• Fiona McIntosh: Voyager Author of the Month

    Fiona McIntosh was born and raised in Sussex in the UK, but also spent early childhood years in West Africa. She left a PR career in London to travel and settled in Australia in 1980. She has since roamed the world working for her own travel publishing company, which she runs with her husband. She lives in Adelaide with her husband and twin sons. Her website is at www.fionamcintosh.com.

    Her latest book, The Scrivener's Tale, is a stand-alone and takes us back to the world of Morgravia from her very first series, The Quickening:

    About The Scrivener's Tale:

    In the bookshops and cafes of present-day Paris, ex-psychologist Gabe Figaret is trying to put his shattered life back together. When another doctor, Reynard, asks him to help with a delusional female patient, Gabe is reluctant... until he meets her. At first Gabe thinks the woman, Angelina, is merely terrified of Reynard, but he quickly discovers she is not quite what she seems.

    As his relationship with Angelina deepens, Gabe's life in Paris becomes increasingly unstable. He senses a presence watching and following every move he makes, and yet he finds Angelina increasingly irresistible.

    When Angelina tells Gabe he must kill her and flee to a place she calls Morgravia, he is horrified. But then Angelina shows him that the cathedral he has dreamt about since childhood is real and exists in Morgravia.

    A special 10th Anniversary edition of her first fantasy book, Myrren's Gift, will be released in December!



Rituals for the Solstice

For thousands of years, the ceremony at mid-winter solstice has been the most important of the yearly festivals. It is a turning point, symbolic of endings and new beginnings. In the southern hemisphere, we go to bed June 21 and experience the longest night of the year. The sun ‘dies’ to be reborn the next morning as it crosses 0 degrees of Cancer.  From then on, the days begin to lengthen and all is renewed.

One way to celebrate this event is to light candles on the eve of June 21st, sit in a circle and throw our old stories into a pot. This is symbolic of letting go of all the things we tell ourselves and each other that no longer serve us. We’ve heard these statements so often they have become patterns of belief: I can’t get paid for doing what I love. All the good ones are taken. I have to work hard to get anywhere. There is never enough . . . Whatever stories we tell that are holding us back, into the pot it goes. Then blow out all the candles and meditate in silence and darkness.

When the candles are relit, music, food and new stories are shared—stories that are full of hope and possibility: There is always enough. My art supports me well. There are more ‘good ones’ available every day . . . And so it begins. Hail to the new sun!

RAM: Clean the house, wash the windows, clear the air, especially with family. Ask: is your home a true reflection of you?

AUROCHS: Start a new course of study, join a community project, get friendly with the written or spoken word. Ask: is there anything you’d like to learn?

TWINS: Indulge yourself in sensuality –baths, long walks, massage, fine food, good vistas. Ask: Do you know the world by touch?

COBRA: This is a new chapter in your life. Open the door to your dreams by showing up! Ask: is your life an accurate reflection of who you want to be?

LION: Commune with your unconscious. Take time to record and reflect on your dreams. Ask: are you deep in the well of your creative heart?

CERES: Friends and likeminded others are a source of inspiration if you’re hanging out with your own kind! Ask: are these birds really of your feathers?

BALENCIA: Your career takes a turn for the better with a chance to take on more responsibility for greater reward. Ask: Do you light up in a smile when you think of your life work?

 SCORPION: Take your mind, body or spirit somewhere it’s never been before—meditate, travel, read, learn. Ask: are you holding yourself back from your real dreams?

ARCHER: Intimacy and intensity is what will like your fire now. Go ahead and take a risk. Ask: are you playing it safe with your emotions?

SEA-GOAT: Partnership is the focus and you will benefit by assessing the relationships in your life. Ask: do you feel free to be who you are?

WATER-BEARER: Putting energy into the body, health and physical wellbeing brings great results! Ask: are you getting enough exercise every day?

FISHES: Creativity springs from a well of romance. Write, play, choreograph, sing, act. Ask: are you allowing for love in your heart.

Kim Falconer’s latest series is Quantum Encryption. Book #1, Path of the Stray, and book #2, Road to the Soul are out now. Book #3, Journey by night is out Sept 1. Currently she’s writing an entirely new series. You can find out more about her at KimFalconer.com.

Image caption:  Rituals around Stonehenge appear speculative fiction including Traci Harding’s Ancient Future and recently in Jennifer Fallon’s The Undivided. Photograph by Richard Nowitz/Corbis

Gemini New Moon Eclipse


Dog Barking at the Moon by Joan Miro


NEW YORK –  Wednesday June 1,  17:03
LONDON –  Wednesday June 1, 22:03
SYDNEY –  Thursday June 2, 07:03
L.A. –  Wednesday June 1, 14:03

ARIES: The Eclipse is in your communication sector, signaling a time to ‘clean up’ the relationships close to hand. Who do you spend your hours with? How are they going? Check in, speak your mind and remember to listen as well. Hint: Consider the benefits of commitment!

TAURUS: Your 2nd house of resources, values and finances are activated, pushing your desire for material success. You want to amp up the comfort zone but first, revisit the way you value and appreciate yourself. Hint: Stabilize your day to day routine: exercise, food, rest, connections.

GEMINI: The drive for significance rises like a phoenix: brilliant, dazzling, colorful! Embrace your vivaciousness. It’s going to get your everywhere! Set BIG intentions. Sky’s the limit. A friend offers help or support that makes all the difference in the world! Hint: Get creative. Get moving. Get sassy!

CANCER: This eclipse is about your voice, the one that speaks for others. Where are you giving your heart to those in the dark, unable to state their needs? Compassion lifts you to a new level of being. Hint: Joy and fulfillment comes through creative expression and acts of kindness and nurturing.

LEO: Your 11th house of goals for the future is activated making this the perfect time to set strong intentions about what you want. Whatever makes you smile constitutes a worthy aim! When you express it to others, help comes out of the woodwork. Hint: To have a friend, be a friend. Communicate!

VIRGO: This eclipse is in your career/mission/profession sector, lighting up the social and public identity you are growing into. Get a good glimpse of who you are with all the stops pulled! Allow your drive for significance to shine! Hint: Expect changes in the way you walk, talk and stake your claim!

LIBRA: Your 9th house super-conscious mind is awakened by this eclipse bringing more than a single epiphany. What you DO with the new awareness can be worked out later. For now, decide what is is you would like to know. Hint: Ask. It all begins with that simple act of inquisitiveness.

SCORPIO: The eclipse in Gemini is the most transformational of the year for you. It’s in your sector of shared values, energy and finances, making you aware of power and issues of control. Set intentions to balance and absolve. Hint: Imagination is everything. See it the way you want it to be.

SAGITTARIUS: Your personal, social, one-to-one relationships are lit up like neon. This could mean business partnerships or intimates. The common denominator is it matters a LOT right now. Set you mind to visualizing what you would like. Hint: Friendship honored above all else rocks your world.

CAPRICORN: The eclipse focus is on the body and how you listen to it, feed it, exercise it and take care of it. Yes, it’s like a racehorse. What kind of shape is yours in today? Hint: Your career and purpose in life will amplify when you set intentions around health, balance and wholesomeness.

AQUARIUS: Anything that is marked as ‘yours’ thrives under this eclipse. Set intentions now for creative expression, children, affections, friendships, recreation. Expansion is on the horizon. The bigger you think, the more you experience. Hint: Allow your inner child to have the holiday THEY dream of!

PISCES: Potent emotions form the backdrop of this eclipse. It’s a wonderful opportunity to know what you really feel about current issues. Set intentions around home, family, security and sanctuary of being. Note: Through sharing resources, burdens and joys, your life deepens, becomes more rich.

Kim Falconer writes epic science fantasy novels about real people in extraordinary situations: nano-technology, witchcraft, quantum computers, fast horses, hot bards, stunning tattoos and environments on the brink of destruction. Kim’s latest series is Quantum Encryption. Book #1, Path of the Stray, and book #2, Road to the Soul are out now. Book #3, Journey by night is out Sept 1. Currently she’s writing an entirely new series. You can find out more about her at KimFalconer.com.

Scorpio Full Moon

‘Her only friend the moon’ by Alexander Jansson

L.A. – Tuesday May 17 04:10
NEW YORK – Tuesday May 17 07:10
LONDON – Tuesday May 17 12:10
SYDNEY – Tuesday May 17 21:10

ARIES: This is a saint vs. sinner full moon activating your intense and immediate desires to get what you want, NOW. The key is to lighten up on Self judgment, no matter what your thoughts, and take a moment of introspection. The journey can be just as profound directed in as out. Hint: Be your own best cheering squad!

TAURUS: Suddenly there is suspicion around an agreement or commitment made some months ago. You thought it was settled, all in harmony but a glitch appears and the first reaction is to point the finger. Deep breaths! Allow your intuition to surface and have a say. Words and evidence are not relevant here. Hint: Trust the uncertainty. Completely!

GEMINI: Work/daily routine takes on a new face, one of intensity and dreamy adventure. This is not a time to look at the facts or focus over long on ‘reality.’ You gain much more by exploring your dreams, meditating on new ideas and letting fantasies play out in your mind. Hint: If you had a guardian angel, what would you say it them?

CANCER: The call of your inner child can not be ignored. This is a time to skip, sing, dance and play. Spend time with friends. Take a risk. Speculate. Come out of your shell and enjoy the comfort and security of the people who love you. Hint: There can be no adventure with friends if you don’t reach out your hand. Connection begins with you.

LEO: This is the perfect full moon to spend intimate time one-on-one or with a select group of likeminded others. Entertain in your home even if it’s only an afternoon cuppa. By sharing the ritual of food and drink, you awaken your ancient ties to clan, the Earth and Love. Hint: Who you invite into your life now will help you in quantum leaps!

VIRGO: The generosity of a sibling or someone ‘brethren like’ will astound you. This is a time to open the lines of communication, especially to those who have been cut off. The reasons are in the past, along with the transgression. Who wouldn’t deserve another chance? Hint: The more you release the ‘charge’ the more abundance flows. Let go!

LIBRA: Focusing on money per say isn’t going to bring near the insights unless you understand what $$$ means to YOU. It represents something, an idea, a feeling, a point of ground to stand on. Comprehend that, and you will open the floodgates. Hint: Whatever you think ‘it’ is, look deeper. Let your intuition penetrate this facade!

SCORPIO: Tune into this full moon and you can generate a LOT of power. That’s energy to heal, to understand, to release judgment, to take action. How to tune in? Do something physical, intimate, challenging. Put yourself on the edge. Take a risk with your emotions. Hint: Letting go of anger means deciding to be at peace. Always, you get to decide!

SAGITTARIUS: You may feel a profound sense of privacy this full moon. Instead of reaching out to others and immersing in go go go, much insight is gained by spending a wee bit of time on your own. Discover the beauty in solitary moments. Hint: As you reemerge from your tower of magic and wisdom, the right-for-you crowd gathers, supports.

CAPRICORN: What do you wish for? Goals? Dreams? Get to the bottom of what you want and why you want it. As long as your aims belong to YOU, they are completely reachable. But if they are inherited from other’s expectations . . . Hint: Ask where you would be, who with and doing what, if you could snap your fingers and make it so!

AQUARIUS: If you have to make tough decision that require a ruthless edge or at least a blazing honesty, this is the time to do so. Wielding your power with integrity gets you everywhere! Hint: You may have to deal with or make arrangements for a parent. In this area, sensitivity, intuition and compassion will get you further down the path.

PISCES: The full moon has you longing for distant places, those in other lands, realms of the mind or even the past. In your travels, identify the feeling it is you are searching for. It’s not the land or the realm or the event; it’s a part of you. (what’s the common denominator in all the musings?) Hint: When you know what the feeling is, you are free.


Kim Falconer writes epic science fantasy novels about real people in extraordinary situations: nano-technology, witchcraft, quantum computers, fast horses, hot bards, stunning tattoos and environments on the brink of destruction. Kim’s latest series is Quantum Encryption. Book #1, Path of the Stray, and book #2, Road to the Soul are out now. Book #3, Journey by night is out Sept 1. Currently she’s writing an entirely new series. You can find out more about her at KimFalconer.com.

Happy New Moon in Taurus

LA – Monday 23:51
NEW YORK – Tuesday 02:51
LONDON – Tuesday 07:51
SYDNEY – Tuesday 16:51

Trees Looking up to the Sun by Anna Leah Designs

ARIES: This is a ‘financial new moon.’ If you want to increase your income or develop latent talents, you’ve all the support in the world, right here and right now!Ask what it is you want to be doing next year. The year after? Aim high! Abundance is not something we acquire. It is something we tune into. ~Wayne Dyer

TAURUS: The new moon in your sun sign heralds change! It’s a chance to take a good long look at the four key areas of your life – work, love, home, creative expression. How’s it all going? What would you like to be different. You hold all the cards! A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something. ~Frank Capra

GEMINI: The deeper, secret nature is rising with this new moon. Dreams speak volumes and things in the dark come to light. Invest in a dream/symbol dictionary! It’s a good time for getting in touch with what you really want though a little tricky for clandestine affairs. I allow my intuition to lead my path. ~Manuel Puig

CANCER: A social moon, perfect for making new friends, renewing contacts and getting together with likeminded others. Appreciate the invitations and feeling of warm inclusion. Also remember to enjoy the differences and the boundaries that lie between. A friend doesn’t go on a diet because you are fat. ~Erma Bombeck

LEO: The focus is on career and development in the public eye. If you think you don’t have what it takes, remember, desire trumps experience every time! I probably hold the distinction of being one movie star who, by all laws of logic, should never have made it. At each stage of my career, I lacked the experience. ~Audrey Hepburn

VIRGO: The best way to benefit from this new moon is to awaken the intellectual side of your life. It’s not about analyzing or judging but about becoming more aware, thoughtful and compassionate Nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpose – a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye. ~Mary Shelley

LIBRA: This new moon cues action and intention requiring bravery. By taking a risk, the energy shifts and away you go! The fact is, that to do anything in the world worth doing, we must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger, but jump in and scramble through as well as we can. ~Robert Cushing

SCOPRIO: The great arrow is pointing towards at joint project, a collaboration of spirit. The key is to not worry if the boat begins to rock. All is well, even now. Very well! If a relationship is going to be a living art form of truth, it always has to be on the edge of chaos, looking at everything fresh- again and again. ~Ram Dass

SAGITTARIUS: This new moon is a reminder to find joy in the little things – the gift that cost nothing but brings a smile. Fun is never dependent on tickets to Paris, you know. I still get wildly enthusiastic about little things… I play with leaves. I skip down the street and run against the wind. ~Leo F. Buscaglia

CAPRICORN: Consider your healthy ambition. Is it taking priority over food, sleep, exercise, joy? Are you taking care of your body? The higher your energy level, the more efficient your body. The more efficient your body, the better you feel and the more you will use your talent to produce outstanding results. ~Anthony Robbins

AQUARIUS: The new moon will find you wildly, thrillingly voraciously ensconced at home. It’s not a traveler’s moon for you. The more one does and sees and feels, the more one is able to do, and the more genuine may be one’s appreciation of fundamental things like home, and love, and understanding companionship. ~Amelia Earhart

PISCES: This new moon is a megaphone for the changes you would like to create in your immediate environment, neighborhood or family. You have ideas. They’re perfect for you. Implement them now. Thinking small is not hard. It’s just a habit. A habit with consequences. Same as THINKING BIG. ~Andy Dooley

Kim Falconer is the author of the Quantum Enchantment and Quantum Encryption trilogies, set in the worlds of Gaela and Earth and exploring all manner of ideas, people and places. The latest in the Quantum Encryption series is Road to the Soul and the final book in the series is nearly ready!  Visit Kim’s website and find out more about Kim and her books!

Chinese New Year of the Rabbit

Rabbit Under the Harvest Moon by Elizabeth Alexander

New Moon in Aquarius

New York February 2, 21:31
London February 3, 02:31
Sydney February 3, 12:31
LA February 2, 18:31

The year of the Metal Rabbit brings to Earth a piece of the moon—nurturing, protecting, restoring, beguiling. There is a feeling of serenity and frayed nerves are soothed. The Muse awakens! The focus is on environment, Mother Earth and creative expression. Think recycle, plant, adopt, express, love, connect, vision. Negotiate peace. Do what you can to make someone’s life more beautiful, beginning with your own.

RAM: The Year of the Rabbit may seem like a slow one especially in career and finances. Patience. The best approach is to focus on a few things as opposed to scattering energy. Pick what’s really important and put energy there. Health and fitness require attention. Look for the hidden messages. They will direct you.  

AUROCHS: The year of the Rabbit is for finding peace and serenity. All action that stems from this state will work out well in career, finances and health. Work and relationship life overlap so create solid, practical and fulfilling connections on all fronts. Aurochs may find that making a magic list will bring positive change. 

TWINS: In the year of the Rabbit, career and finances take a wild leap upward as long as you aren’t trying too hard! Seriously, relax! Your creativity can reach a ‘wider audience’ when you focus on the art and let the rest take care of itself. Think global marketing and improved public image! Onwards and upwards!

COBRA: Year of the Rabbit brings the feeling of accomplishment and creative fulfilment. All you have to do is believe in yourself and your career, mission or profession. Do you love what you do? That’s the key. If you aren’t in your dream job and dream money flow, make changes early this year. Mid-March 2011!

LION: In the year of the Rabbit, the key phrase is ‘don’t force it.’ If it feels like you have to work until you snap, it’s not going to deliver the results you want. Go with the gentle approach and that means being easy on yourself. Respectful. Stop measuring by external standards an open your heart. Grand year ahead!

CERES: The year of the Rabbit holds much promise for Virgo. This is a year to allow things to unfold in the grace of their own time. No rush. You can use the rules of magic though, and that will have a profound effect on your year ahead. Relationships improve – old ones shape up or a new potential comes into view.

BALENCIA: The year of the Rabbit is supportive for Libra, especially when you remember the secret of charm. By being the leader, and not the follower or chaser, opportunities arise in career, finances and creativity. Remember you get what you expect. A special someone steps up and your best stance is appreciation.

SCORPION: The year of the Rabbit can start out slow and your efforts to make changes put you off. But remember what you have accomplished! There is more to come when you lift your spirit and think optimistic. Love and romance will brighten your smile the moment you get out of the old love story. Much to celebrate!

 ARCHER: The year of the Rabbit is one of great success as long as you don’t get needy about instant results. Seriously, desperation only gets more of the same so lighten up. You don’t have to grasp for finances and career advancement, or the perfect relationship. Go with the flow is the most powerful approach in 2011. 

 SEA-GOAT: The year of the Rabbit brings fabulous news for Capricorn. Difficult family situations start to work out for the better and career changes made in 2010 now pay off. Co-creative projects are especially favoured and you can expect the financial rewards to increase. Romance blossoms. What a year!

 WATER-BEARER: In the year of the Rabbit, Aquarius makes improvement in career and finances IF they get over a ting of jealousy. Focusing on envy is only going to slow things down. Rabbit year is one to cultivate multiple streams of income, improve relationships and make bigger plans for the future. 

 FISHES: In the year of the Rabbit the first thing to focus on is improving relationships – family, love and at work. If single, relax. The trick is to not think of how much to’ work at it’ but how you can get what you want without lifting a finger! It is definitely a case of doing what you love and trusting that all else will follow!

The Gaela Stars are brought to you by Kim Falconer, author of the Quantum Enchantment and Quantum Encryption trilogies, set in the worlds of Gaela and Earth. The first book in the Quantam Encryption, Path of the Stray, is out now. Kim lives in Byron Bay in Australia and also runs the website Falcon Astrology.

Gaelean Stars for the Full Moon

Full Moon :

New York January 19, 04:22
London January 19, 21:22
Sydney January 20, 08:22
LA  January 19, 13:22

RAM: A feeling of exploration and adventure wells up as you expand beyond the everyday boundaries of ho hum. Creativity heightens and with it the desire for beauty. Beauty is all around us amidst strife and turmoil to be seen by those who look not to those who wish. Byron Pulsifer

AUROCHS: This full moon is about letting go of cherished beliefs that actually don’t serve you any longer. Root them out and move on! If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much. Jim Rohn

TWINS: What is it you are so excited about sharing with others that it has you jumping up and down like a child about to eat ice cream? That, and nothing less, is the level of enthusiasm you’re after. The essence of teaching is to make learning contagious, to have one idea spark another. Marva Collins

COBRA: This full moon is about finding inner peace no matter what is going on ‘out there’. Meditation, dance, long walks in nature, forgiveness and self value all contribute. Do whatever it takes to find compassion. Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding. Ralph Waldo Emerson

LION: This is a time to count your personal blessing that come in the form of the ‘others’. These people in your life, everyone of them, is an angel here to participate in your fulfillment. Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. Marcel Proust

CERES: This is a thoughtful full moon, one that may best be appreciated in silence. Take yourself a little ways apart and commune with the inner paths to your soul. There lies gold. Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

BALENCIA: The full moon has you wishing upon a star. Be it for a new career, fabulous home or dream come true relationship, it’s yours. Already in the bank. Standing on the next corner with your name up in neon lights. Don’t think for a seconds your wish is too grand to come true. If you can dream it, you can do it. Walt Disney

SCORPION: No matter what confronts you in the emotions of this full moon, it is not a time to back down. Stand your ground and keep strength in your spine. Your vision deserves a full delivery. Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world right in the eye. Helen Keller

ARCHER: The urge to be more than what you are right now in this red hot moment can be fulfilled immediately. Dance. Just do it. To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful. This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking. Agnes De Mille

SEA-GOAT: There is a tendency to take things for granted and in doing so miss the very essence of life’s gifts. Open to the wonder of now. Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time. Then your time on earth will be filled with glory. Betty Smith

WATER-BEARER: This full moon puts a spotlight on the core of your personal relationships. What is it you want to create? If you can’t answer in an instant, you’re running on default. Do you know what that is? Real magic in relationships means an absence of judgment of others. Wayne Dyer

FISHES: Let go of the past. Do it now. Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it. Groucho Marx

The Gaela Stars are brought to you by Kim Falconer, author of the Quantum Enchantment and Quantum Encryption trilogies, set in the worlds of Gaela and Earth. The first book in the Quantam Encryption, Path of the Stray, is out now. Kim lives in Byron Bay in Australia and also runs the website Falcon Astrology.