Full Moon in Aries: Turning Things Around

Healthy forms of conflict, healing crises and making peace with the past are all likely to be major themes at the Aries Full Moon.

In many ways, this may feel like an emotional low-point, but really, when you look a little closer, you will find that it actually contains within it the seeds of a brand new way of handling conflict, asserting your needs and dealing with difficult emotions.

Both the Sun and Moon will be squaring transformative Pluto, so we’re definitely talking about major healing shifts and emotional turning points. However this may mean getting real and facing up to emotions/experiences we usually feel ashamed about, such as sex, jealousy, anger, selfishness or bullying of some kind.

For some, there may also be a karmic element to dynamics that are activated now, especially within family and close relationships.

The key to doing so will be to cultivate a tolerant and respectful mindset – one that anticipates positive outcomes and is willing to rise above the ego in order to resolve problems and heal from past pain.

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Restoring Equilibrium: New Moon in Libra

Get ready for a brand new start in the joy and happiness stakes, care of this weekend’s Libra New Moon! Libra rules justice, balance, harmony and love. Thanks to a very auspicious Venus-Jupiter sextile on the same day as the New Moon, these are all qualities we can cultivate and attract into our lives in spades this October – if we choose to.

The Sabian symbol for this particular lunar phase is all about choices – AND learning how to manifest and realize your dreams. Put into Venusian terms: how to work with the Law of Attraction (or Law of Resonance, whatever you prefer) to create a life of joy and abundance.

So, if you feel like you are on the cusp of a major upgrade or miracle, that’s because you probably are… After all the heartache and disapointments of this year’s Jupiter-Neptune squares, you’ve certainly earned it.

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Telling Real from Fake: Jupiter-Neptune Redux

Get ready for the final pass of 2019’s most tricksy and challenging transit: the mutable square between Jupiter and Neptune.

This is your final test to see whether you’ve mastered 2019’s lessons concerning the ability to discern real from fake, fact from fantasy. Luckily, this time around, Mars and Pluto will be there to help us ‘keep it real’ and stay focused on where we want to go, despite any temptations to drag us off course or escape to Neverland…

Think back to mid-January and mid-June (and to 2006 when we last experienced this particular planetary combination). These periods brought many of us face to face with the truth of where we may’ve been:

  • Harbouring unrealistic expectations of situations or other people
  • Addicted/overly attached to outside sources/substances/systems as a way of trying to get validation or rescue/save us.
  • Lying to ourselves or others about self-defeating habits, escapist/self-indulgent behaviour
  • In denial/refusing to take responsibility for our actions or decisions
  • Wasting/leaking time, energy or resources on hopeless causes or thankless people
  • Leaving our reputation or immune system open to attack/smearing from debilitating illnesses, or by dishonest/judgemental people
  • Being too trusting, gullible or naive.

Now, as we build up to this third (and final) chapter in the Jupiter-Neptune story on 21 September, you could be presented with a chance to test out your newfound coping skills/knowledge, process recent experiences and integrate any clarity/insights that emerge after all that pain, grief, loss, disappointment and confusion.

Don’t be surprised if temptation once again slithers into town – just to see if you’ve learnt your lesson. However, this time around, you should see it coming because you’ve been there, done that and got the T-shirt. Forewarned is forearmed.

The key is to stay grounded and keep things real. And to be fearless in shedding/cutting away anything or anyone that harbours even the faintest whiff of pretense/fakery/false promises.

As long as you remain focused on where you are going – and remember the truth – which is that you cannot depend on anyone outside of yourself (other than Source/God/the Universe) for your happiness and wellbeing – you’ll be fine.

Emotional Turning Point: The Pisces Full Moon

Taking place a week or so before the last pass of 2019’s tricksy Jupiter-Neptune square, the Pisces Full Moon promises to be an emotional, possibly confusing time. Expect to feel all the feels. However, try not to go overboard – less is more now, especially when it comes to your boundaries.

Temptation won’t be very far away, so you’ll need to be on your guard not to repeat the traps many of us fell into in January and June during the first two passes of this devilishly tricksy transit.

In many ways, this particular Full Moon represents a psychological turning point: With the luminaries making positive transits to powerful Pluto, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if many of you find yourselves at a karmic crossroads.

The question is: Will you have the strength to leave behind the past and move on decisively? Or, will your resolve weaken, leaving you vulnerable to the toxic people or situations you have been trying to heal from?

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Astrological Profile of Boris Johnson

In keeping with his rather colourful personality, Boris Johnson’s first few weeks in office have not been without incident, or controversy – a trend that seems likely to continue into the autumn as the spectre of Brexit and a potential Halloween No Deal grows ever larger on the horizon.

Given how crucial the next few months is for the UK and what’s at stake, it seems fair to ask whether the 55th Prime Minister of Great Britain is made of the strong stuff needed to navigate the country safely through the choppy waters ahead. (Think ominous Saturn-Pluto conjunction in January 2020…)

Although a big personality, always ready with a witty line or comic expression, those who know him well describe him as a complicated, rather private person who is very different to his public persona.

A quadruple Gemini with a prominent Pluto and Scorpio Moon, it’s hardly surprising to hear that there are two sides to his character: on the one hand, the bumbling, kind and disarming Bojo the clown; and on the other, Boris the Schemer, full of cunning (or is it Cummings?) tricks and political sleights of hand, determined to win at any cost, and who never forgets a personal slight.  

So which one will the UK get to see in office? I thought it a good opportunity to take a closer look at his natal chart to see what clues it can yield…

Head over to my post on the Astro-Insights Blog to find out…

Mercury the Wayshower

This weekend, Mercury, taking on the mantle of Hermes the psychopomp, will pave the way for the personal planets to make a series of triple-leaps from Saturn, the teacher and taskmaster, to Jupiter the enthuser and finally, to Pluto, the transmuter. After the nigredo of June-July, it’s time to shed some dead weight, recalibrate your beliefs and step into your personal power.

Between Sep 5-19, swift-moving Mercury will act as a wayshower, creating a sort of cosmic yellow-brick trail made up of three pitstops for the personal planets, including the Sun, Venus and Mars, all currently in Virgo, to follow.

What this means is that over the next week or so, we’re being offered the opportunity to let go of some major karmic baggage and make some major personal shifts (I hate the word ‘upgrade’ as it sounds so machine-like) in preparation for our final encounter with 2019’s most tricky transit, the Jupiter-Neptune square, at the equinoxes.

Each planetary contact acts as a stepping stone, leading you away from the old pain and self-sabotaging habits into a completely new phase of your life. Top and tailing this process are encounters with the lords of karma: Saturn and Pluto, who will be testing us to make sure we’ve learnt our lessons and taken responsibility for our role in past events.

Inbetween, we may need to make some Jupiter-style adjustments to our beliefs, future plans and morals/principles. However, the prize at the end of all this is a newfound sense of inner strength, stability, and faith in our ability to take control of our destiny.

Think of this next set of transits as a bit like a row of dominoes which all have a cumulative knock-on effect. As your mindset (Mercury) changes, so does everything else in your life including self-esteem and expression (Sun), relationships and values (Venus) and the way you ultimately go about things (Mars)

Are you ready?

Venus-Neptune: The Siren’s Call

Beware of seductive traps and offers that appear to be too good to be true – they probably are, if today’s Venus-Neptune opposition is anything to go by.

When these two planets are afflicted, they take on the taint of the snake oil salesman. Venus is the lovebomber, doing everything she can to hook you in, while Neptune makes promises it has no intention of keeping before robbing you blind of energy and then gaslighting you.⁠

Whether it’s business, personal or creative stuff, if you’re offered a tempting proposal or contract, be sure to ask lots of questions, read the fine print and don’t assume anything. ⁠

And when it comes to relationships, don’t give away your power to charmers or future fakers. If somebody hurt/disappointed you in the past, there’s a very strong chance they will do it again.

This transit is the epitome of ‘between the Devil and the deep blue sea’. Some tricky choices need to be made, and it is imperative to stick to your values and principles.⁠

Short term gain will more than likely end in long term pain. So take responsibility for your own wellbeing and maintain strong personal and psychic boundaries.

You have been warned. Sell your soul to the devil at your own peril.

Mercury-Mars: Doing things differently

Today Mercury and Mars meet up for the first time since their high voltage hookup post-eclipse on July 8. A lot has happened in the interim, so it’s possible that this meeting in earthy, pragmatic Virgo may bring with it some important news, developments or realisations that prompt you into taking decisive action.

Part of this may involve making conscious choices about acting/reacting differently to the way you might’ve done in the past, epecially in relation to any fresh insights or developments that arise between now and the equinox. Will you revert to type and allow old subconscious patterns to be triggered again, or will you prove to yourself (and others) just how much you’ve grown?

Mercury is exalted in sensible and hyper-aware Virgo, meaning you have a real opportunity to cut through any Jupiter-Neptune uncertainty/ambiguity and act from a place of heightened self-awareness and focused intention.

Maya Angelou once wisely said: “Do the best you can until you know better. Then, when you know better, do better.” Will you choose to do things differently this time?

Brexit: Make or Break Week?

This week, there’s likely to be a showdown of biblical proportions at Westminster as rebel MPs unite to try and reverse Boris ‘Baldrick’ Johnson’s cunning plan to shut down Parliament and block the possibility of a rather scary No Deal Brexit at Halloween.

Can astrology offer us any insights into what is likely to come out of last week’s proroguing saga? Will any efforts to oppose the maverick Prime Minister work? Does Boris really mean business? Or is it all just a big bluff to get Parliament to either agree to another general election or accept Theresa May’s Brexit deal?

Read my latest post on the Astroinsights Blog to find out what the stars foretell.

Making Healthier Choices: Virgo New Moon

Much like February’s Supermoon in Virgo, August’s second New Moon holds the promise of a major personal reboot – provided we’re willing to put in the work necessary to make things happen.

Self-improvement, healthier habits and increasing personal wellness are all major themes for the coming month, thanks to the stellium of planets congregating in Virgo to help welcome in this fresh lunar cycle. They, along with the luminaries will be making a series of positive aspects to Uranus in Taurus, adding an exciting and slightly unpredictable air and encouraging us to step out of our comfort zones. If you’ve been itching to change things up in a big way, then this is your moment! Set your intentions precisely and with purpose.

This is earth trine energy, which should make things flow really smoothly. Although shifts may not happen overnight, they will fall into place in a stable and consistent way, and more importantly, have the potential to really last (which is not something we can say about all Uranus transits, let’s be honest!)

Uranus is also retrograde, so there may well be links to the past. Think back what occurred in February 2019 close to the Mars-Uranus conjunction for clues about what areas from your past may need attention or healing between now and the next New Moon. See this as a opportunity to rewrite your history.

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