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Chinese New Year 2018: The Year of the Dog

Chinese New Year: Year of the DogChinese New Year commences today on Friday 16th February 2018, bringing in the year of the Dog and saying goodbye to the year of the Rooster.

The Years

Those born in 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006 and 2018 were born in Dog years. The next Dog year after 2018 will be 2030. The Dog is the eleventh position within the Chinese zodiac, following the Rooster and falling before the Pig.


China also works with element theory, so each zodiac sign is also associated with one of the five elements: Gold (metal), Wood, Water, Fire and Earth. The characteristics of a person are therefore impacted by both their animal sign and element. (more…)

Gibbous Moon & Full Moon

Sandra BullockGibbous Moon

Sandra Bullock along with Jenna Coleman and Kim Kardashian were born under a Gibbous Moon.

Their Qualities:

Those born under a Gibbous Moon would be described as caring, constructive with a calming influence on those around them. They have a built-in need to help others. Their desire is to improve the world; they need to feel reassured that their life, their work and their existence on Earth is making a difference. To this end they can be ideological; and sometimes they will get burnt, by going into projects to eagerly. But they will persevere, they will learn from their mistakes and they won’t let objects get in their way of eventual success. As they mature they will find fulfilment and enlightenment and in their middle years they will get recognition for their successes from others.

Sandra Bullock – Photo Credit: Tinseltown /

Winter Solstice

shutterstock_116489731The Winter Solstice will take place on the 22nd December this year at 04.38 (GMT), exactly as the Sun is overhead the Tropic of Capricorn. It will usher in the shortest day of the year and welcome in the longest night for those in the Northern Hemisphere.

The Night Has a Thousand Eyes

The night has a thousand eyes,

And the day but one;

Yet the light of the bright world dies

With the dying sun


The mind has a thousand eyes,

And the heart but one;

Yet the light of a whole life dies

When love is gone.


By Francis William Bourdillon,

Ref: Best-Loved Poems


The word ‘Solstice’ hails from two Latin words – ‘Sol’ meaning Sun and ‘Sistere’ meaning to stand still. The solstice is actually an astrological event that happens twice per year. The Sun will briefly be stationary before changing direction.

The word ‘Yule’ often described the Winter Solstice period, and for thousands of years people have celebrated the season as a time to come together, to be with family and to look forward to the New Year to come. The Suns rebirth was rejoiced as it meant the end of another harsh cold winter and a celebration of having survived.

Even though for most of us the changing of the season is not as important to our survival; many still like to celebrate the solstice period and to draw on the positive energy the cycle brings.

For many this will mean a trip to Stonehenge which has a sightline that points to the Winter Solstice Sunset. It is believed that both the Summer and Winter Solstice were marked by the layout of the stones and the position of the Avenue. Standing in the centre of the circle you can see the Sun rise next to the Heel Stone during the Summer Solstice and for the Winter Solstice the Sun sets between the stones of the tallest trilithon.

If you can’t go to Stonehenge there are other ways to celebrate: You could burn a Yule log (traditionally oak) in a fireplace. Decorate your home with seasonal colours of red, green and white – think holly, ivy, mistletoe and evergreens. Lastly write your goals, dreams and resolutions on a piece of paper for the coming year and keep it safe.

Anne Hathaway – Scorpio

Anne HathawayAnne Hathaway has been promoting her latest film ‘The Intern’ alongside Robert De Niro. He is known for not suffering fools gladly, and you get the impression that having to do these press jaunts is something he feels is beneath him, so it is testament to Anne’s character that they go so well when they are both present. Scorpios are known for being very sensitive and so meeting someone with such a gruff personality may be not that easy. Equally Scorpios feel happiest when they are in control of a situation, something I’d imagine Anne had to learn to let go of, when Robert goes off script during an interview and gives one word answers only!

Anne can be seen as very shy and quiet, but you should not be taken in, this is just Scorpios way of protecting themselves and those important to them. This can be seen as being secretive, but generally it is because they have a fear of letting people in. In love Scorpios want their partners to be friends as well as lovers, but the relationship will be intense. In 2012 Anne married Adam Shulman, a fellow actor and jewellery designer. She has said that at the time she was not looking for love and that “Adam totally ruined my plan. I was really looking forward to a little alone time, and then I fell in love like a fool!”

Scorpios are tenacious and ambitious, and you can see from Anne’s career that she is not afraid to put herself out of her comfort zone in order to achieve. Prior to The Intern, she starred alongside Matthew McConaughey in Interstellar as part of a team of explorers that travel through worm holes in space! In 2016 she will reprise her role as the White Queen in Alice Through The Looking Glass.

In the last 24 hours the press have been reporting some diva like behaviour (exercising that need to be in control), by sending her breakfast back 4 times at the Paramount lot in Los Angeles. I’m sure this was just a blip, as previous co-stars have had nothing but kind words for her. Emily Blunt (in the Devil Wears Prada) said “Hathaway was so nice in real life it was hard to be mean to her character.”

Anne Hathaway Photo Credit: Helga Esteb /

Alesha Dixon

Alesha DixonAlesha Dixon is a Libra Star Sign

Alesha Dixon has often cited Madonna as an idol of hers, and this is interesting as Madonna is the queen of reinventing herself, and Alesha has had to go through several transformations in her career to keep going. Librans like to keep things on an even keel, so this will not always have been easy for her.

Alesha shot to fame as part of the girl band Mis-Teeq, when they disbanded in 2005 she became a solo artist. Unfortunately her solo endeavours were not as successful, and she faded somewhat from the spotlight. But this was righted in 2007 when she won Strictly Come Dancing. As a Libra Alesha would have been keen to please, it is natural to them to be team-players and cooperative, something that no doubt pleased her dance partner, judges and audience.

Librans are preoccupied by how they look; they always want to present the best version of themselves to the outside world, so it is not unusual to find a Libran celebrity in the limelight. Having said that they are not known for diva behaviour; relationships are a very important aspect of their lives and they will want to keep a harmonious balance with work colleagues, family and loved ones.

In 2009 Alesha was back in the press, but this time caught in the furore of Arlene Phillips being let go from the judging panel on Strictly with Alesha taking her place. She joined the panel in the 7th season and left after the 9th, quitting to become a judge on Britain’s Got Talent. The press widely reported that this was a financial decision with her salary likely to have been tripled to make the move. Librans can be impulsive and emotional, but this is more likely to happen in their love-lives. It is likely that this job move was well calculated and logically thought out in the Libran way.

Librans are hugely interested in others and this has stood her in good stead as a judge on both panels. But her true love is still with music and the theatre of performing, she launched a single in June 2015 called The Way We Are, and this has paved the way for a new studio album to be released on the 23rd October 2015. This is her 4th album and the first in five years. Learning from the mistakes of her past, she is releasing her music on her own record label – Precious Stone Records.

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Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga, JStone / Shutterstock.comFor a while people believed that Lady Gaga was a Pisces, this is because her birth date was widely misreported on the internet as March 20th. In fact she was born in Manhattan New York on March 28th 1986, making her an Aries. Her birth name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, as you might imagine from her given name she has 75% Italian ancestry. But of course now she is globally known as Lady Gaga.

In 2006 Gaga was signed to Def Jam Records, but the partnership only lasted a few months, when she was dropped by the label. It is at this point that she became much more experimental in terms of her act, how she dressed and where she performed.

Showing typical Aries traits she kept pushing through, she believed she would make it big, it was just a matter of how and when. In 2007 she was signed to Streamline Records (a division of Interscope Records). During this time she got a deal with Sony/ATV to write songs for other artists, including: Pussycat Dolls, Britney Spears and New Kids on the Block…Another singer ‘Akon’ recognised her vocal talent and convinced Interscope to set up a joint deal making her a franchise player under label Kon Live.

Even though she secured this record deal, there were some who feared that she was too ‘underground’, dance-themed and racy for the mainstream music scene. But Gaga showed typical Aries independence and confidence and told them “My name is Lady Gaga, I’ve been on the music scene for years, and I’m telling you, this is what’s next.”

So in 2008 her first album ‘The Fame’ was released, but to a rather luke-warm reception. Gaga took the initiative and with fearless attitude promoted the album in Europe and through gay clubs in the States. But it was the single ‘Just Dance’ that got everyone’s attention and Gaga just exploded onto the stage!

Other hits came from the album: Paparazzi, LoveGame and Poker Face, in 2009 she released another album that charted the darker side of fame called The Fame Monster; this produced her most acclaimed single ‘Bad Romance’. While the press put her under increased scrutiny at this time, her fans loved her ever more outlandish outfits and activities. Her tour ‘Monster Ball’ ran for over a year and a half and grossed $227.4 million!

Due to her persona many people have not really heard about her personal life. But this spell was broken in February when she announced her engagement to Chicago Fire star ‘Taylor Kinney’. He proposed with a Lorraine Schwartz diamond ring in a heart design. It is rumoured that the wedding will take place at her Malibu home and will be a big family celebration with all relatives playing a part including her sister who is thought to be the Maid of Honour.

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Kate Moss and her Capricorn Star Sign

Kate MossKate Moss is a Capricorn and certainly has shown those ambitious traits through and through. She rose to stardom in the early 1990’s having been discovered when she was just fourteen years old by the founder of Storm Model Management and has had a fruitful career ever since.

Despite Capricorns being wired for triumph and achievement, Kate makes for an unlikely model given her stature and height. None the less she has had phenomenal success in a very unforgiving industry.

The traits of Capricorn can be moody and melancholy and trusting is hard for them. This is perhaps borne out in her early relationships with Johnny Depp (remember the damaged hotel rooms?) and sometimes destructive love affair with Pete Doherty…Kate also got tangled up with drugs in 2005 and has always been known as a ‘party girl’, but maybe Capricorn’s ability to be calm when mistakes occur and their ability to stay ambitious and work through things alone carried her out of troubled times.

Kate had a daughter (Lila Grace Moss Hack) from a relationship with Jefferson Hack. She is now married to Jamie Hince (guitarist for The Kills) – possibly showing she still has a penchant for rebels!

Even though Kate was born with the Sun in conservative Capricorn, she has not followed the typical path of playing it safe with well thought out plans. Instead she has used her self-discipline and ambition and made up her own rules. She has always been a trend-setter, from her early career sparking a style on the catwalk for ‘heroin chic’; she has been known for her ‘waifish’ figure and was part of the size zero clubs.

Reportedly she is loved by clients for being on time, being amiable and easy to work with, unlike many other super models she grew up around. She is just at home with Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana as she is with Rimmel.

Kate has shown she likes to play with danger, and sometimes she can be pulled down by emotions or circumstances. Perhaps as she has matured with age, and having a husband and daughter together with her continued professional accomplishment; a degree of equilibrium has been achieved in her life, allowing her to enjoy true all-round success.

*Kate Moss Photo Credit: Featureflash /

Katie & Kieran

It turns out that Katie Price married her third husband Kieran Hayler following advice from a psychic, she’s quoted as saying – “A medium said the man I’d marry was called Kevin. Kieran’s name is Katie Priceclose to Kevin and it all became clear.”

Katie has had many well-publicised relationships and this will be her third marriage, her first marriage was to Peter Andre (Pop Star) between 2005-2009 that led to an acrimonious divorce, her second marriage to Alex Reid (Cage Fighter) didn’t end much better and lasted a short time between 2010-2011 and her third marriage to Kieran (builder and part-time stripper) has commenced during 2013 after just a short courtship.


April Birthstone & Flower

The traditional birthstone for April is Diamond. The word diamond is taken from the Greek word “adamas” meaning hardest metal. The diamond is a member of the carbon family and is a precious stone remarkable for its extreme hardness. Diamonds are primarily mined for in USA, Brazil, Russia, Australia and Ghana and are usually colourless or tinted yellow.

The properties of the April birthstone are clarity, balance and abundance. It has long been thought that the diamond has healing properties particularly in relation to brain diseases, drawing out toxins and as a remedy to poison. The diamond is also associated with increasing inner strength and enhancing relationships. (more…)

What Planet is Ruling You?

PlanetsEach sign has a ruling planet – Mercury and Venus both rule two signs. Uranus, Neptune and Pluto were discovered in 1781, 1846 and 1930 respectively – until then Mars ruled Scorpio and Aries and Jupiter ruled Pisces and Sagittarius. Saturn ruled Aquarius & Capricorn and the Sun and the Moon have only ever ruled one sign each. Once Uranus, Neptune and Pluto were accepted into the pantheon, rulerships were reassigned and it is possible that new planets in the future will allow Mercury and Venus to rule only one sign each also. The association between ruling planets and peoples characteristics has been accepted for over 2000 years.

Here is what your ruling planet and sign says about your personality: (more…)

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