The week ahead offers you a chance to complete things and get tasks underway. As we move closer to January 28th, we come into the energy of the Mercury retrograde that lasts until mid February. This is not a good period for new starts of any kind. So before hand, accomplish chores and tie up loose ends. At the end of this newsletter, I will share an article I have written on Mercury retrograde.
But for now, here's my housing/real estate forecast for 2008...
January 2008 Update 1
|Housing & Real Estate Forecast for 2008
I have received so many questions from people as to when they are going to sell their homes. My radio show on WIOG 102.5FM offers callers a chance to ask questions and more people than ever are asking about specific times to sell their house and when they can expect to move.
Housing Foreclosures, Sales etc.... Look at my past newsletters, especially the ones from two years ago where I warned of the upcoming housing problems. Many people have asked me how much longer this is going to go on…..until late 2011 I am afraid. We haven't even hit rock bottom yet. So if you have a house that you can sit on, do so. It's unlikely it would sell fast or at all during times like this. There are a few pockets around the country like in Carolinas where housing sales are strong but I think we can expect to hit rock bottom in early 2009. The biggest housing sales boom will be about 10 years from now but things will improve in three years. Like I said, if you can sit on the house, do so. Now is not the time to sell but surely the time to buy! Libra born folks may have the best luck to sell this year however. Increase your chances to sell and bury a St Joseph statue in the front yard! It really works.
|Thanks to Virginia Beach
I was very honored to be the guest speaker at the Edgar Cayce Institute a.k.a A.R.E. last Friday night Jan 11th in Virginia Beach, VA . I also enjoyed meeting all of the folks who came out for our metaphysical fair on Saturday from Norfolk, Virginia Beach and surrounding areas. We are planning a return visit! You all were so gracious and kind to us that we are excited to add Norfolk/Virginia Beach to our annual fair list.
|This week, our psychic fairs are....
January 19th - Midland, MI - Valley Plaza 10a.m. to 5p.m. Psychic Fun Fair
January 20th - Saginaw, MI - Holiday Inn Express 10a.m. to 5p.m. Psychic Fair
And we have two other national fairs in February to look forward to as well:
February 2-3 - Minneapolis, MN - Psychic Fair at Body, Mind and Soul spa, Admission $10 includes free gift and spa healing treatment. Readings $20
February 9th - New Orleans, LA - Psychic Fair at the House of Broel, 11a.m. to 4p.m. 2220 St Charles Ave. Admission $10 includes free lecture series all day. Readings $10.
|Crystal Mining Tour
Please email me and let me know if there is any interest in doing a Crystal Mining Tour in Hot Springs, AR. We did one last year and had a wonderful time and turnout. If you would be interested in going, drop me an email and let me know. I am tentatively planning another one for the spring; March 27-30th. Details to come.
New radio Show in Detroit
My new radio talk show will debut Monday nights on 99.5 FM in Detroit. I am thrilled to be on this Number One CBS station with over a million listeners. Some of you may have heard me on the Dr Don Morning show. I will still be guest appearing with the crew but also doing my own thing every Monday nights. Call in for your free reading. If you are not in the Detroit listening area, you can listen live on the web by going to WYCD.com and you can still call in.
We are in our third year of my other talk show Affairs of the Heart on WIOG 102.5 FM in mid Michigan. We debuted the show on Valentine's Day actually in 2005. Swifty and I will continue to do the show every Sunday night at 7p.m. Call 1-877-330-WIOG with your questions and listen live on the web at WIOG.com.
|Lansing Cosmic Convention
In each newsletter we will feature a few of the special classes and readings you are invited to attend at the Cosmic Connections Convention in Lansing, MI, Feb 28th–March 2nd. If you would like to register call 810-631-6887. The convention is a great winter weekend getaway especially because we have eclipses in February that aid in our spiritual development. The energy of these eclipses is ripe for accessing high knowledge and information to improve your life. This weekend was chosen carefully because of its astrological aspects, designed for maximum spiritual advancement. For those of you who have been wanting to develop your psychic ability or just learn more about here's your chance!
Click here for more info on the convention
Tentative speaker- still to confirm but can reveal we are bringing a special guest from Virginia Beach's Edgar Cayce's A.R.E.! Details to come but this is a great opportunity to learn from someone that comes with such a respected background.
We will also feature:
"Accessing Your Phenomenal Life" with Elaine Hardison from Minneapolis, MN.
What are the "Keys" to the locks that keep your life limited? What kind of luck are you locking out of your life? Are you blocking love or prosperity? Perhaps you are unconsciously denying yourself the success you so rightly deserve. So many of us work hard to get ahead and often the end doesn't justify the means. There are times when we feel blocked, hopeless and helpless. But we are not. E just have to access our sacred keys. Where do you find them? Will you use the keys to unlock your Phenomenal Life??? Are you ready to release yourself from chains that bind? Elaine will give you access to these personal and sacred keys and show you how to claim them…..but it is up to you to unlock any limitations so you can live the best life ever!
For the first time ever at any of our shows:
Tea Leaf Readings with Jean Wallis of Minneapolis
Jean will also be offering $15/15 minute tea leaf readings at her table in the Muses Hall. Join her and receive information sent to you through this Old-World method of divination. See the pictures in the leaves and learn what's upcoming in your inner and outer lives.
Join Jean for her lecture too!
"I'm Picking Up Good Vibrations – The Energy Medicine of Essences" - Join Jean Wallis from Charleston and her sense of humor as she explains what energy medicine is and how it works through vibrational essences. In this hand on class, you will learn the different types of essences, how they're made, and how to get them.
Following the free lecture, Jean will host a special "Essence Bar" open to all.
You can stay and create your own essence at the Bar where you'll choose from several vibrations to create your special magic potion (essence). It will then be attuned specifically to and for your energy. There is an additional fee for the Essence Bar because it is similar to a reading, as Jean suggest sand designs an essence especially for your personal needs to take home with you.
Nice Letters We Get
I received my One Question email reading from you last week. I just wanted to say thank you so much. I feel much more hopeful and positive now about this coming year. The information was SO helpful to me and so detailed. Thank you again. I am so grateful.
|What Does 2008 Have in Store for You?
Now and until the end of the month, I am taking questions from StarScopers about their year ahead. Just click on the 1 Question icon on my home page or right here, then type in "What does 2008 Hold in Store for Me?" There is a small fee for the email reading but much, much cheaper than a phone consultation. I will do your natal chart and give you specific aspects for the year ahead in several areas of your life. This will be personal to you, not just sun sign astrology. But I will need your birthday, time and city born.
|Mercury Retrograde - Friend or Foe?
Mercury Retrograde happens on January 28th. Double check everything!
The planet Mercury rules communication, travel, contracts, automobiles and the written word. It goes in a retrograde motion or backwards three times a year for approximately three weeks at a time. When Mercury is retrograde, there's a lot of confusion. People forget things. There are delays and frustrations.
You should never start anything new when Mercury goes retrograde. But you can still put this astrological aspect to good use. You need to learn to work with the energy of Mercury rather than against it.
I have a few stories to share with you about Mercury retrogrades. I had a rental house that I needed to rent ASAP. It was costing me money to leave it empty. Of course I was eager to get someone moved in. My realtor did background and credit checks on all of the applicants. We found, what I thought, was a great, capable young couple. I knew I should never sign contracts on a retrograde, but I was impatient. I couldn't and wouldn't wait a month later to sign a lease. The couple eagerly signed on the dotted line. I kept my fingers crossed. The next month, their rent was two weeks late. Two months later, they trashed the place, placed bills illegally in my name, moved out with no notice and filed for bankruptcy so we couldn't sue them. From that moment on, I promised myself I would never sign another contract on a Mercury retrograde and I never did. Years before this incident and before I even knew what a Mercury retrograde was, I had wanted to buy a home. My husband and I made an offer on this wonderful place during a June Mercury retrograde. The offer was declined. We asked for a counter offer. None was forthcoming. Realtors couldn't hook up with the owners. There was a lot of miscommunication. The homeowners left the state on vacation for a few weeks. It took us until October to get a response and finally, a "yes" after re-writing the original offer three times!
My friend and fellow astrologer Cindy should have known better. She started a new job on the first day Mercury went retrograde. She asked me how I felt the new position would go. "You won't stay there, I told her. It's a Mercury retrograde." The next day she quit! This same gal actually had a lot of nerve trying to tempt fate. She went out and bought a new car on another retrograde. It broke down on the expressway on the drive home from the dealer's. It stayed parked in her garage until Mercury went direct. It was weeks before her car problems were solved. Her excuse for buying on a Mercury retrograde: her husband was buying the car and she didn't want him to back out of the offer!
Now, you can't stop your life just because a Mercury retrograde rolls around. There's things you can't avoid or put off. But if you do have time to plan ahead, you can save yourself a lot of headaches. Since Mercury also rules travel and trips, it is not a good time to travel unless you have backup plans. Expect delays, double check your hotel accommodations beforehand (and the day of) and clarify everything with everyone.
Things Not To Do During Mercury Retrogrades
What You can Expect
- Start anything new
- Make important decisions
- Buy computers, appliances, TVs, radios, etc.
- Travel without back-up plans
- Sign Contracts
- Buy a car
- Expect things to move quickly
- Take anything for granted
- Negotiate a contract
- File a lawsuit
- Start a new job
- Begin a new class
- Go on a "first" date
Anything you start will have to be re-done or revised. If you begin a big project during one of these periods, it will go over budget and take longer than expected. What is Mercury retrograde good for? If you understand the cycles of the Mercury retrograde, which appear about every three months, you can work with, rather than against the flow of Mercury's energy. Remember the "re" in retrograde. These weeks are good for re-doing just about anything.
- Angrier people
- Crazy drivers
- More accidents
- Computer problems and breakdowns
- More mistakes
- Slow mail
- Playing Phone tag
- Wrong directions
- Missed appointments
- Dead cell phone batteries
What To Do If You Can't Postpone or Delay Activity
- Re-apply for a job
- Re-do hair color
- Re-write your resume
- Review your bank account
- Renew a loan
- Repair your car
- Re-contact past clients
There are some people who never seem to be affected during this period. Chances are they were born when Mercury was retrograde. Millions of people are born during these times. How do these weeks affect them? Well, Mercury retrograde babies thrive. Things appear easier for them and run smoothly. They get the new job, start building the new house and travel to Vegas. It's okay to push forward in the outside world. If you're one of these people, you'll have the edge on everyone else! How do you find out? Your astrology chart will indicate if Mercury was retrograde when you were born.
- Read and re-read contracts. Have someone else look them over too.
- Check your travel plans several times.
- Ask questions over and over if you need to during negotiations
- Mail packages and letters early. Check the zip codes.
- Fill your gas tank
- Don't check luggage when you're flying. Carry on everything if you can.
- If you are making purchases, keep your sales receipt and know the store's return policy.
- Keep your cell phone battery charged
- Watch your driving
|Have a wonderful and blessed week, Maria
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