December 21 – January 19

(These dates change each year – this is 2011′s dates)

CAPRICORN: The sign rules the bones, skin and knees.  The symbol is the mountain goat with a dolphin’s tail ascending the heights from the depths of the sea.

Keywords are:  reserved, driven, materialistic, domineering, determined, practical, conscientious, reliable, efficient, ambitious, patient, workaholic, security conscious, and needs stability. This sign has many wonderful ambitions.  Sometimes, they work so much that their family seems to be second.  The most important thing in a Cap’s life is money is to put away as security for his/her family.  Underneath all that control is a very sensitive soul.

SATURN: responsibility, challenges, fate, obstacles, triumph, patience, maturity, realism, karma, perseverance, realism and ethics.  Remains in each zodiac sign for approximately 28 years.  Saturn represents the God of Harvest, Agriculture and Justice.

Colors:  dark shades such as browns, blacks, and grays.

Quality * Cardinal:  Changeable, ambitious and active.

Element * Earth:  Stable, nurturing, cautious, stubborn, depressed, unmotivated, practical, grounded, analytical, meticulous, steady, abundant and sometimes stagnant.  Other Earth signs are Taurus and Virgo which are Capricorn’s best matches.  Second best matches are Pisces and Scorpio.

Capricorn is a semi-fruitful sign.

Polarity:  Feminine/Negative

Gemstone:  Ruby


I will be adding the sun sign of the month in 2011 by

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How Long is A Planet in Each Sign?

by Vikki Anderson

The Sun 28 days in each sign 

30 years in your sun sign

The Moon 29.5 days in orbit
2.5 days in each sign
Mercury Time of orbit: 88 days
7 days in each sign
Venus Time of orbit: 224.7 days
19 days in each sign
Mars Time of orbit: 687 days
60 days in each sign
Jupiter Time of orbit: 11.86 years
12 months in each sign
Saturn Time of orbit: 29.5 years
2.5 years in each sign
Uranus Time of orbit: 84.2 years
7 years in each sign
Neptune Time of orbit: 164.8 years
14.5 years in each sign
Pluto Time of orbit: 248.4 years 

20 years in each sign

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Contact Your Angels

Let’s talk about contacting your angel.  Everyone I have dealt with lately has been asking me.  I have been in contact with my personal angel since I was fourteen years old when he started talking to me. Of course, way back then, you just didn’t go around telling people that you have conversations with your angel and even though I was a young teen, I got it. You keep this information to yourself and let it be known when the time is right.

In metaphysics it is believed that we are all born with three personal guardian angels and three spirits guides that are here to help each one of us. But the “law of non-interference” states that they cannot interfere with our free will and choices unless we specifically ask for assistance. I tell my students it is like having a butler, maid, cook and chauffeur on staff and they sit at the kitchen table drinking coffee waiting for you to tell them what to do. They are there, but not doing their jobs!

Angels wait to assist us and I think they must have an extreme amount of patience not to interfere when they know we are making a mistake or not taking an important opportunity for our best interest – but that’s what they do.

So, it is important to deal with them every day. I personally ask to be brought opportunities and people into my life who would be in my best interest, and so far it has worked out well. Yes, I’ve made mistakes along the way because I didn’t think the opportunities were right for me and I’ve been disappointed some time later to see that “they” were right and that my judgment was colored with emotional responses and bias.

The first thought that comes to your mind about anything (after asking assistance from them) is always the right thing to do. You have free will so you can do whatever you feel is appropriate for you; however, give the answer that comes to your mind first a second thought and reflect upon it. What would be the ramifications of taking that path? Would it be in your best interest? Would it be a risk worth taking? Think of these things before making a decision.

You may also ask the name of your angel if you go into meditation — or you can get ready for bed and once your head is on the pillow, close your eyes and ask (outloud or silently) that you would like to know the name(s) of your personal angels. The names will come into your mind. Don’t be discouraged if it takes several tries – sometimes, we just don’t believe the names that come into our minds and we dismiss them. Hear them and know that they are your angels’ names.

Ask for assistance in being safe while driving/traveling to your destination. Ask that the police don’t see your speeding by; ask that your family and you are healthy and safe and that you will always make the best decisions for all involved. Your angels can help you with whatever you can imagine.

You have all the power of the universe on your side, it would be a real shame if you didn’t use it.

Copyright by Vikki Anderson and  Do not reprint without using author’s name or website information.

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Charlatans In Our Field

by Vikki Anderson

I rarely take gigs in NYC, however, if they are early enough in the afternoon or evening, I can take a bus to Port Authority and a cab to the destination and it has seemed to work out.  This is what I had done just a few weeks ago when I did tarot reading for The New School in NYC.

I always arrive approximately 2 hours ahead of time in case of traffic or some mishap, but this time the bus driver must have tried out for the role on the movie SPEED since we were almost falling out of our seats and purses and brief cases were flying all over the place.  So in essence, I was so early, I called my fiance to chat and ate a bagel at Port Authority and then looked around for awhile before getting into a cab.

Upon getting there, I was told that this particular party was a block party about two blocks away.  That would be all right normally but I have a fractured bone in my right foot so I wasn’t that happy with walking the distance, but managed nicely.

I waited and waited for the person organizing the gig and 50 minutes later, the New School’s representative arrived.  She found me a table and had to find a few chairs, but then the astrologer came and she asked if we could share.  I don’t like sharing tables, but I agreed.  I didn’t know her but it only took me a few minutes to realize what kind of reader she was.

I asked if she had a computer for charts, she said no.  I asked if she brought an ephemeris, she replied no again.  She said she had a good grasp on sun signs and that she could bluff her way through it and brought tarot cards in case I needed help!  Why, thank you.  I told her why didn’t she just use the July 21st eclipse and give the effects of that eclipse to each sign and she said she didn’t know how to do that — so here we are, on the same table with someone (myself) who has taught metaphysics and parapsychology for over 38 years and someone who didn’t know as much as my students who had taken a 6 minute lesson with me.  I was furious.

The readings were loud (and I constantly tried to quiet her down to no avail) and awful.   She had astrology cards and was asking her guests to shuffle the cards and then she READ right off of the cards.  She asked if I knew of these cards and I said that my friends designed them.  Yes, I think I knew them, but they are mostly for individual guidance, not for a big event where you are getting paid big bucks for your expertise.

She left to get water (I brought mine as any event reader would), she had to get a cookie, then she had to make an important phone call.  My opinion of this reader that she didn’t know what the hell she was doing and was doing everything in her power to waste time.  Why would I say that?  Well, people sign up for readings, but sometimes they leave to see what else is going on and come back.  Then you just have them cross off their name no matter where it is on the list.  She kept calling out names in order and wasting 5 – 10 minutes waiting to see if that person was in the area.  I told her several times how to do it, but now my line was growing to over 50 people standing in line and she had 7.  I asked people to go over to her and have an astrology reading, but no one moved from my line.

This reader told me her life story (not a good time to tell me when I am working, nor did I care) and I could tell she has many issues – doing astrology is just one of them.  I complained to the event planner’s rep and she understood, but said it was just for fun anyway.  Well, I know that many people take readings for granted so if you give them bullshit information, what do they have to make positive decisions with?  I complained to the event planner when I called in after the gig, but haven’t heard from them.  Maybe I was being too sensitive; however, I heard her say to these talented writers, musicians and dancers that within 5 years they would all be famous.  I hope it is true; however, what are the odds that a 20 year old will be famous at 25 – and almost all of them at that?

I read the card she gave me when she said she would call me (I can’t wait!) and found out the reason that she was such a bullshitter.  She does music, singing, dancing, DJ, emcee, karaoke, tarot, psychic, fortunes, magic, games, stories, character telegrams, balloons, face painting, arts and crafts, puppet shows and get this – she’s also a clown.  Somehow being a clown and doing tarot readings just doesn’t work for me, but that’s the difference between someone who does this for a living and loves helping people and others who are charlatans and just want to make money, give bad advice and move on to their next victim.  Clown and tarot readings!  That’s a new one for me, but with that said, I guess I don’t have to say anything else.  LOL

Copyright 2009 by Vikki Anderson and  No part of this article can be used without mentioning the author’s name or website.

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Living in Fantasy Land

by Vikki Anderson

The issue with doing my spiritual work is that you try very hard to help those in need.  The people who won’t face reality, who live in a world of their own and who get so angry when you try to bring them back to reality, that it is scary.  Some of them need anger management classes and others just need reliable therapy.

This happened to me so I thought I’d share my experience.  I had a lovely tarot student who is my daughter’s age of 26.  She was very pretty, had a great personality (although very shy, no confidence nor self esteem) and was extremely overweight for her age.  She is in love with, let’s call him Micheal.  Michael sounds like a good guy although a Virgo (pardon me, everyone, but I do have some issues with Virgos!  LOL) and she’s a Libran.  Librans are the suckers of the zodiac.  They hate confrontation, but when you put their backs up against the wall, they are the sign of open warfare — thus, I did get her wrath when I was trying to let her see reality in this relationship.

Sometimes, a reader gets close to a client, like I did with this one because she was so helpless and clueless about life.  My daughter is extremely the opposite, so I thought that maybe I could help her come back to live in the third dimensional world that we were all born into; however, it back fired on me.

Here, let’s call her Jane, loves this man Michael.  They’ve been going out for two years and he hasn’t proposed, hasn’t suggested moving in together or any other type of commitment.  She had been a regular tarot client and then a tarot student.  She was not that adept to tarot, but she was coming along slowly but surely — her insecurity and lack of belief in herself made her doubt her readings.  Jane had two more lessons to go to be certified as a beginner in the Totally Tarot Method.

Jane went on a cruise with Michael and she said they had a great time.  I was so happy for her.  She had hoped that he was going to propose on the cruise, but he did not.  In fact, he always uses work as an excuse and is not around as much as a boyfriend, especially one in a committed relationship, should be.  He also was looking for a two family house (coincidentally, he cannot find one that satisfies him….hmmm…) for them to live in someday with his mother living up or downstairs.   Sounds like a great future already, doesn’t it?

So, I emailed her and asked how the cruise was and if she was engaged.  I knew she wasn’t or she would have emailed me, but there was always hope.  (PS:  I did a tarot card spread and know he will not marry her, but that’s another story).  She had also told me that she would like his children whether or not they were married and I tried to tell her that even though she had children with this man, it did not mean that they would be together forever.  I wanted her to think logically, something this woman seems to have a problem with.

Then Jane told me she was having nightmares because of the tarot and I suggested that if she were (which is most unlikely) that she should look at the cards or symbols coming out in her dreams as they might be a message for her to use or act upon.  I told her that I thought it was all subconscious stuff that was finally surfacing about the lack of commitment in her relationship and the chaos it caused, but my words were not heard.  She heard what she wanted to hear…fantasy, illusion and delusion.  Anyway, I also informed her that I would be moving in with my boyfriend in October after knowing each other for 8 months and she went ballistic on me.  Could it be that she realized that being with this loser for 2 years without a commitment was a reality gone wrong?  Perhaps.

She told me to mind my own business and to never contact her again.  She told me that I was manipulative and that Michael and she were happy and fine and he was committed to her.  I wrote her back that I just wanted her to live in reality and that I wished her well for her future.

Reactions like these are common in people who need lots of psychological help in dealing with reality.  I thought I was kind enough throughout our many weeks of individual classes together to give her clues about her ill fated relationship and to make her understand that she should not wait forever for this man.  I know, she will wait 50 years for him even though he brings nothing to her life.

She is in therapy and I hope it continues.  I feel sorry to say that I felt like I lost a daughter, but in reality, I have only one daughter and I love her very much.  I try very hard not to get involved in my clients or students’ lives, but sometimes you just feel that you are needed and you do what you can to help.  Sometimes, like this particular instance, it backfires.

Unfortunately for both of us – we have gone our separate ways and I sometimes wonder if I should have just left her living in a reality where everything is sunshine and roses and negativity doesn’t exist.  For some people, this is where they spend a lot of their time rather than dealing with life as it happens and coping with decisions and consequences about their own futures.

To Jane, I say, I wish you the best and hope that you do marry Michael one day.  I hope it is also in a time frame when you can have the children you desire so much.

Copyright 2009 by Vikki Anderson and  No part of this article can be used without mentioning the author’s name or website.

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Spiritual Teachers

I had a most disturbing phone call today, the day after the lunar eclipse on August 5th from a 39 year old man who asked about my astrology classes. He didn’t drive and wondered how he could learn from me.  I suggested teaching him via the phone or email and would send him the class material before our lesson. I have many international and out-of-state clients and students so it seemed normal to me.

He talked about how true spiritual teachers allow their students to pay them after a class IF they thought the information was worth it.  Yes, you read correctly.

This has always been a big problem in the spiritual field but I had thought that we had evolved and know that we are working as hard (if not harder) than anyone with a 9-5 job.  Spiritual teachers should be paid reciprocal energy, such as money, for their services, so I said, “Good luck with that,” and he responded, “Well, if that’s how you feel about it,” and we both hung up.

He called back and left a voice mail saying that I should get another job because I wasn’t a real teacher if I charged for lessons.  I was temped to call him back to find out if he truly were from Mars or if he were just mentally challenged. If I had called back, I would have asked if he did his job for free.

Yes, teaching, lecturing and writing about metaphysics is my actual job and has been since 1999 when my corporate job ended. My accountant continuously told me that I’d better start charging normal consulting fees for my services or I wouldn’t qualify as a corporation any longer.  So I finally took her advice.

The belief that spiritual teachers should not charge for their services is a very old and tired argument.  It is not practical in our third dimensional world to do anything for free with our financial obligations and responsibilities. How are we supposed to pay our bills?  Barter sometimes works, but when the bills arrive, it’s hard to offer our creditor an astrology chart or a massage for a mortgage payment, isn’t it?  But they always take money!

To this man I say, you are clueless about spirituality and have much to learn.  Knowledge is never free and as my dear grandmother used to say, “You get what you pay for.” Or as my college professor used to say, “If you give anything away for free, it is worthless.” Help can be given for free (as I had done for decades with readings and lectures around the world and on cruises) but on my terms and not others.

If a person is meant to be my client or student, then they are guided to me.  If they are not meant to be — like this man who lives in a parallel universe where everything is free and they only pay IF they feel the information or service was worth it, so be it.

I thank God and my angels for protecting me yet again against psychic vampires who think they have special rights to zap everyone else’s energy while protecting their own. and

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Solar Eclipses (as per NASA information on line)

Solar Eclipses: 2007 – 2017
Date Type % Eclipsed Duration Area
(if partial) (if total or annular)
Mar 19, 2007 Partial 87 Asia, Alaska
Sep 11, 2007 Partial 75 South America, Antarctica
Feb 7, 2008 Annular 02m 12s Antarctica
Aug 1, 2008 Total 02m 27s N. Canada, Greenland, Siberia, China
Jan 26, 2009 Annular 07m 54s S. Indian, Sumatra, Borneo
Jul 22, 2009 Total 06m 39s India, Nepal, China, Central Pacific
Jan 15, 2010 Annular 11m 08s Central Africa, India, China
Jul 11, 2010 Total 05m 20s S. Pacific, Easter Is., Chile, Argentina
Jan 4, 2011 Partial 85 Europe, Africa, Central Asia
Jun 1, 2011 Partial 60 E. Asia, N. North America, Iceland
Jul 1, 2011 Partial 1 S. Indian
Nov 25, 2011 Partial 90 S. Africa, Antarctica, New Zealand
May 20, 2012 Annular 05m 46s China, Japan, Pacific, W. U.S.
Nov 13, 2012 Total 04m 02s N. Australia, S. Pacific
May 10, 2013 Annular 06m 03s N. Australia, Solomon Is., Central Pacific
Nov 3, 2013 Total 01m 40s Atlantic, Central Africa
Apr 29, 2014 Annular 00m 00s Antarctica
Oct 23, 2014 Partial 81 N. Pacific, North America
Mar 20, 2015 Total 02m 47s N. Atlantic, Faeroe Is.
Sep 13, 2015 Partial 78 S. Africa, S. Indian, Antarctica
Mar 9, 2016 Total 04m 09s Sumatra, Borneo, Pacific
Sep 1, 2016 Annular 03m 06s Atlantic, Central Africa, Indian
Feb 26, 2017 Annular 00m 44s Pacific, Chile, Argentina, Atlantic, Africa
Aug 21, 2017 Total 02m 40s N. Pacific, U.S., S. Atlantic
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What Are Baby Animals Called?

Try to figure out what these baby animals are called.  The answers are below, but come on, let’s not cheat.  See how well you do.

1.   Alligator

2.   Bear

3.   Beaver

4.   Cow

5.   Deer

6.   Dog

7.   Donkey

8.   Duck

9.   Eagle

10. Eel

11. Elephant

12.  Fish

23.  Frog

14.  Giraffe

15.  Goat

16.  Horse

17.  Hummingbird

18.  Kangaroo

19.  Lion

20.  Llama

21.  Monkey

22.  Owl

23.  Sheep

24.  Skunk

25.  Swan

The only reason I put this in my blog is because this was one of the games we had to play at a baby shower and I only got about a dozen of them and thought I’d share with everyone.  The things we forget in old age!


1.    Hatchling

2.    Cub

3.    Kitten

4.    Calf

5.    Fawn

6.    Puppy (come on, you had to know this one!)

7.    Foal

8.    Duckling

9.    Eaglette

10.  Elber

11.  Calf

12.  Fry

13.  Tadpole or polywogs

14.  Calf

15.  Kid

16.  Colt

17.  Chick

18.  Joey

19.  Cub

20.  Cria

21.  Infant

22.  Owlette

23.  Sheep

24.  Kit

25.  Signet

How many did you get?

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Saving Money on the Small Things

by Vikki Anderson

Like most of us, I too need to watch my pennies.  I have been a single parent for most of my life (and when I was remarried, it was to the cheapest man in the world so that was no help financially) and have learned a few tricks how to save money or stretch products for a few extra uses.

The best trick that I had learned is window cleaners are very expensive.  Fill up empty spray bottles with windshield wiper fluid.  It is cheaper and works better.  Think about it — it is made for the outdoors and cleans your windshield pretty well, doesn’t it?  I’ve been using it for about 15 years now and have shared this tidbit to everyone.

When cosmetic face creams or moisturizers in tubes seem to be empty, cut the tube with a scissor and you will find cream or lotion enough for two or three more applications.  Some smaller amounts of product just can’t squeeze through the tube without enough pressure or product pushing it through.  I also do this with toothpaste.

Nail polish sometimes gets clumpy, so I always add a few drops of acetone or nail polish remover in it to thin it out and it’s as good as new.

Same is true for White Out or similar products, although when they get clumpy, just add a few drops of water and shake the bottle well.

If anyone still uses Comet or a scouring powder like I do, do not remove the sticky label and just let half of the holes show through.  When you turn over the carton, a lot of product spills into the sink or onto your dishes and pots.  Much of the time, you don’t need that much.

Instead of Netflix, which I loved, I now order DVDs through the library.  Ask at your local library when the new movies are coming in.  I was told they are ordered to arrive three months after they are in theaters.  Morris County has and when you order a DVD or audio book on line, the system searches their database and forwards it to the library of your choice, i.e. Butler, Kinnelon, etc. and you return them to the same library.  The good news is that you have the free rental for 7 days!

Of course, shop at big box stores like BJ’s or Sam’s Club.  Yes, many things are too big for one person or one family, but share or split the cost with another family or friend.  You can’t beat their prices.

Order things on line  at  There is no sales tax unless the seller is located in NJ and I if you spend $25, shipping is free.  So combine orders until you have a $25 order amount.  Otherwise, postage is usually $3.99.   The prices of merchandise can’t be beat.  Old or out of print books can be found, even if they are used, at a fraction of the cost.

Have a garage sale of all the clutter and unused or unwanted items in your home or apartment.  You can use the money to get something that you really need or want and declutter your home at the same time.

Add water to shampoo.  You can add a half of a cup of water and still have the shampoo be effective and it will last longer.  I also do this for hair conditioners as mine are so thick that it seems to be a waste.  Also, I learned that 1 oz. of Vodka in your shampoo, helps your hair grow!  That’s a useful tip for those with thinning hair.

Copyright 2009 by Vikki Anderson and  No part of this article can be used without mentioning the author’s name or website.

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Raccoon Ridge Bird Observatory

My daughter is an ornithologist and lives to help our feathered friends.  If at all possible, could you help out with any donation?  They are in desperate need of funding at the moment.  Thank you to all.  See Below:

Hi, everyone. My non-profit bird banding station, Raccoon Ridge Bird Observatory in Sandyston, New Jersey, is in desperate need of new nets for the new season starting very soon. At $127 a pop (Avinet US-made polyester 30mm 12-m nets), we have a really difficult time buying them ourselves. Our current spread includes nets with deer-sized holes through them or trammels held up with strings, etc. It’s a sad lot! We don’t get any funding from anything other than people being generous, and I just set up a PayPal fund as times are particularly tough for us right now. If anyone has even the smallest amount to spare, it’s appreciated infinitely! – Donation button is on the bottom right-hand side of main page.  Thank you!

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