbors.  They observe how you treat yourself, your friends and your family.  They monitor how and what you eat, watch on TV, how much time you are on your laptop or mobile device, and whether you have a beer or glass of wine with dinner.  You are modeling everything to your children, every minute of every single day.  So, parents as role models – check.  

2. Inspiring a Shared Vision

A good leader inspires a shared vision. As parents, we have a vision and sometimes it may be just to get through the day, but most times, it’s to provide a foundation for our children from which to launch their lives.  Everyday, we get our children ready for school, drive them to their activities, help them with homework, allow them to spend time with their friends and take them on family vacations.  All the while, we are talking to them about making good choices, advising them on navigating the pitfalls of growing up, and motivating them to make the very best lives for themselves.  So, parents inspiring a vision – check.

3. Challenging the Process

A good leader takes risks, makes decisions, makes mistakes and then learns from them. Yeah, I think parents have that covered.  Who knew there would be so many risks, decisions, or mistakes?  Yikes, parenting is not for sissies.  I remember one of my friends said to me, “The last day you knew anything for sure was the day before your first child was born.”  (Thanks Kathy) She was JUST SO RIGHT. As parents, we make decisions on every single thing from the smallest, should they have a blanket covering them to the largest, where should they go to college and everything in between. I could go on for hours on this one, but I won’t.  We all know what we do all day – everyday.  So, parents as challengers – check.

4. Enabling Others to Act

A good leader is a mentor, disciplinarian and coach.  He or she encourages, motivates, and yet has a strict operational code. Parents provide boundaries for their children while giving them the freedom to live their lives.  The limit of the boundaries depends upon their ages and as I say to my two, their attitudes, as does the extent of their freedoms. So, parents as mentors, disciplinarians and coaches – check.

5. Encouraging the Heart

A good leader recognizes and rewards their employees for their efforts and accomplishments. I think parents do this better than most leaders.  I especially like it when it involves family time together as a reward instead of a material good, but that’s a personal choice.  So, parents recognizing and rewarding their children – check.

One thing is for certain, both leadership and parenting are living breathing things that need to be tended and nurtured every minute of every day.  You need compassion and objectivity in equal measure.

For me, I feel that my leadership experience has helped with my parenting.  I am more objective and can take a long view on some things that I don’t feel I would be able to do otherwise and that is particularly helpful these days in the tween and teen years.  I also would like to think that my parenting experience lends itself to my leadership skills.  I think I have more patience and compassion and am more apt to celebrate accomplishments.

However, next time I’m in a strategy meeting and I mention the parallels of parenting and leadership, I will be sure to handle it more elegantly.  Yikes, that was a collision I could have done without. 

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How to use the Zodiac to your Advantage

The zodiac is for everyone. No matter race, religion, gender, age or geography. The stars are here for every human to use to their FULL and COMPLETE advantage.

How can you do that?

Astrology is tied to astronomy, so the first step is understanding that the stars and planets hanging beautifully in the sky have impact on you.

Then, here are a few simple tips:

Appreciate the limitations of horoscopes.

Here’s why astrology gets such a bad rap. There are horoscopes aplenty online – everything from daily to weekly to monthly and are based on your Sun sign. Most people know their Sun sign, so it’s easy for people to search and connect with their solar horoscope. However, these horoscopes are severely limited.  Yes, the Sun is central to your astrology, yet it’s still only 1 of 10 planets. Plus, there’s so much awesome information in your chart – house behaviors, planetary aspects, lunar nodes, your heart’s desires, soul mate imprint, life mission destiny and arc of intimacy to name only a few. It’s your complete cosmic blueprint. Completely ignoring it is unreliable. But, you can have fun with horoscopes. I’m not saying don’t read them. I’m just saying take them in complete awareness of their limitations.

Understand the cosmos

Knowing what’s happening in the cosmos every month is really helpful to navigating your best interests on a daily or weekly basis. This is the reason I spend hours analyzing and interpreting the monthly energies and lunar cycles every month. It’s important to know what’s going on generally with tips on what to do throughout the month. Other people do this too. Find your person – the one you like, the one who speaks to you – then sign up for their monthly messages. I offer a FREE monthly forecast to help you navigate each month’s energies. Here you can sign up for my monthly forecast to be delivered to your inbox each month.

Follow the Sun.

Here’s some fun for you. It doesn’t matter what your Sun sign is, you can lean into the solar energies every month. You just need to know the zodiac calendar and what it means. I’ve done it for you here:

Dates (ish)Sun SignMeaning
Mar 21 –
Apr 19
Aries – ♈

Aries likes to lead.

Be brave, bold and confident. Go on an adventure. Get physical. Start something new. Seek inspiration and act with enthusiasm. Get others to follow you.

Apr 20 –
May 20
Taurus – ♉

Taurus likes stability.

Take a deep breath and seek the silence of nature. Explore anything sensorial – taste, smell, touch, sight or sound. Play with animals. Find the ability to simply be.

May 21 –
Jun 20
Gemini – ♊

Gemini likes communicating.

Talk, travel, explore, learn – anything and everything. Open your mind to the wonders of the world. Read, teach, speak. Present. Debate. Solve problems, think critically. Do everything mental – literally.

Jun 21 –
Jul 22
Cancer – ♋

Cancer likes to experience emotions.

Sink into your intuition, Nurture yourself. Be affectionate, sensitive and caring. Heal yourself and your family. Go inward. Stay at home – feel safe and loved.

Jul 23 –
Aug 22
Leo – ♌

Leo likes to be in the spotlight.

Get cheery, have fun, be generous and inspire others. Be regal, kind-hearted and charming. Express yourself. Open your heart to joy. Trust and celebrate life. Delight in being alive.

Aug 23 –
Sep 22
Virgo – ♍

Virgo likes order and neatness.

Get to work. Assume your duties and responsibilities. Get organized and set a schedule for routine. Check in with your health. Analyze, research or gain a skill. Find your mentors. Be in service to the world.

Sep 23 –
Oct 22
Libra – ♎

Libra likes balance.

Collaborate, find your teammates and work together in harmony and justice. Seek balance. Discover calm through art and beauty. Make a commitment in relationship. Find your partners.

Oct 23 –
Nov 21
Scorpio – ♏

Scorpio likes to live a secret life.

Dive deeply into honest self-reflection. Pursue the mysteries of life. Confront uncomfortable topics. Tell the truth. Investigate the darker edge of your life and heal with penetrating intensity. Forgive and let go of the past.

Nov 22 –
Dec 21
Sagittarius – ♐

Sagittarius likes meaningful experience.

Socialize, communicate and explore new experience. Open your heart and mind to differing viewpoints. Travel to learn other cultures. Expand through higher learning. Broaden your philosophy of the meaning of life. Begin your quest.

Dec 22 –
Jan 19
Capricorn – ♑

Capricorn seeks Great Work.

Focus your will, assume responsibility and get to work. Go inward to know yourself to determine your true desires. Be discerning and achieve greatness. Make effort to discover your mastery.

Jan 20 –
Feb 18
Aquarius – ♒

Aquarius likes individuality.

Be original. Shake off conformity. Go your own way. Express your truth. Create your own rules and structures. Use technology. Invent. Reach for the future. Be a visionary, create and innovate.

Feb 19 –
Mar 20
Pisces – ♓

Pisces is one with the world.

Imagine. Dream. Intuit. Connection to the oneness of the Universe. Love universally. Find joy in the wonders of the world through your imagination and sensory perceptions. Be gentle with yourself.

Note: ‘Dates- ish’ as the dates may vary by a day or two. It depends on the year.

Have fun with this. I encourage you to lean into the strength of the solar energies each month to take the most advantage of the zodiac.

For example, get stuff done during the early part of January, have so much fun in early August and delve deeply into introspection in the later part of October. The zodiac signs are more supportive of these activities due to the Sun’s entry into them at these times.

Have fun – the stars are here for you!

As always, wishing you joy,

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