Retrograde pros & cons

Yikes, retrograde season is now in full swing. Joining Saturn, Jupiter and Uranus and Pluto (all in their retrograde phases) is Mercury!

Mercury retrogrades (from Sept 27 – Oct 18) tend to bring delays and mix-ups, but don’t panic … when you work with them, not against, they can actually be quite useful.

Occurring three or four times a year, and lasting for roughly 3.5 weeks, retrograde phases are ideal for reviewing, reworking, revisiting and researching.

Falling in the sign of Libra, this Mercury retrograde will focus on relationships, fairness, equality, balance and harmony – the classic Libran themes. And being Mercury, communication, or lack of it, may also come under scrutiny. Misunderstandings will be rife, so if you want to say something, say it clearly.

The trick is to avoid big decisions and major purchases, and instead, use these ‘go-slow’ periods to finetune plans and mull things over. If you DO push on through, be prepared for delays or unforeseen changes.

It can be helpful to know which ‘astrological house’ is affected in your horoscope – ie, falling in the second house, it’s likely to bring a review of budgets and spending, while in the sixth house it could see you researching health- or work-related issues – but for everyone, the Libran themes will still feature.

Is your work-life balance out of kilter? Does your relationship need pepping up? Do you seek more harmony in your life? Are household tasks shared equitably? Are lines of communication open and clear? Are you giving more than you receive? Are you being treated with respect?

There’s no doubt that retrograde phases can be frustrating – sometimes incredibly so! – but to keep things running smoothly, regular reviews and tune-ups are essential. With a little luck, the October 6 new moon (in Libra) could usher us into a more kind, fair and harmonious phase.

PS Around the week of October 18, Saturn, Jupiter and Mercury will all shift back into forward motion. Pluto shifts back on October 6, just leaving Uranus. Interesting!

Colour therapy at work

Colours can have an instant impact, but they can also affect us in more subtle ways.

Red is well known as an appetite enhancer (KFC and McDonalds might be onto something!), making it an ideal choice for restaurants and fast food outlets, but if you want to turn people off their food, use purple, mauve or black.

Yellow stimulates the mind, making it a perfect choice for call centres or workplaces where people need to stay alert. Yellow can also work well in schools and study areas, as it aids concentration.

Shades of orange and yellow can also be used to lift the spirits and cheer up patients in hospitals, while bright orange is said to lessen emotional shock – making it an excellent hue for emergency rooms.

pinkprisonShades of pink and peach tend to calm people down, making them ideal colours for prisons, hospital waiting rooms and counseling centres. Some US prisons have even tried painting cells pink, and as a result, noticed less aggression*.

Blue can also calm the mind and reduce stress, but day in day out, some people can find blue a depressing colour – especially if a person’s spirits or energy levels are already low.

Shades of turquoise and aqua, on the other hand, are creative, invigorating colours, making them ideal for media industries and design-related professions. As they aid communication, they can also be a great choice for boardrooms and conference centres.

Green is the colour of balance and growth, making it ideal for health industries, mediation rooms and legal offices. It can also help patients to heal, making it a perfect colour for rehab centres.

*In 1979, directors of a Naval correctional centre in Seattle, US, painted some prison confinement cells pink in order to determine the effects this might have on prisoners. The rates of assault before and after the interior was painted pink were then monitored.

According to the Navy’s report, “Since the initiation of this procedure, there have been no incidents of erratic or hostile behavior during the initial phase of confinement”. Only fifteen minutes of exposure was enough to ensure that the potential for violent or aggressive behavior had been reduced,’ the report observed.

For more specific colour or feng shui advice email thetinstudio@gmail.com or call Jenny on 0411 631 940.

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Spring Bliss Bubble Yoga & Nature Retreat

The road to Nobbys creek!

October 22-24, Tweed Valley, Northern NSW

Treat yourself to a long weekend filled with yoga, astrology, rainforest walks, magnesium spas, workshops, delicious food, fireside chats and friendship – hosted by myself & Deb.

Set in the Tweed Valley, our women’s retreat is designed to reinvigorate the body, mind and spirit.
Location: Heart and Soul Retreat, Nobbys Creek, Northern NSW
40 mins Gold Coast airport, 60 mins Byron Bay
Date: Friday Oct 22 from 4pm (NSW) to Sunday Oct 24, 3pm.
Cost: $650 for 3 days and 2 nights ($50 off if bringing a friend) including yoga classes, bushwalks, talks and workshops, delicious vegetarian meals, snacks and evening drinks. Limited to 12.

To book call 0411 631 940 or Deb 0410 559 046 or email astrologerjen@gmail.com

Retreat features: rainforest walks, magnesium spa, fresh spring water, showers and baths, fire pit, indoor fireplace, yoga studio, various indoor and outdoor lounging areas.

Call Jen 0411 631 940, Deb 0410 559 046 or email astrologerjen@gmail.com

About Jen and Deb

Jen is one of Australia’s best-known astrologers and feng shui practitioners. With 30 years of experience, her weekly forecasts (Woman’s Day & New Idea) and personal consultations have guided countless people. Now based in the Tweed, Jen is keen to share her knowledge and passion.

Deb has over 20 years experience in healing massage, meditation, reflexology and spiritual services. Based in Terranora, NSW, Deb loves sharing her knowledge in person at the Jacaranda Room and online, via facebook and her private groups. Running retreats is the next step in Deb’s journey.

Winter Nature Retreat, Tweed Valley, NSW

Deb and I invite you to join us at our Winter Full Moon Retreat, starting 4pm Friday July 23 to Sunday July 25.

Set in the lush Tweed Valley in Northern NSW, our women’s retreat is designed to reinvigorate the body, mind and spirit. Start your day with yoga, a rainforest walk, a magnesium spa or a lazy coffee, then after a delicious breakfast, learn more about topics we love, including astrology, reflexology, feng shui, crystals and intention setting.

Our classes and interactive workshops will leave you feeling uplifted and inspired. Alternatively, if you just want to enjoy delicious vegetarian food, kick back and immerse yourself in nature, that’s fine.

Location: Heart and Soul Retreat, 853 Nobbys Creek Road NSW
18 mins Murwillumbah, 40 mins Gold Coast airport, 60 mins Byron Bay

Cost: $650 for 3 days and 2 nights, including yoga classes, guided bushwalks, talks and workshops, delicious meals, fruit and snacks, evening drinks, powerful full moon rituals and crystals to take home. $50 discount if inviting a friend.
Numbers limited to 13, in comfortable shared rooms.

Retreat features: Beautiful rainforest walks, magnesium spa, fresh spring water, fire pit and fireplace, yoga studio, indoor and outdoor lounging areas, cooking demo, astrology and feng Shui sessions, reflexology, guided relaxations and chill out time.

Call me (Jenny) on 0411 631 940, Debbie on 0410 559 046 or email jennyblume@iprimus.com.au

Feng shui flying stars 2021

Each year in February the feng shui flying star energies shift, meaning that some parts of your home will become luckier and more supportive than others – or more problematic. Of course, it depends on your home’s natural feng shui (which my personal feng shui reports map and discuss), but still, cures and enhancements can worth trying, especially in the more problematic zones.

In 2021, the best feng shui energies are likely to gather around the west and north west; if your front door falls into one of these compass sectors you might be in for a bumper year. To find where these are located in your home, download one of the free compass apps and you’ll get a rough idea.

The most problematic zones in 2021 are likely to be the south east (water star 5) and the north (water star 2), so to be on the safe side, it’s worth placing a few cures.

Salt water cures can be particularly effective, along with the sound of metal; consider adding wind chimes if you like them, bells on the door, ting sha bells or piano music!

Click here for instructions for making a salt water cure. Or if you live in Australia and you’re interested in a feng shui consultation, give me a call on 0411 631 940.

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Full moon nature retreat: Feb 26-28

Deb and I would love you to join us at our Full Moon Nature Retreat, in late February 2021.
Set in the lush Tweed Valley hinterland, our retreat is designed to reinvigorate the body, mind and spirit.
Start your day with yoga, a rainforest walk, a magnesium spa or a lazy coffee, then after a delicious breakfast, learn more about topics we love, including astrology and the moon’s cycles, healing with reflexology, feng shui activators for love and luck, crystals and intention setting.
Our classes and workshops will leave you feeling motivated, uplifted and inspired – and best of all, your new skills can be practiced at home.
Location
Heart and Soul Retreat, 853 Nobbys Creek Road, Nobbys Creek.
18 mins from Murwillumbah, 40 mins Gold Coast airport, 60 mins Byron Bay
Details
Date: Friday Feb 26 from 4pm to Sunday Feb 28, 3pm (NSW times).
Cost: $680 for 3 days/2 nights of bliss, including yoga classes, guided bushwalks, talks and workshops, delicious vegetarian meals, evening drinks, full moon rituals and crystals to keep.
Early bird special: $650 until Jan 1, 2021
Retreat features
Rainforest bushwalks, magnesium spa, fresh spring water, access to pool and dam, showers and baths, fire pit, yoga studio, various indoor and outdoor lounging and sitting areas.
Limited to 12 in comfortable shared rooms (5 left).
Bookings
To book your space call me on 0411 631 940 or email jennyblume@iprimus.com.au

About Jen and Deb
Jen is one of Australia’s best-known astrologers, space clearers and feng shui practitioners. With 30 years of experience, her weekly forecasts (Woman’s Day for 14 years, Real People UK, 5 Minute Forecast on Facebook) and personal consultations have guided countless people. Now based in the Tweed Valley, Jen is keen to share her insights and passion.
Deb has over 20 years experience in healing massage, meditation, reflexology and spiritual services. Based in Terranora NSW, Deb loves sharing her knowledge in person at the Jacaranda Room and online, via facebook and private groups. Running retreats is the next step in Deb’s journey.

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Astrology, Covid-19 and world money markets: June-Dec 2020

As an astrologer 2020 year always looked a tad intense, but the first six months have exceeded all expectations. And I have to say, the next six months could prove even wilder, particularly on the financial and business fronts.

The January 11 eclipse set the ball rolling as it triggered a powerful stellium (a tight grouping) of planets hanging out in the business-oriented sign of Capricorn. With the sun, Mercury, Saturn and Pluto all involved, it signaled a dramatic, changeable year, but the full effects were not evident until mid-March, when Jupiter (expansion) and Mars (action) joined the planetary party.

As Mars formed an exact conjunction with Pluto and Saturn on March 23, stockmarkets plummeted as the magnitude of Covid-19 become apparent. Surprising everyone, world markets rebounded as Mars motored on, but conjunctions like this signal beginnings, not endings.

In Western astrology the first square (90 degrees) generally ramps things up, and as Mars shifts into Aries (on June 29) then goes retrograde, this tension-producing aspect will be repeated three times; the first square covers much of August, the second from October 1-19, with the final square-off extending from mid-December to late January.

Interesting times as the sages say, particularly as the zodiac’s warrior planet, Mars, will be soaking up an impatient, headstrong Aries vibe for over six months (it’s usually six weeks). Let’s hope that all that masculine energy remains contained!

Adding fuel to the fire, the July 4-5 eclipse is set to impact the US chart in big way; in a masterstroke of celestial synchronicity, it even falls on Independence Day. Both socially and financially, shockwaves are likely to ripple out for the rest of the year, reaching a crescendo through 2022/23 and not fully settling until 2024, a year that marks a new feng shui age as well. With Pluto, the planet of power and transformation so heavily involved, it might well signal the end of an era.

Life has certainly taken a crazy turn, but from an astrological perspective, the current scenario has been building for over twelve years. Pluto’s 16-year transit through Capricorn began with the GFC in 2008, and the recent conjunction to Saturn and Jupiter has added strength to his transformational powers. Business, monetary and political structures will be tested, and in many cases toppled, over the next three and a half years as the ‘Aquarian Age’ draws closer.

The future may look cloudy and uncertain for much of 2020, but Jupiter and Saturn’s shift into Aquarius in mid-December should illuminate new paths. We might even catch a glimpse of a more equitable, caring and sustainable future, and with a little luck, the December 15 eclipse in Sagittarius will bring breakthroughs, or perhaps even a cure. Here’s to the age of Aquarius. Bring it on!

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Feng Shui and space clearing

If you’re looking for help or guidance, welcome!

Having practiced astrology and feng shui for many years (30 years as an astrologer and over a decade in feng shui) my goal is to create space for success, harmony and happiness in my clients lives.

My specialties are:

  • Feng shui advice and reports
  • Astrology readings & relationship advice
  • Space clearings and house blessings
  • Colour and design advice

What results can you expect?

Clients have benefited from unexpected job offers, better relationships, improved health and fertility, more relaxed pets, surprise windfalls, increased business, enhanced creativity, more romance and a fresh sense of energy.

The results speak for themselves (see client reviews).

Where do I work?

I work by phone, email or in person around the Gold Coast, Tweed, Byron Bay, Sydney and central coast regions; I’m also happy to travel (when not in lockdown).

Call 0411 631 940or email thetinstudio@gmail.com to book or chat.

Astrology readings

Wondering what’s in store? I offer phone readings or face to face (Banora Point, NSW): $80/35mins or $140/60-65 mins.

You’ll be amazed by how much we cover, and how much insight into yourself, your relationships, your career, your life path and the future you will gain.

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Astrology

Astrology is so much more than sun signs … it’s a wonderfully rich system that acts like a blueprint for life. Your birth chart not only indicates talents, aptitudes and interests, it gives deeper insights into your relationships, and can even explain why you’re here!

Predictive astrology compares current planetary positions to your birth chart, enabling you to see exactly what’s going on. We all experience cycles in life, and astrology allows us to flow with them and act ‘when the time’s ripe’. After 30 years of practice the accuracy still blows me away.

Call 0411 631 940 if you’d like to book a private session (from $80), in person or via phone. The insights and messages can be life changing!

AUTUMN OFFER: Phone/facetime readings

While we’re all (mostly) stuck at home, I’m offering private phone or facetime astrology readings for $50 for 30 mins (normally $80 for 40mins) to Australian and NZ residents. You’ll be surprised by how much we can cover, and how much insight into yourself, your relationships, career and the future you will gain!

To book a session email jennyblume@iprimus.com.au or call 0411 631 940.
Like many of us, I have more time than usual on my hands!

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Astrology forecasts 2020 Jenny Blume

Astrology Gift Guide

Need to buy gifts for friends or rellies? Simply find out their star signs and I promise you’ll be guided in the right direction.

Aries

March 21 – April 20
For Aries, big and bold is their natural style, so steer clear of pastels. With energy to burn, anything involving fun and fitness should hit the mark.
For him: sporting gear, sunglasses, sunhat, red bicycle, Swiss Army knife, red necktie, waterproof watch, travel bag, surfboard or bodyboard, go-kart or sky diving session.
For her: dance classes, diamante jewellery (or real diamonds!), exercise bike, fitness gear, bright scarf, oversize bag, colourful walking shoes, drop earrings, ruby ring.
For kids: anything that shakes, rattles and rolls, snorkel set, pogo stick, superhero dress-ups, skateboard or rollerskates, sun hat, surf mat, flippers, basketball hoop, rebounder net, suction darts set.

Taurus

April 21 – May 21
It’s all about luxury for this earthy, sensual sign, so don’t scrimp on quality. If it looks, feels, tastes or smells good, you’re unlikely to go wrong.
For him: music, silk tie, iPod dock or good quality sound system, slippers, leather wallet, shoulder massage, gourmet food or wine, bbq tools, cooking class voucher.
For her: fine linen, kitchen gadgets, scarves, leather purse, photo frame, cookbooks, crystal glasses, serving platter, wok, classic perfume, expensive cosmetics, fancy gumboots, hydroponic gardening kit.
For kids: plush farm animals, necklace, junior chef set, blocks, craft materials, moneybox, embroidery kit, keyboard, skin-care products, foreign coins, farmstay.

Gemini

May 22 – June 21
Plain equals boring for this fun-loving sign so opt for funky colours and daring designs. Books and magazine subscriptions are guaranteed to win hearts.
For him: non-fiction books, bookends, kindle or iPad, stunt kite, walking shoes, pen set, digital radio, pet bird, cinema tickets, magazine subscription, cards or poker set.
For her: coffee table books, leather gloves, nail polish, lavender hand cream, butterfly motifs, wind chimes, magazine subscription, ipad mini, diary, manicure voucher.
For kids: books, manicure set, dominos, tap lessons, puppets, bracelet, tennis racquet, origami, bongos, calligraphy set, walkie talkies, rollerskates, Scrabble, Bananagrams.

Cancer

June 22 – July 22
Cancerians love cocooning, so quality kitchen and homewares are always a hit. Shimmery blues and silver are their colours and pearl their ruling stone.
For him: swimmers, wetsuit, fishing gear, wallet, cookbook, poker set, cashmere sweater, framed family photos, antique decanter, underwater camera, goggles or snorkel set.
For her: glass vase, pearls, silver jewellery, scrapbooking kit, baking molds, cute camera, teapot, fine China mugs, antique sherry glasses, lacy knickers, classic homewares, photo album, pearls.
For kids: teddy bear, dolls house, toy castle, watercolour paints, beach gear, embroidery kit, tea set, Game of Life, model boat, bath toys, tent, beach gear, locket necklace.

Leo

July 23 – August 23
Leos love to be spoilt, at least now and again. Cosmetics and haircare products should win the day, along with anything that glitters like the sun.
For him: leather briefcase, patterned scarf, sports bag, sundial, back massage, sunglasses, gourmet foods, cheeky underwear, home brew kit, gym membership.
For her: colourful head scarf, gilded mirror, costume jewellery, scented candles, crystal sun-catcher, salon voucher, theatre tickets or season pass, name brand makeup, toiletries case.
For kids: plush toy animals, sporting gear, sparkly shoes, trampoline, jewelry box, dress-ups, roller blades, active games like Twister, coits set, gymnastic or dancing lessons.

Virgo

August 24 – September 23
Choose gifts that promote healthy living and you’ll be on the money. Being nature lovers at heart, Virgos adore all shades of green, brown and blue.
For him: Fitbit style health monitor, hydroponics kit, binoculars, bird feeder, bird bath, bonsai, Bluetooth speaker, tool box, antique abacus, rain gauge or weather station.
For her: scented plants or herb box, essential oils, quilting set, yoghurt maker, juicer, Pilates DVD and mat, health-related books, storage boxes, teapot, herbal teas.
For kids: miniature toys, games and puzzles, toy chest, stickers, Spirograph, dolls house, foreign coins, moneybox, sewing set, craft kit, microscope, Monopoly, Stockmarket board game, alphabet chart.

Libra

September 24 – October 23
Librans are on a mission for peace, love and harmony, so anything that conjures up romance should hit the spot. Their flowers are roses and daisies.
For him: wine rack (or fridge), gourmet meal, blue or silver silk tie, leather wallet, crystal decanter, whiskey glasses, ipod dock or sound system, aftershave.
For her: delicate jewelry, dancing lessons, rose quartz crystal, lingerie, scented candles, floral perfume, crystal glassware, glass vase, quality silk flowers, flowering pot plants, tablecloth and serviettes.
For kids: crystals, kaleidoscope, dolls and teddies, flower press, calligraphy set, music box, dancing lessons, tutu, toy castle, bubble wand, movie or theatre tickets, pencils or watercolour paints.

Scorpio

October 24 – November 22
Scorpio’s colours are black and deep red, so pastels are hardly their cup of tea. Opt for lush fabrics and rich flavours, and you won’t go wrong.
For him: good wine or port, snorkel set, magazine subscription, leather gloves, spy movies, scorpion in glass, boules set, puzzles, cheeky toys, antique jewelry, tiger’s eye ring.
For her: champagne, crystal goblets, angel cards, coloured glass, funky homewares, exotic perfume, spice set, flower press, opal ring, black lingerie, crystal cluster, herb garden, astrology gift certificate.
For kids: science or anatomy books, mysteries and fairytales, magic set, pet insects, ant farm, sporting gear, silver locket, perfume kit, pirate set, kids spy gear, kaleidoscope, crystals, karate lessons.

Sagittarius

November 23 – December 22
Archers love the wind in their hair, so gifts that can be used outdoors fit well. Purple and blue are their colours, with topaz their ruling stone.
For him: antique maps, atlas, travel guides, weekend away, walking shoes, backpack, tent, sports bag, badminton or archery set, tennis lessons.
For her: travel books, portable charger, amethyst or sapphire jewelry, foreign homewares, sporting gear, day pack, purple bicycle, beach towel, sunglasses, exotic plants and flowers, orchid (real or silk), bird feeder, terrarium.
For kids: cuddly animals, rocking horse, Little Pony, Totem tennis, surfboard, adventure stories, hiking boots, backpack, sleeping bag, compass, suction archery set, tennis set, craft box.

Capricorn

December 23 – January 20
Even as kids, Capricorns understand the notion of quality over quantity. Choose earthy colours and classic designs and you’ll be their good books.
For him: fact books, weather vane, barometer, grandfather clock, electric toothbrush, desk set, letter opener, silk tie, magazine subscription, leather briefcase, upmarket toiletries.
For her: lotions and potions, silver photo frame, storage box, gardening gear, potted herbs, weather station, wind jacket and gumboots (for when it finally rains), perfume, silver necklace, movie voucher.
For kids: Lego or blocks, comfy couch, toy chest, silver locket, piggy bank, retro clock radio, waterproof watch, kids cooking set, pottery wheel, pet rock kit, clay or Fimo.

Aquarius

January 21 – February 19
Water-loving Aquarians adore all things blue (think oceans, mountains, sky). Being individuals, they should appreciate anything unusual or handmade.
For him: stunt kite, swimmers/snorkeling gear, telescope, board games, puzzles, electronic devices, aquarium, torch, fountain, flying lessons, flight simulator.
For her: beach gear, unusual lamps, retro jewelry, orchid, turquoise jewelery, patterned platters, kitchen gadgets, coloured glass, retro wall prints, aquamarine or larimar jewelry.
For kids: aquatic or space themes, dress-ups, canoe or blow-up boat, remote control toys, origami, glitter make-up, crystals, fact books, canoe, sailing lessons, houseboat holiday.

Pisces

February 20 – March 20
Pisceans love anything that stimulates the imagination, so forget about being practical and have fun. Their colours range from sea green to aqua blue.
For him: concert tickets, fine wine, canoe or boat, music, ipod, slippers, romantic dinner, fishing or beach gear, retro tin toys, artwork, hammock, canoe, aquarium, flippers.
For her: melodic windchimes, dream diary or journal, amethyst jewelry, reflexology or aromatherapy session, foot care products, candles, silk scarves, essential oils, electric oil burner, aloe vera plant, herbs, crystal sun catcher, an astrology reading with me!
For kids: fairytale books, hanging mobile, paints and painting easel, bath bomb kit, sailing lessons, dress-ups, bubble blower, cubby house, swing set, sparkly jewelry, ballet slippers, fish tank, dream encyclopaedia.

Copyright Jenny Blume 2020

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Astrology readings

Astrology is so much more than sun signs … it’s a wonderfully rich system that acts like a blueprint for life. Your birth chart not only indicates talents, aptitudes and interests, it gives deeper insights into your relationships, and can even explain why you’re here!

Predictive astrology compares current planetary positions to your birth chart, enabling you to see exactly what’s going on. We all experience cycles in life, and astrology allows us to flow with them and act ‘when the time’s ripe’. After 30 years of practice the accuracy still blows me away.

Call 0411 631 940 if you’d like to book a private session (from $80), in person or via phone. My specialties are relationships and career guidance, but when I tune into a chart I never know what will pop up. The insights and messages can be life changing!

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