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August 2010: Planetwatch with Pamela Cucinell

Choices at Crossroads

Projects begun on August 1 work out in ways you can’t imagine. Move with the process rather than against it on August 2. Don’t try to initiate anything important on August 3 or 4. Release disagreements and double-check agreements on August 5. Focus is a challenge on August 6; creativity is stimulated but linear tasks feel limiting. Choices are made but you are not able to act—yet.

A Lion Cub’s Roar

Forget about deadlines on August 7. Finish old business on August 8, especially for your home. Creativity crackles with the Leo New Moon on August 9; dance, capture fireflies or search for shooting stars. Avoid situations where you feel a lack of support on August 10. Begin communications projects on August 11. On August 12, eat simple foods, take a walk in nature and/or indulge in bodywork.

Summer See-Saw

If Friday the 13th limits your freedom, reevaluate the situation. August 14 is for picnics, music in the park and artistic/spiritual endeavors. Do research, initiate an enterprise and/or spend time with someone special on August 15. Don’t let upsets change your game on August 16. Do the most important things first on August 17. Articulate your needs on August 18 because if they can’t get met, at least you know where you stand.

Brakes On: Mercury Retrograde

Drive alert on August 19; people do not pay attention. August 20 is an auspicious day for relationships, even though Mercury goes retrograde. Practice caution around contracts, electronics and communications for a few weeks. You can “mine for gold” on August 21. Connections made August 22 through 26 create dynamic change. On August 23, appreciate love. The Pisces Full Moon occurs on August 24; turn off your head and open your heart.

Psychic Hangover

Tasks that require keen attention will take more time on August 25. On August 26, go back to old clients, check in with dormant prospects or look up old friends. It’s uphill on August 27; just keep aligned with your passion. Although you may not gain ground on August 28, conversations are better than closed doors. On August 29, plan a dinner party or go to one. Smell late-summer flowers, shop (antiques, not electronics), and relish long meals with good conversations on August 30. Non-engagement is more effective than an out-and-out argument on August 31. Savor your last day of August.

Pamela Cucinell writes in-depth daily insight at AstrologyOasis.com. Pamela is a Life Path Astrologer. Shed light on your choices and make decisions with confidence—call 917.796.6026

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August 2010 Events

Sunday, August 1

Yin Yoga and Yoga Nidra – 12-1:20pm. (8/1,8,15,22,29.) A practice of letting go of deep-seated tension along with guided relaxation. $18. Multiple class discounts available. The Yogascape and Spa, 1100 Rte. 52, 2nd Floor (at farmer’s Mills Rd.), Carmel. Theyogascape.com.

Healing Day at Opal Moon – 12-4pm. Healing mini-sessions including 15-minute Reiki w/Myra Oney, Massage w/Diane Barkoe, and Chiropractic/Wellness consult w/Dr.Marianne Messina, DC. $25/each; 20% off 3. Opal Moon. 2037 Albany Post Rd., Croton- on-Hudson.  914.788.4955.

Community Yoga Class – 1:30-2:30pm. Visit Yogascape and Spa for a free community class held the first Sunday of each month. 1100 Route 52, 2nd Floor (at Farmers Mills Rd.), Carmel. 845.225.9642; theyogascape.com.

Monday, August 2

Meditation Class – 7-8:30pm w/Robert Mawson. All levels welcome with instruction given. Bring a cushion, or chairs available. Human Bodyworks Massage Therapy & Healing Arts Center, 32 Main St., Hastings-on-Hudson. $15. 917.445.1767; HumanBodyworks.com.

Healing Meditation class w/Birinder Bhullar – 7-9pm. Mondays in August. Special opportunity. Birinder Bhullar, author of The Supreme Being, is a mystic and realized master. $35/each class. Awakenings. 215 Katonah Ave. Katonah. Info: 914.232.0382.

Tuesday, August 3

Mamaroneck Farmers Market – 1:30-6:30pm. Shop for local produce, baked goods, and specialty foods every Tuesday at Harbor Island Park at the end of Mamaroneck Avenue, just past the Boat Ramp. Free. Rain or shine. 914.923.4837; communitymarkets.biz.

Wednesday, August 4

Hudson River Ferry Sloop Meeting 6:30pm. Share the beauty of the river with a non-profit environmental sailing organization that inspires people to appreciate and protect one of the country’s greatest resources. Free. Croton Point Nature Center, Croton-on-Hudson. 914.862.5297.

Past Life Regression – 7-9:30pm w/Dorinda Gay. Take a regression journey with Dorinda, the Goddess Isis, and personal guides to reveal and clear karmic patterns. Bring questions about past life journeys. $25. Synchronicity, 54 Charles Colman Blvd., Pawling. 845.855.1172.

Thursday, August 5

Beach Party – 6-11pm. (8/5,12,19,26). Cocktails on the beach with live music by FISH.  Kids beach menu and fun for all ages. Lakeside at Osceola, 399 E. Main St., Jefferson Valley. 914.245.3246.

Friday, August 6

Gulrukh Bala of Heartlight – 11am-5pm & 7-9:30pm. Healing sessions and workshop lays the foundation for Heartlight Ascension and helps connect/establish an unending flow of healing energy from God’s Light to one’s own Heartlight. $25/class. Synchronicity, 54 Charles Colman Blvd., Pawling. 845.855.1172.

Lunch/Live Jazz At Lasdon – 12-2pm. Enjoy free local live jazz and visit the Garden Shop. Weather permitting. Lasdon Park, Arboretum & Veterans Memorial, Rt.35, Somers. 914.864.7268.

Saturday, August 7

Puppet Show – 10:30am. Come move, dance and sing with Puppeteer Jill Liflander and her puppet pals! Recommended for ages 2-7. Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Rd., Scarsdale. $2pp/members; $6pp/non-members. 914.723.3470 or greenburghnaturecenter.org.

Planning The Fall Garden – 11am-1pm. Receive a pre-planned garden layout extending fall crops that carry well into early winter months. Space limited/registration required. Hilltop Hanover Farm, 1271 Hanover St., Yorktown Heights. $10. 914.962.2368; hilltophanoverfarm.org.

Healing Arts Day on the Harbor – 11am-5pm. A day of lectures, intuitive mini-sessions and Marketplace on the harbor. Rain or shine. $10 pay online/$15 cash day of event. Wainwright House, 260 Stuyvesant Ave., Rye. Info: 914.967.6080; wainwright.org.

How to “Read” – 12-1pm. The Somers Library hosts a demonstration on how to use Electronic Book Readers. See what they look like and get questions answered! Chance to win one w/raffle ticket. Somers Library. 914.232.5717; somerslibrary.org.

Field Study – 1-2:30pm. The fields of Cliffdale Farm are hopping, buzzing, and flitting with insects. Catch, identify and classify insects and other invertebrates. Nature Center at Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining. $5/non-members. All ages. 914.762.2912 x 110.

Reflexology Event at Awakenings in Katonah – 1-3pm. Shop at the largest metaphysical shop in Westchester and enjoy reflexology mini sessions with Elaine Peirce. Awakenings. 215 Katonah Ave. Katonah. Info: 914.232.0382.

Catch of the Day Seining – 2-4pm. (8/7, 8/8); 11am-1pm (8/21 & 8/22). Participants touch caught sea creatures, learn, and then release the catch back into the water. $5. Beczak Environmental Education Center. 35 Alexander St. Yonkers. Info: 914.377.1900 x 13 or visit Beczak.org.

Sunday, August 8

White Goddesses of the Marsh – 10am. Bring binoculars to get good views of the beautiful Snowy and Great Egrets gathering to feed on fish in the marsh before their long migration south. Marshlands Conservancy, Rt. 1, Rye. Free. 914.835.4466.

Golden Harvest Day – 10am-12noon. Help harvest vegetables from the garden. All produce donated to the Food Bank of Westchester. Muscoot Farm, Rt.100, Somers. Free. 914.864.7282.

Woofstock – 10am-5pm. Grateful Dog Walk, demonstrations by Disc and Fly Ball Dogs, pet psychics, local vendors, a puppy bowl, animal rescue groups, on-site micro-chipping and fingerprinting, contests, photo booths, food and more. Rain or shine. Sycamore Park, Mahopac. $1/admission. Info: woofstock2010.info; 845.628.3404.

Free Meditation and Satsang – 1:30-2:30pm w/Amy Pearce-Hayden. Join in a practice of stilling the mind, followed by group discussion regarding aspects of yogic philosophy. Yogascape and Spa, 1100 Rt. 52, 2nd floor (at Farmers Mills Rd.), Carmel. 845.225.9642.

Monday, August 9

Meditation Class – 7-8:30pm w/Robert Mawson. All levels welcome with instruction given. Bring a cushion, or chairs available. Human Bodyworks Massage Therapy & Healing Arts Center, 32 Main St. Hastings-on-Hudson. $15. 917.445.1767; HumanBodyworks.com.

Healing Meditation class w/Birinder Bhullar – 7-9pm. Mondays in August. Special opportunity. Birinder Bhullar, author of The Supreme Being, is a mystic and realized master. $35/each class. Awakenings. 215 Katonah Ave. Katonah. Info: 914.232.0382.

Tuesday, August 10

Westchester Holistic Network – 8-10am. 2nd Tuesdays. Holistically-minded people gathering to learn more, get to know each other and enjoy an organic breakfast in a beautiful setting. Info: WestchesterHolisticNetwork.org; 914.422.1784.

Health Lecture – 4-6pm. Dr. Steven Horowitz presents “Key Topics in Experiential Health and Healing.”  Stamford Hospital’s Tully Health Center, Conference Room C. RSVP The Graduate Institute at 203. 874.4252.

Holistic Moms Network –7-9pm. Bring slings, wraps, and other carriers for a babywearing show and tell. Learn about different types of carriers/techniques, nursing while babywearing, safety tips, and more! Desmond-Fish Library Children’s Room, Rt. 9D and 403, Garrison. 845.809.5242; holisticmoms.org.

Thursday, August 12

Intensive Training in Ayurvedic Healing – 8/12-8/15. The National Institute of Ayurvedic Medicine presents an in-depth Ayurvedic Healing workshop in Brewster. $1395. Info/register: 845.278.8700. naim.com.

Free Dinner Lecture for Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Sufferers – 7pm. w/Dr. Gertner, DC. Limited to people that are Fibromyalgia and chronic pain sufferers. Westchester Hills Country Club, White Plains. To qualify and learn how to regain health naturally, call 914.686.6200: ucc-ny.com.

Friday, August 13

Live Music/Deuces Child – 11am-1pm. New Rochelle Farmers Market. Market is open weekly on Friday’s 8am-3pm, rain or shine. Library Green, Huguenot St. and Lawton St. Free. 914.923.4837; communitymarkets.biz.

Equine Energetix/2 Day Workshop – 4-8pm 8/13; 10am-4pm 8/14. Finding Your Path: A Life Coaching Journey through the Way of the Horse. No horse experience necessary. $375. Mistover Farm, Pawling. 212.477.4475; equinenergetix.com.

Book Signing – 6pm. Open question and answer session and book signing by Dr. Nancy Offenhauser, author of Healing Cancer Peacefully: A Memoir. Blue Mountain Chiropractic, Dr. Seth Gross, 3565 Crompond Rd, Cortlandt Manor. Free. 914.736.2183; BlueMountainChiro.net.

Spirit & Money – 7-9:30pm w/Cary Bayer. Learn the holistic art of marketing, techniques for turning God-given talents into a revenue stream and more. $20/by 8/11 or $25.  Synchronicity, 54 Charles Colman Blvd., Pawling. 845.855.1172.

Clean Comedy Show – 7-11pm w/Donna East. A new direction in comedy that includes show, appetizers, music & dancing under the stars! Cash bar. $28/pp/plus tax. Lakeside at Osceola, 399 E. Main St., Jefferson Valley. 914.245.3246.

Sunday, August 15

Dawn Walk – 5:30am. Avoid the crowds. See Marshlands at its best. Marshlands Conservancy, Rt. 1, Rye. Free. 914.835.4466.

Canoe the Croton – Time TBA. Paddle one of the secret gems of Westchester. Experience tidal flats through rocky cliffs, sightings of herons, osprey and bald eagles. Nature Center/Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining. $10/members, $20/non-members. 914.762.2912 x 110.

Cooking Demo – 10:30am-12:30pm. Pelham Farmers Market. Market open weekly on Sundays 9am-1pm, rain or shine. Free. Corner of Harmon Ave. and 5th Ave. 914.923.4837; communitymarkets.biz.

Hands-On Cooking/Nutrition Workshop – 1-3pm. Farm-to-Table series sponsored by Something Good in the World with the mission to empower individuals to know how to feed themselves with fresh, seasonal, local produce. Hilltop Hanover Farm, Yorktown Heights.  Materials provided. $40/adult; $20/12+. 914.962.2368.

Indian Heritage Celebration – 1-7pm. Ethnic food, music, dance, entertainment and arts and crafts. Kensico Dam Plaza, Bronx River Pkwy., Valhalla. Free. 914.864.7275.

More Truth Will Set You Free Workshop – 2-6pm w/ Elka Boren, Shaman & Clairvoyant. Private sessions w/ Elka available 8/12-8/17. Human Bodyworks Massage Therapy & Healing Arts Center. 32 Main St., Hastings on Hudson. Workshop/$65. 917.445.1767; HumanBodyworks.com.

Monday, August 16

Meditation Class – 7-8:30pm w/Robert Mawson. All levels welcome with instruction given. Bring a cushion, or chairs available. Human Bodyworks Massage Therapy & Healing Arts Center, 32 Main St., Hastings-on-Hudson. $15. 917.445.1767; HumanBodyworks.com.

Healing Meditation class w/Birinder Bhullar – 7-9pm. Mondays in August. Special opportunity. Birinder Bhullar, author of The Supreme Being, is a mystic and realized master. $35/each class. Awakenings. 215 Katonah Ave. Katonah. Info: 914.232.0382.

Friday, August 20

Iyengar Yoga Workshop – 6-9pm 8/20; 10am-5pm 8/21 w/Master Gabriel Halpern. Yogascape and Spa, 1100 Route 52, 2nd Floor (at Farmers Mills Rd.), Carmel. For info on workshop presenter, visit yogacircle.com or 845.225.9642.

Mastering the Pendulum – 7-9:30pm w/Bente Hansen. Learn to clear the pendulum so it becomes responsive to requests/commands, receive clear answers, clear negativity, and use concise questioning techniques. $25. Synchronicity, 54 Charles Colman Blvd., Pawling. 845.855.1172.

Saturday, August 21

Tomato Tasting – 10am-12pm. Mt. Kisco Farmers Market. Open weekly on Saturday’s 8:30am-1pm, rain or shine. Boys and Girls Club of Northern Westchester, 351 East Main Street. Free. 914.923.4837; communitymarkets.biz.

One with Clay – 1pm. Learn the artworks of a Native American tradition, using all natural clay from the Hudson River banks. Make/take home a clay pot or other creation. Wear old clothes. Croton Point Park Nature Center, Croton-on-Hudson. 914.862.5297.

Canning 101 – 2-4pm. Learn the lost art of canning and develop skills needed to preserve the bountiful harvest of summer. Hilltop Hanover Farm, 1271 Hanover St., Yorktown Heights. $15. Space limited/registration required. $20. 914.962.2368.

Urban H20 Concert – 7pm. Milton & Julia Joseph play street-smart NYC folk /freewheeling Texas troubadour-style alt-country. $10/includes free beer from sponsor Captain Lawrence Brewing Company. Beczak Environmental Education Center, 35 Alexander St. Yonkers. 914.377.1900 x13; urbanh2o.org.

Sunday, August 22

Family Scavenger Hunt – 10am. Test observation skills while searching for natural items in the woods, field, salt marsh and shore. Bring the whole family. Marshlands Conservancy, Rt. 1, Rye. 914.835.4466.

Intro talk for Lotus Gardens Yoga Teacher Training – 10am. Free practice and discussion introduction to Lotus Gardens’ 25th 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training. Graceful Planet, Newtown, CT. Info: LotusGardensYoga.com; 860.354.6241.

Fairy Walk – 1-3pm. Believe in fairies? Come experience this Victorian merriment. Muscoot Farm, Rt.1, Somers. Free. 914.864.7282.

Jazz in the Park – 2-4pm w/Jan Leder Quartet. Join classically trained New York flutist Jan Leder and friends for a relaxing concert of Latin, blues, swing, bop and more. Free. Beczak Environmental Education Center, 35 Alexander St. Yonkers. 914.377.1900 x13; beczak.org.

Monday, August 23

Meditation Class – 7-8:30pm w/Robert Mawson. All levels welcome with instruction given. Bring a cushion, or chairs available. Human Bodyworks Massage Therapy & Healing Arts Center, 32 Main St. Hastings on Hudson. $15. 917.445.1767; HumanBodyworks.com.

Healing Meditation class w/Birinder Bhullar – 7-9pm. Mondays in August (also 8/30). Special opportunity. Birinder Bhullar, author of The Supreme Being, is a mystic and realized master. $35/each class. Awakenings. 215 Katonah Ave. Katonah. Info: 914.232.0382.

Tuesday, August 24

Full Moon Tour – 7:30-9pm. It is a spectacular treat to be upon the farm ambiance at dusk.  Tour covers Hilltop’s award-winning sustainability innovations and some full moon farming lore. Hilltop Hanover Farm, Yorktown Heights. $15. Space limited. 914.962.2368.

Thursday, August 26

Tibetan Singing Bowl Concert – 7-9:30pm w/Beth Amrit Sadhana Mullin. Let the bells carry away all that no longer serves. Balance/re-align, breathe deeply and enter a profound state of well-being. $25. Synchronicity, 54 Charles Colman Blvd., Pawling. 845.855.1172.

Friday, August 27

Workshop & Private Readings – 11am-5pm & 7-9pm w/Medium and Healer Alexandra Leclere. Learn how to contact and communicate with spirit guides to gain assistance and joy in daily life. Private reading: $125/60min.; class/$35. Synchronicity, 54 Charles Colman Blvd., Pawling. 845.855.1172.

Saturday, August 28

Kids Go Fish – Walk down to the lake to learn the basics of fish identification, and make a field guide to take home. For children 8-10. Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining. Register: 914.762.2912 x 110.

Summer Seining in the Park – 1pm. Croton Point shorelines are teeming with fish and crabs. Catch and release them using a 25-foot net. Respectfully holding is optional. Wet clothes/old shoes required. Meet at hugh parking lot; Croton Point Park, Croton-on-Hudson. 914.862.5297.

Sunday, August 29

Fall Migration Bird Walk – 8am. Fall migration of birds has been underway for over a month. Bring binoculars to catch sight of warblers and other species passing through on their way south. Marshlands Conservancy, Rt. 1, Rye. Free. 914.835.4466.

Peach Season Tour – 1pm. Celebrate the 10th anniversary of Merestead county park with a walk to the peach orchard and a highlight tour of the main dwelling. Reservation only. Merestead, 455 Byram Lake Rd., Mt. Kisco. 914.864.7039.